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Covering auctions, collectibles and marketplace selling.

AuctionBytes Blog The AuctionBytes Blog has been giving a voice to online merchants since its launch in 2005. Named one of the world's top 30 blogs in 2008 by "Blogging Heroes." Weigh in with your thoughts on the joys and pitfalls of selling online.
Thu Mar 23 2017 10:59:34

Security Guru Looks Askance at eBay's Latest Move

By: Ina Steiner
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eBay and PayPal made a big deal of their key fobs designed to make users' accounts more secure. Now security guru Brian Krebs reports that eBay is backing away from the practice.

He wrote on his blog:

"The company wanted me to switch from using a hardware key fob when logging into eBay to receiving a one-time code sent via text message. I found it remarkable that eBay, which at one time was well ahead of most e-commerce companies in providing more robust online authentication options, is now essentially trying to downgrade my login experience to a less-secure option."

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Tue Mar 21 2017 23:03:44

Amazon Program to Help Crackdown on Fakes

By: Ina Steiner
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Amazon is expanding a program it began working on last year to crack down on counterfeit goods. According to this article in CNBC:

"As early as next month, any brand can register its logo and intellectual property with Amazon so the e-commerce company can take down listings and potentially seller accounts when counterfeits are flagged, Peter Faricy, vice president of Amazon Marketplace, said in an interview on Monday."

It sounds like worthy intentions, though we have reservations given how brands can bully online merchants.

What do you think of Amazon programs designed to crack down on fakes, which sounds like it has similarities to eBay's ... Read More
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Sat Mar 18 2017 14:42:46

When eBay Global Shipping Doesn't Make Sense

By: Ina Steiner
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Would you pay $14 in shipping for a $6.99 purchase on eBay? Many people wouldn't. But eBay is charging buyers shipping costs that are out-of-whack for certain items thanks to its Global Shipping Program.

A seller in the US published a message from a shopper in Canada who was inquiring about a $6.99 item, which, by the way, offered free shipping for buyers located in the US.

"Just wondering if you would consider not using the global Shipping Program and just mailing them via USPS as it is showing 13.00 shipping to Canada when the actual shipping is usually around the ... Read More
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Thu Mar 16 2017 17:27:57

Etsy Tests Bot to Rearrange Seller Home Pages

By: Ina Steiner
 
Etsy announced it is running a test in which it uses an algorithm to rearrange listings on sellers' Shop home pages. An excerpt from the announcement explains:

"We're starting a test that rearranges the items in your shop home based on information we know about your items - specifically, how likely they are to result in a purchase. The idea is that Etsy can do some work on your behalf to connect buyers landing on your shop home page with items they're most likely to purchase, hopefully resulting in more sales for you. 

"Rest assured that if you're already using shop rearrange, we ... Read More
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Tue Mar 14 2017 15:46:46

Etsy Shows Off Its Newest Ads

By: Ina Steiner
 
Etsy is showing off its newest ads that are part of its ongoing "Difference Makes Us" campaign.

"Last year, we invited you to recreate a favorite scene from the campaign videos using products from your own shops - and our community did not disappoint. After narrowing down over 1,000 submissions that came in from all over the world, we are proud and excited to share the latest videos for Difference Makes Us."

Etsy asked members to spread the word on social media with the hashtags #DifferenceMakesUs and #EtsySuccess.

Here's the announcement, and you can watch the videos here.

Be sure to let us know what you ... Read More
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