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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.
Sat June 24 2017 11:10:05

Did IPO Contribute to Etsy Woes?

By: Ina Steiner
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Even before the latest round of layoffs at Etsy announced this week, some sellers were looking for alternatives, expressing dissatisfaction with the direction of the company. The marketplace is experiencing a parallel of eBay's history. As marketplaces look for revenue growth to satisfy Wall Street and shareholders, they roll out changes that prove unpopular with sellers - competing ads on seller listing pages is a good example.

Many sites have tried to attract unhappy eBay sellers over the years, and the same has been true with Etsy. But many who try to create an eBay or Etsy alternative quickly realize ... Read More
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Fri June 23 2017 09:04:45

Sellers Who List Shipping Boxes Separately

By: Ina Steiner
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An Etsy seller is listing items that they say will ship in an envelope, unless the buyer purchases a shipping box in a separate listing. A reader, Pennyemporium, shared the listings with us, telling us she used to sell on eBay and now sells on Etsy, and had never encountered anything like this. 

"A phenomenon on Etsy that I have NEVER encountered before in my years of selling, is the listing of a BOX for the widget and upgraded priority shipping for the widget. AS INDIVIDUAL LISTINGS - not as upgrades on the listing for the item itself! And the curious ... Read More
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Tue June 20 2017 22:07:27

New Post Office Kiosks Provide Proof of Shipping

By: Ina Steiner
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Getting packages scanned is vital to online sellers who need proof for customers showing their item is on the way.

We reported last year that the USPS was testing a new system designed to make it easier for sellers to get an initial scan on packages entering the mail stream. It's an important issue for sellers who feel pressure to let marketplaces like eBay as well as buyers know the moment their packages enter the mail stream.

The USPS published more information this week. "The Automated Parcel Drop (APD) is a self-service machine that allows customers to mail pre-paid and merchandise return parcels. Customers ... Read More
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Mon June 19 2017 14:45:29

Pay $30,000 to Learn How to Sell on Amazon?

By: Ina Steiner
 
Sellers, beware - there is a company that is giving free and paid seminars around the country promising to teach people how to sell on Amazon. They want participants to purchase inventory from them, promising those products will sell well on Amazon.

For $30,000, you can buy into their system and receive coaching, but we found a Ripoff Report on this company.

Before you consider work from home / coaching schemes, read this FTC press release from 2014:

"At the Federal Trade Commission's request, a federal court entered a temporary restraining order halting a deceptive work-from-home scheme that conned millions of dollars from consumers by falsely ... Read More
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Thu June 15 2017 16:40:36

Etsy Misjudged Psychological Effect of Seller Stats

By: Ina Steiner
 
Etsy seriously misjudged the psychological impact of taking away the old Stats feature and replacing it with a new version. As we reported in last week's 411, Etsy revamped its Stats feature, but sellers are giving it a thumb's down.

Not only do sellers say it is less helpful and less timely than the previous version - they say it's discouraging. 

It's clear from the comments that many sellers had been addicted to checking their Etsy Shop Stats - it was the first thing they checked each morning, and they checked it throughout the day. Now, the new version is impacting their attitude ... Read More
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