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AuctionBytes Blog
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 Sept 18 2014 11:11:55

Warning to Media Sellers: Amazon Restricts Sale of DVDs

By: Ina Steiner
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If you sell DVDs, be aware of a new restriction from Amazon - and even if you sell DVDs on other marketplaces, you may be impacted, since Amazon media sellers may look to other channels to unload inventory, possibly driving down prices.

Amazon is restricting the sale of DVDs with Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices (MSRP) of $25 or greater to pre-approved sellers only. That said, Amazon had already been restricting certain titles as we noted 2 years ago.

Interestingly Amazon's own titles are impacted by the policy. It produces original series for its Amazon Prime streaming service that it also makes available ... Read More
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Wed Sept 17 2014 12:10:42

Sellers on the Hook for 6 Months with New PayPal Policy

By: Ina Steiner
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In many ways, selling online is getting harder and harder, and PayPal's latest policy change is the latest burden merchants must face. PayPal is extending the Dispute Filing Window from 45 days to 180 days. That means buyers can dispute a transaction 6 months after making a purchase.

PayPal had already extended the dispute window in the UK in June - at the time, sellers cynically referred to the policy as a "6-month rental plan" for buyers.  

The policy change applies to transactions on any site or marketplace where the buyer uses PayPal to pay for the purchase. The policy applies to claims ... Read More
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Mon Sept 15 2014 08:14:02

Some Things Collectors Should Know before Listing on eBay

By: Ina Steiner
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MilitaryTrader.com has a comprehensive piece on various government regulations that can hinder dealers and collectors selling online, and cites some interesting examples. The publication describes one such case involving economic and trade sanctions based on US foreign policy and national security goals:

"Where the issue also has become complicated is the fact that PayPal has flagged some accounts for dealing in Sudanese items - even those that may have been in the United States for decades. International Military Antiques of New Jersey (IMA-USA) ran into problems on what is often its busiest week of the year as a ... Read More
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Thu Sept 11 2014 13:17:59

eBay Bids Adieu to Another Top Exec, CTO Mark Carges

By: Ina Steiner
 
Four months after eBay revealed news of a major security breach, its Chief Technology Officer is stepping down. There's no indication the two events are related, however. Rather, the CTO is leaving to focus on a family matter, according to a post on the eBay blog.

eBay hailed Carges' contributions Mark Carges made over his 5-year tenure. "From overhauling search, and steering upgrades to the eBay Enterprise technology portfolio, to accelerating innovation through a number of strategic acquisitions, Mark has been instrumental to eBay's success," and it said he is leaving eBay "with a strong leadership team in ... Read More
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Tue Sept 9 2014 13:45:52

UK Tax Agency Makes Example of eBay Seller

By: Ina Steiner
 
If you sell online, you better pay your taxes - that's the lesson the UK tax agency wants British citizens to know. UK newspaper The Telegraph says an online seller was sentenced to 2 years in jail for failing to pay almost 300,000 pounds worth of tax to HM Revenue and Customs from trades he made on eBay over a period of six years.

"While regarded as an extreme case, experts were today urging other eBay traders to declare their earnings or risk falling foul of the law," the newspaper reported.

In the U.S., legislators enacted a provision as part of ... Read More
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Sat Sept 6 2014 19:08:14

Do you have an oddball collection?

By: Ina Steiner
 
Not only is there a (virtual) museum devoted to air sickness bags, but you can become a "patron of puke" - simply contribute a bag to the collection. In EcommerceBytes Update, Collectors Corner columnist Michele Alice delves into the world of unusual collections, such as "barf bags."

There's the woman who appeared on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson to show off her edible collection of potato chips; and the woman whose collection of 62,500 napkins from around the world includes a 4-foot long Christmas napkin.

We wondered if any readers could put these celebrity collectors to shame. Do you have an ... Read More
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Fri Sept 5 2014 22:09:28

eBay to Make Reparations to Sellers for Service Disruption

By: Ina Steiner
 
eBay will make some reparations to sellers who were impacted by the major technical issues the site experienced on Wednesday that disrupted transactions. But it did not invite sellers to cancel auctions that were impacted by low-bidding activity caused by the incident as it did in the case of the May 21st password-reset incident.

eBay experienced major technical issues on Wednesday that left many buyers and sellers unable to login to their accounts and conduct certain tasks, a disruption noted by the BBC which called it "the eleventh such outage eBay has suffered this year." Not only were users ... Read More
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