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Tue Sept 19 2017 22:59:31

Amazon Preps Warehouses for Holidays with FBA Offer

By: Ina Steiner

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Amazon is raising FBA fees by a lot during the holiday shopping period to encourage sellers to clear out slow-moving inventory. It began the practice last year, partly in response to the problem that occurred in 2015 when it experienced capacity issues in its fulfillment centers.

Amazon is taking some of the pain away by offering free FBA inventory removal - usually it's quite costly to have the company return inventory (or dispose of it).

However, if sellers remove items through the special offer, they will not be able to send in any more of those items during the holidays (see below for specifics). That means sellers ... Read More

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Tue Sept 19 2017 17:03:01

Hurricanes Impact Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, East Coast

By: Ina Steiner

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Sales of water, batteries, and emergency supplies may be doing well in certain parts of the country thanks to Harvey, Irma, Jose, and Maria, but the spate of major hurricanes is troubling not only for the risk to life they pose, but for the long-lasting devastation they leave behind them - and it's unclear how that might impact ecommerce in the weeks and months ahead.

Many people were spared the worst from some of these unusually harsh storms, but it's a good bet numerous small sellers continue to deal with damaged homes, electricity outages - and disruptions to shipping.

The USPS continues to ... Read More

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Mon Sept 18 2017 21:15:56

Etsy Sellers Irked by Changes to Listing Layout

By: Ina Steiner

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Some Etsy sellers are not happy with changes to the layout of their listings. Over the summer, sellers began noticing that only partial descriptions were displayed inside their listings - shoppers now have to click a link to see full product descriptions.

Sellers continue to discuss the issue and some say they are receiving more questions from would-be buyers as a result of the change. "I'm getting tired of answering questions that I answered in my description. I know buyers don't always read, but I've never had so many basic questions. At first I get embarrassed - oh no! I didn't ... Read More

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Thu Sept 14 2017 16:13:26

New Developments in Online Sales Tax Debate

By: Ina Steiner


States looking to collect more revenue are frustrated by Congress' inaction on online sales tax legislation and are looking to make their case before the Supreme Court. They may soon get their wish. The issue is important to small online sellers who many say would find compliance with so many local and state governments burdensome.

"The South Dakota Supreme Court has ruled that the state cannot force out-of-state retailers to collect sales tax, setting up a possible appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court that will have national implications," according to the Argus Leader. 
The National Retail Federation (NRF) said that today's South ... Read More

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Mon Sept 11 2017 21:12:57

Sellers Worry about Shipping to Florida after Hurricane Irma

By: Ina Steiner


To ship or not to ship? Sellers began worrying about shipping to Florida in the days preceding Hurricane Irma's landfall, and the concerns continued today as reports of Post Office closures, flooding, and power outages made headline news.

On Ecommerce EKG, a seller wondered why eBay was allowing freight-forwarders located in Florida to order items on behalf of international shoppers. "Why is eBay letting customer order item for shipment into Miami, Jacksonville, etc. from overseas customers when there is NO shipping service to those locations, does NOT make sense - We have to cancel those orders as most likely the forwarder ... Read More

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