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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.
Fri Feb 24 2017 17:33:58

eBay Runs Flash Sale - Buyers and Sellers Benefit

By: Ina Steiner
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Two days after Amazon.com ran a flash sale, eBay is doing the same. Amazon offered $8.62 off on a $50 purchase, while eBay.com is offering $10 off on a $50 purchase.

Amazon's sale excluded third-party merchants - only purchases from Amazon.com applied.

On eBay, shoppers must use PayPal to pay, and there are some excluded categories ("Eligible items exclude items from the Coins & Paper Money, Gift Cards & Coupons, and Real Estate categories"), but otherwise, third-party sellers benefit from the sale.

It runs through 6 pm PT (9 pm ET). Here's a link to the promo page.

Let us know if you've seen any ... Read More
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Wed Feb 22 2017 10:36:41

Good News, Bad News: Amazon Runs One-Day Sale

By: Ina Steiner
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Amazon is running a site-wide sale today in the US, offering a discount of $8.62 on orders of $50 or more. Sellers' immediate reaction might be glee at the prospect of more sales.

However, according to terms and conditions, "Offer only applies to products sold by Amazon.com" - so not surprisingly, Amazon is not offering sellers a subsidy, which it would be doing if it had to extend the discount to third-party goods.

The good news: expect more traffic to Amazon today.

The bad news: shoppers will only be rewarded for purchases made from Amazon, not from third-party merchants.

The reason Amazon is holding the promotion is ... Read More
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Tue Feb 21 2017 14:15:25

FedEx Billing Issues on eBay Bog Down Sellers

By: Ina Steiner
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Sellers should be very careful when using eBay to print FedEx shipping labels, a reader warned us. The seller recommended opening a FedEx account as a way of comparing eBay rates with FedEx direct rates (eBay offers a 37% discount off FedEx retail rates). And sellers should monitor the charges, comparing the eBay estimate with the actual amount it charges on its invoice, they said.

We took a look at the way the system works - it's explained on this help page on eBay.com. It outlines the services it supports including FedEx SmartPost, Home Delivery, and Ground, and what the weight and ... Read More
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Sun Feb 19 2017 21:10:50

Don't Disrespect PayPal - It's in the User Agreement

By: Ina Steiner
 
PayPal wants a Level Playing Field when it comes to how sellers represent its service to customers, and it wrote a provision into its User Agreement to ensure sellers comply.

Earlier this month, we wrote about higher fees PayPal had tucked into the new User Agreement that takes effect at the end of March.
 
A reader followed up, pointing to the "non-discouragement" clause and asked us to do a story on it. "It seems like PayPal is trying to interfere more and more in businesses," he said.

Here's the provision:

We are adding a non-discouragement clause for sellers that provides:
In representations to your customers or in public communications, you ... Read More
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Thu Feb 16 2017 13:00:57

Where Is eBay's Poshmark?

By: Ina Steiner
 
eBay recognized the importance of mobile shopping early on, but that hasn't stopped other mobile commerce platforms from springing up and finding success.

The Wall Street Journal ran an interesting piece today, "Young Consumers Tap Online Market for Recycled Apparel" (note that a paid subscription is required to view WSJ content). The newspaper talked to several teens about how they're able to fund their clothing purchases by buying and selling through Goodwill and online on sites like Poshmark - a mobile platform we've previously profiled, such as this 2012 article.

Poshmark not only makes it very simple for people to sell using their mobile ... Read More
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