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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.
Fri Apr 24 2015 23:09:10

Etsy Snubs Vintage in Mother's Day Promotion

By: Ina Steiner
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When a seller of antique and vintage home decor and collectibles reported a bug that prevented her from clicking on vintage in a Mother's Day marketing campaign, she discovered it wasn't a glitch, but an intentional decision by Etsy to exclude vintage goods.

"Today's Etsy Finds Email, specifically the Gifts for Mom, is stuck on Handmade," the seller wrote. "Nothing happens when I click on Vintage or All Items."

An Etsy moderator replied, "So, with this particular Browse section, we're not offering "Vintage" as a selection here and that's why it has been greyed out. Depending on the themes, we may or may ... Read More
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Wed Apr 22 2015 15:06:41

Warning Issued against Misleading eBay Listings

By: Ina Steiner
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People fall into this trap all the time - they check eBay to see what an item is worth, and use the listing price instead of the selling price to gauge the value of an item.

A site devoted to Ty collectibles issued a fraud alert recently, chiding two UK publications for what it said was spreading misleading information about Princess Beanie Baby values.

TyCollector.com wrote, "The writer of the original article (as is usual with these types of articles) used "listing" prices on eBay, as opposed to the prices buyers have actually paid for Princess over the past 30 - 60 ... Read More
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Mon Apr 20 2015 09:47:53

Could Trade-in Programs Extend to Vintage Collectibles?

By: Ina Steiner
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Collectibles dealers are always on the hunt for items that can be purchased low and resold for a higher price. Adding value can include taking better pictures and writing a better title and description, but in some cases, items can also be repaired or restored, making it a potentially lucrative model.

The latter technique is also used by electronics trade-in programs. For years now we've been writing about services that advertise to consumers that they can trade in their old cell phones and other gadgets. The services then inspect, repair and resell the items on eBay.

Retailers like Best Buy got into the ... Read More
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Fri Apr 17 2015 23:14:40

Amazon FBA Lost and Found

By: Ina Steiner
 
Amazon credits sellers for inventory lost in its warehouses, but did you know it can reverse that reimbursement?

Amazon FBA has a policy called "FBA Lost and Damaged Inventory Reimbursement." If it loses track of one of your items, it may reimburse you.

But sellers have discovered that what is lost can be found, and it can have repercussions. 

A seller received an email that stated, "We've found the missing item(s) that you were recently reimbursed for, and we've returned them to your inventory." The email then explained how to generate a report with details. 

And, it warned, it will debit the amount it had ... Read More
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Wed Apr 15 2015 14:36:39

How Much Money Do Online Sellers Need to Be Happy?

By: Ina Steiner
 
The CEO of a payment processing firm has decided to boost the salaries of all of his 120 employees to a minimum of $70,000 over the next three years, while he himself will take a temporary pay cut from $1 million to $70,000.

Gravity Payments founder Dan Price made the decision after reading an article on happiness that showed for people who earn less than about $70,000, extra money makes a big difference in their lives, according to the Seattle Times piece on Price's decision.

You can find the study here - in one statement, the researchers said, "More money does not necessarily buy more ... Read More
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Mon Apr 13 2015 13:32:56

Can eBay Sellers Survive in a Rental Economy?

By: Ina Steiner
 
eBay sellers talk a lot about the problem of returns, especially in the fashion categories - they say there are chronic shoppers who are really online "renters," buying items with the intention of using/wearing them for a short time - or trying them out - and then returning them. 

This may be part of a larger trend. More young people want to rent rather than own thanks in part to the Great Recession, if news stories are to be believed. Rent a dress? How about jewelry, textbooks, or lawn equipment?

LifeHacker has advice in "5 Things You Should Rent Instead of Buy (And ... Read More
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Wed Apr 8 2015 21:37:59

Amazon Sues over Alleged Sale of Fake Product Reviews

By: Ina Steiner
 
We've written about people who have sold shill bidding services to eBay sellers who wish to drive up the price of their auction listings, and about people who have sold watchers and views as a way to game eBay's Best Match search algorithm.

So it's not surprising that people are selling false product reviews to Amazon sellers. What may come as a surprise is that Amazon has taken action.

Geekwire said Amazon filed a lawsuit against a man who they say sold a unique service: offering Amazon sellers "the ability to purchase fake 4- and 5-star customer reviews of their products."

We'll take a closer look at ... Read More
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