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Wed Nov 14 2018 00:45:37

eBay Blames Deals Sites for Payments Confusion

By: Ina Steiner

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eBay shoppers are getting confused over the coupons eBay has been offering as a reward for buying from sellers enrolled in managed payments, and in some cases they are complaining to sellers who aren't enrolled in the program when they are unable to redeem the coupons. An eBay moderator blamed "deals" sites for the confusion. 

He was responding to seller in the forums who posted, "A buyer was complaining to me about using this coupon code, about it not working or something."

This coupon in question ("PAYWCARD") was good for a 25% discount capped at $25 and linked to terms and conditions on Read More

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Mon Nov 12 2018 12:41:21

Seller Boycott Against Amazon Unit Succeeds

By: Ina Steiner

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Antiquarian booksellers banded together to protest a decision by Amazon's AbeBooks marketplace, a rare show of solidarity among independent third-party sellers that worked - at least for now, resulting in apologies and concessions.

The booksellers boycotted AbeBooks after it announced with short notice during the holiday shopping season that it planned to close its site to sellers from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Russia, and South Korea.

As we reported, hundreds of booksellers from many different countries participated in "Banned Booksellers Week" that kicked off on November 5, 2018, suspending millions of listings on the AbeBooks marketplace.

In writing about the latest development today, Read More

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Sun Nov 11 2018 21:10:37

eBay Extremely Delighted by Managed Payments Results

By: Ina Steiner

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eBay is "extremely delighted" by the results of its managed payments rollout which is in its initial phase, according to eBay's seller advocate Jim "Griff" Griffith. In a post on Facebook meant to reassure sellers nervous about enrolling in the program, he wrote, "All of us here (and yes, I have seen the numbers) are extremely delighted by the results so far."

Griffith was reassuring sellers that it was easy for buyers to pay from sellers enrolled in managed payments (MP). "There's been a lot of consternation among sellers about joining a program at this phase when the historical payment processer-of-choice ... Read More

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Thu Nov 8 2018 23:22:29

Etsy Move to New Billing Proves Painful for Sellers

By: Ina Steiner


Etsy transitioned another batch of sellers to its new billing system on November 8th, and it's still proving painful for sellers. The changes impact sellers' cash flow in a big way and many say they don't understand how Etsy is billing, withdrawing funds, and determining when balances are "past due." They're also concerned about reconciling their accounts for tax purposes under the new system.

Despite the fact many of the sellers who were moved to the system last month didn't understand the new system, as we documented at the time, Etsy transitioned another batch of sellers to the system ... Read More

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Tue Nov 6 2018 14:40:13

Etsy Takes New TV Commercial to National Airwaves

By: Ina Steiner


Etsy is taking its TV commercial national - which may give sellers hope for a more prosperous holiday selling season (you tell us!).

Here's what Etsy told us:

"On Nov 8, Etsy will roll out a national US TV ad featuring customer testimonials with individuals discussing their shopping journey through Etsy's differentiated experience. This national ad buy comes on the heels of local tests that Etsy recently ran using several creative concepts. 

"We believe the testimonials tested the best due to the emotional, human element and the fact that they featured a wider range of products. 

"The testimonials ran in Seattle, Minneapolis, and Baltimore. Brand ... Read More

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