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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.
Wed May 27 2015 14:03:42

eBay Can Save Etsy from Amazon's Anticompetitive Practices

By: Ina Steiner
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Etsy needs to cuddle up to eBay, according to a Wall Street analyst. Ross Gerber, CEO of Gerber Kawasaki, told NBC News that Amazon conducts anticompetitive practices, objecting to the way it is "willing to lose money to put you out of business."

"They're going to put Etsy out of business if Etsy doesn't cuddle up with somebody big and strong," he said. Amazon can do ridiculous deals to get sellers away from Etsy, he said.

As we reported 6 days ago, Amazon is launching a marketplace for handmade goods.

Etsy is a perfect addition to eBay, Gerber said. "Amazon is just a jungle ... Read More
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Sat May 23 2015 13:40:37

Amazon Won't Change Delivery Times for Media

By: Ina Steiner
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Earlier this month, some sellers received an email from Amazon informing them that beginning June 10th, Amazon would roll out stricter shipping transit time for Standard shipping for media (Books, Music, Video and DVD).

Currently shipping transit times for Standard shipping are 4 - 14 business days - the email stated that starting June 10, 2015, shipping transit times would change to 3-8 business days.

However, in response to an inquiry about the email yesterday, Amazon spokesperson Erik Fairleigh told EcommerceBytes, "There has not been a policy change and we have not posted a communication that there will be an upcoming change."

One can speculate ... Read More
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Wed May 20 2015 20:46:42

Please Don't Encourage Impaired Shopping

By: Ina Steiner
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Online sellers could probably fill a book with the excuses they've gotten from buyers trying to back out of a purchase or return unwanted items. One form of excuse is the child/pet buyer ("my toddler pressed the buy button").

Cancellations are annoying and time-consuming, and returns are costly, so sellers may be forgiven if they're not amused by a new mobile app that encourages impaired shopping.

The website Drrrunkshopping.com (notice the three Rs in the word drunk) says, "every Saturday night @2am buy your sober self a nice surprise."

BuzzFeed explained, "Drunk Shopping doesn't take a cut of the sales or anything if you buy their ... Read More
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Sun May 17 2015 15:52:36

Should Homeland Security Be Raiding Flea Markets?

By: Ina Steiner
 
We're reminded that as flea market season gears up, the agency tasked with cracking down on terrorists has also in recent years been cracking down on flea markets. 

In 2010, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) made headlines when it targeted flea markets in South Florida that were suspected of selling counterfeit trademarked goods.

The ICE-HSI explained it played a leading role in investigating the production, smuggling and distribution of counterfeit products and combating intellectual property rights (IPR) violations. 

In addition to counterfeit designer clothing and accessories, it said it targeted products that pose disturbing risks to public safety ... Read More
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Sun May 10 2015 15:39:36

Factors That Make It Possible to Charge Higher Prices

By: Ina Steiner
 
Sellers of handmade goods were discussing in a recent thread how upsetting it was to be told by people stopping by their booths at craft shows that their prices were too high, and they could get the same item cheaper elsewhere. The same could be said of nearly any product.

The online equivalent is the email from a would-be buyer on eBay asking for a lower price, or perhaps the experience of seeing other sellers on Amazon lowering the price of items to a ridiculous degree, putting pressure on your own pricing.

Whether online or at a show, can you present your inventory ... Read More
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Wed May 6 2015 11:11:57

How Important Is Diversification to a Small Seller?

By: Ina Steiner
 
Etsy Seller Handbook is a useful resource, and yesterday it included an interesting post by one of its sellers called, "Diversifying Your Business Through Multiple Revenue Streams."

Vana Chupp explained that she runs her business Le Papier Studio through two Etsy shops and an ecommerce website, and she sells her products through brick-and-mortar boutiques. 

Most people probably think of diversification as other venues and channels on which to sell. But Vana also diversifies her business by offering services in addition to selling online - she does freelance graphic design, writing, and consulting (coaching entrepreneurs).

Vana has a diverse range of skills that most of us ... Read More
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Fri May 1 2015 14:41:45

eBay Pulls Traffic Reports Leaving Sellers in the Lurch

By: Ina Steiner
 
eBay is pulling sellers' access to traffic reports as of June 30th. The reports are the equivalent of Google Analytics but for eBay, and help sellers measure traffic and analyze the success of their marketing efforts. 

Here's the letter eBay sent Store subscribers this afternoon informing them:

Dear (redacted),
As an eBay Stores subscriber, you have access to a number of powerful marketing tools, including Sales Reports Plus and Store traffic reports. Starting June 30, you'll no longer be able to access Store traffic reports. Later this year, we'll introduce new features to replace the current Store traffic reports.

We're committed to notifying you 60 days in ... Read More
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