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Sat June 2 2018 21:47:02

OMG Another eBay Promotion Glitch

By: Ina Steiner

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Another eBay seller promotion, another glitch. The company acknowledged and apologized for the "issue" in a follow-up email on Friday, but eBay customer service reps told at least one seller he was out of luck as a consequence of its own shortcomings.  

In one version of the promotion, eBay encouraged sellers to list with the Best Offer and it promised a $20 Final Value Fee cap for items listed between June 1st and June 5th. On the eBay discussion boards, a seller asked for help from an eBay moderator because he was having trouble activating the promotion: "When I click on ... Read More

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Sat June 2 2018 09:28:44

Have You Ever Felt Like This in a Craigslist Encounter?

By: Ina Steiner

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What happens when complete strangers meet in person to exchange cash for valuable items? What could possibly go wrong?

Anyone who has ever bought or sold items through Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace will relate to this video on YouTube called The Exchange.

So many aspects of this are relatable - like the last-minute attempt to re-negotiate the price.

While this 2-minute video is amusing, it's true that you need to be careful when dealing with buyers and sellers in local classifieds transactions - don't let your guard down.

Can you relate to the characters in The ... Read More

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Thu May 31 2018 21:09:16

Walmart Takes Personalization to New Level with Jetblack

By: Ina Steiner

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Walmart is a go-to store for many busy parents looking to save money. But its new Jetblack service is targeting a very different demographic: urban parents who are willing to pay $50/month for the convenience of concierge shopping and delivery.

The appeal is not just being able to text an order and have it delivered quickly - Jetblack wants to become intimately acquainted with their customers, keeping detailed profiles, so it can offer personalized service. 

Jetblack "onboards" customers to learn their preferences and will even send someone to your home to scan barcodes and take photos of your products, if you desire.

That takes personalization further than any ... Read More

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Wed May 30 2018 21:54:08

Etsy to Close Wholesale Platform in July

By: Ina Steiner


Etsy has been helpful to sellers trying to get their products into the hands of retailers and boutiques, but on Wednesday, the company announced it's shutting down Etsy Wholesale.

"Unfortunately, running a separate marketplace built around the needs of wholesale sellers requires a big investment of resources," it wrote. "So we've made the tough decision to close the Etsy Wholesale platform."

Etsy had acquired Trunkt in 2012 and launched its wholesale initiative later that year, allowing wholesale buyers to connect with vetted Etsy sellers. Etsy Wholesale officially launched in 2014.

However, in Etsy's eyes, there isn't enough business generated through the platform. "Of our nearly 2 ... Read More

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Wed May 30 2018 14:59:43

Does eBay Shop by Price Speed Race to the Bottom?

By: Ina Steiner


An eBay seller forwarded us a screenshot of a "Shop by Price" module she saw on the top of her search results. "Well, here's something else new on eBay. Prices above the listings," she wrote.

It's unclear when eBay launched new the "Shop by Price" feature in search results or how many people are seeing them, but UK sellers were chatting about the feature in April.

"This takes no account of the quality, service provided," one UK seller noted on a discussion thread in April.

Another wrote, "Today this has been extended and I'm now being invited to "Shop by Price / by Category / by ... Read More

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