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Thu Nov 9 2017 21:10:14

Etsy Survey Fuels Speculation about a Fee Hike

By: Ina Steiner

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Etsy is surveying sellers about fees changes, asking what type of fee increases would be more tolerable, a hike in listing fees or a hike in commission fees. 

In a discussion thread, a seller described the gist of the survey: "A lot of what if scenarios, like if it was $0.20 for one listing fee per month & transaction fee was 3.5%, would you sell on Etsy? If it was $0.20 for 4 months & transaction fee was 5%, would you sell on Etsy?" 

One seller discussing the survey pointed out that sellers could go to Amazon Handmade if fees became too high ... Read More

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Thu Nov 9 2017 14:16:00

USPS Veterans Day Holiday Observance Causes Confusion

By: Ina Steiner

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There has been confusion about when the US Postal Service is observing Veteran's Day this year, and online sellers are among those getting mixed messages.

USPS spokesperson David Partenheimer confirmed today that the Post Offices will be open on tomorrow and closed on Saturday. "Since the actual Veterans Day (as opposed to the federal observance) falls on a Saturday this year, our operations are different than in most years. There will be mail delivery tomorrow and there will be retail services tomorrow. On Saturday, there will be no regular mail delivery and retail offices will be closed."

He sent us the industry alert ... Read More

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Wed Nov 8 2017 14:29:50

eBay Paranoia Sets Off Threats against Sellers and Buyers

By: Ina Steiner

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Another day, another letter from a seller who reports a problem trying to answer questions from buyers. Sellers aren't complaining about the policy itself - they already know they aren't supposed to take transactions off eBay. The problem is how eBay is enforcing the policy as it sics its bots on users in a frenzy of paranoia.

We have been writing about the problem since the spring (including this post) after eBay announced new policies designed to crackdown on off-eBay sales in what it described as "Updates to communications, allowable links, image catalog, and listing best practices to improve site ... Read More

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Tue Nov 7 2017 21:22:08

PRC Approves USPS 2018 Postage Rate Hike

By: Ina Steiner


It's official - it will cost more to mail certain packages through the US Postal Service beginning in January. The Postal Regulatory Commission approved the USPS request, filed on October 6th.

The cost of Priority Mail rates will go up by an average of 3.9% on January 21, 2018. However, that's the average of retail and commercial rates combined. Sellers who use online postage to print shipping labels (commercial) could see prices increase about 6 percent on average. 

New rates also include a one cent increase in the price of a First-Class Mail Forever stamp from 49 cents to 50 cents.

eBay fees ... Read More

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Mon Nov 6 2017 23:21:52

NBC Reality Show to Feature Etsy Trend Expert

By: Ina Steiner


Etsy CEO Josh Silverman announced that the marketplace would be involved in a new NBC primetime reality TV series called "Making It." The show will feature Etsy's "resident trend expert" Dayna Isom Johnson.

We wrote about plans for the show in March, to be cohosted by Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, actors in a sitcom called "Parks and Recreation." As a reader pointed out, Offerman is also a carpenter with his own woodworking shop.

Silverman said the show will premier in January. "The show will bring the Etsy name into homes across the US," and Etsy will feature content ... Read More

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