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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.
Thu Mar 16 2017 17:27:57

Etsy Tests Bot to Rearrange Seller Home Pages

By: Ina Steiner
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Etsy announced it is running a test in which it uses an algorithm to rearrange listings on sellers' Shop home pages. An excerpt from the announcement explains:

"We're starting a test that rearranges the items in your shop home based on information we know about your items - specifically, how likely they are to result in a purchase. The idea is that Etsy can do some work on your behalf to connect buyers landing on your shop home page with items they're most likely to purchase, hopefully resulting in more sales for you. 

"Rest assured that if you're already using shop rearrange, we ... Read More
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Tue Mar 14 2017 15:46:46

Etsy Shows Off Its Newest Ads

By: Ina Steiner
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Etsy is showing off its newest ads that are part of its ongoing "Difference Makes Us" campaign.

"Last year, we invited you to recreate a favorite scene from the campaign videos using products from your own shops - and our community did not disappoint. After narrowing down over 1,000 submissions that came in from all over the world, we are proud and excited to share the latest videos for Difference Makes Us."

Etsy asked members to spread the word on social media with the hashtags #DifferenceMakesUs and #EtsySuccess.

Here's the announcement, and you can watch the videos here.

Be sure to let us know what you ... Read More
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Mon Mar 13 2017 22:24:02

eBay Rolls Out More Changes to Community Boards

By: Ina Steiner
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eBay is making changes to its community pages tomorrow. It gave an early heads-up to a certain group of sellers, inviting them to participate in a secret pre-briefing.

But when those members who were invited to learn more in Monday's private session began discussing it publicly on the boards over the weekend, eBay removed the thread.

eBay eventually announced the pending changes publicly this evening. eBay has overhauled its forums several times over the years - most recently last fall. At the time of that announcement in August, the most requested change was for helpful participation from eBay employees - and, as ... Read More
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Sun Mar 12 2017 21:42:16

eBay Hosts Sketchy Listings from China

By: Ina Steiner
 
A seller noticed that a valuable vintage item they had sold several months ago for a winning bid of over $150 was resurrected on eBay with a Buy It Now price of under $30 from a zero-feedback seller in China.

By searching the category and sorting by price (lowest price first), we were able to find numerous zero-feedback sellers from China engaging in the same suspicious manner: listing duplicate items for a fraction of the price the originals had recently achieved at auction.

The Chinese duplicates use the exact same titles, descriptions, and photographs from the original listing.

The only differences aside from the item ... Read More
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Tue Mar 7 2017 21:36:01

Etsy Adds Much Needed Features to Pattern Stores

By: Ina Steiner
 
To say Pattern wasn't ready for Prime Time when Etsy launched the store-hosting service last year would be an understatement, but the company been adding features that make it more appealing, including some major enhancements announced today. 

Basically Pattern was a mirror of a seller's Etsy Shop when it launched. The advantage was that sellers didn't have to do anything extra to manage sales - everything synced up (ensuring no overselling problems). But that also left little incentive to sellers to pay for a Pattern store.

Etsy announced the latest features in this post on Tuesday afternoon. Sellers will be able to do more to ... Read More
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