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Sat July 15 2017 22:39:49

eCrater Fan Says: If You Build It, Sales Will Come

By: Ina Steiner

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Sellers are increasingly looking for alternative marketplaces. An EcommerceBytes reader takes over today's blog column to weigh in on his favorite venue: eCrater.

I opened a store on eCrater many years ago. At that time, I did not do a whole lot with it. I didn't pay very much attention to ensuring that the item specifics (Google attributes) of my product listings were accurate, if they had them at all, and all of the items on my site were added using a feed from another site that I sell on. 

I rarely added new products, but I did get occasional sales. I ... Read More

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Wed July 12 2017 20:04:39

Is eBay testing a Frequently Bought Together feature?

By: Ina Steiner

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eBay may be testing a feature commonly seen on Amazon that shows shoppers who are viewing a product other items that are "frequently bought together." It makes it very easy for shoppers to buy additional items when they're viewing a particular product.

While eBay has other merchandising features on listing pages, it currently doesn't display such a feature, which on Amazon includes a combined "add to cart" button and indicates "These items are shipped from and sold by different sellers."

But on a discussion thread on the eBay boards this week, a seller posted a screenshot of a similar merchandising message on eBay ... Read More

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Fri July 7 2017 20:56:44

Amazon Changes FBA Fees Effective August 30th

By: Ina Steiner

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It's time to get the calculators and spreadsheets out - Amazon is raising the fees on certain fulfillment services as of August 30, 2017, and sellers aren't in agreement about just how bad the changes are.

There are different rates for using Fulfillment By Amazon (FBA) service depending on whether the sale comes from the marketplace or from the seller through another channel, known as Multi-Channel Fulfillment (MCF). And it's the latter fees that are increasing. According to the letter Amazon sent to sellers:

"Multi-Channel Fulfillment (MCF) allows you to have Amazon fulfill orders from your other sales channels with ... Read More

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Thu July 6 2017 21:52:45

Amazon Cracks Down on Fidget Spinners

By: Ina Steiner


Thanks to safety concerns, Amazon is cracking down on fidget spinners, a toy originally marketed as an aid for concentration and to relieve "fidgeting." Sellers have until July 28th to show their products have been tested and meet safety requirements.

Here's a letter some sellers reported receiving:

Dear Seller, 
We are contacting you because you are selling or have sold fidget spinners. As part of our ongoing efforts to provide the best possible customer experience, Amazon is implementing safety requirements for all fidget spinners offered on the site. To continue to sell existing fidget spinners, sellers have until July 28, 2017 to carry out testing ... Read More

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Tue July 4 2017 15:19:50

eBay and Online Sellers Lose PhotoBucket Links

By: Ina Steiner


Unless online sellers are willing to spend $399/year, those who use PhotoBucket to power their images on sites like eBay and Etsy* are now out of luck. PhotoBucket customers protested on social networking sites, and various publications have picked up the story.

The BBC compares the move to "ransom" with the headline, "Amazon and eBay images broken by Photobucket's "ransom demand.""

The PhotoBucket site now greets visitors with a notice and a link to new terms of use. Among the provisions:

"Each individual Member gets one free account that provides 2 GB of free storage or space available for your original photo files, or videos ... Read More

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