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Ina Steiner EcommerceBytes Blog
News and insight focusing on ecommerce.
by Ina Steiner, Editor of EcommerceBytes.com
Sun Nov 23 2014 13:40:37

eBay Sets Seller Sales Goals in Motivational Promotion

By: Ina Steiner
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eBay is taking an unusual approach to boost sales on its eBay.com marketplace. In what might be a first-of-its-kind promotion, it gave some sellers personalized sales goals along with an offer to coach them, and tied their success to a sweepstakes.

eBay sent an invitation to some sellers presenting them with a sales target to reach by the middle of December and the middle of January. If they succeed in boosting their sales by 25%, their names will be entered into a sweepstakes for a chance to win some commission fee-free listings ... Read More
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Thu Nov 20 2014 14:26:30

Can eBay Sellers Take Any More Significant Changes?

By: Ina Steiner
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After the eBay-PayPal breakup next year, current eBay Marketplaces president Devin Wenig will become CEO of the new standalone eBay Inc.

In a new interview with the Wall Street Journal, Wenig said when he takes over as CEO, he wants to reconnect with small and large merchants and energize the eBay community. Though it's not clear why he has to wait to do so.

He also said he plans to make "significant changes." But what kind of changes could he be planning? So far under his helm eBay Marketplaces has continued to embrace large brands and retail chains, while rolling ... Read More
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Wed Nov 19 2014 16:51:46

Share Your Walmart Price-Matching Stories Here

By: Ina Steiner
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On Friday, I blogged about Walmart's price-matching policy after confirming with Wal-Mart spokesperson John Forrest Ales that the company would match prices of online retailers, including Walmart.com, Amazon.com, and Amazon third-party merchants. There have been some interesting developments this week as shoppers started to take advantage of the policy.

A reader wrote today to say she was pleasantly surprised after reading our article published Monday that went into more details about the program. She decided to do some shopping at her local Wal-Mart store to take advantage of the price-matching, but it didn't go as planned, as she explains:

I spent a day ... Read More
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Tue Nov 18 2014 22:47:22

PayPal Holds Sellers Liable for 6 Months, On and Off of eBay

By: Ina Steiner
 
Wednesday's EcommerceBytes Newsflash describes an unpopular policy PayPal is rolling out that some sellers (and maybe some buyers, too) are referring to as PayPal's 6-month rental policy. That's because buyers can file claims 6 months after an item was estimated to be delivered to them.

It's now critical that sellers on all venues save proof of delivery confirmation along with details. Take a look at some of the requirements in the PayPal Seller Protection under Section 11.4. Here's a snippet

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"Proof of Shipment" is online or physical documentation from a shipping company that includes all of the following: The ... Read More
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Mon Nov 17 2014 14:12:31

Marketplace Search Algorithms: All about Monetization

By: Ina Steiner
 
Etsy sellers are seeing firsthand how changes to search engine algorithms can impact exposure in search results, and ultimately impact sales. But are online marketplaces doing a good job of ranking product listings in search results?

Etsy isn't alone in making major and minor changes its search engine. Wall Street analyst Bob Peck of SunTrust Robinson Humphrey issued a research note today in which he said "a platform's "algorithm" is a living / breathing entity that is constantly evolving." He was writing about Facebook's latest change to how it shows posts in its News Feed, and said Facebook's algorithm ... Read More
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Fri Nov 14 2014 20:19:35

Terrorism and Free Speech in Ecommerce

By: Ina Steiner
 
Does free speech extend to ecommerce? A reader criticized eBay for not doing a good enough job in enforcing its ban on terrorist-related items, and we delved into the issue in a Newsflash story published yesterday.

Another eBay user wrote today saying he wanted the opportunity to discuss the story.

"There is another side. Restricting free speech or free selling has serious drawl backs. When did the USA become the only nation to declare someone a terrorist? In some countries the United States is the terrorist. One person's terrorist is another person's freedom fighter. I'm fairly certain England thought ... Read More
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Fri Nov 14 2014 11:51:28

Walmart to Match Amazon and 3P Merchant Prices, But Not eBay

By: Ina Steiner
 
Bargain hunters, rejoice! But sellers, beware. Wal-Mart store is extending its Ad Match guarantee to prices of items for sale on Amazon.com. The new policy takes effect today.

Wal-Mart stores and Walmart.com aren't just matching prices on Amazon.com - they will match prices of third-party merchants on Amazon.com as well. However, that's limited to quantities of one per customer or household. And eBay is still excluded from Wal-Mart's price-matching policy.

Another part of the new policy: Wal-Mart spokesperson John Forrest Ales said prior to today, only Wal-Mart stores did price-matching. Now, online shoppers on Walmart.com can ... Read More
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Wed Nov 12 2014 22:12:58

Watchdog Questions eBay's Handling of Fakes

By: Ina Steiner
 
Manufacturers who back a site called the Counterfeit Report are unhappy with how eBay is handling the problem of counterfeits, and this week, they scored a major publicity win.

The Counterfeit Report, which ironically uses a logo that looks strikingly similar to the one used by Consumer Reports' Consumerist website, issued a press release accusing eBay of banning it for reporting fakes for sale on the site.

Craig Crosby, publisher of the Counterfeit Report, accused eBay of retaliating against him and said eBay removed comments that warned consumers of counterfeit listings.

eBay said its systems had identified him as ... Read More
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Tue Nov 11 2014 14:29:47

Amazon Warehouse Ties up Merchant Inventory at Peak Season

By: Ina Steiner
 
A problem at a new Amazon Fulfillment Center in Moreno Valley, California is tying up merchants' inventory during the peak selling season and may be causing cash flow problems for FBA sellers.

Merchants began reporting delays in their FBA shipments to the warehouse known as ONT8 in mid-October. A seller started a thread on the Amazon discussion boards on October 16th, writing, "I have an FBA shipment sitting at a Post Office in Moreno Valley, CA for the past week." He said he believed the facility was still under construction. ... Read More
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Mon Nov 10 2014 11:51:35

US Postal Service Hacked, Click-N-Ship Appears Safe

By: Ina Steiner
 
The U.S. Postal Service issued a statement saying some of its databases were hacked. Highly sensitive information about employees was potentially compromised, including employee names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, and addresses.

However, Postal Service transactional revenue systems in Post Offices as well as on usps.com where customers pay for services with credit and debit cards have not been affected by this incident, according to the agency.

"There is no evidence that any customer credit card information from retail or online purchases such as Click-N-Ship, the Postal Store, PostalOne!, change of address or other services was compromised."

That said, ... Read More
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