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Ina Steiner EcommerceBytes Blog
News and insight focusing on ecommerce.
by Ina Steiner, Editor of EcommerceBytes.com
Thu Jan 29 2015 16:32:58

Amazon Releases Fourth Quarter 2014 Earnings

By: Ina Steiner
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Amazon's conference call with analysts is at 5:00 pm EST today, here is the company's press release announcing fourth quarter 2014 earnings, you can view the full release with tables on Amazon's investor relations website.

Amazon.com Announces Fourth Quarter Sales up 15% to $29.33 Billion

Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced financial results for its fourth quarter ended December 31, 2014.

Operating cash flow increased 25% to $6.84 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $5.47 billion for the trailing twelve months ended December 31, 2013. Free cash flow decreased to $1.95 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $2.03 billion ... Read More
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Wed Jan 28 2015 21:19:41

eBay: We're Not in the Business of Selling Soap

By: Ina Steiner
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When reading about rare photographs of the Beatles going up for sale on eBay, you might assume it's part of the company's new auction platform launched in partnership with high-end auction houses including Sotheby's.

But, as we report in Thursday's newsletter, the sale is being conducted through a regular old eBay Store set up by the owners - and, the rare art collectibles aren't even being auctioned at all.

Tomorrow's article has more on why the owners chose to use the fixed-price format on eBay rather than auction them ... Read More
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Tue Jan 27 2015 21:27:20

Amazon Change to Super Saver Shipping: Good for Sellers?

By: Ina Steiner
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Amazon informed sellers on Tuesday that all seller-fulfilled items with free shipping are now eligible to contribute to Amazon's minimum order of $35 to qualify for free shipping through the Amazon Super Saver Shipping program. (The program allows non-Prime shoppers to get free shipping on an order if they spend a minimum of $35.)



The announcement is good news for sellers who already offer free shipping. And upon first glance, it appears to be good news for most sellers, particularly of low-priced items; but there was much uncertainty among sellers about the ramifications of the new policy and what they should do ... Read More
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Mon Jan 26 2015 21:59:45

Could Amazon Acquire PayPal after Split?

By: Ina Steiner
 
Amazon launched a "mobile wallet" for storing and organizing payment methods this summer. But now come reports the company is killing the project.

The wallet worked for consumers whether they shopped online, via mobile, or in-store - they could also load their physical (and digital) gift cards onto the wallet.

Puget Sound Business Journal said after six months of "lukewarm reviews," Amazon confirmed it was killing the beta test.

"Timing was not in Amazon Wallet's favor - Apple launched the much more inclusive virtual wallet Apple Pay on the iPhone 6 just months after Amazon's launch," it wrote.

In what's a throw-away line ... Read More
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Sat Jan 24 2015 14:18:58

Is eBay Backtracking on Free Shipping DSR Policy?

By: Ina Steiner
 
Has eBay changed its policy for leaving Detailed Seller Ratings for transactions in which the seller offered free shipping? A seller wrote this morning stating, "eBay is now inviting buyers to leave less than 5 stars for free shipping. I don't recall seeing this highly important change announced."



The reader sent the screenshot shown above (adding a frowny-face stick-figure) that displays the following message:

Free shipping gives the seller a five-star rating. We filled this out for you because it looks like your shipping may have been free. If it wasn't, feel free to change the rating.


We first reported the automatic-5 star ratings ... Read More
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Wed Jan 21 2015 16:31:17

eBay GMV Stutters to 2 Percent Growth in Q4

By: Ina Steiner
 
eBay Marketplaces gross merchandise volume (GMV) grew a measly 2% in the all-important fourth quarter of 2014, with the U.S. up 3% and International up 1%. eBay said it would prioritize its resources towards "core shoppers" and its Deals business for its Marketplaces business.

eBay's conference call with analysts is at 5:00 pm EST today, here is the company's press release announcing fourth quarter 2014 earnings, you can view the full release with tables on eBay's investor relations website.


eBay Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results
Global commerce platform and payments leader eBay (Nasdaq:EBAY) today reported that revenue for the fourth ... Read More
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Wed Jan 21 2015 07:53:02

All Eyes on eBay's Fourth Quarter Performance

By: Ina Steiner
 
eBay is set to report fourth quarter earnings today, and the financial press are speculating on how well eBay performed.

The Street focused on currency and economic chaos in Europe in its report. "With recent turmoil surrounding central bank decisions such as the recent unexpected move from the Swiss Central Bank, and analysts are lowering forecasts all around."

The Motley Fool raised the issue of eBay's disappointing third quarter blamed on a strong dollar, the Google penalty and eBay's security breach and resulting password-reset.

It noted that eBay had planned "significant investments in sales and marketing to re-engage users" and advised ... Read More
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Mon Jan 19 2015 16:06:13

eBay Sells Chairs for OfficeMax

By: Ina Steiner
 
Online sellers may want to take a seat before hearing about eBay's latest marketing email newsletter. In the old days, if you wanted to sell a chair on eBay, you paid a listing fee for an auction or fixed-price listing. When shoppers searched for chairs, your items came up in search results along with everybody else's.

Nowadays, not only is there a "best match" algorithm that tweaks the level of exposure your chair will get depending on a myriad of factors, you also have to deal with eBay's favored sellers.

If you are a big brand or national ("big box") chain store, ... Read More
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Sun Jan 18 2015 13:08:43

eBay Sellers Say They Are Victims of Notorious Pastor

By: Ina Steiner
 
eBay sellers of vintage furniture are complaining about a company called TSC Moving, which is owned by a controversial pastor from Florida. You might remember Rev. Terry Jones from when he threatened to burn Qurans at staged protests despite pleas from the U.S. military not to do so.

It turns out Rev. Jones operates an eBay business as well as a furniture-moving company that specializes in vintage furniture.

Today, the TSC Moving website displays a message stating it is insolvent and unable to continue doing business. Website Brandenton.com said antique dealers from across the country were ... Read More
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Wed Jan 14 2015 00:06:19

Are Small Sellers on eBay in Trouble?

By: Ina Steiner
 
Small sellers on eBay saw lower GMV growth in the fourth quarter, according to ChannelAdvisor, a service for eBay and Amazon sellers. The company's executives painted a dire picture for small sellers during a conference call with analysts to discuss its preliminary fourth-quarter results that look to be disappointing.

"We saw eBay one of the slower growing channels in the (4th) quarter, and that affects small customers and ultimately their viability," said ChannelAdvisor President David Spitz. "Those small sellers who are dependent on eBay or Amazon and don't have a brand name associated with them, it's increasingly difficult for them ... Read More
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