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Wed Mar 7 2018 11:32:37

Why Does eBay Obscure Auction End Times in Search?

By: Reader

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Dear Ina,
Almost everything that I sell or buy on eBay is in auction format. When buying, I don't like to "click" on an item because as much as eBay's search stinks, it sure has no problem revealing that awesome buy that I found by listing it at the bottom of the page "See What Other People Looked at After Looking at This" (although I imagine that "Sponsored Items" will be taking over all of that prime real estate soon enough.)

Lately I have had to click on items just to find out what bloody time the auction ends! Why, well because eBay has been ... Read More

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Mon Mar 5 2018 21:21:31

Connecticut Tax Clawback Could Impact Online Sales

By: Reader

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Dear Ina,
I recently received an email from, telling me that they were required by Connecticut law to report the total cash spent by me on their site for a three year period. Here is their letter:

Dear Mr. (Name redacted),

A recent Connecticut law requires Newegg to disclose the amount you spent with us for the years 2014, 2015 and 2016. We do not collect sales tax on behalf of the state, but customers are required to file a sales or use tax form and pay tax on all taxable purchases.

During that three year period, you purchased the following amounts from us for ... Read More

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Sun Mar 4 2018 20:03:00

The Case of Vanishing eBay Listings

By: Reader

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Dear Ina,
We have been on eBay since nearly day one, a seller for the better part of that time. While we have had much success on eBay, I see an issue with eBay losing listings that started for us in 2017. By that I mean the listing vanishes as if it never existed. 

It doesn't matter if it is a rarely moving listing sales wise, or a hot listing selling big numbers, it just vanishes. It isn't in the unsold. It isn't anywhere. My sync software could have a listing on eBay setting with large quantity or setting idle with zero quantity, it just ... Read More

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Wed Feb 28 2018 21:59:18

eBay Turns Off Sellers Global Shipping Settings

By: Reader


Dear Ina,
Last night I received an email through eBay from a customer in New Zealand asking if I would kindly allow him to make a bid on an item I have for sale. When I checked my listings, all of my Global shipping options had disappeared. So last night, I edited all of my listings to include the Global shipping program. 

Tonight I checked again and they had disappeared once again. This is some glitch! Even without all the changes that are coming out, eBay is forcing me out. My sales have totally stalled and I've been selling on eBay since 1999! It is ... Read More

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Wed Feb 28 2018 11:52:02

Etsy Fumbles with Move to Highlight SKUs

By: Reader


Dear Ina,
The latest Etsy fiasco surfaced the other day in yet another blow for the hard pressed vintage and artisan sellers. Many of us awoke and checked our shops to discover that all of the Expiration dates had been removed! To say that I panicked was an understatement as I have literally hundreds of listings that I keep track of, based on the dates that they will expire. Furthermore, Etsy provides a notice when you look at the Shop Manager, that tells you how many listings are expiring within a week and giving you the option of renewing them right away. 

I immediately went ... Read More

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