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July 18, 2011

YardSellr's Danny Leffel Aims to Be as Big as eBay

Mon July 18 2011 15:00:59
Daniel Leffel, founder of YardSellr, joined EcommerceBytes recently to discuss his site and talk about social commerce. YardSellr is different from traditional marketplaces because its sellers use social networking sites to engage shoppers. YardSellr has also set up feeds by category, called blocks, that shoppers can subscribe to in order to help them find items. Danny says the YardSellr experience is similar to that of eBay's early days in that shoppers get an entertainment value from looking at the unique and interesting listings that sellers are bringing, and "it's their collective admiration for the products our sellers list that drive people to actually pull out their wallets and buy something." He also shares some thoughts about how eBay has changed since he worked there, and about Google+, Facebook and Twitter. Run Time: 23:18

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July 12, 2011

eBay's Lutwak and Jorda Discuss Fall Changes Impacting Sellers

Tue July 12 2011 15:18:52
Todd Lutwak, eBay Vice President of Seller Experience, and Edurne Jorda, Senior Director of Seller Marketing, talk about the Fall Seller Release and the impact on sellers. Starting the first week in September, eBay will increase the maximum number of characters from 55 to 80 - Lutwak said this will help increase sellers' visibility with more relevant keywords and will also help sellers differentiate items that otherwise might appear to violate eBay's duplicate listing policy. The executives discussed eBay's new ban on email addresses on listing pages (the "links" policy) - the move affects all sellers, including branded stores such as Dell and Barnes & Noble. The interview goes into detail about what all sellers should know and understand as eBay begins rolling out phase one of the links policy in October. Lutwak also talks about eBay's forthcoming returns policy and other changes revealed in the July 12th announcement. Run time: 44:14

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April 04, 2011

Mercent CEO Eric Best Discusses eBay Acquisition of GSI

Mon Apr 4 2011 22:56:18
Mercent CEO Eric Best joined AuctionBytes on April 4, 2011, to discuss eBay's pending acquisition of GSI Commerce and whether small sellers on eBay should be worried about the development. He believes eBay will eventually launch a "Fulfillment by eBay" service similar to Amazon's fulfillment service, and said he does not believe Google will launch a marketplace, despite its increasing focus on larger retailers and brands. Eric also shares some of his observations about first-quarter industry developments - a perspective you won't want to miss. Run time: 24:47



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March 16, 2011

eBay's Todd Lutwak Addresses Fees Changes in Spring Update

Wed Mar 16 2011 11:41:24
eBay Vice President of Selling Experience Todd Lutwak joined AuctionBytes to discuss eBay's Spring Seller Update announcement. Todd explains how the fee changes impacts sellers and clarifies some points about Final Value Fees on shipping costs. He also answers specific questions from AuctionBytes readers, including how eBay will handle shipping refunds and whether eBay anticipates Store subscribers shifting to an auction-selling strategy. Todd also answers questions about eBay's new payment holds policy and why he believes it is not considered escrow, and about the new Shopping Cart eBay is rolling out to the U.S. marketplace. Run time: 21:27

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February 22, 2011

Tony Ford Discusses ArtFire News and Growth Strategies

Tue Feb 22 2011 00:11:05
ArtFire has increased its development team and is looking at vintage, international and mobile for long-term growth, according to Tony Ford, ArtFire's Executive Vice President and COO. But the company is not looking to expand into commodity-good categories. Ford joined AuctionBytes Editor Ina Steiner this week to catch up on recent developments at ArtFire and how they will impact sellers. He provides details about the ramp-up of its development team and new enhancements, including the addition of Propay online payments to the Artfire checkout. Explaining that a subscription model provides benefits that insertion- and commission-fee models do not, Ford said it allows ArtFire to actively encourage its sellers to link to their blogs, Facebook and even Etsy shops. Run time 16:06

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February 15, 2011

Mercent CEO Eric Best on Amazon and Large Merchants

Tue Feb 15 2011 21:58:46
Mercent CEO Eric Best joined AuctionBytes to talk about recent news reports that several large merchants have exited the Amazon.com marketplace. Eric works with some of the largest Internet retailers and previously worked at Amazon.com, helping it to establish its first major brick-and-mortar partnership, and brings key insights about Amazon.com's relationship with merchants. This exclusive interview looks at Amazon.com from the online seller's perspective, touching on Fulfillment by Amazon and Checkout by Amazon. Run time: 16:50

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January 18, 2011

Liquidation.com's Rob Caskey Talks about Holiday Trends

Tue Jan 18 2011 18:06:13
Rob Caskey is Vice President of Marketing for Liquidity Services, which operates several online marketplaces, including B2B auction site Liquidation.com and a brand B2C site called Secondipity.com. Rob discusses some of the trends in online retail from the recent holiday shopping season, including earlier discounting, lower prices, and consumer demand for free shipping and more liberal return policies. Consumer electronics, apparel and jewelry were among the top categories, and Rob reveals some specific bestsellers from the holiday shopping season. Run time: 14:08

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December 07, 2010

HTA Board Member Jill Chuckas Discusses CPSIA Regulation

Tue Dec 7 2010 14:52:00
Jill Chuckas runs a home based business making and selling children's items at Crafty Baby. She traveled to Washington, DC last week to testify before a Senate sub-committee on behalf of The Handmade Toy Alliance (HTA) about the CPSIA legislation. Jill joined AuctionBytes to talk about the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, which was enacted in response to concerns about lead paint in children's toys. She discusses the impact of legislation on small businesses such as hers, and whether she thinks Congress is listening to their concerns. You can learn more about the issue on The Handmade Toy Alliance website, and see the testimony on Cspan. Run time: 15:48
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December 03, 2010

Page Mage's Chris Taylor Discusses New eBay Selling Guide

Fri Dec 3 2010 22:14:43
Page Mage is an application that helps sellers design and create professional-looking listings on eBay. The company recently published a free guide to help eBay sellers create listings that stand out among the millions of listings on eBay. Chris Taylor, Vice President of Marketing at Page Mage, talked to AuctionBytes about the new guide, which was developed by a group of Bay Area eBay sellers and sponsored by Page Mage. Taylor said the guide is organized around the idea of "touch points" - each opportunity a seller has to get their listing in front of a potential buyer. Each touch point is an opportunity to continue the sales process and try to close the sale or to get a repeat sale. The guide presents the buyer's perspective and helps sellers improve their chances of standing out and getting the sale. Run Time: 24:25

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November 24, 2010

Daniel Leffel Explains Yardsellr's Social Commerce Model

Wed Nov 24 2010 10:30:19
Former eBay executive Daniel Leffel founded Yardsellr in October 2009. This week, he announced the company had raised $5 million. Danny joined AuctionBytes Editor Ina Steiner to talk about Yardsellr's model, which uses Facebook's platform to bring together people with shared interests and allows them to find unique items for sale. Danny talks about the funding and his relationship with another former eBay executive, Michael Dearing, whose venture capital firm, Harrison Metal Capital, is helping fund the company. Run time: 14:49

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