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Latest Ecommerce News - March 05, 2015

What Etsy's Public Filing Means for Sellers
It's official - Etsy will go public. And while sellers often voice concerns about how that can change a marketplace, there are some interesting nuggets in Wednesday's SEC filing that could be positive for sellers.

How Etsy Found New Revenue Streams
It's a challenge for a marketplace to scale when it relies solely on listing fees and commissions. Etsy's SEC filing reveals how the company has found new sources of revenue.

PayPal President Says eBay Has Been Holding It Back
PayPal President Dan Schulman told investors at a Morgan Stanley conference on Wednesday that eBay has been holding it back, with some eBay competitors loath to partner with PayPal.

Supreme Court Tackles Ecommerce Sales Tax
The Supreme Court ruled on a case about Colorado's law dealing with online sales tax. It turns out Justice Kennedy has strong opinions about ecommerce and the state sales tax debate.

USPS To Help Rural Businesses with Advice on How to Export
The US Postal Service will hold workshops as part of an initiative to help rural businesses export their goods to international markets, in partnership with the White House Rural Council.


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  • Supreme Court Tackles Ecommerce Sales Tax - 03/05/2015
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  • Industry Press Releases


    Check out the Current Issue of EB-Update Below!

    NEW! From the Editor
    (February 08, 2015, Issue #375)
    An incredible 12,000 sellers rated 12 marketplaces in this year's Sellers Choice Awards. While it's no small task to read through the comments and winnow them down to a manageable size for publication, David and I gain enormous insight through the process. While there are plenty of details about the challenges of each venue, much of it is constructive - readers understand that the marketplaces are reading these ratings as well. It also comes through loud and clear how much many of you enjoy your business. More on this and on eBay and Amazon's recently reported fourth quarter earnings in today's editorial.

    NEW! Sellers Choice 2015: Merchants Rate Top Online Marketplaces
    (February 08, 2015, Issue #375)
    Over 12,000 sellers rated the online marketplaces on which they sell in the sixth annual Sellers Choice Awards for Marketplaces, and the 2015 results are now in. In addition to rating marketplaces on a variety of criteria such as profitability, sellers also left detailed comments about the joys and pitfalls of selling on each venue. Read the full results of the 2015 Sellers Choice Awards and see how the marketplaces you use fared!

    NEW! Sellers Choice 2015 Marketplace Ratings: Etsy
    (February 08, 2015, Issue #375)
    Etsy took 1st place in this year's EcommerceBytes Sellers Choice Awards, and collected individual awards for Customer Service and Ease of Use. This is the fourth consecutive year of making it into the top-three position - it also earned 1st place in 2013. See what readers had to say about the highest rated marketplace.

    NEW! Sellers Choice 2015 Marketplace Ratings: Amazon
    (February 08, 2015, Issue #375)
    Amazon took second place in this year's EcommerceBytes Sellers Choice Awards. But despite being able to provide a high volume of sales, sellers cited high fees and an environment that drove down prices. Nevertheless, it came in third place for profitability among all marketplaces this year.

    NEW! Sellers Choice 2015 Marketplace Ratings: Bonanza
    (February 08, 2015, Issue #375)
    Bonanza consistently comes in high on Sellers Choice rankings - this year, it placed third among the field of 12 venues. Typically sellers were pleased with the marketplace, though many wished for more traffic to the site. One disappointment this year was the removal of discussion boards where sellers had networked with each other.

    NEW! Sellers Choice 2015 Marketplace Ratings: Ruby Lane
    (February 08, 2015, Issue #375)
    Antiques and collectibles marketplace Ruby Lane again ranked high in this year's Sellers Choice Awards, coming in fourth place. While sellers provided detailed, constructive criticism, most remain impressed with the ability of the site to attract high quality buyers and keep junk off the site.

    NEW! Sellers Choice 2015 Marketplace Ratings: eBay
    (February 08, 2015, Issue #375)
    eBay came in fifth place in Sellers Choice, scoring highest for profitability among all marketplaces despite complaints about high fees and a drop in traffic that occurred in great part to Google's penalty against eBay and its data breach that resulted in a required password reset for all users. Despite the problems, many sellers said eBay still had the best traffic and sales when compared to the other venues they'd tried.

    NEW! Sellers Choice 2015 Marketplace Ratings: Craigslist
    (February 08, 2015, Issue #375)
    Craigslist came in sixth place in the 2015 Sellers Choice Awards for Online Marketplaces. The online classifieds site is not seen as a primary selling venue, but more as a means of liquidating unwanted or hard-to-ship inventory - and it is clearly a popular resource for a certain segment of online sellers.

    NEW! Sellers Choice 2015 Marketplace Ratings: Ebid.net
    (February 08, 2015, Issue #375)
    eBid.net placed seventh in the 2015 Sellers Choice Awards. This eBay-style marketplace is based in the UK and is less popular in the U.S. due to lower name recognition among buyers here. Sellers say the site has potential but needs to do more marketing - see how eBid scored and what else sellers had to say about the online auction marketplace.

    NEW! Sellers Choice 2015 Marketplace Ratings: 11Main
    (February 08, 2015, Issue #375)
    Launched in 2014, 11Main.com is a U.S., invitation-only marketplace attempting to appeal to boutique shoppers. It placed eighth overall in this year's Sellers Choice Awards, with sellers giving it middling reviews as the marketplace tries to establish itself and get up to speed.

    NEW! Sellers Choice 2015 Marketplace Ratings: Pinterest
    (February 08, 2015, Issue #375)
    Pinterest came in ninth place in the 2015 Sellers Choice Awards, up from 11th place last year. We opened up Sellers Choice nominations to social networking platforms for the first time last year to see if sellers were using them as an ecommerce channel. See what online sellers had to say this year about their use of Pinterest to drive traffic and sales.

    NEW! Sellers Choice 2015 Marketplace Ratings: eCrater
    (February 08, 2015, Issue #375)
    eCrater came in tenth place in the 2015 Sellers Choice Awards for Online Marketplaces. A free marketplace, eCrater's strength is hosting stores and drawing traffic from good SEO. Read what merchants had to say about their selling experience on eCrater.

    NEW! Sellers Choice 2015 Marketplace Ratings: Zibbet
    (February 08, 2015, Issue #375)
    Zibbet came in eleventh place in the 2015 Sellers Choice Awards. Last year, it benefitted from a segment of sellers leaving Etsy following a controversial policy change, but there are reports from some sellers who feel let down for a number of reasons. There has been a lot of drama, though it still has a fan base.

    NEW! Sellers Choice 2015 Marketplace Ratings: Facebook
    (February 08, 2015, Issue #375)
    Facebook came in twelfth place in the 2015 Sellers Choice Awards. As was the case with social-networking site Pinterest, sellers are using Facebook as a marketing tool rather than using it primarily as a sales venue. Sellers have had success driving traffic to their own stores via Facebook, but they felt the effect of changes made in 2014 that limited their exposure.


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