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Latest Ecommerce News - February 20, 2017

Retail CEOs Meet with President Trump
The Retail Industry Leaders Association met with President Trump at the White House last week and issued a statement about the meeting.

PayPal Gains New Partners after Splitting with eBay
PayPal has been on a streak since splitting with its former parent eBay. PayPal executive Jim Magats points to 11 partnerships in as many months.

Now You Can Shop Using the Google Home Device
Google is working to keep up with Amazon, announcing last week that customers can shop with its version of the Amazon Echo called the Google Home device.


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    Check out the Current Issue of EB-Update Below!

    NEW! From the Editor - February 12, 2017
    (February 12, 2017, Issue #399)
    We're pleased to announce the results of the 8th annual Sellers Choice Awards, our thanks to the over 10,000 readers who participated by rating the marketplaces on which they sell.

    NEW! Sellers Choice 2017: Merchants Rate Top Online Marketplaces
    (February 12, 2017, Issue #399)
    Over 10,000 sellers rated the online marketplaces on which they sell in the 8th annual Sellers Choice Awards for Marketplaces, and the 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 2017 Sellers Choice Awards and see how the marketplaces you use fared!

    NEW! Sellers Choice 2017 Marketplace Ratings: Amazon
    (February 12, 2017, Issue #399)
    Amazon came in 1st place in the 2017 Sellers Choice Awards for Online Marketplaces, up from third place last year. Amazon received high praise from sellers about the volume of sales, ease of use, and its features for sellers, but it also received some complaints about fees, category restrictions, and seller support.

    NEW! Sellers Choice 2017 Marketplace Ratings: Etsy
    (February 12, 2017, Issue #399)
    Etsy took 2nd place in the 2017 EcommerceBytes Sellers Choice Awards again this year, and it collected an award for Ease of Use. It also ranked top spot as the selling venue respondents would recommend to friends and colleagues - read why.

    NEW! Sellers Choice 2017 Marketplace Ratings: eBay
    (February 12, 2017, Issue #399)
    eBay came in 3rd place in this year's Sellers Choice and picked up an award for profitability. The volume of sales was cited as a top advantage for many respondents, though fees were a concern - particularly changes to Store fees eBay rolled out in 2016. See what else was on sellers' minds.

    NEW! Sellers Choice 2017 Marketplace Ratings: Ruby Lane
    (February 12, 2017, Issue #399)
    Ruby Lane came in fourth in the 2017 Sellers Choice Awards and picked up an award for Customer Service. The antiques and collectibles marketplace was commended for maintaining quality listings and providing good customer support, although some sellers wished the site would advertise more.

    NEW! Sellers Choice 2017 Marketplace Ratings: Bonanza
    (February 12, 2017, Issue #399)
    Bonanza came in fifth place in the 2017 Sellers Choice Awards and picked up an award for Communication. Easy to use and reasonable fees, and with ardent fans - but without the same volume of sales as the bigger marketplaces. Read more about what sellers had to say about Bonanza.

    NEW! Sellers Choice 2017 Marketplace Ratings: eCrater
    (February 12, 2017, Issue #399)
    eCrater came in sixth place in the 2017 Sellers Choice Awards for Online Marketplaces. The free marketplace also offers store-hosting so small merchants can promote their own shop. Read what merchants had to say about their selling experience on eCrater.

    NEW! Sellers Choice 2017 Marketplace Ratings: Craigslist
    (February 12, 2017, Issue #399)
    Craigslist came in seventh place in the 2017 Sellers Choice Awards for Online Marketplaces. The online classifieds site has long been considered a free means of selling hard-to-ship inventory or for advertising a storefront. But in 2016, Craigslist instituted dealer fees - see what sellers had to say about it.

    NEW! Sellers Choice 2017 Marketplace Ratings: Pinterest
    (February 12, 2017, Issue #399)
    Pinterest came in eighth place in the 2017 Sellers Choice Awards. This is the fourth year of opening up Sellers Choice nominations to social networking platforms. More than ever, sellers are using Pinterest as a marketing tool to drive traffic to their ecommerce listings.

    NEW! Sellers Choice 2017 Marketplace Ratings: Ebid.net
    (February 12, 2017, Issue #399)
    eBid.net placed ninth in the 2017 Sellers Choice Awards. This eBay-style marketplace is based in the UK and is still working to garner greater name recognition among buyers in the US. The best thing about eBid.net - low fees, sellers said.

    NEW! Sellers Choice 2017 Marketplace Ratings: Facebook
    (February 12, 2017, Issue #399)
    Facebook came in tenth place in the 2017 Sellers Choice Awards. Facebook continues its efforts to capture ecommerce sales beyond social networking and advertising. See what sellers have to say about Facebook to help gauge its potential as an ecommerce marketplace.


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