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Latest Ecommerce News - March 31, 2015

Why Your USPS Packages May Have Been Delayed
The USPS Office of Inspector General found live mail was being left in supposedly empty containers, resulting in delivery delays - including Priority and Express Mail.

How Amazon Home Services Could Boost Product Sales
Amazon launched a marketplace of service professionals that could boost sales of its products, and it's paying customers to try it out.

eBay Shopping Cart Hinders Cross Border Trade
Buyers in the U.S. trying to purchase items from eBay Canada are still having problems, highlighting the problem with eBay's shopping cart technology 20 years after the launch of the marketplace.

Auctionata Investors Un-phased by eBay Live Bidding
eBay's partnership with Sotheby's has not scared away investors in Auctionata, and may even have reassured them of the viability of live online bidding. The German auction house raised $45 million to pursue its ambitious growth plans.


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    Check out the Current Issue of EB-Update Below!

    NEW! From the Editor - March 8, 2015
    (March 08, 2015, Issue #376)
    eBay has introduced a brand new fee to the dismay of sellers. Find out where eBay will institute the new surcharge for old listings, and what the move says about eBay's search engine. And, it's official - Etsy filed with the SEC to take the company public. PayPal issued its own filing in preparation to going public as it breaks up with eBay, but will it be business as usual for sellers who use the companies' services? We've got lots more news and what it means for online sellers in today's editorial.

    NEW! How Subscriptions Can Help Small Sellers Grow
    (March 08, 2015, Issue #376)
    You may have seen ads for subscription sites like Dollar Shave Club and thought the model was out of reach for businesses your size. A company called Cratejoy is changing that perception by helping small online sellers take advantage of the subscription shopping trend that gets buyers to spend more while providing them with a fun experience. We talk to a husband-and-wife team to learn why it's an attractive selling model.

    NEW! Good Things Happen When Sellers Collaborate
    (March 08, 2015, Issue #376)
    There are many tales of partnerships gone awry, but there's another way to work with other sellers that can give your ecommerce business a boost, but without the drama: collaboration. By collaborating with others, sellers have been able to expand their product line, leverage their skills, and reduce the risks of entering new areas. According to one seller we spoke to, it also brings new energy to your business.

    NEW! Collectors Corner: Coin Facts - Mint Marks
    (March 08, 2015, Issue #376)
    When is a dime from the 1980s worth $20? or even $200? There are valuable coins in circulation, but how will you know if you're throwing money away when you reach into your pocket to pay for a purchase? Learning about mint marks is both interesting and potentially profitable.

    NEW! EcommerceBytes Soundoff: Letters to the Editor - March 8, 2015
    (March 08, 2015, Issue #376)
    In every issue, readers soundoff about issues important to them. From shipping issues to payment processing, from fees to online marketplace policies, EcommerceBytes Soundoff gives you a chance to air your views.


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