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Latest Ecommerce News - July 28, 2014

eBay Runs Seller Promo with Special Shipping Bonus for Some
eBay kicked off a free-listing promotion on Friday that runs through Tuesday, and some sellers were treated to an extra shipping bonus as well.

eBay May Count Late Deliveries as Item-Not-as-Described Defects
eBay sellers better make sure their packages arrive on time. The head of eBay Community told sellers if an item arrives late, the issue could be classified as a Not as Described issue.

PayPal Plays with Fire as Amazon Expands Payments
PayPal launched a mobile app for the Amazon Fire smartphone, just as Amazon expands its own payments service with a digital wallet and a rumored card reader.

USPS Says Click N Ship Technical Issues Are Over
The Postal Service apologized to sellers who were impacted by the USPS Click N Ship outage earlier this month and detailed the nature of the problems.

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NEW! From the Editor - July 20, 2014
(July 20, 2014, Issue #363)
Sellers weren't making it up when they told us they were impacted by the fallout from eBay's security breach - eBay CEO John Donahoe confirmed it on Wednesday, saying the company was beginning to see some recovery in the first part of July, but it would take longer and cost more to get back to double-digit growth. EcommerceBytes is in the process of conducting a reader survey to help us tailor our content to your needs, and the results are fascinating. We have a far more diverse group of online sellers than we did compared to previous years, with a noticeable increase in the annual sales of EcommerceBytes subscribers. Read more in today's editorial.

NEW! Protecting Your Product Photos from Image Thieves
(July 20, 2014, Issue #363)
You spend a lot of time taking photographs of your products to get an edge over your competitors, so it's more than a little aggravating when thieves steal your images. Learn about a solution that helps merchants protect their images through a unique and very effective form of digital watermarking.

NEW! With Fulfillment By Amazon, Don't Set It and Forget It
(July 20, 2014, Issue #363)
Using a fulfillment service can be liberating, but it also comes with its own set of challenges. We look at a free guide that lays out strategies for using Fulfillment By Amazon, including a rule of thumb for pricing your FBA products. We interviewed the guide's author about the strategies he compiled from his customers' experiences - including when you shouldn't use FBA.

NEW! Why Your Buyers May Not Be Getting Your Emails
(July 20, 2014, Issue #363)
Your customer service and marketing email messages may not be getting to your buyers and prospects thanks to anti-phishing initiatives on the part of large players. An expert explains what these standards are and how the latest industry practices impact online merchants trying to communicate with their buyers.

NEW! Collectors Corner: Mopar
(July 20, 2014, Issue #363)
Chrysler is known for some of the earliest innovations in automobiles. Owners of classic Chrysler, Dodge, Plymouth and DeSotos are eager to scoop up parts for their cars, whether pre-war beauties or vintage muscle cars. Welcome to the world of Mopar.

NEW! EcommerceBytes Soundoff: Letters to the Editor - July 20, 2014
(July 20, 2014, Issue #363)
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.

Have a question about buying or selling online? Want to get marketing or technical advice? EcommerceBytes Discussion Forums are the place to come to get answers to your questions and get advice! Great tips - a refreshing change!

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