From the Editor
By Ina Steiner
In case you hadn't heard, eBay sellers are now limited to the payment methods they can accept in their eBay listings. Here's my take on eBay's new Safe Payments policy (http://auctionbytes.com/cab/abn/y05/m10/i19/s00). Bottom line: banning wire-transfer payments and dubious payment services isn't necessarily a bad thing, but the timing of the move calls into question eBay's motivations. (Google Payments, anyone? http://www.auctionbytes.com/cab/abn/y05/m10/i13/s02)
Amazon made a policy move effective October 5 that continues to baffle sellers (I've included one seller's questions in today's Letters from Readers section). They've changed the way shipping charges and credits appear on sellers' statements http://auctionbytes.com/cab/abn/y05/m09/i13/s01. I give Amazon a big thumbs-down for making it harder for sellers to figure out their costs and for adding to the tension between buyers and sellers.
I had mentioned in a previous editorial in April a Google Maps "mashup" with Craigslist real estate listings (http://www.auctionbytes.com/cab/abu/y205/m04/abu0141/s01). Now here's a mashup with Google Maps and eBay listings (http://www.markovic.com/markovic.com/ebay/search.php). You can read more here http://digbig.com/4fabs.
Here's more information on Receller, which I mentioned in my last editorial: http://www.auctionbytes.com/cab/abn/y05/m10/i11/s04.
There's a new edition of "News in Review" on AuctionBytes.TV. It has some footage of some UPS small-business award-winners and a short clip of the Atlantique City antiques fair from last weekend http://auctionbytes.tv/cgi-bin/video-manager/frame.pl?news&10202005.
I'm pleased to announce a promotion we're rolling out in cooperation with the Online Traders Web Alliance (OTWA). OTWA members and AuctionBytes readers can sign up to receive one-year ads in the classifieds section of each site. Normally this would cost over $100, but with this program the price is set at only $25. Read today's This & That for more information or go to http://www.otwa.com/o/partners/auctionbytes/cap.html.
And be sure and check today's This & That column for a chance to receive a complete set of the 2005 Antiques titles by Judith Miller published by Dorling Kindersley.
Thanks for reading.
About the author:
Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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