EcommerceBytes-Update, Number 153 - October 23, 2005 - ISSN 1528-6703     1 of 8

From the Editor

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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 ( 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?

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 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 ( Now here's a mashup with Google Maps and eBay listings ( You can read more here

Here's more information on Receller, which I mentioned in my last editorial:

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

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

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

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