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EB-Update Issue #259 - March 21, 2010.

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eBay rolls out major changes next week, we highlight what to look out for. A new podcast discusses how to sell on Amazon. And a review of today's issue: PayPal Micropayments, Groupon, and USPS answers your shipping questions!

United States Postal Service Answers Your Shipping Questions

The United States Postal Service answers your questions in today's newsletter. Last month, readers submitted their questions for the USPS and raised important issues, outlining some of the challenges they face as online retailers, such as postal fees, international shipping and package-tracking. The USPS responds to your questions - and also tells you how you can talk directly to a sales person about growing your business through the USPS.

PayPal Micropayments Can Save eBay and Online Sellers Money

Did you know if you sell items for less than $12, you can qualify for lower PayPal processing rates? This applies to any PayPal transaction and is not limited to eBay sales. Learn more about setting up a PayPal Micropayments account to see if it can save you money!

Groupon Combines Social Networking and Ecommerce with a Local Twist

Groupon is the latest social-shopping-with-a-local-twist craze. Greg Holden talked to Groupon's CEO Andrew Mason to find out more about this group-buying site that's all the rage on Twitter, Facebook, and beyond.

AuctionBytes This and That Roundup

Etsy Hosts Webinar on CPSIA; Barbies for Grownups - Mattel Launches Mad Men Dolls - all this in this week's This & That column!

First Item Sold Online: Dual Channel Oscilloscope Kicks off eBay Career

Do you remember the first item you ever sold online? Let us know by sending an email to and we may publish your story. Today we hear from Steve of BedfordTradingPost who sold a dual channel oscilloscope on eBay.

Collector's Corner: Figurines, Part 2: Precious Moments and Josef Originals

Collectors go gaga over figurines, and in the last issue, Collector's Corner Editor Michele Alice took a look at Sebastian Miniatures and Bing & Grondahl. In today's issue, she takes a look at Precious Moments and Josef Originals and points to some useful resources to learn more.

AuctionBytes Soundoff: Letters to the Editor

In every issue, readers soundoff about issues important to them. From feedback to payment services, from fees to posting policies, AuctionBytes Soundoff gives you a chance to air your views.