EcommerceBytes-Update, Number 260 - April 04, 2010 - ISSN 1528-6703     1 of 6

From the Editor

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With the recent passage of the healthcare bill, I decided to research how tax breaks promised to small businesses would impact online sellers. The answers were not difficult to find on the IRS website, but they did disappoint. Some readers may benefit, but I'm certain many others will not. Take a look at my article in today's issue to see if you will be benefit from this particular provision of the healthcare bill.

Also in today's issue, Lissa McGrath talks to Kael Goodman of ESellerAds to learn about his company's tool that helps Etsy sellers market their listings; Michele Alice writes a fun piece on the collectibility of license plates; and readers share their thoughts in Letters from Readers and First Item Sold Online.

eBay rolled out its first changes of 2010 last week. Broadly, eBay changed its fee structure and converted Store Inventory format to Fixed-Price listings, but as always, there are other changes tucked in there as well. For a refresher, here's the eBay announcement from January. Initial reaction has been mixed, and we'll attempt to quantify the impact in the coming weeks and months.

Earnings season is almost upon us, and in the coming weeks, we'll report on first quarter financial results and the annual shareholder meetings of the major online marketplaces.

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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