AuctionBytes This and That Roundup: Ecommerce Resources
By Ina Steiner
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CollectorDASH for Collectors
CollectorDASH is a website development company in the collectibles field and its first site to be published is Collector-AuctionFigures.com. CEO and Founder Bill Jones said CollectorDASH is a community-based marketplace much like Etsy, but instead of featuring handmade items, its niche is collectibles. The company has 4,000 members and 7,000 items in the marketplace. "We support our community through a quite different approach by providing unique, valuable content and application functionality, and that builds a very strong, engaged base of buyers for our sellers." The Marketplace is also integrated with users' collections.
Amazon Shopping Tool
Have you ever been shopping on Amazon and found yourself just shy of reaching the minimum $25 purchase amount to qualify for free shipping? Here's a tool that lets you shop for items that are priced at just the amount you need to receive free shipping: Filler Item. Enter the amount you need to see a list of products that help you qualify for free shipping! And here is a roundup of some other filler tools.
eBay Listing Analytics Tool
eBay launched a Listing Analytics application that provides sellers with insight into their performance. "View your listings rank, see how your listings perform compared to top listings in search results for your queries, and review trending data for both active and completed listings." See the eBay website to learn more.
Endicia Online Postage
Endicia recently released a "Freemium" version of ShipWorks with Endicia that allows eBay users to pull their orders from eBay and fulfill them with a DYMO Endicia account with the USPS. Each transaction meets the new eBay requirements on uploading and posting tracking numbers to eBay - link. Endicia has over 38 partners that provide integration with Endicia and eBay - see more information on its website.
Use the Apple iPhone to Find Antique Shops
In a case of old meets new, AntiqueWeek has an iPhone app. If you have an iPhone, you can download the app from iTunes and use it to find antique shops located near you along with detailed descriptions of the shops, links to their websites, directions, and more. It's available at no charge for a limited time.
Buy.com Opens Marketplace to Small Sellers
Buy.com has opened its marketplace to small sellers of non-commodity products (but not hobby sellers). The Everything Else store includes Antiques, Art , Automotive, Boat and Motorcycle, Coins & Paper Money, Collectibles, Crafts, Entertainment Memorabilia, Food & Gourmet, Pottery & Glass, Sporting Goods, Sports Memorabilia and Stamps. All listings will be available in Buy.com search and be sent to various feed partners. According to former eBay PowerSeller Randy Smythe, who will be managing the category in the short term, he's signed up 47 sellers and 100,000 listings thusfar. Look for the Store page on Buy.com on Tuesday.
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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 email@example.com.
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