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EB-Update Issue #283 - March 20, 2011.

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It was quite a week for online sellers, from eBay's Spring Seller Update announcement to Etsy's controversial feedback changes. Google also made an important announcement about product feeds that most online sellers will want to pay attention to, since it could affect their visibility in search. Learn about the latest industry developments in today's editorial!


Cheat Sheet on eBay's Spring 2011 Seller Announcements

eBay made a number of announcements on Tuesday affecting sellers, including a new, controversial fee structure that makes it more expensive for some sellers and less expensive for others. And while eBay's fee changes and new Shopping Cart generated most of the attention, there are additional changes that will affect sellers, including an escrow-style policy for sellers who dip to a "Below Standard" performance rating that could result in major cash-flow issues for those affected. The AuctionBytes Cheat Sheet puts it all in perspective!


eBay Fee Changes Hit Auction Sellers Hard

eBay's changes to its fee structure will have a big impact auction sellers - and they have only 1 month from the time of the announcement to adjust their auction-selling strategies. eBay will begin including shipping & handling costs into its Final Value Fees. For sellers who don't have an eBay Store, that means a brand new fee of 9% of shipping & handling costs for all auction listings. AuctionBytes breaks it down and finds it could have a major impact on eBay auctions as we know them today.


Addoway Builds Trust in Ecommerce with Social Connections

Social commerce is all the rage these days as sites like Facebook gain in popularity. AuctionBytes Contributing Editor Greg Holden talks to Addoway cofounder Frederick Nijm to learn more about buying and selling through social connections.


Guest Column: How Retailers Can Benefit From the Online Coupon Boom

Many online sellers use coupon sites to save money when shopping online, but may not have used such sites to try and drive traffic to their listings. One of the largest coupon sites RetailMeNot was acquired by WhaleShark Media last year, and in today's guest column, WhaleShark Media founder and CEO Cotter Cunningham provides guidelines on how retailers can create successful coupons.


Collector's Corner: Art Prints

Original fine art prints can be quite expensive, but may end up at yard sales when their owners don't realize what they have. Collectors Corner Editor Michele Alice provides background to help you identify art prints, so grab your magnifier - you may discover a real find!


AuctionBytes Soundoff: Letters to the Editor

In every issue, readers soundoff about issues important to them. From feedback to payment services, from fees to online marketplace policies, AuctionBytes Soundoff gives you a chance to air your views. Send your letter to the editor by emailing ina@auctionbytes.com with "Letters to the Editor" in the subject line. (Remember to include your name as you would like it to appear.)