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EB-Update Issue #284 - April 03, 2011.

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From the Editor

If you've ever been frustrated when you encounter an issue or snafu when listing items, printing labels, or processing payments, you'll want to read today's editorial about a brand new tool for reporting technical issues on ecommerce industry websites and software. Ina also fills you in on the latest news: eBay sellers who use ProStores to power their own ecommerce websites face fee increases of up to 138%, and eBay is to acquire GSI Commerce, the ecommerce engine behind sites of large brands and retailers such as Calvin Klein, ToysRUs and Dick's Sporting Goods.

Never a Dull Moment for Online Booksellers

Booksellers face unique challenges when selling online, and as Greg Holden explains, many rely on ecommerce solutions such as Monsoon and FillZ to help manage their online sales.

Guest Column: Selecting the Right Ecommerce Software

In today's Guest Column, Natalie Schnotz of provides some tips on selecting ecommerce software along with links to three of her favorites services.

Guest Column: What Every Seller Needs to Know about QR Codes

If you've ever wondered about those stamp-sized black and white squares that are showing up in advertisements and signs, wonder no more. Jason Archambault of FastPack explains what they are and how online sellers can use them in their marketing campaigns, no matter how large or small your business.

EveryPlaceISell Merchant Profile: Jewelry on the Rocks

Margaret Crow of Jewelry on the Rocks began selling unusual houseplants on eBay in 2002 and has greatly expanded since those early days. Margaret now sells a variety of items, including her own jewelry, and has her own website in addition to selling on a number of artisan websites. Margaret details the pros and cons of selling on ArtFire, Zibbet and Etsy, and explains why she launched her own ecommerce website.

Collector's Corner: Incandescent Light Bulbs

Some consumers are stockpiling incandescent bulbs. Michele Alice explains why, and sheds some light on what makes a light bulb collectible!

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.