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EB-Update Issue #287 - May 22, 2011.

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From the Editor

There's lots of information for online sellers in today's newsletter that you won't want to miss, and in today's editorial, Ina Steiner reveals breaking news from Monsoon - booksellers will soon be able to participate in a brand new book-rental program from Alibris - keep reading for this news and more!


Fuji Arts Finds Life After eBay

In 2008, Fuji Arts founder Bill Fagan faced a dilemma when his company's auction business on eBay plummeted due to the rollout of Best Match in the Japanese prints category. Weeks away from laying off employees, Fagan made a dramatic decision to focus entirely on his own online auction website. Despite his concerns, Fuji Arts recovered within 60 days of pivoting completely off eBay, and 2010 sales were double what they had been on eBay. Reporter Kenneth Corbin tells the dramatic story of Fuji Arts and what its founder has to say to other eBay sellers.


Common Questions about Amazon Marketplace Shipping-Label Program

Amazon.com's third-party sellers can now print postage through its Marketplace Shipping Label program, powered by Stamps.com. AuctionBytes asked Stamps.com Director of Online Marketing Eric Nash to provide answers to frequently asked questions about the program.


Case Study: Strategic Planning Helps Multi-Channel Seller Grow

Online sellers take different approaches in how they market their storefronts and merchandise their products. In part two of his case study profiling artisan Nathalie Girard, AuctionBytes Contributing Editor Greg Holden explores Nathalie's approach to setting up various storefronts and her use of a main website that serves as hub and "home base." Greg picks her brain for tips on how to select a web-hosting service, how many storefronts a seller needs, and whether a merchant should have one store per type of product or one store with multiple categories.


Amazon's Jeff Bezos Committed to 3P Merchant Program

Third-party sellers are a very significant part of Amazon's business, according to Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos, who was speaking at this month's ShopSmart Summit in New York. Merchants contribute just above 30% of unit sales, and are a part of the company's vision to have every single product available for very fast delivery. Ina Steiner reports on the summit, including her conversation with Jeff Bezos after his keynote presentation.


Collectors Corner: Early American Stoneware

Sometimes the simplest household items used in everyday life can be seen as works of art, and this is true for early American stoneware. AuctionBytes Contributing Editor Michele Alice reviews what to look for when scouring estate and garage sales and points to resources to learn more about this interesting area of Americana.


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.