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EB-Update Issue #288 - June 12, 2011.

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I'm headed to San Diego this week where I'll be joined by Lissa McGrath to cover the annual Internet Retailer conference, which is expecting 7,000 attendees and 503 exhibitors! Find out how you can keep up with the latest news, including coverage of the keynote address from eBay's Christopher Payne, in today's editorial along with some need-to-know industry updates - including a new project we're working on at AuctionBytes.

Get Ready for New eBay Fees on Shipping

Beginning July 6, eBay is expanding its commission fees (FVFs) to include not only the selling price, but the Shipping and Handling charges as well. Given that many buyers mistakenly overpay for shipping, it's advised sellers set up shipping rules when possible to avoid overpaying eBay FVF fees.

Putting Some Meat in Ecommerce

Is it safe to buy and sell meat online? Greg Holden takes a look at this delicious dilemma and discovers it's not difficult, as long as you do your homework up front.

Shape of the Future: Make Your Own Products to Sell with Shapeways

Online sellers have discovered a new way to source inventory - make it yourself, but these days, they are not limited to traditional handmade items and arts and crafts. Thanks to new 3D printers, entrepreneurs and artisans can design items and "print" them in plastic and metal. Julia Wilkinson talks to a number of online merchants who are capitalizing on this new trend.

EPIS Merchant Profile: Sharon's Vintage Store

Sharon Blanding began selling online on eBay in 2003, and three years later, she launched her own website, She also has three stores on eCrater, three on Bonanza, and one on Etsy. In today's merchant profile, Sharon talks about the challenges of setting up an ecommerce website using PrestoStore and some of the ways she drives traffic to her website and storefronts.

Collectors Corner: Alternative Currencies - Liberty Dollars and More

They may not be legal tender, but alternative "currencies" circulated by individuals and institutions for limited use are catching the eye of the collector. Michele Alice explains.

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.