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EcommerceBytes Soundoff: Letters to the Editor – June 11, 2017

EcommerceBytes Letters to the EditorIn every issue, readers soundoff about issues important to them. From shipping issues to payment processing, from fees to online marketplace policies, EcommerceBytes Soundoff gives you a chance to air your views.

Dear Ina,
Have you ever noticed that PayPal estimates 3-5 days to transfer funds to you bank when you use their website, but only 1 day when you use their mobile app?

I reached out to them to see if they could explain the discrepancy, but never got a response. Do you know why?


Dear Ina,
I was searching eBay and it was loading so slow. In the bottom left corner of my screen, I kept seeing where it was trying to load different things and may contained ad in the url.

I decided to turn on my adblock to see if that would help as I had turned it off to read a news story. I was surprised to see the number of ads it started blocking. It was up over 1000 when I finally to this screen shot.

I have no idea what was going on but it is a wonder that eBay is losing customers daily. Not only can they not find anything, but you have to get the page to load to even get to search. Hopefully our buyer have adblock!


Dear Ina,
This is even worse than the Google Etsy Market Page “experiment” that you reported on over Memorial Day weekend (which Etsy temporarily stopped last week).

Etsy told us last week that they would show other listings in our listings on social media, but not on internal links. That is not true, because they are showing 6 large photos above our listing information and 15 large photos below our listing information on our internal links as well.

We have been complaining since Saturday with no relief, but this has to take the cake – someone has called it “Etsy Porn Tags – the Sequel”.


Kind regards,


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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 ina@ecommercebytes.com.