Amazon Prime Day is behind us and back-to-school shopping season is well underway – and sellers are making sure they have their ducks in a row for the holiday shopping season ahead. Noteworthy this year: Amazon will begin its holiday restrictions on third-party sellers in mid-October rather than mid-November.
eBay held its seller conference eBay Open last month, and we’ve got the low-down in today’s issue. At the event, eBay briefed attendees on its “managed payments” beta testing that will begin next month. It’s not surprising eBay wants to take over payments – it saw how profitable it was for Etsy when it took over payments, and it also gives it some marketing and risk-management advantages, some of which can be beneficial to sellers.
eBay is currently recruiting sellers to participate in its managed payments beta, but participants won’t be able to offer PayPal as a payment method until the summer of 2019, nor will sellers be able to use eBay’s Global Shipping Program or third-party tools such as GoDaddy’s bookkeeping integration. On Wednesday, eBay Senior Director of Global Payment Services Keala Gaines provided some insight on the reasons for these restrictions.
eBay apologized to sellers for technical issues in June, but a month later it found itself again apologizing, offering sellers impacted by a repeat glitch insertion fee credits and free listings.
When Meg Whitman joined eBay, she faced a technology crisis that literally brought the site to a standstill. The issues eBay is currently facing may not be as dramatically visible to the outside world as the day-long outages Whitman faced, but it’s not difficult to see that business as usual is not an option for eBay today.
Etsy’s new fees took effect on July 16th, and eBay’s Fall Seller Update included fee increases, with media sellers taking a big hit.
eBay, Etsy, and Amazon all offer advertising programs for sellers, but if you sell on your own store, it’s necessary to do your own marketing to draw buyers. In today’s issue, we take a look at Google Smart Shopping campaigns as Google tries to make it easier for small businesses to advertise through its service. If you can navigate online marketplaces, you’re well positioned to tackle online advertising to promote your own site.
If you see an old man wearing a red hat lurking in your neighbor’s garden, don’t be alarmed – it’s probably a garden gnome. Surprise, surprise, some specimens are collectible, as Collectors Corner editor Michele Alice explains in today’s column.
As always, we wrap up today’s issue with letters to the editor.
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