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eBay and Etsy Sellers Advocate on Postal Issues, Sales Tax, and More

eBay and Etsy
eBay and Etsy Sellers Advocate on Postal Issues and Taxes

eBay and Etsy sent sellers to Washington, DC to lobby lawmakers on issues important to the marketplaces and their sellers, including postal issues, benefits, trade, net neutrality – and of course, online sales tax. Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman started the practice 15 years ago, as we described in this 2004 article:

“eBay is hosting the “United States of eBay” Small Business Summit in Washington D.C. on May 5, 2004. eBay is flying in 51 small-business representatives of the eBay community from each state and the District of Columbia. The participants consist of small businesses, half of whom buy supplies and equipment on eBay and half of whom make their living selling on eBay. They will meet with members of Congress and other policy makers on Capitol Hill and attend a dinner gala celebration hosted by Meg Whitman, President and CEO of eBay.”

This year‘s eBay “Advocacy Day” saw 24 eBay sellers from around the country visit the eBay Government Relations team and with Congressional members and staffers, with the focus on “trade policies that remove barriers for small business and reduces transaction costs as well as a strong and viable United States Postal Service.”

Etsy has also seen the benefit of sending sellers to the nation’s capital, this year sending seventeen Etsy sellers from all over the country to Washington DC to advocate on behalf of small businesses. On the agenda: Online sales tax, trade, net neutrality, and portable benefits.

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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.

One thought on “eBay and Etsy Sellers Advocate on Postal Issues, Sales Tax, and More”

  1. It’s good to hear that these companies are at least making it possible for some sellers to have their voices heard on Capitol Hill. However, I’m sure they were restricted to what they could discuss. Let’s not talk about the issues we have with the marketplaces themselves. LOL

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