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From the Editor – September 8, 2019

EcommerceBytes Editor Ina Steiner
EcommerceBytes Editor Ina Steiner

The economy has an obvious impact on retail and ecommerce, but there are other news headlines that are hitting close to home for online sellers. The United States’ possible withdrawal from the Universal Postal Union could potentially help sellers who compete with Chinese imports, but it also has the potential to make international shipping more costly, whether you’re importing inventory or you’re shipping orders to foreign customers. The possible withdrawal of the UK from the European Union, known as Brexit, could disrupt sales in and out of that country. And then there are the tariffs, of which people are in disagreement about the short- and long-term impact.

Luckily sellers are very adaptable. But with all the macro economic uncertainty, sellers at least want stability on platforms and with the tools they use. Which brings us to last week’s eBay Fall Seller Update.

In today’s issue, we spell out the major changes that will impact sellers. eBay put all of the fall update changes into four broad categories, but we broke them down into 7 easier-to-understand groupings (8 if you count the changes eBay made to its User Agreement).

Complicating matters is the fact that a number of changes go into effect in October, just as the holiday shopping season is really ramping up.

There’s plenty to review in the eBay Fall Seller Update, from Managed Payments, Promoted Listings, “simpler” policies (with a new enforcement measure), Returns Policies, Offers to Buyers, Fee changes (eBay Motors), and Category and Item Specific changes.

We welcome your thoughts about how these changes impact you, and what other challenges and opportunities you’re experiencing as an online seller.

In case you missed our recent story in Newsflash, US sellers should know the USPS will no longer cash International Postal Money Orders issued by Canada Post, and vice versa – Canada Post will no longer cash International Postal Money Orders issued by the US Postal Service.

In today’s issue, Collectors Corner takes a look at MAD Magazine, and we end with letters to the editor.

Thanks for reading.

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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.