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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. See disclosure at EcommerceBytes.com/disclosure/.

3 thoughts on “Amazon, eBay, Carriers to Help Feds ID Illicit and Dangerous Imports”

  1. Just sounds like more useless government job creating to me. To bad the Post Office doesn’t fix the problems they have with delivering the mail instead of creating more jobs that mean exactly nothing. This is like the Senate creating jobs to find out why the grass is greener after it rains.

  2. I think it’s about time the government is taking measures to better protect American consumers and businesses from foreign thieves. It’s interesting that Etsy hasn’t stepped up to the plate. I guess the other marketplace sites can handle a significant loss to their so-called inventory when they rat on the thieves they’ve been making tons of money on.

    Sellers on marketplace sites should see a significant drop in the fakes they’ve been competing with for so long…IF this pilot program does what it should. Even if Etsy doesn’t jump aboard, these thieves do sell on multiple sites like the rest of us. So, if they get caught, they should be put out of business on all sites. It will be interesting to see how Etsy fairs the loss of that “inventory”.

    Will such marketplace sites that depend so much on those illegal goods be forced to start treating their American sellers better? Will they be able to regain any of those sellers they ran off to rebuild their “inventory”? It remains to be seen.

  3. What’s interesting here is that aside from the carriers and logistics firms, Amazon and Zulily are both actual ecommerce retailers and of course eBay is a marketplace.

    So the question what precisely is eBay’s functional role in this CBP pilot?

    As a non-asset based marketplace without trucks, DCs, warehouses, or (importantly) actual product inventory of their own, where does eBay fit into the equation “of obtaining certain data from e-commerce importers and service providers and how to more effectively use it to identify and target high-risk shipments, such as narcotics, health and safety violations and other criminal activity.”?

    We know that eBay ‘helps’ their China manufacturer supplier-sellers warehouse goods in the US, but in what capacity exactly?

    Surely eBay is not the U.S. Consignee or Importer of Record for their China sellers in ‘helping’ them warehouse their goods? … or are they?

    If so, that’s an awful lot of ‘help’ that eBay is providing their China manufacturer partners! (all the while of course telling US & UK merchants that “eBay will never compete with our sellers!”

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