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Sat May 8 2021 10:34:34

PayPal Changes Protections, Eliminates Digital Micro Payments

By: Ina Steiner

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PayPal is changing its legal agreements with users. Sellers wary of clicking on links in emails over fears of phishing scams can find information about the changes by visiting, clicking "Legal" at the bottom of the page, scrolling down, and selecting "Policy Updates."

Right off the bat, PayPal says it's revising protections policies: "We are further revising PayPal's Purchase Protection and Seller Protection to be globally consistent and to further clarify which transactions are eligible for protection."

However, it doesn't provide details or link to the new policies to be able to compare it to the current policy.

We asked PayPal for a link ... Read More

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Wed May 5 2021 20:19:03

Etsy Launches Quizzes and Other Fun Facts

By: Ina Steiner

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Etsy said its marketplace is an onramp for "creative entrepreneurs," and one statistic gives credence to that claim: nearly half of the 3,495 Etsy sellers it surveyed in January said they had sold goods for the first time on Etsy. That number rose to 60% for respondents between the ages of 18-34.

Etsy commissioned Ipsos to conduct the survey and released the results today, which highlighted the fact that those who sell on its marketplace who responded to the survey are predominantly "micro" sellers - the vast majority were women who run one-person businesses out of their homes. Specifically: 81% of ... Read More

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Mon May 3 2021 20:58:59

Amazon Dumps Collectibles across a Number of Categories

By: Ina Steiner

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Amazon will no longer allow "collectibles" in a number of categories, it told sellers in an email on Monday. Items in affected categories currently listed in "collectible" condition will have to be reclassified as "new" or "used."

The categories in which Amazon is banning collectible condition products are the following:  Video Games, Kitchen, Outdoors, Patio, Lawn & Garden, Tools & Home Improvement, and Appliances.

Sellers will be prohibited from listing such items beginning June 30, 2021, at which time Amazon will remove listings that don't comply with the new policy.

What about sellers with collectible inventory stored in Amazon fulfillment centers? "If you have remaining ... Read More

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Fri Apr 30 2021 11:20:45

Etsy Quietly Bans New Sellers from Certain Geographies

By: Ina Steiner


Sellers located in certain countries suddenly found they could not open up a new Etsy shop this week. "Etsy closed new shop registration for all countries where Etsy Payments is not currently available - except India," a reader informed us.

"And what is most interesting, they did it secretly, without official announcements," the seller continued. "It was just that on April 26, suddenly, people were unable to register new shops."

For many years, Etsy had few restrictions on how sellers chose to accept payments, and many used Square and PayPal. Etsy began forcing sellers into Etsy Payments (similar to eBay's Managed Payments initiative) ... Read More

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Wed Apr 28 2021 19:53:39

eBay to Help Sellers Personalize Goods with Customization Feature

By: Ina Steiner


eBay will launch customization features to reduce friction between buyers and sellers for orders of personalized items. eBay CEO Jamie Iannone announced the feature during Wednesday afternoon's first-quarter earnings call with Wall Street analysts.

Iannone said, "Beginning next month in the UK and Germany, we will offer a new capability to all sellers to offer personalized goods in categories such as Home, Fashion, and Jewelry.

"This will allow buyers to find and enter specific customization requests to the seller.

"In the past, this process was manual, which limited GMV. But we believe this new experience can significantly improve customer satisfaction, bring more supply onto the ... Read More

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