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Mon Sept 27 2021 09:25:59

Supplier to Provide Etsy with Seller Purchase Data

By: Ina Steiner

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Etsy is encouraging sellers to use packaging supplies from EcoEnclose, but the partnership between the two companies stipulates the third-party vendor will provide Etsy with details about sellers' purchases when they order through a special landing page Etsy shares with sellers.

Etsy didn't disclose the financial nature of the new partnership with the supplier but said it helps it attain its goal of reducing carbon emissions from shipping.

Sellers should look closely at the terms if they choose to buy items from EcoEnclose through the Etsy link.

When clicking through to the special landing page provided by Etsy, sellers must accept terms ... Read More

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Fri Sept 24 2021 14:17:17

Which Service Should Etsy Acquire to Help Sellers?

By: Ina Steiner

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During a presentation at a Wall Street conference last week, Etsy CEO Josh Silverman and Chief Financial Officer Rachel Glaser talked about Etsy's acquisition strategy. (They had a lot to say on a range of topics of interest to sellers, which you can read about in this EcommerceBytes article.)

Glaser was talking about opportunistic acquisitions and mentioned service providers:

"Another example might be investments in seller services or the seller platform itself, that gives some service back to the sellers that is easier for us to buy, rather than build."

We're familiar with some tools for Etsy sellers, such as the multi-channel ... Read More

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Tue Sept 21 2021 19:58:33

Amazon Seller Faces a Sudden $181,000 Billing Glitch

By: Ina Steiner

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Imagine the feeling when you're suddenly informed you owe $91,000 in marketplace fees, but it's a mistake. And then after a month of trying to get it fixed, your bill climbs to $181,000, and you realize it will keep going up by $91,000 each month, with no end in sight.

Amazon seller Zu Adams wrote about the dilemma she faced in August when that happened to her. On her blog, she called the incident a "surreal nightmare come to life."

Zu had participated in an invitation-only program called FBA Onsite several years ago that turned areas of sellers’ warehouses into Amazon ... Read More

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Mon Sept 20 2021 10:33:43

Who Is Behind Vintage Fashion Takedowns on Etsy?

By: Ina Steiner

 

Sellers who list vintage fashion say Etsy is deactivating their listings and holding their payments, which one seller said felt like a gut-punch. One seller said Etsy even deactivated their vintage sewing patterns.

A reader told EcommerceBytes, "Etsy has unleashed their bots and many long time, established vintage sellers are getting take downs of Authentic Vintage designer items. One seller who has been selling on Etsy and has about 4400 in sales had authentic items taken down and they told her that they were now putting her on payment reserve."

On this thread on the Etsy discussion boards, a seller explained it ... Read More

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Fri Sept 17 2021 20:25:14

USPS Is Slowing the Mail But Says Keep Mailing Letters!

By: Ina Steiner

 

The USPS says, "Keep mailing letters!" That's part of the advice it offered customers in today's notice of the First Class Mail slowdown it will put into place in 2 weeks. (The fate of the proposed First Class Package slowdown remains undetermined.)

On October 1st, mail travelling hefty distances will take between 1 to 2 days longer to arrive. Why? In order to "increase delivery reliability, consistency, and efficiency for our customers and across our network."

"If it would take you more than a day to drive your mail to its destination, make sure to give your ... Read More

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