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Mon Apr 19 2021 15:58:49

Sellers, Don't Look a Gift Gnome in the Mouth

By: Ina Steiner

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The phrase, "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth," is an admonishment to be grateful when receiving a present and not to find fault with that present, according to the Grammarist. That was the general sentiment of sellers when a colleague became wary of a buyer, which we described in today's editorial (substitute "gnome" for "horse").

Here's what we wrote in the editorial (which is available only to subscribers of the free Newsflash email newsletter):

"After 2 decades of perusing marketplace seller discussion boards, I thought I had seen it all. Then comes this thread on Etsy: "One ... Read More

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Thu Apr 15 2021 20:34:57

Etsy Change Pressures Sellers on Delivery Speed

By: Ina Steiner

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Some sellers said Etsy is now requiring them to specify estimated delivery times when setting up shipping profiles. They were discussing the issue in a discussion board thread this week titled, "Anyone else getting the feeling Etsy's hyperfocusing on shipping dates?"

Sellers reported that as of this week, Etsy was forcing them to choose estimated delivery times - "they won't let me use saved shipping profiles anymore without doing it," one seller wrote.

"Apparently Etsy has gone into Shop's shipping profiles (?) & decided that if one means of shipping is commonly used, then the Shop "should" be committing to ... Read More

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Wed Apr 14 2021 14:04:58

Amazon Sellers Reach Melting Point with New Attribute

By: Ina Steiner

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Amazon announced a new policy requiring sellers to provide information about the melting temperature of heat-sensitive goods. But there's some confusion about whether all sellers will be required to indicate whether their items are heat sensitive or not.

Amazon posted the following announcement on Tuesday afternoon:

Melting temperature attribute will soon be a required step for ASINs

To help improve the customer experience, we've added a melting temperature attribute for ASINs. Starting April 22, 2021, this attribute will be a required step when you fill out information for the following:

- New ASINs
- All existing ASINs when you update any attribute on a product information page

For meltable items, such ... Read More

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Mon Apr 12 2021 22:00:47

Is eBay Going to Eliminate Auctions?

By: Ina Steiner

 

Is there any reason for eBay to do away with auctions? That would have been unthinkable even a few years ago, but after CEO Meg Whitman left the company in 2008, her successors seemed to have a hate-hate relationship with the auction format that - together with market forces - diminished the practice of online bidding on eBay.

In fact, eBay CEOs used to brag about how auctions went from 70% of listings to 30% of listings. (We're not sure what percentage of listings are auction format these days, but with all the free fixed-price listings eBay offers sellers, ... Read More

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Sun Apr 11 2021 20:04:36

eBay Ads Drive Shoppers into the Arms of Rivals

By: Ina Steiner

 

While they aren't new, I've been struck recently by the number of ads eBay is running at the bottom of search results pages that link to listings on rival retail sites.

After searching eBay today for "sterling silver necklace" and scrolling down through the first page of search results featuring sellers' listings, I noticed that the first listing in the ad section at the bottom of the page was for sterling silver chain necklaces at Kohl's. 

With one click, I was on Kohls.com looking at its listings for necklaces that matched my eBay search. One more click and I was on a Kohl's ... Read More

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