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Sun Sept 27 2020 19:48:05

Etsy Adds New Search Feature that Was Long Missing

By: Ina Steiner

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Etsy sellers reported seeing a new search feature, but fear not - it's getting good reviews.

Two weeks ago a couple of sellers noticed a new "Save this Search" feature on the search results page next to "Sort By; Relevancy." 

"Very much an eBay feature (they've had it for years) but I am glad to see it on here," a seller wrote. "Will certainly be useful for vintage buyers who search for specific items, such as particular brands, etc."

This evening, a third seller weighed in: "I just got this today when I ran a search. Very happy! I've had eBay searches saved ... Read More

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Mon Sept 21 2020 22:40:47

Will Sellers Absorb the Higher Cost of Holiday Shipping?

By: Ina Steiner

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The US Postal Service is raising rates for online sellers over the holidays in an unprecedented move. But who will pay the higher rates - sellers or buyers? 

USPS Priority Mail is rising an average of 4.2%, while First-Class Package Service is increasing an average of 7%. (Note that retail rates - the rates you pay if you bring your package to the Post Office - will not increase.)

The rates take effect between October 18 - December 27, 2020.

We're taking a quick survey of US sellers to find out if they'll be impacted, and if so, who is paying the extra cost, sellers ... Read More

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Sun Sept 20 2020 10:57:12

eBay Considers Enhancements to Seller Hub

By: Ina Steiner

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eBay is consider adding a new tagging feature to the Seller Hub, a portal eBay rolled out widely to sellers in 2018 that replaced some other tools sellers had been using to manage their listings.

Senior Product Manager of the eBay Selling Team David Bernstein sought input on how sellers would like to be able to filter and sort the Seller Hub "active listings" page.

"This is currently just a brainstorming exercise as my team and I are trying to address various requests we receive from sellers, but what I have in mind is a flexible system that sellers could ... Read More

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Tue Sept 15 2020 11:03:45

Amazon Eliminates Seller Restocking Fees in Some Cases

By: Ina Steiner


Amazon is changing its seller-fulfilled return policy at the end of the month. Sellers whose items are returned in original condition will no longer be able to charge the customer a restocking fee.

"Only items returned out of policy and/or are in used or damaged condition will be eligible for restocking fees," Amazon said.

"In cases where you would like to charge a restocking fee due to a damaged, missing, or a materially different return, you will be required to grade the return item."

In addition, restocking fees greater than or equal to 20% will require sellers to upload a photo of the item.

Amazon said the ... Read More

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Sun Sept 13 2020 19:43:47

eBay Limits Who Can See New App Content

By: Ina Steiner


eBay's mobile app has a new feature, but eBay is not making it available to everyone.

Last week eBay announced the launch of eBay Channels targeted for luxury watch enthusiasts to "connect them with inspiration from the luxury watch world and eBay's incredible selection."

When asked how to access the feature, a moderator explained, "The eBay Channels show on the home screen when the member has been identified as a watch enthusiast by their purchase history."

Another moderator expanded on that response with the following reply:

"The Shopping Channels experience is available on the most updated version of the eBay app and is ... Read More

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