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Sat July 31 2021 23:21:45

Seller Eviscerates New Etsy Top Seller Program

By: Ina Steiner

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Sellers are taking to the Etsy forums to express their concerns about a new top seller program called Etsy Star Seller. With the new program, Etsy will determine whether a seller qualifies as a "Star Seller" based on their response rate to buyers' first message; shipping with tracking within stated handling processing time (digital orders excluded); and 5-star ratings. 

Sellers must also meet certain minimum criteria, including having at least 10 orders and $300 in sales within the 3-month review period. 

Etsy will award sellers who qualify with a Star Seller badge to set them apart from other sellers.

One seller (chainofbeauty), an ... Read More

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Wed July 28 2021 21:33:26

Is Etsy's Star Seller Program an eBay Copycat?

By: Ina Steiner

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Etsy launched a Star Sellers program today that some are calling an eBay Top Rated Seller copycat. "It appears exactly like eBay's "Top Rated Seller" program," a reader told EcommerceBytes.

The only difference the reader could see is that, "with eBay, a seller received discounts on shipping rates, on Etsy there is only a promise of future drops in search results."

Etsy said the new Star Seller program is a way for it to reward shops that consistently offer an excellent customer experience in the areas it knows are important to buyers: responding to messages quickly, shipping, and 5-star ratings.

"It’s important for shoppers to ... Read More

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Mon July 26 2021 15:01:13

eBay Launches Offsite Ad Program - No Extra Cost for Now

By: Ina Steiner

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eBay launched an offsite ad program tied to Promoted Listings, similar to Etsy's program. In today's announcement, eBay said external Promoted Listings come at no additional cost to sellers.

eBay CEO Jamie Iannone had briefed Wall Street analysts on the pilot version of the program in May, as we reported at the time.

To be clear, the ads are not free. If a buyer clicks on a Promoted Listing that appears off eBay and purchases the item within 30 days, the seller will pay eBay just as they would if a buyer clicked on the Promoted Listing ad on the ... Read More

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Sat July 24 2021 14:02:45

Game of Ecommerce Chess: Who Should Acquire Whom?

By: Ina Steiner


There's often speculation about which companies tech giants should acquire. An article in Marker took a look at Etsy's acquisitions, sparking the question once again, are ecommerce giants making the best use of their capital? 

As Etsy makes some strategic plays, some other online marketplaces are sitting tight. eBay is actually downsizing its portfolio with the sale of its Classified unit and StubHub ticket marketplace, as well as its Korean business unit.

That contrasts with Etsy's acquisition of DaWanda (actually a referral agreement, not an out-and-out purchase), DePop, Reverb, and recently, Elo7.

Marker (a publication from Medium about the intersection of ... Read More

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Fri July 23 2021 21:15:30

USPS Mailing Tubes Are Becoming a Box Office Bomb

By: Ina Steiner


Move posters sent USPS are a flop, say sellers. Bruce Hershenson, proprietor of a million-dollar business, said he has seen a dramatic rise in damage to the mailing tubes sent Priority Mail. 

Hershenson told EcommerceBytes he sends 15,000 to 25,000 packages every year in the strongest custom-made mailing tubes and boxes, but pointed to increasing problems over the past year.

In a post on Facebook, he included an image of a mailing tube and wrote about the problem of delayed and damaged packages. "Packages sent Priority Mail now routinely take a week or more to arrive in the U.S., as ... Read More

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