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Sun Oct 14 2018 16:37:08

eBay Forces Never Ending Listings on Mobile. Desktop Next?

By: Ina Steiner

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eBay is forcing sellers into Good Til Cancelled (GTC) listings on its mobile app. Responding to complaints, an eBay moderator called it a best practice, leaving sellers wondering if desktop could be next. 

"The decision of when, and whether, to relist should be mine - NOT something eBay forces me into for the privilege of using my phone as a tool," a seller wrote on Wednesday's weekly chat thread. 

"The workaround - "well, just use your PC" - is not acceptable," he continued. "On listings that I do choose to relist, you guessed it - it has to be done from ... Read More

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Wed Oct 10 2018 16:57:24

Etsy Sellers See Stars - Black Stars

By: Ina Steiner

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Some Etsy sellers were none too pleased when their star ratings turned black yesterday. Some surmised it was part of a Halloween design theme the marketplace had rolled out. (The Search button is black as well.)

We asked Etsy about the color change this afternoon, we'll provide an update when we hear back. 

So what's the big deal? As one seller wrote, "The black stars look like they are blank and yet to be filled with gold stars."

Later in the day, a seller rejoiced when it appeared the stars returned to their brighter gold color, but the relief was short-lived as other ... Read More

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Tue Oct 9 2018 15:28:13

Could eBay Survive a Carl Icahn Sequel?

By: Ina Steiner

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Financial news site Bloomberg reported on a rumor about an activist investor sniffing around eBay, pointing to a report 2 weeks ago from that apparently cited a single source.

Activist investors can wield tremendous influence, as former eBay CEO John Donahoe learned the hard way. In January 2014, companies controlled by Carl Icahn acquired enough of an economic interest in eBay to pressure it to spin off PayPal. Readers know who won that fight, even as they continue to deal with the fallout known as eBay managed payments.

Etsy also learned the lesson last year when the ... Read More

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Sat Oct 6 2018 10:22:21

Amazon Incident Highlights Seller Hunger to Talk to Buyers

By: Ina Steiner


Amazon buyers say they received a notice about an inappropriate disclosure of their email addresses,* but not through a hack or software vulnerability - rather, through an employee who allegedly disclosed information to a third-party seller in violation of Amazon's policies. 

Posters on Reddit said they received the following letter:

We are writing to let you know that your email address was disclosed by an Amazon employee to a third-party seller on our website in violation of our policies. As a result, the employee has been terminated and we are supporting law enforcement in their prosecution. The third-party seller has ... Read More

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Thu Oct 4 2018 20:54:18

Is Etsy Too Worried about Competing with Amazon Prime?

By: Ina Steiner


The latest move from Etsy to push sellers to offer buyer-friendly policies comes in the form of a sweepstakes. Sellers who offer free shipping during the holiday shopping season have a chance to win cash prizes.

Some sellers believe Etsy is too worried about competing with Amazon and its Handmade marketplace where artisan sellers can use FBA to offer free shipping on their handmade goods.

Etsy's announcement was enticing: "To help spread some holiday magic, we're giving away over 600 prizes between $250 and $25,000 to sellers who ship for free. Every order placed that ships free between October 10 and December ... Read More

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