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Mon Nov 27 2017 22:15:48

Has eBay Reached Its Level of Incompetence?

By: Bob

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Has eBay reached its Level of Incompetence? Online seller and AuctionBytes blogger Bob examines how a new policy and its detrimental effect on sellers is evidence of the Peter Principle at work.

In 1969 Dr. Laurence J. Peter wrote a wonderful book titled, The Peter Principle: Why Things Always Go Wrong. This is classic study of corporate bureaucracy which he dubbed "Hierarchiology" (that word, alone, makes this book a must read!).

There were several important tendencies that this book exposed. Spoiler Alert! A main one was that in a corporate atmosphere, people tended to rise to their "Level of Incompetence." This ... Read More

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Fri Nov 24 2017 17:14:01

Reseller Grabs Truck Full of Black Friday Bargains

By: Ina Steiner

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An Amazon seller was blamed for ruining Black Friday for some shoppers when he and two family members filled one or two rental trucks full of items purchased at a Pennsylvania Walmart on Thanksgiving evening. The shopper in front of the checkout line ahead of the reseller said he took an entire pallet of Legos, "leaving none for anyone else," and openly discussed his plans to resell them on Amazon, a practice known as Retail Arbitrage.

Local news station said the "third party online company" showed up at the Walmart store in Indiana, Pennsylvania, and cleared the ... Read More

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Mon Nov 20 2017 22:57:49

A Thanksgiving Warning to Online Sellers

By: Ina Steiner

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Friends don't let friends share IP addresses. Here's a reminder for online sellers as you prepare to travel or host friends and family for the holidays.

eBay sellers have reported incorrect account linking over the years that have resulted in account suspensions, and not surprisingly it has spread to other marketplaces. As you prepare to travel or host family and friends for Thanksgiving and the holidays, it's a problem you should become familiar with and remain on your guard.

In the last week we have heard from two sellers on Amazon and Etsy who say the marketplaces suspended their ... Read More

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Thu Nov 16 2017 10:20:06

Article Exposes the Challenges Online Sellers Face

By: Ina Steiner


It's refreshing to see a publication tackle some of the challenges online sellers face. Will marketplaces like Etsy ever improve search and tackle knockoffs?

Racked has a good story about Etsy that addresses some concerns from sellers on the site. It's interesting to note that some of the issues raised in the following paragraph could also be said about eBay and other online marketplaces:

"Just search for an "octopus pendant" and you'll see the problem - the same product pops up again and again. While some have been altered, and thus arguably count as handmade, others are identical to what you can ... Read More

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Thu Nov 16 2017 09:25:44

Amazon Favors FBA over SFP to Ease Warehouse Strains?

By: Ina Steiner


Is Amazon using a new tactic to ease holiday strains on its warehouses? That's the theory of sellers who are being disadvantaged in the Buy Box this week.

Amazon warehouses get full this time of year as sellers take advantage of the Fulfillment By Amazon program, which makes their items eligible for Prime's free, fast shipping for holiday shoppers. FBA is also the only way some sellers can list in the Toys and Games category during the holidays, adding to the inventory in Amazon fulfillment centers.

That's part of the reason Amazon created the Seller Fulfilled Prime (SFP) program - it lets sellers ... Read More

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