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Thu June 21 2018 10:39:48

Small Sellers Hit Hard by Supreme Court Sales Tax Ruling

By: Ina Steiner

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Online sellers may have to change their practices around collecting online sales tax after the Supreme Court ruled in a key online sales tax case. Unless Congress acts, that is - lawmakers have avoided enacting legislation to address the issue until this point.

The High Court ruled this morning: "Because the physical presence rule of Quill is unsound and incorrect, Quill Corp. v. North Dakota, 504 U. S. 298, and National Bellas Hess, Inc. v. Department of Revenue of Ill., 386 U. S. 753, are overruled."

Supreme Court Justice Kennedy delivered the opinion of the Court, in which Thomas, Ginsburg, Alito, ... Read More

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Wed June 20 2018 17:04:52

eBay CEO Election Results: Sellers Select 'Other'

By: Ina Steiner

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We posed the following question to readers this week: If eBay CEO elections were held today, who would you vote for? As we noted, the question is entirely hypothetical since CEOs are not elected by customers, but we were curious what readers thought.

We provided a list of options consisting of the current CEO, former CEOs, and founder Pierre Omidyar and let participants write in a candidate if they chose. Of the named eBay current and former leaders, eBay founder Pierre Omidyar received one-third of the "votes," while former CEO Meg Whitman got close to one-quarter.

"Take us back to our roots," wrote ... Read More

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Sun June 17 2018 21:11:42

Who Would You Vote for to Lead eBay?

By: Ina Steiner

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If eBay CEO elections were held today, who would you vote for?

The question is entirely hypothetical, since CEOs are not elected by customers. In the case of public companies like eBay, the board of directors selects the chief executive.

But we were curious what readers thought. Feel free to take our informal survey and tell us, if elections were held today, who would you vote for - and why.

(You can read SurveyMonkey's Privacy Policy here.)

NOTE: We're keeping comments turned off on this blog post; you'll have a chance to leave a comment when we publish the results ... Read More

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Thu June 14 2018 08:30:51

Etsy Raises Commission Fees and Adds Shipping

By: Ina Steiner


Etsy is raising transaction fees from 3.5% to 5%. That's still a low commission fee compared to Amazon Handmade and eBay, but what sellers are likely to zero in on is the fact the fee will now include shipping. To this day sellers bemoan eBay's move to charge commission fees (FVFs) on shipping - a much-hated move.

In dollars and cents, today's announcement means an Etsy seller who lists an item for $30 and charges $3 for shipping and currently pays $1.05 in transaction fees will pay $1.65 under the new fee structure - 60 cents more, or an ... Read More

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Tue June 12 2018 21:38:56

Should eBay Provide Sellers with Buyer Phone Numbers?

By: Ina Steiner


I received a message from an eBay user who was concerned about buyer privacy. "Have you noticed that the new Seller Hub reveals all buyers phone numbers to sellers," he asked.

"I think this is a huge breach of privacy and most buyers have no idea eBay is revealing their phone numbers to sellers on every purchase now without them even having to request it," he continued. "In a world where phone numbers are bought and sold for telemarketing and spam call use, this is alarming."

The user ended his message with the following:

"In a world where Facebook is under fire for privacy breaches, ... Read More

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