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Thu Aug 19 2021 22:43:47

Amazon Lets Sellers Ignore Those Pesky Holidays

By: Ina Steiner

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The company that got the USPS to work on Sundays and holidays is now encouraging sellers to do the same. Amazon told sellers they now have the opportunity to override holidays and "present faster customer promises" for self-fulfilled offers.

Amazon believes shoppers want instant gratification and that shortening estimated delivery dates can help make a sale. That's why it's now providing a way for sellers to override holidays.

"When estimating shipping date and delivery date, holidays are not counted as operating days. Therefore, estimated shipping date and delivery date that fall on holidays would be pushed to the next operating day. 

"If, however, you have ... Read More

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Wed Aug 18 2021 20:07:35

Do eBay Buyers and Sellers Need Better Pricing Data?

By: Ina Steiner

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This week's shill bidding scandal involving a top seller of trading cards is shining a light on eBay prices, raising the question, does eBay have a transparency problem?

In case you missed it, eBay accused individuals associated with PWCC of shill bidding on its platform (PWCC said it was shocked at the allegations and called them defamatory) - here's a look at the eBay shill bidding policy

"Shill bidding happens when anyone - including family, friends, roommates, employees, or online connections - bids on an item with the intent to artificially increase its price or desirability. In addition, members cannot ... Read More

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Sun Aug 15 2021 15:05:28

PayPal Account Closures: What's a Seller to Do?

By: Ina Steiner

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Two readers emailed us late last week saying PayPal closed their accounts with no warning, and both readers were in the dark about why PayPal closed their accounts.

One reader said PayPal had banned them for selling on a niche marketplace and said other sellers on that platform had also received the same notice. (We emailed PayPal PR on Friday morning but have not received a response.) The following is the email they received from PayPal:

You can no longer do business with PayPal

After a review, we decided to permanently limit your account as we detected that this account that this account was engaged ... Read More

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Wed Aug 11 2021 19:59:49

eBay Addresses Problems with USPS Media Mail Labels

By: Ina Steiner

 

eBay sellers were having a problem sending certain items via USPS Media Mail, such as a seller who posted in mid-July. "It's an ongoing issue that eBay is aware of and working on," a seller replied at the time - "They didn't map Media Mail correctly to all the valid categories."

In today's eBay Weekly Chat session, a seller reported they had been trying to get help for weeks to resolve the problem and wrote, "When the shipping team made these changes it appears they went by parent category and disregarding legit sub categories that can have the items shipped ... Read More

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Tue Aug 10 2021 20:35:49

A Tool that Lets Etsy Sellers Check for Bad Buyers

By: Ina Steiner

 

There are many ways shoppers can vet sellers before making a purchase, but many sellers are also interested in researching buyers to avoid problems caused by chronic bad buyers. That's true on the Etsy platform as well.

Today, Newsweek published an article about a tool for Etsy sellers called "Karen Check" to help avoid encounters with problem customers.

"Etsy doesn't show the review history of accounts on the site, but the information can be publicly accessed through its API," Newsweek reported. "Karen Check grabs that information and makes it easy to see, so sellers can see if the account has a ... Read More

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