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Thu Oct 7 2021 21:38:19

Small Sellers Getting Sucked into Amazon Insurance Mandate

By: Ina Steiner

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Small sellers say Amazon is warning them they must purchase product liability insurance despite being significantly under the threshold for the newly revised mandate. 

As previously reported in EcommerceBytes, Amazon is requiring sellers to take out a liability insurance policy once they reach $10,000 in sales in one month on Previously, the requirement had applied only to sellers who met that threshold for three consecutive months. But it now appears Amazon is enforcing the policy more broadly.

A seller of specialty collectibles wrote to EcommerceBytes today after getting an email notification with the subject line, "Action Required: Provide proof of ... Read More

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Mon Oct 4 2021 14:44:05

How Is Facebook Outage Impacting Sellers?

By: Ina Steiner

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Facebook posted on Twitter today at 12:22 pm Eastern, "We're aware that some people are having trouble accessing our apps and products. We're working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible, and we apologize for any inconvenience."

"Some people?" a user quickly retorted.

Clearly Twitter was benefitting from its rival's misfortune: hello literally everyone," the Twitter account tweeted an hour later, as the outage dragged on.

But it's no laughing matter for people who rely on Facebook. Online sellers use the platform in a number of ways - and not just to sell in Groups or on Facebook Marketplace. Sellers ... Read More

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Sat Oct 2 2021 08:59:01

Use a Bigger Mailbox or Forgo Holiday Packages?

By: Ina Steiner

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The USPS is "persuading" rural customers in one state to upgrade their mailbox or else. A recent "Don't Waste Your Money" column on ABC WCPO Channel 9 in Cincinnati covered the story that has hundreds of residents in Northern Kentucky concerned.

The letter reportedly stated, "We strongly encourage you to upgrade your mailbox to a jumbo-sized mailbox to avoid missed packages this holiday season."

The US Postal Service told the columnist, John Matarese, it is suggesting, not demanding, that rural customers purchase new extra-large boxes, known as T-4 boxes. "The USPS says it does not want to leave boxes sitting at the ... Read More

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Thu Sept 30 2021 11:44:32

How Bad Is Fraud on Facebook Marketplace?

By: Ina Steiner


Facebook Marketplace faced scrutiny over fraud in a September 22nd article in ProPublica titled, "Facebook Grew Marketplace to 1 Billion Users. Now Scammers Are Using It to Target People Around the World," by Craig Silverman, A.C. Thompson and Peter Elkind.

"As Marketplace users lose money to scams and dubious products, Facebook earns revenue thanks to a range of increasingly profitable Marketplace advertisements that appear alongside free Marketplace listings," it reported.

Among the ways Facebook fights fraud on Marketplace, according to the article:

- It uses software that scans each listing for signs of fraud or other suspicious signals before it goes live.

- It ... Read More

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Mon Sept 27 2021 09:25:59

Supplier to Provide Etsy with Seller Purchase Data

By: Ina Steiner


Etsy is encouraging sellers to use packaging supplies from EcoEnclose, but the partnership between the two companies stipulates the third-party vendor will provide Etsy with details about sellers' purchases when they order through a special landing page Etsy shares with sellers.

Etsy didn't disclose the financial nature of the new partnership with the supplier but said it helps it attain its goal of reducing carbon emissions from shipping.

Sellers should look closely at the terms if they choose to buy items from EcoEnclose through the Etsy link.

When clicking through to the special landing page provided by Etsy, sellers must accept terms ... Read More

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