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Thu July 15 2021 09:51:35

Etsy's New TV Commercial Celebrates Creatives

By: Ina Steiner

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What comes across clearly in Etsy's new television ad is that creative people face challenges but those who persevere find joy in their artistry.

But the goal of Etsy's commercial is not quite as clear. Is it trying to attract sellers of handmade goods to its site, or is it trying to appeal to buyers by showing them they can find handmade goods made creative people? 

An Etsy spokesperson said the campaign celebrates makers and recognizes the challenges they must overcome.

"In this new campaign, we celebrate the makers and recognize the challenges they often have to overcome to pursue their passions as creative business owners. 

"The commercial shines ... Read More

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Mon July 12 2021 21:44:35

Etsy Imposes New Shipping Requirements on Sellers

By: Ina Steiner

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Last month we reported that Etsy would be imposing new shipping requirements, and today, Etsy announced those changes to all sellers.

First, Etsy will begin requiring sellers to add key information in their listings to help it calculate an estimated delivery date to display to shoppers, including: shipping carrier, mail class, processing time, and origin zip code. Sellers will be able to add shipping details to shipping profiles, if they use them, rather than edit each listing.

Note that all of the changes in today's announcement apply only to listings that ship from the US to customers in the US. "If you're based ... Read More

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Sun July 11 2021 20:48:55

USPS Monetizes Basic Services: What Next?

By: Ina Steiner

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USPS seems to be on a mission to monetize basic services. One example was its premium tracking service - another is a mail forwarding service.

Matthew Hertz of Second Marathon shared with us a notice he received from the USPS telling him his mail forwarding was ending and pitching him an extension - at a cost.

"Don't miss any mail! Extend your Mail Forwarding Date now.
"Don't wait, and don't forget. Extend your Mail Forwarding End Date now, at a cost of $19.95 for 6 months, $29.95 for 12 months, or $39.95 for 18 months."

It advised him that 12 months after a permanent ... Read More

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Fri July 9 2021 23:40:09

Do Porch Package Thefts Warrant Long Jail Times?

By: Ina Steiner


Stealing packages from people's porches or mailboxes is now a felony in the state of Georgia. 

"A new law in Georgia aims to curb porch piracy and mail theft by classifying certain degrees of these crimes as felonies, punishable by up to five years in prison," according to Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB).

Lawmakers believe it will serve as a deterrent, but Ben Stickle, an associate professor of criminal justice administration at Middle Tennessee State University, told GPB he was skeptical.

"This is a low-level entry crime," Stickle said. "It takes almost no skill to walk up and take a package from someone."

So what is the difference ... Read More

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Wed July 7 2021 19:46:03

What Do You Think of the New eBay Store Changes?

By: Ina Steiner


eBay began tinkering with its Store offering on Tuesday, leaving sellers scrambling to figure out what was changing and struggling to find a link to their quarterly shipping-supplies coupon. ("It's under the marketing tab now. Not under manage store anymore," sellers discovered.)

The topic also came up during Wednesday's weekly chat session, with one participant asking if eBay was going to announce the change so sellers wouldn't have to guess about what exactly was changing. They also asked if a member of the eBay Stores team could participate in a ... Read More

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