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Tue June 14 2022 15:23:33

eBay Drives Up Cost of Ads for 2nd Time in 6 Weeks

By: Ina Steiner

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eBay informed sellers today it is effectively increasing the cost of advertising for some sellers by raising the minimum ad rate for Promoted Listings Standard from 1% to 2% beginning July 11th.

The announcement comes just 2 weeks after eBay raised advertising fees by changing how it calculates Promoted Listings Standard ad fees. As of June 1st, instead of basing the fees on the final selling price of an item, eBay began basing ad fees on the selling price + taxes + shipping + other applicable fees.

Sellers were quick to react to the latest change to ad fees on ... Read More

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Sun June 12 2022 10:51:38

Have Fuel Prices and Inflation Affected Your Sourcing?

By: Ina and David Steiner

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About this time last year, Kenneth Corbin wrote about rising costs and got advice about the best way to handle pricing decisions for EcommerceBytes readers trying to keep up. Last May, the average price of gasoline was $2.85 a gallon. Today, a gallon of Regular will cost you over $5 - and nearly $6.50 in California!

The cost of gas has risen so quickly in recent months that the IRS just increased standard mileage rates for the final 6 months of the year for those who deduct auto expenses on their taxes - normally it sets the rate once a ... Read More

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Tue June 7 2022 20:06:06

Can You Put Packages in USPS Blue Collection Boxes?

By: Ina Steiner

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USPS collection mailboxes are iconic, but they aren't what they once were. They're being modified and even removed, mostly over security concerns, it appears.

We delved into the issue after receiving a letter from an online seller who said collection boxes were a significant timesaver for him. "My eBay business is almost exclusively items shipping in small padded envelopes weighing 3-4 oz, but, not fitting the 1/2" requirement."

But, he warned, "For those who may be unaware, you can no longer ship packages by dropping them into the blue USPS boxes."

That's not exactly what it says on the USPS website ... Read More

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Mon June 6 2022 10:01:50

Will New Etsy Purchase Protection Program Help or Hurt Sellers?

By: Ina Steiner


Etsy announced a new buyer protection program today: "Starting August 1, buyers will receive a full refund for purchases on in the rare cases that they don't match the item description, arrive damaged, or never arrive."

In a press release on its Investor Relations website, Etsy stated in part: "The company plans to invest at least $25 million per year into the purchase protection program to cover refunds on behalf of sellers for qualifying orders up to $250, enabling them to keep their earnings from sales when things happen outside of their control."

Sellers are protected to some degree as a result ... Read More

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Thu June 2 2022 12:53:31

Etsy Seeks Feedback on New Seller App

By: Ina Steiner


Etsy wants sellers' feedback before it rolls out a new seller app. On Wednesday, it said it was putting the finishing touches on a "modernized" Etsy Seller app.

How do you provide feedback before it's rolled out, sellers may well ask. The answer is by downloading a "preview" version.

"Try out the Etsy Seller Preview app, then submit your feedback in the app," Etsy said. "We'll take your input into consideration as we make final adjustments."

Sellers can download the Etsy Seller Preview app on In the announcement, Etsy stated:

"At every stage of this process, our sellers have shared their thoughts ... Read More

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