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Thu Apr 22 2021 22:03:20

When Product Sourcing Takes a Criminal Turn

By: Ina Steiner

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Many people buy sale items at retail stores to resell online, but one father-daughter duo is accused by the government of using five-finger discounts to stock their online stores. 

The Atlanta pair are accused of paying shoplifters for goods stolen from CVS, Kroger, Publix, Target, and Walgreens. The items allegedly included over-the-counter medications (e.g., Prilosec, Nexium, Rogaine, and Claritin), shaving razors, oral care products, as well as health and beauty aids. 

The government alleged that for over 8 years, the pair sold millions of dollars of stolen retail product at below retail "and even wholesale cost" at its own websites, and through various ... Read More

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Mon Apr 19 2021 15:58:49

Sellers, Don't Look a Gift Gnome in the Mouth

By: Ina Steiner

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The phrase, "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth," is an admonishment to be grateful when receiving a present and not to find fault with that present, according to the Grammarist. That was the general sentiment of sellers when a colleague became wary of a buyer, which we described in today's editorial (substitute "gnome" for "horse").

Here's what we wrote in the editorial (which is available only to subscribers of the free Newsflash email newsletter):

"After 2 decades of perusing marketplace seller discussion boards, I thought I had seen it all. Then comes this thread on Etsy: "One ... Read More

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Thu Apr 15 2021 20:34:57

Etsy Change Pressures Sellers on Delivery Speed

By: Ina Steiner

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Some sellers said Etsy is now requiring them to specify estimated delivery times when setting up shipping profiles. They were discussing the issue in a discussion board thread this week titled, "Anyone else getting the feeling Etsy's hyperfocusing on shipping dates?"

Sellers reported that as of this week, Etsy was forcing them to choose estimated delivery times - "they won't let me use saved shipping profiles anymore without doing it," one seller wrote.

"Apparently Etsy has gone into Shop's shipping profiles (?) & decided that if one means of shipping is commonly used, then the Shop "should" be committing to ... Read More

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Wed Apr 14 2021 14:04:58

Amazon Sellers Reach Melting Point with New Attribute

By: Ina Steiner


Amazon announced a new policy requiring sellers to provide information about the melting temperature of heat-sensitive goods. But there's some confusion about whether all sellers will be required to indicate whether their items are heat sensitive or not.

Amazon posted the following announcement on Tuesday afternoon:

Melting temperature attribute will soon be a required step for ASINs

To help improve the customer experience, we've added a melting temperature attribute for ASINs. Starting April 22, 2021, this attribute will be a required step when you fill out information for the following:

- New ASINs
- All existing ASINs when you update any attribute on a product information page

For meltable items, such ... Read More

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Mon Apr 12 2021 22:00:47

Is eBay Going to Eliminate Auctions?

By: Ina Steiner


Is there any reason for eBay to do away with auctions? That would have been unthinkable even a few years ago, but after CEO Meg Whitman left the company in 2008, her successors seemed to have a hate-hate relationship with the auction format that - together with market forces - diminished the practice of online bidding on eBay.

In fact, eBay CEOs used to brag about how auctions went from 70% of listings to 30% of listings. (We're not sure what percentage of listings are auction format these days, but with all the free fixed-price listings eBay offers sellers, ... Read More

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