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Tue Feb 7 2023 20:41:57

eBay Lays Off Hundreds of Employees as It Preps Fee Hike

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eBay is laying off 500 employees, or 4% of its workers, but it has not disclosed which departments will see a hit. The news comes a week after eBay announced fee hikes that will hit sellers next week.

At the end of the third quarter of 2022, eBay had $4.8 billion in its coffers and has been investing in startup companies - however, revenue and sales were down for the quarter. eBay is scheduled to announce fourth-quarter earnings on February 22nd.

The company filed notice with the SEC today consisting of a copy of a message ... Read More

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Tue Feb 7 2023 16:55:31

eBay Sellers Debate the Need for Ohio Auctioneers License

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No, this headline is not from the mid-2000s, though it may give readers a case of deja vu. Some online sellers are once again concerned about a state (this time Ohio) imposing regulations on eBay sellers.

On Monday, a seller reported on the eBay discussion boards that the Ohio Dept. of Agriculture had shut down a colleague for running an "unlicensed auction" on HiBid and was told it would also apply to sales on eBay. Unfortunately they didn't divulge details about their colleague's business practices.

On Tuesday, the seller returned to start a new thread where they copied and pasted a ... Read More

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Mon Feb 6 2023 16:44:20

eBay Extends Seller Access to Order History beyond 90 Days

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eBay sellers used to rely on PayPal's robust record-keeping, but once eBay took over managing payment-processing, it failed to provide sellers with adequate historical sales data, especially crucial around tax time. For example, sellers could only access 90 days of orders history in Seller Hub (not to be confused with "Purchase History" in My eBay).

Two years ago, eBay's head of seller experience at the time Harry Temkin said eBay was working on extending reporting from 90 days to a full year, and it appears the company has finally made some progress.

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Sun Feb 5 2023 20:23:58

When an eBay Order Arrives from Walmart: Cause for Concern

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What happens if you order something on eBay, but it arrives from Walmart, complete with a delivery notification from the retail giant instead of the eBay seller?

When it happened to one shopper, they sought advice on the eBay discussion boards - here's how they explained the situation:

"I bought a item from a eBay seller. Today I got a text from Walmart saying my order was delivered. There it was in a Walmart box with a Walmart label with my name. 

"This is not connected to my real Walmart account that I have. But how can someone do this? They sell a ... Read More

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Wed Feb 1 2023 21:42:37

eBay Makes SNAFU in Issuing IRS Form 1099K Tax Forms

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eBay said a technical issue caused it to issue IRS Form 1099Ks in owners' names instead of the names of the business entities, using owners' Social Security numbers instead of EINs. It's unclear how the IRS will handle such cases.

The acknowledgement came not in a post on the Seller Announcement board, but instead in a list eBay periodically updates in a thread devoted to technical issues on its discussion boards:

"1099K issued under SSN rather than the EIN and business name - Reference ID: ALERT14445."

eBay added the issue to the thread on the same day it announced it will devote this month's ... Read More

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