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Wed May 18 2022 15:33:28

Can Walmart Finally Take on Amazon Prime Day?

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Ever since Amazon held its first Prime Day on July 15, 2015, other marketplaces have tried to keep up. However, each year, it's Prime Day that that gets all the attention when it comes to corporate-contrived shopping holidays.

Seven years later, that may be about to change. Walmart announced today a June shopping event called "Walmart+ Weekend." Like Amazon Prime Day, it offers special savings to those who have paid for its membership program.

Walmart said it's taking a new approach to help spread the news about Walmart+ Weekend with the help of celebrities. "Starting today, Walmart will be sharing videos from celebrity comedians ... Read More

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Fri May 13 2022 14:48:54

Senior Architect at eBay Discovers Fast-Shipping Hack

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Senior Architect at eBay David Van Couvering discovered a way to get items delivered faster - by filtering search results by distance.

On Thursday, he posted on Twitter, "A common reason people say they choose Amazon over @eBay is shipping speed. But I discovered on eBay you can filter for matches within say 25-100 miles. Reduces shipping time and shipping carbon. I ordered a used book from a local bookseller and got it next day."

Van Couvering, who joined eBay in 2020, makes the point that delivery speed can be a major factor in purchasing decisions - ... Read More

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Wed May 11 2022 20:06:52

eBay Puts Out Another Call for Customer Service Gig Workers

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eBay put out another call for sellers to sign on as customer service gig workers, inviting them to get paid for helping other sellers find answers.

We first wrote about the program in 2020 when eBay launched the program in the UK and again in 2021 when it launched in the US.

A reader forwarded the email they received today:

Subject: Get paid to help other eBay sellers
Be an eBay expert 

Become an eBay Seller Expert with Limitless and you can earn cash by helping other sellers thrive.  

We've partnered with the platform Limitless to make it easy to become an eBay pro. Earn up to $1.20 every time ... Read More

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Wed May 11 2022 13:46:24

Changes to USPS Zones to Impact Some Prices in July

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The USPS is making changes to shipping zones, which determines the rate shippers pay (for certain services, the farther packages travel, the higher the cost). With zone changes coming, sellers will see either higher or lower costs for some of their zone-based shipments.

As we reported last week, the Postal Service said it would update the way it calculates the distance between origin and destination ZIP Codes in determining zone assignment. "Rather than using the distance between origin and destination plant, the Postal Service will use the distance between 3-digit ZIP Codes to determine zone on July ... Read More

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Sat May 7 2022 23:06:03

Six-day Delivery Pointless if Mailers Can't Afford It

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What good is 6-day delivery of the mail if sellers can't afford it? USPS Postmaster General Louis DeJoy told the mailing industry to prepare for rate increases at an uncomfortable rate - and as far as online sellers are concerned, shipping costs are already uncomfortably high.

The Postmaster General (PMG) specifically referred to market dominant products (which includes First Class Mail, Media Mail, and the cost of a stamp) during his remarks at the Postal Service Board of Governors meeting on Thursday, and he called previous price caps that had been in place for 10 years a "defective pricing model."

Historically, the Postal ... Read More

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