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by Ina Steiner, Editor of EcommerceBytes.com
Wed Dec 6 2017 10:23:53

Do You Ship in Amazon Boxes to Speed Delivery?

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Of all the tips sellers share, this one is the most intriguing we've seen in a while: ship your item in an Amazon-branded box to speed delivery.

The advice came up in a recent blog post about the challenge of Christmas Day falling on a Monday this year, since Sunday-delivery on Christmas Eve may not be possible for all sellers.

RL15 suggested, "Just use Amazon boxes, they will get delivered on Christmas Eve."

That led Chicago48 to ask, "Where can I buy Amazon boxes? We know and it's known that the Post office gives priority to Amazon boxes when it comes to ... Read More

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Mon Dec 4 2017 23:15:08

eBay SNAFU as It Struggles with Structured Data

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eBay added an Amazon-style Buy Box to its new catalog Product Pages as it feels pressure to show Wall Street analysts progress in its Structured Data Initiative. But there's a major problem that is causing a poor buying experience: Some Product Pages indicate a quantity in the title. 

That means if a buyer makes a purchase from a seller who "wins" the Buy box who is listing a quantity of one, but the title for that Product Page says a greater quantity than 1, that buyer will likely be very disappointed when he or she doesn't get more than ... Read More

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Mon Dec 4 2017 22:06:10

Why iPhones and eBay Do Not Always Mix

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A reader alerted us to a discussion thread where eBay solicited feedback about a certain change it had made, but only appeared to want positive discussion.

"eBay posted on the eBay Selling board about "Improvements to the iPhone Buying and Selling experience,"" the reader said. But as he explained, a moderator stepped in and cautioned that the discussion was getting off topic. "There were calls for attempts to stop the scamming in the iPhone sales arena," the reader told us. "It's like the Wizard of Oz saying ignore that man behind the curtain."

The eBay employee who started the thread explained ... Read More

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Sun Dec 3 2017 14:37:52

eBay Seeks Auctions but Beware of Promo Start Date

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eBay threw sellers off guard by the timing of a new promotion designed to entice them to list in the auction format. Invitations went out today, Sunday, but the promotion kicks off tomorrow, Monday, December 4, 2017.

A reader described their experience as follows:

"I'd like to share what was a new one on me: This morning, 12-03-2017, I received an eBay message offering me 500 free auction style listings. I accepted the offer, as it seemed like other offers I had received, and then I was invited by eBay to begin listing right way.

"However, here's the catch: The offer ... Read More

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Thu Nov 30 2017 09:02:57

Change Could Mean Buyers Pay eBay Instead of Sellers

By: Ina Steiner

 

eBay struck a 5-year operating agreement with PayPal when the board broke up the companies in 2015, but a provision in the contract allows eBay more leeway beginning next year - and the biggest losers may be eBay sellers.

Speaking at a Wall Street conference on Tuesday, eBay Chief Financial Officer Scott Schenkel addressed a question about the provision which a Credit Suisse analyst described as giving eBay the ability to experiment with payments and become the merchant of record at the three-year mark, which would be July 2018.

Explaining the concept of merchant of record, he said, "eBay ... Read More

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