EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 2498 - March 14, 2011     5 of 5

Ecommerce Sites Engage Members to Help Japanese Earthquake Victims

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Many online marketplaces and ecommerce companies have set up pages on their websites to instruct users on how to help victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, through direct donations to charitable organizations or by donating a portion of sales.

Some marketplaces have rules about how sellers are allowed to advertise charity listings, so be sure to review the rules before listing. Also remember that fraudsters and criminals target donors during world crises, so be on the lookout for phishing emails.

Here are links to some of the information pages from ecommerce websites.

AliExpress - Link to website

Amazon - Link to website As of today, Amazon customers and the public can visit Amazon sites to find a donation box where they can easily make a contribution to the Red Cross' relief efforts.

eBay - Link to website

Etsy - Link to website

PayPal - Link to website (and link to UK website)

In addition, Google launched a page with helpful links and it also launched Google Person Finder, a tool to help locate missing people, in Japanese, Chinese and English, and is providing updated satellite imagery directly to response organizations on the ground to aid their efforts.

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