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Respected as a trusted e-commerce speaker, educator and entrepreneur, Kat Simpson has been a successful e-commerce merchant for more than 10 years. Simpson is an eBay education specialist and Silver PowerSeller, who also maintains stores on Addoway, Bonanza, Buy.com and iOffer. She is the co-host of the popular weekly e-commerce podcast, eCom Connections. Connect with Simpson on Twitter and Facebook. Opinions expressed here may not be shared by The Online Seller and/or its principals.

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March 27, 2013 · 4 Comments

Amazon Seller: Don’t Go Broke Sending in Pallets of Stuff

A truck freight carrier may be your best option to send products in to Amazon.

Q: I have hundreds of products I want to send in to Amazon for fulfillment. How can I do this without going broke?
A: You just scored the mother lode of merchandise, and it’s the hottest-selling item on Amazon. Good for you, Amazon seller! Read More

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September 18, 2012 · No comments

Tax Write-Offs: Can I Deduct My Vacation?

Here's a rundown of what vacation expenses do and don't qualify as tax deductions.

I recently co-wrote my first book, Introduction to Tax Laws for Amazon Sellers. While this may not make me a tax “expert,” it does mean that I field tons of questions every day about tax laws and tax write-offs, and how they pertain to people’s businesses. Read More

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July 24, 2012 · 67 Comments

Avoiding Negative eBay Feedback

It's not easy to stay 100% positive, but here are some proven tactics that can help.

eBay, in a sense, created feedback. It was the first shopping platform that asked its users to leave comments about their transactions.
Did you know that, in the very beginning, eBay feedback was not even transaction-based? You could leave anyone feedback, at any time, for any reason. Read More

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July 9, 2012 · 12 Comments

Avoiding Negative Feedback on Amazon

It's not easy to stay 100% positive, but here are some proven tactics that can help.

Feedback has always been a way for buyers to differentiate between sellers. Do they want to buy from the seller with 87-percent positive feedback or the seller with 100-percent positive feedback? While this example may be an obvious choice, in reality, the numbers are usually much closer than that. Read More

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May 22, 2012 · 27 Comments

Online Sales Tax: Whose Side Are You On?

eBay and Amazon each have a stake in this issue—and very different opinions.

Lately, one of the biggest discussions among e-commerce merchants is the topic of collecting sales tax for online purchases. In fact, if you Google the phrase “sales tax law,” you’ll get more than 291 million results.
Most e-commerce business folks have been registered in their own states and collecting online sales tax since they became business owners. Read More

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April 18, 2012 · 239 Comments

eBay, Amazon: a Tale of Two Marketplaces

Why eBay sellers react more passionately to change than Amazon sellers

After the recent article I wrote on the new eBay return center received so many extremely emotional responses, I started doing a lot of thinking about the eBay seller community.
While I was shocked at the hatred and venom that came through so strongly in the comments from some readers, I was not at all surprised by the emotional response. Read More

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March 21, 2012 · 294 Comments

eBay Return Center: Becoming an Amazon?

What eBay's new policy on return policies will mean for sellers

With the 2012 Spring Seller Update, eBay is introducing a new seller return center. I know there are many eBay sellers who are upset about the site’s changes regarding return policies and see it as part of an “Amazonification” of eBay. Read More

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February 22, 2012 · 5 Comments

Starting 2012 Right: Goal Setting

Set goals for your business—and achieve them—with this step-by-step plan.

So far in this series we have talked about clearing your head and making a clean sweep of your workspace to start 2012 with a fresh outlook. Now let’s talk about setting goals to help you start the year right.
I know folks groan at the thought of goal setting but, really, if you were starting a trip, wouldn’t you check the map? Read More

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February 7, 2012 · 7 Comments

Starting 2012 Right: Make a Clean Sweep

Part 2 in a series on refreshing your approach to business success.

Let’s get radical! Let’s do something crazy! Let’s face it, you’ve read all the articles about clearing the piles on your desk, the files on the floor and getting organized. Have they helped, or does your desk still look like mine? Read More

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January 20, 2012 · 5 Comments

Starting 2012 Right: Clearing Your Head

Part 1 of a series on refreshing your approach to business success.

Happy New Year! I’m still having trouble writing 2012 on my paperwork, how about you?
I know it’s already near the end of the first month of our new year, but I’m still working on making the changes I wanted to make in my business for 2012. Read More