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December 19, 2012 · No comments

Top 10 Issues for Online Businesses in 2012

Readers share what events, policies impacted them the most.

eBay requiring longer return policies for Top-rated Sellers to earn the 20-percent discount on final value fees that all Top-rated Sellers used to get had the biggest impact on online merchants this year. Free shipping had the second biggest impact and trying to decide whether to sell on eBay had the third biggest impact. Read More

December 18, 2012 · No comments

2012 Filled with Home Business Success, Challenges

Readers reflect back on their accomplishments, and bumps along the road.

With the year coming to a close, now is the perfect time to look back, see what worked and what didn’t, and plan ahead for home business success in 2013. You might make adjustments or stay on the steady course that brought you a cheerful 2012. Read More

July 24, 2012 · 15 Comments

eBay Fall 2012 Seller Update to Bring TRS Changes

Sellers to get a new fee, new top-rated emblem, more protections.

When fall comes around, eBay sellers will notice a few things have changed on the site—some that will please, and others that will do the opposite. These changes will be part of the Fall 2012 Seller Update, which eBay announced today. Read More

July 10, 2012 · 17 Comments

eBay Calls Out Longer Handling Times

New treatment meant to set right expectations, eBay says.

Sellers whose listings have longer than three-day handling times may notice their listings look a little different. That’s because eBay will begin displaying handling times of longer than three days as “exception handling times” at the top of listings this week. Read More

May 14, 2012 · 36 Comments

eBay Survey Sparks Immediate Payment Debate

Sellers sound off on pros and cons of requiring buyers to pay instantly.

eBay is gauging sellers’ attitudes toward making immediate payment a requirement for some fixed-price and auction listings. According a survey it recently sent to customers, eBay is considering whether to require immediate payment on all fixed-price listings that state shipping costs upfront and offer an instant payment method like PayPal, and for auctions that get winning bids from shoppers who have signed a one-time billing agreement that would allow eBay to automatically collect payments at the end of the auction. Read More

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