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May 8, 2012 · No comments

Amazon to Add Fulfillment Centers in California

Retailer could build 10 new facilities, analyst projects.

Amazon will build two fulfillment centers in California over the next year, the retail giant recently announced, as part of the deal it reached with the state to delay its collection of online sales tax.
The first center is expected to employ 1,000 workers and measure 950,000 square feet. Read More

May 7, 2012 · 3 Comments

Repricing Inventory on Amazon

A look at what's new in the world of competitive-pricing software

One of the first things you learn when you begin to sell on Amazon is that others sellers cheat—or, at least, it seems they do. We’ll explain.
Like many sellers, when we first started selling on Amazon, we listed a dozen or so books to test Amazon’s waters. Read More

May 1, 2012 · No comments

Amazon to Collect Online Sales Tax in Texas

Deal erases $269 million debt for uncollected taxes.

Amazon has resolved a little matter of a $269 million tax bill from the state of Texas by agreeing to start collecting online sales tax in the state on July 1, and add thousands of jobs over the next four years. Read More

April 27, 2012 · No comments

Amazon 3rd-Party Unit Sales Grow 60%

Marketplace reports strong first-quarter revenue.

Third-party sellers on experienced a “meaningful” increase in the number of units sold during the first quarter, and now account for 39 percent of all units sold on the site, worldwide.
Amazon CFO Thomas Szkutak revealed the tidbit for the first time Thursday, during a conference call discussing the company’s first-quarter results, adding that third-party units sold grew 60 percent in the quarter. Read More

April 27, 2012 · No comments

Home is What You Make It

Architect turned online entrepreneur aims to change lives, one tiny house at a time.

Jay Shafer never has a typical day. Since designing and living in his first “tiny house” in 1997, his life has been forever changed, and now he works to help emancipate others from a life of excess space with his business, Tumbleweed Tiny House Company. Read More

April 25, 2012 · 1 Comment

Nevada, Amazon Agree to Online Sales Tax

Another state joins the 'Amazon tax' buddy list.

Amazon and the state of Nevada have reached an agreement. The retail giant will begin collecting and remitting online sales tax for Nevada at the beginning of 2014, or as of the date decided on by federal legislation, whichever is earlier. Read More

April 24, 2012 · No comments

Payment Processors: Comparing Third Parties

Part 3 of a series about electronic payment providers and what merchants should look for

In Payment Processors: Unraveling the Mystery, we covered some basic payment processing terminology and discussed the top factors merchants should consider when shopping for a payment provider. Payment Processors: Gateways and Beyond discussed a few popular merchant gateways and a few emerging mobile payment apps. Read More

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

April 16, 2012 · 4 Comments

Payment Processors: Gateways and Beyond

Part 2 of a series about electronic payment providers and what merchants should look for

Today’s online retailers might have an edge on traditional brick-and-mortar stores because they don’t necessarily need as much experience or know-how to become successful. However, those with the most understanding about the behind-the-scenes of business are better equipped to make the right decision. Read More

April 10, 2012 · No comments

Payment Processors: Unraveling the Mystery

Part 1 of a series about electronic payment providers and what merchants should look for

If you do business online, the term “payment service provider” is most likely familiar to you, but knowing which payment provider to use can be a bit tricky.
Merchants who search for potential payment processors can find a large number of choices to sort through, and the task can seem daunting. Read More