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April 25, 2013 · No comments

Letter From the Editor: We’ve Moved!

The Online Seller is now on Auctiva EDU.

Over the last few years we’ve had a lot of fun sharing expert insights, selling tips, and the latest ecommerce news with you to help as you establish and grow your online business. We’ll continue doing that, but starting May 1 we will be returning to our ecommerce roots at Auctiva EDU. Read More

April 24, 2013 · 1 Comment

Childhood Idea Grows into Online Plant Store

Seller turns mimosa pudica plant into 'TickleMe Plant.'

In some parts of the world, the mimosa pudica plant is a commonly found plant. Here in the United States, the sensitive plant is a curiosity for kids because its leaves quickly close when touched. Larry Chipkin grew the plant when he was a boy and never forgot the experience. Read More

April 23, 2013 · 1 Comment

eBay Urges Users to Fight Online Sales Tax

Marketplace Fairness Act pushes on, will be brought to Senate floor.

eBay is asking its users to tell Congress they don’t want an online sales tax. In a letter sent to users on Sunday, eBay President and CEO John Donahoe encourages customers to join the marketplace in telling Congress “No” to the Marketplace Fairness Act, which would force some online merchants to collect and pay sales tax on the items they sell. Read More

April 22, 2013 · No comments

It’s Spring! Time to Organize Your Home Business

See how doing some office spring cleaning can improve your operation.

Ah, springtime. This is when we take to straightening out our living spaces, cleaning out our garages and refreshing our wardrobes. While that’s all good, remember that “spring cleaning” isn’t only for your home. Your business can also benefit mightily from the same sort of freshening up. Read More

April 19, 2013 · 1 Comment

Visiting the ‘Pawn Stars’ Pawn Shop, Part 3

A closer look at the show's stars and eBay business

This is the third in our three-part series about our visit to Las Vegas’ Gold and Silver Pawn Shop, where the History Channel’s hit show “Pawn Stars” is filmed. While the store now doubles as a TV studio at times, it remains a thriving business and major tourist attraction in its own right. Read More

April 17, 2013 · 7 Comments

Should You Consider Selling on Craigslist?

Signs point to yes.

For as long as we’ve been writing about the Internet and all things online—before 1990—we’ve never written much about selling on Craigslist. Rightly or wrongly it always fell under the radar for us. It seemed bare-bones, noncommercial and, therefore, not as newsworthy as its brassier more well-heeled co-horts such as AOL, CompuServe and now Facebook. Read More

April 15, 2013 · No comments

Make Money on eBay with Stuff You Already Own

Tricks to find the right eBay inventory as you spring clean

Once again, it’s spring cleaning time, and that means you have a great opportunity to clear out your clutter and make money on eBay. Spring is one of the best times of year to compile a nice inventory of eBay items and get started selling online. Read More

April 12, 2013 · No comments

eBay Seller Cruise Sets Sail in February

Registration now open for five-day affair.

eBay sellers will have the chance to sail to Mexico, mingle with fellow merchants and learn how to grow their businesses next year thanks to a new eBay seller education event. The SeaBay Cruise sets sail on Feb. 8, and registration is now open, say event organizers Stephanie Inge, the founder of The Dallas eBaybes & eMales, and Joyce Banbury, the organizer of the annual Kansas Jubilee eBay conference. Read More

April 11, 2013 · No comments

USPS: Saturday Delivery Is Back On

Congress blocks switch to 5-days-a-week delivery schedule.

Americans will continue to get their mail six days a week, the U.S. Postal Service announced Wednesday, reversing an earlier decision to limit Saturday deliveries to P.O. Boxes and packages starting in August. USPS officials say “restrictive language” in a resolution recently passed by Congress that will fund the U.S. Read More

April 9, 2013 · 1 Comment

Email Subject Lines May Lift Mother’s Day Sales

Firm finds the right subject can draw in more buyers.

Want to grab buyers’ attention as you get ready for Mother’s Day? Send out a promo email and focus on the subject line. Research from Experian Marketing Services notes that personalized subject lines in emails translate into a 54-percent increase in unique open rates and a 66-percent increase in sales. Read More



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