April 17, 2013 7 Comments
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 11, 2013 No comments
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
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
April 8, 2013 No comments
Seller concerns prompt changes to response, processing time stats.
Etsy’s Customers Service Stats were meant to help sellers gauge that part of their business. However, several merchants reported the stats weren’t displaying the right information, prompting the marketplace to update the feature. Heather Burkman, a member of Etsy’s product marketing team, announced officials made two changes to stats on Wednesday. Read More
April 8, 2013 No comments
Why outsourcing may be the right path for your business
Most people who start a new business have dreams of their venture one day being a massive multinational conglomerate. It will have offices in London, New York, Paris and other cities around the world. While growing and expanding is glamorous, it creates logistical issues you have to deal with. Read More
April 5, 2013 2 Comments
Amazon does all the work, you pay.
In today’s evolving business world, where retail and the Internet are the ultimate example of a compatible marriage, Fulfillment by Amazon fuses the home-based, small-business entrepreneur with the power of a corporate marketplace, but at what cost? FBA seems like the peak of the home-based business. Read More
April 3, 2013 2 Comments
Event full of eBay seller education, expert tips.
eBay sellers, are you ready to party—and learn about selling on the marketplace? Registration is now open for this year’s eBay Radio Party & Conference. The seller conference in Las Vegas kicks off June 18 and lasts through June 20 at Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. Read More
April 1, 2013 No comments
See if this venture is helping merchants.
Last year, Bonanza initiated a bold move to allow its sellers to specify if they wanted the marketplace to buy Google Shopping ads on their behalves. The 6-month-old advertising program has worked well so far, says Mark Dorsey, the self-described “director of happiness” and co-founder of Bonanza. Read More
March 29, 2013 No comments
6 simple steps to take your product photos to 'wow' level.
As trite as it might sound, a good picture is still worth a thousand words—or even $1,000. The better your product photos, the better your chance to convince a buyer to make a purchase today. You needn’t be a professional shutter-bug to get shudder-free results. Read More
March 27, 2013 4 Comments
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