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November 12, 2012 · No comments

USPS Lifts Battery Ban in Time for Holiday Season

Service to resume shipping lithium batteries internationally on Thursday.

Sellers who ship lithium batteries, or products like cameras and MP3 players that contain them, will soon be able to use the U.S. Postal Service again to deliver those products to international buyers. In time for the busy holiday season, USPS will resume shipping electronics containing the batteries—and the batteries themselves—on Thursday to several international locations as well as to army, fleet and diplomatic post offices. Read More

November 9, 2012 · No comments

UK to Lose £120M in Holiday Mobile Commerce

eBay warns lack of 4G mobile services will mean lost sales, frustrated consumers.

With mobile shopping on the rise, eBay warns that the U.K. will lose a third of its potential mobile-commerce revenue this holiday season because consumers don’t have access to 4G mobile service. The U.K. economy could lose about 120 million pounds worth of mobile-commerce revenue from holiday shoppers, eBay estimates. Read More

November 8, 2012 · No comments

Nor’easter Slows Recovery from Hurricane Sandy

Storm brings heavy snow, knocks out power to thousands.

As the Northeastern United States tries to recover from the wreckage Hurricane Sandy left behind, another big storm hit the area Wednesday night. The storm, called a nor’easter, came with heavy snowfall and powerful winds, leaving hundreds of thousands of residents without power and disrupting travel. Read More

November 8, 2012 · No comments

Online Sales Continue Strong Rise as Holidays Near

In-store mobile shopping boosts third quarter growth.

As the holiday season gets closer, shoppers seem ready to spend online, on their computers and in stores using their mobile devices. That’s according to researcher comScore, which finds that online sales grew 15 percent, year over year, during this year’s third quarter. Read More

November 6, 2012 · No comments

Pricing Site for Online Sellers to Lock Up will go offline Dec. 31.

A site that lets online sellers look up the prices of products they own and list them directly on eBay will retire at the end of the year. Lockboxer will go offline Dec. 31, says Jennifer Morehead, the company’s founder, in an email announcement sent to users today. Read More

November 6, 2012 · No comments

Amazon FBA Opens to Merchants Selling on Amazon Canada

Service allows sellers to pass on the shipping, packing.

Merchants selling on Amazon Canada now have the option of having someone else store, pack and ship their products for them when they make a sale. The retailer announced on Monday it opened Fulfillment by Amazon, a service it already offers in the U.S. Read More

November 2, 2012 · 6 Comments

eBay International Shipping Program to Debut

Global Shipping Program to open to millions of sellers soon.

It’s official; the eBay international shipping program rumored to debut in September is a done deal and will be available to sellers soon. The marketplace officially announced the launch of its Global Shipping Program on Thursday, noting that a small group of sellers is testing the eBay international shipping program and that it will be available to millions of merchants “in the months ahead.” With the new program, participating U.S. Read More

November 2, 2012 · No comments

Amazon Debuts ‘Black Friday Deals’ Store

Deals site could help sellers looking for last-minute inventory.

Merchants who are looking for last-minute items to sell this holiday season have one more resource, as Amazon opened a discount store for electronics, toys, clothing and other products. The retailer announced the opening of its Black Friday Deals Store Thursday, adding that the shop features daily deals and limited-time sales on a variety of items from now through Black Friday weekend, the weekend after Thanksgiving. Read More

November 1, 2012 · No comments

eBay, PayPal Aid Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

Sites open donation pages; eBay says it will protect affected sellers.

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to reflect that Hurricane Sandy also affected North Carolina and Ohio. As people in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast United States deal with the floods, power outages and devastation left by Hurricane Sandy, PayPal and eBay are trying to help those affected. Read More

October 30, 2012 · No comments

Etsy Lets Sellers See Shipping Label Cost

New form meant to make buying postage more transparent.

Etsy is making the way people buy Etsy shipping labels more transparent. Nicholas Cook, the engineering lead for Etsy’s shipping labels, says the new way of buying postage will allow sellers to see the cost of their shipping labels where they enter their shipping options. Read More

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