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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

April 8, 2013 · No comments

Etsy Adjusts Customer Service Stats

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 3, 2013 · 2 Comments

Sellers: ‘Party’ at Conference in Las Vegas

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

March 25, 2013 · No comments

4G Service to Revitalize Retail Sales in UK

Faster, more reliable service expected to lower mobile shopping barriers.

Making 4G cell service available to everyone in the U.K. will give retail sales a shot in the arm this year. A study by researcher Conlumino, which was announced today by eBay, says 4G service should increase mobile shopping by 113 percent this year compared to last, and it could help retail sales in the U.K. Read More

March 21, 2013 · No comments

Glitch Removes Thousands of eBay Listings

Officials say issue has been resolved.

A software issue that removed thousands of eBay listings on Wednesday has been resolved. The glitch impacted about 10,000 total merchants in the United States, Germany, United Kingdom and Australia, removing their listings from the site, according to a post in eBay’s General Announcements. Read More

March 20, 2013 · 3 Comments

Supreme Court Sides with eBay Seller in Copyright Case

Justices say first sale doctrine applies to items made abroad.

Online sellers in the U.S. can buy copyrighted materials abroad, import them and resell them in the States without getting the permission of the copyright owner. That’s the ruling the U.S. Supreme Court handed down on Tuesday in a copyright case involving an eBay seller who sold textbooks purchased in Thailand and the publisher of a few of those works, John Wiley. Read More

March 20, 2013 · No comments

Easter Shopping Takes a Hit

Spending to drop this year as Easter Bunny is on a budget.

With Easter less than two weeks away, people are preparing, but the Easter Bunny will be on a budget this year. In fact, he’ll spend slightly less than he did a year ago. According to the National Retail Federation, Easter shopping totals in the U.S. Read More

March 19, 2013 · 24 Comments

eBay Changes Fees with 2013 Spring Seller Update

Policy changes also tackle unpaid items, images.

The latest eBay changes announced in the 2013 Spring Seller Update means a simplified fee structure for merchants and an attempt to reduce the number of unpaid items. Today’s announcement includes changes that give sellers with eBay Store subscriptions up to 2,500 free fixed-price or auction-style listings per month, allow merchants whose listing include a Best Offer option to continue accepting offers until a shopper actually pays for a product, aim to reduce the number of unpaid items on the site and more. Read More

March 18, 2013 · No comments

Internet Sales to Leave Physical Stores in the Dust

Official says online sales will 'outpace' brick-and-mortar shops.

Major retailers investing in multichannel selling, and the rising popularity of tablets and smartphones, will help Internet sales spike—and outpace—physical stores in the coming years. A Forrester Research study finds that online sales in the U.S. will hit $262 billion this year—a 13.4-percent increase compared to 2012. Read More



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