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April 26, 2012 · 2 Comments

Now You Can Sell on Twitter

Chirpify platform allows Twitter users to monetize their tweets.

If you ever wondered how to turn all your tweeting into profits, a chirp might just be what brings the egg to the nest. Twitter has joined with Chirpify, a Portland-based social commerce platform that enables merchants to buy, sell, donate and transact through a simple tweet. Read More

April 26, 2012 · No comments

Consumers Spend 22% of Income Online

Study points to developing economies as a waiting opportunity for e-merchants.

It’s 10 a.m. Do you know where your buyers are? If they’re in the U.S., they’re probably on the couch at home, about to make a purchase using a laptop. A recent study of global online shopping habits finds the peak time for online shopping activity—at least in the States—is 10 a.m. Read More

April 26, 2012 · No comments

UK Finance Company Caters to eBay Sellers

Startup iwoka provides short-term working capital loans.

eBay sellers in the U.K. who need quick cash to expand their business now have an alternative to traditional loans. A startup called iwoca—short for instant working capital—has begun providing short-term financing, specifically geared to commercial eBay sellers. iwoca looks at a seller’s trading history and feedback score (500 minimum) as part of its credit check. 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 · 1 Comment

Etsy Sales Jump 41% in March

Busy month reflects artisan marketplace's increasing popularity.

Etsy reported record sales for the month of March, a reflection of the site’s growing popularity as an alternative to marketplaces like eBay. Sales on Etsy rose sharply to $62.8 million in March, a 7.7-percent sequential increase from February, and a 41.5-percent increase from March 2011. Read More

April 24, 2012 · No comments

Newegg Revamps 3rd-Party Marketplace

Hopes to attract more sellers with new fee structure and upgraded support tools.

Newegg is revamping its third-party marketplace with a new pricing structure and tools the company hopes will attract more sellers of general merchandise and create a one-stop shopping site. The changes, slated to take effect June 4, will increase the monthly fee to $19.95 and introduce a commission rate of 9 percent to 13 percent, depending on the merchandise category. Read More

April 20, 2012 · No comments

Dwolla Introduces Pay Now Button

Payment option can be added to virtually any website.

Payments startup Dwolla has introduced a customizable Pay Now button that lets U.S.-based e-commerce merchants, bloggers and website owners enable a quick payment option. The button, announced on the Dwolla blog, can be downloaded for free by Dwolla account holders, and used in any number of ways, according to Dwolla CEO Ben Milne. Read More

April 20, 2012 · No comments

Changes to eBay Fees Delayed

Changes postponed due to 'technical dependencies.'

eBay Australia will push back changes to its fee structure—including eBay listing fees and eBay store subscriptions—by two weeks because of “technical dependencies,” officials announced. Adjustments to eBay fees were supposed to take effect on May 2 but will now be delayed until May 16. Read More

April 19, 2012 · 3 Comments

PayPal Stars in eBay’s 1Q Performance

Strong growth in payments helps lift profits 20%.

E-commerce market watchers expected a strong first-quarter report from eBay, and the company delivered, posting a 20-percent rise in profits. eBay Inc. reported net revenue was nearly $3.3 billion for the quarter, up 29 percent compared to the same quarter of 2011. Read More

Bonanza Fashion Exchange
April 17, 2012 · 3 Comments

Bonanza Asks Sellers to ‘Exchange’ Fashions

Marketplace becomes a consignor, will sell under its own ID.

Bonanza is taking consignment sales to a new level with its new Fashion Exchange program, which allows people to send in clothing they no longer want, and let Bonanza sell it on the marketplace. With the new program, which was announced Friday, visitors to Fashion Exchange can find the items they want to trade in from a list Bonanza provides, and get an estimate of what Bonanza will pay for the products. Read More

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