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February 20, 2013 · 10 Comments

Online Sales Tax Issue Back in Spotlight

Bipartisan Marketplace Fairness Act reintroduced in Congress.

The online sales tax issue took center stage again on Thursday as new legislation that would require online sellers and out-of-state merchants to collect sales tax from buyers was reintroduced in Congress. The Marketplace Fairness Act, introduced by Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY), would give states the authority to require online merchants and out-of-state retailers to collect sales and use tax when buyers make purchases from them. Read More

February 19, 2013 · 1 Comment

Online Sellers Not Ready for Disasters

Most merchants lack disaster recovery plan, survey finds.

When Hurricane Sandy hit the mid-Atlantic and Northeast U.S., thousands of online sellers were left without power, the Internet or a way to reach customers. It happened to Susan Majzik, a merchant and reader of The Online Seller. She says Hurricane Sandy left 77 percent of Bay Village, Ohio, residents, including her, in the dark. Read More

February 12, 2013 · 1 Comment

Kabbage Launches in UK

New site gives U.K. sellers a new funding alternative.

Online sellers in the U.K. have a new alternative when it comes to funding their businesses, as lender Kabbage has opened its services to merchants in that part of the world. Previously, the 2-year-old company that provides cash advances to eBay, Yahoo and Amazon sellers only provided capital advances to merchants in the U.S. Read More

February 12, 2013 · 1 Comment

eBay UK Makes Adding Return Policies Easier

Site introduces new drop-down menus.

eBay U.K. sellers can now specify who will pay for returns and how long buyers have to return items with just a few clicks. Marketplace officials made the announcement on Friday, noting that merchants can now enter their return policy information using new drop-down menus when they list their products. Read More

February 11, 2013 · No comments

Online Sales in US Top $186 Billion

Sales see biggest spike since recession.

Online sales in the U.S. grew by 15 percent last year, making 2012 the year with the biggest increase in Internet sales since before the recession. According to researcher comScore, sales jumped to $186.2 billion in 2012, with the final quarter of the year growing by 14 percent and reaching $56.8 billion. Read More

February 8, 2013 · 1 Comment

Amazon Reaches Deal with Connecticut

Retailer will start collecting sales tax in November.

Amazon buyers in Connecticut will have to pay sales tax, just like brick-and-mortar shoppers starting this fall. That’s part of a deal the state reached with the retail giant on Monday. It provides that Amazon will collect sales tax from Connecticut residents starting Nov. Read More

February 7, 2013 · 1 Comment

USPS Saturday Delivery Changes in August

Service will stop letter delivery on weekends, continue packages drop offs.

The U.S. Postal Service will stop delivering letters on Saturdays beginning in August, but it will continue distributing packages six days a week. Officials made the announcement on Wednesday, noting that starting the week of Aug. 5, the USPS Saturday delivery schedule will change. Read More

February 6, 2013 · No comments

Video: SEO Tips to Drive Traffic to Your Store

Find the right keywords and get your items found.

Learn how to drive traffic to your listings and online store by finding the right keywords and weaving them into your listings’ content. We explain what tool you should use for your research and where to place those all-important keywords. Read More

February 5, 2013 · 1 Comment

Yardsellr Nixes eBay Alternative Marketplace

Company will close selling site, focus on new product.

Another social commerce site—an eBay alternative—will soon close its virtual doors. Danny Leffel, the founder and CEO of Yardsellr, notes in a recent announcement that the site will close in 59 days. That will give sellers time to adjust and look for new venues on which to sell, while continuing to fulfill orders, cancel them and input tracking, and allow buyers time to report issues with shipments. Read More

February 5, 2013 · No comments

Survey Examines Small Business’ 2013 Outlooks

Sellers predict revenue will grow, expect to do more with less.

Almost half of small online businesses expect to have higher revenues this year compared to last and small business owners are more in tune with social marketing than the big guys. Those are two of the findings of a recent survey by, which polled 600 U.S. Read More

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