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January 28, 2013 · No comments

Amazon Was Most-Visited Ecommerce Site in December

Apple, eBay were also top shopping destinations, comScore reports.

Online retailers were visited by nine out of 10 U.S. Web users in December, according to comScore, which lists Amazon, Apple and eBay as the top ecommerce destinations during the month. comScore reports that holiday shoppers “bombarded the Web” in December, looking for deals on Christmas gifts and shipping. Read More

January 10, 2013 · No comments

Whither Buy.com? Try Rakuten.com Shopping

Online marketplace rebrands, relaunches U.S. subsidiary.

Shopping site Buy.com has undergone a few changes since it was acquired by Japan’s Rakuten in 2010, including a name change to Rakuten Buy.com. Today it was announced that the site will get a whole new identity as it is relaunched as Rakuten.com Shopping. Read More

January 8, 2013 · 1 Comment

Etsy Extends Google Product Listing Ads Trial

Experiment to continue through first half of the year.

Etsy will continue purchasing Google Product Listing Ads on behalf of merchants selling on Etsy, at least through the first half of the year, the company announced today. Etsy is extending a three-month trial begun in October, in which the marketplace spent more than $250,000 to promote sellers through paid ads on Google Shopping. Read More

December 19, 2012 · No comments

Top 10 Issues for Online Businesses in 2012

Readers share what events, policies impacted them the most.

eBay requiring longer return policies for Top-rated Sellers to earn the 20-percent discount on final value fees that all Top-rated Sellers used to get had the biggest impact on online merchants this year. Free shipping had the second biggest impact and trying to decide whether to sell on eBay had the third biggest impact. Read More

December 18, 2012 · No comments

Local Meetup eBay Groups: Meet eBay’s Meetup Manager

An interview with Jeff Terrell, director of community

Editor’s note: This article is the third of a three-part series that discusses meetup groups for eBay sellers and their benefits. If you read the first two articles in this series about meeting up with eBay groups, you know the benefits of creating or actively participating in an eBay sellers group. Read More

December 4, 2012 · 3 Comments

Local Meetup eBay Groups: Why Start One?

Being with other merchants is good for the soul and your business.

Editor’s note: This article is the first of a three-part series that discusses meetup groups for eBay sellers and their benefits. Being in the full swing of the holiday season, we expect you’re enjoying your busiest time of the year, and we can also assume you’ll be planning, hosting or attending at least a few holiday get-togethers. Read More

December 4, 2012 · 3 Comments

eBay Textbook Copyright Case May Impact Online Sellers

U.S. copyright's first sale doctrine questioned for imported goods.

A copyright case that’s before the U.S. Supreme Court could have a big impact on online sellers and several others who import items made abroad. Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons involves an eBay seller, Supap Kirtsaeng, who sold authentic textbooks on eBay to help pay for his graduate-school tuition at the University of Southern California. Read More

November 29, 2012 · No comments

Etsy iPad App Targets Mobile Holiday Shoppers

Design focuses on buying experience, but limits functionality for sellers.

Just in time for the holiday shopping season, Etsy has released an iPad app it says will make it easier for mobile shoppers to browse and buy on the site. Etsy for iPad, a revision of Etsy’s earlier iPhone app, is optimized for both iPhone and iPad devices. Read More

November 26, 2012 · No comments

Online Buyers Flock to Thanksgiving, Black Friday Deals

Black Friday is the biggest online holiday spending day so far this year.

Once Americans had their fill of turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, many headed for the couch, but it wasn’t for the usual Thanksgiving Day nap. Instead, on the day that used to be reserved for friends and family, and the day after, consumers were busy gobbling up online deals and spending a lot of money. Read More

November 26, 2012 · 1 Comment

Bread Baking and Selling Online: A Recipe for Success

Seller finds the right combo with specialty breads and butters.

People like bread—and foodies really seem to love Marissa Gadsden’s specialty loaves and butters. If you need proof, just check out Gadsden’s Facebook page for her business, Eden’s Touch Bread Company, where you’ll see comments like, “I had the most wonderful box in my mail today! Read More



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