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May 31, 2012 · No comments Retires 2 Canada Post Services

Expedited flat-rate options will be eliminated.

Sellers on eBay Canada who ship using Canada Post Expedited Flat Rate Box or Canada Post Expedited Flat Rate Box USA will have to offer another shipping service very soon. will retire both of these shipping services this week, eBay tells sellers in an announcement posted on Wednesday. Read More

May 31, 2012 · No comments

Amazon to Collect Sales Tax in New Jersey

Online retailer will build two sites in the state next year.

Amazon will collect online sales tax on purchases in New Jersey starting next year.
In a joint announcement Wednesday, officials said that “after months of hard work and cooperation” of Amazon, state government and legislators, Amazon agreed to begin collecting and remitting online sales tax in New Jersey by July 1, 2013. Read More

May 29, 2012 · No comments

eBay Featured Plus! Suit Continues

Judge says eBay's description of the service does promise higher rankings.

The lawsuit an auto accessories seller filed against eBay regarding the eBay Motors marketplace’s Featured Plus! service is valid and may continue, a judge ruled late last week.
Custom LED filed the suit against eBay in January, claiming it paid for Featured Plus! Read More

May 23, 2012 · No comments

GSI Commerce, Fireswirl Focus on China

Partnership aims to give online retailers and brands better access to Chinese consumers.

GSI Commerce and Fireswirl Technologies have formed a partnership that will aim to help GSI clients enter China’s online marketplace.
GSI, an e-commerce service owned by eBay, serves more than 1,000 retailers and brands, worldwide. It believes there is “tremendous growth potential” in China, based on the strong interest in leading international brands among Chinese consumers. Read More

May 22, 2012 · No comments

Outright Improves Amazon Integration

Online bookkeeping tool keeps track of financial data.

Merchants know how difficult it is to manage a business, not to mention all the financial data that goes with it.
Outright, a leading bookkeeping service for e-commerce merchants, recently announced it has improved its service for Amazon sellers by allowing them to directly sync with Checkout by Amazon, as well as other integration improvements for Pro Merchant sellers. Read More

May 21, 2012 · No comments

Amazon May Pocket Some of California’s Sales Tax

Two cities want to give online retailer tax rebates.

While the ink dries on a deal between Amazon and California regarding online sales tax and business growth, officials in two cities are considering giving back more than half the tax money generated from the retail giant.
Amazon came to an agreement with the state to begin collecting online sales tax on purchases starting in the fall and to set up distribution centers in San Bernadino and Patterson. Read More

Etsy's April Sales Spring Up 68%
May 16, 2012 · No comments

Etsy’s April Sales Spring Up 68%

Year-over-year totals reflect the site's surge in popularity.

Etsy reports that $63.6 million worth of goods were sold on the site in April, a 67.9-percent increase from April 2011.
Month-to-month sales growth was not as impressive—up just 1.1 percent from March—but measured against a lower number of items sold than in March, the total suggests that Etsy sellers are seeing higher average selling prices. Read More

May 16, 2012 · 25 Comments

Marketplace Focus: Beyond eBay, Part 1

eBay alternatives for auction enthusiasts.

With new stringent policies taking effect on eBay, hundreds of eBay sellers told The Online Seller they were looking for alternative venues on which to sell their items. Some readers said they would try their luck on Yardsellr, a social marketplace; others mentioned Etsy, an online marketplace for homemade goods. Read More

May 14, 2012 · 36 Comments

eBay Survey Sparks Immediate Payment Debate

Sellers sound off on pros and cons of requiring buyers to pay instantly.

eBay is gauging sellers’ attitudes toward making immediate payment a requirement for some fixed-price and auction listings.
According a survey it recently sent to customers, eBay is considering whether to require immediate payment on all fixed-price listings that state shipping costs upfront and offer an instant payment method like PayPal, and for auctions that get winning bids from shoppers who have signed a one-time billing agreement that would allow eBay to automatically collect payments at the end of the auction. Read More

May 14, 2012 · No comments

eBay Campaign Honors America’s Heroes

Site will credit up to 100% of fees when sellers donate through Giving Works.

In recognition of the upcoming Memorial Day holiday in the U.S., is encouraging sellers to donate to nonprofits that support America’s veterans, military service people and their families through its Giving Works campaign, “Honoring our Heroes.”
Through June 3, eBay is featuring six service-focused nonprofits, including Blue Star Families, veterans’ health researcher Northern California Institute for Research and Education, emergency response organization Team Rubicon, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, the USO, and even one for service dogs, the United States War Dogs Association. Read More