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September 18, 2012 · No comments

Etsy Adds International Shipping Labels

New feature requires sellers to offer direct checkout.

U.S. Etsy sellers who ship internationally will soon be able to print shipping labels for their international shipments without leaving the site.
That’s because Etsy recently launched U.S. Postal Service international shipping labels, writes Nicholas Cook, Etsy’s engineering lead for shipping labels. Read More

September 17, 2012 · 23 Comments

Marketplace Focus: ArtFire

Smaller venue attracts sellers with flat-fee pricing, sophisticated tools.

With so many sites where you can sell online, it can be hard to know which marketplaces are worth the effort. eBay, Amazon and Etsy often make the most noise, but some of you recently told us that ArtFire, a smaller venue for selling online, should get some attention—and a little ink, too. Read More

September 13, 2012 · 1 Comment

eBay Unveils New Logo

More contemporary design better represents company, exec says.

The season will soon be changing—and so will eBay’s logo.
Devin Wenig, president of Marketplaces, introduced the site’s new logo today. He describes the logo as a “cleaner” and “more contemporary” design that is “rooted in our proud history and reflects a dynamic future.”
The look keeps the old logo’s signature colors: red, blue, yellow and green, but makes them more rounded and takes away the overlapping letters of the current eBay logo. Read More

September 12, 2012 · No comments

eBay Prepares Sellers for iPhone 5 Frenzy

Sets listing restrictions, says smartphones keep online shoppers engaged.

With Apple unveiling its new iPhone 5 today, eBay has released guidelines on its U.S. and U.K. sites for merchants who want to sell the highly anticipated device.
Separately, eBay reports that new technologies, like the iPhone 5, will ultimately benefit online sellers—whether they sell the devices or not—because they keep buyers online longer. Read More

September 11, 2012 · No comments

More Categories Require eBay Catalog

Catalog meant to streamline listing process for eBay sellers.

eBay sellers who list in select electronics categories must now list their items using the eBay catalog if the product they’re selling is included in the catalog.
eBay began requiring this for merchants who list in the CPUs & Processors, Motherboards, and PC Desktops & All-In-One categories on Monday. Read More

September 7, 2012 · No comments

eBay Shows Interest in Social Shopping

Company acquires, adds new feature on U.K. and U.S. sites.

eBay seems to like the idea of social shopping. In fact, it seems to be making itself more social-shopping friendly.
The marketplace has acquired curation site, officials announced Thursday, and it also recently added a new feature to its U.K. Read More

September 5, 2012 · No comments

eBay Opens Managed Returns Center

Optional feature for Top-rated Sellers meant to streamline returns.

eBay’s managed returns platform, also known as the eBay returns center, launched publicly to Top-rated Sellers on Tuesday.
The feature first opened on July 10 to selected merchants selling on eBay, but now Top-rated Sellers can opt in to start using it, the company announced. Read More

August 31, 2012 · No comments

Etsy to Introduce Gift Cards

New feature is the first to be incorporated into direct checkout.

Etsy announced it will offer gift cards—a popular holiday present—starting in October as the first feature built into its direct checkout.
Shoppers will be able to redeem gift cards only when they pay for items through direct checkout. Direct checkout launched in February and allows buyers to pay for products without leaving the site, writes Natalie Schwartz, an Etsy product manager, in a blog post. Read More

August 30, 2012 · 1 Comment

eBay, Verisk Partners in Crime Analytics

Companies will share data to fight retail crime, fraud and theft.

eBay is teaming with a provider of risk assessment solutions to fight retail crime, counterfeiting and online fraud.
Verisk Crime Analytics announced eBay’s partnership with its Law Enforcement Retail Partnership Network on Tuesday. It reports that the two companies will work on developing ways to share and use data to provide retailers and police with “crime fighting analytics.”
Each company will have staff working on these, but no details were given about what analytics will focus on. Read More

August 29, 2012 · 2 Comments

Etsy Marketplace is Strong, CEO Says

2012 sales to date set to surpass last year's total.

Merchants are selling on Etsy—and the site is outdoing itself.
That’s what the company’s CEO Chad Dickerson reports on the Etsy News Blog. He says Etsy sales, year to date, surpassed $500 million last week—just $25 million shy of its total sales last year. Read More