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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 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 13, 2012 · No comments

eBay Style Connects Top-Rated Sellers with Chinese Buyers

New site features clothing, handbags, shoes, other items.

eBay will put some items from U.S. Top-rated Sellers in front of a growing Chinese buying audience with a new website. eBay Style launched on Monday and features clothing, handbags, shoes, accessories, health and beauty products, and other items from about 5,000 brands. Read More

November 13, 2012 · 1 Comment

High-end Fashion ‘A La Carte’

Former mystery buyer named eBay Canada's 2012 Fashion-preneur of the Year.

Tina Kastana started off her high-end fashion sales on eBay as a small venture, selling about 40 items in the auction format in 2002. Fast forward 10 years, and the one-woman operation is close to 2,000 feedbacks on eBay, and has been named eBay Canada’s 2012 Fashion-preneur of the Year. Read More

November 8, 2012 · 1 Comment

Dealing with eBay Returns Starts with Planning

eBay experts discuss strategies for handling returns.

For some online sellers, accepting eBay returns works. For others, it just doesn’t. They may find the cost is too great, or that items aren’t returned in the same condition as when they were shipped. If our recent article on eBay returns is any indication, it seems safe to say that returns are controversial in the online selling world. Read More

November 2, 2012 · 6 Comments

eBay International Shipping Program to Debut

Global Shipping Program to open to millions of sellers soon.

It’s official; the eBay international shipping program rumored to debut in September is a done deal and will be available to sellers soon. The marketplace officially announced the launch of its Global Shipping Program on Thursday, noting that a small group of sellers is testing the eBay international shipping program and that it will be available to millions of merchants “in the months ahead.” With the new program, participating U.S. Read More

November 1, 2012 · No comments

eBay, PayPal Aid Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

Sites open donation pages; eBay says it will protect affected sellers.

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to reflect that Hurricane Sandy also affected North Carolina and Ohio. As people in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast United States deal with the floods, power outages and devastation left by Hurricane Sandy, PayPal and eBay are trying to help those affected. Read More

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