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April 23, 2013 · 1 Comment

eBay Urges Users to Fight Online Sales Tax

Marketplace Fairness Act pushes on, will be brought to Senate floor.

eBay is asking its users to tell Congress they don’t want an online sales tax. In a letter sent to users on Sunday, eBay President and CEO John Donahoe encourages customers to join the marketplace in telling Congress “No” to the Marketplace Fairness Act, which would force some online merchants to collect and pay sales tax on the items they sell. Read More

April 22, 2013 · No comments

It’s Spring! Time to Organize Your Home Business

See how doing some office spring cleaning can improve your operation.

Ah, springtime. This is when we take to straightening out our living spaces, cleaning out our garages and refreshing our wardrobes. While that’s all good, remember that “spring cleaning” isn’t only for your home. Your business can also benefit mightily from the same sort of freshening up. Read More

April 19, 2013 · No comments

eBay Posts 14% Revenue Surge in First Quarter

More sales, customers fuel growth.

More eBay sales, an increase in the number of PayPal accounts and more mobile shoppers helped eBay Inc.’s revenue grew by double digits during this year’s first quarter. eBay posted a 14-percent year-over-year increase, with its revenue reaching $3.7 billion, officials announced on Wednesday. Read More

April 12, 2013 · No comments

eBay Seller Cruise Sets Sail in February

Registration now open for five-day affair.

eBay sellers will have the chance to sail to Mexico, mingle with fellow merchants and learn how to grow their businesses next year thanks to a new eBay seller education event. The SeaBay Cruise sets sail on Feb. 8, and registration is now open, say event organizers Stephanie Inge, the founder of The Dallas eBaybes & eMales, and Joyce Banbury, the organizer of the annual Kansas Jubilee eBay conference. Read More

March 25, 2013 · No comments

4G Service to Revitalize Retail Sales in UK

Faster, more reliable service expected to lower mobile shopping barriers.

Making 4G cell service available to everyone in the U.K. will give retail sales a shot in the arm this year. A study by researcher Conlumino, which was announced today by eBay, says 4G service should increase mobile shopping by 113 percent this year compared to last, and it could help retail sales in the U.K. Read More

March 20, 2013 · 1 Comment

Get Motivated in Your Business

Regain that fire you had to keep your business going strong.

Do you ever find yourself sitting motionless, knowing you should be working on your business, yet—for some reason—you’re unable or unwilling to get anything done? If so, you might need to get motivated in your business. The driving force that once inspired you to start your trade is now seemingly nowhere to be found. Read More

March 20, 2013 · No comments

Easter Shopping Takes a Hit

Spending to drop this year as Easter Bunny is on a budget.

With Easter less than two weeks away, people are preparing, but the Easter Bunny will be on a budget this year. In fact, he’ll spend slightly less than he did a year ago. According to the National Retail Federation, Easter shopping totals in the U.S. Read More

March 18, 2013 · No comments

Internet Sales to Leave Physical Stores in the Dust

Official says online sales will 'outpace' brick-and-mortar shops.

Major retailers investing in multichannel selling, and the rising popularity of tablets and smartphones, will help Internet sales spike—and outpace—physical stores in the coming years. A Forrester Research study finds that online sales in the U.S. will hit $262 billion this year—a 13.4-percent increase compared to 2012. Read More

March 8, 2013 · 1 Comment

Same-Day Delivery: Hot or Not? Shoppers Say Not

Buyers prefer free shipping, lower prices.

Shoppers don’t care about same-day delivery, despite the efforts of companies like eBay, Amazon and, reportedly, Google to offer the service. In a survey by The Boston Consulting Group, only 9 percent of 1,500 U.S. respondents said same-day delivery was a big draw for them when it came to buying. Read More

March 8, 2013 · No comments

Online Partnerships with Competitors: Good or Bad Idea?

Online sellers give us their opinions, share their experiences.

There was an interesting thread on our favorite forum for ecommerce merchants, Facebook’s The Ecommerce Group, a while back. Seller and consultant Nathan Huppatz asked whether other sellers ever work with competitors. Huppatz was thinking in terms of sellers helping each other when one runs out of inventory, or perhaps going in with one another on orders to lower the cost per unit. Read More

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