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March 22, 2013 · 1 Comment

Is Selling on Etsy Right for You? Part 3

Marketing and promoting your Etsy store

If you’ve read the other articles in our series about selling on Etsy, you should have a good feel for what sells on the site, who shops on it and how to go about setting up your store. Once you have your Etsy shop ready for business, the next step is getting customers to come through your online door. Read More

March 21, 2013 · No comments

Glitch Removes Thousands of eBay Listings

Officials say issue has been resolved.

A software issue that removed thousands of eBay listings on Wednesday has been resolved. The glitch impacted about 10,000 total merchants in the United States, Germany, United Kingdom and Australia, removing their listings from the site, according to a post in eBay’s General Announcements. Read More

March 19, 2013 · 24 Comments

eBay Changes Fees with 2013 Spring Seller Update

Policy changes also tackle unpaid items, images.

The latest eBay changes announced in the 2013 Spring Seller Update means a simplified fee structure for merchants and an attempt to reduce the number of unpaid items. Today’s announcement includes changes that give sellers with eBay Store subscriptions up to 2,500 free fixed-price or auction-style listings per month, allow merchants whose listing include a Best Offer option to continue accepting offers until a shopper actually pays for a product, aim to reduce the number of unpaid items on the site and more. Read More

March 15, 2013 · No comments

Is Selling on Etsy Right For You? Part 2

How to run your Etsy store for success

In our first article about selling on Etsy, we discussed the kinds of things merchants sell on the site and who shops there. Now it’s time for you to explore running your own Etsy store. We won’t go through the process of setting up an Etsy store. Read More

March 12, 2013 · 7 Comments

Webstore Offers eBay Alternative for Frustrated Sellers

A look at the marketplace that's competing for eBay's spot

Comments from seasoned eBay sellers who are frustrated with higher fees and security risks reveal that an eBay alternative is on the minds of many. Some of these sellers are switching to other marketplaces in hopes buyers will follow. In response, developers have built alternative online auction sites to fulfill the growing need for an affordable marketplace. Read More

March 4, 2013 · No comments

Etsy Adds Customer Service Reports

Feature meant to help sellers 'build better relationships' with buyers.

Customer service is important to selling online and a new feature on Etsy helps merchants gauge how they’re doing in that part of their business. Introduced on Wednesday, Etsy Customer Service Stats tell merchants how they’re doing in several customer service aspects. Read More

February 12, 2013 · 1 Comment

eBay UK Makes Adding Return Policies Easier

Site introduces new drop-down menus.

eBay U.K. sellers can now specify who will pay for returns and how long buyers have to return items with just a few clicks. Marketplace officials made the announcement on Friday, noting that merchants can now enter their return policy information using new drop-down menus when they list their products. 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

2012 Filled with Home Business Success, Challenges

Readers reflect back on their accomplishments, and bumps along the road.

With the year coming to a close, now is the perfect time to look back, see what worked and what didn’t, and plan ahead for home business success in 2013. You might make adjustments or stay on the steady course that brought you a cheerful 2012. Read More

December 17, 2012 · No comments

Etsy iPad App Update Adds Seller Tools

Merchants selling on Etsy can now view store stats, create listings.

Etsy sellers can now view their store stats and create new listings on the go, thanks to updates to the Etsy iPad app, which were released today. Merchants selling on Etsy can do these tasks as well as buy, send and use gift cards—if they’re located in the U.S.—and access all the features that are available on the Etsy iPhone app, reports Adam Brown, a spokesman for the company. Read More

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