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October 29, 2012 · 8 Comments

Online Auction Sites for Live Bidding

A sampling of live auction sites provides sellers with eBay alternatives.

It’s been almost four years since eBay shut down its live auction service that incorporated real auction houses with online bidding. The marketplace wanted to focus on creating a retail-like experience. Live auctions didn’t fit within that vision. Since eBay retired the gavel in late 2008, auction houses and online auction sites have been left to evolve virtual live bidding for themselves. Read More

July 16, 2012 · No comments

Copious Raises $5M in Funding

Social marketplace scores first round of venture capital.

Online marketplace Copious recently got a belated birthday present that should make its founders very happy. The social marketplace that integrates with Facebook turned 1 this year, and recently secured $5 million in Series A funding from Foundation Capital, Google Ventures and Relay Ventures. Read More

May 29, 2012 · 1 Comment

Another eBay Alternative to Consider

In response to Marketplace Focus: Beyond eBay, Part 2: I was surprised that you did not include my favorite eBay alternative site—Ruby Lane. Unlike eBay, Ruby Lane has rules, and enforces them. Sellers are expected to know certain details, and they do. 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 23, 2012 · 12 Comments

Marketplace Focus: Beyond eBay, Part 2

eBay alternatives for artisans and social sellers.

In Beyond eBay, Part 1, we discussed four eBay-alternative sites for auction sellers looking for greener pastures. Those included auction marketplaces and a couple of emerging sites for real-time auctions. Now we’ll take a look at a couple of marketplaces that cater to artisans and vintage sellers, as well as social marketplace Yardsellr, in case you want to see what lies beyond eBay. 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 8, 2012 · 1 Comment

Auction Sites Want Shoppers to Buy Now

Features being introduced to allow products to sell instantly.

eBay alternative auction sites Proxibid and Auctionopia are expanding their marketplaces to make selling and buying more flexible. Live online-auction provider Proxibid just unrolled a “buy now” feature called Instant Purchase, which allows auction houses to offer an “instant purchase” price that will override any existing bids on an item. Read More

May 7, 2012 · No comments

Etsy Sellers Plan May 10 Silent Protest

'Protesy' calls for one-day strike over the sale of mass-produced items on the site.

More than 3,900 Etsy sellers will close shop for a day on Thursday because they believe Etsy management has turned a blind eye to resellers and mass producers operating on the craft-oriented marketplace. A group calling itself Protesty is asking Etsy sellers to put their shops in vacation mode for 24 hours, starting May 10, and for buyers to refrain from making purchases on the site that day. Read More

May 1, 2012 · No comments

Etsy May Launch Wholesale Site

Acquisition of Trunkt said to support Etsy sellers already doing wholesale business.

Etsy has acquired Trunkt, a one-person wholesale platform, and may be preparing to open a new site to serve the wholesale channel. While the company has not formally announced the acquisition, a company spokesman acknowledged the deal in a discussion thread on news site Pando Daily. Read More

April 24, 2012 · No comments

Newegg Revamps 3rd-Party Marketplace

Hopes to attract more sellers with new fee structure and upgraded support tools.

Newegg is revamping its third-party marketplace with a new pricing structure and tools the company hopes will attract more sellers of general merchandise and create a one-stop shopping site. The changes, slated to take effect June 4, will increase the monthly fee to $19.95 and introduce a commission rate of 9 percent to 13 percent, depending on the merchandise category. Read More

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