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October 2, 2012 · 22 Comments

Announced eBay Policies Take Effect

Fall changes include new auction fee, required photos and location info.

The October winds are bringing changes to eBay. The marketplace reports that starting this week, several new policies take effect. Sellers who end auctions with at least one bid early will face a new fee, some listings will require at least one image and, at the end of the month, eBay will start adding city and state information to listings based on sellers’ ZIP codes. Read More

September 25, 2012 · No comments

eBay Apps Hit 100M Downloads

$10 billion in mobile transactions expected this year, eBay says.

Consumers love eBay apps. In fact, they’ve download eBay apps 100 million times, the marketplace announced on Monday. In the past six months alone, smartphone and tablet users have downloaded eBay’s five mobile apps 25 million times. Both buyers and sellers are using the apps. Read More

September 25, 2012 · No comments

iPhone Listings Soar on eBay

iPhone 4 listings spike 223 percent with debut of iPhone 5.

With the highly awaited iPhone 5 now for sale, eBay U.K. is seeing a huge spike in the number of earlier generations of the Apple device listed on the site. The number of listings for iPhones jumped 122 percent in August, according to the marketplace. 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 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 · No comments

Hurricane Isaac Could Disrupt Trade

eBay urges patience in transactions with Gulf Coast buyers, sellers.

eBay is asking buyers and sellers to be patient if they’re buying from or selling to someone on the Gulf Coast, an area affected by Hurricane Isaac. Hurricane Isaac has left many thousands in the dark. eBay notes in a post on its Announcements page that the storm’s impact may delay communication between parties, and could disrupt deliveries. Read More

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