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Amazon Cracks Down on Fidget Spinners

Thanks to safety concerns, Amazon is cracking down on fidget spinners, a toy originally marketed as an aid for concentration and to relieve fidgeting. Sellers have until July 28th to show their ...

eBay and Online Sellers Lose PhotoBucket Links

Unless online sellers are willing to spend $399/year, those who use PhotoBucket to power their images on sites like eBay and Etsy are now out of luck. PhotoBucket customers protested on social ...

Etsy Conducts Sweep of Black Memorabilia

Etsy conducted a sweep of its site today, eliminating many Black memorabilia listings. A reader alerted us to the change that took sellers completely by surprise. The several threads we found on ...

Etsy Surveys Sellers on New Services and Fees

Etsy sent a survey to sellers on Thursday asking them for their input on a range of issues. Included was a section asking for which expanded services sellers would be willing to pay extra fees ...

Amazon Cracks Down on Textbook Sales

Amazon seller restrictions continue to spread to new categories, and media sellers have been hard-hit. Last year, Amazon cracked down on sellers listing DVDs. Last month, it was music CDs and ...

Amazon Gives Pharma Firm a Logistics Tour

Amazon hosted pharmaceutical company Bayer AG to tour one of its fulfillment center in Germany in what could signal an interesting move by the online marketplace giant. Ostensibly the visit was a ...

CEOs Blame IPO for Etsy Woes

Even before the latest round of layoffs at Etsy announced this week, some sellers were looking for alternatives, expressing dissatisfaction with the direction of the company. The marketplace is ...

Sellers Who List Shipping Boxes Separately

An Etsy seller is listing items that they say will ship in an envelope, unless the buyer purchases a shipping box in a separate listing. A reader, Pennyemporium, shared the listings with us ...

New Post Office Kiosks Provide Proof of Shipping

Getting packages scanned is vital to online sellers who need proof for customers showing their item is on the way. We reported last year that the USPS was testing a new system designed to ...

Pay $30,000 to Learn How to Sell on Amazon?

Sellers, beware - there is a company that is giving free and paid seminars around the country promising to teach people how to sell on Amazon. They want participants to purchase inventory from them ...

Etsy Is Testing Changes to Search

Etsy kicked off several tests on Tuesday to spur sales. One experiment, as it calls such testing, is a change to its Search feature . During the experiment, some members may notice that we ...

Amazon Panics Sellers with Warning Email

Amazon sent an email to sellers warning them it s against its policy to use multiple selling accounts, and warning them that if certain circumstances warranted them doing so, to make sure they ...

Amazon Email Opt-Outs Cause Havoc for Sellers

Sellers on Amazon are facing a serious challenge when trying to communicate with buyers. Amazon has put in place an option for buyers to opt out of receiving seller emails, and an EcommerceBytes ...

Etsy Responds to Social Linking Controversy

Some sellers were upset to learn that Etsy was displaying ads for rival sellers at the top of listings when visitors came from social networking sites. We wrote about the issue here yesterday ...

Is Etsy Pattern Worth $15 a Month?

Would you pay $15/month for a store that was limited to exactly what you already had listed on the marketplace on which you sold? That s what Etsy expected its sellers to do last year when it ...

Etsy Updates: Good News - Bad News

Online sellers are always adapting to marketplace changes, and Etsy sellers are no exception. First the good news - Etsy has finally changed its multi-shop checkout launched in January after ...

Spring Cleaning at eBay

eBay is cleansing its site of old listings, saying they clutter the site and are unfair to other sellers when their listings are difficult to find. Online seller and AuctionBytes blogger Bob takes ...

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