Marketplaces

eBay Launches New Seller Standards
February 22, 2016 at 10:40 am

As of this weekend, eBay is no longer using negative feedback or detailed seller ratings to evaluate a seller's performance. The change, announced last September, took effect on Feb. 20. Avoiding claims, cancelled orders and late shipping is now key to passing muster. The new policy is part of a kinder and gentler approach under the…

Mobile, Financing Keys to Totspot's Growth
February 15, 2016 at 10:22 am

In episode 24 of Total Retail Talks, Vijay Ramani, co-founder and CEO of Totspot, a resale shopping app for clothes and accessories for the entire family, discusses why the startup business opted for a mobile app marketplace rather than a traditional e-commerce site as well as the company's plans for its recently secured $1.5 million in…

US Warns Alibaba Again: Stop Selling Fake Products
December 18, 2015 at 10:32 am

Trade officials of the United States issued a warning to China-based Alibaba Group Holding again, as complaints continue to come in from brand owners regarding the proliferation of counterfeit goods on the e-commerce giant's online sales websites. A report released by the U.S. Trade Representative on the topic of piracy in global markets said that…

Mashable, Visa Checkout Launch E-Commerce Marketplace
December 1, 2015 at 10:44 am

Cyber Monday got an infusion of tech-savvy innovation this year, as Mashable and Visa partnered to launch the Mashable Shop. Mashable is a tech community giant, with a savvy online presence and readership that's highly engaged with its content. With 45 million monthly unique visitors and 26 million followers across social media, Mashable is a…

A Martha Stewart Store Makes a Leap to Amazon
November 18, 2015 at 10:32 am

Martha Stewart has ditched eBay, taking her American Made store to Amazon’s Handmade marketplace, as the e-commerce giant flexes its muscle in the burgeoning online market for handcrafted goods. American Made, a venture introduced in 2013, was intended to be eBay’s answer to Etsy, the pioneer in the online handmade goods market. It offered locally made…

Amazon Terminates Merchant Ads That Pull Visitors Offsite
October 16, 2015 at 11:22 am

Off-site sellers who enjoyed a steady stream of traffic from Amazon Product Ads will bid farewell to that at the end of October. Amazon.com disclosed over the summer that the service would end on Halloween. Likewise, what appeared to be a possible replacement, or even a competitor with Google AdWords, will also cease operation as Amazon…

Amazon Charges Sellers 600 Pesos in Error
October 14, 2015 at 11:10 am

Amazon.com overcharged many sellers’ accounts last week, and sellers are calling into question the way the company handled the overbilling incident. Sellers discovered Amazon charged their account 600 pesos (approximately $37) for fees to Amazon Mexico, even though they had never signed up to sell on the Mexican marketplace. (The amount varied slightly from seller to…

Amazon Challenges Etsy With Strictly Handmade Marketplace
October 8, 2015 at 3:08 pm

Amazon.com stepped into the handcrafted-goods ring on Thursday, opening an arts-and-crafts bazaar online that squarely takes aim at a niche but growing market dominated by the Brooklyn-based Etsy. The new marketplace, called Handmade at Amazon, went live at 3 a.m. Eastern time on Thursday with a lineup of over 80,000 items from about 5,000 sellers in…

Jet.com Grounds its $50 Annual Membership
October 8, 2015 at 10:30 am

Jet.com launched three months ago as an Amazon.com rival promising rock-bottom prices for members willing to part with $50 for its annual membership. But just as the e-commerce site's free trial is set to end, company officials have decided to ditch the fee model that was to be its prime revenue generator. Instead, it will rely…

eBay Restructures Fees and Increases Seller Limits
October 7, 2015 at 10:47 am

eBay is giving most of its sellers a boost in the number of listings they can post with no up-front fees as well as the ability to list more items by increasing listing limits on their accounts. The moves are clearly designed to boost the number of listings available to holiday shoppers, with changes going…