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Current News - eBay Seller News - 2015

This page is current news specific to selling on eBay, plus links to informative news articles.

This website is for learning and sharing information about online selling. This is not a newsletter or news magazine, rather a source for how to find selling information and meet other online sellers. This page is a collection of links to news stories and articles from other sources that might be of interest to eBay sellers. I sift through news stories and try to narrow it down to articles about what sellers need to know, and leave out the who is CEO this week type info.

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2015
 

eCommerceBytes - 12-21-15 - eBay Lifts Ban on Empty Boxes for iPhones and Designer Goods.
This is a real change in a long standing policy.

eCommerceBytes - 12-09-15 - eBay Launches New Artisan Collective.

eCommerceBytes - 12-09-15 - eBay Hands Out Credits to Sellers to Settle Lawsuit.

eCommerceBytes - 12-08-15 - eBay Looks for Volunteer Mentors to Help New Sellers.

 

eCommerceBytes - 11-17-15 - eBay Adds Extended Warranties to Seller Listings.

eCommerceBytes - 11-09-15 - eBay Seeks Auctions in Collectibles and Fashion.

eCommerceBytes - 11-03-15 - eBay Sends Invitation to Join New Returns Program.

eCommerceBytes - 11-02-15 - eBay Advises Sellers to Add Product Identifiers Early.

 

eCommerceBytes - 10-29-15 - eBay Runs Another Listing Promotion.

Internet Retailer - 10-21-2015 - eBay’s sales, revenue and profit all slip in Q3.

eCommerceBytes - 10-19-15 - eBay Entices First-Time Sellers with Fee-Free Promotion.

eCommerceBytes - 10-08-15 - eBay Runs Promotion to Boost Listings for Fall Shopping.

eCommerceBytes - 10-08-15 - eBay Answers Questions about New Fees.

eCommerceBytes - 10-06-15 - eBay Restructures Fees and Increases Seller Limits.

eCommerceBytes - 10-06-15 - eBay Runs Promo to Encourage Sellers to Open a Store.

eCommerceBytes - 10-05-15 - eBay Surprise Announcement Impacts Fees and Seller Limits.

eCommerceBytes - 10-04-15 - Are You Opting In to the New eBay Seller Hub This Month?

 

eCommerceBytes - 09-30-15 - eBay Backs Off 3-Month Holiday Returns.

eCommerceBytes - 09-25-15 - eBay Runs Spooky Seller Promotion with Coupon Incentive.

eCommerceBytes - 09-24-15 - Sellers Call for Transparency on eBay Estimated Delivery Dates.

eCommerceBytes - 09-21-15 - New TV Ads Get eBay Sellers Excited.

eCommerceBytes - 09-18-2015 - eBay Runs Halloween Promotions to Encourage Selling.

eCommerceBytes - 09-15-2015 - eBay Updates User Agreement, Can Remove Links from Listings.

eCommerceBytes - 09-11-2015 - eBay Runs Seller Promotion to Celebrate 20-Year Anniversary.

eCommerceBytes - 09-08-2015 - Signs of Hope for eBay's Exposure in Google Search.

eCommerceBytes - 09-08-2015 - eBay to Kick Off 20 Days of Deals Promotion.

eCommerceBytes - 09-03-2015 - eBay Hopes to Rejuvenate Marketplace as It Celebrates 20 Years.

eCommerceBytes - 09-01-2015 - eBay Delays Make-or-Break Move toward Catalog.

eCommerceBytes - 09-01-2015 - eBay Runs 6-Week Variable Seller Promotion.

 

eCommerceBytes - 08-28-2015 - eBay Bans Sellers from Offering PayPal Rivals.

eCommerceBytes - 08-26-2015 - eBay Motors to Offer Extended Service Plans on Parts.

eCommerceBytes - 08-25-2015 - eBay Previews Fall Seller Update.

eCommerceBytes - 08-25-2015 - eBay to Change the Way Sellers Earn Shipping Defects.

eCommerceBytes - 08-18-2015 - eBay Says It Is Changing Returns Process.

eCommerceBytes - 08-17-2015 - eBay Axes Bulk Label Printing Tool.

eCommerceBytes - 08-11-2015 - eBay Promotion Encourages Auctions and Fixed Price.

eCommerceBytes - 08-11-2015 - eBay Holds Webinar to Teach Sellers about Ad Listings.

eCommerceBytes - 08-04-2015 - eBay Runs Month-Long Promo for Store Owners.

 

eCommerceBytes - 07-06-2015 - eBay Employee: Catalog Strategy Will Make or Break eBay.

 
eCommerceBytes - 06-24-2015 - One Week to Go Before eBay Zaps Traffic Reports.
eCommerceBytes - 06-24-2015 - eBay to Launch New Defect Report.
eCommerceBytes - 06-17-2015 - Are eBay Sellers Employees According to Uber Ruling?
eCommerceBytes - 06-16-2015 - Alleged Art Forger Says It's Easy to Get Back Selling on eBay.
eCommerceBytes - 06-08-2015 - eBay Valet Gives It Away for the Month of June.
eCommerceBytes - 06-07-2015 - Understanding eBay's New Product Identifiers Requirement.
 
eCommerceBytes - 05-27-2015 - eBay Sellers Must Compete with Promoted Listing Ads.
eCommerceBytes - 05-27-2015 - eBay Runs Promotion to Encourage Long Duration Listings.
Internet Retailer - 05-26-2015 - Exclusive: eBay plans to let sellers pay for placement in search results.
eCommerceBytes - 05-25-2015 - eBay Analytics Tool Gets Upgrade from Terapeak.
eCommerceBytes - 05-22-2015 - eBay Reminds Sellers of Auction Fee Credits.
eCommerceBytes - 05-12-2015 - eBay Says Two-Way Feedback Is Not on the Table.
 
eCommerceBytes - 04-23-2015 - eBay Makes Big Promises to Small Sellers as SEO Penalty Still Stings.
Chicago Tribune - 04-23-2015 - As PayPal split looms, eBay plans to think small.
eCommerceBytes - 04-22-2015 - Bonanza to Raise Optional Pro Fees for New Members.
eCommerceBytes - 04-17-2015 - eBay Runs 5-Day Auction Listing Promotion.
eCommerceBytes - 04-08-2015 - eBay Runs Promotion Encouraging New Auction Listings.
 
2015 Spring Seller Update:
Get details on the 2015 Spring Seller Update.
Tune in to a special Seller Update live broadcast of eBay Radio on Tuesday March 17, 11AM-2:00PM PT.
Ask your questions in a Special Community Board.
 
Terapeak - 03-20-2015 - Fees, Product Identifiers, and Categories: Inside eBay’s 2015 Spring Seller Update.
eCommerceBytes - 03-30-2015 - Would You Let eBay Pack and Ship Your Items?
eCommerceBytes - 03-25-2015 - eBay Launches New Stores Program for Small Merchants.
eCommerceBytes - 03-17-2015 - eBay Spring Seller Update 2015: Revitalizing Auctions.
eCommerceBytes - 03-17-2015 - eBay Spring Seller Update 2015: Product Identifiers.
Internet Retailer - 03-10-2015 - Sales through eBay auctions decrease 26.2%.
eCommerceBytes - 03-03-2015 - eBay Encourages Free Shipping with New Seller Promos.
eCommerceBytes - 03-02-2015 - eBay Runs Promotion to Entice Sellers to Open Store.
 
eCommerceBytes - 02-23-2015 - eBay Runs End-of-February Fixed-Price Promotion.
eCommerceBytes - 02-17-2015 - eBay Tries to Drum Up Store Upgrades.
eCommerceBytes - 02-05-2015 - eBay Listing Promotion Encourages Use of Global Shipping Program.
eCommerceBytes - 01-12-2015 - eBay Encourages Auction Listings with Latest Seller Promo.
 
2014
(For the beginning of this year, 2014 is still on this page as well as on the archived 2014 page.)
eCommerceBytes - 12-25-14 - UPS and FedEx Changes Prompt eBay to Update Shipping Calculator.
eCommerceBytes - 12-16-14 - eBay Runs Listing Promotion with Half-off Commission Fees.
eCommerceBytes - 12-08-14 - eBay Runs Holiday Auction Listing Promotion.
eCommerceBytes - 12-04-14 - eBay Adds Feature to Protect Sellers Who Run Out of Stock.
eCommerceBytes - 12-02-14 - Clarifying When Returns Result in eBay Defects.
eCommerceBytes - 12-02-14 - eBay Changes Defect Policy for Revised Feedback.
eCommerceBytes - 12-01-14 - eBay Kicks Off Listing Promotion on Cyber Monday.
eCommerceBytes - 11-25-14 - Could eBay Force Sellers to Ship to Stores for Pickup?
eCommerceBytes - 11-24-14 - eBay Thanksgiving Promotion Open to All Sellers.
eCommerceBytes - 11-24-14 - eBay Sets Personalized Sales Goals for Some Sellers.
eCommerceBytes - 11-21-14 - Next eBay CEO Promises Significant Changes Ahead.
(I don't usually add CEO news, but this incoming CEO implies there will be big changes ahead. Hum.)

eCommerceBytes - 11-19-14 - Are You Prepared for New 6-Month PayPal Purchase Protection?
eCommerceBytes - 11-19-14 - eBay Offers Some Good News for PayPal Users.

eCommerceBytes - 11-12-14 - eBay Raises Shipping Caps in Media Categories.
eCommerceBytes - 11-07-14 - eBay Runs Two Versions of Auction Promotion.
eCommerceBytes - 11-06-14 - eBay Launches Seller Repricing Tool from Decide.com.
eCommerceBytes - 11-05-14 - eBay Runs Stores Promotion for High Value Items.
eCommerceBytes - 11-05-14 - eBay Runs 'Pre-Holiday Doorbuster Deal' Listing Promo.
eCommerceBytes - 10-28-14 - eBay Eases Up on Extended Holiday Returns, with a Catch.
eCommerceBytes - 10-27-14 - eBay Promo Lets Sellers List 10 Thousand Listings in 5 Days.
eCommerceBytes - 10-24-14 - eBay Surprise Fee Hike Impacts Some Sellers.
eCommerceBytes - 10-15-14 - eBay Runs Promotion to Encourage Auction Listings.
eCommerceBytes - 10-14-14 - Have a Question for eBay? Try an In Person Event.
eCommerceBytes - 10-07-14 - Deja vu: eBay to Kick off Live Auctions on Thursday.
eCommerceBytes - 10-05-14 - Ramifications of the eBay PayPal Breakup for Sellers.
eCommerceBytes - 11-06-14 - Another Round of eBay Global Shipping Program Opt-ins.
eCommerceBytes - 10-03-14
- eBay Opts Sellers Back Into Global Shipping Program. This is important!
Quote: " The program is controversial for several reasons - not the least of which is that it is an opt-out rather than opt-in program. " (Check your shipping preferences on your lstings.)
Retail Wire - 10-01-14 - PayPal and eBay to go their separate ways.
Market Watch - 09-30-14 - eBay to spin off PayPal business.
eBay Announcement - 9-30-14 - eBay & PayPal to Become Independent Companies in 2015.
eCommerceBytes - 09-23-14 - eBay Sellers Being Told They Must Accept Returns.
eCommerceBytes - 09-16-14 - New eBay Ad Program Lets Sellers Pay for Added Exposure.
 
eCommerceBytes - 08-24-14 - Sellers Guide to eBay Fall 2014 Update.
eCommerceBytes - 08-21-14 - eBay Seller Performance Standards Rolled Out on Wednesday.

eCommerceBytes - 08-14-14 - eBay Updates User Agreement and Privacy Policy - Must Read.
Good review and summary.

eCommerceBytes - 08-12-14 - eBay Fall Seller Release: Managed Returns, Some Relief on Defects.
 
eCommerceBytes - 07-28-14 - eBay May Count Late Deliveries as Item-Not-as-Described Defects.
eCommerceBytes - 07-28-14 - eBay Runs Seller Promo with Special Shipping Bonus for Some.
eCommerceBytes - 07-16-14 - eBay Closing Curation Site Svpply, Founder Kickstarts New Site.
eCommerceBytes - 07-15-14 - eBay Holds Sweepstakes for Business Sellers.
eCommerceBytes - 07-15-14 - Sotheby's to Be Anchor Tenant on eBay Live Auctions.
eCommerceBytes - 07-14-14 - eBay Runs Generous Week-long Listing Promotion.
eCommerceBytes - 07-02-14 - Bigcommerce Benefits as eBay Closes ProStores and Magento Go.
 
eCommerceBytes - 06-30-14 - eBay Runs Pre-Independence Day Auction Promotions.
eCommerceBytes - 06-18-14 - eBay Runs Free Listing Promotion Tied to Sweepstakes.
eCommerceBytes - 06-09-14 - eBay Runs Free Listing Promotion to Boost Auctions.
Auctiva Blog - 06-04-2014 - eBay Experts Take Las Vegas.
eCommerceBytes - 06-03-14 - eBay Shill Bidders Found Selling Their Services.
eCommerceBytes - 06-03-14 - eBay Runs Seller Promotion to Stimulate Listings.
eCommerceBytes - 06-02-14 - eBay Puts More Marketing Power in the Hands of Store Owners.
 
eBay - 05-29-2014 - Live Webinar: eBay Stores Made Easy. Top tips and real-Store makeovers
Wednesday, June 11th, 2014 at 11:00 AM PST

eBay - 05-21-2014 - Frequently Asked Questions on eBay Password Change.
eBay - 05-21-2014 - eBay Inc. To Ask eBay Users To Change Passwords.
PCMagazine - 05-21-2014 - eBay Urges Users to Change Passwords After Hack.
Internet Retailer - 05-21-2014 - eBay suffers a cyberattack.
eCommerceBytes - 05-21-14 - eBay Hacked!

eBay Radio Party & Conference 2014 - June 17-19, 2014 - Bally's Las Vegas - Las Vegas, NV
eCommerceBytes - 05-20-14 - Catching Up on eBay's Consignment Services.
eCommerceBytes - 05-13-14 - eBay Gives Thousands of Free Auction Listings to Invited Sellers.
eCommerceBytes - 05-09-14 - eBay Revives Live Auctions after a Five Year Absence.
eCommerceBytes - 05-01-14 - eBay Restructures Fees to Revive Ailing Auctions.
 
eCommerceBytes - 04-29-14 - eBay Runs Free Listing Promotion to Promote Fixed Price Listings.
eCommerceBytes - 04-28-14 - eBay Improves Selling Experience on Mobile Website and Apps.
eCommerceBytes - 04-28-14 - eBay Promotion Offers Half-Off Commission Fees.
eCommerceBytes - 04-17-14 - eBay Runs Another Promotion - Can You List 25,000 Auctions?
eCommerceBytes - 04-08-14 - eBay Gives Away 15,000 Listings in New April Promotion.
Channel Advisor Webinar - Introducing the eBay Defect Rate: eBay Seller Release 14.1 and How It Can Affect Your Sales. Monday, April 7 at 1 p.m. EDT. (See Events page/Webinars.)
 
eCommerceBytes - 03-26-14 - eBay Expands Global Shipping Program, Overrides Seller Exclusions.
"On Friday, eBay sent letters to sellers in the program informing them it would override their country exclusion lists..."
eCommerceBytes - 03-26-14 - eBay Runs Mother of all Free Listing Promotions.
eCommerceBytes - 03-25-14 - Some Hail eBay's Latest Attempt to Improve Feedback.
eBay - 03-24-2014 - Live Webinar: New Seller Standards. Keep buyers coming back.
Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 at 11:00 AM PDT
eCommerceBytes - 03-24-14 - eBay Uploads YouTube Buyer Guides to Grab Eyeballs.
eCommerceBytes - 03-21-14 - eBay Runs List and Sell Coupon Promotion.
eBay Promotion Page.
eBay 03-20-2014 - Webinar: Get an up-close look at the new seller standards.
Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 at 11:00 AM PDT / 12 MT / 1 CT / 2 ET
Auctiva Blog - 03-18-2014 - 2014 Spring Seller Update Nixes DSRS. (Good, brief summary.)
eCommerceBytes - 03-18-14 - When eBay Sellers Should Escalate Item-Not-Received Claims.
eCommerceBytes - 03-16-14 - Sellers Guide to eBay Spring Update Changes 2014.
eCommerceBytes - 03-14-14 - eBay Runs Auction Promotion with Gallery Plus Thrown In.
Internet Retailer - 03-12-14 - WorldLister Brings New Light to eBay Users as Blackthorne Fades Out.
Internet Retailer - 03-11-14 - eBay changes the way it rates sellers.
eCommerceBytes - 03-11-14 - eBay Changes DSRs in Spring Seller Update.
eCommerceBytes - 03-11-14 - eBay Makes Major Change to Seller Feedback.
eCommerceBytes - 03-11-14 - eBay Proxy Fight Continues Leading up to April Annual Meeting.
eCommerceBytes - 03-10-14 - eBay Patents Smart Hashtags for Social Shopping.
eCommerceBytes - 03-10-14 - eBay Runs Unusual Promo for 99-Cent Auctions.
Auctiva - 03-07-2014 - We've partnered with Alibaba to give you a sneak peek at 100,000 deals up to 90% off wholesale! Alibaba's 24-hour Sale is March 12. (Note: Alibaba does have US wholesalers, but don't know if they are searchable or part of the sale.)
eCommerceBytes - 03-07-14 - eBay Offers Store Owners More Free Listings in March.
eCommerceBytes - 03-04-14 - eBay Has Big Changes Planned for Stores, Readies Promotions Manager.
eCommerceBytes - 03-04-14 - Changes to eBay Stores Are on the Way.
 
eCommerceBytes - 02-24-14 - Amazon to Catch Up to eBay in Offering Branded Clothing?
Rockville Patch - 02-21-2014 - State Police Use Online Tool to Track Stolen Property Sold on eBay, Pawn Shops.
eCommerceBytes - 02-17-14 - eBay Sellers Not Impressed with Implementation of New Business Policies.
eCommerceBytes - 02-11-14 - eBay to Roll Out New Seller Dashboard.
eCommerceBytes - 02-04-14 - eBay Runs February Free Listing Promotion.
eCommerceBytes - 02-02-14 - Sellers Choice 2014: Merchants Rate Top Online Marketplaces.
Scroll down on the eCommerceBytes page to see individual online marketplace ratings.
 
eCommerceBytes - 01-28-14 - eBay Retires About Me Pages in Favor of Social Profiles.
eCommerceBytes - 01-24-14 - eBay Runs Free Listing Promotion for All Sellers for Valentine's Day.
eCommerceBytes - 01-22-14 - eBay Releases Fourth Quarter 2013 Earnings.
Internet Retailer - 01-22-14 - eBay reports 13% sales growth and rejects PayPal spinoff

eCommerceBytes - 01-20-14 - Lucky Few Receive Fee-Free eBay Listings in January.
eCommerceBytes - 01-20-14 - Yet Another eBay Promotion: Lowering the Cap on Commission Fees.

eCommerceBytes - 01-16-14 - eBay Retires Off-Site Widgets Including eBay to Go.

eCommerceBytes - 01-16-14 - eBay Loses Head of Enterprise Chris Saridakis.
Internet Retailer - 01-15-14 - eBay Enterprises loses its president.
Chris Saridakis was CEO of GSI Commerce when eBay bought it in 2011.

Website Magazine - 01-14-14 - eBay Announces Ship-from-Store

eCommerceBytes - 01-13-14 - eBay Runs January Promotion to Boost Auction Listings.

eCommerceBytes - 01-05-14 - From the Trenches: An eBay Seller's Guide to Cassini Search.
 
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