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Magento launch online SME help hub

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eBay-owned company Magento has announced the launch of a new help and support resource for users of its Magento Community Edition product. Here’s what you find on the new site: “1. Why Magento is right for small business Not sure whether it’s time for an e-Commerce platform or whether Magento Community Edition is the right […]

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eBay Mandatory Managed Returns Price Increase

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eBay have announced that the charge for mandatory Managed Returns will rise to a minimum of £2.99 (incl. VAT) from the 30th of March this year. Previously the minimum charge sellers incurred when a buyer decided to return an item was £2.78. This is the cost of Royal Mail Tracked 48 and the price hike […]

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50k free listings for invited sellers in eBay UK promo


Some eBay UK sellers have been invited to participate in a pricing promo on eBay UK that offers 50k free listings, according to reports we’ve had from Tamebay readers. The details and terms and conditions are here. To find out whether you have been invited to join in, check your My Messages. The sellers who […]

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eBay.com’s Spring Seller Update 2015 (mostly fees)

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eBay.com has announced its Spring Seller Update. It’s billed as: “Bringing more visibility – and value – to your listings.” That’s a fairly fanciful title when you consider the substance. You can read the news in brief here on the eBay.com Announcement Board and full details are available on this page. Here’s what eBay is […]

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Are auctions dying on eBay?

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Auction sales on eBay declined 26.2% year on year in February according to ChannelAdvisor. ChannelAdvisor publishes a monthly digest of relevant numbers and insights regarding ecommerce based (as I understand it) on the data they garner from the sellers and retailers that use their service. It is a vital and fascinating regular snapshot on the […]

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eBay UK staff cuts are hurting eBay sellers

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With the eBay/PayPal divorce on the cards, we knew there would be ramifications. And globally eBay Inc. has embarked upon a downsizing personnel cull that will see roughly 7% of eBay staff getting their cards. The sackings are well underway. It was never clear as to who they were letting go and what that might […]

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eBay Inc.’s shares close on a high

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According to the Nasdaq, eBay Inc’s shares have closed today on a high at a price of $60.81. The stock has been doing pretty well for several weeks and has clearly recovered from that 2009 low. Why is this? Nasdaq.com give plenty of reasons and most of them are unsurprising. Firstly, it would seem that […]

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10p fines mean eBay don’t want your products?

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eBay have for many years been telling sellers that they want them to list their entire inventory on eBay. Not just the fastest selling lines, not just their distressed or out of season stock, eBay want everything. So that’s just what sellers have done. Now eBay are telling sellers that if something hasn’t sold for […]

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eBay research reveals an increase in DISCOs

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More Brits are moonlighting alongside the day job as eBay business sellers, according to eBay research. And economic uncertainty might be the reason, they suggest. Apparently, of the eBay and other online business surveyed by YouGov, over half (57%) said they have additional sources of income or side businesses, heralding a new cadre of ‘DISCO’ […]

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Was VAT on eBay fees correctly charged?

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There’s been some discussion in eBay circles on whether marketplaces such as eBay and Amazon correctly charged VAT on fees to businesses in the past. The argument goes “According to B2B VAT cross border legislation there should have been no VAT application on eBay and Amazon fees going back as far as the business contract […]

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