Happy Thanksgiving to our American chums


We’re not big on Thanksgiving in the UK, although we seem to have adopted Black Friday, Super Saturday and Sunday and Cyber Monday. However we know it’s a massive event in the US and wanted to say “Happy Holidays” to our American readers. Not wanting to miss out on the holiday fun, the guys at […]

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eBay refute Daily Mirror on Chinese sellers VAT

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eBay have responded to the article in the Daily Mirror reporting that Chinese sellers on eBay UK are evading VAT. We’ve had quite a bit of correspondence from sellers in addition to comments on Tamebay on the matter and we know it’s tough competing with overseas sellers and that would be doubly so if they […]

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InPost Direct service launched in time for Christmas

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InPost have announced the launch of InPost Direct – a simple and more convenient way for small business owners, entrepreneurs, online marketplace sellers and consumers to send parcels. Available in time for the busy Christmas shopping period and in response to user demand, people can now directly access InPost to send one or several parcels […]

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Daily Mirror reports Chinese VAT evading sellers on eBay UK

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The Daily Mirror has published a story about how Chinese sellers on eBay aren’t paying VAT and how that’s affecting the livelihood of British traders. It’s called: “VAT evading Chinese firms are wiping out British business.” You can find the story by Andrew Penman here. The story says: “This Christmas could be the last for […]

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The Transition from Play.com to Rakuten.co.uk

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We’ve heard lots of opinions about the new Rakuten.co.uk marketplace, mainly that retailers are unhappy that they renewed subscriptions on Play.com just before the new marketplace was announced coupled with the lack of third party support (which will eventually be fixed). Setting the teething issues aside, we wanted to find out more about the potential […]

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Royal Mail profits down, Amazon & Whistl blamed

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Royal Mail saw a drop in profits in the first half of 2014. Operating profits (excluding transformation costs) declined to £279m (21%) in the six months to 28th September. Whilst parcel volumes grew by 2%, pricing pressure (remember they reduced some prices?) meant that Royal Mail’s UK parcels revenues declined 1% to £1.5bn in the […]

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Whistl: Changing the face of mail in the UK


Meet Whistl, the new name for TNT Post in the UK The rebrand came about due to the separation of TNT Group and individual stock market listing of PostNL and TNT Express in 2011. As part of the deal, TNT Express retained the rights to use the TNT brand and PostNL, and its international operations, […]

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Rakuten.co.uk tempts buyers with Super Points

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Rakuten.co.uk (Play.com as was) launched a few weeks back and we’ve been wondering how they will be attracting and retaining new buyers. It’s a crowded market out there and it’s hard to get cut-through and lure in customers. But we have a bit of an answer in a promo they have revealed. They say: “Our […]

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Try Amazon Dash

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Amazon have launched a new invitation only service in the US called Amazon Dash. It’s a device you can use in the home, that connects to your wifi and helps you generate your shopping lists on Amazon. You can scan barcodes and even speak into it to ensure that you don’t forget anything you need. […]

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Google Wallet for digital goods retirement

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Google are pulling out of the payments market for digital goods as of the 2nd of March 2015. Their unhelpful advice is “Because we feel that Google Wallet merchants know their buyers best, we encourage you to research payment processing solutions to best fit the needs of your buyers“. Google payments history (7 years in […]

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