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By Chris Dawson December 14, 2018 - 10:00 am

CMA investigates acquisition by eBay UK

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is taking a look at the acquisition by eBay., currently owned by Cox Automotive, is a UK classifieds marketplace for cars. eBay intends that will become a part of Gumtree UK, an eBay Classifieds business. The combined

How to buy Christmas Gifts on Amazon

Every year there are stories in the press citing rabid consumers claiming that Amazon has ruined Christmas. Amazon are shipping goods without putting them in Amazon packaging and simply sticking a label onto the retail packaging. They do this all year but when consumers buy

Marketplaces 2018: Letgo

Continuing our Marketplaces 2018 series, today we look at letgo. To find a full list of marketplaces we’ve written about already, visit our Marketplaces 2018 page here. Marketplaces 2018 is produced in association with, the largest UK owned marketplace to sell your inventory on. Web address:

Shoppers risk buying fake products this Christmas: are marketplaces ‘safe’?

What could be the worst ever Christmas gift? A fake product, disguised as a genuine one. For those who like to treat their loved ones to expensive designer gifts may sometimes find the temptation of buying discounted versions that appear to look nothing like the originals.

Amazon Toys is set to be its new private label horizon

The new horizon for the marketplace and retailer appears to be Amazon toys. And third party sellers should be worried because it signals that Amazon isn't going to be scaling back its own selling ambitions any time soon. The toys retail vertical is competitive right

Amazon extends Christmas free shipping and fast delivery in the US

Amazon have extended Christmas free-shipping promotion with no minimum purchase amount as they have rolled-out Prime and Prime Now delivery to the majority of the US. The marketplace say today that Prime-eligible customers in the US can enjoy free shipping with no fixed purchase fee through 18th December

Top 3 Australian Marketplaces Ranked by Traffic

eBay have for many years had the marketplace business sewn up in Australia with little to no competition. Some Australians would buy from (briefly stopped in July 2018 and reinstated in November). There was also an alternative daily deals site - Catch [of the

New Google marketplace in France: will it present competition to Amazon?

New Google marketplace looks set to officially join the arena of commercial dealings in France which is speculated in the media to present competition to Amazon. Google Marketplace features Google Shopping is looking to introduce its marketplace in early January in France to see small and medium-sized enterprises

How important is free post on eBay?

Free post on eBay is something that the marketplace has grappled with for over a decade. eBay stipulate with some justification that buyers appreciate free post and transparent pricing. Conversely it's nigh on impossible to offer postage discounts for multiple purchases if you're offering free