eBay Partners With FedEx to Simplify Shipping for Sneaker Sellers

eBay has announced a partnership with FedEx to simplify the process of selling authenticated sneakers on its US marketplace. Starting in October, eBay will enable sneaker sellers using the sneaker authentication service to print a FedEx shipping label to ship their sneakers to authentication centres free of charge. When sneaker sellers use this free service, they will also benefit from loss and damage protections if anything goes wrong during the first leg of shipping to the authenticator. Free FedEx Shipping Labels Free labels can be printed at your home or workplace using eBay Labels from your desktop or the eBay app. If you don’t have access to a printer, eBay Labels can automatically email you a QR code which can… Read more »

Could Amazon Ship to Seller Storage (STS) Solve Your Global Sourcing Problems?

When margins are tight, retailers need to look for operational efficiencies in their businesses to drive profits. The ability to source products in bulk from overseas markets is an obvious opportunity to cut unit costs. However, the upfront investment in stock, logistical costs, and lengthy timescales can make sourcing products in large volumes seem unattainable to many sellers. For many smaller businesses, global sourcing can be a complete leap of faith, resulting in many lost nights of sleep until their goods are safe and sound in their warehouse and available for sale. With large sums of cash tied up in products that may be months away from retail, trust is a major issue. So what if we told you there… Read more »

eBay UK Seller Update – September 2022

eBay UK’s September 2022 Seller Update delivers new features and tools designed to help sellers run their businesses, solidify their brands, and build connections with buyers to encourage repeat purchases. The online marketplace has also updated its guidance for sellers in Great Britain and Northern Ireland regarding compliance with safety, health, and environmental regulations now that the UK has left the European Union. Adding Video to Your Storefront and Listings eBay sellers can now create a more engaging experience for their buyers by adding video to their eBay storefront and eBay listings. eBay has highlighted how sellers should use video across two different areas: Storefront: eBay suggests that it is often the story behind a business that makes the sale.… Read more »

Prime Early Access Sale: Amazon to Give Black Friday a Run For Its Money

If you are an online retailer and think you’ve still got time to start thinking about the Holidays, think again. Amazon has completely torn up the traditional holiday marketing calendar and left online retailers scrambling to catch up. Amazon is planning to take advantage of the news that consumers plan to shop earlier than ever this holiday season by pre-empting the busy Black Friday sales period with a second Amazon Prime event. The online retailer and marketplace has announced it’s Amazon Prime Early Access Sale will run from October 11-12, 2022, some six weeks before the traditional Black Friday sales event. What Will Be On Offer? During the sale, Amazon will promote a list of the Top 100 of the… Read more »

Online Booksellers: France To Introduce Minimum Book Delivery Fee

The French government is set to introduce a new law imposing a €3 minimum delivery fee on online book sales. The law, which covers books costing less than €35, is designed to protect independent online booksellers from competition from large online sellers, including Amazon and Fnac. Existing laws prevent online booksellers from offering free shipping on books. However, until now, retailers like Amazon have largely circumnavigated this law by offering 1-cent delivery. Meanwhile, independent booksellers in France typically charge upwards of €7 for book delivery. Online shoppers cannot avoid the €3 minimum charge by bundling books with other products or participating in customer loyalty programmes. However, online booksellers will still be able to offer 1-cent delivery on orders more than… Read more »

How Online Marketplaces Are Dominating The eCommerce Landscape

As you would expect in any high-tech industry, the eCommerce landscape is a rapidly evolving space. Unfortunately, the speed of change often means that the “next big thing” can be with us one minute and then gone the next. This can make it difficult for online retailers to prioritise where they should invest their efforts. So, if you struggle to understand where items like cryptocurrency payments or an investment in the metaverse sit on your list of priorities, you’re not alone. But what would you say if we told you that the next big thing in eCommerce was something you are already very familiar with? The Future of eCommerce Looks A Lot Like eBay and Amazon With many retailers viewing… Read more »

BigCommerce Expands Cryptocurrency Payment Ecosystem in Partnership with BitPay and CoinPayments

BigCommerce has announced strategic partnerships with BitPay and CoinPayments, delivering cryptocurrency payment solutions to the eCommerce platform’s merchants. By expanding its cryptocurrency ecosystem, BigCommerce hopes to open up opportunities for its merchants to offer new payment options, broaden their market share, and accelerate international growth. Why should you consider accepting cryptocurrency payments? By partnering with two leading players in the cryptocurrency payment sector,  BigCommerce allows merchants  to choose which cryptocurrency payment solution will work best for their business. Both solutions offer single-click integration, allowing retailers to quickly and easily start accepting cryptocurrency payments. Highlighting the value of being able to accept cryptocurrency payments, Marc Ostryniec, chief sales officer at BigCommerce, said: “Expanding our crypto ecosystem to include trusted best-of-breed partners is just… Read more »

eBay Beats Depop and Vinted For Pre-Loved Fashion Bargains

eBay is the cheapest online marketplace to buy pre-loved fashion in the UK, according to research by the discount retail site VoucherCodes.co.uk. The study analysed pricing data for 20 popular fashion brands, including Dior, Nike, and YEEZY, across eBay, Depop, and Vinted. The research found that pricing across the three marketplaces varied dramatically, with eBay typically featuring the lowest prices for pre-loved fashions. Lowest Prices for Pre-Loved Fashion The analysis showed that 12 out of 20 researched items were priced significantly lower on eBay than Depop and Vinted. Only five items were cheaper on Depop and three on Vinted. Highlighting the price differences across the various online marketplaces, the study showed a pair of Nike Air Jordan 1’s were priced… Read more »

Will Relisting Slow Moving eBay Listings Impact My eBay Sales History?

eBay Listing Optimisation

We recently published a blog post highlighting how eBay listings with zero sales activity over the last 90 days may impact negatively on your entire product catalogue’s visibility in eBay search. We suggested that eBay sellers should therefore stop, optimise and relist any slow-moving items to protect their wider items’ visibility on the online marketplace. We also reported that it might not be a good idea to continuously run listings for some seasonal products (like Easter Eggs) in the hope of the occasional out-of-season sale. The article created quite a stir in the community. Many sellers suggested that such a move would negatively impact their eBay sales history and potentially further damage their visibility. So who was right? Well, it… Read more »

Has eBay Finally Found Its Niche In The Circular Economy?

In 1995, a random shopper purchased a broken laser pointer from a fledgling online auction site and, unbeknown to him at the time, became eBay’s first-ever buyer. The story of this mystery shopper became part of the folklore behind one of the Internet’s biggest and most loved brands. Twenty years later, Mark Fraser was identified as the legend who bid $14.83 to buy what was essentially a broken item. In a short video celebrating eBay’s 20th anniversary, Fraser revealed the reason behind his purchase. It’s a story that many eBay buyers and sellers will identify with today. Make do and mend At the time of the purchase, Fraser worked in a job that took him out on the road to… Read more »

eBay Circular Economy