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What do you put in the package along with your products?

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What do you put in the package along with your products?

I recommend, using a Packing Invoice Slip. This would include the customers name and address. You want this information so that if the package gets damaged during shipping, the name and address are still available to the shipper to allow them to know where to ship it. It's rare, but shipping labels, packing envelopes and boxes can lose the label. You Want to make sure your package doesn't end up lost in the shippers undeliverable pile.
You also want to detail what is included in the package, this is for the customer and the shipper.  The customer can cross check what is in the box against the list of items that are supposed to be in the box. You would also use this to make notations for packages that are split into separate shipments. For the Shipper side, having the contents listed, allows the shipper to know what is supposed to be in the package in the event the package is damaged during shipping.
I like to have a web …

eBay Kills Close 5 App Marketplace

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eBay Kills Close 5 App Marketplace
It doesn't take being a genius to realize that eBay is really only good at being eBay, and even being good at being eBay isn't always a good thing.
On November 30, 2017 eBay will kill with one final nail, another of it's poorly manged alternative marketplace businesses; Close 5 a local community buying and selling app is dead. Long live Close 5.
Earlier in 2017 eBay killed Half.com, a marketplace for books, music, movies and similar media.  
Back in 2014, eBay sterilized its once famous Epinions.com which it purchased along with Shopping.com.  You ever heard of Epinions.com or Shopping.com?  O.K. I think you are beginning to get the picture.


All three of these companies were once prosperous and vital marketplaces that had the potential of succeeding long into their future.  That is, until eBay purchased them.
Ebay has a tendency to buy amazing companies and run them much like they do eBay, with piss-ass customer service, poor seller supp…

2018 eBay Policies Review

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2018 eBay Policies Review

2017 and well into first quarter 2018 on eBay, so many changes have occurred both in written policies and unwritten policies that it was impossible to write everything into a single written article about the changes.
eBay's 2018 policies are a carryover of all the radical changes that were implemented in 2017, policies that begin in April 2018 and any additional policies that will roll out during the 2018 Spring, Summer and Fall policies updates.  eBay loves making policy revisions on its sellers, despite its history of aggravating those it depends on for its revenue.  Obviously without sellers, eBay is nothing more than a giant html website on the internet like Yahoo.com or Myspace.com, or some other dying historical internet pioneer.

2017 has been an interesting year, because a previously mostly unknown marketplace created by a Japanese ecommerece team in Japan, quietly launched in the United States called Mercari.  Though Mercari officially launched tw…

Yahoo Announces Hack Bigger Than Equifax

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Yahoo Announces Hack Bigger Than Equifax
New Yahoo e-mail owners Verizon, announced today that they have determined the Yahoo hacking of e-mail accounts in 2013 was not limited as the original Yahoo owners had led everyone to believe. Instead of being under 1 Billion as originally announced in 2013/2014, today's announcement suggests that every account holder was hacked, at at least 3 Billion e-mail accounts.
If you have a Yahoo Account, you may recall that Yahoo's former owners initially delayed publishing or releasing the information.  E-mail users were simply told to change their passwords. No new updates or details. It seemed pretty insignificant based on the tone and approach Yahoo's then owners took in delivering the delayed news to the customers. 
It's quite mind numbing that Yahoo (now owned by Verizon) is releasing the facts that its entire database was hacked affecting over 3 Billion accounts. Four years have already passed and many Yahoo account holders are…

Best Places To Sell Online in 2017 - 2018

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Best Places To Sell Online in 2017 - 2018

Every year, sellers and even shoppers want to know which marketplace is hot! So every year since 2013, we've provided the answers to that single question, "What is the best marketplace to sell online in 2017 and 2018"?

Unlike previous years where we gave you the top 5 places to sell online, this year we did everything very different. First of all, we ran numerous polls on two different Twitter Accounts, conducted live interviews with shoppers, did videos polls and targeted either sellers or shoppers to give of the most accurate results.

Next, we didn't limit the results to the top 5 like in all the previous years, instead this year we give you the results of the 15 most popular marketplaces to run your online store, including Amazon, eBay, Etsy, Wix, Poshmark, Shopify, BigCommerce, Ecrater, Mercari, eBid, Offerup, eBlueJay, Ioffer, Bonanza and Storenvy.

Below is the video of results. You'll find out which marketplaces sh…

Should eBay sellers be allowed to restrict sales to specific states?

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Should eBay sellers be allowed to restrict sales to specific states? 

As a marketplace researcher, I occasionally check the eBay Community Forums to see what kind of experiences and thoughts are running through the minds of eBay sellers. Once in awhile I actually find one interesting enough to write about.  If 's extra interesting, I may even post it onto Twitter as a Poll. This is one such example.

A seller on eBay recently posted an intriguing question about shipping restrictions by states.  The seller proposed eBay provide sellers with additional restricts in addition to being able to restrict Hawaii, Alaska, US Territories and most countries (outside of the USA).

 You can read and participate in the actual question and responses on eBay's community directly from its source athttp://community.ebay.com/t5/Seller-Hub/Feature-Request-Block-sales-to-any-USA-State/m-p/27490192

It's an interesting question so I posted a #poll on #Twitter to see what other sellers think too. …

eBlueJay Marketplace Buyer Scam Warning - What you need to know

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eBlueJay Marketplace Buyer Scam Warning - What you need to know eBlueJay is currently the target of a new buyer scam, here are the details of one account, what you as a seller on eBlueJay need to be aware of about eBlueJay in order to protect yourself.



In the message, the buyer claims to have paid for a transaction on an eBlueJay product, claims to have called "Client Support" and provides a link to an eBlueJay page where they have uploaded a PDF file of their eBlueJay and PayPal transactions.



Almost looks convincing, unless you happen to be a Marketplace Researcher.  So here are the breakdown of facts and fiction that you need to know to protect yourself from Phishing Scams like this one and any new ones that pop on your eBlueJay seller account.

1. eBlueJay does not offer "Client Support by phone", or any other kind of phone support.
2. Every eBlueJay transaction both those that fail and those that succeed, those that are paid for and unpaid for will show up in e…