Value Added Resource Week In Review 12-17-23

Liz Morton
Liz Morton


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Welcome to the Value Added Resource ecommerce news week in review!

eBay News

A federal judge has ruled eBay, former execs & security personnel must continue to face civil action in cyberstalking scandal, denying motions to dismiss on 11 of 14 claims.

No Exit For eBay & Former Execs As Judge Orders Cyberstalking Case to Continue
Judge rules eBay, former execs & security personnel must continue to face civil claims in cyberstalking scandal, denies motions to dismiss.

eBay is opening a new designer handbag authentication center to facilitate cross border trade from Japan to the US.

eBay Opens Designer Handbag Authentication Hub In Japan To Promote Cross Border Trade
eBay is opening a new designer handbag authentication center to facilitate cross border trade from Japan to the US.

eBay's attempt to address unpaid items with immediate payment for auctions and offers has unintended consequences, preventing buyers from submitting eligible trading cards to the eBay Vault.

eBay Auto-Pay On Auctions Prevents Sending Cards To eBay Vault
eBay’s attempt to address unpaid items with immediate payment for auctions prevents buyers from submitting trading cards to eBay Vault.

However, it appears eBay may be testing changes to the payment process for offers and auctions to address buyer and seller concerns about combined shipping and when items are considered "sold."

eBay Testing Changes To Payment Process For Offers & Auctions
eBay tests changes to payment process for Offers & Auctions, addressing concerns about combined shipping & when items are β€œsold.”

Is this testing responsible for resetting immediate payment required for auctions and offers that some sellers had previously disabled?

eBay Sellers Warned To Check Immediate Payment Required Settings
eBay sellers who previously disabled immediate payment requirement for offers & auctions warn automatically opted back in with no notice.

Glitch in the eBay listing form leaves sellers wondering what time it is as they are unable to see specific times to schedule listings to start.

eBay Listing Form Glitch Scrambles Scheduled Times
eBay listing form glitch leaves sellers wondering what time it is as they’re unable to see specific start times to set schedule.

And Calcalist is reporting eBay is laying off 20-25 of its 250 employees in Israel.

Could Hiring Slowdown, Layoffs Be On The Horizon At eBay?
As pandemic-fueled ecom boom wanes, tech companies are slowing hiring, announcing layoffs - is eBay next?

Other Ecommerce News

Etsy has announced a restructuring plan which includes laying off 11% of their workforce (approximately 225 employes) including Chief Marketing Officer  Ryan Scott, in a move that will bring headcount back down to early 2022 levels.

Etsy Lays Off 11% Of Workforce, Including Chief Marketing Officer
Etsy has announced a restructuring plan laying off 11% of workforce, ~ 225 employes, including Chief Marketing Officer Ryan Scott.

Etsy sellers are once again frustrated with testing during the all important Q4 holiday season as shop links direct buyers to the sellers' about page instead of to the shop home page.

Etsy Test Directs Buyers To About Page Instead Of Shop Home Page
Etsy sellers frustrated with testing during Q4 as shop links direct buyers to about page instead of shop home page.

Founder and CEO of educational toy company Viahart, Molson Hart, announces debut of Amazon β€” Market. Power! Monopoly? documentary on Twitter/X December 17.

Amazon β€” Market. Power! Monopoly? Documentary Debuts On X
Founder of educational toy company Viahart, Molson Hart, announces debut of Amazon β€” Market. Power! Monopoly? documentary on X December 17.

Originally teased as "coming soon" at Posh Fest in October, Poshmark introduces gift cards just in time for the holidays.

Poshmark Gift Cards Are Here Just In Time For The Holidays
Poshmark introduces gift cards just in time for the holidays.

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Liz Morton is a seasoned ecommerce pro with 17 years of online marketplace sales experience, providing commentary, analysis & news about eBay, Etsy, Amazon, Shopify & more at Value Added Resource!