Welcome to the Value Added Resource ecommerce news week in review and Happy New Years Eve!
As we close out the year, check out the headlines from this week and take a look back at our top stories of 2023.
eBay & Ecommerce News
eBay is cold calling sellers to "encourage" them to pass on discounted shipping rates to buyers - are they worried high prices compared to other platforms are contributing to Active Buyer decline?
Mandatory buyer paid shipping for sneakers with Authenticity Guarantee is causing major problems for UK eBay sellers who are no longer eligible to receive Premium Service benefits, including fee discounts.
Sellers notice their Return Policy information has moved to a new place in listings as eBay unveils new View Item Page design.
Bonanza has launched Vercado webstores, offering online merchants an all in one site builder & business hub - but is it worth the price?
UPDATE: Amazon has backtracked on non-removable star-only feedback policy after significant seller pushback, including a petition campaign by ASGTG.
Corporate Transparency Act Beneficial Ownership Information reporting requirements go into effect January 1, 2024 - here's what you need to know!
Top Stories of 2023
eBay came under increased legal and regulatory scrutiny on multiple fronts this year, starting with authentication workers at subsidiary TCGPlayer forming eBay's first US union, filing multiple unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board in the process.
The ongoing labor battle, and sudden departure of several key executives, has raised serious questions and concerns about due diligence and disclosure in the TCGPlay acquisition as well as possible implications for eBay's other labor-centric operations.
The EPA filed a lawsuit in September alleging eBay failed to stop the sales of prohibited pesticides, restricted chemicals, and illegal emissions-control cheat devices on the platform.
The suit sparked a media blitz by executives and investigations by multiple shareholder rights firms looking to determine if eBay officers and the board breached their fiduciary duties.
And the civil case against eBay, ex-CEO Devin Wenig, ex-Comms Chief Steve Wymer, ex-SVP Global Operations Wendy Jones, and others related to the 2019 cyberstalking scandal continues with a trial date set for March 2025.
Amazon also faced legal and regulatory challenges this year, including a proposed class action due to delays in Prime Shipping, and most notably, the FTC finally filed their long awaited antitrust suit against the company.
More recently, Etsy laid off 11% of their workforce on December 13 and many companies are currently on a full or partial hiring freeze with employees bracing for the very likely possibility of more layoffs after the first of the year.
And of course you can't talk about ecommerce in 2023 without talking about Artificial Intelligence.
The introduction of ChatGPT has captured the imagination of tech companies and consumers alike, with AI being integrated in new ways on both the buying and selling side of many marketplaces.
Shopify and Mercari have both introduced AI-powered shopping assistants to help buyers find the perfect items to fit their needs.
Was 2023 a successful or challenging year for your business? What do you hope to see from online marketplaces in 2024?
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