Value Added Resource Week In Review 4-9-23

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

eBay News

eBay is under fire for not fulfilling the full terms of their partnership with charitable organization UnLtd, which supports social entrepreneurs in and around the UK.

The funding from eBay was "vital" to the charity and the unexpected loss was reportedly a key factor in UnLtd undertaking a 15% reduction in staff.

eBay Bails Out Of UnLtd Charity Partnership Early, Backs Sneaker Academy Instead
eBay bails out of commitment to charitable org UnLtd, but still has plenty of money to throw at Sneaker Academy.

Have you been wondering why your sneakers listings don't qualify for eBay Authenticity Guaranteed?

It could be due to a secret requirement not listed on any FAQ or policy pages about the program.

Are There Secret Requirements To Qualify For eBay Sneaker Authentication?
eBay for Business podcast reveals undisclosed qualifying requirements for Sneaker Authenticity Guarantee.

eBay is making it easier for sellers to see when their draft listings will expire to avoid losing their hard work to the 75 day automatic deletion clock.

The drafts view under Listings in Seller Hub now includes a column with an expiration date countdown and there also be an additional banner warning once you reach the 15 days away mark.

eBay Seller Hub Adds Expiration Countdown For Draft Listings
eBay makes it easier for sellers to see when draft listings will expire to stay ahead of 75 day auto-deletion clock.

The monthly eBay community chat is scheduled for April 12 and will be an open topic discussion - get your questions ready!

eBay Community April 2023 Monthly Chat Will Be Open Topic
The eBay Community monthly chat on April 12th will be an open topic discussion - get your questions ready!

eBay sellers are still racking up late shipment penalties due to incorrect "ship by" dates being shown in the app, in Seller Hub and confirmation emails with some saying the problems has been occurring since last month with no resolution.

eBay Ship By Date Glitch Still Plagues Sellers
eBay sellers still receiving late shipment penalties due to incorrect ship by dates in app, Seller Hub & emails.

Sellers are also reporting  problems with the eBay listing form causing the page to refresh when trying to use the HTML description option or load drafts.

eBay Listing Glitch With Drafts, HTML Descriptions
eBay sellers report problems with listing form causing page to refresh when trying to use HTML or load drafts.

Other Ecommerce News

Sellers in the EU have discovered they are able to opt out of Etsy's onerous "mandatory" Offsite Ads program - though Etsy is of course not quick to disclose the option.

EU Etsy Sellers Can Opt Out Of Mandator Offsite Ads Program
Etsy sellers in the EU have discovered they can opt out of onerous “mandatory” Offsite Ads program.

Etsy has a new Director of Engineering Seller Tools as Laura Dickey joins the company after leaving Amazon last month.

Etsy Snags New Director Of Engineering From Amazon
Etsy has a new Director of Engineering Seller Tools as Laura Dickey joins after leaving Amazon last month.

Amazon is shutting down UK-based Book Depository, effective April 26 as part of larger company cost-cutting measures.

Amazon Turns The Page On Book Depository, Closing Shop April 26
Amazon is shutting down UK-based Book Depository, effective April 26 as part of larger cost-cutting measures.

FedEx has revealed plans to consolidate Ground & Express operations as part of multi-year effort to drive efficiency for the company.

FedEx Consolidates Ground & Express Operations To Drive Efficiency
FedEx will consolidate Ground & Express operations in multi-year effort to drive efficiency for the company.

GoodwillFinds has big plans for 2023 with new execs at the helm aiming for 1 Million listings by end of year, but buyers say the marketplace launch has not gone smoothly.

GoodwillFinds Aims For 1 Million Listings With New Execs At Helm
Goodwill has big plans for GoodwillFinds marketplace, with new execs on board aiming for 1 Million listings.

A massive international law enforcement action, dubbed Operation Cookie Monster, has shut down a notorious cyber crime marketplace that sold stolen personal data and credentials for Facebook, Amazon, eBay, PayPal, Twitter and more.

Operation Cookie Monster Takes Down Genesis Cyber Crime Market
International law enforcement action shuts down marketplace for stolen logins for Amazon, eBay, PayPal, Facebook & more.

And finally, Q1 2023 earnings calls are just around the corner! So far we have Meta/Facebook and eBay on April 26 and Walmart on May 18.

Stay tuned for updates as more companies announce thier earnings dates

Q1 2023 Ecommerce Earnings Call Roundup
Q1 2023 earnings calls are just around the corner - track important ecommerce marketplace earnings dates here!

UPDATES

Some Etsy sellers whose payments were delayed due to the Silicon Valey Bank collapse say they are still not receiving payouts from the marketplace in apparent mix up where Etsy's new system incorrectly labeling checking accounts as savings or vice versa.

Etsy Sellers’ Funds Frozen In Silicon Valley Bank Collapse
Sellers panic as Etsy misses payouts due to Silicon Valley Bank collapse.

Poshmark has officially moved Posh Shows live shopping out of the beta testing phase and will be opening it up to more sellers in the US and Canada over the coming months.

Poshmark Posh Shows Live Shopping Beta Test
Poshmark is the latest to jump into live shopping trend with Posh Shows launching September 22nd.

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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!