Value Added Resource Week In Review 5-12-24

Liz Morton
Liz Morton


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

eBay News

Chief AI Officer Nitzan Mekel-Bobrov and Chief Marketing Officer Adrian Fung are making the media rounds talking up how eBay is using AI to improve ads, search discovery, and marketing efforts but external experts say the company is missing the boat on how AI can help stop fake art from being sold on the platform.

eBay Execs Tout AI Prowess For Ads & Marketing, Ignore AI-Powered Fake Art Detection
Chief AI Officer & CMO pump up AI ads, search & marketing efforts but experts say eBay is missing how AI can help spot fake art on the platform.

eBay's annual university competition tasks US students with solving vehicle fitment challenges with winners vying for a spot in the 2025 eBay summer internship program.

eBay Taps Students To Solve Fitment Challenge In 2024 University Machine Learning Competition
eBay’s 2024 machine learning competition tasks students with solving vehicle fitment challenges, with winners vying for summer internship.

eBay's Mother's Day Gift Card discount promo sells out in less than 24 hours - was it a real deal or just bait to lure buyers in?

eBay Mother’s Day Gift Card Promo Sells Out In Less Than 24 Hours
eBay’s Mother’s Day Gift Card discount promo sells out in less than 24 hours - was it a real deal or just bait to lure buyers in?

Sellers noticed new functionality and site experiences being tested this week - the first being a price matching post-sale offers feature that may allow sellers to save orders from cancelation, for a price.

eBay Testing Price Match Post-Sale Offers Feature, Sellers Face Continued Discounting Pressure
eBay is testing a new price match post-sale offers feature that may allow sellers to save orders from cancellation - for a price.

Users also noted a new Add To Cart button is now appearing in search results, allowing buyers to bypass the listing page and go directly to checkout via a Quick View popup.

eBay Adds Quick View Add To Cart Button To Search Results, Bypassing Listing Pages
eBay tests new ways to streamline purchase process, adding Add To Cart Button in search that opens Quick View, allowing buyers to skip listing page.

eBay kicked off a new "Ask Me About" series in the community forum this week with a dedicated discussion topic all about Product Research (formerly Terapeak) - but sellers only had a few hours to get their questions posted.

eBay Community Hosts “Ask Me About Product Research” Chat
eBay is kicking off a new “Ask Me About” series in the community forum with a dedicated discussion topic all about Product Research (Terapeak).

Other Ecommerce News

USPS has filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission requesting to increase rates for Parcel Select service an average of 25%, effective July 14 - but good news for shippers, there will be no changes to Ground Advantage, Priority Mail or Priority Mail Express rates at this time!

USPS July 2024 Rates - Parcel Select Increase; No Change For Ground Advantage, Priority & Express
USPS Parcel Select rates will increase ~25% in July 2024, Ground Advantage, Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express rates will stay the same.

It appears Etsy may finally be beginning to crackdown on dropshippers violating handmade and prohibited items policies, starting with disabling API access for popular dropshipping services offered by AutoDS, ShineOn, and CJDropshipping (CShip).

Etsy Gives AutoDS, ShineOn & CShip The Boot In Dropshipping Crackdown
Etsy may finally be beginning to crackdown on dropshippers, disabling API access for AutoDS, ShineOn, and CJDropshipping (CShip).

Amazon will begin charging a returns processing fee for Fulfilled By Amazon (FBA) products with a high return rate, effective June 1, 2024.

The new fee will only apply to products that have return rates above a specific threshold determined by category and is applied per unit based on the product’s size tier and shipping weight.

Amazon FBA High Returns Fees Coming In June 2024
Amazon will begin charging a returns processing fee for Fulfilled By Amazon (FBA) products with a high return rate, effective June 1, 2024.

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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!


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