Value Added Resource Week In Review 8-20-23

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

eBay News

It's been over 2 years since Ina and David Steiner of EcommerceBytes filed their civil lawsuit in the eBay cyberstalking scandal, but justice could still be years away as U.S. District Judge Patti B. Saris has set a tentative trial date for March 2025.

A recent hearing revealed significant confusion about key points of the case with the judge and attorneys struggling to keep track of named defendants and specific allegations, as well as questions about the timeline of events and how executive communications about an anonymous commenter (Fidomaster/unsuckEBAY) are related to the criminal actions that were taken by eBay security personnel.

eBay Execs Under Fire As Cyberstalking Case Gets 2025 Trial Date
eBay cyberstalking case headed for 2025 trial as questions about executive culpability linger.

TCGUnion-CWA is celebrating yet another win with eBay and TCGPlayer finally recognizing their union and agreeing to come to the bargaining table after the National Labor Relations Board denied eBay's appeal attempting to overturn the successful union vote.

eBay Officially Recognizes TCGPlayer Union, Agrees To Bargain
TCGUnion-CWA celebrate another win as eBay TCGPlayer has finally recognized their union & agreed to bargain a contract.

eBay Anchor & Enterprise sellers are reporting increasing difficulty receiving dedicated customer service, leading to questions about whether they are getting their money's worth for the store subscription fees they pay.

Are eBay Anchor & Enterprise Stores Not Getting Support They Pay For?
eBay Anchor & Enterprise sellers question value of subscription as dedicated support increasingly difficult to find.

Placements and coverage for some of eBay's newer advertising products are expanding once again as the company continues to monetize every pixel on the site in attempt to increase ad revenue.

eBay Expands Placement For Advanced CPC & Promoted Display Ads
eBay once again expands placements for CPC Promoted ads as they look to monetize every pixel on the site for ad revenue.

Sellers are struggling to list items using the eBay app since previous functionality in background removal tool has disappeared.

eBay Sellers Perplexed By Loss Of Background Removal Function In App
Sellers are struggling to list items using the eBay app as previous functionality in background removal tool has disappeared.

eBay has finally updated their presale policy to bring it in line with last year's changes allowing sellers to select a 40 business day handling time.

eBay Extends Presale Policy To 40 Business Days
eBay finally updates presale policy to bring it inline with changes last year allowing 40 business day handling time.

Other Ecommerce News

Etsy coach and influencer Starla Moore is using her platform to advocate for change with a #KeepEtsyHuman social media campaign planned for August 25, 2023.

Etsy Influencer Calls For Change With “Keep Etsy Human” Social Campaign
Etsy coach & influencer Starla Moore is using her platform to advocate for change with #KeepEtsyHuman campaign.

PayPal has finally named a replacement for CEO Dan Schulman who is exiting at the end of the year, announcing senior Intuit executive, Alex Chriss will be taking over.

PayPal Names Intuit Exec Alex Chriss As Next CEO
PayPal has finally named a replacement for CEO Dan Schulman announcing Intuit executive, Alex Chriss will be taking over.

A major perk of the PayPal Business Debit Mastercard will be ending on September 12 as PayPal removes the ability to connect a bank account for backup funding, instead requiring users to keep a PayPal balance in order to use the card and earn cashback.

PayPal Ends Bank Backup Funding For Business Debit Mastercard
Bank backup funding for PayPal Business Debit Mastercard ends September 12, leaving small businesses in the lurch.

Amazon CEO Andy Jassy has announced SVP Devices & Services Dave Limp will be retiring after almost 14 years at the company.

Amazon SVP Devices & Services Dave Limp Announces Retirement
Amazon CEO Andy Jassy has announced SVP Devices & Services Dave Limp is retiring after almost 14 years at the company.

It's that time of year again - sellers are preparing for the holiday rush and Amazon has revealed 2023 Holiday Peak FBA Fulfillment fees.

Amazon Reveals 2023 Holiday Peak FBA Fulfilment Fee Hike
It’s that time of year again - sellers are preparing for holiday rush & Amazon has revealed 2023 Holiday Peak FBA fees.

And shots have been fired as Pitney Bowes sends open letter criticizing competitor Stamps.Com for price hikes and inviting customers to a free trial of their "superior" product with a chance to win $10,000 cash giveaway.

Pitney Bowes Aims To Snipe Stamps.Com Customers With Open Letter, Giveaways
Pitney Bowes hits out at competitor Stamps.com over price increases, looks to snag customers with open letter & giveaways.

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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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