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Amazon FBA vs. Direct Fulfillment: The Pros and Cons

When you sell on Amazon, you’re faced with the choice of whether to ship via Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) or directly. With FBA, you pay Amazon a monthly fee to store your products in the marketplace’s fulfillment centers, plus to have Amazon receive, fulfill and ship the item. Otherwise, you ...

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How to Optimize Your Online Shop Revenue with a Single KPI

Why is Customer Lifetime Value the optimization metric in eCommerce? In a word, it empowers online retailers (and marketers for that matter) to focus their efforts and money toward the most valuable customers, resulting in better ROI. Companies should shift their money to the people and not to media anymore.”, Greg Head, ...

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2016 eBay Fall Seller Update

If you are selling on eBay, be sure to educate yourself on changes taking effect this fall and into 2017. While some features will be available to you as early as October, others are in the works and expected to roll out next year. Here’s a quick look at what’s ...

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The Disadvantages of Using Amazon FBA

If you sell on Amazon, you likely are aware that Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) sellers have certain advantages over Fulfilled by Merchant (FBM) sellers – including exposure to more potential buyers and faster delivery. However, FBA comes with a few caveats as well.  While FBA does offer many benefits, that doesn’t ...

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[Infographic] Rock Your Back-To-School Sales & Marketing

Back-To-School 2016 is officially here!  Did you know Back-To-School is the second largest retail holiday in the US?  This year, it's expected to rake in an unbelievable $828 BILLION! To honor this very special time in the lives of children everywhere, The Shelf has put together this epic Back-To-School infographic. Can’t see the infographic? View ...

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eBay Selling Info

2016 eBay Fall Seller Update

If you are selling on eBay, be sure to educate yourself on changes taking effect this fall and into 2017. While some features will be available to you as early as October, others are in the works and expected to roll out next year. Here’s a quick look at what’s new. Structured Data helps refine […]

What You Need to Know About eBay’s On-Time Shipping Metric

Effective February 20, 2016, eBay rolled out the new On-Time Shipping Metric, the marketplace’s new and more objective seller performance standards.  These changes will both help and protect sellers when dealing with unexpected shipping problems.  Here’s what you need to know. On-Time Shipping Basics Instead of buyer feedback, seller ratings and undelivered item requests factoring […]

The Final Markdown: Boosting Holiday and End of the Year Sales Using Markdowns

Well isn’t this an exciting time of year for us online sellers! The holidays hustle and bustle is officially here and 2015 is almost over, which means it’s the perfect opportunity to give our eBay stores a strong sales boost before starting our preparations for 2016. One of the most powerful techniques to increase traffic […]

International Selling

Mastering USPS Customs Forms

Where some online retailers see challenges, others see opportunities. A number of online retailers find it a hassle to ship internationally and limit their consumer base to their home country. On the other hand, some … [Read More...]

Understanding Duties and Taxes

Duties and taxes – the mere words evoke dread in the hearts and minds many online sellers. Fortunately, getting a handle on both of these facts-of-business-life isn’t nearly as daunting as you may think. While rates and … [Read More...]

Understanding International Insurance

Why should you purchase international package insurance as an online seller? Is it even available for the country your shipping to? Is it worth it? What – and who – is really being protected?  What are the options, and … [Read More...]

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Shipping Tips

Is Free Shipping the Right Choice for My Business?

There’s no such thing as a free lunch, and that goes double for the concept of free shipping. Still, small businesses like yours—and plenty of big names as well!—dangle free shipping offers to get attention, differentiate themselves from competitors and create customer loyalty. For many, it’s a tactic that works. Is the right choice for […]

Understanding USPS Dimensional (DIM) Weight Charges

Most carriers determine shipping costs based on package weight and the distance the package is traveling. In general, the heavier the package, the more it costs to ship. However, if you ship bigger, lightweight items, the shipping rate will be calculated based on the Dimensional Weight, or DIM, instead of the actual weight of the […]

Setting Up A Shipping Policy On Your Website

Whether you’re a new online business or you’ve been established for a few years, it’s important to have an easy-to-understand shipping policy on your web site. Customers want to know how and when you’ll be shipping their items, so you’ll want to be sure to spell it out on your site. A well-thought-out shipping policy […]

Recent E-commerce Webinars

7 Tips for Profitable Last Minute eBay and Amazon Holiday Sales

Top Rated Seller Webinars is a monthly webinar series helps eBay sellers grow sales and become more … [Read More...]