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50+ Predictions for Ecommerce in 2017

It’s time for our annual round-up of ecommerce predictions for the year ahead!

This year we have over fifty experts from five continents – from the USA to the UK, Ireland to Israel, Singapore to South Africa and more.  It’s the most comprehensive panel of online sellers, technology vendors, service providers and ecommerce consultants ever assembled.

They have a lot to say about what to expect in 2017, taking in Amazon, eBay, private labeling, sourcing from China, multichannel ecommerce, consumer expectations, social media and more.

So here it is: our Expert Voices Ecommerce Predictions for 2017.

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Are eBay Buyers 10x More Demanding Than Amazon Buyers?

eBay Buyers More Demanding

This post was originally published on LinkedIn as Why Are eBay Buyers 10x More Demanding Than Amazon Buyers?

A lot of businesses sell on both eBay and Amazon.

Many of them – from part-time traders up to multi-million dollar companies – have told me that eBay sales take a lot more of their time and energy than Amazon sales.

I’ve heard enough sellers say the same thing to be convinced that there’s some truth in it. But what I had never seen, until recently, were any hard numbers backing it up.

But then Web Retailer member Bigian13 posted some statistics in our forum, from his sales in January this year. His numbers don’t just back it up, they put a shocking perspective on it.

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Selling Media Online: Books, Music, Movies and Video Games

Selling Media Online

This post is by Brennan Burns, Senior Relationship Manager at Monsoon Inc. Brennan works with sellers to optimize their use of Monsoon’s ecommerce management software and grow their marketplace sales. He has been with Monsoon for 8 years, and worked previously in the media business with video rental chain store Hollywood Entertainment.

Media products – books, music, DVDs and video games – were some of the first products to be sold successfully online. It’s easy to forget that today’s 800lb gorilla of ecommerce, Amazon, built its business selling books then moved into other media products, before expanding to become “the everything store”.

A lot has changed in the media world in the twenty years since Amazon was founded. The digital revolution has caused turmoil, with innovative products and services like Spotify, Netflix and the Kindle hurting sales of physical products. A succession of new video formats – HD, 3D, 4K – has delighted technology enthusiasts but bewildered slower adopters. And industry associations have taken a hard line on piracy.

So digital media has seen most of the glamor, innovation and controversy in recent years. But outside of the limelight physical media is still going strong. Despite music being the first category to go digital, it wasn’t until 2014 that digital music sales grew to equal physical music sales. Revenues from paper books were up last year, but eBooks have hit a plateau. Then in areas like console video games, textbooks and used items, physical media still reigns supreme.

In this article I’ll take an in-depth look at selling physical media products online. I’ll talk about the kind of businesses who sell media and why people still buy it, current trends and challenges for media sellers, and the best sales channels.

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Selling Jewelry Online: eBay, Amazon, Etsy and Beyond

Selling Jewelry Online

This post is by Igor Nusinovich, the CEO and co-founder of Valigara. Valigara provides a multi-channel marketing platform for selling jewelry, diamonds and gemstones online. Valigara also provides ecommerce outsourcing services to jewelry retailers, managing all their online marketing, sales and customer service.

Now is an exciting time for jewelry sellers. Global sales are expected to grow by 5% to 6% each year, reaching a projected $250 billion by 2020. Consumer demand fell during the last recession, but it has since recovered and is now stronger than ever.

Demand has increased, but so has the level of competition. The wide variety of businesses who sell jewelry – including designers, retailers and manufacturers – now have to cast their net wider to find a receptive market and generate healthy sales.

In this guide I will take a broad look at the world of selling jewelry online. I’ll provide a primer on the main categories of jewelry that are sold, then look at the businesses that sell them and the latest buying trends.

I’ll cover the challenges faced when selling jewelry online, and the most important sales channels including Amazon, eBay, “alternative” online marketplaces, and independent webstores.

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