Our Top 12 Articles of 2018: Trending, Popular and Controversial

Catch up on your reading with our pick of this year’s Web Retailer posts, which demystified topics, expanded horizons and got people talking.

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At this time of year, it’s good to take a step back and reflect on the months gone by.

We have selected 12 of the best articles from all those we published in 2018. In this roundup we:

  • Demystify Amazon’s Choice, Amazon Seller Central and Amazon Vendor Central.
  • Talk about the changes in the private labelling landscape across Amazon and eBay.
  • Provide a step-by-step guide on how to use Facebook Ads to target Amazon customers.
  • Delve into the murky underworld of Amazon’s dirty sellers and fake reviews.
  • Discuss eBay Promoted Listings and repricing tools for eBay.
  • Consider escaping the marketplace rat race completely, by starting a subscription box business.

So sit back, put up your feet and catch up on your festive reading.

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Product Quality Inspections: Your Questions Answered

Ensure the quality is up to scratch when working with factories in China, with this product inspection primer for ecommerce businesses.

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This post is by Blair Quane, Director of Remote Control CEO.

Most consumer goods are now made in China, from plastic toys for dollar stores to the latest iPhones for Apple. Chinese factories make products for brands and retailers of every type.

When you are having products made in China for your own business, how do you know if you are getting iPhone quality or dollar store quality? How can you make sure standards are consistent across different production runs? How do you know that the goods are being handled and packaged properly?

Unfortunately, you can’t really know these things unless you are standing in the factory all day, looking over their shoulder. What you can do is arrange an independent inspection to check that the products are being made to your specification, then take action if the quality is not what it should be.

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Amazon Transparency Codes: What They Mean for Amazon Sellers

Amazon’s Transparency codes have huge potential for stopping the sale of counterfeits, but legitimate sellers are being caught in the crossfire.

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This post is by Travis J. Stockman, a Juris Doctor graduate and paralegal with Rosenbaum Famularo, P.C., the law firm behind AmazonSellersLawyer.com.

Amazon’s Transparency codes system was recently implemented to address the problems with counterfeit products on Amazon’s platform. It helps brand owners reduce counterfeits while providing consumers with the ability to verify the authenticity of the products they purchase.

While the implementation of this program is likely to improve Amazon’s anti-counterfeiting procedures, it has been causing a lot of trouble for Amazon sellers who sell authentic products.

Even if a seller has no customer complaints or reported issues regarding the authenticity of their products, they may still find themselves receiving suspension notifications due to the roll-out of the new Transparency program.

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Which Are the Best Places to Sell Clothes Online?

When it comes to selling boutique, designer or vintage clothes, eBay has strong competition from newer marketplaces that sell clothes online.

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Selling new or used clothes online can be a profitable niche for many businesses. But there is no doubt about it, you need to have an eye for detail, bargains and trends, and sourcing your products can be time consuming.

Whatever your approach, you have plenty of options when it comes to choosing where to sell your clothes online. There are now a multitude of apps and websites used by professional clothing sellers, each with their own loyal base of fashion-conscious buyers.

In the past, eBay was often the go-to marketplace for clothes sellers, but it may no longer be your best option. So, in this article I am going to discuss some alternative marketplaces for selling clothes, and outline the key features of each.

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4 Dirty Tricks Being Used by Amazon Sellers in China… and Worldwide

As selling on Amazon becomes an increasingly popular business, more and more sellers are turning to dirty tricks to get ahead.

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This post is by Dave Bryant, an ecommerce business owner and co-founder of EcomCrew.

In this article, I’ll discuss some of the strategies sellers are using to get an unfair advantage selling on Amazon.

Often these strategies are innovated in China, for a number of reasons, including Amazon’s heavy recruitment of Chinese sellers. But now they are slowly making their way to all corners of the globe.

Along with review manipulation, other nefarious strategies exist including stealing competitor data with the help of Amazon employees, sabotaging competitor listings, and using multiple seller accounts. I’ll discuss each of these black hat strategies in detail below.

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