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About Andy Geldman

Andy is the founder of Web Retailer. He can be found on Google+, Twitter and LinkedIn.

eBay Roundup 2018: Trends, Marketing, Tools, Problems and Seller Stories

eBay logo on building

We have published many articles about eBay over the years. In this roundup we have pulled together some of our most relevant posts for eBay sellers.

We have categorized them to make it easy to find what you’re looking for:

  1. Trends
  2. Marketing
  3. Tools
  4. Problems
  5. Seller Stories

You can also find out who The World’s Top eBay Sellers are, last updated in September 2018.

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The World’s Top Amazon Marketplace Sellers 2018

Worlds top Amazon sellers 2018
Photo: Used by kind permission of S. Pines. All rights reserved.

UPDATED: This post has been updated in November 2018. Many thanks to ecommerce intelligence firm Marketplace Pulse for their help with the data.

Here’s the third edition of the world’s top 1,000 Amazon marketplace sellers, updated from our last edition published in 2016. There’s a breakdown for each of the thirteen Amazon marketplaces, and additional data on cross-border trade across Europe and North America.

We also publish a list of the world’s top eBay sellers.

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FBA Calculators: The 3 Best Tools For Calculating Amazon FBA Fees

Three of the best Amazon FBA calculators to help you make informed, competitive decisions about your pricing and product selection.

Using an FBA calculator can help you make quick, informed decisions about products and pricing, and ensure the profitability of your business.

There are dozens of FBA calculators available. There’s Amazon’s own calculator and other web-based tools with various additional features. There’s a range of browser extensions, which make it really quick to calculate fees when browsing existing products on Amazon.

For sellers who want to experiment with factors like size and weight, or who just prefer to work in Excel, there are spreadsheet-based calculators.

In this post we are going to highlight the best Amazon FBA calculators of each type, and explain all the pros and cons.

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Amazon Logistics: Innovation or Exploitation?

Is Amazon Logistics good for consumers, bringing the delivery industry into the 21st century? Or is it taking workers’ rights back to the 19th?

Amazon truck representing Amazon Logistics

In September 2018, Amazon announced that it was buying 20,000 brand new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans to help expand its Amazon Logistics division in the U.S. That doesn’t come cheap, and it’s a lot of wheels – and people – to take care of.

How many new employees, sorting facilities and garages will Amazon need for those 20,000 vans? Actually, they won’t need any at all. Instead, Amazon is encouraging people to start their own independent delivery companies, lease the vans from them, and deliver their packages for them.

Amazon Logistics isn’t structured like a traditional carrier, and it doesn’t perform like one either. It delivers seven days a week, and orders can be with the buyer the same day that they were placed. Often, packages are left outside homes, and no signature is taken as proof of delivery. That’s a lot of industry norms being broken.

So, what’s the verdict on Amazon Logistics? Does it offer a better, more modern and innovative service? Or is it a cheap, unreliable and exploitative pretender? Should vendors and FBA sellers even care how their products get to consumers, or does that only affect Amazon’s own reputation?

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The World’s Top eBay Sellers 2018

UPDATED: This post has been updated in September 2018. Many thanks to ecommerce intelligence firm Marketplace Pulse for providing the data.

For this post we’ve pulled together a big list – a very big list – of the top 1,000 eBay sellers worldwide. If you want to get straight to the data, here’s a jump down to the full list. An extract of the top ten is right here.

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