How unethical sellers abuse the system with bogus IP, trademark, copyright and patent reports: updated with the latest information
This post is by Chris McCabe, a former Investigation Specialist for Amazon’s Seller Performance team, founder of ecommerceChris.com and co-host of the Seller Velocity Conference, taking place in New York City on 26 April.
UPDATE April 2018: This second edition has been fully reviewed and revised.
In order to meet a minimum liability standard, Amazon will act upon properly submitted and completed notice claims of infringement. They will notify specified marketplace sellers which party reported them, on what listing, and how to reach that would-be rights owner via email. The rest though, is up to you. And, unless you (and possibly your legal team) can prove that the Notice claim is false, Amazon considers it valid and actionable.
Unfortunately, word is out among potential Notice claim abusers that anyone can submit a form. Amazon are not worried about additional vetting or verification processes. Investigators merely check the form for completed content in all the right spaces, kill the listings and send off the notifications.
They don’t independently verify that any of the information is actually correct, or valid. The rights owner makes a legally-binding declaration in the form, and signs it. What if you can’t locate a party who submits a false form against you? It’s up to you to chase them down and then show Amazon teams that the infringement allegations are false. There is no guarantee that you’ll be successful though, as results vary.
From bulk editing to quickly duplicating listings, here’s how Wonder Lister makes having thousands of items on eBay a whole lot simpler.
Picture this: you’re a marketplace seller, you have thousands of different products, and all of a sudden your most popular brand changes its name, meaning you need to edit all of your listings.
If you sell on eBay, this scenario could cause you all kinds of problems. Unlike Amazon, where the catalog reigns supreme, on eBay you’re responsible for the content of all of your listings. That’s okay if you only have a few, but if you have thousands then finding the right ones and changing them accurately can be a massive undertaking… Unless, of course, you are using Wonder Lister.
Wonder Lister is an eBay selling tool with a huge number of useful features, including a very fast and flexible bulk editing system. It allows you to search all of your active eBay listings, find the ones that need changing, and edit them all at once, from a desktop app.
An eBay management tool is a must-have for large sellers. For just $5 per month, Wonder Lister allows up to 1000 active listings. At that price, it supports 2 eBay accounts and 1 eBay site, but the higher-level plans support unlimited eBay accounts and listing to all of eBay’s global marketplaces.
From Bonanza to DaWanda, eBid, Etsy, Ruby Lane and GunBroker.com. We look at ten eBay alternatives with characteristics that sellers crave.
eBay sellers have had enough. They are paying more in fees, struggling to keep up with ever-changing policies and battling with technical problems like site outages and random testing.
Many also feel that over time, the marketplace has lost its person-to-person feel, and is no longer as friendly to small businesses. It goes further though. The introduction of Group Similar Listings and the imminent ban on custom store designs has made sellers feel like they are losing their identity. As a result, some sellers are now looking for alternative marketplaces to sell their products on.
In this post, we’ll be exploring several eBay alternatives. All of them have similar characteristics to eBay, like being listing-driven, but they also have elements that sellers feel eBay has lost, like a person-to-person, community feel. Some of these marketplaces will allow sellers to list virtually anything, whereas others are more niche.
This article is the first in a two-part series looking at alternative marketplaces for Amazon and eBay sellers. Be sure to check out our guide to Amazon alternatives.
SellersFunding can make a preliminary loan offer, based just on your Amazon seller name. Here’s how their technology makes it possible.
If you’ve ever taken out a business loan from a bank, then you’ll know that the process is complex, and takes a long time to complete. There’s credit history checks, business plans to draw up, and even after all that effort, online sellers are often declined because the banks don’t understand their business model.
But now there is another way, thanks to the cutting-edge technology used by online lender SellersFunding. They understand online sellers, and offer features such as up to a 90-day grace period, which allows sellers to source, receive and start selling their products, before having to make repayments.
Better still, their algorithm can pre-approve your loan application in minutes, based on just your Amazon seller name. How is that possible?
From reviving your sales to reducing your PPC costs, the right Amazon consultant can do it all. But how do you find the one for you?
Why hire a consultant to help with your Amazon sales? The short answer is that selling on Amazon takes a lot of time and technical expertise, and there are people out there who work with Amazon sellers all day, every day, helping them build their businesses.
As interest in Amazon’s marketplace has grown, so has its support ecosystem. There are now plenty of Amazon consultants around, offering support, advice and training. They cover areas from listing optimization and SEO to product compliance and account suspension appeals.
But they aren’t all equal. Some have just a couple of years’ experience with Amazon, while others are veterans with over a decade of knowledge. Some worked for Amazon itself before branching out on their own. Others were successful sellers in their own right, or worked for big companies managing their Amazon marketplace accounts. There are different ways to gain the depth of expertise needed to help others effectively.
In this post, I’ll be looking at what Amazon consultants do, who uses them and how to choose the right type for your businesses needs.