mrktplcs: 10 Aug 2020

eBay UK says it won’t pass the Digital Services Tax (DST) to merchants. Amazon will add the 2% levy from Sept. Reflecting its distinct tax set-up, rather than generosity. Don’t forget that even with eBay Payments they’ll still be ‘double dipping’. (Tamebay)

“Amazon should create two separate websites: One to host products sourced and owned by Amazon with verified and proven quality records, and another to host products from third-party sellers.” (Barrons

Don’t forget Pinterest: 48% of users are there to shop. Kathie Terrill considers it a marketplaces marketing channel. (ILovetobeSelling)

Is Amazon the saviour of shopping malls? (Techcrunch)

Webinar: Facebook head of industry, retail & ecommerce Beth Horn will share what: “the social network’s data is revealing about changes in consumer mindset and behaviour” on 13th Aug. (Retail Week)

mrktplcs: 6 Aug 2020

Yesterday’s Bigcommerce IPO went with a bang: BigCommerce Stock Closes 201% Above IPO Price. (Crunchbase). 

Rick Watson points out that in this ecommerce space there is room for a more than one winner. (Linkedin)

Etsy has reported staggeringly good Q2 results and, in part, the rush for face masks was crucial. (Verge)

Two snippets from eBay: it will be holding an online 25th Birthday “sellerbration” on 25th Sept. There’s branded swag if you sign up for the virtual event. (Sadly only for USA/CA.) (eBay)

eBay UK is building “a team of expert sellers over the coming months” to provid coaching and help other sellers become successful. (Limitless)

Amazon continues to have fulfillment issues and that’s frustrating merchants. (Modern Retail)