Vol. 5, Issue 23|
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Get Better Results in a Bad Economy
Stay focused on 3 business basics to withstand trouble times.
by Dennis L. Prince
When rough economic times persist beyond just a temporary "blip," it's often enough to make embattled online sellers cry out, "BLEEP!"
Don't lose your cool—bad times have come and gone many times before, and you and your business can survive. Rather than resign yourself to the notion that you have no choice but to shut down your online shop, discover instead the nuances of successfully selling amid a brutal economic storm.
Help Your Online Business Grow by Hiring Help
Here's what to consider when it's time to become an employer.
by Olga Munoz
Dealing with Customer Complaints
Here's how to keep your cool, and make the best of a difficult situation.
by Sarah Brown
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PickPerfect Debuts for Purchasing Decisions
E-commerce-enabled visual bookmarking tool benefits buyers, sellers.
A new website recently launched to help people become more efficient in their purchasing decisions.
PickPerfect, created by leading e-commerce software developer Auctiva, allows users to quickly build collections of products they find online for easy comparison shopping, and to easily get feedback or recommendations from others. Read story.
Coming Soon: Shop on Your TV
PayPal partners with Comcast, TiVo to enable 't-commerce.'
No Clear Winner in Amazon vs. eBay
Survey finds each marketplace tops the other in some categories.
eBay Opens Exclusive Wholesale Deals Site
Site is only accessible to top sellers with invites.
eBay Raises Fee Caps for Private Sellers
New final value fee maximums take effect July 10.
Olympics May Delay U.K. Deliveries
Events in connection with the summer games will cause road closures.
Google Opens 'Trusted Stores'
Free program is meant to foster trust among online buyers.
U.K. Shoppers Spend 32% of Budgets Online
Survey reveals European consumer trends.
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Designed to Teach and Inspire
Annie Howes likes to think of her jewelry-making supplies store as part educational and part inspirational. She uses her experiences and expertise in design to help others create handmade jewelry and find the supplies they need.
Howes has been a creative designer for more than 15 years, starting with stained glass at the age of 14, eventually moving on to designing ads, screen printing and custom-book creations.
Now she has her own online presence, Annie Howes Keepsakes, and wants each and every one of her customers to have a shopping experience that is memorable and positive. But, more than anything, she says she wants them to succeed at what they're doing. Read story.
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Auctiva Dads Share Their Wish Lists
My online shopping radar has been recently focused on all things Father's Day. The dads that I shop for are mostly out of the area, if not out of the state, so shopping online is a natural choice for me to make sure their gifts are delivered easily and on time. Read more.
Wacky Listing of the Week
The Scent of a Man
Can't get your guy to clean up his man cave? Before the unpleasant odors permeate the rest of your home, deodorize his den with a Man Candle. With manly fragrances like Riding Mower, 2X4 and First Down, it's an air freshener he can relate to. It won't make his cave look any cleaner, but it's better than the smell of fried food and old gym socks.
In response to "Expert Talks Google Product Search Changes" one reader writes: "My reaction is that it destroys the most valuable feature for shoppers: the ability to comparison shop and find the best deal quickly. Seems to me that higher-priced merchants are the only ones who [will be able to] afford the service, so the best deals will be removed from Google search." Read the entire thread, and post your response.
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