Related to our previous story, a new selling fees calculator has been launched to help take some of the sting out of sellers finding out how much they will be charged by eBay and Amazon when they clinch a sale.
PigFlog.com's calculator is claimed to be "the fastest and simplest out there", and it breaks down an item's selling price into the amount which goes to the seller, and the cuts taken by eBay, Amazon or PayPal, along with the cut taken by any selling agent, if applicable.
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A new version of its shipping calculator went live on eBay.com yesterday.
And for the first time, sellers can show prospective buyers how much it would cost them if FedEx is their preferred courier.
They can also see a preview of how a number of competing delivery options would appear to buyers in seller listings when they are clicked on.
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Shoppers in the UK want Amazon to shake up the country's retailing scene by opening stores on various high streets.
That's according to a survey from a retail marketing company, and comes despite the large amounts of adverse publicity which has surrounding its tax affairs.
Live & Breathe found that, for more than one in five people (22 per cent), high streets were seen merely as places where they went to m ...read more
The regulating body for postal services in the UK has accepted new safeguards for all postboxes in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Under the new rules, 98 per cent of all UK households must be within half a mile of a postbox, and the two per cent outside this criterion must have an alternative arrangement such as a personal collection.
Ofcom announced that the new rules officially came into force on Thursday June 13.
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Ahead of plans to roll out its own e-store, budget high street fashion retailer Primark has teamed up with established online clothes seller ASOS to sell a very limited range of its women's clothes.
The trial involves just 21 items, and ASOS says it has brought Primark on board, because "as an online fashion destination, ASOS delivers an edit of the brands and product that are relevant to its 20-something target market."
The company and its website have been a huge success since being launched i ...read more
Royal Mail is preparing for life after privatisation, with reports suggesting it will begin a seven-days-a-week delivery operation.
Such a move would confound critics of privatisation, who claim that it could result in the new company being less committed to keeping the existing universal service which is operated on Mondays to Saturdays, said the Financial Times.
Privatisation of the Royal Mail is due to take place later this ye ...read more
eBay has today launched the latest of its regular promotions aimed at persuading private sellers to put their unwanted goods up for sale on the site.
But the one running on this day only is a bit different – it is only valid on items being placed for auction with a closing date of a week on Sunday, June 23.
Up to 100 items can be listed by private sellers for this offer but new sellers must first register with eBay to quality for it.
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As part of a government campaign to get more people online, post offices will give people a list of handy local community facilities with internet access.
It has been estimated that 16 million people in the UK have no internet access, and a charity, Go ON UK, has been formed to try to reduce this number, so that more people can take advantage of the best shopping deals which are often only available online.
As part of the initiative, the Post Office ha ...read more