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mrktplcs 05 Oct 2020

(Original post lives here on mrktplcs.com) Cazoo, the UK used car #marketplace app has raised £240m investment and the company is now valued at over £2 billion (or over $2.5 billion), double its previous valuation. (TechCrunch) Inspiring #ecommerce case study: “In its fifth month since launch, carmats.co.uk achieved 3,157 orders, at an average order value of £36.64, meaning £115,667 …

mrktplcs round-up: 12th July 2020

mrktplcs round-up: 12th July 2020 The UK government has announced £700m of spending to ready the borders for #brexit That doesn’t sound like what you’d spend for a smooth end to partition. Border delays in any form are bad news for #marketplaces and #ecommerce merchants selling online. This is in the Guardian. In Russia, #aliexpress …

Mrktplcs: 10th July 2020

The Covid crisis has changed #ecommerce and #marketplaces in more ways than just ‘people bought more online.’ Increased activity had caused a problematic lack of worldwide warehouse space. (pymnts) (Will this become a bigger problem as we approach peak?)  We’ve seen a possibly important conversion of occasional shoppers into loyal customers. #onlineretail DigitalCommerce360 And also …

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An example of why Amazon is winning against eBay

We were looking at small desks online and identical items are available for sale on both eBay and Amazon. These identical desks, for reference, are the first of this specific products offered under the search ‘small desk’. Here are the two offerings to compare and contrast: And on Amazon: A few things leap out. Firstly, …

What Anders Breivik bought on eBay

Take a look for yourself. This is what Anders Behring Breivik bought on eBay, apparently. The Telegraph is reporting that Norwegian terrorist and confessed murderer Anders Breivik bought some of his equipment and supplies on eBay. They say he used the now suspended eBay ID andrewbrei. At least one seller will now be regretting that …

PayPal Twitter hack: won’t someone remember the Community Manager?

Several hours ago, the @paypaluk Twitter account was hacked. Whoever took control of it had fun, and Tweeted PayPal criticism and promoted that most critical (and frankly blind and obsessively anti-PayPal site that I’ve known for years whilst only feeling utter pity for the craziness of its contributors) PayPalsucks.com for a while. Those tweets made …