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#28 - Is Amazon melting down? Beware of 'disgustingly clever' scammers

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In this issue - Scammers come up with "disgustingly clever crime" you should aware of. EU start taxing low-value goods. Learn how to avoid most expensive mistakes sellers make. New leak of personal data through Amazon employees. Also, important dates of 2020, Amazon PPC guide, engrossing podcasts, and much more.

Hot News

The European Union, Norway, and Israel plan to remove tax breaks for low-value goods. They'll require offshore sellers and online marketplaces to collect and report the appropriate value-added tax from buyers.

bloombergtax.com

“It’s a disgustingly clever crime,” said consumer expert Clark Howard. It’s a scam that makes little sense at first glance, but it more complex than it looks.

lifehacker.com

Last November, Nike, announced it was leaving Amazon. Is it beginning of the biggest disruption in retail since Amazon’s inception?

forbes.com


Good to Know

The company didn’t specify how many employees or customers were affected by the incident.

cnbc.com

Recently, the widget is no longer present in search results, according to a sample of searches tracked by Marketplace Pulse.

marketplacepulse.com

In the first half of 2020, Amazon plans to launch its own digital platform for luxury fashion, according to WWD (paywall), a fashion trade publication.

qz.com

An oral history of the subscription service that changed online shopping forever.

vox.com

Now, the company plans to disclose merchant information to authorities every time it confirms a counterfeit was sold.

cnbc.com

Join the European Seller Conference in Prague - one of the main events for European Amazon sellers on March 12-13, 2020.

europeansellerconference.com - [SPONSOR]

Many of consumers’ most commercially oriented queries are entered directly on retail sites. And for the most part, that means Amazon.

emarketer.com

Online sellers are finding it increasingly difficult to rely solely on aggregated platforms like eBay, Amazon, and Etsy to get traffic and sales to their listings.

ecommercebytes.com

E-commerce has rapidly grown from a novel concept to an unstoppable consumer juggernaut, and the trend appears firmly fixed for the future – online sellers continue luring customers away from conventional brick and mortar stores.

business2community.com

Amazon wants you to know it cares about the environment. “Sustainability is incorporated into every part of our business worldwide,” an executive stated in a recent interview published on its corporate blog.

ecommercebytes.com

Maker of Top-Selling Pet Hair Remover Worked with Amazon to Remove Over 320 Counterfeit Listings

chinookobserver.com

Having physical stores is often touted as a primary differentiator against Amazon.com. A survey of digital commerce decision-makers, however, identified a number of other ways to compete.

retailwire.com

Amazon doesn't disclose its exact revenue from Europe. Instead, it only lists Germany, the United Kingdom, and Japan as its largest markets outside of the United States.

fool.com

Meanwhile, Amazon has invested heavily in India, which is poised to become one of the fastest growing e-commerce markets in the world.

cnbc.com

Research study is to define market sizes of various segments & countries in previous years and to forecast the values to the next 5-8 years.

openpr.com

Amazon has lifted its ban on FedEx Ground and Home shipping services after initially prohibiting its third-party Marketplace sellers from using the company over the holiday season.

theverge.com


Tips and Tricks

It can be difficult to keep track of all the dates, holidays, and important days you need to know. Fortunately, we’ve got the solution for that: the 2020 Amazon Seller Holiday Calendar!

junglescout.com

When you are equipped with proper knowledge and tools, building an effective PPC campaign can be quite straightforward.

chartattack.com

Both new Amazon sellers and FBA veterans are bound to make a few mistakes here and there throughout their selling journeys.

junglescout.com

Amazon conversion rate is actually the most crucial metric for retailers, as this point highlights how effective merchants are at influencing consumers and generating sales.

business.com

As the new year and decade begins, it is the perfect time to review and revise your marketing plans. Here are the 10 most important actionable tips for marketing success in 2020.

westfaironline.com

If your business requires multiple users on Amazon you can arrange for each user to set up their own account and then link your accounts.

tamebay.com


Podcasts

Greg Finn, Jess Budde, and Christine “Shep” Zirnheld are covering all the digital marketing news you may have missed over the holidays, from CCPA regulations and Google’s new watchlist feature to Facebook’s questionable health tool and much more.

searchenginejournal.com

Today We going to be talking to Nate Ginsburg, who built and sold an Amazon business for a million dollars.

authorityhacker.com