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The greenback – abandon ship!

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Wednesday May 7, 2008 )

Sometimes I wonder how these high fallutin’ financial types get the jobs they do.

If you’re in online business catering to a US market, but based outside the USA, it’s likely you’ve been feeling the pinch of the floundering greenback. (more…)

Preempting cancellations

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Tuesday May 6, 2008 )

I have a love-hate relationship with my telco. Whenever I move house it tends to be hate as they invariably screw up service transfers in every conceivable way. But I’ve recently fallen back in love with them for their expensive, yet incredible wireless broadband coverage; speaking of which, I had an interesting call from them about the other day. (more…)

Mother’s day and ecommerce

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Tuesday April 29, 2008 )

Where would ecommerce be without Hallmark holidays? This year, 84 percent of US consumers will observe Mother’s Day, but most will cut down on number of gifts compared to previous years, opting to purchase one major item. (more…)

eBay feedback fiasco

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Sunday April 27, 2008 )

Don’t ask for feedback unless you’re prepared to wear it :). Straight out of the “only in America” and “you’ve got to be kidding me” file is this little rip-snorter. It seems an eBay seller commenced litigation against a buyer who left *neutral* feedback. (more…)

Gas Prices Drive Shoppers Online

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Thursday April 24, 2008 )

The price of oil reaching new highs is hardly news any more – and in the words of the great philosophers, Bachman Turner Overdrive, “B-B-B-Baby, you just ain’t seen nothin’ yet”. However, there is a silver lining to this cloud – it’s driving shoppers to spend their cash online. (more…)

Fraud chargeback statistics

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Monday April 21, 2008 )

The word “chargeback” is enough to send shivers down most merchants’ spines. They are an unfortunate part of commerce and particularly challenging problem for online business – the following are some related statistics. (more…)

Ecommerce jobs bonanza

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Friday April 11, 2008 )

It seems there’s a shortage of seasoned search engine marketing professionals, web developers and marketing specialists – so companies are turning to those without the years under the belt or them thar degree thingies in order to fill the gaps. (more…)

Shopping cart choices

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Sunday April 6, 2008 )

Way back in 2002, a client needed a special sort of shopping cart; something that would work off the shelf. I went through over 130 possible solutions to try and find the right one. Today, the range of choices is even larger – so no wonder people get confused as to what they need from a cart application and which one to buy. (more…)

The customer is always…

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Tuesday April 1, 2008 )

…right? Heck no. I don’t subscribe to that terrible concept. While the customer is certainly not always wrong, if they are, they need to be gently told so and if they are being belligerent, put firmly in their place. I’ve often wondered who the person was that came up with that misguided pearl of un-wisdom (?) and recently found out. (more…)

Ebay bans digital product sales

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Sunday March 30, 2008 )

If you’re thinking of cranking out an information product or have software you want to sell on eBay via digital download, the news isn’t good; but there may be a legitimate way around it (more…)