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The haggle is “in”

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Thursday March 27, 2008 )

Can’t say I’m a big fan of haggling as I find it a bit demeaning, but with the economy seeming to be taking a bit of a nosedive, haggling is becoming more widely accepted in stores that wouldn’t hear of it a short while ago… and perhaps we’ll see this happening more online as well. (more…)

US retail ecommerce growth

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Wednesday March 19, 2008 )

Figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau show that even though a recession began looming late last year, ecommerce was alive and well. (more…)

China – biggest online population

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Tuesday March 18, 2008 )

It appears that China now has the largest online population in the world after having reportedly bypassed the USA recently. (more…)

Online shopping survey

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Sunday March 9, 2008 )

While most Internet user agrees that shopping online is convenient and saves time, three quarters still don’t like giving out their credit card number or personal information online – and it does stop many from purchasing according to a recent survey. (more…)

Paypal scam detection tip

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Sunday March 2, 2008 )

Paypal is an important payment processing partner for many online businesses – so when PayPal sends an email about your account, it’s important to take note. Unfortunately, scammers also know this. (more…)

Under construction & coming soon

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Friday February 22, 2008 )

“You can’t build a reputation on what you’re going to do”. That quote is from Henry Ford. While Mr. Ford screwed up in relation to the environmental and energy crisis we face today, I think he was spot on with that observation. (more…)

IP spoofing and fraud screening

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Wednesday February 13, 2008 )

IP Spoofing is a major challenge for merchants screening for fraud – one without an easy solution, since it’s possible due to a flaw in design of the protocol upon which the Internet operates. (more…)

875 million online shoppers

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Thursday January 31, 2008 )

Over 85 percent of the world’s online population has made an online purchase; representing an increase in online shopping of over 40 percent in the past two years. (more…)

Bill me later gaining traction

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Wednesday January 30, 2008 )

I first made mention of Bill Me Later back in 2004 …then promptly forgot about them. The company has been making great strides and it seems they now have the highest merchant adoption rates among alternative payment services. (more…)

Internet usage survey results

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

The Digital Future Project surveys more than 2,000 US adults annually, contacting the same households to explore how the online affects the lives of Internet users and non-users. There’s some interesting statistics in this year’s survey in relation to ecommerce and dialup access. (more…)