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eBay’s new blogging feature

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Wednesday June 7, 2006 )

eBay is rumored to be launching their blog, wiki and other new user generated content features for eBay sellers at the upcoming annual eBay Live conference; but before eBay merchants get too excited of the prospects of these tools, (more…)


Online fraud & country reputation

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Sunday June 4, 2006 )

A recent CNN story about a Russian site that allows users to download albums for less than $1, which is *supposedly* legal under Russian law (which I doubt), brought a few points to mind about the serious reputation issues that some some countries still have in the online world. (more…)


How much does spam cost you?

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Monday May 29, 2006 )

I’ve often wondered about how much spam costs me in terms of my life rather than cash. If I spend x minutes a day dealing with spam, how much of my life will be lost to spam over the next 20 years (more…)


Customer loyalty and rewards

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Friday May 26, 2006 )

Rewards are a great way to keep your customers coming back – whether it’s a discount on their next purchase or other bonus goodies that change each time they buy from your store. I happened upon an interesting rewards offer tonight that may be useful in your online business. (more…)


Ecommerce results & predictions

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Wednesday May 24, 2006 )

Figures from the Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce released last week estimate that retail ecommerce sales in the US during the first quarter hit over (more…)


Microconsultancy – revenue option

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Thursday May 18, 2006 )

I haunt a lot of research company sites in order to get ideas and reference material for some of what I post on this blog and publish in my articles. Excerpts that these companies provide for free contain really valuable information, but to buy the full reports can cost hundreds, if not thousands of dollars.

On my usual rounds tonight, (more…)


Search box envy – Google vs. IE7

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Tuesday May 9, 2006 )

Google is a little unhappy that IE 7 Beta 2’s search function defaults to MSN. Personally, I don’t know what the fuss is about. I’ve pretty much well tried to ignore the hooha over the last week; but it’s getting on my nerves a little, so for what it’s worth here’s my view. More noise to add to the fray :) (more…)


eBay, Skype, Paypal – Power of 3

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Saturday May 6, 2006 )

Ebay held its financial analyst conference in San Jose, California a couple of days ago and some interesting plans for PayPal, eBay and Skype were tabled along with first quarter performance figures.

eBay Europe is pegged to become a (more…)


New content marketplace

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Wednesday May 3, 2006 )

If you’re considering selling, or buying for that matter, articles, video, audio or images; this may be of interest to you. Unveiled at AdTech, this new service looks quite interesting and has attracted some large players already. (more…)


Emerging nations & competition

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Tuesday May 2, 2006 )

Through their “World Ahead” program, Intel has announced plans to spend over 1 billion dollars over the next 5 years to provide computer hardware, training and online connectivity in emerging markets.

They’re not just talking dialup connections (more…)