BuzzFeed News: TikTok Shop Customers Are Worried That They’re Buying Fake Products

BuzzFeed News: TikTok Shop Customers Are Worried That They’re Buying Fake Products. “TikTok launched its marketplace in September 2021, and since then vendors have sold items often at highly reduced prices, including a sunset lamp that has gone viral as well as the famous ‘TikTok water bottle’ that both sold for 99p…. Several videos have been posted on TikTok with users questioning the authenticity of the products sold.”

B&T: Pinterest Appoints Former Google Executive Bill Ready As CEO

B&T: Pinterest Appoints Former Google Executive Bill Ready As CEO. “Image sharing service Pinterest have announced that Bill Ready will be taking over the role of chief executive officer, after Ben Silbermann announced his resignation following 12 years of tenure. Silbermann will remain with Pinterest, however he will be moving on to the position of executive chairman, with his responsibilities significantly reduced.”

Wall Street Journal: The Surprising Reason Your Amazon Searches Are Returning More Confusing Results than Ever

Wall Street Journal: The Surprising Reason Your Amazon Searches Are Returning More Confusing Results than Ever. “If you want to be reminded just how tiny you are, you could travel to a remote part of the world and behold the night sky, or stand atop a mountain and contemplate its immensity, or you could try to find the best garlic press on Amazon… Granted, there are many more stars in the night sky than the 300 or so garlic presses visible on Amazon’s U.S. site. But wading through page after page of those listings, for items with tens of thousands of collective reviews, is, like many searches on Amazon, increasingly an exercise in frustration, despair and confusion.”

CNBC: Stolen goods sold on Amazon, eBay and Facebook are causing havoc for major retailers

CNBC: Stolen goods sold on Amazon, eBay and Facebook are causing havoc for major retailers. “For the U.S. Government’s Homeland Security Investigations unit, organized retail crime probes are on the rise. Arrests and indictments increased last year from 2020, along with the value of stolen goods that was seized. While data is imprecise about the perpetrators, there’s growing consensus that an entirely different group should be held accountable: e-commerce sites.”

NBC News: Parents accuse online sellers of price gouging on baby formula

NBC News: Parents accuse online sellers of price gouging on baby formula. “Parents struggling to find baby formula amid a nationwide shortage are reporting that price gougers are selling bottles and cans marked up by as much as 300 percent or more on websites like eBay, OfferUp, Amazon and Craigslist, and inside Facebook communities. But in many cases, they’re finding that the platforms are doing little to punish the predatory sellers.”

New York Times: Scientists Uncover a Shady Web of Online Spider Sales

New York Times: Scientists Uncover a Shady Web of Online Spider Sales. “In a new paper, published in Communications Biology on Thursday, Dr. [Alice] Hughes and her colleagues shine a light on the largely unregulated trade of creatures that prefer to lurk in the dark. Their analysis of online sales listings turned up more than 1,200 species of spiders, scorpions and other arachnids; just 2 percent of them are subject to international trade regulations, the researchers report.

Drapers: New website to support Ukrainian fashion brands launches

Drapers: New website to support Ukrainian fashion brands launches. “The platform… aims to help Ukrainian clothing, jewellery and accessories brands that still have access to their collections and can ship items worldwide, following Russia’s invasion on 24 February. Ukrainian fashion brands showcased on the website include Dhuz, Poustovit, and Alice K, among others.”

CNET: Etsy Sellers Protest Fees Hike After Platform’s Pandemic Revenue Soars

CNET: Etsy Sellers Protest Fees Hike After Platform’s Pandemic Revenue Soars. “Thousands of Etsy sellers are criticizing the company for increasing fees that they must pay with each sale. The increase from 5% to 6.5% of sales started Monday, which prompted Etsy seller Kristi Cassidy to call for sellers to close their online stores and customers to stop buying on the platform for one week. More than 15,000 people have signed the petition. It’s not clear how many sellers have also closed down their online stores. Etsy grew its revenue significantly during the pandemic and acquired the Brazilian e-commerce platform Elo7.”

The Great Upgrade: Website technologies in the pandemic (Vox EU)

Vox EU: The Great Upgrade: Website technologies in the pandemic. “Digital technologies have played a crucial role in helping firms weather the worst of the COVID shock. This column uses a dataset containing information on 150 million active websites around the world to measure the impact of COVID-19 on technology adoption. The authors find that the timing of lockdowns strongly predicts increased use of e-commerce and online payment technologies. The shock appears to have resulted more in a trend shift than a shift in levels, suggesting that COVID-19 may have transformed the trajectory of online market growth.”

TechCrunch: Dropbox Shop launches in open beta to allow creators to sell digital content

TechCrunch: Dropbox Shop launches in open beta to allow creators to sell digital content. “Dropbox Shop, a platform that allows creators to sell digital content directly to their customers, is now available in open beta, Dropbox announced on Tuesday. The company is also introducing new updates to the platform and adding tipping capabilities. You can now also customize your storefront and URLs and embed HTML codes.”

The Verge: Google changes how it decides which product reviews come up in Search

The Verge: Google changes how it decides which product reviews come up in Search. “Google announced Wednesday it’s making some improvements to how it decides which product reviews it shows in Search results. The idea behind these and other recent product reviews updates is to ensure that reviews you see are high quality and actually include helpful information about a product you might be considering buying.”