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Amazon and eBay evict sellers amid VAT crackdown

Image copyright Getty Images Thousands of overseas sellers have been evicted from online marketplaces in the UK such as Amazon and eBay owing to a tax crackdown. Businesses, mostly from China, sold items including British flags, phones and fake eyelashes but evaded VAT. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) sends notices to online sales sites if it discovers businesses failing to pay the correct VAT. It said that 4,600 sellers have been “red-flagged” in this way. If the hosting sites fail to take action they can be pursued by HMRC for…

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EBay beats quarterly profit on cost cut efforts, shares rise

(Reuters) – EBay Inc (EBAY.O) beat analysts’ estimates for third-quarter profit by managing costs at a time when bigger rival Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) missed revenue estimates and forecast sales below expectations for the holiday quarter. FILE PHOTO: The eBay app is seen on a mobile phone in this illustration photo October 16, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas White/Illustration Shares of EBay, which also expects fourth-quarter profit marginally above analysts’ estimates, rose as much as 6.0 percent in after-hours trading. The shares have fallen 27 percent so far in 2018. The San Jose, California-based…

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eBay revs up to take on Auto Trader in car ads

Image copyright Getty Images Online marketplace eBay says it is acquiring the Motors.co.uk website, making it a “leading alternative” to Auto Trader as an ad site for cars. Under the deal, Motors.co.uk would become part of classified ad site Gumtree UK, also owned by eBay. The combined group would offer more than 620,000 car listings, against Auto Trader’s 500,000. The deal is subject to approval by regulators and is expected to be completed early next year. Auto Trader says it attracts 10.3 million unique users a month, while eBay says…

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EBay files lawsuit against Amazon over ‘seller recruitment’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption EBay wants Amazon to stop trying to tempt sellers away from the auction site EBay has filed a lawsuit against Amazon, accusing the US retail giant of using illegal tactics to recruit sellers. It says Amazon representatives abused eBay’s internal email system to contact sellers – a violation of the marketplace’s policies. Amazon declined to comment on the case, which follows a letter from eBay demanding an end to the activity. It had previously said that it was investigating the claims. In the lawsuit…

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EBay accuses Amazon in merchant ‘poaching’ row

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption EBay wants Amazon to stop trying to tempt sellers away from the auction site EBay has accused Amazon of using an “unlawful” scheme to tempt sellers on its auction site to move to the online retailer. In a cease and desist letter, the auction site alleged that Amazon had used its internal messaging system to repeatedly contact traders. EBay warned that it would take “appropriate steps” to protect itself from the tactic. Amazon said it had started a “thorough investigation” of eBay’s claims. Details…

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Ebay alleges Amazon poached sellers from its platform

(Reuters) – Ebay Inc (EBAY.O) on Wednesday accused Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) of trying to poach sellers for its own platform through Ebay’s internal messaging system. FILE PHOTO: An eBay sign is seen at an office building in San Jose, California May 28, 2014. REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach “We have uncovered an unlawful and troubling scheme on the part of Amazon to solicit eBay sellers to move to Amazon’s platform,” eBay said, adding that it had sent a cease-and-desist letter to Amazon on Monday. “We have demanded that Amazon end its unlawful activity…

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EU in agreement with Amazon, eBay to tackle dangerous product listings

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission has signed an agreement with four major online retailers to combat the listing of dangerous products on Europe’s online shopping sites. FILE PHOTO: The logo of Amazon is seen at the company logistics center in Lauwin-Planque, northern France, February 20, 2017. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol/File Photo Dangerous content, as defined by the Commission, includes anything from incitement to hatred and violence to child sexual abuse material, unsafe products and products infringing copyright. AliExpress, Amazon, eBay and Rakuten-France agreed to remove dangerous product listings within two days…

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‘Dangerous’ carbon monoxide alarms removed from Amazon and eBay

Image copyright Which Image caption Which? tested four alarms and says dozens more are equally dangerous Dozens of carbon monoxide alarms sold via Amazon and eBay have been taken offline after failing safety tests. Consumer watchdog Which? said some of the alarms seemed identical to ones that had failed tests in 2016. Three of the unbranded devices, made in China, repeatedly failed to sound when carbon monoxide was present. Which? said there were flaws in the UK’s current product testing system. It advised anyone owning one of the alarms to…

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Amazon and eBay pull CloudPets smart toys from sale

Image copyright Spiral Toys Image caption Owners controlled audio recordings by pressing the toys’ paws Amazon and eBay are among retailers pulling a brand of cuddly smart toys from sale after warnings they pose a cyber-security threat. Concerns were raised about CloudPets products in February 2017 after it was discovered that millions of owners’ voice recordings were being stored online unprotected. Manufacturer Spiral Toys claimed to have taken “swift action”. But subsequent research commissioned by Mozilla found other vulnerabilities. The devices’ California-based maker has not responded to requests for comment.…

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