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How an impostor listing ‘stole’ the Buy Box

Technology is a good friend but a difficult enemy, as proven by our list of exposé for today:

BLACK MARKET

Being noticed on Amazon takes time and effort. So can you imagine losing the visibility you already have?

This happened to Sprinkle & Sweep, an exclusive brand of pet cleanup bags on Amazon. The brand owner shared on the seller forums how Amazon took away their Buy Box eligibility because someone offered the same product for a lower price on a random website!

An impostor’s trick

⚠️ Spoiler alert: Amazon’s pricing algorithm has something to do with what went down: 

  • Amazon detected an outdated version of the product that has a different universal product code (UPC) and size at a drastically lower price. The pricing algorithm decided this "similar enough" bag deserved the Buy Box.
  • The seller reached out to the website in question to request the removal of the impostor listing. Then, they provided Amazon with the proof of ownership and showed that the listing had been removed.
  • Yet, 2 weeks later, they still have no Buy Box or even acknowledgment! And the inventory page still says that their price isn't the lowest.

🆘 Where to go from here?

This seems to be a common woe among Amazon sellers. To solve the issue, here are some insights they shared on the thread:

  • Strategically adjust prices. Some noted that the sudden jump in OP’s price from $14.99 to $18.99 may have irked Amazon's algorithms. They recommend lowering the price to recapture the Buy Box and then gradually raising it back up, ideally by increments of 10%.
  • Combat algorithmic challenges. Amazon matches prices with competing platforms. Sellers advised active management of listings and using varying product images to differentiate products across platforms.

Have you faced a similar situation? Share how you regained your spot by replying to this email! ✉️

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BITES OF THE WEEK

  • 2024 Demographics: Here are the demographic statistics for your 2024 social media strategy.
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  • Surpassing 2020: In the last quarter of 2023, ecommerce sales reached a whopping $325 billion!

BIG IDEA

Ecommerce personalization boosts sales by 7x—how personalized should your business be?

You might have heard a few times before that personalization is one of the top ecommerce trends to watch out for this year. Turns out—there’s more to it than just a trend.

In a report by Best Media Info, businesses that use real-time personalization see 7x more purchases than those that don't! Here’s how you can use ecommerce personalization to fatten up your wallets: 

🔎 Ins and outs of ecommerce personalization

First off, you should understand how to create customized experiences for each customer. It can be based on their previous purchases, browsing behavior, and other personal information. 

To do this, CleverTap listed the 4 levels of personalization you should be aware of:

Which level should you use?

According to the report, businesses that use all levels (called “stellar businesses”) are the ones enjoying 7x more purchases. They mix and match different approaches and prioritize real-time messaging

So, don’t stick to just one way of personalizing. With the right combination of personalization strategies, you’ll soon be seeing more success than your competitors. 🌟

TACTIC TALKS

What you need to know about product information management

Keeping track of product attributes can be challenging, especially if you sell a lot of items. That’s where Product Information Management (PIM) systems come in.

📂 Techiexpert defined PIM as a system that allows sellers to “store, view, manage, and edit product-related information” and easily import and export product data. Here are other must-knows about this nifty tool:

  • What’s the main benefit of using PIM?
  • What data can you store in a PIM system?
    • You can store product titles, SKUs, descriptions, categories, dimensions, etc. You can also upload product photos and compliance documents like safety certifications, lab reports, and awards.
  • Can I use PIM with other business systems?

🫵 Final question: Should you invest in PIM?

While Amazon doesn’t require having a PIM system, it could be a game changer to use one to better manage your store. Plus, if you plan to sell internationally, you can use PIM to translate product information for global consumers.

So, if you have spare time and resources, you should invest in building a PIM system to streamline your way to ecommerce success.

Author : SellerBites
Faith began working on SellerBites in 2021, a weekly newsletter that provides sellers with the latest news and updates in FBA. With first-hand experience in managing various seller and vendor accounts, she understands what sellers face on this platform. Her background led to the conception of SellerBites, which main goal is to help people become better, more informed entrepreneurs in the Amazon marketplace.
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