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We are giving away TWF shirts, pens, mugs and notepads once again! It’s really simple to join, just answer our weekly question on Facebook.

Read more about the mechanics here: http://www.thewholesaleforums.co.uk/threads/twf-quote-giveaway-4-30-november.200305/ 
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What do we all prefer: eBay or Amazon?

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Retailers, do you prefer eBay or Amazon? This infographic weighs up the pros and cons in the battle of the marketplaces! http://bit.ly/2aiJREq 
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We understand it's hard to find UK Trade Suppliers - but, it doesn't need to be. Take a look at this handy guide :D
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eBay Q2 2014 results... growth but not success in 'tough quarter'.. There was a lot of noise yesterday when eBay results were released showing that their Q2 earnings exhibited growth - 13% up year on year. The marketplace revenue was at its 2nd highest since Jan 2013... (highest was Q4 2013) and alot of emphasis was placed on improvement and growth. But, it didn't go unnoticed that their Q3 outlook was relatively weak ($4.4 billion), and the shares were volatile over the day. 

It's easy for the noise around growth to be reported as a 'positive' story as it makes for easy headlines, and it is impressive that despite the epic fail of the cyber attacks the stocks ended higher after earnings were announced. However, some of the headline of 'exceeded expectations' isn't exactly accurate... the revenue were $4.37 billion for the quarter, but following the security issues, even Wall Street worried they had forecast revenue of $4.38 billion, which was then missed. The Marketplaces revenue although still growing at 9% actually slowed from 10% growth in Q1 and 12% growth in Q4 2013.

eBay cited the cyber attacks as impacting their business results... but also changes in Google algorithm which pushed them down the search results, and their very public fight with investor Carl Icahn (which imo although they focus on it alot the analysts care more about than the average customer). You just have to look at the fact that pre-hackgate announcement mid-April eBay shares were at 55.62... and although they seem to have recovered from the June low of 48.14, they are still only reached a high of 51.18 yesterday. 

So, what do they say they're doing about the marketplace? According to the Q&A & reports... they are focusing on:- tablets and mobile accessibility and usability; improving cross-border trade volumes; using data to improve product targetting; continue to focus on good products via top retailers; increasing profits by mobile ads; coupons; seller incentives and increased marketing. 
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+Royal Mail has changed their price and lowered it to ensure that they provide the lowest price in the market. They have recently introduced their new Small Parcel size to their customers. Are you going to give this the thumbs up?
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Google has produced a lot of product and tools for people and businesses. One of those is Google Earth. We have an on-going discussion about how TWF members are using Google Earth here: http://www.thewholesaleforums.co.uk/threads/why-do-you-use-google-earth.199680/

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Founded in July 2004, The Wholesale Forums is firmly established as the UK’s leading networking community & advice forum for trade buyers and suppliers serving over 100,000 businesses across Europe. 

The community features free advice forums for support on business start-up, sourcing products, buying from suppliers, avoiding scams and a whole lot more. A marketplace for sourcing wholesale stock is also featured, helping you buy from over 500 recognised suppliers across the globe.