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After four years of selling massagers on Amazon, one seller noticed in March 2019 that his most popular product had split into two separate listings, one for each color. He contacted Amazon, who resolved the issue. But, within a day, the product listing split again.

“I was very surprised,” Michael, who asked that only his first name be used out of fear of retaliation, told NBC News. “I was thinking that Amazon basically has some checks for these kinds of situations.”

For months, he woke up to new issues on his top-selling massager product. One day the bullet points on the products changed. Another day the images changed. At one point, the product was recategorized as an adult toy. Each time, he reached out to Amazon to resolve the issue. In July 2019, Amazon told him the product had been suspended because it was categorized as a prohibited medical device.

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Apple halts fee on Facebook paid online events

September 27, 2020 | technology | No Comments

Apple will no longer collect a 30% fee on Facebook’s paid online events.


James Martin/CNET

For the remainder of 2020, Apple will stop collecting a 30% App Store tax for Facebook’s paid online events feature, which is geared toward helping small businesses make money during the coronavirus pandemic. On Friday, Facebook said businesses can now keep all their earnings from paid online events, minus applicable taxes, until Dec. 31. 

Facebook Pay will be used to process all paid online events purchases, which means businesses and creators won’t have to pay that 30% App Store tax through the rest of the year. 

“This is a difficult time for small businesses and creators, which is why we are not collecting any fees from paid online events while communities remain closed for the

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