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Great Read: eBay Says Small, Online Retail Beats Brick-and-Mortar On Carbon Footprint & Calculates By How Much

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

photo: Keith Williamson via flickr

Originally published by TreeHugger

With a new debate ongoing on whether the touted environmental benefits of telecommuting are true, here’s a related tangent to consider: A new white paper done by Cooler at the behest of eBay attempts to quantify the carbon footprint reduction associated with small, online businesses.

Here’s the complete paper and one example:
Compared to a single big box retail store grossing $100 million per year, new data reveals that the day-to-day operations of $100 million in sales through small, Web-based businesses generate approximately 1,400 tons fewer CO2-equivalent emissions per year than their offline counterparts: that’s the same amount of energy it takes to power 108 homes for a year. The impact of an individual shopper is equally dramatic – a consumer who spends $100 at a brick-and-mortar retail store is paying to release about 53 pounds of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, the same as nearly three gallons of gas from a mid-sized vehicle.
The paper goes into how that’s calculated, taking into account lots a variables on what it takes to have an actual storefront, warehousing, average distance traveled to stores, etc etc. At the broadest level I’m not sure it’s worth it to parse how that was done; check it out for yourself if you’re so inclined.

But what is worth pointing out is this:

Low-Carbon Transport Options, Better Community Development Could Change Situation
1) All of these factors, particularly those regarding average distance travelled to stores and how those trips are made, are based on current conditions of community development. Which means that these stats only are meaningful in a current and short-term context. Should in the mid-to-long term, assuming more communities have better public transit and there is more local development allowing for significantly lowering this segment of the overall carbon footprint of a purchase, the balance could even out. In other words, just because small online businesses appear better today does not mean that it’s necessarily the best form of distributing goods five or ten years from now. It may be or may not be.

Real-World Businesses Have Benefits Not Encapsulated in Carbon Footprint
2) There are benefits to small real-world businesses that occur outside of carbon footprint. Though difficult to quantify and compare against that 1,400 tons GHG savings, having vibrant communities with a variety of small locally owned businesses is something worth working towards in more places regardless of the climate effect.

All of which isn’t an argument against online small retail–in fact, in the spirit of full disclosure, in my non-TreeHugger life, I operate a de facto micro online business selling used books, and mostly only buy used books as well, much of the time from similar small online sellers. Small, online retail connects buyers and sellers in very much mutually enriching ways, no doubt about it.

It’s Not An Either-Or Situation
3) The thing is that it’s not, nor should it be an either-or situation. There are real benefits to online retailing and mass delivery for some goods, as there are genuine and broad benefits to having vibrant local brick-and-mortar businesses. The two are in no way mutually exclusive and it’s wrong to try to justify one over the other on differences in carbon savings alone.

Though Cooler’s work for eBay gives an interesting and valuable insight into part of the retail picture and its connection with climate change, ultimately, a more holistic perspective is required in evaluating the plusses and minuses of the situation.

How can I import my products from eBay?

Saturday, June 7th, 2008

So you got a lot of products on ebay?  No problem.  You can export your products off ebay and into your Flying Cart store using our bulk upload.


1. Sign in to eBay File Exchange

2. Click “Create Download Request”

3. Download your active listings on sale


4. Click on the “Products” tab

5. Click on the “Bulk Upload” tab

6. Reformat your .CSV file based on our instructions located on our Bulk Upload page.

A customer likes us more than eBay!

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

Alot of Collectibles just wrote us a nice note: “hi ! just wanted to let you know I had my 1 st sale in my new store ! My customers love it b/c it is much easier to see everything than ebay. I got an immediate order email and it works great !”

selling handmade crafts

Monday, September 17th, 2007

Getting a Flying Cart store is a great way to sell handmade arts and crafts. If you want to get a worldwide online audience for your stuff and don’t want to pay a big price for an ecommerce website, Flying Cart could be just the thing you need.

I have developed websites for lots of artists, and I know that most of them have little to no budget. This is so often the case that I have done many jobs in trade for art. Most artists I know want a way to get their stuff seen, and they want it cheap with no initial investment required. I hope more artists will catch on to Flying Cart and how useful it can be as a marketing tool.

Right now, some of my favorite crafty sites are: TJ’s Kreations and Babylicious Design

Batman Bottlecaps at TJ’s Kreations

Mashable’s Kristen Nicole talks about ebayConverter!

Friday, August 24th, 2007


Mashable wrote up a great post on our in beta service ebay converter!