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    by Published on 1st February 2017 11:07 PM


    News from Gazza

    3,063,250 Live Listings
    17,608 Categories
    $1,012,555,967 Gross Listing Value

    Welcome to the eBid January Newsletter.


    The new year is upon us and we'd like to welcome all our new buyers and sellers who have joined us this month. It's been a very busy month for us behind the scenes with a larger than normal number of queries received to our help desk in reference to our Bulk Upload system and also our API. We cannot complain though as it goes to show that these selling facilities are being used more and more every day and with that are constantly being tweaked and improved. Many thanks for all the input and help we receive.

    Another 150 categories have been added during January, some of you will have noticed that the Kids' clothing categories have been changed around with size subcategories now being subcategories of the clothing type instead of having clothing types within each size sub cat. This will allow us to eventually remove the size subcategories and have size as an "Item Specific" field that will be set via filters. You many find that you are unable to repost a listing if we have recently added a new subcategory below the category that your item was originally listed in. If you see a message to this effect please select one of the new sub cats from the dropdown menu that best suits your item.

    January 2017 has also seen yet another new record in the number of "push messages" that we send out to mobile devices (phones & tablets). Push messages are those little notifications that pop up on your phone/tablet relating to apps that you have installed. Once you install the eBid app (and you "allow" notifications when installing the app) we are able to send you notifications of all the important milestones that occur relating to your eBid account, e.g. making sales, being asked a question, being made an offer, receiving bids etc. If you haven't already done so, visit the app store and download the eBid app to keep yourself up to date with all your eBid trading activity.

    I'm glad to report the problems we had with some users of @btinternet.com email addresses has been remedied. For once I am pleasantly surprised by the efforts from a large ISP into helping a company like ourselves. Many thanks to BT for getting to the bottom of the problem efficiently.

    Due to a lot of recent requests we have now launched a French language version of eBid Canada, on each page of www.ebid.net/ca you will now be able to see a drop down menu that allows you to choose between English and French. Once you set this it will be remembered until you either clear your browser cookies or change it back again using the same menu. Exactly the same items will be for sale on the site, it is only the surrounding templates and translations that will be different.

    Our more eagle-eyed forum users will notice that we are now using HTTPS secure pages throughout the forums. This is the first part of a move over to HTTPS for the whole site in line with Google's recent recommendations. We currently use HTTPS on pages that contain sensitive data such as passwords or transaction pages but this will become every page in the near future.

    Other updates this month :


    BUGFIX - Feedback rows were not showing correctly when multiple sales to different buyers of the same item were due feedback.
    BUGFIX- PayPal and PPPay checkout buttons were not showing on the checkout form on some ASL pages.
    BUGFIX- On Multiple-Item Checkouts the DELETE link was not activating on some occasions.

    Interesting Items on eBid


    Woolrich Extra Large Fur Aviator Hat

    Infinity Mirror* color changing LEDs with 44 key programmable remote

    EC Simmons KeenKutter Sewing Buttonhole Scissor

    Vintage Silver Plated Teapot - S.M. & Co

    Vintage Copper Long Handled Skillet

    Japanese Fine Shibayama

    Selling Tips


    BuyNow Price + Make an Offer
    Although eBid started life as an online auction site, we have added many selling features over the years. One of the main changes was the introduction of the BuyNow price and subsequently our Make an Offer (MaO) system. With a BuyNow price your items are eligible for upload to Google Shopping giving you extra viewers and the MaO addition allows buyers who may well have been put off by a price to make an offer that could be acceptable for you.

    eBid Stores


    If you have a SELLER+ account then don't forget you can make use of the eBid Store facility at no extra cost. Instead of paying the monthly subscriptions for e-commerce facilities that other companies charge, just set up your eBid Store in a few minutes. You'll need a title, a logo and some personalised categories. That's about it! Add your own colours and a background image as well and you have a full online store waiting for you to populate with your products, all within the cost of your SELLER+ subscription. Your eBid Store listings will also appear within the main eBid site search results. If you have not yet upgraded to SELLER+ then why not check it out, it's just £49.99 for life. You can open 5 eBid Stores, take advantage of ZERO Listing Fees, an option of 0% Final Value Fee with a maximum of 2%.

    Competition Time


    Last November's question :

    What's the abbreviation for eBid's bartering system that allows sellers to listen to offers for their items?

    a) TwT
    b) MaO
    c) MaD

    The correct answer was (b) MaO. Congratulations go to mommabearsplace from NSW, Australia for winning November's competition, your eBid Goodie Bag and iPod should be with you now.

    Now for this month's question :

    What is the maximum Final Value Fee that a sale on eBid can incur as a percentage of the sale price if you have a SELLER+ account?

    a) 15%
    b) 10%
    c) 2%

    To enter send us :
    Answer to the competition question
    Your eBid username
    Name and address for sending out any prizes
    Incomplete entries will be automatically deleted. Closing date 10th February 2017. Email answers to competitions@ebid.net
    by Published on 19th January 2017 04:40 PM



    Make Money at eBid By Selling The Toys They Don't Want


    When your kids grow older you'll find those lovely toys which gave them so much enjoyment when they were little suddenly don't appeal to them. Your kids will start to find new interests and ditch the cute cuddly toys for computer games. When that happens you'll find that their old toys do little more than gather dust.

    You may not realise that instead of leaving those toys to gather dust, you could actually make a lot extra money by selling the toys they don't want at eBid.

    Even though your kids may no longer want to play with these toys, there are many kids who would love to play with them and many parents will be looking for an inexpensive way to buy them.

    What to do With Toys Your Kids Don't Want


    Most parents don't know what to do when their kids no longer want their toys, what they usually decide to do is box them up and leave them in the loft.

    Many parents who have adult children will admit that they have a load of boxes full of toys in their loft which simply haven't been opened in decades.

    It may seem like a good idea to keep hold of the toys, just in case you have more kids or your kids have kids, it actually isn't always the best plan. Could you imagine handing today's young kids the same toys you played with back in the 1980's? They wouldn't be too impressed!

    The best thing to do is sell the toys on to parents who are desperate to buy them for their kids. It is a much better idea than packing them up and hoping that you have children or grandchildren while the toys are still modern enough for them to play with!

    These parents will pay a fair price to get hold of the toys for cheaper than they would have to pay at a toy store. This deal works out great for both parties, you get a fair price for the toys and the buyer gets the toys for a cheaper price than they were happy to pay.

    Oh, and the child gets to enjoy playing with the toys they otherwise might never have owned!

    Conclusion


    When your kids decide they don't like playing with their toys you might feel a little bit upset. You've enjoyed watching them play with the toys you brought them, but now they're moving on to games consoles and other past times. It's always a jarring experience to witness your kids growing up. But it can actually be a positive for you, other parents have children who would love to play with the toys you're just about to pack up and leave in the loft forever.

    If you've ever watched Toy Story 4, you'll know that toys are meant to be played with! So get the toys up for sale on eBid and pass the fun on to kids who will enjoy playing with them... oh, and pocket some cash for yourself as well!
    by Published on 2nd January 2017 03:39 PM



    Grab Hold of an Increase in Online Shoppers in January


    ‘Black Friday’ in the United States is known around the world as a time when millions upon millions of shoppers in the U.S. flock to retail stores off and online like eBid hoping to snag some incredible deals. Black Friday is right after Thanksgiving, but the entire weekend is now almost like a holiday. While it’s a tremendous opportunity for retailers, another major boom is often overlooked, and that’s January.

    Traditionally, January used to be ho-hum


    For traditional retailers, January used to be a downtime of the year. Most people returned to work and had already finished with exchanges and post holiday purchases.

    However, thanks to gift cards and other factors, January is becoming known as a boon to online retailers and independent sellers, though it’s easy to overlook.

    According to Google, the world’s leading search engine, there are 22% more shoppers going online and looking for retailers through this search engine than during October, the leading edge of the holiday shopping season.

    While most retailers benefit from this surge in online shopping, the Home & Garden industries show the greatest jump, up 39% over October numbers.

    How to make this work for you


    When you’re selling items online, the time of the year you post them for sale through auction sites will have an impact on your prospective audience. It’s certainly easy to assume January is a time to relax, clean up the house, and even get organized for the new year, but stats show this is the time when you want to make sure your items are listed and accessible to the highest number of prospective customers.

    eBid is one of the leading auction sites around the world. That means when you list items with eBid and follow simple guidelines, your items could be uploaded and listed automatically to Google Shopping.

    Just imagine how many more people will have access to your items and see your listings, especially during January.

    So, while you may have been taking it easy for the months of January and February in the past, catching up on necessary chores around the house or office because you assumed these were the two slowest months of the year, think again.

    It’s a ripe opportunity for you to capitalize on millions of people still hungry for great deals. In order to get your eBid listing uploaded to Google Shopping, you need to have an auction with at least 3 days remaining and the BuyNow feature available; or an auction with On First Bid and BuyNow available; or Fixed Price with at least 3 days remaining; or Fixed Price with Run Until Sold selected.

    It’s not that tough to take advantage of all Google Shopping and eBid have to offer, and January could help you launch your business into another stratosphere!
    by Published on 14th December 2016 06:23 PM



    A Weak Pound Entices USA Shoppers to Buy from eBid UK


    As the European pound continues to get weaker in light of Brexit and other factors, it’s actually creating a boon to certain retailers, most notably in the U.K. There has been a marked jump in purchases from American consumers through the U.K.

    In fact, eBid has seen a recent spike above 30 percent increase in exports from the U.K.

    Many American consumers are finding that in this economy, things aren’t improving as much as their media lets on. With tight finances and rising prices at home, they’re looking elsewhere for good deals. Thanks for the Internet, it has become more effective to shop online for great bargains, no matter where they happen to be.

    On the surface, couldn’t this just be a fluke?


    When the vote for Britain to leave the European Union (EU) was announced last summer, many claimed this would destroy Great Britain and leave it suffering from lack of sales, manufacturing, and fighting against tariffs and other challenges. The opposite seems to be taking shape and the help is coming from the most unlikely source: U.S. and Irish consumers.

    Why more people are looking abroad for better deals.


    The U.S. dollar continues to remain stagnant (some economists believe it has to do with the Federal Reserve keeping interest rates low and printing money every month to hold up the economy) and as the pound drops, it provides people more opportunities to look abroad for better deals.

    In fact, some of the deals people get through cross border bargains far outweighs shipping and export tariffs (taxes) that may be added on as a result. This is driving the forces of consumerism to become more global.

    The growth of UK sales.


    In a season that was anticipated to be volatile, with limited growth, the number of goods sold in the UK increased 7.4 percent in October, in comparison to figures from earlier in the year. This was the fastest growth seen in 14 years.

    Ultimately, this highlights not just the growing importance of online commerce for increasing global reach, but also the impact the dollar and pound will have on consumers’ desires to get the best deals and save the greatest amount of money on their purchases.

    Right now, there’s never been a better time for U.K. sellers -companies and independent sellers alike- to reach a global market, tap into enthusiastic buyers from Ireland, the U.S., and elsewhere all turning to the U.K. for the best bargains. It truly is a win-win for eBid sellers in the U.K. and consumers around the world.
    by Published on 1st December 2016 03:43 PM


    News from Gazza

    3,018,156 Live Listings
    17,486 Categories
    $1,114,154,044 Gross Listing Value

    Welcome to the eBid November Newsletter.


    November comes to a close, a month of reflection for us and thoughts for the families and loved ones of two long term eBidders who are sadly no longer with us.

    Work has been continuing with our category reconstruction with 17,500 categories being in use now. You many find that you are unable to repost a listing if we have recently added a new subcategory below the category that your item was originally listed in. If you see a message to this effect please select one of the new subcats from the dropdown menu that best suits your item.

    We are glad to welcome two new translators to our team. Adriana will be working on our Portuguese and Brazilian translations and Anna on our Norwegian translations. They have both got a hang of things very quickly and we should be seeing improved eBid sites in these languages at our next update.

    A couple of our API users have had a couple of problems with the data being rejected due to it not being the correct character encoding. Please ensure all your data is posted to us using UTF8. Any other encoding could potentially cause non-standard English characters to display incorrectly. November has also seen a record amount of usage of the API. Thank you to all of those of you who are making use of it. As more and more techie eBidders get to grips with it we are seeing many more uses for it than we had first envisioned. If you are interested visit http://ebid.3scale.net for our XML and JSON documentation and sign up area.

    Some eBidders who have a registered email address @btinternet.com may have run into a few problems this month. BT decided for a still unknown reason to start marking one or two of our emails as spam. When this happens we request the affected user to enter a new email address when logging in as it is normally a very temporary problem. A few of you will have been asked for this more than once this month which we understand was a little frustrating. Our apologies for that and the problem should now be fine.

    Christmas is coming and peak present buying season is nearly with us again. Don't forget to list your items with barcodes and a BuyNow price whenever you can to ensure upload to Google Shopping for greater coverage. I'm always partial to a MaO (Make an Offer) when I buy things so if you feel you could possibly listen to offers on your items then feel free to use the offer system when selling, it works great and can get you some custom that could have walked away if you hadn't. Just tick the little checkbox below the BuyNow price box on the listing form. You can even add automated replies to offers that are just too low to save you the bother.

    eBid Pulse News from Debbie

    Early Xmas Bargains

    As Black Friday passes there are still some bargains to be had from our ever resourceful eBid sellers. Take a look at some of our picks.

    Sony PlayStation 4 Ps4 Pro 1TB Console
    Joseph Joseph Nest 8 Mixing Bowls - Compact Preparation Set
    2 Dell Inspiron 17 5000 Laptop, 7th Gen Intel Core i7, 8GB RAM, 1TB, 17.3" £719@JL

    2004 GREASE Barbie #2 Sandy Yellow Dress Olivia Newton-John Collector Doll
    1/8 Size Upright Bass with Bag,Bow,Stand,Metro Tuner
    Lucky Strike Black Leather Motorcycle Jacket - All sizes!
    List Your Items at a Discount

    Don't forget eBid's maximum Final Value Fee is 3%. Selling on other marketplaces will cost you more on most occasions with 10-15% being the norm. For this reason don't forget to list your items at a slight discount on eBid, you'll help us out by making our marketplace attractive to buyers and you can still take home more money after fees than you would elsewhere.

    A time of sad losses to the eBid Community

    The eBid family are a close-knit group and this past month has been a sad one, with the loss of two well-loved eBid members/friends.

    On the 12th October, we lost Margaret (Minx41) to Lung Cancer. The following words are a tribute to Margaret from one of her (many) eBid Forum friends, cornishmaid1961.

    "October 12th was a sad day for the eBid community. We lost Margaret (Minx41) to Lung Cancer. She was such a lovely lady and although I never met her in person I regarded her as a real friend. She had such a wicked sense of humour and I shall remember her so fondly as naughty 'Private Minx' of the eBid army, always getting into trouble in the eBid barracks, and she certainly gave us all a good laugh. She was also a staunch supporter of the monthly eBid Your Donation Counts charity event and over the years she has helped raise thousands of pounds (dollars) for worthwhile causes. She had a heart of gold and will be missed."

    As a tribute to Margaret, the featured charity for the most recent YDC charity event was The British Lung Foundation.

    In our thoughts also this month has been Damian Steele (damian_steele) who sadly passed away on the 17th November. Damian will be missed by many, our condolences to his partner, Emma and his family and friends. He was a very regular participant on the eBid forums and many of the changes to our website over the years have been down to his help and persistence. He will be missed by all of us here at eBid.

    "I remember Damian as one of the good guys .... he spoke his mind and I always respected him for that. He also made me laugh out loud - more times than I can count" eBid Member moonwitch

    Competition Time

    Last month's question :

    To the nearest 1000, how many categories are there now on eBid?

    a) 5000
    b) 10000
    c) 16000

    The correct answer was (c) 16000. Congratulations go to Cornwalls150744 from Camborne, UK, for winning last months competition, your eBid Goodie Bag and iPod should be with you now.

    Now for this month's question :

    What's the abbreviation for eBid's bartering system that allows sellers to listen to offers for their items?

    a) TwT
    b) MaO
    c) MaD

    To enter send us :
    Answer to the competition question
    Your eBid username
    Name and address for sending out any prizes
    Incomplete entries will be automatically deleted. Closing date 10th December 2016. Email answers to competitions@ebid.net
    by Published on 22nd November 2016 06:21 PM



    Dynamics of Buying in Bulk


    Many people have a tendency to think that ‘buying in bulk’ is only for large families … or businesses. After all, just how many backpacks is your 10 year old son going to need? Okay, bad example as some boys can tear through clothing and book supplies in a heartbeat.

    When you shop online, you’ll have access to a number of incredible deals and offers. You head on over to an auction site like eBid and can find just about anything and everything you could possibly want. Newer items have a tendency to hold their value better than most older items, so you may wonder if you can actually get good deals on new items.

    The answer is yes. Without a doubt, there’s a way to not just get some items you really want and need, but also save money and possibly even make money in the process. It’s called buying in bulk.

    Your Next Business Venture


    You might have a full-time job but you’re tired of punching in and out on a clock. You’ve wanted to start your own business but have no idea what you’d like to do (or what you could make money selling).

    A great place to begin your search would be by browsing through the many categories with multiple items for sale available on eBid. You begin to see just how amazing some of these deals are, how much you can save on each and every item, and then the potential for turning around and selling those items individually.

    That’s precisely how most businesses operate: they take in stock at a cheaper price and then turn around and sell it for about 50 to 100 percent markup.
    By scrolling through and browsing the bulk items listed all the time at eBid (over 200,000), you’ll discover some incredible opportunities just waiting for you to take advantage of them.

    If you have a large family, then you might just need those bulk items for every child or person in your family. You’ll be able to find almost everything you might need, such as clothing, accessories, jewelry, and more.

    Buying and Selling


    When you purchase multiple items, you’ll get them all shipped to you, just as you would with any other item you buy. From there you can do whatever you’d like with them. For example, if you purchased 20 high quality backpacks because your son needed one for school, you might save 80 percent or more on it.

    Now you can turn around and list the remaining 19 for sale, potentially earning a significant profit when they all sell. And guess what? At eBid, you’ll have access to millions of potential buyers, so they will sell eventually.

    Buying in bulk is a great way to find incredible deals and make money. It’s the best place to start your new business venture!
    by Published on 16th November 2016 03:01 PM



    My Defaults


    Every time you set up a listing on eBid, there’s a number of options you’ll have to go through. Some might consider these to be preferences, and they are likely the same things they will select each and every time they post an item for sale.

    The Setup Process


    When you begin the process of listing an item for sale on the eBid Marketplace, you will be met with a fair amount of information that needs to be including, as well as options, such as allowing a ‘Buy Now’ feature, how you’d like a potential buyer to contact you, and more.

    If you have to choose each of these options every time, to sell many of your items, then you could theoretically going through those options again and again.

    The My Defaults page allows you to set up those settings you want to remain consistent throughout your item listing process. When you establish those settings, you will find those options already selecting when you begin listing another item.

    How much time can this potentially save you?


    That depends on two key factors. First, how many items you tend to list on a daily or weekly basis. If you’re only going to be listing one or two items per month, the My Defaults settings can certainly be convenient, but they’re not going to save you a tremendous amount of time.

    If, on the other hand, you’re planning on listing many items on a daily basis, just calculate how long it takes you before you set up the My Defaults section and then again after you rely on this benefit. You’ll likely notice that you save up to a couple of minutes each listing.

    Multiply that by how many items you list in a given day or week and you’ll understand just how beneficial relying on the My Defaults can be.

    What’s in Your My Defaults?


    If you’ve never set this up, then there will be nothing established. If you’re not sure, you may have chosen to add certain selections to your My Defaults page in the past. If that’s the case, it’s a good idea to take some time and look into your My Defaults page.

    Spend some time understanding what options are available to you. Once you set it up, remember you can adjust these settings and options to better suit your needs anytime in the future.

    My Defaults is an incredibly valuable feature made available to all eBid sellers.

    Login: My eBid Dashboard > My eBid > My Defaults

    by Published on 31st October 2016 05:20 PM


    News from Gazza

    3,151,280 Live Listings
    16,606 Categories
    $1,345,154,044 Gross Listing Value


    Welcome to the eBid October Newsletter.


    Another busy month is coming to a close. A few small updates to the site and a big update for all our users who import their listings from Amazon.

    Firstly, many thanks to all of you who reset their in-app notifications within the eBid mobile app. October has already been our busiest ever month for sending in-app notifications out to mobile devices and the process seems to be working a treat.

    From even more extensive personal use during this month than normal I can tell anyone who trades on eBid that they are a lot simpler, faster and easier than using email notifications. On my personal iPhone I download emails at intervals but have notifications turned off for these as I would be pinging and beeping all day and all night, but I do receive eBid in-app notifications.

    They are unintrusive and let you know within a second or two exactly what is happening within your eBid account. Be it sales, offers, payments or Q&A, a small alert pops up and takes you directly into the eBid app where you can seem more details or add a reply if required. Give it a try if you are regular seller on eBid and haven't yet. Just download the Android or Apple (iOS) mobile app today and say yes to notifications when you are asked.

    Of course there are some improvements we can and are making at the moment and when the re-written version of our mobile app is released the system will be even more fluid and user friendly than it is currently.

    Amazon Bulk Upload - Product Images.

    We have many many sellers on eBid who have imported their listings from Amazon over the years using our bulk import tool that is found within the eBid Ninja Lister. As many of you will know the image system when importing from Amazon has had a few problems recently with access to product images not being available for a few items. Well, I'm glad to say we've made some great improvements to this function during October and you should be seeing correct product images for all your imported Amazon items from now on even when you do not supply images with your data files.

    As we have seen eBid morph and change over the years we always like to think we have all the main bases covered very thoroughly. No website is perfect but time can be spent on 99.9% of the most important aspects to ensure they are smooth and clear. Well, this month has been an eye opener for us as, out of the blue, we had three similar problems arise around a function of the site that we don't recall ever having a problem with before. The problem was with the listing function, when moving from the listing form itself and moving on to the preview page (the one with the red and green buttons allowing you to go back to edit or to start your listing). Well, three users this month arrived on the preview page thinking it was the listing confirmation page, eg. they thought their listing had already been posted/started. Even though the preview page states it is just a preview and requires a button click to start the listing it is interesting for us to see how users interact with all parts of the site even after all these years. We've recently made a slight change to the button on the listing form that sends you to the preview page, merely changing the text to "Proceed to Preview Stage" from "Preview Listing Now" which should clear up any confusion. This goes to prove we are still very grateful to you all for even the smallest feedback relating to the site that you are able to send us.

    Category Upgrades

    Some of the more eagle-eyed eBidders will have noticed quite a few new categories being added again this month. We are now at over 16,000 categories. Don't panic, we haven't gone mad, we are simply building towards a set of huge upgrades for eBid and the category updates have turned into an unforeseen requirement and have proved to be the main bottleneck behind the delay to the upgrades for the last couple of months. Feel free to list within in the new categories if you come across them.

    eBid Pulse News from Debbie


    Countdown to Christmas - are you ready to switch on your Christmas Lights

    With only eight weeks to go, it is time for Sellers to step up a gear with their preparations for Christmas sales. Take a tip from the high street stores – start your preparations early.

    A sensible place to start is with checking the latest recommended posting dates. For Royal Mail in the UK, this information can be found Here. United States Postal Service recommended dates can be found Here, and Fedex Here. Don’t forget to re-check these sites again later to make sure there are no changes to the last posting dates.

    It is worth remembering that many shoppers browse by store category. You may want to consider opening a specific eBid store for your Christmas items in our Occasions & Seasonal Christmas category? SELLER+ Lifetime members have the option to open up to 5 eBid Stores at no additional cost. SELLER accounts can open eBid stores for a small monthly charge per store.

    Don't yet have an eBid Store?


    Just go to My eBid > My eBid Stores and with a few simple steps, you can have your store up and running.

    Perhaps the best way to think of a store is as a “shop-window” where you can showcase similarly themed items. As with any shop-window, the more attractive it looks, the more buyers who will enter, so it worth taking the time to create an attractive and interesting store.

    You should also consider reviewing your “All About” page information and make sure that everything is up-to-date and provides potential Buyers with accurate information about who you are and what you offer – for example your Terms & Conditions of Sale, Shipping Terms, Returns Policy, do you offer combined postage?

    If you take time to make the necessary preparation, we are sure you will be ready to switch on your Christmas lights in plenty of time to welcome in Christmas shoppers.

    Competition Time


    Last month's question :

    How many online payment methods do Google Shopping require you to offer? (GTIN/UPC/EAN)?

    a) AT LEAST ONE
    b) FIVE
    c) NONE

    The correct answer was (a) AT LEAST ONE. Congratulations go to Aries1974 from Florida, USA, for winning last months competition, your eBid Goodie Bag and iPod should be with you now.

    Now for this month's question :

    To the nearest 1000, how many categories are there now on eBid?

    a) 5000
    b) 10000
    c) 16000

    To enter send us :
    Answer to the competition question
    Your eBid username
    Name and address for sending out any prizes
    Incomplete entries will be automatically deleted. Closing date 10th November 2016. Email answers to competitions@ebid.net
    by Published on 13th October 2016 06:17 PM



    Lefties Unite!


    Chainsaws, rulers, spiral-bound notepads, can openers… there are many objects that seem to exist just for the right-handed. Being a leftie, wrong-writer, or even a southpaw can be frustrating, it’s easy to feel that the world is made the wrong way round. However, there are so many cool and interesting things about being a leftie, and a million special and unique products available on eBid - just for you.

    Famous Lefties


    There are a whole host of famous names known to be wrong-handers: Albert Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, Napoleon Bonaparte, Joan of Arc, Prince William, Fred Astaire, Charlie Chaplin, Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, Judy Garland, Whoopie Goldberg, Jimi Hendrix, Sir Paul McCartney, even Bart Simpson, and according to the IMDB, the Storm Troopers . Quite the select club don’t you think?

    It may surprise and comfort you to also know that Aristotle, one of the founding fathers of philosophy, was a leftie as well.

    Strangely, given that just 12% of the world’s population are left-handed, and that throughout history, many leftie children faced crazy amounts of discipline in order to make them righties, an inordinate amount of presidents are, or were, left-handed. An astonishing five of the last seven leaders of the United States were southpaws, with Obama himself as the most current lefty president. It would seem then that the power of the left, goes someway to giving a guy the edge he needs to lead.

    So with all this enviable history close at hand, why are mundane and every day tasks sometimes so difficult for the leftie?

    Weird Objects


    There are a million supposedly helpful but actually dubious products available for the left-handed like left-handed mugs, smudge guards, and left-handed cutlery.

    In all seriousness, we have a category at eBid that you can find right here on eBid. Have a look under our UK Whatever's Left! > left-handed things section or USA Whatever's Left! > left-handed things where you can list your left-handed items.
    by Published on 4th October 2016 06:17 PM


    News from Gazza

    3,689,640 Live Listings
    14,242 Categories
    $3,542,790,075 Gross Listing Value

    Welcome to the eBid September Newsletter



    How is everyone? Hope you all had a great September.

    Firstly some of you may have noticed in-app notifications for the eBid mobile app had come to a halt in the last week. This is due to an update at our notification providers end. It's a simple fix, just open the eBid app and you will be re-registered for notifications again. Also, please ensure you have in-app notifications switched on in the settings for your actual device. When the app is first installed it will ask you if you want to allow these, you may possibly have declined them at that time. Just visit the settings area for your device and open the options for the eBid app. If you haven't downloaded the app grab it here : Google Play store or Apple App Store.

    We've been a little perplexed over the last couple of months about a problem the was occurring on rare occasions when a buyer went to pay for their items using PayPal. The problem was evident when there were many items on the invoice. I'm glad to report we've fixed the problem. It is down to PayPal's new checkout system and its inability to handle large form data posts. We have re-routed all invoice payments to the previous checkout system which worked perfectly for many years. We've reported the problem to PayPal and hopefully they will fix it very soon. Many thanks for those eBidders who helped us get to the bottom of this one.

    Our How To Videos (HTV) have helped thousands of newcomers to eBid get to know the ropes a little faster. If you want to earn a bit of money and help us create some updated versions here's a forum thread to let you know how. We are looking to replace all our old videos with newer versions.

    A few of you will have noticed more category changes this month. "Video Games" and "Home & Garden" have been updated in quite a few subcategories. As we explained in August, the layout of our category system is undergoing an ongoing revamp to bring it up to date and to allow for us to launch some major upcoming changes. The changes will allow for a much improved importing system (that does not require Ninja Lister), product variations and item specifics.

    Those of you who take advantage of our great Google Shopping feature will know that Google have been getting a little stricter with the listings they deem to be of suitable quality. Barcodes are now pretty much required and photos must be of a better quality than before. We've now started to upload to Google the original photo that sellers upload to eBid. Before hand we would upload a "large" version that had been processed by us. So, make sure you always upload good quality photos to eBid and will make sure they get uploaded to Google Shopping to help place your items better in search results. Make sure you don't add any writing to the photos, no logos or watermarks either, these are now a big no-no.

    Other eBid changes during September :



    BUGFIX - Some accented characters in listing descriptions were being corrupted when uploaded via Ninja Lister
    BUGFIX - When creating invoices and an item has been archived and not paid for was causing problems with the ADD ALL button
    BUGFIX - For single item checkout forms with PayPal payment, some eBid USA ASL logs where showing the PayPal payment as "part payment" when the correct full payment amount was made.
    UPDATE - Increased space for four lines of text in showroom view titles for laptop view (1366px)
    UPDATE - Reduced photos from 5 to 4 per row in showroom view for laptop view (1366px)
    eBid Pulse News from Debbie

    How To Make Sure Your Listings Are Uploaded to Google Shopping


    In last month's newsletter, Gazza talked about the importance of making sure your listings are meeting the criteria to be uploaded to Google Shopping - eBidders, like shesawaya38485, have been very impressed with the increase in sales they have experienced since making sure their listings were "Google Shopping friendly" - "Since re-vamping my listings to being Google search friendly, I've seen an increase in sales this past month"

    It’s not complicated, and it may be that your listings simply need a few “tweaks” if at first they are not being shown at Google Shopping. For example, Google Shopping requires customers to provide a way for potential buyers to purchase the product through an online payment service. Therefore all listings will require at least one online payment option present. For example PPPay, PayPal, Nochex or Skrill.

    You can find out all the necessary criteria in our Help Section #48– it won’t take you long to make sure your listings comply – you have nothing to lose and everything to gain!

    New on the eBid Blog - How to bag yourself a great smartphone without breaking the bank


    The smartphone industry is one of the biggest industries in the world today. With the Apple iPhone breaking sales records every single year and Samsung Galaxy S phones growing in popularity, the smartphone revolution has well and truly taken place.

    Of course, buying a new smartphone isn't exactly cheap. 2 year old Apple iPhone's still cost £329 if you're buying them directly from Apple, Samsung Galaxy S phones aren't much cheaper either! That's without mentioning the huge costs you'll have to pay over two years if you take out a pay monthly contract. Your overall cost over the two years will usually run into 4 figures!

    But there is still a way for you to get hold of a great smartphone without breaking the bank if you know where to look! Want to bag yourself a bargain. Read our hints and tips on how to get the best smartphone for you and what you should consider when choosing a new (or new to you!) phone on eBid.

    Competition Time


    Last month's question :

    What is the text to be added to the barcode field that tells us your item doesn't have a barcode (GTIN/UPC/EAN)?

    a) NONE
    b) EXEMPT
    c) EMPTY

    The correct answer was (b) EXEMPT. Congratulations go to les24548 from South Yorkshire, UK, for winning last months competition, your eBid Goodie Bag and iPod should be with you now.

    Now for this month's question :

    How many online payment methods do Google Shopping require you to offer?

    a) AT LEAST ONE
    b) FIVE
    c) NONE

    To enter send us :
    Answer to the competition question
    Your eBid username
    Name and address for sending out any prizes
    Incomplete entries will be automatically deleted. Closing date 10th October 2016.
    by Published on 12th September 2016 08:46 PM



    Want a Great Smartphone Without Breaking the Bank at eBid?


    The smartphone industry is one of the biggest industries in the world today. With the Apple iPhone breaking sales records every single year and Samsung Galaxy S phones growing in popularity, the smartphone revolution has well and truly taken place.

    Of course, buying a new smartphone isn't exactly cheap. 2 year old Apple iPhone's still cost £329 if you're buying them directly from Apple, Samsung Galaxy S phones aren't much cheaper either! That's without mentioning the huge costs you'll have to pay over two years if you take out a pay monthly contract. Your overall cost over the two years will usually run into 4 figures!

    But there is still a way for you to get hold of a great smartphone without breaking the bank if you know where to look!

    How to Get a Great Smartphone!


    When you are choosing your next smartphone you want to think about what you want to use your phone for. Do you only want to make phone calls, send texts and send a few emails or do you want to play games and watch videos? Will it replace your camera? Do you want something compact or do you need a big HD screen?

    It's important to know what kind of phone you want so that you don't end up with something which really doesn't suit your needs. Once you know what sort of phone you need then you can start listing some phones which you would be happy with. Start with your ideal phone at the top of the list and then list below it alternatives you would be happy with. The website GSM arena can help you with this as it has full reviews and listings for practically any phone you can think of.

    Some of the top smartphone manufacturers out there are Apple, Samsung, Sony, HTC and Nokia. Some other manufacturers who make quality phones are Amazon, Huawei, Motorola, LG and Blackberry. If you want a real bargain it is worthwhile checking out the specifications of the lesser known manufacturers because you might be surprised how good they are and how little they cost.

    How To Get The Phone Without Breaking The Bank


    So if you decide you want one of the Samsung Galaxy S phones as a first choice you can then head to the eBid Mobile Phone section and start searching for the phones on your list. The reason you can find the phones at such a low cost is because people often sell their phone whenever they upgrade. Some people choose to keep their old phone when they upgrade and make a bit of money by selling the new phone.

    Even if you want a top of the range Samsung Galaxy S phone you can often find one without breaking the bank if you know where to look. The first step is to find out what phone you want and then you need to start looking for it. If you look for a great smartphone on eBid you will be surprised just how cheap a great smartphone can be.

    UK - Mobile & Cell Phones
    US - Mobile & Cell Phones
    by Published on 31st August 2016 02:32 PM


    News from Gazza

    4,318,189 Live Listings
    14,007 Categories
    $4,912,790,075 Gross Listing Value

    Welcome to the eBid August Newsletter


    We've been making quite a few category layout changes this month in anticipation of the major changes we have been working on behind the scenes for a number of months now. The changes will allow us to incorporate "Item Specifics" to many more categories throughout eBid than we currently do. At the moment we have colours and sizes for most clothing categories but we also need to add item specifics to thousands of other categories which is proving to be a Herculean task for our development team.

    Once in place, item specifics will allow for a much improved search and filtering system within most categories and also, very importantly, is linked strongly with allowing us to bring in "Product Variations" into eBid for the first time.

    Many of our sellers use the USPS First Class mailing method. This has always, as far as I can remember anyway, had a limit of 13oz for packages and large envelopes. USPS has now upped this to 16oz and the update is now live on eBid. It is worth pointing out that this is available only for "commercial" shipping which USPS classes as simply not over the counter. So if you print your postage online or through a third party like Stamps.com or Pitney Bowes then you're good to go. It should save you quite a few pennies over USPS Priority Mail.

    A common support request we have received this month has been related to Google Shopping and the problem with barcodes (or "GTIN"s as Google calls them). The barcode is a field that Google Shopping has been requesting more and more vigorously recently and some of you have noticed that your products have been relegated a little in the Google Shopping results when one is not in place on your listing. One important tip we can give is that if you do NOT have a barcode for your product due to the product never having had one or the item you are selling being handmade or a bundle of goods then make sure you enter the text EXEMPT in the barcode field when listing your items. This allows us to notify Google that there isn't one available for your item and that it has not just simply been forgotten.

    On a last note, I would like to say a big thank you to our community of regulars who have been great for the past few years helping to locate and report problems they find to us. Most people (including myself) will ignore a problem when one is found within a website or app thinking it may be a problem at my end or perhaps only a temporary one or even knowing that if I report it it won't be read and is therefore a waste of time. Well, we really appreciate every report and the time you take to let us know about bugs you find. Every report is read by myself or one of the team and they are never a waste of time.

    Speak to you all again in September, hopefully some big changes to announce.

    eBid Pulse News from Debbie


    Spread the word ...

    Why not consider promoting your listings on your Facebook page? At the top of every listing you will see a blue Facebook button which allows you to share the listing. When this is clicked, you simply login to your Facebook account and the item will appear on your wall.

    You may also want to visit and LIKE our eBid Facebook page, this is updated regularly and will give you a heads-up on what's new, site updates and so much more.

    Not visited us for a while, drop by and see what you are missing!


    eBid have been established since 1999 and our site has evolved and improved over time. Last year’s major site revamp brought us bang up to date with the needs of today’s marketplace. Buyers today are not limited to browsing and shopping from their home computer or laptop, and many choose to shop on the move using their tablets and smartphones. The eBid site offers full functionality when using handheld devices. Not only is this good news for Buyers, but benefits Sellers who can list from handheld devices rather than be chained to their desk.

    We are pleased to say that one thing has NOT changed- our low cost listing fees. Where else can you sell worldwide for a MAXIMUM sale fee of 3%?

    With an International presence – wherever you are, we are with you! With over 4 million listings in 14,000 categories – come and get to know eBid again.

    Get advice, swap ideas and join in the chat at the eBid forums

    When you’re self-employed or working from home, you don’t have the opportunities your 9-to-5 friends do to sneak off for a gossip with workmates, chat over coffee about the changes in the office or moan about the management at lunch. So, eBid’s Forums are just what you need to get some conversation going and exchange ideas with like-minded people when you’re taking a break from organising your listings or if you need fast help while trying to get some new items up for sale.

    You can read more about the benefits of participating in the eBid Forums in our recent blog article.

    Toys on eBid


    From cuddly toys to action figures, we have a wide range of toys for children from 0-90!

    100% Natural Rubber Submarine Baby Teether Sensory Bath Time Toy
    Action Man 40th Anniversary Combat Division Soldier Mint Boxed
    Lego Telehandler, Technic, 8283

    Playmobil 5127 Ferry Boat & Jetty
    NEW! VTech First Steps Baby Walker PINK - ages 6 month + BOXED & SEALED
    Playmakers Cute Soft Toy Plush Pig Piggy Collectable

    Competition Time


    Last month's question :

    On an average day, buyers from how many different countries register on eBid?

    a) Less than 15
    b) About 22
    c) At least 25

    The correct answer was (c) At least 25. Congratulations go to bncoley from USA for winning last months competition, your eBid Goodie Bag and iPod should be with you now.

    Now for this month's question :

    What is the text to be added to the barcode field that tells us your item doesn't have a barcode (GTIN/UPC/EAN)?

    a) NONE
    b) EXEMPT
    c) EMPTY

    To enter send us :

    Answer to the competition question
    Your eBid username
    Name and address for sending out any prizes
    Incomplete entries will be automatically deleted. Closing date 10th September 2016. Email answers to competitions@ebid.net

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