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    by Published on 26th June 2017 01:04 PM



    How to source profitable products to sell online


    Finding your inventory is not a simple task. It can make or break a store’s early life and, even if you are an established hand, could transform your profit margins for the better. It’s vital to find the right suppliers and, in the age of the internet, simpler than ever.

    Depending on what exactly you are looking for - which will be influence by factors including your budget and interest in your product - there are a variety of strategies that could be perfect for you. As experts in international trade, ParcelHero has worked with Small and medium-sized enterprises to grow their business using a variety of tactics and have shared some of their thoughts with us.

    eBid


    eBid is a treasure trove of rare and valuable items. For savvy shoppers who are willing to spend some time sifting through the auctions, there are big savings on high profit items to be had. Be sure to check for auctions that are spelled badly or incorrectly categorised, as they often go for big discounts.

    Surplus stores


    The internet is not the only place you can find desirable items at a cheap price. Offline local surplus stores are a fixture the world over, offering customers the chance to get discounts on high quality goods. You’re most likely to see military surplus stores, but they exist in many shapes and forms, with goods ranging from cosmetics to clothing.

    If you’re careful hunting around these stores, you can find a variety of high quality goods that can fetch a premium when selling them on. And if you’re a regular at the store, establishing a good rapport with the owner can not only improve your buying experience, but sometimes net you discounts on bulk orders. Once you’ve trawled for deals, you can turn around and immediately sell the items at eBid to a vastly larger network of buyers from all over the world.
    by Published on 5th June 2017 06:30 PM



    Three Ways to Make Your Listing Grab Attention at eBid


    When you’re listing items for sale at eBid, you’ll discover quite quickly that there are thousands upon thousands of items being posted every day. While you may have a unique item, how do you get the attention it deserves?

    It’s all about marketing.

    No, you might not be a marketer or have any sales experience (or even the desire to become a ‘salesperson’), but that doesn’t mean you can’t take some great advice to help you shape your listings in a way that garners attention and gets more people looking at it.

    Keep in mind that when more people look at your items for sale, you increase the prospect of bids. The more bids you get, the more you’re going to sell each item for.

    These 3 methods should help you craft more potent listings to set you on the path to increased eBid sales.

    1. Develop a Short and Succinct Title


    Your item’s name is only going to have so many characters that show up in search listings. But that doesn’t mean you can’t focus on the right title.
    Depending on the items you’re selling, you may be limited in what you can actually call it. Leave out ‘Like New’ or ‘Amazing’ or ‘100% …’ from the title. Instead,
    just state clearly what you’re selling.

    1982 Armoire, great condition.
    Matchbox car set, mint.
    Beatles album, rare edition.

    As long as you state the item up front in the title, you’ll get people actually looking for it paying attention.

    2. Condense the Description into One Tight Sentence


    There might be many things you could say about this particular item, but get all of the most important key points condensed down to one sentence. Avoid run-on sentences, too.

    Why is this important? Basically people will read the first sentence and decide if it’s something of interest to them. If you can’t convince them this is the perfect item for them right away, they’ll probably click away.

    Think about 5 key selling points and include them in your description.

    This digital recorder uses 16-bit technology, offers 8 inputs, 2 aux outs, low noise and easy interfacing with most computer operating systems.
    From there, you expand upon that first sentence. By then you’ll have already hooked those interested in it.


    3. Clear Pictures


    You might be tempted to hide a blemish or scratch by taking a picture from a distance, but you should instead focus on making the item as large as possible. Present the best angle for the main photo and add as many other pictures to help show this items from every angle.

    When potential buyers can see the details visually, they’re more likely to make an offer. When you have more bids, it’s going to drive up the final sale price. That’s always a great benefit.
    by Published on 31st May 2017 04:20 PM



    News from Gazza

    3,557,238 Live Listings
    28,074 Categories
    $3,957,981,432 Gross Listing Value

    Welcome to the eBid May Newsletter


    May has been a very busy month behind the scenes. Towards the beginning of the month we put in place some upgrades to the site that have helped increase page load speeds by up to 75%. The upgrade process went smoothly without a glitch, we hope none of you guys had any problems during the changes and that you are enjoying the improved performance of the eBid website worldwide.

    We're continuing to work on a huge upgrade to the site which will bring with it many improvements and new facilities. One of those will be the photo/image system. I'm happy to announce we'll be increasing the number of general photos you can place on a single listing to 15. This number does not include any photos that are assigned to different variations the listing may have. For example, let's say you have a t-shirt in 6 colours. You will be able to upload 6 photos (one for each of the different product variations) via our upcoming "Product Variation Wizard") plus your 15 general product photos making 21 in total in this example. All at no extra cost, still free to list and still only 2% or 0% final sale fee (SELLER+ accounts). It's always good to remember though, quality is better than quantity. Always upload your photos in as higher resolution as possible to allow your buyers to see your items clearly. All of these new exciting changes are just around the corner.

    We've had quite a few requests this month for a new top level category to be added to eBid. The category is for handmade goods. I'm glad to say we'll be adding this soon. Many thanks to everyone for their input on the subject.


    Selling Tips


    Competitive Pricing

    As you all know, eBid's pricing structure hasn't changed for over a decade. We keep it extremely fair and competitive to ensure you get to keep more of the money you make when you sell your stuff with us. Instead of paying 10% to 15% on other marketplace sites you will never pay more then 3% when using eBid, and of course this will only 2% or even 0% when you choose to upgrade to a SELLER+ account.

    Taking this into consideration there is always the option to lower your price point when selling on eBid. You are saving around 8 to 10 percent on the final sale fee with us so there's a great opportunity to make your pricing more competitive, increase your sales and at the same time still create a larger profit margin on the sales you make. Everyone's a winner

    Want to make a change? Don't forget you can do it in bulk


    The Bulk Edit facility allows you to quickly and easily make changes to your listings. Say, for example, you want to select a new payment method for all (or some) of your listings, Bulk Edit allows you to find specific listings, add them to a bucket and make wholesale changes to these listings. We'll be adding a new "wildcard" facility to our description editing function very soon also. Visit My eBid > My Bulk Edit to get started.

    Competition Time


    Last Month's Question :

    What is the Gross Listing Value of items for sale on eBid at the moment?

    a) $1 billion
    b) $2 billion
    c) over $3 billion

    The correct answer was (c) over $3 billion. Congratulations go to SupaSavers from Powys, UK for winning last month's competition, your eBid Goodie Bag and iPod should be with you now.

    Now for this month's question :

    What's the new maximum number of general photo's SELLER+ accounts will be able to upload to a single eBid listing very soon?

    a) 10
    b) 12
    c) 15

    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 June 2017. Email answers to competitions@ebid.net
    by Published on 1st May 2017 05:57 PM


    News from Gazza

    3,504,238 Live Listings
    28,074 Categories
    $3,359,124,646 Gross Listing Value

    Welcome to the eBid April 2017 Newsletter


    April has been the first full month during which eBid has been uploading listings to Google Shopping for the following countries:

    Ireland
    New Zealand
    Portugal
    Malaysia
    Belgium
    Hong Kong
    Denmark
    Norway
    Sweden
    Singapore
    South Africa

    The results have been excellent with increases in sales to these regions of between 5% and 45%. If you are an eBidder from any of these countries and have yet to start selling on eBid then why not give us a shot. You might be surprised.

    In the next few days we will be putting in place a few measures to help with some aspects of site speed. The vast changes to our category structure during 2017 have had a small and unexpected negative effect on page load times which we hope to bring back to pre-2017 levels. We understand the necessity for a smooth and simple shopping experience and one of the main determinants of this is the speed in which you can browse the site.

    Regular bulk uploaders will have noticed this month a hugely improved category matching system when importing from other marketplaces. We previously relied on a lot of human interaction when allocating correct categories but you should now find your items are automatically placed in much more relevant eBid categories.

    We ran into a few problems this month with images that are hosted on Amazon based web hosts, such as Amazon S3 and Amazon EC2 servers. Our systems have been improved to correctly identify JPG files correctly now instead of showing an error that the image could not be located.

    Interesting Items on eBid



    Antique Judaica Israel Bezale Olive Wood Camel Ink Well RARE £129.99
    Antique Boosey and Co tuba in Eb circa 1880 $450.00
    Elvis Presley Genuine Autographed/Signed Record Album COA $1000.00

    48 WWII Telescope M1910A 1942 M1 depression finder $795.00
    Masonic Wedding Band 9 ct. Gold Ring £245.00
    large size 40mm one push landeron hahn military pilots chronograph watch $950.00
    Selling Tips

    Backup Your Listings



    We like to keep eBid a fresh and up-to-date shopping and trading experience. This means that we remove any stale listings when necessary to ensure our sellers do not place items for sale and just forget about them. What do we mean by a stale listing? Well, most listings have a lifetime a certain amount of days and then they close, if auto-repost is set to ON then the listing will be reposted up to 10 times, after this it will close. We do also have the option of RUN UNTIL SOLD which allows you to run the listing until all items within the listing have been sold. Run Until Sold items will, however, be removed from sale if the seller does not log in to eBid for 60 days. If the seller remains a regular user of eBid then RUS items won't be removed from sale automatically.

    We've had some sellers who have listed many items and just left them without any changes, edits or even answering questions and they have been closed due to inactivity. Closed items remain in your My eBid area for 75 days and are then removed. We advise you take a backup of your listings using the EXPORT option on the My eBid > Listings I'm Running page so that if you do wish to reload any deleted listings you can easily do so by uploading your exported data file to the My eBid > My Bulk Upload section.

    What To Look Out For When Purchasing?



    Check out the seller feedback ratings.

    Do they offer reduced combined shipping fees?
    What payment options do they offer?
    If you have any questions, ask the seller first before proceeding with purchase(s).
    Remember - communication is key to a successful transaction.
    Competition Time

    Last Month's Question :



    How many individual eBid country sites now have their listings synced with Google Shopping?

    a) 5
    b) 16
    c) 21

    The correct answer was (c) 21. Congratulations go to bunsock from Gloucestershire, UK for winning last month's competition, your eBid Goodie Bag and iPod should be with you now.

    Now for this month's question :



    What is the Gross Listing Value of items for sale on eBid at the moment?

    a) $1 billion
    b) $2 billion
    c) over $3 billion

    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 May 2017. Email answers to competitions@ebid.net

    Until next month,
    Gazza & Mark
    by Published on 3rd April 2017 02:59 PM


    News from Gazza

    3,690,678 Live Listings
    27,710 Categories
    $3,783,330,197 Gross Listing Value

    Welcome to the eBid March 2017 Newsletter.


    March has seen a very active month for all of us here at eBid HQ. We have welcomed a large number of new sellers and have seen record numbers of items being listed via our mobile app. We've also broadened our range of categories even more during March to over 27,000 now in order to help you all find more suitable homes for your items.

    Some great news this month for some of our international sellers. We've been spending a lot of time during March modifying our back-end systems to allow a number of other eBid countries to have their items for sale synced to the Google Shopping search engine. Until this month Google Shopping syncing was available to the larger eBid properties, namely the USA, UK, Germany, France, Australia, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Canada and Brazil.

    eBid, as you know, is available to 23 individual countries worldwide with dedicated shipping and payment options for each and as of this week we are pleased to announce that the following countries will begin to have their items for sale synced with Google Shopping.

    Ireland
    New Zealand
    Portugal
    Malaysia
    Belgium
    Hong Kong
    Denmark
    Norway
    Sweden
    Singapore
    South Africa
    This brings the number of Google Shopping synced eBid sites to 21. Don't forget, all this is included at no extra cost within your SELLER+ account which is available to those who haven't upgraded yet for just 49.99 FOR LIFE


    Some of you will have noticed the photos on eBid went a little haywire for a very short amount of time this month, our apologies for this. It was down to the hosting service we use from Amazon AWS which had a major outage which completely brought down some of the most popular websites on the internet.

    Other updates this month :


    BUGFIX - Some Android mobile devices were unable to scroll down the My Gallery overlay on the listing form
    Interesting Items on eBid


    Military Pilots Chronograph Watch $950.00
    Phil Collins Autographed Drumhead $529.00
    1990's Damien Hirst, Beautiful Spin Painting $3000.00

    Yankee Stadium Authentic Piece of Black with Glass Display Case: Steiner COA C$420.00
    Rare Antique Voigtlander Sterling Silver Opera Glasses Binoculars $599.00
    1933 Double F + B French Horn $2900.00
    Selling Tips

    Importance of Category Choice


    When listing an item for sale on eBid the first thing to decide is into which of our categories to place your item. Although this sounds like a no-brainer, a few of our sellers often choose the first category they come across that has a vague connection to their item. This can be counter-intuitive to the overall aims which are of course to sell the item in question. Placing the item in an incorrect category can hide your item from prospective buyers, for example a buyer simply browsing through the categories could by-pass your item on their way down to a lower-level more relevant sub-category.

    Another example is a buyer searching for an item similar to yours using the eBid search engine, they find something that takes their eye and note the closely relevant category the interesting item is located in, they then click the link to view more items from this category and your item won't be in the category they find as it is not grouped together with similar items. Always take a little time getting to know our category layout and the closest fit category to your item.


    Keywords, Keywords, Keywords


    The most obvious but often overlooked optimisation tip you can make to ensure your item for sale gets seen is to make sure your listing titles contain RELEVANT keywords that your buyers are likely to use when searching for. For example, if you are selling a copy of GTA 5, instead of just using "GTA 5" as the title of your listing it could be easily optimised to "GTA V (Grand Theft Auto 5) on PlayStation 3 (PS3 Game)". Using this methodology your item will show for far more search results than it would have originally. Anyone searching for the long title or abbreviated title will find it, anyone using numbers or roman numerals and also general browsers of PS3 games will get to see your item. The more views your item receives increases the amount of sales you will make.

    When writing titles to peak interest in your items always ensure you don't misspell anything. Our search systems do their best to cater for the more commonly misspelt words but many words won't get corrected and someone searching using the correct spelling won't be able to locate your misspelt listing.

    Competition Time


    Last Month's Question :

    When a webpage is served over the secure HTTPS protocol. What is the icon that appears in your browser address bar to confirm this fact?

    a) A KEY
    b) A SAFE
    c) A PADLOCK

    The correct answer was (c) A PADLOCK. Congratulations go to Snap2Products from Leicestershire, UK for winning last month's competition, your eBid Goodie Bag and iPod should be with you now.

    Now for this month's question :

    How many individual eBid country sites now have their listings sycned with Google Shopping?

    a) 5
    b) 16
    c) 21

    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 April 2017. Email answers to competitions@ebid.net

    Until next month,
    Gazza & Mark
    by Published on 8th March 2017 04:41 PM


    News from Gazza

    3,275,721 Live Listings
    22,126 Categories
    $1,119,451,156 Gross Listing Value

    Welcome to the eBid February Newsletter.


    This past week has seen a major change in the methodology behind the way the eBid website is served to the world. Some of you who frequent the forums will have already heard me mention that we are now running the whole site over the HTTPS protocol and no longer using HTTP at all. "What is this all about?" I hear you say. Well, simply put, it means that all traffic between you and eBid is now encrypted and completely secure. Your browser will now display the padlock icon on all pages and not just pages that contain personal data which is where HTTPS was already in use. Google encourages all websites to use HTTPS everywhere and has recently put in place measures to force sites to always use HTTPS for login and sensitive information, there are some out there that still don't use it even for personal data. We are ahead of the curve on this and encourage all users to use "https://" URLs for any images you include in your listing descriptions from now on.

    We receive quite a few requests from regular sellers asking us if it is possible to remove the limit we have in place of 99 individual items on a single eBid invoice. The reason this was put in place originally was down to a PayPal limitation that only allowed 99 items to be paid for at one time. The method in which invoices are sent from eBid to PayPal from eBid has recently been updated and has allowed us to remove the 99 item restriction. A few of our stamp sellers will be overjoyed by this news, some sell hundreds of stamps at a time and had to split them into 2 or 3 invoices. We got there in the end guys. Thanks for keeping on at us!

    Another resolution put in place this month was one related to the eBid Spreadsheet and bulk uploads in general. A lot of eBidders edit their listings in bulk using Excel or similar spreadsheet programs. Excel has a strange way of handling very long numbers, such as barcodes. I expect quite a few of you will have noticed numbers in cells showing up as 5.06033E+12. This is an Excel formatted scientific number format and is the default way long numbers are often shown. When the spreadsheet is then saved to a tab delimited text file containing these incorrect numbers and uploaded to eBid you will see a full explanation and error message in your bulk upload log. Until now the error wasn't explained fully and caused some confusion about how to continue. Always ensure you set Excel columns to TEXT format if you are using long numbers.

    Around 200 new categories have been added this month and we have been very building our database of related product attributes that we will soon be launching to improve our search and browse systems.

    eBid offers a range of payment options that sellers can use on their listings. One of these is Skrill. Until now Skrill standard account holders were able to accept payment to their accounts for their sales but this has now been changed. In order to continue to accept Skrill payments your Skrill account will need to be a Business/Merchant account. See their website for upgrade information. We will be looking into incorporating other payment processors into the eBid ecosystem in the near future. If you have any you think we should take a look at drop us a note on the
    Website Suggestion Forum.

    Other updates this month :

    UPDATE - Added another check when mass-reposting listings from within My eBid to ensure duplicate reposts cannot be made
    BUGFIX - My Gallery > Webcam Photo Upload not saving correctly after upload on some occasions

    Selling Tips


    Photo, Photo, Photo

    The importance of adding great photos to your listings should never be underestimated. Buyers always want to see, in as much detail as possible, what they are buying. For over a year eBid has allowed sellers to upload very high resolution photos of their items, the high-res version of photos are shown when a buyer clicks on the photo on a listing details page, this loads the high-res version of the photo into an overlay above the page and allows inspection of marks, colours, small text etc. All you have to do is to make sure the photos you upload are at a large resolution and our systems will build all the thumbnails for you after you upload them. Don't forget you can upload Zip file within My eBid > My Gallery and also include photos in a Zip file (which would also contain your data file) when bulk uploading listings.

    Update Your Listings In Bulk


    One of the more frequently asked questions we hear is "How do I make changes to multiple listings?". For example, you want to add a new payment method for all of your listings, or you want to change the delivery options available for some of your listings. The "My eBid > My Bulk Edit" facility is the way to go to make these changes quickly and easily. This HTV will show you just how easy it is.

    We also see quite a few questions about our "Make an Offer" facility and how this works. See this HTV that explains all.

    Competition Time



    Last 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%

    The correct answer was (c) 2% (GALLERY LISTING). Congratulations go to jbsales222 from Camarillo, California for winning last month's competition, your eBid Goodie Bag and iPod should be with you now.

    Now for this month's question :

    When a webpage is served over the secure HTTPS protocol. What is the icon that appears in your browser address bar to confirm this fact?

    a) A KEY
    b) A SAFE
    c) A PADLOCK

    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 March 2017. Email answers to competitions@ebid.net

    Until next month,
    Gazza & Mark
    by Published on 20th February 2017 04:02 PM



    Creating your own eBid branded store


    Posting your items on eBid will get the product in front of tens of thousands of people looking for great products and awesome bargains. By creating an eye catching profile, appealing listings with great pictures, detailed descriptions and building up feedback from previous sales are the basics to success at eBid.


    If you are selling a lot of different products, you might be missing a trick which can help to get your products in front of many more eyeballs. If you want to get the best out of eBid as a seller, a good idea would be to set up an eBid store.

    Brand and Trust


    Many people search eBid to buy products they can't find in the shops or to find a great bargain. You can usually sell many items by simply posting them at eBid, but you can get a lot more out of eBid when you set up an eBid store.

    eBid stores will help you to create a brand and loyal following of people who trust you and know that you sell great products. Which is great for profits, because people will always pay more for assured quality. You may also get customers referring their friends to your store. Word of mouth could boost your sales because people are more likely to trust a store someone has recommended.
    Stand out

    By creating your own niche store in a particular category it makes it easier to get “impulse buys” - people stumbling across something they didn't actually know they wanted.

    Let’s assume someone is looking for a mobile phone and is not searching for a phone case. But if they find your mobile phone store when browsing for a mobile phone they might see the case and decide they need it. This would net you an extra sale you otherwise wouldn't have found.

    You can have up to 5 stores with your Seller+ subscription, allowing you to create specialist stores in all sorts of different categories.
    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

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