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    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.

    New Zealand
    Hong Kong
    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!


    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)?

    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.

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