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    by Published on 20th October 2017 01:36 AM



    Is your eBid shop ready for Christmas?


    Every shop has given over their last available inch to Christmas stock to maximize sales in this “Golden Quarter” – the last three months of the year when festive purchases are made hand over fist – so it’s time for you to think like the big boys and put the work in now so you can reap the rewards later.

    Catch some early Christmas shoppers.


    For most, it’s easier on the wallet to begin shopping in November, so make sure your eBid shop is Christmas ready now so you don’t lose out on sales. It’s when the majority of the bigger purchases are made, with last-minute and add-on gifts bought in December.

    What to Sell?


    Perhaps you didn’t open that perfume gift set Aunt Barbara gave you last year. How about the Walking Dead DVD box set you’re not brave enough to watch, the jumper that still has the tags on because green isn’t your colour, the juicing machine that just didn’t fit your lifestyle or the duplicate toys your kids got on their birthday. If it’s new and unopened or BNWT (brand new with tags) and can be re-gifted, there’s every possibility someone will be keen to take it off your hands.

    One man’s trash is another man’s treasure


    A cupboard full of knick-knacks? Let’s think of them more in terms of “collectibles”. People all over the world are searching right now for that sought-after item that can’t be found in a shopping mall to gift wrap at Christmas to make someone smile; thimbles, vintage Disney, an autographed photograph, a vinyl album that brings back memories, old coins, a first edition book…you might think it’s worthless, but after a little bit of research you could be pleasantly surprised at the prices they can fetch.

    Decorations


    In an attempt to fully embrace the festivities of the season, more homes are decorating for Christmas in a big way. A few years ago oversized snowmen and light-up reindeer were only for National Lampoon’s movies, but now it’s not unusual to see homes completely festooned as early as November in an attempt to prolong the Christmas cheer. There are some who people shop for unusual Christmas decorations, baubles, wreaths and garlands all year round, and vintage Christmas decorations have an especially strong niche market.

    Tweaks


    Take a look at your existing listings with an objective eye. A few tweaks to your descriptions, keywords, photos and product line can make all the difference – every big retailer makes continual improvements, so start thinking like a buyer and ask if you’ve done all you can. Start with a clear, bright photo taken in natural daylight if possible. Your description should try to pre-empt any questions a buyer might have and cover size and condition – don’t leave room for second thoughts or hesitation as we get closer to the Big Day or your sale might go to someone else.

    The Last Minute


    Check out your country’s Christmas postage cut-off dates so you’re not promising the impossible and also offer expedited delivery services for all those last minute buyers.
    by Published on 28th September 2017 04:41 PM



    New Parent: Save Money on Baby Essentials With eBid


    If you're expecting a baby soon then I want to offer you congratulations, but I'm sorry to inform you that babies are incredibly expensive! Whether you've been out looking to buy a cot or buy a pram, you'll be amazed at how much everything costs.

    If you have already resigned yourself to spending a fortune on your baby then you will be glad to know that you actually don't have to. There is a great way for you to save money when shopping for your baby essentials which we will tell you about today.

    How To Save Money on Baby Essentials


    As soon as you start shopping for your new baby you'll be shocked at the incredibly high costs. When you are buying a pram you will find that they can cost as much as $1500.00 (£800) and above. It is usually even more expensive if you want to take home all of the little add ons and extras.

    Buying a pram is only one part of the shopping you will need to do before your baby comes along. Even though baby clothes are cheap, buying baby clothes will quickly become an expensive habit! Especially when you notice just how quickly babies grow, never mind how often they are sick on their clothes! You will certainly need a full wardrobe if you want to keep your baby in nice, clean clothes.

    Wherever you look, when there's a baby involved there are a lot of expenses!

    The good news is that you don't have to pay these high prices for everything you need for your baby. If you are buying a pram you can head straight to eBid and find a huge range of baby essentials with over 8000 items listed in eBid US and over 4500 items in eBid UK which people are selling. You'll find everything from prams to car seats to mattresses to nappies!

    You can find everything on eBid for a fraction of the price it would cost you on the high street. This is because as soon as their kids have grown up, parents are usually happy to sell their baby essentials on to other people and get some of money back for them.

    Conclusion


    If you are expecting a baby soon then you will already be wondering how you can cut down on some of these unexpected costs. You'll be glad to know that, while you can't get rid of the costs altogether, you can reduce the amount you need to spend.

    If you check out the baby listings on eBid you will be amazed to find how much you can save.

    Whether you're buying a pram or buying a cot, you should head to the baby section of eBid and make those savings today!
    by Published on 13th August 2017 01:02 PM



    Big Name Ceramics: Wedgwood



    One of the largest sub-categories at eBid is our Porcelain, Pottery and Glass categories. Within the Porcelain, Pottery and Glass categories you can drill down into sub categories and found a treasure trove of wonderful items such as Wedgwood. Wedgwood is a fine china, porcelain, and luxury accessories company heralding from the city of Stoke on Trent, in Staffordshire, England. The company was founded 250 years ago in 1759 by Josiah Wedgwood.

    Stoke on Trent: The Potteries


    The six towns that make up Stoke on Trent: Tunstall, Burslem, Hanley, Stoke, Fenton and Longton are known collectively as ‘The Potteries’. The area became synonymous with ceramic production thanks to the natural abundance of clay, salt, lead and coal.

    Wedgwood himself was responsible for the creation of new types of earthenware, like jasperware and basalt, and is regarded as one of the most successful and innovative companies in the area.

    Collecting


    How do you know if you’re paying for a bargain platter or a crummy old teapot?

    1. Spelling
    Beware the spelling mistake! Keep in mind that Wedgwood is spelled without an ‘e’ so any item with the word ‘Wedgwood’ is not true Wedgwood. There is another company that does use the ‘e’ but they are not the ‘real McCoy’.

    2. General ceramic collector advice
    People have all kinds of reasons for buying ceramics. Some folks collect for the aesthetic quality, some for practical reasons, and some canny souls collect with a view to the item going up in value. Whatever your reason for buying, always follow the standard ceramic advice. Keep in mind that any kind of damage or obvious restoration can reduce the value. Also keep in mind that the right item in top condition can command thousands of dollars thanks to the very fragile nature of items in this field.

    3. The Wedgwood mark
    The Wedgwood mark has actually changed a number of times over the years but unless you stumble across an extremely old piece, remember that you need to look for the Wedgwood stamp on the bottom of your piece. Phrases to look out for are: ‘Wedgwood, Made in England’, ‘Wedgwood of Etruria and Barlaston’, and ‘Wedgwood, England’.

    4. Typical designs
    Classic Wedgwood products known and loved around the world are typically pale blue with a raised white image depicting Greek or Roman scenes. These are the pieces to look out for but many other designs are available as well. You could check out the website for more information and details of their archive collection

    Other Names to Watch
    Wedgwood may be one of the most successful ceramics names around, but it’s also worth keeping an eye out for other big names like Royal Doulton, Crown Staffordshire, Minton, and Spode too.

    Summary


    The Potteries is such an outstanding location for ceramics production and is know so well around the world, that there is a museum dedicated to its history. Along with the numerous factory tours available throughout the towns, the area also welcomes thousands of Chinese and Japanese tourists every year.

    So, when it comes to spotting ceramic items to buy, you could do worse than invest in examples from the Potteries. Above all else, there are some beautiful examples out there, and you will also be buying into a little bit of English history.

    US Porcelain, Pottery and Glass categories:
    UK Porcelain, Pottery and Glass categories:
    by Published on 3rd August 2017 03:38 PM


    News from Gazza

    4,644,292 Live Listings New Record
    28,546 Categories
    $12,125,435,223 Gross Listing Value New Record

    Welcome to the eBid July Newsletter


    We hope you've all had an enjoyable July, the weather has been a little wetter of late but that hasn't stopped cracking on in the background with our exciting changes. As is often the case circumstances out of our control have set us back a bit on our time-line for launch during July but we have set a date of August 15th for a brief period of downtime to update some hardware in our data-centre and at the same time we will be installing the updated website code so put that date in your diaries.

    One of the most significant changes will be product attributes whereby certain values specific to your item can be applied when creating a listing and buyers will be able to filter using these attributes to help locate the items they are looking for much easier and efficiently. At launch we will have attributes up and running for hundreds of categories but if you wish to ensure your favourite categories are ready then pop over to our category suggestion forum and let us know which categories you would like us to spend some time on.

    July has seen us reach the 4.5m listing mark for the first time. So a huge thanks to everyone who visited eBid during the month. Gross listing value has also hit a new record.

    Another record broken during July is the number of "push messages" that we send out to mobile devices that have the eBid mobile app installed. Push messages are those little notifications that pop up on your phone. Once the eBid app is installed and you "allow" notifications we are able to send you notifications of the important actions that occur relating to your eBid account. For example, when making sales, being asked a question, being made an offer, receiving bids etc. If you haven't already done so just visit the Apple App Store or Google Play Store to keep yourself up to date with all your eBid trading activity.

    Once again bidders on eBid have done themselves proud in helping raise over $20,000 during US Soccer's auction of the US Men’s National Team autographed, game-issued and pride-inspired rainbow numbered jerseys from the July match vs. Venezuela. The auctions were in aid of You Can Play Project. Many thanks to everyone who took part, congratulations to all the winners.

    We've had quite a few support questions this month from eBidders who were unaware that email addresses they had been using for many years were no longer active. A range of email addresses were taken out of service EE earlier this year. If your email address is in this list then you will need to create a new email address. Full details can be found here .

    orange.net
    orangehome.co.uk
    wanadoo.co.uk
    freeserve.co.uk
    fsbusiness.co.uk
    fslife.co.ukv
    fsmail.net
    fsworld.co.uk
    fsnet.co.uk
    Other updates this month :

    BUGFIX - Mouse scroll wheels were scrolling the underpage instead of the My Gallery overlay on selling page
    Interesting Items on eBid

    Selling Tips


    General Tips to Follow Every Day

    Regular sellers on eBid will tell you there are infinite ways to improve the chances of selling. Some are very small but some are more obvious and should be followed as general rules when listing items on eBid. We've collated a small list of the most effective tips that will help you on your way.

    DO make sure you fill the BARCODE and BRAND boxes when listing your items, you'll get loads of extra free promotion for your items via Google Shopping.
    DO make sure you add BRAND, SIZE and COLOR data when listing your clothing items, Google Shopping require certain data about your items before they will promote it for you.
    DO price your items sensibly. As you are only paying between 0% and 3% sales fee and not 10% to 14% then don't be scared to price your items more attractively on eBid. You can reduce your prices and still make a larger profit margin on your items than selling elsewhere.
    DO use our "Make an Offer" system. Just add a sensible BuyNow price to your items and tick the MaO box to listen to offers that your buyers are willing to make. You can set up automatic acceptance and rejections if you want to also.
    DO add great photos. We've just increased the maximum photo dimensions from 600x600px to 700x700px. Take advantage and upload photos of at least this size to show your buyers your items in all their glory.
    DO be clear and concise with your shipping and returns policies. You'll be surprised how many buyers are put off by having to make contact with you to find out shipping costs and how long it takes for the item to be sent out.
    Giving Customers a Good Experience
    We all recognise the importance of good customer service. Once upon a time, this was only thought of in terms of items they physically purchased in a store. That has all changed, and buyers expect the same level of customer service when buying online now as well they should. Yes, it is a different scenario and you can't actually smile, shake hands and thank your customers face-to-face, but there is a lot you can do to keep your customers happy and build good relations with them.Have a look at our related blog on Efficient Communication with Buyers - you may learn a few tricks worth putting into practice.

    Competition Time


    Last Month's Question :

    Which US national sporting team is running charity auctions on eBid currently?

    a) US Soccer
    b) US Basketball
    c) US Hockey

    The correct answer was (a) US Soccer. Congratulations go to KAYS6912 from South Lanarkshire, UK for winning last month's competition, your eBid Goodie Bag should be with you very soon.

    Now for this month's question :

    How much did the recent US Soccer Team auctions raise for charity?

    a) around $5,000
    b) around $10,000
    c) around $20,000

    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 August 2017. Email answers to competitions@ebid.net

    Until next month,
    Gazza & Mark
    by Published on 29th June 2017 05:46 PM
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    News from Gazza

    4,208,400 Live Listings
    28,079 Categories
    $3,936,854,353 Gross Listing Value

    Welcome to the eBid June 2017 Newsletter




    Once again eBid is proud to be the host to US Soccer and their magnificent auctions for charity. We have hosted US Soccer's auctions a few times now and are very happy to help them raise all the money they can.

    This time it is the U.S. Men’s National Team autographed, game-issued and pride-inspired rainbow numbered jerseys from the June match vs. Venezuela which are now up for auction with all proceeds going to benefit the You Can Play Project.


    Bidding has been exciting to watch with many shirts already into the high hundreds of dollars with plenty more time to come. Most auctions have around 5 to 6 days remaining as we speak. If you wish to make a bid to help a great cause, visit US Soccer listings ...

    by Published on 26th June 2017 01:04 PM
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    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.
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    by Published on 5th June 2017 06:30 PM
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    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’), ...
    by Published on 31st May 2017 04:20 PM
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    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. ...
    by Published on 1st May 2017 05:57 PM
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    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. ...
    by Published on 3rd April 2017 02:59 PM
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    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 ...
    by Published on 8th March 2017 04:41 PM
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    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 ...
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    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 ...

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