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    by Published on 7th August 2018 09:31 PM
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    4,075,863 Live Listings
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    $3,382,925,394 Gross Listing Value

    Welcome to eBid August 2018 Newsletter

    News from Gazza

    It's been a scorching month here at eBid, the temperature has been hitting extremes and eBid as a whole has been busy, busy, busy. Sales are up over 25% compared to the same period last year.

    After quite a few requests we've added details of offers made/received to the After Sale Log (ASL) area. Until now when a sale was made via "Make an Offer" (MaO) the details of the offer were only available if you made a separate ...
    by Published on 3rd July 2018 02:00 PM
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    4,156,406 Live Listings
    24,413 Categories
    $3,515,716,693 Gross Listing Value

    Welcome to our July 2018 Newsletter

    News from Gazza

    As the World Cup hots up with the end of the group stages so does the weather, we hope you are all keeping cool and enjoying the great matches coming out of Russia. We've got some great signed game worn shirts from the official US Soccer teams that are ending very shortly if you wish to make a bid. See the section below.

    We're proud to announce eBid has been given the BEST VALUE ONLINE AUCTION accolade for 2018. ...
    by Published on 31st May 2018 04:24 PM

    4,101,011 Live Listings
    24,413 Categories
    $3,553,471,445 Gross Listing Value

    Welcome to the eBid June 2018 Newsletter

    News from Gazza

    A warm welcome to our June newsletter. As spring gradually changes to summer, here in the UK we have witnessed some mesmeric lightning storms over the last few days. I'm glad to say eBid didn't take a hit so our 99.9% up-time this month has been maintained. The only downtime was a few seconds to place our GDPR site updates live. The areas affected are our Privacy Policy and Terms & Conditions, we've added clearer explanations of how we handle your data. We are always proud to say eBid has never and never will sell any personal data to third parties, we have always given all our users full control over which messages they receive from us in our "My eBid > My Emails" section. Even this newsletter can be unsubscribed from with a single click at the bottom.

    Those of you who use our mobile app a lot will have noticed a reduction in in-app notices you were receiving during May, this was a technical issue with our push provider that has now been rectified. We would advise all our app users to just logout and then login to the app again to ensure you are correctly registered for those notifications which come in very handy when you are not near your email. Don't forget, in order to receive these notifications of sales, offers, bids and Q&A you will need to have permitted them when you first installed the app. If you declined by mistake when installing the app just head to your SETTINGS > NOTIFICATIONS area on your phone or tablet and find the eBid app, just switch them on there.

    A few more changes to the eBid website have been made including a top level category list on the homepage, this has been requested by quite a few eBidders recently. The full category list has always been available under the START SHOPPING button but adding it to the homepage should help a few newcomers out.

    Bing Shopping is currently sending us thousands of new shoppers per week and promoting your listings via hundreds of thousands of ad impressions on Bing.com and their partner websites. Bing Shopping uploads are still in Beta and are available to all SELLER+ Lifetime users in the UK and US.
    Upgrade today to SELLER+ Lifetime status here and take advantage of our half price newsletter discount.
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    At eBid our main aim is always to give you a great value trading platform. One of the ways in which we are able to pay for all the promotional costs we incur are the banners we show on our website. We understand that ads on a website can be an annoyance and ad-blockers are becoming more and more prominent, but to help keep eBid costs at their current low levels we do ask that you whitelist "eBid.net" in your ad-blocker to allow us to show you ads while you are on our website and to allow you to follow any ads that may be of interest to you. Don't forget, every single penny we receive from on-site ads is put straight into our advertising budget to promote your listings.

    Updates this month :

    BUGFIX - Small thumbnails were being used instead of large photos when importing from other marketplaces
    UPDATE - eBid Spreadsheet upload GALLERY listings referring to images that should be in the zip file which are not present will now error out instead of being started as FREE listings
    UPDATE - Improved homepage for smaller screen layouts
    UPDATE - Improved My Bulk Edit confirmation messages when zero items added to bucket
    UPDATE - Mass-repost/Mass-delete confirmation page improved to highlight errors more
    UPDATE - My eBid > Dashboard > Q&A > Recent Answers ... added button to add more replies to a question that was asked to you ... and .. added button to ask a follow-up question to an answer you have just received
    BUGFIX - eBid Store top level pages were not showing category in header
    BUGFIX - Calculated Shipping imports that included Local Pickup were not being accepted
    BUGFIX - Register link added to footer of mobile forums pages

    Competition Time

    Last Newsletter's Question :

    What is the abbreviation for the new EU regulations on data protection?

    a) GPRS
    b) GDPR
    c) USSR

    The correct answer was (b) GDPR.

    Congratulations to eBidder SupaSavers from Powys, UK. Your goodybag prize will be on its way very shortly.

    This Month's Question :

    What is the action you can take on ad-blocker software to help eBid promote listings more on Google and Bing Shopping engines?

    a) Bluelist ebid.net?
    b) Blacklist ebid.net?
    c) Whitelist ebid.net?

    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 20th June 2018. Email answers to competitions @ ebid.net
    by Published on 11th May 2018 04:19 PM

    3,810,492 Live Listings
    24,413 Categories
    $3,347,032,788 Gross Listing Value

    eBid May 2018 Newsletter

    News from Gazza

    A warm welcome to our latest newsletter offering. First off I would like to say a huge thank you to the beta testers who have been helping us out with our brand new product variation system. We've been adding more and more product attributes over the last month and are pleased to announce that nearly everything has gone to plan. More and more of your favourite categories will continue to be enhanced over the coming weeks and months, if you have a category you would like to see upgraded sooner then let us know.

    Some enhancements to our website have just been uploaded, a few design and layout improvements that we hope you like. eBid users who have larger screens (monitors or laptops of 1080p or more) and also those of the smaller variety (mobile phones) will see the biggest differences. More real estate is now used on larger screens bringing with it more search results and bigger photos. We've added an automatic redirect to your own country's homepage when entering the www.ebid.net URL now, skipping the extra click. Changing countries can now be done via the top right-hand corner.
    As mobile use is increasing every day we have been spending a lot of time improving the eBid mobile website, making it smoother, faster, easier to view and also focusing on ease of use when using touch instead of pointer or mouse. Point your phone's browser to https://www.ebid.net/uk/ and check it out for yourself.

    April saw us introduce the latest version of the eBid Ninja Lister (v2.13). If you are one of its users then make sure you update to the latest version, there are some speed improvements and also some fixes for importing from Amazon data files.

    Over the years we have sent out thousands of eBid t-shirts to our SELLER+ Lifetime subscribers, we hope you liked them and wear them with pride when you can. From this month onwards we will be swapping our free gift from an eBid t-shirt to an eBid cap. Just sign up to our Lifetime offer (follow the link near the top of this email to get yourself a discount) and we'll get one off to you asap.

    More and more people are making use of the eBid API to handle their sales on eBid, thousands of new listings are started everyday and even more current listings are updated with prices and quantities. Many thanks to everyone who has helped us get it running as smooth as silk. Anyone interested can head over to our developer centre at https://ebid.3scale.net to find out more.

    Privacy Changes and GDPR

    You've probably been receiving a few emails from other online platforms referring to the new EU rules and regulations that are coming into play later this month. At eBid, we strive to make our policies in relation to privacy as clear and transparent as possible. As part of this commitment, we'll be updating our Terms and Conditions and also our Privacy Policy to handle the change that will be coming into effect on May 25, 2018.

    The main gist of the changes provide a clearer understanding how we communicate with you, what information we collect from you, why we collect it, how we use and store it, and when and with whom we share it. We are also adding the ability to access, download, and request deletion of your personal information in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

    Competition Time

    Last Newsletter's Question :

    Which new addition to eBid allows you to sell multiple versions of a similar product under a single listing?

    a) Product Attributes
    b) Product Variations
    c) Bing Shopping Uploads

    The correct answer was (b) Product Variations.

    Congratulations to eBidder RadioRockStar54 from TN, USA

    Now for this month's question :

    Which is the abbreviation for the new EU regulations on data protection?

    a) GPRS
    b) GDPR
    c) USSR

    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 20th May 2018. Email answers to [email protected]

    Until next month,
    Gazza & Mark
    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 Menís 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 .

    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 [email protected]

    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. Menís 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 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. ...

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