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    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. ...
    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 ...
    by Published on 1st February 2017 11:07 PM
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    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 ...
    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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