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    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 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. 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:

    New Zealand
    Hong Kong
    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 ...

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