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    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.

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    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 19th January 2017 04:40 PM
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    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 ...
    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 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 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.
    by Published on 22nd August 2016 11:31 PM



    How to Define ‘Vintage’ Categories


    When you have some items you’re considering selling online, such as at eBid, you have more than 13,000 categories from which to choose to place these items. Where you place them can have a direct impact on not only whether you sell them, but how much you sell them for.

    A lot of people have items sitting around their home that they decide to get rid of. You can have a garage sale and hope to get a few dollars some knick-knacks, or you can focus more on what these items could provide for others (as far as value).

    One term that often comes up (and that you’ll see referenced a lot on various auction and sale sites) is vintage. It’s a relatively ‘loose’ term, meaning people use it in many different ways (even if those ways aren’t exactly accurate).

    What is Vintage?


    There’s a common misconception about the term when it comes to sale items. Most people tend to understand that it’s not the same as ‘antique,’ but similar. The term actually originated as a way to define wine. The ‘vintage’ year of a wine is when the grapes were grown. Good ‘vintage’ years refer to great growing seasons.

    It has since been used to define a lot of products. It can commonly be used to define remakes of ‘vintage’ models, which essentially refers to items that were popular during a certain era.

    What ‘Eras’ Does ‘Vintage’ Cover?


    Basically, any that the seller wants it to cover. Generally speaking, though, antiques dealers might refer to something as vintage if it’s at least 50 years old, but not more than 100 (because that’s when items become ‘antiques’).

    A ‘vintage’ video game console could be the first Atari built in the late 1970s. This is not quite 50 years old, but it’s from a specific era. So you could have a ‘vintage’ video game console that is the original or one that was a remake to celebrate this milestone.

    What Categories Cover ‘Vintage’ Items?


    You can place what you consider a ‘vintage’ item in just about any eBid category you want. Just remember that the wording (description) needs to be accurate, honest, and clear. If the item isn’t actually from a ‘vintage’ era, but resembles those items, it needs to be marked clearly for the potential buyer to make an informed decision.

    You can have vintage clothing, electronics, sports memorabilia, and much more. When you narrow your focus to categories specifically catering to ‘vintage’ items, you’ll attract more buyers who would be actively seeking what you’re selling.

    Again, just be clear on exactly what the item is so those interested can make an informed decision upon which they base their bid.

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