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    by Published on 18th July 2018 02:06 PM



    Keeping the Costs Down with Ebid


    Growing an online business is a major goal of every online entrepreneur. Business growth can be challenging and comes with its own costs.

    Selling online comes with its complexities and needs to be evaluated. Selling online is a strategy that has to be done in a planned manner. Just making a profile on an online marketplace, posting products images, description and its price is not a guaranteed route to get sales and make money.

    Let’s read on to see the best hacks to craft a winning and profitable strategy for online sales.

    Fees and Pricing on Different Marketplaces


    For sellers to be profitable in an online marketplace, many factors are to be considered. Each online marketplace has its own fees structure based on the services provided to sellers which can eat into profits.

    Fee per month


    Some marketplaces have a monthly fee to be paid by the seller just to be featured on that particular marketplace. This fee amount has to be paid whether or not you make any sales in the month. Some online marketplaces have a free account with basic features and advanced accounts with more specialized selling tools and features.

    Why Choose eBid: The basic seller account is free so that’s a great place to start with for a seller. To get more advanced features and selling tools consider upgrading to the Seller+ recurring or, Lifetime. With Seller+ Lifetime you have the option to pay a onetime fee with no monthly payments.

    Fee per sale


    Every marketplace has a fee to be paid on every sale transaction. Some marketplaces charge a percentage of the sale and others having flat fees per sale. Some of our competitors have a very stiff fee per sale up to 10%+ a month. It is a massive payout. Remember this is in addition to the fee per month which you are already paying. The fee per sale is applicable on the product price plus its shipping costs.

    Why Choose eBid: Sellers pay 3% on sale price in the basic seller profile and an extremely reasonable 0-2% on sale price in the Seller+ account.



    Fee per listing


    Sellers pay fees for every product listed on a few marketplaces. Whether a product is sold or not, the listing fee has to be paid. It is also known as insertion fees and can range from $0.10 to $0.30 per product.

    Why Choose eBid: Sellers on eBid pay zero listing fees unless they opt for featured listings.

    Achieving Online Business Profitability


    In any competitor marketplace, such fees can quickly eat into the selling overheads and may leave little money in your pocket once the transaction is complete.

    Another marketplace has even raised the final fees by a whopping 4 percentage points for all items sold by a seller which is not matching the expected performance standards of the marketplace.

    eBid is ready to serve you with its consistent and reasonable fees structure which has been maintained for 15 years.
    Keeping costs low on the eBid platform is an excellent way of managing your overhead costs and making sure that your profit margins are maintained.

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    by Published on 22nd June 2018 07:47 PM



    User Support Options at eBid


    As an eBid user, a number of questions may crop up in your mind at different times. We make sure that you find the right answers quickly to resolve the query.

    At eBid, we understand that each user is different. That is precisely the reason; we have diverse user support options available to help you.

    Helpdesk and Forums are two different query resolution methods available on the eBid website. Helpdesk is a comprehensive list of questions and their answers compiled for the benefit of users. They are curated and posted by eBid to guide users.
    Forum is a community of eBid users where veteran users guide other users to resolve their queries. eBid just moderates the questions and answers to ensure that the Forum stays true to its purpose. Mailing your query to the eBid team is also available for minor updates and adjustments as needed for your eBid account.

    Stay in control of the query resolution process and do-it-yourself with the comprehensive and relevant support options of Helpdesk and Forum.

    Let’s check out the specific features of Helpdesk and Forum and how that can help you.

    Helpdesk



    Helpdesk is a useful collection of frequently asked user questions with their simple answers. This section has been developed primarily to help resolve all our user queries in a simple and straightforward manner.

    The Helpdesk section is kept current and up-to-date and has a comprehensive set of questions. Use the Google custom search option on the Helpdesk page to ensure that the most relevant answers come up.

    The eBid Helpdesk has a list of questions which have been displayed process wise for better clarity. The various process sections include:

    • Registration, Password Problems, Upgrading and Logging in
    • Starting Listings, Selling & eBid Stores
    • Bidding, Buying & Finding Auctions
    • My eBid Auction HQ
    • After the Auction Closes & Making Payments
    • Fees and Charges
    • User Feedback and Ratings
    • Fraud Prevention and Resolution
    • PPPay.com Instant & Escrow Payments
    • Buddy Points, Buddy Auctions & eBid Affiliate Program
    • eBid & Social Networks


    Forum


    Have a question you couldn’t find in Helpdesk?

    Maybe you want to know more about eBid’s process from a veteran or get feedback on your eBid promotion strategy?

    The eBid forum is your community.

    A place where you and other users come together to communicate information, share ideas and gain insights into your products. Great for both new and veteran users of eBid, Forum is a community which you should join.

    If you have a query which is not within the scope of the Helpdesk, you can go ahead and ask it in the Forum.

    Build a social bond with other users by sharing your knowledge, asking questions and mentoring the newer users of the community. Get fresh perspectives on your questions, situations while learning new things and making new friends.

    Veteran eBid users share their experience, knowledge and are willing to mentor the newer members of the tribe. Make new friends and share your experience working in the wonderful world of eBid. Share your experiences with other eBid users on the same journey.
    In fact, a lot of eBid users have a misconception that only technical questions can be asked on Forums. But guess what? That’s only partially true.
    Any question related to eBid, selling, product, the process of eBid, Google shopping can be asked on the eBid Forum. Ranging from a simple question to far-reaching analytical questions, you can find them all on the Forum.

    The Last Word


    Increase the efficiency of your eBid business by using the immensely useful Helpdesk and Forum to get answers to all your questions. Self-service is the perfect solution to your needs and wants. Engage with your fellow eBid users and grow your knowledge and social circle, both at the same time.

    Get all your answers whenever you want them.
    Happy Selling!
    by Published on 2nd June 2018 12:55 AM



    Create Your Seller Profile and Start Selling on eBid Today


    In today’s digital world, your online profile is your image. Creating an online profile is the first step in introducing yourself and your products to customers. As a seller on eBid, you would want to stand out from other sellers by creating a differentiated profile which succeeds in connecting with your existing and potential customers.



    Seller’s Profile – How to Get Started


    Showcase your profile and products information in this section. Adding complete information enables customers to know more about you as a seller. It enhances your trust factor and potentially drives the customer to take action.


    Company Background – Write a few words about your company’s history, background and unique selling proposition. Doing this, would augment your reliability and create an emotional connect with your customers.

    Seller Logo – A logo creates a unique brand identity in the minds of potential customers. Photographs can also be included here. Avoid including any personal or business contact information to comply with eBid’s policies.

    Listings Running – Are shown automatically. Customers can browse this section to know more about the diversity and number of products being offered for sale and their unique features.

    Account Status – Are shown automatically. Build your reliability as a seller by depicting your account status which can either be a seller or a seller+.

    Seller+ - Sell more and enhance your profile visibility by accessing exclusive service offerings which eBid offers to all Seller+ clients. Unlock all the eBid seller features to your advantage by choosing the seller+ option.

    eBid Buddy Points – Are shown automatically. Earn and get points for referring your friends to eBid’s loyalty program. With your personalized buddy point link, start earning buddy points every time, a visitor clicks on the link and performs a specific action.

    eBid member since – Are shown automatically. Showcase your history on eBid as a seller which increases the reliability of your seller profile.

    Returns and Refund Policy – Clearly lay down the terms and conditions for returns and refunds for the items purchased. Do note that consistently following high service levels will maintain good account status and ensure compliance with eBid’s policies.

    Shipping Policy – Is shown on each of your listings but it is good to emphasis on your profile. Shipping policy comes into effect once a customer places the order. This section clearly states the shipping methods and delivery timelines for the product.

    Payment Details – Enumerate the specific payment methods you accept for all customer orders. Detailed information here helps to clarify various payment options available to the customer.

    FAQs – As a seller, if you are frequently receiving the same queries from your customers, you can add another section on – ‘Frequently Asked Questions’. Adding this section can reduce the number of customer queries. It also lets the customer know more about the product itself.


    Sample Seller Profile

    - Look at this sample seller profile from an eBid regular for ideas and inspiration. cornishmaid1961

    In this information age, knowledge is power which empowers customers.
    Few customers would like to buy from a seller with an incomplete or questionable profile.

    Take the time to ensure that your seller profile is complete. With an authentic and comprehensive profile, a seller comes across as potentially more genuine and dependable. Get on the right footing and create Yours today.
    by Published on 22nd May 2018 04:10 PM



    How to Incorporate Product Variations and Attributes into eBid and Google Shopping


    As a seller, you always strive to make your products stand out from the other products on the market. When we think of the world of e-commerce, gaining visibility is absolutely essential. With a new eBid feature recently released, your products not only gain prominence but so much more.

    We were having frequent queries on how an item could be listed for sale when it has apparent variations like different colors or sizes. Let’s read on to learn how you can add the product attributes and variations to your product listings which then shows up on both on eBid and Google shopping.

    Product Attributes


    Feature: One of our new features is “Product Attributes” which are facts defining your product. They help to identify the exact product you are going to list on eBid. Its primary purpose is to ensure that potential buyers can seek out the perfect product they are willing to buy.

    Product Attributes make the sorting and filtering amongst millions of products much more accessible with only one click. A customer can see the product attributes on the listing details page. They can click and select the exact product they like from the entire product listing.

    Usage: When listing an item for sale you will see the attribute dropdown options in Section One under 'product attributes' if applicable. Click on the product attributes heading and select the ones applicable from the drop-down menu when listing an item. Take care only to choose the relevant attributes.


    Example: Let’s say you are selling a T-shirt in three different colors, select colors as the attribute. If the T-shirt is available in various sizes like small, medium and large, size will be another attribute. The three colors and sizes are called terms of the product attributes. Once you do this, the number of products shows up as more than one due to the attributes present. For CDs, you can add a Genre. For Shoes, Size and Color can be added. For Books, Subject and Book Type (Paperback/Hardback) options are available. For External Hard Drives the Capacity attribute can be included.

    Product Variations


    Feature: Product variations are derived based on the attributes and refer to the different choices a customer has when they wish to make a purchase. In simple terms, product variations give some alternatives to the customers from which they make informed decisions.

    Usage: At the time of listing the product on eBid, go to product attributes, and select the relevant ones. Once this is done, choose the product variations from the drop-down menu and add them to the product profile.

    Example: In the T-shirt example above, variation will be the specific choice which a particular customer may apply while purchasing. It is also the combination of those attribute terms making up the customer choice. So, if a customer wants a medium size T-shirt in white color, this product will show up as available if it has been entered correctly in the product listing. Another customer may want a small T-shirt in red color, which will be another variation and will show up if it is available in the product listing.

    Benefits of Product Attributes and Variations





    eBid is an approved marketplace partner of Google Shopping. Once you list your product on eBid, it gets uploaded to Google shopping within minutes, provided the terms and conditions for the Google listing are satisfied and you are a Seller+ member. Make sure that complete product attribute and variation information is present for the product to show up correctly in eBid database and on Google Shopping searches. With relevant and up-to-date information on all product attributes, online shoppers can easily find you in the Google Shopping searches.

    In Google shopping and eBid - these product variations and attributes help create multiple product models which a potential customer may choose to buy. If product variations and attributes are not used in e-commerce, it can result in a one-size-fits-all approach, which is not possible. Each customer has their own choice and preferences in purchasing a product. Like manufacturers make products with different attributes, a customer also wants differentiations in product variations.

    Tap into the power of Google shopping with your eBid Listing today.

    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 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 14th December 2016 06:23 PM



    A Weak Pound Entices USA Shoppers to Buy from eBid UK


    As the European pound continues to get weaker in light of Brexit and other factors, it’s actually creating a boon to certain retailers, most notably in the U.K. There has been a marked jump in purchases from American consumers through the U.K.

    In fact, eBid has seen a recent spike above 30 percent increase in exports from the U.K.

    Many American consumers are finding that in this economy, things aren’t improving as much as their media lets on. With tight finances and rising prices at home, they’re looking elsewhere for good deals. Thanks for the Internet, it has become more effective to shop online for great bargains, no matter where they happen to be.

    On the surface, couldn’t this just be a fluke?


    When the vote for Britain to leave the European Union (EU) was announced last summer, many claimed this would destroy Great Britain and leave it suffering from lack of sales, manufacturing, and fighting against tariffs and other challenges. The opposite seems to be taking shape and the help is coming from the most unlikely source: U.S. and Irish consumers.

    Why more people are looking abroad for better deals.


    The U.S. dollar continues to remain stagnant (some economists believe it has to do with the Federal Reserve keeping interest rates low and printing money every month to hold up the economy) and as the pound drops, it provides people more opportunities to look abroad for better deals.

    In fact, some of the deals people get through cross border bargains far outweighs shipping and export tariffs (taxes) that may be added on as a result. This is driving the forces of consumerism to become more global.

    The growth of UK sales.


    In a season that was anticipated to be volatile, with limited growth, the number of goods sold in the UK increased 7.4 percent in October, in comparison to figures from earlier in the year. This was the fastest growth seen in 14 years.

    Ultimately, this highlights not just the growing importance of online commerce for increasing global reach, but also the impact the dollar and pound will have on consumers’ desires to get the best deals and save the greatest amount of money on their purchases.

    Right now, there’s never been a better time for U.K. sellers -companies and independent sellers alike- to reach a global market, tap into enthusiastic buyers from Ireland, the U.S., and elsewhere all turning to the U.K. for the best bargains. It truly is a win-win for eBid sellers in the U.K. and consumers around the world.

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