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    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.
    by Published on 16th November 2016 03:01 PM



    My Defaults


    Every time you set up a listing on eBid, there’s a number of options you’ll have to go through. Some might consider these to be preferences, and they are likely the same things they will select each and every time they post an item for sale.

    The Setup Process


    When you begin the process of listing an item for sale on the eBid Marketplace, you will be met with a fair amount of information that needs to be including, as well as options, such as allowing a ‘Buy Now’ feature, how you’d like a potential buyer to contact you, and more.

    If you have to choose each of these options every time, to sell many of your items, then you could theoretically going through those options again and again.

    The My Defaults page allows you to set up those settings you want to remain consistent throughout your item listing process. When you establish those settings, you will find those options already selecting when you begin listing another item.

    How much time can this potentially save you?


    That depends on two key factors. First, how many items you tend to list on a daily or weekly basis. If you’re only going to be listing one or two items per month, the My Defaults settings can certainly be convenient, but they’re not going to save you a tremendous amount of time.

    If, on the other hand, you’re planning on listing many items on a daily basis, just calculate how long it takes you before you set up the My Defaults section and then again after you rely on this benefit. You’ll likely notice that you save up to a couple of minutes each listing.

    Multiply that by how many items you list in a given day or week and you’ll understand just how beneficial relying on the My Defaults can be.

    What’s in Your My Defaults?


    If you’ve never set this up, then there will be nothing established. If you’re not sure, you may have chosen to add certain selections to your My Defaults page in the past. If that’s the case, it’s a good idea to take some time and look into your My Defaults page.

    Spend some time understanding what options are available to you. Once you set it up, remember you can adjust these settings and options to better suit your needs anytime in the future.

    My Defaults is an incredibly valuable feature made available to all eBid sellers.

    Login: My eBid Dashboard > My eBid > My Defaults

    by Published on 4th August 2016 10:43 PM



    Get advice, swap ideas and join in the chat at the eBid forums



    When you’re self-employed or working from home, you don’t have the opportunities your 9-to-5 friends do to sneak off for a gossip with workmates, chat over coffee about the changes in the office or moan about the management at lunch. So, eBid’s Forums are just what you need to get some conversation going and exchange ideas with like-minded people when you’re taking a break from organising your listings or if you need fast help while trying to get some new items up for sale.

    Newcomers


    A scroll through many online auction site forums will have newcomers backing off in trepidation, but eBid’s extensive forums will leave you feeling like you’ve joined a friendly bunch of colleagues happy to help the new guy. You might have a question about sending internationally, or how you receive payment after an auction ends – if you don’t see the answer already there, you can be sure someone will help you out.

    eBid of course has a Helpdesk section and a fantastic email support service, with real people who answer your queries instead of sending automated responses, but quite often a quick reply from a fellow seller (or buyer) is just what you need to get you on your way again.

    Swap Tips



    If eBid is a growing source of income for you, you’ll find the forums invaluable as you encounter possible unknown territory with customers, or if you simply fancy swapping tips on where to buy the cheapest bubble wrap for packaging sold orders, or recommendations of the best courier for deliveries. Lots of forum members have been selling on eBid for at least seven years, so you’d be hard pushed to get advice from people who know as much as some of these veterans of the site. You’ll also be able to use the forums as a way of letting off steam and having a laugh with your peers as you would after a day’s work anywhere.

    Make the Leap



    Perhaps you’re unsure about joining eBid, whether to buy or sell, or have a few unanswered questions before you make the leap - the forums are an excellent starting point to gauge the mood and you’ll no doubt be impressed by the remarkably positive and helpful community spirit eBid has garnered, possibly helped by the free listings and incredibly low sales fees.

    There’s even a section where eBid Welcomes your input and suggestions, so if there’s something you think would make it an even better place to buy or sell, be sure to have your say.

    Stop by the eBid forums and make new acquaintances from all over the world as you join in with the topic of the day and exchange some words of friendly advice.
    by Published on 6th June 2016 12:49 PM
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    Hunt for a Bargain at eBid


    If you're always on the hunt for a bargain, it might surprise you to find that you may just be looking in the wrong places. Sure, hunting through the bargain basement basket at your local stores may unearth some hidden gems. But you might just be missing out on some incredible bargains at the eBid marketplace which are available to you for ...
    by Published on 5th January 2016 05:05 PM
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    The Absolute Best Time to Setup an Online Auction

    It might be easy to assume you could just post any item on an auction site and people are going to bid. While that may be true to some degree, there are certain times that help to maximize not only your chances of selling items, but also the amount of money you get for them.

    The Time When Profits Are Boosted

    If you’ve spent any amount of time posting items for sale on an auction site or bid yourself, one things ...


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