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  • eBid April 2017 Newsletter

    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. The vast changes to our category structure during 2017 have had a small and unexpected negative effect on page load times which we hope to bring back to pre-2017 levels. We understand the necessity for a smooth and simple shopping experience and one of the main determinants of this is the speed in which you can browse the site.

    Regular bulk uploaders will have noticed this month a hugely improved category matching system when importing from other marketplaces. We previously relied on a lot of human interaction when allocating correct categories but you should now find your items are automatically placed in much more relevant eBid categories.

    We ran into a few problems this month with images that are hosted on Amazon based web hosts, such as Amazon S3 and Amazon EC2 servers. Our systems have been improved to correctly identify JPG files correctly now instead of showing an error that the image could not be located.

    Interesting Items on eBid

    Antique Judaica Israel Bezale Olive Wood Camel Ink Well RARE 129.99
    Antique Boosey and Co tuba in Eb circa 1880 $450.00
    Elvis Presley Genuine Autographed/Signed Record Album COA $1000.00

    48 WWII Telescope M1910A 1942 M1 depression finder $795.00
    Masonic Wedding Band 9 ct. Gold Ring 245.00
    large size 40mm one push landeron hahn military pilots chronograph watch $950.00
    Selling Tips

    Backup Your Listings

    We like to keep eBid a fresh and up-to-date shopping and trading experience. This means that we remove any stale listings when necessary to ensure our sellers do not place items for sale and just forget about them. What do we mean by a stale listing? Well, most listings have a lifetime a certain amount of days and then they close, if auto-repost is set to ON then the listing will be reposted up to 10 times, after this it will close. We do also have the option of RUN UNTIL SOLD which allows you to run the listing until all items within the listing have been sold. Run Until Sold items will, however, be removed from sale if the seller does not log in to eBid for 60 days. If the seller remains a regular user of eBid then RUS items won't be removed from sale automatically.

    We've had some sellers who have listed many items and just left them without any changes, edits or even answering questions and they have been closed due to inactivity. Closed items remain in your My eBid area for 75 days and are then removed. We advise you take a backup of your listings using the EXPORT option on the My eBid > Listings I'm Running page so that if you do wish to reload any deleted listings you can easily do so by uploading your exported data file to the My eBid > My Bulk Upload section.

    What To Look Out For When Purchasing?

    Check out the seller feedback ratings.

    Do they offer reduced combined shipping fees?
    What payment options do they offer?
    If you have any questions, ask the seller first before proceeding with purchase(s).
    Remember - communication is key to a successful transaction.
    Competition Time

    Last Month's Question :

    How many individual eBid country sites now have their listings synced with Google Shopping?

    a) 5
    b) 16
    c) 21

    The correct answer was (c) 21. Congratulations go to bunsock from Gloucestershire, UK for winning last month's competition, your eBid Goodie Bag and iPod should be with you now.

    Now for this month's question :

    What is the Gross Listing Value of items for sale on eBid at the moment?

    a) $1 billion
    b) $2 billion
    c) over $3 billion

    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 May 2017. Email answers to [email protected]

    Until next month,
    Gazza & Mark
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