Topics in this issue:
1. eBay News: Google sells on eBay
2. Did you know…?
3. Traders’ Tales: That eureka moment
4. Ask Molly: Can I link to another auction site?
Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of The eBay UK Bulletin.
If you think you’ve had a bad week, spare a thought for eBay seller “hammerturner” …who was given a neutral feedback for selling “half a kilo of lego”. The comment reads: “Thought there would be more for the money.”
In this issue, have you ever had a ‘eureka moment’ that changed your life…and how much do you like Timothy Dalton? Also this week, back by popular demand, more of those bizarre eBay facts that are sometimes hard to believe – how much would you bid for an Elvis Presley tooth…and how on earth do you go about packing an ‘air guitar’? Keep reading!
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1. EBAY NEWS: GOOGLE SELLS ON EBAY
Google is to begin selling advertising on eBay.co.uk in the same way that Yahoo does within the USA. In the deal announced this week, Google will become the exclusive provider of text advertising on eBay outside the United States. The two companies are also to introduce ‘click-to-call’ technology to a wider audience. This will allow potential buyers to contact sellers via a web page, by clicking on a ‘live link’.
eBay recently purchased the Luxembourg-based Internet phone provider, Skype. Google also has its own messaging and voice telephone service, Google Talk. Both of these services are to be used in the new partnership. The intention is to build a search function that lets web surfers launch internet phone calls to eBay sellers, or Google advertisers, by clicking on ads.
How long will it be before a web cam on your computer takes an imprint of your eyeball and then greets you with a personalised advert when you click on the page?
2. DID YOU KNOW…?
Due to the popularity of the ‘Did you know…?’ eBay facts in Issue 13, here are a few more to keep you amused:
- About 10% of the time spent online in the UK is on eBay.co.uk
- A tooth said to have belonged to Elvis Presley failed to reach the reserve price of £32,000 (I must find my wisdom teeth and give them a try…)
- A decommissioned nuclear bunker near Pickering, North Yorkshire, sold in 2003 for £17,100 (why?)
- An ‘air guitar’ once sold for £5.00 (must have been a nightmare to pack!)
- A handbag once owned by former UK Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, was sold for charity and raised £103,000…and it was empty!
If you know of any crazy facts about eBay, please let me know at: email@example.com
3. TRADERS’ TALES – THAT EUREKA MOMENT
“Having read through your book (Molly – Great plug, thanks!), I took note of your suggestion to start by selling anything at home that was lying around. My step mother’s house had lain unoccupied for a couple of years; she’d hoarded loads of stuff, so rather than get someone in to clear the house we decided to see what could be sold through eBay. It seems almost anything will attract bidders; the first thing we sold was a collection of ‘Hello’ magazines, dating back to 1988. The most popular issue was No.14 (containing an interview with Timothy Dalton), which sold for over £28! I had one very interesting question from a guy in America about an article on Veronica Hamill (she was in Hill St. Blues) – asking how large the article was and also if in any of the photos, her belly button was visible! Obviously some strange fixation…!
It was whilst editing the photos to put on eBay that I had a ‘eureka moment’, when I thought I could maybe sell my photo editing talent. I had heard stories of eBay seller’s pictures being stolen and knew I could provide a watermarking service. At the same time as writing listings for the items we had, I was also giving some thought to an eBay service offering photo editing, photo scanning, slide/negative scanning, etc. As you suggest in ‘The eBay Business Handbook’ (pp. 98-99), I checked out the competition and found only three sellers offering similar services with BIN options. Although I won’t copy their content, it has certainly given me an idea of how to proceed. I am now hooked on eBay and ploughing my way through the house contents, selling anything that is not nailed down. I have a feedback of 87 and have started to test the eBay market for my photo editing service. I only wish that I had another collection of ‘Hello’ magazines…
You can check “yellowarmy’s” eBay auctions at: http://search.ebay.co.uk/_W0QQfgtpZ1QQfrppZ25QQsassZyellowarmys
4. ASK MOLLY: CAN I LINK TO ANOTHER AUCTION SITE?
I am a new seller to eBay and would like to link from my auctions to my “About Me” page and then link on again to another internet auction site, where I also have a presence. I have put links directly into my auctions, but eBay removed my listings and sent me a warning. Any advice will be gratefully received.”
eBay will allow certain types of links to be placed within a listing; these include links to extra pictures, terms & conditions, third parties and to your “About Me” page. So far, so good – you are able to redirect visitors to your “About Me” page. However, eBay states that these links “may not include language that promotes items or other web sites”, so be careful how you word your text.
The links policy concerning the “About Me” page is slightly different to that of a listing page; you can for example link to your own web site, or to sites of general interest. It still looks good for your requirement, until we get to the part that says “it may not contain links to commercial web sites, where goods from multiple sellers are aggregated by a common search engine” – this would include another auction site. So, unfortunately, you cannot link customers through from your auction listings, via your “About Me” page and on to another auction site.
You can check the full eBay links policy at: http://pages.ebay.co.uk/help/policies/listing-links.html
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That’s all for this week, please keep your e-mails and questions coming – I do read them all and will send a personal reply. I’ll leave you with a quick look at an auction for a bottle of Russian astronaut’s space food – always handy:
Best wishes and happy eBaying!
Author of the bestselling title, ‘The eBay Business Handbook’ – available direct from the publishers at: www.harriman-house.com/ebaybusiness
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