Topics in this issue:
- eBay news – MVL improvement
- PayPal spoof
- Perfumes and nail varnish
- Ask Molly – Is it big enough?
Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of The eBay UK Bulletin.
This hot weather is not good at all, sunny days, Wimbledon and the cricket have impacted on turnover so Molly and a few elves are taking some time off. This will be the first time the shops have shut since February, it will be very strange.
In this exciting edition there’s news on the upcoming picture requirements and a smart change to the MVL format, I do love this job!
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1. EBAY NEWS – MVL IMPROVEMENT
eBay has made a small improvement which may have passed you by, well I think it is an improvement anyway. It concerns the type of listing known as the ‘Multi-Variation’ or MVL. It is so called because you can have many variations of the same or similar item on one listing – clever guys these eBay designers.
The obvious advantage is that you only pay for one listing fee each month and so can have several lower-value items listed and reduce costs. I use these a lot for fuses, badges and small toys. The other advantage is that multiple sales from the same listing will push you further up the search results page, resulting in more sales.
Now for the good bit: the maximum number of items you can include has risen from 30. You can now have 250 total variations within a single listing, although I am not sure if they can all be within the same variation detail. I am up to 34 on my biggest listing so a way to go yet.
For more on the MVL check out this eBay page.
If you do use the MVL you can get away with only the lead picture but as a buyer I do prefer to see the actual item to ensure that the seller has not made a mistake in the wording, so load in those extra pictures.
One final thought on the MVL relating to the title of each individual item. Although you can have a title of many characters only the first 30 will be shown in the pull-down menu so make sure your key facts are stated first. All the words within the title appear in the searches so include them even if nobody will ever be able to see them.
2. PAYPAL SPOOF
There are loads of PayPal spoofs doing the rounds and some are pretty good. This one arrived at HQ and was immediately spotted by one of the Elves as we know each and every one of our customers and this buyer’s name was not familiar.
The design is quite good with some subtle shading here and there and transaction IDs that look realistic. The links will of course whisk you off to a fake website somewhere, which will then relieve you of your login details.
Check that the e-mail is addressed to you personally before clicking anything.
The other point of interest with this spoof is that the scammers messed up their HTML a little and you can see some tags (</ td>& <) within the message. PayPal wouldn’t do this.
Just hit the delete key and make another coffee.
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3. PERFUMES AND NAIL VARNISH
This is not a specific eBay topic but one that you might not be aware of and it does impact on anybody thinking of sending perfume and nail varnish via the Royal Mail.
In order to send these and certain other items into the UK via the Royal Mail you need to be a business customer and have access to the new design ID8000 label with the clever metal strip.
Although you can sell perfumes on eBay you may not be able to ship them. They are no longer able to be sent overseas due to restrictions on air freight.
So if you are offered a load of perfume sets cheap you will now know why.
For more about this put the kettle on and read <a href=”http://www.royalmail.com/personal/help-and-support/Tell-me-about-Prohibited-Goods”>Royal Mail prohibited goods</a>.
4. ASK MOLLY – IS IT BIG ENOUGH?
I’ve a techie question for you. I use Picasa for editing my photos and don’t know how to ensure my pictures meet the 500 pixel longest side requirement that is soon to commence on eBay. Seems not all of my pictures meet those requirements.
I’m sure I’m not the only seller with this question, so please help!”
There is a setting on your camera which should take pictures at various sizes.
I use the cheapest camera that I could find and that has a minimum setting of 640 x 480. It might be a problem if you crop your picture to remove the unwanted items that crept in (usually a coffee cup at HQ).
If you have a picture stored on your PC just right-click preview and then right-click properties.
If you want to check a picture already loaded on to eBay then enlarge the image if you can and right-click, inspect element (Chrome and Firefox), or properties (Internet Explorer). They display the information differently, as I assume do other browsers, but you should be able to see the dimensions or some HTML looking a bit like this:
<img id=”en_img_id” style=”width: 389.25px; height: 519px;”
There is more on picture standards on the eBay website.
Remember, no borders or text allowed. I understand that eBay will employ an elf to look at every single picture on the site to ensure fair play.
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That’s all for this week. Check out Harriman Intelligence for the latest news from Molly HQ.
Unfortunately the time has come to stop selling to Cyprus, although I love the country the postal system leaves a lot to disired. There is now not very much of Europe left which has a stable postal service so I might have to retreat back to the UK only.
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