The eBay UK Bulletin: Issue 104, 20 June 2008
Topics in this issue:
1. eBay News: Come in and play
2. Reader special offer
3. This and that
4. Ask Molly: Can you help?
Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of The eBay UK Bulletin.
Before I start, a quick word of caution, the eBay messaging system is not working very well at the moment (must be the heat) and e-mail messages are not getting through. Several readers have told me about this and I also have missed several payment e-mails.
If you post upon receipt of a PayPal notification, check your ‘My eBay’ as you may have more packing to do. If you have sent a seller a question recently and heard nothing, send it again as they may not have seen it.
The technical problems with the bulletin distribution seem to be sorted now, but if you don’t get this edition, please let me know! (Ed – very funny!)
Some great news this week for all eBay shop owners, check out the latest reader offer. Plus, if you are struggling to open a PayPal Micro-payments account, you are not alone – new contact number below.
[For details of this newsletter, please scroll down to the end.]
1. EBAY NEWS: COME IN AND PLAY
Have you been to the eBay playground yet? I have spent many happy hours there searching for the obscure.
The eBay playground is a separate part of eBay that will let us experiment with new features as they become available, at the moment this is primarily the search engine. The playground is a real part of eBay, so all the normal rules apply to buying and selling. Finding stuff is a little different.
The search engine is a little more sophisticated and will interpret what you are actually after. The example eBay give is when you search for “red size 12 shoes” instead of searching for listings with the words “red”, “size”, “12″, and “shoes”, the system will find all of the items in the shoe category that are size 12 in the colour red.
This must use the item specifics to refine the search; it is however far from perfect yet as this search will also pick up:
‘Cute Baby Pram Velcro Shoes Size 3 Blue/Red 9-12 Months’ and ‘RIVER ISLAND shoes SIZE 5 & MAROON top SIZE 12′.
Some of the advanced search options are now available from the first page, so you can filter results by price and condition.
I must admit that I find the idea of a test site quite appealing, long have we grumbled about change being imposed. Well now we can try out new things before they are imposed.
Check it out at: http://playground.ebay.co.uk/ and let me know what you think.
2. READER SPECIAL OFFER
If you would like your eBay shop to stand out from the crowd, why not check out “IDSSmarketing” – http://search.ebay.co.uk/_W0QQfgtpZ1QQfrppZ25QQsassZidssmarketing
These guys will create you a custom made logo to enhance your eBay store. The results are great; I almost wish I had a shop so I could buy one!
Ian Davies sells the eBay shop logos as IDSSmarketing. Originally only a buyer on the site, he began selling customised eBay shop logos approximately 2 years ago as a hobby:
“I have worked in marketing for many years and got hooked on the whole eBay concept. I started selling bits and pieces gathering dust in the loft, adding graphics to my listings and then thought there would be a market for selling shop logos. It is still very much a hobby, and as each logo takes an average of 3 hours to design, I’ll never make a fortune from eBay. However, it is very satisfying to know that some of the shop logos I’ve designed have been for customers who are trading full time on eBay, with several enjoying a good living from it.”
Now for the good part, you would normally have to pay Â£9.50 for a logo, but for readers of this bulletin the price drops to Â£7.50 (that’s over 20% discount). Just e-mail Ian and mention this bulletin (and how wonderful the writer and editor are!) and Ian will sort you out.
Many thanks to “Collarandcuff” – http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Collar-And-Cuff – who bought a logo, and very nice it looks too!
3. THIS AND THAT
PayPal Micro-payments Update:
Several readers are having trouble opening the micro account, but fear not, there is a new number to ring which seems to work. In the UK call (0800) 3587929 then choose option 1 to speak to an agent – good luck!
As an aside, if a buyer buys more than one item and pushes the combined price over Â£9.50, you can change the PayPal account when you send a combined invoice and send the money to your standard 3.4% account.
It is just a case of doing the maths, if you schedule 3 items or more per night, take a look at Selling Manager Pro as you could be saving money. It works out a little cheaper as scheduled listings are free and you can cut down on your e-mails.
This subject cropped up again this week, so it might be worth mentioning. When sending parcels into the UK, use second class ‘packet rate’ as the Royal Mail do not sort packets and they will all be delivered at the same time. I have sent umpteen thousands this way and they all seem to arrive the next day. Test it with a few and you should be able to cut your postage costs and shift more stock.
4. ASK MOLLY: A QUESTION FOR YOU?
A slightly different question this week, one that I hope some readers out there will be able to help with. I understand that “CQOut” – http://www.cqout.com – can be a great place to buy stock, but as I have never actually traded there myself maybe you can help this bulletin reader.
I’ve been researching other places to obtain stock (along with every other eBayer!) and have found a line that looks very promising. However, it’s with another auction site called CQOut.
The only method of payment is by Secure Pay. I understand how Escrow works, but cannot find out how you actually pass your money on to CQOut. All their instructions say is that you give them your money and they will hold it until you confirm you have received the goods and are happy with them. Then they pass your payment onto the Seller.
Any ideas how I give my money to them? Do I have to give bank details and it’s debited from my account or do I provide credit card details?”
If you can help, please let me know: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have a question about eBay, please send it to: email@example.com – I will reply personally to every e-mail I receive and remember, there are FREE copies of my book available for the best questions, tips, or stories.
– END NOTE –
That’s all for this week. Check out ‘Molly’s Diary’ each day at www.ebaybulletin.co.uk for the latest news from Molly HQ.
The deal of the week for me has to be 2,000 assorted Warhammer gaming dice bought for just Â£3.00. It looks as though they will sell for 10p each – almost enough for two tanks of fuel!
It has been a good week for stock hunting as Molly moves into the make-up and cosmetics market. A great new wholesaler found on eSources.co.uk who buys all the surplus stock from Boots – Max Factor, No7, Hackett, Toni & Guy etc. I am just running a few trial listings to test the market, but will hold off until Christmas for the bulk. The only problem is that with so many women in the house, the stock seems to diminish on a daily basis!
Best wishes and happy eBaying!
Author of the bestselling title, ‘The eBay Business Handbook’ – available direct from the publishers: www.harriman-house.com/ebaybusiness
And the recently published, ‘eBay Q&A’ – buy online today: www.harriman-house.com/ebayexpert