February 2011

5 ways to get repeat customers

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Acquiring customers costs money, whether that’s eBay fees or a vast marketing budget for your national TV ad campaign. It’s a lot cheaper for most of us to sell again to the customers we’ve already got…. after all, we’ve already got ‘em, they already like us, right? Some thoughts about drumming up repeat business: 1. […]

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Google search algorithm change dumps low quality content

Google has made a major change to their search engine algorithm in an attempt to surface quality content and reduce rankings for low-quality sites. Currently the change has only rolled in the US, but Google expect to roll out the changes to the rest of the world in the near future. The main aim of […]

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Planned downtime for PayPal in March

PayPal are in the middle of moving to a new data centre and some merchants will be unable to process transactions during the move. The outage will last approximately an hour beginning on the 18th March at 9am GMT (2am PDT). The migration won’t impact many PayPal users, but it may affect you if you […]

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Mobile buying comes to eBay India

eBay India have launched their first Mobile Web Solution. Although it’s still in Beta, it demonstates that not only is mobile ultra important to eBay but that usage of mobile solutions for web browsing is spreading to all quarters of the globe. Smartphone sales in India were up 294% in Q3 2010 from the same […]

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Free listings for private sellers 26th-27th Feb

eBay have yet another free listing weekend for Private registered sellers. Auction style listings will be free regardless of start price for the 26th and 27th February. Again Business Sellers and PowerSellers aren’t eligible for the promotion and Private sellers will only benefit if they’re meeting eBay’s minimum seller performance standards. As with all recent […]

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If eBay offered an ecommerce website package, would you use it?

There’s been some speculation – largely due to eBay’s involvement with Magento – that they may offer a more comprehensive ecommerce package than just your eBay Shop/Store. If eBay were to offer stand-alone ecommerce websites, would you use one? What do you think of the idea? Vote in our poll – and if you have […]

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Justin Bieber’s lock of hair on eBay

Teen heart throb Justin Bieber has recently cut off his baby hair and now sports a new choppy hair cut. He appeared on the “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” day time talk show and gave her a lock of his hair as a belated birthday present and it’s now up on eBay for Charity. The auction […]

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Bulk edit and Selling Manager Pro updates

The old version of the Bulk Edit form is due to be retired on the 8th March. Many sellers will already be using the new version where many attributes can be edited in-line. If you want to try out the new version before it’s mandatory there’s a link to opt in and out of the […]

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uShip and Shiply settle IP Infringement claims

uShip, the company that connects connects people and businesses with couriers who specialise in moving hard-to-ship items, claimed trademark and copyright infringement by Shiply, another company which matches people with goods to move and transport companies. uShip took the case to the High Court in London and the two companies today announced a settlement in […]

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