Awhile back eBay wanted me to verify my bank account information in PayPal to list certain brand items with them. I assume its to perhaps prevent counterfeiting of big brands such as Nike and so on. Now it seems they have backed away from PayPal verification and you can now verify by phone. You are then given a phone call and have to press a certain # (which I assume is random) to get your PIN. Then you enter in PIN number online.
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Posted in Design · Tags: ebay
I can’t say I like eBay’s new logo. It’s way too generic, corporate feeling and uses the Super Mario World color palette of primary colors. You could say its like Google, but they got their color palette from the Microsoft Windows 95 flag. Maybe eBay’s decision was to be like Windows 8 Metro’s design. Windows has had a big influence on design, but lately not as much as Apple. I’m positive Slashdot got its teal green color from the default Windows 95 desktop background.
I believe in a few years eBay will change their branding again and go back to something similar to their old logo’s layout of disjointed letters overlapping each other, without any stretching or skewing and with a better font. The old logo had some playfulness with it. I believe eBay’s old logo was influenced by Yahoo’s logo which also has their letters in a sporatic way.
Posted in Web · Tags: ebay
1. Place your item in the right category. Sometimes people will search just a specific category to narrow the results. You can always add your item to more than one but it costs a little more.
2. Keep your email address and mailing address up to date, in eBay and PayPal. Nothing is more frustrating than getting a package back from the Post Office, it delays the time you receive an item and causes the seller to pay shipping again.
3. Be ready to bid near the end of an auction. Thats when the eBay snipers strike. During the last minutes of an auction, is when the item will get the most bids. If you stayed up all night for that auction be prepared to be sniped, it happens. Some people use programs to out snipe others.
4. Keep the buyer notified. Let them know when you mailed a package, so they know its on its way.
5. Beware of scams, eBay now also keeps what emails they send you also in your message center when you log into eBay. So you can tell if it was sent by them.
6. Make sure shipping costs are in the auction (if its something to be mailed/shipped). No one wants to buy a 99cent item and then find out they have to pay $20 for shipping. Don’t be too greedy on shipping, sure you can add a little extra for the packaging & tape but don’t go overboard on it. They will simply buy from someone else.
7. Double check your auction. You can edit things afterwards but it goes at the bottom if its already been submitted. Be sure to review the preview.
Posted in Web · Tags: ebay
1. A picture is worth a thousand words, as the old cliche goes and its true. But make sure the picture isn’t blurry and shows off relevant information. It may be useful to have pics from several angles, a closeup and a overall pic.
2. Spell check. If someone is searching on eBay, they will more likely find your item if you spell it correctly. You might misspell it on purpose if its a word that might get misspelled a lot, but only if thats the case. Otherwise selling a “Alphred Hitchkock” DVD set wont get many hits.
3. Put up vital information on the item. Serial numbers, model #, year released, type…. You get the idea the more technical information the better, especially if you are selling electronics or computer equipment, but even if you aren’t it can still help others find your item.
4. List any flaws the item has. Its better to be honest right away than to have someone get something that has some major flaws, because you might get bad feedback or a neutral rating. You might not think they will notice but they probably will. This can sometimes hurt your auction’s bid amounts, but do you really want a bad reputation that could have future customers not want to do business with you?
5. Have a good title. Most searches will be done based on the title (this is how the default search works) so you need to put in the information people will want to know. Here’s an example: My So Called Life DVD set R1 NEW This gives them an idea what the item is, and the region, most people will figure out or know the acronyms in this case R1 means Region 1. Here’s another good title: Linksys Router BEFSR41 FOUR 4 Port Sometimes its a good idea to use both the number and have it spelled out, notice the model # in the title also. You only have so many characters but if you can fill them up with useful information. Sometimes people use LQQK or TITLES IN ALL CAPS!!!!! or WOW or RaRe ItEM, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Personally I suggest to use varying cases, sometimes CAPS can help differentiate a word if you have a long tile, otherwise you can use a dash or a semicolon to space them out.
6. Look at similar auctions with bids, see why others are successful selling a item similar to yours, maybe its just luck but again they may have a better description, better pictures, better feedback or all the above.
7. Survey the market, see if there is too much of one item on eBay and if they are not selling. Don’t waste money and time on items that wont sell. If the item isn’t listed it could mean its a rare item or that it isn’t popular.
8. Make a good description. Here is your chance to sell an item, you want the customer to feel they want to buy the item, so make it sound good without lying.
9. Start bidding amount as low as you can. You can always put in a reserve, but keep in mind you will get charged more for that. You get charged the same amount if you start it at $0.01 or $0.99, I usually prefer starting at 99cents with no reserve but only if I’ve done enough research to know that it will sell. If you charge $1 you will end up paying a few more cents for listing it, so use 99cents or less.
10. Leave feedback for others. Usually others will forget to leave you feedback unless you leave it for them. Just make sure you stuff works first. And beware of bullies, research the person to see if they leave bad feedback for those who leave them bad feedback. If so you might wait until the last few days to leave that feedback. You have 60days to leave feedback.
Posted in Entertainment · Tags: amazon, ebay
I donâ€™t promote piracy, but letâ€™s face it; these items have been are all over eBay and Amazon. So much so you have to ask the seller if the DVDs they are selling are legit or not. A few years ago there was talk about working with China to prevent these kinds of items from being distributed, it seems they are here to stay for the time being. I wanted to write about this in my old blog I had two years ago but never got around to it, but figured I’d write about it today, since these items are still out there. However its not as bad as it was in 2004 (where about 90% of the DVD sets on eBay were pirates or where 50% of the ones on Amazon sold by sellers were like they were in 2005). What makes me wonder is why Hollywood didn’t come down harder on eBay and Amazon more for not filtering these items out better back then. Guess they spend too much time focusing on internet users that download movies, perhaps because they donâ€™t have the money to hire good lawyers. eBay did better in 2005 and in 2007 its hard to find these items as they finally got on the ball in preventing these items from being listed. Amazon and eBay were making money on these items, from the seller fees whether they are legal or not and personally I think anyone profiting from pirating should be more of a focus than those that were doing it online by downloading. Anyway enough of that rant and onto the review.
I bought one of these items on eBay back in 2004. At first I wasnâ€™t sure if they were authentic or not, after all in 2004 these things were all over eBay and there were some legit DVD sets from other regions (even from Asia). I got the DVD set (Deep Space Nine, if you really need to know) and the packaging was fairly cheap, basically some fancy printing done over a cardboard holder with the DVDs all in soft plastic sleeves. A few of the season boxes I opened seemed like the DVDs were just thrown in and a few had scratches on them (one of them skipped pretty bad). Video quality was average to very good. It seemed that they stopped the animation on the main menu screens to possibly save some space, and the credits at the end were usually cut short, although nobody really cares a whole lot about those. But another thing I noticed is usually the last episode on each DVD set would usually be cut off more than the others, sometimes the episode would be cut off anywhere from 2-30 seconds, and a few times even more than that. This really sucked as sometimes I had no clue as to what really happened at the end. The special features for the DVDs were there but a few of them had something else thrown in like a preview for some other DVD set while I’m sure that wasn’t on the official sets.
In 2005 I ended up getting sent one of these “Asian Import” DVD sets from Amazon, the whole time I was thinking it was legitimate. Again the packaging was the same, last episode on each DVD was cut short again, and the video quality was a little poorer on this set, although later episodes had better quality. However the animations were still in for the menu screens though. Another thing I noticed is that one episode seemed to be zoomed in for some reason and another episode was in letterbox form while everything else had been in fullscreen. And one time their menu pointed to the same episode twice, although I was able to use the next button to finally find that episode on the disk.
It seems these sets are not all alike, varying in quality but in the end are done rather sloppy. You would think they would know how to make good copies and fit everything onto the disk without any problems. Perhaps no one overseas knows about DVD Decrypter or DVDShrink or they don’t know enough English to use them. Perhaps they just don’t care, they know that people will buy the sets no matter what and not have anyone to complain to. Although you would think if they did an awesome job that their sets would be more popular than the official sets. You’ll also find some people selling DVD-Rs of sets also, as I’ve gotten ripped off once or twice with those deals before. Be careful of what you see on eBay, Amazon and some of the other sites out there, often you have to ask the seller upfront and look at the pictures carefully to see if the items you are getting are legit. Sometimes what they sell is cheaper but sometimes the quality is at a sacrifice as well. I’ve even seen some people sell DVD-R copies of shows that haven’t been released on DVD officially yet that are from old VHS copies and they are horrible in quality. Again I don’t promote piracy, but this stuff is out there and people are not getting what they ordered from sellers online.