eBid Pledges to Continue Google Shopping Listings

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As Google Shopping Transitions to Paid Placements, eBid Sellers Can Be Assured of Free Search Listings

We founded eBid with the strategy of providing the best value possible to the online seller, and in keeping with this principle, we will continue to feed our items to Google Shopping and will be paying to advertise.

The global "eBay alternative" auction site eBid (http://www.ebid.net) has pledged to continue its practice of providing free Google Shopping listings for sellers despite Google Shopping converting to a paid-only model in the U.S. this fall. Already an excellent value for both sellers and buyers in terms of fees when compared to eBay and other online auction sites, eBid’s Google listing policy will continue to save sellers big money and provide continued, vital, search engine exposure.

Gary Sewell, co-founder of eBid explained, “With Google Shopping’s conversion rolling out over the next few months, we recognized the wide impact this will have for online merchants. We founded eBid with the strategy of providing the best value possible to the online seller, and in keeping with this principle, we will continue to feed our items to Google Shopping and will be paying to advertise. We expect our strategy will take some time to develop and will be tweaked as we learn more about the new platform.”

eBid hosts over 6 million listings daily, representing a gross listing value of over $6 billion, placing it firmly in second-place competition with eBay for person-to-person online listings in the USA, UK and dozens of other countries according to independent metrics. Competitive features like zero insertion fees and extremely low final value fees, a new “Make An Offer” button and “Multiple Item Checkout” as well as a generous affiliate program and territorial expansion this year into Malaysia and Brazil (to a total of 23 territories, across more than 100 countries and five continents) have all combined to propel eBid into this top bracket.

The primary factor in eBid’s popularity are its surprisingly fair sales fees. eBay allows 50 free auction insertions per month for the casual seller, though limited to one category – additional categories are charged eBay’s listing fee of $.10 - $2 per item. eBay Stores are always assessed a listing fee of $.10 - $2 per item. eBid never charges an insertion fee regardless of the auction style or number of categories selected. Additionally, eBay charges a final value fee totaling 9% (up to $250) of the sales price for auction-style listings, and a range of 7% to more than 13% on fixed-price sales depending on the item category and final sales price. eBid’s final value fees range from 0% to a max of only 3%, period. All transactions on eBid are completely secure, utilizing PPPay.com, Google Checkout, PayPal or, launching this month, Skrill (Moneybookers).

But low fees aren’t the only lucrative angle for eBid’s members. With eBid’s affiliate program, participants who add banners/links to their website, emails or Facebook pages can earn up to $104.99 for a single referral! Affiliates are rewarded for not only sign-ups to the basic eBid “Buyer” account status but also when the referral makes a free upgrade to “Seller” status and, most impressive of all, affiliates are rewarded with 50% of any upgrade fees when their referrals upgraded to “Seller+” status. eBid’s “Seller+” status is a great advantage for higher volume merchants. A one-time fee of $49.49 gives the seller a lifetime of zero listing fees and zero final value fees. Merchants may also opt for a short-term subscription upgrade to zero fees ($1.99 for 7 Days / $6.99 for 30 Days / $16.99 for 90 Days).

More information on eBid’s affiliate program is available here - http://forums.ebid.net/showthread.php?154814-eBid-Affiliate-Program-News

About eBid.net (http://www.ebid.net)
Founded in the UK in 1999, eBid.net is now a global company with a presence in 23 territories across the UK, Europe, USA and Canada, Africa, Asia, Australasia and South America. With a commitment to person to person online auctions, eBid.net is recognized as the “best eBay alternative” by Webuser Magazine.

Sources:
Auction Site Stats (http://www.powersellersunite.com/auctionsitewatch.php)
eBay Seller Fees (http://pages.ebay.com/help/sell/storefees.html)
eBay Insertion Fees (http://pages.ebay.com/help/sell/insertion-fee.html)

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