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Money-saver Lewis offers festive eBay bargain tips

Thursday 27 November 2014 - 12:41
Money-saver Lewis offers festive eBay bargain tips

The team behind hugely popular consumers’ website Moneysavingexpert.com have turned their attention to eBay as the e-commerce giant gears up for its festive peak.

They have built an app which tracks bargains available on eBay.co.uk on an area-by-area basis, so that the 10 million people in the UK who get the site’s weekly e-mail newsletter can find deals of possible interest close to them.

The researchers’ top tip is to look out for items which are labelled ‘C ...read more

Card firm says 2m miss out on e-shopping frenzy

Thursday 27 November 2014 - 11:02
Card firm says 2m miss out on e-shopping frenzy

The biggest shopping weekend of the year is almost here – and one estimate has suggested that Brits will spend a mind-boggling £1.32billion over the five busiest days of the pre-Christmas rush.

These are expected to be the next four days – starting today (Friday) and running up to ‘Cyber Monday’ next week, which in previous years has set the benchmark for the most lucrative day of the festive run-up.

Pre-paid credit card firm Pockit is estimating that today – which you can’t have failed to ...read more

eBay lets sellers add out-of-stock notes to listings

Wednesday 26 November 2014 - 10:22
eBay lets sellers add out-of-stock notes to listings

Sellers on eBay’s UK and Ireland websites can now let prospective buyers know when they have temporarily run out of an item without it hitting their feedback.

The facility was first given to a select number of accounts three months ago, but a tool to add notices to each listing has now been rolled out to all users.

The main idea behind the step is to protect sellers from getting bad feedback when they have simply run out of an item – which may, of course, ...read more

New smartphone launches give big boost to app sales

Wednesday 26 November 2014 - 09:39
New smartphone launches give big boost to app sales

Last month’s launch of the new range of iPhones and a revamp of the operating system on which they run helped boost the number of app downloads via the iOS operating system by 42 per cent.

According to an internet research company, October also saw a record 7.8 million apps downloaded in the UK.

That figure was 39 per cent higher than a year earlier, the research found, adding that the landmark was achieved because people have become used to having so many free or comparatively cheap a ...read more

E-tailers advised how to avoid email spam filters

Tuesday 25 November 2014 - 11:46
E-tailers advised how to avoid email spam filters

As the Christmas online shopping season hits its peak, email campaigns are likely to feature large in many retailers’ plans.

So e-commerce firms have been given some timely tips on how businesses can ensure their email messages reach their intended targets.

“Via email, retailers can showcase new products, promote an unmissable deal and re-engage customers that haven’t bought anything in a while,” wrote Paul Ford, vice-pres ...read more

‘Frozen’ fever spills over onto eBay

Tuesday 25 November 2014 - 10:25
‘Frozen’ fever spills over onto eBay

As reports emerged this week of scuffles among shoppers fighting over dolls of the characters from Disney film Frozen, the demand for them is being reflected by prices being asked on eBay.

Irish media has reported that shoppers in Dublin have been involved in fisticuffs as they fight over the stocks of dolls, particularly the Elsa Snow Glow figure.

And as stores report stocks being exhausted, some owners of the must-have dolls have been putting them on eBay, with bids topping £50 – a h ...read more

Amazon dangles £3k prize to push Black Friday deals

Monday 24 November 2014 - 11:17
Amazon dangles £3k prize to push Black Friday deals

Not to be left behind in the dash out the blocks for shoppers who suddenly realise over this week it’s about time they started their Christmas shopping (see our earlier eBay story), Amazon is hoping to hook buyers with its ‘Black Friday’ deals.

Regularly changing throughout this week, these are an assortment of special deals, and Amazon is promising to launch new ones every 10 minutes between 8am and 9pm.

And its big hook to draw in buyers and get them to sign up to get advance notification of its Black Friday deals in a daily newsletter is ...read more

eBay entices sellers to get set for ‘Super Sunday’

Monday 24 November 2014 - 09:56
eBay entices sellers to get set for ‘Super Sunday’

With ‘Super Sunday’ now just six days away, eBay is inviting selected sellers to be in on the busiest online shopping day of the year through its latest free listings promotion.

Such offers from the e-commerce giant are so regular now that they’re barely newsworthy – but the timing of this latest one is what makes it stand out.

Both business and private sellers can participate – but they must have received an invitation from eBay and respond to it by this Thursday, 27 Novemb ...read more

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