Mobile Commerce – £1.3bn Boost?

Mobile Commerce – £1.3bn Boost? With mobile commerce predicted to be worth £19 billion by 2021, eBay are calling for Ofcom (the regulatory authority for the telecommunications in the UK) to address the needs of mobile shoppers. Commissioned by eBay, Verdict (retail expert) has conducted detailed research and discovered UK Retailers are missing out on at least £1.3bn as a result of difficulties when shopping on their mobile phones. More than a third of mobile shoppers have failed to complete a purchase due to mobile broadband issues, and surprisingly these are not just in usual suspect areas like the Outer Hebrides or rural Scotland, but in some high population areas like west London and Swansea! The most popular reasons for… Read more »

eBay – Increasing your global reach?

eBay – Increasing your global reach? As buyers, we love getting a great deal on eBay, but when it comes to buying global, nothing puts us off more than those pricey courier charges. Fortunately, eBay are increasing the number of available shipping options for both domestic and international shipping! From the 1st June, eBay will be increasing the number of domestic shipping services from 3 to 4, and the number of international shipping options from 3 to 5! This is great news for eBayers, with more delivery services, it means more delivery options and overall, more competitive pricing. As an eBay Seller, you will be able to specify carrier and cost for more international buyers, not only will this increase… Read more »

TameBay eBay Tools and Services Guide 2011

This month saw the launch of the TameBay eBay Tools and Services Guide 2011, which is the first comprehensive guide for all of the tools available to help you run an eBay business. “Featuring detailed reviews of more the 35 professional eBay tools and services alongside listings of eBay’s own listing tools and services, the eBay Tools and Services Guide offers eBay sellers the ultimate resource for driving business through eBay and beyond.” At Frooition we’re delighted to have our Advanced eBay Shop and Template design services as well as our productivity apps (Froo! Template Themes, Froo! Bulk Revision, Froo! Cross Sell and Froo! Smart Social) reviewed in the guide. As an eBay business grows there becomes a need to… Read more »

E-commerce is changing, are you ready?

Ecommerce is changing, are you ready? Ecommerce is changing, with the boundaries between online and offline drawing ever closer, and with the latest developments in mobile phone apps, do you wonder where it’s all going? The use of mobile phone apps has turned ecommerce on its head, allowing shoppers to research products live online whilst browsing products in store, shrinking the once vast gap between  online and offline shopping. Granted, we’re a long way off from the ultimate mobile shopping experience, but how far is that exactly? eBay have a vision, and in that vision, they talk of a lady walking down the street with her handbag. Now if you were to take a photo of that lady, eBay’s aim… Read more »

The future of social, local and international e-commerce.

ChannelAdvisor held their annual EU Catalyst conference in London this week. At this event they always review the current state of e-commerce as well as looking at the areas of growth for the next year. This year the overriding themes were Local, Social, Mobile and Internationalisation. Ecommerce is changing and the boundaries between online and off line are converging. Retailers are already adopting strategies such as order online, collect in store, but this is just the start of linking up the Internet with the high street. Online/offline mix In the future when you’re purchasing a product it’s highly likely that you’ll research the product online. If it’s an urgent purchase, you’ll then locate a local store for same day collection.… Read more »

eBay Deadline Extended in Clothing, Shoes and Accessories

eBay Deadline Extended… Originally set in May; the deadline for Clothing, Shoes & Accessories has now been extended to 20th July! Excitingly, as an eBay seller, this will give you even more time to update all your seller listings. As of July 20th, item specifics for Brand, Style, Colour, Size Type and Size will be required for all new and revised listings in CSA. With all this extra information completed in your listings, fashion enthusiasts will be able to find your products more easily, increasing your exposure and therefore sales! To help you, eBay are providing a report on May 30th through Advanced Search in Selling Manager and Selling Manager Pro, which will help you identify any listings that do… Read more »

Cross Border selling could lower your eBay Fees and save you money!

Fees are one of the biggest changes occurring on eBay sites around the world following the recent Spring Seller Release update. For some sellers the fee changes are in their favour, but for many sellers it will represent an increase in fees. There are also now different ways that fees are calculated for sellers depending which site they list on. Sellers listings on will pay fees on shipping costs whilst business sellers in the UK will pay flat rate fees on the whole of the final value of the sale excluding shipping costs. This opens up some interesting possibilities for listing on alternative eBay sites, especially for products attractive to overseas buyers. As an example a UK seller listing… Read more »

Launching today, Frooitions NEW Knowledge Base…

Launching today! Our new open Knowledge Base will help you get the most out of your eBay and Frooition. Excitingly, our Knowledge Base system will be constantly expanding, drawing expert knowledge on eBay and the latest online selling tips for you. It’s no wonder we are so excited! Jam packed with Videos, Tutorials and FAQ’s, our Knowledge Base system acts as first line support for any questions that you may have, being readily available whenever you’re online. This fantastic service not only contains rich information so you can get the most out of eBay and Frooition, but also contains great articles regarding Online Selling to help you maximise your sales! Key Highlights: First Line Support Service Available 24 hours Open… Read more »

8 days to go…

8 days and your listings might be changing! – eBay catalogue changes :: 20th April 2011 Buyers flock to eBay daily in search for the hottest deals. To help them find what they’re looking for, eBay have requested sellers listing in some Electronics and Media categories to match products from the eBay catalogue. You can start listing or relisting your items right away (including Good ‘Till Cancelled) with the eBay catalogue, however you need to have updated all your affected listings by 17 May or risk having them ended. To see which of your listings might be affected, follow the eBay link below: Key Highlights From 17th May 2011, sellers listing in certain Electronics and Media categories must list… Read more »

How To Take Great eBay Product Photos…

Images are more important today than ever before on eBay. Not only are gallery pictures in search results bigger, but the images can also be zoomed in and enlarged right from the top of the view item page. There are no real secrets to taking great photos, but there are some tips for optimizing your eBay pictures. Almost any modern camera will suffice for taking eBay product shots, but try to choose one with a macro setting. The macro will allow you to take close up shots ideal for small objects such as jewelry and for displaying features such as the yarn on a knitted garment. Even modern mobile phones have high resolution cameras built in and if you have… Read more »