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SOURCE: eBid, Ltd.
While Other Market Sites Worldwide Raise Fees to Pay for Google Shopping Placement, eBid Continues its Free Member Services
Miami, FL (PRWEB) January 22, 2013
The e-commerce industry has been roiling for the past couple weeks as many online marketplaces have announced an increase in seller fees, many in response to the continued worldwide rollout of Google Shopping. Originally a free service for merchants uploading products, Google Shopping converted to a cost per click basis in the United States in October and has been steadily continuing that shift worldwide, with Europe scheduled to change in February. But one of the largest global online marketplaces (5 million live auction listings) has announced that it will continue to upload products to Google Shopping and will not be passing any of the extra costs on to its members, instead remaining one the most affordable outlets for sellers, going so far as to maintain the same simple, low fee structure it was founded on over ten years ago: eBid (http://www.ebid.net).
When Google Shopping originally launched in 2009, eBid became one of the first three online marketplaces to partner with the service. And recognizing what the loss of millions of potential buyers might mean to its members, eBid was also one of the first to announce its continued commitment to maintaining Google Shopping free of charge at a time when other online markets were discontinuing it or adding on additional service fees. From its founding, eBid has offered customers zero listing fees and a deduction of only 0% - 3% in final value fees compared to double digit selling fees that eBid's competitors charge, meaning that sellers can maximize their profits to the full.
Mark Wilkinson, co-founder of eBid said, "We launched eBid in 1999 with the goal of creating an affordable space for merchants of all sizes. Even as the e-commerce industry has been assaulted by varied economic forces, we have continued to keep our mission goals. I am confident that eBid remains one of the best values of any site, worldwide, and we have pledged to always maintain that. Our valued customers will not see an increase to their final value fees, nor will eBid adopt any other complicated and confusing fee structure as many sites do when confronted with a budgetary challenge. Our fourteen years in business have proven that."
eBid represents a $6 billion marketplace spanning 23 territories, covering more than 100 countries and five continents. Competitive features like zero insertion fees, low final cost fees, a "Make An Offer" button and "Multiple Item Checkout" as well as a generous affiliate program and wide territorial coverage have all combined to propel eBid into this top bracket. Transactions on eBid may be completed using multiple, secure payment systems, either PPPay.com, Google Wallet, PayPal, or Skrill (Moneybookers).
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). http://us.ebid.net/help_affiliate.php
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.
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