UK merchants & webmasters reap rewards from eBid’s free online auction service
Since its launch earlier this year, eBid’s (http://www.ebid.co.uk) unique ‘Auction Network’
affiliate programme has proved to be a big hit among merchants and community site webmasters
nationwide. Over 200 companies have already signed up to the programme, which enables them
to download eBid’s proven online auction engine, free of charge, to run on their own web
site. The consequent benefits for each affiliate include enhanced site content, an increase
in the number of ‘eyeballs’ viewing their site, plus a boost in revenues.
Examples of current ‘Auction Network’ partners with an eBid powered online auction facility
include: www.psi-soft.co.uk, one of the UK’s leading Pokémon trading community web sites;
www.greatxscape.com, a popular ISP and portal; http://www.jaspersdomain.com, a site selling internet
domain names; http://www.golfstore.co.uk, a leading UK golf e-tailer; http://www.redstar-computing.co.uk,
a reseller of computer processors and http://www.sdmodels.co.uk, merchants of model omnibuses and
other collectables. The diversity of these examples demonstrates the fact that webmasters
and merchants within almost any sector can benefit from eBid’s ‘Auction Network’.
Simeon Jones, MD of Pokémon trading community web site Psi-soft, said: "eBid has provided
really good customisation and support for our online auction site. Furthermore, the
partnership has generated tremendous business benefits to my company in terms of increasing
revenue stream, cutting costs and saving time and resources spent on supporting our own
online auction feature."
eBid’s ‘Auction Network’ is split into two categories: ‘Shop Front’ for UK retailers and
wholesalers and ‘Webmaster’ for UK community site webmasters. Registration for either
category can be done within seconds via eBid’s home page (http://www.ebid.co.uk). The next step is
to download eBid’s proven online auction software - which takes a matter of minutes - and to
then choose the colour scheme and categories that best match the affiliate’s own web site
design and content.
The difference between the two categories is that merchants put their own items up for
auction online - from end-of-line goods to, potentially, the entire inventory. No listing
fees are charged. These items will be the only ones shown on the merchant’s own web site.
However, the selected items will be simultaneously pooled across all non-competitive
community webmaster sites within eBid’s ‘Auction Network’, giving vendors instant access to
hundreds of thousands of potential buyers.
Merchants that do not have a web site can also capitalise from eBid’s ‘Auction Network’. All
they need to do is download an easy-to-use Excel spreadsheet via eBid’s main site, complete
full details of the products they want to auction and then upload the spreadsheet to eBid to
trigger the online auction process. Merchants will be informed of the highest bidder’s
contact details as soon as each auction closes.
Webmasters do not put items up for auction online. They simply add to their existing content
as every single item put up for auction on eBid is automatically listed on each affiliate
webmaster site. Furthermore, webmasters boost revenues by partnering eBid - all auction
revenues generated from a webmaster site are shared on a 50/50 basis.
As aggregator of its ‘Auction Network’, eBid takes responsibility for the day-to-day running
and administration across all partner sites. This role includes calculating revenues per
affiliate, plus keeping buyers and sellers informed of each stage of individual auctions via
Background on eBid (http://www.ebid.co.uk)
Since its launch in February 1999, eBid has established a loyal database of users creating
well over 500,000 page impressions a month. Designed solely for the UK market, eBid
incorporates more than 650 categories, from computer hardware & software, internet domain
names, clothing and antiques & collectables to electrical goods, cars, music and toys &
games. eBid’s active and trustworthy online community is protected by escrow services (via
http://www.itrustyou.com), free insurance cover and self-regulating user feedback mechanisms - all
integrated into a secure web site system.
For further information
Contact Sally Bratton, eBid PR Director, on 01895 676139 or 07930 301601, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Gary Sewell, MD of eBid on 0208 249 2700 or email email@example.com
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