Archive for June, 2009

Vendio Extends Auctiva Bailout Plan to July 15

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

We’ve received an overwhelming response to Vendio’s Bailout Plan for Auctiva Sellers.  On top of this, we’ve also heard awesome feedback from customers who have switched from Auctiva to Vendio.

“Well first and foremost Vendio offered me a deal plain and simple! With Auctiva it was the free deal and then with almost no time to plan they switched to a fee based platform. I know that nothing is free forever, I can accept that.  That’s why I jumped at the offer to join Vendio. I can plan for the next year and half and know exactly what lies ahead of me.  While I am just a small time customer I do plan on increasing my sales and doing it with Vendio!  Thanks again Gary Kilduff ( isellstuffon )”

Therefore, first, we’d like to thank those of you who’ve made the switch.  We hope that the transition has been smooth and hey, by the way, did you notice that you also have a free online store to play with?

We also know that it’s the middle of summer and some of you may be busy with plans for the kids or taking a long, overdue vacation.  Perhaps you’re an Auctiva seller who hasn’t noticed that today (6/30) is the last day that Auctiva will remain free.  Have no fear, however, as we are extending our offer of “Free for 2009 and just $10/month in 2010″ until July 15th, 2009.

In an earlier blog post, we talked about why Vendio is a better choice for all types of sellers.  Here’s a recap:

Are you using Auctiva for image hosting and the sliding gallery? Here is why Vendio is a better choice:

  • FREE for 2009 (and buy yourself something nice with your $60 savings)
  • $10/month in 2010 for 2GB of images and no per listing image limits
  • Images for your FREE STORE are always FREE
  • Import your images to get started without any hassle
  • Advanced image management, bulk uploading, and more
  • Get the ORIGINAL sliding gallery FREE

Are you only selling on eBay?  Here is why Vendio is a better choice:

  • Get Multiple eBay ID support
  • Create new phone orders on-the-fly to augment your eBay sales
  • Use Coupons to encourage repeat sales
  • Customize all the forms and tables to your needs!
  • Enable bulk find and replace for most item data
  • Advanced profiles for common data
  • Advanced schedule automation (FREE!)
  • Audit your post-sale fulfillment
  • Access to advanced eBay Market Research and Analytics

Are you thinking about selling on Amazon or your own store?  Then Vendio is clearly the best choice.

  • Access to a fully customizable hosted FREE Hosted Store (Auctiva Commerce charges $9.95 plus 5% FVF!–Save hundreds or even thousands of dollars!)
  • Access to millions of Amazon.com buyers
  • Single listing form for ALL channels. Auctiva talks about a “one-page Lister,” but Vendio’s single page lister includes your store, eBay, AND Amazon.com in one page that you can customize to your needs
  • Inventory control across all the sales channels to ensure you don’t oversell
  • Sales fulfillment management from all channels in a single process
  • Automated feeds to comparison shopping engines

To sign up, click here.

Have questions?  Feel free to drop us a note.

We look forward to welcoming more new sellers coming onto the Vendio Platform.

Best regards,

The Vendio Team

Register Today! Free Webinar: Getting Started with Vendio

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

Receive a guided tour of all the great Vendio Platform features and have your questions answered. We know many sellers are considering switching from Auctiva given the new prices starting July 1st so now is your chance to see the Platform in action including:

1. Setting your Preferences with Vendio – Simply set it and forget it
2. Create simple shipping, payment, and tax profiles to use across items
3. A quick look at your items/ inventory and how to customize your view
4. The meat of the matter – creating listings and customizing the form
5. Importing items from eBay and Auctiva and much, much more

When: TODAY! Thursday, June 25th, 2009
Time: 3
pm (PST)

Click here to register!

Vendio Platform Announcement: Ready, Set, Import

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

We are very excited to announce that Vendio Platform users can now import inventory in bulk from any spreadsheet (CSV format) to their account as well as from Amazon.

  • To import inventory from spreadsheet, all you need to do is download the spreadsheet template, prepare your inventory file to match it and upload it into your account.
  • To import inventory from Amazon, you simply need to provide your alphanumeric Amazon seller ID (instructions are available on the import page!)

View a screenshot, click here.

You can also apply existing selling profiles (shipping, payment, tax, policies) to incoming data so your items will be ready to go as soon as they are imported into Vendio.  You can even set items to be automatically available for sale in your Vendio store upon import.

These file import capabilities, in addition to our eBay import, means that regardless of where you sell or how much you sell, switching to Vendio is fast and easy.

And remember, the Vendio Platform includes a free online  store, Google Product Search distribution as well as item, order and customer management for FREE.  Whether you sell 10 or 10,000 items in your Vendio store – you’ll get free eCommerce web hosting, pay no image hosting fees, listing fees or success fees.  Import your entire inventory and sell it in a Vendio store for free!

If you’re interested in extending the Vendio Platform to marketplace such as eBay or Amazon, it’s just 10 bucks a month plus a small percentage of total sales.  We’re offering a free 60 Day trial and waiving our Amazon fees for the rest of 2009.

If you’re an Auctiva customer seeking a better alternative, please check out our Bailout Plan for Auctiva Auctiva Sellers.

There’s no reason not to join, so sign up today. Have questions?  Please leave a comment below or tweet them to us.

The Vendio Team

Register Today! Free Webinar: Getting Started with Vendio

Friday, June 19th, 2009

Receive a guided tour of all the great Vendio Platform features and have your questions answered. We know many sellers are considering switching from Auctiva given the new prices starting July 1st so now is your chance to see the Platform in action including:

1. Setting your Preferences with Vendio – Simply set it and forget it
2. Create simple shipping, payment, and tax profiles to use across items
3. A quick look at your items/ inventory and how to customize your view
4. The meat of the matter – creating listings and customizing the form
5. Importing items from eBay and Auctiva and much, much more

When: Friday, June 19th, 2009
Time:
2pm (PST)

To register for the Free Vendio Getting Started Webinar, please send an email to service@corp.vendio.com and include “webinar” in the subject line. We will email you with the webinar log in information.

Vendio Press Release: 2009 eBay Star Developer Awards

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Vendio Research Claims “First Loser” Prize at 2009 eBay Star Developer Awards

Employees Found Muttering and Twittering

Sad Mateo, California. June 17, 2009. Vendio Services, Inc. today learned of their shocking defeat at eBay’s Developer Conference, being named “Runner-Up” in the Most Innovative Application category. While acknowledging their appreciation for this prestigious honor, it didn’t take their ridiculously awesome Vendio eBay Market Research to identify the sadness behind their bold public faces.

Adorned in his “Second Place is the First Loser” t-shirt, EVP Mike Effle humbly accepted the award and vowed to drive on toward 2010. He was later caught in the hallway of eBay’s Developer’s Conference muttering something about Vendio’s previous victories in this competition, being the only ones with eBay Motors data, and having started Research years ago even before eBay knew such analytics were useful to the Marketplace.

Back at the office, Vendio employees had to stop themselves from methodically chanting, “We’re Number Two!!!” when their confusing peace signs attracted an enormous hippie following and the ensuing drum circle disrupted the workplace environment. Most sheepishly admitted it was “fun while it lasted” despite their affinity for South Park’s Cartman.

Ardent race fan and Account Manager Chris was the first to post on Twitter that Bobby Unser eloquently said, “Nobody remembers who finished second but the guy who finished second.” He later realized that it was no time for elocution and simply quoted Stroker Ace’s “Second sucks.” Unfortunately, he lost followers when trying to describe the confusion around Ricky Bobby’s “If you ain’t first, you’re last.” And “last” just sounded worse than “first loser” anyway.

Upon hearing the news, the office Top Gun fans immediately began constructing the mantle in the ladies bathroom as the rightful place for the alternate’s plaque while noting that there indeed are “no points for second place.” Tom Cruise could not be reached for comment.

Finally, office marathon runner Tim recalled Carlos Lopes saying: “Second place is not a defeat. It is a stimulation to get better. It makes you even more determined.” With that, the team huddled in the ladies bathroom, gazed upon the mantle that would hold their prize and vowed not to rest until 2010, when they fully expect to capture the First Winner prize.

Vendio Platform Adds Store Directory

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

We want to update you on a link you might have seen on the Vendio Site (if you are one of those who like to find things before we announce them – and you know who you are!!). We’ve compiled a directory of Vendio Platform stores to aid you in SEO (search engine optimization). (And [...]

eBay Selling Tip: List 5 Free, Not a Good Option for All

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Today eBay started their “List 5 Free” pricing structure. Sellers will get their first five auction-style listings free of any insertion fees when listed through the standard Sell Your Item or Simple listing form. However, the final value fee for these first five listings is 8.75% across the board or $20, whichever is less. Compared to previous final value fee pricing, this is actually an increase in fees for some scenarios.

Typically, the final value fees are tiered so that as closing price increases, final value fee fees decrease. For example, on an item that starts at $150 and sells for $300:

Old Fee Structure:
$2 insertion fee + final value fees 8.75% of the first $25 of closing value, 3.5% of the remaining amount = $13.82

List 5 Free Fee Structure:
Waived insertion fee + final value fee 8.75% of $300 = $26.25 (so you get charged $20).

So, for that same listing, fees would have been the $2 listing fee, $2.19 for the first $25, and $9.63 for the next $275. Add these all together and it totals $13.82. That’s a $6.18 (45%) increase. Those aren’t the greatest savings in the world…

How to take advantage of eBay’s List 5 for Free:

The special pricing isn’t all bad though. Items selling for $25 or less will be cheaper than normal because of the lack of insertion fees. This results in a savings of $0.10-$0.55 depending on what category the listings are in.

The other case where this ends up saving money is for items with higher starting values and closing prices. For example, if you have an item starting at $400 and selling for $500, the $3 listing fee is waived and the final value fee is $20 vs. $21.82 on the previous pricing ($3 listing and $18.82 in FVFs). So for low and high ticket sellers this is definitely an option where some money could be saved. However, for sellers who have mid ticket items please be advised as you may be paying more if you take advantage of this new pricing.