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I am back!!! I know, it’s about time. I’m so sorry it’s been so long. Was not intentional, believe me. I’m going to spotlight some items that I made myself for my first blog. Then I will start spotlighting others’ items as I can. This will actually be just some of the tote bags I’ve made. These are all one of a kind bags. There are also wristlets and cosmetic bags, along with handbags available only at http://www.onlineauction.com/store/callmemomo

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The First Live ola-radio Show For onlineauction.com

The first live radio show for onlineauction.com has just ended. And what a wonderful show it was!! Appropriately, Chris Fain was the guest of the evening.  He discussed the current upgrades and some of what is coming up for upgrades such as the Penny Over going to Fixed Price format. He re-emphasized the Founding Membership fee not increasing for life, discussed some of the new search options and more. To hear all of what was discussed, go to http://www.ola-radio.com/ and listen to the iTunes archive. This will not be available until probably sometime tomorrow, so if you can’t find it, check back.

Dave and Sparky were in their own true forms as is the norm. Gotta love those guys!!! They love to play and have fun, but still manage to take care of the business at hand and get the information they are seeking from their guests. Scott Pooler joined in in the chat room and had his own questions for Chris, which were also promptly answered. Scott always knows what to ask and how to ask it. YAY Scott!!! According to Dave and Sparky, there were over 220 live listeners, which is certainly not a bad number for a debut internet show. There were maybe 15 or so users (including moi) on the live chats to ask questions, make comments and chit chat. It was both informative and a lot of fun. Hope to see even more next week and the week after that and…..

If you would care to check out the “new” OLA, please come on over to www.onlineauction.com and take a look-see. If you would like to join next week’s ola-radio show (Thursday evening 9E, 8C, 7M and 6P times), just come on over here: http://www.ola-radio.com/ at the appropriate time in your time zone. We’d love to see you there.

Mystery Auctions Alive and Well at onlineauction.com

I’ve started a new mystery auction at onlineauction.com. It is another jewelry auction. I know, what about the men? I’m working on that (so far just in my head but….). Anyway, for the ladies or the lady in your life, here is what I have and it can be found here: http://www.onlineauction.com/index.php?page=auction:view_item&auction_id=693200

 

From Then and Now and Back Again Jewelry Mystery Auction!!!

From then and now and back again jewelry mystery auction. It will begin with a then AND now jewelry set in black with two tone metal. Very elegant. That is all I can say. For every $3.00 increase in bids, a piece from THEN or a piece from NOW will be added. There is no minimum; there is no maximum. There is no telling what you might find. There will be vintage, not so vintage, new, chic, elegant and who knows what else in this mystery auction. All I can say for sure is you won’t be sorry or disappointed in what you receive.

As is the norm, you are bidding on the necklace and earring set described. Any other surprises you find in the package are my gifts to you.


ONLINEAUCTION.COM SELLERS ARE AT IT AGAIN!!!

I promised to keep you informed if any new events were going to be coming up on OLA.com. Well, the OLA sellers are at it again. There is going to be a ONE DAY ONLY SALE on Thursday, June 19th. This sale will be running from 12:01 am Pacific time until Midnight Pacific time. All items will be listed in the Sellers Specials category and will be in the Penny Over format. For those of you who don’t know what the Penny Over format is, it is OLA’s equivalent to a fixed price format auction. The only difference is that the item is listed for one penny less than the actual buying price. For example, something you see listed at $4.99 will actually cost $5.00 and so forth.

The participating sellers have all agreed to list special items at no more than $4.99 (or $5.00). Again, these will all be listed in the Sellers Specials category. You will also find other great bargains in that category that are not part of the sale itself, but still at great prices. The ones that are on special for that day only will have it noted in their titles.

As this is really still in the planning stages, there are “things” to be worked out. As “things” are finalized, there will be updates here and on other blogs. In the meantime, you can sign up to participate in this sale as a seller in the What’s for Sale on OLA forum or just go there to see more information about it. The list of sellers participating is growing literally by the minute, so there is sure to be some wonderful items up for grabs (and I mean GRABS), so be sure to come by that day or even earlier to check out the happenings!!!

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Onlineauction.com is Booming!!

I sell on onlineauction.com as many of you already know. I wanted to say I have seen a large influx of both new sellers and new buyers in the recent weeks. I personally have sold to several new buyers recently. Anyone who thinks OLA isn’t growing needs to look again. But there are some misconceptions that I would like to try and clear up for those with questions and/or concerns:

First: that there is no bidding taking place. The majority of sales going on at OLA at the moment are called Penny Overs. This is the equivalent to that other place’s Buy it Now with one exception. The buy price is listed at one penny less than the buy actually is. For example, if an item is listed for $4.99 on Penny Over, you would put in the quantity that you would like. Just to make it simple, let’s just say you only want one. You would put in the one and submit your “bid”. You would then see that you have bought a quantity of one for $5.00. This being equivalent to a fixed price format (which it will be changing to this summer, by the way), that item is then sold. The “bid” won’t show because the item will no longer be listed.  Therefore, since this is the majority of sales right now, it LOOKS as if there is no traffic or sales going on. There is. I personally have sold over 140 items since February.

Second: that you have to pay $4 a month to buy on OLA. Absolutely not true!!! The Verified Buyers program is set up specifically to safeguard both buyer and seller in the cases of large purchases. These would mainly be considered Real Estate and vehicle sales, etc. The basic buyer membership, which is FREE, allows a buyer to buy $1000.00 a day with no verification fees. Now, even some sellers do not understand this, so yes, you might run into one or two who have chosen the Verified Buyer Only option, but who aren’t selling high ticket items. We are working on getting ALL sellers to understand that this is NOT a good thing to do. If you do run into a seller who requires you to be verified to buy a $3.00 item, please o-mail them and ask them to take that off their listing. The rules are comprehensive in the Rules sections, but not all read them. There is also still some “eBay mentality” at work, and who can blame them, so they think they are safer doing it this way. So I will make a plea here to both sellers and buyers alike. Sellers DO NOT USE the verified buyers only option on your “regular” items; and buyers, please do not misunderstand what that option is and if you see it, help the seller out by mentioning it. Thank you.

Third: searches are messy. Not really. It can be convoluted at times, but there are a few things to remember. It is easier if you type in what you are looking for. If you don’t find it under the plural use of your keyword, try the singular. Also, once in a searched page, it is not impossible to get back to where you were. Use the backspace arrow. If you get an error page, use it again. It’s not really all that difficult. Also, yes, there are items in categories that don’t belong where they are. So if you use the category and find a bunch of listings from one seller that don’t belong there, it usually just means they did not re-map their categories when importing their listings from across the way. Send them a gentle o-mail if you like to remind them. But don’t give up on searching because of it. That just doesn’t even make sense. There is a whole new site coming this summer. In that will be 4-tiered categories, meaning more detailed searches.  This is exciting news to say the least.

Fourth: No Google Search. Well, this is partially true at the moment. Right now, a lot of sellers put their own listings into Google Base. I don’t because I haven’t gotten that far. However, the reason OLA items haven’t shown up in Google is because Google only recognizes fixed price format, not Penny Over. Therefore, onlineauction.com is changing the way it runs its fixed price items. See First above. So starting this summer, OLA items WILL be in Google Search. So jump in and get your items listed NOW before that starts so you already have your place established.

I guess that’s all I have to rant about for today!!! Hopefully, this has answered some questions for some and put aside some concerns for others. No one has anything to lose by either buying on OLA (because it’s FREE to do so) or selling on OLA (at $8.00 a month, why not?). It really is worth a shot. Heck, we’ve all had to take the plunge. Oh, and the customer service at OLA are actually REAL people. Yes, I said REAL people. The administration listens to us, which is unheard of elsewhere. AND we have a heck of a good time on the boards. Come on over and play with us!!!  

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