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9 days of free ebay listings and final value fee discounts

I opened up an eBay message on my phone this morning and was pleased to find that we have NINE days worth of free listings!!

From October 18th until midnight on the 26th October 2015.

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Ebay are giving us 100 listings to use over the next week and a bit and that’s not all, they’re giving us final value fee discounts too!

It seems to depend who you are as to what final value fee discounts you will get. Over my threw accounts I have two 50% discounts and one 75% discount.

The account which I received the 75% discount was the most active of my accounts in the last few weeks and I speculate this may be the reason for the enhanced offer.

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You should log in to check which offer you got and don’t forget that you need to accept the offer in order to take advantage of it.

Terms and conditions can be found here, although they are specific to the 75% offer.

What will you list in the next nine days?

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Free Listings and Final Value Fee Discounts this week at ebay

From today, that’s the 10th October 2015 for anyone reading in the future, until midnight on the 15th October 2015 you have 40 free ebay listings to use.

But there’s a kicker, you also get 50% off  the final value fees of those 40 items!

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So instead of just relisting everything that didn’t sell last month, have a think on what might sell for the most and list those things first.

As you’re getting a 50% discount on FVF fees which are of course dependent on the final sale price it makes sense to try and maximise the discount.

Happy listing.

Terms and conditions can be found here.

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MyHermes Finally Adds eBay Integration to Mobile Website

Regular readers will know that after the recent myHermes mobile website update the ability to import ebay shipments into your account on a mobile phone was removed.

I was extremely peeved about this because I only use my phone to book parcels, it’s a major hassle for me to use a computer and after much messing about I managed to find a dirty workaround.

Imagine my surprise and joy when I visited the myHermes website today to double check a price and I found an update!

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MyHermes have finally listened to us customers and added this feature and it’s really easy to use!

Once you’re logged in its really self explanatory.

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Simply click import now and choose your date range and myHermes will import the items you have sold and that have been paid for for you to edit and pay for!

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This will make my life so much easier when it comes to sending parcels, I’ve actually started sending parcels via the Royal Mail at the Post Office because it’s easier for me to walk two minutes down the road than it is to get on a computer and use the desktop website.

I’m so happy with this discovery that I tweeted myHermes to tell them so. Thanks myHermes!

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100 Free eBay Listings until 5th October 2015

Just a quick post today as I’m finding I have less and less time to post at the moment but there is currently an eBay promotion running until the 5th October.

I believe everyone who’s account is in good standing is eligible and you can find out if you have the offer by looking at my article here.

Terms and conditions can be found here and you need to opt in to take advantage.

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Final Summer Fling with 100 Free eBay Listings 26th to 31st August 2015

Starting NOW you have until midnight on 31st August 2015 to get listing.  Ebay new promotion which seems to have gone to everyone is centred around the end of the summer. As if we need reminding ebay!

They have even brought out a new set of graphics featuring deck chairs with Union Jack cushions on to illustrate this.

It’s an extended promotion meaning you have six whole days to take action.  I personally would recommend either starting your auctions on Thursday or a Friday at 3 day auctions to take advantage of them ending on either Sunday or Bank Holiday Monday evenings. Or if you want two weekends of eyeballs on your listings then start on Thursday and use 10 day auctions!

There are the usual terms and conditions and you have to opt in to receive the listings.

It will likely be that after this that ebay will revert back to their usual biweekly promotional schedule meaning that your next chance for free listings will not be until 13th September 2015.

So the choice is yours enjoy the last remaining days of the school holidays in the sunshine or do some listing! Of course the weather could always make that decision for us!

100 Free eBay Listings August 16th to 18th Invite Only

I received an email this morning inviting me to take advantage of 100 free eBay listings this morning. Only on one of my eBay accounts however.

This means I’ve had some kind of offer on at least one of my accounts for the last month.  I think eBay are shaking up their free listings promotions as there isn’t as far as I can see any pattern to which of my accounts receive the promotion.
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They’re also getting lazy as they’re using the same graphics for each one.

It’s opt in so you need to accept the offer and its for both auction and buy it now style listings.

You can check out the terms and conditions or learn how to check if you have the offer.

100 Free eBay Listings 4th to 10th August 2015

I think this offer is invite only as it had only landed on one of my accounts, but its definitely worth checking to see if you have an offer sat in your inbox.

This offer for 100 free auction style or fixed price with best offer began on 4th August but I have only just on the 6th seen it pop into my eBay messages and I didn’t get an email at all!

It’s opt in so don’t forget to accept and it runs until midnight on Monday 10th August. 

I plan on starting as many 10 day auctions as possible today (Thursday) and then stacking up some drafts in my eBay app to set live on Sunday for 7 day auctions, that way everything will end on Sunday 16th August.

Happy listing and if you didn’t get an invite, don’t worry, the weekend is just around the corner and there may well be more promotions to come!

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100 zero insertion fee listings 2nd to 4th August 2015

Bucking the recent trend of a free listings promotion every other week eBay has another 100 free listings from now until midnight 4th August 2015.

Terms and conditions can be found here.

It’s an opt in offer so you need to accept before listing or you’ll eat into your free monthly listings.

Sorry for the short post today!

How to Import eBay items into MyHermes on the new mobile site

If you’ve used the myhermes website  recently you will have noticed a nice looking redesign.  If you have used it on your mobile phone you will have noticed a responsive mobile friendly site like the one below.

Myhermes new responsive mobile theme

What you may also have noticed is that the option to import your parcels from eBay into MyHermes is gone.  I spent upward of an hour trying to find it on the new mobile site with no luck.  I also tried to display the websites desktop view with no luck.

I have an Android phone and tried using the chrome and native internet app with no luck.  I was quite annoyed because I exclusively book my shipments with myHermes using my phone. Often once I’ve sold items I’m at work or out and about and so the convenience of being able to import the shipments, book a courier or drop off, download a label and send it wirelessly to my printer at home is excellent.

I had my workflow down to a tee, bit the website update scuppered that.

Frustrated at not being able to do what was so easy the previous day I dug out my laptop and used that.

Fast forward a few days and I needed to book another item and tried again using the mobile site, I thought that perhaps it may have been added.  It hadn’t.

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I turned to twitter and tweeted the myhermes team. Unfortunately they didn’t get back to me and so the next day I tweeted them again.

It took a while but eventually they did get back to me by sending me half a tweet, they also emailed me which I thought was strange because just knowing someone’s twitter ID does not give you their email address. I assume they checked their records from when I tweeted previously about a missing parcel.

The reply was disheartening:

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The full reply  read:

Hi Mark! unfortunately you are unable to import eBay shipments using a mobile device. You will have to….use a desktop version or a different browser. Apologies for the inconvenience caused. Thank you, Nadia

I tried a different browser and most of the time using a desktop is not an option.  I replied saying unless I could find a way to do it then it was the end.

Where there’s a will there’s a way

Luckily I found a way. I don’t know how long it will last, if it will be updated soon, if it will work for you or if it will work on anything other than an Android phone running chrome but for me at the moment it works!

Log in

Visit MyHermes as normal on your mobile, log in to your account.  If you aren’t already logged in the following link will just take you to the log in prompt.

The Magic Link

Paste the following link into your web browser: https://www.myhermes.co.uk/RWD/customer/import-shipments.html?execution=e1s1

It should open up the import shipments screen and from there you can carry on as usual.  I managed to import a shipment, pay for it and download the label to print without any issues.

Home Screen Shortcut

I added this link to my home screen to make it a little easier to open.

Ugly formatting

Having revisited this link it is displaying a little bit ugly, however its still functional. Please let me know if it works for you.

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Conclusion

I will tweet myHermes about this and hope that they do nothing to change it until they add the functionality to import parcels in their new mobile website.  i can’t for the life of me figure out why it wasn’t an integral part of their new design, after all the website exists primarily for customers to book shipping with them and unless they are deluding themselves mobile is taking over.  In 2014 over 20% of all eBay transactions were completed using a mobile device;  be that a tablet or a mobile phone it is safe to say that a similar percentage of sellers are also using a mobile phone to do their business.  So why not include he ability to import shipments!  I’m sorry to rant but I feel quite strongly about this.

myHermes, if you’re reading please update the mobile website to allow the importing of ebay shipments, or at the very least release a link to allow those of us who wish to to use the desktop version without being forced to use the mobile version!