SimDragon's Journal

Friday, June 20, 2008

The end of ebay?

Recent changes to have royally pissed off sellers and buyers alike - limiting payment method to PayPal (or cash on pick up only), and removing the ability to leave anything other than positive feedback for buyers, even if they don't pay.

As someone who has regularly used ebay as both a seller and a buyer since mid 2004, I am one of the people who is very unhappy with the changes. Although ebay claim they are making it "safer" to buy / sell, all they are doing are reaping higher profits for themselves (since they own PayPal and get extra fees per transaction there), and making it so that problem buyers can no longer be identified in advance via negative / neutral feedback. Every way you look at it, there are no pluses for buyers, only big reasons to leave and move to a competitor's site. And that's exactly what I've done.

At first, I had no idea what other Australian auction sites existed... after all. ebay is pretty synonymous with online auction. But thanks to a facebook ad, I discovered Oztion, and through another ad I've also found BidMate. Unsurprisingly, both have experienced phenomenal growth in the last couple of months, in light of the notification from ebay about their changes.

Both are sooooo much cheaper than ebay. The cost of setting up a shop was prohibitive on ebay, but for $5 a month on Oztion I figured I'd give it a go! And a shop looks to be completely fee on BidMate!

On first impressions, Oztion is a very professional, well thought out site. I think it will become the replacement for ebay in Australia.

BidMate is not nearly as professional (it looks to be a one man shop - more power to Ron!), and information is scarce - you basically have to ask a question on the forum to find out how anything works... but that aside, BidMate has the cheapest fees, plus it offers a very generous $80 in seller credit right now, so sellers won't have to pay a thing for quite some time after signing up! With that in mind I figured, why not!

I've created accounts on both, and will test them both out. Watch this space for further impressions after I've used them a bit more!

Monday, June 09, 2008

Just a quickie tonight... I'm trying out a new site that looks to be an interesting take on affiliate marketing, putting it all together under one "shop". Different groups can set up a "shop" as a means of fundraising, and can show what they are fundraising for. Check it out: AShopFor.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Wow, it's been over 2 months since my last post here... In that time I've posted a few "notes" in Facebook rather than coming here to Blogger; although Facebook does import this blog of mine into facebook, it leaves each post untitled (it used to show the first sentence as the title, which was better!), so I've just posted there instead. So for those of you not on Facebook...

Eva is now 12 weeks old. She is a gorgeous little soul, and absolutely no trouble at all! She feeds well and sleeps extremely well - she started sleeping through around 2 weeks; now we average one or two 7 hour sleeps at night each week, and 5 hour sleeps the other nights. She gives us beautiful smiles and gorgeous coos. She is simply a gem!

Ariana is quite the little lady now, and she is such a cutie. Her vocabulary (in both languages) is continually expanding. We can generally understand what she wants (mostly Wiggles!!). The poor little mite isn't so well at the moment, but hopefully her fever will pass soon.

In the past week or so I've finally been able to get back into some sort of rhythm with doing work. My Sound Therapy business is picking up; considering how little time I spend on it, I think it's doing extremely well! I am also in the process of setting up my own web hosting business (as a reseller for the company I have been referring friends and clients to), and I will collaborate with some of Marcos' friends in Argentina to offer a variety of web development services. It will be fun to see how all that pans out. ;)

We now have a family website at - at the moment there is mostly info (photos, videos etc) about the girls... I've started a page there for myself but it's not finished yet, as I keep changing my mind about what to do with it! :P So for now my old SimDragon's Lair is still my primary personal site, but that will change when I finally decide how much of that old stuff to keep. Thoughts welcome. :)