Sellers can now give buyers the option of picking up items locally. If you're a seller and you don't mind conducting your business in person, you may select the "Allow Local Pickup" checkbox and potential buyers will know they can meet you to conduct the transaction in person. Buyers and Sellers can use the Webstore Message Board after a sale to coordinate a meet.
The "Allow Local Pickup" checkbox can be found just beneath the existing "International Shipping" option in both the Easypost and long listing forms.
As an added bonus for those sellers who already have many items listed but would like to offer the Local Pickup option, we have added a new section to the Bulk Updates page which can be used to update all active listings at once to enable the Local Pickup option. This feature can be found in [ Members Area > Selling > Bulk Updates ].
Furthermore, we have added a new default in selling preferences so sellers can enable Local Pickup by default in all future listings. You can find your selling defaults in [ Members Area > My Account > Selling Prefs ].
As always, if you have any questions on Webstore features, please contact our helpful support staff using the "Contact Us" link at the top of every Webstore page.
We are very excited to announce the release of the Webstore API to the developer community.
We have been impressed with the applications developers have managed to build by data-scraping our web site, so we can’t wait to see what you’ll do with a supported API!
Applications can use the API to easily integrate basic Webstore services such as site searches, conduct transactions, and even seller functions.
The API uses standard OAuth authentication to allow applications to safely access the Webstore service on a member's behalf without requesting his user name or password. A simpler subset of OAuth can be used to access REST API resources that do not require member authorization, such as site searches.
In order to kick off our new Webstore Affiliates Reward Program (WARP) we are going to pay $1 per qualified buyer to all WARP participants for the month of July. Contact Webstore support to sign up for WARP.
Now there's another way to make money on Webstore. We are proud to announce the new Webstore Affiliate Rewards Program (WARP). Through this program we will pay for every new buyer you bring to Webstore.
Webstore sellers will benefit two-fold as they increase their own sales through their individualized promotion, PLUS, earn additional money for every new buyer they bring to Webstore. Others can simply earn additional income by promoting Webstore and bringing new qualified buyers to our marketplace.
Let's add another zero to that. "Word of mouth" is very powerful, and now, with over 100,000 active Webstore members, we have the potential (and a great opportunity) to reach a huge audience simply by spreading the word about Webstore to friends, co-workers, family. If every Webstore member was able to sign up 10 people, our membership would reach 1 million in a very short amount of time. That would mean 10x current sales for sellers, and millions of additional items to choose from for buyers. Not to mention the continued growth that would be generated once new members get to talking.
As a company, we're doing everything we can to increase our user base, but it can't compare to what YOU can do as our members and supporters. Help spread the word with Youtube videos, Facebook/Twitter posts, Blogs, online Forums / Groups, and even offline by mentioning Webstore to people you know. Let everyone know to check Webstore first when looking to purchase online.
Send a note to customer support to let us know what you've done to help spread the word. Include pictures, videos, and/or links to your public post and receive a free gift.
Sellers may now specify the Brand, Manufacturer's Product Number (MPN), and UPC/ISBN of items in their listings.
These new attributes will soon be used in new Webstore features/programs which will be unveiled this summer. Sellers are encouraged to add these new attributes to all their new (and existing) listings as soon as possible to be ready for the new features to come. Adding the new attributes to existing listings is easy with our new quick edit options described below.
All new attributes will be "searchable".
More Quick Edit options have been added to seller's open items view.
Sellers may now edit the Postage amount as well as the new attributes Brand, MPN, and UPC/ISBN directly in the open items view in the members area.
Pinterest is a new social media sensation which has been making the news lately. In our ongoing efforts to provide the best promotional tools to our sellers, we have added Pinterest buttons to item pages. As Pinterest is an image based site, the new Pinterest buttons will only appear on item listings with images.
We hope that through the use of the new Pinterest button, in addition to our other social media buttons, Webstore buyers and sellers can help increase exposure and increase sales.
From the Pinterest website:
"Pinterest is a virtual pinboard. Pinterest allows you to organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. You can browse pinboards created by other people to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests."
Webstore sellers can now offer Coupon/Promo Codes to buyers...just in time for the holidays!
By using Coupon/Promo Codes (issued individually by sellers), buyers can receive special discounts on shipping or item pricing. Buyers must utilize Self-Checkout in order to enter codes and receive associated discounts.
Coupon/Promo Codes may be added by sellers for individual items or groups of items.
The holidays are coming, so be prepared with some blockbuster deals for your customers!
Click here to see a sample Coupon/Promo Code in action and a chance to purchase our new Webstore travel mug at a special price.
More new Webstore features will be launched soon which are based on Coupon/Promo Codes, so start getting familiar with them today.
Learn all about our new Promo Codes on the following help page.
We have now added Google +1 buttons to many of our Webstore "landing" pages. Please take a moment to +1 Webstore on our home page, and make note of the new +1 button locations throughout Webstore so that you may take advantage of this new Google service to increase the exposure of specific Webstore pages you like within the Google ecosystem.
You will find +1 Buttons on the following Webstore pages:
Webstore.com home page Please take a moment to +1 our homepage!
Item Pages +1 Button is located in the social media section (titled "Share:") just underneath the title bar on the right side near the Facebook, Twitter, and other social media share buttons.
Store Home Pages +1 Button is located in the left margin, next to the RSS Subscribe button, and the Twitter button.
Seller's Other Items Pages +1 Button is located in the upper right in the title portion, next to the RSS Subscribe button and the Twitter button.
NOTE: When the +1 button is dark blue, that means you have successfully performed +1 on the page; when the +1 button is white then the page is not +1.
We hope that through the use of the new Google +1 button, in addition to our other social media buttons, Webstore buyers and sellers can help increase exposure and increase sales.
Webstore has been chosen as a finalist in the Readers' Choice Awards on About.com.
Webstore.com: Best Place to Sell Online for Antiques/Collectibles
From the article:
Nominations are over and YOU have spoken for About.com's 2011 Readers' Choice Awards. Here on the Collectibles site there are three categories of finalists. There were well over fifty different nominations that were whittled down to the top five in each category.
Please head on over to the link below and cast your vote today!
Sellers may now select to list their items with Calculated Shipping costs rather than Fixed Price Shipping costs. Actual postage prices are displayed to buyers specific to their destination zip codes for the shipping method chosen by the seller on the item listing and throughout the checkout process.
For more information on how to add the calculated shipping option to your items, see our help page.
NEW! We have implemented search suggestions for our main search box.
When typing into our main search box, our search system will now make suggestions based on the most popular searches being performed at Webstore. We hope this new feature will help buyers find what they're looking for, and help sellers see what's hot this holiday season.
For Members Only: On every listing details page, just below the item title, we have added a new link titled "Suggest New Category". While browsing listings, if you happen across an item which you feel is improperly categorized, you may click this link and suggest a new category for the item. After administrative review, the item will be will be recategorized (if appropriate).
You will need to be logged in to see/use this new feature.
We are happy to announce the availability of Webstore Google Base Feeds for sellers!
Google Product Search offers exciting new possibilities and added exposure for your items on Webstore! Best of all, sellers don't need to do anything to participate in our Google Base Feed Program.
Qualified sellers will be automatically enrolled(see below for details).
Formerly Google Products and Froogle, Google Product Search is a product comparison service by Google Inc. Products are submitted to Google Product Search in the form of electronic "feeds" through Google Base. Products submitted to Google in this form may appear in Google Web Searches, Google Product Searches, Google Maps, or any other of Google's services where they are determined to be relevant. ... Read More
In order to meet our growing demands and ensure the safety of your data both right now and into the future, Webstore has recently upgraded our server hardware and moved our operations to the ViaWest State-Of-The-Art Data Center in Denver, Colorado!
Due to popular demand, what started as just a Crafts Marketplace expanded to include all
categories of merchandise in the later part of 2008. In late November of 2008 we began a marketing campaign to help expand
Webstore's reach and bring more buyers.
We are happy to announce that due to these
marketing efforts, in just a few short months, membership increased by 200% and our overall listings increased by 500%. ... Read More