Listia Stories: The Awesome Trading System

Listia Stories features you, and all of the Listia community members. Tell us about the friendships you’ve made, or why you love Listia. Members whose stories are published here on the blog receive a unique Listia All-Star Badge, 5 Listia stickers which will arrive in the mail & 100 bonus credits deposited into your Listia account. Email your entries to Ilove@listia.com.

allstar3_051315(kweandee) One of my best friends referred me to Listia back in February of last year. She said it was a great way to get rid of old stuff and get new stuff in it’s place. We have been absolutely addicted ever since! I’m one of those people who hate throwing good stuff away or sticking it in a drawer to collect dust when someone else out there who could enjoy them, yet there’s only so many items places take in terms of donations (mostly just clothes). Listia was the perfect place to put them. I love seeing the things I have find a new home with people who will appreciate them as much as I did and aside from finding an array of new items to enjoy myself, I’ve been able to find a variety of items to give as gifts to my family and friends as well. The people I’ve met on here are also some of the friendliest people I’ve ever known. I honestly can’t say I’ve never had a better online experience then I’ve had on this site and just wanted to say thank you to whoever created it. :)

allstar2_051315(ssj4ubuy) I just want you (Listia) to know that I have been partially disabled and have depression and anxiety issues and my last year or more has been spent checking in and listing the best items possible and have really enjoyed helping people get interesting things. I have made efforts to get people to join as much as I can and list as much as possible also. I really want to earn the all star badge because I have been trying my hardest to send super fast with tracking and insurance even many times and always have been fair if someone has any issues. I truly believe in this site and the awesome trade system you guys and gals are providing. Thanks for your consideration and for making Listia. It’s the only auction site I use. No Amazon or eBay even. Thanks again for everything you provide!!

allstar1_051315(97141mom) I remember waking up at 7am one early morning and I clicked on Facebook and saw a post about Listia. I was curious. So, after I signed up, I noticed a lot of people giving stuff away. I was hooked. I am a part time self-employed divorced mother who has been through hard times and good times. I am also a true artist who loves art. I found good friendships and art supplies so I can fulfill my dreams. I believe Listia has helped me with that. I’ve found some good friends on here, who appreciate me for me and enjoys life.

Listia Stories: I Can Always Find Something For Everyone in my Life

Listia Stories features you, and all of the Listia community members. Tell us about the friendships you’ve made, or why you love Listia. Members whose stories are published here on the blog receive a unique Listia All-Star Badge, 5 Listia stickers which will arrive in the mail & 100 bonus credits deposited into your Listia account. Email your entries to Ilove@listia.com.

allstar1_042915 (Pythoness) I haven’t been with Listia long but I’ve had nothing but wonderful interactions with everyone on this site! I’ve had some physical problems lately and been very homebound but today was a good day for me. I was able to go get the mail myself today and WOW what a surprise I got!! Seven items that I won ALL came in the mail today! Every piece was perfect and some even better than I expected. I felt I had to share this with you and let you know that you have some wonderful sellers and one very happy newbie! Thanks so much for this site…it has brought me some happiness. :-)

allstar2_042915 (aaronhanshew) I have come to absolutely love and worship this site. It is one of the greatest sites hands-down when it comes to trading and getting things that you want. I have rebuilt my RPG collection from this site and I love vintage video games and this site always has what I want! Some people may be weary when it comes to Listia but I think it’s one of the greatest inventions ever (way better than eBay). You can get everything that you need on this site and more! I make sure I check it every day to see if auctions have come up that I would be interested in. It’s always fun listing an auction on the site, too. Who wouldn’t want to get rid of something they don’t need anymore and get something that they DO need!? A big thanks to Listia and everyone who keeps it running smooth. I love this site and will always appreciate its treasures!

allstar3_042915 (valentinasullivan) I started with Listia via a friend’s Facebook page in 2012. I never really did much with it until the end of 2014. I quickly became hooked! I have met so many friends on Listia and have had so much fun doing various auctions that people have loved. I can’t thank you all for Listia as I am disabled and this is one of the only ways I have to communicate with other people. Listia has helped me branch out and become a happier person! I am a Listian for life! Listia has allowed me to get rid of things I don’t need and get new items I do need or want. I tell people all the time about Listia and the wonderful things it’s allowed me to do. I can’t imagine my life without Listia and my Listia family! Thank you so much for such a wonderful site! ♥

allstar4_042915 (MystLyn) Listia has been my number one way of finding gifts for my family and friends. Whether it’s Christmas, a birthday, or just because; I can always find something for everyone in my life. It’s quick, easy, and great. I don’t have to go to the store, I can sit at home and bid for the items! Most Listians ship fast! It’s great to be a part of Listia!

Listia Stories: It’s the People That Matter

allstar3_041515(LizzieBelle82) Listia has brought a new phase in my life. I have lost interest in just about everything lately, but Listia helped me “come back to life”, so to speak. Sometimes you “meet” people that are genuinely kind or who even genuinely could use some help.  I met a 70-year-old grandmother and she was so sweet so I surprised her with a bunch of office stuff for her grandkids.  I didn’t do it for points; more of a thank you or anything else in return.  I did it because she is part of what makes up Listia and part of what has helped me feel alive again.  Finding cool stuff and “fighting” through auctions is fun, but it’s the people that matter and the stories you hear. That’s why I love Listia!

allstar4_041515(Triciakidd96) I’ve been a member for a little over a year now. When I first joined, I was more thinking it might be a nice way for me to be able to get gifts for my Fiancé without him knowing about them in advance. We both are disabled and live on a very fixed income, so buying gifts… well, there just isn’t money for that! With Listia, I have the ability to get my whole family and friends gifts now. I think the best part of Listia are the friendships I’ve made here! From the moment I joined, I had people taking time from their busy lives to help me learn how to navigate my way around both the website and learn the android app. The people here on Listia have become my second family for sure!! Thank you Listia!!

allstar1_041515 (biocin) When I first joined Listia in December of 2013, I quickly decided that this was for me! I had to think awhile to decide if I had anything to offer for auction interesting enough to snag my first win! (It was a successful auction and I was hooked!) As you know, I frequently spend hours checking my bids, writing messages, and greeting new fans. Thank you Listia for putting up with me and for having such an engaging website. I meet people every day and don’t have to leave the house! I LOVE IT!

allstar2_041515(montybrannigan) My name is Monty and I truly believe that Listia is the greatest site I’ve ever had the privilege of signing up for. I’ve met some interesting people and at times have learned new things (and I like to learn). Some of things I’ve won on here I don’t think I would have found otherwise. Coin, cards and comics that I needed for my collections. Not to mention birthdays, Christmas and other presents that fit my people just right. And thanks to all the great people that bid on my stuff you make it all possible. I will be on this site a long time to come. Thank you Listia.

Fixed Price Listings

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Today we are excited to announce the arrival of a new feature on Listia: Fixed Price Listings!

Fixed Price Listings are different from today’s auctions in that there’s no bidding involved, and instead there is only a Get It Now (GIN) option. Some info about this new type of listing:

  1. Fixed Price Listings may only be listed by sellers with the Trusted Seller badge.
    Knowing the exact price you want for an item takes experience, so we want to make sure only sellers who’ve earned the Trusted Seller badge have this capability. There are no restrictions on who can place a GIN bid, though.
  2. A listing fee of 50 credits is applied when the item is listed.
  3. If the item sells, there is a 10% transaction fee based on the GIN amount.
    This amount is only deducted when you receive credits for the item.
  4. Listings can be created on the Web starting today, and support on our Android and iOS apps is coming soon.
  5. In almost every other way, these listings behave just like Auction Listings.

This new type of listing will benefit both sellers and buyers:

Seller Benefits

  • List with a fixed price to make sure you get the exact amount of credits you want. Have a valuable item that might only attract a few bidders? A Fixed Price Listing can help remove a lot of the uncertainty that may come with auctions and bidding.
  • For high volume sellers, Fixed Price Listings can result in listings that end earlier (you typically won’t have to wait the full listing duration), which means spending less time waiting, and more time earning credits.

Buyer Benefits

  • Fixed Price Listings bring more of that feeling of instant gratification you love when you use Get It Now. Watching and bidding on auctions is fun and exciting, but being able to win an item instantly is equally rewarding!
  • Because Fixed Price Listings encourage sellers to list items they previously might have held out on listing, buyers will start to see new types of items on Listia!

In conjunction with the release of Fixed Price Listings, we are also simplifying the pricing of the Get It Now and Start Bid options on Auction Listings, making them more consistent with how Fixed Price Listings behave.

Get It Now on Auctions

  • The low 50 credit listing fee is staying the same, but will no longer be refunded when the auction ends with GIN.
  • This change is effective today for all new auctions.

Start Bid on Auctions

  • Start Bid currently has a listing fee that increases with the start bid amount. For example, a starting bid of 1,000 costs 100 credits, but a starting bid of 50,000 costs 1,000 credits.
  • This is changing to a low, flat listing fee of 50 credits with a 10% transaction fee on the start bid amount if an item ends with normal bidding (not GIN).
  • Example: If you set a 5,000 start bid on an auction, you’ll pay just 50 credits up front. If your auction ends at 100,000 credits, then a fee of 500 will be applied when you receive your credits. A couple of important things to note:
    • The 10% transaction fee is only based on your start bid, not the final bid amount.
    • If the item does not sell, then no transaction fee is applied.
  • These changes will take effect Wednesday, April 15th, 2015.

The changes to Get It Now and Start Bid come about because we want to make the fees for the various features on listings simple and consistent. Once all the changes roll out, a simple way to think of it is that Fixed Price, GIN and Start Bid all have a very low listing fee of 50 credits. This allows you to list items with these features with little upfront cost and very little risk. Then, for all three features, there will be a 10% transaction fee applied only if the item sells.

Listing Type Listing Fee Transaction Fee
Fixed Price Listing 50 credits 10% of GIN
Only when item sells
Auction with Start Bid
When Start Bid is 500+
50 credits 10% of Start Bid
Only if item sells via regular bidding
10% of starting bid, NOT final amount
Auction with Get It Now 50 credits 10% of GIN
Only when item sells via GIN
All Other Auctions FREE FREE

Onward and Upward!

Along with these changes, you’ll also notice a refreshed browse and search results view on the Web. We’ve made some improvements to display bidding and GIN options more clearly, and we’ve also made the images larger.

Our continued goal is to make Listia a bustling community where members can trade items with each other in a friendly and fun environment. With Fixed Price Listings, we’re now giving sellers a lot more control over how they want to sell their items, and at the same time creating more GIN opportunities for buyers.

Having more options helps everyone find a way to use Listia that feels “just right” for them. We can’t wait to see what you list! :-)

Listia Stories: Listia Has Become my Second Home!

Listia Stories features you, and all of the Listia community members. Tell us about the friendships you’ve made, or why you love Listia. Members whose stories are published here on the blog receive a unique Listia All-Star Badge, 5 Listia stickers which will arrive in the mail & 100 bonus credits deposited into your Listia account. Email your entries to Ilove@listia.com.

allstar1_040115(jennifergeorge1610) I joined Listia early last year when my friend introduced me to it because I was having a rough time financially. I had been trying for about a year, maybe more, to sell my belongings that I no longer needed in order to make a little extra money to pay for my daughter’s medical expenses. She had a stroke in utero, which led to severe brain damage, which in turn led to her having severe Epilepsy, Cerebral Palsy, and a number of other health issues. Having a special needs child is always challenging, but having a special needs child while also being severely disabled myself is extremely challenging. I, myself, also have Cerebral Palsy. I walk with forearm crutches, I wear leg braces, and I cannot drive. Having Listia in my life this past year has been amazing! Listia has allowed me to get items for my daughter that I couldn’t otherwise afford. I have met some really kind and helpful people who gave me some great tips along the way! The Listia community is Incredible to say the least. Listia has helped me in more ways than I can even tell you! I am addicted to Listia and I won’t be going anywhere anytime soon! Thank you for this amazing site :)

allstar2_040115(StephMiller) I joined Listia back in August 2013, & I’m working on year #3! I happen to be on my email trying to get Free Items, One of the freebie sites sent me here to Listia,(My Second Family)! I’m a single parent of three; one of my children is disabled, and like many of us, I’m also on a VERY fixed income. Having to be a stay-at-home caregiver, and having back issues myself has prevented me from working. Listia has been a godsend! I thought “Ok, I’ll sign up and give it a try, what could it hurt?” Then I find out Listia has a DONATION center, & how EASY it was to get started & how welcoming everyone made me feel! I was hooked! Now my cell phone has become my third hand! I LOVE my Listia family!! This site is a lifesaver! From trying to get holiday gifts for 3 children, to birthday gifts, and of course something for Momma! From the people I’ve met since I’ve been a member, EVERYONE, makes you feel like they’re your best friends and family! Listia has become my second home!

allstar3_040115(shherann) I didn’t think sellers would really send items but when I got my first won item in the mail, Listia became fun & made me bid more. Listia can be addictive. My mama is also an active member. It’s just a site everyone needs to check out!

Listia Stories: You’ve Got to Know Listia

Listia Stories features you, and all of the Listia community members. Tell us about the friendships you’ve made, or why you love Listia. Members whose stories are published here on the blog receive a unique Listia All-Star Badge, 5 Listia stickers which will arrive in the mail & 100 bonus credits deposited into your Listia account. Email your entries to Ilove@listia.com.

Richard_McClendon(toadslinger) I am 71 years old and recently retired from a 52 year programming career. I have always believed that things happen for a reason and you encounter certain people on purpose. While I have been a generous soul, it seems that more gifting opportunities have come my way since joining Listia.

allstar2_031815(dewdrop58) I am a relative newbie when it comes to Listia. I joined on December 7, 2014 and am quickly becoming an addict! Recently I have listed my first as well as my fifteenth auction. It is thrilling to watch the credits climb higher and higher, not only with each of my individual auctions but to my overall total. I waited and watched the auctions of others before I listed my own for the first time to get a feel for what worked and what didn’t. My goal is to try and supply enough photographs and written information so that no inquiries are ever needed. I will always welcome someone stopping by to say hello though. I am quickly developing a new network of friends, something I hadn’t even thought of when I joined. I hope that my future auctions will be entertaining and offer members true value for the credits that they bid. I would like to be known as fair, trustworthy and in a sense represent the best that Listia has to offer.

allstar3_031815(usernamefrank) I started in October 2014, tested the waters and soon jumped in. On my first day, people started helping and walking me through. I sold some things, met people and I have since knocked out almost 100 auctions. You’ve got to know Listia!

Listia Stories: Great Way to Stay Connected With the World

$_57(Mistercarolina) I became a Listia member back in October 2013 and I have quickly built a positive reputation. My mother and my aunt were both collectors so I felt like I was living in a storage warehouse. My daughter encouraged me to try Listia (so I did) and found out that it’s so much fun. I make enough credits to get even more free stuff: I thought I’d put stuff on Listia, people would win it, and that would be the end of it. But members write to say how much they love what they’ve won, or how beautiful something is. It’s all going to people who really want and appreciate what they’re winning. I know they’ll keep and cherish these things. It’s really special.The best part about Listia is you don’t have to go through the rigmarole of running to a physical store where you have to sit and wait. You can use the site from your house anytime. With Listia, people are busy shopping when you’re not even there. The attitude you have to have is “nothing ventured, nothing gained”. Just give it a try. It’s not hard to do. Thank you Listia for offering this site to all of us.

IMG_20140308_193525_kindlephoto-12365404(sherrylove) I started a little over a month. I wasn’t really imagining it would save me from so much daily work. I live off of my art, so finding all my supplies, plus makeup, jewelry and entertainment needs has made my life practically stress free. Within the first day I made a friend and fellow seller/bidder for life. I’m not bogged down with items I keep until my next yard sale (whenever that is) and I love the idea of trading in recycled products that only take up other Listian’s room and dust. AND IT’S FREE!! Thank you Listia and my family of Listians. I’m a daily member for good, now! =)

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(larrysanford58) It was my wife that first found Listia and told me I should check it out. After doing so, I found an entire new world that had lots of new interesting people with free stuff to get rid of, that I liked. Soon after I acquired points through the surveys and videos, and started bidding and winning. The people I dealt with soon became friends. About 6 months after getting started, I found several sets of darts that I was interested in and found I wasn’t the only one. I’m a Disabled Vet and this has given me a whole new outlook on life and something meaningful to do with my time. Not to mention all the new friends I’ve made all over the states, from shore to shore and even Canada…. Thank you Listia for a great way to stay connected with the world.

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