New Feature: Goals

We’re excited to introduce a new feature to Listia: Goals. Goals showcase various tasks you can do around our site to earn bonus credits, XP points, and/or badges. A user can find their goals on the top section of your home page (below “My Activity”) or in the Goals page.

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Some goals are promotional and will come and go with time, while others are given to users because of their progress as a Listia user. For example, when we offer a listing promotion, you will find that information in Goals. When you click on a goal, you will be able to read the requirements and rewards for completing that goal. The below screen shot images are examples of a promotional goal we are currently offering to our users.

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We will be offering more goals as time goes on, so be sure to check back with us!

What goals do you want to see on Listia?

Amir Joins Listia!

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We’re excited to announce our 10th team member of Listia; Amir! He is part of our growing Customer Support team and will help answer any questions you may have.

As a ritual for introducing all of our new employees, we would like to share 5 facts about Amir:

  1. He grew up in Minnesota
  2. Aside from English, he is also fluent in Hebrew
  3. His favorite hobby is photography
  4. He loves hamburgers and pizza (but can’t determine which one is his ultimate favorite)
  5. He loves the snow, but generally frown upon cold weather

If you’re interested in job opportunities with us, visit more details here: www.listia.com/jobs

Leave a comment for Amir and welcome him to the Listia community!

Listia Search Gets A Facelift

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It’s been getting cold outside, but we’ve been in the office burning the midnight oil trying to make Listia better and better.  Today we’re proud to show off our new search page!  There are a couple big changes that we wanted to tell you about so read on … or at least look at the pictures =)

Just want to see it? Go here!

Merged Search & Explore

Depending on how you use Listia you may have spent all your time on the search results page or the explore page.  We’ve consolidated the 2 into one page with 2 different ways to view the results, list and gallery mode.  We realized our explore page needed a little bit of work so we hope you like the update.  At the same time we gave search a nice refreshing facelift that should make it easier to look for cool stuff.  With this update you can pick whichever viewing mode suits your needs.

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Filters & Shipping Options

The advanced search form is now exploded out on the left hand side of the page.  Category filtering is at the top on the left hand side.  Below the categories there will be filters to further narrow down your results.  Currently there is only one checkbox that you can use if you would only like to see auctions with Get It Now.  We’ll be adding more ways to refine your search in the future.

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Finally there is an option to see items that ship to you or items that are available for local pick up.  By default you’ll see items that ship to you with the option to see auctions with free shipping only.  When you click “Local Pickup” you can enter you location and you’ll only see auctions that are available for local pick up near your area.

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Category Select Next To Search

On the search results page we’ve added a category drop down for better visibility on what category you’re currently in.  You can use this as a quick way to switch between categories on your search terms.

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Free Shipping Checkbox Removed

A small change has been made to the auction list page.  The free shipping checkbox has been merged into the shipping type for both US and International shipping.  In the pull down you can now select “Free” when applicable.

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Those are the big changes you’ll see if you visit Listia today!  Stay tuned for some even bigger things in the near future.  And as always, let us know what you think, good or bad!

ABC Philadelphia Reveals How to Buy Without Cash

ABC Philadelphia ran a great story on one of our users, Kristen Holdcraft, who sells her handmade jewelry on Listia to earn credits for things she needs. Check out Kristen’s auctions here, and watch the full ABC Philly story below. 

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Big thank you to our Listia user Kristen and Amy Buckman at ABC!

Welcome to Listia Mabel!

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We’re happy to announce the newest member of the Listia family, Mabel! She’ll be spearheading marketing and PR functions for our evolving company.

We’d like to get to know her a little bit better so here are 5 random facts about Mabel:

  1. She grew up in South America and the San Francisco East Bay area
  2. She is fluent in English, Spanish, and Pig Latin
  3. She enjoys hiking, cooking, baking, eating, and potty training her new puppy
  4. She is a reformed “Words with Friends” addict
  5. She has 33 first cousins (wow!)

Check out Mabel’s cool Listia auctions here: http://www.listia.com/profile/361875

If you’re interested in job opportunities with us, visit more details here: www.listia.com/jobs

Leave a comment for Mabel and welcome her to the Listia community!

Welcome to Listia CB!

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Our Listia team continues to grow and we’re excited to introduce our newest team member, CB! He’s joining our expanding engineering team and will help us bring new features and improvements to our evolving site and mobile apps.

As he begins his second week with us, we asked him to share 5 random facts about him:

  1. He graduated with a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Illinois (Go Illini!)
  2. He likes to go skiing every weekend during the Winter
  3. He’s published a few top 10 iPhone/iPad apps
  4. In 1995, he won a championship in programming
  5. His favorite food is steak

If you’re interested in job opportunities with us, visit more details here: www.listia.com/jobs

Join us in welcoming CB!

Tips to a Greener Holiday Season

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The holidays are coming! With Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner, we begin to think about all of the things we’ll need to purchase; whether it be food, gifts or decorations. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency and Use Less Stuff, between Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day is when household waste increases by more than 25%. Added food waste, shopping bags, packaging, wrapping paper, bows and ribbons – it all adds up to an additional 1 million tons a week to our landfills.

This year, start thinking ahead and consider green and money saving alternatives to reduce, reuse and recycle this holiday:

HALLOWEEN
  • Go trick-or-treating using reusable bags, paper bags, or even a pillowcase!
  • Trade costumes amongst friends
  • Reuse unused clothes to make your own costumes
THANKSGIVING
  • Visit discount or thrift stores for extra necessities (e.g. gravy boat, vases, utensils)
  • Decorate the table with natural materials that can be found in your backyard (e.g. pine cones, dry leaves, flowers from your garden, etc)
  • Illuminate a room with candles instead of turning on all the lights in the house
CHRISTMAS
  • Instead of buying wrapping paper, wrap presents in reusable materials; newspaper, holiday bags, old maps, towels, etc
  • Save holiday cards you receive and use them as gift tags
  • Cut down on holiday cards and use e-greeting cards instead

What green alternatives will you consider this year?

image source: England Afloat
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