Listia Stories: It Makes Me Feel Good to Help Others

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.

allstar2_0631015(denisenicholsdesfosses) I joined Listia after a coworker showed me a brand new camera she had won and it was absolutely free!! I totally love this site… I’m always on it! (Just ask my new hubby lol) Plus, I have a huge family who always ask me to find things from clothes, Dr. Seuss books, Lego Friends and even Frozen toys for my nieces and their children that are unattainable otherwise.  This site has been a godsend since Day 1. I was even able to get most of my wedding things (including my bridesmaids’ handmade jewelry sets from a super Listian) on here.  Being a second marriage, I even listed my items after so that others may enjoy them too.  I have received amazing & positive feedback.  I even try to donate to your charities which financially I’m unable to do outside of Listia; it makes me feel good to help others.  I work hard to earn the badges and the trust from bidders on my auctions.  Thank you Listia for this wonderful place to give & get FREE items!

allstar1_061015(zephyr33542) Almost 2 years now I’ve been on Listia and have enjoyed it and making new friends (a few I’ve met in person!) I’m retired and have so many things to share with others, the list will keep me here for years!   It’s a great place to find unusual items, things of the past and wonderful gifts, just by giving my things to others!  How simple does it get?? With free tracking now (as of June1st), it should make it easier for many on a limited income too.  The Reward Store has allowed me to get holiday gifts now and save them for later as well as NOW gifts to myself!

Helping Give Back to Charities on Listia

GivingbackThe only thing better than receiving is giving. That’s why every month we select two charities to highlight as part of our Charity Program. With our monthly Charity Program, all members are encouraged to donate funds to charity without spending any money whatsoever.

Members are able to donate a few of their Listia Credits to any one of our monthly charities. While members donate their Credits, Listia matches those credits with real money which is then donated once the month is complete. Over the years Listia members have raised more than $40,000 USD for a wide variety of charities around the world!

We’re excited to announce the two charities for June on Listia.

TJ Martell

TJ Martell Foundation

Forty years ago music executive Tony Martell was faced with a devastating diagnosis for his young son T.J. His son who was a victim of leukemia at the age of 19, asked his father to do whatever he could to find a cure. When T.J. unfortunately passed Tony devoted his life to keeping his promise to his son.

The T.J. Martell Foundation was created and has since gone on to support innovative research and medical treatments for leukemia, cancer and AIDs. Tony’s promise has far exceeded his initial promise to raise $1 million dollars to fight leukemia and the Foundation has provided over $270 million dollars to support innovative medical research in fighting these diseases. Click here to learn more or donate today.

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Mobile Loaves & Fishes

In the US there are more than 48 million people that live at or below poverty levels and cannot afford to cool or heat their homes, cook for their children or even have light during the night.  Listia has partnered with Gridmates in a joint mission to end energy poverty. By engaging and empowering people and businesses to supply the gifts of energy, Gridmates will help nonprofit organizations and individuals energize their lives! They are starting this quest by helping power Community First! Village, a project of Mobile Loaves & Fishes that is scheduled to open in Summer 2015.

Community First! Village is a visionary 27-acre master planned community in Southeast Austin. The village will provide affordable, sustainable housing and a supportive community for more than 240 disabled, chronically homeless people. Mobile Loaves & Fishes is a social ministry that provides food, clothing, housing and dignity to homeless people in Central Texas.

Be part of this great cause! Let’s energize people’s lives. Click here to learn more or donate today.

Together we can show support for these incredible charities who aim to make the world a safer, brighter and more musical place. Donate today to help make a difference.

Listia Stories: I’ve Met Many New Friends

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_052715(kimmie321) I’ve been a member of Listia for over 4 years.  I check into Listia first thing every morning. I love browsing through all the auctions, seeing and finding items I cannot find where I live. When the holidays are coming up or I have someone’s birthday, I now go to Listia first. I know I can always find that perfect gift. I often find myself when out shopping looking for new and interesting items to post on Listia. I love the idea of being able to give away items that will help others on here.  For me, Listia started out as a hobby but has become so much more for me as time went by. I’m always thinking about how to list my items to make them more fun for everyone. I love this site and have meet wonderful new friends I would not have gotten to know without it.

allstar2_052715(andreahartbengyel) My husband told me about Listia and that I should check it out. I joined a year ago just out of curiosity. I soon found out how much fun it was to win items! I was doing a lot of surveys to earn credits to buy crafts and clothes for the kids. Then one day, I thought, why not list stuff for credits instead of doing all these offers. I was hooked to selling on Listia in no time! Last year, I had to quit my job  but Listia has really been my outlet and kept me busy from getting depressed. I have worked all my life and it was a very hard adjustment. I love all the positive feedback I have gotten on here. It makes me feel appreciated and happy to read all the awesome stuff people say. I take Listia very seriously and hope to be around many more years.

allstar3_052715(mandykeller1004) I’ve only been on Listia for a few months now and stumbled upon it by chance. I was skeptical at first but when I won my first auction and the seller contacted me right away, I was so intrigued. A few days went by and I actually received my item in the mail and it was from that point on that I’ve been addicted to Listia. As a single mother it has been a life saver when I needed it the very most! My children’s entire Easter (besides the little bit of candy of course) was from Listia! My heart was so full and happy as I put their Easter baskets together Saturday night before heading to bed. I just stood there and stared at them for a moment because I just couldn’t believe it. I’ve also recently moved into my first home where I can actually plant flowers and plants like I’ve always dreamt about.  Through Listia, I have not only won 15 or more types of flowers my children and I can plant here very soon but I’ve also adopted my 6 new house plants that I absolutely love : ) I’ve been blessed to meet many of amazing new friends that I’d never have the chance to meet if it weren’t for my Listia. Keep it up!

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! :-)

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