Cindy – Listia All-star of the Week!

This week’s edition of Listia All-star is a little different. One of the best parts of Listia is the community and the people that make it up. We interact with so many people in the marketplace that it’s great to take a moment and see the story of a single person. Today it’s Cindy with her inspirational story on change.

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I just wanted to tell you what a difference Listia has made in my life. At one time, I was struggling with depression and substance abuse issues. Try as I might, I just couldn’t seem to stay clean and sober. I thought I’d never make it into the world of recovery. Then I gave it one more mighty try. And I made it! That was 7 years ago. All these years later, I look back at what got me through the loneliest, darkest days of my life. Listia was one of the first things I did in early sobriety that made me feel good deep down inside.

So, here I was, new in recovery from substance abuse, not working, bored, depressed and very low on self esteem. Then, fulfilling a lifelong dream, I put myself through school to become a substance abuse counselor and eventually, I got a job (which I am still doing and loving it) in a detox and today I live a fulfilling and wonderful life.

One of the things I was taught about early recovery was that you HAD to find a hobby…something to keep you busy and look forward to, give you a sense of accomplishment. I chose to dabble in beading. I began making bracelets, necklaces, lanyards and other such stuff. I found I had a real knack for this!

Then I found Listia. I don’t even remember how I found you, but I joined and began listing the things I was making with beads. To my surprise, the other members loved them. I remember how excited I would get when someone commented or bid on a listing. I received many friend requests, too.

Listia gave me a sense of purpose. It was fun to meet other members, many of whom I still socialize with through facebook. Listia really gave me something to work towards and something to be proud of. I take my “business” very seriously and have received great feedback.

Listia is also an invaluable tool in my work. See, I auction off the bracelets I make and in turn, I am able to order books for the clients to read, arts and craft supplies for our groups and much more!

Thank you, Listia, for helping me get through one of the darkest times of my life!

Thank you for sharing your story Cindy! If you’d like to share your story about Listia email us at ilove@listia.com . Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for more stories and announcements!

Comments

  1. Kathy Mansito says:

    That is a wonderful story! I am so happy that it helps people, as it helps me also. Thanks to Listia, we can all play the game even if we have no money! Who wants to window shop without getting something!!

  2. Wow!!! Such an uplifting and beautiful story, very touchy too. I love happy endings so this story is really perfect. I will try to find you on Listia so I can fan you 🙂 Mrs. Adams

  3. George Kinyua says:

    I’m an entrepreneur who sells handmade beauty products like bracelets , earrings , necklaces among others . I humbly
    request you to help me market these products online . I look forward to hearing from you . Thanks .

  4. George Kinyua says:

    Your story Cindy , is quite amazing as it’s inspiring . It proves everything is possible even where life is in it’s darkest moment . I concur with you Cindy when you list down Listia as your second home . I can understand the far you have come from . Surely , you have every reason thank Cindy for the help they accorded you during your almost lost life . That gives you a special attachment with Listia . I too would like to seek such an attachment with Listia by sharing my story in a different perspective . This is about the story of this great poolfloat invention of all times , now awaiting global acceptance . It’s patent approved in the USA and enjoys a great game changing potential in swimming circles . It’s available and ready for marketing for the world to know of its existence . It’s uniquely designed not only to add fun but also to guarantee the safety of swimmers of all ages . It’s going to be a must- have facility for every swimming pool worth its salt , anywhere in the world . Are you an investor or an entrepreneur or even a swimming pool owner looking to do business in a product with a great future ? Then you’re the right person to speak to .You cannot miss out on the long list of enquiries and / or orders . I’ll be quite happy to engage with you . Good luck . I can be reached at email gkinyua73@yahoo.com. Thanks .

  5. The way Listia keeps raising the $ to point value every day, it’s not going to matter that much about the New Shipping feature, because nobody will be using it because all of the sellers will have left Listia because they are killing the sites for sellers.

    FYI last Sept, the $ to point amount was 4950… look at it a year later !!!

    Current rate:
    19,900 Credits / US$1
    (as of Sep 24, 2016 at 1:53am)

    Things that used to be 499 and less are now selling for 50K-100K+
    And Listia care one bit or foresee what might happen down the road.
    Oh well, it was good while it lasted.

  6. A NEW ALL TIME HIGH.. LISTIA DOES IT AGAIN !!

    And for those that think it’s the buyers and sellers creating this inflation and Listia doesn’t have any control over the inflation, think about it again.
    Listia has the option to raise and lower the point value and make it whatever they really want it to. Since it’s just points, what do they care how many credits they give out as long as they get the Cash coming in. When is the last time you could take your credits and bring it to a 7-11 and get something…. NEVER… on the other hand.. Listia gets Cash from the ADS and Cash from the people that Buy their credits.
    Sounds like a Win Win Deal for Listia and a Lose Lose deal for Listia Buyers and Sellers.

    Current rate:
    20,200 Credits / US$1
    (as of Sep 28, 2016 at 2:02am)

  7. Congratulations. Good job.

  8. Wow, another New Listia High !! When will it ever end or will the site go ker plunk ?

    Current rate:
    20,900 Credits / US$1
    (as of Oct 22, 2016 at 11:09pm)

  9. George Ngigi says:

    Cindy’s story is full of encouragement and inspiration to the many out there who still find themselves enslaved by substance abuse. Her recovery from drug abuse is a statement to all victims of the malpractice, that there is hope for them. However , the challenge is the decision to take the first step is theirs to make. Nobody can do that for them no matter how much they are willing and able to help.

  10. Current rate:
    21,300 Credits / US$1
    (as of Oct 23, 2016 at 4:58pm)

  11. Another All Time High. LISTIA DOES IT AGAIN !!
    When will they wake up and smell the cr*p that they are creating by raising the $1.00 to point value higher and higher every other day. I wish the Federal Reserve would be this generous with the interest rates in the USA… lol

    Current rate:
    21,600 Credits / US$1
    (as of Oct 25, 2016 at 3:03pm)

  12. Another All Time High. LISTIA DOES IT AGAIN !!

    Current rate:
    21,900 Credits / US$1
    (as of Oct 25, 2016 at 9:27pm)

    I am sad to say that this site is almost completely down the crapper. =(

  13. ANOTHER ALL TIME HIGH !!!!! LISTIA DOES IT AGAIN !!!

    Current rate:
    22,100 Credits / US$1
    (as of Oct 27, 2016 at 1:49am)

  14. ANOTHER ALL TIME HIGH !!!!! LISTIA DOES IT AGAIN !!!

    The ship is sinking fast !!

    Current rate:
    22,200 Credits / US$1
    (as of Oct 28, 2016 at 12:23am)

  15. ANOTHER ALL TIME HIGH!!!!
    No Surprise here…. Listia just doesn’t give a rats a** about the sellers and buyers.. all they care about is the CASH that they are getting before their site goes Kaput!! Oh well, it was good while it lasted…

    Current rate:
    22,300 Credits / US$1
    (as of Oct 28, 2016 at 1:46pm)

  16. When will this stupidity and greed ever end? Will it end before it’s too late?
    Tune in next time to find out if Listia is still here or is gone the ways of the 8 track tape player.

    Current rate:
    22,600 Credits / US$1
    (as of Oct 29, 2016 at 1:28pm)

  17. A NEW HIGH AGAIN FOR LISTIA !!! WTF !!! WHEN WILL IT EVER END!!!

    Current rate:
    22,800 Credits / US$1
    (as of Oct 31, 2016 at 12:26am)

  18. Current rate:
    22,900 Credits / US$1
    (as of Nov 1, 2016 at 1:48am)

  19. Well, it is clearly obvious that Listia doens’t care about their sellers and ONLY care about the CASH they can get from people that buy their credits because they keep raising and raising the $ to point value higher and higher with no end in site.
    The only end is going to be when the site has no more sellers and no more buyers… and they will be scratching their heads wondering.. “where did we go wrong” DUH… people have been commenting on this problem for over 6 months but they just have their blinders on and just keep laughing their way to the bank as people cash in their points and also buy their points.
    Oh well, can’t say we didn’t try.

    ANOTHER ALL TIME HIGH !!!

    Current rate:
    23,100 Credits / US$1
    (as of Nov 6, 2016 at 10:41am)

  20. Another ALL TIME HIGH… Just like the New President of the USA… We are all Doomed like Listia !!

    Current rate:
    23,400 Credits / US$1
    (as of Nov 9, 2016 at 1:55am)

    • I cashed in my credits and quit selling on here. Just is not worth it at all. Yes Listia has control of this, they have people join everyday and letting us oldies slide out. Hey Listia you cant get no more from me. Oh i will watch auctions and miss some of the great ones on here,but bye bye greedy people.The week i quit some of your oldest sellers quit. Alot to follow too, i know some going to VERY soon. Heads up Listia,ya need to do something.!!!!

  21. I think they roll dice to see how much to raise it since every time you roll dice, you will get a number. (It never goes down for a long period of time)

    Oh.. just FYI.. A NEW LISTIA HIGH AGAIN !!!

    Current rate:
    24,000 Credits / US$1
    (as of Nov 10, 2016 at 12:54pm)

  22. A New High again today!! When will Listia realize that they are only hurting themselves by making the Sellers leave the site.
    Eventually the people buying the points (Newbies) will realize that even when they buy the point, a day or week later, it won’t be worth the same amount as they paid because of the inflation. Oh well, Listia will just keep laughing their way to the bank until there is no more Listia. How Sad… !!

    Current rate:
    24,100 Credits / US$1
    (as of Nov 10, 2016 at 11:09pm)

  23. George Kinyua says:

    I’m concerned as I’m confused by the goings-on at Listia. The site is no longer the selling pride platform, it used to be . The direction rates will take is hard to predict which means sellers can’t be sure of making a profit. A new Listia high has become the norm rather than the exception. Something drastic needs to be done by you, Listia to restore your fast disappearing reputation.

  24. WTF LIStIA !!! I GUESS THEY REALLY DON’T GIVE A SH*T ABOUT THE OLD TIME SELLERS.. LETS JUST KEEP RAISING THE PRICE UNTIL the $1.00 is worth NOTHING At ALL.

    Current rate:
    25,000 Credits / US$1
    (as of Nov 11, 2016 at 6:36pm)

  25. Anybody else just here to watch the site dig their hole deeper and deeper into the ground? Maybe by chance they will dig their hole so deep they will come out on the other end of the world? But won’t they be upside down? LOL

    Sad to report that another all time High… blah blah blah…. you know the story

    Current rate:
    25,200 Credits / US$1
    (as of Nov 12, 2016 at 11:01pm)

  26. Current rate:
    25,300 Credits / US$1
    (as of Nov 13, 2016 at 11:12am)

  27. REALLY DISGUSTED says:

    Current rate:
    25,500 Credits / US$1
    (as of Nov 13, 2016 at 12:40pm)

  28. You all should group together and protest. Yes the new ones will see so soon.!!!Its a shame. Anybody know how to set up a website like Listia and cap those prices from the start, Id join.!!!Got alot of nice things but refuse to just play these games on here.!!!!Somebody do something.!!!!!!

  29. REALLY DISGUSTED says:

    Current rate:
    25,800 Credits / US$1
    (as of Nov 14, 2016 at 5:20pm)

  30. REALLY DISGUSTED says:

    Current rate:
    26,100 Credits / US$1
    (as of Nov 15, 2016 at 2:35am)

  31. Hey People, lets stop this. None of you is going to make it without all banding together Listia has to stop it.!!!!

  32. REALLY DISGUSTED says:

    Hate to say it, but I dont think Listia even cares.
    But always open for ideas.

    Current rate:
    26,300 Credits / US$1
    (as of Nov 15, 2016 at 2:24pm)

  33. REALLY DISGUSTED says:

    Current rate:
    26,800 Credits / US$1
    (as of Nov 17, 2016 at 2:27am)

  34. REALLY DISGUSTED says:

    Current rate:
    26,900 Credits / US$1
    (as of Nov 18, 2016 at 2:54am)

    • George Kinyua says:

      My hope is that Listia, will respond favourably to the complaints of members that make up its community. High rates are a stumbling block to many a people willing to do business with it. Looking forward to a solution .

  35. REALLY DISGUSTED says:

    What a joke, we keep asking for them to lower it.. and they just keep raising it..WTF !!!

    Current rate:
    27,100 Credits / US$1
    (as of Nov 19, 2016 at 2:34am)

    • Its not just Listias fault. We have very large group of greedy people on this site.You stay or go??Its all in the roll of the dice. Cant say ive missed it though. Not a fun place anymore, and those sellers dont care either. Its gives them less competion to deal with.!!!But alot of the big sellers are leaving too, just wait ,you will see.

  36. The higher it goes up.. the quicker more people will leave and the more money Listia will stuff in their pockets. I think they are stuffing their pockets for Christmas and will worry about Listia Next year 2017 if the site is still around…. So Sad… if things keep going the way they have been… by the new year… $1.00 will be worth 30,000 !!! What a JOKE !!.

    Current rate:
    27,200 Credits / US$1
    (as of Nov 20, 2016 at 2:28am)

  37. Current rate:
    27,500 Credits / US$1
    (as of Nov 21, 2016 at 2:35am)

  38. I can’t believe that Listia is sooo NAIVE that they cant realize that they are just going to kill their own site when they keep raising the point value without offsetting the other fees.
    etc, to help keep the balance. WTF !!! JUST FYI, $100.00 is now worth 2,800,000 POINTS if you buy your points. UN FRICKEN REAL for Sellers and the Listia members that build up their credits by their hard work.

    Current rate:
    28,000 Credits / US$1
    (as of Nov 21, 2016 at 11:35pm)

    • wow…..this makes me sad……and mad.
      listia could really have been something wonderful for so many people.
      greed ruined it. just like greed always does

  39. Maybe Trump can fix it.... NOT !! says:

    A year late and 20K worth of points too late. Even if they Cap it at 27500, last year in Sept 2015, the $1.00 was worth around 5K. And now it’s 27,500 !! They would have to reduce it down 20K and im positive they won’t do that anytime in the near future. So right now we are stuck between a rock and a cow pie without a shovel to cover the sh*t that they created. It’s going to take more than a CAP to fix this problem that they created. I agree it’s a start, but it’s a start that should have started 10 months ago.
    Oh well.

    • Sure am thankful for leaving.There is only time to watch them fall. Then maybe rebuild???Big business dont care what we ask or say,so lets just sit back and say,I told you so. They dont care is the problem. Fixing it isnt an option now. Gonna fall and we can try to help if they let us.Im seeing very few complaing, its the sellers too doing this. Listia needs to stop them first, the greed is outstanding this year.Its like any fad,it will fail soon,smart ones like us are just watching. Too many getting Christmas gifts off the sight now to stop and think.!!Lets just watch.!!!

      • Maybe Trump can fix it.... NOT !! says:

        So True Cindy!! You hit the nail on the head. Happy Holidays and Best wishes to you and your family and hopefully Listia can turn this thing around where everybody wins. Time will tell.
        =)

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