A Royal Addition to the Listia Marketplace

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Over the past five years we’ve seen an incredible amount of items traded on Listia (over 100 million!) and we’re constantly amazed at the items people list. Just when you think you’ve seen it all, members find value in the most unique things. Today we’re excited to add one of the rarest items to ever be on Listia. We have purchased a wedding cake slice from Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton’s royal 2011 UK wedding for $7,500 and we’ll soon be making it available on Listia!

Prince William and Kate Middleton with Royal Cake

(Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton speak with wedding guests, left. Royal wedding cake, right. Source: Getty Images)

Each day on Listia over 100,000 items are exchanged without money ever changing hands. Over 7,000,000 people from around the world explore the online marketplace to find collectable, useful and free things they love. We want Listia to be the place you go to find almost anything, from the exotic to the unimaginable, and perhaps even the most royal of gifts.

My co-founder James Fong and I started Listia with the intention to motivate people to declutter their homes while extracting value from the things they no longer use. There is no better motivation than the opportunity to acquire a once-in-a-lifetime collectors items without actually having to make a purchase. We understand not everyone can always afford to collect the things they love, but on Listia we want to take money out of the equation and give everyone an equal opportunity to pursue their slice of happiness.

Royal Cake Box- Blog

Photo by Listia

Royal Invitation - BlogJuliens Auctions

The slice of wedding fruit cake is wrapped in a greaseproof paper and presented in special tin. The cake was made by Fiona Cairns and was presented to all the guests and dignitaries at the April 29, 2011 wedding. Written on the lid of the box that the cake comes in is “William & Catherine 29 April 2011.” With the box comes the official wedding card that reads “TRH The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall / in celebration of the wedding / of / TRH the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.” It also comes with a blank invitation to the royal wedding on Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II stationery.

Our entire staff at Listia strives to bring great value to our members and unique items to Listia. In 2015, we hope to bring even more extraordinary once-in-a-lifetime items to Listia that will appeal to everyone who loves a good deal at a free price.

(Photo of cake at the royal wedding. Source: Getty Images)

In April 2015, all Listia members will have a chance to own this delicious piece of history without ever having to be rich, royal or spend any physical money on the cake itself. We look forward to rewarding one lucky person with the honor.

The 100 Hour Cyber Monday Mystery Event – Official Rules

Cyber Monday Mystery

This Cyber Monday, every Listian has the chance to win thousands of credits on Listia over the course of 100 hours during our Cyber Monday Mystery event. Starting December 1st, at 8:00AM PST and running until Friday December 5th, at Noon PST, one lucky winner will receive 1 MILLION credits! View your own personal Cyber Monday Puzzle Board here (must be logged in to view).

Official Rules and Information:
In order to participate in the Cyber Monday Mystery Puzzle, all you need to do is find and earn puzzle pieces. The goal is to find all 100 puzzle pieces before the contest ends on Friday at Noon. As you begin to fill in your puzzle board with pieces you have collected, an image will take form to reveal a phrase that must be unraveled. Once you find at least 75 out of the 100 puzzle pieces, you may attempt to solve the phrase hidden in the puzzle and complete the mystery. Everyone who solves the puzzle will win at least 10,000 credits in addition to the credits being awarded for each puzzle piece!

You can earn puzzle pieces by completing daily goals or finding and clicking on the pieces hidden throughout the website. You can also enter raffles, refer friends to join Listia or even buy puzzle pieces. For each puzzle piece you earn, you will also receive 100 credits. Make sure you follow the rules regarding each of the daily goals to earn puzzle pieces. Puzzle pieces can be taken away or removed from an account if goals are not completed correctly. If you find all 100 puzzle pieces, you can earn 10,000 credits, plus a BIG prize once you solve the puzzle.

When searching for hidden puzzle pieces throughout the site, look for this image:

Cyber Monday Mystery on Listia
Click on it and you will be awarded one puzzle piece. Puzzle pieces can be found and earned all week long when browsing Listia.com website (not while browsing on the mobile apps). If you use an ad blocker, you will also need to turn that off while browsing Listia in order to see these puzzle pieces.



Grand Prizes and Winning Conditions:
Winners will be notified of the place they finished and awarded final credit prize after the end of the contest on December 5th at 2:00PM PST.

The first person to solve the puzzle will receive 1 million credits.
Those who solve the puzzle 2nd through 10th will receive 100,000 credits.
Everyone else who solves the puzzle will receive 10,000 credits.

All participants will also receive 100 credits for each puzzle piece they earn throughout the week.

There is no limit to the number of people that can solve the puzzle. Puzzle must be solved before December 5th at Noon PST to be eligible for grand prizes.

Q. Is the puzzle available on the Listia smartphone app?
A. No. The puzzle is only available on the main website desktop browser, however, you can earn pieces by completing goals such as listing auctions or referring friends on a mobile device.

Q. How do I get more puzzle pieces?
A. Check your daily goals to see new ways to earn puzzle pieces each day. Also check the raffles page and search around Listia for Puzzle pieces hiding throughout the site.

Q. Can I earn more than 100 puzzle pieces?
A. Yes. You only need 100 pieces to complete the puzzle board, but you may earn more even after it is complete.

Q. Why can’t I solve the puzzle yet?
A. You need to find at least 75 puzzle pieces before you can attempt to solve the puzzle.

Q. Can I purchase puzzle pieces?
A. Yes, but you can only buy a maximum of 10 puzzles pieces per user to make it fair for everyone.

Q. I had more puzzle pieces, then my count went down, where did they go?
A. You can have puzzle pieces taken away if you didn’t complete the daily goal correctly or didn’t follow the rules. For example, if you earn a puzzle piece for Listing an auction, but the auction is deleted, the puzzle piece will be granted then removed.

Q. I earned a puzzle piece, but didn’t see it appear on the board, what should I do?
A. Double check to make sure you completed the goal correctly and read all the rules. If you still don’t see it, contact our support team with all the details surrounding the issue.  We’ll need to know exactly what you did along with the date/time of when it was done so that we can address it quickly for you. You can fill out support ticket here: https://help.listia.com/requests/new




Cyber Monday Mystery Starts at 8am PST / 11am EST

Cyber Monday Mystery


All the official rules, prizes and directions will be posted at 8am PST Monday morning on this blog. Keep checking back throughout the week for tips and FAQ to help you win.

Listia Stories: Thanks For This Amazing Site

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.

allstar_111914_1I joined Listia in January 2012 … by HannahLeighAnn

I joined Listia in January 2012 and It’s the best thing I’ve ever found on the internet! I’ve met so many amazing people from all over the world on Listia; it really is a great community. I love trading things, and finding that perfect item. My heart still pounds when I’m trying to win an auction. My latest and best score was 36 Forever stamps, that I wouldn’t have been able to afford otherwise, so I can get started on making holiday cards to send to all my Listian friends 🙂 Thanks for this amazing site!

 I browse Listia everyday … by tonichaunceyDigital Camera

I have only been a member for two short years. I browse Listia everyday. I love just looking and finding something that catches my eye. I have won many auctions for Christmas gifts. My most prized find was a gift for my son. He wanted so badly to own a Darth Vader face mask. I priced this item on several sites and it was just ridiculous in price. I searched Darth Vader many times on Listia with no luck, but then one day there it was! I won it for him and he loved it! As a collector of many items, my son treasures this find like I spent a ton of money. But ssshhhh… he will never know that mom got a wonderful deal thanks to Listia. I love Listia!

Introducing Our Brand New Listia iPhone App!

At Listia, we’ve always strived to be the easiest and most rewarding way to turn your unwanted clutter into things you’ll love and actually use. From DVDs to clothing or toys, Listia makes it easy to unlock the value laying around your house whether you are on your computer or on your phone.

Today we’re excited to announce we’re making it even easier to declutter with our brand new Listia iPhone app. It’s the culmination of nearly a year of work and we couldn’t be more excited to show it to you. New features include:

  • Rebuilt from the ground up to be faster and easier to use!
  • Improved Messages! Messages appear as conversations now allowing you to talk to other members easier and more quickly
  • Notifications! Now you can see all your recent activity in one place.
  • Credit Activity! View all your credit activity in one single view
  • Saved Searches! We’ve now brought your saved searches to the app
  • Badges! We’ve improved your Badge view to be more descriptive and show your progression.
  • Gallery view! You can now view your search results in gallery or list view
  • Scheduler perk! When listing you can now use your scheduler perk when posting from the app

You can download the new Listia app for iPhone today to start decluttering and discovering!

listia_browselistia_auctionlistia_profilelistia_rewards_storePlease let us know what you think in the comments. Enjoy!

Listia Stories: A Great Way to Shop for Holiday Gifts

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.

I’ve been a Listian since… by croakdesigns

allstar_110414 I have been a Listian since February of 2010!  It has been a great way to clear my drawers and shelves of unneeded knick knacks, jewelries, books, and all kinds of things, and it’s been a great way to “shop” for holiday gifts.  For the last few years, I’ve been able to do a good majority of my gift shopping via Listia.  I’ve been telling my friends about it, but so far they don’t seem to understand how amazing trading can be.  I got my daughter hooked though.  She currently has 30+ auctions running.  I think Listia is great as it is, but I think adding a “wish list” could make it even better. I would love to find a Trix Rabbit Pez dispenser to complete my cereal box Pez collection; I know it is out there somewhere 🙂


I joined on August 2013… by traceylynnmunkomba

0929142303I can not even begin to tell you how much Listia has changed my life. I joined on August 2013, and have been hooked ever since. On April 1st of this year (April Fools Day – and not a very funny one I might add), our house caught fire and we almost lost everything we owned. The outpour of love that I got from my Listia family was tear jerking. We now have a new home (and I even have my own “Listia office”) and my friends and family who were skeptical of Listia, are now believers! Thanks so much! (Here is a picture of my new Listia office).

Rule Changes for Digital Items


October has come and gone, and we’re heading into the holiday season with continued efforts to keep the Listia community safe and happy. Last month, we revised our rules surrounding photography and coupons. Today, we’re introducing additional measures to build an online marketplace full of great items (and experiences!) for sellers and buyers alike.

Digital Items

Starting today, all newly listed items with digital delivery will need to meet one of the two requirements below:

  1. The item can be used or claimed, and upon use, no longer has value and cannot be reused
  2. The item being listed is Bitcoin

Examples of things that meet the first requirement, and therefore are allowed:

  • Codes to redeem movies or games
  • Digital gift cards
  • Subscription codes for services like Xbox Live or Hulu Plus

Examples of things that do not meet the first requirement, and are no longer allowed:

  • E-books and PDFs, including instructions, recipes, how-to guides, etc
  • All other types of digital media (photos, music, text, etc) regardless of copyright ownership or resale rights

We feel that these changes surrounding digital items will help our community continue to grow in the best way possible. Today we’re lucky to have members who list things they no longer need, as well as others who create their own handmade items or buy new items to give to others. Digital items that can be reproduced indefinitely, however, don’t seem to fit as well into the type of community we’re trying to create.

The rule changes take effect immediately for all newly listed items (items existing prior to today are not affected). As always, you can visit our rules page to see the entire list of what is and isn’t allowed.

Thank you all for your support and patience as we continually work to make Listia the best that it can be!