Listia Stories: Friends & All-Stars

We asked you for your stories, and what a response! So many of you have made lasting friendships and new friends, but the common thread remains the same: Listia is enriching the lives of so many of our members. We are grateful you’re here –  many thanks to everyone who shared with us. Keep sharing! Write to ILove@Listia.com and tell us why you love Listia, or about your friends on Listia – or both! If your email is published on the blog you’ll win an exclusive All-Star Badge, 5 Listia stickers which will arrive in the mail & 100 bonus credits deposited into your Listia account.

Listia All-Stars August 2014

All-Star: LynneDunlap

All-Star: LynneDunlap

When I signed up for Listia I had no idea what I’d find.  I signed up so I would have something to do since I’m disabled and don’t get out much.  What I found were a lot of really nice people who understood being disabled and it helped me come alive again and to feel like I actually have a purpose.  I haven’t been able to work for years, so having items on Listia made me feel like I had a job and I could give good customer service.  I love bidding on items as well, it’s been fun getting mail with good stuff in it instead of just bills!  I want to thank the team at Listia for being nice as well because they definitely make the experience better.  Thanks to all Listians for helping me feel better! Click to visit LynneDunlap on Listia 

 

 

jitterbugjim

All-Star: Jitterbugjim

I have made many friends on listia. I suggest the site to everyone I talk to, in person or online. I basically live on Listia. the one person that stands out though is George A. he messaged me after reading a comment that I had made on a listing. he noticed that we both lived in maine. after a quick few emails back and forth, not only did we live in the same state, but realized we were only 25 minutes away from each other. we very quickly became facebook friends. Unfortunately I have been out of work for a lil while, due to the economy in the rural area I live. i was desparate for any work. I am a carpenter by trade. my son was graduating from high school and I felt bad that I couldn’t even afford to pay for his cap and gown. I happened to mention this on facebook, when George commented that he might be able to help. he needed some repairs done around his home, which I was glad to do. this gave me enough to buy my sons cap and gown, but also it has led to more work and leads. This all has happened in a months time and couldn’t have been possible without Listia. Click to visit Jitterbugjim on Listia

 

All-Star: Cirad

All-Star: Cirad

When I happened to come across Lista on January 25, 2014, I was not doing too well health wise. Being disabled, there’s not much I can do physically, so I’m usually stuck inside. I love to browse other auction sites, “window shopping”, picking out things I wish I could afford to buy, which usually only adds to my feeling down on myself. On the day I found Listia, it became a very happy day in my life which has quite literally brightened up my life and has made me feel better overall! As usual, I was leery and hesitant toward Listia because life has taught me that nothing in life is free, but as I became more familiar with how Listia works, the more I came to realize, that old saying no longer applies. What a great feeling I felt as I slowly but surely built up my credits, seeing that indeed I could win things for free! Then I became a seller! To simply pick an item from around the house that has been stored away in a box or something I haven’t used in years and list it on Lista, then watch people bid for it, gave me a great feeling about myself and made me feel good that through my auctions I was helping others feel good by winning my items I no longer wanted or needed! I quickly forgot about the other auction sites that expected me to buy things. I am now spending all my time on Listia, and get so excited when my auctions end and when I win auctions myself! My new motto is, “Whoever said, nothing in life is free, evidently hasn’t found Listia!” I want to thank each and every one of the team members of Listia, you all have created a community where people can meet and share things with each other in a fun and rewarding way! Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! I Love Listia! Click to visit Cirad on Listia

 

The Greatest Gift

ListiaCharitiesSome say charity is the greatest gift, and here at Listia we agree. 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 has raised more than $40,000 USD for a wide variety of charities around the world.

August Charities

Music In Schools Today (MUST)
is a non-profit organization that supports and develops music education programs that increase student achievement. Click Here to learn more or donate today.

Angela’s House: In 1992, the non for profit Angela’s House, was created to offer families and professionals an agency to call to help medically frail children and their families. Click Here to learn more or donate today.

MUST and Angela’s House join an impressive list of charities supported by Listia Members:

Ronald McDonald House

Toys For Tots

American Cancer Society

The Nature Conservancy

American Red Cross

Boys & Girls Club of America

American Humane Association

Shelter Network

Autism Speaks

Habitat for Humanity

Red Cross: Hurricane Sandy Relief

Boys and Girls Club of America

Make-A-Wish Foundation

Goodwill

Child’s Play

Khan Academy

Action for Healthy Kids

Be the Match

YMCA CA Youth & Government

Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Operation Homefront

UNICEF: Typhoon Haiyan Relief

Movember Foundation

North Shore Animal League America

Prevent Child Abuse America

BADRAP

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Save the Children

The Jimmy Fund

ASPCA

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

National Mill Dog Rescue

UNICEF U.S. Fund

Girls for a Change

Canine Companions for Independence

Check each month to see which charity is next!
Have a suggestion? Stick it in the comments here, and we’ll take a look at your favorite charity.

You’re Invited to a Birthday Party

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….to Listia’s 5th Birthday Party!

Date: Tuesday August 5, 2014
Time: 7:00am-11:59pm Pacific Time

It’s our 5th Birthday tomorrow, and my how we’ve grown. Since August 5, 2009, you’ve traded more than 100 million items! Thank you for making Listia the largest marketplace of its kind. You’re invited to celebrate our birthday with us.

Party Details

Find all the details on tomorrow by visiting http://listia.com/birthday
Then, come back to this blog, or visit Listia on facebook tomorrow for more details on the celebration throughout the day.

5 Things Every Kid Needs For School, For Free

Free School Supplies

Free School Supplies

Summer is flying by, many kids are already starting school! Here are five items* every kid needs for school. From pencils to books, backpacks and notebooks, Every item is available on Listia for free, and most have free shipping!

*Want your listing featured? List a Back To School item and put “School” in your listing title for a chance to get your listing featured here, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Tumblr. Get extra credits – click to check goals.

5 Things Every Kid Needs For School, For Free

  1. Backpack: They may look miserable in the photo, but don’t be fooled. The backpacks are saving their spine. Get a new or barely used backpack for free, with free shipping with this link: Backpacks on Listia

  2. Basic Tools: Pencils, Notebooks, safe scissors, glue sticks, you name it and they will need it. Get them all  new, without spending any money:  School Supplies on Listia

  3. Calculator: Nowadays, teachers ask students to turn off their phones. Armed with a calculator, students are still able to perform certain tasks without turning on their phones. Get one for free:  Calculators on Listia with Free Shipping

  4. Lunch Box: The best part of school is Lunch, especially with a good case to hold it. Get a lunch box for free with free shipping so you can stick an extra treat in the box! Get  Free Lunch Boxes on Listia

  5. Books:  In just a few weeks, teachers will be handing out the syllabus, assignments and reading lists. Don’t forget to look for books and textbooks on Listia, our community is full of bookworms, book lovers, parents & students who seek to trade Textbooks!

Update on the Way Sellers Leave Feedback

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072_081_positive_feedbackSellers: Have you noticed a change in leaving feedback to your winners?

Let us explain: Feedback was originally put in place for users to leave comments once an auction has been completed. From now on, the ability to leave a feedback for winners will only take place when the winner receives the item or the transaction is complete. We strongly encourage everyone to leave feedback after the auction is complete, and not before, as you are unable to change your feedback once you have left it for the winner.

We hope this change makes the entire community of Listia a better marketplace by offering more accurate feedback for all Listians.

Listia Stories: Friends, Family, Community and Sheet Music

Listia Stories is part of the new All Star series where members are invited to share their Listia experiences to be named a Listia All Star. Send your testimonial to ILove@Listia.com for a chance to be included in the Listia Stories or Listia All Star series.

Friends, Family, Community and Sheet Music

RoseyLace

RosesyLace

I have enormously been enriched by the friends I’ve made on Listia. I am able to share craft ideas and add to my collection. Over a year ago, I’d lost a lot of weight. I needed to get rid of my fat clothes. I started listing my bigger size clothes on Listia. Customers kept encouraging me to continue losing weight. So, because of their kindness and friendship, I now have lost close to 100 pounds! I also discovered that there were people on Listia who could not get out to go shopping because of disabilities. Some of these individuals were winning some of my auctions. It was these same individuals who kept encouraging me to continue with my weight loss. They may have gained some nice clothes, but I was enriched by their encouragement and friendship! I have also been able to purchase some seeds for our High School garden on Listia. One of the teachers works in the flower garden and vegetable garden. Both she and I have gained a lot of great advice from some of the Listian gardeners. You are never too old to learn! The lady that is using the vegetable seeds I’ve purchased on Listia is giving the food she grows to the local food pantry. Plus, the flower seeds I’ve purchased are enjoyed by thousands as they transverse the High School halls. I’ve been able to purchase some items that remind me of people that I’ve loved who have since passed on. I’ve discovered antiques that remind me of my grandmother, tatting patterns that remind me of my old music teacher, and even sheet music that I can play for people on the piano in nursing homes! Listia has been a blessing to myself, my family, and my community. It has enriched our lives! Thank you, Listia!!! You are more than just an auction site! You add so much enjoyment to our lives!

Visit RosesyLace’s profile on Listia

Mittyrk

Mittyrk

I discovered Listia one day through Facebook as I was messaging my dad. I noticed all these wonderful posts about free listings and I just had to find out what it was about! Boy oh boy I thought how amazing is this site?? I started learning how everything worked and I was off lol. My children now tell everyone that there mom is a Listia addict. It is a wonderful place for people to come not only to auction off items and to win items but also to meet great people and to work with charities. I am a disabled women and it is hard for me to get out to go shopping and things so this is wonderful for me, I absolutely love it!! I just got my seller wings on my last auction…hippeeee😀 It is a very fun and exciting site and I have been on a roll getting my friends and family involved because they are always asking ” what is this Listia you keep talking about and getting all these great things from” and I say well let me show you lol.

Visit Mittyrk’s profile on Listia

*Many thanks to our most recent Listia All-Stars for sharing their experiences! Send your testimonial to ILove@Listia.com for a chance to be included. If your entry is chosen for the blog for either the Listia Stories or Listia All Stars series, you will receive 5 Listia stickers in the mail, have a feature here, in our newsletter, with a mention on Facebook, Twitter & Tumblr.

Listia All-Stars

Many thanks to our most recent Listia All-Stars! Send your testimonial to ILove@Listia.com*

JoAndCoMosaics

JoAndCoMosaics

“I am HOOKED ON LISTIA!!
I am a relative newbie, having discovered Listia only recently. I broke my ankle and had to go to a rehab nursing home for a month. I am NOT a computer savvy person- in fact I’m definitely a technophobe! I have long wanted to jump into other auction websites, but I have been stymied by fees, complicated requirements, and, as I said, my own lack of computer savviness. I’ve felt shut out of these other auction communities by an unwelcoming and competitive attitude.

But with Listia, right from the start, it felt like a FAMILY.

The Listia community is so friendly and supportive! From the very first day people were anxious to help. And I started to get over my technophobia almost immediately. The Listia website is SO EASY and intuitive to use that I was able to jump right in.  Browsing, searching, commenting, and bidding on Listia kept me endlessly entertained, 24 hours a day! When I listed my first auctions I was terribly nervous- and then THRILLED to discover that selling on Listia is as easy and even MORE FUN than buying! I was able to connect with other people when I would otherwise have been very isolated. And receiving delightful packages in the mail (“presents from myself” I called them) kept my morale up while I was on a very limited budget and stranded far from home.

I can’t thank the moderators and support staff for Listia enough! Countless times now I have turned to them for clarification and guidance. And each and every time I have gotten the help I needed! How often does a website have a PERFECT track record for customer service!?

I just had my two month anniversary with Listia. I’ve listed more than 30 auctions so far (and won even more than that!). I got my “Seller’s Wings” badge a few days ago ( YAY!), and when my next round of bidders leaves feedback (packages should be arriving tomorrow) I hope to earn my “Trusted Seller” badge. I can’t tell you how proud I am, and how grateful I am to have found Listia. What a FUN accessible, remarkable and wonderful community!! And it’s ALL FREE!
Thank you soooooo much!!”

 

mysty1021

mysty1021

 “I love Listia and all of their support team members!!! Whenever I need them, they are there for me. And not only them, I’ve made some amazing friends in the few years that I’ve been a member. I cherish them dearly. And I’ve had members make requests from me, when I thought I couldn’t do it, I pushed myself to make them what they asked. They have brought out the best in me I feel, and have opened my eyes to  a whole new world outside of my house, where I’m disabled. And whenever I’m sick or in the hospital, they are there for me, some don’t even know me, but add me to their prayer’s. I love everything Listia has to offer, I’m totally addicted!!!! They are always changing things, trying to make them better, like this e-mail. One day I hope to become a Listia support member, so I can help people they way they have helped me.”

 

LilacJazz

“I joined January 29, 2014. I have listed 46 auctions – 2 are pending and 38 ended with a winner. All 83 feedback comments left have been positive giving me a 100% feedback ratio. So far I have won 58 auctions – oh what fun! It is like Christmas every week at my house. I am so excited to come home to Listia packages waiting for me. I have had a couple of problems but was able to receive my credits back in full. There have been a few items that I have won that the seller never bothered to send me or give me any feedback or communication but that is rare. I came across Listia as an ad on Facebook and I just love it. I am very detailed oriented and I love to take pictures. I want people to know exactly what they are getting. The feature of being able to post as many pictures as you want without paying to post them is about as awesome as you can get. I also love that Listia enforces no negative feedback and encourages finding a solution that everyone can live with. The power of words leaves an impression that is not soon forgotten. Whoever came up with the saying that sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me had no idea what they were saying. Words can be so much more painful and the sting from them can last a lifetime. Listia is a great way to thin your household inventory while replacing it with new used items. It is a swap of give and get joy – a total win/win scenario. What’s not to love! Thanks Listia; you have brought great joy to this gal who loves to shop without ever leaving home! You could say that I am slightly obsessed. I don’t believe a day goes by that I am not on Listia. Two Thumbs Up – Love It!”

 

 

*We are grateful to the Listia community for all of your support, feedback and communication. Send an email to ILove@Listia.com and tell us about your positive experiences on Listia and within the community.  Listia All-Stars are featured in both the Newsletter & blog and will receive five (5) Listia stickers in the mail!

 

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