We’ve updated eBay’s member-to-member contact policy to prohibit members from exchanging the following items of information in member-to-member
- Email addresses,
- Offers to buy or sell outside eBay,
- URLs to non-eBay sites that don’t directly help buyers purchase items on eBay.
Messages that include phone numbers and links to additional information that aid in the purchase decision or facilitate item delivery will still be
permitted. These include warranties, manuals, and tracking links. We discourage buyers and sellers from sending offers to buy and sell outside eBay, as
these transactions aren’t covered by eBay buyer protection programmes.
For more information about these changes, see eBay’s Member-to-member contact policy, and learn more about eBay Buyer Protection.
Spending on DIY Falls to its Lowest Level in 15 Years
It seems that we are spending a lot less on home improvements than we were at the height of the housing price boom in 2004 according to new figures from Lloyds TSB.
Experts put this down to lower household budgets and a fall in confidence as house prices stagnate.
We are spending half what we were on home improvement, decorating, building materials and tools compared to 2004. This is the equivalent of just £300 per household per year or £7.8bn in total.
This gives Bamford Trading a massive 0.00128% market share if my maths is correct.
So there plenty to go for!
The other good news for us is that the proportion of spend going to ‘Doing It Ourselves’ as opposed to using tradesmen has increased by 10% over the last decade. We now spend more on DIY than we do on employing tradesmen.
Spare a thought for the poor old tradesmen and women though we are now spending a massive 40% less on them than we were in 2001.
The on-line retailing planet has been spinning for several years now but the pace of change is not slowing.
If anything it’s speeding up.
So we thought it could be a good plan to document our journey. In particular we are currently working hard to improve our website performance. And it is hard.
To us this means attracting more potential customers and then converting them to buyers.
Specifically – we do well on eBay but – being frank – that business belongs to them and not us and so we need to boost sales on our own business websites. Online retailing is hard so we may as well put all that effort into our own long term success.
Now many agencies will tell you they can improve your sites performance and no doubt some can but our plan here is to document just what we are doing and whether or not it works.
We have asked an agency to help us. And we have read a lot of great books on the subject.
The site name? We currently have 2! Bamford Trading and Sanding Belt Sales