• May 14 - eBay issued a warning to expect delays from goods bought from sellers based in China. You can expect delays of at least one week longer than expected and if the item you purchased was cologne, toner or a cigarette lighter you might never receive it. eBay cited the reason being as a result of changes to mail regulations in China.

    "As a result of new regulations announced by the Civil Aviation Administration of China, the shipment of all items through the Shanghai airport may be delayed due to additional screening. If you purchased an item from a seller in China who ships through Shanghai, please allow extra time for delivery - at least a week more that the seller's stated delivery time."

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    In the announcement from eBay they went on to say that items containing certain regulated materials are being returned to sellers and will not be delivered. "These items may include liquid beauty products (such as fragrances, colognes, lotions, and toner) and items containing flammable liquids (such as lighters)."

    The warning from eBay says that packages that ship via Shanghai are effected, however it is not clear whether Buyers can discern whether their order will go via Shanghai or not. The sensible advice issued by eBay is that the Buyer should contact the Seller if they do not get their item after waiting an additional week. Furthermore, they also said Buyers whose items were returned to Sellers will receive a refund for their purchase and added "If you encounter any issue, please contact eBay through the Resolution Center,".

    This is not the first instance of shipping issues to a "BRIC" (Brazil - Russia - India - China) country, areas where eBay have been pushing for growth. In February this year, eBay had to reassure Sellers after the introduction of new customs requirements implemented in Russia that impacted shipments into Russia from private carriers had been suspended.
       Read more on eBay Announcement Board - SELLERS : UPDATE ON SHIPMENTS TO RUSSIA.

    eBay is championing change in government policies and regulation to make it easier for Buyers and Sellers to trade cross border. An eBay executive recently spoke at a World Customs Organization conference, suggesting approaches such as harmonization of custom regulations, better use of big data of tracking parcels and transaction behaviors (including biometrics), increasing de-minimis thresholds, and simplified custom procedures for SMEs.

    Click here to visit the eBay Announcement Board to read full post about the latest delays from China.

    Original news story courtesy of www.EcommerceBytes.com

  • eBay Garage Promotion creative for Electrifying Giveaway

    WIN 2014 Telsa Model S plus other prizes

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    Attention car enthusiasts, eBay MOTORS is running a promotion through May 16 for eBay Garage, the virtual gearhead gathering place. It's the place for auto aficionados to explore vehicles, find parts while sharing photos and swapping thoughts with fellow community members.

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    Click Here

    Visit eBay Garage and enter to win the grand prize of a 2014 Tesla Model S as well as ten second-prizes of $100 eBay gift cards.

    To enter simply visit eBay MOTORS Garage and create a profile before May 16 for a chance to win. You can also get additional entries by adding photos to your profile. Official rules can be found here.

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  • April 2014 - System information regarding Heartbleed Bug. StuffAlert is NOT vulnerbale to the Heartblled threat.

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    Heartbleed Bug

    You will no doubt be aware of the Heartbleed bug that has been reported globally. The account information held by StuffAlert is of low sensitivity, however our servers were potentially vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug.

    System Updates

    We have taken action and patched our servers and updated our SSL certificates to ensure they conform to the latest security standards making StuffAlert no longer vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug.

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    What you should do

    Though we have no evidence that StuffAlert has been compromised, WE DO RECOMMEND YOU CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD when you next sign-in to StuffAlert. Click Here to reset your password.

    Useful links :

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    Additional Recommendation

    This vulnerability has existed for some time, so we also recommend that you change passwords on all sensitive sites to be safe, though you may want to wait a few days and check with the website to make sure they have updated their certificates to patch the issue.

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    More information on Heartbleed

    Please don't hesitate to Contact Us if you have any further questions.

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    16th April 2014

  • October 2013 - There have been a couple of behind the scenes StuffAlert systems updates that have occured over the last few weeks. All have been focused on continuing to improve our service. We added in more Advanced Search Filters to improve our eBay search capabilities and also have upgraded our hardware.

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    • Click here to read more about the new Advanced Search Options we have added.

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    We also this month have upgraded our hardware to help manage with the ever increasing popularity of StuffAlert. The move was managed over two separate days over two separate weeks, to minimise the disruption to the service. Given our service is based primarily on sending you emails (eBay alerts), please ensure that you add our email addresses to your address book. Click here to learn more.

    Server Blades and new Advanced Search Options for StuffAlert

    If you have any questions regarding this or any other StuffAlert matter, please get in touch using the Contact Us form.

    Happy Searching

    The StuffAlert Team