• SonicZero London, England 31st May 2012 is pleased to announce the successful launch of its new upgraded website and improved email eBay alert service that helps increase the probability of buyers finding exactly what is being searched for on eBay.

    eBay buyers have been using StuffAlert to locate hard to find items on eBay since 2007. Now, as well as setting up alerts when no matching items are found, users can create email alerts where up to 25 items have been found. A complete record of all the items found matching users searches is automatically created and available to users on the website.

    With StuffAlert users can quickly and easily search eBay and set up email alerts for the items they are looking for. StuffAlert continues to search eBay all day everyday and automatically sends email eBay alerts notifying users of new listings with direct links to the item on eBay. Users can manage all their eBay searches and alerts in one place with no cap on how many alerts can be set up and with complete control over email alerts.Passwords are encrypted so only users know what searches they have set up.

    "The decision to upgrade the service was made in response to users requests and coincided with a decision to get eBay approval to increase the frequency of our automatic eBay searches. The result has been to deliver more frequent and consistent eBays alerts to our users who in turn are successfully completing more transactions" stated Rene Bachman, Managing Director of SonicZero.

    StuffAlert currently works on iPads and other similar tablet devices and should be accessible via smartphone later this year. It is available to eBay buyers using the US and UK eBay marketplaces. Plans are already underway for StuffAlert to be rolled out to other English speaking countries in the forthcoming weeks.

    eBay buyers whether newcomers and seasoned users interested in learning more about StuffAlert's eBay alert service can visit the website (http://www.stuffalert.com) or for more information Contact Us.

    About Soniczero and StuffAlert
    SonicZero is a UK based publishing software company specifically set up to develop an eBay compatible application that would make searching and finding hard to find item on eBay easier. Consistent with an objective of providing an enhanced service StuffAlert was upgraded and migrated to a new website in mid March 2012 and now provides a less restrictive search and alert service as well as buyer focused information.

    Contact Information
    Rene Bachman
    Managing Director
    SonicZero Limited
    Telephone : +44 (0)20 7193 5879
    email : info@soniczero.com

  • To help buyers purchase more confidently within the eBay coins category from 20th February 2012 only authentic coins can be listed on eBay.com.

    eBay worked with the Professional Numismatists Guild (a non profit making organisation made up of rare coin and note dealers) to create a policy in line with industry standards.

    Despite the fact that replica coins would meet industry standards if they are permanently marked with the word ‘Copy’ no replica coins can be listed on eBay.

    eBay defines replica coins as a copy or reproduction of an actual coin, including U.S., foreign and other historic coins.

    eBay can be a great place for coin collecting with thousands of sellers offering a diversity of notes and coins. It expects this policy update to increase marketplace confidence by letting its community know that eBay coins listings are restricted to the real thing. In any event be sure to check out seller feedback and rating.




  • Are you a true Bruce Springsteen fan?


    What’s the best way to identify yourself as a true Bruce Springsteen fan? That’s easy – all you have to do is spend $611.50 on eBay for an original copy of the very first issue of the Springsteen fan publication Backstreets.

    Backstreets has been the trusted source for Springsteen news and information since 1980, and while the quarterly magazine is not officially affiliated with Springsteen, he and his camp have been very supportive of the publication, with Bruce himself sitting down with them for an interview in 2004.

    The first issue of Backstreets was four pages, printed in three colors, newspaper style. Springsteen fan Charles R. Cross started the fanzine by printing 10,000 copies, then handing them out for free at Bruce’s Oct. 24, 1980 concert at the Seattle Coliseum.

    The debut issue content offered recollections of Springsteen’s 1978 concert at the Seattle Center Arena, a centerfold poster, a list of the six hottest Springsteen collectibles and a rundown of 30 Springsteen bootleg albums.

    After the initial nine issues, the publication switched to a magazine-style format, adding full color covers shortly after that. Current editor Christopher Phillips began working with Cross on the magazine in 1994, and helped to launch an internet presence for Backstreets in 1995. He would eventually take over the operations altogether in 1998.

    Backstreets now brims with extensive touring and recording content, and has expanded in size quite a bit since that first issue. The latest issue clocks in at 56 pages, and is dedicated to a complete exploration of the Springsteen Rock Hall exhibit.

    Original copies of that first issue are hard to come by, so it’s not very surprising that when a copy recently appeared on eBay, it sold for $611.50 after amassing 17 different bids. Which is a pretty good deal as long as you’re not aware of the black and white reprint that you can get from Backstreets for $2.

    Because we’re not so good with math, the Backstreets guys helped us out, calculating that by paying $611 for an original copy on eBay instead of simply buying a reprint, this fan paid a 30,000% markup. (Editor’s note: I have no ability to check, or interest in verifying, those numbers.)

    We don’t wanna bum the poor buyer out though, so let’s cheer them up by taking a look at some rare footage that reveals how the famous Springsteen video ‘Dancing In The Dark’ could have turned out very differently.


    by: Matt Wardlaw August 14, 2011

  • Blowing money on records – ‘a very middle-aged addiction’


    I have a confession to make. Not to you, the dear, sympathetic Guardian readership, but to my girlfriend, and possibly my accountant. On 19 July, at 1.18pm precisely, I spent £122 buying a 7in single off eBay. It’s a purchase I had been planning in general for the previous 18 months and intently for the six days before I actually stumped up, and now it’s over, now I’ve won (and how ironic that word feels at the moment), I feel an uncomfortable mixture of elation, guilt and stone-cold fear.

    The record in question is Do It by Pat Powdrill, my favourite northern soul single of all time. I’m playing an MP3 of the song as I type this, and even on the umpteenth listen it makes my pupils dilate and my heart beat faster against my rib cage. Vinyl copies crop up on eBay once or twice a year, and go for ridiculous sums – $483 (£295) in 2008 and $308 (£232) in 2010. So not only have I bought a single that sets off fireworks inside my head, I’ve snapped it up for a bargain price. That’s the theory, at least. The reality, of course, is very different. At a time when money worries are more acute than ever, and with two children to provide for, isn’t spending £122 on a single an indulgence at best, and reckless, at worst? I’m lucky that I run a northern soul club called Great Big Kiss, so I can rationalise my purchase as something I need for the night. Yes, I can play Do It off CD, but spinning the original vinyl feels more worthwhile, as if the connection with the song, and the time in which it was written and released, is stronger, deeper.  But still – I know I don’t need this. And yet I have to have it.

    There’s one more worry. I’ve been collecting vinyl seriously for a few years now, starting off with 50p purchases at boot fairs before moving on to heftier buys on eBay. To begin with, I’d agonise over spending £8 on a mere 7in, but once I’d smashed through the £10 barrier (I’m in a World of Trouble by the Sweet Things, for £12.99), it all became easier. I’m in my early 40s. I hardly go out any more, because we’ve got kids, so I don’t spend what I did on eating out or drinking. Blowing money on records seems almost justifiable. Have I stumbled into a very middle-aged addiction?

    It seems that way. When I make bulk buys (48 singles from Canterbury’s indoor market, for example, ranging from the Shangri-Las to Ramsey Lewis), I feel bloated, like I’ve had one binge too many. And when I haven’t been on eBay for a while, I start to feel itchy, and I’m disappointed when the postman doesn’t deliver any packages, even though I know I haven’t bought anything. Plus, I’ve been keeping some of my record buying a secret. On my first attempt to buy Do It, during a visit to my mum’s in April, I furtively stayed up until 1.16am, and bid $220 (£135). When I admitted why I was so tired the next day, my girlfriend wasn’t impressed.

    This time, though, I knew I’d get it. For three days, my bid of £9.99 was the only interest, and I daydreamed about the steal of a lifetime. But even when it had crept up to £81.99 an hour before the end, I felt certain. And although £122 is a rash outlay, I’m hoping my fee for this piece will cover it, and my girlfriend, who’ll find out by reading these words, will be forgiving. So that just leaves me with that stone-cold fear. What if my copy of Do It isn’t as pristine as described? What if it’s finally delivered and – as with the vinyl version of C86 that I spent £24 on earlier in the year and still haven’t returned – it skips?

    Photograph: bruciebonus / Alamy/Alamy

    Article Source:

    Ian Watson


    first published, 28th July 2011