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Listia-Like Ebay, but FREE!
Too much stuff?
Do you have a lot of stuff in your house you don't use? Possibly some things you may still have tags on or left unopened in a drawer somewhere? Or maybe you have some items in your closet that are gently used but you just don't wear anymore? Do you also like to get things for free? Well maybe you should hop on over to Listia.com!
What is Listia.com?!
Listia is a website that works just like Ebay, but everything is free! Just for signing up right now you get up to 400 credits for free! You can list items to auction off for credits. Credits are just like money! If you see something you like that another person has up for auction, you can place a bid on the item; when the time runs out on that auction if you are the higher bidder you win! Sounds easy, right? It is!
What are some features of Listia?
Credits can be earned by auctioning off your own unwanted items. There are a few things not allowed on Listia, but you can check their guidelines for a complete list of these items... It generally runs around illegal items, tobacco, and stuff not meant for children's eyes! You can also earn credits by referrals, sharing auctions on twitter, and sometimes you will get a random pop up stating you "found" credits while you were bidding on an item or doing other tasks.
Some of the features on Listia are interactive. You earn badges by completing tasks. The more badges you have the more people can see what kind of member you are. The badges are a way of showing other "buyers" that you are a trusted member of the community. You can earn badges by completing your profile, linking to your Facebook or your Twitter, verifying you Paypal or bank account, and even listing items and winning auctions! There are tons of ways to have fun on Listia.
You can earn experience points by bidding on items or completing any tasks that get you closer to earning a badge! Experience points are also earned just simply by logging (or checking) in to your account everyday. Your experience points determine your user level. This is still in beta but Listia promises to start rewarding users with higher levels and experience points in the near future, so why not level up?
Feed back is a way to show everyone how great you are at winning and selling! People who win your auctions can give you positive, negative or neutral feedback according to the type of experience you provide your winner. Feedback goes both ways! You can also give feedback to a person who has won if you think they are a great communicator and were a gracious winner... or even if they were a booger and didn't help you out any...
Being someones "Fan" means you get access on your main page to when they post new auctions you may be interested in. Some people even do random drawings for their fans to send gifts monthly. It all depends on the person.
There are many other fun features that I have not included that are just as fun as well, such as watching auctions, browsing by category or even searching for ending auctions so you can get the final bid in on something you may have missed.
So What's the Catch?
There isn't really one.. Sign up is free. Listing your auctions is free. You can add as many pictures as you like and there are many ways to have fun!
But what about shipping?
Okay, so MAYBE there is a small catch, but it's not a big one. Most auctioneers opt to go the completely free route, including free shipping on most auctions. Some people choose to charge for the shipping costs, but it is usually a nominal fee that is meant purely for the shipping costs alone.
You do not have to ship free either if you do not want or cannot afford it. You as the auctioneer can decide whether or not you want to charge the shipping fee, but if you are auctioning off something desirable then people will want it enough not to worry about it too much.
So What are You Waiting for?
Don't wait any longer to get free stuff, JOIN TODAY!!!