Posts Tagged ‘ Trade Me ’

Xtra-ordinary lack of customer service

If Xtra is your ISP, or if you’ve been on Trade Me, you are probably aware of the problems currently being experienced by Xtra’s customers: no international traffic. No facebook, no offshore news websites, no eBay (if that’s your thing) no … well, no anything that involves an overseas server. Like the photos on my website (my site is hosted by a New Zealand company, the photos are hosted by Flickr). Like many of...

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Trade Me does Christmas

Nice “tree“.

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That’s a ballsy auction

There are times when I stumble across auctions on Trade Me and am left with one small question: Why? If you fancy taking ownership of a a set of cat testicles, here’s your chance. Winky the cat had his nads removed about 10 years ago and those very same fur-balls are now on offer, with bidding currently sitting at $5050. You’ve got until next Thursday to stake your claim. An even more disturbing auction...

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Souped-up search capabilities still lacking

(This is the Online column, written for The Southland Times) Before I launch into my weekly whinge, let me assure you, dear reader (and my bosses), that I am an avid — and, for the most part, happy — Trade Me user. I have been a member of the site since May 2000 (see note 1) and have accumulated a fairly extensive and positive trading record. However, during that time I’ve never been a...

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Avoid online pirates and bag a designer bargain

(This is the Online column, written for The Southland Times) Shiver me timbers, a French judge has fired a shot across the beam of online auction site eBay over the sale of pirated goods. eBay has been ordered to pay millions of dollars in damages to Louis Vuitton for selling fake luxury goods online. It’s often said that Louis Vuitton is the most faked brand out there and going by the number of sites...

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Trade Me v Netco in widget war

Things aren’t as happy as they could be in Trade Me Land.  Grumblings on the message board about the new fees aren’t surprising. In fact, the new fees aren’t surprising either — Fairfax stumped up a lot of cash to buy the auction icon and like any company, will be looking to pull as much of a profit as possible from its new baby.  Besides, I still think it got the bargain of the...

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Don’t listen to them, Mr Fairfax

(This is the Online column, written for The Southland Times) Hasn’t Mrs Morgan’s little boy Sam done well for himself? The Trade Me message board has been running red hot with threads discussing the sale of New Zealand’s No 1 online auction site to The Southland Times parent company Fairfax. It seems for every trader wishing Sam Morgan and the other shareholders well with their new-found wealth, there are a further 10 grumpy bums...

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Safer online trading

Safer online trading

(This is the Online column, written for The Southland Times) With the infamous Trade Me art scam in the headlines lately it would be easy for the uninitiated to believe taking part in an online auction is akin to swimming in shark-infested waters. Take heart gentle reader, it’s not that bad. I mainly use Trade Me for my online buying and selling and have managed to clock up more than 350 trades without being...

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Trade Me: listen to the masses

(This is the Online column, written for The Southland Times) Top New Zealand auction site Trade Me has had a bit of a facelift during the past couple of weeks. Trade Me’s management team had been promising the revamp for months in an effort to break some of the auction categories into smaller groups and even posted a list of the proposed new categories on the site for users to give feedback before the...

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