Adverts Services Update

Did you know you can use Adverts to find a plumber, photographer, hairdresser, dog groomer or a whole range of other professional service providers? If not, now is a great time to check our our Services page because we’ve just released a great new update.

Along with a brand new page design you’ll be greeted with beautiful, high quality pictures and easy to find service provider feedback.

We’ve also made it much easier to contact the service provider as you no longer need to comment first. Just message them directly with your query and they can reply to you without going through public comments.

You can check out our sample ad here and browse other services.

This is the biggest update we have ever made to Adverts Services and we are very excited about it. We love hearing from you, so if you have any feedback on the new Adverts Services or just want to give us some suggestions, drop us an email to feedback@adverts.ie.

Let’s meet April’s User of the Month – Pamplemousse11

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As most parents know the expense of children’s clothes, furniture and baby accessories can put serious pressure on a household budget. This is why thousands of people have turned to Adverts.ie to buy second hand. From buggies to bibs to bottle warmers our users can chose from a wide range of necessities at a fraction of the cost in the shop. We turned to one user, pamplemousse11, who has successfully sold many items in the Baby&Nursery section and asked her for some advice on how best to utilise the site.

Hi pamplemousse11, thanks so much for speaking with us. First of all, do you consider yourself more a buyer or a seller on the site?

I would say both. I find it very helpful for buying second hand childrens clothes. I mostly bid on children’s clothes and toys. Adverts is very helpful to be able to get everything you need without having to spend so much money like you would in the shop and the products are just as good.

It’s true that prices in shops can sometimes be over-whelming. Can you tell us how you first started trading on Adverts.ie?

At first I bought a few things now and again for my daughter, but as she grew out of her clothes and toys, I found myself having more and more spare clothes and toys and thought I’d use the website to resell them to other mothers like myself who were looking for good bargains.

How do you decide how much to sell your items for?

I mostly base my prices on the quality and amount of clothes in the advert.  As a rule, I make sure all the clothes that I post in ads are in good condition. I also make sure the prices are affordable as like myself I’m sure some mums cannot afford to spend lots of money on clothes or toys or bits and bobs for their kids.

That’s good advice. It’s great there’s a place for parents to buy high quality items at such reduced prices. How do you find using a classified site, like Adverts to buy and sell?

I think using a classified site such as Adverts is very good. I also like the fact you can earn feedback from buyers and through your sales build up an excellent seller reputation.

Having good feedback is essential for being a successful seller on the site. We can see that you have built up an impressive amount of positive feedbacks. Do you consider this important for your profile?

I think to maintain good feedback is very important. When I myself am looking to buy, the first thing I look for is the seller’s feedback to see if they’re a reputable seller, and to see if anyone has had any trouble with purchases from them before.  Also from a seller’s perspective, you might lose a sale if a less reputable person puts in a bid and you chose them over others. Often it has happened that the sales falls through, and you’re left starting from scratch again.

How do you find our app?

I find it very easy to use the app on the phone when I’m at work or on the go as I can follow either the product I’m watching or if I sell anything I can respond within minutes.

The best sellers on the site are the ones that respond quickly to any queries. Finally, do you have any advice for new members who wish to start selling their baby items on the site?

For new members I think I would tell them to make it affordable to most of the people. Like me, I’m sure lots of people don’t have much money left over at the end of the month to be able to afford to go to the shop to buy expensive brands such as ‘Marks & Spencers’ or ‘Next’ or ‘Mothercare’ first hand.  A lot of the stuff I have purchased since I began dealing was often worn only once or twice by the previous owners and so it’s like buying brand new for half the price.

This is all great advice and we are delighted you have bought and sold so much on the site. It really is great to see our users benefit so much for the Nursery section. Congrats on being April’s User and thanks for speaking with us.

To view pamplemousse11′s profile or the extensive range of Baby&Nursery items available on the site see Adverts.ie.

Dogs Must Now Be Microchipped

 

As of April of this year a new law exists which means all dogs in Ireland must be microchipped and registered by the time they are 12 weeks old. If this is not done owners could face a fine of up to €5,000 and/or 6 months in jail and it will no longer be legal to rehome or adopt any dog that has not been officially registered. Dogs should be chipped by vets and can then be registered on four authorised databases; the Irish Kennel Club, the Irish Coursing ClubAnimark and Fido.

In accordance with this new law Adverts.ie is currently working on a compulsory box where owners must enter their dog’s unique 15-digit registered microchip ID when placing an ad. We ask all users who are looking to adopt to request the certificate of registration from the dog’s owner so that the new owner’s information can be added to the database.

The DSPCA will microchip a dog and register its owner’s details for €15 and vet charges may vary. This new procedure should weed out illegal puppy farms and also help reunite lost pets with their owners so its good news for dog-lovers!

Here’s a link to more information;

http://www.thejournal.ie/dogs-trust-guide-microchipping-2692411-Apr2016/

Let’s Meet March’s User of the Month – Helen Mathews

Recently we noticed that a small area of the site has begun to thrive, the Arts & Crafts section. With more and more artists using the site to sell their work Adverts.ie is becoming a popular space for buyers to find unique and special pieces to add to their collections, while having the opportunity to converse directly with the artists. This month we spoke to Helen Mathews (username: Hele) who has been trading her paintings successfully on the site for the last three years. We asked her advice on how best to utilise the site and how Adverts.ie has helped her establish herself as an artist.

Hi Helen, thanks so much for speaking with us? First off do you use Adverts more for buying or selling? 

I would normally use Adverts for selling as I am an artist and it is great for selling my paintings. However, any time I am looking for something second-hand I will go to Adverts first before any other website. For example something specific like a bed-frame, mirror, or even a Wendy House. All of which I have bought in the past.

We had a look at your work for sale on the site and the pieces are really beautiful. Could you tell us a little about your career as an artist and how you got started?

I have been selling my paintings for the past 11 years. I went to Ballyfermot Art College where I studied art, animation & graphics. I first started painting canvases when I moved to Sydney back in 2004 where I sold mostly to private buyers. When I returned to Ireland in 2008 I kept the painting up and decided to try and see if there is a market for my art here. With the help of a couple of art auctions and Adverts.ie my career here as an artist has taken off and (I’m glad to say) now it is my main income.

Congratulations! We’re so glad the site has been able to help you with your career. A lot of your work features Dublin’s coastline. Do you find it particularly inspirational for your art?

Yes, we live in a beautiful country with a stunning coastline. I like to paint areas of Ireland that people relate to and can connect with. Having lived abroad for several years, I appreciate the importance of Dublin Bay and it’s impact when you see it from the plane after been away for a long time… when you are about to land in Dublin Airport, and you see the Poolbeg Chimneys you know you are home! With all these beautiful sea scenes there is a lot of blue tones in my art, I find this colour very calming, soothing and inspirational, especially in my large canvases – and my buyers seem to think so also when they hang their new painting in their home. This is very pleasing.

Poolbeg, a view from Dun Laoghaire. Painting by artist Helen Mathews

 

That’s true. All Dubliners love those chimneys. How do you find using a classified site to sell your work? 

I find selling online works well for me, it not only sells my art but advertises it also. It also directs my art to a target audience, for example, if someone wants a painting for their house they go straight to art/paintings section. My ads in Adverts also appear in Google searches – this is great! Each of my paintings have a set price (mostly depending on the size of the canvas and the amount of work that goes in to them). Like selling anything online one has to be aware of security and feeling safe, so I use my intuition here when dealing with people. People can put in an offer and if I accept it they need to meet me in person and see the painting before I will take their money. As the value of my art is important to me (and to previous buyers) I will not accept much lower than asking price.

Adverts.ie has become a great platform for a wide variety of sellers to trade easily with other users. What advice would you give to new members wishing to start selling their work on the site?

Always put up a good description and plenty of photos. Dimensions also, if it applies. Be quick to respond to any enquiries so the potential purchaser does not lose interest. Check the potential buyer’s feedback history and comments from previous purchases/sales. Always get a telephone number of someone you are going to meet; and make sure it works by talking to them first before you give out your full address, etc. If possible, have someone with you if meeting someone for the first time in a private place.

This has all been such great information. Thanks so much for speaking with us and congratulations on being our March User. We will certainly be keeping an eye out for your next Helen Mathews original pieces.

Dublin Cityscape, painting by artist Helen Mathews

To view Hele’s profile or the extensive range of original Artwork available on the site see Adverts.ie.

 

Let’s Meet February’s User of the Month – Jonnymc83

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Adverts.ie has established itself as a valuable platform for musicians and music-lovers to trade. A popular sub-culture has been flourishing on the site where professionals and amateurs use Adverts to source all their equipment. This month we talked to Jonnymc83 who joined us in 2010 and has built up a gold star feedback rating. We had a chat about  how he navigates the site, what tools he uses to get the best price for his musical items and what it takes to hit the right note with other users.

Hi Jonnymc83, thanks for speaking with us this morning. You’ve been successful at placing ads consisting chiefly of musical items. Ranging from drum kits to DJ mixers you have become a great resource for members looking for good quality equipment. Has your expertise developed out of working in the music industry?

I’m not involved in the music industry, I’m just a fan. I like trying new equipment and I have a bit of a fetish for headphones. I still haven’t found the perfect pair!

The headphones section has become really popular of late so hopefully that perfect pair is just around the corner. Would you say you use Adverts.ie more for buying or selling?

I would say I use it for both. Usually when something new comes in, something has to go. When I’ve had my eye on some new gear its not long before it comes up on adverts, and its a lot cheaper than buying it new.

That’s great. Its always nice to get a good deal on something you want. When dealing in a niche market I’m sure a lot of research has to go into the items you trade in. What methods do you use to value the items you sell? 

I check internet sites from the U.K and Ireland for general pricing. Depending on the condition and age of the items I’m selling I set a price. I try set it as low as possible so I don’t hold on to it for too long.

That’s really good advice. The vast majority of our users now use the Adverts mobile app instead of desktop. Which one do you use the most?

 I use the app all the time, very rarely use the desktop version now.  With the camera on my phone I take a snap of what I’m selling and in 5 minutes it’s live.

That’s good to hear that it works so well. You have amassed 123 positive feedbacks so you clearly have worked hard to satisfy your customers. What advice would you give to someone who wants to earn great feedback?

It’s very easy to get into arguments when selling or bidding. Try and take a step back and don’t get easily offended. My favourite thing about adverts is bidding and the possibility of trading. Always try and price your item in relevance to its condition.

Finally, do you have any tips to give to new members wishing to start selling music equipment?

You very rarely get the asking price when placing an add. Make sure you have checked the gear works, is clean and the item is exactly as you described it.

This has all been invaluable information for our users. Congratulations on being named User of the Month and thanks so much for chatting with us!

To view jonnymc83’s profile or the extensive range of musical equipment available on the site see Adverts.ie.

Let’s Meet January’s User of the Month – Ciarano!

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To launch this new campaign we decided to pick someone who most often trades in the Sports and Fitness section of the website, for the month that’s in it! Our first User of the Month is one who chiefly deals in bikes and sports accessories.   Since joining, Ciarano (Ciarán) has sold over 160 items and has amassed an impressive 121 positive feedbacks. We asked him a few questions about how he finds the site.

Hi Ciarán, Thanks so much for talking to us today. Since it’s after Christmas we thought our users might be interested in the wide range of sports equipment for sale on the site. We see you have sold many items from bikes to weights to sports clothing. Are you an avid cyclist yourself?

Yes, I have cycled and raced bikes for years now. However at the moment I cycle just to keep fit.

As a serious cyclist then, would you recommend three must-have accessories for anyone thinking of picking up the sport?

A good set of wheels is vital. It would also be a good idea to get a heart monitor and proper cycling clothes.

That’s great advice. With 121 positive feedbacks so far and a gold star rating you obviously value good customer service. How important do you think earning good feedback is on the site?

I think its paramount. The best thing to do is to be honest and upfront with all users. There’s really nothing worse than people lowballing and not respecting the seller’s price. This can upset users so I advise not to bid unless you’re a serious buyer.

Since the launch of the Adverts app in 2011 we have seen many of our users more often using the site on their mobiles than on a computer. Are you still on desktop or have you switched over to the app?

I use both at the moment and I prefer the desktop version. However the app is ideal for when I’m on the go or commuting.

That’s true. The app is pretty convenient for that. Last thing, do you have any advice for new members signing up?

An important thing is to have an honest price that correctly reflects what you are selling. Also, don’t try to sell counterfeit or fake items on Adverts. There are many specialists on the site, like myself, that can easily spot fakes and warn other users. Plus the Adverts team provides great support to ensure only genuine members use the site.

That’s great. Thanks again for chatting with us and congratulations on being named our User of the Month!

To view ciarano’s profile or the extensive range of sports equipment available on the site see Adverts.ie.

User of the Month

Advert’s User of the Month

As a platform for trading for over one million members the Adverts community is a diverse one. From the professional selling sports equipment to the new parent purchasing all their nursery needs, Adverts can be beneficial to a huge range of people. In the interest of shining light on the variety of users on the site we are launching Advert’s User of the Month. During the year we will be meeting 12 successful users and will be asking how they find the site and if they have any advice for new members.

Watch this space!

***One Million Signups***

WE ARE PLEASED TO WELCOME THE ONE MILLIONTH USER TO ADVERTS.IE

Last night we welcomed Blondieb, our one millionth member of the Adverts.ie community. To help them get started we gave them €50 free credit to use on the site.

We appreciate the support of all the users and now can finally say that you truly are One in a Million!

Press release: Digital Media Ventures

Distilled Media Group and Schibsted Media Group Join Forces in Online Classified Advertising in Ireland.

Adverts.ie, DoneDeal.ie, and Daft.ie join forces.

Distilled Media Group and Schibsted Media Group, the Oslo listed international media group, have announced  the establishment of a combined business, Digital Media Ventures Ltd., which will own the three highly successful online classified advertising sites Adverts.ie, Daft.ie and DoneDeal.ie.

Under this new ownership structure, each of the three operations will continue to operate independently and will be run by existing management and staff. Adverts.ie and Daft.ie will continue to be located in Dublin, while DoneDeal.ie will continue to operate from its base in Wexford.

Schibsted Media Group’s specialist classified media division has a network of online classified sites in 30 countries world wide. Schibsted acquired DoneDeal.ie from Wexford based founders, Fred and Geraldine Karlsson.

Adverts.ie and Daft.ie were established by entrepreneurs Eamonn and Brian Fallon. Separately, they operate several well established online sites including Boards.ie and thejournal.ie. Neither Boards.ie nor thejournal.ie are part of this transaction and will continue to operate under current ownership.

Distilled Media and Schibsted will each own 50% of the shareholding in Digital Media Ventures Ltd. The combined entity had revenues in the first six months of 2015 of €9.4 million.

Private equity firm, Tiger Global’s minority shareholding in Distilled Media has been bought out, as part of this transaction.

Eamonn Fallon will be the CEO of Digital Media Ventures Ltd.

Joining forces with Schibsted in this venture creates an online advertising business of scale in Ireland with the capability of competing head to head with the US internet majors” said Eamonn Fallon. “Our combined reach is currently over 650,000 people per day. We look forward to working together with Schibsted, benefitting from their exceptional international experience and insights, to develop and grow this business in Ireland.”

We are delighted to combine with Distilled Media and the Fallon brothers in Ireland”, said Rolv Erik Ryssdal, CEO of Schibsted. “Through this new set up we will expand our reach in this exciting market to real estate and we aim to further improve our position in the generalist and car markets. When the leading online classified sites in Ireland are joining forces, we believe we will be able to create even better services for buyers and sellers. We have several times experienced the significant value creation that can be made through in-market consolidation.”

 

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Shops can now accept card payments

Adverts Shops now have the ability to accept credit and debit card payments on their ads. By connecting a Stripe account, shops will be able to instantly start accepting card payments, and have the money transferred directly to their bank account.

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For online retailers, a simple yet powerful checkout process is crucial to success, and as an Adverts Shop, we take care of that process for you. Today we are happy to announce a great enhancement of this process which will make it faster and easier for people to make purchases.

Many Adverts.ie members have card details securely stored with Stripe which they use across Adverts.ie for buying credits, bumps, or paying success fees. Now with that same payment infrastructure they can use their cards for purchasing from shops too. Any shop with a connected Stripe account will automatically have an option to ‘pay by card’ enabled on all their active ads.

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