We’re Partners with Android Pay!!!

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Today, Android Pay was launched in Ireland. This means Android users now have the option to pay in-app or in stores, where contactless payments are accepted, by just using an app on their phones. We’re delighted to be one of  Google’s official launch partners in Ireland and we can now offer Android Pay to our users on the site.

Seems to good to be true?

It’s really that simple. Just download the app, enter your card details once and you’re good to go. Payments are processed through Stripe, a secure tool, which transfers your funds from your credit/debit card to the shops or sites.

What does this mean for Adverts?

Our users can now pay fees or bump their ads using the Android App on their phone. They can also instantly pay for goods on our Shop accounts, making the whole process even easier.

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Please see our Help Centre article for more information and how you can get set with Android Pay.

Introducing… New Adverts Messenger

If you have ever used Adverts.ie to private message another buyer or seller, you’ll know what a bad experience it was.

We used a system, similar to that of SMS on a Nokia 3210 from the year 2000, where you had an “inbox” and a “sent” folder. This meant trying to keep track of any long conversation was a nightmare. In fact, lots of people told us that when they are at their desktop on Adverts.ie and receive a message, they’d open their phone to reply on the app.

Well, all of that is no more. Today, we finalised the release of a new private messenger layout on Adverts.ie.

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As you can see, we’ve gone with a Facebook Messenger/Whats App Web style layout so that most people will already be familiar with how to use it, but if not, it’s very quick to learn!

We’ve been testing this for almost a month now with customers, so a lot of people would have already seen and tried it and we have already made lots of changes based on their feedback, but we’re still not done. We’ve got lots of other improvements planned and next year we will continue to update and improve private messages.

Just click on “inbox” while on Adverts.ie to see the new layout. If you have any feedback at all, we would love to hear from you. Just send us an email to feedback@adverts.ie.

Hope you enjoy the update!

 

 

The Safe Buyer’s Guide to Adverts.ie

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Let’s Meet November’s User of the Month – Whelanv

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Many people come to Adverts to find new cars and their parts at rock bottom prices. We spoke with Whelanv this month who trades in classic cars and asked his advice on best to trade motors on the site.

Thanks so much for speaking to us today. You have mostly sold car items on the site. How do you value your items to stay competitive?

By looking at other people’s ads and going to car shows it gives you a general idea! But the key is bundling items or gaining a contact who will keep your number and buy off you so it’s not worth over charging in the short term as it will all work out good in the end.

What advice would you give to sellers who want to sell their items quicker?

Research how much items are going for before you post them! And be willing to accept less than what you put your item up for. Also, the premium ad really helps sell your item as it’s catches buyer’s eyes.

An important part of the site is our feedback system. How can our members best maintain a positive rating?

The key to positive feedback is a good positive attitude and being able to make the deal possible for the buyer and seller. You should be flexible with arranging times, being able to hold the item, meeting them in places and keeping in contact. Being honest and truthful with your description is best as you don’t want an argument to occur on the site or anything to throw off fellow buyers and sellers from dealing with you in the future.

What advice would you have for new members joining the site who wish to sell car parts?

I would suggest taking good close photos of the parts. A good description assures the buyer they are in working condition. The key is to be flexible on price and willing to bundle to give a good deal or buyers will go elsewhere. Also, having positive feedback and having a good reputation on adverts always helps.

Thanks again so much for talking with us. This is all good advice that I’m sure our users will find useful.

To view whelanv′s profile and a wide selection of Electronics on the site see Adverts.ie.

Let’s Meet September’s User of the Month – Jobidoo

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Adverts.ie is a great place for our users to buy and sell electronics. From speakers to TVs to the newest iPhones anything can be found on the site for the best prices. We spoke to one of our best sellers of Electronics and asked his advice on how to present your ads to optimise sales.

Hi Jobidoo, thanks so much for speaking with us. We know you’re a great seller but what type of items do you buy on the site?

I usually buy smartphones, computers, tablets etc. All tech really. Though I’ve bought all sorts over the years including DVD’s and HiFi equipment.

The majority of your Sold items are in the Electronics section. How do you value your items to stay competitive? 

Well my philosophy is to price items to be enticing whilst not being too cheap. With the view to getting a quick sale, which is always preferable to me. I often see others getting more for similar items but then that might be after a few days or so. Each to their own here I guess.

It is always nice to get a quick sale. What other advice would you give to sellers who want to shift their items quicker?

My advice would be to take some good quality photos of the item and describe them in detail and be honest. An ad described honestly makes potential buyers feel that the person is honest, and they are then more likely to buy from them. Obviously the price is key too. I think my way of pricing keenly while making it clear that no offers below will be accepted works well in conjunction with honest ads full of good pics. People often  buy my items pretty quickly.

That’s great to hear you’re so successful. You have 400 positive feedbacks. How can our other members best maintain a positive rating?

Well, what has worked for me is honesty, good communications and punctuality. I think if you stick to these principles you’re unlikely to cause a bad experience for another user, and likely to build positive feedback quickly. I know many folk that I’ve met via Adverts and they all stick to the same principles and all have excellent feedback, so there must be something to them.

This is all excellent advice. Any other suggestions for new users hoping to start trading in electronics?

Without wishing to sound boring I’d have to say again that good pics, properly and honestly described items and a realistic price is the way to go. Also, if new members are looking to get off the ground, so to speak, I suggest being flexible regarding meeting up. Maybe being willing to drive a bit to meet potential buyers. Once the positive feedback starts building up and a good reputation is earned then buyers might be more inclined to put in the extra bit of effort to meet. To summarise; good pics, well described items, honesty, good communications and punctuality are the way to go if one wants to successfully utilise Adverts.ie. And it’s a fantastic site for those that do!

 Thanks so much Jobidoo for talking with us today. 

To view jobidoo′s profile and a wide selection of Electronics on the site see Adverts.ie.

4 Tips to Ace That Job Interview!

Since the DoneDeal and  Adverts Jobs merge this month we have had a massive increase in the number of jobs ads placed and job seekers visiting our site.

The interview process can be gruelling so here are some helpful hints to help potential employees nail their interviews!

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1. Dress to Impress

The old saying “Dress for the job you want” seems to hold through, according to research. An article in Forbes magazine advises to “think about the image you want to project during your interview and then choose an outfit that will create a positive perception and is appropriate, given the time of year, your geographic location, and the job/company/industry.”

It has even been revealed the colour shoes or tie, or types of earrings worn can impact your chances of being successfully hired. So maybe leave the medallions and fedoras at home…

Check out The Journal’s article for more advice.

2. Don’t Be Late

Cardinal Rule Number One for job interviews is Arrive on Time. It is pretty difficult to recover from a late start and few excuses will be accepted. The rule of thumb is to get there 10-15 minutes before, in case any paperwork needs to be filled out and so you can get your bearings. Plan you route and transport well beforehand so you can avoid arriving sweaty, flustered and frantically apologising.

During your wait resist the urge to use your mobile. Best turn it off completely before entering the building. Instead use your wait to be friendly and receptive to everyone you meet. You never know, a good impression made to an employee could be passed along to the hiring manager.

3. Be Prepared

The days leading up to the face-to-face interview should be spent researching the company well. You should become familiar with their website, product and social media presence. Subscribe to the blog if the company has one. Have a look at the employees on LinkedIn. You may have a connection that may benefit your application.

Check out Glassdoor too, a site which provides user-generated reviews, salary reports and interview reviews on a growing number of Ireland-based companies.

4. Fitting In

After you’ve satisfied the interviewers requirements for experience and skills you may be assessed on whether you would be a good “cultural fit” in the company. This isn’t that straight-forward to prepare for but after researching the company well you should have a good idea what the core values and beliefs are. Culture Fit also depends on the role. HR would expect sales applicants to be monetarily motivated whereas tech roles would require a strong interest in technology and an ability to communicate ideas. Don’t forget to list your hobbies on your CV and be able to discuss them at interview as they may reveal values characteristics.

So, relax, stay upbeat and engaged and you’ll do great.

Best of Luck!

If you are looking for a new job, check out one of the thousands we now have listed on Adverts Jobs. If you are an employer looking to fill a position, email our team on jobs@adverts.ie to find out the best package for you.

 

Adverts Jobs and DoneDealJobs have Merged

We are excited to announce that DoneDealJobs and Adverts Jobs have joined forces to create one of the Ireland’s largest homegrown jobs boards. The newly merged site operates under the Adverts.ie brand and contains hundred of employers across all of Ireland who are looking to fill thousands of open positions in every sector.

With our customer’s support over the last few years, DoneDealJobs.ie and Adverts Jobs have grown to become thriving jobs boards which help to fill thousands of positions each year in Ireland. This latest change will allow our group to focus our efforts, continue to grow and in doing so offer you the best solution in the market.

If you are looking for a new job, check out one of the thousands we now have listed on Adverts Jobs. If you are an employer looking to fill a position, email our team on jobs@adverts.ie to find out the best package for you.

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Let’s Meet July’s User of the Month – Spocker

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Important members of the Adverts team are our moderators. They help us behind the scenes to ensure the site’s content is appropriate, and with each having their own areas of expertise they are invaluable to the smooth-running of the site. We had a chat with Spocker who has been with us since we were part of Boards.ie and asked him for advice on how best to use the site. 

Hi Spocker, thanks a million for chatting with us. Since joining Boards.ie in 2002 you have seen Adverts move from being a small section of one website to being its own stand-alone company. In your opinion what positive changes have been made to the site?

Whew! I hadn’t realised it had been that long since I had joined. The ability to add lots of pictures and locations were welcome additions to allow folks to easily find what they wanted and I’m always surprised at how deep the sub-categories can go. User feedback is very important for us, and the introduction of the reporting system allows myself and the other moderators and staff to handle things as the site and traffic grew. Other positives include Adverts.ie working with bodies such as the Irish Pet Advisory Group, to ensure pets and animals can be rehomed safely, and the introduction of Shop Accounts, where we help small business to promote their wares.

What made you decide to join our team and moderate the site?

I was initially approached on Boards.ie by Eddie, one of the moderators at the time there. I was quite active in the Consumer Issues and Help Desk forums, offering advice where I could, and generally trying to help other folks – I had gotten a lot of good information from Boards over the years, and that was my way of giving back. Software development and computers is my line of business, and Eddie asked me to help moderate the Computers For Sale Forums – “It won’t take much time” he said… That quickly transformed into all the For Sales, and when the Adverts.ie site was setup I was asked to help out there too.

What advice would you give to sellers who want to sell their items quicker?

Ah, this is an easy one, let me just give a few pointers, starting with the most important. Firstly, be realistic about your price; have a look at the price of similar items that have sold, either on Adverts or elsewhere, and price accordingly. Remember, the price you paid for the item originally, is usually not what it’s worth now. Be honest in the description and put your ad in the right category. Use the options such as Auto Bump or Premium listings to help shift your item quicker. Finally. be flexible. Making an item collection only dramatically reduces your market so consider postage/delivery options.

As you know an important part of the site is our feedback system. How can our members best maintain a positive rating?

Maintaining a positive rating is a good benefit on Adverts.ie. As a general guide, try not to mess other people around, and be upfront about being delayed, or if something crops up that means you can’t go ahead with a deal. The most frequent word I see in Negative feedback is ‘timewaster’, meaning one person has been jerked around by the other – if you keep in touch, then that doesn’t happen.

From moderating the site I’m sure you have come across various weird and wonderful ads. What’s the funniest thing you have seen being sold on the site?

There have been a few funny ones alright, some of which I couldn’t possibly speak of… :) We had a guy try to sell an Air Guitar once, and we regularly see ads for Coffins. Phones with Flappy Birds installed were going for big money at the time, as the app had been removed from the various App Stores. The best one though was the antique, collectable ‘Rare Quinnsworth Plastic Bag’: http://www.adverts.ie/other-antiques-collectables/rare-quinnsworth-plastic-bag/2566560 - we all had a good laugh at that one.

As one of our longest members what advice would you give to new members joining the site?

Our Help Section has lots of good information to assist new users. I would suggest linking your social media accounts, and give a general location. Cross-posting your Adverts.ie ad to your Twitter or Facebook accounts can get your item in front of more buyers. Be safe, and think things through – if a stranger wants to meet you in an unfamiliar place where there may not be many people, and you’re bringing some valuables, then it might not be a good idea. Try and change the arrangements to somewhere you feel safe. The Adverts support team are available to give help and guidance if and when you need it.
Finally, have some fun. There are a lot of people buying and selling a huge amount of things, and there’s something in there for everybody, even if you don’t know it yet! Have a browse around categories you may not have looked in before (my current favourite is Men’s Watches – lots of expensive timepieces!), you’ll never know what you might find.
Thanks so much for chatting with this. These are all excellent suggestions!
To view Spocker’s profile see Adverts.ie.

Let’s Meet June’s User of the Month – Buttonsmc

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This month we had a chat with Buttonsmc. A user since 2012 she has steadily sold more than 2000 items and with over 1000 positive feedbacks she is an excellent member of the community. We asked her advice on how best to sell your unused household items and what it takes to earn the Ruby Star Rating for feedback.

Hi Buttonsmc, thanks a million for having a chat with us. Firstly, we’d like to ask you, are you an app or desktop user?

I normally use the app on my Ipad. It’s so much easier and quicker plus I find the messages are stored better. It’s easier to look through photos as well and just basically quicker to launch.

That’s great. Do you know many people that also use the site like you do?

I have some friends that use adverts and I have made quite a lot of friends here also that I still keep in contact with. I don’t think this would happen on any other site. There are so many kind and generous people here and  most people are so friendly on Adverts. I love the interaction with people on here it can be great fun and very addictive. I love when positive and nice feedback is left when you sell an items it makes you feel great and that you have a job well done.

That’s wonderful that you have made good friends on the site.  You mostly sell household items on the site. What are the benefits of selling such things?

People are always on the lookout for household items, you get a wider audience when selling on Adverts. Also, I try to make my items very affordable, some used some new, its a great way to sell items I don’t need, require or use any more. I always advertise honestly and try to help out with shipping costs if I can as I find shipping costs in this country are so expensive so every little bit helps. It’s great also for larger items if people want to collect as they will know your location when looking up the add.  I always answer any queries honestly and swiftly, ensure I have good quality photos up and keep in contact with the buyer from the first point of sale until they receive their item and are happy with it. For me communication is so important.

Communication is key it’s true, especially for feedback. Regarding that you have earned over 1000 positive feedbacks. How important do you think it is to maintain good feedback? 

Feedback is very important. It’s the first thing I check when I’m looking to buy from someone or if someone makes an offer on one of my adds. It gives you some sort of idea what the person is like, which can make all the difference. It’s so important to have good communication with the buyer  or seller. Feedback shows your reputation and it gives people a good idea of what to expect when dealing with you.

Would you consider yourself more a seller or buyer?

I use Adverts for both, but more for selling. When I started on Adverts I was initially a buyer then when I became more familiar with the site and how easy it was to use, and in particular how easy it was to place an ad, I started to sell.  It was only a very small number of ads at first then built it up after seeing how successful I was at selling. I have bid and purchased a lot of beauty and fragrance items and also some Apple products, the prices are always very reasonable and affordable on Adverts which is a great help when looking to buy. I have found it very helpful for selling all kinds of items and great for finding items you may not find elsewhere.

Finally, what advice do you have for new members?

My advice would be when starting off take your time, get familiar with the site. When placing ads make sure you take good accurate photos, and describe your items accurately and honestly. Look at what other people are selling and their prices to try to be competitive and make your items affordable. It’s also very important to respond to any questions quickly as people don’t like to be kept waiting and I think nowadays most people have notifications on their portable devices so just try to make sure you have your notification set up correctly for Adverts. That way you can keep yourself up to date.

All excellent advice. Thank you so much for speaking with us!

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

 

 

 

 

Let’s meet May’s User of the Month – Janbo

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What makes Adverts unique as a classified site is our feedback system. Building up solid feedback increases your chance of sales as buyers will trust you to be a credible seller. Considering how important this is we decided to have a chat with one of our champions of positive feedback, Janbo. She has managed to accumulate an impressive 2,225 positive feedbacks since joining us. We asked her advice on how other members of the community could follow her strong lead.

Hi Janbo, Thanks for chatting with us. First off, are you more a buyers or seller on the site?

I use adverts for both buying and selling. I have bid on nearly anything at this stage. I’m a big Disney fan so always on the lookout.
Adverts is the best site as you can interact with other people and get a sense of them, see their comments and when they have been on line and obviously their feedback which just makes everything easier and safer. You get a sense of who you are dealing with and not some stranger you know nothing about that’s just going to mess you around.

You joined us in 2012. Do you also have family or friends that use the site?

I have both family and friends that use adverts and have also made friends through adverts which is something you could never do on another site.

That’s great you have made friends through the site. We are delighted to hear that. I can see from your profile that you have over 4200 Sold items. As many of these were given away for Free can you tell us a little about how useful you find the FREE section on the site?

The free section is great. Although after dealing with a lot of people on here I’m glad you don’t have to give to first in line any more as I prefer to give to people who actually want the item and not to people wishing to resell it. I just want some child or whoever would genuinely like the item to get it.

It is really admirable that you have given so many items away. I’m sure this has made a huge difference to many of our users. Do you prefer the Adverts app or the desktop version?

I use the app more as you can upload pics straight away with this where you can’t with the other version.

With over 2200 positive feedbacks you must obviously feel good customer service is vital. Do you agree with this? 

I think it’s very important to have good feedback as it shows others that you’re trustworthy and that if there were a problem with anything I would do everything I could to resolve it.

It certainly is an impressive amount you have. I’m sure you would have no issue finding buyers for your items. Last question, what advice would you give to new members wishing to start selling on the site?

For new members starting off I definitely recommend putting your location first off. Put up a profile picture too as it immediately gives you some character. Basically, be polite and stick to the rules. There is no reason for anyone to get bad feedback, manners are free. Last of all, just enjoy it. There can be a lot of fun on here you won’t get that on the other classified sites.

To view janbo′s profile on the site see Adverts.ie.