I didn’t complete checkout, its OK to email me but stop RINGING!

Talk about annoyance.

I decided to look into an online course and made it to checkout. I entered a few details then stopped as it only gave details at checkout about HIDEOUSLY expensive terms when it came to payment instalments. I decided to wait until I had the spare cash to pay in one go and save about £150.

I get an email:

On your last visit you added the ********* course to your shopping
basket, but did not complete the final transaction.

I am contacting you to see if you experienced a problem with our website whilst
shopping or if you needed more information on the course content before you could
complete your enrolment. If you would like to email me or better still call me on
**** I will be very happy to help you.

So I replied and said I would wait a little until I had the full amount as I didn’t want to pay in instalments but thank you for the email. It is good to check sometimes for cart abandonment reasons. You could get good data.

Was that my big mistake? PROBABLY.

I have now had TWO calls about it and feel a little hounded. No I DON’T want to talk about my financial situation with you. I don’t feel I need to give you ANY reason for waiting a MONTH. Truth is I decided to do my accounts and pay for my holiday in Japan first but it is NONE of their business.

I think I might find a different place to do the same course. TOTALLY put off.

I only wanted to check the payment terms for the course! Ugh!

Don’t hound your buyers and especially don’t think you can talk through their finances unless THEY ASK YOU!

eBay don’t want you to be excellent, they want you to be BETTER


eBay seem to HATE giving fee discounts so under the guise to improve the buyer experience they have upped the bar for Top rated seller status.

Important: You don’t have to meet these requirements for all of your listings, but you’ll only receive the associated benefits and final value fee discounts on listings which do meet the requirements.**Like hell you want to rank poorly in best match….you don’t have a CHOICE**

You must offer:

  • A minimum returns period of 14 calendar days, using the new way of specifying your returns policy.
  • 1-day or same-day dispatch.
  • An express delivery option – offering delivery within 1 day.
  • A free postage option.

Thinking of my clients who vary greatly they will only be able to meet option 1 and 2 across the board. They already offer a 30 day returns window and ship business same day or next business day. However, eBay says just ‘DAY’ does this include weekends?

Most of my clients can now offer express dispatch via courier….but FREE SHIPPING is not always possible on items with the wrong dimensions for Royal Mail!

Be it as it may, we ALL know we need to tow the eBay line if we are to be successful so I will be (and already have with two clients while writing this blog post) work with my clients to make sure everything is in line with what eBay wants.

Deadline Autumn 2013…start changing NOW!

….and just when I was feeling all cynical, eBay give you 12 Free pictures for all eBay UK listings!

Little stars!

Basic eBay Design Series 2013 Part 4 – Responsive Images

I said I was keeping it simple and I am. In my template I am incorporating 4 images 400px x 400px in a 2×2 grid under my description.

In the future I might look into a pure css gallery with rollovers that is responsive too. However, for that kind of hard work I am likely to charge!

We have some additions to the CSS:

.gallery {width:90%;max-width:990px;}
.grid {float: left;width: 50%;min-width:280px;}
.pics {padding:5px;}
.pics img {width: 100%;}

Simple stuff and here is our gallery HTML code:

<div id="gallery">
        <img src="http://kidsontalks.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/square.jpg"/>
        <img src="http://kidsontalks.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/square.jpg" />
        <img src="http://kidsontalks.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/square.jpg"/>
        <img src="http://kidsontalks.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/square.jpg" />

And the current state of the full code: Responsive eBay Template and you can see the differences due to screen size here: http://dfcb.github.com/Responsivator/?site=kidsontalks.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/iki_nail1.html - smaller screens 1 x2 grid, larger screens 2×2 grid.

If you JUST use % widths you can have the 2×2 grid shrink in the smaller screens, however I have set a min width as I want to be able to see my pictures within the template.

So what ELSE do we need in a basic listing template. Policies of course! In the next post I will add two floaty sections which will stack for mobile.

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Basic eBay Design Series 2013 Part 3 – Responsive design and eBay

The eBay item page is NOT normal.

If I want to take this design responsive for web I would add this:

<meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0">

to the top and then:

/* for 480px or less */
@media screen and (max-width: 480px) {#background
{width: auto;float: none;}

in between the style tags:

Resposivator says this is OK: http://dfcb.github.com/Responsivator/?site=kidsontalks.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/iki1.html

However, it won’t work for eBay.

In fact at this stage to make THIS version of the design responsive all that needs to happen is a change in the CSS for the ONLY area of the design which currently has a fixed width that UPSETS smaller screens.

#background {background-image:url(http://kidsontalks.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/iki_background.png);background-repeat: repeat-y;background-position:top;width:100%;max-width:1000px;}

The width of this element has gone from 1000px fixed to 100% AND a max-width of 1000px.

Want proof?

This is a photo of a REAL listing on eBay UK showing the description in my eBay app, taken with my blurry tablet camera, but you get the IDEA.


The challenge is to now build on this base and keep it responsive.
This is where the eBay Template code is at currently – right click and view source.

*A note on licence for this work. I don’t mind at all if you use it for your eBay operation as a seller. However, if I see my code popping up with professional eBay design companies or similar who CHARGE for this I will name and shame. If you want this functionality you should be able to develop this YOURSELF and be BETTER than the free code I give away off the top of my head.

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Basic eBay Design Series 2013 Part 2 – Code

We are going to start REALLY basic. Only using 6 elements:

  1. Google Fonts
  2. Background
  3. Logo
  4. Slogan Text for the header
  5. Content Text

Google tells you how to insert its fonts so I am not going to go there. So lets look at the CSS in its current format:

<link href='http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Erica+One' rel='stylesheet' type='text/css'>
body {margin:0px;padding:0px;}
.clear {clear:both;}
#background {background-image:url(http://kidsontalks.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/iki_background.png);background-repeat: repeat-y;background-position:top;width:1000px;}
#template {padding:10px;font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; color:#FFFFFF; font-size:14px;}
#logo {float:left; background-image:url(http://kidsontalks.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/iki.png);background-repeat:no-repeat;background-position:top;width:70px;height:66px; padding:20px;}
#slogan {float:right; padding:20px;font-family: 'Erica One', cursive; font-size:20px;}
.content {padding:10px;}

Nice and simple. A breakdown of the CSS elements:

Background – This is your background image and it repeats as your content grows
Template – This is an inner container which I use to add padding
Logo – Your logo position, floating to the left
Slogan – Your message to buyers etc
Clear – To clear any floating elements
Content – Currently just plain ‘ol boring text. In this section we will add images as other information as we expand this project!


<div id="background">
<div id="template">
<div id="logo"></div>
<div id="slogan">This is a cool place to put extra info and a company slogan!</div>
<div class="clear"></div>

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and this is the result:


If you want the full code, right click and view source. Copy and paste away.

The result is VERY BASIC, and if you look in Responsivator we have all kinds of UGLY scroll bars:


This is because this design is NOT YET RESPONSIVE!

More on that later.

*Please note, if you are thinking ‘Oh my lord this is like SO simple’ then clearly this is NOT for you. I detailed advanced eBay design back in 2007, it is still on this blog albeit hideously out of date.

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