Setting up shop on eBid - how to make a store
eBid offers seller+ members five free stores, so there is plenty of scope for you to collect your bits and bobs together in branded areas, themed to collect similar types of items. For example, you might want a china shop, a clothes shop and a DVD shop. The following instructions are designed to help you set up your first eBid store (as they call them) and put it online with your first item listed.
In order to set up a store efficiently it will help if you have your store banner already made, and an item listed ready to be moved into the shop. Once a store has one item in it, it stays online and you can take your time about the rest. If you leave a shop empty it goes off line and you might find yourself having to start all over again if you're not quick enough about it!
A banner is a graphic image used to both decorate and represent your shop, and should be 310 pixels wide, 90 pixels tall. If you do not want to make your own, or don't know how to, you can look in the eBid forums for help. There are both sellers who will do a banner at a price, and some who will even do them for free if they have time. Look around, cast some bait, see what happens. :o)
So, let's assume you've got your banner and your item and you're ready to make that store...
In "my eBid" click on "my eBid stores", and you will be presented with the option of maintaining existing shops or adding a new one.
When the logo is correctly loaded your shop will be given a temporary name based on your user ID - this will be shown at the top of the screen. You will be able to change it shortly.
Now move onto section two, to set the details of your store name, display colours etc.
Leave your store offline for now, no need to worry about that until you're ready to add items. Soon!
Choose the main category in which you wish to have your shop listed, and then the sub-category within that.
You have 255 characters in which to describe your store. Watch out for running out of characters, it doesn't warn you just starts losing text!
Now you need to set your store colours, for primary and secondary text and background colours. These are used to display the top stripe and side menus.
Press Update Section 2, to safely store your choices made so far!
In section three, you need to create the categories (and sub-categories if you want them) that will be shown inside your shop. These will appear as a menu list down the left-hand side of your shop. The top level of category is called "parent", and you need at least one of those. If that's all you need, for example "clothes", simply type that into the parent category box and press "add category now".
If you wish to add a list of categories, such as my two item list of "abridged" and "unabridged" you can put the first item into the box offered,then press "+" to get an additional box. Keep adding as long as you want (up to 30 parent categories) and when you're ready use the "add category now" button. If you have forgotten one, put that in the box and "add now" until they are all there.
If you want to have a level beneath your parent categories (subcategories) you use the second box and work the "+" and "add now" in the same way.
Remember to choose the parent category to which they belong. For example, I have "abridged" as a parent category, then sub-categories to show
the different sizes.
Now that your settings are all ready, you are ready to put your store online. Go back up the screen until you find the "online" section
and choose the appropriate radio button - the little dot next to "store status" in section two.