Epier—The Place For Toys/Other Gifts for Kids
I am proud to be a relatively new aunt. My sister has a 2 year old son, Nicky, and a newborn on the way. Part of my job description as aunt is to spoil my sister's children as much as possible (a duty happily shared with my mom, their grandmother). While I enjoy strolling down the aisles of Toys R Us, I am somewhat chagrined at: 1) the prices of toys nowadays; and 2) the inferior quality of some of the new toys on the market. Furthermore, I think back fondly to toys I enjoyed as a child and nostalgically want my nephew (and niece or nephew to be) to enjoy them as well.
Thus, I was delighted to find an array of goodies available on ePier.com to bid on. First and foremost, books are an important staple that I like to buy. My mom always stressed the value of reading from a young age, and I want my nephew to have a similar love of books instilled at a young age. I was excited to find 63 separate auctions for Little Golden Books. I think that my mother purchased the entire series for me growing up. I also found an excellent selection of board and pop-up books, Dr. Seus books and Richard Scarry books. I was also pleased at the number of coloring and other activity books. These books can be completed so quickly if you have a budding artist, that it is great to get them at a competitive price.
Fisher Price was a staple in my home growing up. In reviewing ePier, I was cheered to find not only new Fisher Price toys (which happily have retained the good quality for which their name has long been known), but some of the items I was fortunate enough to have as a child. For example, there was a vintage Chatter Phone (complete with rolling eyes and chattering when you pull it), a Fisher Price grocery shopping basket from the eighties, and a precious mini-copter. I had all of these, and now my nephew can too!
Remember Tonka pound puppies? I sure do, and now my nephew can as well, as I spotted one from 1985 with the original tags. My sister was never willing to share hers, but I won't hold it against Nicky.
Like every warm-blooded little boy, Nicky is enamored with toy cars and trucks. I found a vast array of Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars that he is sure to be racing along my sister's kitchen floor. My father has collected Hess trucks for years, giving one to my younger brother every year for Christmas, and now including Nicky in on the tradition. I found a number of older Hess trucks, including ones from 1986 and 1996, that would add nicely to Nicky's collection. Though he is too young for them now, I look forward to making some of the many car models available on ePier.com. What a wonderful way to spend time with your child.
As for the newborn, there were some excellent gift ideas for him/her as well. I have my eye on a number of Winnie the Pooh items, including a divided plate with matching spoon, cotton washcloth assortment, plush doll, photo album, and rattle. There is even a keepsake pillow, complete with a place for his/her name, date of birth, height/weight and parents' names. Brand new, and the starting price is only $5!
In short, ePier.com is an aunt's dream come true. I can't wait to find out if my sister is having a girl or a boy so I can start shopping for blue or pink clothes. Yes, ePier.com has those too!
Added Enhancement for the New Year---Localized Selling Option
At ePier.com, we are always strategizing to implement new features to make your buying/selling experience a positive one. The latest one we are adding to the mix is the localized selling option. This option enables sellers, when listing their items, to specify the geographic region where they (and their items) are located. Thus, buyers looking for items located in their region can be better accommodated. This can be particularly helpful if one is paying by check, determining delivery times, or even picking up a large item rather than having it shipped. The localized selling option is another means by which ePier.com is bringing buyer and seller together---putting a more personal, brick and mortar touch on the electronic marketplace.
Fraud Prevention--ePier Making Site a Safer Place to do Business
The natural concern with doing business on the internet is the safety and integrity of the transactions. Ever mindful of this, ePier is constantly seeking new ways to address and mollify such concerns. ePier's most recent initiative is better fraud prevention. In particular, ePier seeks to protect the integrity of the auction bidding process. Thus, ePier is now monitoring bids and bid patterns to make sure that none are suspicious. This will prevent such things as fake bids being made with no intention of buying the item, and bids being made to artificially inflate the auction price. With such fraud prevention, a buyer can be sure that his/her auction participation is untainted, and the seller can be sure that his/her item gets sold. With such increased confidence, sellers and buyers can continue their activities with this weight off their shoulders. ePier's dedication to protecting its buyers and sellers is ongoing--be sure to check in periodically for new updates!
ePier Speeding Things Up
Have you noticed a certain zip to your step in navigating ePier as of late? You're not imagining things. Recently, ePier implemented major hardware improvements in order to increase the speed of the site. Our goal is to keep you moving as quickly as you can click your mouse. Happy surfing!
ePier Seeking Success Stories
Did you find an unusual or special item recently that you'd like to brag about? Is there a particular buyer or seller that made your ePier experience a particularly memorable one? Perhaps there is a hard to find article that you are proud to offer or are desperately seeking. If this is the case, we want to know about it. Feel free to send us your stories, and we may choose to include them in one of our upcoming newsletters. We want to hear from you!
ePier's Hall of Shame and Fame
Want to know how sellers stack up against one another? ePier's Hall of Shame and Fame lists the top 100 sellers and bottom 100 sellers, as rated by the buyers who transacted with them. You can even click on their name and be brought directly to their current auction listings. This valuable feature allows the buyer know that he/she is bidding with a reputable seller, and to avoid the lemons in the bunch. The Hall of Shame and Fame provides another tool to instill bidding confidence.
Forum Comment of the Week (We Can't Make This Stuff Up)
|10692 - Ebays Fees give me a stroke :-( - By KanookandChook - Posted on: 12/28/2004 9:11:31 PM|
I used to sell alot of items on Ebay but just when you have a good month and you have spent your money from sales you get that horrible bloody email from ebay saying here is your bill !!!!
I shudder every time. At least with Epier I dont need Heart medication to read my Epier Bill :-)
I have sold a couple more items now, wish I could get some big sales going as I need to buy some items for home, Lets hope the new year brings us some more sales.