Last week, members of eBay's Parent Panel were granted a sneak peak into the new eBay Green site. Let me tell you, it's way cool.
Whether you want to buy green, sell green or participate in an active green community, this site has it all. I mean, if you think about it, eBay is inherently green to begin with. They've pretty much mastered Reuse, don't you think?
There's so much coolness on the site, I cannot cover it all in one blog post. It's like they took green and put it on steroids. I'm just going to share with you my top 3 favorite features and you're going to have to go explore yourself to find the rest.
1) It's interactive.
You can see a picture of, say, a cool living room. You can click on the various furniture pieces to find out more about them AND see any current auctions or active sales for the product on eBay. It's like Pinterest with a Buy it Now feature. Could be my demise... or at least the demise of my bank account... ehem.
Note: This is just a static image of their interactive page. Don't try to click here, it won't get you anywhere - kinda like when I touch images in magazines hoping to pin them;-)
2) The reusable box.
According to the site: Last year eBay sent out 100,000 recyclable boxes, specially designed to be used and reused by eBay buyers and sellers. Visit our eBay Box tracking site to register your box or see the top travelers, and stay tuned for an update on where the eBay recyclable box program is headed next!
I actually have one of these from this summer. Had. I used it to ship out a product I sold. Love the concept of reusing recycled boxes. It's fun because you can see where your box has been. Oh, dear. The 12 year old in me is having a hard time not snickering at that sentence.
3) The Women's Fashions. No, no. The portable devices. Nah... the Eco Shopping Lists. Yes! Definitely the Eco Shopping Lists.
You can browse existing lists or create your own. This one was created by a fellow Parent Panelist. She chose items that would be great for Going Green at Sundance. I love this concept. The possibilities are endless. Not only is it great for buyers who are visual people, like me, BUT also a great marketing tool for sellers.
So, I plan to start listing again in the near future and will be picking back up on Operation Disney. When I do, I will definitely be thinking more about Green and how I can market some of my products within the new site.
My tip this month for Moms and Dads buying and selling on eBay: think Green.
Oh, and to help you with all that buying and selling...
Want a chance to win a $1,000 eBay gift card?
'Cha... of course you do!
Just follow these easy instructions:
1. Visit http://green.ebay.com/
2. Sign with your eBay User ID and password
3. Join the Green Team (link is at the bottom of the page)
4. On the homepage (green.ebay.com) identify the “Greener Alternative” and “Eco Shopping Lists” sections
5. Next to these sub headers, you’ll see “add an item” or “create a list”
6. To enter the contest, select the proper category and click on “add an item” or “create a list”
7. By adding an item URL from the eBay marketplace and explaining why it’s a greener alternative or creating a list of eco items, you are entered to win.
8. Once the listing appears on the site, you are entered to win a $1,000 eBay gift card!
Note: The items you add can be anything from the marketplace, you could even choose an item you’re selling for further promotion. The contest limits one entry per category for every user. See Official rules for more details. Contest ends February 17, 2012.
Disclosure: This post was created in connection with my appointment as a member of eBay's Parent Panel. Giveaway supplied by eBay. Incentives offered to Panelist with most referrals in this sweepstakes. Thoughts are clearly my own.