Last week the auction which Scott Beale, of LaughingSquid, placed online to raise funds for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) closed on eBay. The auction raised over $3500 for the EFF. I was really excited to see the money raised, as well as to see that the auction ended with a legitimate bidder. I spent a lot of time on the phone working with Scott to get this item sold and to make sure that we avoided fraud and ended up with a winning bidder. I'm glad it worked out.
I hope we get to work on other charity projects in the future. I've been working so hard on building ReliaBid, I haven't had the chance to do much charity work or community service lately, and this reminded me that I like and miss doing so. As I said, I hope ReliaBid has the opportunity to work with more charity eBay auctions in the future, to help them avoid online auction fraud.
The opportunity Scott gave me to work with him on this also brought to mind just how valuable the ReliaBid Distinguished Clients Program (DCP) is. For sellers that do a high volume of sales ReliaBid's DCP offers not only discounted fees, but also access to an individualized account manager that will help the eBay PowerSellers with advising & strategy.
This is the sort of service I provided to Scott, working through different problems and creating adaptive strategies to deal with them. We have an entire team at ReliaBid that does only that for eBay PowerSellers as part of our service offering. While to be a PowerSeller you have to be somewhat savvy on eBay, ReliaBid still has a collection of industry best practices and an intimate knowledge of how to best fight fraud and can use all of these tools to help our clients succeed. I feel like this is an often overlooked part of our service, but with Scott's auction, it was actually the most valuable thing we provided.
Charity auctions interested in receiving ReliaBid's protection please feel free to email us.