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KidsCan Auctions live – Happy bidding

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The Arnott’s Tim Tam Up auctions are now live on Trade Me!

Check out some of the awesome items up for grabs below, all traded up from a packet of Tim Tams. Click to go through to the KidsCan store and take part in the auctions – 100% of all sales will go to KidsCan. Happy bidding!

• Sleepmax Pillow Top King Single Mattress
• Adult Skywalk Double Pass
• Rydges Auckland Voucher – value $522
• x10 Adult Passes to Hoyts Cinemas
• Rose Fusion 1 Hour Massage voucher
• Safran prepaid coffee cards – value $120    Read more »

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How much is your flag vote worth?

People are stupid.

A Trade Me user who was disgruntled with the flag referendum tried selling their vote.

“To protest the millions of dollars spent on the Flag Consideration Project, I am selling my NZ flag referendum vote,” the seller wrote on the auction ad.

“The winning bidder will decide which flag I vote for.”

The seller said auction profit would go to a charity that could have benefited “from the money needlessly spent on the Flag Consideration Project”.

In response to a question on the site about the auction’s legality, the seller responded by asking how “collecting money for charity” could be illegal.

Come Friday evening, the ad was gone, with a message saying an “administrator” had withdrawn it.   Read more »

Imagine the outrage if the ad said “No pooftahs”

The Human Rights Commission is a bit upset, but nowhere near as upset if the ad had specified “No pooftahs”.

A room-for-rent advertisement in Wellington that specified ‘no heterosexuals’ has been criticised by the Human Rights Commission.

The advertisement, which was listed on Trade Me on Thursday, included the line: “We don’t want to live with a couple, a heterosexual person, or someone who is loud at night, or drinks/does drugs/party[s] a lot.”

The line had been removed by Sunday. Attempts to contact the people behind the listing through Trade Me were unsuccessful.

It was for a four-bedroom house in the suburb of Newtown, which the existing flatmates described as a “queer, transgender, vegetarian household”.

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It’s all about ME!

Trade Me is taking legal action to try to block a competitor from setting up websites using the word “me”.

The auction website has filed proceedings with the Intellectual Property Office to stop media group NZME from setting up the brands shopme, driveme and propertyme.

At present, shopme.co.nz, propertyme.co.nz and driveme.co.nz all direct visitors to other NZME sites.

NZME is the new name of what used to be APN News & Media, which publishes the NZ Herald.

Trade Me has filed evidence based on a survey showing that a significant number of consumers who see the word “me” in a brand name think it is related to Trade Me.

Ben Cain, an associate in the litigation team at intellectual property specialist law firm James & Wells said Trade Me would have a strong argument.

He said it could be claimed that such a brand would be in breach of the Fair Trading Act because the Trade Me name was so well known, and by association consumers would think other brands that ended in “me” were related to the website.

“There is at least an arguable case that a significant proportion of consumers will be misled or deceived into thinking there is a connection.” Read more »

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Have you sold your unwanted gifts on TradeMe?

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More than 4000 items described as unwanted gifts were listed on Trade Me before lunch on Boxing Day, and many thousands more are expected.

On the other side of the ledger, more than 25,000 searches had been carried out on the online marketplace for Christmas 2015 presents thad didn’t make the grade.

Adele CDs and selfie sticks were high on the lists of gifts Trade Me expected people to list on the site, spokesman Logan Mudge said. Read more »

How long before they change it?

Trademe has been around for a long time…it is part of the fabric of our society.

But how long have they been around?

Of course you could all rush to Google and Wikipedia to find out that it was founded in 1999.

At sometime they added the graphics for their Text Me service.    Read more »

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Stop whining, it is the market in action

I really get sick of people whining about scalpers.

Disgruntled ticket-seekers are striking back against scalpers by placing multimillion-dollar bids on auctions in an attempt to get them shut down.

Trade Me members are bidding up to $56 million in order to take control away from people looking to cash in on the hottest tickets in town, for Saturday’s Super Rugby final between the Hurricanes and the Highlanders at Westpac Stadium.

They are lucky it isn’t me selling the tickets, because their bids would be accepted then I’d pursue them for the monies. Placing false bids is tantamount to fraud.

Tickets went on sale to the public at 4pm on Monday, but many would-be buyers were disappointed as Ticketek sold 29,000 tickets in 59 seconds.

Less than an hour later, scalpers began selling tickets on Trade Me and overseas ticketing website Viagogo.   Read more »

Public Service Notice: Support Heart Kids for Valentines Day

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Heart Kids Charity Auction

Every week, 12 babies are born with a heart defect in New Zealand. Whilst there are surgical procedures that can improve the heart’s function, there is no cure for a Congenital Heart Disease (CHD).

Heart Kids NZ is the only charity that supports Kiwi children and families affected by CHD, right through their life. Heart Kids NZ receives no government funding and has to fundraise for all its services..

This Valentine’s Day is your chance to help Heart Kids and New Zealand children! Share the love and get involved in the charity auction for what could be the best Valentine’s Day gift of the year!   Read more »

Public Service Notice: Support Heart Kids

@heartkids

Heart Kids Charity Auction

Every week, 12 babies are born with a heart defect in New Zealand. Whilst there are surgical procedures that can improve the heart’s function, there is no cure for a Congenital Heart Disease (CHD).

Heart Kids NZ is the only charity that supports Kiwi children and families affected by CHD, right through their life. Heart Kids NZ receives no government funding and has to fundraise for all its services..

This Valentine’s Day is your chance to help Heart Kids and New Zealand children! Share the love and get involved in the charity auction for what could be the best Valentine’s Day gift of the year!   Read more »

Mystery face of the day

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Today’s mystery face of the day is Rachael from Hamilton.

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She is my mystery face of the day because of her ad on Trademe for something crazy awesome that she built.

As I type this post bidding has reached $200. The auction finishes Sunday 8th Feb 9pm.

Disclaimer: I do not know the creator of Noah’s Ark and am not receiving any form of reimbursement in the form of cold hard cash in brown paper bags or chocolate treats. I just spotted it on Trademe and thought it deserved a wider audience.

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