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Blog has moved!

We now have a new home for the blog. You will find all the old posts there and any new ones will be going there instead of this blog. We will keep tabs on this blog for a while but cannot gaurantee timely response to any comments. The new blog home is:

http://blog.scrobbld.com/

Please use the new blog for updates and comments.

How are things going…

Thanks to everyone who has signed up on the home page to be notified about when scrobbld.com finally goes live (drop your email in if you haven’t already done so).

We’ve had a great response so far, so that’s very positive feedback for us to keep working hard on the site and get it going as soon as possible.

I’ve received a few emails asking about ETA. Now, that’s quite a difficult one so I will try and give as good an answer as possible. We’re currently switching the hosting from Fasthosts to SliceHost (a thoroughly positive move after all the problems experienced with Fasthosts, more on that after we release at which time I will dedicate a whole post to abhorrent rantings about the “UK’s number one webhost”).

Apart from that, we are still testing with a couple of our most trusted users, adding support for PayPal subscriptions and ebooks and generally sprucing the place up. Will pull out a feature list shortly.

To finish, it remains for me to say, apologies for the wait, but I think you will see that it’s worth it.

eBay Policy Update: Sellers must offer paypal

“eBay wants to ensure that the marketplace offers buyers safe, appropriate and convenient payment choices for the marketplace. eBay requires all sellers listing on eBay.co.uk to offer payments through PayPal (with some exceptions). PayPal is not only convenient to use, but it also offers buyers and sellers protection assistance against fraud, chargebacks and theft of financial data …” [1]

eBay has always indirectly encouraged sellers and buyers to use PayPal and has now made it mandatory for sellers to offer PayPal as a payment option. Though other payment services such as credit cards, bank transfers and cash in person (on collection) are still allowed (for more details please see references). Following the policy above, no cash or instant payments are permitted.

References:

1. eBay Policies: Accepted Payments Policy

http://www.scrobbld.com: A new way to manage your eBay and PayPal orders.

Tweet Tweet! Follow us on twitter

We now have an account on Twitter, the micro-blogging website. For short and sweet messages, we will be using twitter to make announcements; and for not-so-short and sweet messages we will continue to share our thoughts/announcements/ knowledge /etc. on this blog. It can also be used as a means for one liner communications between you and us. So go on and start following us on twitter!

FOWA, here we come!

We have booked our places for the Future of Web Apps conference, to be held during 8-10 October in London. If you are planning to go to the conference, then do drop us a line and we will be thrilled to see you there. Look out for Farshad Fahimi, Ian Morgan or Piyush Goel in the conference list to connect (you will be able to see it once you have signed up for the conference).

Update: The New Interface!

We have been super busy making the Scrobbl’d service better for you in the last few weeks. And we are extremely excited to show you a glimpse of what we have been upto and how we were getting along with the task.

We have revamped the interface and it now looks significantly different to what you have used on Scrobbl’d before. Hopefully, and we are quite sure about it, you would agree with us that it is more user-friendly now and will significantly increase your productivity. Below is a teaser of the new interface (click on the image for a larger view). From the screenshot you can probably guess some of the features that have been included but for now you will just have to use your imagination, our future updates will be describing more about the features in detail.

Scrobbld Screenshot

(click on the image for a larger view)

We are carrying out further user tests and continuously improving the service before we release it for you to use it. If everything goes to plan it should be a matter of 2-3 weeks for you to get your hands dirty, we’ll keep you posted.

And of course, thanks for being so patient!

Service Overhaul

We are giving Srcobbld a whole new look and feel and we are sure you will love using it, do let us know your comments when it goes live, shortly.

We had some teething problems with our database and have been working hard to make sure that such problems do not persist in future.

Stay tuned..

Service Interruption

Due to technical issues no IPN notifications were received between 11:00 and 23:00 9th April GMT. Please refer to your eBay or PayPal records for orders placed during this period. We really apologise for this problem and hope this has not caused you too much inconvenience.

Scrobbld.com Release: The new tool for eBay and PayPal users

Scrobbld.com Home Page

10th March 2008: Scrobbld.com was released, a new web-based software that enables the paypal users to export their delivery slips to a suitable format in just one click. Instant Payment Notification (IPN) technology is used to capture the data regarding new orders and mark them ready for print. This service is offered for free in the trial period. Some interesting features are:

1. Ebay users mostly use copy-paste to get the customers addresses or use the Ebay print button. The disadvantages to those are: Firstly, it is time-consuming and, secondly, there is no control over the export format. Most of the label printers support CSV extensions which is also supported on Scrobbl’d. Some other software are introduced to do the job (e.g. Label Printer Pro) which are not free of charge.

2. Franking machines are much cheaper. That encourages the sellers to print their own delivery addresses and not use the PayPal postage printing. For example for a parcel weighing at 500 gm paypal charges £3.08 but with a franking machine it costs about £2.88, and if you are dispatching more than one package a day that soon adds up.

You can also add one standard name (SKU – Stock Keeping Unit) for similar items on the transaction list and group the items by name in the print process. This saves a lot of hassle which normally sellers go through while using copy-paste methods or even printing from Ebay.

The export templates allow the users to change the data that is exported to suit their needs. This offers flexibility, for example, for users that have to send their files to a third-party location (warehouse etc.) and they need to use a particular format.

The exported files can be used on any label printing software or database program. Printing your addresses is only one click away.

3. Filtering and search is made easy and flexible on Scrobbld.com. You can search by customers, products and status of the payment or even use your own customized search.

This is the first release of Scrobbld.com but more services are going to be offered and more specifically designed for home and small businesses.

www.scrobbld.com