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Placing a Listing
Your listing can be in English or Arabic languages
home page.
To place a listing, click on the Sell tab. Choose an appropriate category and sub-category for your item. Fill in the requested information to describe your item. Describe your item honestly mentioning any wear or defects it has.
Select any extras you require, such as a bold headline, add a photo etc.
Take a picture of your item using a mobile phone or digital camera set on the lowest resolution setting.  Photos must be under 300kb and no more than 640 x 480 pixels.
Your photo must be of the item for sale only and may not show any people. 
Scan your photo into your computer or upload it from your digital camera.
Save it in .gif or .jpg format.
From the listing form click on Browse… to find your picture, then open it and click on Upload Photo.  We will do basic resizing for you, but if your photo needs editing first we recommend using FxFoto to resize your photos, because it is simple and free. 
To resize photos, open FxFoto allow it to upload your pictures.  Select your picture from the left hand box, and click Save Image As.  Under Saved Image Pixel Size, alter Width, click Next, select Add as a new picture in a left pane folder, and click Finish.  Then Browse…, find your new saved picture, open it and Upload Photo.
Click Start My Auction.
Your auction will finish with 3,7 or 14 days from the time that you post your listing
Listing Length
In the general category your headline may be up to 30 characters, and your description may be up to 200 words.
In the property category your headline may be up to 30 characters, and your description may be up 200 words. In addition you may write up to 30 words of viewing instructions for potential buyers.  You may suggest here a day and time when you will be available to show people around your property, or ask potential buyers to email you for an appointment.
In the cars, motorbikes and boats category your headline may be up to 30 characters, and your description may be up to 200 words.  In addition you may write up to 30 words of viewing instructions for potential buyers.  You may suggest here a place, day and time, when potential buyers may view your vehicle.
In jobs category your headline may be up to 30 characters, and your description of the job may be up to 200 words. In addition you may write up to 100 words describing the company offering the job.
In the holiday accommodation category your headline may be up to 30 characters, and your description may be up to 200 words.
About Prices
You will see 3 different prices on UrSouq:
The reserve price is the lowest price that the seller will accept for the item. If the bidding doesn’t reach this price the item will not be sold.
The starting price is the lowest price the first bidder can bid at the start of the auction.  You should set this well below the reserve price to encourage people to bid for your item.
The selling price is the value of the top bid at the end of the auction, provided that it is above the reserve price. It is the price that the buyer will pay to the seller.
A fixed price means that the item is not being auctioned. 
Auction Closing Times
UrSouq auctions last for 3,7,10 & 14 days from the time when the listing is posted, but for a small fee you may schedule a particular end time to suit you. Auctions that end in the evening may get more bidders towards the end than those closing during the night or during working hours.
Promoting your Listing
If you make your listing more prominent, more people will notice it and you will get more bids, and a better price for your item.
UrSouq has several tools you can use to make your listing more prominent.
  • Bold title
        Your title will appear in bold type and your listing will be highlighted in green. This makes it more eye-catching to people browsing the site.

  • Add a photo
    One photograph will be shown on the left side of your listing. This makes your listing much more attractive to buyers.  You may add up to nine more photos.

  • Homepage feature
    If your item is to be auctioned you can have it placed on the homepage where everyone using the site will see it, as well as in your chosen sub-category. Homepage features are shown in order of auction close time with the one closing soonest at the top.

  • Buy page/category page feature
        You may also place your listing on the main category page or on the buy page as well as in your chosen sub-category. Fixed price listings may also be placed here. Listings will be displayed with the newest listings at the bottom. Your listing will therefore work its way up the list until it is displayed first.

UrSouq reserves the right to remove home page, buy page, and category page features from these pages at its discretion.

Using My UrSouq to Manage your Listings

From UrSouq you can:
  • Edit listings
    You may only edit your listing before anyone has bid for your item, or during the first week of a fixed price listing. In My UrSouq under My Listings, find the listing you wish to edit, and click on Edit Listing, or on Edit Pricing.

  • Promote listings
    If you make your listing more prominent, more people will notice it and you will get more bids, and a better price for your item. You may upgrade your listing after it is running from My UrSouq, My Listings. Find the listing you wish to promote and click on Edit Listing.  Choose the tools you wish to use. Your auction end time will remain the same .

    1 Bold title
    Your title will appear in bold type and your listing will be highlighted in green. This makes it more eye-catching to people browsing the site.

    2 Add a photo
    One photograph will be shown on the left side of your listing. This makes your listing much more attractive to buyers.  You may add up to 9 more photographs to your listing.

    3 Add a category/buy/homepage feature
    These are more prominent areas of the site that may be seen by more buyers. Homepage features are for auction items only. Features are shown in order of auction close time with the one closing soonest at the top. Fixed price listings may be placed as category or buy page features. Features run until the auction closes, or for 4 weeks for property, and are displayed with latest listings at the bottom, so your feature will work it’s way up the list until it is displayed first.

    UrSouq reserves the right to remove home page, buy page, and category page features from these pages at its discretion.
  • Answer questions
        If a buyer asks a question about your item you will receive an e-mail inviting you to answer. Go to My UrSouq, My Listings.  Find the listing and click on Answer Question.  The question and your answer will be displayed on the listing.

  • Relist your listings
        After your auction has closed, if your item is unsold, you may relist your item from My UrSouq, My Unsold Items.  Click on Re-list.  You may edit your listing and add more promotional features if you wish.  A new listing will be created with a new listing number.  You can relist your item up to 30 days after the expiry date.
  • Check your shopping list
    Your shopping list contains listings that you are bidding on, listings that you have asked questions about, and listings that you have added yourself. It gives you quick access to listings that you are interested in.  If you want to watch an item but not bid on it yet, you can add it to your Shopping List.  From the listing click on Add to Shopping List.

  •      Withdraw from an auction
         We do not recommend members to withdraw their listing from the auction, if  a bidding has started on it.  
  • You can withdraw your Fixed price listing from My UrSouq. Click on My Listings, find the listing you want to withdraw and click Withdraw. Your listing will be removed.


 

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