Archive for February 2011 announcements

Changes to classified extensions

Written by The Trade Me team in General and Motors at 11:47am, Thu 24 Feb 2011

Since the dawn of time, extending classifieds on the site was a bit like unraveling spaghetti - each type of classified had its own set of rules, which was pretty confusing. So, as of today, there are some changes to general item and Motors classified extensions to make them more consistent:

1. Extensions are now fixed at 14 days.
2. Classifieds may only be extended in the final 72 hours before they expire.
3. The extension will apply from the original expiry date of the classified.
4. If you choose to promote your classified, you will be charged for this when you extend it.

And remember if your listing has expired, you can relist it for free (within 45 days of the end date).

New Christchurch Earthquake Support section live

Written by Paul in General, Motors, Property, Jobs and Site status at 7:01pm, Wed 23 Feb 2011

As part of the relief effort, our team have been working hard to build a new Trade Me Earthquake Support Section dedicated to helping people out in the aftermath of Tuesday’s earthquake. This new section sets out several ways you can help those in need, and ways you can get help if you need it.

Since the earthquake, there have been heaps of members posting offers of housing and transport and all sorts of other things for earthquake victims. The new section lets people list and search labour, accommodation and transport. It also provides a place to list any lost and found pets. These categories are all free.

As well as links to some online resources around the earthquake, we have also included information for members if they want to volunteer to help out with the relief effort, or make a donation.  More...

The Christchurch earthquake

Written by Paul in General, Motors, Property, Jobs and Top Seller at 5:46pm, Tue 22 Feb 2011

It has been a black day in Christchurch with the 6.3 magnitude quake that struck just before 1pm today wreaking havoc. It is a real kick in the guts for the city, and our thoughts are with all those who have been affected in some way today.

Over on the message boards, people are helping each other out with advice and information, and it is operating as a place to share experiences from a very tough day. You can post your thoughts in the dedicated Christchurch quake area. When events like this hit, the message boards can be a pretty humbling place to be.

As far as we can tell, a couple of other good places to keep an eye on for information are Environment Canterbury's website and the Civil Defence websiteMore...

Free Trade Me credit over at Travelbug

Written by Paul in General at 1:40pm, Mon 21 Feb 2011

Do you want to earn some free Trade Me credit while saving on New Zealand accommodation bookings? Our friends over at Travelbug are offering $10 free credit for the next three days on any confirmed booking made for any of their 2,600 accommodation options.

For every booking you make on Travelbug on 21, 22 or 23 February 2011, you'll earn a $10 Trade Me credit. Use your Trade Me member login email address when you book and on Thursday you will see the credit pop up in your Trade Me account - it's as easy as that!

Check out the details of the promotion and make a booking now.

1 cool idea, 18 great causes: Resene Fastest Art

Written by Paul in General at 8:00am, Thu 17 Feb 2011

The Auckland Racing Club and Resene have put together a cool idea called "The Fastest Art Exhibition" that will end up generating a pile of cash for 18 charities around New Zealand. Here at Trade Me HQ we're proud to be helping out in our own small way. Here's a run down on the idea.

Horse races are traditionally won with speed, but artistic talent will play a big part in deciding which horse will raise the most funds for charity in the Fastest Art race.

18 life-size fibreglass horses, painted by the likes of artist Billy Apple, fashionista Karen Walker and thespian Oscar Kightley, were revealed for the first time at Ellerslie this week. More...

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