Q. How do I register on figBid?
A. It's quick and easy to register on figBid:
You will receive an email with a confirmation code and a link to figBid. Click the link, enter your User Name and verification code. Click the link to register and that’s all.
* * Be sure to link your PayPal account to your figBid account after registering. To add PayPal to your figBid account go to My Account > My Account Home > Listing Preferences > Payment. Put a checkmark in the box to Accept PayPal and click Save. The Checkout button will now appear on the invoices and successful listing pages.
* * Please register with your full name or business name. Avoid using initials and nicknames.
* * Don't use an email address as your username.
Q. How can I recover a lost or forgotten password?
A. Send yourself a password reset via email.
Q. How do I change my password?
A. You can change your password at any time.
Q. Why am I getting a message stating I'm locked out?
A. You've entered an incorrect password, username, or combination of both at least 3 consecutive times. Users can attempt log-in 3 times within a 3-minute period. After the third time, they'll be locked out of the site for a 3-minute period.
Q. Why am I not receiving any emails?
A. If you are not receiving expected site emails, please check the following:
Q. How do I change or edit the email address or first and last name tied to my account?
A. You can edit your email address and name by editing your account details within your My Account area. Go to My Account Home > Details. Make your changes on the Details page and be sure to click the Save button. You must verify a new email address.
Q. How do I change or edit the shipping address associated with my account?
A. You can change or edit the shipping address associated with your account by going to My Account Home > Account > Addresses. Select Add New or Edit.
Q. Why do I get a warning message that my selected username is invalid?
A. Every user must select a username for their account. The username can only contain letters, numbers, underscores, and hyphens. We recommend replacing all [spaces] with either an underscore or hyphen.
Incorrect: MY Username
Or, it says that the username selected is already in use.
Usernames are unique. Two users cannot share the same username. If you get a notice during registration that your username is already in use, you will need to select a different username.
Q. Am I allowed to change my username?
A. Yes, you are allowed to change your user-name but determination will be on a case-by-case basis. A request to change your username will not be considered while you have active listings.
Please remember that your username is your identity on figBid. If you're a seller, changing a username that's familiar to other users could potentially hurt your sales. figBid users regularly search for individual sellers by username and your previous username will no longer be associated with any of your listings, new or old. Also, be aware that username changes are not confidential. figBid user's seeking out other figBid users whose username has changed are free to ask if a current figBid user has a former figBid identity. No other personally identifying information is shared with anyone at any time for any reason.
If you would like to change your username, please Contact Us with a request. You will be notified through the figBid messaging system after your username has been changed.
Q. Why does it say that my email address is already in use?
A. If you get a notice that your email address is already in use when creating an account, it means that you have already created an account with us at some point. If you do not remember your login information, please enter your email address into the forgotten password form and you will be able to reset your password and log in to your account.
Q. How do I search for an item on figBid?
A. Searching for an item on figBid is easy. Simply type your search term in the search box located at the top, right-side of every page on figBid and click the 'Search' button. You can then sort the search results to suit your needs by selecting a sort feature from the drop-down menu's:
You can further refine the search results by Active or Completed, Auction or Buy it Now.
Q. How can I do an Advanced Search on figBid?
A. Click the 'Advanced' button to the right of the search box located at the top, right-side of every page on figBid. On the 'Advanced Search' page you can search by any one or combination of advanced elements:
You can further sort and/or refine the results the same as any other search.
Q. How do I search for completed items on figBid?
A. Click the 'Advanced' button to the right of the search box located at the top, right-side of every page on figBid. Fill in the search parameters such as Keywords, Category, or Price. Be sure to highlight the 'Completed' Radio Button. Click Search.
Q. How can I filter or search Fixed Price (Buy it Now) listings only?
A. There are two ways to do it:
Q. How can I search for registered figBid users?
A. Search for registered figBid users by typing their username in the general search box. figBid will search for all occurrences of the name across the entire site. To perform a more detailed search for a user please use figBid's Advanced Search.
Q. How can I add an item to my watch list?
A. If you have an interest in an item and would like to place the item on your watch list simply click the '+ Add to Watchlist' link in any auction listing.
Q. How can I view my watch list?
A. To view your watch list go to My Account > My Account Home > Bidding > Watching.
Q. How can I save a Favorite Search?
A. You can save a Favorite Search by clicking the heart icon on the top of every page of search results or placing a checkmark in the "Save this search to Favorites" checkbox on the Advanced Search page.
Q. How can I save a Favorite Seller?
A. You can save a Favorite Seller by clicking the heart icon and "Save this Seller" link found underneath a seller's username on every listing page. You can also save a Favorite Seller by placing a checkmark in the "Add this seller to Favorites" checkbox on the Advanced Search page.
Q. How can I access my Favorite Searches or Sellers?
A. You can access your Favorite Searches or Sellers by clicking your username and selecting "Favorite Searches" or "Favorite Sellers" from the list. You'll also find a "Go to my Favorite Searches" link on the top of every page of search results and buttons on the homepage will appear underneath Homepage Featured listings when you have items or sellers saved.
Q. How do I subscribe to mail or text message alerts for a Favorite Search or Seller?
A. Go to your Favorites page and select the Subscribe link for "figBid Message Alert" or "Text Alert" that is next to your Favorite Search or Seller.
Q. How do I unsubscribe to mail or text message alerts for a Favorite Search or Seller?
A. Go to your Favorites page and select the Unsubscribe link for "figBid Message Alert" or "Text Alert" that is next to your Favorite Search or Seller.
Q. How do I use 'Buy It Now'?
A. In some listings, you can select Buy It Now to purchase an item immediately at a fixed price. In auction-style listings, the Buy It Now option is only available until a user places a winning bid. After a winning bid is placed the Buy It Now option goes away and the item is then sold to the highest bidder. In the case of a Reserve Price auction the Buy it Now option will remain active until the Reserve Price is met. After the Reserve Price is met the Buy it Now option goes away and the item is then sold to the highest bidder.
Q. How do I place a bid?
A. You can bid on an item in an auction by entering your bid amount in the listing. We'll let you know if someone else bids higher so you can bid again. Bids registered by figBid will receive on-screen and email confirmations. No confirmation means your bid was not registered.
To avoid being outbid, enter the highest amount or maximum bid you're willing to pay. Our automatic bidding system increases your bid incrementally so you'll remain the highest bidder until it reaches your maximum bid. If someone bids higher than your maximum, we'll let you know in case you want to bid again.
Only bid on items you intend to buy. In most cases, you can’t retract your bid. If you win, you must pay the seller.
Q. What is a Proxy Bidding?
A. Proxy Bidding occurs when you enter a maximum bid (Max Bid) for an auction item. figBid will place incremental bids on your behalf (Proxy Bid) until you win the auction at the lowest possible price, or another bidder places a bid higher than your Max Bid. In that case, figBid will notify you that you've been outbid. Simply enter the highest amount you're willing to pay for an item at auction and let figBid do the rest.
Occasionally you'll see bids increase by less than the Bid Increment. This means another bidder placed a bid just slightly higher than your Proxy Bid amount.
Q. How do I place my Max Bid?
A. To avoid being outbid, enter the highest amount or maximum bid (Max Bid) you're willing to pay and let figBid's software proxy-bid for you. Our automatic bidding system will increase your bid incrementally and you'll remain the highest bidder until it reaches your maximum bid. If someone bids higher than your Max Bid figBid will notify you that you've been outbid.
Q. What is a Reserve auction listing?
A. You will see two different types of auctions running on figBid, Reserve and No Reserve. Both will be clearly marked. A Reserve is the lowest price a seller is willing to accept for an item and the item will NOT sell to the highest bidder if the Reserve price is NOT met. When an auction listing is identified as No Reserve the seller has not set a minimum price and the item is sold to the highest bidder.
Q. How do I place a bid on a Reserve Price auction listing?
A. A Reserve Price is confidential and bids are placed on a Reserve Price auction listing the same as any other listing. When a bidder places a Max Bid that is below the Reserve Price, figBid will automatically Proxy Bid for you and raise the price of the auction to the bidders' Max Bid. When a bidder places a Max Bid that is equal to or above the Reserve Price, figBid will ignore Bid Increments and raise the price to equal the sellers' Reserve Price. Once the Reserve Price is met, bidding will continue based on figBid's Bid Increments. When bidding has increased to meet the sellers' Reserve Price the Reserve Price Not Met label in the auction listing will change to Reserve Price Met.
Q. I placed a Max Bid and the price of the auction automatically increased to my Max Bid. What happened?
A. When you place a bid and the price of the auction automatically increased to your Max Bid, one of a few things have occurred:
Q. What are the bid increments?
A. The bid increments are as follows:
|$ 0.01 - $ 0.99||$ 0.05|
|$ 1.00 - $ 4.99||$ 0.25|
|$ 5.00 - $ 24.99||$ 0.50|
|$ 25.00 - $ 99.99||$ 1.00|
|$ 100.00 - $ 249.99||$ 2.50|
|$ 250.00 - $ 499.99||$ 5.00|
|$ 500.00 - $ 999.99||$ 10.00|
|$ 1000.00 - $ 2499.99||$ 25.00|
|$ 2500.00 - $ 4999.99||$ 50.00|
|$ 5000.00 and up||$ 100.00|
Q. What is a 'Quick Bid'?
A. A 'Quick Bid' is a bidding option that appears on auction-style listings. The feature helps to simplify the bidding process by calculating the next highest bid increment for you. The term 'Quick Bid' along with the next highest bid increment appears on a red button directly below the current price of the auction. If you choose to use the feature and bid to the next highest increment, simply press the red button and that's it.
Q. How do I retract a bid or cancel my order?
A. If you've placed a winning bid, pressed Buy it Now in a listing, or a seller has accepted your offer, you've entered into a valid and legal contract committing to complete the purchase. Buyers are allowed to retract a bid or cancel an order under a few exceptional circumstances. Bid retractions and order cancelations will not be allowed:
Please Contact Us if you believe a bid was placed in error or an order should be canceled.
Q. I accidentally pressed the 'Buy it Now' button twice and now there are additional items on my invoice that have to be removed. What do I do now?
A. If you've accidentally pressed the Buy it Now button too many times and there are additional unwanted items on your invoice, please contact your seller right away. Your seller can remove the unwanted items for you and email a new invoice.
Q. I placed a bid but it did not register. What happened?
A. figBid's software is very accurate and will accept all bidding activity within the parameters of figBid's policies and auction time limits. When you place a bid and find your bid has not registered it's almost always the fault of a user's slow or lagging internet connection. Please be sure to bid within the time limits of the auction and you've received on-screen and email bid confirmations from figBid. As always, please Contact Us if you'd like our admin to review any bidding activity.
Q. How can I make an offer for an item?
A. Some sellers will list their items with the Make Offer feature. When a listing is enabled with the Make Offer feature, a Make Offer button will appear directly below the bidding box on the listing page. Press the button and a box will appear. Enter your offer amount and add a message to the seller if you wish. Press the Review Offer button to review the information that you just entered. If the information is correct press the green Submit Offer button. The seller will review your offer and either accept, counter, or decline it. You'll be notified of the sellers' decision and have the opportunity to; pay if the seller has accepted your offer, accept, or counter the sellers' counter-offer.
Q. How do I leave Feedback for a seller?
A. From your Account Home, click the Won link on the left to view the auctions that you've won. Click the Settings (gear icon) button for the auction that you'd like to leave feedback for. Select Leave Feedback. Select a rating and leave a Feedback comment. Click Save. You can also leave Feedback directly from the auction page. Simply click the Feedback button on top of the pictures.
Q. Are there any fees for buying on FigBid?
Q. What happens if I didn't receive my item?
A. Buyers have to realize that sometimes things come up and it may take a while for a seller to ship an item. Sometimes, legitimate circumstances dictate that sellers cannot complete a transaction at all. This is rare but it does happen from time to time.
When using figBid to sell items, registered users are entering into a binding agreement to ship items to buyers. Two (2) days are usually long enough to wait for notification that your item has shipped. After two days a buyer can contact the seller to request tracking information. Barring exceptional circumstances, sellers that fail to ship an item purchased by a figBid user will be suspended from using figBid.
Q. What happens if my item arrives damaged or is not the item that I purchased?
A. Firstly, buyers are encouraged to contact sellers and ask for shipping insurance on the package. Sellers are not mandated to purchase shipping insurance, but sellers are obligated to ensure the item(s) you purchased are securely packaged and arrive to you in good condition. If shipping insurance was purchased you may start a claim with the USPS. Search 'File a Claim' on the USPS website or click this link to file a claim online.
Otherwise, there are several scenarios having to do with damaged or incorrect items. All of the scenarios will entail taking photos of the packaging and/or item(s). This is an easy operation that takes seconds to accomplish and will afford buyers the most protection. Besides providing the best evidence for refunds and insurance claims, digital pictures are date and time stamped and may be able to help figBid assist you with buyer and seller disputes.
If a parcel arrives in a damaged condition
If the parcel arrives in good condition but the item is apparently damaged or not the item that I purchased
Q. What happens if the fig tree or cuttings I purchased on figBid die?
A. When a fig tree or fig tree cuttings have arrived in good condition there is a time when buyers must assume responsibility for the purchase and begin rooting or growing processes on their own. That time begins the moment the buyer removes the fig tree or fig cuttings from the shipping container and is satisfied with their condition. If you are not satisfied immediately take plenty of pictures and follow the instructions above for What happens if my item arrives damaged or is not the item that I purchased? But buyers should realize there are inherent risks to new fig trees and rooting fig cuttings and issues appearing days or weeks after receiving your items are not always the fault of the seller. In these instances, a buyer should reach out to their seller for advice first. Good sellers will stick by their buyers and guide you through most issues.
In all circumstances figBid will assume buyers are knowledgeable and already understand the risks and mitigating circumstances for newly received fig trees and fig cuttings. That means a buyer should know how to:
Buyers are encouraged to learn all they can about growing a fig tree or rooting cuttings before buying. Read the very informative articles found on figBid, visit forums or Facebook groups and be sure to ask plenty of questions. If you are the least bit unsure about any subject please ask the seller plenty of questions before buying. Keep all conversations with the seller on the figBid messaging system.
When the circumstance arises where a buyer may need assistance with a seller please contact figBid right away. figBid will not intervene after 30 days from the date of sale but will provide guidance. In all instances, we will point you in the right direction to seek help for ailing fig trees or fig tree cuttings purchased through figBid.
Q. How do I find listings I'm currently bidding on?
A. You can find all the listings you're currently bidding on by going to My Account > My Account Home > Bidding > Active.
Q. How can I view my current and old offers?
A. You can find all of your current and old offers by going to My Account > My Account Home > Bidding > Offers.
Q. How do I find my old purchases?
A. Your old purchases are easy to locate. Find all the listings you've won at My Account > My Account Home > Bidding > Won. Find all your old invoices at My Account > My Account Home > Bidding > Invoices.
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Q. How do I sell on figBid?
A. To sell on FigBid, you first need to register for a figBid account if you don’t already have one. Your account must also be set up for selling. You may need to verify your contact information and add an automatic payment method to pay your seller fees. You can now start selling on figBid.
Q. My item has become damaged, changed substantially, or the listing must be ended early for some other reason. What should I do?
A. There are times when the item you've listed has become damaged, changed substantially, or must be ended early for some other reason. There are three scenarios:
Q. What should I do after my item successfully sells and the buyer has paid?
A. After you are paid, securely pack and ship the item as soon as possible using the shipping method outlined in your auction.
Although it's not mandatory, figBid suggests that sellers add shipping insurance to all of their packages. Shipping insurance is inexpensive and provides an additional layer of protection that buyers love.
Sellers are obligated to ensure their items are securely packaged and reach the buyer in good condition. As such, figBid encourages sellers to take plenty of pictures of the item and packing, making sure to accurately record the condition of the item being shipped. It's a process that takes seconds to complete and will afford sellers the most protection. Besides providing the best evidence against false claims, digital pictures are date and time stamped and may be able to help figBid assist you with buyer and seller disputes.
Q. A bidder has contacted me to cancel their bid or cancel their purchase. What should I do?
A. When a bidder has placed a bid, a buyer has clicked Buy it Now in a listing, or you've accepted a potential buyer's offer, they've entered into a valid contract and committed to purchasing the item. Bids are retracted and purchases are canceled through a narrow set of circumstances. Bid retractions will not be allowed after intentionally bidding on a listing to reveal a sellers' Reserve price or the proxy bid of another user. Please Contact Us if a bidder or buyer contacts you to cancel a bid or purchase.
Q. A buyer wants an item that I don't have a listing for. What should I do?
A. Additional sales or "side deals" are okay as long as they're invoiced. Create a listing and let the buyer know the listing number. Once the buyer makes the purchase the item will be invoiced. If the buyer already has an outstanding invoice the items will neatly combine on the same invoice.
Q. What is an off-figBid sale?
A. An off-figBid sale is a sale completed through figBid but not automatically invoiced. Off-figBid sales are assesed for Final Value fees.
Q. How do I create a sale for my fixed-price items?
A. Sellers can create a percentage-off or dollar amount price reduction sale for their fixed price item(s).
Create a percentage-off sale for one or multiple listings at once - Place a checkmark next to the item(s) in your Active Listings then press the Sale button at the top of the page. Add a percentage-off price reduction. Select a duration or schedule the sale with a custom start and ending date/time. Press the button to create the sale.
Create a percentage-off or dollar amount price reduction - From your Active Listings, select the Sale link from the gear icon list located to the right of the item you'd like to place on sale. Add a percentage-off or dollar amount price reduction. Select a duration or schedule the sale with a custom start and ending date/time. Press the button to create the sale. Press the button to create the sale.
There is a 30-day renewable fee for creating a sale. Please see the Fees help section for details.
Q. Can I end a sale once it's started?
A. Yes. From your Active Listings, place a checkmark next to the item(s) then press the End Sale button at the top of the page. You can also select the End Sale link from the gear icon list located to the right of the individual item on sale.
Q. The 'Buy It Now' button disappeared from my auction listing. Where did it go?
A. In some listings, you can select Buy It Now to purchase an item immediately at a fixed price. In auction-style listings, the Buy It Now option is only available until a user places a winning bid. After a winning bid is placed the Buy It Now option goes away and the item is then sold to the highest bidder. In the case of a Reserve Price auction the Buy it Now option will remain active until the Reserve Price is met. After the Reserve Price is met the Buy it Now option goes away and the item is then sold to the highest bidder.
Q. I paid for figBid's Homepage Featured upgrade and don't see my listing on the homepage or the listing doesn't appear as often as I'd like. What happened?
A. FigBid's Homepage Featured results are completely randomized and the order of appearance is not the same when figBid's homepage appears for every user. Although your listing may not appear for you right away, the listing will be displayed on figBid's homepage for thousands of other users. There are times when figBid's homepage becomes crowded and some underperforming and non-fig related listings must be temporarily downgraded in order to deliver the most relevant results to figBidders. This happens mostly during the height of fig tree or fig cuttings season. Listings that have been downgraded will automatically return to Homepage Featured status at the appropriate time.
Q. How long can my listing run on figBid?
A. When creating an Auction-Type listing, you have the option of running the listing for 1, 3, 5, 7, or 10 days. If you choose, figBid can auto-relist your item up to 3 times for free if it doesn't sell. Fixed-price listings can run from 3,5,7, or 10 days. You can also choose a 'Good til Canceled' Optional Listing Upgrade. Fixed-price 'Good til Canceled' listings will run for a minimum of 30 days. After 30 days, fixed-price 'Good Til Canceled' listings will be reviewed and can be canceled at the discretion of figBid. The Good til Canceled Optional Listing Upgrade Fee is renewed every 30 days.
Q. Can I submit Second-Chance Offers to non-winning bidders on my ended auction listings?
A. Yes, you are allowed to submit Second-Chance Offers to non-winning bidders for your own ended auction listings. There are several reasons a seller may want to submit a Second-Chance Offer to non-winning bidders.
There isn’t a dedicated Second-Chance Offer function so all offers will be messaged to non-winning bidders through the figBid messaging system. To make a Second-Chance Offer via the figBid messaging system:
Sellers may only submit a Second-Chance Offer to bidders from their own auctions. Sellers may NOT submit a Second-Chance Offer to non-winning bidders from auctions that are not their own. Follow steps 4 - 7 for every offer you want to submit for the same item. Please be courteous and respectful when messaging non-winning bidders. All other figBid rules regarding proper conduct apply when submitting a Second-Chance Offer to non-winning bidders. Submit one offer only, to each non-winning bidder. Be mindful and do not respond when a non-winning bidder refuses an offer or does not respond within the given timeframe. Respond only when non-winning bidders submit a counter-offer to your Second-Chance Offer. A successful Second-Chance Offer will be assessed for Final Value Fee only. Sellers are expected to notify figBid of a successful Second-Chance Offer.
Q. How can I view the Bid History or Purchase History for my listing?
A. Go to any listing, active or ended, click the View Bid History link for an auction-type listing or View Purchase History link for a Buy it Now listing. This will bring up a list of all users that bid on your listing or purchased your item.
Q. Can I hide or remove the purchase history for my active Fixed Price listing?
A. The purchase history of your listing creates a great historical record and promotes buyer confidence. Although it's not a good idea to want to remove the purchase history, there are some circumstances where a seller may want to do so. There are no options to hide or remove the purchase history for active Fixed Price listings so you must end the listing, then select List Similar. Follow the prompts to create a new listing. The new listing will start and be exactly the same as the ended listing, minus the purchase history.
Q. How do I void a sale?
A. There are times a seller may have to void a Paid or Unpaid sale:
Q. How do I un-void a sale?
A. You can un-void a sale in two ways:
Q. How do I find my old sales?
A. Your old sales are easy to locate. Find all of your successful listings at My Account > My Listings > Listings > Successful. Find all of your unsuccessful listings at My Account > My Listings > Listings > Unsuccessful. Find all your old sales invoices at My Account > My Listings > Listings > Invoices.
Q. How do I create a listing on figBid?
A. It's easy to create a listing on figBid:
After the listing ends and you receive payment, send the item promptly.
Q. What kind of information should I include in the item description?
A. The item description should be thorough and contain enough descriptive language that potential bidders/buyers will know exactly what they're bidding on or buying. Add as many of your own details about the item and yourself, as necessary. Keep the acronym NEOTWY in mind when creating your listing. NEOTWY stands for wheN, wherE, WhO, WhaT, HoW, and WhY. Thoughtful and thorough item descriptions will answer all of those questions for potential bidders/buyers. Please keep privacy in mind when identifying third-parties in your listings. Listings that contain third-party personal identification without consent will be ended by figBid admin. Also, be mindful of using item descriptions that are your own and not copy/pasted without permission from another seller's listing.
Q. Can I use pictures in my listing that are not my own?
A. No. All pictures found on the internet are protected by intellectual property rights and copyright laws. Please be sure to upload pictures owned by you, the seller. For any other pictures please secure permission from the owner of the pictures. Item listings containing stolen pictures will be ended upon discovery without notification to the seller. When in doubt contact us. Please see figBid's TOS for more information about using intellectual property.
Q. Can I create a listing that doesn't contain pictures?
A. No. We strive to create the best user experience and make shopping easy for the customer. When creating a new listing the seller must upload at least 1 relevant picture. Listings without pictures will be ended.
Q. Can I place a link to my site, a website address, URL, email address, or similar device in my listing or anywhere else on figBid?
A. No. While figBid has allowed linking and adding snippets of URL's in the past, we have decided to stop this practice and no longer allow it. We want all of our sellers to promote quality material but found some links contained within listings are not allowing figBid to realize its full potential. We know figBid is the best, period. We're the best because figBid is the safest place to buy and we have the best sellers. We sincerely thank our sellers for helping us be the best. Our Google ranking clearly reveals we are the best but, I know we can do so much more. In the latter part of 2019, figBid hired a Search Engine Optimization firm to research the reasons we're not ranking highly for specific search terms when clearly we should be. Among small changes to code and administrative adjustments, the firm concluded we have too many outbound links to sites with very little traffic or no relevance. So, even a web address, metatag, URL, email address, or hidden message that doesn't actively link, matters. Google's algorithm tracks outbound and inbound traffic; that is, where your traffic is going to and coming from. figBid's staff contributes a massive amount of time and effort into keeping figBid safe for buyers. figBid is the best and we need the tools and a bit of cooperation to keep it that way. The return for everone will be a cleaner site with faster improvements, higher rankings, and more traffic. We appreciate everyone that uses the site and thank all sellers for understanding.
Q. How do I save a draft of my listing and then access it for later use?
A. Saving a draft of your listing is a convenient feature as you can continue to work on your listing at a later time or save multiple variations of your listing to use when needed. Create the listing as you normally would and add as much information as you'd like. Scroll to the bottom of the page and instead of pressing the Create Listing button, press the Save Draft button. You're able to save a draft of any listing you create. To access your draft listings go to My Account > My Listings > Listings > Drafts.
Q. How do I schedule a listing to start at a specified date and time?
A. Scheduling a listing is easy. Create a listing as you normally would. On the Create Listing page scroll down to Start and Duration. Click inside the Date box and select a date on the calendar. Next, click inside the Time box and select the hours and minutes, AM or PM. Before leaving the Time dialogue be sure to click the Set button or the start time will not be stored. Select the remainder of the values in the Start and Duration section and click the Create Listing button to start the listing. The listing will not go live until the scheduled date and time. Please be aware that even though your listing may not be visible at this point you are still charged a listing fee. If the listing is ended at any point before it goes live you are still charged a listing fee. If you think you'll have the need to continue working on the listing please don't start it. You can save the listing as a draft, even with a scheduled date and time, then make the listing live at any time before the scheduled date and time.
Q. How can I stagger the ending time of my listings in 1 or 2 minute increments?
A. figBid recognizes active sellers may want to stagger the ending time of their listings. You will have to follow the directions above to schedule your listings then:
Q. Can I edit a listing after it has started?
A. Yes. Some listing fields can be edited after your fixed-price or auction listing has started.
Q. How can I edit something after my listing has started?
A. Go to your listing and click Edit. On the next screen edit the desired fields or append the item Description. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Save. Please remember; even when allowed, editing listing fields or appending an item Description may give bidders or potential bidders (in the case of an active item saved on a Watch List) the opportunity to cancel their bid.
Q. What is the difference between List Similar and Relist?
A. List Similar creates a copy and keeps the original ended listing. Relist resets a listing and the bid and purchase history of the ended listing are lost.
Q. How do I relist my ended item on figBid?
A. You can relist your ended item on figBid in a number of ways. You can select List Similar right from any active or ended listing. Or, go to My Account and select My Listings:
When listing similar or relisting, please be aware:
Q. What is the correct way to list multiple varieties of cuttings or bundles of cuttings for each variety?
A. The best way to list multiple varieties or bundles of cuttings for each variety is to create a separate listing for each item. Creating a separate listing for each item give sellers the most flexibility.
Alternatively, sellers can create a single listing for 'bundles' of cuttings of each variety. Ex: 3 cuttings of Brown Turkey, 5 cuttings of Ronde de Bordeaux. Add the correct number in the "Number of Cuttings per Purchase" field on the Create Listing page. That will be the number of cuttings a customer will receive with each purchase. In the previous examples a seller would put 3 in the field for Brown Turkey and 5 in the field for Ronde de Bordeaux. Add the number of bundles or 'sets' of cuttings you have on hand in the "Quantity" field. In the examples above, if you pruned 30 cuttings of Brown Turkey and are selling sets of 3 cuttings, you will have an inventory of 10, so you will put the number 10 in the "Quantity" field on the Create Listing page.
Q. Isn't it easier to create a generic listing for all of my plants or cuttings?
A. No. "You Pick" listings or listings asking potential customers/bidders to contact the seller with a wish list will be ended and the seller's account will be suspended.
Q. What is a Reserve Price listing and how do I create one?
A. You will see two different types of auctions running on figBid, Reserve and No Reserve. Both will be clearly marked. A Reserve is the lowest price a seller is willing to accept for an item. When a listing ends without meeting the sellers' Reserve price, the seller is not required to sell the item. When an auction listing is identified as No Reserve the seller has not set a minimum price and the item is sold to the highest bidder.
When creating a listing enter the starting bid. In the next box enter your Reserve price.
Q. Can I edit or remove a Reserve price?
A. Once an auction has started and there are active bids you cannot change or remove the Reserve Price. If a Reserve Price has been set too high you can lower the Reserve to the current bid. Lowering the Reserve to the current bid protects the integrity of the auction and ensures the next bid placed will become the winning bid. Please contact us if you'd like to lower the Reserve Price to the current bid.
If your auction with a Reserve Price has started and there are no current bidders you may end the auction. Please contact us if you'd like end a Reserve Price auction with no bidders. All listing fees continue to apply.
Q. How do I allow potential buyers to make an offer for my item?
A. Potential buyers have the option to make an offer for fixed-price (Buy it Now) listings only. Sellers are not allowed to accept offers for auction-type listings. When creating your listing simply place a check-mark in the box Accept Offers located in the Set Your Price box on the Create Listing page 2 of 2.
Q. How do I allow potential buyers to make a Quick Bid on my auction-style listing.
A. You don't have to do anything special to make the Quick Bid feature appear. The Quick Bid button will automatically appear on all auction-style listings.
Q. While making a purchase a buyer's account was temporarily suspended and now the buyer wants me to honor a discount that was offered in the listing. Do I have to honor the discount?
A. There may be an occasion where a buyer's purchasing privileges will be temporarily suspended. This may occur before or after an invoice is paid. When purchasing privileges are restored, we ask that sellers honor any listing discounts. When listing discounts are not honored the buyer will reserve the right to cancel their purchases without penalty.
Q. How do I pay for a listing that I've won?
A. You can pay for items using PayPal, debit, or credit card. Please check the listing to see the seller's acceptable payment methods and message the seller with any questions BEFORE bidding or buying.
When you've won an auction-style listing or purchased an item at a fixed-price using Buy it Now, you can pay for your order by clicking the Checkout button on the page. When the invoice appears, click Checkout with PayPal. Log into your PayPal account, verify or change your shipping details, pay the seller, then click the button to return to figBid. When you return to figBid you'll be able to view and print your invoice. You can also pay by going to My Account > My Bids > Bidding > Won and press the Checkout button on the item you'd like to pay. Buyers also have the option of viewing the Purchase Invoices section of their account and selecting the invoice they'd like to pay. Press the "Checkout" button at the top of the invoice.
If you don't have a PayPal account you can still pay your seller by credit or debit card. Simply click the Checkout button from the listing or invoice. On the next page, click Pay with Debit or Credit Card. Fill in the details, confirm your order, and click the Pay Now button.
After paying by either method you'll receive an email letting you know the payment was successfully received.
Q. I don't have a PayPal account. How can I pay for a listing that I've won?
A. If you don't have a PayPal account you can still pay your seller by credit or debit card. Simply click the Checkout button from the listing or invoice. On the next page, click Pay with Debit or Credit Card. Fill in the details, confirm your order, and click the Pay Now button.
After paying by credit card you'll receive an email letting you know the payment was successfully received.
Q. What if a seller asks me to pay using PayPal's 'Friends and Family' option instead of using the 'Checkout' button on the figBid invoice?
A. It is against figBid's policy to ask a buyer to pay for an item through PayPal's Friends & Family option. It's also against figBid's policy for buyers to offer payment through PayPal's Friends & Family option. figBid consists of a small community of friendly collectors and horticulturists that interact with each other almost daily through social media platforms or internet forums. But buyers should be aware they will not be covered by PayPal's Purchase Protection. Additionally, figBid may not help to mediate an issue with a purchase.
Q. How do I make PayPal the preferred method for collecting payments from buyers?
A. Go to My Account > My Account Home > Listing Preferences > Payment. Put a checkmark in the box to accept PayPal, enter your PayPal email address, and click the 'Save' button.
Q. How do I collect payment from the buyer?
A. As a seller, you should have payment terms set in your listing. Buyers will be aware of how they are going to pay long before your listing ends. figBid does not encourage payment by cash or personal checks. figBid does not encourage electronic payments by any other means except PayPal. PayPal is safe, easy to use and figBid encourages sellers to accept PayPal as their primary form of payment.
After your item successfully sells, review the Sold section of your seller account to make sure the buyer has completed payment. If a buyer hasn't completed the checkout process you may send an invoice or contact them through email.
You can manually send your buyer an invoice by going to My Account > My Listings > Listings > Invoices. From here you can place a checkmark in the box next to the invoice(s) you'd like to send and click Email. Or, you can click the Invoice #, then press the Email button directly from the invoice. You can also visit My Account > My Listings > Listings > Successful and press the Create all Listings button on top of the page.
Q. How do I know when the buyer has paid me?
A. If you are accepting PayPal, simply go to My Account > My Listings > Listings > Sales Report. Scroll to the sale and look for the Paid stamp located in the column to the right, directly under the sales price. Alternatively, you can view the invoice to see if it's marked Paid or log in to your PayPal account to check for funds.
Q. How do I refund my buyer?
A. All refunds are handled by the seller. Sellers must log in to their PayPal account and go to the transaction. Click the button to 'Refund this Payment'.
Q. What happens if my buyer doesn't pay for an item?
A. Sellers have to realize that sometimes things come up and it takes a while for a buyer to pay for an item. Sometimes, legitimate circumstances dictate that buyers cannot complete a transaction at all. This is rare but it does happen from time to time. Additionally, bidders will place Max Bids days before an active auction ends and the software will Proxy Bid for that bidder. When the bidder becomes a winner they may be away from a computer or smart device and have forgotten about placing the bid at all.
Great buyers are just as important as great sellers. When using figBid to purchase items, registered users are entering into a binding agreement to pay sellers. Although most figBid users will pay immediately, it is customary to wait at least 48 hours after a sale before payment is expected. Within that time period, figBid expects a seller to email an invoice at least twice and send a friendly payment reminder through the figBid messaging system to the buyer at least once. When the buyer has not responded after 48 hours and those three attempts, please contact figBid immediately. In these instances, never void a sale or delete an invoice without contacting figBid first. figBid needs the opportunity to contact a buyer and recover funds for you and all purchase documentation matters. Barring exceptional circumstances, buyers that fail to pay a seller will be suspended from using figBid. Please review more detailed information about non-paying bidder's and buyer's figBid's User Agreement figBid's User Agreement.
In all instances, figBid will not intervene or attempt to recover funds for a sale 30 days old or older.
Q. A buyer did not pay for an item I've added to the Sales Invoice but does NOT have a figBid listing number. Can figBid help me collect payment?
A. We understand good sellers will sometimes make additional sales along with the original figBid sale. But figBid will only intervene or help recover funds for sales of items with a figBid listing number. That means when a seller creates a listing for a Hardy Chicago fig tree, upsells a Black Madeira fig tree, and the buyer decides not to pay, figBid will only intervene or help recover funds for the Hardy Chicago sold in the figBid listing. That also means when a seller creates a listing for 2 Hardy Chicago fig tree cuttings, upsells or makes a deal for 3 Hardy Chicago fig tree cuttings and the buyer decides no to pay, figBid will not intervene or help recover funds at all. In both scenarios, the seller is still liable for all figBid fees even if the buyer does not pay at all.
Q. What are the Invoice messages Awaiting Payment Confirmation and Payment Pending Seller Acceptance?
A. Buyers and sellers may see either of these messages on the Sales Invoice for any of the following reasons:
Visit PayPal.com, log in your account and review your settings.
Q. I saved the incorrect PayPal email address into my figBid account and the buyer paid. The status of the invoice is now 'Pending'. What should I do?
A. Here's what to do when the buyer pays the incorrect PayPal email address:
Q. I'm countering a potential buyers' offer and received the following error message, "Offer Amount must be less than the price." What happened?
A. This error message will appear when you've mistakenly entered a counter-offer that's higher than a potential buyers' offer price, per item. Ex: You're selling cuttings at $29 each and a potential buyer makes an offer to buy 4 cuttings at $25 each for a total of $100. You mistakenly enter $101 as a counteroffer and receive the error message because the counteroffer you’re attempting to submit equals $404 (4 x $101). If you'd like to submit a (total) counteroffer for $101 you must enter $25.25 (4 x $25.25 = $101).
Q. How do I block/unblock another figBid user from bidding, purchasing my item, or messaging me?
A. Go to Listing Preferences > Manage Buyers > Block figBid Bidders/Buyers. Enter the username of the figBid member you'd like to block in the box next to figBid Username to block. Click the Add button. To unblock a figBid member and allow a user to bid, purchase your items, and message you, simply click and highlight the username in the box next to Blocked. Click the box marked X and the figBid user is now unblocked.
Q. How do I block/unblock a location that I won't ship to?
A. Go to Listing Preferences > Manage Buyers > Blocked Locations. Click the box and select the locations that you won't ship. To unblock a location simply click the X next to the location name and the location will be deleted from your list.
Q. Can figBid users with a shipping address in a location that I don't ship still message me?
A. Yes, figBid users with a shipping address in a location that I don't ship can still message you.
Q. What is the Blocked Locations Exemption List?
A. The Blocked Locations Exemption List allows specific figBid members to buy from you even if their location appears in your Blocked Locations list. You can add or delete exemptions at any time. To exempt a member, enter the member's username in the text box and click Add. Click Save to save the list. To remove members from the exemption list, select the members' username from the Exemption List, click the X, and click Save. Note: Usernames are validated against the site's membership list. You cannot save a username that does not exist in the system.
Q. The relative or friend of a user I blocked has purchased my item. Do I have to complete the sale?
A. Yes, the sale creates a contract and you are obligated to complete the sale even when the seller believes the buyer should have been blocked. figBid does not agree with blocking anyone but realizes the tool may be necessary for certain instances. figBid users who choose to use the blocking tool will do so at their own discretion and risk. figBid will not be responsible to enforce blocking any other bonafide figBid user in good standing from buying from you, except the user you've specifically blocked. That is the sellers' own responsibility. There are no exceptions.
To that end, figBid is always here to help every registered user. If at any time a user feels they are the target of malicious intent or manipulation by any other figBid user please contact figBid admin right away with the details. Please see figBid's Terms & Conditions for further information.
Q. Can I use figBid's blocking tool for a reason it was not intended?
A. No. figBid's blocking tool was developed to help protect users from potential negative interactions with other figBid users and cannot be used for any other reasons. To that end:
In any case of manipulation, figBid will determine if blocking interferes with the original intention of the blocking tool.
Q. How are invoices created?
A. Invoices are automatically created when an auction is won or a Fixed Price item is purchased. Sellers can view active Sales Invoices by going to My Account > My Account Home > Listings > Invoices. Buyers can view active Purchase Invoices by going to My Account > My Account Home > Bidding > Invoices.
Q. How do I create and email an invoice for a sale?
A. To create and send an invoice for items purchased through a bonafide figBid listing:
Q. Can I create a new invoice for an item that didn't sell through a bonafide figBid listing?
A. No. Invoices are automatically generated when a figBid user wins an auction or makes a purchase from a fixed-price listing. Please remember that selling an item that was not invoiced is against figBid's policy. When a customer wants to purchase an item or additional items simply create a fixed-price listing and give the customer the listing number.
Q. A Checkout button is not appearing on the invoice or listing. Where is it?
A. Sellers must have a valid PayPal account in order to take advantage of the Instant Checkout feature. If you don't have a PayPal account please visit www.PayPal.com to open an account. Come back to figBid and follow the instructions below to add PayPal to your figBid account and you'll be set.
To add PayPal to your figBid account go to My Account > My Account Home > Listing Preferences > Payment. Put a checkmark in the box to Accept PayPal and click Save. The Checkout button will now appear on the invoices and successful listing pages.
Q. How do I combine multiple invoices (purchases) for the same buyer?
A. Follow the instructions to create an invoice. All purchases from the same buyer that contain the same shipping method will populate on the same invoice automatically. ie: Invoices with Priority shipping will combine with other invoices for the same buyer that contains Priority shipping. Invoices with First Class shipping will combine with other invoices for the same buyer that contain First Class shipping. An invoice that contains Priority shipping will not combine with an invoice for the same buyer that contains First Class shipping and two separate invoices will be created.
Q. How do I mark an invoice as shipped or paid?
A. On the left side of the page under Listings, select Invoices. Put a checkmark in the box of the invoice(s) you've created and click the Mark Shipped or Mark Paid button. Or, click on the invoice number or select View Invoice and select Mark Shipped or Mark Paid from the choices on top.
Q. How can I view invoices for items I've purchased?
A. To view any of your purchase invoices go to My Account > My Account Home > Bidding > Invoices.
Q. How can I edit an invoice?
A. To edit an invoice go to My Account > My Listings > Listings > Sales Report. Click on the invoice number:
Q. How do I remove an item from the invoice?
A. See FAQ above How can I edit an invoice?
Q. How do I delete the invoice?
A. See FAQ above How can I edit an invoice?
Q. My customer made a partial payment for a purchase and their PayPal account is rejecting further payment for the same invoice. The invoice now states "Pending Seller Acceptance" or "Partial Payment" and I can't complete the sale. What should I do?
A. There are a few instances where this may occur:
In all events please Contact Us right away.
Q. How do I print an invoice?
A. You can print Sales or Purchase invoices by clicking the Print Invoice button located on the top right of every invoice.
Q. How do I void a sale?
A. Please see How do I void a sale? in the seller FAQ's.
Q. How can I archive an invoice or listing?
A. Archiving an invoice or listing is simple and a very useful tool. Functionality is the same in Listings > Successful or Listings > Invoices. Archiving a listing or invoice removes it from the list. You are still able to access all archived information through your Sales Report. You can restore your archived listings/invoices by changing your View to Archived. When viewing the Archived listing/invoice simply select the checkbox and press the Restore button. The previously Archived listing/invoice goes right back to its original place.
Q. How do I add a shipping method to my listing?
A. IMPORTANT - In order to correctly calculate and collect a payment you must add a shipping method to your listing. On Step 2 of the Create Listing page:
Q. How do I automatically combine shipping for multiple purchases by the same buyer?
A. Shipping can automatically combine for multiple purchases of the same item, or different items shipped by the same method. To automatically combine shipping charges for additional purchases by the same buyer, enter the Combined Shipping amount in the appropriate box on the Create Listing page. If shipping additional items for free, enter '0'.
Note: When a buyer purchases multiple items, the listing with the highest initial shipping COST is used as the base shipping cost, with the ADDITIONAL COST added according to each combined item.
Hint: Some sellers carry multiple items with multiple shipping methods all the time and will use the Other shipping method for all items instead of Priority or First Class. In this instance, all of your items will combine into one invoice. Simply explain the shipping method in the Item Description.
IMPORTANT - Be sure to click the 'Add' button. The system will automatically add the desired shipping method and amount to your listing and any associated invoices. Also, invoices that do not contain the same shipping method will not automatically combine for the same buyer. ie: Invoices with Priority shipping will combine with other invoices for the same buyer that contains Priority shipping. Invoices with First Class shipping will combine with other invoices for the same buyer that contain First Class shipping. An invoice that contains Priority shipping will not combine with an invoice for the same buyer that contains First Class shipping.
Q. Can I buy and print a shipping label directly from figBid?
A. figBid does not sell shipping labels. But sellers can purchase and print a shipping label from PayPal directly from the figBid sales invoice by pressing the Print Shipping Label button. The buyer's shipping details will already be entered into PayPal for you. Simply enter the package details and purchase the label.
Q. How can I notify a buyer of the tracking number?
A. Sellers can easily add a tracking number to any sale and the buyer will receive an automated message containing the tracking details. Go to your invoices and press the Add button next to the invoice of the customer you want to receive tracking details. When the window opens, simply key-in or paste the tracking number into the appropriate field. If the buyer has more than one invoice you can open the drop-down menu and select more invoices to be associated with the same tracking number. Sellers can also paste a link to tracking in the appropriate field, or add an additional tracking number for the same purchase. When you're finished just press the button, "Save and Notify Buyer." The buyer will receive an automated message with tracking details.
Q. Can I send my customer an automated shipping notification even though there are no tracking details?
A. Yes, you can send customers an automated shipping notification even though there are no tracking details. Go to your invoices and place a checkmark in the "Tracking not required" box next to the invoice of the customer you want to receive a shipping notification. That's all there is to it; figBid will automatically send a friendly "shipping" notification to the customer. If you've made a mistake and accidentally added a checkmark to the "Tracking not required" box it's no big deal, simply click the checkmark. The checkmark will disappear and you can now add a tracking number for the purchase.
Q. The PayPal address is different from figBid's address. Which address should I ship to?
A. Sellers may ask buyers for an explanation but always ship to the address on file with PayPal. Shipping to the address on file with PayPal offers the best protection for buyers and sellers.
Q. A buyer has asked me to ship their purchase to an address other than figBid or PayPal or out of the US. What should I do?
A. Buyers are not allowed to ask a seller to ship their purchase to an address other than a verified address on file with PayPal. Sellers must strictly adhere to this guideline. Sellers will ship to an address other than a verified PayPal address at their own risk. Additionally, sellers should not directly ship plant material outside the US. If a buyer wants their purchase shipped outside the US please contact us right away.
Q. The address I'm shipping to is a third-party who will forward the package to the buyer outside the US. Is this legitimate?
A. Yes. Some non-US buyers will make purchases within the US and have their purchases shipped to a third-party business who will forward the merchandise to the buyer. These businesses are known as 3rd Party Shippers, Point to Point Shippers, Drop Shippers, Bulk Freight Shippers, Express Courier, Freight Forwarder, Package Consolidator, Ocean Freight, LCL or FCL Cargo, or any other name which designates the business as a service for collecting packages to be shipped overseas. While this is perfectly fine, sellers should take precautions to protect themselves after they become aware they may be shipping to one of these companies. Be sure to communicate with a buyer via the figBid messaging system, and the buyer understands their purchase will only be covered by insurance or return policy up to the time of delivery to the US address. In addition to communicating via the figBid messaging system, sellers should append a note to the bottom of the purchase invoice.
Q. How can I offer discounted shipping to buyers of multiple items?
A. When creating your listing enter the combined shipping amount in the Combined Shipping box. If shipping additional items for free, enter '0'. Be sure to click the 'Add' button to add the shipping to your listing.
Q. I heard expanding foam is a great way to secure my fig tree in the shipping container. Should I use expanding foam?
A. The use of expanding foam is becoming more popular. Some buyers love it and some hate it. Always practice before securing a fig tree in a shipping container with expanding spray foam. The benefits are obvious:
The issue is unpacking. Unpacking a fig tree secured in a shipping container with expanded spray foram is very difficult. Sellers should warn potential buyers right in the body of the item description before they bid or buy. Sellers should also email unpacking instructions to buyers
Q. How much does it cost to sell on figBid?
A. It costs $0.25 to list an item in any category, in any format, plus a 3% Final Value Fee. Final Value Fees are assessed on the final price of the item sold only and are not assessed on shipping charges. The minimum Final Value Fee is $0.25. Optional Listing Upgrades are available for selection when the seller is creating a listing. Optional Listing Upgrade fees are renewed monthly. The Optional Listing Upgrade fees are as follows:
Optional Listing Upgrade
|Homepage Featured||$ 1.00|
|Bold Listing||$ 0.10|
|Highlighted Title||$ 0.10|
|Good Till Canceled||$ 0.50|
Sellers can create a percentage-off or dollar amount price reduction for their active fixed-price listings. The fee to create a sale costs $0.25 per listing and is payable whether the item sells or not.
Q. Why does figBid charge a 3% Final Value Fee?
A. figBid is a niche, scaled-down, auction site that operates smoothly and efficiently with fewer bells and whistles than competitors. Due to figBid's efficiency, our operating costs continue to be much lower than competitors. At this time figBid does not have any margins and there are certain features that figBid wants to continue offering, free of charge, but come with a small operating cost. Right now the 3% Final Value Fee covers the cost to operate those features now and into the future. Please read more about figBid's 3% Final Value Fee here.
Q. How does 'Good 'til Canceled' Work?
A. The 'Good 'til Canceled' Optional Listing Upgrade does not apply to auctions. Sellers can make a fixed-price listing remain active until you end the listing, figBid ends the listing, or all the items are sold. 'Good 'til Canceled' is an Optional Listing Upgrade that must be purchased (Please see the FAQ for fee amounts.) figBid listings activated with the 'Good 'til Canceled' Optional Listing Upgrade will be renewed monthly and the 'Good 'til Canceled' fee will apply. figBid sellers who choose to purchase the 'Good 'til Canceled' Optional Listing Upgrade will have the following benefits:
Good 'til Canceled listings will be reviewed by figBid's staff on a monthly basis.
Q. Where can I find Site Fee Invoices?
A. To see your current Site Fee Invoice go to My Account > My Account Home > Site Fees > Current. To see your past Site Fee Invoices go to My Account > My Account Home > Site Fees > Past.
Q. I made an additional sale that was not automatically invoiced. Do I still have to pay seller fees for that sale?
A. Yes. A 3% Final Value Fee will be assessed for any sale or additional sale that was not automatically invoiced by figBid. Thank you for being a great seller.
Q. Are Listing Fees the same as Final Value fees?
A. No, Listing Fees are not the same as Final Value fees. figBid charges seller's a Listing Fee when they create a live listing on figBid. figBid also charges a Listing Fee for listing upgrades such as Hompage Featured and Bold Listing. See How much does it cost to sell on figBid? Final Value fees are assessed when your item successfully sells.
Q. How do I pay my Seller Fees?
A. Seller fees are automatically collected on the 2nd day of every month from the credit card saved to your account.
Q. How do I add a credit card to my account for payment of Seller Fees?
A. Go to My Account > My Account Home > Credit Cards. Press the Add New button, enter your credit card credentials and press Save.
Q. figBid used to use PayPal to collect Seller Fees and now I have to add a credit card in order to sell. What happened?
A. figBid is growing at a very fast pace. PayPal is a great company to work with and collection of seller fees by PayPal worked well until it became a burden on staff. Unfortunately, PayPal does not process payments for site fees in the same manner as payments for purchases. That means seller invoices must be processed manually. In order provide the same level of great service for figBidders we had to move collection of seller fees to a company that can handle it for us. That company is Stripe. Stripe has been around since 2009 and built one of the best reputations for credit card safety in the business. The time saved by using Stripe will be reinvested where it should be; serving great figBidders.
Q. How will a charge from figBid appear on my credit card statement?
A. Charges to your credit card will appear as "figBid.com", "figBid", or "FIGBID".
Q. Once my credit card is saved to pay for Seller Fees will I get billed for purchases?
A. No. Credit cards saved to your account are for payment of Seller Fees only. figBid Purchases will never be billed to a credit card saved to pay for Seller Fees.
Q. What if my item doesn't sell? Do I still have to pay a listing fee?
A. Yes, your listing will cost $0.25 if your item doesn't sell or must be ended for any reason. If your item ends naturally without a sale you will have the opportunity to relist your item for free up to 3 more times.
Q. My item sold and the Final Value Fee is more than 3%. What happened?
A. figBid's minimum Final Value Fee is $0.25.
Q. What if my item sells but the buyer doesn't pay? Do I still have to pay a Final Value fee?
A. There are four scenarios when a buyer doesn't pay; hardship, the non-paying bidder, and items without a figBid listing number. Sellers are not liable for Final Value Fees in the first two instances and both are treated differently. Final Value Fees are due in the last instance in all cases.
Q. Can my Listing Fees be refunded?
A. There are circumstances when Listing Fees (only) can be refunded. Please contact figBid with the details.
Q. I voided a sale. Can my Final Value fees be refunded?
A. There are circumstances when Final Value fees (only) can be refunded for a voided sale. Please contact figBid with the details. See What if my item sells but the buyer doesn't pay? for more details about Final Value fees.
Q. Can figBid help me recover payment for a sale I made through eBay®, Etsy®, Amazon®, Facebook Marketplace®, Craigslist or some other selling platform?
A. No. figBid is the safest selling platform for your fig trees and cuttings. Those other platforms are riddled with scam sellers and buyers waiting to steal your money. It's unfortunate but true. For the best buying and selling experience please use figBid.com.
Q. Since figBid doesn't assess a Final Value fee for shipping charges can I inflate the shipping costs of my sales to save money?
A. No. Circumventing figBid's Final Value fee is a violation of figBid's Terms of Service.
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Q. How can I check seller feedback before buying?
A. You can check a seller's feedback with one of two ways:
Q. How do I leave feedback for a buyer?
A. To leave feedback for a buyer:
Q. How do I leave Feedback for a seller?
A. To leave feedback for a seller:
Q. How long do I have to leave feedback for a buyer or seller?
A. You have a 30-day time period to leave feedback for a buyer or seller.
Q. Where can I find my own feedback or feedback I've left for others?
A. Go to My Account > My Account Home > Feedback. From here you can click:
To see the feedback you've left for others go to anywhere your feedback score is displayed next to your user-name and click the number. This will take you to a different summary page that will contain all of the information from above and more. (This is a little redundant but intentional. Access to feedback was left like this to make a future update for feedback easy to implement.)
Q. Can I remove a less-than-perfect feedback rating or comment left by a buyer/seller?
A. figBid treats feedback as if it's written in stone. If the feedback depositor followed the rules then feedback cannot be removed. At times buyers or sellers may be overzealous with a feedback rating or comment. These instances call for mediation and are handled on a case-by-case basis and with the approval of both parties. Mediation is conducted with the help of an figBid administrator only. After an investigation by the figBid administrator, both parties are notified of findings and feedback may be removed.
Q. Can I leave a poor feedback rating for a seller because my cuttings haven't rooted?
A. Due to the unique nature of fig cuttings there are special guidelines when it comes to leaving feedback for sellers. figBid's feedback window is open for 30 days. 30 days is more than enough time to complete a transaction where a buyer will receive their cuttings purchase, evaluate the material, rate the seller, and leave appropriate feedback. Some transactions may differ slightly but generally, buyers should evaluate quality of the cuttings upon receiving their package. Buyers should also ensure their purchase matches the item description and shipping method stated in the listing and leave an appropriate feedback rating and comment based on any of the following. This is not an all-inclusive list and should only be used as a guide:
All issues of poor health, packaging, communication, etc should be noted and the seller must be notified immediately. Additionally, the transaction has ended when the rooting process begins. Buyers should understand that poor feedback ratings and comments left for anything other than the initial purchase, evaluation of cuttings, and seller are considered inappropriate and will be removed.
Good: Mary receives her cuttings purchase 5 days after paying. Mary opens the package immediately and finds the contents matches figBid's Item Description and appear healthy. Mary leaves her seller the appropriate feedback rating and comment right away.
Good: Gus receives his cuttings purchase 2 weeks after purchasing. When Gus inspects the package he sees the cuttings were shipped 2 days earlier. Gus reviews figBid's listing and there is nothing to indicate the delay in shipping. Gus opens the package to find healthy cuttings that match figBid's Item Description. Gus leaves his seller the appropriate feedback rating and comment right away.
Good: Sandy receives her cuttings purchase 4 days after paying. Sandy opens the package right away to find her cuttings in poor condition. Sandy takes pictures of the cuttings and ship packaging and contacts her seller immediately with the concerns. The seller agrees to replace the purchase and 5 days later Sandy receives a shipment of healthy cuttings. Sandy leaves her seller the appropriate feedback rating and comment right away.
Bad: Karen receives her cuttings purchase 3 days after paying. Karen opens the package and begins the rooting process right away. 13 days later Karen notices the cuttings are rotting in the soil and aren't healthy. Karen leaves a poor feedback rating and comment for her seller, stating she received cuttings that were less than healthy.
Q. How can I ask the seller of an active listing a question?
A. To ask the seller of any active listing a question, simply click the "Contact Seller" link found below the seller's name and next to the envelope icon .
Q. How do I send a message to the seller of an item that I purchased?
A. To Contact the Seller:
Q. How do I send a message to a user that purchased my item?
A. To Contact the Buyer:
Q. How do I add a picture to my message?
A. Users can upload pictures in standard format, or PDF files to any message. Press the 'Upload' button found on the bottom of every message.
Q. Can I send a message to any user on figBid?
A. No. Only buyers and sellers can message each other. Any user can always contact figBid Admin by clicking the Contact Us link found on every page.
Q. Can I share my phone number, email address, website address, social media contacts, hashtag, or other links through the figBid messaging system?
A. No. Only items related to figBid business can be shared through figBid's messaging system. Thanks for understanding.
Q. How can I view my message inbox/outbox?
A. Click 'My Account' and select 'My Account Home'. Scroll down to 'Messaging' on the left. Select your Inbox or Outbox.
Q. How do I delete a message?
A. figBid users are unable to permanently delete messages on the figBid messaging system. Messages on the figBid messaging system will automatically delete from a user's account after 90 days. Registered figBid users have the option of moving unwanted messages to a "Trash" folder.
Q. After pressing the Send button I get an error message that states, "Sorry, an error occurred while processing your request. Object reference not set to an instance of an object."
A. There were too few or too many letters/characters in the Subject line of your message. Go back and ensure there is between 3 and 100 letters/characters in the Subject of your message.
Q. How can I care for my fig cuttings before planting?
A. When properly stored, fig cuttings can last for a year or longer. Preparation for storage is easy and should be accomplished as soon as possible after separation from the mother tree. There are several successful methods:
Q. Is it necessary to label my cuttings and trees?
A. Yes. It is always necessary to label cuttings and trees. Cuttings and trees have a habit of getting mixed up in the blink of an eye. Once they're mixed-up it's never a good idea to guess what variety you have. Never. If you're going to label more than a few cuttings get yourself a dedicated cuttings marker. A roll of marking tape works well, too, and also doubles as a good wrap to store cuttings in bunches. Just leave a ribbon long enough to write on with a Sharpie. Use wrap-around tree tags or pot stakes to label your trees. Always be sure cuttings and trees are securely labeled before shipping.
Q. How do I know if the variety I'm purchasing requires pollination?
A. Most varieties of fig trees traded on figBid don't require pollination to produce ripe figs. There are some varieties that will require pollination. Do your due diligence and ask questions. Most of all, ask the seller using the figBid messaging system.
Q. I think the fig tree I bought has FMV. What should I do?
A. Contact your seller for advice. Fig Mosaic Virus (FMV) is not a death sentence for a fig tree. FMV may appear as misshapen or misshaped leaves, discoloring, stunted growth, and loss of vigor, all to varying degrees. Most growers will agree that FMV affects almost all fig trees and find no consequence. When proper care is afforded to any fig tree, potted or in-ground, signs of FMV will decrease or not appear at all. When signs of FMV are present it's always due to some form of stress to the tree, young trees especially, and should signal the fig tree is lacking nutritionally or needs help in some other form. Some varieties of fig are more sensitive to stress than others and we find that unknown, more commonly circulated varieties show less signs of FMV than their more rare cousins. Be sure to take extra care of your new fig tree. Acclimate it properly, don't overwater, and begin a regimen of vitamins and fertilizer.
Q. How can I make figBid an app on the home screen of my mobile device?
A. Here are instructions for turning figBid into an app on the home screen of your mobile device.
Q. Where can I find the revision/update history for figBid?
A. The revision/update history for figBid can be found here.
Q Is my personal information shared with anyone? Who?
A. Any personal information you share with figBid is not shared with anyone, any time, for any reason, for any amount of money, except through legal process. That means a warrant or subpoena. This includes your email address. figBid is humbled you've entrusted us with keeping your information safe and will never violate your trust.
Q. Does figBid collect or store any of my financial information?
A. No. All financial transactions take place off-figBid. figBid acts as the intermediary or bridge between the buyer and seller and never collects financial information.
Q. Does figBid report my sales to the IRS or send me a 1099 at the end of the year?
A. No, figBid does not report sales to any agency and does not send out 1099's. Reporting income is the sole responsibility of the seller. Please be aware that PayPal does report income and send out a 1099 at the end of a tax year. Please visit www.PayPal.com for more information.
Q. Is figBid really the number one trusted site for buying and selling fig trees and cuttings in the US?
Q. Can I pay to advertise on figBid?
A. No. figBid was developed to be a clean site with no advertising. Please don't ask.
Q. Is figBid partnered with anyone selling on the site?
A. No. figBid is not partnered with anyone selling on the site. figBid is an advertising agent, not a seller. All figBid sellers agree to figBid's Terms & Conditions and act independently from one another, representing themselves or their business, and items for sale.
Q. I have a million-dollar idea for selling. Do you think figBid will partner with me?
Q. Is figBid the same as eBay®?
A. No. figBid operates on its own proprietary software. Scammers and criminals do not operate on figBid. Additionally, figBid does not allow users to purchase or import plant material from outside the US. So figBid is clearly better than eBay®. :)
Q. I just imported a bunch of expensive fig material from outside the US. Can I sell it on figBid?
A. Please click this link for further information.
Q. Won't I make more money if I tell people that my fig material was imported from an exotic location from outside the US?
A. No. Imported fig material is contraband and worthless.
Q. I think a figBid user may be selling imported plant material. What should I do?
A. Some users may be confused about selling vs. importing. Selling imported plant material is not illegal. Importing plant material without going through the proper channels is a serious crime that should be reported to the USDA. If any figBid user has information about illegally imported plant material, you are strongly encouraged to report it. You can Contact Us with the information and figBid will confidentially help you through the reporting process, or, you can report it directly to the USDA anonymously, by telephone, in writing, or by email. Importing plant material illegally has serious ramifications to many US horticultural industries and figBid is committed to doing everything possible to help stop the importation and spread of infectious plant diseases and dangerous pests. Please help us out.
Q. What is figBid doing to help stop the smuggling of illegally imported plant material into the US?
Q. Someone stole my pictures and they're using them in their listing. What can I do?
A. Please contact us with details and someone from figBid's staff will resolve the matter right away. All communication with figBid is always confidential.