News

  • 2014-08-16
  • new feature
  • Merchants can now add tracking number for an order; email with tracking information is automatically sent to the buyer.
  • 2014-08-02
  • new feature
  • Smartphone optimized version for the storefonts has been launched.
  • 2014-05-27
  • new feature
  • Smartphone optimized version of the marketplace has been launched.
  • 2014-05-01
  • new feature
  • Added 11 new color templates based on the new design.
  • 2014-02-17
  • new feature
  • Added option to require a phone number during checkout. By default, phone number is not required.
  • 2013-11-05
  • new feature
  • Merchants can accept credit card directly in their stores now, allowing their buyers to have the "classic" buying experience.
  • 2013-07-18
  • new feature
  • PayPal Express Checkout was added as a payment option.
  • 2013-02-11
  • new design
  • New design has been launched in the main marketplace
  • 2010-09-03
  • new feature
  • Global Editor has been launched. You can easily globally edit your products now.
  • 2010-08-05
  • update
  • Alaska and Hawaii become required shipping zones. Please make sure you set the flat rate or weight based shipping rates for these destinations.
  • 2010-06-15
  • fix
  • There was a problem with the ebay importer. It should be fixed now.
  • 2010-06-07
  • new feature
  • New product and category's URLs.
  • 2010-05-27
  • new feature
  • Locking the account for 10 min after 10 failed logins. Adding captcha on the registration page.
  • 2010-05-24
  • new feature
  • New improved checkout process
  • 2010-02-19
  • new feature
  • New way of showing the photos on the product page
  • 2010-01-20
  • new feature
  • Filter on feedback score
  • 2009-12-05
  • new feature
  • Include the feedback for the order in the Order section in the Admin tools
  • 2009-11-09
  • :)
  • eCRATER is among the first announced Google Product Search Marketplace Partners. Click here to read Google's announcement.
  • 2009-10-01
  • announcement
  • Please check the new Google Merchant Center's Policies and make sure your products are compliant. If needed please do appropriate adjustments on your items. This will ensure that your items will continue to appear in Google Product Search.
  • 2009-09-24
  • new feature
  • Show merchant's rating next to each product with stars while browsing in the marketplace.
  • 2009-09-13
  • new feature
  • eBay importer has been added. You can now easily import the products from your ebay store into eCRATER.
  • 2009-06-25
  • new feature
  • Added additional seller's info section in the main marketplace product's pages.
  • 2009-06-25
  • new feature
  • Added view all product in the product page in the main marketplace
  • 2009-06-12
  • update
  • Made choosing global category easier.
  • 2009-05-11
  • new feature
  • Added gallery view. The default view can be selected from the Options menu.
  • 2009-05-10
  • new feature
  • Added a tab to show the status of the Goole Base feed.
  • 2009-05-02
  • update
  • The bulk lister doc has been updated
  • 2009-04-25
  • new feature
  • Show other products from the same merchant in the product's page.
  • 2009-02-12
  • maitenance
  • Maintenance will be performed at one of the following days: 02/13, 02/14, 02/15, or 02/16. The exact day is still not determined. The site will be unavailable after 10pm for several hours.
  • 2009-02-11
  • update
  • Search, filter and advanced search have been updated.
  • 2009-01-07
  • update
  • A new way to submit your products to Google Base has been adopted. We believe that it will bring more traffic and sales to your stores. In order your Google Checkout badge to appear next to your listings in Google Products please fill out your eCRATER store URL in the "Public business website" field in your Google Checkout account.
  • 2008-09-08
  • new feature
  • USPS shipping calculator has been added.
  • 2008-07-25
  • new feature
  • Products that have been hidden can now be seen in the stores but the buy now button is not active.
  • 2008-06-03
  • new feature
  • CAPTCHA field has been added to "Ask seller a question" form to prevent the spam.
  • 2008-06-03
  • new feature
  • The product management in the Admin tool has been improved. A special tab for Google Attributes has been added. It makes the process of adding Google Attributes more convenient.
  • 2008-05-25
  • new feature
  • Copy feature for fast product listing has been added. Just click on the copy icon in the product's menu to use it.
  • 2008-05-14
  • update
  • Flash version of the widget has been added. Now the sellers can add the widget to myspace, facebook, bebo, etc
  • 2008-05-05
  • update
  • The shopping cart has been updated.
  • 2008-04-03
  • update
  • All login pages have been ssl-ed.
  • 2008-04-01
  • new feature
  • eCRATER Widgets is live now. Use them to bring more traffic to your store. You can place the widget to different websites and it will start showing your products.
  • 2008-03-16
  • new feature
  • New Bulk Lister has been launched. It substantially accelerates the upload process. The sellers can see the file status in each stage as well as detail error log (if any errors are found).
  • 2008-03-10
  • :)
  • eCRATER has reached 1,000,000 listings
  • 2007-12-11
  • new feature
  • Support for Google Analytics has been added. You can use it to fully track your store's traffic.
  • 2007-10-23
  • new feature
  • Support of more than 40 additional Google Base attrubutes has been added. You can use them to describe better your products and receive better placement on Google Products.
  • 2007-10-15
  • new feature
  • Support for shipping to Alaska, Hawaii and international countries has been added to our Google Checkout integration.
  • 2007-09-15
  • new feature
  • Each eCRATER mod will receive a small icon next to her/his store name. By clicking on the icon the following text appears: "This seller is an eCRATER moderator and contributor to our online marketplace. If you are a buyer, you can buy with confidence from this store!"
  • 2007-08-21
  • new feature
  • "eCRATER mods" has been launched. It is a system that enables eCRATER sellers to become moderators. We are currently accepting applications for moderators.
  • 2007-08-20
  • update
  • Another column "Quantity" has been added to the bulk lister format to specify the quantity of each product.
  • 2007-08-13
  • new feature
  • Inventory Control has been added. Use Options - Enable Inventory Control to turn it on.
  • 2007-05-08
  • :)
  • eCRATER has reached 500,000 listings.
  • 2007-04-11
  • eCRATER started to upload bulk files to Microsoft's Live Product Upload Beta.
  • 2007-03-01
  • eCRATER Manage has been launched. This is a tool that allows our support people to have full control over the whole marketplace. It will not directly benefit the sellers but it will help eCRATER to keep up with its growth.
  • 2007-01-05
  • big fix
  • Security icon not showing om IE during checkout when seller's store directly accessed.
  • 2006-10-06
  • :-)
  • eCRATER is listed on Google Checkout's website as one of their ecommerce partners.
  • 2006-09-28
  • new feature
  • Google Checkout has been fully integrated in eCRATER. The sellers can now charge, refund, cancel, ship and add tracking information to their Google Checkout Orders through the eCRATER interface.
  • 2006-08-14
  • new feature
  • The speed of the search functions has been dramatically increased.
  • 2006-07-25
  • new feature
  • Support for google checkout (aka gbuy) was added today.
  • 2006-05-23
  • new feature
  • max qty feature has been added. When you add/edit item the seller can specify there the qty of the item that you have. The buyer will not be able to order qty bigger than what specified in that cell. If the seller leaves the qty cell empty no restrictions on the qty will be applied.
  • 2006-05-01
  • new feature
  • Icon for rss feed has been added in all screens that show listings (browse, search, advanced search and filter)
  • 2006-04-18
  • new feature
  • Admin Tool: Menu Orders - The sellers can mark manually their orders as paid and delete them.
  • 2006-04-10
  • new feature
  • Adult items have been filtered out during the searches. To include them in your searches, please use the advanced search and select the "incl sex stuff" check box.
  • 2006-03-23
  • new feature
  • Product search option has been implemented in the admin tool (menu Products)
  • 2006-03-20
  • new feature
  • Order's tracking through the admin tool has been added.
  • 2006-03-07
  • upgrade
  • 10 photos per item are now allowed.
  • 2006-02-27
  • new feature
  • A new payment option "Personal Check" has been added.
  • 2006-02-24
  • new feature
  • Community forums have been launched.
  • 2006-01-28
  • :-)
  • eCRATER.com has reached 100,000 listings.
  • 2006-01-14
  • update
  • The product page has now a new improved look. The description was moved at the end.
  • 2006-01-02
  • new feature
  • Feedback system has been launched. Sellers who accept Paypal can receive feedback now. Buyers can rate their transactions after completing the payment first. There is no need for the buyer to register with eCRATER
  • 2005-12-10
  • new feature
  • Sorting on product name, price and number of hits has been added to the product page in the admin tool
  • 2005-12-03
  • new feature
  • A new completely re-designed admin tool has been launched.
  • 2005-08-07
  • new feature
  • A warning screen for the "Sex Stuff" category was added.
  • 2005-07-07
  • new feature
  • A Bulk lister (still in alpha version) is now availbale. If you would like to list more than 100 items at once you can use it. For more information please contact us.
  • 2005-06-26
  • new features
  • new sign up/login screen - now accessible from the main store's pages
  • 2005-06-21
  • new feature
  • "your logo here" photo will be displayed in the personal stores if no logo is uploaded.
  • 2005-06-17
  • bug fix
  • A bug in the search engine was fixed.
  • 2005-06-16
  • new feature
  • Vacation Hold - The on hold feature is now available in the admin tool.

    When you put your store on hold several things happen:

    I. In your personal store all your items will appear on search, browse, advanced search & filter. The idea here is your store not to loose its SEO status.

    II. In the main store - all items disappear (even on search, browse, advanced search and filter) + no feeds to froogle while the store is inactive.
  • 2005-06-15
  • new feature
  • Simple counter was added. You can see it when you click on the product page in the admin tool.
  • 2005-06-10
  • new feature
  • Order number in subject line. From now on the Order number will appear in the subject line of the email which seller receives.
  • 2005-05-14
  • new feature
  • Up to 5 photos per item. The "more photos" feature is now available.
  • 2005-05-01
  • new feature
  • Product title: now we do not format the letters in the product title in your personal store. It will appear as you typed it. We format the letters only in the main store so that the harmony there to be preserved. You can edit now your product's titles to appear as XXL instead of Xxl.
  • 2005-04-02
  • new feature
  • bigger personal store logo size. It's now 250 X 68 max.
  • 2005-03-01
  • new feature
  • Instant secure payment through paypal shopping cart was added in the product page. Now the buyers have 2 choices:

    1) use ecrater's shopping cart: the advantage here is that the buyer can order several products from different sellers at once

    2) use the button 'Paypal Buy Now': designed specially for buyers who prefer to complete their transactions through the paypal shopping cart.
  • 2005-02-28
  • new feature
  • A paypal icon was added in the product page so that the payment terms to be more noticeable.
  • 2005-02-21
  • new feature
  • Sellers can now upload their own logos to further customize their stores.
  • 2004-12-08
  • new feature
  • Paypal link was added to the order placement page. At a click of a link, the buyer can now complete the purchase transaction.
  • 2004-12-08
  • new feature
  • A NEWS section was created. Updates related to eCrater.com (such as customers suggestions, bugs fixes and others) are now being published.
  • 2004-11-10
  • new feature
  • A personalized welcome message was added to sellers' stores home pages. It now reads, "Welcome to mystorename's store" instead of "Welcome to eCrater".
  • 2004-11-05
  • fixed bug
  • Upon upload of jpeg files, the admin tool used to crash with an error message.
  • 2004-11-01
  • bug fixes
  • Minor bugs were fixed during the initial days after the first release.
  • 2004-09-27
  • first release
  • eCrater.com was born few minutes before midnight on September 27, 2004 in Irvine, CA. We celebrated the event with a bar of a Swiss chocolate (that was all we had at that hour of the night).