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Island Market Online Classifieds sees many improvements, new Japanese version

Date Posted: 2003-04-12

In the last few months, the Island Market Online Classifieds has been given several notable upgrades to help buyers and sellers alike. Many new ad types and categories have been added to the program, and best of all, the new Japanese Island Market Online Classifieds has just been finished! Now, sellers can have their items and services listed in English or Japanese in the Island Market newspaper as well as online at the Island Market Online Classifieds (www.japanupdate.com/classifieds).

Several new ad types have been added to give sellers extra publicity. When the last version of the Island Market Online Classifieds came out, we only had three ad types--regular, business, and business gold. Now, we have added the ability to include an image with your ad by placing a priority, priority gold, or business elite ad. A priority ad is the same thing as a regular (free) ad except that the seller can include an image with his or her ad. These ads cost $10. A priority gold ad is the same as a priority ad except that these ads remain online until the seller asks to have his or her ad removed. The sellers credit card is automatically charged $13.50 per week until the seller decides to unsubscribe from the service. A business elite ad ($13.50) is the same thing as a business ad except that it also includes a picture. All of these ad types appear in the printed Island Market Classifieds in bold lettering above all of the regular ads. Sellers are able to pay for these ads online.

Several new ad categories have been created to give sellers more flexibility in deciding what kind of ad they are selling. For instance, the old version included a category called "furniture"--a very vague categorization that included all types of furniture. The new version has broken the furniture category down into several sub-categories including bedroom, kitchen and dining, living room, and other. The computers ad type has also been expanded with sub-categories for PC, laptop, palm, software, and accessories. All in all, 50 new sub-categories have been added. This also helps buyers in searching through the classifieds.

Best of all, the new Japanese Island Market Online Classifieds has just been created. Our new Japanese webmaster spent hours and hours translating all of the code of the English version into Japanese to create an identical classifieds program for the Japanese community. This new program has all of the bells and whistles of the English version, so it shouldn't be long before it becomes enormously popular, as has the English version. However, as most of the English speaking community on Okinawa cannot speak or type in Japanese, we have made a few new features just for you. As of a week ago, you can place an ad on the English version of the Island Market Online Classifieds as a translation package ad, and for a small fee of $5 we will translate the ad for you and place it into both the English and Japanese versions of the Island Market Online Classifieds for you. This gives our users twice the selling power they had before! All ads placed in the Japanese Island Market Online Classifieds appear in print in the Island Market Newspaper.

We at www.japanupdate.com and Island Market hope you will use and enjoy our new Island Market Online Classifieds. If you have any questions or find any problems with our classifieds, please send an email to webmaster@japanupdate.com.

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