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Hello empowr citizens,

Several months ago we discussed how the empowr engineers would be working diligently to build a series of features that would help take out the majority of the friction from buying and selling in the empowr marketplace in order to further accelerate the growth of the empowr economy.


Today, I’m excited to introduce the launch of the first feature in that series - something we’re calling ”Photo bidding”.

What is “Photo bidding”?

Photo bidding is the ability to start an auction by simply clicking on something in a photo!

Just take a photo of anything you think others might be interested in purchasing.

From those clothes you’re no longer using…

…to that group photo with your buddies from high school.

Or even that messy garage that you’ve been meaning to clean out.

By posting photos, of course you’ll still earn by posting, but now you can even receive bids on the things shown within the photo. The more items in the photo, the more possibilities are opened for you.

 Now Launching: “Photo Bidding”

Yes – it’s as easy as it sounds! You simply take a picture, post it, and the community can immediately start bidding on items in it. That’s it!  You don’t need to do anything else before the bidding can start, and you can find out what the community is willing to pay!


Bidding with “Photo bidding”

While going through your circle of trust, as you see photos of items that you might be interested in purchasing, you can bid on the items.

To place a bid, simply click the “Bid $1” link (below the photo) and then, using your mouse, click the item in the photo you’d like to bid on.  

Now Launching: “Photo Bidding”


As soon as you click on the item, a green price tag pointing at the item will be shown: 

Now Launching: “Photo Bidding”  


Below the photo, you’ll have the option to “Drag to Adjust” the photo…and give the item (that you’re bidding on) a title that clearly describes it:

Now Launching: “Photo Bidding”

As soon as you place your bid, a 7-day auction with a starting price of $1 will begin


Now that you started the auction, others can place their bids on the item too, by clicking the blue “Place your bid” button below the photo…

… OR by simply clicking the green price tag.

Now Launching: “Photo Bidding”

As you visit people’s profiles and close loops, when you see a photo that already has bids on it…

… you can bid on as many existing auctions as you’d like – just click the green price tag in the photo…

… or click the “Place your bid” button...

… or click “Bid $1” to start a new auction (if the item you want to purchase doesn’t already have a live auction on it).

Now Launching: “Photo Bidding”


If you’d like to see other listing details that the seller may have added, simply click “Details”…

Now Launching: “Photo Bidding”


 … and you’ll see everything related to the item (including remaining auction time, current bids, item description if the seller’s added any, and shipping details). You can also check out the seller’s feedback rating before you choose to bid on anything.

Now Launching: “Photo Bidding”


If a seller has confirmed a listing, a blue check mark will go next to the title of the listing, as well as at the top of the price tag inside of the photo (we’ll discuss “confirmed” listings shortly).

Now Launching: “Photo Bidding”

Do you see multiple items within the photo that you’d like to purchase? No problem!

You can bid on as many items as you like!

 Are you having second thoughts about a bid that you’ve placed?  Don’t worry, as the high bidder, you can cancel your bid within 24 hours after the seller has confirmed that they do, in fact, wish to sell the item.  

Now Launching: “Photo Bidding”

Now Launching: “Photo Bidding”


And if the seller cancels the auction, you (and any other bidders) will have your bids returned to your balance. 

Now Launching: “Photo Bidding”


 What do the different tags in the photo mean? 

Now Launching: “Photo Bidding”

A green tag placed on an item in the photo means the item is currently being auctioned.  Feel free to bid on the item by simply clicking on the green tag!

A yellow tag on an item in a photo means that the auction currently has less than 24 hours remaining. So, hurry and bid if you’re interested in purchasing the item!

A red tag on an item in the photo means that the item has been rejected by the seller (or marketplace moderators) and is not something that will be available for bidding.

A blue tag on an item in the photos means that the item has sold and is no longer available for bidding.


Selling with “photo bidding”

Selling things with photo bidding is just as easy and requires little effort on your part - all you need to do is upload photos of things you might want to sell, and you’ll be notified as soon as someone places a bid. 

(Note: for your photos to allow photo bidding, they must be uploaded as a single photo. Photo bidding does not work on group photos.)

By visiting your  “I’m Selling” page, you can view the auctions that have started on your photos in the tab "Photo bidding awaiting your review", and decide whether to cancel the auction or “confirm” it.  

“Confirming” an auction, simply means that you’ve agreed that an item that has bids on it, is something that you may be interested in selling. 

Now Launching: “Photo Bidding”

To “confirm a listing”, click “Actions” dropdown on the item you’re interested in selling:

Now Launching: “Photo Bidding”


You can adjust the photo and give the item a better name.

Now Launching: “Photo Bidding”

Then, add up to 4 additional photos of the item, select a marketplace category, and make any auction setting adjustments (including the Reserve Price – which indicates the least amount you would be willing to accept for it).

Now Launching: “Photo Bidding”


·         Note: To keep it simple, all photo bidding listings are also listed as "FREE Shipping" - as a seller you will want to incorporate your shipping cost into your reserve price.

Now Launching: “Photo Bidding”

When you click “save” you’ll be brought to the confirmation page where you can decide to save your listing for your later, or confirm the listing.

Now Launching: “Photo Bidding”

If you’d like to save your selected settings for later, just click “Save (don’t confirm yet)”.  You can confirm the listing at any time by revisiting your “I’m Selling” page.

If you’re ready to confirm the listing, select “Confirm”.


Once the listing has been confirmed, you’ll receive credit towards your daily listing goal just as if you had created a new marketplace listing.

From there, everything is the same as you’re already accustomed to:

When the auction ends and the item sells, you’ll work with your buyer to successfully ship the item to them and will receive your earnings once the item is marked as “Item Received”.

Don’t want to sell the item? That’s fine too! Simply do nothing after receiving bids (IE: Don’t confirm the listing) and the auction will automatically cancel when the time is up. 

If you’ve confirmed your listing, but don’t sell it because the bidder cancelled OR the reserve was not met, we will relist the item as a marketplace listing for you automatically once the auction ends.


Photo Bidding moderation

Once a Photo Bidding listing has been confirmed by the seller, it will then be moderated by the seller’s Success Coach.

If the listing is rejected in moderation, it will:

  • Negatively affect the seller’s marketplace approval score for the seller (just like all listings currently do)
  • Remove the listing from the marketplace
  • Remove the daily goal listing credit
  • A red tag will be displayed on the item in the photo

Photo bidding should only be used to buy and sell actual products.  Any listings that are in violation of the empowr marketplace listing guidelines will be rejected, and will negatively affect the seller’s ability to have his/her listings auto-approved.


How does photo bidding affect your Daily Goal? 

When you’re the first to bid on an item in a photo, you’ll get Daily Goal and Trust flow credit in the amount 6 shares. (In this manner, citizens are rewarded for finding useful things to bid on and starting an auction).

For a photo bid that you place where you are not the initial bidder, you’ll receive credit for 3 shares.

You’ll also be granted an additional credit of 1 bid towards your Daily Goal within 24 hours after the seller completes their listing. (In this manner, citizens are further rewarded for bidding on things that the seller truly wants to sell).

Once a listing has been completed by the seller, it operates just like a normal listing – meaning you can bid on it like a regular listing and will immediately receive 1 bid credit towards your “closing the loop” and your Daily Goals, just like you do with existing auctions.


Even more benefits

Not only is photo bidding extremely easy for both buyers and sellers, but it also saves both parties time:

Sellers no longer need to fill in all the details of an item before finding out what the community would be willing to pay for it…

Sellers can simply sit back and watch all of those bids come in from their photo without ever being committed to actually selling anything…

… and only Confirm it when they see the item getting momentum.

AND buyers can hit their Daily Goals faster since 1 photo bid is worth much more than a bid on a regular marketplace listing (because photo bidding also provides 6 or 3 share credits, as described above, in addition to 1 bid credit after the listing has been Confirmed by the seller).

As mentioned above, as a seller, you might want to take just a few seconds to adjust the item's name or the target area in the photo, to make everything more clear and attract more bidders and higher prices.


Only bid on things that make sense

In the photo below, notice that bidding on a “Sunrise” is not something that makes sense, since a sunrise is not something that a seller is actually able to deliver to anyone:

Now Launching: “Photo Bidding”

If this should happen, what Stephanie (the owner of the photo) could do is “turn photo bidding OFF” for that item in the photo:

Now Launching: “Photo Bidding”

The consequences of “photo bidding spam”

When a seller indicates that the item is not something that should have been bid on, specifically saying that the item is not something that can be bought or sold…

… everyone that had bid on that item in the photo is temporarily suspended from photo bidding. (A first suspension lasts only 2 hours, and each additional suspension lasts for a longer period of time).

So, as a matter of good community etiquette, please don’t bid on things (like sunrises, people, famous buildings, bridges and other things that the seller obviously cannot sell). 

If you bid on things that obviously cannot be sold, you’re creating unnecessary work for the seller, and the system takes note of that – suspending you for longer and longer periods until you’re completely unable to photo bid.

Of course, feel free to bid as much as you like on items that appear to be things the owner of the photo might own, and may have the ability or desire to sell.


Photo bidding is optional, but we highly recommend that sellers keep their photo bidding settings ON so that they’re giving themselves the opportunity for many more potential sales (without any effort)!


If you wish to turn photo bidding OFF at any time, simply visit your account settings.

Now Launching: “Photo Bidding”


You can also turn off photo bidding for any single photo that you’ve posted, by clicking the dropdown menu and choosing to turn it OFF:

Now Launching: “Photo Bidding”


Let’s start photo bidding!

And that’s everything you need to know about photo bidding!

This feature is now live for Red Star Power Users and above, and should be available to everyone within the next several hours.

Be on the lookout very soon for even more features that should help further accelerate the empowr marketplace and economy.


My prediction

Based on the number of features currently being worked on by the empowr engineers, I predict that next month, April, together we will set a new record for the number of new, really important (game-changing) features launched by empowr!

In fact, JC will be making a very important announcement about those features in just a couple of weeks, starting with a strategic discussion about where the world is headed, aided by technology…

… and how the new upcoming features (all of which have been requested by you, our community)…

…will take us into that new world, while simultaneously attacking head-on almost all of the “pain points” you’ve discussed with us, including:


Eliminating the hassle of packaging and shipping

When you sell something, you need to find a box, and then make the time to go to the post office.

We’re working on a solution so you don’t have to do that anymore.


Eliminating the cost of shipping

When you sell something, you have to go out-of-pocket to pay for shipping.

We’re working on a solution to eliminate that out-of-pocket cost for you.


Earn much more revenue for your products

Imagine being able to earn over and over again, using the same product.

We’re working on a solution for you to earn recurring revenue from the things you list, as opposed to sell each item once and it’s gone forever.


Don’t have products to sell?

We’re getting ready to unleash Services, so you don’t have to just sell products to earn AMCO cash outs.


Eliminate the hassle of listing Services

As soon as you can earn cash outs from Services, you’ll want to eliminate the hassle of listing a service.

See a service that someone else is offering – that you think you can offer too?

With only one single click, now you’re offering it too.


Much larger variety of products available to you (as a buyer)

Imagine having ten, fifty or even one hundred times the variety of products for you to access, as a buyer, in the empowr marketplace.

We’ve got a solution in the works to make that happen.


Much lower cost of products you want

At the same time, imagine the cost of accessing the products you want dropping by as much as 80, 90 or even 95%?

Believe it or not, a solution that will do just that is in the works for you.


Literally hundreds of new ways for you to earn

Now imagine hundreds of new ways for you to earn.

With the launch of our app platform, developers will be able to dream up new ways, and compete with each other to bring you new ways to earn.


Making it easier to learn

Let’s face it, empowr is complicated. We’re working on solutions to make it easier for the newest citizens to learn and get going.


Making it easier to invite your friends

Simply take a photo of a friend, and let the community start bidding on her shirt, his bike, her old cell phone.

What better way for your friend to get introduced to empowr than to see its members wanting to help them earn, even before they’ve joined?


Making it more efficient to teach

A number of tools are in the works to make success coaches more efficient and capable of helping their students.


Less frustration with empowr’s decisions

Along with our president continuing to be elected by you, with think enabling you to elect your local leaders is the way to go.

Your local leaders need to be able to modify the platform in all the ways that matter to you.


And of course all the above is happening simultaneously to all the other issues, bugs and improvements you are reporting on a daily basis.

As I mentioned, JC will be telling you all about those features in just a few weeks from now!

In the meantime, thanks for being so committed to the mission, for your continued belief in your fellow community members (success coaches, employees and citizens) and for working so hard to build the empowr economy!


And as always, like with any new product feature launch, please expect that there will be bugs and issues. If you come across any, please report them by clicking the top right corner of any page:

Now Launching: “Photo Bidding”

If you're the first to report it, you'll even earn $20. Please be sure to be as detailed as possible so that we can resolve any issues quickly.

Now Launching: “Photo Bidding”


Any questions? We’re here for you.

Your president,


Ernest Pratt

Wow! This is interesting

33 months ago
Gennadiy Beloglazov

good post

33 months ago
Yura Mashkarynets

A wonderful post. It looks very interesting! Thank you for sharing!

33 months ago
Mila Sorensen

We're glad to hear that you're excited! Looking forward to hearing your thoughts and feedback on Photo Bidding!

33 months ago
Animesh Garai


33 months ago

Interesting !

33 months ago
Aleksey Lipatov

Thanks for the very interesting news on the changes at empowr!

33 months ago
Md Nizam Uddin

Waow. That's amazing feature of empowr. I believed that in a few days empowr will achieve highest position in the world market place.

33 months ago
Delilah Jones

We appreciate all the faith in us and can't wait to hear what you think of Photo Bidding! :)

33 months ago
Olga Rakhimova

Thank you for creating a great post. I like. I read with pleasure and gratitude.

33 months ago
Godfred Darkmens (Oly)

Great concept, keep it up. Empowr!

33 months ago
James Byrd

Great concept, I still have to really read the post completely, from just scanning over it, so far, it's economic, it simplifies the process of selling, and it should bring more people into the fold as far as engagements are concerned. In short, It invigorates the system.

33 months ago
Delilah Jones

Thank you so much for the feedback and we're excited that YOU'RE excited to try it!! It is our hope that this feature will simplify the listing process and make bidding for products much more enjoyable for everyone.

33 months ago
Madonna Marie Perez

Very nice feature! Can't wait to use photo bidding..

33 months ago
Aftab Ahmad

That's great and fantastic feature. Thank you

33 months ago
Amada Marcelino

Dearest President Brian,
With this new feature, all of us will be relieved from the pain on buying of orders and shipment. In short, no more huge problem on delivery of items because almost all of AMCo are being used on our orders , nothing is being saved for our family just to comply on this requirement
I am thanking from the bottom of my heart for this GREAT effort.
Kindly look on my I HAVE BOUGHT page that I can't access it since yesterday up to this time.Here is the screenshot :


I need to mark the Item received being shipped to me.Please , help me on this issue.

Success to all of us!
May God bless us .!

Thanks to the empowr management---- mady

33 months ago
Oxana Rogutko

wawwww good news!

33 months ago
Aman ArorA

Cool feature and I would like to to give it a try .. Waiting for more feature to be introduce soon,

33 months ago
Deborah Rolon

Love the new feature! Can't wait to start using it! Thank you Team :)

33 months ago
Delilah Jones

We appreciate the support! Can't wait to hear what you think of Photo Bidding once you start using it! :)

33 months ago
Sikhumbuzile Ncube

Empowr is the best. Thank you Mr President for the update. More good features are coming I can't wait. Thumbs up to entire team

33 months ago
Delilah Jones

Sikhumbuzile, thank you for the kind words! We're so excited to share with everyone all the new good stuff we're working on. In the mean time we hope you enjoy Photo Bidding!

33 months ago
Deokie Birbal

Sounds very fascinating! WOW

33 months ago
Yaroslav Novak

Very interesting post! Thank you for sharing. :)

33 months ago

A lot of useful and interesting is waiting for us ahead, judging by the announcements, everything new is always frightening at first, but innovations bring a greater result than the use of old schemes. Thanks for the features, Empowr!

33 months ago
Delilah Jones

Hi Aemie, you're absolutely correct, new things can sometimes be overwhelming and scary at first. Reach out to your Success Coach if you have any trouble! They're always there to help you succeed. We can't wait to hear your feedback on our latest feature, Photo Bidding!

33 months ago
Lodi Petmalu

interesting! A new way to sell things without hassles!
Im excited how it works!
I hope the "pain points" you've mentioned above will fix sooon....:)
Thank you for continuing improving empowr and our lives!


33 months ago
Delilah Jones

Sanchai, our goal was to make listing and bidding as hassle free as possible for everyone. We're so excited for you to try Photo Bidding out and let us know what you think! :)

33 months ago
Massimo Amenta

Everything is something really exciting ...

33 months ago

Good day my friend thanks for the post of the day,
I learned a lot of interesting things
I wish you success and prosperity of a good day Alice

33 months ago
Khaleeq Ahmed

A wonderful feature photo bidding, simple easy and better way to selling things, and we can sell many things in single photo, which not only help us to increase our profits, increase the number of sales and Stock options,

Thank you empowr you are my love,

33 months ago
Delilah Jones

We're so happy you're enjoying it thus far, you're excitement is palpable! We hope this helps you succeed even further on empowr and hit your Daily Goals even more consistently! :)

33 months ago
Indra SiGe

I like this idea.. great feature

33 months ago
Lana Ferra

A new amazing feature! Thank you, empowr team! :-)

33 months ago
Amada Marcelino

Sir, hi.
I am asking about on placing the tracking number?Is there no longer such a thing?
Since it is new, how can we ship the item? I am still a little bit excited and confused on this feature.
Thanks for your time and concern--mady

33 months ago
Kashif Imtiaz

Hi Amada, once the photo bidding was confirmed you will see on your i am selling page a new option from now photo bidding you confirmed and it is works same like a listing that you are already doing every day. If you still have any confusing your success coach can help you to understand everything.

33 months ago
Maria Valent

I don't understand. Why bid on a photo? If you manage to get, why is it good for me?

33 months ago
Edwin Edwards

Hi Maria,
The feature is to enable your work to be easy, thus instead of listing an item that might not receive bids, you can instead post a photo of a product that you wish to sell, then when you get to see that it has received some bids, you can visit your selling page and accept it as a product.

33 months ago
Delilah Jones

Hi Maria! Photo Bidding is an idea the team had to take the hassle out of having to post a listing. With this new feature, you are able to post a picture of multiple items (i.e. an old tshirt, a backpack, some books, etc) and post that image and allow other people to pick what is worth selling. That way, if you had intended to list the tshirt originally (before photo bidding) but the backpack also gets a ton of bids, as the seller you've just given yourself an opportunity to earn even MORE. As far as what the buyer gets out of this? Brian actually touched on that in the blog! When you’re the first to bid on an item in a photo, you’ll get Daily Goal and Trust flow credit in the amount 6 shares. (You are rewarded for finding useful things to bid on and starting an auction). For a photo bid that you place where you are not the initial bidder, you’ll receive credit for 3 shares.You’ll also be granted an additional credit of 1 bid towards your Daily Goal within 24 hours after the seller completes their listing. I hope this helps!

33 months ago
Maria Valent

Thank you for your help.

33 months ago
Crispina Palopalo

Omg! This is so much exciting President Brian. Unbelievable features that will boost the economy indeed and help everyone earn more. Things are getting easier and interesting with so much of fun in the marketplace. Quite amazing and so happy for this photo bidding and some other features. Empowr never sleeps with our dear Empowr staffs, SC's and to all that worked hard selflessly. Thank you for this great news dear Pres Brian. Thank you all dear fellow citizens for our daily activities to make our dreams come true :)

33 months ago
Delilah Jones

Crispina, we appreciate all the support and are super happy that YOU'RE happy! We wanted to make sure that hitting your Daily Goal was a fun experience like you so accurately pointed out. We can't wait for you to start Photo Bidding and tell us what you think about it!

33 months ago
Marry Unchang

Crispina.. indeed so exciting and interesting feature!!
I just did it at your picture.
Thanks President B, JC and Empowr team.

33 months ago

You mention one of the future enhancements is you can sell the same item over and over. What if the person bidding really wants the item?

33 months ago
Delilah Jones

Hi Lilian, it's impressive that you've been following along the blogs, and really paying attention to some of the exciting features that empowr is working on! As this blog mentions, empowr is indeed working on a series of features to take ALL of the friction out of buying and selling in the empowr marketplace.  You bring up an excellent point - and this is most certainly a point we will need to address once that feature becomes available. Stay tuned on more updates, as the empowr engineers work as hard as they can to introduce more features in this series.

33 months ago

Wow, this will be very interesting and above all, fun! :))
I am very excited to hear about new things within a few weeks!
Thank you Empowr Team, I am happy to be part of this family! <3


33 months ago
Edwin Edwards

Hello Alexxia,
We are glad that you are happy to be part of the team. More features to come. There is definitely no place like home(empowr).

33 months ago
Delilah Jones

Alexxia, we're so appreciative of your support and we're excited that YOU are excited! Have fun Photo Bidding! :)

33 months ago
Marsha Sortino

This is so exciting. Empowr is always evolving and I feel I am always growing and learning. I love this platform even when I am unsure, I always look to the Empowr vision and know you have our best interest here. Thank you from my whole heart.

33 months ago
Edwin Edwards

Hello Marsha,
You are welcomed. We appreciate your commitment as an empowr citizen.

33 months ago
Imad Nissan

Fascinating new feature,

Are we expecting any fix to the Marketplace soon?

- All my deleted items have showed up again in my " I am Selling" page
- All my listed item are now available worldwide, which I have never chosen that option!
- The system is keep listing my items again and again after selling it, although the item is for one time purchase,
- I am unable to delete or reject all my old items, the system is not accepting the request of deleting.

Thank you for the great new feature, I am so exited today especially in regard to shipping fees news.

33 months ago
Edwin Edwards

Hello Imad,
Thanks a lot for raising this issue, the empowr team is aware of it and they are working to fix them. It's happening to not only you but many citizens as well. I ask you to be patient while they work to fix the issue.

33 months ago
Dezarae Ali

Woooooo! I am totally blown away!!
Sometimes you guys leave me so speechless.
This looks amazing! This feature will make it so much easier to expand the marketplace and contribute to the empowr mission of healing the distribution problem our world faces. I am really excited to hear more about solutions for all the pain points you've mentioned as well. What an honor to be a part of this beautiful revolution! My love to the entire team!!

33 months ago

Very interesting new features, Sounds very promising. but I'll have to reread this post for deepening knowledge. Thanks.

33 months ago
Delilah Jones

We absolutely recommend reading the blog in its entirety. There is some really great information in there to ensure when you start Photo Bidding it is as easy as possible! Definitely read all the way to the end as well because there is some fun stuff coming up in the future that we want everyone to be aware of as well! Thank you for all your support!

33 months ago
Tatyana Okuneva

I like this idea, interesting function. Thank you very much Brian for the good work of the whole team.

33 months ago
Edwin Edwards

Thanks a Bunch JC, Brian and the empowr engineers for the great work you are doing for the community.

33 months ago
Delilah Jones

We're glad you're happy with the new feature Edwin! :)

33 months ago
Romuald. 2018

Thank you ! A very useful blog.

33 months ago
Personlab Yb


It's just fantastic, I just do not have words, emotions overwhelm me

I always knew that this is a unique project

Thanks you

33 months ago
Delilah Jones

Wow Yuriy! We're so happy you're so pleased with this new feature! You're absolutely right as well, we are pretty unique! :) Thank you so much for your continued dedication.

33 months ago
Rom Ned

It is a fine thought to increase empowr economy. Thanks for good work!

33 months ago

Great idea! A big thank you to all the team Empowr and personally to the President! Feedback in the work worked 100% of the success of the economy of the community.

33 months ago
Delilah Jones

Stasia, thank you so much for your support and encouragement! We love receiving feedback from the community as it is the only way we can improve! We hope you enjoy Photo Bidding!

33 months ago
Horgan Okon

Nice to see this happening for real.
Carry on empowr!

33 months ago