While you can sell most things on eBay, quite a few things are banned. If you try to sell any of these things then eBay will remove your auction and all bids will be void. Here is eBay’s full list of prohibited or questionable items: Academic Software Airline and Transit Related Items Alcohol (also see Wine) Animals and Wildlife Products Anti-circumvention Policy Artifacts Authenticity Disclaimers Autographed Items Batteries Beta Software Bootleg Recordings Brand Name Misuse Catalog Sales Catalytic Converters and Test Pipes Celebrity Material Charity or Fundraising Listings Comparison Policy Compilation and Informational Media Contracts and Tickets Counterfeit Currency and Stamps Counterfeit Items Credit Cards Downloadable Media Drugs & Drug Paraphernalia Electronics Equipment Embargoed Goods and Prohibited Countries Encouraging Infringement Policy Event Tickets Faces, Names and Signatures Firearms, Ammunition, Replicas, and Militaria Fireworks Food Freon and Other Refrigerants Gift Cards Government IDs and Licenses Hazardous, Restricted, and Perishable Items Human Parts and Remains Importation of Goods into the United States International Trading - Buyers International Trading - Sellers Lockpicking Devices Lottery Tickets Mailing Lists and Personal Information Manufacturers' Coupons Mature Audiences Medical Devices Misleading Titles Mod Chips, Game Enhancers, and Boot Discs Movie Prints Multi-level Marketing, Pyramid and Matrix Programs OEM Software Offensive Material Pesticides Plants and Seeds Police-Related Items Political Memorabilia Postage Meters Pre-Sale Listings Prescription Drugs and Devices Promotional Items Real Estate Recalled Items Recordable Media Replica and Counterfeit Items Satellite and Cable TV Descramblers Slot Machines Stocks and Other Securities Stolen Property Surveillance Equipment Tobacco Travel Unauthorized Copies Used Clothing Warranties Weapons & Knives Wine (also see Alcohol) Most of this is very obvious – of course you can’t sell illegal things like drugs, pyramid schemes or stolen goods. Almost everything that is on the list is there because there is law against selling it. Some of the reasons, though, are a little strange. The ‘autographed items’ entry, for example, doesn’t mean that you can’t sell anything that’s been autographed – it just means that you can only sell it if it comes with a certificate of authenticity. The ‘artifacts’ entry prohibits you from selling Native American graves; ‘celebrity material’ means you can’t sell unauthorised pictures of celebrities; ‘embargoed goods’ means that you can’t sell anything that comes from Cuba… on and on it goes, and most of it you never need to know. If your chosen kind of item seems to be on the list, though, and you’re concerned that you might not be able to sell it, then check the full list at pages. ebay/help/policies/items-ov. html to see whether the item is banned entirely or there are just a few restrictions. eBay says it will remove any items that it believes violate copyright law, but in reality they don’t have that many people to monitor the site. You will generally only find that your auction gets removed if someone decides to report you – and even then, they might not get around to it. Really, buying and selling on eBay can sometimes feel more complicated than it really is, thanks to all the rules surrounding it – not to mention the jargon. Our next email is a ‘jargon buster’, to help you learn the language of eBay.
Stealing, well not really: If healthy competition is considered stealing, then there goes capitalism out the door. Obviously, there are thousands of Ebay sellers making good money selling good products at good margins, so why aren’t you? Their secret – They Know Where To Get The Products. My secret - find the auction sellers and you’ve found the suppliers. Most sellers are lazy - I know I was. I copied and pasted descriptions of the products straight from my wholesale suppliers website. Took their pictures too, with their website URL splashed at the bottom. I shouldn’t have been surprised, within a couple weeks my competition went from 2 to about 8 auction sellers of the same product. The average selling price dropped from $50 to $30 and my margin dropped 50% to 20%. Most Ebay sellers won’t be so dim as to include a picture with their suppliers website address on it, but many will use their suppliers descriptions. If you take a section of this description and Google it, you may just find your supplier. Remember to try various segments of the description and to use quotes. Now once you have found your product, your next goal is to force that supplier out of the market. Take a good look at their descriptions; record their keywords, could their images be improved. Improve the content: Use Overture https://signup. overture/signup/ss/ols/signup. do, to improve keywords, and be sure to include them in your title. Also remember to include any popular misspellings of your product. Improve the picture: Use the Google image search to find alternate pictures of your products (remember to ask permission to use them). If you can’t find any take one yourself with a quality camera. Consider hiring a professional if it’s worth it. Sometimes a quality picture matters more then other times, for instance with jewelry a quality photo is imperative. Remember not to let anyone steal your supplier from you, don’t use any content or pictures that would guarantee you a similar fate.
Everyone loves a great deal! Many people spend quite a bit of time searching for good deals on the items that they want and need – and when they find those deals, they experience a certain amount of satisfaction. These people typically haunt garage sales, stores that are holding sales, wholesale warehouses, flea markets, and especially online and offline auctions. With the incredible number of auctions that are constantly going on at eBay, it can be difficult to find the items you want, at the price you want to pay. But it isn’t impossible to find great deals! There are steps you can take to ensure that you are getting a great deal on the items you purchase through eBay. In fact, these same steps will also help to protect you against fraud. Participating in online auctions is a great deal of fun, but you must use caution as well. This caution entails doing your research before you place any bids. Start with the auction in question. Make sure that you read every word of the description and the auction details. You can never have too much information – especially if that information is about an individual that you may be doing business with. Pay special attention to what the description and auction details do not say. For instance, is a guarantee mentioned? Is the item new? Is it authentic? Is there proof of authenticity? Look for auctions that provide the right information – and the right amount of information. Avoid those that do not. Who will pay the shipping and handling costs? Often, the buyer pays these costs, and sometimes, the seller tries to charge more than the actual shipping and handling costs are. Beware of high shipping costs, especially for items that will be auctioned off at a very low price. Also note when the item is supposed to ship after the bidding has ended. Depending on what you are trying to purchase the item for, it may not arrive in time. Don’t make the mistake of bidding on an item simply because it is a ‘good deal.’ It is only a good deal for you if the item is something that you really want or need. Many people simply bid for the sake of bidding – or winning – without having any real need or desire for the item in question. Before bidding on items that you do want or need, check prices around the Internet and the prices available from offline sources as well. Just because it is on eBay does not guarantee that it is the cheapest price available! Also, learn more about the seller. Can you trust them? What is their rating? Read their feedback page! Failure to learn more about the seller can be costly. Not everyone is as honest as you are – and the seller may be trying to take advantage of people that simply don’t know enough to find out more about them. Sometimes scammers make their auctions sound like really great deals. Beware of prices that seem extremely low! Plus, using the eBay Security and Resolution Center is a good idea. Whether you are an eBay buyer or a seller, problems may arise at some point. That is why the eBay Security and Resolution Center was created. Even if you have never had a problem on eBay, and you don’t expect to, a visit to this eBay resource can be very enlightening, and it may even help you to protect yourself in all of your online activities. If you do not receive an item that you bought from eBay, this is where it is reported. The same is true if you sold and shipped an item and did not receive payment for it. But there are many other ways to use the security center as well. You can learn how to protect yourself from identity theft, how to protect your eBay account and the eBay guidelines that are designed to make everyone’s buying and selling experience safe and enjoyable. If you are an eBay seller, you will learn how to become a trusted seller, which will ultimately bring you more profits. There is something for everyone at the eBay Security and Resolution Center – even if you have never had a security problem at eBay.
Being successful is almost everyone’s dreams this day and being successful in E-Bay could be a reality once you set your heart into it. Like in any other business, patience and perseverance in the world of E-Bay are factors needed to ensure that you are going to be successful here. Aside from those virtues, a lot of strategic planning is needed to ensure one’s success in E-Bay. The first thing that you could do is to mark your territory. This means that you should be able to determine on what kind of specialization you would like. For example, your area of specialization is books therefore you should focus yourself first in establishing a name in the books category before eventually branching out your items. This would help you in establishing a name through categories thus forming a solid foundation for your business. In terms of products, remember that a wide margin market is important therefore products should not be too expensive. Products that are easy to dispose of as well as in demand are great investments for people that are planning to be successful in the world of E-Bay. Customer service also plays an important part in being a successful seller on E-Bay. This is because customers always know if you are the type of seller that prioritizes the needs of their customers. If the first transaction with a seller made an impact to them then the tendency of customers is to buy and purchase again. Aside from that, customers that are truly satisfied with a transaction made from a specific seller would be able to recommend the products as well as the services to other potential customers without paying anything to the customer. This is a good way to expand your horizons as a seller which could have a great impact to customers. As a seller, you should always seek feedback regarding the transaction that they made with you as well as the state of the product. This is important because customers would feel that they are very important in your line of business. It is important to have more positive feedbacks in E-Bay because most customers would rely on a seller because of their good reputation on the web. Last but not the least, always hold honest transactions so that people would learn to trust you and in return, you would be able to maximize the benefits of E-Bay.
Ebay the biggest online auction offering everyone a piece of the action whether a seller or buyer you would like to be. Skill and techniques are needed in any business venture to be successful so why not learn how Ebay is giving people the opportunity to do just that. A good way to start with trading in this manner is to sell items that you love being around or part of (this could be something to do with a hobby of yours) you will find it is much more rewarding while you make money. Once you have built up confidence in yourself then it is time to gain trust from your customers. Do not be afraid to share a little intimate detail about yourself. People you will find are apprehensive in sending money to a complete stranger so the more they know of you and what you are selling then they warm to you. Expect to find that the people who share the same interest as you in what you are selling on Ebay are more willing to part with their money - all because they feel you will be the master of knowledge on any issues relating to the product. Do your homework - this is very crucial to get your business off to a good start to become successful in your Ebay business. Scour the internet to find out what is the most favoured selling product that is hot property at the time. You can learn a lot from forums to gather information. Locating the right product should not be an issue if your research was forensically done. Remember when choosing items to sell always check to see if it entails large quantities or special delivery. Matters on shipping - bulk buying and much more can be found at the ebay support centre. This is how others learned to become successful ebay sellers Remember to be consistent and keep building up that reputation. Customers without doubt are likely to purchase from you when they know more of you personally and your wares. Ebay is a powerful force giving recognition to all loyal self made entrepreneurs. Bad business from others means bad business for ebay which is not tolerated. Therefore rules and regulations are enforced to help you uphold a regular ongoing business selling your services or product. Promotion is the key factor behind a good volume of sales so be sure to advertise your self 100%. Tools are provided by ebay which unfortunately not many sellers are aware of or choose to ignore. Ignorance means no sales. Build your own website to promote and by doing this your customers can get a bigger picture of your whole entity defined in more detail. If this is the route in life you intend taking like trading over the internet then learn to become a Successful Ebay Seller. There is not the slightest doubt that the best way is this way. Check out the nuts and bolts behind any auction site. Never buy your products up front until you are fully geared up with knowledge. If and when you are ready then get bargain buys wholesale from other successful online sellers on ebay.
Copyright 2006 Donovan Baldwin Many successful eBay sellers have two things in common: 1. The way they got started on their individual paths to success, and 2. The number of additional sales they COULD have made if they had just learned a little more about one other subject...internet marketing. eBAY SELLERS ARE MADE NOT BORN Almost everybody selling things for a living, or at least for a recognizable income, on eBay started the same way...by intentional accident. Usually, they have become intrigued by the phenomenon, looked around their house and found a few things to test the waters with, and after that, they were hooked! That's the birth. After that comes evolution. Once they run out of things to sell, but have been struck by the business opportunity lurking on eBay, they have to find other sources of eBay merchandise. This problem is solved in various ingenious ways. Some link up with a wholesale drop ship operation, some find merchandise elsewhere, such as at auctions and estate sales, while some create their own products. Having gotten a product source, they still had to learn...learn...learn. In general, becoming a success at selling on eBay is comprised of varying amounts of research, study, trial-and-error, failure, success...and luck. WHAT eBAY SELLERS DON'T KNOW Many eBay sellers arrive at this particular internet business niche independently of a previous internet marketing experience. As a result, while successful in their own area of expertise, eBay, they often miss cues and opportunities that an experienced internet marketer would pick up on or take advantage of. They lack knowledge of ways that they could expand the auction success by applying some standard internet marketing techniques. BEYOND EVOLUTION eBay has now been such a successful internet phenomenon for long enough that the evolutionary path of eBay selling has produced experts. In true entrepreneurial spirit, some of these experts are now sharing their hard-won knowledge by publishing courses on the subject. As in many things, there are good courses, there are not-so-good courses, and there are plain awful ones. Their prices range anywhere from a few dollars to a great many dollars, and the process is still new and fluid enough that few, if any, can truly claim to be major players. ONE BENEFIT MOST eBAY SELLING COURSES OFFER Many people do not take the plunge simply because of an uncertainty and fear of failure due to ignorance. If they have visited the eBay site, they have often be over-whelmed by all the links, warnings, and terms specific to eBay. It seems as if they have wandered into a meeting of a secret organization and lack the password and handshake, and they feel that anything they do will be greeted with derision, if not complete animosity. One thing that almost any course about selling on eBay can do is familiarize you to some extent with the experience. That will erase some of the fear and uncertainty. A GOOD course on selling on eBay can cut your evolutionary time considerably because the author will have already been there and can guide you past some of the pitfalls and help you mutate more quickly than you could grow through simple evolution. The lag time between first eBay auction and the point where you consider yourself to at least be skilled at the process, if not yet wealthy from it, can be cut considerably. Although not immediately necessary to learning the eBay process, learning something about internet marketing as well can help you expand your opportunity beyond just the auctions. Fortunately, there are eBay selling courses that cover at least some of the internet marketing aspects as well. HOW TO GET STARTED The easiest way to get started selling on eBay, with or without a course, is to do what so many others have done. Look around the house and find a couple of things you think SOMEONE will possibly want to buy. Remember, the purpose here is to learn the process, not to get rich. In fact, even if the item doesn't sell, you will have benefited from the experience. Be aware, however, that you will have fees to pay even if your item does not sell. This is not a terrible thing because, unless you have bought every possible option, these costs should be minimal. Chalk it up to tuition. Anyway, if this test develops into a real internet business those expenses become tax deductions. RECOMMENDATION? Give eBay a shot with a couple of sales of things you already have just to see what's going on and how you feel about it. If you believe that this might be a business you want to get involved in, get yourself a course and learn a little bit more about the business before you leap in with both feet...or with your wallet in your hand. It's better to spend a few bucks up front and realize the experience is not for you, than it is to spend a lot of bucks and experience a great deal of frustration only to learn that you should have let this opportunity pass you by.
Now one of the most fun and most profitable auctions you can find is misspelled items. You might be able to get a tidy profit of $50 or $70 dollars easily by searching for items that auction seller make mistake in placing their ad. One man lost is another man gain and that’s the name of the game. I have done a research on ebay for a while, and you can find it happen almost everyday. I have seen a branded camcorder being sold X amount , less 30% the average selling price of similar items. Imagine you re-list it immediately and sold it for a 30% profit margin without paying for shipping!! Let’s try it now and type camcoder or camcodar or anything you can think of and search through Ebay. I am sure you can get some results. You can also try Ebay UK or other auction house you might get something out of it. So how can we profit from that? First of all misspell item get less page views, less views means less bid, less bids means low selling price. If there is a bid on one misspell item, do not jump in and throw a bid, that is true even if the item is spelled correctly. Just watch the item patiently for few days and post a bid when it comes to an end. However if the starting bid is $1 and nobody has bid, you can put in the next bidding price to” lock “the auction. You are not allowed to edit or cancel your auction once there is a bid. Next click on the Watch this item on ebay which is on the top right corner, check back occasionally to see how many people have bid the item and some auctions have a page counter to see how many buyer have check the item so you have rough gauge on how many bidders to expect. Do a research on the item you have watched, scan through the listings in ebay. One nice option you can find is the Add Note features it can be found in My Ebay and those items that you have just added is listed according to Time Ending or depend on how you categorize it. Remember that you get more accurate results if you key in the item in the searched box and check the Completed Listings Only, reasons being that on going auctions prices might increase as time goes by so data you have collected is not up to date. Look hard at the completed listings, make a note on how much buyers is willing to spend on this item. For example a branded sunglass was sold for between $140 to $160 so on averages the closing price is $150. Make a note to the misspelled item like” Sold for $150 “or “Highest bidder was $160 “, this is so important as it let you check back before the item ends and see if the auction has reached the price limit you have set on it or there are still rooms for profits. Honestly speaking, there will be some people beside you who have the same thinking as you, looking for bargains in Ebay. So preferably wait till the auction is coming to an end and bid at the last hour, remember activity breeds activities you do not want this to happen as the trick is to get less bid if possible. There are tools on the net which can help to do the jobs for you. Email me if you are interested, I will share with you what I have found or you can get access to monaky for wide range of auctions tools and information. Free download of auctions resource in the form of e-books for easy reading. Contact admin@monaky monaky
If you know what you’re doing, you can quickly find what you’re looking for on eBay – and the more you know about how buyers find you, the easier you’ll find it to be found. Here are a few golden searching rules. Be specific: If you’re searching for the first edition of the original Harry Potter book, you’ll get further searching for ‘harry potter rowling philosopher’s stone first edition’ than you will searching for ‘harry potter’. You’ll get fewer results, but the ones you do get will be far more relevant. Spell wrongly: It’s a sad fact that many of the sellers on eBay just can’t spell. Whatever you’re looking for, try thinking of a few common misspellings – you might find a few items here that have slipped through the cracks. Get a thesaurus: You should try to search for all the different words that someone might use to describe an item, for example searching for both ‘TV’ and ‘television’, or for ‘phone’, ‘mobile’ and ‘cellphone’. Where you can, though, leave off the type of item altogether and search by things like brand and model. Use the categories: Whenever you search, you’ll notice a list of categories at the side of your search results. If you just searched for the name of a CD, you should click the ‘CDs’ category to look at results in that category only. Why bother looking through a load of results that you don’t care about? Don’t be afraid to browse: Once you’ve found the category that items you like seem to be in, why not click ‘Browse’ and take a look through the whole category? You might be surprised by what you find. Few people realise just how powerful eBay’s search engine is – a few symbols here and there and it’ll work wonders for you. Wildcard searches: You can put an asterisk (*) into a search phrase when you want to say ‘anything can go here’. For example, if you wanted to search for a 1950s car, you could search for ‘car 195*’. 195* will show results from any year in the 1950s. In this order: If you put words in quotes ("") then the only results shown will be ones that have all of the words between the quote marks. For example, searching for “Lord of the Rings” won’t give you any results that say, for example “Lord Robert Rings”. Exclude words: Put a minus, and then put any words in brackets that you don’t want to appear in your search results. For example: “Pulp Fiction” –(poster, photo) will find items related to Pulp Fiction but not posters or photos. Either/or: If you want to search for lots of words at once, just put them in brackets: the TV example from earlier could become ‘(TV, television)’, which would find items with either word. Don’t get too tied up learning the ways of the search engine, though: a surprising number of eBay users don’t search at all, preferring to look through eBay’s category system and save their favourites in their browser. The next email will show you how to make sure these people can find you too.
When my column on paying income tax on eBay profits ran it brought a wave of emails on whether you were required to report income earned from eBay sales to the IRS sparked a number of additional questions and comments from eBay sellers who were hoping that I could somehow validate that their eBay activities were mere hobbies instead of actual businesses and therefore not susceptible to IRS taxation. Several folks argued that just because their little eBay hobby generated a little cash, that didn’t make it a full blown business. It seems they consider the income from their little hobby to be financial manna from Heaven and thereby not taxable by earthly tax collectors. I’ve always been amused by folks who try to impress me with talk about their “little side business” but when the subject turns to taxes they suddenly refer to it as “my little hobby.” All arguments aside, the conclusion that I came to after reading each of the emails was always the same: while you may think selling on eBay is just a fun pastime and the money you're making is not reportable as income, depending on the circumstances, the IRS would probably disagree with you. It seems that everyone likes making money, but hates carving off a piece for good old Uncle Sam. Welcome to free enterprise, folks. If you’re going to come to the dance you have to pay the fiddler. The IRS rules are clear: you must pay taxes on all personal and business income and that includes money you make selling on Ebay. In its most basic sense, the IRS rules can be interpreted to mean that if you buy an old vase at a garage sale for $10 and sell it on eBay (or elsewhere) for $20 you made a $10 profit and therefore must report it as income and pay Uncle Sam his fair share. In reality, if you are a casual seller who only sells a few items on eBay every now and then it's doubtful the IRS is going to let loose an army of agents to collect taxes on the few bucks you make. However, if you consistently sell on eBay the IRS may deem your activities to be business oriented and you will be required to file a Schedule C and claim the income. As mentioned last week, the IRS uses a number of factors to determine if an eBay hobby that generates sales revenue is actually a business. These factors include: · Do you carry on the hobby in a business-like manner? · Do you spend considerable time working on the hobby? · Do you depend on income from your hobby for your livelihood? If the answer to any or all of these question is yes, you’re running a business, not carrying on a hobby, and you are responsible for paying taxes on your income. What's eBay's take on all this? Naturally eBay is vehemently opposed to anything that might rock the eBay boat. eBay does not issue 1099 tax forms to sellers, nor does it report seller's sales figures to the IRS. Ebay considers itself merely to be a facilitator, meaning that they provide a marketplace in which buyers and sellers come together to do business. Furthermore, under its current system it would be impossible for eBay to issue accurate 1099s to sellers. eBay does not track if a seller actually gets paid by the buyer, so eBay has no idea how much money - if any - actually changes hands at the end of each transaction. On the bright side, if you do sell on eBay as a business you can deduct a number of business expenses, including the cost of inventory, listing fees, shipping, envelopes, packing materials, etc. You might also be able to deduct things like the purchase of a computer for business use, office space (even if it's a home office), office supplies, and more. Talk to your accountant if there's any doubt as to whether you should or should not be paying taxes on your eBay earnings.
I am often asked by subscribers to UK Auctionline web site to have a look at their eBay listings. This is usually because they are not doing as well selling their items as they had hoped. When I go and look at the listing I will often find that they have made one or more of the common mistakes that deter bidders. 1. Too many negatives. Some people, especially newcomers to eBay have a very real fear of being cheated or ripped off. Because of this they apply negatives in their listing. This can be in the form of a long list of types of payments they wont accept or conditions that they apply. Something else I have seen is the warning that thee seller will not be responsible for any item lost in the post. Even worse are threats such as negative feedback if payment is not made within a certain time after the auction ended. These sorts of restrictions and threats are a great big turnover to any potential bidder. 2. High shipping charges. Most reasonable people are happy to pay something over the cost of postage to cover packing materials. But as I saw the other day someone who charging $10 to ship a $4.99CD, that is pushing it a bit. If you doubt how the average bikdder views hyped up shipping costs just go and read the commentgs on any eBay forum and see what buyers feel about it. 3. Not using a Gallery Photograph. I assume that no one who is serious about selling on eBay would consider putting up any listing without a picture. I cannot think of any item that would not benefit from a photograph. But there are still a great number of sellers who do not use the gallery feature to have a photograph next to their listing in the search results. Ebay’s own figures show that the use of a gallery photograph can increase the final bid figure by as much as 12%. 4. Setting you opening bid price too high. If you want to attract the most bids and therefore a higher final price for your item you should not set too high an opening bid price. A low opening price attracts casual browsers who place a bid just on the off chance of getting a bargain. Once a few bids have been entered other people start noticing and come to your listing to see what it is all about. Then before you know it, the price is shooting up. However, if you start with too high a price you could end up as one of the many listings that attract no bids at all. 5. Not communicating. I know some eBay sellers who really resent having to answer e-mails. In fact I know some who just do not answer any questions from sellers. How stupid is this? A question from a seller is a great opportunity for you to build up rapport with a potential buyer. A quick and pleasant response will almost certainly encourage bids whilst a curt or a non-reply will not. The bottom line is that eBay is a numbers game, the more people you can get to bid on your items the higher the price they will achieve. Therefore it is important to do everything you can to encourage bidding not trying to deter it.
The Case For. Whatever you want to buy, whether it’s large or small, cheap or expensive, everyday or just plain weird, the chances are you can find it on eBay. It’s the largest auction site in the world, and when it comes to the variety of what’s on sale, size is vital. When was the last time you heard of someone getting a great deal on a weird and wonderful item at uBid or Yahoo Auctions? People who’ve got used to eBay don’t often stop to think how amazing it is – an online marketplace where you can buy things from all over the world, without leaving your home. You can get things that you would never think anyone would bother to sell, and you can get them cheaply. The powerful search engine means that you can find things you’ll like without even knowing exactly what you’re looking for. Not only that, but you can send money quickly and electronically to almost all of these sellers, without worrying about currency conversion or exchange rates or anything else. If you’re looking for rarities or bargains, eBay is an ideal place to buy. The Case Against. However much you might dream of a truly international marketplace, international postage costs will always bring you back down to reality with a thud. Do you have any idea how much it costs to send even the smallest thing to the other side of the world? Then there’s the fact that eBay is packed with fraudsters and scammers, preying on the innocent users who’ve heard that eBay is a great place to buy stuff but don’t know the risks. People can lose thousands of dollars, and eBay do nothing. Is that fair? It is hard to even leave negative feedback for the very worst sellers, for fear that they will retaliate and leave a black mark against your own account. eBay is unfair to buyers when other buyers don’t play fair, and unfair to sellers who end up selling things for a very low price, only to have eBay’s fees take away the last part of their profit margin. The Verdict. Those are the arguments for and against. So is eBay good, or bad? I’ll leave it up to you to decide. For me, though, the answer is this: as long as you’re aware of the downsides, and you know how to protect yourself from scammers and fraudsters and how to get ahead of the competition, eBay is one of the best places in the world to shop. Having followed us this far, of course, you now know all these things, which means that for you, eBay is a great place! Now that you know so much about eBay, in fact, why not use it to do your holiday shopping? Millions of smart shoppers from around the world already flock to eBay every holiday season to save on their presents and other holiday stuff – the next email will show you how to become one of those people.
I don't think it matters where you are these days, if you mention the name ' eBay ', there is someone there who has either bought an item on it, or who has sold something on it, eBay has become a household name around the world. I started buying and selling on ebay around 7 years ago. There are thousands of people living in the U. S. that make full time living's selling item's on eBay, and thousands more that buy items on it daily. eBay was started by one man named ' Pierre Omidyar '. When Pierre was 28 years old he started writing the programming code that was to become the internet site eBay. The site was launched online on Sep 4, 1995, ' Labor Day ' here in the U. S. At first it wasn't called eBay, but was named ' Auction Web '. Later it was changed to ' ebay ' , which was a short version of a consulting firm Pierre owned named ' Echo Bay '. eBay was free at the start, then it started charging fees to help cover it's internet costs for hosting and other charges. At the time, Pierre was dating a woman that collected PEZ toys, she used the new eBay site in its earliest incarnation to buy and sell rare dispensers. In 1996 Jeffrey Skoll, a Stanford MBA, joined the company and by 1998 eBay had gone public in the stock market, making Omidyar a billionaire. In 2005, Omidyar's 214 million eBay shares were worth around $8 billion. In March 1998, Meg Whitman was brought in as President and CEO of eBay where she serves still today Let's start by going to the eBay site and joining. Just visit: ebay and you will be taken to the main page of the website. Once there look towards the top area of the screen and you will see text that says: ' Hello! Sign in or register. ', using the mouse button, click on ' register '. After clicking on ' register ' you will be taken to a screen with a form on it, enter the information about yourself, such as your name, address, telephone number and email address. Next you will be taken to another screen where you must choose a password and ebay user name, the eBay user-name is the ID or Name you will be known by to other ebay bidders and shoppers. The password should be something that is not common, for instance do not use your first or last name, or some common word such as ' pencil ', or ' computer ', take your time and choose something difficult and a little long, make sure you write this password down and keep it near your computer in case you forget it. I recommend writing your ebay password on a yellow post-it note and hanging it someplace near your computer. When your done with the username and password screen, you just have to check your email for the confirmation link that eBay sends you, just click on the link as shown in the email to activate your eBay account, now you have joined eBay, and you can start bidding and buying right away, but before you do let me tell you about the different features of eBay and how some things work. eBay is not just an auction site, I mean you do not have to bid and wait for an auction to end, in order to purchase every item on eBay. In fact many items can be purchased for a set fee, and bought instantly, these are called ' Buy Now ' listings. For an example of how listings differ from each other, let's look at some ebay items. Let's say you and I are looking for a ' singing fish ', the fish that look like their mounted and displayed on a piece of wood, when someone gets near it, it will start singing and move it's mouth and tail, they are often called ' big mouth billy bass '. To see if eBay has any of the ' singing fish ', we just go to the main ebay page ( ebay) and in the 'SEARCH' area, type in: singing fish, and the screen shows there are currently 60 different items or listings found. I scroll down and select one of the listings, it currently shows the current bid price is $7.00 and it has had 4 bids, with 1 day and 13 hours remaining before the listing or auction ends. If I really wanted this item, and was willing to pay up to $15.00 for it, I would just click on ' Place Bid ', and enter my ebay username and password, if requested to
Shop at a flea market in Oaxaca, Mexico. Trade with a vendor in London, England. Or sport your wares to collectors in Geneva, Switzerland. You can virtually do just that when you shop or sell goods at an online auction site. You know those global auction Web sites, the ones that allow you to bid on thousands of items against millions of other competitors. Sure, they allow you to expand your world and uncover cool knickknacks from around the world. But these very same sites also open the door to you getting ripped off by someone four thousand miles away. More than 8 billion dollars were spent on auction sites in the last three months of last year, but how many dollars were lost along the way? Aside from these global auction sites, there are the LOCAL classified sites that are transforming the Web into the spot for neighborhood shopping. These local classified sites offer convenience, selection, and low prices that would expect to find online, along with the safety and privacy of local shopping. Best of all, you can feel good about buying from—and also selling to—your neighbors. Wheel and deal on collectibles, vintage clothing, sporting goods, even real estate—all with people you know and trust in the comfort and privacy of your living room or study. The benefits of these local classified sites don’t stop with these intangibles. They have concrete advantages, such as: Spontaneous delivery. Package deliver in your neighborhood may not be instantaneous, but you definitely won’t have to wait two to six weeks if you buy something locally. What shipping? You can agree to drop off or pick up the sale item at one of your homes, or meet at a convenient middle-of-the-road spot. You also won’t need to worry about finding those shipping peanuts under your couch, your sheets, and in your fridge two months later. No frazzle. Tracking codes are supposed to help you locate your packages in transit, but sometimes they can be more of a headache—especially when they don’t help find your lost package. A friendly face. Local classified sites let you meet the person whom you’re doing business with. Of course, you control if, when, and where this happens. The test drive. Whether you’re dealing with a car, a mattress, or a tennis racket, you can actually touch and try out your item before you put down cold hard cash. For sellers with product as promised, that makes closing the deal that much easier. Simple switcheroos. Local shopping opens up the possibility of refunds and exchanges if you and the person you’re doing business agree. More ample assortment than auctions. Imagine buying a refrigerator or a couch at an auction site. Then imagine receiving that package at your door! Not very realistic, right? These sorts of purchases and sales, though, become a definite possibility with local online classifieds. No tax tests. You open a can of worms buying and selling across national and international borders when it comes to taxes. Who owes what? And whom? Local commerce simplifies the whole issue, if taxes are applicable at all. A step ahead of scams. Knowing whom you do business with, face-to-face transactions, simpler lines of communication—these qualities of local classified sites all reduce your risk of getting with shysters and scam artists. A stronger community. Shopping around your hometown not only gives you a warm, cuddly sense of community. It also provides the practical economic support that keeps communities and businesses vibrant and healthy. So there you have it. There are no losers when it comes to online classified sites that allow you to do your shopping locally. Buyers and sellers enjoy an old-fashioned sense of community, while enjoying the high-tech benefits of convenience, safety, and comfort that come with Web shopping. Let those auction risk takers have their Oaxaca, London, and Geneva. You’ve got your Houston, Texas
The success of the online market has been surging for years now; the demands for such marketplace is still increasing and many are now loving to utilize the online places for buying, selling and reselling goods and commodities. One example of these successful online markets is eBay. If you are accustomed to browsing the Net, you must have come across eBay. It is an online site where you will find people buying and selling goods as well as services worldwide; eBay is known for managing online auctions and shopping websites to facilitate this. Everyday, millions of items and services are being listed, bought and sold daily in eBay; these includes collectibles, appliances, computers, furniture, equipments, vehicles, etc. Aside few years back, wholesaling has found its way to eBay. It is believed that there are over 100 million registered users in eBay worldwide; hence, you can all conclude that millions of consumers are searching for merchandise on eBay. With these figures, you can assume that there is substantial market for any wholesaler, manufacturer, importer or distributor. Thus, wholesale for eBay sellers has been quite popular among eBay users. One reason why wholesale for eBay sellers is good is that it has a very good turn over; some auctions last only for few days which mean seller will need more merchandise. Now, if you’re interested in offering wholesale for eBay sellers, here are some tips that you might want to consider: • Investigate. Yes! You need to know which products are in demand on eBay; this way, you will know which items those eBay sellers are interested in buying wholesale and what you will wholesale for eBay sellers. • Research Closing Prices. Next thing you should do for great wholesale to eBay sellers is to conduct a research regarding the closing prices of auctions on eBay. This is to know how much any merchandise is usually sold on eBay and in turn you’ll know how much you should wholesale for eBay sellers your commodities. • List Your Wholesale in Directories. Basically, you cannot contact an eBay seller directly; hence, for you to have a good outcome in wholesale for eBay sellers, you should get your wholesale business listed in directories and eBooks that most eBay users use. Now, if you want to have a successful wholesale for eBay sellers business, you need to understand what the motivations of your target customers are so you can maximize your sales. You can base your analysis through your customer’s needs. On the other hand, if you’re looking for good deals on wholesale for eBay sellers you should be at all times careful in your analysis of the wholesale products and the seller offering the commodities. Here are tips that an eBay seller should take when looking for wholesale for eBay sellers products. • You should determine the direction of the eBay business. Be sharp and analytic; when a seller started selling used clothing won’t mean that the seller wants to build eBay business selling used clothing • Next thing to do is to decide whether the eBay business or the wholesale for eBay sellers products will be based on volume or price. EBay sellers looking for wholesale for eBay seller products should know whether they’ll be conducting lots of auctions for low-priced merchandise or instead sell fewer, but higher-priced items. • You should investigate the eBay marketplace for best wholesale for eBay sellers products. You need to see whether the wholesale product you plan to sell is viable; used the number of similar “wholesale for eBay sellers” products being sold and listed on eBay. • Test out your market. You may try your market by placing a small order and see the result. There are lots of ways for you to find the best deals on wholesale for eBay sellers; every eBay sellers has their individual way of getting their products sold and also selling it. But the first and best thing to do if you want to be successful in wholesale for eBay sellers deals is market research and lots of it. You can do your research in your own and manual ways; but using market research tools for wholesale for eBay sellers that are available on the Internet is proven to be more effective. In this process, you’ll need moderate amount of investments but the information that is compiled and presented is indispensable to profitable wholesale for eBay sellers business. Having a clear understanding of how wholesaling works in an open market like eBay along with reliable research will give you the chance to multiply your chances of having a successful wholesale for eBay sellers business.
Buying in any auction either on or offline can be an exciting experience. You see an item that you are interested in and you make a bid. But then someone else bids and you are no longer the high bid. Well, your bid was a bit low anyway so you might as well raise it a little and get control because there are only a few minutes to the end of the auction. And so up and up go the bids until the end of the auction arrives. One of two things will have happened, you will either have won the item and paid way over the odds or you will breath a sigh of relief as someone else has the winning bid. As sellers we love two or three people to be interested in our item and bid against each other. That is how items reach two or three times the amount we expected but as a buyer it can leave us a bit flat and not a little poorer. There is absolutely no reason why this should happen to you. Bidding in the last few minutes of an auction can become frenzied and it is not the place for value for money seekers like us to be. And the good news is that we do not have to be. These days I make all my bids by Proxy. It is very simple and straightforward and you will often pick up a bargain. What you do is decide what is the maximum price you are prepared to pay for any item. And this is a decision you make ideally a few hours before the end of the auction although you can bid as soon as the item is listed if you wish. Personally I do not like to attract too much attention to an auction by bidding early if I can avoid it. But sometimes it can be necessary if I am going to be away from a computer for a while. Once you have decided on the amount you are prepared to pay enter that as your bid. Now do not worry all that will happen is that your bid will be recorded at the level of the next bid increment. For example if the current bid was 99c and you were prepared to pay Ј3 the actual bid would be for just $1.04 a 5c increase on the previous bid. If someone else then bid yours would increase until someone bids more than your maximum bid. In my experience I find that by using proxy bids I get about 50% of the items I bid on and often for much less than my maximum amount. One useful tip that I can give you is to never make your maximum bid a round number. For instance if you think $10 is about right bid $10.11 or even $10.51 because a lot of people will quit bidding when the item reaches a significant amount such as $10, $50 or $100 and those few extra can swing the auction in your favour. Once you have placed your proxy bid you can just forget about it until the auction is over and then just check your e-mail for the congratulations or “the you have been outbid” message. Either way you can be sure that you have not paid over the odds for an eBay purchase.