How to detect an ebay scam

If this is the case, then it's time for the buyer's warning signal to go red alert because if things on E-bay seemed to good to be true, it probably is and may not even be worth the buyer's time and money. There are lots of frauds and scams going on in the Internet today and E-bay is not excused. So, it's important for buyers to detect early signs of fraudulent activities before it gets them. Here are some important points to take note : 1. Buyers should always check the seller? s feedback rating. If a seller has many negative feedbacks or no feedback, do your due diligence and stay away from this auction. There is a chance it is a scam or fraud. 2. Another big issue ebay users need to take note of is phishing emails. Do not enter your ebay account details for any emails that tell you to do so. Some of these emails claims to be from ebay when they are not. It's already anomalous in the first place because E-bay does not send emails. Plus, E-bay would definitely not certify a seller even if he or she has a remarkable selling history. 3. Buyer should be aware of sellers that insist on wire transfers like Western Union as mode of payment. In fact, E-bay does not recommend their buyers to use wire transfer services. If the seller insists on it, then, no doubt it's a scam. If you are planning to buy expensive items on ebay, use escrow services. 4. Buyer should also be aware of "too-good-to-be-true" prices. Chances are items that are priced way below their real prices are signs of imminent fraudulent activities. One good example is DVDs and I have noticed recently many bootleg or illegal copies of DVDs being sold on ebay. 5. Online shoppers should be weary of institutions claiming they are escrow but ask payments be made to a person instead of a corporation. This is a clear case of scam. 6. Buyers should also be aware of sellers that let them pay the bid amount to wire transfers directly from the buyer's checking account. Worst, the seller contends that the given bank account is Escrow's. The above tips are important to keep in mind when you are using ebay. After all, it's better to play safe than dumb.

Essentials for collecting antique clocks

What you need to know before buying antique clocks online, in order to prevent making the most common mistakes that many do. Collecting Antiques is a passion many know too well, many of these antique these collections are surprisingly valuable and extremely interesting and valuable. The majority of clocks that were made from the 15th to the middle of the 17th century are now mostly in museums and a small percentage in different individuals’ private collection. Most people will never set eyes on these timekeepers nor will be able to recognize them. Those antique clocks that were made during the 1800’s through the early 1900’s are more in number since the periods mentioned were the time when clocks and watches were produced in mass quantities. Antique clocks from the mid 1600s still exist. Some of these are worth well over $70,000. Some extremely rare models are worth over $100,000. A wise consumer, before spending this type of money, would have any prospective clock appraised before purchase. Everyone thinking of investing in antique items will be surprised at all the things that they first need to know, before you go out and buy antique items. This is because, as with any other purchase, there are a number of things that you need to research so that you can avoid making a mistake in your purchases. Today this has become very true for antiques because of the proliferation of antique reproductions, which can make finding authentic antique items very confusing. One example that you should know with regard to antique items is the language that antique sellers and antique enthusiast use to describe items. This is because knowing the language they speak can greatly help you with your decisions. An antique clock is unusual in the world of antiques in that it is a working piece of art, or should be in order to get the most enjoyment and value. I would definitely think twice about attempting to buy a clock that is not working and expect that it will be easy to get it up and running. It may be neither easy nor maybe even impossible. Often it takes a skilled clock maker to repair a clock and it is usually not cheap. That being said, perhaps you may get a better deal on a non-working clock if you know someone to repair it or can do it yourself. The antique clock is primarily a timepiece after all. I have had the pleasure to have owned some and been in homes that had them and I can personally attest to the soothing feeling mentioned previously that comes from the hour on the hour ( or even half hour) chime or bell in the middle of the night. To me it is somewhat like a fog horn, lonesome and soothing at the same time. These timeless treasures are available at flea markets, estate sales, local auctions, and through newspaper ads. Antique clocks can also sometimes be found at online auction sites. To be certain of a clock’s authenticity, you should only buy from a trusted and reputable seller. Read any listing carefully to ensure that the product you are buying is truly an antique. In addition to online auctions, established auction houses hold auctions for antique grandfather clocks, although these may happen only twice a year. What you need to know before buying antique clocks online, in order to prevent making the most common mistakes that many do. One place to find cheap antique clocks online is: http:// antiqueclockradio. com/

Silent auctions all done all done sold

Silent auctions are a way of disposing of auction items without employing the services of an auctioneer – one of the main reasons silent auctions are popular as charity and organizational fundraisers. Here’s how it works. The items to be auctioned are put on display. For example, a chamber of commerce may have solicited goods and services from people in the community for sale at an annual chamber banquet or other event. If you’re interested, you simply browse through the offerings. Find something you like? Bidding is easy. You just pick up a pen and write down your name along with what you’d pay for that item The point is that you’re not bidding “in the dark” like sealed bid auctions. In that case, you submit your bid in writing in a sealed envelope. The envelope is opened and the highest (or lowest, as the case may be) bidder is notified. But in silent auctions, you have the opportunity to see what someone else bid on a particular item. Often, you can even see who submitted that bid, though some silent auctions assign numbers for your bidding to ensure anonymity. If you enjoy auctions, there are some real pros and some cons to silent auctions. One of the biggest pros is that there’s no need to stand around and wait for the item you’re interested in to come around – a process that sometimes takes hours. Instead of waiting until the auctioneer comes to that item, you can just walk around and bid on whatever catches your eye. If you think that the excitement of bidding against another bidder is absent from silent auctions, think again. The bidding can sometimes become fierce with several people “guarding” the item they are bidding on to watch for opposing bidders. When that happens, the people who are most interested in the item may get into a “silent” bidding war, just as in a traditional auction. One will barely wait for another to move before placing a new bid. One negative of the silent auctions is that you have to watch an item you’re interested in. Typically, there will be a notice that the auction is about to draw to a close so that you have one last chance to check the status of your bids, and to make one last bid. Another negative is that it’s more difficult to make small increment bids that really count. The best way to scare off other bidders and potential bidders is to simply make a large jump in your bid amount. Silent auctions can be a good way to raise money, and can be incredibly fun for the bidder.

Taxing ebay part deux

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.

Using the ebay anything points program

eBay Anything points are a loyalty scheme, just like you might get in a shop. The buyer earns points on their purchases, which they can then redeem for money off when they pay for items through PayPal. Buyers can also earn eBay Anything points when they use the eBay credit card, or exchange their frequent flyer miles for eBay Anything points. People think it’s really great to take frequent flyer miles they’re never going to use and get stuff on eBay for them. How to Offer Points to Your Buyers. Go to http://anythingpoints. ebay. com/offer. html and click ‘Log In to Offer Manager’. Enter an item’s number to offer Anything points on that item.

How Does it Work? You choose how many points per dollar you want to offer to your buyers when they pay you with PayPal. Each point costs you 1c, and is worth 1c to the buyer – eBay don’t take anything out along the way. For example, if you sell an item worth $500, and you offer 2 points per dollar, then the seller will receive 1000 eBay Anything points – the equivalent of $10. You only pay for the points when the buyer actually receives them, and you can offer points on as many or as few listings as you like. Each listing you add will get a big banner below the description, saying “X Anything Points per dollar of the final price for buyers who pay with PayPal”. Buyers can click it for more information on the scheme. Why Would You Want To? Really, most sellers who offer points are doing it to get around a condition of their contract with their supplier. Many sellers only get access to goods at wholesale prices provided they don’t list them for sale below the manufacturer’s MAP, or minimum advertised price. The points allow them to offer the items at the MAP and then give their buyer money back in the form of points. It’s a bit like a virtual rebate. The eBay Anything points scheme is good for you and for eBay, as it encourages buyers to use PayPal instead of more cumbersome payment methods. eBay are keen to promote PayPal, and obviously thought this would be a good way of doing it – not to mention that it keeps buyers coming back, to spend their points. You will also get to be listed on the ‘Earn Points from eBay Sellers’ page, which is here: http://anythingpoints. ebay. com/earn. html. Here’s another advantage for you: if you buy things from sellers who offer Anything points, you can then use those points to pay your own seller fees. Another seller gets to pay your fees for you! All you need to do is go to My eBay, then Account Management, click the Pay button, and then choose the option to use your Anything points to pay. If you’re going to offer points, then you want your auction to end for as much as you can possibly get – let the buyer pay for their own points! All you’ll need is our next email, all about strategies for when to start and end your auction.

How to respond to an ebay buyer s complaint

At some point in your eBay selling life, one of your customers is going to send you a complaint. As long as you respond to it properly, however, it’s easy to keep a complaint from turning into a crisis. Respond Immediately and Grovellingly. Someone might complain to you directly, or they might do it through eBay. Whatever happens, you need to email them immediately.

Here’s a template to use: “I have just received your complaint and I would like to say that I am very sorry you aren’t satisfied. If you would like, I can send you a [replacement/refund] for the item, as part of my ‘no questions asked’ guarantee. I apologise again for our mistake.” Whatever you do, don’t start making excuses for yourself. “Oh, sorry, I didn’t get around to posting it yet because I’ve been busy at work and I’m going on holiday next week…” – no-one cares. If the buyer isn’t satisfied, then you screwed up, and you need to apologise repeatedly and do everything you can to make them happy again. Besides, is it really worth your time to go through eBay’s long-winded dispute process when all it’s going to do is alienate your customers? This an attitude that will give you a massive advantage in eBay selling, for the simple reason that many smaller sellers are confrontational, unhelpful and out for every penny they can get. If buyers are rude to you, it’s just because they’re used to dealing with rude sellers. Responding politely, promptly and being willing to do anything for your buyers will mark you out as different. It’s so rare that you might even manage to turn your complaining buyer into one of your most loyal customers! Let People Phone You. Don’t insist that everything is done with email – allow frustrated buyers to phone you and have a chat about their item. The chances are that they will never have talked to a human voice before about an eBay complaint, and will be even more impressed with anything you offer them to solve their problem. Neutralise Negative Feedback. If it really comes down to it and your complaint ends up as a piece of negative feedback on your record, make sure you post a response – and don’t make it something like “buyer was impossible to work with, avoid”! Instead, post an apology, and detail what you did to put things right, for example: “Very sorry for the scratched item, I have sent a replacement”. You may also find that some buyers leave feedback before you have the chance to put things right, in which case you could write a phone number in the response space, or something like “I have emailed you about a refund”. This will let anyone looking through your feedback see that not only are negatives very rare, but the few that there might be aren’t really worth counting. In the next email, you’ll learn how to turn your shipping costs into a profit center.

Insider secrets of an ebay millionaire by brandon dupsky reviewed

The Insiders Secrets of an eBay Millionaire” is a thorough study of the techniques to making a generous living on eBay. Derek Gehl and Brandon Dupsky have teamed up to produce a detailed eBay success system on how to navigate eBay, find the right products and enjoy profitable online auctions. The only part that was difficult for me is the length of time it took to study and digest the material included. There is so much information you will probably have to revisit the books until they become second nature. Derek and Brandon’s claim that you will be up and running on eBay in the next 24 hours is a little ambitious.

Take your time and really let the information sink in. Let me supply a little background on Derek and Brandon. You may have heard of Derek Gehl CEO of The Internet Marketing Center, a company with over 40 million dollars in internet sales. Brandon Dupsky on the other hand tends to fly under the radar. He is a regular guy from Nebraska that started selling a few odds and ends from his garage. Brandon then turned the internet business into one with sales last year of 8 million dollars. These two guys know what they’re talking about. Derek convinced Brandon to spill his secrets on how to become an eBay entrepreneur and I found this a very enlightening learning experience. This work is loaded with tips and tricks that anyone interested in eBay auctions as a hobby or a home business must have. It will show you how to start from nothing and expand into a profitable eBay business. Many people spend years learning what works and what doesn’t work on eBay. Derek and Brandon have drastically reduced the timeline it takes to become an eBay success. The course materials are vast. Their heart is a 237 page manual and four audio-CD’s, all filled with useful tips on building an eBay business from scratch. Each audio-CD has a read along transcript with margin notes to build on key points. The margin notes are excellent since they highlight the most important topics that were addressed on each page. There are also four bonus CD-ROMs with tips on more advanced eBay buying selling techniques. These CD-ROMs answer the questions of how to attract lots of bids on your products, how to create stunning listings that bring bidders to your auction, and how to set up foolproof payment and shipping systems. These steps are crucial to establishing yourself successfully on eBay. If you already have an internet business, Derek and Brandon will show you how to tap into some of the 2,000,000 visitors who come to eBay each day. “The Insiders Secrets of an eBay Millionaire” delivers on its promise to teach you all of the fundamentals needed in order to grow into an eBay expert. It logically and easily takes you through the steps, from finding a product to completing an auction. This resource will be something that you refer to time after time and I suggest you take notes as you go along. If anything, you may have to read all of the books again before you will be able to absorb the subtleties of using eBay profitably. Brandon and Derek go into so much detail that I was amazed at what they revealed. In Derek’s introduction, he tells you that you can’t afford not to have this information and I totally agree with him. For me, this was the ultimate source to learn more about eBay and I am making the most of it. Some people have asked me if there was some way to improve on this product and I can honestly say NO. I was astounded about the secrets that I learned from Brandon because I have been selling on eBay since 1999. The only question I have is how Brandon manages his various weekly auctions. I would have preferred an in-depth study on how he accomplishes this very involved task. If you are interested in growing an eBay business, this is the comprehensive course you should have. I give it my highest rating. For more information on this subject please visit ebay-insidersecrets. com. Copyright © 2006 Mary Hanna All Rights Reserved. This article may be distributed freely on your website and in your ezines, as long as this entire article, copyright notice, links and the resource box are unchanged.

The secret to achieving 100 feedback on ebay

Have you ever noticed how rare it is for high volume ebay sellers to have 100% feedback. It's not like they deliberately scam 1 or 2 % of there 2000 plus customers. They've streamlined the auction process, reduced the risk of faulty products and goods arriving damaged etc. So why are they still left with angry customers. The truth is some people are just jerks. They will bid on an item and then when you expect them to pay for it they will abuse you. Sometimes they will be angry if the product doesn't arrive, even though you did everything you could and it was completely out of your control. Dealing with these people is an everyday occurrence for ebay powersellers. But there are ways to minimize their effect on your feedback. In the initial email say something like "sometimes products will get lost in the post. If it hasn't turned up within 10 days email me and I will replace it". This will warm the customer up to the idea that well, s*** happens and there's no point getting abusive. If the customer backs out of the sale, leave positive feedback. They will appreciate this and give you great feedback, and will be more open toward buying from you in the future. If the customer doesn't respond to your emails, don't leave negative feedback, leave none. You've already lost the sale so nothing can be gained by you getting abusive. It's a very rare seller who is able to bite their tongue, but the rewards far out way the small satisfaction of giving them a piece of your mind.

The power of ebay store newsletters

eBay Stores come with a very powerful feature: store newsletters. When buyers add your store to their favourites, you can offer them the chance to join your mailing list. You can then send highly targeted emails to people who you know were at least interested enough in your products to add the store to their favourites. How Do I Send Them? First, you need to get some people to sign up for your newsletter – this will happen with time, as people buy from you and browse your store. Once you’ve got a few subscribers, it’s worth sending out a newsletter.

To send store newsletters, go to My eBay, click ‘Manage My Store’, and then click ‘Email Marketing’. Once you’ve done that, click the ‘Create Email’ button, and you’re away. All you need to do now is write an email subject and a message, choose any items you want to include in the email, and specify who you want to receive it. The subject and message can be something relatively generic, like ‘here are my latest deals’ – it’s the targeting that’s important, and eBay’s is powerful. You can choose to only send an email to people who’ve bought from you in the past, or only to people who’ve opened your email before.

It is important to note, though, that you can only send one email per week to a mailing list. The Ups and Downs. The downside of store newsletters is this: they’re expensive. A basic, $15.95 per month store only comes with 100 emails, while $49.95 comes with 1000. Even the $499.95 anchor store only comes with 4000! Extra emails for all stores cost 1 cent each.

That’s $1 per hundred extra emails. If your mailing list has a significant number of people on it, then that’ll get really expensive, really fast. Surprisingly, though, it can often be worth it, despite the cost. It’s very rare to send out a newsletter to a mailing list of a hundred and not get at least one sale, and you’ll often get three or four, even to small lists.

Measure Your Success. Each time you send an email, eBay produces a report telling you how well that email did. You can view these reports on the ‘Email Marketing’ page by clicking the subject line of an email you sent. This report will show how many people received your email, how many opened it, the number of clicks it generated on your items and your store, and the number of bids and Buy it Now purchases that resulted from the email. Some of the numbers might be too low, though, as many people use email software that displays email in plain text format and so stops eBay from collecting statistics. Also, you will notice that you’ll have more success if you send out emails regularly, as people will start to expect them, and react in a more open way – don’t expect the Earth from your first email. By now, you’re probably getting pretty good at selling on eBay – isn’t it nice to have all those satisfied customers? Not to mention the money… However well you’re doing, though, there’s always room for improvement. The next email will give you ten tips for being an even better seller.

Start ebay business

The Perfect Way to Start eBay Business As the most renowned auction site for bargain basement priced products, eBay is indeed taking the online bazaar by storm. It not only provides a good place to put your items in an auction but it also provides its sellers the full-blown, direct access for myriads of customers worldwide. But like any other business venture, it is just natural for anyone who is new to eBay merchandising to encounter some challenges along the way. For this reason, it is of the essence to be mindful of these common selling challenges and be prepared on what necessary steps to take to attain the success you’ve been longing for. There is a huge market. And there are copious numbers of players contending with each other just to win the interest of consumers. Along with this, several issues also currently need some focus of attention, such as funding, putting in storage, and discharge. All these things should be considered scrupulously if you want your eBay selling to do just fine. These days, it is easy to make your way to the top of business feat. This is realizable because eBay gives you the chance to make a purchase of various kinds of products in a much more economical value compared to their regular retail price. Bidding is a common observable fact in this kind of online auction. Whether you’re looking for new or used items, you can have good buy when you go for an online auction. EBay is a great market to sell your products in highly efficient means without even the need for extra marketing abilities and less risk is involved compared with the usual, commercial merchandising. All you need is a computer, a digital camera, an Internet, goods to sell and a little background in marketing as well as the fundamentals of eBay selling, then, you’re all set to start ebay business and enjoy countless benefits in terms of earning a living. The benefits of using eBay or other auction sites are beyond measure. These generally encompass discounted prices, fast business dealings, and a limitless way in to enormous prospective customers without more ado. But to assure you of positive results, it would be great if you put up on sale those items that are in-demand at the moment. The price of the items should also be competitive to make sure that they would all be sold out respectively. To guide you completely on how to start ebay business pertinently, check out these practical tips to keep you on the right track: 1. Sign up an account. To be able to enjoy all the amenities with regard to utmost online auction, it is an essential pointer to register first an ebay account to be able to market your items conveniently and to grab hold of ultimate access to loads of customers globally. 2. Set up the item for sale. Most eBay marketers consider this second step as the most integral part of the whole online selling process. In case you have any idea on what product to sell, you should first do research on your target market. And then, see if you can earn a living out of ebay selling. Determine if you products is in-demand for the moment and what is the standard price of the good being sold. 3. Make an inventory of the item on sale. Marketing your products is an important element of online auctions. It is imperative that when you opt to engage in eBay business, you have to take time to build lucid and well thought-out listings templates. Be sure that your listings are of professional quality for this would help you achieve the economic advantage over your business rivals. 4. Integrity is the basis for effective transactions. Overall, eBay is built on a feedback scheme which functions as a determining factor for rating the traders in proportion to the total number of positive feedback that they have collected. Of course, ebay sellers with low percentage of good feedback are most likely not to be patronized by consumers. Nonetheless, the sum total of feedbacks you receive will multiply in the fullness of time. 5. Details that concerns payment. In eBay selling, the suggested form of disbursement is through Paypal. By using this, most business negotiations are hooked on the bank accounts of the shoppers or retailers in well-secured means. Hence, to generate more revenues from your customers you can accept all types of recompense. Taken as a whole, if you keep all these key pointers in mind, you can be sure that you get to start ebay business efficiently, and eventually, pass with flying colors. With eBay, you can put on the market a variety of products and get instant, positive results with no trouble.

Ebay selling 2

eBay Selling Tips Straight From a Power Buyer Coming from the point of view of a buyer, eBay selling is a wish granted to those of us who wishes that we could be everywhere at once in order find the real bargain on the products we buy. eBay. com is an electronic junk store that lets you be present on every garage sales and flea markets on every part of the nation all at once. Also, you just need the computer and an internet connetion to type a few words, then push a button and voila! You can print out a list of where you will likely find what you want. eBay selling is really such a fantastic opportunity for buyers. eBay selling also presents a heavenly way of choosing and bidding. Good bye to days of having to drive for miles to get into auctions, shows, fleas, and sales. Now all you need to do is sit back and sort through endless piles of electronic trash available in eBay selling. More likely we have also have become an authority in knowing every aspect of eBay selling even if we do not become sellers. Here, then are some guidelines on eBay selling that buyers have come to be aware of. These will help sellers improve and increase their online auction's profits. 1. Use your title line intelligently. Once you venture on eBay selling, project your title properly. Thi is critical because that's what eBay's search engine reads. Important keywords need not be neglected because it may mean throwing away money. 2. A good title should identify the particular items up for sale. Always mention a brand name or maker (or artist) if known. Identify the material it's made from if relevant. Your eBay selling success may just depend on how relevant are the words you come up with in your title. 3. Research similar eBay listings before finalizing and posting your title. Learn the basics of every hobby's vocabulary or the standard way of saying things. 4. Don't list items that other sellers have currently listed and aren't selling anymore. 5. eBay selling have formulated correct categories for each item. Be sure to list your items on the correct category. When in doubt, list them in multiple categories. 5. In writing the item description, give complete information in a logical order. As much as possible, put in [1] what the item is [2] its title [3] the maker or marketer or artist or author if known [4] marks or other identifiers [5] what it is made of [6] its dimensions [7] its condition, and [8] any other special features or history. 6. Face the responsibility in eBay selling, give all information to eliminate potential buyers' numerous questions. 7. Spell words correctly. Being into eBay selling doesn't excuse you from poor spelling. 8. eBay selling gives you opportunity to post numerous photos. However, put your most informative photo first. 9. In eBay selling, always make it easy for bidders to read about your offering and see your picture by keeping it simple, concise and direct to the point. 10. It's true that some suggest animation and other effects in order to put an edge in your eBay selling venture. But coming from buyers heed this: - Avoid animation. Serious bidders hate it! - Avoid large, slow loading graphics. - Avoid color backgrounds. Base your eBay selling list on the needs of your customer, not those of your interior decorator. - Avoid music. 10. Avoid describing your item as "awesome" or "rare." Claiming such things won't help your eBay selling. 11. Consider other avenues for eBay selling. There are some schemes in eBay selling that's likely to make your products more saleable and bring you great profit. 12. Try contacting your buyers personally. Chances are they will be thankful and will give your eBay selling a boost. These eBay selling guidelines are based wholly from buyers' experiences. Knowing particularly how the buyers get interested or turned off with a particular item or whole auction is helpful information for eBay sellers. If you are into the eBay selling scene, it's better to be open to buyer's suggestions and demands. Remember, the customer is always right.

Increase your ebay profits without relying on ebay 215

Increase Your eBay Profits Without Relying on eBay! While it is possible to earn a full time living on eBay, it is a mistake to depend solely on eBay for your income. You could be using your eBay auctions to generate a huge amount of business for other products and services! Many people, however, fail to fully utilize eBay’s resources to this end. eBay has over 100 million members, and they gained those members by continually running major marketing campaigns. Essentially, they do your marketing for you. But you have to help yourself as well. The key is to drive people to your auction page, which in turn can be used to drive traffic to your website. You can sell many different items on your website, including items that are up for auction at eBay! This is a fabulous way to earn income that does not rely on eBay auctions. You can easily accept website payments with a Paypal account, so there is no need for an expensive merchant account! You are not allowed to include the website address of an outside website on your auctions – you are, however, perfectly welcome to place a link to your website on your eBay ‘About Me’ page. Invite your bidders and potential bidders to view your about me page, and watch the website traffic roll in! (word count 215)

Ebay scams steps to take 199

eBay Scams – Steps to Take if You Have Been Defrauded eBay is a relatively safe marketplace. Unfortunately, like most online marketplaces, it is vulnerable to scams. eBay tries to keep instances of scams occurring, but with more than 100 million members, and approximately $40 million moving through the site on a daily basis, this can be a little difficult. Sometimes, scams occur. If you have been scammed, there are certain steps you need to follow to report the incident, and to try to come to a resolution. If you paid for the item through Paypal, the first step is to login to your Paypal account and open up a dispute for the payment. If you did not pay through Paypal, contact your credit card company. In most cases, if you have used one of these two cases, you will recover your money. The next step is to use eBay’s dispute process to report the seller. This is specifically for items that were not received, or items that were significantly different than what was described in the auction. eBay also has a purchase protection program to further protect buyers. If a settlement cannot be reached with the buyer, the next step is to make an eBay buyer purchase protection claim. (word count 199)

10 steps to successful selling on ebay

So you want to be a successful seller with your own eBay business, do you? Here's a simple, ten-step path to eBay enlightenment. Step 1: Identify your market. Take a while to sit and watch for what sells and what doesn't out of the items you're interested in. Any market research data you can collect will be very useful to you later on. You'll probably see the sweet spots quite quickly - those one or two items that always seem to sell for a good price. Step 2: Watch the competition. Before you invest any money, see what the other sellers in your category are up to, and what their strategies are. Pay special attention to any flaws their auctions might have, because this is where you can move in and beat them at their own game. Step 3: Find a product: Get hold of a supplier for whatever it is you want to sell, and see what are the best rates you can get. Don't be afraid to ring round quite a few to get the best deal. If the eBay prices you've seen are higher than the supplier's, then you're set. Step 4: Start small: Don't throw thousands at your idea straight away - get started slowly, see what works and what doesn't, and learn as you go. Remember that it's very cheap to try out even the craziest ideas on eBay, and who knows, they might just work! Step 5: Test and repeat. Keep trying different strategies until you find something that works, and then don't be ashamed to keep doing it, again and again. The chances are that you? ve just found a good niche. Step 6: Work out a business plan: A business plan doesn't need to be anything formal, just a few pages that outline the market opportunity you've spotted, your strategy, strengths and weaknesses of the plan and a brief budget. This is more for you than it is for anyone else. Step 7: Invest and expand: This is the time to throw money at the problem. Buy inventory, and start spending more time on your business. Set a goal number of sales each week, increasing it each time. Step 8: Make it official: Once you've made a few thousand dollars worth of sales, you should really register yourself as a business. Don't worry, it's not expensive or hard to do - a lawyer is the best person to help you through the process. Step 9: Automate: You'll probably find that you're writing the same things again and again in emails or item descriptions. This is the time to give up on the manual method and turn to automated software that can create listings for you, and respond to completed auctions and payments with whatever message you provide. Step 10: Never give up: Even when it looks like it's all going wrong, don't stop trying until you succeed. If you keep working at it then you'll almost always find that you make a real breakthrough just when things are starting to look desperate. Once you get into the swing of things, you might start thinking that you should quit your job and take up eBay selling part time. But it's not always as easy as that - there are all sorts of factors that you need to consider.

Make money on ebay

Combo’s to make your selling a great success As more and more people are becoming sellers on eBay giving yourself another competitive edge can increase your branding efforts and sales but how is this possible? Custom eBay Store Design, matching Auction Templates and even your own Custom Website ( your-website. com) is the solution to take your business to the next level. By adding a custom logo and layout to your auctions you’re not only branding your business but letting your buyers know you are a professional and that you care enough to give them an easy to use, pleasant shopping environment. The great thing other than standing out from your competition, about having Custom Design for your eBay Store and Auction listings is that you can pull your own personality into these des0069gns. Are you more serious, whimsical or does your niche business have its own personality? I bet if you look real close it does! Proper text and keywords to use in your eBay Store and eBay Auction listings are very important so that people searching for what you offer will find the products. Put in some research here, it will pay off for you. On the Internet, your business is among tens or hundreds or even thousands of the same types of business. In order to compete you have to stand out. And having the right design and marketing strategies can put you ahead of the competition. I've seen many websites that are ranked in the top 10 on all the major search engines but do not have what it takes to convert visitors to customers. You need a website that is powerful, emotion evoking and shows the reader that his or her life would be more complete - better, easier, more productive, more profitable and happier - if that reader owned what it is you're selling. Your web design needs to move the reader while your content grabs them, working together they should build confidence in both your business and products. You have two seconds to tell your visitor what you sell and what's in it for them. If that aligns with what they want, they'll spend more time on your site and that should lead to more sales. Using your Custom Website for eBay Did you know you can use your own Custom Website for driving sales to your eBay store if you make yourself into the authority? Let’s say you sell garden gnomes, all shapes and all sizes then you more than likely know everything or most everything there is to know about garden gnomes. Take what you know and put this information on your website seeded with links through the article to your eBay Store and ending it with links to your eBay store. All of this is called pre-selling because people love and thrive on information, they want to be educated on how that garden gnome is made, where it’s made, what it’s made of, how long it will last and what benefits it will give them. Once your website visitors are educated they click and go to your eBay Store which is branded with your Custom Logo and design which adds more credibility to you and they make the purchase from you, the authority on garden gnomes based on the information they previously read. The bigger the better Google loves big websites filled with useful information Having to be ranked on top search engines is more like an award for your as a thriving online marketer. There are a lot of marketers who also want to be listed and ranked in search engines. so the bigger you make your website and every new page you add to it is another opportunity for you to gain a new customer. Brand Everything I’m telling you if you are allowed to put your Custom Logo on it then make sure it’s there, your website, your eBay listings, your emails, business cards, etc. It’s common fact that banners are not the best way of advertising but when you see Amazon. com banners every where you look the next time you need a book you will think of Amazon. com because of all the branding they have done. All of these can bring up the sales in your business considering that you are a power eBay user. There are a lot of things to do with them. Having to learn the basic instincts of surfers can give you a better understanding on how to market your products thru your custom website. Also, having to sell something with a brand or anything that have good value is the things that count. What better way to have a steady income by making polishing and learning the tricks of the trade.

Safeharbor ebay s own scotland yard

SafeHarbor are the eBay police department. If you break the rules, commit fraud or try to buy something you’re not supposed to, they’ll be after you. When You Don’t Pay. This is the most common rule buyers break – it’s all too easy to just change your mind and try to get out of the auction. eBay regards every auction as a contract, and will punish you if you don’t go through with your end of the deal. If you decide not to pay then expect to get a few nasty warning emails from eBay threatening you with banning if you do it again. Not to mention, of course, that you’ll get a big negative ‘DID NOT PAY’ feedback comment from the seller. So There Are Things You Can’t Buy on eBay? Yes, there are: more things than you’d expect. It makes sense that you can’t buy firearms, for example, but you also can’t buy fireworks – eBay are worried about the risks of sending them in the post. Laws in many countries mean that you can’t buy alcohol or tobacco. You can’t buy illegal or prescription drugs, stocks and shares, or lottery tickets. No underwear, either. You can’t buy any little pet puppies or kittens, as animals are banned. If items infringe on copyright, like pirate CDs or software, then they’re not allowed either. eBay's policy is controversial, not least because it is somewhat random in its enforcement – and there have been accusations that they’re more responsive to the copyright concerns of big businesses than to auctions for items that might actually be dangerous. If they do decide to go after you or the seller, though, they will cancel the auction and may also suspend your accounts. Fraud. eBay runs remarkably well considering how unregulated it is, but there are still fraudsters. If you are a victim of fraud – for example, you pay for an item that never turns up – then SafeHarbor will investigate for you. eBay's standard purchase protection will give you up to $200 back if your claim is successful. Be aware, though, that this can take a few months. In addition, if you paid by PayPal, then they can usually reverse the transaction relatively easily and get you more (if not all) of your money back. This is another reason why many buyers prefer to use PayPal. Some sellers are a little scared of the effectiveness of the refund system, as they can send out items in good faith only to find that their buyer was fraudulent and the transaction has been reversed. If you’re worried about fraud, as a buyer, you should always use PayPal. What’s that? You don’t know how to use PayPal? Well, luckily for you, the next article is all about using PayPal to improve your eBay life.

The method for finding deals on ebay

There are steps you can take to make sure that you are getting a great deal on the items you obtain through eBay. These same steps will also help to shield you against fraud. Start with the auction in question. Make sure that you read every word of the description and the auction details. Pay special attention to what the description and auction details do not say. For example, is a guarantee mentioned? Is the item new? Is it authentic?

Is there evidence of authenticity? Look for auctions that provide the right information, and just keep away from those that do not. Who will pay the shipping and handling costs? Often, the buyer pays these costs, but sometimes, the seller tries to charge more than the actual shipping and handling costs are. Be careful of high shipping costs, especially for items that will be auctioned off at a very low price. Note when the item is supposed to ship after the bidding has ended. Don't make the mistake of bidding on an item merely 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. A lot of people simply bid for the sake of bidding - or winning - without having any real need for the item in question. Before bidding on items that you do want or need, it's best to check prices around the Internet and the prices available from offline sources as well. Learn more about the seller. What is their rating? Read their feedback page. Not learning more about the seller can be very costly. Sometimes scammers make their auctions sound like really great deals. Be cautious of prices that seem to be extremely low.

Tips and tricks for using ebay search

If you know what you’re doing, you can quickly find what you’re looking for on eBay. Here are a few golden 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 – the chances are that fewer people will find these items, and so they will be cheaper. Get a thesaurus: You should try to search for all the different words that someone might use to describe your 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 because you want to buy that CD, you should click the ‘CDs’ category to just look at results in that category. 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. So once you’ve found your bargain item, bid for it and won it, what if it all goes wrong? Don’t worry – eBay has a thorough dispute resolution procedure, and we’ll cover it in some depth in the next article, so you’ll be prepared if the worst happens.

The power of words

It is a known fact that a business could never be successful without the aid of advertising. In fact, it is considered as the lifeblood of almost all kinds of businesses. That's why sellers and entrepreneur wannabes on eBay understand the impact of an effective advertising technique on their items listing. Basically, the sale of an item on eBay is dependent on the so-called eBay keyword program. This program asserts the fact that the probability of an item to be sold is based on the keyword used by the seller. The eBay keyword program suggests that the maximum number of keywords to be used in an eBay ad is 100, the least is 50. This is because the essence of the description of the product or the ability of the ad to promote the item against a thousand similar items is lessened. This does not necessarily mean that the sellers will also limit the amount of keywords that they will use. The eBay keyword program further suggests that the number of keywords should be congruent to the identity of the product.

That is, it should be very specific even down to the last details of the product. For example, one seller may make his or her descriptive title and ad using the word "mobile phones". Then, another seller posts the same item but used the words "Sony Ericsson mobile phones". And lastly, another seller does the same but used the words "Sony Ericsson k700i".

Applying the keyword principle, the third seller will most likely gain more exposure than the other two, such that when a person search for a Sony Ericsson k700i, that person will most likely be lead to the third seller's listing. Choosing the best category for the product is another effective advertising technique. There are those online shoppers who search items on the category first. The reason behind this is that they don't have any specific product in mind.

For example, a buyer may be looking for a mobile phone but doesn't know what brand to have. So, it's a must that the seller places his or her item in a category that is active or is frequented by most buyers. But the most important advertising technique of all when selling an item on eBay is to create a sales pitch that comes from the heart. Clichйd as it may seem but, in reality, it is the basic concept of selling.

A good seller believes on the product that he or she is selling, other wise, he will have a hard time convincing people of he personally doesn't accept it as true.

How to buy a motorcycle on ebay

If you want to buy a motorcycle or accessories then the eBay motorcycle section is the perfect place to look. You should look for eBay motorcycle listings of interest by taking advantage of the browse and search features. You can specify the make, model, year range and even color for your search within the eBay motorcycle section. It is important to use the search functions to their maximum capability when you are looking for an item within the eBay motorcycle section. The more information you can put into your search terms the more likely you are to get the exact result that you want from the eBay motorcycle listings. For example, if you are looking for a red Honda VFR you will get the most accurate results if you search for "red Honda VFR 750 2000" rather than simply entering "Honda VFR" which may well give you a listing including decals, spare seats, owners manuals and other items for every Honda VFR that has ever been built. Another point to consider when you search the ebay motorcycle section is to specify the location that you want the motorcycle to be near. Any eBay motorcycle that you are interested in should be close to your home address so that you can go and see the motorcycle before placing a bid. This also makes collecting the motorcycle much easier. The search function allows you to specify that you want the eBay motorcycle to be within a certain radius of a town or zip or postal code. The eBay motorcycle section is sub-divided into brands so it is a good idea to browse the appropriate category as you may find an item that you have never thought of. For example, if you look in "Honda" within the eBay motorcycle section you may well come across a framed print that would look great on your bedroom wall or a Honda team cap that you can wear when you take your motorcycle helmet off. Most importantly, you need to be particularly cautious when you are searching for an item in the eBay motorcycle section to prevent you from being ripped off by unscrupulous con artists. On no account should you send an advance payment for any item in eBay motorcycle section. It is important to do your research and check the vendor's details and verify that the time for sale in the marketplace is legitimate.

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