Benefits of buying on ebay

Benefits of Buying on eBay Are you one of the millions of Americans who prefers to shop online? Shopping online is popular because it is quick, easy, and convenient. It is also popular because, when shopping online, you have a number of different options, as there are a number of different retailers that you can choose to shop online with. One of those is eBay. If you aren’t already shopping on eBay, you may want to look into it, as there are a number of benefits to doing so. Perhaps, the greatest benefit of shopping on eBay is all of the products that you have to choose from. eBay isn’t like a traditional retailer. They are actually an online auction website. eBay has other internet users sell products that they have to consumers, just like you. With this type of set up, eBay has an unlimited number of products to choose from. For instance, you can buy real estate, cars, clothing, toys, pet supplies, home dйcor, entertainment items, and much more on eBay. Basically, anything you are looking for, within reason of course, you should be able to find on eBay. Another one of the many benefits to shopping on eBay is that you have a number of sellers to do business with. As it was previously mentioned, eBay allows all internet users to sell items that they no longer need or want to own. Over the past few years, the popularity of eBay has reached an all time high. This is what has lead to an unlimited number of eBay sellers. Since many sellers are selling the same products or similar products, you should have the option to choose who you want to do business with. When buying a product online, particularly one that is offered for sale by a number of different sellers, you are advised to examine product costs, shipping and handling costs, as well as each seller’s feedback. Doing so will make shopping on eBay a positive experience for you. It is also important to note that eBay is easy to use. In fact, ease of use is one of the many other reasons why eBay has become so popular in recent years. As an eBay buyer, you need to create a free eBay account. That account will allow you to buy on eBay. Once you are a registered eBay member, you can easily start searching for products that you are looking for. For instance, if you are looking for a particular music CD, you can just type the artist name and album name into eBay’s search box and you should be presented with a number of auctions which have your CD available for sale. If you are only looking to spend a certain amount of money or purchase a CD that is located in the United States, you can perform an advanced search. An advanced search makes it easier to find what you need. The above mentioned benefits, to doing your online shopping through eBay, are just a few of the many that exist. In fact, even if you are unsure as to whether or not you want to start shopping on eBay, you are advised to at least examine it. eBay guests can navigate the site to get a taste of what items can commonly be found for sale on eBay. With a large selection of products, a number of sellers to choose from, and ease of use, there is a good chance that you may find yourself doing the bulk of your online shopping on eBay. And, if you end up doing so, you will definitely not be alone. Word Count 601

How to profit using ebay s saved search feature

Did you know that eBay will help you locate products you can buy cheap, then flip for a quick profit? No? Then listen up, because I am about to let you in on a little known feature of eBay that can literally stuff wads of cash in your wallet in less than 24 hours. This is an eBay tool that I use every day to locate products that I can buy and resell or buy cheap and keep for myself and my family. And the great news is you can use it, too. What is it? It's eBay's Saved Search feature and you can use it to start making money tomorrow. The Saved Search feature that will let you set up a saved search criteria and eBay will let you know when an auction that matches your search criteria has been posted. Let's say you're on the lookout for a Pete Rose card to complete your collection. You could troll eBay every day on your own and to see if anyone has listed such a card or you can set up a saved search and make your life a lot easier. Here's how it works.... Got to http://eBay. com and sign into your account. If you do not have an eBay account all you need to do is set up a free buyer's account. After you're logged in, type in your search criteria into a search window. For this example we will type in Pete Rose. Click submit and you will get a page of search results that match your search criteria. At the top right of the search results listing you will see a link labeled "Add To Favorites." Click the link. On the next page you will see "Create a new search" or "Replace an existing search." If this is a new search select the "Create a new search" button, give this search a name (the search term you used will be in the Search Name box by default, in this case "Pete Rose"). You can select to receive a daily email if there are new items listed that match your search criteria. Click "Save Search." Now you will receive an email every morning with new items that have been listed that match your saved search criteria. If the search term Pete Rose is too broad you will receive notifications for every auction that has the term "Pete Rose" in the title or description. You can always narrow the saved search by adding "Pete Rose Card" or something more specific. Just don't get too specific or you may miss items that you'd be interested in. How can you use the saved feature to make money on eBay? Easy, you set a saved search to let you know when something has been listed for sale that you might buy and sell for a higher profit. For example that Pete Rose card might have been listed by someone who is willing to sell it cheap or doesn't know its real value. You could buy the card, make them happy, then sell it for a higher price yourself. This is how commerce works, folks. You buy cheap, you sell high. Let's look at another example. Let's say you have an eBay shop that sells designer shoes. Naturally you would want to know when someone else lists designer shoes for sale because they may be a competitor you need to monitor or just an individual who has a closet full of designer shoes to sell cheap. You set up a saved search with the keyword "designer shoes." Each time an auction is posted with the term "designer shoes" in the title or description, eBay will let you know. You can immediately check out the auction and if the shoes can be scarfed up and sold for a higher profit, you made money. I think you would be amazed at how many Powersellers are using this secret TODAY to find merchandise they can buy and flip on eBay. You should do the same. If you'd like to learn about other ways you can profit with eBay click here.

Good communication promotes positive feedback on ebay

Good communication is the key to encouraging your auction buyers to leave you positive feedback. Such communication also helps avoid most negative feedback on eBay. 1. Good Communication Prevents Misunderstandings Good communication helps to avoid misunderstandings. For example, if surface shipping takes six to eight weeks but the customer doesn't know this, he may expect almost immediate delivery. When such quick delivery doesn't materialize, he may feel that he has been cheated or that your service is slow and poor. Thus, try to spell out delivery time frames and other details as much as possible. Is your refund policy clear? Is your product clearly and accurately described in your auction ad? Does your product's quality meet or exceed the expectations created by your auction ad? 2. Prompt E-mail Response If, for whatever reason, your e-mail response is slow, the customer may assume that you aren't delivering on your promises. Prompt e-mail communication can help reassure the customer and gives evidence of good customer service. 3. Encourage Queries Basically, state in your auctions: "If you have any questions about this auction, please e-mail me." If a person is expecting instant delivery of an e-book but instead you send him the information via the postal service, he might be disappointed. Nip all such problems in the bud by encouraging your prospective buyers to ask questions. 4. Ask for Positive Feedback How can you encourage buyers to leave positive feedback for you? Simply state that you'll leave positive feedback for them after you've received theirs. Since they are leaving the feedback first, they will hesitate to leave you negative feedback, knowing that you may respond in kind. If you leave positive feedback for the buyer first, they may never return the favour. 5. Reversing Negative Feedback With good communication, you can often avoid receiving negative feedback. Try to do everything that is reasonable to make your customer happy. However, what if you do receive negative feedback on one of your auctions? What can you do about it? Under certain, very limited circumstances (such as an extortion attempt), eBay might reverse negative feedback unjustly given to you. In most cases, however, eBay will not reverse negative feedback. You can use eBay's "Mutual Feedback Withdrawal" procedure. This is where both the buyer and seller agree to withdraw negative feedback from each other. Thus, the negative feedback will be removed from both of your total scores (thus improving both feedback ratings). The negative comments themselves won't be removed by eBay. However, your comments left in response to a negative feedback will also stay to tell your side of the story. Yes, good communication can lead to more positive feedback from your auctions. Such communication can also help you to avoid and even reverse negative feedback. So, by all means, promote positive feedback on eBay through good communication.

Online auction tips to buy homes

Buying a home through online auction? I was scared out of my wits when I first heard about it. But gradually it dawned on me that it is not that difficult a task, as most people believe it is. My research in online auction business in general and buying homes at online auctions in particular has resulted in innumerable points, I thought would be beneficial, if I could share with you all. The new millennium ushered in technology at our doorstep making life comfortable to live. And to live we all need a home. With the advancement of technology, real estate business or property buying and selling over the years has undergone a dramatic change with at the click of the mouse you can see amazing homes around the country. What more, homes like any other household products are available at online auctions. The popularity of buying homes at online auctions has grown to such proportions that more and more homebuyers than ever before are buying homes at auction. Buying a home is a tedious task, more so when it’s done at online auction. But with some meticulous planning and carefulness you could well end up buying one, which could save a lot of money, time and effort. First and foremost, before the auction, you need to know your budget and have it in your bank account ready. Then come the location, size, and condition. It’s important to check the ownership history of the proposed home. Making comparison is a great idea, compare the cost involved with similar homes in the area, the number of rooms. Also look into the price difference due to decks, carpeting, windows and treatments. Probably you won’t be able to make an inspection, perhaps buying home ‘as is’. If the repairs work or can’t hire it done within budget, you may not end up getting a good bargain at the end. This needs to be remembered. And finally when you make it to auction, don’t succumb to temptations in the ‘bid war’. Stay within your budget limits. Remember you came to buy a home and make savings not to ‘defeat the other guy at bidding’. If you are not successful this time, there is always a next home next time. Prior to actually bidding for a home at, make a check list of all the cost details including loan balance (if foreclosed), any back taxes owned, legal fee and other expenses in foreclosing the proposed property. This helps you get the facts right and know exactly the total costs involved. Be careful and with proper planning, you could well end up getting your ‘Dream Home’ and make great savings.

Design tips for ebay templates

Templates are the design elements that you might have noticed some sellers using on their auctions, like the borders around the edge, and the different fonts. Many sellers who are new to eBay don’t bother using them, and you might not have either – generally, a descriptive listing and a good picture will do the job just fine. If you want to really finish your auctions off and make a really good impression on your buyers though, it’s useful to have a good template. Here are a few tips on what to do and what not to do. Choose something appropriate. The most important part of your template is what you choose in eBay’s listing designer (in step 3 of the Sell Your Item process), or the equivalent in whatever listing software you’re now using. You might prefer to use third-party software for this, as eBay’s designs can be somewhat… unimpressive. Anyway, the different template designs will usually be themed, with names like ‘Computers’, ‘Toys’ or ‘Crafts’. Make sure what you choose is appropriate for what you’re selling – those flowers might be very pretty, but what exactly do they have to do with DVDs? Put the photo at the top. The photo of your item is far more important than the text. Put your best photo at the top of the description, followed by the text, and then finally any extra pictures you have. The full-size photo of the item is the first thing your buyers want to see when they click your auction – why leave it for last? Add your logo. A well-designed logo gives a professional air to your auctions, especially if the colour scheme and look fits in with the rest of the template, and it also serves to create more recognition when people have seen your auctions before. Pay a logo designer a few dollars to do you a logo if you don’t have one already. Don’t be afraid of large fonts. Fonts are supposed to be different sizes sometimes. When you have something important to say, don’t be afraid to put it in a bigger font, headline-style… just as long as you don’t get carried away, of course. Learn a little HTML. It might sound scary, but there are plenty of books out there about learning HTML, and a little goes a long way. Once you know what you’re doing, you’ll find all sorts of ways to make your auction look better – you’ll be able to put complicated information in a table, Preview your listing. Remember to click that ‘Preview listing’ button to see what everything’s going to look like when it goes live. Good luck! One of the best things you can put into your auction template to make it more appealing to buyers is something called a ‘SquareTrade seal’. This seal is a promise that you will handle any disputes using SquareTrade, an independent dispute resolution service. We’ll take a closer look at what it is and how to get one in the next email.

Auction titles keywords to bigger ebay profits

In the world of online auctions, the title is the only way to get more traffic. Traffic equals more bids, more bids equals more money. Sellers who want the most money from eBay will need to learn how to write a good title. Statistically speaking, the vast majority of bidders will find your auction by searching for it. The search is the primary interface on eBay, and the first step to getting customers. When a user searches for an item, say xyz, all auctions with xyz in the title will show up. Keep in mind that auctions with yzx or x y z will not be there. Each term the users puts in the search (xyz for example) should therefore be included in our title if we want to get the most bidders.

More bidders makes for a higher final sale price, and that is what we are aiming for. This means that you must, no matter what, include as many potential keywords as possible. In order to perfect these keywords we need to first pretend we are a buyer. Particularly, a buyer who would be interested in your auction. You should decide what search terms you would use to find the item. Start writing down a list of all potential search terms. When you feel that this list is fairly complete, we can move on to picking which terms to include in the title. eBay limits the length of the title to 55 characters, so we have to choose each word very carefully. Deciding which keywords, or search terms, to include can be a daunting process. Luckily for us, there are probably a lot of other people who have sold the exact same item. Why is this a good thing? Because we can search for completed auctions. Pick a keyword that describes your item and search for it on eBay: you will be presented with a list of items. Now, on the lower left navigation bar select "Search Completed Items." This will bring up a new list of auctions that have already ended. There will most likely be a lot of different items showing up, so you now want to refine your search to the point that only the exact product that you are selling shows up. Once that is finished, go to the top of the results. Click on the button that will sort items by price - with the highest prices at the top. What you've just done is created yourself a list of titles, with the ones that work best on the top. Compare the best titles with your keywords, and information about your item specifically (e. g. condition, color), and combine it all into a single line of keywords. Undoubtedly, there will be more words then space to type them in. This is a challenge that happens with nearly every product or item that is listed on eBay. The key to winning out over the other auctions, and making more money, is to check your keywords over and over again. Keep looking at the completed auctions, you must learn to pick the 'hot' or 'best' keywords for your item. If you have narrowed your title down to the best search terms and it is all under 55 characters - then you are finished! Post your item for sale and watch as the price magically surpasses all of the other items in the category.

Hot as pancake items to sell on ebay

In so many instances, people would always want their food hot: hot coffee, hot-of-the-grill burgers and steaks etc. That's why even on eBay people would rather go for those items that are selling like hot pancakes, so hot that they almost burn! Basically, eBay categorize these items as "hot" whenever it obtains bids more than 30. Then after, eBay would classify them as "hot items". There are a lot of items that are already considered hot on eBay, though; things vary depending on what category these items fall. So, to know which things are considered hot items on eBay, here are some of them to give new customers an idea: 1. Domain names. Because of the escalating development of the Internet these days, more and more people are getting "hooked-up" on the Net. That's why domain names sell like hot cakes on eBay. To-date, a domain name that has only three letters on it got 109 bids. That is really a hot number considering the usual number of bids that go around eBay. 2. Computers and other high-tech gadgets. Still an information technology aftermath, more people go rage whenever they see computers, mobile phones, PDAs, laptop or notebooks, and digital camcorders are being sold on eBay. It seems that everybody just wants to be wired and hooked-up with the latest gadgets these days. 3. Jewelries. And to think that most of the buyers are not just women. Jewelries especially if it has diamonds in it are so popular and in-demand. But people must consider when mulling over on this items - they are just too hot to handle. 4. Books. Books also are also hot items on eBay these days especially those that fall on the interest of young adults like the Harry Potter series, The DaVinci Code, and those that are geared to give tips and tricks to businessmen and entrepreneurs. 5. Clothes. Clothes sell hot too, and it's the fad that keep them reaching the top rank in the hot items category on eBay. And because brand names do matter nowadays, more people are vying on items that are branded. Some of these items also include perfumes and other garments. These are just a few of the hot items being sold on eBay. This just goes to show that eBay is, indeed, the best place to get most from a bargain especially if the items are in-demand on eBay.

How long should your ebay auction run

When it comes to durations, you have a wide range of choices: your auction can run for 10, 7, 5 or 3 days, or even only one day if you have a good enough feedback rating. There’s a reason why you get to choose your duration, and that’s because different durations are good for different things. To decide how long you should list your items for, all you need to do is ask yourself a few questions. Do you want to sell things quickly? If you’d rather sell now than in a few days, even if it means losing a little of your profit, then go ahead and choose the shortest duration you can get. If you’re the more patient type, on the other hand, you might as well sell slowly. How much is your item worth?

Items with a higher price are worth re-listing every 3 days or so using Buy it Now. The fees aren’t that big as a percentage of the item’s cost, and you’ll sell more when you’re constantly higher up in the search results. Could your item benefit from competitive bidding? Not every item is going to make bidders get excited and try to outbid each other. If you have items that consistently attract more than five bidders, though, you should always list then for as long as possible, to get the best price you can. People will be quite happy to follow your auction for days, bidding the price higher and higher as they go. What did the seller getting the best price do? Go back to that completed items display, and take a look at which durations the top seller uses the most often. The chances are that what they’re doing works. Can you ship quickly? You might find that customers get frustrated if they have to wait for over a week for your auction to end, only to have to wait some more for the item to actually turn up. If you’re running auctions with the longest duration, try to have the thing packed and ready to go for posting the day it ends. Is there a rush on? If it’s the holiday period, or there’s a sudden surge in demand for your particular item, then don’t list items for as long as you would usually. It’s in your interest to have a quick turnover, then you should be listing for the minimum of one day. How visible do you want to be? You might have noticed that most of the effects caused by varying item durations are basically caused by the fact that, by default, eBay sorts search results so that items ending sooner appear first. Since it’s the default, this is the view most people use – meaning that items ending sooner get viewed much more. If you’d like a few more tips about increasing your auction’s visibility on eBay, make sure to check out the next email. See you there!

My ebay selling secrets

What are the ebay selling secrets that so many ordinary men and women use to make themselves a full time income (or significantly more) on ebay these days? It is obvious that you will have to be serious about your business if you are going to make it big on ebay - just like in any other business activity. As such there are a lot of things to consider, like a good business proposition, marketing, customer service etc. However, for anyone trying to sell anything on ebay there are actually two "secrets" that will make a world of difference. The ebay selling master knows that... I remember hearing a Chinese story once, about a master doll maker; His most talented apprentice had become a very skilful doll maker himself. But, although his dolls where technically just as good as the masters, there was still something missing. Something so obvious that anyone could tell the difference, yet no one could put their finger exactly on what made the masters dolls so much more impressive. Finally, on the masters deathbed, the apprentice asked the master what his big secret was. The master then took one of the dolls that the apprentice had made, gave it's face a gentle push so that the mouth and eyes lifted into a friendly smile. This was the whole secret. Now, like I said there is obviously more to it than this when it comes to selling professionally on ebay. But the two most critical elements to any ebay auction are - The item description - A good picture of the item Getting these right sounds simple enough, but as a customer you will still se a great deal of poorly written descriptions and non-representative images, or no image at all. This will, in most cases, make you as a potential buyer think twice before placing any bids with this particular ebay merchant. An item description that sells The most important part of any eBay listing is the description of the item. Get this right as a seller, and you have already won half the battle. It is easy to understand that the description should "sell" the item for you, but don't go overboard and write a "shopping channel" style sales pitch. In fact, the most important thing is that the buyer gets as good a picture as is possible about the product, without holding it in his or her own hands. Think about it for a moment, if you where going to bid a lot of money on something. you would definitely want to know that it's wort bidding for in the first place - right? You want to know exactly what model, year, manufacturer etc. the item in question is. Is it used or brand new? Perfect condition or slightly damaged? If it's some kind of clothing, is it definitely your size etc.? For whatever you are selling you want to place yourself in the customers shoes and ask yourself: "what would I want to know about this product?". Then be as thorough and honest as possible about your items peculiarities in your description. And if someone emails you with a follow-up question, be quick to respond. If you are selling a certain type of product on a continuous basis, it is naturally also a good idea to keep track on what additional questions you get, in order to further improve your item descriptions. A great description will bring you the right kind of customers, who feel comfortable with buying from you. Make a really cryptic or outright deceitful description and you risk end up being regarded as another ebay con artist. A picture sells more than a thousand words? As an ebay professional you will definitely want to brush up on your skills in photography. A good picture will by no means cover up for a poor item description, but it will definitely help tip the scales even further in your favour. Leaving the picture out is simply not an option in most scenarios. Trust me, the additional effort spent on this will pay you back in spades. It is no coincidence that most ebay PowerSellers are also pretty skilled photographers. Buing that shimmering dress or antique vase feels so much better, after having seen a picture of tha actual product. The only situation where you could use some type of stock photo, is if you are selling some kind of brand new product that will look the same no matter where the customer buys it. Still, if the manufacturer can't provide you with attractive and detailed photos, you might want to take your own pictures anyway. Good digital cameras are cheap these days, so every ebay entrepreneur should definitely have one. If you are aiming for long term success on ebay, there are definitely many other things you will need to learn. But mastering the item description and photo will definitely be one of main the goals on your journey towards ebay selling mastery.

Free ebay business training

Free eBay Business Trainings: Learn In Minutes What you can Learn in Terms of Years! eBay sellers need to be subjected from time-to-time with free eBay business training. By availing of free eBay business training, the eBay sellers, whether part time or full time will get new updates on important things that will determine their success in Selling on eBay, and Other Online Auctions. There’s the most remarkable free conference we learned about that focus on product acquisitions and selling online. The speaker, Craig Meyer, is the real deal.

If you have ever thought about running a business from your home, This free eBay business training conference by Meyer is a "don't miss" hour and 1/2 live presentation. There is also the option to take the recorded version of the presentation at your own pace. The auction secrets you'll learn will cut years off your eBay learning curve. During the free eBay business training, Meyer took the time to distinguish the attendants of his conference and get them to share their personal experiences. One of the students, Chris Twig, shared that he started only a year ago. Craig's team located a product, negotiated terms, and is now successfully marketing his website. He now only sells products by the wholesale truckload, and his product is featured on QVC. He doesn't even need to carry inventory anymore! Thinking about how much people are earning on eBay? On free eBay business trainings, like the ones given by Craig Meyer.

so I urge you to take the time to listen to Craig Meyer, a pro who walks-the-walk. After Meeyer’s free eBay business training, he gives you an auction toolkit of the latest auction tools that will help you succeed on eBay and avoid all the common auction traps. Once you come out of free eBay business training, your eyes will be opened up round for good sources and programs that’s designed to bolster your online auction campaigns. You will know how to accquire programs like Fotokiss. Fotokiss is a program which helps you upload your photos and blow them up to make them stand out to customers.

You won't need expensive programs like photoshop. This software suite will help you blow your competition off the map. And best yet, it's all free! You are granted this as token of appreciation in your attendance to the free eBay business training event that focuses on making big money with eBay and the Internet. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced seller, this free eBay business training is like a shoe, where one size fits all. In a span of 90-minutes online presentation your mind is filled with newer ideas, a lot more resources and selling secrets you have not encountered before. This free eBay business training is conducted from Mayer’s office right in the comfort of your home or office on your personal computer. All you need is a phone and computer with an internet connection. When you come out of this free eBay business training conference you begin to imagine being an eBay Online Auction power-seller earning $5,000 to $10,000 a month. The training will give you the proper boost to know that anyone can do it with the right product niche. Thousands of regular people just like you and I are doing this right now and so can you! What you will learn in the free eBay business trainings: 1. Secrets of creating ads 2. Carving a product niche with high profit margins! 3. Why you should not work with product consolidators! 4. Dealing with manufacturers to drop-ship directly to your customers 5. Marketing only one or two products and sell multiples of such over and over 6. The reasons you need a website and where you can get a free one. 7. Knowing a systematic approach to making big money using eBay and the Internet. Take advantage of free eBay business trainings whenever possible. Why take two or three years to learn what you can during free eBay business trainings online. It works if you make it work. Most probabaly the first thing you’ll ever learn in these free eBay business trainings is your willingness to put up five to ten more hours a week into your business. You’ll also learn that in order to succeed to the heights of glory in the eBay business, you need to work smarter not harder!

How to avoid losing to ebay snipers 480

How to Avoid Losing to eBay Snipers Sniping occurs when a bid is about to end. Some yahoo rushes in and bids a little higher than the highest bid as the clock runs out of time – winning the bid. Sniping is against the rules at eBay, but it doesn’t slow the snipers down! In most cases, even if you report it, the sniper will get away with it, and you will have lost the item that you wanted to win so badly. Unfortunately, in order to avoid losing the items you want to snipers at eBay, you have to take on the sniper mentality. You also need to snipe in a way that will not violate eBay’s rules. Snipping can be done in one of two ways. The first way is the safest, but not necessarily the easiest. Simply keep up with the item you are bidding on. Make a note of the date and time that the auction will end, and make sure that you are in front of your computer and logged into the auction well before that specific time. The objective is to either bid higher than the highest bid during the last few seconds – which is what snipers do - or to simply make sure that you are not outbid by a sniper. Remember that sniping is against the rules, so you should log in about thirty or forty five minutes before the bidding ends, and get your bid up until it is the highest bid. At that point, all you need to do is to keep an eye out to make sure that nobody else raises the bid. If you’ve been logged in for a while, this cannot be considered sniping. Using this method, you must be aware of automatic bidders. It is very hard to bid against people who use bidding software. That software has been designed for the purpose of snipping, and your chances of outbidding the software manually are very slim – which leads us to the second method of snipping – Snipping services. Snipping services are very easy to find online, and they are relatively inexpensive. You can also purchase your own snipping software. If you want to become a sniper, purchasing your own software is usually the best way to go if you bid on a lot of items. You just set up the software, tell it which auction to watch and what the highest price you are willing to bid is, and let it do the work - just remember that it is against the rules, and while eBay seldom enforces this rule, you will be running the risk of getting banned from eBay. Sniping is bad if someone does it to you, but if you use it yourself to win bids, it can be a wonderful thing. On the other hand, it may not be very ethical. Outbidding someone is one thing, sniping is something altogether different! (word count 480)

Buy to sell on ebay

Buy to Sell on eBay: the Best Sources are Just Around the Corner Once you start out as an eBay seller, the challenge is to have profitable products that are guaranteed to draw buyers on eBay. To achieve this, start considering the strategy of buy to sell on eBay. Unless you just want to sell from time-to-time to earn extra bucks, you can not forever come up with used items from your own attic, garage and closets. This strategy of risk-free and cost-free eBay selling is just your stepping stone to earn the needed funds and expand your online business. Buying products to sell on eBay is a good way to start getting more serious and responsible eBay seller. If you choose to buy to sell on eBay, there is capital involved. Also, be aware that in doing buy to sell on eBay business, you accept that there are risks involved. First of all, consider the cost of acquiring the products you will be putting up for sale. Regarding this, you need to know the best places where to merchandise is cheap enough to buy so that you’ll still get profit once you sell it on eBay. Second, you have to prepare maintenance costs for transporting the products you bought, providing enough storage space for the items, and repairing damaged items. Buy to sell on eBay have very tedious and time-consuming aspects. As such here are a couple of important things to be considered as you venture in the buy to sell on eBay business: - Identify what products you should buy according to the type of costumer you wish to target. - Places where you can buy the products you want to sell on eBay and at the same time get good bargains for it Perhaps you already know of some places where you can start your buy to sell of eBay enterprise. Still we give you some pointers on the top places where you can find good sources of products to buy to sell on eBay. Start your research here! 1. Garage sales and flea markets – buying products to sell on eBay from these sources are perfect for those who are starting small in their venture. Most probably you will be able to buy cheaply a wide range of used items you are targeting to sell. Still, before beginning your shopping, do some research first on the product categories you are interested in. Scour on several sales in order to get the best bargain. 2. eBay – call it recycling, but eBay is a good source for products you can buy to sell on eBay. As long as you are careful in purchasing, buying wholesale items to sell on eBay through retail can be a very good bargain on your part. 3. Drop Shipper Directories – these are wholesalers that already ship directly to your customers the items they bought from you. With this kind of set-up you no longer have to invest in doing inventory of your merchandise. You also become free of the tedious responsibility to maintain a stockroom or warehouse for your products. Look up online for directories of drop shippers, which are for sale. You may run the risk of buying from a disreputable one, such that you need to confirm its record and reputation. 4. Local businesses – there are local businesses in your area that have the exact products you are targeting on for your buy to sell on eBay enterprise. Haggle for a low volume price for the products you wish to buy to sell on eBay for a considerable profit. 5. Crafters – these are good sources of specialized products. Have an arrangement whether to buy a certain quantity or thru consignment. Just be sure to get a certain discount. If you aspire for more types of product and better deals on products to buy to sell on eBay, try out these other sources: - Trade shows where there is a wide array of merchandise – a perfect opportunity for those that buy to sell on eBay. - Permanent marts where you can meet up with product suppliers and get great bargains for retail or wholesale purchase. - Wholesaler directories online to point you to more places where you can buy to sell on eBay. - Importers/Exporters are the perfect sources if you want to buy to sell on eBay foreign and imported products, and; - Foreign trade offices in major US cities. In order to become successful in buying to sell on eBay, be more resourceful, open to challenges and ready to take risks. -30-

Items that sell well on the internet

EBay continues to be all the rage these days, as people from all over the world supplement their incomes by finding buyers for what they might consider junk. EBay should no longer be thought of as a place to unload unwanted clutter to suckers for a profit, however. It is fast becoming a site where legitimate traders and collectors are enhancing their hobbies, where businesses are being grown, and where people of like interest can build relationships. EBay is not the only player on the Internet selling market, as rivals Yahoo Auctions and http://Amazon. com Marketplace also offer auction services.

All three sites have the same items when it comes to top selling Internet markets, though, and these are listed here. These items are not just popular on auction sites, either; they can all be bought from their manufacturer or other people right on the Internet, often at lower prices than you would pay at your local store, even including the shipping. Books: There are sites all over the Internet for selling books, and those books are in every conceivable category. There are hardcopy books and ebooks, ancient texts and modern gems just waiting to be bought.

Sites like http://Amazon. com got their start just by creating can enormous database of books that can be purchased, and there are always people looking for books as sources of entertainment or information. New authors are finding it easier than ever to have their work published and sold on the Internet, and there is no better marketing tool for your new work. DVDs: The growth of the Internet trade in digital video is rapidly causing bulk companies like BMG and Columbia House to become obsolete. The main premise of these companies was their access to distributors, which would allow them to buy the movies at bulk rates and then sell them at profit. Now, people can go straight to distributors and buy the videos themselves without having to sign any long term agreements that will potentially lose any savings they may have originally made. As with books, every DVD ever made is available somewhere on the Internet.

CDs: The Internet is the first marketing site for new CDs coming out, as many recording artists have realized. Allowing members of their web sites to have first shot and knowledge of an upcoming CD helps guarantee strong sales within the first few weeks of release, a marketing tool that is important in keeping the new album visible in terms of sales tracking. Toys: This is a great category. Toy collecting is one of the most popular hobbies in the world, and the advent of the Internet has meant a surge in the sales of toys both old and new. Again, companies are able to advertise their wares to interested, target market buyers without having to go through expensive middle practices. Toy collectors can find any toy they need for their collection somewhere on the Internet, on an auction site or any of the numerous specific sites dedicated to that purpose.

Take advantage of mistake that auction seller made

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. com 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. com http:// monaky. com

Everyone should sell on ebay

Copyright 2006 John Thornhill Many online entrepreneurs focus their efforts on their own websites exclusively. Others may also utilize affiliate programs, ezines, and other tactics to increase online business. Those who want to make a living online, however, should never forget to try to find a component of their overall strategy that can be conducted via eBay. No other online marketplace compares to eBay in terms of size and scope. It is a market that simply cannot be overlooked. The sheer number of potential customers that can be reached via eBay cannot be matched by any other site or service. Any online seller wants to get his or her product or service in front of as many prospects as possible. Ebay is a great way to do just that. The level of potential exposure is beyond compare. Additionally, eBay has developed so as to allow sellers to list products in a variety of niche categories, allowing for great prospect targeting. Those who want to find the kind of thing one is selling will find it. Meanwhile, the seller is not required to pay for views by people who have no potential interest in their offerings. Targeted marketing is a key to success and few buying venues allow for the level of targeting provided by eBay. Everyone is familiar with eBay on some level. Its huge member base and remarkable influence have made it instantly recognizable to millions of people. With that level of awareness also comes a level of trust. Many people who would be reluctant to spend anything at an unknown website are more than willing to make purchases through eBay as a byproduct of their familiarity with the site. Many of those who use eBay tend to rely on it almost exclusively for online purchases. The ease of the site’s use and its popularity has created an entire marketplace of people who are eBay-only buyers. Those who fail to sell on eBay never have an opportunity to access this potential market. When one considers the ease of use involved in selling on eBay all of these advantages are multiplied. Setting up a seller’s account is incredibly simple and does not require a great deal of time or effort. The price of listing auctions on eBay is also quite limited. This makes use of the system even more attractive. Those who are involved in online business must consider eBay when concocting their sales and marketing strategies. To overlook this giant is an error of the largest magnitude. There are few other ways to have such potential reach available for such a low cost so quickly. Many who never felt their efforts would translate effectively into the eBay marketplace have been pleasantly surprised at its strength as a revenue producing component of their business. If you have something to sell online, you simply cannot afford to leave eBay out of your overall marketing and business strategy.

Ebay express offers exciting new selling options

Recently eBay launched its new "eBay Express" and it's almost certain to be a major profit center to eBay sellers. As everyone knows, eBay began as an auction site. Catering to small, mom and pop sellers, eBay evolved into a more traditional online shopping channel with its stores and such features as Buy It Now (BIN) which allows buyers to purchase merchandise immediately, rather than waiting for an auction to end. With eBay Express this transition to online store is complete, although eBay will certainly retain the auction format for which it is most famous. In 2005 eBay bought shopping. com and the similarity in format between the two is apparent. The format is almost identical although there are far more items on eBay Express than shopping. com. For instance, this morning in 'women's apparel' there were "469,207 matches found" on Express and "79,000 items from 525 stores" on shopping. com. One great difference: with the eBay Express system every purchase goes to the same shopping cart, even though there are thousands of merchants. The shopping site, on the other hand, leads directly to the individual store that owns the displayed merchandise. eBay sellers cannot sign up for eBay Express, although they can opt out. Instead, the merchandise is automatically listed if it's in the BIN format or if it's listed in an eBay store. At this time, there is no charge for this dual listing on eBay and eBay Express, although I feel certain that this will change in the future and that eBay will charge for this service. Sellers will receive not only more exposure for each item listed, but there are other benefits as well: 1. Buyers can choose to purchase multiple items all in one transaction, just like any traditional store. If the buyer wants eight different items, it can be handled in one transaction, with one payment and one shipping charge. This is so much simpler than dealing with eight different auctions, eight different sellers and eight different shipping fees that it's almost certain to encourage multiple sales. 2. This will, in turn, solve one of the biggest gripes of eBay sellers: the dreaded Non Paying Bidder! For reasons known only to themselves, there are multiple dead beats who deliberately win an auction - but never pay the seller. Usually they don't even respond to repeated emails. This is very costly to sellers - not only in the obvious sense of unpaid merchandise but also because of the loss of other buyers who were legitimately interested in the merchandise but have most likely gone elsewhere. With eBay Express, everything will be paid in advance so the buyer won't withdraw her merchandise from the market yet never be paid for it. 3. There is a shopping cart for eBay Express and it includes multiple ways to pay. 4. eBay has promised to aggressively promote eBay Express in the search engines and there is every reason to trust that promise. After all, it is in eBay's interest to use their considerable muscle to ensure the success of eBay Express. This is certain to mean more traffic to sellers. Although the starting point of seller participation is either an eBay store or Buy It Now items, there are additional requirements: * At this time, the Express is only available to American and Canadian sellers. If eBay Express is a success, this is very likely going to expand to other countries. * The items for sale must physically be in the US * There are PayPal conditions: the seller must be either a PayPal Business or a PayPal Premier participant * Every item listed in eBay Express must include a picture * If applicable, the "condition" field must indicate whether the merchandise is Used/New/Refurbished * Such items as books, movies and DVDs have a "pre-filled item information" component to their listings and this must be used * There are three choices for shipping on eBay and these must be clearly indicated in the 'shipping' field of each listing in order to be included in eBay Express - Calculated - A flat fee of "X" amount of dollars - No cost for shipping * Sellers feedback must be a minimum of 100 points * Seller feedback must have at least a 98% approval rate Items will be listed in up to three different locations on eBay Express. According to eBay's president: "Results are sorted on relevancy against the buyer’s search by default. Searching brings back listings that may not be an exact keyword match and sorts them based on a range of factors. The buyer is able to re-sort by total cost, i. e. item price plus shipping cost." With all these exciting promises, there are eBay seller gripes about one feature and that is that sellers will sometimes be presented with orders from unconfirmed PayPal addresses. This is significant because PayPal offers some fraud protection but only if the merchandise is shipped to an address that has been confirmed by PayPal. If the address is not confirmed and the buyer is a fraud, sellers will lose out. In spite of all the outrage over this provision, it isn't that different from online sellers who have their own merchant account. In the United States, for example, there is an Address Verification System. If we, for instance, receive an order from an address that doesn't match the address on the buyer's credit card, we know that we are taking a much larger risk than normal. In fact, many merchant account providers forbid turning off the AVS and breaking this rule can cost the merchant his account. In this case, all orders that don't have an address match are automatically rejected. If eBay sellers don't want to agree to these terms, they have two choices: 1. The first seller choice involves opting out of eBay Express entirely. This seems to me to be a foolish choice. Yes, there is added risk but the possibility of increased business will most likely more than make up for an occasional bad transaction. It's imperative that we make it easy for buyers to do business with us. Perhaps the strongest example I've ever seen of eBay fear was a notice by a seller that we had to mail him and get permission to bid on one of his items! Undoubtedly he had been burned by an unscrupulous buyer and tried so hard to protect himself that he most likely destroyed his business. I seriously doubt that people are willing to do as he requested (unless his merchandise was irresistible - and it wasn't!) 2. There is an option to decide on a case-by-case basis if the transaction should be honored. This might be useful in the event of very expensive merchandise, but it could quickly grow to be a problem in the event of many sales. Most everything that eBay touches turns to gold and eBay Express will likely be the same. We cannot know the results as yet, but the increased sales will probably far outweigh the increased risk. We cannot know without testing but sellers would be wise to concentrate on these exciting new opportunities rather than focusing on fear of loss. Wandering around eBay Express as a buyer, I cannot help but be pleased with what I find. I have the option of viewing up to 90 items on each page, the volume is gigantic, the pictures are great, and I can buy whatever I want with only one payment. It's more like Amazon than eBay. With the vast resources behind this new selling venue, success is the most likely possibility and this seller doesn't intend to miss out!

How to guide on selling on e bay

Almost everyone that has access on the internet has heard about the greatness of E-Bay. Despite of the popularity of this internet portal, not many people understand what E-Bay really is. E-Bay is not your traditional website and online shopping/bidding store. In fact, it is way more than the traditional ones because there is no direct person in charge of the whole thing. It more or less resembles newsgroups wherein it links people that have the same interest and hobbies. It is also a place for people to buy and sell their products as well. If you are interested in the buy and sell part of E-bay, then you have to learn the basics of E-bay. The first thing that you could do is tour E-bay and then research about products that are similar to yours. In this way, you could have an idea about the price, shipping details, and the demand of your product.

The next thing that you should do after research is to try and sell one item. This one item could be viewed as a trial wherein the price should not be too cheap or too expensive. The description included in the item should be catchy in order to stand out among the competitors as well as to create an impact to potential customers. Before doing the trial sale, you must already have a set criteria of products that you want to specialize in. Once the details about the product are ironed out, it is now time to discuss the shipping requirements. This is usually the source of many disagreements because most customers that the shipping is free which far from reality because shipping could be more expensive than the product itself. As the product-owner, you should be the one in charge of explaining to them that the shipping cost would be charged to them. When the shipping matters are settled, then it is time for the product to be shipped. Once the product is in the hand of the customer, encourage the customer to post feedback regarding the item as well as the transaction done with you. The feedbacks of customers are important because it would be the basis of your reputation as a seller in the E-Bay portal. These feedbacks are important because once you have a lot of good feedbacks; it earns you more points (e. g. 10 positive feedbacks equates a gold star; after 100 a blue star; 500 purple; 1000 red). The more stars you have, the higher the chances of having successful transactions in E-Bay.

The easy way to make sure you never overpay on ebay

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.

Ebay buyers ebay safety tips you should know

eBay Buyers: eBay Safety Tips You Should Know Are you interested in shopping on eBay? If you are, you are definitely not alone. Over the past few years, the popularity of eBay has literally skyrocketed. Since eBay is considered an online auction website, one that allows internet users to post their belongings for sale, it generates a huge marketplace with millions of items for sale, at any given time. Although eBay is a great place to do your shopping online, it can be unsafe; however, there are a number of ways that you can protect you and your finances when using eBay to do your online shopping. One of the most important things that you need to remember when using eBay is that you created a sign in name or a screen name for yourself. That screen name is used so that you do not have to provide other eBay users with your real name. Yes, if you were to make a purchase online, you would need to give the eBay seller your real name and address, but that is the only time that you should do so. You should never give an eBay seller information about yourself, unless you have won an item from them on the eBay website. In connection with giving out personal information about yourself, you also do not want to give out any other personal information about your finances. eBay uses a secure checkout program, which enables you to make payment arrangements on your own. The most secure way to make purchases online is through PayPal, but many other sellers accept personal checks or money orders. With PayPal, the eBay seller you are doing business with actually doesn’t get your credit card information, as all funds are transferred electronically. For that reason, there is no reason to give an eBay seller your bank account information or your credit or debit card information, even if you are buying an item from them. When buying an item on eBay, you may place most of your focus on the price that the item is listed at, if it is a buy it now auction. If it is in a traditional auction listing, you may be focusing on the current highest bid. While this is important to do, you will also want to place a focus on the total cost of shipping. It is not uncommon for eBay sellers to sell their items for a low price, but charge a high amount in shipping. Also, be cautious of a seller who doesn’t provide you with shipping information upfront. Often times, you will find this is a front for a scam. After winning the auction, you are responsible for paying for the product, as well as the shipping costs, which often turn out to be high. To prevent you from doing business with a shady eBay seller, one who may be out to take your money, you will want to examine the feedback of each eBay seller that you are interested in doing business with. While a few negative feedback ratings are not uncommon, you will want to be cautious of new eBay sellers with even just one or two negative ratings. Basically, when shopping on eBay, you need to use your best judgment. If something looks suspicious, there is a good chance that it is. To prevent yourself from being scammed or losing money, you will just want to make sure that you use your head, as it is often the best sign of trouble to come. It is also important to mention phishing scams. These types of scams are taking place off of the eBay website, but they are, in a way, related to eBay. There are a number of scammers, who are creating fake eBay emails, as well as fake eBay sign in screens. These emails are prompting you to sign into your eBay account. Once you do so, the scammer will have access to your eBay account, as well as some of your personal information. Do not fall victim to these scams. All eBay messages should appear in your eBay account, which can be accessed once you log in directly from eBay. com. eBay is a great place to buy and sell on the internet. You shouldn’t let the possibility of getting scammed prevent you from shopping online. As long as you keep the above mentioned points in mind, you should be able to do your online shopping on eBay, without having any problems. Word Count 739

Ebay income possibilities

If you’ve ever read an article about eBay, you will have seen the kinds of incomes people make – it isn’t unusual to hear of people making thousands of dollars per month on eBay. Next time you’re on eBay, take a look at how many PowerSellers there are: you’ll find quite a few. Now consider that every single one of one of them must be making at least $1,000 per month, as that’s eBay’s requirement for becoming a PowerSeller. Silver PowerSellers make at least $3,000 each month, while Gold PowerSellers make more than $10,000, and the Platinum level is $25,000. The top ranking is Titanium PowerSeller, and to qualify you must make at least $150,000 in sales every month! The fact that these people exist gives you come idea of the income possibilities here. Most of them never set out to even set up a business on eBay – they simply started selling a few things, and then kept going. There are plenty of people whose full-time job is selling things on eBay, and some of them have been doing it for years now. Can you imagine that? Once they’ve bought the stock, everything else is pretty much pure profit for these people – they don’t need to pay for any business premises, staff, or anything else. There are multi-million pound businesses making less in actual profit than eBay PowerSellers do. Even if you don’t want to quit your job and really go for it, you can still use eBay to make a significant second income. You can pack up orders during the week and take them down to the post office for delivery each Saturday. There are few other things you could be doing with your spare time that have anywhere near that kind of earning potential. What’s more, eBay doesn’t care who you are, where you live, or what you look like: some PowerSellers are very old, or very young. Some live out in the middle of nowhere where selling on eBay is one of the few alternatives to farming or being very poor. eBay tears down the barriers to earning that the real world constantly puts up. There’s no job interview and no commuting involved – if you can post things, you can do it. Put it this way: if you know where to get something reasonably cheaply that you could sell, then you can sell it on eBay – and since you can always get discounts for bulk at wholesale, that’s not exactly difficult. Buy a job lot of something in-demand cheaply, sell it on eBay, and you’re making money already, with no set-up costs. If you want to dip your toe in the water before you commit to actually buying anything, then you can just sell things that you’ve got lying around in the house. Search through that cupboard of stuff you never use, and you’ll probably find you’ve got a few hundred dollars’ worth of stuff lying around in there! This is the power of eBay: there is always someone who wants what you’re selling, whatever it might be, and since they’ve come looking for you, you don’t even need to do anything to get them to buy it. So you want to get started on eBay? Well, that’s great! There are only a few little things you need to learn to get started. Our next email will give you the lowdown.

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