are copies of my talks and demos on this page with links you can
#1: Buying and selling online (continued)
to the betsyanne site
new BGAMUG Page. This page has links to sites about buying
and selling online.
BUYING AND SELLING HINTS
Buying and Selling online at Ebay and other sites
ON EBAY AND OTHER SITES
What is selling? What do people want?
the Ebay Completed Listings under "Advanced". Put
in what you want to sell or your selling ideas. Do these things
sell? Also, you can go and look at other peoples stores
selling what you want to sell. Check their completed listings.
You can see what they have sold and what they have not been
able to sell. Finding your niche can take awhile - but you can
find out what things others are selling or not selling by this
boards and help with auctions check out what other people
are writing about the things you want to sell. You can get some
good hints there. Your expertise? Sell what you know. If you
dont know about what you want to sell, ask somebody who
does, or do research online or in the library to find out more.
Condition, condition, condition. Find out the condition markers
for your item. Books collectible vs. used, New, Very
Good, Good, Acceptable are all different conditions. Ebay often
has condition sheets for many different items that you can download.
Other sites do, too. Keep strictly to the condition list you
find, and even list as a lesser grade or condition than you
think your item really is, and you will be safe. The better
condition your item is in (especially if it is collectible or
antique) the better price it will command.
Screen out unwanted bidders
the bottom section on the Ebay listing form to help you screen
out unwanted bidders. This is prefilled out on the Ebay listing
page. It will automatically be filled out for you after the
first few auctions.
Become a trusted seller.
trust with good About Me Pages and a website or blog. You can
also blog on Ebay, and do a My World page. Share about yourself.
Are you an expert? Show this on your page or website. This can
really help people trust you and trust your products, too.
Do your homework.
do your research before you sell. Sometimes a thing is worth
a lot to YOU, but on auction not so much. You can learn by experience
(and you probably will), but you can also learn by other peoples
spamming is not allowed. This is what you have probably seen
on web pages, emails, and some auctions before. An example of
keyword spamming is: Dolls, paper dolls, best ebay auction,
jet airplanes, recipes, cars, racing form, low price, best auction,
pencils, pens, office items, rain, jewelry, looking for books,
looking, pets... Notice anything unusual about the words
on this list? Most dont really go together. Using a lot
of words that dont even describe the auction, getting
people to see auctions when they didnt even want to, these
are all "keyword spamming," meant to get traffic to
an auction illegally. Of course, you wont want to do this.
Auctiva this makes it easier. Put your photos on in a
Monthly folder, and then do your listing, using your templates.
Make templates first. Save your listing, check it first, then
send to Ebay.
fee to sellers. They do collect a fee, as does Ebay.
But Ebay likes Paypal because they own it, and give preference
to your listings because of that. Plus, its fast, and
easy for your customers. They give you added security on your
listings. You will find out more about this from the other presenter
Ebay said they will soon also give protection to UNCONFIRMED
addresses (people who dont want to put their credit card
online). More news ebooks have to be on classified ads
format on Ebay as of March 31.
may not leave negative feedback on Ebay as of March 31. There
are a couple of workarounds to this. #1: dont leave ANY
feedback if you are not satisfied. #2: block buyers you dont
like, #3 go to the Blacklist website and block people you think
you dont want to bid, and, #4, use the built-in Ebay list
of no-bid bidders on the list form.
this out in June while reading a message on Ebay: You may NOT
use honest words on the positive feedback. Example:
POSITIVE: shipping was slow, and customer was rude, because
Ebay management has decided that this is not allowed. If you
do this (use negative wording on a positive feedback) it will
be taken off, and you will get in trouble.
What happened with ebooks lately at Ebay?
making ebook dealers advertise with classified ads instead of
offering downloads now. The reason that Ebay gives is that this
will cut down on unfair feedback manipulation. This new policy
is making many ebook dealers move, and some are thinking of
offering pamphlets or CDs now. Other sites still allow
ebooks though, so if you like ebooks, you can still find many
for free or cheap at other sites for instant download. I personally
dont agree with this new Ebay rules change, but Ebay has
been ramping up many kinds of changes lately for many reasons.
I havent really figured this one out yet. The wise people
at Ebay suggest figuring "workarounds" for each change,
because Ebay is still the auction site with by far the most
traffic (actual hits, or people coming to look at items) today
even counting all the others.
is "Best Match"?
This is a combination of factors, such as almost completed listing,
seller gives a good shipping price, and seller has good feedback.
These people get much better positioning in listings. In other
words, these you will see first.
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