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Talk #1: Buying and selling online (continued)

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BETSY’S BUYING AND SELLING HINTS

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Buying and Selling online at Ebay and other sites

Questions:

What gives with penny sellers?

I believe that sometimes these people just want traffic to their sites, or your email address, etc.

Think of their penny auctions as an advertisement. An Ebay author I read recently thinks that some Ebay sellers just don’t know they are losing money. Do you want a penny seller item? Maybe try it out. But keep in mind, you may get spammed by having your name on their mailing list.

Mailing lists are not always bad. It’s your choice. You can find deals here, or junk here too.

Other questions:

How long does it take to really make money on Ebay?

Sometimes people luck out right away, and it takes others a long time. It just depends. Be patient and keep learning and you may still make inroads here and find your niche.

ANOTHER HINT.

Always use the 9-digit zip code when shipping. You can look it up on USPS.com. Then OK it with the customer by saying "Your item will ship to..."

You use an automatic form to check the zip code with. Just check the address very carefully before you use it. Check it against the original address that Paypal or Ebay or the other auction or payment company gave you.

This will save DAYS on your shipping time. Your customers will appreciate it a lot, and you will start getting a reputation for LIGHTNING shipping.

I have their catalog:

Uline.com

http://www.uline.com/index.asp?pricode=wd397

They have bubble wrap, bags, boxes, tape

OTHER ONLINE AUCTIONS BESIDES EBAY

Some of these are really good. For instance, I have bought some cards on IOffer and they were really nice. I have seen some good deals on other sites, too.

You may need to check with them if the sellers are forgetful, because the site is not automated like Ebay. Allow time for your item to arrive, but check first with the buyer if it doesn’t get to your house or post office box in a few weeks.

Keep good records of your purchases and notes on each. You can often give feedback on these sites, and import your feedback from Ebay too if you are a seller.

Here are some of the most popular sites besides Ebay:

Your Own site — work towards this

Amazon

IOffer

BluJay

ECrater

Overstock.com (you will not use your brand here)

Check out the Big List of online sites at my blog here for more names:

http://betsyanne.blogspot.com/2008/04/big-list-of-auction-sites.html

It is good to diversify where you sell so a change in one won’t kill your momentum.

Some ideas of things that seem profitable:

Jewelry

Fine Art

Clothing (even second hand, things like cashmere sweaters, etc. — you must pick sale-able things that are classic in style and color)

Antiques

Hobby supplies

*Ebooks (now problematic.)

For more hints, you can go to some of my favorite podcasts and blogs:

http://www.ebaysellingcoach.com

Renegade Ebay Sellers

http://www.renegade-ebay-sellers.com/

Renee Gentry’s Ebay Journal

http://www.ebayjournal.com/

Podcast — buying and selling on Ebay

How to get started and how to get better

She goes to Ebay Live too

Ebay fees Calculator

http://www.ebcalc.com/

Ebay’s What’s Hot page

http://pages.ebay.com/sellercentral/whatshot.html

 
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