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How to Time an eBay Sale

Timing is everything. Sell what you know and know when to sell. Buy low and sell high. Fast quarters are better than slow dollars. Okay, granted, clichés may be painful to hear over and over, but they [more…]

Know All About What You're Selling on eBay

Before selling your merchandise on eBay, do some digging to find out as much as you can about it. Here are some ideas to help you flesh out your knowledge of what you have to sell: [more…]

Comparison Selling on eBay

Today, in the bustling world of e-commerce on eBay, retail spying continues just as in the old days when successful retailers like Gimbel and Macy spied on each other to figure out ways to get a leg up [more…]

Know What You Can (and Can't) Sell on eBay

The majority of items sold on eBay are aboveboard. But sometimes eBay finds out about listings that are either illegal (in the eyes of the state or federal government) or prohibited by eBay's rules and [more…]

Prohibited Items That Can't Be Sold on eBay

Even though possessing (and selling) many of the items in the following list is legal in the United States and elsewhere, you are absolutely, positively [more…]

Infringement Violations on eBay

Profiting from a copy of someone else's legally owned intellectual property is an infringement violation. Infringement, also known as piracy, is the encroachment on another person's legal ownership rights [more…]

Restricted Items on eBay

Because some items are prohibited in one place and not another, eBay lists a few items that you can trade but that are restricted and regulated. As a member of eBay, you're responsible for knowing the [more…]

Intellectual Property Violations on eBay

If you own intellectual property that you think is being infringed upon by an item for sale on the eBay site, you should take advantage of the eBay Verified Rights Owner [more…]

eBay Fees for Sellers

On eBay you don't have to spend much to start your business. This is one reason why eBay has become one of the most successful e-commerce companies on the Internet and a darling of Wall Street. eBay keeps [more…]

How to Keep Current on Your eBay Profits

When you've finished all the legwork needed to make some money on eBay, do some brain work to keep track of your results. The best place to keep watch on your eBay sales is on your My eBay page, a great [more…]

eBay's Sell Your Item Page

Begin by clicking the word Sell in the navigation bar at the top of the eBay page. Once clicked, you will need to sign in and then the Sell Your Item form appears. Filling out this virtual paperwork requires [more…]

How to Select an Auction Item Category

Many eBay sellers will tell you that selecting the exact category isn't crucial to achieving the highest price for your item — and they're right. The bulk of buyers [more…]

How to Write Your eBay Item Description

After you hook potential eBay bidders with your title, reel ’em in with a fabulous description. Don't think Hemingway here; think infomercial (the classier and more fact-filled the better). The figure [more…]

How to Set a Starting Price for Your eBay Item

eBay requires you to set a starting price, also called a minimum bid — the lowest bid allowed in an auction. You may be surprised to see stuff worth tens of thousands of dollars starting at just a buck [more…]

How to Set Your eBay Auction Time

How long do you want to run your auction? eBay gives you a choice — 1, 3, 5, 7, or 10 days. Just click the number you want in the box. If you choose a 10-day auction, you add [more…]

How to Set a Reserve Price on an eBay Auction Item

Here's a little secret: The reason sellers list big-ticket items like Ferraris, grand pianos, and high-tech computer equipment with a starting bid of $1 is because they're protected from losing money with [more…]

eBay's Listing Designer

How many times have you seen an item on eBay laid out on the page all pretty with a decorative border around the description? If that sort of thing appeals to you, eBay's Listing Designer will supply you [more…]

How to Set Shipping Terms for Your eBay Item

Before you complete your auction listing, you need to select your shipping options. You have three basic options, depending on whether you're willing to ship internationally. Here are your choices: [more…]

Check eBay's Preview Your Listing Page

After you fill in all the blanks on the Sell Your Item form, you come to the Preview Your Listing page. Scroll down the page and confirm that all the information appears as you intended. If you think you're [more…]

Midcourse Corrections: Fixing Current eBay Listings

Don't worry if you make a mistake filling out the Sell Your Item page but don't notice it until after the auction is up and running. Pencils have erasers, and eBay allows revisions. You can make changes [more…]

Talking to Buyers: The ABCs of Good eBay Communication

Honest-to-goodness talk, comprehensive descriptions, and efficient messages are worth their weight in gold and good feedback — especially on eBay. Sometimes [more…]

Shipping Your eBay Items to the Buyers

Shipping can be the most time-consuming (and most dreaded) task for many eBay sellers. Even if the selling portion of your transaction goes flawlessly, the item has to get to the buyer in one piece. If [more…]

Shipping eBay Items via FedEx

FedEx Express Air is great for rush business, but Express seems rather expensive for eBay shipping. However, if the buyer wants it fast and is willing to pay, send it by FedEx overnight. [more…]

How to Prepare Postage for eBay Items with Endicia

DAZzle — combined with the patented Dial-A-Zip — became the basis for the software that comes free with the Endicia Internet Postage service. There isn't a more robust mailing program on the market. [more…]

Shipping eBay Items via UPS

The folks in the brown UPS trucks love eBay. The options they offer vary, with everything from Overnight service to Ground service. UPS also takes many of the odd-shaped large boxes, such as those for [more…]

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