Examining the Turbo Lister eBay Selling Tool - dummies

Examining the Turbo Lister eBay Selling Tool

By Marsha Collier

If you plan on making some extra cash as an eBay regular, Turbo Lister can be an extremely handy tool. Turbo Lister is robust software and offers the following features:

  • Self-updates: Turbo Lister automatically updates itself regularly from the eBay site and includes any new eBay enhancements so your listings always take advantage of eBay’s latest features. Whenever you fire up the program, it loads and then immediately checks with the eBay server for updates. This can take a few minutes, so if you plan on listing items ASAP, be sure to open Turbo Lister ahead of time.

  • Templates: Predesigned templates are built into the program’s Listing Designer. If you use one of eBay’s themes or layouts, you will be charged an additional $.10 on top of your listing fees (unless you subscribe to Selling Manager Pro, in which case they are free).

    If you’d prefer, use a template of your own design to jump-start your description without incurring extra charges, by pasting your template into the HTML view. You can even use templates from other sources, as long as they are in HTML format.

  • WYSIWYG interface: If you choose to design your own ads from scratch, you can do it with Turbo Lister’s easy-to-use WYSIWYG layout tool.

  • Bulk listing tool: Prepare your listings whenever you have the time. When you’re ready to launch a group of them, just transfer them to the upload area, and, well, upload them.

  • Item preview: You can preview your listings to be sure they look just as you want them to.

  • All item listing capabilities are available offline: By using Turbo Lister (and its constant auto-upgrading), you don’t sacrifice any of the features available to you when you list on the site using the Sell an Item form.

Although this software is definitely useful, you have to decide whether it’s really for you. The first thing to check is whether your computer meets Turbo Lister’s minimum requirements:

  • Your computer must be a PC, not a Mac (sorry, Mac users). You have to have the Windows 2000, XP, Vista, or Windows 7 operating system.

  • The processor must be at least a Pentium II (the faster your processor, the better).

  • You must have at least 128 MB of RAM. 256 MB is recommended. Easy…

    The more RAM you have, the better things work.

  • You should have at least 250 MB of free space on your hard drive to run the installation.

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer version 5.5 or later.

To check your version of Internet Explorer with the browser open, click the Help menu and then choose About Internet Explorer. The top line of the resulting dialog box displays your Internet Explorer version number.