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how do i start selling on eBay ?

February 23rd, 2013 6 comments

I would like to know how to start selling on eBay and if I need to pay any fees how do I get started can some one help me please? Thank you.

Boy, did you ask the right person! I sell on ebay all the time! First you set up an account. You have to give them either a secured email or a credit card to set it up for identification purposes. (they do not charge your card) Once you set up an ebay account you will have to set up a paypal account at in order to accept paypal payments. Paypal payments are preferred by most ebayers since they can pay instantly and so there for get their item faster. Once you have a paypal account going and your ebay account set up all you do is click on sell an item at ebay. You can sell items without a paypal account but they will not go for as much and it will take time for the money to get to you by mail which is a drag. Also keep in mind that it does not cost anything to set up a paypal account either. Another note…when auctioning off items it is best to have them end at around 6.00 or 7.00 at night…they go for more during these hours. If you like my answer please vote for it. thanks

How to Turn Ebay ® Browsers Into Buyers: a Call to Action

February 17th, 2013 No comments

During my time as an eBay ® consultant , people have asked me many questions. Often, people ask questions that are contrary to the success of their business, and it’s my job to redirect their thoughts in a more appropriate direction.

Consider the following question: “I have all of my items listed and I’m not getting as many bids as I’d expected, should I lower my pricing?”

I cringe when I hear this question, yet I understand why people ask it. It’s logical that, if something isn’t selling, it must be too expensive, right? Wrong!

There are several answers to this question, none of which are to lower the price. Today, I’m going to address a key factor that anyone can implement to increase their sales––a call to action in their item description.

What is a call to action?

A call to action is a very simple word or phrase that tells your “browser” what they should do next. This may seem obvious, but one of the biggest mistakes you can make as an eBay seller is to sit back and “hope” that your browser will become a buyer.

It is important to put aside your need to be subtle in your ads. Instead, come right out and tell your potential customer what they should do next. You can use words or phrases such as the following:

*Bid Now and Save Money

*Bid Now, Don’t Miss Out on This Incredible Deal

*Buy Now, Before the Price Gets Too High

*Bid Now, Quantities Are Limited and Moving Fast

*This Is a Hard-to-Find Item, Bid While It’s Still Here

You get the idea. Your product may have a special element, which will make this part easy. But, even if your product isn’t unique, you can still come up with an effective call to action.

Increase your sales immediately.

Using a call to action is not something new and it is more than just an idea. This method of selling has been repeatedly tested over time. Experts report that you will increase your sales by 80% simply by telling your browsers what to do next.

Bonus Tip.

Remember, you also have the option of giving potential customers more than one call to action. For example, assume that you have an eBay ® business selling collectible trains and you get a visitor who is looking for one particular item. This browser comes to one of your listings and sees that it isn’t the one they’re seeking. Because your “buy now” call to action might not work here, you’ve lost this person as a customer, right? Wrong again.

You have two things you can do at this point. The first is pretty well known and practiced, which is to direct the potential customer to a complete list of related items. Provide a call to action, such as, “If this item isn’t what you’re looking for, please click here (link to your entire list of auctions on eBay ® ) to see all of my train-related listings.”

The second, and my favorite, is to invite potential customers to sign up for free information. Provide a call to action, such as, Click Here

to visit my About Me page and discover how to receive free, weekly tips about buying collectible trains on eBay without getting scammed.” Collecting names of those who are in the market for your type of product is absolutely priceless.

sebastian foss

How to use paypal when selling on Ebay?

February 17th, 2013 2 comments

Trying to learn how to start selling on Ebay – I have a paypal buyer account – will it work for selling? Do they charge you any fees?

Yes it works both ways. You can also use it to request money with out selling on eBay and it has a great savings rate if you want to keep your profits in one place. The fee charged depends on the total dollar amount charged including your shipping charges. You are not charged when you use the account to purchase items on eBay. If for any reason you have to refund a buyer you get the fee returned. It also has a great link for shipping with the post office and UPS. You can pay your shipping right out of your Paypal balance. Best of all you can give your packages to your local carrier instead of running to the PO all the time. Good luck.

When does Ebay charge the final value fee?

February 15th, 2013 4 comments

I am preparing to sell my first item on ebay for about 350 bucks. To list it, it is 40 cents, but how much and when will the final value price and any other fees be charged? Do they automatically take it out of my money?

eBay requires sellers to set up an automatic payment method to pay their selling fee invoice, although eBay does allow you to pay early with a different method. When eBay invoices will be due varies for each seller, if I recall, the cut off is either set up for the 1st or 15th, mine is the 15th of the month, and I receive a bill a few days later and then in a few more days the money is automatically withdrawn from my payment source.

eBay – How do I pay my selling fees:

The eBay listing fees are charged to your account when you list an item, and the final value fees are charged to your account when the item sells, but you pay by your monthly invoice.

As to fee expenses. You have eBay listing fees, eBay final value fees if the item sales, and PayPal fees if you are paid via PayPal. I usually allow about 15% for fees.

Basically the costs are the listing fees for most things to "auction" which are about 10 cents to $2 and the final value fee is about 9% plus PayPal fee if applicable, which is about 3% (see further down).

The fixed price fees really require reading the fees chart, but basically about 7% to 13% plus a 50 cent listing fee unless you have an eBay store. There are add-on options you can add like bold and highlight so as you can see, the fee costs are complicated, depending if it’s an auction or fixed priced listing and any extras. The link to the eBay fee page is below.

The PayPal information is:
There’s no fee to use PayPal to purchase goods or services. However, if you receive money for goods or services (such as from selling an item on eBay), the fee for each transaction is 2.9% plus $0.30 USD of the amount you receive. The link is below.

Here is some additional eBay seller info from their web site:

What are the requirements to sell on eBay? Provide us with a valid credit card, debit card, or bank account information. Let us know how you would like to pay your seller fees. Select the payment methods you’ll accept. Make sure your Feedback Profile is public. We also recommend that you become PayPal verified.

Working At Home With Ebay

February 14th, 2013 4 comments

Do you need to supplement your income? Perhaps you’ve just retired but wish to continue working to accrue additional funds. Working at home with eBay may be just the ticket you need to begin a successful work at home venture. Let’s explore some of the ways you can make money using this auction site.

Have you been storing away unused items or gifts in your attic or basement? Have you been collecting antiques or baseball cards which are lying somewhere in a trunk? Do you have anything of value taking up much needed space? eBay is the auction site you can utilize to begin clearing out your home of unwanted items. Easy to implement; this may become a work at home niche which can bloom into a part-time or full-time job.

In addition, eBay has every tool you will need to successfully post your items; sell them; and using their Paypal service, receive payment quickly and satisfactorily. This is probably one of the easiest methods to make money online and, more importantly you may already have the goods to begin selling today. All you need is a digital camera to upload pictures of the items, and an eBay and Paypal account.

Perhaps you already have a website promoting a service or product. You can advertise your website on eBay as well, as long as you follow the rules and regulations. After you have set up your account with eBay, it is important to read all of the information eBay has made available to you. They have implemented extraordinary guides on how to sell, what to sell, what auction price to choose based on the item, how to effectively determine in which category to sell your item, and other various methods you can use to make your selling experience successful.

If you do not think you have anything worth selling; you would be wrong. Take a day to check out eBay to see what items are being put up for auction. In addition, you also have the capability to check the final selling price of any item. This can be of enormous help in setting your own price for a specific item. It’s also important to note that eBay is very effective in weeding out bogus auctions and keeps you apprised of fraudulent practices.

Selling on eBay can be a fun, exciting and unique experience. However, as with any online transactions, you have to be alert to those who have no scruples when it comes to payment. Checking the rating of buyers is vital. You may want to limit your sales to those who have ten or more successful buys. This will prevent anyone who is a first-time buyer from causing you angst. All of these tips are included in eBay’s selling guide. Read it, research, and enjoy the benefits to be derived from working at home with eBay.

Ken Shorey

how do i start selling on ebay after i’ve been buying for a while?

February 7th, 2013 2 comments

i have an account already on ebay and have been buying stuff for 3 months on there i think. i want to start selling on there and i would sign up for paypal using my debit card. after i sign up for paypal what do i do to start selling on ebay?

btw, how much does ebay take away from you when you sell something? or when do they take away money and how much?

Read the "how to start selling" tutorial on Ebay would be my advice. There is a lot you need to learn and easy mistakes to avoid making. The sellers fees are listed clearly there, it depends on your starting price, whether you use Buy It Now or auction format etc. You may have to pay an insertion fee? Definitely a Final Value Fee (depends on the final selling price) and a fee to Paypal for accepting a payment. Bear these things in mind when selling :-

See how much similar items are selling for by "watching" one in My Ebay and check after the auction ends. It might not be worth your while bothering for low value items once the fees are paid.

Take a really good clear photograph to upload, don’t copy off the internet.

Weigh the item in its packaging before you work out the P&P, packaging can weigh heavy.

Heavy items do not sell well, people won’t pay a fortune for P&P so think before you sell esp. books which can be quite heavy.

Describe any defects/faults in full it saves having to issue a refund later on to an unhappy buyer.

Always get proof of posting stamped at the post office (this is free, not the same as registered post) because buyers can sometimes turn round and say an item never arrived. If you can scan/email proof of posting to them and have a clear refund policy stated on the auction this takes the wind out of their sales.

Always send expensive items by registered post only, choose that option from the list and sort out how much this is before you list the item.

Good communication is the key on Ebay, communicate with your buyers, answer questions promptly and keep them informed when you post the item.

Caught shoplifting, clerk declined EBT transaction. Is that legal?

January 28th, 2013 11 comments

before my friends were officially caught shoplifting, they tried to do an EBT transaction the same day, and the register kept declining it and they did not know why. then a few minutes later after leaving out the doors, they got stopped by security. After they got home, they called and checked their EBT balance and they had money on there. IS THAT LEGAL??
please, no rude answers; because they are aware that shoplifting is wrong.
ten pts?
no no, i dont think you guys are getting it..
my friends stole a bunch of stuff, and packed it in a couple totes so they looked empty. They went to pay for the totes plus some food, (at a self checkout @ walmart) and the food stamp card(EBT) kept declining. then the clerk came over & helped void their food, and they payed for some of the other items they had actually bought, and continued out of the store, they then were stopped by security and so on..they finally got home and called their EBT number thing, and it said they had a balance of *.** $$. illegal??
no, they shoplifted other stuff (that was in the totes.) *on purpose*. but, they also had food in the cart as a cover up so they went to the self checkout, and scanned the food they had in the cart but a lady came up right after that and stood next to the cashier(obviously knowing that they had been shoplifting) and THAT is when it started declining. Then the origional cashier guy came over and typed in his number to void the food that they couldn’t get because it was declining , and they got their reciepts for the totes(they actually bought the totes just not the stuff in the totes) and they went out of the store. then thats where the security came in and stuff.

It’s not the store’s fault that the transaction was declined. It may be that the bank was having problems with their technology. Your friends should have offered to pay by check or cash or credit, if they had it. Stealing is NEVER an option.

Think of it this way… if you had something on eBay for sale and someone came to your home to pick it up, giving you a check. But you go to cash the check and it bounces. You call the guy and he says he doesn’t know why it bounced, but refuses to give back your item and doesn’t offer to pay you in another way…. is that legal? Would you be okay with that?

The store isn’t okay with it either.

How much should I sell my DSL for?

January 22nd, 2013 1 comment

How much should I sell my broken ds lite for?
The only thing that’s wrong with it is the motherboard, I just replaced the entire touch screen (the part you touch and the display part), I bought a brand new charger for it, and a brand new battery. I will be selling it with:
x1 DS lite (broken, but good for most parts, and shell is in good shape)
x2 DS lite batteries
x1 DS lite charger
x1 extendable metal and plastic stylus

Total I paid around $70 for everything. I’m hoping a can make that back or close to it and put it towards a DSi

So how much should I sell it for?

After a little E-bay research, I found that completed listings for broken Nintendo DS Lites over the past few days had a:

Mininum of $24
Maximum of $58

and mean of $45.

I would recommend taking these statistics into account whien you chose a price. Ebay auctions can yield a lot, but if you are inexperienced at selling, as I am, they could make a new minimum statistic 🙂

I would advise trying to get $50+ for it. This way you can get above the average without being greedy. I don’t think that your "wish" of getting your money back is going to happen, however. Sorry!

Good luck with your sales!

Ebay question regarding purchase?

January 22nd, 2013 6 comments

I am a customer on ebay and I purchased some expired vitamins. The date that these vitamins expired were on 4/09 and it clearly was stated on the listing. I did not see this on the listing and was clearly a mistake on my behalf. My question is are you allowed to sell vitamins especially that are expired on ebay? What is ebays policy? In my honest opinion, I truly believe that this should not be allowed, especially that its something that put in your body.

"Restricted – these healthcare items are allowed as long as you comply with all laws and regulations surrounding the sale and/or shipment of the item… The item can be delivered to the buyer before the expiration date."

It is somewhat vague, but it sounds like it is probably against eBay policies to sell expired vitamins. Not only that, you can check local and federal law… it is probably unlawful to sell expired anything.

You could try to use this knowledge to contact the seller for a return and refund. If they decline, report them, but you will probably not get your money back at this point, in this situation.

whats the best online auction website to buy cellphones except Ebay?

January 22nd, 2013 2 comments

I am looking for auction websites for cellphones that are legitimate and it;s safe to make online payments on them. I don’t like Ebay anymore. Ebay is full of shoddy sellers now who ask for hell of money for centuries old phones.

You should use Auction Alfie as you can search all the main auction and classified sites – including ebay.