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Got it all in front of you? Great!
Now search eBay for each item you have, or comparable items. Make a note of their prices so you have a guide. If your items are "worthless" - i.e. they're only selling for a buck or two, then don't bother (unless you have a lot of them). If you've got any "hot" items, put them to one side.
Before you list you may find a Digital Camera handy. If you don't have one don't worry, but you can buy them now for around $40 and they DO make a hell of a difference to your listings.
List all your normal stuff. Don't spend too much on featured listings, such as Bold, Gallery etc for cheaper items. And don't worry about postage costs - buyer pays these! Make sure you list them at a good time, i.e. around 7-9 pm, and preferably on a Sunday Evening. This means a 7 day Auction will END at 7-9pm on a Sunday Evening - more people surfing :-)
Now list your HOT items. If you have any collectibles, such as coins, toys, books etc, or you have rare items, NOW's time to splash out on featured listings. It depends on how much you expect item to sell for.
For any item you can place a Buy It Now option. Only do this if item is pretty common and sells well, or you want to "fake" value. For example, if a Buy It Now price is $80 and winner ends up bidding $50 he *thinks* he has a bargain.
After everything is listed keep an eye on your items in your "My Ebay" page. It shows you everything. And be sure to answer questions from interested buyers promptly.
After your 7 days are up collect payments and ship items. PayPal is easiest way to accept payments, and eBay owns PayPal so it's all automated. You can withdraw funds from PayPal to your Bank Account directly.
Do this for two or three weeks then you have some cash behind you to get started on your main business!
(C)2004 Stuart Reid, http://www.netpreneurnow.com
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