Basic Rules for Selling on eBay

Written by Jason James

Complete details on current ebay policies can be found on eBay's Web site, so we won't go into all of them here. However, there are some you should know about before you begin selling on eBay

Duplicate listings occur when a seller posts more than 10 listings for identical items. The best way to list identical items is through eBay's Storefront, Fixed-Price or Multiple Item listings formats. Although there are reasons to list identical items atrepparttar same time, enabling a single seller to list too many identical items at one time hurtsrepparttar 147920 buying experience.

If a seller lists in more than one category,repparttar 147921 categories must be relevant. Any additional identical listings will be ended by eBay. There are a few exceptions: Sellers who list general admission tickets inrepparttar 147922 Tickets category may list up to 20 identical listings, and sellers of vehicle light bulbs may list up to 25 listings simultaneously.

No kids allowed: eBay requires that all users be at least 18 years of age.

Unpaid items: Winning bidders or buyers who fail to follow through withrepparttar 147923 transaction face consequences. Nonpaying bidders receive two warnings from eBay before they are suspended. When a bidder doesn't pay,repparttar 147924 seller may request a credit from eBay for their Final Value Fee by filing an Unpaid Item alert.

Nonperforming seller: Significantly misrepresenting an item by not meetingrepparttar 147925 terms and item description inrepparttar 147926 listing, or failing to deliver an item for which you accepted payment, is a violation of eBay policies and may also be considered criminal fraud.

Outages: Whenrepparttar 147927 eBay system experiences service outages, there is a structure in place to compensate users with credits on listing fees and/or listing extensions, based onrepparttar 147928 type and length ofrepparttar 147929 outage.

Profanity: The use of language that is racist, hateful, sexual or obscene in nature in a public area is prohibited.

Prohibited and restricted items: As an eBay user, you are ultimately responsible for making sure thatrepparttar 147930 items you sell on eBay are legal according to all applicable jurisdictions and permitted by eBay policies.

Soliciting off-site sales: You may not circumvent eBay fees by using contact information obtained from eBay or any eBay service to complete a sale outside of eBay.

Threats: eBay policies prohibit making threats of physical harm to another user.

If you violate an eBay policy by either your action orrepparttar 147931 content of your listings, you will typically receive an informational alert explainingrepparttar 147932 violation and detailing any further action to be taken on your part. When deemed appropriate, eBay will endrepparttar 147933 listing, and your listing fee will be refunded.

For serious or repeated violations of eBay rules, a user may be indefinitely suspended. Though indefinitely suspended users may be reinstated by eBay at its discretion, eBay also hasrepparttar 147934 right to determine at any time thatrepparttar 147935 suspension is permanent.

Mining eBay for Information

Written by Jason James

Few people realize how much information can be gleaned from snooping around on eBay. Sure,repparttar average eBayer knows how to call up a group of products with a click ofrepparttar 147919 mouse, or scourrepparttar 147920 site for individual items that might not fall under any one specific category. But when it comes to retrieving hard-and-fast data that might be of real use, many sellers seem to be overlooking some valuable fact-filled nuggets buried beneathrepparttar 147921 surface.

Drilling Down If you're familiar with eBay then you're probably aware that you can find just about anything onrepparttar 147922 virtual auction block using their handy category listings. In many cases you can find an item by simply drilling down throughrepparttar 147923 site until you reachrepparttar 147924 proper subcategory. Unfortunately, many sellers don't seem to bother doing any research when it comes time to choosing a listing category.

Time and again, sellers have been known to put up items for sale in categories with little or no traffic, or in areas where their prospective bidders would never think to look. Moreover, eBay has been creating an ever-growing array of subcategories. While this strategy might help you place products inrepparttar 147925 appropriate section, it also might prevent general-interest browsers from ever finding your listings.

The first thing you should do before you even begin to compile a listing is to check out where your competition hangs out. Generally, all you need to do is go to eBay search, type in a suitable keyword or phrase, and see what pops up. (To ensure you get enough results, search for both auction titles and descriptions; after all, you never know whether a seller might have poorly titled an auction or left out a significant keyword.)

Of course, there's alwaysrepparttar 147926 possibility that your search will uncover some pretty bizarre listings that have nothing to do withrepparttar 147927 item you plan to sell. More often than not, however, a search will locate a wide range of similar merchandise, in some instances turning uprepparttar 147928 exact same item you intend to list at online auction.

At this point, it might be a good idea to actually peruse each listing to learn more aboutrepparttar 147929 item in question. Make sure to examinerepparttar 147930 way it was listed and who put it up for sale, includingrepparttar 147931 seller's feedback rating. In addition, you might want to note whererepparttar 147932 item has been listed throughoutrepparttar 147933 site and see whether you agree withrepparttar 147934 product placement.

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