Selling on Auction Sites

Written by By Stephen Bucaro


Reprintable Article: Permission is granted forrepparttar following article to forward, reprint, distribute, use for ezine, newsletter, website, offer as free bonus or part of a product for sale as long as no changes are made andrepparttar 117609 byline, copyright, and resource box is included. ---------------------------------------------------------- Selling on Auction Sites

By Stephen Bucaro

It seems like just about everyone on earth has purchased something at, or at least visited, eBay. There must be a hundred books out there titled something like, "How to Get Rich Selling Useless Trash on eBay". Well, if you believe that, I have a bridge that Id like to sell you.

The people that I know who sell on eBay spend many hours tracking down items to sell. Then they have to spend time entering auction information, reviewingrepparttar 117610 status of their auctions, communicating with buyers, and packaging and shippingrepparttar 117611 item. If they countedrepparttar 117612 number of hours used relative torepparttar 117613 revenue earned, Im sure they are working for less than minimum wage.

Many people are askingrepparttar 117614 question, "What sells best on eBay?" The answer is antiques, collectibles, and memorabilia. If you dont have a continuous supply of this type of material, it is difficult to make money on eBay. Lately, there has been a market for "garage sale" type items such as used baby clothes and children's toys. But who has a continuous supply of these?

Along withrepparttar 117615 time invested in locating items to sell, they have to pay $1.00 to listrepparttar 117616 item (whether it sells or not). If it sells, they pay an additional $1.25 and 2.5% ofrepparttar 117617 selling price. Ifrepparttar 117618 buyer pays through an electronic payment service like Paypal or Billpoint, then they pay an additional $0.30 plus 3% ofrepparttar 117619 selling price.

Who paysrepparttar 117620 shipping charges? The seller may think thatrepparttar 117621 buyer is paying shipping charges. But becauserepparttar 117622 buyer considers it when evaluatingrepparttar 117623 purchase, in effect,repparttar 117624 seller paysrepparttar 117625 shipping.

Why do people keep working eBay if they are not making money? The fact is that these people just love scouting out antiques, collectibles, and memorabilia, or used baby clothes and children's toys at garage sales and swap meets. They get excited about posting it on eBay and watchingrepparttar 117626 bids come in. Hey, everybody needs a hobby.

To sell on eBay, you have to register by providing your name, email address, and a credit card number (for paying auction fees). Then, with your user ID and password, you can log in. To list your item for auction, clickrepparttar 117627 "Sell" link onrepparttar 117628 "Welcome" screen. This takes you to a very long form.

The first thing you have to do is choose a category and sub-category for your item. Choosingrepparttar 117629 correct category is essential. When choosing a category consider your target buyer.

Next, enter a title for your item (45 characters max). Your title should consist of carefully selected keywords. Buyers use keywords to search eBay. Atrepparttar 117630 end of your title, you might want to enterrepparttar 117631 letters "NR". This stands for "No Reserve" and means that you are actually willing to sell your item atrepparttar 117632 price you enter asrepparttar 117633 minimum bid.

Next, enter a description of your item. Fraud is a concern on all auction sites, so make bidders feel at ease by giving as much information as possible. Then enter your City and State.

"Fire" Your Bad Customers

Written by Dave Balch


Here's a concept to consider: some customers just aren't worthrepparttar trouble. We work so hard to get customers, and then work so hard to keep them, it's hard to grasprepparttar 117608 idea that we are better of WITHOUT some of them!

Let's face it; some people just don't "get it". They won't be nice or reasonable, they need too much 'hand-holding', or they haggle over everything. Lose 'em! Tell them politely that they will be better off getting your product or service elsewhere.

A local auto repair shop diagnosed a clutch problem and did approximately $300 worth of repairs. About 2 weeks laterrepparttar 117609 clutch failed when I was 80 miles from home, and I had to take it to a local Nissan dealer. They told me thatrepparttar 117610 problem was one ofrepparttar 117611 parts that had just been replaced.

When I tookrepparttar 117612 paperwork and bad part intorepparttar 117613 local repair shop, he looked it over and tookrepparttar 117614 position that he had no way of knowing whetherrepparttar 117615 part in question was really bad or whetherrepparttar 117616 part they gave me was, in fact,repparttar 117617 part they had put in. I told him that I understood that but I didn't think thatrepparttar 117618 dealer would have tried a blatant lie and,repparttar 117619 dealer's factory part cost less than theirs. He mulled it over and decided to give me $150 credit because it certainly looked like something wasn't kosher and, besides, I was being reasonable and they didn't want to lose me as a customer. Justrepparttar 117620 previous week they had had a "screamer"; someone who had a problem and came in there yelling and screaming about it.

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