Archive for April, 2006

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eBay has launched the eBay Express “Preview”

April 24, 2006

AuctionBytes.com announced this morning that eBay has launched their eBay Express service in preview mode. I thought it looked great and was very clean. There are many questions that will need to be cleared up before more sellers will be comfortable listing to EE, but I feel it may be a step in the right direction for eBay. Links: eBay Launches Preview of 'eBay Express' Fixed-Price Marketplace http://auctionbytes.com/cab/abn/y06/m04/i24/s01 — eBay Launches Preview of 'eBay Express' Fixed-Price Marketplace eBay Express

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Another Inspiring Story of eBay Success

April 19, 2006

Ran across this story yesterday and thought it contained some good tips for new eBayers, especially those selling in clothing categories. As noted in the article, when selling clothes make sure you measure the clothing since sizing could be different among the various brands. One of the best pieces of advice Bond gives in the article is to sell something you enjoy. This one nugget will make eBay work for many people. If you don’t enjoy the products you are selling then eBay becomes just another job. Also if you are truely passionate about the categories you sell in, then that will make buying decisions, marketing decisions and answering questions about your items much easier and more enjoyable.

Learn the ropes to make a buck on eBay

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***New eBay Scam Alert*** eBay Scam Kit Targets Women.

April 18, 2006

This article posted on AuctionBytes.com enlightens us to an absolutely horrible reality.  eBay Scam kits have been floating around the IRC chat rooms for years, but more recently there have been new kits showing up that target American women.  The user id of the item that "appeared" to be from a scam kit had 127 feedback, but the id did not have any recent feedback.  As Ina states in her article this means that the account was probably legitimate, but might have been hijacked.

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eBay Pink Slips eBay Express Launch Date in forum?

April 17, 2006

Looks like eBay Sellers who want to be included in eBay Express at launch have until April 24th to get things set.

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7 Tips for picking a product to sell on eBay.

April 17, 2006

Here is a good article I found on Self SEO.com giving you 7 tips for picking a product to sell on eBay. Instead of regirgitating the same old Garage Sale, Wholesale or buying cheap retail items product sourcing ideas, Matt Blasses focuses on the characteristics of the ideal product. This article explains the importance of size, ease of shipping, products to avoid and finally how to be successful by finding a niche.

This is definitely a must read for heading into the summer sales doldrums. Go ahead and pick yourself up some new products while you are at it.

What to Sell on eBay 7 REAL Tips for Finding Successful Products

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eBay is up to something… Possible changes to Feedback System?

April 14, 2006

Yesterday on the Auctionbytes newsflash, Ina had an article about a survey that a poster on the OTWA boards was asked to fill out by eBay. According to the poster, the topic of the survey was eBay's Feedback System. Survey questions indicate that bidders will have the opportunity to rate the seller on different aspects of the transaction such as;

seller communication, item as described, shipping & handling and shipping times. These "pieces" of the transaction will be rated on a 5 point scale similar to Shopping .com 's rating scale.

While eBay would not confirm or deny changes to the feedback system; I personally feel this is coming to give eBay Express shoppers a feedback system that is similar to sites like shopping.com.

Websites cited:

AuctionBytes

www.otwa.com forums

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25 Tips On How To Be Safe In Your eBay Buying and Selling

April 12, 2006

Found this article today while it is on the dailyindia.com website, has some excellent tips for eBayers no matter where they are. By the way, dailyindia.com subcontracts with some great article writers. I suggest you check them out reguarly. This article does a good job of outlining many of the eBay pitfalls that many new eBayers and veterans alike fall for. This is a list to post right beside your computer. Let me comment on the highlights: #3. High Value or high volume for newly registered sellers. This is a big one! New sellers who are selling high value/volume items are more than likely scammers trying to fleece you. These accounts are usually terminated by eBay within days or even hours. However they are still able to generate some "profits" from the short time they are live. #7. Unusual sales pattern. If the recent sales do not match items sold in the past (this can usually be seen by looking at their feedback), then that is a good indication of a hijacked eBay account. The account may be legitimate but it was hijacked by the scammer for their devoius deeds. #9. Location, Location, Location. Make sure the gooods match the location as stated everywhere you can find it on eBay! The location on the feedback page should match the location on the auction page as well as the location stated in any email correspondence. #20. "I noticed your Bid…" Never conduct business with anyone who contacts you regarding recent items you have bid on. On one hand they are offering to handle the transaction outside of ebay which is against eBay policy, while on the otherhand they are usually fraudsters or at best unscrupulous sellers. #24. Time is of the essence. This is one that I knew about but was not exactly sure how the scammers pulled it off. Basically the scammers troll eBay for high priced items with multiple bidders and they send the bidders who did not win the items a Second Chance Offer. For more information about real second chance offers click here. The 2nd chance offer is not valid, it is just an attempt to get the buyer to send the scammer funds. Those are my highlights, this is a great article that is well worth a read!