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Help! I Can’t Find My Auction on eBay!

Troubleshooting your eBay auction

I’ve been doing a short weekly segment on a local radio show in Nashville sharing some of these money making-tips.

The last few weeks we’ve discussed selling on eBay and one morning not long ago we opened it up for call-in questions. The first caller asked a question that probably reflects the experience of many sellers new to eBay.

He said he went through all the steps required to start an auction on eBay, but when he later went back to the site, he couldn’t find his item.

First, I told him he should have received an email that contained a link to the item he was selling on eBay. However, I suspect he went back onto eBay and used the eBay search feature to try to find his auction.

There are, of course, many pages of search results for most items being sold on eBay. I told the caller that it was likely his item was priced too high or had a high shipping price, which caused his auction to be buried toward the end of the search results.

A highly competitive price is probably the single most important factor if you want your auction to be listed at or near the top of search results. Shipping costs run a close second. Of course, if you’ve put your item in the wrong category, you’re in big trouble as well. Ditto if you’re written a poor or misleading headline for the item you’re selling on eBay.

Another factor is your seller rating. You need to have a history of providing good service. And that brings us back to how important it is to be honest in product descriptions and prompt in shipping.

Selling on eBay is like selling at any store. Customers don’t walk through the door if you don’t have a good reputation.

My Good Junk Is All Gone! What Now? eBay Selling Part 3

Folks like Dave Ramsey have made successful careers teaching on the subject of biblical stewardship and how it relates to our finances and many of us have heard sermons on the Parable of the Talents many times over the years.

I don’t have any unique insight into the subject of biblical stewardship, but I do think one thing is clear: if you have stuff sitting around your house that you aren’t using, you are wasting a resource.

You should probably either sell it, or give it to someone who needs it.

These items are prime material for listing on eBay. In last month’s article I explained how you can get a good estimate of how much you can expect to get for an item you are thinking about listing on eBay. If some items don’t seem like they would be worth offering in an online auction, consider a garage sale, donating them or giving them to friends and family members.

Start out listing a few items to get a feel for the system. In the beginning don’t take a pile of 50 items and list them all at once. You’ll be under a lot of pressure to keep up with your auctions and get everything shipped in a timely manner. This could result in some of your buyers giving you a poor rating and “negative feedback.”

Just as in the real world, you need to guard your reputation on eBay. Proverbs 22:1 says, “A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.” On eBay, if you end up with a poor rating, you will learn first hand the relationship between your reputation and the ability to earn a little gold and silver!

Once you’re getting comfortable with selling on eBay, list as many items as you feel you can handle. However, unless you’re a hoarder like we see featured on those reality TV shows, you’ll probably run out of stuff to sell before too long.

What’s next?

If you enjoy the eBay experience you need to find merchandise to sell. The level of commitment you want to make to your fledgling business will determine your next steps. Today we’ll assume you’d like to sell a few items a week on eBay, but don’t have much left at home you want to list.

First, consider making the garage sale rounds on the weekend. Google “garage sales nashville” and you’ll get several sources that list upcoming garage sales. Make a list of the ones that look promising, then head out early—as early as possible—on Saturday morning to see what you can find.

Remember that you need to buy items at a low enough price that you can reasonably expect to sell them at a profit on eBay. In other words, drive a hard bargain and don’t be afraid to walk away if you think the profit margin would be too narrow.

Second, check out the thrift stores. Usually items here are too expensive to sell at a profit on eBay. However, many thrift stores have a “half price” day once a month. That’s when you want to shop.

However, it might be a good idea to visit the thrift store before “half price day” and see what they have. Make some notes, or better yet take some pictures with your cell phone, then go home and research eBay and see what kind of prices you could expect from the items you’ve found at the thrift store.

It will take patience. Most of what you find won’t be worth listing on eBay. However, you’ll get better at spotting the hot items as you get more experience.

Make Fast Cash On The Internet: eBay Selling Part 1

Could you use some extra money?

Okay, it was a dumb question. In today’s economy, virtually all of us could use a little extra cash, either to make ends meet or for that occasional special treat.

The key to getting a little more spending money might be sitting right in front of you, or hidden away in some closet at your home.

Everyday thousands of people are improving their cash flow by selling items on the Internet. Websites like eBay, Half.com, Etsy, and Craig’s List are designed to connect you to people who want to buy your stuff.

This series of articles will introduce you to online selling and give you the tools and hints you need to earn some extra cash in your spare time. Some people are creative enough and work hard enough to make a full time career out of selling online through sites like eBay.

Here’s some great news: If you have access to a computer with an Internet connection, you’ve already taken care of your biggest expense to get started as an online seller. You’ll also need a regular checking account and a Paypal account.

Paypal is an online payment and banking system. Sites like eBay use Paypal for almost all their sales. Go to Paypal.com to open your account. You’ll need your checking account information. Signing up easy and Paypal is basically free.

Once you have a Paypal account, do a little exploring. Look around your house for things you aren’t using anymore then get on your computer and go to www.ebay.com and start browsing through the thousands—no, millions—of items people are selling. Can you find any of the stuff you have sitting around your house?

If so, there might be an anxious buyer waiting for you out in cyberspace.

Next time we’ll show you how to really get a good idea how much you can expect to make when you sell something on eBay and the basics of listing your items.