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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.

Is My Old Stuff Worth Anything? eBay Selling Part 2

If last month’s introduction to selling over the Internet motivated you to scour your closets, attic and garage for items you’d like to get rid of, today we’re going to share a few tips so you can get a feel for how much money you might make and help you maximize your profit.

By far the biggest Internet marketplace is eBay, so we’ll talk about selling your items there.

There are two ways items are sold on eBay: the traditional auction format or through a “buy it now” price. When you join eBay and start a sale, you first set the price where you want the auction the begin—the required opening bid price.

TIP: Set this price low, at something like 99 cents. It’s far more important to generate interest and get your auction going than it is to hold out for a higher opening bid.

After you set your opening bid price, you can name a “buy it now price.” If an eBay member wants to pay this price—before anyone else makes an opening bid—the auction is over and the buyer has purchased your item at your “buy it now” price. As soon as someone makes the first bid, the “buy it now” disappears in most eBay auctions.

Smart sellers generally let their auctions run for one week, so a “buy it now” sale can get the money into your Paypal account more quickly. Set your “buy it now” price high enough to make you happy with your sale.

TIP: Be sure your auctions include one full weekend for people to bid. Also, start your auctions between 6-9 p.m. Pacific Time. That’s when the most people are on eBay. Your auction will then end during that busy period and it’s the final hour of bidding when you get the most action.

When you decide to list an item to list on eBay you’ll probably search for similar items to see how much they are selling for. If you scroll through active auctions with “buy it now” prices, you might get the wrong idea about the value of your item. You have to find out what people actually paid for similar items.

TIP: Next to the search box at the top of virtually every eBay page is the word “Advanced.” This is a link that takes you to a search page with additional options. Click on the word “Advanced” and when you get to the next page, scroll down a little and select the box that says “Completed.” Now when you search for something you will only see completed auctions and what buyers actually paid, as well as when items failed to sell.

Armed with this information and these tips you should be well on you way to pricing your merchandise properly and making a few sales.

Are we the only people with DVR?

Dear Half.com buyers: Would you please stop buying the DVDs I listed over the weekend? For crying out loud, all these movies are on cable. Do you not have DVR?

On either Friday or Saturday I sat down with a pile of about 20 DVDs we decided to sell online. Half.com makes selling them very easy. Go to their multiple entry page and enter the UPC for each DVD. Tip: Although the interface says you can use the ISBN number for DVDs, don’t do it. It doesn’t work. I tried that first, then had to go back and enter all the UPCs.

After they were online about three or four hours, I got an order. Great, I thought. I packaged it up and when I was out doing some errands I dropped it off at the Post Office.

When I came back and checked my email, I had two more orders. More packaging and another trip to the Post Office.

This pattern kept up over the weekend. By the end of the evening on Sunday I thought I was caught up. Then, as I was about to turn out the light and go to sleep, the Paypal app I have on my iPhone pushed through a message saying that I had received an instant payment.

To make matters worse, when I woke up on Monday morning, I had three more orders waiting for me.

When will this madness stop?

Granted, most of these DVDs are just selling for a few bucks. My wife thinks we might be better off taking them to a used bookstore and selling them for store credit. Fair enough. But with store credit we end up with just more stuff to clutter up our home.

With a cash sale, I can buy a candy bar, or something.

You might be interested to know that I got the most money from a DVD that I remember buying off a bargain table. It was an old noir film that had been transferred to DVD. I think I paid about seven bucks for it and ended up selling it for about the same price on Half.com.

It looks like a video rental place bought it.