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Adding Items to Your eBay Store

In order to sell items in your eBay store, you have to add them first. Such a novel idea! But if you have never added items to your eBay store, it may be a bit confusing. For the newcomers to the business of running your own eBay store, here is how you can add new items to your store:

Round up the items you intend to sell, and take photographs. A digital camera works best in this situation, as it allows you to easily add your photographs to your computer and upload them to eBay. Take as many photographs as you can for each item, showing the item in different positions, back and front, and focusing in on flaws or scratches on imperfect items. A lot of pictures allows your buyers to see the item for what it really is, leaving no surprises when the item arrives at their doorstep.

Create detailed descriptions of the items you are going to add to your eBay store. Be as descriptive as possible, listing any possible defects the item may have. You can also borrow information from the manufacturer to include the specifics of the item you are planning to sell. Just remember to rewrite the information you use, in your own words; otherwise, the manufacturer may ask to have your listing pulled for using their descriptions verbatim.

Once your photographs and descriptions are ready, log in to your eBay seller account and go to your eBay store. Choose the “Add Item” option, and copy the description you have just created. Add in your photographs for the item as well. Provide the sale price of the item, the shipping price and method, and divulge your return policy, if you have one.

If you have a template that you use for selling your items, include this in your store as well. A store template can give your items a more unified look, and give your eBay store a more professional appearance. Adding in a template with your eBay store name or other information is a great way to get more views on your eBay store items for sale.

When you have finished adding in all of the appropriate information, list the item in your eBay store. While you may see the item listing immediately, it can take up to a few hours before buyers will be able to find your item. By the next day, buyers will see you items show up in search results on eBay and on other search engines.

Jay and Lynne

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Adding Videos To your eBay Auctions

Adding video to your eBay auctions can increase the number of bids you receive on an item and give your buyers a better idea of the item they are bidding on. You don’t have to be an experienced video producer to create videos to post on your eBay auctions. Adding video allows you to talk directly to your potential customers and add your own creativity to your listings. Video allows you to share information more effectively than just text. You can also use videos to demonstrate how an item works or how it is used. Videos are easy to make and are used by a small number of sellers.

Before you run out to the electronics store to pick up the latest digital camcorder, take a look at your digital camera. Most digital cameras have a built in option for digital video recording which will be more than adequate for use on eBay.

The first thing you need to do is round up the items that you want to create videos for. Give your viewers a 360-degree view of the item you are putting up for auction. You can use your video to give your listing a personal touch.

You don’t need to make your video any longer than 30 seconds to a minute, which is about the time viewers start to get bored, anyway. Once you’re finished, upload the video to your computer the same way you upload your photographs. Find your favorite video-sharing website; YouTube is still a personal favorite, especially due to its embed code that just needs to be copied and pasted right into your auction. Once you’ve gotten the videos uploaded, all you need to do is paste the code for embedding the video anywhere in your auction, and you’re done. With your auctions, eBay also offers you a way to upload videos that eBay displays for you, but you can save yourself the extra fee by using a service like YouTube instead.


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Opening your own eBay Store

Opening your own eBay store is the fastest and easiest way to get your at-home eBay business off the ground. With an eBay store, you can enjoy the financial freedom of running your own business and still be home with your children.  All you need to open your own eBay store is a computer with internet access. If you don’t have an account with eBay, sign up on to get started. Click on the “sell” section of eBay’s website, and follow the instructions to set up a new seller account. While eBay does collect fees for opening and running a store, a basic eBay store is just $15.95 a month.

You will also want to set up a PayPal account if you do not have one. Signing up for a PayPal accounts are free. The only difference between a regular account and a merchant account is that you can accept credit cards through a merchant account effortlessly, but your payments will be subjected to a small fee percentage.

When your store is ready to go, start by adding items from around the house that you no longer have a need for. It is estimated that the average person has about $6,000 of junk lying around the house that they can sell on eBay for a profit.

When you’ve sold everything you can from around the house, you can take half of the money you’ve made through your eBay store to upgrade your store to hold more items, and start purchasing new items to sell in your store. An upgraded store will cost you $49.95 a month. As your store and your business grow, use half of your profits to purchase more inventory. This is a great way to continue to ensure the success of your eBay business.

The best thing about eBay is that they handle most of the work for you. You add your item to your store, and eBay handles the marketing, the selling, and the customer service. All you need to do is collect your money, pack up the item, and ship it off to the buyer. No other home business offers you the same results for such a small amount of work!

OK, get out there and start making money!


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Becoming an eBay Power Seller

eBay offers its sellers the opportunity to become a power seller when they meet a specified list of criteria.   Becoming a power seller can give you a lot more presence on eBay, help you attract more customers, and even save you money on eBay’s final value fees.  There are almost 200 million users on eBay, and it can be hard to set yourself apart from everyone else – but power seller status can help.  The following eBook by Internet Marketing Guru John Thornhill can help you become an eBay power seller in 90 days “Become An eBay(R) Powerseller In 90 Days”.  There are serveral other great eBooks that can help you become a power seller especially if you want to start selling on eBay motors.  It’s estimated that less than 4% of all eBay sellers are branded with the power seller status.  You can boost your eBay business by becoming a power seller and becoming a member of this elite group. But how do you become a power seller.

eBay power sellers consistently sell a high volume of items, must maintain a minimum of 98% positive feedback ratings, and provide a high level of customer service to their buyers.  The power seller icon is displayed next to your username when you achieve power seller status, helping buyers quickly determine who is among the cream of the selling crop.  Buyers know that quality sellers are synonymous with the power seller status.

Power sellers are listed under one of the five power selling tiers: bronze, silver, gold, platinum, and titanium.  Each tier requires you to meet the monthly minimum sales for at least the past three months to get in on that tier.  For each tier, the respective minimums are: $1,000, $3,000, $10,000, $25,000, and $150,000.  Obviously, $150,000 a month is a hard number to hit, but you can make a respectable $3,000 a month through selling on eBay with ease, and enjoy power seller status at the silver level.

Power seller status isn’t focused on just your sales, of course – high quality customer service is the most important criterion for become a power seller.  Power sellers consistently provide their buyers with high quality customer service that goes above and beyond the call of duty to keep their buyers happy.  This level of customer service may seem rather daunting, especially if you’re only looking to make a little bit of extra cash to use for spending money, but it’s really not all that difficult.  It’s the little things that count, like the extra e-mail thanking your customers for their loyalty, a handwritten note in every package telling buyers you appreciate their business, or throwing in an extra something small with your items to let buyers know that you appreciate them.

These little extras are all you need to get yourself that coveted power seller status.  With a little bit of work on your part, you too can enjoy the benefits of becoming a power seller, and watch your eBay business boom.

I wish you all GREAT SUCCESS!

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Get Started as an eBay Seller

Getting started as an eBay seller is simple and quick. Follow these easy steps to get started with your eBay home business:

Register Your Username

When you are ready to take the plunge into your own eBay home business, head over to and register your username. You should pick a username that matches the business you want to get started in. Don’t worry if you change your business inventory or your mind later on – eBay allows you to change your username whenever you want, as many times as you want, without losing your feedback rating or reputation.

Sign Up As A Seller

Once your username is registered, you’ll need to set up your selling account with eBay. Simply click on the selling tab on eBay’s website, and you’ll be prompted to fill in information such as your mailing address for your business, and your PayPal information. You may also be required to plug in a bank account or credit card number. This isn’t so eBay can charge you for signing up; eBay has a listing fee and a final value fee on all auctions for sellers, so your eBay fees every month will be charged to your bank account or credit card, unless you specify otherwise.

Prepare Your Items

Get together the items you plan on listing. Make sure that if they’re brand new, everything that should be with the item is with it. If it’s a used item, take note of anything that is missing, and clean the item thoroughly. Once you’ve finished, take photographs of your items with a digital camera. Upload the pictures, and create descriptions for each one. These should be as detailed as humanly possible, listing every single defect the item may have, including missing parts, broken pieces, stains, discolorations, and anything else. Add in if the item comes from a home with smokers or pets to alert your buyers with allergies.

List Your Auctions

Once the photographs and the descriptions are ready to go, it’s time to set up your auctions. Under the selling tab, you will see an option for listing a new auction. Fill in the keywords for your auction, and the next page will give you the chance to fill in the description, add photographs, a title, and the starting price for the auction. When this is all filled out, submit the auction to get it listed on eBay.

That’s it! You’ve officially listed your first auction on eBay. Now, all that’s left to do is watch the bids come in. When your auction is over, and you’ve collected the money, remember to ship the item out as soon as possible, and leave feedback for your buyer. Congratulations you now have a new home based business on eBay.

Now isn’t that easy?

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