Thursday February 27, 2014
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For nearly twenty years now, eBay has been slowly evolving from a community-oriented trading spot into one of the world's largest online retail behemoths. If you're an active eBay seller, you've rolled with the punches and muttered under your breath once or twice, but you probably rarely stop to look at the big picture.
If you've never been an eBay seller before, you may even have heard things about eBay that simply aren't true any longer, or that don't match what eBay selling is really
like these days, on the ground.Here's a quick list
of some of the most important and general ways in which eBay has been transformed over the course of it's lifetime.See Also:
How did eBay start?
Ten Lost Good Things About eBay
Is eBay the right business for me?
Thursday February 27, 2014
Even after the arrival of Cassini
, getting keywords right in eBay listings is a key part of success in eBay selling.
Most of the time, the obvious keywords for an item are--well, obvious. But obvious keywords can only take you so far. To stand out from the crowd and catch the eyes of those that might be most interested in your products, you don't just want obvious keywords, you want great
ones. Here are some ways
to identify them.See Also:
Get the Title Right
Item Descriptions Made Easy
Quick Tips for eBay Photos
Sunday February 16, 2014
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Before we know it, the Sochi winter olympic games will be wrapping up. This means that the best window of opportunity for getting ahold of Sochi and olympic memorabilia is also about to close, at least for another couple of years. If you're interested in getting your hands on some Sochi collectors' itemsor items related to previous gameshere are some tips
to help you to make the most of the opportunities currently on eBay.
Meanwhile, for sellers, check out this list
of items that were trending on eBay just before the Sochi games opened. If you're interested in catching the tail end of the olympic selling season before it runs out, inspiration may be lurking somewhere in it.
Friday January 31, 2014
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In honor of Chinese New Year, three nuggets for eBay users of all stripes on eBay and Chinese or Chinese New Year trade.
First, this infographic
from eBay and Amazon.com research company Terapeak
showing how eBay sales related to Chinese New Year break down in terms of categories and amounts.
For shoppers, an answer to an increasingly common question. As eBay becomes more and more global, Chinese goods are more and more commonand often cheaper than domestically-listed counterparts. Should you buy that item from China?
The answer may surprise shoppers that have hesitated in the past to buy from faraway lands.
For sellers, foundational knowledge for making the most of the Chinese opportunity. Unless you've been living under a rock, if you're an eBay seller, you're aware that eBay is more and more a venue for the sales of goods imported from overseas, and from China in particular as it's become the manufacturing center of the world. If you've been waiting for an introduction, take a look at this guide to the basics of making deals on Alibaba
, one of the most popular clearinghouses for Chinese wholesale goods.