It can be difficult, if not impossible, to separate the useful from the less useful, the old from the new.
In the interest of making things simple, here's what you need to focus on now as an eBay sellerthe ten best practices that will separate the winners from the losers for the rest of 2014 and beyond.
Use Terapeak for Data-Driven Selling
Make eBay's Cassini Search Work for You
Rely on Data, Not Dreams, for Decisions
But what is the defect rate, how is it related to eBay feedback, and what does it mean, in practical terms, for you as a seller, whether small or large? Read on to find out.
Understanding eBay Feedback
Feedback Evaluation Quick Guide
Understanding Detailed Seller Ratings
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.
How did eBay start?
Ten Lost Good Things About eBay
Is eBay the right business for me?
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.
Get the Title Right
Item Descriptions Made Easy
Quick Tips for eBay Photos
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.
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.
Read on for some of the right ways and some of the wrong ways to make offers to sellers on eBay, and how to tell the difference between the two.
eBay Rules Survival Guide
Understanding Buyer Protection
If you're struggling to stay on top of your basic transaction records, costs, expenses, revenue, and profit numbers, tax paperwork, and other similar issues, here are four tools that may help you to finally pull your bookkeeping life together without requiring you to become an accountant or go to night school to figure it all out. Read on to learn what they are.
Create an eBay Home Office
The Pro eBay Seller Basics
Use Terapeak for eBay Marketplace Research
Shoppers for these kinds of goods often think about condition in a kind of hierarchy: new goods are on top, used goods are on the bottom, and "refurbished" goods are somewhere in between, just slightly below newalmost new or as good as new is how these goods are often characterized.
In fact, "refurbished" can mean a broad range of things on eBay, and refurbished goods can be offered by everyone from small, independent sellers to the manufacturers themselves. Read on for things to be aware of and some questions to ask of sellers before you spend more on eBay to buy refurbished rather than used.
Tips for Buying Consumer Electronics on eBay
Tips for Buying a Phone on eBay
Creative Ways to Save on eBay
Do you have a home or selling office, or is your eBay selling messily integrated into the rest of your life? The "messily integrated" model isn't necessarily wrong if you're just a casual or periodic seller, but if you're hoping that online sales will become a nice sidelineor even a viable businessfor you, the lack of a dedicated workspace may be limiting your success.
Resolve to create a workspace for yourself during the coming year, and follow this quick guide to help you to think about what you'll need to outfit it with as an eBay seller.
If this is you, maybe your resolutions ought to be focused on overcoming the work-from-home blues and overcoming the obstacles that independent work may have silently and subtly created for you over the past year.
Even if you don't feel troubled by your current working conditions, it's a good idea to reflect on them them as a new year begins.
No office yet, but hoping to grow? Maybe it's time to build one. Perfectly satisfied working independently or in your small group? Be aware of the isolating tendencies of home-based or small businesses anyway, and proactively avoid them over the months to come.
Happy New Year!