|Visual Introduction to Turbo Lister|
eBay's online listing tool is the only tool many sellers use when listing auctions. The online tool, however, suffers from a series of limitations that mid- and high-volume sellers are sure to encounter:
To help to mitigate these limitations, eBay produces a free software application called Turbo Lister. Turbo Lister is a Windows application that you download and install on your own computer. After installing Turbo Lister, you can use it to interface with the eBay website much more quickly in order to create and manage your listings one at a time or in large batches. Because Turbo Lister is a native Windows application (it does not require a web browser like Internet Explorer or Firefox in order to work), it is much faster than the online form.
Getting Turbo Lister
To obtain and install Turbo Lister, follow these steps:
Starting Turbo Lister for the First Time
The first time you use Turbo Lister, you'll be shown a progress bar as Turbo Lister configures itself and prepares to manage your auctions.
Once Turbo Lister has completed configuration, it will ask what you would like to do. Since this is your first time using Turbo Lister, select "Set up a new Turbo Lister File" and click "Next." A new database will be created to manage your listings.
Next, Turbo Lister will ask you for your eBay account login information. Turbo Lister needs this information in order to be able to access your account and auction listings on the eBay website.
Once you have entered your eBay ID and password, Turbo Lister will notify you that it is about to connect to the eBay website in order to manage your auctions. Click "Connect Now" in order to connect to your account on the eBay website.
Once the connection has been established, you'll be shown the current contact information that eBay has on file for you. Check it to ensure accuracy, since this is the information that eBay makes available to your buyers.
After you have verified your contact information, Turbo Lister will present you with two options: either to start a new listing or to download your existing listings into Turbo Lister.
At this point, if you already have a body of active listings that you'd like to begin managing with Turbo Lister, select "Import my eBay listings" and click finish. Your eBay listings will be downloaded and made available to you through Turbo Lister. Note that if you do this, you will still be able to access them through the standard method via the eBay website.
If you do not have existing listings that you'd like to download into Turbo Lister, you can simply select "Create a new item" to begin creating a new item listing. Note that if you have downloaded your existing listings into Turbo Lister, you can click the "New" button at the upper-left of the main application window to follow along with the rest of this article.