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How To Sell On eBay - And Using PayPal with eBay
There are many options for selling online, and tons of books and articles for how to do it. This page is for some basic tips about selling online at eBay, and a sampling of the available helpful sources for selling on eBay. Further down the page is information about PayPal.
eBay Current Policy Changes

eBay Current Selling Changes

How to find current eBay news and policy changes for sellers
eBay Recent Announcements.

eBay Spring Seller Update 2016
eCommerceBytes - 04-10-2016 - Guide to eBay Spring 2016 Seller Update.

2015 - eBay Valet
Try the new and easy way to sell on eBay. Just send in your items, and a pro will sell them for you!

Prior year updates are at the bottom of this page.

How To Sell On eBay

eBay Resources

eBay - Seller Central

eBay - Turn your stuff into cash — it's easy! (Must be logged in.)

eBay - Seller Help - Search, buy, and sell with the eBay mobile app.
Get the eBay app for iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry.

Example of Help: Sell on eBay right from your iPhone!

eBay - Welcome to Selling on eBay (PDF)

eBay - eBay For Business Blog.
eBay - How To Sell
eBay - Help Page for Sellers
eBay - Get the eBay app for iPhone.
eBay - Photo Requirements to Remember.
eBay - Return an item. Return shipping charges. Refunds. More
eBay - Standard Selling Fees
eBay - Store discounts and incentives.

New - March 2012 - eBay's New Help Section:
New Seller Guide - A Step-By-Step Guide To Selling On eBay

Wikipedia - eBay

eBay Help on Video

Videos - How to Sell on eBay

YouTube - eBay Videos
YouTube - "eBay" Videos Search: "How to Sell on eBay". There are many videos, look for current releases.
YouTube - How to insert eBay listings in your Wordpress blog with the Wordbay plugin.

eBay Help

eBay Help

eBay Shipping Labels - Ship with ease. Use eBay Labels. (Note: eBay sellers can print shipping labels from both the eBay website and PayPal website.)
eBay - January 2015 - New Fedex, UPS Rates in Effect. - eBay Quote: These carriers recently announced a number of changes, affecting both domestic and international services. The shipping calculator—and shipping labels on both eBay and PayPal—have been updated to reflect these changes, so make sure your shipping costs reflect these new rates as well. For more information, visit the UPS and FedEx sites.

Certified Providers - eBay allows qualified people to b Certified Providers of help and information about eBay selling.

eBay Answer Center - Ask Questions and get Answers from other eBay buyers and sellers. - An eBay members forum. At the top right of most eBay pages select "Community" and at Community, the gray box at the left, select "Answer Center".

eBay Acronyms

eBay Business System - Learn How to Sell on eBay

Don't Go It Alone! Let an eBay Coach Help!

Drexel Antiques - eBay help article and list of links for online selling in general.

The eBay Community

How to find eBay rules and polices. At the very bottom of most eBay pages select "Site Map". The Site Map link opens a page with a large list of help links. For a complete index, at the bottom right of the Site Map page is "Help Topics" and under that category is "A-Z Index". A-Z Index is a complete search area for eBay help pages.

Seller Central - On your home page "My eBay" along the left side under "Shortcuts" is the link.

Auctiva - Sarah Brown - eBay Policies You May Not Know About

How To Sell On eBay - Other Sources

How To Sell On eBay - Other Sources

Auctiva - Let Auctiva provide you the tools to make selling on eBay easy and profitable.
From 1,800+ professionally designed eBay templates, to our cross-promotional Scrolling Gallery, to Auctiva's easy-to-use One-Page Lister, we'll start saving you time and increasing your profitability from day one.

Channel Advisor - 2014 Year in Review: What's New with eBay?
Channel Advisor -
Your EBay Sales Have Flat-lined. Now What?
Channel Advisor - The 10 eBay Mistakes That Are Costing You Sales.

CrazyLister - 6 Common Sense Pro-Tips You Need to be a Successful Seller on eBay.
CrazyLister - All About that eBay - The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

eBay - Discussion Boards - Category-Specific Boards

eBay - 01-14-2015 - Top Tips to Start the Year Off Right.

EcommerceGuide - The Mega Guide to Selling on eBay. (Written for the UK, but basic info for all beginners.)

Examiner - 06-03-2013 - Top 6 reasons why sellers should list that item on eBay now – don’t wait.

Free eBook - Compiled by eBay's Andrew Zager Chase - 04-2012 - eBay Social Media Best Practices

HubPages - There are a lot of eBay topics on Hubpages.

Jordan Malik - Honest Online Selling - Remarkable and Proven Ways to Make a Living with Amazon & eBay.

Online Selling Experiment - Making a full time income selling online.
November 2014 Financial results from selling on Amazon and eBay. - Revealing income data.

Picking to Make Money on eBay and Amazon - Gilldaddy Video on YouTube, about 20 minutes.

TheInfoPond.com - Simple, but straightforward thoughts and opinions for how to begin selling on eBay.

TheOnlineSeller - 12-23-13 - eBay Policies You May Not Know About.
TheOnlineSeller - 9-24-12 - Understanding eBay Fees - Navigating the path to financially smart listing.
Online Seller's Resource - FREE eBay Tips, Tools, Information and Resources for Beginning & Professional eBay Sellers.

Salehoo - They have free information along with paid services.
7 eBay Selling Tips
Find What Sells on eBay
Packing and Shipping
Advanced eBay Training: Wholesale Sourcing

Selling on eBay with The Queen of Auctions - Learn how to sell on eBay with tools and tips from Lynn Dralle, The Queen of Auctions. Lynn is an eBay Certified Provider and Power Seller with more than 10 years in the business. Avoid the stumbling blocks and learn to be an eBay expert in no time!

Vendio - Get FREE Vendio Gallery and Increase Buyer Traffic!

eBay SEO (Search Engine Optimization)

eBay SEO

eCommerceBytes - 01-01-2015 - Buying Popularity to Boost eBay Search Rankings.
eCommerceBytes - 01-01-2015 - You Can Buy eBay Watchers - But Should You?

How about real SEO tips. There are lots of articles, here are a few.

eBay - Optimize Your eBay Store.
eBay - eBay Store Search Engine Optimization SEO Tricks & Tips. by reallygreatstuff (best at bottom)

Bizelo Blog - The Ultimate eBay SEO Guide: Tools, Tips and Best Practices.
Fanchimp Blog - Ebay Store SEO in 4 Steps.

Determining How Much Items Are Selling For On eBay

Using eBay's Search features "Completed" & "Sold"

Along the left side of an eBay search results page are numerous advanced search options, under the option "Show only" is "Completed listings" and the more recently added "Sold listings". Clicking on the "Completed" option will change your search page to show closed listings, both sold and unsold listings, the sold item prices are in green and unsold are in red. Clicking on the "Sold listings" will return only results for items that sold.

eBay also has a cell phone app that is very handy for searching eBay for completed and sold items using your cell phone. You can enter search words or you can scan a bar code. With the eBay phone app loaded, at the bottom select "Search". At Search select "Scan" or "Categories". If you "Scan" an item, the scan will return active listings, to get to closed or sold listings, select "Refine" from the top side-to-side scroll bar. In the "Refine" list, near the bottom, are the options: "Completed Items" and "Sold Items".

InternetRetailer - 07-22-2015 - If you buy it on Alibaba.com, will it sell on eBay?

eCommerceBytes - 12-02-2014 - How to Research Best Offer Pricing on eBay.

Top Selling Item Finder - Search Any eBay Category. Sort Top Selling Results. Results Display Quantity Sold.

eBay Mentors & Instructors

Selling Mentors, Instructors & Courses

Imogene Armstrong - Meetup Group Organizer and eBay Education Specialist trained by eBay.

Stephanie Inge - Education Specialist Trained by eBay.

Unite Commerce - Suzanne a. Wells - Online Courses & Local Courses-Atlanta, GA

The Danni App - Solving the eBay Puzzle for Fun and Profit!

eBay Tools, Apps and Software

eBay Apps and Software
There are loads of eBay Apps available, these are just a few examples to get you to thinking about eBay Apps.

AutoMCF - A super simple cloud service that connects your marketplace listings to Fulfillment by Amazon, automating order entry and syncing inventory across all channels.

Campaigngo - Tools: Markdown Guru and Best Offer Advisor.
Campaigngo - Boost Your eBay Store Sales. Tools to promote your eBay store and sell more. The quickest & easiest way to create sales promotions that sell. Launch your first Markdown in less than 5 minutes!

CleerPlatinum - Arbitrage & sourcing info at your fingertips, on any web page. For resellers, book sellers, even private labelers. 85+ Sites and deep-links to online sale/clearance deals. Requires using Google Chrome Browser.

CleerPlatinum - Arbitrage & Sourcing. Amazon & eBay.

ComoMail - An Android application for eBay sellers. It is the first mobile solution of the comocom software suite for eBay. With comomail you can immediately reply to all buyers' questions and build your reputation as responsible and reliable seller. Free.

ComoSale - Selling solution extends eBay web interface functionality for you to sell your products on eBay even more easier and faster. Free.

Crazylister - (With Video) Tool to create eBay listings from scratch or customizing eBay auction templates. Drag & Drop Editor for eBay listings. This listing tool is compatible for eBay, complete with a selection of HTML templates that you can edit to fit your listing design. Free Basic version and for cost Pro version. CrazyLister helps eBay sellers create professional looking listings without any coding knowledge.

Crazy Lister

eBay Selling Manager Pro - Is an (eBay) online selling tool to help you create listings, manage post-sale activities and manage your inventory. A great option for high volume sellers who want a robust, web-based eBay tool. Only $15.99 per month or FREE for Premium and Anchored Store subscribers.

eBay Manage Applications - From listing analytics to shipping apps to cross-selling apps and lots more.

eBay Apps - An App Store for eBay realated needs. "Choose from a variety of applications that help you create great listings, make tax time a breeze, give insights into seasonal trends, average prices & profits and much more!"

eBay MyStoreMaps - Track your buyer locations – regionally or internationally -- by easily adding a customizable, rotating map to your listings.

iDev-Digiebay - Sell digital goods on eBay.
eBay download system enables you to offer instant download delivery of your digital Ebay auction products. When a buyer of your eBay auction completes a payment via Paypal, idev-DigiEbay processes the payment and then automatically emails your buyer with a link to a special, secure download area where they can download their eBay purchase items. This enables you to run your eBay-based business entirely hands free, on autopilot, knowing that your buyers will receive their items right away without any further effort from you.

InkFrog - The "Smart Lister" gives you the research you need, while you build your listing, and offers suggestions as you go. ...built in terapeak research along with inkFrog's smart suggestion technology.
eCommerceBytes - 02-18-2016 - eBay Inks Deal with InkFrog Tool for Small Sellers.
eCommerceBytes - 05-04-2014 - eBay Lister InkFrog Hops Up to a Brand New Platform.

JoeLister - Sync, List, Sell - Easily sell your Amazon inventory on eBay. Just set your prices and sit back as we do the rest.

Ki Bay Social - For as little as 99 cents a month Ki Bay Social lets you display up to 10 tabs on your Facebook fan pages to advertise your eBay Items.

MarketPlacePulse - Check out your eBay or Amazon store's online profile. Click either eBay or Amazon at the top, and then do a search for your online store's name, when it comes up, click on your store name for details about your store. Very interesting.

PageMate App - Grow your eBay, Amazon, and Etsy sales with social marketing.

SixBitofSoftware - SixBit and Blackthorne share many similar concepts, behaviours and terminology which will let you hit the ground running as you learn your new tool. As many of you know, we were the original team who designed and built Blackthorne. SixBit is the only tool on the market that will import your existing Blackthorne database.
eCommerceBytes - 02-29-2016 - eBay Tool SixBit Tackles Amazon and Eyes Etsy.
eCommerceBytes - 04-20-2014 - SixBit Listing Tool Does Heavy Lifting for eBay Sellers.

Teapplix - Shipping and Accounting Automation. eBay and PayPal Integration On Your Order.

Terapeak - Market research tool for online sellers helps you sell more products on eBay and Amazon and receive the highest profit margins available. Be confident selling on eBay or Amazon. Uncover hot opportunities and discover the best items to sell online. Know what your items are worth and price your merchandise for maximum profit.

Terapeak - /community/customer-stories/ -- Read what others have to say about Terapeak.
eCommerceBytes - 04-09-2013 - New Terapeak Analytics Tool Supports Magento, eBay and Amazon.
eCommerceBytes - 04-30-2014 - Terapeak Improves Research Tool for eBay and Amazon Sellers.
Terapeak - 10-22-2014 - Introducing Terapeak’s New Look and Feel.

WatchCount - Most Popular eBay Searches: With our "eBay keywords tool", see top search terms/keywords that other shoppers are using on eBay, in most any category. Most Watched eBay Items and Auctions: See how many people are watching top-watched eBay items! Search by keyword phrase and/or category.
eCommerceBytes - 02-20-2016 - eBay Users Lose Bidder History Search Tool. (Just the Buyer/Bidder History Search Tool.)

WorldLister - Is WorldLister really free? Yes! WorldLister is a 100% free listing tool. If you see any charges or fees within our app, those are the estimated fees that eBay will charge you to list your item. WorldLister intuitively guides you step-by-step and magically generates a complete, attractive listing that reflects the true value of your new or used items.
Internet Retailer - 03-12-2014 - WorldLister Brings New Light to eBay Users as Blackthorne Fades Out.
Internet Retailer - 12-11-2013 - WorldLister - A new mobile and web tool helps eBay sellers more easily create listings. It can be used on a smartphone, tablet, or desktop.

WP eBay Ads - Allows you to easily insert eBay product listings into your WP posts, and earn commission from sales.

WP-Lister Lite for eBay - Connects your WooCommerce shop with your eBay Store. You can select multiple products right from your products page, select a profile to apply a set of predefined options and list them all on eBay with just a few clicks.

WP Lister Pro - Requires WordPress & WooCommerce - List products from WordPress on eBay. WP-Lister connects your WooCommerce site with your eBay Store. You can select multiple products right from your products page, select a profile to apply a set of predefined options and list them all on eBay with just a few clicks.

When To End An Auction

Best Time To End An Auction

eCommerceBytes - 06-22-2014 - Nine Years Later, the Best Day to End an Auction.

eCommerceBytes - 06-23-2014 - Should You Factor in Holidays When Setting Auction End Dates?

After ten years, see how what day to end an auction compares.

eCommerceBytes - 02-22-2004 - The Most Popular Day to End an eBay Auction? The Results Are In!

eBay Selling Tips

eBay - Articles, General Tips & Tools

Auctiva - Your Complete Solution for Selling on eBay.

eBay - Adding photos to your listing.

eBay Suspension & Paypal Limited Forums - Discussion forum.

eBay - Out-of-stock option for Good ‘Til Cancelled listings.
eBay Quote: Just go to Site Preferences in My eBay
• Under “Selling Preferences,”click “how” next to Sell Your Item form and listings
• Click “Edit” next to “Use the out-of-stock option”
• Select the checkbox, then click “Apply”

Mobile Shopping. This info is for people with an understand of HTML coding.
Quote from eBay - For most sellers, no action is required to create a View Item description summary because eBay automatically generates a description summary from your existing View Item content.
eCommerceBytes - 04-11-2016 -
How to Control Your Message to eBay Mobile Shoppers.
eBay - View Item Description Enhancements.
eBay - What you need to do.

eCommerceBytes - 08-30-2015 - Most People Don't Like Auctions on eBay.
eCommerceBytes - 11-02-2014 -
Displaying Amazon and Etsy Feedback in Your eBay Listings.
- eBay Fee Calculator .
eCommerceBytes - eBay Power Search Finds Good Stuff on eBay.

eSeller Street - Several research tools - WatchedItem - Research Sales Reports - WonderFinds

  • WatchedItem see what's popular on eBay.
  • Research Reports for your own sales reports and sales reports on other eBay sellers or products.
  • WonderFinds is for browsing big photos of the most remarkable items on eBay, Amazon & Etsy.

Channel Advisor - A Retailer's Guide: Selling on Online Marketplaces. (Has info about eBay selling.)
Channel Advisor - eBay Blog.

Hammertap - Huge collection of good eBay help articles.

Kabbage - Funding for eBay Sellers! - Kabbage offers funding for eBay sellers. Get the money you need to grow your store today.

Snag Buyers with HTML Rich eBay Auctions & Stores.

Suzanne a. Wells - eBay Listing Types - Fixed Price or Auction?
Suzanne a. Wells - You Sold WHAT on eBay? Episode 1.

TheTopTens - Things You Should Never Buy Used - (Gives some insite to eBay buyers.)

Consignment Stores

Consignment Stores - Some online sellers chose to be consignment sellers, eCommerceBytes has a list and a Google search of your town should return some results for consignment and eBay consignment stores.

eBay Valets - Valets do the selling. You get paid.

eCommerceBytes - Consignment Drop Off Stores
eCommerceBytes - eBay Drop-off Store: U.S. State Licensing Issues

eCommerceBytes - 05-20-14 - Catching Up on eBay's Consignment Services.

eBay PowerSeller

eBay Web Site - PowerSeller Requirements

Requirements and benefits of becoming an eBay PowerSeller
(Note: PowerSeller and Top Rated Seller are not the same.)
Becoming a PowerSeller - Quote:
Be registered with eBay for at least 90 days.
Have an account in good standing.
Maintain a positive Feedback of 98% or higher over the past 12 months.
Follow all eBay policies.
Have a minimum of 100 transactions and $3,000 in sales with US buyers over the past 12 months.
Receive at least a 4.60 average from US buyers across all 4 detailed seller ratings (DSRs).
For all transactions with US buyers, have no more than 1.00% of transactions with low DSRs (1s or 2s) on item as described, and a maximum of 2.00% of low DSRs on communication, shipping time, and shipping and handling cost.
For all transactions with US buyers, have no more than 1.00% of transactions result in opened eBay Buyer Protection and PayPal Buyer Protection cases, and no more than 0.30% of transactions result in closed cases without seller resolution.

PowerSeller benefits - Quote:
Priority customer support
Unpaid item protection which offers credit for certain listing upgrade fees on eligible listing formats
United States Postal Service (USPS) savings program
United Parcel Service (UPS) rate discounts
Promotional offers
Opportunities to participate in research
eBay promotional merchandise
As a PowerSeller, you also have the opportunity to qualify for Top-rated seller status, which recognizes sellers who have a proven track record of excellent customer service and sales.

eBay Top Rated Seller

eBay Web Site - Top Rated Seller Requirements

Requirements and benefits of becoming an eBay Top Rated Seller
(Note: PowerSeller and Top Rated Seller are not the same. There is a whole page of information, below is a sample.)

Becoming a Top-rated seller - Quote: (Changed-Now.)
To become a Top Rated Seller your eBay account must have been active for at least 90 days. You must also meet sales and tracking requirements and performance standards.
Sales requirements:
You have at least 100 transactions with US buyers over the most recent 12-month period.
You have at least $1,000 in sales with US buyers over the most recent 12-month period.
Tracking requirements:
You've uploaded shipment tracking to My eBay within your promised handling time for at least 90% of transactions with US buyers in the last 3 months. (More at eBay.)

(WAS) To become a Top-rated seller you need to:
Be a member of the PowerSeller program.
Have at least 100 transactions and $3,000 in sales during the last 12 months with US buyers.
Meet the following requirements for detailed seller ratings (DSRs): (Not listed here, go to eBay for DSR details.)
Tracking requirements: You've uploaded shipment tracking to My eBay within your promised handling time for at least 90% of transactions with US buyers in the last 3 months. (Not all listed here, go to eBay for details.)

Top-rated seller benefits - Quote: (Changed-Now.)
If you meet the Top Rated Seller sales and tracking requirements and performance standards, you receive the following benefits:
USPS Commercial Plus pricing.
20% discount on final value fees and prominent Top Rated Plus seal for listings that offer same business day or 1 business day handling and a 14-day or better return policy with a money back option.
Increased search standing when you follow best practices and consistently deliver great service

(WAS) Priority customer support
20% discount on final value fees (restrictions see eBay for details).
Unpaid item protection, which offers credit for certain listing upgrade fees on eligible listing formats
Expanded seller protection from PayPal
A badge on listing pages
Improved search standing for fixed price listings in Best Match search results
United Parcel Service (UPS) rate discounts

eCommerceBytes 04-05-12 - Point, Counterpoint - Does TRS Improve Your eBay Sales?
Over 1,200 people responded to this survey question. (TRS - Top Rated Sellers)

Benefits - PowerSeller & Top Rated Seller

PowerSeller and Top Rated Seller Benefits - In More Detail.
PowerSeller and Top-rated Seller Program
A couple of interesting examples. Quote:

**Health Insurance Solutions
eBay, through Mercer Health & Benefits, offers PowerSellers and Top-rated sellers a diverse suite of health insurance plans and services that allow sellers to build plans to meet sellers' or their employees' healthcare coverage needs and budgets. Marsh - Health Care Solutions

**PowerSeller Templates for Marketing
eBay provides PowerSeller business templates customized with your personal information to use to promote your eBay business and to network with others. Click on any image below to see a full-sized version of the template and click on the links below the images to download a customizable MicrosoftTM Word file that you can customize and print yourself. (Not shown here, please go to eBay, bottom of page - PowerSeller templates for marketing.)

**UPS Rate Discounts
PowerSellers and Top-rated sellers can save up to 32% off UPS Standard List Rates. The more you ship, the bigger the discount. Learn more about UPS rate discounts.

**PowerSeller Discussion Boards
Learn from other PowerSellers and Top-rated sellers, discuss issues, and share information on a discussion board that can only be accessed by PowerSellers and Top-rated sellers.

eBay & International Selling

eBay - Selling to Other Countries

eBay Global Shipping Program - Seller Information Center > Shipping Center > Shipping News

ChannelAdvisor - July 03, 2013 - eBay Cross-Border Trade for US Sellers

eBay Help - Selling internationally.

eBay Help - Shipping internationally.

eBay Approved Payment Services

Payment Services

eBay - Selecting payment methods - Quote: You'll be offered payment options when you list your item. Payment options for most listings include: PayPal, ProPay, Skrill, Paymate, Merchant credit card, Payment upon pickup.

From eBay's Buyers Info Page: Choosing a payment method (for buyers) - Quote: PayPal, Bill Me Later, Credit cards and debit cards, Skrill, Paymate, ProPay, Pay upon pickup, Escrow, Other payment methods.

eCommerceBytes - August 01, 2012 - ProPay Extends Credit-Card Processing Service to All eBay Sellers

Payment Options - eBay on longer allows sellers to advertise that they will accept money orders, except in specific categories such as, real estate, business, and eBay Motors. There is an eBay help page about what payment options sellers can and can not accept. Also, there are some other payment services allowed other than PayPal.

eBay Help Page - Accepted Payments Policy

PayPal Payment Service

To sell online, people need some way to get paid. Most small business owners and individual sellers do not want the bother of becoming a credit card merchant. Becoming a credit card merchant generally requires credit verification, monthly fees, as well as transaction fees. May sellers don't want that much trouble or expense and so opt for a middleman service that collects the money from a buyer (for a fee) and then forwards the money to an account setup for the seller. PayPal is a middleman credit card service that is often used at eBay; however, new sellers may experience a hold on their funds until sold items have been shipped and received by the buyer.

From eBay Help Page - PayPal payments that aren't yet available.
New seller status ends once you've met all the following criteria:
*It's been more than 90 days since your first successful sale.
*You've completed more than 25 sales transactions.
*You have more than $250.00 in total sales.

From PayPal Help Page - What is a temporary hold by PayPal?
Possible Reasons For Holds:
*New sellers or sellers who have limited selling activity - until they build up a history of successful transactions.
*Sellers who have performance issues, or a high rate of buyer dissatisfaction or disputes.
*Merchants selling in higher-risk categories like electronics or tickets, where we see higher levels of charge backs and disputes.

PayPal Help Center - General Questions About PayPal Funds.

PayPal - Once payment is received, the money can be withdrawn using a PayPal debit card (if qualified for a debit card), direct deposit to a bank account, or receive a check. The money in a PayPal account can also be used by to purchase items where PayPal is accepted. The PayPal debit card is very much like a bank debit card and it can used at ATM machines and to make debit card purchases.

PayPal Help Center
Withdrawing Money

Sign up for PayPal and start accepting credit card payments instantly.

PayPal Contact Numbers

Contact PayPal

1-402-935-7733 (Personal Accounts)
1-402-935-2057 (Personal Accounts)

1-888-221-1161 (Business/Premier)
1-888-204-4481 (Business/Premier)

eBay Related Articles

Website Magazine - 04-08-2016 - Sell on eBay with Bigcommerce.

Campaigngo - 10-01-2015 - eBay 20th Anniversary Thoughts.

eBay for Business Blog - 06-29-2015 - Fifty Things I Learned at the 2015 eBay Radio Party.

WebsiteMagazine - 05-19-2015 - A Few Ideas to Optimize for eBay Search.

eBay Events


eBay Radio - Live Every Tuesday & Thursday.

eBay's 20th Anniversary Celebration
Join us for a great couple of days and learn how to be even more successful on eBay.
September 10-11, 2015
San Jose Convention Center
San Jose, CA
eCommerceBytes - 07-24-2015 - eBay Revives Seller Conference, Set for September.

eBay On Location - 2013 - Annual eBay sponsored events with keynote speakers and topics. Various locations.

eBay Announcements - New information about changes for eBay.

Just A Thought

Just a passing thought to help keep your head screwed on straight.

Selling is a hard thing to do, it often seems like you are fenced in by eBay on one side and buyers on the other side. But many jobs can have difficulties. Life is difficult. So here is a bit of selling advice.

Don't get too mad at selling problems, try to maintain a relatively cool mad. Yes, buyers are going to upset you, but selling on eBay is a business and like any business and there will be occasional problems with buyers. And yes, eBay and PayPal are going to really tick you off sometimes, but it's just business. Heated anger only makes it harder to deal the the situation, trust me, I've been there.

With a clear head, there may be ways to run damage control with buyers. Example, if the buyer wants to return an item, because they don't like the color, try to think outside the box. A seller might start their e-mail reply with, yes we accept returns, but our policy says that we do not refund shipping if we did not make any error (or whatever the stated policy is). Suggest to the customer that perhaps the item would make a nice present for someone, and how about a discount to keep the item. That example is a bit simple, but the point is to think the situation over carefully to consider if there is a way everyone wins. The buyer gets a discount, the seller does not get a return. A quick response to a problem can often be a tart response, due a being upset, and it may not be a well thought out response. Wait and think it through. But the big thing to remember is that it's a business and some losses will occur. Just do what you can to keep losses to a minimum and don't get too mad, being mad only upsets you, and the buyer probably doesn't know or care.

As for eBay and PayPal, well, it's their business, and they are going to run it how they want, just as you do your business, it's sometimes hard to like what they do, but in the final run, it's their field and the cost of playing on their field is using their rules. Perhaps the best a seller can do is seek ways and things to sell that work within the frame work of eBay's rules.

Ebay Parody Song - Weird Al Yankovic -- LameTrain
Uploaded on Mar 9, 2007 -- Go to our website for more: http://www.lametrain.com/ebay.shtml
The eBay Song. Originated from Backstreet Boys' I Want It That Way
A cool parody song about eBay and it's usage in our lives. Thanks!
Music: "Ebay (Parody of "I Want It That Way" by the Backstreet Boys)" by "Weird Al" Yankovi
(Google Play • iTunes • AmazonMP3)
eBay Archived Info

Important Past Selling Changes

May 25, 2012 - Editing in bulk. eBay has updated the bulk editing program to making it easier to updating listings to comply with new discount requirements, such as 1-day handling and 14 day return policy with money back option. At your selling page, select two or more of your items for sale (little check boxes) and click "Edit".
(Note: You can select all of your items on the page by checking the very top or bottom check box and then click "Edit" to edit all of the items.)
eBay 2-Minute How-To Bulk Edit Video

April 3, 2012 Current News at eBay - Seller Updates

April 3, 2012 - Manage your business policies from one location. Opt in to a new way to create and manage custom payment, shipping, and return policies and apply them to listings quickly and easily.

April 3, 2012 - New requirements for pictures. Starting this fall, all new listings and relistings will be required to have at least one picture, and all photos must be at least 500 pixels on the longest side and cannot have added borders or text (watermarks okay).

eBay Live Events 2014

eBay in Person Events
eBay Discussion Borad

eCommerceBytes - 03-04-2014 - eBay to Hold 'In Person' Seller Education Events.

March 18 in La Jolla, California
March 19 in Phoenix, Arizona
March 20 in Austin, Texas
April 7 in Draper, Utah
April 8 in Denver, Colorado
April 9 in Omaha, Nebraska

eBay Webinar - Know Your Market Workshop: eCommerce, Buyers, and Seller Standards

February 6, 2014 11 a.m. PST

Be sure to visit www.ebay.com/webinars for current and recorded, on-demand events.

Updates - Past Years

2015 - January Seller Update.
2014 -
Introducing out-of-stock option for Good ‘Til Cancelled listings.
eBay Quote: Just go to Site Preferences in My eBay
• Under “Selling Preferences,”click “how” next to Sell Your Item form and listings
• Click “Edit” next to “Use the out-of-stock option”
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