EBay Bestsellers

Recapturing the Spirit of the Chicago Entrepreneur Chicago, which is my home town, has a rich history as a center for manufacturing and commerce. Those of us who love to buy and sell treasures of all sorts benefit from that history. We fondly remember a place called the Maxwell Street Market, a huge open-air flea market where you could find virtually anything for sale, and which lives on in a smaller (not to mention cleaner) form every Sunday morning. As a child, Bob Kopczynski used to visit...

Decide How You Want to Be Paid

Watching bids come in on your item, exchanging chatty messages with other sellers in the eBay Caf or the other eBay message boards, and researching your sales items can be so much fun that you forget about the real purpose of why you're starting an eBay business. Why, you're in this to make money, of course. Remember The simplest and most effective way to accept payments from your customers is through credit cards. Your high bidder or buyer (for a Buy It Now item) submits a credit card number,...

Accept Payment with Pay Pal

PayPal, the payment service that is now officially part of eBay (see Figure 9-3), has gained credibility simply because it is so widely used (it's reported to have more than 17 million customers). Simply put, many sellers expect you to give them the option to use PayPal to accept payment if you don't, there's a chance they might not bid on what you have to offer (though if you're offering something they passionately desire, they'll have no problem sending you a check or money order for it)....

The Longer the Description the Better

You have to follow Sotheby's rules for creating listings and buying and selling, which tend to be more stringent than those on other parts of eBay. On the plus side, this means that you create listings that are of better quality, more accurate, and more reliable than others. They are listings that will make people feel they can invest many thousands of dollars in an item. On the down side, they make you go through more work. The elements of a Sothebys.com listing are described in the following...

Sell on Consignment

Chances are you aren't going to want to sell exclusively on Sothebys.com unless you're already a dealer of art, antiques, or the like. You can still sell on Sothebys.com occasionally, however. You should look around and find someone who is an approved seller who can sell the item for you on consignment. Go to the page where the current Sothebys.com Associates are listed (http pages.sothebys.ebay .com buy dealers index.html). Scan the list for an Associate who deals in what you want to sell. Be...

Stay Away from Prohibited Items

Prohibited items are banned from sale from eBay. In some cases, trying to sell 16 illegal items can get you in trouble with law enforcement authorities. Trying to sell other items may not be strictly illegal, but can get either you or eBay or both of you in trouble in other ways. Examples are shown in Table 16-1. I've divided the items into two columns. The column on the right lists some items that you might not realize are illegal to sell in some states or that are heavily regulated. Alcohol...

Accept Credit Card Payments

If you already run an antique store or other brick-and-mortar business, you probably know about merchant accounts and credit card payments. Credit card payments are ideally suited to transactions on the Web you enter your card number and personal information in a Web page form, click a few buttons, and you're done. moneybookcrs.com - and money moves - Microsoft Internet Explorer Address j j https www,moneybookers,coivi app moneybookcrs.com - and money moves - Microsoft Internet Explorer Address...

HTML The One Minute Version

This isn't a book about HTML and formatting Web pages there are many other books on those subjects, not to mention Web sites, tutorials, classes, and videotapes so I'm not going to go into great detail on what HTML is or how to format a Web page using HTML. I will, however, give you a one-minute overview so you know what I'm talking about in this chapter. If you want to learn more about HTML, consult the Osborne-McGraw Hill books HTML A Beginner's Guide, by Wendy Willard, How to Do Everything...