The winners notification letter

Have you ever received a bulk-generated, boilerplate winner's confirmation letter The seller hasn't bothered to fill in half the blanks, and you're almost insulted just by reading it Receiving a note like this after you've requested that the seller combine purchases (and the letter pays no attention to your request) is especially annoying. E-mails can cross, but a personal approach goes a long way with customers. I'm not saying you shouldn't automate your eBay business. I'm merely suggesting...

True Wholesale Merchandise

Purchasing wholesale merchandise may require that you have your state's resale license, which identifies you as being in the business. Be sure that you have one before you try to purchase merchandise direct from another business. Also, when you have a resale number and purchase merchandise from another business known as a business to business (B2B) transaction you probably won't be charged tax when you purchase your stock because you'll be paying sales tax when you sell the items. Go to Chapter...

Big Lots

Another super selling chain is the Big Lots company, which encompasses the Pic N Save, Mac Frugal's, Big Lots, and Odd Lots stores. They may have items priced at more than a dollar, but they specialize in closeout merchandise. All their merchandise sells for well under what most discounters charge and at deep discounts to retailers. This is a great place to find toys, household goods almost anything. Troll their aisles at least once a month to find items that you can resell on eBay. The Big...

Nonpaying buyers

If there's one thing that just ain't tolerated at eBay, it's unpaid items. eBay reminds all potential buyers, before they place a bid, that If you are the winning buyer, you will enter into a legally binding contract to purchase the item from the seller. You'd think that was clear enough, but sadly, many people out there think bidding and buying on eBay is a game. If you see a high bidder on your auction who has very low or negative feedback, dropping a line reiterating eBay policy never hurts....

Business license or city tax certificate

Business licenses are the official-looking pieces of paper you see behind the register at local stores. Every business must have one, and depending on your local laws, you may have to have a city license or a city tax registration certificate. Yes, even if you're running a business out of your home and have no one coming to do business at your home, you may still need this. If you don't have one, the authorities may charge you a bunch of penalties if they ever find out. Avoiding this step isn't...

Perpetual Vogue

Member since April 2002 Feedback 5039 Positive feedback 99.9 eBay Looking around eBay for some unique items, I ran across Clarissa Parashar's eBay store, Perpetual Vogue. Clarissa, a native Southern Californian, has developed a store with a style of its own. The store specializes in rock 'n roll, musician, tattoo design, biker, and streetwear apparel and accessories. She discovered eBay as a buyer and found it to be a fabulous marketplace to find great items. After six months, she thought she'd...

Charity silent auctions

I'm sure you've been to your share of silent auctions for charity. A school or an organization will get everyone from major corporations to the local gift shop to donate items. The items are then auctioned off to the highest bidder, usually in a silent format. You can find many a great item at these auctions. Aside from new merchandise, collectors may feel good about donating some collection overflow to a charity. I purchased the keystone of my Star Trek action figure collection at a charity...

Packaging the heart of the matter

Depending on the size of the item you sell, you can purchase boxes in bulk at reliable sources. Because you have a resale number see Chapter 15 , look in your local yellow pages for wholesale boxes. You still have to pay tax, but the resale number identifies you as a business and often can get you a lower price. Try to purchase from a manufacturer that specializes in B2B business to business sales. Some box companies specialize in selling to the occasional box user. Knowing the size that you...