ChannelAdvisor's founder Scot Wingo got into the auction business around the turn of the century. His first foray into the eBay world was AuctionRover, a site that had tools to perform an extensive eBay search, list auctions, and check pricing trends. The company's old Rover logo was fashioned after Wingo's Border Collie, Mack.
Fast forward to today. ChannelAdvisor is a highly popular management service for all levels of eBay sellers. They supply listing and management services to everyone from Fortune 1000 companies to the little old lady next door.
How? They offer three levels of software: Enterprise for large businesses that want to outsource their online business, Merchant for midsized businesses and higher-level PowerSellers, and Pro for small businesses and individuals. The powerful software suites help eBay sellers successfully manage and automate the sale of their merchandise.
Starting at the entry level, you can get the Pro version of ChannelAdvisor. Here's what they offer the beginner-level seller:
i Listing design and launching: Create your listings with their standard templates or use your own HTML to design auction descriptions. List your items immediately or schedule a listing. ChannelAdvisor will launch the auction when you tell them to.
i Item and inventory management: If you want to keep your inventory online, you can create it on their system. If you want to input your inventory offline, you can import it from their Excel template. You can also import open auctions or store listings to your ChannelAdvisor account for relisting or servicing.
i Image hosting: You get 250MB of space to host your images. You can upload images to the site four at a time, or use FTP to upload a large quantity of images.
i Post-auction management: This function merges your winning auction information and generates customized e-mails and invoices to your buyers. You can print mailing labels too.
To tour the various offerings of ChannelAdvisor and find out about their free trial period, visit www.channeladvisor.com.
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If you've ever read an article about eBay, you will have seen the kinds of incomes people make it isn't unusual to hear of people making thousands of dollars per month on eBay. Next time you're on eBay, take a look at how many PowerSellers there are: you'll find quite a few. Now consider that every single one of one of them must be making at least 1,000 per month, as that's eBay's requirement for becoming a PowerSeller.