Andale

Andale is one of the leading third-party providers for eBay members and offers many different programming modules, some free and some by subscription. It's a good package to measure against the ideal auction management service outlined earlier in this chapter and against which to measure other auction management services. Below are some of the services it offers. Others are on the way. Accounting systems for buyers didn't prove popular, but other buyer services are used by both buyers and...

Storing Photographs

The reason you must store a photograph on a hard disk on the Internet is that it gives it a URL. Suppose you store your photographs at your website (www.yourweb-site.com). Your root folder (directory) at your website is You can create a handy folder named photos just to store your photographs Suppose you need a photograph named item41.gif (in your auction ad at eBay) that you have stored on your website in the photos folder. The image markup in the ad will look as follows < img src http...

Arbitrage

Arbitrage is buying in one market and selling immediately in another market where the price is a little higher. In other words, if you can buy something on eBay and sell it immediately at a higher price somewhere else (another market that's not as efficient, either online or offline), you can make a small profit. Certainly, other online auctions do not operate as efficiently as eBay that is, they do not have the volume to determine a stable price for a particular item. Perhaps you can engage in...

Fulfillment

Filling the order (the sale from the auction) is one of the most important functions you will provide as part of your customer service. Fulfillment means processing the order and getting the merchandise shipped in a timely manner. You need to have a speedy procedure to handle fulfillment. Today people expect things they have purchased to arrive quickly. You are not excluded from this expectation just because you don't have a website storefront or a physical retail location. If you have a...

Illicit Merchandise

Sooner or later you will be presented with the opportunity to buy illicit merchandise. This is an opportunity you don't want to take. If you knowingly buy what you know to be stolen or pirated goods, you may be guilty of a crime in either your own state or the state in which the goods are offered. In addition, such participation undermines the integrity of eBay. It's to your advantage to keep eBay a marketplace free of criminal activity. After all, as a buyer, you can get great bargains today...

Closeouts

Closeouts are excess inventory that someone wants to unload quickly for whatever reason. The seller might be a manufacturer, a wholesaler, a retailer, or even a high-volume user (e.g., the government). The price is often well under wholesale. Ten to twenty cents on the dollar is not uncommon. You must usually buy in large quantities to participate. There is an entire closeout industry with closeout shows and periodicals. Get plugged in, raise some money for inventory, buy for ten cents on the...

Www.tydebay.com

You use a link to go to another webpage anywhere on the Web. For instance, suppose you want to go to the Hike-Utah website. You might use the following link. This link will take you directly to the Hike-Utah website which features information on hiking and backpacking in Utah. Notice that the opening and closing markups surround the words canyon trail maps. In the webpage, these three words will be underlined with a different color to indicate that they are a link.