Consignment Selling and Becoming a Trading Assistant

Consignment selling is the process of listing other people's products for them and paying them when the product finally sells. eBay has formalized this process with their Trading Assistant program. This program has various benefits, but of course there's nothing to stop you being a consignment seller even if you don't join the program. Being a trading assistant may be illegal in some states, unless you are a registered auctioneer eBay is currently fighting a number of absurd regulations in a...

To Ship or Not to Ship

Here's an interesting strategy, one that has worked well for many companies yet also represents some risk Take orders, but don't ship. No, we're not talking about scamming buyers we're talking about acting as an order taker, not a shipper. This can, in some cases, make perfect sense. You operate the web site, the e-commerce store, the auctions, the shopping-directory listing, and so on. You carry out the marketing campaigns to bring in the sales, and you process the sales. But you don't ship...

Setting Up a Pay Pal Account

The best way for new merchants to collect money is through PayPal. PayPal, an Internet startup in 1998, created a simple payment system that allowed individuals to e-mail money to each other. Members could load their account with money, then tell PayPal to, say, pay this e-mail address 10. PayPal would look up the e-mail address, and if it belonged to someone with an account, it would transfer the money to that account. If the owner of the recipient e-mail address...

Adding an Item to the Product Database

Here's how to add your first product to the database. 1. In Store Manager, click the Catalog Manager link. note Don't worry about tables right now. Tables provide a way to help you group or categorize products, an advanced subject that we won't be covering here. 2. Click the Manage Your Items link. You'll see the Items page, showing the content of the default-table right now, nothing . 3 puresaimarCOtn Merchant Standard - Microsoft Internet Explorer Ble Edt jew Favorites Tools Help Back - j g i...

Listing Your Items Effectively

In this chapter you're going to learn how to submit an item for sale in eBay. There's a lot to cover. We're going to discuss how to create your photographs, the different ways in which you can list items, how much eBay charges, how to enter information and pictures for your listing, specifying payment and shipping, and so on. This chapter is not intended as a quick step-through process. We're going to show you the process step-by-step, but we'll be stopping and explaining various concepts and...