Some merchants do all their selling through eBay. They may maintain a web site, but they use the eBay e-commerce tools to manage actual transactions. eBay provides a tool called the eBay Merchant Kit to help you place information about your current auctions inside your web site (see Figure 29-3). Of course, there are certain rules. For instance, if you want to use the Merchant Kit, you can't display other, non-eBay products on the same page.
It's very simple to use; eBay provides a web-based "wizard" to configure the products you'll show on your site. The wizard then provides a little piece of HTML that you drop into a web page on your site, something like this:
<script src="http://syndicate.ebay.com/ebayshop/ebayshop.dll?GetSellerList &uid=poiupp&fontsize=2&numofitems=5 0&billpoint=1&highlight=1&fontface= verdana&sortby=endtime&sortdir=asc&siteid=0&catid=0"></script>
You can literally create this code snippet and get it into a page on your site in a minute or two.
This site has used the eBay Merchant Kit to drop a list of their current auctions into the site; it probably took a couple of minutes' work.
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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.