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So, you’ve gotten started on eBay. You’ve made a few purchases and your first sale. You may have even built a moneymaking business. Now you’re looking for ways to ratchet things up. You’re looking for the insider tips and tricks for the easiest ways to take care of listing items, completing transactions, and keeping good records and you don't have the time to do all the research. eBay Timesaving Techniques For Dummies is the book for you.
Marsha Collier, an eBay University instructor and best selling author of eBay For Dummies and Starting an eBay Business For Dummies, has collected the fastest and most effective techniques for finding items to sell, setting up your sales pages, pricing items to move, getting the word out about your business, collecting payments, shipping your item, and taking care of all the paperwork. Time is money after all. So why waste time when you can be making money on eBay. This book contains over 60 step-by-step techniques proven to add efficiency to your eBay operation.
Includes coverage of:
- Finding sources for merchandise to sell on eBay
- Setting attractive prices and shipping costs
- Handling multiple sales without losing your cool
- Prettying up your auctions with digital photo and HTML tricks
- Tracking payments and shipments and keeping your customers happy
- Working with PayPal, both on and off of eBay
- Enhancing your status in the eBay community
- Simplifying your bookkeeping
- Creating marketing, merchandising, and advertising plans
Solving problems quickly when they occur
About the Author
Marsha Collier is a recognized eBay expert and successful PowerSeller who has appeared on NBC’s Today show and ABC’s The View. She also teaches eBay University seminars and penned Starting an eBay Business For Dummies.
Table of Contents
Part I: Buying for Successful Selling.
Technique 1: Efficient Searching to Find the Best Deals.
Technique 2: Gearing Up for Savvy eBay Buying.
Technique 3: Bidding to Win.
Technique 4: Researching to Save Time and Money.
Technique 5: Real-World Sourcing Strategies for Your eBay Business.
Technique 6: Qualifying Your Merchandise and Methods.
Technique 7: Getting Action When Transactions Go Wrong.
Part II: Selling Shortcuts.
Technique 8: Building Strategies for Your Sales.
Technique 9: Setting Profitable Price Points.
Technique 10: Setting Sensible Shipping Costs.
Technique 11: Using eBay’s Free Listing Tool: Turbo Lister.
Technique 12: Making Multiple Sales without Multiplying Your Work.
Technique 13: Tracking Your Auction Action.
Technique 14: Boosting Sales through Dynamic Research.
Part III: Prettying Up Your Auctions.
Technique 15: Getting Great Images for eBay.
Technique 16: Prepping and Photographing Clothing.
Technique 17: Photographing the Tuff Stuff: Coins and Jewelry.
Technique 18: Touching Up Your Photos for eBay.
Technique 19: Uploading Your Pictures to a Server.
Technique 20: Listing Touchups and HTML without the Headaches.
Technique 21: Creating Your Own HTML Templates.
Part IV: Finishing Off Your Auctions.
Technique 22: Notifying Winners and Sending Invoices.
Technique 23: Tracking Payments.
Technique 24: Tracking Your Shipments.
Technique 25: Leaving Feedback Quickly and Gracefully.
Technique 26: Downloading Your eBay Sales Reports.
Technique 27: Reporting Failed Transactions to eBay.
Part V: Operating Efficiently with PayPal.
Technique 28: Understanding PayPal Accounts and Options.
Technique 29: Generating Income from Your Web Site with PayPal.
Technique 30: Downloading Your Payment History from PayPal.
Technique 31: Arranging Shipping Directly through PayPal.
Technique 32: Expanding Your Business with PayPal Shops and Tools.
Technique 33: Using PayPal’s Little-Known Tools.
Part VI: Shipping Made Simple.
Technique 34: Selecting the Best Packing Materials.
Technique 35: Picking the Right Shipper.
Technique 36: Shipping with the U.S. Postal Service.
Technique 37: Getting Brown with United Parcel Service.
Technique 38: Absolutely, Positively FedEx.
Technique 39: Insuring Against the Worst.
Technique 40: Making a Claim When Shipping Goes Bad.
Part VII: Working the eBay Community.
Technique 41: Opening an eBay Store.
Technique 42: Building Your Reputation by Becoming a PowerSeller.
Technique 43: Becoming an eBay Trading Assistant.
Technique 44: Getting the Stamp of Approval from SquareTrade.
Technique 45: Meeting Other eBayers.
Part VIII: Running an Efficient Back Office.
Technique 46: Going Legit with Your Business.
Technique 47: Simplifying Your Bookkeeping.
Technique 48: Monitoring Your Financial Reports.
Technique 49: Keeping Your Records and Data Safe.
Technique 50: Avoiding Sick Days by Staying Healthy.
Technique 51: Overcoming Accessibility Challenges.
Part IX: Acting Like a CEO.
Technique 52: Building Business Buying Plans.
Technique 53: Knowing Your Customers.
Technique 54: Marketing Your eBay Listings.
Technique 55: Using Google to Build Your Business.
Technique 56: Bonding Your Sales: Raising Bids and GSM.
Technique 57: Flying Your Banner on eBay.
Technique 58: Co-oping with eBay to Lower Advertising Costs.
Part X: The Scary (or Fun) Stuff.
Technique 59: Raising Money for Your Favorite Charity.
Technique 60: Organizing with Auction Management Tools.
Technique 61: Networking Your Office.
Technique 62: Keeping Kosher: Staying Away from Spam.
Technique 63: Keeping Password Accounts Secure.
Technique 64: Letting the World Know All About You, er, Me.
Technique 65: Glossary of eBay Sellers’ Business Terms.