Saturday, September 17, 2011

Selling On eBay (Internet Business)

If you're trying to make money quickly online, selling on eBay is one of the easiest, straight forwards and direct ways to get started.

After all, eBay sells over $60 billion worth of products every year and serves over a million people buying and selling every day, so it's almost like having a direct route to automatic traffic and sales.

Getting started selling on eBay is easy because they actually give you the platform for selling your products, there's no guess work for how to create a site or figuring out how to set up a shopping cart, eBay does it all for you.

Getting set up is even simpler with their easy to follow tutorials. Simply create an account and follow the instructions and you're on your way to selling and earning online.

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Selling on eBay Starts with Profitable Products

If you're trying to figure out what to sell on eBay you can certainly sell stuff you have laying around the house, or you can try your hand at buying products from a reliable eBay wholesale dropshipping supplier. 
 If you're really stumped on what to sell, have a look at eBay's "What's Hot List".  This is a list of the hottest selling items on eBay which also clues you in on just how well the items sell, very helpful info.


Effective Selling on eBay

Because eBay is such a popular and trusted platform you have a big sales advantage.  Additionally eBay goes to great lengths to get you set up with a store and help you make the most sales you possibly can but as with any store, online or off, using effective selling and promotion strategies and techniques will be to your advantage. 
 Here are a few things that will help you.
  • Use Relevant product descriptions. Use relevant and descriptive search terms in your listing's title.  
For example, if you are selling wooden walking sticks, a listing titled 'walking sticks' will draw fewer targeted buyers than a title that says 'historic wooden walking sticks' or perhaps 'carved wooden walking sticks'.
Being as specific as possible will help you better appeal to the shoppers that are most likely to make a purchase.
  • Try adding a video to your eBay auctions. You've heard the phrase, a picture is worth a thousand words.  Try using video in your eBay auctions as well.  There's no extra cost to use video in eBay and it's easy to do. 
Keep it simple. Don't make things complicated if you don't have to, a simple video will do.
Demonstrate your product and describe what makes it unique. Let your viewer get a good look at how it is made and what condition it is in.
Include the features but also include the benefits you product can bring to a customer. In other words, how will your product make someone's life better or the task at hand easier.

Shipping Considerations When Selling on eBay

Good shipping practices drive customer satisfaction. It improves your ratings and helps ensure buyers come back.
That means always over-deliver on shipping promises.
For example let's say you promise a buyer they will receive their items in 5-7 days.  You can over-deliver on their expectations by getting their item to them in 3 days.
That always makes an impression on a buyer. They get their items sooner than they anticipated and you just became a hero.
Additionally always know how you will be shipping your items before you even list them. You will avoid the end-of-auction scramble and you'll be much better prepared to get the items out the door faster.

Accepting Customer Payment

Avoid payment headaches and use PayPal when selling on eBay.  It's actually the one payment system that's most used and trusted on eBay.
Beware of various money orders that people sometimes use. There are U.S. money orders that can only be cashed at a U.S. Post office, not a big deal but if you're not expecting that, it could be a hassle to deal with. 
I'd suggest avoid accepting money orders altogether and simply stick with PayPal, it's safer and it's easy.
Selling on eBay is one of the easiest and most trusted ecommerce business ventures on the web. As you can see it's easy to get started, easy to maintain and because eBay is a trusted online platform, it has built in traffic and awesome sales potential.   

How To Get Set Up on eBay

I personally like eBay ProStores. They are an eBay Company designed for small sized businesses making it easy to sell products and services online through a fully customized Web store.
Selling on eBay is super easy with their step-by-step wizards that will help you design the look of your store, upload products, and set up shipping and sales tax information. eBay Pro stores also includes the following which takes the guess work and technical stress off of you.
  • Domain registration and hosting
  • Shopping cart
  • Secure, SSL-encrypted credit card processing
  • Integration with eBay and PayPal
  • Marketing and Merchandising Tools
  • Product catalog


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