5 Tips for Enduring an Economic Downturn
Smart listing strategies will ensure continued sales.
by Dennis L. Prince
Since its inception, online selling has been called the "perfect market" approach. In simple terms, the concept asserts fair market value will always be obtained for goods when buyers and sellers come together to transact, the result being the current acceptable market price for goods.
When serious economic uncertainty creeps into the marketplace, however, the perfect market can become a problem for sellers who see prices continue to drop and profits erode as marketplaces such as eBay maintainand even raisefees on merchants. Read story.
What's eBay Like for Buyers These Days?
A look at how controversial new policies have changed the 'experience.'
by Brad and Debra Schepp
Wait, eBay Pays Me to Have an eBay Store?
Store owners get cash back for referrals.
by Janelle Elms
Are eBay's Sales Tools Worth the Price?
Guidance on where—and where not—to spend your money.
From Here to There
An overview of domestic shipping options for the seller
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Unique eBay Auctions
Say good riddance to the economic train wreck that was 2008. And if you're among the lucky ones with anything left to your name, pack it up and tote it wherever you go in this authentic Bernard Madoff canvas beach bag. In these times of financial uncertainty, it's the most secure investment a person could make.
If you didn't get your fill of sugary treats over the holidays, look no further. This seller is cheerfully offering a half-consumed box of powdered confections, perfect for satisfying that sweet tooth. Never mind that it's an unwanted… er, partially-unwanted Christmas gift. The auction is for charity, so your money will go to a good cause. And your dentist will thank you, too.
There's No Time Like Tomorrow
Meant to make a New Year's resolution, but kept putting it off? It's not too late. Here's one that's never been used, though it's a bit dated. That's all right. If you're like us, you'll just throw it on the pile with all the other forgotten resolutions from years past. Or you will eventually. Hey, why do something today when you can wait until tomorrow?
Browse eBay's Weird Stuff category.
eBay Rings in New Year With New Requirements
Deadlines approaching for sellers to update their listings.
eBay sellers will have more to worry about in 2009 than keeping their New Year's resolutions. They'll also have to remember to adjust all of their listings to make sure they're in compliance with new site requirements. Read story.
Twitter Enables New Selling Venue
'What are you doing? becomes 'What are you selling?'
eBay's CEO Makes Naughty List
Employees give John Donahoe 49% disapproval rating.
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How Do You Get Your Listings Seen?
As an online seller, you’re well aware that it doesn’t matter how great your merchandise is if no one can find it. Whether you sell on eBay or elsewhere online, we here at Auctiva would like to know what listing tricks and marketing techniquesif anyyou use to get your items noticed.
Click here to take our survey. We’ll compile some of the feedback in an article to be published on the Auctiva Education site. If we quote you in the article, we’ll provide links to your listings to help boost your online exposure (hey, who couldn’t use a little free marketing?). Take the survey.
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