Does Your eBay Business Have Star Potential?
Increase your product's visibility with video.
by Brad and Debra Schepp
In this dreary season of shocking financial news, we've been fortunate enough to find a whole group of people who are not only enthusiastic about their work, they're delirious about it. They operate every day with the prospect that no other time has been quite so good to make it big on the Internet, and every day is an adventure in learning, commerce and success. Read story.
The Power of an eBay Store Outside of eBay
Using domain forwarding to brand your business
by Janelle Elms
It's Still the Season
Adding up the post-holiday pluses
by Dennis L. Prince
Auctiva Insurance Protects Buyers and Sellers
Global coverage offers ease-of-use, lower cost and peace of mind.
Avoiding Problem Customers
How, and why, to cancel and block unwanted bids
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Custom Template Design. In addition to more than 1,500 free templates, Auctiva offers custom design services. Benefit from our expert marketing advice and have our professional designers create an auction template to dress up your listings and boost sales. Learn more.
Unique eBay Auctions
2 Cents Worth
Everyone's got an opinion about something. Fortunately, this seller knew exactly where to stick hisright in this paper sack. If you're the lucky winner of this auction, you can take your two cents and put it wherever you like (may we suggest a piggy bank?). We can't explain the asking price, though. Inflation, perhaps?
Ever dream of becoming a golf celebrity? Here's your chance: For a few grand, you can buy the opportunity to carry the clubs of PGA rising star J.B. Holmes in the 2009 FBR Open in Scottsdale, AZ later this month and rub elbows with some of the top-ranked players on the pro circuit. Not only will your winning bid help support a fine charity, it'll get you a nice vacation at a swanky desert resortand some cool swag to sell on eBay.
Say it With a Spud
Valentine's Day is just around the corner. And what better way to proclaim your affection for that special someone than with a heart-shaped potato? No, it doesn't sparkle, or even smell nice. But sometimes the way to someone's heart really is through their stomach. If nothing else, this unique gift will be memorable.
Browse eBay's Weird Stuff category.
eBay Enhances Electronic Checkout
Will add 2 more payment services, improve merchant account integration
As the deadline nears for sellers to comply with eBay's electronic payments policy, the auction giant says it's making improvements to its checkout system that will, hopefully, make purging paper forms of payment less painful for users. Read story.
eBay Buys Search Technology Firm
Acquisition centers more on talent than tools.
Sellers Lauded for Customer Service
Annual survey ranks eBay among best retailers.
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Free Stores. Auctiva offers free, customizable storefronts that display all of your active eBay listings. If used in conjunction with the free scrolling gallery, buyers will be able to reach your Auctiva Store from every listing you have on eBay.
Ask the CEO
How Will You Drive Traffic to Auctiva Commerce Stores?
I see a lot of questions about fees, but I'm more interested in what Auctiva will do to drive traffic to Auctiva Commerce stores. The great draw of eBay is the huge amount of traffic the site generates. Without buyer traffic (not just people using Auctiva to list), the fees are immaterial. What kind of SEO is included in Auctiva Commerce? Jeff Schlicht answers this and other questions from Auctiva users. Read more.
Got a burning question about eBay, Auctiva or e-commerce in general? Through our Ask the CEO program, you can speak directly to Auctiva Chief Executive Jeff Schlicht. All you have to do is send an e-mail to "asktheceo" at the Auctiva.com domain. Selected questions will be answered by Jeff and published in an article on the Auctiva Education tab.
Please do not submit inquiries requiring an immediate response. If you need a technical issue resolved right away, please file a support request and your case will be addressed by our customer support team.
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Auctiva User Profile
A Bright Idea
Karissa Wright spent a lot of time online looking for books to help her then-preschooler learn to read. But finding none that she thought were reasonably priced or targeted enough, the former executive assistant decided to create her own.
Read more or browse Wright's listings at The Bright Ideas Company.
Get Featured Here
Got a success story you want to share? What amazing garage sale finds have you turned into monster profits online? How has using Auctiva's free templates and auction management tools improved your eBay business? Drop a line and tell us in 50 words or less about an outstanding e-sale experience, and perhaps we'll feature your story in an upcoming issue of The Online Seller newsletter. Submit your story here.
In response to "What's eBay Like for Buyers These Days?," one user writes: "Perhaps eBay should clean up the rampant issueslike Chinese sellers who are selling counterfeit coins (and notably ruining the U.S. coin market) as well as other fraud, such as producing counterfeit collectiblesbefore they focus on these more mundane issues. If eBay could get a grip on the dishonesty of some major sellers from foreign countries, and actually respond to sellers' issues with real people (not autobot messages), perhaps the trust might come back." Read the entire thread, and post your response.
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