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Advice to help you discourage deadbeat buyers
by Dennis L. Prince
Without much debate, most buyers you encounter online certainly qualify as "good eggs," trustworthy to complete a purchase. Even so, there are the occasional stinkers that might come along to retract, renege and refute their responsibility to complete a transaction. Read story.
Expert Tips on Working from Home, Part 2
Weighing your options as an entrepreneur
by Brad and Debra Schepp
Back to Basics, Part 1
Tips to get started selling on eBay, or just refresh your approach
by Janelle Elms
Going On Location with eBay
Excitement was palpable as eBay kicked off its 2010 local events in Atlanta.
by Danna Crawford
The Price of Success
Understanding eBay's selling fees
Can a Web Platform Change the Way You Shop Online?
A two-part series, courtesy of The Official Auctiva Marketplace Platform Blog
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eBay to hold off on fee increase for ex-store inventory listings.
eBay is giving sellers who use the store inventory format a little more time to revise their listings and avoid higher fees once this format is phased out. Read story.
Auctiva CEO Shares Tidbits via Twitter
Tweets give a glimpse into company's developments and seller resources.
Suit Slams eBay's Registration Process
Woman says policy discriminates against disabled people.
Auctiva Launches Twitter Contest
Grand prize is 6 months free premium service.
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Encarta's definition of "rummage" is "to make a rapid search for or through something by carelessly moving and disarranging things or to find something by searching."
I have to admit, I do my share of rummaging, although my version takes slightly longer and is more in depth. Read story.
Enter Auctiva’s Twitter contest for your chance to win six months of service on our Premium Plan, or Auctiva swag. It's easy! Read story.
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Weird, Wild and Wacky Listings
Having trouble keeping your New Year's resolution to lose those love handles? It's not too late to get your weight-loss regimen back on track. These handy dieter's dishes can make it easier to reach your goal by cutting your serving sizes in half. But no going back for seconds!
If you often find yourself complaining there's nothing good on TV, here's your chance to make sure you always get the shows you like. This seller is looking to unload a fully equipped commercial UHF broadcast station in a Top 40 TV market. Of course, if all you want is on-demand programming, it might be cheaper just to buy a digital video recorder. But think of all the free advertising you could have for your eBay business!
Bored with the same old routine? Turn every occasion into a lively dance party with this mirrored disco ball. You could even rock those old roller skates you have hiding in your closet and really get the party started. Admit it: You've been looking for a reason to do the Hustle again.
There's a lot of buzz lately that eBay will spin off PayPal. If they were to go through with it, how do you think this would impact buyers and sellers? Director of Engineering Tom Urbanowicz answers this and other questions from Auctiva users. Read more here.
Got a burning question about Auctiva, eBay or e-commerce in general? Through our Ask Auctiva program, you can speak directly to Auctiva's top managers. All you have to do is send an e-mail to "AskAuctiva" at the Auctiva dot com domain. Selected questions will be answered by Auctiva managers and published in an article on the Auctiva Education tab. Read some recent Auctiva Q&A articles here.
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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Austin, Texas, has long been considered a cultural and economic center, rich in history, art, business and technology. "It's an entrepreneur's heaven," says Armando Filoteo, manager of eBay drop-off store The Sellery.
The city more recently has been a magnet for consignment merchants looking to cash in on the eBay bonanza. Read story.
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Auctiva Commerce Store Spotlight
Claudia Loitz has been selling her quilts online for 10 years.
She started selling them as a way to help pay for her daughter's college education. But she always has a lot of fun making her products, she says.
"My store has only handmade items," notes Loitz, who opened her store on Auctiva Commerce in January 2009. "We buy so many mass-produced products these days, and forget about the quality of handmade items."
All of her items are made with "lots of care," she notes on her blog, where she promotes her products and encourages readers to share their quilting stories, ideas and tips. Her efforts to spread the word about her Auctiva Commerce Store seem to be working, as Loitz has been able to draw customers from around the world.
While Loitz appeals to a wide range of potential buyers by offering a variety of items—from quilted purses, to huggable children's items, to home decor—her main product continues to be quilts. She even creates custom quilts upon request.
Visit My Quilts 4 You.
Set up your own comprehensive Auctiva Commerce Store and get complete freedom over your shop.
In response to "Suit Slams eBay's Registration Process," one reader writes: "Just another example of how eBay doesn't care about the small seller… Certainly there is technology out there eBay could employ to assist the deaf. What a shame this person had to go to this extreme length of filing suit, just to make some income." Read the entire thread, and post your response.
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