Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tips for Selling on eBay

eBay Selling Tips
There are many ways to begin selling on eBay. Some of them are good, but some are bad and will result in you either not selling your products or losing money. In the online world where selling is a popular business, it's hard to find the right way to enter this arena. Here are some expert eBay selling tips to get ahead of your competition and stay there.

1. Make Good Use of Keywords 
There's a reason why they're called "keywords." They're the key to customers finding your products. You want to use the best words and phrases that pertain to your product and you'll have a lot of customers finding for your product for sale on eBay. Take the time to research words and phrases that best describe your product. Think about what words you would use to search for the product you are listing on eBay. A good tool to use is eBay's keyword research tool. It shows you which words will have the most success when someone is searching for your product. Don't use a short description of your product. You want a detailed description. You need to explain what your product is, and what its uses are. The more descriptive you are the more likely someone will find it.
2. Sell What You Know
Don’t offer the most popular products that you know nothing about because when a potential customer asks you questions about the product you want to be able to answer them. If you don’t know the answer to the customers question about the products you’re selling this can damage the relationship you may create with any present or future customers. Be sure to focus on listing and selling products you know a lot about. Aim to sell products you're passionate about, products you know a lot about. Choose to sell things you like, you’re favorite clothing, your favorite gadgets, if you’re creative and crafty, make and sell your own products. Whatever you do don’t sell products you know nothing about. If you decide to drop ship products on eBay, be sure you pick a good supplier that is reliable and offers products you know a lot about. If you are going to do drop shipping I suggest taking our online training here because there are a lot of tricks to selling through the drop shipping method that you really need to learn otherwise you can lose your eBay account real quick and then your business is doomed.
3. Take Good Quality Pictures
You must post quality pictures of all items that you list. Many times customers won't buy a perfectly good product simply because there aren't quality pictures posted of it. Online shopping isn't like a retail store where you can go and physically inspect the product. Many customers are already hesitant to buy something they can't inspect themselves, and the lack of good photos is often the determining factor for not buying. If you have access to a high-quality camera, use it. Take multiple shots from different angles. If there's something physically wrong with the item, make sure you take good photos of it. Even though you may describe in detail any defects, being able to actually see them will ease the buyers mind when making the purchase. Good quality pictures mean you’ve got protection against any fraudulent claims. So be sure to always take lots of good, quality pictures of the products you are selling.
4. Listing Auctions to End at the Right Time of Day
The timing of listing your auctions, results in when they will end. This is very important. It's not good to list your product when everyone is asleep resulting in it ending when everyone is at work. Try to have your auction end between 9-11 PM Eastern Time/6-8 PM Pacific Time. By doing this you're guaranteed the most exposure for your auction. I also suggest having your auctions end any time during the weekend. Try to have your listings end on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday evenings. People are more prone to spend time looking for deals on eBay on the weekends when they have more time to search for products their interested in purchasing. With more people looking for deals on the weekends, you'll see more bids on your products. More bids means more profit for you.
5. Respond Positively to Feedback
Feedback is a key part of successful selling. Mo matter what you sell, you will receive feedback from your buyers. It’s unfortunate and also unavoidable that some of your feedback will be negative. It's easy to respond to someone who loved their experience with you, but when someone has a lot of problems, it can both negatively affect your mood as well as other customers' perception of you. Regardless of the feedback a buyer leaves for you, always respond positively. Your customers will see negative feedback, BUT what really stands out is how well the seller responds. Respond poorly and it will only create and confirm customers' doubts about your customer service. Respond well and customers will most likely forget the negative feedback in light of your superior customer service. It's true that there are some people out there who just won't be pleased no matter how you try to please everyone its impossible to please everyone. Other customers will recognize that and will look at your response to make a decision about buying from you.
I hope that this has given you some great insight for selling on eBay. Be sure to follow my blog for a lot more eBay selling tips.

Feel free to leave comments and tips in response to this article. Have questions? Ask and I will do my best to answer your questions.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Selling on eBay Tips

I've been selling on eBay on and off for 14 years. In May of 2014 I decided to make selling on eBay my one and only home business. Why? Because it's very profitable when you take the time to learn how to do it properly.

I've been down the road of MLM's and Internet Marketing programs. I've created several of my own home businesses by designing products and creating a business and selling my products. I've grown businesses into successful home businesses exceeding over $50,000 a year in sales. It's a lot of hard work and very time consuming.

My golf business Kewl Tubes LLC was my most successful business but I had no time for myself. I was working 7 days a week, 12 - 16 hours a day to fulfill orders. I decided to sell the business and move on. This is when I tried several MLM's and Internet Marketing programs over the past few years and just could not make enough money to survive on plus I don't like having to rely on building a team and downline and keeping them on board to make me money. People in these types of businesses don't stick with one business, they jump from business to business and that's not me. I start a business and I stick to it and build and grow the business into a successful income generating business.

Any way on to the original subject here, selling on eBay...

I came across DS Domination in May 2014 when I met someone on Facebook who had joined DS Domination back in August 2013 when it was brand new. They filled me in on what it was really about and I jumped on it and I am so glad I did. I have learned how to drop ship products and sell them on eBay for profit. And DS Domination offers a lifetime of training and tools to build and grow a successful eBay business. I recommend it to anyone wanting to start a real eBay home business.

I still do what I used to do over the years to find products to sell on eBay for profit besides drop shipping products. I go to yard sales every weekend and estate sales looking for items I can buy cheap and resell on eBay. Here are some of my finds from this past weekend.

I found a brand new pair of Bass penny loafers still in the box valued at $99.95 and I bought them for $3. I found 3 brand new Bratz Life interactive TV game consoles valued at $45 each, I bought them for $3 each. I found a brand new collectible set of Winchester knives valued at over $50, I bought them for $2. I also found these items...

3 Florida College Pet Cheerleader outfits. 2 FSU Seminoles cheerleader outfits and 1 Florida Gators outfit all brand new in packages valued at $13 each, I bought them for $1 each.

I also purchased some brand new infants clothing with tags still on them. My total value of the items I purchased this past weekend is over $300 and I spent $20 on buying them.

Once they sell on eBay I will have made an approximate profit of about $250+ after eBay and Paypal fees are deducted. Not bad for a $20 purchase.

I also go to local thrift stores during the week and shop for items to resell on eBay. Many times finding name brand clothing "new with tags". And other products. If you have a local Goodwill and Salvation Army be sure to shop there too.

eBay has created many millionaires over the years. If you are serious about wanting to create a home business and earn a living working from home you really can do it by selling on eBay.

Between the drop ship products that I sell on eBay and the products I buy at yard sales, estate sales, local thrift stores, etc I earn a living working from my home selling on eBay and you can too.

Have questions? Post in the comments section of this article, I'd be happy to answer your questions.

Have a great day.
Diane Gracely of Ocala, FL

Thursday, July 10, 2014

What to Sell on eBay

It's hard to decide what to sell on eBay when you are first starting out. And if you are brand new to selling on eBay you are limited to listing only 10 items until you make some sales and receive "positive feedback" from your first customers.

And if you are also "new" to using Paypal, Paypal also puts a limit on things. Everyone new to Paypal starts off in what we call "Paypal Jail"... Paypal holds the money that your eBay customers pay you for items sold for up to 21 days when you are first starting out. I don't know why, it's just their policy. You are in Paypal jail for the first 90 days. You must sell 25 items and then Paypal will lift the limits and your money will no longer be held, when someone pays for a sold item your money will be immediately be available in your Paypal account.

I suggest starting out selling small, cheap items when you first start such as toothbrushes, books, kids coloring books, word search books, clothing, etc... Why? because if you have limited funds available you will need to have the money to pay for shipping of the items that sell because Paypal will hold your funds for up to 21 days.

Look around your house for items to sell on eBay, go through your clothing and your kids clothing and pick out some nice items that you no longer wear and list them on eBay. Go through your book collection and choose some books to sell. Go through your craft room and choose some items that you are not using and list them on eBay. Go through the garage, and pick out some items that are in good condition and sell them. 

I enjoy going to yard sales, garage sales, and local thrift stores and if you have a local Goodwill or Salvation Army these are places where you can pick up some nice items for cheap to resell on eBay. Every Thursday or Friday I go through the local yard sale listings and make a list of some of the good yard sales I want to go to on Friday or Saturday morning. I shop local thrift stores any time during the week. I try to go to my local Goodwill at least once a week or once every 2 weeks and pick up some items to resell on eBay. I find many clothing items sometimes that are brand new with the tags still on them. You can always make some money with new clothes on eBay. Here in Florida we have thrift stores everywhere. Some good, some bad...

Estate sales are awesome, I check the yard sale listing weekly for estate sales and make a list of them and go to them on Friday's and Saturday's. Estate sales can be a good place to pick up some real bargains. OR NOT... I've been to some really good estate sales where the people just want to get rid of everything and they have their items for sale really cheap and then I have been to estate sales where everything is outrageously priced. It depends you just need to go check them out. 

I have picked up some nice antiques and collectibles at estate sales for really cheap and made some good money. I have also found brand new clothes at estate sales with tags still on them and made some good money depending on the brand of the clothes.

And then there is always the option of drop shipping. There are many places online where you can sell items from such as Amazon. Go to Amazon and choose items to sell on eBay and when the item sells on eBay you go to Amazon and purchase the item and have it shipped directly to your buyer. BUT this is a whole new ballgame. You need to learn how to do this the correct way to make a profit and you need to make sure you are listing your items properly or you could have your eBay account suspended.

There are tips and tricks to drop shipping that you need to learn before getting into this type of selling. This is where my training through my DS Domination courses come in handy. If you don't learn the proper ways to do drop shipping you could be risking your eBay account. And you don't want to do that, your business can be shut down real fast.

The nice thing about drop shipping is you don't have to stock any inventory and you don't have to do the shipping. All you do is list and sell the products and then go to your source buy the item and have them ship it to your customer for you.

I hope this helps you get a good start and gives you some ideas of what to sell on eBay. If you have questions feel free to contact me. I'm happy to help and answer any questions you may have. Feel free to leave comments on this article and I will respond.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Advertise Locally with Vinyl Lettering and Business Cards

The best way to advertise locally is with vinyl lettering and business cards displayed on your vehicle's rear window.

I'm able to take my business with me everywhere I go thanks to vinyl lettering and vehicle business card holders. It's the most affordable local advertising any business owner can take advantage of. It's cheaper than an ad in the local newspapers and magazines. And it get's you a lot more visibility for your business.

The photo above is the start of my local advertisement. I still need to add above my web site "Earn Daily Income". This will attract the attention of people and make them want to find out more so they will grab a business card from my business card holder on the rear window underneath the web site.

I have been using this type of local advertising for several years and it works. I have even had people jump out of their cars at intersections and run up to me and say "Can I grab a business card?" and I say absolutely! And wait for them to grab one and then I'm on my way... It's a little dangerous, but yes I have had people do this. No kidding.

Everywhere I go people grab business cards, whether I am in the grocery store, or the local mall, or a local event, people grab business cards out of my vehicle business card holder after reading my vinyl lettering on my rear window.

All you need to do is order vinyl lettering for your web site and choose a catchy short phrase to add above your web site that will make people want more information. This will have them grabbing a business card no matter where you go.