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Hello and welcome! You are now started on your way to the wonderful world of buying on eBay. There are many, many, many, many things to choose from. You think of it, I’m pretty darned sure you’re going to find it. Scary as that may seem.

So, what do you do? Well, first, you’re going to sign up for an account. Easy enough, right? When signing up, you’re going to select your UserName, include your address and connect your PayPal account to your eBay account. It’s really that easy. Promise!

You’re now hooked up. You want to go shopping. Start searching for items you are interested in buying. When doing this, you only need keywords. Or, if you want to purchase a Thomas Kinkade Mantle Clock. Those are the four words you are going to type in. You find the clock, and you absolutely adore it! You must have it and you must have it now! But, the listing is an auction. What is the difference? Well, an auction is a listing that runs to the end of the timeframe it’s listed for. This can be three, five, seven, 10 or 30 days. Then, there are the Buy It Now (BIN) listings. Those are listings that have a set amount that the seller is willing to sell the item for. If they have this option, you will be able to buy it right then.

With the auction listing your found, you want it! So, you will wait it out. You click on the link to bid on that item. You want to keep watch on that item. eBay will send emails to you to let you know if you’ve been outbid. If you put in the maximum you were willing to spend, I personally do not recommend you going higher than that. You put that amount for a reason. And a bidding war? While exciting, can hit your wallet pretty hard! So, be careful! Know your maximum and stick to it!

So, for arguments sake, the auction ends and you won the bid! Yaayyy! Congrats on your first win! Now what? Well, when you get that email from eBay, (If you aren’t stalking the listing down to the last second), click the link to go pay for your item. You want to build up your feedback to show sellers and eBay that you are a respectable buyer. You are good on your promise to buy and item. Afterall, the sellers? For hundreds of thousands, this is actually their business. When their item is bid on, they are counting on those funds to be sent to them by the person who bid on their item. For new buyers, sellers are a little hesitant. This is because, the new buyer is playing around on their brand new account and they bid on the items. Then, they don’t pay. Sellers have to wait X amount of days before they can open a case on the buyer for non-payment.

What is a non-payment case? This is an action that the sellers have to let eBay know that you are not a good buyer. Sellers at times, set their settings so that any buyer with two non payment cases opened against them cannot bid on their items. This is to protect themselves from buyers who just scroll through and what seems to be randomly bidding on items and never pay. You do not want to be this buyer. I promise you! Sellers have forums and they talk. They have no qualms providing your user name to other sellers to block you from seeing their items. I’ve had to open two nonpaying cases in less than two weeks. I have one item that someone bid and so far? Has not paid. It’s buyers like this that is going to make me start putting that my buyers must have a certain amount of feedback or I will cancel their bids. I really don’t want to go that route because I understand that everyone has to start somewhere! But, three in three weeks? Not a trend I want to keep up. I count on those sales to pay my bills. So, it may be needed to protect myself.

However, I have faith! You are not that buyer! :) So, you pay for your item and the seller ships it to you. There are going to be a few reactions to this. You absolutely love the item. Perfect description, it’s just want you wanted. No action necessary. Second Reaction, you are kind of on the fence. This item is a little off from the description. But, it’s not that much different that you hate it. You may grow to love it. Third reaction. YOU HATE IT. It was nothing like the description. Or, it smells like smoke and the seller didn’t list it as coming from a smoking household. This last reaction? You can reach out to the seller and let you know that you received the item, but, it smells like smoke. You did not want something with that smell on it. A huge majority of sellers will respond with, “I’m sorry! No worries, I’ll refund you!” Depending on the cost of the item. If it is a higher cost item, they will most likely have you send the item back to them. Shipping costs will be provided by the seller as the item was NAD, (Not As Described). If you changed your mind after receiving the item, you can contact the seller, but, find out their return policy. They are not required to accept your return if its or any reason other than Not As Described. Some sellers have a restocking fee and the buyer is responsible for all shipping costs.

I hope this helps you in becoming the best eBayer you can be! Be it a Buyer or a Seller. Yes, it’s a two way street! Wait until Part two when I go over becoming a Seller!

Enjoy and happy bidding!

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eBay Selling is my Second Job

by Jacqui on August 5, 2014

I’m a single mom, so, I do what I have to, to bring in extra cash. No worries, nothing illegal! :) I go to Auctions, Estate Sales, Goodwill, Thrift Stores and Farmer Markets and I resell these items. I am hoping to eventually make this my full time job. I love the thrill of finding that one great item, that one great find. And with the United States having different specialties, I think it’s a wonderful way to either expose people from around the country, or the world to what the Mid-East offers. I’ve sold to someone in almost every state. I’ve sold internationally to Brazil, Germany, Spain and heck, even to countries I thought were just named for movies. Yes, I’m looking at you Estonia! Imagine my surprise to find out that Estonia was not only used as the country Brandan Fraser’s Encino Man character came from!

However, I digress. I truly enjoy selling through the eCommerce venue. eBay, Facebook, Craigslist, etc. Someone, somewhere is always looking for something. I try not to narrow myself to a certain niche. I’m a seller of Home Decor, Housewares, Vintage items, be it housewares, toys, clothing, youth and adult shoes or bedding. I sell die-cast Nascar cars for my brother. I get to communicate with people from all walks of life and I love it! Here are some of the items I’ve previously sold:

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These were beautiful Wilton Armetale Candle Holders for taper candles.

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These were amazing Temp-Tations Measuring Bowls. I actually kick myself for selling these. I ended up buying baking dishes in this design that I cannot part with!

Yes, that leads to, there are times, I only buy what I don’t mind being stuck with. Granted, I never put those baking dishes up for sale, but, they were a set I didn’t mind.

So, while there are busy times, this business can be very slow! Hello Summer vacations! Sometimes, we are lucky to get a few views on an item during that time, much less an actual bid. We (us sellers) ask you to remember, this is a business to us. If we buy your item at a Garage Sale, and sell it for a higher price on a Facebook Classifieds page, or on Craigslist, calling us out on our lower cost purchase? Definitely not appreciated. I’m usually up front with, “I purchased this at an Auction or Estate Sale.” Other sellers are not as forthcoming. Just because, it’s their business. As mentioned in one of the groups I’m involved in on Facebook, Target isn’t called out for selling something they bought for $5.00 for a ridiculously increased price of $40. That is their business. That is how they make their money to pay their bills. As an eBay seller? This is what we do to pay our bills. It’s a win win for everyone. We get to pay our bills, and the buyers get their items at a (Usually) lower cost. Or, they find that one mug that completes their collection that they’ve been building up for the past 15 years.

One other thing? Most buyers don’t realize this. WE PAY TAXES on these items. I have a spreadsheet for all my items as well as separate spreadsheets for other people I sell for. I keep track of how much I paid for the item, how much it sold for, how much shipping was paid and what I paid. And of course, the fees! We cannot forget the fees! Yes, we claim those on our taxes along with our profits.

eBay sellers are actually amazing. We do the research on the items we sell. We provide you with a description and sometimes you get a back story of where the item came from. One seller posted a picture of something they found at Goodwill. Another member in the group saw the picture and said, I think my grandmother made that! It had a woman’s name on it and the year it was made. I mean, how cool would that be, if it really was one and the same person? But, we do a lot before we list the items for auction. Research, cleaning, taking great pictures to really showcase the item and then there is the end of auction. We send out invoices, hoping to be paid immediately. That doesn’t always happen, but, then, we start to hope to be paid within a few days. Unfortunately, there are people who end up with buyers remorse and just refuse to pay. Sellers are not allowed to leave negative feedback. We have to report a buyer for non-payment. I actually had two in two weeks. But, this is part of the business, and we understand that. We move on and list the item again. One of my favorite listings right now? http://www.ebay.com/itm/181484131714?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

This is Part 1 in this series. I hope you enjoyed reading so far, and can’t wait to hear your comments! Stay tuned.

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