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When to Open an eBay Store

An eBay store (or ‘shop’ in the UK) is a subscription based service that enables a seller to have a customisable ‘storefront’ on the website. It presents all of a seller’s listed items together in one place, offering a more ‘traditional’ online shopping experience to a buyer. Becoming an eBay store owner is relatively easy,…

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Whether to List As an Auction or Fixed Price Listing

It’s official; auction sales are falling fast on eBay, the website originally founded as ‘AuctionWeb’ in 1995. There were 26.2% less auctions in February 2016 than just a year before. Fixed price listings meanwhile are up 8.6%. Numbers of eBay auctions have been falling for years, with it being claimed that less than 15% of…

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Second Chance Offers: a How-to for Sellers

A “Second Chance Offer” gives a seller another opportunity to sell an item if a reserve price was not met or a winning bidder of an auction fails to complete the transaction. For unsuccessful buyers, Second Chance Offers provide an chance to purchase items at a price equivalent to their last bid amount. The buyer does not…

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How to Take Great Item Photos

Arguably one of the, if not the most, important parts of an eBay listing, photos provide buyers with their first impression of the item. While photos do not have to be of a professional grade, they should look appealing, be taken well and represent the item accurately. Here are some simple ways to produce fantastic…

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Seller Profile: Billau Motorcycles

Billau Motorcycles is a family run business operating since 1982 which specialises in selling motorcycles. The business has a large showroom which is full of Motorcycle accessories ranging from nuts and bolts to supreme helmets. They stock lots of different brands starting from cheap and cheerful to premium brands. Nicole Billau, the proprietor of the business was kind enough…

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Putting Your Business on Hold

An eBay business is difficult to take on the road. The time will inevitably come for new sellers to take a break or a holiday eventually. But what to do? Doing nothing is not a good idea as impatient buyers and negative feedback are likely to greet a neglectful seller on their return. Most eBay…

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Seller Profile: Changing Lives in Cheshire

Changing Lives in Cheshire is a registered charity in the UK. I spoke with Chris Roots, their volunteer eBay Coordinator about the charity and how they incorporate eBay into their operations. Could you give a brief overview of your business? Changing Lives in Cheshire (CLiC) is a social enterprise committed to delivering real environmental, social and community impact…

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Leaving and Receiving Feedback As a Seller

Feedback is a voluntary way for eBay users to rate each other during or after a transaction, to inform other users of the experience. Feedback scores are noted next to every member’s user ID and is the clearest indication of the buyer or seller’s reputation on eBay. The short history of feedback on eBay The…

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