Creating an Account on eBayIMPORTANT NOTE: These ebay pages are online for historical reasons. I would now advice my visitors NOT to use ebay. There are alternative sites which provide a far safer experience. Read my Ebay - Work From Home page for more details. However, for those that are required to use ebay for some reason, the information is retained below.
The very first step in doing anything on eBay is to create an account. Give some thought as to what you will primarily be using this account for. If you are going to be doing home business work, then by all means give yourself a username that reflects that. If your home business is LisaOrigami, then name your account LisaOrigami. That way people who see the bids get to associate you with them. When they buy items, the name sticks in their head. In general you want the name to seem reliable and trustworthy. JoeTheThief is probably a bad name! SillyLittleGirl would be equally questionable. Sure, it's just a name, but it is the only thing people can "see" of you and it really does leave an impression.
UPDATE: ebay is now a land where people are afraid to reveal their personal information. In fact, in the forums, if you mention someone's real name, the post WILL BE DELETED and perhaps the entire thread.. This change of ebay from a personal world to a deliberately "fake name" world has apparently increased the level of scammer activity in the system. I've even been warned not to show a personal name on ebay lest people start stalking me or harassing me. So apparently - in the current world of ebay - it's important NOT to show your photo, and NOT to have your personal name anywhere in your listing.
Associate the eBay account with a PayPal account, to make payments run more smoothly. You probably want that to be a "business account" on PayPal, i.e. the kind that can accept credit cards. This makes life MUCH smoother in general, even though PayPal will take a small percentage of sales as a transaction fee. The alternative is to use a "personal" PayPal account which cannot handle credit cards. If you do that, then every single person who tries to pay you with a bank debit card or credit card funding is going to get error messages, because you can't handle those sales. It's well worth it just to pay the fee to PayPal and to take that into account when you set your prices.
Once you have your account set up, you will begin with a zero rating. You are a newbie. It's time to get your reputation built up!
I was a long term member of ebay - from 1999 through 2009. In the beginning years, ebay was a fantastic community, full of fun bargains, friendly people and a general feeling of joy. It was like going to a fun garage sale on a sunny day and spending time with friends.
However, starting in 2009, changes made to the ebay system altered it overnight from a joy to a horror. In one auction set alone I had three different buyers attempt very questionable refund operations. I went on the forums to get assistance. The forum members' derogatory comments and snide responses shocked me. Literally in one week I went from being from a staunch promoter of ebay to someone who swore never to use the ebay system again.
I am maintaining these pages online for historical reasons, but I would now wholeheartedly warn visitors NOT to use ebay going forward to sell items. The risk to you is too great. Feel free to contact me for all details on the situation. Instead, I highly recommend these systems:
Amazon Sales for selling used CDs, DVDs, books and other products
Etsy for selling personal items (crafts etc)
I have used both of the above sites and they are wonderful.
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