Getting Started on eBay

IMPORTANT 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.

Once you have created an account that reflects either your business name or a catchy name that people will remember, it's time to get building up your reputation. Your eBay reputation is the key to people trusting you. Some people on eBay are slimes and will use and abuse you. Those are typically people with bad ratings! Once you build up your rating to 50 or higher, you have proven to people that you are NOT in that crowd. They will be far more likely to trust you with their money.

So how do you do that? You buy and sell things of course. Start with very small things. People are traditionally nervous about trusting high money items to zero-rated people. Find some small things you're interested in and bid on them. Eventually you'll win a few bids. Pay PROMPTLY to earn that positive rating. Once you get a few points, try selling an item or two that you have lying around the house. Be sure to take good photos of it and to describe it completely. The aim here is not to make hoards of cash - it's to build up your rating. So be brutally honest. Make sure you send it as soon as you get the cash.

Once you get in the 50+ range, you are now a pretty well trusted person on eBay. People figure that you have made a number of transactions, it is no longer a "fluke" that you got good ratings. Now you can really delve into your main mission in eBay, whatever that might be.

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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