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Avoiding The Pitfalls Of Ebay

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Summary:
EBay has opened up a whole new world in terms of monetary gain and the
elimination of household clutter. Time was that if you found that your
house was simply getting too crowded, the day when the attic door just
refused to open over your head or the garage was just too stuffed to fit
your vehicle, you had no choice but to make a trip to the dump or await
the summer garage sale season in order to get rid of some of the clutter.

The advent of eBay changed all of that, howev...


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ebay, internet auctions


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EBay has opened up a whole new world in terms of monetary gain and the
elimination of household clutter. Time was that if you found that your
house was simply getting too crowded, the day when the attic door just
refused to open over your head or the garage was just too stuffed to fit
your vehicle, you had no choice but to make a trip to the dump or await
the summer garage sale season in order to get rid of some of the clutter.

The advent of eBay changed all of that, however. Now you can eliminate
the clutter around your house without the waste involved in a trip to the
dump or the iffy prospects of selling at a garage sale. All you need is
an Internet connection and your junk could turn into someone else’s
treasure.

EBay works on the old adage that if the customer base is big enough, a
seller will always be able to sell any item, no matter how obscure. This
has certainly proved true so far in the short history of eBay, where
three million auctions close every single day, in every area conceivable.
You might find it hard to believe, but the auction environment is such
that that pile of old National Geographic magazines that you have might
fetch close to their original value or even higher on the site. There are
so many opportunities that some people have made a business out of
becoming eBay Power Selling professionals, with some stores netting
$1,000 a day!

In order to make eBay work for you, you have to use the right approach
both in your marketing and in avoiding common eBay pitfalls. One great
way to ensure sales is to purchase or borrow a digital camera to take
pictures of your goods- items that have accompanying pictures are much
more likely to sell, and at a higher price, than are ones that are placed
without a visual aid. Buyers can see what the product is like, including
the condition it is in, and thus the chance they are taking is much
lower.
In terms of pitfalls, most of the deals that go bad on eBay are avoidable
if you have a good heads up. The first issue, of course, is one of non-
payment. If you have sold an item on eBay to a buyer who just refuses to
pay, a simple task can become an arduous exercise in collections, and
might even end up costing you money. In order to avoid a non-payment
scenario, it is crucial to set up a payment option before you ship the
goods. If the buyer refuses to pay you, all you have to do is relist the
item and start another auction.

Other eBay pitfalls mostly revolve around bad payments. Bad checks,
credit card fraud, international fraud, and credit card charge backs are
all part of the Internet selling process. All of these situations can now
be avoided, however, by requesting payment through the eBay developed Pay
Pal. Pay Pal is a great way to receive money from the sale of goods
immediately, and also incorporates a dispute resolution system in the
event that the buyer or seller is unhappy with the outcome of the sale.

				
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