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WHERE QUALITY MEETS AFFORDABILITY 

FIRST THINGS FIRST!  I SEE A LOT OF QUESTIONS FROM NEWBIES IN THE BLOGS AND OTHER PLACES.  I SEE A LOT OF INFORMATION I HAVE LEARNED IN ONLY 6 MONTHS THAT I WISH I KNEW WHEN I STARTED.  THIS REVIEW AND OTHERS TO FOLLOW WILL REVEAL KNOWLEDGE THAT I DID NOT READ WHEN I WAS SCANNING THROUGH OTHERS ADVICE ON GETTING STARTED. 

I WILL NOT SKIP OVER IMPORTANT ITEMS YOU NEED TO KNOW!

LET'S GO.....

1.  KISS - KEEP IT SIMPLE STUPID! - NO INSULT INTENDED HERE, JUST A WAY TO REMEMBER.  HERE'S WHAT I MEAN:

A.  GATHER 10 ITEMS IN YOUR HOME IN THE BEST CONDITION THAT YOU DO NOT WANT AROUND!  SOMEONE ELSE DOES.

B.  MAKE SURE THESE ITEMS ARE CLEAN, LAUNDERED, SHINED, WHATEVER

C.  TAKE PICTURES AND MAKE SURE THEY ARE CLEAR.  DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY ON A NEW CAMERA/PRINTER DOCK NOW.  USE A CELL PHONE, YOU CAN USE THAT ALL THE TIME WHETHER YOU CONTINUE SELLING ON E-BAY OR NOT.  USE DIFFERENT LIGHTING METHODS, WINDOW DAYLIGHT OR LAMPS, WHATEVER LOOKS BEST AND GIVES A TRUE QUALITY PICTURE.  MOST ITEMS BENEFIT FROM A COUPLE OF PICTURES.  TAKE SEVERAL OF EACH AND PICK OUT THE BEST.  DON'T SKIMP ON THE NUMBER OF PICS, BECAUSE I AM GOING TO SHOW YOU LATER HOW TO USE ALL OF THEM WITHOUT PAYING E-BAY FOR EACH ADDT'L PHOTO LISTING!

D.  SEND THE PICTURES TO YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS ON YOUR COMPUTER.  IF YOU DO NOT KNOW HOW TO ENTER YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS INTO YOUR CELL PHONE, ASK SOMEONE, READ THE MANUAL, OR PAY A VISIT TO THE PLACE OF PURCHASE.  BUT DO IT.  IT'S THE FASTEST AND EASIEST METHOD OF SENDING A PIC TO THE COMPUTER WHERE YOU WILL NEED IT TO SELL.

E.  GO TO YOUR E-MAIL WHERE YOU SHOULD NOW HAVE ALL THE PICS OF YOUR 10 ITEMS.  OPEN THE PICTURE.  RIGHT CLICK ON YOUR MOUSE AND CHOOSE SAVE PICTURE.  WHEN ASKED FOR THE NAME OF THE PICTURE, JUST CHOOSE A NUMBER.  IE:  1,2,3,4.....IT'S EASIEST.  CLICK SAVE, THEN DELETE THAT PIC FROM YOUR E-MAIL.

F.  NOW YOU HAVE YOUR ITEMS AND YOUR PICTURES READY.  IF YOU HAVEN'T YET, REGISTER FOR PAYPAL FOR YOUR AUCTIONS.  GOT O PAYPAL.COM, AND FOLLOW DIRECTIONS.  IT WILL LINK TO YOUR E-BAY ITEMS SO BUYERS CAN CHECK OUT.  MORE IMPORTANTLY, HERE IS WILL YOU WILL LATER PRINT OUT POSTAGE LABELS AND ACCRUE THE BEGINNINGS OF A BALANCE YOU WILL USE LATER TO START AN E-BAY STORE AND MORE!

G.  I DO NOT CARE WHAT USERNAME YOU USE TO BEGIN.  IT WILL CHANGE LATER.  TOO MANY TIMES I SEE SILLY USERNAMES THAT ARE NOT TIED TO THE SELLERS STORE, AND THAT IS JUST PLAIN A WASTE OF FREE ADVERTISING.  BUT AGAIN, RIGHT NOW THAT'S NOT IMPORTANT - WE'LL WAIT UNTIL AFTER A MONTH OR TWO.

H.  ONCE YOU ARE VERIFIED WITH PAYPAL, YOU HAVE YOUR PICTURES, YOU ARE E-BAY REGISTERED, YOU ARE READY TO DIP YOUR BIG TOE INTO THE WATERS!  SIGN IN TO E-BAY AND CLICK ON SELL ITEMS.  FOLLOW ALL THE LINKS FOR THE LISTING.  DON'T WORRY ABOUT A SECOND TITLE LINE (COSTS MORE).  DO WORRY ABOUT A GALLERY PICTURE.  ALWAYS USE ONE.  I USUALLY DON'T EVEN CLICK ON ITEMS WITHOUT ONE.

I.  USE LARGER LETTERING IN YOUR DESCRIPTION, AND SPACE OUT INFORMATION.  USE A TITLE LINE, THEN DOUBLE SPACE AND GIVE THE AGE/SIZE/,ETC., THEN DOUBLE SPACE AND PUT MORE INFO, ETC.  MAKE IT SUPER EASY TO READ AND FOLLOW

J.  SHIPPING IS ANOTHER GUIDE ALTOGETHER.  THERE'S A LOT OF INFORMATION INVOLVED THERE.  FOR NOW, CHOOSE USPS PRIORITY MAIL.  THE BOXES ARE FREE FROM THE POST OFFICE AND THE SHIPPING IS FASTER. IF YOU HAVE AN ITEM THAT IS A BOOK, CD, VHS TAPE, ETC., THEN CHOOSE MEDIA MAIL.  IT IS MUCH CHEAPER BUT YOU HAVE TO PROVIDE YOUR OWN BOX OR ENVELOPE FOR SHIPPING IT TO THE CUSTOMER.  FOR NOW, THESE ARE AVAILABLE AT WAL-MART, OR ORDER FROM A REPUTABLE COMPANY BOXES AND BUBBLE MANILA ENVELOPES..  I WAS HOPING TO WAIT ON THIS FOR THE SHIPPING GUIDE

DO NOT CHARGE SALES TAX.  YOU DO NOT NEED TO AT THIS POINT

K.  DO OFFER A RETURN POLICY.  KEEP IT SIMPLE, SUCH AS RETURN THE ITEM TO YOU WITHIN 3 DAYS OF RECEIPT FOR A REFUND.  YOU DO NOT REALLY HAVE AN EXCHANGE OR MERCHANDISE CREDIT OPTION YET TT A BUYER WOULD WANT.

L.  DO NOT WORRY ABOUT INTERNATIONAL SALES RIGHT NOW.  THAT IS MORE COMPLICATED.

M.  LIST FOR 7 DAYS.  AGAIN, DO NOT WORRY YET ABOUT TIMING OF LISTINGS OR OTHER MATTERS RIGHT NOW.  OK- NOW LIST THEM!  THERE IS A LOT FOR YOU TO DO WHILE YOU MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF THESE LISTINGS.  YOU WILL NOT BE SITTING BACK AND WAITING.  YOU NEED TO GET TO WORK ON YOUR NEXT PHASE OF LEARNING AND SELLING!

MY NEXT REVIEW WILL BE ON CONTINUEING WITH SALES, THEN ON SHIPPING.

PLEASE FEEL FREE TO E-MAIL ME WITH ANY QUESTIONS

HERE IS A FREEBIE!  INCREASE TRAFFIC - LIST YOUR STORE, GET MONEY BACK ON PURCHASES, EARN THROUGH REFERRALS.....ALL FREE! 

 
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