eBay fees continue to rise while many benefits and protection for sellers seem to be on the downslide. There are ways to save money on your eBay fees, all of these features are free and easy to use. Whether you are a buyer or a seller on eBay, these can help you save money!
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Become a Top Seller. This ribbon is advertised in the search pages to let buyers know that eBay considers you a trusted seller.
Join Big Crumbs. This is another great moneymaker if you buy OR sell on eBay. This works like many of the cashback programs such as Ebates, Extrabux, and S&H Greenpoints. After registering, go to the Big Crumbs website, click on the eBay link, and when you bid and buy stuff on eBay you get money back! It's easy and a great way to earn cashback on your purchases. Get even more money by referring other people. You can also link your store to BigCrumbs directory, making your items available to thousands more customers! Sign up at bigcrumbs.com and please credit bayvendor for referring you to the site.
Don't pay for auction services that you can get for free. For example, don't pay eBay for listing more than one photo on your ads. Simply upload your photos to a free hosting site such as photobucket.com, and you can add them yourself free of charge. Use this html code and include it in your eBay listing, putting your photo address in where indicated: <img src="http://www.YOUR IMAGE URL"> I found this works in my ads. You can also make nice professional looking ads without paying for auction template services by using free template services, including eBay's own Turbo Lister. Others include antique-central.com, onlineauctiontrader.com, and more. Many also offer valuable information on buying and selling on eBay that can be helpful. Do a google search for "free auction templates".
If you ship using Priority Mail, don't waste time and gas going to the Post Office to mail your items. Use Paypal's Click-N-Ship to print out labels. Then use the Post Office's Carrier Pickup to request a next day pickup. They will come to your door, free of charge, and take your packages. They scan them right there in the truck so they actually ship faster than if you took them to the Post Office. Go to the USPS website and you'll find the form to use to request the pickup (you can either call or send an email request). They also pick up international shipments.
The Post Office and eBay have collaborated to make special shipping boxes available to eBayers. Go to ebaysupplies.usps.com. Plus, you can always order regular free shipping supplies from the Post Office including boxes, forms, labels, clear plastic pouches for customs forms (which you need if you are shipping internationally), etc. Go to the USPS website for information on ordering these items.
If you buy as well as sell on eBay, save and recycle shipping materials such as shipping foam peanuts and tissue paper. Fill a large garbage bag with popcorn and another with tissue or packing paper if you use it, making sure they are clean and odor free (one warning - speaking from experience, it is not worth saving supplies from a smoking household. The smell is not only a turnoff for most buyers, it will also contaminate the rest of your supplies). This can significantly cut down on the amount of shipping supplies you will need to buy.
Take advantage of eBay's monthly promotions. This can be 100 free $0.99 cent listings a month to 100 free any price listings. These are great money savers and help keep your monthly eBay invoices lower. Periodically check the "Announcements" in your Community heading to find the latest promotions.
These are all ways that I save money on my eBay fees and also when buying on eBay. I hope this information is of some use to all eBayers. Good lucking bidding, buying, and listing!
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