Archive for March, 2009

Shipping eBay Items

In: shipping

31 Mar 2009

How often do you frequent your local post office? When was the last time you visited a UPS shipping center? Do you even know where your local FedEx branch is located? If these questions make you nervous, you’re not alone. For many users, the scariest part of the entire auction process is shipping the item. […]

For most purposes, you can’t beat the standard 4-inchx6-inch blank white label. Anything smaller is tough to work with, and anything larger just leaves a lot of wasted space. Stick with 4-inchx6-inch and you’ll be happy. You can purchase these labels at any office supply store, or even get free versions (for Priority Mail shipping) […]

Here’s what you don’t do: Drop your item in an empty box and then seal it up. A loose item in a big box will bounce around and get damaged, guaranteed. (Imagine your box being tossed around by a bunch of gorillas in a parking lot, and you get an accurate picture of what most […]

After you have all your shipping supplies assembled, all you need to do is put your item in a box and seal it up. Easy, right? Not really and the consequences of choosing the wrong container can be both disastrous and unnecessarily expensive. First, you have to decide whether to use a box or an […]

So where do you find all these packing materials and shipping containers? Lots of places. First, some boxes are free. If you’re shipping via the U.S. Postal Service, you can get free Priority Mail and Express Mail boxes, envelopes, and tubes. Some post offices carry these free containers, or you can order in bulk (but […]

Before you ship, you have to pack which doesn’t sound too terribly difficult. However, if you pick the wrong container, don’t cushion the contents properly, don’t seal it securely, or mislabel the whole thing, you could risk damaging the contents during shippingor, even worse, sending it to the wrong recipient. Even if you think you […]

eBay Hobby as Business

In: Video

25 Mar 2009

Another Video from the eBay Tutorials Video Series: How to turn your eBay hobby into business.

If you choose to relist your item, realize that there was probably something about the first listing that kept the item from selling. Maybe the starting price was too high; maybe the headline stank; maybe you didn’t include a picture; maybe the description was too brief. (And maybe you just have an item that nobody […]

Not all auctions go smoothly. Maybe the item arrived damaged. Maybe it didn’t arrive at all. Maybe it wasn’t exactly what the buyer thought he was getting. Maybe the buyer is a loud, complaining, major-league son of a rutabaga. There are really no hard and fast rules for handling post-auction problems. You have to play […]

Minutes after the conclusion of your auction, eBay will notify you by email that your auction has ended. Several things can now happen: If you accept payment via PayPal and if the buyers opts to pay via credit card or bank debit, the buyer can initiate payment from the end-of-auction email he receives. If the […]


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