Archive for the 'Seller’s Insights' Category

A letter to AuctionBytes a few weeks ago warning sellers that eBay was displaying links to my competitors’ auctions on my listings had me concerned. I immediately tubed up my listings and was relieved when I found that this issue was apparently not impacting me. It wasn’t until I wanted to make a quick check […]

Earlier in the fall I experienced a rash of unpaid bidders. It gets really frustrating when an auction-style listing closes at a higher final bid price than I expected but the high-bidder does not come through. While I can send a second chance offer to the next highest bidder, completing the the unpaid bidder process […]

Here’s an auction I just can’t figure out. There’s no picture, no HTML, and no template. The description is a whopping 75 words and the terms are an amazing 785 words. I guess the seller’s feedback score (2625) allows her to be successful with such a counter-intuitive auction listing format. … It just makes you […]

One of the most important aspects about your auction listing is the title. On eBay, the title is limited to 55 spaces. The words you employ in that limited space must be carefully crafted to appear in bidders’ search results and get the click once found. An effective auction title: Uses keywords that potential bidders […]

Sell Books on

December 8, 2005 | Leave a Comment   Share!  

Selling is Easy on One of the most dynamic markets on the internet today is for books and music. I’ve found an easy and profitable way to capitalize on this market through This article covers getting started selling on this web site. Recently eBay, the owners of, reversed their plans to close […]

If done correctly, a clear and effective eBay sales policy can encourage bidding and increase your listing’s final sale price. Unambiguous auction terms take much of the mystery out of the transaction and reduce the bidder’s perceived risk. Your conditions should clarify your payment terms, shipping methods and costs, and articulate how you handle returns. […]

eBay Motors: An Introduction Launched on April 24, 2004, eBay Motors has succeeded beyond anyone’s wildest expectation. The prediction that consumers were generally hesistant to purchase used cars online was completely wrong. In its second year of exesitance, eBay Motors sold over $1 billion in cars! Although it’s a separate site within eBay, buyers and […]

How to Snipe on eBay

December 5, 2005 | Leave a Comment   Share!  

Since their introduction several years ago, online auctions, such as eBay, have been one of the hottest destinations on the World Wide Web. Auction sellers are attracted by the prospect of a broad venue for their products and the possibility of high profits resulting from emotion-driven bidding wars. Bidders on online auction sites are drawn […]