The eBay UK Bulletin: Issue 18, 20 September 2006
Topics in this issue:
1. eBay News: eBay Shops Toolkit
2. eBay 101: Selling Manager
3. Molly Live: Hear me on your radio
4. Ask Molly: Picture theft
Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of The eBay UK Bulletin.
Many thanks for all your e-mails about the new Mollybol auction page design; most of them were complementary. I can confirm that the pumpkins are staying – at least until 1st November!
If something of value is offered to you for free, there just has to be a catch – doesn’t there? Well, not in the case of eBay’s ‘Selling Manager’ tool. I’ve listed below my top five reasons for giving it a try.
Plus, they’re letting me back on the airwaves (…some people never learn!) Keep reading to find how you can enjoy a whole hour of eBay radio.
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1. EBAY NEWS: EBAY SHOPS TOOLKIT
Only a matter of weeks after dealing a couple of serious blows to shop owners, eBay has recently relaunched its ‘Shops Toolkit’.
On the one hand, shop fees have risen and the visibility of shop items has been reduced. On the other, eBay has a number of tools designed to help the shop owner. I am not really sure which direction things are going – do eBay want shops, or not?
If you do still have an eBay shop, these selling tools must be worth checking to ensure you are making the most of what you already pay for. Details of the toolkit, along with a comprehensive checklist, can be found at: http://pages.ebay.co.uk/storefronts/seller-landing.html
2. EBAY 101: SELLING MANAGER
The centre of any eBay operation is ‘My eBay’; it’s where you can see at a glance, a snapshot of all your buying and selling activities. If you are a regular seller you will need a little more detail from time to time, so give ‘Selling Manager’ a try.
Why, I hear you ask? Well, for one thing it’s free and you can turn it off if you wish. Here are 5 other reasons why it might be worthwhile:
1) Real time updates on sales activity every ten minutes; showing figures for the last 24 hours, 7 & 30 days.
2) The ‘Listing Activity’ display shows the current state of your auctions; how many are due to end today, how many have questions to answer and how many are eligible for ‘re-list fee’ credit.
3) Direct access to your ‘Scheduled’, ‘Active’, ‘Unsold’ and ‘Sold’ listings.
4) The ability to customise which ‘Favourite Links’ are shown on the summary page.
5) Access to the ‘File Management Centre’; which is ideal for your monthly accounts, as you can just export the data into a spreadsheet.
You can check out the detail and sign up for ‘Selling Manager’ at: http://pages.ebay.co.uk/help/sell/sm-smpro-ov.html#selling_manager
3. MOLLY LIVE: HEAR ME ON YOUR RADIO
Following on from the fantastic eBay special that Radio City hosted a few weeks ago, I’ll soon be back on the wireless (I obviously made an impression…)
Next Tuesday evening, I’ll be joining personal finance author, Rebecca Ash, on Delta FM – for a one-hour programme on making money and saving money.
I’ll obviously be taking care of the ‘making money’ side of things (I’ve never been very good at saving it – hopefully Rebecca can give me some tips!) Her motto is that it’s not what you earn, but what you do with what you earn, that makes for a happier lifestyle. Selling on eBay is a great way to make extra income, but spending it wisely is just as important.
Rebecca’s latest publication, ‘The New Spend Less Revolution’, offers 365 tips for a better quality of life – while actually spending less. It’s packed full of practical ways to leave the rat race behind, so you’ll be living the eBay dream like me in no time. The eBay UK Bulletin is offering you the chance to pick up a copy of the book, along with ‘The eBay Business Handbook’ and receive FREE P&P – that’s a saving of £4.00 (talk about spending less!)
Remember to listen to Delta FM at 20:00 GMT on Tuesday 26 September, when Rebecca and I will be appearing on Linda Joffee’s programme. If you live in the North-East Hampshire, South-West Surrey, or North-West Sussex area, tune in on 97.1FM, 101.6 to 102FM. Alternatively, please visit www.ebaybulletin.co.uk and follow the link to ‘Listen Live’. By the way, if you’ve got any business or money questions for the show, give the studio a call on the night on: (01420) 485 185 or text the programme on: (07952) 71 555 2. We look forward to hearing from you!
4. ASK MOLLY: PICTURE THEFT
They do say that imitation is the highest form of flattery, but sometimes it can be unwelcome. This week’s question – from “thebaldywonder” – http://search.ebay.co.uk/_W0QQfgtpZ1QQfrppZ25QQsassZthebaldywonder – concerns the issue of picture theft and wins a free copy of ‘The eBay Business Handbook’.
I have been a member of eBay for some time and since reading your book, I have begun to take selling more seriously. I noticed today that another seller has taken two of my pictures and used them on his own listing. I can’t find any specific information concerning this and was wondering if you had any thoughts or advice?”
I also have this problem from time to time; I am quite flattered actually – although I understand, it can be very frustrating. It is not allowed under eBay guidelines; the section that outlines this can be found at: http://pages.ebay.co.uk/help/policies/vero-image-text-theft.html
The other seller faces one, or all, of the following:
- Listing cancellation
- Loss of eBay fees
- Limits placed on account privileges
- Loss of PowerSeller status
- Account suspension
A note to eBay should get the other auction removed.
If you have a question about eBay, please send it to: firstname.lastname@example.org – I will reply personally to every e-mail I receive and remember, there are FREE copies of my book available for the best questions, tips, or stories.
– END NOTE –
Stop Press! Late news just in; it’s another 5p listing day – TODAY (Wednesday). This week, the offer is only for fixed price (BIN) listings and does not apply to multiple listings (ideal if you have a shed full of Lego!)
That’s all for this week – don’t forget to tune in and listen to my radio appearance on Delta FM next Tuesday evening – should be a great show.
Best wishes and happy eBaying!
Author of the bestselling title, ‘The eBay Business Handbook’ – available direct from the publishers: www.harriman-house.com/ebaybusiness
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