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Lost Your Job? Need Income? Be Careful !!!

Scammers and telemarketers are targeting the millions of people who have lost their jobs. As the economy continues to tumble, millions of people are losing their jobs. Crisis like the one we are in now usually bring out the best in the American people, but unfortunately it also brings out the small percentage of crooks […]

eBay Takes a Big Hit. eBay MarketPlaces Down 16%

The news wasn’t all bad. PayPal continues to do well growing 11% and passed eBay in revenue eBay stock reacted. It was down 12% today trading in the $11.50 range.  This gives eBay a Price/Earnings ratio of around 8 to 1.  Normally when you see a PE this low on a growth company it would […]

Perfect Writing Tool for eBay Sellers, Bloggers, eBook Writers and Website Owners

Whitesmoke is like having an editor looking over your shoulder as you write. Whitesmoke is not new. It has been around since 2002. A friend of mine who is a professional copy editor finally convinced me to try it. Wow, is all I can say. Whitesmoke is an incredibly powerful too that can improve anyone’s […]

Interview with eBay Gold Power Seller Skip McGrath

This is an interview I did this week with Jamie Garand, Internet Business Gazette Skip McGrath is an eBay Gold Power Seller and the author of several best-selling books about eBay and internet marketing.   His best-selling book, The Complete eBay Marketing System is considered by many eBay Power Sellers to be the leading guide to […]

How to get your product in front on Tens of MILLIONS of people

eBay isn’t the only place to sell your products. Tens of millions?  That’s a big number.  If you sell products online, it’s also a big OPENING.  Why?  Because that’s the number of ACTIVE CUSTOMERS you’ll find on Amazon. Now I am not suggesting you leave eBay –even in this economy my sales are doing well, […]

What Sells on eBay in an Economic Downturn

Consumers are still spending. They are just spending their money on different things. Being a little older than the average person has its advantages.  I have been through about 5 of these recessions and so far all of them have ended.  This one may be a little deeper and a little longer than past ones but […]

Is It Time To Split Up eBay?

eBay Motors is an example of eBay splitting the site into parts. Would it make sense for eBay to split off other lines of business into separate sites? eBay created eBay Motors for two reasons. The motors category was large enough –billions of dollars in sales, to work as a standalone business.  Secondly, given the […]

Are You a Victim of eBay’s Secret Policies?

eBay is removing auctions and suspending sellers who sell designer and famous name goods Recently I have received email from sellers who have run afoul of eBay’s aggressive actions to limit the sale of counterfeit merchandise on eBay.  Several sellers have had their auctions cancelled even though they were selling legitimate merchandise. Compounding the situation, […]

eBay Listings Finally Starting to Climb

After a slow start, the new fixed price listing format may finally be taking hold. In my last post I reported that 48 hours after eBay launched the new Fixed Price (FP) listing format and fees that eBay’s listings had hardly budged.  Now 5 days later, listings have climbed from around 16 million to 18.35 […]

Are Layoffs Coming From eBay?

Rumors in the investment community persist that eBay will soon lay off up to 10% of the workforce. This story first surfaced in an article in Barron’s Weekly citing a report by a research firm, Wedge Partners. eBay’s stock was trading new its 5 year low today hitting $21.75.  If eBay were to cut the […]

Fixed price Shipping Coming To eBay. What does it mean for sellers?

eBay’s recent mega-announcement included new shipping standards and there are more to come. There are two parts to the new policies on shipping. Both of them will require sellers to look at their shipping strategy: 1. Free Shipping Fee Discounts – There is no question that buyers like free shipping and offering it does increase sales. This […]

Will The Coming Changes to eBay Search Fix the Best Match Shortcomings?

It is no secret that sellers have been struggling with Best Match. I have been one of them. eBay will soon roll out changes to Search to address a big part of the problem Coming changes to eBay Search were not announced on the eBay Announcements board, however, when I was in San Jose last week, […]

The Good… the Bad… the Opportunity. Digesting The New eBay Fixed Price Fees.

What the fee change means to sellers and how it will change the eBay platform This week’s fixed price selling format fee change will change more than just fees. It will have a dramatic impact on seller strategy and how sellers use eBay Stores. Sellers have been agitating for lower (or no) listing fees for […]

I am on eBay’s Side on This One

eBay fighting back on anti-competitive practices by luxury brand manufacturers There has been a lot to criticize eBay for lately, but this time I am firmly on their side. A few days ago I reported on the big news out of France that eBay lost a civil action by the French Courts to fine eBay […]

How to Grow Your eBay & Website Business During The Economic Slowdown

I keep getting email from readers worrying about the current slowdown. Here is a set of 5 FREE videos to help you. The job market is shaky.  The mortgage meltdown is causing thousands of peopleto lose their homes.  Gas prices are insane and continue to creep up. Turn on the news and you’ll hear about […]




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