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Enter eBay's "What Inspires You" Sweepstakes Now for a Chance to Win Big!

Now through November 9th, enter eBay’s “What Inspires You” Sweepstakes for a chance to win daily and weekly prizes as well as one grand prize: a 2015 Fiat 500 Turbo. You can enter via Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.

To enter via Facebook, go to http://www.facebook.com/eBay and post a comment with an inspirational image or message using hash tag #ShopTheWorld. Or go to thttp://www.witter.com/eBay; follow eBay; and tweet an inspirational image or message using hash tag #ShopTheWorld.

On Pinterest, create a board showing things that inspire you, and include hash tag #ShopTheWorld in the title.

That’s eBay’s “What Inspires You” Sweepstakes on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, hash tag #ShopTheWorld, through November 9th.

eBay Radio Guests: November 4, 2014 – Show 575

Guests for eBay Radio #575 on November 4, 2014:

  • Sarah Granger, Author, The Digital Mystique: Digital Life for eBay Sellers
  • Nykki Hardin, Founder, Nykki's Cleanse: Health and Nutrition Tips for Small Business Owners
  • Debbie Wieder, Top-Rated Seller thebookkiosk: Engaging with the eBay Seller Community
  • Beth Cherkowsky, Top-Rated Seller woadieland: Year-Round Product Sourcing
  • Jackson Baer, Top-Rated Seller namebrandthriftstore: Tips for Selling on eBay

"Get Your Slice of the Halloween Pie" (Continued) by Shana Champion in the eBay for Business Blog

More tips for selling your items this Halloween:

2) Start an eBay Collection. If you sell cowboy boots on eBay, and you also happen to sell cowboy-inspired shirts or other western paraphernalia, start an eBay Collection called “Cowboy and Cowgirl Halloween Costumes” (or something similar). This way you’ll greatly improve the odds that you’ll sell more than one item. Cha-ching!

3) Offer expedited shipping. To maximize your sales potential, since Halloween is just a couple of short weeks away, beef up your customer service by offering expedited shipping. Though many will buy their costume-related items well in advance of October 31st, it’s smart to plan for last-minute shoppers. If you don’t, you run the risk of missing out on potential sales, which will make your extra efforts to drive traffic to your items for naught. If you’re really serious about cashing in on Halloween, see if your listings qualify for Fast ‘n’ Free shipping, which can boost your sales by up to 11%.

You’re limited only by your imagination when it comes to profiting from America’s fascination with playing dress-up!

Read more at http://for-business.ebay.com/get-your-slice-halloween-pie-3-tricks.

eBay Radio Guests: October 21, 2014 – Show 574

Guests for eBay Radio #574 on October 21, 2014:

  • John Lawson, CEO, ColderICE Media: 7 Strategies for Kicking Up Holiday Sales
  • Joseph DeMarco, Top Rated Seller hubcapjoes: The Global Shipping Program and Customer Service
  • Vicki Conley, Top Rated Seller pictureithere: Using Video in Your Listings
  • Kat Simpson, Chief Idea Officer at ThatKat.com and eBay ID thekatsboutique: Hiring and Working with a Virtual Assistant
  • Patty Coleman, Organizer of the SoCal Ecommerce Sellers Group, eBay Education Specialist and Top Rated Seller whoohoodepot: 5 Reasons You Should Belong to an eBay Sellers Group

Adapted from "Get Your Slice of the Halloween Pie" By Shana Champion in the eBay for Business Blog

Want to make a killing on Halloween costumes this year? It’s not too late. The National Retail Federation estimates that this will be one of the biggest years on record. Shoppers in the US alone will spend an estimated $2.8 billion on costumes this year. So how can you get a piece of this massive Halloween pie? Here's an easy tip for getting in on the action.

  1. Tweak your listings. Think about your inventory. If you have a large eBay store, you probably have more Halloween-related items than you think. You just need to get creative and tweak your listings’ titles, descriptions and category so that they show up when costume hunters search for the item that will complete their look.

    We’re talking about a taffeta wedding dress that could take a “zombie bride” costume to the next level, or those doctor’s scrubs that 11 months out of the year are purchased by legitimate medical professionals. If you sell such items, simply add the keywords “Halloween” and “costume” to your title and description, along with the magic word that will help your costume hunter find your item, such as “zombie.” Then make sure that your item is listed in the Costumes category of your store, whether that means moving the item to it or adding an additional category.

Get more terrific tips for Halloween selling at http://for-business.ebay.com/get-your-slice-halloween-pie-3-tricks.

eBay Radio Guests: Tuesday, October 14, 2014 – Show 573

  • Hillary DePiano, Author of The Whine Seller and eBay ID priced nostalgia:There is Still Selling Assistance Out There, Even Though the Official Trading Assistant Program is Gone
  • Danna Crawford, CEO of PowerSellingMom Inc., Certified eBay Education Specialist and Top-Rated Seller danna:Tips for Boosting Your Holiday Sales
  • Jonathan Haney, Head of Returns Experience, eBay: Delight Buyers with Extended Holiday Returns
  • Charlene Anderson, Top Rated Seller purveyorallthingscreative: It Can't Sell if It's Not Listed - How to Get Motivated to List and Sell
  • Richelle Parhnam, Chief Marketing Officer, eBay: New "Shop the World" Global Brand Campaign

eBay Radio Guests: Tuesday, October 7, 2014 – Show 572

Our guests for Tuesday, October 7, 2014, show number 572:

  • Gene Cook, General Manager, Emerging Verticals, eBay, and eBay ID mcity: eBay Live Auctions Launch
  • Marsha Collier, Author of the eBay and Social Media For Dummies Series and Top Rated Seller marsha_c: Getting Centered on eBay Sales
  • Tom E. Sutton, Top Rated Seller blackandgoldgifts and Organizer of the Steel City eBay & Ecommerce Sellers Group: Cheap Tricks for Keeping Operating Expenses Down
  • Kevin Bucchio, Top Rated Seller ourfamilythrift and Leader of the Thrifting Lounge Facebook Group: Tips for Successful Selling on eBay
  • Robbin Levin, Top Rated Seller beadsshine and Organizer of the New England eBay & Ecommerce Sellers Group: Importance of Community & Great Online Resources

Another Top 10 Strategy for Growing Your Business on eBay - From eBay's Seller Information Center

Increase your visibility among internet shoppers to get more bids and boost your final selling prices. Optimize your listings for search engines by using keywords in your title and description. Share your expertise, enhance your reputation and drive additional traffic to your listings by writing eBay Guides about your top-selling products. it's easy, effective and free.

eBay Radio Guests: September 30, 2014 – Show 571

eBay Radio guests for September 30, 2014, show number 571:

  • Jodi Gaines Pereira, Co-Founder/CEO, ReplyManager: An eBay-Compatible Application for Customer Support
  • Todd Olster, President, Auction Doctors Inc. and eBay ID celebrityauctiondoctors: Celebrity Charity Auctions through eBay Giving Works
  • Roger Keyserling, Top Rated Seller keywebco: Five Things I wish I'd Known Before I Started Selling on eBay
  • Lynn Dralle, Top Rated Seller thequeenofauctions: Thrifting and Garage Saling in Another City - How to Make Money While You Travel
  • Two very big surprise guests!

Another Top 10 Strategy for Growing Your Business on eBay - From eBay's Seller Information Center

Save time with seller tools! Whether you sell 10, 100 or 1000s of items, eBay seller tools can streamline your work from start to finish. Start saving time by automating some of your everyday tasks using Selling Manager and Turbo Lister. Both are free. More advanced tools are available as you grow. New applications by third parties are available directly in the Applications tab of Selling Manager, Selling Manager Pro or your My eBay page. Take advantage of these applications' free trial offers to find the ones that are right for you.

eBay Radio Guests: September 23, 2014 – Show 570

eBay Radio guests for September 23, 2014, show number 570:

  • Justin White, Co-founder of Selery LLC and eBay ID seleryit: Selery and Selery Fulfillment
  • Michelle Anton, Author of Weekend Entrepreneur, TV Producer and eBay ID msantontoo: How to Grow Your Business with Facebook
  • Dee Taylor, Top Rated Seller deedee1020: I'm a Brand New Seller, and I'm Lovin' It!
  • Cie Bay, Top Rated Seller cie-bay: Social Media's Effects on Customer Service
  • Mark Montgomery, eBay ID guppy64: Using eBay to Live Out a Lifelong Dream

Another Top 10 Strategy for Growing Your Business on eBay - From eBay's Seller Information Center

Invest in an eBay Store! Get from 150 up to 2,500 free listings per month when you showcase your listings in a fully customizable eBay Store. You also get special access to advanced design, marketing and reporting features plus dedicated toll-free customer support! When you subscribe to an eBay store, you’re given a powerful suite of tools to help you build, manage, promote and track your business on eBay.

eBay Radio Guests: September 16, 2014 – Show 569

eBay Radio guests for September 16, 2014, show number 569:

  • Tod Cohen, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Global Government Relations, eBay Inc.: Ownership Rights - Your Right to Resell Property You Own
  • Carolyn "CJ" Jacinto, eBay Certified Business Consultant and PowerSeller xoxmas: Regaining Your Top Rated Seller Status
  • Joel Elad, Author and Top Rated Seller joel.elad: Preparing for the Holidays
  • Sharon Ware, Founder, Dandelion Consulting, eBay Certified Business Consultant and Top Rated Seller wareskscrapbooks: Reinventing Yourself and Your Business
  • Stephanie Inge, eBay Education Specialist and eBay ID stephintexas: Ecommerce Tips for Success on eBay