Did you know that eBay is the third most visited site on the Internet? Since its beginning in 1995, eBay has hosted more than 8 billion auctions, and with 76 million registered users in the U.S. and more than 180 million worldwide, a seller's opportunities seem unlimited. However, finding products to sell is one of the most difficult challenges the everyday eBay seller faces. It's no surprise then that selling other people's goods on eBay on consignment is the fastest-growing segment of the online auction industry.
To help aspiring eBay entrepreneurs with their consignment business, Skip McGrath has authored How to Start and Run an eBay Consignment Business (From McGraw-Hill see above link for details). He explains how to locate and work with consignors and successfully deal in the goods they want to sell, including collectibles, retail store closeouts, estate items, corporate merchandise, and much more.
McGrath provides information on how to become a certified eBay Trading Assistant, how to set fees and a commission schedule, and who will need a local or state business license, in addition to many other practical tips. The book includes sample contracts, forms, and fliers that can be downloaded from a special web site prepared for buyers of the book (URL listed in the book).
Whether readers want to supplement their income or become an eBay Trading Assistant, they will find everything they need in this helpful, step-by-step guide. Among the many topics discussed in the book are how to determine what will sell well on eBay, how set up a store for fixed price selling, how to open a "drop off" or consignment storefront or franchise, how to build credibility and offer superior customer service and much more.
"If you master the techniques of marketing and running an eBay business, you will have an endless supply of merchandise to sell without risk and very little investment on your part," says Skip McGrath. "But, like anything you do that can earn large amounts of money, there is work involved and techniques you have to learn. My book contains all the tips, tricks, and techniques I have used to start, run, and grow a successful eBay consignment business."
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Skip McGrath is a certified eBay Trading Assistant and has been an eBay PowerSeller since 1999. He and his wife started selling antiques and collectibles from their antique store in the early days of eBay. After gaining experience from hundreds of successful auctions, Skip wrote his first book in 2000, The eBay Power Seller's Manual.
In early 2000, Skip launched The Auction Seller's Resource
(SkipMcGrath.com) and began publishing The eBay Seller's News, a monthly newsletter for professional auction sellers. He also wrote the Auction Tips column for the PayPal periodical.
Prior to working on eBay, Skip had a 25-year career in international marketing while living in five different countries.