Don’t Make One of These 3 Mistakes With Your eBay ID

store.pngWhen you’re beginning to sell on eBay one of the most important, yet often overlooked, things is how you manage your user ID. Here are 3 things people often do wrong.

1. Using the Same ID for Buying and Selling

By having separate IDs for both your buying and selling activity you protect yourself, and your business, from all sorts of trouble. It may seem strange to you but there are people out there who don’t have anything better to do that to make someone else’s life on eBay miserable. By having the activities separate you prevent a bad buying experience from affecting your selling.

Also, having separate ID’s makes it easier to flip items. If a potential buyer sees that you bought an item for $50 and you’re now selling it for $200 they’ll be less inclined to bid. But if they don’t know that you got a deal because somebody listed an item wrong they won’t think twice about it.

2. Using the Same ID for Different Product Lines

By selecting a user name that is both memorable and ties in with your product line you will increase not only initial sales but repeat sales. For example, let’s say you want to piggyback your outdoor sports gear sales on your wife’s ID where she is selling handmade dolls because her ID has a few hundred positive feedback. Do you think it will give your customers a good feeling about you if they buy their hunting accessories from a store called “DressyGirlDolls”?

Having separate IDs for different product lines will prevent customer confusion and makes your listings look more professional. It also will make it easier to expand your business beyond eBay if you want.

3. Not Buying a Domain Name That Matches Your ID

Before you select an ID, if you’re starting a new account specifically for selling, see if that Internet domain name is available. If it is, buy it. It’s only about $10. If it isn’t, choose another name. This gives you the ability to start an off-eBay store with the same name as your ID. This will work wonders for your customer retention and lead to lower overhead off-eBay sales.

Do you have any other tips to add related to eBay ID’s? Any questions? Leave me a comment if you do.


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2007-10-12 12:36:04

[…] his posts, but I did find one that is a little more substantial than usual. This one tells you to not make one of these 3 mistakes with your eBay ID. Interestingly, none of these three mistakes have anything to do with getting scammed, per se, but […]

2008-08-08 01:16:15

I did not realize one person could have more than eBay identity. I sold very few items and soon grew bored with the process. Had I stuck with it, I would have been very happy to have come across this information.

2008-08-12 19:24:59

Wow, I did not realize you could do this! If I ever decide to sell anything at eBay, I will create a separate account from the one I use now for purchases. Thanks for the tip, Frank.

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