You may be thinking I already
have an eBay account, or I don't need your
advice for starting an eBay account. It is as
easy as signing up.
If this is what you are thinking, please
read further. If you have already thought of
everything I am going to share with you here,
then you are that much ahead of the game. If not,
you can save yourself some grief by at least
considering the information below.
Even if you have an existing account, now
maybe the perfect opportunity to open a new one.
Most people start selling under an account they
currently have. This is not always the best choice.
You need to plan your eBay business with
your future in mind. The goal of most eBay
sellers is to eventually open a website to begin
selling outside of eBay. While this maybe more
than a year away, it is important to setup
your eBay account to promote your future website
right from the start.
Most of us start eBay accounts for the purpose
of buying or selling a few items around the
house. Most of us didn't start our first account
planning on starting a major business or using it
to eventually promote our own website. Most of us
choose a user id that is easy for us to remember.
While that maybe okay for a personal account, it
is not the best idea for your business account.
Think ahead! What is your business going to
be called? If or when you eventually open a
website, what is the domain name of the business
If you are going to be selling DVDs, I'd come
up with a business name that includes your
primary product in the title. The name of
your business can include anything from your
name, geographic location, or anything you
choose. Some examples are California DVD, Jennys
DVD, Dollar DVD, 1 Cent CD, etc.
Once you know your business name, you can open
your new eBay account. If your business is going
to be called California DVD, the perfect User ID
for your new eBay account will obviously be
The reasons are obvious. Once you are an
established seller moving lots of product on
eBay, some of your customers will want to
order product directly from your website. If
you named your user id after your business,
you'll be easy to find.
A LESSON FROM eBay'S LARGEST DVD SELLER...
Take eBay's biggest seller jayandmarie. This
seller moves tens of thousands of CD's and DVDs
a month. If one of his customers wanted to find
his website outside of eBay, the obvious guess
would be jayandmarie.com .
You may be thinking, this doesn't apply to
me. I don't have any plans of starting a
website. My advice is don't limit yourself.You
have no idea where your business will be in 1
year from now. It is much better to plan ahead.
Besides that, unless your current account has
1000's of feedback, you have nothing to loose
by starting a new account.
You may also be thinking, I'll keep my
existing account and just change the name.
This may or may not be an acceptable alternative.
The main drawback to changing your name is the
icon eBay will place next to your user id letting
the whole world know you just changed your
identity. For some reason, bidders will avoid
your items while that icon is next to your name.
Your sales will drop tremendously for the few
weeks that it is in place.
If you are determined to keep your existing
account, and don't plan on selling anything for a
few weeks, then changing your name may be an
alternative. For everyone else, please follow
step one below.
WHY IS THIS THE FIRST STEP...
I recommend starting a new account for your
first step, so you will have time to establish
the account while you are researching suppliers
and titles. You are going to need shipping
supplies to ship your DVDs. Purchase them with
your new account! It will give you the perfect
opportunity to build your account feedback.
There are so many things you can do with this
account to build your feedback while you are busy
getting your business going. If you are low on
cash, use your new account to sell some items
around the house. If you are like the rest of us,
there are plenty of things of value laying around
that are no longer used.
STARTING A NEW ACCOUNT IS EASY...
CLICK ON THE eBay LINK BELOW. It will
take you to the eBay Home Page. From there,
you'll see "Hello Sign In or Register"
near the top of the page. Just click register and
follow the instructions to setup your new
If you don't see, "Hello Sign In or
Register" at the top of the page, but see
something similar to "Hello Your Current
User Id", then you need to click "sign
out". Then you can click on the picture
below and will be taken back to the eBay website
where you will see "Hello Sign In or
Register" at the top of the page like the
rest of us.
Let me know if I can help. I'll send you
another email in a few days and check on your
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