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lostsub
(stranger )
12/13/09 01:36 PM
Why open an Ebay store?  

I'd like a simple explanation on the advantages of an Ebay store (the basic one). Now that I can list as 30 day and GTC without a store is there really much benefit? Is it easier to "manage" or do the listings show up better in search (or do they show up worse).
The benefit of the listing cost (as low as 3 cents) may be the best reason. Are there any other pros and cons? Any information would be very appreciated.



bluepennylady
(Carpal Tunnel)
12/13/09 08:16 PM
Re: Why open an Ebay store? new [re: lostsub]  

HI,

I personally think an eBay store has to fit into an overall business plan and need.

For us, it is a perfect solution to keeping seasonal items online at a low cost. eBay store listings are fed to Google product shopping . Auction style listings are not. I am not sure if eBay feeds 30 Fixed price listings or not to google product shopping.

If eBay does not, the basic store subscription cost in itself is worth having items fed to Google shopping. About half of our traffic comes directly from Google product shopping.

If you are going to offer product on sites that do not have software support, such as Bonanzle, your store listings can be imported which greatly helps in populating a Bonanzle booth quickly.

The search results on eBay are so skewed by such diverse factors that electing to have a store based on search really isn't even a consideration. At least in my opinion anyway.

And if I can throw in something about using GTC listings. Google loves new content as do most search engines. If the listings never end, they become "old" content. On eBay those listings never move to the "ending soon" or "newly listed" and Google and Bing never see them as a "new" listing anymore. If the listings end and you wait at least 24 hours to list the store listing again, then the item is removed from Google product shopping search results. Then list the items again after a 24 hour period. Google will pick up the "new" content. And the listings show up in the "newly listed" results as well as in 30 days show up in "ending soon"..

Just something to consider.



Judy Oglesby
Judy/blue
bluepennylady

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lostsub
(stranger )
01/01/10 07:52 PM
Re: Why open an Ebay store? new [re: bluepennylady]  

Could someone clarify this? I plan on opening and Ebay store (haven't yet). When I click on update Ebay store categories, this screen appears in AW2000 program.

"This will import the Store Category list from Ebay

NOTE: The Store Category list is shared by all Auction Profiles. The currect contents of the Store Category list will be replaced by the store category list retrieved from Ebay using the User ID "myuserID"

Do you want to proceed"

What does this exactly mean, and what will be affected? My normal listings or what? Thanks.



bluepennylady
(Carpal Tunnel)
01/01/10 10:04 PM
Re: Why open an Ebay store? new [re: lostsub]  

Hi

It sounds as if this is your first eBAy store, correct?

No worries. You do not have store categories assigned to anything yet. so there isn't anything to have a conflict with.

It only means that there can only be one store category for a single profile at a time. It isn't anything bad or anything like that. So no worries.

Does that help?



Judy Oglesby
Judy/blue
bluepennylady

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http://stores.ebay.com/bluepennylady?refid=store
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lostsub
(stranger )
01/02/10 00:13 AM
Re: Why open an Ebay store? new [re: bluepennylady]  

Yes first store, but I have many listings constantly running on Ebay. I'm going to use the same ID to open my store, probably this weekend. I guess I'll wait until I open the store to post any more questions about any warnings AW2000 gives me. Maybe I take things too literally when I see warnings like that popup, but if things aren't crystal clear I get confused easily.



bluepennylady
(Carpal Tunnel)
01/02/10 07:01 AM
Re: Why open an Ebay store? new [re: lostsub]  

Hi

The listings you have currently running will not have any store category assigned. So you will need to assign the store categories you develop to them . You can do it enmasse using the Grid view if you like. Each auction lot can be assigned to two different store categories in conjunction with the eBay site category.

Have fun!

Judy Oglesby
Judy/blue
bluepennylady

Visit my eBay store!
http://stores.ebay.com/bluepennylady?refid=store
Visit our website too!
http://www.pennyworthsales.com

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http://www.bonanzle.com/bluepennylady

alsorts
(newbie)
01/02/10 10:56 AM
Re: Why open an Ebay store? new [re: lostsub]  

Make sure in create a new profile within Auction Wizard, selecting "Ebay Stores" for the Auction Site. Use your current username and password in Ebay.



lostsub
(stranger )
01/02/10 03:53 PM
Re: Why open an Ebay store? new [re: alsorts]  

Thanks for the info. I'll be sure to do that.



bluepennylady
(Carpal Tunnel)
01/02/10 04:32 PM
Re: Why open an Ebay store? new [re: lostsub]  

Hi

You won't have to use the password as AW2000 uses the eBay API and requires you to authorize AW2000 to interact with eBAy on your behalf.

All will be well. just user id, complete all the fields on the Auction profile. Like feedback, email templates, listing templates, Auction duration, shipping options etc, just like you did for the eBay ...

And you are off and listing



Judy Oglesby
Judy/blue
bluepennylady

Visit my eBay store!
http://stores.ebay.com/bluepennylady?refid=store
Visit our website too!
http://www.pennyworthsales.com

Visit me at Bonanzle!
http://www.bonanzle.com/bluepennylady

lostsub
(stranger )
02/08/10 04:45 PM
Re: Why open an Ebay store? new [re: alsorts]  

With the changes coming should I still create an Ebay store profile, or is this going to become unnecessary very soon? Thanks.



bluepennylady
(Carpal Tunnel)
02/08/10 06:24 PM
Re: Why open an Ebay store? new [re: lostsub]  

HI

Do you have an eBay store now? I am sorry but I do not remember

If you have an eBay store you will need an eBay store profile right now in order to list Auction lots in the eBay store.

How it is handled after the changes I am really not sure yet..... I don't know if anyone really knows how it is going to actually work. I am not sure eBay knows !



Judy Oglesby
Judy/blue
bluepennylady

Visit my eBay store!
http://stores.ebay.com/bluepennylady?refid=store
Visit our website too!
http://www.pennyworthsales.com

Visit me at Bonanzle!
http://www.bonanzle.com/bluepennylady

lostsub
(stranger )
02/09/10 08:23 PM
Re: Why open an Ebay store? new [re: bluepennylady]  

I opened a store and made a profile in AW2000. How do you switch back and forth between profiles to see the auction lots? I did it once by accident apparently (the program crashed eventually), but for the life of me I can't find it again. Right now I see only one lot (my ebay store lot), but I can't get back to my regular listing lots (hundreds of lots). Thanks for helping a AD HD person.

OK, now I finally found it again. Records tab, then "show hide records". This is probably the best/only way?



bluepennylady
(Carpal Tunnel)
02/10/10 04:53 AM
Re: Why open an Ebay store? new [re: lostsub]  

HI

Yes the "Show/HIde" records filter allows you to filter and see only Store Auction lots for a particular Auction profile.

I bet we switch filters around 100 x a day... YOu will like the filter ability. Sure makes it easier without having to go through Auction lots you really don't want to see..

Good for you opening a Store. !



Judy Oglesby
Judy/blue
bluepennylady

Visit my eBay store!
http://stores.ebay.com/bluepennylady?refid=store
Visit our website too!
http://www.pennyworthsales.com

Visit me at Bonanzle!
http://www.bonanzle.com/bluepennylady

lostsub
(stranger )
02/10/10 12:14 PM
Re: Why open an Ebay store? new [re: bluepennylady]  

Yes it's about time I did. Maybe I can manage my Ebay costs a little better.
Plus they are letting you open a store for free (until the end of March), so it's a good time to try it.
I opened a premium store because the listing fees will be lower than the basic store starting in April. Currently my store items are not going into the regular search, but I believe that starts in April? Seems like the changes mean the store listings will be a bit more expensive than the current rate, but the search for store items will be much improved starting in April.



bluepennylady
(Carpal Tunnel)
02/10/10 02:41 PM
Re: Why open an Ebay store? new [re: lostsub]  

HI

Yes all store listings will automatically funnel into the site main search after March 30..

Now that you have a store you can also list Fixed price listings for only $0.10 instead of the $0.35..



Judy Oglesby
Judy/blue
bluepennylady

Visit my eBay store!
http://stores.ebay.com/bluepennylady?refid=store
Visit our website too!
http://www.pennyworthsales.com

Visit me at Bonanzle!
http://www.bonanzle.com/bluepennylady

lostsub
(stranger )
02/14/10 08:39 PM
Re: Why open an Ebay store? new [re: bluepennylady]  

Thanks for the reminder of the 10 cent listings. That's saving me a lot of money. The savings for this alone will pay for my subscription.
I have an unusual problem, maybe you can help? I've only started 3 actual store listings (thankfully), and I notice that after listing that my PAYPAL address is wrong. The listings used an old Paypal address that hasn't been associated with my account for at least a few years. I've never had this happen before, and never had a store before. I never associated this old email with AW2000 either. I don't know how this old email address got used at all. Doesn't the Ebay store associated with my Ebay I.D. use the same settings? Thanks for any ideas.




bluepennylady
(Carpal Tunnel)
02/14/10 08:51 PM
Re: Why open an Ebay store? new [re: lostsub]  

HI

Are you talking about the Paypal addy that is on the Lister window in AW2K? You can change the email address on the Lister window after uploading images but prior to actually using "List all Lots".

You should take a look at your account email address at eBay and be sure the email address is correct there as well.

I am glad the insertion fee sale is working well for you..



Judy Oglesby
Judy/blue
bluepennylady

Visit my eBay store!
http://stores.ebay.com/bluepennylady?refid=store
Visit our website too!
http://www.pennyworthsales.com

Visit me at Bonanzle!
http://www.bonanzle.com/bluepennylady

lostsub
(stranger )
02/14/10 11:48 PM
Re: Why open an Ebay store? new [re: bluepennylady]  

Thanks. I'd forgotten to enter a Paypal address at all. Apparently somehow when I listed store items Ebay used a very old email address that I deleted years ago. I have no idea how that old address got assigned by Ebay to my new store, but it did.
I've sold thousands of non-store items through this I.D. with no problems, so how this happened is a mystery to me. I've now entered my Paypal email address into the listing area for my store. Thanks for your help.



bluepennylady
(Carpal Tunnel)
02/15/10 08:07 AM
Re: Why open an Ebay store? new [re: lostsub]  

HI

That is great news.

You know sometimes we just forget details like that and it can sure give us a headache! I am glad you got it figured out.



Judy Oglesby
Judy/blue
bluepennylady

Visit my eBay store!
http://stores.ebay.com/bluepennylady?refid=store
Visit our website too!
http://www.pennyworthsales.com

Visit me at Bonanzle!
http://www.bonanzle.com/bluepennylady


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