Issue 18: February 21, 2001

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This Issue's Features

eBay PowerSeller Program--> Thank You for Your Input!

In Issue 17 we asked for your input on how we could improve the PowerSeller program. Thank you for all the great suggestions and your willingness to participate in focus groups. We are evaluating your suggestions with our product marketing team and will work with these focus groups to put together a survey to all PowerSellers asking for input on which items should be prioritized. The full survey should be available in the March 2001 Newsletter.

Seller's Assistant--> Sell More and Save Time. Try it FREE for 30 Days!

We are pleased to announce that soon we will be introducing eBay Seller's Assistant Basic and eBay Seller's Assistant Pro. Seller's Assistant Basic helps sellers create professional listings in bulk, track them at eBay and manage customer correspondence. Seller's Assistant Pro is eBay's complete sales management application. It helps higher-volume sellers and small businesses automate processes throughout the sales cycle--from bulk listing through completing the transaction. With Seller's Assistant Basic you can easily:
  • Create attractive bulk listings
  • Track and store sales information
  • Generate invoices and other customer correspondence
  • Automatically fill in user feedback

Seller's Assistant Pro does all of the above and also allows you to:

  • Schedule when your listings will be submitted
  • Print shipping labels
  • Generate sales reports

Seller's Assistant products will be available for a low monthly subscription fee. All new customers may try the products free of charge. You may cancel during that time with no obligation. Other subscription benefits include:

  • Unlimited use of the products for a set monthly fee. There is one flat fee, no matter how many listings you create and manage. Please note that normal eBay fees will still apply.
  • Free upgrades to the latest versions available.
  • Email Customer Support available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Click here to learn more about Seller's Assistant products.

eBay Seller's Assistant Basic and Seller's Assistant Pro were formerly
known as Blackthorne Auction Assistant Classic and Blackthorne Auction
Assistant Pro. If you are currently using one of these Blackthorne Auction
Assistant products, please learn about upgrading to our newest versions by
clicking here.


Country Living Magazine--> Benefit From This Month's Promotion of Star-Patterned Quilts

Increase your sales by capitalizing on the eBay-Country Living Magazine promotion! Check out the Country Living page at eBay and Country Living Magazine created tremendous success last month for Depression Glass sellers by promoting that category in both the Magazine and on the eBay Web site. Don't miss out on this month's promotion for Star-Patterned Quilts! During this promotion, you may want to list as many Star-Patterned Quilts as possible--buyers are bidding in droves! Also, on March 12th, be sure to watch out for next month's issue, which will be focusing on Ladderback Chairs.

eLance--> Success is Waiting at the New Services For Business Specialty Site!

The professional resources you're looking for are waiting at our new
Services For Business specialty site. We launched this new site to provide you with access to top-notch experts who are ready to help you succeed on or off eBay. You'll find the expertise you need to present yourself more professionally, sell more effectively, or do business more competitively than ever. Web designers, accountants, copywriters, translators, programmers, graphic designers, business consultants, and many more talented individuals are available here, ready to start on your project.

We've created this exciting new specialty site in cooperation with eLance, the world's professional services marketplace. eLance's reverse auction process is different from eBay's process, but it is simple: you (the buyer) post your project at eLance, and top-notch eLance talent (the sellers) place their bids to do the job. You then decide which expert is best suited for your particular needs, based on your own criteria. Everything happens through the eLance site: communication, delivery, and payment processing.

The eLance professionals are ready to start your project now! For more about eLance, plus a special offer just for PowerSellers, read on.

eLance Professional Services: Top-Notch Talent To Help Increase Revenues

FREE GIVEAWAY -- $100 In eLance Services To Enhance Your Listings and Grow Your Business!

Ready to boost your eBay business? We've teamed up with eLance to connect you with expert talent who can make your eBay transactions even more successful. Choose a Web designer to create an impressive new About Me page. Select a copywriter to compose compelling item descriptions. How about a Flash animator to build attention-grabbing listings that draw traffic? You'll also find logo designers, translators, Web developers, and much more. And, it all happens online.

Perhaps best of all, enhancing your business with eLance is affordable. Interested professionals bid against each other for your project, and you choose who you want to do the job. You get top talent for the best price. And if you're one of the first 100 PowerSellers to submit your email address here you'll receive $100 to apply toward eLance services. So get started today. Boosting your revenues has never been easier!

Technology Enhancements

New Improvements to Search Results

We recently added improvements to our Search results interface that should make it easier for you and your buyers to look for any item. These improvements include:

  • A new control bar that appears on the Search result's page just below the Search titles and descriptions box. The new bar contains the following sort options: "Items ending first", "Newly-listed first", "Lowest prices first", "Highest prices first".
  • A new "Search by Price Range" link that appears at the top of the Search results page just below the eBay official time link. By clicking on the link, you can find items within a specific price range. This filter is also currently available from the Smart Search page.
  • A new triangle with searching tips that appears beneath the control bar if you have either fewer than 20 items or more than 200 items in your search results.
For a preview of the changes, please click here.
Productivity Tools
Mister Lister Now Supports Picture Services

Last month we announced that including a photo in your listings was about to get a whole lot easier. Welcome Picture Services! eBay's Picture Services is now available in the latest downloadable version of Mister Lister Composer!

It eliminates the multi-step process of logging in to your photo hosting service provider, uploading the photo and then hoping you have entered the correct address (URL) in the Mister Lister Sell Your Item form. Worrying over limited disk or storage space can be a thing of the past--let Picture Services host your photos for you!

With Picture Services you can add up to six photos directly into the Mister Lister Sell Your Item form, PLUS display larger images (SuperSize) and create interactive photo slide shows. You can select SuperSize and Slide Show from the Display pull-down menu. You also no longer need to open up your own image-editing program. Picture Services allows you to crop and rotate your pictures within Mister Lister! You'll save precious time and steps with Picture Services!

Haven't tried Picture Services? Pictures increase bidding activity and Picture Services makes adding pictures to your listing easier than ever before! The first time you select Picture Services, you will be prompted to download our picture program. This is a one-step; one-minute, one-time only download. For optimal functionality, we suggest using the fully enabled (enhanced) version.

To learn more about eBay Picture Services and the features available to help your listings stand out, please click here.

To download the latest version of Mister Lister, please click here.

If you have questions about Mister Lister, please visit our Community Discussion board.

If you have questions about Picture Services, please visit our Photos & HTML board.

Promotional Efforts

The History Channel is Looking for Gold!

With your support, Butterfields sold three unique items as a part of the History Channel's Lost and Found program on eBay. Now we are looking for more! If you have one-of-a-kind historical items that are specifically related to gold, we especially want to hear from you!

To submit items for the Butterfields team to review, please contact Rachel Broth at Include an image and description of your item no later than March 8th. Items chosen will be broadcast on the History Channel's Lost and Found television program to millions of viewers thirty times per week. You will also be promoted on the History Channel Gallery page on the eBay site. Good luck and Happy Hunting!

Policy Updates

Tax Time

We often receive questions about taxes on transactions completed on eBay. Generally speaking, there are taxes on anything you sell on eBay from antiques to zebra figurines. As a seller, you should be concerned about two main tax areas: income and sales tax. There are a number of different factors that determine your total tax on sales. Because of this, eBay recommends that you contact a tax consultant who will be most qualified to advise you about your sales on eBay. You may also find answers to tax questions on the IRS Web site.

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