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Avoiding the Pitfalls of of One-of-a-Kind Selling
Avoiding the Pitfalls of of One-of-a-Kind Selling
 You don’t wake up one morning and say, “You know what? I’m going to start selling used tractor parts for a living.” For that idea to take shape, you...

David Shea runs his eBay tractor parts business like a well-oiled machine. But, the work is anything but easy. Find out why.

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No Holiday Products? No Problem!
No Holiday Products? No Problem!
Born in China, Samuel Lu immigrated to the United States in the early 1990s. After his father’s unexpected passing, Samuel’s mother opened a small ret...

Read Samuel’s advice for sellers whose products are not on this year’s holiday hot list.

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Keeping Calm This Holiday
Keeping Calm This Holiday
 RC Superstore is a family owned and operated hobby store and mail-order company started in 2002 by father and son team Caleb and Kim DeVries. The st...

Find out how this father-and-son team stay focused during the busy holiday season.

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Shop our Big Selection from Small Businesses on eBay
Shop our Big Selection from Small Businesses on eBay
The best part of my job is connecting with sellers. Hearing their stories, checking out their businesses, learning about what makes them tick, and wa...

Small businesses are the heart of eBay. This Small Business Saturday, we’re celebrating them in a very special way.

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A Dream Fulfilled: Life After the SHINE Awards
A Dream Fulfilled: Life After the SHINE Awards
 We are inspired by the millions of eBay sellers that use our marketplace to pursue their passions. Earlier this year, inspired by your stories, we l...

Find out what eBay seller Laurie Wong did with her SHINE Awards grand prize.

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One Is the Loneliest Number – But Not for This eBay Seller
One Is the Loneliest Number – But Not for This eBay Seller
The perks of running an online business? You get to be your own boss, set your own hours, and work in your pajamas. The drawbacks? You can’t complain ...

Running a business online can be a solitary pursuit. But not for Anastasia A.  Find out how she stays connected.

How to Research eBay Items Like a Journalist
How to Research eBay Items Like a Journalist
By Mary Gorges Once a reporter, always a reporter. When Philly resident Sherry Howard (eBay seller ID: newspro295) retired after 30 years as a newspap...

As a  journalist, eBay seller Sherry Howard knows how to use her natural curiosity to dig up information. Pick up some of her tips.

Recognizing eBay’s Best and Brightest
Recognizing eBay’s Best and Brightest
This week, we’ve been fortunate enough to spend time with our passionate seller community at our inaugural eBay OPEN event – hearing from businesses l...

Announcing the 2016 SHINE Awards for Small Business Winners from eBay OPEN.

Plowing Through Obstacles: How Tim T. Does Life and eBay
Plowing Through Obstacles: How Tim T. Does Life and eBay
Tim T. of TimsTreasureChest may have been left disabled by a tragic car accident in his teens, but he has the enviable ability to see obstacles as not...

Tim T. is not one to sit idly by, watching others do life. In fact, he’s kind of like an action hero. He just happens to be confined to a wheelchair.

Meet the eBay SHINE Awards Family Business Finalists!
Meet the eBay SHINE Awards Family Business Finalists!
We knew eBay sellers were a diverse, passionate, hard-working bunch, but to say we were blown away by their stories would be a huge understatement. We...

For our last post in this series, we’re showing off the three eBay SHINE Awards finalists in the Family Category. Read their stories and get to know these eBay shining stars. 

SHINE Awards: Meet Three Small Businesses Making a Huge Difference
SHINE Awards: Meet Three Small Businesses Making a Huge Difference
Every day this week, we’ve revealed another three finalists in different eBay SHINE Awards categories. Today, we’re showcasing the achievements of cha...

We’ve picked our charitable-business finalists for the eBay SHINE Awards. Read their stories now.

 

In Today’s SHINE Awards Spotlight: Growing Business Finalists!
In Today’s SHINE Awards Spotlight: Growing Business Finalists!
What does it take to start your own business? Determination? A can-do attitude? The willingness to wear a bunch of different hats? The answer is, of c...

Here’s a look at our fantastic finalists in the Growing Business category. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite on June 20!

Starting Small, Going International: Meet Our Finalists
Starting Small, Going International: Meet Our Finalists
Today, another three outstanding contenders for our eBay SHINE Awards! We’re sharing the inspirational stories of our Global Business finalists—small ...

The results are in! Don’t miss the inspiring stories of our SHINE Awards finalists in the Global Business category.

The eBay SHINE Awards: Woman-Owned Business Finalists!
The eBay SHINE Awards: Woman-Owned Business Finalists!
When the entries started flooding in, we were amazed at the incredible stories in the Woman-Owned Business category. From a single mom selling motorcy...

This week, we’re showing off the 15 finalists of the eBay SHINE Awards. Today, we’re shining the spotlight on the Woman-Owned Business category. 

Tips for Teen Sellers from eBay Sensation Nandry Guffey
Tips for Teen Sellers from eBay Sensation Nandry Guffey
Never mind babysitting. At twelve, Nandry Guffey of rural Kentucky opted for a job selling second-hand treasures on eBay.* And I thought Kelly L. of T...

Young people are getting in on the eBay action too. Nandry’s been doing it since age twelve, and she has some advice for other young people.

eBay Seller Dan Riley Talks Wholesale Product Sourcing: Part One
eBay Seller Dan Riley Talks Wholesale Product Sourcing: Part One
 Pop quiz: Are you a treasure hunt seller in search of an inventory source that’s more hit and less miss? Are you tired of creating new listings for ...

If you struggle with listing hundreds (even thousands) of one-off items, eBay seller Dan Riley has some solid wholesale sourcing advice for you.

In Search of the Brightest and the Best: Celebrating Small Businesses on eBay
In Search of the Brightest and the Best: Celebrating Small Businesses on eBay
The secret of every successful business -- big or small, global or local -- boils down to the same two things. A great idea, and someone who refuses t...

During Small Business Week, eBay looks to its sellers to award the 2016 Small Business of the Year.

When Selling on eBay Delivers a Bundle of Joy: Kymberlee’s Story
When Selling on eBay Delivers a Bundle of Joy: Kymberlee’s Story
 When Kymberlee T. (eBay seller: MacNash2009) and her husband decided to start a family, they had no idea what was ahead. But after three failed preg...

For this mom, selling on eBay hasn’t just enabled a work-from-home lifestyle with her family—it’s enabled her to create a family. 

Five Things I’ve Learned from My eBay Meetup Group
Five Things I’ve Learned from My eBay Meetup Group
Remember our post on how to find your eBay people? We talked about the importance of working with other sellers, and then identified where they tend t...

Is there anything better than connecting with people who just get you? That’s what can happen at an eBay Meetup group. 

How To You Find Your eBay People: Online or In-Person
How To You Find Your eBay People: Online or In-Person
Over the years I’ve interviewed sellers from all over the country. Inevitably—during the course of every discussion—we talk secret sauce: The mix of i...

Heard of others making life-long friends with their fellow eBay sellers, and wondered “where are my people?” Here’s how to find them.  

This T-Shirt Aficionado is Crushing It on eBay
This T-Shirt Aficionado is Crushing It on eBay
On his website, Chris K. (eBay seller ID: HolyIdeaTees) calls himself “a true dork and picker of vintage t-shirts.” In reality, he’s a brilliant marke...

Some people daydream about quitting their desk job, abandoning the rat race, and doing their own thing. Others—like Chris K.—actually do it. 

A French Writer, a Serial Entrepreneur and the Power of Branding
A French Writer, a Serial Entrepreneur and the Power of Branding
“There is no truth. There is only perception.” – French author, Gustave FlaubertThis centuries-old bit of wisdom has shaped much of eBay seller Dan Ri...

What does French author Gustave Flaubert have to do with selling on eBay? It’s all about branding, according to serial entrepreneur Dan Riley.

How I Plan to Up My Game on eBay This Year
How I Plan to Up My Game on eBay This Year
Even though I’ve been selling on eBay for eighteen years, I still start each year by reflecting on what I might need to do differently. Which is why I...

It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been selling on eBay. There’s always something you can do better. So here’s how I plan to up my game in 2016. 

Do What You Love and Never Work a Day: Charlene’s Story
Do What You Love and Never Work a Day: Charlene’s Story
I had dinner at my favorite Chinese restaurant the other night. When I was done, I cracked open my fortune cookie to find a message that I’ve seen tim...

Do you love what you sell on eBay? Are you excited about your next sourcing adventure? This can make all the difference. Just ask Charlene Anderson.

This Arizona Mom’s eBay Business Is Truly a Family Affair
This Arizona Mom’s eBay Business Is Truly a Family Affair
Volunteering at her children’s school. Checking on her mother-in-law. Doing laundry. Grocery shopping. And oh yeah—running a successful eBay business ...

Amy W. is a mother of five who happily puts family first, and work second. Her secret? She works part-time, but regularly yields full-time results. 

Growing Up and Branching Out on eBay: Kelly’s Story
Growing Up and Branching Out on eBay: Kelly’s Story
There’s a small group of you who’ve been buying and selling on eBay since the dawn of our time: 1995 to be exact. You know who you are. Through the ye...

Kelly L. started selling on eBay when he was in high school—and he never really stopped. Now he’s running a big-time television chop shop operation. 

How Kristie Runs Three Successful eBay Stores from “the Yaak”
How Kristie Runs Three Successful eBay Stores from “the Yaak”
Some of us are lucky enough to have a view of something other than a brick wall, busy street, or stretch of suburban sprawl from the place where we li...

The next time you’re inconvenienced by a last-minute trip to the post office, consider this: For this eBay seller, that’s an eighty mile round trip. 

What Do eBay Sellers Do When They’re Not Selling?
What Do eBay Sellers Do When They’re Not Selling?
Sometimes selling on eBay can be all-consuming—source, list, ship, and repeat. Heck, some of you don’t even stop while vacationing on a tropical isle—...

The better question is “what do they not do?” Let’s meet some of the ultra-interesting people behind the items on eBay.

The Agate Hunter: An eBay Rock Star in the Making
The Agate Hunter: An eBay Rock Star in the Making
Adam D. is no Jimi Hendrix on the guitar. He doesn’t even rival Ringo on the drums. But he can work a lapidary grinder like nobody’s business.Adam (eB...

Five years after a debilitating stroke, this hard-core collector is about to hit pay-dirt selling gems and minerals on eBay. 

Fifty Things I Learned at the 2015 eBay Radio Party
Fifty Things I Learned at the 2015 eBay Radio Party
Well, I now have an eBay Radio Party and Conference under my belt. This year it took place in the inferno that is Las Vegas in June (110 degrees every...

Have you always wondered what happens at the annual eBay Radio Party and Conference? What a coincidence. Here are fifty things I took away from this year’s event. 

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