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eBay Chatter - Experts abound, or do they?Posted Tuesday, May 20, 2008, at 1:39 PM
It will come as no surprise to local folks that I have a keen interest in eBay. As a result, I have search filters out there constantly looking for stories or happenings involving eBay.
Some I get are in foreign languages and even strange letter characters, but for those that I CAN read, I enjoy learning all the different opinions people have about the trading platform.
What I also see is the MANY "experts" out there selling their super, fantastic, easy, revolutionary (expensive) programs to teach you the "secrets" of eBay sales. The secret? How about work. It takes work, creativity, perseverance, etc.
Some are legitimate, experienced eBayers but many I see don't seem to have a track record with eBay OR have changed their I.D. so we are not able to see their actual eBay listings.
Why is that? When I have classes, I will proudly tell anyone what my eBay I.D. is and encourage them to check it out.
This morning I read this promotion for classes ($995) and how over 300 people were registered, so I thought WOW, I need to learn more. These folks claim to be Platinum Powersellers, but you can not prove it from their eBay I.D. They have only been selling seriously since March 2006, and CLAIM to make between $50,000 and $70,000 in eBay sales every month. And they won't show us their listings????
Maybe they are legitimate, but the vagueness has my suspicious mind asking all kinds of questions. In a recent class I had a fellow come up during break and tell me he had ALREADY purchased a $10,000 program to sell on the internet and eBay. What the heck was he doing in MY class? The company that sold him the package should have been teaching him EVERYTHING and MORE!
I did not have the heart to question him or give him doubts about his decision. I clarified before I went any further, that the purchase had already been made, but YIKES!
Internet sales is definitely a method to make a good living, but PLEASE do your homework, do it with a skeptical eye and watch your wallet or purse.
Yes, I charge for the classes eBay has developed for us to teach, but you could take ALL of them and probably not spend more than $150 to $300, depending on the venue or teacher.
And don't take them all at one time in a "super" course. After 4-6 hours of presentation, I believe most of my students would agree that their mind is in "overload" from the information given to them. Give yourself time to process and even practice that before you move on.
Enough of my rant. Just use common sense when evaluating these offers.
Oh, I found the woman who was selling $50-70K each month. Her eBay I.D. has been active since March of 2007 and she has 93 feedbacks and all she has sold is information on how to sell on eBay. ???
For some reason, all I can think about is Clara Peller's ad for Wendy's, Where's the beef?
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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.
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