There's Gold in Them Thar' Auction Sites!

by Drew Michael
Copyright 2006 The Business Junction

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So you have been considering venturing into the online auction world. Many people think about doing just that, only to never take the steps needed to actually fulfill their dream. They start to look at the steps that must be taken and often become overwhelmed. Hopefully, we can eliminate that fear.

There is no doubt about it! Auctions are hot and thousands of people are generating enough profit operating a home-based auction business that they don't have the time for a real 9 - 5 job. eBay alone claims that there are almost 750,000 people making a full-time living selling on their site.

It doesn't take a lot of expertise to be an auction seller, but you need to do your homework so you don't end up with a lot of unsold merchandise.

And for the 90+% of our readers that have only heard about eBay, you're in for a big surprise. There are hundreds of online auction sites available to you, many of which are as good as, if not better, than eBay.

eBay might be the King of Online Auctions but they have been facing a lot of stiff competition at the same time they have been alienating a lot of existing sellers. Some speculate that eBay has just gotten too big. Increased fees, complaints (a recent search of eBay complaints on Google returned over 5,000,000 listings), not to mention that when you place an item up for sale it can get lost among the massive number of items at eBay.com. The fact is that buyers will find it harder to find your product unless you are well versed on using keywords and keyphrases so that your offers show up in a users search.

We are not suggesting that you avoid using eBay. But we are suggesting that you not place all your eggs in one basket, so to speak. Offer your items on at least 5-6 auction sites and you are more likely to reap better results. 

What You Need To Begin Selling On Online Auctions

Product To Sell
Ideally you want items that can be purchased in small quantities at a low price that will turn over a good profit. There are a lot of wholesalers that can supply product in bulk. But before you buy have a good idea of what these items sell for at online auctions. You can't use product that forces you to set your pricing higher than your competitors. Here is a short list of some good wholesalers:

123DropShip at http://www.123dropship.com/index.htm 
Andale Suppliers at http://www.andale.com/index.html 
AuctionSection at http://www.auctionsection.com/ 
Bargain West at http://www.bargainwest.com/ 
Catskill Gifts Wholesale at http://www.catskillgifts.com/indexa/index.html 
CZF Wholesale at http://czfwholesale.com/ 
Doba at http://www.doba.com/ 
DollarDays International at http://www.dollardays.com/ 
Drop Ship Source Directory at http://drop-shippers.us/ 
ezGoo! Business Resources at http://www.ezgoo.com/ 
FTH Wholesale at http://www.fthwholesale.com/ 
Global Sources at http://www.globalsources.com/ 
GoldenMine at http://www.goldenmine.com/ 
goWholesale at http://www.gowholesale.com/ 
High Margin Products at http://www.highmarginproducts.com/ 
Idropshipper at http://www.idropshipper.com/index.shtml 
Liquidity Services at http://www.liquidation.com/index.html 
MBK Wholesale at http://www.mbkwholesale.com/newmbk/home.aspx 
PehnecGems at http://www.pehnec.com/ 
Reseller's Wholesale Outlet at http://www.resellerswholesale.com/ 
Roden Surplus Imports at http://www.rodenimports.com/ 
SaleHoo Limited at http://www.salehoo.com/ 
The Wholesale Suppliers Registry at http://www.wholesale-suppliers.net/ 
Vendio Services at http://www.vendio.com/my/wholesale/index.html 
Vista Wholesale at http://vistawholesale.zoovy.com/ 
WholesaleDiscs at http://www.wholesalediscs.com/index.asp 
Wholesalers Catalog at http://www.wholesalerscatalog.com/index.php 
Worldwide Brands at http://www.worldwidebrands.com/ 

Auction Templates
You will need a professional looking auction template so customers will find your offers appealing. Most are very easy to add photos and text to so you should not be intimidated trying to use them. Some auction templates can be found free or for a low price. Some good sources for templates are:

Auction Lizard at http://auction-lizard.com/ 
Auction Resources at http://www.auction-resources.com/templates.html 
Auctiva at http://www.auctiva.com/ 
Alou Web Design at http://www.alouwebdesign.ca/software/650-ebay-templates/ 
AuctionWraps at http://www.auctionwraps.com/ 
FreeForm at http://www.robshelp.com/ 
MyEasyWebTools at http://myeasywebtools.com/index.html 

Photos and Descriptions of Products
Quality photos and keyword intensive descriptions are important to attract and keep potential buyers on your auction pages. Poor quality photos are a quick turnoff to buyers so make sure you display photos that present a quality image of your product and company. Descriptions should not be overly excessive as most buyers will not take the time to read manuscripts. But they should be long enough to provide a good impression and description of your product. They should also contain as many quality and relevant keywords as possible. After all, it is through keywords that most buyers will find your auction pages. Don't rush through this process. Do it right and you will reap the rewards. There are a lot of offers on every auction site and most of it is either poorly presented or duplicates of other offers. Take the time to be unique and use the right keywords and people will find your offer before your competitors. Some web sites that can be helpful resources in this area are:

AAANDS Image Hosting at http://www.aaands.com/imagehosting.htm 
Auction Essentials at http://www.auctionessentials4u.com/ 
AuctionImage at http://www.auctionimage.com/ 
Auction Pix Image Hosting at http://www.auctionpix.com/ 
FotoHost at http://www.fotohost.com/index.html 
FreePictureHosting at http://www.freepicturehosting.com/ 
frogmagix at http://www.inkfrog.com/ 
ImageHostPlus at http://imagehostplus.com/ 
myPhotoDrive at http://myphotodrive.com/ 
ProPicHosting at http://www.freepichosting.com/ 
Prosperpoint at http://www.imagehost.com/ 
ranchoweb at http://www.ranchoweb.com/ 
SSI Image Hosting at http://www.ssiimage.com/automated.htm 
Trak Auctions at http://www.jwcinc.net/ 
Vendio Image Hosting at http://www.vendio.com/my/ihost/promo_ih.html 
Village Photos at http://www.villagephotos.com/ 
Virtual Auction Ad Pro at http://www.auctionriches.com/vadpro.htm 
YourImageHost at http://www.yourimagehost.com/ 


Customer Service Policy
Do your homework and research how established sellers work with customers. If you start to get too many complaints you're in real trouble. Potential buyers will know about it in no time and it will not matter how unique or well priced your product is...they simply won't buy. You can find a list with links of eBay's Top 100 Sellers at http://www.auction-resources.com/pc.html. Check some of their sites to see their customer service policies. You may also want to take a look at how they promote money-back guarantees to their buyers.

Auction Feedback Tools
This is a must-have tool for an auction seller. Feedback is extremely important to your success. Too much negative feedback can put an end to your auction selling business faster than anything else. Use one of the free feedback tools available at:

FeedBackSite at http://www.feedbacksite.com/ 
Vrane at http://www.vrane.com/feedback.html 

Auction Fraud Protection and Escrow Services
Make sure that you are protected. There are several services available which offer fraud protection and escrow services. These services are designed to protect both the buyer and seller and should be considered a must for high-value items or when either of the parties has doubts as to the legitimacy of the other. Some of the better services can be found at:

Bidfraud at http://www.bidfraud.com/ 
Ebayers That Suck at http://www.ebayersthatsuck.com/main/index.php 
Internet Escrow Services at https://www.escrow.com/index.asp 
National Consumers League at http://www.nclnet.org/shoppingonline/escrowtips.htm 
National Fraud Information Center at http://www.fraud.org/ 

Auction Counters
A key tool for selling online is an auction counter. It can quickly tell you how many people have visited your pages and how many bids have been submitted.

Andale Counters at http://www.andale.com/ 
inkFrog at http://ww1.inkfrog.com/ 
Shoporium at http://www.shoporium.com/counters/ 

Auction Software
Auction software is also an important ingredient to online success. There are several products available that have a lot of different uses. Some will help you build your complete auction pages with templates, photos and descriptions without having any HTML knowledge (perfect for beginners) while others are designed to monitor your auctions and there are even others designed to snipe various auction sites to keep you informed, and a few that will automatically submit your auction listings to various auction sites. Here is a list of sites that encompasses all categories of auction software.

Aucmento at http://www.aucmento.com/ 
AuctionPro 2000 ezAd Creation Software at http://www.auctionrow.com/auction.html 
Auctionspice at http://www.auctionspice.com/ 
AuctionStealer at http://www.auctionstealer.com/home.cfm 
Auction Submit at http://www.auctionsubmit.com/index.html 
AuctionTamer at http://www.auctiontamer.com/atindex.htm 
Auctiva at http://www.auctiva.com/ 
Bidnapper at http://www.bidnapper.com/ 
Ernie's Enhanced Everyauction Software at http://www.everyauction.info/ 
eSnipe at http://www.esnipe.com/ 
GeoAuctions Premier at http://www.geodesicsolutions.com/products/auctions/auctions_premier.htm 
HammerTap Software at http://www.hammertap.com/ 
iSale at http://www.equinux.com/us/products/isale/index.html 
MAS at http://www.make-a-store.com/ 
PixMatrix at http://www.pixmatrix.com/ 
PowerSnipe Auction Sniper at http://www.powersnipe.com/ 
Shooting Star at http://www.foodogsoftware.com/ 
The Auction Software Review at http://www.auctionsoftwarereview.com/ 
The Poster Toaster at http://www.thepostertoaster.com/ 
ViewTracker at http://www.sellathon.com/ 

Merchant Account
You'll need a merchant account to process orders. While many use PayPal we have found that the complaints relating to PayPal have been drastically increasing over the past few months. For that reason we cannot recommend PayPal. There are well over 100 alternatives to PayPal so you won't find it difficult to find a payment processor. We still recommend that you have at least two options available to process online orders. Some good choices are:

AlertPay at http://www.alertpay.com/
Auction Checkout at http://www.auctioncheckout.com/ 
Auctionpay at http://www.auctionpay.com/default.aspx 
Authorize.Net at http://www.authorize.net/ 
CCNow at http://www.ccnow.com/ 
Paystone at http://www.paystone.com/ 
StormPay at http://www.stormpay.com/
Note: A complete list of over 100 payment processors can be found at http://www.thebusinessjunction.com/Newsletter_Article_Marketing_Related_43.htm 

Shipping Providers and Materials
You'll need packing materials and boxes for your shipping needs. Try to avoid recycling old materials unless they are in excellent condition. Remember, how you present your product reflects on you. Use old shipping materials and it does little for your image. It also might not fair well while being shipped. You also have to ship your product unless you are using the services of a dropshipper so use a reputable carrier. For most needs you'll find the United States Postal Service will suffice. Here is a short list of companies that can fulfill your shipping and handling needs.

Bubblefast at http://www.bubblefast.com/ 
Fast-Pack at http://www.fast-pack.com/ 
FedEx at http://www.fedex.com/us/ 
MrBoxOnline at http://www.mrboxonline.com/ 
United Parcel Service at http://www.ups.com/ 
United States Postal Service at http://www.usps.com/ 

Online Auction Sites
Get Ready To Sell Online. Once you have prepared your products for presentation it is time to begin posting at online auctions. You won't have a problem finding good auction sites and our recommendation is that you post offers on at least 5-6 sites, more if you have enough product and time. Here is a detailed list of auction sites and we recommend that you still check each out before making a final decision.

Auction.com at http://www.auction.com/ 
Auction1 at http://www.auction1.co.uk/cgi-bin/auction/auction.pl 
AuctionAddict at http://www.auctionaddict.net/ 
Auction Fire at http://auctionfire.com/ 
Auction Lotwatch at http://www.auctionlotwatch.co.uk/ 
AuctionGuide at http://www.auctionguide.com/ 
AuctionScape at http://www.auctionscape.com/ 
Auction-Warehouse at http://www.auction-warehouse.com/ 
Bid4Assets at http://www.bid4assets.com/ 
Bid-Alot at http://www.bid-alot.com/ 
BidChaser Marketplace at http://www.bidchaser.com/ 
Bidclever at http://www.bidclever.com/ 
Bidz at http://www.bidz.com/ 
blujay at http://www.blujay.com/ 
Buyit Auctions at http://www.buyit.co.uk/Auction/XcAuctionPro.asp 
BuySellTrades at http://www.buyselltrades.com/auction/index.asp 
CQout at http://www.cqout.com/ 
eBay at http://www.ebay.com/ 
eBid at http://www.ebid.net/ 
Ebidup at http://www.ebidup.com/ 
eHotBid at http://www.ehotbid.com/index.asp 
ePier at http://www.epier.com/ 
FreeTrades at http://www.freetrades.com/ 
General Auction at http://www.generalauction.co.uk/ 
ItsGottaGo at http://www.itsgottago.com/ 
LowBidWin at https://www.lowbidwin.com/index.jsp 
Mighty Bids at http://www.mightybids.com/index.cfm 
OnlineAuction at http://www.onlineauction.com/ 
ORBAY at http://www.orbay.co.uk/ 
Quick Bargin at http://www.quickbargin.com/ 
QXL at http://www.qxl.com/ 
Shoporium at http://www.shoporium.com/ 
SkyAuction at http://www.skyauction.com/ 
StormPay Auctions at http://www.stormpay.com/ 
The Auction Man at http://www.theauctionman.net/cgi-bin/Auction 
TotalBids Online Auctions at http://www.totalbids.co.uk/ 
TRADE IT OFF at http://www.tradeitoff.com/index.php 
uBid at http://www.ubid.com/ 
Voovy Auctions at http://www.voovy.com/ 
WeBidz Auction Site at http://www.webidz.com/ 
Yahoo! Auctions at http://auctions.yahoo.com/ 
Your Auction Sale at http://www.yourauctionsale.com/ 

Auction Search Engines and Directories
These are a few of the better auction related search engines and directories.

All Auction Tools at http://allauctiontools.com/ 
AuctionBytes at http://auctionbytes.com/ 
Auction Lynx at http://www.auction-lynx.com/ 
AuctionZip at http://www.auctionzip.com/ 
BidFind at http://www.bidfind.com/ 
BidHopper at http://bidhopper.com/ 
ReallyFirst at http://www.reallyfirst.com/Auction/a.php 
The Internet Auction List at http://www.internetauctionlist.com/ 

Auction Forums
Auction forums are a great place to learn and share ideas with other sellers. 'Tips and Tricks' of the trade are the main topics and an occasional visit will certainly do you no harm. Rule of thumb...don't spam! The following is a list of the better auction forums available to auction sellers.

AuctionBytes Forum at http://www.auctionbytes.com/forum/phpBB/index.php 
AuctionHintsForum at http://www.auctionhints.com/message/webbbs_config.pl 
BHD'S Auction Newsletter at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bhdsauctionnewsletter/ 
e-Powersellers at http://e-powersellers.com/forum/ 
GoodTopics at http://www.goodtopics.com/forums/auctions-marketplaces/ 
The Auction Board Online Auction Discussion Forum at http://theauctionboard.com/v-web/bulletin/bb/index.php 

Miscellaneous Resources
You might find the following resources handy from time to time to find more product to sell, more auction sites, online help, etc.

Auction Help at http://www.ukauctionhelp.co.uk/index.php 
DeadZoom at http://www.deadzoom.com/ 
Getestore at http://www.getestore.com/ 
Knubi at http://www.knubi.com/ 
Online Traders Web Alliance at http://www.otwa.com/index.html 
PowerSellersUnite at http://www.powersellersunite.com/ 
The Auction Board at http://theauctionboard.com/ 

This article was originally published by The Business Junction on April 24, 2006.


About the Author: Drew Michael is a webmaster and marketer. He is the owner of The Business Junction at http://www.thebusinessjunction.com, a major software and entrepreneur directory. For a free subscription to The Business Junction Newsletter and free software downloads subscribe at:
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