Monday, March 21, 2011

Top Alternatives to Ebay

Ebay sales down a little bit? The answer may be to try one of the alternatives to Ebay to increase your sales and exposure. The sites listed on this page are great Ebay alternatives that can be used to supplement your auction income.

Before you think you can abandon ship on Ebay, that's not a good idea. It's still the largest auction website, with millions of potential buyers visiting the site on a daily basis. Using these alternatives are just a good way supplement your income on Ebay, not replace it.

Read more about the top alternatives to Ebay and which ones would be a good fit for your ecommerce business here:

The Best Ebay Alternatives to Ebay

Friday, March 4, 2011

Ebay Store Templates - Give Your Store a Makeover

Have you thought of updating the look of your Ebay store lately? If you're looking to make a better impression with your customers, this one of the best ways to do so. A lot of people spend time trying to build links, get better products, and get more people in the front door. Once they get in the front door, you need to make sure they feel welcome and aren't put off by the design of the store, or the level of professionalism.

Is the look of your store a little tired, old, or even just the plain old default settings that they provide you with? These Ebay store templates are a good place to start, and many of them are free. Ebay itself provides you with some great templates to spruce up the design of your store at no cost (though they don't advertise them very heavily for some reason). Here are a few things to keep in mind if you're contemplating redesigning your storefront:

  1. Give buyers what they want as soon as they get in the front door. Buyers like lots of photos, and they like to be able to find their way around your store easily. Don't bog it down with useless stuff or extra categories that simply aren't necessary, just make it easy to find what they're looking for.
  2. Be sure to include a search box for your store. Let them search around your inventory and see what you have. As great as your store looks, they still want to get in, make a purchase, then get on with their lives.
  3. Come up with a more professional looking logo. If you can't design one yourself, they're for sale for a very reasonable price on Ebay and elsewhere. You just have to look. Or, maybe you might know someone that would design one for you. The point is, if you aren't a graphic artist, then you should highly consider this. It is the symbol of your business, after all!
  4. Make sure the design of the store compliments what you sell. If you're selling cookware and the background of your store is neon green with peace symbols, that's not only irrelevant, it's a turn off. Go with something subtle and stick with neutral colors. Reserve bold colors for where you really want buyers to see something, and avoid large, gaudy, overly colorful text (and by all means, avoid Comic Sans!).