eBay class FCCDC Greenfield, MA -Sat 10/13/12 9AM-2PM only 10.00

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eBay Training and Selling
Part 1
Robert Apteker, an Education Specialist trained by eBay, is offering a five hour course for individuals who are interested in the basics of selling on eBay for $10.00. Classes are designed to be small for individualized
attention. You will learn how to get started on eBay, create effective listings, price your items appropriately, ensure a smooth transaction, and ship your products easily.
The date is Saturday October 13, 2012
The class will be offered from
9:00 AM-2:00 PM in the Conference Room at the FCCDC 324 Wells St. Greenfield, MA (behind Ray’s Cycle Center). Look for “office” door.
There will be a 30 minute break for lunch (BYO).
Plan to arrive 15 minutes early to set up your laptop.
E-mail Bob@OnlineAuctionGuy.com to register.
Space is very limited. A waiting list will be taken.

Please bring a laptop. Wi-Fi is available.

Thank You,Bob

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About Me (Bob, the OnlineAuctionGuy)

A few years back, I started working in the basement of my home selling tee shirts and license plates on eBay as a hobby with my friend Keith. back then, we shared an eBay account. Once the word got out, I was asked to list a few items for friends and relatives, and things really started to take off. People started asking me to sell everything from cars, boats, campers, sporting goods, collectibles, pinball machines, furniture, motorcycles, taxidermy, electronics, heating equipment etc…

In 2008, the economy was tough and I needed to make a living. Even though the way I had been doing things was fun, I needed to step up my game and treat online selling more like a business. Somehow the word got out that I was the eBay guy and was building a strong business. I hired an eBay seller’s consultant and mapped out a strategy and before long, I was visiting the post office almost every day and sometimes twice a day to send out packages!

I started working with freight companies to get common carrier quotes for large refrigerator-sized items for my customers, because they were asking me to sell their appliances and vehicles.

The main reason I believe we have become so successful was that we give that “extra mile” service and people know we are honest. Trust is the number one quality you need to prove when dealing with people online and our customers know they can trust us, that’s why they refer us to their friends.

Staying competitive is tough in this business and  is an ongoing challenge because there are so many options out there. I realize that you have a choice of dealing with sellers from anywhere in the world, so I appreciate that you are considering doing business with me. We make sure that all our deals are fair and that customers are more than satisfied.

Being an eBay seller has been an adventure, and I especially love dealing with people from all over the world. You could almost say that eBay has given me the chance to travel all over the world without leaving Massachusetts! Every day there are different deals to make with customers, and I like people so it works out well. The e-commerce online business is exciting. That is why I do it.

Our policy: We don’t play games and we don’t believe in overcharging for shipping.




Seller was excellent to deal with. Before, during and even after the sale. Buyer: 

Feb-19-11 19:28
Lexus : RX (#180621484012) US $19,500.00
Positive feedback rating Product was exactly as described and in excellent condition. Easy transaction. Buyer: 

Feb-02-11 19:42
NEW Waterford Crystal Scallop Shell Paperweight In Box (#180616188659) US $38.00
Positive feedback rating Hope to deal with you again. Thank you. Seller: 

Dec-23-10 05:03
– (#360329226604)
Positive feedback rating Excellent Buyer Quick Paying,Thanks! Seller: 

Jul-08-10 17:02
– (#330442759164)
Positive feedback rating fast shipping great transaction Buyer: 

Jul-07-10 15:41
Lenz Cleanable WO Filter Replacement Screen DH-750-100 (#170480216572) US $52.00
Positive feedback rating Item as described! Buyer: 

Jun-27-10 22:03
Carlin igniter ignitor transformer for Clean Burn 41000 (#170481284074) US $63.00


eBay questions

Question from: @Devhabibi (via Twitter)-I’ve never understood why people bid early on an item in ebay. Do they want to drive the price up and engage in a bid war?

My responses: @Oauctiong-maybe they like the item and are hoping to get it at a low price if nobody bids

The perception could be that if there are no bids, then the assumption might be that there is something wrong with it.

Sometimes people don’t have 7 days to wait and go back to check, so a “buy it now” fixed price might be a good option.