Thursday, October 27, 2011

How To Get Started on eBay/PayPal!

Alright people, it's eBay/PayPal week so first I'm just going to post a blog of how to get started on eBay, get signed up for an account, and show you how to start.  Other blogs with come with selling, buying, tips/tricks, etc. But first off, if you just want to get general overview information about eBay and not step by step procedures to becoming a regular and professional eBayer, go to my other post a few weeks ago. The direct link is right below, its short and simple but not for those trying to learn how to better themselves, mainly useful links and some tips:

 It's hard to know what to do first, so lets start with just signing up.

Sign Up For A Free eBay AccountClick Here to sign up for a free eBay account and enter in the information.
(Don't worry millions of people use eBay, it's safe and your information will be completely protected.)

Sign Up For A Free PayPal Account: Click Here to sign up for a free PayPal account.  Again, millions use it and your information will be safe. This is actually the safest, easiest and fastest way to buy/sell on eBay so it is something you will need.

So now you have you have both your accounts set up.  Let's start now with getting verified on PayPal and linking your credit/debit card and bank account so you can make purchases and receive your money.

Link Your Credit/Debit Cards: Linking these will let you make purchases on eBay and basically use your credit or debit card without entering the information each time to make a purchase.  This way you don't have to keep money in your PayPal account, you can have it in your bank account or pay the bill of your credit card.

  1. Put your cursor over the "Profile" Tab and select "Add or Edit Credit Card" 
  2. Then follow the steps provided by PayPal (Have your debit/credit card ready with you)
Link Your Bank Account: Linking your bank account will let you freely transfer money to and from your PayPal account to your bank account. FOR FREE! You can get checks sent in the mail to you if you prefer but they will take out around $2.50 to send the check to you and it takes 2-3 weeks while the online transfer is instantaneous.
  1. Put your cursor over the "Profile" Tab and select "Add or Edit Bank Account"
  2. Follow PayPal's Instructions on how to do this
Once you have added your bank account, go to your PayPal "My Account" And "Overview" and click the "Get Verified" link next to Status that is under your name.  You will have to have an online account with whichever bank provider you have (Chase, Bank of America, Etc) and they will deposit 2 small amounts between .01 cents and .99 cents within the next few days and you need to enter what they deposited to become verified. 

Congratulations you are now verified and ready to go on PayPal!

Next we want to get you familiar with eBay.  Getting to know the site, how it works, and what sells best is all a part of becoming a great eBayer. Before you can make money you have to figure out the site.

Explore: Go to eBay, log in, and check out what are interested in.  Use the search bar at the top of the page if you know a specific item you are interested in, or go to "Categories" on the left if you want ideas of what may be interesting to look through.

Your home page will look something like the above picture.  Check out "My eBay" in the top right hand corner to see your past sales, what items you are watching, your bids/offers, etc. Go to "Community" and then the "Answer Center" or "Discussion Forums" if you want help with a problem or are confused about something on the site.

That is all for right now, spend some time getting to know the site and in the next blog we will get you even closer to making money and selling/buying on eBay! You are on your way!

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