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Ebays Holiday Hot Map Whats trending

Ebay's Holiday Hot Map Whats trending
Ebay's New Holiday Map tells you where sales are trending and what's trending in sales for 2015!
Brilliant move by a flow of other recently brilliant moves by a new eBay president that understand's its sellers.

All you need to do is click on your state or the state you want to check, and a pop up window will display the top trending products.

Its an amazingly innovative tool released under eBay's new forward thinking president. If you haven't tried it, give it a try and bookmark it so you can check it latter.

It features three primary categories, Electronics, Fashion and Toy's! However, the top trending products are not limited to these categories, if something is trending in your state in a different category.  For instance, Cards For Humanity are trending in some states and are not related to Electronics, Fashion or Toys.

Use it below  or go to the official eBay page at

Holiday Protection for Online Sellers

Holiday Protection for Online Sellers
Below are my most recent videos about Protections for Online Selling.
Each video discusses steps you can take to help protect store, transactions, accounts and computers during Fourth Quarter's Holiday Sales and beyond.
1. This video discusses steps you need to take right before or at the beginning of Fourth Quarter to help prepare and protect yourself.

2. This video discusses how to get a free phone number, voice mail, call forwarding and text messaging account for your online store or business as a small seller so you never use your phone phone or cell phone.

3. This video discusses steps to take when you spot Credit Card Fraud if you use Stripe Payment Processing on any of your stores or marketplaces.  Even though the video is specifically about Storenvy, the steps will be similar wherever you sell.  Especially on Stripe inparticular.

How Ebay is Giving Away Your Sales Leads On Watched Products

How Ebay Is Giving Away Your Sales Leads On Watched Products Like myself, as an online seller on eBay, I am sure that you have noticed below your product listing descriptions, how eBay sells space to competitors for the exact same product you paid to list.  Often times, these prices are lower than yours, and are third party sellers (like us) except they sell via Walmart, Best Buy, Target or other retail stores via there website.  If you have ever clicked those advertisements, then you certainly have also realized that the products are not sold or available at those retail locations, but are instead third party sellers with enough inventory leverage, drop shippers and others who pay to be sponsored on those website.
What you may not be aware of, is eBay has introduced a new source of competition that competes 100% directly against your product, to shoppers who have "watched" one of your products!

I had never heard of this until recently when I "Watched" several DVD/…

Bonanza Advertising Price Increases During Fourth Quarter

Bonanza Advertising Price Increases During Fourth Quarter

A little surprised today; when I went to cross-sell a product I have in my Bonanza Booth to eBay, I discovered that raised it's commission prices for advertising.
I have discussed Bonanza many times on my YouTube channel, and my recent thoughts are here on the How To Sell Online blog in My Favorite Places To Sell Online.
According to the new advertising information as shown in the first graphic above.  The "Superior" level commission jumped from 16% to 19% but now suggests that 4.6 Million anticipated shoppers may potentially view your products.
The new "Elite" level gives you the same advertising venues as the "Superior" which includes the 3.5% Bonanza Marketplace Only Advertising, 9% Google Shopping and Bonanza (Promotions), 13% Ebay Cross-selling and Bonanza (Affiliate), and 15% NextTag and Bing Ads.  Other than having the same market venues as the "Superior", the &quo…

Thrift or Die 4 - When Things Go Wrong

Thrift or Die 4 - When Things Go Wrong I wish things all went well when I go out sourcing for things to sell online at Thrift Store, Garage Sales, Swapmeets, etc.  But the reality is, sometimes things just don't go wrong, and at least on YouTube, we tend not to do videos about those moments, because we want viewers to be excited about making the money.
In this video on YouTube, I share with you two times during the same week, at the same Goodwill outlet, where two little things ended up costing me around $300 in potential profit from what would have been a $30 investment.
Sometimes, things go wrong.

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Heart of Compassion Thanksgiving Event Non 21, 2015 Helping those in need in Los Angles

Heart Of Compassion - Thanksgiving Event - Helping Those In Need in Los Angeles CountyAre you in Los Angeles County, having a hard year financially and needing some relief? Heart of Compassion Distribution is holding its annual Thanksgiving event on Saturday November 21, 2015

Get more information on its website at
on on Facebook at 

Sales Taxes for eBay Amazon and Online Sellers

Sales Taxes for eBay, Amazon and Online Sellers Show me the Money (Added 2-22-16 - PayPal has this new information page about IRS taxes and PayPal.
PayPal IRS Tax Information )

I think the most challenging and difficult question that frustrated me for months when I decided to start selling legally on eBay and elsewhere in my state, was the issue of taxes.
Lets face it, collecting taxes when you sell on eBay or anywhere else is a new concept and many states do not have any laws or decisions about taxes and online sales.
If you are one of the unfortunate few who happen to live in my state of California, then you probably do not even know what the rules are, because despite making it a law, the State of California only initially invested $2,000 to promote the law or to make it known.   However, as a Board of Equalization representative once told me, "There are sellers on eBay with their reseller permits who are collecting taxes, and th…