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I have experience with Ebay, Etsy and Bonanza. I can also answer some questions on RubyLane and Ecrater. I know a little about running an ecommerce site off Ebay and the google adwords although I no longer have my ecommerce site due to time constraints. We are powersellers on Ebay and have been for a few years. We know most all the rules and regulations. What I can help with is how to write the descriptions to sell the product. What should be there and what should not. How to research the product to find the right prices. Communication and it's importance before and after the sale. I do know about sales tax how to set up an account, collect and pay also how to set up an EIN business account. I am working on becoming familiar with the new 1099K and how it works. We deal with collectible tins, so can answer most questions about collectibles, especially older tins, (tobacco, condom, powder, coffee) also some newer ones (cookies, candy, trucks, trains, toys, food tins). Just basically old collectible stuff. I can answer questions on how to package and ship the various items. I am not a tax expert so do not ask about your Schedule C forms, I pay someone to do that. Since I have been 30 years in Payroll and Human Resources I have some experience with numbers and with people. It has helped me with running our Ebay venture over the years. I'll do my best to either answer your question or find the answer for you and if I cannot I will let you know.

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Ebay, Etsy, Bonanza sellers. Ebay Power sellers since 2003. Sales Tax experience through employment. Experience with people and communication through my employment for 30 years. Packing and shipping experience as well as reasearch through running our own business.


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CPP (Certified Payroll Professional) BSU (Boise State University) Accounting/bookkeeping/Human Resources PHR (Professional in Human Resources) PA (Payroll Administrator -Canada) Payroll administration UK George Washington University certificate in Internal Investigations Notary of Public State of Idaho Ecommerce business owner

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2016-08-28 Query re online business:

We have found in our years of selling that there is no quick and easy start up on EBay or Etsy.  It takes a while to get started and get known online.  From our own experience and others we knows that

2016-04-17 Query re selling online:

I tried selling on those other marketplaces and really never did any good. The only place I would recommend you to sell handmade items would be ETSY.  It is not free, but it only costs 25 cents to list

2014-04-03 rate:    Porcelain items marked "Occupied Japan"

2014-04-03 rate:

I think this is probably an antique of some type. I do not deal with antiques but with vintage items most of mine are 1940 to 1950 tin items. I couldn't tell what it was from the picture.    What type

2013-09-03 Scared wholesale goods from China:

You have the right to buy supplies on Ebay wholesale for personal use. There are no restrictions on this and as long as the seller is on Ebay and the purchase is on Ebay. If you buy from them off line


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