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My eBay Story
My eBay story is a short and simple one.
I started my first online business in 1999 selling custom computer systems and parts through my website. Late that same year, at the recommendation of a friend, I registered my first eBay seller's account.
But it wasn't until I went to work for eBay in the summer of 2001 that I finally listed and sold my first item through the auction giant. As part of my employee training, I was required to list an item on eBay. I listed a worthless baseball card for $0.01 expecting to receive no bids. Well, I ended up with a bid on the last day of the auction for a whopping one cent. I put the baseball card in an envelope and sent it on its way, free of charge.
During my time at eBay, I listed and sold various items. I even tried selling through a couple different drop shippers, though I met with little success. Things changed the following year in 2002. That's when I got a call from an old friend.
He was doing business consulting for a department store. In order to get rid of excess inventory, he had recommended that they start selling on eBay. Only problem was, they had no experience with online auctions. As such their very first eBay sale resulted in a negative feedback. My friend asked me to come in and help get them back on track. So I did.
Over the next 18 months or so, I helped them list, sell, and ship over 10,000 auctions. Together, we quickly acheived PowerSeller status and built their once negative feedback rating to over 5,000. But after almost two years, it was time for me to move on.
Just a few months later, I found Doba. Doba and I got along quite well. Back in those days, they had relationships with just six dropshippers, and many of their members were struggling to become successful on eBay. Wanting to be sure that the company I worked for was a legitimate and valuable service, I decided of my own volition to start selling items out of the Doba catalog on eBay.
After doing some product research, I listed my first Doba item: an avalanche beacon out of the now defunct Supplier Emerald. Later that year, Doba sent me to my first eBay Live! trade show.
In 2005, I was told that we wanted to be able to send someone from Doba to eBay Live! who had made PowerSeller by selling exclusively through the Doba catalog. Once again, I was called upon. Within three months, I had obtained Silver PowerSeller status selling mostly GPS units along with the occasional odd item such as car wash accessories, marine compasses, and even "Wolverine"-style knuckle claws (which, incidentally, turned out to be against eBay policy).
I went on to become part of Doba's education department, helping Doba members as well as their employees come to understand and become successful on eBay. After taking a two-and-a-half year hiatus from Doba, I returned in 2009 as a search marketing consultant. While Doba no longer allows me to sell Doba products on eBay (so as to not compete with their members), eBay is still a part of my life and I'm still occasionally referred to as "the eBay guy" at work.
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