How to Make Great eBay Listings

If you are working at home selling items on eBay either casually or through an eBay store, make sure that your listings stand out from the rest. Here are a few pointers on what makes a great eBay listing. The first tip is to check completed auctions from similar items. The auctions that ended with the highest price for your item will give you clues as to what helps sell that particular item. Pictures can make or break your eBay listing. Buyers want to see exactly what they are getting. A plain background and good lighting go a long way … Continue reading

Splash Into Summer Fun at Six Flags Great America

When was the last time you experienced liquid love… minus the nasty hangover? Forget about the Patron-laced tropical libations; now’s your chance to splish, splash, slide and surf your way into a wet and wild summer vacation you’ll remember for years to come. Soaking up the sun and hanging ten on cobalt blue water is easy when you live in Hawaii, but what do you do when you want to take a summer plunge in the Midwest? (Take the plunge at Riptide Bay!) Never mind Lake Michigan; instead, set your sights on Gurnee, Illinois. That’s where you’ll find Six Flags … Continue reading

Tips for Taking Great eBay Photos—LIGHTING

You’ve got the right camera, you invested in a tripod and you have learned a few tricks regarding focusing, now it’s time to shoot those items you want to sell on eBay, right? Not so fast. There are a few more tips you want to keep in mind prior to pointing and shooting. In this blog we’ll discuss how proper lighting will help you achieve prize-winning photos that will attract more potential buyers to your auction item. Avoiding Hot Spots. If you are shooting in direct sunlight or illuminating your auction item directly under an unfiltered bulb you run the … Continue reading

Tips for Taking Great eBay Photos—FOCUS

You’ve got the perfect camera now it’s time to point, shoot and get those pictures posted on eBay. After all, if you want to sell your Internet auction items for as much as possible you need to snap to it… and remember to focus. In my previous blog I mentioned the importance of investing in a sound tripod and making sure your pictures are clutter-free. Now, we’re moving on to some solid photography lessons—namely focusing. How many times have you seen fuzzy pictures on eBay? I’m sure the blurred shots didn’t prompt you to place a bid on the item, … Continue reading

How To Take Great Photos for eBay

Now that you’ve got your hands on the best eBay camera it’s time to focus on how to use it to your advantage. You want to sell your Internet auction items for as much as possible and the best way to accomplish that is to display your products in the best light possible. Before I get into the hard-core digital photography dos and don’ts, I’d like to start with some very simple tips you should keep in mind prior to snapping your first pic. As my series of blogs on shooting great photos of eBay items continues I’ll go in-depth … Continue reading

Other Features You Want in an eBay Camera

Continuing my series on what to look for in a camera you intend to use to photograph items for eBay purposes today I’m wrapping up my list of ideal camera features and providing the names of specific brands to consider purchasing. So what are some other components you want to look for in a camera you plan to use to shoot online auction material? Take a look: Aperture Setting. Aperture refers to the lens opening. The ability to select a smaller lens opening allows you to achieve depth of field. Basically, you want a camera that is going to be … Continue reading

Choosing the Right eBay Camera

This blog doesn’t provide tips on how you can find a great camera on eBay. Rather, it provides advice on what features to look for in a camera you plan to use to photograph items to sell on eBay. If you have ever utilized the popular Internet auction site you know how important it is to have a high quality photo to illustrate your wares. Bottom line: The better the photo the better your chance of selling your item. Thankfully, advances in technology drastically reduce your need to have expert photography skills. These days most (if not all) digital cameras … Continue reading

My Two Favorite eBay Finds

I have sold items on eBay for several years now. I was fortunate enough to live down the street from a video store that got rid of their old VHS tapes for $2 each. I was able to find a lot of out of print VHS tapes that way and some sold for as much as $20 on eBay. But, I have my two favorite eBay success stories that I love to tell to other people. These great finds cost a total of $1, yet brought in over $500 on eBay. After my mother died, I grew up in my … Continue reading

Ways to Save on a Six Flags Staycation

It’s never a good day when travelers are actually excited to see gas prices hovering near $4. Three dollars and 89 cents for a gallon of unleaded–SCORE!! While the cost of gas has fallen slightly in the last couple weeks, from its highest levels since July 2008, Americans are still paying nearly a dollar more per gallon than a year ago. As a result, families from coast-to-coast continue to restructure their summer vacation plans in order to preserve their household budgets, and still have fun in the sun. That goes double for clans living in and around Chicago. According to … Continue reading

Scrapbooking Your Family Tree

During my genealogical research, I have accumulated quite a few old photos and heirlooms. Some I received from relatives, both near and far, and others I’ve had passed on to me specifically to include in my genealogy records. One elderly lady I met was so happy to give me some photos she had of my ancestors (who were also related to her in some manner) because she was afraid they would be thrown out after she died, since they didn’t have any meaning to her immediate family. I was honored to accept them. She passed away a few months ago. … Continue reading