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Paying with Paypal

March 31st, 2006

Paying with Paypal

– submitted by Amy Shearer of Journal Modiste

Paypal is the number payment method on eBay. You can pay for your auction wins using a credit card, debit card or instant transfer from your checking account using Paypal. A lot of sellers only accept Paypal so it is important to decide if you want to sign up. There are no fees for you to purchase items but there are fees if you decide you want to start selling on eBay.


There are three types of accounts to choose from:


1. Personal Account: This is a great account if you primarily buy items on eBay. With this account you can not accept debit or credit card payments (you can still pay this way). If you choose this account and later decide you want to start selling items on eBay you can always upgrade to a different account.


2. Premier Account: You can accept debit and credit card payments with this account but you will incur fees. The fees are listed on the Paypal site. This account is for those that buy and sell on eBay.


3. Business Account: If you start a bona-fide business you will want this account. It has all
the features of a Premier account and more.


Once you decide on an account, it is time to register.


Registering


1. Click here to go to paypal and find Sign Up. Select the Country you live in. Fill in all the information. Read and accept the User Agreement and click continue.


2. Check your email. Paypal will send you a confirmation link. Click it to activate your account.


3. You will probably want to enter in a bank account so you can transfer funds to Paypal. Also make sure to enter in a credit card number. It will take a few days to confirm your bank account.


Now you are done! Congrats and welcome to the wonderful world of online payments. Before you get started searching for the handmade outfits you see here, be sure to read Buying Guidelines.


To make a payment:


There are 4 types of payment methods in Paypal. Instant Transfer, Credit Card/Debit Card, E-Check and Funded.


  • Instant Transfer: Paypal will first check to see if you have a balance in your account and use that first. They will then initiate a transfer from your bank account into your paypal account. Your seller will be paid
    immediately. If you don’t have the funds in your checking account, they will bill your credit card.

  • Credit Card/Debit Card: You must choose this option when paying. There will be a small link that says “More Funding Options “. Click that and you
    will be able to choose Credit Card.

  • E-Check: This is a transfer from your bank account to the sellers Paypal account. This will take a few days.

  • Funded: If you have money in your Paypal account than you can simply pay for the auction.

Once you win an item you will receive an email from the seller with the payment information. Click on the link in their email or go directly to Paypal and select Send Money. You will be able to fill out all the auction information.


Important


There are a few important security tips I would like to share with you. There are unscrupulous people on eBay that like to prey on newbies. They will send you an email that will look just like an email from Paypal and say that your account has been suspended, your credit card has expired, etc. These are called Spoof emails. DO NOT CLICK ON ANY LINK IN THOSE EMAILS! If you do, then they can get your login information and place bids on your behalf or sell fraudulent items for you. You will be stuck with the negative feedback and the bill.


Any emails from Paypal will address you by your name or your user id. Fraud emails will begin Dear paypal user or something vague. If you every have any questions about whether an email is from Paypal or is just a spoof forward the email to spoof@paypal.com and they will look at it and determine if it is from them or not and email you back to let you know.

©2005. Article is the property of Journal Modiste and may not be reproduced
without express written consent.

Getting Started on eBay

March 31st, 2006

Getting Started on eBay

Article submitted by Amy Shearer of Journal Modiste

Bid, Buy or Sell on eBay!

eBay has made it really easy to register an account with them. Just follow these steps and you will soon be doing it the eBay way!

You will need to register on eBay before placing a bid.


1. Click here to Register
Select Register from the top menu. Fill in all the information. Read and accept the User Agreement and click continue.


2. Choose a user id:


Now you must choose a User ID. A user id is your unique eBay name. Choose a name that
reflects you or your interests or hobbies, like "I*grow*tomatoes" or

"1HotMama". Your first choice will most likely be taken (due to the 3 million ebayers) so be flexible and come up with a list. This is probably the most frustrating part of the sign-up.


Your user id must contain letters or numbers and be more than two characters long. You can’t
have your email address as your user id nor any profanity (believe me people have tried). You can’t have a big corporations name in your user id like "Starbucks4me" or "I*Spend*Too*Much*Money*At*Target*Sales". Likewise you can’t use the word eBay in your user id.


Please remember you can only choose a new name every 30 days so choose wisely. Once your id is chosen a "new" icon will appear beside it. This just tells other eBayers you are new and will disappear after 30 days.


3. Choose a password. You will use this and your user id when signing into ebay and placing bids.


4. If you entered a free email account such as hotmail, yahoo, msn, etc, eBay will ask for a credit card. They need this to verify your identity and help keep fraud to a minimum. If you don’t want eBay to have your credit card number than you will need to enter an email address from a company or an internet service provider you pay.


5. Check your email. eBay will send you a confirmation link. Click it to activate your account.


If you want more information about buying on eBay, to listen to audio tours and to place a practice bid (very cool!), go here: http://pages.ebay.com/education/buying.html


Now you are done! Congrats and welcome to the wonderful world of eBay. Before you get
started searching for the handmade outfits you see here, be sure to read Paying with Paypal. and Buying Guidelines


Important


There are a few important security tips I would like to share with you. There are unscrupulous people on eBay that like to prey on newbies. They will send you an email that will look just like an email from eBay and say that your account has been suspended, your credit card has expired, etc. These are called Spoof emails. DO NOT CLICK ON ANY LINK IN THOSE EMAILS! If you do, then they can get your login information and place bids on your behalf or sell fraudlent items for you. You will be stuck with the negative feedback and the bill.


Any emails from eBay will address you by your name or your user id. Fraud emails will begin Dear ebay user or something vague. If you every have any questions about whether an email is from eBay or is just a spoof forward the email to spoof@ebay.com and eBay will look at it and determine if it is from them or not and email you back to let you know.


Feedback


When buying, alway look a sellers feedback. Feedback is the rating other eBayers have given the seller based on their performance for the transaction. +1 point is given for each positive comment, 0 points if the transaction was neutral and -1 for a negative comment. Obviously the higher the percentage of positive feedbacks the more you can pretty much trust the seller. But use your common sense when bidding and ask the seller questions before bidding.


©2005. Article is the property of Journal Modiste and may not be reproduced
without express written consent.

How to Spot a Quality Product in the Children’s Boutique World –

October 20th, 2005

How to Spot a Quality Product in the Children’s Boutique World – Submitted by Debbie Peasley bridgetandco
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In searching through all the beautiful designs in the Ebay Boutique World, how can you tell if you are getting a quality product? Presentation is key to getting a buyers attention and the design itself can be phenomenal, but how does a person know if the item is of top quality. The bidding may be high, the price may be high ““ does that tell someone that the item is top quality ““ not necessarily. The seller can have 100% feedback and you still can’t be sure that the product is high quality. From a seamstress point of view, I will try to point out some of the things to look for to make sure you are getting an outfit worthy of your bid.

We all love to look at the sweet children modeling outfits, but you have to look past this. Does the outfit fit the child properly? A good seamstress will make sure that her outfit fits the model. Not all sellers use models and this does not mean that they aren’t quality outfits. Really look at the design as it is displayed. There should be pictures of the front of the outfit and the back of an outfit. The front could look fabulous, but you need to see the back as well. There doesn’t need to be an overwhelming amount of pictures to sell an outfit.

Look at the close up detail pictures of the outfit. If there are no close-ups, email the seller and request them. When looking at these pictures look for straight top stitching. If the outfit has a collar, make sure it lines up properly. I have seen outfits that button up with a collar and the collar doesn’t line up properly. Ruffles on outfits should be of consistent gathering. Side seams should line up where skirts are attached to bodices on dresses. Back seams on dresses should line up ““ zippers need to line up at the top and on the back seam. Make sure your plaids line up and if an outfit is lined, make sure the lining isn’t rolling to the outside of the garment. Look for stripes to line up properly. Seams should be properly finished to prevent fraying when washed. You can look for “serged seams” or “French seams”.

How can you tell if the fabric is quality fabric. Many designers will disclose the designer of the fabric. For example: Hannah Bella by Robyn Pandolph. Many designers use quality cotton fabrics and will disclose this in an auction. If a fabric content is not listed, you may want to contact the designer to find out the content of the fabric as well as the washing/care instructions. Not all fabrics are the same and they will not wash and wear the same. Make sure the care instructions are something you can live with. If you have a two year old toddler, a dry clean only outfit may not be the way to go. Designers use various fabrics to create designs. From vintage to shower curtains and even curtains have been recycled as a child’s outfit. All are very creative and beautiful. If in doubt, ask the designer.

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