Tips for Using eBay's Turbo Lister
Auction Software

copyright by Cheryl L. Coccaro

I am often asked what auction software I use for my eBay listings. I recommend that you download eBay's free product, Turbo Lister.

It's a selling tool that helps you create your listings and then upload them directly to eBay. The free part is downloading the auction software; you will still pay for all listing fees and any listing upgrades you choose.

Turbo Lister is compatible with most operating systems. You can download it directly to your computer from eBay's site and start creating listings in just a few minutes. You can choose to list your auction immediately or at a future date. You don't have to be online or connected to eBay while you create your auctions.

Turbo Lister helps sellers list several items at a time on eBay, quickly and easily. If you're unfamiliar with the auction software, you'll have a little learning to do as you use it, but I guarantee that once you get everything set up, you will find it fun and quite efficient.

Some of the selling tools offered within this auction software can save you a lot of time in the process of creating your listing. Imagine putting in text that can be reused and duplicated for many auctions with just a click of your mouse! This program is really a time saver!

eBay recommends using Turbo Lister for sellers who list many items. But I've found that I use it to list single items, because all the text I would need to retype is already done for me and saved within the setup.

If I want to make up an earring auction for a new earring I created, I just open up the program and select the Duplicate As button, and my earring listing is duplicated. A quick change to the title, text, earring materials used, size, price, insert the picture, and I'm done. In fact, you can even create Master Templates and just duplicate them as needed.

All of my payment, shipping fees and PayPal information has been duplicated for me, and my auctions are ready to upload to eBay. When I'm ready to list my items, Turbo Lister will connect with eBay, look for any program updates, and give me all the listing fees for that auction prior to listing. If you have omitted any necessary information, your auction will not upload. The auction software will notify you about the problem, the and editing that's needed.

Within the program, eBay offers many options that will cost you extra listing fees - templates, multiple pictures in many different views including regular size, slide show and enlarged. I believe that you should learn some basic HTML coding so you can create your own auction templates and host your own photos. This will give you more control over your auctions' appearance, and save you money on listing fees as well.

eBay offers IPIX Picture Service as a means of hosting your photos, and some of Turbo Lister's options have been pre selected by eBay to default to IPIX. So you'll need to be sure to change those options if you decide to list using HTML, use your own templates, and host your own photos.

In Turbo Lister you can choose your payment options. It's not necessary to use PayPal or the eBay checkout feature, although they are supported. I always select the PayPal feature and require immediate payment when using the Buy It Now feature.

I find that Turbo Lister is quick, easy and quite an efficient auction software. I recommend that you give it a try.

You can download Turbo Lister from the eBay website. Alternatively, you can install it using the Turbo Lister CD, which you can order from eBay.

For questions and more information about using Turbo Lister auction software for your listings, you can visit the Turbo Lister Discussion Board on eBay's website.

Cheryl Coccaro is the author of "Easy Internet Selling" and the creator of My Perfect Ear, a unique and eye-catching earring display.

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