Tips to Achieve Powerseller Status in eBay
EBay has close to 200 million members and is definitely one
of the most visible websites around. It is also the biggest and most profitable auction sites.
Of all the sellers on there, only 4 percent are designated as ‘PowerSeller’. Achieving and maintaining
PowerSeller status takes a combination of factors but most importantly, diligence and a proven record of successful
At the most basic of levels, achieving PowerSeller status
is nothing more than meeting eBay’s minimum requirements for PowerSeller, and the same goes for maintaining it.
EBay offers a range of discounts and benefits to PowerSellers – like special access to certain places – so many
sellers consider achieving PowerSeller as a very important achievement.
The truth is there is a lot more to achieving PowerSeller status than meeting eBay requirements. Here are some
tips on how to achieve this feat:
1. Understand PowerSeller requirements
• Acquaint yourself with eBay’s guidelines on achieving PowerSeller status. Unlike most other policies that
often change, PowerSeller rules have been fairly constant for some time. So, go to the ‘Selling Resources’ section
under ‘Seller Information Center’ and read and grasp those requirements.
• In the same regard, you need to familiarize yourself with the different PowerSeller tiers. There are six
tiers with Bronze as the lowest and Diamond the highest and, each tier carries its own set of benefits. Tiers are
classified according to sales volume in a given period, usually monthly.
2. Build good practices
• You should have impeccable customer service. All power sellers
have excelled in this aspect. Note that your feedback score on eBay is the key determinant of your
• Communicate with your customers and maintain the connection. Even if there’s a problem, a customer is
less likely to raise a complaint if you’ve been actively communicating.
• Focus on a single niche. This not only makes you become a trusted ‘expert’ on that particular product but
also makes listing, packing and shipping much easier.
• Be organized. As your sales volumes grow, plan to be more organized. It is extremely important to create
some kind of workflow because it minimizes the chances of breaching on-time shipping policies.
• Keep proper records of your auctions for tax
purposes, shipping receipts, plus a list of all your buyers and their addresses. Balance your books
3. Create listings that are professional
• Your photographs should look professional. Ensure that your photographs show all the details, including
any flaws. Remember, in case of a dispute, your photographs are considered part of your listing. Make the photos as
big as possible as the fees remain the same, irrespective of size.
• Keep ahead of competition by adding visuals – voice and video. A simple webcam can help to build trust
and rapport. Video also helps you to highlight those details you want potential buyers to see but would be
overlooked in a still photograph.
• Target peak periods to make your listings. You can schedule your listings for any start time just for ten
cents. Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings are generally regarded as peak buying times. Keep in mind that your
customer’s peak buying time may be different.
You can take it further by advertizing, hiring assistants to speed up your work and may be using ‘Dutch
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