nomis5 - 8:29 am on Dec 13, 2010 (gmt 0)
Watermark your pictures with your site URL! Agreed, I did that by accident and that drives traffic to my site.
To put the following in context, I sell only five or so high margin items on Ebay, it is not a main source of income but gives me a profit enough to make a difference.
The problem I had was the competition from Amazon not from other E-bayers. As far as I can tell Amazon tracks prices on Ebay (maybe I was being paranoic) and they adjust prices to be lower than Ebay ones. This seemed to happen more than once a day. I guess it must be an automated process.
On one item, over a three month period, I checked my price on Ebay against the Amazon price and lowered mine to always be slightly lower than the one on Amazon. On occasions I was selling at a loss. But bang, one day Amazon gave up selling the item at a silly low price and raised it to a price where I could sell lower than them but still make a good profit.
The other factor which made the whole exercise more profitable was becoming a Power Seller. That little badge against the sale item made a great difference.
I never send items registered mail, it is too expensive. I live near a Post Office and daily (sometimes more) I would take the items down there and ask for proof of postage. It is a free service and when an item is "lost" in the post I just send the proof of postage to the purchaser and ask them to claim back the cost of the lost item from the Post office. Just asking people if they want me to send them the proof of posting makes many of the claims evaporate into thin air.