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eBay: The Missing Manual by Nancy Conner

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Become a PowerSeller

PowerSeller is the designation eBay gives its best sellers—the superheroes of the eBay universe. As you ramp up your eBay sales, you might be able to join their elite ranks.

This section describes how to qualify for PowerSeller status, what the program offers, and a couple of surprising reasons why some sellers choose not to participate in this popular program.

Join the Big Leagues

There's no charge to become a PowerSeller, but you do have to measure up in terms of sales, feedback, and customer satisfaction. Here's what you need to become a PowerSeller:

  • An eBay registration at least 90 days old.

  • Average sales of at least $1, 000 per month for three months in a row.

  • A total of 100 or more feedbacks with a 98 percent positive rating.

  • An account in good standing.

When your account satisfies these criteria, eBay invites you to become a PowerSeller; you don't have to do anything. You get a nifty PowerSeller logo to stick next to your eBay ID and add to your auction pages, along with some other benefits (Section 7.6.2).

Warning

One kind of scam making the rounds is a fake invitation to become a PowerSeller, providing a link you click to "accept" the invitation. In fact, the link leads to a phony Web site that tries to collect details about you and your eBay account. Don't become a victim. Forward any suspicious emails to spoof@ebay.com. If you think the invitation is genuine, log in to eBay, go to your My eBay page, and check your messages. Official eBay communications appear ...

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