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What to Expect at eBay Live!

An eBay insider offers tips to help you get the most out of eBay's annual conference.
June 20, 2005

In a previous column, I asked readers to write to me and let me know how they were dealing with the eBay fee increase that took effect earlier this year. Admittedly, I have a bunch of savvy readers: Most everyone took the rate increase in stride, made adjustments and went on with their business. Interestingly, since I applied my changes in February, my combined eBay and PayPal fees now hover at around 9 percent of my total sales. Not bad!

Kudos to one part-time eBay seller who decided to close her store. She waited a few months and then reopened her store--getting the first month free. She figures now she's even with the eBay fee increases.

As I write this, I'm planning my annual trek to the eBay Live! community conference. It's the annual eBay extravaganza that every eBay user should attend. This year it's to be held in San Jose, California, from June 23 through June 25. I know of no other event that's a nonstop, full-tilt, fun and education fest rolled into a few crazy days.

If you've never attended an eBay Live!, here's the type of thing you can look forward to doing:

One of my favorite features of eBay Live! is the camaraderie you feel with other attendees. Everyone's so friendly that all you have to do is start talking to the person standing next to you and you'll often find you've got plenty in common.

Besides the events and features I listed above, I thought I'd include some special tips from those in the know:

To get ready to play--or even if you're not attending eBay Live!--visit eBay's new secret "game area" and play Flippy Cards.

Also, many savvy exhibitors in the expo area will have special custom pins made just for eBay Live!, and they give them away from their booths. Often, these pins are in higher demand than some of the eBay pins.

In next month's column, I'll fill you in on all the exciting things that went on at the 2005 eBay Live! I hope to meet many of you there, so please stop me and say hi. This year's eBay Live should be the best ever!