|Fri June 20 2008 09:53:17|
eBay Live Attendee Profiles
By: Greg Holden
If you have been to eBay Live, you've seen people walking around with long "tails" attached to their name badges. The tails consist of ribbons that eBay hands out with phrases like "First year at eBay Live!", "100% Positive Feedback," and "I bid therefore I am." I stopped a couple who were sporting some particularly long tails. Dave Diaz and Char Williams sell on eBay through the Wooden Indian pawn shop in Ohio. "We sell everything from vehicles to Barbie dolls," Char said. "The best thing you get out of eBay live is the people," said Char. "It's also fun because you get to see all the vendors and learn about tools. I just found out about Auctiva, for instance." I asked if they were concerned about the feedback system in which buyers can leave negative comments for them. "It's a concern, but it isn't a problem yet," she added.
Stew Gibb, who hails from Winnepeg, Canada, came to eBay Live for the warmer weather (something you don't usually think about in connection with Chicago) and to take a break from 16-hour days selling used car parts on the auction site. "I want to be refreshed," he says. "Doing eBay at home, I am pretty much alone. There are 10000 of my closest friends here. We finish each other's sentences. This is rejuvenation for me. And it'll give me a push to go back and work harder." Stew was looking forward to a Canadian breakfast eBay was hosting for those north of the border, to be held later.
Greg Holden, who lives in Chicago, is an online business consultant and the author of eight books about eBay, including "How to Do Everything with Your eBay Business," second edition, and "Secrets of the eBay Millionaires," both published by Osborne-McGraw Hill. Find out more on Greg's Web site and blog, http://www.gregholden.com.