FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: October 21, 2005

Contact: Sharron Donnahoe (627 -4512)

HCC's Small Business Center offers eBay Workshop

The Small Business Center of Haywood Community College will offer a free seminar entitled "eBay Your Way to Success: Selling Items on eBay" Tuesday, November 1, from 6-9 p.m. at the Regional High Technology Center in the Waynesville Industrial Park. More than 724,000 Americans report that eBay is their primary or secondary source of income. In addition to these professional eBay sellers, another 1.5 million individuals say they supplement their income be selling on eBay. In the first six months of 2005, eBay members in the U.S. sold merchandise worth approximately $10.6 billion. This workshop is a great seminar for the "dabbler" or the entrepreneur wanting to make eBay a primary marketing tool. During this fast-paced session, learn best practices to use when setting up an account, advertising items for sale, taking payments, and shipping. Topics will include eBay features and policies, registering an account, choosing formats and categories, writing descriptions that sell, taking and submitting photos, using the help section, feedback, using PayPal, and shipping tips. The presenter is Nick Hawks of Ararat, NC. Hawks is a former owner of Mayberry Antiques Mall and has over 20 years experience of buying and selling antiques and collectibles, with over 8 years selling on eBay. For more information or to pre-register for this free seminar, call the Small Business Center at 627-4512.