How to Link Your Domain Name to eBay

eBay is an online marketplace for buyers and sellers to conduct auctions and buy and sell items and services. It is the largest online auction site in the world. Many sellers are professional and have eBay stores. A seller may wish to give his eBay business a more professional image with a private domain name, that links directly to his member page or eBay store. This gives the appearance of a more proprietary brand for the seller, particularly if the domain name and the seller ID name match.

Instructions

  1. Register a domain name for your eBay store from a reputable domain name registrar such as GoDaddy. For branding purposes and easier memorability, try to register a domain name that matches your eBay user ID. You must register the domain with a registrar that allows domain name forwarding. With domain forwarding, customers will be redirected to your eBay store when they type in your domain.
  2. Log into your registrar’s control panel using the user ID and domain name the registrar gave you upon registration.
  3. Find the domain forwarding options in the dashboard for your domain name’s control panel. The appearance of your domain’s control panel can vary widely depending on the registrar with which you registered. Try to find an option that reads “DNS settings” or “Forwarding and Parking.” It may also say something like “Domain Aliases” or “Domain Masking.” Click until you get to the screen that asks you to input to what site you’d like your domain to forward.
  4. Enter your eBay profile or eBay store URL in the field provided in the domain forwarding screen. The syntax for this URL is “http://www.stores.ebay.com/your_store_ID” without quotes. Replace “your_store_ID” with your unique eBay store ID. If you want your domain to just forward to your eBay profile, type “http://myworld.ebay.com/your_eBay_ID” without quotes. Replace “your_eBay_ID” with your unique eBay member name. You can also forward the domain to your current list of items for sale, by copying and pasting the “Items for sale” link in your member profile.
  5. Save your settings in your domain control panel. Once your domain registrar has processed your request, which can take as little as five minutes or as long as 72 hours, your domain name will now to your eBay account.

How to Save Money on Amazon.com

The Amazon.com website is already a mecca for bargain hunters of everything from books to bacon, office equipment to origami supplies. Routinely discounted prices aside, there are other ways you can save money on Amazon, keeping even more of your hard earned money in your pocket. Read on to learn more.

Instructions

  1. Search for coupon codes online to save money. There are numerous coupon code websites that often include entire lists of coupon codes for featured items. The coupon codes can be for everything from a percent off a certain item to free shipping. Examples of coupon websites are Deal Catcher and Secret Coupons.
  2. Spend at least $25 on eligible items on the Amazon.com website, and you qualify for free super saver shipping. Super saver shipping takes a few extra days to ship, and the shipping time is usually longer than regular shipping. But if you’re not in a rush to get your items, this is a great way to save money on Amazon.com.
  3. Take advantage of special promotions on Amazon.com to save money, including free items with the purchase of a qualifying item, multi-item discounts and best value discounts.
  4. Buy a Gold Box Deal to save money on Amazon.com. For example, Deal of the Day is an item or collection of related items on sale for one day only. Lightning Deals is another example of Gold Box Deals in which discount prices are offered on items for which there is limited stock. The deal is good for four hours or until the item sells out.

How to Find Items on eBay for One Cent

If you love bargains and you enjoy online shopping, eBay is an ideal place to hunt for bargains. By using the search tools available within the eBay website, you can quickly narrow your searches to find items within your price range—even if your prince range is one cent. Bargain hunters can easily scout out the affordable deals and find items with auctions that begin at one cent.

Instructions

  1. Visit ebay.com and click the “Advanced Search” option near the top of the page to the right of the search field.
  2. Scroll down through the search settings and find the “Price” heading.
  3. Place a checkmark to the left of “Show Items Priced From…” and then enter “.01” in the first field and “.02” in the second field. Click “Search.”
  4. View the categories to narrow your search. Choose a category heading and then click on any subheading to refine your search.
  5. Click “Advanced Search” again near the top of the page to the right of the “Search” button.
  6. Repeat Step 3 to search for items within your chosen subcategory that are one cent.
  7. Scroll down the list of items that available for one cent. Sort the item list by “Best Match” or “Time Ending” to see the items you find the most interesting.
  8. Click on any listing to view the details of the listing and decide whether you want to purchase the item.

How to Use Amazon for Online Shopping

With over 230 million active customer accounts, the online giant, Amazon, is the most popular online store at the time of publication, and even ranks as one of the ten most popular websites on the entire Internet. Even if Amazon’s own warehouses don’t have what you’re looking for, one of its third-party Marketplace sellers might — though potentially at a high price. Whether you want to shop from Amazon directly or in the Marketplace, head to Amazon’s website to start browsing the shelves.

Find an Item

  • Amazon’s home page provides three methods to start finding and buying items. The front page itself shows off featured items, and once the site starts learning your tastes, it will display products based on your history. To find a specific item, type in the search bar at the top of the page. Press “Enter” to search the entire catalog, or select from the drop-down menu set automatically to “All” to search a specific category, which also enables the “Refine” capability for more specific results. If you’d rather just window shop, click “Shop by Department,” to pick a section to browse.

Make an Account and Check Out

  • As you come across items you want, click “Add to Cart” to save them. If you’re undecided, add it anyway and you can always take it out of the cart later. When you’re done, click the “Cart” button at the top of any Amazon page and select “Proceed to Checkout.” Your first purchase includes creating an account. When Amazon prompts you to log in, enter your email address, choose “I Am a New Customer” and fill in your personal info. You’ll also need to enter a credit card to complete your purchase. If you haven’t shopped online before, the prospect of giving out your card number might seem intimidating, but online stores use encryption to prevent hackers from stealing your information. To stay safe on Amazon, just as with any other site, never give out your password, keep up-to-date anti-virus software on your computer and watch your bill for unexpected charges. Some credit card companies also provide one-time use numbers for shopping online — check your card company’s website to see if it offers this feature.

Shop on the Amazon Marketplace

  • Many items on Amazon come from third-party sellers on the Marketplace, indicated by a “Sold by” line near the “Add to Cart” button. If both Amazon and third-party sellers offer the item, the large “Add to Cart” button buys from Amazon, and you’ll see a few alternative “Add to Cart” buttons with different prices and a link to a full list of used and new versions of the product. Marketplace sellers set their own prices, so you might find a great discount on a used item, or come across a rare, discontinued product that’s only for sale at a collector’s price. Even when buying from another seller, Amazon itself handles your payment, so you don’t need to worry about your credit card information leaking out.

    One important caveat about the Marketplace is that unlike eBay, sellers do not control their own shipping costs, and therefore cannot provide a shipping discount if you buy multiple items. Also note that some product pages include ad links to items sold on other websites, which are not affiliated with the Amazon Marketplace.

Return an Item

  • If your new dress doesn’t fit right or a gadget arrives broken, Amazon accepts returns on most sales within 30 days of delivery. In general, third-party sellers offer the same policy, although you’ll usually have to pay for return shipping to the seller unless the seller advertises free returns, whereas Amazon often provides a prepaid shipping label for its own returns. The cost of the return may be subtracted from the refund if the item was returned for some other reason than Amazon’s mistake.

    To start a return, visit the Returns Center, press “Return Items” and pick a product. A few types of items, such as groceries and high-priced goods, carry different return policies, which you can check on the return policy page.

Save With Amazon Prime

  • Amazon’s Prime subscription service costs $99 per year and provides free two-day shipping on items purchased from Amazon that display the “Prime” logo. Prime includes free shipping on Marketplace items that sellers opt to have delivered via Amazon’s warehouse, but not on most third-party purchases. Even without Prime, orders over $35 include free basic shipping, but Prime can save you a good amount on shipping if you frequently place small orders or need items delivered quickly. In addition, Prime includes extras such as Prime Instant Video, a streaming video service similar to Netflix, Prime Music, which provides free streaming music, and the ability to borrow one Kindle e-book per month from the Amazon Kindle Lending Library. To start a subscription, click “Your Prime” at the top of any Amazon page.

How to Start an Amazon aStore

Instructions

  1. Join the Amazon Associates Program and become an affiliate. (See Resources for a link.)
  2. Sign into your affiliate account and select “aStore” from the menu toolbar at the top of the page.
  3. Select the products you want to sell in your store. You can include specific products or search by keyword for recommendations. Pick as many items as you want.
  4. Group your items into categories. Using categories makes it easier for people to find what they want. An aStore selling women’s shoes can have categories such as “boots” and “athletic.” An aStore selling video games can include categories like “action” and “role playing.”
  5. Select and customize a theme. Pick the color of the page background and text. Decide which font you want to use. Optionally, name your aStore and upload a logo for the header.
  6. Click “Finish and get link” when you’re happy with your aStore. Use the link to embed the aStore into your blog or website.