Another Option: Software Tools
Many eBay sellers prefer to manage their auctions offline, on
their own timewithout being tied to a single service. If you're more of a
do-it-yourself kind of seller, you might want to check out some of the software
programs designed to help you manage the eBay auction process. Here's a short
list of programs for your consideration:
All My Auctions (www.rajeware.com/auction/), $39.95. This is a basic auction
management software program; it includes template-based listing creation, live
auction management (including the ability to track competitors' auctions),
end-of-auction email notification, and report generation.
Auction Wizard 2000 (www.auctionwizard2000.com), $75/year, $50 annual renewal. This
full-featured software offers many of the same tools you find at the large
auction management sites, including inventory management, bulk listing creation,
end-of-auction emails, bulk feedback posting, and the like.
AuctionSage (www.auctionsagesoftware.com), $29.95/3 months, $49.95/6
months, $79.95/year. This is software for posting and managing eBay auction
transactions, including sending buyer emails and leaving bulk feedback.
$22.95/month, $149.95/year. AuctionTamer is an all-in-one auction management
software program for both sellers and bidders. For sellers, it lets you create
auction listings, schedule delayed auction listings, manage your live auctions,
send post-auction emails, and print shipping labels.
Shooting Star (www.foodogsoftware.com), $60. Shooting Star is a program
designed to manage the end-of-auction process. It uses what it calls a "workflow
system" to move you through various post-auction operations, including email
notification. (Note that a new version 3 of Shooting Star is in the works, which
will have more featuresand a $120 price.)
The sites listed here are just the most popular of the many
auction management services available today. There are also higher-end sites,
such as Marketworks (www.marketworks.com) and Zoovy (www.zoovy.com), that help
integrate eBay auctions with larger e-commerce sites; there are also several
less-expensive sites, such as ManageAuctions (www.manageauctions.com)
and Trak Auctions (www.jwcinc.net) that offer a more limited set of services. You
should visit the eBay Solutions Directory (solutions.ebay.com) to see
all the third-party companies offering eBay auction management
As with the web-based auction management tools, make sure you
try out any of these programs before you buy.