Learn to earn, yearn with eBay

FREMONT Have an attic full of antique teapots? Or are you looking for that Superman l
Sarah Weber
May 24, 2010

FREMONT

Have an attic full of antique teapots?

Or are you looking for that Superman lunch box you had as a kid?

The popular online auction site eBay might be the answer, and Terra Community College is taking applications for fall classes on buying and selling.

Launched in 1995, eBay is an online phenomenon, netting $7.67 billion in revenue in 2007 alone. Colleges and libraries across the country jumped onto the craze, offering classes to  people looking to tap into the online giant’s potential as a way to save money, make money and find elusive collectibles.

Terra instructor Gary Hotz walks students through the ins and outs of using eBay in his three, three-hour classes.

Lessons include how to set up an account, post an item, write a description, research prices and protect personal information.

Hotz said he has been using eBay for more than a decade, and the site has added many new applications and rules.

“I want them to understand what kind of an animal they are tackling,” Hotz said. “It’s not a Mickey Mouse operation anymore. It’s big business.”

Hotz said one of the first things he teaches students is they are unlikely to become millionaires overnight.

He said being a successful seller on eBay includes a lot of luck, patience and research. Hotz said he uses the Web site mainly as a hobby, buying and selling Matchbox cars and postcards he collects.

“You never know,” Hotz said. “Sometimes I’ll put something up and not get a single bid, and then a month later you might get two or three people bidding on it, and you get big bucks on it.”

Kris Perry, who coordinates non-credit programs at Terra, said the eBay classes should be popular.

“It’s such a big site. It’s really easier if somebody who has used it before helps you navigate,” he said.

People can register for the classes “How to Buy on eBay,” “How to Take Photos for eBay” and “How to Sell on eBay” individually or in combination, Perry said. The classes on buying (6-9 p.m. Sept. 24) and taking photos (6-9 p.m. Oct 1) cost $29 each. The class on selling (6-9 p.m. Oct. 8, 15 and 22) costs $79.

Students may take all three classes for $109. Classes will be at the Kern Center at Terra Community College, 2830 Napoleon Road, Fremont.

For information or to register call 419-559-2255.