How Many Shoes Are in This Man's Closet?
EBay's high-volume sellers, known as "power sellers," are a colorful lot.
Consider Edwin Dodson, who let out a belly shriek Tuesday when U.S. postmaster general John Potter announced that the Postal Service is releasing a new priority-mail shoebox available for free to eBay sellers.
"Oh, break my heart, man!" Dodson cried, raising one fist in glee.
The Claysburg, Pa., resident (who goes by "edskis2" on eBay) sells shoes on eBay from his home -- hundreds of pairs each week. He still has a day job but is planning to make eBay a full-time gig when he retires. Dodson came to the convention and spent time hanging out with a new buddy he met on the eBay message boards a few months ago, Jason Smith of Tulsa.
"I'm a pretty happy eBay seller," said Smith, who earns a full-time living selling auto accessories on eBay under the name "chasnjason.'' He said he loves eBay partly because the sellers and buyers he meets are down to earth. "They all seem so genuine," he said, adding, "I came to the convention last year, too. This year I'm noticing there are lot more young people. ''
Then there was Cindy Sorley of Layton, Utah, who walked around the exhibit floor in a dazzling shawl a friend had knitted for her in eBay's colors of yellow, green, blue and red. Her selling ID is "bubbacandance"-- which has little to do with the needlepoint merchandise she sells.
Sorley seemed passionate about her eBay business, which she ramped up two years ago after closing her brick-and-mortar needlework shop. She said she likes the site, even though its tools are glitchy and don't always work for her.
"I am doing better financially now. Plus, I am home with my 4-year-old. It's great."
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