Serious eBay sellers often turn to third-party software programs to streamline buying and selling, and to manage their eBay stores. Here are some of the more popular third-party software titles for eBay users.
Market Research Wizard can help you research competition and demand for a product by typing in three words describing the product you want to sell. Within a few minutes, the program analyzes how much demand there is on the internet for that product, how much competition you will be up against, and what kind of advertising others are using to sell that product. Market Research Wizard then compiles recommendations on whether you should try to sell that product online.
Auction Eagle is a free software program that monitors eBay auctions, instantly notifying buyers whenever they have been outbid or when an auction ends. Sellers can monitor how many bids their items have, current prices, highest bidders, and how much time remains for up to 200 auctions at a time.
Auction Lizard can help you create high-quality, professional-looking auction listings. It creates your listing, provides the code to paste into your auction description, and saves a copy of the listing. Auction Lizard is suitable for all auction services including Lycos, Yahoo!, Amazon, eBay, and many others.
Auction Messenger Professional, which operates from your Windows task tray, monitors eBay whenever you want it to by logging into your eBay account, retrieving your buying and selling activity, and displaying it for you to quickly review. When you are ready, click on an auction item and Auction Messenger Professional will take you directly to that page with its integrated Internet browser.
AuctionSherlock scans eBay’s past and current auctions and returns relevant statistics for you. It pinpoints red-hot products and what products are duds, helps you determine pricing for your items, recommends which auction format to use, and tracks eBay trends over time.
HammerTap Software offers an entire suite of auction research software, including programs to manage your inventory, calculate your auction fees, find new selling opportunities, and much more.
EAuction Watcher lets you manage all your auctions from one location. Many online auction sites are supported including eBay, Amazon.com, and Yahoo!.
ELister for Mac lets you create your auction listings, offline at your own convenience. Listings created with eLister can be submitted to eBay from within the eLister application whenever you are ready to start your auctions.
EZAd makes it easy to create colorful listings with pictures and colored backgrounds using multiple font styles and sizes.
In addition to an auction composer, Shooting Star features the ability to track hundreds of current bids, email bidders and buyers, and keep track of how much money you have bid.
Sold! automatically retrieves all information for current and completed auctions, tracks costs, sends automated emails, prepares and posts feedback, and tracks the status of your auctions. Sold! can even bid for you when you are not available. SpoonFeeder generates auction listings using advanced template technology, helping you list more items in less time.
For a complete list of software applications that are guaranteed to be compliant with eBay, visit the Third Party Services section of eBay’s Layout