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Teen Boss Unofficial Guide: The Smart Way To Buy On EBay

With over 100 million registered users worldwide, EBay remains the world’s top online auction site for people to buy and sell goods. EBay’s reputation for having just about any item you could think of is probably what has kept it afloat for the past decade. Shortly after the company’s reputation as an online marketplace was secured, the countless number of books and guides on “how to become a millionaire just by selling on EBay” started pouring in. While those books do have great tips on how to make money (and maybe even an income), there is an even better way to put money back into your wallet – saving your money.

Since TeenBoss is dedicated to helping you make and save money, here is a comprehensive guide on how to get the lowest possible price on the product you want.

Tip #1: Gift Cards Are The Key To Getting What You Want

Gift Cards are without a doubt one of the best presents you can receive from someone as a gift. Why? Because they can be used towards any item in the store, and in most cases the online store too! However, what a lot of people don’t realize is that you can also buy gift cards from EBay sellers. In most cases, you will find that you can purchase them for much less than you would expect.

For example, instead of buying an $100 wireless speaker from Best Buy, search EBay for a $100 Amazon gift card and see what kind of deal you can get. Often times, sellers will put their gift cards on auction, so you can bid as much or as little as you want to pay for it. So before you buy an expensive item, check on EBay to see if you can get a gift card for the same retailer, that can go towards your purchase.

Tip #2: Use The Refined Search Features

In the past few years or so, EBay has shifted its focus to the buyers by creating tools in an effort to make it easier to find items and purchase it at the price you want. As a buyer, the refined search feature is the best way to make sure you get exactly what you want. Here are the tools you need to get the best results:

1. Category

Categories will make the biggest difference for your search. Just by picking ‘Portable Audio & Headphones’ you will limit your search from 20,000 results to 10,000 items. From there, continue narrowing your search until you see what you are looking for. Keep in mind that you do not want to get too specific with your search, because sellers often times have an item that can fit into more than one category. A rule of thumb is to narrow your search by no more than 3 categories.

2. Location

Limiting your search by location can do wonders, and save you a lot of time and hassle. International shipping can be a real pain, so if you live in the US narrow your search to ‘US only’. This way you aren’t getting items from China, that are either non-returnable or too expensive to send back.

3. Brand and Condition

This should go without saying, but if you want new portable speakers from Jawbone, then tell that to the search engine. Don’t settle for less than what you want. Of course, if you can’t find what you want, loosen the search restrictions on the brand or condition.

4. Price

This is probably my favorite refined search tool. EBay allows you to say how much you are willing to pay for an item. If you don’t want to pay more than $50 for speakers, then define your search in those terms. Personally, I always go $20-$50 more than my maximum price so that I can see the options, but in those cases I sort the search by ascending price (lowest to highest).

Tip #3: The Sort Tool Is Your Friend

The sort tool is by far, the best way to find what you are looking for price-wise. If the item I wanted to buy was a Jawbone Wireless Speaker (new or like-new), I would define my search using the steps outlined in Tip #2. Then I would arrange my results depending on whether I was looking at Buy It Now or Auction Listings.

1. For Buy It Now Listings Sort By Lowest Price First

Your goal is to get the item you want for the lowest price, so arrange your results so that you see the sellers offering what you want for the best deal.

2. For Auction Listings Sort By Time Ending Soon

For auctions, the best time to get what you want is at the last possible second, where you can throw in your last bid. By first narrowing your search by price, sorting it this way will allow you to quickly locate the item you want for a price already under the maximum amount you are willing to spend. The only thing you want to make sure of, is that you are the last person who puts in a bid. If you do that, you get exactly what you want for a price that you chose!

Final Thoughts

Hopefully these tips and tricks will help you get exactly what you want, and in turn, save you some money! If you liked this article, share it with your friends and family. For updates Follow @TeenBoss101 on Twitter and Like The Teen Boss Facebook Page.



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How To Make Money With Url Shorteners

Aside from allowing you to finish your tweet without going over the 140 character limit, there are other benefits to using shortened Urls. A short Url will allow you to easily share your links, they can track data and how many people have clicked on your link, and now they can make you money!

I love finding new ways to make money, so you can imagine how happy I was to find out that shortening Urls could provide me with extra spending money, without having to spend too much time or effort. Now, how would you make money by shortening your Urls?

The same way YouTube Partners get paid for every person who clicks the ‘Skip Ad’ button, companies will pay you for every click your link generates. The amount of money you get paid will of course vary depending on which website you use to shorten your Url, but there are a few websites that I think offer the most benefits. If you know of more Url shorteners, comment below or tweet me @TeenBoss101 and I will check it out!

1. AdFly

AdFly is an amazing Url shortener that will not only shorten your Url and give you real time statistics on how many people click on your link, but it will also pay you for every time someone clicks on it. On top of that, if you refer people you will get 20% of whatever they earn. If you know of anyone who would want to be an advertiser, you can refer them and make 5% of every advertising order they make.

AdFly counts the number of views every 24 hours so if you get 1000 views per day, you will earn (currently) $3.75 but lets say you only get 100 views in 24 hours, that 100 views would carry over until you get 1000 views. The cool part about this is that, from my understanding, is that if you get 1000 new visitors, you would earn $8.17. Payments are made to PayPal, Payza, and Payoneer in monthly installments and require a $5 minimum (Payoneer is $10) in your AdFly account before you can withdraw any money. You can withdraw daily, if you have been a member for over 1 month, and you have reached the $5 cashout limit.

Payout Rate Per 1000 Views: $3.75

Payout Rate Per 1000 Visitors: $8.16

Minimum Withdrawal Amount: $5.00

Register for a free AdFly account and start turning your links into cash.

2. Shorte.st

Becoming a Shortener is almost identical to joining AdFly but Shorte.st is relatively new, so not many people are using it which is a great advantage! What I really like about Shorte.st is that the layout of the website is very user friendly and easy to navigate. Like AdFly, you will get 20% commission from the money your referrals make, plus you can add banners to your website and earn money for every click your banner receives. For every 1000 views you will earn $3.75 and payments are made every month to PayPal and Payoneer.

Payout Rate Per 1000 Views: $3.75

Minimum Withdrawal Amount: $5.00 ($20.00 for Payoneer)

Register here for a free Shorte.st account.

3. Snip.ps

This is another website that specializes in shortening your Urls. They offer a 20% commission rate for every click your referral gets on their shortened links. The payout rate depends on the content of the destination website, so if the shortened link leads to a high traffic website, advertisers will pay you at a higher rate. The great thing about Snip.ps is that there is no minimum payout rate, so you will get paid via PayPal every 1st of the month.

Payout Rate: Depends on the linked website

Minimum Withdrawal Amount: No minimum via Paypal ($10.00 via Check)

Register for Snip.ps and start earning money now.

4. ReduceInk

I really like this website for their statistics on who clicks on each link. Aside from getting paid for each click, it will tell you how many clicks you got each day, each month, where your visitors are coming from, and which links are generating the most clicks. They offer a 25% commission rate for the earnings your referral generates, in addition to the $3.10 payout rate. There is a $5 minimum withdrawal that will be paid via PayPal.

Payout Rate: $3.10

Minimum Withdrawal Amount $5.oo

Register for a free account with ReduceInk now, and start earning money.

Conclusion (Tips on How To Maximize Your Profit)

All 4 websites are amazing and offer competitive payout rates. I encourage you to give each website a try to see which one you like the most and can offer you the most profit. I personally do not have a favorite but, I can say that using them in combinations is very helpful. For example, ReduceInk has a lower payout rate but a high commission rate, so you use that for your referrals while using any other website for your links. You could even use all 4 for your links, and really maximize your profits!

Another way to make more money, is to shorten every link you share with one of these services. If you want to share a video with your family on Facebook, shorten the link before sharing the video. If you link a picture to one of your tweets, shorten the link. If you want to share this article with your family and friends, shorten the link! It only takes you 10 seconds to shorten the link, and make some easy cash. Try these websites out and let me know what you think! If you liked this article, share it with your friends and family (with a shortened link!), subscribe to this blog, and follow me on Twitter @TeenBoss101 for more ways to make money.