Corey Kossack is a Managing Partner at Game Change Ventures, focusing on partnering and consulting with startups in the areas of social media, consumer Internet and e-commerce. Corey is also an Operating Partner at Game Change Ventures' first Internet startup, Addoway, a social marketplace that helps you buy and sell with your friends and the people they know. Formerly Corey was one of the world's largest retailers on eBay, built a $1M company from scratch at age 23, has led multiple startups and received numerous awards for his entrepreneurial achievements.
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Last week I asked my readers to join the discussion and comment on what they thought of eBay Live, and if they were planning to attend this year.
Here’s my two cents:
eBay Live is extremely worth your while. Its a crazy three and a half days, and you may get a little exhausted or get information overload, but you need it. Being at eBay Live allows you to step away from your daily life (and even your business for that matter!) and really take a step back and examine what you are doing right and wrong.
For new eBay sellers, here’s what I think you should do. eBay offers all kinds of “eBay 101” and “how to open an eBay store” sessions at eBay Live. Don’t bother with these… Take a little time on your own at home to learn this stuff first. You can find all this info on eBay’s help menus on ebay.com. Instead, learn all this stuff before you go and then attend the advanced sessions.
For both new and experienced sellers alike, the “top seller’ panels are your best bet. Here you’ll hear from some of eBay’s most successful sellers and can actually ask them questions, so come prepared! Think about what’s wrong or challenging about your business, step up to the microphone and ask one of the panelists for their take on the situation. Now, panelists are not always right, but chances are they have had more experience than you and can help you figure your issues out. I was on a panel like this last year and feel that I helped a lot of sellers work their issues out.
One thing that eBay is doing this year that I really pushed for is offering some sessions on PROFITABILITY! Yes! This is one very important component that you’ll need, as you’ve heard me talk about before.
…and if you want to meet me, I’ve been told I am going to be a panelist on the “top seller profitability panel”, so we can chat in person there.
Bottom line… eBay Live! is really worth the expense and time. You won’t need to go to every single session or engage yourself in every activity that’s going on, but even if the experience leads you to one very important discovery, your business can evolve into something very powerful!
Corey Kossack is one of eBay’s “top sellers” through his eBay store, Koss DVD. He is also author of eBay Millionaire or Bust and creator of ProfitBuilder software that maximizes profits for eBay sellers.