'eBay University' coming to Canton in April
Monday, March 7, 2011 - 9:01 am

CANTON -- “eBay University” is coming to Canton in April.

Ruby Sprowls, a Canton-based education specialist trained by eBay, offers an opportunity to learn tips and tricks for selling on the well known online marketing platform.

Sprowls has taught more than 200 people how to use eBay. She will provide enrollees with best practices for buying and selling.

All classes are being held on the third floor at 101 Main Street, in cooperation with the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce.

The will be held three consecutive Saturdays, beginning Saturday, April 2 and ending April 16. Time is 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cost is $60, payable at the first session.Pre-registration is required. Call Sprowls at 386-4000 or (877) 228-7810.

This online marketing course will provide new or inexperienced eBay users the tools needed to be a successful seller on the site. More than 1.3 million people use eBay as a primary or secondary source of income

With more than 203 million registered users, eBay offers sellers more than 50,000 categories to market their goods including antiques, art, books, business and industrial products, vehicles, clothing, collectibles, electronics and computers, home furnishings, jewelry, movies, music, pottery and glass, sporting goods and memorabilia, tickets, toys and hobbies.

“Our goal is to help local merchants, business owners and private citizens maximize their revenue by using eBay to sell unused inventory and expand their markets beyond the local consumer to the 181 million registered eBay users worldwide,” said Sprowls, “not to mention people who browse the site, see an item they like and then register for the site in order to purchase the merchant’s wares.”

Sprowls said that any company past its break-even point each month can use eBay sales to generate pure profit since salaries, rents, utilities, and so on, have already been paid by the ongoing business. The only added costs, she said, would be eBay and PayPal fees.

Local businesses will be able to increase their bottom line by selling new or even out-dated items on eBay, she said, and will be shown how easy it is to be trained.