The economy is not what it used to be and people are trying to accumulate extra cash anyway they can. One way to improve cash flow is by selling items on eBay.
And one Berks County woman is educating the public about the basics and beyond of selling personal items on eBay for profit with Boscov's Campus of Courses. Classes at Boscov range from art and health to business.
Peggy Grant, a Birdsboro resident, has been involved with the Boscov's courses since 1985. She did not always teach about eBay but quilting classes.
Known for her quilting and crocheting among friends she got involved with Boscov's program. But she soon found out how valuable the tool eBay could be.
She currently teaches two eBay courses - Introduction to eBay and eBay Beyond the Basics. This will be her third year instructing the computer courses. The classes are taught twice a year. This year the classes will be Sept. 16 at Boscov's North, Reading, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Sept. 17 at Boscov's East, Reading, from 6-8 p.m., Sept. 23 at Boscov's East, Reading, from 6-8 p.m. and Sept. 24 at Boscov's North, Reading, from 6-8 p.m. and during the month of October.
"A fee of $14 is payable to the instructor for each class for the information that will be covered in each class," said Grant.
"It is a great class. I love to sell things on eBay."
The Introduction to the eBay course explains the concept and how to sell belongings on eBay.
The class will cover opening an eBay and pay pal account and learning how to list items on eBay.
The class also includes publications that co-inside with the class.
The advanced class is called A Beginner's Guide to HTML.
Students will learn to incorporate HTML into an auction listing to give the listing some additional appeal. Students will also learn how to position photographs in auction listings and adjust the size and position of the photographs.
"It's shocking what people will buy," said Grant. She said she sold her boyfriend's 1950 train for a profit of $951.
She said around September is the busiest time because people are posting Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas items on the service.
Grant said her cliental ranges from housewives to seniors.
And since the younger population is more in tune with today's technology, many people bring their children to the classes.
"There was one third grader who knew more about eBay than the mom," said Grant.
More information about the classes is available at www.PeggysPatterns.com.