Are Adult Bloggers Ruining it for Kids?

I read an interesting post on Lockergnome today, written by my friend Ron. Ron cites a study that shows that only about 18% of teens today write in a blog. Only about 8% of them are Twitter users. However, about 55% regularly take part in other social networks, such as MySpace.

The original study claims that perhaps the low blogging percentage is due to the fact that teens are secretive by nature. They don’t want the world to know what they’re up to. If that were the case, then how do you explain all of the information overload on their MySpace pages? Ron brings up an excellent point of his own: when adults and parents show up, teens tend to withdraw.

With so many adults blogging these days, does it stand to reason that could be why our kids are not? Do they not want to be like us? Could they fear our reading what they are doing? What are your thoughts on this?

Ron’s article is excellent, and brings up much food for thought. There were also any number of other great things posted in our little corner of the world today. I hope you were able to read some of it!

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This One Time, at Band Camp

This phrase is used all over the world, I think, and can have many different meanings. However, in the case of a thread on Geeks today, it means exactly what it says! The poster is asking who else was (or is) involved in band during high school. I was never in band, but my assistant Kat was. Not only that – she was also the marching band Drum Major for two years!

It’s been said that what happens at band camp stays at band camp. However, I’m curious. Do you have any stories you’re willing to share? Was it as awesome of an experience as people have claimed? Keep your comments/stories family friendly and clean, please! Remember our younger audience!

While you’re thinking up your story, or reliving your memories, make sure to check out what else our community has in store for you today.

How to Set a Good Price to Sell on eBay

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When you have things you no longer need, you may want to think about selling them on eBay. The problem is, where do you set the price at? You want to make money off of your item, but you don’t want to set it so high that no one will bid. How do you figure out what your price should be?

There are people who make a living off of selling things on eBay. Michael wrote in, saying that he’s one of those people. Well, actually, he’s hoping to make a bit more of a living by selling things on eBay. He thought that I was an expert seller. Sadly, I’m not. I’ve sold things on there, yes… but not often!

The way I do things isn’t very difficult. When someone wants to buy something from me, I have them get a point of refernce. Find me comparable items, and let’s look at the median there. Then I know that I’m giving the person a good deal, while not undercutting myself.

As long as you are average in terms of your base price – you’ll make money. People will buy your items, and you’ll have money in your pocket. You can steadily (but slowly!) increase your prices as you build a good customer base.

eBay itself has a ton of tools available you can use to help yourself become a better, more competitive seller. You’re crazy if you have stuff lying around that’s not being sold on eBay!

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Do you Have eBay Seller or Buyer Accounts?

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Sutty5 writes: “Many discussions recently have focussed on having more than one eBay account. Ebay has no problems with this, as long as each account is kept in good standing. Following are five reasons for opening multiple accounts.”

  • Buyer Confidence. If you are selling goldfish bowls for example, which username do you think will give abuyer more confidence – “dave1234″ or “goldfishsupplies”? When selling in more than one category on a regular basis, having multiple accounts will allow you to target your audience with a higher precision.
  • Ebay Features. The ability to open more than one eBay Store. eBay only allows one store (or shop) per account. This is easily solved by having multiple accounts.
  • Feedback. Protect your feedback. If one transaction as a seller goes bad and you get negative feedback, it will not affect your sales as a whole as you’ll still have excellent feedback on your other accounts.
  • Cross-Promotion Connections. eBay allows you to cross-promote other sellers’ items within your listings. By using this feature, you can cross-promote your other accounts within your eBay listings to bring some much valued visibility.
  • eBay Arbitrage. Many sellers buy off of eBay in order to resell the item almost immediately. Having an account for selling only, will allow you to hide the items you’ve purchased with a separate account.
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    Top Tips to Improve your eBay Experience

    Danel is a 15 year old who is an avid eBay’er. He has already made quite a lot of money as a Seller. Here are his top seven tips for getting the most out of eBay.

    • When buying an item, do not place a bid for an item several days before the auction is over. This will just cause the bid to increase. I suggest placing a bid in the last few seconds. Have 2 windows open, one will be the bid you are willing to place for the item. And the other is another bid you are ready to place for the item. But, the second screen will be a higher amount. How high? Your choice. You see, other people also place their own bids in the last few seconds, and if someone places a bid higher then your first… there’s no chance of you going back and placing another bid. Thats why it is a good idea to keep another screen open with a higher bid price.
    • Ifyou find the item you would like to bid on that still has time left, it might not be a good idea to put it on your watch list. See, if the seller of the item sees that there is no bid on his item and 20 people are watching it, he probably will not drop the price. What you should do, is save the item number and view the item like that. If there are no bids on it, and no one is watching it, there is a large possibility that the seller of the item will lower the price.
    • Just because you find an item you would like to buy and are ready to place a bid on it, you might want to look at one thing… the user who is selling it. If a brand new user with zero feedback is selling a $20,000 car, it might not be a good idea to bid. If a user has 5 feedbacks and 3 of them are negative, once again… might not be a good person to buy from. If there is someone with 10,000 feedbacks and only 200 negative feedbacks, they are most likely a good person to buy from.
    • For some items, there is the “Buy it Now” option. Instead of waiting for the auction to be over, you could just click that button and simply buy it now for the price shown. But keep this in mind… if the buy it now price is $300 and the current bid is $50 with only a few hours remaining, it may be a good idea to wait. But, this is one of the things people just can’t predict. There is no strategy for this. Someone sees something they like, they know the price will rise, they buy it, with still plenty of time remaining.
    • The ‘reserve’ option is very popular. Some sellers may be worried that their item will not sell for the amount of money they want it to, so they put a reserve amount in place. This is a hidden price that only the seller will know. There will be text below the bid price that will say ‘Reserve met’ or ‘Reserve not met’. No matter how much you bid, if the price does not exceed the reserve price then you will not win the auction. Once the hidden cost of the reserve is met, whoever bids does have a chance of winning the auction. Some sellers use a strategy of telling people what the reserve price is, but most people do not. I suggest not to.
    • Some auctions you might see might get you ‘surprised’. For instance, you may see a pair of shoes for $10,000. This will most likely be a ‘best offer’ type of auction. This is where the person that sends in the best offer will get the item.
    • When selling several of the same items, it would be easier to sell them one by one in the same auction. If you are selling pencils, you will place a “buy it now” price, and tell how many of the item you will sell. People could then buy X amount of that item for the certain price you placed.