In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

Selling stuff on eBay can test patience

By Karen Youso

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) It sounds like a great idea: Instead of selling your Leica camera or Limoges vase locally, put it on eBay. Then sit back as buyers from around the world engage in a frenzied bidding war, driving the price up into the stratosphere.

A few years ago it seemed everybody knew somebody who'd made a killing on eBay. In my family it was my grandmother, with an assist from my dad. Grandma owned an antique shop in western Kansas. She had nice things but not a lot of walk-in traffic.

Dad studied up on eBay and asked Grandma to pick something to list. She decided on two matching Minton vases. In the shop she had the vases priced at $250 for the set; they sold for $2,225.

That was eight years ago. Things have changed. Supply has increased to meet demand. There are more sellers, and buyers have gotten choosier. Everything - no matter how beautiful or rare - comes around again. Prices have stabilized and come down from the heady early days.

It's still possible to make money as a seller on eBay. I have, and today I'll share the tips I've learned over the years. But the most important thing to keep in mind is: It's a hassle. It's nothing like buying, where you just click to bid and, if you win, the object shows up at your door.

Selling involves technical hurdles related to creating the listing and uploading photographs. Listings cost money, whether or not your item sells; make sure you understand all the fees eBay and PayPal (eBay's online payment service) will charge if an item sells and if it doesn't. One listing is cheap; if you have many, the fees add up.

Selling also costs time. Prospective buyers often e-mail to ask questions. They may want more pictures, more measurements or special shipping arrangements.

If an item sells, you have to wait for payment to arrive, the check to clear the PayPal payment to process. Then you have to pack the item, address a box, take it to a post office, and maybe buy insurance.

Then you wait to hear whether the item arrives safely. Heaven help you if it breaks in transit or the buyer is dissatisfied and wants a refund. None of this happens at a garage sale.

But if you're game to take on the hassle and risk, here are the keys to getting the best price:

Research your item. Use "advanced search" and check "completed listings only" for items like yours to get a realistic idea of what you might get. Pay attention to how many items did not sell. If you don't think you can get $20 easily for something, put it in a garage sale.

Write a good listing. Your job is to create the impression you are trustworthy and have refined taste. Skip the hyperbole ("unbelievable bargain") and the exclamation points. Stick to manufacturer's name, pattern, age and other details collectors would value ("Franciscan old green mark").

Take great pictures. If you're clever with computers, build an external page and link it to the listing. That lets you have as many pictures as you want for the price of one.

Start the bidding low. The lower the bid, the cheaper the listing. Also 99-cent opening bids attract lots of bidders, spurring competition and driving up the price. If you fear an item might really sell for only 99 cents, it probably isn't a good candidate for selling on eBay.

Pick the best closing time. Standard eBay auctions close exactly seven days from the start time. Monday evening is a popular closing time; the theory is bidders will see the item all weekend and come back Monday for the close. I've found Saturday mornings and Sunday evenings are also good; you get spontaneous buyers who might not come back later.

Armed with these tips, you have a decent shot at selling certain things for a fair price. If it doesn't work, garage sale season is coming.

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Karen Youso is a columnist for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Send a note by clicking here.


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