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You can do IT in later life


You can do IT is a regular feature of aimed at trying to help laterlife visitors make the most of Information Technology on or off the web. 

Jackie Sherman who runs the You can do IT Question & Answer section is an IT trainer and author. Jackie has spent her career in education and specialises in teaching IT to adults. Her courses for adults include such topics as MS Office, the Internet, e-mail and basic web page authoring.  

Jackie has also written several books - you can find more details about these by clicking here. Jackie has also been running a course specifically for over 50s.

Via Jackie aims to particularly help those new to IT and the web to build up knowledge and confidence, so no question is too basic. At the same time she will cover Q&As for the more experienced user. 

So if you would like to ask a question of Jackie, or if you have discovered something which may be of interest to others in making the most of the web, then she would love to hear about that too. Why not email her


May 2010


Selling at the right price

As so many people now try to sell items on eBay, this month I am going to introduce you to a little known feature that can be a real help when you want to set the right price for your goods.

EBay has something called "Completed Listings" which show the actual prices that win items at auction. You can see trends (if similar products are selling or not, or going up or down in price over time) and you can avoid the pitfalls such as giving away something that turns out to be very valuable.

To see the prices items were sold at:

1. Sign in to your account on eBay in the normal way (or you will be asked to do this before you can see the results).
2. Put appropriate keywords in the search box, to show you the items that are for sale in your chosen category.
3. Make sure the list that comes up is exactly where your own item would fit in.
4. In the index on the left hand side of the page, scroll down until you find Preferences and then click the "Completed Listings" link.

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5. You will now see similar items that have been for sale recently. Those that were sold will show the number of bids and a price in green, and those that did not sell (i.e. those that were unwanted or priced too high) will show in red.

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6. From these prices, you can now gauge more accurately the likely successful price for your own item.

Don't forget that you are now in a selective search for Completed Listings only – change back to normal view by clicking the "see only active listings" link, or enter new search criteria in the very top Search box if you want to view other items for sale.


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