Sunday, August 31, 2014

Marlin's Marketing Tips eBay Training Lesson #8 - What's Your eBay Reputation Really Worth?

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Your eBay reputation is everything you are on eBay - without it, you're nothing. Your reputation is worth as much as every sale you will ever make.

If you've ever bought anything on eBay (and the chances are you have), then think about your own behavior. Buying from a seller with a low feedback rating makes you feel a little nervous and insecure, while buying from a PowerSeller with their reputation in the thousands doesn't require any thought or fear - it feels just like buying from a shop.

A Bad Reputation Will Lose You Sales.

In fact, a bad reputation will lose you almost all your sales. If someone leaves you negative feedback, you will feel the pain straight away, as that rating will go right at the top of your user page for everyone to see. Who's going to want to do business with you when they've just read that you "took a month to deliver the item", or that you had "bad communication and sent a damaged item"? The answer is no-one. 

Your next few items will need to be very cheap things, just to push that negative down the page. You might have to spend days or even weeks selling cheap stuff to get enough positive feedback to make anyone deal with you again.

It's even worse if you consistently let buyers leave negative feedback - once you get below 90% positive ratings, you might as well be invisible. 

You Can't Just Open a New Account.

Besides eBay's rules about only having one account, there are far more downsides than that to getting a new account. You literally have to start all over again from scratch. 

You won't be able to use all the different eBay features. Your existing customers won't be able to find you any more. Your auctions will finish at a lower price because of your low feedback rating. Opening a new account is like moving to a new town to get away from a few people who are spreading rumours about you: it's throwing out the baby with the bathwater.

A Good Reputation Will Get You Sales.

When a PowerSeller tells me something, I tend to believe them. They can be selling a pretty unlikely item, but if they guarantee it is what they say it is, then I trust them - they're not going to risk their reputation, after all. This is the power of a reputation: people know you want to keep it, and they know you'll go to almost any lengths to do so.

This is true even to the point that I would sooner buy something for $20 from a seller I know I can trust than for $15 from someone with average feedback. It's worth the extra money to feel like the seller knows what they're doing, has all their systems in place and will get me the item quickly and efficiently.

You really will find selling on eBay so much easier, and there's only way to get a good reputation: make sure you please your customers every time. But some customers can be, well, just a little difficult to please. In the next email, we ask: is the eBay customer always right?

Blog Owner,
Marlin Carter

Marlin Carter

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Marlin's Marketing On Dealing with social anxiety

A speech before a hundred people.... but an audience of millions watching in national television. Sounds scary right? Absolutely. It is not an exaggeration to say we now have so many people who are usually totally terrified of standing before a crowd.

Being shy is really a normal human reaction to achieving new people or standing prior to a crowd of total strangers. But there are those who will be extremely shy that being within a social activity, group event, or possibly a simple party is a no-no. Even just being around people and the thought of being watched by other people gives them butterflies!

According on the Social Anxiety Association, people with this disorder are often misdiagnosed as using a condition called schizophrenia. Others think that extremely shy people suffer from manic depression or some additional personality disorder. But people with Social Anxiety Disorder have a more serious condition that just having the feeling of having flying insects inside gut.

Ordinary people experience shyness and a few can actually fight off his or her instinct to clam up and also shut up. Others have the item better like extroverts who prosper on social interaction. But for people afflicted with serious social anxiety are often misunderstood, ridiculed, and resented by means of other so-called normal people. Genetics, social and cultural influences, and psychological factors also promote social anxiety.

By knowing that you yourself have this type of anxiety disorder, or any other anxiety attacks for instance, the immediate solution is often to obtain a doctor to prescribe anti-anxiety medicine. People dealing with social disorders can resort to the application of prescription drugs, coupled with direction sessions. Anxiety medication is most effective if it is followed by one-on-one discussions using a therapist who could provide valuable information and ways to manage the symptoms of the actual disorder. To recover from his or her problems, people with anxiety disorders ought to gradually open up through therapy, consultations, or group psychotherapy treatment options. 

All these will help out in dealing with their status, to start being ready to accept other people. Eventually, patients in therapy would be able to manage their feelings. Exposing those to proper group discussions, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and other effective anxiety medications may help them cure themselves without the application of drugs. Being socially inactive is really based on your personality and how a person sees himself in an optimistic manner. Anti-anxiety medications, however, have to be taken only with the advice and approval of a doctor. The unregulated use of these medications can result in serious side effects.

Each individuals is unique. Being afflicted with social anxiety disorder is not the end of the life... there is hope. Self-assurance, self-esteem, and good old-fashioned guts can help people with social anxiety walk out their shell of extreme shyness and also insecurity. By taking steps to acquire healing and help, even one of the most socially-averse individuals can get treatment that is necessary to restore their lives and allow them to pursue fulfillment into their everyday relationships with people.

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Marlin Carter

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Acid Reflux and Heartburn Natural Remedies

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Here is a list of natural remedies that you can use when you have acid reflux or heartburn.  No need to use antacids, which have unwanted side effects and contain aluminum, which has been associated with senility and Alzheimer’s disease.

Anise, peppermint, and lavender

Here’s a tea that you can make to help you with acid reflux or heartburn.   It will help you reduce the amount of acid you have in your stomach.  Mix together equal amounts of aniseed, peppermint and lavender.   Make an infusion of this tea:

*  boiling 2 ½ cup distilled water
*  pour this water over a teaspoon of the herbal mixture
*  let this tea sit for 3- 5 minutes
*  strain the tea and add a little bit of honey if you like.
*  place this tea in a thermos

Drink up to 8 oz in the morning and 8 oz in the evening to get relief of acid reflux.

Aniseed or anise – is a powerful herb that helps in digestive conditions and has many other benefits for your body.  Use only the ash-colored anise called green anise, European anise or sweet anise.  There are two other types of anise, star anise and caraway, which should not be used here.

Peppermint – is another powerful herb for stomach conditions or heartburn.  It helps in digestion, stomach distension, cramps, ulcers, and gas.

Lavender – known for it scent has enormous healing activity for your body.  Is also an excellent stomach aid.  It is useful in reducing acid in the stomach.

Betain, Pepsin, and Papaya digestive enzymes

As you get older, your stomach weakens in its ability to produce hydrochloric acid to digest protein.  It is undigested protein that leads to acid reflux or heartburn.  Use digestive enzymes that contain Betain, pepsin, or HCl with each meal to make sure you digest all of your protein.

Papaya digestive enzymes, which contain papain, are also excellent for protein digestion and you can use them with each meal.  Use 500mg or more of papaya enzymes per meal.

Pineapples

Pineapples are a store house of enzymes and contain bromelain, an enzymes that reduces protein.  Pineapples support digestion, reduce inflammation, and supports wound healing.  The fresh juice has a high level of enzymes that will help you stop your acid reflux.

You can also buy bromelain as tablet and take 200 – 500mg per meal.  

Chicory Root

Chicory comes from a family of bitter herbs that contain endive and escarole.  Boil 1 ½ cup of chicory root for 5 - 10 minutes.  After it colds to room temperature, drink this tea to correct acid reflux or heartburn.  

Adding these herbs to your salad will also have benefits in preventing acid reflux.  Eating those foods that are alkaline is the best way to avoid acid reflux and heartburn.

Using the remedies listed here will give relief from your acid reflux.  But more importantly add a salad to your diet everyday and you will have less acid reflux in your life.

Blog Owner,
Marlin Carter

Marlin Carter

Monday, August 25, 2014

Understanding The eBay "Lingo".



Have trouble sometimes understanding when people mention eBay? Don't worry, a lot of the jargon is really unknown, and you can't be anticipated to understand it until finally someone's told you what it implies. Here's a little list of some of the most useful lingo to recognize, but you don't ought to memorize it - even the most frequent jargon is only utilize relatively rarely.

Words.

Bid: telling eBay's system the maximum price you are prepared to pay for an item.
Dutch: an auction where more than one of an item is available.
Feedback: positive or negative comments left about other users on eBay.
Mint: in perfect condition.
Non-paying bidder: a bidder who wins an auction but does not then go on to buy the item.
PayPal: an electronic payment method accepted by most sellers.
Rare: used and abused on eBay, now entirely meaningless.
Reserve: the minimum price the seller will accept for the item.
Shill bid: a fake bid placed by a seller trying to drive up their auction's price.
Snail Mail: the post, which is obviously very slow compared to email.
Sniping: bidding at the last second to win the item before anyone else can outbid you.

Abbreviations.

AUD: Australian Dollar. Currency.
BIN: Buy it Now. A fixed price auction.
BNWT: Brand New With Tags. An item that has never been used and still has its original tags.
BW: Black and White. Used for films, photos etc.
CONUS: Continental United States. Generally used by sellers who don't want to post things to Alaska or Hawaii.
EUR: Euro. Currency.
FC: First Class. Type of postage.
GBP: Great British Pounds. Currency.
HTF: Hard To Find. Not quite as abused as 'rare', but getting there.
NIB: New in Box. Never opened, still in its original box.
NR: No Reserve. An item where the seller has not set a reserve price.
OB: Original Box. An item that has its original box (but might have been opened).
PM: Priority Mail.
PP: Parcel Post.
SH: Shipping and Handling. The fees the buyer will pay you for postage.
USD: United States Dollars. Currency.
VGC: Very Good Condition. Not mint, but close.

The chances are that you'll find more specific jargon related to whatever you're selling, but it'd be an impossible task to cover it all here. If you can't figure one out from your knowledge of the subject, then type the term into a search engine, followed by the word 'ebay'. The chances are that someone, somewhere will have seen fit to explain it.

While it's good to be able to understand others' jargon, avoid using it unless you really need to (for example, if you run out of space in an item's title). Many people on eBay are not experienced buyers and you will lose them if you write a load of gobbledegook all over your auction.

By now, you're well prepared for eBay life, and you're probably ready to get started with that first auction. In the next email, we'll show you how to dive in and get started.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Marlin's Simple To Do Teeth Pain Relief Remedies


Nothing is more annoying than a raging and reoccurring toothache. Due to unbearable pain, a toothache affects a person’s moods and potency to do everyday tasks. Teeth pain is common to adults and children, with tooth decay as the common cause.

Tooth decay is a result of bacteria that lives and stays on the mouth. When a person does not always brush his teeth after eating, the bacteria, which feed on the leftover starches and sugars from the food eaten, form a clinging plaque on the teeth surface. The acids formed by the bacteria can penetrate through the enamel of the tooth, thus, creating cavity. This will then result to a painful sensation that is generally called as toothache.

Quick treatments for toothache

Treatments for toothache vary according to the intensity and nature of the pain. When the teeth pain is extreme, doctors generally recommend drugs and medications to alleviate the pain. For mild cases of toothache, over-the-counter prescription drugs are the common choices of most people to manage the pain.

However, prescription drugs and medications have certain side effects when taken frequently. With this, easy-to-do teeth pain relief remedies are the best options to take as alternative to medications or drugs. Although these remedies are only recommended for mild cases of teeth pain, these options are becoming quite popular for they are safe, effective, and can be done right in the comfort of one’s home.

Simple teeth pain relief remedies

   1. Hand ice massage

      One of the proven remedies for toothache is the hand ice massage. In this kind of remedy, one has to gently rub an ice in the area between the thumb and the forefinger for a couple of minutes. The ice stimulates the pain impulses that generally travel in the nerve pathways. In addition, a patch of ice placed directly on an aching tooth helps alleviate the pain.

   2. Onion

      Since onions are known to have anti-bacterial properties that can kill germs and bacteria in the mouth, placing a tiny piece of onion on the aching tooth can lessen the pain. 

   3. Garlic

      Aside from onion, garlic is also known to be an effective remedy for an aching tooth. To try this  kind of teeth pain reliever, one needs to place a clove of garlic with salt on the pained area of the teeth.

   4. Wheat grass

      Wheat grass when turned into a juice is a perfect alternative mouthwash that prevents tooth decay. This toothache remedy checks bacterial formation in the mouth as well as removes gum toxins. 

   5. Lime

      Known as a rich source of Vitamin C, lime is a good toothache cure as it effectively prevents tooth decay.

   6. Salt

      Salt when mixed with water is a top treatment that counters tooth infection and aids in alleviating teeth pain. Rinsing the mouth with salt water everyday helps prevent tooth decay and other mouth-related complications. 

      Toothache may trigger anytime, and though this may seem like a simple pain, ignoring it can lead to even more intense pain. Once a mild toothache strikes, try to use one of the easy home remedies mentioned above as an alternative cure to the pain. However, it is still best to consult a dentist to know the complications of the aching tooth.

Blog Owner,
Marlin Carter

Marlin Carter

Saturday, August 23, 2014

A Nature Meditation


You are sitting by a quietly flowing stream in the countryside. It is spring and life is green and moist? Sitting on a rock, the sights and sounds of the flowing water begin to work their mysterious way into your nervous system.

Gradually, with the simple repetition of the water’s song and the harmonious beauty of the natural surroundings, the thousands of electronic impulses of your brain begin to discharge into the tension-absorbing air.

All of the concerns, problems and projects, which had filled your mind to bursting capacity begin to disappear.

There is nothing to try to figure out now, nothing to decide.

The flowers silently console you with their perfect peace and harmony.

The fresh air tingles in your lungs and your head becomes clear.

You feel somehow sedated, as if the forces of nature have conspired to put you to sleep - to put you at ease.

The wind massages your body with caresses of coolness as the sun unties your muscles with penetrating warmth.

There is nothing to do, nowhere to go and nothing to think of. Just lie back and absorb the peaceful vibrations which flow into every part of your being, whispering, «be at peace, relax my friend, all is well now».

A delicious sleep falls upon you; not really sleep but a half-conscious-half-sleep state, in which the trees, sounds and breeze begin to come inside and mix with all of the thoughts and feelings. It is as if the door of your mind has been opened and all of those conversations, actions and perceptions lying unresolved, floating at various depths in the sea of the mind begin to float upwards and outwards.

Reality now is a mixture of the inner and outer.

The peace and security of being in the womb of nature allows us to surrender to the sun, water and wind, while the earth-draws out our stresses and frustrations.

We swim semiconsciously at the level where the conscious blends into the unconscious.

We dance in our sea of consciousness, sometimes floating up to the surface catching the sensation of the breeze, or the warmth of the sun. Then we dive downward into a stream of upward floating thoughts, images, sounds - all the dislodged refuse from nervous stresses and unresolved problems.

We watch them as they float by and then dive deeper sensing by now there is something at the bottom of the sea, which is attractive to us.

Occasionally we get caught by an upward floating sensation of worry, resentment, an image or an attachment, and before we know it, we are at the surface again thinking, wondering, worrying, being rocked by the waves of attachment.

But the dance goes on, we begin to sink again, for by now we see that we cannot really dive because diving is too intense - there is too much effort - we get hooked too easily on upward floating garbage.

We instinctively learn the dance of the water, sinking, watching, letting go, being carried on the vertical currents of fresh water from the depths of our consciousness, like a seagull with wings spread gliding the air currents flowing against it without a movement, without an effort, letting the air do all the work.

By this time, we are no longer concerned about where we are going. The water becomes clearer, free of debris. We have gone beyond the levels of stress release, past wreckage of old memories, relationships, failures and traumas. We have danced through the caverns of resentment and worry.

The water becomes very clean, very still, very peaceful.

We are coming to the source of our life current, the spring of pure consciousness. Here we may encounter pure light or energy. Only subtle vibrations exist here. Our bodies become recharged with life. Our consciousness is renewed as we have cleared the way for a burst of fresh energy to flow up purifying the sea of consciousness, regenerating the mind, giving new life to every cell of our brain.

If we do not become enamored by the sensation of light, by the bliss of this energy which charges through our system, then we may sink a little deeper into the vast nothingness from which the spring of life flows.

Here there is not even energy; no body, no mind, no light, no sound - absolute nothingness - total vacuum - only tremendous potential unmanifest Divine Consciousness, from which all life and material creation flows.


COMING BACK TO THE SURFACE

The sound of chirping birds greets you as you slowly float to the surface. The branches dancing in the wind wave «hello». The sounds of insects buzzing and water splashing salute you with a «welcome back friend, you are part of us now».

It takes a while to remember where you are. You were only gone 20 minutes, but it seems you have been in this spot all your life. The mind is clear, refreshed and in the present.

There is nothing to do but take off your clothes and go swimming.

Have you ever been to this quiet stream in the countryside?

Most everyone has - either to a stream, river, mountain, sea, or forest. And how well and rejuvenated we feel when we return. Somehow everything is more alive, more harmonious.

It may not take long, however, to discharge all that energy and clarity. Once again we become upset, nervous and bored.

Can we go to the stream every day? It certainly would be nice, and life would be much less complicated. Of course for most of us it is completely impractical in terms of time, money and availability of such places - especially to those of us who live in the city.

Well, Mother Nature has a secret for us. We don’t have to go anywhere at all. The stream of life, that place of peace and source of strength, knowledge and harmony - lies right inside every one of us.

What is meditation? It is nothing more than visiting this stream on a daily basis. Simply it is the sinking dance into our sea of consciousness, releasing the submerged stresses and coming to the point of inner stillness where there is no object of consciousness - but consciousness itself.

Done regularly, this inward dance leaves us fresh, more alert, relaxed, creative, healthy, and more in tune with ourselves and our environment.

The truth of these statements has been proved both subjectively and objectively through experimentation. Studies have been made on meditators and non-meditators over the years with respect to blood pressure, pulse and reaction time as well as with states of fulfillment and creativity expressed subjectively by the participants.

Hundreds of thousands of people today in all walks of life are finding that no matter what their goals, motivations, responsibilities or problems may be, they are able to act more clearly, more efficiently and more successfully with the aid of regular meditation.

Ultimately, the only way to know if meditation will be useful for you is to give it a try. To spend some time each day in the «dance of the soul».

Adapted from the book "The Art of Meditation" by Robert Elias Najemy.

Blog Owner,
Marlin Carter