While managing an eBay drop-off store in Tampa, I always thought that meeting up with other eBay sellers was out of the question. “Why would I meet with my competition and exchange ideas?” It took awhile for me to realize that there are a lot of people in Tampa and that both stores could operate without stepping on each others’ toes.

Whether you’re a pawn shop, outdoor sports shop, luxury consignment store, or music shop, you should surround yourself with like-minds who may spark an idea or two. It could even be tips on how to leverage social media while selling on eBay, Craigslist, Amazon or your own eCommerce store.

Get involved with an eBay community near you: http://ebaysell.meetup.com/

If you don’t feel comfortable talking with locals, chat with the global community: http://community.ebay.com/