Whether you’re opening an eBay store or just want to sell some items through eBay’s auctions, one of the first things you’ll discover when you sign up for your eBay account is that you need a name. The problem is, a good shop name is hard to come up with. The name needs to be easy to remember, unique in its own way, and (hopefully) convey a message about you or what you sell. In other words, it’s not something you should take lightly. It requires some thought. Before you start thinking of some ideas about what to name your store, however, I want to go over a few things first.
The Importance of Making Your eBay Store Name Unique
Before you commit to the name of your new eBay store or identity, you need to do some research to ensure that no one else has thought of it and already taken the name before you do. Even if your search reveals that no one in the eBay community has the name, you should take it a step forward and check to see if someone else has claimed it on the Internet. This will not only save you the confusion that identical names can cause when someone performs an Internet search for your store and finds one with an identical name somewhere else, but it will also help you to ensure that you don’t get into trouble for copyright infringement, which is a very real possibility in this day and age.
How to make a memorable eBay name
Although there are quite a few ways to come up with a memorable name, two of the simplest ways to do it are by using rhyming and through alliteration. I’m sure you know what rhyming is all about, but if you’re drawing a blank on the definition of alliteration — well, it’s the repetition of the same types of sounds or the same kinds of sounds stressed in syllables or at the beginning of words. As an example, “Tansy’s Tangy Texas Toast” is an alliteration because all of the words start with the same kind of sound. To use an alliteration for your store name, you might take your first name and match it with the item you want to sell, so it could be “Patty’s Prestige Postcards” or “Tonya’s Terrific Toys.”
A Word of Caution
As I mentioned above, matching your name up with the items you sell can make for a great name, but keep in mind that you’re going to have to live with your name for a long, long time. This can be the downside of pairing your name with certain items because if you decide you want to sell something else, it will no longer fit with the name. So perhaps you might want to think of something more along the lines of “Patty’s Prestige Presents,” which would then allow for you to sell a larger variety of items under the same store name.
Regardless of what name you choose, it should be one that you really, really love. If rhyming and alterations don’t seem to fit the bill, pick a name that has meaning for you. You can always build your own brand (think Target and Home Depot) and have a memorable logo instead! As an example, my eBay identity is Sushiboofay’s and my logo is a purple fish. It doesn’t exactly tell you what I sell (which is a little bit of everything), but few people forget the name and no one forgets my purple fish.