Discussion Board Topic: How Were Sales This Summer?

 

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Kathy Terrill of I Love to Be Selling has been using Periscope to provide her followers with tips! Periscope is a mobile app for Android and iPhone that lets users live-broadcast video. Follow her on Twitter!  Her Twitter ID is @love2beselling. Check out her latest Periscope video here!

 

I also wanted to encourage all of you to start posting to the discussion board.  Have a question?  Post it. Need some help?  Ask for it.  I’m going to start off a new discussion by asking the following question: How was your summer?  (I’ll tell you all about mine if you tell me all about yours!)  Click here to respond!

 

And don’t forget: If you’d like a free list of 10 items to sell on eBay, sign up for my blog! The sign-up box is in the upper right-hand corner of this post. Be sure to send me an email to let me know you’ve subscribed. (Use the “contact” link at the top of the blog.) If you’re already a subscriber, no problem. Just let me know you’d like a copy as well!

 

-Miriam

Posted by ebaylife 02 / 09 / 2015 Comments 0 Comments

From Teen Mom to Online Entrepreneur – An eBay Success Story

 

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Five years ago, Lizzy Clift was a teen mom weeks away from being homeless.  Now she and her husband, Tom, run a six-figure online business.  Their eBay store, Miss Eloise, offers “barely vintage” nostalgia from the 1980s and ’90s.  Their store features clothing, old electronics, and vintage Disney items. Although they sell on other platforms, they prefer eBay. Approximately half their income comes from selling on the site.

 

Since starting their eBay business in 2011, they’ve had several home runs.  One of their first scores was a My Pal Mickey plush toy.  They purchased it for $1 and sold it for $100.  One of their more recent finds was a Marc Chagall valued at around $1,000.  (They haven’t listed it yet!)

 

What advice would they give newbies hoping to find success on eBay?  “Join Facebook groups, and don’t be afraid to ask questions.  And don’t get discouraged by other sellers who are whining about slow sales. Differentiate yourself from other sellers, and you will be successful.”

 

Thanks for sharing your story, Lizzy and Tom!

 

And don’t forget: If you’d like a free list of 10 items to sell on eBay, sign up for my blog! The sign-up box is in the upper right-hand corner of this post. Be sure to send me an email to let me know you’ve subscribed. (Use the “contact” link at the top of the blog.) If you’re already a subscriber, no problem. Just let me know you’d like a copy as well!

 

-Miriam

 

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You guys are incredible! Goes to show what you can do with very little to start with. Just hard work!

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Posted by ebaylife 01 / 09 / 2015 Comments 2 Comments

Junk Mail Sells?

 

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Junk mail.  I hate it!  We have a very small mailbox, and I hate to see it filled with a bunch of junk.  But what if you could sell some of that junk?

 

This weekend, I was visiting the “eBay Stores, Nothing But eBay Stores” Facebook group and met someone who had just sold a Victoria’s Secret catalog for $15.  Yes, the free kind. The kind that we used to get because a roommate of ours loved to shop there!

 

So I did some research, and it turns out that these catalogs do, indeed, sell.  In fact, certain issues sell well individually while others sell better in lots.  Click here to see the completed listings.

 

And that’s my tip of the day….

 

And don’t forget: If you’d like a free list of 10 items to sell on eBay, sign up for my blog! The sign-up box is in the upper right-hand corner of this post. Be sure to send me an email to let me know you’ve subscribed. (Use the “contact” link at the top of the blog.) If you’re already a subscriber, no problem. Just let me know you’d like a copy as well!

 

– Miriam

Posted by ebaylife 31 / 08 / 2015 Comments 0 Comments

Banned for Life – An eBay Success Story

 

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Just finished listening to That Kat Radio’s latest broadcast featuring the husband / wife team at Funsational Finds.  Wow!  Very inspirational!  After a buyer complained to Amazon that they were selling counterfeit product (they weren’t), the website banned them for lifeLuckily, they continued to find success on eBay.  These former engineers now make a full-time living selling online.  Listen to the latest episode of That Kat Radio here.

 

And don’t forget: If you’d like a free list of 10 items to sell on eBay, sign up for my blog! The sign-up box is in the upper right-hand corner of this post. Be sure to send me an email to let me know you’ve subscribed. (Use the “contact” link at the top of the blog.) If you’re already a subscriber, no problem. Just let me know you’d like a copy as well!

 

-Miriam

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Thanks for posting Miriam, Gary & Sharon have an amazing success story!

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Posted by ebaylife 29 / 08 / 2015 Comments 1 Comment

Aloha, Readers!

 

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Do you ever sell Hawaiian shirts on eBay?  I do!  Pictured above is a Kahala shirt I’m currently selling. Click here to see the completed listings for Kahala shirts.

 

Here’s a tip:  Be sure to include the word “Aloha” in the titles of your Hawaiian shirt listings.  I’ve been looking at the completed listings for these shirts, and I’ve been noticing that many successful sellers include this word in the titles of their listings.  I guess that’s what people in Hawaii call Hawaiian shirts.  Wikipedia even has an entry all about the “Aloha Shirt.” Click here to check it out.

 

And don’t forget: If you’d like a free list of 10 items to sell on eBay, sign up for my blog! The sign-up box is in the upper right-hand corner of this post. Be sure to send me an email to let me know you’ve subscribed. (Use the “contact” link at the top of the blog.) If you’re already a subscriber, no problem. Just let me know you’d like a copy as well!

 

Miriam

Posted by ebaylife 27 / 08 / 2015 Comments 0 Comments

Ever Been Carjacked?

 

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Roger Keyserling has. In fact, he became an eBay seller as a result of a carjacking.

 

“I was carjacked and shot.  I lost everything.  It took a long time to recover.  I came off disability and started selling online full time.  I sold Barbies on Amazon, but it wasn’t a good fit for me.  I wanted a more personal connection with my customers.  I saw eBay and really liked it.  I signed up in 2012 and opened my eBay store, Keywebco, in November 2013.  It grew to an anchor store in 2014.  I have almost 2700 items listed.”

 

Nowadays, Roger earns 90% of his income by selling on eBay.  The remainder of his income comes from his cattle ranch.  Roger’s biggest score was a Medusa Barbie.  He bought it for $100 and sold it for $700.

 

Roger and a friend also run two “shopping-selling network marketing groups” on Facebook: Shopping Project HQ and Treasure Seekers Unite.  These groups give eBay sellers the chance to promote their eBay items on Facebook.

 

His advice for newbies?  “Start with a plan of what you are going to sell. It’s also important to have a good inventory and accounting system in place before you start your business.”

 

Thanks for sharing your story, Roger!

 

FYI: If you’re an eBay success story, let me know!  I’m looking for people who earn at least 1/2 their incomes by selling on eBay.  Email me through the “Contact Us” link at the top of the page.

 

And don’t forget:  If you’d like a free list of 10 items to sell on eBay, sign up for my blog!  The sign-up box is in the upper right-hand corner of this post.  Be sure to send me an email to let me know you’ve subscribed.  (Use the “contact” link at the top of the blog.)  If you’re already a subscriber, no problem.  Just let me know you’d like a copy as well!

 

-Miriam

Posted by ebaylife 25 / 08 / 2015 Comments 0 Comments

Do You Stink?

 

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Maybe you need some vintage Bonne Bell rollerball perfume.

 

Let me explain.  Susie11904 just posted one of her recent scores.  The Bonne Bell perfume pictured above sold for $76!  No joke.

 

Click here to see the completed listings for Bonne Bell perfumes.  Very interesting!  I’m going to start looking for this brand at estate sales.

 

If you’re interested in posting, click here.  We’re waiting to see what you sold!

 

Don’t forget:  If you’d like a free list of 10 items to sell on eBay, sign up for my blog!  The sign-up box is in the upper right-hand corner of this post.  Be sure to send me an email to let me know you’ve subscribed.  (Use the “contact” link at the top of the blog.)  If you’re already a subscriber, no problem.  Just let me know you’d like a copy as well!-

 

– Miriam

Posted by ebaylife 24 / 08 / 2015 Comments 0 Comments

You Can’t Send Fishing Poles to Russia?

 

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1. If you’re going to attend the “We Are Twenty” event in San Jose, don’t miss the kickoff party at Flames Eatery Bar and Grill on September 9, 2015, from 7-11 p.m.  The event will be sponsored by Worthpoint research service and the Dallas eBabes and eMales.  FYI:  Attendees should bring a gift for the gift exchange.  Be sure to stick the gift and your business card in a bag.  Click here to see all the info about the event.  If you want more info about the We Are Twenty event, listen to today’s eBay Radio here.

 

2. Eric Nash of Stamps.com just sent me the new Stamps.com international shipping guide.   I think everyone should read it before shipping internationally.  Did you know that you can’t send fishing poles to Russia or cameras to China?  Read the guide.  It’s full of good info, and Stamps.com sponsors the blog!  Click here to check it out!

 

3.  Finally, I wanted to remind all of you to keep track of your finances!  It’s very easy to do this with the Easy Auctions Tracker spreadsheet.  I just saw someone post something on Facebook that reminded me to remind you!  A woman was complaining about eBay fees and asked her Facebook friends whether it was even possible to make money selling on eBay. I’m guessing she’s not using the EAT spreadsheet to keep track of every penny.

 

Don’t forget: If you’d like a free list of 10 items to sell on eBay, sign up for my blog! The sign-up box is in the upper right-hand corner of this post. Be sure to send me an email to let me know you’ve subscribed. (Use the “contact” link at the top of the blog.) If you’re already a subscriber, no problem. Just let me know you’d like a copy as well!

-Miriam

Posted by ebaylife 20 / 08 / 2015 Comments 0 Comments

$1,000 A Month in Returns?

 

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Ever get returns?  If you don’t, you must not be selling much.

 

We’ll sell anything, but the majority of the items we sell are listed in the the clothing, shoes, and accessories category. This category is very competitive.  In addition, buying clothing and shoes online can be tricky, and people often return items that don’t fit.  We provide measurements.  We even have our employees try on some of the items that look like they might not fit true to size so that we can describe how they fit.  But we still get returns.

 

How many returns do we get a month?  Well, about $1,000 worth of goods get returned each month. That’s approximately 7 percent of our gross sales.  Every once in a while I have to issue a refund because an item falls apart or we make a mistake in a listing, but usually items get returned because they don’t fit.   But that’s no reason for us to put our tails between our legs and run away!   We still make a good living.  If eBay reports that a lower-cost item has been delivered, I issue the refund immediately.  If an expensive item gets returned, I wait until I have time to inspect the item before issuing the refund.

 

FYI:  I was listening to eBay Radio today, and I heard that eBay will be announcing some changes to the returns process at the “We Are Twenty” event.  I also heard that a lot of people have already registered for the big party.  If you’re interested in attending, click here!

 

So. Any tips on dealing with returns?   -Miriam

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This happens to me, too. I have added a "please contact us first" blurb to my templates, but sometimes people don't contact us!

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Posted by ebaylife 18 / 08 / 2015 Comments 6 Comments

Hello, Kitty!

 

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So….

 

This weekend we decided to drive up the hill to check out the annual Butte Meadows yard sale.  Butte Meadows is a little mountain community about 30+ miles from Chico.  A lot of people own vacation cabins in Butte Meadows.  Unfortunately, we got there pretty late, and we decided to go to The Outpost for a snack before heading to the sale. (I was starving.)

 

Well,  by the time we got to the sale, it was almost over.  The lady in charge gave us five minutes to glance at the leftovers. I thought for sure we’d missed all the good stuff.

 

You know what’s coming next, right?

 

In five minutes, Johnny picked up the following:

 

1. A vintage Oster blender for $1 (Click here to see the completed listings for similar products.)

2. A Chef’s Mate knife sharpener for $1 (Click here to see the completed listings for similar products.)

3. A vintage Oster head massager for $1 (Click here to see the completed listings for similar products.)

 

FYI:  We’ve sold several Chef’s Mate sharpeners and several Oster massagers in the past.

 

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I, on the other hand, purchased only one thing: a special edition Hello Kitty Scrabble game.  It was new in the package. There was some damage to the box, but the box was still sealed.  I paid 50 cents, and they sell for up to $37 including shipping.  And I don’t have much competition.

 

By the time the lady running the sale shooed us out, and the garage doors closed, we’d made over $100. Not bad!

 

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Posted by ebaylife 17 / 08 / 2015 Comments 0 Comments
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