Category: eBay Selling Tips
Are you going to yard sales today? I am! Thursday is my Friday, so I’m ready to go!
A few things before I go…..
1. Attention, eBay Sellers! Costco has tissue again! I wrap all my products in tissue before sending them out. The least expensive place to buy tissue is Costo. Costco only offers this product during the holidays, so don’t miss out!
2 Interested in doubling or tripling your income? Why not hire employees? I will be teaching a class on this topic this Sunday evening. Click here to register!
2. Shark Tank is on again tonight. It airs on ABC. If you’ve never watched it, click here to see last week’s episode!
3. And finally, a reader needs help. Check out this post to the Discussion Board:
“I was wanting to know what’s the right way to do local pick up on eBay? Has anyone had any experience with doing that? Do they pay through paypal or cash on pick up?
How do you verify (for ebay & paypal) that they actually got it? Did you just leave the items on your porch/yard or did you go meet them?
I have a few things that I’d like to get rid of but don’t want to ship. I’d like to do local pick up the right way without getting burned.
Thank you in advance.”
Click here to respond! (Be sure to click on the “reply” button underneath the original post.)
Love this new article by Danni Ackerman about how to increase sales. Just finished reading it. Great info! Click here to check it out!
It’s Official! April was slow….but May was a our biggest month ever! That’s right. Were heading into the slow season, yet sales were way up last month. We sold 626 items!
Wanna make money this summer? No problem. But be sure to treat your eBay business like a job. I’ve been hearing a lot of eBay sellers talk about the fact that they find it difficult to pay their bills, yet most of them only work a few hours a day…if that. Would you be able to pay your bills if you only went to work a few hours a day? Probably not.
This summer, I plan to time myself. If I don’t watch it, I dawdle. I waste time. I check my email 50 times a day. Time management is an issue for me. It’s an issue for a lot of people. If you sell one-of-a-kind items on eBay, it’s important that you list new items every day. This is an easy task to accomplish if you set a goal for each day. I have a hard time sitting still, so setting a timer keeps me on task!
And in my experience, the summer months can be quite profitable as long as you keep listing. If you’re selling one-of-a-kind items, you need to be listing on a daily basis. You should be able to list at least four items an hour including pictures. You might be able to list a lot more than that if you are selling products that are already part of the eBay catalog. We attended the eBay Radio Party a few years back. When we got home, it was hot, hot, hot — too hot to go outside. So we sat down and started listing. We had one of our highest months ever. It’s getting hot again, so I’m hoping to get a bunch of goodies listed during the month of July. (I have to teach summer school the entire month of June.)
FYI: A few years ago, I wrote an article for Auctiva entitled ” Make Your Summer Sales Sizzle.” Click here to read it. The article gives tips on how to keep your business going during the summer months. In addition, you might want to check out the webinar I just watched. It was hosted by Topratedsellerwebinars.com, and it’s all about cleaning up your eBay store. Good stuff and it’s free!
I was checking out the Thrifting With the Boys Facebook group and noticed that Scott Henshaw of Nannette Store posted a video of his office. Scott has the coolest man office I’ve ever seen. Johnny would love it. (Maybe someday we’ll have a house big enough so that we can both have offices!)
Anyway, one of the things I noticed about his office is the fact that he uses old movie screens as backdrops for his photos. (I’ve seen these screens at yard sales but always pass them up.) If you don’t have much room, this is a fabulous idea. Paint the metal part of an old movie screen the same color as your walls, hang it in a convenient place, and pull it down when you need it. Ingenious!
My photo studio takes up a ton of room. Maybe I should think about picking up one of these awesome screens!
FYI: Scott is a full-time eBay seller who lives in the Pacific Northwest. Check out his official website here. He’s an eBay Education Specialist and Trading Assistant, too!
Oh no! Someone posted the following to the Discussion Board:
“I’ll try to keep this as positive as possible. I have a 700+ 100% positive score with eBay. This morning I woke up to find that an item I listed last week accidentally got listed under a wrong category. Not only did eBay remove the posting, they suspended listing privileges for……” (Click here to read the rest and respond!)
If you’re not sure what type of store you should have, don’t miss Danni Ackerman’s video! She’s here to help!
I’ve been waiting and waiting and waiting for eBay to give store owners the option to put old items on sale. No dice. Enter, Ki Markdown! I just discovered this app. It’s only 99 cents a months. I just tried it last week, and it’s awesome. I put all of my 90-day or older items on sale, and it was SO easy! Have you tried it? Click here to try!
On Tuesday, the Ask Janelle show, featured Tim Chapman, Mr. Customer Service! I never, ever miss the Ask Janelle show when Tim is on! Tim sells on eBay for a living, so he knows his stuff. Click here to listen! (It’s the 4/16/13) show.)
I just discovered this video of Danni Ackerman’s house. Very cool! In the video, Danni shows people how she organizes her inventory, photographs her items, etc. Very interesting! (One of these days, I will give you a tour of my house!)
A few days ago, we received yet another negative. In the last 6 months, we’ve received 2 negatives. We’re selling close to 600 items every 30 days, so that’s not bad. But I still don’t like them! I’m hoping that eBay will eventually require buyers to contact sellers before leaving negatives, but for now, the only thing we can do is respond in a professional manner.
Obviously, this particular buyer did not contact me before leaving a negative. I wanted to say something sarcastic in response but I didn’t. Instead, I left the following comment:
“”Please contact us if a refund is in order. We definitely want you to be happy!”
See. I got my point across while remaining professional. Now back to listing……