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Lately we've been talking about change, experiments and constant adapting to the way people buy on eBay. Since we encourage other sellers to be as efficient as possible, we had to look our ourselves. Even though most sellers already know this secret, it was new to us. We now are listing lightening fast.
Since 2008 we've been listing with a self-made html template in the description of each listing. It looked like this:
Back in 2008, eBay charged you for any extra photo you wanted to display on an item. So the template was important because it allowed us to showcase multiple photos. Buyers like to see what they're getting and we felt this was one secret to our success. We also liked the "professional" feel of the layout. It was like having our own custom webpage on each listing that gave us a brand.
But then a couple years ago, eBay began allowing all sellers to upload up to 12 photos free. They were encouraging people to list items straight from their phone. We thought about dropping the template but were stuck in our ways. Listeners would say, "Templates are for losers. Mobile devices don't display html templates correctly!" Hey, we were stubborn and thick headed like the best of them.
For some reason, it took a walk along the pier in Pacific Beach, San Diego where we looked at it from a different angle. Why not just list down and dirty? Upload great photos and simply include the relevant info in plain text? Everyone does this and they sell all day long. So easy. What were we afraid of? Why were we being so insistent on not changing?
Like all experiments, we'll keep an eye on the results to pass final judgement. But so far, Ryanne is listing as fast as she ever has. Now we see if people buy these items with no template. Our selling lives could be changed forever.
In this episode, we refer to these links:
--Millionaires who are frugal.
--NewBergPicker sent us this video about a young Canadian couple adventuring in a converted van. I could see them selling on eBay as they went.
--Pinterest is about to become an actual selling platform.
--Chris The Dollar Flipper sent us this listing where a guy sells clothes with his cat laying on them!
The Weekly Scavenger Numbers
Our Store Week May 31-June 6, 2015
- Store #1
- Total Items in Store: 3866
- Items Sold: 30
- Cost of Items Sold: $95
- Total Sales: $1,942.35
- Highest Price Sold: $400 (Pair of antique nautical lamps)
- Average Price Sold: $64.73
- International Sales: 5 (4 GSP)
- Returns: 2
- Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $100
- Number of items listed this week: 99
- Store #2
- Total Items in Store: 198
- Items Sold: 5
- Cost of Items Sold: $10
- Total Sales: $154.79
- Highest Price Sold: $39.99 (Vintage framed prints)
- Average Price Sold: $30.08
- International Sales: 0 (0 GSP)
- Returns: 0
- Number of items listed this week: 40