I finally watched the cassini search engine video someone kindly provided. It actually says you should end your listings after 30 days and then relist them to erase and renew the stats on each listing. Really? Do you have to wait any amount of time before relisting them? Does anyone do this?
You don't have to wait to relist them but you have to relist them using sell similar so the listing gets a new id number. You ask if anyone does this? I do it. I used to do it all the time until I tried GTC for about a year. Now I'm back to 30 day listings as of about a month ago. As soon as I started converting my listings over I noticed things selling that had sat in my store for over a year. I'd relist them and boom they'd sell within a day or so. Just try it with 20 items that have been in your store for a long time and experiment. You don't have to convert everything right away to see if it works for you.
Thanks for sharing that piece of advise, Linda. I made myself a note to watch the video mentioned on 12/8. Nancy,Do you use the bulk lister and change to 30 days, then relist every month? It would be nice if there was a way to set it up to relist automatically without doing it manually in case you forgot to do it. Does anyone know if there's a way to search topics on here? Examle...to find the info about the Cassini video.Sandy
On the sidebar of this blog is a search bar that says "search this blog". It's not perfect, and only searches text in the post (not comments). If Mike (or anyone) is so moved, you can always archive links and info at https://sites.google.com/site/scavengerarchive/. This link is now permanently in the top navigation bar for future reference.
Linda and Nancy .. You don't have to convert everything over to a 30 day listing. GTC is a 30 day listing only Ebay just renews it for you.I have everything still on the GTC and then each day I or two I sort, look for all the older ones [from ong ago] or those that end today or yesterday [if I missed them yesterday], then just click BULK cancel all of them, then click the reason as no longer for sale, the bulk relist. And I get a new ID number, and the viewer count is reset. Only take me about 20 to 30 seconds to do the ones that are ending today.The nice thing about leaving the GTC is if you get side tracked and miss doing the relisting for a few days, then Ebay will still re-list your items and they stay in your store. The danger of using only the 30 day listing is if you miss a day or two or three, then your item cancels and it is not re-listed until you see it and do the re-listing.So really I still just do it like J&R have always said with a twist. I list it but DO NOT FORGET IT> I just end the listing after 30 days and imeediately re-list. That way by still having the GTC selected if I go away for a week then everything is always in my store. When I get back I just pick up where I left off. Sort and look for everything ending today and start the whole process again. Then next month I will see those I missed while away and just do them then. That means they only stayed in the store for an extra month, so what, I do catch them the next month.The only thing the Ebay Engineer was saying is to end your items every 30 days or so and relisat, so we don't build up a bunch of people looking at our items, then saying not interested and leaving our store-site-item. Too many people looking and not buying is bad and Cassini is programmed to pick that up and punish you for it. 350 views and no buy on an item that is 14 months old is a NO-NO. And Linda, yes, I believe many on here have been doing this for some time. One member even duked it out with Jay but Jay wanted proof doing it made a difference and if it really meant anything to Cassini. I have looked for many months trying to find someone talking about Cassini that was from the Ebay organization. Guess we now have heard from the horses mouth, Cassini does react to the things he was mentioning, it does pull us up and push us down for things we do with our listing and for things we don't do. It has ended the discussion of, if we do this will it help. He tells us, without telling us a bunch of the Cassini secrets, that yes Ebay's search engine does make moves on our placement and how they present us to "their" customer / searcher base. It is not all about just being on top, but they will cross promote us, put us in "the "NEW LISTING" category, which does get preferred treatment. I know if a bunch of the SL members were at that conference, we would have bombarded him with tons of questions, but he shed light on a lot of them. They like new content just like Google, they like us "working" inside of our stores and showing we are not "just listing and forgetting". We need to change keywords, re-write titles, change descriptions, offer sales and not let our inventory get stale. They want us active and working our stores.So, just more of my take on it. mike in Atl
Sandy .. there is. Just list and-or keep everything as GTC = Good until Canceled. Think about those words.. It is good and will "automatically renew" every 30 days UNTIL YOU DECIDE to personally and manually cancel it. The process is use that executive priviledge. Just cancel your listings a day or two before or the day of when they are due to end. If you miss that date, then just wait to next month to do it. One extra month is a no harm no foul situation. BUT BE AWARE OF THIS, if you run late then don't cancel it right then. #1: You just got automatically charged for a 30 day renewed listing by Ebay because of the GTC, so if you cancel two days AFTER the renewal date you will loose your $.10-$.20 cents worth of time. Just catch it next month. mike in Atlanta
Thanks again Mike for posting that link. I'm going to try this and watch my traffic report. Doesn't it follow that the slow dime / higher pricing technique hurts your best match results because you have poor traffic results? As a buyer, I always drill down with terms and use price + shipping lowest first. I guess there must be a significant percentage who keep it on best match.
Can anyone kindly provide the link to the Cassini Video, please? My sales have remained steady this quarter, and I had hoped they would go up. This is my first year selling on ebay. Thanks! I have about 175 items over six months old in a 500 item store. I put the oldest 30 at 1/2 price and did auctions for the next 20 oldest, but I'm not moving stuff. Thanks in advance from a sorta newbie :-)
@ Anonymous .. Or keep it on NEWLY LISTED. On unique items where there are fewer items [maybe 10 to 30 items] then they are all on one page. But with those older listings, I have already looked at them, trolled their sites, scraped keywords and phrases, etc. Now all I am interested in is new items. Thus I troll newly listed.Also think as a collector. You have looked at two pages of listings and none are the shape, color or condition you want. So once I have looked at those listings I am only interested in new listings. So I have my account set to show me or sort on newly listed. If we use our technique our items will keep being presented to the guys always looking at newly listed. The others will not even show up in their search. Every month, you get a Cassini bump, you please Cassini and you are presented up top on Newly Listed, especially if you also meet the other criteria such as TRS PLUS, 100% feedback, no open or unsettled cases, etc., etc.
Cristina ... here is the link I posted this post Tues [12/8/15]. here is the link: http://www.webretailer.com/lean-commerce/ebay-cassini-search-engine/?I strongly suggest you listen to this and take notes, then listen a second time. I am sure you will pick up more on the second go around. It is about 30 minutes long and is showing a fellow that is with Ebay when this was done. He states he was on the team who's task it was to update and improve Ebay's old search engine and bring it into the new generation of search engines like Google. He goes over what they built into it, also does say it is ever changing but there are basics a seller needs to know to benefit from how they designed it.As I said someplace earlier, he doesn't tell all [probably is under a non-disclosure agreement], and also states some of the items that we have no control over. But the video is really worth listening too I think. mike in Atlanta
I also have saved searches out - a few with email alerts - on newly listed items. If you are creating a new similar listing, your item would appear on those. There are obviously other sellers doing this because I often recognize the same items (same photos, prices) coming up again and again. You lose your watchers by making a new listing, but very often they don't end up being the buyer anyway.
And as the Ebay engineer said if you have older listings and have compiled / accumulated a bunch of viewers then Cassini picks up on the fact you are not making conversions. Cassini calculates your click through rate, sales to amount of inventory ratios [the reason I told J&R that their store started to plateaue out after they started going over 2,250 items. [don't know if you remeber that I collected and calcuated every SL member that reported their numbers for over a year. My spread sheet started showing flattenting ratios of number of items vs. amount of sales. if I could do it, then certainly Cassini does it as he said.Bottom line, old listing with many viewers = a downward push in Cassini. And it is not all about being on top of a search. He said that thier were other ways they gave a boost to those who had shorter listing times, fewer viewers BUT had more sales ratios based on total amount of items listed.Here's an extreme example, if you have used the list it and forget it method, have 5,000 items in your store, they are all over 24 months [2 years old], what do you think Ebay thinks about that? Cassini is their search and praise / search and ignore or don't help the seller robot. It looks for issues like I just said and what do you think they are thinking. He said they know what their searches [customers] are looking for, they have learned how to present it to them and we as sellers need to do what we can to please that search algorythym. Sort of like the saying "Mother Google knows Best", well Ebay has created it's own internal search engine. Google's Penguin and Panda updates almost killed Ebay. If you don't know about Panda and Pequin, that is a whole other research project for everyone. But Ebay lost tons of traffic that Goggle was sending their way due to how ebay promoted it's seller sites. It took over 2 to 3 years to even get back to even on that slap by mother Google.So now, we have to cater to Cassini the way you have to for Google. I saw that as J&R put more items in their store, the ratio of items begin to flatten out. Dollar amount fluctuated due to the varying dollar amounts but close to listing ratios began to drop and plateaued out. The magic number seems to be between 250 items, where the climb starts, it moves exponentially [steep upward climb] through the next 750 items, then the numbers start to show a bend in the top part of the curve. Like an "S" shape and then starts to curve over.J&R second store is seeing the sharp upwards trend and I project it will also start top fold over at the top. Thus maybe a third store would be the ticket. In any case with Cassini, I think the speaker is indirectly telling us, they are watching us and we need to work our stores. A lot of the "VooDoo" as Jay called it is being lifted as we learn more about Ebay's search engine and how it works. mike in Atl.
The Pinching Pesos lady says if you list shorter than Good 'Til Cancelled, then Google won't pick up the listing. Different strokes, I guess
I am going to try that to see if my older listings start to sell. Several new items sold within hours or days, even when I had plenty of competition. The vast majority of what has sold in the past two weeks was newly listed items.
Mike, Good Till Cancelled does not end your listing aand then renew it. You would have to have 30 day listings and then relist after they ended to generate a new ID number. Correct? I cancelled and relisted one last night and it did have a new ID number.
Anonymous,mthe best way to search this blog is to receive a daily email with the RSS feed oof all comments. Keep them in a folder. Then search your folder.
Sandy in MinnesotaNot sure where I should post multiple replies. Here or down below.Thanks, Jay, for in info on searching the blog. I don't know how I missed that box. I forgot to say congratulations on your new investment property! Linda, thanks for the info on searching the blog. How do I find an RSS feed?Monacol...your work plan and goals look great! You obviously know where you are going. It's great to have it in written form to refer back to when you get side tracked. I need to do the same.Mike...your post about cassini is amazing! I may need to print it out and re-read to digest it all. Lots of info there, but I think I get the picture. Will relist tomorrow. So, I wait until the listings are about to end to relist? (to get my monies worth)? There's so much great info here today, I'm going to need time to re-read and digest it all, then there will be more info tomorrow. Can you guys please take a break so I can catch up. J/KSales are good. Had a $339 day. Been so busy with sales, have not had time to make a sale, so things are selling for full price. Will keep working hard up to Christmas and through Jan. Make hay while the sun shines.Thanks for all the feedback. Wasn't sure if anyone was reading my posts, so getting a bit discouraged, but very grateful for this blog, J&R and everyone!Sandy (I sign my name because I'm never sure if it's going to let me sign in with Google. I've lost so many posts. I know to copy/paste before I trey to send. I'm so psyched about all this info, I hope I can sleep now.
Good Morning Linda: Ahh my first cup of coffee. Gets my brain jump started. Ebay does track the GTC as 30 day listings. That is how they bill you for your monthly allotment of listings and also tracks how many listings you have toward your maximum allowed listings each month. If you will notice on all your GTC listings in your store you will even see a little counter that is counting down the number of days left, hours and minutes. Well if it is a GTC, then what is it counting downwards towards? It is the end of the 30 day cycle.No, a GTC. doesn't physically end your listing and give a new number, it just automatically renews your listing [a roll over for lack of better words] then it bills you and subtracts from your monthly allotment.So the trick here is to just catch each listing the day before or day of [watch the hours also if day of, because some end at different hours], then click all you want to end, and give a short reason [I just click item no longer for sale]. Give Ebay a few minutes, check my store to make sure the number of items listed count at the top has dropped [say 502 listings now down to 450], then just re-list those as sell similar. By using the Sell Similar when they are re-listed your item will be re-listed exactly as it was before, INCLUDING the length of time as GTC, that is one of the nice things. By leaving the GTC on it, then as was asked earlier, if you forget to do the end and re-list thing, then your item auto. renews and stays in your store. If you change everything to a 30 day listing and you have to go away for 3 weeks, then almost everything in your store will end itself and you won't have anything in your store. With GTC it is always there even if you forget to do the end and re-list process.The only thing different now from how it was before is the number of views has been re-set and a new ID number assigned. Thus Cassini sees it as a brand new fresh listing and can't find the bad things the engineer told us they look for and penalizes [sort of] us for. Now your item is showing up in the Newly Listed areas, gets a bump, avoids becoming stale old inventory with no sell through [as the Ebay Engineer told us that Cassini frowns on].That new one you listed last night has now been given some Ebay Juice, is showing up on top of somebody's newly listed list, Cassini is not reacting and pushing you down for it being too old and having high viewers but no activity. It is fresh, new and good to go.Yesterday as I was typing here on SL, I saw 23 items that were ending today so I highlighted those [about 4 seconds], clicked end and checked my store. Numbers had dropped by 23, then I went to Ended listings and of course they were at the top, re-highlighted them and clicked re-list. It re-uploaded all 23 listings and the same photos since they are hosted on my computer. I then re-checked my store and the count was back up to where it was when I started. All done in less than 60 seconds. Everything took maybe three or four sips of coffee to do.:-) BTW I got an offer last night on a $59.95 item and it was one of yesterday's re-list. Now all of those are being seen as brand new listed items, Ebay is happy, Cassini is Happy and I am Happy. Selling Manager Pro, takes more time [slower] to upload and it limits you to only doing 250 at a time. I use WonderLister [super, super fast] and I can bulk edit any amount I want at one time. WL will allow thousands of bulk edits at one time. But 250 at a time on SMP is no problem for most of us with less items in our stores. But the Brian's, Jay & Ryannes of the world, yes they would have to do this in 250 item lots, but one would think that 250 item is enough to cover what would be ending on any one day. mike in Atl.
Cool. Sounds like you have the logic behind your thinking. So I'd love to hear in three months how sales look for those of you who are deciding to list 30-day instead of Good Till Cancelled. (I hope you sell a lot!)But it's needs to be more than one or two data points. Glad you got an offer on an item you had just relisted. But we sold an item last night that was listed for two years. I had honestly forgotten about it. Seeing how sales are in the next quarter will be better info to share. In the end, it cant hurt. Just one more thing to manage.
More views actually CAN hurt you.One thing he stated rather clearly is that you get pushed down in the search when buyers look for / at your item, but don't click on it, watch it, bid on it or buy it.A certain percentage of traffic is going to be casual traffic, where the person clicks on the item with little or no chance of buying it.Some listings will generate more casual traffic than others. Some of my yearbooks seem to have quite a few hits, maybe people like to look at the pictures, but only that one rare buyer would actually buy them.Relisting them might generate more casual traffic, but wouldn't bring in the actual person that wants to buy them. So it would push me down in the search for my other, search dependent items, even if ebay's algorithm isn't smart enough to detect this relisting trick.Whereas a book that is sitting out there with 0 views because it has a very specific title might not actually hurt you very much... and might be a nice boost when it sells to the first person who searches for it. In my view the main thing to take away from this is a) considering significantly reduced keyword spamming b) getting rid of bad inventory and not just throwing everything up there because it might someday sell for 10 bucks(that's not a critique of the scavengers, that's a critique of myself)
The other interesting thing about the video is that it gives insight into how items on good til canceled might mysteriously sell after months and months, even if they're things that are nobody would specifically search for.Buyer engagement divided by impressions. Impressions with no result ---> reduced scoreAs your item fails to sell, it slowly gets pushed down the search pages. Once it gets towards the bottom, it falls more rapidly as it gets lots of impressions, but few clicks, as buyers don't scroll down that far every time.But once it is off the pages people actually look at, it is no longer getting many impressions, so it is no longer getting punished for people failing to click on it.And the guy points out that the search is more focused on your recent results, rather than your results from months ago.So once your listing is wandering in the outer darkness of page 6 and getting no hits or impressions, its history of failure should slowly start to be forgotten over time, until listings that failed more recently have lower negative rankings and push past it towards the bottom.Eventually, as the history of failure is reduced in importance, it might sneak back up into the pages that people actually look at, although this might not happen if people are camped at the top of the category with multiple quantity listings or if there is a constant stream of fresh competitive listings with no history of failure.
deb truervaluesIt seems to me that if you just "sell similar" and don't change anything about your listings, you might get a small bump in sales, but the problems that prevented buyer engagement in the first place still exist.For myself, I have taken just a few items at a time and reviewed title/price. I want to get more engagement, and at this point after a year and a half of experience, I write much better titles than I did when I started.This is a project I will work on when shipping is slower and my shop isn't so busy. There are a lot of things I can improve.
Another question: Is there any way to sort my listings by oldest ones first?
Sort by ending soonest.
Linda, when you look at your active listings, there is a column that is the "start date". If you used GTC, then click on that date and it will sort them for you. Either ascending or decending order. But once you use 30 day listings, then the start date become the date of the 30 day..really no other way to track that unless you're set up to get emails when you list an item and then search your email list.
Margaret, Which view are you talking about? My eBay? Active Listings in the Seller Manager Pro? I find that both of these isn't perfect. I'm pretty good about going through and picking out the older ones by sight, but i'm sure there's some that I'm missing. I also notice that most are the smaller dollar items that I don't even want to think about (I'm looking at you Longaberger Tie-Ons!!!).
In your active listings, you have a button that says customize in the top right, click that to open a pop up window. Make sure you have "start date" checked. Then in your active listings you can click the column header that says start date and it will organize. Clicking the start date again will bring the last listing to the first and vice versa. This only works on a computer (not mobile) and only if your listings are good until cancelled.
I do not have a Column that says Start Date. I also do not have a button that says Customize. I do. Have a spot that says Sort. If yo u click on the arrow you can only select from Time Left Ending Soonest or Latest, Price Lowest or Highest, Format Auctions First, High Bidder ID, Available Quantity, and Watchers. I'm stumped Margaret and Lee!
If you have a PC, try CTRL+F and type customize. Once you are on your active listings page. Maybe there are different setups for different browsers.
Lee when I do that it says No Matches Found. I have a Premium store. Maybe that doesn't have this option. Thanks for all the help anyway. Maybe I will call Ebay.
After listening to the last shampooandbooze podcast it really makes me want to up my game. The thought of paying off debt and travelling sound amazing. The only issue is I'm flying solo here and need a good game plan. Up until now I've been listing casually as its hard to fit everything into my day. I'm not working at a typical job right now so that helps. Anyone care to share their typical structure for scaling up for one person. Do you list or buy on certain days, stick to selling certain types of things, I need a an advisor. Im would really love to make this work better. Thank you. And I applaud those who have figured this game out.
So, I do it all by myself but have a family. I think you need to set a goal per week. "I want to list X". This forces you to really think about how many items you can list per week. In the end, you can buy, research, photograph, store any number of items, but listing is what will actually get your items out for sale!
I also fly solo, I started eBay in Aug just part time then I lost my job in Oct, thank goodness I had already found Jay and Ryanne which made me light years ahead of the game. I am also debt free so my bill's are only 650.00 a month, that really helps. Being solo means that I can only list about 10 a day on a good day but I have to source so its not everyday I get 10 listed. I source on Tuesday morning at a thrift store that is only open on Tuesday and Saturday, all other thrift stores prices are too high in this area. I do estate sales Friday and Saturday. My plan on the days I list is do 5 listings in the morning break for lunch do 5 listings in the evening break for supper, then I pack and ship from 7-9 at night and any overnight sales I pack from 6-9 in the morning. If I am sourcing that day I list 2 before I go and 2 when I get home, this is just my goal sometimes I don't make it. I only listed 8 today because I had to clean several items before I could list them.. I just now hit 525 in my store. But I know that if I keep going it is a numbers game and I will win! Set you a goal that is doable yet if for some reason you don't make that goal don't beat yourself up, just start fresh the nest day.
I do things solo as well AND I work a very demanding IT job. I agree with Dollar Flipper that goals are very important. My main goal recently has been to develop a consistent eBay routine. For example, I process my shipments every night at around 8-9PM and then schedule a USPS pickup for the following morning. I go to garage sales every Saturday until about noon but I only buy what I think I can list that weekend.I also have a long-term goal to break down my listing process into 2-3 separate stages and only do certain steps in the process on certain days of the week. Living in Florida I dream of a day where I can have my photos and descriptions synced to my google drive and I can relax on the beach with my cellular "hotspot" and iPad/Surface Pro and list. Oh yeah, that and quit my stressful IT job.
I hope that everyone is having a good selling week--I am, BUT I have had more returns in the last couple of weeks than all year long, and for reasons to do with not liking the color, not fitting, etc. I honestly see a real trend in this of people being comfortable with ordering/paying for items, inspecting them, then returning them--bad for us sellers but what can you do? Contemporary buyers expect to be able to return stuff and that is that.
I sell clothing. My returns have more than doubled this year. Also lots of cases opened for not liking color & mis-fit. I just got one today. I am worried that somehow I'll be paying taxes on the income for these returns. Does anyone know if PayPal adjusts the income with the credit back or do I need to deduct all these returns? I think they are still considered income.
All income is reported, but you have deductions like expenses and returns and anything else that you plan on deducting. If you use some service to track transactions (like GoDaddy Bookeeping), there's a line items for returns that gets subtracted out of your income when calculating profits.
You can always call Paypal to ask them. I would assume that they keep a running tab of income vs returns.
I believe Go Daddy shows your returns as Expenses.
I loved the spoon rest. I'm amazed at the waterpick sale. Even sterilized, I would prefer to have a new one, which only costs $50-70 new on Amazon.
I had a buyer begging me to lift my buying restrictions so they could buy something from me. They've had two unpaid item strikes that she claimed her sister caused. I actually do trust that she would pay but I don't know of a way to take away the restriction for one item only. Besides part of me thinks she deserves the punishment of being a bad non payer in the past.
If people ask, it means they understand that they have been penalized and it's a pain in the ass to buy for them now. If you want the sale, I'd sell it to them.
Go to the Site Map and put their name on the exemption list, just like you did on the restricted list.
A little off topic here but I need some advice from the group. I recently quit my 3rd shift job but I'm afraid to tell my husband's parents because they are a bit over bearing and pushy and would expect me to go out to eat with them every week (my husband does), spend the weekends with them, and they would drop by constantly because I'm not "working". Before I was sleeping so I didn't have that problem. But with eBay I'm pretty much working 2nd shift and I'm busy. When my husband gets home we don't have long before he goes to bed. Plus my home is my safe place. I don't want to be guest ready all the time. I know I may sound horrible but I'm a private person and like to be left alone. How do I tell them I quit without the other stuff happening.I hate lying.
You have replaced your former job with a new job working from home. Working longer hours. Decide if/ when you are available and have your husband back you up. No excuses need to be made. Read the book "Boundaries" by Cloud and Townsend.
Just don't tell them. They don't need to know. Talk to your husband about it and explain him the situation. He's your partner and should understand.
I agree with Linda, Boundaries by Henry Cloud is an excellent book. Also, you and your spouse have to be on the same page, which means you probably need a no distractions, no TV, no phone, no kids, face to face talk. Let your spouse know how much it means to you (verbally - men don't take hints). It is ok for him to see his parents every week, and maybe you go with him once a month (comprise a little). But the main thing is that you agree and are on the same page going forward, not going in opposite directions. ^^ my opinion only - I am not a marriage counselor - eat the chicken, spit out the bones
Kim,What you and your husband tell your in-laws is up to you guys. My husband and I have been married for 43 years so I feel somewhat qualified to give advise on this topic. ha ha I totally hear what you are saying. I also am a private person and like to be alone most of the time, except for being with my husband and grandkids (short spurts). That's why eBay works so well for me, not many other commitments. I make sure of it. Not even dealing with Facebook, I'm much too private. In fact, I plan to defriend the few I have on an old account so I can read eBay groups on Facebook. I'll explain to them first. I'm hoping that can't see my eBay group stuff if I do that, does anyone know?Dr. Laura would say to support each other 100% and to hell with everyone else. Tell them whatever you need to tell them. I made the mistake of not being 100% supportive of my husband when my (alcoholic) dad was alive and he didn't want to be around him because he was disrespectful to him. I didn't always see it, or just accepted that my dad was like that. With six brothers and my dad, my husband often feel out-numbered. He would go, in the beginning and be miserable, then, eventually he stopped coming to family events altogether. So did some of my sister-in-laws who my dad was rude to. He told one of my brothers his wife "wore the pants in the family". Ouch! We didn't see much of her anymore. My husband even stayed home one Thanksgiving and made a huge turkey for himself. He basted it with about a pound of butter! I should have stayed home with him. I regret that I didn't stick by him instead of my dysfunctional family. You can't go wrong if you just explain to your husband how you feel. I think you have every right to set boundaries. If you're planning on having kids (or do now) it will spill over into their grand parenting if you don't set boundaries now. You might want to check out Dr. Laura Schlesinger's books. There are many on Amazon for $1.99 "The 10 Things Couple's Do to Mess Up Their Relationships". Some people don't care for he, she's very blunt. I just take the advise I agree with. My 13 yr. old granddaughter loves listening to her on the radio with me. It's adult stuff. ha ha Sandy
I'm not gong to pry into your life, but it seems like you and your husband need to be on the same page to set some boundaries. It's a lot easier for him to say "we need some space" than for you to since you're the "outsider."And for the books from Dr. Laura, I'm sure the library would have some of that!
Well thankfully my husband completely understands. But he too doesn't like lying to them, although for him its mainly because he knows eventually he'll slip up. They ask about me and my job and he has to keep making up stuff. It's tough because they are helping him pay a big student loan and we'd be screwed if they got upset and stopped helping abruptly. I've been lying to my best friend too which really sucks because we don't lie to each other. But I know she'd assume I'm never busy and want me to go do stuff constantly. No one understands working from home actually is work.
Maybe something like "I'm starting a new business venture" instead of "working from home" might work? I don't think the lying is the best option, but it really sounds like a difficult situation. I have (loving) but non-thoughtful in-laws. We get gifts that we don't want, way too much stuff for our daughters that aren't age appropriate for a 3 year old, and we don't want to hurt their feelings. It doesn't get easier if you keep letting it slide. It sounds like you two are going through a lot right now though. Have you ever read Dave Ramsey? He helps a lot of people get out of debt. If you graduate from him, then it's a short trip over to Mr. Money Mustache and you guys will be living the happier life quickly.
Lincoln said Honesty is the best policy. Lies can only hurt everyone. Just start with the firm announcement to everyone that you have your own business, will be working from home longer than your previous job, and therefore will not be available any more than you were before. You can even set your phone to block calls at whatever times you don't want to be distracted. If you start out with a very clear announcement you will make it much easier than trying to put out fires as you go along. Just my thoughts.
This sounds like it's actually not about work at all. It's called setting boundaries. You don't have to do it in a big outburst. If you're afraid to bring it up, write down how you feel first and sort it all out in writing. Then talk to your husband about the next step.
So funny about the Waterpik. I have one sitting in my closet that I used a few years back and was thinking I should either donate it or look to see if it would sell on ebay. Glad to see that it does! LOLThose sheets were a fabulous find and sale!
I didnt think sheet sets would sell for so much. That's all Ryanne.
Is it because the sheets were "vintage" that they got such a high price? Or was it the pattern? The brand? I know a good set of sheets can be pricey but man, $80 for some sheets from the 80's is pretty nuts.
it was a combination of things. new in package, vintage pattern, high quality brand. that being said, i have similar combinations that are full sets of twin sheets, that i've had for a year or so. that's just the randomness of ebay.
I'd bet it had a lot to do with the pattern. Like 80s lottery winner new money. Still, amazing.
King size sheets are pricey if you buy good quality. Nice sheets will last you many years and only get better with age. The last set we purchased was closer to $200, so $80 is a great deal. Also, it's rare to see prints in King size - if you look at department stores or places like Bed, Bath & Beyond, most of the sheets are a solid color. Print, price & quality were all reasons for these selling at a great price.
LOL those monkeys. We got some in when we were in Thailand at Cabbages and Condoms (a restaurant promoting healthy sex habits) that has the three monkeys and then a 4th monkey who is very "happy". We think the thing is hysterical and couldn't say no. As my mom said when she saw it "Oh my!"LOL I don't know what that has to do with anything except for that it always makes me smile.
That's funny. You may have run into the owner there: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mechai_ViravaidyaWe've also been to that hotel when we did a video project for a non-profit promoting anti-sex trafficking strategies. Mechai's big strategy is just getting women out of poverty and promoting family planning so there's no stress to enter into the sex work industry.
He seems like a wonderful person who really helped Thailand prevent HIV/other STDs. Thailand was so fun. I wish I could have stayed in Chiang Mai for a year.
Well, you guys staying at his resort helps funds all those good programs. If you could get off work, it's that that expensive to live in Thailand for a month.
Hi all, came across this great article Behind the Scenes at the NYC Sanitation Dept's Art Gallery of Scavenged Objects about a NY sanitation worker who has been collecting items found in the trash for over 30 years. He has accumulated over 50,000 items and has a warehouse in East Harlem and it is in danger of being demolished! “The Treasures in the Trash Museum,” as the collection is called by its founder, is located in DSNY Sanitation Garage 11 on 99th street between First and Second Avenue.
deb truervalues Hi Cristina - Thanks for sharing this. I thought it was organized artistically--and so many COOL WEIRD objects, too!!!
That is awesome! Thanks for sharing the link.
Hi! For you next listing of another one, the spinning angel candle holder thingie is called a glockenspiel ... Yes, they are cool!
Here's a link that traces the origins, names, and history of these pieces...http://www.oldchristmastreelights.com/candle_chimes/candle_powered_chimes%20GALLERY%203.htm
We had no idea how popular they were. Thanks for the further info.
Mug saying suggestion that came to me after watching Ryan's "What Sells" video, "Compared to Jay & Ryanne, I suck":-).
That chandelier is killer!!
A question for anyone who has a minute:I mailed a package Priority on Dec 1 from KY to CA. It still hasn't arrived and the last scan (today)said "Missent" Riverside CA - so I assume it's still moving. Buyer is not happy. I am not happy either for that matter.;-) This is totally a USPS problem. What should I do at this point? I've messaged the buyer and apologized for the delay and let her know that it shipped on time. Should I do something else? Thanks everyone, Cindy
deb truervalues - This has happened to me a couple of times. First, I mention when the item went out, and tell them that USPS is "really busy right now" and as long as it is moving, their order is getting closer to their door. I provide them with the tracking number and tell them how to find and follow it, because a lot of times they don't know.Then I follow the tracking, as well. Each night, I let them know where their item is. I think this encourages them that I am working on it, and supporting them. They also know I'm watching out for their interest. (I think I've only had to do this 2 or 3 times.)Usually, after the item arrives, they will give you positive feedback, because they know you put effort into your customer service.In a year and a half, the post office lost only 1 of my packages out of over 2000 orders. USPS claimed they delivered that one, so I think it got stolen off their porch.I should take the time to say that I have been very impressed with the superior service I have gotten from the post office....What with the free boxes, the porch pickup, and speedy deliveries, they make my business look good, and I am indebted to them. I am taking gifts to my local PO next week.
Thanks Deb. I appreciate the advise and I'll give that a try.
Juat as an informal survey, how many packages of yours has USPS (and/or other companies) lost, out of how many sent? When I was starting out, they lost a package of mine after I had sent about 50 packages. 1/50. It was an odd size, maybe 12x5x5 and I had wrapped it in a poly mailer and taped it so there were no loose corners. Unfortunately, I thought it had been delivered and just didn't show as delivered in the tracking (as happens with global shipping if you don't click on the extra links they provide). Anyway, the buyer obviously opened a case. I resolved it immediately, but that defect lasted a long time. Fortunately, USPS refunded me more money than I claimed. I stayed paranoid after a package loss so early on, but that's the way it goes. No big deal. I was just curious about generating some anecdotal stats - just because we can.
i echo what deb says. keep in touch with your buyer, make sure they know you're keeping an eye on it. i would also give a ring to your local post office and ask what might have happened, they might be able to give you a clue on that. and you can tell your buyer you called your postmaster as well.
Thanks, Ryanne. Followed your (and Deb's) advice. Got an email that the package had arrived and that she would be leaving feedback immediately. I was more than a little nervous, but she left glowing feedback and 5 stars on all the detailed seller ratings! Btw, when I talked to our postmaster, she offered to personally contact my buyer to make sure she knew that I was not responsible for the delay. I didn't take her up on the offer, since I know how busy she is right now, but it was great to know that she was willing to do that.
I do not understand how you get such high prices! Does not work for me ever, and I list some good stuff. ??????
Our strategy is just list it and forget it. We dont stress about how long items take to sell. We know something will sell everyday.
and as you see on some weeks we don't get lots of high dollar items selling. it just depends on the week. i also like to price high and wait, as jay says, we're not here to fire sale items.
Yes,, lots of good books at the library, but Amazon so cheap, it's almost easier. I agree, lying to your best friend not a good idea. You might have to get some backbone and learn to say no. Good books on that too. Ha ha not trying to be harsh, but one of our daughters has trouble saying no and is always apologizing. Dr. Laura says if you did nothing wrong, no reason to apologize. It sounds like you're working really hard, so you have nothing to hide or be ashamed of. It sounds like you have a good, supportive husband so you guys will work it out. To hell what other people think. This is your families income and you have a right to work as hard as you want to. Just be polite and give the in-laws and your friend a quick call and let them know you're really busy, but you're thinking of them. You can always call when you know they probably won't answer and leave a message. Voila, you,re covered.Sandy
I have an interesting learning experience I thought would be a cool share. So I got a negative feedback yesterday and the guy didn't contact me at all prior to leaving it. I sent him a message and didn't hear anything back so I called ebay and talked to a rep. They provided me with his phone number.So I just called him (they are west coast) and said I know this is very random but I sold you a shirt on ebay and you weren't happy with it I apologize etc etc. I can tell he was taken off guard (as I am sure anyone would) and said he can deal with it over the weekend. So for now yes it sucks I have a negative feedback but I am confident it will get removed within the next few days. I honestly still do not know what is wrong with the item. We do a thorough check before we send out an item and are very aware if there are any potential issues and this item was not one of them.I think it's strange someone would leave a negative feedback without contacting the seller first and asking for a refund or something like that. You would think if they were not happy with the item they would want to get money back or return it.I have received maybe 5 negative feedbacks ever all of which I have worked with the seller to get removed but this is the first time I have ever been given someone's phone number to contact them directly. I actually like it because it adds a human element. I will keep everyone posted.
when you called the customer, what did they say was wrong with the shirt?
They didn't say. I called them out of the blue and I can tell they were driving or something like that and I didn't want to push too hard on the subject so I am going to speak to them over the weekend. The call was more of a hey it's the guy from ebay, I apologize etc, let's set up a time to talk.I am interested to find out what he called "a noticeable defect" on the shirt means. It seems like it would imply there was a stain or damage of some sort on it which I didn't see when I was packing it. Maybe something happened during shipping.I will keep everyone posted. I am confident it will get removed. I just wanted people to take away from the comments that it's possible to call a buyer that left feedback which seemed pretty cool to me.
We'd received a handful of negative feedback over the years. Some we can fight and have removed. Some stick around. Not the end of the world. I'd say that 75% of the negative feedback are left by buyers who keep the items. As you say it's strange because why keep an item you don't like? It's just the "grumpy buyer syndrome".
I am not too worried about it. I have also received a handful of negatives over the years. I have luckily gotten them all removed and expect this one to get removed as well.I know you are in the same boat but I have literally sold random used items to over a thousand people this year alone. You are bound to have a couple of issues that you have to deal with which is not a big deal in the grand scheme of things. It's dealing with the issues that do arise in a smart manner. I am going to bet I get the negative removed by Sunday at the latest.
If you give 100% refund including shipping will the negative ever stick. I know sometimes this is not worth it for higher priced items but for anything under 50 it's probably better to just eat it and refund even without a return. Obviously ask them to return it first if you still want it while still eating shipping both ways. Thoughts?
I have no issue in giving them a full refund. I am basically building a case for ebay if for some reason the seller refuses to revise the feedback. Worst case scenario the guy doesn't work with me I can go to ebay and say I did this, this, and this and get it removed. I don't expect that to happen but I am taking all the appropriate steps I know an ebay rep will look for if it came down to that.
As expected the feedback was revised and the negative was removed. I ended up giving them $20 off and we texted back and forth. There was a white streak on the shirt that he sent me a picture of that definitely wasn't there when we sent it out. Either way nothing I can do about it and am just glad to have the issue resolved. If anyone gets a negative feedback I recommend getting their info from ebay and calling them. It can go a long way in getting something removed or resolving an issue.
I have a question for J & R, Do you have a Bonanza Webstore or Which membership do you use, or both? I have only had 2 sales in Bonanza in the past 6 months. Views are low as well. I was looking for info on what it is you folks do in your Bonanza platform since i hear you mention a lot of sales. Also how often do you update inventory from eBay? Thanks and im sorry if you have answered this 1000 times already. If anyone else has positive experiences with Bonanza i would be interested to hear which subscription you are using as well. Thanks, P Sr.
so glad you asked this! I too have had a Free Bonanza store for several years and have very low sales. Maybe 6 items a year. I do go in and update it everyday but that doesn't seem to help. Maybe I should skip the updating part:)
We just use the free version. They charge us anytime something sells. We don;t do anything at all once we set up the automatic syncing our our eBay store. I think you may be overestimating our sales on Bonanza. If you look through our numbers each week, we may sell 4 things a month there (and we have 5000 items listed). It's been nice to sell some high dollar items there though. Just another place to sell.
After a slower than expected Nov and first half of Dec, I took steps to be a little more hands on in managing inventory and prices. My store is now up to 200 items, which is a great feat for me because I have so much else going on. I'd say that 70% of my inventory is kind of unexciting though -- stuff like no-iron work blouses from LL Bean, gingham buttondowns from J Jill and NWT or like new blazers. As I think I commented before, my mantra when sourcing is AmazingTaste's adage that an item has to have at least 2 things going for it -- sought-after brand, condition, etc. But even following that, I seem to have acquired a lot of items that are slow to sell. Now I'm experimenting with ending GTC listings and "selling similar," as well as running 20% off sales on all of that 70% boring inventory. There's been a definite uptick in sales over the past 2 days. Going forward, I might avoid buying all those boring women's buttondown blouses and blazers. It's hard not to buy them when they are good brands and so cheap at my ...amazing...secret....church thrift store, but I'm starting to wonder if they are like skirts for Ryanne. Are blazers the new skirts? :) I know I'm rambling here, but also want to tell you all about ny favorite BOLOs of the month -- - anything American Girl (of course!) -- though the thrifts tend to charge ebay - Chicos "So Slimming" stretch pants -- they seem to have a loyal following and always sell quickly (note that Chico's sizes are bizarre - be sure to point out in your listing that Chico's has its own sizing system) - anything from cabi (this is a women's clothing label - it's a multi-level marketing company that women sell at parties/from home. It has a following! The clothes are really nice and if you can sell them cheaper than what the sales reps sell them for, you basically have no competition)
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I had a good laugh yesterday at the Goodwill, they had put out one of those glass vases full of jewelry (thinking of NinjaBob of course since he specializes in these and finds gold and silver for scrap in them) written on the label in large, black letters was, "NO GOLD," hahaha! All of the GWs in my area participate in their online auctions (aren't I lucky?) so I am not surprised.
Our local thrift had an "everything for $1" sale, so we picked up a mixed lot of broken/scrap jewelry (original price $30) for $1. Not a scrap of silver or gold to be found, and plenty of garbage (mardi gras beads, screws, thumbtacks). At $1 it was a fun experiment, and we've now got lots of beads to play with, but it sort of tempered my enthusiasm for that particular gamble going forward -- and at $30 I would have been kicking myself for a long time. That said, I can't argue with NinjaBob's experience and numbers!
Next time you see an ascot you should pick it up for Jay to wear while modeling, it would've gone great with that coat, and any vintage 70's stuff. (Just like Mr. Furley).
i will now dig one out of the massive death bin of ties...
Question about importing eBay and Etsy listings into Bonanza. I imported my Etsy listings, but I am needing to go through each listing and add information and manually post. Will I have to do the same individual tweaking once my eBay listings import?
what are you manually adding in your etsy listing import? you shouldn't have to do that with ebay. we never did.
I followed the directions for importing my Etsy listings. They showed up on Bonanza, but I was alerted that the category information and shipping information were missing.
Me too. And it gives me limited shipping options as well. Also, nowhere to add a handling charge that I see. I've been too busy to email Bonanza so far - not on ebay though. No one wants to buy my stuff. The one thing I sold on Monday was shipped to the wrong state by USPS. They buyer has been very understanding so far.I just ended everything in my massive store (117 items) and relisted, so will be another test case for cassini...
My timing blows but after Christmas I'm going to try hard to get into a few gated categories on Amazon. My long term plan is to do both FBA and EBay.I don't feel like I have a lot of time to learn the ropes so I'll probably just jump in and learn by my mistakes. According to resale rabbit you can sale used stuff too. Anyway, If anyone else here does fba and is in those gated categories I'd love to hear from yo in the future.
There is a photo going viral this week showing a Christmas Tree with presents piled almost as high as the full size tree (over 300 presents). The mom to whom the picture belongs and who posted it, is defending herself by saying she loves to spoil her kids and that not ALL of the gifts are for the kids, some are for her and her partner. While there is outrage, there are also a lot of people defending her. The picture doesn't cause me to feel jealousy or anger but rather sadness. How could those kids ever really appreciate anything as special when they receive over 100 gifts at a time? Sharing because I know how many of us on this blog are scavengers and prefer to live with little rather than with an abundance of "stuff".
I personally think she's an idiot. Not for spoiling her kids like that, although that's a second issue, but for posting a picture that screams "Hey come Rob my house!". That will be a humbling Christmas for her when all the presents are stolen. I certainly hope that doesn't happen but its a definite possibility.
If it's any consolation to Mama and Anon, my small store is slow as well. I have a lot of new items marketed as gifts too. Luckily I caught a break from my other job and have been listing. I've also increased my sale percentage and ended and relisted some GTC items. Hoping for a good weekend. I'm wondering if people are perhaps especially price sensitive this year? We'll see how it goes through January and then I may have to rethink the slow dime approach / high prices. My sales are not keeping up with my love of bargain hunting. Back to listing!
Quick question: the USPS is saying 12/19 is the Christmas delivery deadline for first class and 12/21 is the deadline for priority mail. Have sellers found this to be reliable in the past? Thanks.
Yes, the post office delivery dates have been accurate in past years. I have had first class packages take longer than 5 days out of the Xmas season, so I might be slightly cautious of the first class.
Ebay has been OK this week, but Etsy is killing it--if you do vintage you should be on Etsy, but remember, I work my store on Etsy every single day so it is labor intensive, but the sales this holiday season make up for it!
I second that. The last couple of weeks my etsy sales have been meeting or exceeding my weekly ebay sales with a much smaller etsy store. Do you put a lot of items just on etsy or cross list most?
I put only about 30% of my inventory on ebay--I buy a lot of etsy dedicated items, some found in box lots, that I can sell very cheaply yet make a profit. What is moving for you Nancy? I am selling a mixed bag of items including a tea table on the one end, and coffee mugs on the other--I will miss all the sales after the Holiday is over.
That should read I only cross post 30% of my inventory..
I've had another pretty great week on eBay but am still thinking about returning to Etsy as a second venue. Sue, do you do a lot in the forums there? I was on Etsy for a few years but eventually felt that the need (perhaps only my perceived need, tho) to be active in the forums, promoting, curating, making treasuries, hearting/favoriting, etc. was just too much work for me with too little return -- and I moved over to eBay for the broader audience and reduced need to curate/promote/etc. Now that I've been on eBay for a while I feel like I've worked out some kinks and issues and might be ready to go back to Etsy and be more successful, especially if I was previously over-emphasizing the need for socialization and promotion. That said, you've noted it's "labor intensive." What type of work are you putting in to the Etsy shop? Thanks!
Sue the stuff I've been selling is pretty diverse. Mostly vintage but I also do list some items that are craft related supplies (they don't have to meet the 20 year vintage rules) like how to books, patterns and kits. From the keyword searches I can see people are searching for gift items for Christmas. I had two vintage toddler riding toys, now both sold. But before they sold I had a lot of searches for toddler gifts.
Omfug X, I have most of my listings on eBay (450ish) and about 45 things on Etsy. I, too, sell a lot of vintage items. How many listings do you have on Etsy currently? Thanks for the link to the Planet Alissa youtube channel. I learn so much by following you tubers and bloggers.
Go for it Kate. The only thing I do is 'favorite' stuff but it takes up very little of my day and i do it for fun too. I read the forums sometimes but don't spend much time in them or have a presence in them. I've done a couple of treasuries but I don't' think I spend much time really on any of it and I don't' think it influences my sales. I think Etsy is becoming more familiar to the general public. I have high hopes for its future.
Sue, here's a short list of stuff I've sold on etsy this week: a vintage Wisconsin Badgers sweater, a vintage blow mold santa, a vintage Carhartt coat, a vintage feed sack, a vintage mug, vintage tea towel, vintage Packers pullover….I'll miss the holiday sales too.
I post on the forums when a subject interests me--I also pin on pinterest, and I pay for etsy promotions, so far I have spent $180 over 8 months for a return of $1394--so an extra $22 a month, I think of it sort of like having an ebay store fee, for now it is well worth it I think. Other than that, no treasuries, favorites,etc. I do try to list every day, at the moment I have about 200 items up.
etsy people- i have a question, can you indicate local pickup on etsy for furniture? i was going to list some pieces there, but i don't see that option. some suggest putting a huge price for shipping, but i don't want to do that either since i'm not willing to ship these items at all. thanks for any advice!
Frankly I don't think that Etsy is a good fit for furniture that you can't ship ryanne. I've sold a tea table but it broke down flat enough to ship. There are some furniture sellers on Etsy, you might look at those to see how they handle shipping.
mkay. i'll check them out. i know people sell furniture on there so i'm determined!
ok here is a good example of text people use on etsy for furniture:"If you require delivery or shipping, please inquire before completing your purchase. We offer low-cost delivery within NYC and the surrounding area. If you would like to have your purchase shipped elsewhere in the United States, please tell us your zip code and we will provide a quote.We typically ship with one of several freight shipping companies. For large and delicate pieces, we prefer to ship with a professional "white glove" furniture moving service, which includes insurance and which will ensure that your purchase is treated with care and respect while in transit.All shipping, handling and packing costs are at the expense of the buyer. "also---"SHIPPING:**SHIPPING IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE****SHIPS VIA GREYHOUND EXPRESS***PLEASE CONVO FOR A LONG DISTANCE SHIPPING QUOTE*"
We have not had luck with furniture on Etsy, though we did only offer pick up....I like how they worded the one Ryanne found, thanks! We listed an antique couch a couple of times, and though it got a ton of looks/likes, we never sold it. Although, with everything, maybe it's more about what your store is as a whole, and it was only one piece of furniture.We have been doing Etsy as a team for about a year and a half now, though I dabbled in Etsy, eBay, b&m stores, websites and small shows for about 15-20 years now. We got to serious listing when I was laid off mid June. In that time we have gone from:Jan.-mid June 78 sales$1103.46avg. $14.15tomid June to present264 sales$5382.19avg. $20.39and up to 660 listingsNot enough yet for me not to be looking for a part time job and my business partner to still have hers, but, we think, a pretty nice increase in 6 months.It was our first Christmas season really treating this as a job and it is showing. We have had a lot of Christmas items go out the door and I would definitely stock up even more next year....though I agree with the "who cares what time of year it is just list it" and will probably continue to list whatever comes across our paths throughout the year.Looking at our sales, books/ephemera, clothing/accessories/jewelry are our most consistent sellers. But barware, sewing items, and housewares also do well. All being vintage of course.And, the really goofy, oddball, weird stuff always sells, usually pretty quick.We're excited for the new year and are hopeful that with the more inventory we can get up, the more sales we'll have. "They can't buy it if they can't see it" :)Thanks everyone for all the tips!
Just to add, for potential Etsy sellers (she does FBA too) here is a full time seller that I follow--https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCI21HZrpKOU_03ta69LJ9VA
I think its awesome that Etsy is becoming more popular. Nothing better than another place for us to sell.When I watch Alyssa's latest video though, I see she sells a lot of items under $10. Most under $20. Do you fund that it's mainly lower dollar items that sell?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHpnKSuwp4U
I have noticed lately that her prices are moving in an upward direction. I have sold several items over $100 in the 9 months I have been on etsy including a $300 carpet so not only cheap items sell--however, it is a genius place to put those little box lot doodads of relatively low dollar value that you wouldn't bother with on ebay I find.
I hope Etsy gives eBay a run for its money on vintage items. It'll make eBay appreciate it's sellers if more sellers start chasing the buyers on Etsy. But for us, we'd really need to be averaging $30+ an item wherever we were to sell. Avoids the self-made sweatshop danger.
I've been watching Alyssa for a while. Fairly often she sells multiple items to the same buyer. I don't know, but suspect that they have more repeat buyers too. She and some others (Dirty Girl, Thifty Theresa, Texas Gal) seem to get more on Etsy for items like playing card sets, costume jewelry, and the kind of kitchen decor items I like. Maybe those things stand out better on the other format while there is more quantity on eBay. Definitely Theresa and Alyssia are willing to sell low dollar items. The others seem to do well with jewelry in particular, though $20 range is commonly reported for those items.
Jay I sell a lot of items on etsy $30 and over. This week I sold a vintage Wisconsin sweater for $50, a blow mold santa for $40 and a Carhartt jacket for $35. When I mention how it's good for selling lower priced items I pretty much mean I list the things I buy that turn out to not be worth as much as I though. Instead of resonating them I throw them up on etsy. Hopefully I don't buy many of those duds. I also sold a persian rug on etsy a few months ago for $400.
That's awesome. It'd be great to have two online marketplaces that have lots of buyers for vintage items. Make them compete against each other for our items.
I just sold my vintage nike find for $1324 + $25 shipping but my excitement is being overtaken by my anxiety about shipping to Japan. I have never shipped outside the US, and never needed to purchase additional insurance for a package. The learning curve is steep - how to I get this figured out and in the mail?
Were these the Cortez? Anyway, Japan is a very safe country to ship to with tracking--priority(or USPS Express) mail with extra insurance, or DHL if you want door to door tracking (more expensive but great peace of mind.) Congratulations, when my partner and I were doing a lot of vintage Nikes we sold many of an expensive model to the Japanese, they are keen collectors.
I hope someone in Japan wants the Converse Chuck Taylor's I picked up at an auction today, vintage made in the USA but size 6 1/2. Everyone at the auction snickered when I was the high bidder for choice on the table at $5 and took the old sneakers. Haha (as in last laugh will be mine).
Congratulations on the great sale. Shipping to Japan is as safe as shipping to the next town over. Their postal system is equal to or better than the US. Put each shoe in a zip lock bag and ship using a USPS Priority Mail box. You can buy postage and insurance at the counter and they can walk you through how to fill out the customs form. It's really straight forward and no problem at all. Be sure to legibly and properly fill out the "Ship To" address as verified by PayPal.
What a great sale. Did you get those at a thrift? Make sure you get signature confirmation.
congrats! what a great sale. you'll have to get USPS insurance at the post office, ShipSaver and Ship Cover only go up to $1000.
You can ship an international label right on eBay; it's no harder than printing any other label (except it's two pages.) Just bring them with the box to the post office and they have a sleeve they can put them in and stick on the box. Insurance can be purchased through the post office (as far as I know) or through a third party company like ShipSaver. You're fine -- no stress required. Congratulations on an amazing sale!
I completed my first FBA shipment today!
wow! would love to hear more, what did you send in? was it difficult?
It wasn’t too bad. I went to Wal Mart and bought two new items, a meat cleaver and a calculator. I am sure I won’t make any $ on those items, but I bought them so I could learn the process. I decided to break them into two shipments ( ) so I could go through the process a couple of times. Then, I’ll try to start finding real stuff to sell. I am not selling as a professional so I don’t have the $40/month fee at this time although Amazon will give you a month of professional sales for free.
ok so you can do FBA without the $40 a month fee? for some reason i think i blocked that out.
Yes, there's a $1 fee for each item. It makes sense to upgrade to a professional account when you send in 40 items or more a month.
I went to some estate sales today and thought I would share my new BOLO. Vintage lawn sprinklers, esp. if they are cast iron. I bought two cheap ones for 25 cents each and while researching them discovered that there are some that are worth looking for. Mine today, not so much. If you are like me and have no idea what all that garage stuff is, its a start. My big deal of the day was a set of Cutco knives in the block, which I scouted yesterday at closing time and was first in line for today. Fun morning!
Interesting. I would think someone would be interested in those cast-iron lawn sprinklers in a few months.
The tractor type do well.
Who uses a chrome book around here and what is your recommended photo editing program? I used my day job laptop for listing until I got a cheap chrome book on Black Friday. I used to use picasa mostly on photo rotation, some cropping. I really like picasa for these quick tasks,however it is not available on chrome book, help. Thanks
Can you download IrfanView to a Chrome book? It's a free photo editing program that I've used for years. It has a good reputation for being virus-free.Crystal
I randomly found a program called nomacs. Learn the short cut keys for crop and to bring up the editing menu (CTRL+Shift+M). Works a treat, as the British English speaking peoples say. I take pictures with a white backdrop most of the time, so I usually just crop and adjust the exposure. Of course, those are two of the editing options with the ebay picture uploader, but it seems easier to edit them in bulk not have to deal with it when making the listing. You can also make more quick adjustments as well. I've been meaning to mention it and Blue Pearly just reminded me of it. Hope that helps.
I use pic monkey http://www.picmonkey.com/ It should be accessible from a Chrome Book.
Has anyone used a buyer's FedEx account number for shipping? How would that work?
I have a few times. Just address the box and bring it to FedEx shipping store and give them the number.
yep, we've only done this twice, but that's how we did it too. i think you can print a label on fedex.com and enter their acct number there as well, then print the label and drop it off.
Yes, I used to do this at my old work, we used both UPS and FedEx, and as long as the person provides you their account number it gets billed to their account.I know on our software it had a space for the account number....either a default of ours, or you could put in another for the buyer's.
I have a UPS account, print my label and pay at the end of the month (you won't know the exact charge until after it is delivered.) We also had a FEDEX account, and they would send up a bill. For both you get a business discount, couldn't be easier.
I think knowing someone's FedEx acct number is like knowing their credit card number. Couldn't you use that yourself fraudulently? I have had FedEx call the buyer give their acct no. directly to the FedEx employee rather than to me.
deb truervalues NEED HELP NOW.I blocked a weird buyer, and now he is emailing me like crazy--about 8 messages in the last 3 hours. Is there a way to block his emails as well?
no you can only block them from buying. weird right?
deb truervaluesThanks, Ryanne - That's what I thought.....I have been debating whether to just tell him I don't want to sell to him, or just to stay silent. He creeps me out. The reason I blocked him in the first place was because he would email me three times in a row if I didn't answer in like 5 minutes.I bet he's sent me over 50 emails--most in the last 2 days and over the past week since I blocked him.
yeah just don't respond.
I believe that if you block a bidder that has messaged you on an item, they can continue to message you as long as that item is listed. The same thing happened to me when I blocked a bidder asking why I was asking $95 for a vintage shirt after he offered $10. I blocked him, he continued to harass me, so I ended the item, and did a sell similar effectively relisting it with a new item number. Never heard back from him, although he does follow my store lol. Hope he saw that the shirt sold for full price. :)
Deb, there is a way to block communication with a buyer if you have blocked them from buying. "By default, blocked members are still able to contact you about your listings. You can change this setting in My eBay > Account > Site Preferences > Buyer Requirements. You can also get to Site Preferences from Seller Hub > Overview > Shortcuts."
deb truervaluesThanks, Lori! I found it...
So I have been thinking of why sales have not been very good this quarter. One of the things that keeps coming up in my mind is the weather. Specifically the El Nino and the warm weather most of the north has been experiencing. Over the years I have noticed my sales were always better when it got cold and we got a bunch of snow and ice. It was in the 70's the past 2 days here in Ohio. This can't be helping. People are outside and also going to stores becuase it's nice out. Just my thoughts. Come on old man winter!Justin
My favorite sales the past couple weeks.$45 for a very distressed carhartt jacket I got for free. There were rips, holes, stains etc on the jacket. Carhartt sells no matter what condition for a premium. Boo ya.http://www.ebay.com/itm/Carhartt-Casual-Full-Zip-Insulated-Jacket-Mens-Size-44T-/161883712924$250 each for these footjoy sweaters. Paid $10 each at a goodwill in Florida.http://www.ebay.com/itm/FootJoy-Tour-Issue-Golf-Wool-Sweater-1-2-Zip-Medium-Audemars-Piguet-PS4-NWT-/161789410088http://www.ebay.com/itm/FootJoy-Tour-Issue-Golf-Wool-Sweater-1-2-Zip-Medium-Audemars-Piguet-PS4-NWT-/161888590300$50 for a tinker bell ornament. Thank you Christmas.http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-96-Walt-Disney-Special-Edition-Tinkerbell-Christmas-Tree-Ornament-/151893389666
I have the eBay app on Android, but it doesn't appear to perform searches for sold listings. Does anyone use a good app for searching eBay for sold listings?
Just go to ebay in a browser on your phone. make sure desktop view is selected if you have the option.
Sandy from MinnesotaTotal Items in Store: 905• Items Sold: 40 (Ebay) (Amazon) (don't keep track)• Cost of Items Sold: ? (had it all)• Total Sales: $1,014.00 (Ebay) + $266.00 (Amazon for 2 weeks)• Highest Price Sold: $160.00 5 Small Hull Vases• Average Price Sold: $28.50 (Ebay) ?(Amazon)• International Sales: 1 • Returns: 0• Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $17.00Items listed: approx. approx. 40Another good week. Put entire store on sale today. Ended & Relisted 200 of 900 items today. So, not sure if $400+ day today because of relisting (cassini), sale or holidays. Made a mistake and included my iPhone 5S with Mophie case in the 25% off sale. Had just reduced it from $330 to $300. Woke up from a 2 hr. nap with $400+ in sales. (an $85 copper pan had sold earlier in day). So, someone got my cell phone for $232!As for the cast iron lawn sprinklers, Jo. I have a Rain King with 3 other vintage on sale as a lot for $50. Maybe I should sell them individually. Not sure why they aren't selling. Dan...I'll check out your stuff.Good to know we can block communications with blocker ID's. Although, it may be kind of fun to read their rants and ignore them. My store is Great Vintage Deals1, antiques_sandy