We all know that the bottleneck to running an eBay business is photographing and listing items. Treasure hunting, picking, thrifting, dumpster diving, scavenging: this is the fun, easy part. The often tedious work of listing each item on eBay is the part that throws most people off. There’s a long, dusty trail of burnt out sellers who have given up the ghost because listing got too much.
About a year ago, we did an interview with Susie who explained how she used a Virtual Assistant in the Philippines to help her list. Sue had a very particular process that worked for her. Also, she was able to travel to the Philippines to help her train her assistants. Since they were “virtual”, they could only do so much of the work.
We also interviewed Will aka Terminal99 about how he has hired two full-time employees who help him photograph and list. He pays a full salary and benefits.
Today, we talk w/ Lisa & Dan from NewVintageNY. Both have full-time jobs, but have managed to build an eBay store with over 6000 items. They’ve created an eBay pipeline where they find the items, but then locally hire out the work of photographing and listing. By placing ads on Craigslist, they are finding trusted people willing to be paid per listing. It’s a cool conversation because they’re still figuring it out.
You’ll hear us walk through their process, what they’ve learned, and how they plan to expand. After we recorded this conversation, Dan has hired a new person to help list. Hopefully he’ll update us all in the comments.