Regular listeners know that we travel several times a year for long 4-8 week trips. We continue to sell on eBay by simply extending our handling time. I know it sounds crazy, but buyers will wait for their item if you set the correct expectation. Since we’ve been on our current trip, we’ve sold 60 items on eBay over the last fourteen days. We have another eleven days on the road. So far not a single buyer has asked for a refund and are okay with the delayed shipping. (Or at least no one has complained after being notified by a message.) Our store is always open.
In this same period, we’ve sold 41 items on Amazon FBA. It certainly is nice that we don’t have to ship these items. Send it in and let Amazon ship. But they certainly make you pay for this service.
Since we aren’t shipping and can’t video our sales, Steve Schultz has allowed us to post his “What Sold” video. He’s been a strong part of this community for a long time. We love to see how he finds and sells vintage electronics for big money, while still selling a steady stream of bread and butter items. Check out the conversation we recorded with him last year. Feel free to link to your sold video in the comments.
And lastly, Justin from Selery asked if sellers would help him out. From what I gather, he’s trying to build an “FBA for eBay” service where his company would photograph and list items on eBay that you send them. Like FBA, they would store the item and ship when it sold. Instead of trying to hire a personal photographer and lister on Craigslist, they’d do it for a fee. There’s lots of details to consider, so take his survey so he can find out what would be helpful. Justin said he’d send $5 to the first fifteen people who complete it.