Tagged: Shipping cut off dates Christmas
11/10/2017 at 8:16 am #25366
Good morning to all the lovely SL people,
We are new and have never gone through a holiday season.
1. Is there a holidays-past podcast available? We want to learn from you on what works.
2. We want to take a couple of days off: do we do it right before or right after Xmas? We have a two day handling setting right now, I want to extend it to four but only worried about doing it too soon.
Any other holiday selling tips?
Thank you to all of you. You have been really amazing.
11/10/2017 at 10:29 am #25372InglewoodParticipant
The holiday season is real tricky – it really is up to you how much work you want to put in. I found that sales are steady all through December – even between Christmas and New Years as people spend money they got for gifts.
Last year I made some good sales the days leading up to Christmas (20-23rd) but had to put in some extra effort as they wanted overnight shipping quotes and had to meet cut-off times at carriers to get people the items they bought by the 24th.
I would recommend if you want to take time off, do it from the evening on the 24th through the next couple days – sales will be busy still, but there isn’t expectations to deliver for the 24th, and the Post Office or other carrier has days off that you can use as a shipping delay excuse (if needed).
My sales are going crazy – hope yours are as well! I pre-planned to load up on inventory in September this year and it’s paying off more then expected. I’m finding it is worth the effort to focus on listing and sales at the moment, and the scavenging has also been good as of late!
11/10/2017 at 12:27 pm #25387DoublythumbsParticipant
- Location: Hopedale, OH
I second what Inglewood said, but also would like to add that my sales never let up even after Christmas last year. All through Jan and Feb, people were still buying like crazy. Also, if you have any Christmas stuff in your backlog piles, list them now. Decorations are great sellers.
Good luck and have fun!
11/10/2017 at 2:58 pm #25398
Thank you so much for the input!
11/10/2017 at 3:00 pm #25400
Thank you Inglewood. So incredibly helpful, as usual.
Best to you and everyone else here on SL.
11/10/2017 at 1:13 pm #25389InglewoodParticipant
Does anyone offer gift wrapping with their listings? Just curious as I had a couple requests last year to wrap items.
I did it for no charge, but wondered if anyone has this as an advertised service with their listings, or under additional shipping options/services?
11/10/2017 at 3:01 pm #25401
You are my hero if you have the brain cells left to do the gift wrapping. We are just trying to keep up with the listings right now. Sigal
11/10/2017 at 8:47 pm #25418skydogParticipant
We snowbird down south, and i want to move as much inventory as possible before leaving in early Dec.
4 days ago, my sales started slipping. I put a 15% off sale on all winter clothing and it has exploded. I hope to get rid of nearly all snow boots, down vests, gloves and jeans before shutting down the store second week in Dec. So far, so good.
Sigal, we always shut down around the 2-3rd week of December. We have made plenty of $$ by then, and don’t have to worry about USPS taking too long to deliver before Xmas that way. We usually take some spring type inventory with us to FL, and gear up again around mid-Jan. It is a very welcome breather to relax during the holidays! But I know other sellers sell straight through and have good luck.
11/10/2017 at 10:06 pm #25421
Thank you Skydog, I sure appreciate your taking the time to share your operating basis. It’s extremely helpful to know what others are doing and not doing. So thank you!
11/14/2017 at 6:22 pm #25608NancyParticipant
I don’t offer gift wrapping on ebay but I do on etsy. Etsy just started having a gift wrap option available to buyers so I signed up for it as a seller. You charge what you want (they suggest 4 dollars) and the buyer has the option available at checkout. I have a message in certain listings that are too big or otherwise not good candidates for wrapping that gift wrapping is not available. I don’t think I’m going to get a lot of action so I’m not worried about the extra time. I’m going to do something very simple. Simple paper with some holiday tape and a sticker. Maybe it will bring me an extra sale or two from last minute shoppers who want the gift sent right to the recipient.
12/03/2019 at 12:02 pm #71314ChristineRParticipant
- Location: Southern California
This morning on the news I saw that Fed Ex Home / Ground cut off for Christmas is 12/16, which seems pretty early. I’ve been burned before with Ebay completing a sale less than a week before Christmas and I can’t print the Ebay label for Fed Ex. Just wondering if and when people shut their store off. I think I did it last year about a week before Christmas and then reopened on the 24th.
BTW, here are the dates from the USPS website:
Domestic Mail Class/Product Date (excluding Alaska & Hawaii)
First-Class Mail® Service Dec. 20
Priority Mail® Service Dec. 21
Priority Mail Express® Service2 Dec. 23
USPS Retail Ground® Dec. 14
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