02/17/2020 at 8:39 pm #74071gfd_622Participant
- Location: Indiana
So the last few months I’ve been really busy with moving and such, and thus I’ve been a bit inactive on Ebay. I had an OK Christmas boom, but really it hasn’t changed much. I typically make about 1000 per month on Ebay, which works for how I’m currently doing things.
In the last 6 months I upgraded my store from 250/month to 1000/month. I’m stuck at 475 or so items. In part because once I get that high, I sell a bunch, and so I just can’t get over that hump. I’ll eventually get to 1000, but it may take a bit.
But recently I noticed that when I was inactive for a month or so, I sold very little. Maybe 1 a day but mostly less (1/2 per day over a 6 day average). But, then I started listing things again, and things started selling. And not new things, but things that have been listed for 2 years or more. It’s totally random, but things are flying out the door. I sold 7 things in the last 2 days. What does that mean??? It’s so goofy how this list them and forget them thing works. 100% random, but very nice that people are paying me to clean my basement. I love it.
Just some random thoughts for the day. Enjoy. Hope you all are drinking whiskey while reading as I was while writing 😉0
02/17/2020 at 8:56 pm #74074SharynParticipant
- Location: Central NJ
Some eBay myths are conspiracy theories, some are totally false, and a few are true. eBay does have an algorithm that determines the selection and order of items for a given search. It apparently uses a number of factors, but an active account is definitely one of them. There was a talk on You Tube from several years ago where an eBay manager discussed the algorithm in high level terms. Maybe someone will post it as I didn’t save the link.
We do have some whiskey here in the house, but my preference is red wine.1+
02/17/2020 at 8:56 pm #74075AmatinoParticipant
- Location: Texas
I’ve noticed that when I list, things sell. Sometimes the stuff I’ve just listed, if it’s a hot commodity item, other times older stuff.
Another thing I’ve noticed is that the stuff that sells, whether it’s old or new, is in the same category as the stuff I’ve listed. So if I list ties, I sell ties, if I list shoes, I sell shoes. Definite correlation, in my experience0
02/18/2020 at 1:54 pm #74105Old DadParticipant
- Location: Missouri
I have long believed that eBay pushes more sales to active sellers.
List more, sell more.0
02/18/2020 at 2:06 pm #74107JayKeymaster
- Location: Virginia
List more, sell more.
This is a conspiracy theory that I’ll totally get behind. Even if its not true that eBay features active sellers, its good for your business to always be listing.
There are other conspiracy theories like re-listing items every 30 days that just feel like extra busy work. (please don’t convince me its true 🙂0
02/18/2020 at 2:13 pm #74109MyCottageParticipant
I think ebay has indicated that buyer engagement is a factor in search placement , and I would think that adding new stuff triggers overall buyer engagement (more stuff, so more views, more impressions, more watchers) But I look at it this way. eBay isn’t going to give us the algorithm details, and I don’t need them. What I do know is: If it isn’t listed, it can’t be sold. So list, regardless of what the algo may be.0
02/18/2020 at 5:57 pm #74124VintageTreasuresParticipant
Popular eBay Selling Hypothesis: Listing more and listing consistently creates more sales due to eBay algorithm.
Is this really true or an eBay seller myth?
Here are the results of a year of tracking the number of new listings I posted each month and my sales totals for each month – with 1 being the highest and 12 being the lowest.
New Listings Posted: 1 July, 2 June, 3 Oct, 4 August, 5 Feb, 6 May, 7 April, 8 March, 9 Jan, 10 Sept, 11 Nov, 12 Dec
Sale $ Amounts: 1 July, 2 Nov, 3 August, 4 Oct, 5 Sept, 6 March, 7 June, 8 Jan, 9 May, 10 Feb, 11 April, 12 Dec.
So some of the data matches up pretty well, like July being my highest listing month and also my highest sales $ month. And December being my lowest listing month and my lowest sales $ month.
Quite a few of the other months reflect a correlation between the # of new listings and the amount of sales the following month. I listed a lot in June and my highest sales month was July. August was my 4th highest listing month and then September was my 5th highest sales $ month. February was my 5th highest listing month and March was my 6th highest sales $ month. May was my 6th highest listing month and June was my 7th highest sales $ month. January was my 9th highest listing month and February was my 10th highest sales $ month. November was my 11th highest listing month and December was 12th for sales $.
- This reply was modified 1 month ago by VintageTreasures.
02/20/2020 at 1:48 pm #74171simplicioParticipant
VintageTreasures: it’s tricky, because there is absolutely no question that new listings sell more than old ones. So it is expected that after a lot of listing you’ll sell a lot (…of the stuff you just listed). I see the same: here is a histogram of “days between listing and sale” in my store. as you can see the majority of sales are within a month or two of listing.
What is not so clear is whether listing activity pushes OLD stuff up in search.0
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