09/02/2021 at 4:05 pm #91115
This is the 3rd Third thread for 2021 as I accidentally cut 2021 into thirds instead of quarters.
Post your Challenge numbers here for the week starting Monday August 30, and ending Sunday September 6, 2021. Numbers must be posted on Monday 07, and then each week going forward. You do not need permission to join, just post your numbers and I’ll add you in.
For information and rules on the Challenge, go here.
09/02/2021 at 4:12 pm #91117
September Challenge: TEXTILES!
Sheets, towels, curtains, doilies, rugs, blankets, quilts, throws, comforters, table cloths, kitchen towels, bathroom rugs, table runners, placemats, napkins (not paper napkins!), Christmas tree skirts, Christmas stockings, fabric (by the yard or pieces), fabric bolts, upholstery fabric, pillow cases, cushion covers, throw rugs, hall runners.
Did we include clothing into this category? Somebody remind me!
September ends on a Thursday this year, so numbers must post on FRIDAY OCTOBER 1st.
09/03/2021 at 12:32 pm #91887
I vote to include clothing…makes it more fair since some of us list quite a bit of fabric!
09/06/2021 at 9:30 am #92956
27 new listings for me. 3 met the September challenge. I also vote for clothing to be included in the September challenge, although I list very little clothing. Clothing is made from textiles, so to me that meets the challenge criteria.
I’m hoping to find more time to work on eBay this week. I just got back up to 800 active listings due to a very busy August outside eBay. I’d love to get substantially above 800 and not always be chasing that same number!
Happy Labor Day to all!
09/06/2021 at 9:37 am #92957
12 for me this week – had the store on vacation for several days as I had to go to Savannah mid-week.
IF clothing is included in Textiles, then all 12 of my listings met the challenge. If not, then 0.
09/06/2021 at 11:38 am #92975
I listed seven items last week. None of them met the challenge.
I will be listing some soft back suitcases this week, which are made of a canvas material of some sort. So, I believe those meet the challenge.
09/06/2021 at 11:50 am #92976
20 listings for me this week and 10 met the September challenge. The wedding is three weeks away and my show is not much further than that, so other things are taking priority now.
09/06/2021 at 12:35 pm #92981
Happy Labor Day, y’all!
Wow, I managed 15 listing this week! O.O! How exciting. None met the challenge.
And yes, clothing is included! Which updates to hats and purses and totes and shoes as well.
09/07/2021 at 10:15 am #92998
Well done, VT, for another great win this week!
I want to introduce a Discussion Topic. Julie B mentioned that she was having a problem with getting distracted. This is an issue that I, too, struggle with, and I’ve been doing a lot of introspection and research. I stumbled across a book; The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, and have been working through it. Some of the information translates well to eBay and I thought for the month of September, before the true rush of the year begins, I would give you nuggets each week to chew on and discuss. I’ve love to get us really talking about these topics, because the input of the group leads to some true treasures!
Habits are a 3-step loop:
1. a cue
2. a routine
3. a reward
You can never truly extinguish bad habits…. Rather, to change a habit, you must keep the old cue and deliver the old reward, but insert a new routine. … This is the Golden Rule of habit change.
Describing what triggers habitual behaviour is called Awareness Training. It seems ridiculously simple, but once you’re aware of how your habit works, once you recognize the cues and rewards, you’re halfway to changing it.
An example of the habit loop was given as smoking. A cue can be whatever makes you reach for a smoke; a stressful event, a fight with your boss, a phone call that made you angry. The routine would be to dig out your pack of cigarettes. The reward would be the rush of nicotine.
I’ve never smoked, but I understand the principle of it. Going to my bad habits (eep, getting personal here!) when I was married to my abusive ex-husband, I turned to comfort eating. It’s an incredibly hard habit to break! Anything that makes me feel down, lonely, bored, angry – and I want something to eat. I’ve been rid of that man for nearly 2 decades, but I still fight with comfort eating. Would that I could have divorced the habit with the husband!
This is both a horrible example, because there are so many cues that trigger it! And a good example, because life is never as simple as a scientific theory! LOL
So, pick a cue: I’m bored. Please note, being busy is not a cure for being bored! I’m ALWAYS busy, but sometimes I’m bored with what I’m doing. I go find a snack. I eat it and have the temporary serotonin flood (my reward.) An alternate routine that would have the same reward would be to go for a walk. It’s a fact that exercise releases endorphins, so I would have the same result (feel good hormones) without the downside of guilt and self-criticism, and hating my weight.
Now, the above is about changing a habit, but the same principle can be used to create a habit. A habit of listing, for example! What cue, and routine can you implement that would give you the reward of completed listings?
09/07/2021 at 1:29 pm #93006
Great subject, Amatino! Food for thought (no pun intended).
I’m an advocate of KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid) so I’d use getting up in the morning as my cue to list. That way I’d be sure to list every day.
09/07/2021 at 4:25 pm #93007
Amatino, I’m going to have to think on that one for a bit. For “cue, routine, reward” am I supposed to pick a bad habit that I want to change or a new habit that I want to develop?
09/07/2021 at 7:51 pm #93010jaepeteParticipant
- Location: Carrollton, TX
well I had a pretty good week with 12 listings. very busy week at work. I work from home and felt like I was sitting at my computer for 10 to 12hrs a day last week. I went to a few estate sales on saturday and scored a great pile of paper stuff. It was actually a few books, some old pics and some pilot and air force related items. I love looking through other peoples old stuff.
Grabbed a copy paper box lid and filled it up for 5 bucks. My almost amazing find was an envelope with about a dozen mint condition stock certificates from the Southwest Airmotive Company of Dallas. At first I was thinking maybe this was some early incarnation of Southwest Airlines…but no, no lottery ticket. Turns out they are “specimen” certificates, or samples. But good news is they still have value! and I sold 3 of them already for Twenty bucks each!!
so overall a great week of adding 12 listings and immediately selling 3 of them!
09/08/2021 at 12:38 pm #93018
JB, whichever you need. This is a personal issue. Do you NOT have a listing cue at the moment? Then you need to create one. If you DO have a listing cue, but you’re using the cue to go down the rabbit hole of research, or end reading Facebook, you need to change it.
09/13/2021 at 9:27 am #93082
I’m done with trips and back to listing, and I got 19 up this week. Eight met the challenge.
Right around the time that Amatino listed her topic, I saw a newsletter/email with the title “Habits are overrated”, so I did a quick read. The topic was saving and investing money and how you should automate the process. I tried to think of ways to automate eBay listing, and I’m not sure how that could be done. There are ways to improve listing time and use tools to make it simpler, but not automate it. Something to think about though …
09/13/2021 at 9:34 am #93084
46 new listings for me, 5 met the September challenge.
Wishing everyone a great week!
09/13/2021 at 10:33 am #93085junque reduxParticipant
Back on the board with 3 listings, 2 of which met the challenge.
Maybe my new goal should be to list 10% of whatever VT lists 🙂
09/13/2021 at 10:59 am #93086
LOL. JR, that sounds like a brilliant idea! Only… I guess it will be 10% of the previous week, right? So this week, you have to list 4 or 5, depending on if you’re rounding up! Love it!
I had a humdinger week, with my Bestie and I spurring each other on to get stuff listed! Listed 21 items with 3 meeting the challenge. Wow! I’m really lucky to have my own personal, pitchfork-wielding, butt-prodding bestie to make it happen. I guarantee I wouldn’t have listed so much if she hadn’t been challenging me, and vice versa! LOL
JR, perhaps you need to find someone for accountability?
09/13/2021 at 11:04 am #93087
29 listings. 23 met the challenge.
The last few days I started going thru one of my death pile bins (aka Money bins, aka Unrealized Profit bins). The stuff has been in there since 2018! And there are some good items! My motivation is I am low on cash due to all of the travel and time off I took in Aug/early Sept so I need to get stuff listed that I already spent money on years ago. Plus, Covid is crazy rampant here now so I’m staying home as much as possible except for taking sales to the Post Office & occasional grocery store runs. May as well stay home and list!
09/13/2021 at 4:36 pm #93091jaepeteParticipant
- Location: Carrollton, TX
10 listings for me this past week. it helped that a few were items that I had multiples on, sold one last week and relisted the next one.
09/14/2021 at 12:43 pm #93095
Great week, everyone! VT rocketed to another win, almost double the rest of us! Go Rocketeer VT!
Spreadsheet updated. Nice to see almost everyone on board with the challenge!
Sharyn, I can’t figure how to automate eBay listings, unless you have one of those software programs like SixBit where it does end/relist and stuff. I’d love to know if you figure something out, though!
“The brain can be reprogrammed. You just have to be deliberate about it. Replacement habits only become durable behaviors when they are accompanied by belief. A community creates belief. When people join groups where change seems possible, the potential for that change to occur becomes more real.
For habits to permanently change, people must believe that change is feasible. Belief is easier when it occurs in a community.
If you want to change a habit, you must first find an alternative routine. And your odds of success go up dramatically when you commit to changing as part of a group. Belief is essential, and it grows out of a communal experience, even if that community is only as large as two people!”
Serendipity or coincidence? Not sure, but I found myself laughing as I wrote this because I have experienced this very power just this last week – and commented about it yesterday when I posted my numbers! Maybe the universe wanted me to be able to affirm this week’s topic, or perhaps it was just coincidence, but it was due to having someone behind me, reinforcing my decision to improve my listing habits, that got me to have such a high listing number for the week.
Having a group of two seems to work for me, but I think part of the benefit is that my partner is very positive. She believes that we can do it, and she’s never rude, but she’s quietly insistent that I make it work. This belief factor is as important as the accountability, and the accountability is what makes it so effective.
When I first started this group, I called it Trash Elf Twins and each one of us paired off against a partner who listed very similar numbers. I noticed that the second year, when I dropped the Twins factor, my “twin” from that first round dropped out. I’ve sputtered along for a couple years, but in the last year when I got together with my eBay Bestie, I’ve gotten better at running my eBay store. I can quite honestly say, from experience, that it works!
09/15/2021 at 2:07 pm #93103
10 listings for me last week. All counted towards the monthly challenge.
Sorry for the late response. The craziness around here went up to a whole other level.
09/20/2021 at 8:51 am #93157
Good morning all! And happy Fall Equinox week! The Equinox falls on September 22 this year. Fun information if you want to read some trivia https://www.inverse.com/science/fall-equinox-2021-exact-time
Despite listing regularly this week, I only managed 10 listings. All the items were awkward, fiddly, complicated, which slowed me down. However, 7 of the 10 counted towards the Challenge, so.. yay!
I have a question! How do you measure your “listing time”? For me, the clock starts: I pick up an item, research it, begin a draft off research, take photos, edit photos, open the draft and upload the photos, fill in the I.S., add measurements, pack the item and measure and weigh it, then complete the listing; clock stops. Last week I was averaging 25 minutes per listing. This week my time went out the window, with about an hour, to an hour and a half per listing. I’ve spent 4 hours on a single listing, although that’s for sewing machines, which are a whole ‘nother ball game. I was muttering about speed when my Bestie said that when she measures listing time, it’s for the actual listing time! She has photos ready to go and has already done the research. Wait… what? So now I’d like to know – how do YOU measure it?
09/20/2021 at 9:20 am #93159
38 new listings for me, 8 counted towards the listing challenge.
Wishing everyone a great week ahead!
09/20/2021 at 9:57 am #93160junque reduxParticipant
0 for me 🙁 I had to work both weekend days at my day job plus several meetings and a volunteer work morning and I had no remaining bandwidth for ebay.
I will be out of town this coming weekend so it will likely be 0 for me again next week 🙁
09/20/2021 at 11:44 am #93164
I listed five items, none met the challenge.
@Amatino – I cannot easily measure my listing time for a single item. I do things in chunks such as organizing, photography, and draft listings.
Yesterday, I photographed about 18 items in 1 – 1.5 hours. It didn’t take too much time because many of the items are jewelry that don’t need too many photos. I’ve been creating drafts for the past few days for about 28 items. That maybe took 2 hours with just a bit of research and mostly summarized titles. Yesterday and today, I’ve listed just a few of those items. The listing can vary drastically, from 5 to 20 min. I’m better these days at minimizing wordage and only adjusting the main photo. A few items will require testing or more in-depth research, but what I’m working on now doesn’t for the most part.
I did get a few vintage electronic items out, but I put them aside in favor of quantity, for now. My next couple of weekends are going to be busy, so my listing will be when the day job slows down.
09/20/2021 at 3:09 pm #93170
66 listings, 48 met the challenge. I think this was my 2nd most productive listing week all year. I needed it!
I don’t time how long it takes for me to list. I can take 5 minutes for an item and another time that same type of item could take me 20 minutes depending on the interruptions and distractions that get in my way. There are some resellers I watch on Youtube or Instagram that claim to be able to photograph and list insane amounts of inventory in a single hour but I don’t see how.
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