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I guess all the nay-sayers are independently wealthy and just doing this for fun. I also don’t understand how “morality” plays into this. Most people just like using any excuse to complain and throw shade, even when there’s really no issue to be complaining about.
I hear you. I mainly have vintage listed as well on the main ebay store I have. Ephemera, postcards, books, not anything essential.
I drift between 250-300 watchers per day for all items on an inventory of a little over 8,000 items. I figured that some were waiting for prices to lower, so I ran a sale of 10% during Black Friday week. This resulted in an initial rush of sales, but it slowed down during the last day of the sale.
On Sunday, I started another sale of 15% that is ending today. This resulted in sales of really stagnant inventory in my store, including items I completely forgot I had.
I think it all really comes down to quantity. Something is bound to interest someone, as ling as it’s listed. If it’s borderline interesting and priced, it will catch someone’s attention at a good price.
I don’t see anywhere in the help pages that says it is against Ebay’s policy to do this?
Occasionally, you may need to cancel a transaction, for instance, if the item is broken or you are out of stock.
What to do
Select the correct reason for canceling a transaction.
What not to do
Select the wrong cancelation reason in order to avoid a defect on your account.
That’s about the extent of it, as far as I can see.
FWIW, I would’ve cancelled the sale after the fact and put it on auction, as well. That’s just too much of a difference to let slide.
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I’ve been too busy to list much this past week, but sales have remained consistent. I normally sell 5-10 items per day. This past week, I have been averaging 8-9 sales per day. If I had been listing daily, sales would’ve easily been 10+ per day.
Since I haven’t been able to list much, I’ve been running sales for the past week. The sales I normally run are at 5%. This past week, I’ve been running them at 10% and 15%. This has helped blow out a ton of old inventory.
The problem with Abebooks is that they’re just asking prices. You can’t really tell what the actual value of the book is based on those prices alone. It is a trickier site to base prices on based on just asking prices price. It is a good tool to use in combination with other sites when pricing books.
Also, a lot of the higher-priced books may be going for those prices based on condition/scarcity and the “level” of bookseller on that site. If you see a seller with ABAA or ILAB at the end of their seller name, those are members that have been selling books for at least 5+ years, have more core audiences, have better grading systems, etc,. than your standard Amazon or online bookseller. They tend to be older old-school, rare book dealers. They also price their books on the higher end, whether they’re rare or not.11/22/2017 at 12:58 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 335: Strategizing Out of Our Own Sweatshop #26503
That sounds like a neat experiment, but I would be worried about the additional insurance costs to be incurred on a stock that pricey. You don’t want to leave items that expensive hanging…have you considered using a service like u-pic to insure items? I believe there are other companies that also provide insurance that you can purchase per month, like unlimited plans.
It has been average this week (15-20 items out per day), but it has gotten busy over the past 24 hours. I had 40 packages to bring into the post office this morning! Glad I got the mail in that came in overnight out the door, as there are already another 4 packages ready to go out on Friday.
Hope everyone has busy Thanksgiving & Cyber Monday sales!
I would have just blocked that guy without replying. People with that many questions before they buy an item are usually trouble, especially if it’s a cheap item. If it’s an expensive item, maaaybe, but that would also be risky.
Most of the post offices in my area were closed both Friday and Saturday. Luckily, my local one was still open Friday, but stayed closed on Saturday. The other ones in the area didn’t put up signs or anything during the week stating that they were going to close for the holiday. Pretty annoying if you didn’t bother asking your postal clerk what their hours were going to be.11/06/2017 at 2:31 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 333: The Illusion of Keeping Up With Everything #25155
A lot of it really depends on what I’m listing, who’s looking, the time of year. It’s pretty consistent year-round, overall, though. I normally see $600-1k+ per week, no matter how much work I put into it. The more work, the better quality the items, the higher the sales. Same for anything. The ebay store is only for collectible ephemera and books. Normal, popular books go up on Amazon. So, I am really working with material that people have no *need* for.
In order to get consistent sales, you unfortunately need a really, really large inventory for this category, unlike for an anything goes store. However, once an item is listed, it’s listed. Nothing to change.
It has been inching up over the years. About a year ago, I removed all items priced under a certain amount, and now only focus on higher-priced items. I expect the numbers to continue going up as I continue listing better items.11/06/2017 at 12:23 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 333: The Illusion of Keeping Up With Everything #25126
They’re mainly books and paper items in the niche store, so I’ve got them all boxed and shelved by type and size. I can fit 20-50 books per box, depending on how I tetris them in. For paper items, I can fit several hundred to a thousand in a bankers box, depending on how organized I’m feeling.
I list everything in a batch system. Photograph 10-50 like items at a time, assign them their own folder, list all at the same time using the same template. I just sit down and focus for short bursts of time, then move onto something else before it gets really boring.
It is really difficult to find storage space for the more general items. I list 10 toys/pieces of artwork/games combined and it takes up as much space as like 50 or more books. That’s why that store has less than a hundred items listed at the moment, it’s just too much space required.11/06/2017 at 8:57 am in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 333: The Illusion of Keeping Up With Everything #25074
I currently have 8,200 items in my ebay store and end and relist when I have the time, usually at least 4 or 5 days a week. I check the number of watchers on my items once or twice a day.
I’ve noticed that usually at least 1 item is rewatched that day. I end and relist anywhere from 100 to 1,000 items at a time. Sometimes, it takes 2 or 3 days for items with a lot of watchers to gain 1 or 2 watchers again. Eventually, they get back up to the 5-10+ watchers they originally had.
I don’t know which items sell based on being relisted. I do see “forgotten” items gain watchers upon relisting, but I don’t know if they also gain sales.
I did originally do list it and forget it for years, but I have changed it up over the past few years. I don’t know how ending and relisting correlates with sales, but I have had increased sales over the past year. This might also have to do with listing thousands of items consistently over the past year that are priced right and are desirable for collectors, less so for ending and relisting.
Pretty much all I know is that consistent listing of desirable items at good price points is what is key for having good ebay sales. The rest seems sort of unnecessary. Still, that won’t stop me from ending and relisting to get some perceived new views on items that I feel have been otherwise neglected, lost in the Ebay search. You never know.11/03/2017 at 3:40 pm in reply to: Niche sellers with over 10,000 items to post on Ebay – question for ya'll #24936
Yeah, I wish the stats on how people looked within your store went that deep with what they provide you in the performance tab. I’ve just always looked Sales Reports Plus to try to get an idea of it.
In September of this year, 11.9% of my customers were repeat buyers. That gives me a pretty good indication that either buyers looked and purchased several items at the same time, or came back repeatedly throughout the month in order to buy. That would be fun to sit down and determine one day, but I don’t really have the time to look into that specific detail right now. Maybe when it’s too cold to go out during the winter?
Going back over the past year of repeat customers, the lowest percentage has been 5%, the highest 14.4%.
It’s possible that if I *did* split the niche store into 2 stores, that the same customers would find me over time at the other store as well, and purchase from both. I used to have a postcard store on delcampe, and one of my regular customers on Ebay at one point did go on a shopping spree on that store as well. However, both stores had over 5,000 items at the time, so quantity is definitely key.
The general store I’m filling up with electronics/vintage toys/artwork/records. It feels too all over the place to also be a second niche store? idk.
Just fun to think about this “out loud.”09/25/2017 at 5:35 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 328: Chaos vs Stress, There is a difference in life and business #23244
I agree that dealing properly with chaos involves maturity. Chaos is inevitable in one’s life, especially if you’re a reseller or an artist. It’s how you deal with that chaos that is the key.
You can sit around and blame others for problems, or you can realize that problems will happen regardless of what you do. Sometimes, people just need to lay off being attached to the emotions that result from their problems. Especially if they’re small problems. Not everything is so bad.
For example, the link problem of this past week. I had 5,000 listings with links in them that needed to be removed. Instead of yelling and crying at my screen upon hearing the news, I thought rationally about what I could do. I had someone help me remove those links, and together we got it done in less than a week.
If I don’t sell enough items to my liking, I run a sale. I list more. I go out and buy more stock. I don’t blame anyone else for my lack of sales.
If a customer has a problem, I think of how I can help them in the least stressful way possible in order to resolve their problem. I try to make them feel as if they have had an overall positive experience, even if something went wrong.
There are a lot of people that are not cut out for reselling. They are the ones that find every step of the process to be an extremely trying orderal. It’s not. It’s fun.09/13/2017 at 1:06 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 326: What Is A Scavenger Vacation? #22804
Wikitravel is your friend for cheap eats around the world, or to find meals that are good for homesickness. I found that when I used to grocery shop when I traveled, that some prices for common items would be quite high and that I would be better off just eating at a cheap restaurant? I don’t drive, so I would also be shopping at places in the center of town/by wherever my hostel was. I guess it would have been easier with a car.
I’m surprised that museums in Europe don’t offer free hours/days, like they do around the US.
I’ve been sick for the past week, so I’ve done minimal scouting and listing. It has been a bit of a drag, as I am still selling a bit and am getting space opened up for q4. Oh, well.
“Terrace House” has been on my to watch list for a few months now. You can watch it on Hulu. I think it’s considered the “boring” reality show version of those long, slow shows on Netflix that show someone doing an activity for hours straight. I was really excited when they started bringing those shows to the US from Europe.
For Amazon prime members, there are quite a few add-on channels you can purchase for a few dollars a month in addition to your membership. Fandor and Britbox look promising.