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11/08/2021 at 1:37 pm in reply to: Color-blind seller here. Workaround for Item Specifics/Description? #93824
I like Jay’s idea, but here’s another one: Try using Photoshop or similar photo editing software to find the unique color code of the color from your photo. Using the dropper tool you can find out its RGB value which will coincide with a specific color range. You could also post the photos and ask friends/family/forum posters for help as well.
Best of luck to you ^_^.
Really going to miss your podcast. I only found it about 4 months ago and it was a weekly tradition of mine to put it on my car radio for the entire ride home after work on Sundays (the drive almost always coincided to the podcast length as if by magic). I’ve learned so much about eBay (despite selling on there since 1997), coffee, AirBNB and more. You guys have such a fantastic dynamic relationship and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. Wishing you both the best in your lives and everything you do. You’ve already accomplished so much, but I know it’s just the start for you both ^_^.04/14/2021 at 12:47 am in reply to: Sales and Exports of products with a CE symbol to the European Union #87476
I literally just had to deal with something like this tonight on Etsy. I was shipping an item to the UK and was told I now have to collect VAT tax for them or have an operator due so. It turns out that Etsy does do this for sellers now, but I had to include the Etsy VAT tax collection number on the outside of the package as well on a printed receipt showing the VAT paid to Etsy as well as their operator number. In the end, I made the sale but it was a pain in the neck having to research all of this. I assume your situation is something similar where eBay will collect the taxes and you’ll have to relay that somehow to customs. Hope that makes sense. Be interesting to keep an eye on this all!
PS: Etsy says this has to do with the whole Brexit situation.
So Cal Joe,
You’re definitely right :). I’m just a sole proprietor so my “business credit card” is actually just a personal card that I designate for business purchases (shipping and supplies mostly) but it’s a good distinction to make. I should have been clearer 🙂 thanks for clarifying that fact!
By the way, if you do decide you want to stick with the app and pay for it, you can get 50% off with my friends and family link ($7 a month instead of $15) for your first 6 months:
JJ Parks ^_^
It may be overkill if all you want to do is track mileage, but if you’re serious about selling and keeping track of your business expenses, costs, sales and taxes and all that you may want to consider Intuit QuickBooks Self-Employed. I’ve used this for a number of years and while there’s either a monthly or yearly cost to it, it works very well and has built in tracking for trips and such which I find extremely valuable.
I also use it to track my monthly spending to see my store’s overall sales metrics as I buy most of my goods online with a business credit card (for points mostly) and can see sales vs. costs at any time. This also helps a lot around tax time as it groups things into categories for me and greatly speeds up the tax filing process.
If you want to give them a try, they have a 30 day free trial (I don’t make any money from this link, it’s just a standard link to the one on their website):
Best of luck ^_^
For anyone else having this problem, saving it as a PDF is a great first step. For me, what I do for my Zebra label printer is to use the Edit > Take a Snapshot option in the Adobe PDF Reader software (which is also free). Then you simply highlight (in blue) the area you want to print on the label itself and then print. Once you do this, it will print exactly where you highlighted.
I use this trick often for sites like Mercari where they don’t necessarily format it for label printers and where it would otherwise print an entire sheet of letter-sized paper. Hope this helps someone out there as I didn’t know this for years!
PS: Ryanne, love the show ^_^.
I am SO Sorry to hear that this happened to you. I’ve had similar experiences with $30-$60 items, but at that price it really does sting. They’re not wrong that any business needs to expect some “spillage”, but the fact that they directly told you to do something, and told you that you’d be refunded only to take it back just seems so wrong.
I’ll definitely keep your story in mind next time something similar comes up. Thanks for helping the community out though through your experience. Hope things turn around for you for future sales!
Really great post! I love all of the breakdowns of percentages and Year Over Year things in particular. This was also my first year where I really started tracking what I spent on merchandise and as I sell mostly video games and electronics, the costs tend to add up really fast. I came up with a formula much like yours, but rather than items sold I stuck to a certain percentage of gross earnings that I earmark for buying new products. If I’m able to find smaller or cheaper items (bread and butter) I’ll do that, but it will come out of the funds set aside for white whale items. Really looking forward to selling in the new year and tracking my numbers even more specifically this year. Best of luck to all of you! ^_^01/04/2021 at 2:23 am in reply to: Differences in Promoted Listings based on percentage paid #84855
This is actually a fascinating question. I actually don’t know the answer, but only recently started promoting my items (I do the bare minimum at 1%) and while I don’t spend a lot on it, I’ve definitely noticed an uptick on items that are promoted. I tend to use items that are popular enough to be searched by people but not super, super mainstream. I figure for the real oddball items there are only a small handful of people that would be searching for them in the first place.
Hope someone has some insight on this!
So sorry to hear that. I used Intuit’s Self-Employed app/program and while it’s generally good (once you apply a liberal amount of rules to charges) there are always a few that slip through into weird categories or none at all. I make it a habit to check at least every few days and review charges. One thing that helps is to use a specific card/account for buying merchandise, another for paying business expenses, and not mixing in your personal purchases/spending if possible. I’ve definitely made a mess of my finances in the past, and this year I really tried to separate them as best as possible. Best of luck! Can’t wait for this messy year to be over and start fresh :).
That’s very interesting to hear. My problem in the past is that I became a bit obsessive over calculating profit margins on individual items and things, when in reality I should have just kept it simpler to keeping track of “money spent on products” and “money made by selling products” and then deducting the fees/memberships/costs of running the business as expenses. Once they made the switch, I found it far easier to separate the two and not worry about the individual items as much as long as the overall numbers were trending up and looking good overall in the right direction. I’m sure I’m not alone on that :).
For shipping, you can still use third party software (I use Endicia personally) and earn your Credit Card points and rewards and all that. I’m not sure if you can do it directly with eBay shipping, but there are still options if that is a significant part of your business. I do several thousand dollars of shipping a month as well, so the points definitely do add up and I’d miss not having them. I hear you about the slight delay in the payments transferring to your bank, though I personally like having it all deposited as a net and having all the fees and things taken out which makes my accounting a lot easier.
Just curious what it is you don’t like about Managed Payments? I was hesitant at first and to be honest I love the new system. It’s just so streamlined and easy now and I almost never have to deal with Paypal anymore. You may like it more than you think you will.
1000% yes. Usually when I’m doing it on my phone or on an item that I’m more than happy to have sold, so you’re not alone there.
I have, however, been on the receiving end though where a seller accidentally accepted at a price much lower than they meant to (and they still shipped the item), or where a seller sent me the wrong item…realized their mistake and told me to keep both items.
Happy selling! ^_^