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It’s kinda funny you were talking about wishing you could just refuse returns sometimes, lol, yeah I never mentioned it but when I started my store back I came back with a NO RETURN POLICY. Now I can’t predict the future but this far it has not lowered me in search rank and we continue to enjoy a high STR and believe it not I have not had a single issue with people getting mad about it. I also have 2 day shipping and this also has not caused any problems whatsoever.
As we scale up will those things become an issue? I dunno but I will let you know =)
I go to the post office on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and that’s it. Oh yeah also I don’t do free shipping either, lol. I know you guys are probably thinking well your doing it all wrong, and yeah might be but thus far it’s not been an issue so I dunno.
When I get closer to 1000 listings I will let you know if I had issues that made me change or if I still have the same policies in effect.
Tony03/31/2019 at 10:18 pm in reply to: Why We Failed The First Time Going Full Time on eBay #59455
Hey BigSally, Thank you! I Love that philosophy! so true 🙂
Congrats on a great month!
I thought this was going to be a worse month and well, you just never know till it’s over.03/31/2019 at 8:55 pm in reply to: Why We Failed The First Time Going Full Time on eBay #59453
As I write this I am a little embarrassed that I did not make my listings goal of 300 this month but that was due to incredible sales in March. I did manage to hit 275 as of today but that 25 short will have to be made up next month so my work will get much more serious in April or it’s going to be way too hard to catch up.
Part of the problem was crap was selling as fast as I could list it in some cases. A few times I had offers within an hour of listing the thing. Not a bad problem to have but kept me from reaching that 300 easily, I should have made a harder effort but at my age it’s not that easy to double down anymore. I can understand the grey goat’s frustration at keeping up the listings and I am 5 years younger than he is.
Nonetheless I am pushing forward. I had to take a couple of days off to prepare my taxes for the accountant but I just finished so next month is a clean slate and a new opportunity to shine. I am so happy with how we did this month but I know not everyone had such a good month so I am reluctant to jump up and down too much on here, just seems impolite I guess.
This will be my last entry for a while, I can’t really see any benefit in just restating the same info month after month so I will report back if anything changes. The numbers are insane for us, no time in our stores history have we managed to do so well in a single month. Taking our time and looking things up before buying them and only buying things we KNOW we can sell has really paid off.
Here is how we did
For the Month of March
Started with 225 listing and ended with 275 ( yeah I know )
We sold 37 Items and Grossed $943.00 with shipping included
Without shipping we grossed $718.00
That gave us a 15% STR and an APS of $19.43
On top of this we sold $450.00 in hard goods ( 2 old Atari 2600’s NIB ) locally giving us a whopping $1168.00 in sales for the month.
I am so pleased with our progress this go round, happy happy. The future is looking bright 🙂
I was looking for a 8% STR and got 15%, unreal.
For April I am still just trying to hit 8% STR and $15.00 APS, keeping it real
Listing goal for April is 400, oh yes I will do it 🙂
Budget for new products in April has increased to 60.00 per week and Max purchase price is holding @ $3.00 per item unless it’s something really special.
I can’t think of anything else to report, just that everything is going great. I will check back with this journal in a few months unless there is a drastic change to give an update, I’m thinking quarterly.
Love you guys, gotta go listen to the podcast now 🙂
Wow, that is a lot of good information and I really appreciate the time you took to reply. You have answered all my questions and given me some things to think about, like winter/summer off season clothing effects on STR. I am just amazed at how DIALED in you are on your business and that is what I am hoping to achieve at some point.
We are still in the early stages, just below 300 right now and we are maintaining a 10% STR average which isn’t as good as I would like but not horrible either. Thanks for offering your help, I will definitely have more questions as we progress so I will e-mail you when the time comes.
Thanks again !
Speaking on the subject of ebay taking the money out of your paypal or whatever when you make an offer I think this is one area where Poshmark excels because that is exactly what they do. When someone makes an offer on poshmark they are immediately charged once you accept the offer. Come on ebay it’s time to grow up already.03/20/2019 at 4:14 pm in reply to: Why We Failed The First Time Going Full Time on eBay #58970
Thanks Jay and T-Satt,
1 bucket of coffee coming up 🙂03/19/2019 at 8:43 pm in reply to: Why We Failed The First Time Going Full Time on eBay #58945
Just passed our monthly STR goal of 8%. We are currently sitting at 9% STR ( this will only increase from here) and our current APS is 19.10 ( this will fluctuate until the last day of the month) and so the goal was 8% STR and 18.00 APS, I hope we can at least meet the APS but you never know until it’s all over.
I have to hit 300 active this month to hit our yearly goal, 50 to go. I need a motivation drug, lol
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ok so I misunderstood what you guys were saying about the first class, I had to go back and re-listen to that part again, I thought they were showing you the wrong price, not the customer. Doh! Anyway, I got it now.
ok well I finally found something and bare in mind this is a notice from USPS dated January 2019. The commercial parcel price list does still include up to 15.999 in business first class pricing. Here is a link …
and go to “First-Class Package Service Commercial—Parcels”
If anyone has any information on any changes to ebay policy I am VERY interested. It’s frustrating when you just don’t know. I mail quite a bit in the first class 14 to 15.999 range so this will impact my business pretty significantly.
Like a say I am still able to print in this range and it’s got me a little worried about my parcels either getting returned or delivered with postage due.
Any information appreciated
I have been trying to find any information on any possible changes in usps business first class shipping removing the 14 to 15.99 ounce parcels. I can’t seem to find anything on ebay or usps.com about any changes and I am still able to print first class 15 oz parcels so now I am worried they are going to get rejected somewhere along the way after hearing your problems printing these type shipping labels.
Have you guys found any official information from either ebay or usps?
03/01/2019 at 7:23 pm in reply to: Why We Failed The First Time Going Full Time on eBay #57973
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Thanks Jay and T-Satt, I appreciate the kind words from both of you, that really means a lot to me. It’s been a long road but I finally feel pretty comfortable behind the wheel 🙂03/01/2019 at 3:57 pm in reply to: Why We Failed The First Time Going Full Time on eBay #57952
Well let’s face it, it’s not easy getting old, lol. I am 57 going on 58 this year and good grief it seems like it is getting harder and harder to get over a cold. I got sick around the middle of the month in Feb and took me about 10 days to get to where I could list again. Nonetheless here are my numbers.
ok from my last post in the middle of Feb, I said ”
I have a projected goal of $340.00 gross ( no shipping ) with a .08 STR and APS of $15.00 and Total of 284 listings by the end of the month.
Here is what actually happened
We finished the month with 225 listings and we sold 17 items for a total of $335.00 (shipping not included). This gave us a .08 STR and a APS of 19.71
Well it’s not fun getting sick but I am fine now and it’s time to get to getting so there ya go. To be honest I am not at all dissatisfied with the results, I did manage to push through some difficult days and despite getting sick we kept a decent if not impressive STR and APS so all in all I am quite happy.
My question is how will my APS and STR look in 6 months? Well I seriously can’t wait to answer that. Hope your all having great sales ! I will try to keep this updated every month so you can watch my progress. I hope this log will help to motivate someone else in their struggle.
Hello Sheena, welcome to the forum 🙂02/26/2019 at 9:26 am in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 400: Tax Season Advice for Newbies from Strangers On The Internet #57691
I don’t do any sharing, I list it and forget it just like ebay. Honestly we would probably sell more doing the whole sharing thing but I am happy with our sales with the list it and forget it model. The only thing I did was follow a ton of people on there. If you follow thousands of people then about 1/4 of them will follow you back. I have like 11,000 followers now.
Is that needed or necessary? I seriously doubt it because many times people find my stuff by search that don’t even follow me. I will see something that goes a little like….. key24086 just liked your item, key24086 has started following you and then CONGRATS key24086 just purchased your item. So I don’t think it matters that much if your not trying to make a full time income on there.
We are happy with whatever sales we get on there because for us it’s just extra cash.02/25/2019 at 10:59 am in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 400: Tax Season Advice for Newbies from Strangers On The Internet #57600
well the way we look at it and this may be different for others is, we only paid one dollar for a shirt that sold for $30.00 and we made $24.00 and we don’t have to worry about shipping cost or listing fees so hey $24.00 from a dollar, yeah I will take that all day long, lol.
my ebayers have the same opportunity to buy the thing, if it’s just sitting there not getting a bite on ebay and a posher baby wants it, heck yeah take that thing !!! lol
Man I really love Poshmark, I have had nothing but good experiences on there so far. Don’t get me wrong, I love ebay too, it’s the engine that keeps the ship going but I am loving the extra income.