Jay and Ryanne woke up at 6am EST (now that’s dedication) to interview Sharon and Sam from ShopCheap1980 an eBay store in Australia! The similarities to a US ebay store are very close. They shop at auctions, flea markets and thrift stores too. Only difference is that they have to bring all their boxes to the post office. No Australia Post pickup for them. Visit their store at ShopCheap1980. Thanks Sharon and Sam!
Jay and Ryanne talk about what’s going on in their eBay store.
Selling more furniture may be in their future. Paintings and funky kitsch art are a pain to store, pack and ship, but they sell so well we can’t help ourselves! Stuff mentioned in this podcast include- eBay store Calculator (see if a store makes sense financially for you), the Andy Warhol elementary school sketch auction on ebay, Amazon now selling museum quality art and last but not least- eBay’s Fall update with Top Rated Seller grace period. Thanks to Glen for writing in to ask exactly how to get the Cha-Ching sound to activate on the iphone eBay app.
Wendy and Mikey talk about their process of running an Ebay store.
We cover buying and sourcing, organizing, cleaning, photography, listing, selling, shipping and customer service. Everyone has a different way of running their business, this is how they do it. Check out the tools they use: Yard Sale Mapper for finding yard sales in your area. Terapeak– Mikey and Wendy use Terrapeak and the Terapeak iPhone app to research and accurately price items they scavenge. GarageSale to build their store template and list all their items. What they don’t use are….notebooks.
Vintage Patch- Paid less than $1, sold for $120. Adobe Illustrator CD- Free, Sold for $35.
Mikey and Wendy talk about what’s happening in their store this week. Exciting moments include an actual flood, big sales of vintage patches and Adobe software. A genuine Louis Vuitton wallet purchased for $20 at a yard sale may fetch over $1200 on Buy It Now. Also, the dreaded moment when your beloved postal worker gets transferred, leaving a new carrier to figure out your USPS pick up quirks has happened to them.
Sometimes the process of photographing and listing looks like this. But you gotta do it!
Jay and Ryanne talk about their process of running an ebay store from start to finish. We cover buying and sourcing, organizing, cleaning, photography, listing, selling, shipping and customer service. Everyone has a different way of running their business, this is how we run ours. Check out Pixelmator, the app Ryanne mentions for quick and easy photo editing for the Mac. Also we mentioned using GarageSale for laying out a template for your listings. We use the Panasonic GH1 camera with a 20mm Pancake lens for our photos. Watch Ryanne’s video about how to pack a big heavy typewriter for shipping.
Saddle and fabric selling bonanza in our store this week.
Summer sales have been picking up for us as we sell several high dollar items in one week. Thrilling, yes. But the more consistent smaller sales are what will keep you afloat in slower times. Shout out to Sam and Sharon who are ramping up their ebay store in Australia, thanks for writing in! Also another one of our listeners has started The eBay Freshman blog chronicling his eBay scavenging finds and methods.
Newest store items include huge furniture and rare power supplies. Sell it!
Ryanne and Mikey talk about what’s going on in their eBay stores this week. Slow summer sales are picking up a bit due to our ABL (always be listing) motivation. But Ryanne is dealing with an uncooperative, crazy customer. Mikey is listing power supplies and hoping to sell them to some electronics geeks. Check out our new About and Resources page that we just put up. We are real people and these are the tools we use.
Mikey and Ryanne talk about when and how to use Best Offer on your ebay store listings. How do you negotiate with customers to get a good price for you and them? How do you cut out the noise of low, low offers? Don’t forget to reply to offers asap with your phone alerts and be sure to keep communication open with your customers. Thanks to Adam from Mysterious Caravan for asking!
This episode is all about how we store and organize our 1000 and 2500+ item ebay stores. Organization and storage are critical to a successful ebay store. It doesn’t have to be difficult- some plastic bins, metal shelves, duct tape and a sharpie can easily get the job done. Check out the slideshows above to see how we store all our stuff.
Sometimes summer sales are slow! Creative Commons photo on Flickr by Robb North.
Jay and Mikey talk about whats going on in their stores this week. Jay and Ryanne have been burned too many times on auctions, so they’re calling it quits. They both agree that summer sales aren’t bad, but they’re definitely slow. Jay and Ryanne get a surprise when Richard Sinnott, Michael Kors Creative Director of Accessories and Footwear buys a bunch of shoes from them.