It May Be Halloween….. But Christmas Is Just Around the Corner
Are you ready?
I’ve been working at getting my personal Christmas items listed in hopes of getting them sold off this season. It’s a continuous process but I’m pleased with what I’ve been able to get listed and sold, so far.
I focused on the larger items, stuff that just takes up a lot of space. While getting these items photographed and listed, Megan and I also took the time to do a physical inventory of all my Christmas items….no small task! With my new eBay room I have about 20 shelving units that I’m using to store listed eBay items. I’ve labeled each unit A-Z and numbered the shelves. So while we counted the number of red bows I have, we also included an inventory location in the Custom Field on my listings, making it easier to find the item once it sells. So if I sell a train, I can look and see they are located on G4 and can easily find the item when it’s time to ship. I actually know where most of this stuff is located, but it will help if I need someone else to pick items to ship, then they will be directed to the right shelve.
I strongly encourage newbies to start out with an inventory location system. It is much easier than having to go back and create it after the fact.
Here’s the layout of my inventory storage room.
This is not your typical post about buying stuff on eBay and turning around and flipping those items for a profit…except that’s exactly what I did…unintentionally.
In preparing for the eBay Open even in Vegas in July, I knew I would be attending a Tiki themed party where everyone was asked to dress in Hawaiian attire. I don’t own anything Hawaiian so I did a little eBay shopping. I knew I wanted something red…duh, and I liked the idea of wearing a dress. I wanted something different and I found this.
Not really my style but it was the right color and right price….$20 plus $2.60 for shipping.
When it arrived in the mail and I tried it on and I HATED IT! Like more than hated it. I felt like an old lady from a 1970’s sit come, aka Mrs. Roper.
The seller of this item didn’t allow returns so I was left with one option…I would just list it on eBay and sell it back to someone who would love and appreciate it…for a profit, of course.
I got busy getting ready to be gone for two weeks and didn’t actually get it listed until August 17. I decided that although this dress wasn’t right for me, it WAS pretty awesome and I priced it at $39.99 with free shipping.
Well this little beauty sold today for $39.99. eBay and PayPal fees calculated at 15% are $6, shipping is $2.60 and after my initial cost of $22.60, I netted a nice profit of $8.79. It was a little work, emphasis on LITTLE, but it was my only option since the buyer didn’t offer returns….that’s another subject for another day. If you’re selling clothes, OFFER 30 DAY RETURNS! This is 2016 people!
Are You Obsessed With Your Feedback Score?
I love to help newbie sellers. It’s fun for me to watch them explore the eBay world with fresh eyes and wonder.
One area I find newbies obsess over is their eBay feedback score. Why? Why are you spending so much time on this subject? Feedback is a volunteer system. I’ve never been a big fan of it, never obsessed over it (except for that year where it actually DID matter) didn’t freak out if I wasn’t 100% and I rarely look at feedback when buying something.
It’s a legacy system that’s left in place because that’s what the platform was built on 20 years ago when all we had was trust and Feedback. Now we have buyer and seller protections and PayPal and pictures and lots of other things. I’ve been selling for over 19 years and I JUST HIT 6,000 in my feedback score…who cares!? I leave feedback for buyers as soon as they pay. Why? Because I can set it up to happen automatically. Stop spending so much time and energy on something that’s not terribly important to your business. List your items using great titles and pics, ship your items quickly and offer great customer service and the feedback you get, when you get it, will be good.