Before I moved from the valley I had five milk crates of various coffee mugs listed on eBay. I stored them on a shelf in my garage and it was not big deal to pull one to ship. When I moved to the mountains and stored them in the eBay room in the Quonset Hut, it was a pain! When one would sell I dreaded having to search through the crates to try to find the right mug. I also had to wash them because they were covered in dust and just didn’t look very good. Not a big deal unless you’re on a tight schedule and trying to get your shipping done before the postal carrier arrives. I realized that my ‘crate system’ was not working!
As with most dilemmas like this, I spend some time thinking about the process. What could I do to make things faster? Better? Easier? Then one day it hit me….the simplest thing! Store the mugs upside down. I was like DUH! I kept thinking about this and pondering ways to streamline the entire process of finding, pulling and shipping a mug. If they are stored upside down, how am I going to be able to easily find what I need and pull it from the two-layers in each create? And then it hit me!
With the help of my fabulous minions, we pulled five crates of mugs from the Quonset Hut and brought them to the porch. We wiped every one down and then took them to the kitchen to be washed. I decided that washing them all at once was going to speed up the shipping process when one sold. We washed them and sat them out to dry. Then we sorted like mugs together, first all the Starbucks, then Disney, then we grouped similar themes together.
When they were all lined up on the counter, I took a dry erase pen and I numbered the bottom of each mug! Simple and genius, right!? I did do a test to make sure the dry erase would easily come off and it does. I packed the mugs safely back in the crates, stacking them two high and carefully noted which crate each mug was in. I transferred this date to the Custom Field of my listing (#05 Green 1, #89 Green 2, #34 Gray) and each time a mug sells all I have to think about is how much profit I made on that sale. Pulling my inventory to pack and ship now just takes minutes.
So the moral of the story is store your mugs upside down and number the bottoms with a dry erase pen. You’re welcome America!
Creating a Promotion Campaign
I’ve had so much success with eBay’s Promoted Listings that I decided to give their Promotions a try. I wanted to offer up a BOGO on Ties…buy one, get one at 50% off. I’ve got over 400 men’s ties to move and I’m ready to sell these things!
Getting a promotion set up is almost as easy as a promoted listings campaign…almost. There are a few more steps, but nothing that’s not easy to overcome or deal with. If you’ve got some old and stale inventory you want to move, try creating a campaign…there are several ways you can do it.
Here are some step-by-step instructions to getting your first promotion up and running.
- Click on the MARKETING Tab on your Seller Hub dashboard. Then click on PROMOTIONS.
- On the right side, click on the blue CREATE A PROMOTION bar, then click on ORDER DISCOUNT.
- Under “What do you want to promote?” Click on the drop-down menu and select the appropriate eBay category for your sale. I chose FASHION APPAREL
- Next select one of the three options in the large boxes. I chose MOVE OLDER ITEMS on the far right.
- Click on the blue SET OFFER DETAILS bar on the right side.
- Click on the SHOW ALL OFFERS link in the middle of the page to see all the sale variations eBay’s created for you.
- I scrolled down to the BUY ONE, GET ONE option and click on the BUY 1, GET 1 at 20% OFF option. You can adjust these numbers and percentage, which I did, changing 20% off to 50% off. Easy Peasy.
- Click the blue SELECT ITEMS bar in the lower right hand.
- Decide “How do you want to add items to your offer?” I selected BY SELECTING ITEMS and clicked on the blue SELECT ITEMS bar.
- This is where I had a bit of trouble navigating the process. I wanted to select my store category “Men’s Clothing: Ties” You have to hover your mouse over the top of the window and wait for the CATEGORY OPTIONS to appear. You have three choices: eBay Categories, Store Categories, All Inventory. I clicked on STORE CATEGORIES.
- Scroll down through the list of your store categories and select the one you want. I clicked on CLOTHING – MENS. That selects all the subcategories under that so I had to de-select everything except TIES.
- Your list of items in the category you selected will appear individually, 200 at a time with a check box to the right. You can go through and individually select each item you want to promote or you can select the box at the top of the list, to the left of “ITEM” and that selects all 200 ties in one stroke.
- Scroll down to the bottom of the page and move to page two of your listings. Each promotion is limited to 500 items, so keep that in mind.
- Repeat steps 12 and 13 until all of your items have been selected.
- Double check that all of your items have been selected by reviewing the number selected to the right of the blue CONFIRM SELECTIONS button in the lower right.
- The next screen takes you to the page where you can edit the Offer Name and Offer Type. I left the Offer Name to eBay’s default: Fashion Apparel – Buy one, get one 50% off and edited the Offer Type to read on “Men’s Fashion Ties.”
- Next eBay offers you three images to choose from for the promotion. My choices where a black boring tie, a blue boring tie and a tie with a little color and pattern. I clicked on the tie with color and pattern to select it.
- The last step is to click on the blue LAUNCH button.
That’s all there is. You’re done and you’ve created your first Sale Promotion!
Give it a try and comment how you did.