Check out this amazing & rare Missoni for Target cardigan for sale in our ebay shop. Recently reduced! Click the link to be taken directly to the listing!
Running your own business is tough! It’s been over a year now for me and I’ve found that running your own business can be stressful. One has to be careful not to let the stress get to them. After all this is all just material stuff and doesn’t mean much in the grand scheme of things.
So, while I seem very kind and understanding in my messages with buyers, there are some things you may not know. I wish more buyers knew the following when communicating with me. My work is not as easy as you think it is:
1 – I work really hard. I mean REALLY hard. My business is run by me, that’s it. I maintain over 700 items at a time on two different sites, sometimes nearing almost 800-900. I get at least 20 messages a day from customers and I respond to everyone within 24 hours. I take pictures, I list, I ship and I do all my own accounting, purchasing, drop-off….the work never stops. I work 7 days a week and haven’t had a vacation since I started my business.
2 – I do this because it makes people happy. I find joy in the work I do. I shop on the sites I sell on so I understand the meaning of finding an awesome score online. I want you to have the same experience I’d want for myself.
3 – When I make a mistake, that’s what it is, a mistake. I didn’t intend to send you the wrong item. I sincerely missed the tiny hole in the seam…You don’t have to ream me out for it. Believe me, I’m mad at myself enough. Kindness begets kindness.
4 – I’m not making THAT MUCH money. Though my customers may think otherwise, I’m making significantly less than I could be making at a job working for someone else. After taxes, expenses and returns….I’m barely making enough to get by.
5 – I’ll be nice to you all day long, because I have to. Ebay has made it so that it is basically impossible for a seller to stand up for themselves anymore unless it’s obvious fraud. If the buyer doesn’t read a listing, look at pictures or pay for his product there isn’t much that they loose. However, if I don’t grant you that refund because you simply don’t like something then I could loose my discounts, top rated status and even the ability to sell on Ebay. If you’re mean to me because I won’t accept a return after you’ve had something for over 2 months, I really can’t retaliate much. I’m nice to you because my livelihood depends on it, not because I think you are right. Of course if I make a mistake, my apologies are sincere…because I do have integrity and fess up when I make a mistake. But most of the time, there are a lot of things I want to say that I hold my tongue on simply because it affects my feedback.
5 – It hurts me when you are mean and say hurtful things. You don’t have to threaten me, you don’t have to call me names. Everyone is an adult and business is business. Material possessions shouldn’t ignite as much anger as they do in people. I remember the mean people and I make sure that I block them from buying from me – I don’t want you in my shop if you’re going to degrade me.
I know this is really candid. I think it needs to be to get the clarity across.
Please treat your sellers with respect and kindness. You would do the same to any large department store.
Sales are doing amazing on Ebay this year! I think the markets are finally picking up. I hope you’re having as much success with your sales too so far this year!
If you haven’t begun selling on Ebay, don’t forget that you get 50 FREE LISTINGS every month! This means no fees to list at any price for the first 50 items every month. You can’t have a store subscription for the promotion so it doesn’t apply to me. However, it is great for people that want to sell just a few items each month to clear the house out. With the 50 free listings you can start at the price you want and if the item doesn’t sell you don’t pay. You really can’t loose! If it does then you just pay the final fees for Ebay. It’s an awesome way to test the market too to see if Ebay works for you.
One great strategy I’ve discovered recently if you want to sell more than 50 items a month is to start a listing at the lowest price possible. This is especially useful on high dollar items like Coach, Michael Kors, Urban Outfitters and such that are in high demand but also have high competition. By starting you’re price at say $0.99 with free shipping you’ll ensure you go to the top of lists when someone searches for the lowest price. The customers help you get the market value so usually the prices end up higher or the same as they would if you started them on the high side. Starting listings at an unbelievably low price is a great way to get exposure, push prices up and the best part is that the strategy works!
I hope these two tips have helped you with your sales this week! I’ll be back to share more tips next week. Good Luck & Happy Selling!
Well, it’s been 4 months since I quit my job to do online sales full-time. I have to say, I’m liking it a lot! Even with the hard parts this feels so right. I love the personal freedom and space that I have gained. It’s also made focusing on school a lot easier. I will say though, I don’t think it could have been this easy without 6 years of Ebay experience before jumping in. That experience has meant so much in making my business a success ~ being profitable for the first 4 months of business isn’t bad right!?!?
I think that if you have a dream you want to work on, you should put everything you have into it now! Don’t wait until you have “the time” to work on it. Find the time, make the time. There are other things in your life that are so much less important than following what your true purpose is. First, you have to stop flying around this world so much. You don’t have to do it all, you don’t have to be it all. What you do need is to know what you want ~ what your purpose is. Meditation, self growth books and yoga are great ways to quiet the world and focus inside yourself.
One of the most beneficial things I’ve found to help me was to take TV out of my life. We still Netflix but having cable TV gone has made things so much simpler. There is a lot more time in a day! TV had been such a fixture in my life that I never thought I’d be able to remove it. Now that I have, it’s amazing the things I can do in a day. Getting up early is also a great way to find more tim
e in the day, of course that means going to sleep early too!
Find something that is wasting time in your life today ~ remove it and replace it with what you always wanted to do. If you want to read more, exercise more, work on a skill or craft….those are the things you need to focus on. Your mind is incredibly attuned to your life purpose. Listen to it and take the distractions out of your life.
I wish everyone could feel the enjoyment I have of working at home or just simply doing what they love. We were born to be free creatures loving, sharing the wonders of this amazing world.
- Living for a Purpose (socyberty.com)
- So busy with life that I didn’t have the time or energy to blog this week (unfinishedperson.com)
There is a place that we all want to visit ~ where prices are cheap and there is no limit
There is a land for us all ~ value is priced fairly and you never have to make a call
Many say eBay, others write etsy and for some the amazon giant if you may
Resale is this magical land that I refer to ~ it’s a place of magic, of wonder and new
You’ll be amazed by the things you find, by the value that items have after they are left behind
Won’t you join me in the crusade to recycle our earth? Can you try, if just once, to wear something that hasn’t just been birthed?
Open your heart to resale, cut out the retail
- A new word for the #consignment, resale, thrift industry. (auntiekate.wordpress.com)
- Wise words for your resale business. (auntiekate.wordpress.com)
- Selling or Refurbishing Old Technology (lockergnome.com)
I learned of a new resale website for Houston today. Somehow I stumbled upon this interesting website. It’s called Resale Houston. You can check out their site here:
They have a list of places in Houston that will buy used clothing, usually designer or department store brands. This is a great way to find places to resale your clothing, purses and shoes to!
You would be amazed all the shops in Houston that will buy your stuff at good prices to resale. There is Buffalo Exchange, Fashion Recycler, Taxi Taxi and the list goes on. Many of these shops are on Westheimer near Montrose (the trendy part of town). You can find amazing bargains at these places too.
So far, the only shops I know of outside of Houston are some great resale shops in Austin and Buffalo Exchange in San Diego. What shops are in your town for resale? Check out some online resources in your area and see what you can find!
My burning question is: If you could resale one thing that is hard to resale now, what would that be? Maybe I can help everyone find a way to resale more things!