Thursday, October 23, 2014

BOLO: United Nude Shoes :: 23/31

Today I want to share with you a BOLO that I have never seen anyone else mention.  I stumbled upon a pair of these shoes at Goodwill a year or so ago and bought them even though I couldn't look them up (no phone with me) because they were so unusual.

I was one happy girl when I got home!  :)  They are the Eamz Pump from United Nude and retail for $299.00.

I think I got around half of that for mine...they were not brand new but were in really nice shape.  The funny thing was I found another pair of United Nude shoes not long after that.  They were a patent leather ballet flat that sold for around $70, I think. 

A good name to add to your BOLO list.  Not all styles sell well so do a little homework and keep your eyes open!  Good luck!

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

just me saying hi

Hi guys!  How are you?  I am good.  I've been working on a little craft project all morning and am about to take Nick out for a walk.

With all the eBay business I haven't really had much time to blog like a normal person.  :)  Let's see, what is new with us?

Patrick was gone all of last week.  From Monday - Saturday afternoon.  It wasn't too bad although we did miss him a lot.  The kids were so good and I am so thankful we had such a good week.  It rained for a lot of the week so we just hung out at home and felt kind of cozy.  Oh, and we saw a movie...Dolphin Tale 2.  It was fine.  Kind of cute.  I had made a list of daily goals (of course I did) for myself while he was gone and I think it helped keep me from feeling whiny because instead I felt accomplished!  :)  I know I am cheesy but whatever works, right?

When Patrick got home on Saturday it wasn't too long before we snuck away for a nap.  And by nap I mean nap.  :)  It was a good week but boy, did it wipe me out.  He had worked crazy long hours all week as well so we were both exhausted.  We had a lazy day and then finished it off with pizza delivery and Survivor.  nice.  happy sigh.

On Sunday I went and had coffee with my sister, mom and Lee & Kristy (aunties) who were in town visiting.  We were there for 3 hours (!!) and then Annie and I took her boys and Ruby to the pumpkin patch.  After that I came home for a bit and then the 5 of us went shopping and out to dinner.  It was such a fun day!  It was so good to be with all of them and laugh and talk and make fun of ourselves and each other.  :) 

I cannot believe it's Wednesday.  Tonight we are going back to the pumpkin patch (3rd time).  Can't wait.

xoxoxo

My eBay listing process, part two :: 22/31



This is Part 2 of my eBay listing process.  You can find Part 1 HERE.

When we left off yesterday, we had just finished writing our item descriptions.  Next up is figuring out listing format (read more on that from eBay here) and price:

If you've done your research, you should have some idea what to start your item at, if it is an auction, or list it at as a Fixed Price.  I have heard for years that the best time/day to start and end an auction is on Sunday evening.  After that, I think any weeknight evening is pretty good with Friday and Saturday nights coming in lastEven with so many buyers on eBay mobile, day time ending times aren't the best idea.  Lots of us are at work or busy with our kids.  My friend missed a daytime auction item last week while we were chatting!  If you are doing your auction listing during the day, you can choose when to have it go live.  eBay charges an additional .10/item for this option.


After that you check payment method, shipping methods (which I've talked about before).  After that is the final box on the page "Add other Details."  You can find out more about Buyer Requirements here.  Here is what mine are set at:
Block buyers who:
  • Have received 2 unpaid item strike(s) within 1 month(s)
  • Have a primary shipping address in countries that I don't ship to
  • Have 4 policy violation report(s) within 1 month(s)
  • Have a feedback score equal to or lower than -1
I do choose to offer a return policy and will talk more about this another day.  In the Additional Payment Instructions area I have this blurb:  

Hello!  Thank you so much for your purchase today!  Please send payment through Paypal immediately.  I will email you tracking information ASAP and leave you postitive feedback soon.  I really appreciate your good feedback as well and PLEASE contact me if something is wrong!  I will do everything I can to fix it.  :) Thank you so much! Stephanie

After you hit the blue Continue box you are almost done!  On the next page you can verify that the listing fee is correct, preview your item if you want and make any last minute changes, then click on the blue List Your Item box!  You're done!  Yay!

Now list another one.  ;)
 

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

My eBay Listing Process, part one :: 21/31

Yesterday I encouraged you to get listing!  Today I want to share a little bit about my listing process.  This post got SUPER long so I broke it into two parts, here is the first half:

The first thing I do for listing is take a bunch of pictures.  I like to photograph around 25 items at a time, that is enough for me to chip away at during a typical week.  I try not to take any new pics until I've listed the last batch I took.  It's all too tempting to list that new, exciting thing you just brought home while last week's new exciting thing waits in the basement.  :)

So, I've got my pictures, a tape measure, my scale and a pile of items.  I group items together so women's shirts are with shirts, sweaters with sweaters, etc.  This makes listing easier because you can copy and paste one blurb and just switch out the measurements and a few key words each time.

My most used blurb is this:

"This lightweight blouse from Banana Republic is in beautiful, very gently worn condition with no flaws.  It is 100% cotton, a size Small, and machine washable.  It measures 36" around the bust, 15" across the shoulders, 24" from shoulder to end of sleeve, and is 25.5" long from the back of neck to bottom hem."

All of the items in italics are the ones I switch out.  I may also add more info, depending on the item.  For dresses I add waist & hip measurements and for pants, inseam, etc.  If the color isn't obvious I will try to describe it a bit and sometimes I will add a sentence talking the item up such as, "This blouse is perfect for travel...lightweight and versatile."  That just depends on my mood or if I think the item needs a little help.  :)  

I normally go to My eBay, select an item similar to what I plan on listing and click on "Sell Similar" over on the right hand column.  For starting a listing from scratch, go here.  


While I'm listing, I always have another eBay window open that I use for searching whatever is in front of me, normally a google one, too.  I see what similar items are selling for and also how their titles look...you can learn a lot from this.  Something that may not stand out to me might be a really big deal to a buyer and someone else may already know this.  I also find lots of product names this way.  I recently searched "Keen shoes with flower" and didn't see anything similar to what I had in front of me.  I then did an image search on Google and lo and behold, there they were!  They were called a Keen Barika...now I had a name for my title!  


After I've chosen my category and done a little research, I write the title.  I try to put the most important words first such as the brand name, what the item is (shirt, blouse, etc.) then the size (I normally write out "size" if it fits) and then add any descriptors.  Try to use every bit of that title they allow you...it's how your buyers find you, first and foremost.  

After the title you're asked to select the Condition of your item.  If it is pre-owned, as most of my items are, a box will pop up called "Condition Description."  This is where you HAVE to mention any defects or quirks about your item.  If a buyer buys something and it has a problem that you don't mention in this box, even if it is in the item description itself, they can open a case against you for Item Not As Described.  That little box is very important!

Then you add your photos, select your item specifics, and write your description.  I try to keep the description to a minimum and don't use a lot (if any) of HTML.  Sometimes I add a blurb under my item description blurb that looks like this,

"I almost always ship within one business day of receiving payment.  I always leave good feedback for a good transaction.  I offer a 14 day return policy, buyer pays return shipping.  I love selling on ebay and only sell the best!  My customers are often surprised by how nice their item is...I don't sell junk."

In my mind, the hard part is over!  Your listing is almost ready to go.  Tomorrow I will go through the final listing steps.

My tip of the day:  Be sure to list any problems with your item in the Condition Description box!

Please send me any comments or questions you might have!  I am happy to answer them for you.  Also, if you have found any of this helpful, I'd love it if you would pin it!  :)

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Monday, October 20, 2014

list, list, list :: 20/31

My tip for the day is list, list, list!  I'm not sure why but the more you list, the more you sell.  I don't even mean that the new stuff you list will sell but just in general, the more you are listing, the more sales you will have.  I don't know if eBay gives your item a higher ranking in search if you are active or if just having those new items show up lets buyers see your other items?  I'm not sure but it really seems true. 

And with that, I will sign off.  I haven't listed since last Thursday (gasp!) and my sales are tanking.  :)

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

A typical week of eBay sales :: 19/31

Last week's sales, for inquiring minds:






Quantity

Sale price












1

$17.99
























1

$14.99
























1

$41.99
























1

$14.99
























1

$26.99
























1

$40.00
























1

$34.99
























1

$19.99
























1

$40.49
























1

$15.29
























1

$7.19
























1

$40.49
























1

$14.99
























1

$19.99
























1

$31.49























$381-$40.00 (shipping fees for "free shipping" items-$26.00 (cost of items sold...the converse my sister gave me free) = $315.00 -$40.00 (ebay & paypal fees) = $275.00 before tax profit

The bar in my head seems to be set at $350.00.  If I hit that number (in gross sales) I am always happy BUT I so often come so close to that number that it's kind of strange.  My tip of the day for today is to set goals for yourself.  They are powerful and helpful. 



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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Is an eBay store right for you? :: 18/31

When I re-started selling a couple of years ago, one of the first things I did was search for eBay-minded blogs and message boards.  I started reading a lot about eBay stores, which I had never heard of.  They didn't have those back in the early days of eBay.  :)  I can't remember how long it was before I took the store plunge but I am really glad I did.  A quick calculation shows that I have saved over $500 in fees over the last 2 years on top of my Top Rated Seller discounts.

The biggest factors in determining if a store makes sense for you is how many listings you plan on doing every month and which type of listing you plan to do.  (auction or fixed price)

eBay gives most people 50 free listings per month and, depending on the category, it could be 100. 

I sell mostly clothing so if I liked to sell it at auction, I could get 100 free listings every month!  The problem is, I don't love auctions.  They don't seem to do that well for me and I much prefer to list my items at a fixed price.  For that, I would pay .30/listing.  Still not a lot of money but it adds up!

With my store subscription cost of $14.95/mo (paid annually or 19.95/mo paid monthly) , I get 150 listings free every month of whichever kind I choose.  I also get lots of free listing promotions so I rarely end up paying if I go over 150.

eBay has an awsome store fee illustrator here.  You can read more about the other benefits of having a store here.  I love being able to have sales and such but the insertion fee savings is the biggest reason I have a store.

My tip of the day is, if you're a new seller, give yourself a few months and see how & what you enjoy selling the most.  Keep the fee illustrator bookmarked and use it to help you make your decision in the future.

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