Friday, October 31, 2014
I can't believe this is it! Sadly, our computer froze up the day before yesterday so I am on my tablet...my least favorite way to blog. (And list!).
I have loved hearing that a couple of you have actually tried eBay this month! Woohoo!!! My final tip of the day is this...keep at it...give yourself a little time to figure it all out before you decide it's too complicated. Remember that most buyers are good people and will be good to you if you are good to them.
Thanks so much for reading along this month and for the comments (mim, I finally answered your last question! :) ) and emails! Please bookmark or pin this page for a list of all my posts. (I will update it with the last few soon!)
at 2:59 PM
Thursday, October 30, 2014
I cannot believe this month is almost over! While I am happy this challenge is ending, I almost feel like I could keep going. Almost. Not quite. Haha.
One final thing I want to talk about is how to store your merchandise! There are 1,000,000 different ways you can do this...I am not claiming mine is the best...just sharing it.
My tip of the day? Use thrifted finds to store your items! All of my storage shelves & laundry baskets have been thrifted. The baskets are usually a dollar or two and I haven't paid more than $20 for a shelf.
Once I bring an item home and wash it, it goes in a basket. I have baskets for women's clothes, men's, shoes, misc....lots of baskets. I also usually have a basket of pulled items that I want to list next. Here are some of those baskets:
This job can easily take over your house if you let it. Making sure everything has a "home" has been so important for me. Coming home with 30 lbs. of clothing and no where to put it would be a nightmare! (See also:things my husband would hate).
I strongly suggest taking a little time to think about your storage system!
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
(in no particular order)
- Ebay Selling Coach
- My Secret Ebay Diary (not currently blogging but tons of good posts in her archives)
- She Thrifts, She $cores
- Money in the Garage
- We are: clamco
- Treasures in Thrifting Land
- Antique Curators
- Ebay Life Blog
- The Thrift Store Reseller
- She's Flippin' Crazy!
- Thrifting with the Boys
Have fun poking around on these sites and don't get sucked too far down any rabbit holes!
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
It's a Brother Laser Printer and I love it! I purchased mine on Amazon (see it here) and have not had one bit of trouble with it in the 16 months I've been using it. This is NOT a color printer, only black and white. It uses a high yield toner cartridge that I haven't had to replace yet. (It comes with a "trial" cartridge that lasted me almost 6 months and then I put in my first purchased cartridge and it's still going strong!)
I also purchase sticky half sheet label sheets, usually on Amazon. I have bought all sorts of brands and haven't found much of a difference. You can of course print on a plain white sheet of paper, cut your label out and tape it on the package but that is kind of a hassle. The sticker labels are really nice to have. They make me feel legit. ;)
My tip of the day? Try a laser printer! Mine is dependable and affordable.
THIS is my landing post...you can click here to see a list of every post this month!
See all the Nester's 31 Days participants HERE!
See all the Nester's 31 Days participants HERE!
at 3:26 PM
Monday, October 27, 2014
To qualify as a Top Rated Seller you must meet the following requirements that I've copied from eBay: (my notes in green)
- You have at least 100 transactions with US buyers over the most recent 12-month period. (that sounds like a lot but really only 9/month)
- You have at least $1,000 in sales with US buyers over the most recent 12-month period. (again, really only $10 per transaction!)
You've uploaded valid shipment tracking to My eBay within your promised handling time for at least 90% of transactions with US buyers in the last 3 months. (If you print your postage online through eBay, the tracking is uploaded automatically. I never have to do anything extra to meet this requirement! Sweet!)
Exceptions: You're not required to upload tracking for:
Transaction defect rate:
The defect rate is the percentage of a seller's transactions that have one or more of the following transaction-related defects :
To meet eBay's minimum standard, sellers can only have up to 5% of transactions with one or more transaction over the most recent evaluation period. To qualify as a Top Rated Seller, sellers can only have a maximum 2% of transactions with one or more defects over the most recent evaluation period. Only transactions with US buyers count toward your seller performance on eBay.com.
The defect rate won't affect your status until you have transactions with defects with at least 8 different buyers, at least 5 different buyers to impact Top Rated status, within your evaluation period.
Sellers can have a maximum of 0.3% of eBay Money Back Guarantee or PayPal Purchase Protection closed cases without seller resolution over the most recent evaluation period. That means the buyer opened the case, you weren't able to resolve it, the buyer reached out to eBay or PayPal to review it, and eBay found you responsible.
Sellers with 400 or more transactions over the past 3 months are evaluated based on the past 3 months and sellers with fewer than 400 transactions are evaluated based on the past 12 months.
Learn more about fair performance evaluation.
You meet the following eBay Money Back Guarantee and PayPal Purchase Protection case requirements:
If you meet the above requirements and add a couple more, you will be rated a Top Rated Plus Seller and qualify for the boost in search (!!) and the 20% fee discount. Awesome! Those 2 extra requirements are:
Qualifying your listings for Top Rated Plus seal and discounts
To qualify for Top Rated Plus benefits, you need to be a Top Rated seller and your eligible listings need to:
- Provide a 14-day (or longer) money-back return policy
- Provide same- or 1-business-day handling time
You can read more about all of this on eBay's info page, found here.
I love the TRS program! I was really proud when I heard I earned it and it definitely gives me an extra reason to keep working hard. I would be sad if I lost it but you can always earn it back. :)
at 8:51 PM
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Quick tip of the day, just under the wire! :) When listing, list your best items first! If you feel pretty certain you've got a hot item, get it listed. Not only will you get the sale, the profit, you will also get a hefty dose of motivation. Nothing makes me want to get to work more than seeing that it's actually worth my time.
at 11:11 PM
Saturday, October 25, 2014
What is one of the best things about selling on eBay? Getting paid, of course! :)
I pay myself every Friday, transferring money from my Paypal account into our checking account. It usually shows up in about 3 days and I have never had any problems.
Before withdrawing any funds, I click on the Account tab in My eBay and check what my current balance is...that is the amount I owe eBay for fees and such. I have this set up to be paid by PayPal automatically every month so I always make sure there is enough left in my Paypal account to cover my current balance on eBay. You can read about paying your eBay fees here.
Also, if I have had any large sales (over $100) I like to wait until the return period is up (14 days currently) before I spend that money. Anything less I could cover without too much pain but it would bug me to take a big chunk out of our checking.
This method has worked great for me for over 2 years. So that is my tip of the day...leave enough in your Paypal account to cover your eBay fees. You will thank yourself later.
at 10:28 AM