5 Ways To Increase Your Sales In September~Post From The Past

#1 Give your store front a makeover
Take a look at your store front and try to see it from your customer’s eyes.

*Do the colors and the graphic look inviting?

*Is the wording in your heading positive and upbeat?

*Are the categories easy to use?

*Is there a different template you like better than your current one?

Take a little bit of time and play around with your store front and see if you come up with a new look that you like better than the current one you have.

#2 Keep looking for and listing Christmas items

Christmas is just right around the corner.  If I had the option right now of listing some shoes or books and the option of listing toys and Christmas specific items, I would choose to get the toys and Christmas specific items listed right away.

People are already shopping for Christmas items, and you don’t want to miss out on sales because your items aren’t listed yet.  Even over the summer, I sold several items that are specific to Christmas.

#3 Clean out your shoes

Now that you have your Christmas items listed ;) you can clean out your closets and sort out the shoes you don’t plan on wearing this winter.

Anything that’s still in good condition is a candidate for your eBay inventory.  If you’ve never listed shoes before, or if listing shoes doesn’t sound like fun to you…….just give it a try.  If you don’t like it, you don’t have to keep listing shoes, but I’m pretty sure that you’re going to enjoy it as much as I do.

Shoes are super easy to list, a good profit maker and  super easy to ship.

#4 Get your new inventory listed within the week it’s purchased

Even if you feel like you’re “behind” on listing your inventory, try to start listing all of your new inventory within the week it’s purchased.

You’ll be amazed at the items you list right away that either sell the same week or the week after.  What I try to do is list all of my new inventory the same week it’s purchased (and usually within 48 hours of purchasing)  each time I list my new inventory, I also try to pull 4-5 items out of my “to be listed” bin. I list those with my new inventory so that I can catch up on listing without it feeling like it’s a big chore.

#5 Use Mark Down Manager

I know I’ve mentioned Mark Down Manager before, but I’ll mention it again.  Even a sale of 10-15% off helps generate some good sales.  If you have items that have been in your inventory for awhile and you’d like to see them moving, try a 30% or 40% off sale.

Rachel

What To Do With The Books?~Post From The Past

I’m a book loving homeschool mom.

This is not good for my house. I find books at the thrift store and they pile up like crazy. My “to read” pile is always so huge, I feel like I’ll never get to it.

When I’m done with books, or cleaning out books here’s what I do.

1. Check eBay.

A lot of times the books I have aren’t selling for much on eBay.

Most of the time I feel that eBay is a better place to get a deal on books than to make a profit on selling books. I’m talking about normal paperbacks and older books–not collectibles or highly sought after books.

I often list homeschool books on eBay though because there seems to be a decent market for them there.

2. Check Half.com

If there are 100 books listed for .75 on Half, I don’t bother listing mine!

3. Check Amazon

Sometimes, I’m pretty pleased with the amount used books are selling for on Amazon and I list it there. Listing on Amazon is very quick and easy. Amazon deposits your commission in your checking account pretty quickly too. Ditto with the 100’s of books at .01.

4.

isn’t a way to make money but it’s a great way to move books that aren’t worth selling and replace them with books you want!

Here’s a basic “how it works”.

*You . If you sign up and list 10 books, I will get 1 credit that’s all.

*List 10 books–books can be paperback, hardcover, children’s books, easy readers, etc. They cannot have water damage, be written in, or be advanced reader copies.

Listing is REALLY easy. You just enter ISBN numbers.

*When a member wants a book you have, you pay to ship it to them by Media Mail. When they receive it, they tell Paperback Swap and you get 1 credit to spend.

*When you want a book, you use your credits and request books and that member pays to ship it to you.

has helped me find tons of books for school and other books that I’m interested in reading. Give it a try, if you love books you’ll love it too. Recently, I reviewed a book for my personal blog. I discovered that it was a series so I went to and found the other 3 books. Thankfully, I had enough credits, so I ordered them all and they’re already here waiting for me to get busy reading!
5. Check too

On Etsy, you may be able to sell vintage books. I’ve seen people sell, type of listings with vintage books. Check out that link for clarification of this idea.

Another great thing to do with cool vintage books is to take an exacto knife to it and sell the pages to people looking for paper for their projects.

I’ve sold pages from , hymn books,, etc. I’ve listed some other vintage pages lately. If you don’t think the vintage book will sell and the pages are interesting, consider selling pages for collage or paper ephemera.

One of my customers sent me these photos of her wedding and my French book pages!

Good luck with the books!

Lizzie

Selling Strategy~List Items Everyday~ Post From The Past

I don’t know about you, but it seems like my pile of items to be listed on eBay never ends.  Sometimes it gets smaller, but most of the time, it seems to get bigger.  When you list online, it seems that the work is never done.  Job security is what I call it ;)

When I don’t have a lot of time to list everything at once, I like to do the following:

*Take pictures of everything I plan to list that week.

*Get the pictures ready

*Sort them by similar items (Jeans, shoes, DVD’s, etc)

*List 2-3 items per day.

Sometimes, it’s 5-6 items a day, just depending on what I’m listing, and how much time I have to list.

If I have time, I do like to list 15-20 items in an afternoon, but that doesn’t always work.

Life happens, and the point of being self-employed is to enjoy what you’re doing and not have to stress out about it.  If you don’t have time to list large quantities of items in a day, just list a few items every day.  By the end of the week, you’ll have listed a minimum of 21 new items if you list at least 3 items per day.

As you list new items,  different people look at your store.  Someone may be looking for that pair of shoes you just listed and find your store that way.  They may leave your store with something entirely different than what they came to your store for in the first place. That doesn’t matter.  The more you list and the more types of items you have listed, the more you’ll attract people (and most importantly, different people) to your store.

The point is to get people looking at your store.  They can’t find you if you don’t list……and it can’t sell if it’s not listed.

Happy Listing!!!

Managing This Race Called Life

In the busy society we live in, most of us are running around like chickens with our heads cut off  trying to stay one step ahead of the game.

I’ve been there.  Raising an infant/toddler, working 40+ hours a week, teaching piano lessons, eBaying, and coordinating the special music at our church…….trying to keep my sanity.

One day it hit me, I need to simplify things.  What could I cut from my schedule?

Well the most obvious thing I wanted to cut that took up the majority of my time was my full time job, and I started working toward that.  Within a year of the realization that I needed to simplify, I  quit my job and became self- employed.

One of the best parts about being self-employed is setting your own schedule, and not having to ask for vacation time :)

Simplifying for me means being efficient, working smarter, not harder so I can enjoy my family and enjoy what I do for a living.

One thing that I like to do to help simplify things is to have homemade snacks, breakfast items, etc ready to go for the week so that we can grab something quick and not fill up on junk.

Here’s a great after school snack that is gluten free too!  We don’t have gluten allergies in our house, but I figure why make cookies with gluten in them if you don’t need to?

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies

What you’ll need:  1 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

12-15 unwrapped Hershey’s Kisses

Mix the peanut butter, brown sugar, egg and vanilla together until it’s mixed well, spoon small spoonfuls of the mixture onto your ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake for 10 minutes on 350* F

Pull them out of the oven and put an unwrapped Hershey’s Kiss in the middle of each cookie.  Let them sit until cool or place on wire cooling racks to cool.

Enjoy!

Rachel

Are Your Sales Down? This Could Be Why.

I know there’s a lot of discussion on sales, and how to drive traffic, your keywords, what you have in your inventory, etc, but I still believe it’s a numbers game.

Don’t get me wrong, all of the above are important, but here’s my experience:

For a year straight, I kept between 1,000 and 1,200 listings at a time in my store, and had consistent sales, averaging $2,400 a month all of 2011-mid 2012.

I decided to move cross country and liquidated inventory. I went from 1200 down to 400 items in about 7 weeks.

Immediately at 400 items, my sales dropped, I hadn’t listed very much during that time period as I was shipping and packing for the move.

In the last 9 months, I’ve been listing and selling as much as I can. Christmas season generally takes care of itself no matter how much you have listed, it’s the other months that I really have to be strategic about.

My sales have been about 50% of what they were last year, and my inventory is about 50% of what it was last year.

I notice that every time I get to the next 100 items in my store, my sales increase. There’s more drawing the customers in, there’s more to choose from, and more items available for people to buy. The more I have listed, the more chances that I have that an eBay customer will pick MY item.

I’ve been listing like crazy the last two weeks. Last week, I finally got it to about 750 listings (I had been hovering at 700) this week, I’m pushing for 800 and am almost there.

Low and behold, I’m almost to my next 100 items in inventory, and my sales are UP.

There are millions of customers out there, and they’re buying.  If you want to make money selling online, it’s up to you to find what they’re buying and get it listed so they can buy it from you.

The majority of the time when a seller is saying their sales are slow, it’s because they don’t have enough items listed and/or they don’t have the right type of items listed.

My aim for the end of this summer is to have 1000 items listed so I’m stocked up and ready for this Christmas season.

Rachel

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