This Week on eBay

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Whew……breathe in, breathe out……….this week on eBay has been a little bit hectic……….I feel like I’ve run a marathon.

eBay offered FREE fixed price listings, so I was able to get 60 new items listed that weekend and then I did another 35 through out the week for a total of 95 new listings this week!  (and no, I didn’t have the week off, I still taught 54 piano lessons.)  I’m not really sure how I did this other than the fact that I started on Thursday night after my last lesson, took pictures and got to work.  I worked all day Friday on it, and did a few more over the weekend.  I’m working on listing some books right now, so that helps it go fast too.

On the positive side, of all of that listing is a full bin of packages almost every day of the week for my mailcarrier :)

I also scored two sales on Bonanza this week and One on Addoway!  Don’t ask me why, I make hundreds of sales on eBay, but I get SUPER excited about a sale from another site, it’s like a pleasant surprise :)

Rachel

A Day In My Life As An Online Seller

April 25, 2012 by The Selling Sisters  
Filed under Working At Home

It’s tough for me to do a “day in the life” post.  I run two businesses–I teach 54 piano students and two music classes  three and a half days a week.  I spend Sundays working at church and working on church music.  My other two and a half days a week, I’m a full time mom and online seller.

On the days I teach, I run both businesses, checking my eBay sales and messages between lessons and shipping out items when I get home in the evening.  I generally  list on days that I don’t teach.

Here’s what a typical Wednesday looks like for me:

7:10 a.m.  Up and at ‘em :)

7:30 a.m. Wake my little one up and get her going.

8:00 a.m. Out the door to drop her at school and get myself to the school I teach at.

8:30 a.m Kick off my first lesson for the day.  Teach at school, one student every half hour until 4:05 p.m. (with a 35 minute lunch break)

5:00-6:00 Stop off for the last two lessons of the day.

6:15 p.m.  Grab some dinner at a drive thru.

6:45 p.m. Arrive at church for Bible study in time to grab a drink, use the restroom and head to the piano.

8:30 p.m.  Leave church and chat on the way home with my daughter about her day.

8:45 p.m. Arrive home, check the mail, unload the car.

9:00 p.m. Tuck my daughter into bed. Help her get out clothes and shoes for the morning.

9:15 p.m. Pack lunches  and lay out clothes for the morning.

9:30 p.m. Check online sales for the day, round up items to ship, head to the office to start shipping

10:30 p.m.  Head back down stairs, put packages in the mail bin, put laundry and dishes away.

11:00 p.m. Take a shower, brush my teeth, wash my face

11:30 p.m.  Answer emails from parents and customers.

12:00 a.m.  Make sure coffee is ready for the morning :) ……….Lights out.

Rachel

This Week on eBay

April 16, 2012 by The Selling Sisters  
Filed under Working At Home

This past week was our Spring break, which was a lot of fun!  I listed  over 50 items in my eBay store this week and spent some time playing around with my Bonanza booth too.  I’m trying to spend just a little bit of time on it each day to increase exposure in my booth.

I did well with auctions in the month of March on eBay. My main goal is to get rid of inventory that’s been hanging around when I auction things, not necessarily to make big bucks, but I did notice an increase in my income from the auctions.

We’re still preparing for our yard sale, so I actually haven’t been out to do some thrifting in several weeks, because I keep finding great items around the house to list– one of my favorite ways to make money anyway :) !

Taxes are filed……..whew……I can breathe a sigh of relief.  I’m hoping to make enough at our yard sale to cover the taxes. That’s my goal anyway ;)

Nothing too exciting going on in the world of sales, they’re staying consistent, which is always my goal, so I’m a very happy seller at the moment :D

Rachel

Simple Steps To Increase Your Sales on Bonanza

About a year ago, I set up a booth on Bonanza.com.

I import my eBay items to it almost every week so the new items that I listed will be added and the items that have sold on eBay will be deleted.

In the last year, I have sold exactly 24 items on bonanza. An average of 2 items per month
I’m grateful for these sales, the lower final value fees on this site, and the fact that there’s no listing fees. I can’t help but feel that I have the potential to make more sales on this site, especially since I have an average over 900 items on any given day.
I’ve been trying to figure out what to do to get more sales on this site. I’ve been told to “play” with the site a little bit.
So, I started adding favorite sellers and favorite items. I’ve also been making “Hand Picked Lists” of items. This increased my traffic a little bit. After creating my first hand picked list, I sold an item on the site the next day, so I thought I’d try to make more lists and play with the site a little more.
In the mean time, I got an email from Twitter telling me that they missed me……apparently I hadn’t logged in there in awhile, so when I had a few minutes later that week, I logged in. I saw several tweets from my friend of items for sale on bonanza. I asked her if she tweets everything that she lists on Bonanza.
She said that some of them are her listings, but that people also pay her to tweet for them. Hmmm………I wasn’t sure how that would work, so I thought about it for awhile and then talked to her again.
She said that she would stop by my and tweet a few of my listings so I could see how what it did for  my site views.
She tweeted six items for me that weekend. When I logged in on Monday, I could see that my views were much higher for the tweeted items. Exposure was up, but no sales.
Oh well, it didn’t hurt anything to try, right?
The next morning, I woke up to find a $117 sale purchased and paid for on Bonanza!!!! Someone had stopped by and purchased four items.
I was HOOKED!!!
I logged in and favorited some more items. I made another hand picked list and tweeted a few of my items on my own Twitter account. I emailed Brieanna  and asked her if she had any room in her schedule to tweet for me.
The next afternoon………..another Bonanza sale!!!!
I’ve made more money on Bonanza this week, than I’ve made in the last six months. I didn’t spend an extra cent on new inventory, just spent a little bit of time promoting my current items.
In my conversation with Brienna, I found out that tweeting your Bonanza inventory is essential because sites like eBay send your listings to Google for you, so while you can promote your eBay listings yourself, promoting your items from sites that don’t do as much promotion for you is where you should spend more of your effort. Also, the fees are lower on Bonanza, so you might as well encourage buyers to buy from you there :)
I’ve learned a lot about using Bonanza and Twitter successfully from Brienna, she’s been a HUGE help.
I purchased Twitter advertising from her the next day.  I chose  for her to tweet 5 of my Bonanza items on her Twitter account for a week.
The cost is extremely affordable. She has over 44,000 followers on Twitter (whew………) and a lot of her tweets get re-tweeted. While she can’t guarantee that you will get sales from  tweeting your Bonanza items, she can promise that your links will be exposed to her enormous Twitter audience.
Not only does she know what she’s doing on Twitter, she also knows what she’s doing on Bonanza, Brieanna has a Bonanza.com badge in her booth for her 500th bonanza sale (that’s right, 500 sales!)
I’ll keep you posted on what happens from this week’s Twitter exposure of my Bonanza items…….finger’s crossed……..I’m optimistic that it’s going to be a GREAT week!
Rachel

This Week on eBay

April 11, 2012 by The Selling Sisters  
Filed under Working At Home

This week on eBay, and selling online in general has been a lot of fun!

I made sales on Amazon, Addoway, AND Bonanza this week…….I think that’s a first for me to make a sale on each venue in the same week!  It was really exciting for me, to see the traffic on the other sites increase.

The last few weeks, eBay has been offering free auction listings for store owners. I decided to take advantage of them and do a little bit of spring cleaning in my store.  I’ve been able to get rid of a few things that have been hanging around and make a little bit of profit off of them.  Nothing major as far as making huge profits, but it’s been fun watching them get bids and to get rid of some of my inventory.  I don’t do auctions very often, but I figured for free, it was worth a try.

I’ve also been spending some time trying to promote my existing listings more, I need to spend some time tweeting them, but the thought of tweeting over 1,000 listings is a little daunting, so maybe I’ll start with my most recently listed items.

Surprisingly, I’ve been doing well at keeping up with my new 1-day handling time policy, with 97% of my items being shipped out this month within my stated handling time.

Hope you’re having a great week online!

Rachel

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