Achieving Consistency in Online Sales

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When people find out that I make money by selling on eBay, they ask, “How do you make enough to live on?”

Of course, I let them know that I also teach piano lessons, but that eBay brings in roughly 1/3 of my income.

It’s nice to have those big $200 or $300 sales, but the reality is that they don’t happen every day.  The key to being able to make a living (or part of your living) off of eBay is to achieve consistency in the dollar amount of your sales.

Don’t focus so much on “I have 300 items listed” or “I have something that’s been listed for awhile that’s not selling”  focus on the dollar amount that you’re selling each month.

Basically, I list things and forget about them till they sell.  I don’t sit there looking at my store or inventory asking myself why it hasn’t sold.  I keep listing new items.  Eventually, the items will sell, so don’t stress over how long they’ve been in your store.

The point is to stock your store and have items ready to go before customers need them, so they might sit there awhile.

Sometimes when I list an item, it sells the same week, but most of the time, they sit in my store for awhile.

I have items for all seasons and occasions in my store… never know when a customer is going to want an item. Some people like to purchase things ahead of time so they’re ready when the season changes.

I don’t worry about how many items are in my store, how long an item has been in my store, what season the item is or why an item isn’t selling.

I look at listing and shipping as two different parts of my eBay business.  Yes, it has to be listed before it can be sold, but I don’t say to myself, “I sold 5 items, now I can list 5 more.” No……I list what I have on hand to list, regardless of how many items sold that week. I always find that as I increase my listing efforts, the sales follow.


Thriftstore Item to Look For: Puzz 3-D Puzzles

March 15, 2011 by The Selling Sisters  
Filed under Ebay, Finding Inventory, Thrifting

Here’s a great item that I’ve wondered about for some time, but never remembered to research:

Puzz 3-D Puzzles.

I see these all the time at the thrift store and I know that I LOVED putting these together when I was growing up.  My friend, mentioned that these are a good seller, so I decided to give it a try.

The very next week, I found 2 Puzz 3-D Puzzles at the thrift store, a US Capitol Building and a Bavarian Mansion.  Since the puzzles had been opened, I had to count the pieces, but I figured for $1.29, it was worth the risk.

My US Capitol Building had all it’s pieces, so I listed it an it sold the next day for Not bad for a $1.29 investment.  Some Puzz 3-D Puzzles sell for a lot, it just depends on the puzzle and the year it was made.  I still have to count my Bavarian Mansion to see if it’s all there.


How to Block a Buyer on eBay

March 9, 2011 by The Selling Sisters  
Filed under Ebay, How To...

I had to block a buyer this week on eBay.  I got an offer for $20 on a Wool Pea Coat that I had just listed a few days ago at $69.99.  I don’t mess around with low offers, I just decline them, so I did.

The buyer emailed asking why I had declined the offer instead of counter offering.  I replied that I  just listed the coat and didn’t intend to accept a low offer so soon.

She responded by saying that the price was almost as much as it was for a new one, and she didn’t understand why I didn’t  negotiate with her.

I let her know that had she sent a reasonable offer, I would have negotiated with her, but a $20 offer is too low for this item.

She again stated that the price was just too high for this item.

At this point, I was wondering why it was sooooooo important for her to be emailing me with her concerns.  I’m thinking, either buy it, or move on.

So, I replied to her and stated that if she feels the price is too high, she doesn’t have to purchase it.

To which, she responds and says…..Thanks, but I don’t need your permission, I wasn’t going to buy it anyway. God Bless :)

You know…..there’s nothing worse than being rude and then throwing a God Bless in there to someone……that just doesn’t “pardon” your rudeness, and I’m not going to have this buyer waste any more of my time.  So, she’s on my blocked bidders list.

To put a buyer on your blocked bidders list:

Log into my eBay

Scroll down and click on sitemap

Under the Selling Activities list click on Block Bidder/Buying List and it will walk you through the process.


Thriftstore Item to Look For: Dansko

March 8, 2011 by The Selling Sisters  
Filed under Ebay, Finding Inventory, Thrifting

Here’s an item that I can’t say enough about…..Dansko shoes, boots and clogs.

In the last month, I’ve sold a pair of Women’s Dansko clogs, and a pair of Men’s Dansko clogs.

The mens clogs needed a lot of TLC, but since they were black, it was easy to polish them up and get them ready to sell.  They sold within a couple weeks of listing them for $53.48!  Not too bad for a $6.99 investment.

I also have a pair of brown suede leather Dansko boots listed in my eBay store.

Dansko is one of those brands that you don’t even have to think about if you should buy it or not…..the answer is YES!


This Week on eBay

March 7, 2011 by The Selling Sisters  
Filed under Ebay, Etsy, Working At Home

This week on eBay has been a pretty busy week for me…..sales really seemed to slow down in January, but by the end of February they were picking back up and I’m optimistic about March.

I sold another item on , which brings my total sold on so far up to 6 items.  Not tons, but it’s free to sell on their site, and every little bit helps.

I’ve been busy listing, listing, listing and got my eBay store back up to 910 items, the highest it’s been since I ended my consignment listings.  It’s already back down to 896 a few days later, which is a great problem to have.  I have a lot of inventory waiting to be listed, but during the school year, the time I have available for listing is limited.

Capris are starting to sell for me already, and I hope the trend continues, I have more capris for sale in my store right now than I think I’ve ever had in the past.

I got a few more things listed in my this week and learned a little bit more about how Etsy works.  If you have an Etsy shop, please add me to your circle and I’ll add you to mine.


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