#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.
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.
This week on eBay has been………interesting to say the least.
I’m still in my rebuilding phase and am having a difficult time keeping my inventory over 700 items. I know that’s a good problem to have, but I feel like I’ve been working toward 800 items for a long time now. I started selling for a new consignor, so that should help increase my numbers some.
I sold two items on Amazon this week. My Amazon sales tend to go in spurts, but like I always say: “A sale is a sale.” It doesn’t matter to me what venue it sells on, as long as it’s a sale.
I’ve been contemplating making some things to sell on Etsy again. I love sewing, and it can be therapeutic for me. I used to sell homemade wash cloths and baby quilts on Etsy. I might give it a try again this summer.
I’ve been doing pretty good with listing items as I buy them and getting them listed before I buy more. Right now, I have just one large plastic bag of my own items waiting to be listed.
I hope your week has been great!
It’s been an interesting week online. I got an invitation to list 30 day fixed price listings for FREE, so I spent the majority of my week listing anything and everything I could get my hands on. I added 75 new listings in three days. I completely took Friday off after all of that listing.
My sales were pretty consistent in February and were higher than they were last February, but as soon as March rolled around, things slowed down a little. The good news is that after all of that listing last week, my sales are headed in the right direction again. This morning, I had 10 items that needed to ship out, so that put a smile on my face.
I’m in the middle of finishing the prep work for my taxes. I’m trying to do a little bit of work on that each day so that I still have time to work on listing and shipping items. My list of things that I need to get in order before I file seems never ending, but each day when I’m able to cross something off of it, I feel good about making progress on them.
I started to notice toward the end of 2013 that a pretty good amount of items that I listed in my store sold right away.
I decided in 2013 to make a list of the items that sold within the same month that I listed them.
23 items that I listed in January sold the same month.
Here they are for you in no particular order:
Chicos Spa Sweatshirt
Miche Closet Organizer (2x)
North Face Winter Gloves
Mini Boden Kids Top
Boden Women’s Top
Juicy Couture Shirt
Blues Clues Plush
Purple Floral Converse
American Girl Pet Set (x3)
3.5″ Floppy Disks
Anac Design Top
Kohl’s Cares Rabbit
I’ll be tracking this each month in 2013 so that I can see how much of my investment each month earns me a profit within the same month.