This Week on eBay

It’s been awhile since I’ve updated you on my selling week.  Things have been a little crazy around here, which is one of the best parts of being self-employed: You can work your job around your life.  I live the flexibility of it all.

I’ve been listing for myself and a couple of consignors lately on top having life throw us a few surprises.  I’m also focusing on living and enjoying life with my family rather than being tied to my computer.

I’ve been trying new recipes, sewing, going to the beach, spending long weekends with family and friends and going on a few road trips.

I’m still trying to work toward 900 listings.  Right now, I’m stuck at about 830.  I’ve been trying to list a minimum of 5 items a day.  Some days are more, some are less, but it’s Summer so it’s difficult for me to be focused on my listings.

I’ve been sending some eBay items to auction to see how they’ll do.  Especially items that I have multiple quantities of.

I’m also happy with the fact that I feel like my Amazon sales are picking up.  They’re no where like my eBay sales, but I’m happy to make a few hundred dollars extra a month.

Bonanza has been an interesting venue for me this summer.  I had four (4) items sell there in the month of June.  I don’t have a ton of time to promote my Bonanza items, so I’m happy with any sale that I get there.  I consider them to be “bonus” sales.

Rachel

Christmas in July

When I first started selling on eBay, I decided to take off all of the Christmas items that I had listed in my store at the end of January and keep them in a bin to relist around September.  I mean, who really buys Christmas items in the summer?

The next year, I decided to leave them listed in my store and to focus on listing items that were opposite of what the current season was.  For instance, if it was July, I focused on finding items for the winter.  Jeans, coats, sweaters, etc.  In December, I started listing summer dresses, swimming suits, rain boots, etc.

I began noticing right away that even in December when I listed summer items, they sold.  Since then, I’ve kept up this trend.  I list anything that I have to be listed, but my main focus is on listing items that are the opposite of the current season and keeping everything listed all year long regardless of the season.

This summer, I’ve been surprised.  I’ve sold three (3) snowflake cardigan sweaters in the middle of the summer.  Who would have guessed?  They were all $39.99 sales.  That’s an extra $120 for the month that I wouldn’t have sold if I didn’t have them listed.  One of them was a listing that I had recently put up.  I remember sitting there with a snowflake sweater in my pile thinking that I was listing it to get a head start on having things ready for winter.  I was surprised to see it sell for full price just a few weeks later.

My advice is to keep everything that you have listed all year long, especially Christmas items.  If you have them sitting in your bin waiting to be listed this Fall, I would go ahead and list them now.  You never know, you just might be surprised like I was.

Rachel

This Week on eBay

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

Online Selling Tip of the Week

To get items listed faster on eBay, try listing similar items back to back.

For instance, I will work one day on a stack of books, a pile of shoes, a box of plush, or a bin of jeans.

Listing similar items back to back saves time because for the most part, you don’t have to change categories, and you just have to change a few details in each listing.  Make sure you use the “sell similar” feature to make this style of listing even more efficient.

Rachel

Remember, You’re Only Human

Laundry, dishes, walk the dog, grocery shopping, cook meals, soccer practice, feed the kids, read to the kids, give baths, shop for inventory, take pictures, ship, list, clean the house, wash the car, organize the garage, spring cleaning, church, PTA, the list goes on and on.

I’m sure I forgot something …All of us have busy lives.

I’m not going to pretend for one minute that selling online isn’t a lot of work.  It is.  A lot of work.

We don’t always remember how much work it is. Those of us who have sold online for several years, have built systems into our daily lives. We can’t remember what life was like before setting packages out for the Postman each day.

Some of us work outside the home and sell online, some of us home school our kids and sell online, some of us have babies and sell online.  We’re used to sneaking in some shipping and listing during nap times, after the kids have gone to bed, and planning our routine and errands around yard sales and thrift stores.

I’ve been on a listing spree the last few weeks, listing 50+ items each week between Friday, Saturday and Monday.  On top of running errands and cooking for the week on those days too.

While listing sprees are good, I recommend them a few times a year, not all the time.  You’re not a machine, you’re a human being. A wife, a mom, a co-worker, a husband, a dad, an Aunt, an Uncle, a friend.

You can’t do it all every day, every week.

Take things one small step at a time.

Even while I’m on my listing sprees (and cleaning things out and organizing things for my yardsale.)  I try to not only multi-task  but I also try to take things in small chunks–for example take the pics tonight for what I plan to list tomorrow.

I also try to work on my house before I sit down to list.  For instance, on Monday, I vacuumed the house, spring cleaned the window sills and gave my daughter her piano lesson before I sat down to list. If I sat down to list first, I wouldn’t be  motivated to work on cleaning my house later on in the day.

If you don’t get it all done in a day, don’t beat yourself up, you’re only human.

There are times when I need a nap that I stop what I’m doing and take a nap.  That might mean I don’t list as much that week, it might mean I don’t get the kitchen floor mopped,  it might mean I don’t get to watch a movie.  At the end of the day, what gets done gets done, if it doesn’t get done, it’s really not that big of a deal, it can get done tomorrow.

Rachel

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