#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.
The majority of the items I sell online are from around the house, thrift stores, yard sales or from consignors. I enjoy finding new merchandise on clearance at retail stores though too. It’s a lot less work to list, describe, and ship. There’s no sewing up a little hole or trying to get a stain out. I especially love it when I’m able to get large quantities of those items. It makes my life so much easier.
The best is when you find a large quantity of a retail item that flies out the door Those are always a lot of fun.
A couple of years ago, I scored large quantities of Pixos refills at the Dollar Store. That was an awesome money maker.
Recently, I came across some discontinued Crest Pro-Health toothpaste. Originally, my thought was that it would be a good item to sell on Amazon, so I purchased three of them to give them a try. At $2.50 a tube, it couldn’t hurt, right?
I listed them on eBay and Amazon and wouldn’t you know that all three of them sold in just a few days on eBay. Originally, I had them priced at 7.99 each with free shipping. After those three tubes sold so quickly, I went back for a dozen more, raised the price to $8.99 each with $1.99 shipping and within four days all 12 of them were sold.
Some of them sold on Bonanza, some on Amazon, but most of them sold on eBay.
I ended up selling over 100 tubes of toothpaste in about 8 weeks between all of my selling venues. I kept going back each week and getting 12-15 more of them. Buyers were ordering multiples of this toothpaste. Several buyers purchased 10 of them at a time.
I was super excited to find out that I was the only seller on eBay with this item listed.
A few weeks into my weekly trek to the store to get more toothpaste (I didn’t have the funds up front to buy all the toothpaste they had in stock) the entire store was on sale for 20% off, so I bought out the remaining 43 tubes of toothpaste they had, and within three days, I had already made back the money I spent on that investment and still had 33 more tubes to sell.
The profit on this item wasn’t huge, but the fact that they sold fast and in large quantities helped me make nearly $1,000 of profit off of toothpaste.
I wish I could find more “home run” items on a consistent basis. I always have fun adding them into the mix of my consistent selling items.
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.
For some reason, my list is smaller in March than it was in January and February.
I still did a lot of listing in March, but overall my sales were lower than the beginning months of the year.
The count for this month is 14:
Women’s SAS Loafers
Curious George Plush
Women’s Bowling Shoes
Girl’s Gymboree Dress
Junie B. Jones Doll
Starbucks Mugs (x2)
Girls Speedo Swimming Suit
Harley Davidson Logo Bling t-shirt
Violet & Claire Girl’s Spring Dress
American Girl Doll Shoes
Women’s Teva Ballet Flats Shoes
I want to introduce you to another member of our family: Angel.
We sponsor Angel through . He lives in El Salvador and attends school at the Compassion Center in his city. He’s such a sweet boy. He writes to us a lot and draws us pictures. His letters always make me cry. He sends us prayer requests and lets us know that he’s praying for us too.
Recently, I got a letter from Angel’s Pastor telling me more about Angel, his involvement in the church and Compassion Center, and more about the area that Angel lives in. Once again, another letter that brought me to tears. We love this little boy and his family and are so thrilled that we are able to sponsor him through Compassion.
Sponsoring a Compassion child is only $38 a month. $38 is only one or two online sales a month, how can we NOT sponsor him?
We are blessed with so much. I’d love to be able to sponsor more Compassion kids or people through other Compassion programs. They have so many other options besides sponsoring a child. Through Compassion you can sponsor a child, rescue babies and mothers, develop future leaders or meet critical needs for people all around the world.