#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 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.
This week’s tip is pretty basic ~ Never stop learning~
Think of it as continuing education or broadening your knowledge base, but please don’t get complacent in your knowledge of selling online, what sells, how to sell and what venues to sell on.
Things change over time. I’m not telling you to spend all of your time learning new things, but even a few hours a month of exploring something new can open so many doors for you.
Explore a different thrift store or look for items on clearance in a different store than you normally shop.
Talk to other eBay, Etsy, or Amazon sellers to see what works for them.
Start selling on another sales venue.
Try learning about a new product to sell.
Just because you found what worked for you this month or this year, it doesn’t mean it will work for you next year or next month even. The supply and demand online is constantly changing, as a seller, you want to change with it.
Build rapport with your Postal carrier.
This is HUGE. Please realize that you and your Postal carrier are on the same team. You both have the same goal. Talk to your carrier and find out the best way to have your packages picked up.
I just had a great conversation with the mail carrier in this neighborhood. She was very helpful and friendly and I learned a lot from today’s conversation.
In the past, I always put a note out and our carrier picked up if the note was there or the tote was on the porch. Where I lived the carriers drove the route to deliver mail since our boxes were out on the street.
At our new location, they walk the route. This route doesn’t have a regular carrier, so scheduling a pick up is the best way to go at our new home.
It’s important to buildrapport with your carrier because down the road your carrier will be more likely to work with you to quickly resolve any glitches with your labels, picking up packages, etc..
In my experience if you know your carrier and talk to them on a regular basis (even saying “thank you” when they pick up your packages) the process is much smoother.
Here’s a fabulous brand to sell on eBay: Peruvian Connection.
Every time I have an item from this brand, it sells right away. This skirt sold for $40 within 24 hours of listing it!