Did you ever find a great piece of clothing to sell but the size tag is missing?
Here’s a great chart to help you figure out the approximate size. All About Clothing Sizes
Of course if the tag is missing, make sure that you include the measurements in the listing.
I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.
I think it’s easy for people to look at others who are doing well selling online and say that they are “lucky”. When you look at others like, you miss all the time, effort, and plain old WORK involved before they ever got “lucky”.
Once in awhile, someone may hit the jackpot on some item and perhaps be “lucky” but without research, learning how to sell, and setting up their business that “luck” wouldn’t have been there.
My tip for the day?
Don’t look at the business of other sellers and say they’re lucky. This could keep you from bettering yourself and your own business because you’ll either wait around to be “lucky” or you’ll think it was a fluke and you could never be “lucky”.
Selling online or building a business anywhere takes a lot of work. It takes a lot of research. It takes a lot of time. It takes a lot of trial and error. It takes a lot of mistakes and changing things.
Being successful isn’t luck~it is work.
For this poll, just leave a comment with the type of items you sell:).
In my Etsy shop, I sell mostly vintage items, my photography, and supplies for other crafts–once in awhile my knitting!
What about you?
I know there’s a lot of discussion on sales, and how to drive traffic, your keywords, what you have in your inventory, etc, but I still believe it’s a numbers game.
Don’t get me wrong, all of the above are important, but here’s my experience:
For a year straight, I kept between 1,000 and 1,200 listings at a time in my store, and had consistent sales, averaging $2,400 a month all of 2011-mid 2012.
I decided to move cross country and liquidated inventory. I went from 1200 down to 400 items in about 7 weeks.
Immediately at 400 items, my sales dropped, I hadn’t listed very much during that time period as I was shipping and packing for the move.
In the last 9 months, I’ve been listing and selling as much as I can. Christmas season generally takes care of itself no matter how much you have listed, it’s the other months that I really have to be strategic about.
My sales have been about 50% of what they were last year, and my inventory is about 50% of what it was last year.
I notice that every time I get to the next 100 items in my store, my sales increase. There’s more drawing the customers in, there’s more to choose from, and more items available for people to buy. The more I have listed, the more chances that I have that an eBay customer will pick MY item.
I’ve been listing like crazy the last two weeks. Last week, I finally got it to about 750 listings (I had been hovering at 700) this week, I’m pushing for 800 and am almost there.
Low and behold, I’m almost to my next 100 items in inventory, and my sales are UP.
There are millions of customers out there, and they’re buying. If you want to make money selling online, it’s up to you to find what they’re buying and get it listed so they can buy it from you.
The majority of the time when a seller is saying their sales are slow, it’s because they don’t have enough items listed and/or they don’t have the right type of items listed.
My aim for the end of this summer is to have 1000 items listed so I’m stocked up and ready for this Christmas season.