Here’s a question that comes up frequently when I’m talking to online sellers about selling on multiple venues:
How do you decide which site is best to list certain items?
This is a great question, and it’s part of the reason why I sold exclusively on eBay for several years. I just didn’t have the time to learn how other sites worked and what their customers were looking for.
Last year I dove into selling on Amazon. When I started, I went through all of my eBay items that were already listed and listed what was in the Amazon catalog on Amazon. Pretty much, that’s still what I do. I don’t go out of my way to find specific items for Amazon or eBay, I look for items to sell online and list the same item on both sites if I’m able to list it on Amazon.
Some items go quickly on eBay, other items go quick on Amazon and sit around on eBay.
Using this method of having items listed on both sites means that I have to stay on top of my inventory. As soon as it sells on Amazon, I have to take it off of eBay if it’s the only one I have, or update the quantity on eBay if I have multiples of the item.
It also means that as items sell on eBay, I have to go through my Amazon inventory and make sure it’s not still available there. (I do that about once a week since my Amazon inventory is a lot smaller than my eBay inventory.)
Using this method has been an inexpensive way for me to learn more about Amazon and what types of items sell best there. I’m not spending any extra money for inventory, it’s all items that I would spend money on for eBay anyway.
One item that I’ve done well with on Amazon is Starbucks Bearista Bears. I pick these bears up and list them on eBay and Amazon. They’re not a super fast seller, they tend to sell in spurts on both eBay and Amazon, but they are a good “fill in the blanks” sale. (Meaning, they’re not a fast turn around and they’re not consistent, but they’re a good surprise sale once in awhile.)
Another item that has been selling well for me on Amazon is Wilton cake pans. I’ve experimented with Wilton cake pans on eBay and some have sold, others have sat there and ended up in my rummage sale. Recently, I found four Wilton cake pans, new with their inserts at a garage sale for $1 each. I decided to try listing Wilton pans again. For some reason when I started listing them, I thought to myself: “I wonder if I can list these on Amazon?”
I checked and sure enough, I could sell them. I list all of my Wilton cake pans on both eBay and Amazon at $29.99+ shipping. So far, this summer, I’ve sold 4 out of the 7 cake pans I’ve listed on Amazon, and none of them have sold on eBay.
So I’m taking the same approach that I took to learn eBay to learn Amazon. Experiment and learn a little bit more each day.
Never stop learning.
Sigh………….it’s been awhile since I’ve presented my top 5 favorite items in my store for you, so here goes.
#1 This is super cute!
#2 are one of my favorite items to keep in stock.
#3 This has so many possibilities.
#4 It doesn’t get any better for American Girl fans than this Beautiful!
#5 I’m pretty sure that this one is my favorite of all time:
1. I found this right before I moved. I’ve never had one like this before, so fingers crossed that he finds a good home.
2. I LOVE the color and style of this .
3. These Hanna Andersson are so bright and colorful for swimming any time of year.
5. This is so pretty!
The type of work I do always seems like an adventure…………you never know what you’re going to find around the next corner, the next aisle, or the next thrift store.
A couple of weeks ago, I happened to check out a different thrift store in another part of town. It was a Saturday and the sign said 1/2 off of everything. I was glad I stopped in, there were several great items there and at 1/2 off, the price was right. When I got to the register, I asked the cashier if the 1/2 off sale was for the day or if it was the entire weekend. She said, “The entire store is 1/2 off every weekend.” As you can imagine, my eyes lit up when she told me that
There wasn’t enough time that day for me to look through everything. I looked at sweaters and shoes primarily. Knowing that it was going to be 1/2 off over the weekend, I decided to head there again the next weekend. Once again, I scored at this shop. I was surprised at what I found, I’m not sure where their donations come from because it’s a local thrift store, not a national chain of thrift stores.
Here’s what I found there this week:
*2 cashmere sweaters
*NWT Hanna Andersson sweatshirt
*Women’s Boden dress
*Girl’s Chicago Bears knit top
*Men’s Green Bay Packers knit top
*Long corduroy skirt
*Barbie British Invasion t-shirt
*JKLA California Top
Best part: All of it was 1/2 off and is already listed and ready for sale in my store
It’s been awhile since I did a top 5 picks of the week post……..things have been kinda crazy, but I’ve been finding good treasures too!
Here’s my top 5 faves in my eBay store right now:
#5 Salvatore Ferragamo suede shoes.
I’ve never sold this brand before, but my friend Jessica talks about them. When I found these, I text her about them and she said she’s never found any that were women’s she’s only found men’s shoes in this brand, but they’re VERY worth picking up, especially for $5.99.
#4 Starbucks Local Bearista bear
I’ve never found one of these Bearista bears before so, I’m kinda excited to see what happens with this one……isn’t he just so cute?
#3 Clucking Cadbury Bunny
This bunny is so cute and clucks like a chicken!!!
#2 Pixos Refills
I was SOOOOOOOO excited to find these!!!
#1 Hanna Andersson Flip Flops!
These are my new FAVORITES to wear this summer Super cute AND super cozy!