Thursday, December 11, 2014

Not jumping the Ebay ship to float with Amazon

Ugh!  I listen to podcasts, watch YouTube videos, and read blogs posted by other Ebay sellers.  It seems like most of my favorite sellers are jumping out of Ebay and over to selling on Amazon.

Once upon a time I would happily list while listening via the internet, to other sellers discuss the Ebay ups and downs.  Now I am now annoyed by the same sellers hashing and rehashing their favorite Amazon apps and rankings.  Boring. Boring. Boring.

I stopped selling on Amazon about 2 years ago.  It didn't/doesn't interest me.  Yes, I made money.  Yes, I did FBA.  Yes, I completely understand how to sell on Amazon.

I like finding the one of a kind items.  The items with some history.  Items that you can learn something new with and kick some butt at Trivial Pursuit with.  Items that bring back memories for me and eventually for someone else.  Amazon sellers don't discuss what they buy because they are scared everyone else will try to sell it too.   I get it, but it makes them sound very shady when they discuss Amazon "buys".

Once upon a time I would happily listen to other Ebay sellers discuss what to look for about obscure objects like bottle openers - their histories, the collectible ones, the common kinds.  Bottle openers?? Who would spend big money on those??  Really?? Who knew??  I didn't.   It was interesting to learn about different items that you don't see very often and I normally wouldn't look at for resale.    Now I listen to the same sellers drone on about how to collect data and trends on items "that shall not be named."

I get it.  A few Ebay sellers have made money on Amazon and are excited to talk about it.  But the grass is not always greener on the other side.  I heard one so called new Amazon "expert" seller say the secret to their new found success on Amazon is diversity, and having lots of different types of items for sale and not to have all your eggs in one basket.  Really?  Really?  Is that not the secret to selling on Ebay too?

I'm not against selling on Amazon but please don't call yourself an Ebay seller, get me to look forward to rejoicing in your Ebay buys and business, and then babble endlessly on about Amazon in your videos.  It's annoying.  I'm in the process of flushing out my subscriptions to various "Ebay" sellers who have jumped ship.  If you know of any good Ebay blogs, YouTubers and such, please let me know.

And yes, I have annoyed myself just by posting this post about Amazon too.  :p

Monday, November 10, 2014

4 Ways to Be a Great Ebay BUYER <----

I've been selling on Ebay since the Beanie Babies fad and I have had my run-in with quite a few Ebay buyers.  Here are a few things to remember so that you don't join my Buyer Block list or be the topic of discussion on an Ebay seller forum.

1. If it's too good to be true then it is too good to be true.  If you pay $15 for a box of rings and expect them to be from Tiffany's, you shouldn't be shopping on Ebay or the internet in general.   Look for Ebayer sellers with lots of great feedback and stay away from sellers with lots of negative feedback. Just like you discovered with your ex, you are not going to be the one to change them.

2. Don't be an annoying buyer.  Having a question or two is fine, but having a lot of questions sends up a red flag to a seller.  I currently have a buyer who contacted me after the purchase and stated he "just HAD to have" the item I was selling.  Now I get an email every 3 hours or so with a different question or comment:  when are you going to ship it?, when is it scheduled to arrive?,  sorry, I meant to send the last message to a different person, where do you check the tracking?, etc.,etc.   Unfortunately I didn't realize I had sold to a crazed person until after they paid.  I protected myself by marking my item with a seller's mark, taking a picture of the item next to the printed shipping label, and having all communication with the buyer go through Ebay Messages only.

3. If you have a hard time finding things in a brick and mortar store that fit you the way you want, or are just the perfect color that you want, or you like things you buy to be in your hands yesterday - then don't buy on Ebay or again, on the internet in general.  There's a very good chance you will probably be just as unhappy shopping online too.  One of the funniest questions I got from a potential buyer is "It says it's a size 8.  Will it fit me?"  Keep in mind, #1) I ALWAYS put measurements in my listings and #2) I don't know you!  My other favorite question is "how soft is this?"  Whaaattt?  How does one measure softness?


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Flipper Tip: Skinny girls don't buy skirts on Ebay

Pretty and/or unique skirts are always something I pick up.  They are steady sellers for me.  Can you ever have too many skirts? Um, no.  But, I no longer pick up skirts that are smaller than a size 8 to resale because they just sit in my store for months and months.   I have come to the conclusion that skinny girls don't buy skirts on Ebay.  ;)

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Flipper Tip: What if you don't know what it is?

If you can't figure out what something is.  Say you run across a unique tool but you have no idea what it is called.  If it has a patent number on it you can do a patent number search on the item and it will tell you exactly what it is.

You can also try to do a google image search on the item.  Sometimes in more common items that are odd, you will have luck with that too.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Flipper Tip - Puerto Rico

I had someone in line at the post office ask me about a package I was shipping off to Puerto Rico.  It got me thinking that others might not know that Puerto Rico is a Commonwealth and is a part of the United States. Shipping there is like shipping to a domestic destination. Also, you should ship using the post office, even for larger items, as the UPS and FedEx cost will be extremely high. No customs forms are necessary.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Graduation Party Decorations

My middle child has graduated high school.  She is a Starbucks addict so we decided to add some Starbucks personality into her graduation party.

I purchased bakery-made cupcakes.  Half were vanilla and half were chocolate and all had white frosting.

I made cupcake wrappers from white cardstock and glued starbucks logos on them to look like tiny frappuccinos.

I drizzled the tops with chocolate and caramel syrups.  I also cut up some green straws to add the finishing touch.

For decorations around the house, I exploded a crepe paper bomb. ;)  I wish I would've taken pics of all the blue and white balloons!