Thursday, October 30, 2014

where is that going to go? :: 30/31

I cannot believe this month is almost over!  While I am happy this challenge is ending, I almost feel like I could keep going.  Almost.  Not quite.  Haha.

One final thing I want to talk about is how to store your merchandise!  There are 1,000,000 different ways you can do this...I am not claiming mine is the best...just sharing it.

My tip of the day?  Use thrifted finds to store your items!  All of my storage shelves & laundry baskets have been thrifted.  The baskets are usually a dollar or two and I haven't paid more than $20 for a shelf.

Once I bring an item home and wash it, it goes in a basket.  I have baskets for women's clothes, men's, shoes, misc....lots of baskets.  I also usually have a basket of pulled items that I want to list next.  Here are some of those baskets:
After I take a group of pictures I keep those photographed items together in a tote.  I try not to take any more photos until I get through what I've done.  I like this because I can carry this tote back down to the basement whenever i stop for the day and not have eBay stuff all over our living room.  (That is where our computer is.). Here is the stuff I photographed earlier:
After an item is listed it goes in a different section of shelving in the basement.  Thankfully, we have a large and totally dry basement.  If yours isn't I would suggest totes with lids instead of baskets.  Here are my shelves of already listed items:

In this area I separate by clothing type.  I have areas for tops, sweaters, outerwear, athletic wear, bottoms, shoes, etc.  I have had a couple frustrating moments due to big stacks and dim lighting but haven't lost anything yet.  :)

This job can easily take over your house if you let it.  Making sure everything has a "home" has been so important for me.  Coming home with 30 lbs. of clothing and no where to put it would be a nightmare!  (See also:things my husband would hate).

I strongly suggest taking a little time to think about your storage system!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Monkey See, Monkey Do :: 29/31

My tip of the day: One of the best ways to learn more about eBay selling is to learn from other eBay sellers!  Today I am going to share a list of blogs that I follow.  They all share some of their best (and worst) sales and other information and tips as they come up.  I have learned a lot from these people and am so grateful they share what they do.  Sometimes just reading a post someone else wrote about listing gives me that nudge to get up and do some work.  Love that...I need all the nudges I can get. 

(in no particular order)

The last one is not a blog but a website for "The Boys" with info about their Thrift Hunters show on Spike TV.  I am a member of their Facebook group and used to spend a lot of time there.  Those groups can be SUPER helpful but also a MAJOR time suck if you're not careful.  There are quite a few of them on Facebook so I encourage you to look around if you're interested.

Have fun poking around on these sites and don't get sucked too far down any rabbit holes! 

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Print It Off :: 28/31

Over and over this month I've mentioned how convenient it is and how much money you can save by printing your eBay shipping labels at home.  Today I thought I'd share my favorite printer with you!

It's a Brother Laser Printer and I love it!  I purchased mine on Amazon (see it here) and have not had one bit of trouble with it in the 16 months I've been using it.  This is NOT a color printer, only black and white.  It uses a high yield toner cartridge that I haven't had to replace yet.  (It comes with a "trial" cartridge that lasted me almost 6 months and then I put in my first purchased cartridge and it's still going strong!)

I also purchase sticky half sheet label sheets, usually on Amazon.  I have bought all sorts of brands and haven't found much of a difference.  You can of course print on a plain white sheet of paper, cut your label out and tape it on the package but that is kind of a hassle.  The sticker labels are really nice to have.  They make me feel legit.  ;)

My tip of the day?  Try a laser printer!   Mine is dependable and affordable.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

eBay Top Rated Seller Benefits :: 27/31

If you decide to go all out on eBay, and by all out I mean sell about 9 items per month, you've made the first step in qualifying for eBay's Top Rated Seller & TRS Plus benefits!

To qualify as a Top Rated Seller you must meet the following requirements that I've copied from eBay:  (my notes in green)

Sales requirements:
  • You have at least 100 transactions with US buyers over the most recent 12-month period. (that sounds like a lot but really only 9/month)
  • You have at least $1,000 in sales with US buyers over the most recent 12-month period. (again, really only $10 per transaction!)
Tracking requirements:
You've uploaded valid shipment tracking to My eBay within your promised handling time for at least 90% of transactions with US buyers in the last 3 months.  (If you print your postage online through eBay, the tracking is uploaded automatically.  I never have to do anything extra to meet this requirement!  Sweet!)
  • 1 business day handling time:  If a buyer pays on Tuesday, you need to upload tracking by 11:59:59 pm Pacific Time on Wednesday.
  • Same business day handling time:  If you offer same business day handling, you also have 1 business day to upload valid tracking information. For example, if a buyer pays on Tuesday at 10:00 am Pacific Time, you need to upload tracking by 11:59:59 pm Pacific Time on Wednesday. The tracking number must have at least one carrier scan recorded within your promised handling time.
  • Handling time is measured in business days. Weekends and holidays aren't counted. For example, if you specify 1-day handling time and a buyer pays on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, you need to upload tracking by 11:59:59 pm Pacific Time on Monday. (I love Friday sales!  :)  I normally ship on Saturdays but it's nice knowing I don't have to!)
  • If a buyer purchases items from multiple listings, each listing (or transaction) must have a tracking number, even if all the items have been combined into a single order for shipping.
Exceptions: You're not required to upload tracking for:

Transaction defect rate:
The defect rate is the percentage of a seller's transactions that have one or more of the following transaction-related defects :
  • Detailed seller rating of 1, 2 or 3 for item as described (describe that item well!!  be overly cautious then you will surprise them rather than disappoint them!)
  • Detailed seller rating of 1 for shipping time (ship fast!)
  • Negative or neutral feedback (customer comes first, do everything you can to make sure they are satisfied!)
  • A return initiated for a reason that indicates the item was not as described (list ALL flaws in that condition description box!!)
  • An eBay Money Back Guarantee or PayPal Purchase Protection case opened for an item not received or an item not as described
  • Seller-initiated transaction cancellation
To meet eBay's minimum standard, sellers can only have up to 5% of transactions with one or more transaction over the most recent evaluation period. To qualify as a Top Rated Seller, sellers can only have a maximum 2% of transactions with one or more defects over the most recent evaluation period. Only transactions with US buyers count toward your seller performance on
The defect rate won't affect your status until you have transactions with defects with at least 8 different buyers, at least 5 different buyers to impact Top Rated status, within your evaluation period.
Sellers can have a maximum of 0.3% of eBay Money Back Guarantee or PayPal Purchase Protection closed cases without seller resolution over the most recent evaluation period. That means the buyer opened the case, you weren't able to resolve it, the buyer reached out to eBay or PayPal to review it, and eBay found you responsible.
Sellers with 400 or more transactions over the past 3 months are evaluated based on the past 3 months and sellers with fewer than 400 transactions are evaluated based on the past 12 months.
Learn more about fair performance evaluation.
You meet the following eBay Money Back Guarantee and PayPal Purchase Protection case requirements:
Case requirements

Percentage of cases
Cases closed without seller resolution

There is a lot of chatter about the relatively new Defect Rate and how it is so unfair to sellers and blah, blah, blah.  I am not saying it is or it isn't.  All I know is that I don't have time to worry about what might happen!  Instead I choose to spend my time doing my best work up front, offering quick shipping and great customer service and hoping for the best.  So far, so good!  If you are offering a great item with a thorough description at a good price with fair shipping, you are pretty much going to be okay.  YES, there are some crazies out there but they really are FEW and FAR between.  (I hope this doesn't call them to me.  hahaha)

If you meet the above requirements and add a couple more, you will be rated a Top Rated Plus Seller and qualify for the boost in search (!!) and the 20% fee discount.  Awesome!  Those 2 extra requirements are:

Qualifying your listings for Top Rated Plus seal and discounts

To qualify for Top Rated Plus benefits, you need to be a Top Rated seller and your eligible listings need to:
  • Provide a 14-day (or longer) money-back return policy
  • Provide same- or 1-business-day handling time

    You can read more about all of this on eBay's info page, found here.

    I love the TRS program!  I was really proud when I heard I earned it and it definitely gives me an extra reason to keep working hard.  I would be sad if I lost it but you can always earn it back.  :)

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

put your best foot forward :: 26/31

Quick tip of the day, just under the wire!  :)  When listing, list your best items first!  If you feel pretty certain you've got a hot item, get it listed.  Not only will you get the sale, the profit, you will also get a hefty dose of motivation.  Nothing makes me want to get to work more than seeing that it's actually worth my time.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Getting Paid :: 25/31

What is one of the best things about selling on eBay?  Getting paid, of course!  :)

I pay myself every Friday, transferring money from my Paypal account into our checking account.  It usually shows up in about 3 days and I have never had any problems.

Before withdrawing any funds, I click on the Account tab in My eBay and check what my current balance is...that is the amount I owe eBay for fees and such.  I have this set up to be paid by PayPal automatically every month so I always make sure there is enough left in my Paypal account to cover my current balance on eBay.  You can read about paying your eBay fees here.

Also, if I have had any large sales (over $100) I like to wait until the return period is up (14 days currently) before I spend that money.  Anything less I could cover without too much pain but it would bug me to take a big chunk out of our checking. 

This method has worked great for me for over 2 years.  So that is my tip of the day...leave enough in your Paypal account to cover your eBay fees.  You will thank yourself later.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Your Dryer, ftw :: 24/31

I just have a quick tip of the day for you today...use your dryer to remove wrinkles from clothing! 

If you sell clothing, it is most likely going to end up wrinkly by the time you get around to selling it.  A lot of time I will get things washed & folded and then it will be a while before I get to taking pictures and they are wrinkly all over again.

A couple years ago, when I was first selling, I told my sister how I had spent a long time ironing.  She told me she just throws her clothes in the dryer to get the wrinkles out.  WHAT??!!  I tried it and do it all the time now.  (thanks, Seester!)

On photo day I will pull all the items I want to take pictures of and throw them in the dryer with a damp hand towel for 20 or so minutes.  Voila!  No more wrinkles.  (or at least very few!)

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