Preparation is helping sustain my eBay cash flow, even if it’s not as high as it used to be. As I stated in my April update, these past few months have been a whirlwind. My family traveled a bunch, we had some health issues, and we’re finally getting back to normal. Somewhat at least. When we returned from traveling, our 3-year-old revolted …
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eBay profits can be used a lot of different ways. It’s great to put the profits right back into the business if you want to see growth, but what if you’re not trying to expand too fast due to time or space constraints? I use my purchase money limit.
Getting sick is the worst. Not only are we feeling terrible, but sometimes there is the added stress of the deadlines you’re missing. As part-time eBay seller, it’s worse since I have a full time job on top of this hobby. Recently I got sick, and then my daughter got sick another time. Here’s how I dealt with those situations!
Do you have piles to list around your house? Sick of the clutter from your eBay buys? Me too. I have a new goal to get me to a comfortable level of “to list” inventory – FIFO – First in Last Out.
eBay’s no hassle return program has a good side and a bad side. The good is that you don’t have to go back and forth with the customer. The bad is that a customer can return an item with little-to-no recourse on your end. I sold and re-sold a shirt and got very different responses from two buyers. Just goes to show you that you can’t please everyone!
The clothing you sell should be clean. Thrift stores have great deals, but much like your grandmother’s closet, some of the clothes just have a funky smell. It could be perfume, mothballs, a stale smell, or some strange combination of all of the above. I call this Eau de Thrift Store. 99% of the time, I don’t clean any clothes I buy to re-sell. When something has a funk, I have a general plan of attack.
You may have heard that there was blizzard of 30+”. I had big plans for the time I’d be stuck inside. I thought I would get some free time. Boy, was I wrong.
You may have noticed that some of your shipping prices have gone up in the past few days. It’s a bit frustrating, but USPS has increased their rates as of January 17, 2016. Even though there is a more expensive shipping rate, there have been some worthwhile upgrades to some of their services. It isn’t all bad!
Sometimes, a buyer doesn’t follow the rules set up on eBay or PayPal. This is part of the game, but it’s also infuriating. I’ll go over my case, my responses, and how I could have improved them along the way. I’m going to try really hard to not be emotional about this. I swear… even though it really does piss me off, though!