Dear eBay Queen:
I love eBay! After reading your blog, I guess you do too, huh? I’m having a hard time with Turbo-lister and the logistics of getting all my stuff organized, but I’m making lots of money and I get to shop without guilt, which is cool. I’m really into vintage and unique stuff. Could you give me a few tips to keep me on track and organized?
I’m thinking I want to do this full time. It’s such a rush! Last week, I sold a wicker doll carriage for $100.99 plus shipping that I bought at a garage sale for $5.00. How cool is that? A few months back, I sold a silver baby cup with someone’s name already engraved on it for $70.00! I bought it for .50 cents. I think I am the garage sale queen! I also had great luck the one and only storage unit I bought for $140.00. It wasn’t that great, honestly but it had 6 industrial European hinges that sold for more than I paid for the whole unit! I’m still selling that stuff.
BTW, It also contained a 1947 WORKING Singer Sewing Machine that’s sitting in my garage.
Since I’m into the vintage stuff, research takes up a lot of time but I’m good at it. Please give me a tip or two………
Marcella dreamrich on EBAY
Congratulations! eBay is a great way to make extra money, or to earn full time money. Your sales have been phenomenal! You’ve got a great eye. My downfall to selling on eBay is the research. I enjoy researching things, but it takes up so much time for me to do it that I’m just researching and not writing stuff up.
Here are some tips to help you stay organized.
- Use Turbo-Lister’s Item numbers as your inventory numbers.
- Have a separate place for wrapping packages and photographing your items.
- Have specific times you wrap packages, write up eBay items, research, etc.
- If you are going to do this full time, make sure you allocate the proper space and time for your eBay business. Both of those things can get out of hand quickly.
Turbo-lister is a great program to keep you organized, plus it’s FREE. The one drawback to Turbo-lister is that it doesn’t schedule listings for free.
Dear eBay Queen;
Someone who owns a donation thrift store wants me to sell items for them. They are in Colorado, and I am in Western Kansas. I was thinking of having them set up their own eBay ID, and I would use my listing program to list the items for them. They would send me pictures for the listing, I would list the items and then they would ship and take care of everything else. I feel uncomfortable selling out of state like this and with not being able to handle the items and take pictures like I normally do. That is why I think they should use their own eBay ID. I just wonder if you have done anything like this before.
If I decide to use my ID, should I specify in the listing that the item is coming from another state, or do I change the location box. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I don’t think the person selling the items has had any experience with eBay, so that is another concern. The store is about 100 miles away.
This could be quite a tricky situation. You would be covering yourself by having the seller use their own eBay account, but they still could quite possibly not ship items out as fast as they should, and their photos could be a complete mess. Would there be any way for you to make a trip out there once or twice a month? That way you could have the stuff in hand, and make sure it was packaged correctly and shipped on time.
If this isn’t feasible, I would consider referring them to a Trading Assistant in their area.
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Suzie Eads is a nationally known eBay marketer and eBay trained Education Specialist. She lives in Rantoul. Do you have a question for the eBay Queen? Email: email@example.com