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eBay for thrift stores, regular retailers and who else?

Posted Wednesday, July 1, 2009, at 6:38 AM

It seems to be tough for thrift stores to get the value for their donations from the customers walking in their doors. Over two years ago this thrift shop started selling on eBay and they are seeing a surge in business. http://www.upnorthlive.com/news/story.as...

This could probably be said by many of our regular retail merchants as well. Instead of a hundred people viewing your inventory each day, what about a million? Should that increase your chances of selling?

Our sales have remained stable during this economic period. Our listing activity is down due to other "stuff" in our life but when we list more, we sell more. Duh! We know that, but finding the time and energy is not always that easy.

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I love ebay, you cannot beat it.

Thrift stores rock too.

-- Posted by 4fabfelines on Thu, Jul 2, 2009, at 7:36 AM

Thanks for the positive affirmation 4fabfelines. eBay has had a big target on it's back over the past year and a half, so I never know what response I will get.

While visiting my favorite doctors office yesterday. one of the technicians told me her mother-in-law started a side business in costume jewelry this spring and is now averaging $8k per month!

There is much more behind that story so don't go buying all the costume jewelry you can find folks. We tried a little of it from auctions and fell flat, but if you know your product, eBay can be a great marketplace.

If you don't, learn it slowly or change to one you do know. As in any business, moving blindly ahead can lead to disaster.

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Jul 2, 2009, at 2:30 PM

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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.