I have had a few folks inquire why I slowed down writing about eBay lately. Of course, I just posted about a glitch, but after getting these inquiries I realized that I HAD dropped off and will try to do better.
I am still teaching, although not many of the classes are local. I am getting better responses from surrounding states, so I go to the demand.
We are VERY restrictive with selling for other folks, but get requests almost every week. This is an opportunity for someone, but I can not find any eBay Trading Assistants in the area that are not booked solid. (Our apologies to those we have declined)
Debbi and I are also still actively selling, so between my "day jobs", classes and selling, time is tight. Regrettably, I have even slowed my gardening WAY down.
In fact, last night our garden club members asked if I was going to stop. The answer was no, I just needed to get my time scheduled and under control. Of course, that is much easier said than done.
But, back to eBay. The one constant thing with eBay is change, so keeping up with that can be challenging, even for full time eBay employees. I was talking to the "Dean" of eBay University last week and even he was unaware of some things that recently changed. I strongly doubt that any one person knows it all.
I am surprised that during this downturn in the economy and resulting budget crunches for many of us, more people are not turning to eBay or some method of selling to make ends meet. We find eBay is still the best place to sell, so while eBay can challenging, annoying, difficult, etc., the venue still brings customers to our virtual door.
We have tried six other selling venues so far and NONE compare to what eBay produces.
Maybe it is the products we sell. We are split between a line that Debbi crafts and collectibles. Rarely do we sell something new.
Amazon seems to be the second venue of choice, but if you think eBay makes you jump through hoops, the "river" is not any better and in some ways even more restrictive.
Etsy has proven to be a competitor in the art and craft area, but eBay sells enough to keep Debbi busy every day, so no need to change just to change. Then there is Artfire, but I do not know the sales track-record on them yet.
Speaking of sales track-record, that it the key for us. We have found sites that are more responsive to our questions, less expensive, (if not free) and easier to work with, but after three plus years, we have not sold ONE item! I love'em but selling is what we are doing this for, not just to meet friendly webmasters.
Speaking of time, and things that need to get done, I have plenty today and was just reminded by Deb that I probably need to get working on them. More later, but don't hesitate to write your thoughts, comments, questions.