Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Pondering eBay

Posted Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at 9:37 AM
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  • Wow! No one is pondering eBay? All must be well in the eBay world for you, or everyone is on vacation.

    I know from class calls that there are still many who need money, so that is a good segue to mention the warm fuzzy things I ponder about eBay.

    The main pondering thought is that eBay is STILL (IMHO) the best way for the average person to get their feet wet in selling on the internet and create an income of any size.

    There might me easier sites and certainly cheaper, but nothing has ever produced sales like eBay.

    Amazon is good for sales, but from the times I have looked at it for selling, it just seemed too much of a bother to make it worthwhile. Of course, I am strongly influenced by my experiences on eBay so....

    The only one I have not given a good look at is etsy and it truly seems to be worthy, but there is only so much time in the day and Debbi gets tired of my experimenting with other sites.

    Anyone here use etsy?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Jul 18, 2013, at 7:26 AM
  • Has anyone noticed a difference since the new search engine (Cassini) was put into full search mode?

    I can't be sure it is that, but we have been pleasantly busy since then, so for the first time in a while, it seems to have settled down. Yeah!

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Jul 19, 2013, at 12:21 PM
  • Well, I have to say this is the first I've heard about that. But my hub is fighting me to quit because he can't take the ups and downs any more, and frankly, it's getting on my nerves to work hard for every detail from the photo to procuring to making sure every rule is obeyed to to to... But I keep on because I hold out hope it could turn around. I've noticed something weird though...every time gas prices go up, so do my sales. So to sum up for this week and answer the question you asked, the past few days, I dropped off to NOTHING, which is not normal for even this tiny seller. It picked back up tonight. By the way, Simon The Siamese and The Cat Formerly Known As BJ (Shadow) are turning three this fall. I was wondering what their father's name is and how he is doing.

    -- Posted by cats4me on Sun, Jul 21, 2013, at 12:20 AM
  • And to answer the other questions *got distracted by kitties lol* I have tried Etsy, Webstore, and a few others, but I did not have the first sale on any of them. Usually I get views immediately upon listing anything. So yes, I agree. One summer a few years ago I tried one site which was only a flat $30 a month, all kinds of neat freebies...nothing. I worked all that time with photos and listings for nothing. But I came away from it with an increased appreciation for the sheer numbers that eBay does generate, if you have what people want when they want it for the price they are willing to pay.

    -- Posted by cats4me on Sun, Jul 21, 2013, at 12:26 AM
  • Are your items new or vintage things? One major category or a wide variety? Just curious.

    Simon and Shadow's dad is Big Boy. He's doing well, but those were his last batch of babies. He went to the vet shortly after that.

    He is a good cat. Stays around the yard, although he used to go on week long "walk-abouts" when he was more feral.

    Some of his offspring had more litters so his blood line continues but we never had another Simon. Two more Shadow look-a-likes and both are real lovers.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Jul 21, 2013, at 8:43 AM
  • Well, I'm spoiling them rotten. Shadow is "my" cat, the kid claimed Simon, since he has just been an absolute sweetheart who has a doggie personality. (Shadow is not what you would call "social", but he's decided I'm his person). They're strictly indoors. I'll have to send you some pictures.

    My store listings are a mixture of new to vintage, probably in the 75 new and gently pre-owned/25 vintage area.

    I wasn't sure if it is ok to put your store link in here, so I didn't, but you can find me by googling clearancepuppy clothing.

    -- Posted by cats4me on Sun, Jul 21, 2013, at 7:10 PM
  • Yeah, now I remember. I had saved you on My eBay but forgot why. I have corrected that now.

    Do you fond clothing to be exceptionally challenging due to customer not being able to try it on until they get it?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jul 22, 2013, at 8:54 AM
  • Since I am very careful to provide a detailed description and measurements, I usually have no problems. I try to stick with brands people are already familiar with as well.

    Building a history of successful transactions inspires consumer confidence as well as a no-hassle return policy.

    -- Posted by cats4me on Wed, Jul 24, 2013, at 12:08 AM
  • Have you seen the new fall "adjustments"? They appear to be fine-tuning and some improvements regarding feedback.

    Overall, they seem relatively mild, which actually concerns me. Almost too mild. :-)

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Jul 24, 2013, at 7:36 AM
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