Friday, July 25, 2014

The eBay game, two of you will remain and one will be out

In the ever changing world of eBay one must stay on their toes to keep up. It's like those reality shows where their opponents are eliminated for failing to meet the new challenges put to them. I will admit the challenge eBay has just installed will be tough on seasoned vets like ourselves, I can only imagine how daunting a task it must seem for a new seller if not impossible.

We don't like to focus on the negative aspects of eBay however this new defect program seems interesting to us as it becomes active in August 2014 there is the potential to see up to a full 3rd of eBay sellers gone. eBay seems to to obsessed with buyer satisfaction however they don't seem to be factoring in the fact that did they not have so many sellers, the buyers would soon go elsewhere because the sellers that leave eBay aren't going away, just moving to a new venue.

I can see where they would almost be creating their own competition. I mean seriously if a seller has a couple thousand items up on eBay and they are suspended, do you really think they are just going to meekly go away and stop selling? pffftt no, they are just going to find a new place to sell their stuff which could potentially grow a competing site like eBid or bonanza and that is the last thing we need.

Well I'm not on the board of decision makers at eBay so I don't get to have any input into their rule making process but I do hope they are not going to eliminate so many sellers that eBay stops being attractive to buyers. That would suck for all of us. 

You know the old saying if it ain't broke don't fix it, I think that's the case here but we don't know yet how this is all going to play out so hang on to your seat and get ready for one hell of a ride :-)


UPDATE Sep 6th 2014: It seems Ebay has heard the plee's of their sellers and they have eased up a bit. I will say the rules as they stand today are very reasonable and doable. I'm not saying you can just be lazy with a listing but if you follow the rules which are not hard, you will be fine.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014


Still the number 1 question WHAT!?? do I sell?

I wish I could give an easy answer to this question but the truth is the answer will be different for most people. Every city, county and state has different resources locally. Things people sell at garage sales, thrift stores and flea markets near us here on the Gulf Coast would be markedly different for someone living in other parts of the country.

For instance you will find no Anthropology clothing labels here nor will you find Dansko shoes here however if we travel slightly west to New Orleans we can find those things because they have outlets there. Ok those may not be the best examples but my point is the availability of things vary based on whats being sold in your area. 

You have to learn to look for things that most people would ignore. FOR EXAMPLE TONY? lol, ok yeah I can nearly hear you guys questioning this. Like I say things vary location to location but for the sake of argument I will give you a very real example ...

Remember this guy? yep its a " My Pet Monster " plush doll from the late 80's like 1986, 1987, somewhere in that era. Anyway it sells for around $400.00 on ebay. See how calmly I said that, lol. Most people would have seen this and said oh wow another dust catcher but because you had the knowledge of the value of this thing you said WOW!!! It's no different with any other category your interested in.

The more things you sell the more your going to learn about what sells and what doesn't sell. Find something your passionate about, do research on that type of stuff and see whats valuable and whats not. Try to get your items cheap and do alot of experimenting and before long you will find many things that do well and those are the things you will always be actively looking for along with many new experiments every week.

I hope this helps