Friday, November 13, 2015

Are You Having Slow Ebay Sales?

If you're experiencing slower than average sales this holiday season then you are in good company because many eBay sellers are experiencing this phenomena this holiday season. The reason for the slow down could be due to any number of economic factors but that doesn't help the fact that things are slow right now. So what can you do to increase your sales? I think the only answer for this is just to list more merchandise. The price of the merchandise does not seem to be a real factor as I see things selling at high prices and at low prices, so the deciding factor seems to be the merchandise itself. Is it something that someone is searching for right now?

 There are so many new places on the internet this holiday season for people to purchase online merchandise that it has to be playing a part in what we are perceiving as a slow season. If you have some advice to pass on that may be helpful then by all means comment below.

As always thanks for reading!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Ebay's New and Fair On Time Shipping Metric Explained

There has been a lot of misinformation bandied around the old internet about the new ON TIME shipping metric being rolled out this coming February. If you are worried about it then relax, it's not as bad as you think.

You may have read that your going to be punished for shipments that the buyer says are late whether you ship on time or not but this is not true. 

The chart below shows in detail how you will be judged.

I hope this puts to rest any fears you may have had about the new program. It really is fair, as long as you are getting that first scan during your initial stated handling time then you are golden.

Now go list :-)


Friday, November 6, 2015

We Have BIG News !

As of today my wife Deidre has turned in her 2 week notice to her employer of 19 years and will be going full time on ebay !! This is huge for us because now we will be able to expand our business beyond the local boundaries we have been confined to over the last 2 years.

This means we can go to auctions, estate sales and travel hundreds of miles in search of new product. She works nights and her job has been difficult to work around because during the times when we should be going she is sleeping and I could not go off and leave her here alone.

This will change our business in a huge way, we will be joining the .001% of families that are able to do this. I still can't believe it's real. I had no idea 4 years ago that we would be able to do anything like this.

We are both very much excited as we go into this final phase of our business model. We were able to escalate to this due to great sales over the last few weeks and because of other contributing factors I can't go into.

I hope everyone is having great sales and as always thanks for reading !

Tony and Deidre aka The Mississippi Pickers

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Blog Wars Episode 1

Once upon a time in a blog far far away there was a small group of eBay sellers that believed in the notion of sharing knowledge so they founded a very nice blog. The group being small was glad to have any new contributors so it was very inclusionary and everyone felt welcome but as time went on the blog begin to grow and the few voices that were once welcome were silenced by all the new voices and they began to be shunned as the new voices became more popular and more interesting.

When this happened the old voices started to disappear because they did not want to be where they did not feel welcome. The blog continued to grow but the founding members soon parted ways as their philosophies were not in sync. Sometimes some of the old voices would try to come back to be heard but they were simply ignored because they were not interesting anymore.

Now the old voices were very sad the original founding members had parted ways and that the other founding members that stayed had become very exclusionary and intolerant. The old voices were very grateful for what they had learned over the years from all of the founding members but they decided it was best if they simply left the blog to the new voices.

This was very painful for the old voices because they felt like they were part of the success of the blog but it was clear that they were no longer wanted. Shame fell on the blog as the founders turned their backs to the original voices. Despite all of this the old voices did not bear any ill will towards their old home on the web and still to this day go back and visit from afar and in silence.

The End.

This has been a work of fiction and any similarity to a real life blog would be a real shame now wouldn't it.