It would be interesting to hear from some of you experienced colleagues how you have gone about maximizing efficiency of your eBay process. For me, this is a very part-time thing, fueled mostly by my own sartorial passion, and frankly, an addiction I've been trying to shake for some years now. Of course, eBay has helped with this, as the progression towards ever more work and responsibility for sellers, coupled with unreasonable expectations of a new generation of buyers has made it progressively more onerous. Plus, in the past couple of years, prices have halved (at least for me). I'll spare the rant about lowballs for another time . . . My process looks like this:
1. Intake items and prep for photography.
2. Assemble photography area (I am not able to have a "permanent" one here, so stuff often accumulates).
3. Photograph and measure/annotate
4. Pack, number and shelve completed items
5. Edit images in Apple Photos (I may migrate to Lightroom soon to take advantage of bulk editing), and export to per-item folders named with the item number and name.
6. Upload images in bulk to Auctiva
7. Write/complete listings and post
Some listings are done straight into the iPad app (shoes, boots and ties, for example), but I've had issues with color balance and contrast ratio, plus I've had to retake MANY items whose images have expired inside of the app (my fault, but infuriating!!), either by me not posting them before the draft expired, or omitting to re-list them when expired. I therefore prefer having all my images available in folders. That also helps when buyers have questions.
However, my main concern is efficiency of listing, or in my case, the lack of it. How have you created efficiencies to overcome the mind-numbing tedium of posting listings? It would be great if there was some kind of listing software that could pull measurements and item details from specific fields of a spreadsheet, upload the images to match the item number and then submit in bulk. Perhaps that functionality exists and I just don't know about it. I would say that the app somewhat improves efficiency by obviating multiple image transfers, but there are still all those tedious fields to fill out, and I'd love to find some shortcuts. How can I deal with each piece of data ONLY ONCE? Any suggestions? All other thoughts on maximizing efficiency in any area of this also gratefully received. Perhaps I could start by writing shorter posts . . .