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post #496 of 15803
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Originally Posted by FaceOfBoh View Post

Has anyone tried goofy key word/title descriptions?
I'm not talking COOL or LUXURY, more like SPERM. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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I figure that the market for this shirt is a club goer - I can just seem some drunken idiot telling everyone about it.
Or is using this word going to flag with the eBay admins?

 

I personally wouldn't use goofy keyword or title descriptions to sell my own stuff, though I have searched for things using random words just to see what shows up....  If that's a tie, I saw one at GW the other day that had a real sperm print - not just a passing resemblance - and I passed on it due to condition issues (else might have picked it up as a lark / novelty).  The image above is "micro paisley" in my book...

post #497 of 15803

gonna go out on a limb here and say the word semen will never be in the title or description of one of my ebay auctions

post #498 of 15803
I'm inclined to go with ATL's perspective (Thanks!) - I was just running it up the flagpole.

In the end it's about finding the market and distinguishing the product. Btw, it's an Etro shirt, kind of fashion forward, so not beyond the realm of possibility that some 20-something makes an impulse buy for a shirt that he, half drunk, can walk up to girls and say "Want to see my sperm?"

I'm not saying I'd do that, but when I look at my 22-year-old neighbour, nothing would surprise me about that age group.
post #499 of 15803

STUDY: Listing items every night VS. Listing on Thursday nights with 10 day duration ending on Sunday.

 

Ok, this is for whoever is interested.

 

Disclaimer:

This study is somewhat inaccurate due to the fact I have been very busy with an upcoming friend's wedding and have had much less time to run my store. I also had to temporarily switch from 1 day to 3 day handling, which seems to have had a mojor impact on my traffic patterns, possibly due to premium exposure offered for certain power seller criteria. But anyway this is my data for the last few weeks.

 

 

About 3 weeks ago I switched over to ending all (at least 95%) of my listings on Sunday nights with most of them beginning on Thursday with a 10 day duration.

 

Numbers based on the average sales of the last 3 weeks and the average sales of the 3 weeks prior:

 

I have seen a 25.2% increase in my average final selling price. (truly was 38%, but I threw out two recent sales of high dollar items I do not normally sell to make this more accurate)

Due to my hectic schedule I actually a 38.6% decrease in the number of sold items.  (I only listed about 55% of the volume I usually list.)

 

I will report back with my findings after the wedding, once I have a more reliable test study based on weeks of equal listing volume and using my normal 1 day handling.

 

But according to these numbers, It is probably safe to assume the numbers will only get better.

 

Note: I still have been shipping with 1 day handling, but am just giving myself a cushion due to the constant out of town travel.

Mondays have become insane with shipping activity, so you will definitely need to have that night free to do it this way.

 

 

Oh yeah....Thanks Spoo for the suggestion!

post #500 of 15803
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Originally Posted by SpooPoker View Post

I migrated from Turbo Lister when I used a PC to GS now on a Mac and after some practice, youll never look back.
GarageSale sounds great. Until you read that it's only available on MacOS. And my ambivalence to Apple has turned only to detest since the recent request to enjoin "infringing" phones. (Yes, Spoo, I did.)

So until they open it up to Windows (and yes, I realize MSFT is just as evil), I can't use it.
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Originally Posted by SpooPoker View Post

Much better. MUCH! But, I would still prefer a horizontal layout of the pictures.

Spooster (or anyone else, I guess): Thoughts and feedback on some of my formats? Nothing fancy, but I have created a template for the various categories I sell and generally cut and paste. I do a mix of BINOBO and 10 day auctions starting Thursdays (or other days, if I want to throw a loss leader out there to drive some traffic). Here's one of my current listings:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/200816444964?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649
post #501 of 15803
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Originally Posted by GMMcL View Post


GarageSale sounds great. Until you read that it's only available on MacOS. And my ambivalence to Apple has turned only to detest since the recent request to enjoin "infringing" phones. (Yes, Spoo, I did.)
So until they open it up to Windows (and yes, I realize MSFT is just as evil), I can't use it.
Spooster (or anyone else, I guess): Thoughts and feedback on some of my formats? Nothing fancy, but I have created a template for the various categories I sell and generally cut and paste. I do a mix of BINOBO and 10 day auctions starting Thursdays (or other days, if I want to throw a loss leader out there to drive some traffic). Here's one of my current listings:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/200816444964?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

I think they look pretty good. Pretty good photos too. Only thing I would change is putting an actual exterior photo of the Sal Ferragamo shoes as the gallery photo....although perhaps in this case the logo shot will bring in more traffic than the tassels will.

post #502 of 15803
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Originally Posted by capnwes View Post

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Originally Posted by GMMcL View Post

GarageSale sounds great. Until you read that it's only available on MacOS. And my ambivalence to Apple has turned only to detest since the recent request to enjoin "infringing" phones. (Yes, Spoo, I did.)
So until they open it up to Windows (and yes, I realize MSFT is just as evil), I can't use it.
Spooster (or anyone else, I guess): Thoughts and feedback on some of my formats? Nothing fancy, but I have created a template for the various categories I sell and generally cut and paste. I do a mix of BINOBO and 10 day auctions starting Thursdays (or other days, if I want to throw a loss leader out there to drive some traffic). Here's one of my current listings:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/200816444964?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

I think they look pretty good. Pretty good photos too. Only thing I would change is putting an actual exterior photo of the Sal Ferragamo shoes as the gallery photo....although perhaps in this case the logo shot will bring in more traffic than the tassels will.

+1 on the Ferragamo logo (I know what there logo looks like, I want to see th shoes). Same goes for the Zegna shoes in the box...you're selling me a $200 box.... I always like to see the actual item. When you get the ebay saved search results in the morning, I get 50-60 of them a day, and just skim the photos so would prob skip over a photo of a box.

 

Not to be tooo picky, but this is just a pet peeve of mine and bothers me when seller do it. You know you have very nice expensive high quality leather shoes. Why would you wrest the foot of one (dirty, rough, etc) on to the nice smooth soft finish of the other???? This is the same thing as when you see suits laid out on the sidewalk or grass outside. I'm like WTF is the seller thinking, why would I want to buy a suit that he puts on the dirty ground outside. You Can get the same photo to shoot the inside potion of the shoes with a number of different little "props" like a match box, folded piece of paper, shoe box top, etc.

 

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post #503 of 15803
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Originally Posted by Brianpore View Post

Not to be tooo picky, but this is just a pet peeve of mine and bothers me when seller do it. You know you have very nice expensive high quality leather shoes. Why would you wrest the foot of one (dirty, rough, etc) on to the nice smooth soft finish of the other???? This is the same thing as when you see suits laid out on the sidewalk or grass outside. I'm like WTF is the seller thinking, why would I want to buy a suit that he puts on the dirty ground outside. You Can get the same photo to shoot the inside potion of the shoes with a number of different little "props" like a match box, folded piece of paper, shoe box top, etc.

 

 

Agreed, on the shoe on top of another shoe...I mean..I just spent at least half an hour polishing those muthers. I have been experimenting with a shot like this, showing both insteps at the same time. 

 

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post #504 of 15803
You could also take a shot from the side of each separately, crop them, and them combine into one photo. That works well for the soles too.
post #505 of 15803
Too much effort. I do like to crop my main gallery shot to make it square though so that it fills up the whole region in search results.
post #506 of 15803
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Originally Posted by capnwes View Post

STUDY: Listing items every night VS. Listing on Thursday nights with 10 day duration ending on Sunday. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Ok, this is for whoever is interested.

Disclaimer:
This study is somewhat inaccurate due to the fact I have been very busy with an upcoming friend's wedding and have had much less time to run my store. I also had to temporarily switch from 1 day to 3 day handling, which seems to have had a mojor impact on my traffic patterns, possibly due to premium exposure offered for certain power seller criteria. But anyway this is my data for the last few weeks.


About 3 weeks ago I switched over to ending all (at least 95%) of my listings on Sunday nights with most of them beginning on Thursday with a 10 day duration.

Numbers based on the average sales of the last 3 weeks and the average sales of the 3 weeks prior:

I have seen a 25.2% increase in my average final selling price. (truly was 38%, but I threw out two recent sales of high dollar items I do not normally sell to make this more accurate)
Due to my hectic schedule I actually a 38.6% decrease in the number of sold items.  (I only listed about 55% of the volume I usually list.)

I will report back with my findings after the wedding, once I have a more reliable test study based on weeks of equal listing volume and using my normal 1 day handling.

But according to these numbers, It is probably safe to assume the numbers will only get better.

Note: I still have been shipping with 1 day handling, but am just giving myself a cushion due to the constant out of town travel.
Mondays have become insane with shipping activity, so you will definitely need to have that night free to do it this way.
Oh yeah....Thanks Spoo for the suggestion!

Congrats! It will only get better with time.

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Originally Posted by GMMcL View Post


Spooster (or anyone else, I guess): Thoughts and feedback on some of my formats? Nothing fancy, but I have created a template for the various categories I sell and generally cut and paste. I do a mix of BINOBO and 10 day auctions starting Thursdays (or other days, if I want to throw a loss leader out there to drive some traffic). Here's one of my current listings:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/200816444964?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

If Im being brutally honest, I think the less "house" you have, the better. Here I see a jacket moved from outside the house (siding) to the stairs (wood). While these areas may provide best light sources, Try to use some form of "professional" background, at least for the gallery image (somewhat a pot calling a kettle black here, but still). Also, no fingernails, ever! Especially untrimmed. peepwall[1].gif
post #507 of 15803
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Originally Posted by ATLnoob View Post

Anyone here using sniping tools for buying?  I sit here and refresh like an old-school tool, and make my best and final bid in the last 5 seconds...but thinking I could use an online service and not have to set reminders etc to go bid on something.

I use JBidwatcher on my Mac - don't know if there's a PC version. Freeware. Pretty intuitive. I first set the bid time to 12 seconds before auctions end, and after monitoring it a few times I adjusted to 5 seconds prior to minimize snipe-countersnipe-resnipe - the speed of your Internet link will have an effect. You can monitor the bidding in the application itself; the refresh is much faster than the webpage. I've used it for a year of so and have found no evidence of monkey business, e.g. no bidding on other auctions or mysterious charges appearing in paypal.
post #508 of 15803
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Originally Posted by capnwes View Post

STUDY: Listing items every night VS. Listing on Thursday nights with 10 day duration ending on Sunday.

 

Ok, this is for whoever is interested.

 

Disclaimer:

This study is somewhat inaccurate due to the fact I have been very busy with an upcoming friend's wedding and have had much less time to run my store. I also had to temporarily switch from 1 day to 3 day handling, which seems to have had a mojor impact on my traffic patterns, possibly due to premium exposure offered for certain power seller criteria. But anyway this is my data for the last few weeks.

 

 

About 3 weeks ago I switched over to ending all (at least 95%) of my listings on Sunday nights with most of them beginning on Thursday with a 10 day duration.

 

Numbers based on the average sales of the last 3 weeks and the average sales of the 3 weeks prior:

 

I have seen a 25.2% increase in my average final selling price. (truly was 38%, but I threw out two recent sales of high dollar items I do not normally sell to make this more accurate)

Due to my hectic schedule I actually a 38.6% decrease in the number of sold items.  (I only listed about 55% of the volume I usually list.)

 

I will report back with my findings after the wedding, once I have a more reliable test study based on weeks of equal listing volume and using my normal 1 day handling.

 

But according to these numbers, It is probably safe to assume the numbers will only get better.

 

Note: I still have been shipping with 1 day handling, but am just giving myself a cushion due to the constant out of town travel.

Mondays have become insane with shipping activity, so you will definitely need to have that night free to do it this way.

 

 

Oh yeah....Thanks Spoo for the suggestion!

Forgot to mention....my traffic report shows that I currently took a 72% hit on my views for not offering 1 day handling.  That is to say, I am only getting a little more than 25% of the exposure I was in previous 3 weeks. I imagine my numbers will increase significantly when I am able to offer 1 day handling again and get better exposure. 

post #509 of 15803
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Originally Posted by capnwes View Post

Forgot to mention....my traffic report shows that I currently took a 72% hit on my views for not offering 1 day handling.  That is to say, I am only getting a little more than 25% of the exposure I was in previous 3 weeks. I imagine my numbers will increase significantly when I am able to offer 1 day handling again and get better exposure. 

Can a prospective customer see that you are not offering 1 day handling without opening your auction?
post #510 of 15803
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Originally Posted by Steve Smith View Post

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Originally Posted by capnwes View Post

Forgot to mention....my traffic report shows that I currently took a 72% hit on my views for not offering 1 day handling.  That is to say, I am only getting a little more than 25% of the exposure I was in previous 3 weeks. I imagine my numbers will increase significantly when I am able to offer 1 day handling again and get better exposure. 
Can a prospective customer see that you are not offering 1 day handling without opening your auction?

You get a higher search result for 1 day handling and if you have free shipping you get the fast & free logo (I think)

 

IMO there is no reason not to offer 1 day handling. Worst case (not that I do this often), but you print the label and ship it the next day. The way ebay tracks 1 day handling for its "top rated seller" statistic, is when the shipping label is printed, not from when the package actually ships. Its another thing if your buyer can determine (and actually cares) that it took you an extra day.

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