Is there any way to search auction listings by length of auction? I would like to check listings that are on 1 & 3 day auctions.
I think the best you can do is narrow by "newly listed" and then browse for the ones ending in the next day or so. Or do you mean completed listings? Then....no, I don't think so.
Ahh, good idea...i can do auctions ending within 24 hours, and then sort by newly listed and get items that were listed today...I'm going to keep an eye on these and see if there are deals to be had from impatient sellers.
How many listings are we talking? I have about 425 listings at time and it seems it would take me a long time to find the right package that way.
How I do it....
When an item gets a bid, I pull it to a separate "sale pending" rack. Once it's paid it's packed and shipped. I have a lot of buyers that buy 3 and 4 items at a time, so I would have to unbox and rebox those items.
Have been considering (for the somewhat distant future) buying and moving my set up into an old drycleaning place and using the automated hanging rack for inventory browsing.
They make those for residential applications now. Sounds to me like it would go nicely above a 4 car garage.
Here is a list of tools i use aka "Tools of the Trade."
For loose threads and everything else. A+++
Reusable lint brush A+++
Rowenta Iron made in Germany. A good iron will save you time and give your garments a professional look. Avoid the the Rowneta Irons made in Mexico/ China as they do not deliver the same results . A+++
A 1500 watt Conair steamer (Conair) . 1500 watts of steam gets the smell out of most items . A +++++++++
Rowenta Stem'n Press : Sucks as a garment steamer / iron but can steam / iron ties perfectly . B+
All items were thrifted for 7.99 or less. Also always use distilled water in the steamers/irons as not clog the openings.
I could never get into that Toyota 6 Sigma high level shit. The best thing about the Goldratt books is that they are a fantastic read that keeps you engaged better than any system text book can. You learn by osmosis.
So if batch packaging for you, great, but it is a completely inefficient method for my business. I tried it and for the predictable reasons it did not work.
The only predictable reason I can think of is you're not doing it methodically and thoughtfully. I agree that repackaging would be rework and not efficient, but FOR ME, and for the people that don't combine shipping, the same packaging works domestically or internationally. Also, it's not batch processing no matter how you look at it, I'm taking a single item from rack to box doing all the necessary processes in one go. I don't process the pictures and list one at a time, but I have thought of it. I think mentally it's too much of switching gears. If I had a full time helper, that would be the way to go, it would probably take as much time to list as it does to do the other steps.
Also, little things like taking the pictures in the order you want them in the listing, getting all the angles and exposure right so you don't have to post process. Now if I could only get my camera to automatically rotate the pictures (it has a setting for it, but I either don't know how it works, or it just doesn't do it right.)
We tried that Lean approach at my last company (market & media research), and it was a total waste of time, not to mention the "expert" was running a racket. He'd written several books (OK, maybe 2 or 3) on the topic and was considered a guru of sorts, but - this was market research - every project (product) was custom. The guy we hired assured us that Lean could be adapted to our business model, and he got paid, and in the end everyone agreed it was a waste of money. It applies well if you have a finite number of items / options - even if it's 6,000 variations when you're building a car and take into consideration the trim, drive train, interior / exterior colors, options etc - it's still a finite number. Our variations were infinite and were dictated by the customer.
If you're trying to apply Lean or whatever to flipping on eBay, I suppose the best you can do is set up your listing templates, set up your photo area and camera settings, set aside a dedicated pack & ship area that has flow, and utilize the USPS options for free packaging / discounts / pick-up. Over & above that, you'll still have to treat every item as unique in some way. I'm far from lean nor do I have any flow, nor do I want to - that's more like work - and at any moment I can see myself saying "fuck it" and donating everything to a GW the next time I get infuriated with an eBay buyer.