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post #5176 of 15831
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Originally Posted by jebarne View Post
 

Question for you folks. 

 

Reading ebay promo email today, I decided to go the seller's productivity app page and take a look at what kind of apps are available. 

 

Do any of you actually use any of these apps? If so, which ones?

 

I'm setting my own stuff up in GarageSale right now and not sure the value of additional apps.

 

I use the following apps...

 

Froo Cross Sell (the little slide show at the bottom of all of my listings)

www domain 4 my store (where I got the www.theSEAMstore.com)

My store rewards - money back to repeat buyers. I get a lot of action on this one.

Terapeak keywords. Pretty much stopped using this one, but it is free.

Outright....Awesome app, until it recently broke. I use the Pro version.

post #5177 of 15831

I subscribe to Terapeak and Outright, and find them both useful. $50 per year for the pro version of Outright to take care of my taxes at year end is a worthwhile expense.

post #5178 of 15831
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Originally Posted by Acme View Post
 

I subscribe to Terapeak and Outright, and find them both useful. $50 per year for the pro version of Outright to take care of my taxes at year end is a worthwhile expense.

Any issues with your Outright as of late?

post #5179 of 15831
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Originally Posted by Snoogz View Post

How do you like GarageSale? I've been wanting to get into it and try it out.  Pretty easy user interface and functionality.

But to answer your question, I do use the "Outright" app, up until the issues you have read above, it has worked out great so far.

I got garagesale in a Mac bundle several years ago. Used it a couple of times to sell concert tickets. When I found out that only about 10% of my personal stuff is consignable (300 shirts, 15 suits, dozen pair of shoes) I upgraded to the latest version of garagesale to get the latest templates. It's a one-time license fee to purchase. Plus they have add-Ons you can buy.

My only beef so far is that if you want to change a background image or texture in a template, you have to have an FTP site and you have to manually edit the HTML pointers built into the template to your FTP site address. Plus isn't always clear which image is the background.

So generally, it's a pain unless you are already hosting and developing your own sites. I do a site about every 2 years so it would take me a day to set it up and test it, which I might have available at Xmas.

Maybe fueco and his HTML skills could do a step by step.
post #5180 of 15831
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Originally Posted by Snoogz View Post
 

Any issues with your Outright as of late?

 

 

Mine appears to be working properly.

post #5181 of 15831
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Originally Posted by jebarne View Post


I got garagesale in a Mac bundle several years ago. Used it a couple of times to sell concert tickets. When I found out that only about 10% of my personal stuff is consignable (300 shirts, 15 suits, dozen pair of shoes) I upgraded to the latest version of garagesale to get the latest templates. It's a one-time license fee to purchase. Plus they have add-Ons you can buy.

My only beef so far is that if you want to change a background image or texture in a template, you have to have an FTP site and you have to manually edit the HTML pointers built into the template to your FTP site address. Plus isn't always clear which image is the background.

So generally, it's a pain unless you are already hosting and developing your own sites. I do a site about every 2 years so it would take me a day to set it up and test it, which I might have available at Xmas.

Maybe fueco and his HTML skills could do a step by step.

I haven't messed with HTML in over 10 years...your post is detouring me away from GarageSale lol.

post #5182 of 15831
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Originally Posted by Snoogz View Post
 

I haven't messed with HTML in over 10 years...your post is detouring me away from GarageSale lol.

 

Don't let it detour you. Its the best program I saw when I was looking for them and some extremely successful sellers on this very forum use that exclusively. 

 

for 99% of us, you'll find 5 templates you love. 

 

I just want a specific background and assumed it would be a file swap, but it isn't. 

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OK folks. This one is a bit of a tough one. I've been taking my accumulated stuff out of the attic and getting it ready to consign or sell. I'm posting here because I'm not sure if its considered thrifting if its your old stuff. 

 

I found these in a box up there, where they have been since 1993 since I was transferred away from Texas. Decided to put some leather lotion on them and polish them up, but I have no idea what price range these should bring. 

 

The first are original Kalso earth shoes that I bought myself in 1977. I wore them occasionally until around 1979, but from 80 on, they never made it out of my closet. So 2 continents, about a dozen cities in 3 states. These are classics and I'm hoping there are still some dope smoking hippies my age who will need a pair of size 11's. I searched on them and all I see are versions that have come out of the company who now owns the production and tried to take the brand more broadly. And yes, I had clark wallabies, desert boots and chuck tailors in my School Shoe rotation. 

 

 

 

The next ones are Tony Lama full-quill ostrich boots. I bought these for a company outing in Texas (along with a resistol hat) and wore them maybe 20 times. I got them down last night, cleaned, moisturized and polished. The have "george strait" embroidered into the inner pull straps. There were some of these online, but they varied so much in price, and none were in the George Strait lines. So not sure. 

 

 

 

Not sure the value of a celebrity endorsed, lightly worn, 25 year old ostrich boot, but half of you folks will know. 

post #5184 of 15831
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The difference between you and me is that I don't pretend to know anything about your business and how it operates. You seem to have the need to interject your assumptions as fact.

Less than 1/4 of 1% of what I sell is store returns.

I put my procedure out there. Take it or leave it.  Nowhere did I tell you that it was my way or the highway.  Just saying what works for me and why, hopefully it helps someone else out there.  There's ton's of stuff that's been put out that doesn't apply to me, I just choose to ignore it. Edit- Sorry if you were offended by the store return remark, I took a quick look at your items in your signature and they all had sharpie through the label, so I jumped to the conclusion that that was your primary business.

 

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Originally Posted by SpooPoker View Post

The title should not be a sentence, it should be the sum of all available search words that someone may use to locate your product
 

Awesome advice, I'm always trying to make complete sentences, or if not, at least make it an intelligent read, but it doesn't have to be, and obviously SHOULDN'T be to optimize searching.  Thanks for imparting the wisdom!

 

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Originally Posted by Snoogz View Post

Txwood, I'm interested in hearing about your itemization process, since ur inventorial process seems stream lines. How do u go about itemizing things with item #s and entering them into a spreadsheet, then translate the # into each listing

It's in its early stages, I simply add a number to the auction, at the bottom of the listing (not in the title block since every character is precious, and I can't use the auction # because I list almost exclusively BIN, so the auction # changes when it is relisted, you'll notice MOST of my auctions don't have it yet) this same number is on the box/bag/envelope.  When the item sells, I look at the bottom of the listing, cross the number pull the item, print a label and ship.  Right now I just have a bunch of bags/boxes/envelopes with long descriptions matching the ebay title written on them - NOT a workable long term solution, but since for whatever reason, I can pull out any of my 200+ listings from memory, it has worked well for me, with one notable exception, and my only NEG feedback to date.  I don't enter the listings into any computer spreadsheet since that would be more work, and not add value to the product.  I write everything down on a specially made sheet in a binder that has all the item measurements/descriptions (Thanks Spoo!) I use that sheet to list the items.  Since I seem to have ruffled a feather, let me state clearly that my experience as a manufacturer perpetually streamlining processes to get the most production out of the least amount of work has led me to this solution that is A. CONSTANTLY EVOLVING, AS ANY GREAT PROCESS SHOULD BE and B. WHAT WORKS BEST FOR MY PERSONAL, UNIQUE, ONLY ME, SITUATION.

 

Oh look, as I was writing this I just sold the Ferragamo's I listed a few minutes ago, it's in a box with the name Ferragamo on it and the number 4.  Going to go take 30 seconds to print a label and throw it in the basket of stuff going out today.  DISCLAIMER: PLEASE DO NOT DO THIS IF YOU'RE SELLING 70 SHIRTS AT A TIME INTERNATIONALLY, AS IT WON'T WORK FOR YOU.

post #5185 of 15831
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Originally Posted by txwoodworker View Post
 

 

 

Awesome advice, I'm always trying to make complete sentences, or if not, at least make it an intelligent read, but it doesn't have to be, and obviously SHOULDN'T be to optimize searching.  Thanks for imparting the wisdom!

 

 

On a recent phone call with the eBay Seller Outreach Team, I learned that the ebay search engines are set up to search the words in order. Most important words such as the brand should be placed at the beginning of the title for best placement in search results. Lesser important words should be closer to the end of the title.  Not sure it this all really matters a lot, but that's what they told me. 

post #5186 of 15831
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Originally Posted by txwoodworker View Post

 I write everything down on a specially made sheet in a binder that has all the item measurements/descriptions (Thanks Spoo!) I use that sheet to list the items.

Any way one of y'all can share this sheet template? Sounds very useful.
post #5187 of 15831
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Originally Posted by txwoodworker View Post
 

 I don't enter the listings into any computer spreadsheet since that would be more work, and not add value to the product.  I write everything down on a specially made sheet in a binder that has all the item measurements/descriptions (Thanks Spoo!) I use that sheet to list the items.  

What is that? JK. I think, for me, typing would be much faster. Would love to see this sheet too.

post #5188 of 15831
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Originally Posted by txwoodworker View Post
 

Awesome advice, I'm always trying to make complete sentences, or if not, at least make it an intelligent read, but it doesn't have to be, and obviously SHOULDN'T be to optimize searching.  Thanks for imparting the wisdom!

On a recent phone call with the eBay Seller Outreach Team, I learned that the ebay search engines are set up to search the words in order. Most important words such as the brand should be placed at the beginning of the title for best placement in search results. Lesser important words should be closer to the end of the title.  Not sure it this all really matters a lot, but that's what they told me. 

+1

post #5189 of 15831

Good info Wes.

 

Txwood, I use to write down the measurements on paper as well as bullet points of features of the item I needed to input in the listing...that took forever essentially because I was coping everything twice (paper / listing).

 

 

What I've done the last few months is combined my measurement process with my writing of the listings process...I have a template in Word Doc I open up, and input measurements and features while I have the item in hand taking in person measurements(it helps having a laptop handy).  From there I have a separate folder I save these word Docs in, and when ready to start listing, I open up each word doc and copy & paste it into eBay.

 

This is probably the reason I hate the measurement process so much.  Its time consuming in general because I am writing listings, titles, measurements all in one.  At the end of the day, I feel it helps cut down the total time it takes.  I'll measure / write listings for 10-15 items at a time, and that will take about 1.5 hours.  Then I will take all pics at once of all items, and them match them up with the listings I've created.

 

I know some sellers (spoo) don't write much in terms of features in their listings.  They let the pictures do the talking.  I wish I had the customer base to allow my buyers to be educated in themselves to know what they are buying.  I can imagine that helps cut down time for preparing listings.  Essentially he just has to worry about measurements, title, and pics to prep. one day...one day...

post #5190 of 15831
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Originally Posted by jebarne View Post

 

 

The next ones are Tony Lama full-quill ostrich boots. I bought these for a company outing in Texas (along with a resistol hat) and wore them maybe 20 times. I got them down last night, cleaned, moisturized and polished. The have "george strait" embroidered into the inner pull straps. There were some of these online, but they varied so much in price, and none were in the George Strait lines. So not sure. 

 

 

 

Not sure the value of a celebrity endorsed, lightly worn, 25 year old ostrich boot, but half of you folks will know. 

 

 

 I think that's kind of cool... I just saw a picture on Facebook of a friend of mine wearing a George Strait branded Stetson cowboy hat that was taken at Burning Man last weekend.

 

Given that George Strait is still a major celebrity, is still on tour, and recently signed a contract to produce at least four more albums, these should do okay.

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