Originally Posted by Orgetorix
Any way one of y'all can share this sheet template? Sounds very useful.
Ha, Spoo posted a snapshot of his one day and I asked him for the template... never heard back. I would share mine, but I think that's a personal thing based on what you sell the most of, how you like to take your measurements, what measurements you take, etc... I have the measurements listed in the order I take them, I can take a full set, then pick up the sheet and write them all down, I have a separate sheet for each type of item Suits and Sport coats share a sheet, but pants, shirts get their own, I haven't made one for anything else, even shoes, but I am doing a lot more shoes lately, so may come up with one. I actually think it was for the best that he didn't share, I was asking for way too many handouts 6 months ago when I was starting.- Also, I can't believe I've only been doing this since March.
Originally Posted by Snoogz
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...
That would be the goal, directly putting the measurements into the listing as I take them, would this be possible in Garage Sale? I'm not a mac guy, but there has to be some equivalent PC version. I've played with turbo lister and couldn't get the hang of it, maybe because I was just starting out. Having a listing template laid out just like my spreadsheet that all I had to do was merge the pictures into it... The REAL ultimate goal: making good listings as easy as it is to list stuff on your phone, get an Android tablet with the best camera, take the shots in the eBay mobile lister, android app, put in the measurements, pack the thing up (DISCLAIMER: or don't pack) and wait for the sale. Hell, how easy it was to list stuff by taking phone pics using the Android eBay app was the gateway drug into this whole mess to begin with. I think. It's all foggy now.
I am putting less and less additional descriptions into my listings, I can't really measure if it's having a negative effect. I like reading well thought out descriptions, even ones that are overly enthusiastic with lots of these!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Originally Posted by Orgetorix
I'm seriously thinking about building a table that's a little more than waist height and slanted like a drafting table, just for measuring stuff. My back kills me from bending over when I measure more than six or eight pieces at a time.
Also, and you can tell my why this shouldn't work: I taped a measuring tape to the table (clear packing tape all the way down so it can't get jacked up) with the end of the tape exactly at the end of the table, it makes some measurements extremely fast, especially pants: waist, outseam, inseam, cuff height, leg opening, thigh, take about 10 seconds on the table. I still keep a tape around my neck for a few things, but I've figured out how to get great measurements with just the table. I've also begun to add the word "approximate" to the measurements, copying someone internet famous here.