We're looking for a new apartment or (hopefully) a house. My wife even suggested that we dedicate a second bedroom to storage of our own clothes and an office/photography area for eBay stuff. Here are a few things that I feel I need to make sure I'm increasing sales/sale prices:
- Get a mannequin: completed sales utilizing a mannequin are consistently higher than hanging/folded clothes
- List regularly and for 10 days: I need to check if eBay.de charges fees for this. There are fee differences between ebay.com and ebay.de and ebay.de has been going through a number of changes in the last few months. Last time I listed we went from having 12 free photos to having 1 or two free photos. All others were .15
- Somehow reduce shipping costs or build them into the listing. I have had trouble walking the line between getting a decent price for something and breaking even. The Austrian/German market is incredibly sensitive and only certain items by certain brands bring in guaranteed minimum prices. Austria is a small country and about 75% of my sales go to Germany. Shipping is expensive from Germany ----> Austria and from Austria ----> Germany. The Germans have no idea what it costs, only what they THINK it should cost. Therefore, I get emails on about half of the shipments to Germany asking if I can send it cheaper, without insurance, slower, etc.
I'm not sure how to get around these, but for the most part I enjoy selling and it provides some income to cover things like tailoring costs.