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BTW, I only had 2 things ending yesterday, a Sir Pendleton NWT shirt and a pair of hush pup pie chukka's I never wore outside the house. 

 

The pendleton sold for more than the BIN. So out of 6 sales in the last 10 days since I opened my store, 2 have sold for more than the BIN and one has sold for the BIN. I thought the BIN were  on the high end based on what I had seen sell. 

 

My other three were at my starting bid, two of which were my own things, and the last was priced at 3X cost +fees and shipping (thanks Wes!). 

 

I need to explore more key word usage and tie into Tumblr, facebook and other social media to drive more eye's to my items. 

 

I have looked at a number of tumblr sites and while they vary, thenewbeat's tumblr is 100% tied to their store items and clicking on any photo takes you to that item in their ebay store. , also in a very light font they have a 4-5 lines of key words set up for each item. I now have linked the url for my site to my ebay storefront and need to add key words to the hosting site. 

 

Have any of you had success with key word usage or social media to drive more views?

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Originally Posted by jebarne View Post
 

BTW, I only had 2 things ending yesterday, a Sir Pendleton NWT shirt and a pair of hush pup pie chukka's I never wore outside the house.

 

The pendleton sold for more than the BIN. So out of 6 sales in the last 10 days since I opened my store, 2 have sold for more than the BIN and one has sold for the BIN. I thought the BIN were  on the high end based on what I had seen sell.

 

My other three were at my starting bid, two of which were my own things, and the last was priced at 3X cost +fees and shipping (thanks Wes!).

 

I need to explore more key word usage and tie into Tumblr, facebook and other social media to drive more eye's to my items.

 

I have looked at a number of tumblr sites and while they vary, thenewbeat's tumblr is 100% tied to their store items and clicking on any photo takes you to that item in their ebay store. , also in a very light font they have a 4-5 lines of key words set up for each item. I now have linked the url for my site to my ebay storefront and need to add key words to the hosting site.

 

Have any of you had success with key word usage or social media to drive more views?

 

Looking at your item mix, i would reccomend spending more time figuring out how to get more/better inventory.  It may be beneficial for some to devote time to driving external eyeballs to their auctions, but I dont think thats the case for you. Rather than tinkering to gain an extremely small amount of marginal viewers you should try to increase your product mix and hope for crossselling within the ebay framework.

post #6123 of 16760
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Thanks fellas.

And...to celebrate....I just clicked the payment checkout button on the purchase of my new Macbook Pro! Garage Sale here I come!

Saweeet. Speaking of Garage Sale, one thing I just noticed when I went to edit an auction through eBay's website that I had originally launched in GS, is that the description is no longer in HTML. Prior to today, I used to be able to see the code when editing via ebay. It was convenient in the sense that I could modify the description by searching through the code for a specific word and add something in. Not really modifying the code, but for example, if I noticed a grammatical error - I could fix it. Maybe there was an option to switch to HTML and I missed it.
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Yes, I beat my top week, which was mid December last year, by almost $500.

 

 

It was my best week as well, by about $400. :slayer:

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Thanks fellas.

 

And...to celebrate....I just clicked the payment checkout button on the purchase of my new Macbook Pro! Garage Sale here I come!

That is awesome Wes.  I absolutely LOVE my Macbook Pro!  I'm on my second one in the last 7 years.  Garage Sale is going well for me also, really enjoying it.

Spill the deets on the setup you are purchasing!

 

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It was my best week as well, by about $400. :slayer:


Congrats!

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Originally Posted by capnwes View Post
 

Thanks fellas.

 

And...to celebrate....I just clicked the payment checkout button on the purchase of my new Macbook Pro! Garage Sale here I come!

Hey! that's great. Hopefully, you sprung for an SSD. 

 

Having spent about a week to figure out how to alter the GarageSale templates and get mine usable (still about a 73 in my scoring system), My guess is that it will slow you down initially. 

 

Basically all I really wanted to do with the template was to change the background image. But they don't have an easy way to do it. So you have to create all the parts and host them and then change all the pointers. I got around it by finding a background I could deal with on another template and changing the pointers to those images. 

 

Then yesterday as I was messing around with tumblr themes, they all had a "replace background" feature. If you could get the GarageSale people to let Stylehatch do their UI, it would be near perfect. For example, depending on the theme, you have to input your text into the tiniest field you can imagine. I added the line breaks and the bullets manually using markup (which they do explain how to do in their manual). 

 

 

And that turns into this. 

 

So you just end up keeping a text file with your policies and other info that you may want to edit occasionally and then cut and paste it into your master template. 

 

Still, I looked at 4 or 5 alternatives to GS but they're still the best one IMO. Once it's like you want it, its great. 

 

Would be nice though to have the same look and feel in your store that you have on your tumblr site. The GS people will do a custom template for you but I didn't price it out. 

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That is awesome Wes.  I absolutely LOVE my Macbook Pro!  I'm on my second one in the last 7 years.  Garage Sale is going well for me also, really enjoying it.

Spill the deets on the setup you are purchasing!

 

 

I'm thrifty so I got a refurb model. I'm gonna miss my larger screen, but I will manage. 

 

15" Intel i7 with Retina display.

 

Originally released February 2013 
15.4-inch (diagonal) Retina display; 2880-by-1800 resolution at 220 pixels per inch 
8GB of 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM 
256GB Flash Storage 
720p FaceTime HD Camera 
NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 1GB of GDDR5 memory 

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Looking at your item mix, i would reccomend spending more time figuring out how to get more/better inventory.  It may be beneficial for some to devote time to driving external eyeballs to their auctions, but I dont think thats the case for you. Rather than tinkering to gain an extremely small amount of marginal viewers you should try to increase your product mix and hope for crossselling within the ebay framework.

totally agree. I often get ahead of myself and start working on the end game vs the blocking and tackling.  I actually have a ton of stuff.

 

I'm still fairly slow at listing stuff. But working on it and trying to get faster. I'm finally getting to photo settings I don't have to spend time editing and have my template set up.

 

I just want to work both sides. The inventory and the marketing. 

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I'm thrifty so I got a refurb model. I'm gonna miss my larger screen, but I will manage. 
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15" Intel i7 with Retina display.

Originally released February 2013

15.4-inch (diagonal) Retina display; 2880-by-1800 resolution at 220 pixels per inch

8GB of 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM

256GB Flash Storage

720p FaceTime HD Camera

NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 1GB of GDDR5 memory

External monitor, bro! We're coming into the time of year where there will be deals galore on them. I got a 22" on an Amazon flash deal a couple years ago for like $70
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Originally Posted by capnwes View Post
 

I'm thrifty so I got a refurb model. I'm gonna miss my larger screen, but I will manage. 

 

15" Intel i7 with Retina display.

 

Originally released February 2013 
15.4-inch (diagonal) Retina display; 2880-by-1800 resolution at 220 pixels per inch 
8GB of 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM 
256GB Flash Storage 
720p FaceTime HD Camera 
NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 1GB of GDDR5 memory 

That's the machine I got my wife for Christmas last year. Its the best laptop I've ever used, but not the most upgradeable. but I'm sure you already have a separate drive for all your photos' so you should be fine. 

 

I would add a 1TB external in your set up and get time machine set up for automate backups. oh, and the thunderbolt display is expensive, but once its in your system, your MBP plugs in with one thunderbolt plug and the attached power. all other stuff is attached to the monitor as the docking station. Maybe after next week's sales......

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Originally Posted by jebarne View Post
 

totally agree. I often get ahead of myself and start working on the end game vs the blocking and tackling.  I actually have a ton of stuff.

 

I'm still fairly slow at listing stuff. But working on it and trying to get faster. I'm finally getting to photo settings I don't have to spend time editing and have my template set up.

 

I just want to work both sides. The inventory and the marketing.

 

I respect that, but I think selling through eBay is probably enough for a start up seller.  i would guess that 299/300 sales on the entire eBay site are items found through traditional search methods within the eBay framework.  You will sell way more items by having a ton of listings, which will cause people to click "see seller's other items" and finding something they like.  The key is to have that stable of listings up there!

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Originally Posted by capnwes View Post
 

I'm thrifty so I got a refurb model. I'm gonna miss my larger screen, but I will manage. 

 

15" Intel i7 with Retina display.

 

Originally released February 2013 
15.4-inch (diagonal) Retina display; 2880-by-1800 resolution at 220 pixels per inch 
8GB of 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM 
256GB Flash Storage 
720p FaceTime HD Camera 
NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 1GB of GDDR5 memory 


That is an unbelievable machine Wes.  The 15inch w/ Retina + the specs mentioned will be great for the next 5 yrs or more.  Especially for what we use it for.  Flash storage is fast, but I would rec an external for timemachine.  The ram is superb.

Congrats on the purchase!

 

I myself have a 2011 release of the 13inch Macbook Pro.  Its a great machine, no retina but still fantastic for me.  Apple TV and mirroring is awesome for wireless mirroring and using your TV as your monitor!  Check into that if you don't already have apple TV.

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Thanks guys. I did a lot of research on it, and consulted my IT/graphics buddies who use Macs. I'm pretty confident with the purchase. Plus my wife will get my "old" HP laptop, which is only about a year old. It is a graphics powerhouse I had set up to run 3D modelling software, just in case I had to work from home if I was sick. She will be so happy to get rid of her 10 year old laptop boat anchor, which is the worst POS that has ever drawn power from our office receptacles. 

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Sometimes buyers really annoy me...
 

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The jacket arrived here today and I'm quite happy with the item itself. However, according to your customs declaration, the actual shipping costs ("Postage and Fees") were US$ 32.03 whereas I paid US$55 for shipping to Germany. This would mean an unfair "hidden margin". Please comment upon your return. Should I be right, a refund of US$22.97 through PayPal should be adequate.

 

Yea OK, and then if shipping was $60 you would pay the difference, right???  No way is he getting a refund, WTF people you lowballed me on the price when you took the shipping into account (which is the same for all international shipments, some cost more then others) and now you want a refund. People forget its "Shipping & Handeling" plus there is insurance and a risk with international shipping AND the fact they know what they are paying before hand. Its not like a bid secret they find out about after they already paid.

 

Once nice thing about domestic shipping is the hidden fees combined with "free shipping" I usually offer.

 

 

 

I did reply with:

 

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 Thanks for the message. Very glad the item arrived safe and sound. $55 is standard international shipping for all of my sport coats and suits. Sometimes it costs more, sometimes it costs less, but to try and figure out the individual cost of international shipping for the 500+ items I have in stock (and sell about 100-200 items per month) would be impossible. The cost is also for shipping & handling. Please factor in that the item is packed, insured (not included in shipping costs) and delivered to the post office. Shipping international also has additional risks involved as it is not always protected by the ebay seller protection policy. Even when not, I ship to every country world wide to make sure all my customers are happy and as you can see by my 10+ years on ebay, 2,000 transactions and 100% positive feedack, I have all very happy customers.

Like all businesses there are more factor then just the one item I am selling to you. I am sorry you feel there are "hidden margin" even though you thought it was a fair price when you made the offer and agreed to pay it. Sometimes I lose money on shipping, sometimes I make extra money on shipping but it all evens out in the end. Hope you understand.

 

 

Anyone have any suggestions for the future how you deal with this?

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Sometimes buyers really annoy me...
 

 

Yea OK, and then if shipping was $60 you would pay the difference, right???  No way is he getting a refund, WTF people you lowballed me on the price when you took the shipping into account (which is the same for all international shipments, some cost more then others) and now you want a refund. People forget its "Shipping & Handeling" plus there is insurance and a risk with international shipping AND the fact they know what they are paying before hand. Its not like a bid secret they find out about after they already paid.

 

Once nice thing about domestic shipping is the hidden fees combined with "free shipping" I usually offer.

 

 

 

I did reply with:

 

 

Anyone have any suggestions for the future how you deal with this?

Speaking from what I've read from other folks, but have no experience with since I'm shipping from Canada, using a service like Endicia that doesn't show the value of the postage when you print it might be the way to go.

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