Ran the numbers again, using a variety of scenarios, and wouldn't save much at all, and that assumes I am running full-bore every month. Thank you for the link.
Originally Posted by capnwes
Over the last 7 years, I have opened and closed 2 stores, due to change of product focus. This is my third store. I have never had a problem closing them when I needed to. The store name remains yours for future re-opening, or you can start an all new one.
The cost of a store is basically worth it if you are running out of your 50 free listings. If you can make TRS status, your biggest savings is in USPS shipping discounts....unless you can break down and do the 1 day handling, then you get 20% off your FVFs too. There are also listing occasional special fee sales for stores, power sellers, and TRS, just like the normal sales, but typically longer.
I don't run out every month, just some months, and I fail to take full advantage of the free auction- and fixed-price listing offers when they do come around. Like now - for Sept 24 to 28 I was offered up to 5000 free fixed-price listings, and instead of busting ass and listing a lot, I only listed like 20 new things. I guess for me, there's not going to be any sure-fire way to save a ton, since I can't promise the 1-day turn-around. Best thing I did was get a scale and start printing postage at home, well as have USPS pick things up - huge money, time and gas saver. I think this weekend I will not thrift at all (gasp!) and concentrate on setting up listings for next month / clearing stuff out, and will try to be more selective in what I pick up in the future. Too much slag with low profit margin. Learned a lot the last few months! Thanks Cap.