Just in case you ever wondered, buyers ARE notified when you run sales on eBay. I don't know the exact process or algorithm, but I have received 3 emails in the last week for items with price reductions.
Best I can tell, these items were reduced using Markdown Manager. These items were not on my watch list. They were actually items I had viewed when doing store critiques for other sellers.
Here are the emails, just to show you:
These items appear to have been marked down using Markdown Manager. See how they say discounted "for a limited time?"
The first item, the silver dress, has been discounted 25%.
The second item, the teal colored dress, was discounted 10%.
The doll was discounted 18%.
So this is the buyers' view for these items that were previously viewed.
Moral of the story:
If you run sales using Markdown Manager, buyers who previously viewed the item "may" receive an email notification.
We all have them.
eBay DEATH PILES
. (I think the eBay Scavengers coined that term, thanks Jay and Ryanne.)Definition:Piles of items you bought with the intention of selling on eBay that you haven't listed yet. Often taking on a life of their own, multiplying at night, and the culprit for another phenomenon in homes and storage units called "inventory creep."
Also known as money you have spent on stuff to sell, that is not working for you, that is just sitting there growing. Your own self-inflicted thrift store in a jumbled up mess in your house.
Death piles have often been the cause of marital unrest, vanishings of guest rooms, ceilings caving in, and in some cases, have been known to eat pets and small children. Can be dangerous if left ignored.
Ok, so I had fun with that, but you get the idea. The stuff can take over.
One way to get rid of it, keep your marriage intact, find missing pets, and get the money back that you put into those eBay inventory purchases, is to sell it off in lots in my eBay Buy and Sell Group
Keep in mind, that while YOU
may have unlimited access to all the inexpensive eBay inventory your heart desires, many people don't for these reasons:
They live in a rural area without any thrift stores, or poor quality thrift stores.
They are disabled and physically get out and shop - they need to shop online.
They are caregivers and must be at home with a loved one all day.
They live in an area where thrift store prices are too high to turn anything for a profit on eBay.
They have small children and it is difficult to go shopping.
They work full time and don't have time to thrift.
They are new to eBay and don't know what to buy - they want to buy inventory from an experienced seller.
They don't have a vehicle and must take public transportation - it is hard to carry much home when you have to ride on a bus or subway.
There are more reasons, but you get the idea. Sellers out there NEED inventory, and they will buy it from other sellers on this group - in fact, they HAVE BEEN buying it for 6 weeks on my group. Here is some feedback from sellers who have purchased lots on the group:
Many sellers have commented that the $50 a month fee is too high, or too risky to try the group, so I am offering a $25 special for a whole month. From today, May 9 - June 9, you can join the group for $25 and post as many lots as you like.
- Join the group here
- Pay the $25 fee at this link and start posting
- Shipping is figured from your zip code to the buyer's zip code - buyer pays shipping
- Local pick up is allowed
- Pay your seller via Paypal
- Your post stays up until it sells or you remove it
- You may bump your post to the top once every 24 hours
- There are over 1,600 members in the group, about 75% are buyers
- Your 30 day membership goes from the day you join for 30 days
- No obligation to stay more than a month - no high pressure sales pitch from me, just come and sell your stuff!
Summer is coming which means kids will be home, vacations will be happening, company is coming, and some folks won't be able to get out and thrift like they used to. They will come to this group to buy YOUR stuff!
Welcome to the wonderful world of VERO on eBay. Have you ever received one of these emails?
VeRO stands for Verified Rights Ownership. Or in plain English:
Stuff you can't sell on eBay, or words you can't use in titles.
It means the company has taken special steps to protect their product from 3rd party sales, or to restrict the use of their trademarked name. Some companies just don't want their items sold on eBay. They feel it devalues the item. Amazon is the same - many companies like Dunkin Donuts and Gillette don't want their items sold on Amazon by 3rd party sellers (us). You just have to accept that and move on.
A few common examples:Velcro
. This word is trademarked and you can't use it in your titles. You can say "hook and eye fastener." And it is ok to use the word Velcro in your description, just not in the title.
Another common one is Onesie.
This is a word trademarked by Gerber for the little one piece underwear / outfit for babies. I wrote about the restriction on the word Onesie back in 2013
- see, you gotta read this blog to stay in the know!
If you are selling automotive items or aftermarket parts
or accessories, be careful. There are a lot of VeRO violations for automotive items - most sellers just don't know about the rules. Take some time to educate yourself on what is allowed.
Don't stress, it happens. Just follow what eBay says. I had a Simpsons ball cap removed a few months ago for VeRO. I didn't know. No big deal, I just donated it back to Goodwill and moved on.
You can read the full list of VeRO companies here.
Can anybody actually know this whole list? Of course not. Some just have rules for exactly what you can and can't sell under the branded name. Like Frito-Lay
. They say you can't sell unauthorized coupons. But you can sell all the Fritos corn chips you want.
Or John Deere. You can sell all the John Deere stuff
you want, it just has to be authentic. Do if you list a fake or knockoff John Deere item with their logo used illegally, and they see it, your listing will be removed. Who knows if there are fake John Deere logoed items out there, but anything is possible. (There are fake Uggs, fake Otterbox cases, fake North Face jackets - nothing surprises me anymore.)
These companies just want to preserve the integrity of their brand. It isn't about punishing eBay sellers. It is about keeping their brand pure and not having their image diluted because a bunch of people are making fake items and selling them on eBay.Related Articles:eBay Seller Success Story - Consignment Seller Sells $5,500 One WeekeBay Seller Success Story - Kim S. in HawaiiNew Overstock and Liquidation eBay Sellers Group
Congrats to fellow seller Karen Zumbrun in Louisville, Colorado for her incredible success selling on consignment! Karen shared with us that she had just shy of $5,500 in sales in one week with her eBay consignment business.
So, your next question is, what does she sell for other people? Karen said,
"Mostly watches right now but generally sell whatever shows up that is worth my time. I'm going to be listing some high-end dinnerware and sterling silver in the next week or so. I have more clients than I can reasonably handle and am having to turn people away!"
Robert Goins, in Tacoma, Washington, has the same problem. eBay consignment is a huge business and is another way to use your eBay skills to make money without having to buy inventory and wait for it it sell. (Check out my interview with Robert on YouTube here.
Karen also commented,
"Oh and I sold over $7,000 in the last month. It was a 3 week month - I spent 10 days lying on the beach in Jamaica."
Just about everything Karen sells is on consignment. Her store has all kinds of items including:
- High end handbags
- Designer clothing, shoes, and boots
Are you ready to get into the consignment game? If you aren't sure, check out my videos explaining the pros, cons, and how-tos of selling on consignment.
Another way to connect with people who have things to sell, but don't have the desire, skill, or time to list items themselves, is to join my consignment directory. I promote this list heavily with Facebook ads, Google ads, and through other methods. This is what Karen is referring to above when she says "consignment list."
eBay used to have an eBay Trading Assistant Program but discontinued it several years ago. So I created this list to fill that void so when people are searching for eBay sellers, they find my list. The list gets several thousand hits a month - all people looking for an eBay seller to sell their stuff.
Check out the list of sellers here
. And don't worry if there is already another seller in your area, as Karen and Robert said, they are having trouble handling the demand so more than one seller in the same area is not a problem. There is plenty of opportunity for everyone. The cost to join the list is $50 a year - I do not get a percentage of your sales. You just pay a one time fee of $50 and I do all the promoting so people can find you when searching Google for eBay sellers in their area.
I also provide a basic consignment selling contract and a tip sheet, as well as unlimited email support about your consignment business. So if you are new to consignment, I am here to help you.
Congrats again, Karen, for the incredible business you have built! You are proof that "if you build it, they will come!"
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