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I am a full time seller on eBay with a large cross stitch and fine needlework store along with treasures found during my travels. I closed a brick and mortar store after a drastic rent increase. I am able to be at home raising my little boy. Friends kept bugging me to make videos on different techniques of cross stitch and to talk about my travels, I decided to make this my "One Stop" site instead of having four or five different ones. I am a member of Voices, an eBay focus group and PayPal Ambassadors. Come in with a cup of coffee and enjoy!

  • MY EBAY STORE

    BUBBACANDANCE

    I am a buyer and seller on eBay. My store is mostly a cross stitch and fine needlework store. I have also added hundreds of items I pick up in my travels from unique coffee cups to Hawaiian shirts. Go to www.BubbaCanDance.com to find us on eBay. Soon we will have www.stitcheryxpress.com up and running for cross stitch closeouts

  • OUR AVIATION

    CROSS STITCH

    Jim and Steven are pilots and it was only logical to purchase the rights to 41 cross stitch patterns dealing with aviation. We will have them all packaged and ready to go after we update photos and stitching information and get a new Logo. Watch for them in Mid 2013

  • MY EBAY & PAYPAL

    FRIENDS

    I have met some of the best people through eBay and PayPal. This has been a career change I made reluctantly twelve years ago and I have never looked back. I love what I do! Thanks eBay sellers, buyers and employees, you are the best. Also kudos to PayPal employees and customer service. Wow just wow.

  • MY LIFE, TRAVELS

    & MY FAMILY

    Here we will share who Cindy Sorley is and how she clicks… as an avid traveler, genealogist and stay at home mom, you will get to see some insight as to how she functions…. Married almost 32 years to a Marine Corps Pilot, Retired Delta Airline Captain and now my helper at Stitchery X-Press. We have two boys, Steven, age 25 and Thomas, age 11.

Skills // Cross Stitch, Needlework, eBay, PayPal, Genealogy, Travel, VW Beetles... where do I start? You can learn all about me or talk about the things that interest you. Everyone is welcome!

About this Blog // Cross Stitch is my love though I don't have time to pick up a needle anymore. I am called diverse by my friends since I also love country music, Volkswagen Beetles, Genealogy and traveling. I am also an avid eBay and PayPal fan. You will find me rambling about it all here.

  • A WEDDING… STEVEN AND CIERRA FINALLY

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Genealogy, Relationship

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    In less than a month my son Steven will get married to a girl he has known since first grade and has dated for over four years.  We are so happy and excited for both of them. We love her family and adore her.   The coolest.. She is an engineer and is ALL for selling online and wants to do it with Steven part time.  They love the thrill of the hunt for the treasures to turn around and make some money on.  I am super excited to be growing their eBay business.  Steven has a few items now in his store on eBay 

    Steve and Cierra 18 Oct 2014 Wedding Day

    Steve and Cierra 18 Oct 2014 Wedding Day

    Wedding Announcement

    Wedding Announcement

  • NEEDLEWORK SUPPLIES ON EBAY & PINTEREST

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Cross Stitch, Earning Online, eBay, Etsy, Needlework, Pinterest, Selling Online, Shipping Internationally, Shipping Packages

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    Today I sell on eBay mostly because I can get worldwide sales.  I also have a few things on etsy but the traffic is just not there. 

    You can find me on eBay at www.bubbacandance.com

    I can also be found on Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/stitcheryxpress/

    We carry a full line of counted cross stitch items from current to long out of print patterns and kits.  We also carry linens, aidas and other specialty fabric items.  We have a warehouse full of four closed needlework stores.  We carry hand dyed threads, Needles from John James and very unique stitching accessories including unique scissors.   

    We are also the the automatic mailings from designers such as Mirabilia, Lizzie Kate, Needle’s Notions, Ink Circles, Barbara Ana. etc.   

    Join us at Stitchery X-Press on eBay 

  • MONEY MUSING MARCIA GLENN

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Earning Online, eBay, eBay Mobile, Etsy, PayPal, Selling Online, Shipping Internationally, Shipping Packages

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    Sunday Morning Musing with Coffee: Money (again).

    I talked about MONEY (not the root of all evil) in a previous Sunday Musing however I want to come back to this very basic thought for not only the new peeps who did not originally read the other Musing but as a reminder for those who did.

    Money. The reason we do this selling on Ebay and everywhere online. To support our families, to pay extra bills, to buy extra things for extra special people including ourselves. Some of us live on this money and some of us play on this money. All of us need this money or we would not put ourselves through this on a daily basis.

    So after you have purchased the item for the perfect price and have listed and sold this item for another perfect price and now that you actually have the money in your hands (insert bank account, Paypal account) what do you DO with the money?

    Spend it, duh…..well maybe not.

    Each of us has their own agenda with this money. But all of us have some basic costs associated with this money and it is those costs and the final change left over after these costs that I want to remind you in this musing.

    IMHO, you should have a budget, hell you should have many budgets but for this demonstration you should have an Ebay budget that you build and tally out of the sales, a budget that you stay on in your weekly/monthly/quarterly shopping excursions.

    Lets talk about what happens to that money you have holding in your hands from your sale.

    In our fantasy sale, we bought something for $10 and we sold it for $100. We shipped it for $9 (it was heavy) and we paid shipping. Now this is what happens.

    Ebay wants their share. This is going to be 9% most of the time. Check Ebay for the fees chart but 9% is pretty standard for the categories that we all sell in normally. Ok gang that amount is $9.00 on our sale.

    Leaving us $91.00.

    Now Paypal wants their share which is 2.9% and .30 each transaction. On our original $100 that is $2.90 plus .30 or $3.20.

    Leaving us $87.80.

    Now we still have to pay for that shipping. Either it was taken out of our Paypal account with Ebay shipping or we prepaid at Stamps.com and all the other mailing sites. Either way that cost was $9.00. (If you charge for shipping you would have received more money. However you still have to buy the shipping somewhere each time.)

    Now we have $78.80 left out of our original $100.00.

    These are our fixed costs. There are also Ebay store costs from the basic store to the most expensive store. Take your store costs and divide it by the number of items in your store and this is the cost for that 1 item each month to sit and wait for a buyer. For me right now that cost is .03 a month. Piffle amount. But it is still a fee, buried in the way back of my mind.

    Some of us have more items than allowed for free and for me that means I have an additional .10 per item per month for some of my items. While this is a minor cost (really minor, do you know how many .10 it takes to buy a decent coffee in this town??) this cost is always in the back of my mind adminst the other trivia I cannot seem to forget). For now we will just assume you do not pay any additional costs.

    So we have spent $21.20 of our $100 to get this transaction completed.

    21%.

    Not including the original cost of the item.

    Did you know this? Do you think of this when you sell the item? When you BOUGHT the item? Do you have 20% wrapped around your mind each time you pick something up, research it on your smart phone and make a decision whether to put it in your shopping cart or put it back on the shelf?

    Cause you better.

    In our fantasy sale at this moment we are not going to set aside any money for replacement costs, meaning you are eventually going to need to put aside money to start buying inventory to sell again. Some of you are so over extended in inventory it might be a year or more before you SHOULD buy again, a few people will need to go shopping within the month to replenish the inventory.

    Either way, in the future or now, you will need to set aside money to buy again. For todays example, we are too heavily inventoried to even think of stepping into a thrift store so NO we are not going shopping and NO we are not putting any money aside from THIS sale to shop.

    Ok, back to our sale. We now have $78 bucks to spend. Not $100. $78.

    This is the amount we can spend on our bills we need this money for. Tuition, food, shelter, electricity, all the reasons we are doing this is the reason we need to spend this money right now.

    But WAIT. (hehehe)

    What about paper for the printer? What about ink for the printer? What about a new printer? Batteries for the camera? A new camera? Boxes, Packing Material, Tape. Pieces parts including mannequins, display hands, rings displays, bust displays? Magic Eraser? Paper Towels? Computer Monitor? New computer?

    Look at YOUR life. Did you buy those batteries on sale at Costco along with the tape when it was on sale? Did you have the money to do this? Are you scrounging for packing supplies like I do? Do you have to buy them?

    Look at your life. Are you going to need a computer/printer/camera/storage solutions in the future whether near or far? If you answer yes or even Maybe, then start putting away just a little bit from each sale, say 5%.

    Into what I call a “tucked envelope”. When I was in college oh so many decades ago and I dealt in cash, I would “tuck” a bit of each salary from my 2 jobs into envelopes labeled “rent”, “utilities”, “gas for the car”, “food”. Then when the bills were due I would pay the bill out of the “tucked envelope”.

    Get a tucked envelope system started even if it is just on paper and in your bank account. Call it savings, call it Fred, your choice.

    Back to our story. Now our $78 and change is $73 and change after our 5% tuck. But when the printer finally gasps its last breath you just might have enough to buy a new one. Without crying.

    Last point. You will be expected to pay taxes on this income no matter how small it is. The days are gone where the IRS does not know you are making money online. Old Ebay sellers, new Ebay sellers, we all have to pay taxes on this new income.

    It would behoove you to know how much taxes, what to do to make your expenses help cover your income and how much you need to save each week/month to be able to pay the piper in April (extended until October 15th if you have to?.

    Get a professional. Seriously. Get a professional tax person to help you. Don’t use your sister in law who took a course, don’t use your father who has “done your taxes for decades”, get a PROFESSIONAL.

    Preferably a CPA. Preferably a tax CPA. Preferably a TAX CPA who specializes in Businesses. Preferably a tax CPA business dude or duddette who knows the online selling business.

    They will save you money.

    The biggest reason that businesses fail whether they are virtual like ours or brick and mortar is that the owner did not realize the money aspect of the business. They did not realize how to spend their money when they received their money.

    If YOU do not know the financial side you will not succeed. If YOU are looking at the pile of bills at the end of the month and comparing it to the pile of money in your hands, well the lack of money in your hands and wondering where the heck it all went to….well…you are in trouble.

    We do not want you in trouble. We want you to be richer than you were last month. More successful than you were last month. This is why we are all here in this room. To improve ourselves. To learn. To teach. All here will learn, all here will teach.

    My spreadsheet that I do, entering every single sale every single time shows me the GROSS which is my income including shipping if it was International and the NET which is what money is left after all the fixed expenses of: 1. Cost of the item, Ebay Fees front and back, Paypal fees and Shipping. Insert Amazon/Etsy Fees if you sell on those sites.

    Those numbers are added up automatically by the spreadsheet and I can see that the Gross and the Net differ by 38% on my sheet, different from the 21% earlier talked about because of the cost of the item.

    I still think about 21% when I go shopping. When I do my research. I also think about the TIME that it will take me to list 10 items that will net me $5.00 each or 10 items that will net me $25 each. Which will cost more normally but if I save the little bit I would have spent on the cheaper item that will only give me $5 then I can afford to buy the item that will give me $25.

    Basic final thought. When you see that $100, did you think “YEAH I have $100 to spend now on XX or did you think Yeah I now have $78 to spend?”

    It is the difference from making it as a business or shutting down and going back to work for “others”.

    Manage your money. I don’t care if you don’t like this idea, you MUST know what the amount of money is coming in, what the amount is going out and what you really have to spend from each sale.

    Deal with this. Do not trust others to have your best interest as their interest or you just might meet any number of Hollywood celebrities who did this as your jail mate.

    Remember you can sell their autograph on ebay when the time served is over. 

    Great week all, enjoy the weather, get ready for Christmas. Football anything online? I am selling tee shirts from the sports teams lately and a Reyn Spooner shirt for $67 that I bought on Ebay 3 weeks prior for $13. Dallas Cowboys flip.

    Key things to list this week: Halloween, Costumes, Party Supplies, Decorating items for the FALL, football, college football stuff. Coats. Jackets. Fall clothing. Golf shirts (cooler weather in the hot states means people will be out golfing all winter long and they will not be allowed on the course naked.

    Flatware, Dinnerware for the holiday season. Just think of what you are going to be looking for in the next 90 days. That is your target market now.

    Watch the cover of the “womens” magazines when you stand in the checkout line. If good ol’ Martha is pimping Pumpkins and decorating your fall holiday table, millions are listening. And Googling Ebay for “fall holiday table decorations”.

    Enjoy your week!

  • LISTING ON THE GO THE EBAY MOBILE WAY WEBINAR 30 JULY 2014

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: eBay, eBay Mobile

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    Join me Wednesday July 30th for a webinar with Top Rated Seller Webinars with Eric Nash and Kat Simpson

    https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/503882594

     

    http://www.ecommerceweekly.com/webinars/

  • SUNDAY MUSINGS BY SPECIAL GUEST MARCIA GLENN

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Earning Online, eBay, Random Musings, Selling Online, Shipping Internationally, Shipping Packages

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    In Cindy’s Online Selling Tips I have been honored to have Marcia Glenn write a Sunday Musing for us for a long time. I wake up every Sunday to these wonderful posts.  

    Sunday Morning Musing with Coffee: What Does Ebay REALLY Want From ME?

    I have thought long and hard these last few months on how to do my Ebay business better. From getting faster at listing to buying only things that I know will generate me a good if not great profit, there are a bazillion things to learn to do my job faster, better with more profit. I am using some great APPS like KiQuantity and KiPhoenix to streamline my process but one thing keeps cropping up in my daydreams and my dreams at night….

    What Does Ebay REALLY Want From ME?

    They won’t tell me.

    Well they won’t tell me in a definitive statement. Or even 10 statements. They will never come out and say, Marcia (fill in your name), THIS is what we want you to do!! Follow this and that and the other thing and we almost guarantee we will love you forever and a day and show your listings to EVERYONE!!

    But they hint at it and it is these hints that I have started to listen to and do for them. When I do these things that they hint at telling me my sales go up. So I continue to do them. I believe that they “rate” me somehow, no idea what that “rating” is but if I do what they have told me to do in newsletters and policy changes I will get higher rankings, my listings will be shown to more qualified people (people who are searching for what I have to sell) and I will have more sales.

    Here is what I have heard from them over the last year, thought about and implemented.

    1. They want me to use 12 pictures. They expanded the pictures to 12, thus I believe they want me to use 12. So pretty much I do now. I do my very best to fill up all 12 spots, sometimes it is easier than other times but try I do.

    2. They want my pictures to be bigger. They made the picture requirements bigger and will actually kick off my listing if it is not to their requirements picture size so now my pictures are the size they want. I make them cleaner, bigger, clearer, more details. I want my pictures to rock not only because of MY pride but because Ebay wants my pictures to ROCK. So I do my best to get the very best pictures I can.

    3. They encourage me to put Free Shipping in my listing and while there is no such thing as Free Shipping as we add the shipping price to the listing price, what I think they are saying is that with Free Shipping the buyer has no surprises as to the final price. People search for FREE SHIPPING listings ONLY and never ever do I think someone searches for “no free shipping please” so I add the shipping value to my listing price and have 99% of my listings as Free Shipping.

    4. They want me to have short and simple, non HTML filled listings. Whether this is a software issue or not, Ebay says no HTML so now I am in the process of dumping my Auctiva templates on Glass Confusion and reworking those listings to a simpler, cleaner line format. Surprise surprise that these new listings are selling and the old HTML are not.

    5. They want me to be Top Rated Seller, Power Seller and have a Store. All three of these things they encourage for me to do or achieve so do and achieve them I did. With this Ebay gave me the option of having a cleaner looking store front with new store look and I changed over to that as well. My store looks clean and pretty (especially with my new store banner from Scott Henshaw).

    6. Ebay wants me to ship FAST. 1 Day shipping is what I say I will do thus this is what I do.

    7. Ebay wants me to sell Internationally so I do. It makes me money, I have no issues with it and in a global economy it only makes sense. I ship Internationally.

    8. Ebay wants me to have a very larger than necessary return policy so I do. I get so little returns that it means nothing to me. I have had 2 pieces of clothing returned in the past, one was too small and we both knew it would not fit him, he paid shipping both ways and apologized profusely for it not fitting…I sold it to another with a higher price and my first buyer bought a bigger shirt…win/win.

    My second one was a mistake on my part…learned that you really cannot rely on the Levi butt tag as the real size, those jeans shrunk an amazing 4 inches from what the tag said. Taught me to measure. Again I sold them only this time with the right measurements and even paying double the shipping made a profit. Since I was polite and apologized to the seller and paid the shipping to her, from her and gave her an extra bit of money for her “trouble” she bought the correct size from me the next week.

    9. Ebay wants me to promote the listing with Pinterest. They spend a bunch of dollars to put the Pinterest link on all listings thus it is important to them. So it is important to me and I have found that it works for me. I pin, I sell. Ebay just makes it easier for me to do it.

    10. Ebay wants me to be the best seller possible, give the customer the best that I can be so that they will rate me the highest rating if I earn it. The rating system could use some work and this stupid, idiotic defect thing will go the way of leg warmers but for now I just make sure I do the best I can in listing, photographing and shipping so that I get the best feedback that I deserve.

    This is my top 10 list of what Ebay wants from me. Now what does that REALLY mean?

    To me and remember this is only MY opinion, Ebay will promote me if I do what they ask me to do. With all the data that companies gather on me in the world, I cannot imagine that Ebay does not have the software or the programmers to pick apart…well ME. I believe they take every single thing about me on Ebay and put it into a computer somewhere and come up with something that they use to determine if they really really really like ME.

    I think they even look at all the WORDS that are typed in my feedback from others. Why not? The information is there, why not use it. So when 10 out of 10 or 100 out of 100 of my feedback says FAST Shipping, I gotta think that means another notch in my virtual profile towards love from Ebay. When people say positive things about me I know Ebay is taking notes. As well as how much I list, when I list, what I list, how much I sell, when I sell, what I pinned, what I purchased, what I said in Feedback and on and on and on.

    Then they use this information to compare to others who are selling the exact thing that I am selling and put me just a tad higher in the ranking or the showing or something so that mine will sell before the others.

    All this information they gather about me and YOU is called BIG DATA by the computer geeks who name things like this. Ebay “Wants” you to evolve along with e- commerce which is shaped by what buyers want and expect. Also, I think the reason for any wants are based on a this new thing called, “Big Data” which is a means of collecting mass quantities of pieces of data and in the end their data shows that what I have mentioned above are things that “Buyers want”. So in the end eBay wants me and you to provide this.

    Let’s use an example. I have a yellow rubber duck. Mass produced and sold by many other people. Lets compare me to one that Mike has (if you are a Mike, please think about your middle name as this is not to compare to YOU).

    Mike and I have the same Rubber Duckie. My pictures rock, his do not. I have a store, positive feedback, top rated seller, all the bells and whistles. Mikey does not…his pictures are lousy, his feedback is borderline, he has no store, no top rated seller. I offer free shipping, he does not. On and on and on. He will lose out overall I feel.

    Mine will show up more in searches, higher in searches, Ebay will promote it with things that they do to promote it online. They send out emails, they show my listings when you log on, I will feel the love more than poor Mike.

    Algorithms. Kinda like Calculus that it is part of the universe but does anyone really understand it? I don’t and don’t have to. All I have to understand is that Ebay understands it and applies it to me and you and everyone and I want to be top page, above the fold (newpaper term), highest of the high.

    So I play the game. But playing the game instead of fighting it, well that gives me money. In the end that is all that I care about.

    What DO I Have to do to make Ebay happy? Pretty much play their game.

    If I don’t like the game I can go to Etsy, Bonanza, Craigs List, Amazon and the others that provide me a selling platform to sell my wares. I do sell on multiple platforms but Ebay is tied with Amazon for income stream and I pay both games with different rules because when it is all said and done, that is what I want to do.

    When Ebay comes out with changes, I listen and implement them. They are subtly telling me to do this without forcing it down my throat (normally) but I don’t care, they tell me this is what they want, I will do it. I won’t cross the road without holding their hand as we are partners in this business, the more I sell the more money we both make. I have to think they are trying to make me a better seller which will make their goals for their investors happy and their bank account numbers higher.

    I don’t think they made up these new things like bigger, clearer pictures just because they were sitting around a board table and wondering what they could do this month to make my job harder (changing 2000 listings with pictures that are too small for example). I think this is what they have determined that buyers want so they have told me this is what buyers want.

    Gotta listen to what my buyers want. Fast story. I created and sold my own jewelry when I had the storefront. Glass pendants mostly. Had them in a large jewelry display, each in an individual box for gift giving. Over the course of a year I heard over and over again “Do you have a chain for sale in the store to go with the pendant”. My answer was always “I’m sorry, no we don’t”.

    Took me a year to “listen” to what my customers were asking me to stock so they could buy it along with the chain. A YEAR! Finally, finally, finally it dawned on me to start stocking chains…duh! Which sold. With the jewelry and without. Just because I own a bizzillion chains does not mean others did not.

    So I listen to Ebay when they whisper and I listen to them when they scream and I watch my bank account grow.

    Summer sales everywhere, are you stocking up on discontinued items in the stores? Are you thinking Christmas yet? I am. I am selling Christmas Icicles, fall glass pumpkins. It will really get into the “shoppers” mindset within the next 30 days so I am tweeking all my pumpkin and Christmas items to make sure they are what Ebay likes in all regards.

    Great week for all…summer vegetables, warm temps and safe lives for all.

  • FIRST DATE: ARRANGE IT AGAIN AND EXPRESS YOUR ROMANTICISM

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Relationship

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    Wives often have the same complaint that their loving husband doesn’t love them the way they used to do before. Is it really true? No! In most of the cases, professional life, family responsibilities and busyness do not let them express their passion for beloved wife. In other word, after a certain period of marriage, the expression of love gets changed or moderated or matured unlike the first date.

    Husbands really are in a dilemma about how they can express the fact that they still care about their wives like the very first date. They need to make their wives understand that they are still romantic. Again, doing some crazy things does not go with their image. So, they search for a way by which they can impress their wives in a matured way.

    Why don’t you take her to a date? Let’s go to the flashback. Do you remember the first date? You were the most romantic person to her eyes that day. The clock seemed to be stopped and you two couldn’t understand how the time passed. Your wife could definitely find her dream Prince Charming by staring at the sea-blue eyes of yours. Have you forgotten those days?

    Is it possible to forget that very special day? Let’s shake your wife once again. Arrange a date at the same time and same place. Order the food that you two have had that day. Create a romantic atmosphere so that your wife may feel the touch of your ancient love of the first date.

    You may also purchase a cute gift for your wife. She will be overwhelmed. But remember, flower is a must. Discuss about the past days you used to pass together. Praise your wife’s beauty and treat her as a Goddess. Confess the fact that she is the reason you breathe happily on earth; she is the reason you live your life. Bring each and every charm back of your first date.

    Try to explore the romanticism that you cannot express at home. Utilize the time well. Make sure, you are not talking about business or family issues. Discussing these would be an anti-climax and your wife is not going to like it, I can say. If she starts talking about these, stop her with your love and make her realize, you two are here only for making love today like the first date!

    Another important thing! Keep your official phone off. Do not let the worldly hassles come into your heaven. After having the dinner, you may wander here and there like two birds. Give your best effort to remind your wife about the fact that you still love her like the first day of your relationship.

    Love is not always about feeling. It needs expression. Without expressing, you cannot show how much you love your wife. When the busy life and professional duties snatches your romanticism, a date is essential to revive the previous love. It is necessary to make your better half realize that you still feel her like your salad days. Arranging something like your first date strengthens the bonding between husband and wife. Don’t let your love fade away; keep it colorful, arrange a first date. Have a happy married life!

     

  • BEING PART OF THE EBAY AND PAYPAL COMMUNITY

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Earning Online, eBay, Meet Up, meetup, PayPal, PayPal Here, Selling Online, Sorley Family

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    Being part of the eBay and PayPal community has benefited me as a seller and a buyer.  A couple of years ago I was asked to make a video for PayPal about being a seller in the eBay and PayPal Community.  You can see it here. I run a Facebook group for online sellers to become better sellers and the fulfillment I get from heading this forum has been so rewarding. I have wonderful members in this group (CO$T) and I cannot thank them enough for believing in me.  Another video was done of me in 2008 eBay at my home. We have since expanded to a warehouse but you get a feel for who we are.  Watch the video here. I find great joy when a seller who had problems a few months ago and was ready to give up comes to me and says… Thank you for your help. I think I am getting it.   Remember we don’t always get all the rules and all the concepts of selling online but if you can remember as a seller to treat the customer the way you would want to be treated you can be successful.   If someone makes a best offer on an item you have and you are offended.. Don’t take it personally… this is a business.. realize that.   If you don’t like the best offers.. remove them.   I got a bit off track here about the community idea… I encourage all sellers to find other sellers in their area or on facebook and work together on helping each other, giving ideas.  You don’t need to give your sources on where your get stuff to sell but help them out. These sellers are in the same boat as you… Join a local seller’s meet up group.  I have been privileged to be a speaker at a number of these and it is a great experience for local sellers to get to know other sellers. Be a voice … eBay and PayPal listens.. if you have a suggestion to eBay write them here.  eBay and PayPal listens.   

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  • RADIO MEDIA: IS IT DEAD OR STILL A VIABLE FORM OF ADVERTISING?

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Entertainment

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    Since the beginning, radio media has passed a long way in its journey throughout the world. When the television came, the importance of radio was not diminished, but took a different form to retain its existence with dignity. But, it surely will amaze us to know that (as we experience so), even in the era of internet, people still listen to radio, whether through air frequency or internet. For that, even after having various mediums of communicating with consumers, the companies are still interested to air their advertising commercials in the radio. But, the question is, how far can radio go in competition with these newest technologies, while they always offer something new?

    Sometimes the oldest tricks are the most effective ones. As radio media always had & still has its audience, the companies find it effective to make listeners hear their commercials in a repeating span. One can surely ask, why still would people listen to radio, while they can satisfy their senses with both audio & visual medium (even you can be in the scene now with 3D equipments!)? The answer is, when you watch television, you are almost totally occupied to do something else. When you are driving a long way or you take a walk you surely cannot occupy yourself with something that bars your vision. But, the case with radio media is not the same. You are free to roam in entertaining worlds while doing your job that you must do before a deadline ends. You can check the weather, have the update of traffic or listen to the commercials from which you need to choose a one. And you can do all these things when you are doing something completely different. Doesn’t that make you a multi tasking person?

    And now for the companies, where does their benefit lie to spend their dollars to advertize on a medium that was invented ages ago? It’s simple. It’s so cheap & easy to make. You can easily make a commercial for radio media in one day with very little fortune & change it with a new one the next day if you don’t like the audience response. But, when you are making a TVC or giving your advertisement on a website, you cannot change that whenever you want, of course unless you have abundant money to play with. Besides that, as it was told earlier in this article, our countrymen listen to radio media every now and then & for that, with your repeating commercial, you have that very opportunity to implant a desire for your good product in his mind. Before can be notified, you will find your store with one product less & your cash box filled with the product’s price.

    To mark the seal on the box, the following information may come handy. Radio revenues increased up about 0.6% (from $ 17.3 billion to $ 17.4 billion) in 2011 than the year previous (source: Radio Advertising Bureau’s report of February, 2012). That means, everyday more people are listening to radio media & that has benefited the radio channels. If anyone is wise enough, it is very much possible for his company to reach the common people with this least expensive but effective medium.

    So, unlike the dinosaurs, radio media is making its way in this new world with its inevitable charm. And of course, being advertised through this medium surely gives the products an extra boost than those products had before.

  • EARNING ONLINE: A STORY OF SUCCESS

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    © Noor-E-Alam Taimur

    From his very childhood, he has always got the idea that doctors and engineers are the successful fellows. So, if anyone wants to shine in life, he or she needs to devote himself/herself into that particular stream. Who knew that the boy who was passing nights after nights studying physics, chemistry and biology, would be a successful money maker by earning online?

    His name is Fuad Hasan. He cannot remember how many times he has been praised by his surroundings in his childhood. He doesn’t bother though. After cutting a very good figure in H.S.C. exam, he has got admitted to Department of English, University of Rajshahi; a reputed public University in Bangladesh. No one confesses, even he doesn’t understand that how efficient he is in that particular language. Point to be noted, he stood first in the admission test.

    After some years of his study, he was pressurized to earn his own livelihood. No, his family was well off, but, for some unknown reasons he needed to earn money. Teaching students was always boring to him. He is a creative person and loves to show his creativity everywhere. So, a friend suggested him to give a try to earning online.

    He started trying and got some links. He has been cheated a couple of times and lost a huge amount of money. His misfortune got climax when his laptop has been stolen. The time was really crucial. He was about to start with some writing stuffs for earning online. But, as he lost his laptop, he discovered himself as the most unfortunate creature on earth. He was afraid but still informed his father about the loss. His father was unbelievably annoyed! He tells Fuad that, a boy who does not have the ability of buying a laptop or earning that particular amount of money, he does not have any right to lose that expensive thing.

    I actually don’t know what would have been my reaction after hearing that, but Fuad has shown his endurance. I couldn’t understand what was in his mind, but could feel his pain. By the way, he somehow managed a desktop and started his journey as a freelance writer. He used to get even less than $1 when he first started writing. He didn’t bother the amount of money; to him, earning online in a creative way was the most tempting opportunity.

    A client of Switzerland first offered him a long term work. It was a blog posting job and Fuad was paid $250 per month. That time, it was a huge amount for him, no doubt.  That grand beginning was really important for him in earning online.

    From that day, he has always faced success. His honesty, endurance, determination, creativity and perseverance brought him the identity of a successful freelancer. He has bought a laptop today. Yes, it costs the same he has lost once. Now, he has the ability to buy a laptop every month. He has seen the face of solvency and wants to carry on.

    No, it’s not the last. It is only the beginning! Fuad wants to show the world that creativity has value still today. If you choose the profession according to your passion, then success will never leave you. Fuad is doing great and earning online professionally. Is he worth to be an inspiration? If he is, then listen to your mind. Do what your mind says. Never be a machine. Enjoy your work!

  • THE STORY OF MY ONLINE BOUTIQUE CLOTHING: NEEL OPORAJITA

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    Leadership is a rare quality. All the people do not have this particular quality. I always hate slavery. And I have noticed that, I love to lead and do things in my own way. I am a worshipper of beauty. I love people wearing colorful dresses, different occasions and their cheering up. I think, all of these likings have inspired me to start an online boutique clothing of mine own. “Neel Oporajita” is that dream cum true!

    As time passes, the population of the world is getting higher and higher. Also, people are extremely busy nowadays. A huge number of people, traffic jam, dust and sunburn are some main reasons for people do not want to visit shopping malls. They wish, if they could get their dress and accessories sitting at home, that would be a great idea. Keeping all those things in mind, the journey of my online boutique clothing started.

    Each and every businessman starts his or her business with some investment (small or huge). But, to be frank, I didn’t have even $10 to start a business. All of my friends were laughing at me as I was going to start an online boutique clothing without having the least amount of money in my hand. Still, I just grabbed my passion tight and go ahead.

    I was searching for a partner as I knew that it would be difficult to serve the people of all over the world alone. No one responded to my offer except Shayla Sharmin; a distant friend of mine whom I never met but communicate only through Facebook. She made me relieved and accepted the partnership. Thus, Shayla and I began to struggle to promote our new online boutique clothing.

    As we do not have money to invest, we became tensed. I managed like $45 and bought two Sarees (Bangladeshi Dress). We started the online page Neel Oporajita Boutique. A lot of friends of mine liked the page. The process is simple. You have to see the picture of the dresses and choose. Then, inbox us to place your order. After that, you need to send money in our bank account or any other way. We use a courier service to send your products and guarantee home delivery. So, our online boutique clothing keeps you tension-free and reduces the hazards you face while visiting shopping malls.

    When our first Saree was sold, we were so overwhelmed that we cried! After that, we communicated with the dress sellers so that they could provide us photos of dresses. Our plan was simple; we wanted to collect the photos first and then if anyone orders a dress, we will phone them and collect the dress. We are really doing fabulous and have sold a number of products.

    Neel Oporajita is not only an online boutique clothing, it is our dream. Shayla and I have tolerated huge criticism when we first start it. Many of our friends said that people wouldn’t feel interest to buy dresses without touching it. But, the situation is quite favorable now. We are now living our dream and going ahead with confidence. Success doesn’t come automatically; we need to achieve it. I always love freedom and now, I have that freedom.

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