There has been a lot of talk around the eBay community that an “expert” said that those listing on eBay and that are crazy about it are really not selling with mobile and are being paid by eBay to promote Mobile. Â WRONG!!!!! Â I use the eBay Mobile app for IPhone and IPad and list 100% on mobile. Â I have some older listings that still need cleaned up as I move ahead to be mobile friendly. I have been using mobile totally since 2010 right after I attended eBay on Location. Â
eBay is promoting mobile because it is the future. (expert says it is to keep the shareholders happy). Â Young adults, grandmas, mother’s on the go, business people Â all use it. Â Get on the train and let’s go.Â
To get rid of some of the falsehoods by this expert. Â
You can use HTML in mobile with no problem.Â
You can use bullets in mobile with no problem. Why would you? Â Google Shopping does not allow it!
I do not get paid a dime to endorse eBay Mobile. I use mobile because it makes me money. Â
I have finally had it with Amazon. Â Why would I sell on a site when my biggest competitor is Amazon itself. Â I had a great line of out of print books that I bought from a company in Salt Lake. Â They had 500 left. I was a bit worried I would not be able to sell all 500 so I only purchased 100. Â I listed 50 on eBay and 50 on Amazon. Â They were selling quickly on both platforms. Â A month later I called the owner and asked if I could buy the other 400. He said Cindy you are about four days late. Â Amazon has purchased all of them. Â Amazon saw my numbers, saw I was selling a lot of them and found the company and bought them all and then lowered the price by $5.00 each and put it in Prime for Amazon Buyers. Â I lost all those sales. Â I had pretty much had it but started doing numbers on my cost to sell on Amazon and eBay. Shocking. Â I will write about that this weekend. Â Some more sneaky things coming from Amazon with payments being added to stores online. Do you really think that taking Amazon Payments will be beneficial? I think Amazon is only phishing for your customers info and will send Amazon links and try to get those sales off your site. Â
For any new eBay sellers or those who want to gain how to be better sellers on eBay join our online selling tips forum. We are a small group that is fun and has a good time. Â No drama… We do hand pick the members so email me at Cindy@cindysorley.com if you want to join us.
I have discovered a great place to host an online store in conjunction with eBay. Â Highwire, a partner of Inkfrog, does multi channel stores and I was tickled the first day my site was up I got a sale. I didn’t even realize I was up and running. Â
I had a great time at the eBay Radio Party as Bally’s last week. Â A great talk by Thrifting with the Boys, Jason Smith and Bryan Goodman. Â The eBay Mobile team of Jonathan Chard, Mark Appolito and Kenric Russell were excellent.
Since it seems that eBay on Location events are gone I would recommend the Radio Party next June in Vegas.
Scott Henshaw told me about a new feature for eBay sellers you can subscribe to. Â Webstore by 3D. I looked it up tonight and decided to give it a try. Â We will see how it goes. Â At $5.00 I will try it for six months and see what happens. Â Thanks Scott. Â Â
When I am teaching eBay classes to stay at home moms, I always seem to get asked the same question, â€œWhy eBay?â€ I tell them that after years of having a brick and mortar specialty needlework store where customers would come in and work on their projects, socialize and bring their lunch, I wanted a place where there was a sense of a community and I found it onÂ eBay.
My husband and I were shocked to find out around our 19th Anniversary that we would be blessed with another child. My husband Jim, an airline pilot, and I decided our son Thomas would go to work with me at the store. At 4 days old, he made his debut at Stitchery X-Press and became the store mascot for over three years. As he grew older, it became more unmanageable as he pulled linens off shelves and tried to run our hemstitching machine. Some big decisions needed to be made when every time a customer opened the door little Thomas would run for the parking lot and street.
We received notice that our already high rent would be going up, so I needed to make a quick decision if we were going to stay open or close. I wanted to give eBay a try by selling my existing inventory before having a clearance sale. I had been a buyer on eBay for a number of years so I took the selling plunge and jumped right in. It was surprising how fast bids came in right after listing them.
Within a month my eBay sales were more than my physical store. eBay became a logical choice to sell my inventory. It gave me an opportunity to be at home and have my own work hours instead of being tied to the shop 24/7, six days a week. I had already had the usernameÂ BubbaCanDanceÂ as a buyer from the country music group Shenandoahâ€™s hit song (whom I worked for). When it came time to open an eBay store I decided onÂ Stitchery X-Press, our established name since 1982. After a few months I was going to change my eBay ID to the store name but my customers said no. Seven years later, Stitchery X-Press is one of the largest needlework stores on eBay with customers from all over the world.
I knew I needed more space and looked into renting. One of the reasons I closed the store was to stay at home so we decided to build a warehouse and office in the back yard. We now walk a few feet to work each day.
eBay is part of our family and I feel at home. eBay has allowed me to home school Thomas who has become part of the business team. He is the shipping manager and makes sure all packages get the labels on them. Our other son Steven delivers all packages daily to the post office. Steven is headed to join the Marines to be a pilot next year (we hope) and Thomas is trying to figure out how to get his driverâ€™s license by age 11 to take over that job. Jim will move into a job here when he retires from the airlines soon.
My journey with eBay continues to grow as do the personal relationships that cultivate along the way. One of my favorite sayings is â€œlike what you do, do what you like!â€ This is who I am and it has shaped the fabric of our family business! I am eBay!
Do you have a customer who wants to return an item and you need to pay for the return shipping? Â
Tonight my partner in all things eBay really helped me out when I had a customer who needed to return an item. Â I am not part of the return process at eBay by choice (since I sell patterns I do not want a lot of returns due to copyright). Â It was nearly impossible to figure out how to send the customer a label to return the item to me. Â I asked for help on Facebook and Scott came right through. Â
If you need to send a return label by PDF form and email to a customer you can log into PayPal and go to this page
Eli asked me to make a post about the different types of needlework so when you are out thrifting you can recognize what to buy and what keywords to use when listing to sell on the different platforms. I have done better on eBay with selling needlework kits of every type because of the international buyers.
I will also cover in another post the best types of needlework kits or patterns to buy.
First I will cover what is used with what looks like a sewing needle. This leaves out Crochet, Knitting and other forms using other needles. Â I will cover those in another post.
1 Counted Cross Stitch – Counted Cross stitch today is known mostly as cross stitch. Â Cross stitch is done on a fabric with squares. Â The pattern is on a piece of paper and you count the squares from the pattern to the fabric. (sounds hard but it is really easy). Â Kits come with different counts of fabric. Â Aida is from 10 to 18 count (squares per lineal inch) Â Hardanger is 22 count. Â Linen is used in cross stitch and most of the time is stitched over two threads (example 28 count linen stitched over two threads would make the stitch count 14). I love the look of Linen over aida because you don’t see the squares. Â NOTE: Make sure you read our next blog about buying completed finished needlework and what to look for. Â
2. Stamped Cross Stitch – Stamped is cross stitch that is traced onto fabric, usually a cotton poly blend nowadays. Â There are squares you that you cross over with the floss. Â These squares are normally mixed in with lines to embroidery. Â You can do fancy stitches or straight stitches.
3. Embroidery – Embroidery is stitched on fabric that has had the design traced onto it. Â You can do a number of fancy stitches. This is what you see on dish towels. My grandmother had towels for every day of the week. Â I always checked to see if she changed them daily….. and SHE DID. Â Embroidery is stitched with six stand floss. You separate the threads into one or two strands depending on the look you want.
4. CrewelÂ Embroidery Â orÂ Crewelwork –, is a decorative form of surface embroideryÂ that uses wool yarn (acrylic is used sometimes)Â and a variety of different fancy stitchesÂ that follows a design on the fabric. Â Crewel is usually stitched on a linen or canvas so that the wool does not pucker. Â Make sure if you have kits that have part of the canvas silkscreened that you point this out. Â (Photo 3 is silkscreened partially)
5. Hardanger – this has been called Hardanger embroidery but it is a counted form since you are still working in the blocks of the fabric. Â Traditionally is it worked on white cloth with white thread but today I see it in all colors. It is worked on even blocks counting and using drawn thread techniques. Â If you see any finished … just grab and send to me.. I collect it. Â You will see this in doiles, tablecloths, runners etc. Â It is really elaborate and if you find patterns they usually are good sellers but not big money. Â The art is still so limited on who has the patience to do it.
6. Needlepoint – Needlepoint is stitched on a mesh canvas that is painted on the canvas. Â You will be doing a half cross. There is also counted needlepoint where you would have an empty canvas and use patterns on paper to count similar to cross stitch. Â You will see Mesh 12 or Mesh 14. This is how many squares are in a lineal inch. Â (Needlepoint is my least favorite of any of the needle arts.) It is usually done with yarn. Â Many new designers are using smaller mesh like 18 (squares per inch) and using floss for a different look. Â I like the smoother look as it is not as bulky.
7. Petit (Petite) Point – Petit Point and Needlepoint are very similar in that they use canvas to stitch on and the same format but they are very different. Â Petit point is just that…. you make tiny tiny stitches and usually stitch on single threads of Penelope Canvas or fine needlepoint canvas or Congress cloth which is 24 squares per inch. Â Many people use Petit point to describe very fine cross stitch but since you are not crossing the full cross the term is used incorrectly.
8.Â Plastic Canvas – Plastic canvas is basically needlepoint done on plastic mesh. Â You will see this used to make 3-d type items such as doll houses, magnets, photo frames etc. You cut out the designs after you have stitched and either attach to the edges to sew them together or finish off and cut the plastic so it i is not seen.
9.Â Smocking – I am covering smocking here because there are a lot of kits out there to make pillows with smocking. It is basically pleating and can be seen in the tops of dresses and on bonnets. There are two different types, English and Modern.
10.Â BrazilianÂ Embroidery – This is the one art I cannot tackle well. It is stunning and gorgeous but I don’t have the patience. Â It is mostly flowers done in silk or Rayon Threads.
NO COUNT CROSS STITCH is the design silk screened on aida or linen with openings to do stitching to embellish the design. Â This is different from Stamped Cross stitch where on stamped you have the design on the plain fabric in little blue squares and you stitch those squares.
There are other forms of needlework that include drawn thread, schwalm, blackwork etc but the above types are what you are going to see the most of in kits when you are shopping.