Listing on the Go the eBay Mobile Way Webinar 30 July 2014

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Listing on the Go the eBay Mobile Way Webinar 30 July 2014

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/


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eBay Mobile App is the Way to List

I have been singing the praises of the eBay mobile apps for years and tonight I set my 64 year old husband up on the IPad Mini (okay it was for me to get him to like it so I can justify getting a new one with retina and data for me) and he listed 10 items in a half an hour.  I am not joking.. 

He listed LIKE items so he didn’t have to change a lot of categories and such and he copied and pasted the title to the description. 

Bam… he is liking it and I see Stitchery XPress growing big time in 2014 with two of us listing now.  You can download the eBay app at the Itunes store.  

Thanks eBay mobile.

 

 


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Why I use eBay Mobile to Sell

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.  WRONG!!!!!  I use the eBay Mobile app for IPhone and IPad and list 100% on mobile.   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.  

eBay is promoting mobile because it is the future. (expert says it is to keep the shareholders happy).  Young adults, grandmas, mother’s on the go, business people  all use it.   Get on the train and let’s go. 

Why Optimize for Mobile?

Why Optimize for Mobile?

 

Getting your listings ready for mobile.

Getting your listings ready for mobile.

To get rid of some of the falsehoods by this expert.  

You can use HTML in mobile with no problem. 

You can use bullets in mobile with no problem. Why would you?  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.  


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eBay Mobile Hint to list faster on eBay

I have an Iphone, Ipad and Ipad Mini.   Can I just tell you how much I love the Iphone app for eBay to list, sell and do all my correspondence and daily business.   I am not as big a fan of the iPad app. It is missing a number of features that the Iphone app as such as quick photo taking etc. I like to list from my mini as is it is a bit bigger and easier to handle so what do I do when I want to use the IPhone instead?   I download the IPHONE app to My IPAD Mini.  There is nothing like voice to text to get a listing done in no time.    I just love eBay. 

Solved my issue and the mobile app is about perfect.

I love this new video about eBay Mobile and how to list

 


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eBay Radio Party in Las Vegas 2013

Cindy and Jason of Thrifting with the Boys.

Cindy and Jason of Thrifting with the Boys.

I had a great time at the eBay Radio Party as Bally’s last week.  A great talk by Thrifting with the Boys, Jason Smith and Bryan Goodman.  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.

 


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Why I sell on eBay!

Tonight I received a message from Crystal asking if I liked selling on eBay and being an eBay business owner.  This gave me a great chance to tell my story why I sell on eBay. 

My story in the needlework business started after I married my Marine Corps pilot husband. I was always doing counted cross stitch and the wives of the other officers would ask where I bought my supplies. I was getting them from my favorite store in Mississippi, where I had gone to college.  I decided to start ordering for the wives and Stitchery X-Press started in 1982.  Over the years we had a shop outside of Denver, Colorado and a store here in Layton, Utah.   We also had a mail order business before the internet was huge and I worked as a needlework buyer for a large chain of stores in New Jersey.  

In early 2001 I found out I was pregnant right before my 40th birthday. We had a 14 year old son Steven.  I had the needlework store and figured I could bring the baby to work with me daily.  It worked until he became a rambunctious toddler and ran for the door anytime a customer came in the store. 

We were notified our rent was going up. We had a lot of problems with shop lifting and bounced checks we couldn’t recover the money from.  I decided that I would try eBay since I was buying on the site.  Well…. Well… Well… I was selling more after 30 days on eBay than I had done the prior month in my store.  I talked to my husband about closing the store and moving the business home.  I have never looked back.  

My world of sales opened up.  I was selling all over the world instantly (if you do not sell internationally you are really missing some great opportunities).  I had amazing return customers and I wanted our customer service to be awesome so we would get those customers back.  We are approaching 25,000 feedback and I could not have done it without loving what I do.  I love cross stitch so it was only fitting to sell the inventory from my shop.  The customers wanted current patterns in addition to the out of print classics I had in stock.  I contacted my favorite wholesales and told them what I was doing. I let them know I was not marking down the prices. I was selling at full retail so that I did not compete against brick and mortar stores. I had some wholesalers and designers that were wonderful about it and other designers that had the attitude of “I don’t want my stuff sold on eBay, that is a garage sale”. Let’s just say. I don’t need those designers and I refuse to carry their designs.  

You have to sell a lot of patterns to make money after the eBay fees, the PayPal fees, etc and so I started adding threads, fabrics and other items.  

I also started searching for old kits that my customers were requesting.  Since most were out of print, I would resort to eBay, garage sales and thrift stores.  I found some but along the way I also found other items I knew I could flip and make money on.  I was worried about selling the items in my specialty needlework store and wondering what my customers would think when I added coffee cups, shirts, ornaments, rubber stamps, home school books, aviation collectibles, etc.  I realized that with store categories, it didn’t matter. My customers could go to the categories they wanted and shop.  

I branched out two years ago when I was given 1200 books from a church I had taught a selling class to stay at home moms.  The books fit Amazon but not so much eBay. I did the Amazon platform for two years and after much frustration, astronomical fees, Amazon being my biggest competitor and the policy that customers can return an item at anytime made me decide to leave Amazon. I am closing my merchant fulfilled account this month.  

Why eBay works for me!  

1 It is easy to list and to sell.  I use mobile to list all items and I can correspond with customers and answer emails from my phone.

2. Sellers complain about the fees.  Have you ever had a brick and mortar, utilities, employees etc?  The “rent” I pay eBay is a lot less than I would pay in those fees to a landlord. Plus, I am selling globally, not just to my local customers. 

3. I can have my own hours.   I get up in the morning and check all emails for questions and sales.  My post office closes at 5:30 everyday. My husband drops everything off. We have a policy that if you buy by 4 PM that day it will go out if we are in the shoppe. I can arrange my schedule around how many packages I have to ship to know how my day will go. 

4. We have turned this into a family based business with my husband helping when I travel (I speak at conferences a few times a year about selling and buying) and he has the shipping part down pretty good.  Thanks Stamp.com for that.  

5. I love the community of eBay and PayPal. I love meeting sellers, buyers, and employees at eBay on Locations and when I speak.  I love having friends on Facebook who are sellers and buyers and understand that aspect of my life. I feel like I am part of eBay and PayPal.  

Devin Wenig, Cindy Sorley, John Donohoe.

Devin Wenig, Cindy Sorley, John Donohoe.


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eBay Mobile Video w Drafts

I had the great opportunity to spend some time with Rolf Skyberg in Philly at EOL and am tickled he made this video explaining how you can start a listing on an Iphone, put it away, pick up your Ipad and continue and even work on your IMac or PC or laptop with the same draft. Great Video.. Thanks eBay Mobile. I love you guys.


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IPad Listing on eBay

I list almost 100%  of my listings either on my IPad4, IPad Mini or My IPhone.  I know Geek…  I want to tell you that the eBay Mobile team listens.  They are marvelous about getting back to users of the Apps with issues and answer questions quickly

I will be doing some videos in the future on listing with each app.  Stay tuned.

I have so many MINOR issues of wants that I request from the Mobile team but I really would like to have store Categories.

I would love to hear what your concerns are with eBay Mobile.


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