Monday, June 13, 2011

Can eBay Bring Back the Fun?

Sometimes it seems Skip McGrath can read my mind because he writes about what I've been thinking. A recent piece in his June newsletter (at hits the nail on the head about how eBay just isn't as fun as it used to be.

Probably the tipping point came when they made the change that sellers could no longer leave feedback for buyers the same way buyers could for sellers. And yet I know they were trying to address the "tit for tat" reciprocal bad feedback problem they had on their hands with some transactions. But still.

Then the big eBay Live conferences, which used to be such a fun annual gathering, each time in a different city and part of the country, went bye-bye in favor of smaller, local klatsches.

Meantime, selling rules multiplied and selling just seems a lot harder and more complicated than it used to be. Is this absolutely necessary to keep the platform alive, or just making things too difficult for the average Joe to attempt? Or is eBay trying to get rid of the average Joes in favor of professional sellers, be they small or large businesses?

So what suggestions do I have? I don't know, but I do plan to think about it. They say you should not make a criticism unless you have a plan of your own. I think one start would be to bring back the eBay Live conferences, but that may be just me. Is there something else they can do to bring back a sense of fun? Maybe highlighting one seller a day on the main page? Or what about a random prize for any buyer or seller on a given day? And what happened to that feature where we were going to be able to create avatars for ourselves, kind of like Wii "Mii" characters?

I don't know. I'll think about it. Meantime, take a look at Skip's piece; it makes a lot of good points.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

10 Easy-to-Find Items to Resell Online

 One of my Yard Salers ( newsletter subscribers, Amy, has written a great new ebook about ten things you can resell online that are easy to find. It always amazes me how many niches there are out there in the selling world.

One of the things on Amy's list I have probably passed by many times, not realizing their reselling potential. In fact, I noticed two of these things at an estate sale on Friday, which before reading the ebook, I would have walked right by.

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Friday, June 10, 2011

Golf Shirt Brands that Sell the Best

Friday, June 10, 2011

Golf Shirt Brands that Sell the Best

I have been selling lots of golf shirts on eBay since reading the great little ebook by fellow seller Suzanne Wells, aka the eBay Selling Coach. (You can get your copy here - it's a great investment for little up-front cost, imo!)

So I wanted to share what I've learned so far as to which brands sell the best. At least, in my experience.

#1 Fairway and Greene

For whatever reason, this brand sells like...well, hotcakes. And other cliches. For some other unknown reason, I kept finding pristine shirts of this brand, many still with tags, at my local thrift store. They sold early and often.

The ones I've found have been in the synthetic "moisture-wicking" fabric. People seem to love it, and it looks nice and light. Here's an example of one I sold a little while ago:

#2 Bobby Jones

This brand has the little old-fashioned golfer guy on the placket.  It tends to come in fun bright colors. Personally they are some of my favorite shirts. Here is a recent sale:

#3 would be Greg Norman. His shirts have the little shark logo on one sleeve.

After that, I have done best with anything with an alcohol brand on the chest or sleeve. What can I say, beer and booze emblems sell!

Also good have been Izod, Tommy Hilfiger, and Grand Slam. I would like to find some Pings, but no dice.

And the holy grail green Masters Augusta National shirt? I found only one so far. But one can dream. (It looked like it had seen some hard livin', but it still sold, as Suzanne said it would).

Happy golf (shirt)-ing!