Friday, July 29, 2016

eBay HTML Changes Coming in 2017 - My Real Karma is eBay Approved!

In the 2016 eBay Seller Update, eBay announced that the rules for HTML in the listing description will change. The official word from eBay is as follows:

Remove active content for peak performance

The use of active content in listings, including JavaScript, Flash, plug-ins and form actions inhibits purchases on mobile devices and can lead to abuse in the marketplace. Beginning with the Spring 2017 Seller Update, eBay will limit the use of active content in all new listings across all devices and it will not be rendered by default. By the Fall Seller Update 2017, we plan to remove or block listings with active content. We encourage you to limit your use of active content now. We will provide more information later this year about which functionality will be limited and provide the specific timing in early 2017 We are also working closely with our third-party partners in cases where they use active content on your item descriptions or stores. (Read eBay's update here.)

I have personally spoken with Alex, the CEO of My Real Karma and he and is developers are on board with this upcoming change and are already addressing it. As a approved third-party partner, My Real Karma code on eBay listings WILL NOT have any adverse affects on your listings appearing i search. Your listings WILL NOT BE BLOCKED.

If you aren't using My Real Karma yet, check it out here. 

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact Alex for more info.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

eBay Seller's Vintage Item Appraised on Antiques Roadshow

Fellow eBay seller Rachel who lives in Fort Worth, Texas was lucky enough to attend the Antiques Roadshow last week. She brought one of her thrift flip finds, a vintage Missoni top. She has had some trouble researching it. She said that the textiles appraiser was so kind and excited. He gave Rachel a lot of information including that the top was classic 70's and showed her how to tell from the cut of the garment as well as how to store her Missoni collection.

He mentioned never to store knits on hangers, always roll them. He also said that the tag condition rarely affects the value of the piece. The appraiser told Rachel that she had "an exceptional piece of fashion history" and appraised it at $200.

When he asked Rachel how much she paid for it, she told him $2.50 and he said, "You did good, kid!"

Rachel said the show was such a great experience and validating. The Missoni top won't be on the show but other people brought some really cool things and she had a lot of fun.

Thanks so much for sharing, Rachel!

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Friday, July 15, 2016

eBay Seller Facebook Group Reaches 22,000 Global Members - Largest on Facebook!

All I can say is, "wow!" If you had told me back in 2008 when I started the Facebook group "Stay at Home Moms Selling on eBay" that 8 years later membership would reach 22,000 members worldwide, I would not have believed it. But here we are, 22,000 strong and still growing every day.

As I look at this milestone with great pride, I first have to thank from the bottom of my hear our 9 moderators who give of their time to help keep the group professional, on track, and drama-free. This group could not have grown to this size without the daily dedication of these sellers. The moderators are in all time zones across the USA, and Andrea, the 'night watchman" is in Australia. A shout out and big thank you to the dedicated moderators!

Amy - Benton Ridge, OH
Andrea - Victoria, Australia
David - St. Louis, MO
Jenn - Turnersville, NJ
Linda - Tucson, AZ
Lisa - Portland, OR
Melanie - Atlanta, GA
Rochelle - Urbana, IL
Robert - Tacoma, WA

A heartfelt thank you to all the members who make the group great by sharing their finds, advice, and helping other members with questions, problems, and all kinds of eBay situations. It is your giving spirit, cooperation, and professional demeanor that keeps our eBay community running smoothly so that we can be the not only the biggest but the best free resource for eBay sellers worldwide. You all have helped keep the group stay focused, spam-free, educational, and professional. Bravo!

If you are not a member of the group, come join us here! A few things we have to offer:

A huge resource file with hundreds of sites for identification, education, and authenticating items you want to sell on eBay.

Weekly thread called Money Making Mondays where sellers post their sales - including where they found the item, how much they paid for it, and how much it sold for. This is the proof that eBay works. There are 195 of these weekly threads going back to 2012 with over 20,000 posts so sellers can learn from one another.

Member's Store Directory where sellers can post their store names so that we can support each other in our eBay efforts.

Consignment Resources - a standard consignment agreement and tip sheet for those who want to venture into consignment selling.

Connect with other sellers both virtually and in person. Running a home business can be isolating. You can find other sellers who understand what your day is like. You may even find other sellers in your community that you can connect with locally.

I take great pride in this Facebook group and how we have evolved over the years into a resource to help sellers learn and grow in their businesses. We have built an amazing community of diverse eBay sellers that reaches all around the globe. Thanks to all of you for your contributions! See you on Facebook!

Make sure to check out my other social media and free resources:

YouTube (14k subscribers, 121 videos, 100k+ minutes of watch time a month)

Pinterest (5k followers, 4k pins, learn those clothing labels!)

Twitter (12k followers, 24k tweets) articles 

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Trust Yourselves eBay Sellers!

Hey eBay Sellers!

I wanted to share a recent eBay experience with you to help you build your confidence when doing research and pricing items. My advice is to do your research, understand the value of your item, and don't let buyers make you second guess your pricing. Here is an example. I received this offer immediately after listing this Misook twinset. 

The customer making $60 the offer said,

"This is a pretty color but the tag reflects these items have been washed quite a bit. I wear Misook a lot and mine look the same after frequently washed. I recently purchased a jacket from NM (Neiman Marcus) for $120. The price for preowned is high."

I have done my research and know that this item is priced correctly. Twinsets sell for over $300 retail. this is a vibrant ant popular color. The item is in great condition. I countered with $125 and the customer declined. No problem, I thought. The right buyer will come along.

And sure enough, 2 weeks later, the right buyer did come along. I sold the item for full price on July 1:

I bought this item for $2 at a thrift store, so my profit after fees and inventory cost was $128.19. Not bad! The teachable moment here is to have faith in your initial research, don't let buyers intimidate you into taking a much lower price, and trust that the right buyer will come along in time. Part of being a successful eBay seller is learning to wait for the right buyer.

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