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Monday, September 19, 2011


I feel like I am already there.

I have been listing like mad over on ebay.
(Mad...crazy.....I see a trend here)
I need a kitty hug...

Things I think that will sell well......they sit there and no one looks at them.
The things I list because I think they are interesting.......they sit there.
The things I think are so-so......they sit there.

Explain this to me please. How can an item.....any item. Sit in ebay for 10 days and not have anyone, not a single soul look at it? It seems impossible yet I have had 5 or 6 items do just that. Then all of a sudden I get views and three of these items sell within minutes of each other. Two to the same person and one to another. Within minutes of each other!!

That tells me two things.  Don't watch what you have listed. Don't take it for granted it will sell. Don't count your chickens before they hatch. (That is three but math has always been a challenge for me.)

Over on EBU a discussion about how ebay has rolling blackouts is very interesting. I understand that ebay has lots of things online at any given time. But if everyone's stuff is not going to be available for viewing at any given time I think ebay should discuss this with us. With their extremely high fees(12-15%) for selling I feel ripped off if my items aren't the "things" that ebay wants to sell. Certain categories just seem to get left out because ebay is trying to promote what they feel will sell.  Someone has commented that ebay is trying to get to the point of everything new and not resold stuff. I don't see how they can do that, but.....

I guess I'm just frustrated that last week was a long, hard week.
No luck job hunting.
No yard sales or thrift trips.
No luck selling on ebay.
My sweet brother in law passed away.

I just want to find a cave and close the door for a while.
I can't wait to get back to normal (what ever that is)


  1. I'm with you, what would be the point of E-Bay going to all new? I can go to a store for that! Totally changing what your initial business plan was sounds like disaster to me....ever heard of Netflix (sarcasm) those changes they made have forced them to change their name for a portion of their sales....What do you think of Bonanza? I'm wondering how many people know about it, the cost sounds better for sellers.

  2. I don't think ebay can get by with just new stuff. Don't bite the hand that feeds you....
    I have been on Bonanza for a couple of months and I have sold 2 things. I wish Bonanza were more aggressive with promotion. The cost is about half of ebay with no listing fee.They advise the sellers to tweet and facebook. I don't tweet and I don't have time to do facebook all day.