Video: Holiday Sourcing Tips from Thrifting with the Boys

October 9th, 2012 Comments off

If you sell on eBay, then you will not want to miss this great video on how to source products at thrift stores. Jason Smith and Bryan Goodman of “Thrifting with the Boys” share tips and tricks in this Spreecast on what products to look for and how to sell them on eBay.  This is a must-watch video for any eBay seller!


About ThriftingWithTheBoys.com:
Jason Smith and Bryan Goodman are Top Rated Sellers who have each been selling on eBay for over 10 years. Nearly all of the products they sell come from thrift stores. Known in the eBay community as “Thrifting with the Boys,” Bryan and Jason are regular guests on eBay Radio and recently presented at eBay on Location in Philadelphia.

About TopRatedSellerWebinars.com:
This video presentation was part of the TopRatedSellerWebinar series.  TopRatedSellerWebinars.com is a FREE monthly webinar series that provides educational information for eBay and e-commerce sellers.  The webinar series is underwritten by Stamps.com, PageMage, Outright, eBay Radio and Terapeak.

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Attention Batch Shippers – ACTION REQUIRED!!!

July 25th, 2012 1 comment

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Attention Stamps.com Batch Shippers – ACTION REQUIRED!!!
Due to a Stamps.com technology upgrade, you MUST reauthorize your connection settings in order to continue importing orders from eBay, Amazon and PayPal. This process should only take a few minutes for each marketplace.
This upgrade to the Batch program is REQUIRED to receive many new feature enhancements such as quicker order imports and faster post-back of package tracking info.
Please go to http://www.stamps.com/BATCH for instructions and more info on the reauthorizing process!
We apologize for any inconvenience this upgrade may cause you.

Attention Stamps.com Batch Shippers – ACTION REQUIRED!!!

Due to a Stamps.com technology upgrade, you MUST reauthorize your connection settings in order to continue importing orders from eBay, Amazon and PayPal. This process should only take a few minutes for each marketplace.

This upgrade to the Batch program is REQUIRED to receive many new feature enhancements such as faster order imports and quicker post-back of package tracking info.

Please go to http://www.stamps.com/BATCH for instructions and more info on the reauthorizing process!

We apologize for any inconvenience this upgrade may cause you.

Click Here to get more info on how to reauthorize your batch connections for Amazon, PayPal and eBay.

Grow Your eBay Business with a SWOT Analysis

June 29th, 2012 Comments off
The most common complaint I hear from ecommerce sellers is that they don’t have enough time. But really the bigger issue is how you use that time. Have you ever felt like a robot? You churn through your list of tasks – photographing and researching and describing and listing and shipping and responding and…repeat. Too often we don’t take time to really take a step back and evaluate our eBay business.
To help you deal with this challenge, you can use a simple exercise. It’s called SWOT. No, it’s not a new police show (there are enough already!) It’s an evaluation of your Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats.
Shot Term Pain = Long Term Gain
Take the time you’d be putting towards selling and focus on SWOT. Ultimately the investment in time here should pay off in a more successful business. Okay, so how do you do it? Hide yourself away from your kids and your cell phone (you can do without Cut the Rope on your smartphone for an hour or two can’t you?). Get some paper and start writing.
Strengths – Looking inside your business, what helps you do well? Do you have good product sourcing? Perhaps you’re an expert in a particular category? Maybe you create great looking listings? For those eBay sellers, do you use a nice eBay selling template for all of your listings? eBay listings that look professional will make you more credible in the eyes of prospective buyers.
Weaknesses – Don’t worry if you have more weaknesses than strengths, it just means you have a great chance to improve! Maybe you are bad at time management? You don’t have a strong knowledge of keywords or Best Match? Have you taken the plunge into social media?
Opportunities – Look outside your business. Have you wanted to find a new product category to specialize in? Do you have expertise that you could use to create a presence in social media? Or perhaps expand to new marketplaces?
Threats – Today or in the future. Is there a competitor who’s undercutting your pricing or growing faster than you? Are you a small seller without back up to run the business if you’re unable for some period?
Time to Prioritize
You probably have a big list by now. The next part of the process means choosing the most valuable items. Maybe a strength that you want to exploit. Or a weakness you need to finally eliminate. Or an opportunity you’ve had in the back of your mind for a long time but have never taken the plunge. Pick one or two that will have the biggest impact on your business.
The Tough Part – DO IT!
Break the one or two items into small tasks with dates. Now it’s Nike time – Just Do It! After you’re done, evaluate the results. Now pick one or two more and do it again.
Take the time to go through the SWOT process with your eBay business. To help, there’s a free SWOT guide in our eBay seller resources section. It has a lot more examples in each area and more tips on being successful. It’s free so check it out!
Chris Taylor is VP of Marketing at Page Mage. Page Mage, a recipient of eBay’s 2011 Ecosystem Champion Award, offers Billboards, a “Top 10 Most Popular” application for free custom eBay listing templates for eBay sellers looking to stand out from the competition.

The most common complaint I hear from ecommerce sellers is that they don’t have enough time. blog_SWOT-AnalysisBut really the bigger issue is how you use that time. Have you ever felt like a robot? You churn through your list of tasks – photographing and researching and describing and listing and shipping and responding and…repeat. Too often we don’t take time to really take a step back and evaluate our eBay business.

To help you deal with this challenge, you can use a simple exercise. It’s called SWOT. No, it’s not a new police show (there are enough already!) It’s an evaluation of your Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats.

Short Term Pain = Long Term Gain

Take the time you’d be putting towards selling and focus on SWOT. Ultimately the investment in time here should pay off in a more successful business. Okay, so how do you do it? Hide yourself away from your kids and your cell phone. Get some paper and start writing.

Strengths – Looking inside your business, what helps you do well? Do you have good product sourcing? Perhaps you’re an expert in a particular category? Maybe you create great looking listings? For those eBay sellers, do you use a nice eBay selling template for all of your listings? eBay listings that look professional will make you more credible in the eyes of prospective buyers.

Weaknesses – Don’t worry if you have more weaknesses than strengths, it just means you have a great chance to improve! Maybe you are bad at time management? You don’t have a strong knowledge of keywords or Best Match? Have you taken the plunge into social media?

Opportunities – Look outside your business. Have you wanted to find a new product category to specialize in? Do you have expertise that you could use to create a presence in social media? Or perhaps expand to new marketplaces?

Threats – Today or in the future. Is there a competitor who’s undercutting your pricing or growing faster than you? Are you a small seller without back up to run the business if you’re unable for some period?

Time to Prioritize

You probably have a big list by now. The next part of the process means choosing the most valuable items. Maybe a strength that you want to exploit. Or a weakness you need to finally eliminate. Or an opportunity you’ve had in the back of your mind for a long time but have never taken the plunge. Pick one or two that will have the biggest impact on your business.

The Tough Part – DO IT!

Break the one or two items into small tasks with dates. Now it’s Nike time – Just Do It! After you’re done, evaluate the results. Now pick one or two more and do it again.

Take the time to go through the SWOT process with your eBay business. To help, there’s a free SWOT guide in our eBay seller resources section. It has a lot more examples in each area and more tips on being successful. It’s free so check it out!

pagemage_billboards-smallAbout the Writer: Chris Taylor is VP of Marketing at Page Mage. Page Mage, a recipient of eBay’s 2011 Ecosystem Champion Award, offers Billboards, a “Top 10 Most Popular” application for free custom eBay listing templates for eBay sellers looking to stand out from the competition.

Free Webinar – Branding Your eBay Business

June 27th, 2012 Comments off
Free Webinar – Branding Your eBay Business
The e-commerce competition is fiercer than ever. You are competing against millions of other sellers, not just in the eBay Marketplace but across the Internet. You are not just a product provider but a service provider too. Do you stand out? Look credible? Will buyers remember you? Will they recommend you to others?
Learn the basics of branding and tips on how to improve your brand.  In this webinar you’ll learn:
– What is a brand?
– Why is it important?
– How do you evaluate your brand?
– How do you improve your brand?
And you’ll receive a checklist to help you take action and start improving your brand immediately.
Presented by Chris Taylor, VP of Marketing for Page Mage and winner of eBay’s 2011 Ecosystem Champion award. Chris was on the board of directors for the American Marketing Association (Silicon Valley Branch), and has been in marketing for over 20 years. He’ll be joined by Kat Simpson, eBay Education Specialist with That Kat Consulting. Kat has been an e-commerce merchant for over 10 years, maintaining stores on eBay, Addoway, Bonanza, Buy.com and iOffer. Kat is also hostess of the popular e-commerce podcast, FBA Radio.
Participants will also be able to ask questions throughout the presentation. The webinar is for eBay sellers of all sizes and levels. Everyone who registers will get a link to the webinar recording after it’s complete. So sign up whether you can participate live or not.
When: Thursday, June 28, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. PT / 2:00 p.m. ET (Registrants will receive a link to the webinar recording afterwards.)
Where: Register at https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/473452358 (You do NOT have to be a Top-rated seller to participate.)
TopRatedSellerWebinars.com is a FREE monthly webinar series that provides educational information for eBay and e-commerce sellers.  The webinar series is underwritten by Stamps.com, PageMage, Outright, eBay Radio and Terapeak.
Make your eBay Business Stand Out - Brand Your Store!

Make your eBay Business Stand Out - Learn how to brand your eBay store at this free webinar!

The e-commerce competition is fiercer than ever. You are competing against millions of other sellers, not just in the eBay Marketplace but across the Internet. You are not just a product provider but a service provider too. Do you stand out? Look credible? Will buyers remember you? Will they recommend you to others?

Learn the basics of branding and tips on how to improve your brand.  In this webinar you’ll learn:

  • What is a brand?
  • Why is it important?
  • How do you evaluate your brand?
  • How do you improve your brand?

And you’ll receive a checklist to help you take action and start improving your brand immediately.

When: Thursday, June 28, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. PT / 2:00 p.m. ET

Where: Register for FREE at https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/473452358

Presented by Chris Taylor, VP of Marketing for Page Mage and winner of eBay’s 2011 Ecosystem Champion award. Chris was on the board of directors for the American Marketing Association (Silicon Valley Branch), and has been in marketing for over 20 years. He’ll be joined by Kat Simpson, eBay Education Specialist with That Kat Consulting. Kat has been an e-commerce merchant for over 10 years, maintaining stores on eBay, Addoway, Bonanza, Buy.com and iOffer. Kat is also hostess of the popular e-commerce podcast, FBA Radio.

Participants will also be able to ask questions throughout the presentation. The webinar is for eBay sellers of all sizes and levels. Everyone who registers will get a link to the webinar recording after it’s complete. So sign up whether you can participate live or not.

TopRatedSellerWebinars.com is a FREE monthly webinar series that provides educational information for eBay and e-commerce sellers.  The webinar series is underwritten by Stamps.com, PageMage, Outright, eBay Radio and Terapeak.

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Going Social: 5 Easy Steps to Build Your Ecommerce Social Media Program

May 15th, 2012 Comments off
Are you ready to start a social media program for your business? Or have you started using social media but you are not satisfied with the results? Social media provides tools that can transform your small business but what is the secret? In this power packed webinar, you will learn:
-How to harness the power of social media to achieve your business goals
-The building blocks of a successful social media program for any size business
-How social media is different from traditional marketing
-Guidelines for choosing the best social media sites for your business
-Where to find hidden conversations about your business or products online
-Why you need a social media management plan and what goes into it
-How to measure your social media success in meaningful ways
Presented by John Lawson, an ecommerce business CEO, keynote speaker, award-winning social media strategist, and an American Express “Featured Business.” With over 51,000 followers on Twitter, more than 250,000 views of his videos on YouTube and more than 10,000 monthly visitors to his website, John knows social media.

Going-Social-LogoFree Webinar – How to Create a Social Media Program

Are you ready to start a social media program for your business? Or have you started using social media but you are not satisfied with the results? Social media provides tools that can transform your small business but what is the secret? In this power packed webinar, you will learn:

  • How to harness the power of social media to achieve your business goals
  • The building blocks of a successful social media program for any size business
  • How social media is different from traditional marketing
  • Guidelines for choosing the best social media sites for your business
  • Where to find hidden conversations about your business or products online
  • Why you need a social media management plan and what goes into it
  • How to measure your social media success in meaningful ways

When:  Thursday, May 17 –  5:00 p.m. PT / 8:00 p.m. ET

Where:  Register for free at https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/343331942

Presented by John Lawson, an ecommerce business CEO, keynote speaker, award-winning social media strategist, and an American Express “Featured Business.” With over 51,000 followers on Twitter, more than 250,000 views of his videos on YouTube and more than 10,000 monthly visitors to his website, John knows social media.

TopRatedSellerWebinars.com is a FREE monthly webinar series that provides educational information for eBay and e-commerce sellers.  The webinar series is underwritten by Stamps.com, PageMage, Outright, eBay Radio and Terapeak.

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