In my attempt to be consistent I am posting another blog post. I am still not sure how often I will post. I guess I should make a commitment to post a certain number of times. However, my record with personal commitments in the past is not the best. I would rather just post as often as I can to see how consistent I can be. Today I decided to write about my eBay experiences and overall effort deployed towards my goals.
Based on advice I received, I was told that eBay would be a great platform to resell items that no longer brings me value. So far my experience with eBay is that smaller ticket items really do not get much attention. People are constantly attempting to scam the bigger ticket items with fake accounts. The bigger ticket items are really worth the time because I can make more money from them. But I have been wondering are the smaller ticket items worth the trouble. I have heard that selling on eBay is a science to get listings seen and to make them attractive to other buyers. However sliding into the second subject that I wanted to talk about, and that is effort.
I am aware and I believe that anything can be beneficial with the right amount of effort. It’s not difficult to post and repost items on eBay. Be that as it may I am coming to the realization that I am not using the most effort possible. Weather it is laziness or lack of interest I am not sure. But one thing is certain I have not sold anything on there yet. I feel like it is because of a lack of trying consistently. But the question is why not?? I certainly have every reason to try.
Now I am deciding if I will continue down that path of selling items on eBay. What I do enjoy doing is writing for my blog. I have consistently worked on my blog more than anything else. The advice I have received is that we/I should do what come easy and to continue to work to perfect that.
The challenge that I am facing is laziness, to be honest. At least that is what I feel my challenge is. Others around me say that I am too hard on myself. But we have to listen to how we feel.
Since starting this post I have sold two items on eBay and I am in the process of selling a third. I have definitely learned lessons, which I will share briefly.
Smaller items are starting to sell, but I have completely under cut myself on shipping. The cost to mail an item is more expensive than I thought. What I am considering doing is including the cost of shipping in the item cost and not charging for shipping. Or I may just up my fee for shipping, whichever is more appealing to the buyer. I will try both and let you all know what works. Since items are starting to sell I am motivated to continue selling.
I also recently started thinking that even though smaller items don’t yield as much profit. It is still profit and at this point in my life any additional money is good. I believe what was causing my delay in posting things to eBay was that I was trying to post multiple items at once which was tedious or at least felt tedious. By posting a few items at a time it lessened my eBay fatigue.
Fake accounts are still attempting to scam my bigger ticket items. I just cancel the order and relist it right away. No biggie. I almost said fuck eBay altogether because when I was done loading all my items a few minutes later I received an email saying my account had been temporarily disabled. At that point I went to fix a drink before calling customer support. The lesson learned there is that I should be really careful about posting counterfeit items. I did not know that the items were counterfeit when I purchased them but after doing a little research I know know what to look for at least with Gucci Shoes to check authenticity.
I decided to cut my loss on those items and to repost the remaining items after speaking with customer support. The great news is I made the money back that I spent on the shoes from other items that sold. The items that sold was things that was laying around the house.
My effort has definitely increased. I am not sure where the increase in motivation came from but I am certainly happy to have it. For me my effort in directly tied to how motivated I am feeling. I don’t know if I am on the right path for the destination I am striving to reach but I am taking steps. Until next time, take control of what you can.