When our listeners were asked to select which computer device(s) they use for selling, personal computers (PCs) and mobile devices ranked at 78% and 63% respectively.
We were delighted to learn that so many eBay sellers are using smartphones and tablets to help manage their business. The number of US smartphone users who use either their mobile browser or a dedicated app to visit a retail site totaled 89.5 million in July 2012. That—s about four out of every five smartphone owners in our country. This surge in mobile commerce, a field which did not even exist a few years ago, is simply staggering.
Even if you still list via your desktop computer or laptop, you owe it to yourself and your business to know how your eBay listings look on a smartphone or tablet and be sure you are optimizing them for mobile.
— Jean-Charles Compagnon, KiOui: Apps to Help You Sell with Ease
— Ryan Emge, Social Media Program Manager: eBay Motors and eBay Electronics
— Clark Hale, Founder and Vice-President of Monsoon: 2012 Growth and 2013 Opportunities
— Marsha Collier, Author of the For Dummies series on eBay and Social Media Commerce: Social Media Commerce for the New Year
— Jon “The Bug Hunter” Bach, Quality Engineering Director for Live Site Quality, eBay: Hunting for Bugs
86% of our survey respondents have reached Top-Rated Seller status.
13% are certified eBay Education Specialists, 2% are Trading Assistants.
46% have written goals regarding their business bottom line.
— Janelle Elms, Visionaire of OSI Rock Stars: Choosing Success in 2013
— Ginger Leishman, eBay Mobile Marketing Manager: Take the Guesswork out of Selling with Mobile
— John Lawson, Platinum PowerSeller 3rdpoweroutlet and CEO of ColderICE: What to Expect in eCommerce in 2013
— Debbie Levitt, CEO of As Was, Certified eBay Stores Designer: New Year’s Tips for eBay Selling
— CJ Jacinto, Top-Rated Seller xoxmas, Certified eBay Education Specialist, and eBay Trading Assistant: Top-Rated Tips for 2013
— Danni Ackerman of Udderly Good Stuff and Kat Simpson of Kat’s Boutique: The Ultimate Guide to Savings By Store
— Jeff King, Head of Strategy, Partnerships, X.commerce: Magento
— Chef Andre Carthen and Nicholas Walker, Design Ambassadors at Kathy Ireland Worldwide: eBay Giving Works and AuctionCause – Lunch with Kathy Ireland and a Day at Disneyland
— Cliff Ennico, Attorney and Small Business Expert: Year-End Tax Planning for eBay Sellers and the Fiscal Cliff
— Lisa Suttora, Founder/CEO of WhatDoISell.com: Sourcing Wholesale Products at Trade Shows
— Rich Matsuura, Director, eBay Seller Protection Team: Seller Protection Workshop
— Eric Gazin, President, Auction Cause: Charity Auctions on eBay
— Claudia Lombana, PayPal Shopping Specialist: Holiday Shopping with PayPalMobile
— Dean Jutilla, Senior Director of Marketing Communications, uShip: Shipping Wars, eBay, and uShip
— Howard Rosenberg, CEO, B-Stock Solutions: The B-Stock Sourcing Network
Asked to select all that apply, our listeners tell us they source their products by:
76% – Garage, Yard and/or Estate Sales
80% – Thrifting
12% – Dropshipping
22% – Liquidations
47% – Wholesale Sources
33% – Auctions
24% – Consignments
24% – Other
— Adrienne Rasmussen, Product Manager: eBay Student Entrepreneur Program
— Kevin Considine, Sr. Manager, Dealer Operations, eBay Motors: LA Auto Show and Social Media
— Ginger Leishman, Marketing Manager, eBay Mobile: Mobile Holiday Promotions
— Carmie Docton, Top-Rated Seller gamaof5sofar: Product Sourcing for the New Year
— Lynn Dralle, the Queen of Auctions: Holiday Shipping Tips