New listener Mary, Plymouth NH (cookies collectibles), asked how to get started as an eBay seller. David, Delray Beach FL (tenorsax47), is concerned about his on-time shipping metric and had his listing dished. First-time caller Dale, Orlando FL (jackrabbit-red), called to ask about eBay events in his area and was referred to the eBay Radio Seller Groups Directory.
First-time caller Dale, Orlando FL (jackrabbit-red), was held over from the previous segment with his question about eBay seller events. Lorianne, San Jose CA (clbcollectables), won a $25 gift certificate for shipping supplies from Bubblefast (http://www.bubblefast.com) for answering Lee’s eBay question.
Greg Ross-Smith (eBay Senior Product Marketing Manager, Delivery Experience) popped in to discuss eBay’s new Guaranteed Delivery program (http://www.ebay.com/guaranteeddelivery).
Griff and Lee welcomed a brand-new sellers group, the Hershey eBay Meetup in Hershey, PA, to the eBay Radio Seller Groups Directory. Lorianne, San Jose CA (clbcollectables), answered Lee’s trivia question and won a $25 gift certificate for shipping supplies from Bubblefast (http://www.bubblefast.com). She also asked why eBay was limiting her daily My Messages quota.
Bev, Chicago IL (videotown), called in with a suggestion for Ellen. Cindy, San Diego CA (pattycyn), answered Griff’s trivia question and won a $25 gift certificate for shipping supplies from Bubblefast (http://www.bubblefast.com). She also had a shipping tip.
Griff and Lee read current events from the eBay Radio Seller Events Calendar, located under Seller Resources in the eBay Radio archives. To submit your sellers group meetup or other event, click on “Submit a Seller Event” in the upper right-hand corner of any archives page.
Why you should attend a seller meetup! Our guest is Debbie Wieder, known on eBay as Top Rated Seller thebookkiosk.
Should you start an eBay sellers meetup group? Our guest is Stephanie Inge, known on eBay as stephintexas; an Education Specialist Trained by eBay, founder of the first-ever sellers group, Dallas eBaybes & eMales; and author of the Meetup Organizer’s Step by Step Success Guide.
How to start a seller meetup group! Our guest is Louise Sanchez, known on eBay as Top Rated Seller herbscraftsgifts and organizer of both the Colorado Springs eBay & Ecommerce Online Sellers Group and the Albuquerque eBay & Online Sellers Meetup.
Meetups and Blabs – networking for eBay sellers! Our guest is Melissa Paz, known on eBay as lazybreezedeals.
Griff announced eBay’s 2-day We Are Twenty seller event, September 10-11 in San Jose, CA, celebrating eBay’s 20th anniversary; seating is limited, so for details and to register, go to http://www.ebay.com/weare20 ASAP. Lee welcomed a brand-new seller meetup group, the Cape Coral, Florida, eBay Etsy Amazon Online Sellers. Founded by Cheryl Schaaf, they have 18 members so far, and they’re having their second meetup on July 27th.
Debbie, Vacaville CA (thebookkiosk) called in from the road to say she’s going to the San Jose event; she urged everyone to join her. Patty, Miami FL (theshoppingmom2), called in to say that she’s going, too. She also shared a story about an unbelievable find at a Goodwill outlet.
Lots of research is done on the isolation encountered by at-home business owners. Women in particular miss camaraderie with co-workers. Extroverts can suffer more than most from lack of people with whom to interact. You may feel you have no one with whome to share your problems. Even when you go to lunch with old work friends who talk about their boss, they can’t truly relate to your entrepreneurial challenges. So what to do? Join or start a local eBay sellers group. Go to ecommerce conferences (such as the eBay Radio Party & Conference) to meet and mingle with others in the same situation. Attend seminars and webinars to hear feedback from others who are in the same boat. Remember, online groups are great — but they don’t take the place of face-to-face interaction.