In a recent eBay for Business post, Audrey Tracy says if you’re planning a trip, remember that you can turn it into a buying opportunity. She’s collected some tips from sellers who have been there, done that.
First, put your store on vacation mode for the time you’ll be gone. Then scout your location. Do some online research to understand what sort of suppliers, stores or merchandise might be available.
For more tips on turning your next trip into a product sourcing adventure, read the whole story here: http://community.ebay.com/t5/eBay-for-Business/Want-to-get-away-and-source-too/ba-p/26895342.
Open phones, Contact Us email and more: eBetsy called in from Dallas, TX, with her latest Brief. Lorianne, San Jose CA (clbcollectibles), is having trouble with a USPS insurance claim. First-time caller Linda, Phoenix AZ (icepurple), wonders if she needs an eBay store.
Julie, Las Vegas NV (juliesgems), got some bad advice about vacation hold. Krista, Apple Valley CA (lilmissdisney), has an eBay challenge. Susan, Las Vegas NV (susansales), answered Lee’s eBay trivia question and won some eBay-branded holiday shipping supplies.
Griff and Lee discussed the SHINE Awards Small Business of the Year Contest category finalists (http://www.ebay.com/shineawards) and upcoming eBay OPEN 2016 Seller Celebration, July 26-29 at The Venetian Las Vegas (http://www.ebayopen2016). Tom, Pittsburgh PA (blackandgoldgifts), asked about Disney Black Diamond VHS tapes. Summer, Loxahatchee FL (findersltd), requested a listing dish.
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.
The old vs the new Sell Your Item (SYI) form was explained. Tim, Fort Wayne IN (globalmartplus) asked about running a 2-tiered promotion. Edward, Corning NY (eds-e-threads), asked about the consequences of shipping without tracking using stamps. Griff explained the options for putting your store on vacation.
Joel, Valley Stream NB (apantiq), asked about the effect of a store vacation hold on his auction listings. Griff and Lee read a list of 9 kinds of very valuable VHS tapes.
Then the dynamic duo 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.
Griff told us about his experience with the Seller Hub beta. The new Seller Hub will be the subject of an eBay webinar — including time for live Q&A — on Tuesday, October 13, and Tuesday, October 20, from 2pm-3pm PT; spaces are limited, so sign up now at http://www.ebay.com/webinars. First-time caller Vic, Louisville KY (pianoworshipman), had an international buyer ask him to mark their package as a gift on the customs form.
John, Southbridge MA (investincollectibles), asked if the Global Shipping Program (GSP) allows for combined shipping. Ed, Hernando FL (lil_bit_of_texas), wants to know how putting their store on vacation will impact their Top-Rated Seller status. Lee told us what happens when you click on the bats at the top of any eBay page.
Lee reminded us to join eBay Main Street (http://www.eBayMainStreet.com). Julie, Chicago IL (magyar5615), called in with a home remedy for Griff’s cold and a tip about using eBay gift cards (http://www.ebay.com/giftcards) for fundraiser donations. Sylvia, Montebello CA (redleader98), is getting ready to move to another state with all of her eBay inventory.
Griff and Lee discussed the upcoming eBay Radio Party & Conference, June 16, 17 and 18 at Bally’s Las Vegas. Register now at http://www.erVegas.com. Ruth, Easley SC (auctionruth) wants a faster way to find her My eBay notes. Chris, Grand Junction CO (seriousfun4u), called in to come to Lee’s defense. Judy, Salem IN (judybsa), isn’t seeing her eBay Store subscription on her invoice. Lil, DeLand FL (lillysloft), asked if putting her store on vacation hold was instantaneous. Lee announced that Jordan Sweetnam, eBay’s Vice President of Seller Experience, will be speaking at the eBay Radio Party & Conference.
Bonus open phones, Contact Us email and more: The previous segment’s guest, Certified eBay Education Specialist and Top-Rated Seller Nancy Nelson (bkittyvintage) stayed on with Griff and Lee to take calls. Susan, Allyn WA (islestyle), asked Nancy for some advice about putting her eBay store on vacation. Nisha, Pagoda NJ (picksbynisha), wondered about the benefits of being an eBay Education Specialist.
Open phones, Contact Us email and more: Joel Elad, known on eBay as Top-Rated Seller joel.elad, stayed on with Griff and Lee in the studio at Clear Channel. Wendell, Los Angeles CA (wildshrooms), has an issue with pictures disappearing from his listings. He also asked about the legality of adding text to photos. CJ, San Diego CA, needs help appealing a case. Joel, Lee and Griff discussed Joel’s strategy in converting his Fixed Price listings to auction format when he travels, rather than putting his store on vacation.