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Turn Your Next Trip Into a Buying Opportunity

15 May 2017 Blog

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.

  • Google Maps can give you a sense of location and distances between shopping stops, while the street view feature can give you a sense of the area where you’ll be shopping.
  • Check Craigslist or local websites to find antique shows and merchandise expos.
  • Check seller Facebook groups in that area for tips.
  • Use AuctionZip, FleaMarketZone and EstateSales to find local sales events by state or zip code.

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.

eBay Radio – Show 657 – Segment 6

04 Oct 2016 Broadcasts,eBayRadio

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.

Ask Griff & Lee – Show 427 – Segment 4

30 Jun 2016 AskGriffandLee,Broadcasts

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.

ASK GRIFF & LEE – SHOW 422 – SEGMENT 2

26 May 2016 AskGriffandLee,Broadcasts

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.

ASK GRIFF & LEE – SHOW 422 – SEGMENT 4

26 May 2016 AskGriffandLee,Broadcasts

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.

 

Ask Griff & Lee – Show 393 – Segment 1

08 Oct 2015 AskGriffandLee,Broadcasts

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.

Ask Griff & Lee – Show 387 – Segment 3

13 Aug 2015 AskGriffandLee,Broadcasts

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.

Ask Griff & Lee – Show 380 – Segment 1

04 Jun 2015 AskGriffandLee,Broadcasts

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.

eBay Radio – Show 588 – Segment 5

10 Mar 2015 Broadcasts,eBayRadio

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.

eBay Radio – Show 584 – Segment 3

03 Feb 2015 Broadcasts,eBayRadio

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.

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