Glitchy eBay: I’m Not Paying Attention

I’m late in the game in commenting about eBay’s recent glitches. To be honest I haven’t been paying attention. My priority at this point is focusing more on my husband transitioning into his new position. This involves me doing more chores, some of his chores, and watching my son more.

Deciding to take a break (just not listing as much) was definitely the right choice for my family. If you just stumbled here, I will tell you a little more about my husband. My husband does suffer from anxiety. According to his therapist it’s mostly from him trying to suppress his ADD to get by. He doesn’t take pills which was agreed by his doctor. Recently he received a promotion in to management. He has never worked in a management position but has closely worked with his past bosses. Which did lead up to his promotion.

Of course as his wife and best friend, I already knew about his anxiety. I knew it was going to be an issue (it has) and this involved me just picking up the pieces when they fall. Overall we did hit some bumps along the way, but he is doing fine. I would go more on what I experienced but this is more about eBay lol.

I haven’t really been paying attention. Actually, my sales are a little up compared to last year ( if eBay is still accurate in calculating numbers). I did experience similar glitches. My photos went missing, my views were not showing, etc. I couldn’t even do a proper inventory. eBay isn’t my only selling platform so I wasn’t too sour about the glitches. Poshmark still has been making sales for me.

Do I think eBay will fix things? In my opinion, yes. This is just an opinion. I could be wrong. I don’t have some personal relationship with anybody there so bear with me. I think they are doing all this because summer is historically slow. They did lay off hundreds of people during this time which involves probably going through their investigations of making sure things will try to stay the same.  Which of course ANY company knows that’s not always possible. It’s business unfortunately.

People assume eBay support the little seller but I know they won’t. I personally don’t think we won’t get a refund for all the glitches. The only time they have refunded on their own mistake is after they are sued and settled out of court ( dirty I know but that’s common).

Of course it puts me in a bad mood in all of this but I will still sell. I don’t really look at eBay as my own business anymore. I’m in a way still working for “the man” but in my own schedule with my own risks. Right now, before 4 quarter starts I am going to find better inventory, and list them.  I will also focus on getting rid of dead inventory.

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eBay Now. Short Post On Changes

So I just want to post on some changes on eBay. Due to my account not tweaked to get their 10% off discount my overall fees have gone up. Fees in general can vary depending on your store type, and how much you sell. It would be a LLLOONNNGGGG AAASSSS  post that goes in to detail on how much fees are but I’m not going to do that. I will just share my number as of now.

For eBay my fees caculated (not including shipping) is roughly 17%. This is probably because I made a bunch of low auction sales. Most people abide by the 15% rule of eBay fees but they are not taking to account that the lower per item sale, you pay more fees. Losing my 10% off discount pushed my average of 13% fees to now overall of 17% fees. Starting to really come close to the standard 20% fee for poshmark ( don’t forget the $2.95 flat fee they take for sales $15 and below). I hope some resellers who come across this post double check their fees taken out if they are on eBay. Of course the increase in fees ( by losing my 10% off) puts a bad taste in my mouth. Yet it is still a platform I’m able to bring income to my family.

Reseller Summer Slow Down 2018

It’s the “summer slow down” for most resellers. I don’t know why other resellers are saying it’s not when in reality it probably is. I mean it looks like they are working harder than before but making the same amount of money if it was any other season. So it’s really discouraging for new sellers or ones whose inventory isn’t geared toward summer.

My inventory in general isn’t geared toward summer. I mainly and I mean probably 95% of my inventory is clothing. Unfortunately a small percentage of it is geared towards summer so sales have slowed down for me. It’s really my fault for not being prepared but what can I say? Summer clothing isn’t something I live to find in thrift stores. It’s usually cheap( I mean material wise, not price wise) and thrift stores around me typically overcharge on swim swear.

This year I’m really not too worried. I haven’t mentioned this before but my husband got a promotion. This came with a nice raise so this summer I’m not too worried about hitting my goal. Now I’m focusing on streamlining my inventory by sending things that aren’t selling to thred up. I do donate too. It’s a nice little break I’ll be taking but I will be using it to better my inventory and learn more about other brands. The summer slow down for me is a great time to set some goals that will help me grow.

Blast From The Past

I met someone from my last “real” job. I went to a coffee,tea, and bean cafe after dropping my son off at day care. I notice the barista looked really familiar. I didn’t say anything but it really felt like a deja vu moment. After I picked up my drink, I sat down to read my book. Moments later the barista I was talking to asking me if I knew him.

I told him I did not know him personally and I asked him where has he seen me before. He apologized for bothering and said I looked like this girl he use to see everyday at the Palazzo Hotel. Then I said he isn’t completely wrong I did work at the Palazzo hotel but not for the hotel. I worked in one of their boutiques. I am someone he did see frequently when we both worked the grave yard shift. He was always the barista I went to for my coffee. We confirmed it with each other and I told him he’s not use to seeing me in regular clothes. I was in a black pant suit nearly everyday. We didn’t exchange too much words since he was still working but it was really nice to meet someone from my past work job.

I don’t keep in contact with very many people from my last job. When you work in a commission environment, you don’t make very much friends so just seeing a friendly face back then was nice.

Random Reseller Thoughts. Ebay & Poshmark

I’m currently dealing with an eBay customer that wants to return a dress. Now I said it before that I don’t mind returns. I just don’t like it when a customer files an Item not as described. Though that wasn’t the problem. This customer said she took off the tags in the customer comments and wants to return because it’s too hot for her because of her cancer medication. I already hated she had to throw in the fact she has cancer. I mean really? I know she’s probably lying and if she’s not, why would you return an item without the tags attached? I can’t sell the item for the best price I can get.  eBay said I have to accept the return and to call them. I will call them of course if she sends it back. Overall I have other shit to worry about. If eBay won’t compensate me for this I will have to let it go and just block this person.

Poshmark has been uneventful for me. I mean I get sales but I’m definitely loving the laid back feel of poshmark. For example to keep my ambassador status I need to have a feedback score greater than 4.5. I currently have 4.9 and this is when I already have 5 4 stars, and 2 1 stars. Glad no one sees my score and nobody hasn’t left me shitty messages so I’m not worried about that. Unfortunately Poshmark is not my main earner but I am loving the sales because it makes up for eBay’s slow sales.

Overall yes my sales have been slower. I expected this but hey, I’m still able to pay my bills, and pay down my student loan. I haven’t done my bookkeeping yet but it looks similar to last month.

Prison Mail

Well this is a first for me. I just received my first letter from a state prison. My nephew wrote me a letter finally. I wrote to him the first week of May. He was still being processed from jail to prison. From what he tells me he is still in the “fish tank”. Which he will be for a while until he is officially processed.

I was so relieved and happy to hear from me. Of course I cried when I read it on some parts. This is the first time anyone in my side family has been to prison. He will be there for a couple of years until parole. He hasn’t been there long but I can easily tell you one thing.

Prison is expensive. Which is ironic because of the people there probably have NO money. I’m actually just talking about the fees I have to pay to put money in his account. My nephew has never asked me for money so everything I have given him is my choice. My husband’s too because he supports my nephew too. I don’t expect my nephew to call me because he has his mom (my sister) & his fiance to call. Plus I never pick up my phone for an unknown number. Phone calls are expensive. They charge per minute so that can add up fast.

Yes I know I’m in a position to be able to afford these fees but it’s just weird and their system is just a little bit archaic. Oh well that’s just my thought for now.

eBay $1800.00 April

Hello. Just want to give you an update on sales. On eBay my gross sales was $1800.00. I’ll be honest with you. I didn’t work as hard as I should on eBay or poshmark. I haven’t totaled my sales on poshmark yet so that number would probably go up I am guestimating ( I know that’s not a word lol) at $2200-$2400.00. Overall I’m still happy with that number. Minus fees and taxes I was still able to pay my bills. I think you can guess from my last post my spirit is literally under a cloudy rain.

Which mean my posts will be more personal rather than financial. I don’t know. Having this blog is just a hobby for me. I do enjoy sharing tidbits of my life ( bad and good). Sometimes I wish I put more effort in to this because after posting I feel a little better.  Sometimes I even go back a few posts and look back what I wrote and realize I didn’t exactly waste time.

As for my nephew, I haven’t heard from him yet. I wrote him a letter a few days ago.  I hope he gets it. Some days I feel awful just doing normal things. I know I shouldn’t but when I’m doing simple things like going to the park, it makes my heart break that he doesn’t even have that freedom. I’ll be honest with you, from time to time I feel like I want to talk to a therapist. I talk a lot about it to my husband but he definitely has a one sided view that may not be the view I should be venting to.