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A-Better-Way



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 05, 2021 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thing about slow sales, was ebay was just as slow for me after the first year and all the rules and worry and the constant relisting.

The threat of forced returns, if you sell things that have no sentimental value or no real value, then you won't care if someone returns and lose money over junk.
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MoonwishesStore
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 05, 2021 12:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Better-Way -- You said it with all the rules. I felt like by the time I quit eBay that I had spent 2 years doing nothing but getting my listing in line with their new rules. As soon as I was caught up with one new rule the they would make another that HAD to be done and so it went for 2 years. I barely had time to list anything new, although I was selling so my inventory count was very depleted. Then I came here and once I had what had been active on eBay listed here I was back to work listing again. Those last few months were hard as well as sales plummeted and my fees were about what my income was or the fees were even more. I couldn't afford to support eBay and all their well paid CEOs and other henchmen.

I hated returns and the few things that I sold as AS IS no refunds, the buyer always found some flaw and demanded a refund anyhow.
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elpereles



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2021 9:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was looking around the Sport Cards category.

Again. Fellow collectible sellers. Use the photo, tittle and description to the max. Many of the traffic in eCrater is from the search engines. The bots will search for great big photos, tittles, and descriptions.

For example if you list Michael Jordan or Iron Man card. Add more details to the tittle and description. It is not enough just using "Michael Jordan or Iron Man card #001" in the tittle then repeat the same in the description. The Google attributes is the listing part aren't friendly for collectibles without UPC. So use some SEO in the tittle and description.

Example:

Tittle: Marvel Metal (Fleer) Iron Man Card ##
Description:
Marvel Metal 1995 (Inaugural Edition)
Avengers Card ##: Iron Man

Card Condition: Near Mint (NM)
Brand/Manufacturer: Fleer
Year: 1995

Visit my store blabla... My S&H specials blablaba. etc
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pickychicky



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2021 11:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just a minor adjustment to the above...you should always include the product type in the title. So, rather than just saying "card" you should add "collector's" or "collectible" before that.
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elpereles



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 14, 2021 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All the trading cards are collectibles. The "collectibles" is a common adjective use for things that people collect. The "collectors" are the people that collect.

Now if those words are part of the title of the item. It is another story.

Easy exercise. Give me 10 items that can be collectible. Wink
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MoonwishesStore
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 15, 2021 10:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My ex was a 'collector'. He had all sorts of junk that he collected. Some maybe he could have sold for a few bucks, but last I knew he was collecting bobblehead dolls and commemorative plates. He just turned 69. So does he collect bobbleheads or does he expect them to rise in value before he dies or does he really like to decorate his room with that stuff? He is just weird.

For me, anything being advertised as 'collectible' tells me that it isn't. Many people buy these things thinking they are going to hit the jackpot or what? If the Bradford Exchange sells 250,000 of a certain 'collectible' there isn't much leeway for the price to rise. Unlike, something that a person got as a gift when they were 4-5 and they never opened it and only discovered it when they graduate college and come home and pack up their stuff. Then depending on the scarcity, it may be collectible as new in the box.

I have a few patterns that I consider collectible as they are over 100 years old. I don't really want to sell them, but if someone wants to plunk down $100 bucks for them, I would take the money. I also have some women's magazines in a newspaper format that are also over 100 years old. I don't have them up for sale as I want to make scans of every page and use the scanned sheets in my crafting projects.
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elpereles



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 15, 2021 1:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MoonwishesStore, you got the point. Humans like to collect stuff and anyone can be a collector of collectibles. Anything can become a collectible item. Cool

Also another reason not to use it in the description is because item are already in the Category. Example, here in eCrater and eBay, Non-Sport Cards are under the main category of Collectibles.

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Now taking a short serious moment about "Collectors". Not to offense, just to share. In the past year, I got more info about the Hoarding disorder. I noted that some people with that mental illness try to cover themselves as "Collectors".
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 15, 2021 5:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We watched one of the hoarding shows for a while. I can understand clutter and too much stuff, but people with thousands of dollars of new clothes with tags on that have never been worn and never will be I couldn't understand the shopping and waste of money at all. And then the ones with feces all over their house on the floors, piles of it, totally gross bathrooms that make an outhouse look positively sterile. Then all the rotting and wasted food and a kitchen that isn't even usable because of the stacks of junk or those that walk through their houses a foot or more above the floor as the trash has gotten that deep. You know someone has a real mental health problem when they can't throw out the hair clogs from the shower/tub. That stuff is so gross and I have seen shows where they are saving it and have a real problem letting go.

Currently my sewing/crafty areas are filled to overflowing as I have had an opportunity to get a lot of free supplies and I took advantage of that. On a very limited budget, I don't have money to buy craft supplies so I take what I can get. This year I was able to get 126 NEW spools of machine embroidery thread in all different colors. Now I do machine embroidery when I have time. Should I have passed the opportunity up and then when I need
a color have to go buy a spool for $5-6? I have received many blessings. One of the things I am doing is finding out of what I got, what is the best quality and is it for an activity that I enjoy? One thing I have shied away from for a long time since I have allergic reactions to dust on my hands (made moving and packing boxes difficult) so I hadn't looked into using pastels. So I got a box and tried them yesterday only because they were each paper wrapped except for maybe half an inch at one end. Well they were dusty and I got them all over my hands, and didn't enjoy the experience. Most likely I will be putting the box up for sale so someone can enjoy them, but other art supplies I have found to be wonderful and will enjoy using them for a long time.

With limited energy, going through and weeding out things takes me so much longer than I used to, but even collectors have to do that. I don't knit or crochet, but I can use yarn for decoration on fabrics, so 5 skeins of red run of the mill yarn, needs sent to the thrift store. If I find I don't use the unique skeins, I will find a knitter or crocheter that can put them to good use. Hoarders can't do this. They think that they can't throw out an old pizza crust or box and that is a mental health problem.
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elpereles



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 15, 2021 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was checking the Promote Your eCRATER Store section in the forum.

In any forum or site allowing this promotion topics. Avoid the "bump" and the spamming in multiple topics. Rolling Eyes
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nuclearnostalgia



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 14, 2021 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A lot of forums don't allow links in signature sadly. At least in the Collectibles places
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