Category Archives: Ebay Selling

Postal Mail Tracking to the USA with USPS, TrackChecker

Problems tracking your items going to the United States?

Although the USPS website used to give good information on Airsure items sent from the UK to the US, more recently there has been very little information in some instances.

I use an app on my tablet called TrackChecker, available from Google Play.
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Reasons to sell at a HIGHER price than competitors

Advantages of keeping your prices higher than your competitors
1) You can keep less stock and the orders will be less frequent (great if your storage space is very limited)
2) You have less orders to pack and post for the same profit
3) Returns, breakages or loss in the post, and unsaleable stock will have a lot less impact if you have a significant profit on each sale.
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Issues when partially cancelling a combined order

How do you partially cancel a combined order?
I recently had a buyer purchase 2 items from one listing, as a combined purchase.
After discussion with the buyer we agreed that I would only send one and refund for the other item.
But … does Ebay have a way to do this??? No!
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Too busy, or too slow? Use Pricing to change order rate

Sellers, ever found you were too busy to get your orders out, or too slow to reach a target?
You can manipulate your order rate by using price.

You may be familiar with dropping prices in order to get rid of slow or old stock, or hiking up prices to see how much you can get away with selling for.

But did you know you can also slow down, or speed up, your orders as you wish, to better fit the time you have available, or for other aims?
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Cancelling an Ebay order, for Buyer & Seller

Small but factual notice from seller to buyer.

“Hi, yes I received your order and fast cancellation request.

Just to let you know, when you Buy Now and confirm an order, the final value fee is charged immediately to the seller. Read full article …

Useful Free Software that helps run my Small Ebay Shop

Software and applications I use every day, or from time to time, that really help me run my shop. Much of it is free or very cheap.
For the one-(wo)man band type of Ebay business or Ebay shop, or anyone!
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Holiday Settings for your Ebay Shop – Do’s and Don’ts

My experiences with putting my shop on holiday, and some big lessons learned.

I have worked very hard at my Ebay shop for almost two years now.
In the summer when the kids break up from school we typically take a couple of weeks off to go away for a well-earned break.
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What I REALLY use my Samsung Galaxy Tab for …

I bought my Samsung Galaxy Tab 7″ P1000 to help run my Ebay shop, in July 2011, to add to our computer family.

The Tab is capable of many things.
However it is clumsy and unreliable for specific jobs.
What may take 5 minutes on a computer might take 45 minutes on the Tab, including the clumsy operations, the crashes and the reboots.
So its use is in fact rather limited, where it might be possible to do some things on it actually I would rather wait and use my computer!

So almost a year after I bought it I thought it would be useful to say what I ACTUALLY use it for.
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When and Why NOT to use Ebay’s Unpaid Item Assistant

… and how it completely messed up a transaction with a genuine buyer, embarrassed me, and lost me a final value fee on an item that was never paid for.

This Ebay tool is designed for sellers, to save you time monitoring unpaid items, to open and close unpaid item cases for you, and to claim back final value fees automatically.
But I recently had it work for me and completely mess up a transaction. I will never use it again!!!

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Shipping Overseas – a Seller’s Guide

My Recent Sales

My Recent Sales

The good and bad and ins and outs of shipping overseas with Ebay.
This guide covers shipping using standard postal services in the UK, but may also help if using other services, or if you ship from other countries.
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