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Why you need to sell any bulky items before 30th March.

This post only applies to my readers in the UK.

Royal Mail announced last week a new price structure and changes to their products coming into effect on 2nd April.

When I first read the announcement on my mobile device whilst traveling to Heathrow last Tuesday, I have to say it did not get my trip of to a good start which I had been hugely looking forward to.  The announcement worried me, and here is why.  The changes are:

  • Letters and small letters are unchanged in service and price.  That is the good news.
  • The ‘Packet’ product is going to be discontinued.
  • The ‘Standard parcel’ product is going to be discontinued.
  • Royal Mail ‘signed for’ service price has increased from 95p to £1.10
  • Services of ‘small parcel’ and ‘medium parcel’ have been introduced, replacing the old ‘packet’ product.
  • Compensation reduced to £20 applicable to small and medium parcels

How does this affect you?

The big change is the difference between the current ‘packet’ option and the new two different sizes of parcel.

The current packet can measure 61cm x 46cm x 46cm.  Most items we send are under 1kg.  2nd class costs £2.20 and 1st class costs £2.70.

The new small parcel can measure upto 45cm x 35cm x 8cm or 16cm x 16cm x 16cm, pricing from £2.60

The new medium parcel can measure upto 61cm x 46cm x 46cm (same as old packet type), pricing from £5.20

Comparison: An item weighing 500g and measures 20cm x 10cm x 10cm currently costs you £2.20 for 2nd class.  After 2nd April that same item will cost £5.20.

That is why you need to sell and post any of your bulky items before Saturday 30th March.

For the full new pricing guide here is the link

http://www.royalmail.com/sites/default/files/RoyalMail_OurPrices_April2013.pdf

You may notice from this price guide that any parcel weighing more than 2kg, be it small or medium parcel, is actually cheaper to send Parcelforce Worldwide Express 48.

 

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Selling and posting products internationally

This is probably one of the most important posts so far on my blog.

I am a big believer of making your products available to customers overseas, but I know a lot of people are put of by this, for reasons I don’t know.  I can only think of the postage costs, but as long as you charge the correct price, you wont be out of pocket.

Many of my sales are to international customers.  For example, Monday of this week I had sold four items, all overseas, my custom came from Republic of Ireland, USA, Brazil and Australia.

However one of the items I couldn’t post and didn’t realise this until I got to the post office.  I usually do my postage online and just leave at the fast drop desk, but on this occasion, I decided I would wait in the queue and do the postage there.     I had sold some aftershave to a customer in Australia and it is this that can’t be posted.  On the 14th January, Royal Mail amended what they will accept to delivery overseas.  I don’t think it is a decision they made, but a change they were forced to make to comply with transport regulation.  So I’m sure this will apply all over the world.

There is a leaflet detailing all of the prohibited items for international posting.

http://www.royalmail.com/sites/default/files/International-prohibitions-and-restrictions-leaflet-consumers.pdf

I would urge you to have a read through this and if you do sell internationally, check your inventory to see if you are offering items that you can’t send.

After getting back from the post office, I sent a message to my customer explaining the situation, and that I was really sorry.  I sent a request to cancel the transaction, which my customer rejected, so I now leave myself open to negative feedback, and you don’t want to be in that same situation.   So do not delay, do this now.

Protecting you eBay images from being used by other sellers

One of my pet hates on eBay is when other sellers use your images.  This can particularly happen if you are selling wholesale items that other sellers can easily get hold off and sell.   Rather than take their own image and make their listing look unique, they will troll through eBay looking for another seller’s image to use.  This is against eBay policy, and anyone caught doing so will have their listing removed and a policy violation on their account.

Here is eBay’s policy description on this:

eBay’s image and description policy

Apart from laziness, I don’t really understand why a seller would want to use another seller’s photo as you’d think they would want their listing to look unique and different from every one else s.

Still they do and I have found a way to watermark my images which would put off anyone using my images.  I thought I would share this with my newsletter subscribers and blog readers.    I made this video to show you where I got the watermarking software and how to use it.

Since making that video, I actually discovered that Auctiva has an image watermark tool.  I tried it, but actually I prefer the piece of free software ‘Visual Watermark’ I found as this is more versatile as to what you can do with the watermark.  Here is the link to where you can find this software.

Free watermark software – Visual watermark

Let me know what you think by leaving a comment below.  Or if you find anything better, I would appreciate it if you can let me and the other readers of the blog know.

Keep your images safe, and help keep your listings unique.

Preparing for Christmas on eBay

My last post, all too long ago, was what to do after Christmas.  This post is related to that topic, but getting ready for Christmas.

I am conscious that my last post was too long ago at the beginning of the year.  However I don’t believe in just posting articles on any old rubbish just for the sake of it.  I will only ever write quality posts.  Having said that I do have many thins I want to share with you, and will try to do so in the very near future, detailing free video tutorials made by me.

Getting back on topic, Christmas (yes I can hear all the groans), although we are still a third of the year away from the big day, you should be getting ready by sourcing and stocking up for the busiest time on eBay.  Actually, not just eBay, but ofcourse any online selling platform you might be using.

A particular method of product sourcing I use, which I have touched on within my video series of product sourcing methods, is buying a job lot on eBay.  One favourite of mine is to use Chinese sellers who make wholesale listings.  If using this method you would be leaving it very late in the day now to buy these due to the time it takes to get to you.  This is kind of why I wanted to write this post this evening.  If you wish to use this method, I would urge you to do so now.  I have to confess I left this very late myself and only ordered product yesterday.

I did think of making a video showing you how I source using this method, but I thought you could probably find such listings yourself on eBay.  If however you wish me to make a video, just drop me a comment below.

Apart from the above method, you should actively be sourcing product, and if new to my blog, you can view old posts I have written and videos I have made giving you product sourcing methods.

Another season I do really well on is Halloween, so if you don’t sell Halloween related products, trust me you should, it is my second biggest profit maker after Christmas.  As per above, if you are not sure where to source Halloween products from, just search on eBay, you will find stuff I’m sure.

Until next time, get sourcing, snapping and listing….good luck.  And if you want that video, don’t forget leave a comment below.

Top 5 things to do after Christmas for eBay sellers?

Now that we are well into January 2012, the mad rush of sales leading up to Christmas is now well behind us, and hopefully you will have a healthy paypal or bank balance.

But what now?  You will probably expect or find a big drop in sales.  But it doesn’t have to be that way.  I remember last year, I was very surprised how busy I still was in early January, and this year was the same.  Why could this be?  Well here are some of my thoughts:

– to begin with, I was surprised how many Christmas items I was still selling after 25th December.   Then I noticed what I was selling was being ordered from overseas.  You have Coptic Christians who’s Christmas is later, so could be why for these products.

– diaries are always popular, still into the new year.  You would think people would purchase their diary before the new year starts, but maybe people wait to see if they get one as a present, and when they don’t then order one.

– that leads me on to another reason why high sales continue into January.  People don’t get what they wanted for Christmas, so now go to buy what they didn’t get.

There will be more reasons, but the above are ones I have thought of.  So how does this help you now?  Well to be honest, it doesn’t help you now, but points to remember for next Christmas time.  For example, if you sold Christmas items, e.g. trees, decorations, gift sets etc.  Don’t take the listings down on 26th December, keep them up.

So what to do now then?  Well, just before Christmas, the subject of what to do after Christmas was a discussion on eBay radio.  To listen to the segment here is the link:

eBay radio 20th December 2011 segment 5 – Top 5 things you MUST do after Christmas

I found this really useful information, and I hope you will too.

eBay radio has two shows every week, one on Tuesday starting at 11am PST (7pm GMT) for three hours.  The other show is on Thursdays from 3pm PST (11pm GMT) for two hours.  The show I prefer to listen to is Tuesdays as they have guest speakers as well as sellers and guest speakers phoning in.  Thursdays are just for the audience to phone in.  However, if you can’t listen in live, then you can listen to the shows in the archives when ever you want.  You can even download them to listen on your mp3 player on the go.

The website for eBay radio is www.ebayradio.com.

As I mentioned, I listen on Tuesdays.  I also like to phone in.  On a recent show, I did just that.  It was my second time to phone in.  I rang to ask about seller protection.  You can listen to that segment here.

 

How to add video to eBay listings

Sometime ago, I had a couple of requests from my email subscribers to show them how to add video to eBay listings.  I am sorry it has taken some weeks for me to get around to doing it.  But here you are, I have done it now.

There are several advantages to having video in your listings

  • shows proof that electrical or products with moving parts works
  • shows how the product works
  • for static products you can give a 360 degree view of the product
  • gives your listing the edge over competitors selling the same or similar product
  • there are no extra eBay fees for adding video
  • quick and easy to do
  • you can literally talk to your prospective customer
  • by hosting the video on youtube, and if using keywords, you can create extra traffic to your listing resulting in more bids or more sales

Here is the video I created to show how to add video to  your eBay listing

 

As I said, it is easy to do once you know how.  Hope you get on alright with it.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment below and I will reply.

eBay radio talks about the new listing title rules

A couple of posts ago, I wrote a short article on the new rules explaining that the number of characters you can use in an eBay listing has increased from 55 to 80.  I also included a few tips on how to use your extra characters.

Well, on the latest eBay radio show broadcast on 27th September they also spoke about this.  So I thought I would share this with you.  They pretty much said the same as what I said in my post as well as further ideas.  I urge you to listen to it.  Simply click on this link to hear it.   It will play through your web browser and will open in a new window:

http://www.voicemarketingradio.com/vmr/sites/default/files/audio-segments/eBayRadio-Show438-Segment4.mp3

 

I listen to this show every Tuesday, and if you are serious about getting the most out of eBay, I strongly recommend you do also.

But you may be asking “How do I tune in?”

1.  Log into your eBay account on www.ebay.com regardlss of where your account is registered.

2. Then at the top right hand corner of the screen, you will see some drop down menus.  Hover over ‘communit’y and click on ‘groups’

3.  Half way down the page in the centre, there is a box ‘Browse group categories’.  Type ‘ebay radio’ and click search.

4. Only one result comes up, click on this.  You will need to sign up to the group to access it

 

You can listen to old shows, download to your mp3 player to listen on the go, and listen to live shows.  You will get an email the day any show is broadcast live.

Just thought I would share this with you.

Happy listening.

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Changes to eBay listing title rules

Just changed for the month of September is the number of characters eBay allow in the listing title.   It was 55 characters and now is 80 characters.

I don’t know about you, but quite often I run out of characters when choosing keywords to put into my titles, so this is good news indeed.  Here is the link to the new policy on eBay.co.uk and eBay.ie.

Giving you space to write better item titles

I have also checked out the news pages on the US and Canada sites.   This also applies to eBay.com but I can’t see anything about this on eBay.ca.   If any of my Canadian readers find differently, please leave a reply below this post.

The link above also gives you advice on best using your listing title.  You should always try to use all 80 characters without keyword spamming, i.e. using words not relevant to the product.  I have done a post some time ago with a video also giving advice on how to write a good title.  You will find this in the ‘eBay’ and ‘Videos’ categories of my blog.  However the main rule is to try and think what words people will type to search for your item.  The number of times I have seen ‘WOW’ or ‘L@@K’ when this is just a waste of character space.

I hope you have found this post of some use.