Wednesday, February 17, 2010

EBay Dilemma


EBay Dilemma!

What to do?

On March 30th, EBay is raising seller fees. As a store owner, I will be paying $116.00 per month instead of $31.00 just to list the items in my store. I will still have to pay 9% for sales plus PayPal fees. This will not work for me.

My plan is to reduce my EBay inventory to 100 items for a month or two and see how it goes. I am in the process of opening my own store: The Crafty Cupboard at http://mycraftycupboard.com/. It is very time consuming and I haven’t had a single sale yet.

I sell crafts and used books and odds and ends – things that I absolutely love! There is not much profit in those things especially considering the work I put into them. I have known for a while that I need to find an item that will generate more income but until then, I am sticking with the crafts and books.

I have had stores at EBay (http://stores.ebay.com/The-Crafty-Cupboard) and Etsy (http://www.etsy.com/shop/jewelgirl22000) for several years now. EBay has a lot of rules and problems but has good traffic. I have had over 1300 sales there and have met a lot of really nice people. Etsy is a craft store mall site that does really well. I have had 85 sales there.

My new store is in progress but my St. Patrick’s Day items are listed and also my Easter things. Payment is by PayPal. I will be listing more things every day. I plan to add book reviews, recipes, and free patterns. I have had excellent feedback on EBay and Etsy and plan to continue this service.

Please stop by and check out my new store. Free gift with every order!

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