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January 5, 2013

You win some, you lose some in the Ebay business!

January 5, 2013
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So this year is not starting so great.  A little slow in terms of sales (always means I haven’t been listing).  But I had one sale yesterday to Maldives (never even knew it existed, but was fun Google Earth-ing and learning about it).  But later it was cancelled as the client didn’t realize that the free shipping was only for the US.

Then this morning I had an Ebay case open up – item not as described.

click on image to enlarge Can you believe that one shoe was an 11 and the other a 10.  Darn it!  I didn’t check that.  I just assumed (and you know what happens when you assume!) that they were both the same size.  Always check both shoes to make sure they are the same size – lesson learned.

What hurts the most is that these shoes went to Russia.  And just to make things easy, I issued a full refund and sent the client a message that he doesn’t have to return them to me.  He’s got 100% positive feedback, I’ve got a 100% positive feedback..and I want to keep it that way.  It did set me back $48 though…ouch!

I could have asked him to send them back, but he’d have to pay shipping (or I would have to…it sure wasn’t his fault).  Then I’d be out more money and that would be a hassle.  And what would I do with two different sized shoes? 🙂

It’s an expensive lesson to learn…but an oversight that I will not make again.  And I’m hoping to still get 100% positive feedback!

How’s your Ebay sales this year?



  1. Margaret, I’ve never thought much about selling on Ebay before, but after reading your posts, it looks like it could really be profitable, thus accelerating our debt payoff goals. Would you consider one day writing like a “Top Ten Tips to start selling on Ebay” kind of a post for newbies like me? Things like what to sell, what not to sell, what types of clothing sells best, shipping charges, how to price things, etc?

    Thanks for the all of the great blog posts!

    1. Hi Laurie,

      I might do something like this sometime in the future. I think the best place to start are with things you are familiar with. A lot of folks start with first purging and selling their personal things. For me, it was that I love to thrift shop and figured that if I found a few things to sell while I was already there, it could pay the cost of my shopping.

      So everything I sell, it’s what I’m familiar with. I’m familiar with high end women’s clothing, children’s toys and vintage items. Then what I do is just take some time to search what these specific items are going for and try to price them at the higher price points.

      I’ve spent tons of time researching things and learning. I don’t watch much TV, I’d rather learn something.

      This seems to work for me. Hope that helps! 🙂

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