First, my apologies for just letting this blog go dormant with any warning.
As mentioned in our last post, eBay is Dead. Long live eBay!, our eBay sales took a nosedive in February. I had hoped that things would pick back up at some point, but it has actually gotten WORSE! Last week we only sold 3 items on eBay. THREE! This is Q4, right?!
Since the last time I’ve blogged here, we’ve been hitting Poshmark pretty hard and we’ve added a handful of items to Etsy. We removed almost all of our Mercari items and will revisit that at some point down the road. And Amazon is still being pondered but isn’t in the cards right now…it’s Q4, which is no time to be messing around (someone please tell that to eBay).
eBay Says We’re Awesome!
In my frustration with eBay underperforming, I finally broke down and got ahold of them to look over our main eBay store. And here’s the takeaway from that evaluation.
Typically we have a few things we can suggest folks to help improve their business, but it’s more than apparent you work hard to optimize your listings and account. We hope things turn around soon!
~ September 24, 2019 @ 7:13 AM
It was at that point that the new game plan that I was already working on became our number one focus.
Fazoom Goes Shopify!
As a programmer, my inclination is to “roll my own” as much as possible. There’s no sense in paying for things that I can easily do myself. So when it has come down to shopping carts over the past 20+ years I have always used open-source packages. But with that comes a much bigger time commitment. And time is at a premium these days.
As I got more into what Shopify was capable of, everything started clicking. With this one powerful tool we could sell things anywhere we wanted to, including in person, and it only cost $29 a month. Sign us up!
Bye, Bye, eBay! (Sorta)
With the switch to Shopify, we imported all 3 of our eBay stores into Shopify as well as our old shopping cart. Then we closed 2 eBay stores and switched our other eBay store to a monthly Premium (1,000 items level) store.
The cool thing with Shopify is that eBay (currently) integrates with Shopify. We can push any listings we wish from Shopify to eBay with a few clicks. AND all of our customer information gets stored in Shopify. One place to control them both.
After Q4 the plan right now is to downgrade the remaining store to a monthly Starter (100 items level) or Basic (250 items level) store. Until eBay starts selling things again, there’s no point in curating thousands of items there. We’re a business, not a museum nor a warehouse.
Hello Shopify, WordPress & MailerLite!
Over the coming weeks we’ll be rolling out a lot of new features, so stay tuned, and please sign up for updates.