Don’t Stop Doing Your (eBay) Thing When Sales Suck

eBay sales are way down

Just as you began to feel halfway secure in working from home, you have a few bad days. Last Monday you were on top of the world when you made a months salary (part-time) in one afternoon. In fact, you even felt like everything was going to be OK because things must be evening out in the world of reselling.


Sunday you made $86 for the day.

Monday you made $41 for the day

and the final kick in the pants was on Tuesday when you made a whopping $23.

Usually you have some control over how much you bring in. If you list, you make money. The more you list, the more you make. Similar to other sales jobs, its a numbers game. However, this time you’re numbers just don’t add up. You list, you drop prices, you create promotions and sales – yet, you do not make money.

Although you have been an eBay seller for over 15 years, you have not been steady with it. Other re-sellers you know, are having the same problem. They say to be patient, that this time of year is historically low in sales. You want to believe them but deep down you fear that you are failing. You fear that the routine you have created for yourself will soon be no more. Change is inevitable, but that doesn’t mean you have to like it.

It’s Thursday and you’ve spent more than you’ve made this week. Your financial goals will have to be put on the back burner for this week.

You pout. You complain to your husband. You obsess over the hours you invested, without a monetary reward. You consult. Ultimately, you’re not ready to throw in the towel, not today. You pull out the bin of unlisted bras and do your thing.


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I Sell on eBay Because “Real Jobs” Suck

I’ve been selling stuff on eBay since the late 1990’s. My very first sale was an item my brother brought over. He wondered if it would sell on eBay. I had no idea but 5 minutes later I was ready to list everything I owned and see what happened. I always do this. I never start small and work my way up – it’s all or nothing! If I remember correctly the item my brother brought over was an old tin bullet box and ended up selling for about $45. I was hooked. I haven’t sold consistently since then, more an on and off source of income, depending on what other things were going on in my life.

For the last year I’ve been a consistent eBay seller. I sell clothing for the most part, because I can source them cheap and  they are easy to list and research. There are drawbacks to selling clothing but it’s working for me, for now. There are times where I feel unmotivated or beat down but I think its important to keep on, keepin’ on! For instance, this last week I had several items being returned – forcing me to refund $150. I wanted to quit, it was so disheartening. However, until I get that $2000 grocery bill under control, I need to make that money. I know I always have the option of getting a “real job” but that is a last resort for me.

I was an employee for many years. It had many benefits. Excellent health insurance, 401K, profit sharing, sick time, vacation time, work relationships, and lets not forget the break room food! However, I got a taste of being self employed and nothing will ever be the same. No one can tell me when to work, how long or how hard anymore. I won’t miss my kids first day of school because someone with seniority over me already requested that day off. I no longer get the office illnesses that seem to spread like wildfire during the flu-season. I used to be on 2 prescription medications for anxiety, and now I’m not. I have the time to work on myself and do things that make me feel good. There may be a day I need to get another job, but that day is not today and for that I am grateful.


**My eBay store can be found HERE

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