Where Did The Time Go?

Time FliesWhen I was younger, I remember laughing at my parents during every holiday season because they would always say “I can’t believe it’s Christmas again.  Where did the time go?”  It never fails.

But now, as I’ve gotten older, I can totally understand what they’re coming from.  I mean, think about it, in about a week it’s Thanksgiving again and then it’s Christmas and New Year’s right around the corner.  Seriously, where did the time go?

Not that I’m complaining, of course – I love the Holiday Season!

And not just because of all the fun, family gatherings and the amazing food but because, if you stay focused, the Holiday Season can be one of the most successful times of the year for any eBay seller!

Why?

Well, in about a week an amazing thing will happen in the minds of millions of people.  Almost magically, everyone will turn into “consumer-mode” as soon as they finished eating their turkey.  Heck,  some people are getting a head start – some folks are already lining up outside of Best Buy just to get the best deals!

These are the folks that I want to get my items in front of because many of the inhibitions about spending seem to vanish during this time of year.  The good news is that there’s still plenty of time to get yourself ready and earn some serious cash during these next few weeks.

So before I share my latest Finds of the Week, I thought I would share some quick tips to get you ready for the holidays.

Keep Your Activity Level Up

Between all the family gatherings, office parties, and large meals being eaten, it can be tough to find time and energy to visit the thrift stores and list items on eBay.

I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with enjoying what the holiday’s have to offer, but just know that you’re missing out on a lot, and I mean A LOT, of potential sales.

I highly encourage you to keep up your visits to the thrift stores.  In fact, if it’s possible, I suggest you even INCREASE your visits!

Here’s why:  a lot of people are expecting to receive a lot of new electronics/clothes/shoes in the next few weeks so they’ll be eager to donate a lot of their older stuff to make room.  This activity has probably already started in your area and you can expect it to continue until January 2014.

Avoid the Lines at the Post Office

Waiting in line at the post office has got to be one of the worst things about being a reseller.  My local post office is under-staffed so there’s already a long wait during normal traffic, so can you imagine what it’s going to be like when the holiday rush starts?!  Not pretty.

If it’s anything like the past few years, there’s usually a line of 10-15 people already waiting before the doors even open and it’s common to wait for 45mins and up to an hour just to get to the front of the line.

I don’t know about you but I’d rather spend that time visiting the thrift stores and making even more money.  So if you haven’t done so already, sign-up for a USPS Click-N-Ship account and start printing your postage at home.  You can skip the line entirely, drop your package at the assigned bin, and then your off to the thrift stores to find even more stuff!

Use Buy-It-Now Auctions

If you thought people were busy during earlier in the year, wait until the holidays roll around!  It seems as if there’s always something that needs to be done and, unfortunately, a lot of folks don’t have the time to wait seven days for an auction to complete.  They would just rather buy it now and get it over with.

I’m not suggesting you abandon auction-style listings altogether, but if you’re having trouble deciding on a format to use then I would lean more towards BIN’s for the next couple of weeks.

Ugly Sweaters

If there ever was a time to sell ugly sweaters, this would be it!

Check out this “beauty” that someone on eBay just sold for $103.50!

ugly sweater

There are tons of family parties and office gatherings during the holidays and people will spend top dollar on the brightest, loudest, and ugliest sweaters you can find.  The brand doesn’t matter and neither does the fabric or design, if it will make them stand out then they’ll buy it!

I know that some of you are already seeing a nice increase in sales leading up to Thanksgiving.  Congratulations!

If you have any other tips that you would like to share please leave them in the comment area.  Let’s all make this the best Holiday Season yet!

Thanks again and please enjoy these recent finds as well.  Cheers!

-Meinard

 Finds of the Week

Infant Air Jordan’s

Citrus

Item Cost:  $2.99

BIN:  $39.99

Icon Motorcycle Boots

Moto

Item Cost:  $9.99

BIN:  $59.99

SAO Snakeskin Boots

Sao

Item Cost:  $6.99

BIN:  $69.99

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