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Julia Wilkinson AuctionBytes Blog
Covering auctions, collectibles and marketplace selling.

Julia Wilkinson is Editor of the AuctionBytes Blog and is author of the "eBay Price Guide," "eBay Top 100 Simplified Tips and Tricks," "My Life at AOL" and numerous ebooks about selling online. You can also find her writing on Yard Salers.
Mon July 28 2014 14:40:03

Etsy Seller Experiments with Facebook Giveaway

By: Julia Wilkinson
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Online sellers are often wracking their brains to think of new and effective ways to market their wares, often using social media. Facebook is one site that seemed to get off to a slow start, although it has bright spots for ecommerce, such as the Re-Lilly Group page, and the Murfreesboro Online Yard Sale group. (The latter boasts over 10,000 members!). But one Etsy seller, Renee Marie, came up with a way to beef up the following on her Etsy shop page.

She's been running a free giveaway promotion for one of her jewelry ... Read More
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Fri July 25 2014 11:53:30

The Case of the Exploded Package

By: Julia Wilkinson
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I admit to having done a few klugey packing jobs in my day, but generally I make diligent efforts to make my packaging look nice and professional. But the other day I was reading on a discussion forum about a seller who had packed an item that sounded reasonably well-packed to me. And what happened? The buyer saw the package sitting on top of their mailbox, thought it looked suspicious, the police and then a bomb squad was called, and the whole thing was exploded, mailbox and all.



What caused the foofaraw? Apparently the Amazon shipping label was on the "backside" ... Read More
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Mon July 21 2014 15:51:48

Do You Prefer Amazon Prep Services or Do It Yourself?

By: Julia Wilkinson
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Amazon.com's Fulfillment by Amazon ("FBA") Service sent out its latest newsletter today, and the opening paragraph addressed what happens when sellers do not properly prepare (aka "prep") their items for the fulfillment center. "When products have not been prepped or labeled adequately are sent to Amazon, we often complete these services within our fulfillment centers," it reads. "This affects our processes and can cause costly delays in making products available to customers, which in turn affects your ability to sell your products quickly."



I'm wondering if those FBA sellers of you out you have seen a rise in notices about unplanned ... Read More
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Fri July 18 2014 14:15:52

Tips for Antique Trader 2014 Favorite Finds Contest

By: Julia Wilkinson
 
Antique Trader magazine kicked off its sixth annual 2014 Favorite Finds Contest, and I spoke to Karen Knapstein, Print Editor, to find out about some past wins and get more info on what the magazine looks for in its entries.



In judging these stories, "We don't necessarily want to hear just, "OK, I picked up this tchochke at this garage sale for 50 cents and sold it for $100,"" said Knapstein. Ideally, the judges want the story to convey the excitement: "The excitement in the find, and the involvement in the research, finding ... Read More
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Sun July 13 2014 19:25:28

Blowback on eBay Postal-Related Seller Defect Dings

By: Julia Wilkinson
 
Recently, both The Guardian / Observer (UK-based) newspaper and Danni Ackerman on her blog wrote about issues related to eBay dinging sellers over postal-related problems. In the Guardian piece, "If eBay's customers are always right, who'll protect its sellers?," Anna Tims (who writes a "Your Problems" series) hears from an eBay TRS seller that a case was decided against them when a buyer claimed their purchased iPhone was not inside its package. ("...the buyer claimed he received an empty package with a slit down the side and did not realise this ... Read More
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Fri July 11 2014 20:17:40

Auction Sites that Have Come, Gone and Stayed

By: Julia Wilkinson
 
Auction sites and online marketplaces come and go - sometimes with head-spinning rapidity. But I never got such a good sense of which marketplace sites made it and which didn't as when I went to update a project I've had for several years, juliasauctionlinks.com. What I found was that many of the sites went bye-bye, but there were also several new ones that looked to be making it. I'll share the results with you, and then, hey, I will actually update the site.

Let's start on a positive note. What are some of ... Read More
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Tue July 8 2014 13:50:08

Back to School Items - Best Time to Sell and Other Trends

By: Julia Wilkinson
 
When is the best time to sell back-to-school items? A new survey gives numbers, and some sellers share what sells best for them this time of year. According to a new survey by Staples, the majority, or 53%, of parents say one month before school is the best time to shop for school supplies.

But 20% say they think two months ahead is the best time. ... Read More
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