Are you a perfectionist? If you are and you carry this trait over into your eBay listing skills, you will never make a living at eBay. Keep on reading to find out why.
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March 15, 2007 Volume III, Issue 10
Dear eBay friends,
I have been sick with bronchitis and it has not been fun! I rarely get sick but have been going at breakneck speed recently–trying to write the third 100 Best books, still list 100 new things each week and spend time with friends and family.
Melanie and I had a blast while she was here visiting (my best friend from Boston) but the backlash has caught up with me. I guess I needed a rest because I am really sick.
Here are Mel and me with our friend John at dinner during her visit. I have known John (DK) since college–he appears in The 100 Best story #57 and his parents appear in More 100 Best #82.
So, without my usual high energy level, I have found that I rely on the Dralle Method of listing more than ever to keep my eBay business going strong. I had a great February and March is starting out really strong also.
What I have come to realize is that you can not be a perfectionist when you sit down to actually list–KISS–have you ever heard that one? Keep It Simple Stupid. That is one of the foundations of my technique.
This week’s article addresses the art of Keeping it Simple. People are always are asking me “How do you list an item in just 2-3 minutes?” You won’t want to miss this article.
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There is a great story this week from one of our ezine readers about some McDonald’s Fire King coffee mugs that sold for over $70. Don’t miss this one!
Finally, I recommend our preorder special for the audio recordings of my two 100 Best books.
Here’s to Successful eBaying!
Lynn Dralle, ‘The Queen of Auctions,’ Creator of the best-selling eBay Boot Camp in a Box.
Something special is brewing this month at the behind-the-scenes office of my brother, Lee. We have uncovered never-seen-before footage (excellent quality) from my Bellingham Boot Camp. It is all video–not just audio. So, as we get that ready to go, please keep watching for more special announcements.
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I am an owner of Boot Camp in a Box. And I love it. I am not yet up to 100 things a week speed, but am enjoying eBaying a lot more!! When it got here, you would have thought it was Christmas. I was listening to the CDs at home, in the car, and my husband was looking at me pretty strangely! I can’t wait to try more of Lynn’s ideas.
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I am really excited about this and can’t wait to announce the “Lost Bellingham Footage” to my Boot Camp in a Box owner in a few weeks!
‘Are you an eBay Perfectionist?‘
by Lynn A. Dralle, ‘The Queen of Auctions’
I guess I have to ask myself this question first, before I can ask all of you! Here is what the dictionary says about a perfectionist, “a person who is displeased by anything that does not meet very high standards.”
It is funny, but I originally was going to answer the question with “I am not a perfectionist in any sense of the word.’ However, after reading the definition, I had to think about it a little more. I actually did some soul searching. I found that I do expect perfection from others and myself for many things.
To get a better handle on it from the outside, I asked my family members if they think I am a perfectionist. My brother said, “No, I don’t think you are. You are a go-getter and you just push through. You don’t get caught up in the details.”
This is a very important lesson from Lee and this is what this article is all about.
In my eBay business I expect our best effort when it comes to answering emails quickly, shipping safely and giving excellent customer service. The area where I just push through in my eBay business is in how much time I take to list an item.
I want the description, title and photo to be accurate and honest, but they do not have to be PERFECT.
I get frustrated when I am teaching eBay sellers to list quickly and instead they want to spend half an hour on each listing. They check for typos, rewrite text over and over (like they were writing a novel), add colorful graphics and sometimes even music.
The details can paralyze you and keep you from making a REAL living on eBay. Your goal is to list as many items as you can in an hour. My record is 47! You should be shooting for 15 to 20 per hour. Quick listing is the basis of The Dralle Method. If it isn’t up for sale, how can it sell? If it can’t sell, how can you make a living?
I hope you take this lesson to heart. Here is a great example from last week. I bought a beautiful paperweight at an estate sale for $3. It was signed ‘Scotland’ and ‘Caithness.’
Photo of my Scottish paperweight.
I listed it quickly at $9.99 with a very short description. Here is my description: “Caithness Starlight Scotland Art Glass Paperweight Blk Black and white with controlled bubbles. Beautiful. 2.5 by 3″. N64363 and signed. Great condition.”
Two days into the auction it was bid up to over $220. At that point, I decided to do some research. I got on PriceMiner.com and found that the most one of these had sold for in recent history was $48.50.
I couldn’t figure out why mine was worth so much. Then I got the email from eBay telling me that an incorrect bid had been placed and that it had been retracted.
Here is a question from an eBay member and my answer, to show you what happened.
Q: Hi! I would like to respectfully inquire if the numbers going into this bid are correct. Earlier today I checked and the bid was up to $220 something, then it went down to $20. I would like to bid, but am questioning what is going on? Thank you in advance for your response.
A: Hi there, If you look at the bidding history, a bid was retracted because an eBay buyer mistakenly added two zeros to an $80 bid making it over $8,000. Everything is now fine. Thanks! Lynn
My point is that I didn’t do the research until I realized that I might have a special item. I also didn’t spend time writing about the paperweight company or how many of this style were made and its original retail price. I did find that the original retail was $85 and if I would have put this into the description, it may not have sold for as much as it did.
Even with the bid retraction this piece went for a pretty penny! More than my research showed. Did I need to take more time and write the perfect description? Obviously not. Click here to see what it sold for.
KISS. Keep it simple and you can make a REAL living on eBay. Don’t dream about it, Just do it!
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