We had so much fun at eBay Live. It was such a blast to see and meet so many of you!!
- Lynn Recommends: The Queen’s Live Boot Camp in La Quinta
- Special Announcement: 3-Disc DVD Set Special Introductory Price is Extended!
- Feature Article: Putting Everyone to Work
- The Queen’s Update: We want to hear your stories
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June 26, 2008 Volume IV, Issue 25
I survived teaching that class in the huge room! It wasn’t so bad and quite a few of you had such nice things to say! Check out this email I got from Emily Kelly,
LOVED your lectures! They were very informative, clear and fun…thank you for such great presentations!
Hope you had a good time in Chicago, and the convention was successful for you!
Because so many of you weren’t able to attend my three classes (The Fire Marshall actually shut down the big one I taught with Herb Oberman and wouldn’t let anyone else in!), please check out the Special Announcement section for more details about the DVD set. We are extending the low intro price!
Well, Carmen, Mo, Jason, and I are worn out from the trip. It was quite the experience as you can imagine. When I got to my house on Sunday afternoon, I realized I didn’t have a house key! My dad was with the kids in Huntington Beach for–you guessed it–a baseball tournament.
So instead of wasting any time, I headed over to the new thrift store right by my house. It is the same thrift store where I found the beautiful Polish dishes I used as an example in my research seminar.
Check out how much this dinner plate sold for!
Well, Sunday in that thrift store was my lucky day! I got a huge box of stuff for less than $100. One of the collections I bought was a 40-piece thimble set. So on Monday, with a lot of catch-ups to do, I started thinking to myself, ‘How am I ever going to get all this great stuff listed?’ Then it dawned on me. I’ve got my dad here visiting, plus two bored kids with no school to occupy their days. Please read my feature article so that you can learn how to put everyone in your house to work!
My ONLY Live Boot Camp of the year is going to be in La Quinta in less than three months. There are a few seats left but it is filling up quickly. Please read more in the Lynn Recommends section.
Finally, we are bringing back the section where you write in with your major scores! Please read The Queen’s Update section to learn more about submitting your stories.
Here’s to Successful eBaying!
Check out this email that I got from Diva Dawn–she is to my left in the photo below!
I just wanted to write to tell you what a wonderful day I had yesterday. I sold $350.00 with 40 auctions that were ending. And, I can specifically attribute over $330.00 of those sales to attending Boot Camp! Although I have never doubted your advice and theories, yesterday they were proven tried and true, over and over again. Bill (my husband) was amazed and astounded.
I just wanted to write and express my gratitude to you once again for empowering and inspiring me. I’m slowly growing my eBay business. From not having EVER sold anything on eBay before Boot Camp, and then only sparingly in October, I am approaching receiving my turquoise star for 100 feedbacks and am having a great time. I can work at three in the morning — or during the day — or at eight at night — whatever suits my schedule that day. The freedom is intoxicating.
Again, Lynn, — THANK YOU! You have helped change our lives — and we are so grateful. I can’t say enough about what you have done for me. Fear used to motivate me — but not anymore!
Don’t let FEAR motivate you, either. Take a chance!
…and Diva Dawn will be returning to join us in La Quinta this September for Live Boot Camp. Will you join us too?
The invitations have gone out for the ONE and ONLY Live eBay Boot Camp of 2008. It will be held (once again) at the amazing La Quinta Resort here in the Palm Springs area.
To get the best room rates for my students (and myself!), it will be held the weekend after Labor Day: Friday through Sunday, September 5th-7th, 2008.
This Boot Camp will sell out, so I encourage you to reserve your seat as soon as you can.
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There are LESS than 14 seats left so I encourage you to reserve your seat as soon as you can!!! I don’t want YOU to miss out.
I am so excited to have another fun bunch of students meet us here this Fall. I hope that you will be one of those students.
We have extended the time to purchase our 3-disc DVD set at the super low introductory price until Tuesday, July 1st at midnight.
The new and improved On the Road to eBay Live with the Queen of Auctions DVD set now includes three DVDs chock full of educational and entertaining information that you need to know.
Here is the rundown of this awesome DVD set:
Disc 1: You asked them and we took your questions to eBay Live and got you the answers you were looking for…This Q & A will include your questions asked and answered by Lynn, other PowerSellers, and some of my favorite eBay Gurus. We interviewed Joel Elad for 1 1/2 hours, Lisa Suttora for 1/2 hour and we even got Mike Enos and Jim Cockrum. I don’t know how we are going to condense this into just one hour but it will be chock full of great information!!! Regular price for this single-disc after promotion: $39.95
Lisa Suttora and me at eBay Live!
Disc 2: We were given the green light to film all three of Lynn’s eBay classes. Be a fly on the wall and learn all her tricks for garage saling in her seminar class and research in her lab class. Approximately two hours of intense and interesting instruction! Regular Price for this single-disc after promotion: $39.95.
Here I am with Kevin and Jeff from Auctiva and Jen from Hammertap.
Bonus Disc 3: For purchasing Discs 1 and 2 at our amazing low price, you will receive this extra DVD which includes at least an hour of the Behind the Scenes Reality before, during, and after eBay Live. The drama, authors’ luncheons, after-hours parties, and the humor of Mo, Carmen, and Jason. You don’t ever have to watch this but trust us–it is worth the price of the two instructional videos alone! I have seen some of the footage and it is hysterical!!!
We really don’t want you to miss out on this valuable DVD set so we’ve extended the preorder deadline to midnight on Tuesday, July 1st. Order now and you will be first in the queue to receive your copy. We expect this to ship out sometime in July.
This year’s eBay Live in Chicago was a blast. You can be a fly on the wall with Jason Badham’s new DVD On the Road to eBay Live with The Queen of Auctions.
Jason is Carmen’s husband and many of you know what a great job he did with The Queen’s Academy volume 1 Shipping DVD. This is the 2nd DVD package in that series and you won’t want to miss out on our special pre-order offer.
From now until midnight on Tuesday, July 1st, you can pre-purchase three DVDs full of fun and learn for a super special introductory price. Click here to order now because you know we only come out with awesome products!
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‘Get Everyone Helping’
by Lynn A. Dralle, ‘The Queen of Auctions’
I was a little stressed when I walked into my office on Monday morning after taking a Pilates class. Who am I kidding? I was very stressed. Not only did we have a huge week of sold eBay auction items to ship, but we also sold a tremendous amount out of our eBay store.
In addition, I hadn’t listed anything in a week–I was down to only 17 auctions. And I always try to have at least 100 to 200 going. Plus we had sold some educational items at eBay live and that needed shipping also. I would also need to input all the new ezine subscribers’ emails, write an ezine and hold a Queen’s Court call on Wednesday. How were Carmen and I ever going to get it all accomplished?
And then there was the fact that my kids are out of school for the summer and just hanging around the house. My dad was also in town to take care of them so that I could go to eBay Live! in Chicago. As many of you know, it is very hard to work from home and can get even more challenging when you have a houseful of people like I do this summer! They were all in my face and bugging me. Well, not really bugging me but they wanted my attention since I had been gone for six days.
How was I going to make this work? All of a sudden, I had a brilliant idea. I would give them all tasks to accomplish based upon their individual skills. This way, I could spend time with them but they would be helping me to accomplish the goals of the household workforce.
Indy (age 9) often helps me bubble wrap items and she is very good at it. I knew that I could count on her for several hours of work before she got burned out. She has a sign that says, “Will work for Webkinz,” so we struck a deal.
I pulled four huge orders and asked her to go to work. Here she is bubble wrapping.
I also had Indy do some data entry for me on Wednesday. She is an amazing computer whiz and enjoys helping others. Houston has been really nice to her this summer because she is the only one in the house who knows how to work iTunes! Now that I know how fast she is at data entry, I am going to be really nice to her also! I’m just kidding–I’m always nice to her.
My dad is a lot like Indy and always wants to help out. We had quite a few foreign shipments that we couldn’t set out for the postman and we were going to have to take them to the Post Office. Perfect job for my dad. Boy, am I going to miss him on Saturday when he goes back home to Bellingham. Not only is he a great errand runner, but he even does the dishes all day long, makes the kids their meals, and keeps the kitchen clean.
Next, I turned to Houston who is 11–going on 21. He is a little bit of a challenge since he doesn’t like to help as much as Indy and my dad do. He would rather be outside doing sports or playing video games. He did owe me money from buying some songs on iTunes, so I came up with a challenge. He does love a contest. I told him that if he wrote up and measured my 40 thimbles, we would be square.
He decided that to make it fun, he would get a stopwatch and time himself to see how long each listing was taking to write up. Here he is with the stopwatch, the thimbles and my I Sell sheets.
His longest time writing up a thimble took 2 1/2 minutes and the shortest one was 34 seconds. His record! You see, sporting events and competitions motivate Houston. As soon as we tailored his tasks to fit his personality, I had another great helper.
I was then able to photograph all 40 thimbles and get them listed on Wednesday. Here is a link to one of the auctions.
I don’t think the thimbles will turn out to be huge winners. I think they will eventually sell out of my eBay store but at least they are all listed and the hard work is done. Luckily, at that same thrift store, I also found this covered Mexican hen.
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And this wonderful Nambe serving piece.
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Before I wrap up this article, I want to say a little bit about Nambe. If you ever see that name on the bottom of a metal piece–BUY IT. Nambe is an amazing company out of New Mexico. They were founded in 1953 and are named after a tiny town close to Santa Fe. They are most well known for their metal alloy work and many pieces sell in the $100 range. I was just on PriceMiner and a large bunny rabbit tray sold for $643.99! The company is still in business today and even has a flatware line. I would love to find a set of that flatware at a garage sale!
Because I got so much help from my family and Carmen this week, I was able to get the two better items listed (the Nambe and the covered hen) in addition to the thimbles.
If you have a houseful of family and friends this summer, try and think up unique and fun tasks that they can help you within your eBay business. If you look at each person and figure out what motivates him or her–you will be very surprised at how much fun it can be! And notice how all of a sudden it doesn’t seem so much like work anymore but a family project.
With everyone’s help, I now have 85 items listed at auction and am shooting for 200 by next Monday!
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