I hit 20,000 in feedback points. How exciting! Unfortunately, my shooting star won’t change color until 25,000. But what a fun accomplishment.
- Lynn Recommends: Home Run! Our exciting 4th 100 Best promotion ends tonight!
- Special Announcement: 7 Seats Left for Live Boot Camp
- Feature Article: 5 Top Tips for Boosting Summer Sales
- The Queen’s Update: Requesting more stories from YOU
This ezine is published every two weeks.
June 18, 2009, Volume V, Issue 12
What a wild two weeks. My new book is here from the printers and we are running an exciting launch promotion that ends tonight at midnight. If you haven’t had an opportunity to buy my new book and pick up over $500 in bonuses from top eBay gurus, you won’t want to miss out. Check the Lynn Recommends section for more.
Here is the cover of the new book!
Don’t miss our special launch
ending tonight, June 18th at midnight!
We (Houston, Indy, and I) leave on Tuesday, June 23rd for Las Vegas. I am teaching on Thursday at the eBay Radio Party. If you haven’t signed up yet, I highly encourage it. If you are a Queen’s Court member we are having a special meet and greet on Tuesday night and then we are going yard saling and thrift store shopping on Friday morning. This is my special gift to Queen’s Court members this month. And I must thank DivaDawnLV for all her help! You rock!
Then on Friday afternoon, we fly from Vegas to NY for the Cooperstown tournament. My mom and dad are meeting us in Vegas and will fly to Cooperstown with us. We are all so excited! We are doing one last fundraising attempt on eBay to pay for our trading pins. Check out the auctions here PalmDesertMustangs.com.
Speaking of baseball. Something new and different! Mo’s son Kelly and Houston got to play in a tournament together this past weekend for the first time in four years. It was so cool! I got to hang out with Mo and her husband Paul the entire weekend. Check out my 3rd baseman and Mo’s shortstop chatting before the inning.
So, as we all know, this year has been challenging for most all Americans. The economy is tough and we are all just hanging on, but hanging on we are. Thank goodness for eBay. No one can take our jobs away from us!
Anyway, I have been under the same stress as most of you have. Then on Thursday morning, as I go to take the kids to school and open the garage door (Yes, my car was actually being parked inside), Houston looks at the ceiling and says “Oh my gosh”. The ceiling was coming down. Plaster all over my car, wet boxes of things I had inherited from my grandmother, and an all-around DISASTER.
I said to Houston, run upstairs and check the guest bathroom. Well, a tube had come loose in the toilet tank and it sprayed water all night. I shut off the water and took the kids to school. We were in the middle of a major EMERGENCY.
I called my dad hysterically crying and he said, “Get your ex-husband over there immediately to help you move the boxes from your grandmother and save what you can.” I also called ServiceMaster and they were out within 30 minutes to help stop the torrent of water. I also called Allstate–they were incredible.
As I was cleaning up the mess in the garage with William, I moved a box from my grandmother’s estate that said: “from Grandma’s dresser”. I just had to open it, didn’t I?
On top was a poem from 1930 that my grandma had clipped from a newspaper. The poem was titled “Don’t Quit.” How fitting was that?
Here is what the poem said…
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow–
You may succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than,
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor’s cup,
And he learned too late when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out–
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far,
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit–
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.
– Author unknown
My grandmother (somehow) always gets the last word and I wouldn’t want it any other way.
I was on eBay radio Tuesday, June 9th at 1:15 pm with PayPal Jason (filling in for Griff who was on vacation), and Lee for about 10 minutes during the PowerSeller show. Click here to listen in if you missed it. We ended up talking about how to combat the summer woes.
I figured, “Why not use that theme for this week’s ezine article?” Please check out my top five tips to combat Summer’s slow sales. Don’t miss it!
In the Special Announcement section, take note, there are only 7 seats left for Live Boot Camp. Please reserve your spot now, before it sells out. We want to see you in La Quinta this August!
Finally, we are looking for more of your stories. Read below to find out how to submit your stories for consideration.
It ends tonight at Midnight
I have amazing news!!!
My new book has arrived from the printer and we’re celebrating!!!
Purchase my new book today before midnight and you will also receive more than $534 in downloadable resources from 12 of the most successful, well-respected entrepreneurs in the eBay community. All free of charge – no gimmicks, no catches, and no hidden fees.
And remember, Queen’s Court members may use their discount.
Click here to purchase right now.
It is so exciting to have the new book in hand. Becky Raney, our good friend at Print and Copy Factory in Washington state did a great job printing the book and it looks great!
When you purchase my book before midnight tonight you will receive free access to some of the best learning tools and resources the eBay community has to offer.
So, in addition to me, you will have access to secrets used by industry experts including Lisa Suttora, Janelle Elms, Debbie Levitt, Mike Enos, Julia Wilkinson, Skip McGrath, Joel Elad, HammerTap, Auctiva, Debbie Ybarra, PriceMiner (WorthPoint), Cindy Shebley and more!
This is a combined value of more than $534.00!!
Think about that, for less than the cost of a dinner out, you have the opportunity to learn from 12 of the most successful entrepreneurs in eBay history. These people are truly living the dream – making a lot of money doing what they love and doing so on their own terms.
Imagine the freedom when you are your own boss. You get to decide when you will or will not work. You can take as much vacation time, or days off as you wish. And, the best part is, you can do all of this and be extremely well-paid.
Remember, our book launch celebration ends at midnight tonight. Don’t miss it!
P.S. Can you really afford to pass up this opportunity for less than the price of a dinner out? Click here.
P.P.S. This offer is too good not to pass on to friends and family. Send them to TheQofA.com right now!
Our ONLY Live Boot Camp of 2009 is coming up soon. Friday, August 28th, Saturday, August 29th, and Sunday, August 30th at the world-famous La Quinta Resort! There are only 7 seats left!
We have added a 3-part payment plan, so please click here to get your special invitation. When you email just let Mo know if you are a Boot Boot Camp in a Box owner, a prior graduate, a Six-Steps to eBay Success owner or none of the above.
By holding it the last weekend in August, we were able to negotiate super great room rates for all you future students and the resort will not be very crowded. We will also be able to get the meeting rooms that we want.
Here are my 2008 Graduates! Not everyone sent in a photo but for those who did it made it easier for Carmen, Jason, Lee, Mo, and I to get to know you all faster!
Don’t you want to see your photo on this board next year? I want to see you in La Quinta. Please let us know if you didn’t receive your special invitation. Contact us here.
My mom will be returning to help this year and we look forward to having her back with us for 2009!
‘5 Top Tips to Boost Your eBay Summer Sales’
by Lynn Dralle, The Queen of Auctions
What can you do to boost your eBay summer sales? Start thinking along the lines of Graduation presents, wedding gifts, summer vacations, beach, etc. and then try these tips!
- Use Markdown Manager
One of my favorite tools to use is Markdown Manager. If you have a basic eBay store you can mark down 250 items a day. With a featured store (like I have) I can mark down 2500 items per day. So over the weekend, I marked down about 5,000 items (almost my entire eBay store).
It really helps to generate sales and I only do between 5% and 15% off. Not a whole lot but it really makes an impact. I looked at my sales for the past 24 hours prior to my sale and they were sitting at $24.00. Not good enough! Within 5 hours, the 24-hour sales had risen to over $335.00. All with items on sale from my eBay store.
This set of flatware that sold really contributed to that increase. I sold over $200 to one man because it was on sale for just 10% off. I had paid $30 for the set (which included a wooden flatware case). I got $24.99 for the case, so the set was practically free!
One of the auctions for the dinner forks.
I also just sold this pink puffy London Fog coat (that my daughter grew out of) on June 4th for 10% off with Markdown Manager. And in June?
Click here to see what it sold for.
I even had “Winter” in the auction title.
Use Markdown Manager to your advantage. It really works!
- Email your newsletter subscribers
I have about 1,000 eBay users signed up for my eBay newsletters. I have it set up to email them (if they request it) every two weeks with my newly listed items. Check out this rare 1860s Victorian Pincushion that was from my grandmother’s collection. It got emailed out to that list.
136 people had viewed it and it had 18 watchers with 5 hours left to go. And it had a $24.99 bid. We will see what it sells for!
Click here to see what it sold for.
You can also email your list when you put anything on sale with Markdown Manager. Just be careful and don’t send out too many of these. Too many emails can get annoying!
- List in-demand items
Coffee Mugs as always! Check out this hunting scene mug that I picked up at my thrift store for $2.00. It lists on a popular china website for $79.99 and they don’t have any in stock. Because it is summer, I started it at a higher price point of $24.99. Let’s see what it sold for.
Click here to see the completed auction.
Some children’s toys are always in demand. The Fisher-Price series of the Loving Family dollhouse is a good brand. My daughter had these pieces of furniture, dolls, and accessories strewn all over her room. We picked them all up and I got them listed last week. It didn’t sell for as much as I had hoped, but the beauty is that it is gone and I have more money in the bank!
See the auction here.
- Speaking of cleaning up…..Clean up your house and list unwanted items
Things that you may think should be thrown away can actually sell for big money on eBay. Case in point. My son’s used and worn in baseball gear sells very well because young athletes don’t have time to break in cleats and gloves before they grow and need a larger size.
I sold three baseball gloves for over $80 last year for charity. I just sold a pair of my son’s used baseball cleats out of my eBay store. Do these even look like they would sell?
Click for cleats.
And one of my ezine readers emailed me to tell me that she had thrown away her worn-in riding boots and then read one of my newsletters and decided to pull them back out of the garbage. She put some leather ointment on them, listed them on eBay, and got over $60!
Don’t throw anything away before you list it on eBay!
- List more than normal and buy cheap items and LIST LIST LIST
I was at a garage sale and the nicer items were priced at $10, $15, and $25. I thought that the sellers were crazy. I picked up a Limoges urn with butterflies on it and asked how much. The lady told me it was 25. I thought she meant $25.00 and I put it back on the ground. Then I heard her talking to another customer and she said the price was 10 and it turned out to be 10 cents.
I picked up the urn again and asked, “Was this $25 or 25 cents?” She laughed and said 25 cents. For cheaply priced items, take some risks!
Check it out here!
Don’t let the summer pass you by without making good money on eBay. In tough economic times, people are looking for bargains and eBay is their destination! Just remember these five tips and think outside the box. Try new things and remember my number one tip….Markdown Manager!
We are looking for your eBay success stories to share with our ezine readers and possibly make it into a book of our reader’s best eBay stories.
A big thanks to everyone who has already submitted a story! We are looking for more great stories of your eBay adventures. We know there are many great tales out there, so please submit your story along the lines of the stories from the 100 Best Books and a great side story with photos will help. If we use your story, you will receive a $35 merchandise credit on my website and you will have your story featured–along with your user ID–in my ezine! It may also eventually end up in a published book!
By the way, when I mention my ezine readers’ user IDs with links to their auctions–it actually helps their sales! Amazing how that works. Click here for the guidelines for submitting your stories.
eBay PowerSeller and third-generation antique dealer, Lynn Dralle, is the creator of Boot Camp in a Box, the home-study course where you can learn to implement the Dralle Method to maximize your eBay profits.
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