March 18, 2016 by Andrew Minalto - 2 Comments

Your eBay & eCommerce Questions Answered #57

questions-answers-57Welcome Back!

It’s been a very productive week in our office, and we’ve tested the new Clicker Press I bought inside out. I wrote a separate blog post earlier this week about my new press, so take a look at that if you missed it. It’s actually a LOT of fun to use and I’ve found myself walking around asking other people to give me some cutting jobs – it turns out some manual work like this is a great way to relax yourself during a long day sitting (standing) in front of the PC.

Some of you may be wondering why I’ve covered so many “in house manufacturing” tactics on my blog recently? Because I’m a huge fan of creating/manufacturing products you can sell, for reasons outlined in my previous posts. Currently I’m considering purchasing a laser cutter machine and a 3D printer and will of course do posts on them if and when I get these new machines in!

But back to our Q&A and today we’ll be covering the following questions:

  • How to speed up Turbo Lister when uploading bulk listings?
  • What is a reasonable shipping cost for a SAMPLE from China?
  • Do you need to upgrade to a Business account from day one?
  • Can you buy from China with a personal debit/credit card?
  • What keywords should you use when doing research on Terapeak?

Let’s get started!

Hi Andrew,

I have learned a TON through your blog and I greatly appreciate you taking the time to do this.

I use Turbo Lister and have recently changed the way I list items to make my process “faster”. However, I have run into some major time spent uploading the listings and would like to see if you have any advice on how to speed this up?

Here is what I generally do on Turbo Lister:

  • I have templates for various items (clothing, electronics, car parts, toys, etc.) and I open the particular template to create a listing;
  • I use HTML for my item description and add self-hosted images in that section.
  • I save that information, and upload pictures from a file on my PC (after changing from self-hosted back to eBay picture services).

This saves a LOT of time for creating the listing, however the problem now is that 50 listings take about 1 hour to upload to eBay.

I use Picasa web albums for my self-hosted images and use photos from my PC to download to the EPS section.

I can create a listing in Turbo Lister and use self-hosted photos in the description and the image upload and the listing will take just a few seconds to upload.

My question is, is there a way to add more than one self-hosted image in the pictures so that buyers can view all of your images without having to scroll to the description (when using Turbo Lister eBay will only upload the first self-hosted image)? Also, is there a faster way to upload using my current method with files from my PC using EPS?

Thank you so much!

Hi Nguyen,

No, unfortunately (for some weird reason) TL only uploads 1 self-hosted gallery image so you have no choice but to use eBay’s hosted images for your listing’s gallery pictures. This is a Turbo Lister glitch in my opinion, but it’s been like that for many months now so I wouldn’t expect a quick fix! (more…)

March 11, 2016 by Andrew Minalto - 2 Comments

Your eBay & eCommerce Questions Answered #56

questions-answers-56Happy Friday!

It has been a busy week for me personally! I finally received my long awaited shipment from the US with my new equipment, something I delved into a bit in last week’s article on poor customer service. I will get everything set up and then do a proper dedicated post on this next week.

machineAlso, last week we FINALLY launched the new website! It’s such a good feeling, after long months of hard work, to see how it’s all turned out and the feedback I’ve received so far from my customers is nothing but good, so thanks for your support!

I have plans to re-vamp some further websites this year, to create more mobile friendly versions, so this is hopefully only the beginning! 🙂

Back to our weekly Q&A post and today we’ll be covering the following questions:

  • How much should I pay to ship a 100kg package from China?
  • What is the BEST alternative to Turbo Lister?
  • Why is my Chinese supplier charging double for a sample?
  • By how much can you negotiate MOQs?
  • Can you request modifications to existing product?

Let’s get started! (more…)

February 26, 2016 by Andrew Minalto - 0 Comments

Your eBay & eCommerce Questions Answered #55

questions-answers-55Welcome Back!

This week on the blog we had a look at how to find out the best selling variation for any product on eBay, and I also had a little rant about the poor experience I had trying to buy an air compressor for my own business.

Next week – SAT 3.0 finally goes live, which will be accompanied by the 5th and final product showcase article covering, you guessed it, SAT!

Here are the questions I will be answering in today’s post:

  • By what percentage will my sales increase from using a PRO template?
  • What’s the best way to learn importing from China?
  • Can you use another person’s eBay & PayPal accounts for a business?
  • How to sell the same product on two eBay sites?
  • Which shipping method is cheapest and easiest?
  • Is it more expensive to use freight forwarders?
  • Do I have to pay VAT & import duty to a Chinese supplier?

Let’s get started!

Hi Andrew,

Obviously you do spicy auction templates and I have used templates in the past, though at the moment I don’t currently have one. Now I understand that having a decent looking professional template creates a better experience for buyers as well as giving your business a better image and an overall boost in sales, but what are the statistics behind this? I can’t seem to find this information anywhere, so by having a professional template what increase will there be on my sales and conversion rate?

Kind regards,

Hi Christian,

That’s a good question. Unfortunately there are no such statistics available simply because it’s nearly impossible to test such things on eBay where rankings change constantly.

From my experience working with many different sellers, there’s definitely an increase in conversion rates after upgrading to a custom template with good images and proper formatting. But by what % exactly, that’s hard to say as there hasn’t been any proper testing done.

The overall effect will also depend a lot on what you sell. For example, if you sell industrial machinery parts, your buyers won’t be that concerned about how the listing looks as long as the description is clear and the product is what they’re looking for. On the other hand, with many products that are perceived visually, such as clothing, accessories, phone cases, furniture etc., a professional image can basically make or break your business. (more…)