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Mom's eBay store... [Dec. 29th, 2009|05:08 am]
susan smitten
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Let me show you it! My mother didn't seem to understand why I was taking so many pictures of her eBay stuff. But it's fascinating! Especially to somebody like me, who has never been organized. Why couldn't I have inherited this methodicalness and follow through?


When we visited a month ago, she had sold over 9,000 books.


The warehouse on the 2nd floor of their new home. Those tubs are full of paperbacks.


She has also sold hundreds of puzzles and craft supplies.


The shipping department. My dad built that table for around no dollars.


I believe she claimed to be uncharacteristically relaxed about her record keeping.


This inventory record shows books by a particular author.


And this is a chronological payment record, and a page of customer locations.

So that is just one of the things my mom is doing with her so-called retirement. My parents are... busy.
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[User Picture]From: scottks
2009-12-29 03:02 am (UTC)
I must not get how to do eBay. I put up four gourd jack-o-lanterns and eBay says I won't have to pay any fees. So they don't sell and I relist. They still don't sell, and I take them down. I owe eBay $10.

I don't know how your mom can afford so many listings unless she really gets them all for free. My definition of no fees and free must not jive with eBay.
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[User Picture]From: premkudva
2009-12-29 05:23 am (UTC)
> eBay says I won't have to pay any fees.

And yet they charged you! Or was the first listing free?
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From: (Anonymous)
2009-12-29 12:35 pm (UTC)

Fees

No, there are definitely fees -- in fact, some people call it feeBay! There is the insertion fee when you first list the item, a final value fee based on the selling price if the item does sell, and a PayPal fee when the buyer pays using PayPal. I generally have more listings than you see here, but I'm just getting back to it after the holidays. I'm not getting rich, but the business is a lot of fun and keeps me out of trouble!
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