Hey all! Hope everyone is enjoying the start of fall and the busy online selling season. For me, things have slowed down this week on eBay just a smidge. School and family had me busy this week, so I was unable to meet my usual listing quota. No problem though! Some of the secondary selling sites picked up the slack. Here were my sales numbers for the week:
Here are some of my standout sales from last week.
I love finding 90’s Caboodles! They remind me of my childhood, and they are great sellers. This was an Etsy sale. I found this one for less than $5.00 at a thrift shop.
Career wear is quickly becoming my niche. I found this Suit at a 94 cent sale, and even though it’s not a top brand, it still sold for a great price. I am constantly on the look-out for career wear and will pay up to $10.00 for a nice, name brand suit.
St. John is just one of those brands that makes my little reselling heart skip a beat! This is especially true when I find it at a 94 cent sale. Don’t pass it up, even if it’s an older style.
Expired ink is not something many people would think to resell. However, when I found 14 packs at 99 cents apiece, I thought I’d give it a shot. I split them into lots and these 4 were the first to sell. The name of the game here is disclosure. Make it very obvious to your buyer that the ink is expired.
Now, I want to talk about Mercari because it’s my second best selling platform after eBay. First of all, Mercari is completely app based. For me, that is not a problem because I use my iPhone to list all items on all sites and have completely phased out my computer for listing. Let’s start with some of the pros and cons of Mercari.
– Listing is a breeze. You simply upload 4 item pictures, enter a title/description, pick a price, and chose the shipping method you prefer. You can either opt into Mercari shipping rates ($4 for first class 8 oz or under and $6 for priority up to 3 lbs) or you can ship it yourself.
-If you offer free shipping, which is a huge plus on Mercari, it’s displayed on your listing. This really helps to entice buyers.
– You can message Mercari through their help center if you have a question or need assistance. In my experience, they usually answer within 24 hours and are very helpful.
– Payment: Your funds are not released until after the buyer receives the item and gives you a rating. However, if the buyer chooses not to rate, Mercari will automatically rate you 3 days after delivery. Then, your account is credited.
– After your account is credited, you can choose to have the money directly deposited into your bank account. Some people don’t like that funds are transferred only once per week. You have to request the transfer by midnight on Sunday to receive the funds on Monday.
– Mercari buyers are super interactive. They will ask questions and often ask for a lower price on items. This doesn’t bother me because I price my items higher, so I have room to negotiate. Also, time is of the essence. Mercari buyers seem to have a shorter attention span than eBay buyers. Answering questions quickly greatly increases your chances of making a sale.
– Mercari is not as eclectic as eBay. Certain brands and items sell better on Mercari than others. For instance, I personally do not list any vintage or older style items on Mercari. New items, kids clothes, and trendier brands (like PINK, Brandy Melville, Forever 21, etc.) are all great sellers.
Here’s a few more Mercari tips I’d like to share:
– Mercari requires photos to be in a square format. You can easily convert your photos into this format using an app like MOLDIV or Instagram Layout.
– If you are selling clothing, make sure to structure your keywords so that the size and brand are first. When buyers are just scrolling through their feeds, you want this info available to them at first glance. Here’s an example.
If a buyer has to do the extra work of clicking on your item just to find out the size, they may be less inclined to do so.
Okay, I hope you now have a better understanding of Mercari! If you have an questions, feel free to leave them in the comments. Use code MFGENM when signing up for a $2 credit.