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Has Anyone Else Experienced Low Sales Since The Beginning of the Year?

My sales are at an all time low.  Is it just me or is everyone experiencing this?  I sell, new, nearly new brands and designer and vintage women's clothing but have found since Christmas sales are REALLY LOW!  I can't afford to offer free postage, and my prices are very low as it is!  Can anyone suggest something?

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Re: Has Anyone Else Experienced Low Sales Since The Beginning of the Year?

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in reply to nadjahughes

I think there are quite a few sellers who have been experiencing declining sales, some long-term, others quite recently. eBay are campaigning full-force at the moment for promoted listings (where they place additional ads in various other places on the site, as well as twice in search results, one at normal ranking and another at a different rank with "sponsered" on it, and you pay a nominated additional percentage of the sale if someone buys as a result of the sponsered ads - they determine this by whether or not someone ultimately buys an item within 30 days of clicking on an ad). I can't attest as to how well they work, as I refuse to even potentially pay eBay any more money that I already do, not even 1%, which is the lowest percentage you can set them at...

 

More info about that is here, though: http://sellercentre.ebay.com.au/content/promoted-listings

 

I know you said that discounting is not really viable, but I would personally be more inclined to use the promotions manager tools, if I wanted to try and boost sales via promotions etc anyway, where you can set up things like Buy X items, get X% off (I've seen promos like buy 8 items, get 5% off, so you don't necessarily have to offer deep discounts etc) - I find a lot of these promos don't usually work to increase traffic to your store, but rather they provide greater incentive to those who are already looking and deciding whether or not to make a purchase. 

 

Other than that, the only thing I can really suggest is a few cosmetic changes to the listing description layout, as well as maybe adding in a few more descriptive details - you have all the key info there, but I'd probably separate and enlarge it a bit, so that things like the measurements stand out from the rest of the description and can be easily located.

 

I haven't sold clothing in a few years, so I don't know how relevant or useful my practices are now, but I always repeated all of the info in the item specifics and added in a few extra things (material, feel (eg whether it was silky smooth, textured etc), plus the total weight, and whether or not the fabric had any stretch, to hopefully give people as much chance as possible of being able to envisage things that can't be determined by sight alone. 

 

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Re: Has Anyone Else Experienced Low Sales Since The Beginning of the Year?

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Our two ebay stores have been on a steady decline in sales for the past 12-months, frequently setting new low point records.

 

Like this past weekend just gone, not a single ebay sale the entire weekend on either store.

Now whilst weekends are normally slower than weekdays for us this has never happened before.

 

We alo have our own website and Etsy and just as well we do as those two are helping although sales on both are down as well, but not as much as ebay.

 

We are getting a new venture under way and that is looking more promising each month.

So if that continues on the trends exhibited so far we should be in a position to totally close down our ebay stores by about the end of this year. It will no longer be a viable proposition to continue with them.

Barely worth the hassles dished out to sellers by ebay and the kind of clientele (buyers) they seem to attract these days.

So we are now running down our stock and the plan is to try and have most of it gone by the end of the year.

What's left at the end will go via the Facebook craft destash pages for what we paid hopefully.

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Re: Has Anyone Else Experienced Low Sales Since The Beginning of the Year?

in reply to nadjahughes

Yep!

i found that when eBay offered to free 100 listings etc I would do ok, but since they stopped offering them, sales are poor! I find I'm selling more on FB so much better! And no fees!

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Re: Has Anyone Else Experienced Low Sales Since The Beginning of the Year?

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My sales are also at an all-time low & have been steadily declining for 3 1/2 years. I've been selling for here for 15 years and for the first 11 my sales increased every year. Now they are decreasing at an alarming rate and I'm setting new records records too (most days without a sale, lowest month on record etc).

At this rate, I too, won't be selling on eBay for much longer (as it is becoming not viable in terms of time versus profit) unless things change dramatically .

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Re: Has Anyone Else Experienced Low Sales Since The Beginning of the Year?

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Very low here, the decline started just before Xmas 2015.  Averaging one or two sales a day.  I used to bring 20 to 30 parcels to the post office each week, now it's down to about 10 to 15, sometimes less.  Prior to Xmas 2015, the income from my posters was almost the same as my regular job - life was truly wonderful!

 

Last week I relisted all my international stuff (approx. 110 items) at 66% of the usual price and it didn't make a difference.  Plenty of views and watchers, just no sales.

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in reply to nadjahughes

Yes steady decline for at least the last two years for me.  I do not put much effort into it anymore as it does not make much of a difference what you do.  Some weeks I get a few sales all at once, then nothing for a while.  I am also using FB, Gumtree and occasionally quicksales.

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Re: Has Anyone Else Experienced Low Sales Since The Beginning of the Year?

in reply to artyandchic

My Paypal account is nearly empty as I have bought stuff on eBay and there is other stuff I would like to buy but without sales

 

that wont be happening.

 

No sales means no buying and I presume that I'm not the only one who does it that way.

 

I've added a few more listings as three sales in 90 days wasn't that bad,(from 4 listings).

 

I wasn't listing much as I seemed to have lost interest in the last few months due to only 5 sales in the last 3 months of last year.

 

Might be time to try a different approach?

 

I've dropped from 106 sales for the year down to 58 in the last 4 months going by my dashboard,(yet I'm still a Power seller?).

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Re: Has Anyone Else Experienced Low Sales Since The Beginning of the Year?

in reply to *stuff*books*

I have no sales (due to being terminated 18 months ago) but I am still buying big time so therefor I'm still

making ebay wads of money on my purchases lol.

Imagine what ebay could be earning off me if I could sell lol.

And you're still a Power seller because 106 sales for the year is less than 58 in the last 4 months because if you times that over the 

next year then you could potentially have 174 sales lol which is 68 more sales so cheer up and look to the future. Woman Happy

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Re: Has Anyone Else Experienced Low Sales Since The Beginning of the Year?

in reply to digital*ghost
Thank you. I already do all of this, as I am a dressmaker I try to be as descriptive as possible with measurements, fabric etc. I will take on board your suggestions though. Purely out of curiosity, most of my sales (like a good 80% have been to Queensland)! I wonder why this is?
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in reply to clarry100
Thank you for your comments and good luck with your new venture.
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in reply to designers*n*more
Thank you for your comments. Any advice on how to sell on Facebook? I am new to Ebay and found it hard to grasp all of the technology, but get by as their customer support is very good. Is Facebook similar in this way? Any suggestion you can give me, would be appreciated. Many Thanks.
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Re: Has Anyone Else Experienced Low Sales Since The Beginning of the Year?

in reply to nadjahughes

I am new to Ebay and found it hard to grasp all of the technology, but get by as their customer support is very good.

 

lmao smiley.gif

 

I think we've found the Golden Child folks.

 

Nadja, I'm pleased that they are helping you

 

 

 

 

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Re: Has Anyone Else Experienced Low Sales Since The Beginning of the Year?

in reply to rocket2retro

My latest sale (second in 90 days) is an NPB for an aution. Ebay sales are non existant on my 2 accounts. I'm off to file an NPB before Ebay charges me for the sale & takes ages to refund my money!

 

No sales means I don't buy - Simple Economics!

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in reply to redders_60

Samr here.Ebay used to be a great place to sell.Now I  am lucky to sell 4-5 items a month.Used to be about 30-40.I was reducing prices and doing a lot of free post but never made a difference.Seems Ebay have a quota of of what I can sell every month.It's going down all the time...I believe i am being throttled.

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Re: Has Anyone Else Experienced Low Sales Since The Beginning of the Year?

in reply to nadjahughes
Hmm should I complain about $20 sale ebay gives me every few days? So much effort to get to the post office for a few $ profit. After petrol, that's 0. 😞

I think they just want us to pay for promoted listings so they can take more money.
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Re: Has Anyone Else Experienced Low Sales Since The Beginning of the Year?

in reply to clarry100

clarry100 wrote:

Our two ebay stores have been on a steady decline in sales for the past 12-months, frequently setting new low point records.

 

Like this past weekend just gone, not a single ebay sale the entire weekend on either store.

Now whilst weekends are normally slower than weekdays for us this has never happened before.

 

We alo have our own website and Etsy and just as well we do as those two are helping although sales on both are down as well, but not as much as ebay.

 

We are getting a new venture under way and that is looking more promising each month.

So if that continues on the trends exhibited so far we should be in a position to totally close down our ebay stores by about the end of this year. It will no longer be a viable proposition to continue with them.

Barely worth the hassles dished out to sellers by ebay and the kind of clientele (buyers) they seem to attract these days.

So we are now running down our stock and the plan is to try and have most of it gone by the end of the year.

What's left at the end will go via the Facebook craft destash pages for what we paid hopefully.


Very sorry to hear in that it will be sad to see you go clarry, but very best wishes for your new venture Smiley Happy

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in reply to mbselections00

Haha! Thanks MB.

 

Whilst we may stop selling on ebay I may still lurk around these boards from time to time to share some of the knowledge I have gained over the years we have been selling on ebay.

 

I have to say that a large part of that knowledge has come from the experienced regulars on here such as your good self. Apart from the sheer experiences we have had along the way.

 

But... you don't quite get rid of me quite that easy. Actually, truth be known, I'd rather keep on selling but if its not economically viable to do so we will be forced to close up shops. The way its trending now its looking like the end of the year would be about the wrap-up.

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clarry100 wrote:

Haha! Thanks MB.

 

Whilst we may stop selling on ebay I may still lurk around these boards from time to time to share some of the knowledge I have gained over the years we have been selling on ebay.

 

I have to say that a large part of that knowledge has come from the experienced regulars on here such as your good self. Apart from the sheer experiences we have had along the way.

 

But... you don't quite get rid of me quite that easy. Actually, truth be known, I'd rather keep on selling but if its not economically viable to do so we will be forced to close up shops. The way its trending now its looking like the end of the year would be about the wrap-up.


Smiley Happy glad to hear you'll still be around, it's sad so many of the regulars are disappearing.  I'm at the point where I'm questioning if it's even worth having the Basic Store it's so quiet . . . . . .

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I thought about opening a store, but only my low feedback account is really doing anything, and even then it's not much. One account received a monthly invoice for $0.00 and the other $2 something. My low fb account was about $12. I lost TRS on my second account in December. I'm not surprised, I'd had no sales on that account for 3 months. I can't justify store fees for no sales.