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USPS Holiday Package Deliveries — 7 Days a Week

To make sure people receive their holiday packages on time, USPS has extended delivery services to 7 days a week in major cities and other high-volume areas. Now through Christmas Day, deliveries are being made every single day. Sellers can find out which zip codes are receiving 7-day delivery at http://www.usps.com/holidaynews.

USPS predicts a 12% growth in package volume during the holiday season…somewhere in the range of 450-470 million packages. They attribute this to ecommerce growth, because more customers are ordering online, as well as to improvements to their Priority Mail offerings, including lower prices.

And here's a really impressive statistic: One out of every 2 USPS packages contains an eBay purchase!

eBay Radio Guests: December 16, 2014 – Show #579

Our guests for eBay Radio #579 on December 16, 2014, are:

  • Jason T. Smith, Top-Rated Seller tikipugmusic, Partner in Thrifting with The Boys and Co-Star of Thrift Hunters: Thrifting for Charity
  • Brandi Tolley, Top-Rated Seller buy_big_from_brandi: Balancing Family Life with Your Business on eBay
  • Danna Crawford, Top-Rated Seller danna, Certified eBay Education Specialist and CEO of PowerSellingMom, Inc.: 5 Things that Can Delay Your Shipments and What You Should Do Instead
  • Matt Pinquoch, Bay ID mattbecca and Owner, MattsEquipmentRepair.com: eBay for People with Disabilities
  • "Diva" Dawn Ralston, Top-Rated Seller divadawnlv and Owner, DeclutterWithDivaDawn.com: Where eBay Sellers Can Be Penny Wise and Pound Foolish

eBay Radio Guests, Show #578: December 9, 2014

Our guests for eBay Radio #578 on December 9, 2014, are:

  • Jenny Jeansonne, Senior Manager, Emerging Verticals, Gift Cards: Gift Cards on eBay
  • Carolyn “CJ” Jacinto, eBay Education Specialist and Certified Business Consultant, eBay ID xoxmas: Home-Stretch Holiday Selling Tips
  • Danni Ackerman, Founder/CEO, The Danni App, eBay ID udderlygoodstuff: Yard-Sale Syndrome
  • Kevin Bucchio, Top-Rated Seller ourfamilythrift and Owner of Facebook Group The Thrifting Lounge: eBay Facebook Groups, Hot Sales and a New eBook with 250 Name Brands To Know
  • Cliff Ennico, Attorney and Author of The Small Business Survival Guide and The eBay Seller's Tax and Legal Answer Book: Year-End Tax Planning and Business Tips

eBay by the Numbers: Some Shopping Statistics

eBay has compiled some interesting numbers that provide insight into how eBay buyers are shopping, as well as what they’re buying. Every day, shoppers are performing more than 250 million searches on eBay. That’s 11 million searches per hour; 190,000 searches per minute; and 3,000 searches per second.

Mobile has changed the ecommerce game. Last year it accounted for $20 billion of eBay sales, and this year it’s estimated to break records again. Buyers worldwide are shopping the moment they’re inspired — anytime, anywhere, on any device and even across multiple devices.

Collectibles are among the most popular items on eBay. eBay sells $15,000 in collectibles and art every minute and has one of the widest selections in the world. In fact, approximately 5 collectible items sell every second. In 2013, the Art and Antiques category realized more than $1.2 billion in sales.

eBay packages are shipped from more than 100 countries around the world every day. And here’s one more impressive number: One out of every two USPS packages shipped contains an eBay purchase.

eBay Radio Guests: November 25, 2014 - Show 577

eBay Radio guests for show #577 on November 25, 2014:

  • Tod Cohen, Vice President, Global Government Relations, and Deputy General Counsel, eBay Inc.: 2014 Midterm Elections Update and Internet Sales Tax in the Lame-Duck Session
  • Linda Bottino, Top-Rated Seller linbot1: How to Evaluate and List Vintage Clothing for the Holidays
  • Denise Dent, The Ins and Outs of Selling Antique Jewelry
  • Sandi Garcia, Social Media Marketing Coach and Top-Rated Seller officethreads: Contingency Planning to Protect Your Business on eBay
  • Ginger Leishman, Marketing Manager, eBay Mobile: New Print Shipping Label Feature in eBay Mobile Apps

Tips for Black Friday and Cyber Monday: From the eBay For Business Blog

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are coming up fast -- two of the holiday season’s hottest shopping days. After that comes accelerated shopping, often by last-minute buyers. The eBay For Business blog offers top tips for cashing in on these holiday sales opportunities. Here are some excerpts:

  • Sell your hottest items, and price them competitively. Keep a close eye on recent sales activity and pricing for your item by checking similar current and completed listings.
  • Take advantage of this USPS holiday offer on eBay labels, then pass the savings along to your buyers. From now through December 31, all sellers will save an average of 30% when printing labels through eBay.
  • Let your buyer make the deal; add Best Offer for free.
  • Give your buyer the option to Buy It Now; add it to your auction listings for free.
  • Use eBay Store tools to create irresistible offers and other promotions.

For more terrific holiday selling tips, go to http://for-business.ebay.com (no w-w-w).

eBay Radio Guests: November 18, 2014 – Show 576

eBay Radio guests for show number 576 on November 18, 2014:

  • Mark LeVine, CFO, Bubblefast, and Top-Rated Seller bubblefast: New Dimensional Weight Rules for 2015
  • Cindy Sorley, Top-Rated Seller bubbacandance: Adapting to Change and Staying Positive
  • Ginger Leishman, Marketing Manager, eBay Mobile: eBay Mobile's New Print Shipping Label Feature
  • Kathy Terrill, Top-Rated Seller nycfitnessfamilyfinds: Help! Black Friday is 10 Days Away!
  • Tim Chapman, eBay ID mr.customerservice: 8 Advantages of Auctions vs. Fixed Price

Enter eBay's "What Inspires You" Sweepstakes Now for a Chance to Win Big!

Now through November 9th, enter eBay’s “What Inspires You” Sweepstakes for a chance to win daily and weekly prizes as well as one grand prize: a 2015 Fiat 500 Turbo. You can enter via Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.

To enter via Facebook, go to http://www.facebook.com/eBay and post a comment with an inspirational image or message using hash tag #ShopTheWorld. Or go to thttp://www.witter.com/eBay; follow eBay; and tweet an inspirational image or message using hash tag #ShopTheWorld.

On Pinterest, create a board showing things that inspire you, and include hash tag #ShopTheWorld in the title.

That’s eBay’s “What Inspires You” Sweepstakes on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, hash tag #ShopTheWorld, through November 9th.

eBay Radio Guests: November 4, 2014 – Show 575

Guests for eBay Radio #575 on November 4, 2014:

  • Sarah Granger, Author, The Digital Mystique: Digital Life for eBay Sellers
  • Nykki Hardin, Founder, Nykki's Cleanse: Health and Nutrition Tips for Small Business Owners
  • Debbie Wieder, Top-Rated Seller thebookkiosk: Engaging with the eBay Seller Community
  • Beth Cherkowsky, Top-Rated Seller woadieland: Year-Round Product Sourcing
  • Jackson Baer, Top-Rated Seller namebrandthriftstore: Tips for Selling on eBay

"Get Your Slice of the Halloween Pie" (Continued) by Shana Champion in the eBay for Business Blog

More tips for selling your items this Halloween:

2) Start an eBay Collection. If you sell cowboy boots on eBay, and you also happen to sell cowboy-inspired shirts or other western paraphernalia, start an eBay Collection called “Cowboy and Cowgirl Halloween Costumes” (or something similar). This way you’ll greatly improve the odds that you’ll sell more than one item. Cha-ching!

3) Offer expedited shipping. To maximize your sales potential, since Halloween is just a couple of short weeks away, beef up your customer service by offering expedited shipping. Though many will buy their costume-related items well in advance of October 31st, it’s smart to plan for last-minute shoppers. If you don’t, you run the risk of missing out on potential sales, which will make your extra efforts to drive traffic to your items for naught. If you’re really serious about cashing in on Halloween, see if your listings qualify for Fast ‘n’ Free shipping, which can boost your sales by up to 11%.

You’re limited only by your imagination when it comes to profiting from America’s fascination with playing dress-up!

Read more at http://for-business.ebay.com/get-your-slice-halloween-pie-3-tricks.

eBay Radio Guests: October 21, 2014 – Show 574

Guests for eBay Radio #574 on October 21, 2014:

  • John Lawson, CEO, ColderICE Media: 7 Strategies for Kicking Up Holiday Sales
  • Joseph DeMarco, Top Rated Seller hubcapjoes: The Global Shipping Program and Customer Service
  • Vicki Conley, Top Rated Seller pictureithere: Using Video in Your Listings
  • Kat Simpson, Chief Idea Officer at ThatKat.com and eBay ID thekatsboutique: Hiring and Working with a Virtual Assistant
  • Patty Coleman, Organizer of the SoCal Ecommerce Sellers Group, eBay Education Specialist and Top Rated Seller whoohoodepot: 5 Reasons You Should Belong to an eBay Sellers Group

Adapted from "Get Your Slice of the Halloween Pie" By Shana Champion in the eBay for Business Blog

Want to make a killing on Halloween costumes this year? It’s not too late. The National Retail Federation estimates that this will be one of the biggest years on record. Shoppers in the US alone will spend an estimated $2.8 billion on costumes this year. So how can you get a piece of this massive Halloween pie? Here's an easy tip for getting in on the action.

  1. Tweak your listings. Think about your inventory. If you have a large eBay store, you probably have more Halloween-related items than you think. You just need to get creative and tweak your listings’ titles, descriptions and category so that they show up when costume hunters search for the item that will complete their look.

    We’re talking about a taffeta wedding dress that could take a “zombie bride” costume to the next level, or those doctor’s scrubs that 11 months out of the year are purchased by legitimate medical professionals. If you sell such items, simply add the keywords “Halloween” and “costume” to your title and description, along with the magic word that will help your costume hunter find your item, such as “zombie.” Then make sure that your item is listed in the Costumes category of your store, whether that means moving the item to it or adding an additional category.

Get more terrific tips for Halloween selling at http://for-business.ebay.com/get-your-slice-halloween-pie-3-tricks.

eBay Radio Guests: Tuesday, October 14, 2014 – Show 573

  • Hillary DePiano, Author of The Whine Seller and eBay ID priced nostalgia:There is Still Selling Assistance Out There, Even Though the Official Trading Assistant Program is Gone
  • Danna Crawford, CEO of PowerSellingMom Inc., Certified eBay Education Specialist and Top-Rated Seller danna:Tips for Boosting Your Holiday Sales
  • Jonathan Haney, Head of Returns Experience, eBay: Delight Buyers with Extended Holiday Returns
  • Charlene Anderson, Top Rated Seller purveyorallthingscreative: It Can't Sell if It's Not Listed - How to Get Motivated to List and Sell
  • Richelle Parhnam, Chief Marketing Officer, eBay: New "Shop the World" Global Brand Campaign