While I was at my family reunion in Florida, my Android phone updated its operating system and unbeknownst to me, wiped out the settings that turned on my eBay Mobile notifications. Long story short, I didn’t realize I had a sale while I was out of town, so I received my first ding for late shipping.
Lesson learned. Check your eBay Mobile app, especially after system updates, to make sure notifications stay turned on. In retrospect, it would have been better to put my store on vacation. There is a time for vacation brain and a time for work brain. Just be sure you cover your assets when you are traveling…and while you’re still jet lagged.
Here’s another stress-buster, just in time for the holidays: When you take a break from listing, packing and shipping to spend some much-needed time with family and friends, use your eBay store’s vacation settings to manage your store while you’re away. When you put your store on vacation, your Fixed Price listings won’t come up in search and are hidden from view. (Auctions will still run their course.) Turning on your store’s vacation settings will also post a message on all of your listings and your eBay store page, letting buyers know of your “away” status and when you will return. They won’t be able to purchase your item until then. You can access Vacation Settings from your “Manage My Store” page or via the settings link in “My Messages”, where you can also set up an auto-response email message.