Ebay Store Mini Makeover

I love a good makeover show. Give me a glass of wine and a marathon of What Not To Wear reruns, and you will hear no complaints. It just love seeing how a little external upkeep transforms a person’s whole outlook.

I had some downtime early this morning and decided to give my somewhat-neglected eBay store a mini makeover. I added a banner (the “Welcome to my store! Feel free to…” part) that I made (for free!) with Canva and color coordinated the four “Featured Items” below it.

store billboard

One of the things that I love about eBay is the personal connection a buyer and seller can make in each transaction. A little handwritten note on a packing slip or a “Thanks! This is exactly what I was looking for!” received along with a buyer’s payment keep the transaction from feeling totally sterile. I think that including a short welcome and signing my name on my store’s billboard will help foster the feeling that buyers are purchasing from a real, live human being, who will do what it takes to make sure they have a great buying experience.

I also updated my store categories (below, in the pink box) to make it easier for buyers to find what they’re looking for:

store categories

I had way too many listings that hadn’t been properly categorized and were all lumped into the “other” category. Now that I’ve fixed that, shoppers can search either by type of clothing or by size, and see everything in my store that falls into each category.

To be perfectly honest, touching up the look of my eBay store is pretty low on my list of priorities. I imagine many or most of my buyers never even see my store. Rather, they likely just find a particular item when they run a search. However, for the ones who do see my store, they should have a slightly more pleasant experience now!

Do you all spend much time on the look or usability of your eBay store? Anyone else still mourning the end of What Not To Wear? 🙂

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6 thoughts on “Ebay Store Mini Makeover

  1. This is on my to-do list along with trying out some listing templates. A company reached out that offers some 10 free templates so I’m going to try them out for a month or so and then give a review on my blog. I love the idea of adding your banner though!

    Makes it look much more professional.

    And I too have a lot of “other”! It gets even worse after garage sale season when I’ll buy almost anything!

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  2. yes. I miss wntw! but I also kinda miss cable, we have Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon Prime.
    I recently started selling on eBay as more than just a clean out the closet kind of thing, and it was because of your blog. I have a 2 year old and a 5 month old, so I hit the trift stores as often as I can. It has been really nice to see things sell and to be making money again!
    My question for you is, how do you deal with taxes?

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    • Hello! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment! I’m so happy that I’ve played a little part in your finding a way to earn some extra money with eBay! My girls are spaced about the same way your kids are, so I know how busy that is!

      Currently, I keep track of my profit and expenses with the Easy Auctions Tracker spreadsheet. If you search “easy auctions tracker” on my sidebar, you should find the post where I share a review. I pay estimated taxes quarterly online. If you expect to owe more than $1,000 in taxes, the IRS requires you to pay quarterly. I save 25% of my profit each month and put it in a savings account until it’s time to make a tax payment. That ends up being a little more than I need to pay, but I’ll get a return when I actually file each April. If you don’t expect to owe more than $1,000 you can just declare your profit when you do your taxes next year.

      Honestly, taxes and bookkeeping are my least favorite part of selling on eBay! There’s just not a lot of straightforward information out there. Etsy actually has some helpful guides in their seller handbook. Do a google search for “etsy seller handbook taxes” and I bet you’ll find good information.

      Hope that helps! I should probably add a disclaimer that I’m not a tax pro! I’m using a CPA this year, and he’s been a wealth of information for me on this.

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    • Since fixing up my categories, I’ve had two buyers make multi-item purchases. It’s been a long time since that happened. It’s just so much easier to find what you’re looking for when a store is organized. (And especially when there are size-specific categories, when it comes to clothing.)

      It was definitely worth the time it took to re-organize!

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