November 9th Meeting Minutes
The November 9th meeting was held at the Montgomery Village Hall 200 N. River St. Montgomery, IL. The meeting was opened by Deb our club facilitator, who also had a correction to the club minutes from the Oct.5th meeting, that read underwear given at our Christmas party will be donated to the Hesed House in Aurora. It should have read that all donations will be given to all homeless shelters in Aurora.
The treasure’s report was given by Jerry who reported that as of this meeting the club had a total of xxxx a motion was made by Shelly and 2nd. by Peggy to accept the correction to the minutes and the Treasure’s report. Motion carried.
The attendance for this meeting was 26 members and 1 guest.
Fox Valley eBay Sellers Club welcomes Cindy from Big Rock, IL.
OSWEGO RECYCLING EVENT:
A report was given be Sheri who was looking for volunteers to work on November 13 and December 11 at the Oswego Recycling Event to collect free packing material. Janice volunteered to work on Nov. 13th. and Jerry will work on Dec. 11th. Starting at 7:45 AM. to 11:00 AM.
A motion was made by Sheri to delete the underlined words in our Mission Statement because they are redundant. The Mission Statement will read;
The Fox Valley eBay Sellers Club exists to bring eBay sellers together to share their knowledge and experience. 2nd. by Maggie. Motion carried.
Membership fee’s for 2011 were discussed and voted on by the membership to increase to 12.00 for a single membership and 15.00 for a family, or you can bring a friend.
A person can attend two of our meetings free to decide if they want to join.
ELECTION OF OFFICERS FOR 2011:
Nominations from the floor presented at the October meeting were;
Jerry, Secretary & Treasurer
Their where no additional nominations from the membership. A motion was made by Deb and 2nd. by Ellen. The membership voted unanimously for the nominated officers. The members also made and approved a motion that the club officers not pay any due’s for their membership.
Todays meeting was bits of information from club members that they have found helpful when selling on eBay.
Our next meeting will be on Tuesday December 7th.for our Christmas party at Fireside Grill 49 Sugar Lane, Sugar Grove, IL. Don’t forget to bring a wrapped gift of new underwear , any size, which we will exchange and give to the homeless shelters in Aurora.
The waitress will give separate checks.
October 5, 2010 Meeting Minutes
The Oct 5th meeting was held at the Montgomery Village Hall 200 N. River St. Montgomery, IL and opened by Deb our club facilitator. An approval of the club minutes as posted on the website was approved by the members.
The treasure’s report was given by Jerry and he reported $30.00 in new membership fee’s were added to our club balance.
The attendance for this meeting was 30 members and 9 guests.
The Fox Valley eBay Sellers Club Welcomes:
Bonnie from Montgomery
Doug also from Montgomery
Sheri said we will have a recap of Oswego’s recycle event at the November meeting.
Our annual Christmas party will be at the Fireside Grill in Sugar Grove on Tuesday December 7, 2010 at 6:00 PM.
Please bring a wrapped gift of new underwear, any size, which we will exchange and then give to the Hesed House in Aurora.
Always a fun time! Plan on coming.
Our special guest speaker tonight is Jim Griffith (Griff) and his colleague Amanda Thomas from eBay.
Griff’s topic was: Your In Business, Know Your Numbers. You cannot manage what you do not measure.
GMV gross merchandise volume. Cost of operations and goods.
Net Profit GMV minus all cost = profit.
Constant price watch the market place, research, and set the right price.
eBay metrics, ASP = average selling price.
Conversion = Sell Through Rate (STR) sold goods / unsold goods. Goal, Low or zero rates of unsold goods inventory.
Fixed price with best offer is like a reverse auction, engages the buyer, can result in a fast sale. Higher number of sold items.
If you ship in one day (handling time) and the delivery is within four business days you automatically get five stars feedback for shipping on that item.
There are policy changes for multiple listings. You cannot have multiple listings for the same item.
You can schedule a pickup of your packages through the post office, as long as you have at least one piece of priority mail.
A UPS shipping option can also be selected to print your shipping label in Paypal
Griff answered many questions. If you have a question or a suggestion you can e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org
All of us at The Fox Valley eBay Sellers club wish to thank Griff and his colleague Amanda for being here with us tonight.
Our next meeting will be on Tuesday November 9, 2010
See all of you then.
Griff teaching “Know Your Numbers”
Meeting minutes September 2010
The meeting was held at the Montgomery Village Hall 200 N. River St. Montgomery, IL and opened by Deb, our club facilitator.
Our attendance for this meeting was 21.
The Fox Valley eBay Sellers Club welcome’s our newest members:
Angela from Plano,IL.
Carole from Lockport, IL.
Elileen from Montgomery, IL.
Linda from Oswego, IL.
Mary from Montgomery, IL.
Michelle from Oswego, IL.
The secretary’s report was given by Jerry who asked for a motion to accept the club minutes as posted to the clubs web site without any corrections or additions. Motion made by Nancy and Seconded by Shelley.
The treasurer’s report was also given by Jerry and reported that since our last meeting there has been no change in the club treasury.
Deb asked if members would like to have our annual Christmas party dinner at the Fireside Grill again, along with our charity gift exchange instead of our usual meeting. Jerry made a motion to accept and the motion was seconded by Jeanne.
Note that this will be on Tuesday December 7th. at 6:00 PM instead of our usual second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM. Mark your calendars and plan to be there. It’s always a fun time!
EBAY ON LOCATION:
Gayle showed us a slide presentation of some photos taken at eBay on location and told us about the event. Those who went commented on classes that were offered, seeing Griff in person, how valuable the networking was, using Facebook and Twitter to market your business and more.
Deb said she would not be continuing as our club facilitator when her term is up the end of this year and asked for nominations or volunteers to take over her position. A suggestion was made by Deb that if no one volunteers, maybe one of us could facilitate one meeting a month and rotate 12 months between 12 of us or possibly merging with the eBay club in Elk Grove village. Gayle stepped up and said that she would take over as facilitator as long as some of the members would take turns giving the programs.
We had a open discussion with insight from those who purchase wholesale items.
What do I sell ?
Were do I acquire merchandise ?
Financing wholesale purchases ? Kabbage ?
You can find best tips and best wholesale at skipmcgrath.com
The seller must research and educate themselves about the product they are selling. Find out what young people are buying because they know what’s hot. Use (google keywords) https://adwords.google.com/o/Targeting/Explorer?__u=1000000000&__c=1000000000&ideaRequestType=KEYWORD_IDEAS#search.none or (Terapeak) http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-3973577-10573492 for research.
We will be honored to have special guest speaker Jim Griffith (Griff) from eBay. He is Senior Manager of Seller Advocacy for eBay seller experience and he will speak on “know your numbers”.
NOTE: DATE CHANGE, Tuesday October 5, 2010 and will be at the Montgomery Village Hall Montgomery, IL as usual.
FOX VALLEY EBAY SELLERS CLUB MEETING AUGUST 10, 2010
The meeting was held at the Montgomery Village Hall 200 N. River St.Montgomery, IL.
Our regular facilitator Deb is on vacation. Gayle was our meeting facilitator for this meeting.
Our attendance for this meeting was 15 plus 2 guests.
Fox valley eBay sellers club welcomes Elizabeth from Yorkville, IL and Mary Ann from Oswego, IL.
The secretary’s report was given by Jerry who asked for a motion to accept the club minutes as posted to the clubs web site, without any corrections or additions. Motion made by Nancy to accept and 2nd by Shawn.
Was also given by Jerry and reported that since our last meeting here at Montgomery on June 8, 2010 we have paid out 10.87 for renewal of the clubs web site and we received 5.00 for a new member.
It was announced by Gayle that Deb will not be our club facilitator for 2011 so we should all think about nominations for new club officers beginning in January 2011. Also, instead of our regular club meeting on October 12th our meeting will be held on October 5, 2010
as we will have Griff ( Senior Manager of Seller Advocacy) here at the Montgomery Village Hall on that evening.
Gayle told us about eBay live on location in Chicago that was held on July 9th. and 10th. Gayle reported that the event was well worth the money paid for tickets. You were able to attend classes on eBay and marketing, some free food was provided, giveaways, networking and much more. Gayle said its too bad that everyone in our club did not attend this event.
We were split into four groups and members rotated to each of the four tables to discuss the topic assigned to that table.
Topics included About Me page, auction or fixed price and best offer or buy it now, and
other topics were also covered.
Our next meeting will be on Tuesday September 14th. We hope to see all of you there
Fox Valley eBay Sellers Club Meeting June 8, 2010
The meeting was held at the Montgomery Village Hall 200 N River St. Montgomery, IL. The meeting was opened by Deb the club facilitator.
Our attendance for this meeting was 27
The Fox Valley EBay Sellers Club welcomes Mary from Montgomery, IL.
The secretary’s report was given by Jerry and asked for a motion to accept the club minutes as posted to the club website without any corrections. Sheri made the motion to accept the minutes. Glenda seconded the motion.
Also given by Jerry, reported that since our last meeting of May 11, 2010 we have one new paid member. We have paid out 1.50 for new members folders. The club’s balance as of today is…..
eBay will be on location in Chicago on July 9th. & 10th. Tickets for this event are all sold out. If you have tickets and seek transportation contact Sheri to coordinate shared travel. Sheri also gave us a update on Oswego recycling.
New Business, July meeting.
We have been invited to join the Chicagoland eBay Sellers club in Elk Grove Village. The special guest speaker will be Lynn Dralle aka The Queen of Auctions. The date is Thursday July 8th. at 6:00 PM. If you are interested go to the attached link:
Deadline to signup is July 7th at 6:00 PM. space is limited, don’t wait sign up now. Note, you must enter the building before 6:30 PM as the doors to the bank automatically lock at that time.
Also note there will be a question and answer session after her presentation, but all questions MUST BE SUBMITTED IN ADVANCE BY JUNE, 30TH. Please forward your questions to Deb and she will forward them to the event coordinator. If you have any questions please feel free to e-mail or call Deb anytime.
Other Topics Discussed Were;
eBay summer policy updates.
Opening a case through eBay or Paypal buyer protection.
Sellers will be able to opt out of automated eBay payment reminders.
eBay will send a standardized feedback reminder e-mail.
Fed X cheaper than UPS ??
Our next meeting will be on Thursday July 8th. to join the Chicagoland eBay Sellers Club in Elk Grove Village. We will look forward to seeing you there!
FOX VALLEY EBAY SELLERS CLUB MEETING MAY 11, 2010
The meeting was held at our new location at the Montgomery Village Hall 200 N. River St. Montgomery, IL. The meeting was opened by Deb the club facilitator.
Our attendance for today’s meeting was 33 plus 4 guests.
A big welcome to Shelly Lee from all of us.
Was given by Jerry and asked for a motion to accept the club minutes as posted to the clubs web sight without any corrections. Roger made a motion to accept, and seconded by Maggie.
Also given by Jerry who reported that since our last meeting we have 7 new paid members. We also paid out 5.83 for new badges and another 50.00 as deposit for the Montgomery Village Hall.
The club balance as of today is ……….
Elizabeth informed all of us that Oswego High School was having a Honor Society Rummage Sale on May 22 and has flyers for anyone who is interested.
Sheri reported on all the recycled items collected on 4/17/2010 at the recycle center in Oswego. A few of the items collected were, bubble wrap, boxes, plastic grocery bags, peanuts, foam, Styrofoam, and much more.
eBay on location in Chicago begins Thursday May 20, 2010, sign up here:
A short discussion was had about whether or not to have our regular meetings in the summer. Many members wanted a meeting every month so Gayle will be the club meeting facilitator in July & August.
Our guest speaker at today’s meeting was Brian Murphy CPA from Murphy & Associates in Yorkville.
Brian covered many topics, and answered as many questions that time would permit.
A quick synopsis,
Federal ID numbers for business and tax payer number for business.
Separate accounting for personnel items and items sold on eBay.
Resale items purchase price, mileage to and from garage sales, flee markets etc.
Insurance for product liability.
Everyone’s selling may be different from each other, check with your own accountant for your tax information
Our next meeting will be on June 8, 2010 at the Montgomery Village Hall in Montgomery.
FOX VALLEY EBAY SELLERS CLUB MINUTES APRIL 13, 2010
The meeting was held at Panera Bread in Yorkville. The meeting was opened by Deb the club facilitator. Our attendance at today’s meeting was 37.
THE SECRETARY’S REPORT was given by Jerry who made the motion that the March minutes be accepted as posted to the club’s website without any corrections. Roger made the motion to accept, seconded by Liz.
THE TREASURE’S REPORT also given by Jerry reported that as of April 13 meeting the club had $$.
Sheri reminded the volunteers about this Saturdays recycling event in Oswego and the times to be there.
Debra gave a presentation on two of eBay’s software that is available. Selling Manager that is free to use online, and Selling Manager Pro that cost 15.99 per. month She showed the club its pro and cons and how to use both
of them using the overhead projector.
UNDER NEW BUSINESS We had a member discussion about changing the wording of our mission statement to reflect eBay’s wording. By changing the term Power Seller in our mission statement to Top Rated Seller. Motion to accept made by Ellen 2nd. by Sheri.
The members had a discussion about club communication and not sending out bulk emails to everyone unless necessary.
Deb told everyone that if someone was interested in a mentor helping them sell on eBay, they should contact her.
Because of the increase in new members to our club and the room size at Panera Bread, a new meeting place was discussed. Sheri told everyone that she found a place in Montgomery that would easily accommodate a large group of people. There wood be a 50.00 security deposit needed. Gayle and Heather volunteered to check the location out.
Two websites were talked about www.chicagoebayclassifieds.com that was similar to Craigslist but had no listing fee for 60 days. and www.kabbage.com is a small business loans for online sellers only (new computer buying and wholesale lots.)
All of us want to welcome our new members:
Peggy of Aurora
Marge of Oswego
Paul of Oswego
Shawn & Terri of Dekalb
Jim of Downers Grove
Janelle of Sandwich
Our next meeting will be on May 11, 2010 our guest speaker will be Brian Murphy CPA from Murphy and associates in Yorkville. He will talk about record keeping & tax accounting.
FOX VALLEY EBAY SELLERS CLUB – Meeting March 9, 2010
The meeting was held at Panera Bread in Yorkville. The meeting was opened by Deb the club facilitator. The secretaries report was given by Jerry who made the motion that the February minutes be accepted as posted without any corrections. Everyone agreed. Jerry also made a suggestion that future meetings be held at Old Second Bank on Rt.47 in Yorkville because of a increase in new members and visitors. The attendance at today’s meeting was 33 people. The Fox Valley eBay Sellers Club would like to welcome our new club members: Ron, Amy, Pat, Glenda, Don, and Kathy. The treasures report given by Jerry. Liz gave a presentation on how to save time and money when shipping your items U.S.P.S. or U.P.S. and international. Sheri also talked about eBay’s new rates. A new program from eBay Seller Outreach was discussed on free personalized telephone consultation and eBay advanced business selling guide, a free on line guide to help your business. Our next meeting will be on April 13, 2010 and we will have a presentation on Seller Pro software. On May 11, 2010 the club will have a accountant talk to us about business and taxes. Round table sharing included wow stories and the new eBay fees price structure.
FVEBS Meeting FEB.09, 2010 Minutes
The meeting was held at Panera Bread in Yorkville on Feb 9th. The meeting was opened by Deb the club facilitator, with introductions of all members. A suggestion was made to raise dues for next year of one dollar per meeting per member. A motion was made by Jerry to accept the minutes from the Jan. 12 meeting. The minutes were approved as presented. The treasures report was given by Jerry. Jerry also made a motion that the payment of club dues be extended up to the March 09 meeting because of the bad weather. Motion carried. A big welcome for our two new members to the club, Fleda and Kathleen. A motion was made by Sheri to cover 50% of the cost for a replacement bulb for Gayle’s overhead projector when the time comes that she needs a new bulb since they are quite expensive and she uses the projector for our club meetings. Motion carried. Deb gave a power point presentation to provide tips and suggestions to help you sell on eBay. Topics included; Listing time 7 or 10 days, etc.
Select a category
Take it seriously
Overkill (just the facts)
Notes, Returns, and Refunds.
Handouts were passed out after the meeting. We had a roundtable discussion about Ebay formats and new fees.
Our next meeting will be on March 09, 2010 at Panera Bread in Yorkville.
FOX VALLEY EBAY SELLERS CLUB MEETING Jan. 12, 2010 The meeting was held at Panera Bread in Yorkville. Meeting was opened by Deb, the club facilitator> She announced the new officers for 2010 that are as follows: Deb Facilitator, Jerry Treasurer & Secretary, and Sheri Membership & Publicity. A big thank you was also given to the 2009 officers which were; Ellen President, Gayle Vice President, Roger Secretary & Treasurer, and Sheri Membership & Publicity. A motion was made to all members to approve the minutes from the last meeting. The minutes were approved. Attendance for this meeting was 16 members including one new member, Jerry; which we welcome to our club. Members also voted to keep our due’s at 5.00 per year. Treasure’s Report was given by Jerry and reported we have xxx.xx as given to him from our last treasurer Roger. The members voted on using only first names in our minutes as part of our privacy of the members. Our mission statement was amended and voted on by the members to read: eBay Sellers Club exists to bring together eBay sellers of all levels of expertise to share their knowledge and experience so they may: Expand their knowledge of eBay and the internet. Increase their sales. Set goals and achieve them. They may be equipped to become a Power Seller, if desired. We also had some brainstorming and a round table discussion of ideas for future 2010 meetings. Our next meeting will be on Tuesday February 9, 2010 at Panera Bread in Yorkville.