Monthly Archives: May 2011
The meeting was held at the Montgomery Village Hall 200 N. River St. Montgomery, IL. and opened by Gayle our club facilitator.
Our attendance for this meeting was 27 members and 1 guest.
The secretaries report was not given tonight, but instead Gayle had a discussion about our web site which is currently being hosted by wordpress.com which is a free hosting site and for some reason we have been locked out from posting any of our club minutes. Gayle made a motion that instead of a free website we should go with wordpress.org where we can do our own hosting at a cost of about $10.00 per month. Deb made the motion to accept wordpress.org for our club minutes, seconded by Glenda. The motion was approved.
Given by Jerry who reported that since our last meeting two new members have joined, and four members have paid there dues for this year. The club treasury has a balance of xxx.
GROUP DISCUSSION :
The group discussion was on new spring seller fee’s and eBay updates.
Combine weight with no discount or, combine with a discount.
You can list pickup only.
For more information you can Google eBay 2011 spring seller updates.
To give a customer free shipping you must add 15 or 20% to the selling price.
Our next meeting will be on Tuesday May 10, 2011 See you all there.
The meeting was held at the Montgomery Village Hall 200 N. River St. Montgomery, IL. and opened by Gayle our club facilitator.
Our attendance for this meeting was 22 members and 3 guests.
The secretaries report was given by Jerry who informed everyone that the minutes for January, February, cannot be posted yet. Hopefully we will resolve this issue and be able to post our club minutes soon.
Also given by Jerry who reported that since our last meeting 8 members have paid there membership dues and the club treasury now has xxxx. Also a reminder that membership dues for those that have not paid, today is the last day.
The Fox Valley eBay Sellers club want to welcome two new members: Roger from Yorkville. & Michael also from Yorkville.
Given by Sheri who asked for a volunteer to work the recycle event in Oswego, IL. on Saturday March 12. 2011 and she also needs volunteers for the April Extravaganza that will be in two hour shifts.
Janice told the club about a website for product safety at www.SaferProducts.gov and yes the S & P are in capital letters. You can go to this website to report unsafe products and lookup information on other products to see if they are recalled.
Deb talked about the U.S.P.S. regional flat rate boxes for zones 1-2 and 3 , The boxes are only worth it if you are sending something that weighs more than 4 lbs.
Program: 5 WAYS TO MARKET YOUR EBAY BUSINESS;
1. CREATE AN ” ABOUT ME ” PAGE ON EBAY
2. BUY A DOMAIN NAME (WEBSITE ADDRESS) FOR YOUR BUSINESS AND PROMOTE YOURSELF. (godaddy.com)
* When you send an email, add your domain name in your signature line.
* Add your domain name to business cards, thank you cards, and other promotional materials.
* Participate on a message board and include a link to your website.
3. MARKET TO YOUR CUSTOMERS AFTER THE SALE, TO GET REPEAT BUYERS.
* Do you offer your customers a discount or coupon for future purchases ?
* Do you thank them for their business? Do you ask them for positive feedback?
* Do you give them a special gift or a thank you item for their purchase?
4. CREATE A VIDEO ON ANIMOTO AND UPLOAD TO YOUTUBE.COM.
5. USE FACEBOOK TO ADD PHOTOS AND LINKS TO YOUR EBAY ITEMS.
Our next meeting will be on Tuesday April 12, 2011
The meeting was held at the Montgomery Village Hall 200 N. River St. Montgomery, IL. and opened by Gayle our club facilitator.
Our attendance for this meeting was 21 members and 1 guest.
The secretaries report was given by Jerry who informed everyone, that because of a problem with the website Gayle could not post the club minutes. Gayle will look into the website issue. We will have to wait until our next meeting for a motion to accept the January and February minutes.
Jerry reported that since our last meeting 13 members have paid their dues. The club treasury has a total of xxx. Jerry also reported that approx. 24 people have not paid there dues as of today. A motion was made from the floor that because we extended the time to pay last years dues due to bad weather, we should extend the payment to be due at the March meeting. The majority of the members agreed.
The ECO report was given by Deb. who reported that the recycling event went very well and some packing materials were received. Sheri sent out this report;Report to all: Our participation in the Oswego Recycling event today was successful as reported as follows by Janice. The public is becoming more aware of our collection of packing materials (FREE!) so it is definitely worth the time of anyone who volunteers to work on the second Saturday of each month. April will be the exception when I believe it will be the 4th Saturday when there is the Spring Recycle and Reuse Extravaganza. The hours of that event are 8 am to 2 pm and I will be scheduling people in 2 hour shifts. Needed two per shift. If you wish to sign up now, you have your choice of hours.
Thanks to Janice and Maria for taking part in this important project which keeps bulk out of the landfills as well as giving them a bounty of free materials. Sheri
“Today was worth it for me. I got enough bubble wrap to hold me until the Extravaganza. Maria filled her vehicle with packing peanuts etc., so I’m sure it was worth it for her too.
I’m happy the sun was out and a little warmer today.”
The volunteers for March 12, 2011 are Mary Ann & Gayle’s son Kyle also Jerry will be a backup in the event Mary Ann or Kyle can’t make it.
We talked about two websites, www.goofbay.com and www.therivertheranchandthebay.com Goofbay has great tools for the buyer and seller. You can also check listings for misspellings, typo’s and other things. therivertheranchandthebay is a radio show that talks about selling on Amazon (the river), Bonanza (the ranch), and the bay (ebay).
eBay and Amazon Fees
Format (Auction vs. Fixed price)
Community & Stability
Feedback & Branding
Average Selling Price
Payment Methods & Return Policy
Also discussed topics were; www.eSnipe.com, www.auction Snipe.com, what sells, what not to sell.
Latest WOW sale shared, selling car manuals from the early 1970′s.
The next meeting of The Fox Valley eBay Sellers Club will be on Tuesday March 8, 2011 and for those of you who have not paid your dues for 2011 they are due at this meeting.
January 11, 2011
The meeting was held at the Montgomery Village Hall 200 N. River St. Montgomery, IL. and opened by our new facilitator, Gayle.
Our attendance for today’s meeting was 16 members, 2 guests, and a warm welcome to our first new member of this year, Maria from Oswego, IL.
The secretaries report was given by Jerry, who asked for a motion to accept the club minutes as posted to the clubs website without any corrections. Deb made a motion to accept, seconded by Nancy.
TREASURES REPORT: Jerry reported that since our last meeting we received a credit of 1.86 that was not spent on paper plates and napkins for Griff’s visit. The club treasury for the month of January has xxx.
A recap of our clubs Christmas party was given by Gayle. All of us were shown pictures from the party that was held at The Fireside Grill in Sugar Grove. Everyone that attended had a great time. We exchanged new underwear to be given to the Hesed House and that was a riot!
OSWEGO ECO EVENT
Unfortunately Sheri could not be at tonight’s meeting because of a serious injury to her foot. We all wish her a speedy recovery and hope to see her soon. The ECO report was read by Deb, written by Sheri as follows:
The Nov. ECO collection was the first one at which FVESC was present to collect packing materials. It was a miserable wet day. Nothing was
collected and this probably is not surprising because the public is not yet aware of our participation. Business size cards were handed out to every driver who came through with information about our new affiliation with ECO; everyone expressed interest and approval. Kyle Hall (Gayle Treend’s son) and Janice Calsyn were present representing the club. We especially thank them in view of the results and nasty weather.
Mary Ann White, and husband Frank, and Jerry Bucko worked
at the December ECO collection with better collection results. Frank took home a good number of medium to small clean boxes, several small bags of bubble wrap and 2 large bags of peanuts. I arrived in the last 45 minutes and
was there when one woman came through with 6 HUGE bags of packing peanuts which I delivered to Janice to acknowledge her “sweat equity” at the Nov. collection. Thanks to Mary Ann, Frank, and Jerry who also handed out the business card information to everyone who drove through. Again,
recyclers were interested. I have done weekly PR to local papers to encourage people to save and recycle Xmas packing materials and gift paper
(Deb Harwell likes to use it as packing). Deb Harwell and Liz Summers had signed up to work at the Jan. 8Th ECO collection where they will also hand out the business card information. They will leave a supply of the cards with the ECO Electronics people to hand out at the 4Th Saturday electronics collection. I need two volunteers for the Feb. 12Th collection please.Time to work is 8 am until 11 pm at the Public Works Facility, 100 Theodore Dr., Oswego
Respectfully submitted to insert into the Minutes of this Jan. 11Th meeting. Sheri Kohout Membership & Publicity secretary
The two volunteers for February 12, collection were, Maria and Nancy.
Our open discussions for this meeting included the following topics;
What are you looking for in the new year ?
January strong sales, people buying for themselves, not gift shopping.
What worked and what didn’t.
Preparing for next Christmas, and upcoming holidays for this year.
Tie in your products with the holidays.
Look at last years selling reports to see what worked.
Using subtitles or BOLD to make your ad stand out.
Questions from the floor on Taxes, Business licenses, State Taxes were also discussed.
Our next meeting is on Tuesday February 8, 2011 see all of you there.
On Location brings together small and medium sellers in the Chicago area. Chicago eBay on Location July 2010
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 email@example.com
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.
FVEBS Annual Christmas Party December 8, 2009
We had a great time at our annual Christmas party at the Fireside Grille in Sugar Grove!
FVEBS Club Minutes November 10, 2009
19 in attendance. Ellen mentioned tha Shipsurance was on eBay radio today. Introduction of 4 new people. Office Depot can be used as a UPS drop off also. There is one on the corner of Rt 34 and Rt 30.
We discussed ideas for our annual Christmas party. We will do the same as last year. Bring new underwear wrapped, we exchange and open for fun and then Deb H gives them to Hesed House.
We talked about what everyone wanted in the coming year for our meetings. Nancy mentioned just getting together and talking eBay rather than a formal meeting. Sheri mentioned having one head with 12 members one for each month to hold a meeting topic and Shelley said we should get back to simpler layout and mentoring each other. Elections were discussed. Deb H agreed to be our Facilitator as no one else wanted the position of President or Vice President. Jerry B agreed to be our Secretary and Treasurer for the upcoming year. Sheri K will remain our Membership and Publicity officer. Thank you to these people for taking on the responsibilities of leading our club this next year.
Ellen talked about trends. One thing she mentioned was “Womenomics”. The next 100 years will focus on women. Rent, bartering and trading.
FVEBS Club Minutes October 13, 2009
Cory Porris-Warren from First Midwest Insurance Group was our guest speaker this evening. She gave a very informative talk on insurance for small sellers. Inventory for eBay selling is not covered unless you purchase a business or personal property endorsement and add to your homeowners insurance. This endorsement should also cover your business equipment.
Thank you to all the members who helped with Griff’s visit in September. A special thank you to Jerry for providing all the members with CD’s of pictures from the event!
Treasurer’s report was given and Janice gave a short review on dinner with Griff and eBay CEO John Donahue in Chicago. Janice reported on freecycle. Next drop off for recyclables is April 24th 2010. So far 9 people have received packing items.
We had a round table discussion on shipping insurance as eBay no longer has the optional insurance choice for buyers. Most said they self insure. Using self insurance add additional cost to shipping to cover yourself. Shipsurance was mentioned as an option. Use shipgooder.com to compare shipping rates from different carriers.
Mosey.com was brought up to back up things on your computer. Skip McGrath has a new book, eBay for Geezers.
We added three new members this evening.
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Minutes from August 11, 2009 Meeting
27 in attendance with 7 guests and 20 members. President Ellen Bloomer opened the meeting with welcome to guests. Went around the room introducing ourselves and telling how long we have sold on eBay and what we sell. We had 6 guests, 27 total in attendance and 4 joined after the meeting. We welcome new members: Brenda, Betty, Kelly and Mary.
Nancy read the minutes from our July meeting and Gayle read the treasurer’s report.
Ellen discussed Griff’s visit in September. She has 36 registered so far for our Sept. 8 meeting with guest speaker Griff from eBay in San Jose. Ellen asked for volunteers for this meeting. Barb, Jerry, and Shelley volunteered for help with set up and Jan, Jeanne, Sheri, and Betty volunteered to bring food. Ellen asked that we be able to submit receipts for purchasesfor this event.
Ellen discussed using money from the treasury to buy small gift for outgoing officers, previous speakers, and volunteers. Some discussion and was tabled for now.
Sheri had previously asked if anyone does Squidoo. Jeanette, Debra, and Gayle have done some and Jeanette gave us an introduction to Squidoo and marketing your business with this technique. People read articles that you write (lenses) for Squidoo and they are searchable and can help to bring more visitors to your ebay auctions.
Shelley presented our program on “Powerseller in less than a year”. She talked about the advantages to selling on eBay: You are your own boss, set your own hours, take vacation or day off when you want to. She started out by going to garage sales, seeing items and then returning home to research completed auctions through the Advanced Search button on eBay to see if they were selling and the prices they were going for. May 2008 she went full time with selling and by Christmas she was a silver powerseller. She gave us handout called “12 Step Program for Becoming an Ebayaholic”!
Gayle read some of the highlights of the July 09 eBay announcements.
Sheri talked about us volunteering for the 2009 Oswego Reuse Recycle Extravaganza on September 26 from 8 – 2, as we are a part of the recycle efforts and need to help out for this event. Here is a link to that information: http://www.oswegoil.org/village-government/2009%20Oswego%20Reuse%20Recycle%20Extravaganza%20Accept%20List%20Flyer.pdf
Betty let us know that the Yorkville library is having a book sale.
Next meeting September 8, 2009 with guest speaker Griff (Dean of eBay Education and Sr. Manager, Seller Advocacy. This meeting location will be at the Old Second Bank in Yorkville at 26 W Countryside Pkwy at 7 p.m. If you need to reserve your free ticket yet, please email Ellen as soon as possible at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Fox Valley eBay Sellers Club Meeting Minutes July 14 2009
19 in attendance. 9 members and 10 visitors. President Ellen Bloomer opened the meeting. Minutes from the June 9th meeting were read by Vice President Gayle Treend. Minutes were accepted. Treasurer’s report given by Gayle Treend. Ellen welcomed all our visitors. Went around the room with each person stating how and when they started on eBay and what they sell. Gayle mentioned that anyone can add content to our blog/website at foxvalleyebaysellersclub.com in the form of, comments, information, etc. and she will moderate. Jerry reported on a location he found to hold our special meeting September 8th when guest speaker Jim Griffith (Griff) from eBay Seller Development will be here. That location is the Old Second Bank in Yorkville at 26 W Countryside Pkwy. We have it reserved from 6 – 10 p.m and we are responsible for cleanup. We discussed whether we should have any beverages available. Will discuss more at next meeting. Anyone can come to this meeting as long as Ellen receives an email at email@example.com for a ticket by August 11th. We have to do this in order to know exactly how many to plan for. There is no charge for this meeting. We participated in a round table discussion about books and Janice spoke on how half.com. works. Janice let us know that we cannot ship magazines media mail! Some of the books mentioned were manuals, Christian book series, landscape, Western Horsman, Crafting, Quilting, Auto and motorcycle, cookbooks, comic books, textbooks and more. There was an open time for questions. 5 of our guests joined tonight. We welcome them. Next meeting Tuesday, August 11, 2009 7:00 pm at Panera Bread in Yorkville
Fox Valley eBay Sellers Club Meeting Minutes June 9, 2009
Fox Valley eBay Sellers Club Meeting Minutes June 9, 2009 17 members present. Minutes were read from May 12th meeting. Correction made: Meeting date with Griff from eBay as guest speaker will be on Tuesday, September 8, 2009. Special Meeting: Tuesday, September 8, 2009 Jim Griffith (Griff) from eBay Seller Development will be guest speaker. Jerry to head committee to set up meeting location. Sheri to assist. Guests are welcome at this meeting. Attendance will not count towards the club rule that states after 2X at meeting a person must join to attend again. Club Promotion Information has been placed on craigslist. foxvalleyebaysellersclub.com is our club web address o get a link to your eBay store by mentioning the club and listing the website in your “about me” page on eBay – contact Gayle to set up o blog set up on eBay community board Oswego Recycling Contact Sheri if you are interested in helping at the recycling events (date TBA) and what products you are interested in obtaining eBay Host Sites Discussion regarding Auctiva’s new pricing program Discussion regarding listing directly onto eBay (additional free pictures in certain categories and other sites such as Inkfrog Program Liz and Deb presented step-by-step detailed information on organizing and running their eBay businesses. Next Meeting Tuesday, July 14, 2009 7:00 pm at Panera Bread in Yorkville
Ebay Sellers Discuss Selling Books and Half dot com
The Fox Valley eBay Sellers will meet on Tuesday, July 14th, from 7:00 until 9 PM in the meeting room of Panera Bread in Yorkville at Rt. 34 and 47. Anyone who sells on eBay and is interested in expanding their selling skills is welcome to the meeting. Many members meet
shortly after 6 PM for a meal and conversation. Everyone is welcome to come early.
The topics of this meeting will be a round table discussion of selling books on eBay and selling on Half.com, the other selling arm of eBay. Members who sell on these venues will concentrate on helping others to understand the nuances of optimizing listings for greatest hits and increased sales.
The Fox Valley eBay Sellers club has met monthly since January, 2007. Their Mission Statement declares: “ The eBay Sellers Club exists to bring eBay sellers together 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, and ultimately become Power Sellers.”
Contact Ellen Bloomer, president, 630-553-1996, for further information or just show up.
Fox Valley eBay Sellers Club Meeting Minutes May 12, 2009
16 people in attendance. Meeting was held at Panera Bread in Yorkville. Meeting was opened by President Ellen Bloomer. Ellen read the club’s Mission Statement.“The Fox Valley eBay Sellers Club exists to bring eBay sellers together to share their knowledge and experience so they may . . . Expand their knowledge of eBay & the Internet Increase their sales Set goals & achieve them Ultimately become Power Sellers” Sellers who recently achieved Power Seller status were acknowledged, and also those who are currently Power Sellers. Reminder to listen to eBay live radio – this week by listening Ellen gained valuable information and was able to secure Griff to speak at our September 12th meeting. Jim Griffith is eBay’s Senior Manager for Seller Advocacy. He is the foremost education specialist for eBay since 1996. www.unclegriff.com Discussion followed on securing an alternate location for this meeting. Our current location at Panera Bread in Yorkville can only accommodate 40 people.
Promoting our club – There is a Chicagoland eBay Club that meets in a northern suburb. There is a club in Texas that is run by eBay seller galleriagifts. www.meetup.com This is a site that advertises meetings by town. Cost is $12 per month for 6 months. Membership decided to wait to use this site until we have explored advertising sites that are free. Craigslist has a community section where you can advertise clubs and events. The community section and the event section allow posts for 45 days. Gayle Treend volunteered to set this up. www.icollect.com Debra S. volunteered to advertise the club on this site eBay: Deb H. volunteered to do a search of eBay sellers within a 10 mile radius of Yorkville and bring findings to next meeting. Goal would be to contact them through eBay to promote the club. Web Page: Butch Babos volunteered to set up web page for the club www.kijiji.com Brian volunteered to advertise the club on this site Domain name: Sherri K. made a motion to purchase a domain name from www.godaddy.com $9.99 for one year. Discussion followed. It would be less expensive per year to purchase multiple years – the membership decided to wait and see what the first year results were then decide if we wanted to purchase more years. The domain name will be FoxValleyeBaySellersClub.com Motion was seconded; a vote was taken and approved by majority vote. Tri-fold flyer Sheri designed a tri-fold flyer that can be customized for each individual seller while still promoting the club. Sheri will send an e-mail and attach a link to the brochure so members can print them for themselves. Business cards for the club were designed by Debra S. She will order some from a free site. The membership adopted a “fox” logo for the club along with using the eBay colors. The fox design is a free Microsoft clip art and can be used freely.
New Business – Sheri asked the club to consider (at a future date) that we may want to adopt a policy that each member needs to do some sort of presentation for the club once every three years. Discussion followed. Liz passed out a flyer promoting the Oswego High School Rummage Sale which is Saturday, May 23. Drop offs are on Friday, May 22 from 3 – 7 pm at the field house. This is a great way to clear your old inventory. Receipts will be given for tax purposes. The sale supports the National Honor Society and “Rally for the Robinsons”.
Presentation - Gayle Treend demonstrated how to set up a blog on www.wordpress.com. There are also sites such as www.blogger.com. By utilizing blogs, the internet search engines have another way of picking up your store and/or items when people search the internet. Gayle will forward her printed notes to the club as a reference tool. By placing the notation ?refid=store after your store name in a non- eBay site directs the person to your eBay store, you get discounts on your final value fees from eBay if the person directed purchases something from your store inventory.
Closing - President Ellen Bloomer wants the club to begin to think about our vision for the size of the club. The last 3 years the club has averaged 20 -25 members. Discussion followed. Jeanette M. plugged her bump site: www.advertiseyourauctionsforfree.com Discussion followed.