I’m tired… Really tired… Thats what I was saying to myself as I was sitting in front of my computer one late night. I had my eBay page up, a pile of items still to list, emails to answer, and items to package. I almost thought that I should just go to bed and finish my eBay duties the next day, but I knew that I had another full day ahead of me. This summer has been full of fun with going to splash parks, pools, the zoo, and the children’s museum, but I can quickly run out of hours in the day! The whole reason why I do eBay is so that we can have these experiences as a family, but I needed to figure out a way to get my work done as well! Thats when I gave myself the Mobile Challenge.
So what is the Mobile Challenge? It’s a challenge to do 95% of eBaying on a mobile device. This would free up time, and allow me to do more of the things I want to do. To start, I wrote down a generalized list of what I do on eBay:
1. List Items
2. Research Items
3. Take Photos
5. Buying Inventory
6. Answer Emails
We know that we all do a lot more than those 5 things, but I figured that everything I do will fall into at least one of those categories. Next I needed to figure out a way that I could use my phone to expedite all of these tasks. My whole goal is to break up the work throughout the day AND make the process quicker. I use an Android Smartphone, so the items that I’m going to recommend have been tested by me, however, I will try to find an iPhone app that does the same thing.
Listing items: This was an obvious choice for me. The eBay Mobile App is an extremely fast way to list an item. There are a few pro’s and con’s that go along with this. Listing an item on the eBay Mobile App is as easy as it comes. It’s a watered down version of what you see on your desktop, but it’s quick! Since most Smartphones now have at least a 3.2 mp camera, taking photos look clean and semi-professional. However, you lose the professional look of a description template, and I found myself not giving as many details in my description. I also found myself using eBay’s UPC catalog a lot more. I like using my mobile phone for this, but another member of the eBay Parent Panel, Windy Mayes, has good success using a Tablet. Windy and her family were featured in the eBay Money Makers series. You can check her out HERE. Overall, using the eBay Mobile App to list an item has cut down my actual work dramatically, and my sales are just as strong! You can get the eBay Mobile App for Android HERE or for iPhone HERE
Researching items: This is nothing new to me since I always use my smart phone to research items, but I took it a step further. When I’m in a store and I come across an item that I have never seen before, I pull up the eBay Mobile App and look at the completed listings. From there, I get a general idea of what I can make on the item. I usually would go home and use an online eBay profit calculator, but that takes extra time that I didn’t have. I found a great Android App that allowed me to quickly get an exact amount on what I could make. I now use the eBay Profit Calculator app found HERE for Android or HERE for iPhone (I have never used this iPhone Version, so I can’t verfiy the quality of this app on the iPhone).
Taking Photos: Like I already stated, most cell phones today have a camera on them, and they are perfect for eBay. With that said, sometimes I still need to edit the picture. I may need to crop or make a small change. I have been using the BeFunky App for this. It is FREE and really easy to use. It really makes my photo look professional. I actually use this app for 95% of all my pictures I take. It really just makes your listing stand out, and buyers are drawn to a photo that doesn’t look like all of the other pictures on eBay. They also have a paid version, but the FREE one works perfect for me. You can download it for Android HERE or for iPhone HERE.
Shipping: I really couldn’t do much on a Mobile device when it comes to shipping. I really enjoy using the Shipping Label service that eBay offers, and it can only be used on eBay’s website. However, I have found one App that really saves me a lot of time! It’s the USPS App. With this app you can keep track of all your packages that you have shipped, but thats not the time saver. The time saving part is the Pickup and Get Supplies section. Instead of logging on to my desktop every night to schedule a pick up, all I have to do is open the USPS app and click pick up. It will ask you a few questions, and thats it. The next day USPS will pick up all of my packages right at my door step. This eliminates the need to drive to the post office. Secondly, ordering supplies has never been easier. Now I can order any size box or envelope that I need, and have it all dropped off at my house for FREE. This app makes it very fast to order new supplies! You can find the USPS app for Android HERE or iPHone HERE
Buying Inventory: When I shop at Big Box stores like Target or Staples to find eBay inventory, there are many times that I find a great clearance deal that I can sell on eBay to make money. If I find an item at one Target, there is a good chance that they will have the same item on clearance at another Target, but I don’t want to drive across town to only find out that they are out of stock. Now with my phone, I can easily find out if the item I’m looking for is in stock. It’s not an app, but I created a bookmark on my phone and set it on my home page. This website will check all Targets and Staples in your area and let you know if they have that specific item in stock. You can view this website HERE and save it as a bookmark on your phone. This not only saves time, but MONEY as well!
Answering Email: When it comes to eBay buyers, they want an answer now. If you don’t answer their questions quickly, there is a good chance that they will go to another seller and just buy from them. The eBay Mobile app makes answering emails very easy and timely. I can’t tell you how many times I have saved a sale by answering an email quickly with this app. I once had a fixed price listing for baby bottles. I had someone email me and ask if I would combine shipping if he bought 100 of them. I wasn’t using this app at this point, so I didn’t get back to him until a few hours later. At that point he informed me that he went with another seller. If I would have been using the eBay Mobile app I would have saved the sale.
So there you go! My challenge is going strong, and my stress has decreased drastically! Using these mobile apps has allowed me to spend more time doing the things I want to do, and not tied to a computer. I now am able to work throughout the day in between splash parks and play dates. My sales have stayed about the same, but my dollars per hour has increased. I highly suggest going mobile if you haven’t already! Are you already mobile? If so, what are your favorite apps that you use for eBay? Comment below.