Not to long ago, a customer of mine taught me something that really helped me gain the confidence in my business and in my life. He taught me a valuable lesson that I think about everyday, and I apply it to most situations that I might run into inside eBay and out. Here’s what happened.
I was creating personalized videos for businesses, and most of the time I would sell the video for $5 – $10. Really it only took me 5 minutes or so to put it together, and I really enjoyed creating them. Well one day, I received an email from a potential customer asking me if I would be interested in making over 1,000 video’s for their business over a couple of years time. Of course I played it cool, and I was like, “Yeah, sure thing.” When really I was doing the running man, because I was so excited!
We emailed back and forth for a while to make sure I could make the video that he wanted, and he paid me to make 4 as a test. After I made the first 4, I realized that the video’s were very similar, and were only going to take me a couple of minutes to make each one. I sent the customer the product, and I received immediate feedback. He said that they were perfect and it was just what they were looking for. A few weeks went by, and I didn’t hear anything from them. I actually started to think that maybe the original deal fell through, or they were going to go with someone else.
To save the business, I sent an email over to the buyer to let him know how excited I am to work on his project, and that I would actually do two videos for the price of one. I figured that this could help close the business. His response was short, but for some reason it hit me like a ton of bricks. He said, “Tristen, your product is great. Don’t sell yourself short. I’ll pay full price.” It’s amazing how profound that statement really is to me. It really made me open my eyes, and I hope it’s doing the same for you.
How much time, effort, creativity, knowledge, and energy do you put into your eBay business? There are sellers out there that will sell their product at rock bottom prices, and just make $.50. They are selling them selves short. This is when I realized that I do not have to be the lowest priced seller. Really, I can be one of the highest priced sellers and still sell my product. Why is that?
It’s because I am willing to wait an extra week for my item to sell. I’m not going to sell my self short, just to make $.50 today. I want to make sure I am getting out of eBay what I put in. An eBay business is not easy. Let me repeat… An eBay business is not easy! So make sure you are feeling fullfilled, and take the advice I was given, Do Not Sell Yourself Short!