12-11-2013 05:44 AM
Just wondering - what are the slow months for selling new and used clothes on ebay? November I sold the most I have sold in one month, but December is really slow. I have switched to free shipping so my prices have gone up and thought maybe that was why my sales have slowed down. Should I be getting worried or is December just a slow month?
12-11-2013 05:55 AM
From my own experience, December seems to be slower than November. I think it is because people are spending their money on presents for others. Usually that does not entail used clothing. I've learned from the fabulous posters on here that staying the course during the slow months is very beneficial.
12-11-2013 06:05 AM
A lot of sellers are experiencing slow sales right now, so I think that's a big part of it.
Have you researched completed similars on some of your items? While your prices aren't unreasonable, a lot of similar items are selling for less and some retailers (Coldwater Creek, Liz, etc.) are practically giving stuff away so some of your items can be found brand new for a similar price.
Hopefully, buyers will use some of their christmas money to shop on ebay--at least that's what I keep telling myself! Good luck, keep listing, at least you will have the listings ready to go when this slump ends. Also, from what I've read here, free shipping doesn't seem to be all that helpful. I would try reducing prices and charge actual shipping, see if that makes a difference. Good luck!
12-11-2013 06:57 AM
December is the slowest month of the year for me. My sales drop drastically. Used clothing is not high on folks list for gifts. If you have new clothing, you may fare better.
12-11-2013 07:44 AM
I think Dec. was the slowest month for me last year, and it continued to be slow until Jan. Things picked up in Feb. That was from my last year sales. I didn't expect that much in Nov, Dec, Jan, however, Nov this year was slower than I expected. Sales depend on what I carry during those times too, since I carry different kinds of things . If l carry more of the NWT /accessories my sales are better than when I carry used items, or clothings.
12-11-2013 08:24 AM
I hate getting this as a reply but - it depends. It depends on what you are selling on what your prices are on how many people are looking to buy what you have. I have sold second hand year round and nicknacks in the summer. I have never had a month where I didnt sell SOMETHING at least a third of what I listed. I try different formats changing prices increasing descriptions and retaking photos if I have to. Some folks CAN sell shorts in the dead of winter and sweaters in July but if you ONLY sell shorts and no sweaters in December that may be a factor. Look at what the retail stores are offering - types of items styles colors seasonal - and try focusing on those. Compare your prices and products to other sellers here to get ideas but dont be afraid to offer those things that are out in left field. Just add them in with the seasonal. I sold tons of vintage jewelry in little gift boxes and they are on their way to someones stocking and used sparkly holiday party wear is off to more parties. And the new and used scarves and hats are off to keep someone else warm.
So my answer is it depends. If it looks like a "slow" month to you mix it up and try something else.
12-11-2013 10:37 PM
A suggestion? Skip the acronyms in the title if you can. The acronyms make it easy for you to say more - but you're writing the titles for the buyers who prolly aren't sellers. I know I had no idea even what NWT meant before I became a seller. Got spare spaces in your title? Add 'em in but use 'em as kind of a 'backup'.
12-12-2013 02:54 PM
I have to second the person that said....it depends. I think it used to be slow for me in September and the first half of October, picking up into Christmas and continuing on until summer vacation when I would see a dip again in say, July. But last summer I had good sales and this winter I saw a very slow November, which I haven't seen before in my recent memory. So I think it really depends on a lot of factors, some are out of the control of the seller. IMO. If you know someone having really good sales in a very similar market one month and you are not, if you wait long enough it will probably swing your way The whole secret to not getting frustrated on ebay is not relying on the daily sales as the dips up and down have gotten much more unpredictable lately.
12-12-2013 05:27 PM
I relisted items that have been hanging around since last year that got snapped up right away this year and some of the items I was sure would be hot items in December for holidays got nada. Some items that sat like dead fish on another site ran out the door here and vice versa. The vintage nobody here wanted got tons of interest on another site. You just never know.