“Time is money.” - Ben Franklin
As an eBay seller, time is one of your most valuable assets. If you’re not listing, you’re shipping. If you’re not sourcing, you’re answering customer emails. If you’re not charting a course for growth, you’re training a new employee. The list goes on and on. I guess that’s the life of an entrepreneur.
But, we found a way to lighten the load a bit. We evaluated all of the available eBay tools that enable you to automate manual tasks. Try one or all of these to save some of that time/money:
1. Select Good ‘Til Cancelled for fixed price listings. Good 'Til Cancelled listings renew automatically every thirty days. This frees you up from having to manually renew items that take a little more time to find the perfect buyer.
2. Instantly accept or decline Best Offers. If you use Best Offer, you don’t have to be at the ready to accept or decline an offer. You can simply set your price limits, and prospective buyers will get an automated email indicating whether their offer was accepted or declined.
3. Use the Out of Stock option to avoid oversells. If you sell multi-quantity items, use the Out of Stock option to hide your item(s) from search when you run out of inventory. This will save you the time (and hassle) associated with managing a stock-out situation.
4. Hide your inventory when on vacation. If you have an eBay Store, you can use vacation settings to automatically hide your fixed price items from buyers when on holiday. This saves you from having to re-list items upon your return or selling something that you can’t ship right away.
5. Automatically post feedback. Those of you using Selling Manager Pro can automatically send positive feedback when an item has been marked as paid. No need to manually type “A++++ buyer” every time you sell something.
6. Use the Unpaid Item Assistant to instantly open and close cases. If a buyer fails to pay for an item, you don’t have to track them down via email. The Unpaid Item Assistant automatically files a case for you and will even close it when it’s been resolved.
7. Customize and automate some or all of your return requests. Returns can be time-consuming, but they don’t have to be. Just customize the rules in your return policy, and decide how much involvement you want to have with different types of return scenarios.
To get even more of your time back, you could consider using Hootsuite to schedule social media posts, Reply Manager to manage buyer email communications, and GoDaddy Online Bookeeping to keep track of your eBay-related finances. Soon, the problem will be figuring out what to do with all that extra time.
Are you already using some of these time-saving tools? Let us know in the comments below. Also, feel free to share this article with your eBay peers via email and on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.
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