Always Take Notice Of Your Commenters

One of the most important parts of blogging is to take notice of your commenters and their interest in you and your journey.

One of the most frequently asked questions I get is do I still sell on ebay?  Well, yes I do, I still sell exactly the same product that I started selling in 2009 when I wrote a post about it.  You can read that post here.  I am now a power seller and a top rated seller with ebay, and all based on one single item that I source and resell.  That item is Duplex oil lamp chimneys.

You see I was lucky enough to have found a niche, a very, very tight niche, and I get repeat sales and have regular customers coming back all the time.  I was also lucky enough to have found a supplier of the product at a price I could make a profit on.  It’s not a huge profit but I am happy to go for volume of sales rather than a larger profit per item.

Recently I have decided to spread my wings a bit and delve into the possibilities of selling other items on ebay.  My first job was to decide what I would sell.  Some years ago I purchased Stuart Turnbull’s Prints Make Profits and thought it was a great idea for an ebay product to sell.  However having bought a few old and rare books I found I simply could not cut them up for the plates!  I still have the books I bought at the time and really do treasure them.

Having owned an art gallery in the past I was still keen to explore the possibilities around art and prints, and recently two very good friends of mine, Steve King and Barry Wells, launched their latest product, Easy Auction Income.  Their training material shows the members how they can source and sell prints without having to destroy books to do it!  All you need for this home based business is a bit of time and a reasonably decent printer.  You can find a link to the sales page in the sidebar if you are interested in taking a look.

As for me, well it suits what I want to do very well so I have now watched all the videos (I upgraded to the premium membership as well, the additional information in there is so worth the money), and I am now ready to start listing prints on ebay.  I’ll let you all know how it goes!

Enjoy the journey.

18 Comments

  • Monna Ellithorpe
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    Reply Reply February 24, 2014

    Hi Mandy,

    How interesting. I will have to take a look at what you are doing. I haven’t looked up my first post from way back when yet, but I will.

    Have a great day. Monna
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply February 25, 2014

      Hi Monna, thanks for visiting. Chimneys are such a great item for me to sell, as I said to Nate they break so people always have to replace them.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Mary Austin
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    Reply Reply February 24, 2014

    Finding that “tight niche” with repeat sales is the major hurtle for most people. Having found it yourself, you were smart enough to stick with it. Good for you. I hope this new venture brings you just as much reward.

    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply February 25, 2014

      Hi Mary, thanks for visiting. I can’t imagine ever not selling chimneys now, I am certainly looking for ‘another string to my bow’ but chimneys will always be in my inventory as long as the stock lasts.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Nate

    Reply Reply February 25, 2014

    Sounds like you nailed your niche down pat tight! I know that many marketers struggle with this but I will also say that, it comes down to make a decision who you want to target! Great post!
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply February 25, 2014

      Hi Nate, thanks for visiting. Yes, luckily for me I am ‘in the trade’ so to speak, owning antiques centres, and I was lucky to be able to find a supplier, these items sell constantly in the shop but I thought I’d try them on ebay and they turned out to be quite a hit! Also being quite fragile they break and people need to replace them!

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Susan May
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    Reply Reply February 26, 2014

    Hi Mandy!

    We haven’t touched base in such a long time I just wanted to stop in and say “hi”! It’s been so long you may not even remember me. How are you? How is everything going in your corner of the world. I am coming to the UK this summer, where exactly do you live. Shoot me an email so we can reconnect. Even though we met through John Thornhill’s master class, I felt that we had a connection and are friends. Would love to hear from you!!

    Susan

    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply March 3, 2014

      Hey, Susan! How nice to connect with you again. Yes, I’m still here, still blogging, although things are looking a little different now. I live in North Norfolk (it says in my about page) but travel all over the country with my offline business so it would be great to meet up somewhere convenient for you. Let me know what your plans are and we’ll sort something out. Good to hear from you!

      Enjoy the journey,

      Mandy

  • Thank you for the informations ,Mandy
    I wish you all the best for your business:)
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply March 3, 2014

      Hi Erika, thanks for visiting. I am hopeful for the new phase of my ebay business!

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Adrienne
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    Reply Reply March 1, 2014

    Hey Mandy,

    Good to see you’re still going strong and sorry that the Marketing Miniclass had to close it’s doors. I know you have your offline business still but are enjoying the online world too.

    I think this was a great idea to share what you’re still doing and glad you found a niche that is small. Repeat customers are definitely the way to go.

    Great job and I know you will continue to have success in that area. You’re definitely learning from two guys that enjoy what they’re doing too.

    Have a great weekend.

    ~Adrienne
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply March 3, 2014

      Hi Adrienne, thanks for visiting. Yes, it was disappointing about MMC but we all had various reasons for needing to leave that behind. Barry and Steve have put together a great product here and they do give massive support, both personally and through the forum. The forum is very active with lots going on and lots of member to member help happening too. Anyone thinking of ebay as a potential business opportunity would do well to start here, partly because the outlay is minimal.

      Enjoy the journey,

      Mandy

  • Jacs Henderson
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    Reply Reply March 1, 2014

    Love that you listen to your Commenters!!
    Brilliant to find that niche for ebay, and seems expansion there is a way to increase sales with more products. You have so many business branches and seem to have it nailed in all areas. A very talented and knowledgeable lady you certainly are!
    Will be back up your way September 🙂
    Jacs

    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply March 3, 2014

      Hi Jacs, thanks for visiting. I love what I do on ebay and would love to expand that, although I love my offline work life too! A bit of both suits me very well. Would be great to catch up in September, let me know when you are this way!

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Merle
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    Reply Reply March 2, 2014

    Great post Mandy and love your way of thinking in one of your replies that the chimneys can break so have to be replaced !! Thanks for sharing.
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply March 3, 2014

      Hi Merle, thanks for visiting. One of the great things about supplying a commodity like this is the potential to have repeat customers. It’s a bit like selling food, once it’s gone people have to buy more!

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Lesly Federici
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    Reply Reply March 3, 2014

    That sounds interesting. Wouldn’t there be an issue with copyright? I didn’t know you had an art gallery. So did I years ago, loved it. There’s a lot of “post card” art sold on Ebay – which I was looking into at one point. But you know, there are SO many opportunities to make an income online, you just have to find the one that works the best. Keep us posted! I want to hear more …
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply March 3, 2014

      Hi Lesly, thanks for visiting. Copyright – what a minefield! All the prints provided are in the public domain and there are plenty of opportunities to source other prints that are public domain both through the course and through the member to member support given in the forum. I will indeed keep you informed.

      Enjoy the journey,

      Mandy

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