Saturday, October 25, 2014

Sales Down on All Three Major Online Venues Etsy Ebay Amazon

So its been one of the strangest Octobers for online sales that I have ever seen. Normally our sales start to soar from Labor Day weekend through April. September started off great; then started dropping. October came and started to pick up and then dropped. Strangest thing I have ever seen.

Its not just me as all of the forums are full of established sellers seeing the same thing I am. I have to say I have never seen "slow sales" threads on all of the major sites at the same time.

For Ebay the theory is that all the site crashes, hacks and glitches cost them customers. For Etsy the theory is that the home page change, shipping changes, search screw ups etc are causing the slow down. On Amazon the theory is all the recent site updates threw off sales. And yes Amazon has had many site glitches lately just like Ebay.

I posted a thread on the Amazon forums wondering if this slow down was due to the Ebola and ISIS scares. Many made fun of my post; but it is a real issue. Many sales reports are blaming the slow down on exactly what I posted; Ebola and ISIS.

Of course the Ebola crisis will benefit some sellers (those that sell safety equipment etc) but for most of us; scared consumers do not spend money. Many are scared we will be in a ground war soon fighting ISIS.

My hope is that the hysteria will end soon and sales will go back up. I am very thankful that I sell on all three. Its probably the only thing saving my business right now. Like most online sellers I have a huge inventory for the holidays. So I am sitting on a ton of inventory that is not moving as fast as anticipated.

Also thank goodness for Amazon. Even though sales have slowed a bit there the last 2 weeks they are still much higher than any other venue we sell on.

Wishing you all tons of holiday sales!!

Friday, October 24, 2014

My Crochet Edge CroEdge Skip Blades are All In Stock and Ready to Ship!

We now have all of my CroEdge skip blades in stock and ready to ship! I have added different listings so that we can cover whatever our customers need. For those that are not familiar; our blades make perfect crochet holes in fleece, flannel and other fabrics. You can make baby blankets in hours instead of days! No more using a hammer to make holes. Works great for making blankets, kitchen towel toppers, t-shirts etc.

I have listings for both the fleece and flannel skip blades, crochet edge blades with rotary cutters, sets of 2 fleece edging blades etc.

Hop on over to my website to order at kayscrochetpatterns.com

You can also get the free digital instructions on my website.

Thank you to all of our customers for the great feedback on our blades! It took me over a year to get them the way I wanted them (sharper to last longer) but at a reasonable price for our customers. We so appreciate your support! 






Do Not Sign Up for Ebay Webinterpret! Huge Mistake

I have been busy so forgot to post an update for Ebay Webinterpret. In my opinion Webinterpret is nothing but a huge scam. Its a long story but this many months later I am still dealing with the fall out from signing up for this program. In my opinion no one should ever sign up for this. I only had it for about 2.5 weeks and it wrecked havoc with everything. I will list the issues.

They don't tell you that your Ebay bill is going to be 10 times the normal bill for all those international listings. When I had Ebay helping me get out of this mess; they said those are not even the correct listing prices charged by Ebay. Most of my listings through Webinterpret were 1.50 and up PER LISTING.

You will start getting tons of Ebay messages because the international shipping cost won't show up. Instead it will say "ask seller for shipping costs" I emailed support numerous times and was told it was a bug and they couldn't fix it. 

Their "translated" listings are not translated correctly. My Ebay customer service rep knows several languages and he said the listings did not make sense and were not translated correctly. So I put a couple through Google Translator and he was right. Many of the listings were just gibberish.

They put the wrong pictures with the wrong listings. This cost me as I had to reship 4 orders that had the wrong picture with the wrong listing.

I was told (and so were many others) that the guy helping me set up Webinterpret was employed by Ebay. That was a lie. I was also told they are an approved Ebay partner. Another lie.

It took me 2 hours on the phone with Ebay customer service to get them off my account and try to delete all the listings. I am still finding their listings and deleting them. Somehow they keep popping back up which is making me crazy.

I am so sorry I ever heard of them. A tip Ebay gave me (which I never have read) is that if a company calls you and says they are with or employed by Ebay, ask them for the phone message number. Then go into your Ebay account and see if there is a message number stored. If there isn't; they are not with or affoliated with Ebay.

Kay's Crochet Mystery Boxes/Bags Update

We have been getting a lot of questions on our Mystery boxes so here you go! First some have asked why we are now shipping in bags. USPS...