I heard on the news this morning that most people buy online things that include free shipping. Which of course is stupid. These companies are simply adding the cost of shipping into their cost. Part of that is because its easier for them. Trying to figure out rates is nothing but a headache. I know for me its easier to do it like that. Trying to figure out the postage to Alaska from Tennessee is a nightmare. My advice is try and use as many flat rate boxes as possible. Even then it can be a tricky situation.
The hype has started about Black Friday and all the sales and what great bargains that are out there. The truth is Black Friday has not been the busiest shopping day of the year for years. I get up at 4 a.m. because of my wife’s work schedule. There is no way I am doing that to go stand in some line and get trampled on.
While building my store it has amazed me how people are ripping people off especially on postage. I won’t do that. More and more I offer free shipping. It makes my life and everyone else’s easier. I had an employee of the Postal Service say that she has worked for them for 32 years and she doesn’t understand how it works. Often I offer free shipping and send it priority. Maybe that is a sign of old age. (http://stores.ebay.com/dealswithduke) I had an old-time fisherman give me this advice about fishing. “Keep it SImple”. The really bad thing about Black Friday is that people are lulled into concept that they are getting a deal. In reality all they are getting is scammed!
With the start of my e-bay store I have acquired a small army of little things that make me believe that they must be sitting on something? I think that thing is called my desk? So the goal for today is to go through all this stuff and put it up on my store. I need space and it sure would be nice to know what is under all of this stuff! Maybe there is a cool million hidden and then its “I gotta go”!. I suspect that is not the case. So I will most likely combine some of this stuff and put it on sale. I start digging around for stuff later today. Then again isn’t that how I lost my desk in the first place?