Friday, March 27, 2009

Day 4 DSR BLOG TOUR!! Kat Simpson of KatsKloset.com

I first met Kat about 2 years ago. We shared a yahoo group. Then last summer, I was on a bus at eBay Live with my friend Louise and she introduced me to Kat, who was part of my OBS group. And There was this whoop from the other side of the bus, Ithought the bus driver would run up on the curb! LOL

We have since shared some projects and so interviewing Kat for this one was a piece of cake!
Here is my friend KAT !

1. Where do you sell – please give one link and the corresponding store name or website (any of the venues or your own site!)
I gota pick one? LOL! My own website!

Http://www.katskloset.com

2/.What is your blog topic? The River, the Ranch & The Bay - http://www.therivertheranchandthebay.com
Why did you choose that topic to blog about?

Because I think it's time to encourage sellers to take control of their own businesses and use the venues instead of allowing the venues to use them.

2. Where is your favorite place on the internet?

www.drudgereport.com


3. Where do you “hang out” on the internet – (i.e. talkshoe radio, the ebay powerseller board etc.)

Talkshoe Radio & Google Chat with my friends


4. How are you “handling” the current economic situation? i.e getting a real job, diversifying, expanding to other venues, contracting and reducing the number of venues?

Expanding out to more venues and really looking at every fee I pay to see if I am gaining VALUE for the COST


5 Where do you see your self being in 3 years? (a millionaire, in Tahita, working harder, retired etc.)


In three years, I hope to have transitioned my business to more 'information' sales and less actual product sales.

THANKS KAT!

Now dear reader, if you look over to the right, you'll notice a "gadget". That is the player for the radio show that Kat does on Talkshoe Radio (www.talkshoe.com) on Wednesday night at 8:08 PM Et. I have the honor to be her co-host and also on the 8:30 eBiz Watercooler on Thursday night. THAT is just a 1/2 hour of fun with friends from the eBay radio chat board.

So come on in and visit with us! and definitely shop Kat's stores. She has lots of nice merchandise!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Day 3 (Wed) DSR BLOG TOUR! Marshell


I met Marshell (Her name is Mar - SHELL) some place on the internet. I saw her trying to get started selling and figured I knew a few people who would be glad to help her and to meet her because she just had such a great attitude and so do they (my yahoo group members I mean. They're wonderful and so is Marshell). Marshell and the love of her life (her words! ) Jimmy are working and saving to get married and to have a home of their own. This week and next she's packing and scrubbing and getting ready to move as they go from an apartment to a house! SO, as my dad used to say ...with no more ado forthwith


1. Where do you sell – please give one link and the corresponding store name or website (any of the venues or your own site!) http://www.bonanzle.com/booths/JimmyandMarshell Jimmyand Marshell on Bonanzle

2/. Where is your blog? http://jimmyandmarshell.blogspot.com/ What do you typically blog about? Topic is Ways to make money at home and online. Why did you choose that topic to blog about? For obvious reasons! Folks need help through all the crap found online today, and I intend to help in what ever way I can. I know what it's like to be lost, I was there!

2. Where is your favorite place on the Internet? http://www.superlistexplode.com/?mid=marshell Every one needs a list to send to. This is a neat little community of like minded folks who enjoy each others company, and read each others emails. It's free, and my list is now at 5084 subscribers in just 4 weeks!

3. Where do you “hang out” on the Internet – (i.e. talkshoe radio, the ebay powerseller board etc.) http://www.superlistexplode.com/?mid=marshell As you can see, it is Super list Explode; like I said, it is a great place to meet and greet! Of course, I also love my friends on our Online Business Success Group.


AND that is just a quick glimpse of our Marshell - BTW she also

4. How are you “handling” the current economic situation? i.e getting a real job, diversifying, expanding to other venues, contracting and reducing the number of venues?


I began by taking inventory of all I knew how to do...then I started doing it. I have things listed on Bonanzle, and, since we still have an account on eBay, I MAY list on there again. However, collectibles are not moving as well as before, so I am moving into affiliate circles. I am an affiliate for "The Baby Newspaper" , a great in-home business you can do in your spare time. Use my affiliate link to check it out -">Baby Newspaper!...to mention one.

5 Where do you see your self being in 3 years? (a millionaire, in Tahiti, working harder, retired etc.)
I have faith in myself and Jimmy that we WILL be in our own home in the country, not in this cramped apartment. I believe we will be comfortably off, and be doing the things we want to; the things we enjoy. I would love to buy the program and actually sell the Baby Newspapers, instead of just being an affiliate; and Jimmy wants to junk full time.

DSR Blog Tour Day 2 Cindy Shebley Clovercity.com

Ok, so I'm a little behind (what else is new?) and this should have been up last night...This is Day 2 of the DSR BLOG TOUR! And today's victim...errrr GUEST!! is Cindy Shebley of www.websellerscircle.com and www.clovercitysells.com. Cindy is an amazing Rock Star from the OSIRockstars!

I first heard Cindy about a year ago...maybe 18 mos when she gave a webinar for eBay sellers about Photography and several times since I've had the pleasure of being on webinars where she either instructed or assisted Janelle Elms in instructing on a variety of topics. She's talked about photography but also about Amazon, about Vendio and about getting your googlebase feed to work from your ebay store. In fact she did a great Youtube video that makes it simple as pie to follow and set it up! (so if your isn't working? go here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ez1t_FK512A and check it out! UH..but wait til you finish reading this interview!)

1. Where do you sell – please give one link and the corresponding store name or website (any of the venues or your own site!)
eBay – www.clovercityphotos.com
Bonanzle - http://www.bonanzle.com/booths/websellerscircle
Amazon – http://amazon.com/shops/clovercity

Website: http://www.ghostleg.com

Websellers – http://websellerscircle.com - This is her newest project!

2/. Where do you blog? Why did you choose that topic to blog about?
The blog http://clovercitysells.blogspot.com started as a way to talk about eBay trends and happenings.

2. Where is your favorite place on the internet?
a. Humm, my favorite place? Well, I guess that would be Flickr – the photo sharing site….. but really, I have so many favorite places, there’s so much happening on the web right now.

3. Where do you “hang out” on the internet – (i.e. talkshoe radio, the ebay powerseller board etc.)
a. I love hanging out on the yahoo group called Onlinebusinesssuccess – it’s a very active group full of knowledgeable sellers lead by our own Beth Cherkowsky.( BLUSHING HERE!)Everyone who sells on the web should join!

4. How are you “handling” the current economic situation? i.e getting a real job, diversifying, expanding to other venues, contracting and reducing the number of venues?

a. A couple of the colleges I teach at have reduced classes and I’ve lost a few teaching gigs – but the flip side of that is I’ve had more time to catch up with my online listings. I’m focusing my energies on teaching online and looking at more automation tools to help me grow without having to hire an assistant just yet.

5 Where do you see your self being in 3 years? (a millionaire, in Tahita, working harder, retired etc.)
In three years? Good question. I plan on having as many of my systems automated as possible so I can spend more time traveling, taking photographs and playing with my puppies. While I don’t expect to really work fewer hours, just don’t want to be as tied down to my office as I am right now. I want to be able to really take advantage of the ‘Internet lifestyle.’

And THAT is why we love Cindy. You should also know she's a very sharing person and has jumped in to help all of us on this tour with answers when she has been able to. And if you haven't checked out Webseller Circle? WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR!! QUICK GO NOW!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Virtual Blog Tour - Dar Sayre The Glass Guru of TheRIVERTHERANCHANDTHEBAY.com

Today's Blog Tour Stop is to visit with Dar Sayre who has just premiered as the "GLASS GURU" of the Talkshoe Radio program - THE RIVER THE RANCH AND THE BAY - http://www.therivertheranchandthebay.com. The show on Wednesday nights will feature a regular report from Dar on vintage glass and she's also agreed to help identify peices for listeners who forward pictures.

Full Disclosure - I'm the cohost of that show and Dar's friend for about 3-4 years. If you look at the right nav bar there's a gadget to listen to her on her first appearance on the show.

Dar sells on eBay and Bonanzle primarily although she does have a small presence on Amazon and soon a presence on Etsy for her hand-crochetted bikini's and sun tops!.

So Dar, Where do you sell?

http://www.recallingthepast.com/

www.myspace.com/darsayre

http://www.bonanzle.com/booths/darsayre


And her eBay store is http://stores.ebay.com/Dars-Glass-and-More?refid=store


Do you have a blog and what is it about?

2. I was told to blog about vintage glass...LOL, it started from my interview on the radio show -

http://darsayre-theglassguru.blogspot.com/


What is your favorite place to hang out on the internet?
3.I dont have a favorite place to hang out on the internet...email takes up too much of my time.

4. How are you “handling” the current economic situation? i.e getting a real job, diversifying, expanding to other venues, contracting and reducing the number of venues?

I am handling the economy as I always have. I just keep listing...and hope its something folks will want to buy...for me, the economy hasnt had anything to do with it. My selling all types of items and on several venues happened a few years ago.

5 Where do you see your self being in 3 years? (a millionaire, in Tahita, working harder, retired etc.)

I dont know where I will be in 3 yrs..Tahiti sounded good tho!(ANY beach)

And that concludes our visit for today with DarSayre of http://www.recallingthepast.com/

Join us on Wednesday night at 8:08 PM ET on talkshoe for more glass info from the Glass Guru

Stay tuned for tomorrow's Blog Tour Visit - I think Cindy Shebley of Webseller's Circle is up next!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Why are eBayers better at Twitter??

I’m not using it as much as I could/should but it is a hoot to read!
Watch the most verbose people we know try to get a coherent thought into 140 spaces. LOL.

WE ebayers had training 'cause we had to do ebay titles in 55 spaces and feedback in 80. Cripes, 140 spaces is practically a novel! LOL

Tweet this!!

@bethcherkowsky
Get in motion. Move forward. Take a step & then take another

1. http://www.depressionglasswarehouse.com

2.www.amazon.com/shops/DepressionGlassWarehouse

3 http://www.bonanzle.com/booths/Twilley

4 http://www.squidoo.com/Depression-Glass-Warehouse

5. Blog: http://thecompulsivecollector.blogspot.com/

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Friday, March 20, 2009

Dar - The Glass Guru strikes again!



Ok, like I said, Dar and I have been "talking" glass for several years. So since, I couldn't identify them, I sent her this picture


and asked for her help and...this very next morning she tells me they are Imperial! (well she said she was leaning towards Imperial). So I decided to flip through Hazel Marie Weatherman's Colored Glassware of the Depression Era 2 - the bible of depression glass even now 20+ years after Weatherman's death - and lo and behold - she's right!!
There they are on the upper right outside corner of page 179 - HAZEN - a 15 piece luncheon set with distinctive squared handles! and a gorgeous spring green color. These are mint and I'm selling them on ebay right now. So come on in to HAZEN and see what they go for! Cause if they don't get bid up, I'm just keeping them. They are so pretty!


This is the "gadget" to listen to Kat & I interview Dar Sayre about her glass collecting habit!





Dar Sayre on THERIVERTHERANCHANDTHEBAY!

On Wednesday night, my co-host and I (Kat Simpson and me, Beth Cherkowsky) had the opportunity to talk for awhile with a friend of mine! Dar Sayre.

Dar and I have been friends for about 3-4 years. We both joined a yahoo group at the same time and we got kicked out of it about 5 months apart. So I started my own yahoo group and Dar joined and now we are back together talking glass. She collects glass like I do, but she collect much more expensive and hard to find glass than I do.

Dar's been collecting for most of her life and she inherited a lot of glass from her grandparents. AND she's selling on ebay and bonanzle and some of it is glass but she's got some other cute things and some really neat antiques! So come along, listen and if you have a question about vintage glassware, you can ask her any Wednesday night because she's going to be a contributing editor now!

Here are her links to her stores on eBay and Bonanzle

http://stores.ebay.com/Dars-Glass-and-More?refid=store

www.recallingthepast.com

www.myspace.com/darsayre

http://www.bonanzle.com/booths/darsayre

ebay seller name is : darsayre

Friday, March 6, 2009

Amazon stores

My least favorite job of all -

TAXES!

IT's that time of year and God help me, I know we need to pay taxes but I hate it. And for those of you who are doing ebay or any online selling venue, here's an article I just read that helps explain are you a "hobby" or a "business" and what to do to move up to the business status so you can claim more deductions.

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2008745660_pftaxhobbies15.html

Check this out!

More later (I promise, I'm going to post more regularly now that MY taxes are done. )

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