5 Tips for Dealing with the Ebay Summer Slowdown!

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If you sell on Ebay (or Amazon or Etsy), you may currently be experiencing the dreaded “summer slowdown”! I certainly am; my sales for June are quite a bit less than my August-May averages, and I anticipate July to be just as bad. While every seller is different (and there’s always that one person who loves to brag that they are having the best summer sales ever – bye, Felicia), most online retailers are experiencing slow sales.

Actually, ALL stores, both online and brick-and-mortar, have a sales slump in the summer due to families being on vacation and people spending more time outside. Folks just aren’t shopping much right now. If you are in the retail business – and selling on Ebay IS having a retail business – then dealing with slow summer sales is a reality you need to become accustomed to.

So how to you get through the summer slowdown? Here are my top five tips to deal with slow Ebay sales in June and July:

  1. HAVE A SALE! If you have an Ebay store, you can utilize Markdown Manager to discount your items in an effort to drive sales. Now, you need to be careful of this as if you offer free shipping, a sale can effectively wipe out your profits or even end up costing you money. However, if you know your margins and are confident that you’ll still earn a profit by marking things down, then even offering 10% off can help you move some inventory.
  2. ORGANIZE YOUR INVENTORY! Slow sales mean you aren’t bogged down with shipping, so it’s a great time to go through your inventory to better organize it. This also gives you a chance to make sure items haven’t dropped off and are no longer listed (I just found two things that somehow got deleted out of my store!). I’m currently in the middle of adding shelving to my Ebay storage room so that I can expand my inventory, which is giving me the chance to get better organized.
  3. PURGE STALE LISTINGS! If sales, best offer, and/or free shipping haven’t moved a listing that’s been up for over a year, it may be time to pull that item and donate it or sell it at a garage sale. While sitting on high-dollar items for awhile makes financial sense, if you have lots of under $10 things clogging up your store, now may be the time to purge them. Setting up your own garage/yard/tag/rummage sale (why are there so many different names for the same thing?!) is also a great way to bring in some extra cash.
  4. REVIEW YOUR MARKETING! If you aren’t utilizing social media to promote your Ebay listings, take advantage of the summer slowdown to devote some time to developing pages for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. All are free and easy to use; and sharing your listings to these sites is a great way to drive traffic to your store. And speaking of your Ebay store, use the downtime to freshen up your site by reviewing your categories and playing with keywords. Simply go to the “Manage My Store” section to see all of the tools available to spruce up your store.
  5. PREPARE FOR NEXT SUMMER! I always approach the summer months knowing that my Ebay sales are going to be slow. So if this is your first summer selling online, you need to take note of your numbers and start thinking ahead to next year. Once sales pick up in the Fall, you’ll want to start putting some of that extra money aside to get your through the slow months. Don’t blow all of your fourth quarter profits; save some of it so that next summer you have enough cash to not only pay the bills but to also source. Because while the summer Ebay sales are slow, June and July are the prime sourcing months. You want to make sure you have enough cash to grab the deals at the garage and church sales even if you aren’t bringing in much money.

How are your summer sales going? What are you doing to get you through until things pick up in the Fall? Hopefully you have the money to source, are getting organized for fourth quarter, and are also taking some time to enjoy the nice weather! For me, the summer slowdown means I get a bit of a break from work in order to be refreshed in time for the busier months ahead. 🙂

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Sunday Newspaper Coupon Insert Preview for 6/25/17!

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There will be up to three coupon inserts in the Sunday, June 25th newspapers: 1 Red Plum and 1 Smart Source! Remember that coupon inserts, as well as the coupons themselves, can vary by region. Also, the largest newspaper in the state tends to have the most coupons. For instance, here in Iowa, the Des Moines Register has the best inserts.

Here are the coupons you may find in Sunday’s papers:

REDPLUM COUPON INSERT:

  • $5 off Adams flea & tick collar for dogs & puppies (exp 7/31)
  • $2 off Adams product, excl single pack collars (exp 7/31)
  • $1 off Aquafresh Multi Action or Extreme Clean toothpaste, 5.6 oz+ (exp 7/25)
  • .75/1 Aquafresh toothpaste, 4.6 oz+ (exp 7/25)
  • $1 off Ben & Jerry’s pint slices 3-ct box (exp 7/23)
  • $1/2 Ben & Jerry’s pints (exp 7/23)
  • $1 off Best Foods mayonnaise jar 30 oz, squeeze 20 oz, organic 15-24 oz or vegan 24 oz product (exp 7/9)
  • $4 off Caltrate calcium and vitamin D supplement (exp 7/9)
  • $4 off Centrum MultiGummies or VitaMints, 60-ct+ (exp 7/10)
  • $4 off Centrum MultiGummies, Beauty or Omega-3, 90-ct+ (exp 7/10)
  • $4 off Centrum or Centrum Silver multivitamin, 60-ct+, excl MultiGummies and VitaMints (exp 7/10)
  • $2 off Clairol hair color, excl Balsam, Age Defy and trial size (exp 7/8)
  • $5/2 Clairol hair color boxes, excl Age Defy, Balsam, Textures & Tones and trial size (exp 7/8)
  • $1 off Cortizone 10 Intensive Healing Eczema lotion, Anti-Itch lotion for diabetics’ skin or Psoriasis lotion, 1 oz+ (exp 8/27)
  • $1 off Cortizone 10 product, 1 oz+ (exp 8/27) .55/1 DairyPure milk, (1) gallon or (2) half-gallons (exp 8/4) .75/1 DairyPure sour cream, (1) 16 oz+, or (2) 8 oz (exp 8/4)
  • .50/1 Degree Men dry protection or fresh deodorant, excl twin packs and trial (exp 7/9)
  • $1.25 off Degree Men dry spray, Motionsense, Extra Fresh or Clinical Protection deodorant, excl twin packs and trial (exp 7/9)
  • $2 off Degree Women Clinical Protection deodorant, excl twin packs and trial (exp 7/9)
  • $1 off Degree Women Motionsense or Ultra Clear deodorant, excl twin packs and trial (exp 7/9)
  • $1.50/2 Dixie everyday plates 9 in. 85-ct+ or 10 in. 50-ct+ or ultra plates 9 in. 64-ct+ or 10 in. 44-ct+ (exp 7/25)
  • $1/2 Dixie plates (exp 7/25) $1 off Emergen-C dietary supplement, 8-ct+ (exp 8/13)
  • $2 off Garnier Whole Blends shampoo, conditioner or treatment (exp 7/22)
  • $1.50 off Hefty large black trash bags (exp 8/31)
  • $1/2 Hefty Slider Bags, 10-ct+ (exp 8/31)
  • $2/3 Hefty Slider Bags, 10-ct+ (exp 8/31)
  • $1 off Hefty tall kitchen trash bags (exp 8/31)
  • B1G1 Iams dry cat food bag, up to $12.99, 7 lb. or less (exp 8/6)
  • B1G1 Iams dry dog food, up tp $19.99, up to 15 lb. (exp 8/6)
  • $1 off Krud Kutter product, 12 oz+ (exp 8/6)
  • $3 off L’Oreal Ever haircare item (exp 7/22)
  • .40/1 Lipton tea bags, k-cup, liquid or powdered iced tea mix (exp 7/10)
  • $1 off M&M’s brand chocolate candies, 8 oz+ (exp 8/6)
  • .50/1 Mardi Gras napkins (exp 7/25)
  • $1 off Nature Nate’s meyer lemon 12 oz, vanilla bean 12 oz, honey & comb 16 oz or creamed honey with cinnamon 12 oz (exp 9/2)
  • $2 off Nexium 24HR item (exp 8/20)
  • $7 off Nexium 24HR item, 42-ct (exp 7/2)
  • $2 off Pedigree pouch, 18-ct multipack (exp 8/13)
  • B1G1 Pedigree pouch single, up to $.60 (exp 8/13)
  • $3/2 Persil Pro-Clean laundry detergent, excl trial size (exp 7/23)
  • $2 off Persil Pro-Clean power-caps laundry detergent 15 ct+ (exp 7/23)
  • $2 off Persil Pro-Clean power-liquid 75 oz+ or power-caps 38-ct+ laundry detergent (exp 7/23)
  • $1/4 Pringles fulll size cans, incl LOUD, 146 g+ (exp 8/6)
  • $1 off Reynolds Bakeware pans (exp 8/31)
  • .50/1 Rolaids 3pk roll or softchew multi-pack (exp 7/31)
  • $1.50 off Rolaids tablets or liquid (exp 7/31)
  • $1/4 Uncle Ben’s ready rice (exp 8/20)
  • .50/1 Vanity Fair napkins (exp 7/25)

SMARTSOURCE COUPON INSERT:

  • $4/2 Aveeno facial care items, must include cleanser and moisturizer or treatment, excl trial size, and cleansing and moisturizing bars (exp 7/9)
  • $2 off Aveeno facial care or body care item, excl trial size, and cleansing and moisturizing bars (exp 7/23)
  • $1 off Banana Boat sun care product over 2 oz, excl lip balm (exp 8/5)
  • $4/2 Banana Boat sun care product over 2 oz, excl lip balm (exp 8/5)
  • .75/2 Band-Aid adhesive bandages, excl trial size (exp 7/9)
  • $1.50/2 Band-Aid first aid items, excl trial size and first aid kits (exp 7/9)
  • $1 off Brut classic fragrance, deodorant and twin pack, excl shave foam, razors, soap and Revolution 2.25oz deodorant (exp 7/23)
  • $1 off Charmin product, excl trial size (exp 7/1)
  • .50/1 Colgate adult or kids manual toothbrush, excl Plus, Extra Clean or Classic Clean (exp 7/8)
  • .50/1 Colgate kids mouthwash, 250 ml+ (exp 7/8)
  • .50/1 Colgate kids toothbrush (exp 7/8)
  • .50/1 Colgate kids toothpaste, 4.6 oz+ (exp 7/8)
  • $2 off Colgate mouthwash or mouth rinse, 400 ml+ (exp 7/8)
  • $2 off Colgate Optic White, Total Advanced, Enamel Health or Sensitive toothpaste, 3 oz+ (exp 7/8)
  • $2 off Depend product, 8-ct+ (exp 7/29)
  • $2 off Depend Real Fit or Silhouette product, 8-ct+ (exp 7/29)
  • $2 off Depend Shields or Guards for men or bed protectors, 8-ct+ (exp 7/29)
  • $3 off Digestive Advantage chocolate bites (exp 9/25)
  • $3 off Digestive Advantage product (exp 9/25)
  • .50/2 Dole canned fruit (exp 7/31)
  • .50/2 Dole canned fruit (exp 8/31)
  • .55/1 Energizer batteries or flashlight (exp 7/29)
  • .75/1 Energizer hearing aid batteries (exp 7/29)
  • $2/2 Ensure multipacks (exp 8/20)
  • $1 off General Mills Cheerios Very Berry box (exp 8/5)
  • .50/1 General Mills Chex cereal (exp 8/5)
  • $1 off Hawaiian Tropic sun care item, excl lip balm and trial size (exp 8/5)
  • $1/2 Hershey’s milk chocolate, 6-pk (exp 8/2)
  • $1/2 Honey Maid grahams, 14 oz+ (exp 8/5)
  • $3/2 Huggies diapers, 10-ct+ (exp 7/22)
  • $3/2 Huggies Little Snugglers, Little Movers or Overnites diapers, 10-ct+ (exp 7/22)
  • $1/2 Huggies wipes, 56-ct+ (exp 7/22)
  • $1.50 off Johnsonville flame grilled chicken breasts (exp 9/30)
  • .20/2 Kraft jet-puffed marshmallows, 8 oz+ (exp 8/13)
  • .75/1 Land O’Frost Premium, Bistro Favorites or Canadian bacon (exp 7/22)
  • .55/1 Land O’Frost Simply Delicious lunchmeat, 8 or 13 oz (exp 7/22)
  • $1 off Land O’Frost sub sandwich kit (exp 7/22)
  • .35/1 Morton Nature’s Seasons seasoning blend, 7.5 oz (exp 8/18)
  • .75/2 Nabisco cookie or cracker products, 3.5 oz+ (exp 8/5)
  • $1 off Neosporin first aid item, excl trial size (exp 7/9)
  • $4/2 Playtex gentle glide tampons, excl 8, 18 and 20-ct (exp 7/29)
  • $2 off Poise pads, liners or Impressa bladder supports, excl 14-26 ct liners or 10-ct pads (exp 7/29)
  • $2 off Pull-Ups training pants, 7-ct+ (exp 7/22)
  • $2 off Resolve carpet cleaner machine solution, 60 oz (exp 9/1)
  • .50/1 Resolve carpet stain remover or high traffic foam product (exp 9/1)
  • .75/1 Resolve pet carpet stain remover or high traffic foam product (exp 9/1) $1/2 Sargento natural cheese slices (exp 8/20)
  • $1 off Splenda sweetener (exp 7/30)
  • $1 off Splenda Zero liquid sweetener (exp 7/30)
  • $2/2 Stayfree products, excl 10-ct (exp 7/29)
  • $3/2 Stayfree products, excl 10-24 ct (exp 7/29)
  • $2/2 Suave Professionals Gold shampoo or conditioner or dry shampoo, excl 3 oz (exp 7/9)
  • $2/2 Suave Professionals Silver or Green hair care 28 oz, dry shampoo or treatment products, excl 12.6 oz and 3 oz (exp 7/9)
  • $1 off Suave Professionals styling product (exp 7/9) $1 off Sunsweet juice (exp 9/30)
  • $1 off Sure 2.6 oz, 2.7 oz, twin packs or 6 oz product (exp 7/23)
  • B1G1 Tic Tac 60-ct pack up to $1.79 (exp 9/25)
  • .75/1 Tic Tac single pack, 200-ct (exp 9/25) $1 off Trojan condoms, 10-ct+ (exp 7/23)
  • $2 off Trojan premium lubricant, 2.7, 3 or 3.38 oz (exp 7/23)
  • $2 off Trojan Vibrations (exp 7/23)
  • $1 off Tropicana Essentials probiotics 100% juice, 32 oz (exp 8/20)
  • .50/1 Wonderful almonds, 5 oz+ (exp 8/25)
  • .50/1 Wonderful pistachios, 4.5 oz+ (exp 8/25)
  • .50/5 Yoplait cups (exp 8/19)

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Download the FREE Twitter App!

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Janie and Jack: Extra 20% Off Clearance!

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Hurry over to Janie and Jack to shop their Season Finale Semi-Annual Sale where they are now offering an additional 20% off clearance prices! This drops the price of accessories to as low as $1.49 and clothing to as little as $7.19. In addition to summer clothes, there are quite a few fall/winter pieces, so you can get a jump on back-to-school shopping (yes, it’s only a couple of months away)!

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FREE Kindle Books for Today 6/23/17!

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Here are some FREE Kindle books you can download over on Amazon right now! No Kindle? No problem! Amazon offers FREE Kindle reading apps for computers, tablets and smart phones. Note that while these books were free at the time of posting, Amazon can change prices at any time.

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Looking for even more to read? CLICK HERE for today’s Kindle Daily Deals with books priced as low as 99-cents!

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And while you are looking at Kindle books, don’t forget to check out my Amazon Author Page for all of my titles! I have written a number of books on topics ranging from selling on Ebay and saving money with coupons, to making money online and traveling to Walt Disney World! 🙂

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AMAZON DEALS: Save on Dell Laptops, Schlage Locks, and More!

Here are the Amazon Daily Deals for today, June 23rd! Prices are valid all day while supplies last.

Save on Schlage Electronic Keypad Deadbolt Locks!

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Save 38% off the Dell Latitude 2-in-1 Laptop!

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Save 35% off the Denon Professional AV Surround Receiver Kit!

Save 41% off the Himalaya Neem & Pomegranate Flouride-free Toothpaste!

These items ship FREE for Prime members or with a $49 purchase. Not a Prime Member? CLICK HERE to start your 30-day FREE trial!

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Cents of Style: Babydoll Tunics Only $15.95 Shipped!

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Today through 6/25, Cents of Style is offering their Babydoll Tunics for only $15.95 with code TUNIC17! As always, shipping is FREE on all orders. These tunic tops normally sell for $34.95; thee are 14 colors to choose from in sizes Small to XL.

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Tons of New Printable Coupons for Groceries, Health & Beauty, Household, and Pets!

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There are lots of new printable coupons available over on Coupons.com! You can print each of these twice per computer.

Save $0.50 when you buy ONE BOX Cinnamon Toast Crunch™, Apple Cinnamon Toast Crunch™, Strawberry Toast Crunch™, Blueberry Toast Crunch™ ...

Save $1.00 ONE Vicks DayQuil™ Product (excludes VapoDrops™, QlearQuil™, ZzzQuil™ and trial/travel size)

Save $3.00 any ONE (1) 16 Piece or Larger Anchor Hocking Food Storage Set

Save $3.00 on any one (1) BIC Soleil Glow razor 3-pack (excludes trial and travel sizes)

Save $1.00 on any ONE (1) Scoop Away Cat Litter, any variety and size

CLICK HERE FOR MORE GREAT DEALS! 🙂