Hello there! Funky Ako, here.
It was raining all day in Nagoya today.
What about your place?
Well, I've just started something new recently - selling my shop's stock on Yahoo auction. I wouldn't want to call it "dead" stock, but in fact, I have to admit that there are TONS of THOUSAND items to sell in my place. That's for sure. I can't deny it. I can never get away from it.
Trying Yahoo auction this time is not my very first time. After quitting my last job (it's not that I quit, in fact. I was fired XD), I was selling goods to survive as a bread winner. However, that was about several years ago and even though I had opportunities to sell on Yahoo auction from time to time since then, I wasn't into it as much as I used to be. So it makes me feel as if I'm a total novice this time.
The picture shown above is the series of emails I received last night for just a few minutes. This actually reminded me of those days I was into Yahoo auction as a means of survival. However, believe me. This doesn't happen very often. In other words, it's pretty unusual to me - at least for the last few years. That's why it made me really excited.
The key to selling items pretty well at auctions is to make your auction easier for buyers to bid on. That means that it could be favorable if the auction price is fixed and reasonable enough, and it should also include shipping cost meaning that the auction offers free shipping. This way, the auction could get more attention from people because it looks very simple and it won't give people much trouble after bidding. By making the auction a fixed-price one, people can get whenever they want instantly without waiting for the auction to end which might take as long as a week at the longest. In usual auction style, the price might get higher if there are some people interested in it which means the seller could earn more money. However, otherwise, fixed-price auctions might be easier and more efficient for sellers to do as it could speed up the rotation of listings. In this way, items should go sooner which allows you to avoid having "deadstock" on your shelf. From my experience as a more than 6-year web shop owner selling "tangible" items such as T-shirts, caps, etc., deadstock is absolutely the last thing you'd want. Thank goodness I am not selling "fresh" produce. I'd be dead by now. (Hope you understand what I mean here.)
Anyway, Yahoo auction was always there for me in my life - at least for as long as 20 years or so. I now realize how simpler it has become than it was a while ago. Part of the transaction has simplified and automatic making it more systematic and easier to deal with for both sellers and bidders - at least it seems. Now it's like people no longer use their contact form system called "Navi" to exchange their messages. Or, I don't know if they need to exchange messages nowadays in the first place because people don't need to. That's the way simplified Yahoo auction today is. We used to exchange our personal information as soon as the auction ends and the transaction begins, but recent Yahoo auction does all those jobs for us. That is the reason why we don't need to use "Navi" any more. Yahoo now has almost the same user-friendly transaction system as eBay does.
It does seem Yahoo auction has become more reliable and safer to use (When the auction ended, for example, it used to go like, "Hey, sellers/bidders, congratulations! It's no longer our business. Do whatever you want from here.", but now it seems that Yahoo keeps an eye on people's every movement) for both parties, but in reality, as a seller myself, I have the impression that it lacks flexibility which makes it a little more difficult and troublesome to use because of how the system works. In other words, the new system (It might not "totally" new. I'm just talking about some "relatively" new system compared to the one they used to have at least several years ago.) is absolutely good and convenient for "decent" sellers. But for "sloppy," "lousy" or "disorganized" ones, I'd totally disagree as it is not as flexible as it used to be and it couldn't respond to an emergency.
In order to explain what I mean by that, I'm sure it'll take a whole day or even the whole day might not be enough, so I won't do it, but, trouble could happen if you have multiple selling channels including Yahoo auction. Let's say, if you have your own shop to sell your items at - either physical or virtual - and other kinds of internet market shopping places such as amazon. What if you have only one item to sell, list it on all those places and the item sold at both Yahoo and amazon almost at the same time? You'd have to cancel either transaction, right? Or what if you are a lazy seller and forgot that something had just become out of stock even though it was just sold on Yahoo auction as a buy-it-now item? You'd have to cancel the auction, but the systematic Yahoo auction these days wouldn't stop the transaction, and would still welcome the enthusiastic buyer to continue it. There is even NO system (as far as I know) that stops the buyer from paying for it (if they use the most convenient payment system called "Easy Pay"). As you might've already noticed, this is where the trouble comes in.
I know you always have to be a decent, organized seller. However, no matter how careful you try to be, people still make mistakes, right? I've never had this kind of trouble, yet, fortunately, but in the future, I'm not sure. All I can do is to pay as much attention to my stock as possible so that I will never give my people trouble. As I said a little earlier, since people never seem to use "Navi" to communicate anymore, they don't seem to care about any messages sent from "Navi", either. In this case, sellers could have even more trouble if anything happens and they have to contact people immediately. It should be disastrous for someone (like me!) who is not really a telephone person.
To be honest with you, I'm a disorganized type of person. The more I do this job, the more I realize that I'm not cut out for jobs with some particular kind of detail-oriented tasks. In a nut shell, I'm not good at numbers. Plus, I can be totally overwhelmed and easily get confused if I have to deal with a lot of information at once. I strongly felt this when I was working on several transactions at the same time last night. There were some people who had very similar names which has the same kanji characters in them. Somehow, it made me confused and made it almost impossible for me to tell which one was who. Not only that, some people purchased a number of items and some people got the items in the same design for different sizes and it drove me damn crazy. I had to take a long time to finish the job thoroughly so that I wouldn't make any mistakes as I knew that it would be a hell if I did. It wouldn't kill me, of course, so I should've felt more relaxed, but I couldn't. In addition to that, I can be absent-minded very often.
I'm almost sure that this sort of disposition is very typical for HSP or Highly Sensitive Person. In my case, this is part of something that makes me want to be self-employed because I'd feel very worried if I had to work with other people. That reminds me, when I was working for a shipping company at the age of 40, I was really struggling to learn the job (mainly because the job required a lot of numbers!). I was a very earnest and serious worker, but I always felt as if I was missing something. Now I understand what it was - I was just not cut out of that kind of "detail-oriented" clerical duties.
I've been in this import business for the past years. I've always enjoyed being free and creative because that's what being my own boss is all about. Still, I don't know if this job is really for me although I'm grateful that my job and Yahoo auction which actually was the precursor of my current business - it all started from the death of Michael Jackson - always help me survive. (To put it differently, I wouldn't have started this job if Michael Jackson was still alive.)
I'm not 100 percent sure, but maybe I'm a right-brain-developed person, or am I just a born stupid idiot
I really hope I'm not the latter, though.
Oops! I've talked too much!
I'll continue studying Chinese!