Friday, August 7, 2009

Where on the Worl Wide Web Am I?

Amazon and eBay and Etsy - Oh My!

Where on the World Wide Web Am I?

Today’s economy can be a challenge for those of us who sell on-line. In an effort to maximize traffic, I have diversified by listing my products for sale on various web sites.

Everything had a rhyme and reason and I’d like to invite you to read all about where and why I do what I do.

Let me tell you a little bit more about myself. I have been actively selling on the Internet since 1998. I started on eBay when it was still in its infancy. It was back in the days of bidding wars, high volume of sales for even part-time sellers and far less rules, regulations and fees than there are now.

As eBay grew, so did my business. I started as a casual seller, listings odds and ends from around the house. I then created miniature rugs for dollhouses and began selling them. This was a new and unique product and it created my first niche market. Sales were brisk and prices were phenomenal. Then someone else started producing a similar product. The rules of supply and demand changed, sales leveled off and the prices dropped.

Far from being discouraged, I looked for new opportunities. I turned my interest to another love of mine – antiques. There was no way that I was going to start crating and shipping antique furniture from coast to coast, so I look for something more manageable – antique and vintage glassware and china. I knew almost nothing about it, but that didn’t stop me. I started with buying pieces that I liked and thought were old. I bought books; I sought out the help of experts in the subject and gradually learned to recognize pieces that had potential.

EBay was still a growing business and so was mine. I rose to the ranks of Power Seller. I attended eBay Live to learn more, to network, and basically get a better handle as to where this relatively new selling venue was going. I was able to quit my “real” job and became a full-time seller.

And then things changed… eBay began suffering from growing pains. Changes in their business model, their management and their vision all meant changes for their sellers. There were also other auction sites in the picture as well. More places luring potential buyers away from the giant that eBay had become. It was time for me to rethink how I did business as well.

So that brings you to where I am today – here, there and everywhere! Although I still sell on eBay, it is no longer my solitary venue. It isn’t even my primary venue. I would like to help you navigate the sea of potential out there by exploring some of the places that I sell and why I chose that venue for a particular product. You may sell different items than I do, but I am sure that by looking at where I am, you can find a few places that are just right for you.

So I invite you to make yourself at home here at Colleen’s Cottage. Come back and a sit by the fire and listen to the stories of “Where on the World Wide Web Am I?” Feel free to ask questions, post comments or suggest places you’d like to hear about.

Colleen- The Celtic Rose


  1. And now you have a blog! Woo-hoo, Colleen! I love it!

    You know what the next step has to be, right? Squidoo! It's a good place, along with your blog, to tie everything together!

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