Friday, March 27, 2015
The collectibles category lives on eBay. Amazon? Forget about it! Try doing it yourself with your own website? Good luck! So when eBay updates their fees and policies twice a year buyers and especially sellers need to pay attention. In this episode of Scouting Hot Finds Radio I am going to break down the changes eBay is rolling out to the marketplace on May 1, 2015. For the most part it's a story of carrots and sticks. Some of the changers are meant to entice sellers to behave in a way that eBay sees as healthy for the site. Other changes are meant to rap you over the knuckles if you go against the tide especially if relaunching the same auctions a dozen times was your game.
Today's episode is just shy of thirty minutes long and in it I will cover the A-Z of the update. I will really focus on how this impacts buyers/sellers in the collectibles category where Scouting memorabilia has a home. At the conclusion I will also share how I think this affects me as an eBay Powerseller with an Anchor level store subscription. BTW, check out my store at http://www.patchblanket.com to see what I've got up for sale. As always you can listen to Scouting Hot Finds Radio (now on episode 73!) on iTunes or Stitcher Radio. If you want to find the show notes page visit my website at http://www.scoutinghotfinds.com.
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015
During the recent lodge fellowship that I attended it was interesting to me how many conversations I had with Scouters that were very interested in patches but very wary of dipping their toes into the hobby.
I think there is an illusion that it's very easy to get ripped off by unscrupulous people. That's what the chats led me to believe was maybe the #1 thing holding them back. However, one Scouter did mention that she used a tried and true practice. She wanted one of the old Tiger Cub Leader knots and watched on eBay until she found one that was cheaper than all the rest over the period of about a month and then she bit on it.
As someone who has been the hobby for coming up on thirty years it really got me to thinking about how can you see the hobby from the outside looking in instead of my natural viewpoint. Will it take videos, more web resources or an old fashioned book to break that trust barrier and help these Scouters come try out our fun hobby?
I think the biggest barrier may just be communication. There are pretty good resources out there now but you have to know where to find them. You also have to be motivated to do a little homework and maybe the average person isn't willing to invest the time to figure things out. But it's an interesting dilemma that has got me thinking.
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I am off to go proctor some testing at my daughter's school today. Have a great week.
Monday, March 23, 2015
I just got back my lodge's Spring Fellowship. For a rare weekend I was able to get a 2-day pass from my wife to spend a weekend doing Boy Scouting. It might have something to do with the fact that she is going to Boston for 5 days later this week. Hmmm...
One of the neat patch related things that happened was that I was able to help a couple of long-time lodge brothers fill holes in their collection. We don't have a whole lot of patch trading that happens at events but I sat down with each of them one-on-one to see what they needed. I'd much rather see someone else get this stuff than me hold onto dupes in a closet somewhere in my house.
On the Centennial front there was good news and bad news. The lodge leadership has not ordered any of the approved lodge items yet such as our flap and jacket patch issues. However, a vote was taken Saturday afternoon at an ECM to create a preorder form for these items and get things going. Hopefully by early summer these issues will be out.
This year the lodge has a planned Centennial set for the five lodge activities and this weekend we got the Winter Banquet patches we were due and of course the Spring Fellowship patches. This is going to be a really cool set and I'll have a write up on CarolinaOA.com tonight with details.
I have a lot of catching up with family time today (and a church committee meeting) so I'll sign off and wish you a happy rest of your weekend.