I had the good folks at eBay Underground take a look at my listing and tell me if I could have done anything better. Nobody offered anything. It was just crappy, bad luck. *Sigh*
So why discouraged? DH and I started out listing like crazy people in May to build our eBay business to help pay for some household bills so we can purchase another car. In order to accomplish that, we need some sort of regular, guaranteed type of income. In light of what happened this week, I no longer view eBay as that source. It could disappear at any moment, after any evaluation, after any customer who can't read dings the crap out of my stars to make themselves feel better about their mistake.
My eBay business isn't really mine. There is so much I have no control over but am expected to be responsible for. It's ridiculous! It causes me great stress! How do I think about eBay and not be stressed out?!
I was thinking about it and realized that if the eBay part of my business isn't mine, then I need to reevaluate how I think about it. (**These are our own personal observations and should not be considered advice for anyone else!**)
1. Don't invest more than we can stand to lose.
2. Hold eBay lightly and ride the ride as far as it will go. When it's over, it's over.
3. Do not count on eBay funds for any recurring monthly payments (like a car payment or credit card payment). I know that lots of folks live on their eBay income, and my hat is off to them because I really have no idea how you do it month after month! My head would EXPLODE from the stress!
One of the things I HAVE to realize is that all I can do is the very best I can. I have to be happy with that and not beat myself up over it when it isn't good enough for someone else. I went for a long time not even looking at my DSR's and I am going back to that. If I did the best I could do, then it doesn't matter. If it isn't good enough for eBay, then they can take away my TRS, restrict my account, or chop me too. I can't beat myself up for things I don't have control over.
I wish eBay was moving in the same direction that Etsy is going. My Etsy shop is my business. Etsy wants a hands off approach to how sellers run their own businesses. (Which is GREAT, but we still need a way to deal with problem people/buyers like a BLOCK option. Hint-hint!) ALOT of people see this and have moved over there. There has been a HUGE increase in new shops. It's tough to get a slice of the sales pie, but I hope as the eBay dissatisfaction grows the Etsy customer base will grow too.
How did the recent eBay purge affect you?