Friday, June 2, 2017

Sales Update and Reseller Drama (Updated)

I ended June with my best sales so far. It wasn't quite the $2000 mark that I was hoping for. I know, I know, that isn't that much. My sales are growing quite a fast as I'd like. But I'm hoping for an even better month of sales. That would be an accomplishment because summers are usually my slowest time.


Not great but not horrible. Of course this isn't all profit. I have shipping costs and supplies and inventory also.

I have 2 stores I've been working on. Well, 1 store and 1 new account. I am moving all my hard goods to my newer account. I want my main store to be focused on clothes and accessories. I don't know if that will help my sales or not, but I want to clean up the look of my store. I want it to look like an online boutique and not just a thrift store.

On a different note, I have mentioned thinking about making videos and posting them on YouTube. Mainly Ebay and thrifting/haul videos. That is the thing resellers are doing now. Blogging is not so popular, YouTube and Vlogging is what's in. I have been hesitant because I know how cruel people can be. I'm hesitant for other reasons, too, but that's a big one. 

Apparently there is a lot of drama in the reseller world. I got a taste of it in a Facebook group, but I thought that was just that particular group. It had around 25,000 people in it so there was bound to be drama, but the drama seemed to center around the admins. They were a bunch of mean girls. I didn't like them at all. They had a serious case of power-trip-itis.

But anyways, I try to keep negativity out of my life. I don't "hate watch" people or stalk my enemies Instagram or Facebook accounts. I don't have "file" with screen shots and photos I stole from their accounts like someone I has on me. I don't care. I don't care what people are doing or saying or thinking. I don't leave negative comments on peoples posts or try to start drama. But not everyone shares those sentiments. 

I don't want to be a venue for people to show there true colors of cruelty and negativity. I have always been one of those females that other females love to hate. I don't know why. I do have a case of resting bitch face. I am not a smiley person. I mind my own business and I keep to myself. I am an introvert. I am not very approachable, I guess. That is a self protection tactic I taught myself a long time ago. People tend to take me the wrong way. My whole life. But I am a nice person and I will be nice and friendly if I am approached right.

So, because of that, I am convinced that people won't like me or will "hate watch" my videos. I don't like drama in my life so I don't want people starting drama. I would still like to do videos at some point, but I don't know how that will turn out. I will just have make the decision to do it for myself and not for anyone else. If people like it, great. If not, fine. But I know there are trolls everywhere.

Where did this all come from? Well, 2 of the women I watch on a regular basis, Nicole State and Lindey Glenn are having some drama of their own right now. If you are in the reseller world and follow resellers on YouTube, you probably know what I'm talking about and you've probably already chosen a side. Lindey's son was diagnosed with non-verbal autism. I don't know much about autism at all. I have no experience with it. But as a mother, I could sense her stress and fear and sadness for her child. It was obvious from the video she made. She has a gofundme to help cover his treatment or therapy. I wouldn't necessarily ask my followers (if I had any) for money. But in dire times, who knows. You use the avenue you have. I can't hate on her for that. It's her channel, she can do what she wants.

*Update. Some of the videos have been taken down due to harassment and bullying, so links might not work. Bullying and being mean, name calling and making threats to anyone is NOT okay. I really feel like everyone is going overboard and kindness goes a LONG way. Stop and ask yourself how you would feel if you were in a similar situation.*

Well, Nicole and her husband made a rebuttle video. I didn't even finish it. I only watched aobut half of it and had to shut if off. They felt Lindey's state of stress made her appear to be putting autism in a negative light. And they took issue with her asking for money, from the half of video I watched. (Nicole has asked her followers to help with things herself but I won't get into that.) I watched their video a couple hours after Lindey's video. I didn't agree with their interpretation of Lindey's video. I even told my husband that all I saw was a mom who is worried about her child. I can't blame her. She wasn't being negative, she is just a stressed mom. It's understandable. 

I didn't like the approach the States took at all. I couldn't believe that when Nicole's son was diagnosed she was all upbeat and positive. I have been watching her videos for a long time and I had even recently went back to video one and watched them in order. I enjoy her videos. She seems like she would have been upset at first, then after it settles, would have a positive outlook.

I'm not picking sides or getting in the middle. I think they could have been more compassionate and even reached out to Lindey and offered her some encouragement and uplifting words. I will still watch both women. I started watching Nicole a long time ago. I just recently started watching Lindey and more because she lives 20 minutes away from me and I am interested in what she finds and sells around here. She sells a lot of different stuff than I do and she thinks outside the box. I like that.

What Nicole State actually did was help Lindey's channel. I have to say it. I could have sworn a week ago Lindey had 3 or 4k followers. I could be wrong on that but I swear it wasn't much. Yesterday she had 13k. I know that for sure. Today she has 16k. Nicole hurt herself and did Lindey a favor. I'm sure it hurt Lindey's feelings but on a positive note, she has got a lot of attention out of it. (I don't know if she sees it as postive, she has gotten a lot of hate from Nicole's fans.) I'm not saying that to be mean. It's true. And good for Lindey. 

I think Nicole knows she messed up. Whatever her intentions were, it didn't work out well for her. I appreciate her apology video. I was debating whether I wanted to support her channel anymore. Her video rubbed me the wrong way. But she apologized. I don't know if was sincere or if it was damage control. But I'm a very forgiving person and I can forgive and move on. That's what other people should do but most people aren't so forgiving. Who knows, maybe one day they will make peace and become friends.

This is the kind of drama I am always afraid of. Women can be so mean. Men too, but especially women. They are so mean and judgmental towards each other. I'm sure I would never be anywhere near as popular as these women. Reseller YouTubers are a dime a dozen these days. And I am not active in the community. I don't comment, I don't "fan-out" and give words of praise to other resellers. I just watch. That's it. In order to become popular, you have to put out content people want to see and I'm not sure anyone would want to see me. You also have to interact with other people on other platforms. I don't do that. Like I said, I keep to myself and mind my own business, for the most part. I don't want drama. I can get worked up pretty easily so I try to avoid that. My life is much happier and drama free and that is how I like it.

I've shared Lindey's video on my social media accounts in the hopes that someone will see it and have some ideas or encouragement for her. I encourage others to do the same.

My daughter wants me to make videos and I'm sure she wants to be in them. So does one of my sons. So I might reconsider. I don't know if I have anything to offer the world of reselling that hasn't already been offered, but who knows. Maybe I can help someone in some way. I can give my perspective and show how I do things. Maybe someone will be open to me. If not, oh well. I tried. 

I hope I can offer something. Ebay is basically all I do with my time. I might not be making much right now, but that is my fault. I wasn't sourcing like I should have, I wasn't listing every day like I should have. I was thinking of it like a part time job. But I am now thinking of it as full time and my sales will grow. If you are a seller who is trying to grow your business, follow me. We can grow together. Leave comments and tell me what you are doing and how things are going with your business.

2 comments:

  1. I was oblivious, until recently, to the drama surrounding Nicole State right now. She has stated on Instagram that she is taking a break. Maybe it will do her some good. I like Lindey's videos as well as Nicole's (and others). I'm like you, I don't want to be involved in drama, that's not why I watch resellers. I know this post is a year old now and I hope your sales are continuing to grow. :)

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    1. Hi! I've been away from my blog for so long. I'm sorry I didn't see this comment. I'm with you, I don't watch resellers for the drama. I watch for the feeling of community or co-workers. This job can be very lonely and isolating so it's nice to feel like I'm not alone in this journey. I hope all is well for you!

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