Friday, November 28, 2008

The Thanksgiving Calamity

this is the story of a real family  . . . . . although names have been changed to protect the . . . not-so-innocent. Once upon a time "Daughter-Who-Still-Lives-At-Home" came back to tell "The Mama" that she decided to clean the oven on the Day Before Thanksgiving. TM saluted her ingenuity and said Thank you. Later, DWSLAT came back to see TM and told her that the oven wouldn't open once the cleaning cycle ended. TM calmly told DWSLAT to wait and the oven would open once the temperature got low enough and not to do anything. As DWSLAT stood in TM's office door, shuffling her feet, TM became worried and asked as calmly as possible, 'Dear (or something like that) What Did you Do?' to which DWSLAT replied 'I was worried so I asked 'Friend-Who-Might-As-Well-Be-Living-Here' to get it open. TM, as she buried her head in her hands asked slightly LESS calmly, 'Are you telling me that you had FWMAWBLH force open the latch?' and of course DWSLAT replied in a squeaky voice, 'yes'.  At this point, TM decided the best course of action was to _calmly_ wait. So as TM tried lamaze Breathing and Meditation, we all waited, and waited, and waited. But it was no use - the oven was broken. The door would not open . . . . So, The-Husband-Who-Wanted-Thanksgiving-To-Be-Perfect and DWSLAT went to the local Wal-mart (thank G** for Wal-mart!) to purchase a large toaster oven and the Son-Who-Is-charming-but-A-Slob was sent to the shed to bring in the electric roasting oven. All was well and things were cooking along. TM was working her 'calm' magic over the house (if you want details of this chant, email me privately),  THWWTTBP was working hard on all those perfect dishes fitting into the tiny pans the fit into the toaster oven, DWSLAT was helping out and doing lots of 'grunt work' for us all, the Son-Who-Loves-Google was searching for a solution to our problem through Google and Son-Who-Is-A-Hermit was in his room (as usual) with his one and only true love (his computer). Suddenly DWSLAH had a thought (The Thanksgiving MIRACLE has occurred!) and took a knife to try and dislodge the broken latch. WALA, it worked! and the story, of course, had a Happy Ending. So, Calamity or not, have a great Day After Thanksgiving and remember to laugh every day - even if at yourself :) 

Saturday, November 15, 2008

The Crushing Feeling of TOO MUCH STUFF

As a dear friend would say AAAAAACCCCCKKKK
So if you are new to eBay and wondering how to find STUFF to sell - email and ask!

There are SO many ways to get inventory to sell on eBay! Sometimes, my mind just spins at the sources out there. And I can't say NO! unfortunately, THIS is the result of not being able to say No!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

The names have been changed to protect the guilty...

Shelmar and Mijmy where at it again! She wanted a booth at Bonanzle, but he wanted to stay on eBay. Shelmar tried hard to get him to understand they can do both, but, no! He has to be MALE!

Shelmar did it anyway. "He never comes near the computer anymore, he'll never know", she told her son, Weldone. Weldone is real good at finding good things to sell.

Well wouldn't you know it, the truck broke down and the van needed new rotors and brakes. Mijmy was upset, because there isn't much he thought! BUT, remember? Shelmar went to Bonanzle, and stayed on eBay. She had made enough money to buy the parts to fix them both!

Mijmy was kind of mad because she did not tell him the truth, but he was also happy that he could get both vehicles fixed. So it all worked out in the end. Just goes to show you, you can make anything work if you try.

It's the trying part that's hard...sometimes you have to take a risk, and risks are hard. That's why Shelmar decided to do was a good risk. It's free to list until something sells. And it's so easy to use, for both the seller and the buyer.

Friday, November 7, 2008

The NAMES have been changed to protect the innocent......

DW (darling wife) retired on the witching day of Halloween 2008 and now is home and under foot. House-husband, now needs a vacation away from DW. Altho the Sewer pipe isn't needed as of yet, one never knows whether it's needed down the road. All pension paperwork was completed on Thursday the 6th so that is forth coming......

Darling Sister "Wilbur" still hasn't gone to see DD (Darling Dad) in the home for Fire Fighting. DD has been there since May 16th, 2008. By my calculations, that is almost 6 months. Wilbur hasn't called me in two months, but I know she is still kicking, so to speak.

I sent in my "Vona" order last nite so that should be here next week. Sales are down there too, as are the ones on "Baye". (use pig latin - the names have been changed to protect the innocent)>

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Are you an ebay seller? Do you use the GBSC?

Well, if you too are a ebay seller, you have probably been using the GBSC? (it's like the "Easy" button from Staples but for ebay sellers and for people with online stores. ).

It ain't working. It's been brought to my attention, after much complaining to my one remaining contact at eBay, that the GBSC aka The Googlebase Store Connector, "scrapes" your listings from eBay's website. And consequently, if you use calculated shipping, about 25 % up to 50 or 100% of your listings are probably conking out.

Why you ask? (well, you did right?)

It's because the GBSC is not integrated into the eBay API. The better method is to make a manual feed, using the feed url supplied by ebay on your "MANAGE MY STORE" page. That' works 75% of the time or more.

So go copy your url (the one that ends in .xml and says it's for Googlebase) and go set up your googlebase feed. Try it, you'll like it.