I attended the eBay Meet-Up meeting last week. It went well. There were around 20 people there. They’ve been meeting once a month since last summer, and I got the impression that this was the biggest turnout that they’ve had yet.
There seem to be 2 co-leaders of the group. One favors eBay, and she actually teaches eBay classes at our local community college. The other sells some on eBay, but he favors Amazon and is the Postmaster at a rural Post Office about half an hour from where I live. Both were very nice, knowledgeable, and welcoming.
The talk was about Amazon basics. The co-leader who favors Amazon gave the presentation. We were there for about 2 hours and only got half way through everything he had prepared to talk about (he knew he wouldn’t have time to get through it all . . . may do a part 2 presentation some time in the future). He had an extensive Powerpoint with lots of screen shots. He was great about answering questions. It was very informative and I feel like I have a much better understanding of how selling on Amazon works, and understand the concept of FBA now.
He and his wife (also a postal worker) are getting close to retirement, and he said their dream is to travel the country thrifting and sightseeing, and sending items in to FBA from wherever they might be. How awesome is that?!
The group had a thrifting event last Saturday, to which everyone was invited. They were carpooling and going to six or seven different thrift stores from Salem to Portland. It sounded like it could be fun, but I couldn’t help wondering where they were all going to put their treasures if they were all driving together.
To cover the cost of the meeting room fees, they ask everyone to pay $2 for two raffle tickets. They had quite a few prizes. I won some mailing labels. Perfect, right?
Next month’s meeting is about promoting yourself via social media (FB and Pinterest specifically). I’m not sure how much that topic will appeal to me, but if my schedule is free I will probably attend. Right now I do zero marketing via social media. Maybe they will convince me that I should change my ways.