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Five Years of Casual Selling

I believe there are a group of online sellers who have no profit motive when they list things for sale.  The way I draw a line between casual sellers and businesses is simplistic but I think it holds true.  A casual seller is occasionally listing things for sale that they no longer want and mainly hope to see their items go to new homes.  Businesses can be both small and large and sell online in order to make money.  Small sellers usually want additional income and are hoping to raise funds for their household budgets.  Large sellers are the Powersellers who are interested in running profitable businesses and some of these ventures have made millions of dollars.

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Hobby Selling in 2011


I wanted to write something in my blog about what selling online means to me.  I think my online seller friends know I am doing a lot of learning by doing which at times makes me look a bit amateurish or slapdash in the grander scheme of ecommerce.  I don't want to look like a novice at selling which is hard to do when you sell on a "yardsale-ish" basis.  So today in 2011 I admit I have room for improvement in what I am doing with my online selling.

I fully understand that there are a lot of really successful and well established online businesses that sell as a supplement to their brick and mortar stores and get repeat online buyers all of the time.  I know a bunch of these entrepreneurial types and admire their organizational efforts.  In my opinion these innovative business people are real trendsetters and are reestablishing what it means to...  Read More

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An Addoblogger's Hopes


One of the main reasons I like Addoblogging is I get to read my online friend's reactions to what I write.  The main way I have been promoting my blog postings is through Facebook and Twitter but also through the Addoway Sellers Group on Facebook.  There is a weekly Facebook thread started by the co-founder and CEO of Addoway Fredrick Nijm that happens every Wednesday where a bunch of us contribute what we have written so that the group can enjoy each other's blogs.  I do send out private messages to my really close friends letting them know I published something that they might enjoy - especially when I am attempting to encourage other online seller's broader promoting and salesmanship - and have been sporadically asking a select number of them to write a comment in support of what I write.  

I don't feel like I am doing that the personalized...  Read More

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Dudes


I am a online seller dude.  My attitude is a lot of the dudes that actively buy and sell at Addoway are pretty fantastic and have a lot to offer as Addowayers.  The Pro Member seller dudes that I am close friends with online genuinely seem like they are enjoying Addoway as a online venue.  

Some of the dudes I know make stuff and put it up for sale on Addoway.  Also, I know dudes that shop for cool stuff locally that they can resell online and I am always amazed at their latest nice finds and the deals they are passing on to their buyers.   I know dudes that are really into collectibles and have great collections up for sale online.  Dudes are online everyday in other words and I wanted to say that because I don't think it is at all obvious.  

All of the dudes I know that are active in social media probably go on Addoway regularly to try to find gifts for...  Read More

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Focusing


Do you have a lot of foci (or focuses) to think about? At times I think I am focusing on everything.

Focus: A pretty good thing to focus on for a few minutes everyday are words of inspiration.  I have always liked this quote, for example: Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.  ~Henry Ford

Focus: Sometimes we are focusing as hard as we can on something that just isn't there yet.  Think starting gun in a race or the first rays of sunshine to emerge from below the horizon at dawn.  Another good example is the next total solar eclipse that will take place on November 13-14, 2012.

Focus: Is it impossible to get from point A to point B? There is a saying that to get from point a to point b, you must first pass through the midpoint. To get to that midpoint, you must pass that midpoint.  So you end up having an...  Read More

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Cheerleading For All of the Right Reasons


One of the things I like about selling at Addoway is that the sellers are contributing a lot of content and genuinely seem to want to get involved as active participants in the venue's future.  In case you didn't know there is a unique Facebook group for Addowayers that gets a lot of daily posts.  Besides the Facebooking there are a bunch of the sellers that have been coming together and doing a fantastic job posting to their blogs in unison on Addoblogging Wednesdays.  Also, the tweets I have seen in my timeline that mention Addoway have proven to me that Addoway sellers are actively adding listings to their storefronts and are putting a lot of great stuff up for sale.

I don't know if you are like me but I look forward to the future of Addoway as an online venue and think the marketplace will continue to grow and grow.   I...  Read More

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Simple


What has always fascinated me and probably always will is how extremely difficult "simple" is to actually use as an operating principle.  Simple is not simple - it is very hard to do.  When a group project is extremely complicated with about a million different tasks to complete, especially when time is a constraint, I can say with 100% absolute certainty that stuff will go wrong and there will be days where all heck breaks loose in completely unpredicatable ways.  Taking the principle of KISS and applying it aggressively to grand projects is super tough.

I have worked on some projects in the past that had an enormous amount of detail-work involved.  Everytime I see one of these joint efforts result in a superb final product I am amazed at how well everything fit together.  Also, I am usually impressed by how easy everyone involved made it look to do even...  Read More

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I Remember That Day

On September 11th I was at work when I heard the news that the jets had been taken over by terrorists.  My foreman Issac has a sister in uniform and she had called him dawnbreak early to let him know what was happening.  

I was standing right next to Issac in a group huddle type meeting when his cell rang and clearly saw the Oh-No look on his face when he heard.  If I remember right Issac's sister was urging Issac to leave work immediately, head straight home and go sit with his Mom and Dad and help them with understanding the unfolding events on television.  Issac's mother is in heaven now, but back then she was suffering from numerous health problems including Alzheimer's and was extremely fragile.  Issac's sister knew their parents were news junkies and had the television news on 24-7 in the living room airport-bar-style.

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Wish Listing


I keep a wish list in my notebook that sits here by the computer.  Every once in a while I spot something for sale online that makes me stop, say to myself "Hey, I like that and want to get one of those."  For example, the other day I wish listed a purchase that I plan to make in the next few weeks.  I was looking into cat proof window screens for the house.  I am a Do It Yourselfer and buy in bulk so I was comparison shopping for the super strong screen material that Charlie wouldn't be able to destroy.  

In about three seconds I bookmarked the listing I was looking at and made a written note to myself on my wish list.  For me, the written note is the equivalent of putting my wish to get something "in the vault" so I won't forget about it.  The wish list I keep on paper is a couple of pages long, has easily a hundred things on it and helps me to focus...  Read More

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What Thinking About the New Electric Cars Means To Me


I don't know if you have heard the buzz but pure electric cars are entering into the mainstream for commuters right now.  In case you were wondering and wanted to know what to look for the pure electric cars are the ones that don't have a tailpipe.  Pure electric cars don't have a gasoline engine.  In my family this development is big news for a lot of reasons and I wanted to tell you why.

I grew up in a household where Dad was a huge electric car buff.  He always had a car project in the works in the garage and was pretty well known in the neighborhood for jumping on his homemade electric motorcycle and heading to work.  He promoted electric vehicles to his friends and spent an enormous amount of his free time researching, fabricating and experimenting with the technology.   But think...  Read More

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