eBay to Shutdown Classifieds

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Years ago eBay purchased global classifieds giant Kijiji. It did operate as Kijiji for a while until eBay finally (and slowly) changed it to ebayclassifieds.com.
Today, we received emails from eBay Classifieds that it will be shutdown shortly, I will assume that it’s because of the low traffic they have had since they made the switch.
eBay also had purchased mobile local trading app Close5 about a year or so ago and it looks like it’s gaining momentum in the ranks of local trading apps market. eBay is pushing Close5 to be “The” replacement of eBay classifieds as you can read in the email screenshot above.

About Close5: We have personally used it last year before our big move and were successful selling a few items we needed to get rid of, however other more popular local selling apps like Wallapop and OfferUp gave us better results.
eBay Classifieds will stop accepting new postings by the end of August and will completely shutdown by September 30th 2016.
RIP eBay Classifieds.

Politics?! Not Here. Thank You

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Here is my first post of 2016: I just deleted a few posts of a certain show and a certain person who is being ridiculous on so many levels throughout this upcoming political campaign.

This is a business blog, it may have some personal aspects and personal business opinions but never ever “EVER” I will talk politics with you in here.

There used to be a good business show on TV which I used to analyze and extract lessons from in this blog, but since the leader of that show decided to dive into politics, there is no space for that on this blog at all. So, at this point, I have started my 2016 blogging by deleting all posts and photos uploaded or linked to on this blog permanently.

Politics is boring to me, it gives me headaches, and I don’t want to expose you to that, I mean, there are millions of outlets out there is that’s your thing.

With that, I will leave you with the note that I just discovered something freaking wild out there that I will share soon.

Peace Out to the big D 😉

Happy Belated Cyber Monday 2015 (In Numbers)

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It’s the day after Cyber Monday, we have just finished shipping and fulfilling our orders, and the numbers are in…

We have made more online sales on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday than Cyber Monday this year.

Adobe analysis determined that 105 million people visited retailers on Black Friday and 103 million of them ended up making a purchase, also for the first time in history, Black Friday online sales topped the in-store shopping numbers.

Now with our numbers, if you count the entire weekend from Thanksgiving until Cyber Monday at midnight, all of our online sales were up a 12.3% comparing to last years sales. However, for Cyber Monday alone, the sales went down 7.9% (again compared to last years totals).

This is not counting the incredible success I had with the Master eBay In A Weekend course that I ran a promotion for last week, we sold all 500 spots in a record 3 days and 2 hours from the second I launched it. (for those who have been asking, I may open a few more spots at the same price, I just have been busy with Cyber weekend sales).

I think more people are realizing that shopping on Amazon or eBay is safer, easier and for almost the same prices as if you went to wait for a week outside of Walmart to get the best deals just to end up stepped on by the herd of people behind you, even worse to look like an idiot like this guy in this video going up the escalator the wrong way! (Enjoy the video and happy Cyber Weekend).

Martha Stewart To Leave eBay

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First a quick Note:

We just started the count down for our eBay course, and we’re giving away a free video with live Q and A this Saturday (2 days from now), if you haven’t already, sign up for news and launch updates in your inbox from the signup form to the right of this post or at guruofsales.com)

Martha Stewart’ American Made store  just left eBay to go to Amazon.

This is not a bad thing for eBay at all.

In a statement from eBay’s VP of Merchandise, she said that there are still hundreds of sellers who used to sell through Martha’s eBay store now have their own eBay stores and continue to sell their products.

I think there were a few mistakes with this decision:

  1. Although data is great to rely on, the fact that Martha’s store might sell more products on Amazon, does not mean to completely close down a streamed line of product selling, I personally think they should have kept the eBay channel and expanded beyond that with other channels, I am a firm believer in not putting all your eggs in one basket.
  2. I think that her American Made team should have took my eBay course, why I say that? (Not to be cocky)  It’s because I have personally helped hundreds of individuals and big brand businesses build a great business with eBay throughout the years, and I made sure to put my experience and knowledge into it.
  3. I believe this entire situation is simply a marketing stunt to grab attention to the brand, I don’t necessary think it’s a bad thing for eBay or even Etsy for her brand to be on Amazon only.

As for handmade or home made products, I have always suggested to have it listed in as many channels as you can, the fact is that some people are completely loyal to one marketplace, if you’re an Esty buyer, you most likely don’t even shop on eBay or Amazon.

I have to mention that there are many services that will help you manage multiple channels completely from one interface, making your life (and your team’s) much easier.

What the DELAY? (eBay Course Launch)

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A crucial part of a course launch is the testing period.

When I decided to launch my best eBay course a couple of weeks ago, I knew I had to get people to test it out.

Within 24 hours we found a bug in the payment system, and we fixed it, not only we fixed it, we found a few amazing extra options that we did not have in the old system, I think that’s pretty cool for us as well as you.

Another essential issue surfaced when I had to personally work on other things, the group I created for support had questions which I was not aware of for a couple of days at a time, and if you know me, I am not a wait in line type of a guy and I will not accept that for my clients, the issue of having someone assisting me in managing the group and to answer your questions was completely resolved when my AWESOME wife agreed to help manage the account and help you with any questions, she even studies the entire course and the bonus materials to be completely ready, this is why the course launch was delayed again, worry not, this is the last delay, the course is full of information, looks really great, easy to digest, the bonuses are in place, the site looks and works great and the new launch date is this Monday November 23rd. I am super excited about it that I am giving away a couple of free webinars and bonuses throughout the next 10 days.

A Letter from President Barack Obama to eBay Sellers

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A day before the tragedy of Paris we received a letter from President Barack Obama directly to all eBay sellers. Here’s a copy of it:

Nov 12, 2015

By: U.S. President Barack Obama

Hi eBay Main Street Community –

While most Americans are just beginning to think about Thanksgiving, I know that, for you, the holiday season has been in full swing for some time now. From checking inventory to promoting products and sorting out shipping logistics, there’s a lot that goes into meeting demand during the holidays. For you — and all of America’s online sellers – it’s crunch time.

And I’m sure the realities of the 21st century economy are making this season both more exciting—and more stressful. Demand has gone global. The majority of you have customers in foreign countries – and that’s not surprising. Today, 95 percent of the world’s consumers live outside our borders—and it’s our small business owners who are often the first to reach them. In fact, 98 percent of those who sell American goods and services abroad are small and medium-sized business owners.

They’re sellers like Rebecca Germain, an international entrepreneur turned stay-at-home mom who used her business savvy and the freedom an open Internet provides to sell scrapbooking crafts on eBay. Or Nick Martin, a Wisconsin native who traded living out of his van for running a successful eBay business that continues to grow because of his ability to reach customers around the globe.

It’s businesses like yours that helped us sell a record-breaking $2.34 trillion in exports around the world last year, which supported nearly 12 million jobs here at home. However, while many on eBay are selling abroad, fewer than 5 percent of American small businesses are selling their products in foreign markets—and most who do export only sell to one country.

That’s got to change. If America is going to continue to lead, we have to make it easier for entrepreneurs like you to sell what you proudly make here in some of the fastest-growing markets around the world.

That’s why my team spent five years negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a new trade agreement that levels the playing field for you and your employees, bringing down trade barriers like high taxes and red tape, while preserving free and open digital data flows between you and your customers in the Asia-Pacific.

You can read the full text of the deal right here.

Now, there’s a lot in there, and there are a lot of opinions and back and forth out there about the TPP, so I want you to hear straight from me exactly how this agreement will impact businesses like yours:

First, TPP will help preserve a free and open Internet. In the last six years, the number of people connecting to the Internet has nearly doubled to 3 billion, with the fastest growth in developing regions like Southeast Asia. In fact, TPP trading partners are home to over 300 million Internet users, and they’re looking to connect and buy from sellers like you. A free and open Internet will be vital to enabling tens of thousands of American small businesses the opportunity to sell to the full measure of consumers who are connected to the Internet – not just those with a locally-required Internet provider. (After all, a platform like eBay might not exist without a free and open Internet.)

With a chapter dedicated to e-commerce, TPP establishes rules for digital trade that will protect and empower online businesses in the global market. Under this agreement, companies and consumers can access and move data freely without facing arbitrary blocking of websites. Companies won’t have to build expensive and unnecessarily redundant data infrastructure in every market just because they want to sell there. Hate all the paperwork that accompanies doing global business today? TPP also promotes paperless trading—transitioning customs forms from paper to electronic format and providing for electronic authentication and signatures for consumer transactions.

This is also the first trade agreement ever to include a whole chapter dedicated to small business, addressing the chief obstacles so many business owners like you face in the global economy. Whether it’s burdensome customs regulations, the lack of efficient express delivery services or secure online payment options, differing regulatory regimes in foreign markets, or the slow delivery of small shipments, the TPP seeks to fix these issues by eliminating 18,000 taxes that various countries place on Made-in-America products, streamlining standards and technical regulations, strengthening intellectual property rights to fight counterfeiting and theft of your creative work, and more.

You can read these chapters and the rest of the TPP text here. If you do, I’m confident you’ll see why this trade deal will level the playing field for entrepreneurs like you and open up opportunity to expand in some of the fastest-growing markets in the world.

After all, small business—the business you’re doing right here on this platform—is propelling the American economy and our global economy forward. And the fact is that this deal can significantly impact the way you work and run your business.

So when you’re taking a look at the TPP, I hope you’ll take the time to dig into the details and see exactly how much it stands to help you and small business owners like you across the country.

Read the complete text right here.

Thank you – and happy selling.

President Barack Obama

The Last 3 Years Of HALLOWEEN 2013-2015

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For the past 3 years we celebrated Halloween with the same group of friends. We normally meet at the beginning of the NYC Village Halloween Parade early enough and we march with them, then comes the party.

2 Years ago, we celebrated 2 days of Halloween, I went as my friend Nick McGlynn   And we were both on the print and the online version of the New York Post. Freaking awesome!

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Last year We went as the members of family guy, 4 of us, and we were on a print issue of the NY Daily News (I missed the print).

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This past Saturday, we went as Stormtroopers… to my surprise, not many people actually thought that the new movie is coming out in less than 2 months, so we only saw 2 Star Wars costumes throughout the day, not only that, we made a quick cameo on TV (The NY1 Channel) Here’s their coverage (skip to minute 34:00 and look for the stormtroopers).

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We always end up at our friends penthouse and rooftop looking directly at the Empire State Building.

Thank you to our friends Nick and Pas and our host Erin for 3 awesome years of Halloween.

Until Next year…

How I Made $1600 Overnight Literally While Sleeping!

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I promised to write about Bitcoin a little, in the past 24 hours Bitcoin’s price jumped to as high as $306, it’s not a secret that I trade Bitcoin almost on a daily basis, trading Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies is one of the methods I have my Bitcoin business built upon.
Online Bitcoin trading is easy and in my opinion “predictable”.
As soon as I say the price jump on my phone, I sold the difference ($10.54) of all my Bitcoins, after the fees and the sale, my peofit was close to $1600.
That’s literally someone’s paycheck for a month.
I’m re-investing this profit tonight since the price is down to $301. That’s an extra 5+ bitcoins with some cash leftover (enough for a nice dinner).
Although I’m about to launch my eBay course, I’m thinking of another course to follow, would you be interested in a cryptocurrency course? Let me know in the comments below.

Don’t Persuade Anyone, Persuade People that Matter

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While I had to push my eBay Course launch a couple of weeks due to technical issues, we are still going through full power on.

I was watching Derek Halpern of SocialTriggers.com when I heard him saying:

Don’t Persuade Anyone, Persuade People that Matter

His quote resonates with me a lot, I do it every day, I really don’t care how many followers or connections you may have, one good connection that matter is better than 100 people who don’t care about the subject that you’re talking to them about.

I have personally collected over 100,000 emails throughout the last few years, but I know for sure that about 380 of them do care, that’s why I am working to promote my latest launch for the smaller list, because they want to learn, because they showed interest, because they matter.