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It’s government, it’s summer! The holidays are here and that’s something to consider if you’re looking for a vacation too! Depending on the type of product you sell online, the summer months can get more expensive and wet than other times, this is only related to the fact that many people go on vacation every year, take days off because the children are not in school. and the weather is (supposedly) better. Therefore, in general, the usual routine can be completely destroyed as life becomes a noisy activity. 

First, I want to assure you that as a marketer, you don’t have to worry if you see your sales at this time of the year – they will come back – but You can use this time to review new products, add seasonal products. your merchandise, or if you can’t beat them, join them… take a well-deserved vacation yourself. Everyone needs a break from the action once in a while! 

 

But how do you manage your Amazon business while on vacation?

It’s a scary feeling to fly away for a two-week vacation, but if you don’t think about what to do on your grocery list before you go, you might spend time worrying about what’s going on in your house when it’s over. is even get. stress that you are trying to find an internet connection to send emails to buyers explaining why you haven’t published their content, and that won’t translate into a relaxing vacation for you.

 Part of what makes the life of an online retailer so great is that it gives you the freedom and flexibility to take vacations or take days off whenever you want. But to get the most out of it, you need to be aware of the different options available to you regarding your ad while you’re away. The last thing you want is to receive a bunch of negative feedback because of a non-shipping rule when you’re setting up in the sun or sightseeing. 

So, to help you out if you’re planning to branch out in the near future, and to make sure you’re ready, I want to give you some information about your options for running your business online. You will be happy to know that there are quite a few options available. 

 

  1. Close-up… completely! 

Wow! Sounds silly, doesn’t it? I’m sorry I have to put this first on the list, but it’s not because it’s the best option, it’s just the best thing when it comes to avoiding selling things you probably shouldn’t. be able to ship when you are. leave.

 By completely limiting eBay and your Amazon listings, you can be sure that no one will stumble upon your products by accident because they will not show up in any search. If you also have an eBay store, you can also leave a message there to explain that you don’t currently have the product but it will be returned as soon as possible.

 Now, while this option will prevent customers from buying, unfortunately it can also hurt your business, because everyone (including regular customers) is now looking for your product. will not be able to find or buy them. 

You’ll also lose any sales reports you’ve accumulated on the list until it’s canceled, and again, once you’re back, you’ll have to relist everything, which isn’t great if you have hundreds of products. Hundreds of products.

 Advantages:

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Best choice for: Sellers with limited inventory and no eBay store. 

 

  1. Hide BIN / fixed price list 

eBay offers a “holiday setting” for your listing, but this is only available if you have an eBay store. One of these settings allows you to make your BINs invisible or “hidden” to potential buyers.

 This setting doesn’t affect any of your massage listings if you have any, so you’ll want to make sure these sales stop when you return from vacation – for example you can list it in a 10 day sale if you go. and rest for 7 days. This way, you will always have a list of goods and you will not have to close the store completely.

 The advantage of this option is that you will not need to rewrite your shopping list now when you return from vacation, because they will be waiting for you there. Just turn off your vacation settings to make your ads visible again. You can access your vacation settings by going to “My eBay”, “Manage My Store”, “Vacation Settings”.

Another benefit is that you won’t lose your search ranking and marketing history when you leave. Typically, if it’s a short period of time like 7 days, your ads will be in the same search position when you make them visible again. 

You may want to consider though that it is possible that by keeping a running auction list you may receive questions from eBay messages and you will not be able to answer them unless you have access to the Internet. always. Also, when your BIN list will be hidden, they see everyone who added your item to their “watch” list, so there is a risk that they will decide to buy something. 

Amazon also offers holiday setting options. Just go to your seller account and click the “Store Settings” link under the “Settings” header. This will show you your ad status. Then you can change the level. Click on the “Start Your Vacation” button and it will remove all your open listings from sale within 36 hours.

 When you’re back from vacation refreshed and ready to go, click the “Cancel Your Vacation” button and your listing will be up for sale again within 36 hours. Easy! 

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Best choice for: Sellers have access to a secure internet connection when they are away 

 

  1. Display holiday information 

This is another option in your eBay store holiday setting. You can add holiday information to your listings, to your store, or both. This message will let visitors know when you will be back so they can still make purchases, but know that they don’t expect to receive their order until a specific date. This can be used for BIN type listings and auctions.

 Your holiday information settings can be found by clicking on the ‘Holiday Settings’ link as before and then scrolling down to ‘Store Settings’. Where you can enable or disable your holiday message and create a personal message to display in your store.

 If you choose to do it, you can create customized information for your customers for your store, however, in your actual listing, you will end up with the default information filled by eBay on the day you returned. 

I understand that this may seem like the best option for you. Shoppers can still see your listings and even make purchases knowing they’ll receive their order when you return. However, I must point out that not all buyers read listing descriptions carefully. Considering that eBay’s displayed information is small and at the top of the page, it can be easily missed. 

To prevent this though, if you only have a few lists, you can put a long message in the body of your item description just to reiterate that you can’t post for a certain number of days.

Just a quick note on safety here. Since eBay insists that your address details appear in your listings, I know you may be worried that if you work from home and say you are on vacation, it can make your address less likely to fall to scammers.

This is a real concern, so I would suggest that you don’t actually say you’re on vacation in your listing, but instead say something like: 

This way you let buyers know that it will be come late but you don’t say you. out – better than in any way! 

Advantages

Disadvantages

Best choice for: Sellers have an eBay store, a large inventory, and access to a secure Internet connection. 

 

  1. Leave your ads exactly as they are 

The fourth and final option is to let your ad work exactly as it is. This may be a reasonable solution if you are only staying for a few days, but remember that your buyers may be frustrated if they pay for something only to be forced to wait. two weeks before receiving it with no prior contact, warning or explanation. 

Another option is to continue shipping while you’re away! Now I know that’s not the best option – especially if you’re on holiday abroad, but what you can do is ask a friend or relative to help you print it out.

It’s a great option if you have someone willing to help you – and frankly, if you’re hesitant to give your eBay and PayPal passwords to someone else, if you have an Internet connection for when you’re – out, you can still enter. a few times a week, then email your assistant who can print the address labels and ship them.

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Disadvantages

Best choice for: Sellers have an eBay store, a large inventory, access to a reliable Internet connection, and a trusted friend or colleague. 

 

So which option should you choose?

There is no right choice for everyone, I wish I could give you a clear answer that would be the best choice for you, but as I explained there are pros and cons to each solution. ability to do. 

You know your online business better than anyone, so think about the best options for you and your own customers, taking into account how long you will be there, etc.

 The most important thing to remember is that you should not always be worrying about your business when you should be enjoying a good vacation and vacation. I know that’s easier said than done – and I’m as guilty as anyone of thinking about work when I should be relaxing! 

 So, if closing the store completely will help to calm your mind, don’t be afraid to choose that option. If your listing has been down for more than seven days, you may lose your spot in the search results for a bit after you sign up, but you should be able to recover within a few days, especially if you List of featured products. 

If you’re going on vacation soon, take advantage of it!

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