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Alison Faye loves to bargain shop. Family & friends were mesmerized by her ability to find a great deal & soon flocked to her with shopping requests. She quickly realized there was a potential business model & could make a business out of it. She started slow by buying items at brick & mortar stores & selling them on Amazon.com. After a year later, Alison Faye was also selling on eBay and finding killer deals online too! Around this time, she started losing weight & wondered if she could “sell her old ‘fat clothes’, instead of just getting rid of them”. That’s when she also started dipping her toes into Poshmark.
Her journey on Tophatter started shortly after she saw an ad on Facebook for the mobile app. She quickly installed the app & realized she was “missing a whole niche of selling, the live auction”. She says “Tophatter gave me a new way to sell, the instant gratification way”. It offered a new place to focus her energy; she expanded her inventory & started selling in Electronics & also the Coach auctions. She explains that the thrill of an auction & the ability to talk about her items is what brings her most excitement, in addition to being able sell more variety.
She’s been selling online for a year, but found Tophatter 5 months ago. Tophatter is now her flagship store where she does most of her business. Alison Faye also has her own website where customers can find her various stores.
Now, how did Alison Faye start selling Electronics in particular? Her full time job as a ‘Rocket Scientist’ has always inspired interest in Electronics. Plus, her iPhone is like an extension to her hand! But, when she saw that Tophatter was offering Electronics auctions, she saw items that *she* would want and quickly realized, “I could sell so many more things in here that I bet people would love!”
Her greatest joy is bringing customers items that they could truly find to be a great convenience. She explains, “my best selling items are not high cost items, but those things that truly make the customer’s life easier.”
Not only does she love selling, but selling online offers great flexibility too. “I have a son with special needs so I needed a way to make a second job work without being out of the house, ” she explains. “Tophatter allows me to work during my free time. I can list my items at my leisure and schedule my items during the auctions that are during the times that I’m available to ‘talk them up’.”
I also asked Alison Faye to share some of her tricks of the trade & she explained that variety is key; “good sellers are constantly bringing new items to the auction.” While she finds it hard to come up with new items to sell, she tries to bring a minimum of one or two new items to the auction each week. Here are a few more of her selling ‘musts’:
- Be present for your auctions. “9 times out of 10, my item will sell for more if I’m on the block with my item.”
- Work with your customers on payments times. Sometimes things happen and customers can’t always pay right away. “Some people just need some kindness and leeway. It always pays off in the end.”
- Fill out your seller profile. “Be as descriptive as possible about your policies, including return policies, refund policies and shipment times.”
- Be unique! “It is tempting to sell the same items as other sellers, especially if you see that they are selling well, but selling the same items just brings down the point price and reduces everyone’s profit. Bringing new items to the auction increases customer interest and benefits everyone!”
Spend your Sunday morning with Alison Faye & join the Electronics fun! Click here to set your reminders now. We’re super excited about Alison Faye’s introduction of new gaming products to the marketplace.
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