eBay’s DSR scores or Detailed Seller Rating scores are important to anyone buying and selling on eBay. Buyers look at your DSR to determine whether or not to buy from you, so it is important as a seller to do your best to keep those DSR scores up.
Communication is one of eBay’s DSR score areas, and is also an essential part of buying and selling on eBay. It is especially important as the seller to have good open communication.
Guest Post by Jen Cangelosi
The first communication you have with a buyer is usually just after they have purchased an item from you. This first email can set up a good relationship, one that will ultimately win you future sales and repeat buys. You should also strive to keep communication open at every step of a sales transaction, and even beyond.
If you are like me you get excited with each sale you make, and are thrilled anytime something sells for a price higher than anticipated. On the other end, the buyer may be doing the same thing. They are ready to have that item in their hands as soon as they have payed for it.
Here are my tips for using your email to follow up and create a lasting buyer-seller relationship:
– In the first email, after I have received payment, I thank the buyer for their business and confirm that I have received their payment.
– When preparing an item for shipping, be sure to wrap it neatly and include a hand-signed receipt and thank them again. If a buyer has bought multiple items from me, I sometimes include an eBay gift certificate to show my appreciation for their business. eBay gift certificates can be bought for as little as $5.00, and can be either emailed directly to the recipient or you can print it and mail it yourself.
– You next step is to send another email and clearly state your expectations for shipping times. This should be done soon after confirming receipt of payment. If you do not ship on weekends, be sure to let the buyer know this in the email. Use your eBay Selling Manager to personalize your ‘shipping notification’ with the buyers name by using the email auto text feature.
– Keep your communication prompt and clear – respond to buyer emails and be proactive in providing order status updates when needed. Email the tracking number, or if using UPS or USPS for shipping use their option to provide an email address so the buyer gets automatic updates on their order status.
– Once you receive confirmation that the buyer has received the item, be sure to send a follow up email to thank the buyer one last time. You can also use this email to invite the buyer to check out your other items, and to add you to their favorite sellers and/or stores list so they can receive updates on any new or special items you list.
Once you begin to build your emailings list, take advantage of eBay’s email marketing tool. This is a remarkable tool and can be fully automated. Mine is set to send out weekly emails that show any items I have newly listed.
Before long you should begin to see repeat buyers.
About the Author: Jenn Cangelosi has been selling on eBay for more than 10 years, earning both PowerSeller and Top Rated Seller status. The past year has found her spending time on Amazon as well, quickly becoming an expert at the ins and outs of this new marketplace. She is dedicated to helping others build thriving businesses by sharing her knowledge and expertise of buying and selling on eBay and Amazon. Learn more about about Jen at Boutique Bargains
Leslie Truex is an ideaphoric writer, speaker, entrepreneur, social worker and mom trying to do it all from the comfort of her home. Since 1998, she's been helping others create careers they love by providing work-at-home information and resources through Work-At-Home Success.
Note: Work-At-Home Success contains advertising as well as screened work-at-home jobs and resources. Some posts may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive compensation if you register or buy using the link. Occasionally, WAHS publishes "Supporting Contributor" posts or paid reviews for which compensation is paid. These posts are marked as such. All opinions are my own.
View complete details on WAHS' privacy and disclosures.