A few of us on the Cartfly user experience and customer team had a meeting today about how to make ourselves and this blog more useful to you, the merchants. Here's the premise from which we are starting (hat tip to Stuart):
Nobody running an online store wants to be running a store. What you really want to do is sell your stuff. No matter how. All you care about is that you have 400 gizmos in your garage that you have to move, and make your money back. And you don’t want to think about it, because you have a day job. This was supposed to be easy.
Or maybe you aren't in the online selling business at all, but you have one thing you want to sell. So you put it on Craig’s List and it hasn’t sold, and now you don't know what to do.
I have been in this position myself. I wanted to put one of my foster kids into business for herself, and she saw a purse with a radio in it that looked like a woman's upper body (to put it kindly) that she thought was cute.It was a boombox-boob-purse in one. She thought she could sell them at a local Swapmeet as Christmas gifts, so I ordered 2500 of them from a friend who imported stuff from China.
Amanda went to the Swapmeet only once before deciding this was too difficult for a Sunday morning, so there I was with cases of purses in my garage. I just quick thinking about them for a while, so I wouldn't be too angry.
But then I sold the house. I couldn't think of a way to sell the purses, so I gave them all to the GoodWill and the local Homeless Shelter.
Today, I could have made a Cartfly store and sold them online, taking my store widget to my MySpace and Facebook pages, and even to my blog site.
But back then, five years ago, it wasn't so easy.
Armed with the knowledge of my own failure, and the hindsight of what I needed for resources that I couldn't find, I'm going to try to help YOU. Stay tuned.
And tell us what you need from us to make you more successful by posting comments here on the blog.