eBay Sellers, “TIM” Will Tell You What Your Time Is Worth

Wednesday, 28 April 2010 at 5:04 am Pacific USA Time.


eBay sellers, go buy that. Especially you guys and gals with one-offs, estate sale finds, and collectibles. Because it would illustrate a point I've been trying to make to some of you for years.

You get an item. You photograph it. You describe it. Maybe you even had to research it to understand what you had! You listed it. You answered questions about it. You packed and shipped it. And maybe you had to deal with customer service… chasing them for money, a problem after you shipped, etc…

The "TIM" clock will let you put in an hourly rate of pay, and then run the clock to show you concretely what your time is "worth."

Some eBay sellers end up with $5 after a sale, and feel like they made good money. If TIM showed you that you spent 2 hours to make that $5, would you still feel like that were a success? Or would you feel like a hamster on a wheel?

TIM was designed to make business meetings go shorter so people didn't waste time. I think it would be GREAT for eBay sellers who may not understand what their time is really worth!

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4 Responses to “eBay Sellers, “TIM” Will Tell You What Your Time Is Worth”

  1. Hillary says:

    Let’s not make a sweeping generalization about collectibles sellers, hmm? Some of us are kinda efficient and good at this. 😉

  2. Hey, H. I am not targeting sellers of any particular kind. In fact, I am often thinking about people using drop shippers. When I was thinking of someone with onesies, I was thinking of a seller who recently came to me with LP records. Each one was different and in a different condition. Even if he could get a few dollars for each, is it worth his time?
    I once knew a seller who got a load of body jewellery. Paid 57 cents per piece. Decided to put it on eBay for 99 cents each. I tried to explain that that person would either make NO money or was working for like 10 cents an hour.
    This is certainly not just collectible sellers, but I know that time management and what is your time worth are always good questions, especially for any eBay seller of “onesies.”

  3. Hillary says:

    I always think that if I got something like this and used it in the context of my fiction writing and how much my time is worth there it would be very very depressing! :-)

  4. permacrisis says:

    Hey Deb don’t forget to factor in the LOVE. This is ITEM RESCUE we’re talking about here.
    Selling on ebay just for money, why that’s reptilian!