a tisket a tasket

by statia on September 23, 2003

By far one of the cheesiest titles yet.

I’ve got some stuff up for auction at ebay. I don’t know if anyone is a fan of Longaberger baskets, but I’ve got about 7 of them up there. So if you’re looking for any, or know of anyone who’s looking for some baskets, they can go here. My tastes have changed so I’m selling them off.

For those of you that don’t know what longaberger baskets are, don’t be surprised that some of them are pretty high. They’re all handwoven and can only be bought via hostess shows (and ebay of course).


jim September 23, 2003 at 9:29 am

ohh..the Small Key Basket with “good” protector is inticing. I’m overcome with the need to bid.

Annessa September 23, 2003 at 10:02 am

I know how you really got all those baskets. *snicker*

Ed September 23, 2003 at 10:24 am

rock on Statia..

some quick unasked-for tips……;-)

putting “free shipping” or “free ship” in your item title attracts serious buyers…I made the change last year in my monitor auctions and doubled sales in just one month to over 1000 units/month – and it’s been steady since then. granted, those are a little heavier, but for some reason the “free shipping” trend seems to be something that catches buyers in the bidding headlights.. build the added shipping cost into your item’s minimum bid and you’re ready to rock without actually losing a dime. ebay runs free shipping promotions all the time, so if it’s in your title, you’ll get additional exposure when people click on the merchandising tiles from ebay’s homepage.

also, if you visit the main longaberger category, it will show you the most commonly used search terms for the category on the left side of the screen. in this case they are: “longaberger basket”, “2003″, “longaberger baskets”, and “2002″. past ebay metrics indicate that over 60% of buyers find their items using search keywords rather than navigating the menus. if you make sure all of your items have “longaberger”, “basket”, and “baskets” in their title (yes, write both basket and baskets!), your listings will come up in 50% of all the searches that are ran within that category.

a sample based on one of your existing listings might read:

“2000 longaberger cake basket baskets”

Lastly, CAPITAL LETTERS ARE FREE (as opposed to bold or highlight fees). Try using them in your listing titles to help your items stand out within the category – this also worked very well for me.

/end unsolicited, annoying advice

anyway – hope that helps…..:)


Adelle September 23, 2003 at 10:38 am

I know and LOVE Longaberger. My mother said that I am part of a cult. I actually sell the things…

Chris September 23, 2003 at 1:22 pm

Those are some great baskets. *snicker* Hand-woven, eh? I’d be interested, but I just found some baskets that were woven by some very talented people who use only their feet.

BillH September 23, 2003 at 10:03 pm

Longabarger is to baskets what Isabel Bloom is to concrete. Make something “artsy” and charge a boatload of money for it. Longabarger takes a $5 basket and puts a nice finish on it and sells it for $75. Isabel Bloom takes $40 per cubic yard concrete and sells it for about $1400 per cubic yard. Nice gigs if you can et them.

sphinx September 24, 2003 at 9:42 am

I think I may sell the one I have. I received one as a wedding gift and I am not particularly fond of these things to begin with. Hmm…

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