Wednesday, July 9, 2014

5 Things NOT to do when having a closet sale

It's officially summer and you know what that means! YES, Fall is coming!

For many of us, Fall is our favorite season and this means we are squirming in our seats ready for the chance to clear our closets of unwanted items and fill them up with newer things. Every where I look, I see people selling, selling, and yes selling.  Did you know this is one of the best inexpensive ways to spruce your closet?  If you have a sale, you generate extra cash to buy more and if you shop a closet sale you spend less cash because of the great deals?  Win, Win right? 

Well you will be very surprised to hear that people struggle with closet sale etiquette.  So before you get to selling or buying let's talk about 5 things NOT to do when having a closet sale.

1. FULL DISCLOSURE CLAUSE

DO NOT WITHHOLD SOMETHING IMPORTANT FROM YOUR BUYER.
We have all heard the saying, "HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY". Well, in closet sales that can sometimes be overlooked. If you are going to sell your unwanted items, be completely honest with your buyers about your product. If it is stained, missing buttons, damaged in any way etc. let the buyers know upfront. For many if it is a great deal and they can work around it, guess what? They will more than likely make the purchase any way.

2. CLEAN YOUR GARMENTS THOROUGHLY

DO NOT SEND OUT UNCLEAN GARMENTS WITH HAIRS AND CRAP ON THEM.
Can you imagine going to the your local neighborhood restaurant and smelling a delicious and inexpensive meal being prepared only to sit down and realize it is being served on a dirty plate? Well truthfully, that is the same way a buyer feels when they get your items that have not been washed or they have cat hair, or dog urine on them. What about your babies spit up? This is just repulsive.

3. PRICE CORRECTLY

BE FAIR, IT'S USED IN MOST CASES.
Some people sell their items for a number of reasons. Maybe they need the money or perhaps they get a rush out of the sales. Either way, remember if your item is used, worn, old, was given to you for free or by someone else, then you need to do the right thing. Price the items right. Be fair. I saw a blogger one time post something along the lines of this, "I can't see how they are selling used clothes for more than $8 online." Then that same blogger began selling online and her items were priced at like $30 and $40 bucks. Ummm hello ma'am, you are a hypocrite! I am not saying don't make a profit if you can, buy remember unless you paid full price, your item is NWT, or is an expensive item then you really should consider pricing it fair or just go into business by opening a boutique. Seriously. Go some where with the overpricing.

4. SHIP ON TIME

HONOR YOUR COMMITMENTS IN A TIMELY FASHION OR BE UPFRONT ABOUT YOU INABILITY TO DO SO.
Have you ever made a purchase over the phone or on the Internet and said it will be shipped and arrive in two business days? Only for the two business days to pass and your item still has not gotten there? For me that is like working for a company and pay day rolls around and still no check. Naw BO! That is very unprofessional. Remember this is your business. No matter how small or minute it may seem, it is still a representation of your.

5. DO GOOD

FIND A WORTHY CAUSE, IT IS EASY.
The last thing I want to touch on is what to do with the items that were not purchased. Don't get me wrong, I know organizations such as GOODWILL do great things within our community, but there are so many other places that need our donations. Don't always expect to get something in return for what you give. Check out a shelter or a domestic violence center in your area. They are always in need of nice clothing for women. Give your unwanted items to a worthy cause when you can't get rid of them. It will make you feel even the more better then picking up your tax credit slip. :-) Well I hope this helps in your venture of selling and/buying via a closet sale. I will share a quick story of something that happened just this past week with me and then I will let you go!

I recently sold a garment online and as I begin to package the item I noticed a few things wrong. Instead of overlooking the issues, I fully disclosed all that things that were wrong with the garment to the buyer. Sent detailed pictures and made that buyer aware of my opinion concerning the garment. After a bit of chatting, the buyer opted to make the purchase. It was nothing major that was wrong and the buyer was getting a great deal, but that fact that I with good conscious could not send my item out like that said a lot with no words. I am confident the buyer will purchase from me again in the future because of my integrity, but the moral of the story is this, at the end of the day your name stands behind your sale. Remember that your integrity is worth more than a few dollars and the golden rule still applies. Do unto others as... Well, you know the rest. 

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