Welcome To The Selling Lounge!

We are a friendly forum where sellers help sellers to help our/your online E-Commerce Business grow by having a place of resources and support along with help in promoting ourselves and each other.

I have been selling on line since 2003 in which I started out with eBay where I was doing very well as a Powerseller until all the fee hikes and changes. I then opened up my first Website almost 2 years ago and have been a member of a few very nice informative E-Commerce Forums and have learned so much about this new world of online selling that I wanted to have all my information in one place to help me succeed and by doing that helping others at the same time.

I have noticed that there is a ton of information out there on the net to help us become successful business owners and there are certain things that we must do in order to get our products out there and noticed and to get the buyers to us.

So I'm hoping that we can all share with each other "our tips" of "what works" and "what does not work".

December 14, 2009

The Selling Lounge has a Best Blog Contest Going On!

Best Blog For January Contest – Vote For Your Best Blog

Please place your votes here:

November 1, 2009

Squidoo Workshop

The Selling Lounge Squidoo Workshop

Our First Mini Squidoo Work Shop was hosted By: OrganicGiftsByDiana

On October 26th The Selling Lounge had a basic Mini Squidoo Workshop for beginners. Diana has easy to follow directions for beginners on how to start your first lens.

Our Homework for our first workshop is: Write up a little something about your topic - REMEMBER use short paragraphs and don't forget to write a short intro about your topic or why you chose that topic...

If you would like to have a copy of our first workshop on Squidoo, please email OrganicGiftsByDiana, she would love to send you a copy.

Next Workshop: Monday November 2nd, 11:30 a/m (EST)
Must be registered and logged in to view the workshop!
Click Here for the Squidoo Workshop
All of our members are welcome to attend this free workshop.

We will be working on adding your intro photo and Diana will have you start filling out text boxes. You can of course work on your own, but some folks wanted to walk through this step by step.

Add Your Squidoo Links Here so we can Roll Them!
Then when we all rate/comment/lensroll/favorite/join fan club... each others lens we tell each other which ones we did here.

What is Squidoo ?
A Squidoo lens is a page - a sort of blog/journal/article/photo essay with captions... whatever you want it to be.

A Squidoo lens can help you define your brand and expand your network.

August 21, 2009

Some Thoughts on Ecommerce and Hurricane Season

Some Thoughts on Ecommerce and Hurricane Season

Although the Atlantic Basin Hurricane Season officially runs from June 1 to Nov 30, we have just entered the peak part of the season, which usually occurs from about the second week of August through October.

What if you live in a land-locked state? Then this has nothing to do with you, right? Wrong! Hurricane season can have a big effect on those operating their sites from or near coastal areas, but it can also affect you even if you run your ecommerce site from Idaho. Here are some actions to think about taking if your location might be affected by one of these monster storms and some things to take into consideration even if you are far, far from the sea.

Make it your business to know what systems are churning out there, and where they might be heading. Also, if a storm is affecting an area or has just done so, be familiar with where that area is, and (in general) how widespread damages and power outages are. You might have customers in the area. Don't expect sales or communications from them just before or after a tropical system hits their area.

The same is true of your vendors or anyone you order business supplies from. Know where your vendors are for the same reasons.

Be patient! Your customers and/or vendors could very well be operating in survival mode. They may or may not have power, running water, or even a roof over their heads. And, depending on the extent of damage, that mode could last from just a few hours to weeks on end.

REMEMBER that category does NOT matter! We had thousands of dollars in damage and went for several days without power when Fay swept through last year . . . and she was "only" a Tropical Storm. You cannot operate your business by candlelight. Be prepared - not only with your disaster plans and emergency supplies kit - but also for possible downtime.

1- BACK UP YOUR SITE and everything related to it regularly, but ESPECIALLY if a system is approaching. If you are not using an internet based back-up service, pack the latest copy of your back tape or flash drive in your 'Go Kit,' so that it evacuates with you. I usually take my hard drive, as well.

2 - SAFEGUARD YOUR INVENTORY. Make sure it is stored in plastic and/or plastic bins, and elevated.

3 – If a storm is tracking towards your area, consider placing a NOTE on your site that you in the possible path of the storm, and anyone considering a purchase might want to complete that purchase by a certain day or time.

4 – If the NHC issues a WATCH for your area, you might want to advise customers that you downtime for your site may be imminent.

5 – If your watch is upgraded to a WARNING, consider putting your site on ‘vacation’ setting or disabling your cart. Consider the ramifications this scenario: Someone makes a purchase at 2:30 and, at 2:31, the storm knocks out power to your area – for two weeks! (It could happen) Better to be safe than sorry.

6 – Personally, I wouldn’t order a new batch of inventory with a storm headed in my direction, either. But, that's just me.

For more articles and discussions of interest to on line sellers, visit The Selling Lounge, where sellers help sellers.

Article By: CruiseReady


August 15, 2009

I need help with selling online!

Getting started with online selling can be lots of fun, however you need to know many factors in getting the buyers to you and to your products. The Selling Lounge is a friendly forum where sellers are helping each other with the do's and do nots of online selling.

Stop on by and check out our forum.


We have now released support for Canada Post in the calculated shipping preferences. To enable this feature, visit the Settings/Shipping Preferences and select the Canada Post option.

You will need to have a valid Canadian Postal Code saved in your general settings/store address for this function to work properly and valid shipping weights for all of your products. Please note, due to the slow response times from the Canada Post API, this not currently available as a shipping option for Google Checkout. ---------------------


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August 5, 2009

The Mule Wagon Antiques And Collectibles

Our big July Yard Sale at The Mule Wagon went so well that we've extended it for the rest of the summer. We still have lots of stuff left after we closed the antique mall stores, and we're listing it online at great markdowns!

Come rummage through our online barn, you don't know what you'll find!

July 29, 2009

Custom Candy Bar Wrappers & More!

Custom Candy Bar Wrappers Personalized Just for You!

We create customized Candy Bar Wrappers for any special events, holidays, weddings, parties, business promotions or tradeshows.

Give your guests a lasting impression of your next Special Occasion!

All product prices INCLUDES Candy!
Whether you need 12 or 5000...custom printed candy bar wrappers, Happy Wraps is here to give you the highest quality custom printed candy bar wraps available.
The uses of our candy bars are only limited to your imagination.
We have many designs to choose from… mix & match or use what you see.

Anniversary Candy Wrappers

Baby Shower Candy Wrappers

Bar & Bat Mitzvah Candy Wrappers

Birth Announcement Candy Wrappers

Adult Birthday Candy Wrapper

Kids Birthday Candy Wrappers

Business Candy Bar Wrappers

Graduation Candy Wrappers

Holidays Candy Wrappers

Other Occasion Candy Wrappers

Religious Candy Bar Wrappers

Wedding Candy Bar Wrappers

July 19, 2009

CSBSEWS for American Girl Dolls

CSBSEWS for American Girl Dolls offers a monthly newsletter "The Stitching Post" with information about new items, sales, etc. (August issue will have end of summer sale info gift.smiley .

If you would like to receive the newsletter, you can
1. Go to my home page and sign up, or

2. Post a reply here with your e-mail address.

Those of you who have purchased from me before are already subscribed and should have received the July issue.


July 18, 2009

Super Cruisers - This Shirt's for You!

I've really gotten behind in my blogging this month, but here's what I posted to Cruising Musings this morning:

Super Cruisers - This Shirt's for You!


Are you a super cruiser? Do you just love to board a big ship and sail the seas to exotic ports of call? Then this shirt is ready made for you! I's the newest entry in Cruise Ready Store's own line of shirts for cruising. (Yes, the designs are mine, so if you see them elsewhere, they're mere copies.)

Across the front of the shirt, the words "SUPER CRUISER" are spelled out in international maritime signal flags. You'll notice that there's no textual interpretation, and that's intentional. You'll know what the flags are spelling... and so will a few others.
What a great conversation starter! Those who 'get' the message will let you know with a smile, and maybe an appropriate comment. Those who don't just might ask. What will you tell them? Well ... that's up to you.

If you just can't wait for your next cruise... or smile wistfully at memories of happy times spent onboard your favorite cruise ship, then you just might like Cruise Ready Store , a store especiallly for folks who love to cruise!
Create your own online store in minutes!
Cruising Musings Blog

July 17, 2009

The Mule Wagon is having a big July clearance sale

The Mule Wagon is having a big July clearance sale - everything is 20-50% off!

And at Cooking Sharp, use coupon code JULYSALE for 10% off your orders this month.




JapanTech Offering genuine quality technology products directly from Japan's top manufacturers.

We have these coupons for Blu-ray Disc users:

    Code : BDRE15OFF
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Your Electronics & Gadgets source directly from Japan
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July 16, 2009


We sell all sportscards, your source for rookies, hall of famers, allstars , all pros,inserts, chase cards, graded cards, memorabilia, collectibles, desert storm cards, non sportscards science fiction including Starwars, all top stars in the game and greats from the past, Griffey Jr, Ripken Jr, Bonds, Jordan, Mays, Alex Rodriguez, Manning, Brady, Mantle, Ryan, Montana, Rice, plus many more. We have baseball, football, basketball, Nascar, golf and EVEN sets, lots. Plus all items are 100% Guaranteed Authentic.

Please click on item to get more info!

Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan
1988 Fleer
Jerry Rice
Jerry Rice Rookie
1986 Topps
Joe Montanna
Joe Montana
1981 Topps Rookie
Willie Mays
Willie Mays
1966 Topps
Alex Rodriguez
Alex Rodriguez Rookie
1994 Upper Deck SP
Annika Sorenstam
Annika Sorenstam
2002 Gem Mint 10
Nolan Ryan
Nolan Ryan
1968 Topps Rookie
Reggie Jackson
Reggie Jackson
1969 Topps Rookie
Cal Ripken Rookie
Cal Ripken Jr
1982 Topps Rookie

Welcome to our website. Sportscards4All is a trading cards for sell site, with 10% off for all new customers. Sit back and take a look at my sportscards,. Come back soon, items and links will change often.

July 15, 2009

Coupon Code for Japan Tech

Here is a coupon code to use at our store :

YASUI4U - this coupon will give you a 5% off from your order subtotal when your shopping cart is $250 USD or more. Use it when checking out.

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Your Electronics & Gadgets source directly from Japan
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Custom Stamp Sample by kjscreations

How cool is this! We can have our stamps customized with our business on it! You must check this out. I have never seen this before and think it is a must have.

Custom Stamp
at kjscreations

July 13, 2009

Blue Skies Plus LLC

Blue Skies Plus LLC
Unique Gifts For Everyone
Friends * Family * Business
Customized * Promotional * Stock Products


Our current free gift is a set of Jonas Brothers Gift Tags.
Just open this pdf file and print your Jonas Brother Gift Tags immediately on your printer.
You can print them on regular size address lables - 30 per page - or on plain paper and cut them out and tape them.
Great for holidays gifts or birthday presents.


Choose from any of our stores for a great shopping experience.

Apron Madness -Express yourself in a Unique way! Choose a BBQ Apron that matches your personality or Advertises your business!
Order one for each chef, cook or griller you know.

Beyond Pizzazz - We carry hundreds of your favorite earring designs. We also have added other matching merchandise - Toss pillows, charms and much more! Celebrity merchandise, logo items, and more!

Blue Sky Creations - We carry hundreds of your favorite designs. Toss pillows, charms, watches, belt buckles, golf ball markers, clocks, wallets and much more!

Celebrity Merchandise - Many more great celebrity items. If you didn't find what you what over at Beyond Pizzazz be sure to check out Celebrity Merchandise where we have additional celebrity items.

Earring Stop - We sell earrings! We have just about every subject you could possibly be looking for so there is no need to look anywhere else. We have earrings with Attitude, Political earrings, Patterns, Animals, and much much more.

Earring Stop 2 - Many more designs of our earrings! If you didn't find what you needed at Earring Stop then be sure to check out our collection here at Earring Stop 2.

Golf Time Shop - Unique golf gifts for all occasions. All are the perfect idea for corporate and executive golf gifts, hole-in-one prizes, golf outings, golf awards, longest-drive awards, and personal awards. We also carry adaptive golf equipment!

Pets Adored - Pet and Animal lover gifts - earrings, dog tags, watches, t-shirts, clocks and more. Our unique line blends the hottest trend in photo jewelry, with sentiments dear to your heart.

Promote-101 - If you are in need of UNIQUE promotional items for your company or store at affordable prices you have come to the right place! We bring affordable custom logo items to those that don't need thousands of them! And to those that do!

Wild Animals Adored - Big Cats, Elephants, Meerkats and all animals of the wild gifts - earrings, dog tags, watches, t-shirts, clocks and more. We also have added other matching merchandise - Toss pillows, charms and much more!

License Plate Madness - Express yourself in a Unique way! Choose a License Plate Frame that matches your personality or Advertises your business!


Blue Skies Plus LLC is a registered Limited Liability Company with mulitiple members in the state of Colorado.
Together we have over twenty years experience selling online.

Twice Around Books


We welcome you to our store. We carry a full line of books, book accessories, magazines, ephemera, vhs, and dvd's. Most items are either new, outdated, first editions, and signed editions. We also have some antiquated books, which are in good ,old or worn condition.

We list items daily, so keep checking back with us. Please contact us if you are looking for a particular book or item and we will do our best to locate it for you.

New Products For July

Just listed at Diana's

Beautiful in blues Luxury Home Spa or Relaxation Gifts ... -sewn.html

I just listed these two matching items in my eCRATER store :

Hand Sewn eye mask in Mottled Moss Green and faux fur ... id=4824801

Hand Sewn Neck Pillow in Mottled Moss Green that will match the eye mask ... id=4824590

Just added this one to my eCRATER store too : ... id=4825038

Here's another for my eCRATER store : ... id=4863747
- with more to come today too ;)

Organically Yours,
Image Diana



Best Site For August Contest - Vote For Your Best Site

We Have 5 Sites To Pick From for The Best Site Contest for August!
    We will have ONE (1) Winner
    You can vote up to 2 times
    You can only vote once for each site
    You have to use your votes at the same time

Our 5 Sites to vote on are:

Please make sure that your link to your site is correct.

You may want to ask yourself the following while you are voting for a site:

1. Does the site give it's visitor enough information about his/her site?
2. Does the site have a navigation system to make it easy to navigate each page?
3. Does the site distract the visitor with blinking text, scrolling text, animations or unnecessary sound files?
4. Does the site have image backgrounds that load too slow or take your eye away from the products?
5. Does the site have easy to read font?
6. Does the site have any spelling errors?
7. Does the site look pleasant and is easy on the eyes?
8. Does the site have enough information about the products for sale?
9. Does the site have an easy shopping cart/checkout system?

Voting Starts: July 1 at 12:01 a/m Eastern Time
Voting Ends: July 30 at 12:00 a/m Eastern Time


You can find our sign up page here:
Best Site Contest Sign Ups!

You can find our rules here:
Best Site Contest Rules!

Always, Debi
Skin Care Site l Custom Graphic Designs l The Selling Lounge Top 100 Sites l Bays/Bonanzle l Graphic Blog
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Hibiscus petals

Hibiscus petals make a yummy tea and have lots of vitamin C too !

Organically Yours,
Image Diana



Surf4Bargains - Get Your Surf-INGO On!

Hi - BaysDesigns,

I am back and I want to thank everyone for their support. You can email me if you would like an update. Otherwise onto the FUN!

Only a couple of more days left in this week's so today I have turned on the Power Surf !

Membership surfing ratio for today only!
Premium 1:3
LifeTime 1:3
Standard 3:6
Free 3:5

Who will YELL first?

Have fun surfing,

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