Sorry everyone for my stream of tweets and Facebook messages about my eBay shop. I really do have to get rid of everything. As you know, I'm closing down my fashion business, moving house and my stuff takes up a whole room. My experience with eBay has been relatively frustrating. I pity folk who rely on it for their business as you are rather beholden to the monopolistic success of this behemoth. From being temporarily banned, for rather untransparent reasons, to selling stuff then finding the delivery costs make my profit marginal at best, loss-making at worst, I have often questioned the effort I put into taking pictures, editing pictures, uploading, editing and so on. Of course, it's not profit, as I bought all this stuff for way more than I am selling it for. But, it's turnover, and it's not going to waste. Also, as usual, some people are so nice and say kind things about my brand, which gives me moments of delight.
Last week I thought I couldn't face putting another load of stuff on for sale, the revenue of which would mostly go to the courier and eBay fees (plus my time) so I decided to send a batch of garment bags, covers and carrier bags to a charity that I came across a few years ago: Suited and Booted. They take donated men's suits, spruce them up and then, along with interview mentoring and some obviously friendly styling, set up unemployed men in inner city London for job interviews. It's such a great concept and heartwarming. They are desperate for donations of men's suits, shoes, accessories, shirts and so on. Send them all those items that you aren't wearing. It feels much better than battling with eBay.