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For several months I've been trying to encourage my daughter to be an entrepreneur by selling on a 2nd eBay account I have Scoutpatchhq.  Any of you that have had teenage daughters know the struggle of getting your kid to follow a schedule and actually be responsible.  I keep waiting for the light bulb to go off!
Vintage Scouting Memorabilia On eBay
The deal has been on Sunday's after church she is supposed to spend a few hours adding stuff and during the week keep things shipped out.  Then she gets 1/2 of the sales while dad pays for all the fees, stamps etc and gives her all the inventory she can handle.  Sounds like a great opportunity right?  Hmmmm

Order of the Arrow Top Selling Auctions
So today I'm doing two things to use an AED on her account.  I'm taking over shipping for one.  She was not giving customers a good experience and that's just not going to work.  I want buyers to get stuff in a few days after paying for it and let's just say her shipping schedule was a bit less frequent.

The Rebranded eBay Store For My 14 Year Old

Scouting Auctions Ending Soon on eBay
The other big change is I'm giving the store a new branding and strategy.  Going forward everything in the store will be $5 with free shipping.  I'm also running auctions to try and help drive some traffic.  She will get credit on everything that she lists so hopefully if the store comes to life she will make more of an investment in it.  But it's about impossible to outsmart your teenager and push the right buttons so I won't hold my breath. 

Patchblanket eBay Store Santeeswapper
Meanwhile, on my bread and butter eBay store I'm running fresh new live auctions every night.  As these go unsold I'm then throwing them in the store.  I've been scanning new stuff and getting ready to do the same deal in April but with a different focus niche.

Tomorrow I'm headed to Columbia for a camping committee meeting as we continue to plan for summer camp at Barstow.  The final contracts are going out for staff this week and we are locking down payments from troops before our price goes up a little bit next month.
Keep Calm And Scout On,
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Jason Spangler
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In Charlotte, North Carolina I have an antique mall booth that is filled with nothing but Scouting stuff.  I call this location my clearance center because I've marked down everything to move.  A lot of what you will find there are items that are too bulky to easily ship from an Internet store.  The booth is located in The Sleepy Poet which is a well established antique mall on South Blvd in Charlotte.  The mall is open 7-days/week year round.  So the next time you are in the area come check it out.