It’s almost time for the biggest “sellerbration” of the year! July 23-25 is eBay Open, eBay’s annual seller conference in Las Vegas. If you were lucky enough to snag a ticket, get ready for a whirlwind of awesome opportunities you won’t find anywhere else.
Open participants have the chance to network at nightly mixers and parties, chat with suppliers, and attend informational sessions with eBay executives. But with the conference just over two days long, how can you be sure to fit it all in? That’s where we can help.
Check out our top four tips to make the most of your eBay Open experience:
1. Plan Ahead
eBay Open centers around educational sessions held by eBay executives and reselling experts. This year’s event offers 17 total panels and Q&A sessions, but only 10 workshop slots. To ensure you don’t miss those most relevant to you, make a list of “must attend” workshops ahead of time. List them in order of importance, or even make yourself a schedule so you can stay on track.
You can check out a full list of this year’s workshops here. Keep an eye out for each session’s exact date and time closer to the event. Also, be sure to download the eBay Open mobile app (available a few days before the event) for an on-the-go agenda, special events and more!
2. Network, network, network
One of the most unique aspects of Open is the access it provides to top eBay executives and experts. Though it may seem intimidating at first, come prepared to chat about your experiences, suggestions, and potential reselling questions. Who knows–one of your ideas may make its way into eBay’s updates!
In addition to these experts, there are also a TON of fellow sellers who are eBay pros in their own right. If you have questions or are looking for a bit of advice, these are the people to ask! Be sure to bring business cards and have a quick 30 second “elevator pitch” about what you sell to get the conversation going. This will help you create connections, hear about others’ experiences, and even form some lifelong friendships.
3. Visit the Vendors
In between networking and workshops, leave time to visit the vendor booths. Unlike other trade shows or conferences, Open only allows a select group of sponsored vendors to participate. This means all suppliers and service providers are organizations you can trust.
With vendors including payment services, merchandise sources, and software selling tools, you’re bound to find something new to help advance your reselling business. Check out this year’s vendors here, and be sure to stop by the BULQ booth to enter a special $500 case giveaway–we’d love to see you!
4. Enjoy the “Sellerbration!”
At the end of the day, eBay Open is meant for one thing–to celebrate sellers like you! Take time to meet other participants, attend the mixers, and enjoy the Shine Awards and closing party. Open is about recognizing the eBay community’s hard work, and you’ve earned time to soak it all in!
As a pro tip, make sure to get a good seat for the final general session, it typically features a well-known speaker you won’t want to miss!
eBay Open is a great opportunity to dive head first into the reselling community. With just a little preparation, it can quickly become a “sellerbration” you’ll never forget!
Resellers- are any of you attending eBay Open? Do you have any tips for attendees that we missed? Be sure to share them in the comments below!