How-to: set up your shop

The lowdown on shop settings

If you’re an active member of the Murfie universe, you’re bound to get an email from us saying your CDs are posted to your account. What happens next? Actually, you can do quite a few things with your collection. But this post around, I want to focus on your principal to-do: setting up your personal shop. Here’s how to go about doing that.

Once you see that hooray-your-discs-are-posted email in your inbox, head on over to your Dashboard.
- Sign into your account. https://www.murfie.com/login
- Go to the “Your Discs” tab in your Dashboard. https://www.murfie.com/dashboard?page=discs

This is the place to be to manage the settings of your CDs. For each disc that’s listed in your account, you can choose to set it “for sale” or “not for sale” and “for trade” or “not for trade.” If you choose to set one of your discs “for sale” and/or “for trade,” that particular CD will get listed in your personal shop on Murfie. For example, take a look at a disc in my Dashboard; it’s set to be “for sale”:

You may notice that this disc has a $2 price tag. (Good eye!) In the “Your Discs” tab, you’re also able to price your CDs. For each disc, you can choose one of the following prices: $1, 2, 3, 5, or 8. You can change any price, at any time.

Once you choose these settings, your shop is good to go. That means, anyone browsing Murfie will be able to buy, or trade for, an album from your collection.

Got a question? Leave a comment below, and I’ll make sure to give you an answer. I’m dedicated like that. ;)

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How-to: make more CD sales

Tips from me to you

Okay, so you’ve got a personal shop on Murfie, but you’re just letting it sit there…that don’t impress me much. (Just kidding, I think it’s special either way.) The fact remains, though, that taking charge of your destiny will always get you there faster. In this case, that means promoting your collection of CDs to make more sales. Here’s some tips on how to do that.

1) Use social media. If you’re on Facebook (which is like everybody), do a status update about your shop. Just provide a little info (and wit or humor to make things interesting), and include your shop URL. [What's a shop URL?] If you’re on Twitter, share your collection in a similar manner. If you do nothing else, dropping that URL is what matters most: that’s what gets folks to visit your shop.

Facebook and Twitter are just the biggies. There’s plenty of other social media platforms out there, like Tumblr, Google+, and Delicious. It all depends on how creative you want to get.

A final thought. Brevity is best when it comes to social media. Don’t try to write a novel.

2) Blog (or microblog) about it. It’s in vogue these days to manage a personal blog. If you already manage one, you’ve got a built-in advantage on your hands: write something about your shop in a post and publish it. Then share the URL on…what else?…Facebook and Twitter! If you don’t have a blog, services like Blogger and WordPress make it easy to create your own.

3) Check out classified ads services. This is probably the most direct way to S-E-L-L your CD collection. Create and post an ad on a site like Craigslist. It’s free, and we’ve already got an FAQ for you on how to post an ad on Craigslist. Other free services include OodleAdooseBay ClassifiedsBuyMyStuff, and Backpage. As with social media and blogging, it’s super important to include your shop URL in your classified ad, on whichever service you end up using.

Your turn! If you’ve got an unconventional approach to selling the CDs in your personal shop, pray do tell us in the comments section below. We’d love to hear about your strategy. Remember: sharing is caring!