Wow, I too have felt the slow sales and lower auction final sales amounts... I'm very relieved to hear that the sales come in cycles like regular retail stores. It makes sense especially since I sell what you buy at upscale retail stores.
I was slammed at Christmas this past year and got spoiled to sales being so great. Right now it's plain depressing. I just started last October so this is my first year Ebaying. I certainly didn't know what to expect. It's been a serious learning process. I don't know what I expected... but apparently it was too much.
But, I'm not throwing in the towel yet! I just blasted about 50 items into store inventory and to auctions in the last two days and I am doing more this week. So, I'm really hoping sales pick up soon!
Did I mention this is a great board? What a friendly place to post. No one is here to attack you like over there!