What Sells On eBay: Mountaineering Boots (and boots and boots), More Buffalo Prints, Distressed Stetson Hat

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As you heard Steve say, he bought those mountaineering style hiking boots for $5 and sold them for $100. They are very stylish and trendy right now (and probably forever, they're great boots). So keep an eye out for 'em!

Scavenger Life Episode 280: Making eBay Sales While on Vacation

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We're flying back on Tuesday and are very happy to be going home. Being away from our daily lives for three weeks is totally refreshing, but it also reminds us how much we miss the life we've built. We have a huge list of ideas and experiments we want to try out over the winter. It's important that we find new ways to stay excited about what could be an eBay grind.

For the past three weeks, we've sold 84 items for a total of $4,126.95. Only two people have cancelled their order (for items under $10) after we reminded them of delayed shipping. This is a great method of selling for us when we're traveling. Regardless of what Amazon says, not everyone needs their item the same day. Remember when you'd buy things on TV and get it in 4-5 weeks? It's all about setting the correct expectations.

We also mention in this podcast that we've working on an update to this very website. As many listeners have mentioned, our commenting system is clunky. It's very difficult to search for past content. Smart things you say can't be found. Videos and photos can't be embedded in the comments.  The goal is to make it easier for all of us to share information. We plan to keep it simple. Though it's a big job and we thankfully have help, we look forward to what you think. If all goes well, look out in the next month or two for an updated site.

We mentioned the following link in this podcast:
--Flim mentioned this new eBay resource to know the selling history of specific items.
--Is it good for a business to pay workers less to save money? This article says a business makes more money by paying workers fairly. Duh.
--Listen to this short radio story on postal systems around the world agreeing on new terms to deliver each others' mail. This will effect the subsidized, cheap rates that USPS currently charges Chinese manufacturers to ship goods to the US. Good!

Hope you had a good week.

Our Store Week Oct 9-15, 2016
  • Store #1
  • Total Items in Store: 4060
  • Items Sold: 25
  • Cost of Items Sold: $55
  • Total Sales: $1,485.75
  • Highest Price Sold: $250 (vintage jewelry)
  • Average Price Sold: $59.43
  • Returns: 0
  • Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $0
  • Number of items listed this week: 0

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  • Sold 0 items for $0
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  • Store #2
  • Total Items in Store: 1048
  • Items Sold: 4
  • Cost of Items Sold: $10
  • Total Sales: $104.66
  • Highest Price Sold: $35 (Men’s pants)
  • Average Price Sold: $26.16
  • Returns: 0
  • Number of items listed this week: 0

What Sells On eBay: You Tell Us!

Since we're in Ireland and Steve Schultz is vacationing in the Dominican Republic, this week we're going to let you guys show us what sells in eBay. Feel free to post links to your sold videos or photos. This is how we all learn and sharpen our scavenger skills.

Let's keep score on our sales since we've been traveling on September 21 (three weeks so far with one more week to go). So far we've sold 67 items for $3,201.87. It'll take a couple days to ship everything when we get home, but this continues to prove to us that the "pipeline model" works. List like crazy when we're at home working, and then let things sell when we're doing other things. Even after all our expenses from traveling, we'll come home making money.

And lastly, here are some photos from our Ireland adventure. You can see that we like to go hiking and on long walks because it's free, makes us feel exercised and we get to see nature. Locals have told us that we've been super lucky with great weather.

Wicklow National Park - The Spinc Trail

Some cute cows

Jay saying hi to the cows

A Post Office!

We traversed cow patties and barbed wire fences to see the cliffs at Kilcatherine Point.

Kilcatherine Point

Glenariff Forest Park

On top of a castle. What!

Scavenger Life Episode 279: How We Plan For The Future

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We're entering our second week of traveling and are enjoying being away from our day-to-day lives. That is really what it's all about for us: taking time to think about what we've done, what we're doing, and what we want to do. It'd be very easy for us to fall into a rut where we end us working in a sweatshop of our own making. Without these breaks where we talk about things, we wouldn't have the fun, varied life that we've built so far.

Sales in our eBay store have been surprisingly steady even with our long handling time. Very grateful for this. 

Here are some photos of where we've been staying (more to come)--

Here are the links we mentioned in this podcast.
--Listen to this great podcast episode where Pete of Mr Money Mustache , Paula Pant of Afford Anything, and a couple other bloggers talk about their journey to Financial Independence. Fun to hear their different strategies and motivations.
--Facebook just launch their "Marketplace". It's more of a competitor to Craigslist since Facebook is not handling any payments, but that could always change.

Hope you had a good week. Don't forget to redeem your free eBay shipping supplies if you have a store subscription: http://wheresthecoupon.com/

What Sells On eBay: GE Flip Number Clock, VCR TV Combo, Vintage Club Pans

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As Steve found out, people collect that Vintage Club cookware in great retro colors (even though he had a typo in the title, someone still bought them!).

Scavenger Life Episode 278: Scavenging in Dublin Ireland

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Hello from Dublin. After a week of work, we are now free to roam Ireland for the next 15 days. We went to a flea market today and found some nice items to bring home to sell. Just the process of walking to a flea market is a great free way for us to explore the city and get out of the tourist areas.
We're working on identifying any car boot sales or auctions we could visit while we're here. We have two big bags we can check-in for free when we fly home.

It is interesting to realize just how much of a second-hand buying/selling community we have in the US. Seems like any day of the week in the US you can go to auctions, estate sales, yard sales, flea markets, or thrift stores. We've found no other country like it yet (or maybe we need ti find out where to look).

Here are the links we discussed:
Hope you had a good week. 

Our Store Week Sept 25-Oct 1, 2016
  • Store #1
  • Total Items in Store: 4,110
  • Items Sold: 16
  • Cost of Items Sold: $25
  • Total Sales: $651.88
  • Highest Price Sold: $275 (vintage fur coat)
  • Average Price Sold: $40.74
  • Returns: 0
  • Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $0
  • Number of items listed this week: 0

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  • Amazon FBA Store
  • Number of items sold: ?
  • Amazon total sales: $?
  • Amazon FBA Fees, COGS, Returns, Shipping: $?
  • Net profit after COGS: $70

  • Bonanza:
  • Sold 1 items for $50
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  • Store #2
  • Total Items in Store: 1053
  • Items Sold: 9
  • Cost of Items Sold: $15
  • Total Sales: $646.93
  • Highest Price Sold: $300 (Salt and Pepper shaker)
  • Average Price Sold: $71.88
  • Returns: 0
  • Number of items listed this week: 0

Scavenger Life Episode 277: Doing eBay Full Time After the Kids Are Grown Up

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Hello from Ireland for the next three weeks. It's beautiful and bustling here in Dublin while our job lasts, but we're really looking forward to getting a car and driving around the more rural areas. Next update, we can get back to doing our normal updates about our store and sales. We have a lot to talk about from the past several weeks.

But now we're excited to post this conversation with Rhianna and Edgar who are scavengers that live in Idaho and have dabbled in eBay and Amazon over the years. They were young parents who worked very hard raising their two kids and have just recently sent off them to college (success!)  After dedicating their time to being parents for much of their lives, it's time to make big changes.  Rhianna quit her job to sell on eBay full time. Edgar is keeping his job with eye to one day join her. They moved into a smaller house to cut down on expenses. Maybe they'll move to another state. Anything can happen. Now they can do anything you want. We love it. Freedom is having choices.

Hope you had a good week.

Scavenger Life Episode 276: How to Buy and Sell Postcards on eBay

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This is probably one of our most anticipated conversations we've had with another seller. John (aka Spinach-eater) popped into our community a couple months ago and began discussing how he sells postcards on eBay. I guess for a lot of sellers, it's a dream to only sell items that are easy to list, store, sell, and ship. With almost 15,000 postcards in his inventory, he has a serious system and does very well.

When I was talking to John about recording a conversation with us, I asked him why people buy old postcards. We talk about the success we have selling weird, unique vintage items because people are often buying "nostalgia". They seek items you can't buy on Amazon or at Walmart.  I loved his answer because it's so important to know your customer:
I think everyone is a historian at heart. They want to see what their home town looked like 100 years ago. That old hotel on the corner is now a McDonalds. That old view is gone forever, except on the postcard. Or they always went to a certain beach/boardwalk as a kid and want to hold on to those memories. Most of my repeat buyers are collecting from just certain towns, or holidays. Very rarely will I get a buyer, buying multiple cards of different views. They don’t buy one of a ship, one of a town, and one of a holiday. They almost always but certain, specific categories. 
John was extremely generous sharing great detail about where he buys his postcards, how much he sells them for, how he ships them, and how he categorizes and stores them. He says he'll keep an eye on the comments if you have any questions. Enjoy!