Scavenger Life Episode 156: What's Happening In Your eBay Store This Week?


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Another week on the road with decent sales (including a very distressed Persian rug for $250), we're working in LA until next week. This is the story of our continuing adventure of making a living while traveling. So far, so good.

The Weekly Scavenger Numbers

Our Store Week October 12-18, 2014

  • Total Items in Store: 3303
  • Items Sold: 34
  • Cost of Items Sold: $285
  • Total Sales: $1,435.27
  • Highest Price Sold: $249 (vintage distressed rug)
  • Average Price Sold: $42.20
  • International Sales: 9 (5 GSP)
  • Returns: 3
  • Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $0

Scavenger Life Episode 155: Interview with Frank aka SkyHigh About Paying for College by Selling on eBay


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We recently got a comment from a mysterious young person called SkyHigh saying they had paid their way through college selling on eBay. We had been waiting and wondering if someone like this existed- a young person savvy enough to see they could make good money on their own without having to have a boss. And indeed, Frank turned out to be a real (cool) person who agreed to talk to us about his process and history as a seller. Leave any questions for Frank in the comments. He says he'll be happy to answer the best he can. Thanks Frank!

Scavenger Life Episode 154: What's Happening In Your eBay Store This Week?


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After a massive, 4.5 days straight of packing and shipping, we have finished and are triumphant! Now back on the road again for two weeks in LA for a random project unrelated to ebay selling. eBay InPerson events are happening in a few new cities, so check it out if you want to bug them in person about your defect ratings. We get a question about where Mikey and Wendy are, you can check them out on their blog here.

The Weekly Scavenger Numbers

Our Store Week October 5-11, 2014

  • Total Items in Store: 3335 (Numbers updated since we did the podcast)
  • Items Sold: 59
  • Cost of Items Sold: $124
  • Total Sales: $2,539.39
  • Highest Price Sold: $200 (vintage park bench)
  • Average Price Sold: $43.03
  • International Sales: 11 (9 GSP)
  • Returns: 3
  • Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $35

Mid-Week Q&A: Open Thread


The packing of 200 items sold while away for 6 weeks continues.
There will be no second podcast posted today. Sorry folks. Jet lag and a packing frenzy is all we're doing this week. Ryanne is into her 3rd day of constant shipping of the 200 items we sold over our five week trip. And things keep selling, so can we ever catch up?!

So I have a question for you guys: what are you planning to do with the profits you make this holiday? For those of you doing eBay as a part-time gig, is it extra money for a holiday/presents? For those of you doing eBay full-time, do you have a big project you want to fund? Or is everyone just taking up bills? Or maybe build nest egg for those slow summer months?

We came home to a broken heat pump, so learned that we have a $3800 bill to replace it. Usually we'd be much more stressed, but we know our eBay pipeline can handle these unpredictable problems. Plus, we have a couple more home projects to finish up so we can rent our house in the Spring. When working for yourself, the work always pays off.

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Scavenger Life Episode 153: What's Happening In Your eBay Store This Week?


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We just landed home from Amsterdam and we're just starting our packing and shipping frenzy. 188 items total. A note about this week's numbers- after we recorded the podcast, we made a ton of sales! So the numbers on the post are more accurate than the number we discussed on the recording. Not a bad thing at all. Jay mention's Mr. Money Mustache's post about retirement savings. And here we go, packing and shipping like mad people.

The Weekly Scavenger Numbers

Our Store Week September 28-October 4, 2014

  • Total Items in Store: 3391 (Numbers updated since we did the podcast)
  • Items Sold: 63
  • Cost of Items Sold: $175
  • Total Sales: $2,516.83
  • Highest Price Sold: $250 (Vintage small Persian rug)
  • Average Price Sold: $39.93
  • International Sales: 3 (2 GSP)
  • Returns: 0
  • Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $0

Scavenger Life Episode 152: Interview with Bicycle Mark of Amsterdam and Beyond


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After first visiting Amsterdam in 2005, we have fallen in love with the city and have returned for many trips, short and long, since. Many people ask ‘Why Amsterdam?’. In an attempt to answer that question for ourselves and others, we recorded a conversation with our friend Mark aka Bicycle Mark aka Citizen Reporter. Mark came to live in Amsterdam as a student back in the early 2000s and never left. As a fellow independent worker, media maker and traveler, we were interested to hear how he came to love this city of canals, bikes, cheese and funky old buildings as well as what the next steps are for him as he moves on from student to “adult” life.

Scavenger Life Episode 151: What's Happening In Your eBay Store This Week?


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This week we are still in Amsterdam, but selling, selling, selling. Some great sales include a mid century, carved cat for $50 and a one of kind, original painting for $650. Just list and and forget it. The right buyer will come along, we just know it. Some great comments on the blog this week including an update from Dan who got suspended for 7 days for accidentally trying to sell a fake Hard Rock Cafe Heidelberg Germany glass. The good news is, his account is ok and he's up and selling again. We mention how great our trip has been renting and apartment on Airbnb for several weeks.

The Weekly Scavenger Numbers

Our Store Week September 21-27, 2014 (thanks crystal!)
  • Total Items in Store: 3442
  • Items Sold: 36
  • Cost of Items Sold: $187
  • Total Sales: $2,275.26
  • Highest Price Sold: $650 (Vintage painting)
  • Average Price Sold: $63.19
  • International Sales: 6 (4 GSP)
  • Returns: 0
  • Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $0

Scavenger Life Episode 150: Parting Out, Selling and Recycling Computers- Jeremiah from ALC Recycling

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In the blog comments recently, we've been discussing "parting" out appliances and computers. Sellers have said that they can make more money by selling pieces of a microwave vs the entire microwave. Why? Because sometimes people just need to replace a part, and most manufacturers charge a premium for original parts because they want you to buy the entire item new. It's unfortunately not in a corporation's business model for consumers to fix old items. Often parts aren't made or easily found anymore. We had this experience recently trying to replace the plastic shelves inside our refrigerator.

Selling parts is great too if you find a broken appliance that's being given away for free (or found in the trash). For example, someone sold just the lid to a water tank of a Keurig coffee maker for $20. I see this junk all the time. Now I see little gold nuggets.

This week, we talk with Jeremiah Dyke of ALC Recylcing. He works as a Math Professor in his day job, and then sells mainly computer parts through his eBay store. He partners with local non-profits to get donations of old computer equipment and shares the profits with these good causes. Win, win. Reminds me a little of the interview we did recently with Todd and his recycling operation. Both are true scavengers making money from the detritus of our society.

Digital Scavenging: Getting From Point A to B Fast and Cheap


We've talked before about how we've figured out how to live independently by making money selling on eBay and keeping expenses low. We cannot stress enough how important it's been to write down our monthly expenses and figure out how to make them smaller. Many of you know we recently did this for our cellphone bills. We've done it for healthcare. We call it "digital scavenging" since the web is full of new services that help make commonly-used services cheaper.

Because we travel frequently, we take a lot of cabs to and from the airport. We love public transportation, but it's not always possible to get from our hotel to a job efficiently. That's why we've been surprised to find that the new car service, Uber, was as convenient as the hype. The company has been all over tech news for trying to "disrupt" the taxi industry. Traditional cab drivers hate it and there's debate over their place in the market, but it now seems a pretty normal way to get around.

On this trip we used Uber in San Francisco and NYC, though it's available in many other major cities as well.
  1. We used the app to request a car. It tells us how much the ride will cost before we even get picked up. We can accept or decline based on this info.
  2. Since the phone has GPS, you can see the car coming towards your location. No wondering how long it'll take.
  3. Each time, it's been a guy in an almost new car. The driver knows where we're going because he uses the Uber app too.
  4. When he dropped us off, there was no money or credit card that changes hands since Uber already has our payment info (our Paypal debit card).
  5. You don't pay any tip either because it's built into the price. It's a "no cash" ride.
  6. The receipt is emailed to us automatically.
  7. The trips have always been cheaper than a traditional taxi ride.
When we're at home, we never needs cabs--but Ryanne is now addicted to calling for an Uber car when we need one while traveling. We hate to fall into the latest tech craze, but this one has been worth it for us. If you decide to sign up, use this link. It'll give you a free ride up to $30 (we get one too). Or just sign up through their main site.

So no more mysterious cab rides where we don't know how much it'll cost, when the driver will arrive, or when they only take cash. Digital scavenging my friends.

Scavenger Life Episode 149: What's Happening In Your eBay Store This Week?


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Broadcasting from lovely Amsterdam again this week. We had a high number of sales, but have been taking offers like crazy since people are willing to wait for us to get back and we've put jackets and sweaters on sale, so stuff is going cheap. We also have not been listing from the road and more just walking around the city, drinking coffee and taking naps- as a vacation should be sometimes we suppose. We mention Ryan Grant's post Are you creating a job or a business?, an interesting read. Great news from PayPal- starting October 1st, they are initiating one day bank transfers for some customers, which we think is awesome.

The Weekly Scavenger Numbers

Our Store Week September 14-20, 2014

  • Total Items in Store: 3457
  • Items Sold: 44
  • Cost of Items Sold: $112
  • Total Sales: $1,412.71
  • Highest Price Sold: $100 (Okotberfest Lederhosen)
  • Average Price Sold: $32.09
  • International Sales: 5 (5 GSP)
  • Returns: 0
  • Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $3