Watch our dumb faces tonight LIVE



We're pretty shy and don't think people need to see us yap about selling junk online, but Andrew from Picking Profits invited us to a Youtube hangout tonight at 8pm EST. You should be able to see the hangout in the embedded player above, or follow this link at the appropriate time. I assume they'll be some kind of live text chat for the viewers etc. It's like appointment viewing during the old fashioned TV days.

You guys know that Andrew is a big book seller on Amazon FBA, as well as dabbling in eBay. We like Andrew's careful and honest explanations of his process. We're full-on eBay sellers who talk about dabbling in FBA. So I'm sure they'll be things to talk about.

You can hear the interview we did with Andrew several months ago. See you tonight?

Scavenger Life Episode 158: What's Happening In Your eBay Store This Week?

Ryanne gets a fancy LA haircut, we sell a vintage Shalom needlepoint for $80. Mazel Tov!

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Another week returning home, another shipping frenzy. Ryanne just finished shipping 50+ items. We set goals of double listing all week since we splurged on a second (cheap on ebay make offer) laptop. Jay mentions our 'How to buy and sell Art' episode in this week's questions. Jay also mentions another great post on Online Selling Experiement blog about how Ryan's friend is trying to gross 100k this year on Amazon FBA.

The Weekly Scavenger Numbers

Our Store Week October 19-25, 2014

  • Total Items in Store: 3275
  • Items Sold: 31
  • Cost of Items Sold: $205
  • Total Sales: $1,346.28
  • Highest Price Sold: $255 (10 oz of silver)
  • Average Price Sold: $43.41
  • International Sales: 5 (4 GSP)
  • Returns: 3
  • Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $0

Scavenger Life Episode 157: Interview with Steven Schultz, Scavenger Extraordinaire


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We are consistently amazed by all our commenters posted numbers. One such person was really standing out recently and that was Steven Schultz. If you check out that last link to his numbers, you'll be amazed what he has achieved in one year of full time selling on eBay. Steve is the perfect example of a scavenger who is willing to take risks on higher priced items for a larger payout. He's also willing to ship crazy sized items if he can fetch the right price. He keeps track of his sales on GoDaddy Bookkeeping and uses the Yard Sale Treasure Map app (iPhone, Android) to find the booty. Thanks for talking to us Steven!

Q&A: Open Thread (Container homes)

Ryanne and I are working on an interview to post this week while we're in LA. In the meantime, check out this video of our friend Luke and his girlfriend Heather who built a "container home" in Oakland, CA. I'm going to go out on a limb here to assume many of you would never want to live this way, but it's a great example of approaching life as a scavenger. Let's appreciate the problems he's trying to solve vs. the details you find hard to take.



We're always looking at our monthly bills and thinking of how to spend less. There could be bills/expenses that we just assume are permanent. But by changing our lifestyle, we've learned to live on less. If we spend less, we have to work less. If we work less, we own our time and get closer to the freedom that all the advertisements on TV promise you if you just buy more. "Never mind what's been selling, it's what you're buying..."

Okay, open thread. Good place to ask any questions about what's been going on in your store. 

Some simple rules-
  • We do allow anonymous commenters, but we encourage you to use your ID so people can get to know you. Plus you won't have to re-enter the code for each comment.
  • Be civil. People have different ways of doing the same thing. If we disagree, no big deal.
  • We are solution oriented. If you want to simply hate on eBay, go to the dark depths of the eBay forums where your hate can be polished like a precious jewel.
  • Please back up any issues with facts and specific links. We don't deal in rumors.
  • Comments are threaded (what?). So you can either reply to a specific comment or start an overall new topic.

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.

Some simple rules-
  • We do allow anonymous commenters, but we encourage you to use your ID so people can get to know you. Plus you won't have to re-enter the code for each comment.
  • Be civil. People have different ways of doing the same thing. If we disagree, no big deal.
  • We are solution oriented. If you want to simply hate on eBay, go to the dark depths of the eBay forums where your hate can be polished like a precious jewel.
  • Please back up any issues with facts and specific links. We don't deal in rumors.
  • Comments are threaded (what?). So you can either reply to a specific comment or start an overall new topic.

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.