Scavenger Life Episode 185: How Do I Increase My eBay Sales?

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This week we sold twice as much as last week. Why? If you sell regularly on eBay, you'll notice that some weeks are slow and others busy. We did list like crazy this week, but what sold were a combination of older and newer items. We're just happy for the sales and glad that our eBay income always seems to average out at the end of each month. Consistently listing quality items is the only secret.

We paid our 2014 taxes this week so feel good about our business. Our next trip is in two months, so we're focusing on listing full time till then.

These are the links we discussed in the podcast:
--Vivian Maier, the street photographer who's work was saved and discovered at an auction.
--Ryan at Online Selling Experiment explains a typical week in his growing Amazon business.
--We enjoyed this article detailing how eBay could get back to being the best Flea Market on the web.
--Jake, who created Watchcount sent us this cool tool that helps you see a buyer's history.

The Weekly Scavenger Numbers
Our Store Week Feb 22-28, 2015
  • Total Items in Store: 3762
  • Items Sold: 55 (25)
  • Cost of Items Sold: $150
  • Total Sales: $2,317.59 ($1,266.81)
  • Highest Price Sold: $150.00 (framed print)
  • Average Price Sold: $41.81
  • International Sales: 2 (2 GSP)
  • Returns: 0
  • Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $112
  • Number of items listed this week: 109

Scavenger Life Episode 184: What's Happening In Your eBay Store This Week?

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It's good to be home. After a long trip, we get excited about getting back into our daily routine of scavenging, photographing and listing for eBay. It's meditative (and profitable).

Here are links to some of the things we talk about in this episode:
Man finds $30k watch in Goodwill
Woman grosses $70k/month on Etsy
Joshua made some free tools for sellers (<==Shows you which box to use for shipping any item)

 The Weekly Scavenger Numbers
Our Store Week Feb 15-21, 2015
  • Total Items in Store: 3725
  • Items Sold: 25
  • Cost of Items Sold: $80
  • Total Sales: $1,266.81
  • Highest Price Sold: $159.99 (Casio keyboard)
  • Average Price Sold: $50.64
  • International Sales: 1 (0 GSP)
  • Returns: 0
  • Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $40
  • Number of items listed this week: 0

Mid-Week Open Thread: You Ask, Others Answer


 We just flew home from Colombia and are happy to be home. Over our ten day trip, we sold 47 items for a gross profit of $2000. Not bad for traveling to another country. We told buyers we wouldn't ship till Monday, so we have plenty of time to gather the items and package them. Calmly and sanely. Over the past several years, we've developed a finely tuned system for selling while traveling and couldn't be happier.

Since we're playing catch up this week, we won't another podcast till Sunday. But let's use this time to discuss anything causing issues in your store.

    • 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 183: What's Happening In Your eBay Store This Week?


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It's our last few days in Colombia and we're hanging out with friends, seeing the countryside along with the city and making eBay sales! Check out the very rare Pyrex "Lucky In Love" auction that ended at over $4200. Here is a blog post about how rare this thing is. Check out this dude in Australia making a bunch of cash on eBay selling stuff from China. We love the phone calls, so be sure to give us a ring, whether you have a question or a comment- (540)-407-8486.

The Weekly Scavenger Numbers
Our Store Week Feb 8-15, 2015

  • Total Items in Store: 3749
  • Items Sold: 32
  • Cost of Items Sold: $121
  • Total Sales: $1,208.82
  • Highest Price Sold: $179.99 (silver ring)
  • Average Price Sold: $37.75
  • International Sales: 2 (0 GSP)
  • Returns: 1
  • Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $0
  • Number of items listed this week: 0

¿Bien o quĂ©? Open Q&A from Colombia



This is a view from our window in Bogota where we're working the next couple days. Since we won't be posting a "what sold" video this week, we want to open up the blog to conversation. Perfect time to ask that question you've always wondered.

Both of us have been really impressed with everyone's numbers because it means you have money to pay bills or debt. And more importantly, we hope that a successful eBay business buys you precious time to do the things you want to do.

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 182: What's Happening In Your eBay Store This Week?


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This week, there is no feeling sorry for us, our sales picked up and we flew to Bogota, Colombia for a video job. Several people sent us the Wired article about "high end" dumpster diving in Austin, TX. Nancy from Third Hand Shoppe, graciously made a video showing us all how to exclude certain countries from Global Shipping Program. Thanks for all the calls on voicemail!

UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who let us know that we linked to the wrong file in the iTunes feed. It was fixed as of 10am EST, so should refresh soon. In the meantime, you can always listen to the correct episode above on Youtube.

The Weekly Scavenger Numbers
Our Store Week Feb 1-7, 2015

  • Total Items in Store: 3781
  • Items Sold: 31
  • Cost of Items Sold: $88
  • Total Sales: $1,157.22
  • Highest Price Sold: $79.99 (vintage wool pennant)
  • Average Price Sold: $37.40
  • International Sales: 4 (1 GSP)
  • Returns: 1
  • Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $29

Scavenger Life Episode 181: Jena & Mark Talk About Running an eBay Business During Their Retirement


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If you've been around here for a while, then you've heard our conversations with Jena who is a long-time eBay seller (and also Ryanne's mom!) This time we decided to have a discussion with Jena and her husband, Mark, who is planning to retire from his job soon. How will eBay fit into their "golden years"? Do they need the money or is the scavenger income just bonus? How do they plan to make eBay enjoyable in their retirement? Will it be weird to be working together? Tune in to find out....