Scavenger Life Episode 63: What's Happening In Your eBay Store This Week?

Bought for less than 25 cents, sold for $230, Global Shipping Program. Oh yeah!

Ryanne talks about what it was like to ship 190 items after a 6 week trip to Europe. Mikey has a bum ebay week, but listing more for the holiday rush should solve this problem. Check out our interview on eBay Radio the other day. Also check out the info about the recent eBay sellers purge.

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We've included our weekly Ebay numbers below. In the comments, go ahead and post what you've done this week. And let us know if there are other numbers you want us to share. 

The Weekly Scavenger Numbers

Jay and Ryanne’s Store Week Oct 27-Nov 2, 2013

  • Total Items in Store: 2748
  • Items Sold: 38
  • Total Sales: $1544.73
  • Highest Price Sold: $230.00 (1970s Vintage Nike Running Shoes)
  • Average Price Sold: $40.60
  • Returns: 0
  • Positive Feedback: 4
  • Neutral Feedback: 0
  • Negative Feedback: 0
Mikey and Wendy’s store Week Oct 27-Nov 2, 2013
  • Total Items in Store:1031
  • Items Sold: 17
  • Total Sales: $391.18
  • Highest Price Sold: $85.35
  • Average Price Sold: $23.01
  • Returns: 1
  • Positive Feedback: 8
  • Neutral Feedback: 1
  • Negative Feedback: 0


  1. Hey guys! A few comments ...

    As far as movie memorabilia goes ... I recently sold a promotional windbreaker still in it's original package from a movie from the 90s ... so not even that old ... to a gentlman in Sweden. Purchased for $1 and sold for $80 + shipping. The buyer emailed me saying how excited he was to find this item (he said he was looking for it for 2+ years!). You just never know what someone is waiting anxiously for.

    On the topic of scavenging in rich neighborhoods ... I've been to a few yard sales in better off neighborhoods this summer ... and honestly at least where I live ... the rich people have AWFUL taste! Most of their stuff is brand new ... generic stuff ... like the stuff you find at Pierre 1 or Gordmans ... that style item. It's rare that I found anything older than the 2000's and virtually nothing unique ... however our 'rich' neighborhoods around here are mostly newer developments. Meh - I'll take a dimly lit shady back alley garage sale over a new development sale any day. :)

    Adam - TMC

    1. Adam,

      I'm with you on the rich neighborhoods, but there is a little more to it. The new developments suck ass. That's the modern plastic junk. The older wealthy neighborhoods with huge trees and beautiful well made homes are where it is at. Those areas sometimes are not even allowed to have yard sales. Those are the neighborhoods I'm looking for.

    2. There's definitely different kinds of wealthy neighborhoods. We love the younger, urban hipster neighborhoods of 30-40 year olds with money. On our last trip to Boston, we spent $20 on an armful of items that we eventually sold for almost $1000. Old persian rug, multiple pairs of designer running shoes, expensive bike parts, housewares.

  2. University areas in general I think are the best because you have multiple things working in your favor, 1.) the high turn of residents/students which will usually jettison or abandon their stuff to their landlords etc. and 2.) the professors are usually early adopters of things like calculators / computers / books with signatures etc.

    1. Very true. Universities are some of the best places to scavenge for apartment furnishings, electronics, and clothes. Just get the schedule of when students move in and out.

  3. Thank you for answering my question on the global shipping program. I've just turned that option on for my store. As for the wealthy neighborhood experiment we are going to give it a try and see what happens.

  4. hey guys

    should I upgrade to a ebay store? I have rating of 15 and just started selling about 2 months ago. my goal is to maintain 500 items a month. thanks for ALL your help!

    keep 'em coming!

    1. Hey Awesome--

      I always recommend people subscribe to an eBay store if you are serious about bulk listing. So you must be honest with yourself. Are you really going to list 500 items in the next couple months? If so, the store subscription will save you money with cheaper listing prices. If not, you're wasting money on the subscription.

      eBay has a handy calculator that helps you determine if a store will save you money:

  5. Jena's store Week Nov 3-9, 2013

    Total Items in Store:740
    Items Sold: 32
    Total Sales: 1142.00
    Highest Price Sold: 149.99
    Average Price Sold: $35.68
    Returns: 1
    Positive Feedback: 18
    Neutral Feedback: 0
    Negative Feedback: 0

    Highest priced item I sold last week was a "Crazy Quilt", made in the 1920's 0r 30's that came from my aunt's estate. It sold for full asking price of $149.99. It has been up for over a year and was higher priced, but last June I lowered the price by $50. It was in great condition with very pretty fabrics used and all joined by a feather embroider stitch.

    Second highest price was a vintage Enid Collins handbag in near mint condition. It was listed for $95 and sold for $75. They are very hard to find in this area (New England) so I was thrilled to find one in such good condition.

    Til next week! Happy hunting and selling! Jena