Scavenger Life Episode 65: What's Happening In Your eBay Store This Week?

A $5 box of antlers sold for $75 best offer!

Wendy and Mikey talk about what's going on in their eBay store this week.

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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 Nov 3-9, 2013

  • Total Items in Store: 2800
  • Items Sold: 45
  • Total Sales: $1422.66
  • Highest Price Sold: $149.99 (1970’s Vintage Leather Biker Boots)
  • Average Price Sold: $31.66
  • Returns: 2
  • Positive Feedback: 55 (because we shipped 190 items over the weekend after vacation)
  • Neutral Feedback: 1
  • Negative Feedback: 0
Mikey and Wendy’s store Week Nov 3-9, 2013
  • Total Items in Store:1037
  • Items Sold: 11
  • Total Sales: $386.01
  • Highest Price Sold: $110.00
  • Average Price Sold: $35.09
  • Returns: 1
  • Positive Feedback: 13
  • Neutral Feedback: 1
  • Negative Feedback: 0


  1. Hi scavengers --

    I'm a new listener and am really enjoying catching up with your podcasts, new and old. I can echo your comments on slow sales last week, although my sales are picking up now too , I think its a poor start in general to the holiday season and hope that's now indicative of things to come. Once or twice a year I also say "Its all over!" until it's on again the next week, well what do I know:)

    Regarding your comments on feedback - I absolutely love selling on Ebay most of the time, but Nothing has to power to deflate my ego faster than a glimpsing a grey or red circle while scrolling down the page :(

    It looks like you did a podcast on feedback before, but I would love to hear more discussion of the real reputation killers -- detailed seller ratings and 1 and 2 rating scores. I've read Ebay recently proposed even dropping the +/-/neutral rating altogether in favor of just DSR ratings. This is an area that is often really misunderstood by buyers and has the power to just wreck havoc for a seller, especially small volume sellers and new sellers just getting started. Ebay apparently uses DSR's almost exclusively for TRS status (with ship time), raising/lowering seller limits, may also even be part of the best match algorithims (another possible future podcast topic?)

    I also came to Ebay from a tech career post crash 2008 as well. In that short amount of time, Ebay has really tightened its seller performance expectations. I think seller performance ratings can be confusing and consequences for small mistakes rather severe if you don't understand them, sometimes even if you do.

    Like you, I now make a living on ebay, but unlike you I live in a metropolitan area and do compete with other sellers for the good stuff, which is plentiful in my old, inner city gentrified neighborhood, although you are correct -- I just can't buy anything for a nickel here. So the formula is a bit different, but still works.

    (BTW I happen to live in Maclemore territory but can't say I have ever seen him out scavenging. I have, however, been to all the thrift shops in the video.)

    Thanks for your fantastic and fun podcasts, keep on going!

  2. Totally agreed. Neutral and negative feedbacks are always a little ego blow, but I guess that's what they're designed to do. I know it certainly makes us check to make sure we haven't done anything fundamentally improper in our selling process. Unfortunately a grumpy buyer having a bad day can ruin things by leaving inappropriate feedback that eBay won't change. I guess these are the breaks that any retail store has to deal with. Especially when selling vintage/antique/used items, people have weird expectations. Its much different than only selling brand new iPhone cases.

    Its unfortunate that eBay has recently taken away the ability to see what buyers have bought in the past. Also sucks you never know where a low DSR has come from. There's no feedback loop there to improve upon when anonymous ratings are left. But as we always say, you can't get hung up on what slows you down. That's why there's eBay community forums where its like a fever swamp of people railing against all the ways eBay is trying to destroy them.

    Rural areas definitely have their advantages, but we love urban areas for their many advantages too. Flea markets are usually full of really interesting objects. We always find good deals on objects we can flip for much more than we paid. Trash days around universities or apartment buildings are always great. End of the month or end of school semester is the perfect time to get a carload of housewares/clothes/lamps. Urban areas also have the best estate sales. Prices may be a little more, but the quality is usually excellent. Just use Yard sales in cities can also amazing. If I lived in an urban area, I'd have Craigslist open all the time to see what people are giving away in the FREE section.

    The key is breaking out of just going to Goodwill or Salvation Army. Boring.

  3. You can add us to the chart of a slow week of sales too. I believe we went for 6 days in a row without a single sale ... then out of nowhere we had $300+ in sales on Sunday/Monday. Those kinds of weeks are especially scary for sellers like us who are literally on the brink of going full time and quitting our day jobs (well, at least one of us). Getting used to that non steady pay flow will be one of the challenges of switching to a full time seller, at least for us. Not having to worry about how much you sell each week because you always have that consistent income coming in is nice ... but quitting your job and living the dream is even nicer! If you don't take the risk you might never get what you want in life ... so we are going for it! Places like this blog are great for people who are ready to throw in the are the light in the darkness eBay Scavengers. :)

    Adam - TMC

    1. adam
      just remember that if you or emma go full time, you'll have those 6 slow days to be listing, which helps things get sold. i've been listing for several days straight and lots of random old stuff and the new stuff i've listed has been selling. the more work you can do, the more you'll sell.

    2. Adam, it was important for us to think about our average daily sales over an entire month. If we just focused on the handful of slow days, we'd get depressed. But if we average our sales over the month, we realized we actually had a steady income. Weirdly, we have made a consistent income each month over the past three years.

      In fact, the income only grows as we beef up the inventory. As Ryanne said, the only thing to do on slow days is list like crazy. Its the only power any of us have to push sales.

  4. Just received my first Negative feedback in 10 years. I even refunded the money within 1 hour of the purchase and explained why the item could not be sold at that price. Working with eBay to remove the feedback.

    1. Let us know if you are successful in getting the feedback removed and the message they had left. Unless it violates a eBay feedback policy I find it hard to believe they will remove it.