Scavenger Life Episode 82: What's Happening In Your eBay Store This Week?

An example of our Panasonic GH1 and 20mm Pancake lens with a shallow depth of field.

Jay and Ryanne talk about what's happening in their store this week. A $1000 day, while rare, was a welcome deluge. We start doing our taxes with the help of GoDaddy Bookkeeping. Jay mentioned the New York Times article You Can’t Take It With You, but You Still Want More. Suzanne Wells gives us a great tip on how to see eBay Best Offer prices. Check out this variety of polymailers on Amazon. I pretty much get every size to be honest. We also mention our Panasonic GH series camera and 20mm lens that we love. We also love the Canon PowerShot cameras for a simpler point and shoot.

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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 Jan 5-11, 2014

  • Total Items in Store: 3025
  • Items Sold: 71
  • Total Sales: $2566.54
  • Highest Price Sold: $150.00 (King Size Goose Down Duvet)
  • Average Price Sold: $36.14
  • Returns: 3
  • Positive Feedback: 35
  • Neutral Feedback: 0
  • Negative Feedback: 0


  1. If you have to do photos indoors and not near a window (like me), there are these CFL bulbs called "Daylight" bulbs that give off a whiter light than the yellowish light of other bulbs. They make your whites whiter and brights brighter!

    1. Absolutely. There are lighting kits you can buy, or just get these Daylight CFL's as you suggest. But to get good lighting without shadows takes some skill. Sounds like you've figured it out.

  2. Hey guys!
    About the metals...
    Silver is usually marked .925 , sterling, and italy. Older Silver from europe is usually marked .800 and all tha pertains to the purity pf the metal. .925 is 92.5% and so forth.. (sterling and .925. Is the same thing)
    Gold is a bit more complex. Im sure you know gold is marked by Karats. Pure gold is 24K and that just means it is 24 parts gold out of 24 parts. Example, 14k gold (the most common gold) is only 58% gold. 14/24. It is 14 parts gold out of 24, so the other ten is fillers and other metals. (I hope this is making some sense).
    The easiest way to spot gold without testing it is to look at all the makers marks and such. It will usually have a mark or initials from who made the piece, followed by 10k, 14k, 18k etc...
    Now, if it says 14k Gf, or 14k GE or GP, Then it is gold plated and is not worth much unless its an antique or rare etc. (Gold Faced, Gold Etched, Gold Plated).

    I hope this helps, and makes sense! I typed this up on a little POS phone :P lol. If there is any questions, feel free to ask!
    -- Matt

    1. I did know a little but about these numbers, but this is great info. I see the men who only look at the silverware and jewelry on the offhand chance someone missed a valuable piece. Seems a bit like the guys who do the metal detectors on the beach.

      Then I see the guys at the auctions who bid against each other for coins or silver/gold pieces. These items always go for a high price and seem to fall within the current value of the metal. I guess they buy to hedge their bets against inflation? I just don't see the profit.

    2. Its Generally being bought 5%-ish under spot price and they buy ALOT to nake money.
      I have ads on Craigalist, and I will occasionally get a call ever 2 weeks or so. I buy for about 65% of spot price, which is wayyyy more than what pawnshops and gold buyers pay! Lol, its just an extra 300-500$ bucks or so a month
      Cant complain about that for not really doing anything! :)
      -- Matt

    3. That's a nice gig. Who do you sell the metal to? Why don't the people just sell it to those people to get a higher price? It's always interesting to me when people leave money on the table.

  3. new to your do you store all of your stuff?

    1. In Episode 32 Mikey and Jay do an amazing job of answering that

    2. Thanks for the link Charles. There's also a search field in the top right hand of the sidebar that lets you search for old topics.

      You can also check out our Topics page:

  4. Thanks for addressing my question this week. I also tried stuffing coupons into packages in hopes of repeat sales, and after a few months of nothing, I gave up on that. I think, like you said it must be easier for niche sellers (printer cartridges, shipping supplies, people who just do clothing, etc.) to build up more of a following. Like you guys, I sell just about everything. Now back to listing :)

    1. I really think of "eBay" and "Amazon" as one big store. Stuff just may come from different places.

      Other than those niche sellers, I have no idea how to gain loyalty other than do a good job on each sale. We do see people come back year to year, but its rare.

      We could also start our own website where we sell all our own stuff. Ive seen some vintage sellers take this route but have no idea if they get the same traffic that eBay provides.

  5. I listed while listening to both podcasts this week:) lol...thanks for keeping me company and keeping me on track!