Scavenger Life Episode 109: Interview with Tom the English Picker, Selling on eBay in the UK
Car Boot Sale Photo Wikipedia Public Domain, British Flag Photo Creative Commons Flickr Stefano Brivio.
Those of you who have followed us over the past year know that we love to travel. It's motivated us to figure out how to run a full-time eBay business. We want the freedom to go live in another country for one or two months every year. Doubtful this could easily happen if we worked for other people. In 2013, we lived in Prague and Amsterdam for six weeks. This year, we're going to go back to the Netherlands for another month or so. We even figured out how to keep successfully selling while away. It's good to have fun goals.
While we're traveling, we're always scavenging. It's much greater challenge when we're new to the culture (and language). So we've been looking for Scavengers in other countries to share how they Scavenge and sell on eBay.
This week, we talk to Tom the English Picker from the East Midlands in the United Kingdom. He explains the differences between selling online in the US and UK. For instance, British people don't do yard sales, but they do have "car boot sales" (like our flea markets). Since England is a much older culture, people there seem to have a much different sense of what vintage or antique is. But they also love Americana. We love hearing the differences and similarities. He currently focuses on antiques, jewelry and metals. His eBay store is tomac97.
Ask him any question in the comments below. You ever want to go scavenging in the UK?
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