That was a great video! Its been a while since i have posted anything but all is well still on our end. My wife and i have not listed in about two months. She is currently away in bolivia and i have been super busy being all i can be. But, everyday something sells and its pretty cool to have that extra income. My best sale was a 1958 Columbia Fire Arrow Bike. I sold it for over 300 and paid 80 for it. Keep up the great work!
Hey Jesus! Good to hear you've guys have been cranking along. Once you've set up a decent sized inventory, then it is cool that items still sell even if you take off a couple months.
LOL Some poor widow wanted to look stylish with that black hat accessory. Is it a little sick that that's the first thing I thought of when I saw it?And FedEx has always been cheaper for me on the really big items. I also don't like using Parcel Post if I can avoid it. I don't like the idea of having to pay to get it back if the buyer doesn't work out.
I think of some goth girl (or boy) who wants to complete a Thanksgiving outfit. Sometimes those forced family events can feel like a funeral.
LMAO. I saw a high school kid wearing one of the black trench coats. I get the whole "sticking it to the man" idea, and sticking with your values and all that, but cmon man, you look ridiculous. I can't imagine someone in their 30's looks back at that kind of stuff and thinks "I look great!" But then again, I had longer hair in high school so I could "have a goofy prom picture for my kids to make fun of." Well, I succeeded there...
Speaking as a former kohl-smeared, half-shaven-head, black-trenchcoat-type from the 1980's, I doubt that the people who were rocking parachute pants, acid washed miniskirts, gigantic hairstyles or jheri curls are looking back and feeling smug about their choices either. Just saying.
There should be a ":-)" at the end of that post. Intended to be funny, not hostile.
I always wonder what kids will think of their punk and goth parents. Be difficult to say that they don't "understand".
Well if you over play the music like i do..... my oldestt kid says....ugh again dad? i say dont you like the music and she says but dad you over play that stuff.....and i say i dont play it enough as i turn up the volume to drown out my kids yapping as i rock out..... kids these days....shes all into taylor and perry, and gomez....so we have a difference of opinions....lol
and my kid will never see pictures of me wearing all black...with black levi demin jacket with black vynl skinny pants with zippers all on the front with long hair....rocking out to iron maiden ... ac dc ...... the black levi jacket with blue lined flannel is bring back all sorts of memories.....man i wish i had kept those zipper laces pants..... would probably restart a trend(got em at savers as a kid)....
Hah! SJBiker, you'd probably just re-sell that jacket on eBay now and you know it. Can't find any black with blue, but the black with red are going for $50+!http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?LH_Complete=1&LH_Sold=1&_from=R40%7CR40&_sacat=0&_nkw=vintage+black+levi+jacket+flannel&_sop=16
hey....its like you know me or something. But really though that was cool jacket..... i was the cool kid that year.....even the cool kids gave me the right on nod.....ah good times
The videos are nice but you have to sit and watch them, whereas the podcasts are good to listen to while doing eBay listing or cleaning house. Are you phasing out the podcasts, she asked worriedly?
The videos are just fun for us to try something new. We aren't phasing out the podcasts because it's easier to record audio then have to edit a bunch of video. We have some interviews coming up, but holiday season has us all busy.
i try to keep them short (this is 8 minutes total), i do edit them. i've seen those haul/hangout videos go for an hour so....
I love both the videos and podcasts. Thank you so much for making them! No need to keep them short. Take all the time you want. I love them! My store finally took off for the holidays. I sold three vintage 60's Troll dolls in the $70 average range. Not bad, since I purchased all (about six of them) in a lot for $3. I still have a few left to sell. Yipee! Debbie in Los Angeles
I agree with Debbie. I love the videos, too. So much better than haul videos people do. I don't even watch those anymore--it's just showing things they've bought and what they THINK will sell for. I could show things I've bought and not sold all day long! :)
I listen to the podcasts off iTunes continuously!
I too love the videos and podcasts! And I concur with Debbie in Los Angeles - no need to keep them short. The longer the better! And I vote yes for a forum if you are still considering that. I worry that you will get famous and all the secrets will no longer be secrets. On the other hand, when I look at my pile of "to be listed" items (and my procrastination re said pile), I remember that the bottom line really is the tedious "data entry" aspect and very few will go to the trouble, secrets or no. I am somewhat discouraged by the high price tags in Goodwill, Savers, DAV and the like. The boutique thrift stores, where everything is staged, are even worse. And sometimes the estate sales are pretty pricey. So the secret is probably "out" already. LOL.Thanks again for your excellent videos and podcasts and talking about my favorite subject, EBAY!!!!Caren, aka "The Speckled Goat"
Mikey had to convince us to do this podcast because I was afraid we'd just be creating competition. But as you say, the barrier to entry is "data entry" which most people don't want to do. Maybe someone will list for a short time, and then burn out. The challenge is to create a lifestyle where scavenging and selling is fun and mentally sustainable. If a seller is continually angry, discouraged, offended, and disillusioned with selling online, the biggest secret might be to get a therapist. eBay is just a dumb website. The challenge is building a healthy mindset our interactions with it and each other.
Next time I have to fill in the "Occupation" space on a form I'm using Data Entry.
Wow! I'm going to the garage to find my crockpot. I know I had one just like the one in the video.
I hate to admit I sold the exact same pristine crockpot for $25 last week. I had just used it and I was so fed up with how hard the durned thing is to clean I just threw it on Ebay at the lowest price. At least the thing is gone now.
linda, i hear you. we have the same one and the inside 'crock' does not come out for cleaning which is a pain. lucky for me, jay is in charge of cleaning it, i usually concoct the meals from it. however, i will say that you can buy them with the removable crocks that are much easier to clean. i might someday have to convert.
What I don't understand is why anyone would pay $80 for the same item when there are a lot of the same item much cheaper? And I would have kept it if Jay was doing my dishes, too!
I sold the same one(I think) for 8.99 and didn't make anything on it. I had it up for 40 to start but kept lowering the price. I didn't like that the inside part didn't come out and I read that there was lead in the finnish on the model number. I don't think that it was going to get out and taint the food but I didn't like the thought of it either so I kinda wanted to be rid of it.
Yeah, that price was awesome! I think half my dinners were made by my mom with one of those...
I too love the "reverse-haul" or "after-haul" videos! I look on them as a bonus posting to help us expand our reseller knowledge. Keep 'em coming!
I literally a few minutes ago saw some youtube videos where there were a few people announcing their hatred of ebay. One guy said, "ebay ruined my life and forced me to live with my grandmother", while another said, "ebay is producing sour milk(had other colorful way of saying but ill keep it G-rated), and another guy said, No ebay..more money".....I have been on ebay since 2003 and while it has only been part time money for me right now it is nice to know that it can be bigger if I put in the work and I don't see how ebay is trying to get rid of me.....begs the question though....why were those people kicked off ebay? Bad listings? poor customer service? scamming? bad products? .....and yes the barrier to entry is something I see all the time when people ask me to list stuff for them....it is work....and not all items will sell which I hate to tell people when they ask if their common 1990s star wars figures will sell and they wont because the site is flooded with them,,,,, but it can be fun if an item gets your juices flowing.... I don't hate ebay ....it just seems to work for people that are willing to learn and adapt to change(s)....who knows in 20 years from now maybe all those star wars figures will be gold nuggets....who knows.....from, California sj*biker
We aren't here to hate on anyone. We all have life problems. I always assume angry people are angry about many things..not just eBay.It helps when I see other sellers post their numbers here. It's possible to consistently make money on eBay. Sometimes there's a little nonsense that happens with buyers and eBay, but this is true for any business.
By the way, this episode is an oldie but a goodie: Why is eBay trying to destroy my store?.
Jay can I also put a word in for people who post very meager return numbers (like the woman a couple of weeks back who had sold nothing for the week) it is important to remember that not everyone is going to pull big numbers every week, and that it isn't the end of the world (mostly the issue is having less than 500 items in our store as you often point out.)
Let's be clear what we're discussing here: unrealistic expectations and misdirected anger.Sellers who put in five hours a week and make a couple hundred dollars are doing great. That's awesome money for an admitted part-time store. Then there are people who treat eBay like it's a full-time job and consistently post numbers that show a full-time income. The boring part is when someone barely puts in part-time hours and gets angry when they don't have a full-time income. Or when they whisper/shout how someone at eBay must be purposefully stopping buyers from purchasing their items. Or when they get a grumpy customer who then consumes their every waking hour because of the injustice. Instead of evolving, it's all about anger and figuring out who to blame. It's just a strange way to run a business. It's a hole that just grows darker and darker.
They probably complain just as much when they're in the office. I call these people "Woe is me" people. Regardless of their situation, the world's out to get them. Best way to handle them is remove them from your life or try to minimize contact! Out of sight, out of mind. I've stopped reading several blogs because of this.
I'm definitely the person with no sales. I've had a few "no sale" weeks in the last four or five months, with some "under $100" weeks also. I tend to have 130 items or less in my store; it's all I can manage at the moment. I never thought to blame eBay (although once I did have a glitch getting my shop out of vacation mode); I just figured that I didn't have anything anyone wanted that week.
Also, to combine two threads here -- it seems like "throttling" (if it exists -- I still don't totally get it ) would have more of an effect on people selling common items rather than quirky vintage pieces (although I guess the quirky vintage pieces model put you at risk for nobody wanting anything you have that week...) -- I mean, can you get "throttled" if only three people have the item? Curiouser and curiouser...
It's difficult to understand the logic of the mysterious "throttling". This letter tries to explain it. Like any good conspiracy theory, when you try to pull facts together, the theory changes because you aren't supposed to really be able to prove it. They take unrelated incidents and make them related. "I sold 5 things yesterday, but so no things today. Therefore eBay stopped people from buying my items."There is absolutely no reason for eBay to keep sellers from making as much as they can because that's where eBay makes money. If someone really believes their store is being throttled, here's an easy experiment. Log out of your user ID and do an eBay search for one of your items. If it shows up, then anyone can find it and buy it. If you aren't selling anything that day, it's because no one wants to buy your items...not because they can't be found. Might as well argue with 9/11 Truthers who have their own logic. (please god I hope I didn't start a truther thread)
Jeez, I should have left myself a trail of breadcrumbs... I almost didn't find my way back out of the deep, dark conspiracy forest. My takeaway is that there's more to eBay's "search" function/algorithm than straightforward relevance (which we knew), different people have different selling limits (which we knew), and that eBay may be favoring large sellers over smaller sellers (which, though discouraging, would make sense for eBay to do as an economic matter.) Initially I didn't understand what OmfugX was talking about with the geographic angle, but I did find a bunch of sellers arguing that their sales seemed to be oddly sort of centered around different geographic areas at different times. I don't know what to make of that -- it seems like coincidence but I've not really explored it in depth. Anyway, now my head is spinning and the sunlight is hurting my eyes. I don't think I'll go exploring in the world of eBay conspiracy theories again for a while... yikes! It's like something out of Lovecraft.
sj*biker, I totally agree with you. I have done some reading in the ebay forums, and most of those who hate on ebay are the ones who have crappy stuff that doesn't sell, and they need someone to blame. Success with sales requires constant monitoring of the consumer climate.
Has anyone cracked the code on the percentage that paypal charges for transactions fees when dealing with ebay? I calculated on one item that sold 75.00 with a fee of 2.48 which as roughly .03312% while in another item the percentage was higher than .03312%? Then I checked on other items and they all have different percentages....is there a flat rate that is charged or does it fluctuate? or do they need to send people back to math class again? Is it a glitch? This is really annoying....and why was there a split in paypal and ebay. Can I sell on ebay without having to deal with paypal?
Google is your friend. Here are the Paypal fees. "The fee in the U.S. is 2.9% plus $0.30 USD of the amount you send. For example, if you send $100.00 USD by credit card, the fee would be $3.20 USD ($2.90 + $0.30)."Paypal split from eBay so shareholders can make more money. No, there currently no way to logically sell on eBay without Paypal. S
ok great. that makes more sense
If you go to your eBay page, click "Account", and then click on "Invoice" on the right side...it'll list all your fees. You can see each and every eBay and Paypal fee for the month.
Yes, the formula varies between U.S. sales and International sales. Since I still do my books manually, to figure out my PayPal fees I'll just use a straight formula for U.S. sales of the 2.9% + $0.30 of the amount received, but for my international sales, I have to go in to the invoice or the transaction to see the actual PayPal fee. I believe the int'l fee is 3.9% plus a fixed fee based on currency received.
Yes, here's the page that explains Paypal International fees. Dianne, we use GoDaddy to help us do all our accounting for our eBay store. Does a great job getting all these fees into the right category.
iTunes is forcing me to download this video to my podcasts and it is taking soooooo long... 16 minutes remaining...
Hi guys, loving all the different ways you're communicating with us. I'm a part time seller who looks at ebay selling as a fun way of making money. Knowing I could build up sales by spending more time listing is a dilemma as I then spend more time packing. Currently there is little free time for me but on listings of circa 50 I'm averaging 12% sales and last month grossed £598 which is pretty fantastic..I have a situation and would appreciate any input. I've inherited a house with my brother and have spent two weeks holiday and many weekends clearing it ready for viewing. It was a bit of a hoarder's house. I had to give/throw away a lot of stuff as we were racing against time to make it presentable (and possible!) for people to view it. We now have a firm offer but still have many, many things to clear and a lot could go on ebay. I'm estimating anything between £1-2,000 in value. I have various options;Rent a storage locker (nearest 7miles away will need to weigh up costs)Give a lot to charity/freecycle (I'm lucky in that I have a full time job I own my house husband still working and doesn't want to retire)Ebay the expensive items (I have little storage space and will need to spend time researching)Ebay auction style (clears items quickly but prices will be lower)Be listing!!! (shut up, stop thinking and list!!)My brother doesn't care, has a high powered job and doesn't understand ebay at all. He's done his part by doing all the legal paperwork saving us £2,500 in solicitor's fees. I'd love to make the same money on ebay from the hoarded "stuff" and have managed over £700 so far. I realise this is a scavenger's dream btw!!
What a great opportunity. The answer should be based on what you feel passionate about. Since you say that you sell on eBay as a fun way to make money, then just go over with your car. Load up anything that looks fun to sell. Don;t burden yourself with items that might sell but look boring.In the UK, I know people do "carboot sales" but could you have an American-style yard sale? I know people might frown on it, but who cares? Everything must go.
Thanks Jay for injecting some enthusiasm into this. Think I've got a bit burned out with the amount of work involved in clearing a houseA yard sale isn't feasible, lack of parking, no "yard" to speak of. Carboots in this area are a bit of a scrum and constant haggling over very low amounts. I might consider Facebook local sales though.Will post an outcome when finished!
Maybe it's a cultural difference between US and UK? If you really don;t want any of the stuff in that house and it'll all be given away, why not do an informal "estate sale". Just let people come in and buy stuff. It'll all be thrown/given away, why cares if people get it for cheap. They are doing you a favor for removing the stuff. This example we're discussing is exactly why the US has so much waste and abundance to scavenge and sell. There's no shame in "everything must go".
OK friends want to hear something odd? I know that Jay is skeptical regarding "throttling" but my last 3 sales have come from one place, the same county in which I live, to let you know how rare it is to even have a sale in my state (just a handful a year) I haven't been charging a sales tax on state sales!
Omfgug X, you've been a business person for years, so I'm just confused by this comment. How are three people in your county buying things from you proof that eBay is "throttling you" (which is supposed to be a bad thing. You are providing no logic. Instead of being happy with three sales, you act as if it's proof that eBay is manipulating your store in a negative way.I can think of several reasons why three local people bought items from you:--Your store was posted on a local forum.--Someone local bought an item and emailed your store to a friend.--eBay presented buyers close to you with your store because of how they searched. Congrats on three sales.
Actually I think that "throttling" has more to do with Cassini (the parameters of "search" being fluid under the new system) than with ebay blocking bidders from seeing my store, which is the current theory over at the ebay forums, I just thought that the whole thing was odd--I will say that this sort of coincidence probably stands out more in a smaller inventory like mine when I go for a day or 3 without sales and then 3 local people suddenly purchase items--I am happy to make the sales of course!
Some people buy things based on location of item. I've had that happen a few times, they wanted things real fast even though I have economy shipping and 3 day handling and also locals would lowball me and ask to meet in person. All that stopped once I changed my location.
I'll have to read up on this "throttling" business. I didn't realize it was a term of art, with a specific meaning having to do with Cassini, etc. Interesting.
If it could be proven definitively, I would bet a years salary on throttling being a completely made up term. I would take any info gleaned from the forums on eBay or an ecommerce bytes blog post with a grain of salt.The entire community of those websites are almost entirely based on a self serving circle jerk of misplaced anger and hate. And that's why I love this blog. It's the polar opposite.
I like the videos, I think they are a good visual for the things you talk about on your podcasts.I have a darker side of ebay question. I sold a vintage Ambercrombie leather jacket for $400 as a best offer. The guy was one of those 'gut feeling' people who ask a lot of questions and then haggle until you cave. Should have blocked but I didn't.2 days ago he initiates a return with item not as described 1 day before the 30 day return policy is up. So I just wanted to know why he thought it wasn't as described (I have a feeling it's a shipping issue, as it cost me $27 to ship it to him) before I did the return. Ebay won't let you do both (start the return and ask a question). Now I haven't heard a reply. Did I screw up, should I just start a cancelled item? Can he escalate? What happens next?
I'm confused. Doesn't he need to specify why the item wasn't as described? It's a huge sale, and I'd be thrilled to get the item back since you can re-sell it again. Sucks to see the $$$ go out of your account, but you'll sell it again.
Yeah, we need more info here. If he initiated a return, I assume this is through Hassle Free Returns. If so, it's out of your hands. He mails it back, you issue a refund. eBay doesn't give you an option to fight the return, except to notify them if you think the buyer is shady. Then they just make a note of it to see if the buyer builds up a history. But did he just message you to say he wants to return the item? You can just point the buyer to Hassle Free Returns. Then it's up to them to take action. Maybe they won't both shipping in time. Overall, it sucks..but cost of doing business. The jacket will sell again.
alpinemed, the guy had the option to say why he is returning the jacket, on my 2 hassle free returns both noted WHY the item was coming back, have you looked at the return page that ebay sends you? That is where the returnee can note why the piece is coming back. It sucks to wake up to one of those notices especially since before hassle free the buyer had to actually make human contact with the seller...
So he initiated a request in the resolution center. His message was: 'I want a full refund.'Now I responded and it won't let me do anything else in the resolution center, it just says waiting for buyer's response. Should I message him and send him to hassle free returns? Why didn't he just do this in the first place? Maybe a call to ebay for advice is in order.
This is part of the resolution process. He's made a complaint, then you answered. Now it's his move. If he's still unhappy, eBay will push him into Hassle Free Returns. You've done everything correctly at this point.
Thank you, that helps clarify. But I guess the defect wait is not over yet.I kind of hope he does send it back at this point, I'll make more money the next time. It's kind of a cool coat.
Don't know why ebay still wastes people's time with buyer feedback. Do away with it like amazon or just make it automatic.
This might be a little off topic or something that hasn't been discussed to much. I am trying to sell my 1999 Toyota Camry. Anyone got any suggestions on the best way to sell it. From what I have seen it is worth around $1,500. I thought about ebay motors, craigslist, local FB group, or even trying to part it out. Any thoughts?....
I sold a classic MG on ebay motors. Ask for a large, non refundable down payment through PayPal at auction end or BIN sale stated in the listing and have them arrange shipping or pick up after the balance has cleared.
@Jon Berry, sell the car on CraiglistI have been moving & am catching up on all the latest on this blog & a lot of good information and comments. Regarding the forum, I would be somewhat against it as it seems it would be another job for our blog hosts to do and could reduce this blog's content quality. Keep the great interviews coming & also the "what sold" is interesting. On the question about hunting to save money on grocery bills, that is a loser since you will spend a lot more on licenses, guns/ammo, equipment, time, etc., than what you would get back on reduced food costs. Growing a small garden with a few chickens is the way to go if you are trying to save on the groceries. Or join a food co-op.Keep the good blog posts and comments coming.
I like the mug but I want the one that says "Don't Do Auctions 'cause Autions SUCK"
good one! i added an "Auctions Suck" mug to the store--http://scavengerlife.spreadshirt.com
Has anyone else been having more Non Payers than usual? I've had 4 this month alone which is very unusual for me. What steps do you all take with non payers? Thanks!... CM
Hopefully, we're all selling more, which means more non payers and more returns. We have to take the good with the bad :)
Agreed. We always have non-paying buyers...so as we sell more, we have more non-paying buyers. It's a small percentage (2-4%). So I'd only be worried if the percentage was higher for certain items.We learned that we were getting too many non-paying buyers when we accepted offers on newer electronics (iPhones etc). So we only allow Buy It Now with no "make offer". Buyers now must pay for our electronics as soon as they buy them. Problem solved.
I've had 2 so far I just get my fees back and relist--one no pay was on a very low offer (you have to wonder sometimes what these people are thinking.)
First time poster; I really like your informative blog. Thanks for doing it. I see you sold some wrapping paper on a roll. My question is when you listed did you try to estimate how much yardage was on the roll, and if so, how?Thanks; Mary
hey maryno we didn't estimate the yardage. i just have no idea how much it would have been given the thickness. we just showed the edge so people could see how much was left on the roll. i guess they thought it was a good deal because they bought it. just in time for xmas!
Wow, we have that exact same crock pot! I think we bought it for a buck at a yard sale, had no idea what it goes for!