Gotta love the Lacoste stuff. Sells for a minimum of $30. I sold an XL argyle sweater one for $60! My store has been extremely slow, but I've got a lot of watchers. Hopefully will help some stuff move soon...St. John's Bay used to make some nice stuff, but it's not as good now. I generally pass now because I don't want to spend my time on them...Sorry for the confusion there... typed out each comment as I was watching! Good stuff.
Thanks for the tips on labels I pick up hats quite often and never knew this about them! I love Lacoste, I recently bought two sweaters just like yours only one is purple and the other is cream.
i used to wear those alligator shirts in grammar school. so iconic...
yeah the little gator is truly a classic!
That was an amazing Pyrex Flameware sale. I have a whole stash of it and just can't seem to move it at all. $80 for a double boiler is fantastic!
i also have several other pieces that have not moved. it's really beautiful stuff. i always try to get it. maybe it's too delicate for most people's houses?
We sat on that double boiler for a good year. Patience pays off. Must wait for the exact right person on the planet earth who's brain sparked the image of this item and they had to have it. Wait for the brain sparks.
LOL..... Brain sparks......sounds like another mug title ;)
Love these videos, and especially like that fact that you mention how long you have had something for. Was wondering if the sold prices you quite include shipping or not?
We never include shipping in our sold prices because that money goes to USPS. And we never offer free shipping. The Sold price is what we get minus Paypal/eBay fees and whatever we paid for the item.
Just brainstorming here, but is would there be a way that everyone could throw in picture/sale price of an item or two that they sold this week? Maybe like how Amazon has those customer photos with a caption. Honestly, these videos are incredible. It's like yard sale cheat sheets. Without the podcasts, I NEVER would have touched 13" TV/VCR combos. I just sold my third one today for $60.
Anyone can simply link to a photo in the comments. Just take a screenshot or photo. Upload to a free photo service. I use this site to create clickable links: http://www.rapidtables.com/web/tools/html-link-code.htmI'm not sure if blogger allows embedded photos. I havent been able to get them to work here.
Embedded. That's the word for it. I hate having to click on links to see pics. First world problems...
Jay, this is a great topic since you have stated in the past that all of your photos are included in the description of your listing. When you use this html creator, the photo should already be on the net somewhere like a cloud or webpage when you copy it to the creator correct? Is there any way to just copy a photo from your pc then to the html creator?
they need to be uploaded online before they can be linked to. a service like imgur.com should give you embed code to use after it's uploaded. you don't even have to sign in, you just upload there. we should all try it and see which code works.
You sure do well with shoes and boots. I can't seem to move any of my shoes. I guess they are not the right brands.....
what kinds of shoes do you have listed? if you want, link to your store and we can all check it out and give suggestions.
Whatever I found cheap in nice condition at yard sales this summer. I did sell a pair of Dingo boots for a nice price and a pair of Italian made leather loafers to someone in Australia, but the rest just sit. My store is here: http://stores.ebay.com/The-Cavebear-Collection/Shoes-Handbags-/_i.html?_fsub=878951319 BTW, just found your site and love it!!!
Has anyone else noticed the new 'change feedback' tool? eBay has finally introduced a somewhat automated way to request buyers to change your feedback. No more having to read an instruction manual to them explaining how to do it. When I noticed this new feature, I sent requests to the people who left my negative and neutral feedback, explaining that they are severely detrimental to me. Both of them changed their feedback to positive! I suspect strongly that the new ease of doing so had something to do with it.
How do you get to this tool?
Jay - I just bought a new camera and a "pancake lens" - what is the optimal "size" of the pictures for ebay. Choices are email size all the way up to huge in pixels. hope this question makes sense.Caren
To clarify - which of these settings are you using for your ebay pictures. Any camera geeks out there wish to chime in? Symbol Setting Pixel CountL Large 5184 x 3456 (18 MP)M Medium 3456 x 2304 (8 MP)S1 Small 1 2592 x 1728 (4.5 MP)S2 Small 2 1920 x 1280 (2.5 MP)S3 Small 3 720 x 480 (0.35 MP)
i think either S2 Small 2 1920 x 1280 (2.5 MP) or S3 Small 3 720 x 480 (0.35 MP), will be just fine for ebay. experiment with both and see which one looks best on your listings. i even upload photos smaller than the S3 setting you showed at 640x480. that's the minimum size ebay will accept, so 720x480 is going to be fine as well. good luck! which camera did you get?
Ryanne - thanks for the reply - I bought a Samsung NX300 - I was already using a Samsung point & shoot and LOVED the wireless transfer of photos to the computer. Previous to this I had a Sony DSC point & shoot and had to physically remove the memory stick, insert into computer, navigate to the folder, copy the pictures etc etc etc. The Samsung makes that whole process go away. But I wanted to try the pancake lens that Jay raves about so I needed a camera with removable lenses - but I stuck with Samsung for the file transfer aspect. In other news, I GOT MY MUG!!!! "If you're buying and not listing - YOU'RE A HOARDER". I love love love it!PS is there a quick and dirty guide to embedding photos in listings? I currently use auctiva for this purpose but would love to ditch the monthly fee and do it myself.
What is better about a pancake lens. I've never tried any different lenses on my camera. I'm always interested in taking better pictures. Great video Ryanne.
it has a shallow depth of field, which means it will keep your object in focus, but the background will be fuzzy. you can see an example here-- http://www.scavengerlife.com/2014/01/ebay-scavengers-episode-82-whats.html. can make your photos look more professional.
momma-not sure of the best answer as i don't know where you can host your photos for free. flickr? imgur? maybe try those, they all provide embed code for the html view of your description. not sure if that's how auctiva does it? let me know.
Another great video! And I know I passed up a plaid mens shirt that had a union label and a made in the USA tag. Grrrr.....
Ryanne - Thank you for shooting these videos. Your podcast stands out because by talking about lifestyle and process you're able to communicate what the 'scavenger life' is like far more effectively than can the other guys, who largely just brag about hauls and sales. I feel like these videos stand out for much the same reason; it's always interesting to hear about other peoples' sales, but actually seeing them adds a dimension of reality to the experience.
I just found you a few days ago and have learned so much already! Love the videos! I'll keep watching and you have inspired to me to branch out more and put more diverse things in the "pipeline." Thanks guys and keep up the great work!
Your baseball cap prices amazing. All baseball caps look the same to me. I do look for "USA Made" on all clothing. If I'm hesitant to buy something, the USA label will be the thing that makes me decide to buy. Thanks for another very informative video!
Thanks a million for starting these videos. Seeing the items and your commentary is such a help. That format is a home run
Has anyone here ever done any drop shipping on Ebay? Just curious how that works out.
Can you be more specific? There are two ways I understand this question though I've never done either.--You list items on eBay. When someone buys it, another company ships the item for you. You never actually touch the item. You're listing "ghost inventory" like from a wholesaler.--Or you go scavenge and list these items on eBay. Then you send these items to the Amazon warehouse. When an item sells, you tell the warehouse to ship it for you. In this example, the items are yours but you pay Amazon to fulfill the item.#1: Dropshipping through a wholesaler sounds fun but causes issues when they don't ship on time or ship defective products. When you don't control your inventory , then you are at the mercy of another company's professionalism (or lack of it). This is how many sellers get suspended from eBay. In forums, you hear sellers complain that wholesalers run out of inventory all the time so they have to cancel sales. Defects build up quickly since they're often popular, cheap items. #2: Getting Amazon to fulfill your items also sounds fun. Amazon has a good track record so I'd trust them to ship on time. But you definitely pay a premium for the service. Easy on time, but you make less money.
Personally, I haven't considered drop shipping because the green/recycling/reusing/waste stream/scavenging part of this business is what makes it so interesting and so much fun for me. It's not the selling/re-selling per se that interests me -- it's the hunting and gathering and researching. I wouldn't have the passion, or even the basic interest, to sustain a drop-shipping business -- my ADHD would torpedo it in a hot second. That said, Jay and my husband have both said I need to care about money more, and it seems to work for people more influenced by the profit motive than this "I like finding shiny things" magpie.
I used to drop ship books from Baker & Taylor and other book wholesalers. I made pretty good money at it. I would buy one book to photograph and list on half.com, amazon.com, AbeBooks.com and eBay. I also kept the book to fulfill an order with, just in case the wholesaler would run out of stock. Wholesalers would only drop ship for me because my business federal tax id type was for a book store. I made more money selling remainder books from wholesalers than drop shipping but had to warehouse them. That was about 10 years ago. Just my humble advise…if you want professional advise (for free) contact Score.org and ask to talk to a retired executive in the business area that you want to pursue. • Find drop shippers for the products you want to sell by hiring a professional at Elance.com to find them for you. I’ve hired professionals on Elance to file my LLC, Tradmark, find business contracts, make cold calls, ghost write a book that I never published…LOL• Try to get a drop shipper that buys directly from the manufacturer or is the manufacturer• Test them by having product drop shipped to you
I think there are some sellers who get all the enjoyment from simply making money on any widget they can buy low/sell high. It's all numbers, the challenge is to keep expanding, and do as minimal work as possible. It's on the way to the "passive income" dream. Absolutely nothing wrong with this. That's all Walmart is and they do very well. I'm like Kate where it's important that there is a hunt and pleasure in the items we sell. It's a tremendous rush to find an item people think are junk, research it, and find someone who feels it has use and value. But we also like making the money. If we didn't, we couldn't pay our mortgage! It's also a good way to keep score.Selling vintage, unique items isn't a purely romantic notion for us either. It's requires a high bar of time expenditure to get into this market and few people are really willing to commit to it. This is great because it naturally keeps out the competitors. It's good business.
Finally had the time to watch this weeks episode of what you sold. Nice sale on the pink boom box, coincedently I listed an old 80's boom box yesterday that I bought at an auction last summer. I had delayed listing it as the cassette player didn't work, I about tripped over it yesterday so I took a video and put it up as for parts only after seeing there were none like it listed of this brand I priced it high, sold in 10 minutes for $130, and that was the second item of the day to sell in about 10 minutes after listing, earlier it was an old concert poster that I found last weekend for a buck, sold for $100, perhaps I priced it too low as it sold so quick, but I still like the ROI.
It is weird how old jam boxes are so valuable. We always buy any we see. Hard to come by.
Hey am i the only one fully editing photos? I feel like i could be more efficient with my process, but i spend atleast 3 mins per photo perfecting the white balance, cropping, exposure, and color correction.
I used to edit my pics in Photoshop, playing around with color and saturation etc. now I list with my iPhone and just crop, I think what's in the photo is of more interest to a buyer than the perfect picture. As long as it's clear and well lit and a good representation of all angles.
Great question and I would like to know also because I feel like I must be still in the dark ages spending so much time getting my photos to look good. Perhaps someone can recommend software or a better process; much appreciated!
I agree with Steven. As long as your photos are clear and accurately depict the item, I don't think it matters so much. I'm an Apple guy, so I take photos with my iPhone and they are automatically uploaded to iCloud. By the time I get ready to list, they're waiting for me in iPhoto. The only adjustments I make are if the color isn't quite right, I'll adjust it to match the item. I used to take pictures with my Canon DSLR, but I got tired of having to change lenses when I needed a macro shot. I'm a big proponent of GarageSale as well. Easily the best $40 I've spent on this venture.
i edit my photos in iphoto, but only a couple seconds per photo. the key is to make sure your original photo is shot in good light, with the white balance correct and crop when you take the photo, meaning get the item spaced correctly before you take the photo. i still crop and fix exposure on some photos, but it should not be taking you that long. make sure it's lit well and in focus and move on!
hello fellow trashelves. I just printed my first ever fedex smartpost label. However, there is no deduction from paypal. Do you know how you pay for fedex smartpost postage? Is there a bill to pay at the end of month or something? thanks a lot!
yes you get charged at the end of the month on your ebay invoice.