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Great vid as always.I notice the Pendleton jacket was virgin wool. Do you have any problem with moths and your woollen items? I've just pulled out a vintage Burberry shirt for listing which is 98% wool and 2% spandex. I can see 2/3 small moth holes which must have either been there when I bought it or has happened at my house. Whilst I know how to get rid of moths, I think it's too late with this particular item and any attempt at repair would be more noticeable than the holes themselves.
you should be able to see it now, it was still processing for a couple minutes after i uploaded.
When storing clothing, months and mold can always be an issue. If we had either of these creep into our inventory, it would ruin thousands of dollars worth of clothes.We keep our clothes in a temperature controlled room to avoid this.Often when we look through wool clothing at the thrift store, there will be moth marks. Tiny spots are not a big deal, but we obviously pass on any wool clothes that have large holes. If you think you have wool moths in your storage, I would get rid of them ASAP.
I had my first "moth loss" this year -- one of my own cashmere sweaters developed large moth holes in storage in my house. I'm now really concerned about picking up wool items at thrift shops. I've never experienced moth damage before this year. I have a cedar closet but it doesn't seem to have been effective.
As a former travel agent, we used to tell clients to put their items in the freezer when returning with hand knit sweaters, items with feathers, etc. It will kill anything that is there.
Yikes. I indvidually wrap items in clear plastic bags once I've measured and taken pictures. I keep them in my garage (part of my townhome, we're in the middle too so it's almost like a room of our house.Should I be worried about moths getting in or do they come as part of the clothing you bring in?
I wouldn't stress about it. Moths like wool. If you have wool clothes, then just protect them the best you can. People talk about scary stories about getting bedbugs, moths, etc from thrift store goods. Maybe. If you are afraid if this, then you can't be a scavenger. We've neer had an issue.
I passed over a beautiful cedar chest for $15 at a yard sale this summer and am still kicking myself for not getting it for woolens storage. I hope to pick up one (or hoard them) when yard sale season starts in the spring. Not stressing; it's just one of many little goals.
As Linda said freezing kills moths. I put my new items in a plastic grocery bag and stick it in the freezer. Laying them out in the hot sun also works. I love to look for cashmere and I always do one or both before bringing the new sweaters anywhere near my wool inventory. It is simple and easy to do.
The owl sale is incredible and baffles me. It is different from any owl figurine I've seen, but I'm still amazed at the price it went for. Thanks for this video -- once again I learned a few things!
That owl sale was indeed incredible. If I had found that owl I probably would have passed it by. You guys never cease to amaze me.Crystal
I would have passed on it too, I wonder if the buyer recognized it as being done by a particular pottery?
I absolutely would have passed it up at a thrift shop. I can't tell the difference between that piece and something utterly contemporary from Pier One or Homegoods. Ryanne -- did it feel different in-hand from something more contemporary? I know it came from an estate, which might have helped me feel confident it was vintage, but was there anything about the feel of it that tipped you off?
For us, it's important in what setting we are buying these weird objects. These owls were sold in an estate sale in a wealthy person's home. Some of the owls were signed. This owl wasn't signed but had the same quality. Don;t forget that even Pier One stuff will sell for a good amount, especially if it's older and discontinued. Quality is quality.
like jay said, quality is quality. it could have been made in china, pier one, target etc. but it looked vintage to me, had no markings, so i took a guess. i thought it was lovely and i knew an owl collector would like him too. so $120 make offer is what i did. sometimes people offer low and i'm like ok, guess it was too high. and sometimes people just buy it outright and i'm like 'holy shit, ok'. it's all about trying.
That owl looked to me like a handpainted craft project. There used to be ceramics shops where you could buy the clay item, sand the seams down and wipe it off and paint it with the colors and glazes of your choice. I still have the big Christmas Tree with the plastic lights that I made in the 70's.
The owl thing is funny. I buy about everything I see with an owl on it, it always sells.
Man, if we had bag days at our thrift store, I'd be there everyday!
Id like to know.....why are floppy disks still sought after? What are people doing with them?
A lot of business still have equipment/software which requires the floppy disks. My previous company had a boroscope that they would use which only saved to a floppy. You could take about 5 pictures before it filled up!
funny you should ask. i just found a Sony Mavica (like you mentioned in your other comment), and grabbed a floppy from another lot i'm selling and tested it. works great! even takes little videos.
I still have my Sony Mavica!! 2.0 mega pixels....i bought it in 2003 when i got my ebay account as sj_biker. That thing was made to last....mine still works...though i have to mess around with the power supply to charge it....its a dinosaur and weighs heavier than a ship anchor huh? well compared to the newer cameras....its funny how long ive kept this thing....i probably still have old ebay pics in those 3.5 discs
okok i found this for one possible use....i used to use them for a sony mavica camera that took 3.5 floppy disks....but this here is cool....star wars geeks like me can appreciate this... cut and paste on youtube Floppy music DUO - Imperial march: http://youtu.be/yHJOz_y9rZE
Thanks so much for doing the sold videos. It is really helpful to see what you have been talking about in the podcasts. I learn something ever time I watch one.
http://youtu.be/yHJOz_y9rZE <--------try this link and rock out ...the one above was linked to some weirdo
that is amazing.
I have to agree bag sale sounds amazing. Here in South Texas the thrift stores have color tag sales 50% off but they price almost everything alamost at Ebay prices. Used pairs of shoes on average $15 or more. Jackets$15.00 to $75.00. You will really have to search to find something that gets by them, seems like they literally research every item they sell. Joseph jinedo58
You just need to find some better thrift stores! Yikes, those prices are outrageous.
Out here in goodwills in NORCAL specifically the SF bay area it seems noone gets any deals.... its all overpriced....not sure why....and it seems like nothing gets by them..... i think all the good stuff gets sorted at the big centers and is separated and lands in their goodwill auction site....smart for them....bad for someone trying to make a buck....suckssj*biker
Let's be clear. Ryanne says we get a lot of stuff in bag sales...and it's true. But we also must do a lot of scavenging. For every ten places we visit, only one will really be a treasure trove. we rarely go to Goodwill and search out the small independent thrift stores (usually run by churches). Or we attend a lot of auctions (many are busts). Or we attend estate sales (many also are overpriced).It's about constantly scavenging..and rarely will the same place be great.
as jay says we go to goodwills sometimes, but mostly stick to small church thrift stores (and yard sales and junky flea markets). they're more likely to be run by people who don't know or care what they're selling. so stuff is cheap and, like in our town, sold for pennies and in bulk.
For Sure.....I have had luck finding product in thrift stores.....There are three thrift stores in the little town I live in. I constantly check all three as they are run by folks that just want to move product cheap....There is one goodwill in town....I have stopped by many a times just incase something gets by....one never knows.
When I was snot nosed kiddo....I recall my parents used to go to savers with my and my sisters and they had bag sales in winter one time I recall them filling 3 big one green garbage bags.....ill have to ask them how much they got them for....of course this was pre internet era as we know it now...no ebay, no craigslist, no google.....silicon valley was just IBM, and apple in its infancy in the san jose arear...I bet my folks saved a bunch since we would end up tearing up those clothes anyways.....
Every region of Goodwill prices differently, and every location has a person who prices the 'special items.' There are 2 locations in my town where nice jackets and shoes are always expensive, then there are 2 others I go to every week where they never price stuff up. I regularly get shoes, jackets, hats, and board games that sell for more than 10x what I pay.A lot of the small thrift stores in my area are fairly expensive, I just found a new one where the lady buys stuff at estate sales and auctions, but the prices are like garage sale prices, so I will keep checking that one out too.
I have a question for Ryanne, on what basis did you price your Nemadji pot, I ask because I have one, but other than yours, none of the ones recently sold went for anywhere near the price that you got, I just wonder if you have some special research info that led you to price your's so high?
i put a high price on it and had make offer. i don't care what the highest price was paid sometimes, i just know the price i want for it. had it up for $140 for a few months, didn't get any bites, $50 offer came in and i took it. is it worth $50? it was to this buyer. funny thing, i found another Nemadji today and bought it. about 3x the size of the last one, will it gor for 3x the price? i hope so!
From what I can tell, the larger the Nemadji pot the rarer it is (these were tourist souvenirs meant to be packed in luggage.) BTW, for some reason it didn't register that you took an offer--thanks for answering back, it is really helpful!
I have a question for anyone to answer. How often do you revisit the same thrift store? How many thrift stores do you have on rotation and do you have a schedule for which ones you go to & when?i'm impressed that Jay & Ryanne find such great things OFTEN and in LARGE quantity especially for low prices! I figured with you guys living in such an economically depressed (i think you've described it that way) area there wouldn't be such a fresh turn over of stuff and worth while stuff at that. thrift stores where I'm at can be very pricey! some large thrift store could have a ton of cheap mall brand clothes/junk with rare (but over priced) gems making the stores almost a complete waste of time.we live in a MASSIVE metroplex and have put together a plan to really find worth while thrift stores. There's an insane amount of thrift stores and it's stupid that we go to the same handful of stores. there's cheap worth while thrift stores out there, we just need to put in the time to find them. i would honestly not be surprised if there was a 1,000 thrift stores (or more) within a 45-60 minute radius. i'm already feeling encouraged by digging around new places. we're keeping a note pad of all of the addresses we go to and writing whether a place would be worth coming back to or not. another things we're doing is using the stop watch on our phone to time how long the whole process is from the moment we get in the car to the point when the listing is active. i've only timed us twice and we're averaging about $49 per hour. putting on the timer keeps me on point, no fucking around. the second time i timed us my brain was already thinking of ways to step it up. while i was editing the photos my husband sat beside me listing all of the items and saving them as drafts. when I would finish with my OCD quality control of editing pictures i would go in and complete the drafts myself by adding the pictures and skim over how he filled everything out. <--- saved me maybe 2 hours. holla!so in short ***our 2015 plan*** is to conquer the mextroplex and find some wicked thrift stores. get up early daily, pick out an absolute minimum of 5 items and take pictures that same day. while i edit pictures Mark creates drafts for each of the listing and i complete them after the pictures are edited. (work up to finding 20 items a day and do that consistently) -melanie sorrentino
This is great. It's so important to develop a process and keep tweaking it. As far as sourcing, when we first stated, we got 100% of our items from thrift stores. Six years later, we get about 20% of our inventory from thrift stores.It's so much more fun now to go to auctions, flea markets, yard sales, and estate sales. Thrift stores are almost too obvious and popular now. Plenty of good stuff, but you have to go all the time as they out out new stuff. The auctions, etc feel less popular and have more potential to buy in bulk.If you havent ever bought anything at an auction, out it on your 2015 list of things to do.
I had most of November off of work, and I was pretending to be a reseller full time. It was a fantasy month and I had a great time deciding how I would schedule my available time. It sort of worked out that I visited my 3 major thrift stores every second day.(These stores turn over their inventory pretty quickly) And on Friday I made a "run" outside of the city by about an hour. This "run" took me to 4 out of the way stores, one of which always seems to be a goldmine. That day was a full day adventure and it was a lot of fun. I remember thinking "I could definitely get used to this." On the weekend I would attend 1-2 estate sales and any good church sales that I could find. Garage sales are something that I haven't really pursued other than the community ones. If I have time, I would rather go to the thrift stores in my area. I also buy the occasional lot on EBay, so I spent some time (approx. 1 hour/week) cruising EBay for deals.I found that I could source more than enough stuff from this routine to keep me going for the week. (In addition to the necessary listing and packing/shipping) I also sort of decided that I would make "runs" to the US on occasion just for fun since I live about 30 minutes from the border. I travelled to the US this past weekend for a mini vacation and popped in to a Salvation Army just for fun. I was sort of dismayed at the lack of quality items that I was able to find. And the prices seemed pretty high. On the other occasions that I've visited US thrift stores, I've had the same experiences. I'm not sure if I'm just having bad luck or not, but I notice a huge difference in the type/quality of items in my city's thrift stores vs. the US stores I've visited. I've really only visited a handful of stores over the years in 2-3 different states though, so it really is too small a sample to make judgements by. I also went to a random spur of the moment estate sale. It was small but I had about 6 to choose from on the Saturday that I was there which is way more than the one or two estate sales that my city typically has on any given weekend that are worth going to. I think everyone probably has very different choices depending on where they live, and determining what type of thrifting schedule to follow is probably really different for all of us. It's something that really interests me though. In my early years as a courier before I got my own run, there were years where I was driving down country roads and through small towns that I'd never been to. I discovered a few "hidden" stores that I would never have known about otherwise, and still visit to this day. Being a courier is also really good for sourcing packaging materials as I'm at the back door of over a hundred businesses a day. When I'm looking for a certain size box, I can usually find it in one day if I set my mind to it. I've also sourced places that are more than happy to give me their packing bubbles that they've received through incoming shipments. The only thing I don't like about my run is that there isn't a decent thrift store on it. I was actually thinking about changing runs recently when a run became available that had my favourite out of town thrift store on it, lol. I'm interested to hear about other people's schedules!
For me usually Saturday and Sunday I spend most of the weekend going out and finding things to resell. Monday and Tuesday are my listing day I spent all day cleaning, testing, researching listings everything I got over the weekend. Wednesday I got out to my local goodwill sometimes I leave with a cart full of stuff other times I leave empty handed. Then I got to my local walmart, Kmart, etc. I go to there clearance section, I check out there weekly sales, and search there toy section for specific toys I know I can flip fast online. I make some decent money reselling new item that I buy from store like these on clearance and sales, super easy to list and no cleaning or testing involve. If I bought anything to sell then I spend the rest of the day listing them online. Thursday and Friday I usually take those days off. Only thing I do with ebay is answer question and pack things to be mail out as I sell them.For the most part that is my schedule, I do like to stop at my local goodwill every chance I get. I have to drive by it anyway if I have to go to the gas station or grocery store so on my way back home I make a quick stop, I never know what i might find.
Wow, Melanie! I love your use of the timer. Very regimented! I visit the same thrift stores as often as I can since the turnaround is super quick in the city. Wednesdays are half off at SA, so I typically hit one by my office during lunch and one in Queens after work. I know the manager at the store by me purposely spreads putting new things out during the day so everyone has a 'fair shot'. I also like going at the end of the day right before close, since the cashiers know me and like to give me a good discount while the boss is away.
I work another gig Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays. If I sell an item, I pack it up when I get home from work, but that's about it. No listing on those days. But on my four eBay days, I basically freestyle. The only thing I really schedule is estate sales. If I'm at an estate sale near some thrift stores, I'll hit them up. On a week with no estate sales, I usually hit up a group of thrifts, concentrating on one area so I'm not driving around all day. There are plenty of thrift stores here in the L.A. suburbs, and the turnover at most of them is very high, so I'm out in the field quite a bit. Plus, I love it. It's my favorite part of this whole business. I routinely drive myself nuts wondering what treasures await at my 15 local thrifts! *Paul*
Because we sell on eBay full-time like some of you, we just include scavenging into our daily lives. We stop buy our regular thrift stores when we're on our usual errands. No schedule. Sometimes we hit them four times a week. Sometimes zero if we aren't going out much. Then I check for auctions in our area each month and put them on our calender. These are planned.During the spring and summer, we hit the neighborhoods for estate sales and yard sales. Much of it is serendipitous. Spend 4-5 hours discovering little sales and seeing what we find.Our favorite flea markets are on Saturdays or Sundays. These are usually all day events. We go when we want to have some fun and walk around.Every place we go to is never farther than 100 miles from our house. More stuff than we could ever handle.
I have a question for Ryanne, I see you consistently sell fabric for good money month to month. I see lots of fabric bundles at the thrifts for $7-15 but have no idea how to determine which ones might give me a good enough Sales Price($40-75 min.)to justify that. Since you have an eye for what to buy cold you share waht you look for when looking at fabric? What do you pass on? Where can you research it -- Theres not always a name on the fabric. How do you price it? I think this would make a good subject for a podcast on its own. Thanks for all the hard work you put into sharing this information. -- Dan H.
Dan, I also buy and sell fabric. I have never bought it at a thrift store, mostly because if you wait, you will find it in other places. People who buy fabric tend to be MAJOR hoarders. They will buy fabric just to add to their collection. It's kind of a compulsion. If you go to garage sales and estate sales, you will find it, and it is so often undervalued. I have found huge amounts at such low prices. I don't really see it that often, but when I do, there is so much of it. As for what to buy, unique, quirky, or good quality like silk, wool and upholstery fabric.
Thanks carol - very useful. I wish I could make it to more garage and estate sales.
Carol says it exactly right. We usually find fabric in huge lots because someone hoarded during their lifetime. A couple times we've run across a home designer that was selling off excess. You know the quality by feel (like clothes). If you don't know what cotton or wool or silk feels like, then learn. Find some clothes made of this material and feel it. It's very distinctive.
Here's something everybody will probably want to know.I had two international buyers contact me this morning telling me that they couldn't purchase my item. Everything is through Global Shipping and we have no exclusions, and the buyers were from countries that are GSP members.Turns out that eBay made some changes without telling anybody about it. If you do not put in the dimensions into the listing, then there is a good chance it will not show up as eligible for global shipping and will not allow international buyers to purchase from you.I guess eBay was having to refuse a bunch of packages that were too big to ship, so now they require dimensions to be GSP eligible.We always put in dimensions for larger packages, but we've never done so with items that go in polymailers. I was told to change my 2,000 listings by adding package measurements to make them eligible.For my inconvenience, they gave me a free month for our anchor store.
i have sold a few things this week and none of them are going through GSP, as you say. all are direct to the country. i thought it was because the categories were restircted, but now checking my clothing, nothing seems to be going GSP. on the phone with ebay now. how the hell would they expect us to revise 1000s of items to qualify??
wow, ok just finished my phone call with ebay, and they said what you said Bryan. GSP now requires listings to have dimensions for packages to qualify. jay is like 'calm down ryanne' as i am a bit upset, but really this is kind of insane. they changed the rules, didn't tell any sellers and did it the week before xmas? that's one for the books. sheesh.
I'm wondering if any problems would happen if you just put in a generic set of dimensions for non-oversize items and only measured the few oversized ones.
I think you could, but you still must enter in all this info for each item. For those of us with 1000+ items, it's pretty impossible.The good news is our items can still be bought for anyone using Priority. Just like the old days. All new items we list, we'll add the measurements they want.Bryan, eBay wouldn't give us any discount. You must have the golden voice.
I'm not sure if you could tell, but I was furious. So far I've updated 10% of my inventory, my eyes feel like they're bleeding and I'm still a little annoyed.At first, the eBay rep said there was nothing they could do. I calmly explained that they must be insane if they do not see a problem with what they did.At least I got the $170 off next months bill. Everyone else who calls in should get some sort of deal like I did, free listings, store subscription, etc.
Jay I wish I could break down my rant verbatim, but I basically explained that eBay made a mistake, I pay them tons of money every month, they expect us to take care of our customers when we make mistakes, I'm not asking for much, and that sorry wasn't going to come close to making up for the dozens of hours I'm going to spend glued to my computer fixing their mistake.I would bring it up every time you have to talk to them until they give you a free month for your store subscription. It's literally the least they could do.
i was quite miffed as well. i couldn't help myself by saying 'i pay so much in ebay fees, the least they could do was inform us'. i'll try to bring it up again, they CS rep seemed intent on not giving any compensation for their oversight. but as jay said, we can still sell overseas directly to customers so it's not a total loss.
OK, this is strange, as I just sold THREE items through GSP last night, and I most definitely didn't have any dimensions in the listings. They were all relatively small packages: a hoodie, a t-shirt, and a giant glow-in-the-dark rosary (I already miss that thing). They shipped in a padded envelope, a Priority Tyvek mailer, and a small box. Maybe eBay is only targeting certain sellers, perhaps ones who shipped packages they've had problems with, or sellers who charge for shipping...? This is weird.
That is so messed up. They really should announce a change like that in advance to give people time to make changes, but not announcing it even after the fact is outrageous.There is one way to do this without editing thousands of listings individually: when you edit multiple listings in Selling Manager/Selling Manager Pro, you can add dimensions to up to 500 listings at a time. Go to Selling Manager Pro, Active Listings, and use the Edit dropdown. Check the lines you want to edit (the checkbox at the top, next to the column labels, will check them all at once). Do Edit Fields->Package Weight and Dimensions. Use the "edit listings in bulk" action, which should be the default.The tricky part here is to set the dimensions without also changing the weight to be the same for every item. I just tried this and the only way I found was to set the weight dropdown to "custom weight" and make sure that the pounds and ounces fields are *completely blank*. They may be prefilled with zeros -- if so, be sure to remove those.Click "Save and Close." At this point I highly recommend spot-checking a few listings by editing them individually, to make sure everything worked right. Once you're satisfied, click "Submit Changes" and the new dimensions will be applied.The big catch here is that the new settings will overwrite any package dimensions you already have on your listings, so if you have large items, you might wind up charging too little for shipping on them. In this case you could use bulk editing only for store categories that don't have large items in them, and handle the others individually.
So I just checked ebay.co.uk, and all but three of my listings are there, all available through GSP. Guess I'm one of the lucky ones.
I tried to bulk edit, but if I do it zeros out the weight, and everything weighs different amounts. As much as I don't like it, I'm going to have to edit one at a time. I'm almost to 20% done now.
Ryanne, don't give up on getting a free month store subscription. $170 is enough to keep bugging them.
Bryan, did you choose "custom weight" and leave the pounds and ounces fields completely blank? If they have zeroes in them it will set everything to zero weight. Blank leaves the weight as it is.
When I go to the bulk editor and pick my first 500 listings, and choose "package weight and dimensions", the weight shows zero pounds zero ounces. I can not change the dimensions without entering a blanket weight for everything.
Just delete the zeros.
Thank god I tried that before finishing the other several hundred listings! You just saved me a lot time. And I got a free month for our anchor store anyways, so that's nice.
Just finished up editing everything. Margana, you're awesome!
Just got an email from a potential buyer in Australia. I couldn't figure out what was up. You guys answered the question before the eBay guy could. He was trying to say that dimensions have always been a requirement. I told him that eBay must have flipped a switch requiring them. He told me eBay didn't have a switch. I couln't help but laugh. +1 for Margana for figuring out the hack. Let the editing begin.
thanks for the tips margana, this is really helpful. i'll be bulk editing this week, for sure.
I use my iPhone to list and minimum 7x7x4 dimensions are always automatically filled in, I only change them when it's oversized.
Has your iPhone always auto filled in the dimensions, or did you set it up that way?
I'm pretty sure I have dimensions in all my listings, so I don't get killed by the previously discussed "dimensional weight" issue, but I'll go back and double-check. Thanks for this information.
Bryan, yes the iPhone app always had the dimensions filled in
Try this site to find thrift shops in your area. It has listed some small, out of the way shops in my area that I would never have come across. http://www.thethriftshopper.com/
Meal Expenses: What qualifies as a valid meal cost that can be written off? I believe when you have a meal, anywhere, with someone and it is business related then 50% can be written off on taxes. I believe when you are traveling and sourcing during that travel you can write off all of those expenses and meals. Does anyone have knowledge if this is correct?I live in a rural area and travel about an hour to source quite often. How far does one have to "travel" to have their meals qualify as valid expenses to be written off?
check out the IRS website for info about meals--http://www.irs.gov/publications/p463/ch02.html#en_US_2013_publink100033862
It looks like the key words are "away from home" and then it is 50% of meal/entertainment expenses. If anyone else uses this as a general guideline I would appreciate the feedback.
However, travel expenses are 100% so I am trying to figure out what distance qualifies as "Travel".
travel expenses would be like a train or plane ticket etc.again, the actual IRS website is a wealth of info, you can just google it all.http://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc511.html.and get an accountant, they know best! good luck.
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I have a question for those who flip items that they have purchased on eBay. Do you buy and sell on one account? Or do you make purchases on one account and relist the items on a dedicated sales account?I have been following searches for items from a few glass and bronze artists. Pieces from these artists usually sell for $150 - $500 and there are rarely more than 10 items listed at any time. This month I have have purchased 4 items for about $225 total. Im pretty sure I can turn it over in a couple months for 3-4 times what I paid. Should I be concerned about people finding out that I am flipping their stuff. In one case there was damage in shipping and I got a full refund. Another item had preexisting damage not mentioned on the listing and I requested a partial refund. I feel a little weird about re-listing those items after taking refunds. But Im sure that there is someone who would still be interested in purchasing them with damage if they are listed at a lower price. Any thoughts or general flipping advice would be appreciated.
It is up to you. There is nothing wrong with flipping goods, it is done every day. Antique dealers do that with each other all the time. I doubt that most folks are looking to see if you are reselling their stuff. And if they are, who cares? Let them think what they want.
For the most part when you buy something for a lot lower that what the item regularly goes for on ebay from ebay, you are buying it from someone who just wants it out of there house, they are not looking for top dollar they are looking to reduce clutter. They are not concern with what you do with the item after you buy it from them.
Personally I feel it is better to have a dedicated buying ID and a separate selling ID, although I sell items to other dealers, and have no problem with it, other people are not as chill about it, IMO it is best to sidestep the issue if you can.
You are better off having separate Buying and Selling IDs. I used to have them both on one account until I realized that newer accounts allowed for ebay bucks on purchases. That was motivation enough for me alone to separate the accounts. You can also use your buying ID as a selling account for when you find items that don't match what's in your main store.
When I sold on Etsy, some vintage sellers would complain that "dealers" were buying their items; some were super-upset that the item was being purchased with a profit motive rather than out of true personal love for the piece. So, some people, some places, do get bent out of shape when dealers buy their items (a strange annoyance, given that the seller herself had bought the item for resale.) I'm happy to move things up the food chain. I mean, I guess I would be bummed out to see someone on eBay buy something from me and then flip it for way, way, more... but I'd be mad at myself, not the buyer. :-)
The sellers I am watching are usually reselling estate sale items. So I'm not really concerned with what they think. It more that I may want to purchase from them in the future and I don't want to tip them off on what they are under pricing.
It's a good question. I would buy on a separate account so they don't see that you're a seller. If they do deep research and sell a lot of the same items, then they'll eventually see that you're reselling. My guess is they list and never look back. But as someone else said, many sellers don't want to hold onto to items to get the best price. They just throw on auction and get what they can. If they want to change their strategy after seeing what you're doing, good for them. I doubt this kind of seller would have the patience. Sellers who like auctions, usually can't be convinced otherwise. They always think they'll hit the jackpot when usually it's just lemons.
I love what we do largely because it is a partial escape from capitalistic wage and environmental exploitation. As just about all of us shop at thrift stores for inventory, it's important to recognize that our links to this industry of profiteering haven't yet been cut.http://www.nbcnews.com/news/investigations/more-disabled-workers-paid-just-pennies-hour-v19916979
I was at my local hospital run thrift store and saw a Chanel tweed jacket behind the counter. I immediately ran up and asked how much it was...the volunteer told me $700! I looked at the volunteer like she was nuts! Sometimes I just don't understand these thrift stores....on to the next one LOL
Does anyone have experience with gemstone testers? I am tired of not being confident in what kind of stone I have in a piece of jewelry.
See some of the comments from yesterday. Looks like now if you don't have your dimensions in your shipping, they won't offer GSP. Craziness!
Wanted to thank you guys for the video you guy are doing. I watch all your recently sold videos for the first time and all at once on Wednesday, Thursday I went down to my local goodwill and found a camo carhartt vest with a union label from the early 90's. Bought it for five dollars listed it on Friday for 110 this morning when I woke up I had an offer of 75. took the offer customer paid and the vest is on its way to its new home. Love those less then 24 hour turn around! I would have never bought something like this or even knew what to look for if it were for you guys. Keep this video coming I really do appreciate them!
I love your website and podcasts. I've learned much!! Thank you for taking the time to put out quality information. I've been a reseller for a while (I have antique booths and I sell on Craigslist), but only recently started selling on eBay. I listed my first items in September. Since then I've become "Top Rated" and a "Powerseller." Other than one whacky buyer who was probably a scammer, it has been smooth. I've had great feedback and consistent sales. 90% of my sales have come via 5-day auctions, 2% via 3-day auctions, and 5% via Fixed Price/Best Offer. I'm at a point where I think I can take it to another level, both in terms of listings and dollars. I'm considering an eBay store, but I want to make sure I know what I am signing up for if I go that route. I typically have175-200 active listings. I'd like to at least double that over the next few months. I have an elementary question for someone. Are all listings within eBay stores Fixed Price? Or can store owners have auction listings? I know I am exposing myself as a total nOOb. Maybe the answer is spelled out on eBay somewhere, but if it is, I have never stumbled upon it. Thanks again for all you do!!
Welcome Anonymous. Yes, you can sell items in any way when you have a store. Auction or BIN. A store subscription just lets you organize your items by category and gives you better rates when listing. A store subscription is not a requirement for anything
I have a q for you guys. When your out buying stuff, do you know the items your picking up are valuable and will sell, looking them up online before buying, or simply taking a chance and just buying them and hoping you bought good stuff? Your eBay store seems to have stuff I would have never even considered buying. Thanks guys.
I don't get it. If the buyer sends an item back, either thru ebay or by themselves, if they use a priority mail label, isn't it automatically insured for up to $50? Don't know who would have to file the claim with usps though, or how it would be done in a case like that...
Can anyone identify this brand of men's dress shoes? It looks like two lower case "e's" or "l's" are the first two letters.something like this llroraudi or llsozaudi or eeroraudi or eesozaudiThanks