Hey guys! LOVE the "We Answer Your Calls" podcasts! Well, I took the plunge and went to the auction I called about. I had been wanting to go to an auction for years but was afraid (of the unknown I guess). IT WAS A BLAST!!! I chose this auction in a smallish town north of Memphis. At first I was all shy, afraid people would know it was my first time. Everyone seemed to know each other, and like you say, it was seemed to be a social event for a lot of them. The auctioneer and his family were hilarious, and by mid-way (it's a long day) I was one of the gang. So much fun. I would definitely go again, but next time I'll bring someone to people-watch with. As for my question about the $5 lot boxes. This auctioneer tended to start all the auctions kind of high, and he'd keep reducing the starting bid until someone would bid. Then sometimes the item or box would get bid up from there. But I couldn't believe what some awesome things were selling for -- like a gorgeous solid cherry dining table with three leaves and 8 chairs -- $100. Anyway...it was trial by fire for me...and I loved it. Picked up a couple of nice paintings, some figural lamps and a Lladro piece. Can't wait for my next auction! Mary
I love this story. Yes, most auctions are run by families and are attended by regulars. Depending on the crowd, some stuff can go for ridiculously cheap. Especially furniture. Most people don't want it. Definitely take a friend next time. It's a fun social occasion.Let us know how that stuff sells. Ultimately the point is to make some money.
Mary....don't be afraid. Confidence is everything. Even if you are nervous on the inside don't let it show on the outside. Auctions are a much more fun way to obtain inventory than trolling the thrift stores day in and day out!
At my local Wednesday night auction, the employees all wear t-shirts that say, "better than Wednesday night TV" and it truly is. You wouldn't be able to make up the characters that frequent the auction barn.
Great Podcast . I am new to your Blog . I have been selling on ebay about a year. I have 800 items in my store . I sell about 200 items a month so it keeps me busy . Keep up the great work . Mark
Welcome Mark. ( we have a lot of Linda's, Mark's, and Brian's around here). If you have listed 800 items in just 12 months, that's pretty incredible. Every Monday we share our weekly sales numbers if you feel like sharing with us.
Wow, I had no idea they were making a movie from "Same Kind of Different As Me." I read the book twice at least. What a heartbreaking true story about a poor black sharecropper. Hard to believe some people are still stuck in such a tragic life. I wonder what Kind of movie memorabilia Mississippi Linda has found!
So the time has come for me to get a new camera. I have a little point and click something or other that I dropped on the floor, and now it's acting funky. *sigh* I'm wondering if it is time to move up to a DSLR camera. I'm not excited about shelling out the kind of cash for one, however. Maybe I'm being a cheapskate. I'd love to hear what others are using for pics for their online stores.
I actually just use my Iphone. I'm in the same boat as you and am looking into a DSLR. I have the worst time with white balance on a normal camera. Everything looks tan. It will be a learning experience for me.
lizif you check out our resources page, you'll see the DSLR and lens we use and love.http://www.scavengerlife.com/p/resources.html
Dig you check the previous blog, #174, Carl provided some good info on his photo process and use of an e card.
Here's the link to Carl's comment on his photo set up. Whatever works. Don't make it complicated if you don't need to.
Thanks, everyone. Carl had great info. How did I miss it? Maybe I need glasses more than a new camera, ha!
Ok ryanne and jay....whats the story on zack morris?
i liked the phone he was holding. big 1990s cell phone brick.
Gotcha..... those phones seem so primitive....kinda like when R. Dinero in Casino gave Sharon that god awful gadget that i used to have at one point.....a pager....Great stuff for movie props....
apollo alpha pager sold for 152.00 on the bay.....nice
the thing i can't wrap my head around is the amount each seller sells in a given time. it seems like we all individually average the same number of sales and/or $$$ in sales week to week as the previous weeks. Your income and your number of items sold seems steady. I just can't make sense of why some folks with a quarter of what you have in inventory sell maybe a bit more than you (money wise or inventory wise) every week. my brain wants to know! wants to understand! the answer wouldn't change anything though. I'm still going to source what i source and list at my speed. i like the statement, "things aren't fair and you really wouldn't want them to be"
I don't think it's a huge mystery. Different sellers make different kinds of money based on what they sell. Bryan, who posts his numbers each week, has fewer items in his store than us and consistently make a bigger profit. Why? Because (I believe) he's focusing on jackets and shoes which are great sellers. These are really practical items that everyone is always looking for. I think we actually made more money when we sold just clothes, but we just got bored of solely shopping at thrift stores. It started to feel like a grind. Once we learned to make the money we needed on eBay, then it was important to make sure we were feeling excited about doing this each day. This is why we've branched out into selling all kinds of items so we could scavenge anywhere. I do believe that anyone here who has built up an inventory of 500 items or more will see they have consistent income each month. Slow week, good week....it all seems to even out at the end of the month. If you don't have stuff lusted, it's not going to sell.
Have y'all considered doing videos that r sneak peaks of what u plan to list on e, to give your many fans (like me) the first chance to buy them? U could invoice us on paypal & avoid eBay fees. I'd love to see such videos. That's my YouTube plan, once I get some technology to cooperate
This blog isn't to sell our items. You guys are not our target audience. If you're scavengers like us, you'd never want to pay the price we charge for items because you guys know where to find the good stuff already.
Great Q&A this week. I couldn't stop laughing because all of this time I thought that you guys meant a literal folder. I have been writing all of my info down and putting it into manila folders. I'm actually thinking about starting to use CSV files as my inventory grows. My only fear is this will slow the listing process down. Listening to Karen's question, it reminds me of the many mistakes that I have made and still make. I am a computer clean freak and I delete everything. Always do "Good Till Cancelled". I learned this the hard way. In order to try and save some money I take advantage of free listings that Ebay uses, but they only last for like 10 days. I accidentally deleted dozens of items that I listed. These were in my unsold folder. Ugh. I tried for hours to recover them.I would kill for good daylight in my home. I live in the woods, so pictures without a photo box are out of the question. I love the photo box, but I still have trouble with photos. Cats do love these boxes or tents. You reminded me of an Ebay seller. He took pictures of items on top of his cat. His condition description said " Smoke and mouse free home" I wish he still sold on Ebay.
Ha. Yeah, we meant we keep photos in folders on the computer. And actually they are folders stored on our server "in the cloud". No need to ever delete anything. We have backups in case eBay were to ever blow up.
like in zoolander- "the files are IN the computer" smashes computer to get the files out...
Hey guys, I was at my local home depot and they had some Moving/Shipping boxes on clearance for Framed Art/Mirrors. The price was $3.90 but it included two pieces of cardboard for extra protection. Hope this helps anyone who might need some boxes. FYI, I didnt see the sku on the website, so instore only.
Hi I have a listing question, you may have a video on this that I can reference if you do please let me know. I've heard you talk about putting your information about product on Google Docs so you can reference the material at any location for listing on vacation and such, do you have a template that you use and a way of logging in your items so that it makes sense. Also do you upload your pictures to the cloud or something like it so you can retrieve your pictures at any time in any location?
Yes, we upload all our photos to a server. It's really cheap to buy a hosting package these days. Here's an example of how we write descriptions of items in Google Docs as we take photos:----Vintage 1960s Harris Tweed Brown Plaid 100% Wool Feather Fedora Bucket Hat 21"--Several small spots of wear on inside liner. See photos. --Fully lined. --21" Circumference1lb
Hi, Guys Love all your podcast. With the Pyrex bowl that the customer stated was shatter when arrived and had no camera to take picture for prof. Well I just went ahead and refunded wasn't worth the headache to push it too much since I'm still new and building up my feedback. Can't afford a defect and he did give me a 5 star feedback. I wanted to comment on what you had said earlier in the week about how country people don't want' to appear poor. And I live a fairly rural area as well and never really thought about it that way but you guys are so right.I may have mentioned before that my goal this year is to replace my daycare's income with ebay income and close the daycare by the end of the year. Well we are on our way this week I have made more money with the ebay sales than I do with the daycare. Just got to keep up the hard and fun work.One last thing is I really like the look of the templets on the computer but they tend not to look so great on mobile devices. Do you find people are purchasing more on the mobile devices or on through the normal web site? Thanks again.
Smart move to just do the refund. Sometimes it's just worth it to pay for the problem to go away.Many people buy items on mobile devices. More and more these days. If your template doesnt look right on mobile, then you need to adjust the template parameters. If this doesnt make sense, I wouldnt use a template.
you should still file an insurance claim with whoever you insured with using the letter from your customer as proof. if it's USPS, you can upload a screenshot of the ebay message. same with Ship Saver i believe. you might be able to get some of your money back to help with the refund.
Another question for you guys. You have mentioned that you guys still do your freelance work. I was just curious what percentage of you income is from ebay and how much from your freelance work?
Our freelance work is about 20% of our income. But we don't depend on it. It's just bonus money and keeps us connected to our "career jobs".
I spotted a "brick" phone like the one in the video thumbnail photo at a garage sale. I knew it had to be worth something because I see so few of them. I picked it up for $5. When I got home and researched it, it turned out to be the first such phone. It was made by Tandy (RadioShack brand) and would sell for over $1,000 if I had the charger. But i didn't get a charge with it and was only able to sell it for $550.
amazing. yeah the vintage electronics are big on ebay for sure.
Couple of comments. 1. In the sea of online reseller videdoes,groups,blogs,etc. I find the two of you to be of the most help. No flash. Just nuts and bolts and practical,useful information. Positive upbeat attitudes as well. 2. My wife and I do well but always looking to do better on Ebay. After listening and seeing some of your listings we have been more aggressive in some of our asking prices....and it has paid off in some areas!
Thanks and welcome Kevin. We couldn't be flashy is we tried.Yes, pricing more aggressively is one of the best ways to grow your eBay business IF the research backs up your price. There really is no mystery. Patience is often the skill many sellers lack.
Hi all, This week I sold an item to a buyer who sent me a best offer. I accepted the offer and the next day I get a message saying "I changed my mind. Cancel the transaction." I know there are two ways of going through with this;I could cancel the transaction and we both go on happily ever after, ORI could open an unpaid item case and have this user get a strike on their account.I know canceling the transaction would be the easiest method, but I almost feel like opening an unpaid item case so this user gets a strike on their account, because you can't just make offers you don't intend on following through with. This particular user only has about 20 feedback. I'm wondering what some of you would do in this situation? Teach a lesson or get on with your day?
It really depends on your feeling about the transaction. We had two unpaid items we had to deal with this week.--One guy made on offer on some shoes. After five days of sending messages about payment, he finally said he changed his mind. We let the unpaid item case play out and he got a hit against him. He wasted our time.--Another pair of shoes sold on offer. After four days of sending messages, a woman wrote and said her estranged husband still had access to her account and asked if we'd cancel the item since he didn't have permission to buy anything. We cancelled it. Her excuse seemed reasonable. Things happen.
I had a similar situation not too long ago, I waded through my.ebay and eventually cancelled the transaction due to buyer changed mind. Then I had to get them to agree to the cancellation which took a couple of days. Due to my recent experience with "letting it go" (or lack thereof), I think the best answer would be to cancel it and then just relist it ASAP. And don't worry to much about teaching the lesson. Best case, can you cancel it and then block the buyer?Plus, if someone was interested in buying it once, there will be another.
Cancel the transaction, and relist. If you open the unpaid item case, you still have to wait 4 days before the transaction ends. Ebay gives them that long to respond to it. I'd rather cancel and relist my inventory, so I can sell my item, instead of trying to teach another user a lesson.
You guys make me so proud.
Thanks for the quick replies.I decided to just cancel the transaction and avoid any hassles. I did send a message to the buyer saying how frustrating it is for sellers and to make absolutely sure you are confident with your purchase before sending an offer. I was just frustrated in the moment because this was one of my higher-priced items and I was very excited to sell it. Oh well. It will get paid for next time!
I thought if the seller cancels the sale the seller gets a Defect? No?
I believe you only get a defect if the reason is you ran out of stock or for some other reason decided to cancel it on your own. You can select an option that the buyer requested the cancellation or changed their mind. In that case you should not get a defect.
Jay & Ryanne--Great podcast, as usual. You're doing a great service by helping a whole community of people out here! My question is: When selling items you find around your own house, how do you determine the $$ amount to use as your Cost of Goods/Cost of Goods Sold??
We're long past the time when we sell things we own. That stuff is all gone!This is really a good thought experiment. What would you tell an IRS agent who asks why you deducted a certain amount from your taxes for the item you own? Could you produce a receipt? I'm really not sure the answer.
Can't you just say you paid more for it than you sold it for? Quite likely you did if you bought it new.
Maybe you enter a depreciated amount, but how do you determine what that amount is? OR..do you enter an amount equal to what you would get if it were donated to a thrift store (based on those "worth" lists you get when you donate something).
There a couple ways to do this.. 1. If you are setting this up as real business , for the first years inventory , you basically can make up a cost and make it part of your Initial owner inventory investment.. 2. If your business expenses and cash accounts are completely separate from your personal expenses and accounts , then you can have the business pay you for the cost of your item.. Your business buys it from you .. Or 3rd option you just say your cost is zero.... You basically donate the item to your business...
On a side note , I do the 3rd option.. If I sell something I own that's been around before I started my business ,, I just cost at Zero it really doesn't make that much difference on a taxes for a few items here and there..
Jeff Cole---Thank you for your answers. That last option makes total sense.
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I'm newish to selling and have a question for the group. Garage sale season is still months away, and estate sales are not going on much right now either. But, I've been finding new places to scavenge and this week found a decent thrift store, that hasn't gotten to GW prices yet (likely they wont due to the market they serve).There I find several things that cost me about $13.50 out the door. They are, an almost new brand name golf bag, a cool red vintage phone, and an owl necklace. I think I can gross about $130 on this find, but I found myself second guessing the prices I paid.They also had a vintage-ish crockpot, a tv/vcr combo, and a nice electric typewriter that would've set me back an additional $15. The prices are at least 1/4th of what they would be at our GWs, but I'm wondering if this is the type of stuff I should be grabbing even if garage sale season is months away. I do get the idea of scavenging for what you are into, but are these deals I passed on (like the crockpot, tv/vcr, typewriter trifecta), things that I should be going after?
Welcome Brian B. These are all good questions. Here's the simple answer: it depends on what you enjoy selling. When you're at the thrift store, pull out your phone, open the eBay app, search for one of these items, and see what price they've sold at. Really, there's very little mystery these days. It's a great time to be an online seller. Also, remember that for items like a vintage crock pot, it won't sell overnight. It's the kind of that you must be patient with. But from your comment above. It seems like you have a good eye and prices you pay are reasonable. Now just get listing.
One thing I do more of now is not just to look at sold prices on ebay listings. I also look at completed items for an overview of how quickly things sell and how saturated the market is. If you haven't a large storage space it helps to know, for instance, that a tv/vcr may take months to sell at the price you want. That it will be taking up the space of smaller items such as jewellery, vintage photos, records etc that have a quicker turnover.
I'm getting totally bummed out. I've been out of work for a few months now and just recently found your videos. I started listing things again on eBay and have about 100 things up. The issue is in a month I have to go back to a job I know I'm going to hate and worse I'm sure it will pay chump change compared to my last job since I don't have a college degree. Plus I detest getting up early but that's the only way to ever see my husband. Sorry, I digress. Anyway, the point of this vent session is to ask your opinion. Do you think its possible to get enough stuff listed within a month and get sales coming in to not have to go look for a job? I realize the question is subjective. I would need at least 1500 a month just for bills. Any other ppl out there who have had a quick turn around in sales? Tips? Thanks.
I have good news and bad news for you.Good news: A shitty job is the best motivator. If you work 40 hours at that job, then work 40 hours for yourself. Making money on eBay just takes time. Most sellers who complain about eBay simply don't put in the time. Bad news: Starting from scratch and expecting to make $1500 in a month is tough. Anything's possible. But you have to be photographing and listing everyday, all day. Period. The average price of your items need to sell for $30+. Sell 50 items at $30...and you have your $1500. Are you ready to work? We didn't start making $1500/month until we had abut 300-500 items in our store.
My opinion would be to take the job for now but with a plan to continue to grow your sales.. I would grow your store and listings over the next year and learn everything you can .. I think trying to jump in full time with only 100 items will be tough road for you especially in the slower summer months coming up.. I think you could get your listings up to a 300 or so within a month,, the problem will be having any real sales data to back you up and ensure you can make it..... I am sitting pretty steady at right around 400 Items and my sales are between $3000 and $4000 a month.. But remember thats not all profit,, some of that goes back into inventory and some gets spent other business oriented expensises,, so realistically my actual profit is around 60% .. Depending on my cost of the items I have sold.. Also I have gotten really good at sourcing Items I know will sell well. And this will take you some time to learn..
Thanks guys. I'm just afraid once I get my crappy new job I'll have no time or money to devote a lot of attention to eBay. I've ebayed for years so its not hard for me to sell but its very time consuming as everyone knows. Aye. Wish I would have found you guys months ago.
It can be done. It helps if you have some savings to cover bills for a couple months and some cash for inventory.Being able to devote all your time to this business is the key. If it's all you do, you will be the one who gets the best stuff at yard sales, be first in line on discoveries on CL and have the time to go back to thrift stores on a weekly basis to find treasure.With nothing else to take you away from running your eBay business its up to you via listing and sourcing as to how profitable you'll be. Doing it partime can be done as well but I always wonder where then, is the time to enjoy the success? It's a big leap of faith to jump into this game full time but those shitty jobs will always be there for a backstop.
When we were focusing on selling shoes, I spent a summer going to five Goodwill stores every day in the late morning. I would buy bags of shoes each day as they put them out. It's the consistency of scavenging and listing that has allowed us to go independent no matter items you decide to sell.
I quit my corporate job to jump into selling on ebay a few months ago. However, I planned my exit for a year. My husband and I did not buy anything we didn't need and we saved every penny we could. We ended up with a nice amount in savings that we can draw on when needed. I've been selling since October and so far in January, I have grossed $750 in sales. I only have 150 items listed but I list every day. If you work full time, do you think you would have the time to list?
I have health issues and if I were to sell items from my collections on ebay I'd be doing it by myself as my hubby already has a full-time job. My question is two-fold (and I hope I'm using the right terminology here): 1) Does it negatively affect your standing with eBay the longer your Shipping Handling Time is set to? 2) Even if my Shipping Handling Time is made quite clear in the listing, is a customer allowed to rate me low even if the actual # of days for this is within the time stated in the auction? Thanks!
You'll never be a TRS will a longer shipping and handling time. It might affect where your items land in search, but other than that I don't think there ae any downsides with ebay for having a longer shipping handling time. Mine is set for 3 days because I work full time and I can't always make it to the post office within 1 day.If a buyer tries to open a case for item not received and they haven't allowed enough time based on your stated shipping handling time ebay will not allow that case to be opened.
Thanks for the reply, Crystal. You've answered my questions.
I used to have a long handling time back when I worked full time and did ebay on the side. I did have one person very unhappy with me even though I shipped within my handling time because it took about two weeks for her to get her item. I think a lot of people don't read that part of the listing clearly. If you want to try it maybe you could do as Jay and Ryanne do when they go somewhere for weeks at a time and message each buyer right away to make sure they are aware of the handling time. Then they can decide if they are still interested or want to cancel the sale.
Yes, Nancy. That's an excellent idea to email them a reminder like that. Thanks!
Other eBayers have talked about getting repeat customers to shop at an outside store, to get those sales outside eBay's fee structure. Also, it helps with remarketing (email blasts and the like.) Of course, it's against rules to do that on your eBay store, but i'm talking about flyers in the shipped items, that sorta thing. I don't recall you guys mentioning that. To me it would definitely make sense if you have a niche store or custom made products. But have you ever thought of it in the context if a "general store" like yours?
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Yes, Omfug, but it would take somebody brave to buy the $15 toaster with the frayed and broken electric lead. That's an accident waiting to happen!!Seriously though, excellent photos, detailed listing and good feedback is certainly the way to go..
Putting a new cord on small appliances is fairly easy and cheap. I've replaced cords on irons and hair dryers several times by myself. The person who got the $15 toaster got quite a deal!
BTW, the $115 toaster was non functional on one side! But yes, this is a case where better photos, and a more extensive feedback certainly would have helped.
Jay, I'm listening to the comments section on a text to speech reader www.yakitome.com, and normally they pronounce your name okay..but this particular lady keeps referring to you as a "Jaded Man". LOL..thought it was funny! :)
That is so funny. Especially because Jay seems so not jaded!
I just wanted to share a little tidbit of advice for the lady who undercharged shipping for the lamp. I've noticed that if I've sold something and it weighs over 2 lbs, the vast majority of the times FedEx Smartpost is cheaper. Priority Mail through USPS will be around $8-9, Parcel will be around $8, and then Smartpost will be around $7-8. I think one of the major factors for FedEx is the size of the box. But anyway, you can print the Smartpost labels through eBay, so just make sure that you always check both services! :)
Good point Frank. We've been using FedEx much more since we tried it this summer. We realized they'd even come pick up packages from our home fort free. We're big fans now.
Question about using FedEx and the topic of boxes. USPS is pretty touchy about using their furnished, printed boxes for other levels of their own services. Such as using the various Priority boxes for 1st class or regular Parcel. But what about FedEx? Say, I pack up a box at 4 or 5 lbs. in a Priority box thinking that is the route I want to go, then discover that Smartpost would save me a buck or so. If I printed out a FedEx label and slap it on the already sealed USPS box would FedEx still take it? I know FedEx also has it's own line of boxes, but that would mean keeping a double stock of boxes in my inventory and also knowing ahead of time which service [i.e. box to use] prior to packing items up.I could just invest in a bunch of plain boxes that could be used for either service but the cost of the larger boxes would just eat up any dollar or so savings from one service over the other. Just thinking out loud.
I'm not positive but I believe its a federal offense to misuse USPS boxes. Boxes are everywhere, stock up. Go to recycling dumpsters behind big auto dealers, you'll find packing material as well. Pier 1, best buy and Walmart are great places as well. I get egg cases, a really great sized box, from my grocery store.
That answers the question I guess. if I use a USPS box to ship via FedEx AND that constitutes misuse as far as USPS goes, then the answer is no. Only use USPS boxes for USPS only shipping. And yep, no shortage of places to get boxes, have a ton already plus wife brings them home all te time also. Just wanted to know if FedEx would take them or if I could even use them for FedEx and the answer is nope. I can also just ask FedEx to send me a bunch and i will just keep both on hand. Can't beat free and delivered to your door step. Why drive all over the place when I can just open the front door. Use my mind and not my back as my dad used to say.Interesting related story I read few years back where one guy in FL was spray painting both the new and used USPS boxes he got with a "cardboard" color paint and using them for other types and levels of service. He did get caught and got in trouble. I think his verbal defense was, he was just trying to help the ecology by "re-cycling" and not trying to use as many boxes. LOL ...Think he got fined or something. Guess this shows, "Penny wise, Pound foolish" sometimes. Thanks for the answer. :-)
that happened to me a couple weeks ago, i had a kind of heavy briefcase going to the west coast and i had already put it in a box, it wasn't a priority box, but it was recycled from a return with tons of priority stickers on it. i then realized that i had under weighed it by about 2lbs on the listing, not sure why. but i checked Fedex ground and it was the same price the buyer had paid for shipping. it helped that they were in an office building rather than a residence for Fedex though. so i just wrapped the box in two big polymailers to make it 'blank'. and sent it fedex. but getting boxes at walmart etc should solve your problem. also on heavier, larger items, just do the cost comparison on ebay labels before you box it to see what you should use.
I just cover the re-cycled USPS boxes with brown paper. The place where I get bubble wrap sells big rolls of brown craft paper very cheaply. If I'm reusing an old USPS box, or if I have to Frankenstein a box together, I cover it with brown paper, to make it look a little less janky.
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I have a question about damaged inventory. WE buy items at auctions and estate sales. We have a lot of glass items for home decor. Sometimes we miss during our pre-buy inspection a chip or as they are called "chigger and flea bites". We buy something for $4.00 and know that it will sell in the $35 range, but during our cleaning or photo session we discover the "chip(s)" we missed. What approach do you guys take in listing and pricing a damaged item? I know that we photo it best we can, we do mention it in the listing, that's obvious, but do you price it at the regular going price of $35 and hope someone wants it despite the "chips". OR we just cull that stuff out, classify it as "low quality" and throw it in our annual yard sale? That way we don't have what could be called lower quality stuff online.I see many older items that are in pretty rough shape online that do have flaws all over it. Rips in bags, busted zippers, heavy stains. So should we just list it, state and shows the flaws and price it just like unflawed items? thanks mc
yeah that happens to us too. i bought a really cute vase the other day, got it home and noticed there was a hairline crack on the back. but i am still going to list it for what i want for it. if you're unsure, you can always put Make Offer on there too.
It's a judgement call. If the item is sought after, a little wear won't stop someone from buying. Vintage/antique items almost always have wear. Just photograph and describe it. As Ryanne said, we still put strong prices and add "make offer".This being said, we have had to learn when damage is just too much. Sometimes the crack might be too overwhelming. So you just learn how much is too much.
Hi Jay and Ryanne, I wanted to thank you for answering my question on MCM brands to look for and for your great podcasts. I'm a part-time seller / mom / with a part-time office job, so this is actually part of my research process. I can listen while I'm cooking, listing, or walking the dog, waiting to pick up kids, etc. It's so great.I live in the land of "the Newlywed and Nearly Dead", meaning we have lots of older East Coast transplants due to the nice weather and lots of estate sales. The average home price in my City is $1.1 Million. Since my ebay time is limited, I left the message thinking of the thousands of items that have passed through your hands. Lots of sourcing opportunities here, so I'm trying to discover more of the higher end brands and marks. I will continue to check out Pinterest boards. It helps also to watch the sales videos and check out the store. So, thanks again for sharing! -Christine
Thanks Christine. Mid Century is all about the style. Valuable Scavenging does time, but even if you could spend one day a week dedicated to scavenging, you could find some cool stuff. It's difficult though of you only have an hour here or an hour there. Maybe it could become a family event.
You're welcome Jay. I think I have a good eye, but the real challenge is the time it takes to list. Very slowly, I'm making my way up to enough for a store. I started out buying every Starbucks mug I came across, but now that I realize some won't sell quickly even for $10 and how few listings I can get done in a week, I'm being way more selective now. I'm very attracted to the MCM look, but maybe a better question for you would have been what are your favorite types of non-clothing items that are easy to ship, are smaller than a breadbox, and bring at least $30. I think I'm buying things like Wendy buys plus new Anthropologie items. Also, if you have any other youtubers to recommend (I love Mad Maine, the Paper Castle, and newer etsy poster Planet Alyssa) I'd love to hear that. Many thanks once again.
Funny too, my kids are interested in selling their items on ebay now that they know what prices a garage sale will bring. So, they might get on board. Otherwise, It's my solo hobby except for a friend I can shop with.