Picking profits seems like a nice guy and I trust what he says. I've watched a bunch of his videos but gah he rambles a lot. And his tone stays the same. Global voo doo I've seen too. Its his fault I started buying a few items that haunt me now lol. Cool to actually see Jays face again. I'm stuck in a fast food line so I started the video. Look forward to jays parts.
Great to listen to the audio, just like a podcast! It's cool to hear such a productive conversation and different ideas about how to make a living scavenging!
Hey, Ryanne, let's start the Reseller Dudettes Show! Who wants in on that? :-)
I'd love to a show like this.
I think that would be great!Auctioneer Mike
I would like to hear an all female cast!
You have a few great women here in different niches that would work fantastic if you did it. I guess the hardest part would be making the technical aspects work for everyone.
Seriously, that would be so great!!
Cool idea - that would be awesome !!
Great discussion. I've enjoyed their first 2 episodes as well. Much more real than the 'hustler' guys. Alrhough I do watch their hangout videos as well, it's cool to have regularly posted long videos of guys talking about reselling to listen to while I pack and photo items
Yeah, I think most these youtube videos could just be audio podcasts. Do you really need see our faces?
I think I will look into just making it downloadable audio format although we do like to show our finds in one part of the show, I guess they will have to go over to youtube to see that part
I'm sure there are folks who like to watch it as a TV show. I assume you make stronger bonds to people by letting people watch you talk. People can always just play the video and just listen. I just know I'm more interested in what people say. I find that being worried about the visual can be distracting and take away the intimacy of the conversation.
I'd be fine without the heads but I did enjoy watching you each show your finds. That head you found is scary Jay. I wouldn't want to run across that in my house at night.
For me it depends on my purpose. If I'm busy I like your podcasts. If I'm sitting in bed I want faces with my talking. It would be neat though if once on a while you two did do a video tog. The videos I've seen are usually just one of you.
Some of us in rural areas do not have adequate internet speed to watch videos. Audio would be better for me unless there is something that really needs to be demonstrated.
Great show, I have a quick accounting question. Do you do stock taking. E.g. at the end of the TAX year in the UK, stock in hand counts as an asset and we need to account for it. I have recorded what I've paid for things and of course what they sold for, along with fee's postage etc. But I haven't tracked the incomings and outgoings of stock. How do you guys manage this, do you have a stock list, remove items from the list when they sell or do you do a end of year estimate?
Yes, this is what you're supposed to. Only deduct the "cost of goods sold".
We just had a gift bag by Tory Burch get removed by eBay."Accessories that aren't offered as a stand alone purchase from the manufacturer aren't allowed on eBayCertain brand name products come with accessories (custom packaging, warranties etc.) that aren't available on their own. Because these types of items may be used to commit fraud or facilitate a fraudulent transaction, we don't allow them to be listed."Seems pretty silly to me, but thought I would let you guys know that novelty/gift bags by designer brands are banned on eBay.
this happened to me yesterday when trying to sell a Coach leather and brass key ring. same message and everything. but i have a vintage 1970s coach bag for sale for a couple years with no problem. seems like they go after new items.
We have something like this come up 2 to 3 times a year. We've gotten in trouble for selling a prison guard uniform, eye glasses, using search terms that violate a random trademark, and now this.It's no big deal as long as it's not the same violation over and over again. I'm usually fine with the rules, but I'm not a fan of this idea that you can't sell cool packaging cause some jerk might try to rip someone off.Selling this type of stuff is what's awesome about selling on eBay. It's the stuff you can't buy in the store or anywhere else that makes eBay what it is.
I didn't even know that. I know I've bought and sold things similar. I wonder what key words are triggering for them to find your item. I found an original Faces of Death video that I tried to sell and I was all excited that I was the only one who had 1 listed. Shortly after I got the eBay violation email. I didn't know. Going back to the specific topic though thats a bummer because sometimes the item I want is the free gift item.
I don't think that eBay cares, but they must play nice with the brands and companies who police their reputation. We sold used US Military equipment that was being shipped back from Iraq. We'd get weird take downs of the most random items. When we'd call eBay, the rep would only send us to the Dept of Defense since it was their rules what could be resold. I still see people selling boxes and gift bags on eBay. Just a random chance it'll get flagged.
I've never been too bothered with it, but this one struck a cord with me I guess.
You have to list in a more generic term if you are going to list stuff like that and hope buyers will find it. The word "UNIFORM" is a huge red flag and will get policed often. For example: don't list FedEx uniforms in the "Uniform" category or say "uniform" just say "FedEx jacket" or "FedEx shirt" and list it in the jacket or shirt categoryor other suitable category. Or in the case of the Faces of death video you can just say "SUPER RARE CLASSIC HORROR VIDEO". Try things like that and usually, if nobody reports you, you will be OK.
I had the same thing happen with an iPhone 5S box only.
Seems a little pre-crime ish considering that most people who buy stuff like this are not criminals, but it's something I'll have to consider in the future.
from what i understand you aren't supposed to sell just boxes for things. i've sold a vintage 1950s toaster box once, but i've had other listings for just boxes or dust bags for coach taken down.
It's a bummer since we've sold quite a few gift bags, but I guess rules are rules. I'm sure they have their reasons, I just think their reasoning is a little weird.
I got a take down for trying to sell a Coach sack bag thing once. I think Ebay got sued once by a big compant for allowing fakes to be sold so they are super cautious.
That's where Bonanza comes in handy. All the things that result in hand-slaps from Ebay go to Bonanza, where they usually sell quickly, (Coach dust bags, Coach hang tags, especially).
Enjoyed the discussion. Pete seems like a cool guy. Where is he from originally?
He's from Poland. Came over when he was 13.
Cool. I'm watching some of his Youtube videos while I list today. By the way I just listed my 1000th item!
Hi Nancy - Congratulations on the 1000th item!!! Been trying to get there for weeks!
I thought he might be Polish. I'm surprised his accent is this heavy. I was 6.5 when I came from Poland and have no accent. My brother was 14, and has an accent, but a slight one. It was good to listen to you guys!
Interesting that you guys are also from Poland. Pete's business is somewhere in the Chicago area too. Was that city a big entry point for Polish immigrants in the 1970's?
Yep, Chicago has a huge Polish population. We came in 81. They say there are more Polish people in Chicago than in Warsaw..LOL
After hearing this podcast and many from Scavenger Life, it made me wonder how many successful ebay pickers have an art background. Seems like it would help with giving someone "the eye" for gems while looking through the rough.
This is an interesting hypothesis. I believe that having a creative streak and/or an art background certainly can;t hurt. Usually means you'll be tuned into fashion and style of all sorts.
Since this is the latest discussion thread I thought I'd write about a recent experience. I had a $400 return in the last month and because I am still filling my "pipeline" I was cash poor, what I did was take out a paypal working capital loan--the way it works is that paypal will assess your sales history, and make you a loan offer based on that, the loaner has a flat fee based on how much you take out, there is no set monthly payment, no interest rate, etc. payments are made when you sell an item and the percentage of payment is decided by you when you take out the loan. I took out a modest amount of money, $1000, which cost me $37 to borrow, since you can also make one-time payments at any time I just finished paying off the loan (I went with a 25% repayment rate because I wanted to retire the loan as quickly as possible.) It was an excellent experience, and one I will repeat if I get into some sort of a financial jam again.
Sounds like Paypal is doing what Kabbage has been doing.Good to know it works if you ever needed quick cash.
I didn't know they did that. I have PayPal credit which I rarely use but it is good to have a backup available. I have right around 400 items and I'm trying to get over the hump. I often feel like I'm going to go broke before I get to 500.
Ok, this is my first post (so be kind, I’m not sure if our posts have to tie in specifically to Jay & Ryanne’s current podcast or video, but here goes)I just wanted to share some numbers on items I have “parted-out” from my own home. My business on eBay is buying mechanical items typically from broken things and parting them out and selling the parts. I have extended that to my house. I thought I would share so maybe others can point out where they have found profit. Note the numbers below are after eBay/PayPal fees and shipping:Broken GE Gas Dryer - $253Broken Ducane Gas Grill - $132Broken Kenmore Water Softener - $321 (my new replacement cost $339)Broken Mr. Coffee Coffee Maker - $19You will find it is pretty easy to disassemble these things and will be surprised at what the parts go for. Has anyone else done this, and what items have you found to be of value?
Welcome Papa. We're all nice people. I love the idea of paring out old equipment. Questions:--Can you do it with any broken item? Or are some brands/items easier to sell parts?--Where do you get the broken items?--How much do you break an item down? How do you asses the value of items so focus on the valuable parts?--How quickly do these parts sell?We did an episode on parting out old computer parts.
I am definitely interested in trying this - seems like there's some good money in there! So far I've only parted out small things that come in sets, nothing I've had to disassemble.
I parted out my old Hurom juicer. I would have sold the whole thing at once, but I was missing the "tamper" (the thing that pushed the food down the pipe to the juicer).I'm really glad I did this, because it opened my eyes to the fact that this can be possible. And interestingly enough - I still have about a third of the parts left and I've already made as much as I would have had I sold it all as one unit.
BRAUN food processor parts, guitar speaker components (gut a 4x12 and sell the speakers individually or in pairs because shipping large cabs is a nightmare). Farberware grill parts, etc. The list goes on and on.Perfect example: I recently bought a RIVAL food slicer for 50 cents that had a lot of pitting and rust in the chrome and was really dirty. I took the motor off, tossed the rest in the recycle bin and sold that motor for $25 in 2 days.When I started parting out items I had a bit of "guilt" for tearing stuff apart to sell it. I have a serious issue with sellers parting out vintage guitars and audio gear....but then I came to the realization that the stuff I part out is not collectible and as long as the parts are used and I get top dollar for all the stuff...How is that wrong?The last Braun 4259 I parted out would have sold for around $40-45 in its complete state and then the shipping would have been about $15-20. Parting it out, I was able to get $93 total for the parts (+ shipping, of course) and everything sold within 30 days. That was a $10 investment so getting $93 wasn't too bad.I have been repairing guitars as an advanced amateur for around 30 years and every now and then I go through the bins and just start pulling out random parts and I am always surprised at the prices the stuff sells for and usually sells very quickly. The older it is the higher the prices are and time seems to be flying by rather quickly these days..
BTW, I get rid of the larger parts like empty speaker cabs at garage sale or on Craigslist. I have a few people in my contacts that like to buy that stuff if I give them a deal. The last speaker cabs I parted out would have sold very low but by parting out the speakers I made $750 gross off a $250 investment within 30 days.
Jay to answer most of your questions – research and experiment. The items I listed are what broke in my house. The water softener was there when we bought the house. It was installed new in 2000. It broke in 2014. Key parts (AC Adapter, Control Panel, parts on the valve, Lid). Usually when things break most parts still work, you may have one thing that went bad.GE Gas dryer that we used that broke. I was going to take to the metal recycler but I’m glad I parted it. I still took the metal shell to the recycler.We seem to go through coffee makers on a regular basis. Carafe, filter basket, lid all sell. I had one go bad and posted these items and a user asked if I had the rubber tubes on the inside that the water flows through. Second maker that went bad, I removed the rubber hoses and they sold in a week for $10.95. No, I can’t make a living on this, but you have to smile when something sells that YOU were going to throw away. What is a new Mr. Coffee coffee maker $30?I was walking through the house and saw the AC adapter that charged a cordless B&D screwdriver that broke a few months ago. The model number is right on the adapter. Sold in about 2 weeks for $9.95.Small broken older flat screen TV (15”??). Stand, AC Adapter all sold. The remote would have sold for close to $20 but the one I had was in poor shape.Now for the more formal part of my business I get items from craigslist mainly (typically things with small motors). Really you are all friendly here??? I hear you call the cops on occasion…
Everybody is extremely chill here. The only example of anyone calling the cops came from being repeatedly harassed on and off eBay by a crazy buyer.We all have our little gripes from time to time, but we all try to stay positive here.
Yes, I know this is very user friendly board. I just happened to listen to that podcast today and want to yank Ryanne’s chain a little bit. It amazes me that some people just don’t understand customer focus/service.
I was hoping you were joking, but I wasn't sure!
Seems like a brilliant idea you have to sell broken parts. Perfect for guys, anyway, since they are so adept at taking things apart. :-)
This parting out also applies to new things that you purchase. Two examples:I needed a workbench for the garage. I got a good deal on a nice wooden one from a large chain discount tool house for roughly $130. The bench came with a wood vise that attached on the end that I knew I would not use. I was space constrained as well so removing it made the entire unit take up less space. I sold it on eBay for $40 (gross). A few weeks ago I bought a 30 bottle pack of beer from the warehouse club. It came with a free bottle opener (yea, you can see where this is going). Pre-eBay, it would be sitting in a drawer in the kitchen. It sold in 24 hours for $9.95. I really don’t miss it. What other examples can you think of used or new at your own home that might sell?- Do you use both remote starts on your car (what does one sell for?)
I love this thread. We also sell absolutely anything we don't use. When our car finally dies, Ryanne has dreams of parting out the car vs just junking it. All those little parts sell for more than the cost of the car.
I do remember Ryanne’s comment on that. An older Acura right? Sometimes you have to access the “safety/weight/tools” factor. What I mean you sometimes need the right equipment to handle heavier things (engine, etc.). Hurting your back trying to disassemble something large can cost you more in chiropractor bills vs the part you were trying to remove. However, interior plastic trim pieces and knobs would likely sell because they break frequently. Another idea – Last year my wife got a new used car. It is an “uppity” brand and came with carpeted floor mats. We live in Michigan and they get trashed. So I bought some new rubber floor mats for it. The used carpeted ones sold for $36.95 (gross) and the special Velcro clips that hold them down sold for $13.95 (gross). To answer a question I posted, I sold my extra remote starter for my car for $30 (gross). Nobody will pay you more or less for your car when you sell it if you have 2 vs 1 remote start. Now if I lose or break the one I have, that’s another story…
I bought a new kitchen sink that had a soap dispenser that you could install or just cover the hole. I wasn't using the soap dispenser and sold it for 10 or 15 dollars. My last car had to be junked. I sold the users manual.
Yeah, I think we'd just sell the easy to remove stuff. Seats. Plastic pieces, spoiler. After 300k miles, I doubt much of the mechanical stuff will be worth much.
Jay, I thought I wrote this in one of my previous comments, but I see I didn’t. You mentioned you were taking that Jenn Air stove back. You might want to check and see what parts for your model sell for. You might get a partial credit from where you bought it and actually make more parting it out. Just a thought.
Because of this thread, we just talked about parting out the Jenn Air double oven. We already got store credit because it was broken. It's at the appliance repair where we had it tested. I told the guy to just recycle it, but we'll go by tomorrow and see if he still has it.
I've parted out a couple Stihl chainsaws. You can get them broken for $25-$75 and part them out for about $200-$300. I've also parted out a couple lawn mowers but for me it just takes to much time. Cleaning and disassemble things is always time consuming.
What do you think about this ongoing debate about good till cancelled items dropping down the best match ranking as time goes on and its better to let the listing end after 30 days and relist (for a boost in the search rankings). I thought this theory had been debunked?
That's not an ongoing debate here. There's no evidence that GTC listings are pushed down the ranking. Unless there's actual proof, it's just rumor some sellers spread because they are sacred/sad/angry their sales are low.
I used to think that there was some truth to this rumor, but I can tell you first hand that it's not true. I recently changed everything over to good till cancelled and I'm selling the same amount of stuff.Nothing has changed, except for that I don't have to bother with relisting stuff.
I don't think it drops you down in the listing but it does put you at the top for newly listed or ending soonest. Both gtc and 30 days would apply for newly but only 30 days would get the ending soonest. But most ppl who are sorting by ending soonest are doing so for auctions that are ending. I actually block out buy nows when I sort that way. But for me I like 30 day listings. I don't have a huge inventory so its doable for me and I use it to re-evaluate whether I need to change something before I relist.
Two things:--GTC listings still are 'counting down" so will show up in Ending Soonest like any other item. When the 30-day listing ends, it just automatically gets re-listed. --"Ending Soonest" are for auctions (as you say) when people didnt want to wait for a long auction to end. These days, most buyers want an item immediately so choose "But it Now". 80% of listings are BIN so "ending soonest" has no real meaning to most buyers. They sort by price or best match.
Re: the baby boomer generation buying things of quality conversation - I often think about the shelf life of collectibles in terms of generations. I'm 31 and my mom is 62. She's thinking about retirement. Right now, her house is full of (ugh) Lladro and Hummel figurines. I have absolutely no interest in keeping any of it. I also see its value declining in the future, since I don't see people in my generation valuing it/trying to collect it. I feel like high-end luxury items (bags, watches, jewelry), art, and some kitsch being some of the 'collectibles' of the future, but I'm not sure what else people would spend their money on. A first gen iphone, still new in box? What do you guys think about this?
I have two minds:--The quality items people are collecting today are being bought up by other collectors and passed down. I think as people grow older, collecting becomes a fun hobby. It's the challenge of gathering all of one thing.--On the other hand, Gen X and younger are the first generations to grow up around so much electronics. We spend more of our money on TV's, computers, phones, etc. I'm sure there will be some value to these items (look at old video games)...it's not the same as passing on old, handmade furniture. And clothes are so disposable now, will you be able to find wool/leather jackets anymore? The Baby Boomers have grown up in a incredible time of wealth that I'm not sure the next generations will have as much disposable income.
My kids are the perfect example of what will happen to stuff purchased by the next generation. When my oldest daughter bought a house she went to the big name places and purchased furniture made in China or overseas somewhere because she liked the new look of it. It isn't worth anything in fact she is in her second house now and has replaced almost everything with older better stuff most of it second hand. The new furniture didn't last (insert an I told you so here!!) and she is finding that second hand is better, cheaper and the thrill of the find is great. My youngest daughter bought a house and didn't buy anything new. She alread had a bedroom suite from the 1920's, solid walnut, that I had as a child. (Oldest didn't want that old thing) She waited and found a beautiful round, 1912, solid oak table for cheap at the habitat store and then an old oak rocking chair. Moral of the story is that the designer stuff from the big box stores won't last and won't be handed down to anyone. Not everyone can go to the fancy stores and buy Drexel, Thomasville or Broyhill. Those will last. Hopefully we scavengers will all be hoarding the old stuff that will last and are willing to sell it, for a nice profit!!
This thread reminds me of this video, which made me feel like an antique myself. http://youtu.be/vfxRfkZdiAQ
Cute video. My grandmother who is 89 is always saying these kids today are so smart with all their new fancy technology. And I always tell her that's hogwash. Just because you know how to use technology doesn't make them smarter than you just different. When I was a supervisor at a call center we hired a lot of kids right out of high school. Most of these kids couldn't fill out a job application properly, show up to a job interview properly dress, or show up on time. Many didn't know how to type the date numerically. Which caused a lot of problems for me when customers got their reservations confirmations for the wrong date, because then I had to deal with a very unhappy customer. But in listing to the show. I think younger generations will come around to wanting the older things. I remember my mother dragging me to thrift stores or stopping to pick something off the side of the road and I was super embarrassed. Now I'm doing the same things only my 9 year old son loves going with me to thrift.
That was a great listen Jay, thanks for doing that. Well I am going to be that guy, please don't yell at me to hard Jay :-) I am having trouble identify an old fine china dinnerware set. I have tried everything I know, google, reddit, and a few other sites. Anybody ever have any luck identifying a set without any markings other than the design?Here is a link to an image...http://imgur.com/NiZumWF
any other photos? are there any markings at all? no one on reddit knew?
I uploaded to image to Google and it didn't find anything similar. If you havent already, upload to Reddit "what is this thing". That's the real hive mind.
From my googling I found a similar pattern called Syracuse China with the lyric pattern. You could try looking those up to see if you think they are similar. As a side note you have ppl scared of you Jay lol. Mr. Meanie head. Lol j/k.
I don't have an answer for you, Jon, but I simply love that pattern! Could you post some more photos? Being able to see the shape of the pieces could help.Jay - Reddit's "what is this thing?" is new to me. And there goes my weekend!
Try doing an ebay or pattern search using the word Atomic. I think you will find it that way.
Thanks....I started a thread on what is this thing, that seems like a great sub.This is the only other photo I have now http://imgur.com/haKDPPs the rest of the set is in my storage building. I will get more photos over the weekend.
I would just list it as MCM even if you can't find the pattern name--it is sort of cool.
I can relate to the guy finding the Led Zepplin shirt at a Goodwill. I was at a goodwill outlet last year and I found a very rare Van Halen concert hat from 1979 (before they had really hit the big time). I paid like 25 cents and happily sold it for $95 the next week!Those stories are always fun to hear.
Don't you ever worry that you are going to saturate your own market?
in what way?
There is so much unique stuff out there that it will never happen. That is the beauty of our business. Thanks to Jay an Ryanne I scavenged a vintage pair of overalls today. Turns out they are from the 40's and potentially worth over $100.
Well its not like those shirts are just every where so there will never be a bunch online at one time. Same thing with a lot of vintage things. You may know to sell it but it doesn't matter if you can't find it anywhere. I look for vintage tees at most stores I go and have found very few.
I think the richer the variety on eBay, then the more buyers that will come. It's up to me and Ryanne to do our best finding the best stuff we can. We post this motto on our Manifesto: "Transparency is key to a good culture. Be open, share your process, ideas, tips and tricks. Choose camaraderie over competition."trust me. It's better that we all work together vs tear each other apart.
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Not related specifically to this video, but wanted to say a big THANK YOU to Jay and Ryanne - I just made Top Rated Seller status after only 4 months actively selling on eBay, and couldn't have done it without your advice! Power Seller, here I come! :)
OK folks, I'd love to hear some feedback. I've been listing shoes for the past 8 hours or so, and I'm getting sick and tired of the "magic marker" sharpie marks that Goodwill puts on the soles of their shoes. I'd like to take an informal poll:Do you work to remove these marker scrolls from the soles before you take photos? If so, how do you do it?Personally, I've been leaving them as-is. But I'm wondering if this is hurting my sales.
I would try to remove it. Have you tried a magic eraser, or hand sanitizer?
yeah, you can try to remove it like jamie said with a magic eraser, rubbing alcohol or goo-gone (the orange scented stuff). or just use a sharpie to mark it out. we do that sometimes. the worst are the thrift stores or yard sales the write the actual price in sharpie on the soles!
Thanks guys! I just ordered a pack of Magic Erasers off Ebay.
Update: I went to the drug store to find hand sanitizer. I ended up finding "instant sanitizer hand wipes," which are perfect because I can pull one out and rub right on the sole of the shoe. Very simple and works great!
I have an air powered rotary sander that I use on the leather soles of boots and shoes. Works really well. I couldn't even imagine running my business without an air compressor. I use it to blow out shoes & boots and blow out dirt in wool, etc. I use the air compressor on almost everything. Magic eraser and lighter fluid in combination will remove practically anything from hard surfaces. Those 4 items are essential. When lighter fluid doesn't work, denatured alcohol steps in. Different adhesives can be broken down with the suited "solvent".
Mike, Hmm. Maybe my next toy will be an air compressor. Thanks for the tip!
It's actually a rotary die grinder with a 80 grit sanding "bit" that I use. I can't live without the thing. Seriously, it gets used every day. The only thing is: if you plan on blowing for extended periods you need a larger tank. Mine is a 30 gal / 5hp. Don't waste your money on a small one. look for a good used one and use a water seperator/dryer before your blow hose. I know that sounds a bit extreme, but you will not regret it if you have the space and money for it.
Krud Kutter can do wonders with all types of things and its non toxic. Its tricky to find sometimes though because often stores will put it in the hardware section instead of the grocery and call it a latex paint remover.But as wonderful as it is , you should not use it on all items because it will strip certain things. But I use it on most things I clean. Perfect for sticker residue or getting that brown dirt ring off the bottom of mugs and plates. Also as Ryanne mentioned rubbing alcohol can work too.
Lighter fluid is safe for practically everything from wool to polyurethane finishes and is WAY better than rubbing alcohol. That's my #1 "go-to" product. 99% of all sticker residues and most sharpie marks are soluble with lighter fluid alone. Occasionally some require the magic eraser and lighter fluid combination or denatured alcohol in the most extreme cases. Denatured alcohol is pretty extreme stuff and should be used with extreme caution.It can damage finishes. Also - be very careful with bakelite and acetates. Some cleaners will disolve them rather rapidly.One more note: Look for cleaners, finishes and paints at your local hazardous waste collection site. I go to the one that serves us locally and get all kinds of great stuff from household cleaners, and solvents to leather products and lots of paint and varnishes are also available. I painted my entire house with top quality paints I got for FREE from the hazardous waste collection site. Free stains and polyurethanes for my woodworking projects too. They offer it to the public freely as a "recycle" type of service.
I use lighter fluid to take off all stickers/price tags. It works great. Evaporates quickly and has never harmed anything I've used it on even paper.
"Lighter fluid" is the same thing as naphtha. You can guy it by the gallon at Home Depot then pour small amounts into a more easily dispensable container. It's also the same thing that used to be sold in bottles as "spot remover". That's best for stickers and other gummy stuff. Toluene is for stubborn gummy stuff. But it will attack plastics and other materials. It's the stuff in model glue that gets the idiots that huff it high. For natal and glass only. Denatured alcohol (ethanol) works better than isopropyl, it it will attack some plastics - test first. Good for removing marker. Also good is acetone - even more aggressively damaging to plastics. But if you have a tough material to remove sometimes the only alternative risk damaging it or leave it on. I keep all these handy. A heat gun will remove may gummy labels too. But some resist heat. Lots of newer labels seem to use an adhesive that's just about impossible to remove. And never use heat on a label that's on shrink-wrap. The wrap will shrink until it tears.
Dusty, whenever I read your posts, I hear the voice of "Bubbles" in my head.
Doing a little happy dance here today. After just 7 months of selling on ebay I got top rated on my monthly review yesterday. Yay for me.
Different reason for happy dance today, I rushed to the thrift store this morning to get some flatware i left behind yesterday , turns out the manager with the key to the glass shelf isn't coming in till one, she some how forgot to leave them yesterday, i decided to peruse the glass shelf/ further , they had just brought in some gold and sterling silver jewellery to the glass shelf ,got 20 pairs of designer sterling silver earrings for $20 and an 18k gold pendant for $7 sometimes the early bird does catch the fattest worms
Is anyone from our group planning to attend Ebay Radio Party in Las Vegas June 16-18? I've never been, but think about it every year!Debbie
I went with a couple of friends about 5 yrs.ago. It was okay. Learned a little and enjoyed meeting other sellers. Enjoyed thrifting with friends.
Okay, I must know how other people are shipping bedding. I have several comfortors, blankets, etc.. I want to list but when I went to calculate shipping the price was outrageous. And I used Ebay's shipping discount thru usps to check it. The main issue is the box size for one of my items would be 30 inches. That makes it over sized and cost over 70 bucks. I've thought about buying a vacuum seal bag to suck the air out to make it smaller. How do you guys ship big bulky bedding that weights 10 pounds.
$70 seems high (depends where it's going), but the shipping cost is the shipping cost. Comforters are big and bulky. Buyers will pay what it costs. Just do "calculated shipping".
108 inches is your magic number You need to make your item under that number. BUT, I always use 106 because the people measuring the items use a flexible ribbon tape and they are very inaccurate. You should always "pad" the total number a couple of inches or at LEAST 1 inch. You can also roll items in a cylindrical shape and that will cut down the dimension a lot. if you know what I mean... 72 inches long and a diameter of 10 inches (roughly 32 in circumference) still gets you under 106...
Left longer msg on computer, guess it didn't go thru. Long story short, how do you guys ship bedding? Price is outrageous even with eBay discount. I'm talking 70 plus dollars. I have a few comforters and blankets I want to sell but box would be 30 inches and close to 10lbs on some unless I get a vacuum shrink bag. Thoughts?
Hi - Last time I sold and shipped a comforter, it came in zippered plastic packaging and I wrapped and squeezed that into a white plastic trash bag (obviously unused) and shipped in a box. I would send USPS Parcel Post and never paid more than $25.00 even with larger dimensions. Never any complaints on shipping price.Debbie
Well when I looked up the price for a 30 inch box for my largest king sized one, it gave me limited options and it was 75 to 90 dollars. I was shocked. And that was the parcel price with eBay's discount. I think the issue is every side of the box is big. I can try to squish it as much as possible but it will still be really long. I may just spend 6 bucks and buy a vacuum bag.
Have you checked the shipping price with FedEx or UPS? You might be surprised to find the shipping cost is much cheaper with one of their ground services.
I always ship bedding by putting it inside a plastic bag, then ship it in poly mailers. I keep a supply of the largest ones on hand. If one is too small I cut the sides open and tape them around the quilt or whatever. The tape sticks really well. If Priority is too expensive use Parcel Post. Never have had a problem, and I have sold a lot of bedding. I have never had a complaint for changing my shipping from what was on the listing to something cheaper, either. But you can always send a note saying it is being shipped Parcel Post (or whatever they call it now) to save having to charge more due to the buyers location.
I do the exact same thing as you do, Linda Shields. The large Polymailers cut to fit work like a charm!Debbie in Los Angeles
as i always say, shipping price is what it is. but as other have mentioned, try added FedEx ground/home, it most likely will be a lot cheaper for a bigger heavier object.
I googled this to no avail. Does paypals 60 month return policy supersede ebays 14 days. i have a customer who had a working iPhone for a few months that they claim is now not working. With that allowed time the customer could have damaged the item or got water on it. Jay sorry i haven't heard this one talked about yet sorry if you guys have covered it
One doesnt supercede the other. They are simply different systems. Some buyers will open a Paypal case when they know their eBay return date is expired. I would call eBay and discuss with them. Usually they're good about understanding these cases. I would think the biyer would need a good reason to return a phone after two months.
I had a buyer say that a wool sweater I sent her had 3 moth holes - yikes! I immediately thought about when something similar happened to Jay and Ryanne, and Jay asked if they had moths in the house. This was an older sweater that I bought when I was very new to ebay and obviously not very good at scavenging. She clearly loves the sweater and said she could do the repairs but wanted me to consider a price adjustment or she could return it. I apologized, said I missed the holes asked her what could I do to make this a good experience for her. She replied with a range she considered a reasonable adjustment, and I immediately sent her a PayPal payment of the highest price she asked for. She said she was happy and would be leaving me good feedback. I ran the numbers, and I still made a small profit - but more importantly, I didn't get bad feedback or pay for shipping on a sweater that's worthless to me. I thought of all the things I've heard here on Scavenger Life, and tried to apply them to turn this bad situation into a positive for everyone. Still waiting for my feedback, but feeling good that it will be just fine, now.
Good job. Problems happen. It's all how we deal with them.
Hey everyone I vaguely remember this being discussed before. I was wondering how everyone ships their perfume?Also I discovered the chinaware mystery. It is called Blue Heaven, here is a link to someone selling the same set.https://www.etsy.com/listing/167144257/retro-canonsburg-pottery-allegheny-ware
I ship my perfume ground mail only within the US. I don't know if there is a way to legally ship it overseas?
Ah, yes: Blue Heaven. I knew I had seen that pattern before. Perfume is legally supposed to be shipped through a ground carrier.
It might make sense to specify Canonsburg Blue Heaven, because there's another more common Blue Heaven pattern out there as well, by Royal China. Great job identifying it. I spent quite a while on it but didn't get anywhere!
Thanks for the update in the pattern, Jon. Is it true that none of the pieces are marked? Will you sell it as a set or "part it out"?
i think there are a few Blue Heaven patterns out there. i have one for sale and it looks like this---http://is.gd/uW87Yn
I would like to thank You both for Your positive outlook on Ebay ! I am just a small part time seller that has not sold in a few years and was scared off from selling again because I was reading the Ebay boards.Found Your website and started listing again sold $316 that I had $0 in since Wednesday !Had to drop something in Your tip jar last night.
Like any good bartender, we appreciate a little tip now and again. It's always exciting to us when we can pay our internet bill with tips. Glad to hear of another person who realizes that eBay (minus the drama) is a low key way to make money. Treat it professionally and it's a good experience.
Ryanne,You mentioned within the last month or two, that matching silver or silverplate flatware to the case greatly increases the value. I inherited a set of silver that I'm trying to determine if the case was original to the set or not. The case is amazing. How do you determine the match? Thanks in advance for your direction.
i should have clarified that that particular flatware chest was labeled with the name of the pattern it matched. otherwise i would not have known what it went to. if the flatware you have fits in the chest, then i say it matches and should fetch you a good price.
Whether you live in a trailer or a house, you have to one-up those trailer park boys. They've the ultimate scavengers.
Who are they?
Do you have Netflix, Linda? It's a very funny tv show, pretty sure the whole thing is still on there.
I knew that face looked familiar. Trailer Park Boys is a popular Canadian comedy series.
We actually saw these guys live a few years back. They were hilarious!
Well, time to go get some more shopping carts so I can feed my kitties.
Kitty Land Love Center!
I was googling around to make a list of flea markets in the area and ran across one that made its own adorable YouTube video. I've never seen a flea market that cared that much about their presentation, and I've been going to them my whole life! Had to share. http://youtu.be/vGx38t8YnrU
Wish I could join you there! ☺️
That definitely the style of our Virginian Flea markets as well. Lots of people who scavenge and save items to sell. Lots of junkers. Less fancy and more down home.
Thanks for sharing this Christina. Boy the ones here in California look so much different! Ours have great items, too, but I love I love the music and the atmosphere of your video! Debbie in Los Angeles
I'm trying to build my pipeline and im near 400 items. I've also decided to press on and not look for a new job. I'm determined to make this work. However I'm having the "good problem" this week. Sales are going crazy for me which is great financially but killing my inventory numbers. Sunday is always my busiest sell day but it seems to be continuing today. I just need to get on a better schedule and try to streamline my process a little better. I stopped going to the post office and scheduled a pick up. 1st day no one picked up. 2nd day guy rang the doorbell and woke me up. I answered the door looking a mess. I clearly wrote in the message space where my pkgs were. I have a screened porch and he didn't bother to even check it. Ok, I need to get to work now. Look forward to your next podcast.
If you;re selling more than you can list, it means your pipeline is unclogged and fully functioning. The benefit to growing a large inventory is simply have some stability of sales on weeks when you can't list. It took us a good 3 years to hit 2000 items.
Hello everyone. I just wanted to get your tips on spring and summer selling. Ive heard in many podcasts that this time of year can be slow so I'm wondering how slow is slow and also what do you do to try to counter that. This is the first summer I'll be selling while trying to make it full time and was hoping for some tips or advice. I know I'm going to be going to yard sales which is new for me. The tip I wanted to add for others is look for summer related things like camping or sports stuff. People will buy those during the warm months.
Summer is like every other time except Christmas. The holiday season is boom time for any seller, the rest of the year has its ups and downs. I was building my store last spring and summer with 200-300 items and every month just got better and better.You just need to concentrate on listing good items and don't worry about what time of year it is. People are always looking to buy. The more stuff in your store the more consistent the sales.
As always, thank you for your wonderful podcast and community!I haven't commented in awhile but wanted to share a recent sale that I think is a really good example of not undervaluing your items - I bought a bunch of "Life's Good" hats that were new for $5 each at a local thrift shop. They had the manufacturer's $20 price tag still in them. I took the tag out and priced them at $39.99 each with free first class shipping. I've already sold two at this price point (in about 10 days). I NEVER would have done this when I started ebaying a year ago. I would have listed them for the MSRP $20. Now even with paying $5/each plus the FS (which I built into the price) I'm still making over $30/ hat.I chose to list them high because they were hats which Life's Good no longer makes. Often people lose their favorite hat and look on eBay for a replacement.
Yeah I'm always torn on how to handle items that still have a price tag on them. Sometimes I remove the price sticker so I can sell it for higher and sometimes I leave it on to show ppl they are getting a deal. But then there are times like u talked about where you sell for higher because you can't get it anymore. Curious to see how other ppl handle this. I bought a Fenton glass hat today for a buck and it still has a 50 dollar sticker on it. Trying to decide how to price it.
Hey, Jay and Ryanne,I've started catching up on Global Voodoo's videos since this episode aired. I was just listening to like a 3 year old morning wake up that he did. He happened to mention that he was going to be doing a big estate clear out (3 years ago). I know you guys in the past had mentioned wanting to interview someone who does those. I don't know if he still does them, but maybe he could give some good insight into how that all works. Just FYI. Thanks for all your hard work.