After six years of selling on eBay, we’ve figured out how to make a living selling stuff we scavenge. For lack of a better word, we call it “building our eBay pipeline”. Because we’ve created a lifestyle where we’re always either scavenging or listing, the pipeline is always flowing. When we go to the grocery store, we stop by a thrift store or pick up an old lamp on the side of the street. When we’re at home, we always setting time aside to list the stuff we found. Busy little trash elves. We put items into the eBay pipeline and money comes out the other side. The more you fill it, the more consistently money comes out.
Had a good solid week of sales, though we sold many items under $30. We experimented by buying some commercial kitchen equipment at fire sale rates. Unfortunately it turned out to be a bust. All lessons are expensive.
We also talk about getting our first paying guests stay at our rental farmhouse. After three years of spending money on renovations, we’re psyched to hopefully turn on our “rental pipeline”. More pipelines, more freedom.
Like other sellers, we got a small wave of returns. It happens. A caller asked about Global Shipping Program which now ships to 64 counties. We also talk about a bad experience we had buying an item on eBay which helps us see the other side.
The Weekly Scavenger Numbers
Our Store Week March 8-14, 2015
- Total Items in Store: 3804
- Items Sold: 49
- Cost of Items Sold: $170
- Total Sales: $1411.60
- Highest Price Sold: $79.99 (old forks)
- Average Price Sold: $28.57
- International Sales: 3 (3 GSP)
- Returns: 3
- Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $370
- Number of items listed this week: 91