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We've been consistently selling on eBay since 2008, and we couldn't have done this if we weren't having fun. Not fun as in “I'm super lazy and don't do anything”, but fun as in “I like to be busy and challenged and this feels like a fun flow.”
Running an eBay business is about juggling fifty different details at the same time. We love to get into the "eBay" flow. One task leads to another to another where it almost becomes meditation. This is different from many jobs we've had where it feels like drudgery. Every moment is more painful than the next...and there’s only tomorrow of the same pain to look forward to. When people complain about listing, we can think a million worst things we could be doing to make a living.
If you had told me in 2008 that we would make a living and gain freedom by selling one $30 item at a time, I would have never started. Too over whelming. Instead we simply have one fun day of scavenging and selling followed by the next. If eBay feels like drudgery to you, change it up. Sell items that you find interesting, get your partner involved, don't take on more than you can handle.
In this podcast, we talk about the following links:
- Marks shares the new video showing inside eBay's Global Shipping Warehouse in Kentucky. (Look for the robot hand!)
- A seller, Amazing Taste, explains how to check and fix your Google Search terms on eBay. Seriously, this really surprised us.
- Another seller suggested the book, Speed Cleaning by Jeff Campbell, to help us turn over our rental house faster.
- tOM sent this link about how to scavenge in the trash in your neighborhood.
- Fun new podcast from Scott Carrier called Home of the Brave. He's my favorite storyteller on This American Life.
- Filmmaker Mark Duplass gives the keynote at SXSW. He explains how he makes great media scavenger style. Reminds us that selling on eBay would be a great job for a hungry filmmaker.
- Watch the web series, High Maintenance. Also made by creative people who use the scavenger mentality.
Plus this week's Flashback has us talking about why we love to scavenge at Flea Markets. Check it out and get excited about the coming season.
And if you want to come visit us, rent our Farm House in the Shenandoah Valley for your next vacation. We'll even meet with you for dinner if you want, and we can talk about scavenging.
The Weekly Scavenger Numbers
Our Store Week March 22-28, 2015
- Total Items in Store: 3828
- Items Sold: 34
- Cost of Items Sold: $290
- Total Sales: $1,516.72
- Highest Price Sold: $249 (Outsider Art)
- Average Price Sold: $44.58
- International Sales: 4 (1 GSP)
- Returns: 0
- Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $70
- Number of items listed this week: 123