yaaaay i am first again
i think this anon who's posting first all the time is jay or ryanne playing a joke on us ;)
I promise you, that's an original First-er.
hey, we write a publish the posts, that's all i the work i need. don't need to be the first to comment as well.
Whoever it is I think they are one of your youngest viewers.
I dont get why being first is a thing. These kids today, I tell ya...
Well its fun to say momentarily but it would be nice if that person would say it and then leave a genuine comment as well so its not a wasted comment spot like this thread is becoming lol.
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Ryan, I love how your mind works. So smart. Thanks much for sharing what you're thinking when you price an item. They way you priced that pottery piece was brilliant!!I'm sitting here listing and enjoying your great content. Thanks.
aw thanks. i try.
Great little video, as usual! I also keep an eye out for perfumes and colognes...recently bought 8 of them for $10, have already sold 3 for a total of $200. At yard sales, I always ask, "Oh, by the way, you don't have any old perfumes or colognes you don't use any more." It works. Keep listing!!
Are you illegally shipping these thru USPS? I'm just messing with you. It is against their policy but I have done it multiple times. Perfumes are flammable. In my book everything is flammable if you set fire to it.
Perfumes can go Parcel Post so no international sales.
Oppps! I just shipped some perfume to the UK last month.
Awesome perfume sale. By the way when you say 'keep your eye out' for this perfume, same things as saying BOLO. Just saying cause Jay always makes fun of the term BOLO. And Anonymous above you can LEGAlly send perfume USPS by ground. And it is more flammable than other things because of its alcohol content. I guess I'd consider myself a shipping nazi because I do think you should follow the rules.
i dislike the term BOLO, sounds too much like YOLO. just keep your eyes peeled. aka KYEP or as fugazi says KYEO, keep your eyes open!
Its very refreshing to have a new podcast and comment section. I love the stuff you find. I'm a bit jealous because I can't find that kind of quality near me but I may start driving out further. I do have a question for you Ryanne. I bought a tile and realized I know nothing about them. I looked up the name on the back but evidently they just created the blank clay tile, they didn't decorate the front. Any idea on how to get more info about it? I did a google image search but didn't see mine. The tile itself was made by american olean.
You just research the best you can. Could just be a homemade design. Someone will still appreciate a nice tile they could use as a trivet.
Ryanne do you research the perfumes before you buy them or do you just pick up whatever you find in that price range?
Usually perfume is so cheap (under $3) that we often just take a chance. If there are 5+ bottles, we ask for a one price for the lot. Often the stuff wont sell for more than $30, but we've hot the jackpot a number of times.The fancier perfume has the nicer bottles. Like anything, you can just tell its quality.
I look for anything that was made in France. I might be missing some great ones but those are the ones that sell for me. You will see something like EAU DE PARFUM on the bottle. I've found almost empty bottles of Chanel #5 and sold them for $24.95 fast.
nope i do not research them when i'm out and about. if it's $5 and under, i usually get it. or if it's a designer brand like Chanel etc, it's usually a good bet for a reasonable price. and i have bought so much of it in the last 3 years, i know several brands that i look for as well.
Jay, Ryanne: You may have mentioned this previously, but how will you maintain your rental property when you are traveling?
We have a local friend who will clean and mage our rental while we travel. We'll give him 20% of our profit during that period.
Love the video. That shotgun belt is awesome...especially if it's for real. I wish I had a super power that would tell me the history of an item as soon as I touched it!! Ryanne, if possible, would you share where you got the items. I love hearing where the items were acquired as well. You do mention sometimes..just curious. Thank you!
I feel the same way Margaret. I think it would add even more value if Ryanne mentioned where she got the item. Love these videos. So helpful!
i try to do that, sometimes i forget and sometimes i get bored of just saying it came from a thrift store, estate sale or flea market. take your pick, it came from one of those places. also, jay is the master at remembering where we got stuff and he's not around when i'm packing.
Had I seen the "Paint Box" it would have been mine! What a wonderful artist "patina" of drips and drabs on it. Super cool! Cheers...Mike
yep, always get them, they sell for good money.
I found one of those painters boxes just this weekend too. It even has some paint pallets with it. I was not sure if it was a good buy, but it was reassuring when I saw it in the video.
people love the paint pallets as well. the guy who bought this box asked if the pallet came with it, which it didn't sadly. with the pallet it can fetch over $100.
We'll... today is not going as planned. Woke up with a lot to get done and my battery is dead. Its not holding much charge lately. I charge it, get ready to take pics and SD card has flaked out on me. Two expenses I did not expect to have to make today. Frustrating but I guess i just have to roll with the punches. Best buy here I come!
Buy what you need. Its a business expense. Tool up.
Speaking of business expenses. I'm on the hunt for a decent camera. I've been trying to make my iPad 2 work as a stepping stone to being able to afford a "real" digital camera, but the pictures have been so bad I've given up. I spent a few hours today getting acquainted with an expensive photography app and ended up totally wasting my money. The iPad just isn't going to cut it. End of story.I just don't have hundreds of dollars to spend on one and I haven't purchased a digital camera in about a decade. Any recommendations on where to find one or an inexpensive model that will be better than an iPad but not as expensive as a professional one? The last digital camera I purchased was a Powershot at Target for a little over $100 I believe... Again. A decade ago. :)
I use a Fujifilm finepix point and shoot. You can get them at Walmart for a little over $100. I've seen them at Amazon also, but you have to be careful that you are actually getting a new one.Also, not that you asked but Infranview is a good free photo editing tool.
That should have been IrfanView. (I spelled it wrong above).
Ah. Great suggestion. That's the kind of info I'm looking for. I'm going to go study the camera specs and compare it to others in its range. Thank you much!
I got a Samsung ST150F digital camera about a year or so ago from Best Buy; I think it was around $80 on sale. I've been very happy with it. It has WiFi connectivity function so you can just upload photos to your computer, but I just attach it to my computer via the cable to do that.
I'm laughing over here. Apparently the iPad 2 megapixel count is .92! Either of those mentioned cameras would be a step up in picture quality. Thank you both for options to compare. To the original poster. Rolling with the punches helps smooth out our rough edges which makes the rolling easier. ;)
Any modern point-and-shoot digital camera should work just fine for eBay photography. Just be sure that you have enough light on the object you are photographing and you'll be OK. Proper lighting, without using the flash, makes all the difference.
The camera on a newer iPhone works quite well, high resolution and clear. Not as nice as a professional camera probably, but still takes pictures that sell!
Here's one of my favorite tips/guides for making a lightbox for less than $10. No matter what the camera, good and plentiful light is the key to any photograph - whether it be an eBay product or a portrait photo.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6fnHEvLyAE
Thank you Brian! I have seen a dozen or so videos on making an inexpensive light box and this was a great one.
I use a relatively cheap point and shoot (cost around $100 3 years ago) and it works fine. The best tip I can give you or anyone really, is to learn how to adjust the white balance. My pictures all had a blue tint to them because I was shooting indoors in indirect light. With the white balance adjusted, they look great and I don't have to do any color editing.
these are the cameras we love---basic point and shoot, Canon Powershot is a winner.If you want to bump it up a notch, Panasonic GH1 with 20mm lens is what we use and love.
The reason I specifically like using my iPhone5s camera is the auto syncing feature to iPhoto. As long as both the phone and computer are connected to wifi, as soon as you take a photo, it is automatically in iPhoto on your computer. I know it's not a huge time saver, but every 5-10 minutes of importing and organizing photos saved is 5-10 minutes I could be listing or doing other things. As long as there is ample light, my iPhone5s camera is just as good as a $100 P&S camera.
I'll just chime in here to say that I agree that lighting is an important thing to tackle no matter what type of camera you are using. You don't really know how good your camera is until you have proper lighting set up.And I'll also agree that you don't need to spend a bunch of money to do this. I built my light kit for around $30 from stuff I purchased at a hardware store. It works great.Good luck!
I like that. "tool up". May be my new go to phrase. I saw ryannes dream today from an old podcast. A huge roll of big bubble wrap for cheap. I mean huge. It would not have fit in my car.
Did you try and roll it home? :PI'm so stubborn I would probably do just that. Ha.
I wouldn't know where to put it once I got it home. My cats like to eat plastic and there's definitely no hiding it from them. I wish they could have sold me half the roll.
i would have strapped it to the roof of my hatchback, for sure!
On Feb 9 I sold a large Starbucks new French press for $25.00 plus $9.50 shipping. A few days later I got a return request for Not As Described. The buyer claimed it was supposed to be copper and was stainless steel instead. She wanted copper, as it showed in my photos! I wrote and told her my photos were of a stainless item, and the description said so. I told her she could return it but I was not going to give her free return shipping. I had to call Ebay twice to get the defect removed. Then she wrote and said she was not returning it because her son had been using it, and she would feel bad returning it as not new. Fast forward to this week and I got a notice that she had started a return. Yesterday Ebay notifed me that it had been delivered. But I never received anything from her! And it is rather late, being 5 weeks after her purchase and I offer 2 week returns. Not to mention it is no longer "new". I am scratching my head. To cap it all off, in her earlier message the buyer told me she had already bought another Fr press from someone else that she liked. This morning I decided to add her to my blocked buyer list. Then I thought to look up her buying history on Watchcount. There was the other Fr press she had bought. Not a Starbucks, but for half what mine cost. And, get this: it was stainless steel.
Jim Morrison said it best really...."People are strange" Auctioneer Mike
When I was a Realtor the first thing we were taught was "buyers are liars." I thought that was cynical at the time. :-)
Well that sucks--so did you get a defect out of this? I'm sorry but ebay's defect system is so confusing, not to mention totally unfair in many cases, that my head is spinning.
Not at all. The first ebay rep was so rude and told me that my photos looked like copper to her. But the second one was totally kind and removed the defect. I never got the return even today. So I guess when she went to use the return label she realized she was going to have to cough up the shipping costs and didnt follow through.
Had to call eBay this morning to get an unwarranted negative feedback removed for the first time ever... I have received neutral/negative feedback in the past, but it was truly because I did something wrong (listing, shipping to wrong address, etc) and I accepted that feedback. I sold a gold & aquamarine pendant to someone in Canada (not GSP, it was after I read all of the various tips/tricks on here about excluding Canada from GSP). Since it was not GSP, I had options for USPS First Class, USPS Priority, and USPS Express on my listing. The buyer chose Priority, which ended up being $34 USD. Yesterday I got a nasty not that they had to pay customs (+$15) and they were not pleased; I explained that I don't make any money on shipping (plus it was clearly listed what the shipping charges were before purchase) and definitely do not collect the customs charges. He wouldn't let it go, and finally I went silent because there was nothing outside of a full shipping refund that this guy would take to resolve the matter. Then he left me negative feedback.I called eBay and killed the representative with kindness - telling them they were handling this wonderfully and how much I appreciated their effort to solve the matter. They read the listing and all of the correspondence between the buyer & me, and said they would remove the feedback "within 48 hours". I checked and it actually was gone within 10 minutes.Lesson learned: Stay professional and positive, no matter what the circumstance, and everything will likely be ruled in your favor.
Well done! Just FYI, since I don't use GSP, I put the following at the bottom of all my descriptions: "International Buyers – Please Note: Import duties, taxes, and charges are not included in the item price or shipping cost. These charges are the buyer's responsibility. Please check with your country's customs office to determine what these additional costs will be prior to bidding or buying."
When the Global Shipping Program didnt exist, we would have this same situation every couple months because were very aggressive about shipping anywhere. No matter what we did, a foreign buyer would get angry when they realized their country wanted them to pay more than what we charged them. It's maddening that people dont understand their own country's laws.With GSP, I understand it's more expensive up front, but then the package is delivered right to their door. As long as we get it to the eBay warehouse in Kentucky, we never hear another peep. Perfect. In December, we briefly turned off GSP to see if we'd get more international sales (we didnt). But one package was sent to Belgium by priority mail. We got the package back today (2+ months later). Turns out the buyer must have denied the package because he didnt want to pay the extra $15 for customs fee. The buyer has never contacted us, so guess a refund is in order. Just a mess and a pain in the ass.
Can I get some help? Currently have a basic store subscription with 300 items listed. When is it cost effective to bump up to the next store level? Is there a magic number of listings I need to have before I bump up? Think I am getting close. Appreciate the suggestions. Zeelang
Just plug your numbers into the fee illustrator. 300 is probably right on the cusp. http://www.fees.ebay.com/feeweb/feeillustrator
At 300 items, it's a tough call. Check the eBay store levels. If you step up, it'll be $50/month for 500 free listings plus 10-cents a listing after that. If you continue to grow your store, I'd bump it up.
When I hit 500 items I did the eBay store calculator thing and it made sense to go to the next level.
Right now I'm at about 350-360 items. I upgraded to premium at like 330..make sense and did the yearly subscription. So it's costing me the same right now as a lower subscription. But now I have 500 free, plus it automatically raised my selling limits to a much higher number. Do it and it will motivate you to get to 500 quickly!
Anyone else having trouble viewing accepted offer prices on sold listings? I was doing some research and saw a BO and went to hit the print button but I didn't see it. I don't know how to find it otherwise...
It is now gone. Use Watchcount.com
Didn't know about Watchcount, thanks for sharing Linda.
I'm glad there's a solution but what a pain in the ass. I hate having to go to other website for information that should be available within the eBay system.
i can see it in firefox when i do command-i and it shows you the info on the page. i can see the best offer price in there.
Does anybody know if there is something similar to command-I on a PC? I googled first, Jay - honest! :)
On a PC, its ALT-I.
yeah it's either Alt-i or control-i, try them, see what works. i forgot that pcs don't have command.
Are you looking at the source code of the page? A screen shot would be really helpful. :-D
it's not the source code, it's just the page info. so in firefox you can even do Tools>Page Info, same thing. i dont know if it's available on chrome or safari, i can't find it. either way you can view it on watchcount.com if you can't see it on your browser.
On a pc, you can also just right click, then "view page info". Super easy!
I loved the buyer's comment on the civil war forks, "price was reasonable." What a great sale!
Yeah, we were glad the buyer was happy with the forks. Obviously it had value to him.
I have question about Global Shipping that I'm hoping someone might know. If I put standard shipping but decide to ship it priority instead to Kentucky because it worked out better for me, how does the global shipping dept handle that? I mean if they ship it to another country without changing my outside box, it's going to say priority. Do they have to pay priority shipping to the end user since I shipped it that way? Or would they put it in their own packaging or does any of that really matter? Just curious if anyone has any experience with this type of situation personally.
my answer is, don't worry about it. it's GSP's job to either cover up any labels or send it priority, though they tend to send it using that country's mail system. maybe those other countries don't care what the packaging is, so it won't matter. either way, it's not your problem. i've shipped hundreds of items to KY Priority and never had an issue of things not getting delivered.
Awesome perfume sale! Ever since you guys mentioned selling perfume I've been on the look out. A few weeks ago I found a Coach Poppy perfume. Its about 60% full but it's not a super expensive perfume. I only paid $5 so I'll for sure make money off of it. Perfume is great though because it virtually takes up no space!
I'm gun shy when it comes to perfume. I bought a BUNCH of perfume gift sets about 4 years ago on an after Christmas sale at a major department store. (All the gift sets were half off.) I remember one of the brands was Marc Jacobs Daisy. Shortly (within days) of putting the set up on eBay I got a MC999 Listing policy violation: "The rights owner Coty Germany GmbH, notified eBay that this listing violates intellectual property rights. When eBay receives a report of this type of violation, we remove the listing to comply with the law." There was more mumbo jumbo about importing certain products from other countries without the rights owners permission may violate their intellectual property rights. But then there was this paragraph: "Please be sure your current and future listings follow these guidelines, keeping in mind that additional violations could result in the suspension of your account."So that was that. I wasn't going to risk suspension over it. Fortunately Amazon was not so Nazi about it (all the sets were brand new and sealed so Amazon was an option). They eventually sold over the next year or so. Then I got bold again and tried to list some tiny sample vials of perfume on eBay - one was a Coty product and BAMM. VeRO. So my eBay store may be on some watch list or something. I mean really? A sample vial that was barely 1 ml on a card from the mall? So yeah, no, not in a hurry to list perfume on eBay anytime soon. But congrats on the Bodacious sale! Literally! :-) I sound like a TMNT.Caren
Maybe you were flagged because they were current products? I've been flagged with VeRo a few times with brand new products, but never with vintage products.I have never had a problem selling perfumes, although all of mine were vintage. My biggest score was from an estate sale of an upscale horse breeder in northern NJ that passed - I bought 10 bottles of sealed, unopened bottles of vintage high end perfumes from the 1940s-1960s. I mean HIGH end like Chanel No5 that was a wedding gift from 1947, Joy de Jean Patou in a Baccarat bottle from the 1950s, etc. Paid $20 a piece for them and have not sold one for less than $300.
Brian, perhaps that's the difference, i.e., vintage vs new. Since the risk is minimal with estate sale perfumes ($1-20 at most), it would be worth giving it another shot. I've got a box of Chanel No5 from 1960 still sealed in the box - it's a small bottle, but still! It would be nice to get $300 for it, that's for sure. (Although I can't for the life of me figure out why anyone would want perfume that is decades old. The oils can go rancid over time they can really smell gawd awful once that happens. That said, I have to remember that "I am not my buyer." That needs to be a mug, seriously! Or whatever that phrase was. Caren
LOL!!! IT IS ALREADY A MUG! Haha. "I am not my target buyer". Yeah, that's the ticket! Now I'm sounding like Jon Lovitz.
I found a fork just like these! Thanks for the BOLO!!! LOLA!