Yeah I'm first!
Hi Ryanne,You probably saw this in your search already, but just thought I'd post if if you had not. I've been really loving seeing the tiles you have been selling. They are so beautiful. A wonderful way to incorporate art into your home!"The tile company that produced this tile is a mystery. Volga Tile Studios is listed in the Los Angeles City directory for 1926 but doesn't appear there prior to or after 1926. It was owned by Nina de Volgenski who is also quite elusive and left no tracks to follow.There are a few known tiles that Volga produced. All of them are white clay cuenca tiles, often with Russian motifs. I find them quite beautiful and am actively researching the history of the studio. If you know anything about it - or have any Volga tiles - please contact me!"http://www.curiousclay.com/?p=495#more-495
I think the woman who bought the tile also runs that tile blog. she was asking the exact questions that writers in her post. That's the power of online search. She must have had a crawler out if anyone listed a Volga tile. Glad it went to a good home. Great example of how collectors can be the bread and butter of any scavenger business.
I had that Preppy Handbook when I was a teen. I turned into a scavenger though :)
Just listen to the podcast and my maths my wrong here but items listed in a week would beThis weeks total number of items (3762) + items sold (55) - last weeks total number of items (3725)So if my maths is right you listed 92 items last week
You could be correct. I come up with the numbers at different times of the week so they are a little fuzzy. But this gives us a general sense of the health of our store.
So im a little embarrassed to share this story but I recently sold a Barbie 1960s house toy accessory(radio console with cone base stands) and it sold. Kicker is that I was not sure of the value but thought if I put it in an auction it may have gotten crazy bids.... only one person bid and it was Mike Jones Artistic Director of Louis Vuiiton(not sure how you spell the name) yeah the guy from France...and he got it for 4.99...that's four dollars and ninety nine cents...... *&^%%$#@$^&*.....freggin auctions..... lesson learned and I hope I get to see where he goes with it. Though im afraid it might be too painful to bare where it goes....
If this was a plastic thingy that does nothing but is part of a set, it could be worth more but not by much I would have thought.There was much hilarity in the UK a few years ago when it was revealed that Cherie Blair, wife of our prime minister at the time, had bought a child's clock on ebay for less than a fiver. I supposed everyone's immediate thought is surely rich people shop at rich stores. But ebay........so convenient.....
what did you think it would be worth? any completed auctions?
Sometimes you leave some money on the table as a seller. I look at it as being part of the game, "paying my tuition" as a great learning experience. Nice work on the tile by the way.I almost called in when you listed the bangle bracelet. I believe the term for that type of thermoplastic is "catalin". Do a search for it and especially notice table model radios (Fada is the most prolific brand) made of catalin, $$$!Thanks all for your work on the blog and podcast/videos, I'm more than half way through your collection.
The "slag glass" piece with the scotty dog decal you just listed I believe is a boudoir lamp base or shade without the hardware. Very popular in the 1940's, also referred to as agate glass.
thanks, we were wondering what the heck it was! that's very helpful.
CORRECTION: Kim Jones not mike jones
Ryanne,It couldn't find it. It came in a 1962 Barbie case that was rotting away in a local flea market. The inside stuff was preserved....this radio toy console was the only thing worth salvaging.
Sometimes you just have to do your best. If you;re happy with the price, then no regrets.You can usually find a general price even by looking at similar items. Old Barbie stuff should let you know what people pay for stuff in that era.
Well at least now Jay....i cant rest assured that some designers might be looking for what i have and i will have to remember im not my targeted buyer and price stuff accordingly..... ;)
Maybe a 1550's German: "Fliese" ceramic tile www.pinterest.com
On www.curiousclay.com found "The tile company that produced this tile is a mystery. Volga Tile Studios is listed in the Los Angeles City directory for 1926 but doesn't appear there prior to or after 1926. It was owned by Nina de Volgenski who is also quite elusive and left no tracks to follow. There are a few known tiles that Volga produced. All of them are white clay cuenca tiles, often with Russian motifs. I find them quite beautiful and am actively researching the history of the studio. If you know anything about it - or have any Volga tiles..."
Thanks. In an earlier comment above, someone linked to the same article. I'm almost sure the woman who runs that website bought the tile.
I spent the evening being harassed by an Ebay Nazi. She wrote and wanted to know how I know a certain piece of sterling silver jewelry was made by the artist I named. I told her she was the only artist that makes this particular style of jewelry. Then the Nazi said if is wasn't signed I had to take it off or that was "fraud". I wrote back and said "I think not." Then she wrote and told me I was "rude and unprofessional" and if I didn't take it off she was reporting me to Ebay. I told her that I didn't appreciate her accusations, I had said nothing rude, and there was much to be said for minding one's own business. Then she said she had reported me to Ebay and they would decide. I wrote back and told her that I have been selling jewelry on Ebay since 2001, and if she had any experience at all she would realize that the hallmark on the back indicated this particular designer, and she should enjoy herself, but I don't do research for other sellers, and she is now on my blocked list. I know; I should have ignored her, but it was too much of a temptation. Some people have their noses in all the wrong places!
Linda: I think we both spoke to the same ebay rep. I've almost always been 100%, Power Seller, Best Seller etc. until I had a streak of cancelled transactions partly due to bulk edit page malfunctions. I just got my first month back with a $1,600 listing limit 30 days. When I'd called ebay, my call was escalated from India to some crab who blasted "do you want to close your store." I as conflicted at the moment. But I didn't really. Though Amazon has ebay "support" to thank for a huge shift in listing to Amazon what ebay won't let me list with them. I have to do something with my time. I've cleaned up my inventory and won't be having cancellations to to no inventory soon. Don't forget ebay just laid off 1,600 employees. That probably means overtime and double the number of support calls for remaining staff.Funny about the Scavengers' train magazines. I had a huge haul of train magazines, several titles with issues from the fifties through the 90's. I laid them out and photographed all as a group outside and relisted 3 or 4 times, dropping the price each time. No sales. I ended up mentioning them to some guy I bumped into at a hobby shop while they were in my car and I just gave them to him. One problem is that since these magazines have advertising, they can't legally be shipped by media mail and I seem to be on my local post offices' watch list. But I couldn't get anyone to bite on my train mags at all.
oh my goodness, what negativity from that person. i would have just blocked them outright, it would get my blood boiling to even get into a debate with someone like that.
I simply don't respond to these types of communications. I received an email from a eBay Nazi that read, "How do you have the right to ask such a high price for this item? How do you know it's scarce as your ad claims". There wasn't another one listed on eBay that I could find, that's how I knew but I did not respond. I forgot to block them and they bought it 2 days later and left good feedback. Go figure!
I've never not regretted responding to messages like this. It's no use trying to reason with angry crazy people.
Linda some people are just assholes, no rhyme or reason to it, LOL, you seem like a fellow hot-head, and oh hell yeah, I would have been so tempted to respond to her too....
Trust me, I've gone to war with these nuts, but it's always a waste of time. I no longer respond to rude, dumb, uninformed messages. Ignoring and blocking them is the best. It's a great feeling knowing I've cut off their rage fuel.
Omfug has me all figured out. LOL
Some types of crazy just can't be fixed. Ebay crazy is one of those types.
So I got my monthly message about how Ebay help me by "Protecting my Seller Account" but I got one I am not sure about: "Prevented 2 eBay Money Back Guarantee request(s) from being opened too early in the past 2 months" HUH? As far as I know every one was fine with my sales. Anyone else get such a message or know what it means.
I did just yesterday. Interested in how to figure out which listings this pertained to. Anyone know?
Nothing to worry about. You most likely had two buyers who got antsy about delivery and went to file an Item Not Received case. ebay told them to wait till the required time period had passed before filing. In the meantime, their package arrived, end of story.
Thanks! I did call Ebay this morning on another matter and asked about this too. They were no help but I think you Anonymous were quite helpful!
I personally think that these messages are meaningless and are meant to show sellers that ebay has their back, LOL. My message claims that they removed a defect, which they did AFTER I spent 2 hours on the phone with CS, LOL.
I got the same message. Here is how you look it up. My eBay, Account go down to Selling Preferences, Buyer Requirements, Buyer Requirements Activity Log. There will be a list. The funny thing is that he then gave me a good feedback. Go figure. His request was denied because he had too many unpaid items.
here is the link to the buyer requirements log (it should work for anyone signed into ebay) http://is.gd/4ZFGs7. i am seeing several high dollar items that were not sold because someone had too many unpaid item strikes. my question is where they trying to do make offers or just buy outright? because if they just want to buy something, that's fine with me. hmmmm
The problem is if they want to make an offer, they don't have to pay immediately..my log was no paypal account (really?) and too many strikes, I am fine with ebay blocking those people.
I'm all about blocking the serial non-paying buyers. I don't mind the tiny percentage of unpaid items we get every week, but I probably would mind if that number doubled by taking of the requirements.Or maybe nothing that terrible would happen, and you would get more sales every week if you took off the requirements. I've just assumed that I would get more non-payers than the extra sales would be worth.
I have been experimenting with lowering the unpaid-strike restriction for some "buy it Now" items. Since I have them also set to require immediate payment, I don't see how I can get burned on it.
The only thing you could get burned on would be best offers and auctions.
True, but for the ones I've been experimenting with, I do not have "best offer", and I don't do auctions anymore. They are strictly "buy it now and pay immediately" or they don't get the item at all.
I get this message about them preventing a buyer from filing a money back guarantee too early all the time. For the life of me, I can't figure out what it's about. My packages generally get there so fast, the buyers are astonished. But last week I had a return from the UK and when I went to "refund the buyer" link in the hassle free returns, it indicated that I also had to pay back the original shipping. The buyer bought the wrong size...and said so in her return statement. I spent over two hours on the phone with 3 eBay reps and 2 PayPal reps. It seems that PayPal put the buyer's funds on hold because there was a dispute on eBay and then eBay said if I didn't refund the shipping, which I was not obligated to do, I had to do a partial refund thru PayPal, which I couldn't do because the buyer's funds were on hold. OMG!!! The last rep's solution was for me to use my personal funds from PayPal to refund the buyer, then CALL them again...and they would close the case. I haven't done anything yet, but will have to soon because the buyer will escalate the case. I have no faith at all that eBay will close the case when I pay the buyer. So frustrating. I have lost more than the $17.00 shipping by losing an entire afternoon of work talking to people who couldn't help me.
This guy in Switzerland takes routing through other peoples things to a whole new level, although it sounds more like buying storage lockers than what you guys do.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-31712159
Thanks for posting that. Very interesting. It's amazing how many different ideas people come up with.
great article. truly a scavenger!
For anyone who sells on Bonanza. I have all my ebay listings exported to Bonanza. This morning I had a sale of a book which should have been listed as $10.99 with free Media Mail shipping. Instead on Bonanza it was listed $10.99 free shipping, all shipping options. The buyer chose Priority Express. I checked my other listings on Bonanza and sure enough other books showed the same thing. I put my Bonanza store on vacation for now. Just wanted other Bonanza users to know about this glitch.
that happened to me once too, but only once thankfully. i'm not sure why that happens. have you searched Bonanza's community boards?
Ryanne I didn't search the boards but I did look at the most recent questions/comments on the boards. I should try an actual search.
I tried Bonanza two weeks. After $50 in fees I finally sold one remote control for $20. I don't like their style. Either they've inept or deceptive.Either way, the only ones seeming to be having any kind of "bonanza" in profit is Bonanza. Too bad. eBay needs more competition. I'm finding Amazon has expanded the types of items they carry so I can list lots of things there and sell regularly with few problems. The problems I do have is Amazon buyers have higher expectations. Lots of times they seem to think they're buying directly from Amazon so I strive to ship in more new containers, trying for the "professional" appearance. There seem to be more over-demanding buyers likely to issue negative feedback almost on a whim on Amazon. Probably twice the A-Holes as ebay believe it or not. Another problem with Amazon is you can't have a Store as on ebay that buyers can browse in categories you (as seller) designate your self. If you have something really unique, you can't really describe it in Amazonese so no one is going to find it. Additionally, unless you are a high level seller on Amazon, you are limited to selling only items someone else has already created an ad for. If their description sucks, your item may never be found by potential buyers. Otherwise I'm fairly pleased with my seller experience on Amazon.
Are you paying for the membership? You shouldn't be paying any fees unless you're making sales. I tried their "Gold" membership for free for a month, and actually had fewer sales that month.Stick with the free plan, it's usually worth the non-effort that goes into it.
Bryan. I guess I'm too dumb to figure out the way to do it FREE. I thought I was getting the free deal. Then I saw $25 charges on my credit card. That's what Imeant about them being deceptive. Maybe I could have figured it out. But if a dummy like me who has no trouble signing up for ebay and amazon gets duped, it's certainly not a "fool proof" system as it should be. There should at least have been an in-my-face message before clicking the final click where I have to accept the charges. I just don't recall seeing that. It made me worry they might have more "surprises" in store. ebay and Amazon have been pretty straight-forward. I don't agree with the way they do everything. But they spell it out pretty plainly. I did notice Bonanza had a seller comment forum. Perhaps I could have found out how to do it free in there. I may give Bonanza another try. I'll wait a while and see sellers' comments. Thanks a lot for yours.
Nancy, after I had this happen to me, I went in and checked all my listings. And everything looks good. I guess we can't assume that everything will work the way it's supposed to. It's extra work for us though, but we need to double check everything.
Honest description, pointing out flaws instead of hiding them proves to be the best way to list. One of the pairs of Motocross boots I picked up off of CL a couple days ago sold within hours of posting it today. I also got this message from the buyer-"thanks for the sale, all your pictures, honest review of the boots and your candid listing/policy made me confortable paying a bit more than I wanted, but I feel I know what I'm getting up front, and that's worth the extra 10 bucks.Sincerely ..."I beat them up pretty badly in the description and I thought I might have to add a BO to the listing, but he paid full price $140.
This is a truly one of the most important lessons we learned. And it took a while for us because it seems counter-intuitive at first.When we started, we thought that listing all the flaws would stop someone from buying our item. of course we learned that buyers just got angry when they received an item that was not fully described. We have many more sales on "rough" items just because buyers are okay with flaws as long as they see them.
Took me a while to learn this too. I always prefer to error on the side of caution, and would always rather have a buyer think an item is better than described vs. not as described.
Agreed. We often get feedback where the buyer says "way better than described". This is the best outcome.
I'm always amazed that the items I think of as "marginal", meaning I would never buy something in that condition now....if described down to the last flaw, seem to sell immediately. It's almost like telling them all the issues with the item makes them feel more comfortable buying it.
Ugh, I sold 2 expensive items this week, in both cases ebay suggested that I use signature confirmation--normally I wouldn't bother because I know that it could be a hassle for the buyer, but both sales added up to almost $700 so I decided to do it, and both couldn't be delivered because no one was home, I immediately emailed both buyers suggesting they contact the PO, but again today, neither has picked up the parcel--my stomach is in knots because iI am one of those naturally anxious people who want to know that everything is AOK.....
i wouldnt worry about it. the signature confirmation will ensure that they get it and it's not left on their porch, front step etc. if they don't get it tomorrow, they'll get it on Saturday. and USPS makes several attempts and then gives them time to pick it up after that.
We never do signature confirmation unless the buyer requests it, or we message the buyer beforehand and they confirm someone will be home. Its a pain in the ass. Worst that happens is the items are mailed back to you because no one can sign for it. Wouldnt stress about it. Just calmly communicate with the buyers.
we do actually require a signature on items over about $300 (i'm the shipper in this house). for example we sold some art this week that was about $400, you know i put signature service on that.
Actually ebay had checked signature confirmation as the default but I could have unchecked it, but it seemed like a good idea, so I left it.
Omfug: You could have been set up for a scam. Happened to ma. Once on ebay. Once on Amazon. In both cases, ebay and Amazon stepped in and disallowed the buyer from claiming delivery even though tracking said it was delivered. I've read a lot about this in the forums. Very common in foreign sales. I think signature confirmation is worth the expense some times - when it's over $500 and doesn't quite feel right.
I googled Volga and found this site:http://www.curiousclay.com/A blogger is looking for those. Wonder if she was your buyer. SmileThanks for all the tips. Also appreciate your reader Dusty who shared the Amazon stories.
yes this was our buyer. we've seen this link many times now. thanks.
I sold a vintage Hilda sweater (new with tags) last year for a best offer of $80. The really interesting thing about Hilda sweaters is that this company went out of business over 20 years ago. The reason? Their sweaters were so well made that they lasted for over 20 years. Once you bought one, you had no need for another one.
Hi, LOVE YOUR VIDEOS! Here is a link to a site with info about your Volga tile. http://www.curiousclay.com/
WOOPS they were looking for info on Volga tiles!
Question for any/all shoe geeks out there. I bought a pair of these Bass boots at an estate sale recently (eBay listing # 231498238147). I hoped to find an identical pair on google images or even on eBay or Etsy to help me with the listing description and to determine if they were "vintage". They look like the Doc Martens of the 80's or 90's, but it was just a guess. I priced them at a ridiculous price to give me time to try to do a better job with description keywords etc. It is my first time listing pre-owned men's shoes. It's a bit harder than I thought it would be! Spent close to two hours researching and still feel like I didn't really do it right. Any thoughts suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! Caren
Also, can I say G H Bass or do I just have to say Bass or does it matter at all?
Is yours marked GH Bass & Co? If not just call it Bass. Looks like they're probably worth $50 on the highest end, but might only sell for $34 or less. Some of the cooler more unique styles of boots by this brand will sell for around $100.Just search Bass Hiking Boot on ebay, and look through all the different sold hiking boots by this brand.
Thanks Bryan - changing the listing now to take out the GH. I did look over every Bass Boot both completed listings as well as active, but couldn't find ones that looked the same. There were similar ones, but I was hoping to find an exact match. Do you think they are from the 90's? I will put them up for $75 best offer and take 1/2 if it's a slow day. :-)
That's a safe move :)My best guess is that they're not, but they definitely could be. What country where they made in?
China. Boo :-(
They're still cool boots. Whatever they end up going for, I'm sure it will end up being a decent sale.
I guess the real question here is "does Ryanne think they are cool?" - If so, then I know they are worth a sh$%t ton of money. :-)
ha ha, i wouldn't overthink these. they are good quality, but aren't worth more than $100. Bass is a good brand, but they outsourced in the 90s to china, before that they were made in USA. if you have USA ones, i'd say put $80 on them. if china, put $50. your photos make them look very nice and clean, so that helps. but they aren't Gucci or Louboutin, no need to research for 2 hours. find completed listings of similars and see what a reasonable price would be, just like you do with anything else in your store.
If the boots were made in China, they are not vintage. Your page seems to being getting a lot of views and your listing looks great.
Thanks! I just took out the word vintage, as they are made in China. I'm overly ambitious with a $75 price, but I'm going to list it and forget it. Who knows? There's no crazy like eBay crazy, right? I think I will figure out what size to put for EU and UK; couldn't hurt.
Thanks all! Very helpful. To reciprocate a little, I found this you tube video about identifying real gold, silver etc "on location" using makeup. Haven't tried it, but going to test it out using some of my own stuff. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XaBFjWHJH84Thanks again! Caren
That's a Katie Patton video. I like her. She looks like a young vera farmiga in a way. She hasn't posted a lot of eBay related videos in a long time but I still check them out if she has one. Ironically I just found some old costume type jewelry I need to test.
When you pick up silver serving pieces you can tell if they are plated if they are heavy because they are plated over heavy base metals. The sterling pieces are much more lightweight because every ounce of weight costs much more to produce.
And why do the makeup thing when you jcan learn just as much by carrying a small magnet, especially differientiating sterling from silverplate?
Linda, you seem to know a lot about selling jewelry and I know nothing . Do you have any tips on things to look for when deciding to buy jewelry or do u have a resource that you use? I always like to learn about new categories I'm not currently selling in and when it comes to jewelry I know nothing aside from if I think it's pretty or not and does it have a number on it. Thanks
The more I learn the more I realize how little I know. I am not much interested in new jewelry, but love old vintage jewelry. My grandmother was as poor as a church mouse, but every day she put on a nice dress and her "jewels" back in the day. So I especially enjoy researching WWII era pieces. I never met a rhinestone I didn't like. A good place to research vintage jewelry is www.illusionjewels.com
I'm not a jewelry expert but it's very easy to simply looks for markings. Often designer jewelry has the designer's name somewhere. It's small so most people overlook it. I find that it's rare to find expensive gold or silver in thrift stores or flea markets. It can happen, and I'm sure we all have a story of finding that piece of treasure for $1. But there is an army of goldbugs that swarm over the jewelry and they don't miss much. Much of the jewelry we sell usually is just a cool piece that has style. And this just comes from learning what people like to collect. As Linda said, even costume jewelry that is not made from precious metals sells well.
Saw this article about a store that sources their records from thrift stores and sites like eBay and sells that for crazy prices like $750 for not so rare records:https://www.yahoo.com/makers/why-this-record-stores-750-lps-are-hot-sellers-112730604250.html. I have tons of records, I could have some of those. I don't have that fancy cleaning machine that they have.
Good example that lots of money can be made by putting things in the right context. Because he put in the time and investment to know exactly what he's selling, people are willing to pay big bucks for something that might have cost $1 at Goodwill. It's research!
I went to an estate auction and I was unprepared so after a while I went to sit in the car nearby until they got closer to the stuff I wanted. As soon as I did I heard the numbers going crazy. I tried to see from a distance what was selling and it looked like a record. That thing ended up selling for 50,000 dollars! I wouldn't imagine the house here would go for much more than that. Its out in the country and the stuff being sold has gone for cheap so far. I was shocked and kicking myself for not seeing exactly what it was.
did you ask anyone what record sold? i would be very curious to know what it was. i've seen 18th century oil paintings go for less than that, so i'd be surprised if there wasn't news coverage of it later or people freaking out after that sale. are you sure they weren't auctioning the actual house?
Well the lady was guarding it well so I could never see the full name but it was Songs of Inspiration and then there was a bottom part I couldn't read. God something. Had a pic of a church and either the group or a choir standing together in the middle of the grass. I might ask someone later why it went so high. It was definitely 1 record though.
If a single LP sold for $50k, that's the kind of sale that ends up in a newspaper article. I'd be surprised if this wasn't some joke that the auctioneer was playing. Often they make fun of the items that can't sell for even $1. "Sold for $1-million dollars!"
Well now idk. I asked some lady and she said oh it was a gag. Now I'm confused. So maybe it didn't sell for that.
Here's a weird issue that has come up a few times. Maybe someone else has experience this, and can let me know what could be causing it.I've had a few different buyers message me to say that when they try to buy my item, they get a message saying "Seller is not accepting payments at this time. Please try again later" (or something close to that wording). I have called ebay and Paypal, and both say there are no limits on my accounts. I checked the buyer requirements log, and these buyers are not on it. Googling the issue hasn't offered any insight. It doesn't happen for every buyer; some sales have gone through fine. I told one guy to try logging off, clearing his cache, and log back on. He did it, and his purchase went through. I told the same thing to another guy, and I never heard from him again. Has anyone else ever had this happen?
i've heard of that error before, not on our store, but others. that is really weird. and strange that he just had to clear his cache and it worked. what would gum up the cache in order to not let someone buy from you? that's so odd. the good news is you called ebay and paypal, gave the buyer good, professional advice on how to fix the problem and it worked, he bought the item. nice job!
I haven't but I keep getting the error that I can't use PayPal on my phone when I try to buy an item. I have to use my computer. Something about a code I need someone said.
you know what my next question is going to be... did you google it or call paypal to get the info to get it fixed??
Obviously I googled it which is how I know its code related but I haven't been back on my computer since to start the process. I definitely will though because I almost always shop on my phone. Stupid you have to go thru a code process now anyway.
Hmm, I wonder if that is it. Maybe these buyers were trying to use their phone to pay, and the first guy finally bought it on his computer. Hmmmmm.....
I heard the same complaint from a few buyers, LizG, and found two credible explanations. I am sorry I can't remember where exactly, but think it might have been in the eBay Community forums. One was that if you do not have a Business PayPal account, buyers can't buy from you through PayPal unless they have a PayPal balance (in other words, can't just use a credit card). The other theory was if the email you are using for eBay and PayPal are different, they will also have issues. Both of these were the case for me, so when I corrected them, I no longer heard that complaint. Neither one costs anything, so worth a try!
Thanks, I will try both suggestions! I know I've missed out on 2 sales this week because of the issue, so I definitely want to get it solved!
Unfortunately, I have gotten no where with Paypal in trying to upgrade my account. I get an error message on the upgrade webpage, and am getting the run around with customer service. I've tried 2 computers, 3 web browsers, spoken with 2 agents and a supervisor, and the only advice I got was to close my account and open a new one. I'd have to wait 21 days to access any funds sent to me at a new account. For obvious reasons, that's not acceptable. I *will* eventually get this account upgraded, or receive a reasonable explanation for why my account is ineligible for upgrade, but it's probably going to require me throwing a major hissy fit, until I either find someone that has the authority to fix the problem and/or is tired of dealing with me. So ridiculous.
Closing your account seems a bit drastic. Can't believe you'd have to do that. I'd keep calling PayPal until you reach someone who can really help. Hang in there - I'm sure you'll get it figured out!
Gilley's is famous because of the mechanical bull scene filmed there in the movie Urban Cowboy. The one in Pasadena closed down in 1990, so your suspenders were real collectibles! Another Gilley's opened up in 2003 near Dallas.