Ryanne and Jay I just added a screen recording to my blog showing how to add Canada to GSP alternate shipping method. This is working for me. http://thirdhandshoppeblog.blogspot.com/2015/03/screen-recording-global-shipping.html
Ah! Those are the plates you were talking about recently. I'm one of those who doesn't like their food commingling without my permission. Love those plates.That tea tin in the beginning of the video wasn't vintage at all? I've seen really pretty tea tins for sale cheaply, but I've avoided them since it was obvious it wasn't vintage and it had cookies/tea in it at one time. I figured the buyer might be miffed paying for something so common and at a price that was more than the original.Might change my mind if the tin is really pretty. Love yours! Looks like Russian/Ukrainian folk art?
Ah man I could have told you that was a blue rocks hat in a second. Let me know if you ever run across any other sports stuff that you are not sure of. It went to Kansas because the blue rocks are one of the minor league affiliates of the Kansas City Royals. Awesome podcasts. I've been following for a loooooong time.
Last weekend on a trip to central california i scored getting a BELL Moto mini helmet for 20.00.... i had originally planned on buying a schwinn bicycle for 200.00 but it didnt turn out to be in good shape so i passed and on the way back....i scavenged a local thrift shop and this helmet i mentioned i had sold one similar before but not a mini but full size adult for 178.00 some years ago.....i did a quick search outside and saw that these particular ones have been selling for 300-500. so i bought it and listed it that same night.....it sold overnight for 425.00 .....wow i made more on this than i wouldve made on the bike..... it was ridiculous how easy this sale was....and it sold to JAPAN.... love those guys....
Ryanne, next time you want to clean brass just soak it overnight in pure ammonia and it will rinse right off. Buy it in the cleaning section. Also great for cleaning the BBQ grill. Just soak it in ammonia laying in a plastic garbage bag overnite with the bag twisted tight close. Then hose it off and brush it a bit if needed.
I have never tried the ammonia trick, but when I've cleaned hinges and stuff while painting, I've found that it works great to just stick them in a crock pot full of water with some dishwasher detergent, and let them cook overnight. In the morning, the paint peels right off. Always good to have a few tricks in case one doesn't work in certain situations. I'll add ammonia to my bag of tricks.
Never heard of that one. Good to know.
Linda,will the soaking hurt the material metal in any way to your knowledge?
No. I learned it from my Dad who used to work in his father's metal refinishing business. After the ammonia you can polish the item to a shine with fine grit steel wool. I used it to refinish all the hinges in our 3 story 1904 house in the city before we sold it and moved back to the burbs. Lots of doors.
coool...thanks for the tip. My wife and I bought a house out here in california last year. it was listed as a 1955 home, but old records after we bought the house indicated that it was actually built in 1897.... at first i was irrate but then realized it was a blessing in disguise as it was updated over the years and it was built pretty solid compared to the 1950s plain jane homes that these days havent kept up well....i do wish they would have left some old hardware on this home....started as a cozy california cottage now its a cottage with additions.....will be doing some curb appeal in time....
my solid copper barrel mug is stewing in some ammonia now
Wow, I bought that same Markowsky bag in red at the La Jolla CA GW! Of course I spent $25 just on the handbag alone. But I think I am keeping it for a while!
And double wow I just sold a B Markowsky bag for $40 I obviously didn't do much research because it sold within days of listing. I wont loose sleep over it though I got it at the Goodwill weigh and pay for $2.80.The goodwill in my neck of the woods is a treasure trove
I passed up one of her bags a month or two ago. The outside was in great condition, but the strap was really frayed and the inside was severely stained and had a rip. It was only $4.99, but I'm glad I passed. I try to avoid the stuff with too much damage. Next time I find one and it's in good condition, I won't pass it up!
When I owned a car dealership I threw out many of those dealer license plate place holders, I'd find them in the trunk, never thought they had any value. Maybe it's time to sift through the used car dealers dumpster.
There's a place in the next town over that collects Saabs. The owner must have seen the writing on the wall and bought ever wrecked Saab he could find. He must have 400 in his lot. I bet he can name his price on some of those parts now that Saab is no more.
Right now the salvage yards are full of Saturns. I'll bet in a few years, after almost all of them have been crushed, the few remaining Saturns owners and aficionados will likewise be willing to pay high prices for salvage parts now that Saturn has gone away. Too bad too. I'd much rather own a Saturn than a Saab.
My husband owned a Saturn when we married. What a piece of trash that was! Always something wrong with it. Got rid of the Saturn, but kept him! Now we only drive Toyotas until they die. And they never die. Mine is nearly 20 yrs old. :-)
Boy Linda, you and I have so much in common.Toyota Fan Till The End
I almost bought the book about Hurricane Hugo a couple of months ago for my son. We were living in Myrtle Beach when Hugo hit and he was pretty young at the time. Of course, I could have bought as many as I wanted at Walmart when the book came out but maybe I wasn't as smart back then.
I just ventured out and bout a few cross stitch/needlepoint/crewel finished pieces and I think their beautiful but my husband thinks I wasted my money. Anyway, my exact two are on not eBay so I was wondering what you generally price yours at. One is a few feet tall. The other is a boat about 10x13.
Here's what I do. Search for "Needlepoint completed".Look at the prices and which ones got what price. compare to what you have. Use your judgement. Pricing is more of an art than a science.It's also important that you find out if it's a needlepoint, cross-stitch, or crewel. Prices could vary. We're still learning the difference.
I always thought cross stitch and needlepoint were the same. I had never even heard of crewel until today when I saw an unmade kit and I realized that was the same material as the finished piece I have. You learn a lot doing this business.
I sell a good number of finished crewel embroidery pieces. I find crewel embroidery far more artful interesting than either needlepoint or counted cross stitch (ugh). What sells well for me are botanicals with a 70s retro vibe - sunflowers, daisies, ferns. Owls are also popular as well as anything with a prayer or blessing on it. I've also sold multiple pieces that feature a chianti bottle!I would recommend that you take the time and effort to determine the manufacturer. I do this by matching my finished piece with the NIP kit version on ebay or etsy Some collectors seek out certain manufactures such as Paragon or Bucillia and so it's important to include this in your title, if at all possible.Of course, if you ever come across a "God Bless Our Pad" piece, snap it up! these regularly sell for over $100.
Thank u for the info.
Wait a minute! I just picked up and listed a "God Bless Our Home" finished piece. Sounds like I may have it underpriced. I'll have to do a bit more research. Thanks!
Tony - This is the design that sells for big bucks:http://www.bettycrafter.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/god-bless-our-pad.jpgPS - This isn't my photo. I simply pulled the best image from a google search.
Ah. Thanks Uma!! That is a really cool design. I'll keep mine priced where it's at and cross my fingers.
I learned a valuable lesson about selling jeans on eBay that I thought I'd pass on. A customer asked to return a pair of True Religion jeans almost a month after he purchased them. He said the pants were five inches shorter than the label claimed they were so they must have been tailored. He said he realized the time to return them had passed, but in between school, work, and doctor's appointments (sure, sure), he hadn't been able to pick up the pants (which had been mailed to his old address) until the day before he emailed me. And, by the way, did I realize how screwed up Veteran's Affairs was? Of course I didn't believe him. But even though my 14-day return window had passed, I told him I would give him a refund if he would send me a photo showing a measurement of the pants. Instead, he just returned them. I called eBay and they said I wasn't obligated to give him a refund. I waited a day and then closed the request, thinking I would never hear from him again. Furthermore, I reported him for abusing the return system. Well, the pants arrived in the mail today and I measured the inseam. Sure enough--they are NOT 33" like the label says, but more like 29". It seems they were altered. I showed my daughter the hem (she sews costumes) and she agreed that you could never tell Lesson learned: Measure your pants, even if the size is clearly marked on the label. So, now I think I owe him his money back.What do you guys think? Also, it sucks that we have to pay so much more for return shipping because the buyer doesn't know how to ship cost-effectively. He could have used a padded mailer, but he paid $9.00 instead. Should I reimburse him for shipping both ways? Thanks!
like ebay cs said, you have no obligation to refund him. you should do what helps you sleep at night.
That would mean refunding him. : [
Ultimately you made the mistake. I'd do a full refund including the expensive shipping back. Write a nice note to the buyer. Then sleep like a baby.
I had, am having a similar situation. A buyer asked to return a hat via eBay messages without opening a case, he says it fits crooked and is a manufacturing defect, I agree to have him ship it back and I'll refund shipping both ways but ship it 1st class. It shows up in a big box Priority. I can't find anything wrong with it at all so I cancel the order and find I can only refund original shipping. I wait to see if that's enough, next day I get a very stern message from him that I owe him the return shipping. I call eBay and they tell me I'm under no obligation to refund him the shipping as he didn't open a case and the transaction is done. So refund through paypal anyway just to protect me from negative FB, and I also blocked him. Now he writes this to my personal email: Hello, I am the eBay customer that returned the Motorcycle Hat and I am writing because I am confused about the whole return process between you and I. I returned the hat because it is lopsided which I explained in an eBay message. I certainly do not have any hard feelings about purchasing the hat and having to return it. I did all this in good faith and having read the eBay description and your return policy I had no problem assuming that it was just one of those things. With the many items that you sell on eBay I'm sure you're quite busy and I wouldn't have expected you to notice the problem with the hat before selling it. It was only noticeable while wearing the hat and even then you would have to look in the mirror to notice the problem. If you put the hat on and adjust it while doing so to feel comfortable you can only see the problem if you look in the mirror. What I expected was a cheerful refund with maybe a short note from you when I asked to be reimbursed for the return shipping charges. If I was able to, I would have given you a 5 star FeedBack rating even with the return. After seeing that you refunded my money today I wrote you a Thank You note but to my surprise I see that you cut me off from sending you any messages and the only conclusion I can come to about that is that you think I made up the story about the hat because I just changed my mind and if that's your take on the situation I'm telling you that you are very much mistaken. As a matter of fact, I was browsing through the other hats that you have listed before I saw the refund in my PayPal account and I might very well have made another purchase from you. I am asking that you be up front with me and tell me why I was cut off. If you were running a regular store than I would ask the same thing face to face and in person. I can't simply let it go because I am an honest person and, like most people, I do not like it when people assume something negative about me which is not true! I just don't get it. Please respond!I'm not one for confrontation, I don't message anymore than necessary. Not really looking for advice but just your take on this situation. I'm of the mind to stay silent, except for the possibility of a negative or neutral FB.
This is a good one. Pretty incredible email. As much as I'd want to be silent, I'm bursting at the seams wanting him to understand how painful it was to ship the hat back in a big priority box. So he gets his refund and you lose big money because he was lazy.But no. It's best to be quiet. Silence (and blocking him) is the best argument you can make. He gets his full refund, but you dont have to engage with him. He's an overly needy buyer who craves long, boring conversations.
Thanks Jay, you've crystalized my thoughts on this. I've done the retail thing and like you, I like the non face to face aspect of eBay. I want to do right by my buyers and will always give good customer service, but I won't unnecessarily engage them. I've already spent more time on this than I should.
Shelly, most people get rid of their jeans because they have shrunk from years of washing and drying. That is why you must measure! I know you wil do the right thing for a Veteran. :-)
Steven, I totally agree with Jay. Stay silent, and if he does leave negative/neutral feedback, I would call eBay cs and refer to the end of the message where he threatens it. It takes all kinds!
Ok, I'm going to gracefully disagree. I think it was genuine letter and deserves a kind reply. Maybe the person is needy and boring (coming from a person who loves long conversations) but you have the chance to educate someone by explaining about the priority shipping and just giving a nice explanation to a person who might need that kind of information because it is hard for them to understand human interactions. I rather suspect that this person isn't a regular shipper and may not even know about the different types of mail. He might have just gotten a box at the post office and then went and stood in line and shipped it thinking that was what he was supposed to do.I think he was being pretty nice about it all if the hat really did have something wrong with it and you got the hat back, so would it hurt to just relieve this person's mind a bit?MHO
+1 on Pepper's advice. I tend to believe that most people are honest and would not have blocked them (unless there is reason for it). I like Jay & Ryanne's return policy of return for any reason, no questions asked. I don't think he was difficult at all and wants to know why he was blocked.
I would like to add that I sent the pants in a padded mailer. Couldn't he have just put them back in said mailer and returned them for free?
In order to send them back free the package would have to be unopened and marked refused.
Has anyone here sold Indian/Native American related stuff? It gives you the warning message when you list it and I dont quite get it. If I'm selling a painting or a coffee cup that someone did of an Indian or that came from Cherokee, am I not allowed to use the word Native American? Its not Indian made but is a picture of an Indian. Its confusing to me. Does anyone else know more about those tricky worded categories. I know it was somewhat discussed in a recent comment section.
This is eBay's policy on selling Native American items. They are trying to stop people from selling items falsely labeled having been made by Native Americans.I guess if you have an item that has an image of a Native American, then you arent saying it's made by a Native American. Just make it abundantly clear in your listing.
I read that prior which is why I was asking here. I don't understand it. If its not made by a Native American you can't put it in a Native American category, but the tricky part is if its not made by a NA you also can't use the word native american in your title. How can I sell a native american anything if I'm not allowed to use the word? Oh well I'll list it and see how it goes. I'm certainly not trying to say my items are Indian made at all. And just an observation, you seem much more friendly overall this week in the comments, even to the lazies lol.
The same rules go for "civil war" items. Since we're in Confederacy land, we often find civil war "themed" items. On eBay, you cant ay civil war unless its actually an artifact. I understand the confusion they're trying to avoid. Lots of bad actors selling fake items. Just list honestly.
I have sold Native American themed items before, and listed them that way "Native American Themed Figurine/Painting/Sketch/etc", "Oil Painting depicting Native American Man at River", etc. Like Jay said, as long as you make it clear you aren't representing your item to be made by native people, you should be ok.
I like using the word "southwestern" to show the vibe of an item without getting into trouble.
I just had a "not received" case opened. The tracking indicates that there was an "attempted delivery" and that it was "available for pickup". The buyer indicates he has been to the post office three times and that the post office can't find the package. So apparently the post office lost the package between his home and the PO or in the PO itself. Buyer is demanding a replacement or refund. I have asked the post office here in town to help me trace the item and so far they are cooperation. I did not purchase insurance as it was sent first class and was a small sale. I really don't have a problem with the refund but for future reference my question is am I obligated to do this refund in a case where the post office is clearly at fault? I have talked to Ebay and am following the steps they suggested but would really like to know what you think and if others have had the same problem and how they handled it as the next time this could be a more expensive item..
what did ebay say you should do?
Call the post office which I did. She didn't think I would be responsible but since the package was not "delivered" but was clearly lost by the P.O. she really didn't know for sure. She actually suggested I let the case be escalated. Buyer is unhappy I didn't issue a refund immediately but I feel that he was premature in opening the case and want to at least trace the item. Didn't contact me before he did and demanded an immediate refund.
hm that is a conundrum for sure. how much was the item plus shipping? sucks, but you might just want to issue the refund. or say, look. let's wait until 7 days from now to see if the PO can find this thing, if not, i'm happy to give you a full refund. i think ebay would side with you on that. if they give you neg feedback before then, i bet you could fight it.
Had similar recently - tracking said Out For Delivery - buyer said never got it and even checked with her neighbors - I refunded immediately and checked back on tracking a little later and it said Notice Left. I called Ebay and they removed the defect, saying they consider Notice Left to be proof of delivery. Buyer left positive feedback for me, AND I got the package back just yesterday (over 30 days after sending) and it said Refused! My suggest is refund your buyer, esp since it is low cost item and call Ebay to remove defect as it sounds like Available for Pickup would qualify as delivered. Debbie
Also, just use this experience to know why sending priority is preferred even if a little more expensive. Priority mail also comes with free insurance up to $50 (or $100 for Top Rated Sellers). First class mail is about crossing your fingers and hoping for the best. So i know we all like to send as cheap shipping as possible to make buyers happy, but it can backfire as in this case. So its either enjoy cheap shipping and eat these lost items, or charge a little more to ship for bullet-proof delivery guarantee.
I just recently had the same issue with first class mail. I have had three first class packages "lost" in the past month by USPS. I think it's because I'm using a small poly mailer. I guess I will either send first class in a small box or use priority postage so that I have the insurance.
The post office has confirmed that the item is lost.I did give a refund (which I intended to anyway). I will now try to get the defect removed. Ebay told me that it is my responsibility to get the package to the buyer. Oddly enough I kinda thought that the was the Post Office's responsibility once it left my hands, regardless of postal class. Jay I agree with yo on the priority mail. 98% of my stuff foes that way in this case I bought 100 items at $200 and sold them over 9 months for 700.00 netting $500. Did OK but the difference between. First class was a choice in this case and I guess I could have netted $300 through priority instead of 500. Hope my math works it early! Have a great sales week all!
Understood. Sounds like you've just taken a calculated risk. If this is the only package in the bunch that gets lost, you're way out ahead.My point is simply that most buyers will pay priority is the item is valuable. We demand it because of the tracking and insurance.
UPDATE: The defect will be removed because they consider "Available for Pick-up" within the time frame a delivery. However, if that package HAD BEEN lost and a case opened I would get a defect as :Ebay "considers the post office an extension of my business" and "I am responsible for the lost item event though the PO lost it". Go figure!
How do you test power cords? Also how do you test your components? Do you plug them into speakers and other components? Very interesting stuff!
yep, since i'm an AV nerd, i have lots of adaptors and speakers and stuff, so it's easy to test. testing plugs involves a multi-meter, plugging in and testing the other side with the meter to see if it's getting juice. never had a problem after that.
When selling power supply/adapters, I include a picture of the adapter hooked up to the meter showing the voltage output and use it as my first picture.
A few shows back a lady called in saying her GSP countries that she ships to only shows a limited list of countries. I had a potential buyer message me if I would ship to Austria. I said yes I ship through the GSP and you should be able to purchase. She then showed me the screen shot she saw of only about six countries listed and Austria wasn't one of them. So I was went into my account setting and had to click a button to upgrade to include all countries available to GSP. That has seem to have fix it. Weird though you would think you wouldn't have to go through that to ship to all the countries. I had just assumed that clicking on the GSP button that that would include all the countries available in the program.
Ryanne, what's the name of the guest star making a cameo in your video? He/she needs a credit.
That would be Fluff Butt.
yep, fluff butt, or we call him fluffy for short!
Ha, love it. I've owned many a cat and a few dogs.
yeah we have 3. battlecat, fluffbutt and sugarpaws. they are basically our children.
Battlecat, nice I had a cat named Cringer once, but he was more like Battlecat.
I love ginger cats--had one once named Linus. Odd fact, almost all orange cats are male (not 100% but close.)
Haha my cat loves to walk on top of my garment racks!
Yes, he is adorable! Please insist he shows up in every video. A friend of mine has a yellow cat named O.J. (For orange juice) and he has a huge personality. He rides their huge Percheron horses a lot. Not sure if he rides their Missouri mules. I adore him. Almost as much as my two cats, anyway.
You started...or rather your cat started his own comment line. My cats love that I bring home stuff they can sniff and inspect , but in the end the empty box left behind is their favorite present. Then for weeks I'm stuck with it in my living room because they adore it so much. Cats. Their silly creatures.
Orange female cats are less common than males, but still pretty common. There's one on my lap right now, resting up after a hard day of trying to get into my packing supplies.Fluff Butt is a cutie and now I want to see Battlecat and Sugar Paws too.
Fluff Butt is adorable and should definitely be a regular contributor :)
Yes, female orange cats are less common, but I have one too. Missy Mae, formerly Missy Pissy since she had a bad attitude about everything after I weaned her SIX MONTH old kitten off of her.I didn't get to see FB. I'm way behind on the podcasts. List and listen, my new motto.
Important lesson on feedback. I received my one and only negative feedback in Nov. of last year. The buyer made all sorts of wild claims, and wanted me to offer a full refund WITHOUT returning the item (a brand spanking new pair of shoes that were awesome).I actually called Ebay several times, and they coached me through the situation. My last conversation with them was that they were reviewing the case, and it would take several days to resolve. They basically told me to just wait, which seemed strange by I did.I called back today to check, and my customer service guy said the feedback was ridiculous and clearly should have been removed, but that they can't remove neg. feedback that is older than 60 days.I am totally bummed. I should have kept on it.
hi everyone, could someone help me out :)i think it was ryanne but i could be wrong...was there a link posted here for a paypal reportwhich showed you your repeat customers atthe bottom? ive been trying all over to figureit out - lol! tia!
Hi everyone! I wanted to share a weird buying experience I had. Last Friday I bought a white Nintendo 3ds XL on eBay. I just received it yesterday. When I opened it, the package was padded with newspaper. So I pull the ds out and it looks like there are several big scuffs, literally all over the thing! It's white too, so it was very noticeable and the seller marked it as Like New. I was about to run over to my computer and write a message to the seller but then I tried rubbing the scuffs off. It turns out, they weren't scuffs but newsprint. The newsprint rubbed off on the ds and made a ton of black marks all over. Thankfully it all wiped off. So I just wanted to give a tip (a tip I'm sure most already know Lol), but if you use newsprint for packing, please wrap the item in plastic or something.
I replied but it fell in the wrong spot. Oops.
I put everything in tissue or a plastic bag before putting it in a mailer or box. It just seems tacky to shove something bare into a box. Yesterday I received a necklace and earrings I bought from Ebay. They had just been dropped into a bubble mailer. I will not be giving the seller 5 stars. That is just a crappy way to treat a customer. IMO
I do the same thing Linda. I also didn't like that the ds arrived with a dead battery! eBay sellers like that give us a bad name. Anne, that's a good idea! I accidentally bought the item on my selling account instead of my buying account though. I don't want to message the buyer incase they take my suggestion as an insult.
I don't like that either. I'd be too afraid it would get damaged. Nothing I ship is bare in a box or mailer for that matter.
Who cares if they do? Its not like they can leave you negative feedback. I doubt they will be upset. They will either listen to you or forget you ever messaged them. Have fun with your DS. Are you playing Pokemon? J/k.
You are wise to keep it low key if you used the seller account, simple reason is retaliation buying since ebay allows you to create a million accounts the seller could use a different account to buy a low priced item and neg you on it.
If a customer had a negative experience due to my shipping methods, I'd appreciate a friendly email letting me know. :)
I think packing is such an important part of the process. A buyer buys because they want/love the item. We all need to pack as if we love and care for the item too. Such common sense but not everyone does it.
yep, agreed. i wrap everything i ship as well.
Anne, yes I bought it for pokemon! I'm such a pokemon nerd and have been waiting to play the new ones for 3ds. I finally pulled the trigger and bought one Lol
We recently bought 18 rolls of blank newspaper print from our local printing press. We've mentioned it before. Just call up your local paper and ask. Ryanne uses the blank newsprint to wrap items and stuff boxes. No dirty print and feels really pro. They only charged us $2/roll and will last us at least a year. Try it yourself.
Ever since Ryanne and Wendy talked about this and said "everyone gets a present", all my stuff is wrapped in paper first, everything. I've bought too many items from eBay with it just shoved in a box with no care.If you google how to pack a certain item there dozens of helpful sites and videos, including R & J's. (I just did the for an expensive turntable, it really helped)
Frank, my husband is still into Pokemon too. He'd have every new game if I let him. I find they zap your life away. I got nothing done when we used to play together years ago. We still play the card game once in a while. Hes a big kid at heart. He collects comics too which works out for me because he has free thick preview mags that I use for shipping purposes.
Even if you do wrap your items, newspaper ink can get onto the buyer's fingers and from there onto the product. People have ruined valuable comics that way before.
True. That's why the blank newsprint paper is best. It's like butcher paper.
I've noticed that the shiny ad papers don't rub ink off onto fingers. I always use that, never basic newsprint. Jay, I'll have to try that! Thanks Anne, I go through phases with pokemon. I'll always love it, but it's so true that the video games will consume my life Lol
I use newspaper for floating, but I always wrap my item in a layer of bubble wrap first to protect it from the newsprint.
Vintagefashionguild.org is a site that I find invaluable for researching women's clothing. They list designers, and also pictures of the tags used by the designers through the years. Today I found a Valentino dress and the tag matches an early 1990s tag identified on this site. I knew this was a high quality dress when I found it, but I could have never identified the age since its s real Classic and timeless sort of style. This dress was more expensive than what I usually buy, but I am hoping to list it for a high price, and I'm willing to wait for quite a while to get that high price. Buying this dress today reminded me of when Jay says it's hard to scavenge the items that bring a higher- price. That is absolutely true for me because I have never seen a Valentino before, but I'm sure glad I stopped at that out of the way thrift store after finishing my eye dr appointment in that area.
I would give the seller a heads up about it too. I once gave a seller a heads up and they sent me free stuff even though I didn't buy from them. There's some nice sellers out there. I try to be one of them.
Hey guys. I need some input on a t shirt I got. I don't know anything about baseball and I couldn't find anything on Google or eBay.... I was wondering what I should price this Dwight Gooden t shirt at.... I'm still kind of knew to eBay but this blog has made me a better more efficient cellar. Just got a new camera to take better pictures. Any help would be awesome. Thanks and love this podcast http://m.ebay.com/itm/151630375861?nav=SEARCH
Sorry I can't be of much pricing help but it seems you already have a price listed you feel good about. I just wanted to let u know in your description you meant to say "shows wear" but it says "shoes". Quick fix. I think a fan of his will find it. Its a neat shirt that looks like a baseball card. I wish you had more room to include the tag info in the title. Someone might be looking up the Red Stockings or something else.
Thanks I fixed the typo. I'm just afraid that I might have undervalued or overvalued the item. I wish I had more space on the title! Haha.
I just wanted to say I've made over 300 dollars this week so far plus shipping which i dont count and there's still 2 days left. That's a 100 dollars more than I've been making. With 300+ items I'm thrilled. I'm trying to list more but sometimes it seems I'll never hit 500. I'm glad for sales because it allows me to buy more inventory, but it also makes it to where I never have enough inventory. I actually want to stay under the 20thous mark anyway this year because I'm not tax prepared. You almost have to double your sales to count for taxes. Next year I hope to be streamlined and ready. So far so good though this week.
Anonymous I don't know if this is to personal . But how much a week do you put back into inventory ?
Nothings too personal... well except my name evidently lol. Anyway, honestly I don't know. Right now since I have a normal income, I just buy whatever I see. But once I get to the point where I need to depend on it I'll set back a certain amount. Was there a reason for your question? If you have knowledge to drop I'm all ears.
I'm just wondering. I bring in about 300$ plus a month. I'm trying to build inventory but want to save (or spend) the money when I want. I just wanted to see how people spend and save there money.
Oh man, I have 299 items in my store and have gone 6 days without a sale. Not even an offer or a question! Ugh! Enjoy your great sales week!
That's strange. Are you still listing? It sounds nutty but it seems like the more you are actively listing, the more you start selling. Sunday afternoons are usually good for me. What type of stuff are you selling?
Days without sales are golden opportunities to list, list, list because you are not distracted by other Ebay activities. The sales will come, especially as you build up your inventory; just look at how many items Jay & Ryanne have listed.
It's been slow for us too. This is a good example of the ups and downs of the "retail cycle". But I bet there some sellers here who are having a decent week. As Pat said, we try to list more in slow weeks because there are no distractions. If it's not listed, no one can buy it.
At under 200 items I usually only have one or 2 sales per day, but I go 2 days without a sale, this used to freak me out like I'm thinking "will I ever have a sale again?" So I keep listing, and sometimes it is like a dam breaking and you will get several sales clustered together (which is probably the source of the "throttle" conspiracy.) At any rate, I try to goose things by changing my store keywords per amazing*taste, and I try to finese my pinterest boards--I don't know if this helps or not but it makes me feel like I am doing something to help myself rather than being merely float sum and jetsam on the ebay sea.
My sales have been super slow this week. I've had a few days with zero sales. Hate that. I have been listing every day but not as much as I could or should. Been kind of lazy.
I totally believe that more listing=more sales, but I don't get much time to list. I did, however, probably list as much or more than usual. I work full time and have two young kids, so it's hard to wedge a lot of listing time in there. I want to do this full time, but I'm having a hard time building up my store inventory. I have a vacation in April that I'm planning to be largely an "ebay-cation," so hopefully I can do some major listing that week. Fun, right? The good news is, I FINALLY made a $25 sale on day 7! Hopefully the sales will start rolling in now!
we have 3800 items and have only sold a single $25 item today. So slow days just happen. it's not us, it's just people aren't searching for what we have.I took photos of 25 items today. Ryanne listed 30 items. It'll all sell.
For any of you who sell on Amazon, can you tell me what they mean by Expedited Shipping. I always assume that means Priority Mail, but I am never really sure. I ran across a fab garage sale today where I got 3 items new in the box, which I am putting on Amazon. Among other things I got a huge original painting in a gorgeous frame for only $40.00. I think I located the artist online, but not yet sure. It will of course have to live with me for a while first. Also got another original watercolor, framed, by an artist who has sales on Ebay for nearly $200, and they are half the size of this one I got for ten dollars. I could go on, but lets just say I am psyched about garage sale season :-)
Ryanne, can you tell me how to tell the difference between an oil or acrylic painting? Anyone? Thanks.
I know nothing but here's what I found in google if you want to check it out. Basically though I'm reading its easier to tell apart wet but once its dry its harder. This link gives you tips. http://www.ehow.com/how_8078431_tell-painting-done-acrylic-paint.html
In case my link doesn't work, here's 1 tip from it...Check to see if the paint is cracked in places. A fine network of cracks all over the painting is a clear indication that you're looking at an oil painting -- and an old one at that. Acrylic paint is relatively new onto the art scene. Dry acrylic paint is rubbery and smooth. As far as it is known, acrylic paint doesn't crack with age or yellow with time.
Thanks so much. This is obviously a newer painting so I am still not sure. Also I am wondering if it is by a "starving artist" with a fake name, since it is signed S. moris. It is in the impressionist style. I did find an impressionist painter by the name of Suzanne Morris, but that has two Rs in it. Does anyone know if those factory style paintings by starving artists have imaginary names. To ke this painting is gorgeous, but I am not art critic.
Post some pictures--I'd love to see it, and I might be able to help identify the type of paint (finally, my art degree is helping out with my job! lol). It might just be a random artist who doesn't have an online presence, particularly if they are an older person, but new to the art scene. I imagine most new younger artists at least have their name somewhere on the internet, particularly if they're trying to make a name for themselves.
Linda, I'd love to see it also!
yes, as others have mentioned oil vs acrylic can be determined through sight and feel. sometimes it is really hard to tell though. if you post a photo and link it here, i'm sure some of us could give it a go.
I've been gone all day and leaving in an hour for the nite. Havent had a chance to find that link Jay gave us for posting a photo here yet. Will try tomorrow. Thanks so much!
I've had the same question about paintings I've picked up. I searched "How to tell acrylic from oil painting" and several sites said to use denatured alcohol on a Q-tip, rubbing this on a tiny area in the corner of the painting. If color comes off on the Q-tip, it's supposed to be acrylic; no color means oil. Does anyone here know for sure if this is a valid test?
I find that most paintings we find are acrylic because it's cheaper to paint with. Oil paintings are usually older and of better quality (not always).
Yes I have decided it is acrylic. Doesnt really matter since I plan to keep it anyway.
Hey, Jay and Ryanne,I've started catching up on Global Voodoo's videos since the roundtable 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 ( that was 3 years ago). I know you guys, in the past, had mentioned wanting to interview someone who does them. I don't know if he still does them, but maybe he could give some good insight into how that all works. I would love to hear an interview about that. Just FYI. Thanks for all your hard work.
Ebay to the rescue for hoarders once again...http://nymag.com/thecut/2015/03/makeup-hoarder.html
Great link. When some sellers get confused why people pay so much for old perfume/make-up/etc, this is the reason. The buyer loves a certain product and then it's no longer sold.
Makes me wonder if there is a way to check, or be "warned," that a particular product will be discontinued. Could be a fun little experiment to "buy and hold" a particular fragrance that's going away.
I jsut asked for my fav fragrance at Macys today. They discontinued it after Xmas! Waah! No warning whatsoever.
now you have to tell us what fragrance it is so we can keep an eye out for it.
That's what happened to me with my favorite body scrub and bath and body works lotion. I was so mad. Its been years now and the few I've seen out there are so expensive. But don't fragrances lose their potency after a time period?
Here is a page I found that contains several links to places that sell discontinued scents. I'm guessing that searching through some of these sights might be a great way to "study up" on what scents are discontinued.http://makeup.lovetoknow.com/Discontinued_Perfume
I just wanted to throw this out there for new people who are considering whether or not to open a store. Aside from the discounts, I really like that it allows me to have categories. A lot of the stuff I buy I have never seen before and would never think to type it into EBay in which case it would have never gotten sold. But having those categories help because if a buyer clicks on an item and sees you gave a store, they now can browse thru your categories and see those items they may have never known about to type in. Ok my two cents is over.
Agree with Anne. As someone who's obsessed with being organized, I love being able to make categories so we can make sense of all the items we have. I wish it happened more, but at least once a month, we have a buyer order multiple items because they've surfed through our categories.
I couldn't get categories to set up in my store, but will try again later. It makes a lot of sense what you said.
By the way, some people were asking about how to search our archives for certain topics since it is a bit of a mess after almost 200 episodes. Plus, many of them are just titled "Episode X: Whats happening in our store". (sorry) So I had an idea.For those so inclined, you can curate playlists from our Youtube page. If you know our episodes, you could create topical playlists and label them as such. I'll even link to it on our Playlist page.Just an idea if anyone is so inclined. It's on my To Do list to write better titles and make some more playlists myself.
You could think of a way to organize or tag the podcasts, based on the info in them, and then use Amazon Mechanical Turk, it'd be pretty cheap and a great way to organize - you could even crowdfund it!
I think that would be helpful but don't go out of your way. Also Ive learned to not let people's stupid questions or comments bug me so much on sites. Whether someone responds to them or not, the bugaboos will probably leave soon anyway and those that do choose to stick around and continue to ask basic questions will eventually learn some stuff and maybe chill out or even be helpful to others at some point. But back to topic, I would just refer new people to literally start at the beginning. The first half of your podcasts were very "how to" friendly. Although its funny because I would get an idea from one and later in another podcast you'll say how you don't do that anymore. I'm still waiting to see when Mikey and Wendy disappear. You two duos seemed to almost split air time back then.
Hey Guys, This has been asked before but the answer is "buried" in the dialogue of an older / past episode. But what do ya'll think the best way to list two items I have that are both, old vintage and ceramic but the condition varies a bit. I have two white ceramic RCA Victor "Nipper" dog figures. Got both at an auction. The are identical except that each has different minor chips and scratched glaze in different spots. If I create two separate listings of them and just change the condition a little it will probably get picked up as a duplicate listing and one will get pulled. Should I just do it with the minor differences listed or list as one listing with two available and just state that each will have it's own minor condition flaws or only list one and "hold" the other until the one sells, then at that time list the second one. Not my first choice because I may have to wait a while for first to sell and also someone may want the Pair. If I list as a "pair" and show try to sell as a pair, someone may only want one. This is similiar to the "two" lamp question I had before but those were identical and I listed as two available and if the buyer wanted two, they could just buy both, but they were both in the same condition. Any suggestions? If I show photos of one and then the second one is the one I send, the buyer may notice the subtle condition issues. Would appreciate any thoughts on how best to list. thanks mc
Good question. Simple answer from my POV.--I wouldn't sell them at the same time. The less you have on the market, the more rare it seems. If one dog takes a while to sell...why would having two listed help the situation?--That being said, when we want to list the same item in different condition, all we do is change some of the words in the title. Im pretty sure the eBay robots are just searching for exact titles. Be creative. RCA Victor "Nipper" Dog Figure + RCA Victor "Nipper" Phonograph Collectible Dog Figure
Good point. We do still have our antique booths and we could just put the second one out there. If the Ebay one sells, then pull from the booth and list in the Ebay store. Who knows, they both may sell in a short time at both places. Even though we are pulling most of the "smalls" to list on Ebay, we still do need a few decorative small to place around and on the big furniture we still have left at the booths. Thanks.. guess that seemed obvious, but just didn't think of it at the time I sent you guys the question.
I once went the lazy route and photographed both and put them in the same listing and basically said item A is in better condition than item B byt its a first come first serve situation. If your qty is 2 and 1 shows sold then they'll know which one their getting.
Don't do this.... http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2015/03/missing-restricted-military-gear-keeps-popping-up-for-sale-on-ebay/
You would think someone stealing military equipment would have a more secret place to sell it.
First Church Rummage Sale of the season tomorrow! Hope it's great!
I went to my first one yesterday, and it was awesome!!! Let us know how yours worked out.
Haha I've listened to too may podcasts because last night I dreamed about you guys. I was helping Jay with an art project and he messed it up and blamed it on me. He was mad but me and Ryanne became good friends. Later fires were breaking out nearby and I was trying to convince you all to move. Jay didn't want to. Finally you went to Kansas City and found a house you loved and mainly because there was a big flea market right in your back yard lol.
Wait. This didn't really happen?
Laughing my butt off!I too spend hours listening to the podcasts and feel like having to do the "goodnight Jay", "goodnight Ryanne", like the Walton's did because they are like a part of my home.
Sweet Jesus I've reached 300 items in my store. I know this is peanuts to many folks, but it's been a challenge to get this done in what little free time I have.Thanks to Jay and Ryanne for the constant reminders to "always be listing!"
Congrats. I'm struggling to get to 300.
Congratulations. Since I'm a single, I'm just not that worried about it. As long as stuff is selling and I'm keeping pretty even with what I buy and what I list, I've decided I can't be concerned about what numbers I get done. I'd be perfectly happy having low numbers and high sales.I reached like 80 something listings, but that is because I had 48 collectible Topps trading cards to list. They close tomorrow night. Have some bids and decent views and watchers. Yes, I'm doing a mix of auctions and GTCs. If I really don't know what something might be worth, I run an auction at a price that I could live with. Like the cards. Some are worth more than others, but I couldn't even figure out which ones and they don't come up that often on eBay and trading cards are a bear when it comes to valuations because of PSA and other rating systems.I have 100 of the cards. Nearly all different. If I sold each card for $5 that's some sweet cash. If some sell higher and some don't sell right off, I'll relist the non-sellers with GTC based on the ones that sold. I could have made things a lot simpler by selling in lots, but since I really didn't know enough about the cards and I'd already shot the pics, I just went ahead and ran the auctions.I have less than $5 in the cards. I also wanted to make a comment about my sales. I'm not comfortable doing the weekly thing since my numbers are so low, but I did have an item sell for $143. It was a hand painted needlepoint that I got for free at a garage sale I set up for a rescue group. (gosh, did I already post this?). Brain fart apologies if I did.
Dashers, just to maybe plant a seed for the future - for myself, I have found that posting lots of "under $10" items to be mostly not worth my time. Jay and Ryanne often make the point that listing a $5 item and a $100 item often take about the same amount of time. I'm definitely now on board with this philosophy. Again, your Topps cards may be an awesome pipeline. But just in case you find they feel like they aren't worth your time, just thought I'd plant this seed of a little bit different perspective.Cheers.
Back to the auction versus GTC, list and forget philosophy. I've been on eBay for 17 years and I do TONS of research so I feel like I have a good feel for things. Some things, IMO, just need to be done as auctions. Those stickers were just a rare situation because I had a large quantity, and yes, I ALMOST listed them at $10 BINs, but then I took one more look at what had recently sold and some had sold for $20-$30 each. Since I had no way of knowing which sticker was rare or common I figured shooting them out for 7 days might be worth it in the long run.Remember, I was willing to take $5 if that was all they sold for because since this is such a specialized item, I'd then have to assume that was all that design was worth. I also learned there are 5 designs that are worthless. I sorted through the ones that I hadn't listed and now have a much better idea of what these will sell for. That is also when I discovered that I had duplicated of the 3 cards that sold for over $60 each and duplicates of some of the other better selling cards. I also learned that when I get to the left over cards that a $5 BIN with free shipping is just plain nuts. (OK, that's probably just nut in any situation if you want to make money and not just waste a whole bunch of time).It HAS been a crazy amount of work, but it has been fun.So I think that for me, I will continue to do the BIN and auction mix. Hope my writings aren't too long... you should see my emails...LOL
Nothing to write home about at the Church sale. But more will be coming soon.I saw this article on the Washington post. Left me wondering where does this leave us resellers? http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/boomers-unwanted-inheritance/2015/03/27/0e75ff6e-45c4-11e4-b437-1a7368204804_story.html?tid=sm_fb
Jamie, I think this is actually good news. This means that we will get access to these things cheaply at garage sales, etc. All we have to do on Ebay is to find the ONE person that actually loves and cherishes the item.Cool beans.
I have a general question. I am trying to get a bunch listed really fast and I'm flying solo. If I have a batch of stuff I'm working on, what's the quickest and most effective way to get it done. I'm trying different methods out but none seem to increase my speed. Normally speed isn't an issue but I have a number goal in mind I want to hit quick. What shortcuts can I take. I've thought about not cleaning anything and only editing my first photo. Thanks for the help to whomever replies.
There's efficient ways to list, but be careful about taking too many shortcuts. If you send items out that aren't clean, then you'll get more returns which wastes time. Same is true if you don;t take proper measurements, or forget to list the defects, or decide to take too few photos. Shortcuts can lead to mistakes which cost you money. There's also different methods of listing depending on what kind of items you're selling. Taking photos, measuring and listing clothes is different than dealing with hard goods. Here's what we do. Make a pile of a similar kind of item. Let's say 20 pairs of shoes.--Clean and polish the shoes.--Take photos and measure each pair. Write down the measurements and a brief title/description in Google Docs. --Edit Photos. --List items on eBay. Copy and paste the text you've already written down in Google docs. --Use the same template for each pair of shoes only changing the specifics. Often when I hear people talk about how to list faster, the real issue is how to focus. People start doing eBay and get distracted by whatever is around them. (Happens to all of us). A 3 hour task becomes a 8 hour task. If you can really focus, a 20 quantity of anything shouldn't take you more than 3-4 hours. Do that each day and you'll have a huge inventory in several months.
I guess I am as slow as molasses because there is no way I could do all that in 3-4 hours. It would be hard for me to list 20 things in that time, forget about taking and editing the photos. Are you talking about maybe both you and Ryanne doing that together?
I'm with Linda on this. It's frustrating how slow the process of listing is for me.
You are correct, Linda. 3-4 hours is if Ryanne and I work together. So I guess it'd be double that time if Anonymous works alone. Obviously there's no wrong or right way to go about it. Anonymous was just asking the most efficient and fastest way to list. As long as you list in a way that is sustainable and avoids burnout. Because the big danger is you spend a lot of energy listing like a madman one day, and then cant get motivated to list the next day. Slow and steady is always better.
I agree Marti. This is why we always say that only sellers who consistently list make money. Selling on eBay is so easy, but it can feel like drudgery which is why most sellers can't hack it.We push ourselves to list, but we always do our best to enjoy the process. We are always playing music and radio that we enjoy. We take lost of breaks. We cook meals together. We enjoy the researching portion so we're always learning new things. We list and sell all kinds of items so we don't get tired of listing only one thing. We know when we need a day of NO LISTING and just go our and scavenge.
I love listing i can list 20 items easy by myself in a couple of hours. it's the packing i loathe . finding the sold items is the part i even dislike more lol . my little store currently has about 380 item been doing ebay since november of last year and i am enjoying every minute of it. All thanks to scavenger life i have become a bib /overall hoarder hahaha i grab it any time i see them . usually nobody wants them at the weigh and pay cos they can be a bit heavy their loss my gain. sold about ten since you mentioned them in your podcast . i would never have picked them up if you had not mentioned them in the podcast THANKS A LOT FOR BEING THIS GENEROUS WITH YOUR KNOWLEDGE
Yes i definitely subscribe to the not listing if its not bringing in $30 or more school of thought . i stopped buying those items recently after i passed ebay university course 101 all thanks to my tutors and free tutorials at scavenger life
Jay or Ryanne, I've mentioned I've been listening to old podcasts and I was curious as to what happened to your friends Mikey and Wendy. Are they still ebaying heavily? I would love to see their store if they still have one. What made them decide to leave the podcasts? I'm sure that put more work on your shoulders to do them solo. I actually googled them and their name pops up everywhere but nothing eBay related. I find their free spirited lifestyle interesting. Anyway, just curious. Thanks guys.
No mystery. You'll run into the podcast where they left and we tell the story. Around #80. This podcast takes a lot of work and time (and no real monetary gain). They decided to spend their time elsewhere.We've done semi-annual Updates with Mikey and Wendy. We also link to their personal blog on our About Page.
Thanks. I'm at 70 something so I guess I was almost there. I'm glad you guys hung in there for us. You've inspired a lot of ppl with your success stories and methodology.
Doing the podcast keeps us interested in our eBay store so it's positive reinforcing feedback loop. Plus it lets me sleep till 10am if I want to.
I'm hoping someone here can help me. I picked up some guitar hero stuff and I've tested them and I'm ready to list but shipping is an issue. The necks come off the guitars but even still they'd have to go in a gameb sized box. But I have two together so can I tape two priority game boxes together and ship with one label? Technically they are flat rate boxes which I didn't realize at first but I can easily mark it out the two places its listed. Is there a better/cheaper way to ship these? Their about 8 pounds total. And then the other issue is the drum set. Its big and heavy even broken down. How should I ship this? I realize most of you don't sell crap like this but I'm hoping at least one of you gave some experience doing it. Sorry this is such a specific question. I see them so often so I was hoping to start getting them but this learning experience may end that.
Ok I may have figured out how to do the guitars. Rolling over cardboard if anyone is interested. Essentially making a box.
Yes, making your own box from what you can find is best. You can't alter a flat rate box but you can make a larger one out of 2 or more regular priority or regional rate boxes.
Just wondering what happened to my comment about what happened with my Ugly cards listing? I only see the second post. The first one told how the sales were. I've noticed that many of my posts never seem to stay up. They appear right after I write them, but when I come to check back, they are gone.P
Also, just wondering why sometimes when I reply I get a message saying something like, comment will appear after it has been reviewed, other times I have to type in a verification code and click that I'm not a robot and other times I only have to click that I'm not a robot. Is it random how things get published so that spammers can't post?
Ive seen other people complain about posting comments. Short comments seem best to avoid blogger thinking your spam.
This is my first post and just wanted to say thank you for being such an inspiration. I feel I have a keen eye for only scavenging items worthwhile for my time, but still it's always an ongoing learning process. I have a 2 year old and 2 month year old, and work full time as well, so building a large inventory is slower than I'd like. But I believe the only way to succeed is you have to be truly passionate (meaning willing to sacrifice time, sleep, hobbies, etc.) Thanks again !!ps. I wouldn't be surprised if Ebay just added the new "Google Keyword Search". I just happened to bump into yesterday.
Welcome to the group. You're raising two young children and a fullt-ime job + starting an eBay store?!!!! Forget about hobbies.
Hi just like you i have two children ages 2 years and one year It is a lot of work but lucky for me i am a stay home mum so i get to list when they are napping or at night . i am currently at 400 items in my store. started ebay november 2014 i am so grateful to scavenger life for their kindness and generosity with their knowledge and information
Believe it or not my 2 year old is a great assistant. She helps throw garbage away, builds castles with the small book boxes I bring home from my day job, and watches Mickeymouse Clubhouse on one dual monitor while I list on the other.. of course this is all if she isn't focusing on popping the bubbles!