Great thank you for this video - that doll is so unique.Have you seen this? I can't decide if it is amazing or ridiculous - either way FBAers might be interested in it. I will just stick to ordering on my phone though.. https://www.amazon.com/oc/dash-button/
Omigosh, that dash button is kind of creepy. Once my husband learns about it I am afraid he is going to have them stuck all over the house. And speaking of creepy, how about that doll? Hideous! I could see that selling as a haunted doll. But the ugliest, weirdest dolls do sell--I have sold a few.
Hi Ryanne and Jay, I Have a quick question, When you say that you list expensive items and include the best offer option, does that mean that you include best offer from the beginning of the listing or only add it down the road if it dosen't sell. The reason I ask is that I just listed a bottle of perfume for several hundred dollars and was contemplating adding best offer right away. I am also listing lots of more expensive items recently and need to fine tune this strategy a little. Your thoughts?
Here's the deal. We recently bought a commercial Panini Maker for about $30. After Ryanne cleaned it, she's listing it for $600 with Best Offer. She's researched the item and this is a strong, but reasonable, price. Because we bought it so cheap, we're willing to take a Best Offer immediately. If someone offers $400, we're laughing.So we list our dream price, then let people ask for a deal. The price we take will depend on how we feel the day the offer comes in.
Someone bought the grill this morning. They offered $450. We took it.
If there is someone willing to pay $600 for a panini maker (and there is) I wanna learn about that world. Welcome to ebay!
Congrats on the sale Jay!! I always remind myself -that's why this is one of the best businesses around!! Love to here about those sales!!
That sounds like a good approach. I think I am going to experiment and add best offer to more of my listings. I've only used it sporadically in the past but now with my average listing price increasing, it seems a more useful tool.
Yeah, if you have profit margins like we do, then "best offer" is perfect to make deals with buyers.Instead of putting things on auction law hoping the price gets bid up. We start the price high, and then negotiate down so we always know we get the best price. Often, people pay full price because they don't want to fool around. They want to BUY IT NOW.
Thank you Jay. My margins are very good but I'd like to boost my sales a notch so I'm going to try adding best offer more often.
Congratulations, Ryanne and Jay on earning your 7000th star! I'm still shooting for a 1000.
We're all just selling one item at a time. That's all that matters.
I have a question for either people who are at this stage right now or people who can remember being at it. I'm very close to having 500 items up as suggested and I'm ready to get my time and life more structured. Right now it seems every moment is consumed by eBay in some way. I don't mind the hustle as long as I know I can slow down eventually. So, at what point did were you able slow down and start doing other non eBay related things. Its important to sell because I got laid off recently and I need to pay some bills but I want to do other fun things to but I'm afraid to stop ebaying for even a day. Just looking for advice. Thanks to all.
I'm still hustling and am getting close to 1000 items. For me, I just want to replace my former income. I currently sell about 3.8 items per day. I want to get to a point where I sell about 10 items per day or $300. Then, with retirement, I can relax a little.
Long-time Ebay FT Seller/Lurker here. You are looking at very steady work for 1-2 years before you can really slack off and let it go on auto-pilot, to an extent. Even at that point, you still have to have long stretches of time that still involve full-time work in order to at the very least remain at the level of sales you have established. In order to get over the hump of 500 items listed, you will most likely have to work even harder than you are now for several months in order to reach the level you want to get to, so make sure you have a lot of coffee stocked up!
AHHAHAHHAHHAHHAHHAHAHHAH Sorry, Ill be serious now.Some sellers on this blog make much more than $2000/month on an inventory of around 500 items. That's incredible. For us, 500 items allowed us to pay our bills but we still had to keep pushing hard. If you depend on your eBay store for full-time income, treat it like a full-time job. 40 hours a week. Or more. Whatever needs to be done.The beauty of this life is we can "time shift" our work. If we want to sleep till 10am, we then just work in the afternoon/evening. If we want to wake up at 5am and finish everything by noon, then we can take the rest of the day off. Maybe we don't feel like working Tuesday, so we go watch a movie and have an adventure. But then Sunday we put in some hours. I hope our Manifesto wasn't misleading:--"Once you have a large inventory, you can finally breathe, make a bunch of money, and then just casually list as you scavenge for more treasures."But I hate to tell you that 500 items isn't really a large inventory. It's enough to make full-time living. It's not enough to slack off. When we hit 2000 items, we could take off for 2-6 weeks at a time without a loss of income. Once you build a beautiful pipeline where money pours out one end and you can fill up your sack with cash. But other sellers here with large inventories understand there's always the internal push to keep listing. Once you get this pipeline built, there's always the fear it could dry up quickly. So definitely give yourself some free time. Then get back to work.
Were you laughing or yelling there Jay? U okay buddy? j/k.
This is just an observation. I find it funny that most people at this goodwill near me are buying to resell. Everyone has their phone out most of the time. Yet we all still feel the need to lie as to why we are buying something. Why do we do that? I know your not getting 5 cameras for your "friend" who collects them. Its just funny to me. I did find some great needlepoint kits today though and listed them and they sold 20 minutes later. I love those sales! If your panini maker doesn't sell you could always put it in your rental house and mention it on your listing. Panini parties anyone? LolOn an old podcast you mentioned how to get repeat customers, you could always give your buyers a 10% off their next purchase virtual coupon. Maybe a code word or something. Ok, that is all. Have a good night.
For several years we put a hand-printed coupon in all our boxes we shipped. After thousands of sales, we only had one buyer ever buy another item using the coupon. We no longer include these coupons. But maybe Amazing Taste's idea of using eBay's digital coupon code might be more effective because they can immediately cash it in.I will never admit I'm a seller when we're out scavenging. Maybe it's a psychological thing. I feel once I admit I'm going to resell what I'm buying, these places will be less likely to sell me stuff so cheap. Goodwill doesn't matter since there's no price negotiation. But at most places where we scavenge, there's always ways to ask for better prices.
I'm sort of open about being a seller if the subject comes up--I figure that the girls at the register don't give a flying F about it, and I have found that to be the case, in fact I have NEVER even had one follow up with "really how do you do it?" LOL maybe it is because throw a rock in my area and you hit a reseller?
Love the story about the toy. My dad asked me once why people buy stuff on ebay, and I said "People want their childhood back". I have a folder on Pinterest called "Stuff My Mom Threw Away", filled with pictures of items I remember from being a kid in the 70s. I've been slowly tracking some of it down. It's all silly stuff, but it's my silly stuff, and I want it back! :)
That sounds like a great band name: "Stuff My Mom Threw Away"
Sounds like a great eBay store name.
My mom threw NOTHING away, and that's how my eBay store began. It's been fun to find the long-lost treasures from our childhood, and try to get her to remember how she acquired certain things. Mom loves hearing the stories about what sold, for how much and "who" bought it. eBay helps ease the shame associated with her hoarding, and places a real value on things some in my family consider junk. It's going to take years for me to reduce the collection, but I am enjoying the challenge, and am incredibly grateful for the venue.
Dashers Loft, omg, that is a great ebay store name! I don't know why I never thought of it before. Luckily, the user id and store name was available, so I was able to change both. :)
I *love* these videos! Thanks so much for making them!I have one nit-picky thing that I have to say... don't hate me, but as a fashionista I am compelled to say something! The proper way to pronounce Ralph Lauren is like the girls name Lauren, not like Sophia Loren's last name.
In England we say "Lauren" in the same way as Sophia "Loren".
You should hear me say brand names when we we're unpacking our scavenged items. I have a great eye, but I sound like an ignorant clod.
I purposely butcher the pronunciation of brand names at garage sales. I once asked how much for the Burbelly shirt.
Damn you should have heard how I pronounced Schiaparelli when I first started in the business I blush to this very day when I think about it, hehe.
noted. however ralph lauren, whose net worth is $7 billion probably doesn't care how his name is pronounced.
I loved the back story about the red and yellow duck doll. I have a similar story. Sold some plates and received a long hand-written letter from a 62 year old woman who had lost both parents and remembered the plates from Christmases long ago. She lost track of the dishes and is now alone.She said she cried when she saw the plates online. She purchased them and would be using them for Christmas for the first time. She was so happy we had offered them for sale--This was very poignant and gratifying to me as a seller.
That is such a sad and sweet story! Love it!
I'm going to have nightmares after seeing that duck.
I am laughing so hard! ROFL!
LMAO--leave to the wacky Japanese to come up with that doll!
Ok I updated my keywords on my store, I may have to add some categories lets see what happens
I can only tell you what happened to my store after I changed most of my category key words---I have sold more things in 2 days than I usually do in a week, it has honestly been crazy. I have a tiny inventory so I think that the gold-rush might be over, but still, I can only assume that fiddling with my keywords sparked the sales...
Me too - 13 sales in the last 48 hours. I usually sell 1-2 things per day, and the occasional 3-4 items on a weekend.
I still don't quite understand exactly what I'm supposed to do. I get to the keyword screen and I can see tons of titles and keywords mixed together in the wrong categories and I get that I should affiliate each category with words that make sense, but what was it about using specific items in the listing. Thanks for anyone wanting to reply.
How exactly did you do yours? Did you use actual listing titles or throw in a line of related keywords or totally random keywords? They give you so much space. I've noticed though I can google my item and it will come up even though none of those key words are listed. It is still smarter than we are. I once studied seo techniques for a site I was building and I was always amazed at what I ranked for. Of course the site is dead now and so I'd my brain on remembering any of it.
Personally I picked out individual words that related to my titles, I didn't enter entire titles. I also did some key words for my store front--collectibles, antiques, mid-century modern and so forth. I still have a couple of categories to work on, but I did the ones that have the best stuff in them--like Suzanne I have had significant sales, in my case, 11 in that last 48 hours, it is sort of mind-bogglin becauseI also have only 1 or 2 sales a day. The real test will be when Jay and Ryanne go through theirs--if they start getting a hundred or more sales a day it should prove the utility of key word changes!
Yeah, we'll see how it works. We're also a little flummoxed and are probably over-thinking it. As others have said, just type in some keywords for items in that category. You cant do worse than what eBay has defaulted as your search terms. New people should know that this is just a cool extra step IMHO. I'm glad Amazing Taste brought us all a new bit of info. But you could totally ignore your search terms and still run a successful eBay business if you sell quality items with good listings. That's been us for the last six years. TL;DR -- Don't stress.
Interesting to see people having an increase in sales after updating keywords. I have a feeling Griff is going to say today on his show that the keywords don't matter. Maybe they don't, maybe the increased sales is just a coincidence. I definitely wouldn't suggest that anyone puts too much time or effort into changing them. In my opinion, as long as you aren't over thinking it and spending too much time on it, it can't hurt.
http://franish.blogspot.com/2013/03/restoring-leather-purse.html?m=1 Just ran across this while looking at old posts on a blog I follow. Looks potentially helpful!
Just a quick blurb on how I run my part time eBay business/I work full time and have kids, I am very busy with this so doing eBay is really a stretch for me but I enjoy it. Like Jay says I have integrated the scavenger lifestyle into my life, I go to garage / tag sales when I can, I am always planning a route to stop by a goodwill or thrift store. Sometimes you find something sometimes not. I always have my PayPal debit card with me and cash. I prefer to use my debit card to preserve my cash. Last year I had $200 on me at all times, ($1,$5,$10,$20,$50,$100) so I could haggle this seemed like a good deal until last year. I came across a garage sale were there were older Simpson multimeters from the 1960’s new in the box for $20 they guy had 30. I knew these could be sold for $200 or more. I had $30 on me. I told the guy I would take all of them but had to go to the ATM, he was cool and I got them. Never again, my luck the ATM would not work. I have money on me $1000 now, this is the foundation of the business. Plus it is great to have exact change. I found a huge tub of Legos the guy wanted $350, I pulled out a crisp $100 and said would you take this. His eyes lit up and he took it, I sold off the Legos and I am still selling them (small pipeline) for much more than the $100. It ended up being 80 lbs of Legos.My process: Once I find an item I clean it, fix it if need be. Then I photograph it with my iPad, also take a photo of it on a postage scale so I remember the weight, if it is a large object I make sure I have a box for it before I photograph it. Once the photographing is done, I goes into my car for a trip to my storage unit. Unless it is a very small Item then I keep it at home.Now I have all the photographs on my iPad, in fact they are on my iPhone too because I turned on iCloud photo stream which sends photos to all my devices. I list everything on my iPad, to me it is quick and easy. In a pinch, like at a family party or some other event I can use my iPhone. I generally look up the item when I get it and save a draft of the item. I then “marry” the draft with the photos, then off it goes listed, BIN and forget it. I just reached 800 items in my store, last year I had barely 100. I try to list every day.If I do have time sit down for a few hours to list I do the research on my PC, save the draft and open it on the iPad, add photos and complete it.For a long time I did not purchase an eBay store subscription or a storage unit, but once I did my sales have gone up. This is a cheap business, I am on the 2nd level store $49 plus the $250 I pay for my storage space is a small price to pay to make $2-2500 per month. Like Jay says there is no easy way to do this. I try to make it easy on myself. If you want to get rich quick go to a different blog! If you are not comfortable spending money on supplies, a store or tape then you will be stuck in cubical nation!
This is such a great story of commitment. You can't teach stuff like this. Either you have this drive or you don't. "Screams from Cubical Nation" is another great band name
Oh, man, I HATED Cubicle Nation! Love my own home, my own time, my own boss. (Me!)
Thanks Marc, I really enjoyed reading about your process, I'm always fine tuning my own, I usually do everything on my iPhone but may incorporated some of what you do with the iPad.
Yup, did my two decades in "cubicle nation" and I hope I never have to go back to it. Hunting for great stuff is so much fun, selling it for profit is so much better. It's an amazing education.
That's an interesting read Marc. I meant to reply to you on a previous post as I was going to ask whether you had a storage unit as a part time seller. Clearly you have and you can justify the expense.We've just bit the bullet and renting one, currently only for storing items we've retrieved from a house clearance. I've justified the expense by working out how much of it I need to sell on ebay with some profit. On a personal level we need to clear our house for decorating and moving around furniture so this will give us breathing space.I wondered if anyone else renting storage has ever regretted the expense.
Yes I do have a unit, my inventory was overrunning my workshop and really getting me down. I was not concerned so much with the cost (I started with a 10x5 for $110) but how I was going to retrieve the items once they sold. I worried about my 1 day shipping, the storage facility is only open 7am-6pm. These fears soon subsided. The place is on my way to work, I stop there in the morning and after work, if something sells after that time I get it the next day. No big deal. I am now using a 10x10 space everything is organized and the unit is right inside the front door on the 1st floor. This is very important since I am accessing the unit every day, I do not have to climb stairs which can take time. I do not even think of the cost anymore it has become a part of my system.
Like Jay says, "look at your numbers"
Thanks for that reply Marc. We had the choice of a unit 10mins away with easy traffic or cheaper priced units 20mins away with heavy traffic. It was a no brainer to spend a little more.
Thanks to Marc and others who have recently mentioned icloud. I've been slow listing going between my iphone pictures and the listing created on the pc. But, we bought my son a new imac for xmas, so I might try to speed things up on there. I'm squeezing ebay into my life too, so if I can learn to get listings done faster, I will be in much better shape.
I would like some opinions, chime in on how you normally deal with RTS (Returned to sender) packages. I gather reach out to the buyer is first. On the last package I had the buyer would not respond to the several messages I sent, so I ended up doing a partial refund. So I'm curious how many times would you try to contact them? How long do you wait after sending a message to do a refund? Thanks!
When an item is sent back to us, we actually don't do anything. We wait for the buyer to contact us instead of wasting time trying to track them down. We did what we were supposed to and shipped to their Paypal address. Eventually most buyers contact us and admit their mistake and ask us to reship (paying for postage again). Often it's people in the middle of a move. But every so often the buyer never contacts us. It's a big mystery. We hold the item for six months and then resell. It's happened twice.
Thanks Jay for the input. I like your method as I did spend some time trying to reach out to this buyer.
I had a package returned to me by the post office recently. USPS attempted delivery, and the buyer never claimed the item from their local post office. I thought I was doing the right thing, in contacting the buyer to let them know I had the item back. Big mistake! They spent several days bombarding me with irate messages about how it was my fault they never picked it up. Since it was over 2 months after the sale, ebay and Paypal considered the sale final, and I didn't have to do anything for the buyer at this point, if I didn't want to. They did recommend I save the packaging for the item, in case the buyer initiated a charge back with their cc company, so I could provide as much proof as possible that I fulfilled the sale correctly. The window for them to do a chargeback is closing soon, and (knock wood) I haven't heard anything from the buyer in a long while, so hopefully that will be the end of it. Of course, now that I spoke of it, I probably invoked their wrath again, and I'll get a new volley of irate messages. :)
Thanks Liz for the response, I took photos of the package when it came back to make sure that I had proof that it was RTS, just in case.
Jay and Ryanne, I remember you talking about making a sale to the show Mad Men. I believe it was a lamp. I thought that was fascinating. I sold a pair of vintage shoes to a possible celebrity in the body building world. The e-mail address and site link from the PayPal site lead me to believe this. I'm dying to ask but something tells me that maybe I shouldn't inquire if this is truly the person that I think it is. I know some prefer their privacy. The shoes would only fit a very large man, so it makes sense that it might be. Would you ask if the buyer if it is him or leave it be?
I guess just ask yourself what you want out of the interaction. Do you want him to be like "Fly out here and hang out with me so we'll be best friends!". Or do you just want to show your appreciation of their career.We allow people their privacy. It's just cool to know that someone you appreciate thinks you have a good eye. Anything else feels awkward. If anything, write a nice hand written note and include it in the package. Keep it professional so they dont think you're a stalker. "Enjoy the shoes. I know where you live now. Dont you think that's cool!"
lol :-) Great reply Jay. I almost sent a message and stopped myself and thought that I wouldn't want to be asked if I was famous. I just want to buy my stuff and move on. Figured it would hurt to get another opinion. I'm just pleased that they sold for what I wanted. Also, it just validates what you always say that everything will sell. I've had the shoes up for a while and patience is key. It's just really cool to think that someone famous bought my eBay stuff. :-)
When I had a shop in Hollywood (we sold 50's furniture) we had plenty of famous people come in, I always acted pretty cool with one exception, David Lynch stopped by and I'm afraid my gushing scared him off, LOL. It also took me every ounce of my reserve NOT to become a total fan-girl when Paul Simonon of the Clash popped in (30 years later and I am like "be still my heart" HA!)
I just made a sale (a very cool piece of vintage wool fabric) to a pretty well known clothing designer. Nothing beats the satisfaction of having your finds/eye qualified like that...
A few months ago I sold a "lot" of 11 old J Peterman catalogs for $100 to a famous author from the 80s or 90s. I recognized her name right off, and her address was in the L.A. Area. I had read her most popular book which made her rich and famous. So I researched what had happened to her since then. Turns out she wrote several more books with less and less popularity while spending money at a crazy rate. She ended up weiting her last book about how she had dealt with spending her way into bankruptcy, divorce and ruin. Apparently she is still spending on kind of crazy things, like old catalogs. I felt kind of bad for her.
PS I once got a big smooch on the cheek from Rudy Guiliani. At a political event. But that's irrelevant. LOL
I'm always interested in cool places things go. I once sold a sports item to the sports hall of fame. It wasn't special or nothing just new. Probably just went to an employee. As far as I know I've never sold to a celebrity but I've bought from one. Years ago Rosie was doing a fundraiser selling those munny figures and they were all decorated and signed. It was totally cute so I bought one. She actually messaged me. It was on Etsy though. Another thing is there's an auction site online that auctions off everything from big shows when they end. Mad men coming up, you can buy your lamp back lol. They just did the Sons of Anarchy auction.
That reminds me Anne years ago "Northern Exposure" (if anyone remembers that show from the 90's) came to an end and auctioned off their props, we went and previewed the sale, the most interesting thing was how tiny the costumes were! Actors are impossibly skinny, LOL.
your ugly doll was a vtg rushton doll Vintage RUSHTON Rubber Happy Face Plush Cloth Duck 9" Tall Musical Wind Up
That's it. Thanks for the identification. But I hope we didnt undersell ours. Look at "sold items". Now we know for next time.
no this was not a windup musical doll. and the label did not say Rushton, it said Woolike, Made in Japan. it looks sort of like a google image search of Rushton dolls, but i really think this was a fake knock off of those.
Get a load of this:http://www.forbes.com/sites/aliciaadamczyk/2015/03/31/push-to-pay-amazon-dash-buttons-let-you-order-products-instantly/
I just went to a new thrift store at lunch everything was over priced, all could hear is Jay laughing in my head saying "are they crazy!" I purchased nothing
Recap of my Topps 1965 original Ugly stickers sales. Started them at $5 each on auction. Listed 38 of the 100 that I have.Sold 23 cards at about $450. Sorted through others. Sold duplicates as second chance and a group of 3 as a negotiated deal. Total sold: 33 cards Sold for: about $600Maybe I'm not cut out for this. I really dislike the after sale work, but I did stick it out with these. So my first month back on eBay my sales total: $1080.77 I think I only got 80 something things listed in the month so I'm happy.
So folks, is there any way when you have multiples like I did with the UGLY stickers to make second chance offers and give a discount?I couldn't figure out how and the buyer didn't want to buy them at the amount he had bid them up to and still lost them.We just agreed on a price and I sent him a PayPal invoice. I thought about doing a relist as a sale just for him with a BIN so it would have been through eBay, but frankly, I'm sick of these cards. I'm glad I got over $40 each for those last 3 cards, but I'm just as glad to see the packages gone and putting the rest of the Uglies on the shelf for some other listing day.I'm wanting to post things I like. Example: Yesterday I got 9 Ralph Lauren teddy bear pillow topper panels for $3.75. I can sell them from between $10-$15 each. Six are duplicates so an easy listing with quantity 6. All are so easy to ship. Money is good. Simple and a cute item.
Ok I am in a posting mood. Like Jay says every lesson is expensive. Here is what I learned about silver. During my shopping excursions last year I kept seeing silver tea sets. After a month I decided to purchase 2 teapots only. I figured this will be a $35 education to see what the value of these items are. I took them home quickly realized one had a missing leg the other was perfect. They both had a makers mark from WR Rogers. I learned how to clean the tarnish off of them with toothpaste and hot water, vinegar and aluminum foil. I quickly learned they are silver plated and the best way to determine if they are solid silver is to use a magnet. So instead of carrying a magnet around (to me it seems like looking stuff up on your phone) I purchased a magician’s magic magnetic ring, this way I can be sneaky and see which ones are silver and silver plate! In any case the one with the broken leg was tossed and the other one just sold in my store last week for $30 the ring cost $5. Cheap education.
I like the magnet ring trick. That's smart. Or you could get a magnet implant.
not all of them are wind up musical dolls . might not be but it sure looks like one
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU AMAZING TASTE!!!!!! AND RYANNE AND JAY!!!!!!AM DOING MY KEYWORDS RIGHT NOW, AND A SALE POPPED UP FOR A $50.00 STARBUCKS MUG THAT I HAVE HAD LISTED SINCE BEFORE CHRISTMAS!What is really amazing is that I have managed to sell ANYTHING AT ALL FOR THE LAST 6 MONTHS! ALL my keywords were for 7 low selling items I listed the 1st month I was doing Ebay.I won't be surprised that my selling numbers improve significantly, starting right now.Thanks again for sharing! And thank you for the positive blog, Jay and Ryanne!!!
PRAY TELL!!! please help me as l am having a hard time implementing this key word info tip . i am very desperate here . please explain it in the most basic and elementary way like to a 9th grader . I ANXIOUSLY AWAIT YOUR ASSISTANCE
Helping your seo on google isn't the only factor in whether or not people see or buy your stuff. You can't really blame not having that set up as to why sales are slow. Most people go to eBay and then look stuff up therefore bypassing your category keywords you typed in . Plus as you can see Jay and Ryanne have been selling plenty over the years and they didn't have theirs set up either.
Anxious Anonymous. Listen to Calm Anonymous. Search terms wont make or break you. It's not a magic button to sales. Just try inserting some key words that correspond to items in that category. Godspeed.
NewbieHello, everyone this my first post to this forum. First, I want start by thanking Jay and Ryanne for having such a great website and podcast. The information is extremely informative and helpful for person starting out. I’m glad I found an upbeat and worthwhile forum that focuses on the positive aspects of E-baying. I have been researching, reading, listening to videos and podcasts on-line and at You-tube. I stumbled upon your video’s and then made to move to the podcasts and website. Oh what a breath of fresh air from the “those other guys”. Today, was supposed to be my start date; I had a two questions that I need clarification before hitting the post button:1. I understand about putting the store on vacation; but I scheduled for two out of town meetings this month. The last one is around the 26th and I’m going to extend it to see family in NC. until the following week. Would it be unprofessional to open a store and then go vacation so soon afterwards?2. I followed the discussion last week regarding “keywords”. Are keywords only for people who have a permanent store or “everyone”? I’m thinking about starting with the small store but was reluctant at first but after hearing about “listing until you drop; makes the pipeline flow”(lol) I changed by mind.Thank you for all the contributions to this forums you really have helped me to overcome my hesitation.
It's not unprofessional to put your store on vacation. Just stay in communication with buyers if you plan to keep selling while you're away. People just need the correct expectations. I believe that keywords are only for Stores (someone can correct me if I'm wrong). Though its cool that everyone is fine tuning their search terms, don;t let it overwhelm you if you;re new. We've sold since 2008 without knowing anything about search terms and had no problem making a living on eBay.
Newbie,Thanks, JayI'll start posting my first listings tommorrow. Thank You and Ryanne again.
Any advice on how to get buyers to leave feedback on my seller account? I have been selling since 1999 and I have noted that more than half of my buyers just don't leave feedback. Id like my number to be as accurate as possible....any ideas?
You can simply email or message them or add it in the comments when you are shipping or put a note on your listing page saying how important feedback is to you.
This has been a common thread around here. Its cool to get feedback but you cant force it. It's better when a buyer leaves no feedback....than force them into leaving you neutral/bad feedback. Plus, they can leave you good feedback and still leave you a bad star rating for different categories that turn into defects.I think the feedback system is important to prove your reputation, but after a certain number who cares? You've sold a bunch and people like your service. 500 positive is no better than 50,000 is my book.
The only way I know of to get a higher number of positive feedbacks is to consistantly give great customer service, buyers often will give comments on how fast it was shipped or how well it was packaged, which also leaves me to believe that a lot of sellers do not make the effort. If a buyer is extremely happy with the transaction they'll often leave the FB you want. But don't sweat it, I'm lazy when it comes to leaving feedback as a buyer, eBay is the only place you buy something and there is an option afterward to give an opinion on the transaction (I know, there's Amazon but really, who leaves feedback there?)
I agree with Jay. I've also thought about proactively asking for feedback, or including a note with my packages asking for feedback. But I think it comes off as too pushy. I've found that on average 40 - 50% of my sales end up leaving feedback without a nudge, and I'm happy with that. Once you get a steady stream of positives in a relatively short period of time (i.e. last 30 days, 60 days, whatever the categories are on the eBay profile), I feel like it lends confidence to your listings.Also, I'd much rather get no feedback than neutral or negative feedback if I pushed a customer. Some people want to buy and then be left alone. I'll gladly take the sale.If you're getting less than 30% of your customers leaving feedback, I'd start to question whether there's something you can do on your end - like faster shipping, better packaging, etc.And sometimes, it takes time for feedback to come in, sometimes buyers will leave it more than a month after receiving their item.
As an ebay buyer, I hate being pushed for feedback. I've a box of old postcards and notelets which are worthless but I scribble a quick thanks message on and put in with the item. I've occasionally had people thank me for the presentation, packaging and even the card.I've just discovered a buyer who left 1s a couple of months ago when we had communication. Although he was thrilled with his purchase in an email to me and left me glowing feedback. English wasn't his first language so I'm not sure if it was a mistake but all a bit strange
I care about feedback only as a confirmation on the item. It let's me know they are happy and won't be trying to open a case or returning anything and everything arrived safely. Its a relief when I see it. But as far as my number of feedback, I don't care. Its all positive right now so if I got more negative I guess I'd care more to over shadow it. I've been asked for feedback before and I just assume their new and its important to them so I go leave it for them.
I printed business cards from vistaprint and include them inside each box saying thanks for your purchase and please leave positive feedback if you can not for any reason please contact me to give me the opportunity to resolve any issues you may have, it works
Just found a hp calculator from 1980 for $1 sold same day for $80
Sales slow 1 sale in three days. Keep listing folks
I need advice. I rarely ever get anyone wanting a refund for any reason. However the first week of March I shipped something and it was delivered 16 days ago. The guy just messaged me to say he never got it and wants a refund. One, I don't know why he's just now messaging me but if he never finds it I'm not really worried since I have the paper trail. I bet the address on his PayPal didn't match his eBay. Ppl forget to sync that when they move. Anyway, the advice I need is if he does find it or claims to and then says there's something wrong with it, should I just refund him and eat the shipping? Its a used shirt so condition is subjective. Honestly he seems a little shady. On a different note, I changed a few keywords in a few categories but didn't expect much difference but now my store is super active today with messages and offers from all of my categories. Interesting. Thanks Amazing.
I've had this issue a few times - first and most important question is - do you have tracking on the item? If so and the item says "delivered", then it is not your responsibility anymore. I think you're getting a little ahead of yourself thinking he might claim the item isn't as described before even receiving it. Also, when approaching these situations, I think it's always best to give someone the benefit of the doubt, it's easy to misconstrue someone as "shady" when you have only conversed via an email or two. I work under the assumption that people are honest on eBay until proven otherwise. In situations like this where the item shows delivered, I write the seller back with the tracking details, state the day it was mailed and delivered, and then reconfirm the address on the order - then ask if its possible if a neighbor received it, or if they moved to a new address, and also offer to contact the local post office. In every case I've had and sent this kind of a response, the buyer has not replied, which makes me think that they had the wrong address on the order, or checked with a neighbor or family member and found the package.If you don't have tracking on the item, then unfortunately, you will likely have to issue a refund, and I would offer a refund proactively to stay positive and in the good graces of the buyer. If the buyer does happen to find it and then claims its not as described, I would offer a return and refund if the buyer pays shipping, assuming you correctly listed the item.I always think "what if I were in the buyer's shoes?" and go from there.
exactly, if it's marked 'delivered' ebay will stand by you. and again, don't get ahead of things, he says he hasn't gotten it, and tracking will cover you.
I did go to watch count where I saw he bought several similar items recently. Maybe he wrote to the wrong seller. I don't just automatically think someone's shady but I did form a bypassed opinion based on how he wrote to me and his recent purchases. The main reason for my concern was this particular shirt had more wear than any of the others I sell and it was hard to show it in photographs. So long before he contacted me I was already concerned if he would be happy with it or not. I've learned since for my own piece of mind to only buy shirts in really good condition unless its super special.
See that shady buyer left me negative feedback. Stupid really when it shows delivered. Obviously eBay will take it off....or at least they should. Its my first negative after 700 feedback. What an ass. But probably just not very experienced.
Another update, called eBay and they fixed it. Checked feedback he's recently left for others and he's done the same thing to several people today. This is the aspect of eBay I hate. Sellers need to be able to leave negative for a buyer to warn others as well and they should get suspended for bad activity. Instead the eBay guy just said they will message him about proper use of feedback. That's not going to stop his fraudulent claims. But ironically it was his unnecessary feedback that furthered my proof he was shady. Okay, I've vented and feel better now. I just hope he doesn't retaliate in some way. But it is fun calling him shady considering if was an Eminem related item he bought lol.
Last update I promise. So yest I had messaged another seller who would sold this person is similar item to see if everything went well with that transaction and she said it had. but then today he left both of us the negative feedback . she said her eBay Rep told her he thinks it was a hacker who is requesting money from everybody that guy had bought from. I don't necessarily believe that for several reasons one of which hackers usually don't take the time to leave feedback which causes a paper trail. but she also thanked me for contacting her because she said if I hadn't she would have automatically refunded him. I know this seems like such a small deal to most of you but it was my first and only negative or refund request I've had in years so it made me panic a little. Ok goodnite to all.
Okay, I jsy spent at least two hours sitting in front of my computer with two screens up trying to fix all my keywords, and I am convinced I did it all wrong. No miraculous sales have happened. I know I am a techno-tard, but I copied and printed out all the instructions I could find on how to do it. Questions, for anyone who can answer, especially Amazing Taste:1. Why did the keywords screen show categories that I don't even have in my store? Are they old one I don't use any more?2. I don't understand what words I am supposed to put in each little box, such as Keyword 1' Keyword 2, Secondary Keyword 1, etc. am I supposed to put just one word in each one?3. Am I supposed to be putting in words to describe just one item in that category? Or words that describe several of my items. For example in Women's Handbags should I put Handbag, Womens, Coach, Hobo, Silver? Or should I put all of those words in one box?4. Shall I have a glass of Reisling or Cabernet right now???
If its any consolation, i know i did my keywords wrong and it still seemed to work. i plan to fix it later after i figure out how to do it correctly. right now i just put a million random words that have to do with the category that happens to be about items in my store. hopefully amazing taste can help us all.
Linda,You are definitely over thinking this. Honestly just throw some keywords onto each line that reflect that store category and then let it go. Maybe it helps, maybe it doesn't. The important thing about testing new business strategies is to not let them take up so much time that you neglect the proven strategies - List more = Sell more.
Okay, I think I figured it out now. Woke up at 4:30 am and tried again. I thought you could only put one word in each box. Now I am cramming each of the first 2 boxes with words relevant to my listings. They all had my store name and completely irrelevant words in them. We will see if it helps. Do you bother filling in all six of the boxes???
Sometimes yes, sometimes no. Depends on how many items are in a category and how much time I have. I don't like to spend more than 15 minutes on anything in my life. :)
For those that have stores… Do you all create your own store categories? I sell a variety of items so I don’t know if it would be beneficial or unnecessary work to create my own categories. Any advice?... CDM
Yep, we create all our won categories. One of the motivators of paying for a store subscription is the ability to organize hundreds of items into some kind of order. Now a buyer can cruise through our store in a reasonable manner.
I have categories as well. The extra :30 it takes you to create a category and put an item in the appropriate category (actually you can put any given item into two store categories) will pay off big time in the long run, especially if you list a large quantity of a same/similar item. For example, I bought a box of several dozen vintage cufflinks - I listed them and put them in a category together ("Clothing, Shoes, and Accessories") and sure enough, someone bought 3 pairs from me because I mentioned in the listing to check the store/category for more similar items. This also works if you have collections of items - simply put them in the same store group so that a potential collector can easily find them all. Think of it like a grocery store - you want vegetables, they're all there together; you want cereal, all the boxes are in the same aisle; etc. Good luck!
LA speed-metal group Zig Zags does a song called "Scavenger" - like Black Sabbath on speed:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XuHv0TvohQJust thought I'd throw that in.
Love their camper! I dream of owning a little retro airstream. :-)
If we ever hold a Scavenger Festival, we'll get these guys to headline.
I have a success to share!I received my first negative feedback tonight (shudder) from a buyer I mentioned many moons ago who purchased a Hawaiian Tiki sculpture and wasn't familiar with the material "hapa wood" which is common in Tiki listings (it's a composite made of wood and resin, not solid wood). Anyhoo, the buyer was mad that the item wasn't solid wood, sent me a nastygram, I approved a return request, he never returned it, I had the case closed in my favor, and right on the 60 day mark from the transaction left me a scathing negative feedback, saying I was a "scammer" - ouch! Especially since all my other feedbacks are positive, and I take pride in shipping quickly and describing my item conditions well. So, I called eBay and they were incredibly helpful - being friendly and calm headed makes all the difference. I have a suspicion that starting all those kinds of calls with "Hi, I'm hoping you can help me with something..." primes the operator to be on your side and want to help. Well, within ten minutes I had the negative feedback removed, and the eBay representative (based in the Philippines, I gather) even said to me "Well, the buyer has responsibility to make sure they are aware of what an item's material means when it's listed - that's why we have Google..." Zing!Huzzah!
That is really great....I cannot get Ebay to do anything for me. 1st negative in 14 years over $5.95 shipping that buyer agreed to pay. The negative....about shipping....pushed a defect onto my account. Mentioned to Ebay that Spring 2014 rules took shipping defects away. They said I was correct but this was the Buyer's Opinion of Me and that it could not be changed. Talked to five different people and even an Appeal of some sort with someone in the States. He basically told me that I did everything correctly but that I was going to be penalized anyway. Not quite sure why Ebay would take the Buyer's side on this one....looking at my perfect history....anyway....back to work. MB
good job! yeah sometimes they just won't remove a neg/neutral. but if they mention shipping in the feedback, i would think that would be cause for removal. hate to say it, but call again. although i know calling and calling and calling gets old. i feel your pain.
In the past twelve months, here are our stats:1133 Positive2 Negative2 NeutralSome sellers have 100% positive feedback which is incredible. I don't think we've ever had 100% positive once we started selling over 100 items a month. Grumpy customers happen. Negative/neutral feedback happens. We keep listing and selling. Learn to know when you can change, and when it's time to move on.
I'm always pretty stunned when people go years without a single negative--how in the hell do they accomplish that?
I messaged a buyer this morning about some holes in a sweater he bought from me (wool) that I didn't realize were there but saw when I packaged them. I don't even remember them being there, but this had been in my inventory for a while and you know how wool is. Anyway, I messaged my buyer and told him about the holes and asked if he still wanted it. He messaged back and said he didn't want it. So, that sale falls through and I understand. So, maybe MY 100% feedback rating will take a beating this week! I'm not worried about it either way, besides maybe by telling the seller about the defects before I shipped saved me a negative or a neutral, but you never know. He did thank me for my honesty.
I'm currently at 2091 feedback and have only ever received 1 negative and I got it removed because it was unwarranted (international buyer upset that he had to pay customs). I have had a few random neutrals as well, but maybe 1-2 per year. I feel like I have avoided negative feedback by keeping in contact with buyers in a calm & professional way even in heated situations. Whether it's a broken item, not as described, not as expected, or simply something that the buyer doesn't want anymore, I keep the tone of the emails the same - courteous and explaining next steps to the buyers in order to get a refund or help me file a claim.Maybe I'm just lucky that I haven't run into a completely unmanageable buyer. :)
sales slow in Ohio this week too...but I am declaring we are all going to see a big increase starting now:)
I've been seeing higher than normal volume last week and this week, but lower dollar items. Since Easter is coming up, these lower dollar items might be basket stuffers for kids & collectors.
On a positive note I just made my first sale through the Global Shipping Program, although my jaw dropped when I printed the packing slip and saw what the buyer is paying for postage on a $15 pair of pants! Wow!
I tried very hard to make a sale with a guy from Chile. The language barrier got us. he messaged me to see if I would ship an item to Chile. I'm not sure if Chile is part of the global shipping program, mainly because I'm not very good with geography and also because I can't see what he sees as far as if it's charging him a different shipping rate. Domestically I was charging a flat rate because I could fit it in a small envelope.I looked up shipping costs and gave him two options but he started speaking to me in Spanish which I translated but it didn't answer my question. So I actually went in and changed my listing to reflect the shipping to his country and told him to just buy now and he still did not understand. so I missed out on a sale. The price of shipping was worth more than the item anyway. so in that moment I was actually appreciative of the global shipping program so that I do not have to do with this type of thing very often. but I did wonder if a country is not part of the global shipping department and someone chooses to buy your item and you have a cheap shipping price for domestic shipments. How does that work ?
strange, i also had a buyer from Chile message me yesterday to see if i could ship a very large hard shell suitcase to him. Chile is not in the GSP, so i had to calculate a price through the listing page, you just click the Shipping and Payments tab on the listing page, and you can change the country in the shipping dropdown menu. for my situation, the suit case was actually too big to ship to Chile, it would have been hundreds of dollars via USPS. but if you have an alternative shipping selection for a smaller item, like Priority Mail from USPS for International places not covered by GSP, your buyer should have that option.
He couldn't understand that he had the power to buy. He would send me a best offer and then message me and just said "shipping to Chile?". I told him I would ship but he just had to buy it but he couldn't understand. If I accepted his offer it would have my cheap shipping in it and he could pay that which would screw me. Oh well it wasn't an expensive sale I lost
Yay I got my turquoise star. Now on to purple.
Completely unrelated to keywords, how do you define "vintage"? I have a buyer that wants to return an item (fine), and says that since the item is neither silver plate nor vintage, as I listed it, they want a refund, plus shipping both ways. The item in question is stamped "silver plate", and is from a company that was sold in the 1980s and is no longer in business. I always thought that "vintage" was anything 25 years or older. (All I told my buyer was "Sure, you are welcome to return it", and didn't comment on the shipping reimbursement request).
I personally identify anything vintage as 1) at least 20 years old, 2) of a certain period/style, and 3) of a certain quality/material. Personally, I feel like something made in the 80s is vintage. I've started putting vintage on early 90s items that are collectible. Also, if the item is marked silverplate, then in my eyes you don't have to reimburse the shipping charges as listed. If the buyer gives you negative feedback/opens a case, I would think that eBay would side with you since that's how it's marked.
There are Vintage "Nazis" out there who will argue about specific time periods, but I think of the word, Vintage, as a signifier. Just tells the buyer it's older from a different fashion period. What other word can you use to do a search for something old but not antique.?For example, I search for "Vintage coat hook" when I don't want a shiny new one made in China.
Funny, I just finished reading a decorating book "I Brake for Yard Sales: and Flea Markets, Thrift Shops, Auctions, and the Occasional Dumpster" by Lara Spencer. And she writes in the book that in the interior design industry, vintage basically means "used"! LOL
Hmm that's an interesting one. obviously unless you are an expert you can only go by what you see stamped on the item. and vintage is such a subjective term. I think you saved yourself a headache by allowing him to return it even though technically he had no reason to since it was described properly.
Oh yes, this is a big headache that is dodged. In one condescending fell swoop, they let me know that my item is worthless, not silverplate, and I'm apparently too daft to know these things. ("The stamp on the bottom is meaningless in the world of wine coaster collecting, but I imagine you have no ability to know that") . AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. I'm actually going to pay the shipping both ways now, because the laugh I got over this is entirely worth the $5. I can just imagine the who's who of the wine coaster world sniffing with disdain over my item.
I am thinking about trying to start selling a few clothing items. I'm not into fashion so unless its a well known brand, I'll probably not notice it when I see it. Does anyone here have any clothing selling tips? Should I start with women's or men's or try for a style or just search for labels? What's the easiest thing to start with that normally sells well? I would appreciate any advice from seasoned clothing/accessories sellers. Tips would be very helpful to me. It seems like such a big market to not at least be on the lookout for selling potential. Thanks.
Hey Amber. You say "I'm not into fashion so unless its a well known brand, I'll probably not notice it when I see it." I read this as "I'm not passionate about clothes so don't really care about clothes". This isn't a good place to start for a scavenger. Your questions are way too broad; you need to first focus on your passions. For instance, I'm not a big fashionista but I like leather boots and heavy coats. I have always been able to recognize quality in these items and quickly learned brands that bring high dollar. I find it fascinating. I love to find the old coats with vintage labels. From there I've learned to appreciate other kinds of clothing/shoes and that sell well. It's a fun rabbit hole.So find your passion first. Then find out what sells. Take a couple hours and search "sold items" on eBay for different kinds of clothing that might interest you. If this sounds boring, you'll be more bored walking around a Goodwill and their endless racks.And if you really want things spelled out, just buy one of the many eBooks of how to sell clothes on eBay. It'll spell out exactly what kinds of Nike shoes to buy or suit coats to look for. But I really encourage you to follow your passion than a paint-by-numbers strategy. It'll be more fun and sustainable.
You're right Jay, clothing is certainly not a passion of mine but the thrill of the find is. So I can become very excited about clothing if I knew what I was looking for and actually spotted it at a store. But I think your idea of starting in a small area is a good one. I've been to eBay and searched sold listings in the past but I quickly become overwhelmed and the ADD part of me doesn't let me concentrate too long on anything specific enough to find the trend of what is selling in the middle of the chaos of what is not. I realize my question was broad because I'm open to any starting point and I know people here know the ins and outs of selling clothing and might have good advice to share like you have with me.
Also, if you are new to selling clothing and are not familiar yet with the top brands, then I would suggest looking for certain top-selling ITEMS and FIBERS instead. So much less to memorize. For example, look for overalls or down coats or true Nordic sweaters, or learn top-selling materials such as alpaca, angora (70% or higher), cashmere, etc. Almost regardless of brand, these should be sure-sellers. That's only 6 things to shop for now, of which you will find many, rather than bringing a list of 30 brands and looking for those. Soon you will learn quality just by touch. Good luck!
Good idea. How do you search though by fiber on eBay? You mentioned 3 types so I can start there. Do sweaters still sell in the hot months? The fibers you mentioned are sweater material, right?
You search like any other item. Just do an eBay search for "sold items". Search "wool sweaters", "alpaca sweaters", etc. If you sort highest to lowest, you quickly get a sense of what to look for.
I just wanted to add this comment about a change I've made to pricing. I no longer let other sellers dictate my price. I'll still check them just to see if I can jack my price up higher but if everyone is selling their item for 10, I'll still ask for 25+ and oddly enough mine usually sells. Now if there's a ton going for dirt cheap I won't even bother listing it. But I think the reasons why mine sell over others who have a better condition item with a lower price is simply I usually have a better photo and I use a lot of keywords others tend to leave out. For example i recently sold a cake pan that was beat up and had parts missing and there were brand new ones available for cheap. But they put in bad keywords. Anyway the point of this long ramble is you don't always have to conform to the market if you can set your item apart a little. And sometimes a buyer will see a higher price as a sign of quality or authenticity.
I totally agree with everything you just said, Anne! I've found the same to be true about photos and keywords/title and if your item has value there's no reason to be afraid to ask more than others do - I see some of those low-selling items when mine has sold for more and feel sort of sorry for their piddly prices...impatience and inexperience has them working far too hard since they have to list and sell so much more to make up the difference.
Since this comment thread is coming to a close (new podcast coming soon) I wanted to ask you guys a non eBay related question. I know you are into minimal living and some homesteading and I would like to at least tinker in it some. Until my sells pick up we are going to have to cut way back on spending and I wanted to try to start growing some of the food we eat or make other house or yard changes to cut down on costs and just to live more simple. Do you have a recommendations on foods to plant that are easy to grow (I do not have a green thumb) or other ideas. I wish I could also plant food for these birds and squirrels that hound my doorstep for food but that's another discussion. Anyway, you sort of did a podcast about simple living around 105. I wouldn't mind hearing an updated one. Or do you know of a online source that you guys have used and trusted for info? If you don't want to discuss this at all feel free to just delete this post or not answer. Thanks either way.
i'm channeling jay here- the first thing is to do your household spending numbers. what do you spend every month? where can you cut down? what is your highest bill? what can you do without? that's the first step to homesteading, honestly.
Easiest thing to grow: kale, mustard greens, lettuce. You can grow from seed or buy starters from your local hardware store or nursery. It's good to eat greens at meals and this makes it cheap since they grow like weeds. Like any kind of scavenging, it just takes time and learning. Start with a small garden bed. Grow what you like to eat. It all takes work.We took our garbage/recycling to the dump today (us country people have to do this). We found out that they were giving away mulch/compost from trees they shredded during the winter, so we got a truckload for free. Ryanne raided the recycling area and found a big, beautiful, double-walled cardboard box. Then we bought six kale plants (50-cents each) and planted them in our raised beds.
Peas are also super easy to grow and now is a good time to plant them (depending on what part of the country you live in, I'm in DE). Plant them along a fence or try to scavenge an old piece of wire to trellis them on. Keep an eye out for strawberry & raspberry plants. They are very easy to grow, require little maintenance and come back year after year. If you are in a rural area you may even be able to find them for free. They multiply like crazy and most people will thin them out and be happy for you to take them off their hands. They won't be prolific the first year you plant them, but they are worth waiting on.
Raising chickens for eggs is a lot of fun, and not much money. Chicken feed is cheap, and you supplement the feed with kitchen scraps. Let them free range on your property, and they are good for pest control. Use their poop for fertilizer, and sell any leftover eggs you can't eat. People around here will pay between $3-5 a dozen for fresh eggs. Chickens don't need a super expensive coop. You can scavenge a lot of what you need to build one. As long as it keeps them safe from predators, and out of the elements, they'll be happy.
hey i have an ID-ing question. I also put this on Reddit (and tried Google Image search, with no results), but hoping someone here might know this maker's mark. this is on a white enamelware and copper pot---Lion Symbolit looks like a lion with an antique coffee pot with a "B" on it.this is the pan itself--Pan Itselfit's enamel, copper and a real antler for the handle! a really fun find, just want to know who the maker might be. thanks for any leads.
I did an online search and it might be Manning Bowman brand. I see similar things. But I found a listing that looks nothing like your pan but the person described the same blue lion.
ok that's it, you're right. jay had researched and found that same name the other day, but i couldn't find one that looked like mine with the symbol. but when you said the same maker, i searched on ebay again and found that it originally came as a chafing dish set with cover and burner. knowing that, i searched ebay again with 'chafing dish' as the keyword instead of 'pan' and several other people have the same one and show the lion symbol on the pan. thanks for that! whats cool about it, is that it's from the late 1800s. amazing.
Whenever I have a hard time with research and I finally find the item using a less obvious descriptive term, I know my listing will be better as I'll have more keywords.
When I saw it I instantly felt a little jealous. I never find stuff that interesting and certainly not from that time period. Yesterday I got excited because I found a church thrift store only to walk in and realize its way too neat to have good cheap stuff. Auctions take too long to get to the items I want. 3 hrs later and their not even half way done. I would love to go to estate sales but they always seem to be auctions in disquise. So I'm still thrift store shopping. Cutting into my growth potential. Do you guys have a method of finding new places to shop? When you look them up do you weed out ones that say certain things?
Anne, sometimes you find amazing stuff, sometimes you walk out empty-handed. The more places you go, the more amazing stuff you find.
Anne, when I moved from Chicago to Texas, I was very discouraged about reselling. I said there was "nothing good to sell here!". I had to learn about what was available. It has taken a year to get here, but I'm now grossing $2000 a month. Also, auctions can take a long time, but there is also a huge potential for profit there. I spent 5 hours at my first auction, spent under $100, and have made $1300 so far off that day. That's a lot of money for 5 hours. Of course, not all auctions will yield good results. The last one I went to was kind of ho-hum with a lot of competition. It's like what Margaret said, the more often you go, the more chances you have to find stuff you can sell. You just have to keep going.
Thanks for making these videos, Ryanne. They are incredibly helpful. I was at a really junky estate sale today (borderline hoarders) and I pulled open a kitchen drawer and saw some Canoe Muffin!! I couldn't believe it. It was also my first "make a pile" sale. Wow. Loved it. Scavenging at its best!
yeah! canoe muffin is gold. love that stuff.