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When we took that big leap...quit our jobs!!!!...and started selling on eBay full time, we quickly learned that eBay is a hungry beast. The fear of not making enough money to cover the bills plagued our nightmares. Listing was the only antidote to the fear. There was never the feeling of "being done" so we constantly pushed ourselves to keep listing. When we weren't, we often felt so eBay lazy we wanted to throw up.
That's what happened to us this past week. We had a lot of life things to do. Almost no listing was done.
But let's be honest. Everything's okay. When we look at our numbers, we have consistently made enough to cover our bills (and more) for several years. And we see plenty of other sellers like us do the same. I think this is just the feeling that anyone that runs their own business feels. Always pushing yourself.
If you build up a big enough inventory, you buy yourself time to live. I'm glad we have this luxury. The feeling of "eBay laziness" is just the gentle reminder that we're equally independent of an employer but dependent on staying connected to our business.
Here are the links we discussed in this podcast:
--Tina sent us a new mug idea. Find it, List it, Sell it, Ship it!
--Jay saw an eBay listing that let buyers pay by an installment plan. Anyone know how to put this on your listings?
--Marc from NJ sent in this addictive site, Storage Battles.
--Amazing Taste explains how to create coupons and special deals for buyers on your eBay store.
--Zach shared how to change your store/seller name and make sure eBay updates this info throughout the site.
--Check out this guy who records himself finding treasures in his apartment's dumpster. (Thanks Deal Diva)
This week as our Throw Back episode, check out this episode from a year ago on how we went full time eBay.
And if you want to come visit us, rent our Farm House near the Shenandoah National Park for your next vacation. We'll even meet with you for dinner if you want, and we can talk about the scavenging life.
The Weekly Scavenger Numbers
Our Store Week March 29-April 4, 2015
- Total Items in Store: 3802
- Items Sold: 31
- Cost of Items Sold: $140
- Total Sales: $1,618.84 (+ Bonanza: $40 + Amazon $35 + Craigslist: $250) = $1943
- Highest Price Sold: $450 (Commercial Panini Grill )
- Average Price Sold: $64.51
- International Sales: 3 (2 GSP)
- Returns: 2
- Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $170
- Number of items listed this week: 14