Third again lol
Good Lord. Guess I'm 4th in this goofy game.
My favorite sale of the week was the girdle. I don't know many people over 16 that could fit into a 22 inch waist! If I read the seller's update correctly, it looks like eBay will no longer give free auction listings with the exception of 100 auctions in certain categories (not clothing) as part of the store subscription. The store subscriptions will be for fixed priced listings only.I was stunned to see that 46% of my March sales were purchased using mobile devices. That is amazing!I never posted on Sunday because I would have been 6th. I did increase my store size from 110 to 130.
We (Autralian sellers) are only able to get free listings with fixed price. It has been this way for a long time. Auctions are $1.50 to list each, $3.50 where over $100. A large deterrent for me. There is definitely a push away from the auction format! I am often envious of some of the "perks" American eBayers enjoy. Parcel pickup, free boxes, significantly discounted postage, thermal label printing, and PayPal debit cards to name a few.Oh well, we still have the Queen. ;)
Yes, and the Queen turned 89 yesterday. The longest living monarch in British history. Long live the Queen!P.S. I am not British but have a British great-grandfather (long gone).
Hey we had a Queen too! They made awesome music lol. As Americans and like a lot of the world we keep up with William and Harry a lot of course because of their mother.
Haha. Much love and respect for your Queen.For me the push from eBay towards fixed price listings for their store holders confirms in my mind that a fixed price listing brings the most profitable results long term. eBay have all of the data over time, and it is is their best interest to have sellers making the most money possible, as their profit is directly related to ours.
Target Lilly Pulitzer line finds it way to eBay. I was researching a girl's Lilly Pulitzer dress and I was surprised to see so many new with tag items at high prices. Now I know why.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/21/lilly-pulitzer-target-ebay_n_7107800.html
I just noticed the same thing. I picked up a Lilly Pulitzer women's swimsuit and when checking listings for prices, it's flooded with Lilly for target new with tags.
I noticed the same thing--this includes Lily for Target items that are still available online such as the large size women's line--WTH?
I don't understand. Why dont they just make more of her stuff? seems a weird move by Target. By creating limits, theyre asking for people to hoard and resell.
jay - its a common retail marketing tactic and the retailers know people will hoard and resell but they don't care - by creating a small production run of designer co-branded merchandise, it drives heat to the brand and makes the parent brand seem more desirable and cool, its basic consumer psychology and it works. people end up lining up around the block hours in advance, its on the news and people go apesh!t. h&m and gap do it with all of their designer collaborations (remember the stella mccartney for gapkids collab?) nike does the same thing with its limited edition sneakers which retail for $200 and then sell on ebay for $1000 or more. its on purpose. by starving the market, the parent company gains a lot more from the marketing exposure, consumer desire for limited edition products and brand heat than the incremental sales from producing an extra run of product. also, if they have designer collab that's overproduced and that product ends up at markdown it degrades both brands involved and makes the product seem less "special". im sure lilly pulitzer had a clause in their contract with target surrounding production quantities in order to safeguard against their product ending up on clearance racks at target.
sorry i just nerded out on that ;) i work in the industry, so im just really familiar with it and think its fascinating... its openly discussed in meetings on how to "starve the market" of hot product to pump demand and press.
I've dabbled in reselling the Target collab stuff. Sometimes people go crazy for a designer, others not so much. My Target actually had the plus size Lilly line, which was only available online, in store. So I grabbed a bunch and listed quickly. My sales have been pretty crazy this week. But I've also been getting tons of nasty ebay messages from pissed buyers - block! block! block!
Portlandiaman, totally understood. It's the Beanie Baby method. Create false scarcity. With a big company like Target, I just wouldnt think the short term sales would be that interesting. But then again maybe it's just designer that's driving this.Two questions:--I keep hearing about this stuff going up on eBay. Why not Amazon? Seems like classic retail arbitrage as they usually do.--Flim, how much higher are you able to sell this stuff for. Double what you paid? Any worry you'll sit on any of it?
Double? Cmon Jay, I've learned better from you guys! The plus size stuff was key, since it sold out online immediately (and the Target website always crashes with these collabs) and Lilly Pulitzer usually doesn't offer plus sizes. So I've sold $28 pants for $125, $38 dresses for $225 and $350 (I made up those prices, and people ended up paying it!) There's a 14 day return on the Lilly stuff. I'll return what hasn't sold, but I'll probably keep a bunch too. I held onto Missoni for Target stuff for a long time, and eventually got the high prices I put on them.
What!!!!!!!!! HA. No wonder why people get pissed. But this is really a beautiful story of consumerism eating itself. People must really want those clothes. TEN TIMES THE BUYING PRICE!Does any of that stuff end up on Amazon too? It's just been interesting to read the articles about the Lily craze and only eBay has gotten a huge brand recognition (good for us).
Looks like it: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=lilly+pulitzer+targetI think it's easier to use ebay for newbie sellers who only cash in on these kind of collaborations. They put it up for .99 auctions the day of, and usually end up making a tidy profit.Ebay also has a reputation of being the place for that stuff to end up - there's a #lillyforebay snarky hashtag!
Good for you Flim, if I were your age and still interested in clothes I would definitely be following the TARGET, H&M market, etc. There is money to be made obviously. I wonder if Frank got in on this?
I just need to correct you on something , .800 silver is not called Nickel silver or German silver. That is a copper alloy with nickel and often zinc. The usual formulation is 60% copper, 20% nickel and 20% zinc. Nickel silver is named for its silvery appearance, but it contains no elemental silver unless plated.however .800 silver is called coin or Continental silver. I just think you will lose out on sales in the future if you describe something like this as nickel silver
Here is a link regarding such metals. http://antiques.about.com/od/markssignatures/a/NickelSilverAlpaca.htm
ah yes, coin silver is what i meant. since "nickle" is a US coin, i got the words switched around (nickle the coin vs nickel the metal). the original listing said neither, just 800 silver. thanks tom!
Isn't there someone here who has posted before that has knowledge of band or concert shirts? I found this KISS shirt. It looks 80s or 90s to me. I searched ebay and google images and couldn't find one like it so was wondering if it may be worth something. Here is a link to it on my blog. Thanks for any help. http://tinyurl.com/lxmjfq7
that looks pretty contemporary to me. i did some google and ebay searching and similar shirts by TMM brand pop up, this one is for Hendrix and it's copyright 2008--TMM shirt.
I agree at first glace it does look newer but I'll see if I can find anything. What I wanted to ask was what b do you mean by a concert tee? Are there tour dates on the back of the shirt? Or is the image of KISS playing live what you mean?
Thanks Ryanne!Anne I wasn't referring to my tee when I mentioned concert tees. I just remember someone who seemed to know a lot about concert tees commenting on the board.
I agree that it looks new, probably sold at a Hot Topic or other store that sells vintage looking stuff. Here's a very similar one currently on sale: http://www.kissmuseum.com/kiss-t-shirt-alive-stage-75-big-print/The photo graphic seems to be a stage promo shot from the 1975 tour. I'm trying to find the TMM brand to see if it is associated with older or newer shirts. Does the tag happen to say anything else? Even "Made In" or material makeup might help us out.
Brian the tag says 100% Cotton and Made in El Salvador. Also it has an RN number and a style number.
Well you can buy tmm shirts its not only an old brand even if it ever was. If you just type in tmm shirt you'll see.
I found the date! in pin sized print within the KISS graphic on the shoulder it says 2009. Hah. Thank you everyone for your help!!!
U can still throw it on eBay for 20 bucks and sell it.
Anonymous I did put it up. I only charge 19.99. Thought 20 was kind of high ;)
You can usually tell a vintage rock shirt by the sizing as well. The real valuable ones tend to run a little smaller than comparable sizing in todays tshirts. At least that's been my experience and I have sold a bunch.
Thanks for the tip Eric!
By the way, here's a good blog post about the joys of being frugal and married.
Jay, I found the article by Mrs Frugalwoods very entertaining. She's another individual using frugality to achieve her goals, and I hope she achieves all her dreams. I cannot imagine a 71% savings rate - that's what Amy Dacyzn would call a black belt tightwad, for sure. I imagine that very few people can manage that sort of a savings rate, but this couple has very concrete goals driving them. It will be fun to follow their journey.
Jay, does it make you want to get married?
Another great article from Mrs. Frugalwoods. But also a great website. Thanks for mentioning it Jay!
I pretty sure the Frugalwoods are the kind of young people who are pulling in $150k+ a year. They mention that the husband works as a computer engineer. So it's be easy to live on 29% ($43,500) in a year and save the rest if you're a frugal person.
Bonanza question here if anyone can help. My Bonanza store is not syncing with my Ebay store. My Bonanza store is FULL of items that already sold in my ebay store. I have no idea how to fix this. Tried to contact Bonanza but there are unresponsive by email, and I do not see a phone number to call them. Sold something on bonanza this morning that already was sold on ebay. How do I get all those items off my Bonanza store? Thanks
not sure why it's not syncing, but there is an 'update my booth' button that might manually re-sync it.sign into bonanza, look on the left top corner, there is a link that says "sell on bonanza', there is a dropdown menu when you hover over that. click 'add or edit items'.then click the big green button on the right that says 'update booth'.hope that helps.
Thanks Ryanne. I'll try it and let you know what happens.
Hello! I'd love some help with a recent acquisition... I just picked up a large (10 by 13 maybe?) framed original photograph of the solar eclipse in August of 1932 as seen from NYC. Sadly. there are no buildings or anything -- it's just the sky with clouds. I thought it was interesting but my initial research hasn't turned up anything which might help me determine its scarcity or value. It's signed illegibly by an "M.D." so I think it's an amateur photograph. Thanks so much for your thoughts!
That's a tough identification if there's no buildings in the photo. Sounds like a cool amateur photo.
I'd just list it as such... "Original August 1932 Solar Eclipse as Seen from NYC Signed Framed Photo Print" and then in the description show the signature and have the buyer determine who the artist is. Be sure to mention that it is a photo print (not a lithograph or reproduction) and if it is glossy, matte, lustre, etc. It will sell with the right keywords. Good luck!
Thanks guys! My title is actually quite similar to yours. I didn't mention the gloss level - I'll see if I can go back and make a judgment about that. Appreciate it!
I learned something new today listening to ebay radio. Google has best practices, located here https://support.google.com/merchants/answer/188494?hl=en which increase your chances for your listing to be featured in Google Shopping. One of them which I have done a few times in the past is to list 'free shipping' in the title. That is a Google Shopping no no. There are other rules I'm still looking over. I'm slowly pulling off all free shipping in my store anyway so this one was easy for me to correct.
I am apparently getting on the bad side of Cassini. I have over 900 listings. Sunday zero sales. Monday several sales worth $320. Yesterday zero sales. Tonite my first sale of the day for ten dollars. Whaaa???? And i have been taking photos and listing ten things a day. Time to make coffee in my "Shut Up and List!" mug.
the thing is though have you ever tried to type in keywords in eBay to see where your items are ranked? anytime I think something is against me I type in a few keywords and see my listing on the front page. so clearly it's there if someone wants to buy it. unfortunately lately it doesn't seem like anyone does. also if your item is listed low, change some of the key words around in your title. think of how a person looking for that item would search and make sure those words are put in that order near the beginning of your title. it really does work, you can see the results in a few minutes. sorry for all of the non capitalization.
Been slow for us too the past couple days. Only sold two low dollar items today so far.
I haven't sold anything in 24 hours, I have just learned to be patient and keep listing that is all I can do.
Just to clarify…what I'm referring to is only to do with Google Shopping. Has nothing to do with ebay search or Cassini.
It's just that time of year, I guess. Our sales have been crap for a while, too.
It has been painfully slow over here too. I have over 900 items as well and have sold 3 items in almost 6 days. I tried to find some of my listings on Google and cannot. I'm not going to let it bother me. I am working away trying to source and list, it will all even out by month end I'm sure.
I wouldn't really let not finding your items on Google bother you because most people looking for certain items go straight to eBay anyway and type in their search there.
Mine have been awful this week, I put a 40% off sale on a lot of items 2 days ago and have since sold 2 low ticket items..really starting to worry that I did my keyword updating wrong until I read that other people are slow also. Been listing a lot, they will be back!
Great video. I've learned so much from you guys. I recently discovered a new church thrift shop that is only open on Wednesdays. My husband had a day off from work so we decided to go check it out and of course our 9 year old son came along. I'm so proud of him. He like to pick things to sell and I'll give him a portion of the profit. He usually like to pick stuff animals and puzzles. But yesterday he found a nice vintage pair of roller skates and a tennis racket. He's learning really fast.Then after the thrift shop we went to the dent and scratch grocery store just up the street from the thrift shop and found some high end all natural scent free dish soap for cheap. I might go back and buy more. It was a good day scavenging.
If we ever see good deals, we buy as much as we can and store it. Ryanne found scent free laundry soap that was cheaper than we could make ourselves. We bought a whole cart and store it in our closet. Itll last us another year?
you sound exactly like us. that's so funny. we call it 'going all in' when you find a great deal at the discount grocery. we just buy as much as we can handle and store it. either in the closet or in the freezer. we have 2 chest freezers for this exact reason.
When we find some packaged food at an amazing price, Ive been known to open up a package and try it out. If we're going to buy five cases of something, we better really like it. Last week, we found Naked Juice carrot juice for 99-cents for a large bottle. Usually its like $6. I bought everything they had and froze it. We live in luxury.
I'm still wanting to know what ppl are cleaning with and if it is as effective as harsher cleaners. Thinking about just using vinegar and water to clean my items. Or alcohol. Would this kill germs though or remove stains?
Cheese freezes pretty well too, I sometimes buy chunks of cheese really cheap and pop it in the freezer till needed.
I'm going to go back and get the rest. They didn't have a whole lot. But I wanted to try it out first before I bought six bottles. Because it's all natural it had separated just wanted to make sure it was still good, it just needed to be shaken back up.And on my way I'll be stopping at the local bread outlet. That's a good price for carrot juice! I make my own juice and did that with a bunch of huge carrots I got for free. But I have cleaning the juicer.
oh man, dont get me started. We bought 40 pounds of smoked gouda last year. Super cheap. We cut it in chunks and froze it. We're still eating on it.
Jamie, always ask if they have more in the back. Often they have a pallet of it sitting there and just haven't restocked the floor display.
40 pounds of smoked gouda?!?!? I'd be in heaven!
Reading this blog makes me feel like less of a weirdo! It's good to know I'm not the only one with a years worth of laundry detergent and a freezer full of cheese! :-) Our stores must buy from the same pipeline. I see/buy the same stuff you guys get.
Good tip on asking for more. I am a firm believer of buying as much as you can when it's on sale. Then you'll build a stock pile and will always have what you need. My grandmother taught me that. She the one who irons her sheets. Cute story about her. In the late 40's while my grandfather was attending college they didn't have much money. So she took in peoples laundry washed it by hand in her bathtub, hung on the line and ironed to make ends meet.
Using my day off (daughter's sick and taking a nap right now) to prep eBay stuff and just called eBay about a defect. Shirt was a 2X, the size was listed as a 2X, and I had measurements. Buyer left positive feedback but said "Shirt runs a size small." All I said to the rep was I was calling about getting a defect removed and he looked into it. Said "yep, we'll remove it since he left positive feedback." Didn't even mention the size! I don't care if I don't get anything else done today, it feels good to get a defect removed.
Size, if accurately described in the listing, always merits a defect removal, but be sure and check and double check that they actually remove it in a few days Chris, last time I had such a defect removed it took almost a month for them to really remove it (basically the original agent didn't know what in the hell he was doing, I finally got a woman who got it right!) In short, just because they say they will remove it doesn't always mean that they do it.
I was wondering if any of you have ever tried this and what the results were. Say you receive an offer and you either to decline or counter it and you never hear from them again. Have any of you ever contacted that person again later and re offer them a price closer to what they were willing to pay or matching their offer? Did they accept? Is it even possible to do that? every now and again I take the gamble and counter when in hindsight I wish I would have just accepted their offer had I known they were going to go away.
I've never tried it anne, but I think that it is worth a try--believe me, I regret turning down offers at times, I just haven't gotten back to the person...
If the contact between you and the buyer has a specific item tied to it, you can now send an offer to the buyer - exactly like Best Offer, but the buyer has to accept instead of you. I too have never used it, but it's a new-ish (maybe 3 months old) feature that is there for the exact reason. Doesn't hurt to try!
I just did something similar. I had a higher priced item with an auto accept offer. Someone sent it 2 offers that were just $5 off of what I wanted. I didn't know because of the auto decline that I had on it. But I was checking out the item and saw the offers. And I would have accepted that offer, but hubby (at the time of listing), wanted it high. So I just emailed him through ebay and told him that the auto accept has been changed and if he was still interested at that price, we would accept. I did not, however, hear back from him. But it never hurts to try.
allow me to whine its my first time ever why is the low ballers that have the gall to leave negative feedback after accepting a refund. got my first negative today on a 14.99 sale . i saw it coming tried everything in the book but still got the negative.i guess its life i am good now its out , over and done with
All our negative/neutral feedbacks come from low dollar items. It's a good lesson to try not to sell low dollar items. At least don't specialize in them.
Amen to that. Inverse ratio. The less they pay the more they leave negs. Like what happened to me this week. Cheap buyers are whiners and complainers. Generous buyers are generous in their feedbacks as well. (Maybe karma is REAL???)
if you gave them a refund, you might be able to fight the negative and have it removed by ebay. give them a call, it's worth a try.
So get this, recently I've found some new items in the waste stream and gave them to my husband to take to work and give to people there who I know would want them. Most of it is just dinky kids stuff. Anyway, his co workers are always excited to get it but he feels the need to constantly make up where I got it from. He's embarrassed to tell people I'm shopping at Goodwill's and thrift stores. He said it makes him feel scummy. Wtf. He doesn't seem to have an issue getting the stuff for him to keep but he has a problem with how society views it. Its stupid too because I'm sure all of his co workers shop there too and frankly I'd rather them know it came from there so they'd know to bathe it properly. Granted I clean everything beforehand and like I said before it was new stuff. Just irks me how he views what I do now.
When the nurses tell my husband how much they like his shirt he says, "Thanks. My wife got it for a dollar at a garage sale!" He is a doctor, and he is really proud of all my bargains. I have two leather belts for him to try on tonight. (Maybe your husband will catch on when he sees the money you have saved and earned?) Anyone who is worried about social stigma is simply insecure. I figure if they judge me on something so trivial that's their problem, not mine. I am just having fun. :-)
anne, unfortunately, like it or not, there IS a stigma attached to getting things from Goodwill or thrift stores. I don't know where your husband works, but if he's white collar then it will most likely be looked down on. When your co-workers are buying $60k SUVs, drinking $10 lattes, and taking $5000 vacations to the bahamas, someone shopping at a thrift is considered the same as stealing from a poor person.
Hi All, I was trying to change my ebay search keywords but I don't seem to see a list of categories. When I go to the search engine keywords screen it just says "Category: All categories" and two subchoices of "store front page" and "other items". Does anyone know if this is because I might have a newer store and am therefore not able to change the category search words or is there a way I am unaware of to get into the different categories and update them? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Do you have categories set up within your store? You can't change keywords for categories that don't yet exist.
Thank you Anne. There stands the problem. When I converted last year from a regular account to a store subscription I never created categories as I was just doing it a from monthly cost standpoint rather than actually taking advantage of addittonal features. I guess this is why I can't use markdown manager either...Thanks again.
No problem. You'll love categories once you get all of your items sorted.
Ryanne, or anyone who knows art; a question. I have a little framed mini watercolor (I think) by Nedobeck. How do I know if it's a lithograph? A print? I wonder every time. It is matted, under glass, and I don't want to tear it up to look inside. But it looks like it's on watercolor paper. It is signed. I know we've been down this road before, but I'm still confused!
do you have a jeweler's loop or a magnifying glass? if so, look at it with that. if it is made up of little dots (compare to a magazine or newspaper photo, you'll see what i mean) then it's a print. if not, it's a watercolor. good luck!
Is a print the same thing as a lithograph? Will it show dots, too?
yes i believe it will be a lithograph print if anything. and it will have dots.
Oh, yeah--lots 'o dots! That's amazing. Thanks! But I'm still unsure of the difference between prints and litho's. This is on such nice paper I'm thinking litho.
This seems to be the best explanation I can find. I've often wondered the same thing you're asking. after going to several sites and getting very confused this one explained it in a way I can understand.http://www.answerbag.com/q_view/372835
Here's an excerpt...A common way to tell if a print is a hand lithograph or an offset lithograph (what we are calling a print) is to look at the print under magnification. Marks from a hand lithograph will show a random dot pattern created by the tooth of the surface drawn on. Inks may lay directly on top of others and it will have a very rich look. Prints from an offset press will show a mechanical dot pattern from the color separations. Each color generates a separate dot pattern that when combined produce a very small circle or "rosette". The dot patterns look like the dot from the newspaper comics but smaller. You can easily see these dots under small magnification or sometimes with the naked eye. All the dots line up in neat little rows. If you can see these dots it is a sure sign of camera and commercial involvement. If the dots are random and you purchased the print from a reputable dealer it is most likely a hand drawn lithograph."
Oh boy. I think I need to see side by side comparisons to get that. But at least I know it has dots now. :-)
I really want to resolve this, sorry for so many posts. But when I think of a "Print" I am thinking of something I could simply copy with my computer scanner and printer. When I think of a Lithograph I am thinking of a big machine in which a plate is inked up and then is pressed with hard pressure onto a nice heavy piece of papr, therby leaving an indented pressure mark around the edge of the image. Am I wrong? Also, if I can't take the image out of the frame to examine for press marks, how else can I tell if it is just a Print or is a Litho? And what do you mean by a hand drawn lithograph? And what is the difference between a hand litho and an offset litho? You can see this is bringing up a lot of questions in my mind sorry!
Did you follow the link? I think it addresses some of that.
Linda, you're asking good questions, but I think you need to take a field trip to your local frame store. If you go to an independent shop, I bet they'll be glad to help identify your piece. They'll also likely have examples of prints, lithographs, water colors, acrylic, and oil paintings. The internet is good for many things. In this case, you really need to see the different media to understand.
Ebays eb and flow is so weird to me. Quiet all day then all of a sudden 7 offers and sales in a 10 minute period. Its like the flood gate got opened. Granted I countered half of them. Still I find the selling patterns peculiar.
Tell me about it anne, LOL, the first part of the week I had really strong sales, and now nothing--completely dead despite new listings. I am glad to hear that the offers are coming in for you again.
I did it! I really, really did it!! Last night I finally hit 1000 listings! Been by goal since August of 2015 when I hit 800. Feelin' pretty good this morning:)