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Hello Jay, Ryanne and the whole Scavenger Life family!!! This is my first post here. I sold my first item on ebay on feb 1st (yay my 21 day fund holding period is almost over!) and I want to thank everyone in this community for all of the knowledge. Everything has been going smooth with my customers until this morning. I wake up and see a message from ebay saying there is an issue with an item I sold. I open the message and there are no details about what item this is, or what buyer purchased this item. It says the buyer claims the item is not as described, and to contact resolution center to handle this issue. I click the provided resolution center link but there are no open requests or cases for my account. Any idea what could have happened? It almost seems that someone went to open a case, and then closed it. On another note, I remember when you first mentioned that Sony Sports walkman on a podcast and it brought back memories for me as I had the same one. On a whim, I walked to the thrift store during my lunch break that day, and couldnt believe they had the same walkman there for sale, for only 2 bucks. I purchased it, confirmed that it works as it should, then listed it on ebay for $129. Haven't sold it yet, but I know it will eventually, and I'm willing to take fair offers.Thanks again everyone for all of the info and good vibes!!!
Regarding your ebay message, I read this morning on a facebook group that several people had the exact same thing happen. When they called ebay they said it was a glitch and to disregard. I would double check by phone, but it sounds like the same problem. Congrats on the walkman find. I'd love to find one too.
Thank you for the response! Fingers crossed I sell the walkman!
Yep, I had a similar message asking me to contact buyer for 'an issue' which I did but he did not respond, thankfully, I found out the buyer is a notorious long time criminal only an hour away, I believe he is in jail or awaiting trial. The jacket went unpaid and I BLOCKED.
> I click the provided resolution center link but there are no open requests or cases for my account.If this came in an email, I hope you didn't key in your password.
Ugh Raggedy Ann, my nemesis! I see Raggedy stuff all the time and I'm constantly buying it and it never sells. I'm eventually going to just lot it all together.Have a q for you Ryanne, how do you ship cowboy hats. I just bought my 1st one which is also straw and also the same head size as yours but I have no idea how to ship this thing if it sells. Its big and you don't want to smush it. I also like playing a game with your what sells videos. When I see the item I try to guess what it sold for or what I would list it as. Its actually good for learning. Okay thanks. Oh yeah I meant to ask, do you plan on making any how to videos in the future that has video? Its been a while since we've had one.
Hey Ryanne, still waiting to hear how you ship your cowboy hats. Do you have a particular sized box or protection method? It's so odd shaped.
i ship them in a 12x12x8 box.
I had a run of the mill sony walkman back in thee 1990s....and heck yeah it was awesome....i still have my old mix tapes and its pretty cool to listen to them .....much like a time capsule.
I haven’t had much time to post lately due to my day job but I wanted to share a story about an auction I attended two weekends ago. The couple that owned the house had filed bankruptcy and abandoned the house and its contents for the bank to sell. Most of the stuff was just junk. I did spot this cool mid-century orange vase. The vase had been used as an ash tray for many years. It was packed solid with ashes. The box lot it was in had several other vases that looked mid-century so I bid and won it for $1.00 (only bidder). The vase that was being used for an ash tray I accepted a best offer of $365.00. I have two other vases listed between $50-75. Love those hidden treasures.
So was the vase signed?
No, It was a Fiesta-ware vase. Pretty cool looking.
This is a fun story. Reminds me of the local college end of year rummage sale where I bought the Starbucks City Mug they were keeping the pens in at the register. They looked at me like I was nuts but sold it to me for a buck.
Love these videos Ryanne. It's crazy the prices you get on some things. The Storm Rider Jacket..holy cow. It's something I might have passed right by. You guys are definitely opening my eyes as to what others may value, even if I don't. Love it!
I found a ton of those vintage plastic party lanterns at a thrift store a few weeks ago. Picked up a new in the box set which I've listed, and a large garbage bag full of used ones that I still need to clean/list. Funny seeing yours in the vid!
I have another question. How is everyone organizing their eBay inventory. I have a spare room that I had set up nicely but then as more stuff came in I now just have piles. The issue I'm having is I can put stuff in boxes and stack them but if I need something out of one its horrible to get to. As of now I have a few small bookshelves that are holding breakables and 2 bins that are full with stuff stacked and a door turned table that has a bunch of random crap on it. Everything else is in the floor. I would love to hear ideas or even see pics of your storage spaces.
Sounds like my storage room anne!
Hi anne. I have about 600 items in my store, and 95% of my inventory is in my dining room (we sacrificed our dining room for my eBay "warehouse"). I have a few big pieces in my barn loft, but most of my items I like to keep in a climate-controlled area. So what I do is I have about 40 or so 18-gallon storage bins (bought from Target for $5 each or from yard sales). They are stacked 4 to 5 bins high, and each has a label on it (MISC A, B, etc and CLOTHES A, B, etc and COATS A, B, etc). (I use a post-it note to label each bin, but would like a better solution because the post-its sometimes lift off.) After I list an item, I'll find a bin that has some empty space in it and put the item in there. Then I will go to my excel inventory spreadsheet and enter in the bin label for that item. Then when the item sells, I just search (Ctrl-F) my spreadsheet for that item, and it tells me exactly in which bin to find it. My system does involve unstacking and re-stacking bins to get to the ones on the bottom, but since they are nice stackable plastic bins, it really isn't a big deal, and I consider it my "workout" for the day :-D I really really try to keep up with getting each listed item into a bin and my goal is to have no loose stuff laying around -- everything listed must be stored in a bin. (I actually even store unlisted stuff in unmarked bins.)We are not planning on moving anytime soon, but one nice thing about this system is that if we ever do have to move all the inventory, it would be totally do-able because the bins are somewhat easy to carry, and they're all labeled so it doesn't matter which order they are in for me to find something quickly. Also, this system maximizes the use of my limited space because no bins are sitting there half full, because when a bin empties out due to sales, I fill it up with newly listed items. And, growing my store/inventory is not a problem because I just buy a few more bins at a time.We would love to have a separate building to store everything, but I'm adamant about it being climate-controlled, so right now, my store is fairly small so it's cost-prohibitive. I would however be very interested if Jay and Ryanne do go ahead and build a separate structure to house all their inventory in one place on their property, and hear about the process.Hope this helps!
Oh, and here's the link to the storage bins I use:http://www.target.com/p/sterilite-storage-tote-desert-brown-72qt/-/A-14757115
What do you do about the mostly empty bins as the items sell off?
Linda, as I read her explanation, she adds things to her existing boxes, updating her inventory spreadsheet as she goes. So as items clear out of a bin, she adds her new inventory to the dead space and catalogs the location in her spreadsheet.
Yes, Kate, that is exactly what I do. Sometimes if I'm feeling really efficient, I'll have a little handwritten sheet and record the letter of the bins that have a lot of space in them, so I don't have to go searching for a bin in which to store a newly listed item.
I have 2 closets in the ebay room.... lots of plastic bins, a feww tables, ...i have the items that are listed on a table so as to be readily available if it suddenly sells....and stuff i plan to sell in the closets....these days im more of a hoarder.....though im a dad of 2 girls, married, have a full time job....i simply try to be organized.... all my efforts seem futile....its mostly an organized heap and i know where things can be found.....thats the methos to my madness.
Hi guys, thought I would jump in. Yes, I do the same thing except for a few modifications. I have dedicated my garage to my inventory. I have 7 foot high shelf x 2 feet wide x 7 feet long. Each has 4 shelves each to them about 18" apart. This keeps me from having bins stacked on top of each other and having to keep going through a pile of them. Just my luck I would always have to get to the bottom one. I also only use the see through bins. A little more cost but I can see quickly which ones have a lot of empty space from a distance away. I use peel off Avery labels and used the computer to generate large stick on labels. I started the numbering system with 130101. That is the year, month and the week that I listed I listed. After about a year, it didn't matter if I keep things in a bin that was the date I listed. as long as I had the bin number on my Excel Inventory sheet and in my database listing program.I still staid with the numbering system thoough. Now up to 150401 [for the first week of April] of this year. Next week will have one named 150402 [for the second week of the month], etc., etc. If I empty a bin some times I will just pull it out of the sequence and put a new tag on it and move it to the end [newest date]. this way I can also at one glance see how many old things I have. If I have a bin with items still in it from 2013, think it is about time to have a fire sale on the stuff inside. :-) LOL I have 8 shelves full of bins with about 2,000 items stored in them. Many are items we had at our six antique-vintage booths which we have been slowly pulling out and bringing home to list. Jay convinced me long ago, to drop the booths. Why pay rent when we can store in the garage. We still have two booths which we store furniture in.Thought this may shed some light on the storage thread. mc
Thanks, Mike, I really like the see-through bin idea, to easily see how much empty space is in a bin. If I was starting out, I'd go with all see-through bins. Also, I like the Avery label tip...I'll try that. Are the Avery labels able to be peeled off the bins and re-positioned or whatever? I don't know why, but I would like that feature.
Do you keep like stuff tog or just pile it in? And u don't find anything getting damaged when stuff is piled on top of stuff in a bin? I feel like me rumbling thru it will damage it worse.
Anne, I do not keep like stuff together....I just pile it in, but if it's breakable dishes, mugs, etc, I do wrap lightly in bubble wrap first. I really haven't had any problems with things getting damaged when I dig through the bins, because the max size of bin I use is 18 gallons, so it's a nice manageable size to dig through. Oh, I should say that, since I have a weakness for cute stuffed animals, I have a couple bins just marked "Plush", so when I list a plush, I don't even record the bin location in my spreadsheet. I'll just dig through one of the 2 Plush bins if something sells. So that's an example of storing like stuff together I guess.
Many are not. They use a permanent adhesive. But there are removable adhesives on the market. Also the other problem is that tote type bins are made out of polypropylene. It is a plastic that off gasses and eventually has a film on it's surface. That is why many adhesives don't adhere well and why your "Sticky" notes fall off. Same material that milk cartons are made of. What I do is rather than peel them off, I just put another label over the old one. If you need to write on one, just put a blank label on it.My labels are approx. 2-1/2" high x 4-1/2" wide. I use something like 90 point font in MS Word. I get only about 6 labels per sheet, but boy I can see them from 20 feet away! :-)Every item I put in the bins has it's own small tag with it's own SKU - inventory number on it. We create these tags during our receiving process. The tags are a small form I created that fold in half. On one side are spaces for all of the pertinent data. Date bought, cost, size, weight, everything Jay used to put in his notebooks and now enters into his Notefile. I even have three small diagrams one of a shirt, a dress and pants. Everything my wife needs to gather all of the important data. That tag is attached to every piece we bring into the studio and follows the piece all the way through inspection, weighing. measuring and photographing. After I photograph everything then I just use that receiving tag and do the complete listing from that along with my final eyeball and finger feel of each item. Once listed, the tag is reattached using a very thin retail tag plastic zip tie, wrapped with a piece of thin bubble wrap and into the bin it goes until it is sold. Using this system we can list, sell, pull, ship any item and not even look at it if we don't want to. But, we do to just always double check that we have the correct item.By the way, the SKU number we create upon receiving our items is coded in such a way as to include the date listed, storage bin number, price we paid for the item originally and the date originally purchased. This coded SKU number is included in our item specifics as Jay once suggested and can be seen when we look at our listings. That way, when someone makes us an offer and we are out and about, I can see instantly how long we have had that item and what we originally paid for it without having to have access to my spreadsheet, database or computer. That helps me make a go or no go instant decision to accept the offer or not and what my profit will be.By the way, all of these tid-bits have been gleaned from what Jay and Ryanne have been telling us for years. I was one of the ones who listened to all podcasts, then went back a second time and created my own notebook of searchable hints from within it and have now accumulated all of the best practices they have "preached" [sorry Ryanne and Jay, you're not preachy, but you do have "disciples" amongst you] for years. That is why I am glad to see Jay finally getting to the searchable blog of important tips. Maybe one day we will see Ryanne and Jay's Top 500 Scavengerlife tips in hard cover. LOL. Hope some of this helps you guys in your organization efforts. mc
Mike, that's fantastic info. Since I have about 600 items listed and you have about 2000, I'm saving all your advice in my little "notebook of searchable hints" to help me grow my store correctly and get my husband on board once our kids are grown. And very interesting about why my post-it notes lift off; I was wondering "what the heck" about that! I even went and got the post-it notes that have a full adhesive on the back, and they still lift off. Making labels very readable is good advice for anne, or anyone starting to create this type of storage system. I use yellow post-its and black thick sharpie, but 90 pt computer font on white is a great idea too. Anything to make it very easy to read your labels quickly from a distance.IMPORTANT TIP: It is worth stressing that if you use a spreadsheet to record the location of your items, you must BACK UP your spreadsheet to an external source (flash drive, etc), and to do this OFTEN. My worst nightmare is losing all of that info and having to re-create it!
Diane, I have a plush problem too. And I rarely sell them so I don't know why I can't stop getting them. I stay away from large ones but I find so many cool ones from the 70s or 80s with new tags even. I do avoid any I have to clean a lot though. I'm enjoying all the tips guys. Def giving me ideas. Still would love to see some pic examples.
Yeah, anne, those plush can be tough. But I just can't seem to leave a clean, cute one behind! And if it's a dog, well, I don't stand a chance. :-) I'll get you a pic of my storage soon....
OK, here's a few pics of my storage area. Let me know if this link does not work (I'm a imgur.com newbie):http://imgur.com/a/n2Mry?gallery
How many items do you have in your store Dianne?
Linda, I have almost 600 items in my store.
My storage system is very simple. I have 4 chrome shelves in my garage. Each shelf holds 4 clear plastic bins, the kind that has the folding lids. Each bin has a letter A,B,C,etc. Everything I put in the bins goes into a plastic zip-lock bag with a number and corresponding letter A1, A2, A3,etc. At the bottom of my listing in eBay I but the inventory number for example A1. When it sells I look at the inventory number in my ad and pull it from the bin. When I add new inventory I simply use the empty zip-lock bag. That keeps all my bins full.
My storage organization is a work in progress. A few months ago, I finally accepted that the business had outgrown the spare bedroom I was trying to work out of - and I moved some listed inventory into the basement. I have plenty of room to expand as my store become bigger.One thing I've found that is helpful is those plastic storage drawer towers. I use one to store my listed jewelry - each drawer has a simple tag on it (bracelets, necklaces, sets, etc.) At some point, I might need to get more specific in the labeling, but right now it works. I also use a larger drawer tower to hold several different sizes of envelopes and tissue paper.One with fairly deep, but rather narrow (maybe 6 or so inches wide) holds rolls of tape, priority stickers and a few other oddball supplies.
Good tips, MarkH and Crystal. Thanks!
I have those same owl lights and listed them earlier this week. I got them for $1 and they were totally dirty. Ran them through the dishwasher, and now they look great! Now just waiting for a great offer ...your video renewed my excitement!
Love watching these videos and hearing the excitement in your voice about the items. Always reminds me of the quote, Do what you love, Love what you do!
Thank you for the video, Ryanne! You guys have me looking for knives now. So cool. And you have me keyed into Airbnb too ~ I listened up when Nathan Blecharczyk, one of the founders of Airbnb came on CNBC this morning. Amazing how we learn about things through different connections.
Yes those keyboards can get gross!
Here's a first for me - I had any eye appointment yesterday, so I did some scavenging while I was out and about (found an electric football game for 99 cents, btw) and I picked up a pair of women's bass shoes. Nothing special, but when I went to photograph just now, I realized that they're both right foot shoes. They're the exact same shoe/size, but there isn't a left. I guess I could list it as an amputee shoe. I think I remember you guys talking about that before. Anywho, just really strange.
Amputee shoes (single shoes) doesnt sell well, but you can try since you got some.
Today I was in the lugage and found some great brands! And then a woman came up to me and asked if I resell the items and of course I said yes. She wanted me to teach her my ways and I told her that I learned everything from you guys! You've helped myself become a smarter scavenger. Thanks a lot!
Hey Ryanne.. When you showed that Pottery Barn Deer with votive candle holder cups on it s antlers you caught my immediate attention. You said to keep an eye out for them. Well we did and do have one. It is currently listed in our store. Yours is a 6 cup [on the antlers] and ours is a 4 cup. As soon as you gave your price structure, boom, I hit my database and did a price revision and uploaded. I use a double monitor system on my computer rig, so I never missed a beat of your pod cast. It was changed before you completed the next item. We got ours for $2.00 several months ago at an estate sale and had it for $39.95 BIN-MO. It is now at $79.95 BIN-MO. I figured ours may be just a little smaller since it is a 4 cup, but looks the same, just doesn't have 2 cups on the center part of the antlers. Thanks for the information. That is first time I have seen something you sold and we had one also. But that is the best pricing guide one would ever want. Thanks mc
I'm glad people get excited about the prices we sometimes get on items. But remember that we're super patient. I mean, we'll wait up to 24 months for stuff to sell at the price we want. We have a high tolerance for waiting for the right buyer because we have so much listed. So bear this in mind when you list high.
I can wait. If you remember advising me that if it were you that you would pull inventory out of our antique booths and transfer them over to our online Ebay store. Some of the items we have pulled and are in the bin storage in our garage were out at the booths since july of 2013. They just sat there for a year and a half and we pay $450 per month for 6 booths. We are now cutting back to only 2 booths and the rest is mostly home and I am slowly listing. We have about 2000 items at about $10,000 invested in inventory. I am listing as quick as I can then I can wait as long as it takes.BTW, we are keeping two booths because they are 8 x 12 [96 sq. feet and are about the same price as a storage unit around the corner. We keep the large furniture pieces at the booths due to lack of room here at the studio and home storage. AND we do sell pieces at the booth. Sold an antique Asian wedding chest about two weeks ago for $720.00. That coverages the booth rent for several months. We sell between $500 and $1,000 at the booths. So in a way they are Free storage until I can get all of the smalls listed. At the rate I have been going about 8 months or so before most of the "smalls" will be listed. we have over 300 in the store currently.So, as we all know, List and Forget, then just keep moving on. At least I don't have to worry about getting inventory. I already have it, just need to list it. Once it is all listed then into the art studio and wood working shop to start making some of the lamp and contemporary art pieces I have been designing all these years. So all we have is time. List, List, List and the sales will come! :-)
Youve been quiet today, where you at Jay and Ryanne?
we've had a bunch of stuff to do at the rental house today. renters come tomorrow and we were finishing up a week of little odd jobs over there.
I probably split eight cords of wood this week. Getting ready for the winter before the summer heat comes on.
8 cords of wood! You should be ready to start modeling for all of your sleeveless merchandise.
Erase the image of me swinging an axe. I use a gas powered log splitter and can split a cord of wood in a couple hours without breaking much of a sweat. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InAslSkQDa8The American pioneers would laugh/cry at how easy we have it.
We have a splitter too, but we're thinking of selling it on CL. My hubby and oldest son have been doing it the old fashioned way...to help get my almost 16 year old son a little more active.
I could hand split a cord of wood. But it takes a LOT of work hand splitting huge pieces of wood.Your son will become a LOT more active.
Hi Jay & Ryanne... Do you worry this could happen to you? So crazy!http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/trending-now/airbnb-hosts-return-home-to-find-their-house-completely-trashed-by-the-renters-180632402.html
those people were in Canada. you know how crazy those Canadians are!
Obviously there is always risk in any business. we all know this when dealing with buyers through eBay. In this case, Airbnb made good on their $1-million dollar insurance policy.
I hate it when I find chicken meat in my shoes.
Dusty hahahaha you are hilarious it took me a second to process your comment
I was in the process of blocking a buyer and as usual I couldn't find the link in ebay and while I was looking I stumbled on a list of buyers that ebay has stopped from buying your item due to your buyer requirement settingsIf you go from myebay > Account Tab > Buyer requirement > Just below this section there is a hyperlink called Buyer Requirements Activity Log, if you click this it will tell you who the buyer was, what item they tried to buy and why they were blockedWon't help with sales but I've never seen this before not sure if anyone else has but I found it strangely interesting.
Interesting. I had one buyer blocked in the last 60 days.
my log does not say who the buyer was, their names are blocked.here is the direct link for anyone interested---Buyer Requirements Activity Log
I created a page on The Scavenger Archive for important links like this.
Looking at the list made me think, I had 4 blocked bidders all of them had over a 100 positive feedback, so they have probably paid for stuff in past so maybe this time they would have paid for my item. I mean whats the big deal they buy it they don't pay I open up a case and then relist..........yet I can't quite make myself make that change in my settings lol
Craig seeing what you describe made me immediately loosen up my requirements a little. My thoughts were same as yours, if they don't pay it's not that big a deal. It's not like I don't get non payers once in a while anyway.
It may not be a big deal with BIN, but it is a very big deal if someone bids up an auction and then doesn't pay. That really irks me.
Linda I really don't think it matters I've had non payers on £0.99p auction. I'm not saying get rid of them altogether but like Nancy says maybe relaxing the restrictions a little.
Interesting story from ETSY about a couple who chose an alternative lifestyle...https://www.etsy.com/seller-handbook/article/quit-your-day-job-pollen-arts/23598385922
Great article. Thanks Linda :)
I love this article. Some people really thrive on building a business empire, but there is an alternative. Create a business that makes you a good living, but more importantly...it buys your time. Chicago Tony spoke along these lines.
Hah! Very interesting tidbit I was unaware of until now (though I had to go to Account Tab then Site Preferences to get to Buyer Requirements). All my blocked buyers were for too many unpaid item strikes (I have it set to 2 within 12 months) and I found several different buyers with over 1000 feedbacks, 100% positive, who tried several times to bid on a couple of my auctions without success. All on items that sold easily, though, so no harm, I guess.
this is probably a stupid question but how do you tell if a printer is a laser printer or not? will it say or will I need to look for the ink or what? I just came from an estate sale and they had a nice printer but I could not for the life of me figure out if it was a laser printer or not. I'm thinking it wasn't. my labels look fine on my printer but they definitely are not as crisp and they definitely smear easy. so I've been on the look out for laser printer.
It will almost always state on the model name, usually on the front of the printer. HP laser printers are usually called "LaserJet". Open the lid on top-front and you'll either see little ink cartridges or one big, black toner cartridge, in the case of a laser. There are color laser printers too. There will be some indication on the front of the unit if this is the case, usually cyan, yellow, magenta & black (CYMK) colored graphic of some kind. The laser's cartridge will be almost long as the printer. When you shake an ink cartridge, you'll hear the liquid ink sloshing around. When you shake a laser cartridge you'll feel the toner shifting around inside it. Almost all printers have some way of printing a test page without being attached to a computer. If there's an LCD panel on the front of the printer, you can find this option by browsing around it. You'll need at least one sheet of paper in the tray to print of course. With some printers without the LCD display, you hold down some button on the printer (varies) with the printer off, then turn on the printer with that button depressed. If, after doing this, you see the printer status light flashing, pressing another button often starts the test page printing. If the test print comes out OK, looking good without jamming, the printer is probably good. Lots of people sell lasers cheap so I find they're almost all good at garage sales and rummage sales. I usually get them for about $10 but just picked up a nice, fairly new looking HP color laser printer with wireless printing for $30. The black only is fine for labels and less complex and a lot cheaper to maintain. You can get laser cartridges cheap on ebay - $25. But some use poor quality toner that might smear. Read sellers' feedback. They original manufacturer's (OEM) cartridges are always preferred - and usually a lot more expensive. But there are lots of good, sealed OEM cartridges on ebay. Toner has a lot longer shelf life than ink cartridges. Many toner cartridges can be refilled with toner you can also buy on ebay. After I got my first laser printer, you inkjet just sets on the shelf idle for months on end. It's a racket having to replace those ink cartridges when they dry up and stop working with most of the ink still sealed inside unusable. Lasers can set on the shelf for years and then still work like new. The only thing that seems to wear out on a laser are the paper pickup wheels inside the printer. And this is rare and they can be brought on ebay for $10. When a major electronic component like a "fuser" burns out, just pickup another used printer. Good idea to have two - one as a backup for when the primary runs out of toner or something right in the middle of a busy label printing period.
also on first glance, laser printers are boxy and square. ink jets are usually rectangular with a top that readily flips open to access the ink. thats how you can tell from just looking.
If you type in the model number into google, it'll also tell you what the item is/does.
Thanks. I tried that Jay but still couldn't figure it out. Plus I was in a basement with bad range so it was tricky. I think you all have helped me understand better now.
I have a question for everyone, I'm renovating my home, and I was wondering about storage areas. What is your dream storage area like inside a house, garage, etc. I'm trying to get ideas to keep things stored that are both listed and not yet listed. I'd love to hear your ideas.
A room with built in shelves everywhere.
Of course! But I'm trying to think of how to make those shelves most valuable. I found some plastic shelving at Ollie's that is going in the garage as it is the size of rubbermaid tubs. I'm trying to think of how I'd love to arrange the shelves -- sizes of them, etc. :) My new pantry is amazing and can't wait to do the eBay room. :)
Be very carfeul with "plastic" shelving. They will and do collapse. I and also Jay [if I remember him saying in one podcast] had plastic shelving crash down. Sometimes it takes a long time, but they do distress over time and they begin to sag, and then down they will come. The ones I now have in my garage are metal uprights with metal cross members and 3/8" thick plywood shelves. Guess it depends on what your inventory is, but I have 16 bins on each unit and those bins weigh approx. [and they vary], about 25 ilbs each. That's over 400 pounds per unit. Each of my shelves are load rated at 500 lbs per shelf. We have hundreds of vintage glass, porcelain and ceramic pieces. That one crash years ago, cost us. Guess Jay collapse, if they were shoes, did hit is pocket book. Ours did. We were sweeping up glass and money for hours. Solid is the way to go. I also have built two myself out of 2 x 4,s and plywood. I would never use all plastic anything ever again unless I only sold Jewelry or light, non delicate clothing pieces.
Mike is correct. We started out with that cheap plastic shelving you buy at Walmart ($50! isnt cheap!) The shelves finally collapsed and we lost some delicate inventory and spent too much time cleaning.All of our storage areas now have solid plywood + 2x4 shelving attached to the wall. Like Mike said, we could store anything without issue. We also use plastic tubs to store items so we just measured the height of the tubs. Our shelves are the perfect height so we efficiently store the tubs without wasted space. I understand this is probably a room in your house and you dont want to screw shelves into your wall studs...but this is the most reliable method.
I think the best kind of shelving is the kind where you have heavy steel uprights with a circle with slot cut into them. The horizontal shelf supports have round protrusions that fit into the slot and plop down into place. Then you put fiberboard or plywood shelves on top. This kind of shelf is easy to erect (not a thousand screws to screw into nuts), is very sturdy and does not deform under sustained load like the flimsy all metal shelves sometimes do. The surface is and stay flat so it's easy to slide things around. They aren't very expensive at places like Home Depot.Here's an example: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Edsal-48-in-W-x-72-in-H-x-24-in-D-Steel-Commercial-Shelving-Unit-UR-245WGB/202067997
I bought a plastic shelf and I just have salt and pepper shakers on it and a few coffee cups and even that makes me nervous. The shelves without any thing on them are wobbly and not very stable so its risky adding weight to them.
Dusty.. That is exactly what the two metal ones I have in my garage that I mention above. But mine are 72" [6 feet] wide and 72" high. I get the 4 bins across. They are knock down. I have moved them several times from house to house through the years. I use a rubber mallet to knock them apart and back together. Movers haven't like them through those moves though. But who cares. I have had them maybe 20 years and they are just as good now as they were then.
I would love shelves that pull out if I could afford whatever I wanted.
Imagine something like this but with shelves spaced for all kinds of different items.http://tinyurl.com/m25nwn3
Nancy: The shelves I showed example of is adjustable height for all shelves. And someone handy could easily add shelves with plywood panels and some hardware. The frame of this kind of shelf is so sturdy, you could do all kinds of add-ons to it. I picked mine up at garage sales. With the rigid, flat surfaces of these shelves you can set low-profile Rubbermaid or Sterilite clear plastic tubs and slide them in and out like drawers with the added benefit of snap on lids. I use Mike's method of the rubber mallet to assemble these shelves. A lot easier than screwing in a thousand screws to a thousand nuts like other selves I have. Be on the lookout at garage sales and business out-of-business liquidation sales for quality shelving. I build a couple of metal shed kits on top of sturdy 2x4 and 3/5" plywood foundations. I put some shelves in them and it's just the thing. Just consider security - movement actuated lighting, security cameras (cheap these days), maybe even a silent alarm. And let your neighbors know to call the police if they see anybody but you and yours prowling around the storage shed. Another advantage of shelves in a shed is it keeps everything off the ground in case the shed leaks in rain.
Thanks Siton. Sounds like a nice set up you have.
I have an 8' x 10' closet that had a few built in shelves already. We added some industrial metal shelves along the 10" wall, that stand about 3' tall. One has all of my shipping boxes, the other holds 4 plastic bins/totes full of inventory. The rest of the inventory is on the built in shelves. I also have a heavy duty plastic shelf that we got at some home improvement warehouse kind of place. I just keep lightweight things there, like hats, belt buckles, napkin rings. Inventory is kept in various bins, boxes, and totes. All the storage containers are numbered, and I keep a spreadsheet that lists where a particular item is located. Like items may or may not end up stored together. They get put in whatever bin has available space, (within reason. I don't put delicate items in with really heavy items). This way works better for me, because I spend less time rearranging inventory to fit various boxes. I tried putting like items together, but over time, I ended up with a storage container that was no longer the correct fit for that particular inventory category. Nothing goes into a bin until it is cleaned, photographed, and listed, so inventory doesn't get overlooked or "lost". It took some time to work out the kinks, which is kind of silly, because in a previous career, I wrote inventory management software. Doh!
I would want lots of heavy duty metal/wire racking on wheels, so you could change the configuration as needed.
I use Gorilla Rack Shelving from Sams Club. This shelving is amazing. I believe it is 5 shelfs. I paid about $65 per unit. But it doesn't have wheels.I know this has been covered, but I can't find it in the past blog comments. I am looking for a tape measure for the inside of shoes to get an accurate size. I remember Bryan posting a link to one he liked, but I can't find that. Also, I don't see anything in the Scavenger resources for this. Any help is appreciated.
we use what is called a retractable sewing measuring tape. you can buy them on ebay, they're great for shoes and clothes. we have like 4 of them all around the office and house.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/19-Flexible-Ruler-Circumference-Art-Craft-Drafting-Woodwork-Sew-Quilt-/141643502717?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item20fa9c547dThat's what I use to measure the inside of shoes. You have to rig it a little bit by cutting off the ends and taping it shut so the 0" is flush with the tip of the inner shoe. I haven't found anything else that measures as accurately as this.
This is slightly off topic but I've rigged up a straight ruler like those plastic school ones and I put it on a base like cards might stand up on and now I can stand it next to items to show measurements in pictures or to free up my hands to move the item around.
I read this on EBay's page. Good to know. eBay and PayPal will be separate companies soon, which means we won't be part of the same group of companies anymore. You can be confident this doesn't change our commitment to our customers. We're more excited than ever to bring you a seamless and enjoyable experience.You can keep using PayPal on eBay just like you do today; that won't change. Your purchases are still protected through our buyer protection programs.We'll also continue to share some customer information between eBay and PayPal to provide you the same level of customer support and fraud detection you get today.We've updated our user agreements and privacy policies to describe how we'll protect and share your information. For example, eBay and PayPal will work together to:Detect potential fraud and protect your accountProvide you customer supportProcess payments, and offer shipping and related services
I've gotten really good at guessing shipping prices esp since I use the same type of boxes or envelopes a lot. But I'm so used to seeing the eBay discounted rate that I never pay attention to the original cost. My buyer has no idea what rate I'm getting so I could list whatever I wanted but I was curious how other people who do flat rate shipping costs handle that. I know Jay and Ryanne are anti this method but it works better for me. Its not the share the discount option, its just the price I set based on what I know shipping will be. Today I shipped a 5.6 pound item priority and it was 6.88 discounted. I charged 7 (see I'm good at guessing) But before the discount it was like 12 or more dollars. Would you guys have charged 12 knowing it would cost you 7? I can hear Jay yelling "the shipping cost is the shipping cost"and that's true, but i t can turn away buyers if its high. But Ive bought on eBay far longer than I've sold so I'm very intune with the buyers mindset. At Christmas im the crazy consumer spending way too much and 95 percent of my shopping is ebay related. I'm trying to find a nice balance though between buyer and seller. But really my question isn't about true high shipping costs as it is about if I should charge then the high or low rate when I have the choice either way.
I'm in California and most of my stuff seems to go to the East Coast. Anything over 3 pounds costs $13+ to send priority, so I try to ship using flat rate boxes. I charge enough to cover my shipping cost plus the eBay fees. The retail price for a medium flat rate is 12.65. I charge 11.95 or 12.00. My cost is $10.65. Padded flat rate envelopes are 6.10 retail. I charge between 5.95 and 6.95 depending on the item. My cost is 5.35. Shoes up to a men's size 8 or a women's size 10 will fit into a padded mailer. Money came out of your pocket to mail the $6.88 item. My advice is to charge enough to cover your costs, including ink, tape, packaging materials, and eBay fees.
I charge actual US Mail shipping and pocket the difference to pay the ebay shipping fee, I feel no need to give the buyer my discount.
If you think you're getting more sales because you discount the shipping, then keep doing that. We dont feel we lose out on sales because we sell items that are more difficult to find and buyers are willing to pay what USPS charges.
I think you have to stop thinking of it as the "high" shipping cost. It is the retail cost. The cost to the general public. It should also be the expected price. Postage is crazily affordable when you think about what is involved in providing the service. I think anyone who is shopping on eBay and not prepared to pay the market price for shipping would probably fall into the category of a buyer who is defect happy.
So with the flat shipping, what happens when you have 500-1000 items in your store, and the post office increases their rates? Are you going to go into every listing and update shipping cost? That seems like an awful lot of work. One of the advantages of calculated shipping is that when the post office inevitably raises their costs, it requires no extra work on your part. The thing is, if you use calculated shipping, the buyer has no room to gripe about your shipping rates. If they don't believe it really costs $3.47 to send a 13 ounce padded envelope from Miami to Nome, they can look it up on the usps website themself, and see that no, really, it costs $3.47 to send it. There is no risk of it being "too high", because it's just costs what it costs. If you charge an arbitrary flat rate, you leave yourself open to buyers questioning your shipping charges and wanting to haggle over the shipping price.
Bryan, Thanks for the information. It sounds exactly like what I need for the shoes that I bought this week.
Hehe I went to YouTube and it displayed scavenger life related videos since I was there last and one of the videos was a photoshoot you guys did in 2007. Jay looks different but Ryanne basically looks the same. Well with longer hair then. How did your photos turn out? Do you still have them? Looked like you guys had a lot of fun. Fun for me to watch too!
Suddenly I can't get video to work in my listings either for older listings that had a working video or a new listing today in which I tried to add a video. Anyone else experiencing the same thing or have any idea what may be the issue?
I've noticed my videos don't show up in Chrome, it's fine in Firefox and Safari though.
Hmmm. I've been having the problem in Safari. Good idea to try another browser though. I forgot to do that.
It works in Firefox but not Safari. I don't have Chrome installed.
I had a great "trust your gut" moment while at a yard sale today. I saw this little kangaroo "thing," and had no idea what it was even for, but I thought it was cute. I almost put it back since I didn't even know what it was for, but it was marked 1956, USA and I loved it so I bought it. I got home and showed it to my husband, and he was like "Oh yeah, John Travolta hung his watch on one of those in Pulp Fiction ...I think it's for jewelry or something." I searched for "Pulp Fiction kangaroo," and sure enough, the same one has sold time and time again for $50! It's a dresser caddy. Probably not the most valuable item I found today, but the most fun since it was such a funny surprise! (Who would have thought my husband was such a vintage kangaroo expert?!)
I know that if I find something to be very appealing someone else will, too. Never fails.
Well, I just found a Sony sports Walkman WM-AF59 Brand new, In the box at a garage sale. She would not budge on her price of $10. I dont know if i can wait out a crazy price like jay and ryanne. I listed it for $120. Knowledge is Power.
I'm having a great eBay sales week. Double my normal sales. Its very encouraging and motivational. Hope everyone else is having good success too this week. We'll need the money after seeing Avengers in IMAX for 30 dollars. Sheesh. That's what happens when you've married a comic nerd.
Well poo poo, I spoke too soon. So this guy with a super long username bought a wood art piece from me and he paid promptly but then a few hours later sent me a message that said don't send the item if it is damaged. I have no idea what he means. the item is old and those have a lot of scratches but I listed that and I don't know if he would consider that damage. I wrote him back but now I'm wondering if I even want to go through with this transaction because he may be a problem buyer in the end. I would rather him just cancel and let me its you a refund then to have to deal with later problems. Any advice on dealing with this guy or situation?
eBay sales are so odd, last week I did great, this week I had one of my lowest totals since I opened my eBay store---there is no rhyme or reason to the thing. I will say that I am more susceptible to this sort of thing since I have only 150 items in my store, I follow a fellow dealer from my area who maintains 300+ items and she seems to do great week in, week out (shrugs) I keep listing.
I'm having a great week too and have sold several higher dollar items. Problem is, two buyers still haven't paid, to the tune of $300. Doh! Hopefully they will, but it will still be a good sales week for me even if they don't.
To end my follow up. He wanted to cancel because he failed to read the description. He wanted perfect quality. So I canceled and refunded. I hope that doesn't count against me.
Has any one had experience shipping Priority mail to south africa. South Africa should be GSP eligible but on the shipping section of the listing S.A. is not showing up as an option. Dose South Africa have reliable tracking?This is the second time GSP was not showing for a country that should be eligible. I lost the first sale and I dont want to lose this one. You can see the listing below. http://www.ebay.com/itm/161550444028?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649
You should call eBay to double check, but some categories get kicked out of GSP. I forgot where these exceptions are listed. You can get around this by simply putting the item in an acceptable category.
looks like your category and country don't match up. try putting it in another category, maybe sculptures? that might not work either. looking at your listing, you have a very specific list of countries you ship to and South Africa is not on there. that's something you may need to fix as well.
just looked at a pair of boots you have listed as well and South Africa is not on that list.http://www.ebay.com/itm/Florsheim-Imperial-Ankle-Boots-Side-Zip-Leather-Beatle-Brown-Mens-7-5-Medium-/161654163140
I changed the category for the bronze piece. It looks like South Africa is showing up now. I knew that some categories are not covered by GSP. I didn't realize that there were country level restrictions. Thanks for the help. I have over a hundred items in my store now and I making about $200-300 a month profit. I have been selling items that I never would have considered looking at before I found this community.