Headed your way! Sold 2 things tonight. I hope I can find them before going to the airport in the morning. The new carry-on size is making my life difficult.
I kind of like your link to a listing. One more type of thing to keep my eyes peeled for.
I see a lot of the Waechtersbach red mugs, do you recommend a certain quantity to maximize profits? Seems like selling them one at a time is not the way to go.
Try experiments. If you have a set, sell the entire set. If you have different, individual mugs, you can sell separately to get the maximum profit....but demands patience. Sometimes people want individual items because they are replacing a damaged piece in a set. Do what works well for you.
I agree. If you're willing to sit on them for a while (years), individually likely will net you more profit in the long run. However, selling as a group will get them all out the door at once. Whatever works for you. :)
Received my first neutral feedback this week. And woke up this morning to a buyer claiming a charge back through paypal. Also a first with dealing with this. I have tracking info that shows the item delivered so hopefully everything will go smoothly. Also Ryanne I have a Justin Cowboy hat listed it's marked 20X. I included the measurement in the listing as well. Is that the size or the style? How do you guys measure hats that don't have a size in them?
20X on a hat refers the percentage of beaver fur used: http://www.canadiancowboy.com/hats.html"The higher the X, the more expensive the hat tends to be but it is also more durable with a softer smoother feel. In the old days, 5X and perhaps 7X would be the highest quality they could have found. 20X used to mean 100% Beaver however over time, different manufacturers have created different scales thus making most scales impossible to accurately compare. What is a 20X for one hat maker, might be considered a 100X by another so buyer beware as it can be an arbitrary scale."We measure the inside hat brim. Just take a tailors measuring tape to figure out the circumference. You can then use the circumference to figure out the size: http://www.delmonicohatter.com/sizing1.htm
Thanks Jay. The hat I have is a straw hat.So I wonder then if that's more of a style then. But great info if its fur. That's how I've been measuring for hats. Thanks for the link for the sizes.
Just found my answer for the hat. Basicly the same for the straw. The higher the number the higher quality of straw.
Checked my buyer's purchase history on watchount and all they buy is vintage women's hats. I contacted another seller that also sold an item to the same buyer to see if they had made a claim against them. And guess what they have. The thing that got me about this is I accepted an offer on which they didn't pay within 4 days so my automatic no paying bidder kicked in and then they finally paid at the last minute.
So what about PayPal expanding return window to six months? (6 Months)Buyer's using PayPal to purchase items from you will enjoy a six-month return window, so no seller can assume a transaction is truly complete (and payment received truly theirs) for that long. Sounds like ~ OuchOnce buyers catch on to this, what do you think is going to happen?
I saw this too. I'm sure there will be a little bit of hassle if buyers choose to purse refunds through Paypal.But think about it: what's in it for the buyer? If we send a good item as expected, the buyer doesnt want to return it. And if the buyer is unhappy, just return it. It would suck to accept a return after 6 months, but I dont see this being a common occurrence. And in the end, you just have to eat it if you want to play in this sandbox.
For the full time seller it's part of doing business (if 6 months is even legal) seem extreme.Part time sellers - Why even do it? You sell some things from your closet - Great Ca-ching... you go and transfer $$ to bank and spend the money then all of sudden 6 months later the buyer wants a refund. Your paypal account has nothing in it because you are not selling anything for past 6 months...This could be a train reck for the casual sellers.
Sure--in your scenario, its a nightmare. Every buyer is holding onto items for six months and then forcing a return. It's be like some crazy game that wouldn't make sense.In reality, 99.5 of buyers purchase their items and love it. .4999999 of buyers get the item and start a return within a couple weeks through normal return channels. Your nightmare scenario is not based in reality from our experience. In six years of selling and over 10k items shipped, we've had 3? buyers try to do a Paypal chargeback. Paypal sided with us each time because we showed successful delivery. Even if we had to accept a return of 3 items over six years in these extreme cased, big deal. I guess if you're looking for another thing to be angry at eBay/Paypal about, this is grist for the mill. But this wont affect me as a seller. I'll react to things on the ground as they happen. Remember when we all thought that Hassle Free Returns was going to destroy our businesses because buyers could now return things without talking to us? The nightmare never happened.
I'm not an optimist by nature, but for my own mental health, I just can't take an adversarial or even defensive position in all my transactions. Of course, I've dealt with difficult buyers (and even, doubtless, some scam artists) but I can't go into every interaction thinking that the person who is buying something from me is working all the angles and up to no good. It might be a reasonable precaution to keep a little "cushion" in the PayPal account, but beyond that... I offer nice items, wrap them securely, and hope for the best.
I feel PayPal are running some really positive marketing campaigns and floating great ideas to build/maintain buyer confidence in their service. As a seller, that supports my business - so I support it. Recently I signed onto a PayPal promo where I would be refunded my postage charges for any Items I returned that were paid for through PayPal (Restrictions included end date, max three claims, cap $45 each). Of coarse I had no need to utilise it, but it felt like winning to get it. I'm sure anyone hesitant to make a larger purchase , or first time purchase was able do so with confidence during that promo. The potential cost verses reward was obviously worth it for PayPal. The same goes for the 60 day period. Paypal has the statistics on returns, they will have weighed the cost v reward and I suspect the buyer confidence this policy creates will far outway any inconvenience to us as sellers. I heart PayPal.
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Oops. I meant 180 days, not 60 days. Sorry :) (too late for blog comments lol)Perhaps another reason this doesn't seem like an issue for me is that as an Australian seller, I am required to adhere to Australian Consumer Law. This means I am required to provide refunds in the circumstances specified (Item Not Received and Significantly Not as Described), without ANY time limitation on the claim being made by buyer. Well actually, with changes to international transactions, I guess everyone will have to now ;) More fuel to the fire lol.
I leave a cushion of $150 in both of my paypal accounts- at the minimum- for returns. I don't transfer or spend it. Also, from my experience as a business owner and stories about paypal freezing funds (as well as hacking stories)- the checking account tied to my paypals only have $1000 in it max. My business savings is not accessible by ATM nor paypal, but can be electronically transferred from that checking. I would not want to be shut out of keeping my business running, in the event that anything, including refunds, happen.
My Paypal expenses all go to my business-only credit card. I don't have to leave any money in my Paypal account. My c.c. Is automatically paid off each month from my business-only bank account so I never pay interest on the c.c., but I do get the money-back benefits from my credit card.
Proof that it's not always about price, but more about finding the right buyer at the right time...At the last day of an estate sale, I found these model flying dinosaurs from the 80s - 10 unopened packs for $1. I bought them because I remember having tons of these as a kid as they were an affordable souvenir from places like the Smithsonian. So they brought back some nostalgia for me and I thought they could be a decent seller because there were few if any listed on eBay. They sat in my store for over a year and I have had them on sale several times, including right now in my store for 60% in the clearance section. Here's where the story gets interesting... as we all know, sales to not transfer over to Bonanza. So while they were on sale for 60% off in my eBay store, they sold for full price ($35) on Bonanza. http://www.bonanza.com/listings/-10-vintage-1987-flying-dinosaur-gliders-nos-new-unopened-4-different-models/197225971Right time. Right buyer. Great price & profit for me.
Great example Brian!
I've had to open 4 international no pay cases this last week, 2 people wanted pickup on less than $10 items that I would not do, and 1 lunatic who does not believe I shipped their item that the USPS has not updated the tracking on......What gives!
What's the reason you wouldn't allow pickup for low dollar items? If they're close by, why not?
I have my day job and it's just not worth my time. There's also stories about people getting robbed by people picking up eBay and Craigslist items all the time. I just like all my transactions through the good old USPS. Maybe I'm just paranoid.
You could arrage pickups at the local McDonald's or Denny's.
How is everyone else's week going? Mine is horrible. Worse than last week so far and I didn't think that was possible. I've saved money for a carry over in the event of dead weeks but its running out. I'm on my last batch of inventory to list too. Man it's hard to keep going after weeks like this. It just seems deader than usual. My husband us trying to be supportive as he's now paying most of the bills during this time but I think he's been hinting that I should just get a normal job instead. I just know once I do my eBay dreams will die due to time in the day. I'm just praying for the next few days to be amazing. I know it can change at any moment.
Is there a part time opportunity that could bridge during the eBay slow times? Something that isn't a big deal to leave when your store starts to pick up? Maybe even a temp agency - they'd give you short term gigs and you could leave at any time. Just a thought.
If I was going to go back to a job to help bridge a gap I would seriously look into part time at a thrift store, get close to a source, learn a few things.
@Steve and get your hands on the good stuff before it hits the shelves!!! :)
Anonymous, I'd be concerned if you're eBay store can't handle a bad month. If you're finances are so tight that you're up against a wall, then maybe a temp job as Brian suggested is a good idea. Work on eBay part-time till you get your numbers up. A good eBay store should be able to just hum along even in slow times. Because you didn't share your inventory numbers or weekly profits, it's impossible to say if the issue is that your store is too small to generate enough steady income....or if the kind of items you're listing aren't attracting enough buyers....or if your prices are too low/high to make enough income.
When my sales are slow, and I don't have a lot of inventory to list.. I go out hunting, focus on finding the things that sell well.. One key I have found is to never stop buying.. Often its those good items I have just bought that sell quickly , You may have to pass on items you might normally try and be more picky but I always find those quick selling items that help keep you afloat when you need to pay a bill or catch up, Also go through your store and see if there are items you can lower prices on or run a sale.. I do run sales from time to time does seem to generate some extra sales for me ..
Also don't forget your own stuff.. I have always been able to find something I own that's separate from my store inventory that I was able to part with, because I knew it would sell quickly?
Anon, don't let the lack of summer sales paralyze you or force you into a part time job--the whole point of going on your own with an ebay store is to make it work. I agree with some of the suggestions above--set a sale in your store, my store, which is well established has also hit a slow patch this summer, my response is to run a sale (10%) and it has goosed sales. Also consider, if you have any vintage, opening an Etsy shop, it is not expensive, and once you get going (and understand how Etsy works--read the forums!) you can get at least a couple of sales a week (a great mood elevator), if you don't do vintage consider opening a shop on Bonanza, again it is another opportunity to get your merchandise seen. If you need spending money consider having your own yard sale. Finally, even if you have only $10 or $20 I would still go out to the thrift stores or yard sales and open your eyes--you will be surprised at how much stuff you can find for cheap. I do hope you come back and post, one question I have is what sort of stuff are you selling?
I have a question about pricing unique hats. I sell a lot of used baseball/trucker style hats and usually I just make up a price based on what i know about the popularity of what the hat says. But lately I'm finding very location specific hats or hats I don't even know what they mean and there's no price comparison possible online. Their not designer hats just baseball/trucker hats. What price do you normally put on these? they're definitely unique but probably have a very tiny margin of people who will ever look for them .
$39.99 + make offer
I had a really nice vintage shirt with no brand on it but it had a RN number. I found this government site for looking up the manufactures name if you have the RN number https://rn.ftc.gov/pls/textilern/wrnquery$.startup
wow, that link is super helpful. thanks for sharing! i've found so many clothing items with no brand tag and just an RN number. so cool!
There is also a formula to work out the registration date. The first number in the series was 1959 is 13670 there were approximately 2635 numbers issued a year. "Your RX# -(minus)-13679 (first RN# in series)" Divided by 2635 = Number of years. Add that to 1959 and you have the approximate registration date. Example 56323 is Nike. 56323-13679=42644 42644/2635= 16.18 years 1959 + 16 = 1975 So the item was made after 1975. Pretty Cool!Here is a nice article that explains is. http://www.ebay.com/gds/Clothing-Labels-RN-and-WPL-and-CA-/10000000003229985/g.html
Very cool thanks!
I don't know if anyone else is having trouble listing on ebay but I have been having problems for about an hour. I just found a way to list that is still working. Go to an item that you already have listed and do a sell similar from that listing. Hopefully the problem will resolve soon.
Nancy I am having the same problem, great to know about the sell similar. I will do that. Thanks!
No problem. I was happy to find an alternative that worked.
Guess what ??my goodwill outlet hiked their prices this morning, it was manic vintage stereos cost a dollar a piece yesterday ,this morning they were 27 dollars a pieceare you kidding me ??just like that overnight , you guys have said it a million times anyways, don't limit your sourcing to one place , finally i believe you unique vintage items that had a fixed price are now by weight good-bye to brass lamps,goodbye to vintage suitcases , framed paintings etc sad thing is if people dont these items buy they get thrown away a staff told me this my business is going to take a big hit alternatively i will have to price higher and source better
Focus on items that people need vs items that are wants. Garage sales are in full swing, begin to look for items to buy for $1 to $5 that you can sell for around $15 to $60.Hang on a second half of this year is going to be rough but people will always have items they need.
When it comes to Goodwills it seems they are all independently ran and set their own prices. With that said, you kind of have to use them to fit your needs. Like one Goodwill might have great prices on 1 type of item but horrible on another. I know what type of items to look for depending on the GW I'm at. But constantly seeking out various sources is still the best option.
I agree with Anne. There's a Goodwill in one nearby town that has almost eBay prices. It's in a working class community. I've seen their prices steadily rise each year.Then we go to a Goodwill in another nearby town that's by our favorite discount scratch-and-dent grocery. Shoes are $3 no matter what brand or condition. $4 for boots. They just dump the shoes out on shelves, first come. The difference is simply in the management.
Anne is right. We have Goodwill's that don't know anything about shoes and price them at $3 a pair all day long. Others are charging upwards of $50 on anything that has leather soles. The ones that charge $50 for shoes sells great clothing brands for $3 each. You just have to get the feel of the Goodwill's and Thrift stores in your area. Also know your areas strong points. I live in Kentucky and I find Kentucky Derby and PGA Valhalla Polo's all the time.Go to an auction or two and you'll find some great stuff. My policy this year has been.......I don't go to auctions that have everything brought to a central location to sell. These auctions tend to know what they have and start the bidding high. A lot of them are also going to live online live auctions at the same time. They have someone proxy bidding for the online bidder. If they can't get a bid they put it back for next week. I find auctions that are rural, that don't sell live online with live auctions (auction zip - Proxibid Live), absolute auctions, and liquidating someones estate who has passed. Find a local auctioneer who's never heard of auction zip or who doesn't post a lot of photos on auction zip and you can get all the inventory you ever wanted from his auctions. I've never gone to an auction like that without bringing a car load home for $100.
Mark I would love to be in the position to ignore the local auction house who does use proxibid, but use them I must--even the rural auctioneers around here use proxibid! Believe me, throw a stone in my town and you hit a reseller! Anyway, I have still found deals at the local auction houses despite the online competition, usually I don't get anything for $5-10 (although on occasion I do), but I do score at times--last summer 2 WW1 uniforms that I spent just under $200 for that sold for just under $600. I guess what I am trying to say is that if you know what you are doing you shouldn't be afraid to bid at the more publicized auctions in your area.
Prices at the Big thrifts have definetely gone through the roof. I have adjusted my strategy and basically don't go to them anymore. I can't afford to waste the time. Instead I go to more yard sales and estate sales and seek out every small charity thrift store that i can find. Every big thrift near me is isanely priced. More than ebay in many cases.
My main place for sourcing is estate sales because they are so plentiful in my area - can hit 5-10 without driving more than 30 miles. I go on the first days to get the best high quality stuff and then go on the last day to get the bargains... fill up a box for $10!
Exactly. That's the way I do it as well.
Or GW did the same thing right at the beginning of the year. All across town. Still, they miss things all the time. They are not our primary source, but sometimes we'll hit one. There's usually something.
We look at all possible sources. We don't write off the online auctions. People miss things because they don't know what they are looking at. The valuable items slip through!
True. When i go to the large thrifts I can most likely find something they miss but from a time prospective I just don't find it worthwhile anymore. I rather use that same time and drive 40 miles to some out of town yard sales or estate sales or smaller thrifts or just use the time to list. I'm a one man operation so best use of time is something I am always evaluating.
I shipped an item from MA to FL on monday. Printed the label through ebay and shipped first class. I placed the package in a USPS mailbox. Tracking still only shows "shipping label created". I would think the package would be in FL by now. The last time this happened, the package never reached the buyer and I had to refund. How often does this happen?
I had it happen a couple months ago. I brought the tracking number to the post office and even though tracking wasn't available online they were able to tell me where the package was.
Thanks Nancy! I will try that during my lunch break today. I went there to inquire about the first package that was lost and the gentleman behind the counter (new guy, only saw him that one time) said he cant look it up for me. I will go there today and see if the postmaster is there to help
I had this happen to me twice in the last two weeks. I've started waiting in line at the post office to get a receipt that they have scanned my items in.
I do find that if I put a package in the drop box it can take longer for the initial scan to occur. My mailman knows I'm a seller so if I leave items for pickup he knows to scan it immediately.I shipped a first class package from CA to FL. It was scanned in, but then there were no more updates. It was finally delivered 2 weeks after I posted it, but by then I had sent the buyer a replacement by priority mail.
If someone had told me a year ago that I could take $8 and with in 24 hrs turn it into $50. I would have told them they are crazy and you must be selling drugs. But no it's selling old vintage hats on ebay, and call me crazy.Hope everyone has a great 4th of July weekend.
It still amazes me every time something sells for a great profit! It's surprising what people will pay.
You did all the leg work, people who buy vintage know this and reward you for your time. I call this the Vintacycle.
The eBay gods are still not smiling on me but the phone gods are! The past few months I've been using my phone for taking pics but the color quality and brightness has suffered for it I've been using Photoshop to edit all of them. Well I opened my phones cam today and accidentally hit a new button and this thing pops up in the middle of my screen that allows me to darken or lighten the photo in real time. Yay! You don't know how excited this makes me lol. Had to share. I also picked up some great vintage board games at the GW that look pretty neat. Never heard of any of them except the Doctor Who game.
I just opened a Bonanza account to give it a try and have a few questions for those of you who use it. I've already synced my eBay account but where do I see my listings? And how do I get paid or pay fees? I didn't see a prompt to enter in any of that info. If someone buys something from me where the heck does the money go? And do you J&R have a Bonanza paid store? Just wondering if the price is worth the upgrade. And I know Bonanza will end a listing on eBay if it sells on Bonanza but will it end on Bonanza if it sold on EBay? I felt lost trying to figure this out and then my computer froze up on me.
there should be a place for you to enter your paypal email address. you'd have to look on their help pages for specifically where. we don't have a paid store, we just pay the fees when something sells. you will need to end the listing on ebay when it sells on bonanza. good luck!
I didn't know a person could retract their offer. I had a guy in limbo and he retracted. It was fine by me but I was just a little surprised. I wonder if there's a limit to how many times you can do it.
I bought a pair of electric shock paddles at a yard sale today for $3. The kind they use to revive people in the back of an ambulance. They go for $100 + on eBay however, I noticed that some of the sellers who are selling them have liability notices. Should I be concerned or use a liability notice of my own? Thanks!
Some medical devices are prohibited on eBay (even if some may show up in search). You probably have a defibrillator. They don't look prohibited. No idea about liability stuff. I guess if someone tried to restart their heart and it didn't....they might sue you? Call eBay.