I saw that same drill at the GW today. I actually really like my Goodwill. It has all of the same problems other people complain about but I routinely find really good stuff for decent prices. I think part of the reason why is it's a cell service dead zone in there so sellers can't look up things to see how much they're going for. And most sellers who shop there are not willing to take the risk on something if they don't know if it will sell or not so they leave it behind. Yay for me. Today I found a wooden puzzle from the fifties, some puppets from the sixties, some great t-shirts, a plate from the thirties, and some vintage snapback hats. Oh and a pair of brand new Nike running shoes that just happen to be in my size so I don't know if I plan to keep or sell them. They were $15 though at the GW. Little high for me. I was showing my husband the shirts I got and when I got to the Lehigh one he said I can't believe you would bring that shirt in this house lol. We are both Duke fans and only basketball people will understand that one. I do have a question though for people who sell shirts. The tag they put on the collar usually makes a small hole. Do you typically list the hole as a flaw or don't mention it? Anyway it felt good to get some new stuff in and I'm going to come up with a game plan soon to get some of the old stuff out the door. I was thinking about lotting some of it together but now I'm thinking about just having a big clearance like others have done. They are just things that I realize I should have never bought a long time ago.
Great question on the Goodwill collar hole. I just found one hiding under the collar. Can't wait for an expert answer, lol
That's why I dislike GW. They don't care how much they damage the goods. They have no respect for customers. If you don't like holes punched in your collars don't go there.
It's very rare for me to source at a GW, but if I get there early AND dig, I never leave empty handed.
I have tried something that works sometimes and sometimes not. I wet the area around the hole with water to soften the fibers and then work them gently with my fingers to try and bring them back together. This may work on a heavier fabric. On a more delicate fabric like silk I will mention the hole in the condition description and just say there is a small hole where the tag was.
Anytime I get a hole from the tags, I won't sell the item, even if it is NWT. It happens; and it's a cost of business to have write-offs for damaged goods.I have a Ralph Lauren dress with a new tag of $355, and when I discovered the tag hole in the collar I was annoyed, until I realized it was MY size. I am going to repair the hole and wear it, but I definitely won't sell it. Oh, and it's far more expensive than anything I would normally wear, but it's a nice unintended consequence.
I'm with you Anne on the GW, although I do have other sources, the numerous GWs in my area provide the lion's share of my merchandise, I routinely find good stuff there--it all depends on how much you know, and how well developed your "dealer's eye" is.
I always mention the hole. I just sold a Mountain Hardwear windbreaker that I had purchased at TJ Maxx and the security tag had left holes in it. Very annoying.
Sometimes when I discover a hole from a thrift store tag (which I also hate! almost as much as them writing shoe prices in marker on the sole), I've had luck in making the hole disappear by washing the item in the clothes washer. Depending on the fiber, washing and then drying it appropriately can make the hole seal itself up. Works well with cotton. Obviously not a solution for an item you want to sell NWT.
I figure you have about $400,000 in inventory replacement cost. Does you homeowners Insurance cover business damages from natural disaster (tornado,etc.) or would you need to start over if there was a natural disaster that destroyed you inventory?.....I hope it never happens but there are risks.
This is Funny! It's an older article but it's about a 21 year old who tried to sell stolen brains on eBay, apparently he didn't have any of his own.......http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/03/us/indianapolis-stolen-brains-ebay/index.html
Love how simple you're making the new store. Only sucks that you don't get the TRS benefits until you reach that status. But I'm anxious to follow this experiment! :)
Interesting I just got back from vacation I sold a good amount of items when my store was on vacation mode, but about 1/4 were non pay. So I had to non paying bidder notices on them, they never did pay.
Were they all BINs? You can Require Immediate Payment on those.
They were and I did, maybe when you are in vacation mode it nullifys this?
Love your cat Ryan--it reminded me of when I had cats--they always want to be anywhere they are not wanted, LOL.
I thought your kitties were outside during the summer. That kitty said he's determined to be famous and you shall not stop him!
sometimes they run into the office when i open the door. sometimes i kick them out, sometimes i let them stay. they're too cute to be refused!
This is completely irrelevant but I have a chipmunk who knows I feed birds and squirrels and him and when I open up my door there he is on my step staring at me. I can't refuse him either. I always give him a few peanuts repeating the cycle. He even let's me pet him sometimes. I have stalker squirrels too but I can't tell them apart and they don't won't let me pet them haha.
Oh, how cool to pet a chipmunk. We have bunches of them, plus squirrels, plus raccoons, and an occasional possum and even a mink. All drawn by the gourmet Nuts 'n Berries bird seed my husband puts out for them. The birds are lined up in the morning, even peeking into our bedroom window, waiting for him to run out there and hang the bird feeder. Don't know if they are that hungry or just wanting to see him in his jammies. (Or whatever!) :-)
PS i caught another mouse in my shipping dept. Again yesterday in the HaaHeart trap. After a nice snack on peanuts and big drink of water he went for a ride with me in the car to be realeased where I let go of the other mice I kept all winter due to the cold.
I see you sell cowboy hats sometimes. Do you find certain materials sell better than others? Like wool or straw or leather? Is there a hat brand you never pass up? I bought one today made of wool and it says made in USA. Don't kno if it makes it vintage when it comes to cowboy hats though
all materials sell fine with cowboy hats. USA wool hat is a good indication that it's vintage. nice find!
It's really just the style and quality that is most important to us. Buyers looking for vintage hats are scrolling through for a certain "look". So difficult to easily answer. We've sold many cool hats with no brand. But Stetson is a great brand. "Beaver 4X" is top quality material in old hats and easily sell for over $100 in good shape.
I'm impressed jay. U didn't send them straight to eBay. You named a brand. With that said I actually found a stetson wool and leather hat. Weird looking thing. Not a cowboy hat.
Now that you mention it, you should just look up "cowboy hats", "Sold', "Highest to Lowest". Let me do it for you.
And Anonymous, you understand why we encourage people to do research, right? If everyone just comes here to ask stuff they could easily look up on Google/eBay, then Ryanne and I will start getting bored and eventually lose interest in this blog. Just reality.
I've been meaning to ask, how the heck do you measure a cowboy hat that doesn't have a size already in it? Do you just measure across the hole or go down in the hole? It seems tricky because of the folds inside the hat. I did a quick google search but I keep finding pages on how to measure your head for a hat not the other way around.
Try Googling "how to measure a hat" ( instead of hat size).TRASH ELF 3000 HELPER.
That's exactly what I did google except I put cowboy in it. Thanks imposter Elf.
Tony Lama is good if you can find one.
To add, on a non-adjustable hat, the hat band is used to determine the fit. It controls how high above the ears the hat will sit, along with catching sweat. So to get the band perimeter measurement you take the diameter across the hat and multiply times pie. [3.14].Example: 7.375 [7-3/8" dia.] x 3.14 = 23.15" circumference. That is the measurement to list. Then depending on where the buyer wishes the hat to sit above his ears, he takes a measurement around his head. That should then match. Also hopefully this will eliminate a complaint about what the "tag" says. Of course adjustable hats, or elastic bands are a different story. Hope this helps a little. >>>> ... From the Trash Elf 3000 Customer Service Dept. As only an.assistant.here, we assistants have a little more time on our hands than Mr. TE3. lol :-)
Most you recall I had my first negative from a jerky buyer and after trying to contact him several times to work something out with no response i just responded to his neg feedback. I just went thru my msgs and noticed he sent a reply back after all of that has transpired that said this "Refund without excuses, accepting responsibility to move us forward. Time is much more valuable than money. Not worth wasting time further on this "Not As Described" mistake. (We always make honorable extra efforts for righteous behavior.) Next time, describe inside circumference size, especially if shrunken as compared to original normal hat sizes as competent sellers always do. We've purchased dozens of suede & wool cabbie hats here. Approach descriptions as an engineer, & you'll have fairer disclosures for win-win outcomes. Buyers should be encouraged to repeat buy, not entrap or gouge. Start here. 'O Ke Aloha Ka Mea I Ho'ola 'Ai' ~ "Compassion Is The Healer" Semper Fi. ~ Mahalo Nui Loa, Sincere Kind Regards."I don't understand half of what he is talking about and part of me thinks hes taking a direct stab at me personally for my profile pic that is somewhat God related and he seems to be a strong atheist based on his prior purchases. He used certain exact key words that relate to my profile pic. Either way he sounded very belittling to me. And I'm not sure if he was saying for me to refund him now or that I should have then. Either way he didn't want to return the item. Idon't know but im just glad to be rid of him now.
Anne, I know its difficult not to take these things personally. But the buyer doesnt know you personally so is just commenting on the transaction.If you ignore all the drama and back and forth, he's correct. If you are selling vintage or used goods, you must provide measurements. The tag size is not enough. You will continue to lose each and every time a buyer has an issue.Sucks the buyer left you negative feedback without a chance ti ake it better, but that's a buyer's right. If you had included measurements, eBay most likely would have removed it.All lessons are expensive.
Well after much aggravation i finally fully refunded him AND let him keep the 40 dollar hat and he eventually retracted the negative. I just hate how many buyers he may be screwing over and no one can do anything about it because of his private feedback.
Sure, it sucks. But you got the negative removed and learned that you need to include all measurements. You can also "report buyer" through the menu on that listing. If the buyer is in fact acting irrationally, then eBay will see his/her behavior.
Thanks to watch count I can still watch him from afar. He's bought 3 more hats similar to mine. All vintage and all without dininsions. You would think since he got burned by the hat not fitting from me he wouldn't keep making that mistake. I'm curious to see if they to get negative. They both have 100% feedback and live near my state. I know you prob think I should just move on but its easier to say when it didn't cause a ruckus in your selling life. Plus I really don't trust this guy.
Popping in to say I've just achieved 300 items in my eBay store. Finally!
Congrats! And, I know how it feels, I hit 300 last week - finally. It should soon be time to switch to a preminum store!
Congrats. I'm almost there, at 295 currently.
How long does it take for a defect to be removed? I remember some of you saying that you had to call back after a time when a defect wasn't removed - how long do you wait before you call back?
I'd keep on top of it Crystal, the last defect I had removed took almost an entire month of trying to get to the right CS that knew how to do it.
I was told mine would take 20 minutes. It wasn't until two days later that it finally stopped showing. I was going to give it three days.
It's been a little less than 1 day - I'll probably call again if it's still showing on Friday.
Still learning on the fly as I construct my store. I enjoy reading many of these comments and learning from other people's mistakes. I too have listed lots of lady's pre-owned clothing with nothing but the tag size. I see that this does not work and I end up answering emails all the time about size measurements, so I am learning how to properly measure. I also am learning how to properly fold and properly iron (I have learned that laying the item so that part of it lays off the iron table allows gravity to kick in and helps me, as does fabric underneath that does not move easily). Moreover, I have been asking myself, what would you professional sellers do. Since I am mostly listing women's pre-owned clothes right now, I decided to take the liberty of using Amazingtaste's store as the high bar. I see excellent pictures with a much better camera than my cheap walmart one that doesn't take good close ups on tags. I see mannequins for both men and women's clothing. I usually just use a hanger or lay it on the table with a table cloth or sheet, but I plan to re-invest earnings into set up materials. I also see how the clothes are presented. Folded with one cuff showing, and then ironed well and then on the mannequin with just enough light. I see that all or most of her items are high quality. The clothing I have is things like BCBG, Gap, Banana repub., and some off brands that mostly teens and younger adults would buy (lots of jean shorts). I get all my inventory free but eventually maybe I need to source higher quality items so I can raise my asking prices. Also, I notice she uses expedited / priority shipping. I did not know that you can send mail over 13 oz. first class (considered expedited priority) until today. I have been listing either F.C for under 13 oz., and standard or flat padded for over 13 oz. Finally, I see that her item description boxes are all filled out correctly. At this point I still do not know the different types of skirts, jean fits, and such, but I am learning every day. And again, I am a man and the only reason for women's clothes is that is the bricks I was given to build with for now. Thanks for all the help guys. I look forward to learning more about vintage items also, and continuing with the close too. I also hope this assessment from a new serious seller helps guide some future discussions!Cheers!JFH
Invest in a steamer to get the wrinkles out - much faster than ironing.
I admire any man dedicated enough to learn how to iron clothing. Most women don't know how to do that anymore. May you prosper accordingly!
JFH - Most digital cameras these days (even cheap ones) have a macro setting (symbol looks like a tulip flower) which should allow you to take close ups of tags etc.
Welcome JFH. You have a great attitude. We also started with clothes we could get dirt cheap (free is even better!) Sounds like you're working your way into a successful process. Build that pipleline. Then you can throw anything into it and money just comes out the other side.
I find it funny that you are primarily selling women's clothes while I seem to sell only men's. Honestly I don't feel comfortable selling women's clothing. Men seem easier to me. I wish you all the best. Sounds like you are off to a great start and have a great clothing model to try to replicate.
Hi Anon,I thought that 13 oz was the limit to send something First Class mail in USA. Int'l up to 4 lbs. Has that changed??? Thanks,Debbie
Think you have your category classification incorrect. "Expedited Priority" is the accellerated delivery of "Priority" mail. It is not part of the First Class category. the Trash Elf 3000 Cust. Service Dept. :-) .. suggests you take a look at [research] the USPS Mail classification page here: http://pe.usps.com/businessmail101/classes/welcome.htm and also research on Ebay to help clarify.
1-13oz is First Class. 14oz-1lb has to go priority or parcel/standard. International is 1-4lbs can go 1st class. 5+ goes priority or express.
Spent the day doing some listing, taking photos. It feels good to get back into the grove. Old scotch tape was my nemesis today but with some work got it off the products and took my photos.My girlfriend and I were going through my Grandmother's stuff that was in storage for 25 years. Yes, really 25 years. We have been hoping to come across a Fabergé egg, well not really. It's nice to dream though. Anyway, she did have a huge box of jewelry, mostly costume jewelry so I appreciate the link that was provided in the last podcast on jewelry. Also came across some stuff from occupied Japan. At least I know everything is 25 plus years old. ;-) I'm curious to see out of the 30 or so boxes of stuff left how much I can put up on eBay. She was a major trash elf.
I'm working on figuring out how to batch crop and lighten my photos. I spend a lot of time on those two steps because I seem to need to do it for almost every photo. I have too much shade in my house or complete natural lighting and yet my flash white washes everything. If I can figure this out l think it will help me out tremendously. I'm trying to find faster ways of getting things done because I don't seem to be getting much done lately. After doing one task for so long Im getting burned out. I think instead of doing all of something at once I'll set timed goals. Right now I'm cleaning everything then photographing everything, etc.. I may just say i have 30 mins or whatever time limit is to do as many as i can in that step and then move on to the next step. The only downside is ill always have stuff lingering around in each step of the process where as right now each batch gets started and finished. I keep searching for the right flow for me.
Batch editing anything is possible, but very tricky because each photo might need different settings/one crop might chop off half of you item. You can batch edit in many programs, I use Photoshop but that's quite expensive (I have a side photography business that I needed to buy it for); there's Photoshop Elements for about $100 that is a watered down version of the full Photoshop that will do everything you probably need. And then there are tons of free programs out there (http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/best-free-photo-editing-software/) to try out. Other solutions: Do you take your photos with an iPhone/Smartphone? If so, may I recommend an app called Camera+ (http://campl.us/ - it's a $2.99 download, but well worth it because of everything you can do in one shot) - with that app, you can adjust all things right there before export/while shooting. It saves me an extraordinary amount of time as I rarely have to adjust lighting after import.If you use a digital camera, I would suggest perhaps getting a lightbox. You can buy a premade one for $40-$100 depending on size (http://www.adorama.com/SVLB20.html) but you can DIY one for less than $10 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6fnHEvLyAE).Good luck!
Hello Anne, I use Picasa from Google.http://picasa.google.com/Picasa has a feature called "I'm feeling lucky" that brightens up photos and can do them in batches if needed. I use 6500K lighting but still need to brighten up my photos quite often.Also has a batch feature for resizing. And it's free. It can backup (sync) your photos automatically to Google drive too.Like Ryan and Jay I started using Google Drive several months ago as I can access my docs, spreadsheets, and photos in one place from all my devices. And they give you quite a chunk of storage space to work with.Good luck and keep on listing. :-)
Try to find and learn to use the white balance setting on your camera/phone. It cuts my editing time down by quite a bit and eliminates weird color shading due to lighting (although some colors are still off). I edit every single one of my pictures, but I'm pretty well versed in Photoshop due to school. I can do about 100 photos an hour, more or less.
I actually do have Photoshop as well and I use it to edit all of my photos already but it still takes a while. The biggest reason is I'm using my cell phone now to take all of my pictures instead of my nice camera. There's just a lot of setup with my camera and it takes longer getting things right and transferring over the images. Even though the end result is always better.
I have just started using my iphone to take a lot of photos. I cannot seem to get enough light on my favorite little Olympus point and shoot. It still takes the best close ups ever, but I am wondering if it is losing its ability to capture the light becUse its getting old, or what? Anyway, I love that I can sit anywhere and edit the pics on my phone!
Anne, if you have Photoshop, here is a pretty easy to follow tutorial on batch editing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQl-ZL2nvpM
Brian. Ha, I'm actually a professional portrait photographer and have my own retail studio. But I'm closing the studio at the end of Sept and will focus a lot of my time on Ebay and then only do location work. I've had the studio for 9 years and I'm done with it. Really looking forward to semi-retiring from photography! :)
I have a basic store and want to put the whole thing on sale however it will only let me put 250 items on sale. So does anyone know how eBay chooses those 250 if you still click to put your whole store on sale? Does it just pick the first 250 items you have listed?
Unsure how Ebay actually selects the first 250 but you do have some control. In the middle of the Create Your Sale area there is some filters. You can input a dollar amount range. Say, $19.95 to $1,000. That way all items priced below the $19.95 amount will not be included. Then after you hit continue to will get a list of the items Ebay chose. Then you can review that list and click on the ones you wish to exclude. Then when you hit continue again, the sale will be created for the "filtered" and "editied" list.Hope this may help a little, but unsure how the original 250 are selected.
Well the pricing thing I only see if I have already created a sale and that can further edit it but by then its already selected the 250. I don't get why the sale feature you can't use until after the markdown manager is used.
J&R .. I see you have started to make conversions on your #1 site also by eliminating the HTML template format. I see you have a bunch done. I too have started that type of conversion. My description pages were just way too small and hard to read on any small screen device. Guess the item specifics area will have to be the area to add most of the mundane details then just a short Bold title and bullet list description.One thing I noticed last night is that I don't see your main categories listed. Same for your number two store and also for your mom's store. Are you doing something to those also by design and it is a work in process or did something you do make them disappear for no reason? Just curious.Boy changing out the HTML code for the template I was using is tedious, even in batch / bilk editing. I only have 326 items listed, I can imagine doing over 3,000, even in bulk, one slip of a character in HTML and, something goes funky.
Mike,I believe the lack of store categories is an ebay glitch as my store categories have suddenly disappeared, as well as some other sellers that I follow. Have you checked your own store?
Uma, ... Yep, mine are all there. I also went to my dashboard in the store category area and my hierarchical list is there just the way I created and organized it. Maybe would be a good idea for you to go there and check it out and see if that area is still showing your categories and arranged the way you originally set them.
It must have just been a temporary glitch. My categories are back up.
J&R.. May I make a suggestion. If you will bump up one of your dimensions on your photos to 1600 pixels, then when you upload to Ebay directly, they will automatically [for free], provide you with the "mouse over "ZOOM" feature and if you also click on the image, it will take the buyer to your free "Enhanced Oversized Image Gallery". By having these features that will replace all of the embedded photos you were doing in your description area. The only difference is the limit to 12 photos.One thing about going to a pixel size of 1600 is that the ZOOM and Enhanced gallery views do show every little detail. So it provides the buyer a chance to see a "Macro" view of our items and hopefully helps in the buyers decision making process.Any photos that do not have at least one side at 1600 pixels, then Ebay will not provide the ZOOM and Enhanced Gallery views. This is sort of a flip flop on what they said years ago. They used to want the photos small. Now they seem to want them large or at least higher rez.
jay just made this suggestion yesterday as well. i'm going to start making them 1000px+, so i guess i should do 1600 as you say. i'm still back in the old days of hosting our own photos and using 640x480 for web size. but with no template, that's no longer needed. we also LOVE the zoom feature when we're shopping, so i might as well make that available to our customers too. thanks mike.
Can't wait to listen to this podcast! A question (and I apologize if it seems whiny). Have any of you noticed a marked slowdown in sales since May 31? Might it have anything to do with the ebay/Paypal split? Here's what's happening to me -- I was trying to upgrade my Paypal account to a business account last week but it kept getting frozen on the final screen where you enter the last four digits of your SSN. I finally called Paypal yesterday to get them to fix the problem and the representative who helped me (after a long wait time and being transferred up to a "supervisor" because the first guy didn't know how to help me) said that this week has been crazy with lots of glitches due to the split from ebay. Whatever happened to my account was typical, he said. He downgraded my account back to a non-business account and I subsequently tried to upgrade again, but it still doesn't work. However, the rest of my paypal account seems to be functional (e.g., I can transfer money to my bank account, etc.) In the meantime, I've had no sales since May 31. I only have about 80 items listed but over the past several months I typically sell about 1 item a day. To have no sales for 4 days in a row seems really weird to me.I know it's a slow time in the retail cycle but I can't help but wonder if somehow buyers aren't able to complete a transaction with me because my Paypal account is glitchy. I asked the Paypal representative if this is possible (explaining to him the lack of sales) and he said no, that shouldn't be an issue. (But he may have just been saying that to get me off the phone and move on to the next caller?)I've googled this to no avail. Anyone have insights to share, please?
A follow up question -- Do you think that I should call ebay and ask them if something is wrong with my account?
I have had no sales since May 27 and that was a non paying buyer on an 8 dollar magazine..sigh. I just tried calling to have them look at mine, and there is a 56 min wait due to unusually high call volume, I wonder if many of us are having the same issue.
I doubt if slow sales have anything to do with the eBay/Paypal split - it likely has more to do with the time of year, a holiday weekend, severe weather/flooding in a large part of the country, etc. A lot of those outside factors really do come in to play here and people's minds are elsewhere and not on buying on eBay. It's a tough time for a lot of us, but these are the time to prepare for - in the time you're not packing, you should be sourcing & listing in preparation for the crazy months coming up at the end of the year.
I encourage any seller who has a question to call eBay if you think something's wrong. Just put it on speaker phone and work while you wait for the operator. But I agree with Brian. It's just that time of year.In our second store with under 200 items, we havent sold anything in 3 days. In our main store, we've sold almost $2000 in just four days.My point is that things will be different for different stores based on what they sell. And you only have 80 items in your store? Sister, you got to get listing!
Thank you, Brian! Off to the thrift store I go! I have a new one to try today.I went to another new-to-me one yesterday (a church thrift in a low-income area of my county) and it was super-junky and cluttered.I found a vintage globe that I briefly considered, but it had splotches of dirt on it that I wasn't sure could be removed. However, I hit "pay dirt" with a bunch of vintage kids' sheet sets. I found a Ghostbuster's sheet set from 1986 that has pretty high sold $ (around $40+). The others were Mickey Mouse (which actually had lowest sold $ value of the bunch - maybe not even worth selling), Little Mermaid and some others I can't remember now, ha. Have any of you had luck moving vintage kids' sheets (with Disney or movie/cartoon themes, e.g. Lambchop)? Do they tend to sell quickly for you or are they slow to sell? Vintage sheets appeal to me because they can ship pretty easily and they're not hard to store, and they are easy to research. They are a pain to photograph though. Just wondering if they will prove to be worth the trouble to list. I'll find out!
I sold a set of Dukes of Hazard sheets for about $75 I think... took maybe 2 months to sell, which is fine. Also if you find single pillow cases, those are good because that's something that often wears out first so people are looking for them... sold Smurfs, GI Joe, Star Wars pillowcases all for $30 each (couldn't have paid more than $0.25 each).
That's a great tip, thanks Brian! :-)
I've done well with vintage kids' sheets over the years. Definitely worth doing a "completed listings" search for those. My best sale was some Smokey The Bear sheets which sold years ago on Etsy in literal seconds (ok, minutes) after listing and went to Japan. Certain Sesame Street and Peanuts sheets also do well. Worth familiarizing yourself with the top sellers for sure.
"I only have about 80 items listed". that's your problem. you must list more. ABL!!!
MamaLucia why do you think sheets are a pain to photo? You only have to show a closeup of the print and say what size it is. I do a couple of photos, one with my hand laying on the fabric for perspective on the print size.
I remember when I found Raiken Profit last year and my eBay journey started. I was facinated by the idea of doing eBay once I saw his videos. On a recent podcast Sylvia mentioned College Picker who I found via Raiken's videos and Facebook. Then I came across this video he did.A real life Macklemore Thrift Shophttps://youtu.be/Yn-JGzlRGzII found it to be entertaining and intriguing. College Picker shows off the items he gets from yard sales and thrift stores. He has found some great stuff along the way. So when Sylvia mentioned him I wanted to share for those that have not seen this.
Oh just and FYI... the not safe for radio version of the song has bad words. So have the kiddies leave the room before viewing. I thought his editing on this was pretty terrific.
This was fun!
I got one of those here's how eBay protected you emails and it said they protected me against 4 refund cases being opened too soon in the past 2 months. What the heck is that about? I haven't had any complaints about any items. I wonder if they are just trying to ask a question thru the wrong feature.
I disregard those messages as being essentially bullshit, this is ebay attempting to prove that they are doing something for their sellers.
Hate to ask again but which box did you say u ship your cowboy hats in Ryanne?
usually a USPS 12x12x8 or if it's bigger, i'm using a larger box from the walmart deli/the recycling bin at the dump that we got for free.
Started using GoDaddy Bookeeping today. Looks like it might make my life easier. My accountant is on vacation or I would ask her. When you buy something to sell on eBay what category are you using to track it. How do you enter it? Any help would be appreciated.
Just to clarify, I get the part on how to enter it but I want to make sure that it shows up in the right category on the schedule C. Figured since you have been using it for a bit you probably have it down. Also do you normally do this via your mobile device. The app looks pretty cool but I would like your thoughts on it.
Do you mean COGS (cost of goods sold)? Unfortunately no way to track this is GoDaddy. Its a known issue. We've all discussed it before. You must keep track of this on your own spreadsheet. Scroll down to the 15th question.
Thanks for the quick response, Jay. Yup, COGS tracking is what I was looking for. Well, I already do the Google Drive spreadsheet, notebooks were driving me nuts so I started that a long time ago. Bummer, I was hoping that you would tell me a magic trick on when you walk into Goodwill, etc. slide your card to buy something and add it into your phone right there that it would be nice and tidy in GDB for later. Thanks for the link. I'll browse it over to see if I could be doing something better.
thanks ryanne for the tip on what you did to satisfy the combined shipping for gsp! i received a message today, an offer plus a note that she had 3 additional items in her shopping cart - could i combine shipping to canada? you bet! put that "reserved for..." in the title, changed to usps priority, added new total & shipping... she paid right away - saved that $125 sale! wootwoot! thanks again :)
i'm so glad this worked for you! i wish ebay had a more official system to combine shipping for GSP items. it makes me nervous to make a new listing thinking the person might just change their mind in that time. but so far it's worked.
I would kind of like to hear from smaller sellers who don't quite make as much as you guys do because your amount of inventory changes things a bit. What do you do on really slow weeks when it looks like you're not even going to make your minimum? Do you accept offers that are super low? I am struggling with that because I really need sales right now but I also don't want to sell a 70 dollar item for 30. And in my experience counteroffers rarely seem to work. Just would like some thoughts. I'm trying not to get stressed out about it but at the same time stress is what leads you to take action.
Hi, I don't make nearly as much and don't have nearly as many items listed- The past two months for me have been slow-er, and since they have I've taken the time to experiment with different eBay features- I don't have a minimum, so don't have any expectations there- I don't accept super low offers (because to me any offer means that the item is desirable), as a rule I counter-offer, as a rule my counter-offers expire- If I paid 20 dollars for an item and come to find out it's worth less I list it for low and let it go- If I paid 20 dollars for an item and come to find out it's worth more than 20 I ask a higher price- Bottom line, in most cases, any item I get 5 bucks and over for is a profit-I consider anything I purchase and list an investment that may or may not generate money over time- And while I experiment, I've no intention to experiment with 1000's of items -- ever- I've MAYBE 10 out of the 101 items in my store that I'm in no rush to sell- Meaning, I've the patience to wait for the right buyer/s to come along- All the rest I could care less lol ..
I try not to get desperate as far as offers, I will take an offer for about half the asking price if I feel like it, or if the item has been sitting, but the fact is that we smaller sellers usually need to keep a fairly steady income to be able to go out and buy new inventory, I keep all this in mind when I am weighing offers, I will also say that I generally don't take low offers on newly listed merchandise.
My initial intention / goal was to generate 1 sale per day, which is close to what I was doing until April- But that changed, and sales have lagged since even though I continued to list- So today I've decided to drop the basic eBay store until A) Sales pick up or B) The holidays- I'll scale back to managing with the free 50 and focus on Etsy until I get that shop situated-
I checked my #'s and I wasn't doing 1 sale per day -- but I was OK with the money I was making! 6 of 1 .. lol
I'm not sure if you guys have heard of this, but it may well be why our sales are slowing. Not sure when Ebay started doing this, we may just be becoming aware of it..but did you know that your similar items with lower prices from other sellers are shown on "your" listing? If you look at a random listing while you are signed in, and scroll down you'll see some item suggestions, but not for the same item you are selling..fair enough. However..if you sign out and pull up the same item, you will see all sorts of "like" items being suggested, many with lower prices or shipping, right there on your page. I had heard about people getting cancellations "after" the sale because of buyers being shown items, but it is during the process as well, we just don't see it!! I watched The Crazy New York Driver video tonight, this was where I saw it. He has an example with screen shots so I tried it and..sure enough. Hmm..what do you think? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQNbwD4SOG4
Just amazing how much time people spend on this. Even if were true, whats the point of just complaining about it? If I really believe this, I'd quit eBay, start selling somewhere else, and not spend another second worrying about it.But I dont believe this stuff. What's the difference between eBay suggesting items, and buyers just doing a search by "lowest to highest price". Sellers who firesale their items will always be at the top of this list. Also, we never worry about what Chinese manufacturers are selling because they dont make the weird items we sell. I guess if I was doing retail arbitrage or wholesale, I would always be worried about being undercut.
I hear you. I was just wondering if they have been doing this all along or "if" it is recent, it might be why a lot of us are not getting the sales we used to. I suppose it evens out if other sellers are having "our" items show up on their items as well. I just find it strange we don't see what buyers see when we are on our listing. I won't worry about it lol, it is what it is, just found it interesting as I didn't know that was happening
I have a vague recollection of ebay offering the choice on that cross-promotion program years ago. You could opt out so that other people's listings didn't appear on your listings, but then your listings wouldn't appear on other people's listings. I must have opted out.
Thanks EBay. I've never had this happen before but I had 3 jackets all the same but size. I had 2 smalls and 1 large. Someone bought the large a month ago but eBay somehow shows that I sold 1 small and left the large for sale. Now someone bought it and I don't have it. I triple checked to make sure the first sale was the large one. So now I'm offering my buyer a full refund or she can get anything else in my store for under a certain price for the same price she's already paid. Its a good deal for her unless she had her heart set on that jacket. I just hope she's not a cranky one. I told her I made a mistake and apologized even though I'm still blaming eBay in my head for this one. This ever happen to anyone else? Wonder if it was a glitch or for relisted weird. Idk. Oh well. I've had like 10 offers today. Glad of it.
Thanks USPS. Haha j/k. It actually is USPS's fault but hopefully no big deal. Checked tracking on poster I sold that I shipped in my own state in one of those priority triangle things and it says visible damage on tracking. I didn't trust the triangle in the 1st place so I tried to tape it very well and put some packaging around item inside. I guess it got crushed somewhere along the way. I'm just waiting to see if the buyer states the item was damaged. So whoever said tubes were better I would agree with you.
Went to a church sale today. Got 3 vintage coveralls and 2 new DSCP trench coats for $6.00. Love church sales! :-)