Will you be doing short haul videos?Would be nice to see what you spent on inventory each week. Maybe just show the pile and talk about only the unique ones that stand out each week and place's you went. There is a story to be told...
Dig into our archives a little. Each week we say how much we spend on inventory. We're not big fan of "haul videos" just because it's often just a pile of junk that we haven't research yet. We hope you appreciate seeing items we've sold so you know what actually does sell and why.
I do enjoy watching Ryanne's what sold videos. The thrill of the hunt is the most exciting part of scavenging (you gave us one last week that was great). Now how about one on how the heck did you box and ship that large item? I guess I'm becoming bored of same old thing each week. You need to spice it up a bit maybe a few more video documentaries/interviews.Catch Ya later, Gone fishing in the Florida Keys rest of July ~This post ending in 3-2-1.
how about it spice it up a bit by taking a nap?
I personally like seeing the results of what sold, rather than the "this should probably bring around..." posts. The information is gold. I truly appreciate your generosity and knowledge. I wonder if the snake chain on the Yashica was original, or if it matters. I've not seen a strap like that before. Now about that nap...:)
Yes! Nap videos, it's trending!
"I guess I'm becoming bored of same old thing each week. You need to spice it up a bit maybe a few more video documentaries/interviews."Pretty audacious stuff, really. I don't think it's incumbent on Jay and Ryanne to keep things entertaining for people who require spice, flash, and novelty to stay interested. They offer terrific information and insights, absolutely free, every week. There are plenty of other bloggers and youtubers out there who provide their information with extra side orders of ego, sizzle, hustle, and bling if that's what's keeps you watching. I just think it's unfair to suggest that J&R, with 200+ free informational and totally helpful podcasts/videos. need to spice things up even a little bit. Perfect as-is.
We really appreciate when people appreciate us. Its an Appreciation Fest. I have noticed that our little cozy place here is getting a little more popular. It's good and I'm glad to see when folks are productive and helping each other out. But please understand that we do not take any comment personally. No need to defend us. It's more important we avoid flame wars. There's no reason why we can't keep this a chill place. It's just a dumb blog.
Maybe the heat and sluggish sales are making some of us feel snarky? (But it's not a dumb blog.) ;-)
Ryanne,Thank you for taking time to video your items that sold. I must admit I live for your “What Sold” videos. They are awesome and they have helped me grow my eBay business. Last week I overlooked some nice ladies scrubs at an estate sale. Thanks to you and your videos that won’t happen again. I did pick up chinese vase for $2.00 that immediately sold for $50.00 along with a few other treasures at the same estate sale.
I actually like both. Keep doing the what solds but maybe on occasion throw in a haul video of either the whole lot you just picked up or a few things your excited you picked up and your thoughts about it. You can do those videos whenever you want to fill space.
Or maybe your followers can upload their haul videos to share? Why should Jay and Ryanne do all of the work lol.
i was actually thinking that same thing. i would love to see other people's stuff, not just us. esp What Sold videos. i think we could all learn a lot from each other if others made 'What Sold' videos as well. it's one thing to say what you sold in your numbers, it's another to show it.
Jay & Ryanne don't need to spice up a thing imo. This blog is like thrift porn! And I'm not ashamed to admit I'm completely addicted:-)
I cannot tell you the hope it gives and the peace I get, when I listen to the podcast or watch the 'what sold" videos! I'm on the verge of going at least full-time effort scavenging and part-time job. The basic, peaceful lifestyle Jay and Ryanne live, the stories from their lives they offer up, all of it - I listen and watch, more than once. So glad I stumbled across them and this forum. Mostly, a very supportive trash elf community ;) - Sincerely Yours, Lone Wolf Trash Elf :D
Welcome. Come join the fun.
Great sales. I have tons of hats, but mine just don't seem to move. Love that hall tree. I would love to have a piece like that in my hallway. My old 1920 house has no closets.
I don't know what type of hats you have but try to get vintage looking snapback hats. They work well for me and definitely put the word snapback in the title. It's a trend people search for. Although newer hats sell too but you'll just have a little more competition. I've bought a few non baseball style hats and none of them have sold for me but regular men's hats sell a few a week for me. Not a huge profit, 20 to 40 depending.
I sell vintage hats all the time. But the snapback ones move really slow. I have a Here is a link to one I thought for sure would sell. I think it will eventually.http://www.ebay.com/itm/321763533795?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649
And I thought this one was hilarious. Mostly because I'm involved with my son's scouts. http://www.ebay.com/itm/321758017184?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649
Your first link has a (I think?) misspelling in the title. It's SURFER not "Suffers".Hats dont sell like hot cakes. We probably have 150 hats listed and we sell four or five a month. It's just a little pipeline. It's just great profit since they only cost 50-cents at most.
jamiein the second one, you should have something in your title about BSA or Boy Scouts or Scout Leader so that it gets found in search.
Ah Thanks guys. Helps sometimes to have a second pair of eyes.
Speaking of hats.... I have one that I haven't listed yet because it is an R rated graphic hat. Bought it from a thrift called Out of the Closet and it is from a resort in Key West. Even my 22 year old was a little surprised at it. Does anyone have experience listing in the adult only category? Anything special you have to do?
Nope, just list it as Adult. Someone just needs to say "I'm an adult" to view it.
Another observation on the first link, your gallery pic is blurry. Try really hard to get it as focused as possible. I know when I see fibers Its focused. And I'm just using a plain phone camera. Secondly your title keywords are in a bad order. People may never be seeing your hat. Put the audience your targeting in the first few words not half way or the end. People searching for surfer hats may not find your listing when the word surfer is buried in your title. I might start with St. Thomas Surfer Hat or something similar but that's just me. Make it make sense but don't move your best keywords so far away.
We found a few adult-themed hats at a yard sale a few weeks back. Made my day. Wife listed them a little higher than our other ones. We usually only buy trucker hats in bulk. You can usually make someone's day by taking grandpa's hat collection off their hands for $5. We've done that a few times and now have about 75 hats still for sale. We sell a few every week, but they're almost 100% profit and so easy to ship. We love them.
@Marci - Are you by chance in the Dallas area? If so, I know that thrift store! Love the clever name since it benefits AIDS charities. I don't live in Dallas proper, but about 40 miles north.....I'm in the downtown area often though because of my theater kid.
Thanks Anne. I'm just using my phone for a camera. I'll try retaking them and perhaps moving the keywords around.Thanks for the advice.
Your farmhouse was an excellent place to stay! It was so convenient and comfortable. We enjoyed our visit to the East Coast. Now back to CA to ship the 12 items that sold while I was on vacation.
thanks anna, glad you liked it. it was fun visiting with you guys!
I swear Ann isn't an advertising shill for us. she really did rent our Farmhouse this week. Good having dinner with you guys!
i just ate some delicious pasta with shrimp and broccoli for dinner! oh yeah.
Question for J&R. Sometimes you talk about investing in another property - would you do another vacation rental or take some other approach? Just curious. Had various investments in the past and always kind of pondering ideas.
I have a co-worker that has their side business - buying cheap property and building storage facilities. He claims the overhead is quite low, the buildings are cheap to build, and they run themselves basically with money rolling in each month. Not my cup of tea, but could be an interesting projec tif your area is lacking something like that.
we make a joke that our county needs more pizza places and self storage warehouses (because there are a ton of them and they pop up all the time here). we're working on some ideas and i'm sure we'll talk more about them when they become real. all just ideas at the moment.
Open a catery lol. A cat cafe. Their big in Japan or other places. A few popping up in the states I think. Drinks and snacks really but cats roaming around you can pet and play with. People would pay for that esp animal lovers. Once when we went to Amish country they had a diary where you can buy ice cream but outside were tons of cats and kittens walking around. We had a great time petting those little critters. I know it sounds like a nightmare to some ppl.
oh. oh no. now that's all i'll think about is opening a cat cafe. yes!
Ha-ha yeah I would actually love to have one nearby. But the logistics of actually running one seem complicated. Like where do you get the cats? They would have to be trained to be handled a lot and not attack people. Plus food around cats and litter boxes? And what happens to them after hours at night? And lastly then you have a normal job again you're stuck at. But hey, you figure it out and I will travel to it lol.
Where do you get the cats? Seriously??? LOL. I just drove to a nearby town to take some donations to a feral cat rescue. It's just an older, single lady who spends all of her time into taking care of the town's over run of feral cats. She captures them, nurses the sick ones back to health, gets them "fixed" and finds good homes for them, including just non-kill facilities. Our closest non-kill has literally hundreds of cats, as does every pet adoption place in the entire Metro area of St. Louis. I am so glad I adopted my first cat many years ago, having always been a dog-only person. Once I realized that a cat is NOT a dog, and started learning how to appreciate their different species aspects, I have fallen in love with them. Sorry, but your comment made me giggle!
I meant cats that are already well behaved. Obviously shelter cats are the way to go but my two cats are shelter cats and let some stranger try to pick them up or pet them funny, they would get clawed to death. Although who am I kidding. Mtly cats are terrified of strangers and would just hide for hours. But either way I'm glad you got a giggle. We all need those.
I totally get that--my two cats would freak out if a stranger grabbed them. If I owned a cat acge' I would invite shelters to bring their most social cats every day. I am sure they would leap at the chance to get them adopted! And by the way, Raynne, my fav part of your What Sold videos is getting a peek at your adorable kitty--what a little ham. :-)
I swear Ryanne some time ago you said that you bought that Indian glass bead set on eBay for $15...could be wrong though, LOL.
ah yes, you are correct, i forgot about that. it's true i got it on ebay for $15 from a lady selling off an estate's worth of jewelry. i knew it was an estate, just forgot it was on ebay.jay is better at remembering where we got stuff, that's for sure.
Vacation settings. Going on a business trip/camping trip in 2 days that will last for 3 weeks and want to still have sales while I am away. I put Amazon on hold with no problem, Bonanza is on vacation, and I used the bulk editor to change my handling time to 30 days in ebay, updated my away message to indicate that I would respond to questions as soon as possible and would ship items when I returned, but when I put the store in vacation mode, the following message appears at the top of each listing "This seller is currently away until Aug 10, 2015, and is not processing orders at this time. You can add this item to your watch list to purchase later." Is there a way of changing this message to say that purchases are fine while I am away and that there will just be an extended ship time? I don't want to lose 3 weeks worth of sales while I am away due to the default e-bay message. I apologize if this has already been discussed but I tried looking at the FAQ as well as Google but all the Google posts just said to close your store while you are away. I know that you go on trips frequently and are able to still successfully sell but I don't have the time to listen back through previous podcasts to find the specific one that may answer this question. Packing for our 3 children for 3 weeks for both hotel stays as well as camping has overwhelmed my brain at this point. Thanks for your help.
It's easy. Don't put your store on vacation. Just change the handling time. If someone is buying from you, it will say when it will ship. eBay will back you up if they complain. I believe there's a way to use vacation mode that lets you customize your message, but Ryanne would have to jump in here. We dont use it anymore.
sounds like ebay changed the message they show when you do vacation settings, encouraging people not to buy. crazy. this is why we only change our handling time and message people.
Hey Ryanne, .. Leaving tomorrow for vacation and I thought I was home free with all of the good advice posted about changing the handling times that has been posted. Had it all printed out and ready to bulk change this morning, when I discovered that the option to change "Handling Time" is not showing in my bulk editor drop down tab. Bunch of options are there but it goes alphabetically from "Format" to "Item Description". I saw Jeff in Tn posted last Friday he had the same issue, but never saw his response on how he found or added that option. Any help is appreciated. Got to get them all done today so we can go pack. thanks... Mike in Atl.
that's odd, i just did a test and tried to edit and i have Handling Time as a field i can edit. you should call ebay and ask. please tell us what they say. have you ever edited handling time before?
Noe, First time. I have Ebay on hold right now. I read where some people posted they had the same issue but all the replies were similiar to yours, stating, thanks funny mine is right there below Format.I see where Jeff in Tn said last friday he had same issue but mentioned something about having to edit or add the "Handling Time" as an option. I can't find anything that says anything about adding options to the edit tab. So, I will see what Ebay Tech says then post it for anyone's future reference. BTW.. I have a premium store which has SMP. Would think all the bells and whistles would be present.
Yeah, i works for us. Let us know what eBay says.
OK.. Got the low down from Ebay Tech Support. There are two things that they wany a store owner to do, especially with the new store formats available. One is to "Opt out" of the apply my business policies on the My Ebay page. Seems this forces the store shipping policies one has set-up to over ride certain fields, one of those being the "Handling Time" field.The next thing they prefer store owners to do is to access their Active LIstings by way of using the "Activity Tab" instead of going to to Active Listings on the Summary Section of the My Ebay page, especially he said if you are going to use the bulk editor. Even though there is an editor tab accessible from the My Ebay page, the new code prefers accessing the bulk editor through the Activity Tab, then click on the Sell line, then click on Active Listings on the left side and that gives one access to all active listings in the new format and also the revised bulk editor. Now you click to highlight all listings [still only 200 at a time] and when the Edit Tab is clicked there are more options now available to us in the bulk edit features. And, voila' "Handling Time" was showing up for me this time.I think in short what was happening, if you have had a store for a long time, like us, there was still some old code and workings from the older formats. By using that Opt Out click, he said that pulled my store out of the old format of Business Policies and by using the Activity Tab to access the Sell section, then the Active Listings, the newer, fancier, updated bulk editor and it's expanded features is available.So, guess that is the long way all around your fist to get back to your thumb version. But it worked and all my listings are now set for 10 days. Oh, by the way, if you do this make sure you note that the days you select are business days. So my 10 days is really 12 days because Sat. & Sun. are not business days for Ebay. But I will be back within 7 days and will just change them all back to 1 day handling.Hopefully this info. may help some others that try changing the handling time and hit a snag, like I did. mike in Atlanta
good info, thank you for sharing! i know it will help other people.
Just a quick followup .. on the subject of changing the handling time. Worked like a charm by following the above process. Like you have said in other posts, you can only do 200 at a time. Interesting side note, It only took Ebay about 5 minutes though for Ebay to remove our Top Rated Seller status because we no longer offered same day / one day handling times. They didn't waste any time making sure they don't give away any discounts. But we will gain the TRS status back in a few weeks. One thing that you may consider. Look at the date that Ebay reviews your account and if you can plan your vacation time well before that. Our review date is the 20th of each month. So we will be reviewed while we are still on vacation, thus all of our items will have a handling time of 10 days. We won't get reviewed again until a month later. So, if you can go on vacation, get back and change your handling time back to one day or less I wonder if you can get the TRS status back quicker. Will maybe consider that next year. mike in atlanta
Thank you for the quick response! I will take it back off of vacation mode and hopefully continue our regular volume of sales while we are away.
I look forward to your "What Sold" videos every week! :) Now that the Game of Thrones season is over the only media I look forward to "tuning in" to is Scavenger Life on Sundays and Wednesdays. Outside of that we're raising our family, working full-time jobs, growing our home-based business, serving our community, and scavenging in NJ!
thanks KD, that's nice to hear. keep it up!
Just sold one of those keyboard trays I mentioned earlier - it's 18 lb and pretty long, so I chose Fed Ex Ground to ship them. Any advice for printing labels/shipping? Should I pay $5 more for signature delivery? (I didn't think to add this before calculating shipping.)
you can print fedex ground labels through ebay and you get a discount, just like you do with USPS. just be certain you put the exact measurements and weight, you don't want FedEx to change the price (they charge you after it's sent!). how much did it sell for? if it's not too expensive i wouldn't do signature on it. but i'm not sure until i know the price and/or where it's shipping to.
it sold for $110 and it's going to VA, so not too far from me. i didn't spring for the signature, we'll see how it goes. i think i'm going to add the signature cost to the listing for the rest of em. trusted granny cart helped me bring it to the Fedex around the corner from my house. :D
I just want to say that i've been watching for a couple months and I love these videos. I tried clothing, hated it. I took your advice to heart about finding what you are passionate about. I remembered how much I use to prize my knives as a cook many years ago. So I started looking for and finding amazing knifes for ridiculous prices. When I think back to the cost of my knives I shudder. Anyway, this is my second attempt to start my own ebay business and I with half of your sales I would be a happy seller.Anita
We've seen that sellers get successful when they sell stuff they love because this is a business of consistency vs get-rich-quick. Cooking + Chef + Kitchen knives always sell well. As you scavenge, you'll find more cool stuff to sell. Just remember that if you want this to be a full-time income, treat it like a full-time job. Always be listing.
Awesome. I am definitely excited to scavenge and list now.
Sorry the last sentence was supposed to read if I had half of your sales I would be a happy seller:
Hello Jay and Ryane ! Lol - had to share this unrelated to the video comment! You may be away but Jay is constantly appearing. Let me clear that up so it's not weird. The other day I was researching prices of Harris Tweed Overcoats and there was Jay in one of the search results, so naturally I clicked on it to take a look at your listing. But NOW LOL - Ebay is targeting me with your listing so Jay keeps showing up on My Ebay page - just thought I'd let you know Ebay marketing is at work on your listings! It' hilarious. I've never before had someone I recognized from a photo show up in MY EBAY!
that's funny how they do that. it's all about cookies.
Ryanne, what kind of postal scale is that? My look cheap compared to yours.
it's this one.love it, could not live without it.
Did anyone take advantage of Amazons Prime sale today? Cheaper than black Friday sales.
I checked it out a couple of times but didn't find anything I wanted or any great deals. What did you find?
For the most part, it was really boring. Kinda bummed. If you follow any of the deal sites, you'll find better deals throughout the year just by being patient.
We haven;t broken $100 in sales today. I think the Amazon Prime sale has been a bust. Even multi-billion dollar companies can;t force people to buy.
Oh, people were buying. Why? I'm not sure. Most things that were on sale were their typical lightning deals and most all of them sold out.
funny enough, i bought a bunch of stuff on amazon yesterday. D'oh! i don't think any of it would have been on sale anyway.
You never know. Only thing I bought was some baby wipes, lol.
Nancy, I got another Kindle Fire for $79. I'm going to give it as a Christmas gift. I was thinking some of the Amazon FBA sellers might buy some cheap stuff and send it back to Amazon to be sold for higher or flip it on eBay.
Apparently, it was a bust.... http://money.cnn.com/2015/07/15/news/amazon-walmart-prime-day-customers/
This is what happens where there's a rush to the bottom. Amazon sellers are already killing their profits with razor thin margins each and every day. Only way to go lower is to lose money on the sale.
These sales are always sold and shipped by amazon, so amazon sellers are unaffected. I agree with you that making $5 on a toy 1000 times is a boring way to make a living, though. Doesn't fit in with the lifestyle that you guys and most of us on here are striving for.
Agreed. Many ways to make a living.
I think this is a really good article explaining why sales are slow all over: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/15/business/amazon-dreams-up-a-sale-in-a-calendar-bursting-with-them.html
Ebay seller finding sales harder to come by.http://www.cnet.com/news/ebay-bids-for-a-chance-at-success-after-paypal-split/
And here is a broader view of slow sales..Slumping sales.... Hey guys... This will probably bore you to tears, but thought it may be time to mention some broader business data about Retail Sales to pull our attention away from the "my daily Sales are down" and the "Throttling" and “Cassini Doesn’t Like Me” theories.There is real business data that's available to apply to the logic of what is happening in your own Ebay store. This type of information seems to shed light on a few things I keep seeing pop up here on the blog, but everyone seems to look more at Ebay as being the culprit. This type of data tells me more about slower Ebay sales period, than contemplating Ebay manipulations. Why would Ebay try to "manipulate" stores in any kind of way. What if my inventory was 500 pieces of Tiffany Jewelry at $2,000 per item. WOW, and to think they would try to "Throttle" that type of inventory? Bet just the opposite, that Ebay's stock holders wish it could manipulate an "increase" in the upcoming 3rd and 4th quarter sales and thus in turn, the price of its shares.I think our sales are tied to the bigger picture. Watching daily and weekly sales swings will drive you “Bonkers”.But anyway .. Here is a Retail Sales Report that sheds light on maybe what is happening in the market place. U.S. retail sales unexpectedly fell in June as households cut back on purchases of a range of goods, raising concerns the economy is slowing again.Tuesday's weak retail sales report, together with signs of some softening of the labor market, dampened expectations a bit for an interest rate hike from the Federal Reserve this year, which most economists expect could come in September."This report suggests that the recovery is beginning to show signs of strain. If anything it will temper, considerations for a September rate hike," said deputy chief economist at TD Securities in New York.The Commerce Department said retail sales slipped 0.3 percent last month, the weakest reading since February, after May's downwardly revised 1.0 percent increase.Retail sales excluding automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services dipped 0.1 percent following a 0.7 percent gain in May. These so-called core retail sales correspond closely with the consumer spending component of gross domestic product.Economists had forecast retail sales rising 0.2 percent last month after a previously reported 1.2 percent jump in May. Core retail sales had been expected to increase 0.4 percent.The dollar fell against a basket of currencies, while prices for U.S. Treasury debt rose. U.S. stocks were trading higher as stronger-than-expected second-quarter profits from JPMorgan (JPM.N) lifted sentiment.Coming on the heels of June's disappointing employment report and sharp drop in small business confidence last month, the weak retail sales data suggests the economy might have lost some momentum at the end of the second quarter, having struggled at the start of the year.The economy contracted at a 0.2 percent annual rate in the first quarter. The soft core retail sales prompted Goldman Sachs to lower its second-quarter GDP growth estimate by two-tenths of a percentage point to a 3.0 percent pace.The weakness is retail sales is surprising given that savings are at multi-year highs, boosted by the windfall from last year's plunge in gasoline prices and solid job gains. Consumer confidence is also at lofty levels.The second-quarter growth outlook was also dimmed by another report from the Commerce Department showing retail inventories excluding automobiles rose only 0.1 percent in May.The backdrop of tepid consumer spending and low inflation, which was underscored by a third report from the Labor Department on import prices, complicates matters for the Fed.Import prices dipped 0.1 percent in June after increasing 1.2 percent in May. Import prices have now declined in 11 of the last 12 months, in part reflecting the lingering effects of a strong dollar.
deb at truer values hereHi Mike - Thank you for the terse analysis. You are a good writer. I appreciated you taking the time. You said the weakness in retail sales is surprising considering buyer confidence, but perhaps that is because, as you also said, people are saving more.
Lately because Etsy now has calculated shipping I've been adding more of my vintage items. It's so much easier now. Just set up a shipping profile. I've been having more sales there for the last few weeks. Has anyone else seen an increase in their etsy sales?
What do you sell on esty?
I sell a variety of vintage things. They are the same things I put on ebay I just copy and paste them to etsy. In the last few weeks what has sold for me on etsy was a vintage wool blanket, a vintage autoharp, a lot of silver-plate flatware and some vintage wood trivets.
I love it here and would say without a doubt this place is becoming more and more popular because, this blog is all about learning and growing as a reseller, no matter which venue we choose to sell on or at.For me and I think as well as others here, we learn that we can challenge ourselves by broadening our interest and look more closely at things that don't normally catch our eye.I would say most of us here have all seen those "haul videos" and they only make us nervous watching someone run in a GW or thrift and fill up a buggy, then cut to parking lot where they show us the crap they bought and what it MIGHT sell for, if it even sells at all.And I would say not many of us learned a dang thing watching those "haul videos" or watching someone drive down the road in their car while they go on and on about what they buy and tell you what you should buy too......................a waste of time really.What it boils down too, is Jay and Ryannes podcast "Do you have the hunger"? With that hunger we learn and grow from what we watch and read here.I come here because I have that same hunger, the same passion for the scavenger life. But I need that "get off yer butt and list" talk everyday, and I come here to get my inspiration to not let fear get in my way, to not let my ADHD get in my way. Thank you Jay and Ryanne and everyone who comes here with their weekly numbers to share how they can make good money selling on ebay in a real way!! I learn so much from you every week and appreciate this blog big time.
I used to watch those videos and I would rush out and buy that crap and none of it ever sold.
Re: spicing up the videos; have Jay do a haul video in his underwear. Just keep the eye bleach handy.
I'm in my underwear right now. Between us, I have bought lots of underwear and socks at estate sales. I swear they were only worn a couple times.
There is a European or Russian news channel that found they were loosing viewers and now the lady that strips as she does the news. As you might imagine they have more viewers than ever. And no I'm not suggesting anyone should strip on the podcast. I just thought it was an interesting solution.
FYI..Interesting article about ebay after the split and how the incoming CEO plans to bring ebay back to its mom and pop roots https://www.yahoo.com/tech/s/ebay-bids-chance-success-paypal-123954214.html
These are good things to hear. But as the article says, let's see what they do.
True. I think it would really be great if it happens.
Hi - I really enjoy your videos and look forward to your podcasts each week. Just want to let your know that the French pronunciation of Quimper is "campere."
If anyone is interested - you can google "How do you pronounce Quimper" and actually hear it said.
i never took french in school, so i suck at pronouncing french words. i took spanish and more recently dutch. so french, i'm like, what?
I took Spanish in school too. And I live in Midwestern twang country. To my mind a word that sounds like "cam pear" shouldn't be spelled "Quimper". Of course, in my neck of the words people pronounce wash as warsh and a chest of drawers is often chester drawers!
i'm from boston originally, so that messes me up even more!
When I was a kid we were forced to take French in school. Funny how useless that is now. Well....unless you're selling Quimper ;)
I'm ready to give up on pronouncing all these Hawaiin trail names. Might give Google pronunciations a try.
I like what you do, exactly how you do it.I look forward to every what sold video, and also the podcasts and the interesting turns they take, exactly as you choose to do it
I'm just getting started in buying things, haven't really listed yet to sell but wondering why you mention something selling on "global shipping program"? Is there something special about that I should know about? Just trying to figure out the best way to get started here. Thanks!
If you are just beginning on eBay, then it's all about doing research and putting in the time to learn. Here's a link to the GPS program: http://pages.ebay.com/help/sell/shipping-globally.htmlYou can also search on the top upper right of this blog to search for different podcasts we've done: http://www.scavengerlife.com/search?q=global+shipping+programOur podcasts will probably be less helpful because we don't have tutorials, but people here are glad to help if you have specific questions as you do your research.
I think the best way to get started is just do it. Start with items from your own home. And then use those profits to buy inventory. You will make mistakes. I know I have. Learn from those mistakes. And have fun.
Global shipping just means it sold to someone out of the country and what's cool about global shipping is you just send it to a US location and they handle it from there. It's a slow process but takes a lot of aggravation away from international shipping.
Also don't forget to go here: [link]. This is Ebay own new seller education center. I covers all of the basics, answers tons of questions and in my opinion is a must read for a new seller. I have used it many times to refresh my memory or to clarify Ebay policies. Make sure you read all of the break off links and commit as much as you can to your memory. It will save you lots of time asking questions and you get basic answers fast. See the shipping section, good info., then also click the Advanced link for access to all of the Global Shipping info. How, what, when, where, why, etc., etc. Good luck and welcome to our Neverland!!! mike in Atlanta
Oopss.. Forgot the link: Duh.. http://pages.ebay.com/sellerinformation/index.htmlRushing to go on vacation :-)
I have a question for both of you guys. I know you sell a lot of shoes, are there specific brands you guys look for. I know when I am looking for jewelry there are brands that jump out like Sorrelli or Mariam Haskell, it would be much appreciated to hear about how you all find women shoes. It seems extremely daunting, not that I have a problem buying women shoes as I do venture there, but it seems overwhelming as there are so many styles and makers. And even some brands I would imagine would sell high don't. And for anyone else reading this are there any videos you recommend on the subject. Shoes remind me of the same allure I had for finding my first pearl necklace, only to find that they sell for so little.
Don't expect a response with brands listed. It's not their thing. He will tell you to just look at sold listings on eBay. I don't sell many shoes to know brands but I can tell you to look for shoes made in countries like italy. Leather soles are a good indication. Those shoes with the holes in them sell good. I think their wingtips. Sorry I can't help more. Maybe someone will be in a giving shoe mood today and brand drop a few names.
Anonymous, I love you! Ninja B.O.B, start with this search:http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_sacat=0&LH_Complete=1&LH_Sold=1&_nkw=used+shoes&_sop=16Spend 30 minutes scrolling through.You'll notice that basketball shoes are often some of the highest sellers. If that's your interest, cool! We tend to find leather dress shoes more interesting, so you can design eBay searches to see what brands sell the best. Anytime you start scavenging and selling an item new to you, just takes time to see what sells vs what interests you.
I learned the hard way on a brand I wasn't familiar with and passed up ($50 boots, but would have easily brought $300), but generally speaking any leather boots, shoes or purses made in ITALY and reasonably priced in good condition will be profitable.
So here's a shoe tip...Be on the look out for larger sizes (both men's and women's) in any decent, lightly worn shoe. I find that men's size 15 - even if it's only a mid range brand - sells quickly at an above average price.
yep same with clothes, we find. mens 3XL jackets sell fast and for good prices. we always pick up big shoes as well.
Look for quality too. The same brand can have varying quality of styles. For example Bass Weejuns made in USA with leather soles- great pick. Bass made elsewhere with plastic soles: you won't get as high $ and will sit longer. Growing up around horses, I look for quality leather before anything else- reminds me of saddles. Then flip shoe over and look at soles. Youtube has videos on identifying quality wingtips... And if the uppers are in good shape, but bottom isn't, it can still be a good flip. People re-sole high end shoes all the time. Even women's heel caps.
This morning I got a return request. It's a big one. Recently I sold a vintage wool rug. I had listed it as 8 feet and the buyer said it is not even close to 8 ft and is sending it back. If the buyer is right I'll be eating shipping both ways and lose a $500 sale. Since I can't verify until I get the rug back I'm assuming I mis-measured it and I'm beating myself up big time. I know it's not the end of the world but I was so thrilled with that sale…Need a little trash elf 'keep your chin up' kind of talk.
can you ask her what the actual size is? (i always wonder how much i was off for measurements, was it .5" or like 12"?) and offer a partial refund? might just help save the sale.
Good idea Ryanne. I just sent them a message. I think I know what I might have done misreading the 8" mark as the 8' marking. Ugh. The ironic thing was they asked me what the rug measured exactly and I said that I always give an approximate measurement because I could be off a bit either way. I think I was probably off by a foot or more now that I look back at the untouched photo and see other objects in the room. Embarrassing.
When we first sold items over $100, I remember some of those first expensive returns. It's tough because the cost of the return would someone drain our Paypal account since the money would be spent. But as we starting selling more and more expensive items, we can now handle any return price. Try to make $100 be the norm instead of the exception. Good news is that most expensive items rarely get returned. If you've made a mistake, this will teach you to check and double check details n the future.Let us know how it goes. Hopefully they'll take a partial refund.
They didn't answer my message offering a partial refund and the item is on it's way back to me. I will refund them shipping both ways as apparently it was my fault (I'll confirm the measurements first). Hopefully they will leave me positive or no feedback at all.
Hey guys! I just wanted to thank you for blog and the podcast. I'm a big fan!I recently lost my job as a Cubicle Cowboy, and I was hoping to move to ebay full time so I wouldn't have to sell my soul to the corporate american again. I live in Denver and have a lot of resources for find inventory, but I've really only ever sold comics on ebay and done okay with it. But moving into cloths has been a little frustrating. I haven't really had any sales from my clothing items at all. I'm wondering, as a noob, how important are the pictures and the listing. I include a lot of info in the description, but its pretty terse. I wonder if improving my camera would also help with sales. Right now I'm just using the camera from my ipod, and the picutures are nice but could be better. I guess I'm also wondering if I'm over-reacting to my low sales. I only have 40+ listings right now (I'm working on it) but I get concerned because I haven't sold ANYTHING in the past week.
Hey Craig, if you browse recent episodes/comments, we're all experiencing slower sales right now. Keep listing and get your inventory up. Descriptions don't need to be long, just include relevant condition info. Take a look at other clothing sellers (if you click my name you can check my listings) to see how it's done. Good luck!
Also check out the store amazing*taste. She sometimes posts here and has a great clothing store. And as you can tell from comments here and Ryanne's What Sold videos - you don't have to limit yourself to just clothes (and comics). There are all kinds of things that you can sell on ebay.I suspect your main problem is just that you need to get more items in your store. Good luck!
--Summer is slower than Xmas season. But this is totally normal. --This might be a tough time of year to start a store, but it's doable. --If you expect full-time income, treat this like a full-time job. --You need to get to 500 items before you should expect a full-time income. --Set a goal to list 20 items in an 8-hour day.--Clothes are tough because there's a lot of competition. But it can be done. Just make sure you;re researching the brands and prices.--Listing should be simple. Clear photos w/ measurements. That's all any buyer needs. --If you find you're bored selling clothes, find other things to sell. Everything sells.
I have 800 items and can't earn full time money. So Its so much more than just a number. People just have to be buying what you're selling. I feel like I've screwed myself by offering various sales and now watchers are not buying because their waiting on a good sale to pop up.
Totally agree. It is definitely more than just a number. But the number of listings is usually one good indicator of sales. Then you need to dive into quality of items that people are looking for as you said. Just curious: what is full time money for you?
500 a week is doable. I can make that work. But I'm only making about 400 right now. Sometimes less. Summer kicking my butt
You're at least in the ballpark. What kind of stuff are you selling? Specializing or the "general store" model?
Wow I feel that one. I made a huge mistake on a $600.00 sale thought for sure I would get a negative feedback. I realized I made a mistake, sucked it up and learned from it. Haven’t had a blunder since the $600.00 one. Do the best you can to recover work it out withe buyer so that you don’t get a defect. When I make a mistake I am quick to take action with a email to the buyer basically asking for forgiveness so that I don’t get the defect.
I got a ton of great hats yesterday at the weigh and pay. I got a little nervous because the set up has always been half the room clothes the other half stuff. Yest it was 3/4 clothes. But still got a bunch of good stuff and only spent 15 bucks. Then went next door to the normal Goodwill and got just a few things that came to 15 bucks. Sheesh. I love the weigh and pay stuff but I'm always amazed at the horrible lack of bathing and parenting that goes on there. Watching babies crawl on that disgusting floor or kids putting stuff in their mouthes in their parents buggys creeps me out. Good source when time and money are an issue.
I love the weight and pay too, but it's a sad, weird world there. The other day, I was standing at the counter checking out and noticed a little box that said "crematorium." The clerk said someone had brought it up after finding it in one of the bins. It was someone's dog ashes....
Can someone help me out. What is this type of hat generally called? This one is similar to mine. https://www.etsy.com/listing/215128461/vintage-70s-brown-united-hatters-unionAnd is it usually a man or womans hat?
they are men's hats. i call them faux fur garrison hats. garrisons are more military hats, but this is the same shape. so i just call them that.
Usually a men's hat. I seen them referred to as Russian Garrison hats.
Thanks a lot!
Look up Astrakhan hat, it's the term I use.
Just got another neutral feedback from a seller that never contacted me saying they had a issue. I sold an old baby crib sheet with sponge bob on it to someone in Japan through the GSP. Their feed back was "Many thin hair had been attached to the sheets. Feel disappointed". I don't have a pet and the sheet had been laundered. I've sent a message to the buyer asking for pictures. Nothing back from them yet.I'll be calling ebay to see what can be done.
yes, you have done the right thing. you contacted the buyer to try to fix the problem. wait a few days and then call ebay to ask if you can have it removed. might take a few times, but you might be successful.
Ugh...I just received a return request for a pair of lampshades where the buyer states they arrived damaged. I just find this hard to believe as these shades were so well packaged and had "LAMPSHADE DO NOT CRUSH" written on all four sides. Also, they were packaged and shipped in two separate boxes. So both boxes were damaged?Of course, if they are indeed damaged, I don't want them returned but the buyer sounds rather put out at my request for photographs documenting the damage. I'm also frustrated because he has waited 6 days after delivery to report such and no longer has the boxes or packing material to photograph for the insure claim I want to file.Who waits so long to report a damaged item? At any rate, he has promised photos of the lamp shades by the end of the day. I'll refund as soon as I confirm the damage.That's all. Just wanted to vent...
yes he must send photos. this will help with your insurance claim as well. let us know what happens.
And call eBay. We always get them involved as soon as we think there might be a problem with the buyer.
Lampshade update -So according to the buyer, he unpacked the lampshades, saw they were damaged, disposed of all packing materials and boxes, and then waited 6 days after delivery to contact me and request a return.I told the buyer that if he could provide proof (photos) of the damage, I would likely just refund him and have him dispose of the shades as I didn't want to pay return shipping for something that I would just throw away.I was expecting the lampshades to be crushed and beyond use, but the photos he provided shows two minor dents to each lampshade (like it had been lightly pushed in with a finger) and a small tear in the fabric of one shade. I find it hard to believe that this damage occurred during shipping as the shades were double boxed. Regardless, they are still in very good condition for shades of this vintage and - in my opinion not something that anyone would throw away. At this point, I am no longer willing to refund him and let him keep the shades, most especially since - with no photos of the packaging - I will not be able to recoup my loss via postal insurance.So, I've now accepted his initial request to return the shades to me. This should be interesting as he is obligated to package the shades securely for their return trip - and - according to him - he's thrown out all original packing material and boxes. For the initial shipment, I purchased 4 specially sized boxes and used copious packing material. All told, it took me over two hours to package the lampshades. I can't imagine a buyer going through such gyrations to return an item.If he ends up actually shipping the shades, I am not expecting them to arrive in any condition for resale but I am hoping that there may be some way to recoup my financial loss. Any thoughts as to how eBay may handle this?PS - I have called eBay but now, the ball is in his court. If he disputes the request to return then I'll open a case. If he actually returns the shades and they arrive even more damaged, then I'll cross that bridge when I come to it. I'm just curious if anyone else has had a similar experience.
This is an easy one. Let's boil down the facts. Buyer wants to return the item. If he does, he gets a full refund. If he doesn't, he gets nothing. That's the facts. If you want to make it all easier, you could offer a partial refund if he keeps them. I usually do 15%-20%. If not, I say "No problem. Just return for a full refund."Because he's sent you photos through eBay of the condition of the shades when they arrived at his home, then you should expect them to arrive in the same shape. Honestly, this is when you use the Silent Method. He needs to shop them or keep them.
Jay and Ryanne, I was looking at your listings the other day, and noticed the old square head nails you sell. I started thinking how they were just like the nails made at an old factory in my tiny hometown. I read your description, and YES, they are from the Tremont Nail Factory, where I was born and raised in Wareham, MA. Pretty cool. The factory was up an running when I was young, but it closed down early 90's I think. I'm not sure if they just changed location or shut down. I remember going on a tour of the place in middle school. The building is still there, but it is vacant. Across the street is a funky little gift shop.I used to be a carpenter from about 2000-2010, and have used those same nails for hardwood flooring.Very cool stuff!
Those are the real deal. I wonder if there's Tremont items in your area.
I moved to the Boston area about 7 years ago, but I hit up yard sales any time I am back in my hometown. Haven't seen any Tremont stuff but I will keep looking. I am going down the this weekend to see family and scavenge. Cranberry harvesting is also a big deal down there. I never really thought to buy the cranberry related items but I think I should start looking for that too.
For the full timers here I was just curious at what point did you realize you were bringing in enough to be full time. Like what were you selling at the time, how many Items did you have listed, and where did you mainly acquire your stuff. I just can't seem to break through to that and I was hoping others observations of their own past start up would help me. Thanks.
Depends on what "enough" is. It's different for everyone. What number are you trying to hit?
At around 500 items, we were making around $2k a month. That was what we needed to pay the bills. Tell us your numbers now? --How many items listed--what kind of items--average price sold--average gross profit each month
A great story and video on finding a store full of vintage Adidas in South America. We can only dream!http://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2014/nov/02/adidas-hidden-hoard-in-argentina-ian-brown
What a cool story! I have some collectors in my family, so I can relate to the man's reluctance to let go of the past. Thanks for sharing, Anon.
Hi Ryanne, I have a shipping question. I just sold a hat to someone in South Korea. On the ebay postage page it says 'Delivery Confirmation is not available'. This is using the USPS Priority mail International. Do you still ship to countries where you don't get delivery confirmation? Thanks, Donna
USPS does not guarantee tracking, that's what that phrase means, though generally on countries they ship Priority to, it should have it. you should feel ok shipping to South Korea through USPS Priority, just put ShipSaver Insurance on it as well to protect against an Item not Received case.
I shipped priority to Oman and there was no delivery confirmation. The last scan was in NY. I knew it was delivered when the buyer left positive feedback. I also have found that when shipping to APO addresses there hasn't been any scans after the package leaves the US.
Thanks for the info. I don't have that many overseas transactions so wasn't sure whether not having delivery confirmation was normal or not.Also, Ryanne I just wanted to let you know that I've been using the MyFitnessPal app on my phone for a little over a year. I'm not one for dieting but this really helped me gradually lose weight. I've lost a little over 20 pounds over the last year. The main thing is like you and Jay said is that it makes you aware of the amounts you're eating. Our daughter went away to college this past year too so I've cut out most junk food we had around the house. I've been very happy using the app and haven't felt deprived or hungry. Good luck.
thanks donna, that's great to hear about the myfitnesspal app. that's exactly what we're trying to do. having that feedback loop about what and how much you're eating is great.
Sorry to be posting on a comment on an older thread but I just recently discovered your wonderful podcast. In this video you showed 2 scrub tops that sold for $30 each. Any idea why they sold for such a price? Were they a particular sought after brand or vtg? Thank you. Julie
i believe it was because of the patterns and that they were like new. and because i put a high price on them that she was happy with.
Different scrubs bring different prices. Not sure how to answer. In this case, someone was willing to pay this price. They were a a specific brand.