deb truervalues - Thanks, Ryanne, for taking the time......never cease to be amazed on the prices you get for hats! I always learn something new from your What sold vids.
Awesome! Can't believe you got $75.99 for that hat. I'm always looking for hats now. I learn so much from watching these. Thanks for sharing!
I think they stole my hat sales lol. Every week I sell at least a few hats. The past 2 weeks 0. I don't get it. But I was amazed to at that price tag. I probably would have sold it between 30 and 40. Good job guys!
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I am always fascinated by the prices you receive for items. It has helped me not to give away the store. Last year when I started, I was not asking enough or taking a lower offer too soon rather than wait for the right seller to come along. One of the things that I do when I watch your video is to guess before hand what you got paid for the item. I get better at at it the more I watch and the more that I sell.
You two made me laugh when you were talking about the sewing tools, you have been selling. I grew up sewing. I even designed and made my wedding dress based on my grandmother's 1936 gown. Pressing and ironing is one of the most important parts of sewing. A seam roll is used for straight seams, especially sleeves. A ham is used to press darts, princess seams, or any curved seam. Different shapes for slightly different purposes.I was also amazed by the price for the 1933 Princeton bowls. A popular legend is that in the 80s Princeton reunions were the second largest beer consuming event after the Indianapolis 500.
Making your own clothes is such an amazing talent. Unfortunately it's much more rare these days since that skill/need dropped away a couple generations ago. But we're glad to find the tools and keep them in use for those who still can sew!
And I remember how we used to use those wood and metal floor standing rulers to pin up our skirt hems evenly. Ha!
Hey guys, another awesome video of some pretty cool stuff sold... I'd have to say even with all that goes into the packing and shipping, it still has to be like the 2nd best part of doing this kinda thing, right behind actually being out there and the thrill of finding the stuff in the first place.... its still awesome to ship out tho, cause its like "aww this is great, I thought this thing was cool and now someone bought it for 60" and now its gone... lol...Just one question, the Redskin Cup, what did you list that under... like sports or under cups and stuff in home decor... I only ask cause I sell sports cards and coins, comic..toy trains.. etc, stuff like that...And I just started to sell toy cars, little matchbox's under model trains, instead of under diecast.. since most matchbox or hot wheel collectors want thing to be in as best condition as can be, but model railroader what things to look real and its for layouts..Just a thought is all.. Wonder'd what kinda thought you and Jay put into what catergories you list under...Again thanks for the videos, their kinda like my morning coffee!!!
We list items under different categories. Whatever makes sense. Honestly, I dont hink it matters so much to us. It's all about the keywords.
Yeah I'd Suppose with clothing and one off rare items.. the title is your key search factor. Categories are for browse anyway.. I just thought ebay had diecast as their location they wanted me to put.. but I actually sell that sorta stuff better under Ho Scale model trains, because the people use the older, real looking cars for their layouts in their basements/garage... Another thing I have been thinking about alot, is if guys would do like a "day in the life" maybe its just me and others would think its boring and maybe it would even be boring for you's to shot it.. but like:You wake up, settle your morning. maybe you have to check on the farm house so say jay goes there for awhile, ryanne than might jump online and see 3 things sold and goes to the shed or where ever the item is, maybe prints out the invoices and packing labels.. you come back from the farm house, and as she's doing her thing.. you pull some items to photo, maybe you take a tablet and refernce the items, and describe them, then put the items somewhere so you can find them..Idk just a thougt: maybe its to boring and no one would want to here or see it..But i know what I do in a day, and the little different things, and I always wonder what everyone else does, but now one has it on youtube.. like how to you find the stuff once you sell.. like are all the shoes here, than over here you have something else.. what do you do to remember makes lil lists... how to you divide the thing you have bought, from what you took pictures of, to where you put your listed stuff.. how to you organize your computer.. with all your ebay files, and personal files.. and idk.. I think you get my point...Is it just me that thinks that stuff is cool.. or would no one wanna see that
We have just come back from a 4 day trip. Unfortunately we were moved to having "business policies" for our postage which meant we could not simply change our dispatch time. To cut a long story short we lost 4 days of sales and have had to cancel all listings on our store and relist again. I have so far relisted 400 out of 700 items.
Sorry for your trouble. You can opt out of business policies. I found them to be a pain so I opted out. Then you can bulk edit the handling time.
I wish I knew you could opt out. If you could let me know how that would be beyond awesome!
I was able to opt out a few weeks ago when the business policies were turned on. I remember it took me forever to find the "opt out" button. Just went in again to see if I could find it again and I swear it is gone - searched the internet for instructions and the instructions show pages and links that are no longer valid. BUT... under MyeBay - My Account - Site Preferences - General Preferences - Third party Authorizations - eBay Business Policies Manager 2 , there is a check box to revoke authorization. This might work - can't hurt to try!
or you could just call ebay. they should walk you through it.
I called ebay. They said there was no way I could opt out and advised me to hide my listings :)
i don't believe that is true, can someone here walk through the steps of opting out of business policies? i opted out of them some time ago on our second account, they were a PITA.
Oh FFS. Seriously. I've been to the business policies page and at the top on nice clear letters it says "opt out". Typically after I've relisted the whole store. I'm off to drink silly amounts of cider and sulk.
Ah. I clicked opt out and was greeted with this message. "Thanks for trying out business policiesAre you sure you want to opt out for now? Once business policies are available to everyone, you'll have to use them again with all your listings, so please let us know why you want to opt out now. When you're ready, you can go to My eBay to try them out again."If they are going to be mandatory then I'll keep them. Real pain as I loved just being able to adjust my dispatch date. Now I'll have to create new policies for 1 day dispatch, 2 day dispatch etc.
I haven't watched the video yet, but wanted to tell you about some items that I bought at auction a month or so ago and just got around to listing. It was my two truck load auction. LOL I bought two boxes of vintage and antique clothes and vintage costumes. Apparently one of the women in the family was a ballet teacher and probably into theater as she saved a bit of period clothing dating all the way back to late 1800 to early 1900 and every era since. I had around $10 for both boxes.Several pieces were moth eaten, so before I even started, I had to use bug spray and seal them for fear of bringing moths into my storage area. I was going to throw away the moth eaten clothing when my sister (with a degree in textiles) told me to take all the fasteners and adornments off of those items first. WOW I looked at authentic period sets of steel cut buttons and metal rhinestone appliques! I won't pass those up again.For the $10 investment I have already sold the first three items (one dress and 2 adornments) for total of $90 and I still have a 20 gallon tote stuffed full. Yesterday I listed an Edwardian overcoat and an antique ballet costume and I already have offers coming in.So if anyone comes across moth eaten authentic clothing that still has full sets of fasteners or any appliques or adornments, buy them and cut off those items to sell. - Marci
deb truervalues - Hey Marci - wonderful find!!! congratulations. I want to thank your sister for the insight, and to you for sharing.
Good example that almost everything has value. You're showing your true Scavenger colors.
Awesome video, thanks Ryanne. Love these "what sold" videos!
New to the podcast. They call hoarders crazy, but throwing good items is insane to me! Anyhow, I've started picking and selling. Your information is very helpful, in particular the sales data. No one shares real data like this. Very very helpful. Thank you
While throwing away good stuff may be crazy, learning not to buy so much stuff you don't need in the first place is not. Unless you have a spot for it or plan to use it withing the next month or so, don't buy it. And if you're a hoarder who's life is out of control donating stuff is not throwing it away, its giving it a new life. Someone else who will display or use it will get to buy it. Not calling you a hoarder though, just mean hoarders in general.
I have a question but I'm a little hesitant about asking. But I know there are a lot of experience sellers here who can help me out. What advice would you give someone just starting out who understands all of the basics of selling but it's having trouble turning it into full time and buying the right type of things and setting the right price. I buy what I find interesting as I know j & Ryanne does but my interesting turns out to be worth $20. I've watched the what sold videos and I've looked up sold listings but when I'm at the store I seem to blank. I end up buying crap. I look for vintage stuff but it seems my vintage is not as good as your vintage and I don't have the nerve to price things as you do. Any advice would be appreciated on any aspect of getting my eBay life going smooth. I'm not good with time management either.
deb truer valuesDon't know about everyone else, but I only started a year ago. I checked everything out on my phone in the back of the thrift store before I bought it, so I could learn. Every now and then I would hit on a winner, and then I would look for the same thing again. You get better all the time.....I noticed that the items selling in my store now are usually things I just bought. Several things I bought last year are still sitting there. The percentage of sales on purchases has increased tremendously.Just analyzed my sales from a year ago. My average sale price went from $17 to $30 over a year's time. Some people on this blog often average in the $50-60 range. Just keep at it- you will be amazed in a short time at how much you have improved!
something else you can do if your regular shopping spots arent providing cool stuff, branch out. go to auctionzip.com, estatesales.net and hit other types of sales. find some cool, interesting stuff and sell it. it just takes time and experience, but you'll get there.
Just keep reading the blog, watching the videos, and most importantly getting out there looking at stuff. I am in the reselling game a little over a year, and my situation was just like yours at first. It seems like everything I brought home was only worth like $10 at most. After a lot of walking around garage sales, estate sales, and thift stores, I started to feel my eye getting better.Now in my 2nd year, most of the stuff I get is worth $20-50. Still not the prices some on this blog get, but great regular sales. The longer you do this, the more you learn. Keep it up!
I started out the same way, and now I can't believe all the great stuff I find. Watch the what sold videos, and listen to the podcast and really pay attention. And if you are interested in coffee mugs, for example, just look up coffee mugs on ebay and sort highest to lowest for what sold to get an idea of what to look for. I've brought home plenty of duds, but at least that has taught me to not buy those again. As long as you are getting it cheap, take a chance ...or look it up before you buy. You learn as you go!
It's all experience my friend. I started selling in 2011/12. I definitely pick up different things today than I did in the earlier years. If you have a quality item, do not be afraid to ask a good price for it. There was an example a while back when Ryan sold a camera for over $100 and the same ones were selling in the $20 range. She went and looked at them and couldn't really identify a reason why it sold for that much...other than it was listed and the right person just happened to come along. It could have been that they are top rated or the number of transactions and feedback. Just do your best. Like with anything and any business, there is a learning curve! Good luck.
Here is a trick I did. I have created a spreadsheet and entered every persons numbers for a whole year. I have the average amount in all of our memebers store, ratios of sales, avg. selling price, how many items sold, AND the highest items sold and what they were. One thing among many I have gathered from doing this is a BUY LIST. I have a list of over 800 items that everybody here has sold. They are all their top sellers. And I can see what are the more desirable items by seeing how many times a certain item is duplicated. So, that being said, this shows that a little leg work and time working with such open numbers as our members here provide is a world of wealth in the data.So, go back and read each episodes comments, write down what they sell each week and create your list. I can give you a hint from my list.. the keyword VINTAGE, and LEATHER are the most frequently listed. There have been more LEATHER items reported by our members as the highest dollar amount item they have sold than any other. And without looking, probably the brief case Jay & Ryanne recently sold may be the highest, but not looking.This site is a treasure trove of information if you know how to "Data Mine". I have over 1,000 entries from our members here that represent over 660,000 Total items that have been reported on since July 2014 and it is very valuable. I have recently stopped data gathering and compiling this month, because the base line now is so stable, that most entries from members with small or large stores don't move the benchmarks at all. It even supports some of Jay's statements on size of stores and how much money one can expect to make. BUT it also disproves some of his statements, but again that is very valuable to just read all of these comments, gather data and draw up your own analysis from the "golden information" provided here. So start your list, start reading and as above listen. Every podcasts has information one needs to be gathering and documenting. Good luck ... Mike in Atlanta
FOR JAY.. Maybe I should get this spreadsheet over to you guys. There is some interesting data, that supports the theory of starting a second store. When I have broken down the data and charted it, all of our members numbers show that at a certain point of items in a store the ratio of amount of items vs. the percatgae sold begins to plateau. Yes, there is a steep upward curve moving from the 50-100 item store upwards to approx. the 2,000 mark; but then it plateaus and starts to flatten out. Then as one moves on up and above the 2,000 item mark, the ratio of sales [number of items sold] begins to decline and even flattens out. So by way of your gut feeling you started another store. By way of all of our members numbers submitted and analyzed, the numbers support your gut feeling. At much over 2,000 to 2,500 it seems one would be better starting a second store.Now I have not done an analysis of the cost of each item on a smaller scale, but think that it is pretty much the same if you stay with at least a Premium Level store. . So faster sales, and quicker role over of items in the 500 to 1,7500 seems the way to go. Which will probably bring us all to the point of at what point do the numbers show that a probability of a third store would be better than taking two stores at much over the 2,500 ++ mark. All of that analysis is yet to come. Can't spend forever on data mining and analysis when we have so much inventory to get listed from what we are pulling out of our Antique Mall Booths. But thought you might find some of the data interesting to review and study. It took over a year to gather, so it is a lot. mike in Atlanta
This is good data. If you ever put it together in some kind of image, I'm glad to post it to the blog so people can see the trends you've built.I give Brian Boberg all the credit for the idea of starting a second store. I was feeling like 2500 items seemed to be some kind of plateau on growing sales. The large inventory just means we can keep floating longer without listing. We'll soon see what it's like to not list for two months!
Mike, you are quite amazing! I bet you could sell what you know somehow. But you probably want to keep it all under your hat. :-)
deb truervaluesHi - I would like people to talk about whether or not they use automatic feedback. Also, which app do you like and why?
Yes, yes I do. I used to enjoy leaving feedback but it is just easier to automate it. I just created my own feedback and it is left for all buyers. And your app question, not sure if I missed something. What apps?
Ebay has a setting you can turn on that will automatically leave feedback when a buyer pays. I use it, one less step to worry about
I have auto feedback set up to give feedback when a buyer pays. It's one less thing that I have to do and I think the buyer seeing they got feedback already starts the process off to a good start. I also find they are more likely to leave feedback (I haven't actually ran numbers but it seems like I get more feedback.)
I didn't for the longest time, but set it up this year. Why waste the time doing it, when you can automate it!
I tactfully used my knowledge of vintage stereo equipment at an estate sale today to get a one hundred and twenty five dollar discount.A very rare turntable was for sale, eBay highest sold was $400, along with many other items I noticed the person doing the pricing was asking half of the highest price showing on eBay for solds. After drooling for a while over this turntable I noticed the stylus was bent, these can be had for $10-$50 depending on the cartridge. Well I figured they weren't going to entertain offers on the first day so I grabbed my stuff and headed for the check out. At the counter I noticed a sign, 'ask Deb about offers for large items'. Not a large item but I thought I should a least give it a try, I found her and toldher that it was a beautiful piece and that I used eBay to check prices and she said she did too. I said I was a bit of a stereo nerd and told her what I knew about this and some other things at the stereo table, always being complimentary, I pointed out the needle and she said make me an offer. $75 out the door. Don't be afraid to ask and to let them know if your knowledgable about something.
Hey Steve, just curious, did you ever try selling some electronics on Amazon merchant fulfilled?
I've sold a couple things on Amazon, it's so different than selling on eBay. I know some things sell for more on there, and some buyers trust it more but eBay is what I'm comfortable with. I may try it again sometime.
Yeah, I'm getting a little more used to it. I only sell something every two weeks or so since I only have 15-20 items listed there. It has been well worth it though since the items I sell on there go for about double what they would go for on eBayI really enjoy hearing about the cool vintage electronics you find. I don't see older stuff like that much in my area, but I do find lots of sony from the 90's. It still sells though
Another great edition of your whats sold vids, they're full of such a variety of items. I've only just reached a little over 300 items in my store, but its just me working away, and these videos get me so pumped to list! Glad to hear guys had a nice trip, and made some money too.
Welcome Katie. It's always good to be excited about all the different kinds of tings there are to sell. I think some sellers get quickly burnt out because they only focus on clothes (which does sell!). But we like selling the weird stuff because its fun and often can be bought for cheap.
I have pretty much taken August off and listed very little. As a result I have sold very little. But every once in a while I still have a big day. I had recently found six Sony handheld voice recorders in my storage that had fallen off my listings quite some time ago. So I went to the trouble to photo and relist them, and realized their value had gone up and there were very few of them. So I listed them for $50 each. Yesterday I sold one. This morning someone bought the remaining five! Nice $250.00 sale on things I bought for cheap at a garage sale a long time ago. I also just sold my last hand held financial calculator that had also "fallen off". Such things do sell when school/college is starting up again.
nice sales Linda :)
I just sold off all of my high school Juniors books from last year. This year I paid $240 for used books and sold the ones from last year for $170. :)
So smart, Margaret! Did you use Ebay or Amazon?
On another subject, I sell my inexpensive jewelry for a flat shipping charge of ten dollars, not GSP, and if I am worried about delivery I just buy Shipsaver insurance. This week someone from Canada bought three sterling silver charms or pendants and paid the ten dollars shipping on each one. They all fit into one little box and weighed a total of maybe three ounces. I couldn't bear the tought of them paying thirty dollars total shipping, so I refunded twenty dollars to their Paypal account. Haven't heard a word back from her, so I hope she appreciates it!
Most of the time I don't get acknowledgement or thank you when I refund partial shipping..Not sure if they just don't notice the message or what
I always do a refund on overpayment of shipping. Very few have acknowledged it but the first time that you don't do it, someone will complain about paying too much for shipping. This way I kind of head them off at the pass so to speak.
Aww, dang! I just sold those same Minnetonka boots for $55. Rats!
Hi, gang, just checking in. We've been busy busy the past couple weeks. We've been focusing on our Amazon FBA book & board game business. We still have a stock pile of around 1500-2000 books to process. As you would expect, I'm selling a bunch of used text books right now. Board games are starting to pickup too, early sales foreshadowing the 4th quarter rush. Just sold a board game while typing this comment. Just bought a Male dress form for taking pictures of our men's outerwear listings for eBay - about $70 on Amazon with Prime 2-day shipping. Wow, does that make all the difference in the pictures. We're transitioning into eBay listing heavy during September. We estimate we've got 500+ items in our storage building for eBay. Its going to be a busy fall, even if we just stay home and list.Out of the blue, sold a pair of pumpkin-shaped & painted mugs over night for $24.95. I'm pretty sure we paid about $1 for the pair. They've been online for nearly a year. We're only at about 140 items listed, but we're full time time now and can devote a LOT more time to listing.Later, y'all.