Cool sales as usual. Seeing the writing on your hand made me smile. Elliot does that to.
Are others having issues with the PO not scanning promptly? I'm a bit concerned about the new evaluation system coming. I always ship the morning after sale and then drop my packages at the USPS the bin before they open (on my way to work). It is supposed to be checked in at 11 am. My on time acceptance scanning is now down to 91% scans and I got a TRS warning. I have irregular sales so I don't ask for pick ups the day before.
i thought the only thing that counted was that you upload tracking/print a label within your handling time and then your package is scanned at any point in it's journey and you should be ok. am i wrong on this?
It says this is the criteria (one of 5 new): "To be a Top Rated Seller, 90% of your transactions during the past 3 months have to have tracking uploaded within your stated handling time and receive a carrier scan."
The above could be clearer. In the fine print of the announcements I found a more detailed version: "Shipments will only be considered late when:• Tracking shows item was delivered after the estimated delivery date, and there’s no acceptance scan within your stated handling time or there’s no confirmation from the buyer of on-time delivery, or• Buyer confirms item was delivered after the estimated delivery date, and there’s no acceptance scan within your stated handing time or there’s no delivery confirmation by the estimated delivery date."
Mine gone down to. I drop them off the morning In the morning before 8 AM. I think it's crappy we have to either wait in line to get them scanned or pray the PO scans them in time. Do the smaller auxiliary offices scan them? I have a few of them at nearby grocery stores that would probably be faster than the main post office.
my parcel selects haven't been getting scanned at all.
My superwoman mail carrier scans my packages as she picks them up on the front porch. I luv, luv, luv her!
Ryanne, the metrics have changed for the new TRS standards being rolled out in February. You have to have 1. an acceptance scan within your handling time, 2. a delivery scan within the estimated delivery dates given by Ebay, OR 3. your buyer must come in and answer "yes" to was your package delivered on time. As long as you have 1 of the three options you are "on time". The percentage of packages that you have to have "on time" has gone up also. Getting those acceptance scans is very important this time of year as these packages will effect you on February 20th.You can see where you are falling by clicking on "seller dashboard" and looking at the pop up.
So yesterday I was at like 85% on time shipment rate for the past 3 months and today I'm at 92%. Maybe there was a glitch or Ebay was slow to update. Hopefully they get the kinks worked out before it really counts in February.
i notice that too. yesterday it was at 90% and today it's at 94%. i think it fluctuates depending on when your tracking is uploaded and scanned.
Unfortunately it seems that getting acceptance scans depends on the whim of the individual employees or perhaps unofficial local policy. My closest large regular PO insisted that they only scan pre-labeled packages at the end of the day as a matter of policy and wouldn’t do it while I waited but no acceptance scan ever appeared on a priority box I dropped off. My closest PO area hub insists on scanning and providing a receipt while you wait whether you want it or not but there is always a long line and it’s a half-hour drive away. My mail carrier couldn’t be bothered to do scans for packages I have left for him (he also sometimes neglects to deliver packages to me that are out for delivery on his truck and then enters “undeliverable as addressed” in tracking until he gets around to remembering to put them on the porch). Fortunately for me, at the small satellite PO less than a mile from my house there are only two customer service employees who both know me, will take my packages behind the counter as soon as I walk in even if there is a line, and can be trusted to scan them by 5 pm the same day based on what I’ve seen on tracking. So you may have good luck at the auxiliary offices. It’s certainly worth a try.
Since we have talked a lot about finances here with our fellow trash elves I thought this article was sad but noteworthy: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/most-americans-have-less-than-1000-in-savings-2015-10-06
Saving is not the American Way I guess.
Here's a quick note - I sold more than half of the stuff I had listed. Yay!Most interesting sale: A bunch of my dad's old graphite leads and three mechanical pencils for $50 (+ GSP fees!) to someone in Spain. Who knew? Yay!Now this: A messenger tote sold for $20. I'm pretty glad to get rid of it. The guy didn't pay or answer my invoice for 4 days. I opened an unpaid item thingy. He finally sent me a message that said: "my welfare check comes in on Jan. 3. Can I pay you then?" I mean, jeez. I said sure, but man. ... whether he's lying or not, it's an uncomfortable sale I guess. Any thoughts? Thanks, as always.MrsKensington
Many people on Social Security receive their monthly payments on the 3rd of each month. I would definitely wait for them to pay early in Jan.
Social Security is not welfare. It is wages confiscated by the gov't. And repaid if and when they decide after they have used it however they wish. Just FYI.
It may indeed be welfare. I always thought SS was paid on the first of the month. WRONG. It can be paid anytime during the month. This month I will be getting my first check on the 27th. I am very thankful I am going to start getting it.
i always think it's funny when people rage against Social Security (some of my relatives do this) and then they collect it as soon as they're eligible.
Since SS may mean the difference between abject poverty and some semblance of living a reasonably decent life for the elderly I am more than happy for the Government to "confiscate" some of my income yearly. Linda, I am certain that you and your husband could do without it, but millions couldn't and if something happened that you never in a million years thought would (some financial catastrophe) it would be there for you too. It is One of the few "Big Government" programs that is a true success.
Ryanne if someone extorted you for decades and then you got a chance to get back a little bit of it would you not accept it? What is strange about that? I am amazed at the lack of understanding of those who do not understand the history of the system which promised to take your money (forcibly) for decades, invest it for you in a safe, protected account, and make sure you had a decent retirement. The government has renigged on every promise. They spent every dime of what they have taken. It is gone. Now they are making it pay out less and less an an older age because the govt which is trillions in debt has no way to sustain the program. However if they had allowed people the OPTION of placing their funds in their own investments there would now be a lot of wealthy retirees instead of elderly poor. The program is truly a ponzi scheme, and as always the ones who are hurt the most are the poor. But you can't convince the sheeple that they have been sheared.
In other words--I hate to say it today of all days--Santa is not real! :-)
Linda, your post is mostly BS and as a fellow random person on the internet I suggest you cite several credible sources for your beliefs. It would be appreciated if you'd think twice before posting incendiary political rhetoric on a blog/forum that does a stellar job of keeping things positive.
and.... End Scene. thanks everyone, have a great holiday. happy festivus and all that.
Okay, I'm ending the thread here or will just delete it. We can have political differences without a scorched earth war that I sense coming. Here's an objective link to how SS works in the US:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_Security_%28United_States%29It's true that SS money is put in the General Fund as it's collected. So far no politician or political party has been able to convince the public that Wall Street is a safer place to invest the money based on their past history. All it ever takes are enough votes for change to happen. SS is still a rock solid popular program to the majority of Americans.
I have no idea why someone with a different opinion is attacked or censoredWhat on earth is the problem with someone having some different insights? Why is that threatening?I don't even fully agree, but I don't have a problem with someone having an opinion.There's so much censorship in the world today already, jeezPeople who run Ebay businesses really need to be planning for retirement, and there should be a lot more discussion about that. Relying on Social Security is not going to cut it for many. For example, the COLA increases in SS have been getting fudged for a long time and not keeping up with the rising cost of living, and that is a problem for many and will probably get worse as time goes on.People need to seek multiple avenues when planning for retirement
Hi Anonymous. It's not censorship, it's comment moderation. This is not a public space. It's a private blog. We've chosen to keep discussion to selling on eBay. Political discussions rarely end well online, and I assume everyone has very entrenched opinions so will only be fighting. Boring.If you want to engage in Social Security conversations, just do a quick google search. Have fun!
Thats way too long to wait for a 20 dollar item. I'd take the silent method. Let him get dinged for an unpaid item, sounds like it might be a good thing for him. Then block him.
I'm curious about the Sega controller. Did you test it to see if it worked or sell it as is? The reason I ask is I find this type of stuff all the time but always hesitate to buy because I have no way of testing it.
We usually dont by ans sell these items because we cant test them. This particular controller was bought from somewhere that we know tested items. We'll also take a return if it doesn't work.
Ah okay. I don't feel so bad about passing them now.
If you get them cheap enough, just put in your listing they are untested. You won't get max value for them but still fetch a good price. This is especially true for games.
I had posted this in the previous episode in response to Amber's question about why someone would buy a yearbook if they didn't go to the school. I thought I would post it again since we are talking about yearbooks again:Amber - I have been into selling the yearbooks since Jay and Ryanne first mentioned it. You can get them for just a couple dollars and can usually sell them for $30-$60 or more depending on what it is. They can take a while to sell, so you have to be patient with them. One guy bought 2 of them from me because he said he was doing some genealogy research. I had never thought of that. Maybe that is what your buyer is doing. Or sometimes if they have a relative that went to the school, they might be interested in the yearbook. One other guy told me he was doing research on the history of his city (as I recall, it has been a while). I guess there are many reasons that someone will buy a yearbook. I also find them very rewarding because I connected these people to something very personal that they were looking for and probably couldn't find anywhere else. That is a great feeling to me. The guy doing the city research said that my yearbook was much more than what he was expecting and was very pleased with it. That motivated me to buy most yearbooks I can find. I just sold one yearbook from 1950 and recently bought one from 1922. I may have to wait a while for the 1922 one to sell.
I just checked my records for my yearbooks stats. Here they are: I have bought 41 yearbooks. The average price that I have paid is $1.79. I have sold 6 of these for an average of $39.17. So, as I said, you get them for cheap. They sell slow, but they sell for a decent price.
I bought a 1930 yearbook from the University of California, Davis. Paid $15 at an estate sale. Inside the yearbook were 3 issues of the campus newspaper from 1929, 1930, and 1931. I listed the papers in a separate listing. The yearbook sold for $29 and the three newspapers went for $76, so I got $105. Bought by two different people. One had a UC-Davis email. I was thrilled with this sale.
Pretty excited! Just listed a couple of items on etsy, testing the waters, and sold a pair of vintage denim (!) boots for $125. It was a quick sale. Rare item but I bought them for a buck. I have the sense that they sold faster and for more money than they would have on eBay. Now I'm just hoping that the buyer likes them. The etsy seller interface is pretty nice. I like the extra space for a longer item title. I also like the packing slip design. So going forward in 2016 I'll experiment with putting eligible vintage items on etsy and putting everything else on eBay.
i need to do this too. i keep being hampered by the 5 photo thing. so used to 12 now!
Ryanne I make photo collages when I need more photos than 5. Usually I get by with 5 but if something has flaws than I sometimes need more.
I find that most things can get by on 5 photos--the worst is shoes, but I deal with it, so far so good. So Mamalucia, no issue with the "key words?" I think that the fact that you need to enter relevant SEO for each listing seems to confound many newbies.
I may be doing it wrong but keywords have been a cinch. I have no trouble coming up with them. My one question is that I seem to be repeating many of the words already in title. Is that counterproductive?
Anyone having troubles with ebay? Just got on to mail a couple of items and it is not showing any items awaiting shipping even though I know I have to that have been paid for?
Never mind, operator error!
I just received an email from a customer happy to see his package arrive today, but disappointed he is going to have to return it because it is damaged. I promptly replied and ask to see pictures and inquired if the shipping box was damaged and also asked if he would like a partial return and keep the toy. This vintage collectible toy new old stock still in original package wasn't damaged when I shipped it out. His reply was simply I already repackaged it and will ship it back to you on Monday. I don't think I will be able to resell it broken. And if he sends it back can I still claim the insurance?
I just received an insurance payout from a similar situation. Several items out of a big lot were broken on arrival, no damage to the packaging. Buyer sent me pictures, then returned the item to me. I used the photos the buyer sent me in the USPS insurance claim and got a 95% payout of the value. Your mileage may vary, of course.Also, do consider that there might be a buyer for your toy even if it's not in the original packaging. I sell a lot of toys to people who either want what they had as a kid and aren't picky about original packaging, or they want their kid to be able to play with the same toys they had and would take it out of the package anyway.
I also sold a yearbook recently. I was going through my bins of unlisted items and found a 1940 yearbook I picked up somewhere. It sold within a few days to a guy in AL that buys yearbooks. Maybe he does genealogy.
Hello..Just wanted to wish you a Happy Holidays... And say thank-you for your relentless spirit on getting those negatives removed..I have followed ya'll for about 2 years..And I just had a twit for a customer who left me a negative.. And I thought of Ryanne and went into battle (politely but firmly) and got it removed..Thank-you again for all the great information..And do not think I am a newbie I have been selling on ebay since 1999 and your advice is much appreciated..
Thanks Wintonlady. Always good to hear when sanity prevails.
J&R just a follow up on my 600 offer. I tried to post in the old thread but I believe it never posted. I got greedy and sent back 650. After 24 nail biting hours he took the offer and paid immediately. While printing the label I had to Google Earth the address. Unbelievable mansion in Florida right on the water. Glad to see it go to a new ebay member. I owe yall one! Justin
I tried to post several times in the Episode 233 thread but none of them showed up.
clint, i saw about 12 of the same postings of yours, in order to see them, you have to click at the bottom of the page "Load More", you might even have to click it twice. (i deleted your duplicates). but i too was having trouble posting and then seeing my comments there as well.
LOL oh god. Thanks for deleting the duplicates. I kept hitting refresh but it wasn't showing up. Even closed out my browser and opened it back up - in Safari and Firefox. Actually I just opened the thread up and clicked "Load More" and I still don't see the posts. Oh well.
Merry Christmas everyone. Couldn't sleep last night so I'm up super early. Had 4 sales yesterday which was surprising on Christmas eve.
This week has been surprisingly busy for me too Anne (especially on ebay) last week was a disaster pretty much, so I am happy.
I too have had an uptick in sales. Maybe people are starting to spend their Christmas cash?
Merry Christmas. Have a wonderful time with your families.
Truce to the SS Wars! Ha! Let's love and not hate, although politics is such a fun sport. LOL
So good to see your sales this week. I had the slowest Ebay/Amazon December in 4 years. I'm hearing that echoed in others and am hoping that as the weather gets colder(up there) the Ca-Ching comes back to life
Hi! I have been listening to your podcasts for about a month now, going back and soaking in as much as possible. Thanks for all that you two do. I've learned so much already! I just joined eBay at the beginning of December and managed to sell 9 of my 10 items. I'm hoping I can convince eBay to increase my selling limit next month. Anyway, I wanted to mention, those tams you're selling remind me of the one worn by one of the main characters in the movie Carol. It's a front runner for the oscars this year.
Welcome Tulipia.eBay will certainly increase your limits if you're getting positive feedback from buyers. Just give them a call.That's an interesting comment about our hats selling because they show up in a popular movie. Makes sense.