Actually I think that those Teacher shaving mugs are much newer than 50's, I'm thinking 1970's because there are just too many around...which is why I priced mine for $14 and sold it on Etsy, LOL. Again, sometimes being in the business as long as I have been is a disadvantage in some ways, I lack the ability to see stuff with "fresh eyes" but I have been getting better (hopefully.)
I totally agree, Omfug. My eyes would have just grazed right over that mug as 1970's crapulence (no offense to the buyer!) -- I need to retrain these rapidly aging eyes! $40!
did anyone notice that up to 15 ounces is available on ebay labels 1st class now? just saw it a couple minutes ago. woo!
I think it's 16 ounces but either way I jumped up and clapped my feet together. I already had a few items that were over 13 ounces ship first class. I made sure I told the person at the post office when I dropped it off to make sure they didn't charge extra postage on it. Love it.
It's actually 15.99 ounces. I guess that means the post office is allowing us to round down now as opposed to in the past.
And you can now go up to 8 ounces for the first tier price. 1 to 8 ounces is the same cost. The price only begins to rise at 9 ounces and up. [If I am seeing my costs correctly]. I input 1, 2, 3, 4, etc up to 8 ozs. and the cost stayed the same until I hit 9 ozs. Double woo! woo! .. mike in Atlanta
yes 1-8oz is the same price now. i just relisted a pair of shoes that someone didn't pay for (boo!) and it allowed me to enter 15 ounces 1st class for shipping. (woo!)
I TOTALLY have four of those whiskey sour glasses in my cupboard (for my whiskey sours, but hey...I can drink those out of any old glass)!! They are going up tomorrow:) Thanks again for teaching an old dog some new tricks! You're the best Ryanne and Jay!
those are so cool! hope you get a bunch for them!
I love that I can pack 1st class up to 8 oz. more securely now and even put it in a small box sometimes and include an extra little greeting card or bubble gum. I know the price increased, but it feels like we're getting extra free ounces. Triple woo woo woo!So, does this mean we don't have to put the correct weight in for up to 8 ounces because it's the same price. I had packed and printed a 5 oz. pkg. that ended up close to 6 oz. and I got that panic feeling that the shipping police are going to get me. I would think it would be ok as long as it doesn't cost more.We sound like such shipping nerds. Who gets excited about shipping!? Us...
Well, there isn't much reason to bother entering a weight under 8 oz now, except maybe for international.
Just a funny...hubby and I went on a road trip yesterday to a new area to check out thrift stores...first one we hit had four of your whisky sour glasses on the shelf!! I sooo would have passed over them if you had not shared. Now I have a total of 8 to list!! Who knew???:)
Hi! I'm pretty excited today... because I got my very first sale on Bonanza. I sold an item *immediately* after the listing ended on eBay. That just seemed too coincidental! The cool thing is, on eBay, it was at auction, and the buyer bought it for the BIN price on Bonanza, so I made 30% more than I was expecting to... And that is the greatest thing about finding your blog because it constantly pushes me. The first time I heard "Bonanza"... I tuned it out.. thinking "I can't do that... I'm small potatoes... I am still figuring out eBay..." Then, you hear it again, and again, and then the next thing you know, here I am opening up a Bonanza Booth, and getting more sales - easily. How awesome is that? So, Thanks, Jay & Ryanne for sharing your knowledge. But... back to my first experience with Bonanza... I was in a hurry to get this order out and print my shipping label... I was surprised to see the labels print through stamps.com (which I have never used...) and more surprised to see that there is a .95 cent processing cost to print the label. This could be "reduced" to .55 if you put $30.00 into a prepaid shipping account, (which I would have done until I read that you have to pay an 8% transaction fee for each order.) Anyway, all this is moot if you have a subscription.. because there is no extra fee. The .95 processing fee just threw me off guard, I haven't heard anyone mention it yet, so I'm mentioning it. It makes me wonder if you can print out a label for free via paypal and then manually upload the tracking to Bonanza and save yourself the processing fee? Has anyone done that? One other Bonanza question is how does everyone feel about offering the 1% discount off of your imported eBay listing? (Because Bonanza only charges a 9% FVF - so you are essentially passing off your discount to the customer.) Do you all leave the 1% in place? Has anyone figured out how to turn it off after you already accepted it? Sometimes margins are slim, so trying to look at all ways to maximize my bottom line. Wondering what you all do?Going to listen to your podcast now! :)
nice sale! yes you can print a label for free on paypal. if you are signed into paypal, click on the paypal transaction link on the orders page on Bonanza and it will bring you directly to that transaction where there is a Print Shipping Label link. good luck!
ah, ok, thanks Ryanne! Next time will look for that.. I clicked on the order within Bonanza (not paypal), so it automatically brought me into stamps.com...
yep, I do it through paypal too..it's free, but you do have to upload tracking manually..only takes a sec!
I had the same thing happen when I imported my ebay listing. To turn off the 1% discount you need to make sure you go in and change the setting. Then you need to delete all your listings.Then when the listing are imported again by Bonanaza it will be gone.This is what worked for me.It took a few days for all the items to show back up
Thanks, everyone for the advice! I decided to keep the 1% active for now... because supposedly it increases Google search results.. but now I know how to correct it if need be.. I appreciate your responses.
I had a few random sales this week that were pleasantly unexpected.$500 for this sealed PS1 game caching! Bought it off some guy from craigslist. I don't know much about video games but I know enough to know if they will have value.http://www.ebay.com/itm/PS1-PSX-PLAYSTATION-ORIGINAL-BLACK-LABEL-RESIDENT-EVIL-DIRECTORS-CUT-NEW-SEALED-/151728315445$350 for this old Harley Jacket. My Dad gave it to me because it was in his basement for about 15 years. I guess I owe him dinner.http://www.ebay.com/itm/VTG-Harley-Davidson-American-Legend-Leather-Jacket-Made-USA-Mens-Size-XL-/161842707353Some random old scale. I have sold a few of these previously for more because they had a basket type thing go on top with it. This went for $50http://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-Vintage-RED-American-Family-Scale-25-lbs-1906-Model-/151921776884Lisa snatched this Billy Joel bear up for 50 cents over the summer. It sold for full price $39.99 and I saw him at Fenway this summer. Good show.http://www.ebay.com/itm/Steven-Smith-Billy-Joel-2007-Concert-Tour-Teddy-Bear-Stuffed-Animal-/151893496759Old Nike Jordan t-shirt they paid the full $44.99 for it and they live in Australia. Random.http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-90s-Air-Jordan-Flight-Nike-T-shirt-Mens-Size-M-/151730056759Super Soaker only $15http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Lamari-Super-Soaker-XXP-175-Xtra-Power-Water-Squirt-Gun-Double-Tank-Toy-/161737587664Life is good Mug $20. Lisa found this in someone pile of free stuff by the side of the road while we were driving around. Garbage finds!http://www.ebay.com/itm/Life-Good-Home-Do-You-Like-Like-You-Do-Ceramic-Mug-/151884881006
Curios about the cost of the PS1?
*curious (wish we could edit our posts...I feel like a dummy sometimes with all the typos.)
I bought 3 sealed games from that guy for $300. I have sold all 3 at this point for about $615 before fees. Not a huge profit margin but I knew that one game alone would sell for minimum $500. I didn't even bother countering the guy that made me an offer. I figured I would take the money and call it a win. Maybe I could have gotten $100 more out of it but as most of us know if you counter offer there's an 80% chance you are getting a counter offer back.
Haha edit *not getting a counter offer back. I am in the same boat as you Margaret.
I rarely get someone to accept a counter offer; it always makes me hesitate to push that button. Eeeesshh..
How do tell a shaving mug from a coffee mug? They look the same to me. And Jay, I sell drinking glasses and mugs all the time for 20+ dollars. Their so cheap at the thrift stores its practically free money when they sell. Ryanne, I'm always impressed by the amount of research you must do to get certain key words for things. Most of the time I use the information given on the item and if I don't know what it is at all I might look it up but otherwise I just list it. I think you get top dollar because of your research. Do you look up everything you buy? What's your normal starting point? Image search? Enjoyed the video.
Shaving mugs usually have a much wider base. Plus, this style we sold in particular was easy to identify.
I'm glad someone has success selling coffee mugs. A while back I watched some YouTube videos about how great coffee mugs are to sell. Unfortunately the next day was half off day at several thrift stores. I'm sure I looked like a lunatic with a shopping cart full of coffee mugs. I listed a bunch but still have boxes I haven't. They haven't been flying off the shelf.
Yeah, trucker hats, coffee mugs, whiskey glasses....all these things do sell. But I think some sellers get over enthusiastic about them. These kinds of items are plentiful and cheap to buy. They do sell, but they sell slow. Plus, it helps to have a very specific eye for the style people want. Difficult to put a finger on it.
R, I'm so glad I saw your garment bag. I've seen really nice leather ones at thrifts before and always said to myself: "self, you should look those up.". And I never did (if I don't write it down, I don't remember! LOL)Love the sheepskin hat. I have a rug just like the in front of my bed...It's a vintage one I got from my parents (used to be theirs). It's a little bare in certain spots as one of my dogs used to nibble on it and tear out the hair..glad he got over it! :)
Nice sale on the calculator, I started watching The Americans after researching tape recorders and read about the set designer being meticulous about authenticity and detail.Vintage TI and HP calculators are good money makers.
I learned this week the hard way a fact about Media Mail Shipping. Shipped an item to a buyer and they never picked it up from the post office after the carrier tried to deliver 3 times. It was returned to sender. A little nasty fact about Media Mail - it is one way. I had to pay the return shipping to get my item back. Ended up refunding the buyer as there was no way I was paying shipping 3x when I had already shipped to an alternate address for this bum. Her feedback as a seller told me all I needed to know about her.Oh and shout out to Ryanne. Saw an old looking rug at Goodwill yesterday and immediately pounced on it like a Hyena on fresh meat. It was a great vintage kerman wool rug! I would have never even batted an eye at it if I didn't listen to this podcast. Thanks!
The fact that USPS usually offers free return shipping if the package cannot be delivered is a huge bonus. They are not making any money returning the package. I wish ebay would make it a little more clear what address the package will be sent to. Like have one page where all it says is item will be shipped to "..." in huge letters "Is this okay?". Not a week goes by that a buyer doesn't message me immediately after buying something asking to ship to a different address.
i've actually had USPS try to charge me for parcel post returns, by my post office has let it go because they like me. i think all returns are supposed to be paid for. anyone able to find the documentation on that?
Any thoughts about changing handling times due to the impending snow storm for those of us living in the impacted areas on the East Coast? I know it will be a couple of days before my mailman can get to my house, so I thought that I might change to 3 day handling time. That also allows us to focus on snow removal activities.I don't recall making any changes in the past to my EBay store. However, after receiving a utility company warning about possible power outages, I think that I should be proactive and set expectations in advance by changing my handling time.
i'm not changing my handling time. the last snow storm we had, my carrier showed up! and you can always just email your buyers to let them know. i know that might ding you on shipping time, but it is the weekend, so should be ok.
Thanks Ryanne! I think I was over-thinking the upcoming storm & thinking I needed to do something different. But I'm going to leave my handling time at 1 day, stop fretting, and get back to listing.
grab a mug of coffee, hunker down and list that sh*t!! (trying to motive myself here too)
Best advice EVER !!
It's funny how different areas of the country react to snow storms. I'm listening to NPR and the warnings sound so dire, we've had 4 or 5 foot or more storms this season, no mail delays.
Two feet in the Mid-Atlantic is crazy. We just dont have the infrastructure to easily handle that kind of snow fall. When I grew up in Houston, the city of 3 million would grind to stand still if there was even ice on the roads because the city doesnt have salt trucks. In South Dakota, you guys can handle anything. Are your power lines all buried?
Our winters are a bit drier, not a lot of ice to down power lines. When I lived in NJ one winter I noticed it felt much colder than the same temp out here due to the wet cold.I've driven truck in Atlanta, Dallas, Tennesee etc. during snowfalls and suffered through the lack of infrastructure. Stay home, stay warm, list.
Curious if anyone is picking up the old style (4 4S) ihome stations and/or alarms? If so, how quickly they are turning over? I'm seeing them turn up in droves here at thrifts but it looks like unless it's the boombox style is worth $30 or less. Not really interested in storing these for long. Thanks.
It depends on the brand. Sony and Bose are like finding nuggets of gold. iHome never sells - I quit checking them. Also know that many of them are at goodwill because they wont charge the device. I keep an iphone 4s on hand to test the good ones I find.
Just picked up a Bose Sound Dock off of CL, $10, think I might keep it, sounds great with my old iPhone.
Great tips here!I just listed a couple heavy books Media Mail, but will change to Priority. Not worth the hassle, plus the delay in shipping could cause issues even though it wouldn't technically be a defect. Just an unhappy customer. Also, Media Mail is not insured. The few extra dollars is like paying for insurance, plus it gets there fast. I also meant to ask the question about the 95 cent charge on Bonanza. Thanks, Ryanne. Hadn't thought about shipping through Paypal.As for the tracking number...even us veterans can forget things. I had to cancel a shipping label and print a new one to combine two orders. I couldn't for the life of me figure out how to get the new tracking number, for the label I canceled, entered on the other item sold to one customer. I didn't want to ask here without first trying to figure it out myself and didn't want to wait for CS for one question. Just click on the "View Sales Record" in the drop down menu next to item, then "Paypal Transaction Details" and it brings you to Paypal where you can delete the old tracking number and put in the new # that hopefully you copied/pasted in, so you don't get it wrong. There is a awful lot of details to remember running an online selling business, especially with all the different sites we are selling on now. I wonder if eBay realizes how many people are signing up with other sites.I'm still not clear on changing a shipping address. I was always told by CS to have the buyer cancel the order and change their shipping address, then purchase the item again. This is such a hassle. But, are we still covered by Paypal if the buyer claims they didn't get it (if we just change the address). Is a record of our conversation in eBay, with the buyer, enough proof. Maybe I'm over thinking this. How do others handle changing an address? I've heard Griff say, he just changes the address. So many details to remember!
I had this happen this morning. Sold an item to a person with 0 feedbacks, been on ebay since Jan. 16. I was about to print label and noticed a message. Opened it up and it was from that very same person saying she had made a mistake on the shipping address but had already paid. She didn't didn't want to have to cancel and re-purchase if I would just change the address. When I tried, a warning came up saying something about my not being protected plus it was now going across the country and would be costing about double. I emailed her telling her to cancel and buy it again. We'll see what happens. Chalk it up to first time buyer.
We just had a similar thing happen. Someone offered a price on a coat we were selling, and after looking at the offer we realized his address was invalid (it said "default default United States"). So we sent the buyer as message informing him of the invalid address along with a counteroffer (yes, I know, big mistake...we're still newbies) and asked him to please change his address before he considers our offer. Well, all he did was accept the offer....he didn't change his address. So of course we can't print a shipping label so we called ebay to ask how we should proceed and they told us to cancel the transaction (he had not paid at this point) and have the customer approve the cancellation and change his address and then repurchase the item. They said the address cannot be changed AFTER the purchase or else the seller would not be protected if it doesn't arrive. So we cancelled the transaction and sent a message to the buyer explaining everything. He asks us if we still have the coat and we inform him that we do, but we cannot ship it due to the invalid address and again we ask him to approve the cancellation, change his address and then repurchase. We heard NOTHING for about an hour, so we figured he got frustrated and decided not to purchase. Then all of a sudden we get a payment from him!!! AND....he changed his address WITHOUT the repurchase. No communication from him. So...we call ebay again....they inform us that we are NOT protected if we ship to the changed address and they recommended we NOT ship. They told us to refund the buyer and again try to get him to repurchase. At this point we are very frustrated with the buyer because he would not communicate with us during this....just started doing things on his own. So we refunded him. He still has not approved the cancellation and our listing is tied up for 10 days until the request expires......lesson learned.
deb truervalues Pipes - From the free organ pipe lot – Sold for $300.00http://www.ebay.com/itm/141858328292?ssPageName=STRK:MESOX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1559.l2649 Daisy & Dot dishes by Marcrest.- Got entire set from my other mother-in law (Consuelo) I am sharing the profits. These are very collectible. Have sold 4 listings from the lot this month. I actually swore off dishes a while ago, but these are selling fast. I bubble wrap as I list, so when it comes to shipping, the job is faster.http://www.ebay.com/itm/141871700351?ssPageName=STRK:MESOX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1559.l2649I want to put in a few words for low dollar items…..I know this goes against the flow, but I have certain have to meet 3 criteria:1) super easy to list—- almost like selling multiples2)cheap—pennies on the dollar3) easy to packFabric- I get these in big bags for $2-4 –Super fast to list. generally the lot will sell for $100-150. These are sales in the last week. Have gotten high dollar designer fabrics in these lots as well—highest bag lot item sold for $72.22. http://www.ebay.com/itm/141881175411?ssPageName=STRK:MESOX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1559.l2649http://www.ebay.com/itm/131612170092?ssPageName=STRK:MESOX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1559.l2649http://www.ebay.com/itm/141808973359?ssPageName=STRK:MESOX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1559.l2649http://www.ebay.com/itm/141876829392?ssPageName=STRK:MESOX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1559.l2649Old Magazines sell @-5-6 per monthRifleman – paid $1.00 per year—sell between 15.55 and 24.99. Got 17 years worth—have sold 5 or 6 in the last 60 days.http://www.ebay.com/itm/131614135547?ssPageName=STRK:MESOX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1559.l2649Motocross- Our thrift store had a pallet of dirt bike/motorcycle mags from the 80s @ 12 for $1.00.Took only 12 because I wasn’t sure what they would go for. I should have gone all in. Went back the next day and they were gone….(sad face). When I researched them, prices for single issues went from 6.99 to 24.99. This one sold for $12.99 in 24 hours.http://www.ebay.com/itm/141874274864?ssPageName=STRK:MESOX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1559.l2649I also have a shoe box of Guideposts magazines. I sell 6 months for $12.99-15.52—Have made $250 on these in the last year.Sheet Music - I got 13 boxes of choral sheet music for FREE on craigslist. I have only listed 5 boxes so far. I have sold about $95 worth. Also super easy to list. Here are a couple that sold this week . These don’t sell quickly, so need some storage space.http://www.ebay.com/itm/131599494322?ssPageName=STRK:MESOX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1559.l2649http://www.ebay.com/itm/141829557212?ssPageName=STRK:MESOX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1559.l2649
I agree with what you are doing on the low dollar items. It's a good idea. Even though they are low dollar items they add up to a lot of money if you take the time to list everything. I bought over a thousand press photos and have nearly all of them listed at this point. They regularly sell for $15-$40. I got lucky with these because I was able to scan all of them in a day and I have someone doing the mind numbing task of listing all of them. On a stand alone basis a lot of these items I usually pass over but if it's something that I'm able to get cheap there is a lot of value in listing everything. It's all about the pipeline.
Agreed. We have items that don;t sell for big money, but they are part of a pipeline so the together make us good money. The key is the ease of listing.Our advice is simply not to go out and just buy individual items that you sell for $10.
Yeah, multiples are huge. I saw a big box of Goosebumps books at an estate sale last week. $1 a book. Not a huge margin on each book but with 50 books you can list them all as a lot and make 3-4x my investment fairly quickly. I actually passed on these as I was looking. I meant to comeback to them but got distracted and forgot about them until I was at home. Sad face.
I actually sold about 50 Goosebump books not to long ago. I bought them all for like $8 and just did them as a lot and sold for $46 I believe. I agree with Jay if I were to see one goosebump book it's not worth buying but if you see a collection of something and your cost basis is low it's easy money.
I agree completely. My husband has never thrown out a car magazine so I have been selling them from the 50's to present day. I get $8 -$15 or more (one went for $275.00 at auction). I have sold them single and in lots and make a good profit on them as they were free, easy to list and mail and on top of that they keep me Top Rated and I get the discounts which add to my profits.
Linda, You are giving me ideas for selling some Victorian Home magazines that I otherwise might have donated. I have never shipped magazines before, so do you mind giving me some advice on shipping, please; much appreciated.
Same thing is true for play-doh lots or any lot really. I find it for hardly nothing and just throw it in my closet. When I get enough I lot it and sell it. I've gotten 40 plus dollars for play doh lots. Heck half the time I dint even have all play doh stuff, I throw in plastic cookie cutters. I state it in my listing but people don't seem to care.
Just curious how people pack their magazines and sheet music - and vinyl for that matter...and posters actually - (I read the tubes from USPS can bend).
deb truervaluesI first pack in clear plastic as I would a photo. I purchased white cardboard envelopes the same size as flat rate usps envelopes, and can ship in these usually 1st class, sometimes media rate if it's the right thing.For larger lots, I box them up and send the cheapest way.
Depending on the size and mainly for presentation value I put my magazines in bags and boards as their called by comic collectors. Then I sandwich it between two pieces of cardboard and tape the cardboard secure. I use the tyvex envelopes for added protection too at times. So far no issues.
I put the magazine in a plastic wrapper (used, saved from my own magazines) and just send it in a 10 x 13 envelope with a piece of bubble wrap. I send 1st class package so that I can print a label with tracking. I sent some without the bubble wrap and they were returned because they were too thin. (The mailman gave me that hint). A package must not be able to go through their automatic sorter ( I think it is 1/4"). I have done it this way for years and had no complaints. Also, magazines cannot be sent Media Mail if they have any advertisements (even 60 year old ones).
deb truervaluesI guess I should put these low dollar sales into a little more perspective:Modest sales projected at lowest price:Rifleman mags @ 15.00 x 17=$255 Guideposts - 1 shoebox full from 1955-1996 - Total about $500Sheet MUsic - $2195--might take 4 or 5 years
Not sure if this has been covered yet. I received the new standards for selling email from ebay and noticed that starting May 1st you have to accept 30 day returns in order to meet top rated seller status. Not really surprising to see this as this is the direction they are moving to compete with amazon. I don't expect it to have a huge impact for most items. The only impact I see is for sports cards I sell. What people do is speculate on players value going up. It's kind of like the stock market how the prices fluctuate. So what these people do is buy a card based on speculation and if they can't sell it or they were clearly wrong they will return it in that 30 day window to basically not lose money.I know that really doesn't apply to 99% of the people selling on here but it's an interesting tidbit on things that go on in that type of market. The way we keep these people in check is on forums people that are shady are basically called out and there username is given so we can block them.http://www.blowoutcards.com/forums/member-sales-trade-feedback/Again I know it's not really relevant to most people on here but you have to read some of this stuff to actually believe what some people will do. Sports cards as a whole are a very fickle and sometimes shady market on ebay. That's why I take the stance of provide minimal information because my experience in this arena.
Yeah, I think that's a very particular example. We've had 30-day returns on our items for several years. Not a big deal. We get very few returns. I'd say 3 out of 100 on a bad month. And 90% of the time, the buyer pays for all shipping costs + 20% restocking fee.
Yall bracing for the winter storm coming this weekend? I took my 1st fba pkgs to the UPS store today and this cold weather is reeking havoc on my labels. They are peeling up and wrinkling. Anyone else ever have this issue? I may have to start taping them too. I also asked the UPS guy if they had labels for free because someone said they do but he seemed kind of clueless. He also told me he doesn't know what that other label is on my box. I just told him it was meant for the place its going. I don't look forward to ups drop offs. Makes me appreciate USPS even more. Oh and nobody who does fba warned me of the multiple sku in several boxes issue. Wow that was a mess to figure the packing slip out. You have to input they give u on a jumbled doc into your own excel spreadsheet but then convert it back to a text doc. Glad it's done lol. I will no longer ship one shipment in multiple boxes. This weekend I'm going to do my eBay stuff fba has pushed off temp.
I believe you can sign up for a business account on the UPS site and then you can order the free labels.
deb truervalues - Hey everyone--has anyone else noticed a significant drop in sales this week? I was wondering if the buying public is backing off because of the hike in shipping costs.your thoughts?
yep much slower than last week
no sales this week for me. store = 110 items.
Yep, slower week, but we're still selling. Shipping costs arent significantly higher, plus costs will be higher on any service that uses USPS. It's no longer the holidays. Remember we're all running 12-month businesses so you cant judge January by December, etc.
My sales haven't slowed, although I'm moving lower-dollar items this week. I think it's just the usual fluctuations, not tied to any postal increase.
This is not for everyone but some of you might find it useful. Search eBay for lots or any word you're interested in. If it's lots then just pay attention to the pricing on auctions. You can then break it up and sell for higher. Now for the other idea, change your search results to overseas only. Find a cool item you can buy a lot of that's super cheap. Then resell it on EBay at a higher price. People will buy yours because they don't want to wait forever to get it, their nervous about buying from china, or you have better keywords and they never see the other listing. I've done this several times. Bought items under a dollar with free shipping. Sold them for close to 10 dollars. Not a big profit but since you have multiples its easy money. But before you buy, make sure someone else hasn't already took your idea on the same product. And just a disclaimer, it doesn't always work but normally your not out much so its no big deal. Good luck.
Can you guys allow html tags so we can make working links. It's a pain to copy and paste everything.
You can write html tags. Have you tried it?Unfortunately blogger doesn't automatically turn a URL into a clickable link unless you wrote the html (what I do). Blogger has really basic administration features. If you know how to do this in blogger, let us know.
I tried to post something in and it said img tags are not allowed. Granted I'm not saying I did it correctly.
Ah, yes. For some reason. Blogger wont allow IMG tags. Nothing we can do there. I assume it's to avoid spammers/trolls inserting gross photos on unmoderated blogs.But you can post html links. You can upload a photo to http://imgur.com/ (I just wrote the html tag for the link).It's like Reddit. They dont host photos, but you can link to photos hosted elsewhere.
Anyone got any good ideas for storing plush or baseball style hats? I have them in bags and boxes but its taking up so much space and is hard to find a specific one sometimes. I just can't seem to figure out a better system. I don't buy many plush anymore but I still get hats. Gracias.
Yes I'm always struggling with storage and keeping track of listed stuff - mainly due to my limited time. I'd love to see a video of Jay and Ryanne's storage setups. Has this ever been done on the blog?
deb truervalues.i like terminal 99's system--many successful ebayers use it. He can be found on youtube and here on scavenger life--they did an interview a few months ago, and I think the link is posted on the comments under that interview.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBuPvXmFgTsI used to store by category, but have saved a LOT of time searching for stuff with this system
Never made a video, but we posted this: http://www.scavengerlife.com/2013/07/ebay-scavengers-episode-32-storage.htmlWhat we do is pretty basic. Plastic tubs everywhere. Things grouped by kind.
We have a question for the group regarding a return. We sold a vintage game on Dec. 27th, and a few minutes after the sale we get a message from the buyer asking if she could add express shipping because she needed it by January 1st. It was already going priority and she only lived a few states away, so we told her we thought it would get there in time, but she insisted on the express shipping and was willing to pay extra for it, so we did. We saw that it reached her on Dec. 29th and that the post office left notice because no one was home. So we're thinking ...GREAT! It got there in time...NO worries.....Well, on Jan. 11th we get a message saying she never received the game and did it get sent back to us? We sent a message right back saying it arrived on Dec. 29th and PO left notice and had she gone by the PO to check? We heard NOTHING back. the next day we check the tracking and it still says "notice left". So we ask our postal worker about it. He informed us that normally if something is sent express shipping and its at the PO and does NOT get picked up, then it is sent back to sender after 3 days and it will show in tracking. So we messaged her again and explained this to her and asked if she had been by the PO yet to check if its still there because it showed no movement back to our state yet. We still heard NOTHING. 2 days ago, it shows movement back to us. Today we received it. So my question is....do we message her and ask if she still wants it and if she does, then ship it back to her? Should we just refund her and forget about it? And if we refund her, do we need to refund the shipping? We have a 20% restocking fee, but we feel we shouldn't have to refund all that shipping because we did our part and it reached her in time, she just refused to pick it up. We still have not heard anything else from her despite repeated messages. HELP! What would you do???
Hey JoAnn. This is an easy one. --Don't do anything. Wait for the buyer to message you.--When she does contact you, send her the tracking info and show that she never picked it up.--If she wants you to resend it, charge her shipping again.--If she doesn't want to pay for shipping, refund her the price of the item (not shipping).--You could take the 20% restocking fee, but I'd waive it to be nice.--If she has an issue, she can call eBay...who I believe would back you 100%.--If unsure, call eBay now and make sure they've aware of the situation before she complains. They often will put a note in the record that you called to work it out.
I'd do everything Jay said except I would go ahead and contact her. It would make it seem like you're looking out for her best interests. Plus you won't have it looming over your head waiting to see if she's going to contact you or not.
Hey guys. Just a quick question here. So I'm a fairly new seller. Been listening to the podcast for over 6 months and have been actually going back and listening to a bunch of the old podcasts. Anyways my question pertains to the beginner selling limit. I've been taking your advice and listing items with a high price with best offer I've sold a few items and my limit changed from 5 to 10. I've gone ahead and listed a full 10 items and cannot seem to sell anything. I would love to list more but I am held back by the selling limit. Would you suggest to lower prices to sell quicker in the beginning to raise the selling limits or should I keep the same prices and hope something sells. Any suggestion would help. Thanks.
They may advise against it but I say go ahead and get some stuff sold. If it's high dollar stuff then just list some cheaper stuff first and save your better stuff. How's your feedback? Being a buyer can up that. Just my opinion.
I have about 15 feedback as a buyer but only one as a seller so far. My items aren't high ticket items so I was thinking the sell low thing for now would work better.
Do what you think makes sense. Since you've just begun, we encourage a lot of experimentation to see what works for you.
Have you written to eBay directly to request a selling limit increase? This page explains how to do it.http://pages.ebay.com/help/sell/sellinglimits.html
Just read an email from eBay regarding the new seller standards. I thought I knew what was going on so was just about to delete it when I saw a new bit of info. To keep your seller discount you know need to offer a 30 day return policy? Not a problem as I already do but thought it was interesting that they are increasing this. I sell on the UK eBay site so wasn't sure if it was eBay implementing this or a some sort of UK/EU legislation change. Do you guys in America have the same requirements? Stay safe in the snow!
Craig, Yes, we have it here, not due to a legislative change, due to competitive pressure.
Online buyers are now expecting extremely generous return policies (thanks Amazon). But from our experience, 99.99% of buyers want the items they buy. We could have a 180-return policy and I don't think our returns would rise.
Just saw the weather, looks like you guys are going to get pounded keep the wood stove hot and list list list . Mark
Hi all, no snow but drowning in rain in my part of the UK. I've just posted a vintage toy to USA to a freight forwarding company. The ebay buyer appears to live in Kuwait and has 0 feedback. Given that I post to Kuwait anyway and accept buyers with 0 feedback, what is the advantage to the buyer in me posting to an American forwarding company rather than directly to him?
Sometimes, foreign buyers shop through these sites because they don't speak English well. Those freight forwarding companies sometimes act as the language intermediary. Sometimes a country will have a complicated, expensive, or unreliable customs system. These companies make it easy to import.Or most of the these companies popped up because many eBay buyers don't ship outside their own country. So these companies are considered "local" to the seller. I know you ship to Kuwait, but the buyer may not be sophisticated enough to know this and feel better working with a company they know.
The danger of this is very small, but...Shady freight forwarding companies can guarantee ontime delivery and as described or total refund for the buyer. The catch is they will hold YOU totally responsible for any shipping damages, loss, customs hold ups etc. by initiating a CC chargeback.
How would this work? The eBay seller is responsible to ship to the local address listed on the item sale. As long as tracking shows it was shipped to the freight company's office, then eBay/Paypal will back you up. If it gets to the person in their respective county is between the buyer and the freight company. That foreign address has nothing to do with the eBay sale.
Thanks for the replies, I have shipped to Kuwait previously with no issues. But I take the point that a language barrier might cause unnecessary problems for an overseas buyer and he would be prepared to pay extra for an intermediary. Thanks Jay I've checked that the freight company appears well known with good reviews on the website and have no concerns with posting there.
TERAPEAK QUESTION: I signed up for a seven day Terapeak trial. 80% of the items I look up come up with nothing. It only goes back 90 days and I can get that on eBay. Also, I can only click on the eBay listing on my iPhone but not on my computer. Does anyone else use it and find it helpful. That set of books I drove my self crazy trying to find, just had an unpaid item case opened on it. So, the moral of the story is I would now wait to cancel a transaction, if I can't find the item, in case they're not going to pay for it anyway. That probably doesn't sound ethical, but. it would give me more time to find it and if they're not going to pay right away maybe they're not in a hurry to get it. I guess technically you wouldn't pack the item until you got payment anyway. Maybe not a good idea? Any thoughts?
Regarding Terapeak,There should be an arrow to the left of the 90 days. you click on that and see results for 90 days earlier than the first 90 days you picked up. I think you can do that a total of 4 times - so you actually end up with about 1 year's worth of history - but you can only look at it 90 days at a time. What kind of things are you looking up that you get no results?I like terapeak, but I got into a special offer years ago at a pretty low price (about $10 a month). Crystal
Thanks Crystal, I'll try that. I'm looking up Ephemera items, Shirley Temple coloring book, advertising, vintage menus, etc. It might just be that they're weird items and none sold in past 90 days. How did you get the $10 a month rate. I'm wonder if I can still get that. I'd like to keep Terapeak. Anything to make research quicker and easier. Thanks for the info!
Sandy, Terapeak was running a special - if you paid for a full year the price came out to about $10 a month. I just took them up on their offer and so far every year they send an invoice for that same amount - as long as it stays low like that I'll keep paying for it.The annual subscription price is still probably cheaper than the month by month price - but it may not be as low as the subscription I've got.Crystal
I subscribed to Terapeak in December, 2014 and paid $199.95 for one year. My renewal in December, 2015 cost $179.95 which is about $15.00 per month. Most of my listings are on Amazon FBA but I still use Terapeak for research. Some sellers list on Amazon, send the items to FBA, and then list the same items for sale on eBay. If the sale comes first on eBay, the seller notifies Amazon to ship the item to their eBay buyer (and then they cancel the listing on AZ). AZ fees are fixed and known upfront for Multi-Channel Fulfillment orders. Since they are your orders and not orders on the Amazon website, there is no Amazon commission.
OMGoodness Ryanne... I just got a sale today of vintage Japanese mugs from the prop department for the show, The Americans, too. Now we have two things in common... eBay and The Americans :)
I also had a prop sale today to the show The American's! It was exciting. I sold a vintage Dopp (Toiletry Bag) to them I got from a estate sale of a Vietnam Air Force Pilot. What an awesome way to honor him and his service.
I had a request from the show as well but I was an idiot and couldn't figure out how to send them my email address because ebay messaging wouldn't let it go through. Duh. So dumb sometimes. They wanted to buy a Bunn coffee carafe. It's cool how several of us heard from them.
I'm listening to your podcast about the Shell Cordovan and wishing that would happen to shoes I pick up. Later that day I started cleaning my latest haul. I had bought an old dusty pair of Brooks Brothers leather wingtips. I started looking at the wear across the top of the foot. It looked a little odd. Took a break and googled, "Brooks Brothers Wingtip." Yup, there it was. Shell Cordovan. They still make that style and sell it for $650. Thanks Jay and Ryanne. I was able to ask way more than I expected.
cool! glad to hear it. i know that in the very beginning we accidentally sold some shell cordovan wingtips for very cheap. now we know what to look for, never again.