I motion to vote that people start posting cool things they have sold similar to posting numbers on the other thread.Barney sells! $40 for a kids hat from the 90's.http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-92-Barney-Friends-Barney-Dinosaur-Baseball-Hat-Youth-One-Size-/151887477120Purdey is a very high end brand. If you see it buy it. $100 for this sweater.http://www.ebay.com/itm/Purdey-Dark-Green-Wool-Cashmere-Shooting-Sweater-Loden-Patches-Mens-Size-XL-/161842697549These Sorel boots sold for full price on bonanza for $200 boo ya!http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Ice-Pac-Sorel-Lace-Up-Winter-Boots-Mens-Size-11-/151778503112?ssPageName=STRK:MESE:ITPress photo's sell but it takes a lot of time and it's very random.http://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-Original-Press-Photo-Biff-Bang-Pow-Love-Forever-80s-English-Indie-Pop-/151816892502http://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-Original-Press-Photo-Marcia-Griffiths-Queen-Reggae-Jamaican-Singer-/151713534285http://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-Original-Press-Photo-Boogie-Down-Productions-KRS-ONE-90s-Rap-Hip-Hop-Group-/151711618023Finally some Jay-Z autographed cards. $700 for the 3 of them to one buyer.http://www.ebay.com/itm/2005-Topps-Luxury-Box-JAY-Z-Auto-999-Rookie-RC-150-PSA-9-RARE-/161353807871http://www.ebay.com/itm/2005-06-Topps-Pristine-Jay-Z-210-Rookie-RC-Relic-Auto-50-Def-Jam-PSA-7-5-/161768349465http://www.ebay.com/itm/JAY-Z-2006-TOPPS-CHROME-217-ROOKIE-AUTO-AUTOGRAPH-BGS-8-5-10-/161387339142Hopefully some other people post their cool items that sold.
Cool. Thanks. Great idea. Was just listening to KRS-One this afternoon. ("That's the sound of the police..." Just as relevant today as it was then.) Now it's Mozart for listing. I was thinking you've got to be in NYC or near it to score this kind of stuff. Looks like you are...As the aussies say, "good on ya mate!"
Yes! I love the fact that KRS is being brought up on Scavenger Life!
You've had a great week so far if these are some of your recent sales. How much did the signed Jay Z cards cost you?
how much were the COGS for the Jay-Z cards?
I usually spend around $50-$75 per card and pay $6 to get them graded. These 3 specific cards I have $208 into them so I made a profit of around $440 after fees, shipping, etc. It's definitely a lot of money to lay out but the profit is there it just takes patience with that kind of stuff. It takes 3 months to get the cards back from grading and it takes awhile to sell them to the right buyer so I had that $208 tied up for close a year. But I am nerd with that kind of stuff so I don't mind having them on display.
Ryanne and Jay share a brain--asking the same question at exactly the same time. :)
Ghostbusters marshmallow man $130
My stuff is just run of mill clothing this week. I did have a new with tag little girl's sundress go to St. Thomas, VI. My first sale to the Virgin Islands. I thought this camo set that I put together was fun. I new someone would want it. It sold in 9 days.http://ebay.to/1Rbi6M2My Christmas present to myself was a laminated US map. I am marking where my eBay items are going. I am using color coded pins to correlate with how much the sale is 0-29 is green, 30-49 is white, 50-100 is yellow, etc. I've always had a hunch that most of my stuff goes east and so far that is true. I only had one package go to Nevada and everything else has gone to OH, FL, NY and TN. I think I have East Coast taste, which would make sense since I grew up in southern NJ due east of Washington, D.C.
Really weird that nothing is going to CA and TX. Two biggest state economies in the country...I sell to TX all of the time. I'm on the west coast, but it doesn't seem like shipping would be a deal breaker. I guess your data is supporting your hypothesis!
Re: the dress to St. Thomas. I wonder if it is for my granddaughter. Her mom has to buy most of her things on-line as their best store is K-Mart.
deb truervalues - As a shopper, if there are 2 equal items, i often choose the closer one, so as to have less impact on the environment as far as fuel economy.....I especially do this on Amazon.
Ryanne , I just have to tell you how you make me laugh every time I watch one of your videos . Last week it was when you filmed yourself in something really shiny and said " Hello there !" to your reflection . Then this week the way you described the aspirin tin had me in stitches I swear . Keep up the awesome work ! I'm sure I'm not the only one who says we appreciate everything y'all do, but I'll say it again !
i try to entertain myself while packing.
Yes I smiled too when Ryan and said hello to her reflection. Jay I cracked up when you calmly said, in your soothing tone, "and it's too bad the guy got murdered". You guys are like part of the family. You could be my kids! Ha ha
I'm getting ready to pack a framed picture that i didn't charge enough postage for. So Ryanne, i feel your Starbucks pain. Eeeesshhh….Live and learn.Wonderful video, as always! More good things to keep an eye out for!
remember to check the shipping price for Fedex Smartpost and Fedex Ground, might save you a few bucks.
I have only shipped Fedex once and that was last week. The buyer must have changed the shipping as I only offer USPS. I was able to print the label but had to drive to their office to mail it. I got an email from buyer yesterday with photo's. They had completely smash a crock-pot that I had used extra care to ship. Bad experience not sure I want to use them again.
Great stuff and great video, as always. I love seeing these and can't wait for Wednesdays!
Thanks for the video. The coffee containers on those old sets are always WAY to small but I love them. Quick Bonanza question: I imported my store and I'm wondering about calculated shipping vs ebay. Does it just import the shipping options you selected on ebay? I don't ship internationally yet, and I had to manually turn that off in Bonanza after importing, so it made me a bit nervous about any discrepancies. It also offers combined shipping. Is that automatically calculated by Bonanza? It's nice that you can share your Bonanza store on Facebook and they offer to add more items to your cart from the same seller at checkout. Cool.
Answer: "If you enable the checkbox to "Combine Shipping Weights" on calculated price shipping items, Bonanza will add together the weights of all items being shipped before having USPS or UPS estimate the shipping cost. We use the size of the largest package in the buyer's offer to estimate dimensional weight. So if a buyer was buying 10 items that all weighed one pound and were in a normal sized package, we would instruct the shipping provider to estimate the cost of shipping a 10 pound, normal sized package.If this option isn't selected, then each of the items in your offer will have its shipping calculated individually..."
I haven't figured out Bonanza shipping for imported ebay items either. Also, don't see where you can add handling. When I look at my items, it doesn't show the right shipping options. It tells me to select shipping to complete the listing, but - well, it doesn't make sense to me.
My sales so far in January have not been great. Is anyone else noticing a drop off? I'll just keep listing. It'll come back I suppose. Feels strange though going several days throughout the week without a sale.On another note, all of this talk about Bonanza and the sales there picking up motivated me to link up my ebay account this morning. They started the import of ebay without having me set up a user account or even getting my email from me. So...how will they contact me when the upload is done and how will I manage the listings?
It's been slow for us this week too. Not sure about your specific Bonanza question. They have a Help section. First place I'd go. Be a good idea to create an account.
make sure you look for an email confirmation, they should do that to confirm that you are who you say you are. i sign in with my email account as my username, so i'm not sure. try signing in and adding your email address.
Well that's the weird thing. They never even asked for an email address. I just logged into my ebay account to start the import and that is it. No further prompts and no email confirmation. Best I can figure is that it is tied to browser cookies. I sent them a help request to get clarification.Oh yeah and I made sure to click through your link on the website so you get a kick back.
You've probably seen this, but here's the FAQ on the eBay importer: http://www.bonanza.com/site_help/item_imports/ebay_importer
aw thanks. you'll sort it out. and we've been doing well on Bonanza, so it's a nice supplement.
Yes! I've been extremely slow since a couple of days before xmas.
Slow for us but we are still listing about 65 new listing this week so far. Like J&R say just keep listing :-)
Yes, I've been slow too. I went 24 hours without an Ebay or Amazon sale yesterday. Then someone on Amazon bought 5 packs of business card laminating pouches(GW)for $7 total and paid $4.99 shipping on each. So, about a $32 sale. But, Amazon keeps $1.50 on each item.Do any of you Amazon sellers understand the new shipping policy regarding tracking for 1st class items? I used to mail a bookmark or small flat item (stickers) in a letter size envelope with a Forever stamp to keep as much of the $4.99 shipping as possible. That's how I could list the item cheap (after Amazon took their $1.50). They changed it to tracking required or you'll get kicked out of "office supply category" (for example). Recently, I got an email saying no tracking needed if mailed in a letter sized envelope (with a stamp). I'm sure a lot of people selling penny items must have complained. Is this how you understood the email? I've been mailing without tracking and haven't gotten kicked out yet.Loved the video, J&R!
It's been slow for me this week too. Haven't had a sale on ebay since the 4th. I had sales on etsy though and a sale today on Amazon. I sold a puzzle on Amazon for $50. It was called Verticalville. I just finished putting it together yesterday to verify it was complete. Listed it last night and it sold overnight.
Wait, you sold a used puzzle for $50? This is something I must learn about. I looked up that puzzle, but do you buy a lot of puzzles? What do you look for?
Verticalville is awesome. I had it as a kid. I would love to find it again to keep it.Sealed puzzles are what you are looking for. Anything 20+ years or older and sealed should be an easy flip. Non sealed ones are much trickier and much more time consuming as you need to at the minimum count the pieces. Look for off the wall puzzles and super old ones 50+ years old. When in doubt search for it on eBay.
The one thing I'd add to what Mike said about puzzles is it's not enough to count the pieces if you want to confirm that they are all there. The number on the box is rounded. Puzzles don't usually actually have 500, 750, 1000 pieces. They have 504, 997 etc. I used to buy a lot of opened puzzles that I thought were sellable and then I'd count the pieces. I quickly found out that I couldn't rely on counting which in itself took some time. You really have to build a puzzle to know for sure. Verticalville was in a death pile for over a year waiting for me to build it. It was left over from the time when I used to buy puzzles. I no longer buy them unless they are sealed or really collectable. There are some brands that will sell even if you can't confirm that they are all there. One good brand that is easy to spot is Heye. They come in a triangular shaped box. They can sell for 50-100 dollars. If you like building puzzles and don't mind putting the time into building them first there are a lot of collectable puzzles out there. Check ebay completeds under vintage puzzles. It is amazing the variety of puzzles out there. Puzzles cut out of wood can be very collectable. Some 3D puzzles are worth quite a bit. I've never found a super valuable puzzle but I've sold a few for 50 to 100 dollars. In my early years I used to build a lot of puzzles so it's a fun thing for me to research.
Here is a puzzle that sold for $350 with missing pieces.puzzle
I have always been hesitant to buy puzzles and board games. I actually sold a few board games before Christmas but I am not a huge fan of buying simply for the fact of missing pieces. Same for puzzles. I guess I will need to change my stance on that. I will say that when we sold the board games my wife and I played them before we sent it out and it was pretty fun.
Board games are much better to buy used as all you need to do is count the pieces. As long as you aren't missing any major pieces you still get close to the same price as 100% complete games. If there's a big difference you could always buy the piece off eBay or part the game out.Nancy is right about counting the pieces. I would never say complete unless it was sealed, I put it together, or the number of pieces on the box isn't just an approximate number.Wood puzzles can be worth a ton of money. Good luck finding them though. My thrifting holy grail is a Par puzzle. I would love putting it together not knowing if I had all pieces and knowing it could be worth 2k dollars.
does anyone know how to print a label for FedEx SmartPost just on it's own, not through ebay? i have sold some things on Bonanza and would love to send them cheaper than the PayPal price for postage. but it seems SmartPost is only for large retailers like ebay and amazon. anyone know? i tried doing it directly on Fedex.com with no luck.
It's just a shot in the dark, but could your "local" shipper who handles FedEx (you know, the little mom and pop style ones) print the postage for you? I put local in quotes, because I know you might not have one in your town, but maybe there is one relatively close and you could call beforehand just to make sure. Kind of a hail mary, but I thought I'd mention it.
Another hoop to jump thru if you want to go this far:http://www.fedex.com/us/smart-post/outbound.html#tab3
thanks. yeah i think that link is for much larger shippers than me. but that's good advice to find someone who has a pickup location. though i love just printing at home the most!
No problem. Like I said, shot in the dark. But I would be glad if I was able to help, considering you guys have helped me countless times. Thanks again btw ;)
Here are a few of my cool/interesting things that have sold over the past month or so:$20 for fly fishing stir sticks!http://www.ebay.com/itm/6-Vintage-Fly-Fishing-Lures-Compass-Drink-Markers-Swizzle-Stir-Sticks-/191513425922?rd=1$95 for a c1950 DuMont TV Zippo:http://www.ebay.com/itm/c1950-Vintage-Zippo-Lighter-Pat-2517191-with-DuMont-TV-Advertising-Television-/201488011575?rd=1$50 for porcelain corn cob holders:http://www.ebay.com/itm/16-Vintage-Mid-Century-Modern-Corn-Cob-Holders-Porcelain-Stainless-Steel-/201241920373?rd=1$40 for a Star Wars LP:http://www.ebay.com/itm/1977-The-Story-of-Star-Wars-Record-Album-Vinyl-LP-Fox-T-550-with-Booklet-Order-/191718769562?rd=1$35 for vintage evening gloves:http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-in-Bag-Max-Mayer-Co-Womens-Long-Leather-Gloves-White-Italy-Size-7-1-2-/191643981258?rd=1$75 for a vintage plastic chess set:http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Gallant-Florentine-White-Black-Chess-Pieces-Felt-Bottoms-Set-in-Box-/191643077984?rd=1$150 for a German stoneware stein:http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Gerz-Limited-Limitaet-Series-1982-Beer-Stein-Westerwald-1725-with-Book-/191449114783?rd=1$200 for 1950s Macy's ad drawings:http://www.ebay.com/itm/17-Vintage-1950s-60s-Hand-Drawn-Pencil-Ink-Macys-Fashion-Advertising-Ads-/191587613268?rd=1
Those Macy's ad's are amazing where did you find those?
At an estate sale of the designer/artist who had recently passed. The attic had dozens of sketchbooks, hundreds of storyboards, etc. I picked up a handful and offered $20 for them and they took it immediately. A designer in Boston ended up buying them.
I have sold a lot of stuff on ebay today - 6 items! (Lots for me, with 200 items in my store. I typically sell 1 item every 36 hours or so.) And most of the buyers are in California. Is there something going on in CA today... like CA tax refund checks being issued??? :)
Congrats. I'm also having a great week in terms of volume of sales. Sold 9 items with an inventory of 150. Most of the sales have been under $20.
Along with selling several small priced items, I sold these bigger ticket items lately:http://www.ebay.com/itm/Kata-Bags-DR467-Photo-or-Video-Camera-Backpack-Black-Yellow-Insert-Trolley-/272074086978?rd=1(paid $10)http://www.ebay.com/itm/Liberty-of-London-Mohair-Throw-Blanket-Plaid-Tartan-Stewart-Royal-Modern-/272074232281?rd=1(paid $1)http://www.ebay.com/itm/Scentsy-Warmer-Victoria-Premium-Full-Size-Green-Blue-Pot-DSW-VICT-with-extras-/281743678856?rd=1(paid $2)
Today my husband had to go out of town to take a test for employment with the post office. So in true scavenger fashion I hit up a few thrift stores. Found some nice stuff and cheap.
Return story: Sold a sealed travel size Christian Dior Poison talcum powder canister mid December for $30. A few weeks later the buyer submitted a return request, saying it didn't smell authentic and wasn't really full. I accepted the return request - I always accept returns. I received the item yesterday with the top completely removed, covered in tin foil and scotch taped closed! I'd never had a situation like this before, so I went into the ebay return and clicked "enlist our help". I explained the situation and said I could provide pictures. Two hours later I got an email saying the case was closed in the buyer's favor because there was no evidence the changed condition was caused by the buyer. They took the money from my paypal account and refunded the buyer. The item only cost me $1 plus 1st class shipping both ways, but it's the principle!So today I ebay messaged the buyer saying thanks for returning it, can I ask why you removed the top? I attached a bunch of pictures to the message too. Lo and behold, she actually answered me and said "when I opened it to smell it the top got pushed inside, sorry about that". So now I had the evidence that she caused it. Tonight I called the ebay appeals team. They reviewed it and said they would give me a "courtesy" refund and remove the defect, yay!Next time I'll know to engage the buyer before going to ebay.
yes, glad you got that defect removed and refunded. good plan for next time, message buyer, see whats up, then call ebay first before you do anything else.
Questions about packing slip pros and cons, lost packages, etc come up from time to time on here and this article has good info on the subject. http://www.ecommercebytes.com/cab/abn/y15/m12/i31/s01
Ryanne what is the best way to clean up a big mess of toner you've spilled on your kitchen floor if that should theoretically happen? :(
do you think? I was a little nervous about using a vacuum because it's ink. I'm not really sure what I'm afraid of though.
toner is just powder.
Rod Mckuen is a very popular 70s musician. His records are in $1 bin goodwill. Neat book though.
Hey RyanneThat Starbucks mug would easily fit into a Priority Mail Legal Flat Rate Envelope. I have sent several glasses in them with no problem. I wrap them with 3-4 layers of small bubble wrap. Then wrap a piece of card board that is wider (or longer) than the mug, tightly around the bubble wrapped mug and tape it. Then bend the cardboard over on the top and bottom of the mug and tape it so that the mug doesn't slide out and it also protects the ends. I shipped 2 American Airlines glasses to France that way in a flat rate envelope no problems.
i know people claim they can do that, but i really don't trust that system for sending breakable objects.
I suppose ideally you would ship breakables in a box. I just haven't found a cheaper way to ship them than that.
that is an amazing way to ship them, for sure, and the best price. but i just don't trust the system to not break a mug in a flimsy envelope.
The first one I tried I tossed it around the room a few times. The cardboard wrapped tightly around it really strengthens it. It's like putting a box in the envelope. And I'm just using the envelope for the price. Nothing has broke for me yet. More expensive things I do put in a box.
Ryanne, did you test the Atari controllers? I have boxes of assorted controllers I've picked up at yard sales for pennies. I have no way to test most of them, so, worried about selling them.
i had no way of testing them. so i just took a chance.
Glad to hear you guys are having success selling on another platform. And I'm so glad I listened to this what sells, because it reminded me I had actually listed my first item on etsy because of listening to your podcast and the interview you did with Ryan & Maria. I listed my first item a week ago & I forgot about it almost. Need to get the app set up seriously. Apparently I sold my first item. Thanks to your mention about Bonanzle I found out about it in good time. So excited!Thanks!