Good Evening J&R and others!Thank you for the great sell and show! The Gerber knives are very cool! If I found those I would keep for myself! That is a brand I carried during my years as a Marine, MKI, MkII, and Guardian. Those original blades, collectible now!Great tip on the LL bean duffles. I am sure there are others here who can attest to passing up many over the years. You guys are amazing and so consistent! finally...sanity...on the reselling tube.
Speaking of LL bean canvas duffle bag. I found one this summer for a dollar at a yard sale. I have not been able to get an offer over $ 80. Then you guys sell one for $ 200! J & R you are amazing. I have mine listed for around $ 130 now.Justin
and i probably have a bunch of stuff in my store that you sell for high that i can't get rid of. you just never know who will buy what in which store. that's the crazy thing about ebay!
Yes. There's no crazy like eBay crazy.
Sorry for all the deletes but somehow the comment posted 3 times. What I really wanted to say was can you please make a mug that says "There's no crazy like eBay crazy."
Looking forward to watching the new video.BE CAREFUL if you end listings and sell similar in the bulk editor to get your listings a higher placement. Something happened when I was working with a batch of about 40 (I may have hit the back button when something weird opened on the screen). Anyways, it didn't save what I was working on in the bulk editor. So, the ones I had edited, but did not save and the rest of the 40 are in my ended or unsold listing, but I have no idea which ones they are without going through all 940 listings. All I know is that I did this on the 24th and have not been able to figure it out. If anyone has any ideas, please let me know. Otherwise, I'll just have about 20 listings that are now not active. I should have just ended all, then relisted, then edited a batch at a time. It was so confusing. I did run the duplicate listing program and had about 10 that were duplicates, so ended those. Had to stay up late and figure that out so I didn't get dinged. I was about ready to throw in the towel last night. It's good I don't quit easily. Yikes! I just keep making more work for myself.Hope everyone is doing well. Really slow sales past 2 days.
I have a small store 250 items so this is probably more manageable but I do all my items one by one on my phone. This allows me to check for dumb errors thay have prevented them from selling. Like a higg shipping weight. I did it every morning for a month on the items that were ending thay day. Only took me maybe 30 seconds per item. Justin
Sandy, this is a good example of just "list it and forget it". Could have spent the time listing new items. For us, success comes through keeping it simple.
Yes, lesson learned. I'm not sure how, but I'll probably eventually figure out which items didn't get relisted.
Over a 3 day period, I have individually ended and sold similar about 30 items that were over 16 months old. It was less confusing to do them that way. I have sold 2 of them within 24 hours of relisting them. Who knows if that helped. I also took that time to tweek the listings to be more phone friendly. Smaller, plain fonts, got rid of the color and also moved them to left margin. I was centering the listing and noticed that the descriptions didn't all show if I went to print the page.
Yes, I have about 600 listings that could use editing for phone viewing. What size font are you using? I'm using 14 with Times Roman for a vintage look, left margin and getting rid of the colored font, long description, exclamation marks, etc. I heard on eBay radio (a guest speaker, I believe) say not to copy/paste your title into the description. I can't remember exactly why. Something about search results not benefiting when the title is in the description. Maybe they're referring to people who search by title and description. The easiest would be to run sales or make sure our price is right and get rid of the stuff so it's not sitting around. Then we wouldn't have to worry about editing listings. There was a post today on Facebook about Cassini searches. I believe that info came off of eBay's website because I clicked on the link that brought me to eBay "7 steps to listing" ( not the exact wording ). It also talks about using condition, like new, excellent , excellent used , etc. in your title. I've been avoiding using these terms in my description and I don't use them in the title. Does anyone have any thoughts on this?
Agreed I am the guy who sold a used varsity coat for $650! Haha Justin
exactly. i have some varsity jackets that are up at $100 and they won't move, ya just never know!
You guys are getting famous. I listed a mannequin on Craigslist recently (because I've switched over to dress forms - way less creeepy) and a person contacted me about it basically to ask why I was selling it. Somehow in the course of the conversation, it turns out that he is a big fan of your podcast and I'm a total disciple and we are in the same city and it was just beyond cool. Although he will not be buying my creepy mannequin - it was great to find a fellow trash elf out in the wild.
you guys are the famous ones. trash elf nation!
For some reason your mannequin story reminded me of one of my top fav movies, Lars and the Real Girl. :-)
Jay & Ryanne,Not sure when you will be in New Orleans but wanted to mention that the Tennessee Williams festival is March 30-April 3rd in the French Quarter. I thought one thing that especially might appeal to Ryanne's performance art background and Jay's literature background is the Stella Yelling Contest! I studied English Lit also, and nerdy as it may seem, this is definitely on my travel list. Cheers!http://www.tennesseewilliams.net
We'll be in NOLA in early May, but thanks for the link.
Hmm you're going to miss everything? Jazz Festival ends May 1 and the Bayou Boogaloo doesn't start until May 20.
we're not event go'ers. we like to walk the city, go to junk stores, dig through the trash and MAYBE go out to eat.
The trash can be good there. Lots of old stuff sitting in attics, especially Uptown. People will just put it out on the curb. I made some incredible finds at garage sales, too. The junk stores can be good but there are so many antique dealers in the city that there is a lot of competition. But with such a volume of stuff you can still find things. I think my favorite thrift store is gone, though. It was a St Vincent DePaul on Magazine Street, Uptown, that was smelly and dirty but did not appear to have anyone screening for high value items.
Jay & Ryanne -- you guys are the best! I'm a fairly new ebay seller, and I honestly could not have gotten this far without you guys. I'm at 300 items right now and I've been experimenting with Bonanza. I just sold my first item today, but got bummed out because PayPal doesn't offer the Regional rate A box as an option. Lame. Anyway-- thanks for all your help! Stay awesome! :)
T, you can go to USPS.com and print your label so that you can use the regional A box. After you purchase the label, just go back to Bonanza, enter the tracking number and marked the item as shipped. Plus USPS usually offers a discount for printing the label online.
PayPal offers it on ebays items although honestly I use the regionals more for regular priority. The pricing is usually better
Can you print from usps.com without paying for the service?
no additional charge for printing at USPS.com AND usually you will get a discount.
Unfortunately USPS phased out click-n-ship discount pricing Jan 17th of this year. Retail pricing only. I just compared today's prices versus last month's prices for a few Christmas packages I sent. Pkg 1; Dec 10.66 - Jan 14.95Pkg 2; Dec 24.53 - Jan 45.10(Yikes!!)Also, this message currently up on USPS site:"Attention Click-N-Ship Customers: Regional Rate Boxes A and B were inadvertently removed during our last update. We?re working to put them back as soon as possible. Please watch this space for updates."
Question for everyone. I have a vintage stereo up for $300 and got a message from a buyer if doing pickup was possible. I understand it completely since he said he's only 13 miles away and the stereo weighs 30lb+ so shipping would still be pretty high.He only has 2 feedback so I'm a little weary. Advice? Like making sure they pay ahead of time or sigh some papers? Just worried about a paypal charge back down the road.
As Steve said below, you can just print out an invoice and have them sign it. I doubt it'd totally cover you if the buyer caused a problem, but I imagine it sets the tone that the local pick up is legit.We've sold a lot of furniture the past 18 months. Buyers either come to our home or we drop it off. We make buyers pay through Paypal before the transfer. We've never had anyone sign anything. No problems at all.Like I always say, 99.999999% of buyers want the item they're buying. Grumpy buyers can happen, but it's not the norm. Usually we can tell a problem buyer just by the kinds of messages they send...and then choose not to sell to them.
Yes, and make sure all communication is through ebay messaging too. It could possibly turn out to be an issue, but I don't assume everyone out there is a jerk. If he's close by, I would do it. We recently bought something on ebay and the seller was very close to us. We messaged and asked if we could do pick up and they agreed. Happened to be having dinner just down the street from where we lived and we met them at the restaurant. Saved us the shipping cost! :)
I agree, NO COD's and use Paypal. Also, if he doesnt like it when he sees it in person... do not refund his money to him in person. Inform him he will have to go through the message system to ask for a refund. Its a bummer to have to pay fees on something like this but we pay for protection, services, traffic and advertising when we pay our fees. Well worth it. Have someone with you if you feel at all uncomfortable to deal with this alone. That is my 2 cents. I personally do not like doing face to face business. I get extreme anxiety from the stress and choose not to sell that way. If i do have a local pickup item, I will leave it at the consignment shop near my house where i do business and they help me out with it. If i throw them a $10.00 or $20.00 once in a while they are pleased. It also brings a browser into the store who may shop.
I consider local pickup of anything delicate requiring extreme packaging a great convenience for me. Have you hem pay through PayPal, you may need to send them an invoice with $0.00 for shipping.I made up this form to have them sign, I'm not sure of its legality but it provides some evidence of the pickup. Onkyo Delta Stereo Power AmplifierItem price $99.95Quantity 1Item number 32152938xxxxShipping service Local PickupOrder totalSubtotal $99.95Shipping $0.00Total$99.95Order informationOrder placed onTuesday, Sept. 23, 2014Payment method PayPalPayment dateTuesday, Sept. 23, 2014Acknowledgment of customer pick up.Signed ____________________________________ Date ________________Chris Xxx Park Drive Xxxx, SD 570xxUnited StatesPhone number605 xxx 1266
Thanks for sharing this info, Steven. OK, I just have to ask: What is your pup's name in your picture? Is he/she a collie?
Her name is Bleu. She's a blue Merle smooth collie.
I had a blue merle sheltie. She was the love of my life. Can't bear to get another dog. It just couldn't compare to her.
I have a 13-year-old Sheltie (tri-color). It is unbearable when they go, but they certainly are pure joy to live with.
The lead sealing pliers are for sealing items with wire and a piece of lead. For example at a large company an employee will leave and take their personal tool box. The company will inspect the toolbox to make sure the person leaving is not taking any company property with them. After the inspection they seal the toolbox up with wire and put a lead seal on the wire. Then when they leave they look at the box at the exit, check the seal and they are good to go.
I was listening this morning and saw the lead seal crimper tool you had. My husband used to use these when he inspected sprinkler systems. For example to be sure a valve was left in the "on" position, a loop of wire would be put through the valve and both ends of the wire crimped with a lump of lead using this tool. Sometimes the tool had a logo of the company who did the inspection on it. Think of it as like an embossed notary seal. It was a tamper proofing device. I am sure it had other uses other than sprinkler system valves. Lead seals have been replaced by plastic devices. I know we have one of these buried in our garage somewhere.
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Questions to all the seasoned ebayers, is there an easy way to see what has sold in a specific category? I do a search but my results always come back empty and it throws me to the home page. I guess I'm asking if you can do a search, "without" entering a specific search term? I just want to see whats selling in certain categories, my sales have been way down the last three weeks. So I am reevaluating everything. Thanks!
You need to narrow it down a little. If you type in electronics and search the consumer electronics category you can then search solds.
Thanks Steven, so there really is no way to see ALL that sells in a specific category. Not every listing would have electronics in the title, or I am missing something here?
Yes there is a way to search all solds in a category or subcategory without using a search term. Start on the eBay opening page (with all the annoying “Today’s Featured Collections”) that has a list of major categories in a pull down menu across the top, right below the search box. Click on one, for example Collectibles & Art. On the page it takes you to there is a menu down the left hand side of the page with subcategories. If you hover over Collectibles, for example, you’ll see a menu of subcategories to click on, for example Advertising. If you click on Advertising, you’ll see the Show Only and Sold Listings box down on the left and go from there. Depending on the level of the category or subcategory you’re at, it may keep giving you menus when instead you want to stay where you are and look at listings. In that case, you may have to scroll down the page and find “Search All _______” or sometimes “Shop All _________” and click that. Then you can choose Show Only Sold Listings. If you want all solds in a sub- sub- sub-category, just keep drilling down on the left. Another way to find a wide range of categories and subcategories in a clickable list is to go all the way to the bottom of the opening page and click Site Map.
Thank you Linda for the link and Temudgin! Genius this is exactly what I was looking for. I should have assumed it would be convoluted, lol, par for the course. Thanks again,awesome! :)
That is very close to literally awesome! I've always wanted to that and didn't think it was possible. Thanks Temudgin!
Hi Guys,I've been having a problem with tracking shipments and it's started to show up on my Dashboard.Not all of the Scans are showing up. The Ebay link for scanning is to USPS.com. The Post Office has their own scan records. For some reason the USPS scans are not complete. Many of my items don't show a scan until they hit the delivery city. It makes it look like I'm not getting them out. The Post Office internal scans have much more.The Post Office confirmed this (they could see the discrepancy on their screen). I called Ebay and informed them. If it doesn't get fixed soon, I'll probably have to change my handling time, so i don't lose my Top Rated Seller Status.Is anyone else having this issue?Thanks for the Great Site and Podcast....JOE
are you in the Northeast? the storm messed up a bunch of my tracking. things were sitting at our post office for almost 5 days and some stuff got re-routed all over the place. could that have had something to do with it? did ebay say they would fix your shipping defects?
If ebay is going to base our ratings on scans, I see that as a problem. When I drop things off at the P.O., it can take up to 12 hours (sometimes more) to get scanned. Also, there are about 5 different scan messages that always change and don't give much info. When my carrier picks up a package he usually scans it within an hour so at least I see a "picked up" message, but even that is hinkey. I don't mind if it's not a perfect system, but if we are going to get dinged (i.e., lose money) that's a problem.
I'm confused. I thought eBay expected a package to be scanned just once somewhere along the way. Are your packages not being scanned at all? We arent having this issue. You might want to talk to your local PO about how theyre scanning packages.
I just re-read your comment and I'm even more confused. If your mail carrier scans the package within an hour of pickup, whats the issue? Even when you drop off, it doesnt matter if it takes 12 hours to be scanned. It just needs to be scanned at some point along the journey.If I'm not understanding, I need you to explain more clearly how eBay is penalizing you and link to a page of the eBay rules you;re referring to.
Sorry, I was just commenting on what Joe said. I'm not a TRS, but will qualify to be one soon - and I thought the big change was supposed to be getting dinged for deliveries that weren't "on-time." Maybe I am misunderstanding the upcoming changes. That is totally possible.I was under the assumption that what is considered on-time was based on when the item was scanned (not when you print the label). I thought this was the problem Joe was having and realized it might affect me too. As I said, carrier pick-up usually works fine because he scans (most) packages. I have spoken to my local p.o. about lack of scans when I drop off packages with them. They could not really give a satisfactory answer. From what I was able to glean, a package might not show as scanned until it gets to its first or second destination because, while it does indeed get scanned, the scanned info has to be uploaded by employees in a separate step - and that might not happen until the end of their shift.Sorry if this seems nonsensical or like a waste of time. Really my original worry was, how can ebay ask a buyer to rate us on whether a package was on-time if we ship it out when we say we will, and then ding us on the info the buyer provides. If the p.o. or whatever shipper is slow (not showing scans would come into play here), we have no control over that. Again, maybe I don't understand any of this. Sorry. I'll stop now.
There is a new statistic in the Seller dash for late deliveries. If an item is delivered late, the seller gets a defect, unless he can show that he shipped the item within his handling time.If the Post Office is not displaying all the scans, it can be a problem to prove to Ebay that the item was shipped timely.I have two defects so far for this reason.I need to contact the Post Office again to see if this will be corrected. Otherwise, I'll just changed my handling time and probably be happier in the long run. Less Stress...
No, I'm in the Los Angeles area. The problem is that not all the scans are showing up on the screen we (and Ebay look at.). Now with all the late deliveries due to the bad weather, I won't be able to show that I got them picked up within my handling time.It's been a problem for a while, but I didn't dig into it before, because it didn't affect my seller performance.The USPS.com Tracking (Ebay) is not showing all the scans that the Post Office internal website does.Ebay took a report, that's about it.on 1/26 I took a package to the Post office myself, watched her scan it and got a receipt. The first scan showing is 1/27 when it got to the next post office. The acceptance is not showing at all.At least I know what the problem is. At first I though packages just were not being scanned. At least I know they are being scanned. When I CALL the post office they have all the information in front of them.I'm just curious to know if it's happening to anyone else. With the new rules, I'm sure we'll hear about it.Thanks
Not sure I understand the problem. Under the new rules, an acceptance is not required.
If an item is delivered late, the seller gets a defect, unless he can show that the item had it's first scan within the handling time.I have two defects so far for this reason.
If eBay needs a way to make sure sellers are shipping quickly, there must be some system in place. Just looked at our performance with the new standards. Late shipment rate0.78%4 of 512 transactionsSo no problem on or end. Maybe the shipping issue is local with your PO. The key for us is volume. Any bad defects gets diluted by plenty of sales.
Yes, that's the problem. The post Office is not displaying all the scans. When I call Ebay, they make a decision based on what is displayed in the Post Office tracking.I'll just call the Post Office again tomorrow and see what happens.
Never a rhyme or reason to what sells$150 for this MTV Denim Jacket. Lisa bought that for $3.http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-90s-MTV-Denim-Jean-Jacket-Original-Vintage-Rock-History-Size-XL-USA-/161842744689$50 for Harley gloves. I got those for $2http://www.ebay.com/itm/Harley-Davidson-Motorcycles-Genuine-Leather-Biker-Gloves-Mens-Size-XXL-/161876028485$25 for a Terminator T Shirt. Probably a $1 I paid for it.http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-90s-Universal-Studios-Casual-Terminator-T-shirt-Mens-Size-XL-/151865909639$85 for a card can't complainhttp://www.ebay.com/itm/2008-Topps-McDonalds-All-American-KEMBA-WALKER-Rookie-Auto-RC-KW-PSA-10-/151731718009$300 for another card can't complain about that one either.http://www.ebay.com/itm/2012-13-Panini-Immaculate-Andre-Drummond-Auto-Jersey-25-SP-Rookie-BGS-9-/151911116021Over $20 each for these random t-shirts I usually pay around $1 for them. Easy money and of course no measurements.http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-College-Concepts-Syracuse-University-Casual-Polo-Shirt-Mens-Size-L-/151871030035http://www.ebay.com/itm/Speed-Racer-Graphic-Retro-T-shirt-Mens-Size-2XL-/161704078696http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-My-Chemical-Romance-Concert-Tour-T-shirt-Mens-Size-S-/151732264380Broncos T-shirt $40. Superbowl front runners are ready to go.http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Wise-Superbowl-XXI-86-AFC-Champions-Denver-Broncos-T-Shirt-Mens-Size-XL-/161752013523
Nice Speed Racer shirt in 2XL. I have a picture in my mind’s eye of the big guy who’ll wear that.
Hi fellow trash elves, I know we have jewelry sellers here. Pls advise what is the set up you have in taking jewelry markings. I seem to remember someone saying magnifying glass, but how to hold both the magnifying glass and camera steady for clear pictures? Thanks a lot
oddly, my magnifying glass fits perfectly onto my camera's lens, so i just put it on there and snap the photo. it's like a super macro lens attachment basically. what kind of camera are you using?
Hi ryanne, I have a Panasonic gf3 with pancake lens but just a jewelry loupe. I will hunt down a normal sized magnifying glass, thanks
this is the one i have that fits perfectly over our 20mm pancake lens--http://is.gd/UeWZRW
My Olympus SP-700 point and shoot camera has a macro setting that takes clear photos of the tiniest marks, no problem. No loupe needed. I cannot recommend it enough. My husband researched the best macro setting camera when he bought it for me a few years ago. I also recommend talking to the experts at www.bhphotovideo.com. They are the best in our opinion. We even took the time to visit their store in NYC the last time we went there. Amazing facility and employees. Highly recommend a trip there if you can make it. They also carry many other items such as musical instruments.
Hi folks. Well, I went and did it. I'd heard here on the SL podcast or blog about how profitable wool rugs can be. So I bought of 3 used ones for $20.00. They are a floral pattern and look to be persian or turkish, but I'm clueless as to how to determine their origin (no labels and seller didn't know). I seem to remember there was a link on this blog to some information about how rug identification or something to that effect. Does anyone have the link handy or does anyone know where I can find out more information about these rugs/carpets? My eyes are going buggy scrolling through images online and Google image search isn't pulling up anything identical, only similars. Anyway, any help is appreciated and, as always, thanks for the great information both the SL folks and those who comment here provide. Invaluable.
Bonanza question: shipping options while listing, are only priority, media mail, and one other one. Is that what everyone else sees? Also, I don't see a handling option anywhere.
hmmmm, can't help you with this as I only import from ebay to Bonanza...or rather Bonanza imports for me. I don't charge a handling fee on ebay.
i thought bonanza just used whatever options you gave to ebay. i don't think i've ever listed straight onto bonanza itself....
That's what happens when I look at a listing after it has been imported from ebay. I wanted to see what the listing was going to look like after it was imported and before it went live. I clicked on "add or edit items." When I moused over the picture of an item, I selected edit which brings up the listing. In the shipping section, it had USPS selected automatically. I have parcel post or standard shipping selected in ebay for 99% of my items, so that part makes sense. After that you can check a box to let the customer select their own shipping and pay exact shipping. After that, there were those limited options I mentioned with check boxes next to them: USPS Media Mail Parcel, USPS Priority Mail, USPS Priority Mail Express. Weird. I don't really want to go live yet to find out what shipping option bonanza selects for me automatically. I guess I will have to ask them what's up with that before I do - or just go for it like everyone else seems to have done.
Hi,I went Full Time about 7 months ago after a career change. It's been slow and I'm still in the hole every month. I've live in southern California and have a mortgage.I'm getting better and better. I was focused on the number of listings, but now I think the total money (Value of all listings) is more important. I've got close to 960 items listed now.I really don't sell much clothes, except trucker hats and shoes. I now have piles of death and I'm amazed at the stuff I find all the time. I went to a rummage sale last week and bought three pairs of glasses and a pair of shoes.. they charged me $3... I got a real nice pair of Michael Shannon Mens Leather Shoes, a pair of Vintage Calvin Klein Sunglasses, a pair of Van Heusen Eyeglasses and a pair of Versace Eyeglasses. I love this country.Anyway, I've listened to all the podcasts available and just wanted to say hey...
So with that many items and being full time, do you mind if I ask what an average week for you is profit wise?
So far this month, I made a staggering $1300 in sales.. that's for the whole month. My cogs are generally 10 to 15%. I found an auction selling box lots of estate sale leftovers for cheap. There's profit, but it really slowed me down, because I was sifting through so much low value stuff to find the few good items. I really need to value my time better.So far my best month has been about $1800 and my low one is about $1000. $1500 is probably a good average. Now that the holidays are over the rummage sales are starting up again and I can find the real gems again. My eye for buying is much improved over the last six months.I've also go a bunch of WW2 Photographs and documents I found in a recent box lot that I still have to list. There should be some decent money there.My goal right now is to feed the pipeline. If I can make $1300 on 1000 items, maybe I can make $5000 on 4000 items..I ordered the new large USPS boxes. I've been told they may get us into over sized territory on USPS shipping. If so, I'll just cut them down to the legal size. Anyway.. I'm babbling. My friend are so tired of hearing Ebay talk from me...JOE
I'm jealous. I've been at this for a while now and your sales are better than mine. How do you know what to look for? I'm beginning to think my eye for things isn't very good. I'm buying the wrong kind of stuff and leaving the good stuff behind. How did you get started?
After I decided to leave my old career behind, My life was a bit upside down. I didn't know if i would sell my house or what I was going to do next.I did a cosmetic renovation of my house myself, because It needed it and it was a good move, whether I decided to keep it or sell it.I had a pretty extensive Matchbox/Hot Wheels collection. As much as I enjoyed it, I was out of work and running through my savings to pay my bills. I decided that i didn't have the luxury of owning this collection and began to sell it.I sold on auction, but quickly realized things were selling way to low. Then I got mad and just put them on Buy it Now. To my surprise they eventually sold.I started buying other toy cars on auction and selling them at a fixed price. I was making money. I would buy a car for $12 and sell it for $30... all on Ebay. The Problem was it was very time consuming and in the long run not worth it.I listened to another podcast and tried to educate myself. I went to thrift shops and estate sales. I just wasn't finding the good stuff. Everyone wanted too much and my field of expertise was too narrow.Then I found the community yard sales.. Oh boy. here's the stuff. Next I found the church sponsored rummage sales. If it was $1 and I had a good feeling, I'd buy it. At that price, you only have to get 1 in 4 good buys and still be way ahead of the game. I'd spend $50 to $100 a weekend and fill up the car twice.You need to educate yourself. Go to an auction and spend $10 for a box of stuff that looks promising. When you get home check it all out on your computer. You never know what gems are in there.Education is not cheap. It is either going to cost you time or money and sometimes both.There's a lot of items I'be bought and sold that I wouldn't again. I hate glassware and the fragility involved. Electronics are good, but there's always the chance they won't work.. even if you've tested them.I wish I know more about jewelry and fashion. I don't know if I've got the motivation to learn. I know more about Matchboxes and Hot Wheels than a grown adult really should.. but they are tough to find cheap.There is not quicker way of learning than doing. Keep your purchase prices low and don't be afraid to make mistakes. The more you buy, the smarter you'll get.If you don't get that adrenaline rush when you've found a real score.. you're probably in the wrong business...Anyway..that's my story and my 2 cents..And most of all make sure you are having FUN.. because life to short..
Hey Joe, Funny you mention Matchboxes and Hot Wheels. There is a huge sale in my area from an apparently huge estate. They say the have these brands and more:Hot WheelsTreasure HuntsMatchboxSuper KingsErtlCATJohn DeereJohnny LightningMaistoCorgiUnfortunately, I know nothing about them. Besides going there and looking up every car or package, what approach would you recommend for finding the good stuff and leaving the cheap stuff alone? It looks like there are a lot of packaged items, so I will probably try to scan them with the ebay app, but I could use all the help I can get.Thanks
Generally speaking the older the better. If the sale was well advertised, the good stuff will go really fast. As a rule you want stuff from the mid 1970's and before. the date on the bottom of the cars only tells you when the design was first made. You can buy a car with a 1970 stamp on the bottom that was actually made in 1998 and has little value, the packaging date is more accurate.Some of the variations and colors are rare, some super rare and worth a lot of money.This is a very specialized area and requires a lot of knowledge. You might have to look up each and every item in the beginning. You may want to go to the various forums and read about them. There are several books written by Charlie Mack, specifically about old matchboxes.There is no easy route to this knowledge. If you know nothing about them, you may want to just stay away and focus on items you already have an interest in, and some prior knowledge.Looking at the list you produced, I get the feeling that those are probably from the late 1980's and later.Good Luck..Can you scan with the bay App?
Thanks. I know there is a lot to know, but I thought there might be a couple of things to look out for.Yep, you can scan UPC's with the ebay app. if you touch search it comes up as an option. If you have a bad camera, it can be a real pain; otherwise, it works great (if the item is on ebay of course).
Cool.. the scan works, but I've scanned a couple of items so far and no product information is found. is it working for you?
Hello People, quick question. Does any body understand this offer I received on a $9.95 hat? I sure don't. I don't know how to respond to this guy."Would you accept an offer of $12 to 28642?????????"Should I just block him? Or am I not seeing something obvious?Thanks,Perplexed
zip code. He's wanting it for $12 shipped to zip 28642
Ahhh! Thank you. Don't know why that didn't register in my pea brain. :-)
Paging Hollywood Paul! Paging Hollywood Paul! Come in, Hollywood Paul!I bought a painting today with an older "Hollywood Studio Gallery" label on it. Do you know the place? It looks like they rent art to studios, but also do general framing? Am I on the right track? Thanks!
Questions re shipping under new pricing for standard size packages between 1-3 pounds. It seems that priority has become quite expensive for boxes moving across the country. Are people with higher volume stores finding FedEx Smartpost pricing is much better? Is your USPS mail carrier or post office scanning Smartpost packages in right away and are your packages arriving by the expected date? I use a PO drop bin and I'm concerned about scan delays. Also I read online (just a Google search) that in the past Smartpost often ran later than estimated. Thanks - your feedback is helpful.
you can't drop smartpost off at the post office, only fedex can pick it up. it's a ground service so it's the slowest. depends on where you're shipping it, but yeah it can take 12 days to get somewhere depending.
Danna Crawford is saying you can if it (also?) has a usps bar code, but the carriers may not be aware of it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQj8RbeCHw8
but why does ebay give you this message when you print a FedEx smartpost label? "FedEx SmartPost packages can be dropped off at any staffed FedEx location, including FedEx Office centers. Please do not drop off your FedEx SmartPost packages at street-corner FedEx drop boxes. Please also note that FedEx SmartPost packages should never be dropped off at the U.S. Post Office, or picked up by your local mail person."
I would love that because I drive ten miles each way to drop off my FedEx pkgs.
That would be a great question to ask Danna on her YouTube channel
I'm thinking of either throwing my semi functional printer on Craig's list or parting it out. I've never parted out anything and I'm not 100 percent sure what all I can take from it. Has anyone else ever parted out a color laser printer or something similar? Any tips? It's a brother printer.
I ran into a bit of a frustrating issue yesterday while trying to list a UPS hat on eBay. I used key words that I see being used on other sold items but whenever I submit my listing eBay won't let me list the item stating that they don't allow the sale of used USPS uniforms. This obviously isn't a USPS uniform item but eBay's website seems to thing otherwise. Here is the listing title I'm trying to use "United Parcel Service UPS Logo Uniform Black Adjustable Hat" Any ideas on how to tweak this so that eBay stops refusing the listing thinking it's a USPS uniform?
Try putting UPS in quotes "UPS"
you can't list UPS uniforms on ebay either. we had a hat we tried to list, no dice.
What if you just took out the word uniform? I I have a fed ex hat but no ups. I'm assuming either uniform with UPS or justge ups word is getting robot flagged.
I don't have a solution but I can see 300+ UPS hats on eBay so it's either a new filter or those other people are doing something different. I'll be interested to hear a solution as I have a couple of hats that I will be listing soon.
That happened to me with a Nike hat. Don't know why though. I would try "United Parcel Service" in the title and UPS in the description.
I wouldn't want some creep showing up at my house in a fake UPS or USPS uniform. I guess that's why it is banned.
I just came across a great website: CHECKAFLIP.COMSuper quick research info! I never use my phone when sourcing because it just seems to time consuming and cumbersome to look at completed listings on a tiny screen. This site instantly gives you completed and active pricing info AND percent sold which is Awesome! Thought I'd share!
I am constantly on my phone when sourcing. I hate to admit it, but it's true. I'm often texting with other trash elf friends, but just as often I'm looking up items or marks, especially when an item seems interesting but the prices are higher than I can afford to gamble.I played around with checkaflip for a minute; I ran six searches for items already in my store and in 5/6 of the cases my items didn't appear; I ran five searches for items I've recently sold and none of them appeared. So I don't know what the timeframe of the information on the site is, but the "percent sold" is certainly an interesting metric you can't easily get from eBay.
I don't think immediate updating is that important unless you are selling hot items that would have a wide variance in sales from month to month. I think that the % sold info. is so valuable. And it was fast! I intend to use it for quick "in the field" decisions while sourcing.
Going against the grain here but I'm broke and gotta do what I gotta do. I'm wanting to blow out some stuff and Im even thinking of throwing them on a 3 day auction with a decent starting price but I don't know the best way to do it. It won't let me switch from buy now to auction while its active. If I want to do a category I'd have to wait and somehow keep up with all of the items until they ended and then put them on auction. Seems complicated. Is there an easier way to blow out some stuff?
Couldn't you just end the Buy it now auction and then relist as an auction?.. or am I missing something..
I don't want to end them all. One to me it looks bad and two that means paying double insertion fees for each item.
I understand how you want eBay to work, but there's no way to turn "buy it now" to Auction without ending it. You'll also pay a new insertion fee. If you want to blow it out, don't be coy. Go for it.
My eBay>Activity>ActiveFind desired listing, go to far right column, click "more actions", choose "Send to online auction" from dropdown menu.Fees may apply, be aware that 1 - 3 day auctions have a $1 "special duration" fee.
You could put the items on a significant sale and see if that stirs up some interest. Are your items getting decent traffic? If you've got evidence that people are checking out the items but not buying them, a sale might stimulate purchases, but if you've got a low number of views per item it might just be that nobody wants the pieces right now (in which case switching to auctions might not work either.) It's hard to say. How much longer until the listings expire naturally?Also, what do you mean about ending and relisting "looking bad"? To eBay or to the prospective buyer?
Wow lol. Was surfing eBay and someone is selling a wooden train puzzle that actually makes train noises and do you know what the seller titled it?...."puzzle". That's it! Geez lol.
you should check their other listings, i think that title was a mistake. a lot of times when you're just telling ebay what you're selling to get them to guess your category. the other day i was selling a carved wood bird, so i typed that in to start the listing to get the right category and then totally forgot to change the title. so it got listed with the title 'carved wood bird' rather the more descriptive one i had intended it to have. i revised it, but this person might not have caught that. that being said, a lot of people do have terrible titles and it's not a mistake.
Hello Jay and Ryanne,I am a bright girl but some things do get away from me. I contacted you back in October when I first started on Ebay after I closed a brick and mortar bookstore and binge listened to all of your podcasts. Jay helped me with identifying a Stiffler Lamp. Anyway, I said then my goal was to get to the 500 listings by the end of December. As I sit listing now with 24 more items before I hit my 500 mark, I came to realize that with all the sales I have had since I began I have actually listed 545 items already. Yeah! I'm selling at least one item a day.What I have learned is that, yes, newbies should just start listing and try to get to 500. By reaching this milestone, I have learned a whole lot through mistakes about shipping, postage, returns, copying listings, and buying. I have thoroughly enjoyed the process and journey and can see this becoming full-time soon but not as soon as I thought. I have started listening to your podcasts from the beginning, again. Of course, they have more meaning to me, now. So, thanks for being video friends, in my head, as I have begun this fun work. In closing, your podcasts are my favorite because I can actually work while listing as opposed to the other great video blogs where they are always asking you to look at their item. Thanks, again. P.S. I think the reason I haven't receive response from previous posts I've made is because I would comment under someone else's thread not as a separate post. Here's to learning that as well.
Hi Barbara,This is a great testimonial to all of Jay and Ryanne's hard work in sharing their knowledge and experiences with the rest of us. The only way to gain experience is by doing. You learn from your mistakes and that makes your business better.
Congrats Barbara. You did all the work. Glad we could keep you company during all those hours of listing. I agree with Anne. You can watch all the tutorials and listen to all the podcasts, but ultimately starting to list and ship is the only way to learn.
Thanks, Jay. Thanks, Anna. I'm pretty pleased with myself. I plan to start tracking consistently my sales, now, and participate more.
Recently I created a post regarding two undeserved defects I received for late shipping. I approached the issue from the wrong direction entirely and I'm pretty sure overreacted.On the New Seller dashboard there is a statistic called "Late Shipment Rate". My two defects puts me at 0.74%. Jay posted that he and Ryanne were at 0.78%.. almost the same.Is that kind of what everyone is seeing. the limit is 3.00%. Since this is new statistic, I'm trying to get a feel for what the norm is and don't want to create problems that don't exist.Thanks
Yes, you are creating problems that don't exist.I shared our "Late Shipment Rate" percentage as an example that it's not a big deal as long as you're under 3%. Worrying about every late scan is silly because eBay has a system where they expect some mistakes on either our side or the PO's side.There is no benefit to being 0% late scans. Or 0% defects. All that matters is that you're under the percentage needed for Top Rated Seller Status (if you want the discount).
Thanks, Jay. I'm a real numbers guy, sometimes to an extreme. I'm always watching the credit score and haven't got my first negative feedback yet. The reality is none of it has to be perfect.. it just has to be good.... Change tends to stress me out.I appreciate the perspective... JOE
Well now I have German records I know nothing about. The records feel so thick. It was an accident buy. Thought I was bidding on a box of photos but the "albums" were records lol. Oops. I could see the photos (that evidently were next up) but I didn't see the records in the guys hands walking around. Only out 5 bucks so its OK. Some good condition but mostly scratched broken junk. I don't know which German words to list them with so it will probably land in my get to it eventually pile. I did manage to get a nice shelf with a broken mower for 3 bucks. Weird pairing. No one wanted the mower so they thru in the shelf. I wanted the shelf lol. I gave the mower away immediately.
I came up with a kind of mantra (or motto really):List everyday what you want to make everyday.In other words, if I want to gross $300 a day I should be listing $300 worth of items a day.Will it work? I don't know, but I think it's a good way to think about it - and maybe it will push me to list every day.I think it kind of works conceptually because when you think about it practically it makes sense.Say an average item lists for $30. That works out to 10 items a day, 300/mo, 3,600/yr. Somehow that seems to jibe with reality. Even if it doesn't totally work, hey, if I could list that much, I know I'd be making more than I am now.Hope this helps somebody (and me too). Now back to listing what I want to make...
I think it's great to make goals like this. Since listing on eBay can feel like and endless, unquenchable hole, $300/day of items is a specific, attainable achievement.I usually am into having goals of 'making space". Like "I want to photograph this pile of stuff in the corner so we can have that space back".
I would just say to adjust the equation for 80% sell through (not even the best pickers sell everything so for example if you want to gross $300 a day then list $360 a day)and multiply be 48 weeks a year to adjust for vacations, sick days and lazy days.
There's not a better motto than "always be listing". If you listed just 10 extra things a week that's 520 items a year. Multiply that by your average sold price and it's pretty crazy just how much more you can make by working a little harder.
Maybe this topic has been beat to death, but I've listened to the podcasts and never heard anyone really doing it exactly, the way I do.. So I'll run through it quick.. Shipping a Coffee Cup in a padded envelope...........I buy 7" X 5" X 4" boxes from "ecoswift".. which is an Ebay store (sorry, my computer skills are really limited as far as links etc.) They cost me about 30 cents each in bulk and are great for other items as well.Wrap the cup in Bubblewrap and put appropriate packing material in the box (as if, you were shipping in the box alone.) Then place the box in the envelope. There is more then enough room to place more packing material between the outside of the box and the padded envelope. (at least on the sides.)I haven't had any problems or breakage yet and have shipped a bunch.The box cost I add on to the price of the mug. Many mugs are over a pound, so it enables me to sometimes save the buyer up to $5 in shipping and hopefully have him choose my mug.I also ship anything else that will fit this way. I ship Polaroid cameras too, but it's more work and you have to modify the box.
Yeah I would say under a pound to just put the mug in a box and let it go. It's cheap and safe and goes priority. When a mug is slightly over it drives me crazy. 1.2 should be a lower price than 1.15 bit its not. If it's on my coast line its just a matter of some cents. If it's going west it jumps several dollars. I've found that USPS offers small boxes that fit in the padded flat rate envelopes easy but I haven't found a mug sized box to fit in there. I honestly don't know if it's worth the effort to try to make it work.
I agree with everything you are saying. It definitely does work, but you have to buy the boxes. It requires some extra work too. It is still Priority mail, so you get the insurance etc. The nice thing is you can put other items in there that can weigh a whole lot more and it's still a flat rate. Those particular boxes are pretty light, so I use them quite a lot for my smaller first class items too.The Big Oversize Mugs are generally too large to fit in the boxes.I'm not saying it's the answer for everyone, but It gives me a lot of flexibility shipping with the with the flat rate padded envelope.
How important are package dimensions when printing labels through ebay? There have been times I have rushed printing a label and forgot to add package dimensions but the packages were still picked up and delivered just fine. I understand having the exact weight is very important, I'm just wondering about dimensions. Thank you
if it's going to be over 12", you need dimensions for USPS. if you're sending FedEx (like Ground or SmartPost) you'll need dimensions all the time. good luck!
awesome, thanks Ryanne!