I went to an eBay meet up at eBay headquarters and they talked about these two listing tools. Both have fees, although SnapPhoto doesn't at the moment. CrazyLister is a listing template and seems like it would take a long time to create a listing. CrazyLister is a drag and drop editor for eBay that allows sellers to create professional listings without coding skills. You can choose from a library of templates or create your own using CrazyLister’s image gallery. You can also add tabs and videos to your listings quickly and easily. https://crazylister.comSnapPost is a mobile application that simplifies the posting process on eBay. You snap a few pictures of the item you want to sell and that's it, you are done! From the photos, SnapPost will identify, research and value the item, and write a keyword rich title and description for you. Once you approve the work, the item lists onto your eBay account. http://snappost.comI wanted to say thanks to Dan and Lisa. Seeing their 100% feedback while using the title as the description has really made my listing process much faster. I was trying to write great ad copy, but their sales show me that is unnecessary.
Hi,I'm Max, co-founder at CrazyLister.Thanks for participating at the meet-up, we were delighted to see such a turn out for the event.As for the software, creation time depends on your starting point, there is an option to start from blank which will take longer than using one of the designer-made templates we offer.We are launching a new on-boarding guide which will help getting started really quickly and see the value of CrazyLister within seconds.We welcome you to try it and will be more than happy to hear your feedback.Thanks again,Max
I also use my title as my description but then add another sentence or two, as I have heard that Cassini prefers that.
I've tried to simplify my item descriptions, but I realized that I'm an over describer. It's hard to stop. I like describing the positive features that made me buy it in the first place. I have to say i do get a lot of feedback that says Item exactly as described!
Could that A sweater have been an Andover sweater and not an Amherst sweater? It sure looked like it to me...there are pics of Bush #1 wearing something just like it in the yearbooks!
Here is a link http://www.classmates.com/blog/celebrity/george-h-w-bush/ :)
it could have been Phillips, but their school colors are Blue and White. this was distinctly a rich purple and white, which are the colors of Amherst College. but it could have been anywhere really. i just took a guess, no way to know for sure. i'm guessing someone in japan just wanted the look anyway.
Probably so :) It was a great sale either way! If it was really purple and not a navy that had faded into purple, it wasn't PA. I wasn't sure from my monitor. Hardly any PA clothing at all gets listed anymore, so I got pretty excited when I saw it!
I have been trying out a bit of a different riskier strategy recently and wanted to see what everyone thought. I had been previously trying to keep my average good around $3-4 which usually worked out as an average sale price of $25-30 depending on the month. Over the last several months, I have been looking to go after more expensive items with an eye towards bigger profits. I have been to several auctions recently and instead of buying lots of cheaper things have focused on higher dollar items with potential higher returns. For example, I bought 6 items for $228 this week and just listed them for $750 which is a much bigger risk but potential reward. Does this go against the scavenger mantra or is this just the further development of my business? What is the sweet spot?
Investing in higher dollar items is a good plan and definitely part of our routine. I think it's just a natural evolution of scavenging. It gets boring after a year of just selling $20-30 items. The challenge of finding higher dollar items is exciting. Plus as we became better scavengers, we realized that people were giving away items that sold for $100+. Or that we could buy these items for relatively cheap. Instead of buying items for under $5, we're now willing to spend up to $100 if the numbers make sense.One note: we find that many high dollar items take time to sell. Not always, but patience is key for us so we don't spend money we need to recoup immediately.Steven Schultz posts his numbers and sales on the blog each week. he's a good example of someone who's willing to spend big money to make big money.
I'm another one who will "put out" for the right piece--just bought a cool lamp at auction last night for over $100.
I've gradually increased the amount I'm willing to spend, but I'm afraid I'm still mostly in the cheap seats unless it's almost a sure thing or I've got a super-strong gut feeling about it. That said, I'm more focused on $3 items I can parlay into $50+ sales than $3 items that will only net me $20. So I've tried to up the game without upping the spending. "Tried" might be the operative word, of course...
Let's see some sales!This is the first computer program I ever bought and had my sister list it for $99.99 and it sold in about 5 minutes. Guess I should have tried to get more out of it but can't complain. Paid $2.http://www.ebay.com/itm/Crystal-Reports-8-5-Full-Developer-Edition-Software-/161967532914NY Jets Keychain. Random $20 boo ya. Maybe 25 cents paid for.http://www.ebay.com/itm/NFL-New-York-Jets-Football-Keychain-/161812693556Belt buckle for $30. Not a very good title but still sold for a nice price. Got for $1.http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-1978-Rain-Tree-Metal-Belt-Buckle-Belt-Mens-Size-33-/151893597659Air Jordan zip up $80. All Lisa on this one. I think $3 was paid for it.http://www.ebay.com/itm/Nike-Air-Jordan-Flight-Warm-Up-Track-Jacket-Mens-Size-Large-Michael-Jordan-/151948518507One of my favorite Cd's growing up Sum 41 t shirt for $25. Goodwill $1 special.http://www.ebay.com/itm/Short-Sleeve-Sum-41-Band-Graphic-T-shirt-Mens-/161719284229Some of my salvaged press photos from the dump. The person that threw these away legitimately threw away $15-$20K minimum. If they only knew. There were well over 1,000 pictures and they are selling for $15-$40 on average.$25 for a creepy Tom Petty pic.http://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-Original-Press-Photo-Tom-Petty-Rock-Musician-/151956202356$40 for my gangster bloods and crips photo. It was sold to some guy in Louisiana of all places.http://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-Original-Press-Photo-Bloods-Crips-Bangin-Wax-90s-Rap-Hip-Hop-/161840352755Dale Earnhardt hat. It's the classic list for a ridiculous price and someone thinks they are "lowballing" you and its a win win because they think they stole it.http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Chase-Racewear-NASCAR-Dale-Earnhardt-3-Trucker-Hat-Mens-One-Size-/151904340789
What was the story on the photos? I think I missed it. You found a box of photos at the dump?
My Dad's friend found 2 large boxes of these press photo's at are local dump. They were all about to be thrown away and he is friendly with the people there and they let him take them for free instead of getting thrown out. He doesn't sell on ebay and really had no use for 1,000+ press photo's. So I offered him $500 for all of them.I then paid a fried of mine $100 to scan all of these photo's front and back. He has a special scanner for this type of stuff. So Now I have all of these jpegs for the press photo's and I started to list them myself but I am pretty lazy so I took your advice and signed up for inkfrog.comI then uploaded all the pictures to inkfrog and paid someone 50 cents per listing to get list them at $49.99 best offer. All in I have spent around $1,100 between buying, scanning, and listing all of these photo's. Let's call it $1,200 for my 5 cent listing fee. With that being said I am selling these for $15-$40 on a regular basis. To this point I have sold around $2K worth at this point and it hasn't made a dent. I anticipate that they will generate $15-20K pretty easily over a 5 year window. Not bad for a $1,200 investment.There is also no rhyme or reason to what is selling. I sell Tom Petty to Polka bands that I have never heard of. I find that many of these are going overseas. So after that long winded response whoever threw those away threw $15-$20K in the dump and they were about to be in a landfill had it not been for my dad's friend. What is depressing is this probably happens on a daily basis around the country.
Hope you buy your dads friend a nice bottle of his favorite beverage. He could be a nice source of future inventory.
"Cause Fanny definitely means something different in the U.K.".... I literally LOL'ed... Good stuff, and I always look forward to your videos!Dusty
vango? tell us more about that site.
Vangoe.comIt's a site that allows you to import your eBay listings. It was started by an eBay seller.
I am the owner of Vangoe.com..if you have questions, just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeff was really helpful to us as we imported our eBay store into Vangoe. Good customer service is key.
That recipe box for the Microwave is really neat. Although I haven't done any research, I have heard that many people are getting rid of their microwaves as they are not good for us!? So fun to see the variety of items you sell. I can't believe that IHOP hat sold in that condition. Was that something you'd have for a while or a recent find? Not sure I'd take that home. LOL
Question for everyone: I'm rarely ever able to see the Best offer price now through Page Info (once in a while it still shows on there)..is there any other way to see it now?
Type the item number or the whole item url into the search bar at watchcount.com and you should be able to see it.
I feel that hats from companies are often bought by employees that have lost their uniform hat. This is a guess. So they dont care about the exact condition.
Thanks Kate, I totally forgot about watchcount. Thanks for the reminder.
Hi Sandy, to answer your question asked on Jan. 28 regarding upgrading my listings for phones. I switched from font size 14 to 12 for 1st line header (bold) and then a short description if needed and then 10 for my inserts....payment, shipping, etc. I'm using Trebuchet MS but others look good also. Left margin is key for me. Getting rid of colored font and centering, etc. has made it easier to read and quicker to list.
Thanks, Linda. I was listing away when I got a notice from eBay of a 24 hr. listing restriction. I thought the 1979 Playboy Playmate Desk Calendar looked odd in the middle of all my antiques and collectibles in my store. I don't know what I was thinking. I don't remember seeing a warning when I listed it. I guess it's supposed to be in "other" "adult". I should have known better. On closer inspection, well, I'll just say, I thought she had dark underwear on, but I was wrong. Oh, well. I can still edit my current listings. Or, maybe I'll take my punishment and go watch a movie.
Sandy, I have some Playboy magazine that I have wondered about listing. Don't want to get in trouble or have my store get a bad reputation. What do other's think of listing Playboys? I also have a neat Vargas style pinup on a mirror from a radiator shop.
I just looked at the "semi nude" listings and there are a lot that are questionable and in the "art" category. I wish I had never listed this $8 calendar. It's not worth it. I have a few 50's prints; one is a blonde floating around nude in an inner tube. I have so few that I think I'll not put any up, even in the adult category. I guess our customers would still see it if it's in our store. Or, maybe eBay puts a banner over it? There's one lady who is selling bikini thongs with very provocative poses and she's in the swim suit category. You must have to have just enough covered. It's not worth it to put your account in jeopardy, although you'll be okay of your in the "other-adult" category. Scheez, I feel so dirty! Just kidding.I did end 22 listings with "mammy" in the title. I'll just take it out tomorrow when the suspension is over and relist or do sell similar. I saw the warning when I listed these, but saw everyone seemed to have it in their title in Black Americana, so I used it too thinking eBay must be okay with it. Not worth the risk.
Old slides with nudity are BIG money. Old playboys aren't worth much less you have one that has a famous celebrity or they're in pristine condition.
If I wouldn't want my grandchildren to see it I don't sell it. A good conscience makes for good sleep at night. Some people have serious addictions in that area.
deb truervalues - OK Dan - Here's a few of my sales in the last couple of weeks....thought I'd show the set of organ pipes (flutes) I sold for $300 -- got free on Craigslist--don't know if I posted these before.http://www.ebay.com/itm/141858328292?ssPageName=STRK:MESOX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1559.l2649This week's best sale - Massage table I got at end of auction for $2 because they couldn't get anyone to take it....Weighed in at 37 lbs after packed....Made about $250 total after shippinghttp://www.ebay.com/itm/141880358038?ssPageName=STRK:MESOX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1559.l2649Got this lamp for $5 http://www.ebay.com/itm/131591534217?ssPageName=STRK:MESOX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1559.l2649Two sewing things: Preworked needlepoints - get them for about $3 usually, they always sell between $20 and $33, depending on the design. Easy to shiphttp://www.ebay.com/itm/141762000090?ssPageName=STRK:MESOX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1559.l2649Got these notions in a box lot with a bunch of other stuff for $3--also easy to ship:http://www.ebay.com/itm/131555811104?ssPageName=STRK:MESOX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1559.l2649
Cool stuff. I wouldn't think to buy those crocheted items. I will have to keep an eye out for those. Good sale on the pipes and table. I would have probably passed those over as well.
Hi Deb,Awesome stuff, thanks for sharing! Wondering what you mean by pre worked? Finished or started but not finished? If they are finished, does it make much difference if they are framed?
deb truervaluesHi Jo - Preworked needlepoint canvasses come with the actual design already embroidered in the center....If you look at the listing, you can see the flowers are already there--that is how the kit comes originally. Selling them was an accident....I got 3 of them fairly cheaply...put them up for $30.00 and SOLD THEM! Since then, I always buy them when I see them...I also buy embroidery kits...they usually cost from .90 to $2.00 and sell for $22-24 in general...I have found a few designer ones--one sold for $67.00!
Thanks Deb, I know I have seen some of these.
I like to buy these. The best kits I've sold on the $50-60 range were Dimensions Gold - emphasis on the gold - Lenart, and Disney brand vintage (not Walmart). Christmas stockings and tree skirt kits I think do pretty well. There are some ones that go over $100 by certain designers but I haven't found those yet. Pre worked or opened does affect the value but won't keep it from selling. Completed and undreamed sell and are easy to ship.
WHAT WOULD J&R DO? I bought an item on eBay, a men's shaving kit...seller offered free shipping...it's definately not a book but buyer sent it by MEDIA MAIL. I just feel it's not fair to those of us who try to follow the USPS shipping rules and pay and charge our customers more for shipping in the correct category...does eBay care? Do I report the seller to eBay? Do I show the package to the post office?...will they charge me for the difference?
It's shady, but why worry about. You got the item. I'd only say something if they charged you Priority but sent it media mail. Then the issue is overcharging you. If they regularly send non-book items through media mail, its just a matter of time before they get busted by USPS.
If you wanted to say something to the seller you could. You could even make it look like your looking out for his best interests. There is a chance the seller is just unaware. Doubtful but a chance.
Thanks, all. Sometimes I get caught up in what's right, the justice thing. I will not report them to the eBay or USPS sheriff, but will possibly send them a note with the link on what is legit for sending media mail.
It is frustrating when other sellers don't play by the rules. I had a seller send a pair of youth snow boots media mail one time. I just figure karma will do it's thing. I listed those boots today! I'm a little behind the times since they are a youth size 4 and my son now wears a men's 10.
Don't feel too bad. The USPS has really been cracking down on people abusing media mail lately. I bought a star wars model (4 pounds) and the seller apologized saying he "messed up" on the shipping. Well, he tried to send it media mail and the post sent it right back!.Don't worry about it, he'll learn the hard way :)
This is a little off topic but shipping related. My husband bought two hard plastic drink cups to have at work and they arrived today in a tyvek envelope only. Both were completely broken.
I buy storage unit auctions from time to time, pull out the "good stuff" for ebay and sell the rest CL or at a yard sale. This is the 3rd time I have watched a what sells video and had to go through my stuff to find items that I should have listed on ebay. 1. Dansk casserole dish, 2. Elwood nut cracker bowl and now 3. pyramid book ends. These are all items that have been through at least one yard sale that I had priced cheap, $3 $2 and $5 respectively. Glad to be learning new things. The pyramid book ends have been through probably 15 yard sales. I started using them in the yard sale as bookends because I didn't think they would ever sell
I've been thinking about recession/depression proof businesses. I'm not an alarmist in any way, but I like to think short, medium, and long term. As R&J started their biz in the depths of the crisis, it seems to be as close as you can get (though even that is hard to say with any certainty) to recession proof. Rental houses, not so much - though if you're catering to wealthy people that is a small (very small) hedge against failure. I understand Jay's philosophy on this and I don't think he's wrong. I would add that you just have to have a back-up plan for the eventuality that income drops off. I think R&J already have that because they're trying to pay off the first rental and I imagine they will try to pay off the second one even faster than the first.That is really an aside to the point I started with. My real question is, has anyone come across any other small business opportunities that are recession/depression proof?
Yeah, there's talk in the news of another possible recession. Who knows. I'd love to hear what others have to say.First, I think some people hear "recession" and think "zombie apocalypse". Even in 2008, people were still shopping. Not everyone was out of work and lost their homes. I think selling on eBay is a good recession proof business because it's more of a "yard sale" environment. During tough times, I'd say that people first stop paying for luxuries, or top dollar retail purchases. But people need things. Also, it's so important to get our expenses low when times are good. When the shit hits the fan, that's really the wrong time to start cutting back. Right now, we could make half of our income and still cover our current expenses. We are already prepared for any downturn.And lastly, you mention debt. Pay off debt. Property takes time to pay off, but we have no car bills, credit card payments, etc. Except for our rentals which is an investment, we pay for everything as we buy it. Good habits now make it easier to weather the storm. Anyway, I know some people here have been through a number of busts and booms and may have interesting experiences to share.
Oh and if I had the capital, I'd buy a laundrymat. People always have to wash clothes.
i take full credit for the 'let's buy a landromat' idea.
Funny, a laundromat's been on my wish list to own, too. They say any business that requires water for provide its service is usually a moneymaker. And laundry's all cash! I did some preliminary research awhile ago, and I learned that existing laundromats are valued based on annual revenue. Often sellers inflate the stated revenue to boost the sale price. Buyers should request the water bills to check the usage and do the math based on typical water usage per load for the machinery brands. Just my two cents...
Jay - Yep. I think it's an interesting topic and I really would like to hear from other commenters if they know of other small business that could be considered recession proof - especially with a relatively low barrier to entry. My guess is they are fairly rare, thus no comments so far... As far as talk of another recession goes, we are actually still in a recession - just not according to official government numbers, or as some people say, a non-recovery recovery. For example, if a person stops looking for work, they don't show up as unemployed in government figures. Same goes for people working, but not really making it, of course.The way the system is structured now guarantees another recession or depression (which is just a recession that lasts a long time). I'm not trying to "get political" here, it's just an inevitability to prepare for.But, as I was saying, any answers to the question would be interesting to hear.
I have a hard enough time keeping my 1 washing machine working. I can't imagine the headache of maintenance for 20+ of them.
Never thought about it before, but I bet medical supplies are pretty recession-proof. Anything that's not discretionary.
Recessions tend to knock out a lot of sellers in one go. You really need to have some money saved up if you want to do this for the long-haul. There will be some possibly dire months during it, depending on what you sell and who your customers are.It was really rough for the first two years after the last recession and I saw a lot of long-timers just leave. Of course, there have been a ton of new people to take the places of these people, but I suspect a lot of the new people will also be gone by the time the next one fully hits. I don't know what will happen to the FBA sellers, but I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of those people are pushed out of business as well.
Next recession?? I think we are definitely still in a recession. Most people I know are earning less money today and working harder than they were 10 years ago. I like selling on ebay because it seems to work in good times and bad.
I knew someone who bought a laundromat once. He even knew the seller’s books were cooked. It was still a complete disaster; running way in the red until he ran out of money and dumped it. He assumed he could make it profitable and did not realize how badly the owner was lying about the numbers. Apparently, laundromats make very little money but as cash businesses they are excellent for money laundering. And that's not a joke. Stupid crooks under-report income and are easily caught by the IRS. Smart crooks report all their income (and pay taxes on it) but lie about where it comes from which is much harder (but not impossible) for the IRS to catch. If anyone ever considers buying a small retail business that has a lot of cash sales (car wash, restaurant, ice cream shop, etc) and is supposedly profitable, assume the worst and proceed accordingly.
after jay and i first talked about owning a laundromat, he found this lady who is in California successfully running one---http://www.myshinynickels.com/category/buying-a-laundromat-series/
Snow removal? Of course it's dependent on the weather, locality and season. Childcare. Take care of a couple of kids in your home. I don't think you have to be licensed do you if you aren't calling yourself a daycare?
No offense to anyone, but I'm more interested if anyone actually has any experience/knowledge of "recession proof" businesses, rather than guesses. I put it in quotes because, as someone just mentioned (and I tend to believe), a lot of sellers do get knocked out of the business during a recession.Risking hijacking my own thread, I have also wondered if R&J (aside from being smart and highly competent) are a bit of an anomaly in that they have access to a lot of high quality items for low prices. My area does not have anything close to the stuff they find for those prices. For example, the leather boots they were talking about would be $150 at my local thrift stores and anything that could even be considered MCM is priced high or gets picked off before it hits the shelves - and I never see wool rugs for under $50, if I see them at all. I understand R&J sell other stuff too and that we all have to find what we can in our own area (and I do), but I just wonder if they are an anomaly as far as making it work so well in a crisis. I will stress again, I take nothing away from their accomplishments, just mentioning it this context because I really am curious - because I am relying on this income.
I don't think any business is recession proof. If you have smart people running the business, that have their finger on the pulse, and make intelligent decisions your business is likely going to turn a profit. You can have the most "recession proof" business in the world and if you have bad management it won't make a difference.Instead of finding a recession proof business find something you like to do and work hard at it. If you do that with some business sense you will make your business "recession proof".
I agree, that's why I put it in quotes and agreed with the person who said many ebay sellers don't survive recessions. I also agree with good management being key. All of that being said, I think some businesses have a much better chance of surviving recessions than others - for a whole host of reasons.I thought it might be an interesting discussion if people had some experiences to relate about businesses they owned or had some contact with that did as well as R&J seemed to with ebay during the recession.
Anonymous, are you asking about ideas for recession-proof non-eBay businesses, or are you asking about ways to make selling on eBay recession-proof? As we're all eBay sellers here, thoughts about off-eBay recession-proof businesses are -- in many cases, anyway -- going to be guesses.As to how to make an online selling business recession-proof, remember that R&J didn't start out with wool rugs, fancy boots, and midcentury items; they started out with old clothes and old shoes -- old clothes and old shoes, all day long. Things people need, sold second-hand, online. I'm pretty sure that J&R started their business at the beginning of this recession and grew it through the last 7 or 8 years. But, again -- they didn't build it on the buy low sell high super-big-ticket items that you're not able to find... they grew it on simple bread and butter. Or so I gather from listening to the podcasts, anyway. A base of bread and butter items sourced in multiple locations (yard sales, thrifts, auctions) expanded into the unique and interesting as available (J&R), sold on multiple platforms (R&J, OMFUG, and many many others), and growing and changing as required to meet your goals. That's sort of my takeaway from the podcasts and comments, anyway.
Yep. I thought this might be an interesting discussion, and Jay indicated his interest too, but I give up now. Thanks for playing people. Probably the wrong place for the question. Maybe Mr. Money Mustache..?
You give up too quick, but try the MMM forums if you feel unsatisfied: http://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/ask-a-mustachian/Selling guns, booze, or sex will always be repression proof. But as Dan said, any business can survive a downturn if you are aware of the environment and keep debt/expenses to the bone. The sellers and businesses that fall away are the ones that don't pivot quickly when times change. I agree that we have found some good places to scavenge in our area, and maybe you happen to live in a unique area where there is little waste. On the other hand, there are scavengers on this blog from all parts of the country finding carloads of stuff for cheap. I'll repeat that depending on thrift stores is a bad choice. Go to auctions and buy the box lots. You can buy stuff by the pallet sometimes. Go to estate sales at the end of the sale when they're trying to liquidate. It takes time. Think beyond the Goodwill.
Hi Jay, No worries either way. I just started with a question and people keep giving answers to questions I didn't ask. But, I'm totally cool with keeping the discussion going. I actually don't go to thrift stores much anymore. A "Goodwill Boutique" just opened nearby. I think that is a hint and half about the direction of things on that front. I realized mentioning that you and Ryanne might be in an extra good sourcing area might not have helped the convo. stay on course, but I did it anyway. No problem either way. I enjoy the blog and podcast. Thanks for making them.
I get what you are saying. I think anyone that sells on ebay to make a living is an anomaly just like people that become successful financial advisors are an anomaly. 95% of people that try to work in the financial industry as an advisor fail. They come in all bright eyed and bushy tailed and when the clock starts and they have to start producing numbers this is what happens. They realize they have to start finding clients, they have to implement everything they learned, follow through on all of their handwork, and then they realize man all the guys that are successful work a lot harder than I thought. It's literally the exact same thing on ebay. People that make enough money to make a living are the exception to the rule. 95% of people that will try to make a living on ebay will fail. Reality of the situation. It's in no way recession proof. People that say I'm going to do ebay full time actually have to be fully capable of making all the parts work just like being a financial advisor. On the surface you have all the tools at your disposal now you have to implement them. You can't just be good at buying or good at listing etc. You need to know how to do everything or it won't work. I hate to be a downer but ebay can work during a recession if you properly run it, buy items at the right price, and have a pipeline. In the simplest possible terms every single person knows that you need to diet and exercise in order to be healthy. How many people actually diet and exercise? Seriously? Same with ebay. J&R are laying out what they do in order to make it work. How many people are going to actually do it like people diet and exercise or for that matter save money which is another easy concept but people don't do it.My last point is I can go anywhere in the US and buy a car load of items for dirt cheap and make 10x my money on ebay. Anywhere.
Excellent, Dan. Perhaps you should try motivational speaking - because I am totally pumped up! Nice, nice job of spelling it out like it is, and I totally agree that like anything else in life, Success on EBay depends on the amount of effort you put into it. I shop in one of poorest counties in NJ, and always come away with multiple boxes of items. It is very much about developing an eye for buying and then putting in the hard work to make it happen. In fact, sometimes when I am shopping I play a guessing game with myself to see if I can tell whether an item is high-end or not before I look at the label, and I am wrong about half of the time. It's not easy, but keep working hard at something you love, and you will be successful. Just my opinion, of course.
Anon, I guess I was off-topic with my response and should have read your initial post more carefully. That said, I was trying to be helpful, not provoke you into leaving. Apologies.
In tough times, when revenue is down, those who are lean and mean survive. I was in the trucking industry during the last recession. Revenue was way down. My equipment was old, ugly and long ago paid for. In essence I "got no respect." I know for a fact, that if I had a truck payment ($2000+ a month) I would not have been able to keep my house. Things were that bad.Think about the people you know who lost their homes during the last recession and think about those who did not. Without passing any judgements on anyone, ask yourself why some did and some did not. I'm willing to bet, the ones who were ok, were probably very conservative spenders, maybe even cheapskates. Having an emergency fund cannot be overstated. Having little to no debt cannot be overstated.Instead of asking "what is a recession proof Business?" maybe a better question is "what can I do to make myself recession proof?"Just a thought.
Again, no worries Dan or Kate. Yes, I can can go (almost) anywhere and make money too, and no, I'm not leaving this blog. I like everyone here. Even though the discussion didn't go the way I thought, it may have inadvertently helped people to understand this job takes a lot of work.I am the guy who also started the "let's get as close to net numbers as possible" discussion because (as Jay mentioned in a recent podcast) I want people to have as realistic a picture of this business as possible. So, in a way, this discussion sort of builds on that.Since it has pretty much changed direction, I will go with it. Here are a few things off the top of my head I would tell someone who wanted to know what it's really like to do this Full-time:1. Nothing is hard to learn, but there is a lot to learn. I think it's easy to forget how much there is to know because we all know quite a bit. The fact that seasoned sellers come here and ask questions proves to me that there is always more to know. Which leads me to:2) There are thousands of little things to know and master, and things are always changing.3) This job requires you to be more detail oriented than it might first appear. There is a learning curve to taking good pictures and even then, they may need some editing. Sure you can watch or listen to something while you list, but it requires just enough attention to detail that you will definitely miss a lot of what you think you are listening to, and if you pay too much attention to what you're listening to, you might mess up your listing. I think I never make mistakes, until I have to go and change a listing for some reason. Then, I often find mistakes that can impact the bottom line, like a shipping mistake.Dan, you of course don't have to deal with most of this, but employees offer other challenges, and then there is the logistics of making all of that work on a regular basis.I could go on, but it's back to ye ol' photograph, list, repeat with all of the little details in between...Not to mention keeping track of inventory and bookkeeping...Anyway, we all know this, but the discussion did spark those thoughts of people coming into this biz thinking it's easy money. Which brings me back to the actual net discussion. When people see videos saying, I bought this for a couple of bucks and and sold it for $50, they don't think about cogs (because, let's be honest, usually it's more like I bought it for $5+), fees, time, costs of doing business, and especially taxes.I hate to end on such a scary word, but I really have to get back to work.Thanks for the discussion y'all.
Here's a good article on what the next recession could look like: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/05/upshot/if-there-is-a-recession-in-2016-this-is-how-it-will-happen.htmlI think this Warren Buffet quote captures everything many of us are saying: "You only find out who is swimming naked when the tide goes out.” It's not about what kind of business you run, but how you're running it.
Not much to add, but I also live in an area with very expensive merchandise, almost all estate sales are handled with their items researched, auctions are extremely competitive here, and the goodwills (one of the only games in town) are incredibly enough raising their prices (same with the savers chain) even so, i still manage to find stuff to sell but I am willing (I have no choice) to merely double my money--I get envious of those low prices J&R pay, but then again, I would rather not live in rural Virginia, so there it is, you have to learn to work with what you got when you sell online. I do not do this to make a living, if I did I would be on every platform including Amazon and would work a lot harder!
That is a perfect example of a NYT article. It seems clear and well reasoned - and totally ignores the elephant in the room. Namely what caused this recession (yes, we are still in a recession) and what will cause the next recession/depression. That the author ended his last article with an emoji, is just, well, priceless.The problem all over the world is corruption - or as many major politicians have finally come around to admitting these days, the system is rigged. In many ways, the possibility of the financial industry to lose big on speculative bets is greater now than it was before the crisis. The "too big to fail" financial institutions are even bigger, and there is well over 300 trillion dollars (and some say a quadrillion) in derivatives floating around out there as well as massive debt in every sector imaginable. What is referred to as "moral hazard" is still a massive threat. Wealth accumulation and consolidation by the richest corporations and individuals goes on apace - which is one of the things that increases inequality. The FIRE (Finance Insurance Real Estate) industries still go essentially unregulated because they weakened post-crisis regulation and ignore pre-crisis regulation (of which they have killed anything with teeth a long time ago, captured the SEC, etc...). They are thrilled to pay fines that amount to a fraction of their profits and go on with business as usual. No structural changes have been made in the system to stop any of this. I could go on, but that is the general idea. None of this was mentioned in the article.I recommend The Real News as a good source of info. Bill Black, Michael Hudson and many others who have massive experience in the financial world are regular contributors there. Nomi Prins can also be interesting and Michael Roberts Blog has deep analysis and is great for numbers people. Oh, and thisishell(dot)com is a great radio show/podcast with amazingly informative interviews.NB: Podcast apps are really useful if you like listening to stuff. I use BeyondPod on Android, not sure what is best for Apple.
Not sure if this has been shared or not but this is a fascinating story about scavenging in NYC. http://untappedcities.com/2015/12/03/behind-the-scenes-at-the-nyc-sanitation-depts-trash-museum-on-the-upper-east-side/
Thanks Ron. That is an interesting story. Wish it was open more accessible to the public.
Hi everyone! Love this blog, thanks R&J for everything you do!I sell on a couple different sites but am fairly new to eBay and have a question I'm hoping someone will help me with. I sold a dress, mailed it first class (no insurance). Tracking says it was delivered but the buyer is messaging me saying she never got it and has talked to her post office about it. They said they left it outside her door. Who knows what happened, but am I responsible in any way? Not sure what to tell her? Thanks in advance!
ebay and paypal will back you up when the item says it was delivered. how much did she pay for the dress?
It was $40. She hasn't asked me for anything but I guess I'm just wondering what to say if she does! Thanks Ryanne:)
And to be clear, since the USPS tracking says "delivered", just use the silent method. You've done you're job.If the buyer wants to open a case, the confirmed delivery covers you.
Hi Kristin. I had this happen to me a couple of weeks ago. I sent a buyer her item and around a week later she messaged me and said she didn't have it yet. I told her the tracking showed it was delivered the day before but she claimed she hadn't received it. I suggested she visit her local Post Office and see if they knew anything and she came back (late on Saturday night) and said they didn't have it there and couldn't help any further. The next day (Sunday) she fired off a rude message and told me she was going to request a refund via eBay because I hadn't responded. I contacted eBay and explained the situation and provided them the tracking link. They responded a few hours later and said not to worry, the tracking showed it was delivered and if she requested a refund it would be refused. Later that day she left me negative feedback stating I was rude and buyers should avoid me. I contacted eBay again and they removed the feedback and that was the end of it. She never did request a refund.
Yikes...some people! Thanks everybody!
From Midwest JunkerAfter having this same scenario on $120 sport jacket and eBay backed me also, I started looking at feedback left by buyers and when I recognize a pattern of "item never showed up..seller immediately refunded"...or "item had problem but seller made right"..etc...I send signature required. Also for for under 20 feedback. This has drastically reduced my problems with supposed items not delivered etc. I have adjusted my postage to allow for the times I choose to add signature required. And it hadn't seemed to hurt my sales. I also feel like I'm helping all sellers by making some buyers more accountable.
I hope you report buyers who show such patterns to ebay.
Hi Linda, (from Midwest Junker)Yes I do report any buyers who try to bully, extort or manipulate. I also give a detailed explanation of my experience when I report to Ebay and point out if the behavior I am receiving is reflected in feedback they have left for others. I have had a few buyers send their annoyance...that I sent their item "signature required" - another telltale sign. I then use J&Rs silent method and block them so that they don't have to put up with my future annoying signature required delivery - lol! Ain't going to ruin my day. There are too many good buyers out there to let that bother me.
I want to sell some 35mm slides, and I noticed a seller who puts a watermark on his pictures. I figured out how to get some reasonably unobtrusive text into my pictures that I don't think interferes with the picture too much. But I seem to recall that Ebay has a rule about not using text over pictures. Has anyone done this before with slides? And if so, how did you do it? Appreciate any advice.
Why do you need a watermark? I wouldn't worry about someone "stealing" the image since it's the slide that's valuable. Posting low res images wont do anyone any good if they download them.
Good point, Jay - I was looking at another seller who seems to be experienced at selling slides, and using him as my point of reference. This is my first experience selling slides, and I am trying to learn. Appreciate your advice!
I also have about 500 Slides, Hundreds of pictures and some 8mm Movies. I bought in a box lot.How are you selling the slides? In groups? Thanks
SoCal Joe, I have some vintage commercial tourist slides from the 60s that were sold in small packages of 4 or 5 so those will be sold as-is. Even have 2 sets of Luray Caverns pictures that I thought would make cool prints for J&R's new cabin! Then I have a couple of carousels that are vacation slides (Alaska) and after looking online, and as Ryanne advised me a long time ago, it is pretty clear that those should be sold as one big lot. But I've been struggling with two carousels of vintage pictures (1971-1972) from the South Pole that are absolutely fascinating. They capture life at the South Pole for this scientist and the story they tell has absolutely captivated me. So I am not sure if I should sell those in lots of say 5-10 according to themes - or just sell as one big lot. Looks like slides can go for high prices, and I am fascinated by all of them. No matter what slides sell for, I would buy any that I find, just because I enjoy looking at them so much. I think it must be the thrill of feeling like I am saving history with these pictures, is the best way to describe it.
Most slides are pretty boring tourist pics. You hit the jackpot with the South Pole stuff. I'd put a super high price and put it on auction first.
Mike, auction first is a great idea - thank you!I definitely feel like I hit the jackpot with the South Pole slides. Funny thing is that I found them at the Goodwill store and just looked at one or two slides, and thought they looked like some old government worker at his desk, because they reminded me of my mom's office at the Dispensary at the Washington Navy Yard. Only after I got them home and looked more carefully did I piece it all together, and realize these were desks in Antarctica. And what initially looked like fields on a farm were mountains of snow. I was never good at Geography and this proves it - But this was so exciting!
wow, what a cool find! as mike says, you should sell those all together, with a high price on auciton or BIN with best offer.
This is eBay's watermark policy. I've added watermarks to a couple of pictures in the past just experimenting. Watermark policyWatermarks are allowed for ownership and attribution, but not for marketing information, specific details about your item, or customer service. Your watermark should be no bigger than 5% of the total image area, have an opacity of no more than 50%, and never obscure the item. Links are not allowed in watermarks.To make sure your watermarks are compliant, use the eBay watermark creation service. You’ll find it in the “Bring your item to life with pictures” section of the listing form.
Ryanne, I appreciate your advice on the South Pole slides. I have been pondering them for almost a year now, and it's time to go into action and get them listed. Nancy, Thank you for the watermark information. Just another example of how much we all help one another in this site!
I have maybe 8 commercial slides from the 1960's of the Houston Astrodome. I believe the rest are basically family vacation slides from the 70s and 80s in the western United States. I was thinking of just selling in a big lot. There are movies (Camcorder style on cassette tapes), from the 1990's of vacations to Tahiti, Hawaii Canada etc. I don't even have a way to watch them.I also have a Photo Album from the 1920's.. Really cool. I love the old cars. There's a boatload of pictures from the 1960's. Those are members of the family. Maybe someone into crafts would be interested.I made one of those box lot purchases that turned out to have so much stuff, I haven't really had time to deal with the slides or pictures.Who is the buyer for this kind of stuff? For what purpose would they be buying them.Thanks
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Fun thing today - sold a swimming trophy to a set designer in Savannah, GA today. Apparently there is a Baywatch movie in the works. The buyer has started an ebay collection that so far only has one item in it, a trophy. I hope my little movie star shows up in the collection :)
Man my sales are horrible this week. Every time it starts looking up, a buyer backs out and doesn't pay. This may be the worst week I've had in over a year and I've even put everything on sale to help boost things. I've got my fingers crossed for a super batch of sales the next two days. Using my "buy" money for bills. Hate not being able to fill my pipeline.
I'm also having a rough week of non-payers, cancellations, and even a two-hundred-dollar return. Ups and downs, ups and downs. Just have to put my head down and list.
I'm the one who mentioned the last three sales I had were from brand new ebay buyers with 0 feedback. I just had my fourth.One of them bought a $200 watch. Paypal is holding that money. I'm assuming it's because something triggered an automatic hold. They said I could speed up getting the money by shipping quickly and clicking a link that indicated I shipped it, which I did. Then it said that information was sent to the buyer. I don't understand what's going on, but it appears Paypal didn't have any problem taking their cut right away. I'm not freaking out, but it's a bit frustrating considering I spent months waiting 2-3 weeks to get my money back from them every time I made a sale, until they "trusted" me. The whole thing seems shady.
pretty bad week here too, and I just had a $400 cancellation--talk about disappointing!
http://arstechnica.com/security/2016/02/ebay-has-no-plans-to-fix-severe-bug-that-allows-malware-distribution/Did you guys see this? It is about a hole in ebay security and they aren't gong to fix it?
Not good press that's for sure. However, it sounds like an outside company found some bug that no one knew about, told ebay about it, probably told them we can fix it for "x amount" and ebay said no. Said company was mad that ebay didn't pay them the ransom and decided to go public with the bug.
Bonanza question - I received an email this morning stating "A buyer order awaits your approval on Bonanza". When I click on approve, it doesn't appear that bonanza is charging shipping. Also, on the email, it appears that the buyer is in Europe? This is a first on bonanza for me. Any ideas?
you should be able to go into that order and send them an invoice with the proper shipping amount. i think that's why bonanza makes you approve those orders, so you can fill in the proper amount. i've been told it's because the buyer is missing key info about shipping, like their zip or country. not 100% sure, but it's something like that.
Is anyone else having pictures disappear for their ebay listings? When I open the listings the pictures are all there but some aren't showing up as thumbnails in my seller hub. Wondering if anyone else is getting this. It's been happening for the last couple of days to about twenty listings.
Do you use Inkfrog?
Yes. One listing I did two days ago still doesn't have a picture on my active listings page - but the pictures are there when I click on the listing. It's happened to me before, but the problem was corrected quicker last time. Why does it happen? No idea. Overall, ebay seems to have a lot of bugs in code that does the basic work of ebay. Bugs they should have killed by now. But, as a wise man once said, "whaddyagonnado?"
Yes that has happened to many of my newly listed too. Still no pictures there on my page. I did check thought that when you search for the item you do see the picture there. I didn't think a phone call to eBay would be worth my time.
I had the listing photo issue but going in to the draft and changing the thumbnail to a different photo (reordering the photos) seems to have worked. For one listing I had to do it twice, but it worked the second time.
Thanks Kate I'll try that.
Kate's work around worked for me too for anyone else having the same issue
It's our anniversary today. So I'm talking to my husband about sales on eBay and Bonanza etc. and I can tell his eyes are glazed over. Finally, he says, "I didn't hear a thing you said except something about a banana." That's how you communicate after 45 years of marriage to the same man. I jokingly kid him that when he's gone, I'm going to find a man that will do eBay with me. Ha ha I envy you, J & R! I could get twice as much done if he would help me! (He's retired)Yes, had some pictures not show up on eBay. I have a couple more hours to stand in the corner before my 24 hour suspension is up.
Happy Anniversary Sandy :)
45 years!Funny anecdote too. I'm sure both of you having a sense of humor has helped your marriage's longevity.Happy Anniversary.
Enjoy your anniversary!
That's hysterical. LOL. At least he goes out with you instead of other women.
In a 32 year relationship and I can totally relate to your story Sandy--and he used to be in the business too!
Anyone here sell black and white photos? I'm trying to sort them into similar stacks or decide which ones to sell individually but I'm sort of lost. I don't know if it's worth the time to do this or research stuff in the photos. And what do I do with the everyday run of the mill stack? I like looking at them but its become a laborious undertaking.
The seller "23c" on eBay does a lot with interesting old photos; you may get a sense of some of the possibilities from browsing the store and completed listings.
http://www.marketplacepulse.com/ebay/usa/search?name=Check this out. It gives you a little stat info about your store and ranking.
Anyone check it out? It's not an ad or anything. Just put in your eBay user ID and see what info it gives you about yourself.
Are the numbers just how many sales you have had? I don't understand what the numbers mean.
Oh--got it. You click on your ID to open another window for more info. Pretty cool!
It seems to rank you on just your number of FBs. I wish it showed your Cassini ranking. (World's best-kept secret!) Anyone can have a lot of FBs by selling one dollar items. But it's interesting. Thanks
So I really dig this new idea of everyone sharing some cool sales I thought I would jump in. The first is this Vintage Charm Bracelet, sold for $165http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-30s-40s-Sterling-Silver-Heart-Charm-Bracelet-/262239107579?rd=1The next was this vintage MJ Poster from 89, sold for 170 total shipped which was sweet because he lived close and was cheap to ship for something of this size.http://www.ebay.com/itm/VNT-Super-Rare-Framed-Michael-Jordan-Nike-Jam-Slam-1989-Poster-24-x-36-inches-/252006947597?rd=1Next was a brass fireplace poker set. I could have gotten more but I just bought two of them and thought I might as well sell one as I bought it for 4.99 sold for 122 plus shipping.http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Solid-Brass-Clam-Shell-Fireplace-Poker-Tools-Set-Stand-/262262795873?rd=1The harley vest was a pretty good sale, sold for 100http://www.ebay.com/itm/NWOT-Harley-Davidson-Leather-Vest-NEVER-WORN-Large-/262227708437?rd=1Lastly was a framed theatre poster, sold for 170http://www.ebay.com/itm/Authentic-Framed-2012-Billy-Elliot-Poster-Cast-Signed-Autographed-/261924026565?rd=1Hopefully, some of this older stuff continues to sell this week. It has been nice clearing out some of the bigger stuff.
I would have bought that MJ poster and proudly displayed it in my man cave. Very jealous of that.
deb truervalues Hi Ninja - Nice sales!! Wondering if your bracelet was from those lots of GW jewelry....
Yes it was deb. Just got a solid 14k bracelet the other day, couldn't believe the amount of gold I have since I scrapped the last lot. Also got a 1.5 ct sapphire and diamond engagement ring for $1.50. I can;t believe how much crazy stuff you find in those silly jars. Are you buying them up too?
how are you testing those gems?
Love the hearts charm bracelet. I recently got one and it was too long to be a bracelet. I figured out it must be an ankle bracelet. So I shortened the chain and bought a new heart shaped clasp and used two of the hearts to make matching earrings. Love them! Of course selling them now isn't going to happen!
sigh, at my local goodwill those jar lots all have "no gold" written on them, plus I guarantee that there is no silver in them either--all my local goodwills, and there are many of them, post their better stuff online, the miss the occasional good piece of bric a brac and clothing item, but good jewelry? never.
ryanne, I have a diamond tester and have become pretty good at identifying the stones. If I ever have a question I have a local jeweler that repairs all my nice pieces that may have been broken and I take them to him for identification. Omfug, my local goodwills are doing the same thing but they miss a lot. The key is to identify the pricers. The morning shift has all the veterans that know what they are doing, then at 3-4 the younger after school kids come in to price and you can score the GOOD stuff or the stuff they are to lazy to look at. Linda, I have recently come to really enjoy the charm bracelets myself. I love the history of them, each piece being monogrammed with special moment in time to someone else. Also, I think the charms by themselves can go for some good coin.
i was thinking about getting a tester too. but they cost about $100+ am i right?
I just bought a cheap one. My first one came with my gold testing kit. My dog ate it so I had to buy another one. I think they are like $10. But then at the recommendation of my jeweler I bought a microscope to look for inclusions. He said this is much better. But the $10 diamond testers work descent, all the pawn shops in my area use them. The only problem is you have to have your fingers on the back of it. But I think I know what you are talking about. There are some that use heat I believe to tell the type of stones they are, but there is definitely some overlap in gems so they are not 100% precise.
next question-- can you link to the one most similar to the one you have on ebay so i (and everyone else) can buy the $10 version. thanks!
This is the one I bought, and the loupe alone is worth it. Plus the tester is fairly good, but for any bigger diamonds I would just take them to a local shop to get them check and graded. But honestly I have never had a problem. The only issue was I had a tennis bracelet that was coming up as diamonds but because it was sterling silver and the diamonds would have been about 10 TCW I figured it was moissenite, so I took it to the jeweler and sure enough, moissenite. Which is still valuable, I think it sold for $100 in a day or two. I believe jewelers aren't allowed to sell them because they test as diamonds, but not too sure.http://www.ebay.com/itm/Jeweler-diamond-tool-kit-Portable-Diamond-Tester-60X-Illuminated-Loupe-/371411727875?hash=item5679dd3603:g:2xwAAOSwT6pVzR1W
thanks! for anyone else who wants to buy one too, this is a clickable link--http://is.gd/6SUAIq
deb truervaluesHi Ninja Trash Warrior: No, I never bought any....I was in Sacramento for about 6 months last year and saw them over there, but never picked any up---I didn't know anything about jewelry and was afraid to experiment....But going back next year...will see what I can find.
Ryanne I love the Scotty peelers (?) you linked to recently. So wonderful!
Here are some of my sales from the past 2 weeks.260+ Vintage beads for $37. Bought with a vest and sash for $5 at an estate sales. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Large-lot-1960s-Vintage-CAMP-FIRE-GIRLS-Award-BEADS-260-Original-Necklaces-/111872400958?rd=1Levi's Olympic Ringer heather blue t-shirt. Had a few holes, bought at Salvation Army for 1.99. Was on "display" on one of their end caps.http://www.ebay.com/itm/vtg-1980s-Levis-Olympics-Ringer-t-shirt-L-Heather-Blue-Super-Thin-Runner-Soft-/111833852740?rd=1Super soft Garfield "Sweat" t-shirt. Bought at Savers for 2.99. Took an offer for $40 but pretty sure I could've gotten $50 as I had 4 different people make me offers in the first 4 days it was listed. All to California. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Garfield-Sweat-Jogging-T-shirt-L-Soft-Thin-Ched-Running-Marathon-/111889610656?rd=11896 Rand McNally World Atlas. Sold for $85. Very damaged but complete. Found at a family ran estate sale in the basement for $3. It was the 2nd day of the sale and this book was sitting out in plain site.http://www.ebay.com/itm/Rand-McNally-Universal-Atlas-of-the-World-Indexed-1896-Damaged-Vintage-Maps-/111880034380?rd=11978 Mattel Football II handheld video game with original box sold for $92. Found at an estate sale in the garage. Had a price of 10 cents on it but they gave it to me for free. http://www.ebay.com/itm/1978-Mattel-Football-2-Tested-Works-Original-Box-And-Bubble-Wrap-Vintage-Sounds-/121867140683?rd=11987 St Patricks Day's University of Rolla sweatshirt sold for 49.99. Bought for 2.99 at Savers. Funny story is a found a 1988 St Patrick's Day sweatshirt for the same college at the Salvation Army the month before. The girl that bought that one told me to message her if I found another St. Patrick's day sweatshirt like it. I laughed and thought "yeah right". Very strange finding the exact same college(I live probably 250 miles from it), same theme, and one year earlier. What's funny is I messaged her and she said she already had that year and offered me $10. Sold full price the next day to someone else. Vintage St Patty's day stuff is a BOLO. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vtg-University-Of-Missouri-Rolla-St-Patricks-Day-Sweatshirt-M-1987-Snake-MO-Pats-/111878038520?rd=1
My sister-in-law was the Rolla St. Pats queen in the 70's. I didn't buy the sweatshirt. Too bad.
Nice, did she go to college there? I bet she was outnumbered like 20:1 back then.
No, she was dating someone who attended there. At the time you could not find an attractive girl on campus.
I think I am being repeatedly scammed by someone on eBay. I am a small-time eBay seller. I have been receiving odd requests. A guy claiming to be from Australia wanted to buy a golf bag (basically a suitcase for traveling with golf clubs) I have listed but he wanted the bag’s interior dimensions. I told him/her that it would be over $400 to ship this to Australia. He claimed that $ was no object. So far he hasn’t purchased the item. Another buyer won an auction I had for a brand new iPad mini 4. After he won, he contacts me saying he needs 6 days to acquire the $ to pay for it. I told him okay and thanks for letting me know. He then messages me saying he found another similar iPad on Ebay for $5.00 less and free shipping. He asked if I would send the iPad with free shipping. I politely told him no. I bet he won’t pay, but will waste my time. I recently received a couple other inquiries that seem odd. Seems like someone is intentionally trying to make my life difficult. Not sure what is going on, but I did see a news story the other day about people (basically low-impact terrorists) in foreign countries trying to scam Ebay sellers. Maybe I am being paranoid, but I bet the iPad guy won’t pay. I am not trying to blame eBay. It would be difficult to prevent this from happening, but it Is frustrating.
As an Australian I can tell you that with a lot of imported goods we pay substantially higher prices than you guys, so it's not uncommon that someone here would buy something from you and pay a high shipping fee and it would still work out cheaper for them than buying from a local retailer.
We've often wondered why Australians would buy what seem like common items from us and pay for such crazy shipping costs. Is it difficult to find items locally?
we've been to Australia twice and each time we comment on how expensive everything is. i love that it's cheaper to buy and have shipped a random item on ebay than it is to buy it locally. so insane.
About two years ago i switched everything to ebay global shipping and this has cut down on all this international shipping nonsense. I don't even respond to international shipping questions anymore other than to say "item uses ebay global shipping". I just don't have time for nonsense anymore.
It's not difficult to find regular items, but certainly more difficult to find collectibles. We have much less choice when it comes to thrift shops here, and auctions and estate sales. When it comes to consumer goods, we get badly ripped off with the excuse that transportation costs are to blame. This article explains it a little. It's a couple of years old but still fairly relevant:http://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2014/03/05/everything-australia-expensive/
Don't bend over backwards for buyers. The amount of times I've answered stupid questions to how many times that stupid questioner bought the item is like 25:1. If the answer is in the listing or its a dumb question then just ignore them. As for the iPad guy file an unpaid item. He's trying to back out on the deal and should get dinged for it.
Agree with Mike. Not worth your time to go out of your way for a "potential buyer". They are likely going to waste your time. After someone buys something from you it's completely different.
I just posted my first listing with a video. It is by no means anything special I spent a whopping 5 minutes doing it but figured it would be good as protection for this type of item. I bought this copier today for $10 and saw one sell for $120something so I imagine I can get a little more of a premium with the video. I also say there is damage to completely cover myself because I am paranoid. This copier legit weighs 50 pounds.http://www.ebay.com/itm/-/151975065018?Anyone else here use video in their listing before?
I just uploaded my first one today on a Mickey Mouse clock with a pendulum. I LOVE that they will show up as videos in the mobile app. I'm going to start adding more especially on my higher dollar items. I think even for "stationary" items they add a lot of value.
how are you shipping that copier? it says you've chosen Priority Mail and it costs only $69 for a 50lb copier. how is that possible?
Is a copier eligible for insurance? Even if you have a video? I shy away from electronics because it's so confusing to figure out what can be insured, and all the buyer has to do is say it doesn't work when it arrived.
If it moves or makes noise I include a video.
Good call I changed it to fedex ground. It is 62 pounds all packed up. I double boxed it and all that fun stuff. For these items I just pack them up right away so I don't have to worry about it and it's easier to store something boxed up as opposed to an oddly shaped copier. I also don't have to worry about it getting dinged up over time if it's boxed. I plan to insure it I don't see why I couldn't maybe I am missing something because I am not a big seller for these types of items. The video is more for showing it works and if they did open an item not as described case for whatever reason they would likely lose and have to pay for shipping back if they wanted to return it under those circumstances.
Ryanne, you are so smart, Ms. Shipper!
Ryanne, was it $69 because you live relatively close to Dan? It's weird, sometimes priority isn't as high as I initially think it will be, though usually it's pretty crazy for the big bulky stuff.
yeah it might have been cheaper because we're only a zone or 2 away from each other. and priority does tend to get cheaper, the heavier you go, but that seemed too cheap. might have been spot on, true.
I was mad that I ended up with a box lot of tie tacks/pins that I won for $82 on an online auction. I thought I paid way too much, especially for not physically seeing it. There were about 25 items in this lot. When I picked up the lot, looked at it, I knew I screwed up...until I got home and starting really looking at these items with a loop. From that lot, I listed 4 items as scrap gold and sold it in 10 min for $277. And I still have about 10 more pieces to list from that lot. Im happy and I will continue to buy at online local auctions because the GW shops are mostly picked over here in Houston.
reminds me of the online auction I bought full of material recently, I spotted a bit of denim in the online photo that looked old, but I wasn't sure until I picked the box up--an old vintage barn jacket that sold for $330 that night, I love it when that happens! I am really dependant on my local auction house since I haven't been finding much at the GW lately.
I have white coffee mug that looks like it could be Anchor Hocking. It says "oven proof" and "made in USA".. but there is an imprint of an anchor in the middle. I seem to remember Ryanne mentioning something like this on one of the podcasts and that it is not Anchor Hocking... Anyone familiar with this... Thanks
Hi, Joe! I think what R said is that an F in a shield is a Federal Glass mark, not a Fire King mark, but I could be wrong. Another confusing mark is the Hazel Atlas HA mark, which can look like an "AH" but doesn't mean Anchor Hocking. I think anchor marks are Anchor glass though.
Yes, you are correct..that is the logo for Anchor Hocking. Just click this link to see a nice picture of the logo you have. http://ernestartist.org/May18_2015_02.htm
yep, sounds like an Anchor hocking marking. best way to find out is google image search (or the link jeff provided) http://is.gd/OD2Xz6. like kate said, the Federal Glass logo is sometimes confused with Fire King, but they are different.
Yes I was remembering the Federal Glass one. I appreciate the responses and the links.
I finally decided to take the plunge and dive into selling used clothing. I hit a bag sale at a church thrift store and got a bunch of stuff, including some nice sweaters. I just threw the sweaters in the washing machine and....WHOA! Our whole house now REEKS of moth balls.So, is there any hope for getting this odor out? I have read that airing outdoors works in some case but that's not an option for us as we're in a rental where you can't have outdoor clotheslines (not to mention in New England)Thanks for reading!
Can you put a chair outside and put 2-3 on it? A little sun and fresh air does wonders.
+1 to what mike said. i had a wool jacket that was the same. it just reeked forever after washing it. so i put it out on the railing of the deck for a week. i even let it get rained on a few times and that fixed it. but you just have to decide if the item is worth that much attention. in my case it was a vintage ll bean peacoat. so my answer was yes.
Thank you both! I discovered that it was just a couple smelly sweaters in the lot. One was just awful (and had a sizable hole in it that I had missed) so that one went in the trash. The other had a faint mothball smell. I hung it from the arbor next to our house for several days (through a small snowstorm and some blustery days) and the smell is gone! I guess I was needlessly concerned about the weather somehow damaging clothes. I always picture hanging clothes out on a nice sunny breezy day in the warm weather, lol.Anyway, thank you so much! I will definitely use this trick in the future!
Hi All, Just thought I would share a lesson on perseverance and having confidence in your knowledge- I purchased a rare vintage bicycle component about 2 years ago for $5. I left it listed all this time and quite frankly forgot about it because I firmly believed that some day it would sell. It just recently sold for $100. I knew it was rare because I know bicycles well but seeing it sell has given me renewed confidence to buy these types of items when I see them. The lesson is that knowing a niche real well can pay off if you have the confidence.
list it and forget it!
Two big milestones this weekend - 200 listings and I also finished off my backlog of unlisted jackets and coats.
i'm jealous (staring at a massive pile of jackets...)
Hi everyone - maybe you already covered this but I had not known about it until I posted in distress on the eBay forums about a Hassle Free Return I got where they selected "differs from photos or description" so they could avoid restock fees and shipping when it was clear to me that it was Buyer's Remorse. Since her reason was hard to establish with a photograph, I had a difficult time with CS - even though the first two said to give her a partial return through Paypal, I had to somehow have her permission to do so first or she could escalate it later. No way would she say "sure"! Then the next rep I talked to for clarification (3rd call, 4th rep) said I was SOL and they don't need to prove damage with a photo (I think this is wrong!). I asked "so they can make up any vague reason and as long as it can't be proven with a photo, we have to accept it and CS will automatically side with the buyer...like say, smell?" And she said that yes, if you have "smoke free home" on your listing they can lie and say it smelled of smoke! I am planning to remove that "smoke free" designation on all my listings as it seems to be a target! Anyway, someone on the forum helped me with this pilot program that seems to make my dreams come true:http://announcements.ebay.com/2016/01/sellers-join-our-returns-resolution-pilot-for-additional-options-when-handling-your-returns/When it becomes fully available you have more control if you see your buyer abusing the reasons for returns in order to avoid the fees.
Teresa,Thanks for this information, I just signed up. This has happened to me multiple times in the past year. Ebay always sides with me in the end but I have to fight tooth and nail to remove the defects and get the shipping costs refunded to me. Im glad they are finally doing something about these dishonest buyers.Tina F
Hi, first post here. Love ur podcast. Catching up on past episodes. When you do a what sells video, the price your giving that the item sold for... Is that the price with or without shipping? Just curious. Thanks.
hi davidthat's just the price of the item. we never do free shipping. so you're hearing what it sold for. thanks.
Thanks! I just can't get over what some people pay for caps in some of the videos. It's awesome what u guys do! Love it and learning a lot from y'all.