What are the bags you use for your shoes? I've been using produce bags from Wal-Mart but they aren't big enough for the bigger mens shoes.
I use costco saran-wrap - for everything. It seems to work great and is super cheap. It's also great when I store inventory. I wrap most everything and then put a sticker with the inventory number on it. It keeps things from getting scratched and I don't have to deal with peeling off the inv. sticker when it sells.
Small trash bags work fine too.
Both are great ideas! Ryanne, will those bags fit larger shoes like Men's 13's? Linda, are you able to find clear mini trash bags? Usually they are very translucent to the point you can't easily identify the contents.
yes i can fit 13s in there depending on the type of shoe. can't be a boot, but a loafer or oxford, yeah.
I've been using the 12x20 produce bags for clothes and shoes and I love them. I also get the 18x24 and they work great for boots and coats.
No I can't find clear trash bags. But I don't store anything in plastic because that can yellow fabrics. I buy the cheapies at walmart for wrapping items before shipping.
Hi, Someone just asked me to overnight an item using their UPS account number. Does anyone know how to this so I protect myself?
There's no reason you have to protect yourself. It's common practice for businesses to let people use their UPS or FedEx numbers to send items.
Thanks Jay. Shouldn't I get insurance? Does anyone know how to actually do the transaction? Do I have them buy it with the shipping that is on the listing now, and tell them I will refund them when it is delivered? I don't want to make a new listing.
let them buy the item and then give you their Acct number for UPS, you'll probably have to go down to a UPS store to have them make the label for you. not sure how to do it online, someone here might though. and you would just tell the clerk that you have an account number and to insure it for X amount and it will be added to these people's monthly bill. OR they might even email you a PDF of the label and then you can just drop it off at a UPS store. good luck!
Thanks Ryanne. So, just tell them I'll have to include insurance charged to their account and then refund the shipping amount they paid at checkout when it shows as delivered?
I just called UPS. They said I could fill out a form; otherwise, I'd have to go to a UPS hub. He said I could mark the item value on the form. Sorry if I seem like I don't get it, but if I'm using their account number, an insurance payout would go to them. If they're honest, it would be fine because they could just send me the money, but I don't see how I'm protected once I send the package off. Maybe I'm overthinking it, but I wouldn't want to write-off this $150 item if something went wrong.
I would suggest calling eBay customer service. If it got lost or broken, yes, I think they would get reimbursed. But you would NOT have to refund their money. Is there a potential for fraud that they would collect both the reimbursement and get a refund by calling ebay and getting it? Don't know, call ebay. Good luck.
I was wondering that too. I trust R&J. If they're not worried, it makes me feel a little better, but I did have those other questions. Maybe they will get back to me. I told the buyer I would have to check with eBay. He said ok, but asked if he could just buy it and send me his account number because he had to have it right away. I always get a tinge of an odd feeling when someone is so urgent about something - especially when they could buy the equivalent at a store. I haven't called ebay yet. I called them about this situation once a long time ago. I can't exactly remember what they told me, but it made no sense. When I questioned them, they pretty much admitted they didn't know what they were talking about. I didn't end up making that sale, so I never went through the process.
Anonymous, it sounds like you're overthinking it. But if you're worried, then definitely call all the necessary people you need to. Call eBay. Call UPS. Find out what is normal procedure and what happens in worst case situations. Do what you need to do. All I know is we have worked with designers or prop masters who need items quickly, give us their FedEx or UPS account numbers, and we ship overnight to them. Never had a problem. Good luck!
Agreed, I have sold quite a few items to Movie or TV sets and they want it overnight. Using corporate accounts to procure items needed for work or even personal use is common practice. If you panic like this and delay someone you will lose sales. Just go for it and dont worry so much about fraud. I have never once in all these years had a fraud pulled on me. NEVER in nearly 3200 individual transactions. Overthinking everything can be destructive and WILL result in failure. Relax and have faith in the eBay systems they have put forth. They do work.
Thanks Jay, I'm sure I'm overthinking it. I'm on the phone with ebay right now. She didn't know what I was talking about. Now she's consulting with someone. Ok, she said as long as I have a message from the buyer requesting that I ship with his account number it's A-OK.
Of course, once I emailed the buyer that it was a go, crickets...You gotta love this business...
sounds like you lost the sale. i have used people's account numbers several times with no worries. most of the time they even pay your USPS shipping and say don't refund me. amazing.
My eBay>Go to Listing>Send InvoiceEdit invoice to read $0 shipping (Free). Send Invoice.Buyer pays and emails acct #.Take package and acct # to UPS Store."I want to ship this overnight with $150 ins. Here is acct #"Done.
Hi Ryanne et. al., The sale went through this morning. Thanks for mentioning the fact that they often pay the USPS shipping as well. I was wondering about that very thing as I realized after the sale that we never discussed it. I guess I will just wait and see on that one. I researched the person as much as I could. They either used to be a seller or still are from a different account. They also seem to have two different business names. Nothing indicates they are set designers.I learned one thing that might help people who aren't near a UPS hub. I went to a drop box and got a form to fill out with a tracking number that gets stuck to the box and has a carbon copy in it for you. I dropped it off at the UPS store and they were able to give me the carbon and a receipt for the package drop-off (which also had the tracking number). I mention this because the store wouldn't have taken it if I didn't have the form, because they can't print labels - and of course, they don't stock the forms there. I guess they don't want to encourage shipping like that through them for some reason.To get even more detailed. They were surprised I filled out so much of the form. Apparently, a lot of people just fill in the buyer's account number and a couple of other fields. I understand the label gets printed when the package gets to the hub (or wherever it goes), but there is key info on there like value of the item. Weird. Anyway, I hope this info could help someone if they ever find themselves in the same situation. It saved me almost an hour of driving out to the hub.Thanks all for going over this with me.
Had a random week as usual. I sold around $1K worth of cards. I won't bore everyone with most of them but this one did sell for $400 at full price. MJ is the king. Bought this for $100.http://www.ebay.com/itm/1984-85-Star-Court-Kings-5X7-Series-2-Michael-Jordan-Original-Sealed-Bag-Rookie-/161715069521Another full price sale. Syracuse Mom sweatshirt. Had that listed for almost a year. Maybe bought it for $1.http://www.ebay.com/itm/Rare-Syracuse-University-Mom-Mens-Crewneck-Sweatshirt-Size-L-/161704595700A random Rocky toy that sold very quickly for $30. Got this for 25 centshttp://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-JAKKS-Pacific-1990-Sealed-ROCKYV-Tommy-Machine-Gun-Action-Figure-/161968548388Seinfeld oven mit $20. Maybe paid 50 cents.http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Seinfeld-Kramers-Cat-Kitchen-Oven-Mitt-Pot-Holder-/161921074263Another press photo saved from the dump for $21http://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-Original-Press-Photo-Big-Dish-Pop-Rock-Band-/161952785960I bought a ton of tile trivets for $5 and just got them listed Probably 30 of them. Already sold 2 the past 2 days. Already made 6x my money back on two of them.$9 for this onehttp://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Toll-House-Whitman-Massachusetts-Ceramic-Trivet-Tile-/161971505164$20 for this one which is probably my favorite one of the grand canyon.http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Grand-Canyon-Arizona-Ceramic-Trivet-Tile-/151976640632Some random corning ware serving trey for $35. I probably could have gotten $50 out of it but was in the selling mood.http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Corning-Ware-Glass-Serving-Tray-/161972442581
I was wondering if anyone is a snowbird (lives in the north for the summer and in the south for the winter) and how they handle their store? I certainly don't want to lug all of my inventory north and south every six months (although I could take smaller items). Do you have two stores (one for the north and one for the south) that you turn on and off with your travel dates or do you just let certain items expire (those you won't be taking along) and let the others stay in your store (that you could take with you)? I know Wendy and Mikey have a traveling store that they use auction for, but I am not a big fan of auctions.
Interested in this too. We are leaving for a month in the south...but since we can change handling time like J and R it won't be a problem. However, eventually I would love to stay 3 months...and that would be a problem:)
I've thought a lot about this as winters have become quite a burden on us as my wife and I got pretty severe pneumonia 3 years and now we get it again EVERY winter. I'll be coughing and recovering until March right now...Anyways, if I do go full time here in a few years then the plan is to gut a 5th wheel camper and turn it into a mobile storage unit and become snow birds. I heavily considered the gutted camper before I built my 12x20 storage shed, but I just couldn't bring myself to have a tacky camper in the yard year round.
you could also do what Mikey and Wendy do--they have 2 stores, one for when they are home and one for when they are traveling,of course this might effect the type of things you buy when traveling.
And I mentioned it recently that http://www.seleryfulfillment.com/ will store your items in their warehouse and ship for you. It's FBA for eBay.
I thought about that too Omfug X. I have been throwing small items (like post cards, jewelry, paper ephemera, etc) into a box as I find it. The idea was that I would open up a 2nd store with all smalls that could be taken with us when we travel for an extended period. AND, since part of the fun of traveling is finding new places to scavenge, we could make it part of the trip...looking for little things to list. I even thought about making the store all items that would fit in a flat rate padded envelope or small priority box so we could streamline shipping supplies and not have to use a scale. I know there is a limit on how long you can turn your main store off before it is gone for good...I think I read that on here or heard Ryanne's mom talking about it. Will need to google it and double check.
Wow.. I live in Southern California. I sent a package to a buyer in the same city as me, but a different Zip code. He needs the item quick. The tracking is showing it is in Pennsylvania.... Boy life is interesting.
I have had similar instances happen to me. I sold an item to someone that lived 10 minutes away but shipped it anyway for tracking. The tracking showed it was in NJ, then PA, and then was shipped to them who literally live 10 minutes from the post office I dropped it off at. I guess the post office follows the same steps every day no matter where the package is going but you would imagine after being in business for almost 200 years they would stream line it down to a science.My sister is getting married to a mailman so I grill the guy all the time on post office questions lol. He is the delivery guy so he isn't involved in the processing part so he is never much help for that part of the business.
This is an example of inefficiency which drives up costs for the USPS, which is always broke. Maybe they should have a talk with Amazon? I know it costs money to upgrade technology, but they need it.
I send packages to Redwood City which is the next city south of me. It's is 10 minutes away. The package first goes to the distribution center in San Francisco and then travels back down to the city post office. If I'm not in a hurry I just drive the package to the Redwood City post office. It does seem like there would be a more efficient way. I've had first class packages take 2 days to travel the 5 miles via the 50 mile distribution route.
Monday I dropped off the package at the Post Office. It was going about 2 1/2 miles away and he needs it by Saturday. It went all the way to Pennsylvania and arrived back at the Los Angeles Post Office early this morning... he's in Long Beach.. but it just might make it.... Way too much Drama
There are certain packaging processing centers that packages are supposed to go through to check for HAZMAT items. When a package goes through the sorter, there is an air sample that is taken. Every hour, the sample is checked to ensure no anthrax, ricin, etc. has gone through the machine. If packages are allowed to be processed other than this way, it is possible a hazardous material package could get through and kill/injure someone. Even letters from one city to the same city needs to go through this process to ensure safety. It seems bizarre, but it is necessary for safety/security purposes.
That pin may be from the Optimist club. I would've walked right past that plate.Always great sales! Loved the shoe story!
just googled The Optimist Club, their logo looks similar to the pin, so i think you're right.
For those who wear are familiar with Minnetonkas, do they normally run a little big/wide? I found a pair at a SA a couple of days back. They looked almost new. They were my size, but when I tried them on, they seemed a size bigger and a bit wide (I'm normal not narrow). So I left them behind. They don't make counterfits do they?Loved the rabbit shawl..I saw 3 beautiful ones at the thrift (luckily they were not damaged...I've seen some that people have taken razors to and totally destroyed), but they wanted $46 each for them. They used to be so cheap at my Salvation Army...not anymore. :(
I recently sold a pair of Minnetonkas and thought they were a child's shoe. I emailed the style number to Minnetonka and they confirmed they were actually a women's shoe. Kid's shoes and adult shoes have the same size numbers, but are actually different sizes. Maybe that was the problem, they were really a kid's shoe?
Interesting article talking about how "search" will change and It also talks about how ebay will become more like amazon. http://fortune.com/2016/02/10/ebay-amazon/
A question and a comment here. First I got an email about how some listings soon will not be good till canceled if I don't add item specifics. I went to the link and was blown away by the details. I sell mostly vintage, primitives, and some used clothes. Do you think I'll be ok? Or should I begin going through each item I have? That will be a pain.Comment. Bc of my day job I seem to not be able to stay up with the comments. I check in the morning before work and there are 4 then by that night there are 200! So I have been trying to find a way to keep up. I drive alot so I can't read but I can listen. Solution????I found an app caled voxdox. It basically turns the comments into a podcast on my android. It's amazing. There is a similar product for apple. Plus it's all free! Hope this helps some ppl who live busy lives or can't read all day on a smart phone.Justin
WOW! thanks for the tip! I would love to be able to listen to the comments while I list. Going to give it a try.
Listening to all your comments now:) Hint, you can't just type in Scavengerlife.com to listen to the current comments. Go to the comment page you want to listen too in your browser and then copy and paste that url into Voxdox...took me a few to figure that out. PS, I have an iphone 5.
That is so cool !! I am using an iPhone5, also.
Can you give my comments a British accent? That would be cool mate.
deb truervalueslol, steven!
Yes you actually can make the reader British! Justin
Lol. I can't tell if Ruanne thought the blood on the hunting vest was a selling point or not ;). I have a couple of pillowcases that are blood stained to unload. Didn't come out in the wash.
yes the blood on the vintage hunting vest was a selling point, makes it authentic (or something!). but blood on a pillowcase? ewww no.
It's interesting the regional differences in what's available to buy. ;) Aw man. Vera Neumann too. I thought it might come out bc they were polyester blend. Luckily I have the sheets too - I'll try to crossmarket as craft fabric.
Ps. Please excuse the autocorrection of your name above. I need to remember to proof on my phone.
have you tried oxi-clean? that usually works for me and i clean sheets a lot with the farmhouse.
You can also use perioxide to get out blood stains. Just make sure that you wash the item right away. The perioxide will eat through the fabric. I'm not sure if it will work on set in blood stains but it's worth a try.
These are 1970s sheets with old stains. I've been meaning to get some oxiclean - thanks! Cool fabric sale BTW $100 is great.
Old blood stains won't come out. Fresh ones can be removed with bleach. If it's your own blood you can remove it with your own saliva. (But not anyone else's.) Hand quilters learned this because you prick your finger with the point of the needle with each stitch. That's why you see little blood spots on the underside of handquilted quilts.
From Midwest JunkerOn the blood stains, even if its old, it pays to try peroxide first. If the item wasn't washed, but the blood just dried often the peroxide will work. You will usually know right away, because the peroxide will bubble. Sometimes repeated applications and working with a toothbrush is needed on dried stains. I would then follow up with Oxi-Clean as Ryanne suggests after a first attempt with the peroxide. And on fresh stains, always try peroxide first. It's pretty amazing.
I've gotten out set-in blood stains with a hot oxi soak, overnight, or longer if needed...give a little elbow grease if it's still visible in the morning, then continue to soak. Launder as usual - treat again if necessary.
Q: I'm getting a pop up message when listing saying essentially (I think) there is a new policy which will make me opt into creating business (shipping) policies if I want to offer combined shipping and use the shopping cart. Does anyone know if I interpreted that correctly? I tried opting in before but didn't like it. When I went on vacation, I couldn't bulk edit handling time. Thanks.
I have shipping policies and when I changed my handling time, I had to change it on each policy individually. I called Ebay and they did not have an answer.The other side of the coin is that I can add Fedex Smartpost as an option on my USPS Calculated listings, by changing one shipping policy instead of many many items.The few items that I have multiples of, I just list and relist when one sells. I suppose, if I had a whole lot of something, I would give it it's own shipping policy.I'm also thinking of adding Priority Mail as an option to all my First Class listings. I know most buyers never even see the alternate shipping options, but it's probably a good idea to list them anyway.I don't offer automated combined shipping, but when someone's asks, I'm more than happy to accommodate them.
Thanks Joe. Yes, I had inadvertently created a number of policies and then went on vacation and couldn't bulk edit. I also didn't want to take the time to delete the good number of policies they supplied on the menu that I wasn't interested in. So, I opted out.I've make short listings and I've started to mention my store prominently at the bottom, trying to encourage people to buy other items from me. I think because I started mentioning combined shipping in my description, I'm getting this message. So, I've bulk edited to turn off any requirement for immediate payment, so will see if that helps next time I list.
I don't think there is a clear winner when it comes to the shipping policies. I kind of stumbled into them inadvertently as well. The one day, I just got motivated and consolidated them into like types. One for USPS Calculated, one for First Class etc. 90% of my listings are within 4 or 5 polices. The rest are wierd marriages like Calculated and FEDEX ground etc. I am computer challenged, so when I find something that seems to work and I understand it, I latch on.
Still getting this message. If anyone is using the combined shipping discounts tool, I'd like to hear about that."We noticed that your listing may offer combined shipping discounts to your buyers, and we're writing to tell you about a change that may prevent your buyers from receiving shipping discounts via a combined invoice.As announced this spring, to reduce unpaid items eligible fixed price and auction-style listings purchased with Buy It Now will remain for sale unless the buyer pays right away. That means buyers must first add items to their eBay Shopping Cart to purchase multiple items with a single payment.To continue to offer shipping discounts to your buyers, we encourage you to set up your own shipping promotions using the combined shipping discounts tool in My eBay. Once your shipping promotions are set up, be sure to apply them when you list or revise your items. Your shipping discounts will be applied automatically and immediately once your buyers add eligible items to their shopping carts."
I use the shipping discount rules. It's easy enough, especially if you're doing calculated shipping. You don't have to opt in to Business Policies to use them -- it's separate.http://pages.ebay.com/help/pay/shipping-discounts.html?rmvSB=trueThat message you quoted always seems to pop up for me when I use the web listing tool, even though I actually do have combined shipping discounts. This seems like a glitch, so I just ignore it.
Note to buyers: Don't ever send me a an offer with all the "issues" the item has. I was going to accept a low ball offer on a shirt until I read the buyers comments. I know the shirt is discolored and has holes, I put it in my listing. "No soup for You!"
I hear you, but I generally just grin, bear it, and take the sale. I do the same when I get lowball offers with crummy notes about my prices being too high... from buyers who live in 10-bedroom mansions. Grin, bear it, take the money, run, list more, repeat.
I did it more to avoid future issues(returns and negative feedback). It was a low dollar item and something I know will sell.
After listing any "issues" I add a note that price has been adjusted accordingly (example: Small hole on pocket, price has been adjusted accordingly) and that seems to have cut down on that kind of thing.
Mike's One Thing -- yes, good point. And Beverly, I like your idea.
As long as the offer is acceptable, I don't care what they say. What I won't tolerate is a lowball and then berating followup emails about how "I can buy this item all day at the store for $15". I recently had this experience with ebay user Rated-R-Superstar. He's a high volume video game and accessories seller and it was quite obvious he was going to drop ship my item to fulfill one of his own sales. I've never encountered such a rude and obnoxious person on ebay. I would have reported him...but eBay's reporting system is broke and dumps me on the Chinese site.So if you sell video games or accessories, do yourself a favor and block Rated-R-Superstar.
I had someone send me a very aggressive note about how my shipping was too high on a coffee mug. (I was using calculated, regular priority mail shipping on the listing based on weight). Soon after his note I got hold of some Scotty Stuffers so that I can use a Padded Flat Rate envelopes. I blocked the obnoxious guy and lowered the shipping price on all my mugs. It was a little vindictive but I can live without his business.
I think people see eBay as a big yard sale, so they think it is their responsibility to dicker with prices and show how they should get the item cheaper. Ugh.
From Midwest JunkerWhat I have done and it often works is this. If the item the person is lowballing, I look how many watchers I have. If there are many watchers, I reduce the Buy It Now price either to the low ball offer price or somewhere between my BIN price and the offer. Even with no offers, you would be surprised how many times the item is snatched up quickly. And then I just smile. This recently happened on a $75 item at that price for a few months. Received an offer for $50. The item had 10 watchers. I reduced the item to $70 and it sold within hours to a different seller. I apologized to the person sending the offer - that the item had just sold. This approach has worked many times for me.
I thought you couldn't edit your listing if there's a pending offer.
From Midwest Junker,Hmm - I do not recall ever having a problem reducing my price. To my knowledge there are certain fields that cannot be changed, but I don't recall not being able to reduce the price. That being said, I usually change my price before I respond to the offer or I don't respond to the offer to see what happens. I don't think offers you haven't responded to would change anything. Also, my listings to not offer the best offer feature - the buyer contacts me through Ebay messaging. If I like their offer, I use the SEND OFFER feature through messaging. If not, I think about lowering my BINow price or do nothing. It's just another option to get to a sale. And sometimes, I just like someone's attitude and want to move an item and say yes! But so far haven't had a problem reducing my BIN price.
Also from Midwest JunkerOne more advantage to reducing the BIN price is that Ebay now sends an email to the watchers notifying them that the price on the item they are watching has been reduced. In the past, a buyer had to keep an eye on their Watch List, but now they get an email. I've received them myself on watched items and sometime do buy. So it motivates me to be a buyer too.
Hi Ryanne. I thought I heard in one of your podcasts that you use a free Stamps.com postage meter for your lightweight postage since your regular scale isn't friendly for up to one pound weights, but I see in your resources that you recommend another scale. I need to keep my postage down and take advantage of the USPS up to one pound postage...which do you use?
as i said, i use the Stamps.com one for small items (but i also have a larger 300lb scale that i link to on the recourse page along with another smaller one) but if you don't have a stamps.com account, you'll need to buy one on ebay, so that's the one that i would recommend.
I bought my spare scale I use at work at a thrift Store for $3. Scavenger Life 4 life baby. :)
I bought a scale designed for food at Walmart for like $17. It handles up to 11 lbs, which covers most of my shipping. Later I found a digital weight watchers scale for 25 cents at a rummage sale.Now that I have two (and a larger one for the heavy stuff), I see these diet and food scales all the time at estate sales etc. Of course, as Ryanne mentioned, there are hundreds or more on Ebay .
Is anyone using the "add notes" section of the listing. I've been putting a three digit code in the title for my inventory location. I suspect, it is not such a good idea, as it probably affects my Cassini ranking. I may put the code in the notes section.
Why not bury it at the bottom of your item description?
I just started putting mine at the end of my title so I don't have to pull up the description as it prints out on the packing slip. AND I also put at the end of my listing. I think a couple other scavengers here do the same. Like M4 in the title and then "inventory #M4" at the end of the description. 26 letters of the alphabet x 10 single digit numbers (0-9) will let me store 260 bins of stuff before I have to rethink my system:)
I already have it in the title. I'm concerned about Cassini, which also looks at the body as well. I agree, having it in the title is nice, because you can also search your own listings by using the storage designation, IE:M4 to see everything that's in that bin.I'm concerned whether or not the notes are permanent. I'd hate to only have the item location in the notes and then one day have them drop off.. then I'd really be in trouble.
well shoot! I never thought about searching by box!! Thanks for sharing that tip...a good way to do a quick inventory.
I put my cogs in the Note field.
This may seem like a silly questions, but the notes is a permanent field that will not drop off after a period of time?
I have been using the 'add note' feature for over a year now. I use it for the inventory box number, date listed and sometimes packing notes. The info never drops off unless you delete it.
Yea sorry u forgot to mention you have to paste the exact url in to use voxdoxJustin
I forgot not u! HahaJustin
lol...I figured it out:) Thanks for sharing!
Dan, I missed the story about you finding Press Photos in the dump. Can you do a quick recap, because it sounds fascinating.
Easiest thing to do Pat would go to last weeks what sold video and I went in depth on it. Basically my dads friend pulled all these photo's out the dump, I bought them all and am now selling them. Long story short whoever threw them away threw out $15-20K in the dump.
Today I saved a lot of money by shipping 2 items via FedEx Smart Post. I left one on the porch for regular pick up and took one to the PO to be scanned. They didn't say a thing. Maybe they don't realize they are FedEx shipments? I am thrilled to know I no longer have to drive ten miles each way to drop off at FedEx!
Linda, did the printed label have two barcodes - one for FedEx and one for USPS? When researching this issue online I see labels printed with both.
They have 2 barcodes but the Fedex name is not on the label. Only USPS.
omg ive seen two of those skinner knives this week! passed them both up, lol! had no idea what it was!
Don't feel bad, I passed one up last week...
That skinner knife is called a ulu knife. It was originally a type of indigenous knife used in very cold places as a household (igloo-hold?) knife for general cutting, skinning, trimming snow blocks, etc. Ryanne’s is a version of a very common Alaska souvenir item. There’s probably several hundred for sale on ebay for a couple bucks on up. Not exactly a BOLO item unless you find a real native one.
Best place for a fba tutorial? I'm going to send in my first shipment this weekend? Thanks!
Mike. I use the FulfillmentbyAmazon channel on you tube when I have a question on how to do something. Specifically, the how to prep products videos, how to label products videos and how to pack boxes videos were very helpful when I started out.
When I created mine the other day I just Googled : "my first fba shipment" (without quotes) and followed the first couple of links. That was enough info to get me started.
Thanks, I imagine it's just like eBay in that the best way to learn it is by doing it.
The easiest way for me to think about it is if it's not sealed in plastic or great cardboard covering, wrap it. This will prevent dust getting in and things from falling out. Put a label on everything even if amazon says you don't have to. But make sure you cover the barcode with the label. If your item is loose in a bag this can be tricky. That's just how I did my first shipment. I was sort of hoping j&r would go thru a little of how they were instructed by their friend to do theirs.
Love this guy. Very down to earth and practical. This series also answered a ton of my questions.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVYNJOEeotQ
This week started off so well. Constant sales. And then yesterday morning it just stopped. Nothing. Not even an offer. It just seems too random. Why is it often so all or nothing or why does it seem like you sell more when you're actively listing.
Trying to figure out ebay sales will drive a person mad! Best answer I have found is list, list, list.....Justin
Just keep listing. Try to keep a balance of long lead items and known quick sellers if you want to keep hearing the cha ching sound. I know I have dozens of items out in my storage shed that would sell within a day or two, but now I'm really just wanting to build my store and get the long lead items out there. They aren't doing any good just sitting there!If I feel myself getting frustrated over lack of sales I'll grab one of my sure sales and list it. This week that item was this:http://www.ebay.com/itm/Wholetones-The-Healing-Frequency-Music-Project-Michael-S-Tyrrell-7-CD-Set-Book-/262279281485?hash=item3d11103b4d:g:y6YAAOSw--1WtnLEI knew it would sell quick and it sold within hours of listing. $1.50 item too.
The constellations don't exist from anywhere besides Earth; it's just our perspective that creates the patterns that seem meaningful. There are apparently about 162 million active ebay buying accounts. So our daily sales depend on the intersection between what's in our shops and the moment to moment whims, desires, and needs of 162 million different people. Even if we have thousands of items for sale, those potential intersections provide lots of opportunity for long silences, cluster buying, and other apparent 'patterns' that are really just meaningless. Not to be all existential about it, but I do feel like all the apparent patterns are, in large part, just meaningless 'static' and all that matters is what you do: list.
Try having 2 sales, yes 2, all week--luckily for me Etsy is kicking it.
Omfug, you should make a blog post or video talking about how you do etsy. I'd be interested in hearing all about your methods.
I have no special way of doing etsy, what I will say is that as a vintage seller there I am a big fish in a small pond as opposed to ebay, and I try to list stuff every day--my SEO (you need to make up your own search tags) must be decent. Also knowing what people want to buy, younger people (under 40) is also key IMO. I know that '90's clothing does very well, so if I were opening a second etsy shop I might go in that direction.
Is anyone else unable to print shipping labels from ebay? This started last night and still isn't working. Ebay is not taking calls right now either. Sheesh, mail carrier is due here soon.
Spoke to ebay and they have had this complaint from several other users, so they will be working on it soon. I tried using Microsoft IE and also Edge.
yes i'm having issues printing USPS labels last night and today. i'm getting a DNS error from pitney bowes. i tried 2 computers, they both gave me errors. but i printed a FedEx Ground label with no issues. i figured it was my modem being weird, so i tethered with my iphone and the labels loaded fine and i was able to print. i need to reset my modem and try again. could it be pitney bowes or my ISP? i have no idea. why did it work with my iphone's connection? anyone know?
I tried Chrome as well and that didn't help. But it looks like the problem is fixed now, yay! Back to shipping.
just checked too, looks like it's back up. phew. can't live without ebay labels!
Does anyone here not use GSP for certain countries? I've started opting out of GSP for items under 4 pounds for Canada, Japan, Australia, GB, and Germany. I compared some of the rates they were paying with GSP to what they would pay if I sent directly first class international and it's a huge difference. For a $25 sweatshirt, a buyer in canada was paying like $15 shipping plus $15 import fees. With first class international the import fees are gone. The product was "Made in USA" so I don't think any import or duty fees will be charged when they get the item. Does anyone else do this? I used Nancy's webpage as a guide, http://thirdhandshoppeblog.blogspot.com/2014/05/how-to-customize-global-shipping-program.html. Very helpful and pretty much the only resource I could find on the Internet about it. For those that have opted out of GSP for certain countries, how are your international sales?
i tried doing this, but it stripped out GSP for all my listings. which was annoying. maybe i need to give it another go.
So is Brazil in GSP or not? When I click ship to "Brazil" it says seller doesn't ship to Brazil. I'm opted into GSP and I thought they offered it to people in Brazil. I tried this on a hat and a t-shirt. Is there a box I'm missing or some other option to get ALL of the GSP countries included on my ships to.
MikeAccording to Ebay's list of eligible countries Brazil is in GSP. I have found tho that on some of my listings Brazil is listed as excluded. I always have wondered if that was because of the type of item it was. Below I put a link to the list of countries from ebayeligible countries
By the way I did another tutorial on setting up alternative shipping after the one you linked to Mike. It is a little different than the first tutorial and has corrections. alternative shipping
Cool, thanks for the help. I've actually decided that to do an experiment. I'm going to change all my listing under $50 and 4 pounds to first class international with a $5 handling charge. I'm still going to exclude some countries.
Mike I'll be interested to hear what you find from your experiment. Here is what I do. For everything 2 pounds and under I offer First Class International to Canada, Japan and Australia. For 2-4 pounds I offer FCI to Canada. I found that Priority through GSP was actually cheaper than FCI for some countries which doesn't make sense to me?? For instance the UK. If anyone can explain that I'd love to hear why.
I don’t use GSP for any countries at all but I don’t ship to any countries that Shipsaver won’t insure, like Brazil.
Youre missing out. GSP is great. So much less stress and hassle. No more filling out forms. You should give it a try.
Anne, I tried GSP but I had some problems with it so I went back to shipping direct. That was early on when GSP was rolled out so they may have fixed some of the issues but with about one quarter of all my sales going out of the country I’m used to just shipping direct. It’s as easy for me as shipping domestic so I stick with what I know and I’ve never had a problem. No stress or hassle for me at all. I have no particular objection to GSP but I just have no reason to switch at this point.
Rolodex files always sell well, the 3x5 cards aren't produced anymore so even used ones sell for a lot, look them up, I often will take the cards out and sell separately. Was that a metal or plastic one?
it was plastic. if it were metal, i would have priced higher.
I had an issue this week that has not happened to me before. I used “Sell Similar” to create a listing for a buyer who wanted to buy something for me that he specifically asked about. When the buyer purchased and paid through Paypal, it showed completed on his end but as a “pending” payment in my ebay Sold list with an hourglass. My Paypal account on the other hand showed nothing at all regarding this payment. The buyer told me that on his end it showed that I had “to claim” the payment. After an hour on the phone with ebay and Paypal CS, I finally got it straightened out by adding that nonexistent email address back to my account, but then they held the funds for some reason. (Wouldn’t tell me why – maybe because it was foreign sale and I don’t use GSP or it was suspicious because I used the buyer’s ID as the title.) What had apparently happened was that unbeknownst to me, when I created the listing eBay automatically populated the Paypal email pay-to block with an old email address of mine that I had removed a year or so ago. I created the listing quickly and did not examine every box so I had missed it. Paypal had then sort of lodged the payment off to the side without crediting my account and had sent an email to my old address saying that I had to claim the payment. Of course the email address was dead so I did not receive any notice. Apparently this happens occasionally so it’s something to watch out for.
Hi guys: I am using FedEx Smart Post for the first time and yes, it was about $3 cheaper for a large bag of adult diapers. However, I asked my mail carrier about it, he is VERY knowledgeable and super helpful and knows all about my eBay business. He said that the USPS would not accept it even though it has a tracking number. This contradicts what I heard on Danna Crawford's blog (AskDanna and eBay certified consultant) recently... she said her mail carrier would take it. Maybe it depends on the location??? I am fortunate that my post office is right across the street and FedEx drop off is a 5 minute drive, so I'll be taking it there tomorrow. Let us know if you hear anything else affirmative.
Interesting... I called FEDEX and they told me specifically that I have the option of a USPS pickup/drop off or FEDEX handling it. The FEDEX website says the same thing.I haven't had one to try yet.
Has anyone compared the pricing and/or # actual delivery days of USPS retail ground to the Fed Ex Smartpost?
It depends on the local post master. One of the local post masters is a moron and is under the assumption that any label not dropped at the post off the exact date that is on the label is officially no good. They will refuse them and tell you the label is void and you have to buy a new one!!! I never went back to that worthless post office, but the problem now is that I can't drop my USPS packages with the local independent ship store because that post office does their USPS pickups. They will not pick up any USPS package that has an older date than the current day. RIDICULOUS!!!When I print a label at 10pm on my ipad the date auto populates to current day instead of letting me choose the next day so all my packages per this lady's interpretation are null and void as soon as I print them...In another incident with the post office near where I work, I accidentally dropped a Fed Ex package with my USPS packages. Instead of simply handing the Fed Ex package to the Fed Ex guy who comes there EVERY DAY, they decided to process it as a return to sender item and charged me $18 COD and took 2 weeks to get it back to me...Anyways, rant over. My point is that every post office will be different regarding Smart Post. I for one would never, ever drop my Smart post with USPS.
One last thing to keep in mind: If you read the Smart Post terms, you will find that USPS is completely absolved from any responsibility for the package. The only way you are protected is if Fed Ex flags your package as damaged before the handoff. By handing over to USPS initially, you may be setting yourself up for a very bad day if something goes wrong.
Retro, you just might live in a big city. They are often populated by too many poorly educated little Nazi gov't workers. I hated living in the city for that reason. Too much. begrudging, crabby and generally Poor service everywhere. Outside the cities service improves by the mile. Of course there are delightful exceptions. But I love my P.O. Peeps now. And it costs very little to insure your iffy pkgs via Shipsaver which you can find in your Ebay apps store. Wonderful.
Retro thanks for that information. I didn't realize that and am mailing a fragile $100 item tomorrow via Smartpost. I'll be sure to put insurance on it and depending on the cost maybe even upgrade them to Priority.
I have been very lucky so far. I have never bought ins for any item regardless of how much it sold for or where it was sent. And I've never had an issue. And I've sold many over 100 dollar items.
>The FEDEX website says the same thing.Link? I think people are confusing FedEx Smartpost return labels with regular first time out bound labels.
I had a negative feedback removed today. I followed the advice you guys gave about contacting eBay and not getting upset. I called and explained the situation and had it removed.
Off topic: On episode 53 you seem to really like the Paypal Debit card, I've been considering one lately. Do you STILL like it and use it? I've read the card agreement and I'm a bit confused, I only plan to use it at merchants in my area and possibly ATM withdrawals... I know there is an ATM withdrawal fee, but is there a fee when I swipe at a local merchant also?
Yep, we've been using it consistently. To a merchant, it works like a Credit Card. We don't need to use a pin number when we swipe, just a signature. But we can only spend what is in our Paypal account. Like any card, we dont pay the fee when we buy something at a store. The merchant pays a small processing fee.
Thanks for the quick reply Jay, thats good news. Going to go ahead and get me one then.
I like getting cash back from the PayPal debit card. It's a fun little perk when you are purchasing inventory.
I love the card. It's perfect for when I don't want to spend money in my bank account. Takes the cash right out of my PayPal total.
I love it and have had one since the day it was offered. I use it as a credit card and get cash back quarterly--$10-$16 the last couple of times. I use it to pay for most merchandise and supplies, ebay/etsy fees, postage, etc--it makes tax time pretty easy.
Nice, well mine is on the way. Seemed the easiest way to access that money so that will be good.
I sold a really nice needlepoint item that was only listed for a day or so but I ended up taking a half price offer. Part of me always feels like holding out for full price or at least countering but I needed sales and I so took it. I did remind myself though that it only cost me a dollar and almost everything I sell that I accept a low offer on, I rarely think of again once it's gone. So its not like the regret lingers. It was a cool find but it will just be replaced with another other cool find. I love needlepoint type kits or finished pieces though. People buy them and their always dirt cheap to pick up. I find a lot of them at the weigh and pay and by the time it ends up there its deemed as garbage and the other sellers don't want it either.
I always pick up finished needlepoints/embroideries; they are usually a bargain at thrift stores and yard sales. They are definitely under valued. I have a few listed at a high price and am keeping them high for now. It amazes me for how little they frequently sell for. I think that compared to another kit craft -- paint by number sets -- they generally sell for much less, in spite of the time that went into them.
I made my very first "What sold" video this week, my wife and I are working to make eBay our career, we are about half way there. Here is our video, hope you enjoy it. Thanks for all you guys do!!!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8zltw50cas&feature=gp-n-y&google_comment_id=z123hxpbeyfge3xvl23itxoxmnqbtxsq304
I love, love, LOVE what sold videos. I get some different ideas than the same old, same old. Where in Wisconsin do you live? I am in the Milwaukee area. I really enjoyed your video and I subscribed. I am looking forward to seeing them regularly.
I live up in the Wausau/Stevens point area. Glad you enjoyed the video and thanks for the sub! I love the what sold vids also, haul videos are interesting in their right but good picks don't always sell, these kind of videos have helped me also that's why I decided to make my own.
I have a home in the Westfield area, too. Maybe some day we should plan a meet-up. Besides Goodwill, what other thrift stores do you frequent? Stay warm. We are getting more snow today.
thanks for posting your video! i'm so glad i can watch someone else's what sold videos now.do people in Wisconsin feel like that little upper part of Michigan really should belong to them? just curious.
Question for ppl who have used FedEx smart post. Can you use the free usps priority boxes to package the item? Even though they say usps priority all over them?Justin
nope. you're ultimately using USPS Parcel at the end of the line, so you cannot use the priority boxes or they might charge your buyer for the extra postage.
No. USPS is only to be used for postal mailings. They COULD come after you if your buyer turns you in.
Thanks for the info!Justin
No that's just Wisconsin's hat :)