Great, just terrific video, big thank you for sharing.For me these have been tremendously educational. Things I would not even consider to look at Thrifts and other scavenging trips. For example the women's shoe. I would look only at "power" brand shoes.You guys amaze me.Cheers
BTW, I missed vintage wooden clogs just yesterday. I was like "would never sell those"
thank you for sharing - excellent information and ideas as usual!here's my latest "what sold" video.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-j0mCb7zVZ0
Looking forward to the eyeglasses video! I recently sold a skinned up old bowling ball for over a hundred dollars. It had the name of a famous bowler on it. Cost me around $14 with the bag. Go figure.
I like your videos, Dorky Thrifter!
Very nice, thanks for posting!
Love the videos Becky. Thanks for sharing!
That Xmas wrapping paper sale blows my mind. And loved the old school New England Bradlees price tag -- I remember Mrs B!
yeah bradlees! ha ha. my first boyfriend worked at bradlees so we got an employee discount. my mom bought her first upright vacuum there on sale with the discount. it was very fancy for the time!
I've sold single sheets of wrapping paper before. People have memories tied to it I guess. There's actually a vintage care bear roll id buy if I ever saw for sale. It reminds of a very happy memory.
What did you use R to make sure it didn't get bent in shipping? Thanks.
it was just folded paper, so i shipped it in a poly mailer. should be fine.
Thanks. I have a bunch that is square. I've seen some use foam board from the $ store but we do t have one here.
Poly mailer then tape two pieces of cardboard together. Works great.
I wish I sold enough items to make a what sold video! Last week I sold 5 things. So far this week I've sold 1. Usually I sell around 20 on average. It's like a off switch has been flipped. EBay can cause high anxiety with back to back dead weeks. Glad you guys are doing well though.
we have slow weeks sometimes too. it comes in waves for sure.
It's always worse when I'm not listing consistently...
I think I only sold 5 items over the weekend and made a video. come on you can do I would watch it even if there was not many items.
Me too, hardly selling anything and it's very scary since we just invested in a metal outbuilding to house all of our ebay stuff.
It has been slow for me, too. No big deal. Just forge steadily ahead. You can't lose if you don't quit.
I have come to enjoy the slower times because I have more time for listing, and I enjoy bulking up my number of listings. I think that Jay's term "pipeline" helps a lot if you can constantly remember that it's all about building that pipeline. Funny thing is that February was one of my worst months ever and then March was one of my best months ever. I had almost the exact same inventory both months, except for the new listings; So go figure.
I agree that listing has some correlation to selling, but now all, I have been consistently listing for the past 6 weeks and my sales this week so far have been 1 last week I had 14. ts very quiet this week for me on ebay.
Does anyone know if a sale price and just repricing an item has the same effect? Like if i do a half off sale that makes my 100 dollar item 50 dollars, will I get the sam search results and rankings as if I just priced it for 50 in the first place? Always wondered that since sales can show up funny sometimes.
i think some people check 'on sale' in search results. but i am not sure.
Buyers will get emails if they looked at an item and it goes on sale or if you lowered the price. A sale has the psycholgical thing going for it. I do both.
Friends, have a handful of things to comment/ask. If any of you have comments to make or responses to my questions, they will make me very happy ;-)First, about Bally shoes (and some other brands too).I have listed in my store Giorgio Armani pair, Emporio Armani pair and a handful of Bally shoes. Two of them are brand new, never used,, still in the box (remember I am a borderline hoarder, since I am crazy about shoes I had some compulsive instincts during travels).With today magnificent video, it confirms shoes are great sellers, however my Bally shoes have not caught attention (well, have them listed for a month or so, possibly as a newbie I need to learn the patience, Rayanne mentions items listed for ~2 years).One Gucci shoe has caught a crazy attention during the same period. I used same style of pictures and description for all these shoes.Are Bally shoes not that hot/ranked in the US?CheersPH
I just sold a pair of Bally Brissago shoes from Switzerland two days ago. $75 + s&h. They took a while to sell though. Listed them in May15 and sold in Mar16.If you're worried about selling stuff in a month, you need to switch to auctions.eBay is a numbers game. I have another pair of Bally's womens' shoes that I listed in December which haven't sold either. No rush. List more and they will sell!
Thank you, that helps a lot, and it is absolutely the case with me.Mindset plus continue to build the store to a minimum level.Cheers
Bally's are great shoes to sell. we always buy them and always sell them.The problem is that you're not being patient, Paul. You need to choose to truly "list it and forget it"...or to sell on auctions and accept whatever price people will pay in that short time period. I feel you;re making this too complicated.
I've sold 2 pairs of Ballys in 3 years. They do sell but I find that they are a long tail Brand. Still, I never pass them up as buyers are always happy with them once they get them.
Agree Susan. Deals like Ryanne's briefcase cannot be left unattended. My case I am sure plays the fact I purchased all of the items from brand store ...
Great video, as always. Crystal
Love those dogs!!
nice sales! ah there are 4 dogs. wowza. i thought 3 cats were taking up a lot of room in my house.
Nice sales, thanks for taking the time to post your videos.
They're all collies, the rough sable in the back and the smooth coat blue merle in front are mine, the other sable and the black/white/tan puppy are my SO's. They see each other for play dates almost everyday.
Great video!I've pretty much decided that i need to move to your neighborhood, Steven. Your GW seems to be giving things away compared to mine: Nike sneakers for 14.99. I bought nothing.I went to an estate sale today, the first of the year for us. I bought a Radio Shack cassette player for 2.00 and thought of you. I figured it was worth the two bucks. There was very little out; "Come back later when we open up another room." No, thanks. I live an hour away. Good grief!
Love the video. I chuckled about the purse. That coat was awesome!
Great video, suggestion: how about putting the hats in color order, red with red, black with black, etc... might be easier to find them once they sell. :)
my what sold video for the month of march :)I am a partial seller on ebay :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmJ21Uuv3mg
nice sales. ilfe is good is also a great seller for us. i always look for it.
Thanks for posting your video. Always nice to see what people are having success with.
Thanks for sharing Lannie.
Thank you for posting the video. Great sales!
If anybody gets bored listing, check out this live eagle cam.http://www.eagles.org/dceaglecam/2 grown eagles and two babies. It's 24hr live feed and their wild eagles in a Washington DC nest. I check it throughout the day. I like watching the feedings. Good eagle parents so far.
that is so cool
We had the same pencil sharpener up til about 5 years ago when we moved. I don't remember what we did with it; it ran perfectly. I'd bet we sold it at one of our (several) garage sales for a buck. Eeesch….Love these video's, as usual! And, everyone else's, too!
I bought a sharpener for each of my kids rooms @$3 each. The new ones are $40 on Amazon and don't work nearly as well. Also they make a mess when you clean the tray. The old ones are solid.
I found one recently at a thrift too. I couldn't sell it cuz the casing had a crack. But I bought it for our house and love it!!
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Auctions x Fixed Price - some of the conclusions from my experimentTogether with comments from many of you and the R&J casts, I decided to remove completely most of my auctions.The thing is, first, pricing. Even though it does generate quicker attention to the items and got me sold some high ticket items for more than I wanted, it also pushes people away, preventing them "this is something I would love to have, however I do not have to make a counter offer on the item".At the end the benefit in terms of volume did not help.At the same time people are shy to make counter proposals on my items. I have sold a handful of best offers, however I receive more questions than best offers.Not sure if this is question of time too.Cheers
Hey Paul. You're coming into a community that has been debating auctions vs BIN for several years now. We've already found the answer. Basically you need to choose how you want to sell. We interviewed Tim who sells exclusively through Auctions: http://www.scavengerlife.com/2014/05/ebay-scavengers-episode-117-should-i.htmlhe rarely hangs on to any items longer than a month. He lets things sell for whatever price people buy them.He needs very little storage and seems to make a good living.On the other hand, we have clearly documented that you can make a good living selling on BIN if you are patient. Just read our Manifesto: http://www.scavengerlife.com/p/manifesto.htmlIf you try our method, you need to work towards 500 items in your inventory. You have to list it and forget it. Very important to "forget it" and not obsess over certain items not selling. And you must allow items to sit for sometimes over a year.So again, the lines have been drawn. They are very clear. Some sellers do a combination of the two, but the rules are the experience for whichever way you choose to sell.
I think that auctions make the buying more urgent, but this comes at the cost of a lower selling price. Both can work but Fixed seems to be a bit more leisurely with less of a need to "feed the fire".
Thank you very much for the advice and references.Terrific. My milestone now is to reach the 500 items mark.Appreciate it.
Paulo, I was reading your post on auction vs bin and my phone goes "Ca-ching!" I giggled cuz it was one of my 10 auctions and not one of my 240 Bins
I almost always to BIN, but sometimes I come home from thrifting with an item and think "why the heck did I buy this?!" In other words, I second guess myself. In some cases, I will put these items on Auction just to get them out of my house.
I LOVE the tiki pole. I would have never thought of selling that. It must have been the week to sell cast iron pans I sold a Griswold. I've been looking for one since I started almost 4 years ago and finally found one. thanks for showing the rug I see them at my goodwill all the time but never picked them up.https://youtu.be/an60OV56VP0
Oh man, whenever I see Griswold I just think of the Vacation movies. Shitter's full! (NSFW language).https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=BeskbiJjCXI
hilarious I know what you mean I think that's the only reason why I remembered the name of the pan.
I love microwave plates and always pick them up when they are priced right. I've become a pro at making custom boxes and shipping them. They are a long-tail item, but I don't mind. They eventually all sell.
Comments from latest podcast:- I loved how upbeat you guys were in this podcast. I needed that! I especially loved the "it's like Christmas Eve" conversation in reference to the vintage inks. We've all been there. I'm glad to hear it from you all as my wife just doesn't get it.- Lots of talk about shoes last two podcasts. As always, I typically find something relative to the conversation within days. Yesterday I found an awesome pair of shell cordovan dress shoes with welted stitching! - Really cracked me up as many times Jay confused ebay and amazon.
My sales are way down since I haven't been listing lately. Now that spring is here, we are just getting way too busy - Monday through Wednesday I leave work to go straight to extra curricular activites for kids. I don't get home these days until 9-10 pm. While I am not listing, I am still able to scavenge regularly on my lunch breaks. Yesterday was pretty epic. I spent $150 between two goodwills. Some of the interesting highlights:- 15+ pair of high end shoes (including the shell cordovan ones)- Very nice vintage Royal Aristocrat Typewriter.- Nomex coveralls - Police service coat- Huge lot of brand new Dilbert booksThinking I was done for the day we went to Walmart to get groceries. I walked through the mens department to find an epic clearance sale. They had an entire rack of the ironic pop culture graphic T shirts for $1 each!!! I ended up with 62 total shirts - all big licensed name stuff that I should get $10-$15 a shirt on. And the best part is that about 10 of the shirts rang up for 25 cents.My storage unit is over run with unlisted merch. I'm going to have to take drastic steps and ... ::gulp:: ... stop buying things. With yard sale season approaching, that just sucks...
Unless you have thousands of items up--that is the downside to this business, you need to keep feeding the beast, true of ebay and true of etsy, if I stop listing for more than a few days the sales come to a dead halt. I am at the merchandise saturation point myself and plan to step back from buying for a week at least, I need to catch up with listing stuff!
I've been holding steady at 260 items for the last couple weeks, which is good for $400 in bread/butter sales a week. I'm going to draw a line in the sand and say I will not buy again until I hit 500. Public statement to add accountability!
Went to pick up a handful of wins from on line auction yesterday.Discovered a new Thrift, spent 2hrs there.Also, a Goodwill Megastore. It is humongous.I will try to beat my limitations and be there tomorrow morning, impossible not to find at least a couple things.
@Retro Treasures - ironic pop culture, is that a brand or... ?
Well to better explain, I got 5 shirts that have Spock from Star Trek throwing Vulcan gang signs with the caption "Trek Yo-self before you wreck yo-self".Imagine the t-shirts the characters on Big Bang Theory would be wearing. That sums it up.There is stuff from TMNT, Star Wars, Karate Kid, Breaking Bad, Batman, Superman, etc.
Popular shirts but a lot of competition. Don't be surprised if you see a seller selling tons of them brand new for half the price your asking for. I've had to stop myself from buying alot of those. Hard to do when you can get tees so cheap. Good luck though.
I so relate to the problem of buying more than I can list. The hunt is by far the most fun part of Ebay selling for me! However, I'm coming to learn that the SALE is maybe even just as fun. I'm slowly training myself to enjoy and appreciate the "game" of getting things listed.Jay always says it's a numbers game, and he's totally right.
It's definitely a challenge when you have kids and other work to get the listing done. I've become more selective in what I'm buying. I've gone back to using my phone on site and I reevaluate everything in my basket before I check out. I try to consider the size (to store), the cost and sold prices, the ease and time of shipping and packing, the potential shipping cost, and whether or not I have something very similar listed already. I try to remember what Jay said in the "List it or donate it" episode about having to deal later with everything that you bring home. Even with this approach, I need to lot some items and reduce my shopping stops until I get a good number of boxes done. Going forward, it will be about getting my average price up, controlling the inventory, and increasing listing efficiency. In the short term though, some of my old finds will dampen that progress unfortunately. It's not a great feeling to have boxes of items to list that you would no longer purchase today as a more enlightened seller. The postal increases have made a difference too I suspect in the potential profit on the items.
One last general comment for the mid-week update.In regards to "F-U" money, we are expecting our 4th child in May. Due to illnesses and other issues my personal leave bank is depleted at work. This presents a problem as I typically take off 1-2 weeks when we have a child.This time is different though - I have an "F-U" money revenue stream!!!My boss knows all about my reseller business and is very supportive of it. I have already told him I would like to take off 1 full week, then work half days from home for 2 more weeks. The week and the half days off would be unpaid. I can afford to do this because I know I'll be able to do my ebay listing full time while I am off from work, and completely offset my salary going full time on reselling.To be able to walk into my boss's office and confidently tell him I want to take 2 weeks of unpaid leave is simply amazing. In addition, to be confident that I will be more than alright financially from taking that much time off is even more amazing.He had no issues with my requests (really more of a demand).
Wow, good for you. That's like a dream come true.
Good for you Retro!
And rinse and repeat, and rinse and repeat, until the F-U money covers the rest of your life.
Advice on shippingFriends, I opted for Stamps.com since it helps on my line items to assess COGS and operating costs.However I have some question marks, big ones, on the included shipping.Let me try to explain.For low ticket items, I add calculated cost, Priority USPS 1-4 days. There are times where, after customer buys and pays, while calculating shipping I find other much cheaper options.It is easier when the customer wants specifically and paid specifically for one type of shipping.For other cases I use the cheaper. Never had a complain.However I am concerned if customer pays priority and I ship first class. Have anybody experienced complain on situations like this?Thnx
If a customer thinks they are getting priority, you should ship priority. Now if you stated first class you can upgrade to priority. Never downgrade because even if it arrives at the same speed you don't want your customer to think you tricked them. Also paying for stamps.com seems like an expensive way to keep up with cogs IMO.
Do not send ship first class if the buyer has paid for priority! That's just begging for negative feedback.Crystal
Many of us use Go Daddy bookkeeping, which automatically syncs with ebay and categorizes ebay fees and shipping costs.The only thing you manually have to track in regards to COGS is the actual cost of the item.
I think it is risky to switch type of mail service. Most won't notice but you'll get one snarky guy who will try to make trouble for you.
Thank you friends so much for your thoughts and advice.Also, some details from my side:From Stamps.com I receive 100% back in postage for the monthly fee for one year. After this I will assess highs/lows. However I had issues with eBay shipping (most likely because of little to none experience).For GoDaddy, I started using eBay to sell my hoard to finance a Tech Commerce Business. Good opportunity to pay for labor, etc. Then I found out you guys and the ding ding ding sound. So I had a company using my old eBay account already with QuickBooks (there is a paid connector for eBay, not worth it though, however I found a fantastic PayPal connector from Intuit that covers all my needs).So the pending item for cost optimization is the use of Stamps.com. Even though I have 9 months of the promo, the early I learn and compare the better (and you are right, they have the monthly cost that will offset income).Cheers
FYI! I often use First Class instead of Priority that was stated, especially now that First Class is up to 16oz. Never ever had a complaint it arrives there just as fast.
I hope I did the right thing here. Lady bought a buckle and it was going 1st class from NC to CT. She needed it by Thurs. She said to mail it quickly and she'd pay for priority if needed. I convinced her that first class would still get to her in time and save her money. Im shipping it on Friday. I assume it would be there by Tues. You think it will or do I need to void the label and ship priority.
From my experience, Ebay shipping shouldn't really be a barrier to accurately reporting COGS. Keep in mind that probably over 90% of ebay sellers (this is just a guess but I'll bet it's true) use the built-in ebay shipping functionality.You might want to have a chat with your accountant to double-check how you're tracking COGS and whether or not you are overdoing it. Just my two cents.
Unless you are hand delivering something never promise delivery by a certain date. Even with priority(they aren't "guaranteed" unless you pay up for express). That said, it should get there by then but by telling the customer it should with first class when she said she would pay the extra for priority is asking for trouble.Side note, order priority express flat rate envelopes, especially the padded. A customer will eventually want to get upgraded to express to guarantee fast delivery in 1-2 days. A lot of PO's don't stock them.
Great sales and information as usual. Thanks Ryanne!
This is part of an Amazon email I rec'd and I thought I'd share in case anyone missed it.You may have slow-moving or low-selling inventory. Starting today, March 31, 2016, FBA is waiving fees for any removal order for return or disposal of your inventory that is currently in U.S. fulfillment centers. This promotion ends April 30, 2016, after which time normal removal-order fees will apply.If you remove units as part of this promotion for which you paid a Long-Term Storage Fee in February 2016, we will reimburse 66% of the fee that you paid per cubic foot for those units.FBA remains dedicated to supporting your growth and ensuring that our U.S. fulfillment centers have the right quantity of products. This promotion is designed to free up space for products that are selling fast.
deb truervaluesQuestion: Just sold an item to Korea--I had the correct weight and ebay calculated the shipping cost $22.00 below actual cost--usually they calculate high and I make a little extra.I was wondering if they didn't update foreign countries when the rates went up----I feel like I have to honor the buyer's purchase, and fortunately, it was $100, so I'm still making $$$, but am sad it was calculated so low.Has anyone else had this happen? REcommendations?
Happened to me a lot proportionally. I reviewed each item individually and even included handling.There was one case I had to pay a couple of bucks :-(Would love to hear from the more experienced but I say for this case honor and try to revise your practices if, like my case, you think it was not an isolated case.
deb truervalueshi Paulo - I think this is an isolated case, never happened before. I might try to call ebay and see if they will reimburse me--since I had the weight right and they calculated the shipping--doubtful, but will give it a shot
Deb, definitely call them. How did you know the shipping calculation was incorrect? Did you take it to the PO? I have all of my items picked up at the house and wouldn't know if something like this happened.
Heya Deb,Slightly off topic, but you asked about shipping those mirror tiles a few days ago. The first box I sold, well, I just bubble wrapped the heck out of it, like a good 3 inches worth; I also reinforced the corners with extra bubble wrap. I made sure the box was large enough for plenty of padding, which was all wadded up newspaper. Luckily it was only going to Washington state; I'm in California. The second box I sold was Local Pick Up, so that saved me a ton of work. Hope this helps!*Paul*
I'm a little late on the post, but here's my 'What Sold" video for the week. I need to learn to be more concise so I can trim the time down a bit...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92qv95qRKf8
Great video yooper! Those really truly stories are so cool. Maybe equivalent to today's Goosebumps? Although I'm not sure there are any lessons in those. Love the old books that you sell. Curious about your pricing on those. Is it the same as anything else..you see what the going rate is for similar ones listed and sold? Thanks for sharing.
Speaking of slides, Jen, The Pudgy Picker sold a bunch last month--worth looking at to get a feel for what is desirable-->https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYkcJ5bQ-GM
Although I am only a seller of my own books and a few personal items I enjoyed that video. Very clear and understandable for my French ears. The photos are great and you know how to enter a good title. Bravo.
Not my video Michelle, but I agree--Jen is a real pro
I opened up a new eBay store (I thought April's Fools Day would be appropriate) and added categories to my new store. Is there a way to put my current listings into my store categories? I looked on YouTube and the only video I can find says I have to end all of my listings and use TurboLister to export inactive listings into your store. Is that true? I did a search in Seller Center and in FAQ I can't find a current answer on transferring current listings into a new store category.
The way I initially did it may be very diff than the way others did. After I created a category I went to active listings and typed in a word I knew was in my title that qualified it for a category move. Like when I took my mugs out of my housewares category I used "mug" to find them. Then I chose edit selected which takes u to the bulk editor. I checked top box to select all and chose edit categories. The second tab selection is for store categories. From here it depends if you want to bulk edit or individual. It's hard to explain because if you already have an item in two diff categories but want to only change out one of those then do individual listings. If you want to change them all at once choose bulk. I never know if it's my first or 2nd I wanted to change out so I have to do individual but it's still quick. Save and next basically. Hope this helps some. I'm sure others have a faster method. You can search active per category too if that helps more. Depending on the move you're wanting to make.
Thank you, Anne. I wish there was a click and drag feature in stores where you could click it from your active listings to your store categories. I think I have most of them migrating now. Let's see how it goes. Thanks for a quick reply!
Hey Ryanne. While I was watching the what sold video I noticed the Last bottle on the right of Concrete Dissolver did not look full. Just wanted to point it out incase there was a leak and the customer complains.
yeah it was the last bottle and it had leaked when we bought the lot because the sprayer was turned to the SPRAY position. but i think it's going to be ok.
I just opened by Bonanza booth thanks to listening to you guys. Thanks!
YAY! You sold the tiki pole! That was something I spied that awhile ago and fantasized about putting in my Garden of Earthly Miscellany. Glad it's going to a good home.
yeah and we shipped it to them! that's a whole other story that will be on this week's podcast.
any trick to preventing a triple post?
Any quilt people here? First, it looks to me like they used raw cotton for batting (could be wrong but it's definitely not wool) Also, backing seems like a linen but can't tell if flax, cotton or- totally not linen. Any ideas? Age gauge? Imgur album: http://imgur.com/a/dt15G
Linda ShieldsApril 2, 2016 at 8:35 PMWish I could see the front. It looks like an antique 1800s quilt made with cotton picked right out of the fields and a homespun undyed cotton backing. Hand quilted, which had to be brutal since they were so thick and you have to stick the needle thru the quilt with one hand into a finger on the bottom then push against the needle with the bottom finger and poke it back up thru the layers on top. Thus the blood stain.
WHOA Ms. Linda, you are blowing my mind with the blood stain info and such specifics; I am so grateful. Here are front pics: http://imgur.com/a/zJXHMIf you want any different or closer pictures let me know! I also have this one which has no batting and feels like feed sacks. I got this in Asheville, NC (I think I got the other one there, too). It has A LOT of holes in it but is so soft I can't stand it: http://imgur.com/a/WmBHK
Are you sure there isn't something used as batting in the second quilt, like an old sheet or thin blanket! Either way, it was probably a summer quilt. Too bad they are so worn, but they were probably used a lot, unlike fancier bedspread quilts. The harher more acidic dyes in some colors caused the fabrics to rot away earlier than others like your pretty reds. Looking at the fronts I would guess they are early 1900s "farm quilts" I call them. True Americana. I once restored an old quilt that was in almost as bad condition for a woman who used it as her wedding chuppa. The batting was so lumpy I had to cut open areas and remove the lumps. I had to applique patches over blown out patches and cut off the ragged edges and rebind it. I saved all the removed batting and fabric edges and put them inside a pillow I made to match it which she carried with her as she was carried along under her chuppa. She loved it. I would never want to do that again. But she did buy me two trees planted in Israel which I might go visit one day.
Sorry for the typos. The exclamation point should be a question mark, etc. And I forgot to say the quilt I restored was made by her grandmother, so she treasured it.
Typos schmypos! You are a font of knowledge and if you wrote it in Mandarin Chinese I'd be happy to get it translated. The second one *does* have exactly what you stated as batting; I was thinking that puff=batting which, on further thought, makes no sense. :) I can't believe the second one is that old. I actually have it listed at 40-60s because I obviously do not know what I'm talking about. I have 2 summer quilts that were my great-grandmothers from PA. The strong blues and pinks like you said, have tufts coming out. I love needlework but I do embroidery and am scared to mess with these. Although, we use them the whole year and they get washed a LOT. I should probably stop washing them on the 2 hour cycle then putting them in the dryer. AT LEAST stop putting them in the dryer... Those thin quilts are warm as all get out though. It's pretty amazing. Thank you so much for all the info. I am beside myself. I knew they were "something" but no idea what. :)
Just wanted to share an update after switching to Ting phone service after 2 months. I'm very happy with it and have had no problems. My first bill was about $25, and the second was $19. I live in Idaho and have traveled to Oregon with no problems. I'll be going to California soon , so we'll see how it does there. Thanks again Jay & Ryanne
Note to Nicole: Thanks for the thrift recommendation in Portland. I was on my way there, when I decided to pull into another thrift. I ended up spending all my time and money there and never made it to the original store! Next time! The one I stopped at was called Teen Challenge Thrift and it was on the same street. I found some good art there, much of it in the 1/2 price category. They are an odd mix of over and under priced stuff.
I really enjoy your podcasts! Thanks for sharing your tips and tricks! BTW- I wanted to see if you have ever heard of a website called Chairish.com? You can sell furniture on there! Pretty cool. I ran into the site while I was looking for Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin armchairs. I found them on Cherish.com and boy are they super expensive. A guy posted on facebook that he found a pair at Goodwill They are beautiful- he paid $18 total. Well that's it, thanks again and keep on keepin on!
oh sorry, its Chairish.com not Cherish.com
http://www.vanessaalvarado.com/2014/12/scavenger-life-chat-on-earning-13k-in.html?m=1I've always liked this visual look into your lives. Good info too. It's an oldie but goodie for scavengerlife.
I love that interview. I don't remember seeing a link to it before. Thanks for sharing. Jay and Ryanne are an inspiration to us all.
I bought a few perfumes from Marshalls because in the past I've had good luck with them. I did a quick eBay lookup to see the general going rate and competition. What I didn't account for was how many each seller had. So I shot myself in the foot on a few of them. A guy is asking half of my price and has 70 of them. Sheesh. Can't compete with that. I scanned them just for the heck of it on Amazon. 2 of them good profit but I'm not approved in that category and I'm not paying the professional fee for now. So I'll just hope my keywords and pics are better to suck them in. If someone really knows perfume they could probably do very well at Marshalls. I don't so I stick to stuff that is not in stores anymore or gift packs.
I'm loving buying vintage perfume. J & R turned me onto it, and it really works! I've sold a couple bottles for $100+ and several others for pretty decent prices. It's funny because I personally hate perfume, but now I always buy it. As long as I don't spill it, I'm golden!
I've never had any luck with vintage perfume or cologne. Had nothing but complaints and returns. I find that as they age stuff starts floating around in the bottle and it turns my buyers off. But I don't run into vint perfume all that often anyway. It's funny how things sell great for one person but bad for another.
Had a fun day of scavenging today. I spent $15 and got TONS of stuff! One thrift store had a clothing giveaway to get rid of all the winter clothes and accessories and make room for spring. My husband and I each got $25 of free stuff. Then I hit a bag sale where I got 6 beautiful Ralph Lauren dress shirts, several shoes, several cool vintage hats, and bunches of other stuff.
Watched a video last night where these two guys spent 1000 dollars at Walmart on clearance stuff for FBA. Item would sell for 16 and cost them 3 bucks. They say 13 dollar profit but I know there's fees that have to come out and they may not sell. I just don't see how people so confidently buy all of an item. That's so much risk and I never have that much extra cash. And the idea of a 5 dollar profit doesnt seem worth my time. I don't see how you keep your fba joy going. Either youtube people lie about the huge amazon success they have or they have a perfect method figured out.
That is what I don't like about FBA videos or bloggers - most of them gloss over the details. This weekend I got a great deal on themed kids sheets and blankets at walmart. My cost was $5-10 an item, my FBA sale price is $25-35 an item. That does NOT mean my profit is $20-25 an item! My profit after COGS, tax, fees, shipping cost,etc I am looking at $5-15 profit per item. Even then, that does not include the monthly storage fees.Not to mention I had to poly bag and tag everything which was time consuming.My gold standard for amazon is buy for $5 or less and sell for $25+ to justify doing it FBA. Even at that point my average profit is significantly less than my ebay average profit.
It's difficult to separate the bagging from the reality. It seems that many of the big FBA yotubers seem to be more focused on marketing courses and books. Not a big deal, but it makes me question if they really see selling on FBA itself as a realistic business. Maybe selling courses is a better, more reliable living. I guess the only way to know is if you follow an FBA seller over a long period of time. See if they have the same success month and month, year after year. See if they still enjoy it without burning out. That's all any of us can hope for. Like we've said recently, FBA is a puzzle that is fun to figure out. When it's not fun or profitable, we'll let you know.