Wish I had a photographic memory and could memorize everything I've ever seen sold on your show and completeds! :)Ryanne, do you also shop the men's section and pick up all these men's clothes? Or is that Jay's department and you do the ladies' clothes? I loved so many of the things you sold this week.
we both shop in all sections.
Well, you ask why I tried GSP? Just like Ryanne and Jay have said about Amazon as an experiment in their sales, it's an experiment to see what would happen if I tried using GSP. I know I usually have 4 or 5 international sales per week. So I'll stay with it a bit longer just to see if things change
Margaret: I contemplated making a mildly sarcastic comment but then realized your question leads to an interesting observation: I have noticed online and off line that perhaps pickers have a bias based on gender. I don't see a lot of guys picking thru ladies to resell. I see some women picking thru men's, but not many. Same thing can be said for electronics and tools. It's interesting to think about. Makes me wonder how reselling breaks down in other areas.
Eve, I gotta say that I am seeing men looking through the women's section pretty often. I'm always wondering? "Are they resellers? Or cross dressers?" :D
I'm a man and my wife will agree that I know more about women's shoes and clothes than she does now. I've always been able to shop for her every since we've been married. I can shop the women's clothing and shoes the same as mens.All men should know how to shop for their wives - after all, they are wearing these clothes for us.
just want to counter your argument that wives/laides are wearing our clothes for you. we're not. we're wearing them for ourselves. thanks.
I read Retro Treasures comment about wives wearing clothes for husbands, immediately after the comment saw Ryanne's picture of her laughing and knew she would really be laughing.
Hey there! I listen to you faithfully and do not often comment but I wanted to add my 2 cents worth. I have been using GSP for approximately one month and I think I have had one international sale ( buyer from SA did not pay so that sale was cancelled) I have good daily sales and am doing well; however since adding GSP to my agenda for method of international shipping the sales have been zillch. I am about to go back to the 'old' method of shipping. Honestly I have never had any bad incidents with any international sales in the last 13+ years that I've been selling. I feel that the cost to the buyer is exorbitant and may be the reason for the non sales to countries outside the USA. I welcome any comments you or subscribers may want to add.Oh yea...I've been a seller on Amazon for quite some time too and books are the last thing on my list of sales on Amazon. eTry new toys instead. Come shop at www.lavonnasplace.com! and on Facebook as well. Thanks! Keep up the great job!
If GSP isnt working for you, definitely dump it.But it seems a month isnt a long enough time to really know if a program works or not. I;d love to know who many items you usually sell internationally before.
Why did you switch if the old way was working?
Just my opinion. I'll never buy anything from abroad with GSP. So expensive. I am buying from the UK sometimes and if anything I am interested in is via GSP I ask for another shipping method. If not accepted too bad for the seller. Not ready to pay more for shipping than the item itself.
I love buyers like you. I'll always offer cheaper options to countries that have tracking to 1st class international packages.
Chris, how do you know which countries have it and which don't?
That's my question to. How are you filtering which countries you'll ship to? How do you know which countries have tracking on first class packages.We joined GSP because we were tired of tracking ending after it leaves the US border. Then we were helpless knowing what happened to the package and then just had to take the word of the buyer if they received it or not. Because there was no "delivered" tracking, eBay would always (and reasonably) side with the buyer.
I had a buyer remorse return a while back from Russia and it took about a month for the package to get to me. The only reason The buyer got a refund was due to my personal integrity. All I had to do was say I never got it and ebay would have backed me. I would hate to be on the opposite end of that. GSP gives awesome protection to sellers. There is no way I will ship internationally without it.
I'd also like to know if some countries are ok to ship without GSP. I've lost a few sales because of the import charges, usually to Canada and England. But wouldn't you still have to charge and pay those import fees anyway??? Would the savings on shipping yourself just be for the ebay additional shipping and not on import charges? CORNFUSED
Beverly I do First Class International to Canada, Australia and Japan. I haven't had any problems. I use Shipsaver insurance to insure.
Nancy, does First Class International have tracking all the way to delivery for these countries? Maybe things have improved the past several years.
And you don't have to pay import charges shipping First Class International?
Jay it doesn't have tracking outside of the US but I insure most of the time. I've never had a problem. Beverly I don't have to pay import charges. The customer may have to.
Interesting. I wonder how that all really works. Thanks for taking the time to respond.
I also do not use GSP. A high proportion of my sales go international and almost all go by International First Class. I have been doing it a long time and have been very happy with it but admittedly I am not a high volume seller. I now use Shipsaver’s excluded countries list to avoid unreliable postal systems. The way I view it, if they won’t insure it, I probably shouldn’t take the risk of shipping there, especially since I don’t insure every package. The list I created is automatically loaded for all my new listings. I feel that it costs me some sales as I have successfully sold items in past years to Russia, Mexico, Brazil, and others on the list but I had no measurable negative impact. Shipsaver insures FCM to many countries that don’t have tracking and won’t insure to some that do. Beverly it appears that particularly with Canada and the UK their postal service for whatever reason is not as diligent as GSP is in making the buyer pay the import charges upon delivery or pick up at their post office. Or at least that’s the perception, hence the complaints about GSP from buyers there.
Understood. But I wonder if anyone has real data like I used GSP for three months and sold x number of items overseas. I then took of GSP and sold x number of items using First Class International.The other downside we had shipping 1st class was angry buyers once the package arrived in their country, and they realized they had to pay customs. They would get angry at us that we didnt tell them. That's all GSP is doing. Shows the up front cost of their counties customs.
I’m tempted to try GSP to experiment but I'm lazy. Knock on wood it has been a few years since I had a buyer angry about the import charges and that time they backed down after I pointed out the bold print warning in my listing.
Cool Sales!I figured out that youtube lets you speed up the videos so I just watch your last two @ 2 times the speed lol. You both sound like chipmunks so funny. See you next week.
funny you say that, i edit at 2.25x the speed, so i always hear us like chipmunks!
How do you speed up Youtube viseos?
Linda, click on the settings symbol to the bottom right of the YouTube video screen. That's where you can change the speed. I didn't know that either.
YES!!! Im the first one to post a video this week. I had a slow weekend and I have only done my video of the items I sold over the weekend. I added in an item that I had a home run on and an item that I found that I am not sure what its worth or even what it is. thanks everyone who watches and especialy thanks to ryanne and jay for letting me post my video.https://youtu.be/Qfy3fLz0MFg
great sales, that pottery sale was amazing. good one!
Just wanted to thank Dorky Thrifters from last week. In her video she showed a lot of eyeglasses that she has sold. In the past I have only listed vintage glasses which sell pretty well. I never thought to look for quality contemporary glasses. Yesterday I found 3 pair of nice pairs including one pair of Maui Jims which I now know is a good brand. I looked at the ones that just felt and looked nicer and then looked to see where they were made. The ones I purchased where made in Italy and Denmark. Hopefully they sell fast!
All eyeglasses frames will sell if they have a style people are looking for. Frames can be really expensive.
Yeah. I'm thinking I should keep an eye out for my next frame.
$2000 for that turntable, NICE SALE!!!!!
Steven, Have you ever had complaints from a buyer that couldn't put their turntable back together? I ask because I knew a guy who used to sell antique floor lamps and disassembled them to ship. He stopped because he got complaints and returns from so many buyers that couldn't put the lamps back together.Crystal
I've helped a few buyers who had questions and if it's a complicated set up I take pictures before disassembling.
So glad you're posting videos Steven. Congrats on the turntable. It was sweet! With a sweet sale price! :)
I love watching your videos Steven. Your knowledge is so outside my scope.
Ha! I love that the video starts with the heavenly sound of the ebay Cha-ching! Immediately gets me in the mood to list. :)
Steven, what software or apps do you use to make your videos?
An iPhone app called Splice.
Hello Rayanne,You have mentioned Mugs several times, and again you have good mug sales. Even though I am not properly a collector, I have accumulated quite a few. Two or three are decent subject matters for me to list tomorrow, the other few I am not that sure.What is the advice for sellable Mugs? Anything to avoid? The McDonald's is a no brainer, the other one would not catch my attention though.thank you
The two main things to look for are Starbucks and Fire King. I am no expert but when I look at mugs that's all I look for.
Thank you Myprothrifter.From my personal hoard, I have listed 3 items related to vintage computing:One of them,,I found actually five, not a mug, rather it is a desktop pen holder. This is the holder released by Microsoft and distributed only the Windows 95 Launch day and only for employees. Some watchers in already.One Mug is a vintage computer gone racing. Another item with very low production, in the dozens,,for an Internal Microsoft employee event. Curiosity is the Indy Car theme,,it has an embedded diecast car at the bottom. Cannot get coooler than that Last one is similar to the above but with a Golf theme,,with ball and stick embedded. Let's see, zero cost anyway
I went to an estate sale of a former Boeing employee (I'm in the Seattle/Tacoma area) that had shelves full of old Boeing mugs (also hats and patches)...those sold very very well. So I'd say logos for companies that may be local to your area but known nationwide or worldwide.
True Beverly. I worked for another mega company from the Seattle Tacoma area. I have listed a good number of goods, from jackets, to caps and mugs. Have sold quite a few, it seems to have more haters than lovers though :-) :-) Good thing is I have something more to list after processing, bad thing is I dumped a lot since I "retired".Cheers
Mugs are hard to store and the margins aren't the greatest. Yeah, you can get them cheap but homeruns($50+) with them are extremely tough. I'll usually glance at them when I'm in the section and especially at estate sales but I try not to invest too much time in them.
I don't find them hard to store but hard to get to after I store them. Right now I have a few reg c boxes with mugs in them, then a layer of cardboard and more mugs. I sell them from 15 to 30 usually. I'd like to say I know what sells but I don't see any patterns. I like to buy vintage mugs with dated bottoms, glazed mugs, mugs with company logos that look cool, amusement parks, vint disney, waechtersbach brand, and of course Starbucks
Has anyone else noticed a severe slow down? Our store has nearly 800 listings and we typically average 18-25 sales per week. This week so far we only have 2 sales. YIKES!!! Hope it's better for everyone else.
It's been a quiet week for us. But this happens. It's the retail world. Sometimes people just aren't buying.
I saw the same pattern last year, I figured it was that people held back buying until their taxes were done and possibly got their refunds. I saw it pick up significantly in May, so let's see if the pattern repeats. But it's a great time to LIST LIST LIST (LOL...I've channeled J&R...scarey).
I've ran a 10% off sale the past two weeks. Have had 2 very good weeks.
Hey Mike.. that 10% off Sale.. Was that across the board for your whole store, every item or just select categories? And, did you leave all of the "Make An Offer" in place or drop that off of the items that were on Sale? ... mike in Atlanta
I did the whole store even things I just listed. I left make an offer on. I'm thinking about adding a code to my listings so I can mass markdown old items. Anyone have any experience doing that? I want to make it so I can search in my description for a certain code and that will bring up the older listings.
I can tell my older listings by the price. Item for $14.96 was listed in 2016, $14.95 in 2015, $14.94 in 2014 etc. By the time I see a 2014 listing, its going to be severely discounted and ready to donate.
Last week was slow for me, this week I'm selling a lot--there is no rhyme or reason to the thing. I list on etsy and ebay every day pretty much.
Same as Omfug here. This week is pretty good!Beyond Thrift - That's a neat way of doing it if you don't do Good Till Cancelled, otherwise, if it is GTC, you can just sort by oldest.
Sue, you're having some great sales this week!My sales have picked up over last week but aren't gangbusters. I'm an erratic lister with a small inventory, though.
Thanks Kate, BUT I haven't gotten paid on that BIG sale yet (and he is in Hong Kong!) But even without that sale things are good--yes Kate, your eye is wonderful but being an erratic lister can kill sales, but you have an excuse, LOL.
So apparently you can't link your amazon store to godaddy bookkeeping without paying the $40 a month for a pro account. Boo!!!If this fee were say $10 a month I could handle it. Even better would be if the fee were waived if you have a prime account.There is no way I am paying almost $500 a year on top of the really high selling fees to have access to the pro features. I don't think I'll ever do the business needed to justify that.Rant off. LOL
Yes it's too steep for me with my sales levels. This is my first year as an official business, and because of my health, I'm keeping it small. I'm working on spreadsheets in Excel to track what I think I'll need. There must be a less costly alternative that maybe isn't as good as godaddy, but better than Excel on my own. I had thought quickbooks would be less costly, but it's up there too.
Easy Auctions Tracker might be useful for you. This is my 4th year using it. And I love it. It's for ebay only though, does not import Amazon or Etsy. It's only $49 a year for the first year and then 20% off each following year. It downloads everything from ebay directly into your Excel spreadsheet. I did a review of it: http://www.livelikenooneelse.com/2015-year-end-ebay-sales-numbers-and-easy-auctions-tracker/Hope it helps.
Hi Margaret! It's because of you and your blog that I learned about Scavenger Life. Thank You! Also on the quest to become debt free and that's how I found your blog. That Easy Auctions Tracker sounds great! How does that compare to GoDaddy? Thanks for sharing!
Hey Denise! So glad to hear that. What I love about Easy Auctions Tracker is that it uploads EVERYTHING from ebay. You press a button once a month and all your info is imported. All of your sales, ebay and paypal fees, shipping fees, etc. The only think you need to do to get an accurate picture of your ebay selling is to add the cost of goods sold for each item you sell. You can then at the end of the year, print off your Income and Expenses sheet and all the info you need for tax purposes is right there. It's really awesome. And it's only $40 for the year. I've not used Go Daddy before, so I can't compare them. But I believe it's less expensive and does everything you need. Hope that helps!
What if you have multiple eBay stores? Does the spreadsheet handle more than one account? or do you have to pay for another subscription?
Jay, yes, it handles multiple stores and downloads all transactions among the different stores. You actually don't even have to have a store subscription, just an ebay account(s).
Hey Guys.. Was interested in the Easy Auction Tracker link. We have a fairly elaborate spreadsheet that we have designed for use over the last few years but nothing like this one. We are good with Excel formulas but not that much for Macro's and this spread sheet is loaded with them, which allows so much of it's complex functions. We also use QuickBooks for our Accounting program. Not Go Daddy. GDB is a journal based booking keeping program not a full accounting program, like QuickBooks, but that is another story for another time, plus has already been addressed in past podcasts. But we use our spread sheet more for the sort of inventory management part of our business and QB for the accounting part. So after watching the Demo which shows a whole lot of neat functions, more than I could write formula code for, I formulated a few questions that if answered to our liking this spread sheet program is worth a try. Instead of plugging up this thread with all these questions and I pulled a "JAY" on them and sent the guys at "Easy Auctions Tracker" the following list of questions in order to get accurate and hopefully detailed answers to them. If they answer us in a timely fashion, I will post there responses back here.TO EASY AUCTION TRACKER: ... Few questions please. May have missed these when I watched the demo.* Does the sheet have a place for date purchased?* If it has a spot for date purchased, can/will it calculate how long between date purchased and date sold so we can see how long an item "sat" in our store or inventory before selling?* If the sheet only goes back as far as Ebay has items listed [which is 3 months], then if purchased after March 31st, then the sheet will only have a partial year's worth of data and be unuseable for year end tax time and 2016 accuracy?* Can we log in inventory we purchase, date purchased and what we paid for an item but not list it on Ebay and have it keep our total inventory straight for us, both listed and unlisted? We many times will buy items, create listing templates but not list our inventory for 3, 6 months or even a year later.* Can we pre-assign our inventory numbers, bin locations before listing?* Can we add extras formulas in blank cells in the top heading areas in order to calculate and or analysze the columns data in different ways than just the ones you have created. Something like the purchase cost to the sold price "ratio", like 2.3 times the money, etc.? That is it for now. Hopefully if we can get some answers shortly it will give us enough time to decide and unlock prior to March 31st and we can gather all of Jan. thru March data and have a complete 2016 year. Thanks Mike in Atlanta@ Scanvengerlife: We will see what answers we get. If it can perform these additional functions, that will round this sheet out into a fairly good replacement for the less robust one we created ourselves. .. mike in Atlanta
Hi Jay & Ryanne! Thanks for all you do! Love watching & listening to your videos while I work! Not sure if this has already been mentioned, but I came across this short article this morning on nbcnews titled... Too Lazy to Ship Your eBay Goods? Yep, Now There's an App For That by Lucy Bayly, that was posted yesterday about Ebay picking up, wrapping, and shipping your items for you. It says they will cover New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, or Los Angeles. Here's the link to the article. http://www.nbcnews.com/business/business-news/too-lazy-ship-your-ebay-goods-yep-now-there-s-n540166 Would love to hear if anyone gives this a try! Have a great day!
Thanks for the link. Hadn't heard that eBay was getting into the domestic shipping business.
Some random ebay sales$40 for a regular Mets hat. Got for $1http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Genuine-Merchandise-MLB-New-York-Mets-Baseball-Hat-Mens-One-Size-/161908310794$25 for a stamp kit. Got for 25 centshttp://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Stamp-O-Matic-Personalized-Self-Inking-Printing-Kit-/162006743593$100 for a GameCube. Got for $5 at a garage sale. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Silver-Nintendo-Game-Cube-Console-Lot-/152003866852$110 for a Giannis Antetokounmpo rookie card. Yes that is his actual name. Paid $20 for it.http://www.ebay.com/itm/2013-14-Panini-NBA-Hoops-Signatures-Giannis-Antetokounmpo-Rookie-RC-Auto-PSA-10-/151750675116$20 for a Orlando Magic cup. Lisa and I went to an Orlando Magic game and they have souvenir cups there. I of course am cheap and did not buy one but after the game I picked this one up off the ground and washed it. Boo ya.http://www.ebay.com/itm/Pepsi-NBA-Orlando-Magic-Pure-Magic-Graphic-Cup-/161733808402Phantom of the Opera sketch card $75. Paid $15 for it.http://www.ebay.com/itm/PHANTOM-OPERA-BREYGENT-SCI-FI-HORROR-MOVIE-SKETCH-CARD-JAYSON-KRETZER-/151360966107LaMarcus Aldridge rookie card $100. I paid 25 cents for it and got it graded for $5. It came back as a perfect 10 which is hard to do which is why it sold for $100.http://www.ebay.com/itm/LaMarcus-Aldridge-2006-07-Topps-Rookie-RC-BGS-10-/151375164779Crusher hat $49.99 maybe $2 paid for it.http://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-Vintage-Genuine-Effanem-100-Wool-Crusher-Mens-Hat-/151713278429$100 Northface backpack. My old back pack from back in the day.http://www.ebay.com/itm/North-Face-Multi-Pocket-Jester-Backpack-/151978072125$90 Playstation driving wheel. Paid $10 at a garage sale for it.http://www.ebay.com/itm/InterAct-Accessories-V3-Racing-Wheel-PlayStation-1-PS1-PC-SEALED-NEVER-OPENED-/151771333565$25 Scooby doo lunch box. Maybe paid $1http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Scooby-Doo-You-Collectible-Tin-Lunchbox-/161974346996Fubu back pack $55. Got it for $1http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-90s-Fubu-Multi-Pocket-Travel-Backpack-/151749441261
~ "$20 for a Orlando Magic cup. Lisa and I went to an Orlando Magic game and they have souvenir cups there. I of course am cheap and did not buy one but after the game I picked this one up off the ground and washed it. Boo ya." Love it!
Dan, you always do a good job pointing out that there's good profit in anything if you price is accordingly.
deb truervaluesHi dan - some great scores as usual....really liked the phantom of the opera thing....something I wouldn't have really looked twice at.
Margaret that is true scavenging
Great range of stuff as usual. Don't forget Swatch clothing. They make great gear to frame for a rec or game room. A dumb pick your brains in a non zombie like way question about watches:At what price point do you decide to replace a no working watch' battery to see if it will run? Any special tips on selling watches? I thought of you guys because I just saw a lot of Mickey Mouse watches go bid less on another site. I didn't check them to see if they were worth anything, but they reminded me of your big sale. Well, getting my wisdom tooth pulled in a few hours, so I better get the shipping done. Cheers.
We'll put in a new battery if we think we can get over $75. Watch batteries are cheap. We've even taken them to jewelers who will change the batteries in fancy watches for under $15.
deb truervalues...when in California last year, had a jeweler who checked all my watches and replaced Batteries for $5.00 ea. He didn't charge me anything at all if he didn't think it was worth it. He was also happy to give me a ballpark on value of my watches.He was just a little guy with a little shop--I would basically sit there while he waited on other customers, and then he would come back to me. I think he hoped I would come in with a gold filled one one day as he scrapped gold and silver as well.
deb again.Hi Eve - I was doing pretty well with watches, but they were kind of labor intensive.....You had to look thru a lot of them at thrifts, then take them in to the jewelry guy. Essentially, though, I sold several for $55 or more.....It's just another learning curve. I think I could do better with yard and estate sales, but that is a challenge as I have toddler grandchildren at home, and time is scarce. perhaps watch lots via online auction would be cool--most of them aren't working just for the sake of a battery....easy fix for some decent value.
There is a guy who has a shop a short drive from here who replaces watch batteries for $3 each. I wait until I have a pile of them to make the 45 min each way trip.
I have to share my excitement! I just returned from the most epic estate sale of my life! All high end items, all way underpriced. It was run by a company who's sales I normally will pass up because they usually only get the lower end estates. Well they scored a good one this week because they happened to go to church with the a family member of the estate. I think that the estate company is not used to pricing higher end items because everything was so cheap. I'm talking real Burberry boots for $3, vintage concert tees for $1, Halloween collectibles selling on ebay for $100s I got for $2 each. I almost wanted to offer them a price for the entire estate but stopped myself. Spent $229 and will be first in time tomorrow when everything is half off. Now to spend the entire weekend listing it all!
Yay! There is nothing like the high you get walking away from a sale knowing that you've scored some really cheap treasures.
I can't help but feel sorry for the family hiring these incompetents, LOL, but that is on them--this is what we do do congrats Julie.
I am hanging out in Portland, visiting the new grand baby. Would anyone be willing to share their favorite thrifts in the area? Mornings are a challenge, so probably no yard sales for me this week.
What area are you in? I love this one- http://redwhiteandbluethriftstore.com/
Thanks Nicole, I will check it out and let you know how it goes. We are in the south waterfront area. Drove past a Goodwill Outlet today near Beaverton and sadly could not stop. I have never been to one, so I may go check that out too.
I just read that starting April 16th of this year, First class postage stamps are going down from $.49 to $.47. http://blog.letterstream.com/mailing_company/2016/03/11/usps-stamp-prices-going-down-in-2016/
Sold two high dollar shirts to same guy in Thailand. He msgd me and said it was not letting him pay and showed error screenshot. I told him to keep trying and if it still doesn't work to contact PayPal. I'm not sure how much English he understands. A few days go by and I msg him to check in. No response so I just opeed an unpaid item case. Days go by and I get a payment for one shirt but immediately he msgs on the other saying he is still having payment error and to cancel the sale. I don't quite understand since he just bought one and I don't know if I should cancel the other or just let the unpaid item route finish. He also has 1 feedback. What would you guys do?
Let the unpaid item case play out, unless he figures out how to pay for the other one. If you cancel the sale, you could get a defect, I think... You could go into each listing and double check the international shipping options and see if there's anything you can do to make it work for him, like make sure you have Global Shipping Program enabled, or international Priority Mail as an option for his country. Maybe add a handling fee, to cover insurance. Just in case. If you REALLY want to sell both shirts to this guy, you could make one new listing for the 2 shirts, with a flat international shipping cost (including insurance) and send the link to him. BUT What would I do? Forget about it :P
He wants the one shirt he finally paid for but wants to cancel the second. I tried to cancel but I found out you can't cancel an item when there's an unpaid item case opened so I guess my hands are tied. I would explain this to him but he wouldn't understand. I just fear him getting mad when it dings his account and tries to leave me negative feedback for the shirt I'm shipping. He could easily say something is wrong with it. What I personally think happened is he bid on both not expecting to win both.
There are frequently discussions related to frugal living, and I wanted to say that I find my local dollar store is an amazing source of interesting finds. Today, I found packets of vegetable and flower seeds that are normally 99cents but they were priced at 25cents instead. I also found the expensive black garden fabric in packages, so I stocked up. These items are the ones that I always say "fell off the truck" which means they won't be there next time, so I know to grab them while they are available.I also buy food at the Dollar Store, and while no, it's not always brand-names, it is a chance to experiment, sometimes. Today I bought gluten-free pasta just to try it, and I found a box of sugar in the raw - these are things that always cost more at a regular grocery store. I find it's a fun shopping experience, because I enjoy finding bargains, wherever they may be available. Hope this helps others, also - because I don't have any cheap grocery outlets, like J&R, so this is the best substitute that I can come up with.
I never save money there because I end up buying so much more stuff I didn't come in for lol.
A couple of years ago a garage sale had a huge box of well-expired seed packets for "FREE". So I took the whole box. I was amazed how much they sold for on auction. Seems like I sold them in two lots and got around $50 each. Will always BOLO for those!
I like the dollar store or dollar tree too! I always find something neat. My parents are in assisted living and the director goes there to buy prizes for Bingo. She has bags of cool stuff for prizes. So fun.
Besides the thrift store, Dollar Tree is my favorite store. I always find out of season food there. Like christmas fruity pebbles for $1 a box...when at the normal grocery store they are like $3 plus. You can also find odd/special edition food items that just didn't do well at the normal stores. I could go on and on, but I'll stop myself LOL
Yes, yes, I definitely grab those specialty food items. My goodness, they are so cheap compared to the grocery store. I recently bought several bags of the mint and dark chocolate Nestle morsels, leftovers from Christmas, and figured I could bake them anytime; plus they stay fresh in the freezer. Definitely almost as much fun as the Thrift Stores!
At one time I was cynical about whether Dollar Tree stuff was really a bargain but started going when I learned their sourcing practices. To summarize and paraphrase a bit, they won’t sell an item unless their dollar price on it is cheaper than any other retailer for the item, size and quantity. I’m a big fan of their reading glasses (since I accidentally smash and lose them all the time), vitamins, and cold medicine, among other things.
Reminds me - A couple of years ago, my husband took off his prescription glasses to check something on the lawn mower. A few minutes later, he mowed right over them, and came to me with shredded pieces of them in his hands. I certainly wish that he had been wearing Dollar Tree glasses that day, for sure! I instead, it was a very expensive grass cut. Lesson learned: he now keeps his glasses inside the house when working outside.
Moving to eBay Auction experiment: week 1After I was reviewing one of my favorite podcasts so far, R&J debate with a fellow scavenger about the advantages of not using auction vs only using auction.A bell ringed and I decided to change my strategy:1) High ticket items move to auction (whatever hovers around $100)2) Special interest items move to auction (ex.: official Lucas Film signed Star Wars Happy Meal collection, even though moderately low ticket)3) Low ticket items remains on a forever basis on fixed price4) Generate a fiscal week discipline since I concentrated the auctions to end sunday evening5) Monday morning filled with packing and shipping on a scheduled pipeline style6) Processing and listing time more flexible and less stressful leaving sunday to simply push the 'finish listing now' button 7) some of the items test listed during the week as fixed price to assess attention generated, interest by watchers or even testing the water for comments or feedbacks before moving to live auction on sunday8) since the friend who debated (forgot his name) has his auction date on monday, i have some items that day too, however sunday night seems perfect9) into de 5 last hrs of auction on sunday it is incredible the volume and level of attention the ending items get, not sure if there is an algorithm to boost ending listings or people just go and monitor whatever is ending like on gamesExample, for the end of the experiment week I already have bids for high ticket items that will cash in Sunday, possibly my best week yet together with other odd items I had listed forever (X Files laserdiscs) that never caught anybody's attention)My goal is then to try dedicating monday to shipping, handling and cashing in, being the day I transfer all my PayPal income to the business bank account.As my inventory grows, the spontaneous, non auction transactions will be handled more easily by changing handling time and concentrating together with the Monday processing and other one or two days I can both get discipline and optimal shipping for buyer's satisfactionPleased so far
Need collective beehive advice. Does that make sense?? Hmm anyway I need advice. I went to an estate sale today and they had hundreds of special interest books. I purchased about ten. I asked the guy running it if I could make an offer on the books that were left over (it was about an hour before the end of the sale.) he said yes gave me his card and said to call him on wednesday. I've never done anything like this before. I don't know where to start with an offer. Do I have to take them all? Pick through them? They are mainly hardcover. Books on woodworking, painting, pop culture, music. Any and all advice welcome!!
He's at the point of just seeing them gone, ask him what it would take if you took them all, make him give you a price then go from there, if it's reasonable in your mind, give him the money but if it's too high as I suspect it might be, low ball him below what you'd actually pay, if he balks try and meet in the middle. It's the kind of bartering that comes with experience, keep in mind you can walk away, sometimes you have to do that to get him to come after you so walk away slowly.
Thanks Steven. That's great advice and pretty much the opposite of how I would have proceeded without it LOL. It makes sense though. I'm really glad I asked. Normally I hate asking, hate bartering. I often leave something on the table because it doesn't have a price and I don't want to ask. I like thrift stores because the prices are there. But I love books and I have experience selling them. It's just hard to come up with a figure in my head. There were so many of them. I'm afraid to pay too much but also to set too low a limit for myself. Can you tell I'm indecisive too! :)
What do you think of this??? Is the FBA bubble finally about to pop?http://lisasuttora.com/amazon-fba-rejects-asins-shipped-by-3rd-party-sellers
This might actually be a good thing for the better sellers less competition. It makes sense since Amazon doesn't have infinite space. However, really sucks how they went about it.
In this week's podcast that will be posted tonight, we discuss how we encountered this issue sending stuff into Amazon this week. If Amazon begins choosing what items they will accept into FBA, it does change the scavenger equation of "list it and forget it". FBA may become the pure domain for retail arbitrage and wholesalers. But I guess you can still always sell items on Amazon as merchant fulfilled. The downside is that Amazon does everything it can to push the FBA items first.
yeah we talk about this on the podcast to be posted later today. i hit these limits this week with books and it was really annoying. 16 out of 38 books could not be sent in which was a bummer. guess amazons warehouses are really getting filled up with FBA stuffs.
I wonder if it has anything to do with the economy being so bad for so long. More and more people trying to earn money selling online and sending stuff in because their salaries haven't gone up whereas prices have or they are out of work and can't find quality jobs then conversely buyers just not spending money right now. I wonder if we are about to see further economic slowdown.
A further economic slowdown is inevitable. This is capitalism. It's not a question of if, but when. Also the conditions that caused the last (manufactured) crisis are actually worse now than before, i.e., further corporate consolidation of wealth and power and no meaningful regulation (or taxation) of that wealth. That means all bets are off for us and all bets are working for wall street. When they win, they get paid, when they lose, we pay. As Jay always says, I love this country.
I firmly believe in capitalism and I love our country every bit as much as you do. Capitalism, not over regulation is what created great opportunities like ebay that we have in this country. Just look at the regulations that have been passed to supposedly stop the big banks from getting too big, these regulations have destroyed the small neighborhood banks while the big banks just gobble them up and get even bigger. It is always the little guy (true small businesses) that suffer from over regulation. If you think raising taxes and more regulation are the answer to growing the economy then we have simply have different views.
It's nice to have faith and beliefs. It can be comforting.
I don't think our views are that different. I believe the rich should be taxed more and that big banks need to be broken up and regulated - and then could even owned by, say, all of the people in common. Those banks could, for instance, loan money to small businesses. I think small businesses should not suffer from onerous regulation. I also know where the idea of de-regulation came from and what its consequences have been. These subjects and ideas, like many other things political, have history and complexity and can't be understood easily or attacked with a manichean cleaver.
We could go back and forth about our ideas. Good news is that we have actual experiments of low tax environments happening in several US states.After the 2010 Tea Party landslide, both Kansas and Louisiana voted in Republican governors and Republican super majorities in their state houses. They could now do anything they wanted.In Kansas, Gov Brownback instituted deep tax cuts, promising that the loss of tax revenue would be made up by companies rushing to Kansas. Six years later, the state is far behind job creation than its surrounding neighbors, there's a huge budget hole, schools are underfunded, and the hole only grows into the future. You can read about the Kansas Experiment HERE.In Louisiana, a similar story in unfolding. Gov Bobby Jindal cut taxes, cut infrastructure, cut education, blew through a surplus he inherited, and has left the state in a giant hole. Basic services that keep the society running are collapsing there. You can read about the Louisiana Experiment HERESo no need to imagine what a community would be like with low taxes. We have the results in two states that tried to eliminate taxes. What happens is no one wants to live there because basic services are so bad. And unsurprisingly, corporations are not there to invest in infrastructure and society. They are there to vacuum up any dollars in the community for headquarters UNLESS they are required to pay their fair share.
Amen Jay. It's those kind of pesky facts people don't like to honestly engage with in a discussion. Of course, you can point to almost every state in the union with D's or R's and find giveaways to large corporations. Neither party represents most of our interests. Terms for people to research: washington consensus, neoconservatism, and neoliberalism. For the past few decades, the D's and R's have forged a neoliberal consensus and made neoliberalism a project. It's actually global. It is also quite revealing that most of the world knows the term and the project, but most americans have never heard of it.
Flat tax FTW.
Fifty-one percent of working Americans make less than $30,000 a year, new data from the Social Security Administration (SSA) shows.That’s $2,500 a month before taxes and just over the federal poverty level for a family of five. The new numbers come from the National Wage Index, which SSA updates each year based on reported wages subject to the federal income tax.From thedailycaller.com/2015/10/25