Has anyone used this tape from Bubble Fast? It states that it is 1.8 mil thick. They also sell 2 mil thick tape. I’m not sure if the 1.8 mil stuff is like that really cheap tape that you can but in a dollar store. http://www.bubblefast.com/store/pc/6-Rolls-Clear-Tape-2-x110-yards-1-8-mil-Box-Carton-Sealing-Tape-107p1988.htm
Brian - Go here: http://www.flippertools.com/fitShipper/fitShipper.html and use Josh's affiliate link to by the six pack of SPARCO tape. Consistent quality and a great deal.
Thanks. I have placed my order.
Interesting.. I found a seller on Ebay that sells 110 yds 2.0 mil tape for $25 for a case of 36. I'm not going to pretend it's the highest quality, but it gets the job done. I also buy bubble wrap from them in rolls of 750 ft.
Cool stuff as usual Ryanne. Jay looks like he could've just came off a ship after a long voyage in that uniform. Kinda neat that it went to Japan, I've sold military clothing to that island as well.
I am an international model.
Looks like he's headed to a Village People concert. j/k >:]
Total Items in Store: 2405Items Sold: 40Cost of Items Sold: $150Total Sales: $2156.54Highest Price Sold: $1200 (1st edition seiko divers watch 62mas)Average Price Sold: $53.91 (Skewed) $24.53 (with the outlier removed)Returns: 0Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $300Etsy #1:Items Sold: 0Total Sales: 0Average Sale Price: 0Cost of items:Highest Price:SUPER AWESOME WEEK!!!! Sorry or the late post, but I am just catching up today before I head back to the hospital. So Sunday I posted a watch online after communicating with the Vintage Seiko Expert all morning. He told me it is not worth fixing because collectors don’t care if it is working as long as it is original. So I listed it and my computer crashed. When I finally rebooted it had sold for full price no more then 20 minutes after listed. I got the watch with a few other rare watches that need batteries and have not been listed yet in a goodwill vase. The next morning I got a call from my fiancé telling me to get my shipping done because she was having our third baby. Got out all except two that needed more bubble wrap and headed to the hospital. Little Jack Sawyer was born on monday and I have been watching my two others so there was no time to do much of anything else. Then this morning, I sold to a new company that I am a huge fan of, Chubbies shorts. I just found them and got there app and was talking about there shorts. Then I go to ship this morning and there was the name on the postage. WOW. Great week. Hope you guys are all doing great as well.
Congratulations Ninja Bob for baby and great sales!
Congrats on Little Jack Sawyer! Great name! I went to a different St. Vinnies last weekend where they had jugs of junk jewelry for sale; 20.00-25.00. It seemed mighty steep to me but it looks like i need to re-think it!
My goodwills do not put anything good in those jugs, and they explicitly write "no gold" on them, lol
Thanks guys. Omfug X I am sure 99% of goodwills don't knowingly put anything in them, but that is our chance to score big. It is what they miss is how we all score. The three goodwills I go to all price differently and all don't price every vase or bag the same. Generally I get my biggest scores from the vases priced the lowest when they think they picked everything out. The round lake goodwill right now has a tiny cup of sterling for $300 dollars. I wouldn't touch that with a ten foot pole. I believe most the pricers don't really know the secondary market and there is no REAL training in jewelry besides the 14k 10k and sterling marks. I can't speak for anyone else but most the jewelry I sell is vintage costume, or signed designer costume. This is were you will definitely score. If they are making them regularly and someone is purchasing them consistently then you have to know it is someone reselling like you and me. There are at least 10 people that go to the same thrifts as me and we all compete. I really urge you to pick one up, I can't guarantee anything, but you can't lose money on them. momsav, Same thing, I have spent $150 a few times on a single vase. Just look it over and see if you spot anything, just look for designer signatures,Even american eagle jewelry sells great.
Congrats on your 3rd baby and a fab week!! Exciting times!
Wait, so that watch was in one of your jewelry bags? Just incredible.(and congrats on the new kid. wow!)
Re: Goodwill - It really, really, REALLY depends on what part of the country you live in. Goodwill is a HUGE global mega corp that has districts with district management, store management, a vast online presence and varying degrees of access to merchandise.
I also thinks it pays to see if your goodwill is listing on ebay or their own site--if they are there is less likelihood that valuable jewelry etc will show up in the stores, I have already been told that they scan most books at the Seattle Goodwill. Stuff still comes out that I make money one, but I've looked over those vases with jewelry and can see nothing but junk.
What an amazing week for you NB! Congrats! The Chubbies sale is cool, I was just reading about this company - they call them a "brotailer". Curious what they purchased.Cheers Kerylann
Kerylann, it was a vintage hockey hat. I really dig the clothes and mostly the goofy names.
Awesome week Ninja!!! :), you asked for my store name last week. I'm thecrimsoncricket on ebay and etsy... check it out, I'm afraid I may be pricing my jewelry too low, so any advice is appreciated. Would love to see yours! -Cristina
Hey Crimson, I checked out your store and you have a lot of awesome stuff and great pictures. I especially like the NRA pin. I am very hesitant to give any advice. With that said, I think a lot of things possibly could have gone for more money, like the 8 knives. But then you scored big on the men's plated ring, that is a great price. I think the reason I am hesitant to give any advice is because we all have reasons for pricing at a certain level and unless I were to look into any given piece I would believe you have more knowledge of that then I do. One thing I would recommend is to make sure to measure the width of the sterling necklace on page one. That looks like a thick piece but I can't tell the mm width. One more would be the gorgeous Native American necklaces. Not sure if you looked up the markings but there is a website to find the makers marks on Native American jewelry. I can't think of it but if you google it should be pretty easy to find. If you want you can take a look at mine, trip_bria or antiquesandjewels not sure which one works best to find my shop. Also keep up the great work, I do have a question, how do you buy your jewelry? In lots or piece by piece? I only ask because I didn't see a lot of costume jewelry. Thanks again and let me know if you have any suggestions for me too.
Big congrats on the new babe! Love the name. Be sure to take a few days off to just stare at him. :) Great sales too!
Ninja! Thanks for the awesome advice and tips! To answer your question...I buy in lots of 6-12 mostly at auctions. I have some costume but tend to gravitate towards the nicer precious metal pieces. Yeah I agree with you on the knives going for low, that's before I learned the hard way to have patience and wait for the right buyer to come along. I had discounted my items that were over a year old. I do this part time, hour in the morning, packing at shipping at night and I scavenge on the way home from work and on the weekends, doing it for about a year now. So like all of us I am learning as I go! thanks again and I will take a look at your shop. PS one of those native american necklaces I bought in ebay for 7 bucks ;)
Im finding it hard to send stuff to amazon that I find listed on eBay because once I calculate fba fees, eBay is always the better profit. How are you two deciding what is amazon bound vs eBay.
Since we're doing an FBA experiment, we're currently sending in anything that's relatively new with a bar code. about half are books that don't sell well on eBay. Really it;s anything that we can get for cheap.We did cull some stuff in our eBay inventory that hadn't sold. On Amazon, We sold a camping cooking pot yesterday. It had a barcode. It was listed on eBay for a year without selling. Took about a week on Amazon. Again, its all an experiment. I do agree that profits are MUCH better on eBay.
thanksfo r the get tips1 I always look forwardto your videos every Wednesday.Here's a link to our latest "What Sold on Ebay" videohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGykTMnGI58
Thanks for the video Becky. I started picking up glasses since watching your videos. I haven't sold any of them yet but it's only been about a week. Thanks for the tips.
LOVE the videos Becky. You are the glasses queen! :)
I cant believe you sold that Kate Spade case, lol. I have one sitting in my draw at home. You I'll be listing that now! Thanks :)
THANK You! Because I watched this video this morning, I knew to grab one of those grills this afternoon when I was out. It's one of the older kind with a metal stand, in great shape.
Amazing! Love these what sold videos. Have you discussed how you manage inventory in any other podcast?
I'm so glad you're doing what sold videos! And I was finally able to find your eBay store so I can learn from the electronic master ;)
Great video Steven. I need to find a pair of binoculars for myself. We had a couple, but the kids keep breaking them. I'll keep an eye out for them at estates. Thanks for the tip.
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I'm such a kid with my binoculars. I'm all the time sitting out on my steps or even in my window looking at stuff. It probably freaks the neighbors out. Esp when I look in their windows......totally kidding lol. But there's a few Hawks that like to land nearby that I look at. Their trying to eat my critters. Knocked a cardinal out one day. He was squawking at me on my steps and eventually few off.
I get fuzz off of items like your shoes and fleece with a garment shaver. You can sometimes find them at thrift stores. It has batteries and you take the head of the shaver across the fabric and it shaves off the fuzz and puts it into a plastic holder usually right below the shaver head. If I knew how to post a picture here, I'd post a picture of one of mine (I have three and use them all the time).
Enjoyed your video. Thank you for sharing.I have a mini fabric shaver that I use specifically for the inside of shoes as well as the inside of knit cuffs on jackets. It works like a charm. I bought mine at Walmart several years ago and it's still going strong. This is the one I have:http://www.amazon.com/Evercare-Fabric-Shaver-Small/dp/B0014ULJNC
Great video and sales. I really loved the military jacket you sold. But I would have thought it would sell for more? This was a best offer? What was the original listing price?
Nevermind..I just checked and saw it was $89.99. Very cool jacket.
haha on your shipping room after packing the turntable, my room looks like that frequently! Love the dogs.
Anyone care to share de-cluttering tips? I find once I buy stuff and photograph it or not even get that far with it, it ends up in a pile in the middle of my living room where my husband later complains that he has no where to walk. I have a crate that I fill up and take to my storage room but often it's already full so I don't get far in the process. I need to figure out a better process I guess. I would like ny floor space back. I'm messy by nature which doesn't help. Any suggestions?
Try filing cabinets. I have 5 right now and keep looking for more. Each drawer holds as much as a medium sized plastic bin and it is super easy to get to stuff. Slides out right in front of you. Maximizes space and takes all your stuff out of your sight. You can get them free on Craigslist.
Anon, you just have to do it. Sometimes my dining room gets a little cluttered and then I get stressed out. I luckily have a basement. And when I bring new stuff in, I may leave it for a day or 2 to try to clear it up. If I don't, I just take everything down into the basement and put everything in an unmarked bin. Then I bring up one bin at a time and work on it. I am a clutter bug by nature and try very hard not to be one. So I take everything out of sight until I can work on it. The clutter really stresses me out now.
My process might help you. I am not sure if you have much storage space but this works with very little space. I have a Rubbermaid tub in my kitchen that I put all of my unlisted inventory in (if you have more stuff then would fit you need to get listing). then after listed I have boxes that I stack in my closet that all my inventory goes in. I only have 250 listing so not sure how long this will work but it might work for you.
Jack Kerouac said something to the effect that your possessions own you. I like to think that your inventory owns you until you list it. This is a good motivator for me. After I list I feel a sort of lifting of a burden.
I don't know how to teach others to be neat and tidy. Our house certainly has piles, but we're pretty good about putting things in their place. The big tip is to be keeping up with photographing and listing. The danger is just buy buy buy. Then you get the death piles.
Made my first sale on Bonanza! Actually it was unsold on my Ebay, but Bonanza didn't catch up with that fact. Which makes me a bit nervous that I could have donated it. Hopefully overlap doesn't last a long length of time. The most interesting thing after looking at my items for sale in Bonanza is that it lowered the price of a pair of shoes I had for sale. I had them for sale for 14.97. They lowered it to $12.00 with FREE shipping. HOW DID THIS HAPPEN??? I never once reduced them on EBay. Wondering if anyone else has had this happen?
Yep, when I first imported my items into Bonanza I didn't have my shipping calculated properly and everything was set up as free shipping. Go in there and change your general settings to calculated, there's also a place to indicated a sale..I think that is a default too. Go in and change that too. Look around at all the settings. And the syncing isn't always perfect. I sold something on Ebay and months later it sold again on Bonanza (never synced that item). It happens. :(
Good to know! The day before I actually said to myself "I swear I'm quitting you Bonanza"! Then I made a sale :)
Margaret so I went in and tried to do the things you suggested. Good suggests btw. Its a can of worms! I have found this interesting tidbit. http://www.bonanza.com/community_help/Calculated_Shipping_Option___Bonanza_Bug__Can_be_costly_
Karen, I think that may have been an older issue. That's never happened to me.
So my hard drive died last night. Which is a major problem for printing my shipments. My laptop won't be back for 2 to 4 weeks. I just figured out how to print via my smartphone!!! Seriously I'm singing HAPPY by Pharell!!!
That's the only way for me! My public library even has remote printing so can print labels while on the road
Iris you can print labels from your smartphone to their printers? WOW
Wow you guys sold a lot of cloths this week. Your video motivated me to go out there and get more cloths. I loved the narcodics anonyms great idea for a T-shirt design.https://youtu.be/iXMkbzSbD0Q
Thank you for sharing a video! I love What Sold videos.
Thanks for sharing this, myprofitthrifter, I will be on the lookout for those SAS shoes. I think of them as granny shoes, and would not have given then a second look. Thanks also for your comment to me below.
deb truervalueshi Prothrifter and all....just some info on SAS. I bought my 1st pair while traveling. We were going to a theme park. Told the shoe guy I wanted something I could walk 5 miles in on the first day I wore them.....I bought them and hardly wear anything else since.....this amuses me because my mother in law always wore them and I thought of them as old lady shoes, and swore I would never wear them.I wear the sandals almost non stop except when it snows, and a pair lasts me about 3 years.I have sold at least a dozen pairs of these--only 1 went under $40. Use the word "comfort walking shoes" in your title. By the way, you can get them in most better shoe stores, and sometimes in their own outlet stores--never seen a pair at a pharmacy. They run over $100 new.
we always buy SAS shoes to sell. they basically have a cult following for the reasons deb mentions. i have sold like new SAS shoes for over $100. even used ones get great prices.
We have an SAS (San Antonio Shoes) store here. I find these everywhere! It's really strange b/c they are expensive shoes but I always find them NIB or barely worn. Seems like a lot to spend on shoes that seem to never get worn. Good for me though =) I just sold a pair exactly like the ones in the video for $80 plus shipping. Paid $2! I have 5-6 NIB pairs (all from 1 estate) that I need to list.
I haven't been listing much but have still been selling slowly. ~320 items in store now. Just going through a listing funk. Too much life going on right now. I did post a question over on my blog though, and I'm betting some of you scavengers can relate.Anyone else have the best memory when it comes to something you bought? "it was that garage sale with the crazy lady and the dog with three legs and it was raining and.... I forget about everything else in life though.
I know where we got almost every item we sold. That's half the fun! Remembering when you made a guess on an item, and see that it paid off.
Hah! Glad it's not just me. This is such a fun thing and I love going out and buying.
Inspired by J&R's Amazon experiment, I've got about 50 books listed merchant fulfilled on Amazon. Maybe it's dumb but I always choose the "match lowest price" option regardless of the condition the book is in. I'm pleased by how quickly books sell, but it's disheartening to see how high the fees are. A book might sell for $6.95, but the Amazon fees are $3.65, for example. Makes profits minimal on the lower-value books. But these are books I've had sitting around for a long time or that I find for free at work (I work at a college and books are constantly being put out at the free tables and in library for 25cents) and don't have any other way to sell them. In my experience, ebay is almost useless for selling books, unless they are specialty high-end books or are manuals for cars or computers or something like that. I've cross-listed a lot of books and nearly everything sells a lot faster on Amazon. When I have a textbook or something that might be assigned in a college class, I always check Bookscouter "buy back" prices and compare them to Amazon profits after fees. Sometimes just selling the book to an online bookseller via Bookscouter makes me more money than doing merchant fulfilled on Amazon, and you don't have to wait for a buyer to come along.
I have a cutoff for Amazon. It's a lot lower than eBay since the listing is so simple, but I try to use Amazon for the items with the barcodes so there's no data entry other than condition. And if a book is selling for $6.96, there's also the $3.99 for shipping which you can easily make back for 1st class items.
I have a question. If you're selling a book fba, do you still get that 3.99 credit? Your charging free shipping to fba ppl so does that 3.99 cease to exist? Can't figure out how to price fba books that don't make much profit since I don't understand the credit.
for fba you do not get the 3.99 for shipping there is no option to ask for that. you just set your item price and amazon takes over from there.
Yeah, FBA is a funny beast. People proudly exclaim that you can charge higher prices for FBA items, but forget to say that fees are much higher.Here's a breakdown of a book we just sold:Buyer pays $20.03Amazon feesFBA Pick & Pack Fee: -$1.06FBA Weight Handling Fee: -$1.65Referral Fee on Item Price: -$3.00Variable Closing Fee: -$1.35Change to your seller account balance $12.97 If we sold this book on eBay at this price, we'd make $20 minus about 15% for eBay/paypal fees ($3). So our profit would have been $17 since we charge buyers for shipping. It's all about if you believe items move faster on FBA and if the lower profits are worth it.
Jay - Don't forget about the charge for shipping items to Amazon. About 50c per pound so that can add a dollar or more.
And taxes. Unless you have a high profit margin or you have hundreds of an item, it seems not worth it to me. My friend sent in a ton of books and after fees I'm like "dude you made a dollar". And then forgot about taxes factoring in. Now it's more like "dude you owe" lol.
True. Though technically if you make no profit on an item, there is no taxable profit to claim. If you make a $1 profit, then you only pay taxes on that $1.
I tried to create an FBA shipment this morning. 24 SKU's on the shipment, and 9 were rejected due to the new rules. No rhyme or reason to it. No FBA offers exist on 7 of 9 and all are in top 5% sales rank.
Hi all,I've been following this blog for a few months now, and I've been really successful. This is a part-time gig, as I have a family and a pretty awesome full-time job. Still, I'm grossing about $1,000/month selling about 20 items/month, with about 30 listed BIN/BO at any given time. My profits are probably around $800/month. I'm really choosy about what I sell, and may only buy one or two things per scavenging trip.I'd like to share a few things I found that I bought cheap and sold for more than $100.BOLO for: --Enid Collins box bags. Found 2 for $1.99 each, sold for $230 total. Look these up - many look like a craft project but are very valuable. I found mine in the school supplies bin.--RED OXX duffel bags. Found for $7.50. Sold for $120. This had zillions of watchers.--Vintage fabric panel from 1960s. Bought for $4. Sold for $185 to New York millionaire.--North Face coat. At Savers 1/2 price coats sale. Paid $25. Sold for $150.--Coach City Bag - they don't make this style any longer. It's boring-looking but a classic so die-hards will pay $$$ for ones in new condition. Bought for $15-$20???. Sold for $150. (But beware of fakes.)--Vintage CB radio set. New in boxes. $199. To Luxembourg (!) via Global Shipping. (Free - found in dad's basement.)--Tiffany's sterling silver baby teether. Found in a 99cent baggie of baby stuff. Very tarnished and gnawed on. Sold for $175.I also found my Moby Dick - the Acquire board game - for $1.50. Listing for $120.And one other sale I'd like to mention. I found a pair of FRYE boots IN AN ALLEY left with trash. Rained on, stretched out. Wiped them off and sold 'em for $49 to a very happy buyer. I would not have attempted that without Jay and Ryanne's guidance, so thanks!Lots of other $40+ sales. I'm learning so much from all of you Trash Elves/Scavengers - much appreciated.
Congrats and welcome. Sounds like you;re already finding really high quality items to sell. That's a great thing.
Much obliged to your sharing. I sure wish comments could be searched. By "vintage fabric panel", do you mean "window curtain "?
awesome job thats way better then I did first starting out. 1000 a month was my average per month last year and I had about hovered around 200 items in my store all year.
Thanks all! Hi Iris -- The fabric was a large piece from the 60s, unwashed and with a very cool pattern and colors. Still had the marks on the selvedge, so that helped a lot. -Mrs Kensington
3/13 – 3-19Total Items in store: 421Items sold: 14Cost of items sold: approx. $52Total Sales: $302Highest price sold: $50 Leg-o-matic vintage folding chairsAverage price sold: $21.50Int’l sales: 0Returns: 0Number of items listed this week: 0Full time ebay goal - March 2018Ebay to Amazon experiment – Had 3 sales. Total purchase price $89, total sales price $266, FBA fees $36 (14%), Profit $141. I bought 3 new packages of vintage 35mm camera film, sent one in two weeks ago. Last week I got the "can't send anymore in" message on the second one. This week, retried and was able to include in the FBA shipment.
LeeinTN:I had to go look up Leg O Matic folding chairs. Very cool. Glad to hear the AZ ASIN listing limit isn't a permanent restriction but does seem to be related to volume, which changes. Thanks for sharing! I'm in Nashville...where are you?Kerylann
I am north of Nashville in Cross Plains. The Log-o-matic chairs did not have a bottom, or they would have sold a bit higher.
this video is set to Private. you'll need to change it to either Unlisted or Public for us to watch.
Thank you! First time ever making a video and posting something to youtube.
Good stuff! Thanks...and good luck to your doggie, he'll do fine!
Thanks for sharing your what sold video, Julie, I loved seeing all the items you sold!Kerylann
deb truervalues hi Julie - Thank you - Appreciate your mid century stuff - I like it but don't know a lot about it. Thanks for sharing.
I love the bread box...it would totally match my decor ;) You guys always inspire me to buy things that aren't "perfect." I'm always a stickler at the store when I find something cool, but it has flaws. I always think to myself "This thing is awesome, but it has scratches..I'll put it back." Now I'm trying to look past the flaws. As long as I disclose it, I haven't had any problems yet from buyers!!
I'm the same way Frank, I really resist buying damaged items.
It's hard to break the habit! The funny thing is, when I first started, I used to buy clothes with little flaws all the time. I would just disclose and list. They would always sell! Somewhere along the way I convinced myself that everything has to be pristine or I won't sell it.
Hi all, I've been following this blog/podcast for years, but never posted so here goes!I just had a situation with eBay and decided it might help others. I sent an item and it broke in shipping, the buyer opened up a return case with pictures of the broken item. I looked at them and refunded her right away and the case was closed. Well now I'm trying to file a claim with USPS since it was sent priority and was insured so I went and tried to find those pictures. They are not there since the case was closed. So I called eBay and sure enough they don't save the pictures after the case is closed. So lesson learned is when someone attaches photos of any damage that you may want to use later, save them to your computer at once. eBay suggested that I contact the buyer and ask for them again, which I did reluctantly and she had deleted them already so I'm out the cost of the item. It wasn't much so its no big deal and I did learn something from this!Thanks for this community and all the info shared. I am such an addict!Sue
Thanks for sharing that tip. Sorry you couldn't file your claim. I wish eBay would stop being so stingy about how much information is saved. Disk space is so cheap. I don't understand why they can save things (such as sold listings) for longer.
Yep, definitely a good idea to save the pics right away. I've had this happen a couple of times, but no case was ever opened, the buyer just contacted me directly. Good to know that they delete the pics when a case is closed. Thanks for sharing your experience.
I have an ethical question. I have a popular cross stitch book from the 80s. It was not mass produced by a company. More than likely a cross stitch enthusiast created it. But could I copy the patterns and sell the sheets individually? People are often asking me if it has a particular pattern in it. Is this wrong? It's not like I can buy more of this book because their not around.
If it is copyrighted you may not copy it to sell.
if it is not copyrighted I believe you can legally use it but I would suggest just using their designs as an example and try making something similar but that is your own design. that's just what I would do.
I thought about making things with those patterns and selling them but even that is illegal. A person's copyright on a pattern allows you to make it for private use only. But whats the difference if I found an item at a yard sale and flipped it. I guess having one is different than a bunch. I could mix and match parts of the patterns maybe.
I believe the coin you sold is called a "challenge coin." Most military and law enforcement agencies have them. They represent the organization and is used to increase morale and are given away to people in other organizations as a good will gesture. Some use it as if you are asked to see the challenge coin and you cannot produce it that minute, you have to buy drinks for everyone that night (of course, I never used it that way!)
Amazon is already limiting what you can now send in even if it has a great rank but someone said that they are starting to kick out inventory that they already have stored which will cost the seller to have returned. I'm hoping this is not true but it is a possibility to consider. Be mindful of what you send in. Have a back up option.
Kerylann Finds March 13-March 19, 2016 EbayTotal Items in Store: 10Items Sold: 0Returns: 0Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $26.19Money Spent on Supplies This Week: $4.37Number of items listed this week: 4Etsy - not yet launchedNumber of items listed this week: 0Continuing to work on my accounting spreadsheet. Continuing to arrange the workspace, supply area, etc. Elderly relative had minor surgery this week, so I have been attending to that situation. All is well. I took a lot of pictures. I also noted the following activity on my listings: I got 2 watchers, and my auto-reject settings on one listing rejected two offers from the same prospective buyer. I would have accepted the second one, so I lowered my BIN price and sent the person a message thanking them for looking and letting them know I lowered the price. This week I am going to list several items, and pull the trigger on GSP. Looked at my listings on mobile. Yuk. Researching and considering using CrazyLister for upping my listing quality. Anyone have any experience with that? Got my documentation in for Amazon Business account, now making an Amazon pile.Kerylann
Awesome job you sound very organized. I cant wait to see what you do a month from now.
Hey Kerylann. I agree it's great how organized you're becoming.I don't know you;re master plan but it is possible to spend so much time organizing that you forget the point of what you're doing.Nothing we did was perfect in the beginning (or even now). The main point we learned was that listing was our master. Nothing mattered except building up a large enough inventory so we had enough consistent sales so it felt we actually had a business and a reliable income. As we've progressed, we certainly have organized so we don;t lose our minds, but we also knew we didn't get extra point/profit for being neat. I would also just be careful about spreading yourself too think over multiple platforms in the beginning. We picked one and became successful on that one platform (eBay for us). It's only now that we're expanding to Amazon.
I agree Jay, I never let getting organized get in the way of making money, selling on eBay is my only source of income. I set aside a day to clean up and organize, haven't had that day for awhile so I should schedule one soon.I experimented a little with Amazon last year, sold a few things, it's a whole new ballgame to learn and now after hearing about you and Ryanne's venture with it and weirdness of it all I'm concentrating on only eBay for now.
I acknowledge that my main work life is definitely "flavoring" my side business. I am an IT analyst, very process-oriented and accustomed to helping business customers design processes that increase efficiency and avoid liability. I agree this is currently distracting from the necessary primary activity of listing, and I appreciate your encouragement to focus on this task for a single platform. Thanks for your comments, Jay and Sir Steven!
I agree with Jay that it is best to just dive in and develop your system on your way. How do you know what your system is going to look like once you cross 100 listings? 200? 500? I can tell you that your system and needs will change as you develop your style.All you really need in the beginning is a table to list/pack, boxes, tape, printer, dunnage, and a place to put listed items.As for listing quality, all you really need is good pictures and a few words on description. No need for fancy fonts, templates, etc. Good luck!
you (and i too) need this mug-http://scavengerlife.spreadshirt.com/shut-up-and-list-mug-A100415781/customize/color/1
Kerylann, too bad you don't live near me. I like the shopping. Lol. I squeezed eBay in part-time for about a year and it did take me a bit to do my bookkeeping last month for taxes so I could calculate my hobby income. Especially true bc I had to go through papal details. This year I'm using easy auctions tracker spreadsheet and will keep up with it quarterly. I'm also developing a storage system now and have similar items together for faster listing. Good advice above. I keep my listings very simple with good photos and flaws noted. Good luck with the adventure!
Ps. Debra at pinching pesos said she had "analysis paralysis" when she started. I thought that was a great condition I ask myself from time to time if I am suffering from. I just use EBay for listing after pleading my photos. Sell similar not sell one like this.
Need to share this: had my first scavenge run today.Mapped 3 places in my area, first mostly kids' stuff was closed. Second one half a mile over is paradise, but pricey. Had 2 two wonderful scavenging hrs as a test run for my patience and skills.Came home happy as a kid with new toys.Tomorrow will visit the 3rd, it is a Goodwill with promising prices.Also, sorry for sharing but I have a series of disabilities and my hoarding is a consequence. What is happening is with the inspiration I gained from you I got a purpose to help me let go. So the discipline of making a business out of my disorder and making good money is working way better than any therapy I've had.I am keeping my action figure and music collection (almost) intact, so I am getting to the end of the items with potential sell, so this step to build a discipline on scavenging is major.Also I purchased a tiny ottoman like Kay has to prep some of his pics. The shoes I portrayed in this new set received bids immediately 😊
Thanks Paul. If you;re acknowledging that you have a hoarding is an issue, definitely be vigilant. We dont have a hoarding problem but our house can look like we do. It's just a consequence of all the waste/abundance available out there.Definitely figure out a strategy to list what you find. I would even not allow myself to buy more until Ive listed what I bought before.
This is exactly what I am doing. Including clothes, shoes, massive "collections" of t shirts, toys, collectibles.Listing, donating and trashing away. Marvelous therapy.Just from the hoarding, starting Feb 1s until today I made $769 which is pretty decent.And thx to you and Rayanne and all others who share great stories here.
So proud of you Paulo!! Your story inspires others in turn.Kerylann
Way to go! You might find you can better see and appreciate your favorites and your space once the quantity is reduced.
You know how you always say the military guys aren’t bashful about correcting you? The red baseball hat you sold is not for a Navy aircraft carrier, it’s for a US Army medium landing ship. It’s a cargo ship with ramps in the front and back for roll on/roll off capabilities for tanks and other vehicles. The “USAV” prefix in the name meaning “US Army Vessel” – a Navy ship would be “USS.” That particular ship is homeported at Ft Eustis, right in your home state. Great sales this week, and thanks for sharing them with us.
cool, that's good to know. glad the person bought it anyway, they must have known what it was.
Yes, I'm sure they did. You can't buy a new one on Amazon like you can a real aircraft carrier hat.
I jumped into EBay and then learned as I went along. I would never spent very much time getting organized before starting to list, because things never go the way you expect, and I feel that you only learn by doing - so I would suggest that you start listing immediately, and just learn to go with the flow, along the way. That's really the best way, in my opinion. Best of luck !
Above comment intended for Kerrylann - good luck !!
Thank you Pat! I have to say your comment is ringing true for me. I am feeling more confident about listing, and today I sold my first item.Kerylann
Nice! Sales become addicting especially if you have an eBay app on your phone that cha chings.
Kerrylann, Congrats on your Sale today! That's awesome!I, too, come from an IT Project Manager background, so I totally understand your desire to have a detailed project plan with milestones & durations because that is the training you received. However, I want to tell you that all that matters is getting a listing out there. All your tasks and activities are solely directed to the end point called "listing" and by the way, have I thrown enough PM lingo at you, yet?? Ha ha!! Good to know your background, because it means you have the ability to pay attention to all the details that are part of EBay and I predict that you will be very successful!One thing that helps me is keeping a daily log of number of items listed - perhaps you can try the same thing. Whatever tool helps you keep track, just keep your eye on listings all of the time and you will hear more and more cha-Chings.
LOLing and loving it!! You are right of course!
Steve, I have some questions for you. Your items always seem nice. They are usually things I might have picked up too but I would have never got that price. Do you research sold prices or just put it up for what you want? Are you paying higher prices for this stuff or just finding them cheap. I've been selling a while but can't get over the hump to earn enough. Seeing you and others gives me hope.
Yes, research is key, not only for optimum price but for finding a way to pull a potential buyer in. As it's rare to find something no one else has you have to do something other sellers are missing like the right keyword or using a video.When Ryanne first started showing her what sold videos I thought the same as you, yes, I would have bought that if I saw it, but she and Jay also see potential in things that perhaps at first glance could be overlooked. Experience has helped me be bold with pricing, just because the highest sold was for X amount why can't mine top that, if it's a nice piece. The key here is list it high, let it ride for awhile then put best offer on it, you can't sell it for more unless you price it that way. That $2000 turntable garnered more than one message telling me it was way overpriced and I'd never sell it.And I buy stuff as cheap as possible, I'm thrifty.
This is a great topic. Also, as per the podcasts R&J always get great items cheap.My challenge is to improve the listings. Pictures are fine already and I have even propped a nice mini studio. I need much better descriptions though.Example, yesterday I found a pair of custom flip flops my former company made for an exclusive party (I sold many memorabilia from that company already since it is a strong brand)While listing a vintage DKNY boots, I found exact same from an old Etsy sale and copied.Decided to use same approach foe the flip flops about 11pm.It was sold when I woke up at 6 most likely because of those details.
About the tapes and MiniDiscs we chatted a while back.I listed about 30 official Tapes and Minidiscs on Amazon only, no movement so far. There are rare items.I listed about 6 sets of blank and sealed Tapes, Minidiscs and Mini DV tapes on eBay. Good movement. Minidisc boxes on fixed price, one sold immediately. Tapes on auction with bids for the Sunday routine.Really wanted to talk about the non official recordings. Listing them on eBay infringe copyrights and some eBay policies, so I will not lost the home made or other non official recordings I haveNext week I will sort through the VHS. However they are important to my non hoarding collection. If there are high ticket items I will certainly list to test the outcome (long gone never releases again Zappa videos for example)
FYI to members in case some of you didn't get this communication newsletter from Ebay this morning. Ebay is going to adjust / roll back [lower] it's first class shipping costs again. Due to the USPS adjusting their rates in the 1 to 3 ounces category, then Ebay will also lower the calculated rates in the 1 to 3 ounces. We all just went through the change whereby all of the 1 to 6 oz. items would ship at the same rate, now only about a month or so later we will have to adjust again. So they suggest reviewing your items and making adjustments accordingly. I have pasted a copy of the EBay notice below so you can read it in their own words.LOWER USPS FIRST-CLASS RATESCOMING APRIL 10Effective April 10, 2016, the US Postal Service plans to reverse a 4.3% surcharge previously applied to certain mailing rates and services, including its First-Class Mail Parcel rate at USPS retail locations, Media Mail rate, and extra services such as Domestic Insurance and Signature confirmation.As a result of this price decrease, we plan to lower the eBay label rate for First-Class packages between 1 and 3 ounces to match the First-Class Mail Parcel retail rate. As always, be sure to calculate your shipping costs correctly—and check our Announcement Board in the weeks to come for more updates.mike in atlanta
Ryanne and Jay, Your Texico Havoline trucker cap listing on my computer comes out with some weird jumble in the description box. I don't know if it's my computer, eBay or something you can correct.
Seems to be fixed now.
I notice that Amazon is letting me send in almost everything they rejected last week. don't know if it's a glitch....but I will strike while the iron is HOT!!!
I guess it's my turn to have a horrible week. I probably made 100 bucks. Had to refund a buyer who didnt read the listing and was a jerk about it and had a refund case opened which I won because of tracking info I provided. But the last few weeks have been good. This one not so much. It's crazy when you have a lot of items that no one wants. I would like to buy into no one's buying even from retail stores but then I read about sellers doing well this week. It's always raining for someone and sunny for another. I plan for UPS and downs but it does happen my motivation on bad weeks.
Yep, bad weeks happen at random times. We strangely will have periods of a whole string of returns or problem customers. We just muscle through it as professionally as possible.You mind sharing how many items you have listed. $100 in a week is pretty low. That's like 3-4 $30 items.
I've had 3 bad weeks in a row, starting to feel horrid about it. Wah!