This week's dollar sales are already twice last weeks. I sold 5 items this week vs. last week only selling 3. Two the items I sold today have been in my store for nearly a year. Sold a baby wool hat to Anchorage. A pair of pumps are off to Canada and a pair of kids Teva summer sandals went to Troy, Michigan.I'm really enjoying my geography lesson this year as I've been placing a pin on a US map for every sale. As I suspected most of my items go East of the Mississippi, but I've also had large cluster of sales in the LA area.
We're having a much better week already as well. People buying from us now won;t receive their items for another 30 days (!). So far no one had cancelled their purchases even after we send them a reminder email.
I am about to have my worst week since I started my store--no sales on either ebay or etsy since the 16th, it is odd since I usually have at least one sale a day, oh well just keep listing...
Keep listing Sue, it will be uplifting and perhaps a great number of gormandizers will start to buy.(I watched Vinyl last night and it had a scene on the origin of CBGB)
I feel it and I am listing as much as I can.
I stated yesterday that I hadn't had a sale since Saturday. As soon as I posted, I had three sales. Bread and butter sales but that's ok. One was a Hawaiian camp shirt that I sold to someone in Hawaii!
Look I can't really complain, the previous 3 weeks were pretty killer including an $1100 week, so I have just hit the summer doldrums a little early, LOL.
I am filling my calendar with discipline with auctions, yard sales, visit to stores. No I am beginning a continuous inflow of good stuff.Great scavenging yesterday (the on line auctions day) and today (auction pick up and the Goodwill Mega which is across the street from auction house).Grabbed great antique tools for like nothing. Didn't even have time to finish next listing the manual drill was sold for 6x what I paid.Starting to work.
Omfug X, I feel we're making good progress here! You;re remembering you'te incredible sales weeks when you have a slow week. It all evens out.
So weird sometimes. I had one sale in two weeks and in the last 18 hours had 9 sales. listed finally a day before that.
I'm having my slowest week ever, this week :( Dang. Two days this week (so far) without any sales. That is not my usual, at all.
Debbie--the odd thing is that I have had only one sale on ebay and 2 on etsy, so I can't point to anything obvious and I have been listing at my normal modest pace, I checked last year's numbers and they were great actually so who knows? This is turning out to be my slowest week ever as well.
Just curious to slow weekers, how many offers did u turn down? I know for me on slow weeks I look back at my declined offers and while individually they didn't matter much together they would have added up.
Good point: my best week ever, also the week with most turn downs ever.Besides clothing, I started to set foot on arts and collectibles. However do not feel ready to follow Jay's advice on finding cheap items, still need education to identify.So I have invested on 25-70 dollar items. They are selling though.I found a great Austin sculpture. It was great in my living room, my wife didn't even think it was for sale. I got over 100% net return. There were issues that got me concerned, the buyer, a collector of signed Austin pieces was totally satisfied.Tomorrow I have enough new listing and with my new lighting, thank you to our friends here. Gonna pass 200 mark first time.
I agree. This morning I took a $150 offer on something that I had listed for $300. The item had been sitting around for a year and while I thought I could get $300 for it, items are only "worth" what someone will pay for them. $150 (I bought for $30) is better than letting it sit there for another year.
We've actually accepted several half-price offers on older items to make some sales. That's why we like "make offer". It gives us the flexibility to hold out for the price we want, or the ability to just move it.
In recent weeks, i've counter offered to no avail. Only one person would play with me, and that was months ago. The past two weeks, i'm accepting anything over the halfway price. I've repriced a few things without the 'make offer' option just to see what happens.
Scavengerlife community thank you so much for all the sharing .I sold a $3.50 goyard purse for $1000+.so happy my highest ever single item sale never heard of the brand till I read of it here
Awesome anon..good for you!
Wowza, never heard of them. Good on ya.
Incredible that you found a Goyard purse out in the wild. Here's a good article on their business model: http://www.racked.com/2014/9/3/7578483/goyardIts a true luxury brand.
I had a great week last week and this week is turning out just as good! Found some cool vintage craft stuff in multiples at an auction and its been selling like crazy. I know you guys don't sell a lot of clothes but my summer clothing is really picking up too. Hope your sales improve!
Last week was a bit slow, but is picking up.J&R..question for you. In last week's podcast you mentioned that while you're out thrifting etc for ebay, you do now pick up items for FBA now and that these items are ones you would NOT have picked up for ebay. Can you give me an example? I'm curious what made you buy it for FBA and why you would have left it behind prior to FBA and what then makes it worth getting for FBA. Thanks so much.
I'm sure they meant new in box cheap made in China stuff. Not vintage or cool just amazon approved. That's my guesstimation while you wait on their official answer.
I'm going to guess here as well and say things with UPC codes which are easily scannable.
Anonymous and Nancy have it correct. For eBay, we usually skip over items that can be scanned. Often when we put that stuff in our eBay store, it sits for ever.When we started sending stuff in the FBA, we mailed in 300 items we pulled from our eBay store. Items started selling right away. Anything in a box with a UPS code.Much of this stiff doesn't have a high resale value because they're are factories just cranking this stuff out. That's why there's so much competition on the price.
Gotcha...thanks for the clarification.
Nice sale on the Danner Boots & I love the Land O Lakes recipe box. Looks like I need to pull out my overalls and list then. Thanks for the video.
Some of the cool pieces I sold this week:2003 Pearl Jam concert program: http://www.ebay.com/itm/201510456445This was actually mine from a show I went to. Decided to give it up because it was just sitting in a drawer, got $75 for it.2 Return of the Jedi toothbrushes: http://www.ebay.com/itm/201492329350Got these at the flea market for a couple bucks each. Thought they'd be worth more, sold for $25.1960s handpainted ceramic chess set: http://www.ebay.com/itm/201343398704Got this at a yard sale for $15, sold for $100. Did some research and in 1965 Duncan sold chess set molds for you to make your own at home. The person that made this one was an incredibly skilled painter apparently because they are really beautiful and have multiple layers of paint and detail. Mexican Taxco Copper pitcher & cups: http://www.ebay.com/itm/201408978480Just sold this morning for $150. I had them up for $300 but took the offer because I've had them for over a year now with little to no action. Bought them at an auction for $30 so still good profit.
Love the copper pitcher!
A couple of my more interesting sales this week:Vince Camuto Dandee Women's shoeshttp://www.ebay.com/itm/Vince-Camuto-Dandee-Women-US-7-Black-Espadrille-/262389764351?rd=1Tomy Big Big Big Loader Construction Site vintage Toy Playset.This thing is totally awesome! I held strong at my sales price and sold it full price after a few months.http://www.ebay.com/itm/Tomy-6996-Big-Big-Big-Loader-Construction-Site-Works-Perfectly-/262377442714?rd=1Vtg 80s Slade COLOR BLOCK Active Medium Windbreaker Jacket New With TagsI love selling vintage windbreakers. The tackier the better! How random is it to find one with the tags still attached though?http://www.ebay.com/itm/NWT-Vtg-80s-Slade-COLOR-BLOCK-Active-Medium-Windbreaker-Jacket-New-With-Tags-/262303316740?rd=1Sony XDR-S10HDiP HD AM FM Radio iPod/iPhone DockTook an offer of $55 on this one. Not bad for a $3 goodwill purchase.http://www.ebay.com/itm/Sony-XDR-S10HDiP-HD-AM-FM-Radio-iPod-iPhone-Dock-NO-REMOTE-/262258268720?rd=1Nike Solarsoft Mules Comfort Shoes Size 14My first sale from the epic haul of high end men's size 14 shoes from this weekend. Took an offer of $50http://www.ebay.com/itm/Nike-Solarsoft-Mules-Comfort-Shoes-555346-001-Mens-Size-14-/262392747108?rd=1
I love finding men's luxury brand shoes and used to find them regularly until the local GW starting pulling every single pair to put into their auctions, now they literally put out junk shoes.
Same challenge here Sue. I have 3 GW locally though, they seem out of synch. The smaller one is just for once in a blue moon, the Mega one is incredible, not sure what their knwoledge is. I too love luxury brand shoes, my expertise is women's, but I do men's too. I find crazy luxury bags, shoes and clothes there. I assume they pull the Supreme and other hype brands. They live Prada, Gucci, Zegna, Armani there in one corner always waiting for me.
I have not found many luxury brand women's shoes. I find alot of bread n butter $25-35 women's shoes.When I do find what I think are women's higher end shoes, they appear to be a "dime a dozen" on ebay. Maybe I am missing something.
My sale numbers are about average ,sold 18 items last week. My issue is I sell low dollar items mainly so dollar amounts are not real great. I mainly sell vintage paper and barbie items
I found a baggie with Barbie accessories in it a while back and it had some Gem guitars. 3 little Barbie like guitars sold for 50 dollars. I couldn't believe it.
Anne, did you auction the guitars or use Buy It Now?I find it hysterical that my 9 year old daughter is watching Jem and the Holograms just like I did when a young teenager. The plot, the music and the animation all seemed better to me in 1985 than it does now.
Hi Grace,I have a question. I have some Barbie clothes from the late 60s or very early 70s with the little black labels. A neighbor with older girls gave it to me. Some of the items are not in great condition and I don't have any complete outfits. Would you advise me to list as a lot or should I find the outfits and list the better condition pieces separately? Thanks!
Anna I knew I spelled that wrong! Lol it didn't look right but I didn't know why. You know honestly I don't remember if I auctioned them off or did best offer. I mainly do best offers but on occasion do auctions.I wish I had my Barbie stuff back I gave to my niece. Of course she eventually just trashed it as she got older.
"Jem, she's outrageous. truly truly outrageous."
watched your latest video. Fun to watch. I need to branch out more than my paper for sure. Not give up my paper since I have so much of it and I love it but need to really branch out to get sales of $30.00 and more. Thanks will watch more videos as I can
Couple fun sales for me this week:I sold a Retro GE rolling number alarm clock. Paid $1 for it and sold it for $29.95. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vtg-Mod-Retro-GE-GENERAL-ELECTRIC-8125-Flip-Rolling-Number-Alarm-Clock-TESTED-/121948886521?rd=1Sold a BBC Muzzy Language Course on German. Paid $1 and sold it for $39.00 http://www.ebay.com/itm/BBC-Muzzy-Language-Course-for-Children-DVD-German-Level-II-Mint-/111961324013?rd=1
You;re definitely selling the cool niche stuff. Thats the cool stuff people buy.
Jay, the clock actually went to the production company that produces "The Walking Dead." It made me think of the time that you guys sold something to Mad Men?Does this mean I've hit the scavenger "Big Time?"
Thanks for the video. Doggies: now that's more like it! Glad they're back on the job. :-)
Steve, can you share where you find much of your old audio stuff? You seem to be selling old media, old media cleaners, etc. all the time. Any hints?
The doggies are back...the doggies are back! Nice video with interesting items. Thanks.
I have a feeling people are splurging with their tax returns.My favorite sale $38 for an original Home Alone movie t-shirt. Paid 25 cents.http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-90s-Home-Alone-Movie-Casual-T-shirt-Mens-Size-L-/162030160914$925 for a Babe Ruth Card. Bought for $160 and had it graded. Lots of fakes out there so it was a gamble that paid off when it came back authentic.http://www.ebay.com/itm/1923-W515-1-BABE-RUTH-3-PSA-Authentic-HOF-New-York-Yankees-/161973876402Say this guys name 3 times fast - Giannis AntetokounmpoHere are 5 cards I sold of his for about $1,050. Spent about $230 on all of them.http://www.ebay.com/itm/2013-14-Panini-Prizm-Green-Refractor-Prizms-Giannis-Antetokounmpo-Rookie-BGS-10-/151921876514http://www.ebay.com/itm/2013-14-NATIONAL-TREASURES-GIANNIS-ANTETOKOUNMPO-ROOKIE-GOLD-AUTO-25-PSA-8-/151774364531http://www.ebay.com/itm/2013-14-NATIONAL-TREASURES-GIANNIS-ANTETOKOUNMPO-ROOKIE-GOLD-AUTO-25-PSA-8-5-/161767624096http://www.ebay.com/itm/GIANNIS-ANTETOKOUNMPO-2013-14-PREFERRED-SILHOUETTE-JERSEY-AUTO-99-RC-BGS-9-5-10-/161789410397http://www.ebay.com/itm/2013-14-Panini-Crusade-Giannis-Antetokounmpo-122-Silver-Rookie-RC-25-PSA-10-/161767593747Random cassettes that I paid may 5 cents each for. All sold between $15-$19.99http://www.ebay.com/itm/Del-Rio-Texas-1959-Radney-Foster-Cassette-Sep-1992-Arista-/161810414671http://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-You-Been-Dinosaur-Jr-Cassette-Feb-1993-Reprise-/161801837661http://www.ebay.com/itm/Siamese-Dream-PA-Smashing-Pumpkins-Cassette-Jul-1993-Virgin-/161806379494The Olympic stuff has been selling very well for me. It is coming very soon so people are stocking up on it. 60 for the bag. 47 for the hat. Full price $69.99 on a basic olympic quarter zip say what!http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-80s-Kodak-Official-Worldwide-Olympic-Sponsor-Duffle-Bag-Gym-Bag-/161766458626http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-80s-Motorola-1984-Olympic-Communication-Sponsor-Trucker-Hat-One-Size-/151812799163http://www.ebay.com/itm/United-States-Olympic-Committee-Team-USA-Zip-Track-Jacket-size-M-/151675909170Press photos from the dump$49.99 for "Take That". Never hear of them sold to someone in gsp.http://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-Original-Press-Photo-Take-English-Pop-Group-/151948385838$10 for "Cracker" sure why not.http://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-Original-Press-Photo-Cracker-Alternative-Rock-Band-/151955334579
Not sure if anyone has ever done this but I am starting up a "Collector's Show" in my area. My Dad owns an event space and is letting me do some shows there. I am getting vendors there etc to set up so if anyone has experience running them would like to hear feedback. So far I already have 15 vendors signed up totaling around 25 tables. I am getting an average of $40 per table and hope to get at least 50-75 tables for the first show. My goal is to have 4 shows per year at his place and the next show is going to be a two day show. Looking forward to see how it turns out. I can say there is an insane amount of work that goes into setting something like this up.
Can't imagine the work behind one of those. I imagine it would be great for networking though. I'm sure there are a lot of vendor's that "specialize" and won't do certain types of things. If they know Dan that runs the Collector's show does then they'll shoot you a text or let you know about some sweet honey hole. Keep us updated.
Good luck. My only experience is as a vendor. I've always suspected that the promoters make the real money.Crystal
I have been doing a lot of research and there is money to be made if you do it properly. Like anything else it takes a lot of work for it to be successful. I will keep everyone up to date on the progress.
And once you create the structure, it'll be easy to duplicate each time.
I just posted a blogpost about my Ebay storage and supplies for those who have been asking for ideas. www.homeforgood.net
Congratulations on that label printer ... I am so jealous! Why did you choose that brand and model? Did you choose it over a Dymo printer? Thanks~!
I'll check it out. Thanks for sharing. How's your book going?
Linda, thanks for sharing. I wish I was so organized!
Linda, I enjoyed your post. I have a question about the FedEx picture boxes. Do you think they would be sufficient without any kind of padding for a picture under glass?Crystal
Bev, my husband loves to research before he buys and the reviews he found convinced him to get the Zebra. Anne, the book has steady sales which makes another modest passive income stream. I wrote it because I love homemaking, and because my husband wanted me to. Now if only he could get me to sit down long enough to finish the Audible version. Thanks Anna. Yes Anon, I ship glass covered pictures in that box with no other padding. It is amazing.
Linda do you build the cost of the picture box into the price of the item or a handling fee? Love your light setup.
You could do either of those. I include it in my shipping costs.
Awesome Linda, thank you for sharing.I learn so much from this community, incredible.
I would LOVE to see a video of your step by step process for sending in items to Amazon for FBA. Example...look up process (how you decide if it is "worth sending in", printing your label for the item, creating a box of stuff to ship in. Kind of a tutorial like what you had from your Amazon Selling Buddy who came and visited you.
That would be cool. There's lots of Youtube videos that do this. Not sure if we're going to add any more to the mix. And as far as what's worth sending into FBA, it's just like eBay. Just look up the price and determine if its worth it.
I'm a brand new FBAer and found this page to be a helpful walkthrough for sending in my first shipment. http://www.onlinesellingexperiment.com/guide-to-creating-your-first-amazon-fba-shipment/#comment-85052
Prince died this morning. I knew him in the eighties and the music store I managed in Minneapolis supplied the equipment for the Puple Rain tour. He gave me a large number of guitar picks at the time and I've sold a few over the years but I almost want to take down that listing today, just feels weird.
It is sad. I dont think its a bad thing to sell the guitar picks now. Just gives fans an opportunity to buy something to remind them.
I'm sorry to hear that. I listened to the Purple Rain album over and over again when I was younger. The capitalist in me says that you should raise the price on the guitar picks. But you've got to do what lets you sleep at night.Crystal
Why do artists die young? He was only 57.
I was never a huge fan, but i thought he was just coming into his own. Sad….
Or Steve you could give one to me ;) Celebrity deaths always seem to come in 3s and it did again this week. Always sad when people die young. But I would change my prices though if I were you. People will pay top dollar now for his stuff.
I saw the Purple Rain '84 tour, he was an amazing showman
I didn't change the price, it was already high and a set sold today.I remember the opening night concert of that 84 tour at the St. Paul civic center, it was so great, my staff and I also saw the premier of the movie in downtown Minneapolis, I still remember the roar of laughter at the scene where Morris Day was cleaning up his crib as he and his friends were at the theater as well.To help promote the film Prince had 3 identical purple Honda motorcycles and used body doubles to ride them around town to be spotted. I later was a project coordinator for the grand opening of Paisley Park.It was a special time in my life.
That's really cool Steven. Thanks for sharing that.
How did you meet him in the first place and how did you become friends. I'm guessing you lost touch with each other as the years went by since you only mentioned the 80s. Very cool though. And cool we get to hear about it.
Steven, I grew up just outside Minneapolis and my sister and I would go in to town and go to his club, First Avenue. My sister still lives in Mpls, and said a lot of things were purple today, such as the 35W Bridge. He was so great.
Thanks guys! Here is our latest What Sold video... pretty slow week for us.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMQGFZLK6VQ
Nice video. Thanks! I find eyeglass cases all of the time and can sell them for $20-$30. Not a lot of money but great when they usually only cost a $1 or less.
Hello eBay friends,I wanted to ask for a general consensus on this one... I just received a decent, but not great ($30) offer off a ($49.99) pair of shoes. The user has PRIVATE FEEDBACK, 100% positive, and it looks like a buying a ID only. I cannot see the feedback he/she has left for others. No big deal? Or would you all just pass on any Best Offer from someone with private feedback...Your thoughts are greatly appreciated!!Thanks!
If you like the offer, accept it. I guess you could be selling to a person that will cause trouble, but I think odds are it's just a normal buyer who wants to be anonymous. (like how you posted this comment:)
If your item is listed accurately, you really don't have much to worry about. The A-holes you don't want to do business with will usually make themselves known through messages.
Jay, LOL!!Touche... I need to set up a regular ID so you all will recognize me :) Thanks a lot for your advice! I am going to accept the offer.(And I AM a private person, Sometimes overly skeptical too.. I guess I should accept that in some others.)
I don't like private buyers. I Just don't. I've had bad experiences with them and even the eBay help people can't see their feedback which is absurd. He was a real jerk. Left me mean bad feedback and I couldn't even see if he was doing it to others. Perfect cover. Ended up letting him keep the item and refunding him just to get him to remove his uncalled for feedback.
I don't trust anyone who hides his/her name. A lot of haters and trolls (same thing) do that. If you aren't ashamed of what you say you really should go to the trouble to be as transparent as everyone else. IMO
I am a private person and once I had an ex stalk me online by tracking my name down so now on any blog I stay anon. But I can make up a fake name and u wouldn't know the difference. And sometimes maybe I'm just nervous to say something that someone doesn't like. It feels safer to stay incognito. No retaliation from crazy people.
I hereby declare you as Exempt. :-)
On the other hand I am an over transparent person. I do not hide anything and have difficulties to catch haters, trolls, scammers even face to face 😢
From Midwest JunkerRegarding the Private Feedback reservations, it is sometimes a red flag to me also. However, Ebay can see their correspondence through the messaging. So if they do start to violate Ebay policy or make unfair demands, Ebay can see if they have repeated this behavior As Jay said, just decide if you like the offer or not. If your gut says no, just say no. Another buyer will come along.To Anon2 - yes I agree if you have been stalked or abused as was discussed in comments of a previous Podcast Episode, then your safety is more important than what anyone on a social platform thinks. Be safe! And to those who don't have to worry about danger, stalking or abusers - be thankful you are free of that burden - you know - to walk in another's shoes....
Anyone ever convince eBay to increase their selling limits more than once in a 30 day period?
Happened to me without asking, they offered me higher 3 times in one month, then took about other 2 months for them to do it again.
I asked for an increase 10 days ago which put me at 165 listings maximum. Well today I am at that limit and they denied me to list more on the phone. May 11th is the next day I can ask for increases.I wonder if I should try to call again tomorrow?
I have had limits increased by calling just a couple of days before the 30 days expired. A couple of thoughts: You might try ending some of your lower-quality listings early, which would give you a few listings to play with. I understand that EBay is protecting everyone with these limits, so perhaps you can explain your situation and ask for an exception, assuming you have great feedback and all the other things that EBay looks for in an outstanding seller.
Pat makes a good point. eBay limits for new sellers to prove their responsible. They need to see that you are shipping on time, treating customers right, and receiving good feedback. I know 30 days seems like a long time, but it's a blip in your selling life. Focus on making sure buyers are happy with all current sales. You can also keep buying inventory, do research on brands and pricing, and tweak your photo set up.
SO EXCITED FOLKS!!!Just received the portable studio WV and Ryanne recommended and also the Slide/Negative scanner Ryanne recommended.Super thank you
Super happy!!!Besides the store taking off, I got my first techie assignment after being laid off. Even happier because is not those project management that drive me bored, it is really design and architecture engineering stuff!!And it is in Istanbul. Cannot wait till I scavenge there.
Paulo, Which slide/negative scanner did you buy? I must have missed Ryanne's recommendation, and I have been floundering at researching this myself.Also congrats on the job front - great news.
the slide scanner i use is linked here--http://www.scavengerlife.com/p/resources.html
Paulo,How long will you be in Istanbul? Stay safe!
It is a long project. I will have 3 or 4 2-week trips during summer.My older daughter and I always dreamed to go there.I am searching things to scavenge I can carry a few in luggage. For now scarves is the choice.
Can someone help me out. I'm trying to take an active buy now category, hats for example, and put that whole category on auction. I've tried it several times and I can't seem to do it without ending every listing which I don't want to do. I hit the send to online auction feature but it pulls over the current buy now price as the bid starting price. I would like to keep it as buy now and auction simply because if it doesn't sell I still have the buy now price there to go by. Any tips on how to do this? I'm trying to weed out a category I have too much inventory in that's slow moving.
It's against the rules to have the same item (assuming you have just one of that item) in two different listings at the same time. If you let your buy it nows end and star the auctions. The buy it now price will still be available in the unsold category.Crystal
You can list any item with both buy now and auction. What happens is if anyone bids it makes it unavailable for buy now at that moment. That used to be my listing strategy. I'd start a bid at a say 8 dollars and have buy now for 12. It actually encourages people to buy now since not much difference in price. But who the question how to put current listings to auction, I have no idea.
deb truer valuesHi there....I think you will have to end the listing because ebay wont let you change the duration of a listing once you have put the item up. An auction will basically not only change the format, but also the duration.You might wait until they have an auction listings sale, and then it won't cost you anything to do the experiment on your hats.
That strategy only works on low priced items. Ebay requires a 30% difference in start price and BIN price.
Ok, is anybody aware of a way to get the ebay website to not select the "Or Best Offer" option by default when you start a new fixed price listing? I've looked in business policies and various other settings to no avail. Almost every time I do some listing one of my items slips by with that option still checked and then the low-ball offers start rolling in. Maybe it's just the category of items I like to deal in but I think I would go nuts if I had OBO on all my items like I see some folks do.
I don't know of a way to get it to default the way you like it other than to create a template with it not checked and just do sell similar. But if you realized you have it on your items and don't want it. Just select your active listings and bulk edit and bulk remove best offer from all. It won't hurt the ones that already had it unchecked and it will take it off of the others.
deb truervaluesHi Jason - I have best offer on most of my listings because activity moves you forward in Cassini Search. I am thankful whenever I get those lowball offers.. Sometimes buyers just want to see where you are coming from...they often buy when you come back with a realistic counter.The people that bug me are the ones who come back a second time with only $1.00 more than their first offer. I usually decline those. If they are interested, they will then pay your price.....happens about 50% of the time.
Deb, how many offers would you say you get in a day? I sell a lot of electronics and video games and just leaving OBO checked by mistake on one popular game will typically produce half a dozen offers each day until I get around to revising the listing. I used to counter these offers but I've found that 90% of them are just people trying to get something for half price. I do use OBO on items that are over $50 in value and slower to sell like housewares, shoes, board games but I always sell my video games for 100% of the asking price within a few days of listing them so I see no need for flooding my inbox with cheap-skate offers.
debHi Jason - Yes, your method makes a lot of sense --esp for the video game category. I typically get 4-8 offers a day, and sell about 50%, but I am dealing in different categories--collectibles, clothing, fabrics, vintage weird stuff.No need to put best offer on stuff that sells so fast, for sure!!
I just read the Spring Seller Update. I'm excited about it. I'm going to save money on my fees with the new fee structure plus get $200 a year for supplies! Thanks for making a point to check your numbers Jay. For me it will be a good thing.
I have followed your blog from the days of Mikey and Wendy. You can follow me at http://vintagestuffnsuch.blogspot.com.Thanks.Lisa
Good luck with your blog, your photos are terrific.
This is a weird question for everyone but does anyone have any ideas of what I can do with barely used toner cartridges? Bought a color laser printer and I bought generic toner cartridges and tested the printer only to find out its a dud. Now I have barely used cartridges and I'm ready to get rid of the printer.
Hello Friend.When I decided to reactivate my store in february I auction listed some of these I had, got $31 out of them 😉
Dan, Have you thought about hiring an Events Coordinator? Seems like a perfect fit for you, since you are so awesome at hiring good employees and incentivizing them.
So I am highly considering pulling my inventory out of Amazon FBA before the deadline at the end of the month. I have sold 30+ items since I started the experiment and not a single feedback has been left - except for one - The jerk face that did a return because the "box had extra non factory tape on it". He left me a 1 star rating. Due to the fact I have no other feedbacks, I have a 0%, 1 star feedback rating.I have asked twice now if he would consider removing or amending his feedback. No dice. The effect - I went from averaging almost $200 a week in sales to this week having a single sale of $28 since the feedback went live. I have the buy box on numerous items with very high sales rankings too. The FBA feedback system is INCREDIBLY flawed and I am dead in the water because of it. I suppose my only option is to beg all my other buyers for feedback. On ebay I absolutely never, ever, EVER solicit feedback. I don't have to - I always get great feedback. So frustrated...
Retro Treasures - Meant to reply to this. See my response below. Even a small paperback book for .25 will work. Maybe you already have some cheap items in your inventory.
Have you called Amazon to get the bad feedback removed?
Here is an idea. List 4 packs of bubble gum (Bubble Yum is best) for .50 each or some small items that are cheap. Have 4 friends or family buy them and give you outstanding feedback. Problem solved for $2 plus shipping.
I shouldn't have to commit feedback fraud to have good feedback when I have numerous sales without an issue. That is the sign of a broken system.
I wasn't aware that this was feedback fraud. I thought it was only fraud if you pay them.
I personally think it's stupid but if anyone you know personally is buying your stuff you'll get accused of shilling. Here's what eBay says....Shill bidding happens when anyone—including family, friends, roommates, employees, or online connections—bids on an item with the intent to artificially increase its price or desirability. In addition, members cannot bid on or buy items in order to artificially increase a seller's Feedback or to improve the item's search standing.
My husband went shopping today in my clothing bins. He needed shirts for work. Saved us some money. I have 3 big bins of clothing, mostly shirts but I'm actually thinking about vacuum sealing them individually. Imagine the lack of space that would take up. My only concern is would the shirts bounce back properly without being extremely wrinkled or deformed. It would be super easy to ship them too that way. Anybody else tried this crazy notion? I wish I could vacuum seal my plush but they would probably mess up. Maybe I'll try it on one I don't plan to list and test it long term.
deb truervaluesLast year I was in California for 6 months and had to get a LOT of inventory home. I purchased vacuum bags and sealed all my clothing in them. I had 12 xLarge bags full of jeans, shoes, bedding, coats.None of the items were hurt, but they were only sealed for about a month.Since then, I have shipped large bedding items with this method. It not only saves space, but precious ounces of air, saving postage $$$.
A heavy duty trash bag should keep a vacuum seal as well. I assume those are cheaper than the vacuum sealable bags.
I buy the vacuum seal bags at yard sales and sometimes they are very cheap at Walmart. I haven't used them in shipping but I do use them for storage. I use them for sheets, afghans, blankets, fabric, etc, for anything big and bulky.
I guess our fearless heroes are on travel? Hope they are having a pleasant journey. Anyway, for what it's worth, here's my What Sold video on buttons and every day art.
No coffee. http://youtu.be/VrPVbo9M5zE
Oh how I loved that Dansk pan. I would have had a hard time selling that. It is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
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We had our slowest week ever as well (along with over £100.00 in returns...eek)
eBay never seems to amaze me in how one week it's nothing but crickets and the next week the days are filled with sales. Oh well all we can do is list and hope for the best ha!