Those Vans are killer - so many cute pups! Some of my recent interesting sales:c1900 Glass Negatives of a family gathering. I bought these like 3 years ago for $10 because I thought they were amazing, expecting they would sell quickly for $100. Well, 3 years later they sold for $28: http://www.ebay.com/itm/2014822611061983 Return of the Jedi movie program. Who knew they used to have programs for movies?!?!? Bought for $1, sold for $13 best offer: http://www.ebay.com/itm/191254484202Backgammon briefcase style game. These are bread and butter, can find them at most estate sales or thrift stores of yard sales. Bought this one for probably $3ish and sold for $40 (I've never sold one for less than $30): http://www.ebay.com/itm/19122236747648 Star wool flag with red, white, and blue fringe. Another bread & butter item I NEVER pass up - any non-50 star flags. Bought this one for $10-$15 and sold for $112: http://www.ebay.com/itm/191718797822
I'll echo what Jay said -- I *never* find good old wool flags around here; they're in super-high demand and just never appear in thrifts/yard sales. It's amazing that they're bread-and-butter where you are. Regional differences, I guess, although we're only a few hours apart... I'm "New England," with lots of folks wanting nautical/Americana items to decorate their summer cottages. Anyway, just amazing that you're finding these so consistently.
Flags are decently plentiful at estate sales & flea markets here in the NY/NJ area and I never pass them up if they're reasonably priced. My biggest flag score ever was a MASSIVE 48 Star flag that was actually used on a ship in the Pacific theater... by the markings on the flag, I was able to trace where it was made and all flag made at that location in SF were used on Naval ships. I couldn't prove that it was from WWII or in a battle or anything, but it was the right era. The home I got it from was using it as a comforter/cover on a spare bedroom full size bed - so you can get the scale of it. Bought for $150 and sold for approx. $1200 to a collector in England - all because of the story & history of it. :)
deb truervaluesWow Brian - Enjoyed that story!
Now that is some thorough research! Good job!
Normally I wouldn't have researched that heavily/would have nothing to research on a normal item... but this flag has ver distinct markings that I looked up and then went down the rabbit hole. The markings were along the lines of "US Navy Mare Island Ensign" and then some indistinguishable size markings, but it was approximately 6'x9' which meant it belonged to a massive ship of more than 100' (and thus why they were using it as a bed spread).
Thanks for the info ... I love the research part of all this, and figuring that out must have felt fantastic. Good one!
Love the teak lamp!! Also how funny and random about that sharpener thing that you thought was a cigarette roller. I always wonder how buyers come across these things, what search words they use, etc. And then to sell it for $37 is way cool! Below are some of my sales. I am taking a break starting this weekend though because I am busy getting my airbnb venture up and running for Summer, large part of it inspired by you guys! Thanks :-) ebay sales video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAggOaGDIWE
A couple of my best recent sales:http://www.ebay.com/itm/Texas-Instruments-TI-nSpire-CX-Color-Graphing-Calculator-Software-PC-Mac-/262433558552?rd=1Bought the calculator at Walmart for $25 on clearance. After I found it randomly in the clearance aisle, I desperately searched the entire store for more. No luck though.http://www.ebay.com/itm/Rare-Vintage-G-H-BASS-SPORTOCASIN-Size-11-E-original-V-nail-heel-/262466418866?rd=1I had an offer on these literally within a minute of listing. I held out as I felt confident in my price. Sold for full price the same evening I listed them. If you ever see old shoes with that v shaped nail, buy them!http://www.ebay.com/itm/Adidas-T-Mac-6-VI-Size-10-2006-RARE-/262466435664?rd=1Apparently Tracy McGrady has a HUGE fan following in China. I'm talking Michael Jordan level fandom. Sold these for full price within a day to a person in Ohio with an Asian name. I had to scrub the tar out of these as they were pretty dirty. It was worth it.http://www.ebay.com/itm/90s-CHAMPION-1996-USA-OLYMPIC-BASKETBALL-DREAM-TEAM-WINDBREAKER-JACKET-MEDIUM-/262445958425?rd=1I talked about this one at the beginning of the week. This jacket is so awesome. I got this at goodwill on one of those oddball trips where I only had 5 minutes but stopped anyways because I had a good feeling something good was there. It caught my eye just as I was walking out the door. My thrift sixth sense was correct!
Awesome sales... on the shoes, what is that v nail heel? Does it serve a specific purpose or is it just for show or a calling card of that brand?
It is basically a cleat that inhibits premature heel wear on the outside of the heel. This was before shoe makers started using rubber heels.
Man, I passed on an old pair of wingtips, can't remember the brand, that had one of those v nails in the heal because they looked pretty worn. Guess I should have taken a chance on them anyway.
We had our best week EVER! Here is our what sold video and numbers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LRVSaGdNjUItems sold: 14Gross Sales: $413.09Average Sale: $29.51COGS: 14.00Currently we have 832 items listed in our store
Why thank you!!! :P
I just got my what I sold in May video up. Would have been more, but I was in the hospital overnight and not feeling well for almost a week of May. Still, my highest sale was $150 for something I had around the house.https://youtu.be/Xng5uvIqjVQ
Thanks Jennifer. I hope you let us know how your experiment goes. I did something similar but I never went into it full bore like you are and couldn't really get a sense of whether it made a difference or not but I did enjoy it regardless.
Unless I have a miracle 2nd half of the week, this is shaping up to be my worst week ever. I haven't even broken 100 dollars. And worse I expect a return on one item. Man I wish I had a secondary income on weeks like this but I'm pouring all of my cash into trying to keep eBay stable.
How many items do you have in-store, and what types of items are they? If you post a link to your shop, maybe the SL community could put its heads together for helpful recommendations. That said, it's a slow time of year... so just keep loading up the store for the fall.
What sold this week...https://youtu.be/fLk1Gc789Bg
I enjoyed your video Steven. Lots of interesting items in there.
Thanks for the info on the album sale and packaging, Steven. I have many LP's from my husband's collection that have seemed somewhat daunting to sell, but now I'm motivated. And, of course, LOVED the puppy nap-time footage!
Great stuff as usual, Steven. Very smart to put in key words on the collie puzzle to make yours stand out from the pack (ha!). I love that yours was higher priced than others out there and yet sold before they did.
Thanks. I love hearing about the electronics you sell. And I want to reincarnate as one of your puppy dogs!
Steven, love selling records - 15x-20x+ return! Quick tip - while the way you're shipping albums is great and probably the most protective, it might also be a bit overkill to remove the vinyl from the sleeve and package separately. When I sell albums, I keep the vinyl in the inner & outer sleeve then put everything in a polypropylene sleeve for protection (http://www.ebay.com/itm/181636336765) and then into one of those LP boxes that you show in the video (http://www.ebay.com/itm/181100531502).
I need some input. I want to list a Sony Handycam, clearly marked as "not tested" and "you are buying it as is" since I don't have a working battery or charger. I don't want to list it "For Parts," though, since it may be perfectly fine. Who is responsible for shipping charges if the buyer finds that it actually does not work and wants to return it? Naturally, I'd accept the return with a refund, but I don't want to pay the shipping to or from. Any thoughts?
I've sold plenty of untested electronics. Just roll with it and say it is untested and as-is. If it don't work and the buyer presses the issue, just let the buyer keep it and refund them. Why would you want it back? It's a risk you take. If you aren't willing to take that risk, then list it for parts.
I think if you want to list it in as is/untested condition and not expect a return, you need to list it as parts.. That way the buyer accepts the risk that it may or may not work. The alternative is to find a way to test it. Imagine you are the buyer reading your own listing. What would you expect?
My long national nightmare is over--4 sales on ebay since yesterday, LOL. Fairly uninteresting items, but still a sale is a sale. I got off my high horse and listed some stuff I knew would sell--ala J&R I had a stack of military combat slacks in my death pile and started listing them, and 2 pair sold yesterday...
Glad to hear your dry spell is over!!
pair #3 of the combat pants just sold, LOL, I have a few more pairs to list fortunately.
so odd, but I have had several sales over the last 2 days...I kept listing through the drought so take heart peeps if sales aren't going well. I was giving a pep talk to a friend last night who has a very small store, she is getting discouraged and doesn't feel like listing, but I emphasized to her that it is the only way out of a slow period.
I cannot stress enough about eBay being a numbers game. People with inventory under 300 items simply cannot expect to have daily sales. UNLESS they are selling quality stuff really cheap or just awesome scavengers who find very sought after items. We have no secret to being successful. We simply list like crazy because we never know what will sell when.
I'm finding this to be totally true. As we approached 500 we started averaging about 1 sale a day. We are now at 565 and are selling 2+ items every day: 15 items in the past 6 days, 49 items in the last month, 125 in last 90 days.We're having a tough time getting to 600 due to continuous sales. We sold a pair of ski gloves to someone in Florida recently!Also, I'm focusing more on FBA listing and shipping for the upcoming textbook season (August-September), leaving my wife to most of the eBay listing right now. That is also slowing the eBay listing process.Now that we see the "magic" 500 number is holding true for our business, we're pushing for 750 and then 1000!
Love the Vans..so cool. I have a pair of those gloves, VTG new in package that have been sitting for 2 years (priced less than yours) LOLBTW, Craigslist Hunter just found out that last year Goodwill was making their managers watch his videos to educate them on prices. Interesting. I wrote about it (here) if you guys are interested.
Hi Omfug, You might have missed my response to you last post because it was pretty late, but if you click back, I was right. ;)
I had a super interesting sale last week. I went to an estate sale at a hoarder type house, but unfortunately the relative holding the sale was a dealer of some kind, so I didn't get everything I wanted and felt like I paid too much for what I got. However, one item I picked up was a book from the 1930s with wooden covers - Bar-o-scope, a book of zodiac themed cocktail recipes. I thought it was super cool, with drawings and odd poems based on the horoscope, so I paid around $8 for it.There was nothing like it on ebay, and a google search turned up one copy in mint condition at an antiquarian book site for $750! Mine was far from mint, so i put it up for $350 best offer. It sold for full price to someone in England and made the month of May my best month ever. http://www.ebay.com/itm/311614663926
Cool. I love stories like that. Nice.
Love it! Totally something I'd have passed over at a sale because of the writing & damage. Thank you!
Old cocktail related items are definitely a BOLO
I often feel I've paid too much at estate sales but usually one of the items ends up selling for way more than I had estimated. It kind of evens things out.
that is an awesome item. but i'd even hesitate at paying $8 for it! great sale.
We currently have 840 items listed in our store. I work full time and my beautiful wife home schools our children. We want to get up to 1200 listings before Q4, do you think that is possible or am I dreaming?
Totally depends on how much time you're willing to put into it to keep your sanity. I work full time much like you and there's no way I can list 10-20 items per day, but that's me. If you can find the time and list ~450 items (assuming you sell about 100 items in Q3) over the course of the next 15 weeks (~30 per week) you'll get there. Perhaps break it down to smaller goals that ladder up to the larger goal? Does 30 per week sound reasonable? If so, you'll get there. Could you crush it over the slower summer months and do 50 per week so that you could hit your goals in less time?
Don't know how many items you sell daily/weekly but you would only need to list around 3 additional items per day to hit 1200 by Oct 1. (The math works out at 3.18 items, but catch up by listing an extra one every several days.) If you sell 3 items a day you would need to list 6 items, sell 4, list 7 and so on. Just set a reasonable goal and make it happen. I know I can't list 50 items a day so I list 5 items daily because that is all that I can manage with everything else I have to do but I am slowly increasing my total store count. Slow and steady ...just like the tortoise.
Sounds like a familiar story. Next you'll tell me you're also an engineer. LolI do listing at breaks and lunch while at work. Everyone at work knows I do ebay, so its no big deal for them to see me bring a bag of shoes to my desk at lunch.
RetroT - I have a similar story. I get on an early bus to work but instead of going into the office I usually head to a coffee shop and list some items. Even listing a handful of items a day during the week can really add up.
We had someone using our photos for their listings before, but they were never a customer. We contacted ebay and they removed the listings because it was not a picture of their actual product and would be misleading to the customer. You don't know if that system is still in the same condition as when you sold it. If a customer buys it they might be receiving something entirely different than what is being shown. Also a customer might remember your voice and coming across one of your listings purchase someone else's item over yours because they had a bad experience with the seller who is using your video/pictures. You worked hard to find the item,clean it,picture/video it make them do the same!
I think I'm flattered. The guy that paid $2000 for a turntable last March has it listed for $2849 and has copied and pasted my listing, even the video and photos.http://www.ebay.com/itm/Empire-208-298-Turntable-techniques-Original-98-Tone-Arm-Stanton-681-record-play-/111995772450?hash=item1a1377de22:g:eNIAAOSwwpdW8fqr
Are you cool with it since you got your money or are you going to report it? Maybe you should offer him $1500? :)
you should report them. not cool.
I wouldn't care Steve--you made your money, maybe he will make some, I wouldn't concern myself with it, now if he had fleeced you (bought it for $50 and relisted at that price, I would be pissed, but at myself for not doing due diligence, not the buyer--you set your price. We sellers are only stops on a food chain is my opinion.)
i dont think it matters if he's trying to resell it, that's his business. but he's using your photos and your video which is not cool.
He probably stole your stuff because he never even opened the box. So assume he's also stealing your impeccable shipping work too.
I agree with Ryanne.. re-using your video and photos not cool. I agree with her, report him to Ebay and YouTube also. Being an artist, print maker and former art school teacher, and advocate of copy right protection of performing and visual artists. I would also send him an itemized invoice that read something like this, Professional use of and/or Appearance of Male Model Hands and Arms for Product demonstration purposes, quantity of two appearances at min. charge of $500 per appearance, use of male model voice over for product description at $500 per occurrence, prop and furniture rental, $250 one time charge, studio space rental and product lighting at $1,000 minimum, license and copy right release $1,000. Total due = $3,750 Due Upon Receipt. If not paid within 15 days of this invoice, will be turned over for collections. While I jest above, but only slightly, Ryanne & Jay are in the media business and think they understand what I am talking about. Visual and Performing artist get ripped off all the time and it is hard to protect your rights, but my point is you are the creator of that video and everything that went into that visual time frame, be it sound, lighting, product placement and staging, editing, voice over, even the use of your extension cords and electricity. The reselling is perfectly fine, but he needs to create his own listing and marketing presentation not plagiarize yours ... but again on SL we do admit that we only put forth our opinions.mike in Atlanta
If you can, rickroll him. Change the video.
Ha. I was going to make the same suggestion if he's just hot linking to your original video. Just change out the video on Youtube.
+1 for anon :) Yeah, change out the video to just you saying "hey bro, stop stealing my video". https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/55770?hl=en
That would be a hoot. Change it to a video of some wierd or off the wall item. He may not even notice. A video of used tires for sale or something.
you cant change out a video on youtube. although you might be able to use the youtube editor to splice in a rickroll clip...
can't Steve just delete the video from youtube? I didn't process that the guy stole Steve's entire listing, photos, etc. Personally I am pretty chill and it wouldn't bother me, but i understand others getting ticked off about it, I might email the guy and ask him to remove my media.
yes he could delete it (a bummer to not have that as an archive though) or set it to private until he takes it down.
I personally don't care after mine sold but if mines still for sale I'd be aggravated by it. And sometimes eBay just won't make them take it down even if they say they will. Happened to me a lot back in the day when I photoshopped my pics more. My thing is using someone else's video or pics is a risk because flaws will be different. And if their all the same steal a Google stock photo not an eBay user who will bust you. I have taken another YouTubers video to show how something functions but I make sure I state it's not mine.
I'm not really too bothered by it. I did however change the video to unlisted. I can't tell if that worked or not, I can still view it in his listing but maybe that's because it's my video.
FYI the video works for me when I checked out this guy's listing.
steve, you have to set it to Private. unlisted means you can't find it if you search Youtube, but anyone with a link/embed code can still use it.
AnonymousJune 10, 2016 at 11:04 AMWe had someone using our photos for their listings before, but they were never a customer. We contacted ebay and they removed the listings because it was not a picture of their actual product and would be misleading to the customer. You don't know if that system is still in the same condition as when you sold it. If a customer buys it they might be receiving something entirely different than what is being shown. Also a customer might remember your voice and coming across one of your listings purchase someone else's item over yours because they had a bad experience with the seller who is using your video/pictures. You worked hard to find the item,clean it,picture/video it make them do the same!
There is a lot of software out there that lets you record youtube videos. If you want to keep the video for posterity and erase it, you can record it first, then delete it so the guy can't link to it anymore. I would do it on principle and email the guy that what he is doing is considered slimy and unethical. It's funny, this is exactly the kind of small thing people love to sink their teeth into and spend a lot of time getting angry about, especially because you do have the high-ground and it seems like a winnable fight. In reality, it's probably just a waste of time and your approach is probably better in the big picture.
hahaha, so the video is now set to private and can no longer be seen!
Need help with a return here...I sold a piece of software for $30 to someone that indicated it didn't work and asked for a return. I said sure, and paid for the return shipping for it through Ebay returns. I received the software back today and it arrived in a broken case with manuals. I did not ship the software in a broken case, and I did not list or indicate it as having manuals. The buyer obviously pulled a switcheroo. How should I go about defending myself to Ebay over this? I sometimes let stuff like this slide when it's $10 or $20, but $30 is a little too much to just eat it.Thanks!
I'd love to hear from sellers here who deal in video games and software. One reason why we don't scavenge these items are for the reason you're describing.If you go on https://www.reddit.com/r/Flipping/, there are many threads about buyers returning software after having used the code. Or like in your case, returning a different and more damaged disc. All you can do is call eBay and see what they say. It's your word against theirs at this point.
Can't you just do ye ol' sold-as-is-no-returns?
It was listed as no returns. It really doesn't matter if you indicate no returns. "Defective" always trumps no returns.Yeah, I don't like dealing with software normally, but I always buy them when I stumble upon them cheaply. I've overall made more money than I've lost, but it really is an additional unnecessary headache a lot of the time. I have a feeling I'll end up eating this. I've put in a claim that it was received in a different condition than shipped. I'll keep you updated with Ebay's response.
That sucks - but it is kind of funny they sent you their manuals. Maybe they're worth something (?). Reading other people's experiences with software, I'm still on the fence about selling it too. I do get the feeling returns are still low, maybe just not relatively speaking...Well, good luck! May the capricious ebay gods smile upon you!
Ebay found in the favor of the buyer due to it just being returned. That's it. They acknowledged that the case was broken, and didn't even bother to say anything about the inclusion of the manuals. I expected that this would happen, so I'm not even angry about it. I'm just going to throw out the discs and manuals (worthless), move on and list other stuff.
This reminds me of an email we just got from Amazon. We complained about a customer returning a brand new item as "defective" so they wouldn't have to pay for shipping. The message is long, but clearly states that Amazon just accepts it as part of us doing business. They even put a number on how many "defective" returns we should except.This is eBay's competition. ----------------------------------------Why do we accept Customer Returns?----------------------------------------I understand your next question would be why we accept customer damaged returns to begin with. We believe that making exceptions in instances like these are a small sacrifice keeping in mind the future. One of the most attractive selling points of our business is our returns policy and as returns are a general part of business, we believe that making exceptions in these instances is a crucial element in promoting growth for you and us in partnership.Keeping in mind the millions of sales that happen for our sellers each month, in comparison, it is seldom that customer returns are received in a conditions where the items are actually damaged or used.Say, in comparison to 2000 orders being placed in a month, having a returns number of 40 orders is a high number, but it is a sacrifice that we at Amazon take for our orders and we hope that sellers understand as well. Keeping buyers satisfied and letting them know we have a friendly returns system keeps bringing them back to place more orders.I understand that some buyers may see our friendly system as an easy escape to having a one time use for a product and then return it for a full refund. We have worked thoroughly on our returns and refunds policy such that we have kept in mind both you, our sellers and our buyers well being. We do have a Buyer Violations team who works behind the scenes, monitoring the millions of buyers and their activities. They work by spotting buyer patterns and behaviors that show suspicious activity.At this point, we hope that you can understand how we have framed our returns policy. We believe small sacrifices are a stepping stone to bigger success in the future. Almost all our sellers agree as they have personally witnessed growth in their sales once they realized that the number of returns is greatly out weighed by the growth in sales.Please know that we strive to put in our best to help sellers make selling a better experience, however there are situations where we have to express our inability to meet your requirements and expectations wholeheartedly.Also, please be informed that, we refunded the buyer in this case because we believe that customer satisfaction is a key element of business strategy. When a brand has loyal customer, it gains positive word mouth marketing which is both free and highly effective. In this case the buyer will spread positive word mouth for you and this will increase your sale and you gain lot of new customers because of this. Also highly satisfied customers are more forgiving.Hence, we insist our sellers to create a removal order and receive the units. You can change the outer packaging of the product and ship the units back to our fulfillment center or list it in a different condition depending on the situation.
My take is, Amazon is a store you work for, eBay is a mall you have a store in. I'm so glad you and Ryanne have done this Amazon experiment, I no longer feel that I'm under using the Internet sales tools available.
I am so not surprised that Amazon gave that excuse to you. At least with Ebay you sometimes have a chance to fight back. It's just not worth it with Amazon. They are always right, the customer is always right, period.
Steven, I don't see the difference. If we're selling on ebay (and using paypal to do it) and relying on them for a substantial part of our income, we work for them. We don't own any of the company, we have no say in how they run their business, no control over how much they charge us, we're responsible for our own healthcare, retirement, and they can "fire" us anytime.I'm not "yelling" this, just stating how I see it.
I don't understand what to do in this situation:Buyer from Norway wants my $12 item that I ship first class and free shipping. I have Global Shipping enabled on all of my items. Do I pay the international shipping cost or just the cost to the shipping center in Kentucky? If the later, doesn't eBay tell the buyer how much it would be to ship?I didn't realize it, but I sold said item to a customer and so far have only paid the shipping to the KY center.I have another customer for a different item and is asking me how much shipping is again to Norway. If I do have to pay for Kentucky and to Norway I don't want to offer free shipping internationally.
There's a way they can see the shipping that ebay will charge and their country's estimated import charges. In your listing, next to "SHIPPING" click on "SEE DETAILS".Using the pull down, the country can be selected and I think all charges will be displayed, but I think they are ESTIMATED, but hopefully will be close.
I have also wondered how the GSP works if you offer free shipping on something. I always assumed it would just be free shipping to KY, but I don't offer free shipping on anything so I never pursued an answer.
With the Global shipping you are only dealing with getting it to Kentucky. If you offer free shipping, you are only shipping it to Kentucky for free. You never see any of the shipping money, except the portion to ship it to Kentucky.
If you have GPS enabled, I don;t think any free shipping comes into play. "Free shipping" only applies to domestic sales. I'd call eBay to double check.For GPS sales, the buyer is shown all costs upfront. That's the whole point. They see the cost of shipping plus all the costs of their country's taxes and duties.
Thanks guys. So if someone overseas messages me about shipping before buying, I don't need to manually take free shipping off so that they pay the shipping. It looks like I would pay my $3.40 to Kentucky and the buyer pays the rest to their location.
That seems to be the consensus. You can always call ebay to be 100% sure. Just remember when someone asks you how much to their country, tell them the total price they see is an estimate. Also, way back, when I was figuring out the GSP and reading the fine print, ebay said the customer can't see the total estimate until the checkout screen. In other words, I'm wondering if clicking on "details" or the shipping tab shows them all the costs. Does anyone know if that has changed? This is probably in shipping nerd territory... ;) I have a note in all of my listings to international customers about GSP stating they will see an estimate of their total charges at checkout and that GSP may be a little more but it provides more protection for buyer and seller. Interestingly, a person from Australia just asked if I could ship outside the GSP. I said no and gave him the reasons I just stated. He wrote back and said he understood and didn't really have a problem with GSP - but he didn't buy the item because the cost was ridiculous. He chalked that up to the relatively low value of the aussie dollar at the moment too. They were riding high for a few years after the crash. Their economy was chugging along (mostly thanks to China) and the aussie dollar was higher than it ever had been (I think. Anyway, it was super high against the US dollar). Now, China's growth has slowed considerably and the aussie dollar has gone back to "normal." That being said, I seem to have had a slight pick-up in sales to Australia lately.
Stumped on art research. For $19.99 I bought an amazing oil painting, extremely well done even to my untrained eye. My husband wants it gone. It looks extremely similar to this:http://www.niceartgallery.com/John-Frederick-Herring-Snr/A-Doe-Rabbit-and-her-three-young%2C-1851.htmlIt is signed "Scot". I did a reverse image search, looked at all of this artists works, etc. Does anyone have a resource at an auction house where you can email photos or check to see if an artist had other signatures? Thanks.
Christine,There is a subreddit called WhatIsThisPainting. A few weeks ago I posted one and someone recognized the artist. I put the pictures on imgur and linked to them on Reddit. I'm sorry I don't have a link for you, just reddit.com I think. Good luck!
all first class auction houses, Bonhams, Southebys, etc. will look at jpegs of paintings, if it something that they can sell the will email you right away, if the value is not high they won't reply (I give them a week to reply. Go to the auction house website and look for the link to the painting dept and follow instructions.
wrong spelling on sotheby's, LOL here is their link for buying and selling at auction, http://www.sothebys.com/en/buysell/overview.html
Thanks ladies! You can commission a replica of this painter's works, but I can't find this exact one even on the painter's website. He also had family members who copied him, but no one named Scot unless it was a son-in-law. I'll try these ideas.
Can we see a pic of yours instead? I too have a mystery painting I'm trying to figure out but mine is made of glazed sand on a white material I can't figure out.
Christine, is the signature similar to this one?http://www.auctionzip.com/auction-lot/lot_BB045AFAA4What is the apparent age of the canvas, framing materials, etc.? Is the canvas stapled or nailed to the stretchers? A picture would be super-helpful in nailing down this artist.
Hi All, I think I was able to get these photos public. https://www.pinterest.com/g00dthings/rabbit-painting/The canvas is stapled. It doesn't look old enough to be by John-Frederick-Herring even if it was reframed but is very, very similar in subject matter to several of his famous rabbit paintings. I think his son also produced another similar one. If anyone has a suggested opening price, I'm all ears.
I also picked up this large piece this week for $8. LOL I think it's a signed lithograph not painted. http://images.arcadja.com/fiume_laura-tigre_et_papillon~OMff9300~10634_20120624_19428_227.jpgLOL - I don't know what I'm doing but I just can't leave these things behind.
Hi, Christine!In my opinion (which is a totally amateur opinion, of course), the painting you have is some sort of factory painting or mall art, or perhaps a student piece, intended to be in the manner of John Frederick Herring; in all likelihood it has no actual connection to Herring himself. That's just a gut feeling, based on the apparent age of the piece, elements of the painting vs. the Herrings painting (the wood grain background and grass/flowers just feel all wrong, the architecture/form/perspective on the bowl is kind of strange, the feeling of the light in the Scot painting is inferior.) I feel like in the Herring piece, there's an actual palpable feeling about the rabbits, and an actual sense of the space that the rabbits are in, that's missing in the Scot piece. Again, I could be wrong & would love to hear if other people agree/disagree with these thoughts. I think the Scot painting is certainly salable but I don't think it's right for Sotheby's, etc. The Laura Fiume lithograph is currently on eBay, so maybe watch it and see what happens? (Unless that's your copy!) :-)
Thanks Kate. The lighting in my room is terrible, but I do agree. Only the son did a wood plank background I believe. In any case, I think it is modern tribute to the artist. My Fiume piece (unlisted) has some dirt markings on the border and I'm not sure what to knock off for that. Pricing art seems challenging to me, but though I don't use best offer often, I think these items are well suited for that approach. Thanks again for your input!
I agree with Kate that the rabbit painting is modern, but is attractive nevertheless, I would price it at $125 with BO (there are rabbit collectors that will probably love it.)
Reddit: "I'd put money on this being a recent Chinese import. They are doing a lot of Western-style oil paintings, signed with Western names." If this person is correct, that might explain the weird spelling of Scot (no second t).
I think I just got burned by a seller. Bought some boots. It turns out they don't have insoles (or whatever that piece is called that connects with the bottom of your foot). They had pictures of almost every angle of the boots, but not the inside. They also "don't take returns." I sent them a message stating that they came with the insoles ripped out. I didn't ask for anything because 1: I want to see if they respond and 2: I don't know how much it will cost to have insoles put into leather work boots. I actually bought some of those cushioned insoles, but it's still like walking on concrete. So, now I'm out even more money.I want to believe it was a mistake, but they sell in volume, don't offer returns, don't leave feedback, and the way they worded their note to buyers seems a little sketchy. We'll see what happens. They are selling expensive vintage from a metropolis, so I'm extra interested to see how they handle it. I'm pissed off about the boots, but I'm trying to just see it as an interesting fellow ebay seller study.
They replied within three hours and offered to buy the insoles or pay for the return, so, it was a mistake and they handled it correctly. I say that's a win for the sellers.
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Good for them--take it to a shoe repair, get the insoles replaced and send the bill to the seller. BTW, there really is no such thing as "no returns" especially on items missing information such as your boots you could have filed a not as described case, but you did the appropriate thing by giving the seller a chance to make it right--so kudos.
They handled it perfectly. Makes us all look good.
Has anyone thought of creating a niche store? I have a regular store but I'm thinking about opening a 2nd store focused on a type of item or focal point. Like hats or owls or whatever. My goal is to have repeat buyers who are into that thing or buyers who will buy multiple things. And I'm not sure if I want to start with stuff I already gave or go shopping for a new niche.
You don't really need another store. You can just design your store front and spotlight those products. Take full advantage of your store categorizing and organization. Most people don't. I know I don't.
It could be good if you are deep into a niche (like stamps or cards or collectible paper or whatever) and also sell misc junk on the side. People might prefer not to have old shirts mixed into your store with 5000 postcards.I wouldn't waste too much time on it if you only have 50 hats or whatever.
If you've got a smaller number of related items, such as the 50 hats bookseller mentioned, you might want to try creating a "collection" instead of a new store, easy and quick to do, allows you to put related items together.
Need a little help dating Ralph Lauren labels since I'm a clothing moron. I believe the white one is 1990's (copyright does say 1991, but...) and the second one is maybe 2000's era? Thanks. http://imgur.com/a/xRdLD
I'm clothing & label ignorant too, but there are some great sites out there that show examples of labels from various decades. These might be able to help you out:http://vintagefashionguild.org/labels/http://vintagefashionguild.org/label-resource/lauren-ralph/
This is a fantastic resource! Thanks!
Yeah, it's one of my go-tos, always bookmarked for when I see interesting clothes.
Thanks for the reply. Good site.
I often use the Vintage Fashion Guild site as a starting point, as well. Just be forewarned that it's not gospel. Different members submit their label photos along with the date they've assigned to the item bearing that label, so there's some subjectivity and guesswork involved. Over the years, it has come up on other forums that they're not all accurate. Still a very good resource, though, and a great addition to a clothing seller's research arsenal.
deb truervalues -Hi Picker- Since the mid 90s, clothing HAS to have fabric content, and country of manufacture. If not, pretty sure it's vintage. Closest decade is OK. after after 2000's, I don't date things.Quick Guide to eras30's - muted colors Art Deco Nouveau - small tucks, 40s- Bright colors --lots of florals50's Muted, grayed out colors, atomic. skirts and dresses-gathered and pleated60's Pastels- straight, boxy clothing - pill box hats. Google Jackie O as first lady wardrobe70's avocado/gold/orange - a line, mod, op art - daisies 80's think big hair - fitness- high thighs - leggings - suzanne sommers90's more relaxed -denim- color block
Thanks for the reply deb, appreciate the info.
deb truervaluesTwo recent blog comments got me analyzing my store this morning:1) Someone said they source mainstream sizes: In my store, XL sizes sell WAY faster than mid-range sizes in the following ratios: XL-- 1/5 in my store, or 20% of what was listed in that size range, 2X-- 1/3--30%;3X-- 1/3--30%; 4X and above-- 1 out of 2,or 50% of what I listed. 61% of all sales were XL or above. S M L sizes were only 39% of sales. Furthermore, the XL+ sizes are only 10% of my total clothing inventory. In other words, more than ½ of my clothing sales come from 10% of my stock!!! This is very eye opening, to say the least.2) Someone commented that they stay away from red. I looked at colors that sell best - in all categories. I was surprised to find that 23% of all my clothing and home decor sales were blue - almost 1/4. Next highest sales colors were Natural Earth tones, and Pink. Lowest sales colors were White, red, yellow, gray, orange. Mid-range colors were black and green. That being said, I am mindful that colors change in popularity all the time, Armed with this info, I will be sourcing differently--I am hoping that my inventory will turn over faster.
Good stuff... love digging in to the numbers! Do you have any analysis or insight as to why this is? In my head, bullet 1 about larger sizes selling better is that they may be harder to find... I'm an XL and often times when I go to a store I can only find mediums. Or is it that someone who is 3X, 4X, etc might not want to shop for clothes out because of whatever stigma or judgement might be attached to it? Don't know, just some hunches. As for the color thing, yeah, I believe that would be trends as you mentioned - although I would think red would be a color that wasn't effected by trends like that.
deb - Hi Brian - I agree with your theories about plus sizes. I would add this thought. Being a plus size myself, I noticed that stores charge more for them as opposed to regular sizes....You can get good deals on ebay.As to color - I never thought about it until the comment on SL. But I have an entire bin of red stuff that hasn't sold....aaah, I just bought a red nike windbreaker the other day....we'll see how it goes! But it IS an XL, so It may sell fast.
For clothing, I am not a huge fan of red or orange, but housewares are different I think--orange is a very popular color in things like pillows, or kitchen items etc. I just sold a pair of salt and pepper mills in orange, that color provides a pop of color in the home decor.
Personally, I like to wear red but I shy away from buying it because it's always a struggle to get the color true in my photos. If it's something that'll sell for $50+, I'm willing to put in the time it takes to mess with it, but not for a $20-$30 sale.
deb truer valuesHi Sue - Right you are! Orange in housewares, esp kitchen sells well. Hard to find, though....thinking my numbers are a bit skewed because some colors are hard to source. Found a beautiful vintage double deck cake and pie carrier today, in that lovely burnt orange. It was in perfect condition. Didn't get it because they wanted $20 firm. You can't get much more for it than that anyway, so I passed on it.
I tend to avoid white because there is always a stain I can't see in the store but when I am photographing!
Jay and Ryan, I am a few episodes behind and I just heard a caller describe why puzzles are bought. You had a brief discussion and still were asking why a customer would buy a certain one. Here is a reason. The size and number of pieces.My Father is 87 years old and likes to put them together. If the pieces are too many and too small to handle for old hands, he can’t do them. There is a specific type we look for (he really doesn’t care too much what the picture is of). I would pay $30 for these puzzles if I could find them. The ones I look for are not being produced any more. So there is a reason someone would buy an older one vs just going out and buying a new one.
Thanks for this info. It seems many others have said the same thing. The puzzle is for an older relative so price doesn't matter. Makes sense. A good example that many purchases on eBay are not logical but emotional.
Would you mind sharing what kind of puzzles you look for?
Has anyone had an Item removed for being a restricted Item that clearly wasn't? I just had a pair of USMC marpat camo pants removed as being a Knives, Firearms/ restricted item. I called eBay and they were really no help in clearing up the issue, I have sold a lot of these on eBay.. and I believe it was kind of mistake.. Yet she kept dining for a reason under Military Police uniforms.. .. This is not MP issue pants.. They are standard USMC came pants that anyone can buy online.. .. Just wondering if anyone has had an item removed that they felt was not in policy violation.. I have sold a lot of Camo and Military stuff.. so it leaves me confused..
We've had military surplus removed for weird reasons. If we feel it was just a bot that made a mistake, we just relist using different search terms so it won;t get flagged again.
Does anyone check their sales reports plus? It gives out a lot of useful info and goes back 2 years. You can see sales for a week or a month, Ave price sold, sell thru rate, etc. It's under subscriptions if anyone needs help finding it. On a not as cool note, my mail person keeps leaving my pkgs outside of my mailbox. Lazy carrier. My mail box is on a wood structure with my next door neighbors mailbox and she just leaves the packages on the wood between the two or on the ground. It's shocking I haven't had them taken yet by someone turning around as cars often do in front of my house. Funny story but the road crew actually knocked over our mailboxes once and my old man neighbor made them go to Lowe's and rebuild his structure back exactly as he had it lol. Flower box and all. Dead slow eBay week too
Anyone know anything about victrola records?
I went to a toy show today and bought a few little things. There's great potential at those places if you know what you're looking for or if you can find a stand with prices listed so you don't have to keep asking about everything. It's crazy how much money people spend to make money. One guy said he spends 150,000 a year on trading cards to resell.