Got a message from eBay this morning stating that a listing has been ended "due to a bug in the system." First time I've seen it. Anyone else ever get one? I was able to go into my unsold items and relist, so it wasn't too much of a hassle.
Great items...especially selling to someone who reads the blog! I just purchased a number of items from an online estate sale. Unfortunately, I couldn't preview anything before I bid. However, I got some pretty cool stuff. One is two complete army uniforms from the 1950s both complete with jackets (with patches), hats and pants. In looking at listings on eBay, I am surprised at how little complete uniforms are going for (under $100 and more commonly under $50). Would it be better for me to sell the items individually to get more bang for my buck? I only paid $18 for two 1950s military uniforms, a 1940 wedding dress and a 1950s football uniform, so I will at least make up for what I paid. Any advice on selling as a whole or individually?
Since I didn't receive any suggestions, I posted both uniforms as a set (pants, Ike jacket and hat). I listed for around $80 OBO. We'll see. So far, not a lot of views, but just waiting for that special someone to come along.
Strange thing: since you came back from Bend Or I have sold 2 0r 3 items to people there?? Been on ebay for 17 years check out my store junkpickersbarn. I sell to supplement my retirement income. And you guys give more help and inspiration to sellers then all of ebay and youtube combined. well ther's my 2 cents worth gotta go and wash my hair and have a drink! Thanks
Another no pick up day. Another note telling telling me to leave them outside of the front door. Another call to the post office to complain. Another Empty promise that the message will be passed along to the manager who seems to never be there. Another time consuming trip to drop off my packages. And another update on here. Frustrating. I did mention my supplies coming in and the lady I spoke with said it's illegal for her to just leave them at the bottom of my driveway. So this should be interesting to see what she actually does with my packages coming in. I hope it's raining that day so I can complain even more to her boss. The thing is I'll never know if it gets fixed or not because she's a fill in so I don't know on what days shes working. Anyway, I won't post anymore about this until the final conclusion happens as to not bring the mood down. It does help having people who understand the pain though.
This is what you do. Go into the Post Office and ask for the name and number of the POOM (call it that, because they will know what you are talking about...pronounced POOOOOM as in cool) which stands of Post Office Operation Manager. Don't eave without either that person's name and phone number of leaving your name and phone number for that person to call you. Tell them you want a call back within the next two business days. The POOM is the Postmaster's supervisor and most Postmasters are fearful of the POOM being called. If that alone doesn't fix it, I guarantee the POOM will.
I had a problem this year with the tracking of my packages. It turns out that the pickups and drop offs were being scanned, but the scans were not being uploaded to USPS.com, which is where we and Ebay see them. It took a few phone calls, but eventually they got it right. The hard part was determining the cause of scans not showing.In my area, not all of the mail personnel scan all of the pickups. This is most problematic with the fill ins. now I include a note to scan all pickups with my pickup request on the computer. It shows up on their print out. So far so good.When I called and talked to the supervisor, she told me they don't always get scanned. I asked her what her policy was, so that I could come up with a solution. I now have a new delivery guy and he's with the program. life is good again.I found that getting angry or emotional solved nothing for me. when dealing with them, you have to be calm and reasonable and almost pretend you are calling on behalf of a friend. If my scanning issues were not resolved, I was going to just changed my handling time and plan on going to the post office a couple of times a week. After all, where else are you going to get small packages delivered for $2.60 to $3.50 each.Keep trying to fix it, but don't let it drive you crazy. Believe me, no one at the Post Office is losing sleep over it.
Another tip, perhaps create a SCAN sheet for them if you have a lot of items - it lets them know you're trying to help them out/make their like easier.
There was a late post on the last thread about taxes and "true" profit after expenses. In addition to things like COGS does anybody else on here try to track their profit margin? I try to do this in a spreadsheet using things like COGS, estimated eBay and PayPal fees and shipping costs. My spreadsheet is definitely not 100% accurate but I estimate an average profit margin of about 60%.
Hello, let me start by saying I have no affiliation with this product other than I use it and love it. I purchased a spread sheet off of ebay that does exactly what your asking for. It works great! It will go on line and pull your ebay statisics such as what sold, when, how much the person paid, it pulls your actual FVF, shipping costs paid, all fees paid and more. Gives you reports on your profits and ROI and lots more. There is only 1 thing you have to enter into this spreadsheet and that is your cost for the item. It also has an inventory section that tracks all your inventory too. (You do have to enter your inventory info if you want to use that section). It has to many features to list here. Only costs $49.95! I wouldn't be without it anymore. It's called "2016 Easy Auctions Tracker ULTIMATE Automated Excel Spreadsheet for eBay Sellers". Look it up on ebay and go to their website for a free trial download and try it out. I think you will like it.
I looked and that is quite an interesting spreadsheet and looks super easy to use. However, I'll just say that I like using GoDaddy Bookkeeping since it does all of that plus you can pull in other expenses like rents, supply costs, mileage, etc and then it will spit out a Schedule C for you to use during tax time. It's $99/year (which is deductible) that I think is well spent if your gross sales are higher than $20k.
(Sonia)I track average profit per item taking into account COGS, shipping, and ebay/ppal FV fees. I don't take into account store subscription fees or other expenses such as gas a shipping supplies. I don't do it as a percentage but just track the absolute value of the profit since that's what's most meaningful for my purposes. Right now for 2016 my average profit has just finally passed $14/item. This is after several months of avoiding sourcing low value items. So I'm hoping and planning for this upward trend to continue. I use my own spreadsheet.
I looked at the easy auctions tracker. Do you have to buy it every year? That seems to be what they're doing instead of a subscription. Not sure, it's not clear on their site. If you do have to "start over" every year, how would you look at long term figures?
Yes, you do have to purchase it every year, but they do give returning customers a discount ($10 off) for the next years Tracker. No way to do long term with this set up, You'd have to keep track yourself.
Hey, Thanks Dianne! On my last check of the comments before going to the new post I saw you replied to my question. Great! Good info. I have to say that is a deal-breaker. I understand why they're doing it, but any serious business would need to track year over year figures. I have reservations about godaddy, so I guess I will stick to my cobbled together simple "homemade" spreadsheet for now. If anyone feels like keeping this thread going, just comment on the newest post.
Robin from Batman card for $225http://www.ebay.com/itm/1966-Batman-2-Robin-Boy-Wonder-PSA-8-5-Rookie-RC-/151979159664Sold a ton of hats. A bunch over $40+http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Colonie-Garage-Casual-Trucker-Hat-Mens-One-Size-Fits-All-/151906465853http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-80s-Echo-First-Start-Trucker-Hat-Mens-One-Size-Fits-All-/161826264974http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-80s-Namark-Bilinskis-Trucker-Hat-Mens-One-Size-Fits-All-/151808683546Grump Sweater $40http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Disney-Classics-Grumpy-Crewneck-Sweater-Mens-Size-L-/162031095968Some weird workout thing for $15http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Bullworker-Patented-Power-Meter-Isometric-Strength-Trainer-/161875939026Polo blazer $40http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-90s-Polo-Ralph-Lauren-3-Button-Up-Blazer-Coat-Mens-Size-44L-/161751960702Press photo's from the dump $33 and $20http://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-Original-1994-Press-Photo-Depeche-Mode-English-Electric-Band-Dave-Gahan-/151929170499http://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-Original-Press-Photo-Apollonia-6-Rhythm-and-Blues-Trio-/161940270704
You're so lucky! I'd love to find a Talkboy. I got excited the second I saw it because I remember it from Home Alone. Also liked the boom box. I'm gonna have to figure out how to put a video on Ebay of something working.
Hey Steven! After seeing your video and your success with electronics, picked up this boombox at a sale for $10. Any tips on things to call out? I embedded a video of it working to hopefully drum up interest.http://www.ebay.com/itm/191884284412
One thing that I am starting to do with items that have sound or moving parts is to create and post a video of the item working. I bought a Mickey Mouse lamp for $5 that when you push a button, it turns off/on the lamp and says something. Once I posted the video, it sold within a week...there were others that had the original lampshade (mine didn't) but the grandma who bought it for her twin grandbabies bought it from me and has already left me positive feedback. I have a flip number alarm clock with a AM/FM radio and I am going to post a video of it working, too.
Totally agree. I did that with a few things so far - things that need to work, turn on/off, or that I need too many pictures for (had a huge large lot of fashion drawings from the 1960s that I made a video for and sold for over $200). I guess for this particular boombox, anything else to include in the video that what I did - I played a cassette, turned the radio on, showed that the battery compartment is clean, etc.
The video didn't show up on my iPad Brian. Are you using the YouTube video converter? http://www.isdntek.com/tagbot/YouTubeConverter.htmInclude recording from one tape to another with a double deck box.
I hate you Steven lol. Na, actually I'm super in awe of you. I wish I could ride along with you and learn what you know. My finds bring me that much profit. And Brian I'd like to see a sold video from you too :)
Steven, thanks for the tip... the video shows perfectly on desktop and I never checked on mobile. I'll use that converter and revise my listing.
Steven, Just curious, how many hours do you work per week on average?People are "in awe" of your picking skills, but I imagine you put some time in. It doesn't take anything away from your accomplishments, but I think you are in an amazing part of the country where things are still cheap and well-preserved. That doesn't hurt. Also, the knowledge of electronics people want comes from experience and interest. If they don't have real interest, they probably won't get much experience.Happy picking!
I feel like I'm on duty 9 to 5. During that time I scavenge, pack, research and list. I take a lot of breaks and linger over lunch for an hour. I feel like I'm on call at anytime though if something pops up on CL.Some days I may do more or less, it's the freedom that comes with this type of work. I've come to the conclusion that some areas are richer in treasure but have more hunters and some areas have fewer competitors but not quite so much good stuff, I'm in kind of a sweet spot. But it is also a matter of knowing what will sell for $75 or more and trusting that it will because those items are usually more than a couple bucks.
I'm hoping someone is up to answer this. My gsp mug arrived broken. Buyer started a return process. I approved it but now it's telling me to refund the buyer when I receive it. One I don't want a broken mug back, they can throw it away but I thought gsp handles all of this. What am I doing wrong here. Do I need to contact gsp?
I called eBay and she closed the case and said gsp should take care of it but I'm still not sure what I should have done step one in the event it happens again. Should I have approved her return? Hopefully everything will run smooth on this one. I've had a crappy problematic week. My funnest problem was a lady who said her 11yr old son bought 300 dollars worth of toys on her account and she'll be returning everything he bought.
the first step is always call ebay, as you saw, they'll close the case and have GSP figure it out with the buyer. i've even had buyers call and just say 'it was damaged in the Global Shipping Program' and ebay works it out with them.
Another random USPS woe: I dropped off one 1st class package and two padded flat rate mailers to the post office at 4pm yesterday. I put them on the outgoing pile. They usually show a scan by 11pm. This time, the 1st class package showed a scan, and the two priority packages did not. Flash to this evening: the priority packages still do not show a scan.I know they will tell me to wait a few days to see what happens, but couldn't they turn down an insurance claim by saying they never received the packages? If they don't show up in the system by tomorrow afternoon, I'm going to have to message the two buyers. Sucks.
Don't panic. I've had many packages not show a scan until they hit the destination city. Also I've had packages that were scanned not show up in the USPS.com website (which is what we see.) None have been lost.If you do contact the buyers, just let them know the packages have been mailed, but I wouldn't really worry about it.
i've had that happen before too. once when we shipped some stuff from NYC, the items didn't get scanned until they got delivered and then it showed all the past scans, it was really weird.
FYI..Usually when it happens it is with parcel select or first class. I can't remember a priority package I sent not showing a scan during transportation.
Actually there was one time it happened to me with priority..just remembered.
Don't worry. Happens to me also. Had two just the other day that didn't get scanned until they reached the destination city. It happens. Don't be too much in a hurry to contact buyers. You'll get used to it. mc in atl.
Thanks for all the replies. I was thrown off that all three packages were in the same pile and the 1st class package was scanned and shipped right away, but both priority packages were M.I.A. It was just an odd situation. Yes, I've had packages not show a scan until delivery too - and yes, it's never happened to me with priority packages either. Today, one of the priority packages showed a scan in a big city near it's destination. Nothing on the other one. I do have to say, 1st class delivery seems to be on fire lately. It has often been faster then priority. I could be wrong, but I don't remember that always being the case. I didn't really think it would happen, but I also had a passing thought the priority packages could have been stolen because at one end of the very long counter was the one employee trying to help the twenty people in line, and at the other end was the package drop-off area. There was no way she could be totally slammed like that and have any knowledge of what was going on with the pile at the other end. All of that is to say, the employee at the counter is going to retire next month after almost 40 years. She said they aren't going to replace her. At an extremely busy, chronically understaffed P.O., that seems like they're trying to kill it. If they close it, instead of a four minute drive there, I will have to go across town about twenty minutes each way. I'm not freaking out about anything, but I like the USPS, so I wish they would be more consistent. I also wish we would fight back against this multi-decade attempt to privatize it. The same thing is happening to our schools by the way.Anyway, before I "get political," thanks again for the supportive words. Aside from the good info here, it's nice when people reply like that. As separated as we all are, it does add to a sense of community that's not just about commerce. When you're a one person operation with zero support of any kind, every little bit helps.
I agree that many jobs in the US are this way. People like to throw around the idea that Americans are lazy, but I instead think most Americans are extremely hard working and even overworked. Productivity and corporate profits are at an all time high...and I think at the cost of people quality of life. One reason we do this: a protest against the current trend of the US workplace. Congrats to anyone who has a job they love where they're well-paid and well-treated. You hit the lottery!
Agreed. You are not just speculating. The data backs you up - over and over actually.I like that you present your job as a protest. I think we are going to have to become more active, i.e., organize together for radical (root) change, if we want to live in world that has good "quality of life" for the many instead of the few. Until that happens as something resembling a mass movement, we will continue to go down the wrong path (and that path gets scarier almost exponentially every day). I mean regular people organizing as one, because no matter who someone wants for president, none of them are going to do it for us. Well, this is probably a discussion for another blog... ;)Cheers Jay.P.S.For people who are interested, here are a few info sources:Democracynow.org (podcast and website)thisishell.com (podcast and website)blackagendareport.comblackagenda radio (podcast & website)therealnews.com (podcast and website)nakedcapitalism.com (website)behindthenews with Doug Henwood (podcast and website)Belabored by Dissent Magazine (podcast and website)Just a few to get people started. Feel free to ask for more.
Appreciate the links. I think Americans are very resilient. Change will happen. The fact that so many are seeking work outside the normal 9-5 is a good thing.
Agreed. People are resilient and change will happen, it's just that we've created some things (nuclear weapons, climate change, and a ruthless financial/corporate elite, to name three) that we may have trouble controlling. No problem on the links. There is a lot of info there, and the bonus is that most of them have podcasts so you can listen while you work. I've been listening to thisishell more and more. I like it because he interviews people and takes the time needed to delve into the guest's subject. He has a sense of humor too.And yes, I've always sought to get outside the normal 9-5. Now, I work an abnormal noon-midnight ;)I know what you mean though. On a slightly more serious note, it would be nice if my income didn't depend on two massive corporations (ebay and paypal) but that is the deal we've made. I still find it a bit ironic though. Also, I realized the other day that just as we might have employees in this business, we are all working for ebay in the same way, with no benefits. I know that's the deal, but it's quite a thing this 21st century capitalism...
I'm flabbergast!!!Just received an eMail increasing my allowance to 1500 items and $26.5KCouldn't be happierHave 50-60 listings drafted I am uploading as I type.Coincidentally offers started to pop at the same time overnight (7hrs ahead of Florida time)Super happy
Keep it going Paulo GOOD JOB!
great feeling to have limits increased! good job!
Where are your limits listed?
up in the dashboard, at the very bottom
Hmmm...I don't see them. The last thing at the bottom is "Your Totals To Date."
Ha! My wife just bought one of those wooden trays when we were in Florence! Those trays & leather goods are some of the better touristy/souvenirs you can buy in Florence - while they are everywhere and there are thousands of them, they are still hand made. Good finds!Some of my interesting / good sales over the past week:WWII watch - bought for $5 at an estate sale, took it to a watch guy who only charged me $10 for a quick once over tune up; sold for $70 best offer because I was having a really slow week: http://www.ebay.com/itm/191507031485Another cassette tape from the lot I picked up a few weeks ago; paid $0.25 or so, sold for $25: http://www.ebay.com/itm/19186716033548 Star wool flag with red/white/blue fringe sold on Memorial Day; paid around $10 for it sold for $115 best offer: http://www.ebay.com/itm/191718797822First of the Star Wars toys lot I bought sold, this is Darth Vader's TIE Fighter die cast; bought for $10 sold for $50 to a buyer in Australia: http://www.ebay.com/itm/201593206748
Is it just me or does it seem like the old Maxell tapes are worth more than almost any other brand? That was a normal bias tape too. Must be rare. I have had similar TDK and Sony tapes of the same age that were better quality and harder to move at much lower prices.
Not sure actually - I just recently got into these cassette after Steven mentioned them. This was the first lot I bought and already sold 20 of various makes (Maxell, Denon, TDK, Sony) to the same buyer for $280.Actually, my eyes are now PEELED looking for TEAC since this single one sold for $140: http://www.ebay.com/itm/291740234134
I would grab that up in a second anyway, but good to know how much they're going for. Thanks.
ugh...very slow again this week on ebay and etsy...maybe I need to stock more clothing (LOL...um, no!) The irony is of course that now is the buying time, but I will have to pace myself unfortunately. I will urge those of you who can't get out to look around in the stores or the sales to check out the online auctions because summer is the time to get good deals as other resellers concentrate on yard and estate sales.
For me no change either side since I started.Never sold one single item on Bonanza.Have dozens of items on favorite lists on Etsy but no sales.Amazon gives me the usual weekly high ticket, Grailed too, now eCrater started to sell as well.Net I am increasing gross, slowly and steadly
Sue, a really basic (not to say stupid!) question about the online auctions -- do you limit your search to a driveable distance, or is there a way to have items mailed to you?
Kate, I try to stick to derivable locations, but I will pay shipping on small items.
Just to add, most online auctions have in-house shipping, but you need to read the fine print, if they use the UPS store I don't bid for example, most suctions have a handling fee for packing, all of this has to be factored in when bidding but I have gotten some good deals even with these charges.
Got addicted to on line sales ... worse than casinos I guessAnyway, the reasons Sue summarizes above, I am super hyper careful.Also, found one large weekly right across the street from my Goodwill Megastore. Crazy coincidence (while browsing through the auctions I found the address here, found out it was a short drive, found out the GW, etc)So now mostly I bid there once a week, go grab my wins and have my weekly search at GW. Cant get better than thks
Seeing the Headboard that was buyer local pick-up. We have many items still in our antique booths that are going to have to be local pick-up or buyer arranges shipping. To poll everyone here, what are your experiences, pros, cons, good and bad stories of doing the local pick up. We know we have the Craig's List and other Local Site options but like the fact and feel better about using Ebay. How successful have any of you been, what type of items have been the best at local P/U, hurdles, dangers, and the ends and outs. We have mostly coffee tables, end tables, trunks, shelving, few chairs and the like. We have been waiting on moving the larger stuff out of the booths while we concentrated on pulling and listing the "smalls", but think this summer is going to be the time to start trying to list and sell the bigger items. Thanks for any insights you can share. mike in atlanta
Also have a couple of antique booths. Just sold the first thing that I had listed for sale in the booth as well as on craigslist and on ebay. Went off without a hitch but the hardest part is arranging with staff to call when it sells so I can pull it from the other venues. We get daily sales reports from our antique booth but they aren't uploaded until 8pm. My fear is that it will sell at the mall and on ebay too on the same day:) A good problem to have I guess!
Well we only get a printed hard copy from our mall every two weeks. It is the largest mall in the Southeast and we believe in the USA. Two floors totaling over 110,000 SF and 584 dealers. They have way too many daily transaction to handle daily admin. reports from almost 600 dealers. We figured we were going to pull home and store in our basement those items we want to list and sell on Ebay. Our mall frowns on Ebay sales because they miss out on their 10% commission. So best if we just segregate what we list on Ebay. But my wife is concerned about doing transaction out of the home. J&R have said last year that they do it all the time and no problems. We wish we could have large items listed in both places, but as you said, if it sells out there we will not know it. If it sells on Ebay, the mall staff won't help the customer load it. We are going to be ending the booths anyway because as our numbers prove and also as Jay states, the antique mall is a dead and non-profit making business model anyway. So was more curious in the trials and tribulations of selling large items out of the home on Ebay as Local Pick-up. Thanks for your reply. mike in Atlanta
I understand. We are blessed with a mall that has a computerized system in place which enables us to see sales each evening at closing time. We have downsized our booths from 6 to 3. However, I like a place to take my items that aren't worth listing on ebay...and larger items that I don't want to store at home. We don't have huge sales from our booths but an additional 1000.00 a month profit from stuff that I would never have listed and just taken to the thrift stores:) Seems like auction box lots have so many things that are perfect for the booth and not worth the time to list and photograph. None of our malls are as large as yours. 2 have about 200 vendors. I made a deal with the mall owner to let her know when an ebay items sells and she deducts the 10% so she still has an incentive...only fair. NOW, that being said...in the 3 months I have been trying this experiment (just with larger furniture items) I have sold one item:) It was worth the 10% to me not to worry about customer meeting and picking up...I just posted the name, address and hours of the mall in my listing and had staff put a sold tag on it and a note behind the counter that ebay customer would be picking it up. I do sell quite a few furniture items at the mall via Craigslist listings. Way easier in my opinion as they pick up and pay the mall. Right now, I am only trying one item at a time through ebay...till all the kinks are worked out:)
I've had a few local pickups--all went well, they pay through paypal and we meet in a public place for the pickup it couldn't be easier.
I always meet in a public space with cameras (gas stations, mini marts, McDonald's) for my Craigslist sales. I'm going to try local pickup for a few large items on ebay the same way.
I have a store on Ebay thought about charging a restocking on some items. Such as new items, will ebay allow me to charge restocking fee on some items but no others? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Yes, you can have a default that will automatically be on all listings but then when you list each item you have the opportunity to change the options. For example, if you have a higher dollar item you might reduce the restocking % because the dollar amount will still be higher than a lower dollar item. Or maybe you have a higher % on NWT items, knowing they might removed the tags/seals and thus change the value of the item upon return.
Brian, where is the default? I tried to revise my current listings to allow for a restocking fee following eBay's instructions, and I just don't see the areas they are referring to in order to list one (in the return area). Do I have to offer Hassle Free Returns in order to see the area where I would charge a restocking fee?
For me (I know there are different versions of the listing pages so I wanted to caveat that), under listing details in order top to bottom I have: Format (Fixed Price/Auction), Duration, Price (including Best Offer), Quantity, Payment Options, Sales Tax, and then Return Options. Under Return Options I have 30 days set (to qualify for Top Rated Seller), Refund Given as Money Back, Return Shipping Paid By Buyer, and then under that is Restocking Fee. I currently have No as the default but if you change to "Yes" you can set the percentage.Hope this helps!
No sales all week aside from one $20 belt sale. Last month was also slow and only saved because of a $1000 book sale. I have 746 items in my store. I know the summers slow but according to eBay I'm down 27% compared to this time last year.
$1000 book sale. Dont bury the lead. Tell about this sale?!
Hi Jay,I took over the apt from the daughter of the founder of the New Museum in NYC. She left a lot of junk behind as well as stuff from her mom's estate she didn't want. Several Peter Norton Family Xmas Projects- I've sold 2 others for over 500+ this year. This book was commissioned by Peter Norton and was a pop up art book by the artist Kara Walker called the Negress. Beautiful book that I found on top of a cabinet covered in dust. The buyer was very happy w her purchase so I'm glad it found a good home.
Free to $1000 is amazing!Susan, how did you decide on your price? There were additional copies of the book that sold in March and April for $2000 and $2600.
Hi Susan, Super congrats on the epic book sale! Wondering how you came to 'take over' that New Museum progeny's apartment?! Regardless, Best wishes to you!
Hi Anna,This book had some signs of wear so I didn't want to price it too high and risk it getting returned. Had I known that other copies had sold for so much maybe I would have priced it more competitively. I did notice that the Moma store sells copies for $1000.Hi anonymous,We have mutual friends and I was initially subletting the apt. This girl decided not to renew the lease and had me take it over instead.
Help me identify the type of leather. Shell cordovan on the slip ons? Anything exotic on these boots? What about the oxfords?I guess I see micro-crease stress marks on all, so I doubt cordovan. The boots look like cow hide to me. Just checking so I don't under-price.http://imgur.com/a/HAxjD
i see no shell cordovan in those my friend. sorry!
Yeah, unfortunately I don't think Steve Madden or Florsheim are high end enough to make shell cordovan. I actually went into a store that sell cordovan shoes to touch and feel them (and of course put them on to dream)... you're talking a minimum of $500/pair new, likely higher.
allen edmonds makes shell cordovan shoes. and i have found those at thrift stores, so keep an eye on that brand.
Actually, there were several vintage Florsheim shoes that were shell cordovan. The most popular was probably the Imperial line. The website fityn.com has a list of shell cordovan shoes sorted by maker.
i think brian was referring to newer florsheims (made in china/india). but yeah we've found the Imperials before too, they are beautiful.
Thanks for the link...that's a great site for info!
I have a bizarre situation. I sold an item to someone in the same town I bought the item from. It was at an auction 50 miles from my home. The item has no specific correlation with that town. When I won the item, someone else in attendance was upset because he was outside and missed it. This man also had a friend that was asking me a lot of questions and making me uncomfortable. Selling it to someone in this town seems like an odd coincidence. I'm worried that this could be some kind of negative feedback revenge or a way for a creepy man to get my address. I don't know how I should proceed.
I sell stuff locally all the time but even if it does happen to be that guy you can always just lie about where you got it or who you got it from. You can send a message and say something like thank you for your purchase, I'm selling this for a buddy of mine and I'm sure he'll be glad it to hear it sold. Or whatever else you want to say. I doubt there will be any issue and as long as you know it works then its not like he can do much against you anyway.
i wouldn't worry too much about it. they probably just really wanted that item and it's cool they were able to find it again.
I thought about sending a message to him that said something like "I noticed you are in...that is where this item was purchased! We hope you enjoy it!" Then he knows that I know and also that I am not alone. Good idea/bad idea?
I say go for it... worst case scenario is that he does give you that bad feedback that you fear. But it will really be unjustified and eBay will remove it. I say you sell it and get that money!!!!
It gets weirder. I just printed the label and then immediately got a message from him saying he didn't order it. "It must have been a pocket dial" is what he wrote. Um really?? Can he see my address in Paypal?
that is really weird. i can't type it loud enough BLOCK THIS GUY. cancel the transaction, relist it and BLOCK.
and no he can't see your address in paypal, but your ebay listing page probably says what town you're in.
Pocket dial my arse!!! That's creepy. Block that chump.
I'd open a case and make him pay for his behavior. He will probably cancel the order though. What a jackass.
Two (very) high ticket items returns in two days 🙁At the end, it is an experience I had to have to keep my feet on the ground and be real if I want to make it real.
Those high ticket returns are really depressing but it is the cost of doing business.
Exactly Sue. Even more reading yours, Ryanne's, Jay's experiences and advice, I took it very smoothly.Even for these very suspicious cases (could never imagine how huge this jacket was ... well what about reading the measurements).Anyway,,it is like when we go to Target or Home Depot, so I have to treat customers as I am expected to be treated.Interestingly both gave me five stars with A++++ comments soon after I was receptive
I've had a lot of international sales this week. Half from people who have not paid. I'm glad for them as it's been slow otherwise. I'm thinking about using the collections feature on EBay that I've never noticed. I have a friend who uses it and it brings a lot of attention to her store. It's sort of like Pinterest only you just hit add to collection from your listings. It groups items together and shows up in Google search.
I just decided to start doing this:When happy buyers message me, I thank them and include a link to my store for them to "use and share." It only takes a second, but I wonder if it will make any difference. I figure it's worth a shot because I have a feeling most people don't even know we have stores - or at least never browse them.
deb truervaluesHi everyone! Just checking in after being off the grid for 5 weeks. We went on vacation and did virtually no listing in the last 4 out of 5 weeks.Happily,even though not listing, I sold over $550 average each week. My daughter has been doing my shipping for me, and she has seen the kind of income I've been generating whilst on vacation doing nothing. I think she and her boyfriend are ebay converts in the making.Now, it's "back-to-work". Listed 40 items so far this week, and went sourcing twice. Happy to be back again, and am very rested.PS> For those of you nearing retirement, I made more this last year than I have ever made, just doing ebay. This is because I have always worked parttime. I just got my new social security statement, and am anticipating over $300 more per month than they told me last year. Ebay has helped raise my average income, and am looking forward to another increase as I will not reach full retirement status for 1 more year.Im trying to catch up on podcasts and posts right now. I think it will take a couple of weeks! Thanks to all who contribute....good to "see" you all again!
Welcome back Deb. Nice to have 5 weeks of vacation! Glad you kept selling the entire time.
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Last mail update (I hope). Come to find out the supervisor came to my house but I wasn't there. I called to make sure situation was addressed because i have stuff going out tmrw. Another supervisor said the other supervisor left a note stating due to safety to leave them outside the door. I pleaded with him that I can't do that and then it just so happened the carrier was nearby so I asked to talk with her. As I expected she's scared of cats not allergic. I assured her she will never see them because their scared of people. She said okay then she will pick them up. She said she had a bad incident once. Now I'm just hoping my cats don't get unscared on her route lol. Good grief the joy of having furballs.
I have a friend who has an inside cat who will actively attack anyone who comes into their house. The cat will chase you with claws out and latch onto your leg to draw blood. I've never seen anything like it. He's insane. And we love cats. That being said, it sounds like you just need to create a healthy relationship with your postal carrier. When we got a new carrier, we met her outside when she came. Introduced ourselves and explained what we do. We walked her to our porch and helped her carry packages to her car. We let her know she could knock on the door if she ever had a question.I wish everything in this world was easy and flawless, but running a business is all about solving problems in creative ways.
I have a question regarding selling art prints that are framed. I have a death pile of them that have been sitting there looking at me, and I have hesitated to start listing them due to my uncomfortableness with being able to estimate the shipping accurately. My question is does anyone have a suggestion about how much I could charge for a flat rate to ship something without actually packing it to see the measurements and weight? I am one who preboxes most medium and large items since I slways seem to cheat myself in shipping, and it works for me on the other end as I work and can quickly grab things to ship. Any advice on a good flat rate for US shipping for frames that range from 10 x 15 to 24 x 40?
Why would you give a flat rate? Why not just weigh the item, add 1-2 pounds for packing materials/boxes, then approximate measurements and then enter it for calculated shipping? That way, the cost is done for you and if they raise the prices for shipping again it's automatically accounted for.
I agree with Brian, and would just add that you want to be sure your dimensions include thickness, which can be an issue with ornate/deep frames and can bump pieces into dimensional shipping rates. I really don't think there's a good way to estimate a flat rate; depending on how far it's going, the same piece could be -- without exaggeration -- $10.85 or over $50. I don't have experience with the boxes that are made specifically for shipping paintings, but if you used those, they might help you streamline your process.
deb truervalues Hi - I have had very good luck scavenging flat screen TV boxes for art shipping. I pick them up curbside and usually have 2 or 3 sitting around. When it comes to wrapping art, I use a LOT of bubble wrap. I overestimate and charge very high rates because it takes a long time to wrap them and the bubble wrap is expensive. I also make cardboard corners for the frames-highly recommended. It's not unusual to spend 1/2 hr to 1 hr packing art....so I figure my time is worth it.PS I also take things like completed cross stitch out of the frames--very easy to ship and goes at first class. I sometimes remove pictures from frames as well if the frames arent very nice. It's just easier to pack all the way around.
Is anyone having issues with items you Ended being relisted and sold without your knowledge? I had a blouse sell yesterday that I Ended on Jan. 10th. Never got an email that I relisted it. Yet the Ebay rep insists I relisted it, and denies that I ever got an Ended email. I am going to email them screenshots of my emails. Seems that I have read there have been glitches like this before.
I just dealt with a strange situation myself. Yesterday I received an email notification from PayPal that I received a payment for an item. The transaction was in PayPal but it did not show up paid on eBay. I decided to give it a day so I checked this morning & the payment had been reversed in PayPal. It seems PayPal is having a 'glitch' that is reversing payments. They said it is only happening to a small percentage of people. I have to contact the buyer and ask him to send payment again. I'm going to sound like a scammer! ha ha
Both these cases are weird. Neither have ever happened to us. Obviously work directly with eBay/Paypal to resolve it. I'd only be worried about it if it happens more than once.
I had a similar thing happen as anon. Buyer bought an item and I shipped it same day. Payment was refunded for no reason. Buyer messages me "what's going on!". There is no record of it in paypal just on ebay.
Question... When you get large pieces of fabric (bolts?)... how do you measure it? Thanks
we measure the width, then we roll it out in 10ft lengths and measure it that way. it's not fun, but it's worth it to put a nice price on it.
Thank you, Ryanne.. It's thick with white sequins, covers the fabric completely... beautiful.
Just a tip for anyone who buys a bolt or partial bolt of fabric, with a flat cardboard center, not a roll. If you count the folds on one side of the cardboard you can estimate the amount of fabric on the bolt. Two folds equal a yard. Not an exact measurement but good enough when you have the opportunity to purchase a bolt and need to know how much is there.
I sold an Uncle Sam costume a couple of weeks ago. It took me over a year to sell it, which is not surprising. I listed it before July 4th last year, thinking it could be worn in a Fourth of July Parade; so after that, I pretty much knew I would be waiting another year for it to sell. However, when it sold in May, I realized it could be worn at one of the upcoming National Conventions, also. Well, the mystery was solved yesterday when I got feedback saying the buyer wore it for a local holiday event, and was so glad that he found it. That feedback made me so happy. I now know where Uncle Sam made an appearance, and I can just imagine him being the hit of his town's Memorial Day parade or other patriotic event. Like Jay has said before, it's not just about making money reselling items, but making connections that would not have been possible otherwise. What a good feeling this gave me!
i love this story! Thanks for taking the time to share it with us:)
Lisa and I are in Cape Cod and went thrifting in Provincetown today and found this.https://goo.gl/photos/p4KDW3anTeQkzU9G8It is a Fanny Liautard Victoria's Secret Blazer. I can't find anything on it but it looks like it can be something of value. Anyone know anything about this?
that's a nice find. i googled that name and it's a haute courutre house in paris. the only 2 sales on ebay were for low prices, but i think those people priced wrong. i think you could make a nice sale there.
I think it's not a blazer, but some sort of boudoir piece -- a short robe or similar.
I think it looks like a smoking jacket
Maybe a bed jacket?
Friends, HELP! If you could shed some light on the case below I would appreciate it. It would be the 3rd issue in 3 days. I do not take returns at no exceptions. The first two cases I didn't even argue and offer full refund, compensation. This case does not make me happen.This was a sealed collector's item from 20 years ago.Buyer decided to open, wear and it ripped apart. Follows his message for your comment and advise/ Thank you"New message from: decepticon333x (277Turquoise Star)Hello, I finally got to open the package. I have bad news about the shirt. i tried to put on the t shirt and it completely ripped from the armpit area. i did not even put any force as I am a size L. I believe that because the t shirt was so old from 1998 that the stitch thread was rotting and came apart extremely easy and the entire area that stitches the under arm came apart. also the cotton on the t shirt had a weird texture to it and smelled like old, I pulled on the t shirt itself just a bit to test and also ripped apart. Maybe the t shirt had a shelf life and became like this from being put away for such a long time. Let me know if you need some pictures for proof. i am extremely disappointed about this. but decided to let you know first. what will be the solution? do you have any more windows Microsoft shirts to compensate for this issue? Thanks"
Hi, Paulo!I'm so sorry that this is happening. I know it's deeply upsetting. I think that I'd ask for photos and then refund, just to put an end to the drama and pain. I'd check my other vintage t-shirts for rot/weakness (I've had vintage clothes rot for sure), adjust/take down listings if need be, and then call it another few credits earned at 'eBay university.' Next step: more listings. Hang in there!
Thank you Kate, at the end it is soothing hearing these words from colleagues. Takes adrenaline levels down :-)
Funny how buyers bitten by the remorse bug start to complain about things like shipping price etc that would obviously be first things to stop them from buying first time.
ugh, I have a buyer in the UAE who purchased a purse from me, I get this email that I sent it to the "wrong" address (the one she provided to paypal) the item was shipped on May 13, and I got her email with her new address on June 02! Yes I sent it first class which doesn't provide tracking but surely her email to me changing her address long after shipment must have some bearing with ebay/paypal (she recently wrote that she would turn to them when I told her that there is nothing I can do about her package now.) I don't want to deal with her anymore, I guess that I should call ebay?
Yep, if she admitted she gave you the incorrect address, eBay will back you up. When this happens, we always suggest the buyer go to the Post office and ask for the package. Obviously with first class, its difficult to know when it arrives so she can do this. But yeah, call eBay. They should note the issue for when the buyer opens a case.
You guys have another one of those dumbfounding sales this week in the Up & Up breast milk bags. Target sells a new box of 50 for $8.49. Why would someone pay 3 times that much for a partial box? Did they think they were getting a lot of 33 boxes? It's completely inexplicable.
In this case you're correct. The buyer thought it was 33 boxes. I guess we weren't clear in the title. Photos only shoes one box. We gave her a full refund.
When i go to the thrift store I buy a lot of stuff but I go to an estate sale i buy nothing. Why is that? I think it's because thrift store prices are so low I feel safe taking a risk but estate sale prices can be high. It would be different if I was familiar with the stuff I see but I never am esp at a high end estate sale. How do I fix this issue?
Experience has taught us what sells. Research has been our key to success.
No shame in researching something before you buy. Find a few things and look them up on eBay sold listings.
Find a category that interests you, and then just do the research. Browse sold listings, high to low, as well as auction results on LiveAuctioneers and other sites. Pinterest is a great place to get a free education -- not so much for sold prices, but to get a feeling for what a certain style or a certain artist's work looks like. Fantastic for visual learners (also a great place to post your best photos of your high end items.) There's no substitute for just putting in the hours; so choose something that interests you (studio pottery, maybe, or Japanese woodcuts, or Americana, or whatever it is) and run with it. There's no way to learn everything about everything all at once.That said, the more times you go out there and the more things you pick up and handle and hold in your hand, the more you'll develop a sense of what's out there in the second-hand market/waste stream and what things are truly common and what things are truly scarce; ditto what pieces are crummy and what pieces are truly well-made. All of that said, I'm always checking my phone (subtly, I hope, but certainly not as subtly as I'd like) to see if something I've got a feeling about it a good buy or not. The whole process is ongoing and learning is constant. There's not a moment where the "issue" will be "fixed" -- it's just all part of your growth as a scavenger and reseller.
Kate recorded a great conversation on her researching techniques: http://www.scavengerlife.com/2014/11/scavenger-life-episode-160-interview.htmlIn fact, she recently helped us identify an artist that we just couldn't find. Even after all these years, we have lots to learn.