Great video Steve, thank you for sharing! Love that you included a picture in your fishing pole listing using your dog as a measure of scale. :)
Yes, another Steven Schultz flick! Can't wait.Some of my interesting sales from the past weekish:Box of vintage billiard balls:http://www.ebay.com/itm/191930266259At estate sales & flea markets I'm always finding billiard balls. Sometimes sets, sometimes incomplete, varying levels of condition. Always buy them if the right price (under $10) to either get complete sets or even sell individually for decorative/designer purposes. Complete sets with unidentifiable brands or makers generally sell for $25-$35. Find some vintage Hyatt or Aramith balls and you could have $60-$100+ (and I've had all varying levels of quality). I have 3 Medium Flat Rate boxes remaining full of incomplete/mismatched sets that I just listed and this one sold for $35+shipping.13 Star Duralite Flag with box:http://www.ebay.com/itm/201573048938Yes, another flag sale - Jay loves it. I find non-50 star flags all the time here in the NYC/NJ suburbs. This one I couldn't have spent more than $5 on because it was nylon instead of linen or wool - solf for $50.Pennsylvania House Lowboy:http://www.ebay.com/itm/191708246210Pretty much my first piece of furniture sold. This was actually a hand me down from my wife's grandfather. We used it for a while but it doesn't really fit in our condo now. I would have loved to hold out for more if we had the space/extra storage because it's a really well crafted piece. Sold for $100 best offer and the buyer picked up without a problem.1960s Abacus:http://www.ebay.com/itm/201272618226Bought these at an estate sale over a year ago for $3 each ($15 for all 5) and thought I'd have no problem selling them quickly. Not completely accurate. Sold my first one and it was actually the first offer I ever had on one - $70. So I made a great profit and still have 4 more to sell, but it was definitely a slow dime type of thing.Vintage flask/bar kit:http://www.ebay.com/itm/201372690968Cool flea market find for $2 that sold to someone in the Czech Republic for $60. Czech Republic is not on my First Class International list, but the buyer asked if I could send it that way. I clearly laid out that 1) it will take longer to get to him, 2) there will likely be no tracking once it leaves the US, and 3) because of that I cannot guarantee anything. He said he understands and would take the risk. Fingers crossed.Herbert Johnson Chipp Houndstooth hat:http://www.ebay.com/itm/201625723304This did not take long at all to sell. Bought on a Saturday for $3, sold by Wednesday for full price $125 and looks like it's eventually headed to China via a shipping serving in California.
Thanks for the info on the billiard balls, I see them occasionally but have never noticed a brand. I have a 48 star nylon flag that I've hesitated on listing as I know the wool flags are the ones most sought after.
Billiard balls - yeah, there are plenty of places to find out the popular/valuable sets (Brunswick, Aramith, Hyatt), but any will be worth at least $25. For the randoms/incomplete sets, this its the type of stuff that interior designers use them for: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/29062360065682977/https://www.pinterest.com/pin/543809723733169374/Flags - wool or linen with sewn stars/stripes (instead of printed) definitely bring the most but there's still a market for nylon ones especially if they come with extras, like the original box in my case:http://ebay.to/2a9OY5E
Don't forget older poker chips, even the non bakelite plastic ones can have some value, I recently sold a box for $30 on an investment of $2.
A little Helpmy Buyer filed a false claims using the 100% Money Back Guarantee saying Hand Bag does not stand up and is defective doesn't work to get free return shipping and refund and original shipping. I have auto managed returns turned on automatically approved. they never even contacted me about the issues they are saying.So my question: is this worth fighting to get my shipping back that I had to pay both ways for this returned item? Or should I just refund when it arrives and eat the loss?
If it's not too much money and you are not going to get a ding to your seller metrics, I just let it go and move on. It's a pain, but I'd rather move on and keep selling. I used to try and fight it, but I found the amount of time and energy expended was rarely worth it. Just this week I had to pay a return where a customer did a similar thing. They claimed the item wasn't authentic, even though I can prove it is. I just approved the return and ate the loss and kept plugging away.
Ditto that... the "right" thing to do is fight it with eBay and get your $10 back. But is it worth your time & hassle? That's up to you to decide (I'd say no, just like Sheldon).
I'm out $25 on shipping. Amazon has trained people in getting free returns. I'm starting to see this trend on ebay now. Not good for us or e-commerce as a whole.
At $25, it might be worth fighting it. I do find that eBay is very pro-customer when it comes to returns, and unless you have a strong case, or the customer has a history, they will likely side with the customer to keep them happy. Both Amazon and eBay want sellers to "take one for the team" sometimes for the privilege of selling on their platforms.
I'll just have to wait for the box of rocks to arrive then I will have a chance. lol Probably wouldn't even matter if it was a bag of sand. People why can't you just be honest ~ Instant Karma Gonna Get You in the end.
Returns happen. No sense holding onto the negativity. Chalk it up, let it go and list list list.
I'm fighting it they are a liar and they have given several negative feedback to other sellers. So I suspect they are doing this to others. I have no prob. taking returns but not when they make false claims to get total refund plus free return shipping. My record is spotless so I should rule the call on this case.ebay should wake they are loosing market share and they are so desperate to get back the sellers that where cut wrongly under that last CEO. Without accountability we descend into total chaos like the DNC
Anonymous, never sell on Amazon. There's even less discussion about returns. It;s always a full refund including shipping. eBay is actually pretty good about at least having a conversation about it. If you feel this strongly about it, then call eBay and plead your case. be professional and have all your facts correct. I think everyone;s point is that returns happen. If this is just 1 return in 100 sales, then it's really just not a big deal.
I've had some interesting sales the last week. Here are a few:http://www.ebay.com/itm/AutoExec-GripMaster-Vehicle-Auto-Car-Mobile-Portable-Desk-Work-Office-Station-/262528008843?rd=1I just happened to see this at the goodwill by the counter and thought it looked interesting. I let it sit in my shed for months and finally said "I gotta list some big items!". It sold within a day for $130. I paid $4 for it.http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Corcoran-1500-Military-Cap-Toe-Black-Leather-Combat-Jump-Boots-Sz-12-C-/262510862007?rd=1These were cool boots, but they had a rank odor when I got them. Typically I pass on things with odors but the price point was too good. I was able to clean the shoes with a weak bleach mixture and completely remove the smell. I took a best offer of $55. Paid $4 at goodwill.http://www.ebay.com/itm/JUGS-FOOTBALL-PASSING-PITCHING-MACHINE-JUGGS-TRAINING-TOOL-/262509849576?rd=1Here it is - the BIG BOY sale!. Took an offer of $1000, but made and extra $100 on the shipping which covers most of my fees. It was an absolute bear to pack. 40"x23"x23" and 110lb main package with a 20 lb, 42" mailer tube for the legs. I paid $200 for it locally.http://www.ebay.com/itm/Florsheim-Burgundy-Moc-Toe-Slip-On-Loafers-Size-10-New-/262486375917?rd=1Got full price and shipped with GSP. It's always cool to find brand new shoes at goodwill!http://www.ebay.com/itm/xplore-ix104-dual-bay-battery-charger-one-battery-no-adapter-cord-/262544469297?rd=1I was at a garage sale this weekend and they had a full table of electronics. I was intrigued, but figured they were high priced. I really only wanted the high voltage probe I saw initially. As I looked around, the lady said "you can fill a grocery bag with anything on the table for $5. So I put the HV probe in the bag (which I would have paid $5 for alone) along with as many chargers and adapters as I could stuff in there. Sold for $75 best offer. I had one other $100 charger from that bag along with a handful of $30 adapters.http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vtg-Doc-Dr-Martens-England-Blue-Strap-Buckle-Chunky-Heel-Mary-Janes-Shoes-8US-/262526928053?rd=1Awesome England Doc Martens. I was hungry for sales today so I took a best offer of $50. I need to be less precious and move product. Goodness knows I have enough stuff and there is always lots more.
That Jugs machine sale was incredible. The buyer got a steal at $1275 total (retail price is over $2k) and you reaped the benefits of the patience of packing that beast. Good for you... well worth the $750(?) profit!
Yes they did! The buyer is intending to buy two new tires and they'll practically have a new machine.
Thanks for the encouragement to post our what's sold videos. I've been filming my sold items since May and have just now started stitching them together. I'm always adding new items to my pick lists thanks to your videos, as well as others that have been shared here. So in that spirit, I am delighted to be able to share some of the oddities I manage to find and sell. So without further ado, here are the first 2 "May" videos I managed to cobble together:https://youtu.be/PV-GRHTKCj4https://youtu.be/omfwAONoViU
Cool stuff Sheldon, it's great to see weird one of kind items sell for good money.
Thanks Steve. Your WS videos inspired me to check out the piles of hifi equipment they always have at the nearby auction. Haven't managed to find anything obscure and valuable yet, but now I'm always on the lookout.I have about a couple dozen of those reel to reel tapes from my father's estate. I was surprised when I looked them up that they don't go for much. Always thought obscure media would fetch more. Guess there is more supply than demand currently.
@Sheldon - the brass pineapple in your first video can be used for several things, but I think it's originally intended to be a votive/candle holder on the top and then store candles inside: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/337207090821825051/ Although, here in NYC, I also saw a restaurant that re-purposed them and served extravagant tropical drinks in them... the brass keeps the drinks frosty cold for a very long time. Regardless, congrats on a great sale!
Excellent videos Sheldon! I'm a fan & new subscriber. Steady pace, lots of info, well spoken, nice sales and super interesting. Keep it up. Cyndy in NH
I have some custom made Doc Martens that were test samples from the factory/design team. Does anyone know the technical phrase for this that I can put in the listing. The person told me when I bought them, but I forgot. I think it's a two word phrase.
Thanks for everyone's guesses so far, but it's a technical term used by shoe designers. I should have written it down...
i would have said prototype or sample as well. i have some jewelry that were samples for the designers to sign off on and they're called prototypes.
Hi all!It's Adam with the Mysterious Caravan. I've recently started an eBay store. I will be posting my what sells videos here once I get one ready...but for now if you'd like to follow along with some of my finds (and if you need something else to help fill the void between amazing Scavenger Life episodes) I'm here for you. :)https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM4RgheAtuuXotuLrOcqTFwTake care all!Adam - The Mysterious Caravan
I meant "I've recently started a YouTube channel" ... I've had the eBay store for years as some of you probably know. Gosh. Newb mistake! :)
Any background on your store name? The Hardy Boys book?
Hey Adam did you sell your vintage hand-weights? I sold a pair last month for $100--I love vintage sporting goods.
A thought, someone just bought a pair of speakers from me and are doing a local pick up. If I were to buy a 3oz First class label and send out a receipt in a poly mailer to the customer would that satisfy the on time shipping and cover me against an item not received claim?
I would say no. If the listing is set up for local pickup, you shouldn't have an issue with on tie shipping. You can have the customer sign a receipt for the pickup and hope they aren't up to no good. I haven't anything but good results with local pickups.
I'm not worried about this customer and I have a receipt of pick up form I've used in the past. I didn't originally have local pick up as an option, I just invoiced him without a shipping charge.
Then I guess your idea would work, to prevent a late shipping defect. It would show the date shipped and the date delivered.I recently has someone buy three items and pay for the shipping, even though it was a local pickup. We cancelled the sales and relisted as local pickup. It saved the buyer about $20 and me a big headache.
I like Stevens videos but what happened? Where is the Ryanne video? Is your busy basket getting too full? We missed your update Sunday podcast too. Hurry back now ya hear? :)
We've mentioned several times on the blog and podcast that we're temporarily halting our "what sold" videos. It takes a lot of time that we need to put into our business. But Steve has volunteered to take over for now. if anyone wants to make their own videos, please post and share! Ryanne's sister was in town for a visit. Our weekend was spent having fun. regular programming will return on sunday.
LOL Jay, your fans are getting demanding!
In one of the recent threads, there was some discussion about whether ebay provides a way for sellers to offer coupons to buyers. I explained that ebay has something called a coupon, but it is really a targeted discount, not a traditional "coupon".However, it looks like coupons might be coming our way? Along with some new store tiers, and some other stuff---this is from a PDF file from ebay OPEN:Looking ahead New tiers Better branding/storefront Better merchandising Newsletter Couponing More services Financing Tax support
It'll be interesting to hear what Trash elves who are attending say about eBay's new initiatives.
The various workshops, etc, will be available for replay on Monday (from what I've been told). Hopefully we'll hear from some trash elves before then, but if not, they might be worth checking out.
Correction: the general sessions will be available....I'm not sure about the Workshops
I am a trash elf at eBay Open and some of the workshops will be available for the next 6 months. The social media one and the seller hub performance insights (great for data geeks like Jay) are particularly information packed.
Targeted coupons are on the top of my wish list I would like to see. Along with a few other pie-in-the-ski initiatives that I know will never happen.
30 of the Absolute Best Internet Freebies We’ve Ever Foundhttp://www.thepennyhoarder.com/best-internet-freebies/?media_buy=10253f132efedad14cd4108d88cb30&aff_id=4&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=paid
Great sale on the slide rule, Steven. I always pick them up for a few bucks and sell between $30-50. Have yet to find one worth as much as the one you sold, but I'll keep looking.Also, I have to say that the way you wrap the electrical cords on the electronic items you sell is quite impressive. Looks so professional!
Thanks Pam, presentation is key.
Hi Jay & Ryanne! Here is a link that I recently posted on our sales on Bonanza...random but cool! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bnc_TJD3M0
Loved seeing what I assume was a photo of the real Steve Schultz at the end, with a cute gal I assume was not his sister! Thanks!
Yes Linda, that's me and Sylv (my SO) at Cathedral rock near Sedona.
wow...my dad fought in the battle of tarawa - just seeing that picture brought back a ton of memories. as a child, as any kid did...snooping thru their parents stuff...i found a cigar box of photographs...great video steven - if fun to see your finds!
The popular SPARCO 6-pack of box sealing tape is on sale at Amazon for $6.99. Been buying this tape for a few years and this is the lowest price I've ever seen. Not prime eligible but does qualify for free shipping on total orders over $49.https://www.amazon.com/Sparco-Rolls-Sealing-Transparent-330ft/dp/B005P7P9M2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1469756735&sr=8-1&keywords=sparco+packing+tape
I just cracked open a new pack of that tape and it is absurdly strong and sticky. It is actually difficult to run through my tape gun because it doesn't want to release from the roll. I have to yank it pretty good to get it to feed. Eh, it's a good problem to have!
Just a quick tip that I didn't know. Under your account in site preferences then selling preferences and selling manager pro click edit and click list on these worldwide sites and then check the boxes. I never knew I only had the US checked. I have quite a bit of international sales so I always thought it every country was checked already. Basically it puts your items on their countries eBay.Just a tip.
i believe this just means that you can go list on those sites, not that your items will be seen on those sites. the page says "Select as many eBay sites as you'd like and list the same product in different countries." that to me says that you can sign into those sites and list. not that your items will be shown on those sites, though i believe that a lot of the US items that ship internationally do show up there automatically.
Hmm. Possibly but where I heard it from was in a video and they showed their item now listed on that countries eBay. Since I already have it selected it's hard for me to test. If you don't, maybe you can go to an English site like Canada and search for your item. Then check the box to see if it then shows up. I took list as to mean it lists your items on there not that I can physically list my items there. But I could definitely be wrong.
i guess it's worth just checking them off just in case. just did it. maybe it will help some intl sales!
Hey a little OT, but yo boys and girls, scavengerlife.com is a Thing. Check them out and congrats on being # 83,980 ! http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/scavengerlife.com(I was actually helping a friend out with SEO. Out of curiosity, I checked our heroes, and a Keanu Reeves whoaaaa.)Anyway, thanks for keeping it real Ryanne and Jay.
Thanks Eve. That's really neat!
3+ mins avg time on site is pretty high also for a non-entertainment site! Congrats!
Every so often I get an offer that has "PayPal invoice" written under terms. Just to clarify, this means that the person wants me to sell it to them without going through eBay, correct? My instinct is declining the offer. What could possibly be advantageous to the buyer in this scenario other than me not getting seller protection?
Since they know you won't pay eBay fees, they're likely going to give you a lower offer so you're passing the savings on to them... for example, you have something listed for $100 on eBay. If you sell it full price, you'll end up with $80-$90 net after eBay & PayPal fees (depending on your seller level & discounts). A buyer might offer you an $85 offer through PayPal so you avoid eBay fees and they automatically get $15 off. It would net out to nearly the same money for you. Protection for the buyer is pretty similar through PayPal only as eBay as well.
When we first stated selling on eBay in 2008, it seemed common for people to ask us to sell off eBay. Like Brian said, it was all about getting a better deal.We were naive then and just wanted sales so would sell off eBay. But honestly it became inconvenient. All the messages back and forth. Often thee kind of buyers were really needy. Plus as we started selling more, we realized we didnt need to sell off eBay. Why risk it? We hated the idea that eBay could suspend our store because we were openly talking about selling off eBay through eBay messages. I can't remember the last time a buyers asked us to sell off eBay. If someone did, we'd just ignore them. I know some buyers love to drone on about high eBay/paypal fees, but 13.5% is a great deal IMHO. They bring us the customers and deal with the transaction. All we have to do is list. I'll take it.
I agree, it's not worth the risk or headache. I Googled it a bit and it seems there is also some scam where the person sends a fake Paypal email directly to you saying you have Paypal funds once they have your email address. I declined and blocked.
and they bring us the platform tooimagine if we were to build our own commerce instead of using eBay
I have lost a pair of shoes!!! Not just any pair either - a pair of size 13 shoes. How in the world did this happen? I know exactly where they should have been as I have a dedicated tub for black dress shoes. I've tore through my entire storage building and triple checked every single tub. I just know they will turn up somewhere stupid. I've probably mixed them in with unlisted inventory at some point.I'm going to have to cancel with the buyer...I'm also going to push up my plans to revamp my inventory system and start this weekend. It's gotta be done. Honestly I feel like temporarily getting a paid storage unit and moving in all my unlisted inventory. That way I can start fresh in my building with ONLY listed inventory. That would add a level of motivation to get my death pile stuff listed.
I feel your pain. AAAASRRRRGGGGHHHHHH! That's a primal scream and a half for Inventory Escapees. I'm in the midst of trying to repair our inventory woes. I feel like I am on a sinking tanker, sticking Hubba Bubba gum into random holes and declaring it fixed. When it happens, I apologize profusely and ask the customer if they are willing to wait or prefer to cancel. You may be surprised. Out of the ahem, few escapees, people were ok waiting. One poor guy waited a month for his treasured shirt to resurface. ( it was in with unpictured inventory, no idea how that happened). I felt awful, but once in a while, it happens. Of course, if it is truly lost. That sucks.
Ps- don't get a storage unit for that reason alone, it's a trap! We did that in the past and it took us forever to realize it wasn't helping to get that unlisted stuff listed. Out of sight, out of mind.
Even though I have a small store this has happened to me twice on cheap items. The first buyer was super nice and I found it a couple weeks later and shipped it for free. The second buyer was a dealer, left crappy feedback not mentioning that I refunded immediately, and of course I still haven't found that item. I'm a very organized person, and this is such a bad feeling. My condolences. It is kind of motivational, so I guess there is that.
Retro,I know how you feel. I just sold an item and for the life of me I cannot find it. I have, what I thought, was a fool proof inventory system. I use a tub system as well, but I apply a SKU# to each item. I’m a geek with MS Excel and use it extensively for my inventory control. So to add insult to injury, I just did a physical count of my inventory the last two days, but didn’t have the chance to reconcile what I had listed vs. what I counted. So sure enough, when sku#1192 was not in its tub, I went to check my Excel worksheet and there is was. #1192 was shown as active, but the cell that should had told me that it was accounted for, was blank. Double ARGH!!!Only thing I can think of is I’m in the process of moving as well, and may have packed it. I’m torn between taking a shot at my reputation and cancelling the order and coming clean or, start going through the boxes one by one.
YES! Found the item. Only had to dig into 6 moving boxes. Part of the fool proof system that uses a numbering system is to make sure the item is numbered. Probably why it made it into a moving box was that it wasn’t numbered. Lesson learned.
I found these shoes this morning. They were buried at the bottom of a clothing tub and in a grocery bag so I couldn't see them when I inspected the tub. Wrote the buyer to let them know I had them and that if they were still interested I would give a discount due to my error.
deb truervaluesHi retro - I've done this several times - particularly since I moved a bunch of inventory from CA to MI....Things always turn up a few months later--too late to make it good with the customer.It really helped tighten things up when I went to terminal 99's inventory system--don't know whether you have one or not, but it certainly helped me keep things under control....
Currently I have listed inventory in tubs. I fill a tub with stuff, list it all, and put it on the shelf. I know what all is grouped together by listing date.I want to go to a system like Terminal 99's with labeled tubs and a line item on the listing stating the tub.
What type of tubs Sue?I need urgently something like that for my packaged collections, for example, vintage miniature kitchen items I have grouped.Sort of messed up. They sell well, but I always need to go and look for them in a messed up pile.Thank you
deb truervaluesHi Paulo - Most people either use those large storage bins (clear ones work best) or boxes of uniform size. Here is a link to terminal 99s video on storage-last time I looked he had more than 7000 items. His goal was 10,000https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBuPvXmFgTsPersonally, I just have bins, stacked 4 deep. They are all marked on the outside. As I put listings up, I keep a manual list that I can refer to if I make a mistake. This has saved me an enormous amount of time looking for inventoryAlso, I often put sets together in plastic bags or bubble wrap as I list them, This way, they stay together in storage.There was some discussion a couple of weeks ago about finding shoes and whether to put them in bags to store. People were saying they were hard to find. Well, if they are bagged in a bin with 50 pairs of dress shoes, they WILL be hard to find.I put mixed items in bins--I know it sounds crazy, but that's how big warehouses are doing it now--shoes with clothes with toys, etc. The deal is, if you only have 2 pairs of dress shoes in a bin full of clothing, it's easy to find what you are looking for.
I have to say, in doing my last physical inventory, the only improvement I need to make is to purchase one of those tagging guns for clothing and hats. Other than that, biggest problem is human nature. Not putting items away in a timely manner.
My first sale on Etsy today, uhuu!A Trading Card complete collection plus extras and the holder folder of Formula 1 star Ayrton Senna from the 90s
keep going Paulo, I have sold 333 items in a year on etsy, the only key is to keep refreshing your listings with new items.
Within my listings, while logged in, I just saw the notice about active content being turned off in mid 2017. You can preview to see how your listing will look. Also notice little boxes next to “write a review” and condition description. Looks like numbers 66/14. Anyone know how long that has been there?
I started seeing it today and I've been pretty active.
I just noticed it today.
How is everyone bulk editing nowadays? I used to select my listings and edit all selected. I can get to the screen right before I see all the selected listing but eBay throws up an errors of "There was a system error. Try again later." I try again later and it's the same problem. Been doing this for at least 2 month off and on.This circles back to the larger problem of how eBay stores our data. I feel like they are like a bank using COBOL or some other dead computer language. The site is clunky and buggy. I'm probably in the minority but I would gladly them take a higher percentage of fees IF I knew those extra fees were 100% going into upgrading their system. Not some clunky GUI upgrade but a true stream lined user friendly upgrade.
Are you trying to bulk edit 500 items? If so, try bulk editing by page. I also have trouble with editing 500 at a time.
For years I had used eBay's TurboLister with minimal listing issues. Besides the ability to do bulk edits within the app, I was able to Export and import to Excel whereas I would do more advanced edits that I could not in TurboLister. I tried eBay's Exchange file service, but I had major issue with that.
Would a wortpoint subscriber please look this up and let me know how much it sold for?http://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/josef-albers-homage-square-dedicated-408952804
$19.95 in 2013.
Thanks a lot! I'm glad I didn't subscribe to find out it's worth so little.
You're welcome. But I just took a moment to review more recent solds for that artist on ebay and I wouldn't put too much weight on that one low dollar sale. Maybe it was an auction that was sniped, a new seller or one with feedback issues, or whatever. It's only one data point.
J&R: I swear I saved the link, but I cannot find it now! What's the site you can order the Polaroid One Step film packs to test out those cameras? I got 2 at a barn sale for $1 each, one film pack seemed to power one camera for a few blasts, but then it died. So I suppose my only course to prove it works is to buy one of the film packs.Before the film pack died, when I put it in the other camera, it did lots of churning inside, but did not work. So sell that one as for parts?Thanks!
First off, don't throw away the old film pack. It's amazing how much value there is in them. Unless you do sell a lot of Polaroids, test packs for just one or two camera are not worth it. Best to sell the cameras as is. Or you can do a DIY with the film pack that died. YouTube has many examples.
I've sold a few untested with no negative results.
i have found enough old film packs with juice in them to test my cameras. you can also buy film on amazon or ebay and just keep the packs when the film is gone and use the battery. they are pricey, but i think it's worth it to always test the cameras and flash.
Thanks. I found "THE IMPOSSIBLE PROJECT" that makes new film packs...That must be the company I was trying to think of. The 600 packs cost $23.49.
Ouch! That's a lot. I'm in Ryanne's camp about saving the old film packs. My only problem is those batteries go dead and I'm looking for a battery tester. I'm thinking of doing one of those DIY projects.
I found some interesting info for you electronics nerds that maybe can rig up some way to test them out with a dead battery pack:https://www.ifixit.com/Answers/View/211789/How+do+I+change+the+Battery+in+a+Polaroid+One+600http://www.instructables.com/community/recharging-the-battery-in-a-polaroid-type600-film-/
I've never tested a polaroid and I've sold more than a few. Up until this summer, they always sold pretty quick. I have a few right now that aren't selling. Also, several of my polaroids were actually bought by The Impossible Project. They refurbish them and sell them bundled with film.
Thank you for sharing your sales, Steven. I really enjoyed your video!
EVE! You are so right about putting unlisted items away:) I have to trip over it every day until I get it listed or it is forgotten!
Bad mail lady strikes again. No package pickup and pkgs left on ground near mailbox at the bottom of the driveway. It was a big box too so I had a hard time getting it in the house. I can't complain because all she has to do is say she feels unsafe and they won't make her pickup from my porch. I thought we had worked thru it and my old carrier came back so everything was normal again anyway. But on her days off the lazy mail person strikes again and my pkgs that should go out sat have to wait until Monday. So frustrating. I wish knew what days she was working so I could just take them to the post office myself. Grrr.
Talk to your regular mail carrier. Work on that relationship. Our mail carrier tells us when she will be on vacation and we know her regular day off. We often just take stuff in on that day because the subs tend to arrive late in the day. (I'm taking 6 packages in today.) We also do the online package pickup request. They have to come to the door. Pickups scheduled during your regular mail delivery is free. We have also put the flag up and a note inside saying to drive up to the house for a pickup. Our carrier told us they get paid more when we put in a pickup request.Deliveries usually make it up our 400 yard gravel driveway (mostly uphill). Because I buy online and flip a lot of text books, we have deliveries almost everyday. We have a large plastic storage bin on our side porch with a sign at the bottom of the steps that says to put items in the bin. We also give our USPS carrier & UPS guy gift cards at Christmas. It also helps that our folks, regulars and subs, seem to all be mostly positive folks.We've been here a year. I talked to the Postmaster about a couple early issues which did not involve our regular carrier. Results are now mostly positive.
I've seen it mentioned on here multiple times that postal carriers get paid extra to do pickups.Last week I talked with my postal carrier about pickups to get it straight from the source. She said they definitely do not get paid extra for doing pickups, but that it is part of their job and they have to do it. It must be a regional or local thing to pay the carriers extra.
I also asked my carrier and he said he does not get any bonus for picking up packages. He did get a homemade Cinnabon from me today, because he helped me unload a free exercise bike for me the other day. I can strongly endorse the Clone of a Cinnabon recipe. Truly delicious, although I only used a tablespoon of cinnamon and slightly changed the amount of sugar and flour.http://allrecipes.com/recipe/20156/clone-of-a-cinnabon/We are definitely getting our money's worth out of the bread machine my husband purchased while stationed in Korea in 1995.