I am finally caught up with my back log of what sold videos. It was a slow week last week, but it was bolstered by 2 very nice sales: a bottle of vintage Givenchy perfume ($350) and a pair of antique sunflower medallion fireplace andirons ($375). Packing those andirons was a chore, and I filmed a time-lapse and included it at the end of this weeks videos:https://youtu.be/VLO06May2SwI also put up 2 additional videos this week from my backlog of sold items from late July and early August:https://youtu.be/7F8UwLViVlI - Hitchcock Mirror, PlayStation, G-Shock Watch, Perfume, Civil War Book https://youtu.be/IkWLTJDbdO8 - Japanese Satsuma Jar, Foredom Tool, Gold Dip Pen, Indian Motorcycle
LOVE LOVE LOVE vintage perfumes! Congrats on that great sale (and the rest of your sales)!
Also, this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qr1-EhAS1zY :)
Sheldon, I think you've mentioned this in the past, but I can't remember the answer... where did you find your shelving. Also, how do you keep mice/animals out of your barn/items? I'm wanting to move my inventory into our barn, but am concerned about animal problems as the barn's really only a semi-permeable membrane. Thanks so much!
Hi Kate. I was worried about animals getting into things in the barn when I first started using it. But I find maintaining a frequent presence in the building helps prevent any critters from getting too cozy. I have an insulated office on the first floor and a workshop in the basement level. My inventory is on the 2nd floor, and I keep all my boxes and packing materials on the 4th level, which my 7 year old daughter has named "BoxLand". So I am constantly making my presence known on all levels. But for good measure, I do place poison baits around. In my last house I ignored the signs of mice in hopes that they'd move along on their own and before I knew it we had quite the infestation. I learned there is no reasoning with mice, so I am pro-active now.For items that are prone to damage (clothing, fabric, paper), I store them in locking bins. Hard goods, like things made of metal, ceramic, etc. I store on open shelves. I haven't really found much evidence of animals getting into things. For things that need temperature control, I store them inside the house.For shelving, I originally bought pre-made metal shelves and bought them from Amazon. But I have recently started making 8 foot long shelves from 2x4's and plywood. They cost about 1/2 the price and provide about twice the shelf space. I've built them for my basement, garage, and workshop. I just filmed myself building one this weekend and I am planning on putting together a video tutorial on it when I have a moment.
Thanks so much! Can't wait for the tutorial! My barn is considerably more rustic than yours sounds; it's about 70 years old, on a slab, without insulation. But there's got to be a way to make it work! Thanks again!
I'm interested in your shelving video. An easy way to build a shelf is just add a board to your bare walls that are not being used for anything. They have prefinished shelving boards at Menards.
Sheldon, I LOVE your "What Sheldon Sold" videos...smile everytime that name comes up on my watch list:) The packing video was great!
Since we knew our storage was going to be "permanent", we like building shelves like Sheldon mentioned. 2 x4's and plywood. We can customize the shape and size. The shelves are screwed into wall and can holds hundreds of pounds.We don't have any rodents or pests issues. Just put down mice poison. Bugs can't hurt "hard goods". Most of these items we store are items we bought out of people's barns anyway. Hot or cold have no effect on them. As long as they stay dry, all is well.Anything that can be effected by weather is in a climate controlled room. The challenge is just determining what item should go where.
Cats people. I have 5 cats, no mice. (Get out the banjo) Growin' up in the country we had around 24 outside cats. yeehaw) I have a Bengal mix that is dumb as a box of rocks. He would probably lick that poison a few times, Jay. My other dummy cat got into a box of detergent in the basement and had a seizure. We both learned our lesson. Be careful. Ps, Would love a show on how not to wish your partner dead because he or she sucks at entering tracking. U know. The usual tiffs and squabbles. Might save someone I know ;)
Don't forget about the flip clock from the "Back to the Future" movie.
And the red puffer vest---actually orange---from the same movie...with Halloween coming up, expect those to sell well.
I myself had a back log of items that I kept forgetting to video tape. So here is a few weeks worth of items. Enjoy =)https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=uh0E4X9hFjg
My very favorite part of the day is heading to bed with a snack to watch all the SL What Sold Videos:) Looking forward to catching yours tonight. Thanks for posting!
Lol Steven. Love the ending to your video. When you mentioned the items you have for parts, I was wondering where you put all of those units. I'm going to show this to my husband next time he grumbles about the garage. We are still parking a car in there and he has a giant boxing bag. TFS. :)
And the eerie music was a nice touch. Plus we still got to see the doggies.
Yes, the eerie music really capped it off nicely.
I thought the music was a dramatic intro to your hoard 'o money--kind of like the opening scene to a sci-fi outer space movie. Nice touch. And it me feel waaaay better about my garage hoard. My son's family all moved back to Alaska last week so I have begun to dig out of the photo room hoard. The garage will be next. Surprising how quickly one can begin to whip things into shape.
My interesting sales over the past 7 days are below. I'm going to try my first attempt at a What Sold video tonight. Just learned that MacBookPros have the screen capture recording built in so gonna start there and see what happens.Lego Train Lot:http://www.ebay.com/itm/201620380471Taking Deric's advice/knowledge to heart, I put this lot on sale for 50% off after seeing little to no action. Started to get the action after that and it sold last night for $110. Not the $200+ I wanted, but still a good sale after buying the box of Legos for about $25.Woolrich Puffer Vest:http://www.ebay.com/itm/191946142132Bought this on Saturday, listed Sunday, sold Monday. Paid $3 for it and sod for $60.R2D2 Necklace:http://www.ebay.com/itm/201580067952Probably overpaid for this and some other Star Wars jewelry at a sale a few months ago. Bought this necklace, plus Darth Vader & X-Wing neckalaces, R2D2 & Darth Vader rings. They are true vintage, from 1977. Paid about $12 average for all the pieces thinking they'd go for $100 each; but this one (and most) have sold for $35.Marcus Designs Knight chalkware relief:http://www.ebay.com/itm/201482263228I pick these up any time I see them (assuming the price is right). Various medieval designs were made in the late 70s to early 80s. This is a small one, but they also have pretty big (up to 20"x30") triptychs that I also found once or twice. Bought 3 of these for $10 each and this was the last one I sold - all for $75 each.Chanel Mademoiselle gift set:http://www.ebay.com/itm/191918654921This was one of the pieces I bought about a month ago at a sale that had tons and tons of unopened high end perfumes. I spend about $500 on several pieces - this one costing about $60. Sold for $200.Salvatore Ferragamo shoe trees:http://www.ebay.com/itm/201602814910I think I mentioned about 2 months ago I was at a crazy high end estate sale - multi million dollar house, apparently going through an ugly divorce. Most of the stuff was over priced - shoes were going for $50+, designer clothes for hundreds, etc. But, overlooked in the corner, was a clothes basket of about 25 pairs of shoe trees. I saw names like Johnston & Murphy, Ballys, etc so I asked how much they were, assuming they would say $10 a pair or something. The woman said no one had even asked and they were probably going to dump them - I offered $20 for the basket and she said ok. When I got home I found the 2 pairs of Ferragamos at the bottom. Johnston & Murphys have been selling for $25/pair, Ballys for $20/pair, and then these two Ferragamos sold to the same guy for $76 ($38/pair) best offer. Easy have made 10x my money on the basket so far.
Great profit on the medieval plaques. I don't think I've ever saw these but will be keeping my eyes opened now. Looking forward to your video.
A question for those that sell trucker hats with foam fronts.What do you do with those hat that the form fronts have dried out and disintegrating and making the hats very messy? Do you pass on them on the most part or try to clean them up? I’m not able to find too many sold examples.Thanks
This happens to the older hats. We just tear out the disintegrating foam and wash it. If the hat still has some integrity or is an especially cool hat, we still sell it.If the hat seems unwearable, we'll cut out any patches and sell them alone.
Tear off the patch. Most times I pass since that stuff gets everywhere.A tip for vintage snapback hats is to bend the bill slightly before buying. Sometimes they'll snap or crumble with little force.
I typically pass on anything where the foam is all crumbly. If I had the opportunity to buy whole boxes of hats maybe I'd try to get creative and do what Jay mentioned but everyplace by me wants $2 a hat so I have to cherry pick the best of the bunch.
If the hat is amazing I'll shake the crap out of it until all the flaking stops. Then I'll just let the buyer know. They may just want to sit it on a shelf anyway.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-trucker-hat-mesh-Coors-cap-snap-back-Red-/272087678559?rd=1Sold this one last week $25, sponge was gone. I use a small air compressor on a low setting and blow the sponge out - OUTSIDE! very dusty. I have sold a couple. I bought this for $.25, so no risk. I buy them all, then take them home to sort.
Thanks LeeinTN,I have a couple ratty ones I've been testing with. Best results so far, rubbing foam between mess and fabric and vacuuming at the same time.
Hey, Steven. What other parts besides Cartridge, Feet, and Cover are worth parting out on a turntable? Thanks again!
Tone arm, headshell, counterweight, platter mat, dust cover, cover hinges etc.A quick check on eBay solds for your make and model will give a good idea. A lot depends on the age as well, older turntable parts are made of unobtanium.
Got it, thanks.
Under Armour shirt sold in 3 days.http://www.ebay.com/itm/Under-Armour-Fitted-Coldgear-Green-Blue-Mock-Turtleneck-L-S-Shirt-Top-Womens-L-/182240109582?rd=1Thanks to the what sold videos. I now look at bags. This Motley Crue bag had 3 watchers in under 24 hours I had priced it at 29 and upped it to 30 when I saw the watchers. It sold in 3 days. There are two new bags listed with coffee thermos for $45 +$11 shipping and $50 + $15 shipping. Seems that the price was right for used at $30 + $6.95.http://www.ebay.com/itm/Bad-Boys-Motley-Crue-Evening-In-Hell-Las-Vegas-Messenger-Bag-Black-Canvas-/282131352061?rd=1Amazed that someone donated new with tags Hanna Andersson pjs to Savers. I did pay $9 (discounted from $13) but they sold quickly in 9 days.http://www.ebay.com/itm/Hanna-Andersson-Short-John-Pajamas-Striped-Blue-Green-Boys-Girls-150-12-NWT-/182231636902?rd=1
Great Sale Anna on the Motley Crue Bag! I love buying bags:)
Sharing a few used items today. No time or experience with video.Here is a mug worth picking up. I was super lucky to get a set of 8 at a garage sale about 9 months ago and this is the fifth to sell. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Peets-Coffee-Tea-Mug-Cup-AUTUMN-LEAF-Yoshiko-Yamamoto-Arts-Crafts-Press-/331792055905?rd=1I heart vintage linens. The collectors often email with help for my title. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vtg-Linen-Thanksgiving-Table-cloth-Tablecloth-Parisian-Prints-Pennsylvania-Dutch-/231985890955?rd=1I love this buyer's ebay name - tightas*. I was nervous about the condition because the plastic had cracks, but turned out ok and he left good feedback saying he read the description. Whew.http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Teepee-Lamp-Shade-Horses-Retro-Western-Childrens-Room-Nursery-Decor-/331788341827?rd=1This took a long time to sell and I still have the lobster. I thought they were really cool, but ? http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-FISH-Mold-Hanging-Wall-Decor-Beach-Nautical-Ktichen-Knobler-Japan-/231978201869?rd=1
Love the mug and tablecloth! Thanks for sharing your sales.
Old Whiskey Bottles:http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Anderson-CO-Bourbon-Whiskey-Bottle-Pre-Prohibition-Bar-Back-/142033774094?hash=item2111df660e:g:AjYAAOSwepJXay43http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-James-Woodburn-CO-Sacramento-Whiskey-Bottle-Pre-Prohibition-Bar-Back-/131856327219?hash=item1eb33fe233:g:y0EAAOSwMhttp://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Castle-Whiskey-Bottle-Pre-Prohibition-Bar-Back-/131873861516?hash=item1eb44b6f8c:g:WOoAAOSwvg9Xayx6http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Pre-Prohibition-Old-Kirk-Whiskey-Bottle-Bar-Back-/142050774594?hash=item2112e2ce42:g:A7wAAOSwMNxXayl1I bought a lot of 5 for $7.... I still have one to sell. The best offers sold for $100 each..
Incredible condition on those bottles. I've seen a couple here & there, but none in anywhere close to that condition.
Thanks.. I got real lucky. I wasn't even sure what I had, but they were wrapped in 40 year old newspaper, so I took a chance.
Hi guys, just following up with posting a link to my "Ebay Listing Process, Workflow, Stations, Shipping, and Storing" video. Thanks again!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tueYZRRXxHI&sns=em
You are SO ORGANIZED!!! I love it! We must be related, I think it's genetic.
Love it! One quick question---how do you create the flyer that you send out?
Thanks, I have to be super organized because of my two little girls. As far as the flyer, I take a snippet of my store home page, and paste the image into an excel spreadsheet with text.
Ah, OK. I was wondering because ebay actually has a template for a Promotional flyer for stores, but I think it only allows you to show 4 items. I prefer what you are doing. Do you send that along with a packing slip?
No, never sent a packing slip. My theory is I don't want a buying customer to be focused on, and reminded of, the money they paid. I just want them to focus on being happy and not returning it. Also I put a memo in the flyer saying that packing supplies may be recycled/ reused, to help with the environment. So that way if they get an Amazon box or scrap packing material, they understand.
i like the packing slips, they have people's address on them in case something happens to your outside label. i think of the invoice as showing how much money they saved by buying it on ebay ; )
Ditto, I've talked to some postal employees over the years and they suggest the packing slips or something with the destination address included in the package. It's of course rare that something happens to the package or label, but it's another insurance policy.
I do no slip but an extra piece of tape over the part of the label with the address (not the bar code or scan square). I just bought little thank you stickers on Amazon.
Ever since the interview with a postal carrier I've included a packing slip, he seemed to think it was important. It now seems weird if I order something off eBay and don't get one.
This video was highly entertaining and informative. How big is your inventory? When are you planning to go full time? Your organization is great, how much square footage do you work out of? How much was your Zebra and how much does it cost to print per label? Thanks.
Excellent job with the templates, nice tip!
I include a packing slip as well. Not just for the postal service, but also to confirm the contents before I seal the box. One too many times in the past I’ve shipped the wrong item or mixed orders. All worked out well but, time consuming to correct and embarrassing to explain.
Thanks for the details on packing slips. I bought the zebra used on ebay for about $150, as well as the labels. The model I have only prints about 300dpi which looks a bit choppy, but never had a problem with it scanning or being read. someday I may upgrade to a 600 dpi model which prints 4x6 labels crisp and clear. My inventory is just over 400 items, and I just work out of the three rooms shown in the videos.
Amazing and very inspiring. Thanks for sharing.
Just a warning to NOT tape over a thermal printed label ... I did that once time after putting the label on the box and then deciding it needed one more piece of tape ... set the box aside for the next day's pickup ... by morning the printing under the tape had faded to a very light grey and was unreadable ... I was able to quickly do a free reprint before the postman picked it up. I was lucky it had sat overnight at my house, or I would not have realized that would happen.
My packing slip never includes cost of the item. I got tired of guessing if the item was a gift or not. Plus, including the cost seemed pointless anyway.
Has anyone ever had issues with selling imitation perfumes/fragrances? I don't mean intentionally counterfeit, but a fragrance with its own branding that clearly states it is intended to smell like a more expensive brand. In my case, I found (and can get a lot more for cheap) Jean Philippe eau de toilette bottles that clearly state, "Our version of tommy girl for women by Tommy Hilfiger," and "This product is not connected in any way with Tommy Girl, a registered trademark of Tommy Hilfiger, Inc." I understand eBay doesn't allow deceitful, intentional counterfeits, but how about situations like this? Is it the same as CVS selling their own brand of cough medicine, for example, and stating, "Compare to the active ingredients in Robitussin?"
As long as Jean Philippe its own brand, I wouldn't think it'd matter if it might smell like the other perfume. There's no trademark violation.I see plenty of it listed for cheap on eBay: http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p5508.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC10.A0.H0.XJean+Philippe+perfume.TRS5&_nkw=Jean+Philippe+perfume&_sacat=0
You just can't put "like Tommy Girl" or "Tommy Girl inspired" in your title... that's where they draw the line usually.
Thanks for your replies, guys! The problem I'm having is that the packaging says these exact words: "our version of tommy girl for women by Tommy Hilfiger." Here is a listing with the identical product:http://www.ebay.com/itm/LOT-OF-3-BOTTLES-JEAN-PHILIPPE-PARIS-VERSION-OF-TOMMY-GIRL-FOR-WOMEN-110ml-NEW-/201596403198?hash=item2ef014fdfe:g:xt0AAOSw3xJVdPu5So my title would almost have to have "tommy girl" in it because that's what is on the packaging. Any follow up thoughts? By the way, I can get a bunch of these today for $1 each. That's why I'm trying to make sure they're ok.
Do you have an opportunity to list one as a test before you go all in? Here are some pages that explain what we're referring to:http://pages.ebay.com/help/sell/compliant-listings.htmlhttp://pages.ebay.com/help/policies/search-manipulation.htmlOn the search manipulation page is this bullet that I think might catch you:- Brand names, celebrities, or other product details can't be specified in a listing if you're not selling an item by those brands. For example, if you're selling a Coach handbag, you can't mention Gucci or other brand-name handbags.- Comparing the item you're selling to a popular product. For example, you can't say "the Zune MP3 player is just like the iPod."
I had Bulgari Licensing and Compliance Lawyer sending me formal message to put down a listing on Etsy of an official, still sealed and vintage Perfume that belonged to my wife.Note the same item is listed on eBay, Amazon and Bonanza
So I called eBay since it's such a gray area. Brian, after doing some digging, the rep agreed with you. He said I am allowed to sell it, but I should not reference Tommy Girl anywhere on the listing--not the title, the description, nor anywhere else. In the end, I'm NOT going to go all in and buy more. If Jean Philippe had their own name for the fragrance, I probably would. But since they only refer to it as "our version of tommy girl," there's not much use for trying to sell it on eBay.
I was browsing my PayPal transactions today and noticed that I had two transactions from Monday that said "we had to decline this payment." Both transactions were for items purchased by the same buyer over the weekend. The eBay website said the buyer had paid for the items and I shipped them out on Monday afternoon. Now I'm worried that I basically gave somebody two items that they didn't actually pay for. Has anybody had this happen before?
Ok, false alarm. I just went deeper into my transactions list and I now see two other transactions further back where the items appear to have been paid for by a user with an email that matches the buyer details on the items I shipped. Now I'm really scratching my head about what the two "declined' transactions were from since they appear to be from a different user and appear AFTER the ones that went through.
that is very odd, makes no sense. best to call paypal and make sure it's sorted.
Steven- Absolutely LOVE the "Hoarder Horrors"!!! My dining room/office and garage are pretty close. Always in some state of hoarderville. I'm working on it ;) Thanks for the awesome video. Made my night!Jen in Indiana
I just went to the USPS website. I don't see the large Priority Mail Box.. the 15 X 12 X 12 size. Are they still making this? Thanks
I have been unable to find that size either. Such a bummer.
yeah i think they stopped making them. which sucks, they are a great size! but check this random thing out- the other day we ran into a friend in town who happens to work for a software agency that runs USPS.com (what!) and he said that they really do read the feedback they get on the website. if you look on the site, there is a big red button on the lower right hand side that says FEEDBACK. click that and tell them you want the 15x12x12 Priority box back. maybe they'll listen to all of us?
Some of my Interesting sales. I barely have time to pack/ship, much less make a video!TOMS 'Lunata' Suede Bootie Ankle Boots - $58http://www.ebay.com/itm/TOMS-Lunata-Suede-Bootie-Ankle-Boots-Shoes-Taupe-Womens-Size-9-/262513238799?rd=1It always amazes me to find shoes like this in practically new condition at the goodwill. Vintage Laimbock Brown Leather Driving Gloves - $80http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Laimbock-Brown-Leather-Driving-Gloves-Size-8-5-Medium-/262331509966?rd=1I've had these listed a while. Honestly I wondered if they'd ever sell. Not only did they sell, but for full price! I honestly think in cases like this that the buyer literally wants to pay full price so they can brag about it.Clarks Womens Illyssa Black Leather Slip On Clogs Mules Shoes - $40http://www.ebay.com/itm/Clarks-Womens-Illyssa-Black-Leather-Slip-On-Clogs-Mules-Shoes-79967-size-11-W-/262487933537?rd=1This is a good case about how large sizes in shoes can pay off. I disregarded a few low offers before finally settling for $40.Panasonic SV-MP020 (2 GB) Digital Media Player - $75http://www.ebay.com/itm/Panasonic-SV-MP020-2-GB-Digital-Media-Player-/262486522964?rd=1I found a stack of these at Walmart on clearance for $25 one day. I'm surprised people still pay for something like this.Brendon Burchard Experts Academy 20 DVD Set and 6 Bonus CD - $230http://www.ebay.com/itm/Brendon-Burchard-Experts-Academy-20-DVD-Set-and-6-Bonus-CD-/262580669471?rd=1This is a good one for the "thrift too much" debate. I thrift more than I can list - I can't help myself!! In this case, I stopped at the Goodwill by my home because I had the itch. I saw this big row of identical looking dvd's from afar and made a bee line for them. What a jackpot! I paid $8 for the set. I was happy to take a $230 offer within a day of listing!
Anyways, it is items like that DVD set that push me to stop at thrift stores even when I know that I shouldn't buy anymore for a while.
Great sale on the DVD's! I'm like you Retro Treasures...some days you just have to have your thrift store fix even when you know you shouldn't:)
I have one that opens right about the time I'm passing by on my way to the office. It's GW and not my favorite, but inventory turns over very quickly so it pays to go often. I've noticed the long timers (record hounds) are in and out very, very quickly. I've been thinking I need to adopt their technique - get even more selective and be content to walk out empty handed more frequently. It helps to have more experience now packing & selling in deciding to leave things behind.
I added jeans to my store and I've sold about 14 pairs so far. Not a big profit margin but it works. I've also noticed that piles of them end up at my weigh and pay and most of the ladies just toss them aside when they're looking through the clothes. So I might start buying some there too if they smell decent. I had a nice conversation with an older man today at the Goodwill. He was buying 600 notebooks to give to children who don't have school supplies in his area. And do you know that the Goodwill did not even cut him a deal? My favorite Goodwill has a lousy manager. But lately the store has been so junky that I'm finding a lot of cool stuff buried behind other stuff which is great for me. I even found the black diamond Disney classic Beauty and the Beast VHS tape that some people have listed for over $10,000. But realistically it will probably sell for less than 50 dollars.
Anne I just looked up the video you mentioned. I can't believe that many people are paying thousands of dollars for it when some people are selling them for much less. Is this for real?
Snopes to the rescue:http://www.snopes.com/black-diamond-collection-disney/
Jay the weird thing is that there are many which have apparently sold for thousands of dollars. If it was just one or two I'd have suspected the buyer never paid but there are many. Check out the sold listings. Beauty Beast Black Diamond
I wonder if those are auctions that never paid out. You can find those items that sell for crazy amounts, but the winner never pays. Or maybe there were enough people to be fooled by the rumor of their rareness. They thought that buying for $2k was a deal is they could sell for $12k.But bottom line: black diamond VHS tapes arent rare.
Nancy, Here;s one that "sold" for over $9,000...but was relisted , presumably because the buyer didn't pay.Classic-RARE-/172234628160?hash=item2819fbdc40%3Ag%3A57MAAOSwvg9XWGD7&nma=true&si=9FUqAExGR4f9vJ2W6Zh9bJbSYrg%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557The seller continued to relist it, lowering the price in stages. Here is the same tape today:http://www.ebay.com/itm/Beauty-and-the-Beast-VHS-1992-Walt-Disneys-Black-Diamond-Classic-RARE-/172308033173?The seller is now asking $50.00Quite a drop.... It went through many more listings
sorry, that first link is incomplete---should be:http://www.ebay.com/itm/Beauty-and-the-Beast-VHS-1992-Walt-Disneys-Black-Diamond-Classic-RARE-/172234628160?hash=item2819fbdc40:g:57MAAOSwvg9XWGD7
Some say the older videos had more footage or diff cover art so very briefly a small following was buying them. It since died out but people are still listing them as if they are still in high demand. It's with anything, someone may buy a vhs tape for thousands if in their head it holds that much value. It's not necessarily rare to find but it's also not common. You can't just go to your local store and buy it. It's still a vintage item. I plan to list mine high to show it has perceived value but low enough to make people think I'll take an offer they find reasonable. If it sits for a while I'll drop it to a normal vhs price or lot it with other black diamonds I have. Another thought though is this is not the true black diamond, the one people were wanting has Walt Disney signature in the diamond. Who knows, but mine will be for sell anyway. But the better part of my original comment is about that man. I got more joy from what he was doing than finding the tape even if I could sell it for a lot.
Just to add a little "real" data to your research. We subscribe to and use Worthpoint, a lot. I know Jay isn't a big fan of pricing that is "older", and especially if one has to pay for it, but having a database that goes back as far as 10 years does help in establishing a baseline on more rare, one of a kind items. And data is data. So to support what Jay says the Black Diamond series of tapes, including B&TB is not rare. To support this, my database said there have been 246 sales using those key words over the past 6 or 7 years and for "SOLD" Black Diamond Beauty & the Beast for the last several years. About 90 +/- of them.The top one at $1,265 is for a lot of 91 New Sealed VHS. A collection of Blk. Diamond tapes, sold in 2013. From there they run down hill from about $429.99 down to $10.49. So don't know where those $10k and $15k items are coming from. I do know that a trick a bunch of artist use is to list there artwork at $500k, a million, a million and a half, for search reasons and to be on the top when searched by price, but eventually most art sells in the low hundreds and less. my two cents, or is it $15,000 cents worth :-) mike in Atlanta
Although I do agree that Black Diamond VHS tapes are not rare, but to find one still sealed in becoming rare. There isn't many out there left. Even if open ones sell for $20 or so, it's still worth picking up at a thrift store for $0.50 - $1.00. In my opinion, the ones that are selling for several thousands are either bought by people caught up in the hype and easily have that kind of money to spare, or a kind of money laundering is going on. If I had a sealed copy, I would list it high in the thousands with best offer and see what happens.
I have a few of those I purchased for my daughter. She is almost 30 today, imagine the tapes...
Love the video, Steven! You always amaze.
Steven Schultz, thanks for another GREAT video AND the glimpse into your garage. Brought me great comfort:) I have 2 rooms that would rival that...stacked to the ceiling with great items waiting their turn to get listed!
My sales have been down the past couple of weeks. Been listing like crazy though...need to get my dining room table back by Thanksgiving!This was a book I had Amazon send back to me when I decided to leave the FBA program. Listed some of the better ones on ebay. Probably came in a 1.00 box lot of old books from the local auction house. Sold for 31.49http://www.ebay.com/itm/Versalog-Slide-Rule-Instruction-Book-Frederick-Post-Co-Vintage-60s-Era-1962-/262397922266?rd=1Found this Shell cordovan wallet at a thrift store for 50 cents. Thanks to SL I knew it was worth more than than although it was pretty beat up and stained. Took a best offer of 30.00, probably should have held out for more but it's been slow and I am of the mind set to get it outta here:) http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Mens-Wallet-Shell-Cordovan-by-Corduro-Brown-Bifold-Leather-ID-Window-/262580831672?rd=1Strainer was part of a box lot of misc. kitchen items at the auction one night. No one wanted the box so I caved and bought it for 1.00 (the auctioneer knows exactly who to look at when a box won't sell...lol, I can't resist!). Sold for 31.49 http://www.ebay.com/itm/FARBERWARE-STAINLESS-STEEL-STRAINER-COLANDER-STEAMER-BASKET-INSERT-FOR-STOCK-POT-/252470125160?rd=1AND this was in our attic...totally forgotten for years. Purchased many years ago at a yard sale. Had it as local pick up and someone asked us to ship it, so we did. Wasn't easy to find a box. Sold for full price of 124.99http://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-PEPSI-COLA-ADVERTISING-SIGN-RETURN-EMPTIES-HERE-W-WIRE-RACK-DISPLAY-/252416148058?rd=1
Thanks for the video, Steven.... We recently sold our first trucker hat and got a comment from the buyer saying it was flattened and they would've preferred a box. We shipped it in a mailer with cardboard reinforcement. Turned out the buyer was ultimately happy and left positive feedback but wondering what you all do for shipping hats. Thanks-Dave
I use boxes that a friend gets me from his work. They usually ship about 10 oz
I mainly use 10x6x4 boxes for hats with regular width brims. Older hats often have wider brims and I use light 10x8x4 boxes for those. Almost ever hat I ship weighs under 8oz.
8 x 6 x 4 box with hat in a poly. Ships under 8 ounces every time.
I use a 6x6x6 box. Hats ship for 8oz.
Has anyone else been having any problems with ebay shipping? I couple of times in the last week I've been charged a little more than the customer for Priority shipping. This is after the discount. The last time it was about 50 cents more. Usually I make a little money off shipping. Never been charged more before. I used calculated shipping.
Something I would certainly bring up with eBay. Do a couple things first before you do. Check you preferences and make sure you are not passing on the discount.Account>Site Preferences>Shipping Preferences>Offer carrier-specific discount to buyersIn your case this should be marked as NO.I have found in the past, by default, Fedx discounts were being passed on to the buyer.Next check and confirm with the USPS website the results of calculating a shipping price. This price should be should be exactly what was paid (excluding added services). But never less.
Nancy, the only times I've been charged more are when actual shipping weight was more than the weight I estimated when creating the listing.
I can't locate where I can bulk edit the handling time on ebay. I searched, but just found the old link. The vacation setting was easy to do, but I need to change my handling time to 7 days. Thank you!
you should be able to do it on your Active listings page, just select Edit>Edit listings 1-500 and you can change handling time there. IF YOU CAN'T SEE HANDLING TIME as a field to edit, you have Business Policies turned on in your Site Prefs and you need to turn them off. (google will help you with that...)
If you have Business Policies, you can change the handling time on each one individually. It's just another option.
Change each policy individually.. not each listing.
Yes, it worked. I had read another post of someone having issues doing this with having the business policies on. I disabled that. However, when I went back to active listings, the handling option wasn't there. It was now. Thanks for the quick response.On another note, I love the ebay app for listing items. I've been a seller since 1999 and this app is the best thing yet. After listing very part-time due to the birth of three kids over the past 8 years, I'm back at it filling my ebay store. It's so simple to list on ebay and such a good money maker. I've sold on Amazon here and there for awhile and just stepped it up to become an Amazon FBA seller. Still an experiment for me. Just wish the fees weren't so expensive!
You just have to put the fees in relative terms. I do not even look at the fees now in my numbers - I just review the bottom line payout and subtract my COGS. When I price, I stay aware that the list price is solely to end up at a certain profit point. It really helps mentally to do it this way I think. My goal is to eventually reach a steady $500 a month profit on amazon FBA. I will be more than happy with that, especially for not having a pro account.
If anyone is looking for good storage containers, I recommend the Sterlite Industrial plastic black 15 gallon totes. They clasp close and they don't crack. I haven't had much luck with other styles. I wish they came in clear, but these are great for stacking and durable. My other totes don't hold up well. You can usually get these for between $7-$10 and are available at Target, Home Depot, etc...
Loved the what sold video! I am so impressed with the vintage stereo equipment. Also, I have a B&W portable TV that has been sitting for a year at $25 and I'm raising the price now.Also, all that unlisted stuff really excites me. Fly me from ATL and pay me 7 bucks an hour, I'll photo and list *all* that stuff. I don't know if your stuff just looks way more interesting than mine. Maybe we should do organize local death pile trades? Like, I'll list your death pile, you list mine. Like match people up geographically. I have a pile of ephemera and labels I just can't make myself do. Or equivalent pieces. Other people's death piles are so much more interesting. Like cleaning someone else's house. At least to me.
Ok, how about mid January we trade places.
Hahaha!! Ah, winter in the Midwest...Thanks for the video, Steven, and the shot of the guard doggies.
Great ideas, love this community.Why don't we create a team schedule?We can ask Jay and Ryanne when they do their dead pile, for example every Wed 7-9PM and then we have our weekly listing night.Like movie night, coding night 😉Instead of traveling we push each other to move a bit per week
As always, great video! Here is a link to my what sold video from the past two weeks. Party on trash elves!https://youtu.be/BkoZJrPyHzc
If anyone has Worthpoint, can you look this up and let me know if it's worth anything?http://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/vintage-print-swedish-artist-rune-461102315Thanks!
It sold for $16. I don’t put a lot of weight on older low price sales from eBay shown on Worthpoint. It could have sold cheap for any number of reasons that can’t be discerned, most importantly perhaps whether it sold at auction or whether it was a BIN that sat for a while. You don’t want to determine value solely based on auction sales - I have sniped decent art or antiques for ridiculously low prices on occasion myself.
Thanks, Temudgin. Glad I didn't waste my 7 day free trial on THAT item! By the time I went back in to the estate sale, it was gone anyway. There was a matching piece by the same artist with a different theme along with it. Each piece was $20, so I was wishing a comp would have shown up somewhere showing them worth a lot more.
Have you seen this before?www.marketplacepulse.com
You are supposed to be able to search your eBay store by name and find out where you rank.
Wow. This is fascinating. Found myself!
Cool, I'm 90,311 out of...I don't know.
Interesting. I'm 152,753.
Neato! I'm currently 11,297.
Huh, it just says it's "ranked by feedback. We are using feedback ratings received in the past one month, six months, twelve months and lifetime feedback."Our lifetime is rating is 7,847 according to this site.I assume this means we've just had a lot of positive feedbacks since we've been selling a while.
I'm only seeing the feedback rankings as well. Where are you guys seeing the other numbers?
Click on your user name on that page.
Thanks Steven, looks like we're in the 30,000's in one store and 80,000's in the other.Amazing Taste is killing the competition at 7693!
If we click on our name, we're actually 92,335.
deb truervaluesI am #51,982. This number obviously has nothing to do with how much money you make.....
Looks like Bonanza is setting up a TRS program, albiet with incredibly lax standards... up to 20% return rate?!?!?! If 20% of my sales were returned I'd be out of business.http://www.bonanza.com/blog/main/Becoming_a_Bonanza_Top_Rated_Seller
just received a Bonanza email with updates on my business email, have not read yet. Zero sales in 8 months on Bonanza, not worth even reading for me
I think they mean that they don't want sellers who are refunding over 20% of their sales. Because that would mean that they're probably cancelling a lot of sales.
I just had someone from Mexico ask about shipping on an item that I am selling (with Global Shipping". The listing says contact seller for prices...So I call Ebay and they said it was a restricted item (a pair of Cole Haan shoes). Listed in men/shoes....and they have no idea why its restricted but claimed that it was customs...Have you ever heard of that?
Shoes cannot be imported to Mexico without certain information in the invoice, duties paid, and a specific import authorization from the Mexican government in advance. Since the customs form will indicate that the package is “merchandise”, you’ll come under those restrictions.
It's the same for most, if not all, South American countries. Italy and Spain also do not allow leather imports without the same hassles. Japan does not allow Fur.
It's beginning to feel like fall already! Sales are up big time and we're selling lots of sweaters, coats/jackets. Hopefully this isn't a false start and we all start seeing better sales.
Hi. I recently changed the name of my blog from "Vintage Stuff and Such" to "Vintage Thrifter". Your blog is on my blog list. I'd love for you to follow me back. Thanks, Lisa
Love the Hawaiian Corvette Shirt. I see you sold some more TDK cassette tapes.Thanks for sharing.
Just noticed this. Nice to see ebay trying to create closer ties to buyershttps://reminders.clevergift.com/?_trksid=p2050601.m1256&_trkparms=%26clkid%3D7681544182034314456
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deb truervaluesThanks for the "Hoarder Horrors" clip, Steven!!!! It gives me hope - I really thought you only purchased what you listed. HOpefully my husband will watch it and be thankful that I only have 1/2 a room full of stuff. (it drives him crazy, though!)
My printer just bit the dust. I was looking to upgrade anyways, but I have stuff to ship tomorrow and don't have the luxury of time. I see the Brother HL-L2340 Laser printer is recommended. I've located the HL-L2360 locally for a similar price $99. I just wondering if there's any specific reason this would be a bad move.I only need it for printing shipping labels and packing slips. I don't need color. I really don't want another Ink jet. Thanks.
i think they are the same, just produced in different years. if you can get that one locally, that's a good idea. we love the laser jet, been working for years.
Great.. Thanks for the information.
Well for what it's worth I went to buy the HL-L2360 and I didn't see any in the boxes on the shelf. They did have a HL-L2380 for the same $99.. a $70 discount. It looks very similar, except that it also comes with a scanner and LCD screen. It uses the same toner cartridges, so I went for it. The install was real easy and so far I love the quality of the print.Thanks again for the advice. Brother was not on my radar before.JOE
oh that's cool that it has a scanner in it. yeah i love the quality of the laser printer for labels and invoices.
So I have a question. If you list used clothing without giving measurements, what do you do when a potential customer emails you asking for them. Is it worth it to dig the item out (it may be a 10 dollar t-shirt) and take measurements, or do you just ignore them? TY for any answers.
Dan would tell us to ignore them. I try, really hard, but sometimes I can't and will dig the item out and get the measurements...but not on a 10.00 shirt:)
I have a $40-$50 threashold to respond to similar requests. Below that, I tend to let go. For items under $20, I surely leave it unattended.My own experience: in the beginning I would respond to any, for items under $20 it was always waste of time.Over $50 high success /return.In between always success (as close as today for example)
I think eBay dings you for unanswered questions.
There is a drop down menu on the questions page of my ebay that lets you mark the question as answered. Dan seems to do great without answering, but I have always thought the same thing about dings for not answering questions. Maybe that was from an old business model
i don't think you get dinged for unanswered questions, i've never heard of that before. that would be weird.