Not sure if this is the correct forum to asking this question, But I’m looking for comments from other sellers that uses mannequins for photographing clothing. I need to make an investment in a half size mannequin(s) for photographing men’s clothing. I’m settled on one’s made of fabric material with an adjustable stand. My question, do I need one for each size that I will we will be selling (M-XL) or are there tips and tricks that can be used with just 1-2 mannequins.Thanks.
I only use one mannequin for mens and womens clothing. I think buyers get the idea without investing in two sizes.
Thanks Cheryl, What size do you use? The shirts I deal with are L-XL with outliers on both sides.
I use just one size as well. Mine is just a hanging plastic half man :)
I'm not sure what size mine is, it is an old one I've had for years, picked it up at the Goodwill. Mostly I sell XL clothing but I have fit a small on this too. I wish I could find another. I love the fiberglass mannequins because the clothes slide on and off so easily. BUT, now they are collectible and hard to come by. Mine is breaking, I use it gingerly and hubby is trying to figure out a way to repair it for me. I do have a 2/3rd size mannequin (upper thighs to neck) that the person who lists for me uses. It has a cloth covering. I think it's a man mannequin but I do put women's clothing on it too. My clothing store name is Second Hand Serenity if you want to see the ones I use. The black one is my fav!!!
I purchased my mannequin for $120 with free shipping in 2013 off of eBay. Mine has removable arms, which I typically don't use because it's faster to get clothing on and off. The mannequin is a men's medium, but I put all sizes on it. Here's a 2XL jacket.http://www.ebay.com/itm/Nautica-Green-Corduroy-Reversible-Blue-Jacket-Mens-Collared-Coat-XXL-/182011496379?ssPageName=STRK:MESE:IT
I made the mistake of buying a women's adjustable form instead of a mannequin - a form is something that is normally used for sewing and checking fit of clothing. I thought that I could adjust it for M to L sized clothing, but I find that the adjustment knobs get in the photo. That does not look good!When I find a large enough box, I'm going to list it. I bought it at a discount, so I should at least be able to get my money back. Then, I will buy a medium mannequin. Maybe per Cheryl's suggestion, I will get a male mannequin and use it for both female and male clothing.Right now, I put a man's shirt on the female mannequin backwards so it doesn't have boobs. It looks OK, I guess better than hanging it on the wall. Then, I have to switch it around to get the back of the shirt.
I just wanted to add how I bought my mannequins. I searched for one on eBay, then I filtered according to distance and found one in my town. When I looked at the description, I found that they were a distributor and had a warehouse where they sold unboxed and new mannequins. So, I went during working hours and bought the women's form (mentioned above), a child mannequin, and a man's head for caps.
I got a male torso mannequin off Craig's List for $15...an old Burberry store mannequin. I put a stuffed bra on it for female clothes ... call him Max or Maxine depending on how he's dressing ;o) He doesn't have removable arms, but they are poseable (I have to be careful of the finger positions that he's not flipping the bird). It's hard to dress him on some things, I'm considering removing the arms permanently or figuring a way I can take them on and off to make dressing a little easier.Here's Max: http://www.ebay.com/itm/TORI-RICHARD-Mens-Aloha-Shirt-SANTA-REINDEER-CHRISTMAS-Viscose-size-XL-HAWAII-/112088521237Here's Maxine: http://www.ebay.com/itm/NWT-JS-COLLECTIONS-PETITE-10P-Womens-100-SILK-JACKET-Pink-Floral-Fully-Lined-/112097083752
And for larger size clothing, I just put in some shoulder padding with a little wad of paper or bubble wrap to make it hang better. Like this:http://www.ebay.com/itm/100-CAMEL-POLO-RALPH-LAUREN-Mens-2-button-COAT-JACKET-46R-made-in-CANADA-/112097086124
You know, that mannequin is probably worth some good coin.
I picked up my new ladies mannequin at St. louis Store Supply for not kuch money. It was a canvas type covered form that screws on top of a wooden pole that stands on the floor. Then I painted over the canvas with a nicer flesh colored paint. Then I distressed it with dark ink a little bit and stamped the neck with a large black number and a Paris stamp at the front lower neck. I painted the wood stand and the wooden top finial black and distressed it too. So I think it looks rather fashionable in my photos, and I use it for home decor, dressed up in a vintage mink heads stole and vintage necklaces, when not in use. I know, I play too much. :-)
We just invested in torso mannequins last month. We bought the smallest male we could find because we thought too that putting a bra on him would work for women's clothes but the smaller dresses didn't fit him. So we bought the smallest woman we could find too. I use clothes pins to pull clothes to make the bigger sizes fit and just adjust them as I spin for photos so that they are not seen. I think so far they are looking good. I also put casters on them to make them spin nicer and easier to move around for my arthritis. For kids clothes I have a lot of hooks on our coat wall that I use to display kids clothes with clothespins and I think it looks good. Most people understand kids clothes sizes and they are so cute they don't need a lot of froo froo to sell them!Also if you are looking for a nice head for hats look at pier 1. They have glass heads that look sharp in pictures. We were using the old styrofoam ones and they are too lightweight and get dirty easy and kids like to make holes in them etc. It was $20 but they always seem to have coupons. It is quite heavy too which is nice for the bigger hats. Man Mannequin: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GNHNV5A/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1Woman Mannequin: http://www.ebay.com/itm/252404050805?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AITGlass Head: http://www.pier1.com/recycled-glass-head/2188209.html?st=glass%20head
If you have any stores near you going out of business, check with them. Many of them will sell off their mannequins. I know that right now a lot of Macy's stores are closing so if you have one near you, that may be a place to start. As for me, I got a female mannequin form off of Ebay for $40 plus $14.95 shipping. It's very easy to use, no arms to get in the way. You can find a similar one here: http://www.ebay.com/itm/34-CHEST-26-WAIST-35-HIPS-FEMALE-MANNEQUIN-DRESS-FORM-WHT-BLACK-M-/272280639128?hash=item3f6530d698:m:mHgH8kIOYn103JlBdQ83YNA
Thanks for sharing your sales, Steven. Very informative, as always. And entertaining! Sorry, Anonymous, I don’t use mannequins.
Jay:You probably know this already, but might be handy info.http://www.quertime.com/article/15-best-online-forum-platforms-software-free-and-paid/
You give so generously of your time already Jay and Ryanne. You do what's best for you. WE (your faithful followers) will adapt:) We have for this long...and are just thankful that you keep it going.
Thanks Eve. Ryanne and I spoke about this and might have an idea. We'll see the work involved and what makes sense. It could be fun.
Facebook groups are great. They function just like a forum for the most part. By far the best platform for user adoption. Super easy to post pics and participate(since most have accounts already). You have admins that can moderate and accept requests to join. I'd suggest a closed group if you ever chose to go that route.
Mike, not everyone wants their personal fb page tied to their hobby and/or business. That's the problem with FB groups.I remember back when facebook really took off and I started getting friend requests from a bunch of guys from an arcade collecting forum I frequented. I only knew these guys through screen names and arcade banter. Once I saw the real people I realized I really, really, REALLY wanted to maintain that separation. Lol.
Dear Steve: LOVE LOVE LOVE these videos. You have such a pleasant relaxing voice! But best of all is the doggie footage at the end. Please keep em coming! Thank you!
Thank you and others for the positive comments, nice to know the videos are appreciated.
Steve does have a great voice!! Very calming. I bet he never lets a crazy ebay customer get the best of him:)
Steve should be a reader for audiobooks.
Nice sale on the Sony reel-to-reel. I came across a small Sony 250 last week and passed on it they don't seem to fetch much on eBay. I have yet to stumble upon a desirable one.Here's my what sold video from last week's sales:https://youtu.be/J1RQ_vfaxGkMy big sale was a couple of retro vintage diner stools which I had on local pick up, but the buyer wanted them shipped to Virginia. So I obliged and had fun filming a time lapse of the shipping:https://youtu.be/5kymAeIJjv4They weighed about 30 lbs each and it wasn't too tough to pack them up. So I might seek out some more large high value items for the store.
Sheldon, I watched your video last night. I love the things you are finding!! So unique and I always learn something new. Thanks for taking the time to make them and share. BTW...you new microphone worked beautifully AND that table you video on is gorgeous:)
Thanks for the feedback, Cheryl. I felt like I had a bunch of technical glitches in this video. I'm glad they were not too noticeable. The table I shoot my videos on, as well as most of my listing photos, is a late-1700's / early-1800's Queen Anne tilt top I picked up at auction for $60. I love the richness of the wood and it's very portable. I tote it inside or outside depending upon what I am using it for.
That gorgeous table and much of your inventory illustrate the joys of scavenging in New England. I miss it. Great video, thanks.
did you use UPS or Fedex to ship those stools? also did you charge for handling? just curious!
I used UPS as I have an account and free pick ups. I didn't charge a handling fee. It honestly didn't take as long as I was expecting. Thankfully the boxes and packing materials were all scavenged, so no expenses there.
how do you have free pickups from UPS? i would love that for FBA!
How did you date those forks? Did you just find similar ones listed on eBay, or did you have to do more research?
UPS offers a free year of their smart pick up service if you sign up for a UPS Connect account, which is also free:https://upsconnect.com/business-insights/smart-pickup-smart-business/The smart pick up service automatically schedules a pickup when you create UPS label on ups.com. However, it doesn't automatically trigger when you create your label via Amazon FBA. But you can manually initiate a smart pick up when you need a pickup through your account on ups.com.You also get free 4x6 thermal labels, which are designed for the zebra, but can work in the Dymo 4XL if you enterprising.Forks: I found information about this style on a few collectors websites. I'm careful not too put to much faith into eBay results, as often false information get perpetuated by inaccurately described items.
Thanks Sheldon. You always increase my knowledge base and add some new terminology that I should probably already have thought of like "gathering basket". Good job packing, like me you don't spare the materials.
Love the videos, Sheldon & Steven. Thanks so much.
Cool stuff as usual, Steve. Have you ever replaced a belt in a Walkman? I have a stack of them, some high end, and I'm considering giving it a try. Or I might just sell them for parts.
I have not attempted belt replacement on a Walkman, I haven't even opened one up. If it right there on top it might be easy. Perhaps YouTube has a video about it.
Always a great watch, Steve! Some of my interesting sales of the past week:Coach Leather Tie Valet:http://www.ebay.com/itm/201593586411Bought at an estate sale for $3, sold for $60 best offer. New they are $200+ and even off brand leather tie cases are $100.Disney World trinket tray:http://www.ebay.com/itm/191926431103Couldn't have paid more than $3 for this, sold for $30 best offer. Don't have to tell anyone that Disney stuff sell, especially true vintage park souvenirs. This one is from early 70s - the Monorail was opened in 1971 so this is likely no later than maybe 1973. There are 3 variations - white border, red border, and my blue border. Interesting that mine sold for $30 when there are several listed for under $20.Chanel clip on earring:http://www.ebay.com/itm/201625880609Found this in a box with a bunch of costume jewelry. If I could have found the match, a used set would be easily $200-$350 and maybe more (new costume Chanel earrings are $500+). It was a single, so I sold it as a clip on brooch or pin. Sold for $80 best offer.1942 WWII Forward America propaganda posters:http://www.ebay.com/itm/191925196940I got these at an auction. Paid $45 for a stack of 30, listed for $25 each and sold my first 2 for $40 best offer. Only $5 more to go to break even and I have 28 left! Such a cool little serigraph/lithograph - Uncle Sam looking all tough with factories churning out tanks, planes, ships. The bottom is left blank - I believe this is where local businesses would put their logos/names/dedications to show their support for the war effort.I still need to try to figure out how to use the screen recording... tried last week and screwed it up. Will try again an figure it out to do a what sold video in the coming weeks.
Those Uncle Same posters are amazing! Great find. Good for you on the Coach sale. I am paranoid about putting up Coach items but I doubt there are many fake tie cases out there.
Yeah, I've heard people having problems selling Coach - I've sold probably 2-3 bags and then this tie case and never had a problem. I've never sold the popular (and often faked) "C" pattern items, so maybe that's how I've gotten lucky.
Sales on ebay are picking up! Interesting sales from this week include:Another Baby Morgan Blanket, bought for 1.50, sold for full price at 84.99. This one was pretty small...the kind a child would carry around for comfort.http://www.ebay.com/itm/VTG-White-Baby-Morgan-Waffle-Weave-Blanket-Cozy-Satin-Edge-Security-Lovey-HTF-/262495730749?rd=1Pretty Mexican style blanket, can't remember where it came from...probably an auction. I'm cheap so I know I didn't pay more than a couple dollars. Sold for full asking price of 84.99http://www.ebay.com/itm/VTG-Mexican-Falsa-Throw-Blanket-Yoga-Mat-Serape-Pink-Purple-Stripe-Bird-48x74-/262266294967?rd=12 Hall Pottery Mugs, came in an auction box lot, sold both for 62.98. Had these a good while. Glad to see them sell. http://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-Hall-Pottery-Mug-Cup-USA-Wild-Fowl-Duck-Grouse-Guinea-Pheasant-Hunting-/262524819923?rd=12 Waverly valances, usually pay 3.00 each at the thrift store for these. Waverly sells well for me. Buyer bought both for best offer of 25.00 each. http://www.ebay.com/itm/WAVERLY-Valance-Green-Pink-Rose-Yellow-Floral-Plaid-Check-Ruffled-Edge-Homespun-/252474131852?rd=1and lastly, 2 rolls of vintage wallpaper, thrift store find at 1.00 each. Took a best offer of 40.00 for 2 rolls.http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Wallpaper-2-Double-Rolls-English-Country-Floral-Vine-Pre-Pasted-Tan-/262143542435?rd=1
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Hmmm. Trying to embed a what sold video from photo bucket. Can I embed a video or do I have to link to Youtube?
Nancy I was able to watch it from the link you had listed. LOVED those children's chairs. Were they local pick up?
Thanks for letting me know Cheryl! I'll put it back up. The chairs aren't local pickup. I'm still getting them ready to go. One nice thing about etsy is not having defects hanging over your head if it takes you a little longer to get something ready to ship, as these chairs have. I've got them stacked one upside down on the other seat to seat. Now I just have to get them boxed up or wrapped in cardboard.
I haven't sold anything I consider interesting in the past week, but here are a few things that I have sold over the last few months that I think are pretty cool:https://www.etsy.com/listing/400938681/vintage-oil-1970s-paint-by-number-rest?ref=shop_home_active_2I found a stack of these at the GW, they were not cheap ($5.99-$7.99) but they have sold steadily at around $25 each--if the subjects had been better, Flamingos, Hawaiian scenes, etc. they would have commanded more money.https://www.etsy.com/listing/281693654/cool-vintage-50s-or-60s-bongo-drums?ref=shop_home_active_12I will never pass these up--this is the second I have found for under $10 at the GW and both have sold almost immediately for around $34https://www.etsy.com/listing/274560582/exquisite-vintage-hollywood-regency?ref=shop_home_active_13found in an auction lot, cost about $15-->sold for $60https://www.etsy.com/listing/273876092/western-optical-vintage-optometrist?ref=shop_home_active_14bought at an online auction for around $125--I doubled my money at $250, I stepped up on this item because I was confident that it would sell (and it sold quickly.)https://www.etsy.com/listing/457347042/vintage-white-fur-stole-hollywood?ref=shop_home_active_1This was a recent sale--I always do well with costumey items. Bought for $22 at an online auction and sold for $65 (because etsy fees are about half of ebay's I can afford to sell for double or triple what I pay and get to stock my shop with great items that I might have passed up due to cost (I think?)Finally, and just because it is so quirky:https://www.etsy.com/your/shops/TheInstantMemory/tools/listings/281695570/copy?ref=vl_copy_itempaid around $1 for it, sold it for only $12.50 to the UK, but I love this old hard plastic items from the '50's/60's.
The optometrist lens kit was a great find! Good for you for taking the risk and knowing your market. I am trying to step up my etsy store, still a work in progress but do sell from time to time on there. Thanks to you and Nancy both for sharing your stores.
I'd love to see these cool items, but all that comes up for these etsy links is a super tiny photo and a message that the item has sold. Are other people seeing the full set of larger photos?
are you looking on a phone? at any rate you need to pan down past the "item sold, you might like these other items"--the actual listing shows at around the middle of the page.
omg - I hadn't realized I had to scroll down!!! LOL Silly me. Thank you Omfug X!
Great sales, Sue. The optometry set is swoon-inducing.
And now, because we scavenger's own our time and can, I am going to have my afternoon nap:)
My what sold videoNot sure what link worked for Cheryl so I'm posting them both.http://vid7.photobucket.com/albums/y285/nodirection/Etsy%20Sales%20August_zpsrakxkb9k.mp4
This should be a clickable linkWhat sold
HURRAY for a clickable link. Thank you Nancy!
You're welcome :)
Ebay Flip paid $35 sold $95.http://www.ebay.com/itm/142051831907?ssPageName=STRK:MESOX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1561.l2649Bowling shoes always sell.http://www.ebay.com/itm/131826224643?ssPageName=STRK:MESOX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1561.l2649Cool Jacket.http://www.ebay.com/itm/131832128828?ssPageName=STRK:MESOX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1561.l2649Paid $15 sold in about a week for $79.http://www.ebay.com/itm/142081893224?ssPageName=STRK:MESOX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1561.l2649Car Hop Tray..http://www.ebay.com/itm/131902129755?ssPageName=STRK:MESOX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1561.l2649Love Trivets.. Paid $2http://www.ebay.com/itm/142029886463?ssPageName=STRK:MESOX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1561.l2649
I have several items listed as local pickup. One is a small appliance with no surprises.. it works or it doesn't work. Buyer want to come by to see it and maybe purchase. I say it's in storage, and unavailable for demonstration, but if he buys it and is not happy at pickup, I will immediately cancel the sale and give him 100% refund.He says he wants so see it first. I say "thanks but no thanks. Good luck with your search." Of course the insulting message comes in and he accuses me of being a scammer. (Yes I've now blocked him.)I think I dodged a bullet. Maybe I'm unreasonable, but this isn't Craigslist. I don't want to deal with flakes who make appointments and don't show up. I'm also pretty sure that he had every intention of making me a lower offer.I'm curious what you people think. After all it's an $18 appliance, not a 17th century piece of furniture.Thanks.
In my opinion you were mostly spot on. Meaning, a person pays for something and receives it delivered, or after the purchase they pick it up (local pick-up) Period!!!Why did I use the mostly part in "mostly spot on"? Because the "Good luck with your search" may have been perceived as a little dig to some people. We all know that people perceive things differently, know add the notion when writing something, the subtle differences in words and the minus of non verbal ques can easily allow one to read and understand things in which the writer never intended. Again, just my perspective :)
Here is the exact wording I used:"I understand.I'd rather not make the sale that way.Please don't be offended, it's nothing personal.Good luck with your search."I appreciate the feedback.
That's written respectively.I would not take offense to your reply.You did the correct step when blocking this eBayer. Don't let this get under your skin...just move on.
Adding a meta tag to listing to make them moblie friendly was brought to my attention on a ebay facebook group. http://www.ebay.com/tools/sell/mobile-friendly-test. So I looked further into and added the code to all my listing and with in an hour of doing so a sold a set of baseball caps I've had listed for over a year I was thinking about re-donating. You would think Ebay would already have this in the listings.
how did you add it to all your listings? also this tag is basically making a regular description able to fit onto the screen of the mobile device, which would not really be needed if your listing is stripped down text like most people are using now. to have something over a year old sell right after you change this is probably a coincidence. BUT it probably doesn't hurt to do this, and yes i totally agree that ebay should implement "viewport" meta info site wide anyway. i think they are after they get rid of active content, that would make sense (disable active content, then make sure all descriptions fit into a mobile screen).
Yeah the sale probably was a coincidence. Most of my listings are already stripped down. But I figured it couldn't hurt to add it. I was able to do in in bulk editing. I followed this lady's youtube video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7z0Qs1CNT0
Thanks Jamie! That's useful info for sure!
you know what, i am going to follow your lead and add this to my listings. thanks for pointing it out. that video is a really good demo on how to--https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7z0Qs1CNT0
I can see why old listings wouldn't be mobile friendly but why would the new listings made with ebay's new listing tool not be mobile friendly? That makes no sense to me. I checked an old listing and a listing I just made an hour ago and both said not mobile friendly. I'm gong to go ahead and add the code.
I'm not sure if adding the code makes a visual difference on mobile. I tested one of my listings through the site given by the video and it failed. I then look at the same listing on my iphone, and it looked fine. Meaning minimal to the point text, short and brief. It showed up bold and centered as I created the listing on my laptop. So, I thought, let me test one and add the code. Went back to retest it and it didn't fail and was now mobile friendly. O.K. good so far. Then I went back to the iphone and looked up the listing I just fixed (which was the same one I looked up on the iphone earlier), and it looks exactly the same. I see no difference. Well, since it didn't hurt anything and the site to check was from eBay, I decided to add the code in all with the bulk edit tool. Within 5 minutes I made a sale on an item I had in the store for about 5 months with 7 views and 5 days before ending. Hmmm is this a coincidence? Not sure, but I'll take the sale.
For some time now I've noticed (what sold videos) and read about sellers purchasing box lots. Well, fingers crossed, I should be going to my first auction this weekend. I have some Questions to any/all who would be so kind to share some information.What is the registration process usually like (on site credit card? drivers License? etc...)Do the purchases need to be removed that day usually?Is it best to stay away from certain people? If so, who?That's all I can think of at the moment, but any additional help/comments would be greatly appreciated I found an auction place held weekly about 40 minute drive. They allow 1 hour viewing/inspection before starting. No reserve or minimum bid on items. There website shows viewing of some of the items (mostly furniture and home decor, but also some collectibles. They also wrote that the pictures are only a portion of what they will be auctioning. What is the percentage of items auctioned to what is shown in the pictures (online). Thanks you in advance.
For the auction I attend registration is just a drivers license to obtain a bidding number. They still takes checks for payment. Your allowed to come back during business hours to pick up large purchases.Try to separate yourself from a competing bidder so the auctioneer or ring man can differentiate the bidders.Observe the process for awhile, get used to the auctioneers cadence, don't get caught up in the bidding fever, have a limit and stick to it.I'm a bottom feeder, there's always nice stuff at an auction but it'll go high, box lots can sometimes go for opening bid. If there's something on the table you really want, assess the other things there if it's choice of what's on the table, so if you want a box of silverware but there's a valuable clock the high bidder probably wants the clock, no need to compete. There's a learning curve there.I usually don't raise my hand until the bidding slows or no one is bidding at all.Make yourself known by raising your hand with bidder number card, don't just give a nod or you might not be noticed.
Thanks for the advice Steven Schultz. It's much appreciated.
at our local weekly auction:Drivers License to get a bidding numberMost will take their items same day but arrangements can be made with the auctioneer for a later pick upYou will naturally gravitate to people you like to be around. If it's a weekly auction, it will be a social even for you after awhile...enjoy the new friends you will make. HOWEVER, that being said, don't be afraid to bid against your friends...as the auctioneer will tell you, there are no friends at an auction! In fact I usually tell the person I'm sitting beside that if they bid on the same item I am bidding on, no hard feelings. I have a limit, they have a limit...may the best man win. Just gets the whole problem out of the way at the very start.Most of the junk boxes (box lots) won't be listed in the ad or online. For me...they are the best part of the auction!My tips:Get there early. Find a seat near the middle and lay your coat on it to save it. Walk around. Dig around in the junk boxes. Get your bidding number. Sit down and enjoy the people watching:)Bidding the first few times is intimidating. But do it anyway. Trust me the regulars are not paying a bit of attention. Stay till the end...stuff gets really cheap at the end of the auction when most people have left.EAT! Usually the food is pretty good at our auction:) Our weekly Saturday night auction is our Date Night. I get cranky when there isn't one. After years of going, we've made lots of friends and have permanent seats near the front...mainly because I don't see as well as I use to. RELAX and ENJOY!! Every single person there was new at one time to auctions:)
Some good tips here from the collective. Regarding registration and removal policies, give the auction a call during business hours during the week to ask those specific questions. Every place is different. As for people to stay away from that varies too. As already noted, some auctions are very social affairs with many attendees there for the entertainment value. Don’t be distracted by people who want to chat. You’re there for business. I went to one once that served free wine and cheese – that was interesting. Other houses are more serious and may feel very competitive. Especially at smaller auctions you may run into some dealers who at best might be unfriendly to new people and at worst might try a dirty trick or two or lead you astray in the hopes that you won’t come back and compete with them. But you can also meet great people who’ll help you make money.
I usually take a few empty plastic boxes about the size of a copy paper box and some newspaper to wrap purchases with. Sometimes "box lots" don't come pre-boxed - it might be everything on a shelf or on top of the table (or a section of a table). You can also use a plastic box to hold your seat when you're up and about. If you want to bid and the auctioneer doesn't see you - just yell out. "Yes" will get his attention.I like to sit on an aisle. At my favorite auction, the ringmen bring purchases to the winning bidders. Aisle sitters can have items on the floor next to their chairs.
great advice on auctions everyone.the things i have to remember for myself are:eat before! don't start an auction hungry, they can go long and most people get tired, you shouldn't be one of them.pay attention! it's easy to get distracted by people talking, checking your phone, talking to your partner, looking at other boxes/items. but i have missed things on my list or box lots going for $1 by not paying attention, you're there to work, this is your job. let everyone else goof off, but you're working.have limits, but take chances. don't get caught up in a bidding war if you know it's probably not worth it. but be willing to go for it if you know there is something in that box that is worth it.
ANDdon't be intimidated by the regulars. next time you attend, you'll be a regular too. you're a professional scavenger whether you've attended this particular action (or any auction at all) or not.
WOW.....Very helpful advice everyone.I couldn't help imagine/wonder if all of the people on this blog/forum were to attend the same auction...it would be an interesting event ;)Thanks everyone
If there is something you are interested in or undecided about, you can go up and look at it. The auctioneer will usually hold off saying sold until he gives you a chance. That can also give you another moment or two to decide. Always look at the condition of the item. I have bought good items that were a little more damaged than I thought when I got them in my hands. This happens when I don't preview the item and wait until it is on the block.
Adding a bit to what Steven said about separating. Another good reason to do so is not just so the auctioneer can differentiate, so you can too. The auctioneer will point in the direction of the high bidder - I've lost things to someone behind me. Now when something I want is coming up I move to the side or back of the room. Don't want anyone behind me bidding
Sorry, meant that it is possible if they are standing near or behind you that you might think you are the high bidder - but in reality the other person is. Happened to me and now I just make sure that I know for sure who is in the lead.
Auctions are a marathon. They can be draining. Sometimes I show up after noon for an auction that starts at 8 am. A lot of the early bidders will leave and you can find some great deals.
Wear a fanny pack so you don't have to watch a purse. Take bags, boxes for carrying things home. Take a sheet to cover things you have bought and write SOLD on top. People steal sometimes so don't assume your purchases are safe. Avoid getting friendly with people if it will make you feel bad to tromp them in the bidding. As Ryanne said, you are there to work, not socialize.
People will sometimes move items from one box lot to another, for their own benefit. It's not allowed, but it happens.
The one I go to requires a $100 cash deposit. They want the stuff removed in like 3 days, but would prefer you take it the same day. The biggest issue is buying more than you can haul home.Also they say if you buy it you have to remove it... no Dumping.Don't forget about the auction commission and taxes.
We've only been to a few ourselves, but it's pretty straight forward. Sign up and get a number--they'll make a copy of your driver's license. We haven't had to give any kind of credit card info to sign up. Of the three we've been to only one did big lots--they were whole tables of stuff. It was at the end of the auction and people were tired so we were scoring entire tables for $2-$5! Pretty crazy. We spent the first hour or two just watching. Things move really fast, and they start the bidding high then go down until they get a bidder so don't jump in too soon. Also be ready to walk away empty handed. One we went to was really junky. They'll keep track of everything you buy, then you settle up when you're ready to leave. I think you're expected to take everything that day unless you've made arrangements. Can't wait to go back to another one....
Yeah--we definitely had to sort through lots of junk in the lots, but we did get some cool stuff.
Thanks guys. This information is much appreciated
Here is my attempt at showing a few cool things I have sold lately. :)New Kids On The Block Dolls! I got 10 of them at an auction for a whopping $15. Sold one set for $137. http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Kids-On-The-Block-Concert-Dolls-Cassette-Tape-1990-/201629613407?rd=1Beautiful Hand Carved Don Quixote Plaque: Bought at auction for $5, I could not believe no one else wanted it. Sold for $199http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Beautiful-Don-Quixote-Wood-Portrait-Carved-Handmade-Profile-/201601074599?rd=1Something to be on the look out for is DENBY Dishes, they have great value. I purchased over 100 pieces at an auction for $100! Sold this items for $150http://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-Large-Denby-HARLEQUIN-Serving-Dish-12-x-2-3-4-tall-Green-and-Blue-HTF-/191859757264?rd=1Things have been slow, as it goes, but we just keep listing. I value everyones comments and suggestion. Ryanne and Jay have really been excellent mentors to us all, they have brought a community of people who like to share their valuable information with others. That is priceless. Thanks you all!
Thanks for the tip on Denby dishes. Never heard of those before.
WOW and WOW Rhianna!! I would have passed on that plaque too. And on the other things you shared. Thanks for taking the time to share...you can bet those items will be on my radar in the future.
=== How I incorporate Risk to the Business ===Measuring the Quality of my InventoryFriends - sorry for the tardy. First and foremost, I see inventory as any other investment where you aim at a return on your money in a certain period of time.I use two measurements for the Health (or quality of my inventory):(1) Cost of Goods Sold, which is:Initial Value of Inventory (in the period) + Value of purchased Inventory (in the period) - End Value of inventory in the period(2) Over Period Sales growth(3) (1)/(2) as a percentage representation of the health - or quality - of my inventory. Closer (or higher) than 1%, the lower the quality.These two qualifiers enable me to:(1) Make promotions improve Inventory Quality (IC)(2) reduce price of older products to improve IC(3) to invest on my cost bands (remember the other day I mentioned the product cost and product end user price). For example, the better my IC, more risk I can take to buy relatively higher cost products(4) Reduce the price of those products I over paid in the early daysI do not have the skills Ryanne and Jay have to find $1 products, however I feel confident on finding "posh" or designer products.For example, today I am at 52.67% (this is more or less Gross Margin for those with some Finance). It tells me I do not need to go desperate to sell old listings at any price< I can take some risk to continue purchasing at current level (I buy mostly $10-$20 items).Cheers
== For the Anonymous with issues with Coach Bags ==Folks, most of my posts on the SL comments disappeared, so sorry for out of place or delayed comments.For the Anonymous colleague who had issues with Coach Bags, I have decent expertise on authenticating Coach, I would be more than happy if you want some help to authenticate yours just to make sure.Cheers
For the record, comments arent disappearing. I can see them all. People are responding to each other. Not sure why some people are having issues.Sometimes a comment gets flagged as spam by Blogger, but I check the filter daily and approve any.
Paulo, they pull bags that are 100% legit though. I'd only list them if I had receipts from a Coach store to back them up. VERO is not something to be messed with.
Thank you brother. That would be me - Anon / JFH. I have already gone through all my listings and pulled all the risky listings. I had a Louie Vuitton baseball hat I pulled, a Chanel sunglasses case, a coach sunglasses case, 2 coach handbags, and a Black Crows rock band hat. I may need to pull more. The first time I was hit was by a fellow member who complained that the Coach bag I had listed was fake, it was not the Coach Company. I never fought it and just moved forward. That was a mistake, despite not having an original receipt since the bag was purchased 2nd hand. The 2nd hit was from the company Monster energy over a trucker hat I had listed. It was not a Monster brand label, some off company made the hat. I had no idea I could get in trouble for that, and that is 100% my fault. Ebay was fair enough to give me another chance. As for your help, I am once bitten twice shy. I will never list a Coach bag on eBay again unless it is brand new with tags. If I list elsewhere on another forum, I will definitely let you know. Thank you! JFH
Paulo, I noticed a couple of your responses under the Monday blog comment section were misplaced. You commented on one of my posts, but it was clear you were responding to a different post.Also I had a coach bag that I was 100% sure was authentic get pulled this week. I knew the owner and was confident that they bought it at a retail store. It had all the correct characteristics. I could probably fight them, but it is not worth it. I won't list any more Coach bags, which is what Coach wants I am sure.
Thank you LeeinTN, have not gotten to that. My bad :-(Mikes One Thing Store: thank you for your comment. I have dozens of Coach bags listed from the beginning, one of my main selling item actually. I am concerned now
Got it Anon / JFH, your details show a bit more risk then. Good move pulling those out.I never even bought counterfeit since I have good knowledge. Coach escaped me twice though, both total lack of attention to details since I had a bunch of cheap great findings.Got them as soon as I was doing my per item review. Got so mad at me you cannot imagine.Take care, glad to help whenever you need
Steve mentioned he sold something on TrueGether. does anyone else sell there? is it like Bonanza where it's 1 sale every once in a while?
I was wondering the same thing.
Just got my fist ever Bonanza Offer!!!!!!!!!!Last month was Etsy, now Bonanza.My average sales on each is now one per year :-)
Question for anyone who does amazon fba. I just bought a large amount of cds from a closing music shop. All the cds have generic white price tags on them and I attempted to peel them off. If the cd is still shrinkwrapped but has a piece of the sticker leftover, not sticky but just some paper, would you list it on amazon as new or like new?
Chris, I use goo gone to get stickers off. Also, where is the sticker? If it is on the back, you are going to have to put an amazon sticker on, why not put it over the sticker leftover?
Normally for stubborn price tags I use rubbing alcohol to get the label off, but I have 300+ cds to do. I tried on a few to clean off and it left a sticky residue after. Unfortunately the sticker is on the front so I can't cover it up with the amazon sticker since I'm using that to cover up the actual barcode.Just wondering if anyone would consider these as New or Like New?
You have to consider them as like new. For the price difference between new and used, you need to buy some goo gone. spray it on, leave for 30 seconds and wipe off. If you lose $10 per cd, that is $3000.
That's a good way to look at it. I'll get some goo gone and see how it goes. Thanks for your opinion!
For a few cents, you can print an extra barcode and place it right over that sticker. It will just be removed when the shrink wrap is taken off.
Extra barcode? As in just printing another of the same barcode that typically goes over the actual barcode? I have a thermal label printer so doing an extra wouldn't affect me too much.
You can also just put a clean, blank label over the barcode on front. I've done that when a large barcode is not completely covered by my FBA barcode or when there are existing store stickers I can't remove.
Folks, my "missing" posts magically re-appeared. Conclusion: Duh :-)Interesting Customer Issue:I am on eBay dedicated/full time business since January this year.Even though the sample is small, it is interesting: 3 times I have the buyer "proactively" making comments like "hope there is no issue with this item", or even "I hope that small piece I see in the picture is not missing when I receive the item".Bam: the 3 times whatever was pointed out by the buyer came in as complain. Neither case as a formal complain, they came asking for a partial refund.Yesterday the buyer even send the pictures. The worse: the pictures, in different angle, are exactly the same as the listing pictures.My take-away: I will possibly decline offers accompanied with similar comments.
How weird. Yes, seems like they were setting up for a request for price reduction. Not nice. I'm not sure what you can do after. If you tell them to return it to you, they'd just return it without the piece they claim is missing. How does a seller protect themselves from this? Pictures of everything in the shipping box before you seal it and send it off???
After the first two cases and learning from Ryanne's and Jay's advice, this 3rd time I just linked the eBay buyer protection policies and that's it
Has anyone gone through the steps to make their listing mobile friendly? I am starting to do it by adding the meta tag to my description, but when I go through the test, it still says my listing isn't mobile friendly on at least half of my listings. I think I still have to do something with my photos. Why can't this be easier since I am not a techy and I don't really understand all of the instructions. I know so many of the purchases are bought on mobile devices, so it is important to make my listing mobile friendly, I just don't know why when I list something, it doesn't make it mobile friendly automatically. Ugh!
Hi ... when do you see the warning about it not being mobile friendly? Is this in the internet ebay or in the mobile app? And at what point and where does it display? I've not seen this, but maybe I'm missing it.
No flag that I know of, but here is a link to the eBay page where you can test your listings. Mine have always only had plain text (16 point font, no formatting, no active content) and they all seem to "fail" this test. Seems like eBay needs to communicate this information better. eBay Mobile Friendly TestI also saw a reference to this being discussed on eBay Radio, so I'll look for that info.
This is the eBay information on making your listings mobile friendly. On one link, you put in your item number, it will analyze your listing and then let you know if it is mobile friendly. If it isn't, you put in the meta tag at the end of your listing under the html and it should make it mobile friendly (you test it again on the same link that you initially analyzed the listing). Half the time, the meta tag makes mine mobile friendly but after analysis, half the time it still isn't. I suspect it has to do with the photos now.
THANKS! I had not bookmarked it before, shame on me.I had to add the tag and my listing is now mobile friendly. So 330 listings more to go!
@losingitagain, make sure when you put the code into your listing, that you don't switch back to Standard View from HTML view, that strips it out. i had the same issue when i tested it. that being said, you might just want to bulk edit and add the code as you can see here--http://www.scavengerlife.com/2016/08/are-your-ebay-listings-mobile-friendly.html
Oh, no! I am 3/4 of the way through my listings and that's EXACTLY what I did...now I guess I gotta redo them all over again! This is so frustrating!
you don't need to do them one by one, just bulk edit them.
Oh, thank goodness. I sat here for about two hours editing them one-by-one. Bulk edited them and done in less than a minute! Whew!
So, does this mean for every new listing we put up, we need to add this code manually?
it seems so. or you can list 20 items, then bulk edit that code in there. odd, right? ebay should be implementing this code into their site next year (right?) but for now i guess we just do it manually.
A heads up for everyone. Last week I posted asking if anyone else has been overcharged for shipping lately or charged a higher amount than the customer. Today it happened again and this time the discrepancy was over $7. My customer was charged $13 and I was charged $20. I called ebay and she refunded me the difference and sent in a ticket to the technical team. This is at least the third time this has happened to me in the last couple of weeks so keep an eye on what you are actually charged when you print your shipping.
I can't print shipping at all now from ebay. Anyone else? I'm printing from Paypal now.
There has been some weird things happening regarding eBay. 2 days ago I sold an item and it never showed sold on eBay, but my Paypal account showed payed and ready to ship. I then checked eBay again, and the listing was still active. I called eBay, and the rep suggested I contact the buyer and have them cancel the order and repurchase. I replied with absolutely not, I will not inconvenience my buying, I see through Payal that it's payed for with a confirmed address, so I'm going to ship the item and if you want the final value fee, then figure it out on your end. The rep agreed (I wasn't seeking his approval) and I shipped out the item. Perhaps it's all the new codes written on top of old code after old code that's causing these glitches lately
Has anybody had success getting eBay to remove positive feedback that has a negative comment? Had a strange transaction yesterday with a customer who bought some software then sent me a message asking for expedited shipping. I replied that I would ship the item right away but said there would be a $4 charge to upgrade to Priority Mail. No response from the buyer until late in the day they sent me a message back asking to cancel the order, which I did. Now today I see the customer left positive feedback but it says "Won't Ship, Won't Pay" which really has me confused.
I don't even know how to :-(
Gosh, why didn't he just say "Won't give it to me for free" ... Just call ebay, I'm sure they'll remove it. Let us know.
Ok, eBay removed the feedback so all is good.
eBay should remove that feedback as long as you have the corresponding messages you states in you post above. In the meantime, or if eBay says no (which I strongly doubt), you can repl to feedback and it will show up under the feeback for all to see/read you side of the issue.
It seems like eBay turned my account back on! I only had 4 sales the entire month of July and now I've had 7 sales in the last 2 days for almost $400!! I don't know what happened but I am happy to be back in the game!Items sold:Presidium Gem tester $125Sony Sports AM/FM Headphones $50Sella Italia Bike Saddle $85Vintage Sony AM/FM radio $30Super Contra for Gameboy $30Tetris for Gameboy with manual $10Tekken Advance for Gameboy Advance $9Japanese Dr. Pepper Bottle $35This Gem tester was the big winner. Had quite a few offers and tool $125. Tested it on my wife's diamond ring and some other gem stones we had lying around and it worked great. Not bad for a $5 investment.Sony Sport stuff always sells. Walkmans (tapes) radios, and headphones. They are super easy to spot because they are bright yellow. They are often water resistent, hence the "Sport".The bike seat was a total random $5 score from a Goodwill. Always helps to do some research on the eBay app when you are in the store.Very happy that sales are picking up again. Eagerly awaiting 4th quarter!Good luck all.
Trucker hats and denim jackets! You are my kind of seller Steven! :)
Hi all! Here is my what sold video for the week! Take care!https://youtu.be/OO9xmkxukNU
love that Horse sculpture, so cool that it had the date on it. nice sale!
Steve, how your dog is sitting at the end of the video is how my cat sits on the arm of our couch. I call him yoga cat when he does that.