Great sales! We seem to be selling off trinket boxes and shoes so far this week. I need to get the lazies put away and get to the fun, interesting stuff. We did sell a ton of vintage new in the package barrettes, the Quimper, an a framed print, but nothing that cool. Here's my humble offering on hats also includes a mea culpa and Erik Estrada. If u are bored, check it out. http://youtu.be/LfwaCHRncn8
Steve, Pretty sure that Beaver Hats did beaver fur, fur felted hats, mid century. Hope that helps.
I'm wicked busy packing up a FBA order this morning, but I look forward to watching Steve's video during lunch. Always a learning experience.Here's my what's sold video for last week's sales:https://youtu.be/0EyGYUQPvOgIt was a really slow week for me. I received a lot of insultingly low offers that I flat rejected. And what did sell was mainly inexpensive items. It's been the same this week as well. I think it's just a late August thing. Hopefully it will pick up in a week or so.
Sheldon: that's Japanese Imari, although I'd need to hold it to be certain. These can be dated by the type of dye/ paint / technique. Those from the Arita region often did not bear fuku marks. Likely late 19th learly 20th due to the pop marks underneath, the glaze and the features of the flowers. I think the price was reasonable there. However, Folks, please Please check with Gotheborg.com if you have an old Japanese or Chinese porcelain. It is very easy to make Horrible mistakes and let a $5000 piece go for $30. It takes many years to lean Japanese and Chinese porcelain and pottery, but the rewards can be life changing. Please be careful, or you might cry later.
Hi Eve. Thanks for the tip. This piece is almost too perfect to be terribly old. I have a copy of Miller's Marks and the stamp on the bottom was close, but not exactly matched to a really old mark, but the more research I did, the more I became convinced it was a late repro. I bought it unchallenged for next to nothing at auction and there were plenty of buyers there with far more experience than I who didn't even put a bid forth. I have seen antique oriental stuff fetch some nice good money at my local auction.
Oh, I think I was confused about the piece you were referring to. I just realized you were probably talking about the oriental plate I sold in #10. For some reason I immediately thought of this huge covered jar that I bought at auction a couple weeks ago and have listed in my store. So all of my comments above refer to another piece. The plate on the other hand was pretty unremarkable, and worn and I was quite surprised that it sold.
Nice to see what you look like Sheldon! Great video as always. My weekends seem to be great, but the weekdays are very slow. I have a combination of housewares, clothing, and other misc.
I find I get back what I give. Right now I haven't listed much in the last 2 weeks and my sales have been stagnant. I've been busy with some other projects. I'm off to an auction tomorrow afternoon and hopefully I will find some cool items (for cheap!) and it will spur me to list more next week.
Sheldon, its the Chinese and Japanese pieces that look like nothing you have to be wary of: beware the chicken cup.https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2014/apr/08/500-year-old-chinese-porcelain-cup-36m-hong-kong-auction-videoGranted that piece was marked on the bottom, but for sure, with antique chinese items its pretty easy to blow it, even as an "expert". A friend of mine who has appeared on several Storage Wars like reality shows made a costly six figure mistake flipping a rare textile. He is well known for his amazing flips, but he remembers that one. We all hate it when on gets away.The other piece was unremarkable for many reasons but I do wonder in 20 years if even that market will heat up. (In the meantime, I think I will just give up and sell Rare Ty Beanie Boos from tween store Justice and Claire's).Anyway, I really enjoy your videos.
Eve and Sheldon, watched your videos last night...thanks so much for taking the time to make them and post!Steve, as always, looking forward to watching yours tonight:) Gotta love these smart TV's that let you watch you tube videos on the big screen!
Aww thanks. Sounds like if you did one, it would be cool. Sheldon's are very interesting. I am trying to become more "Mantiques" friendly.
Hey, has anyone opened a Groupon Store yet? Just curious. www.groupon.com/stores
Here are a couple of my "What Sold" links from this week. It was one of our best weeks ever because of the rabbit sale. I'd like to find another one of these:) Paid 1.00 at a yard sale this summer, noticed the 160.00 price sticker on it, none like it on ebay, so I aimed high. Took a best offer of 250.00http://www.ebay.com/itm/Rare-1995-Lori-Ann-Baker-Co-Mitten-Hare-Mohair-Rabbit-Signed-Bunny-Orig-Tag-/262443493167?rd=1Picked up a plastic tool box at the Goodwill and it was heavy, opened it up and found these wood carving tools (plus one other set that hasn't sold). 3.99 for the box. Wasn't sure what I had but knew they would sell for more than 3.99. Took a best off of 60.00 for this set. http://www.ebay.com/itm/17-Vintage-Hand-Chisel-Wood-Carving-Tool-LOT-Palm-Handle-Micro-Stubai-Craftsman-/262595643251?rd=1These wood cassette holders always sell, but they take awhile. This sold on Bonanza for 44.99 (paid 3.00). Had two sales on Bonanza this week...the other was a set of Pampered Chef bowls for 34.99 (from an auction box lot).http://www.bonanza.com/listings/wooden-cassette-holder-holds-48-tapes-wood-with-red-felt-inside-storage/285825559Had 2 sales on etsy this week, hoping for a good 4th quarter there. One was a small quilt top (24.99...think it came in an auction box lot) It's been listed FOREVER! And this latch, which sold for 24.99, I picked it up at the neighbors garage sale about 3 weeks ago for 25 cents. http://www.bonanza.com/listings/wooden-cassette-holder-holds-48-tapes-wood-with-red-felt-inside-storage/285825559
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Here's the corrected etsy link: https://www.etsy.com/transaction/1174371738
Wow. Great sale on that artist signed primitive rabbit. I have seen somewhat similar styled pieces at auction around here and never gave them much thought. Now I will be evaluating them a little more closely if they ever turn up again. Thanks for sharing!
The URL to your latch is the same as the tape holder.
deb truervaluesyes, Cheryl- Congratulations on the rabbit! You presented himvery nicely as well - I liked the brickand wood background.
thanks bb14742, here's the corrected etsy link: https://www.etsy.com/transaction/1174371738thanks Deb, my kitchen has an exposed brick chimney...it also happens to be the room with the best light in this old house:)Sheldon, I would never have thought about selling plush either, but my daughter turned me on to it a couple of years ago. I still pick up a lot of pieces that go right back to the thrift store after some research...but this time I picked a winner!
Cheryl, great sales. I throw away the wood cassette holders all the time. Will keep an eye on them from now on. Who knows how many stuffed rabbits I go through in a week.
I lost a paper item and rather than refund the buyers 15 plus have a cancellation on my record I bought another one for 5 dollars from another seller and told him to ship it to my buyer. If it all works out okay then I saved my butt on this one. I don't know what's been going on lately. I've misplaced several things. Granted this one I can find because i know I put it somewhere to keep it safe so it's out of place in relation to similar things.
HI Anne, I do that too, even though we try to keep inventory tagged with bar codes, bells and whistles. Don't these things happen in threes?
Doggies: Dress right, Dress!
It really does seem like they are walking in formation. Amazing!
I didn't have time to listen to the podcast until yesterday so I missed the conversation. But I will post it here so it will be seen. Jay, you mentioned trying to figure out a decent scanning app solution for the BT scanner. I just wanted to warn you about Profit Bandit. Not only is there the ongoing monthly fee, but there is also a one-time $49 fee to add bluetooth scanner support. I used to use PB before they started charging the monthly fee. I'm not a hardcore retail arbitrage or book person. I do a little bit. I have tried a bunch of phone scanning softwares and I always end up using the Amazon Seller App. Even though it doesn't have official bluetooth support, I find the information is a lot more accurate. The scanning apps are powered by Amazons MWS and Amazon Product Advertising API's. Neither give exactly perfect information, so the apps have algorithms that attempt to extrapolate out certain data. One thing they often mis-report is whether or not Amazon is a seller or how many sellers are on a listing. The Amazon Seller App reports this data accurately. Also, I have had problems with buying stuff based upon a 3rd party app only to come home and realize it was restricted and I couldn't sell it. The one app I do use from time to time is Scoutify, which is included with an Inventory Labs subscription. I hate monthly fees, but IL saves me a tremendous amount of time processing items and shipments and gives me very an accurate profit and loss report, COGS, inventory valuation and other features. I don't think sellers realize how little they make on selling on Amazon until they have a system to track ALL the expenses. All apps that I have used involve some amount of interaction. Usually when you scan something it will show you anywhere from 2 to 10 different items that share the same UPC and you need to find the right one and tap into it before you get price details. Books may be a little different, as usually there is only one listing on Amazon per ISBN. Profit Bandit I believe will vibrate if the rank is under a certain threshold or the profit is a certain percentage. This of course assumes your cost for the items you are scanning is the same. Otherwise you need to enter in the cost for each item to get an accurate calculation. So in sum, there really isn't a perfect app. I've chosen to use the one that is most accurate. Ok, this is turning into a novel. Hope it helps.
Sheldon, thanks for this comprehensive answer. It's just what I was looking for. Bottom line: I'm cheap so if the Amazon Seller App is competitively efficient, I'm using it.I simply dont scan enough books to pay all the extra monthly fees. And from what you say, they dont seem perfect anyway.
Hi Jay,I use the Amazon Seller App it works great for me. I find that It is quick, efficent and FREE. This week I Sold my first item on Amazon by seller fulfillment. A vinyl fall theme tablecloth I paid $1.00 each for a box of about 30 tablecloths. Sold the table cloth for $14.99. I think the table cloths are a good fit for FBA? I just gotta figure out how to do the FBA but I am working on it.
The Amazon seller app will still not provide information as fast as the paid services. You have to click back after every scan. But, as you said until you pursue books more often then stay with the free service. I also suggested to Jay that he could subscribe to a service, get an updated database and then cancel the service. Prices will stay relatively close for 2-3months. Then you can re-activate, pay for the month and deactivate. Should break the cost down to about $3 a month. When I first started I did this for a few months. I currently use Asellertool with 3 devices for scanning, and Inventorylab for listing. I agree with Sheldon, Inventorylab is a must for FBA.
Another VERO post…I haven’t had much time for Scavenger lately, but if I had been following more closely, I might not have made this rookie mistake.Sunday night I was racing the clock to list items under a promotion offering ½ off of final value fees for 10 items over $50. I listed a print with only a cursory glance at the current and sold items on ebay.Well, I woke up on Monday to a VERO violation. Sadly, another seller had sent me a heads up before the take down, but I didn’t see it in time. My print looks professionally matted and framed and has no signature or number. I listed it at a fraction of the cost of the signed items sold. I ignored the red flag that there were no items at all that were unsigned. It turns out that my ‘print’ is a page from a book. Doh!!! Clearly a big no-no in the re-sale world. The only items allowed for sale for this artist (at least for this piece) are signed and numbered original prints. My question is should I call ebay? I have not been suspended. I did not intend a copyright violation but I did make the mistake. The only thing I could say is “sorry, my bad.” So, would it be helpful on my record as a seller to call?The good news is that I sold an expensive sewing machine that night and saved about $45 in fees due to the promotion.
Can I ask who the artist is?
I second Beverly's question....
After just dealing with a VERO violation myself, I would say that you definitely should call. The helpful rep we talked with said the only sellers that need to be afraid of getting kicked off Ebay are the ones who ignore their VERO notifications. I would call and let them know it was an honest mistake. Be sure to call during daytime hours, since the VERO department isn't staffed 24/7. She said our run-in with Velcro wouldn't count against us. Hopefully, you'll get the same response.
Thanks Cindy, I will call tomorrow. The artist is Bev Doolittle, it is called 'Season of the Eagle'. Her work often has two perspectives. Different scene up close. I really like the item and would hang it up but now its just a reminder of a stressful experience.
"... a rep... said.."When dealing with these type of situations, I strongly recommend recording the phone call.
Ha, I had guessed it was a Bev Doolittle for some reason. I have a large signed print of hers, and another that is also from a book. I often wondered about that if I tried to sell it. So you can't even sell it if you disclose properly what it is???
I'm curious to see where the VERO thing ends up going. The rules and enforcement seem a bit vague and arbitrary. There's no specific guidance and three strikes gets you kicked out of Ebay for life.I'm really thinking about listing on other platforms as well.
After reading so many comments about Veros I decided to abandon all planned Coach handbag listings. However one bag had 3 nice silver metal Coach tags on it. So I put them all up for auction together and got $30 for them. Today was largely consumed by a $300 sale of a set of antique Made In Japan dishes. Gorgeous. They were mine, but have been sitting unused in a box for years, so I finally sold them to a collector who will use and display them. It was a bear packing them with nearly an entire roll of bubble wrap. I had to run to the UPS Store to buy a 22" cube box to fit over my inner !8" cube box. It weighed 29 lbs. then I had to drive it to the nearest FEdEx ten miles away for 2 day shipping. Luckily I charged nearly $100 for shipping or it wouldn't have been worth the hassle.
PS. That dishes sale saved my bottom line for the month, which was very slow. Just in time!
I have a set of antique Lusterware from Japan listed for about $250. I had someone from Turkey ask about shipping (Turkey is not part of the Global Shipping program). The lowest shipping cost was almost $500, so, of course, he didn't want to pay that. I've been working on pre-packing it so I can get a better weight and dimensions. I'm hoping it will sell (within the US) during the 4th quarter.
My 29 lb box was shipped at a very reasonable price from STL to NC for about $34 for 2 day Home Delivery via FedEx. (But I also had to buy a $10 box and used a lot of bubble wrap!) My dishes were "Made in Occupied Japan." ie: post-WWII era
Nice sales. I have some Limoges china up for sale and hope I have estimated the weight close enough .... I think I should try pre-packing also. Thanks for the idear.
Here is my youtube what sold video for Aug 23 - 29https://youtu.be/1RS28t0oQNU
Love the video's, Steve! When i think of S. Dakota, the last thing that comes to mind is great auctions and garage sales. You've certainly changed that view!
Just went onto TrueGether for under 5 minutes. Typed in Hello Kitty Purse - nothing. Ebay has 2744. Next I typed in down jacket, which brought up 272 listings. The 9th listing is none other than Steven Schultz's Vtg Wilson Leather Bomber Jacket with Zip in Fleece lining. Only 2 of the 25 jackets on 1st page were made of down. Many had button down fronts. I'm not sure how buyers would find what they wanted on Truegether.
Steve, great video as always. On the hat sale, I believe that the more "X's" that the hat is rated the better the quality of skin & craftsmanship and thus higher price - like a 1X or 2X hat would be $10 but a 30X would be $500. At least that's what I've seen.Anyway, here are some of my sales over the past week:Westclox Big Ben clock:http://www.ebay.com/itm/201627420566I always pick these up at old lady estate sales for a buck or two. They sell often times to movie/show studios because they have a classic 1960s look, even if they aren't that great of clocks (quality wise). This one sold for $25.Sealed TDK D90 16 pack:http://www.ebay.com/itm/201624474182TDK D90 cassettes aren't high end at all, but sealed cassettes always sell (as seen in Steve's videos). These I bought in a huge lot that averaged $0.15-$0.25 per cassette... this pack sold to someone in Russia for $32 + $42 shipping.Johnston & Murphy shoe trees:http://www.ebay.com/itm/201602817657Last of the box of high end shoe trees I bought. These sold for $21. Overall I've profited more than $250 on the lot (paid $20 for a whole box).Mid Century Scan Design lights:http://www.ebay.com/itm/191478976164I bought these at an auction for $35 thinking I could sell them for at least $200. After almost 2 years, no offers, several price reductions, I finally put them on 75% clearance and sold for $44. Lesson learned.GI Joe file cards:http://www.ebay.com/itm/191951313548Bought a stack of 23 of these at a garage sale for $4 total. Sold my first 3 to the same person in Spain for $9.99 each + $15 First Class shipping.La Mer face masks:http://www.ebay.com/itm/201620404780These were part of that lot of high end perfumes I bought about 2 months ago. The lot was full of Chanel, etc and I paid up for the lot. These sold for $40.Mego Planet of the Apes figure:http://www.ebay.com/itm/191506825011Got this in a box lot of other toys & action figures. Most were not worth much, but this one was good. Sold for $35 after I put it on sale (from $50).
I've done well with those Wesclocks as well. The x# Beaver hats used to refer to the amount of beaver fur in the felt, they used to only go up to 4-5, nowadays the number is abitrary to the maker and doesn't hold as much meaning.
I just got one of those VERO notices about a Hard Rock T-Shirt of all things. The shirt says Hard Rock Baghdad Closed For Renovation and has some bullet holes. I figured there was no Hard Rock in Baghdad but assumed this was one of those joke shirts like what you see sold in the t-shirt section of Target that reference video game characters and other pop culture stuff.
that's exactly why you'd get a VERO, because it's not genuine or made by Hard Rock, it's a knockoff.
Thanks for the videos Steven. Always super interesting to me as I tend to gravitate to all the old electronics I see in yard sales and estate sales.
deb truervaluesHi All - Trying to print my labels just now, and they won't process....anyone else having the sameissues?
deb truervalues....and all my 8/31 labels appear as void.....is ebay having issues with usps?
I just printed out 4 labels on 4 items. Now it shows that 3 have not been shipped. Argh!Deb I think the "Void" is where you can click to Void a label already printed. I asked Ebay about that the other day and that's what the rep told me.
I wish ebay would get more bugs out before rolling out changes. I'm not seeing paypal update when something ships and it is taking a long time for a sold item to appear in paypal. First a problem with labels for the last few days and now it makes me wonder if tracking info is getting updated on time. But the good news is things are selling.
deb truervaluesHi All - Time to order your free boxes from USPS for 4th quarter. Last year, I put in my order in Aug....Two weeks later, in Sept, I tried to order one other size, and they were all out.
Thanks for your tip! I was running out of the flat rate padded envelopes - those are key!!
Just in case some have not seen this yet, I found this eBay page that has links to details from many of the companies that are participating in the program. This does not appear to be a complete list, just links from companies that were actually willing to put in the effort to at least clarify what they do not allow.http://vero.ebay.com/While I understand the desire to prevent the sale of counterfeit items or to stop unauthorized use of copyrighted marking materials I'm very leery of these types of programs because they open the door for all kinds of abuse. Anybody who has followed the YouTube community for a while is probably aware of how many companies big and small have totally abused the DMCA take down program over there to do serious financial harm to content creators.
I'm sure you've heard about this already but starting in Feb all "new" items on eBay must have upc codes. You can no longer put does not apply. The problem comes in with new items that don't have tags or barcodes or if their vintage new. So my question is, can we use the upc barcodes I bought for amazon listings? I mean it's not a true upc for that item but I don't know of another method. In fact even now as I'm trying to list something its not giving me the does not apply option. It forces you to put in a barcode which I don't have for this sealed item.
This is going to be interesting as this is being implemented. I believe the ePID codes will more or less be required for these types of items. So for my New vintage items I don’t want to get tripped up when the changes occur, and have to go back and correct them, I have been using a trick on setting the item as USED and using the condition field to indicated NEW etc… Also including that the item is new within the listings description. My theory is no one checks the NEW/USED attribute button when searching for vintage items. They use search terms as NOS NEW, Factory sealed…
That's smart. Just putting "new" in the description is enough. I guess you could even put NEW in the title as well, but still put it in the "used" categories. When does all this take effect? Means we have to go back and redo listings.
I read the community comments on the structured data page. There is a lack of clarity and frustration caused by this announcement. It went over with the nos sellers like you know what in a punch bowl. I sometimes filter using new versus used as a buyer so I really don't want to do a workaround that way. I plan to continue including the manufacturers product number somewhere else in my listing. I fully expect that later I will need to go back and revise my listings and probably add item specifics because they are changing the categories. I really enjoy selling on EBay and expect change but sometimes it surprises me how glitchy or how poorly thought out some things are. I read that 80% of items are new on EBay so they are likely to focus changes on that market. However, even my brand new modern items were rejected by the eBay upc database field apparently because they are exclusive to the retailer. They ended my listings without giving me a way to include the bar code # I have on the package. I hope before February they have a better plan and a solid database.
Ps. I'm going to start putting the bar code or mpu in the description bc I think it might disappear in the item specifics of the category changes? Has this happened before?
Jay, Feb 2017.Christine, I seen when the top level category is changed. Generally the attribute that sticks is Brand, MPC and origin of manufacture.
The only thing I would warn is using contradictory terms in your condition area after you choose new or used. This is a no no on Amazon and could become one on EBay. It's all about smart wording.
It sounds like if an item doesn't have a UPC or ISBN, we'll be able to create a unique identifier for it. The specific example given on eBay Radio was that Action Comics #1 would have an identifier (for non comic nerds, that came out in 1938).Exactly how this will work is not clear to me and some of the details they've given out seem contradictory, but there will be some kind of a system.
Just wanted to clear one thing up. eBay will not allow a listing in the "USED" category to contain the word "NEW" in the title description. Well, at least not for me. Example; I have sold used calculators where I installed new batteries and tried to add that in the title, then a pop up appeared (when clicking the list button) stated something to the affect that my listing title didn't match my item condition. So, I just added the new battery part in the used condition part as well as in the description body.
Eric, it is a warning you are still able to use the word new in the title. I sometimes well mixed lots of clothing with one new item and the rest euc. I leave the word new in the title although I received the warning.
Agree with Anna. It will warn you if you use NEW in the used category, but you can dismiss it. It'll be interesting see what system eBay comes up with as Margana suggests. 90% of our items never had a barcode, so how could you add one to their system?
Yes it will be interesting. The bad news is the the seller will need to initiate a number for all products in certain categories if described as new so that means time revising each listing. I think an eBay rep said that might be available as early as October but the required deadline is February.
Thanks for letting me know.I guess when the pop-up happened I panicked, paraphrased and my fear perception got the worst of me.It will be interesting to see what eBay comes up with regarding the barcode issue. I gravitate to vintage items such as games, clothes, electronics, etc... They are the most interesting to source, list, and can be very financially rewarding. Thanks again for clearing that up
EBAY CALCULATED SHIPPING SYSTEM ISSUEFor those that do calculated shipping, everyone should be aware of and may want to spot check what buyers are paying for shipping is the calculated cost.I went to print a label today for an item I sold with calculated shipping. eBay indicated that the USPS Priority label price (before discount) was $18.70. Buyer paid $12.95. A difference of $6.25. eBay confirmed the $18.70 with usps and determined that it was a “glitch” on eBay’s part. Buyer should have paid the $18.70. eBay did refund me the difference.Although not yet determined as to why, questions and comments overhead with supervisor and rep were, age of listing, recent USPS rate increase of 8/28/16, weight, old rate tables being used.I expressed my concern that eBay may be under-charging buyers (money out of sellers pockets). As a side note, I often don't have items to ship weighing more than a couple lbs.
I've actually noticed the opposite today and yesterday. Buyer paid slightly MORE than the pre-discounted calculated shipping price. But only less than a dollar more.
e 411I've had this happen to me several times as well. I called ebay and reported it last week.
I had something odd happen this morning. I received a PayPal notification of a payment but no eBay notification of a sold item. The item was still listed as active in eBay. When I logged into Paypal, the payment was there, but it had also been refunded. Nothing on the eBay side. Has anyone experienced this before?
I've heard some sellers have this issue. Best thing to do is to always call eBay and /or Paypal.
Yes, this happened to me twice (on the same item) about a week ago. Buyer was in Canada. I called ebay but didn't have time to hang on the phone. I emailed the customer to let her know what was going on. She said she'd try later to purchase the item but never did, wah! I later read somewhere that it was a paypal glitch.
I wonder if it is a Global Shipping issue. My "buyer" was in Japan.
We had that happen this week. Received a payment notification from Paypal on a $130 coat. Never received a notification from Ebay and Paypal refunded the payment 2 hours later. Didn't think about it being a glitch. We just figured he changed his mind.
Just called Ebay to check on our cancelled sale. They say it's obviously a problem with Paypal and I should call them. Called Paypal and guess what they said? "Obviously a problem with Ebay." Both assured me that there is no problem with my account. I assured them that I consider missing a $130 sale a problem!
This happened to me as well, also with a GSP 'sale.'
Cindy C, I hear your frustration...had the same run around, but different problem. I have a few items that I donate part of my sales to charity. For some reason, ebay/paypal just started randomly taking money out of my paypal account and giving it to charity...many that I don't even give to. I'm a giving person, but I like to pick and choose who I give to. When I started looking back, this has been going on for almost 2 years. I called ebay...Yep,they knew about the problem but said it was a Paypal problem. Called Paypal...yep, they knew about the problem, but it was an ebay problem. I thought I had it fixed...but low and behold, last week it happened again. It comes in 3's. Taken out within minutes of each other and nope, they assure me my account is not compromised. UGH!!!PS: I really did laugh out loud when I read your comment about loosing a 130.00 sale being a problem.
Hi all - it's been awhile since I last posted about liquidating my eBay business due to our upcoming overseas move. This summer I've followed your wonderful advice, discounted my inventory and listed very little.It's now time for my final "Estate Sale" - which is why I am asking the Scavenger life community for some advice!I've already posted my sale on some garage sale sites with detailed descriptions and pictures,But now I am considering estatesales.net - but it's an $80 investment. What do you think? Would it be worth it?For reference I live in Virginia beach and my office/warehouse is in a high traffic area.What other advice do you have for getting my inventory out of the door? What do you appreciate at sales?Thanks in advance!
Wherever you post, put as many pictures as you can. Make it look like the stuff is flowing over. Also signs that are easy to read while driving. $80 seems a bit much, CL is free, sometimes small town papers can be reasonable for yard sale ads.
Congrats on the big move back to Japan. Exciting. That's a country we always wanted to visit.As LeeinTN said, lots of homemade streets signs will catch the bargain hunters. Then list in Craigslist. See what happens.IF you get done to just wanting to liquidate, let us know.We're about four hours away. Who knows, maybe we'd buy you out if the price was right.
Ok, frustrating eBay shipping issue here. I had a customer purchase an item through the GSP and then send me a message asking to change the destination address. I sent them a message back explaining how the GSP works and that I can't change the final destination since I just send the item to a processing center. The customer said they have updated the address on their account however when I print the packing slip for the item I still see the wrong address, not the one the customer asked me to ship to. I've called eBay about this two days in a row now and all they do is say they will send a message to the GSP center about the change in address and I should get some sort of an email confirmation. I have yet to see any email confirmation so I'm scared to ship the item, not sure what to do with this one.
Jason, We had something similar happen recently. What we found (your mileage might vary) is that changing the address did NOT change the address on the packing slip, but DID change it on the label. Ours was a domestic change of address. I don't use GSP, so I'm not sure what address should show on a GSP label? Just the processing center, or the center AND the ultimate destination address?
With GSP the label just shows the address for the processing center. As the seller you don't even really get to see where the final destination is unless you print the packing slip.I sent a message to the buyer asking them to confirm that they updated the primary shipping address on their account. If they say they did then I may just cancel the item, relist it and ask the buyer to repurchase it.
The really frustrating part of this is that eBay has been pretty much useless in helping. Both times that I've called and explained what happened I get the distinct impression the eBay rep totally did not understand what I was talking about. I've had really good luck with calling eBay in the past so I guess my luck was due to run out.
I just bought the Sainsonic FS-02 Slide and film scanner. It needs a memory card to function, but doesn't tell me what size to buy. I'll be using it to scan slides to sell on Ebay. I'm guessing maybe a 16 GB card?Thanks..
So CAL JOE, I think I bought either 32 or 64 GB for my Wolverine Digital converter, since the memory cards are so cheap. And by the way, I am finding that I just love listing slides. I enjoy researching the geographic areas, and learning about the specific locations. Last week, I sold 6 Alaska slides to the same buyer, and it was fun to see the way that he grouped the slides. One set was sunsets, another was water, and the third set was mountains. When I saw them grouped that way, I immediately thought they would be awesome in a dentist's office, since they had a very calming effect.
Thanks Pat, I already bought the 16 GB card to get started. I have about 500 slides to go through and figure out. There are a lot of vacation slides from the western US.I'm in the sorting phase right now.
Anyone know when Levis stopped making their jeans in the USA? (Beside their premium $180 currently made in USA jeans).
My guess 1989-1990 when in 1991 they were caught in the scandal of mfg. the product overseas.
From Wikipedia: "By the end of 2003, the closure of Levi's last U.S. factory in San Antonio ended 150 years of jeans made in the USA. Production of a few higher-end, more expensive styles of jeans resumed in the US several years later."
Follow-up on my VeRO take down, here's what I was told when I called-1. You would have to have many, frequent, and blatant violations to lose your store, it is not necessarily 3 strikes- you're out2. There is an appeal system3. Its not a bad idea to send a message to the copyright owner and apologize. Some will contact ebay on your behalf and request that the mark be removed from your recordThe rep was very nice
This is comforting Jo! Thanks for letting us know what you found out.
How do you locate the rep?
Random thought...Why is it you can go months without a return or a problem and when they happen...many happen at once??? 3 returns and a missing item all in one week:)
Tell me about it, LOL, 2 returns this week (shoes/slacks) for fit, after a long streak of no returns or issues...
Returns are a bummer.This is why I don't like to offer free shipping on clothes.If I did, then I would likely eat the initial shipping cost.When it comes to sizing or personal position on clothes, charging for shipping (buyer eats), return shipping (buyer eats) coupled with a restocking fee of up to 20% (buyer eats) will likely deter buyers returning items other then sellers mistake.Just one method for minimizing returns.
Omfug X, same here! Weeks with just a return trickling in now and then...until this week:)Eric The Red, great minds think alike:) That is exactly what I think and do...and most of the time it works! I always charge shipping plus 20% restocking fee. Usually, buyer backs out of the return after that, but not this week:)
Slow sales this week coupled with a few high dollar returns last week and striking out at thrift stores while I'm here in Fl are making me feel burned out.I did perk up a little when I found a high end designer cashmere sweater at goodwill today. Ready for the fall shopping season to start 😑
For the dear friends who talked me to insisting on Etsy, THANK YOU!!!eBay and Amazon are in all time low, however Grailed and Etsy decided to go crazy and offsite the other side.This week I received new shelfware and dedicated most of the time reorganizing storage. Still have something to finish, will try to get to >90% today.Also, listing, listing, listing. Later today will update Etsy with the new Antiques and Collectibles I have not listed there yet.In parallel, managed to send a proposal to the Trade Agency of Haiti and Dominican Republic. Do not think I will win, however it is good to give me independent experience on pursuing these opportunities (my main competition advantage is the long international experiences, ulti languages and American national, usually this combination takes me to the final round)Cheers
I can't find my Ebay seller coupon for supplies. Can someone point me to where it is in my account? It used to pop up under notifications.
http://goo.gl/kS8Rlv, you should see Ebay Shipping Supplies up top. click that.
Got it, thanks. Each quarter I can never seem to find it once it isn';t in my drop down notifications any longer. Just a quick note, we are very similar in our Ebay philosophies and business models and I almost always find myself echoing the same thought processes you guys do when making business choices. I'm a single dad who lives in a rural area outside of Nashville who left a state job after years to enjoy the freedom and lifestyle Ebay allows us. I enjoy listening to the podcast, good job.
As a reminder.. The fourth quarter coupon will not be available until the 3rd quarter ends on Sept. 30th. Read where some individuals were looking for the 4th qurater coupon too early. But if you have note redeemed your 3rd quarter coupon, that is the one that is still available until Sept. 30th. Do so because it will expire at midnight on Sept. 30th and then the 4th quarter one goes live-active a minute after mid-night making it active as of Oct. 1st. Then better have your "what I need to buy" list ready and order early so supplies don't run out. But they do re-stock fairly quickly. .... Mike in Atlanta Q1 coupons would be valid beginning each January 1, at 00:00:01 (12:00AM pus one second) and ending March 31 (11:59PM plus 59 seconds); Q2 coupons will be valid beginning each April 1, at 00:00:01 (12:00AM pus one second) and ending June 30 (11:59PM plus 59 seconds); Q3 coupons will be valid beginning each July 1, at 00:00:01 (12:00AM pus one second) and ending September 30 (11:59PM plus 59 seconds); and Q4 coupons will be valid beginning each October 1, at 00:00:01 (12:00AM pus one second) and ending December 31 (11:59PM plus 59 seconds).
There's also this great site that a listener made: http://wheresthecoupon.com/Bookmark it for the future.
I know none of you think of something like this, but here is my question. If I have a basic eBay store that allows me 250 listings and I come into the month with 250 items (from my previous month) and sell 5 things, can I list five more things for free to bring my item amount back up to 250 or because I started the month with 250 items, any more items I add during the month would be charged per item?
Good question, but I might have a complicated answer.If all your 250 listings renew on Sept 1 and then five things sell, you have to pay for those new listings because your 250 items have already been listed.But most of us have staggered listings since we're listing all the time. Your 250 items probably wont all renew on Sept 1. Instead you'll have them renew throughout the month. IF some of these items sell before they renew, then you'll still have free listings to use up.eBay shows you how many items you can list as part of your monthly subscription on the new Seller Hub. Easy to check out.Plus, remember that it's really cheap to list new items. Maybe 15-cents/month for BIN? We've said it many times before, but we've never let listing fees stop us from listing items that could sell for $30+.
Some of you will appreciate this: I accidentally won about 100+ books for $1 at a local auction. I didn't think I would win them and also noticed that it said 64 in the title.WELL, that was the *lot number* not how many books were there. I never intended to be a book seller but here I am. Had to take most of them to our rental house (just rented it to a nice older gentleman that doesn't mind them, luckily, because I'd be royally effed if not. And not in a good way like by Prince Harry . I don't know how many I have but my mid sized volvo was PACKED:trunk, front seat and backseats. And floor boards. Got to pack those in 90 degree heat & humidity, too. Yay for heat migraines but I did win some really amazing old books along with a bunch that I am Amazoning and donating to the Humane Society thrift and our library book store. Definitely worth the hassle but not what I was expecting. All in all I feel very lucky to have won them.
I've been the long time lurker..Love The scavenger life..they are truly reselling royalty. Here's my sales video of some of the stuff I sold in August..https://youtu.be/ITrP-jZ2dAs
Welcome Balt999.You're getting really good prices on clothes. Glad to see!