Killer sales, Steve!Some of my interesting sales over the last week:1950s/60s medium format modeling slides:http://www.ebay.com/itm/191860227841Bought a huge box of these for $30 at a sale. Most were family photos and events and listed those in a different lot on their own (listed for $299), but but found these 20 modeling photos that I separated out. Had them listed for $199 and ended up selling for $125 best offer.Used cassettes:http://www.ebay.com/itm/191940188086Had these listed as 81 mixed used cassettes for $80 (bought the whole box for $5). Almost immediately a guy offered my $35 for just the 8 Maxell XLI-S cassettes in the lot. I quickly checked other sold items and sealed XLI-S cassettes go for decent $20+ money each, but used ones like this don't command more than $2-$3 each so I was happy with that offer. About to relist the other 73 for about $70.(2) 1960s Rainbow Room (restaurant at the top of Rockefeller Center) swizzle sticks:http://www.ebay.com/itm/191820387504For a buck or two I'll always pick up bags of swizzle sticks. Will pull out anything unique/interesting and then sell the rest in a lot. These 2 Rainbow Room sticks for $12.Sony WM-7 Walkman for repair:http://www.ebay.com/itm/191930199647Bought this for $2 at a sale where the guy was apparently an audiophile - all high end equipment & cassettes (Steve you would have loved the stereo equipment that I had to pass on due to my limited space). The Walkman turns on but does spin, so it sold for $60 for repair. As is it is a collector piece because of its advanced features - http://www.walkmancentral.com/products/wm-75 Raffi cassettes:http://www.ebay.com/itm/201625700315These were in the bottom of a box lot that I bought for the sealed blank cassettes. Donated most of the junk cassettes, but listed these and sold for $20.1907 Curley Straight Razor:http://www.ebay.com/itm/201523445063I'm a sucker for straight & safety razors. Always pick them up assuming they're under $5 or so. This one I got excited about because it had the original box and the serial number on the blade matched the box. Had it up for $75 but took a best offer of $55 on it.1980s Gumball NFL helmets:http://www.ebay.com/itm/191846271719I had hundreds of these growing up. There was always a quarter burning a hole in my pocket at the grocery store. Found a box of them at a sale and picked out the ones that were still in their bubbles with the sticker sheets. Only paid like $1.. they're not super valuable, but still eeked out $20 for them.
Nice sales, Brian. I'm also a sucker for shaving stuff. That's a great price you got for that razor. On the topic of tapes, I recently bought a shoebox full of tapes for $2. Mostly used, but there were some sealed Maxell XLII-S 90, but I guess they are not as scarce as the XLI-S variants as I managed to sell 2 for $24. It's funny as I'm assuming the XLSII are type II are probably better quality.
Yeah, there are some very specific tapes that sell for big big dollars - just like anything else some are higher quality and some are just more rare. All will sell though for well more than the $2 you invested.Here are some good models for your BOLO list:TDK MA-XG90 - http://www.ebay.com/itm/322203855362TDK MA-R90 - http://www.ebay.com/itm/262444247786Sony HFX 90 - http://www.ebay.com/itm/331876908591Sony Metal Master - http://www.ebay.com/itm/162134324762
Wow, some of those command amazing prices. And to think that there are probably pallets of these locked away in warehouses, or worse, destroyed because they were deemed obsolete and "worthless".
Yes, I hope I stumble on one at a warehouse sale someday!
Some great sales, Steve. And such a great assortment of odd items. I always pick up some knowledge watching your videos.Here's my 2 what sold videos that I published this week. These are from sales last month:https://youtu.be/eq1O84Ymjy0 - Highlights: Hermes Ashtray, WWII Pins, Yellow-ware bowl, reproduction tin chimney candle lamp, 1890's chromo prints.https://youtu.be/5Zcr2h4IrfE - Highlights: Victorian leather hat box (sold to a movie production company), industrial barn lights, antique solid gold glasses, victorian magazines.
Sheldon I am really enjoying your what sold videos. You find some very cool and unusual items! Thanks for putting the videos up.
Sheldon, great videos. Can you tell us a little bit more about those colored glass pieces? I've noticed them in all of your videos. Where did you get them and did you know what they were before buying them or they were just a cheap pickup that you lucked out on?
Hi Brian. The pressed glass pieces were an intentional purchase from a local auction for $50. It was a lot of 50 pieces (a couple were broke). I didn't research them before buying them and just decided that they had appeal and would be a great pipeline item. Took about 2 days to list them all during a mild day in February. Most of them I priced at $12.95- $18.95. A couple larger ones went for $35. So not huge sales. But I have sold all but 5 and I would estimate I've profited $650. Never had one break in shipping and never had a return. So I would call them a success!
Absolutely. Good one.
Sheldon, thank you for sharing the videos, you have a great eye for cool stuff. I have a few of those pressed glass pieces from a box lot that I haven't researched yet. I wasn't sure what they were. I thought they were some type of mold, like the old butter molds. Thank you for the education!
you sell great stuff, but i can barely hear you in the video with all my audio turned up. you may need to boost your sound in your editing program. i think it's because the mic on your camera is in front and you are behind the camera.
Hi Ryanne. Thanks for the tip. I haven't noticed the audio sounding weak when I preview to the videos, but I might be used to it. I will have to check again. I am using an iPhone 6S mounted about 5 - 10 inches from my head. Hmm, looking at my phone now and how it's positioned in the mount, the microphone is pointing away from where my mouth is. Tomorrow I will try flipping it around the other way. Thanks!
thanks sheldon. the mantra we have in the video business- you can have the most beautifully shot video, but if the audio is bad, it's no good.
Sheldon, Great sales! I got curious and I'm looking at your store...just want to mention, the pictures on the listing for Antique Ornate Heraldry Lion Fleur de Lis Small Silver Demitasse Spoon, Italy 4" are not photos of a spoon....thought you might want to revise that. (I've made the same sort of mistake more than once LOL)
My Cottage, thanks for pointing out the error. I sometimes use "sell similar" and then forget to change the photos. I do remember noticing a while back that particular listing was wrong, but I forgot all about it until you reminded me.
Thanks for sharing, I always learn something new.
7/31-8/6Total Items in store: 428Items sold: 7Cost of items sold: approx. $9.25Total Sales: $168Highest price sold: $30 Hawaiian shirt Average price sold: $24Int’l sales: 0Returns: 1 - shoes didn’t fitNumber of items listed this week: 0Amazon disbursement - $595– includes ebay to amazon and thrift store purchasesFull time ebay goal - March 2018Ebay to Amazon experiment – Had 2 sales. Cost $109. Sold $210. Amazon fees $27 (13%). Profit $74. Average profit per sale $37.
Your eBay to Amazon experiment is definitely a success!!!
Total Items in store:298 out of 303 as of 8/13/16Items sold: 16Cost of items sold added with Amazon & Walmart Flips: approx. $91.69 Total Sales: $257.68Highest price sold: $24.99 (Revell 1:25: '49 Mercury Custom Coupe Model Kit Amazon Flip)Average price sold: $11.25Int’l sales: 0Returns: 1- 2 Vintage Slider style Cake Pans @ 16.00 Sale price with shipping.Number of items listed this week: 25Amazon Sales on Sports Art Prints: 0New Stocked items this week: $25.00Goal this week Shop for HIP HOP Jeans. Link yessy website with eBay store.All profits from eBay store and Visual Art classes go back into eCommerce selling.All fees posted at the end of the month. It works for me! I need time to draw and paint more Folk Art Cats.
Thanks again for giving us our weekly What Sold Video fix Steve! you always come through...love listening to you...you have a voice made for audio!
Here are some of my more interesting sales from the week:http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Mary-Most-Holy-Child-Print-Oval-Frame-Convex-Glass-C-Bosseron-Chambers-/252480997132?rd=1VERY UNUSUAL print of Mary as a child. Her eyes followed you everywhere. Kinda creepy too:) Sold for full price of 44.99http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Barkcloth-Fabric-Drapery-80-x-42-Green-Pink-LARGE-Floral-30s-Era-/262565227302?rd=1Almost didn't put this up because of the significant damage. Sold within an hour of listing. LOL...glad I listed it! Sold for full price of 38.99http://www.ebay.com/itm/5-Oval-Embroidery-Flexi-Hoops-LOT-Needlework-Cross-Stitch-Frame-Wood-Grain-6x4-/252466664266?rd=1 Sold 2 sets of embroidery hoops to the same buyer for a total of 12/35.00. These were plastic flexi hoops that double as a frame. Wasn't sure there was a market for these, but they came in a box lot of other items I purchased at an auction, so worth trying out.http://www.ebay.com/itm/Baby-Morgan-Crib-Blanket-Balloons-Acrylic-Thermal-Waffle-Weave-Nylon-Edge-50x40-/262563628583?rd=1Always pick up Baby Morgan Baby Blankets! Could have held out but trying to move stuff outta here. Took a best offer of 75.00Paid 2.00 at the local thrift storehttp://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-METAL-CEILING-LIGHT-FIXTURE-3-THUMB-SCREWS-PORCELAIN-SOCKET-FARMHOUSE-/262554756579?rd=1Lastly, this shows that vintage home hardware sells no matter what condition. Picked up a box lot of light globes, shades and these were in it too. Sold both to the same buyer for 15.00 each. Paid 1.00 for the entire box lot.
Every single thing you sold, I would have passed over at a sale or thrift store. Awesome stuff... always learning!
Baby Morgan blankets! I had no idea. Thanks so much!
Burma Shave! Ah. memories of poetry....In this world/of toil and sin/your head grows bald/but not your chin----Burma Shave.
*** Update and Quick Comments ***Still playing catch up ... Jay mentioned in the Sun What Sell cast "hope you guys are doing productive things while listening to us". I control myself to save the What Sell video for my weekly visit to my Auction Place (I use Live Auctioneers, however the place is close to my house and I got it on my business rhythm).Also, In the return trup, there is a GW Megastore, for me is perfect Wednesday Morning with Ry and Jay.I had last week a terrible not paid transaction. It was a $175 pair of Bally Shoes (was used to it on Grailed, every 10 offers only one gets actually paid for me there).Also, still about Long Tail, I purposely sell niche items. I try to get vintage/antique, designer wearables, collectibles and rare stuff. This is what I love, this is what I have a lot fun with. I do not intent to flip fast since it would not work for me, using last week's picking, I spent about $100 on both the Live Auction and GW. In two sales (one marvelous 6 piece Vintage Stoneware from UK and a Cowboys hat, I made $157). All the rest piles up to my backlog. If I went to fast flipping these sales would not come this way.
*** What I am working on to improve ***These are my learning activities. The skills I need to learn and the things I need to improve for my business:(1) Patience to look thoroughly on items I am relatively good at like clothes.(2) Pick up more broadly (Ryanne's examples) on cheap items. More or less, I need to take risk on more day to day items and sort through the things that I do not feel totally comfortable with.(3) Discipline to do Garage sales EVERY WEEKEND and State Sales MOST WEEKDAYs. Laziness IS KILLING ME. Summer here bursts out and I am letting a very hod garage sales pass by.Two things I have improved:a_ Books. I learned to sort through large piles and shelves visually. It was like a click, so I am getting a couple of things per visit. Excellent start for this new sub segment for me.b_ mugs. Going crazy with vintage mugs. Dollar items yielding me $20 or more
When we started our eBay store, we put 75% of our time into scavenging. We needed inventory. But very quickly we had more stuff that we could handle. Now we always try to put 75% of our time into listing than scavenging. Too much unlisted inventory can really sap efficiency.
*** How my Business is structured ***Just to share how I work.Since I "retired" in May, last year (euphemism to "I had my butt kicked bad"), I opened two formal business and then went full time on eBay. This is how it works:* One LLC for my Computer Engineering and IT Consulting Free Lance. This is where I also invested with friends and colleagues on trademarks, Intellectual Property (systems and software we created and now sell)* One LLC for a Mobile App I made. This was a consumer commerce related, so eBay started to fund this, now this LLC owns my eBay business* One Rental House --- unfortunately this is under my name and I am having difficulties ($$$) to transfer to a new LLC (besides reduced liability shell to isolate minor or major issues from my family and other personal belongings, the costs incurred are much smaller for LLCs owning and administering real estate). Consider that variable and fixed costs, as well as COGs need to be split accordingly.For example. GW or Auction items, shipping supplies and eBay fees all go to the Commerce LLC COGs.My office is split and the car/gas as well.Cheers
https://youtu.be/O9OXqonEzZoHere is my first haul video. Sound some nice items to sell today. My ebay store is bgwantiques76I have been selling for years but recently switched to may "buy it now" listings. Do you agree on how I am selling the sterling I found? Comments please.
nice finds. thanks for sharing your video! now what did you sell this week? that's where the rubber meets the road.
Nice find on that sterling! thanks.
Brian, are you from Wisconsin? I haven't heard many people call it a "rummage sale" like I do!
Yes, the phrase "Rummage Sale" is the common use in Wisconsin for yard sales.
*** Pinterest ***A few days back I heard Ryanne mention Pinterest, Jay mentioned Facebook and Reddit and so forthAfter that, I read the discussions and, coincidentally, noticed eBay allows you immediately Pin the new listing and/or also share on other channels.This is what I started to do for those Collectible and desirable (Antiques and Hipster clothing).Little over a week, higher sights and bookmark on these new items than my average.Not sure if the eBay generated Pin it button is available upon confirmation or any post or after a post is revised
Is eBay recommended price gone?I love the "other sellers are offering similar item for $$$" feature.Is it gone? Since last major update I do not see it anymore.Thnx
When I listed using the regular/easy tool, that function came up. However, when I switched to the advanced tool, the suggested price went away. Too bad!
What Sharyn said. Only with the "beginner" listing tool did I see the suggested/trending price.
deb truervaluesHi - This is late in the discussion - I was just reading comments from this week's podcast....More on video games....My son found a garbage bag of vintage miscellaneous video game ephemera --it was packaging, advertisements, posters, etc. He split it up into lots and has made over $200 so far. He still has 3 or 4 lots listed.Just thought some of you might be interested in anoather BOLO
FYI for a RA opportunity: http://money.cnn.com/2016/08/11/investing/macys-closes-100-stores/index.html
Tfs Brian. I went to our Kmart but it's business as usual so far. Supposedly they are putting all backstock on the floor and are in the beginning stages of liquidating all stores.
Just a question if anyone knows - I have a basic store which includes 250 listings. I just received a promotion from eBay to list up to 500 items for free to the end of August. Does this sort of deal normally get extended? In past years, when I wasn't selling much, I seem to remember that these deals last through a good bit of the fall.
Every month I get different promotions. Sometimes 500 listings, sometimes 1000, sometimes 100 auction style, etc. I haven't seen a specific pattern, just know that with a store subscription I'm always getting different promotional offers.
Yes, the happen all year long, but no rhyme or reason. Just remember while the initial listing is free, every time it renews you are charged. BUT, like Jay says, the amount to list (10 cents I believe for us with the basic store) is so insignificant it doesn't really affect most of us in our day to day listing and sales process. I always accept them when they come out...but I would have listed the same amount whether I had the free listings or not.
I think that my cost is 20 cents, and I feel that they can add up. I was charged a bit over $7 last month, which wasn't too much; however, I've got lots of stuff to list. I guess I'll see how many listings I have at the end of the month.Thanks for answering my question!
I wouldn't count on free listings lasting longer than the duration stated. Might happen, but no guarantee.If you;re finding that you;re hitting u against the 250 items limit, consider bumping up to the next subscriber level.
As someone who follows retail closely, promotions, especially from eBay, are a signs of weak sales overall. The poor retails sales #’s being reported can help explain poor sales certainly beyond the traditional slow summer season. One-off items don’t apply, although they are considered discretionary purchases and the consumer is being pinched with higher debt levels than a year-ago.However, as Cheryl said, there’s no rhyme or reason. The types and terms of the promotions are all over the board and obviously are by invitation only and not available to everyone. I have multiple eBay selling accounts and rarely do I get the same promotion for all of them. Although last year I did receive 3 different promotions for just one of my accounts and 1 was for 600k listings a year with a 12 month term. I only received the offer near the end of October, so I had 2 months of free listings. That was nice.A while ago I had done an analysis for myself to determine when it was best to jump up to the next level of an eBay store. If I can find it, I can post it for those that are interested. Spoiler alert… On the surface, an Anchor store seems like the next obvious level when you start bumping up to the next tier, but if you are not selling unique one-off items, say like clothing or specially items, opening multiple premium stores is a better alternative given the SEO performance of eBay and competitive options. eBay really needs to put in another level between the premium and anchor store.
Larry, Just to add a little insight to the listing promos. Lately, ebay has had some pretty targeted promos....limited to certain categories and sub-categories (for example, one was tied to "back to school" stuff). What ebay is doing here is using their data to find stuff for which search/sales data proves high demand, and listing data shows lower than optimal supply to meet that demand. In other words, if you get an invite for something that is limited to certain cats and sub cats, by all means try to find items for those cats...if they are reasonably priced, they will likely sell because ebay has already looked at the demand.
Question - I frequently ship directly to Canada from US rather than using global shipping. Today when I printed a priority label from ebay for shipment to Canada instead of the usual 1/2 page international shipping label, a 4 page label printed. Is this new? Each page is the size of 1/2 page. The first page appears to be the shipping label, the 2nd page states "Customs Declaration", page 3 is "Dispatch Notice" and page 4 is "Senders Copy". I assume I stick page 1 label on the package and then put pages 2 and 3 in a clear label envelope on the package? Does this sound right? Thanks for any help that can provided. Internet search did not reveal any info. Thank you.
Disregard - a few more minutes of sleuthing and I think I've figured out my problem. I've probably only printed first class international postage in the past and this one was for priority international which can require additional customs forms beyond the 1/2 page form that is required of first class international. Sorry, I should have done more due diligence upfront before posting a question to the group. I guess I panicked. Carry on.....
No harm, no foul, Julie. ;o)
I never do my interesting sales, but I think I will this week (all sold on Etsy over the last few weeks.)https://www.etsy.com/listing/268111361/vintage-1950s60s-humorous-novelty?ref=shop_home_active_2novelty swizzle sticks sold for $28, found at an antiques show for $12https://www.etsy.com/listing/387045232/land-olakes-colorful-retro-recipe-card?ref=shop_home_active_4Sold for $25 and purchased only because I saw that J&R had sold one just like it! Bought for $2.50 at an antique mall (I always check the Malls in summer because most dealers run sales at that time.)https://www.etsy.com/listing/455069526/colorful-cama-deruta-italian-pottery?ref=shop_home_active_5sold for $50, found at a thrift for under $5, I never pass up these mugs in good condition, they sell well, for a single, bigger, more elaborate version I got over $20 so clearly a BOLO.https://www.etsy.com/listing/468078879/primitive-rustic-wooden-accordion-wall?ref=shop_home_active_10sold for $30, picked up for $2.00 at the thrift--these accordion hangers sell like hotcakes--I only pick them up because Texasgal Margaret mentioned that they sell well on her videos.https://www.etsy.com/listing/400546071/vintage-oriental-rugpersian-carpet?ref=shop_home_active_8bought at auction for about $35 and sold for $250--again, J&R got me into buying these rugs and I pick them up whenever I can.https://www.etsy.com/listing/462126575/victorian-post-mortem-16th-plate-tintype?ref=shop_home_active_13bought at auction for around $6, sold for $75--yes, these seem morbid to us now, but the Victorians wanted to remember their loved ones and this was new technology. These post mortems are widely collected, I never pass up one when I find it, my best score was at an antique mall some years ago, I bought a dag of an adult in his shroud (mid 19thc) and sold it on auction for over $300.
THANKS SUE! I loved looking at your items...so interesting! What a sad photo:( Good eye though...I would never have caught that the child was deceased, he looks so alive at first glance.I found one of those expanding peg holders once:) Would love to find another...but sadly only find the smaller ones and they don't sell near as well.
Don't pass up the small ones--those sell even faster for me on etsy for around $25 each.
Oh, and about post mortems, sometimes they are really hard to figure out because the family usually, if possible, tried to make the deceased look "alive" so they would sometimes prop up the body and so forth, again sort of inexplicable to us now, but then, when early death was so common--essential to the memory of the loved one. Plenty of people claim PM when it is clearly not the case, this image was fairly easy if you look closely, the child's blank expression, the slightly swollen stomach and so forth.
Thanks so much for sharing, Su! Cool stuff. Also good to know you _can_ find stuff in antique malls.
Thanks for tip on the small ones!! I have a couple listed on ebay, next time I come across one will through it up on both venues!
Their eyes look so creepy. Very creepy photo overall.
Just great finds, Sue. Thanks for sharing them.
Just canceled my Bonanza booth. They weren't ending my ebay listings, they weren't notifying me when things sold, and when my account was cancelled I got 8 cancellations of past offers that they never communicated to me. Epic fail.
I tried Bonanza--ugh...not for me.
Don't give up too quick. Perhaps you just have a notification turned off or it's going to your junk folder. I always receive an email from Bonanza when I get a sale although it's usually 15 minutes after I get the Paypal notification which would be another alert you have a sale. If nothing else at least call Bonanza, they are pretty helpful.
Sales on Bonanza are totally random, and might not be very effective for small stores.We just sold a weird vintage print on Bonanza for $90 today. Hadn't sold anything there for three weeks. I'll take it.
Jay - are they ending your ebay listings? Watch out because they used to end mine and inexplicably stopped.
Yep, the item that sold was automatically ended on eBay. I can see why it;d be frustrating if Bonanza isnt automatically syncing to eBay. The whole point is that it's an extra place to sell without having to do any extra work.
I love Bonanza and don't have the problems that you mentioned but I can appreciate why you don't like it. If you are worried about the listing not ending, etc., you can also do the following steps:1. sign into your Bonanza account each day, 2. hover over the "selling" tab at the top of the home page 3. click on "add or edit items"4. click on the green "update booth" button That will re-sync your booth with ebay AND tell you how many items you have in both your ebay store and your Bonanza booth. If the count is different, you know you have a problem.I think Ryanne mentioned she use to do this at one time. I use to do it everyday...takes about 20 seconds. But now just do it when I think about it.
Hey Steve--I have a sense that you sell items pretty quickly once you list them.Plus you have a fairly small store, but make a good profit each week.Would you mind sharing your "Sales conversion rate" that's listed on your new seller dashboard?
(I'm not Steve) but mine is .7%. I have no idea if thats good. I have about 670 items and sell about 25-30 a week. I list about the same.
Mine is also .7%.
Mine is also .7%! How encouraging that I match Erik's and Stephen's numbers. My store is small, just about 250 items. I sell about 4-5 items a week, though I've just come off of a few weeks of selling almost nothing. My click through rate is 1.2%
Hmmm, mine is .7% too. That seems like too much of a coincidence, perhaps it's not really accurate?
With the new seller hub, am I correct that you can’t see the impressions and click-through rate per listing. Only the page views. My conversion is 1.4%. Less than my desired 2.6%
I'm at 1%, but really this number means nothing to me. Does anyone here actually use it for any reason?
Here’s my take on it. It is very important. It helps the seller in determining, price, marketing and purchasing. Think of it as the number of people going into a store and making the decision to purchase or not. Higher conversion = more sales, lower conversion = lower sales. In the ecommerce world, having a potential buyer just taking the time to stop and view your listing is huge. So if you have low views mom, means either of 1 or a combination of 3 things. Price, Presentation (pictures, description, seller feedback, etc…), and demand. Absent impressions and click through rate, the other 2 factors not supplied by eBay, you need to look at price, presentation and demand to determine why views are low.By default, eBay will give you 0-2 views on a new listing. Sometimes 3. This is due to their screening processing on new listings. On new listings, I like to look at this and make a mental note of it. Relist are zero unless you make a change to the listing.Personally, with my eBay listings, I track my views monthly on my unsold items and pay attention to listings that average less than 8-10 views per 4 month period. If they are in line with my stats from my online store, I will make changes to the pricing. Rarely do I make changes to the presentation. If after 4-6 months of still low views, certainly no more than 16 months total, I will yank the item and either donate it or put it in local auction. It all depends on the item.I don’t understand the reasoning behind the “long-tail” listing with items that have low views. I’m not willing to keep my line in the water for that long waiting for the right fish to even look at the bait. It is just my personal view. Now, if I have solid views month over month on an item, I list that item until cows come home or 16 months in which case I would have slowly changed the pricing.
You have items that get less than 10 views a month? I feel that automated crawlers would give you at least that many views themselves each month. I know even our most long tail items get more views than that monthly. If you have no real limit to storage, I'm unclear about why it matters if items stay online except just a personal need for "action".
And let me just add some numbers to reinforce our "list it and forget it" method that works for us.We've sold 30 items so far this week. 14 of those items have been online for twelve months or more. If we had been in a hurry to sell, these items might have been dumped at fire sale prices or re-donated.Let's break it down by the item. Assume we pay $3 for an item (often its cheaper). It's cost 10-cents a month to keep an item listed in our store (though most items are listed free as part of our store subscription). So if the item takes 12 months to sell, then assume it's $1.20 in listing fees. Since most items sell an average of $30, we're still making a good profit even after all fees. Profit is still over $20. I can understand the logic of keeping an eye on listed inventory since we make bad choices now and again. But we spend more time just listing new items. As long as items are selling each day/week, doesn't matter how long they've been online. And if you're really worried about items are priced too high, then just do a quick sale. But we find that sales rarely spur many extra sales.
No, I frequently have listing with low views mom relative to others. I believe with GTC listings, the views accumulate, so you’ll have to work back into the monthly number based on listing date. And because eBay web pages don’t validate well, crawlers can rarely index listings. The most they can do is title and category. This is my major pet-peeve with eBay SEO. You don’t have to go far to see this yourself, do an broad online search of an items that are both listed on Etsy and eBay. You will get much better search results with an Etsy listings than you will with eBay. The eBay listing may not even make the fold.As for keeping things listed for a long time, it a matter of personal preference. Generally just time and resources. I’m just taking a cue from eBay. Find out why a listing isn’t selling after 90 days and a listing stagnate when it’s older than 16 months.
Also, I not attacking your methodology of “list it and forget it” or advocating deep discounts for quick “fire sales”. Not at all. I’m just saying that for myself, consistent low views on the listings would prompt me to look at that listing differently. As for “long-tail” items the difference between you and I can be explained through the example of the 14 items you sold that have been listed 12 months or longer. If they had more than 10 views a month we wouldn’t be having this discussion. Unless for myself it was older than 16 months. Otherwise I would have already dropped the price 5-10% to see what reaction it would get for the next 3-4 months.
And Im always interested in new effective ways of selling. Just curious if you have any data that shows that your method sells items more quickly. Or is it just a matter of what makes you feel comfortable?
And I think eBay is getting better in the Google search results. I just googled "vintage calculators". The link to eBay is #3. Etsy is #7.https://www.google.com/search?q=vintage+calculators&rlz=1C5CHFA_enUS616US617&oq=vintage+calculators&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l5.4072j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8When I search for a specific model of "monroe model 40 calculator", eBay is #1. https://www.google.com/search?q=monroe+model+40&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8#q=monroe+model+40+calculatorI would assume that after google put the slam on eBay's SEO techniques several years ago, they're doing everything they can to get back in the game.
It’s not a matter of selling items quickly or even profitability. It is only how effective is your listing to prompt a potential buyer to stop to look at your item in the hopes of them deciding to purchase.Yes. Listings are a function of sales, that’s a given. The more you list, the more you expect to sell. But how effective are your listings? Keeping product, price and # of items constant, a seller with a higher conversion rate will sell more. Not more $$, just more. The greater number of views, increases the number of sales. A person with a conversion rate of 0% is selling nothing.Remember, conversion rate is different for everyone and is only useful when comparing two similar stores or an index of stores. My 1.4% means nothing compared to a seller with a rate of 0.70% unless we are selling the same or similar products. In the world of eBay, this is going to be difficult. Ideally, the Holy Grail would be if this stat was broken down by category.I like to think of it this way. Before a sale takes place, a potential buyer would have had to click on your listing. Before this, your listing title would have to be seen on their screen. Before this, your item would have had to be in the search result. You get the idea. So to put a fine point on it. You can’t have sales unless you have views. For me, I arbitrarily choose 10 per 30 day period over a 3-4 month period and a boggy of a conversion rate of 3.6%. Nothing scientific or factual about it.A few weeks back, there was a discussion about changing listings to rid them of garbage code. Many people I feel took the discussion as if you changed the listing and did everything that eBay recommended, the sales would increase. That was not what was stated or its purpose. The purpose was to increase the search results. Not sales. At least not directly. Ideally, one would have to compare their impressions mom to see if it was a success.The whole point of this exercise is we want our listing to be in the search results. We want our listing to be within the first few pages and we want a potential buyers to stop and look at our product. The more we learn about the rules of the game, the better our chances of making a sale.
Interesting on the search results. I'm not getting the same on your first search for vintage calculators. I wonder if it's because we are using two different browsers. You with Chrome and me with Firefox.
I get the same results in Chrome: https://www.google.com/search?q=vintage+calculators&rlz=1C5CHFA_enUS616US617&oq=vintage+calculators&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l5.412j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8What is the link for your Chrome search? Where does eBay fall in the search?I'm just trying to bring data to big assumptions like "eBay is bad in search". Might have been true three years ago. Doesn't seem like it now unless we can find examples of this.
My selling conversion rate is 1.8, but I am not sure what that means.
Jay, I'm using Google Chrome..."vintage calculators" ebay is in third place, right under the "images" link. To provide a little background: An ebay exec did a search at ebay OPEN for , I don't remember, something like "Canon digital cameras" on that day, ebay came up second, behind Amazon. A year or so ago, before ebay had created "product pages" using the UPCs etc that sellers supplied, ebay didn't show up there. Or even on the first page. Or second. It first showed up on page 35, and that was for a listing that was going to soon expire. He admitted ebay has more work to do, but they appear to have made great strides within one year....most of it tied to giving Google what it wants, structured data. (Look at the Calculators page that opens up when you click from Google Search...it is not a link to a listing (as it would have been in the old days) but to a product page with a fixed ebay URL.....the items on the page will change over time, but the URL will remain the same....which is what Google and other search engines need).So, I agree, ebay's Google search results are much. much better than they were even a year ago.
Larry, you said "A few weeks back, there was a discussion about changing listings to rid them of garbage code. Many people I feel took the discussion as if you changed the listing and did everything that eBay recommended, the sales would increase. That was not what was stated or its purpose. The purpose was to increase the search results. Not sales. At least not directly. Ideally, one would have to compare their impressions mom to see if it was a success."I'm not sure of that. If by "garbage code" you are talking about ebay's forthcoming rules regarding "active content", I think the aim there is to improve listing display on mobile devices...better display, presumably, better conversion rate. I don't think search is the focus.
Larry what is 'mom'? I get the same type of results with Google. Etsy frequently comes up first and Ebay sometimes is not even on the first page.See vintage t shirt searchhttps://www.google.com/#q=vintage+t+shirtsVintage Bookshttps://www.google.com/#q=vintage+books
Nancy, My GUESS is that we'll see better Google Search results for newer type items first, because it's the stuff with UPC codes, etc, that ebay is currently concentrating on and creating product pages for. I do think eventually ebay will move up even with vintage stuff, as they work their way to the older items.
Nancy, mom = month over month.
BTW. I spent some time with the new seller hub and it looks like eBay is now supplying details per listing whereas in the past they only gave a summary. This is a huge improvement. Sadly, they no longer show search terms driving traffic or referring domains... Glossing over their imperfections? Possibly.
Larry, ebay has some good videos about Seller Hub on their ebay OPEN site. Quite a bit of detail. You are right, ebay no longer shows referring domains...but that's been true ever since they dropped the (in my opinion) unreliable Omniture as their data provider. I've asked ebay about this, and I think there's some possibility we will see that information in the future. While I would really like to have it, keep in mind that the large majority of people arrive at our items from within ebay. Google search and other outside sources have never been a huge percentage. The real importance of Google is that it drives NEW buyers to ebay.
Doing some listings this week and when I hit save for later I keep getting a Server not found screen and have to click a couple more times before it finally loads...it also says that on the picture area of the listing before I put the photos in...Is anyone else having this problem? I'm not sure if its an Ebay problem or my Time Warner Internet problem..it has been doing this for a couple weeks now on both computers and my phone is having some weird issues while on the wifi....so I am guessing it is probably Time Warner but thought I would check to see
It's a simple check to turn off wifi and try listing on mobile data.
Just took a reluctant last minute walk to the PO to drop off a package that was paid for at 2:55am EST today (8/12), which registered as being paid for yesterday (8/11) because they base it on PST. I had to get it in to the PO today for the 1-day handling scan to be valid, right?
But I believe technically you have all day today to "handle" and then it would have to be scanned tomorrow. Regardless, you're good.
i thought "handling" meant shipping. one day handling means it gets shipped the day after payment, so it should be scanned by the PO that day too, right? i could never find it spelled out by ebay, so i always erred on the side of caution. :p
Flim, I always understood it the way you said. One business day from payment time ... but now you and Brian have me 2nd guessing myself:) Guess it's better to err on the side of faster shipping.
There are two different requirements for timely shipping. It is best to meet the most stringent one. eBay is on the West Coast, that means anyone on the East Coast is looking at 3AM ET as the true change from day to day (rather than 12 PM ET). So, if your buyer pays BEFORE 3AM ET very early Tuesday morning, the East Coast seller needs to get it in the mail Tuesday to meet the one day shipping requirement...because ebay treats it as a payment that came in Monday. Hope I didn't make that even more confusing.The shipping requirement I mentioned is the one that governs tracking. (There is wiggle room built in, for example, even if you ship late, if it arrives within the stated delivery time, you are still OK). But best policy is to actually ship within the one day. There is an older rule, still in effect, which has to do only with TRS Plus requirements. In order for an item to meet the TRS Plus requirement, the listing must (among other things) include one day or same day handling. You meet this by including that promise in your listing. Under THAT rule, if, for example, you print your shipping label out the day following payment, but don't actually go to the PO until the following day, you are still OK. Obviously, if you always SHIP within the one day, you easily meet both requirements, which is why I say it is Best Practice.
Anything you ever wanted to know about handling time straight from the source:http://pages.ebay.com/sellerinformation/build-your-business-online/deliver-great-service/handling.html#how-calculated
although it is contrary to the link that Retro posted, i believed that it wasn't that it had to get scanned by the end of the handling period, that the label had to be printed (it was "handled"). in fact, that's been true for my items and they haven't been marked late on my dashboard. because we often have to get an item out of storage, this is helpful for us. example- item is paid for monday at 8am. we are going to get this item tuesday morn. so i print the label on tuesday morn when i've got the item, item has been handled by the deadline which is Tuesday night. and will go out Wed morn and scanned by my Postal carrier then.
The scan has to happen within the actual handling time to meet eBay's requirement. In reality though, it is still going to get there within the total shipping time so it won't be late.I've changed all my handling times to 3 days because life is too short and I'm too busy for anything more than that. If I get busy or just don't feel like shipping for a day or two, I have that option. I drop all my packages at the post office so that they get scanned immediately. I pack in the morning so it would cost me an additional day to do a pickup. I'll be getting my TRS back this month as well. Yay!
ryanne,You are confusing the old TRS Plus rule with the newer Tracking Requirement rule (which applies to ALL listings, not just TRS Plus). So, let's forget the TRS Plus rule for a moment, because we are really talking about the tracking requirement here. You can meet the tracking requirement one of multiple ways. The one which we have most control over is: ship it within your stated time frame. So, if it should go out Tuesday get it to the PO Tuesday. As long as there are scans showing you did that, you are good EVEN if the item arrives late. But in your example, you are NOT getting it to the PO on Tuesday. So why aren't you getting dinged? Printing the label Tuesday night is completely irrelevant. You could print it Wed morning, for purposes of tracking, it does not matter. What is saving you from a ding is: as long as your package arrives within the stated time, you are good...even if the PO scan shows you sent it a day late. But of course, we, as sellers, have more control over getting it to the PO on the correct day than we have over the PO getting it to the buyer within the stated time frame, which is why I say Best Practice is to ship the day you say you are going to ship....that way, even if it arrives late, you are still good.However, I must add this: If your listings qualify for TRS Plus (and the FVF discount that brings you), then you should make sure you print label Tuesday night even if you are going to send it Wed. Why? Because to qualify for TRS Plus discount you must state that you ship within one day (or same day, but let's stick with one day), and to meet THAT requirement, you can print the label by Tuesday midnight and ship Wed....but you must make sure the label was printed Tuesday, you can't wait till Wed. Soooooo...sure, continue to do what you are doing. That way you meet the TRS Plus requirement. BUT understand that---for the Tracking requirement--- if you ship Wed AND your item arrives late, you WILL get a ding...doesn't matter when you printed the label.Hope this clarifies, rather than confuses....
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thanks My Cottage! very clear. i just wish ebay would let me work within my own time zone :D
Flim, Oh yeah, that would make my life a lot easier...I like waking up to surprise sales, but when it's a huge , hard to pack item that sold at 2:59 AM here on the East Coast and I am going to have to devote an hour or more of my day to getting it out the door....well, it dampens my enthusiasm somewhat LOL
Is there another Rie who does pottery besides Lucie Rie? Don't worry, I don't have my hopes up, but I wouldn't mind making a few bucks from this decorative bowl if anyone has any info. Here's the link:https://m.imgur.com/a/HvnDRThanks for any help!
I looked around but didn't find anything. Have you looked in the phone book to see if it's a local name?
Good suggestion. Problem is, I live near Phoenix. Even so, no Roe's showed up, nor on Facebook. I'll probably just list it for the aesthetics and not the name recognition.
Sorry, that should say Rie's. Auto spell is a pain sometimes.
It is Lucie Rie style for sure. It does not have Rie's signature stamp though. Unless this is something early, before the stamp was adopted, I would not say it's hers. I am not an expert though.
This is the perfect example what I use Pinterest for, by the way. If you search Lucie Rie on Pinterest you'll get an instant gallery of hundreds of pieces of her work and signatures/stamps and can soak it all in pretty quickly.
I have sold vintage gum sole Doc Martens in the past. It is unfathomable to me why anyone wants those things. They are as hwavy as lead weights.
Anyone have the hidden discount for PayPal? It charges 2.5% instead of the regular 2.9%. I called PP and they didn't know about it. Is this no longer in effect?
Is it all fees or just certain ones? Like is it only certain types of categories or over a certain price level?
It is if you sell more than $3000 gross. From what I gather, it was a thing special to Ebay sellers. You can obtain this rate now days IF you get a pro account which is $30 a month. Haven't done the math but I doubt that it is worth it unless you do way over $3k.
http://www.ebay.com/gds/14-Ways-to-reduce-your-eBay-PayPal-Fees-/10000000004657370/g.htmlThis is the link that sparked my interest.
Freds, looked at that link and it is almost 10 years old. Most of that is outdated advice.
Another question: This Pendleton shirt. Can someone look at the lighter spots on the front. What causes this or what is it? Any way to fix it before selling? http://imgur.com/a/ct8LK
Looks like the shirt was folded and those are sun fade marks or a bleach/water solution got on the shirt.
Ah cool thanks. I am not too familiar with wool shirts like this.
hey y'allthis is random, but, i was talking to a seller rep the other day and they said that Anchor stores get $25 credit for using promoted listings each quarter. had no idea about that. it can only be used for Fixed Price, Multiple Quantity items. but i wanted to try it out. does anyone know how to get that credit? should i just start a promoted listing and hope i don't get charged for it? this is the link where there is more info https://goo.gl/2Zr5Qp
yes you are correct.http://pages.ebay.com/sellerinformation/news/sprupd16/features-fees.html
Recently I started using the "Create a Listing" instead of sell similar. Today for the first time I noticed an option pop up to Pin the item and to create a template. Is this new and how's the template working if anyone is using that? Thanks!
PS. Jay maybe they are listing at Ebay to the podcast. I think I heard you talk about this a few weeks ago.
We'd never give ourselves the credit for any changes at eBay. Most of what we complain about are the common issues we all discuss. But I hope to see these are real changes made because of sellers' feedback. Evolve or die!
I find a lot of unique items, but for some of my listings this could really help speed things along. Especially true if the template works on the mobile app. Less tying there would make the app way more attractive and easy to use.
The replays from ebay OPEN are available on line, and will be for, I think, six months. If you want to learn about the changes to the Listing form and Seller Hub, rather than just bump into them haphazardly, I suggest watching the videos. They provide a good overview and hint at some changes still to come.
Thanks My Cottage. I plan to listen when I'm recovering from surgery. Trying to list what I can for the next two weeks before then. Anything that will make listing faster is welcome.
Sold this week:Cocktail napkins listed in April, purchased for 25 cents.http://www.ebay.com/itm/Design-Design-Set-of-20-Cocktail-Beverage-Napkins-Big-Bigger-Beehive-Hairstyle-/182097002555?Braces Puzzle - picked this up based on the puzzle discussion here. Sold in 2 days for best offer of $28 paid $3.http://www.ebay.com/itm/1992-Great-American-Puzzle-Factory-40-Braces-for-40-Faces-Game-Orthodontist-Gift-/182236988583?hash=item2a6e2bc4a7:g:Dl8AAOSwgZ1XqgAY
Fun sales Anna. Love the napkins.
Many of us got our ebay start by selling stuff from around the house...household scavenging. There's a new TV show about this, featuring someone touted as ebay's largest fashion consignment seller. I'm not generally a fan of shows like this, and I haven't yet watched any episodes, so I won't comment on it. Just thought my fellow trash elves might be curious:http://abc.go.com/shows/i-can-find-3000-in-your-home
oh, thank you!!! Love shows like this: American Pickers, Storage Hunters. Great!!!!!
I bought a new trucker hat today at a rummage sale. It's a House of Blues hat and the inside tag says "Sample". There a tag still attached that has a handwritten series of numbers on it. Does this sound familiar to anyone.
It is a sample. Before something is put into production a sample is made to see how an item looks and to make any changes. When I interned at QVC I had to inventory all of Denim & Co. samples. I would do all the data entry of the numbers on the tag and write a brief description. It was cool to go to fittings. The samples came in size 6 and 14. The fit models had to stand around while adjustments for fit were made. The Denim & Co. designer at the time was Marla Wonboy who was Isaac Mizrahi's assistant when the movie Unzipped was filmed.
Thanks Anna. Were all samples eventually put into production?
No not all samples get produced. With the example of a hat, one sample might be made with a velcro back and another one with an adjustable tab or snaps only one of them would be produced. Samples could be made in 8 colors, but only 4-5 would go into production.
Great.. thanks for the information.
Frequently samples will be purposely damaged in some way, i.e. there will be a cut in them. There are no import duties on samples. There are customs fees if the item is going to be sold.
I hope this is in the right place ! Here's a video of some of the more interesting things we sold in Wales last week :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5fqdM4gXdY
Ooops! Ignore that link, it's this one!!!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5fqdM4gXdY
Welcome Caroline. I love seeing what you can find and sell in Wales. How many of your buyers live outside the UK? Or even outside europe?
The bloopers made me laugh.
great video. thanks!
Thanks Jay :) I sell very little outside the UK. Probably about 1%! I thought it would be more when the exchange rate changed so much after the Brexit vote, but I haven't really seen any change.
Thanks STEVEN and SONIA. :)
Hi allNewbie to the site but a veteran scavenger life podcast listener!!Ski boots are always a bolo if you have a recognised brandHere is my sales video for July https://youtu.be/4mdx_7wtCmwSome amazing sales there I also have a reseller chat on my account if you fancy hearing how us UK guys do reselling https://youtu.be/IkyuXVMo3LMIf this is against the rules please take it downBut this website is supa dupa guys :) will be visiting again
Catching up with the podcasts and videos. Thanks for sharing, Steven. You wondered what drove the bonanza buyer. Years ago, before etsy and artfire existed you could sell homemade items on bonanza. (You can on eBay too but I never had much luck.) I had a soap and candle booth on there and a lot of the buyers were anti ebay. They had forums much like etsy does now and you could interact with potential buyers. Bonanza purposely marketed themselves as not!ebay, maybe that's still a thing years later.I also sold a pair of Doc Martens recently. Part of me wanted to hold on to them for nostalgic reasons. I had a pair in my twenties that I loved. When I think of the early 90's, Doc Martens and the grunge look pop into my head.