Great stuff as always, Steven. Some of my sales this week:c1925 Little Old New York playing cards:http://www.ebay.com/itm/191895308661Cards are dirty, played, worn, but the box is cool and it includes the Joker. Easy $25.Italian dopp travel kit:http://www.ebay.com/itm/191855021219Got this at the flea market for $3. Includes cases for a bar of soap, qtips, combs, mirror, toothbrush, shoe horn, etc. Nice leather case with a little bit of wear. I had it up high for $125 and had it for a while, so put it on 50% off sale and sold it almost immediately. Mickey Mouse pants mug:http://www.ebay.com/itm/191601962791Another flea market find, bought for $1 and had it up for $25 for nearly a year. 50% off sale to clear out some older items looks like it's working. c1920s Ern Wald Germany straight razor:http://www.ebay.com/itm/201662350095Bought a box of old straight razors at an auction for like $20. This one had a broken blade, but the maker was good so I threw it up for $30 to see what happens, figuring no one would buy a razor with a broken blade. Well someone wanted it almost immediately for $20, which pays for the box lot and I still have plenty of razors up for all profit.1960s Swizzle Sticks:http://www.ebay.com/itm/191440675073I'll often pick up bags of swizzle sticks at estate sales for a couple bucks and break them out by destination, bar, liquor brand, etc. They don't sell for crazy money, but it's a long tail item that pays off - sold these for $10.
Brian, I have never heard the term Dopp Kit and had to google! I see these from time to time and have always called them a shaving kit. Adding Dopp to my title next time (in Comic Sans:)
Hahahaha, no comic sans Cheryl!!! Yeah, dopp kit, shaving kit, toiletry kit... all the same. Hopefully a keyword filler!
I owe ya one Brian:) Added Dopp to the title of a kit that had been listed for 16 months without a sale and it sold this week-end!!! Took a best offer of 30.00 http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Mid-Century-Grooming-Set-Toiletry-Dopp-Travel-Sewing-Kit-West-Germany-/262638154829?rd=1
VERY NICE thank you so much. You definitely have a good eye for what resells. By the way what did you call the Pendleton reversable jacket? Was is a chore jacket?
Yes, it was heavy canvas and long so chore coat came to mind.
i've never heard the term 'chore coat' before this. maybe it's a mid-western saying? we call them barn or field coats (very Northeast preppy "i'm working on a horse farm" style)
Thanks I have jacket similar to what Steve sold. It’s Pendleton reversable the lining is plaid but not wool. Love this blog!
I would have called it a barn jacket so it does seem to be a regional term. I grew up on the East Coast.
Wow just wow. Love these videos - I learn so much. I so admire your ability to test & repair vintage electronics. Me, I have several electronic things, i.e., a camcorder that has a tape stuck in it; an Atari system that just displays "fuzz" on the TV screen. Feel like I could be selling these things instead of chalking them up to mistakes and redonating all the time. That said, I'm sure the learning curve is STEEP! It's a great skill you have acquired that is priceless! You deserve the high prices you get for all your vintage electronics, IMHO. I'd buy from you with complete confidence. I have an old BIC turntable that seems to work ok, but I'm so panicked that the shipping process will make a hash of it! Thus it sits in my death pile (if you consider a 10X20 storage unit a "pile"). Egad.Just like J&R's podcasts, I love love love your videos, I learn alot and they always inspire me to list more. But I have to say that the real stars of the show are the furbabies! Thanks for taking the time & making these videos. A huge fan,Caren (eBay "thespeckledgoatllc"
Thanks Caren, glad you like them.
You're the king of consistently interesting and impressive sales, Steve. Thanks for sharing.Here's my what sold video from last week:https://youtu.be/dxP5WAVXvPIWhat Sheldon Sold On eBay #14: Primitive Crock, Victorian Door Knocker, Antique Lap Desk, Chugalug Sorel Boots, Primitive Draw Knife, Panel Mount Indicator LightsKind of a slow week, but still managed to sell an odd array of items. I haven't been putting as much time into eBay lately. As a result my inventory has been drawing down. But it's nice to take some time off and focus on some other things and still be selling. Hooray for the pipeline! I am working on some FBA shipments and building out my barn office/workspace between the cold weather arrives.
@sheldonfirst class package job on the video again. don't ever cut out the packing footage at the end. i like that you ship clean boxes & box-in-box often. just a geek note from me on void fill. 30-40# kraft paper works out to 40% the cost of bubble for void fill & is a decent bottom/top of the box cushioner. they sell a gadget called a crumpler that crushes & compresses the paper as you pull it through the roll. it also doesn't weaken and collapse like shredder stuff or news print.
Sheldon, another great video. I watched last night and also love seeing you pack:) Good luck on the barn redo!
Sheldon, can't wait to watch the barn videos. I have a (newer (ca. 1940's), smaller, filthier) barn which I'm forever planning to improve... your videos will be inspiration.
@Monsieur Thanks for the tip on the fill void. I do use light weight paper on rolls for cheap fill. But heavier craft paper could also have it's place. I've seen those crumpler online. Maybe I can build something that would mount on the wall and achieve the same goal. That crock was old and fairly pricey and I didn't want to take any chances. Probably overpacked, but better safe than sorry.@Cheryl & @Kate Thanks. I hoping to start in on the floor this coming weekend. I bought about 240 sq. ft. of reclaimed southern pine flooring about 10 years ago and finally have somewhere to install it.
Sheldon - Great videos! Very professional, as well as interesting and packed with good information. The sound and video didn't seem to be synced up. It started out fine for a few seconds, and the video seemed to start over but the voice continued. Or something like that. Is it just me? The packing part at the end seemed fine, but it was just music and video.You changed up the end of the video, too - very neat!
@Sheldon i just mean in general on the kraft for void. just for $ comparison sake. cast iron & pottery can be a bear & i would have packed same as you. in some ways this business really resolves to what your willing to pack & how well your willing to pack it, so anything packing related is interesting to me.might get some frowns, but my favorite stuff is still foam peanuts. there is just nothing faster, lighter & easier assuming you have the right set up. i haven't been able to get under $24/14 cu ft bag even buying 10 bags at a time so i am thinking of buying or hacking one of these:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMNeayyjRoEhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfhTjzeforwhave been looking into the desk top air pillow machines for a year now, but haven't pulled the trigger yet.
Hi Sharyn. Thanks for the feedback. I haven't noticed the audio getting out of sync myself. Although I do notice at times when watching YT videos in general that occasionally it happens and I usually blame my laboring computer, refresh the page and everything syncs up again. Hi Monsieur. Watching those foam cutting hot wire peanut making machines is surprising mesmerizing. ;) I have made my own air-pillows when needed. I have an impulse sealer and a rolls of tube bags. Works well in a pinch when I need to fill space and the item isn't terribly fragile. I agree that bubble wrap is expensive, especially the larger sizes, so it's good to be thinking about cheap and free dunnage.
Sheldon, having the same problem with your video on my end. I watch it on a smart TV. The other videos worked fine, but your audio and video are not synced. We hear you before we see you:)...makes for a great suspense movie though since we have to wait to see what you are talking about before we see the item!
wanted to let you know it was your last two videos, up till that time they were fine.
Hi Cheryl. Hmm, eBay what sold suspense movie. I need to work on that angle. ;) Thanks for letting me know about the sync issue. I'm putting in more editing and production work into the last few videos so maybe something is different. They appear to be sync'd for me, but perhaps there's something I can do to make sure it syncs up for everyone.
Was making listings and did not see a "Padded Flat Rate Envelope" as a shipping option. This happening to anyone else or just me?
I haven't had any impressive sales this week but here are a few things that have gone:https://www.etsy.com/listing/464434718/vintage-1953-lane-black-panther-ceramic?ref=shop_home_active_2A good friend saw this bit of 50's kitsch and bought it for $45. Found at a Goodwill for around $12https://www.etsy.com/listing/459319754/vintage-70s80s-backgammon-set-with?ref=shop_home_active_3I will never pass up a backgammon set--they are sure sellers (even missing a couple of chips) picked up at a thrift for $4, and sold for $30https://www.etsy.com/listing/477523285/pyrex-united-airlines-first-class-milk?ref=shop_home_active_6This is the sort of thing that you really have to look at to see its collectability I think---pyrex soup cups, but I knew immediately that there was an airline tie-in, these were used in United Airline's first class cabin in the '70's, picked up at a thrift for a couple of bucks, sold for $35Other than that, mostly a bread and butter week on ebay, men's boots are doing well (sold 2 pair this week, wish that I could find more.)
I just sent a backgammon travel set to our booth for 4.00 because it was missing two playing pieces...after seeing your post Omfug X, I'm going to bring it home and list it:) Thanks for sharing!
Business BrainstormingHere us my weekly space to share what business development topics under brainstorming:(1) INVENTORY: I am on the slow selling, large inventory business. I need a large inventory to build a constant flow of sales with sufficient backlog to live and operate and a somewhat predictable pipeline.(2) INVENTORY BIG QUESTION: what if anything happens to me that I must leave this business? What do I or can I do with the inventory? (or my family)(3) THEMATIC STORES: I am flabergast with recent stories like the Lego figurines and pieces specialization, post card specialization. Is there, are there niches I could explore?(4) PAINTINGS: just got home with my first set of paintings. I will run my own "experiment" for a while. I do not want to be opportunistic with paintings because of the topics our friends commented on the Episode cast. I want to be intentional depending on how it goes. Good potential to be a niche for me.(5) RESPONSIBILITY MARGIN: in a nutshell, this is the business term used to identify your gross margin in one transaction, in a set of transactions, during a given period. It is related to raw cost of material (in our case what we pay at Goodwill) and for how much you sell it. More or less a parallel calculation to COGS or net profit. Jay ALWAYS mentions he invests on anything he can buy cheap. In my case my unity cost is around $20-$30 for half of my items, the other half I mind get for lower. These higher priced purchases yield me double in RM easily on average. The downturn is the higher cost and more money into lesse inventory. This topic is today my top concern and something I do not know how to move away from because of what I know to sell (like our Post Card master mentioned a couple of times)(6) ACTIVE LISTING: After I passed 300 active, I am moving faster to grow, however I need a minimum of 2000 items listed (this is the offset I consider will give me a good basic flow). So I am investing strong to get there in the short short term.(7) AUCTIONS: I will take a short term risk. Like the postcard thematic, I will look for cheap collectible I can also sell on auction cheap but constantly and in high volume and cheap free. This is great idea. WIll let you know when I find the niche for thisThis is the summary of my weekly business planning meeting with my directive board :-)Cheers
Paulo,I’m always interested in seeing sellers question certain aspect of their business to determine if they can do better. You offer many discussion points, but if I can add my 2c into the fray, I would say is to first decide what you want to be. A generalist or specialist. Both have their pros and cons, however, a choice of either one will solidify your answers to your other questions. Also think beyond the singularity sales channel of eBay. Personally, I believe eBay is close to reaching its market saturation point and will be difficult for average generalist to make any headway using solely this sales channel. Anyway, good luck. I’ll be interested in how this go for you.
It is a great topic eComm411.Have Thrift Stores reached a saturation point?Have collectors and fashionists saturated after the advent and advance on the Web?Tranformed yes, saturated, not sure.My perception is the more, more will be enabled and more will have access.I agree there is a pyramid barrier though 😉
Awesome stuff Steven! I'm not worthy!But I'll post my what sold video here anyway... :)https://youtu.be/xL1vQz7-3HI
Adam I watched your you tube video last night...thanks for taking the time to add it each week:)
Thanks Cheryl! :)
deb truervalues - you can send a 1st class envelope with tracking with a card in it confirming the future ship date. Ebay will have a record of delivery. The buyer will have a reminder. cost $2.60, but worth the peace of mind.
Update about my hoardA handful of you shared great wishes and words about my problem. In the meantime I mentioned how this Jay and Ryanne driven community has had major therapeutical effects on my.I am glad to say that my hoard is dead and gone. The last two "rotten" boxes were taken away by trash collector saturday.Now I have two trash bags of donations just waiting for pick up and about 10 banker boxes of mementos.My action figure collection is well stored and organized. Made a few boxes on some items.My record collection is located in my cave :-)And my storage space is about 75% organized.And, I found a collection of diecast WWI and WWII soldiers. About 25 mint condition, original sealed packages. On the processing pipeline already.This will be on auction for sure :-)
I’ll never understand the logic of eBay. I opened a new account last month and right out of the gate I received limits of 1000 listings and $25k per month. This morning I requested an increase on an active account that is over 4 years old, no other issues except a defect rate of .003 (2 of 594) in the last 12 mo, current limit 970/$25k and just recently, upgraded the store from basic to premium. The line of questioning just to get it bumped up to 1500/$35.3k (a mere 530 more listings) was ridiculous.
i know what you mean, but i think the present ebay is the best one we have seen since the gold rush. so many excellent improvements in the last 6 months while still dealing with a mountain of legacy issues. many of the ebay issues we find to be ridiculous are just a result of ebay having to protect the platform against bad actors (mostly sellers)
After further review, both paws were CLEARLY out of bounds, no touchdown. The excessive celebration penalty still stands.
But we will forgive that if he stands with paw over heart while howling along to the national anthem!
2 sales this week on sep accts where my item sold in front of an identical,competing listing which had best offer enabled. we both made page 1 search results, but their positioning was better. i was priced @ ~12-15% below their BIN with no best offer enabled just BIN. shipping was a wash & we both had the TRS/feedback bonafides. these were >$100 sales. i would like to think my listing was better overall, but in one case my competitor's listing had superior photos. i'm not bringing this up to make the case for no best offer (at least not this time), but it is worthwhile i think to consider how this particular buyer made his decision. did they not want to go through the best offer song & dance? did they make an offer & the seller was slow to reply or accept? did they just assume an acceptable best offer was 15% & my listing was already there with a BIN? was my listing technique & description really superior? i don't know, but i have been selling these items at a good clip and no longer cringe when i seecomps with best offer.
Good points. I have had some success also with items that have sat there for awhile, so I just put a BIN price and they have sold. Also tried auctions on older items, and some sold. So maybe it's the unknown of making an offer, even though I would have sold for less when they were on best offer.
When I buy something I don't want to fool around with bidding. Just tell ke what it costs and if it's worth it I will BIN. Isn't that how most buyers feel?
Steven, Great sales, do you have a video on how best to package turntables? I am currently 0-2 in getting them to the customer safely. I knew about taking apart the needle, weight, platter ect.. but the rest of the terms were lost on me. Do you take off the hinges? Bubble wrap the shell? I assume double box and lots of fill. I sell a lot of replacement board game parts, nice way to make back money on a incomplete game.
Replacement parts is such an interesting niche. You can sell a complete game for $18, or you can sell an incomplete game missing a few inconsequential parts for $8. The alternative - part it out with individual listings of $5-15 each and make $50-100!I did an experiment with an incomplete electronic version of Life. I 've made about $40 and I still have plenty of parts left.
My personal problem with that is doing a lot of low sales listings. I would rather spend my time selling higher priced items since I have no problem sourcing in my area. However, I do sell low priced items if I get a bunch of little items super cheap. I just listed a pile of quilting patterns I got for a dollar for $10 each. ROI should he around $150. So same song, different berse.
I buy board games by the cart load, usually 50-70 games per cart. I dump alot of the popular games into parts piles because someone is always missing a sand timer, scattegory dice or mouse trap ball bearing. I already have multiples listed of most popular games on amazon so putting up the 15th mousetrap does me no good. Instead I would rather part it out to expand what I am offering. The small sales easily double my money while the true board game gems bring in $25-50 a pop.
The possibilities are unimaginable.There is a whole category for game parts. Unbelievable.
deb truervaluesWhen I first started ebay, I got a few old board games. One was a train game that was missing a couple of the cards, but otherwise complete and in very good condition. Couldn't sell it for $20.00Decided to just sell the die cast tootsie toy pieces separately. sold all 4 at $15 each plus shipping....so far earned $60 off that set, and still have all other parts left. Will eventually sellthose, too
I made one What Sold video during the summer, and I finally have another one to offer. The kids are back in school, so I had more time. One mistake I made was I showed a tea pot, but called it a vase. I guess the brain to mouth connection was down for a few seconds!https://youtu.be/615jYVmTK68
Thanks for sharing, Sharyn. Good for you for figuring out the Nippon markings. Did you find a good resource or just general poking around?
I found a collector's website for Japanese china. I think I used this one:http://gotheborg.comI couldn't exactly match the teapot's markings to anything on the site, but I could at least see the first two symbols over and over again. I thought mine didn't match exactly, but it was close enough.According to the site, the other markings were never standardized. They could be the company, the artist, the type of teapot, etc.
For some reason, my answer from earlier didn't take. Maybe I failed the "prove you're not a robot" quiz. Anyway, I believe that I used the site gotheborg.com. I couldn't match the markings exactly, but the first two symbols were similar enough to other markings on the site. They said that the rest of the symbols are not standard. They could be the company, the artist, the type of china, etc.
Beverly - I tried to respond to your question twice. Each time my response disappeared. I assume there was an issue with the website address I listed, so I won't list it again. I found a site that showed a number of different markings for Japanese china, and I compared it to what I had.
I haven't posted for awhile, but still reading and watching. Excellent posts from everyone! Thanks for making the videos, Steve! They are very helpful. I guess my best sale was a vtg Michael Hoban men's leather jacket from GW, I grabbed as soon as it was rolled out. Paid $7.50, with my 50% off coupon, and sold for $140. Good luck to everyone with your business this week! The harder I work, the luckier I get. Lol
Can't wait to watch this. Always super interesting to see what Steve sells. I used to sell only clothes/shoes but this wonderful community has completely opened my eyes to ALL kinds of stuff!Ok...need some help w/ something that I can't figure out. My pics do not zoom in my listings. Can any one help me figure out why? Spent the better part of yesterday googling and in the depths of the Ebay forums to no avail. The only thing I found was a mention of using "high resolution". I just use a Sony Cyber-Shot. Is there some setting I am supposed to use? I just take pics, upload to my computer and then upload them to Ebay. What am I missing? Any help is much appreciated. Thanks!
The answer you found is correct. You need to upload higher resolution photos. What resolution are you uploading now?There should be a setting on your cybershot that tells you.And it should give you a choice to take higher resolution photos (unless its a camera more than 5 years old).
Thank you Jay. It may be over 5 years old. I just shoot on photography mode. I have always kept it on 4:3/5M for image size. Not sure if that has any thing to do with the resolution?
thanks for asking this question! And I think I have mine set to the lowest resolution. Didn't they use to tell us to set it low for faster download speeds?
you should be able to look at the info of your photos on your computer if your camera isn't tell you the pixel x pixel size (though it should be able to in the quality menu). not sure how on a pc, but on a mac you just right click and choose "Get Info" > More Info section tells me my pixel dimensions. i believe that anything over 1000 pixels will zoom. i set mine to be 1600 pixels.
according to this most random link i found, Sony Cybershot shooting in 4:3 (5M) should make photos that are 2592x1944 pixels which is huge and large enough for ebay to zoom.https://goo.gl/r3TN10
Thank you Ryanne! I looked at a few of my recent pics and most of them are 2592 (W) x 1944 (H).
Isn't the Ebay zoom feature supposed to be automatic? Or do I need to check a box somewhere?Also, the "huge" factor is probably why they are taking a while to upload, right? What would I need to do to set them for the pixels you mentioned?I could fill a book with what I don't know about cameras! Really appreciate the help.
At this point, your question is so specific, I would call eBay so they can look at your photos.
Jen, it might be browser or an operating system problem. some folks claim problems using Win10 and/or Chrome. I use Win7 and just checked using IE, FF and Chrome and all showed the zoom feature no problem. Also, per eBay, make sure your photos have a long side of at least 800 pixels:"Enabling the Zoom/Enlarge featureYour listing photos will be automatically enabled with a free zoom/enlarge feature on the View Item page if they are high enough resolution. We recommend photos be between 800 - 1600 pixels on the longest side (height or width). Images less than 800 pixels on the longest side will not have this feature enabled."
Jay-I will do that. I see that some of my listings have zoom and some don't. Thank you & Ryanne for your help =)Incompetent Picker- Thank you for your help. I use FF. After looking through my listings, I realized some have zoom and some do not. Looks like a call to Ebay is in my future! Thank you!
Victory! Figured it out. Thanks all =)
My Dell laptop running Chrome will not zoom, however when I use my old laptop running firefox they do (shrugs) I assume most people can zoom my photos even if I can't.
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Loved the video Steve. Your garage sale story showing the owners that you were giving them all the cash you had was great!!! I am parting out a power juicer. Sold another part off of it yesterday. It was so heavy and clunky that I didn't think my husband would like packing it so decided to part it out. We've made way more $ than just selling it whole. Never thought about game parts.
Normal week for me. Did have a couple days with 1 sale or no sales. Here's some of the more interesting sales from the week:Sold two sets of these casters to different buyers. Funny how that works, isn't it? Clear set sold for BO of 28.00, other set sold for 22.49. Both sets came in a bag of castors I picked up at a thrift store for 2.00:http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-METAL-Casters-w-3-Clear-Plastic-Wheel-GRIPNECK-STEM-4-Furniture-Legs-/262577529482?rd=1http://www.ebay.com/itm/Set-of-4-Vintage-Gold-Metal-Stem-2-Plastic-Caster-Wheels-Industrial-Furniture-/262577526104?rd=1Found this Harry Potter Knitting Book at a library book sale for 50 cents. The lady behind the desk was going crazy as I piled my books and videos on the table to pay...I had everything from belly dancing DVD's to AA books to a Korean Bible. She had a comment about each one! This sold for best offer of 27.50http://www.ebay.com/itm/Charmed-Knits-Projects-for-Fans-of-Harry-Potter-by-Alison-Hansel-Knitting-Book-/262520964656?rd=1After all the talk about utilizing our free auctions, I put this watch up at the price I was going to list it at and it sold. Paid 2.00 at a thrift store and sold for opening bid of 49.99. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Superior-Utilitimer-Vintage-Fortified-Swiss-Wrist-Watch-w-Box-Leather-Band-343-/262612614994?rd=1and my highest sold item was an embroidery kit. Paid 2.00 at a thrift store, sold for BO of 53.99.http://www.ebay.com/itm/Roosting-Pair-Quilt-Chicken-Hen-Throw-Stamped-Cross-Stitch-Embroidery-Kit-/252478930781?rd=1
Huh. I would never have thought to pick up those old casters, but it looks like they sell for a great price. Will have to keep a look out now. I have previously stayed away because I used to have them on my bed growing up and hated them. :)
Good finds and great sales!
I always love the items you share. Embriodery kits are one of my favorite things to sell.
I enjoy your posts a lot
Cheryl, I looked at the completed listings for the Harry Potter knitting book. You had the 2nd highest price sold! Why did you choose to send it priority mail vs. media mail?
@Sonia, They remind me of the old TV trays on the stand that everyone had in the 60's:) I would never have thought these would sell either if I hadn't looked them up. Sometimes I will grab a random item at the thrift store if it's inexpensive just for the chance to research it. 50% of the time it's hit...the other 50% get priced cheap and thrown in our booth or sent back to the thrift store. @Beverly, Christine R. and Paulo, thanks for the feedback. It's always good to hear if others are actually looking!@Anna, My husband (who does the shipping) prefers Priority Mail because he likes a free box and it's insured with tracking. That being said, I mostly offer all 3 ways to ship books in my shipping tab: Priority, Padded Flat Rate (if it fits) and Media Mail. The customer can choose which they want, but most don't realize it, so it goes to priority by default. I usually look my books up on Amazon or bookfinder.com to see what the going rate is and use that as a basis for pricing. But I put best offer on all my items and this one sold for BO. Hope that helps. AND, I was tickled that you researched it for price...had no idea I was the 2nd highest!!
I have an offer on a jacket but before I counter I need to figure out shipping. The buyer is in Berlin. What is the least expensive but somewhat secure shipping method to Berlin? I offered USPS Priority International which is approximately $48.00. The buyer is asking for a lower price on the jacket due to the high shipping cost. The jacket is listed for $75.00. Appreciate your suggestions.
how much does it weigh? 1st class only goes up to 4lbs.
Hey Ryanne the jacket only weighs 2 pounds and 4 ounces.
What is helping me big time is the recent flood of positive feedback with killer comments on specifics (mostly mentioning speed of light shipping and product quality). It seems I am on the turning point :-)
Well this is a first. Looks like my earnings for the week from my eBay affiliate links will surpassed my earnings from eBay sales. Doesn't mean much when my eBay sales thus far is zippo! At least I know someone is selling on eBay.
Can you tell us anymore about your success with the eBay affiliate program? Are you links in a blog? Please feel free not to respond if this is giving away trade secrets.I have been very interested in this since talking to eBay people at eBay Open.Thanks
Yes. The arena of affiliate marketing is very competitive and we’re all competing against each other for that same buyer, so the methods and “how-to’s” are kept close to the chest. What I can offer is that eBay’s affiliate program is a fair one and anyone can join. However the requirements are strict and it’s not easy to get in. Took me 2 attempts and over a year. Along with this, I’m also in the eBay developer program. Not required for the affiliate program, but it does give me an edge in being more creative and fine tuning the coding of the affiliate links.
Here’s a topic for discussion that I need help with and would like others input If you were to hire someone part-time (20hr week) to help in EVERY aspect of your business (resource, research, price, list, ship and client retention) how much would pay an hour? Assuming little to no experience.
$12-$20/hr inclusive of all payroll matches, but depends on your market.make sure outside help is what you need.if ebay re-selling is your full time source of income and assuming you have been around the block a few times,have a good work ethic/aren't lazy, you should be able to do 80-120k in pre tax earnings (not gross sales) by yourself with maybe 2 weeks (80hrs) worth of outside help. if your not there yet, you will likely find that your highest ROI will come in 3 different ways: #1 Broader product knowledge, #2 Improved systems, #3 Refined listing techniques. ebay does not magically overcome the laws of conservation. your going to have to work 50-60ish hours per week if your business is well planned & organized if you have reached this point & just want to buy some of your time back, you are likely better off hiring someone to specialize in packing, for example,and see where that goes.
I would pay $10-12 with the knowledge that as soon as they begin to produce strong numbers of correctly sourced, listed and packed items you will give them a raise accordingly. They have to produce above and beyond what you are paying them or else what is the point. Do not let them deal with customers.
I would personally not start anyone sourcing. That could go bad fast, too many potential issues. 1. They don't know what to buy and waste money. 2. They buy the right thing, but pay too much. 3. They buy things that you can't sell. Not to mention under handed things such as: 1. Tell you they paid more than they did 2. They keep the good items they find and give you the rest. 3. Do something else and tell you they couldn't find anything. I think the list could go on forever. Also, if they really got good at it, why wouldn't they just start their own ebay store?
Instead of paying people to find things for you, you can simply just pick a few genres and create business cards, post want ads, post in facebook yardsales, craigslist, etc. People will bring you stuff you want.
I believe blackouts are real and I don't know why eBay does it but they do. You ask for proof but I don't have any past my own experiences of missing items in search and no sales followed by 6 sales in an hour. So I know we will not agree but that still does not make it any less untrue. Another thing we may not agree on is why Watchers should matter but for the opposite reason. When someone is watching your item it means they have clicked on it and for whatever reason decided not to buy it yet. That actually hurts your search results and pushes your item further down based on your conversion rate. They don't want to give you Prime real estate in search for an item that isn't selling.
call ebay. every account has a doom switch & a boom switch. sounds like somebody flipped yours to doom by mistake. give them a call & they will send somebody down into basement with a flashlight to flip it back.
It seems your outlook is "Why is no one buying my stuff??". You'll feel better about ebay if you change your perspective to "Wow, I can't believe people are actually buying this stuff!!"
Here's the issue with the hypothesis that eBay has set up an elaborate "blackout" system that stops people from buying your stuff.--If you think it's true, then it's on you to prove it. We don't believe it to be true. We can't prove a negative.--Even if it is true, what are you going to do about it anyway? Complaining doesn't do much good. Either accept eBay for what it is, or find a platform that you think works better. --Or if you could prove eBay is secretly manipulating their system, then you could probably win a class action lawsuit against them. So there's monetary motivation to prove it.
It's simple, there is no upside for eBay to throttle your items/store.
There are over 150 million eBay users and a staggering number of transactions every day. I feel like it's within the laws of probability that some days you'll have no sales, and some days you'll have six, with the sheer numbers of users/transactions involved. It's tempting to look for patterns, and for meaning, but I think that's the way the human brain is made (see "aphophenia.") Even if there is a system, with rolling blackouts, throttling, and the like, it's not a knowable system -- so instead of railing at the eBay gods or obsessing over the little, fragmented, portions of the elephant we think we can feel in the dark, I think -- as Jay says -- it just makes sense to accept it and keep listing.I go days without sales and then have small flurries. Sometimes I sell three things to California in a week, then then next week nothing goes west of the Mississippi. I could try to figure it out, or I could model myself on friends who consistently source and list super-high-quality inventory, have consistently great sales, and have never once uttered the word "blackout."
Your suspicion is valid, but not for the reason you mentioned. I like to think of eBay technology as the Y2K phenomenon. Whereas software programmers only gave the date field a 2 digit field. Never thinking software would be used into the 19th century. Leaving the only option of rewriting and correcting the software or applying many and ineffective patches. eBay elected to do the latter. eBay architecture was not built to handle to vast volume of data that’s continuously being created today.Computer operate in time of nanoseconds. It is only given so much time to produce its output then it’s done. Search results are presented as results of other searches. These searches are a mix of webpages, other types of files and even other search results. Point being. When you do a search, it doesn’t search each listing separately. It has already done that at another time and created an index of those items. That is the index that it uses at THAT time. And it doesn’t always use the same index for the same search. So, yes your item may or may not be in the search result. You may have encountered an item not found error when you tried to open up an item. This is because the item is in the index but does not physically exist or is now outside the index. So for those naysayers that need empirical evidence of which there is none, unless you open the bowels of eBay. All you need is the belief that it exist. Much like the belief that there is a God, although there no empirical evidence to suggest that there is a God.So try this exercise if your need a sense of compelling belief. Within eBay, do a valid search with four words. Note the count of number of listings. Now do another search using the same four words but in a logical different order. See a difference in the count. You may have to try a couple searches. I used the search term “Vintage Baseball Cap Boston”, results 285; second search term “Boston Baseball Cap Vintage”, result 196Now God forbid (assuming you believe in a God) chances are that if you counted all of the listing in the search, may not total to the count of the search result.Now does all of this really matter is you’re a seller of men’s XL casual shirts of which there are either between 360k to 713k search results - depending on the order of the search word? Yes.
Hey Larry, let's assume what you say is true and eBay has a search engine problem that is dropping items arbitrarily because it's overburdened.What do you suggest Anonymous and other sellers who complain about the issue do about it?
What people should do I guess was not the premise of the post. At first I would say is admit to the belief that there is a problem. Not a conspiracy issue but a true technical problem. Remember, eBay didn’t just recently spend millions if not billions of $ for a company to improve its search if it didn’t think there was a problem. You are opening Pandora box asking what people should do. I would suggest individuals that are interest in my viewpoint is to follow me on my blog.
Like arguing about the existence or non-existence of god, it seems a waste of time to worry too much about the depth of eBay's mechanics. Especially if we have no control over it.This is always my point when people complain about being "blacked out". We just focus on what we can control about our business. It's constructive action vs wasted action.
@kate,this thread is good for laughs mostly, but you have basically hit the nail on the head with some of your comments. pattern matching is a human survival instinct that can often cloud our judgement & true randomness is both difficult to achieve & understand.let's say i was a turkey. a turkey living the free range lifestyle with a benevolent 2 legged master who provided food, shelter, warmth & shade. my master also protected me from foxes, coyotes, hawks & all the otherpredators who endeavor to do me harm while still allowing me & all the other turkeys to roam around outside & in general live a superb turkey lifestyle. life is great. then one day he chops my head off with an ax. Random? (based on your comments, you might have already read this book). it's a question of perspective. there is nothing random about this event to the turkey master. it was the plan all along. random to the turkey? sure.to those who ebay & are struggling with this notion of "rolling blackouts" or "..then i got 5 sales in a row from xyz state etc..etc...". just ignore all the noise. you can literally ignore everything written about ebay anywhere on the internet & you will be absolutely fine. source good items, list them well, pack them appropriately & ship them fast. that isliterally all it takes. the other large & valuable part to the puzzle is what this blog/podcast does exceptionally good job of constantly re-enforcing.Its mostly not about price (for non commodity listings) its about bringing the buyer & seller together. if you just can't help yourself, open a second buying only account on ebay and buy a couple items per month. don't sell on it, just buy. watch list a dozen items in categories you sell in. start paying attention to the variety of emails that ebay sends you to induce a purchase...watch list reminders, "are you still interested in...", "xyz just went on sale" etc..etc.. look at the time & date stamps... start there. & just for the record, most all of the "technical" talk in this thread about how databases are maintained & queried, ebay's overall codebase & how it has not evolved etc..etc.. all nonsense.
"You can literally ignore everything written about ebay anywhere on the internet & you will be absolutely fine. source good items, list them well, pack them appropriately & ship them fast. that is literally all it takes."This. Absolutely. My ideas about the human mind's search for pattern and meaning were coming from Foucault's Pendulum/Umberto Eco, but now that I've Googled your example, Nassim Taleb looks like a good read also. Thanks.
Look, whether ebay does rolling blackouts or not, we sellers can't change it--better to keep listing and sales will eventually come.
Someone stating their opinion based on their own personal experiences does not mean they are complaining. He/she never said it was upsetting them, just that the issue exists. But as with most issues, one must first have it happen to them in order to care or to believe it to be real. Every time you get a return you "complain" about Amazons system of handling it. It's broken, I agree, and you just stating that isn't a wrong or right thing to do as a seller. It's your personal opinion based on your own observations. But there's just no one coming behind you telling you that you're crazy for believing it or complaining too much. But for the record, I completely agree with you.
Looks like Norman is in fine form, and ready for the U.S. Bank Stadium!
Just a brief pause from listing to celebrate 1000 listings in my store! Even going full time, it's taken me over 2 years, lots of credit card debt, and little savings left. But I made it! And now on to the next 1000.
WONDERFUL!!! Pat yourself on the back...getting to 1000 listing is big accomplishment:)
Congratulations! That is quite an achievement. Good luck with the next 1000.
@Dennywhy all the debt and cash draws? the low-risk/high reward ebay model for beginners is buy,sell,buy more, sell more etc..etc... what kind of inventory did you acquire that wiped your savings & create all that cc debt??
I unfairly lost my position in June 2014. We had plenty of savings, had great credit, and I had always dabbled in "side gigs," so with no desire to get a real job at that time, I jumped in feet first to eBay. I knew it could work, but of course I had a huge learning curve to overcome. Most people, it seems, have a job and slowly build up until they can quit. I was in a different place, however. The opportunity to do something like this was NOW. I viewed our savings and credit as a type of business loan, figuring I'd pay it back as the business grew. It's caused a lot of tension with my wife, for sure. But month after month the bills have been covered one way or another. I'm not sure what the future holds, but I'm trusting God and trying my best to make this work, slow as it may be.
Denny, your story is incredibly similar to mine. Only difference my year was 2015. Thx for sharing
Steve or anyone else. How do you do a split photo? I have a reversible jacket that I'd like to show both sides in the first listing photo.
I use an iPhone app called lineupper.
Anna, I use Picasa for my photo editor: first I choose the photos that I want in the collage. Then from the Picasa top menu, I choose Create, then Picture Collage.
I went to the local goodwill by the pound place. I found a proton amplifier that was worth about $500. The problem with that was that someone had cut the cord. It appears that the other Goodwill stores will cut the cords of electronics before they send it to the by the pound place. Has anybody else had that problem? I still bought the item and sold it for $90 for parts but was rather displeased that someone would do this.
I've heard of the cord cutting policies that some thrift stores have.Why not replace the power cord? It's a fairly easy repair, an electronics or computer repair shop could do it as well.
Steven, great video as always. I was wondering what key words you used to sell the letter carrier jacket. It was my understanding that eBay was blocking all delivery (USPS, UPS, etc.) uniforms for fear that a terrorist may purchase it and use it to get around security because of the trust factor of the uniform. If you use USPS or Postal Service in a clothing category, it was my understanding that a dialog box comes up telling you that you cannot list it.Sheldon, I love your videos, too. I especially enjoy the packing at the end...I learn a lot about safe ways to ship breakables. I am also excited to see the remodeling project progress. Thanks to both of you for your regular videos.
I listed it as US postal letter carrier jacket.
Good point, also do not list Fedex or UPS. I sold a UPS jacket last February and a UPS Security Inspector knocked on my door in June (ebay gave them my address). I passed along the info of the buyer and he strongly requested I no longer sell UPS items on ebay.
i'm not sure which version of ebay you guys are using, but over at ebay.com there are hundreds of sold listings just in the last 2 weeks for USPS, UPS, Fedex & DHL unforms. that includes authentic & current hats, jackets, winter coats, gloves, shirts, patches pull overs, sweaters, hoodies, socks, ear muffs, long johns, polos & likewise. there are many more hundreds listed for sale. those security inspectors are gonna be busy.
When I start a USPS titled listing, I get this dialog box: "It looks like you may be listing an item that’s not allowed on eBay. We don’t allow selling items used by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) out of concern for the safety and security of the general public. This includes things like USPS mailbags, mail bins, and uniforms. See our policy for more details. Make sure your listing follows our guidelines. If it doesn't, it may be removed, and your buying and selling privileges could be restricted."
Almost had a heart attack today.As said before, Miami/Ft Lauderdale kinds sucks for the lack of traditional Thrifts. Those in downtown Miami area. are beyond pricey. Those in thr burbs are fashionists/designer havens and overpriced.returning from dentist I stepped on my new favorite spot. "Worse" it is 20 from home.Interesting is the eBay/Amazon effect. Even though they are clearly a large normal Thrift (unlike others they do not seem to source on GW), they are very eBay aware in terms of prices.Quick visit, found some books to build inventory that can double my money.Two porcelain figurines went directly to trash.
Can someone tell me how to get my photo (icon) next to my comments on this blog?
Hi! I was wondering if I could please get some advice. I woke to see that a customer is asking to return an item that they received Aug. 3 (50 days ago) and my return policy is 30 days. They say the reason is that they changed their mind and will no longer be using it. It's a $72 marble run set (item #201582340524) and really do not want to take the return but I'm not sure if eBay will back me up on this. I'm also wondering what the best way to tell the customer sorry but this item is outside my 30 day return policy is Not sure if it's a problem but I noticed that I didn't copy and paste my policy into that listing which restates my 30 day policy but it is in the choices I made within the listing itself (if that makes sense). Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!
Here are the options ebay gives:Select a replyAccept the returnContact the buyer to work out return shipping details. Wait to get the item back before you refund the buyer.Refund the buyerYou fully refund the buyer to close this request. The buyer keeps the item.Offer a partial refundYou have one chance to offer an amount. The buyer keeps the item.Decline the returnThis will automatically close the buyer's request.Send a messageYou can reply to the buyer.So I could possibly choose Decline the return and then I'm not sure if I can attach a message to stating that it is past my 30 day policy. I swear I feel kind of petty saying no returns because it's 20 days past my policy but I know even big retail stores have 30 day return policies and won't take returns after it expires.
it doesn't really matter what you put in the description field. sellers put all kinds of things which are contrary to the rules of ebay, but when push comes to shove, the ebay rules prevail. all that matters is the listings has a 30 day return/buyer pays shipping enabled. if what you posted is what the buyer actually said & they made that statement within the ebay msg system, your fine. you can just decline it & you will not be forced to take the return. 30 day returns are reasonable. your not being petty. are you concerned about feedback or something?
Sounds like buyers remorse. They set up the game, played it and then decided they didn't want it. They stated they "will no longer be using it"which sounds like they just got tired of playing with it. With it being so far out from the maximum return date I would personally not refund. One day past 30, yes. Twenty days past 30, no. It's not being petty. Do you think that you could sell it quickly if you accepted the return? I have a pair of shoes purchased in January that the buyer keeps telling me he is going to return. I asked ebay and they said that I didn't have to accept the return because it was so far past the return date. That should apply to your item. But as always it is best to call ebay to be sure.
Thank you for your feedback on this Annabel! I'm not sure how quickly I could sell it but possibly someone might want it before Christmas if I were to take it back It would be painful to take this return since sales have been so slow lately for me. Maybe I will just call eBay before I respond to make sure they will back me up if I say no.
I don't see any reason why ebay wouldn't back you if you declined the return. The buyer agreed to your return policy when they purchased the item and they dont have a good reason why that return policy shouldn't apply to them. The worst thing that could happen if you decline is negative feedback and I would think you might be able to ask eBay to remove that if it happened.
Thanks Simon I appreciate your input! I just talked to an eBay rep and she said that because the return is considered due to buyers remorse that I am within my rights to decline the return so I went ahead and declined it. She also said that if I received negative feedback due to declining the return that I could call and get it removed. So good news! Thanks again all!
I was offered a free oil painting today which I accepted. It is dated 1959 and it is a painting of a home in Maine. I looked up the address, the google streetview and the zillow. It is a million dollar home and I would like to reach out to the current owners of this home to market the painting. What would you do in my situation?
Put a good price on it as a BIN on ebay. Then let them know about it.
Agree with Linda
linda, you think like a shark
Thanks. Predator 2. Haha
Great find and good research!
Thanks for that! That is for sure a great idea, I was thinking about sending it to them with a letter asking for a reasonable "donation" and an addressed envelope.
That Patagonia jacket was incredible!I would not have been able to let go of it.As always love the pups.
Curious about using Priority mail vs. media mail for books/magazines. I noticed Cheryl above listed the Harry Potter Knitting book with priority shipping and then I was looking at magazine lots from other sellers that had priority shipping. What are people's thoughts on media mail vs. priority?
AnnaMedia mail is usually cheaper then Priority mail.Depending on the weight.Example; if your shipping books that weight 6-8 pounds, media mail would cost you in the range of 5-6 dollars. Now, if the same items can fit in a Priority mail padded flat rate envelope less then 6 dollars (depending if you get the discounted commercial rate of being a top rated seller. In this example, you would save money and the item will arrive faster. Media mail is the last to get packed on the truck/plane. Also, one may want to offer Priority mail to boost the search rank and have a better chance of seller against many competitive listings. In summary, there are many variables to the listing process to increase sales ( quality photos, keywords, price point) and shipping is just one of them.Hope that helps Anne
Thanks, I looked at the definition of media mail on usps.com. I guess I should have done that first. It is the advertising as Kate says below that makes media mail a no go for magazines.http://about.usps.com/notices/not121/not121.htm
I still use media mail for old vintage magazines that have advertising. I know it is a debate whether this is permissible. I try to use first class when possible for books under one pound. For books over a pound, I try to use a legal flat rate envelope or padded flat rate priority envelope. For larger or heavier books or magazine lots, the rates for some of the flat rate priority boxes or regional rate boxes are not much more than media rates. Media mail is notorious for having more packages damaged than priority mail, and sometimes I think the length of time might deter buyers.
Maybe technically you could say that vintage magazines are educational since they are used to learn something about the past, and the ads are certainly no longer in effect. I have sold lots of old catalogs for the same reason and used media mail. Design artists love old J.Peterman catalogs for example. They are a study in fashion as well as bery unique marketing.
Okay, you Massachusetts drivers of the shipping world -- using the right-hand breakdown lane as a passing lane and making left turns on red lights... Magazines containing advertising can't be shipped via Media Mail. There's no debate. There's no technicality. It's not allowed... never mind that it seems foolish to risk inspection and exposure to save a few dollars in shipping. Old magazines and catalogs are great resources, but they don't fall within Media Mail guidelines, and it's just fraudulent to ship them that way. If the existence of a rule isn't compelling enough, aren't the possible penalties a deterrent? Just do the right thing! The system will work better...... and there will be fewer accidents.
Kate, your response made me think of the Pittsburgh left! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pittsburgh_left
Media Mail is not permissible for magazines, even vintage magazines. If the material has advertising in it, it is not allowed to be shipped via Media Mail.
Is anyone else experiencing the problem of the "calculate shipping" link disappearing from the ebay listing tool screen? I'm talking about the link that brings up the shipping calculator. Since yesterday, in order to list, I need to bring up the shipping calculator in a separate browser tab and enter the size and weight again in order to see the cost of various shipping options. I called ebay but their rep was not helpful. I haven't seen this reported on their discussion boards either, which made me concerned that this was a weird problem with just my own setup.
Of course, right after I posted this I searched again and found one posting on this today in the ebay forum (no responses yet). So I'm glad it's not just me. But I sure hope this is just a temporary problem.
I had the same problem on most new listings. It did show up on a few of them, but I couldn't figure out any pattern. Thankfully most of mine were common weights that I already knew what the cost would be.
I'm having a problem with the shipping calculator not updating if I need to make an adjustment before printing the label. It's been happening on and off for about 2 weeks. I don't know if it's an eBay problem or some sort of interference from some other program or script on my computer.
Thanks for chiming in. Before this latest problem, I was having other problems with it. Sometimes the shipping options I selected didn't get transferred to the listing. Oh well. Will keep my fingers cross that this will get fixed soon.
Me too. Hopefully will be fixed by later today when I'll be doing a bunch of listing.
All thrift store purchases were made on half off days. Items sold:Purse on consignment sold for $140.http://www.ebay.com/itm/Arcadia-Cranberry-Red-Patent-Leather-Handbag-Purse-Calf-Hair-Animal-Print-Gold-/182144448171?hash=item2a68a7b6ab:g:smEAAOSwepZXQ175Tommy Bahama baseball hat I picked up because of the hat sellers here on Scavenger Life. Paid $1.50 at thrift store.www.ebay.com/itm/Tommy-Bahama-Bikinitini-Baseball-Hat-Martini-Glass-Yellow-Leather-Strap-Linen-/282135122935?hash=item41b09053f7:g:b-oAAOSwV0RXr8RTRed Bull backpack, also picked up based on Ryanne and Jay's what sold videos. Paid $4 at Savers.http://www.ebay.com/itm/Red-Bull-Air-Race-Gray-Navy-Polyester-Backpack-/182237399855?hash=item2a6e320b2f:g:648AAOSwIgNXqmX9I put this kid's Harley Davidson jacket on auction and it didn't sell. The one watcher contacted me a few days after it ended to say she had meant to bid, so she purchased it as a buy it now for her grandson. Paid $2 at thrift store.http://www.ebay.com/itm/Harley-Davidson-Motorcycles-Lightweight-Black-Orange-Zippered-Jacket-Boys-Size-4-/282177996570?hash=item41b31e871a:g:3O8AAOSwvzRXxhqJ
I love that the customer contacted you after the auction to buy the jacket!! Good sale:)
I'm surprised you got the HD jacket for only $2 ... that's usually a logo they know is more desirable and jack up the price on. Great sales.
Does anyone have an opinion on the best seller, thickness and width for shipping foam wrap? Ryanne do you have a link that we could use for one you recommend?
After the Postcard cast I decided to experiment again on auctions. When I started back in Feb I was a bad rookie with lost of rookie anxiety.I have selected 50 items to sell: about 25 Cast Iron soldiers and about 25 Stereo Viewer Slide Cards from 1905.I am creating the listing to trigger Sunday evening.My concern is flooding the auction with one too many of the same family of collection.So I am thinking about listing 10 of each now, and then more the following Sunday.Thoughts on your experiences?
That's my feeling, too, Paulo. I try not to compete with myself by auctioning more than one of the same item at the same time. I put similar items on different days, or at least different times on the same day.
Thank you Linda. Until I read your response I was stuck with the 7PM magic hr. Now I will spread the listings throughout the day.Incredible how great team work is 😉
Have forgotten my eCrater store. When i first opened it in Jan, I sold a couple of items immediately and nevermore.Theoretically synched to eBay. Just sold an item that was already sold on eBay a few weeks back ... argh
Still recuperating so not many exciting sales to share, but I was grateful to sell this quilt I found for $8. Slow sellers but I often find them in excellent condition and can't help but rescue them. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Quilt-Lap-Blanket-HANDMADE-Toddler-Baby-Boys-Blue-Pirate-Sailboat-Fishing-Modern-/231733806792?rd=1Hope you enjoyed SF Ryanne and Jay.
Cool item and great profit!
Simply adorable quilt. I always find myself rescuing handmade quilts because I know how much work they take to complete. Good sale.
Hi everyone, So this weekend has been very slow. While I was on Instagram I notice a few other re-sellers liking to a video of an ebay glitch and why your sales might be down. So I watched the youtube video then quickly checked my account and sure enough just like in the video my payment preferences had been turn off. So I quickly changed them. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diV8rOFglVo
having a scary weekOne sale Mon night and one yesterday (Sat) night, got some hopes, but my store is not glitched though.Managed to add 35 new listings at least
JamieI just watched the video, and my 2 boxes were unchecked.I'm not sure if this was hurting my sales because my sales have been good over the last week ($1000+).Anyway, I followed the video and checked those 2 boxes.We'll see what happens.If I don't receive any sales in the next 2 days, then I'll un-check them to the way it was.Thanks for sharing
I watched the video and checked my preferences and the boxes were set at no. How can that be? Ebay only accepts paypal and I have not changed my preferences in years. Immediately after I changed the boxes to yes, like 2 minutes, I had a sale and then one other later tonight. Coincidence?, probably. I'll check tomorrow and see if they are still set.
I watched and checked mine this morning and all were okay. That was a relief! Thanks for sharing the link and info.
Amazon question for people:We had some items returned to us from our FBA inventory since there's this free return period. Looks like we were actually charged for the items. Reading Amazon's recent announcement, it seems only items that are six month old now can be mailed back for free. Any newer items will cost you.Can anyone confirm this?
Hi Jay.Amazon's free removal promotion varies each time it seems, and is usually in response to some upcoming policy change. According to the latest promotion email I received they would offer free removals from 9/19 - 10/14 of any single item which has been in the warehouse for 6 months or greater. The big news in that email is that Amazon is no longer exempting single items from long term storage fees. Previously the first unit of any item you store at Amazon was exempt from 6 & 12 month storage fee assessments. That is no longer the case, so they are allowing sellers who have huge single item inventories to get those items back before the fees hit. This new policy is seems pretty disruptive to book sellers who have huge inventories of single books stored up at Amazon. Previously they were only subject to the rather minuscule monthly storage fees. Now they will be hit with some pretty hefty long term storage fees for each and every book. It seems like a bit of a game changer for the send it in and forget model. I'm guessing Amazon's warehouses are just too full and they need to discourage sellers from using the warehouses for long tail inventory.
Understood. My issue is that I misread Amazon's offer to ship items back for free. The items must already currently be six months old in their warehouse. AND they can only be individual items.I thought it was a general "free shipping back" window. So we were charged to send back items that aren't six months old yet. It wasnt cheap.It's great they give us a six months heads up, but what happens to items that are only three months now...but will be over six months on Feb 2017? We have 800 items at their warehouse. Most individual items. If they dont sell by Feb 17, it'll cost 50-cents a pop to destroy or ship...or pay more for the long term storage. They should have a free shipping window back for anything. If not, it feels like a bait and switch since we mailed in our items under a certain agreement that is now changing.
Right before the last couple of long term storage fee assessments they gave the option to get free removals of inventory. The assessments are in February and August, so roughly a month beforehand they had a free removal period for unlimited units that were going to be subject to LTS fees. The caveat is you cannot send in any units matching those ASINs for 6 months. They may or may not have that promo again in February. Often the removal promos are in response to an upcoming policy change, and I think the last 2 pre-assessment removals were due to Amazon now assessing LTS fees at 6 month increments. But who knows. They have an incentive to clear out the warehouses of old stock, so those promos may continue.Amazon always feels a bit like a bait and switch. I have to shake my head when I see people who are heavily invested and leveraging their assets trying to built empires on Amazon. I just don't see Amazon as being a stable enough platform to chart a course further than 6 - 12 months. As soon as you figure something out, they change the rules, restrict categories, require documentation, restrict quantities, assess new fees. The list goes on. Any business that is so dependent upon a single ever-changing and unstable platform, where their business model could be completely disrupted overnight, really isn't a healthy and sustainable business.
Well put. It feels a little but like a pyramid scheme where the people who get in early do very well, and then the last people in the door get a bad deal. Our Amazon store has been an inexpensive experiment which has made us money. But the way we scavenge, I don't see any big business in it. We did complain to Amazon about those removal fees on items not six months old yet. They reimbursed us. So a nice win.
I emailed Amazon about the charges I received for removing items during this "free" period. The rep responded these fees would be refunded at the end of October 2016. Later in the email she said they would be refunded once the shipment was complete. They only apply to single items. I didn't realize the item had to be in inventory over 6 months. Most of my items I am removing have been. I have been experimenting with Amazon FBA as well and I don't think I will be much longer.
Sony CM-H333 vintage cellphone sold for $50 on eBay for a prop in Narcos Season 3 on Netflix. So cool! My first sale for a Hollywood prop.