Steve, always enjoy the vids. Q? Do you sell the audio equipment manuals separately or in lots?
I sell them separately, usually from $10 to $20. I have sold a few for over $50, it depends a lot on how rare and or expensive the device the manual is for.
Steven ... Interesting that you down loaded a manual to include. I down load a manual occassionaly or just read the .pdf file in order to make a repair on something or to find a part number. So wonder why buyers are interested in buying a manual, unless I guess they are a collector. In that case guess condition, age, etc. applies... BUT IF not then have you ever downloaded any manuals and sold your printed out copy? Don't know why one would want to buy a reproduction though.I have two drawers full of old manuals, warranties, for items I have bought over the past 20 to 30 years. Guess I should pull those out and sell them. Doing me no good in the drawer. Have manuals to old lawn mowers, weed eaters, chain saws, fertilizer spreaders, electric shavers, sprayers, clocks, [flip and wind up, furniture assembly, and just tons more. mike in Atlanta ....
Some rights owners still protect their brands. For instance, in the pinball world the Gottlieb brand is owned and very much protected. Manual Downloads are not readily available and authorized reproductions are available for purchase from the rights owner.Also,many of the old timers that mess with these vintage electronics are not pdf savvy.
Love finding the flip clocks. One time, a few years ago (when real estate taxes were due:), we woke up to a Sony Flip Clock sale of 200.00 or so to someone in New York City. Back then we were selling 10.00 items on ebay so it was a huge deal!! Thanks for sharing your great videos. I appreciate all the time and effort you put into giving us our weekly fix.
Dang, $200... do you know what model or what specifically made that one so valuable?
I don't Brian...it was over 10 years ago. I do remember it was a Sony. And it sold at auction.
I love that the kitty and dogs get along so well together. We have to keep our cats' toys up off the floor to keep the labrador from destroying them. He takes great pleasure in ripping the cotton stuffing out of things. :)
My cat has zero use for our lab. :) But I love watching her little 8 lb self boss around the big 90 lb dog!
I had my worst week of sales last week and this week I've only banked one sale. It's very odd. I'm getting close to putting on my tin foil hat and subscribing to the eBay-is-out-to-get-me conspiracy threads. ;)Nonetheless, here's my what sold video for last week:https://youtu.be/dePYVCwn4ZcWhat Sheldon Sold On eBay #16: Antique Stoneware Jug, Jumbo Knitting Needle, Seiko Watch
Sheldon...loved the moving shipping box full of packages:) Still trying to figure out how you did that! Very slow week in Ohio too.
I had a very slow week as well. I feel like I am selling about as much as I did in the Spring with less than 100 items as I am doing now at 400 items. Maybe not, but I just feel that way. I certainly hope that it picks up soon!
Hi Sheldon: .. I have used a shipping technique very similar to yours for years. We call it the "cocoon" method. We add two extra layers that you do, we also include a 90# brown kraft paper layer and also a thin stretch wrap film layer. But have a question on the beginning layers. We use the thin 3/16" bubble wrap and I notice you use the "Micro-foam". So, do you find it less expensive than the thin bubble wrap as a first protective layer or more? Second do you find the micro-foam better at shock absorption than the thinner air layer of the 3/16" bubble wrap? We found that the thin micro-foam transferred shock more than the softer thin bubble and seems like a harder surface. And we find the thin bubble along with Linda Shields foam plates idea best for layering between stacks of dishes. Just curious why the "Micro-Foam"? mike in atlanta
Sheldon I sometimes think that collectible/antique stuff gets stuffed to the bottom of the ebay search barrel, LOL. Our clothing dealers seem to do gangbusters however. Consumer forecast for holiday sales are good it seems, don't know what that bodes for the collectibles market.
Cheryl: When I was younger I always enjoyed making fun videos and telling stories. So I am starting to bring those elements into my YouTube videos. I'm having fun with it and I am glad others seem to enjoy them. Hi Mike. I use the foam wrap underneath the cardboard wrap for anything that is prone to scuffing, scratching, chipping or cracking. I don't think it really provides much shock protection, just scuff protection. The outer cardboard wrap and subsequent bubble wrap layers is what keeps the item from breaking. I suppose bubble wrap would do the same job, but I think the foam wrap is a little cheaper. I try not to worry about how much packing supplies I use and just factor it into my price. Thanks for sharing your process. Always curious how other sellers pack their breakables. Sharyn & Omfug: I used to have more steady sales when I sold a more varied array of wares: clothing, shoes, books, games... I started focusing on more collectible and obscure items and sales come in cycles. Winter and spring were great! Summer and the fall have been pretty slow. I keep thinking I might start selling more everyday items, but right now it doesn't excite me.
First part of the month (rent and mortgage due), plus US presidential and vp debates, plus football, plus a hurricane heading for the US east coast = no one is thinking about ebay right now. :) The buyers will come back, don't worry.
deb truervaluesHi Sheldon - Love your videos!!! Always appreciate the packing sequences--fun to see the fast packing--laughed out loud when you said "just under 2 lb, whew!!!" We all know just how that feels.
Here are a few items that sold for me this week:I bet this buyer croaked when I accepted their offer! Talk about low-ball. I had this listed at 134.99 and accepted an offer of 24.99. What can I say? It was a slow week, we've had it a good while with no interest and it came in a 1.00 junk box a long time ago:)http://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-Antique-Blue-Cobolt-Inhaler-Medicine-Bottle-w-Cork-Glass-Tube-Reading-PA-/252025593802?rd=1I have no idea why these memo holders sell for so much but I am thankful they do. Probably paid 1.00, sold for 30.50http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Chrome-Spiral-Metal-Desktop-Organizer-Mail-Letter-Bills-Memo-Holder-/252263598978?rd=1Green enamel spoon from an auction box lot, the entire lot was a couple bucks. Sold at full asking price of 24.99http://www.ebay.com/itm/Enamel-VINTAGE-Serving-Spoon-Green-Enamelware-Cooking-Utensil-Farmhouse-Kitchen-/252528583384?rd=1Glad to see the renewed interest in Harry Potter. This book sold on Bonanza for full asking price of 44.09. Bought a box of Harry Potter Books over the summer for 2.00.http://www.bonanza.com/listings/Harry-Potter-and-the-Deathly-Hallows-Book-7-Hard-Cover-w-Dust-Jacket-1st-Edition/258997766I keep adding items to my etsy store but no sales for a couple of weeks on that venue...must be slow all over.We leave for our 3 week trip soon, store going into extended handling time. Hoping to come home to days and days worth of shipping to take care of:)
That cobalt medicine bottle looks killer!!! I'm sure you're pleased with getting it out and making some money and i bet the buyer is very pleased to get it at that price.
Cheryl, did you see others listed at/selling for a higher price? I notice you spelled "cobalt" incorrectly in the listing and the title; I wonder if that kept people from finding the listing (although the buyer found Steve Schultz's cookware just fine!)
You are slick Kate! I didn't catch that it was not spelled correctly. The reason I put it up that high was because I couldn't find anything like it. BUT, who knows, if I had my words spelled correctly, maybe I would have has more offers:(
I took a counter offer of $35 on a $65 item last night, so don't feel bad Cheryl sometimes you just need to move stuff.
I took a $10 offer on a $35 item and lost money on shipping as well. Nobody had looked at the piece in like a year so I just blew it out. Don't feel bad! I've been taking low offers all week long.
Great stuff Steven!"Budd" hat:http://www.ebay.com/itm/201626135493Just sold last night to someone with the last name "Budd". The hat is actually pretty dirty, but it was too cool not to list. Was part of a box of hats that I bought, which averaged out to $0.11 each hat. This one sold for $15 best offer.c1920s Louis Sherry New York candy tin:http://www.ebay.com/itm/201467830091Actually got this for free because it was full of old clay poker chips. Bought the chips for $5, sold them, and then listed this box for $50. Sold for $35 best offer.1979 Entex Electronic Baseball:http://www.ebay.com/itm/201681027569Just bought this weekend. Paid like $2 for it at that toy hoarder sale I mentioned on Sunday. Battery compartment was clean and when I put new batteries in, it started working perfectly. Sold within a day for $40 full price.Barbour Sporting Vest:http://www.ebay.com/itm/191884409238Bought this at a higher end estate sale for about $25. Sprung for it because I know Barbour, Orvis, etc sell very well and this was in impeccable condition and well made. Had it listed for $225, but it sold on 35% off sale for $145.1970 Sports Illustrated board game:http://www.ebay.com/itm/201523594229Like many of you on here, I'll pick up rare or oddball board games if the price is right. Paid like $5 for this because all of the pieces were there. Had it listed for $80 and it was another item that sold in my 35% off sale ($50) that I'm running on things that have been sitting around for a year+.
Brian, loved the candy tin sale. Like finding free money:)Adding a bit of history to your listings makes them very interesting to read...bet your customers love it.
On something a bit interesting like that, I absolutely do it. It takes maybe 5 mins extra to find, copy, and paste a wiki paragraph about it. :)
Brian, thanks for posting. I picked up that exact same baseball game but haven't listed. I'm going to sell similar with your listing. Got my for 5 bucks but it has the original styrofoam but not the box. Was disappointed at first since I've picked up old electronic games that sell for 100+ in the sat. $40 gives me motivation to list.
Yeah, it will sell fast... just make sure you test it first - no corrosion in the battery compartment, each light & button works, the pull out remote for P2 works, etc. And of course if you have the foam you might get a bit more than me.
I sold a sports-related (I think it was baseball) game called "Strat-O-Matic." Strong completed listings for certain editions/years.
LOVE Strat-O-Matic... I sold a box full of just the team & player cards for over $100. It's like fantasy football/baseball/hockey... the game doesn't change over time but the players & teams do.
I still use my mother's Club pots!
A little bit off-topic, but the conversation about Instagram (Adam from Mysterious Caravan, plus R&J in the podcast) sparked a little inspiration and I set up an Instagram account where I'm posting pictures of some of the abstract art I have for sale (and the mystery piece I posted about earlier.) I don't know yet if it will result in any sales (or even increased views) but it seems like an ideal way to get some exposure for paintings I've got for sale. Tons of museums and decorators and designers and galleries are active on Instagram (and they might not be actively trolling eBay), so it at least gets the pieces in front of them. It's literally been maybe three days so far; will report back as the experiment progresses...
Great video as always!Here are my sales from last week! Appreciate everyone who has been watching my videos, I'm having a blast making them!https://youtu.be/sKhk7-Xl2rs
Hey Jay, To your dilemma discussed on the Dublin podcast about FBA (Amazon), it sounds like you do enjoy finding and selling books on Amazon, but you are not thrilled with the FBA storage fees. Have you considered just doing seller-fulfilled book listings on Amazon instead? Seller-fulfilled is super-quick to list for a book (unless you have a rare book that needs a photo), much faster than ebay. Also, I think people typically go to Amazon to buy books rather than ebay. I'm not sure how big a drag it is on sales if you don't have the Prime shipping option because you're doing seller-fulfilled. My Amazon book sales are steady but slow. I have about 100 books listed and sell about 3 per week. To be honest, the money's not that great because people tend to buy the cheaper books (under $15) even though I have a number of rarer books listed for $50+. What do you think -- would you make the switched to seller-fulfilled for books?
Good question. We could start selling items as Merchant Fulfilled. But I thought that the awesomeness of Amazon was selling FBA because people paid more and you didnt have to deal with storage etc.If we're going to simply store and ship ourselves, I'd need to be convinced that books would sell better on Amazon than eBay. We have a lot of long tail books that we sell successfully on eBay.
I sold on merchant fulfilled for four years before gradually switching to FBA. We still list everything 2million (now 1.5million) and above in my garage and ship them ourselves. Out of these high ranking books we ship about 10 a week. You lose some of the advantages that FBA offers such as prime only buyers and winning the buy box but you will still sell books on a consistent basis. One of our library partners wanted all of their product to stay local, we list about 100 books twice a month for them and out of that group of 100 10-15 (good ranking books <80k) will sell within a week of posting. Your standard run of the mill books will always sell better on Amazon than eBay, its where people go to buy books.
A few items to share this week. So grateful to have these sales since I have not been listing. I feel like my luck may run out this week.Love these chicken plates - $1.99 each at GW downtown, were listed separately and I bundled them at the buyer's request - 5 for $130http://www.ebay.com/itm/HALDON-GROUP-Rooster-Hen-Chicken-Set-5-Salad-Side-PLATEs-Vintage-Devonshire-/232100074711?rd=1Quimper - if anyone has these bowls, my buyer wants more. I paid $3, sold on sale for $42http://www.ebay.com/itm/HB-Henriot-Quimper-France-Mistral-Blue-Octagonal-Cream-Soup-Bowl-Breton-Man-/331825707535?rd=1This very high end store in our town went out of business. I thrifted these on half price day but still had to pay more than I wanted - I think $24. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Yves-Delorme-Villandry-Verger-Napkins-Table-Runner-Set-Green-France-Damask-NEW-/331919809480?rd=1Have a great week.
PS. Chicken plates, not as good as fish plates, but I'll take it.
Christine that was a great find on those chicken plates. Thanks for sharing, I would have passed those up if I had saw them...but not now:)
Thanks. Someone passed them up at the estate sale thankfully so I could get them at GW Monday morning.
Some of my sales:https://www.etsy.com/listing/458183642/antique-19thc-victorian-work-jewelry?ref=shop_home_active_9bought at auction for about $20 and sold to a prop company for $70This item is NOT "work safe"https://www.etsy.com/listing/261996954/lot-of-4-1970s-vintage-match-books-with?ref=shop_home_active_3bought in a box lot at auction so have nothing in it--sold $22.50 again, to a prop company (I am so happy prop people are finding me!)https://www.etsy.com/listing/450345376/sale-1950s-mid-century-vintage-black?ref=shop_home_active_4Finally I sold mine! paid $12 at a thrift store, sold for $60Here is where watching youtube ebay/etsy sellers pays off:https://www.etsy.com/listing/475838201/old-west-city-marshall-dodge-city-kansas?ref=shop_home_active_1This was in the bottom of a box lot and I thought that it was a throwaway (not an original) until I saw English dealer kenneth chapman (I highly recommend his channel for anyone interested in antiques and collectibles) sell several that he got in a box lot. I priced mine similarly, and sold it for $18.The last week has been pretty decent, now I need to get listing again.
Thanks for the hint on Kenneth Chapman!
I finally made my August video. Pretty sad overall, but there are still a couple of interesting sales in it. September and October are picking up and every time I list something decent it sells really quickly! I keep getting stuck with the stale stuff.Sorry about the uh's: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXMIWjIH8SM
My boyfriend does the same thing to me! I have to put my foot down, but I don't like being the bad guy so ... once in awhile I will say OK but ONLY if he gives me something even better to put up for sale, and has to be more of a 2 for 1 trade (so at least not adding more "stuff" in total to the house). He's now used to bringing trades before asking. I gave him 2 cool fishing hats he loves, and got some even better BMW, Harley Davidson, and John Deere hats I sold for even more than the fishing hats would have been. So win win.Good sales. Thanks for sharing!!!
I've noticed a lot of my items are either not showing up in search at all or are no longer listed.It sucks when something is not selling because eBay won't let it show up for people. In their effort to have a smarter search engine they've made it worse. Now I have to research my listings and possibly retake pics and relist a bunch of stuff.
Sorry I missed that. What order do you recommend? Should we write it the way we would say it, or put the name of the item first with descriptives behind it?
Beverly, thanks for the trading thing, that's a great idea! (I feel like we're talking about kids, haha.)
Does anyone have a suggestion for keywords I should use in my listing title? Is it mid century modern, retro, etc.? I'm thinking of calling it a bistro table, but what style is it?https://m.imgur.com/gallery/7nURPSR
I would go with mid century modern - and it is awesome!
Very cute. I would love this for my apartment.
Any maker's name on the set? Are the chairbacks plexiglass? They have an Austin Powers Sixties Pop Art feel to them, at least to me...
Thanks for the replies, everyone! No maker's name anywhere. I'm not good with materials, but plexiglass is probably correct. By the way, this set got HAMMERED with sarcastic comments on Imgur (eg, Fart Deco, Art Dec-Commode, Early Terrible, Bad Decision Modern, etc.). I actually felt a lot of shame for awhile until I realized style and decor are completely subjective. To some, these are hideous. To others, they're awesome. My opinion is that they're just weird enough to be totally COOL!
Those people are literally idiots. I get that maybe it's not for everyone, but I think a lot of people would like it for at least a breakfast nook. I think my late 20's, early 30's friends would be pretty impressed by it.
My vote is ‘60’s American Pop Art. I agree that the right buyers will totally love it.
I think the set is totally COOL! Please let us know when it sells.
It's retro, but I'm 99% sure it was made in the last 15 years. Calling it Midcentury Modern wouldn't be accurate.
i would add the word Lucite, those look like Lucite chairs. and some people pay BIG BUCKS for lucite tables and chairs.https://goo.gl/IRPwLF
also those chairs look very 1980s Memphis style which some people also pay huge amounts for--https://goo.gl/ilXCpX
Whoa! Ryanne your link should have been accompanied by an appropriate warning for the faint of heart. Looking at the photos I thought to myself no way did I ever see anything like that when I lived in Memphis. As I read further I found that I was right. It was out of Milan, Italy, natch.
yeah i'm not sure why they called it memphis. but imho, it defined the 80s and early 90s. some people LOVE it, some people (myself) hate it. but those who love it, pay lots for it. http://www.memphis-milano.org/memphis-milano
FYI.. Lucite and Plexiglass are just company Trade Names for what the material really is and that is "Acrylic".There are many different types and grades of Acrylic. Lucite is a brand name of acrylic that is used that has become synonymous with acrylic embedments. Plexiglas is another trade name used by Rohm and Haas Co. for sheet cast or extruded acrylic. Maybe too much detail, but would for sure use the word acrylic.
Also don't forget to check "Wiki" .. Great source for key words for me many times... There is a whole article there on the company, design group and style. it is worth a look. Here is an excerpt of just the first sentence or so.The Memphis Group Italy Italian design and architecture group founded in Milan by Ettore Sottsass in 1981 that designed Postmodernism Postmodern furniture, fabrics, ceramics, glass and metal objects from 1981 to 1987The Memphis group's work often incorporated plastic laminate and was characterized by ephemeral design featuring colourful decoration and asymmetrical shapes, sometimes arbitrarily alluding to exotic or earlier styles.
Speaking of "Wiki" ... Here is a link to longer article about "Retro" Style and what constitutes it in several categories and time periods. Just helping to provide some fodder for the brain. mc in atl.
Would help if I dropped the link in ... duh... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Retro_stylemike
Good call on Memphis, Ryanne! Gizmodo article, also: http://gizmodo.com/why-a-once-hated-1980s-design-movement-is-making-a-come-1602111413
Ryanne! Good call on Memphis style...They had a 60s Pop Art vibe to me, but I was a little uncomfortable saying that, because they didn't seem to be that exactly...Memphis is a much better fit.
yep, that's the article i linked to up top too (though hidden by a short url). it's a good one.
Oooops. Embarrassing! Apologies!
You guys are AWESOME! Thanks for all the thoughts and suggestions. When I first posted my question, I quickly listed the set on OfferUp (until I can find time to list it on eBay, local pick up). I just got done reading all the comments last night when I got an offer of $40. I said no way and took it off OfferUp! So now I'm anxious to look at all the links you sent and get it on eBay.
Wishing I could click on the links, but apparently my ipad Safari doesn't allow that. So I wait until the next day when the daily email comes, but sadly not all of the comments are included.
Now I can see the table and chairs. I think they are adorable; so Retro! If that were my set to sell I would consider running a heavy black permanent felt marker around the edges of the table where the seam looks a bit worn. And I would remove most of the items from the table which emphasize how small it is, and maybe just set a simple small vase in the center with a small single red flower in it, bent over a bit. I like staging. :-)
Just a neighborly reminder to my fellow Floridians and other southeast coastal scavengers to consider increasing your handling time to allow for power outages over the next several days and possibly early into next week. Better to take just the temporary hit to your TRS rather than possible tracking upload or late shipment dings that’ll stick with you for a while. While eBay may warn buyers of weather delays they don’t excuse late shipments on your account for force majeure, apparently.
Ah, also sold a SPERRY I found for $1 brand new at the American Thrift near home.Have so many thing to update, besides cataracts surgery, hurt my right arm pretty bad and we are bracing for a huge monster hurricane over our heads.Anyway, had the best scavenging week ever, listing listing listing, my sales went up (with the exception of the sale arbitrage order, had my first day passing $600 mark in one day).It seems will pass the $2k/ month mark.will try to talk about my inventory laterCheers, wish me luck
Good luck, Paulo! Hang in there!Everyone in Florida -- stay safe!
Paulo, why aren't you evacuating? Keep safe!
Not in the evac area 😉😉 been watching movies all day with my wife 😚😚😚😚 perfect day
That's great! Don't let us interrupt.
My friend in Florida said she's washing clothes lol. The winds are only 50mph so far she said lol. I guess you get used to it. You stock up on supplies and bunker down. The young people down there are having hurricane parties. Crazy. Haiti got hit hard I heard.
I am heartbroken, 500 people died in Haiti, they suffer too much.There is a large haitian population in SFL.Here everything is hunky dory.The middle boy came from Orlando, said the roads are windy.Cheerd
Thoughts and prayers to all our fellow scavengers in Florida and up the east coast...be safe!
Hi folks. Floridians be careful, some weather models show Hurricane Matthew doing a loop de loop and whacking Florida twice! Let's hope not. I'm in the process of going thru a business divorce which sucks. Even when things are nailed down in writing, it still sucks. Asides from that, doing inventory and hoping to meet my tax extension deadline on the 15th, I had a few good sales which are covered below. I also did a bit on consigning specialized art geared for fashion and home design industries, as well as factors to think about. Enforce accepting a consignment. For me this evolved into my own side venture of hustling antique fabric samples to some very cool clients. Hope it's SL worthy: http://youtu.be/AMiuuEihEhI
Eve, I watched your video yesterday; really fantastic. Educational and entertaining. Thanks so much!
deb truervaluesthanks, Eve! Excellent info. Thank you for taking the time.
Eve: A business divorce sounds like a pain! Ugh. Just try to think about how great it will be when it's over to be able to do everything your own way! I really enjoy and appreciate your videos, and I look forward to watching this one later today.
A good principle for what it's worth: Never enter into a business partnership.
At the time, it seemed like a good idea. Sigh...thanks everyone.
Here's my sales video of stuff I sold the last two weeks of September 2016https://youtu.be/8bbITj-9IEQ
Welcome Balt999. Appreciate the video. I agree that men's blazers are hard to sell. I'm always amazed at people who specialize in them.
Thanks for taking the time, awesome sales ... I do well with men's clothing and am trying to find more ... perhaps I spot the good stuff because I used to be the manager in a department store years ago in my first career. I do have a 100% camel blazer up for sale that I just can't seem to give away though, dang.
I am fixing keywords in titles for listings that are buried 4 pages deep. Is it better to correct the current listings, or end and relist as similar? Or does it matter much?
Personally I don;t think it matters much, but there are folks who feel its always better to end the listing and make eBay think its a brand new listing. You can do an experiment and report back.
It matters but it depends what you want from it. Sell similar will re index your item and treat it like a new listing which will boost you in search. However gtc will get to indexed by Google and allows people shopping on google to find your item. You can still get high search rank with gTC and have your item found on Google with sell similar but it's just easier the other way. Keywords are always important . Put what people are searching for at the beginning. It has more value. But it's easy to tinker with simply by trying out different keywords to see where your item pops up. I'm normally high on search rankings but people still won't buy the damn thing lol. I much prefer the old search engine. You can put your words out of order and an item won't pull up properly and that's unfortunate. The words are still present. Good luck though.
Anne, do you have any tips for the order of keywords? Has the search algorithm recently changed?
Would appreciate your best advice for this situation: Sold a sports jersey to a new eBayer for $60. He's opened a case saying the item did not arrive, asking for a refund. USPS shows it being delivered on Oct 1, being left in or at the mailbox. How best to handle this? I sent him the tracking info, but I wonder what happens when it's the customer's word against USPS's. This is a first time situation for me--would appreciate advice from someone who's been there/done that. Thanks very much, Candace in Maine
You did everything right. If you sent the tracking info that shows it's shipped, your job is done. If the buyer pushes eBay to make a decision, then the tracking shows you got the item to him. What you shouldnt do is send long messages back and forth that confuse the issue. He has the tracking number and should contact his Post Office.
as jay says, the tracking number covers you. also you can call ebay and ask to be sure. but that's my experience.
I have one of these happening now as well, one additional thing I add in the message is if they live in an apartment to check with the office. I've had it happen a couple times that the package was delivered to the office and somehow the resident was not contacted very quickly about it.One other time, the package was delivered to the house next door by accident.
yeah i've had several of these happen over the years and you just have no control over it. you did your part, USPS says delivered and that's all you can do. one time someone said they didn't get a package, opened a case and then they said 'oh yeah, i should check the mailbox'. REALLY??
I had a buyer want their money back after the post office showed it was delivered. Her line of thinking was not to find out what happened to the box but since she didn't have the package I should refund her money. She even told me that they had had trouble with packages going missing at the mail boxes. Turns out it was a bank of mail boxes in front of the office and packages were dropped in a communal box. Anyone could have picked up the package. I had already called ebay and they confirmed that I had done my job and the post office had done their job in placing it in the designated spot for packages. It's hard to not engage in lengthy conversations but you have done your job. End of story.
It is the buyer's responsibility to ensure a safe and secure drop spot for their packages. If they cannot secure a spot, then they can arrange with their local post office to have packages held at the post office.
I am having trouble creating a sale today. When I click on select listings individually, it gives me a message of no results found. Anybody else? Also, there is a new creating sales policy that you must agree to before you can get into the markdown manager. It looks like a helpful policy allowing new types of sales, for example, buy one, get one half off, etc.
My sale ran with one item. It was supposed to run will all fixed price listings. I was able to fix it easily though and did not get the policy change and went right into mm.
I called eBay due to dead sales and she pretty much said she has no idea why my things are not selling and she's confident they will pick up soon. She went on to say she sells a little on EBay and doesn't see how I keep up with inventory or maintain 100% feedback. She said she doesn't have perfect feedback and she feels like she knows what to do as a seller. So no answers and its really casting a dark cloud over my month. Things were great all summer. I was excited for fall. Now im hoping something isn't wrong going into q4. A lot of my items are missinh in search.
I also called Ebay due to dead sales yesterday and have to say that at least your representative gave you some hope. The representative I spoke with said that he also does not understand why my sales are dead in the water, but that Ebay is much like a "real store." Some stores fail and others do well. Was really counting on sales to pick up by now.. September was worse than the Summer and October has only been saved due to one high dollar sale and one item hasn't been paid for yet. Still, I have some 870 items in my store and all of 2 sales all week.
One tip is to check your unsold listings and make sure you have it set to "all". Somehow my defaults got changed and I didn't realize I had 500 listings not relisted. They were hiding in the all folder and not the current month. Theoretically if you keep up with it then the monthly setting is ok but check it just in case.
Try to put low sales activity in perspective. The U.S. economy is in a very slow growth cycle. Things are improving but not where they should be at this point of the recovery. Also, remember you may be selling discretionary goods. Last thing people need to purchase when there are high personal debt levels and slow wage growth. And lastly, retail demand in general takes a hit during an election year. Especially when the outcome in so uncertain.
Try not to fret. There are always ups and downs in any retail environment. There is a major hurricane on the east coast, there is football on tv, election debates, homecoming for US schools...lots of stuff going on that takes people away from the computer. People aren't going to just stop buying stuff during the holiday season. It will turn around, and you'll have a great 4th quarter. :)
well I got a vero today for listing high end jeans. I called and the rep said that my listing was okay and the vero department must have made a mistake, and said he would appeal them for me. In the meantime I am suspended. I think sellers who risk selling high end shoes, jeans, sunglasses, jewelry, handbags and other items on eBay are making a mistake in the current seller hostile environment. If it is not NWT with receipts do not list it. I am looking at Facebook, Craigslist, and just building my own web site at this point. Having all your eggs in the ebay basket is a huge mistake IMO.
Anonymous, would you be willing to share which high end brand this happened to?
I've sold dozens and dozens of high end, name brand items, and never had a problem with a lack of receipt, (Coach, Ferragamo, Burberry, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, etc). *shrug*I have been contacted by the vero department twice in 7-ish years, and (knock wood), have never had my account suspended. All they said was "This item is not legit, perhaps you did not know that. Here are the relevant links to info on vero. We deleted the listing. Don't list it again". And I didn't.
red monkey jeans.
Anonymous, thanks for the sharing this info and sorry you're dealing with an eBay suspension.We've heard other stories of VERO issues, but most sellers are giving a warning. Have you gotten earlier notices? Why do you think you got an immediate suspension?
Even though I am letting them go for several reasons, the bulk of my store has been high end. I am keeping shoes and accessories though.I avoid the hype brands mostly. Focus on Armani, Ferragamo, Gucci, Bvlgari, Versace, Louis Vuitton.For example, the best bootlegging by far is on Louis V bags, however I am super expert on spotting.When I list I detail the points for authenticity.Not much concerned
Anonymous, forgot to mention this.I started to cross sell on Etsy (for vintage, collectibles) and Grailed for designer and high end.They are specialized on those (men's only).It sells very well and it is a nice marketplace for soothing VeRO concerns on eBay and to siphon out those items you mentioned.Just please make sure you do not have counterfeit.
Just curious if anyone here has ever countered a best offer, buyer declines your counter, and you have then gone back to the buyer and said you'd take their best offer afterall? Example: I had an offer of $80 last week on a $129.99 item. I countered with $110. Buyer declined. Sort of kicking myself now. It's big and taking up space. Sometimes I regret trying to squeeze that last dime out of things. Usually, I don't look back and just move forward, but since I'm tripping over the item I sure wish I had taken it!
I have done this a few times (messaged buyer afterwards), but it never resulted in a sale. This always makes me think that buyers and sellers need to be better educated on how to negotiate effectively using BO. Sonia's Rule #1 (the hardest): don't take any offer (too low or too high) personally. That doesn't help anything. Rule #2: If you're not willing to budge from your last offer, but the other person counters, don't decline!!! Just increase/decrease your offer by a tiny amount (a penny, a quarter), to signal your firmness to the other person, and give them a second chance to accept your price, which is a good thing, right?The first time someone did this to me (increased their original offer by 1 cent), I was livid! How dare they!?! How obnoxious!! Then a few hours later I realized the wisdom of their action, and appreciated that that was the easiest way for them to communicate to me the firmness of their offer without walking away from the deal yet. This is exactly what happens in person at garage sales. When I offer to buy something for $X, and the seller says "no, I'm sticking with my original price," I don't always walk away. Sometimes I accept their original price. Now I wish that more buyers on ebay were like that one that pissed me off so much at first :)
In our early days of selling we would regret countering on offers and try to message the buyer to accept their last offer. It rarely worked and made us feel like amateurs.We now take every offer seriously. If we're hungry and the item has been unsold for a while, we'll allow deep discounts without any regret. When we counter, we're always confident in our choice. Takes the emotion out of it.What we never do is counter to make just a couple more bucks. Never worth the loss of a sale.
If the person truly wants the item, they'll either accept your offer or at the least resubmit their final offer as-is. If you truly want to sell item you will either accept the offer or at the least resubmit your best offer.When I nickel and dime an offer for a few bucks, it is because I know the item will eventually sell for that much or more so I don't really care if the buyer walks. Other times it is because the buyer has tipped their hand and I know I can squeeze a few more bucks out of them.Haggling is an art and/or a skill. Just keep practicing your craft. You'll eventually figure out what works for you.
Hi All,Thanks for the good solid advice! Yes, I was concerned if I went back to them "Ohh I reconsidered and will accept your $80 offer" it would look amateurish as you said Jay. This has definitely had me review my haggling style, and how much I hang on and let go of inventory and how it plays into my profit. I always counter, never decline offers, so that I keep it open even on the most ridiculous of offers. I did review the solds and the range was from $80-145. The offer was certainly fair, and I do believe it will sell eventually. I think I will reprice soon close to their offer and if they are still watching they should get a notification. Thanks again!
I've done this with success. I lower the price of the BIN to their offer, remove best offer, and then message the buyer telling them "I lowered the price if they are still interested".
I believe with offers, latest offer trumps all other offers from the buyer and can not be changed. What I would do is when all offers have expired, reduce the price of the item down to what the buyer offered. You can't change the price when offers are still outstanding.
Are there any risks I am unaware of in shipping larger items via FedEx Smartpost versus USPS Priority? When I use the shipping calculator on these larger items it can be significantly cheaper to select FedEx Smartpost rather than all other options. Does anybody have anything to warn me off using this shipping method?
I use smartpost frequently. It just takes a long time to get there. You have to drop the package off at a FedEx place, not at the post office.
i also use Smartpost all the time, in fact, since ebay started giving it as an option for shipping, i basically only use that and First Class (since they bumped 1st class up to 1lb, thank goodness). it is slower than Priority, but a lot cheaper for your buyers. it's basically parcel post, which is ground. my Postal carrier takes mine with no issues, but you'll have to check with your PO to see if they'll scan it with your other packages.
I will ship items that have a very low probability of being damaged in shipping smart post.I did an experiment once by adding smart post as a second shipping option to all my listings. Not a single buyer took the cheaper option. I think people are generally happy to pay a few bucks extra to get their item in 1-3 days with priority.In cases where I know cross country shipping will be expensive, I always opt to use free economy shipping on the item. East coast will ship for less than $10 via USPS priority and west coast will ship FedEx ground or smart post for $12-15. I tack $15-20 onto my asking price to cover shipping and then look at the buyer's location before accepting offers. I'll accept a lower offer for an east coast buyer.I maybe use smart post 2-3 times a month and I sell 40-80 items a month.
Ah I forgot to add why I avoid smart post!I shipped an item smart post with insurance. It arrived damaged. The box was obviously crushed in shipment and I had pictures. My claim was denied. Why? Because in the small print of smart post shipping it is stated that in order for an insurance claim to be valid, Fed Ex MUST identify and flag the item as damaged BEFORE they hand it off to USPS. If USPS damages your package or if Fed Ex fails to flag the packge, then you are S.O.L.So definitely do not ship anything smart post unless you are willing to eat the loss, or you have some other form of insurance. I don't know what ship saver does with smart post as I don't use that.
I haven't tried SmartPost yet for two reasons. 1) My local (rural) post office lady is very new and I doubt she will know whether she can take the package or not and I don't want to find out after I've already paid for shipping that she can't take it. 2) You can't drop SmartPost in the unmanned FedEx boxes - you have to take it to a staffed Fedex location, and the nearest one to me is an hour away. So on off(?) chance that the PO won't take it, I don't want to be stuck driving 2 hours to ship the item.
Question for clothes seller – I have a thrift shop that sells a nice brand of dresses, mostly in the plus sizes. Sometimes the logo on the label is cut out. Not sure if the company does it (they are local) or if the thrift shop does it. I can still identify the brand due to the shape and size of the label that is left and also by the style/fabric of the dresses. In your listing, would you identify the maker if the tag is cut out (that would add value as I believe they have a following)? Would you show that the label is cut out? Thank you in advance for your advice!
are there any labels still on there with the RN number? sometimes the RN number is on the inside tag on the sides that show the material content. you can look up the RN number and be sure of the brand and have proof for your buyer as well. RN Lookup
I will frequently list items from TJ Maxx etc. that have a line across the label to prevent store return. In your case just state the original label has been removed but it is x brand. I would take a picture of the removed label.
If you are confident that you know what the label is, then yes, I would identify the maker. To me it's like when I'm selling a mink stole. I know it is definitely mink, but there's no tag on it that says that it's mink. I'm going to identify it as mink. If I'm not sure, I just say "I think it's mink ,but I'm not sure." And I would *definitely* show that the label is cut out. How annoying though that the labels are cut out consistently. Let us know how it goes in terms of sales of these items.
Accepted 3 offers last night, totaling $160. First buyer now claims their account was "hacked", and they didn't buy those shoes, and then goes on to get snotty and start insulting the quality of the shoes. Er, ok, refund, and block. I knew it was going to be a problem when I saw they were in Miami. Who buys Ferragamos in the middle of a hurricane?!? Crazy people, that's who. Buyer number 2 sent me 4 messages last night stating how much they wanted the item, (16 reel to reel tapes), so glad they are getting them, but they only want 14 of them, so I can keep the other 2 Sony tapes, they are emphatic they do not want those Sony tapes, only the Scotch. (*shrug* ok). I confirm they'll only get the Scotch, and then...silence. No payment. *sigh*Buyer number 3 remains MIA as well. *sigh* Buyer number 4 messages to say "Will you take $40 for the boots?" Yes, sure, I send offer to them. They decline it. Er, ok? Fielded 4 questions about other items. No sales. It would be great if someone wanted to, like, buy something. With money. That would be awesome.
Wow. Sounds like you've had a run of bad luck. At least you're hearing from potential customers. I've had crickets for 2 days. It might be longest stretch without a sale for me this year.
Usually I am pretty upbeat and optimistic, but this was a bummer of a day. I am having a yard sale tomorrow, to unload some of the junk I never should have bought in the first place. Tomorrow has got to be better!
i hear you, sometimes weird buyers come in waves. we had a woman send a very long and emoticon laden message asking for, basically, $2 off on some items. we said, sure, and sent an offer. but she would not accept it or believe that it was a real offer. she kept sending messages asking us to make a new listing that gives $2 off. we just blocked her and ignored her. some people are strange!
I just woke up to find an offer for $250 on an item I just listed 2 days ago for $450 or BO. I happily accepted since I only paid $100 for it. Have had several high sales like that recently. Sometimes they take a few days but they always pay, even though I had to open a nonpaid case on one before they paid. I think people just get busy and forget to pay right away.
I've had crickets here for 4 days. "Fortunately," I've had a bad cold the whole time, so it's actually been okay. I hope to get some new pieces listed this weekend and spark some sales for next week.
I had a psycho buyer myself this week...on a clothing item which reminds me yet again why I hate selling clothing. I say on my items that I take returns no questions asked, and he starts threatening me with ebay, I am like What? (I had already told him to return it--what a freak, LOL)
The weirdos really do come in waves. I don't think any of my "buyers" will pay. One is are shipper, and I am guessing his client hasn't paid. The other is a reseller, who must have thought he could make money off my listing. I am guessing s/he realized after the fact that they wouldnt make a big profit, and is going to skip out. I just want to realist my stuff and move on!*shrug* oh well. I unloaded some junk at the yard sale today, which is good. I only made $125, because we inadvertently picked the same weekend as the county fair. We will have another sale next month,and hopefully do better. Tomorrow is an auction, and Monday I am hitting a thrift store that is going out of business. Things can only go up from here!
My $150 item got paid this morning. The $250 buyer wrote to ask questions about her item (which were already in the listing.). I expect she will pay shortly. Ebay provides drama.
She just paid--yay! 😊
Thanks again for all the discussion above re: my bistro table and chairs. Here is my listing: http://m.ebay.com/itm/MEMPHIS-STYLE-Bistro-Table-Chairs-TRANSPARENT-ACRYLIC-Retro-POMO-Postmodern-/302099617401I didn't put Lucite or Plexiglas in the title since they are brand/trade names. Maybe I'm being too cautious, but I didn't want to risk it. I also didn't go totally crazy with the asking price due to all the flaws.
I wouldn't use "Thrift Store find" in the condition description. It's coming from your house when they buy it.
yeah it doesnt matter where you found it. you could have found it in the dumpster, but you're not going to say that. BUT the listing looks great, nice photos! hope the right buyer finds it soon!
I don't think the "thrift store find" information is useful. If you're trying to explain why you don't know more about the materials, maker, or provenance, just say "acquired on the secondary market," or something similar. Also, you might want to add "red," "black," and/or "chrome" to the listing title if you can squeeze anything else in. Good luck!
Interesting, while listing newfound figurines a few minutes back, one of them (from the 60's) I found the very same on Etsy sold years back. The seller mentioned "estate sales found".Do not think it is useful at all
I use estate sale (or estate auction) find all the time--buyers surely don't think that we conjure up our stock, LOL. I find that mentioning purchased at an estate sale suggests an age and history that somehow seems "elegant" as opposed to I found it at a thrift store--which frankly sounds tacky, selling is about perception IMO.
I agree with Omfug....buyer perception matters, and for most items, "estate sale" sounds better than thrift shop or yard sale...(and also suggests to many buyers that you didn't buy it dirt cheap). "Barn sale" would probably work well for primitives and old rusty stuff. "Country auction", too.
I hear all of you loud and clear :). I took out "thrift store find". Kate was right on 1 of the reasons why I include that phrase in some listings--to explain why I don't have more info on the item. My other reason is to justify all the flaws. I kinda hope for this reaction--"Oh, it makes sense why it has some flaws. So what? It's still awesome!". Nevertheless, I trust all of your advice on that matter.
I’ve always found the interest in how a collectible or antique item came into a seller’s possession to be a bit silly. Provenance doesn’t mean a thing to me when buying other than possible help in distinguishing fakes if something has been in a museum collection and even that is not foolproof. I'll agree though that many people do care and their perceptions about the background of an item are important. The same folks who came to my flea market tables years ago who would pick something up and ask where I got it. The most successful sellers in those markets had a story to go with everything. I never had a story for anything of mine but fortunately I was at least able to resist snarky comments in response to the queries.
Temudgin, I did flea markets years ago too, and I concluded that people WANT stories, not just the item. Not for everything, of course, but some things, definitely. It's not necessarily about "provenance". That matters if you are claiming, for example, that the item you are selling once belonged to Abraham Lincoln. But for most stuff, people just like hearing stories. A rusty old sign might be a neat item, but if the seller saw it hanging on the side of a barn as he drove through the countryside, and then haggled with the owner to buy it....it makes the sign more interesting than "I bought it at an antique shop." In the very early days of ebay, there was a seller who wrote short stories for stuff she sold. They were fiction, she was obviously someone who loved to write, and ebay was her de facto publisher. She got some surprisingly high prices for very ordinary stuff, and I'm sure it was because people were really bidding on how much they liked a particular story. It was great marketing, but I don't know if that was her intent so much as she just liked having an outlet for her creativity.
Just looked at Ryanne and Jay's sold items. The 1943 Princeton University Wool Shield is awesome and you'll be happy to know it is the 24th highest item sold out of 570 Princeton University items! The highest item was a class of 1936 beer jacket that sold for $1100. I just wish 2005 PU sweatshirt I have would sell. I even posted the listing on the Princeton class of 2005 Facebook page.
Probably all still broke paying off school loans.
Nope. Princeton has had loan-free financial aid since the 1990s. All aid is in the form of grants. It is the first university in the US to have done this. Plus there are many 1-percenters at Princeton.
That's a pretty sweet deal. Too bad you probably need to be in the top 1% to go there. Either 1% in wealth, intelligence or drive.
Hi.. totally off topic.I'm considering relocating to a less expensive area. I live the Southwest and am thinking of either Arizona or New Mexico in the I40 area. I'm just wondering if anyone is in that area or has any views on it. Thanks
Hi,I live off I40 in New Mexico. I travel to Albuquerque and Phoenix to do buying trips. Housing is actually hard to come by in the towns along I40 once you get of Flagstaff until you get to Albuquerque NM. It is much cheaper to buy than to rent. Not a lot of rentals or land available because of the reservation. It is an economically depressed area and a high crime area because of the Navajo reservation. We actually moved to this area to do a volunteer work on the Rez. Most rentals are pretty run down. We live in a small town and pay $650 for an ok older apt in the "better" side of town and I have called 911 twice in six months. It may look cheap on paper but there are some drawbacks.Hope this helps.
I shutter to even bring this topic up but "Beanie Babies". I know you can't give them away and ceratinly don't buy them.BUT.. I have come by one that is listed at a high dollar amount because this one model had a lot of errors in it's creation and as such has been deemed really hard to come across. Out of the 10 or 11 flaws that I can find listed that is associated with this model.. Curly Bear #4052, the one I have has 9 of those errors present.Now of course we know that something is only worth what anybody is willing to pay for something, even if an item has an official appraisal from a reputable source.This one bear "Curly" 4052 has just a couple of listings currently for some that have the 8 or 9 flaws and they range in the $3,000 to $8,000 range with one guy asking $21,000 [I think I recall].When I check my paid subscription database I do see two sold over the last 2 years for $250 and $598.00So does anybody here have an other information on these odd, with mfg. flaws "Beanie Babies". I guess I could try an auction, but many of the SL group are not big fans of auctions. Plus if these are just "duds" no matter how rare they are is it even worth fooling with. thought maybe there might be some old collectors around here that know more about these mis-print flaws on these things. Appreciate any insight ... mike in Atlanta
I used to collect beanie babies, (Don't judge! I was much younger and sillier then). Selling beanies was how I got started online, on a site called "upforsale.com", which was bought by ebay. The people that are asking $3-8k are being really optimistic. There were very few beanies that commanded those prices at the height of the craze, let alone today. The most expensive one was a royal blue elephant, and I think the most it went for back then was around $5k, for a mint, fresh-off-the-production-line copy of the toy. Now you can get that same toy for $150-700, depending on if it has been authenticated. There was also a camel that went for around $2k, if I recall, back in the late 90s. The high prices were more to do with low production numbers of those versions of the toy, and less to do with tag errors. There is a premium paid for beanies with the original, early production labels and tags, (the ones from before the craze hit). Curly is from later in the beanie craze, and was never one of the rare, high dollar beanies. Hang tag or tush tag errors were not all that unusual, and were greatly hyped to drive the frenzy, (and to give collectors bragging rights about their super elite collection). In the rush to get the beanies to market, many mistakes were made. When I collected, I did try to get the many "variations" caused by tag errors, but it became too difficult to accomplish, because there were so many! I gave up on it. If it were me, I would try an auction to gauge interest, and then move to BIN with Best offer. If anyone offers you close to the two prices you mentioned for the bear, I would take it and run. There is still a hard core beanie collector population, but the numbers have decreased greatly, and collectors are not willing to pay thousands anymore. Hope that helps, and doesn't make me sound completely nuts. :D
Passion about the manufacturing errors and variations is still strong in many collecting areas. There’s a pecking order on the collecting forums with those having the most encyclopedic knowledge of those things at the top. It’s funny that we care about that.
Thank you very much for the replies. Always get great info. when in need from the SL members. Appreciate the details.From what has been stated, it does seem like there is a possibility of pretty high return here. Am in the process of running it through our system and once photographed and listed it will then be a wait and see game, as is usually the case with most of our inventory. Will let ya'll know if it goes fast and for a lot. thanks again mike in Atlanta
Good luck! I am excited to see how it turns out. I hope you can make some big bucks!
Personal opinion only, but I would put a decent but not ridiculous price on it with B.O. Option. Maybe around $1K. But I'm not a high roller. Just leave it up for however long it takes. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Maybe even start it out at auction at $1K and see what happens. If it doesn't sell go to BIN.
Thanks Linda, sounds good to me. Just not much on it that I could find. So just did not know how high to maybe target without just hitting that ridiculous ceiling you mention.Thousand sound good to us considering it was given to us today.
Tiny rant: the non-online resellers (flea market maybe?) are buying up all of the forks and spoons in the thrifts locally. They are leaving the table knives, so there are just bins and bins of knives. Just wondering if anyone else is experiencing this. For some reason it bothers me because they don't know what cool vintage items they have and broke up the set, but I suppose at least someone will put the forks & spoons to use. I need order in the universe! :)
Anon, I wonder if some of the buyers aren't crafters? I've seen quite a few things made from old spoons and forks.
I have no problem finding spoons and forks and more. In fact I have a large backlog of them needing to be listed. If you can only find knives, sell knives. Or sell something else.