Great sales, Steve! Random thoughts: I'm selling a pair of cool women's boots, not hiking boots, more for fashion. They're Fluevog's, which have kind of a cult following. Only thing is that they're pretty beat up, but I'd for sure wear them if they were my size. I picked up some cassettes at an estate sale, but I don't think they are as expensive as the ones you find so I'm not expecting much out of them. We'll see. No sold vid from me this time, but I'll be doing one right after October is over. I'm finding them really fun to do.
the fluevogs will sell no matter what the condition. i used to be obsessed with them when i was younger!
You know what, Ryanne? I was thinking that Fluevogs might be something you'd be into. I really like them myself. And would you believe they were thrown on the curb after a garage sale? Crazy! I felt like Martin from Garbage Finds!
That last scene Steve--now that must be doggie heaven!
We just found that off leash park, it's covered with native prairie grass that the dogs are crazy about.
I'm assuming that the buffalo canvas print was the one that Jay & Ryanne talked about buying. I actually had wondered if it was going to make this video!Here is my What Sold video for Oct 9-16. I misspoke in the beginning and said Nov 9, but went back to Oct in my next comment. I almost wish it was Nov 9 and this election was behind us!https://youtu.be/NbbChFHfYlg
I wanted to carry this link over in case anyone missed it on the last thread. It's a possible stand-in for watch count. http://www.onkud.com/UserProfile/PurchaseHistory
Interesting: This is nowhere to be found on their home page. I guess it's hidden for those in the know. I hope ebay happens to not be in the know...
Whoa, that's super-powerful. Thanks.
I thought that was odd too. I guess it's a special link.
Seems to be. Let's hope it stays active for a long time. Thanks again for pulling that particular rabbit out of the hat. It was like magic considering the all-powerful ebay shut down watchcount's look-up.
I don't know how this keeps happening but I'll buy and sell a black shirt and I don't notice anything significantly wrong with it when I put it in my clothing bin but as soon as it sells and I'm lint brushing in it Ill notice white spotting. Either I missed it before or it happened somehow in the bin. Either way I found that hand washing it and hanging it up to dry makes the shirt look almost new again. The once gray looking black shirt is now actual black looking and the white spoting is gone. Just a tip if it happens to anyone.
Oh yes, this happens to me all the time. Not only do I not see the flaws when purchasing, but I often also miss them when taking photos! I've started calling this phenomenon "scavenger goggles" (like beer goggles) - the treasure hunt high seems to affect my ability to see flaws! Thanks for the tip about cleaning up black shirts.
Ha ha, "scavenger goggles"! I know exactly what you mean, unfortunately!
Could there be some powdery mildew in your bin? I'm working on restoring an old buckskin jacket right now and learned about how it can transfer very easily and needs to be eliminated or it can get really bad. Wash everything in the bin, wipe down the bin with rubbing alcohol. If it comes back, you may have to wash everything and then freeze it all for a week to kill the spores.
That happens to me with cups and mugs. cracks, crazing, and tiny chips. Ugh! I think it might also be the fluorescent lights at thrift stores - and my middle age eyes (another ugh).
My favorite sales this week were two items that were purchased for halloween parties. The first is a vintage 60s hostess dress with several split seams (didn't notice the flaws until listing, Anne!) that I purchased for $5 and sold for $37. I was tempted many times to lower the price, but am now glad that I didn't. http://www.ebay.com/itm/WILSHIRE-BOSTON-vtg-polyester-hostess-dress-maxi-long-sleeve-M-60s-70s-orange-/262453232295?hash=item3d1b6e82a7:g:G1kAAOSwBw5XRRw1The second is a Sony sports walkman (with headphones) that I bought thanks to Steve's videos. Purchased for $4, sold for $27. Would have priced higher except it had a broken plug and no turbo bass. Wish I had priced it higher because it ended up selling to someone who lives in a $1.3M home who said mine was the only one with headphones they could find. They need it for a "American Psycho" halloween costume. I never saw the movie so I'm not really sure what they're talking about :)http://www.ebay.com/itm/SONY-Vtg-90s-Sports-Walkman-WM-AF54-Yellow-Cassette-Tape-Player-Radio-Headphones-/262658588662?rd=1
I had a great sale today: new with tags riding breeches. Purchased for $8 sold for $99.99. I have luck with riding breeches new or used. I don't come across them often, but they always sell. These went to a town in Missouri population 238.http://www.ebay.com/itm/Ariat-All-Circuit-Full-Seat-Riding-Breeches-Black-Womens-30L-NWT-/182238692672I purchased this vest for 50 cents at a garage sale. I don't usually buy vintage clothing.www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Penobscot-Bay-Traders-V-Neck-Sweater-Vest-Wool-Blue-Plaid-XL-Fit-M-40-/182007155888I'm selling my bread and butter items of kids snow pants and winter/ski jackets.http://www.ebay.com/itm/Columbia-Purple-Hooded-Coat-Ski-Jacket-Powder-Skirt-Girls-14-16-/182120898432
My SweetiePie found some breeches once. Hey, look at these funny pants. Don't pass up funny pants!! Turned out they were English wool shooting breeks...big bucks. I thought they were riding breeches at first but it looks they sell about the same as riding breeches. Thanks for sharing
Does anyone have any experience with this scenario...prior to eBay I had a Paypal account for sending and receiving money from friends and family, wanting to keep things separate I opened a second Paypal account (business account) for my eBay store. I am now opening a second eBay store as a business venture with a friend and want to keep those finances separate as well...can you open a 3rd Paypal account?! Anyone know how to keep all the finances on these things separate and independent of each other?
No limit on the # of accounts. Although up to 8 emails addresses can be associate with each account and you can't have cross-duplicated email address. That's the rub. There is no commingling within the accounts, so everything is separate.
Good to know...thanks eCommerce!!
eBay Q3 earnings were released yesterday. Anyone interested, I would recommend the listening to the conference call. Jump right to the Q&A. A lot of insight into the workings of search and the business strategy toward the online thrift store.
"The Market" decided they didn't like it. Ebay down 10%. I think that's a buying opportunity if you happen to play individual stocks...
Where did you listen to the call?
Is there a link to this audio? Thank you.
Nancy, teresa: The call can be found here: http://edge.media-server.com/m/p/3q5vru2t
Thanks My Cottage. I should have posted the link.
Hi, everyone. I found a cache of metal belt buckles marked "Tiffany" at a local junk store; there were so many grouped together, at such low prices, I figured they had to be repros or fakes. When I got home and did the research, I found this article, which really digs deeply into the issue and illustrates the lengths to which fraudsters will go to create fake provenance and the illusion of authenticity.https://www.realorrepro.com/article/Tiffany-Belt-Buckles
I come across a lot of fake Tiffany jewelry at auctions. Even the auctioneers are ignorant or don't care and just sell it as if it's genuine. At least with jewelry, it's pretty easy to spot the fakes. Tiffany jewelry has an unprecedented level of craftsmanship and attention to detail. The fakes have crooked brand and purity stamps and and lack the attention to detail. eBay forbids selling counterfeit Tiffany, even if you disclose that it's a fake.
Thanks for that info.
Makes me think of Antiques Roadshow. The experts sound so convincing, but it's still just a very educated guess. Think of how many times they have to "do research" and "consult with their colleagues." I'm not saying that's bad, just an indication that there is a lot of subjectivity and room for error. The funny thing is, if a reputable person says something is real, it's real (until someone just as reputable proves it's not of course). Which makes me think of art. Fakes are hanging in every museum of a decent size. It's a funny business. It's also interesting how a good story can make something valuable.
Kate, super interesting story on those belt buckles. This story almost makes the fake buckles actual valuable.
A few non-RA item sales:This is the third piece of this Alaska line I have sold. I love it so it hurts just a tiny bit to pack and send away. Thrifted for $3 after I snatched out from all the crappy modern vases.http://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-Mid-Century-ALASKA-VASE-Matthew-Adams-GLACIER-Iceberg-Sascha-Brastoff-Art-/231789891389?rd=1I'm posting this (paid $3) because I noticed there are a number of these listed by other sellers for less, but I think I sold it because I offer GSP. It's going to Israel. Thanks SL!http://www.ebay.com/itm/HARRY-POTTER-Hogwards-Building-Cards-3D-Puzzle-Figurine-2007-Sourcerers-Stone-/231992971639?rd=1A NIP vintage sheet sold. This is a sale I suspect came from Pinterest. Fit perfectly in a padded flat rate envelope. Paid $2http://www.ebay.com/itm/Springs-Mills-VTG-NIP-Little-Chickadee-TWIN-Flat-Sheet-Craft-Fabric-Brown-Bird-/231932697869?rd=1Another suspected Pinterest sale with zero feedback. Paid $2. I allow sales to buyers with zero feedback and since I've been pinning, get several. So far, only two fraudulent purchases and Paypal took the $ out and refunded me about 1.5 weeks later.http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vinyard-Vines-Necktie-TIE-Beer-Mug-SILK-Skinny-Fun-Prep-Rare-DISCONTINUED-/232007572557?rd=1
Btw, in the traffic reports top 10 it's all EBay, but Google is marching up the list. I think Google finds the pins. I've asked a couple of buyers and they said Google not Pinterest.
Christine R - I noticed that you're collecting sales tax for CA. Does ebay send that money to the state or do you have to do it? Thanks!
No, I have to send it.
How's the thrifting in and around SB? Used to live there another lifetime ago...
Hi Anon. I am humble due to time constraints but I do believe I am geographically blessed like Brian in NJ. There are many older and rich people here. Many working class like myself are struggling with the high housing prices and working during prime thrifting hours or working to make ends meet and not focused on thrifting. I went to nearby Ventura and saw many my age with their phones out, but so far not yet here. Also, as is the town, part small time part city. Our thrift prices are in between what Sue pays in Seattle or Simon in the North Bay Area, but more than middle America. It's interesting...
Talk about crazy housing prices this is a craigslist ad for a bedroom in Redwood City, CA with limited kitchen privileges for $1850 a month. https://sfbay.craigslist.org/pen/roo/5833786901.html
Thanks Christine. I remember a few good garage sales back in the day.I wonder if there are estate sales in Montecito (for people who don't know, it's like Beverly Hills or Bel Air)...Probably not too many - at least not for the public... ;) Their trash would probably be great, but my guess is "the help" gets a fair amount of it first. I would research where people in Montecito donate stuff. Probably just the usual places. Auctions could be really good...Maybe try to find the tiny church thrifts and such off the beaten path like east SB, Carpenteria, Goleta.Well, just typing what comes to mind. There is a ridiculous amount of wealth there for sure. Well, obscene is more accurate...
Anon - here in Northern NJ outside of NYC I have been to plenty of super high end estate sales like you mention in Far Hills, Upper Saddle River, Alpine, Ho-Ho-Kus (yes, real name), Millburn, Franklin Lakes, etc. Wall street guys (Jim Kramer from Mad Money), celebrities (Stevie Wonder, Brittney Spears), and athletes (Patrick Ewing, Derek Jeter), and the likes live in these communities within a half hour of NYC.The impressive things about places like this are the high quality furniture and artwork - all things I can't afford. But, decor, furnishings, clothes, etc are what I gravitate towards in these types of places. Sometimes you can find great deals if there is a divorce or ugly separation happening... I mentioned a couple months ago I found something at a multi-million dollar estate sale going through a divorce: a basket of Ferrigamo, Johnston & Murphy, and other high end shoe trees. They were going to throw our 20 pairs of them because they were worried about the $10,000 couch or the $50,000 oil painting, etc... I bought the basket for $25 and sold each pair for at least $25 ($60 for the 3x Ferrigamos). You just have to change the way you look at things and don't get caught up in the size, scale, and flashiness of the bigger ticket items.
Here are a couple of moderately high end sales that I'll likely swing by tomorrow morning:https://www.estatesales.net/NJ/Tenafly/07670/1353951 - mainly furniture, which isn't for me with limited storage but I'm sure there will be plenty of dealers there.https://www.estatesales.net/NJ/Tenafly/07670/1351767 - nice collectibleshttps://www.estatesales.net/NJ/Maplewood/07040/1345407 - again, only featuring amazing MCM furniture in the photos, but I bet there are great smalls that they aren't showing.https://www.estatesales.net/NJ/Short-Hills/07078/1352073 - wow, so purple.
I like to think I'm entering into Phase II. The past year and half I got a free education on the internet and learned how to do Ebay competently. I also made the typical rookie mistake of overbuying and now I have a backlog. So, I'll be cleaning that out and I am definitely choosing way more carefully. Still I focus on what I like personally and pass over very high end shoes, etc. I gravitate toward Etsy style décor items. There are probably a lot of other items and sales around here that I could be making more money on even with the limited time I have, but I'm ok with that. The passion is in spotting cool retro items I love that are secretly valuable for five bucks or less. As far as high end estate sales, I've been to a few in Montecito and they do have high prices and lots of shoppers. The MCM household stuff can be found in suburbs of Goleta and the local thrifts. The independent thrifts are my favorites and fortunately there are many fun things the staff does not consider valuable. (I do feel for you Sue, I think the staff - and maybe people in general - are way more enlightened up there.) Best of all are the rummage sales - there's a big annual one tonight!
Brian - the one with "nice collectibles" has some vintage cars\trucks. I took a quick look and didn't see any Red Lines. It think I saw some early 70's Matchbox that usually don't sell for much. Maybe you will find a Red line "sleeper" in there.
Thanks for the video, Steve. Great sales as always, loved the vintage amp!Fave recent sale --I picked up a Boss HM-2 Heavy Metal guitar effects pedal at an upscale estate sale. It was sitting on the bureau of a kid's bedroom, I imagined he left for college 30 years ago and his mom left everything where it was. Researched the serial number and found it was from 1984. I'm a music geek, and this pedal was used by many a shoegazer band back in the day, like My Bloody Valentine and Lush. I paid $12 for it, sold for $195. I particularly enjoy the cha-ching when it's for an item that I'm super psyched about finding!http://www.ebay.com/itm/311684771221
Neat sale! I enjoy some MBV myself!
Hey Pam, nice Boss HM-2 sale, I too have sold vintage pedals for good money including one of those found at a garage sale for $5. I used to manage a music store in the mid eighties and we sold tons of those effects.
My sales bumped up a little bit last week. Certainly better than the last few weeks which had me worried that something was up. Had some odd long tail items sell, which was nice. I'm still not selling as much as I would expect, but I am also not listing lately, so that probably a large part of it.https://youtu.be/nxC0ccOVeqIWhat Sheldon Sold On eBay #18: Copeland Spode Plates, Celadon Jade Carvings, NYPD Uniform Buttons
I would think as well that the Moscow olympics patch would get a higher price, if I remember correctly that was the year the USA boycotted the olympics over the Soviets invasion of Afghanistan. That shield with Stars and Stripes would seem to mean it was produced prior to the boycott. No problems with the audio synch on my iPad.
Sheldon - Great video as usual! The timing between the audio and video were off again for me. I like watching your video no matter what; I might even watch them upside down! But, I thought you'd like to know.
Thanks for letting me know. It sync correctly for me, but I am guessing something is up, since you're not the only one reporting sync issues on the latest video. It's a bit frustrating, as I thought I'd solved the issue.
Sheldon - love your videos! I enjoyed the jade bird carvings. I have a very large jade bird with the stand that my husband bought me in Hawaii almost 30 years ago. They are beautiful! By the way, I did not notice any sync issues.
Love those boots, but I've never seen a pair. I'll pick them up if I do! Here are my sales from last week. It was a nice little chunk of change!https://youtu.be/HREbNFAJL5E
thanks for the video. I tried to "like" it, but youtube wouldn't let me do that without logging in. Not sure why that is, since I can "like" other videos without logging in.
Re: creating a new SL website with forum - sounds great! Once it's easier to search and comment, I bet there will be a LOT more people commenting, which is great as long as there is an easy way to maintain the polite, positive, and supportive tone that is one of the defining characteristics of SL. Is there some forum feature that will make it easy to weed out obnoxious comments?
Having been a part of a good number of online communities, there is no silver bullet to keep people respectful.--Good moderation.--Members ignore trolls and avoid falling into their traps.--Members continue to focus on sharing real data and solutions.
Makes sense. #2 is always a challenge for me, but I think I'm getting better at it with age. :)
Just want to take a moment to say thanks again to R&J. They have created the best community for resellers ever - and the quality continues to improve every year. It's my go to place for answers and support, which is no small thing, because I'm doing this solo with zero local support and it can really be a struggle sometimes. I know it's not easy even if you're a team, but as a "solo act" SL has been a kind of safe harbor more than once for me. I help people here whenever I can. It's always a good feeling. The ethos of sharing knowledge and helping others is a great foundation to build on. The combined strengths of R&J have enabled them to be successful and have a kind of midas touch. To mix metaphors, with this project you two hit another one out of the park. Thanks again.
OK, I took the plunge and created a FedEx business account! Then I added FedEx Ground as a shipping option to a couple of listings of heavy items. I'm also going to send a trial run package to a family member to confirm that FedEx will indeed pick up from my house for free. Fingers crossed that it all works!
OK, so I'm going a little bit nuts with posting today... It's just so much easier to post now that I'm doing it via an account :)Wanted to share this NY Times article about the mid-century modern trend:http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/06/style/why-wont-midcentury-modern-design-die.htmlI have to say that I'm a little bit nervous about picking up mid-century items now, even though I only just recently started. I'm rushing to list the barkcloth drapes and two crewel embroidery pieces I picked up over the summer. Anybody else worried that the MCM trend is going to end soon while our inventories are still chock full of the stuff?
Things of quality have a way of coming back over and over - and/or maintaining/increasing their value. That being said, style and fashion is all about trends and fads. IMHO, MCM is a trend that has lasted decades and still has legs for many reasons, not the least of which is that it has a lot of furniture that goes with many styles of decor. Art deco, for instance, doesn't go with as many styles of decor. Other reasons too, but that's one example.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Anonymous! Good points.
Hey, I recognize that tulip table and chairs! My grandmother had that set. I have a nice scar on my chin from falling out of a chair. I don't think the MCM trend will die entirely. It reached a fever pitch thanks to Mad Men, and maybe it will ebb a little, but it will never go away entirely. Heaven help us, but I predict 70s design will be the next trend. The 70s were a really unattractive decade. Everyone looked vaguely sweaty and rumpled. When I think about my childhood home, or the homes of kids I knew back in the day, I shudder.
Ha! So, I had originally written this whole diatribe about how awful 70's design was, all the dark colors, ferns, and macrame, but deleted it. I finished the NYT article, and one of the designers mentions Woody Allen, with the ferns & macrame, and another talks of the "seductive" dark colors of the 70s. Maybe I should start buying up this junk while it's cheap, before it takes off.
Yeah, and whenever the 80s come back into style, maybe I can finally sell the Talbots and Brooks Brothers shoulder-padded womens blazers and suits that I mistakenly purchased at the beginning of my ebay career. Lol
Are the blazers and suits wool? If so, you can cut them up and sell the wool pieces to crafters for rug hooking. Whether or not it's worth it depends on how desperate you are to unload it, and how much you have into the suits.
I think they might be wool. Thanks for the idea - something to consider. I paid *way* too much for these items, so at this point just getting something for them would be good.
SHAG CARPET anyone???
My first and only standalone shop, Brave Interiors, opened in Hollywood, CA in 1986 selling mid-century modern designer furniture plus a helping of kitsch--I will always love the style, my partner even had a conversation with Ray Eames about a piece we picked up. We found some incredible stuff in LA, not much of it up here alas, but I would still buy it if I saw it. We have a few pieces in our home, a Tulip side table, a McCobb bench (both of which I found up here, but such finds are few and far between) and several other things (Scandinavian glass.) IMO there will always be buyers for the classic stuff, and you must keep in mind that Herman Miller and Knoll still produce a lot of the best pieces so designers will always use them in interiors for their clean lines and well made construction.
Cool. How long did the store last? Do you have any good X stories? I was in L.A. as a kid and when I was 18, but X had broken up by then. I remember reading a post you did about the scene from a link here, but that was awhile ago.
The store was open a couple of years, and we had famous people come in (the best thing I guess about L.A?) My favorite was Paul Simenon, he didn't buy anything, but the Clash is my favorite band of all time. As for X stories--yes, I kicked Exene's ass, LOL, which is my best X 'story' but I did get to also see their first gig playing in someone's living room (I saw them plenty of times live after that.)
Great stuff, Steven! Cassettes! Some of my sales over the past week, including while in Ireland:1969 The Who Tommy soundtrack:http://www.ebay.com/itm/201640205616I've mentioned before how much I love selling records. At estate sales & flea markets sometiems you have to go through 100 polka records to find something worthwhile, and this was one of those. Cover & vinyl were absolutely perfect and I sprung for $5 for it - way more than I usually pay for a record. Sold for $65 best offer.c1930s Guerlain Shalimar empty bottle:http://www.ebay.com/itm/191889374371Formerly with high end perfume in it, this bottle was a gorgeous shelf sitter - decorative item. Paid $5, sold for $35 best offer.NWT Jonathan Adler Fractal Wallet:http://www.ebay.com/itm/201450317891Part of the lot that I bought at a sample sale about a year ago. Cost $5, still had the $88 price tag on it, sold for $45. This was the last one I had.. sold I think 6 already previously.1992 Jeff Koons Puppy Hecho a Mano replica sculpture:http://www.ebay.com/itm/191963383463These were sold at the Guggenheim as souvenirs after the unveiling of Jeff Koons massive installation. Yes, this tiny thing sold for $130 but I actually took a loss on it after paying about $140 at an auction. On the spot my research showed them selling for $300-$500 - but I didn't notice that they were a bit larger. Live & learn.NASA patch:http://www.ebay.com/itm/201680972044Part of the lot of space patches I bought 2 weeks ago - paid $20 for a stack of like 25. This was the second to sell, $14 best offer.1997 NIB Personalized Zippo set:http://www.ebay.com/itm/201676510579I really don't know if this was even legal to sell. I took a chance by listing with the full unused lighter fluid and it sold without trouble. Paid $5, sold for $35.Travel backgammon set:http://www.ebay.com/itm/191951061874ALWAYS BUY THESE BRIEFCASE GAMES. Paid $2, sold for $40.
Hey Brian. I love your perfume bottle sales! What do you think made the buyer pay $35 for your Shalimar bottle when there are other ones listed for less? The photos of yours aren't coming up for me, so I can't tell that way. A while back I got excited when I remembered that my mom has a 50s or 60s shalimar bottle (and bal de versailles), but then I saw so many low-priced listings that I got discouraged.
That backgammon sale is awesome! I'll have to start picking those up.
Sonia, good question... why does anyone buy anything? R&J have discussed on the show that they often sell things for more than others have them listed for. The theory: because they are listed for more. People sometimes pay what you're asking. Maybe my feedback was better, maybe they sorted by closest distance, maybe I had a better picture. It's a tough one.And the backgammon... yes, always buy them. I get them regularly at estate sales for $5 or less and have never sold a true vintage one for less that $30, as much as $70 for one with really nice chips.
Brian - I started buying this because of your tip and have not regretted it. These are good sellers. I sold one for $125 that had bakelite chips.
Brian - well then I am going to raid my mom's old perfume stash after all! :)
My sales continue to be poor this week, so I've got nothing really to share. I have been concentrating on listing and have nearly 250 pieces for sale (a vastly larger number than ever before, though tiny by SL standards). Sourcing has been a little weak, although I found some super-nice antique etchings by a local artist for a song. I've found a new spot to source and it's yielded some fun pieces -- but it's sketchy enough that I'm seeking out a tetanus shot today, just to be safe for next time. Found this fun site today while looking for something else: http://www.rescuedart.net/My instagram experiment is going okay. I've actually been contacted a handful of times already about pieces I've instagrammed; sadly, most of the contacts were about a piece I'd photographed for a friend. :-)It's not very much work at all, I'm getting exposure to a ton of art as well as design and decorating trends (dusty rose seems to be coming back! THE HORROR!), and pieces I have for sale are getting in front of designers and decorators. No sales, yet, but I'm feeling good about the experiment.
Looks like eBay, Paypal, and many other sites are having issues: http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/netflix-twitter-internet-down-not-working-broken-paypal-ebay-facebook-instagram-a7374506.htmlWidespread problem.
denial of service attack--worldwide, they have also shut down etsy.
i couldnt load paypal several times today, i called them this morning and didn't see a problem. but i'm sure they're seeing it now! also no photos will load for me on ebay. bummer!
I luckily got one big sale in before the ddos attack started. Nothing selling since then as pictures on eBay won't load and people can't check out. I won an auction and can't pay via paypal
we got one sale this morning too. and i tried to post some listings, but photos aren't working, as you say. gah!
also just tried to see what people were saying on Twitter about it, but Twitter is down too! amazing.
just called ebay on an unrelated issue, and the first prompt that says 'welcome to ebay customer support' then says 'if you're calling about problems checking-out and paying, we're looking into it and will have it fixed soon'. yikes, guess NO ONE is making sales right now. anyone selling anything??
No problems here in the middle, I think I read it was mostly east coast.
Our cable is down here in Southern California - no email and I cannot log into our cable (internet) account. I can log into paypal and ebay and see photos in ebay.
I just sold a mug for $13. meh.
I would be interested in hearing someone's story in a podcast that started with financial struggles like deep debt and little starting income. How did you climb out of the whole while buying stuff to sell. My money doesn't seem to go that far. I seem to only can do two of debt/bills, food/home necessities, and inventory. I'm currently bringing in less than I'm spending out and we've already cut corners. I can't get a job right now so that's out the window. But I'm sure others have started in this bad position and rose out if it.
I'd love to hear a story like this too. But many debt/income problems are solvable if you stick to the numbers. Make more money than you spend.For instance, when we started on eBay, we lived in my family's home for 18 months essentially rent-free (traded for house work). We've always cooked at home and rarely eat out. These are ways to get ahead.We also started by just buying inventory from places that had "bag sales". Usually these are smaller thrifts stores that have days where they're cleaning out inventory. It wasn't always the best inventory, but it was really cheap. Since you;re anonymous and no one knows you, would you be willing to share your numbers with us? --How much is your debt?--How much are your monthly bills?--How much is your income?
Yes Jay, extreme circumstances call for extreme measures - like moving in with parents (though for many that is not possible). Everything is much harder with kids (but people decide to have kids, so they have to make the best of their choices). In general, the more extreme your situation, the more extreme you choices have to be to get out of it. At the more extreme end of the spectrum, if you can't move in with family or other people, temporarily move to a worse (and/or farther out) house/apartment to reduce rent. Eat less and eat staples like rice and beans and drink more water. Work more and work smarter. If you're young(ish) and healthy, working 80 hours a week for a year to pay down debt will be hard, but it's not impossible. I know it's not possible for many, but I'm just listing some extreme measures. That being said:Anon: you're right, after a certain point, there is only so much you can do to cut costs. The reality is, most necessities have gotten more expensive while incomes for the majority of americans have remained stagnant (adjusted for inflation) for about 45 years. Half of this country is essentially in poverty with no savings. These are structural problems that can't be dismissed with talk of personal responsibility. Anyway, at the very least, this is a good place to get tips about selling smarter, and if you share more about your situation, you never know what answer someone could give that could help you achieve your goals.
My personal debt is about ten grand in credit cards and six grand in medical bills. That does not account for my husband's 20,000 plus school loan or our normal bills or mortgage. We dont have car payments by choice. He works and makes decent money but after the bills he has about 300max to buy food, house stuff, gas, etc.. for 2 weeks. Sometimes he has less. The money I bring in from eBay is a few hundred right now every 2 weeks and it goes to my personal bills and my food throughout the week during the day. We normally have one big meal of the week for 30 dollars and the rest are cheap meals. Eating together is our together time and since we're broke it has become our fun activity of the week. We don't have kids but we have several animals that cost a lot to keep fed. Usually with the money I bring in and bills are paid I'll average between 50 to 200 dollars for 2 weeks for the things I mentioned above. This makes some weeks hard to source inventory. And since I'm more of a slow dime it takes a while for the money to come back. As far as a job I can't go out and get one right now due to a long term injury that flares up often. Thank you to everyone for your input. I know people have it worse and everyday I'm able to eat I'm blessed.
Depending on how old you are and the figures you look at, you are both under the average amount of debt people are holding these days - especially new 20-something grads.One tip that immediately comes to mind. If you have good credit, you can do a balance transfer on a credit card for 3-5% and pay no other interest for up to 1 1/2 years. Many credit card companies will let you deposit the money directly into your checking. It's a good way to pay off high-interest loans. You just take what you can afford to pay-off during the 0% interest term of the balance transfer. You don't want to be left with a balance at the end of the term because, as they say: that's how they get you.If you combine the above with putting more hours into ebay, you could make a big dent in your debt.
deb truervaluesHi Anon...When I started we were struggling--I didn't even have $20 to spend on inventory. At first, I would go to the goodwill store and make lists of things I thought would sell and what they cost. Then I would go home and look them up. I did this a few times. When I finally started buying things, I knew what would make money.I got a big break when a friend mentioned her mom had passed and she had to clean up her house and take everything to the goodwill.I told her I would take the stuff to GW for her if she didn't mind me going thru it for anything sell able. She was happy to let me do so. This is a good way to get inventory when you don't have any up front cash.I also started listing some stuff I had around the house.After that, I was able to buy about $20 worth at a time. I would put that up, and once things sold, I would go get a few more things.By my 3rd full month, I made nearly $1000--and my husband stopped laughing and started to ask me when I was going shopping.A couple of months later, a friend asked me to liquidate his hunting inventory--he had been an ebay seller for a while, but had quit. This really gave me a kickstart, because these things sold well. I split with him 50-50 after fees.Biggest advice: don't spend what you don't have. Leave $$$$ in paypal for monthly fees and emergencies. Get a cushion before you spend. At this point, we purchase all gas, groceries, and dinners out with our paypal. WE cut up all our other credit cards, and only use ebay $$$ for extras. OUr credit cards and school loans are paid off--
Thanks for sharing Anonymous. Discussing specific numbers is the way to tackle the issue.Debt: --Pay off your CC like your hair is on fire because of high interest. Not accumulating more CC debt is key. Debt sucks.--Medical debt can usually be negotiated. Call and work out a good payment plan. Often a hospital will negotiate even $20 a month since many people default on this kind of debt. --Student debt can also be negotiated. Often you can put your student loans on pause indefinitely until your income grows: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/understand/plansAs far as eBay goes, I'm sure we'd all love to hear more specific numbers:--how long have you been selling?--how many items do you have listed?--where are you currently sourcing?If you're already making several hundred dollars every couple weeks, then you know how to sell. Now its a numbers game of just listing. If this is your full-time job and you have no kids, put all your worry and stress into listing. As far as sourcing, even spending $50 can go far if you shop at bag sales, church sales, or "half price" sales. Just takes some time to figure out which thrifts in your area have these deals.We're not big fans of consignment, but Deb has a good suggestions to reach out to family or friends to see if they need things sold. Some people may even just give you stuff if it means they dont have to drive it to the donation center.
my 2 cents-stop eating out, $30 per week is $120 per month is $1440 per year. that's a lot of inventory that you can buy and make a profit on instead of eating out. and maybe just put it on hold for a bit while you invest in inventory. we have the money, but we almost NEVER eat out. it's just too expensive for what you can make at home that will last 2-3 more meals in leftovers.like jay says, find the church thrifts that sell stuff by the bag or for 10 cents and start selling that stuff.also if you're in a dense area, look at Craigslist free section, start getting stuff that you can sell online or back on Craigslist (no fees! all Cash!). and build up some savings that way.
One constant expense is groceries. You might do a little Internet research on couponing. The best deals are had by strategically combining store sales with manufacturer coupons. It's something you can do even with medical limitations and it's kind of a fun game getting the best prices or items free or almost free. Some extreme couponers even resell non-perishable items. Just make sure to check store policies and limitations.
I don't know about your area, but my town has a "free" area at the local dump where people can drop off items for others to take away. I've found vintage persian rugs, original art, studio pottery, antique books, Coach bags, and other amazing items in the free shed.
I also agree about eating out; $30 a week would take you far in terms of acquiring inventory, and there are plenty of fun activities to do for free everywhere for together time. If you can adopt the attitude that you are making these changes for a positive reason, rather than having a sort of scarcity mentality, it wil be good for your overall situation. So, instead of feeling like "We can't eat out because we're too poor," you frame it as "we're choosing to invest $30 in growing the eBay business."
Anon...you can do this and you can do this on a shoestring--please come back and let us know what part of the country you live in and we can give you more specific advice.
one more thing, as jay mentioned, some medical bills can get on a payment plan. OR depending on your doctor or hospital, can get negotiated down (sometimes to nothing) if you show your lack of income via your tax returns. some hopsitals have non-profit arms that will give grants for these situations.
If you're not squeamish about needles, you could sell your plasma. I received a coupon in the mail from a local plasma center. It was 3 visits and they would pay $50 a visit for new patrons. Then after these initial visits, 2 visits a week would pay $60. You can buy a lot of inventory for $60. And your husband could do it also...that would be $120 a week.
On the business side, I'm wondering what types of items you're listing on eBay, and how much you're currently spending per item.
deb truervaluesHi Kate - You can find a lot of info on this by watching the what sold videos that started about a year and a half ago. People share what things cost and what they sold for. These will give you the best education.Good luck!
deb truervaluesthat is, the what sold vids on this site....
Hi, Deb! Thanks! My question was actually for the anon above, but I put it in the wrong place! ;-)
The Loft (upstairs Goodwills high end merchandise) officially opened today in San Jose's California Goodwill store. It has all the stuff people look for to resell on Ebay. GE midcenturt fan for 99.00. collectable led zeppelin record (used at 19.99) there was a lot of excitement in the air.
excitement or outrage, LOL?
Exactly Omfug X. A goodwill "Boutique" store just opened up near downtown here. That is big time rent they're paying. I'm half tempted to go in there to see if they're selling well. I'm about 5% tempted to see if I could get a manager to give me a discount if they had nice stuff, but I doubt it. I know they're all about sales numbers, so anything is possible, but I'd say the chances are slim...overall though, knowing how corporatized they are, the feeling is more outrage (or at least annoyance) than anything else, and I hope they don't make it. At the moment, there are so many other ways to source, it's not a big concern. I just hope it's not a sign of things to come.
Whoa. I don’t know if it was pent up demand because of the DOS attack or what but I sold 5 items between 6 and 8 am this morning. That’s a record for me. I’ve been listing steadily over the last 10 days trying to hit 100 items, but it’s been crickets for sales for about that long. I am TRS but don’t have a store since I’ve never even cracked the 100 item mark.
man I am finally selling postcards--problem is they take as much time to list as more expensive things...but I still have a couple of hundred I could list! I admire our postcard listing machine, spinach-eater, how does he do it?
Hmmm...I would say, don't take that much time. Short description and throw them up there! We lose a lot of money listing cheap things...
Hello there,I've sold randomly on ebay for many years but I'm giving this whole ebay biz thing a go. Been listening to this blog for several weeks and love it. I don't have an ebay store yet, but I do have 70-ish listings up right now. I have been having trouble with the ebay shipping calculator consistently shorting me on shipping. Does anyone have any advice? I am weighing everything at home and using the right dimensions. I have even began to pad the weight a bit to try and compensate. Today I shipped a 3 oz item that cost $2.64. Ebay had it as a 5 oz item and $1.78, and smaller dimensions! It's not much but everything adds up. The worst was a small tool kit that was off by about $8! ~Thank You for any advice!!~
Are you printing your shipping labels on the ebay site?
On your listing, make sure that you are picking "package (thick envelope)" under package type.
In addition to what Sonia and Pam suggested, the problem may lie with your shipping preferences under your account settings. Under Offer carrier-specific discounts to buyers, make sure have both FEDEX and USPS set to NO. FEDEX is set to yes by default. The rate table that eBay uses for calculation are not always exact. So when you have this option to set to YES, you’re passing on to the buyer your shipping discount. And if the rate table is wrong, you may end up paying more. I encountered this issue last month when my shipping cost for an item was almost $3 more than what the buyer paid on a calculated shipping.
I don't use calculated shipping. I have flat rate shipping for everything, but I don't ship odd shaped items. I am able to use padded flat rate envelope, medium flat rate, large flat rate box, plus poly mailers for items under 1 pound.
eCommerce - thanks for the tip about FedEx discounts being default ON. That explains an issue I was having the other day! (I'm just getting started using FedEx for ebay).
Hi, My name is Jesse, I have been selling on Ebay for 3 years now, I sell primarily shoes and apparel. I find my items at Goodwill and other thrift stores. I have nearly 1500 positive feedbacks.Recently in the last 3 months I have gotten 3 "trademark policy violations" from Ebay. the first was a listing for "Red Bull" hat, the second was for a "Coach" purse, and the third was on a vintage jacket with "Porsche" logos. After the third violation I was put on a 30 day restriction and I am not allowed to list any new items for 30 days!! After contacting Ebay it seems that their is no recourse or appeal for this decision. All of these infractions were honest mistakes. They act as if I have a whole store full of knock off Louis Vuitton purses. I received an email stating that if I have another violation I could be permanently banned from Ebay.All Ebay customer service told me is that I should call them about a listing if I thought I should need to verify the trademark policy. I have sold plenty of coach purses in the past never an issue?I am at a loss on this? Has anyone else ran into any similar issues or have any advice?Thanks
We just recently had a lot of discussion here about this. Check out the comments section of SL episode 273, and perhaps also 272 and 274. http://www.scavengerlife.com/2016/08/scavenger-life-episode-273-whats-your.html.
Jesse, as Sonia said we had many threads quite recently.Do you mind sending or sharing pictures of the Coach bag? I have a lot of them for sale, been selling them for sometime. Was this specific one listed recently? Did you list it as AUTHENTIC spelled out?Some of the cases shared here are because of counterfeit Coach. For the hat it is similar to another colleague case. He had a had, possibly even a Red Bull hat.It seems that merchandise apparel for famous brands are at risk currently.The policies are not at all clear for these things.
This subject has probably been mentioned but #1 Thanks, Steve for posting your what solds. #2 You must have been in broadcasting because your voice is perfect for it and sounds trained. If not, you should be.