This week, Jay admits to sleeping till 10am every day while Ryanne does all the work. Having a partner is really nice because you can each pick up the other person’s slack. Ryanne has earned a lazy week if she ever wants one. Good news is our sales were better than last week.
A seller asked us a good question: how do you sell on eBay without constantly fighting with customers. Obviously this is a loaded question. It’s all about your attitude. If you assume everyone is out to get you, selling on eBay (and life in general) will be painful. We’ve learned that sometimes it’s best to just be a robot. Buyer messages about being unhappy; we immediately message back “return for a full refund”. Case closed. No drama.
We have also been continuing to sell the artwork that we took on consignment. We preach against selling for other people, but broke our own rule because we love selling original art. It’s all a learning experience and money will be made. But honestly, we just like to sell for ourselves.
These are the topics we mentioned in the podcast:
—Quimper Pottery we found in the back of a junky thrift store. Score!
–A seller talked about finding a 50-cent mug and selling it for $250.
–I spoke about how my friend and I now call ourselves “Trash elves”. Buy a mug and join the club.
—Here’s a video showing what one sanitation worker has collected from the trash in NYC over the past 30 years.
—Etsy is about to go public. Who really cares but I guess it means selling stuff online is taken seriously by investors.
—Great history of the Beanie Baby craze. This journalist explains how a small group of soccer moms in suburban Chicago made a small time toy seller into a very rich man.
–If you sell military clothes found at thrift stores, read this article on how the M-65 jacket became an iconic piece of clothing in the fashion world.
The Weekly Scavenger Numbers
Our Store Week March 1-7, 2015
- Total Items in Store: 3778
- Items Sold: 55
- Cost of Items Sold: $520
- Total Sales: $$2,334.37
- Highest Price Sold: $175.00 (Jacket)
- Average Price Sold: $42.43
- International Sales: 8 (6 GSP)
- Returns: 0
- Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $96
- Number of items listed this week: 79