01/22/2019 at 7:20 pm #55632
Death Piles killing you?
‘Fess up in this thread. Post photos of your Death Piles (DPs), tell us how you store (stuff?) the items you haven’t listed, justify why you’re really, truly, honestly an eBay seller and not just a hoarder with an eBay sales account, or give us your excuses. We’re not going to judge! We’re going to sympathise, empathise, share our tales of sales we couldn’t pass up, auctions that were amazing, or Yard Sale signs that had a magnetic attraction to the car and it turned into the drive all by itself.
Perhaps, in time, we’ll all encourage each other to actually get those items out from under the bed/in the attic/behind the boiler/up from the basement, and out of the house. Preferably into a listing, of course, but if needs must, there’s always Goodwill!2+
01/22/2019 at 10:25 pm #55647
I’ve got a long list of the items in my death piles. No photos yet. I’m actually working on some of them this week, so I’m hyped about it at the moment.
Sorry for the long post, but here is the list. I’ll number them so that I can keep track:
1) 5 Office electric typewriters: Need testing – I actually started on two of them today! I may need to buy ink cartridges and power cords.
2) Facit manual typewriter: I was going to sell this as nonworking, but my husband convinced me to fix it. I’ll give it a shot.
3) Food grinder – This is some kind of very heavy food grinder for Indian food. It needs to be tested.
4) misaligned art – a 3-D type art piece where the tape on one side has lost its stickiness, so the art is lopsided. I’ve got acid free tape and all the supplies I need.
5) 3 vintage bar lights – they were nonworking, and I decided that I need to replace the light fixtures in back. I believe they are worth the cost, but I’m wondering about the time. I’ve actually made some progress on this today.
6) a stack of vinyl records – I don’t even know if they are desirable, but I finally got a record player to test them.
7) a stack of CDs – I don’t seem to do well with selling old CDs, so I’m not sure that they are worth it.
8) a number of electric razors and hair trimmers – need to find out if they are worth anything, and, if they are, they’ll need to be tested.
9) Vintage table – do I have a box big enough or do I do local pickup? Just been lazy on this one.
10) 3 vintage cameras – my daughter will be happy to test them for me, but I first need to make sure they power on. I’ll need to find the right battery and buy film. One is only worth $30 or so; perhaps I just list that one untested. The last one is new and sealed. They also came with expired film that apparently does sell.
11) Several vintage men’s digital watches – I put batteries in them, but don’t know how to set the time to check if they work. I need to download instructions. Also have a newer watch that needs repair to the band or list as-is.
12) 2 power controllers & 1 data switch – something used in a computer room where many electronics need to be connected. Are they worth anything? How do I test?
13) Art projector – it didn’t work well when I first tested it. I thought it might just need cleaning or a new bulb, but I haven’t done anything. Is it worth it?
14) My dad’s old stereo receiver – holy cow, it has so many component connections, how do I test it? Am I too lazy?
15) Other of my dad’s old electronic equipment – I don’t even know what some of this is.
16) Matching bisque figurines – they were modified to be used with lamps by filling in the bottoms with cement or something. There is a screw that won’t come out. Do I chip it out? Sell as-is?
Items needing more extensive researching than what is easily available online:
17) possible Chatty Kathy doll – not marked, but my family friends used to be in the doll business, and it might be a prototype. It does have Chatty Kathy clothing.
18) China pieces, might be Sevres, couldn’t find the exact hallmark online, one piece is unmarked0
01/23/2019 at 4:26 am #55648
- Location: Leicester
no 3 might be a sev maker (Indian fried noodles) if it’s got a loose plate with holes at its base. Looks like a grinder, with a long handle.
I’ve got a death pile of bicycles… spring will come soon.
A death pile of books. I’m doing a shift tomorrow at a thrift shop sorting out their books, so that’s going to be added to their death pile. Which is huge, ‘cos they’ve got a policy of pricing just above what the market will bear. Shop-full of browsers yesterday, buying nothing.
A death pile of miscellaneous, which is going sometime to the car boot sale in Melton Mowbray to sell to the farmers’ wives.0
01/23/2019 at 9:30 am #55668
Antique Frog – Not exactly. I should have mentioned that it is electrical. See the link below – this is similar to what I have.
01/23/2019 at 6:30 pm #55708
Sharyn, you are WAY too organized. You can actually ITEMIZE your Death Piles! Holey toledo!
I have the top of the long shelf in the garage, an entire shelving unit in the garage, a full bookshelf next to the desk, an assortment of boxes under the desk, and a 16 ft by 8 ft storage shed packed to the rafters. Then I have an hanging shelf in the spare bedroom with clothes, and ad hoc pieces scattered through the house as well.
As to telling you what’s in everything? Shoes, clothes, hats, bags, decor items, DIY items, books; a whole hodge podge of stuff. If we have to actually list our DP items, I’m toast! 😀1+
01/23/2019 at 9:01 pm #55720
Amatino – Last year, I really sped up my listing. In addition, I got much better at donating/throwing out stuff that wasn’t worth it.
I started with huge death piles at the beginning of 2018, but I really worked it. (And your challenge did help!). I also added stuff along the way, but I know that what I’ve added is worth the repair/test/research.
The point is that my death piles are only stuff that needs the repair/test/research. Nothing else is left. It’s easier to get a handle on it that way.1+
01/23/2019 at 7:07 pm #55709
Excuses: my main excuse is that my photography drives me to distraction, to the point where I don’t even want to list any more. I love hunting for treasures, have my inventory storage, packing and shipping down to an art, enjoy the research, and don’t mind (too much) the actual listing process. No, it’s the photographing that kicks my heinie. I have severe ADHD, and a fair whack of OCD thrown in, so that not having my photos just so grates me so badly that I want to scrap them and redo them. If I could find an easy way to snap and list, my listing would take off!
I’ve tried using my phone to take photos, but the quality just isn’t up to par compared to a camera, where I can tweak and perfect the lighting, color, and so on. That being said, I have a return where the buyer says the colors are “too rich” compared to the item IRL. Sigh…
Photography has become the frog in my listing day. And because of the lighting being better later in the day, I can’t “eat the frog first.” I shall have to find a solution this year.1+
01/24/2019 at 9:33 am #55743
If you are using natural light, then that is gonna cause problems with your phone camera for sure. It also limits you to when you can photograph.
You need to get some quality lighting – you can never have enough daylight quality lighting.
What you can do, is replace all light fixtures in the area you list with the highest wattage daylight temp lights you can get.
You could also use the cheap led shop lights. You can rig up cheap vertical stands for them with 2×4’s.
Bottom line, if lighting is holding back your photos, make this the year you do something about it!1+
01/24/2019 at 10:19 am #55750
Where I photograph my items, I have 6 various clip-on or desktop lights I’ve bought at thrift stores with 100 watt equivalent LED daylight bulbs. I can move them, turn off individual lights, and all in I probably spent $10 on all of them. They work great, and greatly improved my photos.
Previously they all turned out yellowish from older lighting I had and the flash on my camera couldn’t compensate for the yellow hue.0
07/22/2019 at 7:32 pm #65275
I bought a kit on eBay, brand new, with three 5500 kelvin lights, stands and umbrellas, a 9×7 backdrop stand with white, black and green screens….all for $45.
Can’t beat it.0
07/22/2019 at 7:30 pm #65274
I also abhor photographing.
Try the app “DSLR CAMERA” in the App Store.
It lets you manually set iso, shutter speed, WB, and more on your phone. You’ll have to play with it a bit to get the feel.
It’s only .99 and a great DSLR app to start with at that cheap investment.
What I like is I snap the photo, and before it saves it it shows it to me and I can make any quick lighting changes or, if I don’t like it, re-take, just like on a camera.
Also when I save it it saves to my regular photo gallery, not one built into the app that eBay doesn’t recognize.
I do everything on my phone. Research, photos, listings, shipping, messaging, even promoting (via safari).
Lemme know if you try it and like it.1+
07/22/2019 at 7:34 pm #65276
There’s a book called “driven to distraction” by Edward Hallowell.
Check it out.0
07/22/2019 at 7:36 pm #65277
ADHD’s are hunters, not farmers.
Tracking down great items is hunting.
Taking photos is farming.
It’s why you hate it.1+
07/23/2019 at 11:50 am #65292
That is obviously my problem. I have major ADHD! 😀 😀 😀 😀0
01/23/2019 at 9:53 pm #55723
I need to compile all of my unlisted items. If I had to guess, it’s probably 30 individual items. Right now they are in my car, in laundry room, in shipping, or sitting in my living room. The pile is spread out so it’s hard to deal with as a pile. More like tiny minefields.
My unlisted triggers are 1. low dollar stuff bringing in profit under $10 per item. 2. Annoying to measure things (unsized items), or tricky sizing things.
OR, if I have a messy work area / table I don’t want to deal and they just pile up on that. Keeping my table clear is key1+
01/24/2019 at 1:15 pm #55780
30 items? My death pile eats piles like yours as an after dinner mint. Lol!9+
01/24/2019 at 9:46 am #55746
At the beginning of last year, I had 3 areas I allowed my backlog to live in. At the beginning of this year, I am up to 5 areas of backlog. 🙁
I used to never allow unlisted stock in the room I keep the bulk of my listed inventory in. Now, I have 10 bankers boxes crammed full of unlisted items. Ugh. All items purchased in the past 6 months, so barely backlog territory, but they’re heading there.
The majority of my unlisted stock is kept in bankers boxes, but I also have bags, piles, overflowing boxes, and 2 4 shelf ikea bookshelves full of unlisted items. I’ve also maxed out the available space to store unlisted large paper items in, as they go up to the “ceiling” (4 ft.) of my slanted roof on the ikea shelves. If they went up to a normal ceiling, I’d be in big trouble.
Last year, I had 3 4 shelf ikea bookshelves full of unlisted stock in. I’ve listed all of those items, and now the shelves are only full of listed stock. Yay! 1 of the bookshelves is now dedicated to keeping the majority of the listed items in my 2nd ebay store in. Larger items also go up to the “ceiling” (4 ft.) of my slanted roof.
I have 2 main areas of unlisted stock in that contain 20-40 bankers boxes apiece. The fourth area is my office, with the ikea shelves and scattered piles and bags on the floor, in addition to additional unlisted bankers boxes. A fifth area contains an additional 5-10 bankers boxes.
I’ve taken the past month off from serious sourcing, and I will most likely take an additional month or two off on top of that as well. I’m actively working through the backlog, and what I list from it is selling. If it’s not worth listing, I chuck it, but I am finding I don’t have to throw out too much.
I don’t allow any area to remain a “dead” pile. I sift items from one area to another. My unlisted ikea shelves remain full because I will remove up to a 1/4 of stock from one shelf, list it, and then refill it immediately with items from a backlog box, or new stock. All areas are kept active.
I’ve listed over 100 items this week, but none of it has been from the backlog. I hope to work on some of it today, but I also need to get some seasonal items listed from new stock I got in earlier this month.
I estimate that last year I listed through 20-30 boxes of backlog. It definitely helps for days (or months) I don’t feel like seriously sourcing. I am currently at 10,000 active items in my main store, and have sold over 16,000 items in this store. Definitely not a hoarder, but need to work a little harder to pick up my listing pace!1+
01/24/2019 at 1:06 pm #55778
REPLYING TO MYSELF.
Yay, great job! Congrats on finding a pile of books you purchased in 2011!
Creating drafts for them now. 🙂
Then, I’ll get to the seasonal items!3+
01/25/2019 at 3:58 pm #55898
ROFL. Retro, you’re awesome! 😀0
01/29/2019 at 1:02 am #56054
Hi, I’m here for the Death Pile Anonymous meeting…
My name is Liz and I have about eleventy-billion books piled up in my laundry room and kitchen, (oh and office and bedroom). I bought um…about 1000 books at an auction in early December for $120. Turfed about 200 of them to the used book store. I have listed about 500 of them, (not all individually; I listed many of them in lots of 5-10 books).
I had drastically underestimated what I bought. I thought I’d only bought about 400 books, but now that I add up what I’ve listed, what I’ve sold, what I dumped at Half Price Books, what is still in my laundry room waiting to be listed…HAHAHAHAHA. I’m pretty sure I’ll be listing books until I die. I’m also pretty sure I’ll die trapped under a pile of books.
On the plus side, I’ve sold about $1300 in books in December and January. So, that’s a thing?5+
02/16/2019 at 12:23 pm #57073
I forgot that I do have seasonal items and I have started pulling boxes in anticipation of a season. Some items are only somewhat seasonal, so I tried to have target months to list them.0
02/15/2019 at 10:24 am #57028
Have some time today but feeling really unmotivated to list for some reason. Sales are crazy slow this week. So I decided to update photos of my death piles – finally! Thanks Amatino.
Behold my remaining death piles. Pretty much limited to the garage. Have about 5 bankers boxes in the guest room unlisted. Maybe 15 or so in the garage. Many smalls included though. I’m happy things aren’t really spilling out and the guest room closet is not packed any longer. Long way to go but I made progress last year without donating much. Not much sourcing last year either. I just missed a rummage sale because my friend was in town. I should thank her! I also have some Kondoing to do with our stuff, so there is another layer to all this.3+
02/15/2019 at 11:58 am #57032
Wow, that’s organized! I must get around to doing my photos too. Will try to schedule that this weekend.0
02/16/2019 at 1:55 am #57052
It has finally happened.It’s looking a lot like a hoarding situation in my Ebay room. The unlisted death piles are oozing like hot lava into our living space.I would like to join the support group.
How did you first approach your piles of
doomopportunity? Did you start with purging, or maybe organizing into like items? I feel like I’m wasting time by sorting, but the one bin of random items at a time also seems rather time consuming.What works for you?2+
02/16/2019 at 2:55 am #57053
I started by sorting which lead to purging.
The stuff that is obviously very cool and/or expensive gets pulled out and listed first.
Once I look at the items, there is usually an obvious “Yes” pile and an obvious “No” pile. There ends up being a “Maybe” pile, and I don’t deal with the “Maybe” pile until after the first “No” pile is disposed of (Goodwill, used book store, trash, etc). Get the obvious “No” stuff out of your house asap, because those “No” items can creep into the “maybe” category and then you’re back where you started.
Anything that I pull out and think “Omg, WHY did I buy this?” is a total no. If your reaction is not “Oh wow, I forgot I bought this! This is so cool!” and is instead “Ugh, I hate listing this sort of thing”, then it needs to go.
If I realize I’m spending too much time debating the merits of an item, then it’s probably a problem item and needs to go. The “Maybe” pile gets a fast, gut-level price check. Will it reliably sell, yes or no? If the answer is “Welllllll…” and I feel myself dithering with decision paralysis, then it becomes a “No”, and away it goes.
This is usually enough to get the ball rolling and force me to be realistic and not view items through rose colored glasses. Once I get the “No” pile out of my house, I feel like “Look! Progress! This is amazing! I’m going to be so organized!” and my motivation to power through a box or 4 of
nonsensefine merchandise is high.1+
02/16/2019 at 11:29 am #57069
@jo Welcome. I bought a bunch of bankers boxes to make sure all the spill out was contained. I started by sorting into like items because listing goes faster that way. It’s kind of nice to switch categories when you get tired of listing some type of thing. I bring one box at a time into the house so it seems less daunting. This way I can see and remember what kind of items that I don’t like to deal with listing or that take a long time to research. It all helps me decide what I will source again and at what expected margin. Anything new I buy gets listed first before I go back to the piles.
Personally, from unlisted I have only purged the items I bought with damage. I’m making myself list anything worth $10 or more as kind of a punishment. It’s all part of the learning process.0
02/16/2019 at 11:50 am #57071
I actually think it’s better to sort one box at a time randomly, and then list like items in that box at the same time. This is just for items that are worth listing – discard items that aren’t worth anything, but then list EVERYTHING from that box once you have finished sorting through it all.
If you list items from most expensive to least expensive, you will only list the expensive items. The cheaper items will go straight back into the box, and then you will just put them away as you sort through a new box. With this approach, a box will never actually be emptied out.
The best way to get through it is one box at a time. Clear the ENTIRE box out. Once all items have been donated or listed, then move onto the next box. Rinse and repeat.0
02/16/2019 at 9:36 am #57061
I recently heard a couple people say they sort by highest dollar value first to get started on a death pile. I like this b/c I tend to have my highest value items as the captain of death pile. It’s b/c it takes more research / fussing/ styling.
TODAY IS THE DAY! All my high dollar DPs will get listed today come hell or high water.2+
02/16/2019 at 11:33 am #57070
One of the hard parts about this is that I have items I bought three years ago – like a coffee mug – that could be shipped at the time relatively cheaply. Postal rates have increased substantially since then. Such a bummer about having piles since you are stuck with your old decisions. But, there are cool items in the piles too to rediscover.2+
02/16/2019 at 7:36 pm #57094
Thanks for the replies. Intuitively, I do know what needs to be done, but have been feeling overwhelmed. It is true that this is an exercise in facing up to past decisions. Christine, I really hadn’t been thinking about the postage variable in relation to these items. Of course I do when I source, but yes, it’s a huge consideration with death piles. Liz, the instant feelings about items is indeed a good gauge! Reminds me of Marie Kondo – “Does this bring me joy?” I have 2 boxes that bring no joy in the back of the car already and will have a lot more by Monday, I’m sure!0
02/16/2019 at 9:11 pm #57100
Here to report!! I did my high dollar death pile listings today. It included going to the alterations lady on a gown I was going to try to repair myself. NOT. So, I bit the bullet but at least that dress is in progress. It also included some silver polishing and I listed my dreaded trench coats.
All $100+ items, glad it’s over with. ha! Let the sales role in!1+
02/17/2019 at 1:00 am #57101
Good job bc! I hope to join you soon in the git-er listed realm.0
02/18/2019 at 2:53 pm #57221
@bcfol440 Well done! May the sales roll indeed!
@jo You speak-a my language! I tend to be overwhelmed – too much input makes my brain shut down and I just can’t see where to begin. I tried Christine’s trick of sorting by like and Almasty’s option to do one box at a time and they both work … kinda. It just seemed to overtake me despite my best efforts. Eventually I conquered the Death Pile Deluge Demon by combining the two methods.
I went to the Home Depot and got the largest boxes they’d let me have from their dump pile. The smallest one was 30″ square! I put about a dozen in my garage and unpacked everything into those boxes. I taped a sheet of letter size printer paper onto the front of each box and labelled them by broad categories. For example, “ladies’ clothes”, “men’s clothes”, “toys”, “books and board games”, “home decor”, “DIY”, “electronic and computer”, and so on. I had a couple unlabelled boxes spare. Then I unpacked everything into those boxes. Every square inch of space was emptied into those boxes. It was both freeing and terrifying. I hadn’t realized I had so much!
Once I’d cleared everything, I had to use a trolley to move the boxes I wasn’t going to work in to another spot out of the way. Then I could go through one box at a time. I could split the general category down into smaller LIKE sections; so e.g. men’s clothes could be broken down into shirts, shorts, pants, ties, etc. Then I’d list using sell similar.
It helped for a while, but my listing process is too slow and it all got away from me again. I need a do-over, I think. However, I did manage to clear my entire jeans pile and my mens shirts, and a few other smaller piles. I think I wiped out my computer pile and made pretty good returns on those!2+
02/20/2019 at 11:13 am #57355
A while back I got motivated and listed my coat/jacket death pile. In the last 90 days I’ve sold $1000 in coats/jackets from that listing spree. That is a $1000 that I would not have had if I didn’t light that fire and “Just Do It”. It can be very therapeutic to list death piles once the sales start coming in.
Hopefully this spring I can light that fire once again and burn through some more long dormant death piles.4+
02/20/2019 at 2:04 pm #57370
@Retro That’s awesome. I’m working on our taxes now and will need to prepare an ending inventory. But, we are feeling crunched with a lot of atypical 2018 expenses and home improvement that just added up so I’m getting highly motivated to list again and resist shopping. I would love to turn that stuff in my garage into profit right about now. I think you had the child who was ill, hope you are all ok and Ebay might cut you a break if you email them?
@amatino, great job sorting. You are dealing with a lot of quantity! I think tackling by type will help you list faster.1+
02/20/2019 at 3:00 pm #57381
Well here’s the weird thing – when I check my late rate the other day it was explicably 2% points lower than BEFORE the new lates. It also wasn’t as bad as I thought – just 4 items went overdue.
I guess some old lates fell off the 12 month calculation at just the right time.0
02/20/2019 at 2:16 pm #57375
02/20/2019 at 2:40 pm #57378
Oh no! You are reminding me of someone trying to hold back the tide at the beach. Another wave of stuff rolls in. You and I are bringing up the rear of this challenge, but we’ve been talking finances at home so I’m getting really motivated!1+
02/20/2019 at 5:43 pm #57400
LOL. I remember a quote I read once that said “I try to take one day at a time, but lately several days have attacked me at once!”
Perhaps we should replace ‘days’ with ‘death pile boxes’? 😀1+
02/21/2019 at 7:35 am #57416
I sorted and/or listed through 8 boxes of backlog this week so far! I’m definitely sticking to 1 box at a time to get through it all. If I’m not listing at the moment from a box, I am at least sorting/pricing items from the box and discarding items that aren’t worth it. I feel like any progress is good progress.
For items that I am pricing, I intend to list them within the week. I don’t want to find them again 5 years later, already priced but not listed (this has happened before). Ugh.
What helps is listing/sorting through 1 box of likes at a time, then moving onto another box that is completely different. It keeps it interesting.
It is encouraging to see the piles thin out. A good way to lead into spring garage sale time!1+
02/21/2019 at 9:18 am #57423
Bravo Almasty! That’s the way to do it.1+
02/22/2019 at 12:25 am #57463
You guys are doing great! So, after whining to you last week, I got busy on my death piles. My situation is much better now. I ended up deciding to cut my losses and re-donate a lot of stuff. Family harmony is priceless. I now have 14 sorted bins, 2 full 18″x40″ shelves of breakables, and one average sized closet of clothing. I have a strong dislike for cardboard boxes for storage and have been able to pare things down to fit into the bins and spaces I already have. It has been an epiphany of sorts, seeing exactly how much space I can use before I reach critical mass. Hopefully, those items will soon be joining the listed category. Unfortunately, I have to leave town again, so the listing will have to wait. I am excited though for when I come back, everything is organized and ready to go!1+
02/22/2019 at 7:17 am #57469
- Location: Washington DC
I’ve only been lurking because my piles pale in comparison and my list rate is pitiful as a part timer but you all have been inspiring me to ramp it up. I hate clothing, so I’m digging into bags of family items that I’ve been keeping as worth too much to donate. Just grabbing one thing at a time and listing when I have a minute. I’m up to 187 listings which is huge for me. Thanks!1+
02/22/2019 at 9:57 am #57473
@T I’ve done our stuff (mostly clothing) on Mercari because i hate clothing too. It’s super fast to list vs Ebay, they discourage returns, and I’m willing too mark it down and move it quickly. It also keeps the personal sals out of my Ebay store. Good luck with your piles. I envy the people with small ones.1+
02/23/2019 at 12:01 pm #57513
Finally got some photos done. Here’s my Album of Shame.
Not as much as I thought, actually, but still enough to be intimidating. I have boxes hidden under my desk, shelves next to my desk, and a box on the floor of my living room. Then in the garage is a whole shelf of boxes, the shelf being 30″ wide by nearly 17 feet long. Almost one half of my 8′ x 16′ shed is Death Piles.
Now that I’m looking around me, I’m wondering… should I pick an area to start and clear it? Say, the box on my living room floor, followed by the items under my desk and then next to my desk? Or continue with my current program which is wipe out all the clothing, that I hate listing, and then get to the “fun stuff” later? The Eat the Frog First principle?
Ugh. It may not be as much as I thought but it’s still something that I’d rather close the door on and go do some sewing instead. Too intimidating, I’d rather be an ostrich. 🙁3+
02/23/2019 at 6:21 pm #57523
You are brave to post the reality of the situation. Death piles are definitely a common hazard of this work, so don’t beat yourself up about it. Remember, baby steps and small, attainable goals. I might do the living room box first and then the under the desk stash. If you really don’t want to list them, organize them with the rest of the piles. Just get them out of your living space. Also, consider, under the desk might be bad Feng shui, preventing a comfortable welcoming to that space (Like I really know this stuff- just a feeling). I don’t know. I vacillate between wanting to cherry pick for value, and wanting to just get the big things done and out of there first. I think there needs to be some enjoyment in the process so you will keep coming back to do more. Also, there is a need to power through stuff you don’t enjoy. Maybe a balance between the two. I noticed the bark/tree/log lamp in the photo- I often have success with stuff like that when I use ‘Cabin Decor’ and ‘Rustic’ in the title. It’s good time of year for that kind of thing. Good Luck!1+
02/23/2019 at 10:53 pm #57525
@jo Thanks. The comment on feng shui was spot on, in that I don’t feel happy in this space. We’ve been renovating our small house, but not got to the living room yet, and the entire room is not welcoming at all. Hmmm… hadn’t considered that.
Agreed I need to power through some stuff. Something has to give! LOL0
02/24/2019 at 11:47 am #57546
@A, I agree with that – getting the stuff out of your living and processing place. Either just moving it or tackling it. Then, I like the Almasty method above, switching from type to type to keep it interesting. It also helps me realize what type of items I don’t like to list or that are most time intensive.0
02/27/2019 at 3:55 pm #57803
Yeah, I’m toast!
I decided that I needed to just MOVE stuff, not stress so much about the photos. I was given a batch of NWT baby clothes, ASP about $10 plus shipping. Figured that I’d just whack ’em up using my phone camera in the eBay app and get them DONE!
It bothered me all morning!
Finally, I went back and fetched them out, redid the photos, and put them back up again. I just can’t cope with crappy photo quality.
It’s going to take me forever to get through my Death Piles at this rate. 🙁 At least they were baby clothes, so easy to do. And I did compromise a little, I just took front, back, label and any detail if relevant instead of the full 12 photos that I usually work to get. Still… wasted day…. sigh….0
03/07/2019 at 7:48 pm #58325
- Location: Virginia Beach
Part of me is having larger house envy!
I can’t fit that much unlisted stuff in our tiny space. I have the only spare room as my “office,” and it’s a mix of inventory storage, shipping space, photography studio, and unlisted backlog. Thank goodness it has a large-ish closet! I believe I’ve maxed out the storage capability of the room, but I tweak it ever so often, and have surprised myself with how much I hold there. I see myself being totally maxed out (depending on what the inventory is) at 1,500 items in my store (currently, 1,080).
The backlog often spills out into the adjacent living room and loveseat, which drives me bonkers, as well as the floor of my office. I start to feel paralysis when too many surfaces are covered, so I tend to organize loosely by type into bankers boxes and stack under the room’s center table. Loose items get stacked on top of the table, which would ideally be my packing station and cleared off each day…goals!
I also have storage – minimal inventory and all larger/unbroken-down boxes – in the rare basement we’re so lucky to have in this area.
I went from a listing goal with a number attached to it, to just listing every day when at all possible. Not always gonna happen, but a good and attainable goal that I’m telling myself to stop stressing over. More of the turtle than the hare. And I often take the time to re-organize my spaces so that they both work better for me and make me feel better/more productive working in them (not to mention keep it possible for my partner to ship for me when I’m out of town!).0
03/18/2019 at 1:37 pm #58885
@silverfoxfinds Interesting that you haven’t taken the next step to renting a storage unit. I’m in awe of your self-control keeping it all contained in such a small space! Respect!
Listing every day, even if it’s just one item, definitely is the goal, but at the moment, I’m not even making it listing one item a week!0
03/19/2019 at 9:34 am #58933
- Location: Virginia Beach
Yeah, I think I’m too disinterested right now in taking the operation much larger. I like keeping things compact, even the tetris-ing of my work space, though I’d love to be able to do some other things in this room, like get my sewing machine back out and give it a whirl!
There is a storage facility within a half mile of the house, so that is ideal if I wanted to head in that direction. Sourcing in this area isn’t great, so I’d have to change my situation a bit to source further afield/overnight. Happy to do that, just haven’t made it a priority yet. We shall see. I love (trying) to keep things as simple as possible, but also trying to keep an eye on my profitability – and enjoyment factors too! 🙂0
04/02/2019 at 2:43 pm #59620
Just found a hidden stash I’d forgotten about! WTF? Noooooooooooooooooooooooo…………
04/15/2019 at 8:49 pm #60243
Death Pile Challenge Week!
If you have posted in this thread – challenge!
I challenge you to choose five death pile items. I don’t care if they’re armpit items or easy to list items, but you must choose 5. List those 5. You can list as many or as few of anything else as you like, but this challenge is FIVE DEATH PILE ITEMS LISTED.
POKER THROWDOWN: If you want o throwdown challenge, list those five and raise the odds! So, see my 5, and raise me… ?
Post your successes here next Monday! For poker throwdown, list the same day as your throwdown to give us a chance to respond during the week.
(Armpit items – the stuff we don’t want anyone to see. Nobody ever looks under your armpit, right?)2+
04/17/2019 at 3:23 am #60362
I’m in. Tonight, I listed 5 death pile items: fishing lures. My husband’s grandfather gave him a box of vintage lures, and husband passed the ones he doesn’t want on to me to sell. Unfortunately, we don’t have any super-valuable lures, but there’s a $150-ish in lures in the box. My pics aren’t the greatest, though. The plastic clamshells for the lures have yellowed with age so it was hard to get decent pics of the colors. I may try retaking pictures outside later this week.
So, I see your 5 death pile items, and raise you 4 more, (more lures!)0
04/17/2019 at 11:14 am #60387
I know it is scary to consider, but you might consider selling it as new but take it out of the package. Photograph the lure with the pieces of the carefully opened package beside it.1+
04/17/2019 at 3:08 pm #60418
@Retro, some of the lures I can definitely take out of the package. The plastic shell has come loose from the card in places, so I can squeeze the lure out without wrecking the packaging.0
04/17/2019 at 10:51 am #60380
Trust someone in the Listing Challenge to take up the Death Pile Challenge! 😀 Brilliant!
Well done, Liz.
Everyone else, list your 5. If you want to accept Liz’s Throwdown, go for it. See her 4 or raise her! (Cue the Kenny Rogers music…) LOL1+
04/17/2019 at 2:26 pm #60415
Listed my 5. Have to go pack orders and get to the Post Office now, so I can’t take up Liz’s Throwdown.
04/17/2019 at 3:12 pm #60419
Get to it! One of my lures already sold, so it was worth the tedium of listing these things.
Gotta love the names given by lure manufacturers. I have Bang-O-Lures and Tiny Chuggers. Baby Chuggers, too. The Tiny Chuggers are kind of cute, but my husband would probably roll his eyes if he heard me say that.1+
04/21/2019 at 8:40 pm #60608
Phew! Managed to see your 4, Liz, for a total of 9 items listed this week. It has been CRAZY busy! Thanks for playing along in the challenge. I don’t think I would have listed any if not for you.1+
04/21/2019 at 8:58 pm #60610
I’m glad you posted this challenge. I got all the lures listed and 4 of them have already sold this week.1+
04/22/2019 at 1:08 pm #60648
Hopefully we’ll have more participants next challenge. 😉1+
04/22/2019 at 4:18 pm #60670
Aww, I didn’t see this until you mentioned it over on the listing challenge Amatino. I totally would have been on board. I’ll check the box to be notified in the future and take you up on the challenge next time!0
05/24/2019 at 3:21 pm #62413
Wow, it’s been a whole month since our last challenge! I know that I can’t do a thing until after my Show, with only 15 days left and 7 costumes still to finish, but perhaps I should give you guys all a kick up the keister? 😉0
05/24/2019 at 9:49 pm #62425
I’d love a kick up the keister, thanks Amatino!0
05/24/2019 at 10:08 pm #62426
I finally rewired three bar lights that I’ve had for close to two years. I listed one this week, so I have the two other that I will list this coming week.
I don’t know if a kick will get me to list more than just those two. I’ve got some outside of eBay stuff to do in addition to the holiday, so listing will probably be limited to the photos I’ve already taken.1+
05/25/2019 at 4:35 pm #62439
LOL. Vintage Treasures, I forgot it was a long weekend. I shall have to be good and hold off, but stand by.. I’ll surprise you all with a Challenge soon!0
05/30/2019 at 1:38 pm #62674
05/31/2019 at 10:21 am #62716
Thanks Amatino, I just watched the video this morning but I already started this method yesterday with your written out steps.
I put just one item to list in front of me at a time and a small amount of “list next” items nearby. I didn’t delve into the “list next” box until the first item was listed.
This seems to really work for me, as I’m not able to waste time digging through multiple items thinking there is something there that I’d prefer to list at that moment. I listed 10 yesterday using this method, some were really really old death pile items!!! Seems to work great!1+
05/31/2019 at 10:45 am #62718
I keep my unlisted items in bins, just like my listed items.
I put an unlisted bin to the right of my listing table and pull items one at a time from that bin. Once I create the listing for the item I place it in a new bin to my left.
Once I have a bin of created listing items, I place it to the right of my photography station. As I photograph items and complete the listings, I place them in a new bin to the left of the photography station. I’ll keep 2-3 bins here so I can sort if need be. Once these “listed” bins are full, I assign inventory numbers to the items and place the bins out in my inventory storage building.
To be time efficient, I’ll usually fly through a bunch of photographs with the phone camera app, and then upload the photos to listings throughout the day in the “dead space” of the day. I’d rather be productive than play games on my phone. I actually don’t even have any games on my phone anymore – I deleted them all.
So basically it is like an assembly line process, one bin at a time. If I want I can follow a single item down the line, or I can (typically) batch process at any point in the process.0
05/31/2019 at 2:45 pm #62740
- Location: Metro Atlanta
Sounds like you have a good system. What are you using for eCommerce software?
Death piles are an issue here!0
05/31/2019 at 3:00 pm #62742
If you mean inventory management, I just use ebay and the custom SKU.
I tried Sixbit and did not like it at all. The transfer of my ebay data was very buggy and the support wasn’t to my expectations. I had a 5 day window to implement and too many items were missing. I also couldn’t use my existing inventory system because I didn’t have unique SKUs.0
05/31/2019 at 1:31 pm #62735
I have only a week left until my Student Showcase, then I plan to hit eBay HARD! I have used bins, but separated by type, like clothing all in one bin, books in a different bin. I’ve read about using one bin for everything, like Retro Treasures, but wondered how that works in terms of digging for stuff. I can pack a LOT Of clothes into a bin, but one large item, like a lamp, would make digging difficult. I’m wondering if rummaging through a bin could result in a mug accidentally being knocked out and broken. Or am I complicating things? Perhaps I should have just two types of bins – clothes & shoes, and everything else. It might make my life a lot easier! You may have just been the last straw that tips this camel over, Retro! LOL
Well done, Vintage Treasures! After next week, if you like, we can pair up for accountability. And then we’ll wipe the floor with the heavy hitters over on the Listing Challenge! 😀 😀 😀 😀0
05/31/2019 at 2:21 pm #62737
Well actually I don’t do everything goes.
Clothes just go with clothes – its much more efficient that way. I do try and break it up though. For example, I want jeans spread out across all the bins. It sucks looking for a pair of jeans in a bin of ALL jeans. It’s much easier when every clothing bin only has a couple pair of jeans. When loading a bin I set it up on its side and stack the clothes in with the tag side towards the top. Once the bin is full I set it right side up and it is very easy to thumb through the items to look at tags without pulling items out.
Shoes are typically kept with only shoes. That is mainly because I like to batch process shoes.
I clean a bin, I list a bin, I photograph a bin. I have a couple bins in storage where I’ve combine shoes with random hard goods and toys. The bigger mens shoes typically go in the bottom of the bin and then I fit womens and kids shoes into the cracks and crevices so that the bins are as full as possible.
I also have my metal shelving set up so that the bottom two rows are a bit taller so I can overfill my shoe bins. I don’t use lids on bins.
Now everything else gets put in random bins. Toys, electronics, plates, books, DVDs, games, etc. I like to mix all that up.0
05/31/2019 at 2:07 pm #62736
I’m in, Amatino and I’d love to pair up for accountability!
My sister is visiting from California and staying with me this week so I’m relieved you’re starting next week, this week won’t be good for me listing wise.
Good luck with getting everything ready for your Student Showcase!0
05/31/2019 at 10:00 pm #62765
Retro Treasures thanks for those tips! I really like the way you stack the jeans in the bins, very efficient when trying to pull the solds! Also interesting that you list first and then photograph the items. Any reason why you do it in that order? I’ve always photographed first and then listed…0
06/03/2019 at 1:10 pm #62882
I list first for a couple of reasons.
1. I can do everything but the photos without even cleaning the item if that is necessary. Sometimes I’ll batch clean shoes right before photographing. It just flows together much nicer. I’ll also already know the value of the item and can determine to what level I want to clean the items. Not everything needs a very high level of cleaning.
2. If I find flaws I can go ahead and document them in the listing. If you photograph first, odds are high you will forget to document the flaws at least sometimes.
3. I can photograph all my items in the camera app and then upload to the listings at my leisure. I’ll photograph 10-20 items in a session. Then I walk away from my ebay area for the rest of the day. I can upload and post the listing in the downtime of the day – while watching tv, in the checkout line of the store, as a passenger when driving, even while using the bathroom (don’t judge!).
It does not require any “thinking” to upload photos to a finished draft and hit “list item”. I like front loading the real work.
It’s just far more time efficient. I’ve done photographing first before. It just doesn’t work as well for me.0
06/02/2019 at 11:11 pm #62846
Thanks Retro, nice to know I’m not too far off the mark. I have bins sorted as clothes, shoes, books & anything else flat (puzzles, prints, etc.), caps/hats/bags, and anything else. I also have an E category for anything extra large, that doesn’t fit into a bin and has to stand alone on a shelf, and a Q category for clothing items that are stored on a hanger, like winter coats or formal dresses.
Vintage Treasures – you’re on! Starting the week after June 8th, that is! *wink* We have a professional photographer this year, so I can post the link to all the photos of the event.0
06/04/2019 at 11:42 am #62936
LOL. How funny this forum is! Look at the time and date of our posts, Retro, – yours is a whole day after mine, but mine shows after! 😀
You know, you are brilliant! I was photographing first and then listing after. I love the idea of listing before I even start cleaning! What a time saver! Then I’d know up front if it was even worth the trouble of cleaning or photographing at all. There have been several times when I’ve gone to the trouble of cleaning and photographing, only to discover it’s a low-dollar item. And then listed, because after all that work, it hurts to just donate it back to Goodwill. And then no judgement from me for when you do your uploads. I’m a huge believer in using every available minute of the day!
Oh, that reminds me! I went in for a waxing one day and was on a deadline for costumes. (I wax because it’s cleaner for longer, and with my dance classes, fuzzy legs are kind of a no-no.) I’m a long-time client of my salon, so I arrived, stripped down the nether half, and pulled out my sewing. “Please continue,” I invited. “I just have to get this done because I’ve got to have it finished for class tonight.” I sewed while they stripped. They thought it was the funniest thing ever, and it still comes up in laugh sessions a couple years later.
Back to listing – I shall change my format to listing first when I start listing next week. I’m actually getting very excited to start and make a HUGE dent in my DPs. My listing numbers are 100 for the whole year. I wonder if I can double that in a month? *rubs hands together with evil chuckles!*0
06/04/2019 at 5:23 pm #62957
I agree with Amatino, Retro. You are smart to list first and photograph second – for all the excellent reasons you so helpfully listed above. I too will start listing first and then photographing my items.
I can add even more reasons for me to do so: My listing area is 2 floors above my photography and storage area, so if I photograph after writing the listing the item will already be in the basement where it needs to be stored. Also I’ll no longer have my desktop full of folders of photographed items that I have to search through for the right photos when I finally get around to writing up the listings. Thank you so much for answering my question about why you list first!
And no judgements from me on when you are doing your work, I’m impressed that you are that dedicated!1+
06/09/2019 at 8:02 pm #63217
Showcase complete. I’m DONE! So exhausted! But it was a huge success and I feel like a proud mother hen. They’re all clamoring to do it again! LOL Below is some photo delight.
Now, Vintage Treasures, ready to “kick names, take ass”*?
* Quote from Avengers Infinity War, in case you’re wondering why I got it wrong0
06/09/2019 at 9:03 pm #63219
Fantastic photos Amatino, and congratulations on getting it all done! And I’m ready, willing and able…0
06/10/2019 at 10:55 am #63245
Yay! And… eeep? I’m excited but nervous. I really want to succeed this time.
So, what goal would you like to set? I’ve added an extra column to the Listing Challenge that shows the average per week and you’re at 23 while I’m at a measly 4. Sigh… How about we set a goal for the balance of June? There are 3 weeks, and we can revise our goals on Monday July 1st. We have to hold each other to the goals set – there will be penalties! LOL
For my side, I know how busy I am and I want to create a goal that is reasonable and achievable so that I’m motivated, not depressed by how far it is. I have a lot of work off eBay with running my husband’s business, the dance classes, and doing financials for a property group, so I need to factor in time for that. Plus I have to do our taxes that I extended. However, I always taught my daughter about excuses … “if it’s not burning, bleeding or dead, I don’t want to hear it!” LOL
Ok, if I double my average to date and round up, how about I have to list 10 per week for the next 3 weeks. More is great, less is not allowed.0
06/10/2019 at 1:02 pm #63253
Umm, I’m also nervous about the follow through. And I don’t even have any valid excuses for not following through…
I’m thinking that I’ll commit to 30 listings per week. That will just beat my average by 1 more listing per day, but also I’ll commit to listing something each day for the rest of June. I seem to have a habit of listing a lot (for me) and then not listing anything for several days. So I want to try to break that burnout cycle.0
06/10/2019 at 2:27 pm #63275
With you on that one! I really want to create a daily listing routine. That’s quite a jump in numbers, so I hope you can keep it up – 30 per week! I commit to listing weekdays only, with so much on the go, weekends are usually my days for catching up with housework and sewing and dog washing and chicken coop cleaning and so on.
Right, will check in with you here next Monday! Ready? GO!0
06/15/2019 at 2:39 pm #63505
Moving over to this thread to discuss this and not cluttering up the Listing Challenge:
Not remembering the steps and then realizing I can’t even work on Step #1 was a bit of a downer!
I think I’m going to stay with my 10-a-week goal for now, but I’m going to work at making the items I’m listing those that surround my desk space. I have a full set of shelves next to my desk which are supposed to be for my office supplies and stuff. Instead, they’re packed full of death piles. My desk itself can only be partially used because it’s loaded with death pile items. Under my desk are boxes and boxes and boxes. Okay… one of those boxes is all my tax paperwork, which also needs my attention… but only ONE of those boxes!
In front of my desk on the floor are more Death Piles. On the opposite side of this side of the room is my sewing area and it’s piled up the walls with…. projects! Ha! Gotcha. 😀 It has some partially completed projects and a whole lot of I-need-to-get-to=this projects that are mostly piles of fabric with costumes or clothes in mind. I’ve tried to keep DP items out of there. That being said, I have decided that I’m going to sell some fabrics that no longer have my approval, so it’s possible that it could be considered a partial DP.
So… it’s mid-June now. My new goal is to list a minimum of 10 Death Pile items per week, and to concentrate on clearing my office space of DP items. I must either have them listed or donated by the end of July. Then I shall have Step #1 of the 8 Easy Steps ready to go:
1. Remove all items from your listing area except for the one item you’re listing. Have a dedicated listing space.
I made my goal of 10 items for this week, stayed up until 10PM to get it done!0
06/15/2019 at 5:24 pm #63508
I am patting you on the back and yelling “way to go Amatino”! Of course my husband and cat are now looking at me like I’m completely insane. Next week I’ll just imagine the yelling and back patting. Seriously, congratulations on meeting your goal Amatino, and extra credit for setting additional clean up goals!!!
Thanks for stating that you were moving this over to this thread as I wasn’t sure where I should post my results for this. I’m not done listing yet today but I’ve already exceeded the goal I set for the remaining weeks in June of: 30 listings per week AND listing every day. I’ll post my total listings for this week tomorrow or Monday on the Listing Challenge thread.
As for the 8 easy steps: #1 – I’m struggling with keeping ONLY the item I’m currently listing on my desk. Right now there are 6 sewing patterns that I’ll be listing next on my desk. #2 (Small list next pile), #3 (List daily) & 4 (Do a listing sprint) I’m good with those so far. #5 I’m also struggling with: I used to combine listening to books while listing as something I enjoy combined with listing. But I had to stop that in order to follow #6 (Do not listen to content while listing). I think I’ll substitute music instead but haven’t implemented that yet and it’s as quiet as a tomb in here! #6 (Don’t listen to content while listing) I’m good. #7 (List more than you buy) Bought a bunch of stuff yesterday because I had thrift store coupons that expired yesterday (so I had to!). But thankfully the # of items I purchased was less than I listed this week! So good on 7 so far. #8 (accountability) Here I am being accountable 🙂
Amatino I want to say thank you so much for setting this up and being my accountability partner!
Also if anyone is interested I found following step 6 (don’t listen to content while listing) really helped me tremendously as far as getting things listed faster. Give it a try if you’d like to improve your listing speed!1+
06/16/2019 at 9:18 pm #63540
Vintage Treasures, I’m going to send you a pair of pom poms – you are my most amazing Cheerleader. Honestly, you always make me feel like I’ve climbed Everest. You’re such a boost to my ego! I truly appreciate you!
I spent this weekend clearing my desk and two shelves of my bookshelf next to my desk. I went though everything and either did the research and created a draft for the item/s, or decided it wasn’t worth listing and it went to a donate pile – outside in the garage in a box ready to go. I didn’t want it to just sit there waiting to be donated, I’m being proactive! My desk is now holding only those items that I created drafts for, and they will be photographed and moved out on Monday. With 17 drafts and everything cleaned and ready for photographs, I should make my goal this week.
The two shelves have been allocated and packed correctly; one is for stationery and business cards, the other holds paper racks on which the paperwork for each particular business is neatly put away. For example, I have reference works for eBay on one rack, dance information on another rack, the sewing machine invoices on another, and so on. It feels rather Stepford Wives-ish at the moment, but I’m loving it and keep stealing admiring glances! LOL.
While on this tidy-up mojo, I also tidied up and put away a huge pile of fabric. I have a loveseat again! The hubs walked in, looked around for a beat, and asked “are you going on a Minimalist kick?”
No, but I do have my own Personal Cheerleader keeping me motivated!0
06/16/2019 at 10:08 pm #63544
Aww, Amatino thanks for that, you make me feel so good! You are motivating me to get to sorting and researching and donating. I’ll work on doing that this week. I’d be so nice to be able to open my office closet door without fearing for my life. Stuff just comes crashing out of there every time I open the door. I need to get going on that before something heavy hits me right on the head!0
06/19/2019 at 1:32 pm #63745
Yay! Just passed my Death Pile listing goal for this week, so now I can go list new stuff.
Interesting side effect on tidying up my space – it still feels odd to have it all so neat and tidy next to me, but… (humans are never satisfied!) … I’m now looking at the new, neat shelves and thinking
“Do I really need that? Could I get rid of some things?”
All I have is a basket of miscellaneous, like tape, highlighters, staple remover, a mug of pens, my gold testing kit, a box of business cards for the hubby’s business, a ruler, some staples, a box of tissues, and my acrylic photo aids. Unless I whittle down the miscellaneous, like only having one roll of tape, no, not really, I’m stuck with what I have! But it feels so gooood to have it all clear!
Do you think I’ve contracted minimalitis?0
06/23/2019 at 4:28 pm #63941
I made my listing goal for the week and I listed each day. (One day I listed just 1 item and only to meet my goal of listing every day.) So on the 8 steps I’m good on all except the same 2 I had trouble with before, #1: have only the item you’re going to list next on your desk and #6: don’t listen to content while listing. My desk is messy, and usually I have more than just the item I’m listing next on it. And I had put an audiobook on hold at the library a few weeks ago and it came in so now I’m listening to a book while listing. I do pause the book when I really need to concentrate on the listing though, like when writing the description.
I plan on upping my game each week on this thread – this week I’m going to add 15 minutes of organization time to be accomplished each day. The stuff in my office closet is still about to fall on my head and my basement is a hot mess.1+
06/24/2019 at 12:43 pm #64025
You’re doing really great, VT! I wish I had your listing numbers, but as I’m growing each week, I’m content to move slowly.
As I’ve been struggling to get my listing area cleared so that I can have a dedicated listing space per #1, I’ve not really been doing that up til now. However, while I’m still surrounded, I have enough cleared that I’m going to say that it starts this week. #2 is kind of “on default” at the moment. I’m forced to list what’s around me as my ‘list next’, so I don’t really think I’m cutting it deliberately yet. While I did have a couple listing sprints (#4) I didn’t list daily (#3), and I didn’t listen to content, nor buy anything this week, and I do have you for accountability, so I’m set for #6-8.
So my goal this week is to mindfully practise #1-4, as #6-8 is sorted.
Question, though. what is your #5? I’m going to have to rewatch the video, as I’m at a loss on this one.0
06/23/2019 at 5:01 pm #63946
- Location: SC
I’ve been so, so good at listing what I buy. These past couple of weeks though, I’ve been slammed. A new Goodwill opened about a mile from me and being one of the first to visit it before the other resellers, it was a treasure trove of excellence. I bought about 17 shirts and coats, as well as some high end collectibles and a sewing machine for cheap.
I did this while in the middle of my Lego apocalypse. I finally decided to try to part out the sets I bought (a mistake in hindsight) and while I’m trying to get the clothes photographed and listed, my living room floor is a landmine of legos. Pictured is about 75% of the stockpile I got.
Maybe this is what it feels like to have children? LOL.
- This reply was modified 1 month, 4 weeks ago by Mighty Brilliant.
06/23/2019 at 5:11 pm #63949
- Location: Virginia
Do legos still sell well or has the market become saturated?0
06/23/2019 at 5:30 pm #63952
- Location: SC
They appear to still have a fairly good sell through rate, depending on the item. I guess I’ll figure out the reality once I start listing them. I paid $70 for all of these, and by my initial calculations based on the sets that they supposedly comprise, I should have nearly $800 worth. If it takes awhile, so be it. I just want them off my floor! 🙂0
06/24/2019 at 12:37 pm #64023
That’s a lot of legos!0
06/24/2019 at 5:17 pm #64047
Amatino, #5 is “Combine your listing practice with something you enjoy.” Which conflicts with #6 for me since what I enjoy is listening to books on CDs while I list. I meant to tell you about another youtube video that I thought was helpful with speeding up listing, it’s Bexa Boss Lady. Hope I linked it right!0
06/25/2019 at 10:43 am #64086
I went back and listened to the YT vid again and he says “going for a walk” or “doing meditation” or something like that. He says tag your listing time onto the front or back of your “enjoy” item, so list first then do what you enjoy, or vice versa. The theory is rational, but I don’t know that would work for me. I’ll give it a try though. Next week! This week I’ve already got my goals.
That Bexa Boss Lady is well spoken and clear. I enjoyed her video. And I wrote down her tips too. She only has five, and some of them are the same as 10KontheBay.
1. Lose perfectionism: steaming, looking perfect, color is perfect, styled properly, background white enough. Just ensure listings are clean and clear.
2. Have a small List Next pile
3. Break up listings into small sprints – 8 to 10 items in the same category
4. Have 2 or 3 listing sprints per day
5. Take photos of the measurements of the items and the tags information instead of writing them down
5. If you have a huge Death Pile, break it down into smaller chunks of 8 to 10 items in the same category and work with only that pile. This stops the Death Pile from becoming overwhelming. Small wins become big success.
Her #2, 3, & 4 are the same as 10K’s #2 and #4, just explained better. I used to do #5 but now that I’m following Retro Treasures’ plan of creating my drafts before photos, I find that I just whack the measurements into the drafts and it has saved me a lot of time. I’m a quilter, so I have a quilting mat on my desk all the time. It’s easy for me to just lay out stuff on the mat and get the measurements really quickly. So for me, #1 and #5 were the big takeaways, but she explained the middle stuff better than 10K, so thank you for this.0
06/30/2019 at 7:49 pm #64298
My goodness, I had to hustle to make the Challenge this week. I am SO grateful I only set myself a goal of 10. There is no way I would have made it this week if I’d had it much higher, as I only managed 11 in total. All of them DP items, I’m proud to say!
With no internet, no phones, and no mobile, I spent my “down time” clearing the back section of the garage, with shudder-inducing cobwebs, enough dust to start my own bunny collection, and things that fall down when you move something else. The hubs has been huffing about not being able to get into that back section; his manuals are stored on a large set of shelves and the shelving is buckling under the weight of them, so he had a real need-to-get-there. Our water softener is also back there, and our chest freezer is en route too, so clearing it up made life a lot easier on multiple fronts!
As the week was productive only on the cleaning and sorting front, all my listings were done yesterday and today. This week my listings were large, unwieldy items that I’ve been putting off because they’re large and unwieldy. Feels good to finally get them out of the way, although the lamp took a couple hours to clean and photograph, a couple hours to research and list, and a couple more hours to pack up ready for storage and shipping. Almost the whole day on one listing! EEP! However, we can now get to the back of the garage for the first time in mkdmfmddmmmfmmfffmumblemumblemumble… I might be too embarrassed to say that one out loud. 😉 I have another lamp to list (a chandelier type thing) and all the large and awkward stuff is done. There’s one shelf of small and not interesting items to clear and Himself can have that whole section back. He’s been muttering about how it’s “his” and I’m “using his space.” Although, if I do clear that shelf, I might move the sewing machines that I’ve listed on eBay into it, because the shelf where they’re currently stored is close to the door and would be better suited to the repair business. Machines could go on that shelf on their way in, or on their way out, instead of sitting on my kitchen counter and dining room table!
Wow, this cleaning up kick really has some unexpected perks!
Vintage Treasures, thanks for being my kick up the keister this weekend. I wouldn’t have done it if I hadn’t had you in the wings.0
06/30/2019 at 9:39 pm #64308
Hello DP Challengers (or should I say hello Amatino, hahaha)!
First of all, thank you for the clarification on step 5 on “How to eliminate your death pile in 8 easy steps”. I didn’t get that it was either “list and then do something you like” or “do something you like and then list”. One after the other, not simultaneously, duh! Okay so I’m still struggling with that one, sometimes I’m doing it, sometimes not, hopefully now that I understand it correctly I’ll do better. Also I’m still listening (some of the time) to audiobooks while I list, so step 6 is hit or miss for me. Step one is also hit or miss, sometimes I have only my next item to list on my desk, but sometimes I have more than just that item. All other steps are good!
I’ve decided to set new goals for July. I’ll continue with the 30 listings per week, and listing every day. But instead of adding a new goal each week and cluttering this thread up with my weekly goals I’m going tp post all of my July goals now and just report on my progress.
My 4 new goals for the month of July are: Source from 2 places I’ve never sourced from before, list 2 items I’ve never listed before, research items with the highest solds in my area for 30 minutes and figure out my ASP in June and up it by at least $1.00 ASP in July.
As you can see I’ve veered off the orginal premise of this challenge and kind of made it my own personal goal challenge. But I am getting a LOT more of my old inventory listed, so it’s all good hopefully!1+
07/01/2019 at 10:03 am #64323
You’re doing so well, Vintage Treasures!
I’m good on steps 6-8, I need to work on steps 1-4. As soon as I have step 3 running, I’ll work out how to add an “enjoy” factor per step 5. I’ve not been particularly successful in implementing the steps. While I’ve cleared my desk, it seems to get cluttered daily, I think the sheer volume of stuff just overwhelms the space, so I don’t even feel like I’ve achieved step 1.
You know that saying: “A place for everything, and everything in its place.”? Have you ever considered that you can’t put everything in its place until you have a place for everything? It sounds silly, but that was a major EUREKA! moment for me. LOL. So when I clear a space, I consider it “properly” cleared only when I have created a place for everything that has been piling up in that space. I’ve also learned to consider what and why is piling up in a space. For example, I had a fancy place to put my purse and keys and stuff – and they never ended up there! They always ended up piled on the kitchen counter by the door. Now I have a cabinet installed by the door (we had to move the fridge over, bit of a hassle, but SO worth it!) and I put my purse and keys away with no trouble. Plus I have storage space to put a basket for invoices and receipts, a spot for sunglasses, and a small bowl on the top for small change. It’s the best change I made and now my kitchen is clean and tidy most of the time.
For July I’m going to stick with my June goal of 10 per week. And I’m going to mindfully work on step 1 and get my desk utterly cleared of stuff, plus I’m going to clear the other 3 shelves on my bookshelf and (deep breath as I stretch to new heights here!) I’m going to try to clear UNDER the desk as well. If I can do that, I think I can cross step 1 off as done.0
07/08/2019 at 10:50 am #64630
Not a good week! 🙁
I’ve been fighting off the flu for about two weeks now, guzzling Vit C and stuff, but I think all the stress just lately was one step too much and I was down and out. 4th of July was spent huddled in bed feeling sorry for myself. Happy holiday! Not.
Despite best intentions to get my listings done, I only managed 4 Death Pile items.
So, Vintage Treasures, what’s my penalty?0
07/08/2019 at 11:16 am #64637
Amatino: First of all pat yourself on the back for listing 5 things while fighting the flu! And if you’re disappointed in yourself for not listing more: forgive yourself and move on.
Now on to the penalty (it’s hard to type while I’m rubbing my hands so gleefully!) – For the next week you will write down the answers to these 3 questions first thing each morning: 1. “Today my top project is…” 2. “This project matters to me because…” 3. “One small action I can take to move forward is…”
It takes only a few minutes in the morning – I promise you! Try it for a week to see if it’s a motivator for you. It works well for me, I write while I drink my morning coffee. Sometimes it takes until I’m really really tired of writing the same thing day after day until I actually do the project, but whatever it takes to get me going is okay with me!1+
07/08/2019 at 12:45 pm #64646
I laughed out loud as I read your “glee” part! You are just awesome! I’ve written my 3 starters on the top of tomorrow’s TDL so that I START the day with them. Today, they’re at the bottom of the TDL, but I will close out on Sunday and report back.
Thank you for taking this seriously. I really appreciate it!
Well done on your achievements. I’m looking forward to hearing how your outside-the-box item works out.0
07/08/2019 at 11:37 am #64639
I met my goals (pretty much) for the Death Pile Challenge last week. I just squeaked through with the “list more than you buy” rule, with 39 listings done vs 38 items purchased. I went to a new to me place to source (as part of my July personal challenge) and it was awesome so I bought a lot… I’ve already sold one of the 38 items I sourced there. I’m within $10.00 of making all my $ back with 37 items left to sell. The item I sold was the big ticket item though, a $50 sale.
I’m still struggling with “combine listing and then something you like to do”, as well as “have just the item you’re listing next on your desk”. So I need to work on those two steps.
As another of my July personal challenges I bought something that I’ve never sold before. It rang up at $4.00 (but was marked $8.00 and I debated myself about buying it since I’m ridiculously frugal). I checked comps though and went ahead and purchased it; I’m pretty positive it’ll sell for $150 – $180. So I guess it pays to think outside the box!0
07/08/2019 at 3:43 pm #64661
07/08/2019 at 6:31 pm #64690
Oh, that’s brilliant! I enjoyed that! I missed the original Monty Python boat, and I do love catching up!
Yes ma’am. Answering the questions. I didn’t actually add them to my TDL, I just wrote the questions at the top of the day’s TDL page, so that I do them when I’m putting together my TDL. It’s the one thing that I tend to do first every work day – update the TDL – so it means that I will complete my quest… er… I mean penalty.0
07/08/2019 at 6:59 pm #64698
Excellent! You will find the holy grail!0
07/14/2019 at 10:59 pm #64897
Phew! The week is over and it has been a humdinger! I’m proud to announce that I was faithful and completed my penalty daily. I wanted to honor your serious acceptance of the Challenge, Vintage Treasures. So I was serious in my tasks. I did not realize how much of an impact it would have on my day!
To complete the questions, I had to be thoughtful and consider my end goal. This made me more mindful of what I was putting into my To Do List. Going over the TDL, I saw there were several items I could do in 30 minutes or less. What if I actually did them, knocked them out? Sure, it would take up a couple hours of my day, but it would wipe out a whole batch of numbers on the loooong daily grind. So I did them. The rest of the day was open for the bigger tasks that I could get chewing on. It was so freeing; I felt lighter, more enthusiastic, motivated.
So I did it again the next day. And the next. By this time, I ran out of small items to cross off, so instead I hit the items that weren’t short on time, but short on energy. These were often stepping stones. By turning my focus to the third question, I began to bite off larger chunks of the bigger items.
I’ve astonished myself. I cannot recall clearing so much of my weekly goals in a very long time. Things that were hanging over my head, things I’ve been putting off, things I would have put off in a normal week. All gone! Please note – we’re not talking eBay stuff here. I’m talking my FULL list. Everything from financials, to housework, to cleaning out the cat’s litter box. And the floor. And the walls behind the litter box. (I’ve ordered a bigger box, this cat has the aim of a blind farmer missing a barn with a rock salt shotgun!) (I can’t wait for her to learn there’s a HUGE litter box outside!) (We adopted her last month to replace the cat that got eaten.) (She’s a rescue, in bad shape.) (Hey… these parentheses are cool!)
Seven full days later and I’m exhausted and elated. I am motivated. I’m on a roll and can’t wait to see how far I go before I run out of steam. Let’s pray this is one of those self-powering rolls, so that I only go faster! LOL.
Re eBay, I completed my Challenge this week, listing all Death Pile items. I did not work through the 8 steps, though. I plan to incorporate those into my weekly schedule going forward, but I want to see how they fit into the new plan. I don’t want to lose all this forward momentum. Check out my numbers over on the Trash Elf Listing Challenge. I have a funny story to share there too!1+
07/15/2019 at 1:14 pm #64949
Amatino, excellent job!!! I’m super happy that the “Questions 3” was helpful to you! If you have a kick in the keister for me, I’m happy to hear it!
So as far as the Death Pile Challenge, I blew the “list more than you buy” step last week. I have a bad habit of “stress relief” sourcing/thrift shopping, had a stressful week and gave in to the temptation to shop it off instead of shake it off. No valid excuse for that failure unfortunately!
Otherwise all’s the same, I’m still struggling with “just the thing I’m listing on my desk”. And “doing something I like before or after a listing session”. I really need to work on solutions to those 2 steps… I’ve probably photographed items before completing the listing description on some drafts too. Also my “list next pile by my desk” seems to be growing rather than shrinking. Geez, looks like I need to work harder on most of the steps. OOPS!1+
07/15/2019 at 4:43 pm #64965
Let’s unpack that Step #1 and see if we can (to quote Tim Gunn) make it work!
Remove all items from your listing area except for the one item you’re listing. Have a dedicated listing space.
Now, first off, I note this is a two-fer. Do you have a “dedicated listing space”? I can tell you right now, I don’t and physically cannot. My home is a whopping 995 square feet and about the only thing that’s dedicated to one task is the shower! Everything has to do double duty, at the very least. My living room is split into three – I have my “office” in one corner, my “sewing room” in another corner, and my tv room/living room/drawing room/extra space for the overflow from one of the other corners room for the rest of it. It’s also the pass-through dogtrot, with the front door leading in and through to the dining room, which opens directly onto the deck. In Spring and Fall, we open doors on both sides and let the wind whistle through. This is Texas – any time we get cool enough to turn off the a/c, we go straight for the dogtrot and natural air conditioning!
In my “office”, I run 4 different businesses, with those file sorting trays on a shelf to keep the paperwork separate. So I can’t even have that as a dedicated space! I had thought about having a plastic tote bin on the floor under my desk in which I store my “to list” items, but that defeats my goal of clearing the space. However, I am about halfway through clearing another shelf on the bookshelf next to my desk. I can dedicate that shelf to the cause. So, if I were to operate in the spirit of Step #1, I would clear that shelf, and only stock that shelf with the 10 items I plan to list. Then, in accordance with part 2 of the step (Part 1? It’s listed before the instruction to have a dedicated space…) I would choose one item off that shelf and put it on my desk to actually list it. That could work… My only concern is that the shelf is a standard bookshelf shelf, so tall items wouldn’t fit. Unless I clear and add the top of the bookshelf to my “dedicated space.” I could put things on top and on the shelf directly below the top, giving me two “shelves” but one dedicated space.
What do you think, VT? Shall we create a dedicated listing space? Would that help you to conquer this one? I can see how it would work for me. I’d have a place to put things that isn’t actually cluttering up my desk or the floor around my desk.
Oooh… I can have a clear floor around my desk! Now, THAT would be novel!0
07/16/2019 at 7:06 pm #65044
Shoot! I typed a reply accepting the challenge to unpack step 1 but it didn’t take. So I accept your challenge Amatino, and I will create a dedicated list next area this week. I propose we report back next week on how we did with it. Are we on?0
07/17/2019 at 2:59 pm #65069
Erk! Yes, we’re on. This is going to be a stretch, but a stretch is good, every now and then! 😉0
07/21/2019 at 5:26 pm #65202
We’re supposed to be leaving in 20 minutes to go to dinner with friends, so I’m done for the week. And I juuuuuust slid in on both challenges this week!
The bookshelf is done. Very bottom shelf in the photo is the paperwork, with the little divider thingies separating each business. Next shelf up is my stationery shelf. I’m loving this shelf! It’s all exactly at hand when I need it. The space on the right there holds my camera when it’s not snapping photos of shelving to show off in this thread… LOL
Top shelf is my new dedicated listing space, loaded ready for next week with my 10 items.
The very top has not yet been cleared, I just ran out of time, but I have enough small stuff to fit into the current shelf. I’ll get to the top eventually. But for now, I have Step 1 – have a dedicated listing space, and Step 2 – Have a small list next pile. Yay!
Made the listing challenge too, as all my items were Death Piles this week. Only squeaked in, but I did it, so I’m thoroughly proud of myself. So as to not clutter up with double info, I’ll explain my week in the TELC thread.
My goal for this week is to maintain steps 1 and 2, now that I have them set up, and move on to Step 3 – List daily. I have to admit, I don’t. I make my listing goal somehow, but with a listing sprint, rather than a daily schedule. So this week, I’m going to work out how to schedule a daily listing time and make it into a routine.0
07/22/2019 at 9:55 am #65224
Congrats Amatino on meeting your goal! Your bookshelf looks fantastic!!!
I think I can say I completed the challenge? I said I would create a dedicated list next space and I have. It was as simple as putting a chair next to my (standing) desk where I now place my box of list next items where they are at arms reach instead of having them spread out on my floor and the top of my desk.
I had lofty plans for revamping my office, which I put a lot of time into at the beginning of the week. I cleaned out the 3 shelves in my desk and dedicated that space to the eBay supplies I use upstairs. I organized and put away all the stuff that was cluttering those shelves, which was quite a project in itself. To reduce my desktop clutter I hung a bulletin board above the chair holding my list next box and tacked up the papers (notes on items, scratch paper, my listing count calendar) I use while listing. I moved most of the sewing supplies in my office closet to the basement and stacked several boxes of list next items in the closet. I thought that if I placed 10 or 20 items to list in each box it would clear out some of my messy basement death piles and also force me to list stuff I usually pass on in my quest for fast and easy to list items. So I’m now working on forcing myself to list everything in each list next box before moving on to the next box. At the very least I’ve eliminated my wandering around the basement looking for stuff to list next time suck.
So I’ve done a lot and my office was in excellent shape earlier last week. But then I went to the Goodwill Outlet on Saturday. Oops. Office not as excellent now. Maintaining the step is the trick I guess. I’ll be working on it today to get it back to its former glory. All in all I’m really happy with the results, but I need to keep it up!
Amatino, I’ve got step 3 down, even if I sometimes only list 1 item in a day. So I’m going to continue to work on 1 and 2 this week. I’ll attempt to finish boxing all my deathpile items into list next boxes and jenga them into my office closet. There’s plenty left to work on with that project.1+
07/29/2019 at 2:15 pm #65538
Wiped out this week, VT, on both challenges. I only listed 3 and I didn’t list every day. I tried, I really tried. I even had a chat with the other half about creating a routine that would allow me to list daily and he agreed it was a good idea. Long story in the TELC thread on my week to explain it, but I totally accept that I failed.
This week looks awful, up front. I have dance schedules for tonight, Tuesday AND Thursday, and sewing machine runs as well. Plus, I forgot to mention on the other side that my hubs’ business has had an “upgrade” and we now have a Facebook page and a new website, both of which are my responsibility to build and maintain. Takes quite a bit of time, it turns out!
Oh well, excuses aside, I shall have to do some scheduling and planning and MAKE IT WORK! Only 2 listings a day, dammit, surely I can do that!
So, VT, what do you have in store for me this week?0
07/29/2019 at 2:55 pm #65542
Well, since I failed also, no penalty for you. I didn’t finish boxing my deathpile items, or put them into my office closet. And of course since I said I have step 3 down I actually had 2 days during the week when I only listed 1 item per day. So I don’t think that qualifies as having it down, more like that qualifies as struggling.
So I will leave it up to you to choose: Either we can both work on last weeks commitments or take a week off and start fresh next week. I’m good with either choice 🙂0
07/30/2019 at 12:05 pm #65576
Yes, I struggled too.
Let’s revive last week’s challenge and get it working for this week, then next week can be a fresh new challenge. Keep the momentum going!
So I have to list minimum 10, and do Step 1: have a dedicated listing area; Step 2: have a small list next pile; and Step 3: List daily. I have to list 2 per day to make my goal, so I’m going to try to work to create some sort of routine that makes that happen. Due to the number of businesses I work in, I only work eBay Mon-Fri so that I have 2 days for other tasks like sewing and housework deep cleaning and other fun activities!
For you? Box your deathpile items, put them in the office closet, and list 6 per day to make 30 per week? Do I have that right? And you have to get Step 1, 2 and 3 as well!0
07/30/2019 at 7:29 pm #65601
Eeek, yes you have it right. Although I don’t hold myself to listing 6 per day… I just don’t want to have multiple days of only listing 1 item in a day. Some days I have other commitments jamming up the day so those days I list less than on days when I have most of the day free. But at least 30 per week and no more 1 listing days – fingers crossed! And boxing up more (not all probably) of death pile mess and jamming it into my office closet. That’ll take care of steps 1 & 2 & 3 I think.1+
08/02/2019 at 9:29 pm #65812
Update to my post on this thread dated 6/30/19.
In that post I stated: “My 4 new goals for the month of July are: Source from 2 places I’ve never sourced from before, list 2 items I’ve never listed before, research items with the highest solds in my area for 30 minutes and figure out my ASP in June and up it by at least $1.00 for ASP in July.”
First goal results: I only sourced from 1 new place. I did attempt a second but after I got to the sale I realized that the person running the sale looked familiar and I decided I must have gone to another estate sale run by that company a few years ago. I ended up getting to the sale at the last hour of the last day just trying to meet my “source in 2 new places July goal” and found out that this company has a fill a box for $5 for the last hour. So that was great to find out, as I got several hundred dollars of stuff for $5. So even though I missed the goal of 2 new places to source, I had a really positive outcome in pursuit of it.
Second goal results: I listed more than 2 items I’ve never listed before. One thing already sold for $150, which is great for something I normally would never have bought because I couldn’t figure out what it was in the thrift store. I only bought it to make my “list 2 items I’ve never listed before” goal. So another great outcome there.
Third goal results: Research highest solds in my area for 30 minutes, this was a fail. I only researched for 10 minutes. Apparently I don’t like research unless it’s on an item I’m about to list. I did find out that fishing equipment would be a good thing to learn more about and pursue in my area. Yuck, fishing…
Fourth goal results: I figured out ASP in June and I did raise it by quite a bit more than a dollar in July.
2 wins, a fail and a didn’t manage it but got good results trying. Not so bad.
My August goal is simple: To have 100 more listings on September 1 than I did on August 1st.1+
08/03/2019 at 11:47 am #65818
Wow, VT, you’re really taking this seriously! It’s such a pleasure having you as an accountability partner, you motivate me to keep being better!
For July I said I was going to stick with my June goal of 10 per week and to mindfully work on step 1 and get my desk utterly cleared of stuff, plus clear the other 3 shelves on my bookshelf and, if possible, clear UNDER the desk as well. For my listing goal, I should have listed 46 for the month, which I exceeded, but I didn’t have a steady daily listing habit. I did get my desk cleared and cleared more of my shelf, although not all of it, and one whole box cleared out from under the desk. 3 partial wins. Not as much as I would have liked, but I’m seeing a huge improvement in my environment and my entire daily schedule and listing habit, so that’s a major win! LOL.
For August I’m going to work on Steps 1 through 3.
Step 1: I’m going to clear the bookshelf – ALL the shelves, plus my desk, which got itself semi-cluttered again. And I’m going to clear UNDER the desk. There are about 5 boxes under there, so this is a challenge. This will give me a totally cleared working area for future and will make Step 1 permanently DONE on the TDL.
Step 2: is everything that I need to clear away to achieve this goal. It doesn’t actually qualify as a small List Next pile, but the only way I can clear the area is by listing it, so for this month, it will be the spirit of the step, if not the letter of it.
Step 3: list 2 per day. There are 22 work days in August, so I must list a minimum of 44 items.0
08/03/2019 at 2:17 pm #65822
Sounds great Amatino! Thanks for sticking with our game plan of accountability and challenging ourselves and each other. Sometimes it’s only the accountability part with you that keeps me on track. I appreciate your help in getting me up to a higher level and helping me to treat this eBay thing I’m doing as more of a business than a hobby. Good luck to us both this month!!!1+
08/03/2019 at 2:28 pm #65823
Report back for this week: made my minimum goal, although I didn’t get to list 2 daily. I only missed one listing day entirely, though a couple days I only listed one. My time has been so much about putting out fires and less about structure for so long, it’s really hard to create that structure effectively. I’m working at it, though.
Still working on steps 1-3 for this week, especially Step 3, and listing 2 per day for a minimum of 10.0
08/03/2019 at 2:34 pm #65824
Pretty much every week, VT, I achieve as much as I do because I have you in my corner. You, at least, were listing before we started the Challenge. I can pretty much say you’re keeping ME moving. Thank you, very, very much!0
08/04/2019 at 10:19 am #65838
Awww, Amatino you made my day, you’re the best partner I could ever imagine having!
My weekly report: I did box 3 more boxes of unlisted inventory and I put those in my office closet. Continuing this effort is my goal for this next week.
I’m doing pretty well on having just the item I’m listing next on top of my desk. The chair with the list next box on it right next to my desk has really helped me to keep multiple items off my desk. So that’s step 1 & 2. On step 3 I did better on not having any days when I list only 1 item. My lowest listing day last week was 2 items.
So I’m with you Amatino on still working on steps 1, 2 and 3 this week. I’d like to work up to having my lowest listings days be 3 per day. Not sure if I’ll get there this week though. It’s a busy week ahead.0
08/11/2019 at 7:04 pm #66232
Working on my August Challenge trying desperately to clear the boxes under my desk. Dang… I pack EXCELLENTLY! I keep looking at the pile of stuff I’m pulling out and wondering how I managed to get it all in there in the first place! I’m not sure if I’ll manage to get it all cleared by month end, but I am trying! LOL
I’m doing pretty well on Steps 1 and 2. I’m keeping my area cleared and I’m pulling out a small list next pile as I go, selecting some items from the aforementioned boxes and working through them before I move on to the next pile. However, Step 3 is a bust. For folks who have just the eBay business, or a day job and eBay-at-night job, it might work. But for my crazy life with multiple businesses, a ranch with dogs who bleed all over my car on mad dashes to the vet (yet another one this weekend! Cut up his leg somehow and it went rancid, pus and blood and vet bills. Sigh…) – I just can’t seem to make it a list daily thing. I am, thanks to this Challenge, listing every week and making my minimum and some weeks exceeding my mins (always a good feeling) but there are days when I’m literally sitting down at my computer at 8PM at night to START listing! It’s just no bueno, and I’m exhausted.
However, I’m not sure if I’m being bloody-minded, but I don’t want to quit trying just yet. I’m wondering if I can create a schedule/routine that will work if I up the ante and go straight to Step 4 – set up a listing sprint. I’ve become much more mindful of HOW I spend my day and I’ve begun to recognize time snipers and busywork. Time snipers are those things that “just take 5 minutes” and before you know it, 2 hours have gone. For example, one of the unfortunate side aspects of my dance classes is liaising with other instructors. It’s good form, when one sends you a video clip/link in your email, to watch and comment or reply to the email. Which leads you to see something else and … rabbit hole.
To my delight, I’ve discovered an excellent solution to that particular problem. To my amusement, it’s a Chrome Extension called YouTube Rabbit Hole! Instead of all the links with suggested videos, you get a cute image of a rabbit in a hole. You can turn off subscriptions, links, comments, or choose just the ones you want to keep active. It has saved me a lot of time this week and I’ve been thrilled! I also realized that instead of sitting down at my computer first thing in the morning and going through all my new notifications, like catching up on SL posts and stuff, I can swipe through them as notifications on my phone. I can also quickly check my eBay to see if I have anything that needs my attention. Then I get stuck into manual labor for the first couple hours of the day, while my energy is high (I’m a morning person) such as housework, cleaning items to list, etc. and sit down to the time suck of my computer later in the day with a bunch of things cleared off the TDL.
This Challenge has been so good for me off eBay as well as on it. I’m hugely grateful, VT. It’s a lot of work, but for the first time in ages, I don’t feel like I’m rushing downhill through rapids without a paddle!0
08/11/2019 at 9:50 pm #66242
Ummm Amatino, I’ve completely ditched my own August personal challenge of having 100 more listings on 9/1/19 as I had on 8/1/19. Right now I have 10 more listings than I had on 8/1/19, but before today I was actually had less than the number of listings I had on 8/1/19. And it’s August 11th already.
So there’s no way I’m going to be able to put up enough new listings to replace what sells plus 100 listings more than that. I’ve listed 55 items since 8/1/19 and I only have 10 more listings than I had on 8/1/19. So if 55 only gets me 10 I’d have to list 550 new items in August to have 100 listings more on 9/1/19 as I had on 8/1/19. I think? I’m so bad at math!
So my revised August goal is to list 150 or more things during August. I think that’s around 37 items a week (148) with August having extra days to do the extra 2.
I’m still doing pretty well with not having a bunch of stuff on my desk, although it’s not perfection. And as far as working up to at least 3 listings every day: Fail! I actually had one day last week with zero listings and it’s been forever since I did that. I guess once in awhile I just need a day off – I list 7 days a week… I’ve been working just a little bit on boxing up inventory and putting it in my office closet, I need to work harder on that too. So I’m just gonna keep on it and try to do better this week.
Amatino, I really don’t think you have to hold yourself to listing daily if that doesn’t work well in your life. Really it’s figuring out what works best that’s most important. You’re hitting your numbers and that’s what counts!0
08/13/2019 at 1:58 pm #66333
LOOOOOOOL! That’s awesome. What a great problem to have – and reason to change your Challenge.
Yes, I’m beginning to think that I should aim for a weekly number rather than daily listing. If I list every week, and make my listing goals, that should work. Consistency is still consistency, even if it’s a weekly consist..ancery? rather than daily. (is that a word? No? Well, consistancery is my nomination for 2019 New Words submission! LOL)
BTW, for your acronym learning lessons, LOOOOOOL is like LOL (laugh out loud) but prolonged, as in you laughed with a lot of amusement, rather than being hysterically funny like ROFL or pee-yourself-funny like ROFLMAO or LMAO. And BTW = By The Way. You learned TWO today! *wink*0
08/16/2019 at 10:13 pm #66415
Uh-huh, I learned 2, but remembering them is the hard part – LOOOOOOL!
So don’t know what to say here other than I’m still struggling with my summer listing doldrums. I had ANOTHER day with no listings. I’m a black & white type of person, which is why I list every way. As soon as I miss a day, it’s easier to miss another. I think: “I already screwed it up, what difference does it make?” So I need to change that mindset. I need to start thinking “Every day is a new day, and a new chance to list more” and all that positive junk! Which is easy to say when I’m going out of town and will miss 3 full days of listing. On the positive side that should give me a good break and make me want to list more when I return, especially since I’ll need to step it up to make my August goal – fingers crossed!0
08/19/2019 at 1:34 pm #66572
Totally bombed out this week. I spent the entire week on my back – and I don’t want to do it again EVER! Read all about it in the Listing Challenge, so that I don’t duplicate it.
Hmmm… we both seem to have a challenge motivating ourselves, even with the motivation of the Challenge! Ha! I try to get around it by posting the mini-challenges occasionally, but if I do that too often, it will lose it’s novelty and thus its effectiveness.
Perhaps, if you have a Listing Sprint day, that would help? If WE have a listing sprint day, I should say. We MUST have one day where we do a listing sprint. That must be a set time (30 minutes? 2 hours?) where we have to list like crazy and then report back on how many we managed. Like a Step 4 Challenge specifically within the 8 steps we’re currently working on. What do you think?
(BTW – have you noticed how wonderfully we’re doing on Step 8?) 😀0
08/19/2019 at 5:21 pm #66590
Amatino, whatever day works for you for a listing sprint is okay with me. I was going to suggest a day based on my schedule this week but I see that there isn’t really a day this week that is “good” for me, so any day you choose will be fine 🙂
I am so sorry for you about your back being out; there will never any penalty inflicted for illness or having to be out of town as far as I’m concerned. Your back being out is penalty enough! And is your back better enough for a listing sprint this week? It’s your call…
I’m determined to get over 30 new listings this week even with the loss of my first 2 days in my listing week. Usually Sunday is my biggest listing day so it’ll be hard to make that up… With or without a mini challenge I’ll need a listing sprint for sure! How about a 2 hour one, on any day if your back is up to it. I’ll make it work!
And yes, I’m super proud of us for doing so awesome on step 8! Neither of us has missed a week on our accountability step, we totally rock (on step 8)!!!1+
08/19/2019 at 5:54 pm #66593
Jeez, Amatino I’m back down to the amount of listings I had on 8/1/19 again. I guess I better step it up just to be ahead of where I was on August 1st.
I wish it was that all my stuff for sale is so amazing but I have a feeling it’s more because I’m frugal I price at the low end of the listings on eBay. I do like to get rid of stuff – the part I really like is the treasure hunting. So maybe that works out okay for me?1+
08/19/2019 at 9:56 pm #66603
VT, your “problem” is my dream-come-true! I would just love to be able to sell so much that I can’t keep my listings up to the number! Hope that makes you feel better. 😀
Okay, one 2-hour listing sprint this week. If you like, we can make it just that – one sprint. Any day of the week that works for you, and you must report back at the end of the week as normal, with the sprint information in your report. That way we can fit it into our schedule/back pain as it best works this week. Then, next week, we’ll choose a day for future sprints. I vote mid-week! If we do a sprint on Wednesday, it might just be the kick in the keister we need for listing for the rest of the week AND it gives us Monday and Tuesday to clean/prep/research so that we can really kick asp and take names!0
08/20/2019 at 10:14 am #66631
Great Amatino, at least one 2 hour listing sprint this week, on a day of our choosing. Do you think we need to have the same listing sprint day going forward? Although I know it’s a challenge and I should embrace that aspect, I have certain days that are better for me for eBay stuff. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, every other Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays are never great for me as I have other obligations on those days. So I would probably choose Monday as my listing sprint day. Since I start my eBay week on Sunday I could prep for Monday on Sunday. I don’t mind if we have different listing sprint days. Let me know what you think…
Yes my “problem” of not being able to build up my store listings despite listing every day is the best kind of problem to have, I realize that. In the future I just won’t give myself challenges around building up my store; just challenges on listing. That way I have the possibility of feeling good about the challenge rather than disappointed with my results.0
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