05/30/2019 at 1:37 pm #62673
How to Eliminate Your Death Pile in 8 Easy Steps by 10Konthebay on YouTube
I watched this video and he has some great ideas. He says at the beginning that the 8 steps are listed in the description, but it must have been changed as there are only links. So I’ve listed the items for you here, but you need to watch the video for the details on how each step works (it’s all in the first 8 minutes, you don’t need to watch the Q&A after that.)
Please remember to Like his video as a thank you. (Thanks to him, not to me. LOL)
1. Remove all items from your listing area except for the one item you’re listing. Have a dedicated listing space.
2. Have a small List Next pile.
3. List daily. Consistency trumps speed.
4. Set up a listing sprint – 30 minutes, 60 minutes, 90 minutes, whatever works for you
5. Combine your listing practice with something you enjoy.
6. Do not listen to content while you’re listing.
7. You don’t have to stop buying. All you have to do is list more than you buy.
8. Set up accountability.
If you’re interested in having an accountability partner, log into the Death Pile Support Group thread.
05/30/2019 at 2:37 pm #62676almastyParticipant
Just a general “why?” about the anxiety and haste people experience with death piles.
Why eliminate? Why not reduce? Death piles are a necessity for those times when one is too busy to source, experiencing dry patches in acquiring inventory, bad weather, etc,.
Exceptions are for items about to expire, trends that need to be jumped on right away, etc,.
05/30/2019 at 5:39 pm #62685
Death Piles for us were items we really didn’t want to list because they were boring/cheap, but we were also hesitant to re-donate because maybe the items could make us money. Plus, Death Piles are the worst when they’re in your personal space where you see them everyday. They suck the life force from us.
We’ve gotten better just getting rid of stuff that’s boring. Plus it really helps having a helper who can chunk through piles pretty quickly.
05/30/2019 at 5:34 pm #62684
Does anyone keep track of 10kontheBay? He burst on the scene a year? ago, and then was cycling through different schemes to make a lot of money. I know he tried wholesale, Amazon, scavenging for eBay. Has he found a niche he enjoys?
05/31/2019 at 7:27 am #62704Retro Treasures WVParticipant
I’ve watch his videos occasionally. He’s actually pretty transparent about his processes. Alot of good, positive information there. He also has other people come on and share information.
He’s learned a lot in a very short time.
In that video he explains that he now has a full time helper who lists and picks for shipment that he pays about $600 a week. If he doesn’t have enough work for the helper, he pays him to scavenge from a specific list of things.
His own time is dedicated to scavenging and doing his youtube/mastermind stuff.
Some people want to pay someone to be their guru. He’s capitalizing on that. Don’t blame him.
05/31/2019 at 8:27 am #62709
I dont blame gurus. If someone wants to pay them for info, that’s just capitalism.
I was just wondering what business model of scavenging he finally settled on. So is it all eBay? Or is he still selling wholesale on Amazon?
New reselling Youtubers always come on strong with the best way to sell, so it’s good to see when they hit the wall head on showing that its not easy. There’s really no secret to it other than being organized and working. (or paying someone else to do the work)
05/31/2019 at 9:00 am #62711Retro Treasures WVParticipant
He’s mainly ebay from what I have seen. Also branching out into posh, etsy, etc. Also does local sales on offerup and other local marketplaces. Basically he’s willing to do any form of scavenging through any platform and video document the process.
Here’s a cool example video:
He started a brand new store and is doing a “marathon challenge” to help people build up to listing $1k worth of inventory a week. Full transparency of everything he’s doing.
05/31/2019 at 4:51 pm #62750
Very cool. Looks like he’s putting in the work. Wonder how much he makes these days now that he’s built up his store. He must work all the time!
10/24/2019 at 10:06 am #69519
I find Chris to be a mixed bag. He’s how I found out about Mercari and at the time they had a lot of money flowing into Google search results. On the other hand, sometimes he seems very immature. IDK
10/24/2019 at 1:21 pm #69520MDC Galleries & Fine ArtParticipant
- Location: Atlanta
Yeah I listen to him occasionally depending on the title-topic of his discussion.
I think his more current focus is more about establishing business relationships and buying wholesale items directly from the mfg. Then he is working on helpers to pull, pack and ship for him.
The buying wholesale creates an endless supply of the same items from fewer listings and less work. But as has been said he does change business models a lot. But haven’t heard much more about where he is at and the direction he is going personally.
06/02/2019 at 3:17 pm #62817
Sorry for the delayed response, I’m crazy busy with costume making and down to the last 5 days!
Almasty – having stock and having death piles is too different animals, in my mind. Stock is a stash of items set aside for listing, usually curated and or sized in a manageable amount. Like a couple chickens in the backyard – daily egg supply, but they’re not taking over the property. Death piles is when your stock has babies like a pig and all of a sudden you’re overrun with mini oinkers, who grow into big porkers that have babies of their own!
My guesstimate is that my stash of items to list outnumbers my active listings 3 to 1. I have a set of shelving next to my listing and packing table. It’s about 5 shelves high and about 15″ deep. It will hold quite a lot of stuff. My goal is to have that shelf consistently full of stuff to list, and hit a minor listing sprint when it overflows.
Currently it is full, as well as several square feet on the floor in front of it, a 17 ft x 30 in shelf, several closets, all the space under my desk, next to my desk, and behind my desk. I have totes in the bedroom, the bottom shelf of my walk in closet is packed, and the spare room looks like I added a bed to my storage shed.
I’d like my home back. I’d like a stash of items to list that lasts me one to three weeks, but anything more than that is Death Piles and needs to be got rid of!
This video was the first practical, actionable idea that resonated with me as something that I can do. So I shared it, for those odd folks who think like me. 😉
06/14/2019 at 3:51 pm #63476SconnieDudeParticipant
This is great. When I first started a few years ago, I bought a lot of crap as do many newcomers. I’m still working through totes of stuff I bought a few years ago. Many of the things I find in these totes are $20-$30 items and I’ve found some that are $40-$50 items. But there is a lot of crap. We have an auction house in town and I take stuff down there a few times a year. I basically put a handful of items in a lot and sell them off. The lots usually only sell for $5-$10 each but it’s stuff I don’t have to deal with anymore. If it’s not worth putting in a lot, it goes to our local thrift. As Jay stated, having stacks of crap in your workspace sucks the energy out of you. Having a clean, non-cluttered workspace is vital.
10/24/2019 at 4:57 am #69514autumnforestParticipant
- Location: North Carolina
I struggle with a pile of more than valuable items that I don’t know how to price. It is easier for me to list a boring bible that is worth 12.00 than a vintage Monte Blanc Pen that I’m afraid to underprice. So I have a pile of things that I should list but don’t know the value. Maybe I’ll tell myself to list one thing s day that I feel uncertain the value until I’m feelimg comfortable with it.
10/24/2019 at 10:02 am #69518
@autumn do you use the 365 setting in Terapeak under the research tab? Being mindful of auctions, which can produce low prices on longer tail items, that seems like enough data for most things. If it hasn’t sold on Ebay in a year, then you might have something special to price high with best offer or try an auction with a high starting bid. Good luck!
10/24/2019 at 11:35 pm #69548
autumnforest, leaving valuable items on the table because you don’t want to underprice them is walking away from money in the bank. If I have items that I think should be worth a lot, I decide for myself, in a brutally honest consideration, how much I truly think it might be worth. I do as much research as possible (I have Worthpoint and I’m a store owner, so I get access to Terapeak, plus I check multiple pages in Google and Yahoo search) (yes, Google and Yahoo and even Bing all give different results.) Then I compare my gut feel with the research I’ve found. If mine is the only possible one out there, I price crazy high with best offer, and then I add in an auto-decline for anything one dollar below my bottom offer. If there are a few others and they sold within the past year or so, and they all sold for less than mine, I price high, but not crazy high, and am a little more forgiving on my best offer auto decline. If lots of them sold, I work out the average and then compare it to my opinion. Sometimes I have to take a deep breath and admit that my opinion isn’t worth that much after all, and price accordingly.
Even if you don’t sell it, any offers you get, whether or not they were auto-declined, will give you a gauge of the market’s opinion vs yours.
Go ahead, try one. Just one. See how it works for you. And hooray, one fewer item in the Death Pile! 😉
10/24/2019 at 9:59 am #69517
Thanks Amatino for sharing. I think #4 is the downfall for me. I list to list in big chunky time periods. It kind of goes against my nature to cram it into the day here and there. Sometimes it’s a struggle to fit Ebay listing into my life, but certainly I can do better.
I have to say too if you get yourself into a hole, you need to take breaks from sourcing unless you’re pretty productive at listing or hire help. Maybe it depends on how deep is the hole you made for yourself and how fast you want to climb out of it. If you keep sourcing, you need to list that stuff first and be honest if you can’t keep up quickly with those new purchases.
I would add one more – that it helps to group like items that you will bring in small batches for yourself to list. The silver lining on piles is that you tend to pick up similar items and it’s usually faster to list related items in one sitting.
I don’t really have a cheap outlet for getting rid of a bunch of inexpensive smalls together, other than donating. I know some people have local low end consignment stores. That would have helped with some of the early stuff I picked up that’s still in the piles. Some items just aren’t worth today’s shipping prices (eg. many mugs).
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