11/26/2018 at 8:28 am #52249
- Location: Virginia
Join the conversation in the forum>> Our Store Week Nov 18-24, 2018 Total Items in Store: 8205 Items Sold: 38 Gross Sales: $1,543.59 Cost of Ite
[See the full post at: Scavenger Life Episode 387: Do Black Friday, Small Business Saturday or Cyber Monday Matter?]0
11/26/2018 at 9:09 am #52252
11/18/18 – 11/24/18
Items In Store: 2,553
Items Sold: 26 – eBay 25 + 1 on Bonanza
Cost of Items Sold: $150
Total Sales: $1068
HIghest Price Sold: $200 (Vintage WWII Holtster)
Average price $41.09
Money spent on new inventory: $30
Items listed: 30
Sales ReportGood week of selling, slow week for buying. Didn’t do much because of Thanksgiving week – had 13 people total at my house for Thanksgiving.
Challenge of the week
Still working on my basement. I was able to clear space for about 500 more items.
11/26/2018 at 9:11 am #52253
Interesting that you guys are considering a brick & mortar business! I think it’s really cool, especially for your community, although I am personally not interested… Seems like ebay is a sweet spot of flexibility and low risk and I’d like to keep exploring its possibilities for a while yet.
Sales: CAD$1157, 11 items, COGS: $306 –> Item profit: $655
Expenditures: $357 (incl. $220 return on wife’s old iPhone) –> After-tax cashflow: $434
Hours: 7.5, $58/hr after tax
Listed: $200, 5 items
Notable sales: 3 phase motor $200, shower rough in valve $185, constant pressure pump $175.
Yeah, good week, but Black Friday etc. was a big nothingburger for me.
So this happens to me occasionally. I list an item in multiple quantity. It doesn’t sell at all, or sells very sporadically, and then all of a sudden I sell it to 2 people in a single day. On Sunday I sold 2 of a long tail item I haven’t sold in months, to 2 different people, on amazon and ebay, within the same hour. *shrug* Somebody mentioned it on a forum or something?
Haven’t actually spent the money yet but I’ve gone all in on an out of town auction. Mostly various tools & equipment. Total autobids are about $1000 but I’m anticipating around $500 spend.
That hydronic valve is the kind of stuff I like to sell to a T. It’s a long tail business & industrial item!0
11/26/2018 at 9:32 am #52258
We’re certainly not committed to opening a brick and mortar store, but it’s a fun challenge and very specific to our little rural town. In the age of Amazon/Walmart, I think service businesses are still viable since its something that cant be delivered.
We’re on the other side of “independence” since our eBay store has been paying all our bills for a long time now. We could just sit and just “retire” while comfortably feeding our eBay beast, but it makes more sense for us to rationally experiment with other things to keep us interested .0
11/26/2018 at 9:14 am #52255
Mike in Atlanta,
Any update on how the Wonder Lister eBay to Etsy interface is going or will be released?
I think this will be a big positive impact on my business and can’t wait till it is done.
11/26/2018 at 9:32 am #52257
Just started listening to the show, but I don’t think that BF, SBS, or CM matter to sellers like us of quirky collectibles or vintage items. However, for retailers, it absolutely still matters – I work on the marketing team for a Fortune 100 brand & top 5 ad spender in the country, and BF-CM is STILL the #1 micro period of sales, revenue, and website traffic for the year. BY FAR. To me, it really doesn’t make much sense considering the “sales” are just marginally better than any other time during the year, but it’s an embedded behavior for consumers that this is when you shop and buy things for yourself & others.
Taking it down to someone who may be closer/similar to us as a seller, my brother does mostly RA on Amazon full time – I’ve mentioned him once or twice in the forum. He’s a one man show (sometimes his wife helps out) so he’s by no means an enterprise seller – and he historically has $100k+ in gross sales BF-NYE. This year, he had 58 sales TDay into BF so he had to leave our family gathering earlier than anticipated to go home to pack & ship.
Week Nov 18-24, 2018
Total Items in Store: 965
Items Sold: 18 (2 Amazon)
Cost of Items Sold: $110 (19.3% of sales)
Total Sales: $569.92
Highest Price Sold: $49.99 (2) (George Michael Faith LP https://www.ebay.com/itm/192659909627 & The Police Synchronicity LP https://www.ebay.com/itm/202324645516)
Average Price Sold: $31.66
Returns: 0 (1 NPB though)
Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $260
Number of items listed this week: 32
Promoted listings test: 9 sales, $238.97 (41.9% of total sales), $11.95 fees (5.0% of sales)
About average week for me for the year. Nothing crazy or super high dollar sold, but at the same time nothing low dollar sold either. More than half of my sales were over $30, but nothing was higher than $50. Assuming a lot of gift purchases since there were a lot of 0 feedback guest buyers were around and everything hovered around the same price.
With Weds before TDay off from the office job, plus Saturday without much to do, got a good bit listed. Most listings were for bread & butter items $20-$30 and quite a few records, but highlights include this sealed 1969 Rolling Stones Let it Bleed LP (https://www.ebay.com/itm/192735927210).
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11/26/2018 at 11:48 am #52283
he historically has $100k+ in gross sales BF-NYE.
Its always amazing to meto hear Amazon sellers throw around gross sales like that. You’re saying he grosses $100k in less than 45 days.
The big question is:how much money does he profit after COGS, fees, etc?0
11/26/2018 at 12:38 pm #52286
Absolutely. His profit margin isn’t nearly what any of ours are – he’s not buying something for $1 and reselling for $30. He’s more likely buying something for $5 and selling for $10 or buying for $20 and selling for $40 and relying on the volume. While I don’t know his exact numbers, he’s given me some ballpark numbers in the past of 30%-35% of his gross sales are net profit after COGS, fees, taxes, etc. Not bad at all to make $30k in a month – and this helps save, budget, and fund the rest of the year which are not even close to this.0
11/26/2018 at 12:58 pm #52287
It’s definitely interesting. Yes, I want to know his net profit, but also his hours! Having to leave a family gathering early – is that an indicator?
I mean, let’s say his average item is $30. $100k/$30 = 3333 items. Let’s assume 10 min per item to pick, pack, and ship – that’s 555 hours. Over a 45 day period, you’re talking 12 hours a day of work!
If net profit is 30% = $30k, that’s $54/hr. Not bad! (Of course this doesn’t count the prior work of listing etc.) And I think 10 minutes is light for the pick, pack, & ship time&motion.
Don’t get me wrong, $30k net profit in 45 days is amazing, but if my napkin math is approximately right, it sounds like too much of a grind for my taste. Admire the hustle though!
EDIT: Perhaps he meant he has to go home to ship replenishments into FBA. My whole logic falls apart if that’s true. But if he’s selling Amazon MF then it’s right.
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11/26/2018 at 6:49 pm #52309
He sounds like he does very well. Sounds like he likes the business. Talk about “sales velocity”! We sold only four things today 🙁0
11/26/2018 at 7:04 pm #52312
Yes, this time of year he works insane hours – I bet @simplicio‘s estimate of 12hr days is actually an understatement in December. I know he does a good bit of his shopping overnight – like 3a WalMart trips to avoid traffic. He has a very good relationship with his USPS carrier and they know to send a morning van pickup and an afternoon van pickup because of the volume. I’ll see if I can get him to send a picture of his garage (where he puts all the packages ready for USPS, then just opens the door to load into the van they send).
All this being said he still does love it because he actually reaps all the rewards of working for himself. And the hours aren’t like this throughout the year, may only sell 10 things on a normal day in the summer. He lives across the street from a country club, so he golfs every day the weather is nice. He gets to go on runs with his dog everyday. And he has a airline miles credit card that he charges everything to and then takes his family on a vacation in miles. Not a bad life if you can make it work.0
11/26/2018 at 7:19 pm #52316
Does he do any FBA, or is it all merchant fulfilled?0
11/26/2018 at 7:26 pm #52318
Probably 80% merchant fulfilled. He only does FBA if he can get a large quantity of something on clearance – he bought 500 mini handheld fans on clearance for $1 each while it was snowing in Pittsburgh last winter, shipped them in to FBA at the beginning of spring and sold them all for like $15/ea over the summer.0
11/26/2018 at 7:21 pm #52317
Also forgot to mention that his wife is a programmer, so she made him a database that organizes what he needs to buy by store & aisle. It pulls his sales from Amazon and looks like code similar to an Excel v-lookup organizes it into a shopping list: 5 toothpaste in aisle 4 of WalMart, 10 cans of Pam in aisle 6 of WalMart, 2 games in aisle 10 of Target, 20 bottles of shampoo from aisle 3 of CVS, etc. He used to do it by hand. 🙂0
11/27/2018 at 9:58 am #52339
Curious what his storage looks like, now!0
11/26/2018 at 9:49 am #52259
- Location: GA
Total Items in Store: 707
Items Sold: 8
Gross Sales: $169.16
Cost of Items Sold: $0.91
Highest Price Sold: $58.46 (Ferragamo brown knee high boots)
Average Price Sold: $21.15
Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $0
Number of items listed this week: 20
This past week was the slowest I’ve had in a long time. The week started off strong, but then quickly tapered out to around one low dollar sale per day. Either way, I’m trying to steadily post items to keep my inventory numbers climbing. The goal is to have 1,000 listings by the end of first quarter next year. I did get a $250 offer on a pair of Pioneer speakers this morning that I bought for $2.35 through a MaxSold auction. I smashed that accept offer button as fast as I could. Even better, the buyer paid a couple minutes later. What a nice start to the week! Now I’m off to watch YouTube videos on how to pack seriously large items.0
11/26/2018 at 10:00 am #52262
Thanks for answering my question re stolen goods. I guess selling vintage stuff does probably protect you somewhat. I’m not an iPhone seller but I like selling construction equipment and when I see it for sale locally I often wonder if it “walked off” a construction site.
If my spend is not too high on tonight’s auction I may buy some survey equipment locally. The guy has already agreed to $1800 for an item that, working, should bring about $5000. Again, makes me wonder. I’m covering myself partially by going to his house and taking screenshots of our text convos, his address & phone, etc. Hopefully that covers my bases enough.0
11/26/2018 at 11:49 am #52284
It’s difficult to say with construction tools. We all know that guys will absolutely steal from construction sites. Or it could be a contractor down on his luck selling off a piece of equipment for quick cash to cover his rent.0
11/26/2018 at 10:06 am #52264
Items in Store 1072
Items Sold 20
Total Sales $759.50
Total Profit $702.50
Average profit $35.13
Average sales price $37.98
New Listings 8
Had a fun thanksgiving break with the family. For the most part I’ve lost interest in my arcade/pinball collecting hobby – mainly because the prices have increased exponentially.
Last week, I just happened to check facebook marketplace to see a local pinball ad for what appeared to be a very nice machine for a too good to be true price. I messaged the person expecting the machine to be long gone. I sent the usual message stating I have cash and can pick up ASAP. I was surprised to get a response with a phone number. I took a long lunch, picked up cash, and made the 45 minute drive to go get it. Definitely glad I had a truck for a day like this.
It was in even better shape than I hoped. All I had to do was adjust two switches and replace a few light bulbs. I already have it up on ebay for the holiday season:
The kids are not happy that I have it listed so fast, but I did only buy it to resell. Lol! They get to play as much as they want till it sells.
In other news, my 11 year old daughter wants to start her own store with her own paypal account.
These are her actual words during the discussion “I need to start making money now to get a head start on ife so I’m not a bum when I grow up”. Lol! She bought her first couple pieces of inventory yesterday with her own money.
I’m going to teach her to use Excel to track her inventory as well.
I’m thinking about setting her up on poshmark or mercari instead of ebay though so we can both learn something new. Thoughts?1+
11/26/2018 at 10:22 am #52265
Wow, awesome pinball machine! Is that something you often sell?0
11/26/2018 at 10:47 am #52267
I’ve sold many in the past. For the last couple years I’ve just stuck with my “keeper” machines. We had all the games we ever wanted and that was enough. I haven’t actively bought/sold in a while now.
10 years ago, I could buy arcade games for $50-100 and pinballs for $300-800 all day. Fix them up and sell them. Now that arcade games have become main-stream popular and apps like Pinball Arcade came out, the prices have exploded. The value of most pinballs has tripled or more in just the last couple years. There are tons more people who got into buying and selling too.
The fun of it all got sucked out for me. It was nice to get the thrill of the score again for once. Deals like this one are white whales at this point. I don’t expect to get another like this.0
11/26/2018 at 10:48 am #52269
Amazing pinball find! Will be monitoring that for sure.
As for your daughter’s account – my only concern would be putting her on a platform like Poshmark or Mercari that you yourself don’t fully understand. Also, would it be disheartening to someone starting out on a platform that might have lower volume?0
11/26/2018 at 11:31 am #52280
Just be aware that pinballs can be a time/money pit if you don’t know what you are looking for. It’s easy to be blinded by what looks like a great machine/great deal. I have 12 years of experience in moving/maintaining/restoring these machines. I spent $1500 on this machine, and I was prepared to spend another $500 in hard to find parts if needed once I assessed the machine. In this case that was not needed.
There are many great resources out there online to help you get started with a machine.0
11/26/2018 at 7:06 pm #52313
Totally. I don’t think I have the space to make a living off pinball machines, but it sure is interesting if you know what you’re doing.0
11/26/2018 at 3:51 pm #52303
The Thrift RaiderParticipant
RetroTreasures, just in case you guys were not aware, Paypal won’t let you open an account until you’re 18. I’ve heard horror stories of PP accounts being randomly closed even after a person was of age and the money in PP just disappearing because they opened the account before they were 18.0
11/26/2018 at 10:47 am #52268
Week of 11/18-11/24
Total Items in Store: 2,714 (Up 60% YOY)
Number of Items Listed: 60
Number of Items Sold: 83 (Up 30% YOY)
(Includes 4 Etsy, 0 Bonanza, 0 TrueGether, 2 Poshmark)
Weekly STR: 13% (Down 3% YOY)
Total Product Sales: $2,265 (Up 31% YOY)
Cost of Items Sold: $591
Cost of Labor: $98
Highest Item Sold: $125 – Chippewa General Utility Copper Caprice Bridgeman Boots
Competition: Highest Priced Sale: Veronica wins the week and Veronica leads for the year 28-19
# Listed: 1,673
# Sold: 54
# Listed: 429
# Sold: 17
# Listed: 612
# Sold: 8
# Listed: 171
# Sold: 4
# Listed: 98
# Sold: 2
Loved this podcast! You are getting into my wheelhouse with this new business venture. If you ever want to bounce numbers, forecasts, or ideas about where you are going, hit me up!
Love your conversation on clothes filling the gap (and the dovetail on growing from 0). Start small, get the process down, cash flow your way up. This is also why we still do clothing, though we are looking to move out of the lower end during 2019, but until we have a solid source of cash generating inventory that can replace it, we stay there. Low dollar, but easy to list and yep, it fills the gaps.0
11/26/2018 at 11:00 am #52272
Week of Nov 18 – 24
* Total Items in Store: 1265 eBay, 11 Mercari
* Items Sold: 24 eBay
* Cost of Items Sold: $28.22 + $0 Commission
* Total Sales: $575.07 eBay
* Highest Price Sold: $47 Olivia Riegel Grapes Bottle Stopper; $102 for four listings of Gorham silver plate flatware to the same buyer
* Average Price Sold: $23.96
* Returns: 0
* Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $17.25
* Number of items listed this week: 23
Finally, a reasonable week of sales! I recently listed a pattern of early 1900s Gorham silver plate flatware called Stanhope. I sold four listings for $102, then two listings for $35, and three listings for $68 all this week! It must be a popular pattern. I only have three listings left. I paid $11.50 for a box of it and a set from Mappin & Webb, which hasn’t sold yet.
My $17.25 on new inventory was spent at the same auction where I paid the same amount in October and filled my minivan. Did the same this week. One lot was several wood and metal barrels, and some are filled partially with nails. One has the antique type square heads that Jay & Ryanne sold a few years back. From my initial research, they don’t sell for much, so I’ll lot up enough to make it worth a listing.
I’m interested in what this commercial building will end up as. I’ve been assuming that you would target a certain type of business and then lease it. If you decide to make it your own business, I assume you will need to hire a manager (or at least assistant manager) and sales people to a point where it runs mostly on its own. Or, at least, that is how I see it. I’ll be following your progress.1+
11/26/2018 at 12:16 pm #52285
Hi Ryanne & Jay. Thanks for the podcast!
Here are my numbers for the week:
Total Items in Store: 2620
Items Sold: 48
Total Sales: $1258
Cost of Items Sold: $150
Average Price Sold: $26.21
Average Cost of Item: $3.15
Highest Price Item Sold: $100 Franklin Merriam-Webster’s Advanced Dictionary (old device, new old stock)
Number of items listed this week: 76
YTD Sales: $42373
YTD sales compared to this time last year: +20%
Average age of items in store (in days since listing): 343
Average number of days between listing and selling this week: 143
Median age of sales (in days, between listing and selling): 51
Sell-through rate (for the week): 1.83%
I had a pretty good week sales-wise but, like you guys, no noticeable bump over Black Friday. I had a week off work and spent most of the week doing eBay so I got a lot of random stuff listed.
My interesting purchase of the week was a box of new, old-stock TV parts for 1940s TVs. Fortunately they were all clearly marked so I’ve been able to list and sell several Horizontal Output Transformers and Deflection Yokes this week despite having no idea what a Deflection Yoke actually does.
Hope everyone has a great week!0
11/26/2018 at 1:33 pm #52291
- Location: Pennsylvania
Thanks again for a great episode.
I heard a report this morning on Bloomberg basically saying that 1% of products on sale amount for over 50% of purchases over the Black Friday to Cyber Monday weekend. They were talking about how a retailer is in better shape if they have a large volume of a given hot toy like Hatchimals, than if they have a broad selection of toys that aren’t the hot item per se.
I think that says quite a bit about what these events mean for small vintage online sellers such as ourselves.0
11/26/2018 at 1:46 pm #52294
The article says: “Adobe projects that 70 percent of online sales will be driven by just 1 percent of SKUs”
Is that surprising, given the truly vast number of SKUs in existence? Remember, every edition of every book on amazon is a SKU. Every model and colour pattern of every coil ring notebook is a SKU. I bet a huge portion of amazon SKUs are basically dead because the product is superseded or long tail or whatever.
So I suspect the news is really “lots of SKUs are basically defunct”, not that buyers are only buying like 10 things.0
11/26/2018 at 6:46 pm #52306
Thanks for the link Andrew. I think it just shows there are different audiences of buyers. We live in the niches.0
11/26/2018 at 1:50 pm #52295
- Location: Southern California
Total Items in Store: 361, 40 Mercari
Items Sold: 7 Ebay, 2 Mercari, 1 Facebook
Gross Sales: $166 Ebay, $108 Mercari, $15 Facebook
Cost of Items Sold: $22 + $18 shipping included + some items ours
Highest Price Sold: $100 (my son’s outgrown North Face coat on Mercari)
Average Price Sold: $23 Ebay, $54 Mercari
Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $8 one thrift stop, 4 items
Number of items listed this week: 18 Ebay, 6 Mercari
Still need to listen but caught the beginning. R & J Good luck with your business plans. I have a guess what it might be and maybe you can figure out if it makes sense (both financially and for your lifestyle) being open limited hours or even days. I hope you continue to enjoy selling on Ebay and podcasting. It’s been fun to listen to your journey and I wish you all the best.
Terrible time of year but I’ve been taking time to consolidate all of my inventory in half full boxes. I just emotionally need to do some physical work and create order in my environment at this time in my life. Patchy work schedule and I hope to list as well this week. I have a bit of Christmas stuff I really want to move out.0
11/26/2018 at 2:55 pm #52300
I totally feel you on the need to do business housekeeping even when I really need to be listing. With a full time job and 4 kids, my time is severely limited. I feel like I can’t do anything to the best of my ability. My life has become one big effort of “meh, 80% done is good enough” for everything.
Sometimes I admire people who have absolutely nothing better to do than yardwork and decorating…and then I think “man….their lives must be so incredibly BORING!”.
I have not been able to do near the listing I wanted to do. I wanted to be maintaining 1500 active listings once 4th quarter hit. Instead, I’m not even keeping up replenishing the items I’ve sold.
But despite all of that, I have done multiple housekeeping projects. Condensing inventory totes, Assembling another table to better store items, building another storage rack, cleaning garage, reorganizing unlisted inventory, etc. These tasks help me clear my head and reinvigorates me to be more effective when I do have time to list. I also need to be as efficient as possible when it comes time to picking/shipping. If there is one thing you should never take shortcuts on, it is your inventory system. An ounce of organization and preparation can prevent a pound of frustration and wasted time!1+
11/26/2018 at 7:01 pm #52311
- Location: Southern California
Yes, it does wear on you a bit to be spread a little too thin or make goals for yourself and then watch them get washed out. I got boxes of free bubble wrap from the work move and we have kitchen remodel stuff in the garage. It was just getting way out of hand. I also have way too many boxes I’ve saved. So, it was just time for me. Feels therapeutic. I still love selling online and one of these days I’ll sit down with my scented candle and do some nice power listing…0
11/26/2018 at 2:04 pm #52296
Nov 18 – 24
Total Items in Store: 1944
Items Sold: 30
Total Sales : $1628
* WAY above yearly average of $849
* WAY WAY above 2017 total week sales of $270
Highest Price: $720 (Vintage 7” Aluminum Christmas Tree with Musical Rotating Stand and Color Wheel)
Average Price: $65
Cost of Goods Sold: $265
Costs of Goods Purchased this Week: $0
Number of New Items Listed this Week: 23
Another +1K week of sales! That’s 4 weeks in a row! I hope this trend will continue for months to come. Though almost half of that number came from one big sale. I paid big money as an experiment around this time last year for a gorgeous 7” tall aluminum Christmas tree… a little over $200. But I knew it would sell for at least twice as much. For the heck of it, I put a $800 price on it. And it sat… and sat for a while. But then I got a nice little message from a family who seemed really interested and we settled on the price of $720 with free shipping. It cost about $53 to ship, but I got a good price for it so I couldn’t complain. And it freed up a lot of space in my storage!
I almost had a $200 sale for a tripod. The guy wanted it shipped overnight, and I said sure. I’ll get the price for shipping and send you an invoice (he best offered so I couldn’t edit the listing). Well shipping overnight would have cost $196! I sent the invoice not expecting him to pay, and lo and behold…he didn’t pay. I just opened a non payment case so we’ll see what happens.
About little junky things that you wouldn’t expect anyone would want but actually sells. I too find it awesome when things like that actually finds a buyer who’s interested. For example, I just sold a bunch of old car window decal stickers of some aerospace program for $20. Or back a few months ago I sold a VIN plate off of an old dump truck for $25. I always try to picture the people who buy these weird little obscure things.0
11/26/2018 at 6:48 pm #52308
Huge congrats. It’s a big deal when you can consistently make $1000+/week. That fear of quitting your job will slip away.0
11/26/2018 at 8:00 pm #52320
Thanks, Jay! Yes, my fears are now quite diminished. I’m now only working to save up what it will cost to fix our roof (on top of what I have saved already), so here soon I’ll finally be calling it quits with the office life. I’m thinking sometime in Jan or Feb.0
11/26/2018 at 7:13 pm #52314
Amazing turn of events for you and your business! After the struggle you’ve been through, all the hard work to get back has really paid off!
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11/26/2018 at 8:14 pm #52321
Thank you, Brian. It certainly has been a hard road. Right after the disaster last year, I really didn’t think I would have the energy or desire to rebuild my store to anywhere near what it is today. I think the ambition to leave the 9-5 office work life is what’s driving me to work so hard every night.0
11/27/2018 at 6:40 pm #52385
That is really inspirational!0
11/26/2018 at 2:07 pm #52297
Marie in FloridaParticipant
Items In Store: 444
Items Sold: 5
Total Sales: $160 ($85)
Highest Price Sold: $75 Lucchese Boots He just started a return because of fit Next highest was a Land’s End jacket for $30
Average price $32 ($17)
Returns: 2 The boots I understand. My other return just makes me ache. The buyer of the goose down duvet insert started messaging me all kinds of questions AFTER the sale. She was saying that it wasn’t worth the price. I could just tell that she wanted to back out. I was fine with that. Wrote her at night that I would normally have boxed and labelled the duvet, but I was trying to give her time because she sounded hesitant on multiple emails. She decided to go for it and I shipped it. 24 hours after delivery she’s claiming that it is way too small To prove to me that it was wrong she sent me a pic of her duvet cover tag??? I know it fits the PB king size duvet cover that I took it out of. Kinda think it fit hers too. If she wins on INAD it will make my last week’s profit a negative number
Lowest Price Sold: McDonald’s Toy Furbys So glad to see them finally gone
I’m not surprised as slow Thanksgiving Weekend sales. For me that’s always been slow. But November is usually my best month overall. This year definitely underwhelming. Lower than past years.
My husband and I were trying to figure out the reason for the underwhelming numbers. I wonder what you think? 1) In a good economy are people moving away from buying used clothing, mugs, shoes… 2) Is Poshmark starting to take a nibble out of Ebay?
Halfway through the Podcast. Wondering what you 2 are up to in the Brick and Mortar.1+
11/26/2018 at 2:21 pm #52298
- Location: Georgia
There’s a business that has become pretty popular in the Mr. Money Mustache community. It’s called Pop Up Business School. Basically, it’s a business that helps people start their business. If you were to commit to starting the brick and mortar store, you might get some good ideas from them. I haven’t personally used them and don’t know how much they charge for their services though. Here’s the link if you want to check them out.0
11/26/2018 at 6:47 pm #52307
Thanks. I have heard of the Popup Business school, but hadnt considered it. Thanks for the link.
We actually found a local non-profit that offers a very affordable 8-weeks business course. We write a business plan, make spreadsheets, etc. This will be our winter.0
11/26/2018 at 3:52 pm #52304
- Location: Ohio
My Store Week Nov 18-24, 2018
Total Items in Store: 1121
Items Sold: 12
Gross Sales: $584.48
Cost of Items Sold: $41.49
Highest Price Sold: $152.50 (Alden Shell Cordovans, paid $5)
International: 1 Sale
Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $42
Number of items listed this week: 3
I had two sales over $150 this week which boosts the numbers a lot. Also most everyone has been paying full price and buying immediately, which I am really loving. I feel as if the Holiday shopping frenzy may be starting…1+
11/26/2018 at 8:20 pm #52322
Week of Nov 20-26:
Sales ebay: 25, $750
PoshmarK after fees: 4, $70
Depop: 1 $45
Mercari: 1, $13
Highest sale: Pottery Barn Bedding $79
Running a 30% OFF store wide Cyber Monday sale Sun PM – Tues Morning. So far so good – lots of lift on OLD items which is great.
Listed 20 items on Mercari, continued to cross to Poshmark, and a few more on Depop as well. Going to see how Q4 goes on these alt. platforms.
I think my store fell into an ebay black hole for a day and then came out again.0
11/26/2018 at 9:51 pm #52327
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Retro, that’s a great start for your daughter. I might go with Poshmark. I think it’s aimed at a younger crowd
Oh and I forgot to give the price of my lowest item $14 for a big bag of Furby’s. They are typical of the things that I won’t buy anymore. It Takes too long to list for too little. However, the house is full of low value items that have already been purchased. The only cost now is time to list.0
11/27/2018 at 1:53 am #52332
- Location: Naples, Fl
Late to post, life happenings! Etsy listed first since it outperformed eBay for the second time since keeping numbers like this. Have not listened yet, which is unusual for me! Combined total $477.35, not so hot, Cost of items sold nice and low however, and no consignment payouts.
11/18 – 11/24/18
Etsy store Oldfleatoymarket
Total store items: 637
Number of items sold: 11 (2 international)
Total Etsy sales (not counting s/h): $246
Cost of items sold: $9
Consignment payouts 0
Highest price sold: $27 – vintage Tammy doll fashion
Average price sold: $22.36
Money spent on new inventory: $0
Number of items listed this week: 4
Sell through rate for the week: 1.7
eBay store totommyto
Total store items: 649
Number of items sold: 7 (0 international)
Total eBay sales ( not counting s/h): $231.35
Cost of items sold: $12.50
Consignment payouts: 0
Highest price sold: $100 – French packaging 6 Million Dollar Man action figure uniform, New in package
Average price sold: $33.05
Money spent on new inventory: 0
Number of items listed this week: 10
Sell through rate for the week: 1.11+
11/27/2018 at 8:01 am #52334
- Location: Leeds, UK
Weekly numbers 18-24 November. I’ve converted from GBP to USD.
Total items in store: 1090
Total sales $784
Total sold: 15 (10 UK, 2 USA, 3 Europe)
Highest price sold: $216 Art Deco Mirror (cost $6)
Average selling price: $52
Cost of items sold: $53
Money spent on new inventory: $0
New items listed: 28
A good week for us, with our average selling price pushed up again with sales of a mirror and a typewriter.
We downloaded all of our listings from Etsy (prompted by the ‘Numbers don’t lie’ thread) and were disappointed that 753 of our 1090 items are in the less than $25 range. We really need to focus on improving the averages!
Interesting podcast! I really love thinking and talking about business. My partner and I run a local magazine, which makes money by selling advertising space to local businesses, so we get to talk to a lot of the owners. Walk-in shop front businesses are facing a real and growing challenge – burnout and boredom can be equally devastating. Over the last ten years we’ve published lots of content in our magazines encouraging readers to spend their money with local independent businesses. There’s an awful lot of affection for the high street expressed, but in reality people choose to spend their money online and in out of town shopping centres.
I’m sure you’ll come up with a good business plan. Your business skills and expertise are transferable. Do the numbers, talk to your neighbours/the community/other business owners running the same kind of business (market research) and think long and hard about the reality of how much time and energy you are willing to put in.1+
11/27/2018 at 9:53 am #52338
- Location: Atlanta
Jay and Ryanne:
Here is what I think is one of the greatest free site and organization for the small business start up. I used them decades ago and their site has a ton of free information. Also if you put in your zip code you may even find that one of their 500+ locations is close enough to you so you can visit them. They have tons of seminars, all free [in most cases] on start-up financing, writing business planes, free guidance and advice on how to do almost anything you want in a business. It is staffed by over 10,000 retired exceutives and cover all aspects and fields of how to start a business. Lawyers, accountants, operations, administrative, wholesaling, retailing, storage, you name it they cover it in some form or another.
Hope this link is of some help to you.
mike at MDC Galleries and Fine Art1+
11/27/2018 at 5:35 pm #52381
Thanks Mike. We’ll check them out.0
11/27/2018 at 12:09 pm #52352
Great episode! I can not wait to see what comes of your adventure with your building. I hope you will continue to share in the future. We have enjoyed watching our downtown area bring in new business, it is coming to life.
Total Items in Store: 1930
Items Sold: 34 (3 Etsy)
Total Sales: $1197
Returns: 1 (Also had one item lost by USPS)
Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $118
I have done very little in the way of listing, just letting the store be on autopilot.
We have been trying to get things around the house put on Craigslist, at least the bigger items. We sold my beautiful cherry wood desk for $700. It was big and bulky and we needed something else. I found a nice adjustable table that I love!1+
11/27/2018 at 3:22 pm #52369
The Canadian government just passed a law forcing the postal workers to go back to work and they can no longer take job action/strike. Soon as they announced the law, my sales that I felt I was missing the last few weeks all came in quickly. Could be the post office being reliable again, could be Black Friday/Cyber Monday, or just good luck, but I was getting frustrated with people asking if I could ship items another way (for the same price of course…). My sales were way down until the last 3 days.
Hoping the next few weeks go well and as expected now I can rely on the post office to be open and working as usual…0
11/27/2018 at 5:14 pm #52380
- Location: Virginia Beach
I sensed a slow week, and that crystal ball prediction turned out to be true, boo. Still selling some older items here and there, along with the new ones, so grateful for that.
Excited for the start of a new business for you, R&J! I love a small town brick and mortar business (no matter where it’s located), and like your utilitarian thinking around something that would suit both locals and travelers. I had a small business when I lived in Louisville, KY, growing from a pop up shop of sorts. I didn’t have the needed social capital when I got it up and running there, nor the willingness to go further into debt in a newly-commercialized strip I was helping to pioneer, amongst a few other semi-related considerations, so I closed up shop, but it was geared towards locals and travelers alike, and there’s nothing like a relevant and fun small business to make a place feel cozy and community-oriented. Can’t wait to hear more.
11/18/18 – 11/24/18
Total Items In Store: 988
Items Sold: 19
Highest Price Sold: $160 Mens Rainforest Brown Leather Coat
Average Price Sold: $33.36
Cost of Items Sold: $74.60
Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $0
Number of Items listed this week: 581+
11/27/2018 at 6:35 pm #52384
November 18-24, 2018
Total Items in Store: 3,333
Items Sold: 97
Gross Sales: $1,644.72
Cost of Items Sold: 0
Consignor Commission: $547.04
Highest Price Sold: $169 (copper sheeting)
Average Price Sold: $16.96
Returns: 1 ($14)
Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $0
Number of items listed this week: 98
One customer issue, she had not received a package containing 2 items and the post office
said they tried to deliver, however they said they don’t have it when she tried to pick it up. Low dollar items, but frustrating.
I am working toward liquidating some of our lower priced inventory, and
increasing the average price of item sold.
This was a busier week for us. Shipping was challenging due to volume and the size of some items.
We cleared out another area of attic for inventory! I like to call it our new “wing”!
Lots of death piles, but we are not taking any new consignments until the new year.
Have had a lot of consignors requests for us to consign, but we are at max.0
11/27/2018 at 6:53 pm #52386
- Location: Atlanta
Was just reading your post and this sentence caught my eye. ” I am working toward liquidating some of our lower priced inventory, and increasing the average price of item sold.”
Just curious, what is your preferred method, process and or most effective way of “liquidating some of our lower priced Inventory ..”?
mike at MDCGFA in Atl.0
11/27/2018 at 7:27 pm #52388
Oh, I didn’t even realize I used that term! What I mean by liquidating, is I sell off at a low price, and pretty much take any offer that doesn’t end up losing money (local pickups are great for this!). I am open to any other ideas to liquidate.0
11/28/2018 at 7:29 pm #52435
- Location: Port Royal, SC
11/18 – 11/24
Ebay sales: $571.35
Ebay COGs: $74.10
Items sold: 23
Highest priced: (1) USMC Dress Blue coat at $100 and (1) USMC Alphas coat at $68. I paid $3 each at a local charity thrift.
Poshmark sales: $340.00
Poshmark COGs: $16.25
Items sold: 6
Highest priced: “Joseph Hanna” leather duffel bag for $200 and Frye leather booties for $70. I paid $3 for the bag and $5 for the booties at a local church thrift.
Mercari: $25 for a J.Crew leather belt, was $1.50 at Salvation Army.
Total Sales: $936.30
Total COGs: $91.85
Total items sold: 30
It was a good week. I am decreasing my inventory but still making sales. Clothes were the big winners. I had some offers on vintage bookends, a vintage robot toy, and woodblock prints, but I countered and they did not buy. Those things are worth holding onto for the right buyer. I have no problem letting the lower priced clothes go though. I met my only consignment client again this past week too and she gave me jewelry to sell. I am examining the markings and testing the metal; some of it was her grandmother’s, so it’s worth the research. She brought them to the local jewelry store who said the turn in value was minimal, so it’s more about finding the right person who wants that vintage look. I will get those up this week.
Today I went into the Salvation Army at 2 pm with my 4 year old, and sitting right up front by the doors was a black leather chair and ottoman, mid century lounger. Gorgeous and priced at $39.99, so we applied our military discount and got the set for $36.00. The vintage label said “Westnofa Norway”. They sell for $400 – $900 on ebay with local pickup. I put it on Facebook already tonight for $850 and will list on ebay tonight. I will probably do local pickup there too and refer folks to UShip. I definitely don’t mind holding onto THAT Piece of furniture until it sells. It’s heaven to sit in.
I worked in my family’s business for 6 years, 13-19. We had a home heating oil business/gas station/deli/convenience store in Pottstown, PA. You definitely get to know the locals when you work in the service industry. I worked the deli and register. We had a lot of male Amish customers because of the construction jobs they worked, so they’d get transported in vans to work-sites, and they’d get our breakfast sandwiches. Reputation was key. There were lots of gas stations, but my Dad was friendly, employed local teens, and had little festivals in the lot next door with hot dogs and giveaways on holiday travel days. It was hard keeping older mature employees though in a service industry though; that’s one thing to think about. Management skills are important, and understanding you will likely have younger employees who are dolts, as I was. Truly, teenagers can be clueless, bless their hearts.2+
11/29/2018 at 10:31 am #52465
Jay, with regard to your comment about how you wonder why nobody just buys new clothes and throws them out instead of washing them…that definitely does happen! I dumpster dive the off-campus apartments around the university near me every Sunday morning. I’m mainly looking for packing materials, but I grab anything I can sell or donate while I’m at it. I have absolutely found bags upon bags of clothes that have clearly only been worn once and then tossed. It’s always men’s clothes, and it generally seems to be a certain type of very rich foreign student who employs this method of dressing themselves lol. I surmise this from the other stuff that is tossed at the same time (often the shipping materials I’m after).
Sometimes I Ebay the stuff or bring it to Plato’s, but there is generally so much of it that a lot of the time I just drive it over to the thrift store on my way home. It’s mostly mall-brand stuff like Hollister, American Eagle, etc. I’m sure that it’s cheap enough that it makes sense to them to treat it as disposable 🙁
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11/29/2018 at 11:10 am #52474
In my memory bank of random useless memories, I still have a vivid memory of seeing an interview of Nsync way back when they were the new hot thing. The guy with the stupid dreadlock hair proudly stated that he would only use underwear once. He’d buy them new, use them once, then throw them away.
I took that as a sign of supreme wealth – being able to treat expensive underwear as disposable. Lol!
Something tells me that once his 15 minutes of fame was done he quickly dropped that habit.2+
11/29/2018 at 2:13 pm #52479
Yeah, I can imagine there are rich people who live that way. Buy clothes to wear once.
But in the US, even “poor people” could just wear clothes once throw away. The clothes are almost free at the right kind of thrift stores.2+
11/29/2018 at 3:36 pm #52484
I wonder how often some clothing gets worn when I watch HGTV or other shows and they have these huge walk-in closets with 100’s or 1000’s of outfits and 100’s of pairs of shoes. I’m sure some outfits get worn for only a few hours.
When you see how many gallons of water (2500 or more), and all the other resources that go into making one T-shirt, fashion is probably one of the resource wasters and biggest polluters in the world at the moment. When I see all the corporate T-shirts, community shirts for a one-day event, or other shirts I know probably were only worn a few hours and discarded to a thrift store, future historians will think we were crazy!1+
11/30/2018 at 6:47 am #52493
That’s totally true. My favorite junky thrift does $1 a bag clothes sales pretty often so a poor person could definitely shop those sales and just throw the stuff out instead of washing it.0
11/29/2018 at 12:41 pm #52477
Chris was the one with the dreadlocks. I’m so ashamed that I know that.2+
12/03/2018 at 2:30 pm #52593
- Location: Pittsburgh
Just catching up on last week’s episode, sorry for the late reply. Your idea of a brick and mortar establishment prompted me to share my experience. 15 years ago, my wife-to-be and I started an art gallery. We operated it for 5 years. Not a huge money maker, but we never lost anything either. We closed it when we started a family and she couldn’t commit to being there full time (I was working full time elsewhere). I seriously started selling on ebay as soon as we closed the gallery to make up the lost income. If I knew then what I know now, I would have kept the gallery open and run my ebay business out of the basement there for as long as I could. There wasn’t a terrible amount of foot traffic through the store each day, and some months only a few sales would be enough to sustain us. A perfect companion business for ebay!0
12/04/2018 at 8:45 am #52626
That would have been a perfect companion business. Were you selling local art, or art you bought to resell?0
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