05/12/2019 at 3:07 pm #61721
05/12/2019 at 3:55 pm #61727
It looks like Poshmark does have some sort of negotiated deal with USPS https://www.endicia.com/en/why-us/success-stories/poshmark . I really wish that Ebay would negotiate something similar.
As for the scene at college moveouts, I’m sure it’s huge by NYU! Martin from Garbage Finds does dumpster diving around McGill during college moveouts, and he has talked about the competition before. I look around the neighborhoods and apartments by my local university (pretty small engineering school) and find great stuff tossed mostly by rich foreign students. I assume they can’t or don’t want to bring it home. I’ve never seen anyone else looking, but I assume that bigger universities might attract more people looking to see what’s left. I cannot even imagine what must be left behind at places like NYU.
We live in God’s waiting room here in coastal FL, and estate sales are everywhere every weekend. I only go to some. The no price thing is annoying. You get a feel for certain estate sale companies though. Some I just avoid when I see their signs, some I go on the last day, some I know will make a deal even on the first day…also, the ones run by the family with no company involved are the best.0
05/12/2019 at 4:15 pm #61731
With PoshPost, Poshers can ship any piece of fashion weighing under five pounds anywhere in the U.S. for a flat rate of $4.99. This saved them roughly 28 percent of what they were originally paying for in shipments.
–So if a buyer purchases items over five pounds, do they pay more?
–If they dont pay more, who eats the extra cost? The seller, Poshmark, or USPS?
–If a buyer purchases three items, do they pay 3 x $4.99? Or does it all get shipped for $4.99 total?0
05/12/2019 at 7:00 pm #61739
Jay, as long as the buyer purchased those items as a “bundle” they would ship together for $4.99. Sellers often offer additional bundle discounts too so there is additional incentive to bundle beyond only paying the one shipping fee.
You can request a label over 5 lbs if you need it. Thus far I’ve never needed to request one so I can’t speak to what happens if you do. Maybe they do charge you or the buyer more? Not sure.0
05/12/2019 at 7:34 pm #61740
That’s my ultimate question:
–If a buyer purchases five heavy items that weigh forty pounds (jackets + Boots), does it just cost $4.99 to ship from NYC to LA?
–If so, who’s eating that extra cost? USPS or Poshmark?
I cant see why USPS would give such an awesome deal to Poshmark alone. For $4.99 you can barely ship a light T-shirt with first class postage from NYC to LA.
- This reply was modified 1 week, 2 days ago by Jay.
05/12/2019 at 11:06 pm #61767
The Thrift RaiderParticipant
So I assumed with Poshmark that the shipping is cheap and it’s subsidized with the extra money in fees you pay them. It’s 20% so couldn’t that technically go towards shipping on the backend?0
05/13/2019 at 6:59 am #61777
Maybe. I just know that it doesn’t make sense for USPS to give a small company a huge discount that they wouldn’t give to Amazon or eBay.0
05/13/2019 at 7:12 am #61781
The difference I could see is that nearly all of Poshmark’s packages are apparently under 5 lbs. The USPS can count on that. With Ebay, I think all bets are off…they could be 4 ounces or 1000 pounds. There is no way to know because there are so many categories. Poshmark is all fashion. Maybe that could explain it?0
05/13/2019 at 9:47 am #61796
Ok, here is the Poshmark info from the sales that we have had.
All Poshmark sales have Poshmark providing the label to us (we don’t pay for the label. The buyer pays $6.79 for the label to Poshmark, Poshmark provides the label to the seller). All labels are Priority and are good for up to 5 lbs. If someone buys three items, still $6.79 up to 5 lbs.
For packages over 5lbs, the upcharges are paid by the seller, and are shown below. We have not had this yet…
Up to 5 pounds Free
6 pounds $3.99
7 pounds $7.98
8 pounds $11.97
9 pounds $15.96
10 pounds $19.95
PS – There are times that you can discount your item, and Poshmark will discount the shipping for the buyer to $4.99. Or, you can provide a discount and you eat the discounted shipping.0
05/13/2019 at 2:13 pm #61820
Ah, so its a flat price for the Poshmark buyer no matter what the weight is. But the seller does have to ay ore the heavier the item is. That makes more sense. USPS wouldnt eat that much difference in postage.
I still feel Poshmark is subsidizing their postage as a vc funded company. The goal is to gain market share before they go public. Then they have to act like a real for-profit company.
Looks like the founder of Poshmark had legal issues with USPS when he first started:
Shipping has long been the most expensive headache, Chandra says. It’s also something that nearly led him to criminal consequences.
“At one point, USPS was ready to put me in jail because we were hacking the partnership,” he says.”We wanted everything to ship fast, but we wanted flexibility in sizing.”
So Chandra prepaid for thousands of two-pound shipping labels, and sent them to sellers so they could ship to buyers through Poshmark. He assumed that the weight and price would eventually even out, not realizing that the USPS is able to detect overweight packages (but not underweight ones).
“They came to us,” says Chandra, “and asked for a very large bill,” demanding millions in owed shipping costs.0
05/13/2019 at 2:26 pm #61825
@jay: Yeah, so they may just have straight negotiated a deal for a flat rate for PoshPost, up to 5lbs. You notice that over 5lbs gets pricey, and that comes out of the seller’s side, not Poshmark.
This is why I’m wondering of the heavier items go better on Posh vs the items that would be First Class on eBay. $6.79 is cheap for 2lbs+ items vs eBay, but expensive for items under 1lb on eBay.
I just don’t get much traction for lighter items on Posh, so I’m not fighting it. Listing the higher weight and higher dollar items there…0
05/13/2019 at 5:21 pm #61834
So you list heavier items on Poshmark. Do you just eat the extra shipping cost, and /or build it into the price?0
05/14/2019 at 12:25 pm #61898
@jay: When I say heavier, I mean items that are 1lb and heavier, up to 5lbs. Since these items would ship for $7.33 at the lowest on eBay (Padded Flat Rate), then a buyer is getting a deal at $6.79. For boots that would be $15+ on eBay for shipping, they can get on Poshmark for $6.79 shipping.
I am thinking that this is why my First Class items have less traction on Poshmark, since the buyer has to pay $6.79 for shipping on Poshmark, and I can ship for $5 or less on eBay.
Price doesn’t change between the platforms. I just like to crosspost the items that are more than 1lb on Poshmark since that will drive velocity of sales.0
05/13/2019 at 11:42 am #61805
Maybe. But even $4.99 would barely cover the cost of 16oz from NYC to LA. Am I getting my numbers incorrect? Poshmark ships Priority as ell which is mostly more expensive.
How much does a 3lb package (a dress) cost from coast to coast?0
05/13/2019 at 11:55 am #61807
@jay: On Poshmark, all labels are $6.79 Priority.
8oz shirt (anywhere in the US)? $6.79 Priority.
5lb Boots (anywhere in the US)? $6.79 Priority.
Yep…I dunno how they do this either. Best I can figure is that they negotiated this with USPS. Most items will be lower than the 5lb limit, so $6.79 is like a middle average compared to the actual cost to the USPS (in terms of space, cost to transport in gas, etc.)
Unless the USPS is tracking each package and getting a weight on a scanner in the process. So when the package is shipped, the barcode scanned is assigned the ACTUAL weight on the conveyor at the time.
That information is routed to a computer that can compare the actual weight and cost (using the absolute lowest commercial weight) with the flat $6.79 rate, and Poshmark and USPS true up monthly, quarterly, or annually. I have seen similar processes before with raw materials, where a flat rate is used on every transaction, and the actual costs are calculated and reconciled.1+
05/12/2019 at 5:10 pm #61735
- Location: Atlanta
Estate sales are easy for us. First we have gotten to know a few owners so when we first walk up I say, Hi Jim, Fred, Robbie whoever it is and say same terms as last time and most of the time they say yes. If a new estate sale person, we do and I say the following:
First we walk around and see if things are all priced [mostly], get a feel if they are way high or reasonable according to our experience and if there are a few things we are interested in. Then I go up to the desk and ask for the owner or person in charge. then I do a few seconds of the business elevator speech .. “Hi glad to know you. First time seeing you guys. I see things all priced, you did a good job or nice stuff. You been doing this long? [get the answer]. Then I hand them our business card and say, “We are buyers and resellers, so you know the drill, there has to be meat left on the bone. If we make a pile and write a list as we go, are you negotiable?” “If so then this could be a win-win situation for both of us and you have made yourself a repeat buyer and we will frequent your future sales.”
And that’s it and wait for the answer. All in all less than 60 seconds. They know it’s a business deal from the get go. They have to give or we won’t do “the dance”. If they do, we will be buying “a pile” because I said so, and also if they invest in us by discounting, then they will continue to get our business. We let them know right away we are dealers and bring more fire power to their sale than the average, non-corporate entity, casual fair day buyer. Auction houses also know us by the same business like manner in which we deal.
Some say sure, we will negotiate and a few says something like well we only offer 50% off on the last day. I look then square in the eye and state well that won’t do, and guess no use checking you guys out in the future. Put my hand out, shake hands and wish them good luck with their business model. Then Susan and I walk away.
Susan knows my spiel by heart. That is all it takes. We have about a dozen estate sale owners who know us by sight or our blue bags we bring to carry our stuff out with. Most allow us to pack our bags as we bring things out and then work from my list I give them.
I total it up on the bottom of the list at sticker price, then put the 50% off price below that and then put the 75% off price under that and circle it then hand it to the person in charge. 90% of the time they say sure thing and I hand them cash. If not they usually say, this client was tough or she passed away and the kids have other plans if we don’t sell it, then they come back with a number between the 50% off and my 75% off. Usually 60%.
But in any case you start the deal / process as soon as you walk up, either same as last time Jim, or do the quick elevator speech and you will know where you stand in 60 seconds or if just need to leave.
We have honed this process through the years. We have been buying from some of the same people for over 5 years and 75% off on last day is what we get. And the closer to the last few hours is even better. I have made deals of 80% off during the last few ours.
All of our established estate sellers know I drive for 75% off of their sticker price.
Our card says we are a corporation by the use of “Inc”. and we have a tax ID number, so no tax on our purchases and by paying cash or business check the vendors save the 3%+ charge from the C/C companies, which I throw out at a new vendor as part of my spiel.
In case you do not know, many estate sellers make deals with their clients to try to leave the house as empty and clean as they can. So some of our friend estate sellers have buyers who come in 30 minutes to 60 minutes after the closing time and buy everything that’s left, lot, stock and barrel and clean the house out. Everything from paper trash to old brooms and mops and chemicals. They take it all for a one price. So i like to shop them several hours before those guys roll in.
Some estate dealers also have a dumpster brought end at the days end and split the cost with the whole house end buyers. The dealers take what they want and throw the rest away. The dumpster gets picked up the next morning. “Pulled” as it is called.
So, there you have it. You own a business, so run your business like a business. Estate Sellers are your vendors. I worked every vendor I ever bought from in the business world and always drove hard for discounts based on repeat buying, exclusively carrying their brand, volume buying and in a few cases even got vendors to stock their products in our plant and they came in and did the inventory for us and only invoiced us for what we used. In return we would drop ship for them to others if they needed some of the products they had stored at our plant.
So I just use the same tactics on the local estate sale vendors. Here I am, I am a buyer, I have been in business for 16 years and I will continue to do business with you if you cut me the deals. Plain and simple. No deals no business today and in the future.
Some of the vendors I actually call them, because that is what they are, I have manilla file folders several inches thick where I have bought thousand of dollars of merchandise from them. And we only buy what fits our niche and quality level. We will buy a hundred dollar item but only for $25. Period.
I have even had vendors say as we come in, glad to see you, we were hoping you and Susan would be coming in today because we have a couple of things that fit your niche and they take us straight to them as soon as we arrive. At times a floor walker will bring something up to us and say, “I think you guys like this kind of stuff” and usually we say “Yep” and take it to our bags. One lady who does this with us we have spent over $15,000 with them over a 5 year period. That averages about $3,000 a season.
You have to make your discounts in this business and we all know the profit is in the buying. These days everyone knows what something is selling for or sold for on Ebay, even yard sellers.
There is another lady who will remain anonymous, will not bend on the 50% off rule. Says her rpices are rsearched and fair and 50% is enough meat on the bone. Well after we got no where with her after several tries, we haven’t bought anything from her in over 4 years.
So you can make your own vendor pipeline if you work at it and are persistant. There are no “Merchandise Marts” in the used item world, but you can create your vendor pipeline. You get to know them, build the trust and build the system. Those that are willing to “do the dance” will, and those that are not or are staffed by “clerks” with no executive decision making power won’t and we are out of there in 60 seconds and never return. There are way too many good ones out there than to waste time on those who don’t know how to dance with you or won’t do the dance with you.
The good ord says, “You have not because you ask not!”… So ask up front. You will save yourself a lot of time making piles and wasting time looking and then only after the fact discovering, “Sorry, today is only 50% off day”.
Bye,bye, to those people until they learn how to do the “business dance”.
Use your brain and negotiating skills first rather than your back.
Just one guys opinion and another wall of text.
The management team from MDC Concepts, Inc.
Susan, Lisa, Christie and Michael
MDC Galleries and Fine Art
“SmartParts” Small Equipment Parts divs.3+
05/12/2019 at 5:48 pm #61737
- Location: Naples, Fl
Finishing up at work, glad to see another Sunday night podcast, going to try hard to listen before nights out.
5/5 – 5/11/19 (no cross listing is done between platforms)
eBay store: totommyto
Total store items: 627
Number of items sold: 17
Total eBay sales (not counting s/h): $412.19
Cost of items sold: $24.50
Consignment payouts $5
Highest price sold: $70 vintage Commando action figure, cost $2.50
Average price sold: $24.37
Returns: $20 key fob, too heavy for jewelry project, no worries
Money spent on new inventory: $135
Number of new items listed this week: 25
Sell through rate for the week: 2.7
Number International sales: 2
Etsy store oldfleatoymarket
Total store items: 637
Number of items sold: 8
Total Etsy sales (not counting s/h): $166
Cost of items sold: $15.50
Consignment payouts: $5
Highest price sold: $30 – rusty tool box tray
Average price sold: $20.75
Money spent on new inventory: $23
Number of new items listed this week: 8
Sell through rate for the week: 1.3
# International sales: 10
05/12/2019 at 7:48 pm #61743
- Location: Merida, Mexico
Jay, Mercadolibre where I sell has what sounds like a similar shipping deal to poshmark. If I list something over $549 pesos, about $27 bucks, I can offer free shipping that will go with either Fedex or DHL, mercadolibre gives me a huge discount of the shipping, WAY cheaper than I can go in to the offices and purchase it for. They must have some sort of partnership with those two companies to offer me such drastically reduced rates. To give an example, I can ship say something the size of a shoebox and about the weight of a pair of shoes anywhere in Mexico for less than 4 bucks with either fedex or DHL.
Down here NO ONE uses the postal system, it is too slow and many things get “lost” en route. By mercadolibre making some loose partnership with those two companies they have taken what was once the big detractor, dubious shipping times, out of the equation of online sales and their business has boomed over the past several years because of that.0
05/12/2019 at 7:57 pm #61747
- Location: Merida, Mexico
The cheap vs frugal conversation was great! An example I would give would be to say buying an inexpensive pair of Chinese made leather boots at Walmart is being cheap, they will fall apart in a short time. Being frugal would be finding a nice open box of Doc Martens for a highly discounted price, even if they end up costing more than the Walmart boots, but they will last for many years.0
05/12/2019 at 8:05 pm #61748
Exactly. Pay a little more up front, but you have quality that will last.
Whats weird to me are people who buy gorgeous $300 boots, but then wear them a handful of times and donate them. Buy quality but use it.0
05/12/2019 at 8:55 pm #61753
2019-05-05 – 2019-05-11
Total Items In Store: 2972
Items Sold: 13 (12 ebay, 1 Bonanza)
Cost of Items Sold: $40
Total Sales: $458.36
Highest Price Sold: $100.00 (CD Changer)
Average Price Sold: $35.26
# Items Listed: 36
Money Spent on New Inventory: $ 182
Gut Sales Report for the week: Yes, sales were really slow. 1 sale a day or so for a lot of the days.
Challenge of the week: The story of the week\month is buying awesome inventory on the cheap. Also, I am getting into items I have not dealt with before and am having success. One example of this is some Lacrosse sticks that I bought this week – that is a first for me.
Strategy of the week\month: I am trying to beef up my $75 and up items right now. I have 208 of them right now, which is 7% of my inventory. I really want to make an effort to get this near 20%. One of the ways I am doing this is by buying a lot of stereo\TV equipment. I am getting these for dirt cheap and some fetch some hefty profits. I am getting really good at testing this stuff out and having fun doing it which is always good. For example, I bought 8 items this week that fit this criteria. The average selling price of the 8 items is $108.74 (may not realize all that). I paid $43.74 for all 8 of them, or and average of $5.47 each. I went to about 9 sales this week, 3 of which
were rummage sales. The key to this is to go to a lot of sales and get creative while there.
Personal Scavenge of the week\month: My daughter has been asking for an acoustic guitar. I found a nice Fender electric guitar with an amp for $50 at a rummage sale. The combo worked great, so I gave it to her. I told her she can keep it or sell it on ebay (probably can get at least $150 for the combo) so she can buy an acoustic guitar. For now, she is going to keep the electric guitar. This is also a new area for me. I had bought a Fender Amp before, but never an electric guitar. So now I will add that to my list of bolo items.
05/12/2019 at 9:11 pm #61754
The Thrift RaiderParticipant
Speaking of frugal, I know you guys are fans of Ting. However I found that Mint Mobile would be even cheaper and you don’t have to be a data miser. 3GB for $15/month. That’s a pretty amazing deal compared to the $40 for the same amount of data on my current plan, Straight Talk. Mint uses the T-Mobile network. I recently lost my phone so I’m doing a lot of phone and plan comparisons. Just wondered if you had already looked into it.0
05/13/2019 at 7:10 am #61779
Those prices are their “intro offers”: https://www.mintmobile.com/plans/
There are many of these wireless resellers or MVNO’s: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile_virtual_network_operator
Here’s a list of them:
In our rural area, Sprint is the best network which is why we like Ting. Plus they have the best customer service we’ve experienced from a phone company. We’d need to buy new phones to jump to a different network if they use a different cell technology (CDMA vs GSM).
But I’ll take a look to see how much we could actually save and the reviews of their service.0
05/12/2019 at 10:26 pm #61766
Week May 5 – 11, 2019
Items in store: 3708 Listings for 5781 Items
Items Sold: 102 Transactions for 115 Items
Gross Sales: $5855
Highest Price Sold: $396, LVC Leather Jacket
Lowest Price Sold: $3.49(shoelaces)
Average Price Sold: $50.91
Cost of Goods Sold $492, Plus consignment
Number of items listed this week: 134 items
$$ spent on new inventory this week $00
Repeat Customers: 5
Items Sold 0
Gross Sales $0
Cost of Good Sold $0
My yearly spring explosion of frugalness, I got the garden mostly ready for planting this week. We grown and preserve our own organic veggies. Found broken frost spigot I will have to deal with before I can get the irrigation running. I hate crawling under the house, it’s a tight dirt and rock crawlspace….I may take he easy road and pay a plumber. The savings we get on all out home-grown produce will more than cover the plumber.0
05/13/2019 at 7:02 am #61778
I’m still in awe that you make over $5k a week. With only $500 in COGS, maybe your consignment costs are really high? Just seems like you’d be able to really save up a lot of cash quickly.0
05/13/2019 at 7:11 am #61780
Consignment payout is about $600/week on average. Of course Shipping and eBay/PP fees are each a $600/week chunk as well.0
05/13/2019 at 11:45 am #61806
$5855 – $492 (consignment) – $600 (shipping) -$600 (PP/eBay fees) = $4163
Is this math roughly correct? That’s $16,000 a month!0
05/13/2019 at 7:02 pm #61845
$5855 – $492 (consignment) – $600 (shipping) -$600 (PP/eBay fees) = $4163
Is this math roughly correct? That’s $16,000 a month!
$5855 – $492 (COGS) – $600(consignment) – $600 (shipping) -$600 (PP/eBay fees) = $3563 Roughly0
05/14/2019 at 9:22 am #61889
Got it. So $14k/month net profit. That’s really amazing. That’s a credit to your way of scavenging and selling.
You mentioned needing to buy another car. You could easily buy a great newly used car for $10k.0
05/14/2019 at 9:40 am #61891
Yes I had to buy one in February. It made things tight for a month or two, on top of the surgery, but they are both paid for.
Next challenge. My wife may go back to school for her Masters degree, it’s 3 years and $80K. We were on track to pay off our house early by 2024. My goal is to increase sales to pay for her school and not fall off our 2024 payoff.
At my current rate…I would have to sell an additional 2500 items or so, on top of what we are currently doing, to make it happen. Spread over 3 years, that would mean I need a 20% increase in # items sold. (16/week)…..Better get listing.
- This reply was modified 1 week, 1 day ago by The_SEAM_Store.
05/12/2019 at 11:36 pm #61768
You mentioned the experience of walking into an expensive thrift store and leaving if it doesn’t look promising. I no longer shop at thrift stores unless I’m just killing time, BUT before, I found expensive ones are sometimes more profitable if you look for big ticket items. A thrift that prices everything for a dollar, when it gets something really special – prices it for a dollar and it’s gone within the day. A thrift that prices everything at $20 prices the special thing for $20 too, even if it’s worth $200. And it’s *still there* when you show up, because it wasn’t bought by the first picker whose eye it caught. It’s a different kind of filter, and it works for you as long as you can swallow paying $20 for an item.
I had a decent week.
Sales: CAD$1124, 9 items, COGS: $115 –> Item profit: $823
Expenditures: $378 –> Cashflow: $560
Listed: $2130, 25 items
Hours: 10, $57/hr
Notable sales: electrical cabinet $0–>$200 from a long ago auction, dust filters $20–>$220.
Scavenging: got some good buys this week. Big box of fancy security cameras for $50, hoping it’s all worth around $1000. An auction haul included a big box of various hydraulic filters for $140, some are cheap but a couple are worth $200-500 range. Fluorescent lightbulbs for cheap too, should be $500 or so for all of them.
Looks like I’m doing an out of town auction pickup this coming week too…2+
05/13/2019 at 6:58 am #61776
We definitely still walk around the store, but its much quicker since we know the prices are all too high on normal items. But as you say, you can sometimes find the rare unicorn.
One of our biggest sales was finding a roll of fabric at the particular thrift store we mentioned in NYC. We bought for $50 and sold for $1800.1+
05/13/2019 at 8:48 am #61795
- Location: Hopedale, OH
May 5 – 11
Total Items in Store: 2249
Items Sold: 22
Total Sales : $1,083
* ABOVE yearly average of $890
Highest Price: $200 (Bose Wave CD Player)
Average Price: $55
Cost of Goods Sold: $67
Costs of Goods Purchased this Week: $10
Number of New Items Listed this Week: 28
I’m glad you two had a nice impromptu vacation in NYC! One of these days I would love to visit the big apple. I’ve heard that there’s so much to explore there.
I had a pretty decent week thanks to a handful of really nice sales. I didn’t get quite as much listing done as I would have liked, but I did manage to work on a lot of stuff around the house, including restoring some mid century furniture for resale.
Regarding estate sales, recently a company has been putting them on in our area and we’ve enjoyed going to them. A lot of times it’s just like your caller described… nothing is priced. We’ve learned that the trick in our case is to make a pile and ask the right person working there. Because two people will give you completely different prices. We’ve found out through experience which worker will give us better prices.0
05/13/2019 at 9:53 am #61797
Jay and Ryanne: Your ears were totally burning! I was EXACTLY thinking that! Just drop your numbers into a spreadsheet each week and then you can take the data, slice and dice it and make Julienne fries!
I’m ready when you guys are do start doing some video stuff. I will try and get some more test with other software so that maybe we can do a live event rather than just with the two of you. Maybe my internet connection too. Dunno, but that OBS software was crap when I did test live streams. The screen looked fine in the OBS, but when it broadcasted to YouTube, couldn’t read the screen. Skype worked out better.
And we can do a few of these. One on how I collect and do my data (with graphs of course), how I use that data to forecast our numbers, how we use SixBit (especially how it helps us do Poshmark crossposting in 2 minutes). Open book…
Gonna start posting our numbers more on like a Tuesday or Wednesday. Teaching Veronica how to do this step in prep for the Colorado Trail this summer, and all our downloads show up Monday night/Tuesday Morning.0
05/13/2019 at 10:56 am #61798
- Location: Southern California
Putting nothing in, getting nothing back. Sold one item on Ebay this week for best offer $30. I’m focused on my other job and renovating my dad’s new place, so Ebay is still on the back burner. I didn’t even manage to send any offers from the app but will this week. That’s a great feature.
Enjoyed the discussion of value and that is relevant to me now as I choose products for my dad’s place. And even as I choose what to update and what is not going to increase the value of the unit. I have expensive taste but I try to get bargains. My dad is the cheap swede and is out of touch with what things cost. “How much is a dishwasher? $200? Vanity $200.” Anything buried in the wall or labor intensive such as plumbing I’ll pay up for. I found out our Costco has Hansgrohe fixtures and they also had $50 off ceiling fans. Yeah for Costco! I have some time before he moves in so I will be hawking local sites and Habitat for some deals. Picked out nice stock tile this week.0
05/13/2019 at 12:52 pm #61811
- Location: Virginia
love hansgrohe! they are very very sturdy and high end and will last forever. now that is something i consider quality (willing to pay for) vs buying something cheaper that will last like 5 years.1+
05/13/2019 at 6:20 pm #61838
The quality of a Hansgrohe faucet from Costco may not be identical to that of the one purchased at a plumbing supply store. No personal experience with Hansgrohe specifically, but I was alerted by a plumber that there is a difference between plumbing fixtures available at Home Depot/Lowe’s and a plumbing supply store. Found that out for myself when researching fixtures for a bathroom reno. The fixture may look identical on the outside, but the innards are plastic vs. metal, etc. and the model no. will be off by a digit/letter or two at the end.1+
05/13/2019 at 12:10 pm #61808
- Location: San Francisco Bay Area
Thanks for the podcast!
Here are my numbers for the week:
Total Items in Store: 2999
Items Sold: 52
Total Sales: $1496
Cost of Items Sold: $136
Average Price Sold: $28.76
Average Cost of Item: $2.63
Highest Price Item Sold: $279.95 Sony A5000 Alpha 20.1MP Digital Camera (paid $10 at an estate sale)
Number of items listed this week: 89
YTD Sales: $17363
YTD sales compared to this time last year: +6%
Average age of items in store (in days since listing): 377
Average number of days between listing and selling this week: 202
Median age of sales (in days, between listing and selling): 68
Sell-through rate (for the week): 1.73%
Hats sold this week: 36 (69% of sales) worth $641.37 (42% of sales $)
We had a great week with the most number of sales and the highest total sales $ that we’ve had this year. The sales $ figure was buoyed by a fewer higher-value items that I’d picked up at estate sales and garage sales.
At estate sales I tend to focus on stuff that other people aren’t interested in. I generally pick up several items and make sure at least one or two of them look like junk so that people don’t think I’m picking up valuable items. When I take my pile up to the register to pay I always hold my breath while I find out what I have to pay. I rarely walk away completely though I did do it the other day when I was quoted $15 for a few small books which was triple what I was expecting to pay.
On the topic of frugal vs cheap, I don’t think the average person makes a distinction. I sometimes call myself frugal to my wife but she thinks I’m just using a different word to avoid calling myself cheap.
On the topic of paying for quality, the problem I have with that is that you often don’t know if the cheap thing you’re buying will last or not. It’s only with hindsight that you find the answer to that. I think people use the “quality” argument to spend more than they need to sometimes. If I buy an expensive “quality” car, will it last longer than cheap car? Maybe. Maybe not. If I buy an expensive pair of shoes, will they always last longer than cheap shoes? Sometimes. Sometimes not.0
05/13/2019 at 2:18 pm #61821
You make a good point. Especially around the Bay Area, I bet it’s easy for people to convince themselves they need to buy “the best”.
But we all know its an easy answer. A $25k Corolla is going to be better quality and value than a $70k Audi over the lifetime of the car.0
05/13/2019 at 3:34 pm #61828
Coming from a family of mechanics, most people don’t factor in that an average garage mechanic probably works on 100’s of Corollas for every Audi they see. This means they can quickly diagnose the problem, and get it fixed right the first time. By bringing in an Audi, you are paying them to learn how to fix your car…or you are stuck going to the Audi dealer for repairs at a much higher hourly rate.
Also, the more popular the car, the more part options, quicker to source parts, and volume of parts exist, therefore they are cheaper and you will get your car back faster.0
05/14/2019 at 8:55 am #61883
Retro Treasures WVParticipant
Back when I was a poor fresh out of college newlywed, I drove a 1994 Volvo 850 Turbo that I bought for $800.
I had a local shop that I used for more indepth repairs on my cars over the years. They would let me bring in my own parts.
For the Volvo, I would research the issue, buy my parts from Rock-auto (cheap). I would also print out a repair guide from brickboard.com and hand them the guide along with the parts. That kept my repair costs WAY down.
That was an awesome car – very luxurious. An old man who could not hear ran over the front of my car in a gas station parking lot – backed up right up and over me. Lol! I got $3500 from insurance for the car. Worked out great!0
05/13/2019 at 1:10 pm #61815
Week of 05/05-05/11
Total Items in Store: 3,269 (Up 55% YOY)
Number of Items Listed: 155
Number of Items Sold: 99 (Up 27% YOY)
(Includes 1 Etsy, 9 Poshmark, 0 Bonanza, 0 TrueGether)
Weekly STR: 13% (Down 3% YOY)
Total Product Sales: $2,437 (Up 18% YOY)
Sales Volume Variance to Prior Year: Up $555
Sales Price Variance to Prior Year: Down $179
Cost of Items Sold: $498
Cost of Labor: $222
Highest Item Sold: $69 – Hickey Freeman Sport Coat
Competition: Highest Priced Sale: Troy wins the week and Veronica leads for the year 11-9.
# Listed: 1,960
# Sold: 65
# Listed: 708
# Sold: 20
# Listed: 601
# Sold: 14
# Listed: 3,269
# Sold: 89
# Listed: 237
# Sold: 1
# Listed: 788
# Sold: 9
So…change in plans. I’m going to get this out of the way, since Veronica won’t be keeping this part up when I’m gone. She will maintain the cash and credit card recons, but not this part.
Good week, more short sleeve and shorts starting to sell, bringing down the ASP. Weird that the past three weeks in a row, we have sold exactly 65 items.
Other than that, still just heads down and keep working. Only one day for the contract gig this week (like last week), so easier to hit our 150 listings/week goal.0
05/13/2019 at 1:31 pm #61817
- Location: Central NJ
Week of May 5 – 11
* Total Items in Store: 1391, eBay, 3 Etsy
* Items Sold: 17 eBay
* Cost of Items Sold: $6.15 + $0 Commission
* Total Sales: $255.37
* Highest Price Sold: $45 Bavaria serving platter
* Average Price Sold: $15
* Returns: 0
* Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $0
* Number of items listed this week: 20
I find estate sales a waste of time. Yes, I might find a thing or two at the right price, but auctions are so much more efficient. Garage sales and flea markets are a hit or miss, although rummage sales are usually fruitful. Usually. On Saturday, I went to a rummage sale that I’ve attended the past few years, but I didn’t find anything. Partly this is because I’ve become more picky, but they really didn’t have much.
I went to bed Saturday night with at feedback score of 998, and woke up Sunday morning with 1001. Quite happy with that! Does anyone know when that little star will change color again?
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05/13/2019 at 2:22 pm #61823
Brian Treasures from GrandmasParticipant
- Location: Hoboken, NJ
Welcome to NYC! Isn’t the weather lovely?!?! Think it’s supposed to be crappy all week until Saturday and then be gorgeous, just in time for you guys to head home 🙁
To the caller about estate sale prices – in my experience, it’s different for each one. I went to 3 this weekend and all were different; one had prices through the roof still even on the last day and they took 10% off of my “pile”; but then another was practically giving things away and I listed something yesterday for $225 that I paid $2 for at that sale. What another person above said, if you go consistently enough, you’ll get a sense of how each company runs their sales. I have 3 different “go to” companies that I’ll always go to cause I know the prices are fair, the quality is usually high, and they are organized.
Week May 5-11, 2019
Total Items in Store: 999
Items Sold: 14 (1 Amazon)
Cost of Items Sold: $105 (20.6% of sales)
Total Sales: $509.19
Highest Price Sold: $99.99 (1986 Beastie Boys License to Ill first press LP)
Average Price Sold: $36.37
Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $0
Number of items listed this week: 0
Promoted listings test: 11 sales, $405.71 (79.7% of total sales), $18.86 fees (4.6% of sales)
On the slower side for me as well, about 30% below my weekly sales average. 7 of my 14 sales were under $20 and pulled down my average price sold pretty considerably.
Went to a few sales this weekend, but didn’t get to list anything because I was under the weather on Sunday. Plan on getting a few things listed and out the door before the week is out.
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05/13/2019 at 5:22 pm #61835
We thought we were so smart to pack light coming to NYC. Turned out it’s still winter here so we had to borrow our friend’s jackets and hats 🙂2+
05/13/2019 at 3:45 pm #61830
Ryanne: Just to clarify one point for new people. In this week’s podcast you mentioned the site for a reminder of when the eBay shipping supplies coupon is available as http://wheresthecoupon.com. However, the site actually is http://wheresthecoupon.wordpress.com. It used to be the site you mentioned, but the site owner changed it to the new url as it was cheaper.
I know you just rattled it off in passing. I only mention if in case someone wants to have the coupon reminder sent to their email address.
Have a good day.
05/14/2019 at 9:18 am #61888
Thanks for the clarification. That new site doesnt exactly roll off the tongue!0
05/13/2019 at 6:02 pm #61837
- Location: South Dakota
Around here the difference between estates sales and garage sales is you can go inside the house to look at stuff. Everything is always tagged.
I like to grab everything of interest then pile it up in front of whomever collects the money, then ask for a deal on all of it, if it’s a little more than I want to pay I make a lower offer which they usually accept, otherwise they’ll have to put all the stuff back.0
05/13/2019 at 9:33 pm #61857
I went to an estate sale about a year ago. Some stuff was tagged. Some rooms or tables had a sign stating, “Anything for $5” or something similar. I took an item to the check out table and asked the lady of she’d accept $3 for some item I picked up for $5. She was pretty snarky and stated, “I CAN’T MAKE ANY DEALS!”. She said something about she wasn’t the house owner and she didn’t own the estate selling company, she was just the cashier.0
05/14/2019 at 1:12 am #61878
Time is your most valuable asset, and when an estate sale company says “Make a pile” they want you to invest your time. Then once you are invested, you are unlikely to walk away from a high price.
I try to get an idea of the pricing before I make a pile, by asking the price on a few items.
We have all types here in the Northeast– some price high, some price low. Some tag every single item in the entire house. Some don’t tag anything.2+
05/14/2019 at 10:49 am #61894
Retro Treasures WVParticipant
Items in Store 1119
Items Sold 23
Total Sales $617.60
Total Profit $560.60
Average profit $24.37
Average sales price $26.85
New Listings 1
The make offer in app thing was very successful for me this week. I made 6 sales in my first wave of offers, and two yesterday in a smaller wave of offers. I only had one new listing, but I have completed 60 other listings except for photos. I intended to do all the photos this weekend but my wife got very sick and I instead took care of her and the kids. Poor thing had a 102-103 fever all weekend!
Hopefully things will get back to normal sometime this week.0
05/14/2019 at 12:33 pm #61899
- Location: Hopedale, OH
May 5 – 11
Total Items in Store: 1335
Items Sold: 7
Total Sales : $300
Highest Price: $150 (Asian Metal Tea Pot)
Average Price: $25 (not including the tea pot)
Cost of Goods Sold: $10
Costs of Goods Purchased this Week: $25
Number of New Items Listed this Week: 20
I hope everyone has been doing well.
I’ve been a little MIA lately. I have an anime convention the first weekend of June so I’ve been working on some things for that as well as eBay, haha.
It’s been a bit slow for me unfortunately. I put my store on sale mode to see if that will help drive sales.
I went on a yard sale trip with my mom over the past weekend and found some neat things. Dan Marino signed picture, not sure if it’s authentic but I’m keeping it. And a Phins vintage beanie!
A wooden sunburst wall clock, pair of Dr. Martens boots, Funko Pop figure, and a bundle of Sirius radio stuff I’m still tinkering around with. So that was fun!
I also was hoping to ask for some advice.
We recently put up a security system near our garage that has our bin that holds our packages. We noticed the other day that the mail carrier was very rough with our packages. Pitching them into her Jeep, throwing our plastic carrier back into the bin and slamming the bin shut.
Today she cussed at our packages and at us when she opened the bin and saw the less than 10 lb package. And did the same thing as before.
I’m not sure how to proceed with this because I don’t want her to retaliate and damage the packages off screen.
05/14/2019 at 12:45 pm #61901
@ThinkLink: That is a tough one, but you have to maybe watch when this carrier is arriving, go out and have a conversation with them. Just start out friendly, start a good relationship with them. See where it goes. Once you are a friend and not just the PITA with the heavy packages, they may change how they react.
If they don’t, let them know that you have security cameras on the packages in case of theft. Maybe if they know that they are being watched, they will change their behavior.
If that doesn’t work, confront them and let them know you have fragile items that need to be handled correctly.
Last resort is to go to the post office directly and tell them all the steps you have taken to resolve this, and maybe they need to get involved.
I always try to walk things up to the least level of force needed. In the end, you need to have a working partnership with them.2+
05/14/2019 at 8:00 pm #61920
- Location: USA
items sold: 34
sales: $1,078 (i don’t include shipping revenue)
average selling price: $31.70
cost of goods: $129.20
store listings: 1,001
inventory $ risk: $3833.40 (what i paid for all existing inventory)
listed this week: 61
ebay hours: 26.25
what’s on my mind: not focused on ebay this week, but happy for the sales!0
05/15/2019 at 2:45 am #61929
- Location: Oregon
We are lucky to have a multitude of estate sales here in the Portland Oregon area, which is a great thing but there are tons of dealers to compete with and lots of folks who go to estate sales as a hobby. Most are run by 25-30 local professional companies and with observation you can figure out which ones are good to go to. There’s a few that price their items at antique mall prices and we avoid those. At least half do reasonable prices, especially at half price on the second day. The professional companies do NOT dicker or come down on prices and they really don’t need to since they are so well attended.
IF they have 30-40 good pictures online and look like there’s lots of vintage treasures at the sale, then there can be over 100 people waiting to get in when they open first day. The hope is always that there’s at least 15 on a Friday or Saturday, as that helps spread all of us out across the city.
We especially like the family run sales, although they can be hit or miss when a member of the family decides that all of Grandma’s treasures should be priced high since they are “antiques”. We’ve done crazy good at estate sales in mobile home parks and went away with nothing at sales in rich neighborhoods.
Sales where nothing is priced don’t tend to do as well. People don’t want to ask.I do like y’all mentioned and ask about something right away to get a feel for it. You can tell immediately how attached they are to the items and how eager they are to unload, or reluctant.
We went to a family one last weekend where it was just a bunch of motorcycle and garden stuff in the garage and saw on craigslist yesterday that they were giving away everything in the house that didn’t sell. They were so disorganized they weren’t telling people everything in the house was for sale too! There’s also the dishonest people who call their garage sales “estate sales” because they know it will draw more traffic.
I love estate sales because I am a voyeur. You can get a sense of a person by walking through their home and see their possessions. I have seen some crazy collections. One estate featured a collection of over a thousand cat-related item. Dishtowels, couch pillows, cuckoo clocks, you name it. Another was a woman who was crazy about cows. My very all-time favorite house was a woman who loved the color turquoise and the house was a time capsule from the 1960s. Turquoise carpet, couches, kitchen, wallpaper. Oh, it was marvelous! I admire people who live their passion!
I went to one last weekend where there were built-in bookshelves in every room and thousands of books and lots of interesting artsy collections of things. As I walked through the rooms I thought to myself, what an interesting life she led….I would have liked to have been friends with her.0
05/15/2019 at 8:21 am #61939
Good rundown of the estate sale scene. In our small town if someone has the rare estate sale, everyone lines up to visit the house because they want to see how the person lived that they’ve known for decades.0
05/15/2019 at 10:18 am #61947
Yeah, same here. We don’t really have estate sales at all. Everything goes to auctions. If I find myself at an estate sale, it’s usually at least 2 hours away.
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05/15/2019 at 11:50 am #61951
The estate sales where I live get raided before the sale. The few companies that run them in our areas post pictures of what is available, and sell it to people before the sale starts. They also let their favorites in before the sale, so if the sale starts at 9am and you get there for 9am, the place is almost empty.
I’ve seen some items of interest in the photos they post, but they want very high prices when you show interest pre-sale.
I tend to have better luck at any local random thrift store then local estate sales.
I also live in a very heavy tourist area with expensive tourist options – a lot of people come to this area for estate sales, antique sales, specialized auctions, etc. – they are not scavengers, they are collectors willing to pay top dollar for items they want.
I’ve checked out estate sales and auctions where I am moving – completely different looking. Lots of barns full of forgotten stuff, regular household items, and more reasonable pricing (a lot of the estate sales where I’m moving auction off the rest of the items and even the house at the end of the day).0
05/15/2019 at 12:54 pm #61952
I know some scavengers here have made good relationships with their local estate sale companies and get this early access. Sounds awesome. But it does seem undemocratic 🙂
I like auctions because everyone gets a shot at the item. Highest bid takes it.0
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