10/24/2021 at 9:01 am #93646
10/24/2021 at 11:30 am #93649ChristineRParticipant
- Location: Southern California
Total Items in Store:
Items Sold: 3
Gross Sales: $131.60 (including eBay fees, shipping, and taxes)
Net Sales: $92.70 (minus eBay fees, shipping, and taxes)
Cost of Items Sold: $8 (one item ours)
Highest Price Sold: $32 (Jim Shore Halloween water globe, paid $4)
Average Price Sold: $27
Returns/ Issues: No payment on my Scream mask auction – sold for $145. So bummed. I had to wait four days to cancel and then could no longer do second chance?
Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $15
Number of items listed this week: 0
Busy week outside Ebay and dismal sales. I have a number of autumn and Thanksgiving things I really want to get up hopefully in the next week and a half, including my parents’ wild bird themed English china set. Fun wig party in Palm Springs to look forward to next weekend (I’m wearing an Amy Winehouse tribute) but will not get anything listed of course that weekend. For a long time I wasn’t in the mood to list but now that I am I just have good problems of increased day job work and spending time with family. Today I should get a window for listing while my daughter has some outings.
10/27/2021 at 8:15 am #93681
@christiner – Love those Jim Shore figurines. Good sale! Always consistent sellers and they are fun to have on hand, however briefly. Seems like they are one of those sleeper items that everyone wants but few seem to realize they are valuable, so we are able to still pick them up for little expense.
10/24/2021 at 2:00 pm #93650old_man_martyParticipant
- Location: California
Total On eBay: 80 (Personal Record!)
Items Sold: 2
Items Listed: 5 (Exceeded Goal By 1!)
Total Profit: $60.22
Average Profit Per Item: $30.11
Highest Profit: $48.83 (Dan Post Women’s Snake Skin Boots)
Goal This Week: 4
Returns, etc.: 1 Unpaid Item; 1 Reversal of Return As Buyer Did Not Ship Back)
10/24/2021 at 6:03 pm #93651julesbijouxvintageParticipant
- Location: Texas
Our Store Week October 17 – 23, 2021
Total Items in Store: 2052 –
Items Sold: 13
Gross Sales: $779.85 (including eBay fees, shipping, and taxes)
Net Sales: $539.27 (minus eBay fees, shipping, taxes & Store Subscription of $21.95)
Item Sales: 578.60
Cost of Items Sold: $ 29.14 (I didn’t count what I paid for the iPad in 2015, how does anyone else do this?)
Cost of helpers: $0
Highest Price(s) Sold: 174.95 – My old Apple iPad 1<sup>st</sup> Gen, 64GB & Broken Otter Box
Average Price Sold: $ 59.99 – Gross
Average Price Sold: $ 44.51 – Net
Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $184.65
Number of items listed this week: 34
We may be getting that 145.00 sale of the MCM Vanity Light Fixture cover back…. We shall see!
10/27/2021 at 8:21 am #93682
<div class=”bsp-mentions”>@julesbijouxvintage – As far as cost of goods when figuring my profit, I generally count items I’ve just got lying around the house as free. If I didn’t buy it with the intention of selling it I figure it as a found item.</div>
<div>This is different when it comes to taxes, though, as you shouldn’t have to pay tax on any of the amount since you are likely selling it at a lower cost than you originally bought it for. You may even be able to count it as a loss.</div>
10/24/2021 at 7:55 pm #93652mscellaneousParticipant
- Location: VA
10-10-21 to 10-23-21
Total Items in Store: 1701
Items Sold: 15
Gross Sales:$ 871.76
Net Sales:$ 687.21
Cost of Items Sold: $ 50.00
Highest Price Sold: $ 500.00 Set of Columbus coins from US Mint
Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $ 0
Number of items listed this week: 20
2 weeks of numbers for me since I missed last week.
Had a very tough week this week, having to say goodbye to my sweet pup after 11 of the best years. I miss him so much. The good memories far outweigh the bad so I’m trying to focus on that but the new house seems pretty empty right now.
I had gotten back into listing after the move and was in a nice groove when everything happened. I think I’ll be picking up again this week. The process and work is something I enjoy to focus on.
Give all your pups and kitties an extra hug. Be kind to each other and yourselves.
10/25/2021 at 8:45 am #93657NCParticipant
- Location: Georgia
Weekly sales 10/17 – 10/23
Random Item Store
Total items 1233
Items sold 27
New items listed 70
Gross sales $586.26
Net sales $362.81
Total items 3825
Items sold 73
New items listed 140
Gross sales $554.99
Net sales $426.16
Gross sales $267.00
Net sales $226.95
Gross sales total $1,408.25
Net sales total $1,015.92
My Patch store has started taking off in the past couple of weeks. Hopefully it will continue to do so. I just broke the $2000 mark in gross sales in my 31 day total. Just gotta 10x my store to hit $20k 🙂
I’ll put on my conspiracy hat for a minute and say the consistency with eBay isn’t a coincidence. I think eBay is such a big website that they’ve had to build some things into the algorithm to manage the sellers. If you get things right, the algorithm gives more traffic and sales, if you do something wrong, you get penalized with less traffic and sales. We all know you sell more if you list more. I think that’s because eBay likes to know we’re active and able to fulfill orders if we make sales. They aren’t going to give you sales if you haven’t logged into the website in a month.
10/25/2021 at 9:57 am #93658Cheryl – The Lynn CompanyParticipant
Our Store Week October 17-23, 2021
Total Items in Store: 534
Items Sold: 9
Gross Sales: $338.73 (including eBay fees, shipping, and taxes)
Net Sales: $207.80 (minus eBay fees, shipping, and taxes)
Cost of Items Sold: $10
Highest Price Sold: $49 (pearce wool blanket)
Average Price Sold: $37.64
Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $37
Number of items listed this week: 10
Better week here. More motivation and time for ebay. Going to auctions always increases my motivation and I made it to two this week. Box lots are my favorite thing to buy. It’s like Christmas morning when I get them home and go through them. I’ve learned to look up EVERYTHING because what I think looks like junk can be worth listing. I recently sold some wood curtain rings for $22. I probably would have donated them to the thrift store if I hadn’t looked them up.
I rarely list an item unless it will bring at least $20. And I’m trying not to list anything with issues. That being said, if it has issues and will still bring good money, I’ll list it and disclose the issues like everyone else:) Items that I acquire that I don’t list either get sent to the antique booths or to the thrift stores.
Hoping all the ebay glitches settle down soon and we can all have a great 4th quarter.
10/25/2021 at 9:58 am #93659SharynParticipant
- Location: Central NJ
Week of Oct 17 – 23
Total Items in Store: 1402 eBay, 36 Etsy
Items Sold: 10 eBay
Cost of Items Sold: $1.65 + $0 Commission
Total Sales: $356.42 eBay; Includes fees but no shipping
Highest Price Sold: $135 Sony Walkman II nonworking
Average price: $35.64
Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $0
Number of items listed this week: 23
I had a pretty decent week due to a few higher priced items, but this past weekend sucked. Only two sales.
10/25/2021 at 10:07 am #93660
Items in Store 1551
Items Sold 21
Total Sales $727.00
Total Profit $662.00
Average profit $31.52
Average sales price $34.62
New Listings 19
Items scavenged 0
Another steady week. I’ve been creating listings for clothes while I sit on the couch all week. When I have the energy I go out to my ebay room to do measurements and photos. It is slow going. I do have 50 listings ready for photographs this week I hope I can get to. My daughter has never done measurements or clothing photographs, so I have some training to do with her.
10/25/2021 at 1:50 pm #93663DarlinDilsParticipant
- Location: Reno
Total Items in Store: 175
Items Listed: 10
Items Sold: 14
Total Sales: $231.78
Highest Price Sold: $49.00 Littlest Pet Shop Zoo
Lots of sales for me this week, but it also brought lots of issues. Sold several things with media mail shipping, but since I put it in the collectible category eBay wouldn’t let me ship that way, so I had to go through my PayPal (what a pain). WHY does eBay let us choose an option, then not allow it to be used? Then I sold 2 books of stamps (collector books) to similar user names on the same day. User A had emailed me about book A, bought, but not paid. So I saw the sold book B, assumed it was user A and freaked out he bought the wrong book. I sent a long email to clarify, re-read everything, realized user B had bought book B, had to send a spate of emails apologizing, then spend the evening worried I put the wrong labels on the wrong boxes. I don’t know how you guys with big stores keep everything straight! Finally I had 3 items break in shipping! All shipped the same day, all were well packed (two double boxed, one in original packaging, one was made of foam (how do you even break that?)). Two buyers were fine, I refunded, they sent pictures of packaging, now I have to figure out how to file a claim (first breakage for me as shipper). Final buyer was HIGHLY unpleasant to deal with, VERY unhappy (let me know multiple times). I just refunded in full, haven’t responded to the rest of the messages, hoping not to get a negative.
On the positive side I went to two great estate sales and found some awesome things to list, so I will get on that this week to allay my grumpyness. Started listing Christmas and already selling some, will likely take down Halloween listings this week. Read a Halloween collector blogger that said most collectors spend their budget March-June, not sure if that is true but I will list earlier next year. Onward and upward!
10/25/2021 at 8:12 pm #93669
Ugh, some people are simply unpleasant. I had one of them last week – I had a typo in my title and messaged the buyer to see if they still wanted the item or if they wanted to cancel. Didn’t hear back so I held the package until the absolute last minute to ship before I got a defect.
a day after I shipped – 48 hours after my message – they messaged and said they wanted to cancel. I told them I already shipped, so all they had to do was mark the package “return to sender” and it would come back to me for a full refund. Oh my gosh, you’d think I shot their dog the way they behaved!! They wanted a full refund without having to do anything – IE, keep the $100 shoes.
dummy opened an INAD case with a note demanding an immediate full refund. Nope! Still gotta ship it back.
I didn’t even give them a label – i clicked “already provided label” and I put in the original tracking number. I added a message that they just had to refuse the package like I already told them.
I stayed professional in my correspondence but man I really wanted to let them have it.
10/26/2021 at 6:51 pm #93678craig rexParticipant
- Location: south jersey
User A had emailed me about book A, bought, but not paid. So I saw the sold book B, assumed it was user A and freaked out he bought the wrong book. I sent a long email to clarify, re-read everything, realized user B had bought book B, had to send a spate of emails apologizing, then spend the evening worried I put the wrong labels on the wrong boxes. I don’t know how you guys with big stores keep everything straight!
I had a similar shipping near-mishap a few weeks ago, I had two buyers in the same town and put the wrong label on the wrong package. Fortunately I caught the mistake basically in real time. That was my first mistake like that in at least a year.
Ironically when my store was smaller, I mixed things up more frequently. It is pretty easy to make mistakes in my niche since I have some listings like this and this which are the same card, player, set, etc and different only in their serial number.
But those past mishaps made me more deliberate, and careful, when listing and shipping. If it is something I might mix up, I take a few extra seconds to make sure I pull the correct item from inventory. Or, my new process after a few weeks ago: if buyers have similar names or addresses, I make sure to print buyer A’s label on Monday night and buyer B’s label on Tuesday.
Anything to avoid that anxiety of shipping the wrong items to two buyers!
10/27/2021 at 8:36 am #93683
I never had this problem until I started using the bulk shipping tool. I used to print them one at a time, pack, set aside, them move on to the next. First time I used the bulk tool I screwed up and slapped the wrong label on the wrong box. Fortunately, the buyers were both nice and promptly reshipped the items to the correct person using labels I provided.
Now I am very methodical, checking everything as least twice.
10/26/2021 at 5:06 am #93670dwashncParticipant
Glad to see you guys still crushing it. That’s great revenue.
Re: Unpleasant customers. I had a customer that sent an offer, I accepted it. They then started asking a bunch of questions and requested extra pictures after I accepted the offer. So I cancelled the item because they were an obvious problem customer. They of course leave me a negative that eBay told me was going to get removed but hasn’t been removed yet.
If anyone here gets close to eBay please tell them to fix the loophole in the offer system!
10/26/2021 at 9:30 am #93671TemudginParticipant
- Location: Jacksonville FL
10/17/21 – 10/23/21
Total Active Items (2 different stores): 409
Items Sold: 18
Gross Sales: $407.80 (what the buyers paid, not incl shipping or taxes)
Highest Price Sold: $59 plus shipping – 1990’s reissue 1/25 scale car model kit ($4 at the flea market).
COGS: $94.68 (including consignment commissions but not including original cost of any family castoffs sold)
New Listings: 19
$ Spent on New Inventory: $0
A goodly number of sales last week, for me, so I felt like I was “in the shipping business” as Jay referred to it. Many low dollar items but I do stick to smalls, though, when it comes to anything selling for under $20 so those only take a minute to ship. I did spend 40 minutes packing up a 15 lb vintage camcorder dive housing (double wrapped, used a whole bag of peanuts and had to make a Frankenbox) that was an unpleasant reminder of how much I hate shipping big items. The irony was that the darn thing was not fragile at all but had arms and things sticking out that would have destroyed the box from the inside during shipment given its weight if not packed well. And I had to make a special trip to drive it to a FedEx drop off. Grumble grumble!
10/26/2021 at 2:20 pm #93673
Regarding the player rolls – doesn’t it bug you that a $250 item just sat in your death pile for a year? I HATE that I have high dollar things like that just sitting around. I know I have plenty. Occasionally I go on a tear, search them out and get 5-10 $100+ items listed.
10/26/2021 at 3:18 pm #93674
Yeah, its shows how arbitrary the system is to save all these old items. I found the piano rolls in the garbage so someone didnt care. Thankfully they were uncovered and not in a black trash bag. And it didnt rain.
I was on the verge of tossing them twice because they say unlisted for so long. We dont know about antique piano rolls and the music was all old german tunes. Ryanne was the one who said she’d research and list them.
And thankfully, someone on the planet earth saw out listing and will know what to do with them. Something saved.
10/26/2021 at 6:41 pm #93676craig rexParticipant
- Location: south jersey
I had a spectacular sales week two weeks ago, one of my best ever. Wary of a letdown, I listed enough at the beginning of last week that my sales remained strong throughout the week. Nothing particularly expensive, just a steady stream of $20 to $50 sales which I think is right in the sweet spot of where us small-time scavengers can get our piece of the eBay pie.
I should finally get over the hump of 3500 listings this week as long as I have two or three solid listing days. The better question is how close I can get to 3600. I feel as though I’ve been improving my processes a lot in the last few months, so I should be able to go from 3500 to 4000 a lot more quickly than I went from 3000 to 3500. Not that those numbers really mean all that much in the grand scheme of things. But a large store gives you a lot more options and makes it easier to be flexible about marking some items down or accepting lower offers.
10/17/2021 – 10/23/2021
Total items in store: 3445 (up from 3425)
Items sold: 66 (43 via best offer, 6 via seller initiated offer, 5 repeat buyers)
Gross sales: $3361.92 (up 157% from one year ago)
Net sales: $2418.53 (up 162% from one year ago)
Lowest price sold (net): $10.76 — Eddie Rosario Topps Vault 1/1
Eddie Rosario is a fairly nondescript outfielder (in sports language, a journeyman) in the middle of a hitting tear that propelled the Atlanta Braves to their first world series in over 20 years. This was one of a few of his cards that I sold this week, and all of them went to Georgia. It is impossible to predict the highs and lows of sports, and who’s going to be the hero in the next game, and I can understand wanting to have something to remember your team’s biggest moments of glory. Some of his rare cards jumped into the hundreds this week, which is most likely silly, but maybe he leads the Braves to their first World Series victory in a generation this week, and then those buyers will have the last laugh as long as they sell right away to the hordes (dozens?) of impulse buyers with deep pockets.
Highest price sold (net): $145.29 — Rickey Henderson printing plate
Rickey Henderson was one of the best hitters and base stealers in baseball history, such a legend that he referred to himself in the third person and everyone was cool with it. These printing plates are used to make the cards and particularly coveted by collectors who focus on collecting as many cards as they can of an individual player. However, printing plates have been part of card collecting for 20+ years now, so they’re not nearly as valued as the hot new insert design, or rookie card or autograph, and most players basic printing plates (without an autograph or jersey piece) sell for less than $20.
Rickey is different though. Rickey has such a fanatical and competitive collector base that his rare cards sell for hundreds. This listing sold in less than a day, so I might have been able to get $50 more if I priced the card higher and waited for the perfect buyer to come along. But I had purchased it in a huge lot of nearly 100 printing plates, and this sale paid for 1/3 of the whole lot, which is what you really wanted/need when purchasing a large lot and breaking it down to sell individually.
10/26/2021 at 6:48 pm #93677
These posts are always so fun to read. Incredible the kind of money people are putting into cards. Ricky Henderson says Good job!
10/27/2021 at 9:14 am #93684
Sales Report for: 10/23/21
Total Items in Store: 1234
Items Sold: 18
Gross Sales (Not including shipping and tax): $480.25
Net Sales (After fees): $385.99
Cost of Items Sold: $33.06
COGS Percent 8.56%
Net Profit Margin: 73.49%
Highest Price Sold: $69.95 Ride-on Toy
Average Price Sold: $26.68
Money Spent on New Inventory: $221
Sold via promoted listings: 7
Promoted Percentage: 38.89%
Average Days Listed: 142
Longest Listed: 931
New items listed: 31
Sold a fair number of items this week, but low average sales price kept the numbers below average.
Sold my first item to a TV show this week. Sent a deck of vintage playing cards to the set of “The Wonder Years” reboot. File this one under you never know what will sell. This was a very well used deck with a relatively rare pattern. I expected it to be a long tail item that would eventually sell to a collector. Almost dropped it into my Goodwill box but posted it two weeks ago on a whim. They paid $12.95 for the item, plus shipping, then sent me an overnight UPS label so they could get it the next day???
Had a sad moment at an Estate sale on Saturday. Seller was moving from her home to a condominium because her husband caught Covid and was so debilitated that he would be spending the remainder of his life in a long-term care facility. They were selling a lifetime of collectibles at fire sale prices because she needed to be out of her house by the middle of the week. The seller was at the sale and broke down in tears as she was describing her situation. It is really hard when you see up close how some people’s lives have been destroyed by this virus.
10/27/2021 at 9:49 am #93686
We sold a clip-on bow tie to TV show this week. One of those junk items in a bottom of a box. Sold for $20. But it’s one of those big floppy bow ties like from the 70’s.
It is sad/interesting to walk around estate sales and auctions where people’s lives are being sold off in a day or less. Always reminds me that none of this stuff I buy matter beyond the use I get while I’m alive. The process of Collecting can be fun, but the collection itself won’t extend my life 🙂
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