Tagged: What Sells
02/20/2019 at 3:32 pm #57389
- Location: Virginia
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02/21/2019 at 9:15 am #57421
- Location: Central NJ
Sales were kind of a mixed bag this week, but I had a few that were interesting enough:
I overpaid for this etching / print about 1 1/2 years ago at $20. The drawing is of a building in Edinburgh, England. It sold for a best offer of $50 through the GSP to Cardiff. I thought maybe it was going back to somewhere near its original subject, but Cardiff appears to be about a 7 1/2 hour drive away. I guess close enough?
Here’s another not so great purchase of mine. About 2 years ago, I entered in some bids early in an online auction, but logged in late after much of the auction had closed. I had won one item, which meant I had to do the drive. So, I overbid on a large group of cabinet knobs. In order to get a relatively decent ROI, I sold them in groups of 5 knobs. I’ve sold a few. Someone wanted the remaining 25 knobs (or 5 lots of 5 knobs each). I sold each at $9 for a total of $45. The purchase price I paid comes to $20.25. Well, they are gone.
Friends of my parents gave me tons of clothing last year. In order to get through them and not go crazy, I grouped them into lots with make offer. Finally, one sold at $28 for eight pieces of clothing. Well, they are gone.
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02/21/2019 at 5:45 pm #57455
- Location: Washington DC
Love that snow Steven! We got an inch or so yesterday here in DC and the whole government shut down. Even though it was above freezing and rained a bit overnight not leaving much around to slip on this morning, the OPM gave the feds “liberal leave” policy today so it has been pretty quiet.
I’ve had this bisque pelican figurine up for almost 5 years now with nary a nibble. Not even sure where it came from. I started pretty high originally since I did not see any for sale. But apparently there was a reason for that because there’s been very little interest in this, ever. I’ve been lowering my price here and there until it was finally down to $14 plus shipping but I refused to go lower. I wanted to just donate it and make it go away but for Jay’s voice in my head telling me to let it sit and someone will want it. After a while a buyer from Switzerland, obviously a novice on eBay, got all excited about it and started emailing me if I would sell it to him, how would I ship it, etc etc. I think it took a couple emails to get him to understand how to just check out and buy it and he finally did. (I ship worldwide but don’t use GSP so maybe that confused him.) People collect animals, right? (My wife used to buy cows.) Well, apparently no one collects pelicans, except one guy in Switzerland. Who knew?
This original rear sight for a WWI US service rifle Springfield M1903A3 was part of a large lot of them I sniped on eBay a while back. It was a great buy and a good example of making money on things bought off eBay even in really hot categories. I have $5 each in them which might seem high but 1903A3 rear sights are a guaranteed $25 – $55 each depending on condition and manufacturer’s markings and don’t take long to sell. This one had some unsightly cosmetic damage and no markings so it went for $25 plus shipping.
This OEM power camera winder for Canon A-1 and AE-1 was left over from a large Canon lot I bought in order to get my daughter a film camera she wanted for Christmas. I was heavily into photography myself starting as a teenager and there was no digital. I never cared for all the time I spent in the darkroom or messing with finicky equipment or carrying around a huge camera bag with multiple lenses and bodies. So I switched to digital pretty early and never looked back. When she got interested in film photography I rolled my eyes but never said a word. This winder worked perfectly but had battery corrosion that I was unable to completely clean so I sold it for $23 plus shipping with full disclosure. Camera items always sell well for me but like selling electronics, the cleaning and testing can be time consuming and you have to be ready for the flaky buyers.
These vintage clip-on Ray Bans with case were a garage sale find for $10. You do have to watch for fake Ray Bans. I’m not sure if the clip-ons have been faked, but the large wire rim Aviators definitely have. There are websites that show how to spot the fakes. This genuine set went to Canada for $60 plus shipping.
This Dexter Russell 8” chef’s knife was $3 at an indy thrift where I can’t be seen checking my phone because they’ll ask you to leave if they think you’re a reseller. The knife looked well-made so I just took a chance and grabbed it. It turns out it’s not a high priced brand but still desirable so it did not take long to get $26 plus shipping even though you can find them NIB for not much more than that. Well the buyer started a return for the “just didn’t like it” reason, writing about a paragraph of weird excuses, including “maybe it’s not sharp enough”. Whatever. I followed the R&J no-drama method: eBay automatically approved the return so I just sent him a label without comment. Nothing happened. So the day the return expired for him I called eBay and got it closed. I only have a basic store so I get the non-American CSRs but I calmly walked her through what she was supposed to do and why, and after a few minutes off the line to speak with her supervisor, she did it. I had to repeat myself a few times, but it was not too bad.2+
02/21/2019 at 11:27 pm #57462
- Location: Naples, Fl
Always appreciative of the video Steve, and always thankful to others for sharing.
Here are a couple of cool sales.
This plastic 1960’s toy soldier is almost 2 inches tall and a very rare one by Eldon.
He sold for $45. There were two other Eldon soldiers in different poses that also sold for $30 each, for a total of $105 to one collector. They came one to a play set so not many produced, and they were detailed nicely for such small scale.
I like this next scavenger style sale. On my way back from FedEx after shipping out a steamer trunk, I spotted a Crystal Chandelier sticking out of the top of a recycle bin. I stuffed the chandelier in my car, stripped the crystals and made a quick $45 in a few days. The unit itself was not too desirable. I could have parted the crystals out for a bit more money but Daddy needs a new pair of shoes.4+
02/22/2019 at 6:20 am #57466
- Location: Atlanta
Steven: Always love seeing your fur babies at the end. Poor Kitty wants inside and out of the snow! :-). We lived in CT. for 22 years and the avg, annual snowfall was approx. 8 Ft. per year and would at times drift to the gutters of the house. We never care if we see snow ever again.
But Spring is around the corner and if the old saying is true, then March will come in like a Lion and go out like a Lamb and we all will be out in the warmer weather scavenging again
02/22/2019 at 1:40 pm #57479
- Location: Albany, NY
I have been M.I.A but I’m back (not that anyone cares lol). My wife had a baby so that has been taking up most of our time but we have still been active on eBay. We are both working full time still but building up our fu money on eBay and now comc.com7+
02/23/2019 at 11:49 am #57512
- Location: Georgia
Haha! Towards the end of the video Steve tells his dog to go get the ball. My dog came running into my office excited and a bit confused, wondering who told him to get the ball. We can’t use that word or even spell it out loud without my dog going nuts. If we have to say it and we don’t want the dog to get excited we say, “spherical object” instead. 🙂4+
02/23/2019 at 12:45 pm #57515
- Location: Hopedale, OH
Sales were sort of slow last week but picked up really quickly again on Friday and Saturday. Here are some neat ones…
I found this vintage Woolrich puffer vest at a thrift store for $2.50. I don’t normally deal with a lot of coats and clothing in general, but this one stood out to me. There weren’t any like it when I listed it, so I priced it at $60. I waited out all of the lowball offers until finally someone gave me a BO of $50. Good enough for me!
So thanks to Steven’s and other’s What Solds, I’ve started paying attention to plastic vehicles. I never knew such cheap looking “junk” could be so collectable. Here’s a good example. This Marx plastic dump truck came from a box lot of toys that I paid $5 for (each sellable piece came to .83 cents). Upon further research, these things have the potential to bring close to a hundred bucks for the right model and color. Mine was just semi-rare and I managed to get $25 for it. Still not bad for something I would have otherwise thrown away without the knowledge I have now. Thanks Steven!
Here’s a little thing to be on the look out when scrounging through box lots of misc junk. It’s a stop light finder. It attaches to the inside of your windshield and allows you to see when the light changes without any effort. This one was a newer reproduction, but if you find the older ones (especially still in the box), they can go for a lot of money! I still got an easy $20 for it.
These six photo postcards were hidden away inside a Bible that I got at an auction. They were odd because they were developed as negative images. I don’t know if that was a mistake or if it served some unknown purpose. They were still pretty cool images. They were of a family in western attire riding some alive and taxidermied (?) animals. They sold for $40.
02/23/2019 at 1:17 pm #57516
Steve, Seeing how you get such good sales from reel to reel tapes, I got excited this week when I went to an estate sale and found a huge lot of them. My excitement quickly died when they wanted $6 each for them. Tempted to go back Sunday to make an offer but probably won’t find the time.
Had some good sales this week.
Just shipped off this morning a new in box Furby that we found at a thrift store for $9.99. Sold for $69.95 within a week of posting.
Sold another fishing lure from my large lot I posted. This one was a more rare Shakespeare mouse lure. I’ve got about $1.75 in the lure and sold for $74.95. Sold several from the lot this week, but this was the best.
Vintage Shakespeare Mouse Fishing Lure
Just last night we sold a vintage Rin Tin Tin rifle pen that we got in a lot of office supplies. I had it up for best offer, but the buyer paid full price. It is buyer with no feedback, so I have a little trepidation, but haven’t been burned yet by one.
Vintage Rin Tin Tin Pen
Sold this vintage wind-up Hornby locomotive for $40. Paid too much for it at $20 at an estate sale because I misidentified it as one that sells for hundreds, but at least doubled my money in less than a week.
Vintage Hornby Locomotive4+
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