Tagged: What Sold
11/16/2016 at 10:45 am #5949RyanneKeymaster
- Location: Virginia
Steve cleared a lot of shelf space this week. Marantz stereos, money in the bank. Join the Conversation on the Forum>>[See the full post at: What Sells On eBay: Marantz Stereo, Antique Cabinet Photo, Patagonia Jacket]
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11/16/2016 at 3:03 pm #5965newbergpicker1889Participant
I’ve been really wanting to get into vintage high end audio equipment like you. I feel I’m pretty technically minded. Do you have any videos showing how you go about testing this old equipment?
11/16/2016 at 4:04 pm #5967
I do a simple bench test on receivers and amps to see if the lights are working and use a small speaker to see if sounds are coming out then proceed to clean the dust off the inside and clean the years of grimey build up on the outside.
I can change out lights and clean potentiometers and switches but I don’t usually do any circuit repair.
I then make a video, testing all the inputs like this one for the listing:
Turntables quite often need a belt and or stylus replaced. Cassette deck belt replacement is usually beyond my capabilities.
11/16/2016 at 4:25 pm #5969Brian Treasures from GrandmasParticipant
- Location: Hoboken, NJ
Great stuff, Steve! I pass on all that old old stereo equipment when I see because of the storage space needed… seeing your videos I want to get rid of everything else in my store and only do the electronics.
Some of my interesting sales over the past week:
c1930s Gillette Somerset safety razor:
Just listed on Sunday. Part of a box of razors I picked up at an estate auction. Average price per razor was about $2, this one sold for $45 best offer.
1980s Geneva cassette head demagnetizer:
I’ve had several Sony, Maxell, TDK demagnetizers over the years (and they sell well), but never heard of Geneva before. This was at the bottom of a box of cassettes I bought and threw it up for $30 to see what happens. Posted Sunday, sold Tuesday and it’s en route to Canada.
c1991 Sony Sports FM/AM Walkman:
Another piece that was at the bottom of that cassette box lot. It looks like garbage with switches & buttons missing, but when I put batteries in it fired right up. Listed as is and showed close ups of the damage. Sold for $30 best offer and the buyer paid $42 for Priority Mail to Mexico. Hope they love it!
c1960s MCM Good Day Shirt & Tie coffee pot:
Cute piece that I’ve had listed for nearly 2 years. Bought it at an estate sale for probably $5 and I thought it would sell quickly and for a lot. Well, finally sold in my clearance section for $30. Still good, just not the $80 I originally listed it for.
11/17/2016 at 8:35 am #6003
I totally would have picked that coffee pot up too! How cool.
11/16/2016 at 5:18 pm #5974omfugParticipant
OK Steve what is your secret for selling cabinet card portraits for $30? I couldn’t give away that card if it were in my shop, LOL. Anyway, thanks for doing these–they are always interesting and I live vicariously through your electronic sales (I wouldn’t know a good piece of electronica if it bit me on the arce.)
Sales continue to be very slow for me on both ebay and etsy. In times like this I get so tempted to buy clothing, but I resist because I hate listing clothing. Still buying though…
11/17/2016 at 8:40 am #6005
SLOOWWWW Sales here too! My husband keeps asking me what we have to ship…I keep saying barely anything!
11/17/2016 at 11:05 am #6030
Haha, I’m not sure if it was the Green Dragon studio name or the almost scary look of the subject.
11/19/2016 at 12:43 am #6114
Stay strong, OMGFUG. Resist buying clothing! Think of all the returns!
11/16/2016 at 5:39 pm #5975lizlangsteinerParticipant
Somebody tell me a quick easy way to upload my what sold video from my ipnone to youtube. Thank you.
11/16/2016 at 5:43 pm #5976lizlangsteinerParticipant
Below is a URL to my what sold video (worth watching) from Oct 29 – Nov 14.
It took most of the day to upload to Youtube. Hope it works!
11/16/2016 at 7:11 pm #5988LukastreasuretroveParticipant
- Location: Chevy Chase, MD
Thanks for sharing your electronics process, Steve. I’ve got a stack of components I picked up at an estate sale and have been procrastinating on testing them. Two of the first components I tested had problems, and the fear of finding the others have issues has me stalling and posting other things. Fortunately, I sold the Realistic equalizer for what I paid for the bunch, so at least I’m even. Lots more work than tshirts and shoes for sure, but what returns!
11/16/2016 at 7:47 pm #5989Yayato4boysand1girlParticipant
Mom used to say ” If you can’t figure out what something is or what it’s used for – flip it over ” . Beautiful cake stand by the way ! Bet you were happy to see a few other things sell weren’t you ? You sure have the knack for selling that stereo equipment though ! Great and informative video as always Steve !
11/18/2016 at 8:40 am #6069
I kept hearing your mom say “turn it over” when I watched Steve’s video:) Thanks for sharing her wisdom!
11/17/2016 at 7:40 am #6001SharynParticipant
- Location: Central NJ
A friend gave me some electronics to sell such as VCRs, receivers, amp, etc. I haven’t listed any of it yet because I am dreading the process of testing each piece. It is down on my priority list.
I have a milk glass cake plate similar in shape to the one in the video. I knew how it was supposed to sit, but, when I went to list it, I noticed I had photographed upside-down! I must have been “in the zone”/spaced out, so I had retake the photos.
The plate has 12 watchers now. I realize that that doesn’t always mean anything, but I’m pretty sure it will sell in the next few weeks. I had someone ask me whether I would ship it directly to a PO Box in the UAE, and I said I only shipped through the GSP. That isn’t actually true, but I didn’t want to ship direct in this case.
11/17/2016 at 8:57 am #6008Retro Treasures WVParticipant
I started out selling vintage electronics and toys 1.5 years ago. I had a lot of spare time as I was unemployed. Once I went back to work and ebay went to part time, that spare time to do extensive cleaning and testing went out the window. I have several shelves full of AV equipment I could get really good money for, but I just don’t have the desire to commit to testing it all. I also don’t really want to pack it.
I NEED to commit to this so I can clear out that valuable shelf space. Shoes are just sooo much easier though. “I need to test this amp and these speakers toda…..or I could list these two tubs of shoes. Shoes it is!” I’ve had this internal conversation many times over the last year. Lol!
11/17/2016 at 10:15 am #6017JasonKParticipant
- Location: Florida
Steve, out of curiosity where do you get all your manuals from to print out? Do you have a specific website that you go to or do you just do a google search?
11/17/2016 at 11:08 am #6031
Mostly from the HiFi Engine website.
11/17/2016 at 10:06 pm #6051soniaParticipant
- Location: Northeast US
Today I’m (almost sadly) packing up my most favorite purchase ever – super-cool vtg 60s linen daisy outfit purchased for the super-groovy price of 50 cents! Sold for $44 + shipping.
It took many months to sell, but I’m glad I stuck to my price.
11/19/2016 at 12:46 am #6115
Mrs. Brady would have been proud to wear that outfit!
11/18/2016 at 8:24 am #6066
Thanks again Steve for taking the time to make and post your video each week. I am always amazed at how well the vintage electronics sell! So happy for you:)
October Sales Report came in this morning and no wonder it felt like a slow month! Our sales were down about 25% from the summer months. We did do some traveling for 3 weeks in October but left our store turned on with extended handling time. Funny thing, two of the three weeks of travel is when we had our highest sales for the month. Hopefully our sales will increase in December but I am seeing the same numbers for November. I’m going to blame it on the election ruckus. LOL…but then again, some have had terrific sales the past few weeks…and I’m thankful they posted their numbers! Makes me feel a lot better knowing that sales are NOT down across the board.
11/18/2016 at 8:39 am #6068
In the spirit of sharing here are a few interesting things that sold this week:
Vintage Porch Light, paid a couple bucks at auction, sold for BO of 45.00. Seller is going to use it over a kitchen sink in a cabin. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Antique-VINTAGE-Porch-Light-Patio-Cottage-Lamp-Arts-Crafts-Wall-Sconce-Fixture-/252548333347?rd=1
Set of 5 Waverly Valance Curtains, usually pay $2-3.00 each at the thrift stores for these, took a best offer of 74.95 for the lot.
Vintage Linen Runner, auction box lot find, probably paid 3.00 for the entire box, sold for full price of 34.99.
Vintage Corvette Model for parts, hubby paid 8.00 at auction for this but didn’t realize the engine was missing. Sold 8 hours after listing it for BO of $35.50.
11/19/2016 at 12:59 am #6116
Cheryl, I peeked through your sold listings. Do you have any advice on selling completed embroidery/cross stitch pieces? I find them all the time, but I stopped picking them up, because they moved so rarely for me.
11/19/2016 at 8:16 pm #6141
@ My cottage: Thanks for catching the incorrect link and posting the correct one for me:)
@stuff my mom threw away: I wish I could give you some super advice on completed needlework, but truthfully I fly by the seat of my pants and instinct. I will usually pick it up if it’s around 2.00. Take it out of the frame most times unless it’s a great framing job. A few years ago I read about a seller who sold only kits and completed work…Cindy, her ebay id is Bubbacandance. Check out her store. I just started picking them up after that. I will go weeks without selling any and then they will sell like hotcakes. Definitely a long tail item. I was so please when the same buyer purchased 5 of my needlework items last week…that was a first for me!! Hope that helps a little.
11/18/2016 at 11:52 pm #6113MyCottageParticipant
Cool model kit, but here’s the correct URL (I think):
11/20/2016 at 5:47 pm #6173Yayato4boysand1girlParticipant
I immediately thought of Jay and Ryanne today when I dug in a dumpster and came out with two boxes of brushed stainless steel drawer handles .Not because of the dumpster , but because of the variety of things y’all sell ! LOL ! Brand new and still in the packages ; including the screws . Three sizes and a total of 52 when I counted them at home . I just couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw them ! Oh and a matching towel holder ! It is still beyond me the amount of brand new stuff that goes in dumpsters and trash cans every day ! Thank you for the podcast and videos . There are so many things I never would have thought about selling on Ebay if not for y’all !
11/20/2016 at 8:05 pm #6176WallabeeParticipant
- Location: Minnesota
Sold 22 items this week! Highest item was my Dad’s Pendleton pants for $55.
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