04/10/2019 at 5:54 pm #60005RyanneKeymaster
- Location: Virginia
Post your What Sold video in the forum>>[See the full post at: What Sells On eBay: Vintage TV trays, Quack medical device, books, Tension pole lamp]
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04/10/2019 at 6:37 pm #60009So Cal JoeParticipant
Wow, too bad about the radio arriving broken.. I’d heard stories about Global shipping items getting repacked in the past, but I thought that was a practice that had been stopped.
I can’t imagine someone would complain about your packing Steve. My guess is that it was repacked.
At least Ebay took care of you,, but it’s still a bummer.
Great video as always..
04/10/2019 at 8:37 pm #60014ManateejaqParticipant
04/10/2019 at 8:38 pm #60015SharynParticipant
- Location: Central NJ
Yes, I agree. Since the damaged one took a few days longer, eBay probably decided to take it out and repack. Going back about two years ago, I sold a set of vintage chess pieces that were pretty delicate. I probably could have packed them better, but I did make sure they were bubble-wrapped together. When the buyer contacted me about the damage, I asked whether the pieces were taped up together, and he said that they were just loose. Definitely not how I packed them.
Since I’m here, I might as well talk about a few interesting sales …
I’ve had this copper Passover plate listed for over two years. I paid about $1. About a year ago or more, someone really wanted this plate, but for very cheap. At that time, I had it listed for $50-60 with make offer. He started with a very low offer (maybe $10), but kept coming back every few weeks or months with a slightly higher price. Finally, he came back with $25, which I probably would have originally taken, but I was so annoyed with him at that point. I guess I won out with a higher $34 sale, but I could have sold it over a year ago.
I purchased a number of teddy bears at auction last month. One was a vintage speaker phone built inside a teddy bear that moved with the caller’s voice. It was new in box. I took the photos with it in the box and listed it at $35 or so. Then, for some reason, I decided to remove it from the box to doublecheck condition. Well, I found rodent damage in the back. Too bad, and I just couldn’t sell it as-is. I took all the paperwork and accessories and sold just those items for $13.
Here’s another teddy bear from that auction, designer made with a mohair hat and sweater, maybe body as well. I’m really liking these designer teddy bear collectors because they don’t make offers. Paid less than $1, sold for $59.
I bought these vintage Arden Shakespeare books in a table lot last year. I paid pennies, and they sold for $40.
04/10/2019 at 8:47 pm #60017ManateejaqParticipant
Nice sale on those Shakespeare books Sharyn. What a cool set. 🙂
04/12/2019 at 2:41 pm #60102TemudginParticipant
- Location: Jacksonville FL
Good stuff, all! I bought this 1968 contract US Army surplus OG-107 M65 Field Jacket as a teenager at I. Goldberg Army Navy in Center City Philadelphia in the early 1970s. In excellent condition when I bought it – never even had patches sewn on – I wore it to work in the yard and on the cars, and on construction and gas station attendant jobs. Despite the wear, battery acid holes and oil stains it now has, it sold for $115 plus shipping. Maybe to a buyer going for the Travis Bickle / Frank Serpico look? It did take about 2 years to sell.
This hat, made by Tilley Endurables in Canada, has a lifetime guarantee. And apparently Tilley has quite a following, judging by the $47 plus shipping I was able to get for this pre-owned one even though they sell new for about that. It was $4 at a Goodwill.
This unmarked brass ice cream scoop was a family item out of the donation box, a housewarming gift from someone a while back. (Who gives an old ice cream scoop for a housewarming gift?) It sold quickly for $35 plus shipping and in researching sold prices before listing it, I was reminded that there are various types and brands of kitchen utensils out there that people will definitely pay up for. Might be worth digging through those boxes of kitchen utensils you always see at the antique malls for sleepers.
This was something I brought home from my tour as a military advisor in El Salvador in the 1980s and recently rediscovered in an old photo album. It is a psychological operations leaflet, aimed at the FMLN guerilla fighters during the war. It exhorts them to think of God, country, and family and go to the nearest military base to turn in their gun for cash. “The armed forces will protect you” it says. It took a while to sell for $70 plus shipping and went to England.
This interesting Topshop brand two-tone blue metallic skater dress is the same model that was worn by Princess Eleanor in an episode of the first season of The Royals, which I had never heard of and would not have known about if an alert fan had not contacted me about it. They were very excited to see it but did not buy it. Fortunately, someone else did, for $30 plus shipping. It was my daughter’s. Her taste in clothing has always been … eclectic.
After WWII the government auctioned off huge amounts of brand new military surplus to wholesalers, who then retailed it at army navy stores that popped up all over the country and through ubiquitous ads in the back of magazines like Popular Mechanics. Everything from entire jeeps and small boats on down to the smallest parts and pieces. This WWII US Navy Mark 1 utility knife was probably sold to someone for $1 or $2 fresh out of the warehouse after the war in newly manufactured condition and it appears to have spent the ensuing decades in a drawer. It sold in about a week for $69 plus shipping. I have about $10 in it as part of a large auction lot. Probably millions of these were sold after the war so it is not uncommon to find them in pristine condition. I’ve even seen them with the original packing paper and care directions. The government still auctions off its military surplus but the volume and variety of items are not like they were after WWII. No more entire jeeps to be had.
04/12/2019 at 4:16 pm #60103cmtellaParticipant
I would strongly suspect that the GSP repacked the radio. They are still following that practice occasionally, especially with radios because they are not supposed to allow tubes to go through. A few months back I shipped 3 phonograph reproducers together that the buyer paid almost $400 for. I packed them very carefully in a medium flat rate box. The buyer received a different box with all three just thrown in, no packing at all. Of course they were destroyed and the buyer was very angry. Took some fighting for a few days but GSP finally paid for it.
04/13/2019 at 1:13 am #60115The Thrift RaiderParticipant
Steve, have you considered just shipping directly to other countries? Or have you had a bad experience doing it? I’ve been very pleased with my international orders since I’ve stopped doing GSP. I’ve even shipped to countries where people said was sketchy postal wise, and no issues.
04/13/2019 at 8:11 am #60116Steven SParticipant
- Location: South Dakota
Early on, before GSP was a thing, I used to ship items worldwide myself but as the value of my inventory has increased the value of GSP for me has increased as well, it has saved me a lot of money over the years.
If I was only shipping non breakable lower cost items I would probably take the risk of not using GSP.
In this particular case, it may have been just some extremely rough handling.
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