12/21/2016 at 10:21 am #8547RyanneKeymaster
- Location: Virginia
Wow, a Man from U.N.C.L.E. costume that sold for $$$, that’s a unique sale! Post your own What Sold video in the forum>>[See the full post at: What Sells on eBay: Yamaha stereo, Man from U.N.C.L.E. costume, Turntable, mismatched boots.]
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12/21/2016 at 12:03 pm #8561Beverly – Far Out and FabulousParticipant
- Location: Edgewood, WA
Thanks again, Steve! Happy Holidays to you and all your critters!
12/21/2016 at 12:51 pm #8566
I didn’t expect a video from you this week Steve–glad to see one though.
Things have slowed way down in my stores, but a few of my recent sales:
bought at an online auction and I paid up for it, but this is one of those items that I just fell in love with, sold for $95
bought as part of a job lot of jewelry at my local auction house–I probably had $10 or so in it, sold for $85
Thrift store find for under $10, sold for $45
estate sale find for $4 sold for $40
12/21/2016 at 1:23 pm #8573DylanParticipant
Hey OMFUG, I know you’re a very experienced seller and this is totally subjective, but it occurred to me that you have fairly low prices on some items. I know it’s tough when collectables aren’t necessarily flying off the shelves…I wonder though…Oh well, just a thought. You have a great eye.
12/21/2016 at 5:01 pm #8593
what items are my prices low on? and if they are low why aren’t customers taking advantage of it? LOL. I research sold prices and then price by gut–I am not a museum or a hoarder, I like to keep stuff moving.
12/21/2016 at 6:04 pm #8598shortandstoutParticipant
- Location: Central Pennsylvania
Those were some cool pieces! I love the ring!
12/21/2016 at 12:51 pm #8567
12/21/2016 at 5:45 pm #8596TerriParticipant
Great video, as always, Steve. Thank you for all the time you put into this.
12/21/2016 at 6:44 pm #8600Brian Treasures from GrandmasParticipant
- Location: Hoboken, NJ
Awesome stuff as always!
Some of my interesting sales over the past week:
1870s Antique W. Taylor X Q Site Exquisite straight razor without handle:
This was tossed in with a box lot of razors. Initially thought it would be worthless without a handle; didn’t recognize the maker but but recognized that it was made in Sheffield, England. Turns out this was a very small but high end maker that is long out of business. Just this blade in AS IS/NEEDING REFURBISHED condition sold for $40 best offer to a buyer in Russia, plus $53 shipping. Not bad for something I was nearly about to throw out.
25 Yale & Towne keys:
I bought a massive keyring of random keys at a recent estate sale… probably 300+ for $20. Estate owner was a former building manager for several properties in NYC, so I separated the keys into like lots by manufacturer and type. These 25 of the 300+ sold for $30 so the rest (many more higher end, are pure profit.
2016 Omega Watch Catalog:
Got this in the mail from the local mall totally for free. Sold for $25.
Vintage Resitol Beaver hat:
In pretty much pristine, NOS condition; paid $3 for it. No action on it for a long time so I took a really low offer of $45 for it. Happy it’s no longer taking a whole cubby in my closet anymore.
Vintage Seagram’s 7 swizzle sticks:
Not a huge seller at only $10, but I bought a bag of like 1000 swizzle sticks for $1 on the last day of an estate sale and grouped them into sets and/or like destinations and have been slowly selling them off over the past year. Pipeline!
12/21/2016 at 7:06 pm #8602BourbonTrailBazaarParticipant
- Location: Kentucky
Three interesting sales this week:
Found these at a yard sale over the summer. It also came with the irons in the box as well. Paid $25 for both. I listed them together and the first buyer wanted only the irons. He paid $250 and these sold for $175 + shipping.
Vintage men’s Burberrys hat. Found at a Goodwill for $5
Noticed this at a Goodwill on a shelf of scarves and gloves. Noticed the label was still on it and it read 1988. Gladly paid $1.99 for it. Sold in about a week.
12/22/2016 at 12:28 pm #8632Brian Treasures from GrandmasParticipant
- Location: Hoboken, NJ
Amazing finds! Who gives a vintage Burberry hat to Goodwill?!?!?
12/22/2016 at 5:06 pm #8649
I found 2 authentic Chanel suit jackets at the Goodwill.
12/22/2016 at 10:15 pm #8659SharynParticipant
- Location: Central NJ
I “found” a few things around the house that we didn’t need anymore. These two sold within days of listing:
I was surprised that this wallet sold through GSP to someone in Canada:
My more interesting sale was something that I bought in the summer for $5, and I had an offer when I got up this morning for $50. They haven’t paid yet, but hopefully it will be paid when I get up tomorrow:
12/23/2016 at 8:04 am #8665finditlistitsellitshipitParticipant
Steve, great sale on the mis-matched boots. I have also made that same mistake and was very surprised to discover that different sized shoes and boots sell! ( And for a decent price)
12/23/2016 at 9:31 am #8672Marie in FloridaParticipant
I had my most expensive sale ever! Sold a McIntosh pre-amp for $700. Wish I had a quarter of Steve’s expertise in electronics. I have 4 other electronic items that I picked up at the same estate sale. Not sure how to test them. I turned the whole set on at the estate and it sounded good, but that’s the extent of my knowledge.
I spent $1000 at the estate. I’m still in shock. One successful purchase has been an Omega 8004 Juicer. It worked fine, but I decided to piece it out. Smart move, I’ve sold 6 parts from it for $165, which is more than it could have sold whole. Still have parts listed.
Question???? So what’s best to list now? My closets are brimming with toys I meant to list before Christmas. Summer, winter, men’s, women’s, kid’s clothes. Many of these I would not buy again, but they will probably sell for $5-15 each. I have 3 bins of ephemera. Bins of shoes, fabric, vintage airplane parts, vintage everything….. So any obvious logic of where to start?
12/23/2016 at 10:37 am #8686pythoneskParticipant
- Location: East TN
Here are some things we sold this week:
Bought this for a buck at a yard sale:
Vintage ornaments, also paid $1 for:
This was $5 at the auction, no one wanted it. Luckily it comes apart easily and just screws together so shipping was a breeze:
Something we just had around the house:
This was about 50 cents. I would’ve never thought to list something like this except for Ryanne’s teaching, Thanks Ryanne!
Got these at a rummage sale for $1:
Another thing I would’ve never thought to sell except for Jay & Ryanne. Paid $1 at a rummage sale:
Here’s a crazy sale. Did I post this before, can’t remember. Sold for $50 and paid about 25 cents:
Sales seem to have picked up in these last couple of days, yay!
12/24/2016 at 4:24 pm #8742BooksellerParticipant
In theory free shipping should help sales and visibility by a small percent.
Well, in our line of work it’s probably impossible to tell, since each item is different and sales can’t be expected to stay the same over time. Would you really notice a 5% increase in traffic? I wouldn’t because my items might just be 5% better or worse during that time period… or buyers might be 5% less interested. But maybe it’s true, since they keep repeating it.
On the other hand, if you have rare items, your listing is better than everyone else’s, or you’re willing to wait, you can charge a premium for shipping and your item will sell anyway. Some buyers are willing to pay more, and some buyers don’t pay as much attention to the shipping cost as they do to the price. Sometimes the higher price “looks right”, but you can ship cheaper.
How many buyers passed the item over due to expensive shipping? We’ll never know.
I do free shipping on some small light commodity items, where the market is highly competitive, at cost shipping for moderately desirable items where I have a slight edge due to better pictures and I make money on shipping for some desirable items that are less price sensitive.
Maybe I’m wasting my time and brain power micromanaging this stuff, but it only takes a few seconds as I have pre-set settings in my listing software. I do think that one of a kind items do better with a little taken off the price and added to the shipping, as long as it still looks reasonable.
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12/24/2016 at 9:23 pm #8754JoParticipant
Amid all the flotsam and jetsam of coffee mugs and random stuff, I’ve had a few decent sales in December. Just like the old Army tag line says, “It’s not just a job, it’s an adventure!”
Aladdin Stanley Metal Thermos 64 oz 1/2 Gallon Vintage Collectible A945DH USA – pd $2.00 yard sale, sold $34.99
Woolrich Vtg Mens Wool Faux Fur Lined Plaid Hunting Coat Jacket Sz XL Button Fr – pd $4.00 thrift store, sold $54.99
Wright Brother’s Flyer Airplane Copper Printing Press Type Wood Block 3″x2 1/8″ – pd $2 estate sale, sold $44.99
Vintage Pan Am Pan American Airlines Coffee Mug Cup Vibrant Colors Mid Century – pd $2 antique/junk store, sold $24.99
Lenox Set of 2 Frog Prince Collectible Candlestick Candle Holders Jeweled Crowns – pd $6.00 yard sale, sold $35.00
Biederlack Aurora Throw Blanket Reds, Greens, & Black Squares 62″ x 50″
Pd. $3.00 yard sale, Sold $27.99
Vintage 4 Rod V-Type Ceramic Knife Sharpener on Oak Base Hand Guard Model CS-24 – pd $1 @ Thrift store, Sold $21.99
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