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07/13/2020 at 2:50 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 471: Building Equity, Our Free Scavenger Education #79551
Still busy here. 164 items shipped out last week Monday-Saturday (almost). 28 additional items going out today, more ready to go out tomorrow. I say (almost) for Saturday because the temps at the post office did not pick up my packages on Saturday. This has happened 3 times in the past 2 months. Unfortunately, the post office closes before the mail carrier comes, so I can’t run to the post office with the packages. Now I have to figure out if I want to just do Monday-Friday pick-ups with larger pick-ups on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays, or do Monday-Friday pick-ups and walk the packages going out on Saturday to the post-office.
I actually went to an estate sale this weekend! The last estate sale I went to was in January. The last time I sourced in a thrift store was mid-February. I can’t believe it has been 5 months since I’ve gone sourcing in person. I was going to wait until the fall to risk going out, but I sort of feel like we might be at the lowest level of cases we’re going to get here. Plus, they took temperature checks at the door, limited the amount of people in each room, let only a few people into the house at a time, and everyone wore masks. No air-conditioners on, just windows open. I actually felt safer being in an environment like that than I would in a cramped, air-conditioned thrift store.
The items we got are currently “in quarantine” for at least a week. If the covid numbers stay low and a future sale advertises the sort of stuff I like dealing with, I’d probably venture out again to another estate sale. I’d possibly also risk doing a pick-up from an online auction. If the numbers do show any significant increase, I’m back to being a complete shut-in.
As someone that buys A LOT of lots to divvy up, I totally get wanting to maximum profits from it all. However, I think there are a few questions to consider when it comes to amounts this low – how much of the sales will be eaten up by fees? With an employee, how much will go towards their earnings out of the gross profits? Taxes? Additional expenses?
I don’t sell pokemon cards, but I know they can do very well on Ebay. What I would probably look into is if they could do well in smaller lots for larger amounts of money – 30 or 40 cards from a specific series for $10-20? Something like that rather than micro profits per card. It would still take a lot of work and time to sort and list, but at least it would be for an overall larger amount of money. Since pokemon cards are so popular, at the very least they should sell very quickly rather than just sit for all the work put into it.
It would be nice if Ebay doubled the amount of “free” listings for store subscribers once this free listing period is over. 500 items for basic, 2k listings for premium, 20k listings for anchor.
150 orders went out last week. Down from the boost in sales last month, but still higher overall than sales were last year at this time.
Currently at 118 orders out the door this week Monday-Thursday. Working hard on catching up on listing through the backlog – I’ve now gotten through 12 bankers boxes of materials over the past 10 days and have 4 more to go to meet my goal of getting one area completely finished before I can move on to a new section to work on.
Thrift stores opened up again here this week, but I’ve been hesitant to source. I don’t want to get on the subway. It’s not worth it. From what I can tell, a lot of the stores have a lot less merchandise available than what’s normally put out. Combined with masks, social distancing measures, travel to & from the thrift stores, cleaning, etc,. it makes me feel tired just thinking of the effort I would have to go through in order to get new stock and get it back. Plus, it’s hot out again. Garage sales and other sales are starting to come back, but I’m hesitant to go to them as well due to the huge number of people I’m expecting to be at them – with hardly any sales for months, it’ll probably be a madhouse the first few weeks.
Actually, I had spoken about this woman I was completely unaware of prior to this in 1 post. That was all I had intended to do. However, it was the criticism of me criticizing her that caused me to respond. So now I am being criticized yet again for just responding? Okay, cool.
To be honest, my initial criticism of these sort of people was as muted and positive as it could be.
Lets say I’m a potential course customer of a reseller that is selling courses. Oh good, I found a “testing” store of theirs. The first thing I would look at is their listing style. How do they describe their clothing? What would I learn in their course? Good? What does that mean? “Good” could mean anything. Why isn’t it more descriptive? Am I going to spend $20 a month to learn how to describe clothing as “good?” What am I learning to do that I just can’t emulate myself after looking for 1 minute at the testing store?
It is completely different to compare sellers that have “testing” stores up in order for you to buy their courses or eat lunch with them vs. resellers that seek no financial gain from what they are doing.
Also, this thread was intentionally posted in the “random thoughts” “brain dump” section of the forum.
Okay, this is a fun one. Just found her ebay store/youtube/webpage by googling that information. What is a “teaching” store? What does that even mean?
“This store is used to demonstrate many aspects of eBay selling including writing titles, photo best practices, writing descriptions, setting up shipping, pricing, and using eBay features.”
I opened a random listing and under condition notes:
“Good preowned condition”
Uhhh…what does that mean for clothing??
Good preowned condition – no defects
That is as generic as most book descriptions out there. For clothing, I want more detail! Good can run the spectrum from clearly worn to just out of the department store.
99.6% Positive feedback
Item not as described, poor color & material awful. Embroidery has loose thread
Follow-up: No communication from buyer, we ALWAYS refund – our goal is happy customers!
Bad customer service. 🙁
As a member of the Premium Video Library, you receive access to:
293 in-depth training videos
89+ hours of binge worthy eBay knowledge of play time
$20 a month subscription fee
Do people really need that level of instruction to sell on Ebay? Is it really that hard? Oh my god.
One of the comments in the video:
We bought 4 or 5 boxes from them, and figured out they were scamming with these boxes. We’d been tracking the profits on these boxes after actually selling each piece which came out to NEGATIVE 20% Gain. We’re never buying from them again. It’s a shame they are abusing their popularity to sell terrible mystery boxes. I’ve bought from plenty of smaller sellers and hit 50-75% profit margins.
I know they delete their sales on their main Ebay store, but you can still see what they’re selling based on their feedback. If they are selling items for $10-30 apiece on Ebay, why do people think they’re going to get much more valuable items in mystery or reseller boxes? Wouldn’t the more valuable items into their Ebay store?
The mystery box fad is getting out of control. There are even a ton of mystery box book lots on Ebay. Not the subject mystery books, but “mystery box of books.” I don’t know who’s buying those, either.
To be honest, I have no idea. I was able to set up an “exclusion” zone which included every country outside of Canada, Mexico and apparently a few other countries as places I ship to:
Item location: United States, United States
Shipping to: Worldwide
Excludes: Africa, Asia, Central America and Caribbean, Europe, Middle East, Oceania, Southeast Asia, South America, Cayman Islands, Djibouti, French Polynesia, Honduras, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Maldives, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Peru, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Philippines, Ecuador, El Salvador, Suriname, Guyana, Montenegro, Panama, Mauritania, Turkey, Mauritius, Somalia, Brunei Darussalam, Chad, Madagascar, New Caledonia, South Africa, Western Samoa, India, Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Zimbabwe, Bahamas, Bermuda, Iran, Jamaica, Saint Kitts-Nevis, Saint Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, Western Sahara, Wallis and Futuna, Nepal, Bolivia, Saudi Arabia, Mali, Fiji, Angola, Benin, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cameroon, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Gambia, Guatemala, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Malawi, Mozambique, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Congo, Republic of the, Senegal, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, Sudan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tonga, Uganda, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Botswana, Rwanda, Burma, Montserrat, Antigua and Barbuda, Luxembourg, Burundi, Equatorial Guinea, Kenya, Cuba, Republic of, Congo, Democratic Republic of the, Kiribati, Lesotho, United Arab Emirates, Zambia, Reunion, Cape Verde Islands, Oman, Swaziland, Yemen, Dominican Republic, Israel, Algeria, Argentina, Aruba, Azerbaijan Republic, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Chile, Burkina Faso, Colombia, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Grenada, Haiti, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Liberia, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Qatar, Sierra Leone, Namibia, British Virgin Islands, Bhutan, Central African Republic, Comoros, Gabon Republic, Martinique, Niger, Togo, Tuvalu, Uzbekistan, Dominica, Eritrea, Czech Republic
I indicated that I ship to Canada and Mexico back in January by:
Sign in to your eBay account and click on My eBay.
Click the Account tab, and then click Site Preferences.
In the Selling Preferences section, Postage and packaging preferences and then click the Show link.
Click the Edit link next to Exclude shipping locations from your listings.
THEN, when I list items I always leave the “Ship in the Global Shipping Program” checkbox checked. I also went back in and bulk edited all of my items to be in the program.
That is the life! So jealous.
It was mainly packages going out in late March-mid-April. It seems to be getting better now – still delays, but not 2+ month delays. Had media mail packages from 4 hours away take 1-1.5 weeks to get to me. From Texas, 3+ weeks past the expected delivery date.
I moved all of my Ebay listings to Global Shipping Program for international shipping in January of this year. So glad I made that decision! Well, I’ll still ship directly to Mexico and Canada, but that’s no big deal. From what I can tell the Global shipping orders have been fine – I haven’t been contacted by any customers that purchased items through that program.
However, I’m still shipping directly worldwide with my other selling venues. There are definitely major problems happening – some countries are currently not allowing shipments at all from the US, but you won’t know it until you get an order in and try to buy shipping to that country. It’s really annoying that these sites are still allowing customers to order.
Some shipments are not being updated once they leave the US at all. They are still expecting items to arrive within a month or less. I’ve had media mail shipments take 2+ months to arrive to the customer during this pandemic. I can only imagine international delivery times will be comparable, if not longer. Unfortunately, no one has patience anymore and they assume you never shipped the item and are scamming them even with tracking showing that it left the US.
This is just unbelievable:
In recent days, traders have bid up the stocks of companies that have filed bankruptcy or are expected to do so soon.
The market’s amazing comeback from its March coronavirus low has led to excessive risk taking by many traders.
Traders have even bid up the stocks of companies that have filed bankruptcy or are expected to do so soon. Cramer warned on Tuesday that many of those traders were likely to lose money in these trades.
I wonder if the same is going on for reselling? Interesting discussion on the podcast and in the forum on how people are bidding up items to near retail – new or desperate resellers or bored customers? A lot of new resellers are also wasting their money on mystery boxes – another questionable thing that has me scratching my head. The youtube gurus with their courses and mystery boxes are making a mint now off unsuspecting newer resellers that were recently fired from their jobs or stuck at home for months with no sources of replenishable inventory. Of course they’re all going out and desperate to get what they can get after being stuck at home for months on end. Another reason why when things open up back here I’m just going to stay put – I don’t want to get in the middle of expectant resellers and just plain ol’ stuff.
140 items shipped out last week. 45 items went out today. It’s still busy, but not crazy busy like it was even a few weeks ago. I’m happy with the current level of sales, as it’s overall still busier than last year during this same time period.
The “slow down” in sales has given me an opportunity to get back into listing. I’ve been trying to list both new items and items from the backlog each day. I’m currently trying to list 20 items a day in order to keep up momentum and start refilling the holes in the listed inventory. I’m also not allowing myself to bypass listing items that aren’t interesting to me – if I want to get them out of my immediate “listing from” area, they either have to be actually listed if worth it, or put in a donation pile if they are not. It has been nice to spend more time actually researching items and putting in the work to get them listed rather than just continually putting it off.
I’ve been curious to see how sourcing is going around the country, so I’ve been watching youtube videos of resellers going to garage sales as I pack. A few weeks ago, people were wearing masks and gloves and keeping their distance from each other. As recently as this past weekend, maybe half or less of both the garage sale holders and the customers were wearing protective gear or keeping their distance from each other. It’s such an odd time right now and I just can’t believe many people don’t seem to care about what’s going on.
I suspect thrifts won’t open up again here until early or mid-July. When they do, I can only imagine how much pent up demand there will be from resellers and people who have been bored at home to shop at them. My feelings on going to them are still the same as they were in March – I’ll pass. With the first phase of reopening happening today, we should have numbers in a few weeks to show how safe it really is to venture outside again. That will give me a good indicator on whether it will be safe to start shopping outside again in late summer/early fall. Otherwise, it’s just not worth it. The backlog will keep me occupied.
This recession/pandemic really can’t be compared to 2008 at all – it was a good time to buy stock back back in 2008 with much cheaper prices for items. Now? There’s a lot of competition and items are priced much higher. I don’t know if there are a lot of new resellers out there trying to buy stock, or if there are a lot of bored people at home with nothing to do driving up the prices. In terms of sales, the slow-down in March emulated the 2008 reselling slowdown that I experienced. It felt more like 2008. April & May were an extended holiday season. June is back to a busy normal. Weird times.06/05/2020 at 7:21 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 465: Shipping Commodity Items #78125
Yep. People are angry and frustrated over the way the world is right now and are taking it out on us sellers through feedback and messages. Reminds me of working low paying jobs that involved with dealing with customers in person. Maybe those sort of people are transferring the normal negative ways they would sometimes interact with store cashiers for us since a lot of them can’t leave their homes these days.