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05/29/2020 at 7:21 am in reply to: Whoa, what? Walmart to start selling used clothing and accessories online??? #77909
Whoa, I’m shocked to see a zero hedge link on this forum.
Most likely Buddhist due to the way the hair is in a bun. Appears to be a lotus flower in the back.
In order to set up a facebook business page without linking back to your personal info, you’ll want to start off by creating a second instagram account just for your business. In the settings of your new instagram account, you can change it from a personal account to a business account. In one of the set-up options during this process, it asks if you would like to create a facebook business page.05/18/2020 at 3:26 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 463: The Painful Gaze Of A Boss vs The Freedom To Do What I Want #77537
225 items shipped out last week. Shipped 30+ items a day 6 days last week, Monday-Saturday. Saturday pick-ups are amazing! It now allows me to get my Sunday sales out on Monday instead of Tuesday, as I don’t want to overwhelm the postal people. I’ll definitely be taking advantage of it from now on.
40 items out today. In the past few weeks, a typical Monday has seen 50-60 orders ship out. It is partially down today due to the Saturday ship-out, as well as just lower sales in general this past weekend. For now, I feel like my business might have peaked last week. With more of the country opening up, a lot of their $$$ will go towards shopping in person again. That being said, a piece of ephemera I listed just now sold within 5 minutes. There are clearly still a lot of people sitting at home with nothing to do but scour Ebay, so I’ll just see this potential slow down as an opportunity to catch up on listing. There might also be people saving money for Memorial Days sales.
Looks like NYC might very slowly start to reopen in June. I don’t think we’ll get access to thrift stores again until July at the very very earliest. Considering how crowded they were pre-pandemic, I will continue to avoid them for at least the first two months they’re open, if not longer. I have enough of a backlog and new stock coming in that I’m not worried about missing out – no fomo during this pandemic. We did order a couple of times off grubhub last week, so I’m not completely avoiding other people. The drivers wore masks and just texted that they left the items outside. It is feeling safe enough to start very slowly returning back to basic normalcy like that, but I really don’t want to have fellow thrifters breathing down my neck as I’m looking at stuff. It was bad enough when they did that pre-pandemic. I’ve also seen photos of people going to flea markets wearing masks and that is definitely another experience I would skip out on if I was able to go out to one at this moment.05/14/2020 at 7:11 am in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 462: What We’re Working Towards #77413
That is such good news! Hoping for a continued successful recovery and a return to normalcy as quickly as possible.05/13/2020 at 3:40 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 462: What We’re Working Towards #77394
Thanks for the link, I’m listening to it now. This youtube personality is actually one of the ones that greatly annoys me. I’m not surprised he didn’t have anything useful to say in this regard – it’s just shouty ranting that isn’t helpful in this video. He is quick to panic and stir up the pot with opinions – he has done this in the past with search issues. Very Chicken Little about every aspect of Ebay, yet still makes his youtube $$$ telling people how to sell on the site. Go figure. I’m going to guess with the “I’ll get rid of everything” comment that he has no alternate venue set up to transition his listings to. That’s fine. He could just plainly state that in the video.
I believe I read a few years ago that it was an Ayden issue, but they were supposedly in talks to get payment processing (by them or someone else? IDK) sorted for these other categories. I don’t know why it has taken them years to figure something out.
Adult material has always been an issue with other countries – Adult’s Only only allows for sales to the US and Canada. If your “global shipping” program is checked by accident in the listing, it will alert you prior to listing with an error message. I’ve always only just shipped to the US to be safe.05/12/2020 at 3:09 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 462: What We’re Working Towards #77364
Interesting. Did they say where they’re moving adult only materials to? I looked into getting a shopify store specifically for them, but they prohibit that material. I don’t know what online storefront/payment provider specifically allows for that material outside of Ebay’s Adult Only. Well, sometimes you can get away with it on Amazon or Abebooks. Also Etsy if you’re careful, but otherwise I don’t know where a 100% safe spot for that sort of material would be?05/12/2020 at 1:58 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 462: What We’re Working Towards #77361
I pull all of the Ebay sales for both stores, the Etsy sales and usually half of the other sales from the normal bookselling sites (I’ve got a lot of different inventories). I do the majority of the Ebay packing for the main store, none of the packing for the 2nd ebay store (random general store type stuff), and hardly any of the packing for normal book sales. Then, I do all of the Endicia shipping and the majority of tracking # uploading. I also do the majority of carrying of everything from here and there, which is good because I really need exercise somehow at this point. I do the majority of packaging for the main Ebay store because ephemera/collectible/rare book buyers are so finicky with their demands for packing that I just like to pack the packages up like Ft. Knox on a cloud to appease them so they don’t complain that I’ve wronged them somehow.
Heh, the Gary V. type youtube resellers. I have gone on many a rant about those swindlers.05/12/2020 at 1:49 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 462: What We’re Working Towards #77355
Yep, I’ve also got hundreds of items up in the adults only section. I figured that’s what was keeping me out of managed payments. 😀05/12/2020 at 11:32 am in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 462: What We’re Working Towards #77346
I’m listening to the podcast now. My 2nd Ebay store with 350 items in it got the email about being forced into managed payments by July. However, my main Ebay store with nearly 14,000 items in it is NOT being forced into managed payments by July. I suspect this is because I have inventory in the “prohibited” categories that are not accepted under managed payments. So no, not everyone is being forced into managed payments by July.05/12/2020 at 11:03 am in reply to: Photos of your item in front of a 90% bare bosom = eBay search manipulation? #77344
I’ve seen listings like this before and I just shake my head. Why are women willing to do this to sell $20 items?!?! Why do they feel their worth is so little?05/12/2020 at 11:01 am in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 462: What We’re Working Towards #77343
I tried doing the same as you over the past few weeks and realized I couldn’t with the current level of sales. I am still getting listings up most days, but I don’t beat myself up over it if I can only get max 5 items up each day. When I was trying to get 20-40 items up a day along with packing 20-40 items each day, I realized it wasn’t sustainable without burning myself out.
That’s just me, personally. I’ve also long been against the “hustle hard” Gary V. type philosophy that permeates a lot of the reseller community. More slack, please.05/12/2020 at 10:43 am in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 462: What We’re Working Towards #77341
Well, I got 2 of my wisdom teeth yanked out last Tuesday and have to go back once the pandemic is over (whenever the heck that will be) to get my other 2 out. In case you’re wondering what the new normal will look like when it comes to medical procedures, I can give you an idea – I had to sit outside of the office for an hour while I waited for my appointment (they were running late) because they weren’t allowing anyone to sit in the waiting room. Other people waiting waited in their cars. Since I don’t have a car, I just sat on the grass and watched people walk by. It would’ve sucked if it was raining out, but it was a bright sunny day. It would’ve been nice if I hadn’t had to go in the midst of a pandemic and watch people walk by in masks. Ugh.
When they finally called me into the office, I had both my temperature taken and had to use an oximeter. I was fine. It was an easy procedure. I just slept on and off from Tuesday evening through Thursday afternoon. I think I was legit exhausted from both the extraction and the workload of Ebay/Amazon over the past few weeks.
We got restaurant delivery for the first time in two months on Thursday when I was finally feeling better. I just couldn’t eat pudding or mashed potatoes anymore, and I couldn’t deal with quarantine food that day. It was totally worth it and tasted so good because I hadn’t eaten anything outside of my house for what seemed so long, haha.
With the decline in cases here and leaving the house for the extraction, we’re feeling more comfortable with venturing out a little more if necessary. My husband went out to the pharmacy to pick up my prescriptions and then later in the week went to our local corner stores to pick up groceries. He said the bodegas now have plastic shields up and the people behind the counters are wearing face masks and gloves. After waiting weeks for grocery delivery time slots, it was weird to be able to go out the same day to get food. At least the stores were relatively empty of people because everyone is too fearful here. They used to be so crowded pre-pandemic that people had to wait outside the door to get in during certain times.
Sales are still brisk here. We only did ship-outs last Monday, Tuesday and Saturday. We shipped out 107 packages for all 3 days. For sales this week so far, we’re at 88 orders sent out for yesterday and today. I already have another 20+ prepared to go out tomorrow.
I’ve been thinking more about how this pandemic is going to shake out my ability to source this year and next. Since I don’t drive, I had to take an Uber both ways to get to my appointment last week. The drivers were nice, wore masks and had exceptionally clean vehicles. Since I have been using them over the past few years to haul my buys home, I’m thinking that they’re NOT going to be comfortable if I choose to fill their trunks with boxes of random stuff during the pandemic. I feel like even if I want to source out in person (which I don’t), I won’t be able to. I’ve been taking cabs to haul my buys around for the past 16 years, but I don’t think I’ll be able to until some point in 2021 at the very earliest.05/04/2020 at 5:58 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 461: Sourcing During The Pandemic #77033
Oh god, mine is also my lower right one! The freaking gum flap is just sitting right on it so I can’t eat on that side of my mouth. The dentist told me that he’s not doing any risky procedures at all, so there’s no chance of getting all 4 out tomorrow. Just the lower one and possibly the one above it if possible. If it looks complicated, he’ll just take care of the gum and schedule an extraction once this first wave has stopped here. If it is done, novocaine only. He’s not risking anyone taking general anesthesia at this time. I don’t know how much it’s going to cost, it depends on the x-rays tomorrow, but I know it’s definitely not going to be that cheap!
So jealous of cheap medical care in Mexico. 🙁 The facilities down there probably look nicer than most places here, haha. NYC is one of the dirtiest places I’ve ever lived in or visited.05/04/2020 at 5:43 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 461: Sourcing During The Pandemic #77030
I have help, but I do the bulk of the work and don’t have time to get it up to speed by tomorrow. It’s easier to just take a few days off. Ebay orders are still coming in, so at least there’s some income coming in. I wish Amazon worked the same way with vacation settings!
I spoke with the dentist this afternoon and they’re not playing around about seeing emergency patients during Covid. Temperature checks, no groups of people allowed to sit in the waiting room, no one who has had Covid allowed period, etc,. At least they’re very on top of how to deal with this. No complicated surgeries. Not allowing people to get all 4 wisdom teeth out at once – I’ll either get 1, 2 or none out depending on how complicated my situation turns out instead of all 4. If I get none out tomorrow, at least the stores can come off vacation. If I do get some out, I’ve got plenty of stuff sitting in my netflix queue to watch.