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I inadvertently became someone’s nemesis at an estate sale last month. As I was making my way out with a box of snapshot photos, some random woman waiting in line starts glaring at me from far away. While passing by, her face turns red and she starts fuming and screaming at me, “HEY! THAT’S WHY I CAME TO THIS SALE! I CAME FOR THE PHOTOS!” I just sort of shrugged and looked confused at her as I passed by.
The sale had already been going on for 3 hours by the time I purchased them. Even if it had been the first hour: oh.well.
Medium flat rate priority mail box for that amount should suffice. Stick each individual magazine into a bubble mailer, or if they’re thinner, 2-3 per bubble mailer. Pad the inside of the box with bubble wrap or something like brown wax paper so they don’t get banged up in the box while in transit.12/11/2017 at 10:08 am in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 337: If You Build It, You Will Have Storage #28570
I am REALLY looking forward to self-driving cars. As someone that does this without a car (I’ve never learned how to drive), it would solve soooo many problems for me. I live in an urban area with a driveway, so I would even have a place to park it! Considering the amount of uber rides I take each month now as it is, leasing a self-driving car would probably end up working out to a cheaper cost! Hah!12/10/2017 at 12:24 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 337: If You Build It, You Will Have Storage #28500
I would seriously not suggest buying any in the next few weeks. There is a lot of truth to this article:
I wouldn’t be surprised if it goes back down to 5k or lower within a month from now. That *might* be a good time to invest, but who knows what it will actually end up stabilizing at.
My favorite bitcoin alternative was coinye that appeared in 2014, but Kanye West sued it out of existence. 🙁12/10/2017 at 10:14 am in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 337: If You Build It, You Will Have Storage #28487
I guess cryptocurrencies are the same if you’re comparing them on the basis of the backing fiat dollars, which is nothing other than reputation for the most part. Bitcoin is favorably viewed by people for now only because it is going up, up, up. They don’t know the history of it, why it exists, what it’s future is, what the original purpose of it is, what it is intended for. They just see profits.
I am still wary of bitcoin due to all the hacks and the general paranoid attitude you have to have in order to maintain them. Malware will become more sophisticated in order to steal bitcoins from unsuspecting people who just leave them exposed in online wallets, or barely secure on their computers. Normal people who have heavily invested in the past month will lose their butts if they don’t know how to properly hold onto what they bought. I don’t think it is currently a good alternative to what we’ve got for the average person in terms of normal, everyday currency.12/04/2017 at 4:53 pm in reply to: Good Article – we are keeping trash out of landfills!! #28092
There was a documentary released a few years ago about the garbage pickers of Brazil. Pretty neat.
Ya’ll did nothing wrong. I don’t understand how people could let 1k slip by without thinking twice.
Especially in this case, since the buyer was either a reseller or collector who knew they were getting a great deal. If they weren’t, they wouldn’t have immediately offered 500. They knew even *that* amount was a good deal.
Just ignore the virtue signallers. You guys did nothing wrong and did exactly what you should have.
I guess all the nay-sayers are independently wealthy and just doing this for fun. I also don’t understand how “morality” plays into this. Most people just like using any excuse to complain and throw shade, even when there’s really no issue to be complaining about.
I hear you. I mainly have vintage listed as well on the main ebay store I have. Ephemera, postcards, books, not anything essential.
I drift between 250-300 watchers per day for all items on an inventory of a little over 8,000 items. I figured that some were waiting for prices to lower, so I ran a sale of 10% during Black Friday week. This resulted in an initial rush of sales, but it slowed down during the last day of the sale.
On Sunday, I started another sale of 15% that is ending today. This resulted in sales of really stagnant inventory in my store, including items I completely forgot I had.
I think it all really comes down to quantity. Something is bound to interest someone, as ling as it’s listed. If it’s borderline interesting and priced, it will catch someone’s attention at a good price.
I don’t see anywhere in the help pages that says it is against Ebay’s policy to do this?
Occasionally, you may need to cancel a transaction, for instance, if the item is broken or you are out of stock.
What to do
Select the correct reason for canceling a transaction.
What not to do
Select the wrong cancelation reason in order to avoid a defect on your account.
That’s about the extent of it, as far as I can see.
FWIW, I would’ve cancelled the sale after the fact and put it on auction, as well. That’s just too much of a difference to let slide.
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I’ve been too busy to list much this past week, but sales have remained consistent. I normally sell 5-10 items per day. This past week, I have been averaging 8-9 sales per day. If I had been listing daily, sales would’ve easily been 10+ per day.
Since I haven’t been able to list much, I’ve been running sales for the past week. The sales I normally run are at 5%. This past week, I’ve been running them at 10% and 15%. This has helped blow out a ton of old inventory.
The problem with Abebooks is that they’re just asking prices. You can’t really tell what the actual value of the book is based on those prices alone. It is a trickier site to base prices on based on just asking prices price. It is a good tool to use in combination with other sites when pricing books.
Also, a lot of the higher-priced books may be going for those prices based on condition/scarcity and the “level” of bookseller on that site. If you see a seller with ABAA or ILAB at the end of their seller name, those are members that have been selling books for at least 5+ years, have more core audiences, have better grading systems, etc,. than your standard Amazon or online bookseller. They tend to be older old-school, rare book dealers. They also price their books on the higher end, whether they’re rare or not.11/22/2017 at 12:58 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 335: Strategizing Out of Our Own Sweatshop #26503
That sounds like a neat experiment, but I would be worried about the additional insurance costs to be incurred on a stock that pricey. You don’t want to leave items that expensive hanging…have you considered using a service like u-pic to insure items? I believe there are other companies that also provide insurance that you can purchase per month, like unlimited plans.
It has been average this week (15-20 items out per day), but it has gotten busy over the past 24 hours. I had 40 packages to bring into the post office this morning! Glad I got the mail in that came in overnight out the door, as there are already another 4 packages ready to go out on Friday.
Hope everyone has busy Thanksgiving & Cyber Monday sales!
I would have just blocked that guy without replying. People with that many questions before they buy an item are usually trouble, especially if it’s a cheap item. If it’s an expensive item, maaaybe, but that would also be risky.
Most of the post offices in my area were closed both Friday and Saturday. Luckily, my local one was still open Friday, but stayed closed on Saturday. The other ones in the area didn’t put up signs or anything during the week stating that they were going to close for the holiday. Pretty annoying if you didn’t bother asking your postal clerk what their hours were going to be.