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05/24/2017 at 7:44 am in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 311: The Summer Slowdown™ is Here #18497
Haha, that reminds me of this time I went into a thrift store and found a set of scarce books that I had happened to find, price and list on Ebay only a few weeks before stumbling upon this second set in the thrift store. I was the only seller at the time to really have any of them listed online, either on Ebay or Amazon, so I priced them moderately high for what they were due to relative scarcity at the time.
So, as you can imagine, I was very excited to find dupes of the same set and sit on them until my originally listed ones sold. Only problem: they were priced at my listing prices on Ebay! They actually wrote on an index card above the whole stack: “as listed on Ebay, $25 per book, scarce!” It’s really weird to be defeated by your own pricing in the midst of the hunt.05/15/2017 at 9:45 am in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 310: Am I Selling on eBay the Wrong Way? #18008
With my niche vintage store, I will just sit on items forever. In a normal ship-out, I will pack things that sell fast as well as an item or 2 that has been listed for 2-7 years. Yay.
You never know when your customer will look for and buy your item. Sometimes, it is within a few hours. Other times, it takes a few or several years.
This morning, I packed 1 item that had been listed for a day, 1 that had been listed for a week, and 1 that had been listed for over 2 years. After packing, I got a bulk offer on 15 items to 1 collector. They had been listed for over a year. Yay. Money and space freed up for more stock.
That being said, I do sometimes toss stuff and reprice. Space isn’t infinite, unfortunately.
I used to do 30 days, but recently changed it back to gtc. I am too busy to constantly end and relist listings, even with the bulk edit option. I find that the bulk editor glitches a lot these days, so I try not to use it if I don’t have to. That being said, when I do have time, I end and sell similar items when they are within a day of their ending time.
Maybe 5% of my listings have BO. I have a niche store and know the price limits for most items overall that people are willing to spend, so I price initially based on research/past knowledge of sales and gut. The ones with BO are higher priced items that I would be happy to take less for because I’d rather have money than stock just sitting there.
Most of my items have “free shipping” built into the price, but I have started to add shipping to a few hundred new listings recently and not seen a decline in sales. It’s overall a wash, though. Shipping is built in no matter what.
7200 item anchor store.03/15/2017 at 5:21 pm in reply to: Anyone ever have problems listing risqué items (old biker magazines related) #14585
I wouldn’t worry about listing them on normal Ebay. Since they are not actual adult magazines, you have little risk of having them removed from the site. I would not post any questionable pictures on the listing, just to be safe.
This really boils down to how much you need the money, and if you think you can realistically sell it for the offered prices by those random ebay members. The guy that bought it for 35 obviously knows that he’s getting a good deal. He obviously had a search out for that item that triggered. Who knows if he would’ve paid a higher price? The guy could even be another reseller that’s going to turn around and flip it as soon as he receives it. Who knows? I would just go along with your gut on this. Most people are understanding when it comes to errors like this, intentional or not.
Thank you for this advice! I also have a niche store that has a lot of repeat customers & multiple item orders, many of which are international. I do not offer the Global Shipping Program for any items in the store.
I had a customer last week in the UK attempt to purchase 2 items. They asked about combined shipping, and I said they could ship for the same rate as 1. I asked for them to send a request for invoice prior to paying with Paypal in order to get the right shipping reflected before paying. They said they were not able to do so on their end.
They had clicked buy it now for both items. They were not just sitting in their shopping cart, waiting to pay for both items + both shipping rates. The Ebay system would just not allow them to buy both at the same time. I wasn’t sure if it was a glitch or if they were making a mistake somehow purchasing. They ended up buying both items individually, paying shipping twice. I had to go into Paypal to refund shipping for 1 item. It ended up working out, but it was really a hassle that Ebay wouldn’t allow the order to go through the way it should.
I will recommend this solution the next time it happens. Thank you!03/02/2017 at 2:39 pm in reply to: Spring Seller Update — Top Rated Plus dropping to 10% #13694
Too late to edit. I just checked my seller dashboard, and Ebay has updated my tracking rate to 98.45%. Yay!03/02/2017 at 10:05 am in reply to: Spring Seller Update — Top Rated Plus dropping to 10% #13682
I’m really annoyed about the savings dropping on fees. It’s essentially a fee raise on those of us that have been good and playing by their rules. Oh, well. I’m going lose TRS anyway because I can only maintain a 90-94% shipping rate at all times in their system as it is. For some reason, it doesn’t take all of the tracking information. It has never actually worked correctly for me. I’ll still ship in the same time frame, but I’m not going to worry about TRS. At the end of the day, Ebay is still worth listing on.
Looks like it’s from the 1970s? I like the fake PanAm logo on it.
I sell a number of magazines in Japanese. Depending on age, it might be easy to identify by ISBN. Please post photos of both the front and back covers.02/14/2017 at 12:47 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 297: Being Frugal vs Running A Business #12525
The financial independence blogger lifestyle is a complete 180* from running an Ebay business. We have to understand what collectors like and involve ourselves with viewing and picking from thousands of tiny items on a weekly or monthly basis that might catch someone’s eye; they have to live lives like monks for the pursuit of monetary freedom. In order to best understand what collectors like, we have to think like collectors as we’re out & about looking for items. They have to completely detach themselves from the idea of anything additional in their lives, such as 1 meal out of schedule or a piece of clothing that is not necessary. It is such a strict regime to accomplish during the early part of one’s life and they seem so serious about it, that I wonder if they are really having fun? The strictest ones will not let 1 thing get out of place in order to meet their goal, or so they seem from their blogs.
My husband & I sell online full-time, and outside of saving for taxes/general savings/putting money back into inventory, we’re pretty easy-going about anything beyond that point. We’ll eat on a huge pot of rice & beans for several days, but then order something from Grubhub because we’re tired after working all day on listing, or other projects outside of listing. We’ll plan meals for 2 weeks, but then go somewhere for a day and blow a bunch on a movie, cab rides, food. We still manage to save a bit, but it might help that we’re kidless and living below our means. I guess we’re overall frugal, but not worried about the nitty gritty about being super dramatically frugal.02/09/2017 at 2:11 pm in reply to: Do you ensure you have 12 photos for each listing? #12158
In this case, some very specific train collectible pamphlets that only needed cover scans. Collectors know what the content is and only need to see covers. Additional photographs or scans could potentially damage the pamphlets. I add a lot of details to the condition notes to make up for the lack of additional photos.02/09/2017 at 1:22 pm in reply to: Do you ensure you have 12 photos for each listing? #12153
Most items I list get 2 photos. Others get 3-5+, while some only have 1. Those with 3-5 will sometimes take years to sell, while an item with 1 photo will sell in a day.
I’ve only had the chance to list 30 items so far this week, 20 with just 1 photo apiece. 5 of the listings with 1 photo sold within a day of listing.02/09/2017 at 10:27 am in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 296: Are You Keeping Up With Your Inventory System? #12135
I used to sell matchbooks years ago. Now, I just sell matchcovers sometimes. It really depends on the age and topics in terms of listing them individually, in smaller lots, or in very large lots. Depending on how old they are, you should at the very least separate out the girlie matchbooks and then list the others in 2 large lots.
If you could start a topic (maybe in the Identification forum?) with pictures of the matchbooks, including close-ups on what appear to be older(?) or more visually interesting appearing ones, if any, that you have, I could try to help identify time frames. Depending on how old they are, some of them might be worth listing individually, even the non-tiki ones. Some might do better in smaller lots, like you originally thought, like gas stations, or advertisements.
Thank you for your response, Jay! I haven’t had a chance to come back to this thread due to working & scavenging for Ebay/Amazon (yay, still busy in February! yeah!). I felt so bad once it started escalating downhill like that. I take responsibility for my part in it and am sorry. Hence, “please delete this thread.” I try to not get involved in flame wars like this – no one ever wins. I was still in the midst of frustration over the situation and just allowed myself to fall down that hole.
I was very appreciative of ebaymom stepping in to share her frustration as a buyer. I do think that this could be used as a learning experience, once the emotion is taken away from it. A learning experience as a seller, that is. Hearing the way my seller treated me, and how ebaymom’s negative seller overemphasized what she believed to be right really made me think about how I might be treating “suspicious” sounding customers. There’s always ways to improve the customer service aspect of things.
Luckily, today is a new day and I got some really nice new items to list on Ebay. Time to move on and ready those piles to list!