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03/21/2020 at 9:04 am in reply to: Pioneer stereo, Empty Hewlett-Packard box, Picnic plates, Seth Thomas clock #75327
Sold something old: https://www.ebay.com/itm/192102569041 When I started out (in 2015), I had some initial luck with souvenir items. Of course, I started buying every souvenir item I could find. Most have been donated back to thrift stores, but this little set stayed in my store with price reductions every 6 months or so. Finally sold for $7.50! Wow.
Something new: https://www.ebay.com/itm/193354736812 When I was in Japan in February, I picked up 10 of these stickers for a dollar each. As far as I can tell they are sold exclusively at the Studio Ghibli Museum which is not easy to access (you have to buy a ticket a month ahead). I put a high price on these and was pleased to see one sell last week.
Something borrowed: I came across a box of doll stuff at a garage sale the same week that I read a “what sold” here by @totommyto about selling barbie shoes for $50. I paid too much for the doll stuff, only to find that despite it being a lot of stuff, there were really only a few things inside that were vintage Barbie. Often, when I make a mistake sourcing, the item sits in my death pile mocking me for a year or two until I look at it with fresh eyes. I might have gotten a better price for this Bubblecut Midge, but I don’t know nearly enough to be selling Barbie stuff at top dollar, so I am happy to have recouped my purchase price on the entire endeavor. It sold within 24 hours of listing: https://www.ebay.com/itm/193379858422
Something green: Selling parts of things is one of my favorite Ryanne pearls. I am not sure why this masticating auger from an Omega J8001 juicer is a lovely shade of chartreuse, but It got me a little green: https://www.ebay.com/itm/1933678282030
Thanks Sharyn. I see what you mean. If you follow my link above, the price displayed is for the sample, not the BTY price. When my items are displayed in search though, the price range of $5.00 to $22.50 is displayed:
I did look at the order of my variations to see if I could get the higher price to display on the item page, but it seems to be defaulted to show the lowest price. I looked at other fabric listings that have this same variation, and it was the same on theirs as well. Thanks so much for taking a look.1+
Thanks again for your help. I measured the full length of fabric and it was north of 15 yards. I decided to sell this fabric by the yard instead of as a single piece. I also have a second piece of fabric that is identical to this one but green. I did not bother measuring the second one, as it weighs nearly 2x much as the first. I listed 20 yards available BTY, and I will measure it if it gets close to the end. Here are my listings:
Please feel free to offer suggestions. Also, should I pick up some pinking shears to cut this fabric, or is it OK to cut with regular scissors? Thanks again, Daniel.0
Thanks everyone, I really appreciate all the input. I will post a link when I have a listing completed. -Daniel.0
I have never understood the mystery of why a woman just suddenly shuts off communications but have experienced it several times myself.
Hey @old-dad, I am also an old Dad. I wonder if this is a generational thing. I never experienced this before this past year when it happened to me twice in what I thought were simple friendships. I found it pretty hurtful – made me feel like a creepy old man.003/13/2020 at 9:27 am in reply to: Etsy Seems to be trying It’s Own Version of the Global Shipping Program #75084
With eBay GSP, eBay (or Pitney Bowes) is on the hook for the safe delivery of the package after it leaves the US. If that were not the case, I would not include GSP on fragile items. It looks like with Etsy’s global shipping the seller is on the hook for insuring the package:
Under “REFUNDS AND CLAIMS”
If you insured your package through Shipsurance, learn how to file a claim.
It is a difference worth noting, especially if they expand to allow items larger then 16 oz.003/13/2020 at 9:17 am in reply to: Ebay as a buyer question. Tracking says delivered but never received #75083
Great advice @old-dad. I am copying this response for the next time I get this complaint from a buyer.0
Hi Steve. Welcome from a fellow FIRE enthusiast. For me eBay reselling gave me the flexibility to pull the trigger on retiring (RE) after I hit the low end of my FI goal. That was 20 months ago and I have been loving the job-free life ever since. For me, the scavenger life is awesome in retirement because (1) I use the income for travel and to not worry about my kid getting into Georgetown (OK, I still worry about that – he hasn’t heard back from them yet). (2) It fits my personality – I get in touch with my inner hunter/gatherer (3) The research keeps me engaged in new learning every day.
Like you, I am confident in the economy as an engine of prosperity. The news cycle loves to cast doom and gloom, but the current bearish turn in the market just means that everything is ON SALE. I have initiated the process to take a lump sum pay out of my pension with the goal of dumping it into a blue chip dividend paying ETF.
BTW, I stalked your Insta and started following (commented on your latest post).1+
We are at risk of exponential growth in virus cases. Interventions are intended to slow or stop that growth. If number of infections double every six days, exponential growth would look like this:
Date –> Infections
March 10 –> 2000
March 16 –> 4000
March 22 –> 8000
March 28 –> 16,000
April 4 –> 32,000
April 10 —> 64,000
April 16 —> 128,000
April 22 —> 256,000
April 28 —> 512,000
Early May —> 1,000,000
6 days later —> 2,000,000
6 days after that —> 4,000,000
I hope that unchecked growth like this will not persist. If things don’t change, then somewhere in May, the US will no longer have ICU beds and ventilators and doctors will be making hard decisions about who to put on a ventilator and who may be equally at risk of death, but does not get a ventilator.
Sources: This is a brilliant YouTube video explaining the risk of exponential growth of COVID-19. It has a CDC tag on it, though it does not appear to have been made by the CDC: https://youtu.be/Kas0tIxDvrg
This article is from March 10 and is where I grabbed that stats above from:003/12/2020 at 8:04 am in reply to: Video cables, Bench Vice, Panasonic Stereo, Vtg Nintendo game, Mustang horn #75032
Thanks for your posts Steve and Sonia. My sales have been sporadic, but I was glad to see this candelabra sell https://www.ebay.com/itm/192574238809 I have had it for three years.
I sold some pieces of Old Curiosity Shop ceramics. I think these were awarded to customers of grocery stores in the 50s & 60s. https://www.ebay.com/itm/193251782366
I like to get vintage items that are still new in box. Also museum store items have done pretty well for me. This NIB Revere reproduction letter opener checked both boxes: https://www.ebay.com/itm/193078173839
The value of a large marketplace is that this valueless enamel pin that was tossed in a drawer lot can find a buyer willing to pay $12.50 plus shipping and tax to own it. https://www.ebay.com/itm/193304954677
One of the favorite tricks I learned from SL podcast is to part out broken stuff. I listed this old camera case because why not. Sold it for full asking plus shipping. https://www.ebay.com/itm/1929219325292+
I have not had any eureka moments about what might get a lift in sales, but I have thought that the pandemic may lead people to question whether they want to buy items from a source that could be infected. It may never emerge as a concern, or people may just move away from buying things that are not packaged new. I had this thought after having the morbid thought that estate sales may pick up due to COVID-19 associated mortality, and then thinking that perhaps estate sales will disappear as people worry that the home they walk into may be a source of infection. Sorry – pretty dark thoughts.0
Welcome Wendy. In the last few years I have twisted, then broken my ankle on two separate occasions with some near misses since then. Like you, these injuries have not stopped me, but definitely made me more cautious.
When I look at past solds on Worthpoint, I am always amazed at some of the prices items sold for back in the oldest listings compared to contemporary prices. I suspect that in the early days, there were not enough people listing items so when an item came up for sale, it could still appear to be rare and sought after and people would bid each other up to obtain it. Now, there are likely to be a few dozen examples and sellers are racing each other to be the lowest priced.0
Great paintings. My thoughts: take one of the paintings out of its frame and look for a side edge that has paint on it (I mean a SIDE, not a front edge that was under the frame). Try to dissolve that side paint with a bit of turpentine on an edge of rag. If you get color on the rag, it is probably oil paint. If not, it is likely acrylic. Also, note that paintings may be on linen (typically finer, more tightly woven fabric on back with warm light brown color) or masonite hardboard.
If all you see on the sides is white paint, that is gesso which usually is acrylic. Acrylic gesso does not mean that the painting is acrylic. Most canvas are pre-gesso’d (if that’s a word) and are used by both acrylic and oil painters. Rarely, artists work in both acrylic followed by oil, but that is rare. Good luck, Daniel.0
Hey Sean. Welcome. I drove from Quebec City to Acadia NP on a weekend in the summer of 2018. I couldn’t believe how many garage sales and rummage sales my daughter and I passed in Maine. We didn’t stop because we were on a tight schedule (and she would have screamed), but I would love to go back sometime. I envy your location.1+03/07/2020 at 5:11 pm in reply to: Travelling to Japan – any suggestions of what to buy for resale in the US #74872
@Amantino, thanks for the invitation to rejoin the listing challenge. I will have to take a look at it again. I read James Clavell’s Shogun when I was a teen and loved it. I started dreaming of going to Japan in my 20s (50s now). I took a Japan Art History class in college because it fit my schedule and then fell in love with the architecture, gardens and graphics. This trip made me aware of how scant my knowledge is and I am hoping to do a deeper dive before going back. When you go, I would encourage you to consider going to Kanazawa. I loved Kyoto and Nara and Hiroshima, but the gardens (and the overall vibe) at Kanazawa were spectacular.1+