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02/20/2020 at 9:22 am in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 450: Chatting with Troy about Other Jobs, Cross Posting, Numbers, Hard Goods! #74147
Very interesting podcast, once again. I don’t know that such analysis would be worthwhile for my business at this size, but I would like to look more at my numbers so I’m going by real historical information, not just a feeling.
Slow weeks for reselling, but the 9-to-5 has been brutal. And next week I have a conference out of town. So my goal has just been to plug along.
This week’s events have lit a fire under me to set up an inventory system. I had two sales on Monday/Tuesday, and for the life of me, I couldn’t find the items. I went through my inventory three times, on different days. I had one item in the last 90 days that I lost before shipping (not due to lack of inventory), and I was panicking that eBay would shut me down or at least dump me to the bottom of listings. So, yesterday, I started and made good headway on inventory. Both items were found.
I also found two boxes of ‘inventory’ from when I was reselling a few years ago. And am overwhelmed by all the items in my office that need to be listed. So, I just have to stay focused on the priorities of LISTING and ORGANIZING.
Weekly-ish Report 2-10 through 2-20
Items sold: 8 items at $172
Listings Added: 23
Biggest store: Ebay @ 196
COG sold: Under $2 and from my household
No sourcing. Gold star for me.
The items sold this period were really interesting to me:
John Wayne plate for $25 on Ebay (gave up hope on decorative plates)
Playmobil cowboy set for $39 on Ebay
A bundle of Anheuser Busch steins and Avon Christmas dishes for $60 on Poshmark.
Vintage suit pattern for $15 on Ebay
Embroidered vintage shirt from my closet, $25 on Etsy
And my favorite: Three sew-on Pendleton tags from the 1950s for $25. I purchased them for 25 cents at one of my honey holes. I was so excited to find something I didn’t even know would exist, and then make that kind of margin. Easy to photograph and ship too.0
I had a Mercari user message me that my price on a Funko Pop was too high because not one would buy it with a damaged box. Well, it sold, full asking price, within a week on Ebay. The buyer was super happy to get it at a decent price and didn’t mind the box damage.
It took a lot of self control to not write a snide message back to the Mercari user.
I’m not looking to the expansion of opinions as I expand my store.0
16 regular listings for me, with 2 green items. One was even a shamrock necklace.
I was looking for an item that sold, and basically looked in most of the areas that hold listed and unlisted inventory in my office. Oh, boy. There has to be at least 500 items, maybe 1000. I really need to get a move-on or just dump some of this inventory.
This week at the “regular job” shouldn’t require as many extra hours, so I am hoping I can meet my goal and maybe recover some on the previous weeks. I sold four bulky and fragile items this past week, so at least I have the relief of them being gone.0
Feb 3 – 9
A good week of sales for me, but weak for listing.
Items in Store: 188
Items Sold: 9 (3 Poshmark, 3 Mercari, 3 Ebay)
Items Listed: 10
Total Sales: $225
A couple of these sales were thanks to crossposting to Mercari. My “big” sales were a 1950s Girl Scout Uniform in fair condition, $44; a vintage New Era Chiefs cap, $40, and an old Air Forces flight manual $40.
Also had an annoying return on Poshmark, but it was one of my daughter’s out grown items, so I’m just going to let it be and let it go. The buyer was over the top with her feedback, but I’m trying to leave emotion out of it.
Have great sales this week, everyone!1+
10 items listed for me this week.
2 green items: some vintage Zena jeans and a New Era hat.
Last week was a blur thanks to 9-5+ work and more work at the dentist. Thought I would have more posted, but I did quite a bit of crossposting. Made 9 sales, which is a great number for me. Also donated a small bag of stuff at the thrift store. I’m also trying to get my phone photo storage under control. Making strides on that, but I want to make sure I don’t have to re-photograph anything.0
I’m just going to sneak in hear and whisper 9 for the week.
That was disappointing. Excuses, excuses: We had cloudy days, my dental saga continues, and full-time work is killing me. This week won’t be much better, but I’m really, really going to try for 20. At least I stayed away from the bins and the only thrift store shopping I did was personal – bought two pairs of shoes for my daughter, and one pair for me.001/27/2020 at 10:44 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 447: 2 Month Free Shipping Experiment #73389
Weekly report: Another SLOW week. I dropped a lot of prices on Poshmark and got 3 small sales out of that. I met my listing goal again, although it’s been focused on Poshmark. Once I get caught up, I’ll crosspost over to Ebay.
Items sold – 5
Gross sales – $84 (about 1/4 going to shipping and fees)
COG sold – est $5. Almost everything else was my kids old toys and clothes ($20 eight years ago).
Active listings – 186
Items listed – 21
The two biggest items were a Calico Critters set for $28 on Mercari that I had a lot of fun photographing. And then I sold a hunting tree mounting part for $25 on ebay. This part was a piece from a really random lot that I get from one of my local sources. It cost me $6 and quite a bit of research. But I’ve sold $100 from it, with a couple more items left. Quite a bit when to the trash or thrift store, too.
I’ve been starting to get interested in perfume as a category – it’s pretty standardized and the product is small, which is a big plus as space is my biggest constraint. Tonight I was in a bidding war for an online auction of old perfume from an estate auction. It appeared that there might be $400 worth of perfume in a grungy tote. I was hoping to get it for $50. I went as high as $85, and the lot went for $110. Too high for me to make the gamble. It also saves me an hour of driving and lets me spend that hour on new listings. I should be glad I didn’t go higher, but I hate to lose a bidding war.0
I’ll listen to podcasts or audiobooks while I photograph, share and follow (on Poshmark), and ship.
In addition to Scavenger Life, I listen to A Reseller’s Passion, Thrifters Villa, and Flip the Script. I also like The Science of Social Media, The Bitter Southerner, and Death Sex & Money.
I get audiobooks through the library via the Hoopla Digital app and Libby app.1+
21 for me this week. It was close!
I discovered my current home photography setup doesn’t allow for pants. So I’ve got to figure out a work-around on that. In the meantime, I’ve got my pants listings drafted, and and I am hoping for sunshine over my lunch hour.
I’ve got a busy week ahead, but I feel like I’m on track for 20 listings for this week.001/20/2020 at 11:21 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 446: Interview with Dan The Diner, Fellow Scavenger! #73127
Great podcast! I love hearing about people who got started with books on half.com. I miss that site; it was great for textbooks and DVDs.
A slow week for me. I did quite a bit of sourcing over the last two weeks, so I am trying to get those things listed.
Items sold – 5
Gross sales – $68 (about 1/4 going to shipping and fees)
COG sold – est $14
Active listings – 164
Items listed – 20
So, I went to our local bins this week for the FIRST TIME. Then, later that week my family wanted to give it a try. Let’s just say my family will not be going back, but I will. It’s chaotic for sure. But I found some good items that I think will do well on Poshmark.0
I hit my target, spot on. 20 listings for me this week.
I did too much sourcing: found a few treasures but also found a few things that are becoming more work to get ready for sale. Probably about 30-40 items purchased this week.001/16/2020 at 9:05 am in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 445: We Went To An Auction! #72990
Here’s my report for Jan. 6-12
I sold two $100+ items, which is big news for me: A Vietnam era infrared metascope that was up for about 24 hours, and an autographed Bill Clinton book that was up for several months and I was certain would sell for Christmas. Other fun sales were some cowboy boots I bought my daughter for $5 over the summer – they went for $39 real quick! And I am sold a couple more patches. They are an easy item, so I don’t mind the small sale.
Items sold – 15
Gross sales – $428 (about 1/4 going to shipping and fees)
COG sold – est $20
Active listings – 160
Items listed this week – 13
In sad news, my favorite thrift store for personal items closed down. About 1/2 of my wardrobe is from there, and I was always finding some good cassette tapes and LPs for me. It was a place I would take friends too, and most of their items were well priced for individuals, not the greatest for resellers. I went on their last day and they announced a bag sale while I was there. I grabbed a bunch of items marked around $10, just to see if they would resell.
A real loss for that community. I think the owner just was ready to retire, and the kids didn’t want to take it over.
I’m glad that you are going back to auctions! The treasure hunt is my favorite part.0
12 for me.
I’m trying to batch, and I have a few in the hopper for tomorrow. I better get moving; I went sourcing last week when I heard my favorite thrift store was closing.
@Amatino, can my personal goal be 20 / week?0
I’ve used two cross posting tools, and have done cross posting manually. So far, I haven’t found either tool worth my money (I’m super cheap). At this point I don’t have more than 200 listing in any platform. I sell mainly on Ebay, with Mercari and Poshmark behind that. I also have an Etsy storefront.
List Perfectly: I only did a three-day trial. It was relatively easy, and used an extension in Google Chrome. It was during a time when a lot of people were also using a free trail, and it was kind of slow and clunky. There were a few hours of down time.
Vendoo: I have been using this during the beta period. I like it pretty well, but I don’t think I’ll use it when I have to pay for it. It’s very focused on clothes, as I think it was developed by and for Poshmark users. I also find that I like to go into the listing afterwards and make sure everything is how I expect it. For example, I have had some (user errors) with shipping on ebay. Another thing I like about Vendoo is that you can unlist and relist items. This is good when items have been on Poshmark for a long time, as the algorithm seems to favor newer items. Ebay makes this easier to do on their site, but Poshmark doesn’t have a similar function. I also use it to relist on Mercari for items I have multiples of.
Cross posting manually:
What I typically do is list on one network, give it a few days, and then crosspost to another network if no one bites.
My main tip would be to take all photos in SQUARE mode. I think that is the requirement for Poshmark and Etsy. It works for Ebay and Mercari.
My challenge was always that I would need to delete the photos off the phone, so I couldn’t cross without taking new photos.
When posting manually, I usually just copy fields between apps. You may need to be in “edit” function of the particular listing. It does take some time, but I usually reserve this task for my captive time, such as riding in a car or bus, at a doctor’s office, or my kid’s weekly karate class.
I need to figure out my ratio of sales. Ebay is definitely my strongest network, and Mercari and Poshmark seem equal. Poshmark is requiring a lot more work for the same profit, and I’m continuing to evaluate if that platform makes sense for me.1+