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12/22/2020 at 11:34 am in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 493: eBay Helping Buyers Understand Shipping Delays #84555
Yes, you can do that, and I don’t think UPCs are very expensive to buy.
The Product Catalogue team took less than a day to add the thing I came to them about.
You don’t necessarily need the UPC. eBay does a nice thing to large-quantity listings where it highlights feedback on the listing as an alternative type of review system. You guys might know what I’m talking about if you’re still selling that mail polish.12/20/2020 at 3:32 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 493: eBay Helping Buyers Understand Shipping Delays #84480
Hey, ratings can only be left for something that’s in the eBay Product Catalogue. I was just emailing their team about my company’s products. There’s no public rules that I could find about it, but generally it seems as though they only include products with UPCs.
Thank you for that! I have been updating the eBay store since I got here. We have box closeups and ingredient panels done pretty well on Amazon, but I’ll add updating eBay images to my eBay to-do list.
<p style=”text-align: left;”>https://www.amazon.com/Maries-Original-Formulas-All-Natural-Herbal/dp/B07CQZPPYN</p>
eBay has been aggressive on things that can be sexualized, and I don’t think any used underwear is allowed. I understand that Jay found them for sale, but they don’t necessarily police rules like that uniformly. More serious things tend to get taken down with an automated system, but I have found that other things like VERO and medical supply violations get taken down sporadicly, which means some sales slip through in-between sweeps.
I just bought two pairs of Figs compression socks for my nurse girlfriend. If you can upload pics to imgur and post here, I will ask whether she is interested in more.
Hello from Old Town Alexandria!
I have been meaning to post for months, so let me get it all out here while I’m back in Virginia and won’t forget.
1. Your sale of the funny fountain to Latvia is the craziest thing I’ve ever heard, and I have my own fair share of crazy sales. I was born in Latvia, and I went back there a couple times in the past few years (https://shatnersoldtoupee.wordpress.com/2019/08/29/selling-russian-histories/). We all recognize how much of an extravagance it is to buy something like that with international shipping. The thing about Latvia, is that functionally everyone is poor. I think you guys have mentioned having traveled to Eastern Europe. If you think about a place like the Czech Republic or Brazil, the bulk of the population is much poorer than our middle class, but there are enough pockets of wealthy people that we all see those odd sales to there – you guys with your funny fountain, me with my CDs and records. Something that embodies Latvia’s poverty is that it outright lacks meaningful upper middle-upper wealth classes. People growing up well educated in successful families typically rely on opportunities throughout the EU; there is no strong sector of the Latvian economy. There are some Russian oligarch families who buy secluded gated houses here and there, and their wealth and cars are so uncommon that I heard several unconnected people talking about them. Our family still living there doesn’t even get to travel to surrounding Estonia or Lithuania – a 1.5 hour bus ride away. It is very funny that you found a sale opportunity from them. There are actually a lot of eBay sellers in Latvia and Lithuania who sell Soviet memorabilia who sell things for like $1-$5 + $20 shipping, but the salaries are so low that I guess it makes sense for them.
2. I am in Virginia for the first time since the pandemic, and it is crazy to be able to sit outside and laptop. People are just walking around unmasked all over the place. Even inside the shops (which are open!!) people are disregarding the mask rules, and it is just eery to be around. I was so relieved when the virus spread seemed to calm after our NJ/NYC debacle. But with the recent news about Texas and Florida, I am very concerned about this relaxed behavior.
3. My pandemic sales were complete explosions, and like you I have seen severe drop over the past two weeks. eBay was going at around 200% normal sales volume. Facebook Marketplace/Craigslist were so active, that I began purchasing in bulk from eBay and Shopgoodwill in a few areas, and the local sales (porch pickup) turned into a serious income stream on their own right. I was so busy that I experienced none of the lockdown boredom everyone seemed to be complaining about.
Vaccines take years to develop, and they have still never been able to develop one for any Coronavirus. You can imagine that resources have been put into it – the common cold is a Coronavirus. As Workhorse said – if a miracle happened the shortest amount of time it would take would still be 1.5 years.
I don’t think we can sustain economies on lockdown for that long. I think some relief is going to come once we see the development of an effective cocktail therapy, herd immunity, increased hospital capacity, and improved PPE and ventilator supply channels. Because it’s not hitting the entire US all at once, I think this has the potential to take months and months. I’m preparing for the long haul.
We were a little down last night because we were all done with Tiger King (new episode coming!)
And then we found Unorthodox on Netflix. Devastating. What a thing for Netflix to create. I used to live next to the largest chasidic community in Monsey, NY.
I would like to second Julie – a 2-5% mortality rate on something that is this infectious is unreal. You can’t have a functional economy while this is still going on, even if all formal regulations were magically lifted. Those of you who don’t live in an area where this is already ravaging: your time will come in about two weeks. Rural or not, it is going to overwhelm your state and medical resources. There are people dying all around me in North Jersey. 20 from my little town, 20 from the town over, and so on and so on. The hospitals are overwhelmed and many shut down to new patients. Refrigerated trucks sitting outside each one to help with the rush of bodies. My girlfriend and I seem to have contracted it ourselves; It was a serious illness, and we are healthy folks in our 20s.
Jay, I wouldn’t expect this to burn out quickly. It is only densely populated in a few states. The second round is coming: Illinois, Florida, Virginia. And then third and fourth round and so on. New ventilators and effective anti-virals won’t be available soon. I don’t expect we are going to have a functioning country for a long time.
Jay – Ditto on your point regarding Universal Healthcare and maybe even UBI. Who would have thought that this quickly after the Yang/Sanders movements, such a devastating argument for both of those programs would come up. Prefer a work-tied insurance system? Not when up to 30% of us are losing access to work.
Thank god for the street fighter progressives who forced the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance measure into the stimulus bill. We are all formally covered by this, but I notice no one here has reported a successful bid. I haven’t tried filing because the unemployment offices are reportedly overwhelmed and unreachable. Waiting to see the process succeeding with someone else before I try.04/05/2020 at 6:58 pm in reply to: Can anyone recommend a good place to send scrap/broken jewerly? #75876
My local gold/jewelry buyer pays handsomely. I don’t usually deal with dealers or metals, so I was very surprised when he paid me as much as he did for a broken gold ring. Gold in particular is extremely expensive right now, so it’s a scrap seller’s market. Much better than selling over eBay, with fees and taxes and competition bringing the price down. I would strongly recommend finding a reputed buyer like mine.04/05/2020 at 6:35 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 457: Is it a good week or a bad week? #75874
Hello! Hope you guys are doing alright. I was surprised to hear that you were still receiving Airbnb business last week. Most business has been shut down here (North Jersey) for about 2 weeks. I had a serious scare when my orders crashed and my Census job got put on hold; I think I’m hearing some of that in your voices this week. It will be easier to deal with in little while; I think our large eBay inventories will carry us through this. We actually received a statewide executive order to the same effect as your local one. North Jersey is so populated with virus (about 20 dead in my little town, and the same in the next town over) that people have been renting out houses on the south shore to get away from it. Those communities, which seem to still be as quiet as yours, got spooked and put an end to it.
Store has been coming back to life. I’ve had a 15 day, then 5 day handling delay because everything closed down and then I got sick myself. It is a shame because local Facebook/Craigslist sales were exploding, but I’ve had to pause them until I’m quarantined for long enough.
3/29/20 – 4/4/20
Total Items In Store: 7573
Items Sold: 84
Total Sales: $ 1000.05
Highest Price Sold: $ 55 (Set of broken reel-to-reel players)
Average Price Sold: $ 11.9103/31/2020 at 11:34 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 456: Stay Inside, Make Bread #75713
It was good to hear from you. You guys remain to sound just a couple weeks behind us here in North Jersey. To be sure, I don’t imagine it can get quite this extreme in a rural area. But I expect it is going to hit Northern Virginia as hard as it is hitting New Jersey. It took a few weeks to get to today: each little town has scores confirmed sick, and more dead every few days.
I would warn everyone to completely disregard the official numbers, and if you are in an area where there aren’t many confirmed cases, assume that it is all around you and act accordingly. The tests are in extreme short supply and very hard to get. I have been myself sick with most of the Covid symptoms, including fever, and have still not been able to get a test without respiratory distress. My girlfriend, a hospital nurse, has also had symptoms but unable to get tested, and not able to home-isolate for longer than 3 days. The virus is already everywhere; it just takes a little while for it to show.
Here is the most recent case list for my county. This happened in 2 weeks. Bear in mind: towns like Nutley, Bloomfield, Montclair are only about 5-20 miles long in any direction.
You guys should really check out the toilet paper auctions on eBay right now. I’ve never seen such competitive auctions for a commercial good.
And I’m with buytikiselltiki. My sales are scary low, but this seems like a great opportunity to get through some death piles.03/15/2020 at 6:40 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 454: Being Frugal During A Global Pandemic #75144
It was very nice to hear from you two in this troubling time.
Your attitude of calm sounds a lot like the common sentiment was up here in the NJ/NY area, exactly one week ago. We were telling one another to remain calm, and were mostly worried about the economic consequences the collapsing stock market was suggesting. By the end of this week, it has turned into a different world. The first deaths, and the first escalation of cases in our own towns has brought a panic that no one of most generations has ever seen. Virginia just had its first death; things will change drastically once cases start regularly popping up in your surrounding towns.
Jay, you are wrong that you two are basically safe from life-threatening symptoms. We thought this too, one week ago. My girlfriend’s hospital is currently preparing to be overrun in the coming week or two. A major hospital at the Jersey Shore just stopped accepting new patients altogether after doctors got infected by a patient. Here is a statement from a physician working at one of the already affected hospitals near me:
Holy Name Hospital in Teaneck has 11 cases, 6 of them critically ill, ALL BETWEEN THE AGES OF 28 and 48 YEARS.
If you think this can’t/won’t happen to you please think again. ISOLATE NOW
While the highest risk of severe illness is in those over age 60, it can happen to anyone and current evidence suggests most spread is coming from ASYMPTOMATIC individuals who have the infection and don’t yet know it. COVID-19 is spreading quickly through all local communities whether you are seeing positive test results or not. TAKE IT VERY SERIOUSLY.
I beg that everyone immediately isolates, even if isn’t immediately clear that this necessary. No more thrift stores or flea markets. The pathogen is already everywhere.
At the bottom of the messages, it says where the person is based. I purchased something a year ago, and they never sent it – I don’t have their contact information. It does look like eBay took their account down. If they in fact have my address, I am concerned about a retaliatory visit. eBay rep says that while they can’t release contact info to me without an explicit threat, they have a Security Center that police can call into, and information might be released to them.
Jay, you’re right. I shouldn’t have responded at all once they started threatening me.
With everyone switching to remote work and avoiding large stores, I am sitting here waiting for the sales spike in my inventory of LPs and Soviet memorabilia items. Nothing so far.
I’m in NJ like Sharyn. Serious anxiety is everywhere, and most large organizations like schools and public-facing businesses are either temporarily closing, or else instituting substantial proactive measures. I just started training as a Census field organizer. They’ve hired about a million door-knockers, constitutionally mandated to physically visit every non-responding address in the country in just a few months, after this pandemic gets properly heated. Can you imagine worse timing?