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Week of March 13-19
Total Items in Store: 1893
Items Sold: 12
Gross Sales: $514
Net Sales: $294
Cost of Items Sold: $28
Highest Price Sold: $49 – 4 Mikasa dinner plates
Average Price Sold: $42
Returns: 1 – $25 dutch oven
Altho I have not posted numbers for a while, I have been checking in here every week. After a long run of really good sales the last few weeks have really dropped off for me. Sourcing has been a little more challenging with most of the local thrift stores raising their prices more than I like to pay but there are still plenty of items to find if one is willing to put in the time. Spring may finally be here so time to source and hopefully sales bounce back. Bring on the warmer weather and yard sales. Hope everyone has a good week.
I have really enjoyed the weekly podcasts and I think I have listened to all of them. Pretty sure my ebay success over the years can be directly connected to the great discussions and content from both the podcast and this blog. Congrats on a great run and best wishes for continued success in your future endeavors. Thanks for always keeping it real!
A visit to a Luray VA coffee shop is on my travel list.07/06/2021 at 8:35 pm in reply to: Is there anyway of getting a buyer’s email address? #89574
I am sorry it is actually a file exchange orders report that will give you the emails. And I think the file exchange reports are going away soon.07/06/2021 at 7:35 pm in reply to: Is there anyway of getting a buyer’s email address? #89572
You can get it by going to the Seller Hub Report page and downloading your orders.06/24/2021 at 8:21 am in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 519: When Do Scavengers Splurge? #89453
Yes that is good analysis NC. I really don’t see how taking on that much debt would improve my life or help my business.
@Jay, pretty sure there must be some strings attached. I believe there is a way to have the loan forgiven but not sure all that is involved there either.06/23/2021 at 9:10 am in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 519: When Do Scavengers Splurge? #89428
The rates are pretty good and similar to a house mortgage, 30 years 3.7%. I could certainly do a lot of things with $96k – expand my business/buy a ton of inventory, new car, boat. It is the paying back part that would be annoying. One family member advised me to take the entire amount and invest in the stock market. I welcome advice from other scavengers on this dilemma.06/22/2021 at 9:35 am in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 519: When Do Scavengers Splurge? #89397
6-13-21 to 6-19-21
Total Items in Store: 1901
Items Sold: 12
Gross Sales: $436.90
Net Sales: – $334.41
Cost of Items Sold: $33.90
Highest Price Sold: $69 – air fryer
Hi everyone, I have been following along but have not posted for a couple years or more. Really enjoy both the podcast and this blog. Similar to others here, and after a great year last year, my sales have really slowed down the last few weeks. Not sure if anyone else applied for covid disaster assistance but I did apply last summer and have recently been informed by the sba that I have been approved for a $96k low interest loan. This was kind of a surprise to me and really not sure I even want to accept it since I have been debt free for quite a few years now. I would be interested to hear if any others here have applied and/or received assistance. Hope everyone is staying healthy and has gotten their vaccinations. Happy scavenging and enjoy the summer!12/17/2018 at 9:46 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 390: Building a Business to Build a Life #53570
Total Items in Store: 1540
Items Sold: 51
Cost of Items Sold: $232
Total Sales: $1499
Highest Price Sold: $140(set of 8 mikasa plates)
Average Price Sold: $29
Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $96
Number of items listed this week: 37
I have not posted for a while but have been following along. Thanks Jay and Ryanne for the great podcasts and blog information – some really useful content. My 4th qtr sales have been very strong. I am averaging about $1100 a week since late Sept., and wondering how long the good times will continue.
Anyway just wanted to check in again and wish everyone a merry Christmas and happy holiday season.
The Chinese characters on that silk print just refer to the peach & man’s search for immortality. It is an old Chinese folklore story and the male character is actually not Confucius but instead is Dongfang Shuo – a guy not nearly as well known as Confucius but quite a story nevertheless. Very nice find as are your other estate items.11/16/2018 at 1:39 pm in reply to: Promoted listings experiment RESULTS: Reducing all promoted listings to 1% rate #51812
I have been doing promoted listings at the lowest 1% rate since Oct. 1 for my entire store(around 1500 items).
Total sales 242
Promoted sales 84
Fees on the 84: $26.70
About 1 in 3 of my sales are from promoted listings. I am averaging around 24k impressions and 200 clicks per day. I am up 26% sales from a year ago.
FWIW, October was my first month of putting my entire store on 1% promoted listings, and my numbers for the month were 149 sold total – 47 thru promoted listings and my ad fees totaled $21.06. Year to year it was 21 more sales so probably the promoted listings did drive more sales but it is impossible to really know, but for $20 a month I am probably going to keep with the program – for now.
Yes I sometimes check the traffic stats and sales made with promoted listings now show up on the orders page. I do track my sales and I have been doing this 1% thing all month so it will be interesting to see exactly how many Oct. sales were made with promoted listings vs not.
Week October 21-27, 2018
Total Items in Store: 1538
Items Sold: 40
Cost of Items Sold: $159.65
Total Sales: $1176.47
Highest Price Sold: $93(leather biker jacket)
Average Price Sold: $29.41
Returns: 2 pending
Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $231.80
Number of items listed this week: 81
Haven’t posted for a few weeks and am getting caught up on the podcasts/forum after some vacation time earlier in the month. October has been a good month for me as my numbers last week show. A couple random comments: I have put my entire store on promoted listings at the lowest 1% rate. Not sure if it helps but I don’t mind paying 25 or 50 cents commission on an item vs the ridiculous rates they recommend. I believe others here have done the same thing. And a past post that I had to laugh a little was the one on shipping dinnerware sets & how anyone would be crazy to do that. I sold a complete 36 pc set of Japanese stoneware for $400 just a few days before that posting. Anyway I packed it super careful – two large boxes and over 40 lbs total – and then held my breath that it made it safely to the buyer. Unfortunately one plate did arrive broken so I had to compensate for that but overall the buyer was very happy and I would try it again, but only for a very high value sale.
I hope everyone has a good 4th qtr and enjoys their week.09/18/2018 at 11:54 am in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 377: Talking Numbers with TSatt (Troy) #48884
Total Items in Store: 1551
Items Sold: 38
Cost of Items Sold: $195.09
Total Sales: $1052.64
Highest Price Sold: $110(Beauties of the Red Mansion plates)
Average Price Sold: $27.70
Returns: 1 shirt did not fit
Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $161
Number of items listed this week: 28
Great podcast and info – keep them coming. I had a good week and will be taking next week off w/o internet access so will probably not be able to follow along here.
Items Sold: 31
Cost of Items Sold: $143.32
Total Sales: $784.97
Highest Price Sold: $49(Orvis 2 pc suit)
Average Price Sold: $25.32
Returns: 2 returns – boots, shirt
Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $145
Number of items listed this week: 28
Decent week for me with a lot of $15-25 sales. This week has started off very slow which is okay with me as I am frankly a little ebay fatigued at the moment. Enjoyed the podcast and blog posts/comments – as always. Will be watching this storm track closely and hope everyone has a good week. Where did the summer go.