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09/24/2018 at 3:11 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 378: Like A Coyote At The Dump #49115
I also have a DeLonghi Magnifica! It really is a game changer.
1. Delonghi has great customer service. I had to call them once because our machine quit working and started flashing an error message. The super nice and witty customer service person walked me through the steps to fix the machine.
2. Not to out-scavenge you guys, but we got our DeLonghi for FREE. For awhile, my spouse was really into writing music reviews and posting them on his personal website and Amazon. Other Amazon shoppers liked his music reviews so much (and ranked them as helpful), that he was ranked in the upper percentage of reviewers. Amazon invited him to be part of Amazon Vine Voices. He now gets free products in exchange for writing detailed and engaging reviews. I help him to test and review the products. The Delonghi is probably the best thing we have gotten to review. We also scored a fancy Miele pethair vaccuum cleaner, a Ninja blender, a set of outdoor patio furniture, a Tumi travel bag and lots of random useful things.
So hey, if you buy a lot of stuff on Amazon, definitely take the time to write a clever and detailed review. You might get asked to be a “Vine Voice.” 🙂07/25/2018 at 4:08 pm in reply to: Photos missing when listing automatically renews. #46128
I ran the report that someone linked above and discovered 68 listings missing photos. These all had just one photo. I called ebay customer service and they were like, “sorry, we are working on it and will keep you posted!”
But then! I messaged ebay for business on Facebook. It took them about 3 days to respond.
Here’s what the representative I chatted with said:
Rep: “It’s a tough situation. For some background, some items that were relisted between June 20th-23rd came back without photos. We’ve already restored everything that we can, but there might be some leg work still required from your side. I know that this is tough and want to help any way that I can.”
Me:I have already started rephotographing items that have lost photos. Is ebay offering any sort of credit for items that were missing photos?
Rep: Not typically, but I want to everything I can for you. Digging into your account, it looks like you have 68 listings that may have been affected. I know that you’ve already done some work, but I want to make sure that you have all of them that you need. We’ve restored all that we could automatically, but it’s possible that some of them are still missing photos, which means that it may take some additional work on your end. I’ve gone ahead and credited your last month’s store subscription as a courtesy. I know that this means that you have to put in extra work, but want to do all that I can to help. In the meantime, I’ll go ahead and give you the item numbers that may be affected so that you can check them all out under this post. If you run into any other issues or have additional questions let me know!
The morals of my story are: Keep backup files of photos. Ebay for Business on Facebook was way more helpful than phone support. Don’t be afraid to ask for credits/refund.07/09/2018 at 12:15 am in reply to: POSHMARK Things #44802
I have a small poshmark store. I crosspost a handful of things to it from ebay every week. I only post newer, trendy, higher-end clothing geared toward the college aged demographic (Lululemon, Athleta, J.Crew etc). I spend maybe 20 minutes a day on the social media aspect. I probably make $50-100 a week in sales. With ebay being slow and glitchy, it’s good to have a secondary platform to sell on. I still spend the majority of my time listing on ebay though.
My observations and suggestions:
-Photos on poshmark have to be square format
-The poshmark photo platform offers a bunch of dumb instagram type filters that I ignore.
-Listing on poshmark is super fast, their smartphone interface is good. I like it. The buyers don’t expect super long descriptions. I add a note about the condition and a few basic measurements. I usually bang out a bunch of listings on my phone at once and then go back later on my computer and add a few details like measurements. I feel like poshmark shoppers are already familiar with the brands and sizing of items they want.
-There are not as many male sellers on poshmark and their photos mostly suck, so there’s opportunity there. I have sold a few higher end men’s things (a pair of John Varvatos boots) for prices that I was happy with.
-You can sell unused cosmetics and skin/hair products in the box, but not perfume on poshmark.
-I like it that you can make deals with people. Buyers can pick out multiple things in your store and you can negotiate a price with them.11/15/2017 at 8:56 pm in reply to: Maker of terra-cotta base pottery dish. #25718
It looks 60s Italian, but I don’t recognize the signature.
With collectible pottery, condition is a really big deal. The chips and dings on the edges of these piece will affect the price you get. I avoid buying pottery/china unless it’s in perfect condition and either I want to keep it myself or I’ve confirmed through comps that selling it is work the effort.
I had the coolest vintage mcm red pottery birdhouse in my store for over a year….it sat and sat and got a few lowball bids. I finally took an offer of $20 on it and the buyer still balked at the shipping cost (~$20)!11/15/2017 at 10:58 am in reply to: A shout-out from the prairie #25651
There’s definitely more competition for MCM stuff here in the midwest than there was 10-15 years ago. There are other pickers who have muscle, connections, cargo vans, warehouse space, and brick & mortar stores who are able to scoop up the furniture and bigger items. I’m okay with that though, because they have awesome taste and I like to shop in their stores! I feel like the local MCM dealers price their furniture very reasonably compared to bigger coastal cities. I also can tell other dealers that I’m looking for something specific (ie. a dresser or a credenza) and they will contact me when they see something I might like. We also sometimes trade smaller items with brick & mortar dealers for store credit.
So, I don’t find a lot of furniture at thrift stores/estate sales, but I DO find good textiles, smalls household stuff and a LOT of interesting art here.11/14/2017 at 12:16 am in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 334: The Holidays Are Just Another Day #25575
Hi @Brian Treasures from Grandma’s! Yes, it is a sticky wicket to sell spirits online. There are a couple of auction houses in the US that will work with collectible spirits. Here is one that we have contacted: http://www.skinnerinc.com/specialty-areas/vintage-wine-auction
The other option is to sell privately, directly to a collector. There are vintage spirit collector private buy-sell-trade groups on Facebook.