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I had thought about doing this, but then didn’t do it. But now with your post and numbers, I think I may consider it again. Here are my questions for you:
1. What types of items are you listing on Etsy? What is about your average price?
2. Do you now if clothing is still doing well on Etsty?
3. How much time do you think it took to get Six Bit working and for you to understand how to cross list with it?
4. I also have old electronics, is that doing well? I have things like VCR’s, Stereo equipment, CD changers, etc.
5. What categories or types of items are you seeing that sell well on Etsy? My ebay store has a lot of the same type of items that you mentioned above. Would be nice to know which ones are good sellers on Etsy,
6. Any tips you can give for other people thinking of using Six Bit to start cross-listing to Etsy.
Your question is a hard one to answer without knowing the specifics.
I think you are asking how much should you pay someone to do your shipping while you are on the road. I think there are 2 main ways to do this:
1. Pay a set price per item, say $3 for each item shipped.
2. Pay by the hour.
The first option has some drawbacks if your inventory is very diverse. For example, one item may take 5 minutes to ship, another may take 30 minutes. The more similar your items are, the better that would work. Or, you could just say $3 an item, sometimes they don’t have much work to ship, other times they do. Then there is also the question of accessibility. How easily can they access your inventory (how far do they have to drive). Also, how easy\hard is it to get to your items once they are in your “Warehouse” area? Are you supplying all of the packing materials? Do you pay them to drive to the post office or will they do all USPS pickup? Or will they just do the same thing they do for their own items?
The second option has a major drawback. If you pay by the hour, you don’t know how fast they are going to work. Also, you can’t observe their speed because you will probably never see them packing your items.
For me, I would pick option 1. Set a per item price and you both take the easy with the hard. Pay them 1099 as a contract worker. I would make your inventory as accessible as possible and easy to find items. I would also ask how they pack and see if their process meets your expectations. Maybe do a trial run before you hit the road.
I live in Michigan.
I would say you would like to have:
1. Waterproof boots and\or shoes.
2. Warm jacket like a Columbia Ski Jacket. 3 in 1 Jackets are nice because you can take out the liner if it is not that cold.
3. Warm gloves – I prefer the black leather driving gloves with insulation.
4. If your ears get cold easily, then get a stocking hat or headband.
5. I would recommend long john underwear or fleece lined jeans.
6. Warm socks – wool or wool blend work well.
7. If they are going to be outside for an extended period of time, then you should consider
– a face mask
– Ski pants that go over your pants
– Ski gloves. Get the kind that go up far enough to cover the cuff of the jacket so that snow doesn’t creep in.
That should do it.
Mark05/12/2021 at 7:18 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 513: On The Thought Train with Past Jay and Future Jay #88662
Here is a tidbit I just discovered doing some research on hat sizes.
Use the following equation to determine your Hat size:
US Hat Size = circumference of your head in inches / π (3.14)
For more information, see the link below:
https://www.levinehat.com/pages/the-origins-of-us-hat-sizes04/15/2021 at 10:14 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 509: Everyone Doing Back Flips #87512
Does anyone know what happened with ghalys.com?
At the beginning of 2021 I bought this bubble wrap and paid $17.72 – a great deal:
BUBBLE WRAP® 100 ft x 24″- Large Bubble 1/2″- perforated every 12″ Core included
Today I went to buy the exact same bubble wrap and now they want $25.90. What? That is not a deal. I can get it for about the same price locally. Plus locally, they will divide it up into smaller pieces for me which is a great help. I think I am done with ghalys.com. Does anyone know of a supplier with a price for this bubble wrap closer to $17.72?
What I meant about the Jordan’s, was that he looked up the specific cards and if those specific cards graded at a 10, they would be worth over $100,000. We went to see the PSA guy today. The issue is that even with how they were treated, the PSA guy thought only about 1\3 of the Jordan’s would most likely be graded a 10. So, I am not sure where my friend is at now with them, because he will have to look up that 1\3 and see what those cards are worth. The other 2/3 are still worth something, but not worth it to get them graded. But these cards can still be sold and can turn some good money also.
The other issue, as you have also said, is the quantity of cards that were made during that time period. Because of this, a lot of those cards have to grade a 10 to be worth your time\money to grade them.
The PSA guy said that my Jim Brown rookie card should grade a 6 or 7. That is great news for me. I am going to consider using Robert Edward as you suggested for this higher end card.
Yes, this hoard is for real. There are over 200 Jordan’s alone. The Jordan’s alone are worth over $100,000 if they are graded at a PSA 10. Most of the cards should grade near a 10 My friend bought them as a kid and his dad didn’t let him play with them. They went right into card protectors and have sat there for the past 30 some years untouched. He has many, many rookie cards, O’Neal’s (including the expensive rookie cards), Bird, Johnson, etc. He has multiples on nearly all of these. The collection is mind boggling. That is what his dad and he did for fun every Friday. They went to the card store and bought tons of great cards. When they found a good one, they went back and bought more of them. His dad was a friend of the card shop owner and the owner would sometimes just give him a lot of cards.
I have not heard of Robert Edward auction house before. That sounds like a good idea. We will look into that. pc_sportscards, dcsports87 and hoodyscollectibles are their usernames on ebay? I like the idea of the auction house. We are close enough to drive to New Jersey and discuss the cards with them in person.
Thanks for the advice.
We are going to a PSA person this weekend and he should be able to confirm the grade of the cards and point us in the right direction.
I didn’t think the insurance would be an issue. I looked up registered mail, and it said it could insure up to $50,000. However, I don’t think we can get registered mail with ebay. That will be another question for ebay.
Well, I have a new twist to this. Someone I know has a hoard of cards from the 80’s -90’s and has a number of cards worth over $1,000 – $35,000, possibly more depending on how they are graded and how the market shifts.
They are asking me to list them on ebay. This makes me a bit nervous because I think I have only sold 1 item over $1,000. The main thing that makes me nervous is that with prices like that, I think the scammers will flock to it. It is the stuff outside of ebay’s control that is most perplexing. Like credit cards chargebacks and similar with Paypal. I had a long discussion with ebay today about it. My question was how long do I need to wait to give the consigner their money? Well, it turns out the following: ebay takes 4 types of payments with managed payments: 1. credit cards, 2. Paypal, 3. Apple pay and Google pay, 4. Debit cards. So, here is how it breaks down:
1. All credit cards – they have 90 days to file a chargeback.
2. Paypal – they have 180 days to file a dispute
3. Apple pay and Google pay – these are backed by a credit card, so it is the same as a credit card, 90 days.
4. Debit cards – 60 or 90 days depending on the specific company.
There is no way to know how the buyer paid by looking at the sale. But I asked ebay if I called, would they be able (real question is willing) to tell me how the buyer paid. They said that they would tell me. So, I will hold everything for 90 days except if the buyer paid with paypal. In that case, I will have to hold the funds for 180 days.
What I am trying to avoid here is this scenario: buyer buys card for $10.,000. I pay the cosigner after 45 days. On day 80, I get a chargeback from a credit card company. The credit card company wins. I have to give back the $10.,000 (which I will presume that the consigner already spent) and the “buyer” gets to keep the card. Now I owe ebay $10.,000 with no funds to pay it. Now grant it, that is the worse case scenario, but I have to plan for that so that I don’t get burned.
Obviously, I am going to have the package tracked, require Signature confirmation, and have it fully Insured. I am just wondering if there is something else I am missing.
If anyone has experience related to this, like maybe craig rex, I would like to hear how you handle this.
02/21/21 – 02/27/21
Total Items In Store: 3294
Items Sold: 23
Total Sales: $ 703.43
Highest Price Sold: $ 80 (Vintage clock)
Average Price Sold: $
Money Spent on New Inventory: $ 30.58
Number of items listed: 11
Gut Sales Report for the week: Sales were good till about Tuesday, then they dropped till about Friday. Ended up ok, but way down compared to what I have been doing for the last 90 days.
Scavenge of the week: Bought some nice jackets at the thrift store for half off.
Mark S02/18/2021 at 9:46 am in reply to: Question about Ebay pulling fees before paying me.. (maybe silly) #86011
You get this from your ebay quarterly report. Here is what you have to do to solve this:
1. Go to Seller Hub
2. Select Performance -> Sales
3. Select “Custom” and set your dates for the report. I believe you are limited to 3 months at a time, so run this report 4 time and record the numbers for each quarter.
4. Add your numbers for the quarters to get an annual number.
Note: The shipping is only for USPS. If you want Fedex\UPS, you are on your own. I had to go back to my original slips that I printed off for the year.
Hope this helps.
Thanks for the heads up.
Back around 2000, I used to go to auctions and I bought some cards. I had them stashed away until I saw this post. Some of my cards could be worth as much as $5,0000, depending on how they are graded. My best card being a 1958 rookie Jim Brown card that I bought at an auction.
I also went to an auction years back. It was a collectibles store that was going out of business. I picked up a set of 1980 Topps Basketball cards I think for free or less than $5. The guy had taken out the best card that has sold on ebay this month for $65,000, see the link below.
Some of the other cards are real good like Larry Bird and Magic Johnson Rookie cards. But, the real question is what grade will they get? I don’t know. After about a PSA 5 or 6, they all look the same to me. I think I will find a knowledgeable local card collector that can give me a ballpark on grading. You need to know this before you send the cards in because their price scale depends on how much they appraise for. I think this is crazy because that is what I am paying them to find out!
Mark02/17/2021 at 11:15 am in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 501: Shout Out To Everyone Who Shows Up and Works #85982
I wouldn’t say I don’t have any regrets.
I would just say that those regrets don’t have any significant place in my thoughts.
Music seems to speak to me. For some reason the good feelings are the main thing I get listening to music of the 1970’s and 1980’s. I am usually listening to the 70’s on 7 with Sirus radio. It gives off great vibes for me and gives me a good feeling. It seems like I only remember the good times I had when those songs were playing on the radio.
Mark02/16/2021 at 11:21 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 501: Shout Out To Everyone Who Shows Up and Works #85968
This concept of reliving life’s embarrassing moments is kinda foreign to me. I don’t usually think about those kind of things unless something really triggers the memory.
What I relate to is music. When I hear a song that I grew up with I remember where I was and how I felt – usually a great moment in my life. Occasionally, I will hear a song that gives me a weird feeling and I know something bad that happened must have been triggered. But usually I can’t remember the bad thing, just that the song is giving me bad vibes.
Mark S02/14/2021 at 2:08 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 501: Shout Out To Everyone Who Shows Up and Works #85912
02/07/21 – 02/13/21
Total Items In Store: 3340
Items Sold: 20
Total Sales: $ 826.36
Highest Price Sold: $ 125 (Vintage Tonka Truck)
Average Price Sold: $ 41.32
Money Spent on New Inventory: $ 509.02
Number of items listed: 25
Gut Sales Report for the week: So no longer averaging over $1000 per week. Sales started to drop off this week.
Scavenge of the week: Found some Stranger Things items on clarence at Hot Topic.