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04/16/2017 at 8:30 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 306: We Love Flea Markets and Craigslist #16655
Things have been slowing down from March, but still decent sales.
I have been thinking about ways to improve my store and have been thinking about Etsy, but I have some questions. I have been selling on ebay, Bonanza, and Truegether. Bonanza, and Truegether seem
to gross about 2% of the sales that I gopss on ebay, which is fine. I thought I would try to expand to Etsy. However, with Bonanza and Truegether it was a simple import from ebay. When I look to do this with Etsy, it appears to be more difficult and you have to either download a program and pay or pay someone to do it manually. So, my questions are: 1) Has anyone found a simple and free method to
import listings from ebay to Etsy? 2) Should I import all of my listings or just vintage ones? 3) From what I have heard, there seems to be more work involved with Keeping up your store in Etsy. 4) When an item sells, is it as simply as Bonanza to just go to Paypal and print the label? 5) I think Mike in Atlanta mentioned that there was a company that was working on a simple import from ebay to Etsy but it wasn’t ready yet and it wasn’t free. Does anyone have the details on that? 6) Has anyone imported from ebay to Etsy? If so, how have your sales been going?
Any advice would be helpful. Any other helpful tips about Esty would be appreciated.
Mark S04/11/2017 at 10:54 am in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 305: The Biggest Transfer of Wealth in Human History #16431
That should have been that the customer is now good for me to ship since I gave the refund.04/11/2017 at 10:51 am in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 305: The Biggest Transfer of Wealth in Human History #16430
I had a new one happen to me on ebay yesterday. I took a $35 offer for a $50 item. The customer saw $17.95 for shipping and paid. However, ebay charged them $32.75 for shipping. The customer sent me a message thinking I did the over charge. I sent them a refund for the difference. Then I noticed in the message at the top was a request to cancel. I called ebay to find out what happened and all they could say was that it was a glitch and they would send over to tech support. So I told the customer what I found out and they are no good for me to ship. Hope none of you run into this – it makes it look like the seller is doing a scam on the shipping charges.03/13/2017 at 8:36 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 301: Our Best eBay Week Ever #14388
Yes, me too, Estate Sales are my go to. I have gotten better over the years of knowing which ones to attend and which ones not to. That just comes with experience. I have also come to know which companies have great prices, which are willing to haggle, and which ones give a great bundle deal.
I love what Brian describes, going into a house where it feels like you just stepped into the 1960’s. That is what I’m looking for. So if the sale says high end recent furniture and that is mostly all it is, then forget it. Vetting the sales has really given me a boost. I don’t have to waste time on most of the junk. I still get an occasional “bad one”, because you never really know what you are going to get, but they are fewer and farther between now.02/27/2017 at 10:19 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 299: What Control Do We Have as eBay Sellers? #13499
Help! I sold this item today: NWT Levi’s 569 Boys Jeans, Loose Straight, Size 18 Reg 29 X 29
But I cannot find it. Does anyone have this item that I can purchase and have sent to my customer?02/26/2017 at 10:42 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 299: What Control Do We Have as eBay Sellers? #13403
I have a picking story from today. I went to an indoor garage sale. I bought a bunch of sports equipment, but for some reason I didn’t look at the baseball bats. Well, my guardian picker angel was looking after me. The guy at the sale came up to me and asked if I played softball. I said, “Yes, in the past, but not lately”. Then he handed me two bats and said to take them, so I did. When I got home and looked up the one bat, it was selling for nearly $150! I’m not going to turn down any free things!
Also, one thing I need some advice on. I picked up a VHS\VCR combo at the same sale above. It sells for about $100 on ebay for the US version, except this one only works with Japanese DVD’s. Now, I would think this would make it more valuable if I can find someone to buy it. Does anyone have experience selling DVD players for other regions? I didn’t see any on ebay that I could find.02/26/2017 at 10:35 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 299: What Control Do We Have as eBay Sellers? #13402
It has been a great week\month. February has been a slow month for me in the past – much less than 3% sell through rate. February has been great this year. Only at about 3% sell through rate, but I’m selling much higher priced items.
I track my historical sell through rates and this is the basis for my future forecast. Ad they say in stocks, “Past Performance is no indication of Future results”. This is true, but they also say, “.. but that is all we have to go on”. I think this is true. My actual performance is usually very close to my historical numbers, but it can differ such as this month has.02/24/2017 at 9:14 am in reply to: What Sells On eBay: Projection screens, HeathKit clock & Voltmeter, 8 Track Quadraphonic recorder, Patagonia jacket #13226
Fair enough. But if enough people here express interest, perhaps we could change your mind!
Mark02/24/2017 at 8:26 am in reply to: What Sells On eBay: Projection screens, HeathKit clock & Voltmeter, 8 Track Quadraphonic recorder, Patagonia jacket #13222
I have an idea that could make you some additional money and help out a lot of scavengers.
My idea is Steve’s Stereo Institute. You could offer a hands on course on how to acquire, fix, and ship stereo equipment, etc. You could host it a hotel near you or do a web meeting. You could charge like $100 per student for the hands on or less for a web meeting.
Not sure if this is something that interests you, but I know I would be interested in learning more about what you do.
I take a different approach on shipping long items such as board games. It takes a little more work, but works great.
I tape 2 priority boxes together. I use the 1092 (ID 12.125 X 2.75 X 13.375) and the 1097 (11.5 X 2.375 X 13.125). This is fairly easy, but you do have to use a lot of tape to make it secure. The people at the Post Office often praise me for this being smart, they have never said don’t do it.
I find that this is usually a lot cheaper most of the time than the flat rate game box.
Mark01/14/2017 at 12:42 pm in reply to: What Sells On eBay: Tori Richard Harley shirt, Candle stick, Alabama sweatshirt, Danner boots, Turntables #10274
Pretty good week so far. I sold a snow board last night, so that was great, but then I had to pack it. Couldn’t find any box to fit the 43″ board so I made my own box. I taped 2 medium priority tube mailers together length wise. That didn’t quite cover the top of the board, so I took a small tube and cut and taped it width wise to cover the top. Put a flap from a 12x12x9 on the bottom. Nearly 1 roll of tape later it was ready to go. Ryanne was my inspiration for this!01/02/2017 at 11:09 am in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 291: Our New Years Trash Elf Goals #9377
Ryanne – that’s how I read it, Turbo Lister will be an Offline inventory management tool for Bonanza. However, since you and I both have all of our ebay inventory on Bonanza, it will have the same effect of backing up all of our ebay listings.01/02/2017 at 10:50 am in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 291: Our New Years Trash Elf Goals #9370
url for the Bonanza article on Turbo Lister: http://www.bonanza.com/blog/main/2016_in_Review__Annual_Survey_Online
Goals for 2017
Growing my number of listed items is top on my list. I am on the brink of 2000 items listed right now (1970 items, including a hand full of scheduled items). I have an aggressive schedule of listing 200+ items per month. I have been able to stick to that in November and December of 2016. This is only possible because I have a contractor doing all the listing for me. If I can keep up the pace, I will have over 3000 listed items by the end of the year.
I have a full time job and family also, so this is going to be a challenge. But I know the goal and have a plan to get there. I’m ready for all the great things awaiting in 2017!01/02/2017 at 10:40 am in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 291: Our New Years Trash Elf Goals #9367
I was reading the Bonanza “2016 in Review, Annual Survey Online” and came across this note related to Turbo Lister:
“Offline inventory management tool. More than 10% of our eBay sellers rely on TurboLister, so we were pretty shocked to learn eBay would stop supporting it in June of 2017. We’re currently finalizing a partnership that should let us revive an improved version of this venerable tool before support for TurboLister officially ends.”
So, looks like it will live on!