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04/09/2018 at 3:32 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 355: We Catch Up w/ Mark Tew, Not Your Dad’s CPA #37428
Please start a thread on your experience with this. I’m curious how you get the info to them. I’m assuming you take all the photos and load them online somewhere and they list from the photos. How about weight? Shipping info?04/09/2018 at 11:18 am in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 355: We Catch Up w/ Mark Tew, Not Your Dad’s CPA #37408
I really want to hire someone to help with listing. My wife is not on board – she thinks the person will learn everything and then start their own business. I’ve tried explaining that she shouldn’t overestimate the short-sightedness of the average worker, but to no avail.
I have time to spend on it but truth be told, I’ve gotten lazy. When I should be listing I’m playing a dumb game on my phone. My work space is a mess and I’m in the process of organizing. I did a lot of cleaning/organizing this weekend. I’ve said it multiple times on here, but I really need the weather to fully turn to spring. Poor weather is such a motivation killer for me. While many folks on here list heavily in the winter, I am a summer lister. Last year once spring hit my listings went through the roof as well as my sales. Winter weather just drains me of all motivation and energy.04/09/2018 at 10:54 am in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 355: We Catch Up w/ Mark Tew, Not Your Dad’s CPA #37404
Items in Store 933
Items Sold 17
Total Sales $515.50
Total Profit $455.25
Average profit $26.78
Average sales price $30.32
Hi, my name is Retro and I have a buying problem. Lol! I just felt really overwhelmed this week because I spent more than I wanted to. We took an impromptu trip to Columbus over Easter weekend. When we do these weekend trips I always make it a scavengenging weekened so I can deduct the mileage and hotel. The combination of monthly ebay invoice paying out, the hotel costs, a couple hundred in inventory purchases, plus slow sales really puts me in uncomfortable waters. To make matters worse, the local Kmart went out of business this week. I stopped by in their last three days and was surprised to find some very, very good clothing deals. Kmart started (inexplicably) selling high end clothing in the last year. When they first started doing it I joked to my wife and said “I can’t wait to buy all this stuff when they go out of business”. Well… that day came this past Friday for real. I spent $250 and could have easily spent ALOT more. We’re talking NWT Spyder shorts for $3, and designer jeans for $4. If I would have went in unrestrained and without a huge backlog, I could have easily spent $1k there. Normally I would have been fine with it, but my ebay paypal account has been cash poor this week so I had several hundred roll over to my personal checking account. I don’t like doing that – I always keep things separate.
The second part of my problem is that I’m reaching critical mass for unlisted inventory. To be honest, I thought I would get let go at work when they had their bloody Monday a couple months back. I thought I would be full time ebay right now and that large unlisted inventory would have been AWESOME – it is my safety net after all. Now I’m on track to a promotion at work in the near future and I have even less time due to kids activities…but…I just… keep… buying…
Yes, I’m aware that it is a stress relieving experience for me. Buying is FUN! I very much need to stop thrift store scavenging for a while. So I’m making a proclamation that I will not thrift store scavenge for the rest of this month.
On the listing front, I started to get back on the wagon this weekend. I created 70 listings and got photos done for 15 of them. This week I will list over 50 items.
It’s been discussed here before, but give equal attention to getting your Sell through rate to grow as well. I think we’d all prefer to stay inventory neutral by listing 100 things a week AND selling 100 things a week.
I’ve come across a few dolls that just creeped me out something fierce. I always end up not buying them because I don’t want them in my house. The scavenger in me reaaallllyyy tries to talk me into it though.
My thoughts during that episode for how I would respond if I did sell these dolls would be like this:
“I can’t tell you if it’s haunted or not, but I can tell you that this doll makes me very uncomfortable and I feel like it is truly looking at me. I don’t like having it in my house.”
So I wouldn’t be lying, and I don’t confirm or deny the haunting. They can interperet my answer how they want and can ask follow-up if they want to get their jollies out. A basic rule of thumb for any item you sell is to NEVER answer subjective questions. Stick to facts or simply decline to answer the question.
Another basic rule: Don’t let a potential buyer keep bugging you. Have a line drawn for when you will tell them you’ve told them everything there is to know and re-direct the conversation back to buying the item. I assume these haunted item buyers are very similar to the “well worn” buyer crowd.04/05/2018 at 8:31 am in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 354: The Long Game – 10 Years On eBay #37137
In regards to auctions, I don’t think they would work for my style of inventory. I try to stick to sourcing items with known sales metrics. In all the sales I’ve ever had on ebay, I can only thing of a single sale that happened almost instantly after listing. I don’t think it was because it was valuable either – I think it was because the buyer had a saved search for that specific thing. So me listing things high starting auction is just an added step that won’t generate regular benefit. If once every few years I leave $100 on the table I am fine with that.04/05/2018 at 7:58 am in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 354: The Long Game – 10 Years On eBay #37136
Items in Store 926
Items Sold 12
Total Sales $328.00
Total Profit $284.00
Average profit $23.67
Average sales price $27.33
A slow week but I haven’t actively listed in weeks so I’ll take it. I’d love to say I’m getting ready to “spring clean” up my horribly cluttered ebay space but winter is returning this week…again. We might get 4-6″ of snow Saturday morning. Grrrr!!
I did get to do a burn pile last night to get rid of the massive pile of debris I accumulated from converting my garage to ebay space, so that’s a positive.
In regards to your discussion of veteran scavenger vs newer scavenger, I noticed another scavenger at Goodwill on Tuesday. It was a man with his mom. She pushed the cart and he was ferociously thumbing through every single shirt in the men’s department. They were both real excited and they had filled two carts. Then the man went through everything with his phone while standing right next to the checkout counter. They ended up putting back 2/3 of what they pulled. All the while I was calmly and non-chalantly pulling the diamonds in the rough. Once upon a time I would have felt threatened seeing this in “my” goodwill. I wasn’t this time. I was confident in two things: My abilities, and the fact that there is always plenty of stuff. I found it humorous to watch him because I saw me from 2 years ago in his actions and excitement. He did eventually stop by and asked me if I was a “flipper”. I responded that “I have an ebay business, yes.” We had a nice little talk and each shared a few tips. He was operating under the impression that to keep Top Rated, he had to jump through all the hoops of free shipping and free returns. I explained to him the difference between TRS and TRS+.
I’ve come to the conclusion that ebay is intentionally confusing the two programs so that folks like this man will go ahead and conform to their “seller mold” out of confusion and fear.
Anyways, have a great week everyone.
These are the opportunities you test your memory. When I notice something really nice at a yardsale I’ll memorize the make/model and then go to another spot to research to not draw attention to myself.
100 sales in your first month? Wow! Great work!
I use the “send payment reminder” option in the mobile app after 48 hours. Then I just let the auto unpaid item system to its job. It’s about 50/50 on people who pay with the reminder and unpaid claim.
I no longer send personalized messages. Some folks just don’t care. I don’t consider an item sold until money hits my paypal account. Makes it a lot easier to deal with unpaid items that way.
As has already been stated multiple times, most goodwill donations have been in a closet unused for a long time. A large percentage are like new. I bet you have at least one pair of shoes in your closet you maybe wore once and just didn’t like, and likely don’t ever plan on wearing again. That is the type of shoe most of us go for.
Some people donate trashed, worn out shoes. They shouldn’t but they do. And yes, I will occasionally buy these trashed shoes if they are high end enough.
Foot fungus? Not an issue.
For shoes my wife or kids call dibs on, I will thoroughly wipe down the insides with a bleach wipe a couple times. Not that it needs it, but it gives my wife peace of mind.
Surely I wasn’t the only one who caught Ryanne’s F Bomb in this weeks podcast? 😀
Items in Store 944
Items Sold 13
Total Sales $577.00
Total Profit $538.00
Average profit $41.38
Average sales price $44.38
Best Sale: Thomas the Train Knapford Station – $200
Pleasant surprise to sell the Thomas Train part this week. I figured it might sit until next Christmas. Sales volume was down this week but that’s much easier to swallow when a $200 item sells. The weather turning cold and crappy again after the time change really took the wind out of my sails. I’ve only listed like 14 items in the last month, and that was just finishing up photos of shoes that I had already created listings for. With baseball/softball taking up a lot of spare time right now, once the weekend hits my wife and I really just wanna Netflix and chill when not involved with the kids. I just don’t feel like listing because I’m too exhausted. Once the weather improves I’ll get back into it.
Speaking of Netflix & chill, we’re really digging Person of Interest right now. We just started season 3.
i was able to resolve this. I called paypal and explained the issue.
The rep released the hold so I could perform the refund.
Once the hold was released I could refund the case through ebay like normal.
In closing, ebay reps are still clueless and still making s#%# up as they go.
I concur whole heartedly with this statement. Why do I need to hit that stupid button when I am merely creating the listing exactly as ebay wants me to. The checker will resize the text and adjust spacing every single time.