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I listed five items, none met the challenge.
@Amatino – I cannot easily measure my listing time for a single item. I do things in chunks such as organizing, photography, and draft listings.
Yesterday, I photographed about 18 items in 1 – 1.5 hours. It didn’t take too much time because many of the items are jewelry that don’t need too many photos. I’ve been creating drafts for the past few days for about 28 items. That maybe took 2 hours with just a bit of research and mostly summarized titles. Yesterday and today, I’ve listed just a few of those items. The listing can vary drastically, from 5 to 20 min. I’m better these days at minimizing wordage and only adjusting the main photo. A few items will require testing or more in-depth research, but what I’m working on now doesn’t for the most part.
I did get a few vintage electronic items out, but I put them aside in favor of quantity, for now. My next couple of weekends are going to be busy, so my listing will be when the day job slows down.
Week of Sept 12 – 18
Total Items in Store: 1361 eBay, 39 Etsy
Items Sold: 6 eBay
Cost of Items Sold: $2 + $0 Commission
Total Sales: $235.53 eBay
Highest Price Sold: $69 Travelpro Maxlite suitcase NWT
Average price: $39
Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $3
Number of items listed this week: 5
Many of my sales were from recently listed items as well. My average sale price is up but number of sales are down. I went to a few yard sales this weekend, which I haven’t done much this year. Didn’t buy too much.09/19/2021 at 1:34 pm in reply to: VHS tape, Penncrest stereo, Telefunken FM decoder, Hood latch #93144
Steve – Sales continue to be slow, so those high priced stereos must really be helpful.
I had a few sales this week from items that one of my parents’ friends gave me. This guy, who is now retired, was a relatively high level engineering manager. He would buy multiple of things he wanted in case something broke or wore out. Two NWT suitcases sold very fast, one for $169 and the other for $69. Then, a nicely framed etching that he gave me several years ago sold for $97. All this was free. His things really made my week!
I’m done with trips and back to listing, and I got 19 up this week. Eight met the challenge.
Right around the time that Amatino listed her topic, I saw a newsletter/email with the title “Habits are overrated”, so I did a quick read. The topic was saving and investing money and how you should automate the process. I tried to think of ways to automate eBay listing, and I’m not sure how that could be done. There are ways to improve listing time and use tools to make it simpler, but not automate it. Something to think about though …
Retro – Glad to see you post, and I’m so happy you got through this. I know that you focused on improving your health a few years ago, and I’m sure that those actions helped pull you through this illness.
After Popeyes Postcards had posted about “end and sell similar” for older listings, I realized that I had not done that in quite some time. I did that to two pages worth (400 listings), and I suddenly had several sales for 2 – 3 days. Then, I listed a high priced NWT suitcase, and it sold within a day. My week was pretty nice considering the rest of the summer.
However, things are now back to “normal”, and I only sold one item during the weekend. I’m going to be very busy through Thursday, so I’m going to put my store on time away until Friday. I’m not expecting much for this upcoming week.
Week of Sept 5 – 11
Total Items in Store: 1362 eBay, 39 Etsy
Items Sold: 10 eBay
Cost of Items Sold: $10.71 + $0 Commission
Total Sales: $381.21 eBay
Highest Price Sold: $169 Travelpro Crew7 suitcase NWT
Average price: $38.12
Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $0
Number of items listed this week: 1909/09/2021 at 8:53 pm in reply to: Dazor lamp, Vacuum tubes, Tail light, Stereo, Attache case, Hamms beer tray #93046
Oof. I had my post all written out, and then I lost it because I got logged out.
Just a couple sales from the past week to talk about.
I tested this set of knives for gold, but didn’t get a definitive result. Possibly because the test isn’t alway good to for gold plating or because it is just gold tone metal. Similar ones on eBay are listed as gold plated, but I didn’t feel comfortable saying that it was. It still sold for $42.
I found this antique bowl in a pile of unwanted items at an auction years ago. It finally sold for $19. The buy also purchased a replacement lid for a Farberware pot. I’m assuming he needed the lid and the bowl caught his eye.
I listed seven items last week. None of them met the challenge.
I will be listing some soft back suitcases this week, which are made of a canvas material of some sort. So, I believe those meet the challenge.
I have a project management certification where I have to meet 60 hours of ongoing education every three years. Seems like not a big deal, but I stopped working on them during the pandemic because the in-person meetings were cancelled. For some reason, I didn’t think to listen to online webinars. So, I’ve got five more I have to listen to in the next few weeks, and that is what I will be doing Monday mornings 🙂 . I should probably keep listening so this doesn’t happen to me again in three years time, although I’ll be happy to substitute the podcast if you guys decide to do one here and there.
My sales are still slow. I had three trips in August, so I have hardly listed. I was able to somewhat get back on the bandwagon last week, and I hope to do better this week.
Week of Aug 29 – Sept 4
Total Items in Store: 1353 eBay, 39 Etsy
Items Sold: 9 eBay
Cost of Items Sold: $11.50 + $0 Commission
Total Sales: $155.80 eBay
Highest Price Sold: $42 Set of gold tone appetizer knives in box
Average price: $17.30
Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $0
Number of items listed this week: 7
So glad to hear that you are out of the ICU. You are on the mend. Focus on getting better.
I visited Broad Porch at the beginning of July. It was quite busy when I was there. When I was getting ready to leave, I overheard a lady say “I love this place. It’s my favorite”. After that, I took a walk around town. I saw other coffee shops here and there. They weren’t nearly as busy. One was completely vacant except for an employee (it didn’t have as good of a location, but still).
Whatever Jay says, don’t believe him. He’s being modest. He, Ryanne, and their partners have created something special.
My theory, wait, hypothesis, is that someone makes a listing at a high price and has a friend buy it and cancel. The solds on eBay then don’t show that the sale was canceled, and it looks as if that item has a high value. I “heard” that this happened several years back when there was a big run on Disney classic VHS tapes, which were really widely available.
The patch seller might be knowledgeable, and this item might actually be worth it. They could be an expert on their niche, they might have an online following where people are willing to spend more, etc. Maybe there are buyers out there who just want to make someone’s day. We really can’t say.
Well before I became a reseller, I would peruse eBay listings for unusual items; just for entertainment, I guess. I recall a few where people needed money, and they would post something cheap, give their sob story, and ask for a ridiculous amount of money. I don’t know if that happens any more. I haven’t really looked. I don’t think that is the case here. Just throwing it out there.
The thing that makes eBay great for a scavenger might also make it not so great for the average buyer not that familiar with it. Sure, that is why eBay failed as a competitor to Amazon.
I do agree that eBay’s search algorithms have much to be desired. I sometimes google for something and find my options before taking a closer look at eBay. Their help function is particularly bad, and I almost always use Google first and then click on an eBay help link.
For the overpriced items, I sometimes wonder if people use that to prove that an item is worth more than it is valued. For instance, I recall a story here when someone saw two lamps in an estate sale with Ryanne’s listing printed out showing her crazy asking price. Eventually, those lamps sold for less than half of what was listed. If you’re setting up an estate sale and want someone to think they are getting a great deal, why not create an overpriced listing and use that at the sale? I’m sure there are other purposes to it. Like drive up the cost of classic Disney VHS tapes by having someone buy the tape and then cancel. I mean, I don’t really know, but that is what I think when I see those listings.
Someone mentioned Bulq.com on the forums last year, and I’ve looked around on their site. I have too much inventory to go through right now, but maybe some day I’ll buy a box.
The link you posted is less than an hour drive for me. Maybe I’ll go some day.
You could also take a look at this place: http://www.aeclothing.net. They are one of the companies that buy used clothing from school and organization fund raisers. They are located in Carteret, NJ. I’ve never bought from them either.09/02/2021 at 5:33 pm in reply to: Cream sugar bowls, headphones, Wall sconces, McIntosh stereo, Badminton shoes #91119
Steve – Thanks so much for continuing to do these videos. Your work with stereos is amazing. I finally got out a JC Penney system that I’ve had in my basement for over two years and tried to see if replacing the belts would be a big deal or not. I realized that I couldn’t even figure out how to open the unit without breaking a tab. I’d have to research it, and I just don’t have the time. I gave up and listed them for repair.
Anyway, here’s a few from the last two weeks:
I like technical books with a small niche like this one on welding. You know someone’s going to want it. Got this for free, sold for $20.
I thought this yearbook from 1966 would sell faster, but it’s been in my inventory for about 3 or 4 years. Bought for about $2 and sold for $22. I still have another one that is a few years older.
I recently purchased a lot of three Ralph Lauren crystal vases/bowl in an online auction for about $4. Here is the first to sell, a centerpiece bowl, for $37: