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Thank-you so much for your advice. I’ll work on that this coming week.
Oh, wow! Alrighty then. You guys have way more experience than me; I’m still learning. I will be taking photos early this coming week, and I’ll get it listed later in the week.
Do I have these listed too low:
Apart from being a very nice heavy glass bottles made in France, they don’t have anything too special about them. I found other vintage bottles on eBay, but not exactly the same thing. I have three listings each with two bottles. Maybe I should only be listing one at a time?
BTW, these are from the same auction lot as the Bell Lab jar.
We finally got it off, yay! My husband first applied something called Liquid Wrench overnight, but the lid didn’t come off right away. He had to run hot water over it for a while. I’ll have to take new pictures now!
Yes, and Bell Labs was located in the area. I’m in central NJ, the pickup was in Hazlet, and a large Bell Lab facility used to be in Hamilton. Most likely this guy worked for them. This auction had other lots with various vintage test equipment. So, I think we’ve really narrowed this down.
I don’t see anything like it on eBay, but I don’t think I can ask too much for it. I’m thinking $25 including shipping.
Yes, I think so! Now, if I can just get the silly lid off …
This makes some sense, and I will do some research with that in mind. I’ve tried once soaking it in warm water, but nothing is budging. I’ll try again.
Thanks for all the helpful suggestions! I’m glad that I asked rather than just throwing it up for $5. I don’t know yet what I’ll ask for – I still have more research to do.
I also have some other vintage bottles with rather thick walls and “Made in France” on the bottom. Not sure what they were from either, so I’ve got additional research there as well. They came in the same lot.
I had a pretty boring week, so I’m not going to bother discussing my individual sales (not that anyone was waiting with baited breath :). This current week, though, has been quite awesome! I’m sure I’ll “talk” your ears off next week …
Thanks! I will try that. If it is an apothecary jar, do you know what the bell symbol on it means? I was thinking it was an AT&T/Bell telephone symbol, but maybe that threw me off?
I studied this thing for awhile, and I do think that I’ve found where the lid comes out; however, I can’t get it to move for anything. The lid has a smaller diameter than the jar so that it fits in down from the top. I can feel the crease inside the top ledge. I don’t want to push it too hard that it breaks. I might try running it under hot or cold water to see if that helps.
Either way, I’m still pretty sure it is an insulator, but not one that would have been used at the top of a telephone pole. Maybe it was used in ground equipment.
Anyway, I posted all my photos to Imgur. I really hope that all these photos don’t get posted in the Scavenger Life firehose tomorrow. I apologize ahead of time if it does.
Image #7 is the best one that shows the crease I’m talking about. Unfortunately, it is a bit blurry.
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No, there is no top; it is a solid piece of glass. However, there appears to be dirt inside, so I have no idea how it got there – maybe during manufacturing.
For toys including stuffed animals and clothes, you may want to consider the online thrift site “swap.com”. I’ve used them in the past, and I usually get a small payout from them every other week. Their fees are a good bit higher than eBay (30% + $1.50 per item), but they do some of the work including storing the items for you. If someone buys something, but decides to return it, you don’t have to return any money. You don’t even know that it has happened.
Here are some other things you should consider:
Their acceptance criteria are pretty strict. On eBay, you can disclose any defects, but swap doesn’t even want to deal with it no matter the label name or how desirable the item is. Make sure to look at every piece of clothing inside and out in very good lighting. Check their policy on their website. You can have any rejected items returned to you for a $5 fee or swap will donate them.
You have to wash any used clothing before shipping to them. It’s a good idea to line any used boxes with plastic bags. Check any NWT items for smells, and air them out if you have to.
They only deal with current styles – vintage is not their thing.
Get as big of a box as you can without going over their size limit (I think 20″x20″x17″). You have to get a label through them, and you will be charged around $12 for each box. You don’t have to pay right away for the label; they take the money from your first few sales.
Because of the cost of the label and their high fees, it probably isn’t worth sending in items that are worth less than $8 or so dollars.
Remove batteries from toys and make sure all the pieces are there. They also accept kids, maternity, and baby care books, baby & kids decor, sports stuff, kid’s, men’s, and women’s clothing, etc. Check the categories on their website.
I had this issue as well. I found a few of my first class packages didn’t get scanned until they were delivered. Then a media mail package got delayed 9 days before scanning! My buyer had contacted me about a week after I had dropped it in the drop box, and I told him that media mail is slower and that he should wait a few more days. I was about to call the USPS when the scan finally came through.
My solution is to wait in line and have the clerks hand scan in my packages. Because of my new policy, I no longer drop off packages on Sundays and holidays or after 5PM.
If you print shipping labels for multiple packages at a time, there is a point where eBay gives you the option to print out a scan list. I learned about that on this forum just a month or so ago. You print out the scan list and bring it to the counter with your items. The clerks then just scan your list and not each individual item. It saves time, and the clerks appreciate it.
Usually, waiting in line is no big deal. However, yesterday, I had to wait in line for about 15 min. I came at a later time than normal, so maybe I need to be careful about my timing.
When I check the tracking numbers, I don’t necessarily see the scan right after I’ve brought the packages in. I think that the scan doesn’t get into their system right away or maybe they have to verify the packages before it is allowed to post. Sometimes the scans don’t show up until the next morning. However, I have had no problem with my packages not getting scanned properly. Perhaps this will help me keep my TRS status in line with the new policy for 95% on-time rate.
Hope this helps.03/06/2017 at 8:57 am in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 300: Our 300th Episode!! Now let’s talk taxes… #13885
I also wanted to mention that my low listing number is because I’ve been getting ready for doing my taxes. I did not do a good job last year with keeping my expenses recorded, so now I have to go back and put them in. Not fun. I did get some picture taking done, so I will be listing much more this week.03/06/2017 at 8:54 am in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 300: Our 300th Episode!! Now let’s talk taxes… #13884
Week of Feb 26 – Mar 4
* Total Items in Store: 679
* Items Sold: 16
* Cost of Items Sold: $11.27 + $6.85 Commission
* Total Sales: $166.56
* Highest Price Sold: $25 for 2 Dinner Plates
* Average Price Sold: $10.41
* Returns: 0
* Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $75.46
* Number of items listed this week: 5
I found scavengerlife.com in January last year, so I’ve been listening just over a year. You’ve really helped me make a business for myself, and I’m very grateful. This podcast is now part of my life – something I really look forward to. Congratulations on 300, and I hope for many, many more!
The theme this week was selling low price items, but there were a good number of them. I happy for what I can get, and this new week started out with a bang! So, I’m good. The bang will have to be discussed next week.
In other themes, I’ve noticed this past week that many of my sales have been between breakfast and lunch and in the evening. I’ve not woken up in the morning and seen sales that happened while I was sleeping. In the past, I’ve had weeks where most of my sales were made while I slept. I have no idea why, and it doesn’t make a difference one way or the other, but I noticed the trend.03/01/2017 at 10:13 pm in reply to: What Sells On eBay: Organ parts, trucker wallet, video monitors, 70's flip date, hurricane lamp, amps, turntable #13671
Welcome back Sheldon! You were missed. I will be watching those videos and catching up.