Forum Replies Created
02/22/2017 at 8:45 am in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 298: The Scavengers and The Collectors, A Love Story #13073
I have a question regarding the 12×8 rug you bought at auction. I have one as well. It is too heavy for me to pickup on my own.
How are you planning to weigh it? Can the weight be estimated from the size and type of rug?
How will you ship it? FedEx would be the first thing that comes to mind, but eBay also has an option for freight. Would that be a reasonable option?02/20/2017 at 10:10 am in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 298: The Scavengers and The Collectors, A Love Story #12910
Week of Feb 12 – 18
* Total Items in Store: 672
* Items Sold: 19
* Cost of Items Sold: $17.04 + ~$15 Commission
* Total Sales: $337.47
* Highest Price Sold: $45 Tickle Me Elmo new in box; $41.60 for 6 yards of upholstery fabric
* Average Price Sold: $17.76
* Returns: 1 Tickle Me Elmo
* Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $149 ish
* Number of items listed this week: 49
In general, I had a very good week. I started out Monday bringing 8 items to the post office! Things did slow down, and I only had one sale this weekend on Saturday.
I did have one bummer, a return on my highest price item. This was a new old stock Tickle Me Elmo. The buyer took it out of the box to replace the batteries, and the batteries had leaked and ruined the toy. I remember trying to get to the batteries before listing it, and I would have had to break Elmo out of the box in order to check them. So, I assumed that the batteries just needed to be replaced. I guess I should have sold it “nonworking” for a lower price. I’m curious what others would have done in this situation? Break the new in box condition, sell nonworking, assume everything is OK? I refunded the buyer and told them to keep the item. I did get a positive feedback, so that is cool.
I participated in two online auctions that had pickups this weekend. I have to stop buying for awhile in order to list everything. I still need to clean three rugs from last week’s auctions. Luckily, there are no online auctions within reasonable driving distance ending in the next two weeks. One could always pop up last minute, though, so I will need to have some personal restraint!
I haven’t had a chance to listen to the podcast yet. Kids are out of school today and hubby is off work, so I’ll probably listen tomorrow. I will say that I love the MOBA website. I originally found them through Wikipedia.
- This reply was modified 3 years, 9 months ago by Sharyn. Reason: Removed paragraph, I was in error
I’ll be interested in your experience because I am kind of doing that experiment right now.
I have some china and household that I bought very cheaply last year – some of which has been listed since the spring and others since the summer. Very little has sold. At the beginning of this year, I decided to do a 50% off sale to get rid of some of it. I did sell one item, but probably the nicest item of the sale.
When the sale ended less than 2 weeks ago, I decided to add best offer instead. Just a few days later I got a $30 offer for a $49 item. This item would have been $24.50 during my 50% off sale! It is the only item that has sold since adding best offer, so I have yet to really say whether I have success or not. I will say that this is the first sale of that particular china pattern since I posted it in the spring last year.
Anyway, I’ll be taking whatever is left to a flea market this spring to get rid of it. This stuff takes up a lot of room. Now that I am buying with more knowledge, I need room for my new purchases.02/15/2017 at 4:14 pm in reply to: What Sells On eBay: Lee jeans, Girl Scout items, Hansa Branta Eskimo parka, Stereo viewer, Polaroid camera #12647
I don’t think I’ve ever heard of Hansa Branta, but I will keep an eye out for that brand!
I had a rather boring week of low cost items, but here are a few with mildly interesting backstories:
This sugar and creamer was part of a box lot. It cost about $1.25 and sold for $28 (which was my highest sale this week). The buyer was looking to increase his set in this pattern and wanted to know if I had anything else. Unfortunately, this was the only one I had.
I bought about 15 upholstery remnants at an estate sale last summer, and none have sold until now. I sold another on Sunday, so maybe people start planning their projects in the winter.
This is an enamel over metal lid from a box lot. Lids do sell, but this one for not much. The buyer asked me for better dimensions before buying. They gave me positive feedback, so it must have fit! I actually didn’t pay anything for the box lot. There had been some confusion in the auction, and I didn’t realize that I hadn’t been charged until a few days later when I looked closer at the receipt. I was supposed to pay $2.50 for the whole lot, so no big deal.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=18234331285502/13/2017 at 10:17 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 297: Being Frugal vs Running A Business #12473
I mentioned that last week as well. He had said in his last few videos that he was recovering from a bad illness. I hope he didn’t quit the videos because of his health. Another thing he mentioned was that he was busy with other businesses he has, so I hope that is the problem.02/13/2017 at 10:13 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 297: Being Frugal vs Running A Business #12472
I should mention that I usually start with “sell similar”, and I don’t automatically have the gallery plus selected. The only time that happens is when I start with a listing where it doesn’t cost anything, but I change the category in the new listing to one that charges for it. I always catch it except I think once.02/13/2017 at 10:08 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 297: Being Frugal vs Running A Business #12470
Week of Feb 5 – 11
* Total Items in Store: 642
* Items Sold: 12
* Cost of Items Sold: $17.76 + ~$46 Commission
* Total Sales: $130.00
* Highest Price Sold: $28 Sugar & Creamer
* Average Price Sold: $10.83
* Returns: 0
* Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $240 – ouch
* Number of items listed this week: 22
I sold about the same amount of items the previous week, but this week I was only selling low price stuff. I could complain (and I always reserve the right to do so), but this week has started out with a very large bang (sold 9 items Sun & Mon with decent prices). Sounds like a number of people are having a slow week. I wonder if sales picked up on Sunday for them as well? Perhaps I’ll have to wait until next week to find out.
The money I spent on new inventory was quite high for me – my largest purchase was $124ish for a Karastan wool rug in good condition, similar in size to the one Ryanne mentioned. I also bought some smaller wool rugs. These will not be the first things I list because I will want to clean them all first.
I’m currently working on some clothes my dad gave me a month ago. He lost a good bit of weight over the past year and seems to be keeping it off, so he cleaned out his closets.
I assume your post title is referring to “garbage man” and “janitor”?
My first thought was reseller, but I decided to check if this topic was covered online. Here are some of the better titles I found:
vendor, merchandizer, merchant, broker, representative, envoy, distributor, purveyor, supplier, retailer, Value Added Reseller, Hosting Partner, sales specialist, Customer Service Specialist, Sales Manager
So true! I don’t use sugar or milk in my coffee or tea, so I forget that many people do!
I was thinking salt cellar at first as well, but I thought that then the spoon would be smaller.
The thing about a tea bag holder is that you usually don’t need a spoon for tea.
I was thinking that it was a server for a sauce, like cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving – or maybe a spice like red peppers for pizza. How wide is it?02/10/2017 at 8:23 am in reply to: Customer Returned Item Without Opening an Ebay Return #12206
You can do a refund directly through Paypal. Log into Paypal, click on the line item from the original purchase, and then click “Issue a Refund”. You can give a partial refund by typing in the amount you want to give back. There is a place to add a message to explain the amount “I am refunding your purchase minus shipping …”. If there is any question in the future, eBay will be able to see the refund because it is associated with the original purchase.
I’ve done this before when someone did not open a return (although, the buyer has always contacted me before). Seems like you’ve already gone down the path of having them open a return, but you can possibly keep this in mind for the future.02/09/2017 at 7:14 pm in reply to: What Sells On eBay: Abacus, Matches, Headphones, Fanny Pack, Piano Lamp #12183
I think that the glass face is contemporary. The auction lot of stuff I bought it with was contemporary, so I’m pretty sure it is as well. It was one of those things I would have liked for myself, but I had kept some other items from that auction, so I didn’t allow myself to keep anything else! Similar sold items were in the $20 to $40 range, so I think that I got a decent price. The few that sold for more than $40 had an artist signature, which mine did not.02/09/2017 at 3:18 pm in reply to: What Sells On eBay: Abacus, Matches, Headphones, Fanny Pack, Piano Lamp #12166
Here are a few of my decent sales the past week:
This is one of my commission items – designer sterling silver pendant. I accepted her best offer of $65. The buyer is absolutely over the moon about it! Nice when that happens.
I had a few offers of $20 for this glass face with stand, but I held out for a $35 sale. I paid about $1 for it in an online auction.
This sugar and creamer was from a live auction last spring. Paid about $1.50, sold for $28. The buyer was looking for other items in this pattern, but this was all I had.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=18221943534102/06/2017 at 10:11 am in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 296: Are You Keeping Up With Your Inventory System? #11838
Week of Jan 29 – Feb 4
* Total Items in Store: 632
* Items Sold: 13
* Cost of Items Sold: $30.14 + $51.70 Commission
* Total Sales: $367.37
* Highest Price Sold: $80 Vintage hand carved wooden chess set
* Average Price Sold: $28.20
* Returns: 0
* Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $0
* Number of items listed this week: 30
Very happy with my average price sold this week – for me, this is quite high. I noticed that three items that sold this week were from an online auction in September. That auction had great, quality stuff, which is definitely a “pipeline” for me.
I ended up not buying anything this week, which is good because I have much to list from a live auction purchase from last week. I was going to bid on an online auction, but there was some exceptional stuff there which drove up prices on the just good stuff. I passed, but some other good auctions are ending this week.
The wood chess set was something I bought at an estate sale for $20 and it sold for $80 a day after I listed it. Very happy with the profit and quick turn around.