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If you responded and continued to be concerned, then definitely, time to block!
I’ve had a few conversations where the person was sort of snappy, but, once I answered their question in a professional manner, they were much nicer. I’m sure that I would block if they continued to be nasty.12/10/2018 at 12:50 pm in reply to: Trash Elf Twins Challenge 2018 Thread #3 From Week 31 August #53028
In total, I listed 37 items, no death piles.
The big listing number was greatly helped by another large set of dishes I purchased last month. I was able to list the whole set in 19 listings.
I continue to put off the hard, death pile stuff that need repairs or testing. There aren’t any auctions left for this year, and two I know of in January are days that I can’t go. So, maybe? I hope? I still have stuff left from more recent buys that I’m sure I’ll list in the next two weeks.
I will taking off the week between Christmas and New Years to visit family.
Do you respond to them, or just block without saying anything?
I haven’t received any real weird messages, but I’ve had people question the shipping costs or ask how I’d ship something fragile. Most of the messages I receive are short and to the point; questions about the item or requesting a discount.
I don’t go to thrift stores much anymore. I find too much good stuff at auctions. I will strike up a conversation with a fellow bidder every once in a while. Sometimes I overhear conversations of folks that appear to be collectors and not so much resellers (although, many collectors either trade or resell what they don’t want). I also talk to one of the auctioneers who I see working both at the place that is about 20 min north of me and another place 35 min south of me.12/07/2018 at 8:22 am in reply to: WARNING: Classic shipping screen is giving incorrect higher shipping #52862
Yesterday, I was careful to check the prices on the new shipping page, and then compare when I went to the old shipping page. I didn’t see a difference. I had five items and was using the the bulk shipping tool. I also had a single item, and, again, there was no difference between the new and old. I’ll keep checking prices and report back if I run into the problem.
When you set up a listing for an auction, it grays out the quantity so that you cannot change it from 1. You can only auction one thing at a time. However, it might be confusing to the buyer if there are pictures of more than one shirt in the listing. If the shirts were identical, and only a photo of one shirt was showing, then you are good.
My brother-in-law gave me a collection of Harmony Kingdom boxes almost two years ago. They are made in England of crushed marble. I sold a number of them last year, but the rest haven’t sold for months. Finally, this eagle box sold for $26.78 on sale:
I bought this mens winter coat at a rummage sale in August for $1, and it sold for $34. I never heard of Tuscan Dry Goods, but it does look like a good brand.
My best sale last week was a Gorham silver plate water pitcher from the late 1800s. I have been photographing all my silver plate against a black background, which looked great for most items. This pitcher had a weird reflection that looked like the bottom half was a different finish. The buyer asked about it, so I took two photos without the black background, and I offered a small discount. I paid about $4, sold for $62.
The rest of my sales last week were not of high value. I’ll just speak to this glass menorah, which has been through two Hanukkahs without a sale. It has a name etched into it (in Hebrew), which I assume is the issue. I wonder if the buyer looked through the photos or checked out the description. Anyway, I lowered the price to $15. I paid about $1.
I would box it. You would think that something metal isn’t fragile and doesn’t need the protection; however, now that I’ve become very good at protecting porcelain and glass, my only damaged items in the recent past have been metal. This sled won’t bend, but the finish could get damaged. So, yeh, I vote for cardboard wrapping or box.
I’m in it to win it, dammit!
Realistically, though, I’ll be coming back from a family visit on Jan 1, and I’ve got something for part of the day on the 2nd, so I’m probably not going to start off strong.12/04/2018 at 8:07 pm in reply to: USPS – The Post Office will be closed on Wednesday, December 5th #52670
Sort of off-topic, but I was told today that the 2 oz letter rate is going up from $0.50 to $0.55 towards the end of January 2019. That’s a pretty big jump. Other costs will be going up as well.
Welcome! Feel free to open up a forum topic if you have a specific question. For general advice, someone recently wrote up a post for a new seller. You can find it here:
We do have a few UK sellers that contribute to the forum, so if you have location specific questions, they might be able to help. Otherwise, read the Scavenger Life “Manifesto” (link at top), listen to the podcasts, and read through topics that interest you.
I think starting with something you know is a good idea, especially if you have equipment lying around that you no longer use. To learn about other items that sell, you can watch the “What Sold” videos that usually come out on Wednesday evening/Thursday morning and read the posts of sellers discussing what they sold in the past week.12/04/2018 at 7:51 pm in reply to: Trash Elf Twins Challenge 2018 Thread #3 From Week 31 August #52668
What is the Bratness?12/03/2018 at 2:39 pm in reply to: USPS – The Post Office will be closed on Wednesday, December 5th #52594
Huh, I had heard about the national day of mourning, but didn’t put two and two together wrt the post office. Interesting.
You guys should enjoy the trip on the auto train. My parents live in Florida, and they’ve been using it for maybe five years. They love it. They used to make the drive several times a year, but they are getting older and the long drive is difficult. We are going to visit them in Florida next year, and we are planning to use it as well.
They live in an active adult community, and many of their friends will bring over stuff they don’t want. My parents then give it to me to sell. We’ll bring my minivan so that I can bring back as much stuff as possible. My dad was joking that they have so much stuff that I needed to bring an 18 wheeler. I told him I’d get right on that CDL. 🙂
Week of Nov 25 – Dec 1
* Total Items in Store: 1259 eBay, 11 Mercari
* Items Sold: 16 eBay
* Cost of Items Sold: $19.59 + $0 Commission
* Total Sales: $313.12
* Highest Price Sold: $62 Antique Gorham water pitcher
* Average Price Sold: $19.57
* Returns: 0
* Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $0
* Number of items listed this week: 8
Sales are definitely slow, and lower compared to last year same time, but so has been October and November. Not sure what is going on, but I’m trucking through it just the same.12/03/2018 at 9:56 am in reply to: Trash Elf Twins Challenge 2018 Thread #3 From Week 31 August #52572
I listed 8 items this week. This was expected given the crazy listing sprees I have had the past several weeks.
VintageTreasures – yes, I’m definitely seeing an uptick after a very slow October, but sales aren’t as high as last year. Enjoy your trip!