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Years ago, when eBay had events in the S.F. Bay Area, the two events I attended over the years not only had an open bar but also free food, which was actually pretty good, along with free entertainment. Of course, that wasn’t all day, but just after the conferences and lectures at the end of the day.
Craig Rex, by any chance did you hear about the 13 year old kid that purchased a box of Panini Prizm Football cards and found a card that he sold for $100,000.00? Here is a link to the story on Kovels: https://www.kovels.com/news-news-news/caught-on-camera-rare-football-card-found-sells-for-100000.html
And here is a direct link to the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Anp0BSAvZsY&t=238s
A very happy day for him and his family.
May was one of my slowest months in over a year. I wonder if buyers are holding back due to a possible recession or maybe a lack of spending money due to the increase in prices of food, gas, and almost everything else that has to be shipped.
Monthly numbers: 05/1 – 05/31
Active listings: 1307
Items sold: 42
Highest price sold: $50 – Five 1914-1924 CA Grizzly Bear Magazines
Average price sold: $17.68
Cost of items sold: $69.39 / average cost: 1.65 each
Spent on new inventory: $153.25
Number of items listed: 62
Had a buyer in Canada fail to pick up an item at the post office, so it was returned to me. The buyer then offered to pay shipping again if I would resend it, but I haven’t figured out how to send him a new invoice for shipping. I tried sending him my PayPal email address (somewhat changed to bypass the eBay bots), but no reply to that or a follow-up email. I guess I’ll either refund his purchase price or call eBay and ask what to do.
Just got an email from eBay – another change to required item specifics is coming in July…
Monthly numbers: 04/1 – 04/30
Total listings: 1280
Items sold: 50
Highest price sold: $88 and $79- Disneyland Haunted House Model kits
Average price sold: $22.75
Cost of items sold: $155.84 / average cost: 3.11 each
Spent on new inventory: $192.00
Number of items listed: 71
Returns: 1 – Undeliverable to a buyer in India – waiting for the return.
Congratulations on one year of Broad Porch Coffee, it is great to hear about your adventures with it each week.
I had several days of no sales in April, but overall I did about the same as last month in total sales. The Haunted House model kits both had boxes in very poor condition, but the models inside had not been assembled. I never knew that such was ever made until I found 2 of them at a flea market for $5 each. These were not models of the house but of scenes inside of the house. I love finding vintage Disney stuff, it always sells for good prices. A good bolo is for Disney View-Master Reel Sets, I’ve sold quite a few of those for good money.
One big note, in June, eBay is changing the promoted listing setup. Apparently, if you have promoted listings, eBay is changing the rules which will let eBay, without your permission, change the ad rates, start new promotions on your listings, and do other things. eBay sent out an email about it which you should have received already and may want to read carefully. The Auction Professor on YouTube released a video on April 30th that covers it at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efkX__Ifc_4.
If you want to change your promoted listings settings, here is a link to do that: https://www.ebay.com/sh/mktg/pl. Scroll down to the box that has “Promoted Listings Standard campaigns” and hover over the “End” column to enter an end date. I added an end date to my settings and in the future, I’ll probably just run campaigns on the whole store for a period of a week or two at only 1%.
Okay, I was able to answer my own question. It is a bag from a San Francisco Company called Forty-Nine Square Miles. “49 Sq. Mi.”
-Steve, who just discovered a dust bag for the tote bag in the bottom of the box.
Monthly numbers: 03/1 – 03/31
Total listings: 1250
Items sold: 60
Highest price sold: $65 Coin Silver Watch Case
Average price sold: $19.32
Cost of items sold: $213.28 / average cost: 3.55 each
Spent on new inventory: $141.00
Number of items listed: 44
I was slow in listing stuff in March which may be the reason I had a couple of weeks where I would go 3-4 days without a single sale. At least my totals sales are very close to what they were last month.
April has started out good, so far I’ve had 11 sales for $235.90, I hope the rest of the month is this good.
Monthly numbers: 02/1 – 02/28
Total listings: 1258
Items sold: 69
Highest price sold: $70 – 1995 Reprint of a Tarot Deck of Lombardy
Average price sold: $19.57
Cost of items sold: $210.47 / average cost: 3.05 each
Spent on new inventory: $142.00
Number of items listed: 66
Just checking in with my numbers. Between the many estate sales in my local area and finding free good stuff on my evening walks around the neighborhood, my death piles are overflowing now. I’m starting the process of finding a person to take photos for my listings. I’ll share with this forum how it goes.
twizzle, you might try a word processor and print just the address and the return address on it. You should be able to edit and print the label in landscape mode on a 6×4 label which should fit nicely on a standard #10 envelope.
You can opt out of the requirement for the buyer to pay imeditally. I did because the option requires the buyer to enter payment information before they send you a best offer, which I think may turn some buyers off from sending the offer. The location to turn it off is in a weird location, at the bottom of the blocked buyer/buyer requirements page: https://www.ebay.com/bmgt/buyerrequirements
Monthly numbers: 01/1 – 01/31
Total listings: 1244
Items sold: 70
Highest price sold: $65 – Sketchbook of cars
Average price sold: $20.44
Cost of items sold: $215.77 / average cost: 3.08 each
Spent on new inventory: $175.00
Number of items listed: 61
Although I had several days with no sales, January was a very good month for me. The best scavenger finds for me in the past month or so was a French Regent chess set for $1, missing the queen but I’ve already sold 2 pawns for $30 and an unused Wingspan game for $1 which I have had 2 sales of parts for $39. At an estate sale I had to wait for another buyer to finish going through a box, he didn’t take anything and when he was finished I asked him if he was done with the box, when he said yes I grabbed the whole box. I got about 20-30 Disney 23 magazines for about $10 which I will be able to sell for $5-$20 each depending on the issue. As Jay says, go all in when you can.
“eBay wouldn’t allow me to sell post office stuff”. I just realized I haven’t sold any of my 2 piece sets of “Post Office Dept. – USA” (pony express rider in center) round patch with a banner patch that goes above it and reads “Letter Carrier”. I just checked and my listing for them is gone. I just checked the eBay policy https://www.ebay.com/help/policies/prohibited-restricted-items/government-items-policy?id=4318 and it doesn’t mention patches but does list a few other things that I sold in the past and I guess could of casued an eBay warning or worse. Like you NC, I bought a large lot of these (500-700 sets or so). They were at a warehouse estate sale in San Rafael, CA about 3-4 years ago.
Monthly numbers: 12/1 – 12/31
Total listings: 1262
Items sold: 59
Highest price sold: $100 – Dictionary
Average price sold: $19.41
Cost of items sold: $125.33 / average cost: 2.12 each
Spent on new inventory: $214.00
Number of items listed: 79
Another good month for me, any month that I do over $1000 in sales I consider good.
Happy New Year to everybody and I wish you all very good scavenging. Now on to working on my taxes…
Sharyn, instead of Microsoft Office you may want to try Open Office, which is a free public domain set of office software. I have been using both the word editor and calc spreadsheet for at least 15 years or so with no problems. I use it with Ubuntu, but versions are out there for PCs, Macs, and a host of other systems. It will also let you import or export Microsoft and other format files. It’s available from The Apache Software Foundation at: https://www.openoffice.org
I do not have any relationship with OpenOffice other than that I use their software.
Haven’t done my numbers yet for November, but after the 30th I’ll post them here.
Great sale on the markers – very astute to purchase them all in the first place and to make sure that you got them all. I like to do the all in buys also, if you can make money on one then the same should be true for buying a large lot. My only concern would be if they dried up. I’ve had problems in the past when buying ink pen refills, many times the older ones have dried up, so I always try and test a few when buying them nowadays.11/04/2021 at 12:22 am in reply to: Vintage exercise bar, Dansko clogs, Pioneer amp, Napkin rings, 8-Track deck #93767
Thanks Steven for posting the what sold videos. I look forward to viewing them each time I get the email notice from Ryanne announcing a new one.