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Numbers for the whole month of August 2021
Total listings: 1234
Items sold: 95
Highest price sold: $210 – 1994 Tailsman Magic Game (never played)
Average price sold: $22.92
Cost of items sold: $329.53 / Average cost: 3.47 each
Spent on new inventory: $114.50
Number of items listed: 70
I think this was the best sales month I ever had. A lot of it was due to a few large lots of old PC, Apple II, and PlayStation II games. I lucked out on the 1994 Tailsman game, as it had a damaged box, they only wanted $1.00 for it.
Thanks, R&J for all these years of great entertainment, information, instructions, and sharing our life with all of us trash elves.
I would also like to Thank You both for all these years of great information, inspiration, and entertainment. I wish the best for you, and although I’m way out west in California, If I ever travel to the East Coast, I’ll make an effort to stop in your neck of the woods in VA and check out your empire. Thank You both for all you have done for all of the scavengers and trash elves out here.
Also, on your “Manage active listings” page, if you click on the down arrow to the left of any listing and select “add/edit note” you can leave a short note that will always be visible with your listing but not viewable by buyers or anybody else. I use it to put the location / date listed / and cost of each item. For example “Corner bookshelf 5th shelf (11jun2021) cost 10.00” is the format I use. You many also use a custom SKU in your listing, but I have never used that option, but I think J&R use that Method.
Ryanne and Jay – Sleep tight, you deserve the rest. I’m sure we all look forward to hearing from you next week.
Numbers for the whole month of July 2021
Total listings: 1250
Items sold: 68
Highest price sold: $80 – Boxed set of The Door’s CDs
Average price sold: $1974
Cost of items sold: $206.05 / Average cost: 3.03 each
Spent on new inventory: $670.25
Number of items listed: 79
July was one of the better months for me in a long time. I had a few days of no sales but the weekends seemed to bring all of the buyers out. I spent quite a bit on inventory this month due to buying 4 large boxes of vintage computer games, video games, graphic novels, and comic trade paperbacks (TPB). Going through the games, I’ve increased my limited knowledge about video games and will probably be pickier when buying them in the future, but with the first box listed and about half of the games sold, I am already in the profit column on that box.
August looks to be even better. So far today, the first day of August I have had $231 in sales, and there are still 5 hours to go.07/12/2021 at 12:29 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 521: Evolving Ebay Relationship #89634
Numbers for the whole month of June 2021
Total listings: 1242
Items sold: 43
Highest price sold: $62 – Small Rosenthal Tree of Life Menorah
Average price sold: $21.36
Cost of items sold: $154.00 / Average cost: 3.58 each
Spent on new inventory: $370.21
Number of items listed: 61
Since the eBay deadline was fast approaching for the required item specifics update, I spent the better part of a full day updating listings that eBay indicated needed fixing. Almost all of them were for books that already had all of the requested item specific information in the title.
When you are listing after you put in the box size and the weight you are able to see what the Regional Box A and B will cost now. eBay added in the information about 5-6 months ago. You may even select them now as a shipping option for the buyer.06/18/2021 at 12:06 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 518: Bad Mood Business Partner #89345
Thanks for the explanation, I appreciate it. At least the “Notify me of follow-up replies via email” is working great, I’ll just have to remember to check each week for new episodes, or now that I think of it, I should subscribe on YouTube to get notifications.
Have a Great Weekend06/18/2021 at 11:39 am in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 518: Bad Mood Business Partner #89343
Hi Jay & Ryanne. I haven’t listened to the podcast yet but will do so later today. I was wondering, I haven’t received any email reminder notifications about the weekly podcast or the Wednesday What Sold Videos for the past week or so. Just wondering if there was a problem with my email address or something.
So far, my sales have been slow for June, but I haven’t been listing much either so that may have something to do with it. I did notice that eBay changed the used books category. Now it is Books and Magazines with a lot fewer subcategories under it. The item specifics have increased, I missed the old days when you just created the title, added pictures, price, shipping, and hit list.
As to thrift stores getting too many donations, when I was at my local Goodwill, I overheard the workers talking about stopping donations for the day because they didn’t have enough workers to put the stuff out on the floor. When I checked the shelves, many were empty and most of them only had about a third of the space filled with items. There seems to be a shortage of people around here (S.F. Bay Area) that want to work retail or service jobs, which I fully understand.06/01/2021 at 3:17 am in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 516: Being Punk Weirdos Made Us Good At Business #88965
Numbers for the whole month of May 2021
Total listings: 1223
Items sold: 58
Highest price sold: $100.00 – The Game of El Sobrante (Monopoly Clone)
Average price sold: $23.60
Cost of items sold: $186.13 / Average cost: 3.20 each
Spent on new inventory: $284
Number of items listed: 30
From eBay Performance Page:
Gross Sales: $1,914.71
Net Sales: $1,228.41
My total sales were up this month which was a nice surprise as the beginning of the month started out very slow. The Game of El Sobrante was a nice $5 find at a local flea market. These Monopoly clones were ordered by local service clubs to sell to raise funds for different projects. I almost kept it because one of the properties and deeds had my family name on it from when my father had a store in El Sobrante, but I got way too much stuff as it is.05/21/2021 at 3:23 am in reply to: Vintage skateboard, Bose stands, Snare drum, Color organ, Hats #88798
Thanks, Steven S for consistently keeping us all enlightened with your Wednesday videos for the past few years, I really look forward to them each week.
The last time I posted on this forum was in April 1920, so it’s about time I do another.
This sold 5 days after I listed it. Sold for $48 + shipping, cost $3.
I recently ran a 50% off sale on some of my older items. This was originally listed on November 26, 2017. Sold for $25 + shipping, cost $4.
I purchased 10 of these at a Moose Lodge Sale for $3. This is the first pair that Sold. Went for $12.75 including shipping, cost $0.60 for the pair.
I love finding old electronics and these 2 Realistic transceivers are no exception. They may have got a sales boost from being very similar to the ones used in the series Stranger Things. Sold untested (each takes 8 to 10 batteries) for $48 + shipping, cost $8 for the pair. Went GSP to Italy.
This sold within a day of listing it. I probably could have charged more but there are about 8000 Swiss Army Knives listed on eBay so I’m happy with the $22.50 + shipping that I received. Cost $2.00.
Each time I drop off paper and cardboard at recycling, I check the book bin. So finding Outlander: The Complete Series, season 1-5 a 25 DVD set was fun. After watching the last few DVDs for season 5 (I was already in the midst of watching it via NetFlix DVDs) I sold the set for $22.50 + shipping, cost $0.00.
From watching YouTube videos, I learned that there is a big demand for vintage underclothes. This vintage 1980 2 pack of Jockey Jeans Briefs sold the day I listed them for $64.50 + shipping, cost $1.00.
05/03/2021 at 1:01 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 512: Want To Hear A Sad to Happy Story? #88411
When I first use the eBay announcements link in my post above it worked, but I just checked and it comes up with an error page. This is a link to the main announcement page. You will need to scroll down to the Standard Envelope notice and click on it to get to the information: https://community.ebay.com/t5/Announcements/bg-p/Announcements.05/03/2021 at 9:05 am in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 512: Want To Hear A Sad to Happy Story? #88386
I sell mostly collectables and vintage, very few new items unless I come across them at an estate sale. Books are my favorite because they are easy to list and have a high profit if you find the right ones. Paper items, old tools, old rusty hardware, maps, basically what ever I am able to salvage from estate and yard sales. By the way, eBay announced that they are expanding the standard envelope shipping option to include postcards, stamps, paper money and coins: https://community.ebay.com/t5/Announcements/We-re-expanding-the-eBay-standard-envelope-shipping-service-to/ba-p/31822590. Although, I wouldn’t recommending sending coins as I thing the likelyhood of them being lost in the mail not be worth the risk.05/02/2021 at 10:20 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 512: Want To Hear A Sad to Happy Story? #88342
Hymn is what I should of wrote. Oops…05/02/2021 at 9:21 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 512: Want To Hear A Sad to Happy Story? #88333
Congrats on the grand opening of the coffee shop. If I ever make it to the East coast I hope to stop by for a hot chocolate or tea.
This past week, sales have been very slow for me also. On the 27th, 28th, and 29th I didn’t have a single sale, so on the 30th, I went through my listings older than 3 years that had calculated shipping and used the eBay make offer page to do a 50% off sale. So far I have had 14 sales from that but still no other sales. I hope my eBay regular sales pick up soon.
Numbers for the whole month of April 2021
Total listings: 1250
Items sold: 68
Highest price sold: $100 WWII Bayonet
Average price sold: $18.98
Cost of items sold: $125.68 / Average cost: 1.85 each
Spent on new inventory: $467.50
Number of items listed: 83
From eBay Performance Page:
Gross Sales: $1,751.08
Net Sales: $1,044.48
I only had one customer issue which was my fault. A person purchased an Oxford Bible and I sent them a hymen book by mistake. When they started a return, I emailed them and told them to keep it and that I would ship them the correct Bible – so far seems to of gone okay.
If it is 6 5/8″ then it is a Solid Bon Bon Spoon (Stainless) by Ekco. If 7 1/2″ then it is a Large Solid Jelly Server. This info is from the replacements.com page: https://www.replacements.com/search?query=Canoe+Muffin&pattern-match=
They also have a handy Flatware Piece Types guide (but it doesn’t show the shovel
Be aware that their prices are high retail.