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My search terms are mostly brand names of vintage electronics and general things like clocks, lamps.
It takes about 5 minutes to peruse the categories so I do it 2-3 times a day, that way I’m on top of it and there aren’t too many new ones to look at. I get emails responding to my searches all the time.
One time, an old crabby guy got very upset that I would offer anything lower than what he was asking, and asked me to leave, very weird dude. I apologized and gave him what he was asking.
Usually people are expecting an offer, I’ve amazed myself sometimes with how cheap I end up with stuff but sometimes the deal is so good already I pay what they’re asking.
As you know I buy on CL all the time. I rarely run into a hassel, people are usually cautious and I do my best to be open about meeting in a neutral place or putting their mind at ease that I’m not a criminal. Any hassel is just part of the job.
I peruse certain categories daily, I’ve found thousands of dollars worth in the free column and of course much more than that in electronics.
There is some skill in negotiating, if it’s weird enough not to attract too many inquiries I’ll let it sit a few days before contacting if I think it’s priced to high. Only make an offer in person, assess the item and be able to read the person you’re dealing with, don’t be afraid to lowball and go from there.
It helps that I can roar out of my bat cave at anytime to meet someone and since I like electronics my batmovan has tools and equipment to test these out even when meeting in a parking lot.
I have a search out for all sorts of items like clocks, stereos, clothing brands etc.
My city is about 225,000 including the surrounding areas which may make it a little easier to keep on top of all the CL listings.
The General category is a good one as that is where people dump stuff they just don’t know how to classify, I’ve found some great stuff there.
If you do search for a specific item use the search box on the front page as things are mis categorizedor grouped with other things all the time.
CL is one of my main sources especially in the winter when there are no yard sales.
Use this code converter.
I was able to send an offer yesterday on my iPhone app, no logging in or clunky site, very smooth.11/06/2016 at 6:52 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 283: Running Our Businesses Without A Safety Net #5054
Oct 23-29 2016
• Total Items in Store: 735
• Items Sold: 19
• International 2 (1 Spain 1GSP)
• Total Sales $681
• Highest Price $90 Red Wing boots
• Average Price Sold: $36
• Returns: 0
• Cost of Items Sold: $20
• Cost of items purchased this week $15
A good number of sales but nothing over a hundred dollars, hope this turns around soon.11/04/2016 at 1:38 pm in reply to: What Sells On eBay: Grumbacher Paint Set, Vintage Panasonic Tape Player, Neon Hunting Vest #4914
The reply button is in the upper right of the post next to the #number. It’s a very light shade and tiny.11/03/2016 at 5:00 pm in reply to: What Sells On eBay: Grumbacher Paint Set, Vintage Panasonic Tape Player, Neon Hunting Vest #4870
Also look for those cassettes that had the tiny metal reels inside, TDK among others made those and collectors will pay a lot.11/02/2016 at 9:18 am in reply to: What Sells On eBay: Grumbacher Paint Set, Vintage Panasonic Tape Player, Neon Hunting Vest #4789
Oct 23-29 2016
A bread and butter week, no jam!
• Total Items in Store: 733
• Items Sold: 12
• International 1 GSP Saudi Arabia
• Total Sales $595
• Highest Price $130 vintage Panasonic cassette radio
• Average Price Sold: $50
• Returns: 0
• Cost of Items Sold: $17
• Cost of items purchased this week $500
I had an idea to ferret out some stereo equipment I know is hiding in people’s closets and basements.
I created a CL ad using pictures of audio gear I have or have sold recently, I wrote what brands I was looking for. Now I knew I would get replies from those guys who always have stuff up on CL with eBay prices and I did indeed receive many of those but my thought was that after a week I would renew the ad and those people would recognize it and not bother me, and so my hope would be the people that have stuff but aren’t familiar or comfortable with selling online might be perusing CL to get an idea of pricing would see my ad and contact me.
Sure enough I received a text from someone with a dream system, Marantz pre and power amps, Pioneer speakers, Sansui Turntable and Akai reel to reel, $400!
Well I was highly suspicious as each one of these pieces sells for over $400, but after some pointed questions and apprehension on their part I was sent the address that was in a tony neighborhood and when I arrived he had it set up on the basement floor and I could hardly believe my eyes, gorgeous shape and all working. He also included a stack of 10.5″ Maxell reel tapes, some unopened and a couple extra carts for the TT, those extras are worth $1000 or more alone.
Now spending $400 when eBay has slowed to a crawl for me is tough but ye must have faith, and I’m still getting replies to my CL ad that look promising.
What model Sansui was it? I just picked up a SR929.
That slab is huge, I would like to eventually have an all in one building eBay business, storage, shipping, photo studio and workshop.