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Thanks for the comments. I contacted an experienced seller in NYC who sells similar watches at high prices, some $10K. She said she has not had any scam returns in about 400 transactions but has had two credit card “chargebacks”. She said she delivers via UPS, requires signature, and has a report beforehand on the watch to authenticate it. I listed my watch for $7500 and am doing the same. I thought about researching jewelry stores in the area but I don’t want a small cut. Also, I did check with Ebay “valet” which is the service that receives high end items – they don’t accept high end jewelry though and art that requires more authentication. So we will see. My item # is: 142621444777
Ebay valet link
https://www.ebay.com/s/valet/faq#prohibited12/04/2017 at 2:45 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 337: If You Build It, You Will Have Storage #28082
Store listings: 824
Items sold: 24
Highest: $160 for Galco hunting speed-loader bag; was $38 from the “glass case” at Salvation Army.
New listings: 48
Went to an auction this past Saturday in Charleston with my 3 1/2 year old daughter who lasted well for three hours coloring and talking. We bought two Sikes office “banker lawyer” chairs and an antique wooden “sea chest” for $65. I haven’t bought Furniture before but am willing after hearing about U-Ship.
Warning because here is a kid story: I bid on some antique dollhouse furniture but stopped at $50; one older lady was buying all the doll stuff. Well my toddler had promised not to cry but she did when we didn’t get the Furniture, then said
“I’m sorry, I promised my momma” to the auctioneer. A vintage baby kewpie doll was next and a lady bought it for $5 and gave it to my daughter, who promptly stopped crying and walked it around the area showing everyone. I apologized for bringing her but hey, sometimes you have to scavenge when you can. I hadn’t planned to even go since my husband is in the USVI doing engineering work but I had a couple Xmas blowmolds to sell to a woman near the auction house, so I stopped in. Sold the blowmolds for $100 and got the chairs and chest for $65.
I must say now though – I have a business idea called “Ebay Court”. I’ll do televised arbitration “Judge Judy” style (which is what she really is – an arbiter). Guest judges will be allowed. We’ll get all kinds of crazypants on “Ebay Court TV”. “Crayzpants” is my own legal jargon term. The “Case of the Swapped Dolphin Sculpture” will be a good starter.
The forum will be state court if arbitration cannot be resolved. The ebay policy and user agreement can say “you create a legally binding contract”, but state laws determine what is a contract. There has to actually be a forum to have a dispute – there is no “EBAY COURT”. So there will have a plaintiff and defendant in state court. The plaintiff can present the ebay user policy and the judge will see what terms the parties agreed to; however since so much is undefined, it will be a hard fight. That being said, even if someone “wins” the case against the seller, they cannot generally force a sale and delivery of an item. The buyer gets “made whole again” – a refund (and maybe legal fees). The seller cannot force a payment either but can be made whole again too – such as costs of re-listing the item. No more legal advice from me – this is a cerebral exercise that has no real application. No one will normally go to state court over an ebay transaction; a settlement would occur before that likely to kill the issue for everyone. OUT for me on this topic. And no more legal advice – the thought makes me sick to my stomach. I am quitting the law in six months to sell full-time so I don’t have to talk to people everyday and listen to their problems. Take care everyone.
Items in store: 788
Items sold: 19
I am a contracts attorney and what occurred is legal. I often hear “but it’s not fair…moral ethical..blah blah” from both buyers and sellers. I tell them the fair part is what they agreed to in the contract – that is the “fair umbrella” they choose to stand under. Whether this “contract umbrella” has holes that allows rain to fall on one or the other is dependent on the facts of a certain situation. It could go in favor of one or the other.
Issue: May a seller cancel a sale on eBay for any reason?
Rules: Ebay User Guide which all sellers and buyers “sign” allows for cancellations. It does not require buyer agreement to unilaterally cancel a transaction.
“Errors” is an intentionally vague term that can go in favor of buyer or seller. To operate on this platform requires an assumption of risk that the buyer may never pay; the seller may cancel. Further, parties agree to the “remedies” – feedback and refunds.
Analysis: Regardless of how one views an error as right or wrong, it is allowed by the terms of the contract – the User Policy; although the policy gives examples of an error, there is no prohibition on cancelling due to pricing in error. A remedy is available to the buyer – negative feedback and full refund to make him “whole again”, which is the standard remedy. Ryanne and Jay offered the remedy, which was accepted albeit with some drama on buyers end.
Conclusion: The cancellation was legally allowed. As regarding ethics, the morality of any Marketplace should be set by a code of conduct. Ebay has Policies and User Guides with vague language. Until Ebay decides what is a “moral” error and sets this forth in its Policies, it is permissible to cancel a sale, as long the seller also provides the required remedies.
My two cents. I would not consider this in the realm of Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices as the buyer agreed to the rules and has been provided a remedy.11/20/2017 at 10:52 am in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 335: Strategizing Out of Our Own Sweatshop #26047
Items in store: 785
Items sold: 27
Highest: $99 for pair of Blundstone boots for which I paid $3 at church thrift; followed by $59 French perfume promo hoodie ($2 at dame thrift) and a $50 talking vintage Vox Clock that cost $1 at yard sale.
I did also sell a pair of Gucci boots for $220 that I had stupidly bought for $175 in rookie days. I didn’t count that since I basically just made my money back.11/01/2017 at 9:28 am in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 332: Share Your Extreme Scavenging Confession #24680
Items sold: 44
Total sales: $914.69
Highest: $92 for stained Burberry trench coat
Confession: three weeks ago I was at MY church’s bazaar; I love church sales. I bought a 1963 cardboard Barbie “new dream house” with furniture for $3. I sold it within two days for best offer of $245. Then this past Sunday one of the older church ladies asked how my 3 year was enjoying the doll house, and I lied and said she loves it. Now I worry what Jackie will say to the church ladies if they ask her about it this next Sunday! Jackie will take her pretend phone and put her stuffed animals on my photo background boards and say “cheese you’re on eBay”. She also tells me not to sell certain things in the house, like the couch. Will see this Sunday…08/15/2017 at 11:34 am in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 323: What Keeps You Up At Night? #21817
Items in store: 554
Sold 7-13 Aug: 19
Highest sold: Gucci horsebit loafers for $179 BIN; 1920s campy Ship print for $130 (Best Offer).
Favorite sale: 3 yearbooks from all-girls Chicago area high school from years 1947-1949 to same buyer, at $45 each BIN. Bought at Estate sale for $1 each.
A great week of sales, even though only 19 items were sold. I loved selling the ship print for $130 from the 1920s that I paid five dollars for. It’s going to Massachusetts. I bought it a year ago but only put it up on eBay about three weeks ago. I tried to sell it locally but had really low offers of $40. I was nervous about shipping such a large Framed print with glass, box was about 33″ x 55″. But I packed it as well as I could, and it’s off. I’m going to look for more art at estate sales. Funny story about an estate sale this past weekend in Charleston. I found a painters wooden box, vintage from the 50s, I closed up the case and put it between my feet while I was looking at china and I had a woman literally try to take it from between my feet. I told her that it was mine, and she gave me a dirty look, told me I should be holding it, and walked away. I just laughed, which I think made her angrier. I found some half-finished pastel prints under the bed, which they gave me 10 for $10. I listed them and we’ll see if anybody’s interested in partially completed art.
I don’t know what I would do without this side hobby. I try to read only the headlines and not watch CNN, but I work for the federal government and of course we have to stay up to date. So every day is rather stressful now. I have 11 months to retirement. In comparison to the Korea and Charlottesville situations, I like that I have control over my eBay store. I might not control what people buy, but I can control what I put in, and my reaction to customers when they do buy items. I received a negative feedback yesterday from a customer who bought a $25 pair of boots. I had opened an unpaid item case after five days. Then she paid. The negative feedback was just the number “2”. I emailed her last night and asked if I could help in anyway and if she would like a return. I’ll wait a few days to see if I get a response, then I’ll call Ebay and ask for it to be removed. Just a grumpy buyer. Not a grumpy dictator.08/09/2017 at 12:55 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 322: Don’t Forget To Make Your Own Weekends #21580
Total in store: 543
Total sales: $625.99
Highest price: $60
Average price: $32
Returns: gave a $10 refund to woman who had purchased expired ink from April 2017 for $25.50; I like to raid the home offices at estate sales first and get ink. She said the black ink worked but the color cartridge would not be recognized per the computer message because it was expired. Weird but she was happy with $10.
New inventory:$60 (estate sale)
Highest price was a piece of green glass called a “flower frog”. I had no idea what it was but picked it up at estate sale for a quarter. I put it on thmy forum here a month ago, but no ideas really! I put it on the Reddit forums and had two people say it was a flower frog to arrange flowers. I put it on auction since I had no idea and it got ten bids to $60. You can see it in sold items at: lowcountryfashionfinds
I live 90 minutes south of Charleston in Port Royal SC, and just bought my family’s eclipse glasses. We don’t have a spare room or even a yard since we live downtown with two kids, but there are a lot of cheaper airbnbs here since we have a big tourist market – the Marine Corps Recruit Depot brings in several thousand visitors a week. You could also camp at the SC state parks! We have about three or four beach campgrounds at least. See: southcarolinaparks.com
I would add “Tapestry Needlepoint” to the listing. It’s in the style of medieval tapestries. I have a similar size one up for sale too and the stitches are large. I think it was stitched with wool thread.
Look at this on eBay:
TALL Vintage Art Deco Floral Lady Pink Yarn Embroidered Tapestry Needlepoint07/31/2017 at 9:51 am in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 321: Lists Will Set You Free #21053
Sold items: 28 items for $1074.45
Highest: Gucci men’s loafers for $290 (paid $50 at estate sale)
Lowest: Ann Taylor tank for $7
Listed this week: 117
New inventory cost: $728
Good money this week even without the Gucci loafers for $290 and four bottles Chanel perfume at $60 each. I bought a Gucci briefcase and several Gucci Accenti perfumes + less premium purses at estate sale for $553, and then a whole bunch of premium Ethan Allen linens + pillows for $175. Trying the experiment of paying more to make more. But Gucci loafers are not just laying around everywhere! My average price for sales was $35 range. All my premium perfumes from the bulk purchase are sold now, so I have about 30 remaining priced at $19 – $50.
I also got a storage unit this week and started my inventory control system. With 560 items in my store, I started losing control two weeks ago and now I feel good about what’s in my home and in the storage unit.07/19/2017 at 8:09 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 319: Being Adults, Making Decisions #20512
Brian Treasures, they are mismatched. Sometimes I have a pair, but I just lot it in with the rest.07/19/2017 at 8:50 am in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 319: Being Adults, Making Decisions #20489
Week July 9-15, 2017
Total Items in Store: 455 (lowcountryfashionfinds)
Items Sold: 17 (3 Facebook)
Cost of Items Sold: $81.75
Total Sales: $628.98
Highest Price Sold: $89.00 (lot of 13 brass candlesticks)
Average Price Sold: $31.44
Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $0
Number of items listed this week: 4 (lots of slides, of which I have hundreds)
For the candlesticks, I pick up brass ones, no matter their condition at rummage sales or yard sales. I basically get them for free as people are happy to see them go and just lot them in with other stuff. Once I get 10 or more, I do a lot for sale. I used the terms “wedding or set décor” in the title.
The slides are overwhelming but interesting. I have 800+ from the 1970s of one couple’s trips which I bought at an estate sale for $40. I decided to break them up into locations and years. “Key West, 1972 and 1974”, or “Jamaica 1972”. They went to Spain for two full months in 1974 which I am hoping to have up soon. I hope they start selling so it’s worth the work. It is interesting though to see the pictures. Very voyeuristic, like an estate sale.
I continue to sell perfume every week from a lot of 103 I acquired in mid-June for $980.00. So far I have sold 65 bottles for $2,715.55 on ebay and FB. I have 38 remaining. Not exciting stuff, but so far that perfume paid for Disney tickets + food and lodging ($1200), a 4th of July trip to a wedding in Fort Lauderdale ($320) and piano repair/tuning ($300). Now I am saving funds for taxes + boat repairs/upgrades. Also, as of July 18, 2017, I am now sub-one year to retirement on July 18, 2018 from my DoD job. Trying to hold on for one more year amidst the bureaucracy.07/10/2017 at 7:24 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 318: Spending Money Should Be Painful #20215
Retro Treasures: Ha! No thanks. You’re right in that a blog may be too much work for me. My husband is very social, but I am not. It would be his blog. I like ebay because I don’t have to deal with customers face to face, unlike my current day job. Ugh.07/10/2017 at 1:43 pm in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 318: Spending Money Should Be Painful #20192
Re catamaran: it’s a Wharram which are usually self built, and it has wood hulls. I love them because you can pull up in two feet of water. It’s got a cRacked center beam which I have to repair to sail from Guatemala to SC. But I would rather spend the money repairing and outfitting the boat in the way I want. I will need an ebay room! Will probably start a renovation blog on it in a few months. It’s the 42 foot Wharram Pahi “Captain Cook” model. Maybe I’ll even do Airbnb for adventurers. Regardless, it is essentially a tiny house on the water. And it’ll be paid for in cash. I will do a sailing scavenging tour in the eastern US and Caribbean!