Jay and Ryanne woke up at 6am EST (now that’s dedication) to interview Sharon and Sam from ShopCheap1980 an eBay store in Australia! The similarities to a US ebay store are very close. They shop at auctions, flea markets and thrift stores too. Only difference is that they have to bring all their boxes to the post office. No Australia Post pickup for them. Visit their store at ShopCheap1980. Thanks Sharon and Sam!
Jay and Ryanne talk about what’s going on in their eBay store.
Selling more furniture may be in their future. Paintings and funky kitsch art are a pain to store, pack and ship, but they sell so well we can’t help ourselves! Stuff mentioned in this podcast include- eBay store Calculator (see if a store makes sense financially for you), the Andy Warhol elementary school sketch auction on ebay, Amazon now selling museum quality art and last but not least- eBay’s Fall update with Top Rated Seller grace period. Thanks to Glen for writing in to ask exactly how to get the Cha-Ching sound to activate on the iphone eBay app.
Wendy and Mikey talk about their process of running an Ebay store.
We cover buying and sourcing, organizing, cleaning, photography, listing, selling, shipping and customer service. Everyone has a different way of running their business, this is how they do it. Check out the tools they use: Yard Sale Mapper for finding yard sales in your area. Terapeak– Mikey and Wendy use Terrapeak and the Terapeak iPhone app to research and accurately price items they scavenge. GarageSale to build their store template and list all their items. What they don’t use are….notebooks.
Vintage Patch- Paid less than $1, sold for $120. Adobe Illustrator CD- Free, Sold for $35.
Mikey and Wendy talk about what’s happening in their store this week. Exciting moments include an actual flood, big sales of vintage patches and Adobe software. A genuine Louis Vuitton wallet purchased for $20 at a yard sale may fetch over $1200 on Buy It Now. Also, the dreaded moment when your beloved postal worker gets transferred, leaving a new carrier to figure out your USPS pick up quirks has happened to them.