Ebay Sales and the world famous Madame Tussauds Wax Museum

May 7, 2015

Recent Ebay sales & an experiment of not offering Best Offer on items under $35

May 7, 2015

Ebay Sales and why I love The Global Shipping Program

May 7, 2015
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5/7/15

Ebay Sales for the week April 26-May 2, 2015

Total Items in Store: 414
Items Sold: 24
Cost of Items Sold: $43.09
Total Sales: $584.79 (does not include shipping income)
Highest Price Sold: $64 – Mario Party 2 for N64 & Boy Scouts Monopoly $79.99 Amazon
Average Price Sold: $24.36
International Sales: 1 (1 GSP)
Returns: 1
Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $15
Number of items listed this week: 0

Love that my numbers are getting higher and higher. This week in addition to ebay, we sold an old antique train trunk on CL for $35 and the Boy Scouts Monopoly game on Amazon for $79.99. I only had this listed on Amazon and it’s been listed for about 2 years. Lots of sellers were selling theirs for much less, but I knew once they ran out, mine would sell. My COGS does include my shipping/fees for Amazon on the item sold, as well as $1.93 for shipping on a tie (the only thing that I have free shipping on).

Happy that things are still selling even though I didn’t list even 1 item last week.

Why I love The Global Shipping Program

Remember the Russian Nesting Dolls that I recently sold?  Well, the 2nd largest doll broke in shipment.

nesting dollsI was so bummed.  Especially since it was such a nice sale.  I immediately refunded the buyer her money.  I always do.  I don’t ask that they return the item first or anything like that.  I just do it.  At first I couldn’t remember if I had insured this item (priority mail comes with $100 insurance for top rated sellers (I think it TR and not power seller..not sure on that).  But if it was shipped parcel and I didn’t insure it, I’d be screwed.

Well, I went back and realized that this item went to Kentucky and that it was a Global Shipping item.  I remembered listening to a Scavenger Life podcast about this.  So I called ebay and they forwarded the info to the GSP folks.  There is no phone support, only email.  Well I got a message back from them that they will take care of everything and refund me my money!

Please be assured, if a buyer should receive a Global Shipping purchase damaged, you are not responsible for issuing a refund.  Items you ship using the Global Shipping Program are insured against loss or damage.  In such circumstances, we’ll have the buyer file a case on eBay or PayPal, and ensure they are refunded by the Global Shipping Program, rather than you.  Please keep this in mind for the future, should this happen again. 

 Since you have taken it upon yourself to provide the refund to your buyer, I have submitted a request to have you reimbursed by eBay for the full amount ($82.45).  Please allow up to 7 business days for the refund to be available in your PayPal account. 

 I appreciate the professional and proactive approach you took in this situation, to ensure your buyer was well cared for!   Thank you for your patience and cooperation. 

How great is that.  Anything that is shipped by the Global Shipping Program is taken care of by their department.  As long as it gets to them in one piece, you’re protected.  Love that!!!

Weirdbay

On this week’s edition of Weirdbay we have the mystery envelope.

mystery itemI thought this was really interesting.  I wonder what we’d receive if we bought one?  This could be really cute or really gross.  LOL

In other news

Hubby and I celebrated 19 years of marriage on Monday.  We went out on a date.  Ahhh..somewhere without the kids.  I felt like I was 16 again (when we started dating).  We just went out for a nice quiet dinner.  We rarely go out without our kids, but decided going forward that we would do so at least once a month.  We are still on a debt repayment plan and don’t want to spend money on unnecessary things, but our dates don’t have to cost anything at all.  The goal will be just to get away from our munchkins and focus on us!  🙂

And then…..my son’s ball python snake escaped his cage on Monday and we still haven’t been able to find him.  Where could he have gone??  My Mom and best friend refuse to come over until he’s found.

IMG_1304Has this ever happened to anyone else?  🙂

And how have sales been for you guys recently.  I’ve been really happy with mine.

18 comments

  1. I’m totally on your mom and friend’s side on this one. Yikes! I do not do snakes.

    Congrats on your anniversary! I’d be interested to hear what low-cost dates you come up with in the future. I’m guessing your kids must be old enough to be home on their own? Childcare is usually more expensive than the date for us. Sometimes we go out when my parents are in town, but then I feel guilty for being gone while they’re here visiting.

    Glad everything worked out with the GSP package. Looks like you had a really good week!

    1. Thanks Kari! We are lucky as the kids are older. Seems like I’ve waited forever for that. LOL My oldest is almost 16, then 13 and almost 10. So they are old enough to be left alone. We have never gone on date nights before or ever even went away for a couple of days without the kids. My inlaws live only 3 houses away from us, but they watched the kids a lot when they were younger. So it’s nice now that they are older and we can start doing more things by ourselves. If you have to pay for child-care, it can get expensive, that’s why we chose not to do it in the past.

      I was thinking about date ideas the other day. When we were dating and young, and had little money, it didn’t really matter what we did, as long as we were together. We’d go for rides, fishing together, hiking, just hanging out. Lot of things to do that cost little or no money.

  2. oh my goodness I would be sleeping in a hotel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    And yes TRS and up get $100, Above standard and below get the regular $50

  3. Looking at your numbers for the week makes me want to go list. I’m trying to take full advantage of the listing promo eBay just sent out. My sales have been low but I only have around 125 items in my store. My goal is to have everything I purchased/own listed by the end of May.

    1. Hi LaTusha, I like seeing other people’s numbers too. They also motivate me. So I’m glad it makes you want to go list! I don’t worry about listing promos as I have a store. It would take me quite a long time to list everything that I have. I have been collecting inventory for about 4 years and have quite a bit. I think I would be set to list for a long time, without having to buy new inventory. LOL Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Congratulations on your anniversary and getting a kid-free date! We’ve had pet snakes in the past. They, of course, look for dark small spots and warmth. Have you checked behind/under appliances?

    1. Thank you Marianne. We have checked under all appliances and such. I’m thinking that he went into our unfinished basement and really could be anywhere.

  5. Ah! that snake is crazy big. I’d be worried he’d think my toe was a snack. Maybe put the heat lamp in a corner and he might come by?

    And your sales are rocking. I just keep chipping away (plodding?) and working on listing more each week. I’d love to be at a steady state but I’m not there yet. I think 500 will be my target and then it’s just sticking around there with new inventory.

    1. We’ve had a heat lamp on since last Monday and nothing yet. LOL

      Yes, I’ve been really happy with my sales so far. Especially since I don’t offer free shipping. I still actually make more $ with my shipping discounts. So profit is usually quite a bit more. The shipping discounts for TRS are pretty awesome.

    1. Hi Anna, I do it the same way I do to ship here in the US. I use calculated shipping. I always weigh my items. And if they are non breakables, they usually go into a poly bag and I will add a few extra ounces for my calculated weight. When I am shipping breakables, I usually add 1-2 pounds for shipping material to the weight of my item. 99% of the time I will still make a little bit back on shipping with my Top Rated Seller shipping discount. The couple of times that I am off, it will only cost me a couple of bucks extra…and I more than make up for it with my TRS discount on other items. It works just the same for international. Ebay calculates it for you based on what weight you put in. I never use flat rate and I rarely offer free shipping.

      Hope that helps. Thanks for stopping by.

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