The 3 Things I Always Look For At A Thrift To Resell On Ebay When I’m In A Hurry

April 18, 2015

Ebay Sales And Auction vs Buy It Now

April 18, 2015

Ebay Sales, Reaching 400 Items And How To Automatically Increase Your Selling Limits

April 18, 2015
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So I’ll start by listing last week’s Ebay Sales (4/5 – 4/11)

Total Sales:  $139.50
Items sold:  11
Average price sold:  $12.68
Highest price item:  5 Disc CD Changer
Cost of good sold:  $4.50

Last week was nothing to write home about, but I like to see the numbers.  A lot of the items that sold were free that my hubby scavenged.  And several of them were ones that I have tons of and I just keep relisting.  I’d rather relist than offer a large quantity as that helps with new listings (supposedly keeps you higher in search results), but I also want to create demand, don’t want people thinking there are many available.

I’m so excited, and I just cannot hide it (singing in my head). 

Last night I reached 400 items in my store.  I don’t recall how long it’s taken this part-time seller to get there, but at one point last year, I think I was at 87 items.  My goal is to get to 500 items soon.

400 listingsI wish all of those items were higher dollar items, but they aren’t.  And I’m totally okay with that.  I also have a lot of unlisted inventory from when I first started that may not bring in much money.  But I truly can’t bring myself to donate items if I know I can make a few bucks on them.  It really doesn’t take long to photograph and list items, I just have to do it.

How to automatically increase your selling limits on Ebay.

ebay selling limit increasedSo when I got to about 320 listings, I decided to upgrade my basic store subscription to the premium one.  I checked the Fee Illustrator and it was going to be cheaper for me now that my listings were increasing.  And as soon as I upgraded, I got the message above.  I’m not a new seller, but I did have to call Ebay once this year asking for a selling increase.  And then I got a an increase again simply by upgrading my store subscription.  That will save me a phone call once I hit 700 items.  🙂


I thought it’d be fun to list some weird things I’ve come across on Ebay.

tonailThis isn’t just weird…it’s just gross!!  So I’m thinking, why would this guy list this?  Maybe he’s trying to up his new listings?  LOL

I also came across this one:

ebay pic to followI was curious and did check back tomorrow.  This image was still on there.  LOL.  I don’t recall what they were trying to sell though. I saved this on my desktop a little while ago and forgot to post it and now don’t remember what it was.

So what’s happening on the Ebay front with you guys?


  1. Congratulations! Reaching milestones like that is huge. I wish I was better at scavenging free items. I’m just amazing at what Martin finds in the garbage. Would love to hear more about your husband’s scavenging.

    1. His company actually throws out a lot of stuff. And sometimes they ask if anyone wants to take stuff home. He’d take it all if he could, but them everyone’s like, why do you need that…or what are you going to do with it, etc. He brings home a lot of things, but most of it gets thrown out into the compactors. It’s disgusting!!

      1. It may be unrealistic but I feel like we could cure most of the worlds poverty and hunger with the amount of stuff we throw away. I’m glad he’s able to save some of it for you to sell or use!

      2. What if your husband told his coworkers he was going to take the stuff they were going to throw way somewhere to donate it? It is such a shame for functional items to just get thrown away,

        1. We’ve tried that. There was a time when they threw out hundreds of brand new T shirts. We brought home a lot of them, and gave some away. He mentioned to them to let him know when they’ll be throwing out the rest so that we can just take it and donate it to Salvation Army. They were gone the next day and into the compactors they went. It’s easier for them just to dump it..unfortunately.

          1. My sister in law is some kind of a shift manager or something at Walmart and once told us that they throw out a lot of stuff too. Somethings get marked down, but sometimes when they get new inventory, they HAVE TO just throw things out..can’t take them home or mark them down super low…otherwise they can get fired. It’s a sad reality.

          2. Jennifer, unfortunately, most of the stuff that is thrown out is destroyed first before it’s thrown out, or thrown into compactor trash bins that are not accessible. There are still some stores with regular trash bins, but not that many.

  2. I think that people use those “placeholder” pictures during free listing promotions. They want to create a listing while it’s free, and then give themselves time to post a picture/write a description. But if you’re going to say that you’ll update it tomorrow, you’d better update it tomorrow. 🙂

    1. Okay, so I just logged into Pinterest for maybe the third time ever because I was just wondering what you’ve been reading. We have a lot of books that overlap. Did you like the Delirium trilogy? I also enjoyed the Storied Life of AJ Fikry which I saw on your board, and I read The Longest Ride recently which was okay. (I really don’t care for Nicholas Sparks as an author but often enough like the movies that are made from them. Each time a new movie is released I can’t stop myself from reading the book first! I thought this one was better than some of his others.) Also, I’m about halfway through the original Freakonomics book right now. What’s the best book you’ve read recently? I’ll add it to my list. 🙂

      1. Thanks Kari!

        Yes, I did really enjoy the Delirium trilogy, but I was mad at the main character with hooking up with the new guy..LOL I’m the same way about the Nicholas Sparks books. I knew the movie was coming out so I had to read the book. But the notebook is still one of my favorite movies!! The “Think Like a Freak” book is awesome. They also have a podcast on their Freakonomics website. It is VERY interesting! Loved the book. Nothing really stands out as outstanding. One of my favorites from this year though were “A Proper Pursuit” and “Dark Unwinding”. They are both from like the late 1800s. I’m really digging historical novels right now. What about your faves this year?

        1. It’s been awhile since I’ve read historical fiction, I’ll have to look into those. I was just looking over the books I’ve read recently. I’ve read several by Lianne Moriarty. I may have mentioned her before. Her most well-known is The Husband’s Secret, but I’ve also read Big Little Lies, What Alice Forgot, and I’m almost done with Three Wishes. They’re all stand-alone books. I’ve enjoyed them all. I just finished Paper Towns by John Green. The movie is being released this summer. As a YA fan, if you haven’t read his books you should definitely look into him. He’s also the author of The Fault in Our Stars which I loved. If you’re a fan of The Princess Bride you should check out As You Wish by Cary Elwes. I really enjoyed it. I don’t remember seeing any thrillers on your board, but if that’s something you enjoy I read The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (getting a lot of buzz, called this year’s Gone Girl) and That Night by Chevy Stevens and enjoyed them both.

          Did you ever read Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks? I think that is the only one of his books that I’ve read that I can honestly say I really liked, and it’s because it was suspenseful and read more like a thriller.

          1. Ooh, I will have to check those out. Thanks for the recommendations. I’ve also been doing quite a bit of non-fiction reading/listening.

            I saw the Gone Girl movie recently and really enjoyed it too. So I think I’ll check out the Girl on the Train first.

  3. Nice! I want to hit the 500 number too. Currently at 292. I’m still listing 15 items per week, but selling ~5-10 so I’m slowly gaining! I also count Amazon listings towards my weekly goal but don’t add that to my whole numbers, so it’s even a little bit slower.

    I don’t know why but the big round numbers just seem so nice!

    1. Now that I’m at 400, I’m seeing a pretty nice jump in sales. I’m anxious to get to that 500. But I’m back under 400 since things are selling. But the more I list, the more I sell and the more excited I am to list more!! 🙂

  4. Congrats Margaret on reaching 400!! I know it took a lot of hard work and sacrifice so I hope you take a quick moment (if that’s possible) to look back and appreciate the journey and how far you’ve come 🙂

    And thanks for sharing the toenail listing. In a weird way, that’s what I love about eBay. Not the toe nail per se, but the fact that you have the ability to list just about anything on the site and at least give yourself the chance to sell the item. You may not sell it, but all we can ask for is a chance. Who knows, someone may actually buy that toe nail…but for sanitary reasons I hope no one does lol

    Congrats again Margaret on all your success. Looking forward to you next milestone!!


    1. Thanks Meinard! But I enjoyed the journey. Really love this business. It’s a love of fun,

      Glad you like the toenail clipping. I thought it was hilarious! 😉

  5. 400 is awesome. You should be singing about that! I thought I would get to 300 this week, but I couldn’t get much listed yet this week. I’m around 280. Like you I wish they were all higher dollar items but they are not. I just sold some things today that have been hanging around for months, maybe even a year, so that feels good. Keep up the good work!

    1. Thanks for stopping by Joan. Last week was a much better week. I will hopefully post that shortly. And I know, life gets in the way of listing sometimes. It’s not easy to get those numbers up as the higher you go, the more sells. But I’m anxious! 🙂

  6. Thanks for stopping by Joan. Last week was a much better week. I will hopefully post that shortly. And I know, life gets in the way of listing sometimes. It’s not easy to get those numbers up as the higher you go, the more sells. But I’m anxious! 🙂

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