I will start off with my sales for the week of Feb 22 – 28
Total Items in Store: 337
Items Sold: 12
Cost of Items Sold: $23
Total Sales: $279.92
Highest Price Sold: $39.99 (set of 2 video head cleaners)
Average Price Sold: $23.32
International Sales: 1
Returns: 1 Partial (actually a half refund on a salt/shaker set. The salt shaker was broken)
Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $0
I’ve been very happy with my numbers recently. I’ve been listing more consistently and it’s been paying off. (Well I should say more consistently than last year, however, I have not listed in a couple of weeks).
To Separate A Set Or Not
So a couple of weeks ago I went to an estate sale and bought a cute vintage handpainted kitchen canister set.
Maybe an hour after I listed this I received an email from a buyer asking if I would consider separating the salt & pepper shakers from the set, and if so, what I wanted for them.
Well, I was unsure if I should or not. I had this set listed for $99. I’ve seen the individual canisters sell for about $22 each. I figured why not, but then didn’t know what to ask for them. I thought I might ask $24.99 for them. But then I figured I would ask them what they are willing to pay for them and that would determine whether or not I would separate them.
I’m glad I didn’t give them a price. They messaged me back saying that would pay $35 plus shipping for the salt & pepper shakers. DEAL! I’m glad that when I took these photos, I photographed them all together, just the four large ones and the S&P shakers separately. It was easy enough to do and relist them. They bought them right away. I was happy as I left the large canisters still at $99 or BO. I only paid $12 bucks for the whole set.
Sometimes my brain doesn’t work.
So I shipped these out and a few days later get a message from the buyer and the attached photo:
The salt shaker broke. I thought I did a good job packing these and was confident they’d be okay. However, I failed to write FRAGILE on the package. (I’ve since ordered the stickers…instead of writing it with a marker..now only to remember to put them on.) Grrr.
I asked them if they wanted to return them for a full refund or keep the one and get a half refund. They chose a 1/2 refund so I still made $17.50 on this transaction.
Google Translate for your Ebay business.
I’ve been using the Global Shipping Program and really like it. I recently sold some VHS Video Head Cleaners to a buyer in Germany and received feedback from the buyer. It was positive, but I had no idea what he wrote. I’ve sold many items internationally and most buyers do speak some English and usually leave English feedback.
But this time I had to consult with my trusty Google Translate. Here’s what he wrote:
Glad they made it to Germany ok. Thank you GSP!
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