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July 21, 2013

Ebay Selling – Who Knew A Mug Could Go For So Much?

July 21, 2013

Ebay Selling – Recent Sales

July 21, 2013
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It’s been a while since I included a list of recent sales so here it goes:

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Accepted $25 best offer.  Love these types of best offers!  Bought at a garage sale last summer for $1.  Very light so it only cost about $2.50 to ship.

Accept bo of $18.  Bought these as Goodwill for $3.99.  These were sitting around for over a year so I was happy with this best offer.

I love buying mugs for resale and sell quite a bit of them.  It’s the first place I look when I’m at either a garage sale or thrift store.  The quirkier, the better!

This was actually a best offer that I accepted.  Original listing was for $26.99.  But the woman mistakenly used the BIN instead of the best offer I accepted.  So I cancelled the other transaction and put up this new listing for her.  It was $5.25 to ship in the flat rate bubble wrap.  I create a box that fits into it..otherwise it gets expensive to ship.  I had this sitting around for over a year too.  Paid $.49 at Goodwill.

Accepted bo of $18.25! 🙂  Paid $3.99 for it at Salvation Army.

Cookie jars…another item I am always on the lookout for.  Bought this for $2 at a garage sale.

Accepted bo of $10.  Purchased at Goodwill last October for $.99.  I probably only made about $5 on this, but it’s lightweight, easy to ship.  And $5 here and there adds up quickly.

Oh how I love me some ties.  Again, this is the 2nd place I check when I’m at thrifts.  I love novelty ties and have been pretty good with selling them.

Bought this for $1.49 at Goodwill.  Even though I had free shipping on this, the client paid for expedited shipping.  I always have that option on my listings.  So in this situation it cost me nothing for shipping.

I recently bought 55 ties at a Salvation Army.  And would have bought more, but some of them had some dirt or a little staining that I didn’t feel like dealing with.  Will post about it soon.

What’s been selling well for your guys recently?

 Linking up with The Penny Worthy Project and Thrifty Things Friday.


  1. This is fun to see what is selling and your great profits! I have some things I need to sell and this might be what I try! Thanks for linking to TTF this week. Oh and I’m a big fan of Dave Ramsey also!


    1. Hey Linda. You should definitely give it a try. A lot of people get started that way. It’s a great way to get rid of some unwanted stuff and make a little $ on the side. Thanks so much for stopping by! 🙂

  2. I found your site yesterday and am really enjoying it! Thanks for all the great insights!

    I have a few questions. I’ve started selling things we have (and things I find at the thrift store) on ebay. We are trying to pay down my husband’s law school debt asap so we can be debt free!

    When you sell the mugs, you said you create your own boxes and put them inside a flat rate bubble mailer? I’ve never seen a flat rate bubble mailer (just the card board envelopes, and the boxes). What size are they and did you find them at the Post Office?

    Also, I noticed that you always have free shipping on your listings. Have you found that having a higher price and including shipping is better than a lower price with the buyer paying shipping? Are there any other reasons why you do that? Do you always do BIN or do you ever do auctions? Why?


    1. Hi Stephanie, thank so much for stopping by. I’m glad you find the info insightful. I think there’s a wealth of knowledge out there and I hope that I can learn from others and that they can learn from me.

      Good for you about trying to get that debt paid off asap. Did you read my post about your $ being your employees? http://www.livelikenooneelse.com/your-dollars-are-your-employees-a-different-way-of-looking-at-your-money/

      If you haven’t go right now and read it..it should light a fire on your debt repayment plan!!!!

      Regarding the mugs..here’s what I use: https://store.usps.com/store/browse/uspsProductDetailMultiSkuDropDown.jsp?categoryNavIds=catGetMailingShippingSupplies%3asubcatMSS_PriorityMail&categoryNav=false&navAction=push&navCount=0&productId=P_EP14PE&categoryId=subcatMSS_PriorityMail. Wow..that’s a long link. I love them cause they are free and it has saved me on shipping many times.

      Regarding the shipping, I’ve read that the majority of people do like free shipping and I’m guessing they are smart enough to figure out we include it in the BIN price. I also know plenty of people who do charge shipping and still do great selling. Where it does help, however, is that if you are a top rated seller, like me, you receive 20% off the fees that ebay charges you. If you separate shipping, you only get 20% off the item price, not the sipping price..if it’s built in, you get the discount off the whole thing.

      Hope that helps! 🙂

      1. Thanks for the tips. I just ordered some flat rate bubble mailers! How exciting! That opens up a lot of possibilities of other things I could sell (and not pay a fortune to ship)! I also have an etsy shop, so they may come in useful there too!

        I did read your article (when I first found your blog) about your dollars being your workers! Very motivating!

        Thanks for explaining your reasoning behind offering free shipping. I may give that a try. I have a long way to go before I sell enough to qualify for Top Rated (it’s $1,000, right?). I’ve been at it for a month and am at about $150 now 🙂 But now I am excited to venture to areas of the thrift store I don’t usually look at! Thanks again for the tips!

        1. Hey Stephanie. Glad I could help. I made Top Rated Seller and Power Seller in under 6 months. So it’s definitely doable. I haven’t been as active this year so far, but will be starting back up like a crazy woman in about a month. Keep me posted how things are going for you guys!!!

      2. For the Bubble mailers from USPS will they ship anything that fits in them regardless of the shape it may take?

        Also another thing to look for is plush toys they sell well too. There is a company called Blabla they look a little like the sock monkey more colorful. They do well.

        1. Yes, it doesn’t matter what shape it is as long as it fits. My USPS is sometimes a stickler when it comes to using to much tape. But other places, it’s no big deal at all.

          Thanks so much for the tip on Blabla..never even heard of it. I do sell quite a bit of plush as it’s cheap to find and cheap to ship. I will check that out. Thank you!

    1. Hey Kimberly. I know, that was crazy. I had always been saying, “How come I never come across something that turns out to be an awesome flip?!” And then it happened to me!! LOL

      The more we’re out there looking, the luckier we become! 😉

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