You are the sum total of everything you’ve ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot – it’s all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive. ~Maya Angelou
I love reading other blogs to learn everything I can about the Ebay business. The post today will feature some things that I’ve learned recently and applied to my online store.
A couple of weeks ago there was a toy consignment sale at a local school. Hubby and I left the kids home and took off for the sale early in the morning (ages almost 15, 12 and 8 – we’ve just recently started letting them stay home by themselves – so nice).
I do wish I had Becky from Treasures In Thrifting Land with me so that I could observe her. She’s the queen of kids’ toys. We spent $42 and bought a whole bunch of cool stuff. Here are a couple of things that have already sold from that sale:
I paid $7 for these wood puzzles (which I have already read somewhere that they sell pretty well). I accepted a bo of $25 plus shipping.
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The shipping on these PVC figurines was under $3. These actually sold to a buyer that lives really close by. I also have listed Snow White and the 7 dwarfs. I paid $3 for each of these sets. But I left behind a whole bunch of others, there was also Nemo. But I didn’t buy more because I thought they did well, but wasn’t exactly sure and I had really bad internet connection and couldn’t look them up. Should’ve bought them as they do better than these. I may have read about these on Becky’s blog, or someone else’s and I’m sorry that I don’t recall where, but thank you for the tip. Just make sure that you include Cake Topper in your description (very important).
I’ve also started watching Gilldaddy on Youtube. They sell mostly electronics. This is the kind of stuff that my hubby is more likely to look for at thrift store. We picked up 3 CD Changers in the last couple of weeks. Here’s one that sold a couple of days ago:
I accepted a best offer of $29.99 plus shipping. We paid $3.99 for this one. They all range between $3.99 – $5. It is important to test these though to make sure they work. We plug them in at the thrift store, but unless you bring CDs with you (which I think I will keep in my purse from now on). You can’t fully test them, however. You’d also need to hook up some speakers to make sure the audio works. We took a chance and two of them work perfectly. One wasn’t working, but we can still sell it for parts for around $20. I actually sold the other one too (was going to Israel), but then the buyer asked to cancel that he had made a mistake (maybe shipping was too much as it was almost $100 shipping).
Thanks to Gilldaddy and his videos, we also picked up an aquatic filter for $4 that we will probably make about $40 just parting it out. Replacement parts are awesome! I just wrote about it HERE. Hubby actually bought it for himself, but we always check completeds first and he decided to sell it.
I was reading Kari’s blog recently and noticed that she had sold a Pot Holder and it got me thinking. I had a brand new Pampered Chef pot holder in a Goodwill Donation pile in my basement and decided to do a little research on it. I had bought this thing probably 15 years ago and never used it. It came with oven mits that I did use though. I was cleaning out my kitchen cabinets when I found it. Can’t believe I almost gave it away. It sold within a month for full asking price. It was under $3 shipping. Thanks Kari!!!
The first day after I had it listed I did get a lowball offer of $5. $5 really?? With free shipping? I try not to get mad..really I do. LOL I’m starting to do automatic decline offers now too. Do I really need to get my blood boiling because of silly buyers?!
Good ‘Till Cancelled Fixed Price Duration – is what I had for all of my listings (which I learned from The Danni App a long time ago), but read somewhere that if you don’t cancel that and change to 30 days or whatever, these listings become stale and don’t really show up in search results. There is a lot of conflicting info, but I went ahead and cancelled all of my listings and relisted them using “Sell Similar”. It sure worked for me, the first day after I did this, I received 4 best offers and hadn’t had much traffic at all prior to that. Anyone else find this to be true?
So what have you guys learned recently that you’ve implemented into your Ebay selling business?