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Selling on Ebay – Learning From Other Sellers

April 3, 2014
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4/3/14

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?

 

 

12 comments

  1. dont feel bad for nemo. I bought a set 2 years ago for .50 at a yard sale. it was a set of 8-10 including obscure characters. I sold 3 days ago for 4.00….so you didnt miss anything there 😀

    1. Interesting. When I was looking up completeds, some were going as high as $25. Did you sell at auction, BIN or accept a best offer. Do tell! I always price mine high. There is a perceived value with higher priced items.

      1. i had it up for 19.99+ shipping or B/O(i rarely do free shipping because if someone decides something doesnt fit i can not refund original shipping and cut my losses) after about a year and a half i marked it down to 65% off and accepted a B/O of 4.00. Figured it wasnt doing much sitting around. I have a few dozen things I marked 65% off and took a B/O on almost all of them (just because they were destined for the thrift store at this point) It seems there is no rhyme or reason what you can sell for 100.00 i cant give away and the other way around :O

        1. I guess at least you are recouping a bit of your cost. I know that I have some really old unlisted inventory that I don’t think I would pick up now and am debating if I should maybe sell it low and recoup some of the cost or get rid of it and redonate it. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting! 🙂

  2. Awesome sale on the potholder – yay! I also love selling the PVC toys. They can be a great flip, especially when you find them in a big lot and can piece them out.

    I’ve also stopped using GTC in favor of “sell as similar” (which can be a huge time suck, relisting items) with the exception of listings where I have multiples of the same item. I’ve heard that each time when you sell an item from a listing like that it boosts you higher in the ranking, and I’ve really found that to be true. After the first item sells it seems like it is not long until the second and then the third sells and it just snowballs until everything has flown off the shelf.

  3. I enjoy frequenting blogs for more ideas of what to sale. Another good tool for research is looking through estate sale listings — or just observing things at an estate sale themselves. For example, I recently went to an estate sale where I believe the previous owner was a cook. As I researched a lot of things that caught my eye, I found out that simple things like vintage meat thermometers and stainless steel measuring items sell very well on eBay and you can find them in abundance at thrift stores! 🙂

    1. Hi Yolanda. For some reason, I never pay much attention to estate sales. I’ve gone to a few and they were filled with what seemed just like old junk..LOL. I love church sales, thrift stores and garage sales. But I keep telling myself that I need to go check out some estate sales. I’m just not yet drawn to them for some reason.

      I love your blog too. I just read today’s post. Nice flip on that oven! Glad to see FBA working for you. Another thing that I would like to try in the near future.

      Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  4. I have learned a ton from other peoples blogs. I keep a list of them on the sidebar of my own blog which makes it really easy for me to see when they have left a new blogpost. I also learn a lot from reading the comments sections of blogs as well. Nice sale on the PC potholder. I was amazed to see how much it sold for.

    1. Yeah, I was pretty amazed after looking at the completeds too. Almost threw away (well donated) $35. People LOVE Pampered Chef. I used to be one of them. Well, I still love Pampered Chef. Just haven’t bought anything in years as I have more than I know what to do with. In Feb. I sold a cheesecake pan spring form that I bought for my hubby years ago and it sat in the box never used for $30.99. I have a few more things that are still brand new that I might want to part with. 🙂

  5. Awesome! I love the range of items that you’re selling. It just goes to show that there are literally deals everywhere, you just need to know what to look for. I’m also not a fan of the Good ’til Cancelled option. In my experience, manually re-listing an item after an auction ends (or ending an auction early so you can re-list it) seems to work better. Congrats again on your recent sales!

    Meinard

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