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July 27, 2012

This week’s Ebay sales

July 27, 2012
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This week’s Ebay sales have been a bit slow.  I’ve only sold 4 things this week.  Last week was pretty good with 10 sales.

Here are the items that I’ve sold:

I originally listed this at $59.99, but accepted Best Offer of $39.99 plus shipping.  I have so much inventory that I’m happy to move things along.  Still happy with the sale as I only paid $3.59 for it.

This gorgeous Ann Taylor sweater was listed at $26.99, I accepted a Best Offer of $20 plus shipping.  My cost: $3.09.

I wasn’t sure if this shirt would sell as it didn’t have a size tag or brand.  It sold rather quickly.  I accepted a Best Offer of $9.99 plus shipping.  My cost:  $2.99.

I accepted this Blouse at Best Offer of $12.99 plus shipping.  My cost:  $3.99.

I use the Best Offer option on a lot of things.  But you’d be surprised at how many people just purchase at Buy It Now.  Most of the time I list items at a much higher price than I would accept a Best Offer on.  So if someone purchases it at asking price..that’s just icing on the cake.

My goal when I list an item is to make at least a $10 profit.  Once you do your research and learn what to buy, you’ll be able to identify merchandise that will give you a much greater profit.  But I try not to list/buy anything if I won’t at least make $10 profit. I’ve certainly learned a lot and there are certain things that I have in inventory that I just want to sell and at least make a little bit of a profit, instead of turning it around and re-donating.

How have your Ebay sales been lately?

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  1. I’ve never sold anything on Ebay…but this seems great! Especially for those big thrifters who always seem to come across some great finds at the thrift store!

    1. Hi April, the reason I started selling on Ebay was because it didn’t take any more time for me to pick up some great stuff to resell while I was shopping for myself. It’s actually become a 2nd business for me. 🙂

  2. Just stumbled on your blog from GNOWFGLINS Simple Lives Thursday … I love seeing what you’re selling on Ebay. Without giving away too many of your trade secrets – can you suggest how to start researching this? I have been interested in it for a couple of years and am an avid garage-saler and thrift store shopper. Now, with the hubby out of work I think we ought to take it to the next level … just not really sure how to start. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks!!

      1. Yes, I do know what they are. We have sold quite a few items on Ebay over the years (stuff from our house). Just curious if there was a way to know what’s hot and what’s not and if I should be keeping my eye out for anything while thrifting. Thanks!

        1. Hi Elaine,

          A lot of folks start with first purging and selling their personal things like you. For me, it was that I love to thrift shop and figured that if I found a few things to sell while I was already there, it could pay the cost of my shopping.

          So everything I sell, it’s what I’m familiar with. I’m familiar with high end women’s clothing, children’s toys and vintage items. Then what I do is just take some time to search what these specific items are going for and try to price them at the higher price points.

          I’ve spent tons of time researching things and learning. I don’t watch much TV, I’d rather learn something.

          If I were you I would start with what you enjoy or are familiar with. When I’m researching completeds, I’ll find a certain buyer who sells what I’m selling and then will pull up the specific buyer completeds and look to see what they are selling and for how much. I really don’t care about low priced things. I always check out the higher priced things and then keep a file of things I’ve researched and skim through it before I go thrifting.

          Sometimes you’ll happen upon something that you thing is awesome, well if you think so, I’m sure there is someone out there that does as well.

          I’m lucky that my hubby likes to thrift too and he picks up things that I never would, but he is familiar with things that I am not.

          This seems to work for me. Hope that helps! 🙂

          1. I also forgot to mention that I love garage sales as you get buy your inventory for much cheaper than at a thrift store..but unless it’s like a church rummage or neighborhood sale, I don’t like doing to much driving. I use a combination of both garage sales and the thrift store.

  3. Thanks so much for taking the time to answer! We have quite a few things in common … love thrifting and garage sales, don’t watch tv, love to learn something new, hubbys love to thrift with us 🙂 This is excellent info and helps me to better understand how to research. Actually, I’ve done quite a bit of that kind of research b/c I’ve sold quite a few of our used home school books. I just didn’t realize what I was doing! So, it gives me a bit of confidence to go a little further and expand what I’ve already been doing. Thanks again~
    p.s. any opinions on FBA vs. Ebay?

    1. Ha..we sure do! You are right on track. I’ve thought about FBA, but haven’t yet delved into it. You really need new inventory for it, unless they are books. It is something that I might start doing this year. Right now, I have ton’s of ebay inventory that needs to be photographed and listed. 🙂

  4. Sorry if I’m taking up too much of your time and/or asking questions you’ve addressed somewhere on your blog (I haven’t gotten to everything .. yet!) I was curious what apps you use and how you make purchasing decisions once you gotten info from the apps. That’s something I find myself questioning over and over as I read blogs, e-books, etc. — someone might mention an app but I don’t know how to interpret the results. Thanks so much!!

    1. You’re very welcome. The only apps that I use are the Ebay app..I have notifications set up when I sell something or receive an offer. It also helps if I’m every out and want to look at completeds when I’m on the go. I also have the Amazon app so that I can look up a specific book when I’m out.

      I don’t have any other apps other than those. Sometimes you come across something that you are iffy about..and it helps to look it up. Most of my inventory is purchased based on my computer research and gut feelings…I normally feel uncomfortable looking things up when I’m at a store.

      Hope that helps! 🙂

  5. yes! that is very helpful. I think I’ve got a tendency to over-complicate things so it’s it wonderful how simple and easy you’ve kept this! Thanks so much for all of your help!!

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