My second grader is going through a huge Roald Dahl phase right now (reading a bunch of Dahl’s books and several biographies on Dahl), and this morning at breakfast he was trying to list as many Roald Dahl books as he could remember off the top of his head. He mentioned Gremlins, and asked if it was one I had read as a kid. Uhhhh, Gremlins? I’ve heard of the movie of course, but never a Roald Dahl book with that title. So, I looked it up, and whaddyaknow, he knew exactly what he was talking about. Not only is there a Roald Dahl book with that title, it can be worth quite a bit of money! The selling amount of course varies depending on edition. Check out eBay completeds and current listings on Amazon. Definitely going on my BOLO list!
Another BOLO to pass on, this one comes from a comment left by Diana. (Diana, if you have a blog please let me know in the comments, I’d love to link to it.)
Value Tales books! A series I had never even heard of before.
They are no joke – check out completeds HERE.
I hope everyone finds these BOLOs helpful. I’ve been trying to share at least one a week, sometimes more depending what I stumble across in my research. I’ve learned so much by reading blogs over the past couple years that I am always happy for the opportunity to pay it forward. AND I’m hoping that by blogging about some of these finds that they’ll stick in my brain a little better if and when I come across one.
Thanks again Diana for the tip!
My oldest is in first grade, and I’ve volunteered to catalog all of the books in his classroom library. It’s a big project, and I’ve been working on it off and on for a couple months. Today I came across a nice set of hardcover Great Illustrated Classics. They looked brand new and pretty all lined up next to each other. Of course my brain made the jump to eBay, and I had to look and see if they were worth anything if I was to find some in the wild. It looks like if you find a bunch at a decent price and they are in good condition, they could be worth picking up! See completeds HERE.
Also worth mentioning are Little House on the Prairie book lots. If you find the whole set at a low price they can be a good flip. See completeds HERE.
Do you have a book series you’re always on the lookout for or have had good luck flipping? Please share!
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Here’s a BOLO for all the book sellers out there. Charlie Sifford was the first African-American to play on the PGA Tour. He passed away this month at the age of 92. He wrote a book about this life called Just Let Me Play: The Story of Charlie Sifford. As I type this the lowest price on his book on Amazon is $500, and on eBay they have gone as high as $250. One to keep an eye out for!
I took the Bonanza plunge a little over a month ago. It didn’t take long to set up my account, and I allowed the account to pull all of my listing info from eBay. (I currently have over 1000 active listings on eBay.) I have a basic, non-subscription Bonanza account. I haven’t done any Bonanza-site-specific listing, nor do I plan to. My understanding is that Bonanza syncs its info with what I have listed on eBay once every day or two, new listings being added to Bonanza, expired/sold listings being removed. I’m not worried about double selling an item. I’ve sold five items on Bonanza so far, and I’ve been quick to remove each listing from eBay, but I don’t worry about removing eBay sales from Bonanza. If by chance I were to double sell an item I would ship it to the eBay buyer, and figure out how to cancel the transaction on Bonanza.
Below you will find the five items I’ve sold on Bonanza so far. My prices were close to but not exactly what is listed below. Bonanza encourages (forces?) sellers to offer at least a small discount off eBay prices, as a trade-off for their lower fees.
|Pumpkin Carving Book
Paid: $0.25 @ post-Halloween clearance last year, Sold: $10
|NWT Disney Finding Nemo Turtle Plush
Paid: $0.25 @ ys, Sold: $10
|NWT Little Miss Scary Suction Cup Plush
Paid: $1 @ rummage sale, Sold: $20
|NWT Finnegan King of the Leprechauns plush
Paid: $4 @ consignment store, Sold: $30
|Historic San Francisco Monopoly
Paid: $3 @ ys, Sold: $50
If you also sell on Bonanza, I’d love to know how long you’ve been selling there, approx. how many items you may have sold, and what kinds of items the sales have been. Inquiring minds want to know!
Well, I fell short of my listing goal in September. So what does that mean for October? Set an even bigger goal, of course! I am not where I’d like to be sales-wise, but I have high hopes for the fourth quarter. Of course, to sell things they need to be listed, and I have a lot of unlisted inventory languishing in my storage room. So, I am setting a goal of 200 new listings for October. I’ve never accomplished that many in one month before. Maybe this time?
Halloween items are flying out the door, which I love. It’s taken over the second spot in my store’s top performing categories (behind plush). I had over 100 sales in September, and right around 20% were Halloween related, be it costumes, clothing, decor, etc. Fun, fun, fun. But, I am saving those for a different post. Below you will find a handful of my other September sales, along with the varied times it took for each item to sell.
|Vintage Memory Game – Complete
Paid: $0.99 @ Value Village, Sold: $24.95 (2 months later)
This is the second copy of this game I have sold.
|Baby Einstein Book Lot
Paid: $2ish, Sold: $19.95 (3 days later)
|NEW Winnie the Pooh Twin Flannel Sheet Set
Paid: $5 @ church rummage sale, Sold: $49.95 (4 months later)
|Minnie Mouse Fanny Pack
Paid: $0.75 @ ys, Sold: $19.95 (1 month later)
Paid: $0.25 @ ys, Sold: $24.95 (1 month later)
|Firetruck Sweater, Size 2T
Paid: $0.50ish @ ys, Sold: $24.95 (6 months later)
|Duck Metal Watering Can
Paid: $3.50ish on clearance last summer, BO Accepted: $38.55 (1 year later)
So, obviously not everything was a quick flip. But I still think *almost* everything will sell eventually!
Oh, summer, how I love you. Yard sales, blueberries, Big Brother. And yet, the days are slipping by in a jumble of park play dates and soccer and swimming lessons, and I am not accomplishing anywhere near what I think I should. Is it just me, or is it just life?
I made my listing goal for July, though! It was a low listing goal, and I made it with only two hours to spare, but I still consider it a win. July was decent to me sales-wise. I had sales every day, and even had one double-digit (just 10, but it counts!) sales day. This month I am going to bump up my goal a bit, but not too far. We’ve got a lot of family fun planned for this month, so I know things are going to be a bit hectic.
|Phoenix Folkmanis Puppet
Paid: $2 @ ys; Sold: $44.95 (second month listed)
|Janie & Jack 2T/3T Jacket
Paid: $3 @ consignment sale; Sold: $24.95 (third month listed)
|Classic Pooh Plush Lot
Paid: $3 @ ys, Sold: $27.95 (2 days later)
|James Jeans Maternity Jeans
Paid: $1 @ sale; Sold: $24.95 (7 days later)
|Left Behind Paperback Book Lot
Paid: $5 @ ys; Sold: $44.95 (30 days later)
Last Saturday I went to a local sale of kids’ items. It’s not a consignment sale – people can rent a space in a school gym and sell their own things. It’s like a bunch of small kid-themed yard sales. It happens twice a year, and just runs for four hours on a Saturday morning. It used to be THE sale around here. But now two big consignment sales also operate in my town, and I think most of the sellers have switched over. The gym used to be crammed with booths, but now it seems half empty. I like the organization of consignment sales, but really like the yard sale/treasure hunt aspect of the booths at this sale.
Even with a significant decrease in sellers, I still had pretty good luck, including finding the following book lot.
|Paid: $0.25/ea for 28 books (entire alphabet + 2 extras)
Sold: $59.95 less than 1 day later
AlphaPets is a series with a book about a different animal representing each letter. I looked up the series on my phone quickly and it looked like it sold fairly well, so at a quarter apiece I thought I’d give it a whirl. I was really happy when I got home and discovered the set was complete. There weren’t any other complete sets listed when I listed mine last night, so I probably could have gotten a bit more, but I was hoping for a quick flip, so I went with the price that the set seemed to sell at consistently. And a quick flip it was – the lot sold in less than a day!
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Uggghh. I try not to complain *too much*, but geez, April was awful. My worst sales month since January 2013. I had about 2/3 of the sales that I had last month. I know eBay can be a bit of a mystery at times, but my listings are at an all-time high, and I listed pretty consistently all month long. I have a bit of everything in my store, at a range of prices. Why the crummy sales? Okay, okay, pity party is over.
It was rainy here last weekend so I didn’t get in any yard saling in, and the weekend before I went to four sales. All four had a plethora of clothing for 25-50 cents, so I picked up quite a bit, and I’ve been listing it for two weeks now. I’ve liked branching out into selling clothes, they sell pretty consistently, easy to store, ship, etc, but they really are a grind to list. Not much fun at all. Thankfully, a few have sold pretty quickly.
|Nike Women’s Athletic Pants
Paid: $0.25 @ ys, Sold: $17.95 (1 day later)
|Lynyrd Skynyrd Women’s Shirt
Paid: $0.25, Sold: $19.95 (5 days later)
|Columbia Men’s Convertible Pants/Shorts
Paid: $2 @ rummage sale, Sold: $24.95 (7 days later)
|Silver Walkstar FitFlops, Size 6
Paid: $2.80 @ VV, Sold: $39.95 + shipping to Canada (4 days later)
I bought another pair of FitFlops at VV at the same time I bought the above pair, got them home, and realized even though they appear identical, they are actually two different sizes. Darn it. I’ve heard of people listing shoes as replacements or for amputees, so I went ahead and did that. No bites yet, though.
|BABW Aladdin Lamp
Paid: $2.10 for bag of accessories @ VV, Sold (just lamp): $9.95 (2 days later)
|5 I Spy Hardcover Books
Paid: $1.25 total at rummage sale, Sold: $19.95 (3 days later)
I fell 22 listings short of my listing goal for April. I really thought I was going to make it, and then last weekend I came down with a miserable although short-lived flu bug. And then my youngest got it. Sometimes life just happens, huh? I am going to shoot for 150 new listings again in May.
In a couple weeks the consignment sale I like best that I usually participate in is happening. I still haven’t registered. I keep waffling on whether or not to consign. It’s kind of a time suck without a big payoff.
And, confession time, although I did quite a bit of Amazon related reading, I didn’t send anything in to FBA. Fail. There’s always this month though, right?
with myself! Argh.
I have around 50 books listed on half.com. I pretty much just list them and forget them, until they sell. I probably sell around 3 per month. Not big money, but I’m happy to take it anyway.
A few months ago I sold a book, logged into my account to ship it and discovered – I had sold a different book a couple weeks before. And never saw the e-mail. And now the book was quite overdue in being shipped. Noooooo! I immediately prepped the book for shipping, sent an e-mail with my profuse apologies, and refunded her money. We traded e-mails that went something like this:
Me: I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry, the book is in the mail, and here’s your money back.
Her: Wait. You refunded my money AND sent the book?
Her: Wow. Thanks!
Phew! Potential bullet dodged.
Ever since then I’ve tried to log into my half.com account every week or so, just to make sure something like that didn’t happen again. So today I logged into my account just to check, and what did I see? I sold a book! On . . . . November 1st. And it should have been shipped by the 6th. Noooooo! Again? Really?
The book is now prepped. I am making an extra trip to the PO this afternoon to get it in the mail. It’s being sent to a teacher at a school. I hope she didn’t need it for a specific project, like, last week. I feel awful. And the harder part about this one is that it was purchased by an intermediary buyer. This group/business makes up about 90% of my half.com sales. I e-mailed a profuse apology and offered a refund, but it’s a bit awkward since I can’t e-mail the teacher directly to apologize, or send her the refund. I am already mad at myself, but I will be even more mad if this ends up with a negative. Because I’d kinda deserve it . . . and yet, it was so totally by accident.
Maybe I should set up a separate e-mail account just for eBay, so the e-mails wouldn’t get lost amongst everything else? I’d just have to remember to check it. Sigh.