Does anyone have any experience in this arena? Is there an “accepted” split that is generally followed? If anyone has any thoughts on the subject I would love to hear them!
Better late than never, right? My “distractions” project is keeping me REALLY busy!
This last week was decent, sales-wise. I had 15 sales (from 122), so I reached my 10% goal again. I also surpassed my $150 weekly goal. This is what I sold:
|Sold 1/11/12: $13.99 – shipping|
Small Woody and Jessie talking plush dolls. I’m pretty sure I picked them up on Jan 9th – I think they cost $2.24 for three of them. There were two Woodys – I’ve got the second one listed right now.
|Sold 1/14/12: $14.99 – shipping|
|Sold 1/16/12: $14.99 – shipping|
Bob the Builder – Birthday Scoop. I don’t remember when or where I picked him up, but I would guess that I didn’t pay more than a quarter for it. Pulled it out of one of my son’s toy bins recently.
|Sold 1/18/12: $15.99 – shipping|
EB Rabbit! He is from the movie Hop. I haven’t seen this movie yet, but I knew quickly that this guy was going to be a winner. He actually didn’t sell the first week that I had him listed, but he had enough hits and watchers that I felt confident that he would eventually sell at the price I wanted.
|Sold 1/19/12: $29.99 – shipping|
I sold quite a few items at “auction” this week. The way that I (have pretty much always) run my auctions is that I start with the minimum price that I am willing to accept, and then I will include a slightly higher BIN price too if adding BIN is also free.
I came across these jungle Caltoy puppets at a consignment store a week or two ago, and fell in love with them. They are super cute and looked brand new. They were $8 total, which was kind of spendy for me, but I decided to buy them anyway. I’ve had good luck selling puppets recently so I decided I would list them, but was secretly hoping they wouldn’t sell. They’re so darn cute! Well, they sold the first week, of course.
|Sold 1/16/12: $26.99 – shipping|
|Sold 1/19/12: $19.99 – shipping|
Vintage Fisher Price Little People. I talked about buying these on my very first Value Village thrifting-for-eBay-excursion way back in August. They finally sold. I didn’t lose money on them, but I think I made less than $5. Oh well, live and learn. Was glad to see them go.
|Sold 1/19/12: $9.99 – shipping|
Sodor Mining Company. I talked about buying a bunch of wooden Thomas accessories in my first ever blog post way back in July. I bought seven different pieces for $20 total. I had been holding on to them to give to my oldest, but when I pulled them out at Christmastime both my husband I am thought: meh. They’re nice, but really, the kid has enough train toys. To eBay they shall go!
|Sold 1/19/12: $39.99 – shipping|
Winnie the Pooh silverware and chopsticks set. I am almost certain this was a hand-me-down from my brother’s family. Our oldest already has a Thomas set, so I thought we could part with Pooh.
|Sold 1/19/12: $11.99 – shipping|
Star Wars lunch box. This was kind of a mistake on my part. During a pre-Christmas sale, Woot had these lunchboxes on sale for $5 each. What a deal! I thought. I bought three for just under $20 total, including shipping. This is the second one that I have sold. While I won’t lose money on them, I do think that after the initial cost, fees, and shipping costs are factored in, they fall into the ‘not really worth the time and effort spent’ category.
|Sold 1/19/12: $18.99 – shipping|
Really? Random. I originally listed it before Halloween, and have been relisting with a bunch of other items on freebie days. I actually found a cute Halloween hat with some baby clothes last week that I was planning to list with it the next time around – oh well.
|Sold 1/19/12: $7.99 – shipping|
I also came across these two Disney outfits when I was going through a big batch of outgrown baby clothes. Thought they might be eBay worthy.
|Sold 1/19/12: $13.99 – shipping – not yet paid for|
Infantino Hip Rider. This was something I picked up at a yard sale for $3 thinking I might use it. Quickly realized I never actually would.
|Sold 1/19/12: $16.99 – shipping – not yet paid for|
BUT . . . eBay will suffer for it. Most of my auction listings will end tomorrow. I won’t have time to list new items. I’m on a deadline now. The rest of January will sadly be a loss on the eBay front . . . and yet, it will still result in a tidy paycheck in my pocket.
Oh, yes. I took full advantage of yesterday’s free listing day, and now have 122 items listed! It’s the first time I have surpassed the 100-items-listed mark. Hooray. Around 12 new listings, and around 90 items I’ve re-listed, in addition to the listings I already had running. Yesterday was one of those days where everything was just clicking along. Here’s hoping the effort turns into sales!
I’m still planning to open an eBay store. I’ve been struggling to come up with a name. I enlisted my husband’s help a couple days ago, but apparently I dismissed his first few suggestions a little too quickly, because before long he was a little miffed and told me I was on my own to think one up. On one hand I kind of think the store name doesn’t matter much (as a shopper I don’t pay attention to them), but on the other hand if it’s something I am going to be stuck with I want to like it. I was mulling it over again last night during dinner and came up with “Treasures To Travel.” I like it more than anything else I’ve come up with. Because I have treasures that will travel to the buyers, AND if I sell enough treasures it will fund my own traveling! So, that’s where I’m at right now.
Today’s a weird day at our house. My 4-year-old seemed off all morning. We went to a playgroup this morning, and I carried him into the house when we got home (which I never do). I thought maybe he was just tired and took him straight to his bed and sat him down, where he promptly started puking. Awesome. He’s half asleep on the couch right now while his his bedding is in the dryer. Hoping to get a few more things listed today, but we’ll see how it goes.
Hi, I just wanted to drop you a line and let you know that BAMM BAMM is an awesome item to sell, I sell these as often as I can find them and mine, especially NWT go for $39.99 EASILY. Also, I ss that you’re spelling his name Bam Bam, it’s BAMM BAMM, that might help your item sell and be found easier. Best of luck!
It’s a reader tip, and also a seller warning! I had listed a NWT Bamm Bamm at BIN $19.99. Apparently if someone had actually been able to find him, this would have been quite the deal!
Sooo, it’s only ten days into the year and I am already way behind on my monetary goal. Why, you ask? The short answer is: I have almost nothing listed! Because I’ve been relying so heavily on the free Tuesday listings. I know, I know. Time to open a store. And I’m going to. As soon as I come up with a decent name. I can’t think of anything!
|Sold 1/4/12: $19.99 – shipping|
|Sold 1/9/12: $24.99 + shipping|
Yup, that’s it. I have around 90 items that could easily be re-listed, and a bunch more that have yet to be listed. I feel like this last week has been completely wasted. Time to get busy. And to think of a name for a store!
I have almost nothing listed. Waah, waah. I need to suck it up and open a store already. But, one thing did sell today. A (vintage?) Cat in the Hat twin flat sheet. Tomorrow it will be on its way to New Zealand.
|Cat in the Hat twin flat sheet (paid $2.49): $24.99 + shipping|
What is it about vintage flat sheets and international sales? Okay, so I’ve only sold a grand total of four sheets.
|Power Puff twin flat sheet (brand new – paid $2.99?): $22.99 – shipping|
|Disney vintage flat sheet (paid $2.99): $29.99 + shipping|
|Little People vintage flat sheet (paid $4.49): $29.99 + shipping|
I’ve discovered that twin flat sheets fit perfectly into a flat rate envelope. I believe it costs $4.75 to mail within the states, and it has cost $13.25 to ship to both New Zealand and Japan. (I always print my shipping labels at home, I believe it’s a little more expensive if you do it at the Post Office.) With the international sales I’ve passed the shipping costs on to the buyers, and in all three cases the buyers seemed happy to pay it.
And to make things even better, each of the above sheets sold within a couple weeks of listing, all at my BIN price. Decent little flips, and fun treasures to hunt for!
|Old Navy Cargo Capri Roll-Up Pants:
$5 + shipping
|2 Pack: Dummy Security Dome Camera With Flashing Red Light:||$5 with free shipping|
|Flicker (Handy Manny’s flashlight):
$14.99 + shipping
|Where She Went by Gayle Foreman audiobook:
$9.09 + shipping
|Zip It shoulder bag:
$2.75 + shipping
|20 Huggies coupons:
$1.65 + shipping
|Hard Rock Cafe Album shirts:
$16.50, $10, $15.01 + shipping
$29.98 with free shipping
|Edward (wooden train):
$9.99 with free shipping
|Z’Animo chocolate cookies: priceless!|
|4 Arthur books: $9.99 – shipping|
|$6.99 – shipping|
|Promotional Rudolph Book: $11.99 – shipping|
|T-Rex Little People set: $24.99 – shipping|
|Musical Wonders Soothe and Glow: $13.99 – shipping|
|2 Hardy Boys books: $5.99 – shipping|
|Talking Shrek plush: $21.99 – shipping|
|$8.99 – shipping|
I also listed my first Care Bear a couple days ago, and it sold today. I kind of felt like selling my first Care Bear was an eBay rite of passage. And ya gotta love a quick sale!
And if I can’t come up with a decent name for this blog, how in the heck am I going to name a store?!