Please share – what’s your SOP in regards to feedback?
SER-I-OUS-LY. Weigh your items before you list them. That thing you think you can send first class? You can’t. It weighs a pound and a half!
Two of the items I packaged up this afternoon I had listed with free first class shipping. And were not able to be shipped via first class. A small profit turned into no profit. Gee, I love working for free! Even better when I do it to myself. <Gripe over.>
|NWT Coppertone Sport:
$16.99 – shipping
|NIB Lightning McQueen vtech laptop:
|Fisher Price Crib Projector:
$24.99 – shipping
|Dr. Seuss book lot:
$39.99 – shipping
|Starbucks Desk Mug:
$29.99 – shipping
|NWT Bamm Bamm Plush:
$39.99 – shipping
$27.99 – shipping
I’d love to see sales pick up, but I don’t think that will happen until I get some fun new things listed, which won’t happen until the typing project is over. The good news is that I only have 15 more pages left to type!! The bad news is that I then have 550 to proofread. Should be completely done by the end of the week. Hooray.
We found out this week that my BIL’s wedding will now be sometime in June, which clears the way for our Orlando trip in May! Super excited, and it makes me happy that I took on the ridiculous typing project, because my income from it will pay for most of the trip (as well as the laptop I purchased when I started working on it). Although . . . if any of my friends were to ring my doorbell right now, and see the state I’ve let my home deteriorate into while focusing all my time and energy on this typing project . . . I would probably cry. Yup, it’s that bad. One more week, and then I’m free!
|7 Halloween shirts/sweaters/vests|
|13 Christmas sweaters/vests|
|outfits on the left, pants in the middle|
|jackets on the left, shirts on the right|
|The only item I’m keeping for myself. Workout pants.
Tag-free (thus easier to justify keeping them.)
Estate Sale- Almost Everything $1.00
Well, this sale is in an area I almost never go to (because it’s 20+ minutes away). But as soon as the kids are up in the morning I’ll be bundling them up and sticking them in the car. Gotta check this one out.
I’ve been thinking lately about what my “niche” should be . . . and then yesterday I was scrolling through my list of items sold and realized I’ve already settled on one. I am sure it is not the most profitable thing to sell, but kids’ toys (and clothes to some extent) are definitely what I am most drawn to, whether at yard sales or thrift stores. Here are some of the items I picked up yesterday at my local Value Village. I spent almost $40 total – that’s a LOT for me!
|big Bullseye: cost $2.24|
|Kohl’s Horton: cost 74 cents|
|8″ Share Bear: cost 74 cents|
|Safari Elephant: cost $1.49|
I also really love to buy costumes. I sold a bunch this last Halloween. Apparently it had been awhile since I’ve made it to Value Village, because all three of these were the half-off color. The Buddy costume for sure I would have already picked up if I had seen it before.
|NWT Scooby Doo: cost $2.49
Baby Gorilla: cost $3.99
Buddy (Dinosaur Train): cost $2.99
|24 mo gorilla costume. So stinkin’ cute!
If it’s still around next year I will have my little one wear it.
|Fort Apache: cost $7.49|
|cost around $14 for all four of them|
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|