Monday, April 7, 2014

Ramblings

Its been one of those months. Last week on April 1st, my hubby had a minor outpatient sinus surgery that required my care for the past week. Knowing that I would be busy taking care of him and our two kids, I ramped up my listings to 91 BIN listings. (This is big for me). I listed and listed the whole last week of March, and even went through old inventory and cleaned up my eBay/Shipping center in my garage. The day of his surgery I was so bummed I hadn't had any sales in 7 days. I always have ongoing sales... even if my listed items is around 40.
Finally, while I was waiting for the procedure to be done... I sold something.
The last Saturday in March I did a little yardsaling. At one stop I found a bag full of hand held electronic poker games. I knew they could be worth a little bit, so I asked the lady how much for the bag. She said, "$5" and I asked how much for just one. She sighed and told me to just take the whole bag for $1. (score!!). When I got home I found this little snoopy game in it, and I eagerly looked it up knowing it was nintendo and could be worth something. The completeds went from anywhere from $50-$110. Its a Nintendo "GAME & WATCH" hand held game. There are a few different kinds. Snoopy being one of them. I sold it the following day I listed it for $69.99 Free Shipping. Not a bad FLIP! Especially after a week of NOTHING.

Since that sale, I have sold three more things.
My sales are so bleak its depressing. I even called eBay. I am not getting views on my items, or even watchers. Seriously its so weird. The eBay rep told me maybe I "don't have things listed that people want to buy..."  ...................oh geez. Thanks eBay guy. Way to kick me when I am down.

So now I am reevaluating what I am selling. Maybe I should concentrate more on a more specific category of things to sell. Not sure... but I think this might be my eBay mid life crisis.

---On a Update to My LAST post about USPS---

They (my local post office) DID call me and apologize... Three times. I guess since I live in a new development they don't have a permanent postman.. and no on seems to know the route very well. They did say that the carrier shouldn't have scanned in that they picked up my packages. The manager said he would be personally speaking to the carrier that did this. Glad they took charge, and at least made me feel like this was a big deal to them.

On a closing note:

Enjoy this picture of our adorable new family member named Minnie!! (We are on day 3 of her in our home) I am welcoming all crate training / potty training advice... This little cutie is not letting me sleep at night!!

Monday, March 24, 2014

USPS fail... a question for my fellow sellers

Well I had a scheduled pickup today- and USPS did NOT pickup my packages. But don't worry- they sent me an email at 7pm saying "A Successful Package Pickup was Made"... but low and behold, my packages were still on my porch.
This annoys me for many reasons.. but mostly because I don't want to get dinged by this from my buyers. My packages that were being sent out sold over the weekend.... (One on Friday Afternoon, and One on Sunday)....

So my question for my readers is...
Would you message the buyer and tell them? 
Or would you let it go?

I have 1 day handling on all my listings...
So today would be the day technically they would have to be out on... since they all sold over the weekend. So they will be one day late since I have to personally take them to the post office tomorrow.... a day late....


I hate relying on the post office for this stuff. Never again!!!!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

BOLO: An Iconic Frosting.

Yes you read right. Frosting. Only the best frosting around that takes me back to my childhood....
Just looking at this picture makes my mouth DROOL!

Betty Crocker unfortunately decided to discontinue the Rainbow Chip Frosting.... (and cake mix I believe), and replace it with "Rainbow Sprinkles".... which "in my opinion" is NOT the same as rainbow chip.
.....PSSST... Betty Crocker... WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?

Luckily for us... its selling like crazy on eBay.

Check out the completeds by clicking HERE.

4 tubs of these babies just sold for $85!!!

Yesterday I went to hunt out some still lurking around in those low end grocery stores that sell items for really cheap that are about to expire. I had NO luck.... and I was so BUMMED.
So- If you have some of these in your pantry, or know of a grocery store that might still be carrying them... Get them listed! OR do what I might have done... eaten them.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Weekly Sales Wrap Up

This last Monday I was in a "eBay Slump". I realized when I woke up Monday that nothing had sold during the weekend. Usually I get the most sales over the weekend. I was getting sad about it. My hubby's birthday was coming up and I wanted to get him these shoes I saw him drooling over with my own hard earned money... Not OUR money that he works so hard for. That might be silly, but as a Stay at Home mom, I sometimes miss working hard for my own consistant paycheck like I used to. There is nothing better then earning money you worked hard for. And sometimes it feels so weird to just spend the money my husband earned on his birthday. Does anyone get what I mean?
Anyways... So on Monday I decided I was going to spend the whole day going through my house and listing anything and everything I could find... Whether it was old inventory I never got around to listing, or stuff we no longer we needed.
Guess what happened? Stuff started selling... AS I WAS LISTING. It was so weird.
I know everyone says it, but I am going to reiterate it. The more you list, the more you sell.
So- that being said.. here are some of my past week sales.
 Disney Winnie the Pooh Waffle Iron (I kind of wish I kept this for myself now!!) Paid $10 Sold $44.95 Fs
 J Crew Jackie Vest. Paid $1.50 Sold $15.95 Fs
 Mini Merrill Lynch Padfolio Paid: Found it in my house Sold: $34.95 fs
 Barney Pillow Pet Paid: Gift Sold: $24.95 Fs
 Clarks Loafers Paid: Free (belonged to my brother). Sold: 24.95 Fs (These could have gone for more but they had a big scuff on them)
 ShoreTel Business Phone Paid: Free (From my father in laws old business). Sold For parts: 24.95. I couldn't test it so I couldn't get a a lot for it. If it was in working condition it would have went from $50-$160
1987 Marcus Rodent M.D. Paid: $1 Sold: 18.95 Fs
I am so glad I finally sold this ugly thing. 
Remember all of those printers I had blogged about here?
Well I tested alot of the ink before I would send them off. I realized I had about 70 empty cartridges laying around still. So I looked them up in the completeds.. and what do you know... empty cartridges DO sell! 
These sold for $199.95 Free Shipping. Awesome sale... and sold within a few hours. 

So I WAS able to get those shoes... AND I was able to throw a nice little party. 
And at the end of the day, this is why I love eBay!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Copy Cat Listing Part 2

If you didn't read about my latest eBay dilemma, you can here.

eBay never removed the listing that was using my picture. And the listing was in my watching list just taunting me. So I took the matter into my own hands.

My message to the seller:

Hi. I am writing you to ask you to please take down the picture for this item that you took from my personal listing. This picture is my own that I took myself. It is against eBay policy to use pictures that are not yours.
Thanks


Seller Response 1:

That is not a problem not sure when I have my own listings my new girl used your picture and made a new listing. Wow! 49.95 and you are worried about a picture. Consider it taken down dear. Sarah

Seller Response 2:

I hate to tell you but your description is false they did not come out in 1994 I know for a fact they were made last year.

Seller Response 3:


271413115260 that is my new auction number so you can see I took it down. Sarah

My response to 1, 2, & 3:

Thank you. And thank you for being so polite about it... (SARCASM)

Seller Response 4:

Just an fyi the copyright was 1966 and the registered trade mark in 1994. We are a Hallmark dealer. That is what the c and the r with the dates stand for not the date it was made. I just didn't think you understood what those dates are for we get them in all the time. Sarah

So all in all the picture was removed. The seller loved to point out all my mistakes since I pointed out hers I guess. I wanted to explain myself to her, but didn't think that was necessary. At the time of listing the mug, there was no other listings and hardly any info, so I decided to list it high with a best offer. And now my pride is in the way, and I refuse to lower to my price because Sarah pointed it out to me :)

The only thing that really bugs me about this whole situation is that eBay took no action. I love eBay, and I understand that the system can be flawed at times, and I do think in the last few months they have made a better effort at being on the sellers side... but in this case it should have been a no brainer. Its an easy rule to follow....