Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The Ol' Switch-a-Roo

So this will be kind of a boring post (no pictures), but I have some good info you might want to consider.

I have been doing alot of online chatting, and joining in various eBay groups... and there seems to be a common scam going on in the eBay world with buyers....

Buyers are buying items, opening up INAD cases (INAD= Item not as described), and sending back their "similar" item that is broken.

For example... One seller said that she sold a new without tags Vera Bradley purse on eBay. The buyer contacted her saying it had flaws. She was confused because the purse had never been used. She thought maybe she overlooked something so she accepted the return. When she received the return, it was the same style purse she sold.. but definitely not the same one. The inside was clearly worn, and covered in cat hair. The buyer was clearly trying to get a newer version of their purse.

There were lots of other stories of this happening! Its crazy.

***Update: Lorraine @ CLAMCO just informed me this situation just happened to Kimberly at Garage Sale Heaven. You can read the post HERE. Totally missed this post by Kimberly. Sorry this happend to you too Kimberly!!! 

There was alot of talk of how sellers are now secretly marking their items with black light pens so that in case of a return, they can verify that it really is the item they sold. Some sellers are even tying color coded zip ties with their own markings on it, and stating in the return policy that the item has to have the original zip tie on it in order to receive a refund.

I found this all interesting. And I have been thinking of ways to protect myself as a seller in case this happened to me.

Anyone hear of this happening, or have any experiences?

Monday, June 23, 2014

Sales & more Mug shipping talk

I am still trying to slowly (but surely) ramp up my listings.
Its so hard when you have, zero, zip, energy. Pregnancy kicks my rear end.
I have sold a few things recently... Mostly items that have been sitting for awhile.. with lowered prices in hopes of getting them moving. (I guess that's a good thing).

 Starbucks Pumpkin Bearista Paid: 50 Cents Sold: 11.95 Fs
 Doberman Mug Paid: 25 cents Sold: $14.95
 Boyds Plush Bear. Sammy the Slugger Paid: Free (My mother in laws) Sold: 10.95 fs
 Gamehide hunting jacket. Paid: Free (from a local auction my brother won) Sold: Best offer $45.00 fs
 Sugarloaf Chiki Tiki. Paid: 80 cents Sold: 14.95 fs
 Another Robert Graham Shirt. Severely stained around the inside collar. Paid: Free Sold for: 26.95 fs within hours of listing.
BCBG Maxazaria Red Dress. Paid: $3.25. Bought it for myself, wore it a few times and then got tired of it. Sold for $29.95 within hours of listing. (THE BEST KIND OF FLIPS). 

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So on the eBay facebook group I am in, I recently was reading a thread about shipping mugs. A lady had posted a question about how to ship a mug... I was about to chime in with a "Jelly roll method, all the way" comment.. but then I read a few comments saying how people didnt trust that method. The group owner, who is a big blogger herself, (Suzzane Wells- eBay selling coach)... mentioned how unprofessional the "Jelly Roll Method" (Or also known as FOMO method) is. Hmm.. I was actually completely disappointed. I love the jelly roll method. AND- I have gotten feedback and emails from customers saying how my mug packaging is GENIUS! 
What do you think? 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Dollar Store Sourcing

A few months ago, I read a few articles online about finding products to sell at the dollar store. I thought it was an interesting concept... but was skeptical.
I decided to go to a local 99 cent store (instead of the actual Dollar Tree) to find some items to sell. Our local 99 cent store tends to have more of overstock items rather than Dollar Tree brands...so I thought I might have some better luck this way.
I had a goal to only spend $10-$15 on items to "test".
I bought about 10 items, and here is what has sold so far:

 Queen Anne Chocolate Covered Blueberries. I put a note in my listing that they would melt in delivery most likely, and I was not to be held responsible. They actually just sold last week for $18.95. Shipping was 8.00 and they cost me about $3 for all three. After fees I made about $6.00

 Beverly Hills Polo Club "Crazy Bright" Socks. I knew these might possibly do well since bright socks for men are in style right now. Large lots of these actually sell well. I opted for two pairs, and listed them for 12.95. Shipping was about $2.00, and I paid $2.00 for them. About a $7.00 profit after fees. 
 Cashmere Bouquet bar soap. I'm not lying, my eBay cabinet smelt like my grandmas house with these babies in there. It was a pleasant smell, and actually all the clothes I had listed started kind of smelling like this soap... I am not sure if that was good or bad. 
Paid $1.00 for a 2-pack. Sold for $6.95. Shipped for $3.00. About a $2.00 profit (Boo!)

 Another box of Queen Anne. I wish I bought more of this kind. This one box sold for $19.95. Paid $1.00, shipped for $5.95. Overall profit about $12.00

Father of the Bride DVD. A quick sale, especially because for new DVDs eBay lets you use their stock photos. Paid $1.00, sold for $5.95 minus the $1.99 Shipping. About $2.50 profit. 


OVERALL:
Invested money: $8.00
Profit: $29.50

I definelty made some money back, but was it worth it? Probably not. For as many thing as you have to list to get about $30 back... I feel like I could do that with 1-2 of my regular items I list. 
However, because this was just a trial run, my items were kind of all over the place. If I had focused on one item, like the French Vanilla Cherries for example, I could have made a large profit. If I had bought ten boxes of those that could have been a $10 investment, to make a $100+. 

So can it be done at the Dollar Store? Yes. But carefully. You have to know what it going to get you a decent profit so your not wasting you time with things that make you $1-3 dollars in return. Its not worth your time for such a small return. 

 Have any of you ever tried sourcing at your local Dollar stores? Please share!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

I LIVE!

I have been gone for so long... I was plagued with the dreaded morning sickness. The worst out of my 3 total pregnancies. I didn't list, ship, or do anything. I didn't even come here to catch up on blogs. It seriously took everything in me to survive the last 6 weeks, and to (barely) keep my kids alive. (Shout out to Netflix for babysitting my kids for 6 weeks).

I am finally feeling almost back to normal.. and I am missing eBay. I have to say though, eBay totally saved my life the last few weeks... The last time I listed anything I had about 100 items in my store. Then I fell ill. MS caused me to puke when I smelt food, opened the fridge, thought about food, or even looked at it. I could not cook for my fam at all. Luckily I had a steady stream of sales while I was sick (about 45).. and these allowed me to, order pizza almost every night and whatever else I could get delivered to my house to that I could feed the family. It was so nice to have that extra $$ to take care of food. I am also so luckily that I had a cool brother to come and ship all my stuff for me. He saved my life.

So here are just a few of the things that sold while I was on my supposed death bed:

 Tupperware Yellow Pitcher Paid .50 Sold $14.95 FS (paid about 5 bucks for shipping)
Carters Monkey Lovey Paid: Gift Sold: $11.95 FS
 Bunkhouse Western Coat Paid: Free Sold: $35.95 FS
 Fog Machine New Paid: $1 Sold: 39.95 to Australia
 Gymboree New Skirt Paid .10 Sold $8.95 fs
 Remember these? Sold Best offer $30. fs (Paid $2). The guy who bought them lived in my city and wanted me to hand deliver them. Um.. no thanks. 
Robert Graham STAINED shirt. Given to me by my father in law. It had pretty bad neck stains. Sold within 1 minute for $26.95. I even emailed the buyer and made sure he saw the listing that it was stained. He replied, "Yes I read that. Still a great deal. Thanks!"
BOLO Robert Graham. 


Glad to be back. Hope all is well with my eBay bloggers and readers! And thank you for all the well wishes on my last post!! 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Latest

Lots of things going on for me right now:

First of all... my sales have picked up since my post. I have been getting at least one sale a day which makes me feel better. On a eBay facebook group I'm in I have been reading about this weird conspiracy for store owners... The talk is.. if the door of your store changes to Blue your sales stop, and if its red you get lots of sales. Anyone heard about this? I haven't even noticed this because I have never seen the door color change... I don't even know what door they are referring to. I think there are alot of weird eBay conspiracies...
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This last week I spent 4 days in Utah visiting some family. Of course while I was there I met up with my eBay friend Mandy.. and she took me to the DI (aka Desseret Industries). If you haven't heard of it.. its a very large thrift chain put on by the LDS Church, in a few states. This store was HUGE. I wish I took pictures for my blog. The workers wheel out carts every few minutes and there are people standing around like vultures that attack the carts as soon as they stop rolling. It was absolutely INSANE. I got in a conversation with one guy standing around waiting for carts and he mentioned he was a reseller, and that most of the people there were resellers. I picked up a few things.. but unfortunately I wasn't willing to attack carts of merchandise while my children watch me... terrifying.
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Some fav sales of the week:
 Wow Wow Wubbzy Laptop. Paid $1 Sold $21.95 to Australia
 Ralph Lauren Button Up Paid $1 Sold $19.95 FS
 J.Crew Tunic Paid $1.50 Sold $25.95 FS
 This is a funny glass. Its a super tall shot glass with funny pirate sayings on the back. I almost didn't buy this... and it sold so quickly. Paid $1 Sold $18.95 FS



Ok and here is my weird find of the week:
Illuminati Playing Cards... I had heard about Illuminati conspiracies with celebs. Have you heard about how Beyonce and Jay -Z are part of the Illuminati? I had no idea what it really meant until doing some research. Well... its Satan worshiping I guess. Being the religious person I am... listing these made me a little nervous... but I listed them for $50 so that made me a little less nervous.. haha. 
Looking over the cards they look like Tarot cards.. Definitely a BOLO. 

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And Finally I found out some exciting news recently. We are expecting our third baby!! We decided to keep it a secret awhile... but since I dont know my readers personally and I am dying to tell someone.... here we are! I am kind of in shock still.... and when my first thought when I found out was.... "How in the heck am I going to thrift with 3 in tow?"
Oh the life of a reseller.