What’s Selling on eBay?
Christmas sells all year…even when it’s 120* in Phoenix! I sold 8 packages of Garland on eBay today. See the $.98 price on there? That’s what they sell when you want/need them in December. When you want them in June, they are priced at $9.99 and I made $80 on them today. Of course I bought them when they were on clearance at 75% off, so my $2 investment netted me about $65 after fees and shipping. Don’t be afraid to price your items higher, much higher than retail. I do this all the time with my items, especially seasonal things. These are headed to Fresno, CA
I picked up 15 of these for $10 at our community garage sale about two years ago. I priced them high because I knew they would be HTF new in package. I think I sold the first few at $79.99 then dropped the price to $44.99 and sold a few more. Pushed the price back up to $54.99 and have sold all but two. This weekends sale is to a new eBay buyer. I LOVE when a newbie finds my stuff and buys it. That tells me my keywords are working. Who else remembers these from the 90’s? We had Koosh ball wars at the office. If you remember and want one, click here before they’re gone!
VHS is not dead, I think it’s actually picking up. I posted a bunch of movies when I cleaned out my office to move. This is about the third of fourth set of movies I’ve sold. Not a ton of money, but money none-the-less. A little time and effort and some cash in my pocket versus dumping in a box and dropping off at a thrift store.
Men’s Shoes Sell
This one is another LiFi (List It and Forget It) successful sale. I bought these at a Savers in Las Vegas for $9 in 2014. I listed them February 6, 2014 and priced them HIGH. This sales model isn’t for everyone, but the way I look at it 98% my work is done when I list the item. I can price it at $50 and sell in a month or two or price it at $150 and sell in two years. Keep in mind that in the past few months I’ve put my clothing items on sale for 50% off at least 5 times and these didn’t sell. I point that out just to show that price isn’t the only factor in selling an item…especially shoes. I needed to wait for someone to come along that was a size 11, wanted this style of shoe, in this color and was willing to pay the price. Had he been looking any number of times the past few months, he would’ve gotten them for a 50% discount. Better yet, the buyer is happy as can be and left fabulous feedback. Everyone wins!
Another great LiFi sale…this one only took about 10 months. This is a pair of Osh Kosh overalls I bought for myself when I thought it would be cute to match my then 4 year old niece who is now 23. I haven’t worn them in years and put them up last August for $60. You may think that $60 is too much to pay for a pair of used and altered overalls, but I didn’t. They are overalls and hard to find. I saw the value in them, especially since they were adult Osh Kosh and priced them accordingly. Waiting 10 months for something to sell, especially clothing, is no time at all. Price you items as though they have value and be patient for the right person to come along. It WILL happen!
Ash Trays Sell
Here’s another good example of LiFi…listing something and waiting for the right buyer to come along. I purchased this Live at the Roxy ashtray for $2 on a thrifting trip with Jason T Smith in 2014. I grew up in Southern CA and have never been to the Roxy, but I recognized the logo. Jason has been to more concerts than all my friends combined and he wasn’t sure of the logo when I found it so we had to do a quick internet search to make sure. I listed it Aug 15, 2014 and it sold this month….$50 for a flippin’ ash tray! Small item, not taking up any space in my inventory area, priced it high, let it ride and today was pay day!