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No. 0     Original Topic: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Jul 17, 2016 at 5:58 PM   Viewed 5819 times     

Due to length of threads distorting the page width, I am creating a second Ebayers thread.



No. 1     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Jul 17, 2016 at 6:01 PM     
Women's shoes and makeup appear to sell very good on Ebay. I have purchased some eye treatments at a discount on E-bay and just sold one. I have 12 and only need to sell 2 to hit profit (and actually am using one and so maybe just one to hit profit considering my usage).

I'm not finding jeans to sell well though (I'm selling new skinny jeans that a tad too large for myself and have listed them 6 times and they have not sold, while everything else I've listed sells within one week).

Outside of having time to list everything, I've encountering another problem. I want to sell all my worldly belongings off though and find shipping for some items not realistic if desiring to make profit.

Do you sell items with $20.00 or more dollars for shipping costs (due to fragility and weight)?



No. 2     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  insular926   Gender: M   Age: 56   on  Jul 17, 2016 at 6:03 PM     

Here's the LED Watch I purchased on EBAY, infact I ordered a couple of them, still on the way.
No. 3     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  insular926   Gender: M   Age: 56   on  Jul 17, 2016 at 6:09 PM     
CAsandie wrote:

Women's shoes and makeup appear to sell very good on Ebay. I have purchased some eye treatments at a discount on E-bay and just sold one. I have 12 and only need to sell 2 to hit profit (and actually am using one and so maybe just one to hit profit considering my usage).

I'm not finding jeans to sell well though (I'm selling new skinny jeans that a tad too large for myself and have listed them 6 times and they have not sold, while everything else I've listed sells within one week).

Outside of having time to list everything, I've encountering another problem. I want to sell all my worldly belongings off though and find shipping for some items not realistic if desiring to make profit.

Do you sell items with $20.00 or more dollars for shipping costs (due to fragility and weight)?





How does one figure the cost of something to se11 ahead of time when it comes to it's shipping cost?
No. 4     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Jul 17, 2016 at 6:19 PM     
insular926 wrote:

CAsandie wrote:

Women's shoes and makeup appear to sell very good on Ebay. I have purchased some eye treatments at a discount on E-bay and just sold one. I have 12 and only need to sell 2 to hit profit (and actually am using one and so maybe just one to hit profit considering my usage).

I'm not finding jeans to sell well though (I'm selling new skinny jeans that a tad too large for myself and have listed them 6 times and they have not sold, while everything else I've listed sells within one week).

Outside of having time to list everything, I've encountering another problem. I want to sell all my worldly belongings off though and find shipping for some items not realistic if desiring to make profit.

Do you sell items with $20.00 or more dollars for shipping costs (due to fragility and weight)?





How does one figure the cost of something to se11 ahead of time when it comes to it's shipping cost?


I purchased a scale and weight the item and have a print out of costs (albeit costs will be changing soon and I will need a new print out). This through USPS.

Ebay usually beats the cost of USPS directly by a very small amount and it's convenient to print the label from Ebay and ship that way (I have to go print my label now and get my package ready for morning shipment).

If drop shipping then whatever shipping you have to pay to the carrier of the item must be figured into the cost of the item or you'd simply pass those cost to the seller.

No. 5     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Jul 18, 2016 at 12:48 PM     

Darrell -- I do not know how to list multiple items for sale while selling only one at a time. Can you help with this (please if you can send me a message or post here). Otherwise, I will try to youtube this. Thank you.

Off to the post office to mail my packages!



No. 6     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Jul 18, 2016 at 1:08 PM     
CAsandie wrote:


Due to length of threads distorting the page width, I am creating a second Ebayers thread.





It is actually the posting of images with no "size limitations" set distorting page widths.
No. 7     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Jul 18, 2016 at 1:16 PM     
CAsandie wrote:
Do you sell items with $20.00 or more dollars for shipping costs (due to fragility and weight)?



Yes, regularly. Although items listed as shipped free appear to garner the most attraction, shipping costs do not seem to hinder my sales. I have ran listings for the same items both ways, and they sell with about equal frequency. If I post shipped free, the cost is simply rolled into my selling price. On many items, my sold volume is high enough that I pay no concern to shipping costs and/or my drop ship source ships for free with me having to pay no concern to shipping costs.

If Buyers are like me when caring about total cost, they do a search for lowest total cost. They are going to see the lowest total cost first regardless if an individual Seller ships for free or if shipping is an additional charge.
No. 8     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Jul 18, 2016 at 1:16 PM     
Survivor698 wrote:

CAsandie wrote:


Due to length of threads distorting the page width, I am creating a second Ebayers thread.





It is actually the posting of images with no "size limitations" set distorting page widths.


Yes, you are correct about that as well, but admin explained to me that the threads with many pages also distorts the page width and asked me to create a new Market thread (why I did there too).

I apologize if there was already a second Ebayers thread (I think there was).

It is why Brad kept posting in the thread game -- he already recognized it was messing up the width and found it interesting to see he could do this on this site. It's archaic code language according to admin who purchased the site this way...feel blessed that you or I did not purchase the site at the price it was! The language it is written is is used only in part today (all but ancient code...it does make it hard to hack, but also makes it difficult to fix when a problem occurs).

Thanks for your help Ebaying (still have to get to the post office)!

No. 9     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Jul 18, 2016 at 2:45 PM     
Survivor698 wrote:

CAsandie wrote:


Due to length of threads distorting the page width, I am creating a second Ebayers thread.





It is actually the posting of images with no "size limitations" set distorting page widths.


Certain long links, urls can mess it up horizontally too.

But it is usually photos over 700 pixels wide that are the culprit.
No. 10     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Jul 18, 2016 at 3:39 PM     
eBay recently contacted me and invited me to be featured in some online posting/publication due to my success on eBay. I have not responded and likely will not, due to the fact that they publish personal names in such articles and not simply Seller ID. I am not keen on having my personal name out there online in such a venue.

But what I found most interesting is that it is not my overall performance that triggered their interest in me. It was my sales of computer printers. I am one of the largest sellers of printers in a short time frame with continuous fast delivery and few to no complaints or returns. Think I have had one return of a printer. I have to thank Canon for much of that though. Probably the highest quality low cost printer out there.
No. 11     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  insular926   Gender: M   Age: 56   on  Jul 18, 2016 at 6:32 PM     
Hey I'm wondering what happened to all the general discussion forums on EBAY, it seems to be that I can't find them anymore, did they take them off or something?
No. 12     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Jul 18, 2016 at 9:44 PM     
insular926 wrote:

Hey I'm wondering what happened to all the general discussion forums on EBAY, it seems to be that I can't find them anymore, did they take them off or something?


Maybe only donating/paying members are now allowed access to all.
No. 13     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Jul 18, 2016 at 9:46 PM     
Survivor698 wrote:

insular926 wrote:

Hey I'm wondering what happened to all the general discussion forums on EBAY, it seems to be that I can't find them anymore, did they take them off or something?


Maybe only donating/paying members are now allowed access to all.


Actually, to a degree, that was already the case.
No. 14     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  insular926   Gender: M   Age: 56   on  Jul 19, 2016 at 10:28 AM     
Survivor698 wrote:

Survivor698 wrote:

insular926 wrote:

Hey I'm wondering what happened to all the general discussion forums on EBAY, it seems to be that I can't find them anymore, did they take them off or something?


Maybe only donating/paying members are now allowed access to all.


Actually, to a degree, that was already the case.


I don't see it on the site anymore, political discussion boards and the like, appears they pulled it, probably best they did.
No. 15     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Jul 20, 2016 at 5:27 PM     
CAsandie wrote:


Darrell -- I do not know how to list multiple items for sale while selling only one at a time. Can you help with this (please if you can send me a message or post here). Otherwise, I will try to youtube this. Thank you.

Off to the post office to mail my packages!





Are we talking "auction style" listing or "buy it now"? eBay does not allow such to be done with an "auction style" listing. With a "buy it now" you simply enter the quantity you have available when creating the listing or by editing it later.
No. 16     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Jul 20, 2016 at 6:49 PM     
Survivor - Thanks!

I had a lot of 2 and put the quantity to 2...so it ended up being a lot of 4 (which I'm glad I had, since I took a best offer and sold all 4 eye treatments [actually I sold a 5th I had listed too]).

These eye treatments I had got in bulk sell within one day. It's low profit though (4.00 a treatment after all fees and shipping is paid). Still...I'm considering calling the manufacturer to see if there are overstocks I could buy for resell (I bought mine on Ebay and I'm reselling for more currently). :-p

No. 17     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Jul 20, 2016 at 6:51 PM     

I only have 4 left and I'm waiting to list these until the last buyer pays (it's been a day now and still no payment on the best buy I accepted).

No. 18     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Jul 23, 2016 at 7:14 PM     

Survivor,

What do you do if a person doesn't pay you after accepting their "best offer?" How long do they have to pay. I contacted the seller via message and asked her to let me know if she changed her mind...no response though and it's been 5 days.

Does this occur all the time?

No. 19     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Jul 23, 2016 at 10:26 PM     
CAsandie wrote:


Survivor,

What do you do if a person doesn't pay you after accepting their "best offer?" How long do they have to pay. I contacted the seller via message and asked her to let me know if she changed her mind...no response though and it's been 5 days.

Does this occur all the time?



I have it happen on occasion. I may or may not make contact. eBay eventually handles it with an automatic process that cancels the transaction and some kind of "gig" on the Buyers record.

When it happens to me, it is most always an item were as the shipping is not included in price. Once the Buyer sees the total cost, seems they do not complete the order. But I most never list in such a manner except for shipping Internationally, therefore see few of such incidents.
No. 20     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Jul 24, 2016 at 12:13 AM     
Survivor698 wrote:

CAsandie wrote:


Survivor,

What do you do if a person doesn't pay you after accepting their "best offer?" How long do they have to pay. I contacted the seller via message and asked her to let me know if she changed her mind...no response though and it's been 5 days.

Does this occur all the time?



I have it happen on occasion. I may or may not make contact. eBay eventually handles it with an automatic process that cancels the transaction and some kind of "gig" on the Buyers record.

When it happens to me, it is most always an item were as the shipping is not included in price. Once the Buyer sees the total cost, seems they do not complete the order. But I most never list in such a manner except for shipping Internationally, therefore see few of such incidents.


Yes, I didn't have free shipping on the items (but Ebay automatically gave 1/2 off on the second item...which is another question I had...should Ebay doing this)? I had $2.25 shipping for each lot and she bought 2...but only $3.50 shipping was charged. I went through the create shipping discounts tab and I have none.

I feel bad if something bad happened in this buyer's personal life (what if a family member died or something) in that it does appear they get something like a demerit against them for failing to pay (I was trying to research this).

In the meantime though I wonder if I can relist the items...it's a bit frustrating. :-p

No. 21     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Jul 24, 2016 at 9:42 PM     
I arrived home this evening to find myself "buried" in orders again. I am going to have rethink my strategy. I had already cut my number of listings in half, down from around 300 active items to only about 140, and weeding out more each week. But the sales have just kept snowballing since April.
No. 22     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Jul 24, 2016 at 9:51 PM     
Survivor698 wrote:

I arrived home this evening to find myself "buried" in orders again. I am going to have rethink my strategy. I had already cut my number of listings in half, down from around 300 active items to only about 140, and weeding out more each week. But the sales have just kept snowballing since April.


LOL...I have less than 10 active items.

(I did get another best buy offer today though). :-p

No. 23     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Jul 24, 2016 at 10:04 PM     
CAsandie wrote:

Survivor698 wrote:

I arrived home this evening to find myself "buried" in orders again. I am going to have rethink my strategy. I had already cut my number of listings in half, down from around 300 active items to only about 140, and weeding out more each week. But the sales have just kept snowballing since April.


LOL...I have less than 10 active items.

(I did get another best buy offer today though). :-p



It is really only one item that is keeping me buried in orders.
No. 24     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Jul 24, 2016 at 10:18 PM     
Survivor698 wrote:

CAsandie wrote:

Survivor698 wrote:

I arrived home this evening to find myself "buried" in orders again. I am going to have rethink my strategy. I had already cut my number of listings in half, down from around 300 active items to only about 140, and weeding out more each week. But the sales have just kept snowballing since April.


LOL...I have less than 10 active items.

(I did get another best buy offer today though). :-p



It is really only one item that is keeping me buried in orders.


Total orders for today are currently over 20, with 50 orders for the entire weekend. Which I had kind of ignored my online sales activity all weekend until this evening. Thus finding myself with well over 50 orders to get processed.

Since April 29, I have sold almost 250 of essentially that one item. With selling only 3 that entire first week I had it listed. I have sold 10 today. Probably averaging as least 6 sold per day now.
No. 25     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Jul 24, 2016 at 10:37 PM     
Share what the item is with me and I can help you by giving you some competition!

No. 26     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Jul 25, 2016 at 8:38 AM     
CAsandie wrote:

Share what the item is with me and I can help you by giving you some competition!



Typically what happens on most every item that does extremely well for me, there is always someone watching. Often they are a Seller with the apparent capability to negotiate a better deal on the item than myself, and they price so low that my sales dwindle off. This often happens within 60 days of an item's start to sell really well for me.

Some such items I stop offering, were as others eventually come back around with the competition for some reason pulling out, or my sales for the item become pretty much only purchased by International Buyers, being many Sellers opt to not sell International. And I have repeat Buyers that return to me regardless of a lower price elsewhere, often with many having moved to Buying from me directly and no longer via eBay.
No. 27     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Jul 25, 2016 at 11:49 AM     

I still haven't been paid on the best offer accepted and now there is a best offer on some jeans...

but when I submit a counter offer -- it is not going through (it appears Ebay's system is messed up)...

So I wonder if the other buyer failed to receive confirmation of acceptance? I am likely going to have to call Ebay cust serv.

No. 28     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Jul 26, 2016 at 12:35 AM     
Sales of two other items took off today. I committed with the vendor of each reserving some inventory today. These are often not even produced until pre-ordered.
No. 29     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Jul 26, 2016 at 12:39 AM     
BTW - Even eBay buys from me now. LOL.

I received notification a while back that Buyer ID ?????? is an eBay employee and/or representative of eBay. To remain in compliance with some kind of "conflict of interest" policy, I was being notified that ID ??????would like to make purchases from me if I approve. I did, and they have purchased.
No. 30     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Jul 26, 2016 at 9:26 PM     
LOL. After that busy weekend, I have only had two sales today. It is like someone flipped the switch to "OFF". But the night is still young for the West coast and the day just starting for many Internationals, of which both probably comprise the largest number of my transactions.
No. 31     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Jul 28, 2016 at 12:28 AM     
Well, today sure made up for the slack day yesterday. 15 of the hot item alone sold, as well as other items.

I did discover a glitch though in the vendor's processing of my shipments for the hot item. For some reason they had been cancelling some of my orders as duplicate orders over the past 10 days. The glitch has been fixed and new orders now processing properly, but I need to filter through the past 10 days of orders, which has been many, and verify exactly which orders were cancelled. The good thing is, this time around many of the orders were direct ships to me for reshipping, and not being shipped directly to my customers. Therefore I really only need to verify the drop ships. I may simply save myself some time, process new shipments for the orders in question to others, and eat the loss if they happen to get two orders. I have a "wide" profit margin before incidental expenses on this one item. As high as 300% when the Buyer only purchases one of the set.
No. 32     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Jul 29, 2016 at 7:18 PM     

Survivor,

On the "free and easy shipping" icon ... my ads stated that 11 qualified, so I clicked and then checked all my listings and saved, but...

I don't see the "free and easy shipping" icon on my listings?

Is there a trick to obtaining this? :-p



No. 33     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Aug 9, 2016 at 10:53 PM     
A fantastic sales day on eBay today.

I have got to rethink this income stream. Simply starting to get buried in orders on a daily basis now. My sources are simply not providing enough of my most popular items quickly enough. I have moved the handling time out to as much as 15 business days on my most popular selling items, and they are still selling quickly.
No. 34     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Aug 9, 2016 at 11:00 PM     
Glad to hear. As far as my question above and I'm not sure if you were already aware, but Ebay has had some real issues with its website as of late. All my free and easy shipping icons are showing now.

I lost a best offer (not the one discussed in PM...which I ended up changing my ad and the woman purchased the items), but a different one in which I sent at least 5 counter offers and they did not take. The Message to the person also did not go though...which reminds me...I have to contact her (it was fixed and I forgot to contact her).

No. 35     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Aug 9, 2016 at 11:00 PM     
Except for my value added items, I am simply a reseller of most my items.

But in the past week I have had retailers from as far away as Japan, requesting merchandise from me claiming they are not able to get the items shipped to them. The particular item the Japan vendors are after is manufactured in China. I get them directly from the manufacturer.
No. 36     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Aug 9, 2016 at 11:02 PM     

I don't know if I trust doing business with strangers in foreign countries...but I imagine if they pay your first, you should be fine.



No. 37     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Aug 9, 2016 at 11:04 PM     
CAsandie wrote:


I don't know if I trust doing business with strangers in foreign countries...but I imagine if they pay your first, you should be fine.





I have done it for years with never an issue. If there was to be an issue, eBay and PayPal both would cover me.
No. 38     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Aug 9, 2016 at 11:07 PM     
CAsandie wrote:

Glad to hear. As far as my question above and I'm not sure if you were already aware, but Ebay has had some real issues with its website as of late. All my free and easy shipping icons are showing now.


No, I was not aware. I have had no issues as of late.
No. 39     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Aug 9, 2016 at 11:20 PM     
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No. 40     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Aug 9, 2016 at 11:24 PM     
Remember those little tritium glow keychains? I have had several contact me asking to purchase just the tritium vials. I have learned that I can import them, just have not done enough research to determine if it is profitable enough to become involved with. The stuff is radioactive, but totally safe when enclosed in the capsules as I currently sell the vials. But most these folks are looking to remove the tritium from the capsules and cut to custom lengths and/or use for custom purposes.
No. 41     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Aug 9, 2016 at 11:46 PM     
Radioactive? Sounds scary if if the containment breaks. I think I will pass on wanting one now. :-p


btw -- the woman never paid the $30.00 on her best offer submitted. I had to re-collect my fees back and unfortunately Ebay puts a demerit against a buyer when they do this. I have it set for automatic payment management now (so it will occur automatically next time without me needing to call Ebay).

No. 42     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Aug 9, 2016 at 11:54 PM     
CAsandie wrote:

Radioactive? Sounds scary if if the containment breaks. I think I will pass on wanting one now. :-p


It is little different than if one were to break the crystal on their popular watch. Likely more exposure level from a watch with tritium than from the vials I sell.
No. 43     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Aug 12, 2016 at 8:43 PM     
Two sales today with only 17 items listed. Have to list more.

I wish the best offer accepted guy would pay though (last time the buyer failed to pay and now I have it on automatic that a case will be opened in two days [but I think he has 4 days to pay]). Maybe I should change that to 4 days (I feel a bit pushy for payment)!





No. 44     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Aug 15, 2016 at 2:06 AM     

Survivor -- What does it mean when there is a pending account balance? Is that fees and have they not charged me (it's rather large and I didn't thing I sold that much...although I've made another sale today...

No. 45     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Aug 15, 2016 at 8:17 AM     
CAsandie wrote:


Survivor -- What does it mean when there is a pending account balance? Is that fees and have they not charged me (it's rather large and I didn't thing I sold that much...although I've made another sale today...



Yes, those are transaction fees that will appear on your next billing unless an order cancellation, refund or whatever negates an individual fee prior to billing.

If you examine your transactions, the fees are itemized for each transaction.
No. 46     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Aug 16, 2016 at 1:09 AM     
Survivor698 wrote:

CAsandie wrote:


Survivor -- What does it mean when there is a pending account balance? Is that fees and have they not charged me (it's rather large and I didn't thing I sold that much...although I've made another sale today...



Yes, those are transaction fees that will appear on your next billing unless an order cancellation, refund or whatever negates an individual fee prior to billing.

If you examine your transactions, the fees are itemized for each transaction.


Examine the transaction where, please? Pay pal takes it's cut upon releasing the payment to me. My account says I have $174... in total sales these past two weeks and that doesn't match the fees at 10% (unless they already took the additional fees for last week?

On my sales last year, the fees were just taken from my paypal (not seeing it this time on PP ... just the shipping fees).

Thanks Survivor (you are saving me a call to Ebay)!

No. 47     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Aug 16, 2016 at 8:18 AM     
CAsandie wrote:

Survivor698 wrote:

CAsandie wrote:


Survivor -- What does it mean when there is a pending account balance? Is that fees and have they not charged me (it's rather large and I didn't thing I sold that much...although I've made another sale today...



Yes, those are transaction fees that will appear on your next billing unless an order cancellation, refund or whatever negates an individual fee prior to billing.

If you examine your transactions, the fees are itemized for each transaction.


Examine the transaction where, please? Pay pal takes it's cut upon releasing the payment to me. My account says I have $174... in total sales these past two weeks and that doesn't match the fees at 10% (unless they already took the additional fees for last week?

On my sales last year, the fees were just taken from my paypal (not seeing it this time on PP ... just the shipping fees).

Thanks Survivor (you are saving me a call to Ebay)!



PayPal takes their fee immediately upon each transaction, but refunds your bonus/rebate, whatever one wants to call it, once per month.

For eBay the fees are paid once per month for the previous month's transaction. They credit your discount/bonus against those fees.

To find the itemization of those individual transactions, on your "My eBay" page click on the "Account" tab. There you then click on "All account activity" or the specific tab for what you desire to review. Those tabs display current activity.

If you go to the right and somewhat to the top of the page, you may select the specific past month's invoice to review, for I think for the past 16-18 months. Beyond that, I do not think they are recoverable online without requesting eBay to provide a customized history report.
No. 48     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Aug 16, 2016 at 9:19 AM     
BTW - It is not unusual for my gross monthly eBay transaction fees to total over $2000 per month.
No. 49     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Aug 16, 2016 at 9:25 AM     
I attempt to pay my eBay transaction fees manually throughout the month. Therefore when I do such, I do not have a large accumulated total fee due all at once. I made 7 individual payments towards last month's fees before eBay automatically processed the payment for the final balance due.
No. 50     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Aug 16, 2016 at 11:59 AM     
Tactical self-defense ink pens and faux ivy privacy fence sections are moving into being a couple of my top sellers.
No. 51     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Aug 16, 2016 at 12:16 PM     
CAsandie wrote: Pay pal takes it's cut upon releasing the payment to me. My account says I have $174... in total sales these past two weeks and that doesn't match the fees at 10% (unless they already took the additional fees for last week?


PayPal does not charge any where near a 10% fee. My PayPal fee is like 3.5% average and they collect as each transaction is processed. Once per month, they rebate a substantial amount back to me.

In total, as of this month, PayPal has paid just shy of $11000.00 back to me.
No. 52     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Aug 16, 2016 at 2:04 PM     
Wow -- survivor -- I am small potatoes next to you.

That said, no Ebay charges 10% for it's fee (I know it varies slightly, but I just figure in 10%). I know paypal takes their fees automatically and immediately and they are a lower.

That said, I thought that Ebay takes it's fee automatically too. Thanks for explaining above. Last year I never paid an invoice that I recall. Can we set it up for Ebay to automatically take it's fees from our paypal account at the end of the month? If so, I must have it set up like that -- since this is the first I've seen of any invoice and likewise the lack of understanding how it works)!

Thanks -- btw ... I have one of those privacy pens (and a privacy stamp for mail). :-p

No. 53     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Aug 16, 2016 at 11:42 PM     
CAsandie wrote:
That said, I thought that Ebay takes it's fee automatically too. Thanks for explaining above. Last year I never paid an invoice that I recall. Can we set it up for Ebay to automatically take it's fees from our paypal account at the end of the month? If so, I must have it set up like that -- since this is the first I've seen of any invoice and likewise the lack of understanding how it works)!


eBay will automatically take their fees automatically once per month if you do not manually pay them prior to them doing so. By default your account should already be setup to take the funds from PayPal once per month, unless you provided eBay another source for the funds.
No. 54     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Aug 18, 2016 at 2:28 PM     

Thanks Survivor...

Have you ever sent to military (APO/FPO) addresses and encountered any problems. I got another sale and it is to a APO address. I've checked on Ebay community forums and it appears some have no issues and others do. So what has been your experience?

Thanks again.

No. 55     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Aug 18, 2016 at 5:05 PM     
CAsandie wrote:


Thanks Survivor...

Have you ever sent to military (APO/FPO) addresses and encountered any problems. I got another sale and it is to a APO address. I've checked on Ebay community forums and it appears some have no issues and others do. So what has been your experience?

Thanks again.



I do so regularly and with no issues. One might call it an issue, but some of the vendors that drop ship for me often will not ship to an APO address.

I most often have inventory on hand for my most popular items that I know were as the vendor will not ship to an APO or even a PO Box. Other items I can often have on hand within 48 hours and I simply drop the Buyer a message there will be a one or two day delay in shipping.
No. 56     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Aug 18, 2016 at 5:08 PM     
CAsandie wrote:
Thanks -- btw ... I have one of those privacy pens (and a privacy stamp for mail). :-p



LOL. You must have missed your "meds" or taken too many. I did not mention anything close to such items.

I said tactical ink pens, and privacy fences.
No. 57     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Aug 18, 2016 at 5:37 PM     
Survivor698 wrote:

CAsandie wrote:
Thanks -- btw ... I have one of those privacy pens (and a privacy stamp for mail). :-p



LOL. You must have missed your "meds" or taken too many. I did not mention anything close to such items.

I said tactical ink pens, and privacy fences.


This is the tactical ink pen:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Hoffman-Richter-Stinger-Spy-Pen-Tactical-Survival-Tool-Self-Defense-Prepper-New-/272221851475?rd=1

And this is the privacy fence:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Set-of-2-Expandable-Faux-Ivy-Privacy-Fences-Brand-New-/282138504726?rd=1
No. 58     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Aug 18, 2016 at 6:53 PM     
The really nice thing about eBay and drop shipping, is that I can essentially turn on an immediate faucet flow of cash into my PayPal account anytime a need arises. I simply lower the price on an already well selling item, and she really takes off.

Another quick cash process is free credit from the vendors. Many of the vendors offer free credit such as 90 days same as cash and/or 4-6 equal payments. I often drop prices on those items to break-even and it essentially results in substantial interest free rolling loans. In fact I have at least 3 regular sellers that I leave the price at break-even or at a slight loss to keep that regular flow of free loan money coming in.
No. 59     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Aug 18, 2016 at 6:54 PM     
Survivor698 wrote:

CAsandie wrote:
Thanks -- btw ... I have one of those privacy pens (and a privacy stamp for mail). :-p



LOL. You must have missed your "meds" or taken too many. I did not mention anything close to such items.

I said tactical ink pens, and privacy fences.


Well maybe I need meds then? (since I don't take any). :-p

Not sure how I misread this, but MC can drain me at time. It must have been one of those time....

survivor wrote: And this is the privacy fence:


(and no, I stated privacy "pens" ... they block out a person's name and address versus having to use a shredder. I have a shredder and am thinking to sell the one's I have for that reason. They make stamps and pens).


No. 60     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Aug 18, 2016 at 7:06 PM     
Survivor698 wrote:

The really nice thing about eBay and drop shipping, is that I can essentially turn on an immediate faucet flow of cash into my PayPal account anytime a need arises. I simply lower the price on an already well selling item, and she really takes off.

Another quick cash process is free credit from the vendors. Many of the vendors offer free credit such as 90 days same as cash and/or 4-6 equal payments. I often drop prices on those items to break-even and it essentially results in substantial interest free rolling loans. In fact I have at least 3 regular sellers that I leave the price at break-even or at a slight loss to keep that regular flow of free loan money coming in.


I had an unexpected need for a couple hundred dollars come up this AM, I essentially did the above and had well more than required for the need by early this afternoon.
No. 61     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Aug 18, 2016 at 7:25 PM     
Survivor698 wrote:

CAsandie wrote:


Thanks Survivor...

Have you ever sent to military (APO/FPO) addresses and encountered any problems. I got another sale and it is to a APO address. I've checked on Ebay community forums and it appears some have no issues and others do. So what has been your experience?

Thanks again.



I do so regularly and with no issues. One might call it an issue, but some of the vendors that drop ship for me often will not ship to an APO address.

I most often have inventory on hand for my most popular items that I know were as the vendor will not ship to an APO or even a PO Box. Other items I can often have on hand within 48 hours and I simply drop the Buyer a message there will be a one or two day delay in shipping.


Good to know. Thanks! I sent the item earlier and the Post Office stated the only issue is it arrives at the US location and from there is transported overseas by the military. The fear is loss after tracking (yet, I think we have seller's protection since shipping is easily proved).

The customs declaration took only a couple seconds to review (make any changes) and sign.

:2thumbs:

No. 62     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Aug 18, 2016 at 8:08 PM     
CAsandie wrote:I sent the item earlier and the Post Office stated the only issue is it arrives at the US location and from there is transported overseas by the military. The fear is loss after tracking (yet, I think we have seller's protection since shipping is easily proved).


We are protected if tracking indicates delivered. Which it will if item is delivered.

Otherwise, we are then only protected on such a "lost" shipment if insured.
No. 63     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Aug 18, 2016 at 8:16 PM     
Survivor698 wrote:

CAsandie wrote:I sent the item earlier and the Post Office stated the only issue is it arrives at the US location and from there is transported overseas by the military. The fear is loss after tracking (yet, I think we have seller's protection since shipping is easily proved).


We are protected if tracking indicates delivered. Which it will if item is delivered.

Otherwise, we are then only protected on such a "lost" shipment if insured.


BTW - I rarely purchase any insurance not already provided by a carrier unless a Buyer insists and they pay extra for it. Otherwise, on like 99% of items sold, I consider myself self-insured. When I sell one of my watches at often $5000 or more, I do insure those.

I figure I have earned well more than enough money on the money that has not been spent on insurance, than what a loss or two or more will ever cost me on the typical sold item. And any such loss is also a write-off against bottom line.
No. 64     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Aug 19, 2016 at 3:42 PM     
Maybe I should have insured the item then. APO is delivered to the military installation..."but" it is shipped overseas by military hands and the tracking stops (as well as USPS's responsibility). Perhaps that is why many do not allow APO deliveries?

Sold another item today (nothing like you are though -- that's for sure...made my $9.00 sale and I'm happy)!

Thanks!

No. 65     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Aug 19, 2016 at 5:06 PM     
CAsandie wrote:

Maybe I should have insured the item then. APO is delivered to the military installation..."but" it is shipped overseas by military hands and the tracking stops (as well as USPS's responsibility). Perhaps that is why many do not allow APO deliveries?

Sold another item today (nothing like you are though -- that's for sure...made my $9.00 sale and I'm happy)!

Thanks!



I now see what you are saying. Not tracked to the ultimate final destination.

My APO shipments have been tracked to delivery to the address provided. As the Seller we only need verification parcel was delivered to address provided. In that case, eBay/PayPal does protect the Seller.
No. 66     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Aug 19, 2016 at 5:33 PM     
I am finding that pricing a popular item on eBay drives Buyers little differently than the process seen used by local retailers.

A price goes up and consumers start buying for fear it is going higher. Better "buy it now" thinking.

The price drops and consumers buy more for fear the price will go back up.
No. 67     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Aug 20, 2016 at 5:02 AM     
Survivor698 wrote:

I am finding that pricing a popular item on eBay drives Buyers little differently than the process seen used by local retailers.

A price goes up and consumers start buying for fear it is going higher. Better "buy it now" thinking.

The price drops and consumers buy more for fear the price will go back up.


This is interesting as far as those watching our items being sold. I have gone down on a price and an item was immediately bought that same day.

I am going on vacation soon and I am wondering how to put up that vacation notice. Do you know how? Can we take down our listings when we go on vacation? I have more ready to list and I'm fearful of listing, due to the planned vacation.



No. 68     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Stormchaser   Gender: M   Age: 63   on  Aug 20, 2016 at 11:10 AM     
CAsandie wrote:

Survivor698 wrote:

I am finding that pricing a popular item on eBay drives Buyers little differently than the process seen used by local retailers.

A price goes up and consumers start buying for fear it is going higher. Better "buy it now" thinking.

The price drops and consumers buy more for fear the price will go back up.


This is interesting as far as those watching our items being sold. I have gone down on a price and an item was immediately bought that same day.

I am going on vacation soon and I am wondering how to put up that vacation notice. Do you know how? Can we take down our listings when we go on vacation? I have more ready to list and I'm fearful of listing, due to the planned vacation.





I've been away from this awhile, but I do recall that you can take your listings down temporarily. Some vendors will do that just before Christmas, as their Christmas stocks are depleted and they don't want to deal with new orders they can't fulfill. I don't remember how, though.
No. 69     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Aug 20, 2016 at 6:24 PM     
CAsandie wrote:

Survivor698 wrote:

I am finding that pricing a popular item on eBay drives Buyers little differently than the process seen used by local retailers.

A price goes up and consumers start buying for fear it is going higher. Better "buy it now" thinking.

The price drops and consumers buy more for fear the price will go back up.


This is interesting as far as those watching our items being sold. I have gone down on a price and an item was immediately bought that same day.

I am going on vacation soon and I am wondering how to put up that vacation notice. Do you know how? Can we take down our listings when we go on vacation? I have more ready to list and I'm fearful of listing, due to the planned vacation.





Yes, there is a vacation mode you can put your account into. At this time I do not recall the process. But it sounds as if it would be much easier and more convenient than taking all your listings down. Personally I just extend the handling and delivery dates for my non-drop shipped items.
No. 70     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Aug 20, 2016 at 6:57 PM     
Survivor698 wrote:

CAsandie wrote:

Survivor698 wrote:

I am finding that pricing a popular item on eBay drives Buyers little differently than the process seen used by local retailers.

A price goes up and consumers start buying for fear it is going higher. Better "buy it now" thinking.

The price drops and consumers buy more for fear the price will go back up.


This is interesting as far as those watching our items being sold. I have gone down on a price and an item was immediately bought that same day.

I am going on vacation soon and I am wondering how to put up that vacation notice. Do you know how? Can we take down our listings when we go on vacation? I have more ready to list and I'm fearful of listing, due to the planned vacation.





Yes, there is a vacation mode you can put your account into. At this time I do not recall the process. But it sounds as if it would be much easier and more convenient than taking all your listings down. Personally I just extend the handling and delivery dates for my non-drop shipped items.


Thanks, Survivor -- The longest I can see on the drop down schedule is three days though (is there another place to extend delivery rather than the drop down on the actual listing)? I do have over 3 pages of listings now...so I see you point about taking them down.



No. 71     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Aug 20, 2016 at 7:01 PM     
CAsandie wrote:

Survivor698 wrote:

CAsandie wrote:

Survivor698 wrote:

I am finding that pricing a popular item on eBay drives Buyers little differently than the process seen used by local retailers.

A price goes up and consumers start buying for fear it is going higher. Better "buy it now" thinking.

The price drops and consumers buy more for fear the price will go back up.


This is interesting as far as those watching our items being sold. I have gone down on a price and an item was immediately bought that same day.

I am going on vacation soon and I am wondering how to put up that vacation notice. Do you know how? Can we take down our listings when we go on vacation? I have more ready to list and I'm fearful of listing, due to the planned vacation.





Yes, there is a vacation mode you can put your account into. At this time I do not recall the process. But it sounds as if it would be much easier and more convenient than taking all your listings down. Personally I just extend the handling and delivery dates for my non-drop shipped items.


Thanks, Survivor -- The longest I can see on the drop down schedule is three days though (is there another place to extend delivery rather than the drop down on the actual listing)? I do have over 3 pages of listings now...so I see you point about taking them down.





You are not looking very closely. In that same drop down menu to select 3 days are several options extending out to 30 days.
No. 72     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CarolineIsland828   Gender: F   Age: 59   on  Aug 20, 2016 at 7:18 PM     
I used to sell quite a few books on Ebay because the book rate is a lot cheaper than shipping other things.
No. 73     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  forgiven   Gender: M   Age: 63   on  Aug 20, 2016 at 9:08 PM     
CAsandie wrote:


Outside of having time to list everything, I've encountering another problem. I want to sell all my worldly belongings off though and find shipping for some items not realistic if desiring to make profit.




How serious are you about selling off ALL your worldly items? Why are you doing this? How about donating your car to me!

I have a friend who got rid of everything he could not fit into his motor home and now travels the country doing evangelism. He talks about the problem of how materialism affects our spirituality. It can be a very important issue.
No. 74     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Aug 20, 2016 at 10:04 PM     
Survivor --

You are not looking very closely. In that same drop down menu to select 3 days are several options extending out to 30 days.


Under handling time it just goes up to 3 days...under listing duration it does have varying times. Is that what you mean? Sorry I don't see anything beyond 3 days (on Ebay now looking). Thanks!

Caroline --

Books are great to sell! I just met a man at the post office (Ebay is truly keeping the USPS thriving) and he was teaching me the book business. As well, the lady who I sold my Dad's house to had a daughter that supported herself selling books on Ebay (they wanted to get me into back then, but I was working my gov job). This family blessed my new house (a circle prayer) and they kept giving me gifts after they purchased my dad's house ("real" Christians). I know God had his hand in the matter as I was a wreck when my Dad died and this family held me up. Okay off the topic of Ebay..., but it is a good business!

Forgiven --

How serious are you about selling off ALL your worldly items? Why are you doing this? How about donating your car to me!

I have a friend who got rid of everything he could not fit into his motor home and now travels the country doing evangelism. He talks about the problem of how materialism affects our spirituality. It can be a very important issue.


Way serious! I don't like things (except for shoes...a woman needs her shoes, but I have too many)...okay and clothes and hair products. I am considering moving out of CA as for my reason. We don't take things with us when we leave this earth and when we get older we just gather too much. Most I have to sell local though (antiques from my Dad and items I would not sell on Ebay).

Are you talking about my Uncle's car in the photo I had? LOL...he's upside down in that Camaro. You wouldn't want it! Expensive to maintain.

Your friend is correct. This life is very temporary and all we truly need is one another, food, shelter and clothing (and hair products)! He's a wise man!

No. 75     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Aug 21, 2016 at 1:36 PM     
Thought this was funny news article about a lady is selling her wedding dress on Ebay, the listing reads:

"Great condition but needs dry cleaning before wearing to get rid of the stench of betrayal."

http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/weddings/83393033/Divorcee-sells-wedding-dress-full-of-shattered-hopes-and-dreams-on-eBay


In reality, the idea was her brother's idea and the lady writes:

"Yes, he made a terrible and really hurtful mistake but he's got to live with that (and without me!) for the rest of his life. I forgive him and I'm very happy now so I hope he is too."

(not sure the brother's description of the dress will bring in bids)!

No. 76     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Aug 21, 2016 at 6:28 PM     
CAsandie wrote:

Survivor --

You are not looking very closely. In that same drop down menu to select 3 days are several options extending out to 30 days.


Under handling time it just goes up to 3 days...under listing duration it does have varying times. Is that what you mean? Sorry I don't see anything beyond 3 days (on Ebay now looking). Thanks!


No, that is not what I mean. Handling time can be extended to 30 days for "Buy It Now". Maybe it is different for an auction. I rarely if ever list anything via the auction format. Have simply found it the least profitable mode to sell most anything on eBay.
No. 77     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Aug 21, 2016 at 8:36 PM     
Survivor698 wrote:

CAsandie wrote:

Survivor --

You are not looking very closely. In that same drop down menu to select 3 days are several options extending out to 30 days.


Under handling time it just goes up to 3 days...under listing duration it does have varying times. Is that what you mean? Sorry I don't see anything beyond 3 days (on Ebay now looking). Thanks!


No, that is not what I mean. Handling time can be extended to 30 days for "Buy It Now". Maybe it is different for an auction. I rarely if ever list anything via the auction format. Have simply found it the least profitable mode to sell most anything on eBay.


I have no auctions either. It is only allowing me up to 3 days. Do you think your seller dashboard is different since you are a top rated seller?

No. 78     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Aug 22, 2016 at 9:34 AM     
CarolineIsland828 wrote:

I used to sell quite a few books on Ebay because the book rate is a lot cheaper than shipping other things.


Physical books are currently my top sellers on eBay. It varies from day to day, but I move like $500-$1000 gross value of books per day. Some days more when you take into account the books moved other than on eBay.

Many Buyer do complain about the slow delivery of book rate. In most cases I can do little about this, for my books sold are shipped directly from the publisher and they offer no other level of shipping other than book rate. In fact, one of the publishers even claims USPS restricts them to shipping at only UMS rate. I did not know USPS could do that, but I can only assume it is due to the high volume of books the publisher ships per day.
No. 79     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Aug 24, 2016 at 12:36 AM     
Survivor wrote: but I move like $500-$1000 gross value of books per day


I made $200.00 this month


Caroline, if doing Ebay as a business, I truly find it beneficial to purchase a lot of one item and just relist them when sold (there takes no time in relisting -- it's just pushing a button so essentially less work and time investment). I'm sure Survivor would agree with this.

Beyond this there is something else I want to do:

Cosmetics also sell good on Ebay and they take the lowest postage (beyond that of media rate [book]). It requires finding a store to buy their bulk overstock or items taken off stock (some packages have damage). A lot of people do this as they can pay pennies on the bulk cosmetics (.10 an item that can sell between 5.00 - $20.00 depending upon the item naturally). Also storage room for small items like this is minimal.

I'm actually now selling a high end cosmetic (SKINN) that I purchased in bulk off Ebay itself (and tripling the money I spent). I keep buying and reselling stuff for more money, albeit I am trying to sell off my stuff and business ideas keep getting in my way). :-p

Because they are the same item...I hit a button when it sells (and I've been selling one a day pretty much for the past two weeks).

No. 80     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Aug 24, 2016 at 8:50 AM     
CAsandie wrote:

Caroline, if doing Ebay as a business, I truly find it beneficial to purchase a lot of one item and just relist them when sold (there takes no time in relisting -- it's just pushing a button so essentially less work and time investment). I'm sure Survivor would agree with this.


I agree to a degree. Buying in quantity to obtain a better price and to have inventory available can be good, but I find it best to simply list that more than one are available. That way the listing stays "alive" and gains rank appearing first and/or at the top of searches due to your success with consistent sales activity from the same listing.
No. 81     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Aug 24, 2016 at 9:55 AM     
Experiencing the mid-week slow down. Just a few sales yesterday and it appears today may be just as slow. This happens on occasion, and then I get buried over the weekend.

I plan to be out of town for more than a week staring Friday. If I do get buried this weekend, fortunately most all the real popular items are now being drop shipped.
No. 82     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Aug 24, 2016 at 9:58 AM     
CAsandie wrote:

Survivor698 wrote:

CAsandie wrote:

Survivor --

You are not looking very closely. In that same drop down menu to select 3 days are several options extending out to 30 days.


Under handling time it just goes up to 3 days...under listing duration it does have varying times. Is that what you mean? Sorry I don't see anything beyond 3 days (on Ebay now looking). Thanks!


No, that is not what I mean. Handling time can be extended to 30 days for "Buy It Now". Maybe it is different for an auction. I rarely if ever list anything via the auction format. Have simply found it the least profitable mode to sell most anything on eBay.


I have no auctions either. It is only allowing me up to 3 days. Do you think your seller dashboard is different since you are a top rated seller?



No, I doubt that has anything to do with it. Even for the periods I am not top rated, up to 30 days is available and always has been.
No. 83     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Aug 24, 2016 at 10:37 AM     
Survivor698 wrote: That way the listing stays "alive" and gains rank appearing first and/or at the top of searches due to your success with consistent sales activity from the same listing.


Yes, better yet because you can save on insertion fees! For some reason though on my SKINN product...I have a quantity of two listed, but as soon as I get a best off and accept, the listing needs to be relisted. I don't know if this is with best offers or if Ebay is messing up (but I do see a lot of glitches occurring with Ebay?

At any rate -- I do agree, except that the focal point of "last one" can entice a buyer as well (it does me when I am trying to make up my mind about buying something). If I had a business as large as yours though -- there is no way I'd be relisting (I'd set quantity high too! I'm small potatoes on Ebay still, but can't stop seeing the business opportunities)!

No. 84     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Aug 24, 2016 at 10:44 AM     
No, I doubt that has anything to do with it. Even for the periods I am not top rated, up to 30 days is available and always has been.


Survivor -- then I will have to call Ebay to find this (will look again in a bit...but mine under the drop down "handling time" only goes to 3 day. I know I had my account settings set up so I would not get payment for 21 days from Ebay and Paypal said that was just changed the last I talked to paypal (and I'm not sure how I did that nor was I aware it was set on 21 days...lol)...so maybe something I have to call Ebay on (and will when our vacation nears).

Thanks!

No. 85     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Aug 24, 2016 at 2:00 PM     
CAsandie wrote:

No, I doubt that has anything to do with it. Even for the periods I am not top rated, up to 30 days is available and always has been.


Survivor -- then I will have to call Ebay to find this (will look again in a bit...but mine under the drop down "handling time" only goes to 3 day. I know I had my account settings set up so I would not get payment for 21 days from Ebay and Paypal said that was just changed the last I talked to paypal (and I'm not sure how I did that nor was I aware it was set on 21 days...lol)...so maybe something I have to call Ebay on (and will when our vacation nears).

Thanks!



Hmmm... I am not sure. Up to 30 days handling has been an option for me as far back as I can recall, and I receive my payments as soon as a transaction is paid for. eBay holds no payments of mine and never have. In fact, I receive no payments from eBay whatsoever and never have, other than credits/refunds back on the fees.
No. 86     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Aug 24, 2016 at 2:48 PM     
Survivor698 wrote:

CAsandie wrote:

No, I doubt that has anything to do with it. Even for the periods I am not top rated, up to 30 days is available and always has been.


Survivor -- then I will have to call Ebay to find this (will look again in a bit...but mine under the drop down "handling time" only goes to 3 day. I know I had my account settings set up so I would not get payment for 21 days from Ebay and Paypal said that was just changed the last I talked to paypal (and I'm not sure how I did that nor was I aware it was set on 21 days...lol)...so maybe something I have to call Ebay on (and will when our vacation nears).

Thanks!



Hmmm... I am not sure. Up to 30 days handling has been an option for me as far back as I can recall, and I receive my payments as soon as a transaction is paid for. eBay holds no payments of mine and never have. In fact, I receive no payments from eBay whatsoever and never have, other than credits/refunds back on the fees.


What I mean is the hold time on checks to clear (or in Paypal's case banking verification of funds). It is up to 7 days (in a pending status) before Paypal releases the funds to me now. You are correct though ... it's not Ebay...but paypal.

I just called Paypal on funds that were not released for over 7 days. Credit/debit cards and Paypal credit have instant payment, but they said the processing of bank verification can take up to 7 days. Ebay states "payment received," but Paypal holds the payment in a "pending" status until verification of funds.


No. 87     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Aug 24, 2016 at 6:55 PM     
CAsandie wrote: If I had a business as large as yours though -- there is no way I'd be relisting (I'd set quantity high too! I'm small potatoes on Ebay still, but can't stop seeing the business opportunities)!



I cannot keep up with all the income streams eBay has provided. I pretty much need to hire a couple people. But last time I attempted such, I could simply not get them on the same track as I and resorted back to doing it all myself, other than for migrating items to drop ship versus direct ship.

I have encountered a couple of wholesalers that claim they 100% integrate with my eBay account. In effect, they take care of everything. I simply select what I would like to sell from their inventory and they do all the rest. Otherwise, I only need to spend the money as it comes into my PayPal account.
No. 88     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Aug 24, 2016 at 6:57 PM     
Survivor698 wrote:

Experiencing the mid-week slow down. Just a few sales yesterday and it appears today may be just as slow. This happens on occasion, and then I get buried over the weekend.


Maybe I spoke too soon. Since posting this earlier, I have taken in almost $600 gross and have yet to experience the West coast and International Buyers this evening.
No. 89     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Aug 24, 2016 at 11:28 PM     
Survivor -- I have encountered a couple of wholesalers that claim they 100% integrate with my eBay account. In effect, they take care of everything. I simply select what I would like to sell from their inventory and they do all the rest. Otherwise, I only need to spend the money as it comes into my PayPal account.


I would never give out my account numbers and would ensure all things are on the up and up...it sounds too good of a deal! I want that deal!

Maybe I spoke too soon. Since posting this earlier, I have taken in almost $600 gross and have yet to experience the West coast and International Buyers this evening.


I sold my one item today (some lace ruffle shorts that were free to me ... I do wish I raised the price on these though, but too late (they were cute enough to sell for more).

Sales might have picked up because Ebay is offering buyers a 4% ebay bucks on sales. Ebay just finished a 6% Ebay buks on all sales and no min.

(Despite my one a day sales ... I am still so amazed how easy things are selling...way, way, way easy)!
No. 90     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Aug 28, 2016 at 2:37 PM     
I am wondering if it matters if a seller doesn't review us. I have all excellent reviews from sellers so far, but not all the buyers are reviewing and so my actual sales are not showing.

It is a percentage and does it matter?

Thanks!



No. 91     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Aug 28, 2016 at 4:18 PM     
Regardless if reviewed, your total number sold is only not shared when listing one at a time. If you keep a listing "live" by editing and increasing the number sold before last item is sold, sold total of the item is publicaly shared. I have also read that eBay has implemented a new feature that once activated automatically relists your item when sold, even when you only list one, but continues to provide total sold. I plan to turn this "on" for several of my listings.
No. 92     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Aug 29, 2016 at 10:46 PM     
Survivor698 wrote:

Regardless if reviewed, your total number sold is only not shared when listing one at a time. If you keep a listing "live" by editing and increasing the number sold before last item is sold, sold total of the item is publicaly shared. I have also read that eBay has implemented a new feature that once activated automatically relists your item when sold, even when you only list one, but continues to provide total sold. I plan to turn this "on" for several of my listings.


I have 4 pages of listings now...well it just dropped to 3 (I'm selling an item a day again and I'm running out of the most popular of items)! You can go look at my listings...I think I'm improving.

What I am asking is about our reviews. So I have 100% positive...but there are folks that have not given me reviews.

If we do not get a review (it looks like a lot of folks just don't like to review), does that hurt our overall score? Thanks.

No. 93     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Aug 30, 2016 at 12:00 AM     
CAsandie wrote:What I am asking is about our reviews. So I have 100% positive...but there are folks that have not given me reviews.

If we do not get a review (it looks like a lot of folks just don't like to review), does that hurt our overall score? Thanks.



My experience has been that maybe 1 out of 3-4 Buyers post a review.

It does not account against you. And it does not hurt overall score, for there is no overall score presented. The score is simply a value representing positive feedback percentage of reviews posted.
No. 94     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Aug 30, 2016 at 4:15 PM     
Survivor698 wrote:

CAsandie wrote:What I am asking is about our reviews. So I have 100% positive...but there are folks that have not given me reviews.

If we do not get a review (it looks like a lot of folks just don't like to review), does that hurt our overall score? Thanks.



My experience has been that maybe 1 out of 3-4 Buyers post a review.

It does not account against you. And it does not hurt overall score, for there is no overall score presented. The score is simply a value representing positive feedback percentage of reviews posted.


Good to know, Survivor!

(was a bit worried...I do take extra care in the packaging and mailing of my items right away).

Thank you!

No. 95     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Sep 1, 2016 at 2:02 PM     
For anyone following that might want to start an Ebay business...I'm not sure if I would send to APOs.

It's sad, but the problem I see is that after all this time -- I've still yet to see a "delivery" in the US. One then becomes reliant on: 1). the honesty of the buyer to state he/she did receive delivery by the "government" who transports the package after it reaches the US destination point (a military mail carrier)....and 2). You are reliant on the military mail carrier in a time of war not to loose the package. Where mine is sent is Europe (so less likely lost), still it's passing through a lot more hands than just the USPS.

Just stating this for consideration.

No. 96     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Sep 1, 2016 at 11:59 PM     
CAsandie wrote:

For anyone following that might want to start an Ebay business...I'm not sure if I would send to APOs.

It's sad, but the problem I see is that after all this time -- I've still yet to see a "delivery" in the US. One then becomes reliant on: 1). the honesty of the buyer to state he/she did receive delivery by the "government" who transports the package after it reaches the US destination point (a military mail carrier)....and 2). You are reliant on the military mail carrier in a time of war not to loose the package. Where mine is sent is Europe (so less likely lost), still it's passing through a lot more hands than just the USPS.

Just stating this for consideration.



I have shipped all over this world for several years including APOs and to very remote locations, with never an issue shipping to an APO.
No. 97     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Sep 2, 2016 at 12:06 AM     
Speaking of International shipments, on were as it convenient for me, I am quickly migrating away from eBay Global Shipping to directly shipping them myself. Although I lose the protection that eBay provides for lost shipments, I am able to offer much lower cost shipping than eBay provides, thus more than tripling the number of International sales, thus providing enough profit that if need be I can easily eat the loss on the few to no delivery issues.

Of the few to almost no delivery issues I have had, most all have been Domestic USPS shipments.
No. 98     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Sep 4, 2016 at 4:18 PM     
Domestically ins is rather cheap...so I'm not sure if you can buy insurance relatively cheap internationally.

My APO shipment still is not delivered and it's been so long...you said that Ebay does have insurance if lost in shipping then?

I am looking into selling on Amazon, something several ppl have been suggesting to me as of late (and their items tend to sell at a higher price. Since my items are new...I need to find out the fees, etc.).

No. 99     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Sep 5, 2016 at 9:17 AM     
CAsandie wrote:
I am looking into selling on Amazon, something several ppl have been suggesting to me as of late (and their items tend to sell at a higher price. Since my items are new...I need to find out the fees, etc.).



I have stopped selling on Amazon. Very easy for Buyers to rip you off, and Amazon provides no Seller protection. With a simple charge back initiation saying they were not the user of the card, they get their money back, keep the item, and you are 100% out.

After having such happen like 3 times in a row on items selling for as high as $500, I stopped selling on Amazon.

If I could come up with some way to protect myself on the regular losses incurred of selling on Amazon, I would definitely still sell there.
No. 100     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Sep 5, 2016 at 9:24 AM     
Holiday scene video projectors have recently become one of my fastest sellers. Have moved 7 in the past 24 hours or so.

The pre-packaged kits dropped shipped from the vendor are my easiest sell of the item, but I also have a version that I custom assemble that reaps a larger profit margin. At this time, I simply cannot find a vendor that can provide them to me quick enough at competitive cost, and as the Holidays approach it will likely become more difficult as the demand for such items grow.

When I posted the kit last week, I was one of only two Sellers on eBay offering them. I now see that at least 12 other Sellers are offering them. I am currently still one of the two lowest on price though.
No. 101     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Sep 5, 2016 at 10:53 AM     
I typically make no specific efforts to offer any items particular to Holidays. But this year I am already "gearing up" for such, and way earlier than I ever have when I have made efforts.
No. 102     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Sep 5, 2016 at 6:10 PM     
Survivor698 wrote:

CAsandie wrote:
I am looking into selling on Amazon, something several ppl have been suggesting to me as of late (and their items tend to sell at a higher price. Since my items are new...I need to find out the fees, etc.).



I have stopped selling on Amazon. Very easy for Buyers to rip you off, and Amazon provides no Seller protection. With a simple charge back initiation saying they were not the user of the card, they get their money back, keep the item, and you are 100% out.

After having such happen like 3 times in a row on items selling for as high as $500, I stopped selling on Amazon.

If I could come up with some way to protect myself on the regular losses incurred of selling on Amazon, I would definitely still sell there.


Thanks for this information -- good to know and consider.

No. 103     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Sep 5, 2016 at 6:17 PM     

Baseball cards...

Are there places that you know to sell these for a better price among collectors outside of Ebay?



With holiday items, Ebay usually allows a discount on fees. I might sell mine laying around if this occurs again this season in my desire to sell all the worldly items I possess that to me take up space and weigh me down (more than do me any good).

No. 104     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Sep 7, 2016 at 11:00 AM     
CAsandie wrote:

Baseball cards...



I have many thousands of Baseball cards I found at a Thrift Store years ago. Cases of them, maybe 8 cases. I am just sitting on them until they get older and increase in worth.

I got them for about $5-8 per case. What I mean by case is a box about the size of a 24 pack of pop or beer, but one card tall.

When I am very old I will begin researching them and selling them off. They will go up in value, it is only a matter of time.
No. 105     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Sep 7, 2016 at 8:08 PM     
For the most part, I pretty much only pay attention to number of items sold to decide if I should continue to keep offering a specific item.

I measure my overall success by average dollars per day. Currently averaging well over $350 per day.
No. 106     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Sep 7, 2016 at 8:11 PM     
Survivor698 wrote:

For the most part, I pretty much only pay attention to number of items sold to decide if I should continue to keep offering a specific item.

I measure my overall success by average dollars per day. Currently averaging well over $350 per day.


This is only for eBay. Until income tax time I do not closely pay attention to how much is being moved by other sales means.
No. 107     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  insular926   Gender: M   Age: 56   on  Sep 7, 2016 at 8:20 PM     
Ordered a floss holder, it came to me really fast, glad they still make it.
No. 108     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Sep 7, 2016 at 9:55 PM     
Insular -- they have a lot of things on Ebay that is hard to find.


Survivor -- I appreciate the fact that Ebay (under accounts) has a break down of sales and fees for filling out taxes.

No. 109     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Sep 7, 2016 at 10:00 PM     
Bullfighter279 wrote:

CAsandie wrote:

Baseball cards...



I have many thousands of Baseball cards I found at a Thrift Store years ago. Cases of them, maybe 8 cases. I am just sitting on them until they get older and increase in worth.

I got them for about $5-8 per case. What I mean by case is a box about the size of a 24 pack of pop or beer, but one card tall.

When I am very old I will begin researching them and selling them off. They will go up in value, it is only a matter of time.


When there used to be baseball card shops (do they have them anymore?), I used to collect, so I have a large collection myself (boxes) as does my Mom. One of her sets was worth $600.00 back then. I also went to baseball card auctions (do they have them anymore)?

I have my photo with famous baseball players and signed cards (the rookies could be worth something today). I have photos of me with them...so proof of the authenticity of signatures.

This was back in the late 80s and early 90s. I have a Sandy Koufax that is likely worth a lot (it's in a case).

I collected rookies and my Mom collected sets.

No. 110     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Sep 8, 2016 at 10:16 AM     
CAsandie wrote:

Bullfighter279 wrote:

CAsandie wrote:

Baseball cards...



I have many thousands of Baseball cards I found at a Thrift Store years ago. Cases of them, maybe 8 cases. I am just sitting on them until they get older and increase in worth.

I got them for about $5-8 per case. What I mean by case is a box about the size of a 24 pack of pop or beer, but one card tall.

When I am very old I will begin researching them and selling them off. They will go up in value, it is only a matter of time.


When there used to be baseball card shops (do they have them anymore?), I used to collect, so I have a large collection myself (boxes) as does my Mom. One of her sets was worth $600.00 back then. I also went to baseball card auctions (do they have them anymore)?

I have my photo with famous baseball players and signed cards (the rookies could be worth something today). I have photos of me with them...so proof of the authenticity of signatures.

This was back in the late 80s and early 90s. I have a Sandy Koufax that is likely worth a lot (it's in a case).

I collected rookies and my Mom collected sets.



Yes there are baseball card shops I pass coming and going to work. 2 different ones I think. A 3rd one is no longer around.

I have no idea what my collection is or will be worth but one time I pulled out some cards and looked at them and there seemed to be some going back to the 80's or so.

It probably isn't worth a whole lot right now or yet but will go up in value as the years progress.

I still haven't gone through the whole thing or looked at much in it but am just saving it for a rainy day.
No. 111     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Sep 8, 2016 at 8:42 PM     
I received an offer from eBay today to earn eBay Bucks as a Seller. This is the first time I have been aware that eBay does such. It is common to earn eBay Bucks as a Buyer. Of which eBay has paid me lots of eBay Bucks over the years. Many of my drop shippers are eBay Sellers. I simply have them ship the item to my Buyer.
No. 112     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Sep 8, 2016 at 8:48 PM     
I purchased a clearance priced lot of LED bulbs today for $1.90 each cash and carry. I see the same bulb selling for $9.95 and higher elsewhere.

I also purchased a clearance priced lot of a plumbing disconnect tool for the Shark Bite fittings for .01 each cash and carry. I see these selling for almost $30.00 each.
No. 113     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Sep 9, 2016 at 11:25 AM     
It has taken them much longer than it has in the past, but the competition is starting to move in on a few of my most popular selling items. These were some unique offers and not that easy to get without distributor authorization. But they have apparently acquired a source.

Oh well, I have located some other unique items, posting a couple of them in the past few hours, with more to come.

On the other hand, I have sifted through a lot of my postings the past couple of days, and "ended" several that have not produced income in the past 30 days. A couple idle postings I left "alive", for they never have produced much except as Holidays approach.
No. 114     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Sep 10, 2016 at 10:46 PM     

BF -- We used to have some local baseball card stores here, but they closed long ago....although a quick google search did come up with some (one that is not too terribly far).


Survivor -- Yes, I opened some new listings yesterday for the same offer you got (ebay bucks)...we only have until the 19th to make the sells on opened ads in the past two days (which will probably be easy for you).

Good acquisitions for resale (especially the plumbing disconnect which I have no idea what it is)! :-p

No. 115     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Sep 11, 2016 at 10:03 AM     
CAsandie wrote:
Survivor -- Yes, I opened some new listings yesterday for the same offer you got (ebay bucks)...we only have until the 19th to make the sells on opened ads in the past two days (which will probably be easy for you).


I have done extremely well on them already. Selling 3-4 items per day on the new ads, thus getting the eBay bucks.

Have you since received a new offer for listing ads via "snail mail" from eBay? They claim only select Sellers received this offer. It is related to listing cellphone items, of which I have sold a lot of in the past.
No. 116     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Sep 11, 2016 at 10:07 AM     
I am currently averaging well over $500 per day in sales. In fact, I am just under $1000 for the past 24 hours.
No. 117     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Sep 11, 2016 at 9:18 PM     
The past two days buried me in online orders, as well as I have a half dozen direct quotes to provide for bulk orders to supply "brick & mortar" stores.

Well more than half of my sales volume $$$ over the past two weeks have been International Buyers.
No. 118     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Sep 12, 2016 at 8:32 PM     
Another "huge" day for me on eBay. And still have yet for the West coast to "ring in".
No. 119     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Sep 12, 2016 at 8:49 PM     
My daily "sale a day" stopped!

I have 4 full pages again as well now after adding listings when we received the ebay bucks offer. I might need to lower my prices again.

I have planned a vacation for my Mom as her birthday gift and she might not be well enough to go...so I could list more I imagine as well now (just not "on" my "Ebay" right now).

I did not receive the last offer you received btw.




No. 120     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  crayons   Gender: M   Age: 60   on  Sep 12, 2016 at 9:09 PM     
CAsandie wrote:


I did not receive the last offer you received btw.
maybe these offers should be made to all of us or make this thread private between yerselves, How would You like it if i started makin private deals here in front of everyone? y'all would get pissed...jest sayin
No. 121     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Sep 12, 2016 at 9:17 PM     
crayons wrote:

CAsandie wrote:


I did not receive the last offer you received btw.
maybe these offers should be made to all of us or make this thread private between yerselves, How would You like it if i started makin private deals here in front of everyone? y'all would get pissed...jest sayin


Would we get mad?

Not really.

Just sayin'

mod. to say, we aren't making offers here to one another, but discussing Ebay offers that are made to others if selling on Ebay. Get some sleep, my friend. We are all friends posting in this thread.



No. 122     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Sep 12, 2016 at 9:18 PM     
CAsandie wrote:
I did not receive the last offer you received btw.


The offer stated it was being sent to those marketing cellphones, cellphone accessories, and/or cellphone services, which I do a considerable amount of business in that arena on eBay, directly, and via affiliates.
No. 123     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Sep 12, 2016 at 9:28 PM     

Survivor -- It's likely why I didn't receive that offer from Ebay then (I am just selling women's clothing, women's shoes (I sold the last of my ink cartridges to a really nice Christian) and a couple bulk item sales that are actually beauty products). :-p

I have held some really deep Christian discussions with a lot of sellers or buyers on Ebay...it's been a blessing in many ways.

I am glad you started the first Ebay thread and educated us on Ebay, Survivor (I'm not sure I ever thanked you, but I am doing so here: thank you).



No. 124     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Sep 14, 2016 at 9:35 AM     
I received a new 10% eBay bucks offer this AM.

I have been buried in sales everyday since the weekend. Almost seems as if Buyers are in a panic to buy.
No. 125     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Sep 14, 2016 at 3:31 PM     
CAsandie wrote:
Good acquisitions for resale (especially the plumbing disconnect which I have no idea what it is)! :-p


I was beginning to wonder if such an item was going to sell for me, but two sold this afternoon.

Typically, after one or two of something sells, the eBay ranking system moves my ad to the top or at least near the top, and more sales follow. Especially being I ship Internationally.
No. 126     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Sep 17, 2016 at 12:56 AM     
eBay sales really on a roll. Averaging over $600 per day for the past week.
No. 127     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Sep 17, 2016 at 2:37 AM     
My sales are still off at the moment. Just as well...while not going on the large vacation planned to Texas to visit relatives, I am going on a mini vacation soon.

BTW -- The APO went through and I received such a kind personal letter from the military women receiving her order. Very touching.

No. 128     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Sep 18, 2016 at 9:31 AM     
Of all the variety of things I sell, who would have thought video projectors would become my leading seller. I have been selling them for a while, but "out of the blue" they have become my best seller over the past month.

In fact, I have been in contact with the manufacturer of my most popular selling model about becoming an authorized distributor of their line of projectors and related accessories.
No. 129     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Sep 19, 2016 at 12:50 PM     

Aren't they heavy to ship, Survivor or is this a drop ship, so another is paying for shipping (that is what is good about drop shipping, although I have none myself).

I finally got a sale over the weekend. It seems the weekend is the most busy.

I am considering removing my best offer option from my listings (although they are useful at times). I had a person who wanted slippers for $3.49 yesterday and when I explained that will be shipping alone...they went up to a whopping $3.99? I've had this occur with jeans a few times too (where their offer would cover little beyond shipping)!

No. 130     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Sep 19, 2016 at 9:52 PM     
Woohoo! I just made my first International sell and I wanted to share this with anyone who might be new to Ebay or thinking to start an Ebay business (I know one member here is starting an EBay business who hasn't posted).

The global shipping program is the bomb! You pay domestic shipping and it ships to an Ebay facility in the US and the buyer will pay the additional shipping directly to Ebay.

The only down side is it appears that Paypal takes a larger fee that normal? I'm not positive, but I've sold the same dollar amount and a lesser fee was taken for that domestic order (maybe it's for the money conversion/exchange in that foreign dollars are being exchanged)?

At any rate -- I'm loving it!

No. 132     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Sep 21, 2016 at 4:03 AM     
Survivor698 wrote: Yes, there is a vacation mode you can put your account into. At this time I do not recall the process. But it sounds as if it would be much easier and more convenient than taking all your listings down. Personally I just extend the handling and delivery dates for my non-drop shipped items.


The vacation mode is only if you have a store front (which I do not...just 4 pages of listings).

That means I cannot put myself on vacation and would have to take down all my listings (I just spent a long time to find this out).

Survivor -- you must have a storefront and that is why you have different options than me (mystery solved)!


I also sold a pair of jeans (and have a best offer price "over" what I'm asking on a pair of slippers :-p) and Ebay is charging more than the flat rate padded envelop rate (for the jeans)? (they usually offer discounts and now I have to figure this out and am up all night before this mini vacation). I guess I will type her address and send this myself with no label, since Ebay is charging beyond the flat rate price.

Survivor -- I'm sure you are getting slammed due to the 8% ebay bucks offer they have for buyers now!

Anyway -- informational to those who are selling or thinking of selling!

No. 133     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Sep 29, 2016 at 10:46 AM     

Survivor -- Is there a cheaper shipping rate than USPS?

I've gotten on offer on my pair of Sketchers for sale and they weigh 1.2 pounds. Flat rate has gone up (with Ebay discount anything over 1 pound is still $6.00).

That makes it difficult. I sell beauty products for the same amount and they ship for only $2.60.

I know you sell large items from your house (printers), so how do you ship these with such high shipping costs?

Thanks!
No. 134     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Sep 30, 2016 at 12:38 AM     
CAsandie wrote:


Aren't they heavy to ship, Survivor or is this a drop ship, so another is paying for shipping (that is what is good about drop shipping, although I have none myself).



No. Although I sell more than one model, the average mini projector with all accessories and packaging does not hit 3 pounds. But I do drop ship 99% of them. I now sell 15-20 of them per day. More than double the old 7 per day average.
No. 135     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Sep 30, 2016 at 12:43 AM     
CAsandie wrote:

Woohoo! I just made my first International sell and I wanted to share this with anyone who might be new to Ebay or thinking to start an Ebay business (I know one member here is starting an EBay business who hasn't posted).

The global shipping program is the bomb! You pay domestic shipping and it ships to an Ebay facility in the US and the buyer will pay the additional shipping directly to Ebay.

The only down side is it appears that Paypal takes a larger fee that normal? I'm not positive, but I've sold the same dollar amount and a lesser fee was taken for that domestic order (maybe it's for the money conversion/exchange in that foreign dollars are being exchanged)?

At any rate -- I'm loving it!



Congrats!

To the best of my knowledge, there is no additional fee to sell via eBay Global Ship. But I do better bottom line shipping Internationally directly myself versus using eBay Global Ship. Fees and costs are higher for the Buyer via eBay Global Ship, therefore they would rather pay you extra to ship it versus paying eBay Global Ship.
No. 136     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Sep 30, 2016 at 12:46 AM     
CAsandie wrote:


Survivor -- Is there a cheaper shipping rate than USPS?



FedEx was the low cost shipper for the heavier items, but USPS has recently become quite competitive in that arena. UPS is also offering better rates lately, but UPS is currently my least liked carrier.
No. 137     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Sep 30, 2016 at 1:47 AM     
Survivor698 wrote:

CAsandie wrote:

Woohoo! I just made my first International sell and I wanted to share this with anyone who might be new to Ebay or thinking to start an Ebay business (I know one member here is starting an EBay business who hasn't posted).

The global shipping program is the bomb! You pay domestic shipping and it ships to an Ebay facility in the US and the buyer will pay the additional shipping directly to Ebay.

The only down side is it appears that Paypal takes a larger fee that normal? I'm not positive, but I've sold the same dollar amount and a lesser fee was taken for that domestic order (maybe it's for the money conversion/exchange in that foreign dollars are being exchanged)?

At any rate -- I'm loving it!



Congrats!

To the best of my knowledge, there is no additional fee to sell via eBay Global Ship. But I do better bottom line shipping Internationally directly myself versus using eBay Global Ship. Fees and costs are higher for the Buyer via eBay Global Ship, therefore they would rather pay you extra to ship it versus paying eBay Global Ship.


Thank you.

Paypal also charges us for the exchange of money (an extra fee was taken I noticed, so I am guessing that is what it was, it wasn't much).

You know you are right! The items were under 6 ounces and on my International chart that appears to be a lot less if I am reading the print out [off USPS] correctly). Ebay charged her $18.75 to Australia! I was shocked when I printed the receipt and saw the charge!

Thank you! It's something to definitely think about then (global sure charged her a lot...although I must say it's super easy to use).

If you are on Ebay...check out my last review (it made my day to have such an awesome review like that). On a pair of jeans I sold. I wrap my sales like gifts for ppl and include personal notes.
No. 138     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Sep 30, 2016 at 1:54 AM     
Survivor698 wrote:

CAsandie wrote:


Survivor -- Is there a cheaper shipping rate than USPS?



FedEx was the low cost shipper for the heavier items, but USPS has recently become quite competitive in that arena. UPS is also offering better rates lately, but UPS is currently my least liked carrier.


UPS seems a bit slower when I order things (and I don't like how they put things outside my garage or down the street even though my gate is open. I too have had issues with UPS! (whoops sorry Storm...I think he worked for them). :-p

Thanks Darrell. You are a great consultant.

No. 139     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Sep 30, 2016 at 5:11 AM     
Yesterday I discovered one of the domain names i used to own and accidentally let expire years ago is now selling at a premium rate of $250 regardless of which domain registrar I attempted to renew it through.

It is available, and no one owns it.

The reason it is going for so high is because I took that particular website to a fair amount of traffic and sales years ago.

Years later, it is still worth far more than the $5.99 I paid for the domain.

Eventually it will likely come down in price.
No. 140     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Sep 30, 2016 at 10:00 AM     
I have recently attempted to obtain two different domain names I once owned. One I cannot touch for less than $2500, the other is not entertaining offers less than $10000-$15000.
No. 141     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Oct 1, 2016 at 2:22 AM     
BF -- the domain you made for my prior business ... I "really" wish I had not allowed it to expire as well. With the vape/e-cig explosion (I was on the beginning of a boom) I'm sure it would have went for a good price. I just found the netfirm info on it the other day (mixed in with information on this house).

At times, we just have too many fires in the oven [is that the right saying?] I guess (and it seems the older we get the more we have going on).

I feel as if I've been fighting for "more time" since becoming an adult.

No. 142     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Oct 1, 2016 at 5:10 PM     
I have been away from home all day. Arrived home to find I am having what I think is my best sales day on eBay since I started. In fact, the past week and 30 days I think are also my best. This "boon" started in like April, and has simply snowballed. Currently averaging just shy of $1200 per day in sales.
No. 143     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Oct 1, 2016 at 8:27 PM     
Survivor698 wrote:
Currently averaging just shy of $1200 per day in sales.


Today is not over yet on eBay, and I am just shy of $1900.
No. 144     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Oct 1, 2016 at 10:11 PM     
Slipped over $2100 for the day with the most recent transaction just a few minutes ago.
No. 145     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Oct 1, 2016 at 11:19 PM     
Slipped over $2400 by midnight, which I consider the end of my current selling day. But eBay does not consider the end of the 24 hour selling period until 3AM in my time zone. Which lately, that 3 hour period has been very active with International Buyers.
No. 146     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Oct 2, 2016 at 2:41 AM     
By the close of eBay's 24 hour cycle, I had broke $3100 for the day.

Most all that I personally know selling on eBay are selling extremely more than they have been, compared to just a couple months ago.
No. 147     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  crayons   Gender: M   Age: 60   on  Oct 2, 2016 at 4:10 AM     
Good..Than Support this site. We see many here who proclaim how they have prospered,So its time to show your appreciation and put your money where your mouth is and keep this site funded with the necessary operating expenses that are needed for Randal to keep this site up.

Luke 16:1-13 KJV...Verse 13 "No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon." you may want to read
1-13 on yer own and come to yer own conclusion.

I will be sending at least another $100.00 Shortly and I Challenge the rest of you to give yer best a well.
No. 148     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Oct 2, 2016 at 4:36 AM     
crayons wrote:

Good..Than Support this site. We see many here who proclaim how they have prospered,So its time to show your appreciation and put your money where your mouth is and keep this site funded with the necessary operating expenses that are needed for Randal to keep this site up.

Luke 16:1-13 KJV...Verse 13 "No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon." you may want to read
1-13 on yer own and come to yer own conclusion.

I will be sending at least another $100.00 Shortly and I Challenge the rest of you to give yer best a well.


I used to be a very diligent "month after month" supporter of this site as well as known to donate "over and above", such as anonymously having paid the membership dues of others. Such as "pay it forward" or whatever one may desire to call it. I am sure Dev can confirm such.

Some time ago, I publically posted I was no longer going to fund a so called Christian site that allowed individuals to come in and treat Christians as they were being treated on MC at the time. I felt there were places I could go for free and have my Christian belief ridiculed.

To give Dev some credit, he did attempt to address the issues by way of creating a new forum category, were as these folks could then "bash" Christianity all they wanted. And as much as I may have disagreed with Dev's reasoning at time to allow such as he did, I have come to realize that ironically allowing such edged me towards being a better Christian. At least to do enough due diligence and research to understand that what I believed was truly Biblical, versus the errant use of Scripture in an effort to undermine Christianity as was going on in our General forum at the time.

But I do now say "shame on me", for not recently supporting MC financially.
No. 149     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Oct 2, 2016 at 4:46 AM     
CAsandie wrote:

BF -- the domain you made for my prior business ... I "really" wish I had not allowed it to expire as well. With the vape/e-cig explosion (I was on the beginning of a boom) I'm sure it would have went for a good price. I just found the netfirm info on it the other day (mixed in with information on this house).

At times, we just have too many fires in the oven [is that the right saying?] I guess (and it seems the older we get the more we have going on).

I feel as if I've been fighting for "more time" since becoming an adult.



I just got lucky!

I just checked on an old .net domain name I had accidentally let expire a few years back and the domain company who had bought it didn't renew it so it was available again!

I have been receiving a substantial amount of Pinterest traffic on a number of products I had "pinned" years ago and unfortunately that old domain name is the one that I had tied to them!

To change each and every item's domain name, which numbered in the thousands, to my current and main domain name would be a hurculean task.

The easier way is...

So I just bought my old name back for $9.99 and simply, "pointed" that .net name to the .com name I currently use so I should start receiving more traffic from all those old pins if people click on the pinned photos.

Whew!
No. 150     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Oct 2, 2016 at 4:48 AM     
Survivor698 wrote:

By the close of eBay's 24 hour cycle, I had broke $3100 for the day.

Most all that I personally know selling on eBay are selling extremely more than they have been, compared to just a couple months ago.


September, October, November & December have historically always been my best months for online sales. I receive more orders in those 4 months than at any other time of year.
No. 151     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Oct 2, 2016 at 4:53 AM     
Bullfighter279 wrote:
I just checked on an old .net domain name I had accidentally let expire a few years back and the domain company who had bought it didn't renew it so it was available again!


I regularly do the same, in hopes of snagging one or both of the two I would like back.

One appears to be being used for nothing. A company in France now owns the domain name. I have made offers to buy her back, but they counter with more than I desire to pay.

The other is being used as an adverting site and provides links to many other sites. Appears to be primarily a "link directory". They are asking so much I have not even bothered to make an offer, yet.
No. 152     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Oct 2, 2016 at 5:07 AM     
crayons wrote:

I will be sending at least another $100.00 Shortly and I Challenge the rest of you to give yer best a well.


There you go, as of this AM I am now an active financial supporter of MC again.

Maybe Dev lowered the rates, but appears I had forgotten how little is asked for per month.
No. 153     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Oct 3, 2016 at 11:56 AM     
Did just shy of $3500 yesterday.
No. 154     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Oct 3, 2016 at 12:08 PM     
CAsandie wrote:Survivor -- I'm sure you are getting slammed due to the 8% ebay bucks offer they have for buyers now!



I have been getting "slammed" regardless.

Speaking of eBay Bucks, mine were credited to me today. Less than I expected, but just shy of $100.

I lost a considerable amount due to a reseller/wholeseller cancelling 3 sizeable orders I had placed with them. They simply responded they could not ship and cancelled the orders, thus reversing the 8% of eBay Bucks I had potentially earned on each of those transactions.
No. 155     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Oct 3, 2016 at 7:44 PM     

I have been receiving a substantial amount of Pinterest traffic on a number of products I had "pinned" years ago and unfortunately that old domain name is the one that I had tied to them!

To change each and every item's domain name, which numbered in the thousands, to my current and main domain name would be a hurculean task.

The easier way is...

So I just bought my old name back for $9.99 and simply, "pointed" that .net name to the .com name I currently use so I should start receiving more traffic from all those old pins if people click on the pinned photos.

Whew!


BF -- I'm glad that worked out for you!
No. 156     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Oct 3, 2016 at 7:48 PM     
Survivor -- Wowzers...that is some serious earnings! Good for you.


Me...

I sold a pair of jeans for $20.00 (plus shipping). I was thrilled about this!

:rofl:


I appreciate you showing us how we all could have a lucrative business though if putting forth the effort (and literally not even having to leave our doorsteps)! I see the assortment of things you sell on Ebay and truly think that matters as well (knowing what sells, etc.).

No. 157     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Oct 4, 2016 at 11:17 AM     
CAsandie wrote:

Survivor -- Wowzers...that is some serious earnings! Good for you.




Looking back over the year this AM, in October I typically plan the end of year moves required to lessen and/or even avoid income tax on self-employed ventures, I see that my monthly revenue has been greater than in the past all year. But from May to the end of September, gross revenue has tripled. October, at least per daily revenue, is on track to exceed September.

In recent years past, I have intentionally reduced my eBay activity to simply not deal with it through the Holidays. But with most everything now drop-shipped, it has become pretty much a "piece of cake" to keep up with.

My daughter is also doing extremely well this year in the realm of online selling, but she has expanded to other than eBay with like three of her own websites now. But she direct ships most her sold products, with them often being her own customized creations or value added items.
No. 158     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Oct 4, 2016 at 7:47 PM     
I am glad you have taught your daughter well. As stated, I am glad you are sharing the viable business opportunities for others to consider.

I must say I am small potatoes, but still quite pleased with the Ebay experience over that of setting up at swap meets (which I did do for a while when I acquired too many belongings due to inheritances from family and friends).


No. 159     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Oct 4, 2016 at 10:15 PM     
CAsandie wrote:


I have been receiving a substantial amount of Pinterest traffic on a number of products I had "pinned" years ago and unfortunately that old domain name is the one that I had tied to them!

To change each and every item's domain name, which numbered in the thousands, to my current and main domain name would be a hurculean task.

The easier way is...

So I just bought my old name back for $9.99 and simply, "pointed" that .net name to the .com name I currently use so I should start receiving more traffic from all those old pins if people click on the pinned photos.

Whew!


BF -- I'm glad that worked out for you!


Just got done "pointing" the domain. Had to wait about 24 hours for glitches to be worked out with all the domain servers around the world to latch on. This is a standard time frame and websites will often "not work" for about a day or so when registering or pointing to a new domain.

Seems to be working now.

Added some new Leather Coats and Jackets, and "Pinned" them as well to Pinterest.

One thing about Pinterest I am noticing. Pins that you made YEARS ago will eventually make the rounds and others will pick up on them and re-pin them YEARS later!

How's this price for a Ladies Leather Coat? (Size small of course):

http://www.silvertechsales.com/oc/clothing/coats/ladies-italian-stone-leather-coat.html

I just added a script that prevents you from right clicking or copying and pasting anything on the page I have seen other sites do this as well for various reasons. Seems to work very well! I know that is aggravating for some including me with certain sites but I have reasons for joining the club and doing it.
No. 160     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Oct 4, 2016 at 11:04 PM     
How's this price for a Ladies Leather Jacket? (Size small of course):

http://www.silvertechsales.com/oc/ladies-italian-stone-leather-jacket.html


It says page can't be found.

I just added a script that prevents you from right clicking or copying and pasting anything on the page I have seen other sites do this as well for various reasons. Seems to work very well! I know that is aggravating for some including me with certain sites but I have reasons for joining the club and doing it.


Not sure if your script worked, since the server said page not found.

It could be my browse, but not sure.

No. 161     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Oct 4, 2016 at 11:09 PM     
CAsandie wrote:

How's this price for a Ladies Leather Jacket? (Size small of course):

http://www.silvertechsales.com/oc/ladies-italian-stone-leather-jacket.html


It says page can't be found.

I just added a script that prevents you from right clicking or copying and pasting anything on the page I have seen other sites do this as well for various reasons. Seems to work very well! I know that is aggravating for some including me with certain sites but I have reasons for joining the club and doing it.


Not sure if your script worked, since the server said page not found.

It could be my browse, but not sure.



LOL. You clicked it at the wrong moment! I was in the middle of changing it to a, "Coat" and moving it to the coat section.

I have since renamed the link so it will work now if you click the link I posted above. (Refresh your web page).
No. 162     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Oct 5, 2016 at 12:38 AM     
I was figuring this after I posted (yes, I saw the link on the other thread).


No. 163     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Oct 5, 2016 at 9:28 PM     
Having a good day today, but thus far only about 70% of what a typical recent day has garnered. But Wednesday often is my slowest sales day of the week.
No. 164     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Oct 7, 2016 at 12:37 PM     
When it comes right down to it, International orders have become my easiest orders to deal with, and they provide the greatest profit per effort.
No. 165     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Oct 8, 2016 at 9:22 PM     
I had two sales today (I jump for joy over two)!

I think one would have to assume a market that international buyers are interested in. My item was a beauty item. What is your international best sellers (if I can ask)?

I have made a purchase of more of the beauty items that I have found sell very easy, but I'm buying them on Ebay and selling them on Ebay (so due to reviews...the mark up very well might be noted by buyers).

How do you make things "private" on Ebay (for buyers and sellers). I note sometimes I make a purchase and it comes up as private and it's just household or clothing (I also purchased some clothing for resale a couple or few days ago / there are some wonderful deals on Ebay)!

Thanks!

No. 166     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Oct 8, 2016 at 11:53 PM     
CAsandie wrote:

I had two sales today (I jump for joy over two)!

I think one would have to assume a market that international buyers are interested in. My item was a beauty item. What is your international best sellers (if I can ask)?

How do you make things "private" on Ebay


Congrats on the sales.

I think you know my id. Everything you see that I have listed, about 50% of the sales are International for each. For the most part, the best sellers are exactly the same as they are for my US Buyers. Holiday items such as the projectors, strobe lights, LED lights, and books are my current best sellers with both US and International.

When you create a new listing, there is an option to make it private if desired. You may be able to edit a current listing and make it private.
No. 167     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Oct 8, 2016 at 11:56 PM     
Personally, I do not care for the private auction feature. I prefer that the item I sold can be seen by all and the feedback for that item seen. And if I am the Buyer, I prefer that others can see what the Seller sold, and whether I as the Buyer liked the item/service or not via feedback.
No. 168     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Oct 9, 2016 at 12:01 AM     
CAsandie wrote:I have made a purchase of more of the beauty items that I have found sell very easy, but I'm buying them on Ebay and selling them on Ebay (so due to reviews...the mark up very well might be noted by buyers).


Some of my best selling items, are shipped directly from other eBay Sellers to my Buyers. It is the way I earn most all my eBay bucks. Pretty much nothing I purchase on eBay is for my personal use.
No. 169     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Oct 9, 2016 at 12:17 AM     
So you sell the item and then buy it and put the buyer's shipping address? Or do you strike a deal with the other seller?

(And yes, I am following you on Ebay and have noted you sell quite a variety of things [not so much women things though who are now my total market after selling the last of my ink cartridges]). :-p

Thanks!



No. 170     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Oct 9, 2016 at 12:35 AM     
CAsandie wrote:

So you sell the item and then buy it and put the buyer's shipping address? Or do you strike a deal with the other seller?



Yes. At checkout you can enter whatever address you desire the item to ship to.

No, I initially strike no deal with the Seller. After a few such sells, some Sellers contact me and offer me a better price to continue to sell their items.
No. 171     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Oct 9, 2016 at 12:53 AM     
I am on the ragged edge of earning my Top Rated Seller status back. Such status can mean big bucks when moving as much in sales as I do. eBay rebates a Seller back 20% of their fees when Top Rated.

To maintain Top Rated you have to have a handling time of no more than 1 business day and post tracking within that same time frame.

During the summer I did not desire to be pressured to ship quickly, desiring to be free to disappear on short trips randomly. Thus I changed the handling time on all listings to be more than 1 day handling, with some as long as 15 days and longer.

An extended handling time is also an effective manner to provide cash flow to fund drop ships and other inventory that is not immediately on hand.

I am also known to do a lot of upfront pre-sales, which eBay allows if it is clearly noted in the posting. I have moved a lot of inventory quickly in just a matter of days with this method. I often use this when I opt to offer an item that is not readily available or released to the public yet. I will pre-order like a couple hundred of an item locking in a pre-release price, run the listing and collect the money for the orders, and then ship when available. Sometimes the vendors supplying me desire to be paid up front or maybe a deposit, but most the time require no payment until they can ship.
No. 172     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Oct 9, 2016 at 1:07 AM     
I've not seen a pre-sale. Do you have one now that I can view in your listings?

To be top rated you have to have 1000 sales, but is this a month or per year and I'd imagine maintenance would be required as well as near perfect feedback. It's certainly doable (I found shirts on Alibaba that I am certain would sell and the price tag ridiculously cheap if buying 1000 in bulk. I could see them selling daily like the beauty product I have just ran out of that sold daily.

Maybe one day I will try for this.

No. 173     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Oct 9, 2016 at 11:20 AM     
CAsandie wrote:

I've not seen a pre-sale. Do you have one now that I can view in your listings?

To be top rated you have to have 1000 sales, but is this a month or per year and I'd imagine maintenance would be required as well as near perfect feedback. It's certainly doable (I found shirts on Alibaba that I am certain would sell and the price tag ridiculously cheap if buying 1000 in bulk. I could see them selling daily like the beauty product I have just ran out of that sold daily.

Maybe one day I will try for this.



Although packing and shipping yourself can be a "pain", sometimes the financial rewards are worth it to buy huge lots of inventory. I have sometimes purchased all the remaining inventory of a vendor.

The most extensive deal I was ever involved in was like buying out an inventory of golf clubs, printers, and George Foreman grills all at like $9 each for a total of like $18000.

The golf clubs went for $180-$220 each, the printers for $150+ each, and the grills for $35-$50 each. In fact, for a period I was eBay's largest seller of George Foreman grills. A Buyer once messaged me as to how I come across so many grills. I jokingly responded "George is a down and out friend of mine stuck with a garage full of these things. I am helping him to unload them." Little did I know that the things would be very popular sellers to this day.

I do not have a current pre-sale per se. But it is little different than posting any other listing. eBay requires that it clearly states in the body of the listing that it is a pre-sale and the date item is expected to be shipped, thus entering an appropriate handling time to coincide. eBay provides some specific format for such postings such as the notice be of specific size font size, etc.. I simply post mine in bold read in the same size font as the title of my listing body directly following the title.

Pre-sales are great for new releases of items. I have often used them to sell coming electronics such as cell phones, for coming movie DVDs and video game releases, new books, etc.. It is actually "easy" money.
No. 174     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Oct 12, 2016 at 10:15 PM     
Survivor, I used to have friends that loved to go to yard sales (you can get things so terribly cheap). It would be great for Ebaying. I see some are buying from thrift stores it appears in bulk and resaling.

Thanks for sharing your experience. I got my bulk shipment of the beauty products to relist in today.

btw -- I love packaging and sending myself (I gift wrap items for my customers and write personal messages and want to include Christian messages [I will be going to see what I can find at the Christian Store soon]).

No. 175     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Oct 18, 2016 at 11:35 AM     
I am not sure how deeply I desire to get involved in this, but selling the digital Halloween and Christmas decorations has led to some side income. I am getting local requests to install and set them up for customers. Coincidentally, some years back I entertained starting a digital decorating service but got too busy with other priorities. I now maybe have the time.

Anyway, I set up one unit Sunday. Their neighbors, etc. have seen it. I typically drop these kits, but since Sunday I have directly picked up 9 units and have 3 more being delivered to me, to meet the indirect requests.
No. 176     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Oct 19, 2016 at 12:38 AM     
Interesting...

They have those lights that cover the entire house now and they stake in the ground and they operate like a strobe light with Christmas colors. Are you selling these? No installation and I see these selling like hot cakes!


I have a bunch of men's sweaters that I agreed to sell for someone here on MC that I've yet to list and have too (somehow they ended up in my Mom's closet)! :-p

I have found very super cheap women's clothing now on Ebay with free shipping (I'm not sure how they can make money if the shipping is more than the auction price)? They are a nonprofit and I'm wondering if nonprofits get shipping discounts now? Yet, I found another US seller selling clothing ridiculously cheap that is a for profit.

The problem is if it's over 16 ounces...it's $6.00 to ship with Ebay's discount in a flat rate padded envelope. So...clothing is not the best items to sell, imo (unless very light items that are under 16 ounces).


No. 177     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 54   on  Oct 19, 2016 at 5:52 AM     
CAsandie wrote:

I am glad you have taught your daughter well. As stated, I am glad you are sharing the viable business opportunities for others to consider.

I must say I am small potatoes, but still quite pleased with the Ebay experience over that of setting up at swap meets (which I did do for a while when I acquired too many belongings due to inheritances from family and friends).




Me and my Mother used to go to sell stuff at Flea Markets.

She would got to sell her hand made crafts and me to sell my junk.

We would set up separate tables side by side.

She had an antique shop for awhile but I never visited it. Can't remember why I think I was busy with work or something at the time.
No. 178     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Oct 19, 2016 at 7:16 AM     
CAsandie wrote:

They have those lights that cover the entire house now and they stake in the ground and they operate like a strobe light with Christmas colors. Are you selling these? No installation and I see these selling like hot cakes!


No, but have tried. Pricing has been too competitive to spend any time with to make it worth the effort. If I could obtain the quality brands at a competitive price, I would entertain it again. But already "washed out" a couple weeks ago on attempting to sell them.

Seems most shopping on eBay are willing to pay a premium. But those are available locally at competitive enough prices, they simply have not sold for me and/or I have been "shutdown" by the existing distributors.

I have only discovered one particular brand that appears worth owning, and that distributor exercise some pretty tight reigns and gets others quickly "shutdown" attempting to sell any of their line of products online as copyright violation.

Just this week, I received one of a competing brand in the mail. Have not had time to test it. If I like it, I can maybe attain these at a competitive price and get authorization to market them. Simply have too many "irons in the fire". The past two days are about the only days I have spent any time at home and/or specifically for myself in weeks. And I should not say that too quickly, being this is day 2 of that two day, and I have a meeting in town at 8:45 AM today to discuss a potential "income stream".
No. 179     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Oct 19, 2016 at 11:26 AM     
Bullfighter279 wrote:

CAsandie wrote:

I am glad you have taught your daughter well. As stated, I am glad you are sharing the viable business opportunities for others to consider.

I must say I am small potatoes, but still quite pleased with the Ebay experience over that of setting up at swap meets (which I did do for a while when I acquired too many belongings due to inheritances from family and friends).




Me and my Mother used to go to sell stuff at Flea Markets.

She would got to sell her hand made crafts and me to sell my junk.

We would set up separate tables side by side.

She had an antique shop for awhile but I never visited it. Can't remember why I think I was busy with work or something at the time.


After my Dad passed me, friends and my Mom set up at swapmeets (our flea markets) regularly.

They are tough here though (folks steal things and you need two people watching one's things at all times). It's really bad. One is not though and Koby, you get to at least set up without worrying about theft.

It was also hard because you have to get up very early (either pack the vehicle the night before or in the dark forty hours).

Some go to the swap meets late, but have difficulty parking and finding spaces.

My Mom still suggests we go sometimes ... but I prefer Ebay much more. I think Ebay as well offers more customers and a larger swapmeet/flea market, so pricing is a bit higher (regardless of shipping sucking some of the profits).

If my Dad were here -- he'd love Ebay and I'd likely be teaching him or selling his things for him. My Dad also set up at swapmeets. He took less and I enjoyed going with him.



No. 180     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Oct 19, 2016 at 11:30 AM     
Survivor698 wrote:

CAsandie wrote:

They have those lights that cover the entire house now and they stake in the ground and they operate like a strobe light with Christmas colors. Are you selling these? No installation and I see these selling like hot cakes!


No, but have tried. Pricing has been too competitive to spend any time with to make it worth the effort. If I could obtain the quality brands at a competitive price, I would entertain it again. But already "washed out" a couple weeks ago on attempting to sell them.

Seems most shopping on eBay are willing to pay a premium. But those are available locally at competitive enough prices, they simply have not sold for me and/or I have been "shutdown" by the existing distributors.

I have only discovered one particular brand that appears worth owning, and that distributor exercise some pretty tight reigns and gets others quickly "shutdown" attempting to sell any of their line of products online as copyright violation.

Just this week, I received one of a competing brand in the mail. Have not had time to test it. If I like it, I can maybe attain these at a competitive price and get authorization to market them. Simply have too many "irons in the fire". The past two days are about the only days I have spent any time at home and/or specifically for myself in weeks. And I should not say that too quickly, being this is day 2 of that two day, and I have a meeting in town at 8:45 AM today to discuss a potential "income stream".


I knew you would know what I was talking about! :-p

They are very competitively priced (you can get them on TV very cheap off of an info commercial now).

I hope your meeting today is productive! Blessings.

No. 181     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Oct 21, 2016 at 10:55 PM     
Last month chimed in as my best month ever on eBay as far as gross sales total. We have 10 days left in this month, and gross sales is about to exceed last month. Over the past couple days sales have somewhat slowed, but with 10 days left sales would have to be at just about nil for me to not pass last month.

I have some new value added packages in the works, and expecting a big finish for the year with these. I have spent some hands on time this past week with like six different video projector models. Think I have it narrowed down to the couple I am going to feature allowing two to maybe even four custom specific digital decorating projector packages to add to the four I already offer.
No. 182     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Oct 23, 2016 at 2:11 AM     
I like the best offer feature, but I am considering removing these from my listings, as I am rather flooded by the very low offers received (flooded for me is one a day). I have had some reasonable best offers though...so maybe I will just set up an auto response if possible on the lower bids? I'm not sure it's possible, but for some reason believe it might be...(there are so many auto features. I amazes me that Ebay is programs to know the size of the label required for shipment on different sized items)!!!

No. 183     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Stormchaser   Gender: M   Age: 63   on  Oct 23, 2016 at 12:37 PM     
CAsandie wrote:

I like the best offer feature, but I am considering removing these from my listings, as I am rather flooded by the very low offers received (flooded for me is one a day). I have had some reasonable best offers though...so maybe I will just set up an auto response if possible on the lower bids? I'm not sure it's possible, but for some reason believe it might be...(there are so many auto features. I amazes me that Ebay is programs to know the size of the label required for shipment on different sized items)!!!



As I recall, there is a mechanism to have automatic responses to lower bids, going on up to your minimum reserve.
No. 184     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Oct 23, 2016 at 5:10 PM     
Thanks Storm,

I don't place reserves and don't do many auctions (most are buy it now or best offer listings [well all are at this time]).

I got another real low best offer today and noticed yesterday "prosperity" in the username of the person. It is likely folks trying to underbid for resale of my items.

Appreciate your thoughts here. I might call Ebay to see how to place an auto decline of best offers, unless they are at a reasonable distance from my buy it now price.



No. 185     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Oct 23, 2016 at 7:14 PM     
CAsandie wrote:
I amazes me that Ebay is programs to know the size of the label required for shipment on different sized items)!!!



You provide the size of the package to eBay when you post the listing.
No. 186     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Oct 23, 2016 at 9:26 PM     
Survivor698 wrote:

CAsandie wrote:
I amazes me that Ebay is programs to know the size of the label required for shipment on different sized items)!!!



You provide the size of the package to eBay when you post the listing.


Do I? Not that I'm aware of. Ebay's program calculates this for me and I think it's an awesome program. The labels automatically go up to a larger size if the package is larger and all of Ebay's weight are calculated correctly every time (I have a scale and double check anyway just in case). The only thing is, it does not automatically choose flat rate when over 16 ounces and I have to choose that or put in the weight if using another option (but I haven't found a rate to beat the flat rate USPS...although someone told me to look at DHL as of late).

Have you ever used DHL?



No. 187     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Oct 24, 2016 at 1:53 AM     
CAsandie wrote:

Survivor698 wrote:

CAsandie wrote:
I amazes me that Ebay is programs to know the size of the label required for shipment on different sized items)!!!



You provide the size of the package to eBay when you post the listing.


Do I? Not that I'm aware of. Ebay's program calculates this for me and I think it's an awesome program. The labels automatically go up to a larger size if the package is larger and all of Ebay's weight are calculated correctly every time (I have a scale and double check anyway just in case). The only thing is, it does not automatically choose flat rate when over 16 ounces and I have to choose that or put in the weight if using another option (but I haven't found a rate to beat the flat rate USPS...although someone told me to look at DHL as of late).




Yes. If you do not provide when listing is posted, you have to provide it to print shipping via eBay. Thus they then know what size to make the label.

I only use DHL for some International shipments.

Also there are much lower cost rates from USPS other than their flat rate, especially if under 1 pound, and even for most other weight ranges. Flat is really only a bargain if item is like over 10 pounds.
No. 188     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Oct 24, 2016 at 12:04 PM     
Survivor -- what I am stating is there is a program that guesses the size of the package unless you manually input the size (I do not when creating my listings). It is the same Program no doubt that lets us know what similar items (or the same item) have sold for on Ebay. I'm just admiring how easy Ebay is for users and commenting for those seeking to sell on Ebay.

I weigh my objects and that program has been correct 99% of the time (there was only one item that weighed more than guessed by Ebay when I went to print a lable, so I normally do nothing but print the label.

Also there are much lower cost rates from USPS other than their flat rate, especially if under 1 pound, and even for most other weight ranges. Flat is really only a bargain if item is like over 10 pounds.


This is what I use to determine USPS postal pricing (as well as looking at what Ebay has to offer, The Ebay postal label has always offered me a postal discount of between .02 to 1.58 ).

https://postcalc.usps.com/

I can not find any better USPS rates over 16 ounces (which is a pound...or am i incorrect)? Under a pound it's $2.60-$3.60 (always cheaper).

I have shoes to ship that are just over a pound (1.5 with packing) and USPS wants to charge over the flat rat of $6.80 (padded envelope) for regular first class mail. Outside of media...I don't know of any other discounted mailing rate.

Please let me know how I can obtain a greater discount than flat rate if 1.5 lbs (or under 10 lbs as you have stated). Im struggling with pricing due to the $6.00 postage (it's $6.80 at the post office, but Ebay gives a discount, so it ends up being $6.02 for the flat rate padded envelope I just shipped last week that weighted about 3 pounds).

Much appreciated!
No. 189     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Oct 27, 2016 at 9:36 PM     
CAsandie wrote:

Please let me know how I can obtain a greater discount than flat rate if 1.5 lbs (or under 10 lbs as you have stated). Im struggling with pricing due to the $6.00 postage (it's $6.80 at the post office, but Ebay gives a discount, so it ends up being $6.02 for the flat rate padded envelope I just shipped last week that weighted about 3 pounds).

Much appreciated!


My personal experience is the variable rate per weight of package, is always discounted to be less than flat rate with few exceptions. But you have to enter your package dimensions and weight. The few exceptions are when an item may be somewhat heavy for its size. Then sometimes using USPS flat rate packaging is less. Even first class for less than 16oz is most often always less costly by entering the exact weight of parcel than opting for a USPS flat rate.
No. 190     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Oct 27, 2016 at 9:39 PM     
Survivor698 wrote:

CAsandie wrote:

Please let me know how I can obtain a greater discount than flat rate if 1.5 lbs (or under 10 lbs as you have stated). Im struggling with pricing due to the $6.00 postage (it's $6.80 at the post office, but Ebay gives a discount, so it ends up being $6.02 for the flat rate padded envelope I just shipped last week that weighted about 3 pounds).

Much appreciated!


My personal experience is the variable rate per weight of package, is always discounted to be less than flat rate with few exceptions. But you have to enter your package dimensions and weight. The few exceptions are when an item may be somewhat heavy for its size. Then sometimes using USPS flat rate packaging is less. Even first class for less than 16oz is most often less costly by entering the exact weight of parcel.


How far the parcel is shipping also plays a factor. In that case, I most always find FedEx less costly when the parcel is going further than a somewhat nearby state.
No. 191     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Oct 27, 2016 at 9:56 PM     
Survivor698 wrote:

Last month chimed in as my best month ever on eBay as far as gross sales total. We have 10 days left in this month, and gross sales is about to exceed last month. Over the past couple days sales have somewhat slowed, but with 10 days left sales would have to be at just about nil for me to not pass last month.

I have some new value added packages in the works, and expecting a big finish for the year with these. I have spent some hands on time this past week with like six different video projector models. Think I have it narrowed down to the couple I am going to feature allowing two to maybe even four custom specific digital decorating projector packages to add to the four I already offer.


Although the projector sales dropped off drastically as Buyers realized they would likely not have them in time for Halloween decorating, sales of a new item over the past 24 hours kicked in and push me well over last month's sales total. I just listed that item like 2 days ago. I was actually only test marketing the item, thus only making a few available. I was away from home all day and all sold before I got back home. I have relisted them as well as expanded with similar items. My guess is that people are buying these as early Christmas gifts or reselling them.

Over the past couple days I have received communication from UK/Ireland customers that my prices on items such as the projector packages and other demand electronics, are more than 50% less than they pay in their countries, even after taking into account the costs of shipping, import fees and taxes.
No. 192     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Oct 28, 2016 at 10:33 AM     
I regularly ship up to a 3 pound set of books. The discounted rate on the flat rate up to 70 pound box that these fit in, is $11.60. To ship it Priority Mail based on actual weight is only $6.40. Parcel rate based on actual weight is $6.72. Then of course the lowest rate being Media Mail is only $3.09.

Although all my direct ships do not qualify to be shipped as Media Mail, they otherwise fall into being similar as above unless light enough to mail as a First Class package. Then depending on actual weight, is most often as little as like $2.40 to as much as $3.90.

I can see were as if your shipments do not qualify for First Class package rate and will fit in a flat rate padded envelope, then the rate being less otherwise. For me, such is most never the case. I can package using my own materials and ship for less by exact weight and size, when and if size matters. It does not until the dimensions exceed what deems it irregular.
No. 193     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Oct 28, 2016 at 5:08 PM     
Although I already have an MCer or two as customers that have been for well over 15 years now, I recently have new customers that are MCers.
No. 194     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Oct 28, 2016 at 10:43 PM     
Survivor -- USPS flat rate envelope is $6.45, but cheaper if buying shipping through Ebay ($5.74 I believe...I use the padded envelope for $6.02 with Ebay's discount). Everything under 16 ounces ships for (using Ebay's discount) between $2.60 - $3.60 usually (their discounts seem to vary as once I was offered 16 ounces for $2.45 (before the USPS increase to $2.60).

Cool about MC customers.



No. 195     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Oct 29, 2016 at 10:50 AM     
Have you seen eBay's new valet service. You simply drop your items off at an approved local receiving center such as FedEx or UPS, the items are packaged by them and shipped to eBay free of shipping costs, eBay sells them and provides you a portion of the selling price.

Probably not great for the average reseller. But if going to let your "stuff" go for whatever you can get in such as a garage or rummage sale, may be a great alternative.

I am already "eyeing" items sitting around I may "test" the service with.
No. 196     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Oct 29, 2016 at 10:58 AM     
CAsandie wrote:

Survivor -- USPS flat rate envelope is $6.45, but cheaper if buying shipping through Ebay ($5.74 I believe...I use the padded envelope for $6.02 with Ebay's discount). Everything under 16 ounces ships for (using Ebay's discount) between $2.60 - $3.60 usually (their discounts seem to vary as once I was offered 16 ounces for $2.45 (before the USPS increase to $2.60).

Cool about MC customers.





Not a bad price.

For my typical 3 pound or so items not going to a neighboring state, I can ship FedEx Smartpost for less than $6.00. I have also learned that my local post office will accept the FedEx Smartpost labeled packages, thus typically cutting the delivery time in half. Being Smartpost shipments typically start at FedEx and get passed off to USPS somewhere in the delivery process with USPS being the final carrier. I save on cost and my time and travel, and reduce the delivery time by simply printing a FedEx label but dropping at my USPS office. The local FedEx is considerably further away from me.
No. 197     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Oct 29, 2016 at 11:28 AM     
Another good thing with shipping with FedEx, in addition to typically beating USPS by $2-$5 on anything not going to a neighboring state, is that you do not pay for the shipping until delivered. Kind of helps when your process depends on "float" to stay "afloat". When the FedEx label is scanned at delivery, only then does my account get hit for the shipping cost.
No. 198     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Oct 29, 2016 at 1:53 PM     
I had a 5 lb. package to ship to Texas today. The rate with USPS was just under $20. I shipped it with FedEx for less than $12.

Even flat rate with USPS was almost $16.
No. 199     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Oct 30, 2016 at 2:38 AM     
Thanks Survivor! I have to check out Fed-Ex for sure (and I have one close by).

I definitely need a break if I am to lower my prices (which I might have to do on some of my items).

I had a 5 lb. package to ship to Texas today. The rate with USPS was just under $20. I shipped it with FedEx for less than $12.

Even flat rate with USPS was almost $16.


How big was the actual package? I make things fit in the flat rate envelope that I wouldn't normally do.

That is expensive.

(which reminds me I was going to talk about inflation in some areas on the frothy bubble thread -- I am out of the market myself except one stock that is still up in a down due to purchasing at a historic low [well beyond my non-self directed retirement fund with the gov that is actually doing fairly well despite the ups and downs and current down]).

Looking into fed-ex for sure!


No. 200     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Oct 30, 2016 at 2:49 AM     
CAsandie wrote:
I had a 5 lb. package to ship to Texas today. The rate with USPS was just under $20. I shipped it with FedEx for less than $12.

Even flat rate with USPS was almost $16.


How big was the actual package? I make things fit in the flat rate envelope that I wouldn't normally do.


Maybe expensive, but the contents in the package cost me less than $19 and sold for $70.

I do not recall the exact size of the box, but the items would not fit in the medium flat rate USPS box. I tried. They fit in the large flat rate box, but then that was $16. It was only $11.91 going with FedEx.

I packaged items this evening that USPS wants almost $9.00 to ship. I am shipping each box with FedEx for like $5.05.
No. 201     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Oct 30, 2016 at 2:51 AM     
Survivor698 wrote:

Maybe expensive, but the contents in the package cost me less than $19 and sold for $70.


BTW - Those less than $19 total cost items now cost me 25% less. My source lowered my cost today. I relisted more of them.
No. 202     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Oct 31, 2016 at 4:07 PM     
Speaking of "finds" for potential online sales, lots of "stuff" as much as 75% off at the moment being promoted as Halloween celebration merchandise, but still purchased by many all throughout the year. But shelf space is "valuable", and stores are moving it to make room for Christmas promotions.
No. 203     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Nov 3, 2016 at 1:03 AM     
Over the past 2-3 days I have bought out several of the remaining seasonal items at 3 local stores. I got these things at prices so low per item that my current online sales of most all of them is 10-15X more than my cost.

This will allow me to lower prices and still realize a nice return.
No. 204     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Nov 4, 2016 at 12:31 PM     
Survivor, Are sales picking up or what? They sure are for me and I ran out of bags (just got purchased some on Ebay auctions yesterday that will show up Monday, but in the meantime making do with what I can find in my garage.

I've saved so many boxes...but they are so heavy. The poly mailers saves in postage.

No. 205     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Nov 4, 2016 at 12:51 PM     
CAsandie wrote:

Survivor, Are sales picking up or what?


I just came out of my best gross sales month ever, and this month is moving at a brisk pace.

Yesterday, I hit 4-6 more stores(I have lost count), and picked up their end of season inventory for pennies on the dollar.

Such inventory means I may have to pack and ship, but the additional profit margin makes the time and effort very worth it. I say may, because I am considering Amazon for doing some of my shipping as well as eBay's new valet service for such merchandise.

I use a lot of poly mailers. Although I do have boxes around, I now get rid of most as they arrive. Take up to much space unless I break them down, and they do add weight resulting in greater shipping costs.
No. 206     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Nov 5, 2016 at 9:17 PM     
I have a sizeable "kickback" coming from PayPal for October. It us usually paid out at first of the month. For some reason they have stalled on this large one. I have received a response they have experienced some kind of processing delay, and that they funds will be credited to my account in 3-5 days.
No. 207     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Nov 6, 2016 at 12:42 PM     
I ordered and just received some decorated poly mailers from a lady that started her Ebay business from home...and now owns two large warehouses in two different states.

The auction I won is donated (100%) to wounded warriors.

I am glad these came in as it appears to be a busy time of the year!

Happy for you about your best selling month, Survivor!

No. 208     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Nov 10, 2016 at 8:21 PM     
CAsandie wrote:

I ordered and just received some decorated poly mailers from a lady that started her Ebay business from home...and now owns two large warehouses in two different states.


My daughter uses decorated poly mailers. She orders very unique ones. I simply use whatever I have on hand. I pick up whatever at clearance sales, Amazon deal of the day, recycle used ones, etc..

My home now looks like a warehouse. I have picked up clearance inventory at like 4-6 more local stores as well as clearance inventory from several online vendors for pennies on the dollar of typical price.

The "stuff" is moving. Things have been a little slow since end of Halloween season, but have greatly picked back up today. I have posted several new listings.

October did end as my best month for gross sales ever, by far. Those last few days of the month buried me, and then all of a sudden "turned off".
No. 209     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Nov 10, 2016 at 8:25 PM     
Speaking of mailers. I often purchase large padded envelopes at greatly discounted bulk prices. They are way too large for most my direct shipments. But I cut them resulting in 4 smaller mailers that accommodate most of what I ship from home.
No. 210     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Nov 10, 2016 at 8:32 PM     
I am likely somewhat "behind the eight ball" to do such now, but at this time of year for the past 2-3 years, electric turkey fryers were have been a huge selling success for me. I have simply been so busy, I have not taken the time this year to locate a reasonable source to drop ship them for me. Having said that, I have waited this late prior, and actually found my best deals by waiting late. The vendors were already discounting greatly having accumulated too much inventory that was not moving as they expected. But they have sure moved for me in the past. I kept a Masterbuilt Butterball brand back for myself and have yet to try it.
No. 211     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Nov 11, 2016 at 2:48 AM     
Survivor -- Part of my house and my garage looks like a warehouse too (I have three bedrooms here and have started using one of my Mom's three bedrooms). I didn't plan it this way though. :-p

Smart idea about buying the large mailers and cutting them into smaller bubble mailers. I purchased 50 - 5 x 7s for less than $5.00/ebay recently for the beauty products I sell frequently.

lol...turkey fryers would do good this time of year!



No. 212     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Nov 12, 2016 at 7:04 PM     
Yep, for some reason my number of items selling has slowed greatly since the first of the month. But what is selling has somewhat changed. Items providing multiple times greater profit margin are now moving.
No. 213     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Nov 12, 2016 at 11:23 PM     
Ironically enough, I had a slow down as well. I'm actually rather glad as I'm terribly busy now (I'm okay for now with this slow down continuing for a bit).

No. 214     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Nov 13, 2016 at 6:17 PM     
and...ironically enough, I take a day off at the hospital and sales picked up again. Rather good timing. :-p

No. 215     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  insular926   Gender: M   Age: 56   on  Nov 13, 2016 at 6:25 PM     
I'm currently dealing with a dispute concerning a Seller right now on EBAY.

I bought a Dr. Mercola Ceramic Skillet and the Seller failed to pack it correctly, the box it came is barely fit the ceramic skillet, he had put it in a bubblewrap envelope but no backing, when the skillet arrived, the handle of the skillet was poking through the box and the handle was broke in two, I paid 28 bucks for the thing but all he's willing to give me was 10.99 which I paid for the skillet minus shipping, I called EBAY and they told me to deny it and deal with them and I could get the full refund, the seller doesn't take returns, all I have to do is to wait until Wednesday and call EBAY again which I'm going to do. The Seller told me he packed it well, WRONG!
No. 216     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Nov 13, 2016 at 7:33 PM     
insular926 wrote:

I'm currently dealing with a dispute concerning a Seller right now on EBAY.

I bought a Dr. Mercola Ceramic Skillet and the Seller failed to pack it correctly, the box it came is barely fit the ceramic skillet, he had put it in a bubblewrap envelope but no backing, when the skillet arrived, the handle of the skillet was poking through the box and the handle was broke in two, I paid 28 bucks for the thing but all he's willing to give me was 10.99 which I paid for the skillet minus shipping, I called EBAY and they told me to deny it and deal with them and I could get the full refund, the seller doesn't take returns, all I have to do is to wait until Wednesday and call EBAY again which I'm going to do. The Seller told me he packed it well, WRONG!


You do not have to call eBay at all. Simply click on "Return item" and select "Arrived damaged". Does not matter whether the Seller takes returns or not. You are protected under the eBay Protection Policy. Even if Seller refuses to take the item back, you get your money back.
No. 217     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  insular926   Gender: M   Age: 56   on  Nov 13, 2016 at 7:40 PM     
Survivor698 wrote:

insular926 wrote:

I'm currently dealing with a dispute concerning a Seller right now on EBAY.

I bought a Dr. Mercola Ceramic Skillet and the Seller failed to pack it correctly, the box it came is barely fit the ceramic skillet, he had put it in a bubblewrap envelope but no backing, when the skillet arrived, the handle of the skillet was poking through the box and the handle was broke in two, I paid 28 bucks for the thing but all he's willing to give me was 10.99 which I paid for the skillet minus shipping, I called EBAY and they told me to deny it and deal with them and I could get the full refund, the seller doesn't take returns, all I have to do is to wait until Wednesday and call EBAY again which I'm going to do. The Seller told me he packed it well, WRONG!


You do not have to call eBay at all. Simply click on "Return item" and select "Arrived damaged". Does not matter whether the Seller takes returns or not. You are protected under the eBay Protection Policy. Even if Seller refuses to take the item back, you get your money back.



I already clicked on arrived damage button, it was after this that the Seller offered only the price of the item, EBAY said I have to wait a few more days before they step in.
No. 218     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Nov 13, 2016 at 7:54 PM     
insular926 wrote:I already clicked on arrived damage button, it was after this that the Seller offered only the price of the item, EBAY said I have to wait a few more days before they step in.


That is correct. You have to wait the process out. But even if the Seller refuses to take the return, eBay refunds you in full including cost of shipping if you paid any, and they then deal with taking the money back from the Seller.
No. 220     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Nov 13, 2016 at 8:23 PM     
My fastest selling item ever on eBay has been Confederate flags. Sold like $1500 worth in less than 30 minutes.

Not selling quite as fast, but currently ranking tied with my second fastest seller are the Trump pens:

No. 221     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Nov 13, 2016 at 8:27 PM     
CAsandie wrote:

Ironically enough, I had a slow down as well. I'm actually rather glad as I'm terribly busy now (I'm okay for now with this slow down continuing for a bit).



The first couple of days this month started well, then the switch slipped to slow.... Sells have picked back up considerably over the weekend.

Have a new contact that I am potentially going to be able to obtain brand new top quality clothing from at wholesale.
No. 222     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Nov 15, 2016 at 5:33 PM     

I am delivering 4 packages on my way to the hospital tomorrow...that is good for me. Almost like a business for someone only trying to get rid of things! :-p


Insular -- just wait for Ebay to step in and they will make the seller provide a return shipping label (or Ebay will under their buyer guarantee program). I've been in your position and Ebay is really good about it. PLEASE though be the first to contact them to step in (it matters I've noted, but a decision can always be reversed I've found out as well). Hugs Bradley (sorry you had an issue). Sorry I didn't check in on MC earlier. I think you owe me a telephone call anyway, Sir!


Survivor -- that is a scary face on the Trumpster pen!

No. 223     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Nov 15, 2016 at 10:34 PM     
CAsandie wrote:
Insular -- just wait for Ebay to step in and they will make the seller provide a return shipping label (or Ebay will under their buyer guarantee program). I've been in your position and Ebay is really good about it. PLEASE though be the first to contact them to step in (it matters I've noted, but a decision can always be reversed I've found out as well). Hugs Bradley (sorry you had an issue). Sorry I didn't check in on MC earlier. I think you owe me a telephone call anyway, Sir!


I am dealing with half a dozen and more cases per week. I have been "burned" most every time I have been the first to ask eBay to step in. Seems they rule in the other party's favor by default most every time. On the other hand, I have then appealed and got the decision reversed every time. It is simply an inconvenience though.

I have found it best to do nothing other than respond when requested, unless it is an eBay Global ship transaction. I have to be very pro-active on those cases if I do not desire to mess with an appeal. Otherwise, I most often wait cases out most never asking eBay to step in any longer. Ebay then finally closes the case in may favor when the case times out. If they do not, I then appeal and win a reversal.

On the rare occasion that eBay may not satisfy me, PayPal steps in and makes me whole.

On Global Ships that have gone awry, Pitney Bowes has made be whole.

There has been many an occasion were as more than one has compensated for any loss, and I actually end up with a gain when all is said and done.

If you have clearly been wronged, you do not lose when you have performed a transaction via eBay and PayPal. Either eBay or PayPal covers you.
No. 224     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Nov 17, 2016 at 9:46 PM     
Sales of the talking Trump pens have slowed down. I had to raise the price and extend the delivery date out there a ways until I can confirm how soon the manufacture can provide me with more.

I did just post a new listing for a very similar item, a talking Trump button, but same as with the pens, awaiting confirmation on how soon I can get them.

With previous offerings, it has not been unusual for Buyers to pay me in full for merchandise they know they may not see for more than 90 days, just to get on a waiting list.
No. 225     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  insular926   Gender: M   Age: 56   on  Nov 20, 2016 at 11:10 AM     
Ebay just notified me and told me that I got a full refund on that skillet, gosh, I hope that the seller now doesn't want me to send it back to him because I already glued the broken handle back together.
No. 226     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Nov 20, 2016 at 9:48 PM     
insular926 wrote:

Ebay just notified me and told me that I got a full refund on that skillet, gosh, I hope that the seller now doesn't want me to send it back to him because I already glued the broken handle back together.


If you are required to return it, eBay would have notified you of such and requested proof of return before issuing refund. If the Buyer or eBay happen to provide a pre-paid label for return, I would then also assume you are obligated to make a return.
No. 227     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  insular926   Gender: M   Age: 56   on  Nov 20, 2016 at 10:32 PM     
He has made it quite clear to me that he doesn't take returns so I think I'm probably in the clear, he also knows that I glued the handle back together, it looks tacky but it works, the cooking surface that is, looks like I got a free skillet.
No. 228     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Nov 21, 2016 at 8:46 PM     
insular926 wrote:

He has made it quite clear to me that he doesn't take returns so I think I'm probably in the clear, he also knows that I glued the handle back together, it looks tacky but it works, the cooking surface that is, looks like I got a free skillet.


A Seller may not want to accept returns, but under certain conditions eBay requires the Seller to do so. When item is damaged or defective, not as described, etc.. But a Seller can opt to provide a full refund and allow Buyer to keep the item.

I do this when it is obviously not worth the cost and/or effort to have the item returned. As is often the case with International transactions. But sometimes the return is required for me to obtain credit from my source. In that case, I arrange for the vendor to also "eat" the return shipping costs.
No. 229     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Nov 21, 2016 at 8:53 PM     
Sales have picked up today, but overall this has been a strangely slow month. I am currently down over 65% compared to last month, but up over 22% when compared to this time last year. And up more than 10% when compared to the eBay community/market average for same period last year. In fact, even my current down over 65% leave me as doing more than 10% better than the overall eBay market average for the past month. But that tells me that overall, sales are down for eBay in general.
No. 230     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Nov 23, 2016 at 8:24 PM     
insular926 wrote:

He has made it quite clear to me that he doesn't take returns so I think I'm probably in the clear, he also knows that I glued the handle back together, it looks tacky but it works, the cooking surface that is, looks like I got a free skillet.


Insular -- I'm glad it worked out for you.



No. 231     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Nov 24, 2016 at 7:26 PM     
Lately I have been dealing with more and more "strange" transactions. Out of the blue I receive a personal email that someone is still awaiting delivery with a "copy and paste" of their PayPal payment record included. I locate the transaction in my eBay records and notify them that item has shipped, still in transit, and the details are provided in the eBay transaction record. They respond back that they did not even realize they made the purchase via eBay. State they did a search with a search engine or some buying website, and purchased the item there when my item popped up as a result of their search.
No. 232     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Nov 24, 2016 at 7:28 PM     
I now have Buyers buying those "Donald Trump pens" in quantities of 5 and more per transaction.
No. 233     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Nov 26, 2016 at 11:31 AM     
Sales took off on Thanksgiving Day. I am now back to pre-November results per day.
No. 234     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Nov 26, 2016 at 2:09 PM     
Several days ago my daughter stated she has been successful in disputing and/or appealing "unfair" eBay returns. Although I have won most all appeals, I have never really attempted to dispute a return case still open.

Recently I have started doing so when cause has been just. Thus far eBay/PayPal has ruled in my favor on all. I typically do not get that many return requests, but the recent increase in sales has resulted in some.

Most all appear to "lie" and state the item arrived defective and/or an incorrect item was received, when the item operates fine when I receive it but obviously now used or their own photos indicate they have opened and used the item for it not being what they purchased. Thus far, I am winning these cases. Ironically, the Buyer shoots themselves in the foot with the contradicting statements they provide and photos posted. I typically only have to ask eBay to review the communications and photos from Buyer.

I most recently had a Buyer claim their projector purchased is not inoperative. But they go on to explain it stopped functioning after they used it with a 3rd party power transformer. I have no idea why they did not simply use the included AC/DC transformer. They filed a claim to return the item for full refund and me to also pay return shipping. I received the item back with the internal power supply obviously "burned up" from the incorrect transformer. I have been winning such cases based on their own statements.

Another Buyer recently claimed they did not receive the correct item and requested a return with me paying return postage. They posted a photo of the item still sealed in the packaging and appearing brand new indicating they have not opened or used the item being it was not what they desired. What I received back was the package torn open and the item obviously used. Their own photos did them in on this one.
No. 235     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Nov 26, 2016 at 4:33 PM     
$60 more in sales and this will be my best day since Nov 3rd.
No. 236     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Nov 27, 2016 at 1:35 PM     
Two more days to list up to 500 items with no insertion fees!

No. 237     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  insular926   Gender: M   Age: 56   on  Nov 27, 2016 at 1:59 PM     
A glued together skillet works pretty good, at least it's only in the handle.
No. 238     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Nov 29, 2016 at 12:06 AM     
I don't know Sandie. We must be doing something different or shipping to far different locations. I picked up some of the flat rate envelopes from my USPS office, and set about to package and ship some under 4 pounds shipments this evening. The flat rate was more than 3 times what I pay to simply ship in my own poly mailers.
No. 239     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Dec 1, 2016 at 1:52 AM     
Survivor --

Are you stating you can ship 1-4 pounds cheaper than the $6.10 (the Ebay cost now for the flat rate padded envelope that is $6.80 at USPS)?

I did talk to the post office and they told me that it also depends on the state you are shipping the package too (on domestic mail). I took a leather jacket I am selling and they priced my shipping for me. If shipped to a near by state, it would be cheaper for me to take it to the post office (around $12.70), but it would be cheaper to ship in the medium flat rate box for $13.45 if being sent to NY or states on the east coast and around the same price for mid states. The leather jacket is less than 4 pounds.

Are you sure you aren't getting a bulk discount as you sell so much more than I do? I imagine businesses such as Walmart has to have a corporate shipping discount to offer free shipping if purchasing a certain amount.


Insular --

A lady that I ordered a shirt from for $10.00 accidentally mixed up shipments and sent me a rather expensive fur trimmed jacket. Her shipping method was a medium flat rate box (so $13.45) to ship the jacket to me (that someone else ordered). I feel so sorry for her. . She ended up refunding us both and allowing us to keep what was accidentally sent. I will likely list the item since the jacket is too large for me. I didn't ask the seller for any refund -- she did it automatically. I might actually gift the jacket to a cousin (not sure). The lady would be at a $27.00 loss if she sent a label to me for me to sent it back (13.45 her and then 13.45 back), although the jacket is worth $80.00 ... we have to sell cheaper than worth on Ebay, so she had sold the jacket for $25.00 plus shipping (also refunded to the other buyer).

At any rate, my heart goes out to her.

No. 240     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Dec 3, 2016 at 9:41 PM     
CAsandie wrote:

Survivor --

Are you stating you can ship 1-4 pounds cheaper than the $6.10 (the Ebay cost now for the flat rate padded envelope that is $6.80 at USPS)?


No, I am saying I am shipping 1-4 pound parcels at as much as less than one third the $30-$40 rate of those USPS Flat Rate shipping envelopes, by simply using my own packaging and paying the rate based on exact weight.

The shipping cost discount we enjoy at eBay is not based on how much we ship individually. It is simply a commercial rate that eBay negotiated via Pitney Bowes and others. As eBay members, we all pay the same rate if we print the labels via eBay and/or PayPal.

I often do ship by other means that match those eBay provided rates. My own USPS/Stamps.com rates are essentially the same as eBay for USPS.
No. 241     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Dec 4, 2016 at 9:34 AM     
Survivor,

Yes, I opened a USPS account and noticed the same discount as Ebay in my attempt to try to find cheaper shipping!

So I think I finally have figured out what is being said here. It is likely the items you are shipping do not fit in the 6.80 flat fee padded envelope (around $6.00 with Ebay)and if so then using one's own packaging you are finding it significantly cheaper.

This is good to know as I do have an exercise item I might be listing soon that is larger (however I haven't weighed it yet...it could be over 4 pounds, which to my understanding now you are stating could ship for less than the medium and large flat rate boxes if "under" 4 pounds. I have to weigh the item to find out though). TY. The information you have provided for years here on MC has been such a great help. Just to let you know how appreciated you are. Blessings.

No. 242     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Dec 4, 2016 at 5:23 PM     
CAsandie wrote:

Survivor,

So I think I finally have figured out what is being said here. It is likely the items you are shipping do not fit in the 6.80 flat fee padded envelope (around $6.00 with Ebay)and if so then using one's own packaging you are finding it significantly cheaper.


The last items did fit. But the flat rate envelope cost was $30-$40 versus like $10-$14 to use my own packaging and ship by exact weight. I most always ship for considerably less using my own packaging than using any of the flat rate envelopes or boxes. Occasionally the flat rate series is less for some domestic shipments up 70 pounds, but most often not. There was a time shipping flat rate did cost less most all the time, whether it be Domestic or International. That changed a long time ago.
No. 243     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Dec 5, 2016 at 12:58 AM     
Survivor698 wrote:

CAsandie wrote:

Survivor,

So I think I finally have figured out what is being said here. It is likely the items you are shipping do not fit in the 6.80 flat fee padded envelope (around $6.00 with Ebay)and if so then using one's own packaging you are finding it significantly cheaper.


The last items did fit. But the flat rate envelope cost was $30-$40 versus like $10-$14 to use my own packaging and ship by exact weight. I most always ship for considerably less using my own packaging than using any of the flat rate envelopes or boxes. Occasionally the flat rate series is less for some domestic shipments up 70 pounds, but most often not. There was a time shipping flat rate did cost less most all the time, whether it be Domestic or International. That changed a long time ago.


Then I'm still confused. The highest flat rate charge for the large box is $18.75 (weight unlimited). Ebay gives us the commercial rate so it would cost $16.35. I don't see a flat rate for $30.00-$40.00? Are there bigger boxes not listed here? USPS link (scroll to flat rates):

https://www.usps.com/ship/priority-mail.htm

BTW -- Did you get asked to be part of a seller's pilot program by Ebay this week?

Thanks.




No. 244     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Dec 5, 2016 at 8:55 AM     
CAsandie wrote:

Survivor698 wrote:

CAsandie wrote:

Survivor,

So I think I finally have figured out what is being said here. It is likely the items you are shipping do not fit in the 6.80 flat fee padded envelope (around $6.00 with Ebay)and if so then using one's own packaging you are finding it significantly cheaper.


The last items did fit. But the flat rate envelope cost was $30-$40 versus like $10-$14 to use my own packaging and ship by exact weight. I most always ship for considerably less using my own packaging than using any of the flat rate envelopes or boxes. Occasionally the flat rate series is less for some domestic shipments up 70 pounds, but most often not. There was a time shipping flat rate did cost less most all the time, whether it be Domestic or International. That changed a long time ago.


Then I'm still confused. The highest flat rate charge for the large box is $18.75 (weight unlimited). Ebay gives us the commercial rate so it would cost $16.35. I don't see a flat rate for $30.00-$40.00? Are there bigger boxes not listed here? USPS link (scroll to flat rates):

https://www.usps.com/ship/priority-mail.htm

BTW -- Did you get asked to be part of a seller's pilot program by Ebay this week?

Thanks.






I have found the so called "flat rate envelope" is not really a "flat rate" across the board to all destinations. It is a "flat rate" per destination, thus the $30-$40 cost in many cases. I have specifically spoken to my local Postmaster about it, because quite simply I became confused as to why the posted much lower rate did not apply when I went to ship. He agrees that in most cases I am already shipping such packages the lowest cost method by packaging myself and paying by specific weight and passing on the "flat rates".

Even when the so called "flat rate" does apply, I can most often ship for less by packaging myself with my own materials. The package has to be almost maxed at the weight limit before it saves me anything.

Are we talking about the pilot returns program? I opted to not participate. Besides, I am already a licensed pilot.
No. 245     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Dec 9, 2016 at 2:49 PM     
Survivor -- It's a seller's beta test for new changes that are coming to Ebay soon.

It's additional tools for sellers (just got through touring the changes I was asked to rate).



No. 246     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Dec 17, 2016 at 10:05 PM     
LOL. I have had a Fitbit laying around here that I purchased well over a year ago, and never really used. Threw her on eBay today, and less than 4 hours later she sold for about $90. Around $15 more than I paid for it over a year ago.

I have had a 1000 amp power station/compressor sitting around here purchased about 7 months ago. Used her a little and she works great, but a few weeks later I opted to buy a 1400 amp model. Thus no longer really needing the 1000 amp model, she went on eBay today also. Sold for over $100. I purchased it for like $75.
No. 247     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Dec 17, 2016 at 10:09 PM     
Survivor698 wrote:
I have had a 1000 amp power station/compressor sitting around here purchased about 7 months ago. Used her a little and she works great, but a few weeks later I opted to buy a 1400 amp model. Thus no longer really needing the 1000 amp model, she went on eBay today also. Sold for over $100. I purchased it for like $75.


There is now an 1800 amp model I have my eye on at The Home Depot. Maybe good bye to the 1400 amp already.
No. 248     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Dec 18, 2016 at 9:27 AM     
Survivor -- I have an odd situation to run by you...

I have sold an item to a person who just joined Ebay and has never purchased anything before (joined Dec 16, 2016).

The seller address is in FL and has two last names (repeated, so the same name twice). My instinct has concerns:

What do you think? Have you had to use seller protection? The funds are already in my Paypal account (so it's paid).


Also -- Fex Ex Smart Post I found way cheaper on an item I sent out yesterday. I saved $3.00 shipping a robe that was 2 pounds and that could not fit into the small flat rate envelope (so $6.10 for the padded corporate discount that Ebay gives us). I would have had to pay around $9.70 through USPS. Fed-ex cost $6.80. The Fed Ex worker who I explained I was selling on Ebay asked me where I had been, explaining that Fed Ex is much cheaper and a gentleman in line smiling told me it is for items over 1 pound and up to 70 pounds.

It does however take 2 -7 days for delivery though (my order yesterday was sent to LA).


No. 249     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Dec 18, 2016 at 5:33 PM     
CAsandie wrote:

Survivor -- I have an odd situation to run by you...

I have sold an item to a person who just joined Ebay and has never purchased anything before (joined Dec 16, 2016).

The seller address is in FL and has two last names (repeated, so the same name twice). My instinct has concerns:

What do you think? Have you had to use seller protection? The funds are already in my Paypal account (so it's paid).


Also -- Fex Ex Smart Post I found way cheaper on an item I sent out yesterday. I saved $3.00 shipping a robe that was 2 pounds and that could not fit into the small flat rate envelope (so $6.10 for the padded corporate discount that Ebay gives us). I would have had to pay around $9.70 through USPS. Fed-ex cost $6.80. The Fed Ex worker who I explained I was selling on Ebay asked me where I had been, explaining that Fed Ex is much cheaper and a gentleman in line smiling told me it is for items over 1 pound and up to 70 pounds.

It does however take 2 -7 days for delivery though (my order yesterday was sent to LA).




I would compare the eBay Buyer details with their details on PayPal. If they match as far as address shipping to and email address, and it is of status "OK to Ship", then I would not worry about it. You are protected by both eBay and PayPal.

Yes, where have you been? FedEx shipping is most always less for me if going further than a neighboring state. I shared such long ago. And for Smart Post, I can drop at my local post office. Thus not having to go considerably out of my way as I typically do to ship FedEx.
No. 250     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Dec 18, 2016 at 11:14 PM     
Survivor -- Thanks. The name checks out the same on Paypal (same double last name), but this is the first buy the person is making on Ebay (sort of odd to me that my item would be the first purchase that someone would make...the item not overly unique nor at an inexpensive price point -- studded flats/shoes). All my other sellers had reviews/longevity on Ebay.

I've never had to assert the seller guarantee and I might be overly concerned.

Have you had a brand new member with no reviews purchase from you before?

About Fed Ex -- I thought we were discussing USPS, my error no doubt (likely busy when you posted this, but excited to learn cheaper pricing is available).

Thanks and blessings

No. 251     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Dec 27, 2016 at 1:37 PM     
I really got slammed the last couple of days leading up to Christmas. My health and fitness items became the big sellers. In fact, in less than a 72 hour period just prior to Christmas, I sold $6000 worth of such items alone my cost. The gross dollar amount was much more, with a profit margin of more than 60% on some items.

All said and done though, I was only up a little more than 10% over gross sales for the same period last year. But I guess even that is very good, being I really did not put much effort into selling for the Christmas season any more than I typically do throughout the year. I had plans to, but was just too busy with life.

From what I read, I should consider that "up more than 10%" individually very good. I have read that eBay sales overall, were down well more than 10% for the season.
No. 252     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Dec 27, 2016 at 1:54 PM     
CAsandie wrote:
Have you had a brand new member with no reviews purchase from you before?


A couple most every day. Close to half my Buyers the last few days leading up to Christmas, were new eBayers with 0 feedback. Such is common.
No. 253     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 102   on  Dec 31, 2016 at 12:46 PM     
Survivor ... Not a way to start 2017, -- I got my first scammer! . :-p

I am being told by a buyer that an item arrived damaged, however, the packing was indestructible short of running over it with a postal truck (the product was in a double reinforced box further put in a bubble wrapped poly mailer). USPS said the package did not suffer damage in transit (priority mail delivered in 3 days).

Ebay stated due to the initial investigation that the buyer's account is being suspended (there is cause to believe this buyer is making the same claims with other sellers in volume).

Yet, I'm told still that doesn't free me from loosing my item as well as a forced refund to include shipping and fees (I'm told she could destroy the item and send photos of it, which causes issues for the resolution center even if it is not believed to have occurred in shipping [I had photos of the manufacturer box in my listing which proves a double reinforced box around the item send]). So far she has sent no photos -- just claims that can't hold any validity due to her admission that the package had no damage and I know I sent a brand new item that could not sustain damage due to the extensive packing done.

Any advice, since you stated above that you have gone through the resolution process before with buyers?



No. 254     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 102   on  Dec 31, 2016 at 2:28 PM     
CAsandie wrote:

Survivor ... Not a way to start 2017, -- I got my first scammer! . :-p

I am being told by a buyer that an item arrived damaged, however, the packing was indestructible short of running over it with a postal truck (the product was in a double reinforced box further put in a bubble wrapped poly mailer). USPS said the package did not suffer damage in transit (priority mail delivered in 3 days).

Ebay stated due to the initial investigation that the buyer's account is being suspended (there is cause to believe this buyer is making the same claims with other sellers in volume).

Yet, I'm told still that doesn't free me from loosing my item as well as a forced refund to include shipping and fees (I'm told she could destroy the item and send photos of it, which causes issues for the resolution center even if it is not believed to have occurred in shipping [I had photos of the manufacturer box in my listing which proves a double reinforced box around the item send]). So far she has sent no photos -- just claims that can't hold any validity due to her admission that the package had no damage and I know I sent a brand new item that could not sustain damage due to the extensive packing done.

Any advice, since you stated above that you have gone through the resolution process before with buyers?





Unless cost prohibitive, I insist on the item's return. Some items are so low cost it is not worth paying for the return. Unless eBay deems something different that allows you to keep your money, you are likely going to have to provide a refund upon return of the item. I would then file an appeal with eBay. I have been successful several times now with appeals after having to provide a refund.
No. 255     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Jan 4, 2017 at 11:05 AM     
Considerable turn-around since Christmas. I am currently on a sales pace 10% more than 30 days ago.
No. 256     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  Jan 4, 2017 at 4:04 PM     
I am not selling too much now, but I did sell a large item though (leather jacket), so that was nice.

Thank for your advice above, Survivor (sorry for the delay in thanking you). The buyer claiming a damaged item never filed [just a private e-mail to me] or sent photos to prove damage as requested, so I hope that is over. I did mention to the buyer that USPS's tracking record reported no damage to the package (and they are required to if damage occurs) and I haven't heard anything since.

No. 257     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  Jan 8, 2017 at 3:51 PM     
Survivor,

I don't sell in volume like you and I want to ask you how many buyers claiming damages and requesting a refund do you get in a given year?

My buyer claiming damage did contact me again simply asking for a refund again. No pictures. I insisted on proof and the buyer then said she was sick and she would pay for the item, but would not give me a review. After telling the buyer several times USPS confirmed the package was not damaged, she admitted it was not and then said she didn't open the box inside the bubblewrap poly mailer? Ebay followed the correspondence and said she just lost her case if she decided to open on with them (she never did). I suggested she open the item and if in perfect condition (as it was new) then I'd hope she would give me a good review.

Ebay told me scams like this happen all the time, but many seeking a free item don't provide photos and don't usually file claims with them. They said even though I have a personal photo of myself that my listings are professional, so I look like a business (why it happened). Ebay also suspended the buyer's account in my case (apparently there was other requests for refunds and claims of damage but no cases filed with Ebay).

It's really sad this occurs. Ebay stated most businesses just refund. I wish they would not as it encourages the behavior. I am glad I stood my ground on this (although truly a hassle and it's why I'm asking how much this occurs and if Amazon is better).


No. 258     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Jan 9, 2017 at 10:25 AM     
CAsandie wrote:

Survivor,

I don't sell in volume like you and I want to ask you how many buyers claiming damages and requesting a refund do you get in a given year?


I have not recently taken the time to compile such stats, and likely will not until income tax filing time.

But it happens occasionally. My experience has been that most are legit claims. Most only happens with my drop ship orders, and I find they have changed their packaging process to something less protective, since the first sample was shipped to me.

Recently from October through December, I had issues with the projectors I was drop shipping to International customers arriving defective, damaged during shipping. eBay Global Ship accepted the fault on these shipments, even though it was more likely my drop shippers fault. I had one shipped directly to me, and it arrived to me in no more than the manufacturer retail packaging with the shipping label on it. The initial shipments were double boxed. I no longer ship these via eBay Global Ship. I now ship directly to insure they are packaged properly.

I have a set of alternative health and fitness books I sell a lot of. More than 9 out of 10 orders are drop shipped directly from the publisher for me. Recently I have received a couple claims of the packaging torn and one book or both reported missing from the packaging. Surprisingly after contact, USPS has found them in their possession and then delivered them. I then had a couple orders directly shipped to me as individual shipments as my Buyer would receive. One package was torn and missing a book. The packaging does leave a lot to be desired, and although very capable of enduring first class mail, obviously does not always endure the extended journey media rate mail. I am migrating towards shipping these myself, but the orders for these come in so fast and furious, I never have enough on hand locally to meet the demand, thus resort to orders being drop shipped again to avoid delaying shipment.
No. 259     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  Jan 14, 2017 at 5:07 PM     
Survivor -- I guess it is rather hard to determine if you are not shipping the item yourself.

In my case, the buyer's story wasn't congruent with the packing facts (I packed the item).

Ebay said there are a lot of ppl trying to get free items using this method all the time but never deliver photos or file a claim or write bad reviews so they don't get caught (Ebay was right on all accounts in my case/the buyer never filed/no bad review/no photo to prove the claims).

Anyway so much for firsts (hope it's my last ).

No. 260     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  Jan 19, 2017 at 11:28 AM     
Survivor -- I am guessing you are having an incline in sales now (the 8% Ebay bucks back is on until midnight).

It is pouring rain and I will be going to deliver my packages in a bit.



No. 261     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Mar 17, 2017 at 12:54 PM     
Although I have added several products to my offerings over recent weeks, today I stumbled onto a different drop shipping source for several of my most popular selling items. The current source has been late to ship, often claiming out of stock. For many months they have been a reliable source, but very unreliable recently.

I placed my first order today with the new source. Their prices for the same items are a little higher, but their shipping is free. Therefore resulting in about the same cost delivered to my Buyer. We will see how they do.
No. 262     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  Mar 17, 2017 at 8:44 PM     
LOL...you never answered me prior, but ironically it's another 8% back in ebay bucks time again (and I like that they are applying it to sales now too).

Ebay bucks for anyone who doesn't know is like spendable cash, but only on Ebay.

For me, I am lowering prices tonight. I am also running out of the makeup items that I purchased for resell. I approached Walmart for a volume purchase, but they would not come down enough in pricing on damaged makeup items (they sell like hot cakes on Ebay though). Still selling home stuff rather than a business for me though still (I think I have around 60 listings and some are for a friend).

Hope your new company works for you, Survivor!

No. 263     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Mar 21, 2017 at 6:01 PM     
eBay notified me today that of all sellers on eBay worldwide, I now rank in the top 10 for sales of books.

They have invited me to be on some board/forum to assist with developing methods and training to teach others to grow their eBay business.
No. 264     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Mar 21, 2017 at 7:13 PM     
CAsandie wrote:

Hope your new company works for you, Survivor!



Well, they have yet to ship the first order I placed with them.
No. 265     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  Mar 21, 2017 at 11:06 PM     
Survivor -- cool about ranking top 10 in book sells. :2thumbs:

Hopefully the company will ship soon?


I am considering doing way with 'best offers' on my buy it now listings. I have had three occurrences where the buyer failed to pay timely (I have automatic unpaid assistance, but still something I'd prefer to avoid).

I have not come close to selling off my worldly belongings yet...sold a jean jacket with a rhinestone cross on the back today for well under it's value though... (if I do go into business, it's going to be selling items that I can well under price)! :-p

No. 266     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Mar 22, 2017 at 11:27 AM     
CAsandie wrote:

Survivor -- cool about ranking top 10 in book sells. :2thumbs:



Thank you.

I have always stated the future was in selling and/or providing information, but I believed it would be via digital means more so than physical books.

I own the reselling and reproduction rights to thousands of pieces of media. But every time I thought I had a viable digital marketing method for such information; eBay, PayPal, etc. closed the doors and/or at best made it difficult to market information via only a true digital means such as simply allowing downloading or emailing of the purchase.

Thus I resorted to marketing the information on such as various media like SD cards, USB sticks, CDs, DVDs. Although I continue to do such and it has grown, it has ran into occasional claims of my product violating copyrights, trademarks, being bootlegged, etc..

Quietly, success has been found in simply selling information via a physical book. And even some of those have been claimed to be illegal duplications, re-printings, etc.. But I have easily won those battles.
No. 267     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Mar 22, 2017 at 10:33 PM     
CAsandie wrote:
Hopefully the company will ship soon?


Drop shipper finally shipped the order. They actually shipped within the time frame they promised. I was just hoping they would be much faster with order handling. At least they had the item in stock.
No. 268     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  Mar 23, 2017 at 12:53 AM     
I own the reselling and reproduction rights to thousands of pieces of media. But every time I thought I had a viable digital marketing method for such information; eBay, PayPal, etc. closed the doors and/or at best made it difficult to market information via only a true digital means such as simply allowing downloading or emailing of the purchase.


Like E-books on Amazon?

Glad to hear your drop shipper came through at least (if not faster).

I have another unpaid that went to case resolution on a best offer accepted (I am also overpricing in anticipation of best offers ... Ebay recommends best offers as receiving more attention, but I might be changing all to buy it now solely).

No. 269     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Mar 25, 2017 at 12:10 PM     
CAsandie wrote:

I own the reselling and reproduction rights to thousands of pieces of media. But every time I thought I had a viable digital marketing method for such information; eBay, PayPal, etc. closed the doors and/or at best made it difficult to market information via only a true digital means such as simply allowing downloading or emailing of the purchase.


Like E-books on Amazon?


Yes, I have publishing/reproduction rights to many publications and videos. Where I run into issues is when sold via a digital format. If send the information in a physical status such as book, CD, DVD, memory card, there are no issues. But many financial transaction processors provide you no support when a Buyer claims they did not receive a product via download or such as a file attached to or embedded into an email. I have a page that Buyers can directly download their purchase from. Even though I have IP proof they accessed the site and successfully downloaded their purchase, if they claim they did not, the chargeback process refunds them their money providing me no recourse.

It does not happen often, but often enough, that at this time I no longer deliver digitally unless requested by the Buyer. Someone making such a request is typically not a "scammer". They simply desire their purchase immediately.
No. 270     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Mar 25, 2017 at 11:30 PM     
Entered into an arrangement with another drop shipper today. They have available a couple of my current best sellers as well as many new potential items.

They do not offer me the 4-6 month interest free time payment plan I enjoy with the other drop shipper that I acquire the same items from, but they are providing a more than 30% discount from what I was paying and shipping for free. Essentially resulting in a $65 dollar profit increase on the most popular item.

Shipped my first order of that item with them today.
No. 271     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  PlowMan   Gender: M   Age: 62   on  Mar 26, 2017 at 3:11 AM     
I've bought quiet a lot from ebay over the years but now I'm considering possibly selling my product through ebay.

So I have some questions for you experienced sellers.

Just how much work is it?
How many shipments can one person reasonably expect to be able to do?
How hard is it to get shoppers to look at your product?
Do you think it would be a good way to sell an unknown product?

Any suggestions I haven't thought of?

The reason I'm considering this is I invented a product and am selling it at trade shows but I can't sell enough that way to cover the cost of making and selling them.
For now it's just a hobby that mostly pays for itself.

But as near as I can figure the potential is huge. Something in the neighborhood of a few million units sold per year.
But It's brand new to the market, there is nothing quite like it out there.

There are competing products but all are poorly designed or not very user friendly. Not serious competition to what I have.

I am way way out of my comfort zone with this project. But I'm having fun and learning a lot. I'd like to take it at least to where it is profitable.

BTW, I do have five stores selling my product, but all are small town stores. The bog box stores won't even talk to me.
No. 272     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Mar 26, 2017 at 11:35 AM     
PlowMan wrote:

I've bought quiet a lot from ebay over the years but now I'm considering possibly selling my product through ebay.

So I have some questions for you experienced sellers.

Just how much work is it?
How many shipments can one person reasonably expect to be able to do?
How hard is it to get shoppers to look at your product?
Do you think it would be a good way to sell an unknown product?

Any suggestions I haven't thought of?

The reason I'm considering this is I invented a product and am selling it at trade shows but I can't sell enough that way to cover the cost of making and selling them.
For now it's just a hobby that mostly pays for itself.

But as near as I can figure the potential is huge. Something in the neighborhood of a few million units sold per year.
But It's brand new to the market, there is nothing quite like it out there.

There are competing products but all are poorly designed or not very user friendly. Not serious competition to what I have.

I am way way out of my comfort zone with this project. But I'm having fun and learning a lot. I'd like to take it at least to where it is profitable.

BTW, I do have five stores selling my product, but all are small town stores. The bog box stores won't even talk to me.


I have some experience to share, as soon as I have a little more time to collect my thoughts on the matter. Pretty busy this AM. And not with eBay orders. Sundays for me are most always with church and family.
No. 273     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  PlowMan   Gender: M   Age: 62   on  Mar 26, 2017 at 1:50 PM     
I'm in no hurry.

I have zero experience as a seller in any sense, save the past few months selling at trade shows.

Sunday is usually busy for us as well, for the same reasons. But today we weren't able to go to church.
For us, church is a thirty mile drive on less then safe roads, that's thirty miles of open highway. Lots of places for snow to drift and build up on the highway. And it can be thirty miles of ice with the conditions we have been experiencing.

We are still in the clutches of winter. And the weather has been nasty the last few days. We've had a bit of melting but still no bare ground and we are still getting blizzards every few days.

The weather man says it will warm up around mid week. I expect to see puddles and maybe a few geese by next weekend, but this weekend feels a lot more like mid winter then spring.
No. 274     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Mar 26, 2017 at 9:47 PM     
Survivor698 wrote:

Entered into an arrangement with another drop shipper today.


LOL. Via the Wall Street Journal this evening, I learned that my new drop shopper is actually Walmart. Walmart actually owns and operates the operation as their version in competition with Amazon. And they are supposedly gaining ground and new inroads to online marketing.
No. 275     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Mar 26, 2017 at 9:56 PM     
Survivor698 wrote:

Survivor698 wrote:

Entered into an arrangement with another drop shipper today.


LOL. Via the Wall Street Journal this evening, I learned that my new drop shopper is actually Walmart. Walmart actually owns and operates the operation as their version in competition with Amazon. And they are supposedly gaining ground and new inroads to online marketing.


BTW - eBay is now ranked as one of the top primary direct competitors to Amazon. Like one of the top two.
No. 276     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Mar 26, 2017 at 11:13 PM     
I also read in the Wall Street Journal today, if you are an individual 3rd party Seller on Amazon and attain $100000 in sales, you rank in the top 100 of individual 3rd party Sellers.

As an individual 3rd party Seller, I easily exceed $100000 in sales on eBay. I have never been able to reach that level on Amazon. Amazon throws all kinds of hurdles in front of you, in addition to competing with you.

If your product sells well, they start selling the same at a lower price or have a competing product manufactured at half the price. Also 3rd party competition is great. Especially with many over that $100000 sales number now using automated computer pricing, similar to stock market software. The software constantly scans for the current price competing Sellers are selling the same product for, and automatically reduces your price to be the lowest price.
No. 277     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  Mar 31, 2017 at 1:05 AM     
PlowMan wrote:

I've bought quiet a lot from ebay over the years but now I'm considering possibly selling my product through ebay.

So I have some questions for you experienced sellers.


I am not as experienced as Survivor, so I am sure his input is more valuable than my own here, still willing to share my own experience here as I've been consistently selling for some time now. I am selling for a friend right now as well, but don't think I have his items priced correctly.

Just how much work is it?


It depends what kind of selling you are doing (drop shipping, etc.) and how heavy of selling you desire to do. For some, it is a full time business. For me, I am getting rid of surplus.

Making the listings on Ebay is rather fast, except for the photos. You should take more than one photo and this can get timely. After making your initial listing, it's seconds to relist if it doesn't sell.

You get 50 free listings a month.

Shipping is fast; you can print labels at a corporate discount rate off Ebay, give the package to your mail man or arrange for a pick up. I still drive mine to the post office, but it's not far out of my way.

How many shipments can one person reasonably expect to be able to do?


Shipping is easy as stated above. Survivor is in business and can answer this better. The most I've sold on a single day is only 4 items (not a business). :-p

How hard is it to get shoppers to look at your product?


You have a global audience and want to use descriptive terms in the title of your listing and put more than one photo.

I scoped Ebay before selling and learned pricing and certain items that sell more (I've bought and resold in addition to selling off my items). I have one cosmetic item that I've done well with (I like small items as the shipping costs are less).

Do you think it would be a good way to sell an unknown product?


I don't know what you mean by 'unknown' item. I think ppl generally go to Ebay looking for items they need or desire though (if you mean a rare item).

Any suggestions I haven't thought of?


There is a tour on selling on Ebay that I felt helpful prior to posting my first listing.

The reason I'm considering this is I invented a product and am selling it at trade shows but I can't sell enough that way to cover the cost of making and selling them. For now it's just a hobby that mostly pays for itself.

But as near as I can figure the potential is huge. Something in the neighborhood of a few million units sold per year.
But It's brand new to the market, there is nothing quite like it out there.

There are competing products but all are poorly designed or not very user friendly. Not serious competition to what I have.

I am way way out of my comfort zone with this project. But I'm having fun and learning a lot. I'd like to take it at least to where it is profitable.

BTW, I do have five stores selling my product, but all are small town stores. The bog box stores won't even talk to me.


Shark tank!!! (not sure if you are familiar with the show, but it is for inventors and you have sold a great about of inventory)!

If you have only one item, you can list the quantity 100 or how many you can make and then your time investment on Ebay is minimal! If it's a useful item and sells that well...

then you might do very well on Ebay! It's free to try and I encourage you to do so! Just do a good write up and in your title list the comparable to attract buyers. You have to take in consideration the shipping cost if a larger item though and price accordingly (I pass shipping to the buyer, but many offer free shipping as suggested by Ebay and include the shipping cost in the item).

I'd be interested in knowing what your invention is!!!!

No. 278     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  PlowMan   Gender: M   Age: 62   on  Mar 31, 2017 at 8:54 AM     
Thank you for answering CAsandie.

That is very helpfull.

CAsandie wrote:
I don't know what you mean by 'unknown' item. I think ppl generally go to Ebay looking for items they need or desire though (if you mean a rare item).


By unknown I mean there is nothing like it on the market at this time.

I need to explain. What I am making is a mount for trail cameras.

Trail camera manufacturers supply a fabric strap, or elastic strap to attach their cameras to trees.
There are numerous problems with those straps.

They make aiming your camera difficult and allow very very little up or down tilt adjustment. They draw attention to your camera which leads to theft. And they are awkward to use and time consuming to set up with, but I guess they are cheap.

There are after market mounts available, none of them good.
They are either big and awkward, offer little adjustment, require tools to use, are made of plastic, or are expensive.
Most have one or more of these faults, some have all of them.

So the situation is, no one is looking for trail camera mounts because they think there is nothing out there worth buying.

That is why I invented this mount. At first I only wanted something for my cameras that worked the way I wanted it to.
I wanted small, easy to use, wide range of adjustment, no tools required and all metal construction. I achieved all those objectives, at a lower price then the competitions offerings.

But people I know found out about it and wanted one or more. Eventually I decided that if I were to keep making them for people I would need to get paid, which lead me to where I am now.

If I can get people to talk to me at the shows I do, at least 50 percent will buy one or more mounts. But if I don't stop them they walk on by without giving my display a second glance.
You should see the reaction when they realize what I am selling. A lot of people get excited when they start to comprehend what I am showing them, and often I don't need to tell them what it is or how it works, they figure that out real fast once they start thinking Camera mount.

I've tried everything I can think of to get people to think Trail Camera Mount when they see my display.
I have a stand that demonstrates my mount in use. I have page size photos of it in use. I have a placard with bold lettering stating what I am selling, none of it seems to work.

What I have found that works is to hold up my mount and say to people passing, "What do you think of my invention."

Most people do stop and look, about 25 percent get in instantly, another 25 percent show interest but don't get it until I tell them it's a camera mount, and a small percentage don't get interested until I start to tell them how it works. Some just smile and walk on.

I have started to advertise in the biggest hunting magazine in this Provence so that might make a difference.

But to sell on ebay I would have to do something to draw potential buyers to a product they are not likely to be looking for.

CAsandie wrote:
Shark tank!!! (not sure if you are familiar with the show, but it is for inventors and you have sold a great about of inventory)!



I'd be interested in knowing what your invention is!!!!



I have heard of Shark Tank and a similar show called Dragons Den.

I think those people are crooks, they demand most of the profit in exchange for their help. And I'm not so sure they do help in every case they accept.

One product I saw on that show has appeared in local stores. The sales pitch is aggressive to say the least, but I don't see much indication of sales happening.

Moreover, I set my price as low as possible, there is no margin for someone else to get rich off this product and still leave a decent living for me.

I could increase my price of course. but I firmly believe that would be self defeating. It would make my product more interesting to corporate thieves, it would far less attractive to potential customers.
And it would make it un-affordable to others.

Worst of all, any investor is going to want to have control of the product and sales.
That could mean plastic, poor quality or a host of other issues that would then be beyond my control.

I think ultimately it would cost more then I would gain.
No. 279     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  Mar 31, 2017 at 11:11 AM     
Plowman --

I wanted small, easy to use, wide range of adjustment, no tools required and all metal construction. I achieved all those objectives, at a lower price then the competitions offerings.


A trail camera mount seems as if it might sell on Ebay, since cameras sell well on Ebay.

They already are selling on Ebay:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Wildgame-Trail-Camera-Mount-Universal-Bungee-/401092919604?hash=item5d63004134:g:bSwAAOSw9N1VgvMN

I would advertise it as what I hilighted above and say the "best" on the market and see how it goes on Ebay!

Please let us know how it goes as well!
No. 280     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  PlowMan   Gender: M   Age: 62   on  Mar 31, 2017 at 3:29 PM     
CAsandie wrote:

Plowman --

I wanted small, easy to use, wide range of adjustment, no tools required and all metal construction. I achieved all those objectives, at a lower price then the competitions offerings.


A trail camera mount seems as if it might sell on Ebay, since cameras sell well on Ebay.

They already are selling on Ebay:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Wildgame-Trail-Camera-Mount-Universal-Bungee-/401092919604?hash=item5d63004134:g:bSwAAOSw9N1VgvMN

I would advertise it as what I hilighted above and say the "best" on the market and see how it goes on Ebay!

Please let us know how it goes as well!


You found one of my competitors, and a perfect example of what I am talking about.
That mount is made of plastic, so it's highly susceptible to breakage.
It requires tools for installation and it's very expensive.

This is my mount.



It's all metal with stainless steel cross bolt, wing nut and thumb screw.
It is five inches long and weighs only two ounces.
It needs no tools for installation or adjustment.
And I am asking $14.95 for it.

Not trying to sell, just letting you know why I say there is nothing like my mount on the market.

If I were trying to sell it I could point out a bunch of other good things about this mount, such as, this design results in an automatic tightening of the vertical adjustment as one pulls down on the camera, which means it will hold the very heaviest of cameras with no problem.

Does that sound like a salesman ? LOL I never thought I'd ever be one. But here I am, hawking my wares like all the rest. ROFL

I'll give ebay a try, but it will be a while. I have three shows to do this coming month along with the usual spring work, gardening, helping neighbors plant their crops, family and all the other stuff.

I am confident that it's worth a try.
No. 281     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  Mar 31, 2017 at 5:21 PM     
PlowMan wrote:

CAsandie wrote:

Plowman --

I wanted small, easy to use, wide range of adjustment, no tools required and all metal construction. I achieved all those objectives, at a lower price then the competitions offerings.


A trail camera mount seems as if it might sell on Ebay, since cameras sell well on Ebay.

They already are selling on Ebay:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Wildgame-Trail-Camera-Mount-Universal-Bungee-/401092919604?hash=item5d63004134:g:bSwAAOSw9N1VgvMN

I would advertise it as what I hilighted above and say the "best" on the market and see how it goes on Ebay!

Please let us know how it goes as well!


You found one of my competitors, and a perfect example of what I am talking about.
That mount is made of plastic, so it's highly susceptible to breakage.
It requires tools for installation and it's very expensive.

This is my mount.



It's all metal with stainless steel cross bolt, wing nut and thumb screw.
It is five inches long and weighs only two ounces.
It needs no tools for installation or adjustment.
And I am asking $14.95 for it.

Not trying to sell, just letting you know why I say there is nothing like my mount on the market.

If I were trying to sell it I could point out a bunch of other good things about this mount, such as, this design results in an automatic tightening of the vertical adjustment as one pulls down on the camera, which means it will hold the very heaviest of cameras with no problem.

Does that sound like a salesman ? LOL I never thought I'd ever be one. But here I am, hawking my wares like all the rest. ROFL

I'll give ebay a try, but it will be a while. I have three shows to do this coming month along with the usual spring work, gardening, helping neighbors plant their crops, family and all the other stuff.

I am confident that it's worth a try.


I think it's cool, although I don't really know how it works. I'd polish it and sell it for a bit more (remember you have to cover shipping and handling). I'd also take a photo of it in action (if you can a diagram of how easy this is to use)...

In the US the cost would be $5.95 USD in shipping (flat rate envelope/any weight), however not sure about Canadian post.

I am so exciting about you trying E-bay! If you care to share your listing, will offer any thoughts that might help. Praying the Lord blesses!

mod. shorten post/clarity and thanks for sharing here.


No. 282     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  PlowMan   Gender: M   Age: 62   on  Apr 3, 2017 at 1:29 AM     
I was away for a gun show. They are my best outlet so far.
I sold just over fifty at the show, in two days. And an additional twenty to a sports shop in that city, So now I have six outlets selling for me.

Our minimum shipping rate for parcels is $12.95.
If I could get then to fit the envelope slot then I could get a lower rate. About 8.00 for two mounts it think.

I'll be too busy to do anything with ebay until at least the middle of summer.
I have three back to back shows to do this month, and I have an appointment with US customs next week.

Next month I have spring field work and one show to do, and a fishing trip to the NWT with my brothers.

June I have to use every spare moment finishing more mounts for sale I have another two hundred mostly done but am waiting on supplies.

July looks like it will work. I have one show that month and no farming so far as I know.

I'll let you know when I get to work on it.
No. 283     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Apr 3, 2017 at 8:35 AM     
PlowMan wrote:
I have heard of Shark Tank and a similar show called Dragons Den.

I think those people are crooks, they demand most of the profit in exchange for their help. And I'm not so sure they do help in every case they accept.


Not sure about Dragons Den, but the Shark Tank folks are the "real deal", and have helped many make their millions. I have read and seen follow-up interviews were as the inventors of the products could not thank their supporters from such as Shark Tank enough.

Such as Shark Tank have the connections to get the products onto such as HSN and QVC, and eventually into the Walmarts, The Home Depots, etc..

And I am not saying that only Shark Tank is the provider of such support. There are many venture capitalists out there that do essentially what we see on Shark Tank. I would say most those are more "hands off" than what we see on Shark Tank. Primarily only providing funds and not the business guidance and contacts that such as Shark Tank appears to provide.

I see products on the shelves in such stores weekly that I first seen on Shark Tank. And not being a TV watcher per se, I do not watch Shark Tank often. I also own products that I first became aware of via Shark Tank, finding them in major stores just a couple short weeks to a couple months later.

The advantage that such as the Shark Tank folks bring is of course capital, but also and maybe more importantly, connections for getting to the major markets quickly. Many if not most such products have a short premium profit cycle. In today's world it is not long before a Chinese knock-off of your successful product is out there. There is often only one primary time for the most gain per sale, and you then find yourself with competition. Those to market slowly, often find that competition already there on day one.

Other avenues such as Indiegogo and other raise your own funding means, are good too. I have watched many unique products and services launch from Indiegogo make it to the major markets. I have been a financial backer of many such products and services.

I then attempt to become an affiliate/distributor/reseller of the products and services I like best.
No. 284     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  Apr 3, 2017 at 12:32 PM     
Jim,

I'll let you know when I get to work on it.


:2thumbs:

(Survivor and Storm were a help to me here. Good things about MC is the fellowship here. Thank you).

No. 285     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  PlowMan   Gender: M   Age: 62   on  Apr 3, 2017 at 2:42 PM     
Survivor698 wrote:

PlowMan wrote:
I have heard of Shark Tank and a similar show called Dragons Den.

I think those people are crooks, they demand most of the profit in exchange for their help. And I'm not so sure they do help in every case they accept.


Not sure about Dragons Den, but the Shark Tank folks are the "real deal", and have helped many make their millions. I have read and seen follow-up interviews were as the inventors of the products could not thank their supporters from such as Shark Tank enough.

Such as Shark Tank have the connections to get the products onto such as HSN and QVC, and eventually into the Walmarts, The Home Depots, etc..

And I am not saying that only Shark Tank is the provider of such support. There are many venture capitalists out there that do essentially what we see on Shark Tank. I would say most those are more "hands off" than what we see on Shark Tank. Primarily only providing funds and not the business guidance and contacts that such as Shark Tank appears to provide.

I see products on the shelves in such stores weekly that I first seen on Shark Tank. And not being a TV watcher per se, I do not watch Shark Tank often. I also own products that I first became aware of via Shark Tank, finding them in major stores just a couple short weeks to a couple months later.

The advantage that such as the Shark Tank folks bring is of course capital, but also and maybe more importantly, connections for getting to the major markets quickly. Many if not most such products have a short premium profit cycle. In today's world it is not long before a Chinese knock-off of your successful product is out there. There is often only one primary time for the most gain per sale, and you then find yourself with competition. Those to market slowly, often find that competition already there on day one.

Other avenues such as Indiegogo and other raise your own funding means, are good too. I have watched many unique products and services launch from Indiegogo make it to the major markets. I have been a financial backer of many such products and services.

I then attempt to become an affiliate/distributor/reseller of the products and services I like best.



Getting my product to market fast is not something I care about.
I'd rather do it right then fast.

I have no doubt that for some, venture capitalists are the way to go.
For me it's not.

There is always a price to be paid. For me, that price is too high.
No. 286     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Apr 6, 2017 at 4:31 PM     
PlowMan wrote:

I've bought quiet a lot from ebay over the years but now I'm considering possibly selling my product through ebay.

So I have some questions for you experienced sellers.

Just how much work is it?
How many shipments can one person reasonably expect to be able to do?
How hard is it to get shoppers to look at your product?
Do you think it would be a good way to sell an unknown product?



What I like about eBay, the amount of work it becomes is totally controlled by you, the Seller. If I feel overwhelmed, I lessen my number of items for sell. Or raise the price, which serves to slow sales. I prefer raising the price, for it leaves my current listing active and thus preserves it ranking amongst ads for like and/or similar items. Insuring I remain on the first page of the most often done searches.

Most my items are dropped ship from my source for me, therefore they are little to no work whatsoever. Some items I still direct ship myself. I do not consider shipping those a lot of work, but it can become tedious of one is already busy with life. Which I am. Preparing like 12 direct ships this past Monday was a "crimp" in freedom.

I think eBay is a great way to market unknown and unique items. I have had several of my own items do very well, and they still do to this day when I opt to take the time.
No. 287     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Apr 6, 2017 at 4:35 PM     
It does not matter what I have attempted to sell on eBay. There always appears to be those able to find the listing and at least contact me leading to at least an offer. Even though I most often list fixed price only, many contact me directly making offers.
No. 288     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  Apr 25, 2017 at 10:26 PM     
Flat rate 'regional' can save money in shipping (and I'm just learning about this)...!! (sharing is caring).

Survivor, it might have been the difference we held in postal rates if you already knew and was using this.

For those unaware (as I was)...I found this link with explanation and a chart... (excuse the acronym used by the Ebayer on the first link)....

http://www.ebay.com/gds/WTH-How-To-Use-USPS-Priority-Regional-Flat-Rate-Boxes-/10000000021146713/g.html

http://www.stamps.com/usps/priority-mail-regional-rate-box/

currently I have items over 5 pounds (a bulk purchase) and it seems I can save $5.00 in shipping to Utah!

I don't understand this comment below cut and pasted from one of the websites provided:

Additional $2.25 for Zones 1–4 or $1.00 for Zones 5–9 if Regional Rate package deposited at Post Office.


Do you know about the regional flat rate boxes, Survivor (and is this what you were talking about as far as under/over a certain weight)?

Mod: Ebay figures out the regional for you -- and you choose between A or B (which regional box you are using). I had skipped over this previously (not knowing what it was).

No. 289     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Apr 26, 2017 at 11:29 AM     
No, this is not what I referred to. Personally I have not found any of the USPS boxes to be cost effective for light weight items.

But overall, I am recently finding USPS to be lowest cost carrier regardless of distance. For a while FedEx was the lower cost choice for me to ship out of region.
No. 290     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  Apr 26, 2017 at 5:38 PM     
Well -- the regional boxes are great (although I had to drive to a couple different post offices today to find them). Not well known, but a cheaper flat rate nation wide.

Ebay figures out the zone for you and you just use either box A or box B and select the regional A or B from the drop down menu and it's usually cheaper.

No. 291     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Apr 26, 2017 at 6:14 PM     
CAsandie wrote:

Well -- the regional boxes are great (although I had to drive to a couple different post offices today to find them). Not well known, but a cheaper flat rate nation wide.

Ebay figures out the zone for you and you just use either box A or box B and select the regional A or B from the drop down menu and it's usually cheaper.



USPS will mail you the boxes for free, and actually prefer that you obtain them in that method versus picking them up at local post office. Supplies that can actually be obtained at the post office are becoming more and more scarce, or at best are being limited as to what and how many you can obtain locally. They prefer you order your supplies from them online. I feel as if I am being scolded any more every time I attempt to obtain supplies at a local post office.

"You know you can get as many of these as you want online delivered to your door. I can only give you two today."
No. 292     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  Apr 26, 2017 at 8:58 PM     
Yes! USPS.com (I have had supplies delivered, but needed the box now to save on the shipping and not hold up my delivery time). The postal lady I dealt with today was super kind about it (she even gave me enough to where I had difficulties carrying them...but I went to a larger post office [the smaller ones didn't have the regional boxes and like you have experienced...were grouchy]!!!

No. 293     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Apr 26, 2017 at 9:08 PM     
Survivor698 wrote:
"You know you can get as many of these as you want online delivered to your door. I can only give you two today."


Kind of depends on which agent I get. At my most local post office, there is a young blonde there that bends over backwards to help me. Even the male postmaster is very helpful, even though not appearing happy. For that matter, most of the staff do not appear to enjoy their jobs.

But I have family and close friends that are postal employees and appear to love working for USPS.
No. 294     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  May 2, 2017 at 2:01 AM     
Updating or correcting my report on regional flat rate mail with USPS (albeit I think this is stated in the links provided)...

It will save money 'only' if over 2 pounds and under 20 pounds.

Savings are always nice to report on though!



No. 295     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  May 2, 2017 at 7:21 AM     
CAsandie wrote:

It will save money 'only' if over 2 pounds and under 20 pounds.



Although it has been a while since I checked USPS regional boxes, when I get into that weight range and shipping out of my region, FedEx has always been less cost, with UPS no longer being less cost on anything. UPS seems to have lost their cost competiveness. They were once my choice for the "heavier" shipments.
No. 296     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  May 2, 2017 at 11:07 AM     
Survivor698 wrote:

CAsandie wrote:

It will save money 'only' if over 2 pounds and under 20 pounds.



Although it has been a while since I checked USPS regional boxes, when I get into that weight range and shipping out of my region, FedEx has always been less cost, with UPS no longer being less cost on anything. UPS seems to have lost their cost competiveness. They were once my choice for the "heavier" shipments.


With the regionals -- it might depend where it is being shipped (the closer to one's location the less expensive). There are two boxes. The flat rate for box A is up to 15lbs and for box B up to 20 pounds. I am almost certain anything beyond those weights then Fed Ex would be less expensive (and much slower)! I shipped a robe Feb Ex Smart post and it took almost two weeks to get to the person (the person was kind fortunately and patient)!

No. 297     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  May 16, 2017 at 7:40 AM     
Took advantage of the recent 10% eBay bucks promotion myself. Had some "costly" items on the shopping list. Took advantage of acquiring them at a substantial discount from typical retail price as well as collecting the eBay bucks.
No. 298     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  May 16, 2017 at 7:43 AM     
CAsandie wrote:

Survivor698 wrote:

CAsandie wrote:

It will save money 'only' if over 2 pounds and under 20 pounds.



Although it has been a while since I checked USPS regional boxes, when I get into that weight range and shipping out of my region, FedEx has always been less cost, with UPS no longer being less cost on anything. UPS seems to have lost their cost competiveness. They were once my choice for the "heavier" shipments.


With the regionals -- it might depend where it is being shipped (the closer to one's location the less expensive). There are two boxes. The flat rate for box A is up to 15lbs and for box B up to 20 pounds. I am almost certain anything beyond those weights then Fed Ex would be less expensive (and much slower)! I shipped a robe Feb Ex Smart post and it took almost two weeks to get to the person (the person was kind fortunately and patient)!



I checked out the regional boxes more thoroughly. Too small in size to meet my needs. Otherwise, I am already able to ship up to 15 and 20 pounds for less cost by other means.
No. 299     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  May 19, 2017 at 11:36 AM     
Except for some unique items/services, sales seem to really slow down for me this time of year. Health and fitness books and equipment will hang in there, as well as income producing related information and items, but most all else seems to really slow down as people move into the coming Holiday.
No. 300     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  May 20, 2017 at 10:16 AM     
Survivor -- Women's clothing sales increase prior to the change of season.

There is a 8% ebay buck promotion that ends at midnight tonight.

Fed ex in on Ebay too for a comparison if regional or Fed ex would be cheaper in each individual case.

I am sure your sales will pick up soon!



No. 301     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  May 27, 2017 at 3:09 PM     
CAsandie wrote:

Survivor -- Women's clothing sales increase prior to the change of season.

There is a 8% ebay buck promotion that ends at midnight tonight.

Fed ex in on Ebay too for a comparison if regional or Fed ex would be cheaper in each individual case.

I am sure your sales will pick up soon!





The market has proved me in error. Been buried with orders for the past 3 days, and it appears to not be stopping.

Experiencing a rash of issues with competition that sell some of the same items I do. Claims of trademark and copyright infringement to not being a manufacturer authorized distributor of the item.

For example, a couple of my ads utilize the word "hollusion" to describe the type projector screen material I offer. Something like at least 4 of my ads got shutdown on eBay for using the word. Turns out a vendor has a trademark on the word "hollusion" as related to their product. It is true. I did a trademark search and they obtained the rights in 2015.

Another attempts to claim I cannot purchase a brand new same item as they sell and resell it, because they claim I am not on the manufacturer's authorized distributor list. I have pretty much ignored that one. Although I make very little profit if any on this particular item, I am able to sell at a lower price than the authorized distributors and I can ship the item internationally were as an authorized distributor cannot. That is what their issues are with me selling it. I offer the item as a service to the disabled and elderly markets. Some attempt to take advantage of such markets.
No. 302     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  May 27, 2017 at 3:36 PM     
Survivor698 wrote:The market has proved me in error. Been buried with orders for the past 3 days, and it appears to not be stopping.


There has been a significant renewed interest in my items related to crypto/digital currency mining. One of the few line of items I still ship direct. Burning and shipping SD cards loaded with mining software this afternoon. All the original providers of such software closed shop a couple years back. Appears I may be an exclusive source for some such sought after software.

Those that just cannot grasp what they are doing but still purchasing such from me, are starting to take a toll on my time with their contacts requesting support. Thus leading into a new business venture/income stream for me.

In just recent hours I started offering education and services related to education on digital currencies and the activity of trading digital currencies actively and/or passively. There has been great interest in the offerings. Currently in the works of setting up a website page or pages to direct the interest to specific offers. The interest has skyrocketed in digital currencies, thus providing a ground floor opportunity for related new businesses and services. I have launched six new offerings in the past week alone, with more on the table.
No. 303     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  May 29, 2017 at 11:07 AM     

Ebay has 500 free listings until June 1 (offered once a month usually).

Glad you are getting a lot of orders, Survivor.

No. 304     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Jul 1, 2017 at 2:02 PM     
Although I am receiving a lot of inquiries and items are selling, there has been a noticeable slow down as there typically is with such Holiday periods. Many travel this weekend and through the 4th.

Myself, I only have plans to be out of town for one day and then back until around the 10th, of which I will then hit the road again for as much as two weeks.

I am currently buried with past due homework in one of my classes, as well as supposed to start another class today for my second fitness, health and nutrition certification. Once I get this one under my belt, I am looking at acquiring such as a NASM certification. Anyway, I need a couple of slow days to get homework done and submitted.

Anyway, in addition to getting my past due homework completed, I like to take the slow down on eBay as an opportunity to either add new items to my offerings and/or launch a couple other income streams. In fact, I officially launched two new websites/offerings between yesterday and today. And have couple more to get out there yet this evening.

One I launched yesterday is fitness related of which at the moment I can offer totally free trial memberships. But before I even got the word out on the free memberships, I acquired like over 80 people signed during the pre-launch period, when I was still working out bugs but the webpage was out there.
No. 305     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Jul 1, 2017 at 7:13 PM     
I attended an online webinar today that included a 14 day free trial to a shopify store. I took advantage of the offer. It was easy and fast to setup. Although you may use a free link that they provide, I pointed the store front to one of my existing domain names. Within like 15 minutes I had it populated with my eBay offerings as well as some totally new drop ship items. I am not sure what all sources I can connect the store to. But it does make a direct connect to my Aliexpress account whom already does a lot of drop shipping for me.

I have some editing and fine tuning to do, but went ahead and opened the store for online access a couple minutes ago. Some eBay listings are still in the process of importing. There are some restrictions with some sources that will not allow me to sell their items from such a store front as I currently do on eBay, but it was easier and faster to simply import all my active eBay listings, and then go back and delate what I cannot sell from the shopify store front.
No. 306     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Jul 19, 2017 at 1:46 PM     
eBay has really taken off for me. Up almost 40% this month over last month. For that matter, every income producing stream I have has been on an upward trend since at least April.

I have several websites out there now, but eBay renders the most traffic resulting in the most average sales volume other than maybe one of my nutrition product websites. It has been on a roll since before Christmas, and has only been hampered by the occasional "roadblocks" thrown up by my host source. But then they back down when they realize how much volume my own marketing methods have moved.

If not for eBay sales, with having walked from The Home Depot recently, I may have experienced a little bit of "budget tightening" for the summer.
No. 307     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Jul 19, 2017 at 1:57 PM     
Along with that increased volume on eBay has been an increase in pending orders to process and/or ship. It has been typical all year to have 12-20 pending orders per day. That has grown to over 60 pending orders per day.

Some of that losing ground has been due to being on "vacation" for several days this summer, and I simply put eBay on vacation with Buyers clearly notified that orders may ship late. There have only been two order cancellations as a result of that "on vacation" notice.

That is were as the benefit of my other websites shine compared to eBay. All but one of them can essentially operate on auto-pilot with Buyers entering their orders, payments processed, orders automatically pass on to my product sources, orders processed and shipped for me.

Although most my orders are drop shipped on eBay, they still involve some direct interaction from me to process them with the appropriate source.
No. 308     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Jul 20, 2017 at 7:44 AM     
I have about $100K to go, and I will have achieved a milestone of having sold over $1 Million in merchandise and services on eBay alone.
No. 309     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Jul 20, 2017 at 7:48 AM     
Survivor698 wrote:

I have about $100K to go, and I will have achieved a milestone of having sold over $1 Million in merchandise and services on eBay alone.


Whom would have ever thought that such could be achieved essentially sitting home in nothing but your underwear.

I know I did not when I first started.
No. 310     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  Jul 21, 2017 at 12:51 PM     
Congratulations Survivor.

I have a return request (a first), but I do not accept returns. Not sure what to do with this (the woman states the size is too small, but I have photos of measurements with a measuring tape and the item is new jeans w tag attached).

Makes me feel sad as I've only had happy buyers. Not sure what to do, since I'm not a business as you are (just downsizing/getting rid of things). If accepting the return, I have already paid the Ebay fees and postage and that doesn't seem fair, since I've checked the box "seller doesn't accept returns."

No. 311     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Jul 21, 2017 at 1:56 PM     
CAsandie wrote:

I have a return request (a first), but I do not accept returns. Not sure what to do with this (the woman states the size is too small, but I have photos of measurements with a measuring tape and the item is new jeans w tag attached).

Makes me feel sad as I've only had happy buyers. Not sure what to do, since I'm not a business as you are (just downsizing/getting rid of things). If accepting the return, I have already paid the Ebay fees and postage and that doesn't seem fair, since I've checked the box "seller doesn't accept returns."



I am not sure if there really is such a thing on eBay as "not accepting returns", despite a Seller being offered the option. If the Buyer clicks the right box and/or files a claim with eBay or PayPal, they are going to take the money from you whether you accept the return or not. You can appeal and maybe win.

If you refund the Buyer, eBay and PayPal will both refund your fees to you. The reason for the return determines whether you or the Buyer has to pay the return postage.
No. 312     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Jul 21, 2017 at 1:59 PM     
CAsandie wrote:

Congratulations Survivor.


Thank you.

I was already receiving such requests locally and online, but as the $1 Million in gross sales gets closer, the requests are increasing to start a YouTube series or webinars and/or offer seminars.
No. 313     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  Jul 21, 2017 at 2:28 PM     
Survivor -- I encourage you to do so if your heart is lead that way. It's a 'huge' accomplishment!

As far as the return request...I just got off the phone with Ebay and asked how they could request a return, since I do not accept returns.

Ebay said buyers can request, but they will investigate 'why.' If the seller clearly has checked 'no returns accepted' and the item was advertised correctly and did not arrive defective or broken then Ebay will rule in the seller's favor. I put measurements of the waist, hips, length and rise of this jeans (in photos with a measuring tape) and her reason for request for return is too small.

If you are correct and I am forced to pay for anything in this case, I will likely just give things to good will from this point on and stop selling on Ebay (Ebay makes good money from sellers and unfair business transactions are when I stop business with a company.

Ebay told me not to worry though that it will be ruled in my favor/no money taken from my funds/no appeal needed). No offense, but I do hope you are wrong in this case and Ebay is correct.
No. 314     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  Jul 24, 2017 at 3:50 PM     
I am not sure if there really is such a thing on eBay as "not accepting returns", despite a Seller being offered the option. If the Buyer clicks the right box and/or files a claim with eBay or PayPal, they are going to take the money from you whether you accept the return or not. You can appeal and maybe win.

If you refund the Buyer, eBay and PayPal will both refund your fees to you. The reason for the return determines whether you or the Buyer has to pay the return postage.


The lady without any notice mailed back the item! :shock:

Ebay still decided in my favor (she was supposed to wait for their investigation). When opening the package, the tags were torn off and it appears she washed the jeans? They no longer look new.

Paypal told me to do nothing, but to expect a 'charge back,' since the buyer is not talking with Ebay/Paypal or following Ebay policies. I've never had a charge back before (the buyer will go through and file dispute with their charge card used with paypal). Paypal said, since I'm in the right that I only need to call and request seller protection if that occurs.

If the buyer had used the Ebay process there is buyer and seller protection and she would likely not be out the extra shipping money sending me back the item / but would be stuck with the item...Paypal told me I will win the charge back, since she cut through the bag and cut off the tags and the item can no longer be sold as new nor was the return authorized.

I wanted to offer a partial refund, but Paypal told me no because the seller does not go through them or Ebay and a 'charge back' is likely.

A first and a hassle, but both Ebay and Paypal has been on my side in the matter (no appeal necessary).


No. 315     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Jul 25, 2017 at 8:08 AM     
CAsandie wrote: No offense, but I do hope you are wrong in this case and Ebay is correct.


I am not wrong. Regardless of whether you accept returns or not, there are reasons that override "no returns" and eBay allows the return.
No. 316     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  Jul 25, 2017 at 4:27 PM     
Survivor698 wrote:

CAsandie wrote: No offense, but I do hope you are wrong in this case and Ebay is correct.


I am not wrong. Regardless of whether you accept returns or not, there are reasons that override "no returns" and eBay allows the return.


Yes, if you send the wrong item or a defective item or advertised incorrectly. None of these applied in my case given though. Are you stating there are other reasons for an override on the no return policy?

I have received full support from both Ebay and Paypal...even though the buyer sent the item back on her own accord (Paypal and Ebay would not give her a label and she never contacted me. Just did it on her own).

That is why Paypal is stating to expect a chargeback (although they will immediately reimburse me and will support me they have stated under seller protection).

Have you ever had to deal with a chargeback?


No. 317     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Jul 25, 2017 at 9:29 PM     
CAsandie wrote:

Survivor698 wrote:

CAsandie wrote: No offense, but I do hope you are wrong in this case and Ebay is correct.


I am not wrong. Regardless of whether you accept returns or not, there are reasons that override "no returns" and eBay allows the return.


Yes, if you send the wrong item or a defective item or advertised incorrectly. None of these applied in my case given though. Are you stating there are other reasons for an override on the no return policy?

I have received full support from both Ebay and Paypal...even though the buyer sent the item back on her own accord (Paypal and Ebay would not give her a label and she never contacted me. Just did it on her own).

That is why Paypal is stating to expect a chargeback (although they will immediately reimburse me and will support me they have stated under seller protection).

Have you ever had to deal with a chargeback?




No, I am not saying there are other reasons with eBay. Can be a different story with a PayPal claim.

As far as chargebacks, more often than not, there is little you can do about it if the Buyer is able to prove they returned the item regardless of reason.

Has the Buyer escalated to being a PayPal claim?
No. 318     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Jul 25, 2017 at 9:40 PM     
Survivor698 wrote:Has the Buyer escalated to being a PayPal claim?


I have had eBay cases won, and the disgruntled Buyer then escalate the case to a PayPal claim allowing them to essentially get their way.

And chargebacks are the reason I stopped selling on Amazon. Amazon provides no protection against such, were as PayPal does attempt to go to bat for you with the banks/CC providers.
No. 319     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  Jul 25, 2017 at 10:48 PM     
Has the Buyer escalated to being a PayPal claim?


No and Paypal has already drawn up the case against what they believe is a likely chargeback. Paypal said she will not win (she tore off the tags of the jeans and they appear washed/no longer in new condition [as they were originally]).

I see your point though as Paypal did say if they were still new, then the chargeback would be harder to fight. No chargeback yet either (I did write her and tell you the problems faced and offered a partial refund that she didn't respond back to). I feel sorry for her, although she did everything wrong. Ebay would have compensated both her and I they said through their protection plans 'if' she would have followed policies.

And chargebacks are the reason I stopped selling on Amazon. Amazon provides no protection against such, were as PayPal does attempt to go to bat for you with the banks/CC providers.


Interesting. Yes, I found Ebay to be very sympathetic to this situation.

It's one for the Gipper as Reagan would say (although I do feel sympathetic for the buyer. I offered a partial refund [what she paid minus shipping and fees], but Paypal told me not to give this to her since the item was altered and I could not sell it as 'new' now). Paypal and Ebay told me both to offer to send the jeans back to her if she provided a shipping label (so that is what I did. Rather insulting from her perspective I imagine, but both were adamant I do this, so I did). I figure they know much more than I do (just as you do about Ebay)! I'm just following along...and hoping there is no chargeback!

Paypal did say they would credit me immediately though if there was a chargeback under seller protection. Didn't you get credited that way?

No. 320     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Jul 26, 2017 at 5:30 PM     
CAsandie wrote:
Paypal did say they would credit me immediately though if there was a chargeback under seller protection. Didn't you get credited that way?



Yes and no. Not always. Depends on the reason for the return with PayPal having wide discretion in the matter.
No. 321     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Jul 26, 2017 at 5:40 PM     
eBay is simply not slowing down. Sales up another 70% just over the past 30 days.

I am attempting to find some manner to migrate the traffic to my affiliate and/or network marketing sites. Those are actually the easiest and most profitable manners in which to handle the sales. Everything is in auto mode for me. Accepting the order, processing the order and accepting payment, and shipping the order all done for me.

Also still getting buried in the requests to provide some kind of training as to what I do. Attended a dinner last evening to share some with a couple more locals looking for help to start a business on eBay.

eBay, affiliate marketing, network marketing, etc. is all essentially getting your share of what someone is going to pay someone for the product/service regardless of from whom and how. You are helping the Buyer to purchase what they desire in a convenient and cost competitive manner. One may as well have their free share of helping others.
No. 322     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  Jul 26, 2017 at 8:53 PM     
Survivor wrote: Sales up another 70% just over the past 30 days.


Awesome!

Everything is in auto mode for me. Accepting the order, processing the order and accepting payment, and shipping the order all done for me.


Lol...I carefully hand wrap every purchase as a gift (and to ensure no damage) and include a free small gift with purchase and a hand written note! (quite the opposite, but I'd be fascinated to know how you do this all. Are all your sales drop ship)?

Also still getting buried in the requests to provide some kind of training as to what I do. Attended a dinner last evening to share some with a couple more locals looking for help to start a business on eBay.


Have you thought about building your 'own' MLM?

eBay, affiliate marketing, network marketing, etc. is all essentially getting your share of what someone is going to pay someone for the product/service regardless of from whom and how. You are helping the Buyer to purchase what they desire in a convenient and cost competitive manner. One may as well have their free share of helping others.


Super true. I do most my buying on Ebay now (it is like switching clothing or goods rather than spending money, since I sell as well...so essentially I spend no new money on clothing, vitamins and other household goods since starting to sell on Ebay on a continual basis (except groceries and items I can't find on Ebay or are cheaper elsewhere -- which is rare).

No. 323     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  crayons   Gender: M   Age: 61   on  Jul 26, 2017 at 8:59 PM     
No. 324     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  crayons   Gender: M   Age: 61   on  Jul 26, 2017 at 9:03 PM     
somehow ^ this wound ^ up on the ^ wrong thread.
No. 325     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Jul 29, 2017 at 12:54 PM     
LOL. eBay has notified me that I am now approved to list as many as 600000 items. I was already struggling to keep up with the daily sales of about 300 listings, and have since dropped down to under 150 listings with more deletions planned. No way I would ever keep up with 600000 listings.

Something interesting... More than one of my Buyers has indicated to me they did not directly purchase from me on eBay. They claim to have encountered an ad for the item on a different site than eBay, and when they opted to buy the item were redirected to my listing on eBay to complete the purchase. I have suspected such in the past based on a couple Buyer comments, but never thought much more about it.
No. 326     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  Jul 30, 2017 at 9:10 PM     

Survivor -- that is a 'lot' of items to list! I have 57 listed now.

About the referrals; there are search sites for items that have directed me to Ebay (not sure if that is it though).


No. 327     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Aug 1, 2017 at 8:06 AM     
Gaining ground on the order processing, but not very quickly. I currently have it down to were as at any given time there is now less than 50 pending orders. But I do not allow such activities to overwhelm me. I process 1-3 orders and then go about my day. Maybe 2-4 hours later, sit down and/or pull out my Surface Pro if on the road, and process 1-3 more.

I have gave up on attempting to sit down and get all done at once. The orders simply pour back in to were as regardless of what I do, there is now most always pending orders.

The orders that really set me back are from the Buyers now purchasing in quantity. A couple of my drop shippers are "picky" on this, with the items I sell most of limited to only one of an item shipped per day to the same address. Sets me back a little with some customers ordering 10 and more of one item. That spreads the shipping process out to 10 or more days. I make the Buyers well aware, and they do not seem to care. But for that matter, these items would cost them at least near twice as much and more any where else, as what I sell them for.

On occasion, I do temporarily raise the prices on such items, in hopes of slowing the number of items sold down and allow me to get ahead a little.
No. 328     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Aug 9, 2017 at 8:27 AM     
eBay continues to be "crazy". My sales were already at personal highs, and in the past 30 days now up over another 40%. I raised prices last week in an effort to slow sales down. It has not really worked. But now that I am back home from being out on the road again, I am getting ahead of the curve.
No. 329     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  Aug 9, 2017 at 12:31 PM     

100 free listings until the 10th midnight.

No. 330     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Aug 11, 2017 at 2:23 PM     
Well, I did not get far ahead of the curve. The weekend got here quickly, and orders have been coming in like crazy since yesterday evening.

I just about had pending shipments down to under 40, but went quickly back to almost 60 since last night.

I am running a couple specials this weekend to generate some quick cash, and will likely get more buried yet. Need to create myself a "free loan".

A couple of my drop shippers allow me to pay them over time interest free. Typically anywhere from 4-6 monthly payments. When I need some quick funds, I will often list several of the items I obtain from them at break-even or even at a small loss, knowing I have use of the funds essentially for free for 4-6 months. Thus what I refer to as a "free loan".
No. 331     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Aug 11, 2017 at 2:44 PM     
CAsandie wrote:


100 free listings until the 10th midnight.




Hmmm... My most recent offer was for 500 free listings.
No. 332     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  Aug 11, 2017 at 2:55 PM     
You really could further your business and employ others it sounds like. There is an Ebayer that started a nonprofit (for which employees are still paid) who had suffered at the hands of domestic violence (so it is for woman and it is clothing sold on Ebay and Amazon, etc.).

http://www.coreyanthony.org/

I only know this because I've purchased from this Ebayer and did a bit of research on the company.

I had been involved with a company when selling electronic cigarettes (before they were popular in which all the proceeds went to lung cancer research, although I had to stop before creating my 501k / too demanding with my gov job and taking care of my Mom). It was something I wanted though -- maybe sometime in my life with different products/who knows.

Just saying you sure are in a good position to expand if you so decided.


No. 333     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Aug 14, 2017 at 5:11 PM     
I raised prices and eliminated like 15 listings, but still losing ground on order processing. I have changed most all my remaining active listings to allow for longer handling time.
No. 334     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 55   on  Aug 15, 2017 at 8:20 PM     
Sold some part today on one of my websites for a Coleman water heater but supplier is out of stock so had to cancel that order.

The plus side though is I can see in my shopping cart platform he purchased it using his Iphone with a Safari browser so that new mobile friendly template I installed seems to be working for cellphone browsing and purchases.

I haven't updated that site in awhile so am getting behind on it. need to do a lot of updating, adding photos, quantities, out of stock items, categories, etc. Have to really get moving on the electronics there since the majority of sales for those seem to be in the fall before Christmas.

My primary cellphone/internet is off until Wednesday so am using my backup phone at home and WiFi here at McD's.

So I spent that last several hours updating that website here at a McD's which is a bit farther from my home than the other one I usually go to. This one is 2.7 miles away but the dining area is open till 11pm during the week and 12am on Friday and Saturday nights.

Am offering a bunch of "loss leaders" on products I will not make any $ on and actually lose $ on some of them in order to attract business with the intent on they will order other products at the same time.

Also am offering some products for "free" using coupons when they purchase a certain item or minimum $ amount for example.

That should drum up some additional sales too.
No. 335     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  crayons   Gender: M   Age: 61   on  Aug 15, 2017 at 10:44 PM     
is this yer own fakebook Copy Paste
Blog or is it a Forum issue...
any reason we should know all this? "pilgram"
No. 336     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 55   on  Aug 16, 2017 at 8:41 AM     
crayons wrote:

is this yer own fakebook Copy Paste
Blog or is it a Forum issue...
any reason we should know all this? "pilgram"


If it is irrelevant to you, why read or respond to it?

Or are you just to cause trouble???
No. 337     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Stormchaser   Gender: M   Age: 64   on  Aug 17, 2017 at 9:46 PM     
Just to make a brief comment about this - FB is really advancing the function-ability of Messenger. I've just started on online class with a master marketer and he believes that Messenger will be giving Amazon (and I'm guessing Ebay) a run for its money.

He actually showed us a trial ordering Messenger page that FB is playing with at the moment, where you will be able to order items straight through Messenger.

He also thinks that Messenger will stomp Skype not to far down the road.

All-in-all, exciting and interesting.
No. 338     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Aug 22, 2017 at 8:28 PM     
Still crazy on eBay. On some items, one Buyer is snatching all the inventory I have posted. Often such a Buyer will contact me first and attempt to negotiate a better price when purchasing such a quantity. But lately they are simply buying me out with no contact prior.

I actually prefer they contact me. When they buy all I have posted, it causes me to have to relist versus simply increasing quantity. Relisting results in loss of my ranking as being at the top for sales of the item in eBay searches, as well as sometimes dropping me down from the top on Google searches. At least for a little while. Getting back to top of Google searches on these particular items is not really difficult.
No. 339     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Bullfighter279   Gender: M   Age: 55   on  Aug 22, 2017 at 8:57 PM     
Stormchaser wrote:

Just to make a brief comment about this - FB is really advancing the function-ability of Messenger. I've just started on online class with a master marketer and he believes that Messenger will be giving Amazon (and I'm guessing Ebay) a run for its money.

He actually showed us a trial ordering Messenger page that FB is playing with at the moment, where you will be able to order items straight through Messenger.

He also thinks that Messenger will stomp Skype not to far down the road.

All-in-all, exciting and interesting.


Lately I have been posting a product here and there on my "Facebook Store".

People have been "liking" items and or viewing them.

If nothing else it can help drive traffic/views to my regular website thus increasing rankings in search engines.

I don't spend a lot of time with the facebook store thing though because it is s-l-o-w in loading!
No. 340     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Stormchaser   Gender: M   Age: 64   on  Aug 22, 2017 at 10:29 PM     
Bullfighter279 wrote:

Stormchaser wrote:

Just to make a brief comment about this - FB is really advancing the function-ability of Messenger. I've just started on online class with a master marketer and he believes that Messenger will be giving Amazon (and I'm guessing Ebay) a run for its money.

He actually showed us a trial ordering Messenger page that FB is playing with at the moment, where you will be able to order items straight through Messenger.

He also thinks that Messenger will stomp Skype not to far down the road.

All-in-all, exciting and interesting.


Lately I have been posting a product here and there on my "Facebook Store".

People have been "liking" items and or viewing them.

If nothing else it can help drive traffic/views to my regular website thus increasing rankings in search engines.

I don't spend a lot of time with the facebook store thing though because it is s-l-o-w in loading!


Where is it located?
No. 341     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Aug 23, 2017 at 9:28 AM     
CAsandie wrote:

You really could further your business and employ others it sounds like.


Maybe.

Do not take me wrong. I really only spend a few minutes per day on eBay processing orders, with sometimes ignoring it altogether for a couple days to a week. Most all my listings are now set to 3 days handling time with the most popular sellers at 10 days handling time.

But I am so busy with other interests, the time spent with eBay hampers "my style". On that same token, eBay has become so lucrative for me, now providing more than a 100% return on many items before fees and effort are considered (some providing a 600% return), I hesitate to walk from it or let it die. I would likely sell my eBay business before I did that. There have been offers. Or allow a family to take it over.

Researching a new item to sell and then creating the listing, takes the most time with eBay. At least for me, it takes way more time to create and post one listing than to process several orders.
No. 342     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Aug 24, 2017 at 6:36 PM     
A couple of days ago I received a call with the caller informing me like he ran into a female named so and so whom asked about me indicating I was a friend of her family, specifically naming a guy. I responded "yes" I know the guy, we graduated from the same high school, but we lost touch over the years long ago.

Turns out the guy is one of eBay's founders and still involved with the operation of eBay to this day. I got online and looked it up. Sure enough he is.

As a result of that encounter, I learned another local graduate but of indirect acquaintance, is now at last part owner of the Detroit Pistons.

Small world.
No. 343     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  Aug 25, 2017 at 11:49 AM     
Survivor -- you are sure right about the initial listing being the most time consuming.

Have a question:

I sold an item (it was an pre-owned blouse) and prior to shipping I noticed I got a small tear (that had to happen during photo taking). I let the buyer know, but was wondering...

If not shipping the item and issuing a refund via Paypal ... will my fees from both Pay pal and Ebay be refunded? (I've never had to refund anyone before). Thanks!

Cool about going to high school with one of Ebay's founders (if I read that correctly while in a rush this morning)!

No. 344     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  Aug 27, 2017 at 7:12 PM     

I made a top rated seller, but I'm not sure how long I've been...

I had to switch all my listings to 1 day handling time and also provide a 30 day return policy (I had neither before), but I still can not see the emblem by my name (is it only seen by others or did I fail to do something is unknown). Learning as I go though! (I could have been saving an additional 10% for being top rated...

Also it states my top rating is at risk (and next month is rating...I think it's because my sales have been lower recently)?

No. 345     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Aug 28, 2017 at 8:38 AM     
CAsandie wrote:

I sold an item (it was an pre-owned blouse) and prior to shipping I noticed I got a small tear (that had to happen during photo taking). I let the buyer know, but was wondering...

If not shipping the item and issuing a refund via Paypal ... will my fees from both Pay pal and Ebay be refunded? (I've never had to refund anyone before). Thanks!


I find it best to cancel the order from within eBay, and the refund is processed automatically refunding fees from both. But even if you directly refund from within PayPal, you should eventually get fees back from both. After an update period it will eventually show in eBay as if the Buyer failed to pay, thus eventually also refunding eBay fees.
No. 346     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  Aug 28, 2017 at 9:00 AM     
Thanks Survivor...I did cancel inside Ebay and was refunded all but a .30 fee from paypal that is not refundable.

My top rated emblem is showing up now a friend says! (at least for this month unless I request a grace period. It was my goal when I first started selling...who would have thunk?



No. 347     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Aug 31, 2017 at 8:06 AM     
CAsandie wrote:


I made a top rated seller, but I'm not sure how long I've been...




Congrats on Top Rated Seller.

It is something I no longer strive to maintain. With most my items now drop shipped, I cannot exactly control when they might ship. Therefore rather than take a hit to my stats for late shipping, I extend the handling time to greater than 1 day. Thus those listings do not qualify for Top Rated.

You can have Top Rated Seller status, but only your current listings that meet Top Rated requirements will display the Top Rated Seller flag.

I miss the 20% bonus, which for me amounted to considerable monthly income being my selling fees often total into the thousands.

$1000 in selling fees returned me $200. I was regularly receiving $400-$600 per month. But again, with drop shipping I can no longer control when items ship. Most of them do not get out within 1 day as required for Top Rated Seller status, unless I pay for expedited shipping. With the number of orders I process per month, the cost of expedited shipping far out weighs what being a Top Rated Seller returns to my pocket. The trade-off simply became no longer worth it.

Thus I have had many ask then why not just ship it all yourself. I simply have no desire to acquire and maintain the inventory, pack, label and ship that many orders per month. With drop shipping, I now simply just post ads for most items. Even for most the items that I do still direct ship, I no longer maintain an inventory of them. I acquire them from local vendors. Again simply just posting an ad, but then having to ship myself. These are mostly small lightweight items and/or essentially seasonal type items that local vendors provide me at great discount.
No. 348     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  Aug 31, 2017 at 3:26 PM     
Thank you Survivor ... the emblem by my name says "top rated plus" now (I'm not sure what the plus is).

I'm not selling much though at the moment (I'm not a business like you are), so not sure this will last long, but it would be nice to save on fees (so I hope it might last)!

No. 349     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Stormchaser   Gender: M   Age: 64   on  Aug 31, 2017 at 5:15 PM     
CAsandie wrote:

Thank you Survivor ... the emblem by my name says "top rated plus" now (I'm not sure what the plus is).




Probably good for a seller; not so much for personal clothes' sizes :tongue:
No. 350     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Sep 2, 2017 at 7:34 AM     
Over the past few days I have made many shipments headed into the hurricane ravaged areas. I hope they get to where intended.

I expect to see some not received claims.
No. 351     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  Sep 2, 2017 at 2:53 PM     
Survivor698 wrote:

Over the past few days I have made many shipments headed into the hurricane ravaged areas. I hope they get to where intended.

I expect to see some not received claims.


I just delivered a package going to Houston UPS. USPS is more affected, but certainly a slow down as there are streets impassible now. I talked with a woman from Houston yesterday (unaffected and still working, but holding daily witness to the devastation there).



No. 352     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  Sep 5, 2017 at 3:01 PM     
I am trying to buy a irobot roomba for my Mom as one of her bday gifts this year.

They sell super quick on Ebay for around $200.00-$250.00 (on average), but are older models (and I'd like an warranty).

Just a suggestion for selling (if I were a business over selling stuff at home...I'd consider selling the robot vacuums)!

No. 353     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Sep 8, 2017 at 12:02 PM     
CAsandie wrote:

I am trying to buy a irobot roomba for my Mom as one of her bday gifts this year.

They sell super quick on Ebay for around $200.00-$250.00 (on average), but are older models (and I'd like an warranty).

Just a suggestion for selling (if I were a business over selling stuff at home...I'd consider selling the robot vacuums)!



I have sold several roombas, but they typically bring me $400 to over $500 each. In fact, I sell several vacuum brands online.

Biggest interest for me has been in Roomba, Oreck and Dyson products.
No. 354     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Sep 8, 2017 at 12:23 PM     
LED lighting and low-voltage lighting accessories for such has taken off for me over the past couple weeks. I am assuming much of it is due to the hurricanes and storms to provide immediate temporary lighting.

Such has always been great sellers for me, but typically not until the Holiday seasons, except for the cables that can also be used with digital currency mining hardware. For that need the cables and power supplies sell regularly.

Over a year ago, I realized the exact same cables and power supplies I was selling for digital currency mining, could also be used with LED lighting. Thus started market the same items directed towards that category. As well as battery operated LED lighting sets. Has been very successful for me.

This year, it appears Holiday decorators are buying earlier than normal, as well as hurricanes and storms have boosted the need for battery operated and low voltage lighting.

A kid sitting in a college dorm was manufacturing most the cables for me, but he appears to have developed other interests and became an unreliable source. I then found a drop shipper that would direct ship for me, as well as ship some to me at bulk pricing. That has worked real well until recently.

The drop shipper has not been able to keep up with my need for cables assembled with a particular size plug. Had me in a dilemma for a couple days, but I then found a bulk source for the plugs. Ordered some plugs and started simply installing the plugs required on the bulk cables the drop shipper can make plenty of.

This takes me a little time, no more than 2 minutes per cable, and the profit margin is so great on these cables I have opted to make them myself as needed. Which most orders recently have been for that particular size plug.

I am accumulating quite a quantity of the least desired plug, being I am removing them from the prefabbed cables. But I will soon start selling those plugs individually and in quantity for those looking to custom build and/or repair cables. Or maybe do the opposite of what I am doing, modifying existing cables to be the other size plug.
No. 355     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  Sep 16, 2017 at 10:45 PM     
I do not drop ship, but drop shipping sure opens the door for selling larger items and allows one to chart what is popular and sell more this way.

Glad you are doing so well, Survivor. I'm thrilled I got top rating, but not sure I can keep up with the one day shipment (they didn't take it away from me, but I had a sell at 11:30pm and did not ship in 24 hours...was thinking I might have lost it, but didn't). No big if I do though.

I do see why LED lighting and accessories would do well.

No. 356     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Sep 17, 2017 at 7:39 AM     
I am getting buried in sales this weekend. Mostly books. BTW - eBay has again notified me I rank in the top 10% of eBay book sales globally. But that has become a regular notification.
No. 357     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Sep 17, 2017 at 7:45 AM     
Survivor698 wrote:

I am getting buried in sales this weekend. Mostly books. BTW - eBay has again notified me I rank in the top 10% of eBay book sales globally. But that has become a regular notification.


I recall posting years ago in one of these "income producing" threads that the marketing/selling of "information" will eventually garner the largest market demand of all that can be sold online. Without doing the research, my gut feeling is that the online economy is there.
No. 358     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  Sep 18, 2017 at 10:56 AM     
Survivor698 wrote:

I am getting buried in sales this weekend. Mostly books. BTW - eBay has again notified me I rank in the top 10% of eBay book sales globally. But that has become a regular notification.


I got some orders too and was thinking it might be that 6-8% back in Ebay bucks they offered over the weekend.

Books are great to sell because of the book rate shipping! I knew a woman who supported herself fully selling books on Ebay (the Sister of the woman I sold my Dad's house to...such a lovely Christian family too)!

No. 359     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Sep 19, 2017 at 8:32 AM     
LOL. At least at the moment, my second most popular selling item behind books is "curtain sheers". They also provide me my largest profit margin by far. Used to provide even a greater profit margin, but competition moved in forcing me to lower price.

I have competition on eBay that follow my ads. When an item starts selling really well, they move in and sell the same item for less, even to the point of using my item photos and ad description word for word. LOL.
No. 360     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Sep 19, 2017 at 8:39 AM     
CAsandie wrote:
Books are great to sell because of the book rate shipping! I knew a woman who supported herself fully selling books on Ebay (the Sister of the woman I sold my Dad's house to...such a lovely Christian family too)!



Currently, 99% of my book orders are drop shipped. And shipped for free by the drop shipper.
No. 361     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  Oct 8, 2017 at 10:50 AM     
Curtain sheers? Interesting. Well, I do like them myself.

I've gotten orders from TX more than anywhere as of late. I can't help but to shiver a bit (wondering if these were victims of the hurricane and they are rebuilding).

I will have to figure out how to put myself on vacation from Ebay soon. I'm no longer a top seller (missed delivery by one day with all the medical stuff currently and I didn't ask for a grace period as I don't have time for next day delivery right now).

Survivor...I was meaning to post this a bit ago ... I saw where it allows for a 30 day delivery time now ... it's under 'bulk' changes! [remember we discussed this and I did not understand where or how).

No. 362     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Oct 8, 2017 at 11:17 AM     
CAsandie wrote:

Curtain sheers? Interesting. Well, I do like them myself.


Actually, they are not being sold to be used as curtain sheers, at least for most my buyers. They are one my VAR/value added reseller items. I resell them for an alternate use, saving Buyers well more than 50% off what the most popular name brand item sold for that use sells for.

Between now and Christmas are when they are most popular. But people are starting to decorate in such a manner for many of the other Holidays and any other festive occasion.
No. 363     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Oct 8, 2017 at 11:26 AM     
CAsandie wrote:


Survivor...I was meaning to post this a bit ago ... I saw where it allows for a 30 day delivery time now ... it's under 'bulk' changes! [remember we discussed this and I did not understand where or how).



I would have to look. I am only aware of setting an item to 30 day handling as an individual change.

You can go in and set yourself as being on "vacation", the odd thing is that doing such does not offer changing handling/shipping time. Appears to simply only put Buyers on notice that you are on vacation and items may ship late. Thus I have reverted back to individually extending handling time for orders that I may not be around to direct ship in a timely manner. Most my drop ship orders I leave as is, for I can most often process those no matter where I am at.
No. 364     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  Oct 13, 2017 at 2:43 PM     
Survivor698 wrote:

CAsandie wrote:


Survivor...I was meaning to post this a bit ago ... I saw where it allows for a 30 day delivery time now ... it's under 'bulk' changes! [remember we discussed this and I did not understand where or how).



I would have to look. I am only aware of setting an item to 30 day handling as an individual change.

You can go in and set yourself as being on "vacation", the odd thing is that doing such does not offer changing handling/shipping time. Appears to simply only put Buyers on notice that you are on vacation and items may ship late. Thus I have reverted back to individually extending handling time for orders that I may not be around to direct ship in a timely manner. Most my drop ship orders I leave as is, for I can most often process those no matter where I am at.


Where do we set ourselves on 'vacation' mode? Thanks!

I hope you do well this Christmas in sells (they seem to already be picking up a bit)!

No. 365     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Oct 13, 2017 at 9:40 PM     
CAsandie wrote:
I hope you do well this Christmas in sells (they seem to already be picking up a bit)!



Thank you Casandie, but I am not sure I need anything to be any better than sales have been most this year. On eBay alone, I now average $600-$700 per day in sales.

My own individual sites are not producing that much per day, but I have one I rolled out in like June, that is coming on strong in leaps and bounds. It is affiliated with an MLM/Network Marketing host. Other than my own marketing efforts to promote the site, it is turnkey requiring me no real effort. Totally an online endeavor. It is gaining ground quickly rivaling the daily income eBay provides me.

I rolled out another marketing website for another product line first week of this month. I have simply not had time to put any marketing efforts into place. But the interest in what I offer there has been tremendous, and I expect it to really take off once I begin promoting traffic to the site. Which I plan to do for Christmas sales efforts.

There are two to three more product/service lines I hope to have in place by end of the month to prior to end of the year, but I currently have a lot going on right now to get my arms around. Regardless, I moved forward on one of those yesterday. At the gym when on the treadmill, I now notice ads on TV for that product line. Whenever I see such, more often than not, if I can get a source established and my ad posted on at least eBay, it is a new income stream for sure.

As for eBay Christmas sales, at the moment I do not intend to do any more than I currently do, expect for one new product that I received my first shipment of last week. I plan to publish the first add for those this weekend, and expect the sales to be more than I can keep up with. May be a problem with a how long it takes the source to get product to me.

I had some other products in mind for Christmas, but may be too late to get things in place. Orders of one item have started arriving, with two no word on when I will see the bulk orders of two others. But I am really not worried about at the moment. I have lots already happening. In fact, I have a couple local affiliates I mentor in online selling. I may release these products to them.

If someone really needs to produce an income and nothing else has worked, marketing on eBay is simply a no brainer that should not be ignored. Not to mention all the other endless online opportunities. We live in a very blessed economic era for those that can see the light.
No. 366     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Oct 21, 2017 at 4:28 PM     
If things were any "busier" for me on eBay alone, I can hardly imagine what it would be like. Sales have been good all year already, increased greatly over the summer months, I am currently up almost 40% in the just the past 30 days.

For the most part, books sells are my leader on eBay. Most these are shipped direct from the publishers. I have finally worked out a much more efficient ordering process with them that has allowed me to lessen my posted 10 business day handling time down to 5 business day handling time. At one time, it was 15 business handling time on the books, and people still kept buying.

I actually now have it down to 24-48 hours handling time, but I have opted to leave it posted in the listings as a 5 business day handling time. Reason for that is, hopes of not enticing any more business than I am already getting.
No. 367     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Oct 27, 2017 at 9:11 PM     
Received a communication from eBay today congratulating me for exceeding the sales dollar amount I typically do in 30 days, in just the past week.

I have been on a major rally for several weeks now. The amazing thing is, despite the huge increase in sales volume, I have it down to taking much less effort and time than it took me when sales were much less than now.
No. 368     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Oct 29, 2017 at 5:52 PM     
Survivor698 wrote:
I have been on a major rally for several weeks now. The amazing thing is, despite the huge increase in sales volume, I have it down to taking much less effort and time than it took me when sales were much less than now.


In fact, it has been like 9 months since I was this much ahead of the curve on getting orders processed and shipped.

I have earned top rated seller status back for most my international shipped items.
No. 369     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  Oct 29, 2017 at 8:28 PM     

Survivor -- Congratulations on getting your top seller back!

No. 370     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Oct 30, 2017 at 9:25 AM     
CAsandie wrote:


Survivor -- Congratulations on getting your top seller back!



Thank you.

I am not sure how I achieved it, for I no longer post anything with an effort to stay within the guidelines for top rated seller. As one whom utilizes drop shipping for like 95% of my items sold, it is essentially impossible to continuously meet the requirements for top rated seller.

But just after receiving the message congratulating me on the sales volume achieved for 7 days, I received another communication congratulating me on achieving top rated seller for the international market.
No. 371     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Nov 1, 2017 at 9:33 AM     
Doing some start of the month accounting today, I think I now see were as Storm and I experience a difference on total "cost" to sell on eBay.

I cannot recall exactly what Storm states he experiences, seems like it was 17%, while I claim for me it is only 13.5%.

This AM I ran my numbers as if shipping is an additional after sell expense. When calculated in that manner, my total "cost" to sell is 15%. In other words, to break even I need to at least sell an item at a 15% mark-up to cover the cost of the item and to ship it.

Typically, being most all my items are drop shipped and the cost to ship is included in the selling price, to break-even I need to at least sell at a 13.5% mark-up to cover my cost of the item including shipping.

The above cost to sell calculations also take into account PayPal and/or CC processing fees.

When I get the time, especially prior to time to file income tax returns, I am going to perform a more thorough analysis. But I am experiencing a far greater ROI for less cost selling on eBay than I experience on any of my stand alone websites. On eBay, I am also reaching out to a far larger market for no direct marketing costs out of my pocket. Many of my Buyers in follow-up communication claim they did not find me/my item being sold via eBay. They found my item via such as a Google search, or one of those seize the deal price comparison websites, or what appeared to be a website of some merchant other than myself, etc., claiming they did not realize they were even making a purchase via eBay until after they clicked to Buy the item.
No. 372     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  Nov 1, 2017 at 10:11 AM     
Survivor -- congratulations about the International market seller top rating as well.

In other words, to break even I need to at least sell an item at a 15% mark-up to cover the cost of the item and to ship it.

Typically, being most all my items are drop shipped and the cost to ship is included in the selling price, to break-even I need to at least sell at a 13.5% mark-up to cover my cost of the item including shipping.


This is good to know and truly 'low' compared to retail mark-ups if one was considering opening a retail shop (retail is usually at least 50% mark ups I believe, but it varies as items are sold at a price they can achieve (so clearance is sometimes even below wholesale price, let alone market). Did you include shipping?

(I am selling home items, so I have not sat down and calculated a mark-up. I just want to get rid of my excess still / and it's slow because I can't sell cheaper due to shipping costs I have to absorb).

No. 373     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Nov 2, 2017 at 4:46 PM     
CAsandie - Have you ever tried eBay's promotion feature?

They sent me some offer for like a 20% discount on fees up to $500 total on items I opt to promote. In the past, I have simply lowered my price versus opting in on this feature.

Sales for my most popular selling book of the past 3 months really slowed down this week, so I decided to try the eBay promotion feature.

I authored my promotion for just this one item and clicked launch. Within like 60 seconds of hitting "launch", 3 of the books sold.

At this time, I am not exactly sure what eBay does or does not do in relation to promoting an item. All I see when I click on my listing is a red price tag above the item photo indicating extra $$$ off. Otherwise, I am not sure if eBay is assisting with promoting the item by some other means. May need to go back and read their offer in detail as to exactly what the promote feature does.
No. 374     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  Nov 3, 2017 at 8:32 AM     
Survivor -- I have not tried promotional ... what are the fees for this?

(I have noticed what is stated to be 'promotional listings' when looking for a specific item ... the listing will appear first and below another listing as a 'suggested' listing to look at [so they get a great deal more traffic/views]).



No. 375     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Nov 3, 2017 at 9:37 AM     
CAsandie wrote:

Survivor -- I have not tried promotional ... what are the fees for this?

(I have noticed what is stated to be 'promotional listings' when looking for a specific item ... the listing will appear first and below another listing as a 'suggested' listing to look at [so they get a great deal more traffic/views]).





They charged me no additional listing fees, and are discounting transaction fees 20%.
No. 376     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  Nov 3, 2017 at 6:05 PM     
Survivor698 wrote:

CAsandie wrote:

Survivor -- I have not tried promotional ... what are the fees for this?

(I have noticed what is stated to be 'promotional listings' when looking for a specific item ... the listing will appear first and below another listing as a 'suggested' listing to look at [so they get a great deal more traffic/views]).



They charged me no additional listing fees, and are discounting transaction fees 20%.


Interesting -- a reduction in fees? Must you be top rated?

I will have to look into this when time permits. Thanks for passing this information along here.
No. 377     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Nov 4, 2017 at 8:08 AM     
CAsandie wrote:

Survivor698 wrote:

CAsandie wrote:

Survivor -- I have not tried promotional ... what are the fees for this?

(I have noticed what is stated to be 'promotional listings' when looking for a specific item ... the listing will appear first and below another listing as a 'suggested' listing to look at [so they get a great deal more traffic/views]).



They charged me no additional listing fees, and are discounting transaction fees 20%.


Interesting -- a reduction in fees? Must you be top rated?

I will have to look into this when time permits. Thanks for passing this information along here.


No, has nothing to do with top rated. At the moment, due to my option to drop ship, I am no longer top rated for domestic sales and have not been all year. I am only top rated for international sales. And how I qualify for that I am not sure. Most that is drop ship also.

I had a need to have a couple more hundred dollars in my PayPal account by today, not desiring to tap other sources. The 1 day promotion on the 1 item provided me more than double the need. Think I am going to continue the promotion through the weekend.

If I did not "sweep" the funds from my PayPal account every 24-48 hours, I would not have had to take measures to get funds there. Simply transferred too much out of the account. The excess funds required would have simply been drawn from my bank account being I have that set as my back-up source, but I did not desire to tap other sources at this time. Thus the promotion. It worked.
No. 378     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Nov 4, 2017 at 2:10 PM     
Survivor698 wrote: At the moment, due to my option to drop ship, I am no longer top rated for domestic sales and have not been all year. I am only top rated for international sales. And how I qualify for that I am not sure. Most that is drop ship also.


I will have to retract this somewhat. Examining my sales history, I see that for the past several weeks, more than half my International sales have been for shipments of my own products. Being I do ship those myself, thus earning back top rated in that realm. In competition with all that I sell, not enough of my own products sell domestically to pull me to top rated.

I have a dozen or so products of my own that sell very well. These are either essentially manufactured by me, alteration of an existing off the shelf product, or simply selling an off the shelf product for use as a different purpose than originally sold for.

Of the above, I move a lot of all, with such sales accounting for more than half my International sales. But domestically, likely less than 5% of my total sales is of my own products.

I could easily expand my line of own products, but each one of them requires my hands on with assembly or manufacture, and then again to ship.
No. 379     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  Nov 7, 2017 at 7:42 PM     

Hi Survivor,

Thanks for sharing about promotional. As stated, I need to look into this more and find out more about this. Right now I am swamped for time and have been trying to figure out how to put myself on vacation without taking down all my listings (I've seen others state that shipping would not be until a designated time and that the seller is away). I will definitely need to do so when my surgery takes place!

Thanks again for sharing about the promotional (I had no idea it didn't cost a fee)!

No. 380     Reply: Re: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Nov 7, 2017 at 8:04 PM     
CAsandie wrote:


Hi Survivor,

Thanks for sharing about promotional. As stated, I need to look into this more and find out more about this. Right now I am swamped for time and have been trying to figure out how to put myself on vacation without taking down all my listings (I've seen others state that shipping would not be until a designated time and that the seller is away). I will definitely need to do so when my surgery takes place!

Thanks again for sharing about the promotional (I had no idea it didn't cost a fee)!



Whatever the promotion does, I have kept it going. The return more than met the need I had for Saturday AM, and by yesterday afternoon cleared me enough to buy two new Smith & Wesson handguns.

I have continued the promotion. My firearms dealer informed me that on Black Friday he expects the same firearms I purchased to be marked down more yet, and if so they will refund me the difference. With that refund and if the promotion continues to reap as it has, I am picking up that new Glock on Black Friday.
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By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Nov 12, 2017 at 10:48 AM     
For the past 2-3 weeks hunting blind chairs has moved up to being one of my top sellers. This weekend they did become my top seller for the past 24-48 hours. Fortunately they are a drop ship item for me.

I did a little research on my competition. For this particular chair most all but one other seller have pulled their listings for the item and he indicates only 1 left. Thus my increase in the sells of the item.

I then checked Amazon whom indicates currently no longer available. My guess is most my competition shipped them from Amazon. I ship directly from the only authorized distributor of the item. Of which they did also sell them on Amazon, but for some reason no longer doing do. Good thing is, they are still shipping them for me.
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By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Nov 13, 2017 at 5:31 PM     
Survivor698 wrote:

For the past 2-3 weeks hunting blind chairs has moved up to being one of my top sellers. This weekend they did become my top seller for the past 24-48 hours. Fortunately they are a drop ship item for me.


These chairs have been such a huge hit and of high quality, as of today I am also marketing them towards the amateur photography and videography market.

I am an avid photographer and videographer myself, and have found them to make an excellent portable chair to have along with my gear. The chair provides the ability to swivel 360 degrees quietly and to sit comfortably for very extended periods while taking photos and/or video of an event.
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By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Nov 13, 2017 at 5:37 PM     
Survivor698 wrote:

I then checked Amazon whom indicates currently no longer available. My guess is most my competition shipped them from Amazon. I ship directly from the only authorized distributor of the item. Of which they did also sell them on Amazon, but for some reason no longer doing do. Good thing is, they are still shipping them for me.


My only remaining current competitor of these has just lowered their price. Amazon has them back in stock as of today. But even with my price higher, they are still selling for me and my listing appears as the top of searches as best match.
No. 384     Reply: Re: Ebayers - part 2   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Nov 21, 2017 at 10:20 AM     
The sales are cha chinging this week.

It used to be, except for unique items, sales somewhat slowed for me on eBay at Holidays. But no more.

Supposedly Amazon and eBay are the most highly utilized resources for online comparison shopping. With many opting to purchase on eBay even when the price might be higher, just to take advantage of eBay Bucks.

Many shoppers will check the price of an item on Amazon or eBay before making the purchase locally. In that arena, I have found the ScanLife app to save me considerable money and time, for when I scan the UPC or QR on a local item, in addition to local prices it also provides the best price on Amazon and eBay and often includes Walmart.
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By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Nov 21, 2017 at 8:27 PM     
Survivor698 wrote:

It used to be, except for unique items, sales somewhat slowed for me on eBay at Holidays. But no more.


In fact, eBay now includes a couple to a few of my items in their promotions of top selling products on eBay.