Tuesday, February 5, 2013

How to See Best Offer Prices

Yes, it's been months since I've written. Finding the motivation to blog these days is hard to come by. I have plenty to say, just no motivation to sit down and type it out. Recently, Ebay changed the ability to see Best Offers. Thanks to a comment on a Facebook page, I was able to learn how to still see the Best Offer. I wish I could remember what board it was on, but I was sitting in a dark movie theatre, alone with my kids surfing my phone. I limit the movies my kids can see, so we tend to see the same movies over and over and over again. After a recent price hike, we now pay $4 total for me and the 3 of them to go, so it's very affordable.

In order to see the best offer, simple search the completes for an item. Click on the sold item that has the Best Offer taken. Once the item is open, changed the to .ca and hit enter. The page will then show you the selling price.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

A thrift store I like, but isn't close to my house put out 50% off coupons at the beginning of July. I, of course, put my coupons up and lost them. Thankfully a friend had a few to spare. I was able to get 4 trips in with those coupons, but they finally expired last week. The prices in this store are all over the place. You can find a Walmart shirt for $3.50 and a Gymboree shirt for $1.29. On this day, I remembered to snap a quick picture of my items. I rarely find the time to do this anymore. There is not a wow item from this trip, just some generic items I liked enough to pick up. I spent about $10. Most of the items are to keep or to resell locally.

I quickly sold the mug in the picture for $14.99, plus shipping. I paid .50 for it. A few of the dresses and skirts are for my girls. The toys are my local consignment sale. There are 2 nightgown/shirts that I bought to try out. I have a friend that has some luck selling nightgowns, so thought I would give it a whirl. My only mistake was that I looked at one of the tags wrong. One tag was marked $1.29, the other $4.29 (yikes). They are identical with the exception of the color. Thankfully I had a 50% off for these items and if they don't sell on Ebay, I could at least get my money back locally.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

A Few Facebook Sales

I love selling things locally. Fast cash, 1 picture, 2 to 3 word descriptions, and it's gone. A few weeks ago I listed some things that I've had sitting. Some of these I could have done better on Ebay, but considering I hardly anything invested (thank you Goodwill Outlet) it doesn't bother to let them go for much less. Plus, I love keeping my pockets stacked with cash, ebay shows up in Paypal. Here are a few highlights from the last few weeks.

Wilton Cake Pans. $50, sold within 10 minutes of listing, but the lady asked if I could wait until the following week when she got paid. I probably had about $3 to $4 invested.

Bitty Baby Twins. I paid around $2, sold for $40.

Those were my 2 biggest sales in the last couple of weeks. I also sold a nice amount of smaller items including a bunch of my daughter's 4T dresses for $3-$4. They were nice, but not worth putting on Ebay and consignment sale would have taken about 40%. Besides meeting someone for the item, I prefer this over having a yard sale.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Lands End Swimsuits and Listing Challenge

One of my best selling items this summer has been Lands End Swim Wear. Most of my items come from the Goodwill bin, so I rarely find a complete set. I actually prefer just finding tops. I usually only find the tops or one piece suits. Most have been selling between $15 and $20 with free shipping. The price may be slightly on the low end given the retail pricing and quality of Lands End, but they move quickly. Most items sell within 2 weeks, but I've only had 1 item not sell within the first 30 days. Listing the last few weeks has been slow for me. I have a backlog of items that need to be listed, plus I'm still trying to get out and find more goodies when I can. This week I decided to challenge myself to list 75 items (not counting relist). I only average around 100 items in my store, so this is a big listing challenge for myself. Originally I decided I would list 25 items on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, but not sure that schedule will work out. Yesterday (Monday) I listed 15 items. I find more motivation to list when sales are rolling in. I had 3 yesterday, one which the lady ask me to cancel within an hour of purchase..blah! Here's to a new day, new sales, new listings. Anyone else have listing goals for the week?

Monday, July 2, 2012

Disney Done!

In case your wondering, I'm still alive.  After the first of the year keeping up with school for my girls, ebay, and trying to keep my house from looking like a hoarders episode, this blog took a back burner.  After being away so long, I just didn't have the motivation to write.  I've had plenty to say, but I just didn't want to take the time to say it.

My biggest accomplishment this month was to wrap up our Disney fund.  I was able to save for it in about 6 months and I'm very happy about it.  Now, I'm moving onto a down payment fund.  We are hoping to list our house next spring and I have a huge list of wants.  Even if we don't sell, we will probably look into doing an addition.  Along with that, I'm hoping to contribute to paying off our minivan. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Someone's Knocked Up

It's not me.  However, plenty of women on Ebay are.  Over the last few months, every maternity item I've listed has sold.  I've been selling different brands, Motherhood, Oh, Baby by Motherhood (Kohls), In Due Time, Liz Lange.  Oh, Baby and Liz Lange have been my best seller. 

I've only sold a few, but dresses have also done well.  I never wear dresses.  In fact, the last dress I wore was probably my wedding dress 13 years ago.  Thankfully, I must have a little taste because my dresses are selling within a week or 2 of listing.    Spring/Fall type dresses as well as summer have sold well.  

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Disney Fund Update

Wow!  Janaury was a great month on Ebay for me.  By far the best month I've ever had.  Sales were steady, getting at least one sale a day most days.  My best selling items were toys.  It always amazes me what some parents will pay for used toys. 
I kicked off the fund with a $375 deposit.  My goal is to deposit $363 monthly to have 4k by November 1st.  This month I was able to bring the fund up to $900.  With all of my sales this month, I paid my Ebay fees, for all my inventory (aka Goodwill trips) and put $100 towards some work done around our house.

How was your month?  Are you working towards any goals this year?