Sunday, March 19, 2017

New Way to Sell

Has anyone heard of Swap.com? I am considering trying it out. I am emptying out my closet and have lots of "old" eBay inventory that I'm interested in sending in for a shot ( I don't like threadup....I wrote a review last year I believe) .

They are much like seasonal consignment sales but don't charge quite as much in fees (30% plus a set fee) plus the seller pays for inbound shipping. No pictures, no descriptions, no shipping......https://www.swap.com/

Any thoughts?

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Snowed In....Some Recent Sales

So we were supposed to get upwards of 2 feet of snow....we got a lot of sleet so I don't think that will happen. The kids love it.....my job decided yesterday morning to close for today and a delayed opening tomorrow; I love my job a little more for it. Cinnamon raisin bread makes for a great snowy day breakfast.

Amazon continues to do well.

However, eBay has been hopping lately with sales (or at least compared to usual). Lots of it can be blamed on Sports Authority sales. Here are some of my better sales lately.

 This costume I paid $2 for and was dissapointed when it didn't sell this past Halloween. It sold for $17.50 plus shipping. Costumes do really sell all year round. I haven't had a chance to list this past years Halloween finds yet on eBay. All the Amazon Halloween finds have been shipped already and most have sold already (suprisingly).
 Justice girls underwear. I paid $4.50 for the lot at the store. Sold on auction for $14.95 plus shipping.
 Girls Speedo Swimsuit. NWT. Paid $4.50 at Sports Authority. Sold within 2 weeks for $19.95 plus shipping.
Justice size 7 sundress. Paid 50 cents at a yard sale and my daughter wore this maybe a million times (seriously it was 1 of her favorites I think it was every other day). Sold on auction for $8.95 plus shipping. Not bad. A few sales like this make the cost of clothing children a little more bearable LOL.


These cost me $15 on a local yard sale site. I almost didn't buy them because I didn't want to spend any more money on eBay inventory and Lalaloopsy doesn't do as well as it once did. I broke it up into 2 lots and within a month the top picture sold for $59.95 plus shipping and the bottom sold for $12 + shipping. So glad I bought. It was a  pain to ship though.

I absolutely hate selling clothes but I am muddling through the unlisted inventory to start getting rid of it. I still believe that clothes have the best profit margin but so much more work.

How are sales going for all of you?

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

January's Results, Some Fun Sales/Bolos, Etc.

Hi everyone! Sorry I post so infrequently now. I decided forcing myself to blog made it soo not fun anymore, so I'm going to pop in every so often. Life is hectic. Tax filing day is tomorrow....and I'm largely procrastinating getting my paperwork in order. We loved last years CPA but he is overwhelmed and not great with communication so we are trying out our local Liberty Tax. I'm hoping for the best.

January results weren't as great as hoped; however in January and February I am just happy with not losing money. In January we had a net profit of $293 so I can't complain. That included several hundred dollars spent on Christmas merchandise. (fun fact....I'm allergic to real Christmas trees....plus since I didn't grow up with them I forget to water them so we have a crappy $39 regular price Walmart tree. I'm a big believer in divine providence and God allowing us to have a little "stuff" that makes us happy. Not excessive though. Anyway I fell in love with a tree but only would buy it at 90% off. Sad little tree was the only one left...no boxes, no display trees. It was there for me at 90% off.....So now we have a 7.5' pre lit silver Christmas tree.....a retail price of $269....and ours for only $26.90. I was so thankful for both the tree and the really awesome employee with a merchandise dolly who offered to move it up to the registers for me).

The last week of spring like weather has lots of people thinking about running. This past week I have sold 10 pairs of running shoes and a pair of baseball shoes. My Sports Authority buys from last year were mostly baseball/softball; I dug those out of the attic and started listing in full force this last week also. Cassini seemed to like that.

We also continue to minimize the house. A few years ago I bought stuff and then "lost" it in the house. We now that stuff is discontinued and worth decent money on Amazon. Win win. I cleaned out and reorganized our inventory attic space now that is a tolerable temperature. I am never ceased to be amazed how much "forgotten inventory" is up there; I've listed like crazy because let's be honest I'm never going to stay away from yard sales. Speaking of, end of May I already requested 2 consecutive weekends off for our now annual yard sale with my mother in law.

Now how much would you pay for a can of frosting; a discontinued flavor? If you REALLY wanted it? You know the $1.50 kind at the grocery store? Hubby definately wins the prize (sorry no flavor or brand or pic right now). He found some for $.99 at a discount store and flipped a single can in the $20-30 price range. Wait....what?!?!? He did this last month and we still laugh about it.

This Smackdown vs Raw has a cult following. I first realized it several years ago when I got one out of a locker. This I picked up (used at a yard sale) for $1 I think and it sat in my attic. It sold this morning for over $40. I panicked thinking we accidentally hit the "new" button but no it is correct. New copies sell for over $200.

This is another one that surprised me. I bought it at KMart going out of business for around $3. The price by the time I was going to list it dropped significantly so I threw it in the attic. It sold before we even got it to the Amazon Warehouse for $45. Not too shabby :D

I'm still at Panera Bread full time; I am completely in love with my job. The pay is good, atmosphere is great, and the food benefits are amazing.There's my last random thought for the night. :D


Sunday, January 15, 2017

What to Sell in January....Swimsuits and Running Shoes.

I have always looked at January as post holiday spending hangover month....where sales typically drop. This is has been true for my Amazon account but my eBay account is busier than it has been in like the last 6 months.

This is largely thanks to swimsuits and running shoes. I bought a lot of swimsuits for $3.99 each (almost all plus size) and I have sold around 2 dozen since right before Christmas. They aren't huge sales but they are 300-400% profit. On average they have been selling for $15-20+shipping.

The other seller that is coming as a surprise is Nike Running Shoes. I have sold 4 pair in the last 2 days. I bought 30 or so pair from Sports Authority in June/July for $6.50 per pair but they have sat and sat.  They have sold for $25-40 free shipping.

I am chalking this up to the 40% 3 week sale I had going on at my store. Now that the credit card is paid off, it is time to stockpile some cash (my roof is now leaking) and make some room for yard sale season!