Thursday, March 30, 2017

February Totals and Random Fun Facts

Sorry guys this is really late. Last week I turned 30 so now I'm feeling really old.....I mean 30 is when you are actually recognized as an adult right?!

Nothing like celebrating my birth month with great sales....specifically on eBay. It came out of nowhere but I am thankful. Amazon is way way down over last year; however we have been spending way less on COGS. Hubby hates to shop and I don't have time.

Anyway, there are a few stores HATES to source at (think baby stores, craft stores etc). I can't blame him; I'm not crazy about car stores, hardware stores, electronic stores etc so we make a great team.

I hit up 2 of these stores last night and man now is a great time to source. Both stores had overflowing clearance sections with more clearance in almost every aisle!!! I am a little concerned we are not spending enough on COGS to keep us moving in the right direction on Amazon.

Anyway, February MAY have been the best month in recent history. The business (now being debt free) is paying for a large part of our bills.....and we are now starting more agressively Dave Ramsey's baby steps.

February:
Income:

ebay 1213.24
facebook 275.50
etsy 17.90
amazon 1301.86

income 2808.50

Outgo:
COGS 414.71
Car expenses 222.00
entertainment 17.28
shipping 436.46
selling expenses 100
supplies 33.76
paypal 63.13
ebay 126.49
amazon 576.07
etsy .30
refunds 14.23

outgo 2004.43

total February profit 804.07

Not too shabby. I'm hoping to step up our COGS to around $1000.00 a month (99% amazon. Yard sales are cheap and I have a TON on ebay inventory still).

Now that for the last half a year of so I have been turning a profit, I really do want to say a huge heartfelt thanks to those who followed me and gave encouragement when I had no idea what I was doing and was bleeding money every month.

My computer died and at the same time I was offered a free older computer. It's slow and won't last forever but it saved us $300 for the time being!

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?