(I’ve Decided) I Could Care Less About the Latest eBay Seller Update

 

Hey thrifters, happy Wednesday. I hope you had an amazing Memorial Day weekend with your family and friends!

Savers was holding a 50% sale during the weekend and I know that some of you – actually, A LOT – were able to find some amazing stuff judging by the pictures that you shared over the weekend.

Congrats and I hope you get top dollar for all your items!

I actually stayed away during the sale on Sunday and Monday (not a fan of the large crowds, I need my “elbow room” when shopping) so I did my customary pre-sale visit strategy on Saturday night and I was able to find some amazing stuff as well.  It wasn’t for 50% off, but 30% off is just as good!

Adjusting to eBay Life After the Latest Seller Update

It’s been almost a month since eBay enacted their latest seller update.

For the record, I wasn’t happy with it.  Specifically with their decision to charge a listing fee for using an auction format.

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of the auction-format.  In fact, prior to the seller update, I upgraded both of my eBay stores from the Basic model (150 free listings, $15.95 per month) to the Premium model (500 free listings, $49.95) so that I can take advantage of even more free auction-style listings.

So much for that idea.  Now that we’re being charged for auction-formats, eBay basically eliminated the sole reason why I upgraded in the first place. You can bet that I’m going to downgrade both of my accounts the SECOND that I’m able to!  It’s just not worth it anymore.

The silver lining is that the listing fee will be credited if the item sells.  However, my auction items don’t sell 100% of the time and that just means more eBay fees being paid at the end of the month.

But oh well.  Life goes on, right?

And my plan of attack in this new environment was to test and see what strategy works the best.  It’s obvious that eBay wants sellers to use more Buy-it-Now (BIN) auctions, so does that spell the end of my HUGELY successful Sunday Blitz strategy?

In a word:  NO!!

I’ve been experimenting with more BIN auctions this month but compared to auctions they’re just not as effective at generating sales and moving inventory.

Here’s a pic of my some of my sales over Memorial Day weekend (more payments arrived after the pics were taken):

Memorial Day Weekend Sales

And here’s the breakdown of sales:  BIN = 6, Auction = 44

It’s hard for me to argue against  the results. To be fair, there are instances where I’ve had amazing success with BIN auctions, but for the most part this past weekend is indicative of the results that I’ve had with both formats.

Yeah I hate paying the additional listing fees and I am able to get higher ending prices for BIN auctions, I’ll give it that.  However, in my experience BIN auctions  violate 2 things that I value in my business: speed and volume.

I want to sell things quickly and I want to sell a lot of them.  With BIN,  you get the price that you want but it comes at the expense of speed and volume.  It may take forever to find the “right” buyer and it could end up sitting in storage for weeks and months.  That’s just something that I’m not willing to do.

The extra $10-$15 that I’m currently paying for auctions is worth the additional hundreds and – over the course of a month – thousands that I generate using auctions versus BIN.

 What’s the “Best” eBay Strategy?

I’m not saying that you should abandon BIN altogether and adopt my strategies.  That’s not what I’m saying.  We all have different eBay preferences, goals, and items for sale, and at the end of the day these factors will affect the pricing and format strategies that we use.

All I’m doing is showing you my  results and what I’ve learned from them.

If there’s something in their that resonates with you and it will make your business more successful then by all means please implement them.  If you’re current strategy is working for you, then please continue to do what you’ve been doing.

In the end, the best strategy is the one that works!

Hope you’re having a great week so far!

Meinard

And the Winner Is…

 

Drumroll please…

Tasia!!

Congratulations Tasia on winning the Nike Flyknit’s!  Please email  me with your shipping address at thriftstorereseller@gmail.com so I can send you your prize.

If you plan on using them to run,  then run strong and I hope you set a personal record in them.  If you’re going to resell them on eBay,  best of luck with the auction and I hope you find that perfect buyer.

Either way, please enjoy the shoes and keep  up posted on the results!

This Was So Much Fun – Value Galore

I just wanted to take a quick second to send  a big THANK YOU to everyone who participated.

I had a great time with this contest and I hope you did too.  The quality of the advice that everyone shared was pretty amazing and I had a blast reading them.  The insights alone made the contest worthwhile!

If you didn’t win this time, don’t worry – I haven’t forgotten about you.  It was so much fun that I’ll be holding another contest VERY VERY soon.

In fact, I already have the next giveaway item in-hand.

And if you thought the Nike’s were good, then you’re going to love this next one…promise!

Thanks again for all your support and encouragement.  Have a great weekend and I’ll talk to you soon!

Meinard

FREE Giveaway: Nike Free Flyknit 5.0 ($60+ Resell Value on eBay)!!

What’s up thrifters and welcome to my free giveaway!

You should know by now that I don’t buy just average, run-of-the-mill items at the thrift store.  I focus on buying only on quality, high-value items that resell for huge profits on eBay, so you’re definitely gonna wanna win this item.

Heck, I want this item but it’s a good thing it’s not my size :)

You ready?!  Let’s go!

What Are You Giving Away?

Well, I already spoiled it for you on the blog title (and on Twitter if you follow me there) but I’m going to say it again anyway:  For this giveaway, the winner will receive this AWESOME pair of NIKE Men’s FREE RUN+ FLYKNIT 3.0 “Rainbow” RUNNING SHOES!!

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw this pair at Goodwill – I mean, $6.99 for this model is a steal!  I’ve been wanting to run this contest for some time now and when I saw this pair I knew that it was the perfect item to give away.

Here’s some pics:

Flyknit3

Flyknit2

Flyknit

They’re a men’s size 7 which also translates to a women’s size 8.5.  Those of you who enrolled in my free 2-week Reseller Mini-Course already know how valuable Nike Free’s are on eBay.

Plus, when you combine it with this “Rainbow” colorway (hint:  when it comes to sneakers, bright and “loud” colorways sell much better), you’re going to receive some good offers for these on eBay.  I guarantee it!

But don’t take my word for it.

Check some of these recent completed auctions for this exact pair that you’ll be winning.

The shoes in these listings are in used condition and, in my opinion, the pair that I have is actually in better shape than these pairs!!

Flyknit Listings

Excited yet?!

Is it FREE to Enter?

It’s ABSOLUTELY FREE to enter and you don’t have to spend a single dime!  I’ll even pay for the postage to mail the shoes (US only, no International shipping)!

To enter, simply scroll down to locate the RaffleCopter entry form on the bottom of this post. Complete any of the task mentioned on the entry form and you’re automatically entered into the drawing.

Each task counts as one (1) entry so the more you do, the higher you chances of winning.

It’s that easy!!

RaffleCopter will select a random winner at the end of the giveaway and the shoes will be shipped as soon as the winner’s shipping address is confirmed.

(Note:  I will be contacting the winner via email to confirm shipping address, so please use an email address that you frequently check.  If I can’t confirm a shipping address or if the original winner isn’t responding to emails, another winner will be selected.)

THANK YOU SO MUCH for all your support and good luck!!

-Meinard

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Paid Time Off (PTO): eBay-Style

 

Is it just me or is that first week back from vacation really brutal?!  Could be just me, but it’s been a week since I returned and only now do I feel like I’m getting back to “normal”.

I’m not gonna lie, those first few thrift store visits were AMAZING but I felt a little out-of-whack in there since I haven’t visited a single one in about a week.

Thankfully, that awkward first week is behind me – I’m finally getting back to my normal sleeping patterns, and I’m ready to dive right back in to my eBay routines.

PTO:  eBay-Style

I always loved the concept of PTO:  I mean, who doesn’t like the idea of getting paid while you’re on vacation or doing something OTHER than work, right?!

No, eBay doesn’t have  a program like that (although it’s not a bad idea to implement) but I was able to set it up so that I had a nice surge of sales waiting for me as soon as I arrived back from my trip.

As soon as I got a reliable internet connection, I re-listed all my auctions and had them end on the day that I returned from vacation.  When it was all said and done, I received over $1000 worth of Paypal payments (shipping fees included)  from these auctions.  So it kinda like I got paid to travel around Spain :)

Honestly, having to deal with the packaging and shipping for all those items when you’re tired and with your luggage and travel clothes still hanging around wasn’t the ideal situation.

However, as difficult as it was, it was exactly what I needed because it gave me that jolt that I needed to get out of vacation-mode and back to work.

I still have 2 bags full of shoes and clothes from my latest Goodwill visits to clean and list so that’s first on the agenda for today.  After that, it’s another Savers run in the afternoon and maybe another Goodwill run in the evening, time permitting.

In the meantime, here are some of my best eBay sales since returning.  Please enjoy and I hope you have an awesome Monday!

-Meinard

Finds of the Week

Adidas Golden State Warriors shirt

It’s a good thing this Warriors fan bought this shirt BEFORE the start of the last playoff game against the Grizzlies.  If he waited until after the game, I’m not sure if he would’ve still wanted it.

Warriors shirt

Item Cost:  $6.99

BIN:  $31.99

Vintage Nike SB Skateboarding Shoes

Paul

Item Cost:  $6.99

Winning Bid:  $51.00

Nike Lifestyle Series Sneakers

flysteppers

Item Cost:  $8.99

Winning Bid:  $61.00

Disney Mickey Racing Shirt

Mickey Roads

Item Cost:  $8.99

BIN:  $69.99

 

 

 

Off the Grid, Part III: Barcelona and Madrid

Starbucks Mug

Buenas Dias thrifters!  How’s everyone doing?!

I gotta tell you, it feels so good to be back!  Not because my vacation sucked or anything (quite the contrary actually, more on that in a second) but after an entire day of going through airport checkpoints and boarding planes, it definitely feels great to be stationary and getting some much needed rest.

Well as you can gather from the title of this post, I just returned from visiting Barcelona and Madrid and, if you’d let me, I could seriously spend an entire day talking about how beautiful and amazing these places are – the sites and the people!

Return SalesI won’t spend that much time but I will share what I think are some of the highlights of the trip.

I actually got back on May 4th and I wanted to do this post then while the memories are still fresh but I made the mistake of having 100+ auctions end on the day that I return and I’ve been packing items and playing catch up ever since.

Remind me never to do that again will ya?!  Thanks!

Regardless, this past week has been amazing.  I mentioned to Jessica (@JMJ697MN)) on Twitter the other day that I went to Barcelona and Spain for my trip and she replied that it sounds like the vacation of a lifetime.  And you know what?  I couldn’t have described it better myself.

It definitely was and hopefully some of these pictures will do the trip justice.  Are you ready?  Vamanos!

First:  A Heartfelt Apology

The first comment I want to make is actually an apology – an apology to my high school Spanish teacher Profesora McCrary.  This wonderful women spent 3 years teaching me Spanish and how do I repay her?  What’s the best sentence I could muster?

This monstrosity:  “Hola Senor, bottled agua’s.  Cuatros por favor.”

Pathetic, so horrible.  Profesora McCrary would’ve been ashamed at my performance there lol

Barcelona

Princess SofiaIn front of The Princess Sofia Hotel

According to our guide, the city experienced a boom in their economy immediately after the 1992 Olympics and the town has never been the same.

I haven’t seen the ENTIRE world (yet) but of all the places that I’ve traveled to so far I would have to say that Barcelona is probably the most beautiful place that I’ve seen.

There were so many great parks, buildings, and historical sites to see.  The city is also in the midst of transforming into a “greener” city so there were always running and biking trails filled with people.  Heck, they even have a beach community!

All this combined to really give the town a sophisticated and charming “feel” and I found myself simply walking around just in awe of how clean and beautiful the scenery was.

FC Barcelona Stadium

The FC Barcelona Futbol stadium was a block from our hotel.  The love that the city has for their soccer team is pretty amazing.  I’m not knowledgeable about the sport by any means but I regret not watching a game, just to be a part of the spectacle.

FC Barcelona

Monserrat

Monserrat ViewPhoto Courtesy of World For Travel.  Sorry, I couldn’t quite get this view but I wanted to show you an overview of what it looked like.

This place was, hands-down, my favorite site of the entire trip.  Monserrat, which means “serrated mountain”, is a monastery/cathedral nestled high in the Catalonia Mountains.

The view was amazing and the air was so crisp – I could’ve spent the whole day there just walking around and taking in the scenery!

Monserrat1

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There was also an original Picasso in their Art Museum

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Monserrat4

The Monserrat Cathedral

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One last shot of the View

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La Boqueria Open Market

I loved this market!  There were so many different stuff that I wanted to try but we just ran out of time.

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 Look how huge those Papaya’s are!Bouqueria2

Bouqueria3

bouqueria4

Madrid

We spent 4 days in Barcelona and after an 8 hour bus ride we found ourselves on the last stop of our vacations:  Madrid!

Now Madrid was a different experience than Barcelona was and if Barcelona was the most beautiful place I’ve seen than Madrid was probably the funnest place I’ve been to!

The vibe of this town was pretty awesome:  plenty of historical sites, stores and boutiques for shopping and souvenirs, and I even got a chance to watch a bull fight – or six)!

3 days was definitely not enough!

Paella

(They seriously love their Paella!  I don’t blame the, it’s pretty tasty!)

Paella

La Puerta Del Sol

I had a great time in this area.  There were scores of people walking around so the place was buzzing, plus there were tons of shops and places to eat.  It was a blast just walking around this place!

Puerto Del Sol

Puerto Del Sol2

La Plaza De Toros

Bullfighting is banned in Barcelona so we didn’t get a chance to watch a match, something that I’ve wanted to see since Spanish class in high school.

It’s fair game in Madrid though!

As someone outside of the Spanish culture, it was definitely shocking at first to witness the brutality of the matches.  The bulls get stabbed numerous times throughout the match and there was actually a person in our group who was in tears and had to leave the match early because she became emotional.

Sometimes, however, the bulls do get to exact some revenge.  2 of the first 3 matadors got gored and bloody by their bulls and their legs were gushing with blood.

Regardless of how you stand on the subject of bullfighting, there’s no denying the passion that the locals have for this event.

Toro

Toro2

1 Birthday, 4 Cities:  Heartbreak in San Francisco

As luck would have it, we left for home on my birthday, May 4th.  To be honest, an entire day of airports and flying wasn’t how I wanted to spend my birthday.

However, being able to travel (even though it was only for a few hours at a time) to 4 different cities on your birthday is a pretty rare experience.  So I at least took solace in the fact that this was probably something I’m not going to be able to do for a very long time – if ever!

We left Madrid at 6am and took a 2 hour flight to Germany.  I wasn’t sure when I would get a chance to return to Germany so, on my birthday, I decided to treat myself to a souvenir.

I walked around the airport shops and I narrowed down the choices between the following:

A Boot Mug…because, well…it’s fricken awesome!!

Boot Mug

And a set of 3 German beers

3 beers

I eventually decided on the 3 German beers because I would be drinking now instead of later.  Plus the beers also came with a large, Viking-style mug so it was the best of both worlds.

I didn’t want to, but I was prepared to drink all 3 beers on the 11-hour flight from Germany to San Francisco; not because I was that thirsty but because I was afraid of potential customs-issues with bringing beer from Germany into the US.

I was informed by the flight attendants, however,  that it wouldn’t be a problem as long as the beers are packaged with the original receipt.

WRONG!!

I already had a feeling that something was wrong in San Francisco because the TSA Agents set the beers aside and there was a crew of people, a meeting-of-the-minds gathering around my German beers.

I them what the previous flight attendants explained to me but sadly I was told that I was “mis-informed”.

Bringing the beers through checkpoint is not allowed and that I would have to check them in if I want to hold on to it.  I seriously considered it but the thought of paying an extra $50 to bring in some beers made it illogical.

Man, I was so bummed walking through the San Francisco Airport – I really wanted to try those beers!

Oh well, just another reason to go back and visit Germany I suppose lol!

Getting Back to Normal – Slowly but Surely

Thanks to the jet lag, it’s been a slow and grueling process getting back to my  normal routine, but I’m getting there.

I already received $1000+ worth of Paypal payments since returning and my 3 visits to Savers and Goodwill have been some of the best thrifting I’ve done all year – those items really accumulated since I was gone!

Return Thrift

I apologize if I haven’t responded to your questions/messages yet, I’m going through all of them now and I will definitely get back to you.

Again, it feels great to be back.  This trip was exactly what I needed and I feel re-charged and ready to crush it again on eBay!

Cheers and I’ll talk to you soon!

Meinard

 

 

 

 

 

Strictly Buy-it-Now eBay Auctions: The One-Week Results

 

Hey thrifters, it’s been one week since I completely switched to using only Buy-It-Now (BIN) auctions on eBay and I wanted to share a quick update on some of the pleasant results.

Now just to recap, I didn’t switch to BIN auctions out of choice.  It’s more like I was “forced” to use them since I’m leaving for my Off the Grid trip soon and I don’t have the time to wait for a 7 day auction to finish.

So I made the switch and, honestly, I was (a little) reluctant to do it and (a lot) apprehensive about seeing the results.  But you know what?  It actually turned out much better than I thought and I couldn’t be more pleased with all the sales that I was able to squeeze in before leaving for my trip.

Here’s the results of the BIN sales I made from April 16, 2015 – April 23, 2015:

Total BIN Items Sold:  39

Gross Sales:  $1,882.28

Here are Some of my Best BIN Sales

Royal Robbins Safari/Photography/Fishing/Travel Vest

(Check out my video tutorial on these unique vest)

Royal Robbins

BIN Price:  $31.99

Asics Women’s Gel Noosa Tri 8

(Check out my Asics Video Tutorial to discover how to find your own pair at the thrift stores.)

Gel noosa tri 8 black

BIN Price:  $39.99

Vintage Levi’s Acid Wash Trucker Vest

LEVIS acid wash vest

BIN:  $39.99

Warning:  This brand is ON FIRE on eBay!

If you’re not already selling these jeans, then you definitely need to check out My Reseller Guide.  There’s a reason why I consider them to be one of my FAVORITE brands to resell on eBay!

I found two of them side-by-side during my last visit to Savers.  I sold one for $79.99 on the same day that I listed them and the other pair sold for an unsolicited Best Offer of $60.  That’s $139.99 for a pair of jeans that you can get for about $10 each!

Top Brands

BIN Price:  $79.99

Vintage Nike Kobe Bryant Basketball Shoes

Purple Gradient

BIN Price:  $59.99

Vintage Nike Kobe Bryant Basketball Shoes

Those who follow me on Twitter know the ordeal I had to go through with these shoes – it was definitely a battle.  But after 21 days, 35 watchers, and even a $5 price increase ( I had them originally listed for $89.99), they finally sold!

Shout out to @HoovieTheReal for letting me know about that price increase strategy.  Still not sure why that worked but I definitely can’t argue with the results!

Kobe Art

BIN Price:  $94.99

Bye For Now

This is going to be my last post before I finally sign off for my trip.  While I’m gone, I wish you much success on eBay and I hope you find all the items that I left behind at the thrift stores :)

Stay safe and I’ll talk to you soon, cheers!

Meinard

Only Buy-It-Now Auctions for the Rest of the eBay Week

 

Hey thrifters, I hope you had an amazing weekend and you feel re-charged and energized for another great week at the thrift stores and on eBay!

I’m definitely ready and it’s hard not to be when you’ve got items to package and payments coming in.  Everytime I get a “Ka Ching” from eBay or a chime from Paypal all I want to do is go back out and find even more stuff!

This was actually a strange weekend for me on eBay because it was the first time in a long time that I wasn’t able to run my Sunday Blitz promotion on any of my stores.  With me leaving for my trip soon, it makes it difficult to use the auction-format and wait the required “X” amount of days for payments to arrive.

Time wise, I’ve crossed the point of no return when it comes to BIN auctions and so (reluctantly) I’ll be using them exclusively for the rest of the week.

Fingers-Crossed As I List My Items

I was a little anxious to see the results – would it be the same, would I have more, less, would I have any at all! – but you know what?  The results have been pretty good so far – even though I have a pair of running shoes with 18 watchers and a pair of Kobe’s with 33 watchers – someone buy it already! LOL

Seriously though, these past few days have been huge for me and they’ve given me the confidence I need to tackle the looming eBay Seller Updates set to take place in the beginning of May.

It’s Monday so that  means I’ll be hitting up Savers and hopefully a few more thrift stores along the way to see what they’ve accumulated over the weekend.

We got 10 days before May arrives (can you believe that!) and I don’t know about you but I’m going to finish April off on a strong note.

Time to put my head down and go to work!

Good luck out there and I’ll talk to you soon,

Meinard

Finds of the Week

HUF Long Sleeve Shirt

HUF

Item Cost:  $6.99

BIN:  $24.99

Toms Men’s Slip Ons

Toms

Item Cost:  $6.99

BIN:  $31.99

 Mizuno Running Shoes

Prophecy

Item Cost:  $6.99

BIN:  $49.99

Nike Kobe Basketball Shoes

Purple Gradient

Item Cost:  $8.99

BIN:  $59.99

Another Weekend to Remember on eBay: I Received $773.28!!

 

Hey resellers, thanks for stopping by today and I hope you’re having an amazing day so far!

As I mentioned about a week ago, I’ll be leaving for a trip soon.  As excited as I am, you would think that I’d be all packed and ready to go..but no.

Sadly, I haven’t prepared AT ALL and I barely have time to think about what clothes I’m going to bring and what items I’m going to need.  Apparently, the temperature’s going to be in the 50-60’s – which is “freezing” for a guy like me – so I better not forget to bring a jacket or something.

To be honest, I haven’t had much time to think about those things much.

What I am thinking about is how I can maximize my eBay sales while I’m still here and recently that’s been through the use of what I call The Sunday Blitz technique. (I know it’s not football season anymore but I still think it has a nice ring to it lol)

The Sunday Blitz technique basically involves listing your items using the auction-format and having them end strategically on – yup, you guessed it – Sunday.  At night preferably but anytime during Sunday is fine.

My results when using this technique has been amazing and it’s produced some of my best results on eBay including my best single day sales record and my best 2-day sales record.

I used this strategy this past weekend and, once again, it did not disappoint.  I received a total of $773.28  worth of payments on Sunday and Monday!!

Here are pic of some of my sales.  I say “some” because this pictures was taken in the morning and more payments arrived consistently throughout the day:

(Scroll all the way down to check out some of my favorite’s from this weekend)

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The Last Sunday Blitz

The only sad thing about this latest Blitz is that it’s going to be my last one  until I return from trip.  Buyers are still allowed 2 days to pay for an item and an additional 4 days after a unpaid item case is opened.  That’s a lot of days and, with my trip so close, I can’t run the risk of payments arriving while I’m away.  That’s a quick way to get a negative feedback.

*Break*

I seriously just sold this item and heard that “Ka-ching” sound as I was writing that last paragraph so I thought I’d share it:

Vintage Adidas Lebron James Youth Jersey

lebron retro

Item Cost:  $2.99

BIN:  $39.99

*Break Over*

Ok, now where was I?

Oh yeah, so that’s going to be the last Sunday Blitz before the trip.  But there’s also a chance that it might have been my last one ever thanks to the eBay sellers update set to take place on May 1st.

Basically, they’ve made changes to their monthly seller promo and the auction-format will no longer be included as part of the free listings that we receive every month.  Bummer.

Instead, every auction-format I use will cost me $0.15 BUT they’ll refund the insertion fee if the item sells successfully.  This new policy wouldn’t be much of an issue if every single auction sells during its first listing.  But it doesn’t always work out that way, does it?

No.  Sometimes it takes 2-3 listings before an item sells and, yeah, that only adds up to $0.30 – $0.45 per item but over the course of a month those numbers add up quickly.  And I don’t know about you but I’m all about reducing fees and charges whenever possible.

Moving Forward

The way I see it, I have three (3) options in regards to these new developments:

1) Do nothing.  Basically ignore these policy changes and continue to run the Sunday Blitz technique regardless of the potential increase in fees.

2)  Only use BIN auctions.  This would eliminate the insertion fees altogether but, if I can be honest, it’s boring for me.  I love auctions, I love bidding wars, and I love having a nice sum of payments arriving all at the same item.  This option would basically eliminate all of that and I’m not sure if I want to give that up.

3)  Use a hybrid method.  With this option, I would use the auction-format exclusively for those items that I’m confident will receive a bid (Air Jordan’s, Nike’s, Ralph Lauren, etc) and use the BIN format for the remaining items.

I’m not sure which option will work best with the new changes but experimenting and finding out is all part of the fun with eBay.  I’m probably going to try each option for an extended period of time and gauge the results.  If I was to put money down though, I would say that option #1 would probably still work the best, despite the fees.

But we’ll see I guess.

I went to Savers last night and I found a bunch of great items to list.  So I’m going to be working on that for a little bit before heading out and visiting one of my favorite Goodwill’s.

Have a great day and I hope you find some amazing stuff during your next thrift store visit!

Meinard

Finds of the Week

 Vintage Infant  Michael Jordan Bulls Jersey

MJ bulls

Item Cost:  $1.99

Winning Bid:  $25.49

Nike Running Shoes sz fricken 15!!

flyknit2

Item Cost:  $6.99

Winning Bid:  $43.50

Vintage Ken Follett Pillars of the Earth Board Game

(I’ve learned so much about board games recently and I feel like I’ve only scratched the surface.  Looking forward to sharing what I’ve discovered so far!)

Ken Follett

Item Cost:  $3.99

Winning Bid:  $79.00

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“Garage Sale” Reseller?!

 

What’s up resellers – I hope you’re doing well and having an amazing Friday!

If you read the title and find yourself a little confused, don’t be.

I haven’t changed my core profit model – my primary source for items to resell are still thrift stores and I don’t see that changing any time soon.  But have I found another great venue for items to sell on eBay?  That’s a definite possibility.

It’s no secret that there’s a ton of great stuff to be found at garage sales.  I know there a lot of resellers who actually prefer them over thrift stores and they’re doing really well with this model.

Despite the success that other sellers are having, I’ve never been drawn to garage sales personally because of all the driving involved and the fact that each spot I’ve visited (so far anyway) doesn’t seem to have a great selection.  Which leads to even more driving and coming from a person who deals with Honolulu traffic (considered the WORST in America according to Forbes), that’s not something I really want to deal with.

Serendipitous Run

As luck would have it, I was out running on a Saturday morning and I noticed one of those garage sale signs and it read “Multi-Family Sale on 3/28/15; 8am-2p”.

Immediately I thought “Heck, why not?!”

What do I have to lose anyway?  I was already finished with my run, the garage sale was down the street from house so I didn’t have to drive anywere, and it was a multi-family sale so the selection should be decent.

I have to admit, I felt a little out of  my element but it was still a lot of fun and I can see why so many sellers enjoy going to them.  Most of the clothes, toys, and board games weren’t worth much but I did find this nice pair of Nike’s that a family was selling for $5.00:

Shox SL

I immediately listed them on eBay and they recently sold for $40.99!!

Not bad for a first experience and I’m definitely curious to see what else I can find at these garage sales.  I’m not ready to dedicate a whole morning or afternoon visiting homes but if I spot any during my Saturday or Sunday morning run then I’ll definitely stop by.

How about you:  How often do you visit garage sales?  How many stops per day do you usually make?  Any cool items you found or success stories that you wanna share?

I’m also gonna try bargaining next time, any tips for a newbie?

Have an amazing weekend and I’ll talk to you soon!

Meinard

Finds of the Week (April 6, 2015) and an Off the Grid Preview

Off the Grid, Part III:  Coming Soon

Let me tell you something that hopefully should be pretty obvious by now, here it goes:  I LOVE what I do!

Yes, I love making a living online.  Reselling thrift store items on eBay is major part of my online business but I have other income streams also from Amazon, affiliate marketing, and other niche websites that I operate.

I love everything about it –  I love the grind of getting up at 4-5am during the weekdays (6am during the weekend, I let myself “sleep in”), I love learning new things everyday, and I love the fact that I’m working but it doesn’t feel like I’m “working”.  Know what I mean?

I shared the following story on Twitter:

I was at Savers the other day and, as usual, I had a lot of clothes, shoes, and board games to checkout.  As I was loading the items on the table for the employee to scan she just looked at me and said, “You always find the best brands.   I just can’t believe you have the patience to look through all those items.”

Two things came to mind when she said that: 1) they’re watching me combing through the aisle which is kinda creepy lol and 2) who said I needed “patience” to look through all those items?

Are you kidding me?!  Ask any reseller and they’ll tell  you that thrifting and finding those valuable treasures is one of the best parts about this gig.  Am I right?

When I’m at the thrift stores I don’t look at the clock and think “Oh man, I wish they would just stop putting out all these Air Jordan’s for me to find.  I wish people would quit donating them so I can stop working…”

You will NEVER catch me say that.  In fact, if they had 24 hour thrift stores in my area (do they have those anywhere??) or if I didn’t need that little thing called sleep, I would probably work even longer than I do now.  And I would be more than okay with that.

So all that to say that I love to work…but I do need a break every now and then to re-charge the batteries and that usually takes the form of a trip or vacation.

In the beginning that would mean a quick turnaround to California or Las Vegas (favorites among the locals here).  But as my goals (and the energy needed to accomplish them) have become more ambitious, so have the trips that I’ve taken to recover from them!

So that’s what these Off the Grid vacations are all about:  no business, no eBay, no blog post, no thrifting (I’m still debating whether or not to change this rule, I’ve come across some interesting thrift stores on my travels).  This is just a time to unwind so that I can push even harder when I get home and finish the year off strong!

Here’s a quick snippet of my previous vacations:

In Off the Grid, Part I, my fiance and I went to Europe and visited London, Rome, and Paris.  So awesome and I even spotted a few thrift shops along the way, although I didn’t visit any of them because of my strict “no thrifting” rule at the time.

Here’s a pic of this huge festival that was happening right below our hotel.  This was London’s Notting Hill Carnival ( their version of Labor Day Weekend) and there were literally millions of people packed into one street.  So crazy!

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In Off the Grid, Part II, we followed that up by going to Thailand.  Really humid but I loved every minutes of that trip – great food and even better people!

This was the view of Bangkok from our hotel room:

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Off the Grid, Part III will be coming in a few weeks and to say I’m excited is  HUGE understatement.  I’m not going to mention the location but I will say that this is a place I’ve been wanting to visit since high school (although I never thought I’d actually get the chance one day.)

I’m super excited for this upcoming trip but you know what?…

I’m Not There YET

I’ll be leaving in a few weeks so it’s tantalizingly close.  In the meantime, there’s still A LOT of things I want to accomplish and #1 on that list is to have a few more Monday’s like this under my belt:

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It was another great weekend and I was relieved to see that the events of Easter Sunday didn’t interfere with the shopping on eBay.  It was a little slow during the day but the activity definitely picked up later that night.

I’m on my way to a bunch of thrift stores today so I’m optimistic and hopeful that I’ll be coming back home with a few bags full of great stuff to list (fingers-crossed)!

Good luck to you wherever you are today and please enjoy my latest finds of the week.

Thanks and I’ll talk to you soon!

Meinard

Finds of the Week

New Balance Walking Shoes

Dunham

Item Cost:  $6.99

BIN:  $27.99

Nike Quilmes Soccer Jersey

My soccer items are doing really well right now.  If you see any jerseys or jackets then it’s definitely worth a closer look.

Quilmes

Item Cost:  $2.99

Winning Bid:  $31.55

Polo Ralph Lauren Jeans

Polo Jeans

Item Cost:  $6.99

BIN:  $59.99

Mephisto Sandals

 Mephisto sandals

Item Cost:  $6.99

BIN:  $79.99

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