A Nice Weekend Rebound

 

Happy Monday!  Or not, depending on the job that you’re going to today :)

Regardless, one reason that I’m always ecstatic for Monday’s is because it typically means that another flurry of weekend eBay sales just happened.  Now, last week was somewhat of an outlier in that there was very few bids and sales.  To be honest, I was a little worried heading into this weekend that it would be a trend.

Thankfully, I’m happy to announce that weekends sales are back!

I had some great sales on Friday and that momentum just continued throughout the weekend.  As a matter of fact, it’s Monday so that means it’s 25% off at Savers today – and it couldn’t have come at a better time because my inventory really took a hit this weekend.  Time to re-stock!

I hope you had a great eBay weekend also.  This is the homestretch for 2014 so let’s work hard now so we can end the year on a high note.

Good luck at the thrift stores and I’ll talk to you soon!

Meinard

Finds of the Week

Brooks Running Shoes

Brooks Purple

Item Cost:  $4.99

Winning Bid:  $26.50

I always get excited when I find these next items at the thrift stores and they’re two of my favorites that I share in my Reseller Guide, and for good reason – they’re great items and the demand for these brands are amazing!  The jeans, for example, we’re listed Sunday morning and they sold within a few hours.  I probably could’ve charged a lot more too!

Jute

Bought for $6.99

Winning Bid:  $39.99

Cross

Bought for $6.99

Winning Bid:  $39.99

Nike Cut-off Hoodie Sweatshirt

This is one of my strangest sales this weekend.  I’ve been trying to sell this hoodie for a few weeks now and I’ve had zero luck.  I tried selling it for $24.99 BIN, $24.99 auction, and I even went as low as $9.99, and still no luck.  I must’ve attracted the right buyers because all of a sudden a bidding war broke out and the price skyrocketed.

You just never know what’s going to happen sometime!

Ronaldinho

Item Cost:  $6.99

Winning Bid:  $51.00

 

Finds of the Week (9-18-2014)

 

I just finished watching the Thursday night NFL game and – my apologies to Tampa Bay fans – but man that was ugly.  Not only was it a Falcon’s blowout but I’m also kicking myself for starting the Tampa’s running back (Bobby Rainey) on my fantasy team this week.

How did he do?

Well, let’s just say that at halftime I actually had more fantasy points than he did (his -1 to my 0).   He did end the game with a respectable amount of total yards but nothing like the offensive explosion that I was hoping he would have.  But I digress…

Meanwhile, many of you have been contacting me recently to share your recent success stories and I couldn’t be more thrilled with some of the great items that you’ve been finding – so many great shoes, jackets, dresses, and jerseys!

So I thought I’d return the favor and share with you some of my recent thrift store finds.

Huge Response

Before I do that, I just wanted to thank you everyone who recently signed up for my 2-Week Mini-Course by visiting my new site:

www.thriftresellingtips.com.

The response was amazing and I guess I underestimated just how many of you were having problems with the sign-up form on the right sidebar.

Again, thank you for signing up  and I hope you find all those great items that I share on the site on the course.  For those of you who haven’t signed up for the mini-course yet and are still having trouble seeing the form on the right sidebar,  here’s the site again:

www.thriftresellingtips.com

You can enroll directly from there.

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

-Meinard

Finds of the Week

Nike Running Shoes

(This is one of the items you can learn more about in the mini-course!)

Nike Cool Grey

Item Cost:  $6.99

Winning Bid:  $31.00

Brooks Running Shoes

Brooks Ghost

Item Cost:  $8.99

Winning Bid:  $37.99

Ralph Lauren Hoodie

Polo green

Item Cost:  $6.99

Winning Bid:  $39.99

 

2-Week Mini-Course Sign Up Made Easy

 

What’s up everyone, Meinard here just wanting to wish you a happy Monday!

I hope you had an amazing weekend filled with a tons of sales, a lot of downtime, and a little bit of everything in between.

It was a strange weekend for me.  While I did have a few nice sales, it wasn’t the flurry of weekend eBay activity that I’ve been accustomed to over the past few months.  We’ll see this coming weekend if this is just an outlier or if this is the start of an unwelcome trend (I’m hoping it’s the former).

Nonetheless, I made the most of my free time this and I solved an issue that’s been plaguing many of you over the past few weeks – the disappearing mini-course sign up form on the right sidebar.

As I mentioned in my previous post, I’m not sure why some of you aren’t able to see it in your browser.  I really have no idea why.

So, as an alternate, I created another site solely dedicated to signing up for my FREE Mini-Course.  Simply visit the following website:

www.thriftresellingtips.com

It will take you to a login page where you can have immediate access to the course.

As always, you can still sign up by entering your name and email address on the right sidebar of this blog but, if you’re not able to see that sign up for, then you have another option to access the course.

Is the Information Still Relevant

In short:  YES!!

You can read more about the course here if you are familiar with it.  Basically, after enrolling in the course, you’ll discover some of my favorite brands that I sell and strategies that I use to make huge profits on eBay.

Over the next two weeks, you’ll receive a daily email regarding a specific thrift store brand or item that you definitely should be reselling on eBay.  In addition, I’ll also be sharing tips and tricks to help you locate these items quickly and efficiently so you can find them before others do.

Here’s the new site again:

www.thriftresellingtips.com

So back to the question:  Is the information still relevant?

You better believe it is!

Here are just a few of the items that you can expect to learn more about during the course:

Sold for $59.99

free flyknit

Sold for $49.99

Sherpa

Sold for $43.00

(I actually just sold this jacket over the weekend)

Sherpa2

Sold for $49.99

spikes

And these are just some of the items that I share – there are even more great items you’ll discover when  you enroll on the course.

Here’s the new site again:

www.thriftresellingtips.com

I created my FREE 2-Week Mini-course almost a year ago and the information I share is still making tons of profits for me and hundreds of other resellers who have joined the course.

Until next time, have a great week and I’ll talk to you soon!

Meinard

 

Extra Time On My Hands plus My Finds of the Week

 

Hey fellow thrifters, happy Friday – I hope this post finds you doing well and with tons of bids and sales on eBay!

I’ve been very busy the past few weeks with work-related tasks and it’s been taking away from my eBay and internet business time.  I haven’t been able to thrift, list auctions on eBay, and update the blog as frequently as I normally would but I still managed to find some time in-between for all of those things.

So today, I was EXTREMELY excited to have a free day because I would finally have time to thrift at my favorite spots and my entire afternoon was cleared to make time for the dozens of great thrift store finds that I was anticipating (key word there) to find.

Smooth Sailing…or Not

You know how some days just works out exactly as you planned?  Where everything runs smoothly and everything just falls into place?

Empty BagWell, today was not one of those days.

I anticipated (there’s that word again) to find dozens of great items and to spend the entire afternoon listing them so that they’re ready by the weekend rush, and then guess what happened?  I didn’t find a single item at any of those stores!   Zero. Nulis. Cero. Null. Sifar.  No matter how you translate it, it all means the same thing – a big, fat zero!

It’s been so long since I left a store empty-handed, so when I leave three stores without anything, it’s pretty shocking.  But I’m confident(hoping may be a better word) that this isn’t a trend and I’ll just chalk it up as being “one of those days”.

To take advantage of my newfound extra time on my hands, I thought I would share some of my recent finds with you.

Many of you have also contacted me recently to tell me that you’re having trouble signing up for my free 2-Week mini-course.   I’m not sure why the signup form on the sidebar isn’t showing up but I’m currently working on something that should make the process much easier.

In the meantime, I hope you’re having much better luck than I had today at the thrift stores and I hope you’re smartphones are constantly alerting you with new bids and sales over the weekend!

-Meinard

Finds of the Week

Youth Air JordanRising Sun

Item Cost:  $2.99

Winning Bid:  $28.50

Vintage Team USA Basketball Jersey

Olajuwon

Item Cost:  $6.99

Winning Bid:  $31.99

Nike Women’s Running Shoes

Flyknit

Item Cost:  $7.99

Winning Bid:  $51.00

#NeverForget

 

It’s been 13 years since the terrorist attacks occurred in New York but I still remember where I was and what I was doing that day.  I remember waking up and going downstairs and seeing this image of a building up in smoke.  I remember family members watching intently and only after reading the headline did I realize exactly what was going on.

It’s one of those events that will be permanently be etched in my mind.

The New York skyline has changed since then and there are now buildings and memorials constructed in place of the Twin Towers.  It’s crazy to think that 13 years has passed since then and I hope time has healed some of the hurt that people have suffered.

So, for me, on the anniversary of this tragic event - no Finds of the Week or anything eBay-related.  It’ll just be a day to remember that this event happened and to call to mind the thousands of families that were affected.  Hopefully you’ll do the same.

Talk to you soon,

Meinard

What a $200 Pair of Air Jordan’s Looks Like

 

If you go to one of your friends and ask the following question, “What would a $200 pair of Air Jordan’s look like?”  What do you think the response would be?

If they’re like most people, they’ll probably say a combination of the following:

  • They would be clean.
  • They’re the latest model.
  • There’s no scuffs or creases.
  • All the accessories would be included (laces, shoe box, lace locks, etc)

Maybe something that looks like this:

Clean Jordan's

All Good Guesses…but Wrong

All those responses make sense but if you look at Footlocker.com, Champssports.com, and Finishline.com, you will not find a single pair of brand-spankin’ new Air Jordan’s that retail for $200.

NOT ONE!

Weird, right?!

So with that being said, how was I then able to sell this pair of aged (13 years old),  well worn (laces needed replacing and uppers were creased),  and raggedy (gum stain on the soles) pair of Air Jordan’s for $200 over Labor Day Weekend?

Cement

Cement Sole

The short answer:  Retro’s

Retro’s are re-released versions of Air Jordan models and, in most cases, they’re actually worth a lot more than the current models.

Cement AirThis particular pair was released in 2001 and thanks to one tiny-little-difference (the “Nike Air” in the heel instead of the Air Jordan logo) it’s actually worth a lot more than the most recent models.

So to go back to the original question “What would a $200 pair of Air Jordan’s look like?”

Frankly, they look no different than any other pair that you would find at the thrift store.

Like I said, this pair was creased and worn down on the midsoles and uppers, I needed to replace the shoe laces because the lace ends were frayed, and the soles have some gum stains that were probably made back when they were first released in 2001 because they’re permanently glued to the bottom.

All that, and the buyer was practically begging me to sell it to him for $200!

I know I’m ALWAYS encouraging you all to start selling Nike’s and Air Jordan’s, but it’s only because I know firsthand how much they can positively affect your bottom line.  Take Jim, for example.  He almost reached his goal of $2000 in sales last month thanks, in large part, to his newfound focus on selling sneakers.

Read:  Check Out Some of Jim’s Great Sales

They have and probably always will be a major part of my business and I don’t see that changing any time soon.  Not when Nike continues to make year sales that range in the BILLIONS of dollars!

You don’t have to start right away but, please, take action.  You can start by taking a stroll through the men’s and women’s shoe section just to look around.  Who knows, you  might find the exact same pair that I sold staring at you right in the eye.

You never know, it could happen.  Why not to you!

The Return of the “King”

 

Hey thrifters!  I hope you’re all doing well and kicking @$$ at the thrift stores and on eBay!

Today, I just wanted to share a quick tip that has been making me – and a lot of other sellers, for that matter – some serious cash lately and that’s the return of the self-proclaimed “King”, LeBron James, back to Cleveland to once again play for hometown team, the Cavaliers.

As many of you know, I’m a Laker guy and I’m not really a fan of Lebron.  However, I am a fan of making money, and there’s no doubt that he has some of the most passionate fans that will go to great lengths to show their support.

It’s funny because the same fans that are on eBay right now and making these high-ticket purchases that I’m going to show you are actually the same fans who were ridiculing him when he decided to leave four years ago to play with the Miami Heat.

There were scathing letters being written and jersey’s being burned during that time.  Now, I want to remind you that these jersey’s aren’t cheap and it goes to show just how upset his fans were.

burned

Fast forward to 2014 and it seems that LeBron and his fans have let bygones be bygones and everything is copacetic again.  This guy even dug up a LeBron jersey he burned 4 years ago and started to wear it again.

burned worn

So What Does this Mean for Resellers?

Well, if Lebron items were good sellers before, they’re practically on fire right now!

The funny thing is that those fans who ended up donating their old LeBron shoes and Cavaliers jerseys to Goodwill, Savers, and Salvation Army when he left 4 years ago are probably kicking themselves in the butt right now because those same jerseys are worth some decent money on eBay right now.

If you come across any Lebron shoes and (especially) his old Cleveland Jerseys then I would HIGHLY recommend that you scoop them up right now.

Here’s some recent Lebron jersey auctions that ended on eBay, followed by some of my recent sales.  They’re all in used condition similar to what you would find at the thrift stores:

jerseys

Jerseys2

My Recent Lebron Sales

Youth Jersey

orange

Winning Bid:  $65.00

 Nike Sneakers

Akron

Winning Bid:  $49.99

 Youth Sneakers

Pool Party

Winning Bid:  $39.99

Don’t forget to check out my Reseller Guide if you need help identifying Lebron’s sneakers at your local thrift stores.  These shoes are probably just waiting to be scooped up!

I actually found another pair of his sneakers and another youth jersey during my trip to Salvation Army yesterday so I can’t wait to get them listed.

Good luck and I hope you found a whole collection of Lebron gear during your next visit!

Meinard

Who Else Wants This Trend to Continue??

 

Hey fellow thrifters – I hope you had a great and (hopefully) relaxing weekend!

I had a bunch of auctions ending last night and thankfully they attracted many responsible buyers who paid immediately.

And if they pay immediately, then I ship immediately;  see how awesome the system works when everyone does their part?!

Now why can’t it be like that EVERY single time?  But I digress…

What I really wanted to share today are two stories about one of my pet-peeves:  the unsolicited best-offer (UBO).

For those of you who don’t know or have never experienced it,  UBO’s are when buyers send you their “best-offer” on an item despite the fact that you didn’t include a “best-offer” option on the item.

It’s my belief that buyers, nowadays, automatically assume that they can place an offer on any item and that EVERY price is negotiable.

Now, I don’t technically mind the fact that buyers send me offers.  What I do mind, however, is that most of these UBO’s are, to put it bluntly, just plain terrible.  They are!

So terrible, in fact, that they’re borderline disrespectful.  I mean, why would I sell you a $64.99 for $9.99 shipped.  It’s never gonna happen - I don’t care if you are “Paypal Ready”.  So are a million other eBay users!

(By the way, I know many of you out there share my disdain for these low-ball offers, and if you’re looking for a firm yet gentle way to decline these offers I found that the following phrase works really well:  “No, but thanks for the offer”.  Many of them even counter with a more generous and appropriate offer after that message. )

So as you can tell, I haven’t had much success in this department.  So imagine my surprise when I had not one, but two generous UBO’s this past week.

I know, I was shocked.  It actually IS possible!

Like I said, I don’t mind receiving these offers and I’m not oppose to ending an auction early, but it has to be mutually-beneficial.

These two auctions were definitely a breath of fresh air and I don’t understand why more auctions can’t end this way – where both buyer and seller benefits.  Hopefully this is a trend that continues for all of us!

Until next time, I hope you have an amazing week and I hope your auctions are attracting high-quality buyers.

Cheers!

Meinard

UBO’s Success Stories

Cavalli Leather Motorcycle Jacket

Roberto

Original Price:  $160

UBO:  $100

Browning Jacket

Browning

Original Price:  $24.99 auction

UBO:  $70

 

“Rain or Shine”

Hi everyone, Meinard here.  I hope this post finds you (and your eBay sales) in good health!

Let me start by apologizing for the lack of updates recently on the blog.  I try to post sales, advice, and other general ramblings at least 2-3 times a week but it’s definitely been an interesting past few days here in the islands.

As some of you may know, we had to contend with not one but TWO hurricanes in the past week.  And even though my eBay sales were business as usual, it was hard to sit down and write with those two storm systems just beyond the horizon.

Luckily, Hawai’i survived relatively unscathed – although the Big Island suffered the brunt of Hurricane Iselle.  The second hurricane, Julio, ended up taking a more northerly track so the effects were very minimal.

We were definitely very lucky.

In fact, after we got the “all-clear” that the hurricanes were no longer a threat I  found myself with nothing to do all of a sudden.  So naturally I thought of going on a thrift run. Naturally.

But would they be open?!

I called Goodwill.  Nothing.  Salvation Army.  No luck.

Well if they’re closed then Savers would probably follow suite.  Or would they? I guess it doesn’t hurt to call.

So I dialed Savers and I was shocked to have someone answer on the other island.

Me:  “Hello, is this Savers?”

Employee:  “Yes it is, how can I help you?

Me:  “What are your hours today?”

Employee:  “We’re open from 9am-9pm”

Me:  “Even with the hurricane??”

Employee:  “Rain or shine”

Apparently the only reason they would close early is if the electricity dies out.  It didn’t so they had to work through a potential hurricane.  Not the safest of options but I’m glad everything worked out and they stayed open because I found some great stuff during that visit.  Plus, the winds and rain kept most people away so I had the entire store practically to myself!

Thank you to everyone who sent their well-wishes during the storm, it really meant a lot.

Still Searching for a Winner

For those who didn’t win my most recent giveaway, you may be happy to learn that the winner, Cheryl, has yet to reply back to claim her prize.

I’m going to reserve the shoes for her until Friday, August 15th so Cheryl, if you’re reading this, please contact me so I can send you the shoes.

If I don’t hear from her, I’m going to draw another name from the set of entries and pick another winner on Saturday morning.

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this weeks Finds of the Week.

Until next time, please take care of yourself and good luck at the thrift stores!

Finds of the Week

Infant Nike Air Jordan’s

xiii bred infant

Item Cost:  $2.99

Winning Bid:  $17.18

Vintage Nike Kobe Bryant

KobeConcord

Item Cost:  $8.99

Winning Bid:  $33.99

My “Pay My Phone Bill Brand”

This brand has consistently sold for at least $50-$60 so I’ve become accustomed to equating this brand with paying my phone bill.  This particular item was no exception and it actually sold in a few hours.  Check out my Reseller Guide to discover this amazing brand!

Phone bill

Item Cost:  $6.99

Winning Bid:  $49.99

Nike Zoom LeBron

Soldier

Item Cost:  $8.99

Winning Bid:  $49.99

Do I Love Selling Sneakers? Shoe-Betcha!!

 

Kinda corny, I know, but nevertheless 100% true!!  I love selling sneakers and hopefully I’ve done a good enough job to convince you that you should be doing the same.

In the beginning, I was primarily selling only Nike and Air Jordan’s and, to this day, these two are still my dominant brands in the footwear category.  And can you blame me?  These two are strong players in each of the major sports – football, basketball, and baseball – and with sales like the youth Air Jordan’s that I’m going to share with you later (isn’t that an AWESOME sale?!) why would I ever stop?

Nowadays, I sell a much more diverse lineup of brands and my sales have been rewarded as a result.  Asics, Adidas, Reebok, and Puma are all great sellers also and they have their own set of loyal buyers who scour eBay in search of a good deal- so don’t forget to research those brands as well.

I hope you’re having an amazing and productive week so far.  I know it’s only Wednesday but I hope you’re rewarded with some nice sales on eBay and/or some incredible thrift store finds to help you get set up for a nice weekend :)

Take care and I’ll talk to you soon!

-Meinard

Finds of the Week

Youth Air Jordan

Electric

Item Cost:  $4.99

Winning Bid:  $39.99

Remember when I mentioned in my previous post that I was dealing with a non-paying bidder?  Well, it was for this pair.  Actually, I should be thanking that buyer because I was able to re-list this item with an even higher buy-it-now (BIN) price.  So thank you, non-paying bidder!

Vintage Nike Kobe Bryant

Nike Kobe Duke

Item Cost:  $8.99

Winning Bid:  $41.00

Asics Running Shoes

gel lite

Item Cost:  $6.99

Winning Bid:  $49.99

Vintage Air Jordan

cdp

Item Cost:  $14.99

Winning Bid:  $51.00

Youth Air Jordan

Bred xi youth

Item cost:  $19.99

Winning Bid:  $159.99

The price for these was a little higher than I would like to pay, but did that scare me off?  No fricken way!  Not for this pair!!  I would’ve went as high as paying $30 or even $40 for this model, in this condition because I know how valuable they are.

In this business, there’s no substitute for brand knowledge, so keep learning and keep it expanding and you’ll be continuously rewarded!