Thursday, 22 March 2012
Welcome Autumn !!!
Welcome awesome autumn!! I love you! Moderate sunny days, foggy cold mornings. Lots of excuses for me to sit around in my jim jams and drink tea and eat hot crumpets, and start to hide myself inside layers of clothing and read lots of books. Then on to welcome wonderful winter.
Goodbye sucky summer - I hate you with a vengeance.
Last week was GREAT for sales - I ended up making over $500 - which was my initial goal to make each week to actually survive on my eBay shop.
Remember, the two exciting radio books I mentioned in my last blog, that I had up for auction? I had crazy men circling me making offers of $30. I sensed something must be special so I fobbed them off with my special "crazy-old-farts-bat" and waited it out. It was 1 minute to go, and one book was at $9.99, and the other at $30.99. I was disappointed and then whammo, the price jumped up to $91 on one of them at the last second. I was very happy with that. $100 for the 2 books is pretty good (even sharing half with my friend Sue who found them).
The thing that tipped my sales, is the bulk lots of children clothing that I am now putting up. They are saving my bacon, and I was actually able to pay all my bills for this month because of these.
I sold a couple of bulk lots of girls clothes - size 000. One lot sat there for about 2 months and I was getting bored with them when a lady jumped in and bought them. It turned out that she had been expecting a boy, and when the baby popped out, well the plumbing was all wrong :-). She'd prepared for baby boy, so she was desperate for those girl's clothes !! These sold for $49.99
I put another lot of Size 000 up and they sold within an hour. There was lots of pretty dresses in this lot so I probably should have upped the price. These sold for $49.99.
Then these two lots sold on the same day. I nearly swallowed my tongue.
This lot of Size 2 Girls Clothing:
Then one hour later, this lot of Size 5 Girls Clothing sold:
I probably should have asked more for these. I'm still testing the waters as to what price each Size will go for. I'll be nudging the prices up for the bigger sizes. At the moment I'm just happy to have the money to pay bills.
I eyeballed my games yesterday, and decided that I would get rid of the ones that are incomplete. They make me feel down and overwhelmed when I look at them so they have to go. It felt good to clear some space.
I sold a few board games this week:
~ A set of 4 wooden Scrabble tile holders - $15 (I paid $2 for the game. There are tiles too, but they are incomplete. I got my money back just on the tile-holders)
~ The Game of Life - $16. I bought this from the usual over-priced Salvos for $5. I *thought* it was worth a lot more, but when I got home. Bah! Glad to get rid of it.
~ Glenn Baker's Rock Academy - $17. I was SO glad to see this game go. I've had it for a year. Goodbye !!!
~ Witch : Nightmare 3 video board game ~ $19.99. I paid about $2 for this. I LOVE the Nightmare games they are good cash-earners.
~ Zombie : Nightmare 2 video board game ~ $18. I think I paid $1 for this one.
~ Media Magnate Board Game - $7.50. This was one of 3 games I'd had for more than a year. I wanted them to go, so I put them at auction with a starting price of $7.50. This was the only one that sold.
This is my new secret seller. I saw them at my local junk shop (Asian $2 store) for $2.95 and bought it for myself. Then I got home and looked them up on eBay. Someone was selling them for $11.99.
Should I try it? I did.
It's not a great profit, but there is one other seller out there that has it at this price too. I have now sold 10 of these @ $11.99 for a total of $119.90. They costed me $29.50 - so a total profit of $90.40 is not to be sneered at. My problem now, is that I have cleaned out my local junk shop of these, and need to go on the hunt for some more.
I sold this video a couple of days ago. It was one of those *trashy* videos that was being thrown out at my local Op Shop (mentioned in an earlier blog). It needs a mention, all on it's own.
This piece of cinema gold is going to a delighted man in Germany, who is paying $21 for Airmail postage. Thank you !!!
Not many video sales this week:
~ Little Mermaid 1 & 2 - $11.99
~ An Evening with Max Boyce - $9.99
Books I will talk about in my next blog. I have some new BOLOs that I have found.
Oh, also the upcoming changes to eBay Australia that are coming in March. They are updating eBay Australia? Really, that old dinosaur? It's about bloody time !!!!
How will the changes affect me? Am I weeing myself with glee over the huge savings I will make with the changes, am I angry over yet another load of crap forced on the little eBay shop owner, or am I wondering what all the fuss is about. (hint: only 2 of the above).