Thursday, December 20, 2012

If you have this Hallmark Ornament, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Eddie's RV -- you might consider listing it. Prices are really high!  This series seems to quickly increase in value.

Merry Christmas!

Monday, May 14, 2012

The Slow Selling Season & Hot Buying Season

I don't know about you, but things are fairly slow for me this time of year in the selling department, but it's the hot season to buy. Yard sale season is in full swing here in Pennsylvania, and there are a lot of great finds out there! Remember, if you have an eBay store, things sell at all times so don't hold your seasonal merchandise, get it listed.  In the past few months I've sold Halloween, Christmas, winter and summer items.

Right now, if you don't have a lot to ship, it is a great time to look at your older listings that just aren't moving.  A while ago eBay increased the title characters so you have a lot more room for keywords. As I've mentioned before, your title is very important and it's the best way for buyers to find your listing. Use as many characters as you can!  Consider taking some time this week to review your listings and make some title changes for the older ones.  While you're at it, make sure your return policy has been updated too.

On to shopping (my favorite subject), I was at a thrift store today and they were having 50% off linens. I love linens but don't sell older or antique linens since the market dropped on them several years ago. So why was I excited by the sale?  I love to find used or new character bed sheets, especially vintage!  Did you know that crafters use them? They are also used by custom clothing creators.  Not every character sells, and honestly like everything else on eBay, there is no rhyme or reason why some sell and other's don't.  A few weeks ago my friend Wendy from wwbrosky found this vintage Huckleberry Hound sheet for $75!

Other characters to look for include The Smurfs, Peanuts Gang, Star Wars, Super Mario, Gizmo/Gremlins, Sailor Moon, some sports teams, KISS, DC Comics and lots more! When you're shopping, check out the linens too!

Happy Selling,

Friday, February 3, 2012

A Whole Lot of Panic Going On! Plus VHS Tapes

I am a member of several eBay related selling groups and I am hearing a lot of panic from sellers that just received their 1099 from Paypal.

Normally I wouldn't write a blog post about the same thing twice in a row, but I decided that sellers really need to take action so the same thing doesn't happen this time next year.

If you didn't keep good records last year, don't make the same mistake this year. Visit Easy Auctions Tracker and purchase a spreadsheet so you can track your sales, profits, inventory and more.   Truly it will save you hours of time and reduce your stress level.  I don't know of anyone that likes to file their taxes, so the easier you can make it for yourself the better.  Easy Auction Tracker pulls in all of your eBay sales information including the shipping amount that you charged, the actual cost of shipping, the buyers information, date of purchase, date shipped, and so much more.  You can keep track of your inventory, your mileage, and track any sales that you took on consignment. You only need to input the cost that you paid for your items. Do it now!

On to selling, lately I've been buying blank *sealed* VHS tapes if I can get them pretty cheap.  I sell them in lots of 7 or 8 for $25 to $30 depending on the brand.  The prices will likely rise as they become harder to find. 

In addition, if you research VHS in completed sales, you'll find that Horror movies do pretty good! I have a friend that specializes in VHS horror movies, and he'll buy them for .25 each and puts a lot of 4 to 8 together (depending on subject) and sell them for $20 to $40 a lot. 

If you can find the more rare horror videos made by Unicorn Video or Big Box Video you can get $40 to $50 per tape if they are in the original clamshell case.  Right now not much is showing in completed items, but around Halloween they are hot little sellers.  Take a minute to browse the VHS section at thrift stores and yard sales and flea markets.

Happy Selling (and record keeping),