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eBay / Re: Irrational eBay Buyers
« on: February 12, 2015, 11:39:07 AM »
I agree if its stupid, especially if he's not even paying for expedited shipping as a day wont matter much anyway. That said why not just avoid the hassle pack the item off and drop it in a box on your way to an auction, post office doesn't even have to be open just drop it in a box. Otherwise have 2 day shipping. I don't think having 1 day handling time vs 2 day handling time is really going to make that big of a difference in sales and better to underpromise and overdelivery than the other way.

The "Other" Job / Re: Do you have another job?
« on: January 31, 2015, 11:12:06 AM »
I've been talking about it for a while, I finally left my day job, last day was Friday. I did it to focus on anothe rbusiness of mine but wiht hte extra time plan to get back into storage auctions much more than I have been. Excited and terrified at the same time lol

The Lounge / Re: How much is gas in your area?
« on: January 31, 2015, 11:08:36 AM »
At costco lately Ive been able to get gas for under $2. Something I've always done with auctions is always drive my hyundai to auctions and come back with a truck if need be. I go on a lot of these auctions where you follow the circuit around the whole day so if you dont wind up getting a unit you've driven all over the city and suburbs with a big truck wasting gas.

General Storage Auction Talk / Re: Is the storage auction craze over?
« on: January 31, 2015, 11:07:26 AM »
I would agree with that sentiment. For a while things were really crazy when storage auctions became a mianstream things after the shows and for a while after that websites, message boards, ebooks were  all the crazy as well as youtube videos. I think the attention has died down and agree with what you said in regards to nubes who wanted to check out an auction have, nobody watches the shows if they are even still running new episodes? I think in some ways its a good thing though getting things back to how they used to be.

I've sometimes tried to hold certain things for certain times of year but have learned money in my pocket is better than junk in my garage so for me the name of the game is flipping stuff and getting money even if its a little less

General Storage Auction Talk / Re: Are you the silent bidding type?
« on: January 31, 2015, 11:03:45 AM »
My most profitable units have been silent bid units. I like that auction format much more.

As with most things in life some idiot always ruins something for the majority of decent people. I think its kind of cool for a father to take his son with him to auctions on hte weekend, teach him about being entrepreneurial, making some money, doing something together.

At the same time people need to realize its not a Saturday afernoon at hte fair, some people rely on their fulltime income from auctions and its not a game or lets go look at cool stuff, its a business. As long as parents keep their kids near them and act right at the auctions I have no problem with it but when kids are running aorund they are sitting in front of the units not letting ohter people look in and see the unit, etc thats a problem

coins jars are always nice a big mason jar is normally worth at least $50 or $60 just in change, if you got some pre 64 silver change in there even more. i love coin jars.

Craigslist / Re: Trying to sell vintage speakers on Craigslist
« on: January 25, 2015, 07:58:16 PM »
you can try ebay with local pickup only...

If you do local pickup make sure you only accept cash as ebay has no way to prove you sold and delivered an item without a tracking number. I got burned on this one time.

eBay / Re: Selling Gift Cards on eBay
« on: December 23, 2014, 05:09:18 PM »
Funny thing is, I read that on a website but when I went down to the post office to ship the gift cards, they looked at me like I was crazy. I'll try to find the link as soon as I get some free time - so like never. Kidding I'll see if I can find it.

Update: here is the link:

After reading it a second time, it looks like it was just someone repeating something they heard.

I've come to the conclusion that eBay isn't the way to go when selling gift cards.

Buyers are paying about 90-92% for big box store cards.

Subtract eBay's 10%.

Then subtract shipping, which is now a huge risk since they can't be insured.

And you're getting about 78% out of every $100.

If you go to, they pay a little better than that. Plus, you can enter the card number and pin and they'll transfer money to your PayPal account. Much more convenient and less risk involved.

Also, some CoinStar locations are now buying gift cards. They don't list the percentages on their website, so I'm not sure if it's a good deal or not.

That's cool coinstar does gift cards. Some new company popped up and has machines in grocery stores in chicago near the coinstar machine that buys giftcards from most major retailers but at a ripoff rate of course.

my biggest concern with selling gift cards on ebay is buyer says you sent a giftcard but with no funds, itgoes to a dispute who do you think ebay is going to side with. its almost like selling bitcoins with paypal and why nobody does it because if you get a bad apple its basically guranteed free stuff for buyer if someone decides to open a claim.

i figured there had to be something wierd about usps insuring money cuz i know even fedex and ups wont insure it. i used to work for a company that shipped money in smaller amounts because brinks was so expensive and if fedex lost a $7,000 package all they got for insurance was $100. i think employees started catching on and stealing because at one point nothing could be shipped in antyhing but a large box because they were catching employees on tape stuffing those padded envelopes into their pants stealing.

General Storage Auction Talk / Re: Pods Horror Story
« on: December 23, 2014, 11:55:50 AM »
Wird situation to be in. I would rake them over the coals for money. If it were my unit I would prefer to have my stuff to even having a payday from the facility so would greatly appreciate it if someone woudl give my stuff back to me or at least sentimantal and non value stuff. That said if I was in your shoes I'd be pissed for wasting time and effort. $100 doesn't cover your time let alone gas and other expenses.

I've only been to a handful of pods auctions. I like that lots of stuff is for auction at the same place, hwoever I always felt like they were disorganized and a mess as a company and how htey run their auctions. My last pods auction was during the storage wars hype and I saw a unit with 4used mattresses in it for for like $1900 if I remember correctly. The veterns in the group of 200 were all scratching our heads. Only thing we could figure is people really do believe the shows were real and that even a crap unit had a mattress stuffed with cash or something

General Storage Auction Talk / Re: Protecting Your Turf
« on: December 23, 2014, 11:53:16 AM »
     I always bid higher in my turf. It makes complete sense. You have a lot less gas,milage and labor costs. Also, it does give you a warm fuzzy feeling when everyone points as you're pulling up at the facility(in a little mazda).

I can see getting a kick out of being the local dave, lol, however my attitude is to basically fly under the radar. you start pissing people off or becomming the guy who gets every unit or overbys or whatever and it just brings you hassle, people try to run you up, etc.

I was at an auction once where several units were owned by the same tenant or company. One had some machine I don't recall whether it was for laying concrete or splitting logs or something but anyhow an expensive machine. Next unit was full of garbage however contained the remote for this machine which if I remember correctly was either ridiculously expensive or was unique to this machine and you couldn't buy a replacement. One guy bought the unit with machine, second guy bought unit with remote. Somehow the guy knew he needed this controller and wound up getting raked over the coals for it. That is a great reason to attempt to buy every unit owned by the same person. This situation was unique but even with furnitre or something you never know if your missing one piece to a living room set or something or a cushion to a couch or whatever.

PayPal / Re: Notice of Policy Update: Nov2014
« on: December 23, 2014, 11:38:05 AM »
I like the rule about no signatures until $700 or $750 now although I believe ebay still has the $250 rule so $750 would be off ebay transactions or sales off your website if you have one.

The six month thing is crazy, that is not a refund policy thats a damn warrenty at that point. I dont think that is at all fair to sellers, way to much time for someone to use something and return it when they got bored. I thought 45 days was excessive but 6 months is insane.

PayPal / Re: PayPal keeps a portion of their fee when you issue a refund
« on: December 23, 2014, 11:36:18 AM »
I don't know the exact policy but I know for some time now if you do what they consider to be excessive refund they stop giving you the fees back to discourage you from doing so many refunds. They are getting charged fees from teh banks or cc companies so they dont want to lose money because we do to many refunds. maybe this is a policy across the board now but in the past as long as you did maybe 10 or less refunds per month and not high dollar amount refunds they didnt bother taking any money

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