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eBay / eBay selling up and down
« on: November 16, 2012, 12:04:07 PM »
Hey folks,

Thought I'd post my observations and see if anyone out there has any of their own.

My personal observations are that right before the 1st and 15th, sales seem to slow down for a couple of days then pick back up right after those dates. Also, Election Night is a bad night to end auctions on.

Another thing I note is that Sunday nights seem to be a great night to end auctions on.

Any observations y'all want to add?

Picker's Paradise / Best Item You've Ever Picked
« on: November 09, 2012, 03:50:21 PM »
Hey all! I thought I'd kick off another topic in this new forum with this. What is the best item you've ever picked, whether it be from storage auctions, yard sales, estate sales, thrift stores, or some other means. Tell us what the item was and the story behind the pick.

I'll start us off. I should caveat that I am cheap and don't spend much money on items. I have a hard time laying $20 for anything. So my best is not going to be a thousand dollar item. :D

My best item is actually something I just picked up last weekend. I decided to take another path in my yard sale route and it paid off big time. I hit this one sale where they had a lot of vintage board games, my speciality, but at the bottom of a junk box where they had a bunch of broken toys and other worthless stuff, there was the prize. They had a quarter on it.

It was a Game & Watch Manhole game, in the original box. The box was in fairly good condition and the Manhole was mint. I had to buy batteries to test it because the original batteries were dead, but it worked perfectly. I paid $.25 for it. I'm not sure exactly how much I'm going to get out of it because the auction doesn't close until Sunday, but it's currently at $109.50 with 18 watchers and 4 bidders. This find was a super rare find and I'll probably never find another Manhole game like this again. And if I do, it's not likely to have the box and be in such perfect condition. That is my best find to date.

What's yours?

Hey everyone :)

I've been posting on the forum for a few days and figured maybe an introduction thread was in order.

I am a picker from the south. I have been doing this full-time since July. I primarily source my product at yard sales an thrift stores, but I do manage to find the occasional storage locker that speaks to me. Because of my primary way of selling (eBay) and my primary source of income (board games), most storage lockers aren't for me. I'm not interested in furniture, but sometimes, I'll see one that I just HAVE to bid on.

I also do a YouTube show called the Bargain Bandit on Tuesdays and have a live hangout M-F with another gal picker. I love to share my finds and answer questions from people who are trying to do the same thing I do.

My best advice for anyone starting out is to start with what you know and are passionate about. I am passionate about board games, so I started there. I sell other things, but that knowledge about what to pick up comes in time and with experience. Find your niche and know your market. :)

Thanks for reading.

What's it Worth?? / Expertise in Board Games
« on: November 04, 2012, 11:52:48 AM »
Hey everyone!

I'm happy to share my expertise in board games. I'll say a few things first about board games.

One, condition is everything. If you have one torn corner, one gouge in the box, a little tape damage, all of that detracts from the the value of the game. A mint or sealed copy of a game from the 60s to 80s can be worth quite a bit of money, but even a small amount of damage in the same time period can cut the value of that item by half.

Two, kids board games are less valuable than what I call 'hobby' board games, which are games that typically run in the 50-200 dollar range. A game like Fireball Island or World of Warcraft: The Board Game (not to be confused with the Adventure game, it's different and less valuable) can get you $100 or more (depending on condition), but kids games like Scrabble Jr. or Chutes and Ladders, regardless of the age, will not net very much money ($10-20).

I'm happy to answer any questions about board games. I already share my knowledge on a YouTube show. :)


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