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Picker's Paradise / Pick'n eBay?
« on: June 28, 2013, 02:37:37 PM »
I'm trying it out since I just opened my own ebay acct. rather than using others.  So far I've gotten one item...well, a 'lot' of many items.

A friend of mine does well at it.  He set up alerts plus just browses constantly.
Tho he does have money so he can have 100 bids out at a time and if he wins them all he can cover it.
He says averaged out he wins and resales about $1000/month profit. 

Just wondering if anyone (besides him) actually makes this work?

eBay / Appropriate amount of time
« on: June 28, 2013, 01:19:39 PM »
Question: what is the appropriate amount of time before contacting seller about shipping?

Situation: I bought/paid for an item on Monday night.  About 10pm-ish.  So I count that as Tuesday. They say they ship within 24hrs. So I figured Wednesday, but they sent tracking number on Tuesday. Awesome!

But here it is Friday and tracking is still blank.  You know that bar? Accepted>In Transit>Delivered.  It's blank.   I've never come across this before.   

Should I wait untill after the estimated time of delivery or is it cool to send a (friendly) note asking if they've shipped?     I don't want to bother them if its the post office......

Should add, I only care because I use a mail drop.   Don't want to keep driving there (its far) to check.  Small packages are in lock box but this item is pretty big and will be left's security is okay but not guaranteed.

2nd, seller has a rating of just under 1400 at 100%.   So I don't think it's them.....

Picker's Paradise / Picks that haven't worked out?
« on: June 06, 2013, 08:52:29 AM »
Just wondering on what picks you've made that haven't worked out.  Not so much on it turned out to be broken or was a reproduction....

I'm currently at a loss why a few items haven't sold.
I still have the Makita router.  Like new. Top model.  Not a single call.

I've changed the Ad, adjusted price up & down, changed pictures......

What items have you picked that just didnt sell?

Other Forms of Selling / OfferUp
« on: May 25, 2013, 09:22:56 PM »
Anyone use this?
Looks like a cross between ebay and CL.


Stories about Storage Auctions / Didn't have enough cash
« on: May 14, 2013, 04:46:20 PM »
Went to an auction at the last minute. Was just out having lunch and saw it was happening in ten minutes about two blocks over.
 Only had $400 on me.

Opened unit and good stuff showing was:

JBL stage monitor.
Fishing poles
Music instrument cases

Bid went slowly up to $225.      With bid, premium, tax and deposit I couldn't go any higher.
Cash only.     Figured even IF they let me run to bank the person bidding was a regular and would have gone way higher.
Plus, I'd have to rent a truck ($100) and would have to rent the 10x20 for a month since I have no help in the required 24 hours to empty, hire help since i got this bum shoulder acting up...
Figured all-in-all it would push $750-$1000 up font for me and I'm a bit tight this month because of the surgery ills rolling in.

Shoulda done it.

JBL is selling for $950 alone.
There were two nice violins.  Electric banjo. Mixing board. Locked gun case.  A safe that had stuff in it (locked).  Fishing poles were all high end.
Easily $3000+ in there and all easily sold stuff at that!  Agh!

Teaches me for only carrying  $400.

Picker's Paradise / Estate Sale feelings
« on: May 11, 2013, 02:29:47 PM »
I use to feel bad when I totally under pay for expensive items estate sales.  But so often the heirs just want the stuff gone.  Most often money isn't even an issue.

And as one guy told me; its all a wash in his eyes.   Some things he might of underpriced but then he sells the Tupperware, old canned food, burnt spatulas......where would he sell that otherwise?  It would just get tossed or donated.   Their not resellers.  They don't find it fun

Another company convinced a son to let them sell off mothers goods.   All he wanted was to sell her antiques  and he was going to pay them to clean out the house. He got pissed when he saw they priced them way lower than he thought they should be.  But he made like 4x as much from the other stuff and got the house cleaned out for free.

And a lot want the house sold and need the stuff gone.  They loose way more having the house sit.  Morgage, tax, electricity.....
It cost us $600/month to have my grandmas house sit empty and its paid off.

Anyone ever feel bad for digging thru people's belongings for profit?

Craigslist / Bait & switch
« on: May 06, 2013, 01:03:27 PM »
New one for me this morn.

Searching CL free and new listing pop'd up for a bunch of stuff.
Emailed that I'll take it all.  Can be there in 15min or whenever is good. Gave phone number.

Got email back.  Suddenly there is prices attached to everything and discrpitions of how excellent it all is.

And said: "it WAS free but have been inundated with cash offere's so...."

listing: 8:17
Email out: 8:20
Email back: 8:22

So.   Your telling me that on a Monday morning at 8am you were "inundated" with CASH offers for a FREE THREE minutes?

And.   You were able to come up with prices for each item, list them, describe them, type it all TWO minutes?   While also dealing with others?

D*mn.   Your efficient.....and FLAGGED.

Have a nice day.

Craigslist / CL Ideas & Motivation
« on: May 05, 2013, 02:04:12 PM »
This guy seems pretty down to earth.  Isn't out to rip people off, just wants to make a living the good old fashion way......working.     To many of these blogs (or youtube videos) its all about their 'hustle' like its some sort of scam or something.  Puts a bad name on all of us.

This guy just wants to make an honest living.

Craigslist / Accents....
« on: April 28, 2013, 11:16:17 AM »
To start with, no racism here.  The people I've met have been awesome, great to deal with.....

But I've had a run the past two weeks of people from India, Mexico and Autralia.....and I have NO clue what they are saying!     In person its been fine but over the phone?   I don't know what I'm agreeing to....

Just got off the phone with a guy.   I agreed to "We meet at six, yes?"  or "We meet for sex, yes?"......I don't know which.  Either way he agreed to $60 and I need the money so....yeah.    ::)

Craigslist / One mans junk.....
« on: April 24, 2013, 05:54:26 PM »
D*mn.   This would be a bid-able locker and they are giving it away.....

Craigslist / Craigslist on iPad
« on: April 16, 2013, 06:51:40 PM »

No app needed.   Can post  AND upload pictures straight from library!

In addition, no more post and confirm from email.   With account it justs posts.....

I'm happy.

What's it Worth?? / Milk Glass
« on: April 10, 2013, 03:48:05 PM »
Has anyone had luck selling Milk Glass items?
I have a spot selling some dirt cheap. I've sold a few pieces in the past but its been wierd/exotic/haven't seen around kind of stuff.

 Milk Glass is listed all over etsy at decent prices.  But doesn't look like much is selling.  Kind of wondering if its all over because there is a good market for it or all over because there is a ton out there and no one wants to buy it......

This is what I can get for $1/ea.

Don't know if its worth the risk to make $20-$30

What's it Worth?? / Cox gas powered model car
« on: April 01, 2013, 10:06:04 PM »
I've found the car only on ebay.  People are bidding but to far out to gauge price.  $15-$75 on various models.
This one is the 1960 Buick reviera.

The one I found is in box, plastic window slashed, gas/oil stains. 
Has manual (stained), unopened accessory kit, tools and original eye droppers to add gas.  All things no other seller has.....

Car runs but a little beat up.

I was going to ask $150 and see how it goes.

Anyone ever come across one of these?

Donations & Taxes / Goodwill Prices
« on: March 27, 2013, 10:03:06 PM »
Was on the Eastside today.  It's known for being a little more well off.  Stopped by Goodwill with the thinking that the donations might be a little higher end.


I do know goodwill sets up stores to be a certin kind.  Send furniture here, clothing there.....
We even have one that is all name brand clothing.

This was junk.

Few good items were priced SO high.   Old wash ringer was $75, broken.  See them at antique shops for that.  Working, cleaned and mounted.

Old chair that I thought I could get $100 for?  They wanted $200.  Redone and cleaned up it might go for $200-$250.

They were even asking $29.99 for a used deep fryer that I own the same one and got on sale at Target for $19.99!!  In fact all the small appliances were almost retail.

Fake Coach wallet was $29.99.    I got my sister the REAL one like it for $45 the outlet store two xmas's ago.

All the sofa's were $150-$200 and trashed.

I'm sticking to Value Village and Salvation Army.   They price to move inventory.
Goodwill puts all the good stuff on eBay.......

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