Monday, March 31, 2014
Sunday, March 2, 2014
February flew by in the blink of an eye! Sorry I was away for awhile but for good reason. DH was felled – knocked down – bowled over – by the flu, which turned into pneumonia; and he spent a solid 2 weeks in bed. Between playing nurse-maid and working on my eBay business, there wasn’t much time for anything else. But he’s finally recovered enough to work, and things around here are getting back to “normal”.
In my previous post, I mentioned a few items that I bought from the GW Outlet store; and I am happy to report that some have sold (paid prices are average):
My net margin on the Sony Walkman and the Star Wars Costume was over 75%. Love that ratio! But the net margin on the 3D Star Wars Puzzle was only 32%. It was missing a crucial part so it was “priced to sell”. Glad I didn’t lose money but need to be more diligent with my purchases.
Here are a few more of my outlet purchases sold in February:
Radio Spirits: Legends of Radio - Best of Suspense (2003, CD Audio Book, CBS) – paid $0.85 – sold $28.02
This is one of those items that was left behind on a table. All the CDs seemed to be in good condition so I took a chance on it. Although I tested one disc, I certainly didn’t listen to the entire catalog. Fortunately, the buyer from Ohio was happy with it and left me nice positive feedback. Net margin = 65%
Sesame Street Animated Talking Laughing Elmo 14" Plush Stuffed 2010 – Paid $0.85 – Sold $39.99
The outlet store brings out quite a bit of plush, but these Elmo dolls always get left behind. So far I have picked up 3, with this one being the first to sell. This went to a buyer in Florida. Net margin = 53%
Pokemon: HeartGold Version (Nintendo DS, 2010) – Paid $0.81 – Sold $42.98
When those toy tables first come out, there is a frenzy of folks grabbing what they can (yes, sometimes me too). However, I noticed that a lot of the folks go to the bottom of the toy table searching for those “little things”. Some pick up loose Legos, although I can’t tell what others pick up. I thought it’d be worth checking out the “crumbs” left behind and this is what I found. I had no way of testing it, but I did emphasize my 100% guarantee in my listing. So far, I haven’t heard from the buyer, who is from Pennsylvania. Net margin = 74%
Noritake Versatone Bleufleur Set of 3 Rimmed SOUP Bowls – Paid $1.80 – Sold $65
There were several pieces of this beautiful Noritake design left behind on a table; and unbelievably, they were in great condition with no chips. These sold to another buyer in Ohio, who also left me positive feedback. Net margin = 64%
Nerf N-Strike Longstrike CS-6 BARREL EXTENSION Attachment – Paid $0.71 – SOLD 2 @ $32 = $64
Nerf N-Strike Stampede ECS Fully Auto Battery Operated Blaster Dart Gun + Clip – Sold $0.71 – Sold $40.16
Prior to setting foot in the GW outlet, I knew very little about NERF guns, but I remembered reading a post about them by Lorraine @ We are Clamco, who picks them up for a quick flip. So I’ve been grabbing all the ones I see at the outlet (for some reason, no one else bothers); and they have been great sellers for me. Thank you, Lorraine! The two attachments and the one gun cost about $2.13 and they sold for over $100! Net margin = 56%
Now, that’s cash for trash!
In spite of all the great stuff I’ve been listing from the outlet, my sales have been really slow these past couple of months. Actually, sales have been the lowest since 2011. Not good at all; and I can’t figure out why.
Last year my sales picked up when I started selling jeans. But this year I’ve been listing a lot of the stuff from the outlet, and I’m thinking maybe it just doesn’t sell as fast as jeans. I have about 50 pairs of jeans to list so maybe I’ll just get going with those, see if things pick up. Hope your sales are doing much better!