Friday, August 21, 2015

FLASHBACK - MAY SALES

As you know, I started this Ebay adventure in May 2015.  I was just getting my feet wet, trying to make a few bucks.  I only sold a few things - but it was just enough to keep interested.  I sold five items during the month of May.  Here's the breakdown of just some of the items.


Discover Kids Magazines.  This was my most surprising sale.  I had no idea there was a market for back issue magazines.  When I think of all the magazines that I have gotten rid of, I was just throwing money away!  These particular magazine are educational in nature and have different lessons in them.  I thought they would be great for teachers or homeschool parents.  I sold 40 of them for $50 plus shipping.



I also sold a 7th grade math workbook and this baby book that I got from the Goodwill store that together cost $1.50.  Both of them sold really quickly.  I got burned a bit on the baby book because of it's size and weight.  I hadn't quite figured out the ins and outs of shipping and it was underpriced on the shipping.


Another pleasant surprise was this Pokemon Red gameboy advance cartridge.  This thing had been given to my kids by my nephew, who is now 21 years old.  The fact that it was Pokemon and it was red seemed to raise its value.  Although the picture shows the case, I just had the cartridge - no case.Whatever the case, this "vintage"  cartridge sold for 21.95 with free shipping.  I may have been able to get more, but at the time I thought it was a decent price.

Overall the month of my ended with a total profit minus fees came out to be $76.70.  This resulted in at $15.34 average per item price and I was satisfied with that.  With a little more effort, maybe I can double that.

College Fund Thrifter

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The Quickest Seller

My husband is a "car guy" who has all kinds of automotive tools, manuals and others interesting stuff just laying around the house.  Most of it is stuff that he doesn't want me to touch.  However, this Haynes Repair Manual for Chrysler Cars was one of my quickest sellers.  It sold overnight in just a matter of hours.  I have a couple more for older cars that are up for sale as well.  I sold this book for a total of $15 including shipping. It's perfect for all those shade tree mechanics out there.






































College Fund Thrifter

Monday, August 10, 2015

CHA-CHING.....THAT FIRST SALE

So here I was trying this new thing - Ebay.  I really didn't know what I was doing.  I just jumped in.  The only real way to learn how to do something is to just do it, right?  So I didn't know what to expect.

I remember sitting at my desk in my office and I heard CHA-CHING!  I didn’t know what it was!  Just for a moment I was trying to figure out where that now familiar sound came from.  After coming to my senses and realizing that the noise came from my phone, I saw the EBAY icon in my notifications. 

WOO-HOO!  I had sold my 1st item, a Nintendo 3DS game for $10.50.   I was really about to learn how EBAY worked from posting to completing the transaction.  And now???  Things are moving slow and steady.  I have made over $400 as I received my on the job training selling on Ebay.  The learning is just beginning.  What I really need to work on is quality sourcing.  I find that there are certain things that I am naturally attracted to and want to buy, even though it may not be a good resale product. I need to focus on what the market likes....not what I like.  Help me get better at this. I could use your support.

College Fund Thrifter

Friday, August 7, 2015

MAKING IT STICK


I have wanted to start a blog for a long time.  I can even say that I started a couple of them – but they didn't last.  I couldn't quite pull it together in a consistent fashion.  This time I hope that won’t be the case.  Previously, I had all these grand ideas about me starting a blog, gaining readers, developing a following and somehow making a little extra money as a result.  I did plenty of research in preparation for this venture and even set up a paid website to make it happen.  But I soon realized that the direction I was taking just wasn't working for me. 

Fast forward to today.  I started selling on Ebay in May of this year.  I’m still learning , but I enjoy the challenge of it all; and that alone gives me something to write about.  As long as I keep selling – there’s gonna be something to write about.  All of my previous research told me that in order to be a successful blogger, you really had to do it for the right reasons.  You have to be passionate about what your blog had to offer.  That’s part of the reason that I failed at it.  I was trying to create passion – which was all wrong.  So, you might ask, am I passionate about selling on Ebay?  Not yet.  I think passionate is a pretty strong word and I’m not sure I am there yet.  Do I enjoy it?  Sure.  Do I like telling people about it? Yep.  If those two things are part of the criteria, then maybe I am well on my way to being passionate.  Give me a little time, I’ll get there.  Meanwhile, I am looking forward to making this one stick.