Scavenger Life Episode 407: Never Give Up

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  • The Lion's Share
    The Lion's Share 4 months ago

    Do you guys still do "What Sells On Ebay" videos. The things you find are the absolute best and I need "a fix". LOL I am so tired of the normal electronics, bats, shoes and lululemon. Don't get me wrong... I applaud anyone that is reselling and making money but your stuff is sooooo cooool! It excites me and keeps me wanting to go on the hunt. The other stuff can get so boring! I've only been reselling for a short time but I do it for the "thrill of the kill" ummm well... "the find". Because of you guys, I've upped my game and I am not afraid to charge what I think something is worth even if I do eventually take a best offer it is now usually more that what the suggested price would have been. Please don't stop... I know just in the short time I've been dealing with people online it can be parching to the soul especially if you are smart and talented and quirky and have a brilliant eye for color, detail, texture and lines but just know that there are those of us out here that would stand in line to see and experience your work.

  • Wheelies Toys
    Wheelies Toys 5 months ago

    You mentioned several times in downturn in economy. Maybe in your area. My area and the US overall is booming. My sales have more than doubled on EBay

  • 40 Entrepreneur Drive
    40 Entrepreneur Drive 5 months ago

    I've been working on some side projects the last 2 months and put ebay on hold. I miss it! I miss you guys! Its such a comfort to pick up where I left off.

  • Kelly Sprague
    Kelly Sprague 5 months ago +1

    Is ebay different . Yes and No . I have been selling since 2001 ( I think Ryan mentioned she had sold since late 90s or early 2000) Its much easier and faster with mobile than 20 years ago. Sourcing is different (Some Goodwill prices and even yard sales/estates/flea mkt want on line prices)But there are still things to source ! I am also different. We started selling my husbands post cards and arts and crafts era as we were renovating our house then. Then I discovered Mad Men and 70s/80s is more in demand which I really enjoy selling as the era I grew up in. I enjoy selling vintage baking and kitchen on etsy.I found out from my daughter in laws Pyrex is big with that age group.You just have to keep looking for different sources, sell what interest you and possibly different platforms . I also follow blogs, IG and vloggers to see what sells ( Not the "Im killing it selling from this storage unit lol ) You just have to evolve or as Ryan said most of us change . Have fun with your reno ! You must be excited !

  • Northwest Picker
    Northwest Picker 5 months ago

    Hi Jay and Ryanne. Thanks for the podcast, as always.
    Ryanne was asking about how to insure a painting for $15000 when shipping it. I have discovered "Shipand insure" which offers insurance for items up to $75K for the higher end collectible and art market. You pay an annual fee to the NACA and then you qualify to use the services of Shipandinsure. They offer very reasonable rates for insurance. I use it for all items I sell over $500. You end up saving more than the annual fee because the insurance costs are much less than ebay offers on their shipping label form. Hope that helps you move into the higher-end market!

  • Kalispell SEO
    Kalispell SEO 5 months ago

    I hear it called residual income.

  • Dam-Ian P
    Dam-Ian P 5 months ago +2

    Not whining here, just stating my situation, I've tried changing my game over the last two years. I've succeeded in some areas and failed in others. Every week I'm working at something new. Constantly taking in new information. But no matter what I do, how much I list, etc... I can't get ahead on ebay. The good sales are lost to little to no sales. The last four weeks have been so slow that I am just about wiped out. As of right now (out of hundreds of listings) on a Sunday night I have had two small sales all weekend. I can't survive on this so I will be putting in applications for more gainful employment. It pains me to go back but there's not much choice now. I'm constantly having to pass up on good inventory because I can no longer afford it. Hopefully I can rebuild when income is more stable. Perhaps I'm just better off as a part-time seller. Kudos to those of you who are making it work.

    • Dam-Ian P
      Dam-Ian P 5 months ago

      @Scavenger Life For a good number of years I made a full-time living selling on ebay for other companies. Since going on my own I would not call it much of a living as getting by. It started off well enough but after a major setback (including a week in the hospital and weeks of recovery time) I have not been able to get out of the hole. I tell ya, when you're doing this on your own it doesn't take much to crack the foundation. At the height I had 600 or so items in inventory but now I'm down to about 400 and dropping. Since the GTC listings have been enforced I have been removing the slow to sell/low dollar listings. I cannot afford to keep getting charged for them. A shame that it all has to go the the trash or back to donation.

    • Scavenger Life
      Scavenger Life  5 months ago

      You definitely have to do what makes sense. We know lots of sellers who have solid part-time stores. How many items are in your inventory? Have you been making a full-time living the past two years till now?

  • Candle Hoarder
    Candle Hoarder 5 months ago

    Yup. Stuff n things traded all around. Moving energy about. 😁

  • Dirt and Rust
    Dirt and Rust 5 months ago

    I love Flea-markets and your podcast is so cool TY :]

  • Natalia Miranda
    Natalia Miranda 5 months ago


  • Josh Russell
    Josh Russell 5 months ago +4

    As far as sales being slow, I’d like to see if there is a correlation between number of listings or number of sellers on eBay. Could be the same amount of sales on eBay as last year just spread out over more sellers?