Anyone ever start up an Ebay business?

Sub Zero

Eat. Sleep. Sell. Repeat.
Ninjabro
#61
I got fined by eBay because a guy offered to buy something from me outside the site and i didn't even sell the item :mad:
 

Squirrel

Half Dead & Dynamite
Moderator
#64
Well I’m not sure how you were fined unless you led on you were going to sell. Always remember that eBay reads your messages. That works to your advantage sometimes. If someone even hints about leaving negative feedback I rope them into saying it.. then it would never stick.

Call eBay, have them read your messages and refund you.
 

Sub Zero

Eat. Sleep. Sell. Repeat.
Ninjabro
#65
Well I’m not sure how you were fined unless you led on you were going to sell. Always remember that eBay reads your messages. That works to your advantage sometimes. If someone even hints about leaving negative feedback I rope them into saying it.. then it would never stick.

Call eBay, have them read your messages and refund you.
I was about to sell it, but when the guy didnt want to meet at the day and time I wanted (he wanted to come over in like 30 minutes maybe sooner), he didnt want to buy it. Because of my job, arranging for pickups is really inconvenient, not to mention dangerous.
 
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doogle

Active Member
#69
I tell you who not to ask...Sub Zero. Guy has been selling used pajamas for 0.50 cents for 12 years trying to move to Syria to escape American prejudice.
 

Sub Zero

Eat. Sleep. Sell. Repeat.
Ninjabro
#70
I tell you who not to ask...Sub Zero. Guy has been selling used pajamas for 0.50 cents for 12 years trying to move to Syria to escape American prejudice.
No, I sell quality product at rockbottom prices and I need the money to go to Thailand
 

Squirrel

Half Dead & Dynamite
Moderator
#72
Here’s a prime example on why and how to research the value of an item.

I saw this at a Goodwill yesterday and I figured it needed to be looked up.

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This is what I found..

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Here's my price..

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Most people would grab that ashtray and head to the checkout as fast as they can.. not squirrel.

That is an 'asking price' from one seller. Too many people at yard sales, thrift stores, estate sales will print off the eBay listings and tape them to the item showing you how expensive the items are.. OR as it seems in this case, this one fell through the cracks and they missed it because they are all minimum wage teens that just don't give a shit, really. This is how I make some nice coin on the side.. inexperienced thrift store personnel.

Not so fast....

We don't need to know how much people are asking for the item.. we need to know how much it SOLD for in the past. You need to search the same item > completed/sold listings > sorted highest price to lowest. Find the 2-3 highest in the list and average out the price. That's about what you can expect to resell for.

The verdict in this case.. walk away unless you're buying it for yourself and not looking to resell.

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You're welcome
 

Squirrel

Half Dead & Dynamite
Moderator
#76
Age 8 - got together with a couple neighbor kids and sold our artwork, much like a lemonade stand.
Age 10-12 - collected aluminum cans from everywhere and turned them in for cash.. I did well.
Age 13 - brought a $1 box of Werther's candy to school and someone at the lunch table offered me .10 cents for 1. I ended up with $3.. rinse/repeat
Age 15-16 - went into the local golf course ponds at night and collected golf balls and put them into a sock as I walked barefoot, feeling them out with my feet. I then cleaned them up and put them in egg cartons. My dad took them to work and sold them for $6 a dozen for me.
Age 18 - bought/cut/sold a few 8-balls of coke.
Age 25 - started buying/selling bicycles, no Internet or classified ads involved.
Age 27 to infinity - eBay.. the game changer.
Age 30 to infinity - Etsy, eBay, Craigslist, word of mouth. Always buying, always selling. I've sold tow trucks, cars, large compressors, warehouse equipment, two semi trailers and thousands of smaller items that I've shipped to over 30 countries.

Ya.. I got the bug