Top eBay Sales: January 2017

This January was an average one as far as Januarys go.  Which means, it was a giant letdown after some really great end of pre-Christmas sales.  On the listing front, it has been business as usual.  Which means we have a gigantic pile of unlisted items sitting in our spare bedroom and didn’t meet any of our listing goals.  The great thing about eBay is that, since we’ve put in the hours consistently, we can slack off for a month and still enjoy some sales!  So without further ado, here are some of our more interesting or unusual sales of January 2017!

Item: Vew Do Butter Nub Balance Board – Dark Green – FREE SHIPPING
Paid Price: ​$5.99
Sale Price: $69.95
Shipping: ​Free

Notes: ​​I wasn’t quite sure what this was at first sight, but anything that has a brand name on it can be looked up in less than a minute.  I could see that they sold for over $100 new and, since it seemed to be in pretty good shape, into the cart it went!  We might have actually under-priced this as it sold in two days.

Item: American Made Inaugural Chevy Truck Challenge Windbreaker Jacket – NWT Men’s XL
Paid Price: ​$7
Sale Price: $39.95
Shipping: ​Buyer Paid

Notes: ​​Event specific items such as this one are always good sellers.  Odds are, somewhere was there and lost their jacket, or someone just thinks it’s really cool!  This one sat around for about 8 months before moving on.

Item: American Made Inaugural Chevy Truck Challenge Windbreaker Jacket – NWT Men’s XL
Paid Price: ​$7
Sale Price: $39.95
Shipping: ​Buyer Paid

Notes: ​​Event specific items such as this one are always good sellers.  Odds are, somewhere was there and lost their jacket, or someone just thinks it’s really cool!  This one sat around for about 8 months before moving on.

Item: Nike Therma Fit Hoodie – Duke University – Men’s Size Medium
Paid Price: ​$5
Sale Price: $29.95
Shipping: ​Buyer Paid

Notes: ​​Nike….excellent condition….well known sports team…..easy flip.  This one sold in less than a week.

Item: Apple iPhone 5s – 16GB – Space Gray (Verizon) Smartphone
Paid Price: ​$0
Sale Price: $135.000
Shipping: ​Buyer Paid

Notes: ​​​My wife and I upgraded phones at the beginning of the year.  What better way to recoup some of the new phone cost than by selling our old phones on eBay!  This one sold fast but unfortunately we dealt with several attempted scams along the way.  Look for an upcoming blog article dedicated solely to selling your old phone on eBay!

Item: Osprey Transit Messenger Laptop Travel Bag – Red
Paid Price: ​$4
Sale Price: $39.95
Shipping: ​Buyer Paid

Notes: ​​Osprey is a well known maker of outdoor bags so we knew this would sell well.  It wasn’t in the best shape but we listed it a bit high and let it sit.  It ended up taking almost a year to sell.  In hindsight, we should have listed it for $30 and let it go much faster.  Storage space is money!

Item: Vintage Pendleton Western Wear – Long Wool Coat – Fleece Lined – Size 44
Paid Price: ​$15.94
Sale Price: $89.95
Shipping: ​Buyer Paid

Notes: ​​This was a fun sale because we actually bought this coat on Amazon.  While I’m at work I can’t list, but I do happen to have some free time to browse eBay.  I found this coat was on auction with no bids.  We bought it for $.99 plus $14.95 in shipping.  We put in on a BIN and sold in a month later.  Beware of auctions!  They really are great, but they are also a great way to lose your pants (or coat in this case) if you don’t know what you’re doing.

Item: NWT Vintage Pendleton Pink Long Rain Overcoat – Polka Dot – Women’s Size 6
Paid Price: ​$12
Sale Price: $89.95
Shipping: ​Buyer Paid

Notes: ​​This sat for awhile but we were content to let it do so.  After all, vintage Pendleton clothing with the tags still attached is not getting any more common.  We figured eventually Dolores Umbridge would lose weight and come looking for this jacket!

Item: NWT Vintage Pendleton Pink Long Rain Overcoat – Polka Dot – Women’s Size 6
Paid Price: ​$12
Sale Price: $89.95
Shipping: ​Buyer Paid

Notes: ​​This sat for awhile but we were content to let it do so.  After all, vintage Pendleton clothing with the tags still attached is not getting any more common.  We figured eventually Dolores Umbridge would lose weight and come looking for this jacket!

Item: Wilson NFL Pigskin Football And Black Leather Briefcase Side Bag
Paid Price: ​$8
Sale Price: $119.95
Shipping: ​Buyer Paid

Notes: ​​This really only ended up in our cart because it was so stinking ugly.  The brown part is actually made of pebbled leather and feels exactly like a football.  Anytime you see something this unique and off putting from a well known brand, it is safe to say that some weirdo finds it as attractive as you find it odd.  In this case, it took about 3 months for that person to come along!

YOU GUYS PAY SO MUCH FOR THINGS!

We actually get told this all the time.  Usually by people who refuse to buy anything for over $3 to resell.  Well, we believe in the adage that you have to spend money to make money!  Limiting your purchases does nothing but limit your profits.  We would much rather spend $20 on an item that sells for $60 than $1 on at item that sells for $15.  The reality is, we have a very limited amount of time to source, list, and ship.  If you are a stay at home mom (or dad) then by all means, list and ship 50 $20 items a day.  We tried it, but got burned out very fast.  It was then that we realized that we made 80% of our profit on only 20% of our sales.  By focusing only on items we could profit at least $30 on we cut our ours in half and noticed almost not dip in our monthly sales numbers.  Having fewer items let us take better pictures, write better, listings, etc.  Quality over quantity!

Also….the nearest Goodwill outlet is an appalling dung heap and it 7 hours away.  So it’s garage sales, regular thrift shops, and clearance racks for us.

WHAT AMAZING THINGS DID YOU SELL LAST MONTH?

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