Top eBay Sales: October 2015

Sales are picking up!  With the holiday season creeping up on us our lives are getting crazier and busier than ever!  This makes it extra nice to have a (semi) reliable stream of income from eBay.  This past month eBay helped us pay some medical bills, our rent, and donate a good amount to charity!  So let’s see what we sold!

Item: Vintage BOGNER Combi 2 Red White And Blue One Piece Snow Ski Suit – Men’s 48
Paid Price: $19.95
Sale Price: 299.95
Shipping: Buyer Paid
Notes: 
Snow suits are often beautifully under priced at thrift stores.  When looking for suits to resell, you’ll mostly find Walmart brand, malls brands, etc.  Fortunately, right next to them you’ll find suits worth hundreds of dollars that the person pricing things didn’t recognize!  Look for vintage suits, gore-tex, down suits, etc.  Look for brands such as Bogner, First Down, and Obermyer.

Item: Charles Barkley #34 Phoenix Suns Vintage Champion – Size Large Purple Jersey
Paid Price: $33.00
Sale Price: $4.00
Shipping: Buyer Paid
Notes:
 This jersey was found just in time to put it on bid for Halloween!  We probably could have gotten more from this jersey in a buy it now but when a piece of clothing is in damaged condition (it had a repaired rip) we prefer to fully disclose it and let the market determine the value.

IItem: Vinatage Chasqui 100% Alpaca Wool Hooded Pullover Hooded Poncho – Men’s Size L
Paid Price: $5.99
Sale Price: $39.95
Shipping: Buyer Paid
Notes: 
We used to shy away from purchasing ponchos and other hand-made or unknown brands because, how can it sell if no one searches for it?!  Eventually we wised up and figured out that whether or not it sells is based mostly on our title.  People love wool, especially Alpaca.  Look for bright colors, picture them well, and they’ll sell! .

Item: Team 5.10 Rock Climbing Velcro Strap Shoes – Stealth Mystique Rubber Men’s 10.5
Paid Price: Free!
Sale Price: $64.95
Shipping: Buyer Paid
Notes: 
These shoes were not actually free of course…  This was a personal pair of shoes that didn’t see much use.  If you see shoes like these at a thrift store, know that they’re rock climbing shoes and probably worth grabbing!  Due your due diligence because, although the shoes may all look the same, brand, rubber compound, etc. has a huge effect on desirability and pricing!

Item: COLUMBIA WHITEFIELD OMNI-TECH MEN’S WATERPROOF INSULATED BOOTS – SIZE 13
Paid Price: $8.00
Sale Price: $59.95
Shipping: Buyer Paid
Notes: 
Very nice boots, great condition, great price.  These were a no brainer!  The only hard part was convincing myself to sell them…

Item: Zdag 101 Simo Professional Disc Repair & Cleaning Machine – CD DVD Games
Paid Price: $4.00
Sale Price: $59.95
Shipping: Buyer Paid
Notes:
In typical thrifting fashion, we found this disc cleaner about 4 months after we were in the market for one.  When we finally decided to keep this one, we sold the machine alone and informed the buyer that any pads or cleaners that would be included should be considered bonuses.  This sold any problem with insufficient cleaner, missing pads, etc.  Positive feedback received!

Item: 10KT Gold Hoop Earrings
Paid Price: $19.99
Sale Price: $39.99
Shipping: Buyer Paid
Notes:
 These earrings where part of an experiment.  We bought several pieces of jewelry at a local store that was going out of sale for 80% off.  We were thinking to list it at 50% off the original purchase price and quickly double our money.  This turned out to be much more difficult than we expected as jewelry in one of the most competitive areas on eBay! These took about 8 months to sell with the result that we now mostly avoid jewelry.

Item: Black Diamond Super Genius – Rock Climbing Crag Pack – Clamshell Backpack – Zip
Paid Price: $39.95
Sale Price: $4.00
Shipping: Buyer Paid
Notes:
This pack had a *ton* of wear.  The picture is not overexposed, the bag is actually that sun faded.  It also had large scrubs, wear holes, etc.  To off-set those, it is a rock climbing back pack from a discontinued line.  Most outdoorsmen/women don’t mind some wear on their items already but it’s quality, get it!  This one sold after less than a week online.

Item: Patagonia Deep Pile Fleece Best – Brown – Women’s Size Small
Paid Price: $6.00
Sale Price: $49.95
Shipping: Buyer Paid
Notes:
 Patagonia is one of our favorite brands to resell.  While not easy to find, it is highly sought after on eBay and always sells fast.  Patagonia is similar to The North Face in theory but many people consider it a less main stream brand which bolsters its appeal for many.  Look for fleece jackets (especially vintage), rain coats, etc.  This one sold in only a few days.

Item: VINTAGE MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC PENCIL SHARPENER – AUTOSTOP – MODEL ES 10
Paid Price: $3.00
Sale Price: $19.00
Shipping: Buyer Paid
Notes:
 We seem to have under priced this drastically.  Sad moment for us because we hoped it would be around our house for longer!  Very cool vintage electronic that sold in less than an hour and took off to it’s new home in Asia!

Item: RARE VINTAGE GE GENERAL ELECTRIC TRIMLINE 500 SOLID STATE STEREO RECORD PLAYER
Paid Price: $24.95
Sale Price: $149.95
Shipping: Buyer Paid
Notes:
Players of obsolete media are (almost) always great flips.  The most important thing here is full disclosure.  This one I was unable to test fully because it needed a new needle.  Don’t shy away from making known all the items flaws, there is a buyer for everything is every condition!  Just be sure the piece is worth shipping…

Item: Red Wing Vintage Distressed Leather Chukka Desert Boots – Style 595 – Men’s 9.5
Paid Price: $2.00
Sale Price: $49.95
Shipping: Buyer Paid
Notes:
Highly worn leather shoes, boots, and chukkas, are very desirable on eBay!  These Red Wings were placed in the “$2 Work Shoes” area of a local thrift store so we were able to pick them up for a song!  Not many people who wear leather shoes such as these want them to look new and crisp so don’t shy away from wear!

Item: Willis & Geiger Hemingway Shooting Safari Hunting Jacket Belted Coat -Size Large
Paid Price: $8.00
Sale Price: $199.95
Shipping: Buyer Paid
Notes:
Amazingly, we might have under priced this one a bit.  Willis and Geiger is a very old and high end military company.  They outfitted Shakleton, Hemingway, WWII pilots, Amelia Earheart, and many more!  As the company has since been sold into lesser hands and the name lost, the older pieces are consistently growing in value.  In general, if you see it, buy it.  The holy grail here is flight jackets, especially shearling.

Item: Lucky Brand Vintage Inspired Yamaha Track Jacket – Men’s XXL
Paid Price: $5.00
Sale Price: $34.95
Shipping: Buyer Paid
Notes:
There was an identical jacket for sale on eBay for $29.95 when we bought this one.  That price was a bit disappointing for us as we were hoping more for the $40.00 range.  So we picked better keywords than the other seller, split the price difference, and sold it within a week!  Know what you have!   In this case “Vintage” coupled with “Yamaha Track Jacket” was our major selling point.

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