Friday, July 31, 2009

Follow Up to My .99 Cent Post

If you have not been listing your unsold items at .99 check this out.
  • Item went unsold starting at $4.99
  • Re-listed at $.99 and sold for $26.00

John Paul

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Sports Authority Clearance Sale

I just came back from my local Sports Authority and they had a Clearance Tent set up in the parking lot with tons of clothing and sneakers. I have seen these tents set up at other Sports Authorities as well. Search through the stuff they got some great deals on Name Brands that sell really well on eBay (North Face, Merrell, Under Armour)

I went shopping for myself but purchased 1 item to resell on eBay and will be back looking for more items to re-sell on eBay. I got these awesome looking Merrell Sneakers going for $95.00 on Zappos for only $24.99. They got great reviews and are waterproof which is perfect because I love to go hiking and kayaking. I got a L.A. Galaxy David Beckham Jersey Shirt to re-sell on eBay for .98 cents. I couldn't believe it when I saw it. It has to be at least a $12.99 Buy It Now on eBay.
So go check out your local Sports Authority and if you find any good deals and want to Thank Me I am a size Large and could use some knit polyester North face T-Shirts.
John Paul

Friday, July 24, 2009


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Here's a unique item that you do not see on eBay everyday.
A Disney Fire Truck Menorah.

It's up for auction right now at No Reserve WALT DISNEY MICKEY MOUSE FIRE TRUCK MENORAH NR
Go ahead and check it out because it is out of stock everywhere online and you don't want to miss out.
John Paul

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Try .99¢ Auctions For A Higher Profit

eBay is weird like this, but if you have an unsold item that you expected to sell for at least $4.99, and you started it at that price, re-list it for .99¢ the next time around. It happens to me all the time with clothing that I have sold. One of my items goes unsold at $4.99 and then when I list it starting at .99¢ the item sells for much higher. Here are some of my own recent examples.

Now don't expect the item to sell for d$150.00 bucks. But at least you sold the item and now you can move on to something else and make a few bucks instead of losing a few. Plus hopefully you'll get some positive feedback and maybe a new customer who will follow your future auctions.
John Paul

Wednesday, July 22, 2009


I recently listed these 3 Beautiful Guitars in Excellent Condition on eBay. All Guitars being sold with No Reserve and come with original cases. Check them out before they end 7/26/09

Gibson Les Paul Standard 1999 Electric Guitar NR

Fender American Deluxe Telecaster Electric Guitar NR

John Paul

Friday, July 10, 2009

Thrift Store Item 2 Sell - Men's Ties

I have recently started browsing through ties at the Thrift Store. I use to think that the ties were just a waste of time and a real pain because half of ties would usually slide off the rack on to the floor as I was looking for the labels on the backs of the tie.

But when you think about it most ties can be had for less than $1.99 or $.99 on half price days at the Salvation Army. My thrift store goal is to make at least a $5.00 profit on each eBay sale. So you figure after fees you would need to sell a tie for at least $8.00 depending on the purchase price.

A few pictures plus measuring the length and width of the tie and you are all set to list. Ties are easy to ship using USPS first class mail (less than $2.00 for under 4oz using a small mailer). Shipping internationally will be very inexpensive as well. So there is not much work in packaging the tie and shipping it. Overall very easy to work with ties.

OK so here is what you have been waiting for.
Obviously if you see a Hermes or Louis Vuitton tie grab it and send me a percentage of the sale because you hit the jackpot, but chances are that will not be a common occurrence. So here are some brands that you might find at your local Thrift Store.
  • Thomas Pink
  • Jerry Garcia (Grateful Dead)
  • Beatles (yes the British Band)
  • Calvin and Hobbes (yes the newspaper comic strip)
  • Canali
  • Vineyard Vines
  • Rush Limbaugh
  • Ralph Lauren Polo (equestrian and polo bear designs)

I would start the auctions at $7.99 with no reserve and hopefully you will get lucky and get some interest and have the ties go in the $20-$40 range. But still at $7.99 you made a small profit which is better than no profit.

Thanks and Good Luck!!!

John Paul

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Thursday, July 2, 2009

You Know What Really Grinds My Gears?

I just received an e-mail from PayPal that a New Item Not Received Dispute Case was opened.

It was opened by a buyer in Taiwan and the item was paid for exactly 8 days ago. What a joke!!! Now the funds are on hold by PayPal. And it gets even better the buyer opened this case after it took him a week to pay for the item.

The item was shipped first class international which even the Postal Service can not give an exact arrival time. According to the USPS website the estimated arrival time varies for first class internationl mail.

With eBay buyers getting away with whatever they want these days (see above for all the sales I lost in the last month because of non-paying bidders under just one of my eBay names) Why should they care? They won't receive negative feedback.
I guess the only solution for items being shipped outside the U.S. is to ship them via Priority Mail International so you can track the item. Though it is far more expensive and will lead to fewer international sales, it might be the our only protection against future disputes and negative feedback.
I still do not get why eBay does not automatically leave negative feedback to non paying bidders. If it a serious reason then the buyer should show proof why they can not pay. I have heard the excuse that my kid went under my account name and bid on this item without my consent already 3 times this year.

John Paul

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