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    Floxxie
    **Make Me Rich This Year eBay or Else!!**
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    • 30th Dec 10, 1:20 AM
    **Make Me Rich This Year eBay or Else!!** 30th Dec 10 at 1:20 AM
    Just a quick add on - this is now the thread for 2012 - welcome newbies and welcome back the old timers. This thread is full of useful information and plenty of ups and downs but please feel free to add to it.


    So here we are ladies (and any lurking gents)....another year of selling on eBay (and other sites) in the hope that we shall clear our debts. I have asked mrscmr to write our introduction as she was certainly an inspiration in how to sell on eBay. So thank you mrscmr Here's to many more posts and much more cash in 2011.


    Welcome to our Ebay Challenge thread for 2011.

    If you're looking for motivation, information, help or just want to start ebaying and need to know how then you are in the right place and we are happy to help!

    We have all made money over the last 12 months or more by using Ebay to generate a little or alot of extra cash. Some of us have business accounts and some of us have private ebay accounts.

    Over the last 12 months I have generated over 13,000 using ebay to sell my own bits and bobs and also ran an ebay business account for a short while.

    NEVER underestimate what people will buy on ebay! I have sold broken DS's, designer sunglasses boxes [without the sunglasses], parts of toys that people have lost, 1/2 finished embroideries, you name it and someone out there might just be looking for it!

    So give it a go, you will be amazed how you feel when those first bids start rolling in... and also when you start to pay off some debts or are able to buy something you have been saving for over a long time.

    We wish you luck and if you need help... just shout.

    NB: This thread is run by Floxxie and Soolin is the moderator on the Ebay boards to keep us all procedurally correct!

    I promised a post about thinking outside the box when it comes to ebaying... here are my tips and suggestions:

    1. Try to keep boxes, instructions, any warrenties as when you sell an item with these extras you will achieve a better price.

    2. Dont think that if something is broken or has something missing that no one will want it. I sold a broken DS for 26 pounds last year - the spin was broken. Just make sure you are very very clear in your listing details and BE HONEST!

    3. Certain brands sell well such as Monsoon, Next, particularly things like party dresses and party shoes for kids.

    4. Think about spring and the wedding season soon approaching.

    5. I have sold odd parts of toys for example: I had peppa pigs car with steering wheel... but for some reason we only had the steering wheel left... sold that for 5.00 - obviously someone had lost or broken theirs.

    6. Magazines - I have a mother who hordes cross stitch mags... they sell very well as do Country life especially to USA.

    7. Bikes of course sell well as do lawn mowers, have sold 5 bikes in various conditions, and 2 lawn mowers.

    8. Slides, climbing frames, trampoline - especially TP ones. Have sold accessories such as swing seats the kids have grown out off, even in a rusty state.

    9. Summer stuff in winter... people who are taking hot winter sun holidays need summer stuff!

    10. Vintage stuff... I have parents who horde... they were amazed at Ebay and supplied me with a stream of items from the 30, 40, 50, 60, etc which sold very well.

    11. I have sold unfinished embroidery kits... people will happily finish them!

    12. Toys ... I've sold parts of sets.. such as postman pat figures, rupert figures, noddy etc. amazing prices can be achieved. BUT ALWAYS wash the toys... nothing is worse than sending out some old toy with chocolate biscuit still on it!

    13: Nursery goods - pushchairs, cosy toes, brams, cots, etc - there's a steady stream of babies in the world! Always good sellers. Again clean everything!

    14: Look on the ebay wanted site for items people are searching for.. maybe you have it ... click here http://pages.ebay.co.uk/wantitnow/

    15: Selling as a business.. this is different - there are tax implications so be aware. If you are buying stock.. dont over stock and then have to throw it away. Approach with caution and test out products.

    16. Look at completed listings to get an idea of how much items sell for. Don't over price items in desperation... if they are at the right price they will sell.

    17. Look at the bidding history and see how items which start at 99p can still achieve great selling prices! We listed an iphone at 99p once.. sold for over 250!

    18. Get your postage costs right!

    19. Dont list too many in one session as if lots of items sell you will spend your time packaging up and visiting the post office!

    20. Build a good relationship with your local post office ladies [chocolates may help as will a smile] sometimes they will allow you to leave parcels with them and the money and they will do the postage throughout the day instead of you holding up the queue in the post office and everyone getting frustrated!
    Last edited by Floxxie; 08-01-2012 at 9:12 PM. Reason: mrscmr's tips for success
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  • merrymary
    sophiasmum, I think an e-cheque is sent when someone doesn't have a credit card or not enough balance in their paypal account so the money comes out of their debit card. Like writing a cheque, the bank takes around 7 days to clear it. I normally send the buyer a message saying thanks for their echeque payment but I'll have to wait until paypal clears it then I'll post their item so they are not left wondering why it's taking so long to dispatch their item.

    I was going to wait but since we have FLD this weekend I might as well relist my unsold items I still have 99 left of 99p allowance I've been slacking need a kick up my pert b*tt


  • Gina of course!
    Hi is it ok to join in here? I sold a fair few things last month going into this month which covered buying my nieces birthday present (she's a teen) and bought a lot of fabric that I wanted that was beyond my normal spending, so all good there I have a sewing machine to sell but do not want to limit myself to collection only so have you any advice about other delivery options apart from Royal Mail? thanks

    I diddled myself a good un on lots of the p&p for at least 12 items I sold so with anything I manage to list this weekend I will be extra cautious.
  • mymamma
    Can anyone help please?
    I'm trying to relist some 99p items that haven't sold in previous weeks to take advantage of free listing. I've scheduked them for Sunday, and know I can change listing time to avoid scheduling fees.
    But they are coming up with insertion fees as well, what am I doing wrong?
    Thanks in advance.
    Lost 38.5 lb with SW so far, 56LB to go!
  • Igamogam
    Heck another FLW - I didnt think we would see one for a while Lots to do then. have had some really good sales recently and must update. Too tired now
    Be the change you want to see -with apologies to Gandhi
    In gardens, beauty is a by-product. The main business is sex and death. ~Sam Llewelyn
    'On the internet no one knows you are a cat'
  • Igamogam
    Can anyone help please?
    I'm trying to relist some 99p items that haven't sold in previous weeks to take advantage of free listing. I've scheduked them for Sunday, and know I can change listing time to avoid scheduling fees.
    But they are coming up with insertion fees as well, what am I doing wrong?
    Thanks in advance.
    Originally posted by mymamma
    Are you using Turbolister??
    Be the change you want to see -with apologies to Gandhi
    In gardens, beauty is a by-product. The main business is sex and death. ~Sam Llewelyn
    'On the internet no one knows you are a cat'
  • mymamma
    Are you using Turbolister??
    Originally posted by Igamogam
    I've tried it in the past, but doesn't seem to work for me.
    Lost 38.5 lb with SW so far, 56LB to go!
  • Igamogam
    I've tried it in the past, but doesn't seem to work for me.
    Originally posted by mymamma
    I just thought if you where then maybe that was why you where getting an insertion fee notice Not sure otherwise but someone will be along soon who does know
    Be the change you want to see -with apologies to Gandhi
    In gardens, beauty is a by-product. The main business is sex and death. ~Sam Llewelyn
    'On the internet no one knows you are a cat'
    • mavvymoo
    • By mavvymoo 28th Apr 12, 1:56 PM
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    mavvymoo
    Hi mymamma

    The other thing I just thought of is if any of your stars are showing under 4.6.You will not qualify for free listings.
    Hope that's not the case and its just one of Ebays many glitches.
    Good luck with it.

    Debt free and Mortgage free thank you to all for your encouragement and advice

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  • sophiasmum
    Am I right in thinking these are 99p listings? Have you used all of your x100 99p listings this month? If so and then your stars are lower so you cant take advantage of free listing weekends - then you will have a listing fee.....
  • mymamma
    Am I right in thinking these are 99p listings? Have you used all of your x100 99p listings this month? If so and then your stars are lower so you cant take advantage of free listing weekends - then you will have a listing fee.....
    Originally posted by sophiasmum
    Yes these were listed at 99p. How do I know how many I've used? Feedback is 4.7+
    Lost 38.5 lb with SW so far, 56LB to go!
    • mavvymoo
    • By mavvymoo 28th Apr 12, 5:39 PM
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    mavvymoo
    Hi have you tried changing the relist price to 1 from the 99p and see if you get that free as if you have used up your 100 @ 99p you should still get any price higher free I think.
    Give it a go and let us know if it works
    Last edited by mavvymoo; 28-04-2012 at 5:42 PM. Reason: spelling

    Debt free and Mortgage free thank you to all for your encouragement and advice

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  • mymamma
    Hi have you tried changing the relist price to 1 from the 99p and see if you get that free as if you have used up your 100 @ 99p you should still get any price higher free I think.
    Give it a go and let us know if it works
    Originally posted by mavvymoo
    I've gone back in today to edit postage, and the listing fees have gone, which is excellent!
    Lost 38.5 lb with SW so far, 56LB to go!
    • mavvymoo
    • By mavvymoo 28th Apr 12, 7:17 PM
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    mavvymoo
    Excellent glad its sorted.Good luck with them

    Debt free and Mortgage free thank you to all for your encouragement and advice

    Crazy Clothes challenge 465/500 just under
    Biggest loser 11/15lbs
    Today I will be happier than a seagull with a stolen chip
  • _sleepless_
    How is everyone getting on with the free listing weekend?

    I have listed 10 new items, but i am really struggling to go back through my 50+ relists and edit the postage. I'm beginning to wonder if they are worth the effort.

    Can't seem to find anything to indicate how much the international postage might be? I'm fast losing motivation and very tempted to leave it completly until the proper postage calcuator is up and i can check about international prices.

    Does anyone know if there is a weight limit to large letter? I'm wondering for some lighter items of clothing if this might be a better alternative. Not bothering with bubble wrap to ensure they will fit through the slot and putting them in A4 envelopes instead.

    Also thinking of offering the 2nd class as a cheaper option, as i do post pretty quick, although i can only see this affecting stars

    What's everyone else decided to do? and why oh why did i leave it until today?

    sleepless
  • merrymary
    sleepless, I use seajays and don't look at RM postage calculator now. Much easier and it's showing the old and new prices.
    http://www.seajays.org.uk/postage/index.cfm

    sending packets that doesn't weigh a lot has an increase of 87p! 1.33 to 2.20. But only 41p less sending something that weighs 750g

    I haven't managed to list new items yet. Will do it later. I did all my relists last night.


  • Igamogam
    I am trying a little experiment and listing stuff with post free - lighter items, but I am adding the postage ( new rate) into the starting price. Relists so far about 10 and all have watchers ! Just thought I would try it and see what happens Other stuff I am listing with postage
    Be the change you want to see -with apologies to Gandhi
    In gardens, beauty is a by-product. The main business is sex and death. ~Sam Llewelyn
    'On the internet no one knows you are a cat'
  • sophiasmum
    Sleepless - I only offer 2nd class as standard and have very good stars, I post usually day after payment. Worth a try?
    Gutted. - our electric was off for 11 hours today so I have failed to do anything Just come on and have put up some relists but I had a huge pile I was going to try and get through today. Had a pretty awful day really -amazing how miserable it is with no electicity in horrible weather, children were very considering!
    So Im not doing anything else tonight - I have enough to do with washing/drying school uniform etc!
    • mavvymoo
    • By mavvymoo 29th Apr 12, 10:22 PM
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    mavvymoo
    My 10 items finished today all sold and a grand total of 159.09 after fees Was so pleased with that much more than expected and all on a 99p start.
    Not bad for odds and ends hanging around from my old spending life before MSE.

    Hope everyone has done as well

    Debt free and Mortgage free thank you to all for your encouragement and advice

    Crazy Clothes challenge 465/500 just under
    Biggest loser 11/15lbs
    Today I will be happier than a seagull with a stolen chip
  • Yorkielass
    5 relists and 25 new items listed yesterday, took a while working out new postage but I'm pleased I got them all done, 3 with bids already.

    Mavvymoo that's a fantastic total well done!
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  • Becks81
    Well I've remembered why I gave up on ebaying the last time

    I'm a stupid moo and forgot about the postal charges going up today. I've posted out 6 items today and made a loss on each and every one of them. I'm so angry with myself.

    I still have 5 items that I'm waiting payment on but I've already calculated I will lose out on at least 3 of them.

    I think I will be sending things out normal post, but I can bet because its the first time I'm doing it I will get an INR.
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