A few weeks ago, a church in our neighborhood had a rummage sale. To the untrained eye, the event was a bust. A waste of time. Not worth the gas it cost to get there. To a seasoned eBayer, however, it was a good time.
I purchased a wide variety of items including a number of coffee mugs and several pieces of clothing. As I was "rummaging" through a box full of junk (OK. That was lame. LOL), I noticed a paperweight sitting all by itself in a corner. I remembered listening to a webinar about signed paperweights. This specific paperweight contained a dried flower. It had some scratches on it and looked vintage. I wasn't sure what it was made of ....kind of a plastic / glass mix. (I later found out that this material is called lucite.) It really wasn't very attractive.
Nevertheless, I turned it over, and it was, indeed, signed. According to the signature, the paperweight was made by W. Rolfe (William Rolfe). I researched the product on Niko's iPhone, and only a few had been listed in the last two weeks. All of them had sold. They were going for 10 to 20 dollars. That was good enough for me. I bought it.
I listed the paperweight at auction, and it sold the first week for.............
Since I only paid a quarter for this lovely piece of lucite (a word I will add to the title the next time I list one), I was happy. I made over $10 on this product -- not bad for 15 minutes worth of work.
Which reminds me of another recent "score".....
I called eBay Radio yesterday to let everyone know that I had just had my biggest week on record. I mentioned that a bunch of my items had sold to people in other countries. Lee was interested in seeing one of the items that had been purchased by a foreign buyer. I quickly found one: a Harley Davidson piggy bank. I had purchased it for 50 cents and had sold it for............
"Totally cool Harley Davidson piggy bank. Ceramic. 2002."
Get the drift?
I don't usually write one-word sentences, but my typical description is only a few sentences long. I try to include as many keywords as possible in those few sentences, but I also attempt not to bore the reader. I don't take the time to write a carefully crafted novel because most people won't read it. Give them the facts, Baby. Just the facts.
I do, however, always include my return policy: Don't like it? Send it back! People love knowing that they can send back products they don't like. Since I purchase most of the items I sell for only a few dollars, this policy works for me. My return rate is under 2 percent.
And guess what. My bank sold for quite a bit more than some of the others that sold at around the same time.
Well, I've gotta get back to listing now. Got to treat this like a job, you know? Remember: The more you list, the more you sell.
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