August 23, 2011

The eBay Life "Score of the Day" is a MUZZY BBC language program purchased for $20 and sold for..

One of my former night school students, Tasha, has been working for me lately.  Originally, I hired her to list inexpensive items, but she's now listing just about anything.  It's amazing.  She just turned 18, and she's very computer savvy.

I just seem to get more done when I'm paying someone to help me list.  When they're at my house, I feel like I'm wasting money if I don't have my act in gear, and I make the most of every minute.

Last Sunday Tasha decided to go to yard sales with me and thank goodness she did!  There were only a handful of sales, but we still scored. At one of the better sales, we bought MUZZY, the BBC language program for children which features a bear of the same name.  The program came with DVD's and CD's + 2 bears.  I had never heard of MUZZY and was not about to fork over $40 for something about which I knew absolutely nothing.  But Tasha kept insisting that the MUZZY character was very popular on BBC, and she was convinced the language DVD's would sell for quite a bit.

After thinking about it, I told the seller that I had an eBay store and would only be willing to pay $20.  She wouldn't budge on the price.

A few minutes later, another man offered her $30, but she still wouldn't lower the price.  

The seller insisted I use her laptop to see how much I could get for the program on eBay.  (I didn't have my iPhone with me.)  She was confident I would make money by buying it for $40.  I did a simple completed listing search which showed that the highest price anyone had paid for the program was $66.00.  I explained to her that if I were to purchase it for $40, I wouldn't be making very much if it ended up selling.

I could tell she was starting to cave.  It was the second day of the sale, and she was ready close shop.  As I was walking away, she changed her mind.  But I still wasn't sure if I'd scored.

When I got home, I noticed that there weren't many Spanish MUZZY language courses for sale on eBay, and my set was the only one that included two stuffed MUZZY bears.

I decided to list everything at a fixed price of $99.99 -- no free shipping since I really didn't have any competition.  Well, guess what.  It sold in less than 48 hours to someone in California.  Wow!  Thanks, Tasha!  I think it's time for a raise....

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  1. Congratulations to you and Tasha! I admire how you listed it at $99.99. I don't think I would have done that, not knowing too much about it, but you have given me courage to not be afraid to ask for a higher price!

  2. Thanks for the comment!!

  3. Thanks for sharing this score! I have a French one I need to list...

  4. It is a great sale. Congratulations.