Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Sales Update 5/19-5/25

Hey guys, sorry I'm a day late with my blogging. This 3 day weekend made me think yesterday was Monday... Silly me! But I'm back today with another week of sales!

Before we get started though, has anyone else received the 2,000 free listings promo?! I was beginning to think we were never going to get another one, but lo and behold one showed up yesterday morning, only a few days off schedule! I was super excited about this, because I don't EVER pay for insertion fees. I don't believe I should because: 1.) It cuts into my profits big time since I only get 150 free listings each month, and I have almost 540 items in my store and 2.) If eBay offers me free listings twice a month, I think I should just wait it out and use those when I need to relist old items! My plans for listing are this: list all the new items whenever I can throughout the month using my 150 free and only relist or sell similar when I get a free listing promotion. So far this tactic has worked out great for me and has saved me a ton of money! 

On another note, SUMMER IS HERE!! I finished my junior year of high school Friday! I'm super excited, because this summer, since the boyfriend has moved away, I will be spending practically ALL of my time eBaying, yardsaling, and going to estate sales and auctions! I know I've talked a lot about my college courses this past year, but yes, I am still in high school. I just took 12 hours this past year to get me a little ahead for when I do go to college full time. I've been a home schooled student for around 5 years now, and this has definitely given me plenty of time to work on my ever growing eBay business! I did have the option to graduate early this year, (at the age of 17!), since I've completed all the courses required to graduate high school, but instead of graduating a year early, I'm going to wait another year and spend my senior year applying for scholarships, taking 6 more college credit hours, and of course, working on eBay! This next year will bring a lot of changes into my life, but I'm for sure going to continue my eBay career. 

Anyways! Off of my life and onto the sales for this past week! 

Total number of items listed: 539 (I listed around 25 items yesterday!)
Total number of items sold: 18
Total amount before fees: $386.75
1 unpaid item case and 1 cancelled transaction totaling -$169.95
So that drops my weekly total down to: $216.80 for 16 sales. not bad, but not great either! 

So! My cancelled item.. I sold a vintage Brioni blazer for $149.95. The buyer messaged me two days later saying that they never bought the item and that it wasn't even their size! Oh well. That transaction got cancelled and the item is relisted... 

My sales this week mainly consisted of shoes. 

This pair of Under Armour shoes sold last week for $12, but the buyer never paid, so I relisted them, and they sold AGAIN for $12 +shipping. I paid $1-$2 I can't remember exactly..

I bought a boat-load of clothes last summer for like $0.50 a piece, and I JUST got them listed last week. This khaki vest sold for a best offer of $12.10 +shipping. 

These Nike cleats sold for $14.95 +shipping.

My aunt bought this Pamper Chef pizza stone for me at the Goodwill for $2. It finally sold for a best offer of $25 +shipping. 

This VAIL cap was given to me, and it sold for $12.95 +Shipping. Caps sell! 

My grandma gave me these Mudd heels. I sold them for $10 +shipping. 

 I bought these Born flip flops for $2. They sold for $25 +shipping. 

I sold these Puma high top sneakers for $25 +shipping. I paid $1 for them! 

Finally, my grandma gave mom this cat cake pan, and it sold for $12.95 +shipping to Australia. 

That's it for me everyone! I hope you all are having a great week and are excited for a great summer! 
Thanks for reading!


  1. Man, you really have it together for a junior in high school. I was working at Dunkin Donuts back then (it has probably been my favorite job ever).

    I think that taking the "relaxing" year before college is definitely the way to go. You can save up a ton of money doing eBay before hand too!

    Any idea what you'll be going to school for?

    Keep up the great work!

    1. I'm going to try to major in Computer Science. It's a lot of math, but I think I can handle it. I've always loved computers ever since I was probably 4 or 5 years old. So it just seems like the best thing for me to do! We will see how it goes!

      Thanks for reading!

    2. CS is a great field. Sister-in-law and her fiance both have degrees in it and you can make some really good money right out of school. The math isn't that bad either (speaking from a Chem-E here). I'm sure you'll be fine. Plus, computers don't seem to be going anywhere anytime soon!

    3. That's what I"m hoping for sure.. I have to go a week from tomorrow to take the ACT. I'm hoping and praying that I can get my math score up so that I can qualify for some of the classes I'll need to take for my degree. I think it'd be an awesome career path, since computers are literally taking over! LOL!

  2. I had the same thought process at the beginning about paying for insertion fees - I also waited for the free listings. Eventually I had enough listings that it the time spent relisting them all was worse than having to pay the insertion fees. Have you thought about upgrading your store to the next level? If you have an annual subscription for the 2nd level store it's only $50/month and you get 500 free BIN listings + 100 collectible auction listings. It would only take one or two sales to cover the cost difference, and it would save you a ton of time that you could use listing new items. Just something to think about as your store continues to grow. :-)

    1. I have definitely thought about that! I just don't think it's the best option for me right now because I'm not even using half the 150 free I get per month now! LOL! When I get the promo, I just sell similar everything in bulk so it only takes a few seconds thankfully! Maybe once I get big enough to where I'm listing more than 150 new items a month, and can easily source that many items a month too.
      Thanks for commenting Kari! I appreciate the tips!


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