Are you guys tired of hearing about my e-bay stuff yet? Sorry...I know a couple are interested so I'm going to keep updating for a while. :)
OH...you wanted a weight loss update since this is a weight loss blog??? Fine. The scale said 240 again this morning. Oh how I love that #.
Back to ebay. It turns out, I'm a complete moron. I really don't have this shipping thing down yet. I listed a box of 60 DVD's, and ebay would only let me list a max amt. of $3.00 for shipping (I guess they assume you're only shipping ONE dvd??? So I'm like ok, whatever, it can't be THAT much, right?? RIGHT?? WRONG.
Those DVD's sold last night....all 60 of them....to a guy in CALIFORNIA. Do you know how much it costs to ship to the West Coast when you live on the East Coast???????? Yeah. THAT MUCH.
$51 for priority mail....$25 for parcel post. Those babies went parcel post. God knows when he'll get them, and who knows that kind of nasty feedback he'll leave about me for that.
I made a beeline for home after my horrifying post ofc trip to UNLIST the paper shredder...made out of CAST IRON that I only had $10 for shipping on. Someone emailed me about it, suggested I take it to the UPS store and have it weighed. They said shipping large or awkward items are better shipped through UPS Ground for some reason. So I went to the UPS store, found out the box it ships in costs $8 and the price to ship it to San Francisco is $27. So I re-listed it tonight, with a shipping price of $35, thankyouverymuch. I did put a note in my description box that if the buyer lives much closer to GA, then I'll be happy to adjust the shipping. Three people have it on their Watch list again.
This learning-as-I-go thing is about to kill me, lol...and my quickly depleting bank acct is not happy AT ALL. At this rate, I won't have any gas money left to get to work!! Needless to say, it's been a rough couple of days.
Exasperated, I googled shipping tips for e-bay. I read a guide that a girl wrote about shipping on ebay, and her very first point of advice is BUY A SCALE. No shit, dude. It's definitely on my list of things to do. She said she bought one at Wal-mart for $22 and it's been well worth it. She said to print labels through e-bay instead of USPS. E-bay charges .17 for delivery confirmation, where the post ofc charges .75 or .85.
I also mis-guessed on how big a small flat rate box was when I listed a book last week. I was thinking The Hobbit should fit in a small flat rate....surely a small one would hold a book! NOT! It had to go into a medium flat rate box today, going from $5 to $12. (eyeroll). Now I know the size of all the flat rate boxes...I brought a few home with me today.
As of right now I've made $188 on ebay so far....then you minus ALL THAT SHIPPING, so I've made like $5. lol None of the money will be available and sent from PayPal to my bank acct until about 3 days after the buyers actually receive their packages, and somehow report it back to ebay. Something about that makes me nervous.
Thanks for all the tips Chrissy...I love your input. Please keep the advice coming! In answer to your questions, I haven't found something I love, other than I love the prices that designer handbags go for. But after the fake Kate Spade I listed (having no idea who Kate was at the time), I am now terrified to purchase these bags at garage sales. I must of just gotten dumb lucky on that Gucci wallet. Unless, of course, the buyer contacts me in a couple of days and tells me I sold her a fake. I'm waiting for it!!!!
And no, I haven't heard of that Backroom place. What kind of place is it exactly?