Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Stamps.com Shipping Integration for Amazon Sellers Saves Time and Hassle

I've been using the new shipping integration in amazon.com's seller interface, and loving it.

You can just click "buy postage" directly from your order view page, and it lets you print out the postage from the next page, automatically marks the item shipped, and even sends an email to your buyer.

I got an email from amazon that shared other sellers' reaction to this new feature:


"Sellers have been raving about the convenience, plus you�ll also receive discounts on USPS Delivery Confirmation and Express Mail.

Using this new service, you can purchase USPS postage directly through your Manage Orders page. To start the process of buying postage for an order, click the Buy Postage button under an order's Product Details section. For more information, please access your seller account and view our Help pages.

One advantage of the Marketplace Shipping Service is that sellers can purchase USPS Delivery Confirmation for First Class and Media Mail for $0.19 per package, and receive free Delivery Confirmation for Priority Mail.





Seller feedback on the new Marketplace Shipping Service:


�I actually saw the button for the first time last night and felt like throwing a party. At Christmas time we actually have to close our products on Amazon because the processing time it takes to cut and paste all the info for shipping takes too long (we also have a website). We were so excited to see that Amazon has implemented this service. This is going to be a HUGE asset to us and just the perfect feature to add. We will now be investing more time and products for the Amazon system now that orders can be processed that much faster. GREAT JOB AMAZON!!!!�

"Before I had to print out labels for my return, to the addressee, and then go to USPS.com to figure out postage cost for MEDIA.  I could not print out a label or postage there so I had to do my own and use stamps.  Now, all in ONE SHOT!  I LOVE IT!"

Best Regards,

Amazon Services"

Monday, September 27, 2010

What People Search for at Yard Salers Site

Ever wondered what words people search on when they're 
searching for yard sale-related info? 

I get a report from my yardsalers.net web site's 
search engine every month or so, and thought I'd share 
it here for once. 
Some interesting stuff.

             Most Recent Queries

Day    Time of Query             Query
--- --------------------    ---------------
Fri Sep 24 06:46:40 2010    kids
Thu Sep 23 18:28:12 2010    post yard sale
Tue Sep 21 07:43:38 2010    1968 Howitzer West Point Yearbook
Sat Sep 18 17:31:09 2010    yard sales
Wed Sep 15 23:06:17 2010    twin bed
Mon Sep 13 09:37:24 2010    lefton china
Mon Sep 13 09:36:36 2010    china
Sun Sep 12 20:33:20 2010    Noritake virtue
Fri Sep 10 16:17:38 2010    playboy
Mon Sep 06 05:41:35 2010    Prize
Sun Sep 05 11:27:21 2010    fresno ca
Thu Sep 02 17:22:03 2010    generator
Tue Aug 31 13:01:38 2010    gameboy
Mon Aug 30 18:43:28 2010    105PCS DINNER SET
Sat Aug 21 16:07:20 2010    messengers of modernism
Sat Aug 21 14:09:01 2010    44116
Fri Aug 20 21:14:53 2010    sign
Fri Aug 20 18:59:36 2010    92530
Sun Aug 15 13:13:15 2010    pricing
Fri Aug 13 22:32:04 2010    advertising a yard sale
Fri Aug 13 22:31:36 2010    advertising a yard sale
Fri Aug 13 22:31:25 2010    advertize a yard sale
Fri Aug 13 15:15:12 2010    boarders
Fri Aug 13 13:37:38 2010    wallpaper boarder
Thu Aug 12 07:57:19 2010    sailor moon
Wed Aug 11 15:49:41 2010    snoopy
Wed Aug 11 07:44:56 2010    books
Tue Aug 10 23:42:57 2010    pricing
Tue Aug 10 17:48:17 2010    twin bed
Thu Aug 05 08:40:41 2010    justgaragesales.com
Fri Jul 30 15:01:34 2010    price
Wed Jul 21 11:06:16 2010    Iaulanda's
Sat Jul 17 19:45:01 2010    dolls
Sat Jul 17 19:44:49 2010    doll
Sat Jul 17 13:24:49 2010    bakelite
Sat Jul 17 13:24:45 2010    baklite
Sat Jul 17 13:24:42 2010    barklite
Sat Jul 17 13:24:24 2010    buttons
Sat Jul 17 13:24:16 2010    quilting book
Sat Jul 17 13:20:35 2010    quilting book
Fri Jul 16 12:00:24 2010    YARD SALE SIGNS
Sat Jul 10 14:29:07 2010    90505
Sat Jul 10 14:29:00 2010    90505
Sat Jul 10 14:28:54 2010    90505
Mon Jul 05 17:17:45 2010    75150

What People Search for at Yard Salers Site

Ever wondered what words people search on when they're 

searching for yard sale related info? 

I get a report from my yardsalers.net web site's 

search engine every month or so, and thought I'd 

share it here for once. 

(I deleted a few email addresses).

             Most Recent Queries

Day Time of Query Query
--- -------------------- ---------------
Fri Sep 24 06:46:40 2010 kids
Thu Sep 23 18:28:12 2010 post yard sale
Tue Sep 21 07:43:38 2010 1968 Howitzer West Point Yearbook
Sat Sep 18 17:31:09 2010 yard sales
Wed Sep 15 23:06:17 2010 twin bed
Mon Sep 13 09:37:24 2010 lefton china
Mon Sep 13 09:36:36 2010 china
Sun Sep 12 20:33:20 2010 Noritake virtue
Fri Sep 10 16:17:38 2010 playboy
Mon Sep 06 05:41:35 2010 Prize
Sun Sep 05 11:27:21 2010 fresno ca
Thu Sep 02 17:22:03 2010 generator
Tue Aug 31 13:01:38 2010 gameboy
Mon Aug 30 18:43:28 2010 105PCS DINNER SET
Sat Aug 21 16:07:20 2010 messengers of modernism
Sat Aug 21 14:09:01 2010 44116
Fri Aug 20 21:14:53 2010 sign
Fri Aug 20 18:59:36 2010 92530
Sun Aug 15 13:13:15 2010 pricing
Fri Aug 13 22:32:04 2010 advertising a yard sale
Fri Aug 13 22:31:36 2010 advertising a yard sale
Fri Aug 13 22:31:25 2010 advertize a yard sale
Fri Aug 13 15:15:12 2010 boarders
Fri Aug 13 13:37:38 2010 wallpaper boarder
Thu Aug 12 07:57:19 2010 sailor moon
Wed Aug 11 15:49:41 2010 snoopy
Wed Aug 11 07:44:56 2010 books
Tue Aug 10 23:42:57 2010 pricing
Tue Aug 10 17:48:17 2010 twin bed
Thu Aug 05 08:40:41 2010 justgaragesales.com
Fri Jul 30 15:01:34 2010 price
Wed Jul 21 11:06:16 2010 Iaulanda's
Sat Jul 17 19:45:01 2010 dolls
Sat Jul 17 19:44:49 2010 doll
Sat Jul 17 13:24:49 2010 bakelite
Sat Jul 17 13:24:45 2010 baklite
Sat Jul 17 13:24:42 2010 barklite
Sat Jul 17 13:24:24 2010 buttons
Sat Jul 17 13:24:16 2010 quilting book
Sat Jul 17 13:20:35 2010 quilting book
Fri Jul 16 12:00:24 2010 YARD SALE SIGNS
Sat Jul 10 14:29:07 2010 90505
Sat Jul 10 14:29:00 2010 90505
Sat Jul 10 14:28:54 2010 90505
Mon Jul 05 17:17:45 2010 75150


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Craigslist Now Has Thumbnail Photos

No I am not dreaming. The popular classifieds site Craigslist, famously resistant to change, now has thumbnail photos in its categories. While I can understand they'd be reluctant to mess with success, I truly think this is one change that will be completely welcomed. 

It will make browsing so much more effective and even entertaining.


Before, the only way I was accessing thumbnails on craigslist is on the CraigsPro iPhone app. 

Good going, craigslist!


Am I dreaming? Craigslist now has thumbnail photos! At least, the Washington DC garage sales category has thumbnail photos. I'll have to check out some other cities' sites.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Stamps.com Offers Free "Holiday Shipping Best Practices" Webinar Sept. 22 2010

FYI all..I just got word that Stamps.com is offering a Free "Holiday Shipping Best Practices" Webinar. Here are the details:

Educational Webinar on September 22 Explores High-Volume Shipping Practices That Boost Profitability

LOS ANGELES, CA � September 16, 2010 � Stamps.com� (NASDAQ: STMP), the leading provider of USPS� postage online and shipping software to approximately 400,000 customers, is pleased to announce that it is offering a free, educational webinar for small businesses and e-commerce retailers to help them maximize the efficiency of their shipping processes in preparation for the busy holiday season.

What: Free webinar to discuss USPS shipping best practices for the busy holiday season

When: Wednesday, September 22, 2010, at 11:00 am PT / 2:00 pm ET

Where: Register at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/189058627

Topics Covered: With the busiest shipping and mailing time of the year just around the corner, small businesses and e-commerce merchants can boost their profitability by implementing the latest time-saving shipping tools and techniques. In this 60-minute webinar, Stamps.com shipping experts will discuss how to:

  • Add a sense of urgency to increase early sales.

  • Provide a hassle-free shopping experience.

  • Package merchandise to minimize damage and returns.

  • Test pricing and free shipping offers.

  • Streamline shipping with batch processing

About Stamps.com

Stamps.com (NASDAQ: STMP) is a leading provider of Internet-based postage services. Stamps.com's service enables small businesses, high-volume shippers, enterprise shippers, and consumers to print U.S. Postal Service-approved postage with just a PC, printer and Internet connection, right from their home or office. The Company targets its services to small businesses and home offices, and currently has PC Postage partnerships with Avery Dennison, Microsoft, HP, Office Depot, USPS and others.


Stamps.com, the Stamps.com logo and PhotoStamps are trademarks or registered trademarks ofStamps.com Inc. All other brands and names are property of their respective owners.


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Nightmare Postal Stories of eBay Sellers


I heard from a reader of my Yard Salers newsletter (yardsalers.net) about her worst postal experience as an eBay seller, which led to her only negative feedback. Read on:

Hi Julia!

I have an interesting story. The only negative feedback I have ever received on Ebay came from a guy in Pennslyvania mad about not receiving his Olsen Stelzer boots that were "lost" by USPS in April of 2008. (and he was really MEAN about it!)

Of course they were not insured, so Paypal took money from my account and refunded the guy. It cost me about $50 with the $12.95 shipping, not to mention the $5 I paid for the boots. This was a reminder to me to just automatically insure anything that goes for more than $30 on Ebay.

Well..... in June of 2010, my mailman delivered two Priority Mail boxes to my door. My first thought was, "Great, someone gave me an invalid address or is returning something without telling me first." The postman said, "No these are from us."

I was confused as I recognized my weight and note scribbling on the side of one of the boxes. Come to find the boxes contained those boots from April 26, 2008 AND a pair of shoes from Feb. 2 of 2008 that I did not know never reached the buyer! (I am in the process of remailing the shoes to the lady who never got them, hoping she is still at that address. She paid less that $12 including shipping for those).

Enclosed was a letter stating the mail was recently recovered from an abandoned storage unit in my hometown of Sioux Falls, used by a suspect in a mail theft case who had already been sentenced to one year in prison! Turns out he had stolen over 25,000 parcels and letters over 1.5 years. He was supposed to be driving the mail from the Annex where I frequently drop my packages if I miss the mailman, to the airport just 2 miles away. How's that for a surprise!

I finally relisted the boots and they sold for $39.99 just the other day with several other watchers but no more bids. I am assuming the suspect never got around to opening my packages otherwise they would have never known how to get them back to me!



I asked Barbara if she could track them, and she said "Yes, I did have a tracking number but all it showed was the item was scanned here in Sioux Falls. I thought about sending the newspaper story online link about the theft to that guy and went thru all my old feedbacks to find the guy's user id but then thought he was so mean he wouldn't care anyhow. Most people are at least cordial when there is a problem. I guess tho, in retropect, USPS has only lost these two pkgs, maybe one more that was insured, and recently this year one flat rate envelope to Europe (which I did not insure and will make sure to do from now on).
There is a number I have to call (still haven't gotten around to that) where I think the PO will credit me the shipping expenses I paid, after all they got their money for it, I should be able to send the other item again at no cost."

I agree, USPS in general is very reliable, but when something goes wrong it is painful. I once had a buyer insist she did not receive the package, but my tracking info said it was delivered.

Another strange occurrence was what I called "The Strange Case of the Boomerang Shoes." A pair of Ferragamo shoes came back to me, returned, in the mail, weeks after I mailed them. I never heard from the buyer and couldn't track them down.



Thursday, September 9, 2010

Yard Salers Newsletter for Sept. 2010: Amazon's FBA, Little Mouse Leads to Big Profit and More

Issue 69: Yard Salers: Sept. 2010: Amazon's FBA, Little Mouse Leads to Big Profit and More

Subscribe at: www.yardsalers.net 

Please forward to a friend!

Hello, all!

Thanks to all of you with your patience in waiting for this issue. I've heard personally from several of you asking about me and my mom (who has advanced Parkinson's and dementia), and I really appreciate it. My mom is hanging in there, and though much of her memory is gone, she still has moments of lucidity. The other day we were looking at one of her teenage scrapbooks and I was reading the captions out loud...she pointed to a man in a photo and said "he was our driver in Greece." (Mom was a foreign service "brat"). Amazing which details the mind retains.

Moving a Life

We've also had to deal as a family with a lifetime accumulation of stuff that's 3000 miles away, in California. After years of going to estate sales, and some clearout sales, I used to marvel at the stuff that some people left behind in houses. Now I see, sometimes it just isn't physically possible to be there to do the job yourself, or to move all the stuff you'd like, even if you move some of it. And sometimes there are other extenuating circumstances, such as if the house was shared by other people.

So for months now I've been coordinating moving items out of her home in California, consigning what can be sold, and moving the rest.

And with my Mom living here, I've had less free time than ever. But along with taking in many family scrapbooks, books and other heirlooms, I've just had to free up other space in the house and the bookshelves.

Among other things, that prompted me to use Amazon.com's "Fulfillment by Amazon," or FBA, program, to get some of my own book inventory out of the house. The nice thing is, books fulfilled by amazon tend to sell faster than merchant-fulfilled ones, and when something sells, I don't have to deal with it.

I must say, it's a nice feeling to be on vacation, as I was in August, to see that I've sold a book, and that someone else is taking care of the packing and shipping.

More about that later in the feature article in this issue.

We also have plenty of great flips.

Moving Yard Salers Newsletter Mailing List off Topica - Please Follow Us!

In other news, as rates for Topica go up, I am considering moving this newsletter to another email newsletter program -- most likely aweber. To that end, if you get a request to re-subscribe to the new mail server, I hope you will take a moment to do so, so we don't lose you as a subscriber.

It's not likely I will make the transition right away..more likely it will be a move that will take place over two or more upcoming issues, so you should get reminders from me to move to the new mailing list. And of course the newsletter will still be posted to the web site. But one of the things I am hoping as a result is it will make it easier for me to put out more issues which need less maintenance and can be cranked out more quickly.

The Latest on Yard Salers Message Boards

Another company that is charging more (or in their case, starting to charge after being free), is the message board site Ning. Although I really liked Ning's tools, I am now focusing our messaging on the Yard Salers Facebook group.

So if you were on Yard Salers Ning, stop by the Facebook group and introduce yourself. I'd like to get everyone's stories on the "This Week's Finds" topic, which you can find on the main Yard Salers facebook group site at Yard Salers Facebook Group.

Faithful reader and friend Susan has posted some of her great discoveries. Check out her eBay profile at http://myworld.ebay.com/susanc7818.

UPDATE on Ning since I first started this issue: I have until Monday to decide whether to buy a plan. Since I'd need to accommodate 2000+ members who are already there, I'd have to buy a plan for @ $50/month. I may try this option to keep the forum there alive if I can sell ads on it. Will definitely keep you all posted. If you've used the Yard Salers Ning forum and want to see it keep going (or not), please email me and let me know!

After those housekeeping notes, I just have a couple of questions for you before we get to the meat of the issue.

- Have you changed your online selling srategies or sites where you sell from in the wake of the recession and eBay's changes? If so, would love to hear about them. Email me at juliawilk@aol.com.

- What topic would you like to see me cover for a future eBay-related ebook? A specific price guide? Packing guide? Specific types of collectibles? Etc.

Thanks for reading!

Now let's get to it.

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Articles in this Issue:
1) Amazon's FBA: Let Them Ship for You
2) Flips Contest
3) Reader Mail: Imogene Shares Her Amazon FBA Success Stories

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Yard Salers' Readers best flips, and accompanying tips and rules of thumb, all in one convenient package. Plus, now you can make money reselling the book! To find out how to resell it for 50% of each sale, go here. 

1) Amazon's FBA: Let them Ship for You

I recently had to cry "uncle" on many of the beloved old yearbooks I have sold regularly on eBay for the past several years. While they didn't sell frequently, they did sell eventually, in general, and they usually gave people some very happy memories I enjoyed hearing about.

There was the 80something lady who was a sponsor of a fraternity at Virginia Tech, meaning she had a large photo and dedication on a page, whose daughter bought it for her upcoming birthday. It really put a smile on her face.

There was the guy who was thinking about his beauty queen former girlfriend at a DC college. I still get notes of gratitude from him, and he even sent me a couple free samples of the product he sells.

And many other stories. But lately the yearbooks were just not moving, and they started taking over too much space in the house. (OK, so my son wanted his bookshelves back. As if!) ;)

This is one thing that got me moving some stuff off eBay and onto amazon's Fulfillment by Amazon, aka FBA, program.

What are the advantages of FBA?

- Your stuff (not just books, but CDs, DVD's, games, etc.) sells more quickly. 
- You get the stuff out of your house 
- You don't have to pack and ship individual items when they sell. Amazon ships them for you, and you get a nice little email telling you that you just made some money.
- You can have the funds deposited directly into your bank account.
- You can sell stuff while you're on vacation; you don't have to pause your inventory. 

While you are not packing and shipping each individual item, you do need to pack many books, etc. in bulk in one box and affix little labels to each. But the FBA web site guides you through the process and it's quite easy,

You can set up multiple boxes/shipments at one time and only ship them when they're ready to roll. Amazon has partnered with UPS to offer deeply discounted shipping rates for your boxes of stuff. I have simply been using media mail for the most part, though. (Any of you who use FBA and UPS, I would love to hear about your experiences, especially whether they come to your door to pick up a single box or not).

Because you are sending books to amazon, you can sell more items than you have been able to fit in your house (unless you have a huge place, like Harry Rinker, and live in an old schoolhouse).

Amazon does charge a storage fee, however. So I am going to have to keep an eye on my stuff and see how it does. They charge: for January through September - $.45/cubic foot per month; October through December- $.60/cubic foot per month.

But they do keep you informed of what's selling well. I recently got an email from someone at amazon telling sellers what was selling really well and they needed more of. It included:

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 
Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia 
The Great Gatsby 
The Help 
The Secret 
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace...One School at a Time 
Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...and Others Don't 
The Girl Who Played with Fire (Vintage) 
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition 
Breaking Dawn (The Twilight Saga, Book 4) 
Night (Oprah's Book Club) 
The Glass Castle: A Memoir 
Biology with Mastering Biology (8th Edition) 
The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, No. 3) 
Water for Elephants: A Novel 
The Kite Runner 
The Art of Racing in the Rain: A Novel 
Sookie Stackhouse 8-copy Boxed Set (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood) 
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest 
Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life 

Well, you get the idea. The spreadsheet goes on and on. Many of those books don't sell for big bucks, but if you find a lot of them in pristine condition, it adds up. And the textbooks (they must be recent) and reference books can be golden.

So consider giving FBA a shot. I'd love to hear your experiences if you do.

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2) Flips Contest: A Money Mouse, Perfume Bottle, Bathing Suit, and More 

The Mouse that Roared

Dear Julia,

This is the story of a little mouse. This little mouse was sitting on a table at a yard sale with all kinds of nick knacks!

When I pulled up to the yard sale, I start looking immediately to see what direction I am going in when I get out of my truck. This particular table drew me, as I was walking towards it -- I saw the most amazing little mouse.

I walked straight to him and picked him up without even looking around me. I placed him in my pocket, because I had not looked around yet. I ended up buying over $100.00 in items - Toy Story Dolls in original boxes, etc.

Anyway, I am very, very honest and as he was adding up my total, I said "Oh, I have this little mouse." The man said oh I'll throw that in, I said no, let me pay for it. He said "Is .50 okay?" I said no problem.

To shorten this story of the little mouse, I bought him home and washed him, holding my breath while I did it, hoping that there wasn't any damage.

Whew - No Damage. Because I knew what I had, I listed him in what was my store for $450.00. I knew it was one of those items that I needed just the right buyer for. I did not mind waiting. I was offered $375.00 and the "Little Mouse" went to England. Where he is living happily ever after.

PS. This manufacturer is rare to find here, this mouse is retired - the current mouse that they have is $1,200.00.


[ Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg Retired Mouse RARE 
Sale price: $375.00 ] 



Hey there Miss Carolyn!

Whew! Oh my goodness..what an exquisite little mouse! And I am also amazed because I had not heard of Nymphenburg before..it sounds a lot like Meissen porcelain, after I noodled around and looked at their web site.

According to wikipedia: "the Nymphenburg Porcelain Manufactory (in German: Porzellanmanufaktur Nymphenburg), manufacturer of Nymphenburg porcelain, is situated in the Nymphenburg Palace in Munich, capital of Bavaria, and since the mid-eighteenth century has been manufacturing porcelain of high artistic value."

After looking at more completed items listings for Nymphenburg, it reinforced my thought that the company produces items similar to Meissen: finely sculpted figurines and other china such as vases and dinnerware.

Readers: How can you tell if something is Nymphenburg while you are out and about? Turn it over and look for the mark (or even on the bottom side as in the case of Carolyn's mouse): the mark over the years has various combinations of a crown and a shield. Check this web page to see different iterations of it: http://www.antique-china-porcelain-collectibles.com/nymphenburg-marks-china-porcelain-markings.htm

Back to Carolyn. That one is definitely in the running for the next contest! You are doing super well..I think I'm going to troll your store to get some ideas!

I may put that entry in my bidbits blog too, if u don't mind. :)

Thanks again for reading, and entering the contests!



Rare Perfume Bottle

Hi Julia, 
Have I got a flip for you! Read on...

I went to a small country auction house with my dad and my uncle one evening. There were not many items up for auction and I wasn't very hopeful. I did see a box lid with a few small trinkets inside and it had a perfume bottle that looked old. I bought the box lid for $2.00.

After I got home and looked it up, I kept finding the perfume company listed as desirable but could find the actual bottle anywhere. I started it at $9.99. It jumped to $49.00 the first night. I received a few emails from perfume bottle collectors telling me it was rare and to not accept any offers from buyers. It was selling for about $2,000 and jumped up another $600.00 the last 6 seconds! Very exciting to watch!

End price: $2,651.99


My Ebay Store: Collectibilities 


David Cassidy and Bobby Vinton Move Magazines

We heard from our beloved Audrey, in Lake Havasu, home of the London Bridge (really!). This time she comes at us with one that really took me back.

Do you remember David Cassisy, Bobby Vinton, and Bobby Sherman? Or any combination thereof? I used to be both a David Cassidy and a Bobby Sherman fan. (It helped that I went by "Julie" back then and Bobby Sherman's big song was "Julie, Julie, Julie Do You Love Me?").

She also shares with us a selling strategy you probably haven't thought of.


Hi Julia,

Forgot to tell you something that has been working for me. Don't know why, but it's happening to often to just be a coincidence.

I have been revising about 10 my eBay store auctions a day (catching mistakes, adding things that didn't get added when they were listed, etc, etc).

And more than once or twice, a few days after revising the item, it sells, and quite often at the full price. I've also been adjusting my selling prices upwards - not a lot, just $.50 cents or so - and they have been selling at the new prices.

It must have something to do with the way eBay is now showing ALL items listed, not just auctions, but sure don't know what that has to do with it. I've also speculated that maybe the computer thinks it's a NEW auction and gives it a better placement. But anyway, it seems to work! So you might want to tell your readers to try revising their auctions a little and see what happens.

Gotta tell you! A friend and I went garage saling a few weeks ago and I think I'm going to have great luck with what I found. We were at one that a lady and her son were running, and while we were looking at things (priced too high, mostly), the son speaks up and says we're having a $5.00 box sale. Everything you can put in a box for $5.00.

Well guess what! I put four teen magazines from the 70's with David Cassidy on the cover in the box, and they just sold for almost $20.00. They were just the first things I listed.


Also in the box went a Barbie as Marilyn Monroe doll with CofA, two pyrex casserole dishes (vintage), several shot glasses, a tequila flask with shot glasses from Mexico (these are unique with little Mexican guys on them), three pewter Avon boys, a small pewter angel sitting on a red heart, a ceramic Oreo cookie glass, etc. Have been a little slow taking pictures and getting these listed, but I'm already ahead of the game! Love these kind of bargains!

Today I picked up a full box of military service oriented mugs for $5.00, will either sell these on eBay or give them to the local American Legion for a fundraiser. But along with the mugs I got 2 unusual books. 3 new CD's and an Australian hat, that looks almost new. Can't wait to see what I get for these!

I do have to go now and get some of these things listed, they'll never sell in my garage!

Keep those newsletters coming.



Curb Alert Leads to Serious Walking Around Money 

Here's a flip story for you. My neighbors across the street moved out several months ago and recently I noticed that there was a "for rent" sign in the yard and a bunch stuff piled on the curb for garbage pickup. Apparently the landlord had decided to clean out what they had left behind.

I decided to take a good look at what was there so I could post a "curb alert" on the local Freecycle group that I moderate and try to keep this stuff out of the landfill.

As I was going through the boxes of dishes and clothes I found these 3 wooden figurines marked "ANRI." I'd never heard of that brand before but I decided to take them home and look them up on eBay to see if they'd be worth listing.

Well, long story short, I made over $100 on items that I found in the garbage! Not a huge flip like most of the stories I read in your newsletter, but you can't beat the price I paid!


ANRI Sarah Kay figure YULETIDE CHEER girl #173/4000 http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=380224714140 Sold for $52 [shown in pic, above]

ANRI Romantic Notions Sarah Kay 1986 club figure http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=380224714099 Sold for $43.50

ANRI miniature figure boy watermelon dog MINI Sarah Kay http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=380224714062 Sold for $8.03



Bathing Suit for a Buck 

The aforementioned Susan, who writes a very inspiring fitness blog at www.susansjourneytokeepfit.blogspot.com, shares two of her recent scores with us. (The first one she sent me back when it was still the thick of summer so you may want to save those bathing suits for next May. Weight Watchers booklets, of course, you can sell year-round!).

Hi Julia,

This just sold yesterday. I bought it at my new favorite thrift store for $1.00 and sold it for $15.00 -- how cool is that? It's the time of year again where summer items are really in demand and this just caught my eye being so bold and all. Swim suits should be new though who wants to buy a used one yuck...

My dishes didn't sell at auction so I have re-listed them as a bin along with my Starbucks cup so we will see. I hope you and your family are well your still in my prayers daily and I am here for you and you can check out my blog to see my latest antics. www.susansjourneytokeepfit.blogspot.com.

I am back to my "ebaying" working on it most days for 4 hours never let anyone tell you its not a job.. LOL.

Take care,


She wrote me again later and added this other flip:

Hi Julia,

This flip didn't make a fortune but it was a good score non the less. I was at my favorite church thrift shop looking at the books feeling discouraged when I saw this bubble wrap mailer on top of the books so I looked inside and immediately I felt excited:) There were 9 or 10 Weight Watchers Momentum 2009 booklets, calculator, and a dining out guide. I paid a dollar for the stuff it recently sold at auction for 15.51. The eBay Item number: 220605552412 for you to check it out if you like. This was very cool -- not a lot of work for 15.51 thought I would pass it on. If you need a pic. just ask.

Thanks, Susan


Flips Contest Winners! OK everyone, it's time to pick the winners and almost-winners!

All the flips were great, but we're gonna have to give the main prize to Amy for her $2600 perfume bottle! But everyone wins..Carolyn, Audrey, Susan, and Sally get a free ebook of their choice OR if they already have all my ebooks (lol) they can request an eBay collectible or eBay-related paperback from my collection. (My eBay Live stash is dwindling but I still have some trinkets).

I'm also expending that offer to Imogene (see all her great amazon tips in the Reader Mail section) because she's been so generous with sharing her experiences.

Amy, please email me your physical mailing address to juliawilk@aol.com when you get a chance.

Everyone, please email me which ebook you'd like or what else is on your "eBay trinket" wish list.

Next month's prizes are going to include discounts on some great new services and free new products, so send those flips in!

Just email your story of something you recently sold for a nice profit to juliawilk@aol.com.

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Imogene is a reader in Maryland who I got to chatting with in email. We discussed our experiences with FBA, area thrift stores, and other choice topics. I thought you all would like reading about how she's been successful with FBA:

Imogene's Experience with FBA

Hi Julia,

I went to a great estate sale last Sunday and they had over 2000 CDs, CD collections, DVDs and DVD collections. It was the best sale. I think I stayed there 4-5 hours. I bought probably 200 CDs, DVDs, and books.

A lot of them have already sold and I still have more CDs to list. The lady also had a lot of Salvatore Feragamo shoes. Only the really worn ones were left when I finally made it upstairs.

I usually go to the sale on the last day when everything is 50% off. There was such nice stuff there I wish I had gone on Sat too. It seems people cleaned out the food pantry. One lady left with a box of Progresso soups which had not expired ($0.50 a can) I did get an unopened box of brown rice.

In your last email you asked about the thrift stores I go to. I basically go to 4 thrift stores, and 2 of them regularly. I use to go several times a week but because of the amount of stuff I have I only go once a week. I try to only buy Amazon stuff because I have too much stuff to list on eBay and you know it is so easy to list on Amazon.

I used to go to the Library sales for books, I would go to Woodbridge, Fairfax, Alexandria, (not sure if I told you I lived in VA for over 25 years) but not anymore because the sales are too busy for me. Everyone and their mother is there trying to scan books.

I really mean that because one of the last ones I went to there was this mother and son team, they had already worked as volunteers the night before. People are running around at those sales like crazy. When I first started selling those sales were great. I still go to a church book sale in Crofton MD once a year but even that sale is crazy now.

I think I told you I love FBA. I just sent 4 boxes last week (177 items). It does take a lot of work to complete a box, for instance I worked on a box all day yesterday and the items are labeled and in two boxes.

Your stuff sells quicker with FBA, you probably already know that. I try not to send heavy items. I did the very first time I tried FBA last year, but I had no idea what I was doing. I sent the boxes USPS. There is probably a way so it does not take me so long to ship a box. Yesterday I labeled 90 items, and most of them were CDs but I had to lay them out and then find the correct label.

Take care, TTYL


P.S. Here is an example sale from the estate DVDs that I purchase, I think I paid $2 or $4 for this one.

Product charges 
Titus - Season 3 
Qty: 1 $57.90 

Amazon fees
Commission: $-8.69
FBA per unit fulfillment fee: $-1.00
FBA weight based fee: $-0.07
Shipping chargeback: $-2.98
Variable closing fee: $-0.80
Shipping: $2.98
Transaction Total $47.34



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