Category Archives: Online Selling

Less Donations

Our bi-monthly veterans ( I think it’s bi-monthly) of America donation truck is coming in a few weeks. I only have a couple of bags prepped. I will have to go through my eBay room and decide what needs to be donated. The last few times we donated at least a dozen of boxes and bags of clothing. Most of it from unsold inventory and some from our personal belongings.

I know I have maxed out the charity donation limit you can do for taxes before they want you to start itemizing. That exact number I’m not sure but I do have enough slips to claim the max. It’s really hard to pin point how much we donated so when I see how many boxes and bags of stuff we donated, it’s almost embarrassing frugally.

Did we really BUY that much stuff we rarely used over the years? Even though we live conservatively, our home is still filled with stuff we have barely used. I would have to say many of it is hand me downs from family. So getting my husband to donate stuff that was passed down can be scary for him. Still we do not need so many bed spreads, books, clothing for eBay, and unused cookware.

I’m glad I am only donating a few eBay filled clothing bags. This means I’m buying less damage goods. When I shopped at the bins I came home with so much stuff but in the end I always end up re-donating at least 20% of what I buy. I stopped going to the bins because they raise the price per pound and they stopped wheeling out so much clothes. This forced me to really watch out for sales at the thrift stores, and to be selective on what to buy.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

I know I am a bit early on wishing people a happy thanksgiving. It’s because I know I won’t be able to post for a while. I’ve just been so busy. The past few weeks it was Halloween , my FIL visited, and my 4 year wedding anniversary. Yes have been busy with family.

This year my family (siblings and their family) won’t be celebrating the holidays together. There is just too much going on this year. Now before you assume we should just bite the bullet and celebrate together, the drama is very serious. Calling it drama even sounds insulting to the people involved. It’s a little hard to talk about and I have stressed about it on my blog every now and then.

So I hope all of you who have come across this post to have a good holiday. I’m such an introvert that I’m looking just just celebrate with ordering food and just meeting people I haven’t seen in a while. You can also catch me on instagram about my reseller life.

Ebay Sellers The Ebay App Is Your Friend

Just a reminder that I’m more active on instagram in terms of posting about my reseller life. It’s maithriftsthings.

I always hear how google is your friend among other resellers. That’s true. Also the eBay app is your friend too. While it’s not entirely reliable sometimes, I am on it everyday. Even though I’ve been selling clothing for years, I feel there is so much I don’t know. For example pricing. So I’m out thrifting and will frequently check for comps ( comparison solds/ unsolds) on about 50% of items I put in my cart.

I’ll admit when I read people replying to hauls asking how much it will sell for I get annoyed. Probably the seller too because in reality you can just search yourself. I don’t mind questions on how the brand sells but I have to also remind them that that’s what works for me and may not work the same way for you. eBay Cassini is total unicorn 411. Most information I do find about it are theories and I only take them with a grain of salt.

Family Visiting

My father in law is visiting us near my husband’s birthday which is Halloween. It’s been a really long time since he visited.  Actually the last time he visited was when Calvin was born but I didn’t get to go home. I didn’t get to spend  very much time with him but at least he and my husband spent some time together.

He doesn’t visit often because he feels he is intruding. Which is weird for him to say because we love visiting him. So I am a little nervous because right now I’m trying to clean my house and fix up the guest room for him. I am looking forward to his visit but I hate to admit it’s like I want him to be please with our lifestyle. The Martha Stewart in me has been on vacation… forever. Ok the Martha Stewart in me is still in training and isn’t graduating in home making anytime soon.

I think I would faint of embarrassment if he ever  EVER walks in to my eBay room. It’s not organized or categorized.

eBay Percentages Returns & Cancellations

Ugh… today just sucks. I have 3…THREE open returns on eBay. One of them I have to pay return shipping back because the buyer didn’t like the color. While that is a poor reason to return it wasn’t worth my time to call eBay. From other re-sellers perspective, calling on eBay from improper returns like that, they tend to side with the buyer in the end. The other two the customers doesn’t like the item and they will pay return shipping. I also had 1 return earlier this month so 4 returns this July. That is normally high for me but can’t do anything about it. That’s just business. This just got me curious though. What are some of my number on eBay in terms of returns?

Return Rate: 1.53%  11/719 Transactions

Return Rate Based On Condition: New 0%, Used 1.53%, New Other 10%

Return Rate Based On Price: Less Than $40 1.16% (8/689 Transactions), $40-$100 11.11% (3/27 Transactions)

Defect Rating: 0.14% 1/720 Transactions…this I received for item being out of stock.

I don’t think my return rate is that bad considering I sell clothing. Condition wise I sell mostly used so having that there isn’t a big deal. Though New other…I’m not sure what that exactly means but that’s probably my products that are considered new with defects. Now my defects isn’t on any on the condition. It’s actually me cancelling an item for being out of stock.

On my return base on price I’m actually not surprise about this. Basically my numbers mean I get the most returns quantity wise on items less than $40. Yet I get the most returns price wise on items $40-$100.

Interesting right? Now percentage based on cancellations because buyer didn’t want to pay? It’s pretty high. I looked back and counted the number of times I had to cancel because the customer didn’t want to pay and it’s almost double the amount of returns. That did shock me at first but in reality that’s still less than 5% of my overall transactions. Meaning I deal with this using a short amount of my time spent on eBay (sourcing, listing, shipping, answering customers, dealing with customers, and etc).

Blah Kind Of Day

Today is Saturday. Usually on this day I’m pretty busy. Listing, shipping, cleaning, watching Calvin, and planning what to make for dinner for the whole week. I’m in a blah kind of mood so I decide to just take a break from everything but taking care of my Son and dinner.  The mess will be here tomorrow still and my eBay store is still up and running.

Do you have one of those days? Most days I just charge on even if I am tired but today I’m just tired. I feel it in my bones I need to rest. I feel fortunate that this is a luxury I can do. Technically I’m still busy doing mommy duties but that’s a duty I don’t turn off ever even if I am sick.

I’m On Poshmark & Update On Life

I know I haven’t been active lately. Though I am more active on instagram here @maithriftsthings. So head on over there if you want to see more activities. That instagram account is more about my reseller life so if you are not interested in that, don’t head on there. Besides that, I opened a poshmark account.

I’m not really sharing my store names. I’m sorry but after finding out how awful people can be to try ruin your reputation with these online selling outlets, I’m keeping them a secret. I will be happy to answer comments though about what I do in reselling ( I only work part time hours on it). Besides there are more resellers out there who are more open with their store so using mine as a way to learn is horrible idea. Plus I still don’t know what I’m doing most of the time.

Yes I’m finally on poshmark because I keep hearing how clothing sellers should be on there. I’ve only been there a few weeks so I can’t say if I like it more than eBay. Though my experience has been positive. Sales have been slow ( it’s summer slow down everywhere) yet my sales are slow because I focus more on eBay. The sharing aspect of poshmark is still something I’m learning.