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Sales During Vacation



Yes I’m being a bit of a show off and showing my sales from March 6 -11th. I was on vacation so any sales made was a GREAT thing since I had to put both stores on vacation mode. If you are wondering about vacation mode then keep on reading. I won’t go over every detail but just my brief experience.

During the time my store was on vacation mode I was only able to make sales on eBay. You see putting your “closet” on vacation mode at poshmark will show all your listing as “NOT FOR SALE” and some little blurb stating your vacation days. Poshmark automatically turns your store back on at the end of the stated vacation day. This is important to know if you are deciding which days to turn your “closet” back on. You do have the convenience to do it on your phone ( eBay APP does not let you turn vacation on/off, only on the desktop version).

On eBay you have the option to turn vacation mode on, AND have your listings able to be sold. You can also just have your whole store hidden ( I think it might be different if you had auctions, though don’t rely on me for that). Since I was gone for less than a week, my ebay store was in vacation mode and my listings are able to be purchased. It’s just my preference. You can go longer but some customers are so computer illiterate and impatient that explaining to them your current terms aggravates them *Yes eye roll*.

Overall of course my sales went down but I still made a couple hundred dollars in sales between those days. I was able to turn my poshmark closet on , on the weekend so I still got a few sales in there. Some of my sales were small sales but those items I don’t mind letting go low enough to make my money back. After all I’m still learning about clothing and that is an industry that’s forever changing.


$3,023 In Sales. 1st Negative Of 2018.

Hello All. I ended February with my most gross sales ever ( this includes shipping, IRS considers shipping as income too). I also ended it with my first negative of the year. Overall the month was OK. Yes the money I got was great but I also had to deal with some high maintenance buyers/scammers.

Between eBay & Poshmark I made $3,023 in sales. Some of sales were high dollar ( $$$, triple digit sale  #) items and they were vintage items. My favorite part of reselling is thrifting so to find these gems was like hitting a mini jackpot. I also like researching items and finding out the value. For vintage items, it’s really hard to pin point value but just finding the histories of companies is really fun to me.

I also got my first negative of the year. I emphasis year because I do get negatives like everyone. Negative do eventually disappear after a year  so I just have to let it languish on my feedback page. I called eBay to remove it for feedback extortion but they wouldn’t budge. Even though the buyer has histories of leaving negatives and asked me to “handle” the return differently before she leaves a negative. I’m not surprise. I have never had success in eBay removing negatives. They do remove so much options for sellers to find out if a buyer is a doozy so really my faith in eBay has dropped just a little.

This doesn’t stop me from selling and it shouldn’t for you if reselling is bringing consider cash flow in to the family. I could also mention the other crap I had to deal with but I’m not. I’m going to focus on the positives of great sales and toast to more sales this year. If you had to deal with shitty customers I suggest for you to think of all the other ones who love their item. Out of the 3 shitty ass customers I had to deal with, 130 of them  were happy.

Let’s also hope my last big sale of the month doesn’t get returned. I’m just like you and worry about returns.


Reseller Rant

Hi. If you don’t want to read about me ranting about online customers then you should click away.  I’m just ranting. I’m in no way quitting what I’m doing but goddamn I need somewhere to vent.

The past few months have been wearing me down in dealing with problematic customers. I don’t mean customers who don’t mind paying return shipping. I’m talking about those who complain about every little thing just so they don’t pay return shipping. I even had one person purposely put a hole in a sweater. I’m lucky to say my account hasn’t had a strike yet but still I have to deal with people who don’t care to make false claims to save a few bucks.

I have let most of these problematic customers slide and blocked them but I’m just tired. I had to deal with my first one on poshmark and I have to admit I was devastated until I read what the heck they are claiming. On poshmark I have a skirt listed as no slits but I didn’t note the pleats which according to the customer makes it look like a slit. That case is currently in review but I know I’m probably going to lose it because poshmark hasn’t really been known to help sellers out.  So I accepted that fact that I’m going to lose that case but I’m just so pissed off at people who make claims like that.

Don’t get me started on eBay.  eBay is the worst and maaannnn sometimes I just want to ask the customers if they are this horrible in real life because if they are, they should just get a lobotomy. Granted customer complaints is less than 2% of my over sales, it does take up my valuable time.

If you think a reseller just sells to nice people you are so wrong. They just don’t talk about the drama they deal with because it brings bad juju. I’m just venting because I’m just tired of people. I will still list and sell. I just needed to let this all out.

Cross listing On Poshmark From eBay

I started to cross list my items more from eBay to poshmark and I’m happy with the results. I assure you I know the consequences of cross listing on different platforms.


1) I can lose my account if I get repeats of having item “not in stock” if an item sells at the same time.

2) It can ruin my sales ratio which can make me look like I’m not selling very much and put it closer to the bottom of the search engine. This is due to me deleting items if it sells.

3) You can get a bunch of crazies who will report you/harass for selling on different platforms. Even if you are managing sales well.

Those are three very big reasons why most people don’t like cross listing. Another reason is the inventory management. Since I manage a relatively small eBay store and an even smaller poshmark store, it’s been ok for me. It’s actually one of the reasons why I decided to cross list/post because I didn’t want to have to separate my inventory. If you are wondering how it’s going, well I notice an increase in traffic to my eBay store, and the extra sales on poshmark is nice.

Of course I don’t tell poshers I have another account but I think some of them search for my item and know it’s the same picture and price, they assume it’s the same. My username is very similar as well. How do I know this? People are a creature of habit and do the same. Their username on posh is similar on ebay. They basically like my item on posh then I look if a name is obviously similar, I know that person found that item through poshmark but probably didn’t want to pay the flat rate shipping on poshmark.

I’ll probably blog more about cross listing in the future. This is something new to me so please don’t assume I know everything about cross listing. I will be happy to answers questions if I know the answer.

When Hands On Experience Is Key: Online Reselling

Resellers get a bad rap when they start peddling information to make money. There is so much free information out there to weed through that you never know who is BSing you or not. I was actually shocked today when I clicked on a well known reseller’s link and they were literally peddling information for $6,000. Like for real?! Do you realize how much inventory you can buy with that?

I have actually purchased other reseller’s information on selling on line but I clearly have been following them for at least 6 months or more, and their niche is similar to mine.  I wouldn’t purchase information anymore because the hands on failure I do experience is definitely worth more.

So before you start buying information I think you should ask yourself if that money is time well spent. Will spending that certain about of money really give you information you can find for yourself?

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.

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).