Hey everyone. I hope your weekend is going great. I just wanted to update a little about sales on eBay. For May my total (meaning sales+shipping) was $1850.00. The summer slow down is here. Luckily I paid off our small debt for our computer, and able to pay other things with that still.
It’s been a few weeks of quitting my part time job and I don’t miss it. I do miss some people. For example the managers at Albertsons & Dollar Tree were very helpful and accomodating. The ones are Walmart were can I say… ugh. If you are new here my part time job was a merchandiser for a separate company. I did not work at these stores as employees but as a vendor. I still had to follow certain rules and got to look what goes on in the back scene. Overall my experience was generally good.
Here’s wishing to great sales on the weekend!
I haven’t been in a good place emotionally which is why I haven’t updated in a while. Something is currently going in my family which is currently under investigation. Finding out about this brings tears to my eyes and has put me through periods of daze and emotional pain. Which is why I decided to leave my part time job.
I think I mentioned that I was planning to leave since I had to choose between it and eBay. While my job gave me the freedom to come in when I want to it still took family time. eBay definitely takes time too but I’m able to turn it off when needed as oppose to someone depending on me. Since I was going in my job just sad and sometimes crying I thought it was best to leave earlier than expected.
I met with a friend I hadn’t seen in forever after having Calvin. Though I think what I said to her probably won’t make her want to schedule a get together anymore. I thought I should mention it because it is finance related. I really don’t care how people spend their money. Yes I will judge when they complain because when I say things it’s because my insight is probably something they didn’t think about.
Anyways my said friend was asking me if there was a way to bypass pandora’s ads appearing during music. I told her why don’t you just pay the $3.99 a month to bypass it. I know that comes out to $48 a year but to my family it’s money worth spending because we listen to it for hours everyday. She then tells me she doesn’t want to spend the money monthly. She then starts to down a $12.00 cocktail. Which I pointed out the money spent on a $12.00 cocktail was 3 months worth of ads free music. Yup …. which she downed in half an hour.
In April I sold $2350.00 That’s pretty accurate and that’s after a few returns. I’m pretty happy about that number and I’m ready for May. In April I had spurts of listing rhythms and some days I didn’t. I currently list 15-18 items a day between 15-20 days a month. I hope to list 25 items a day eventually. I’m just slowly easing myself in to that.
We just came back from our weekend getaway. I think it might have helped my husband but I still think he needs to see a therapist. He still doesn’t want to but he eventually wants to schedule one. I can’t just force him to see one. He has to want to see one on his own as oppose to his wife dictating what he should do.
Our weekend get away was at Lake Havasu City, AZ. It’s about a couple hours drive from Las Vegas. I definitely enjoyed the drive getting there and our hotel room was pretty sweet. We stayed at London Bridge Hotel and we love the cozy atmosphere at during the week. Unfortunately I didn’t take much pictures. Was having too much. I will post what I did take eventually.
Best Offer on eBay is always a controversial topic among resellers. Some people love it, and some people hate it with a passion. I fall between the two. I have added Best Offer for the past month on most of my listings and this is how I feel about it.
I personally like it. I changed the way I saw it. Before I saw it as a nuisance. I only added to my more expensive items ( $50+) and stuck by people messaging me offers. I decided to add it all to my listings since most of my inventory has been sitting around too long. I first told myself to not see it as an ultimatum. I think in the past, receiving low ball offers was getting to me. I started to question myself if I my items really are worth that low and perhaps I’m just not meant to be a re-seller.Yet I didn’t have to accept their offer. It really shouldn’t be a big deal because the eBay community truly is a wide range of buyers.
I get best offers everyday now since adding it to my listings. I do get the lowballers but those I just deny their offers as oppose to counter offering. Lowballers are subjective to re-sellers. I consider lowballers offering 75% off the listed price. Basically they are offering what I probably paid for at the thrift store. Which is really low. People generally send me best offers between 25% to 50% off the listed price. I accept depending on how much money I want to make that day but not at the expense of losing money. Meaning I make sure to make what I spent back. Some days I’m willing to accept low offers because those items have been sitting in the store too long and I want to make money back to buy more product.
I do counter offer for a number of reasons. Usually it’s because I know someone else will eventually pay more. I know I mentioned I counter offer $1.00 because I don’t want my item just sitting there not being paid on a timely manner ( An unpaid items case takes 5 days). I only do that if a buyer has too few feedback, or if my items is popular (more than 2 watchers). So yes I still do that weird counter-offering $1.00.
I know some re-sellers hate it because buyers can be relentless in getting a good deal. That’s ok. You don’t have to sell to those buyers if you don’t want to. That’s the beauty of decline offer option X3.
We are going away for a couple of days to Lake Havasu. My eBay business has definitely brought in some money and it’s nice to spend a small chunk of it on a much needed weekend getaway. I know I said it before we are saving for a car but I’m hoping this mini vacation will help my husband.
You see his anxiety has gotten worse recently. My husband has adult ADD and he is not taking any medication. He has gone off it for ten years at least. It was his personal choice not to take it and for the past ten years he did pretty good. Except his anxiety has gotten worse over the past few weeks. I have told him we can find a therapist. He doesn’t want to see one so I have to respect that. I know it’s because he doesn’t want to go back to the medication. I told him seeing a therapist doesn’t mean he has to go back on medication. A therapist can help him cope with his anxiety without being medicated.
Even though I have known him for 9 years, I can not comfortable say I understand adult ADD. I know him for sure but it’s not like I have the right to say I understand adult ADD. Which is why I’m willing to look for a therapist for him. I’m not a professional so speaking to one may even give me a better understand on how to help my husband when he is stressed. Though I have to respect his decision now to not see one. I told him if it is starting to affect our relationship negatively then maybe he should see one. He is slowly starting to warm up to the idea.
Aside from this, I’m pretty much just trying to work and take care of my son. He is doing well and has recently gone through a growth spurt. I can tell because he eats and sleeps more. Plus his hair is starting to grow faster. I hope Y’all have a good week.