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Numbers and Why They Add Up to Becoming a Reseller

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By now, you may have read a few of my reseller-related posts. If you are a thrifter, or if you want to reduce the number of collectibles you've gathered over the years [I fell into both of those categories], then you should consider listing those items on eBay.  I still shop for myself when I thrift. Since I began reselling, more and more of the items that I buy secondhand are for listing. The numbers just can't be ignored. I buy items ranging in price from 49 cents to $2 on average. I list the items ranging from $5 to whatever the market will bear. I have made $5,000 in the past 12 months. Another way to represent it - my net sales average $300 a month. That is money on the ground $300 a month. Granted, there is work involved and I hope I have conveyed that concept.  There is also the fun side of having the eBay app on your phone. Every time you make a sale, if you have notifications turned on, you will hear "Cha-Ching!" I also like to see what trends in sales. Vinta

Managed Payments and the Multimedia Challenge

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What are Managed payments on eBay? My version? Frankly, it is an easier system for me. Prior to Managed Payments on eBay, I would have to log in to PayPal and request monies I had earned. I also had not one but two PayPal accounts. I think something hinky happened there. I avoid PayPal now, their customer service being the worst in the business.  At the eBay store level, there are special marketing tools, such as Markdown Manager. You can offer discounts on certain categories of items, or single items.  One of the challenges within the challenge is the "Multimedia Challenge," to add a video short (5-30 seconds) to your post. Linking to my "J" post with my little snippet.  julia-child-and-just-do-it Marquis Potatoes Take one lb. of croquette paste and add six oz. of very red, thick tomato puree. Pour this mixture into a pastry bag fitted with a large, grooved tube, and squeeze it out upon a baking tray in shapes resembling large meringue shells.  Slightly brush their

Little Lucky update and eBay Listing Templates

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L ittle Lucky is highlighted today. She is one of 3 cats that own us (cat owners know what I mean). At 8 months old, she is the youngest and most persnickety of the three. Here are links to posts about her  Lucky update 1   Lucky update 2   Lucky update 3 . She was recently spayed, you can just see the shaved portion on her lower belly.  When one upgrades to a Basic Store, there is the ability to create Listing Templates. I use these all the time. If I have a unique item, I just create a single listing without using a template.  Leaving you with a recipe for Lark Pate .  For this hors-d'oeuvre use the ready-made pate, which is obtained either in earthenware pots or in crusts. Thorough congeal it by means of ice; turn it out of its receptacle, cut it into very small and thin slices, and arrange them on an hors-d'oeuvre dish with a little chopped aspic-jelly in the middle.   The Escoffier Cook Book

Knowing when to fold em

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Having a bit of trouble with my hands means I have to limit the time that I use them. Quilting, sewing, and needlework have been drastically limited (non-existent) these past few months. New reselling listings have slowed. College course is nearly halfway through so I will continue on that path. The constant mousing and typing at work is taking its toll on my hands. I may have to make a choice between my first job and my second job. Or learn how to use voice dictation. Knowing when to fold them, knowing when to quit. I will figure this all out.  Kaltschale Peel and slice one-half lb. of peaches and an equal quantity of pineapple; add four oz. of ripe melon pulp, cut into cubes, and four oz. of a mixture of raspberries and red and white currants, cleared of their stalks. Put these fruits in a silver timbale and keep the latter on ice. Set a little cinnamon to steep in a half-bottleful of boiling, white wine; add six oz. of sugar and the zest of one lemon; and let the whole cool. Then ad

Julia Child and Just Do It

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J letter day for the A to Z Challenge  I loves me Julia Child. I watch her show on PBS just to hear her coo over food. One of the AtoZ challenges is a media one to post a video. Here is a fun one of mine,   Just Do It -- Whatever your heart desires and may it enrich the lives of others.  Jewish Schaleth Line a greased iron saucepan, or a large mould for "Pommes Anna," with a thin layer of ordinary noodle paste, and fill it up with the following preparation:--For a utensil large enough to hold one and a half quarts:--one and three quarters lbs. of thickly stewed russet apples; one and a quarter lbs. in all of seeded Malaga raisins, currants, and sultana raisins (plumped in tepid water) in equal quantities; the finely grated zests of half an orange and a half lemon; a bit of grated nutmeg; four oz. of powdered sugar; four whole eggs and the yolks of six; and a quarter pint of Malaga wine. Mix the whole well, in advance.  Cover the layer of the noodle paste; seal the latter well

Item Specifics and the Magical Blue Dot

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At first, I didn't pay much attention to item specifics on an eBay listings. I would fill it out as best I could and call it good. Then I watched a tutorial from another reseller. Last month, eBay for Business posted a YouTube tutorial  How to add item specifics to your listings . Get seen by more buyers! Iced Puddings Preparations of this class follow no hard and fast rules, and, in reality, they are not ices at all. They are nothing else than iced desserts, the bases of which generally consist of thick English custard, the same as that which serves in the preparation of Bavarois. The Escoffier Cook Book

Hoarding - the dark side of reselling

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I will admit there is an underbelly to being a reseller. It means storing a. lot. of. stuff. There are things you haven't listed, things you have listed, and things you end up keeping. Most of my listings are small items so that translates to needing very little storage space. I pick up fabric lined baskets at thrift to keep things organized.  There are only so many places one can hide the unlisted stuff. The Mr. just blew a cog because I haven't been listing and moving through the product.  How to Bid on Online Auctions: There is an art to winning bids in online auctions. I have found the best method is to lurk and bid at the last moment, then cross your fingers and hope you have won.  When I first started listing on eBay, all of my listings were auction style. So, the listings would end and I would have to relist them. Luckily, I had little on the boards then. After I discovered fixed price listings, all of them were converted to that option.   Haricots Panaches This consists