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$120.28 For Less Than an Hour's Work on eBay!

Updated on June 19, 2013
SDA Bible Commentary and Commentary Reference Set
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I have been selling on eBay for the last thirteen years.

I am a Bronze Powerseller.

I am a Top Rated Seller.

I have 100% positive feedback from almost 7,000 unique visitors and approximately 10,000 transactions.

I am 100% compliant with all eBay policies.

In spite of this stellar record, sales have definitely been slumping these past three months.

So, in the mornings when I wake up and check the eBay app on my iPhone and discover that nothing's transpired over the last 24 hours, I'm bewildered, frustrated, and distressed.

What in the world is going on?

I have my morning cup of coffee, read and comment on a few hubs written by fabulous writers I'm following, and respond to comments left by those following me.

Then, I'm off for a morning walk that's anywhere from 4 to 10 miles.

When I return home an hour to two-and-a-half hours later, I anxiously check my eBay site again...only to have a reprise of the early morning scenario.

What the fudge?

Check Out SeeAnnSave on YouTube!

When in a Quandary, Who You Gonna Call?

Whenever I'm in a pickle and need to fix something, I drop in on the good folks at YouTube. There, for whatever ails me on any particular day, I can find a remedy.

On this day in early June, I found the video to the right. It's by an enterprising and resourceful woman who has adeptly combined her passion for selling on eBay with an understated yet powerful marketing of her brand on YouTube.

I've included her video as an audiovisual complement to my article. I heartily encourage you to watch it at your earliest possible convenience.

This woman offers a tremendous amount of practical tips for aspiring eBay sellers. Her handle on YouTube is SeeAnnSave, and her eBay store is called, Annabella's Gift Shop.

Ann did a very cool thing recently. Much like the 30 Hubs In 30 Days HubPages Challenge that this very article you're reading is intended for, she presented a different eBay topic for each of the thirty one days in May. Her title for the May 29, 2013 YouTube video was, eMay Day 29: Selling Bibles & Hymnals on Ebay!

The timing couldn't have been any more perfect. I was enthusiastically looking for new eBay niche ideas, and voila! Here was her new video! I refuse to call these events coincidence.

A favorite adage that rules my Odyssean journey on the eBay waters is this:

Serendipity is just another word for answered prayer.

I watched the video on two different occasions and came away from the experience with a singular thought: If she can do it, I can, too.

Dear reader, I want you to have that very same thought, too, whenever you read one of my eBay hubs.

Meditations

Whenever I make a sale, I say out loud a very simple prayer of gratitude:

Thank You, Lord!

Whenever the business is in a slump, as it has been for the last dozen weeks or so, I'm constantly--if silently--praying, "Help me prosper, Lord!" While it's not a verbatim utterance of another man's simple yet powerfully effective prayer from an ancient time, I believe my prayer to be just as poignant and effective. My predecessor and mentor was the Hebrew man, Jabez. He requested success by way of asking the Lord to expand his boundaries. In a memorable and heartwarming book written about Jabez by Bruce Wilkinson, the author writes:

Attempt something large enough that failure is guaranteed…unless God steps in!

My eBay business certainly fits that description. The road to success as a writer is definitely an example of attempting something large with the perils of failure all around. Turning my once errant life around has also been such a gigantic endeavor. Being a strong and faithful family man is definitely such a gargantuan responsibility.

You, too, dear reader, have your own specific examples that you can plug into the bold-faced statement above.

Whether you are a believer or not, the point I wish to make is that nothing worth chasing after in our relatively short season here on earth is of any value without the absolute reality of failure staring at us square in the face. That's the moment when we are pushed to dig deeper than ever to find whatever it takes to make a heroic stand. At that universally optimal moment, when we're about to fall into the abyss, a shout out of faith in SOMETHING bigger than us can and will produce amazing results.

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My Wife's Huge and Unusual Haul

So I went through the motions. I'm only human after all, and even with the precepts that time after time have proven true for me, I resort to infallible ways of thinking and living.

Simply put, I fake it till I make it.

In a moment of self-pity and doubt, while struggling to write an article one day, my wife returned home and called out to me to help her empty the car. A girlfriend of hers was having an estate sale the following weekend, and my wife had been invited to do some pre-sale picking.

After we finally brought her good-sized haul into the living room, my wife proceeded to show me all of the elegant glassware and figurines she had found. I was very impressed, naturally, but my attention was focused on ten large and heavy volumes that I assumed had taken a big chunk out of her treasure hunting budget.

My wife explained that this was a complete Bible commentary set published by the Seventh-Day Adventists. Her friend, eager to clear the clutter in her home, gave the set to us absolutely free of charge.

Hmm, FREE is good!

Hawaiian Odysseus
Hawaiian Odysseus

I'm On It!

I wasted no time whatsoever! Here are the steps I immediately took--

  • Researched current as well as completed auctions and fixed price listings
  • Confirmed that religious books are great sellers
  • Grabbed my camera and took at least a dozen pictures
  • Hauled the books upstairs and did my measurements
  • Estimated the weight of the complete package by weighing the books separately as well as a perfectly sized cardboard box and packing materials
  • Drafted an interesting and informative description
  • Listed the item on eBay as an auction with the opening bid of $99 and a Buy It Now price of $149.99

At the end of the first week, I had three watchers but no takers. On the second week, I decided to forgo the Buy It Now option and re-list the item with an opening bid of $149.99. To my amazement, there was an initial bid a day or two later. In the waning moments, another eBayer came in at the last second and sniped the first bidder.

When the dust settled, the 10-volume set sold for $157.50.

eBay Final Value Fees came to $14.18. The PayPal fee was $4.87. The cost of shipping, since I offered free shipping to the winning bidder, was $18.17. Total expenses: $37.22.

The net profit for the SDA Bible Commentary Set was $120.28! The total time invested in this project had been approximately less than one hour.

$120.28 in less than one hour's time! I'll take that any day!

Thank You, Lord!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, CraftytotheCore!

    Thank you for your great feedback and for sharing some very interesting information with me.

    I loved reading about how you proved the naysayers wrong and placed your faith in Someone greater. The $25,000 you helped raise for the worthy cause was indeed an awesome testimony to what faith and hard work can do.

    So you listened to Griff, huh? Excellent! I've had maybe two or three opportunities to tune in, and I recently listened in to an interview with a woman who lists and sells a ton of stuff. She has two teenage children, and she is a third-generation antique dealer. I was wondering if you and I had listened to the same program. The name of the woman I listened to was Lynn Dralle, The Queen of Auctions. Let me know if she's the same special guest you heard the other day.

    So, have you dabbled on eBay in the past, or are you currently involved in some way on that site? If so, I'd love to hear about your experiences. If not, then I'm always open to helping others out, and you are definitely welcome to contact me any time via the HP fan mail messaging system.

    Well, I'm off to another busy day, as I'm sure you are, too. Aloha and blessings to you from SE Washington state, CTTC!

    ~Joe

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    CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

    Hi Joe! Don't you love it when that happens? I worked in law in my prior career. I worked in estates and trusts which helped me establish a little knowledge in antique values. Inventorying estate assets was one of the best part of my job, especially working with appraiser and auction houses. (One little old lady who lived like she was very poor, actually had a room full of antiques. One gravy boat turned $6,000 at a NY auction house!)

    When you say, "Attempt something large enough that failure is guaranteed…unless God steps in!", I agree with this. Here's my experience: I ran a fundraiser for the first time a couple of years ago at a school where my children were enrolled. I had never done a fundraiser before and I certainly had big shoes to fill. I worked so hard for 6 months, and naysayers everywhere told me I most likely would fail because I could never possibly live up to anyone's expectations.

    At the end of the day, my dedication and commitment paid off. The school made $20,000 and the donations continuously rolled in bringing the total to almost $25,000. (This was the largest fundraiser they had ever had.)

    But about eBay, I just listened to a Griff radio show for the first time. The seller he interviewed has about 10,000 items listed. She has amazing tips. While there is a lot of talk everywhere about what it takes to be successful, I hear a lot of people say that it is the volume of the same item that gets the best sell thru rate.

    But the seller that was interviewed sells unique, individual items. So what's her secret? She goes to thrift stores and estate sales and looks for same kind of things. Instead of one-of-a kind items that take longer to list because each thing is different, she buys say 10 coffee mugs. They are all pretty much the same height, weight, etc. and require the same packing material. She said that's how she is able to list 200 items a week. (Anyone out there struggling can really benefit from this theory. So instead of thinking that the successful sellers have 100 of the same thing to list and that's why they sell more, it's not necessarily that at all. This seller claims the method is in simplifying your listing so that it doesn't take as long to sell individual unique items, by listing more quantity of different items that have the same type of features so listings can be relatively the same.)

    I rambled on too much here, but I hope that makes sense.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    In America, it's great to be FREE thinkers! Some thrift stores, especially if they're church-affiliated, have an outdoors or close to the exit FREE section. I can't begin to tell you the treasures I've found here. $10 and $20 items, in my opinion, are significantly attractive to me when the initial cost was zero. You WILL come across freebies at yard sales, too, as a lot of well-read couples are now realizing that this adds to the draw of potential buyers. My wife and I are hosting a yard sale a couple of weekends from now, and it'll be a great "investment," I believe, to throw some relatively good items into a FREE box or two. It's a concept I wish more stores across America would consider. Have a great weekend, Jim! Please feel free to contact me via the message device in the Fan Mail section of the profile page if you ever need specific questions or issues addressed at length. For you, I will definitely take time to give you a more in-depth response. Aloha!

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    Jim Higgins 3 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

    You are irrepressible and unstoppable as well. This is another great one!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hello, Rajan!

    I know what you mean about the time constraints. The writing and the eBay work certainly keep me busy from the time I get up to the time I hit the sack. Then, there's the need to make time for walking. Retirement or semi-retirement? What's that? Ha-ha! Of course, I'm passionate about all of these things, and certainly about my family, just as you are. May we continue to do the best we can with the time that we're blessed with. Aloha, my friend!

    Joe

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    Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

    Hi Joe,

    Your ebay success stories are as motivating as the different niches you try out in your eBay business. Good to learn your first attempt in a new niche at eBay is a great success.

    It is always a pleasure reading and getting motivated to try my hand at eBay selling but time is the constraining factor at the moment. May be in the days ahead when I slow down a bit on my writing.

    Well, good luck to you and have a great weekend.

    Aloha, my friend!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Blond Logic,

    Thank you for your visit and comments at my hub site. The other day, I had a sale of a contemporary print advertisement--a page from a popular magazine--and the buyer was a woman from your country. Well, experience has taught me that more often than not, when someone from a foreign country purchases a contemporary ad from me, that person did not take time to read either the title or the description and mistakenly thinks that he or she has just purchased a pair of fancy sunglasses for an inexpensive price. Well, I sent the woman no less than 7 messages from both eBay and my business email. No response...so, I mailed the item off as I am required to do so in a timely manner. I am hoping that nothing bad comes of it, but I have my doubts. Anyway, I just wanted to share this anecdote with you. Oh, and I also used Google Translate to send half of the messages in Portugese. : ) Sometimes, it's the little things that create the biggest hassles with the eBay work. In any event, have a wonderful evening and the rest of the week, my friend! Aloha!

    Joe

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    Mary Wickison 3 years ago from Brazil

    Hello,

    I have always been in awe of people who sell well on Ebay. It takes more patience, planning and stamina than I have, at the moment.

    I do believe that coincidences don't just happen, it's a sign.

    Good luck with your 30 day challenge.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thank you, Mickey.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    So kind and so very thoughtful of you, Arun. Thank you very much for your reminder to take proper care of my health. It IS stressful--I don't care what anyone else might say about the experience--but especially so because I do not ever want to have the quality of my writing take a back seat to quantity. I know you're cut from the same cloth in regards to this matter. In any event, I continue to remain optimistic that the good Lord will help me prevail. Aloha and mahalo, my friend!

    Joe

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    MickeySr 3 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

    hawaiianodysseus ~

    Just to be clear, I don't want you to misunderstand my point:

    I don't assume you are referring to me when you speak of people taking a "stance that it's not right to sell Bibles (and other religious books)", but just to clarify; I don't think there's anything wrong with selling Bibles (and I never said anything about religious books), I've sold Bibles . . . I've sold nice, wide margin & loose leaf Bibles at a 'used' price cheaper than off the shelf price - and I'm certainly not being legalistic about this or casting myself as a more virtuous person than one who sells Bibles.

    My only point is, that it just feels unseemly to me, personally, to collect Bibles (God's own revelation of eternal truth) at $1 a piece and re-sell them for $14 a piece - the alternative is not to just toss them in the trash, the alternative is that there are many people in foreign lands desperate but unable to acquire their own Bible that Bibles can be donated to. I respect people earning a living and I'm not telling anyone else what they should be doing - I'm only sharing that it seems to me personally a bit icky to be making a financial profit off so remarkable a gift to all humanity.

    Others may not count the Bible to be anything extraordinary at all, others may assert they are helping to distribute Bibles by selling them, etc - I'm not arguing the point with anyone, only sharing that to me, personally, it feels a bit unseemly . . . almost like (to me) selling bread to starving men - nothing wrong with selling bread, and you are getting food to people, but (sorry, to me) it does seem a bit creepy.

    . . . again, I'm not debating the point, I only want to be clear and to not be misunderstood or misrepresented.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thank you, Barbara Kay! Your willingness to share the very positive outcome for both you and the buyer means a great deal to me. You've helped reinforce the win-win-win point I intended to make with this hub. A win for the seller; a win for the buyer; and a win for anyone who, motivated and perhaps even inspired by lessons shared in this hub, follows suit and does his or her thing to stimulate this economy. I am very grateful that you stopped by to share in this hub experience. Aloha, my friend!

    Joe

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    ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 3 years ago from KOLKATA

    Joe-Thank you for pressing the share button only to give us the rare opportunity to learn so much about your experience of selling on eBay. As you must now be very busy giving finishing touches to your various drafts I only wish you all the best and look forward to reading your remaining stories. Take proper care of your health as well.

    Aloha my friend.

    Arun Kanti

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    Barbara Kay Badder 3 years ago from USA

    I saw a few of the comments. I see no problem selling Bibles for a profit. What better way to spread the Word? He puts down the Scofield Bible and I find it a good reference Bible. Everyone is entitled to his own opinion I guess, but I don't understand the criticism.

    When I sold at eBay I purchased a Wesleyan Bible. I didn't agree with a few of the study notes in it, so I put it up for auction. I only payed $20 for it and sold it for $75. I am a Christian and I didn't feel bad at all. The lady profusely thanked me for putting it on eBay, because she had wanted one for a long time and it was out-of-print. So, I helped her. What is wrong with that?

    I enjoy your writing.It comes across a breath of fresh air and a good break from my day.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Angel!

    Thank you so very much for your input, extremely valuable to me as a counter to the way others might view this involvement.

    An interesting concept is that the Jews in 33 AD were so concerned about their human interpretations of God's will that they were blind to how their extremely legalistic laws were actually choking God's true intent for His people. They took their narcissistic views so far, in fact, as to kill the very Messiah they had yearned for centuries to save them.

    One can draw a parallel between the message above and the good that can come from teaching people how to earn a living by re-selling things that would have been tossed into the garbage anyway versus the stance that it's not right to sell Bibles (and other religious books).

    Anyway, the debate goes on. My very best to you, Angel! Aloha and blessings from SE Washington state!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Crystal, thank you very much for your gut-level honesty. Believe me, when the time is right, you will have your liberation, and--believe me--while it might be painful to a degree, you will discover so many wonderful things about who you really are and what you're truly made of. You're still so very young, so "pay your dues," so to speak, for now, all the while affirming in your private thoughts that you are a person of worth and value and that you are already making a very powerful and positive difference on this earth. Aloha and blessings to you, Crystal, and your lovely Peach State!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    I apologize to my followers. I inadvertently pressed the share button when responding to MickeySr when I meant to press the comment button. Sorry about that!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thank you, MickeySr.

    For some reason, the link to the video produced an error. At the very least, I can find you and your video(s) by accessing YouTube directly. Thank you very much for sharing your viewpoints, and I appreciate your forthright manner, credibility, and integrity.

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    Angel Ward 3 years ago from Galveston, TX

    I actually liked the hub and think selling even bibles or religious material is better than it getting tossed.... its always good to preserve books and hope they get in the hands of those who will take care of them!!! I'd like to try ebay again, but the shipping weights and costs are not really something I can afford to get into...drats! Maybe I will eventually.... Voted up!

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    MickeySr 3 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

    hawaiianodysseus ~ I very much appreciate your manner with me and easily trust you are being forthright in your approach to both the content and purpose of your hub and the comments offered.

    Let me be just as forthright; I wasn't at all sure my comments were a good idea, my intention was not at all to undermine your hub or to advance my own disposition as one that ought to be followed by everyone else - I was only offering my own sincere sentiment. That's why I very deliberately expressed myself with statements like "it strikes me as off-putting" rather than announcing others wrong or asserting something bad was taking place - rather, it just feels a bit off to me, personally.

    I also wasn't sure my comments were a good idea because I wasn't at all sure you would 'approve' them, but I wanted to share them with, at least, you personally. That you did indeed publish them, I think, recommends you as a fair-play, upright, grown-up kind of guy. Also, I was not fully comfortable establishing my credentials as one whose advice on the marketing-end of things should be heeded . . . I recognize my account of myself seemed to advance me as a good writer, etc, but my actual attempt was to validate that, even though my efforts have been praised I still have very few hits and very few comments - so, I'm not one whose counsel on marketing carries any weight.

    As to the Bible itself; I too "make no idol out of mere paper, cloth, or ink" - but it's not the material of the book but the content of the books message that is inspired revelation of eternal truth . . . I understand this is not everyone's belief, but after 40 years and serious research and study, I think the objective evidence abounds that the Bible we have today is as it was written and that it is indeed the very word of God. That is my own personal belief, and it is behind my own personal apprehension and my uneasiness at profiting off selling 2nd hand Bibles. This very brief clip below graphically illustrates, for me, why buying used Bibles for $1 to resale them for $14 seems just a bit unseemly ~

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0JAVBYQvys

    . . . thank you again for your generous and warm response to me.

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    Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

    Congratulations on your sale! But I particularly love what you said about how nothing worthwhile doesn't involve the chance of failure. That's a way of life that is scary, but it makes sense to me. It does not make sense to most of the people around me. I find myself in conflict with my desires and the very strong voices that say I have to do what's expected, what they've done all their lives. I've never had the courage to follow my own desires. I'm glad you do!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hey, Rose!

    Glad you liked it. Thanks for being a part of this Hub experience! See you at the next Hub site!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thank you, Bill!

    With each passing hour, it becomes more and more apparent to me that I may not be able to finish my first Hub Challenge...but at the very least, I'm enjoying the encouragement and inspiration from you and other readers and giving it the old college try...even if college seems like centuries ago. LOL! Aloha, and thanks for the visit, my friend!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    MickeySr, I respect you, sir, and defend your right to have an opinion. You were a true gentleman in the manner with whch you presented your opinion, and I am indeed grateful for that. As the author of this hub and all that it contains, I have at my fingertips the authority to include or delete your comment. Because I want people to truly be independent thinkers and to know that my intentions are honorable, I refuse to censor your thoughtful points. I greet and welcome you as a fellow struggling writer.

    Without intending to minimize any of your views, I just want to say that I feel the same way about the young woman who puts those videos out. She is doing her best to keep up with finances and to be of great help to others who find themselves enslaved to corporate American greed. The recent economic upheaval has been an eye-opener for many Americans, and a strong movement towards salvaging other people's throwaway items and re-selling them, not out of greed but out of surviving in spite of the ravenous wolf at the front door, is emerging like the next great tsunami. I stand in no man's way to find the means to feed and provide for his family.

    The Word of God finds its best residence in the core of people's hearts. I personally make no idol out of mere paper, cloth, or ink. There are enough idols, including self, that trip us up every single day as it is.

    All of this said, you and I have as much right to live and do our thing here on this big blue marble without having someone else telling us how to do so.

    Regarding the marketing, seems to me you did a brilliant job of marketing yourself in paragraph one and part of paragraph two. I hope that other readers will take note of that and gravitate to your profile page and hubs.

    Thank you for your comments, sir. I wish you the very best, including continued success here on HubPages.

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Dahlia, you are such an eloquent and prolific writer that it always warms my heart to discover that you've taken a few precious moments to share in my hub experience. Thank you so very much for your uplifting words. I truly want those who read my eBay hubs to really get the fact that it is my primary intention to share and motivate rather than to blow my own horn. Thank you for truly understanding that intent. Aloha, and may you have a blessed day!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thank you, my dear CrisSp!

    Your inner and outer beauty radiate from the friendly skies above, a lovely contrast to the dark heavenly palette today. The clouds have gone for a long walk and are now trying to find a place to relieve themselves. LOL! Thank you so much for your visit this morning and for sharing in this hub experience. Have a wonderful rest of the week, my friend! Aloha!

    Joe

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    rose-the planner 3 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

    That's amazing! Thank you for sharing the video and worthwhile information with all of us. (Voted Up) -Rose

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    Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

    Hi Joe. Another great story with some great tips for all the eBay sellers out there. Isn't it amazing how sometimes things just seem to work out. Your hubs just always keep me on the edge of my sit, it's like reading that great book that you just can't put down. You really do have a gift here my friend. Great job, voted up, shared, etc..... have a great week.

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    MickeySr 3 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

    Just on the video link; it generally troubles me, on a couple of points - but let me be clear, as a market-savvy person, I am way down at the bottom of the heap . . . look at me here; I get 'fan mail' that asserts that my writing is brilliant yet approachable, logical yet warm, etc, I received an award on one of my very (if not THE) first hub I published here, and several high-profile hubbers have said I'm one of the best writers at HubPages and that I lead the way (in some manner) - yet my hubs consistently get very little traffic and very few comments (though I do have a handful of very supportive & encouraging followers who always show-up).

    My point is, while I may have a sound and appreciated product, apparently (and admittedly) I stink at marketing myself. But still, I must share my own sense of the included video; first, she doesn't seem to know her product very well at all . . . she confesses she's not aware of the difference between the Roman Catholic Bible versions (primarily The Jerusalem and New American Bible, both include the Apocrypha) and Protestant versions (which do not include the Apocrypha). Also, the Bible is something very remarkable and it strikes me as off-putting to sell for profit some versions (for instance she mentions by name the Scofield Reference Bible) that are published with non-biblical human notes that are contrary to what the Bible itself presents as the truth. Finally, the whole thing just seems just a bit unseemly to me, selling 2nd hand Bibles for profit - I understand companies sell Bibles and that it's a product people want and there's noting at all wrong with profit, etc, etc - I just believe there is nothing else on earth that is comparable in any manner to the Bible, and I know there are Christians around the world who weep with joy when they see a Bible for the first time or receive their own personal Bible.

    I'm not asserting anyone is doing anything wrong, and no one should ever listen to me if they want to be a (financial) success - I'm only sharing that I, personally, feel uneasy watching that video.

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    livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom

    Wow Joe, well done! This is good news and thank you for sharing your experience with us. Very motivating story. All the best with your eBay business and all the best on your hub challenge too. Have a great week (rest of the week) ahead!

    Sending you wishes and blessings :-)

    Dahlia

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    CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

    Woot-woot! Way to go there my hawaiianodysseus (Joe)! While I find myself entertained reading this, your message through this hub is also very motivational. I love the energy in this writing. And for your lovely wife, I should say: "A woman is the reflection of her man"~ I'm borrowing that from Brad Pitt. Lol! But, I do mean it.

    Great hub! Voting up and across and absolutely sharing.

    Love from the sky~

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Well, Mary, I am seriously considering you for my PR agent on the east coast. Ha-ha! Thank you so much for your gracious comments. My recent study of YouTube videos, various blogging sites, and other platforms indicates that the business of "picking" is quickly becoming a favorite American pastime. I thus appreciate all the more your recognition that my eBay hubs, while intentionally self-promoting to a degree, have a common greater goal in doing exactly what you nailed on the head--sharing and teaching. Your intuition is absolutely spot-on! Aloha, Mary! Always a pleasure to hear from you!

    Joe

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    Faythe F. 3 years ago from USA

    Wow..really interesting..I have never ever sold anything on ebay.....LOL...

    I had no idea .....sharing

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    Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

    So the bottom line here my friend is that you excel at whatever you do! We all know your hubs are interesting, sometimes moving, and always a joy to read. Now we have another reinforcement that your eBay sales and knowledge are up there too! The old adage about one man's garbage being another man's treasure was never more true than today...with the economy being the way it is "gently used" items are on the top of everyone's list.

    So you, my friend, are always giving in one way or another. This was a very interesting hub with lots of good info as always.

    Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Anne!

    However you found this hub, I am certainly grateful that you did and were able to share in this experience. In my area, as I'm sure is happening in a lot of places across the USA and in other countries, religious books are available for free or for inexpensive prices. If reselling them provides a service to others while being a viable source of income for a family, I think that makes a lot more sense than disposing of these books to people who may never read them or tossing them into the dumpster behind the church. In addition, there's something very spiritual, in my opinion, about finding value in "throwaways," whether one is talking about STUFF or about people on the fringe of society. Believe me, I know what I'm talking about here. : ) Aloha, my friend, and I hope that you have a beautiful week!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thanks, Karen, for stopping by and sharing your gracious comments. Providing a service to others that enables them to purchase perfectly good books at a huge discount while creating income for my family is definitely a win-win for me. At church rummage sales, religious books are available free of charge or for pennies on the dollar for enterprising people willing to see value where others see trash.

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    Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

    This was very inspiring. Thanks for sharing your story with the rest of us. I would never have thought that selling religious books would go over well on Ebay.

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    Anne 3 years ago from Spain

    Hi Joe.

    I almost missed this as was not informed you had published a new hub ( yep it´s still on going) but spotted you on the latest notifications alerts.

    Well done you once again.

    Like hubbing selling on eBay takes time and effort, but who ever said anything in life was free..well except some of the things you find and then sell on eBay LOL.

    I´m not religious as such but do thank my guardian angels for good fortune that happens my way, and call upon them in times of need too. Its nice to feel you are not always alone in times of struggle or fortune.

    Thanks for sharing all your eBay knowledge , maybe I will be successful at it too when the time comes to give it a try and it will be all thanks to you :)

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Heidi, that's an awesome story with hub potential written all over it. : ) It does take a lot of one's time, and you just gotta have a bent for it. I enjoy it immensely and have a wonderful time tying in the human interest stories as a platform connecting HP with eBay. Works for me! LOL! Have a nice day, my friend, and thanks for stopping by with this great information. Aloha!

    Joe

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    Heidi Thorne 3 years ago from Chicago Area

    I've never been able to get going on eBay, but have a good friend who's made some significant cash through it. Though she hasn't done the YouTube bit, she has focused on a niche (vintage games and toys). I gave her a couple of my vintage Barbie dolls for free (kind of like your friend) and told her to just get what she could and keep it. Well, she made quite a bit... and I got a nice free lunch out of the deal. I didn't even have to sell on eBay and made out ahead! :)

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Tom! Always good to hear from you, my friend! Yeah, things had been slow for a few weeks, so this indeed was a most welcome surprise and, hopefully, an uptick sign. God is good! Aloha, and have a tremendous and memorable week!

    Joe

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    Thomas Silvia 3 years ago from Massachusetts

    Hi my friend nice to hear you are doing well with your hub challenge and had a big score on eBay that is so awesome. Nice to hear you include God within your day, He is a great help to me to, in what ever i do in life.

    Vote up and more !!!

    Aloha !

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hey, Sally! Good for you! And it pleases me to no end that others find inspiration to get going on or become re-acquainted with eBay as a result of reading one or more of my eBay hubs. YouTube is a great place to do research regarding items to sell or techniques to use when selling or promoting one's eBay items. I love hearing that there may be more Hubbers out there who are dabbling in eBay or similar selling sites. Aloha, Sally! Always a pleasure to hear from you!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    If I can do it, Jeannieinabottle (cute name, by the way), YOU most definitely can do it. I offer an open invitation for you to tap my feeble brain any time you have questions or comments about selling on eBay. Aloha, my friend, and have a great week!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Kathryn, thank you for your most welcome visit and encouraging words of support. Yes, I had a most memorable Father's Day. My wife and son (in California) collaborated on a new pair of NB walking shoes that I will most definitely need for the second half of the year because I've done the Abe Lincoln thing and worn holes in the soles. Ha-ha! My daughter got me some earphones I can use while checking out the YouTube videos and Hannibal online. My wife treated me to a Man of Steel matinee then to a Chinese restaurant in Oregon for dinner. Yeehaw! What a grand day!

    I may be saturating HubPages with eBay related hubs for a while. Nothing like catching up with the 30/30 express train than writing about something I love. Billybuc reminds us constantly to keep pounding away at our niche of choice, so that's what I'll be doing! I'm happy that you're enjoying the content. Aloha!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Back at you, Liz! Thanks for re-acquainting me with the kind addiction of YouTube eBay (and other selling sites) videos. Did you see the Bonafide Hustler quickie where, immediately following his opening ritual, two other popular YouTubers popped up in the garage? What a terrific surprise!

    Like you...in all things eBay, you're coming on like gangbusters! I can see a Hubbers Who eBay or an eBayers Who Hub club emerging in the midst of all of this! LOL!

    Thanks, Liz!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thank you, fellow hubber with the very cool Hub name!

    I wish the words would indeed pour effortlessly from somewhere because this 30/30 Challenge is quickly getting away from me. Thank you for your encouraging words, Shelley. Your support definitely gives me the added push I need to complete my goal. Aloha, and have a fabulous week!

    Joe

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    Sally Gulbrandsen 3 years ago from Norfolk

    This one comes at an opportune moment as I have recently resumed selling on e-Bay after a short break. Free is always good! I own my lovely camera today because someone donated something for free and I sold it on e-Bay. So pleased for you - regarding your recent Bible Sale - Will definitely be visiting that video for some more inspiration - thanks Joe.

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    Jeannie InABottle 3 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    I have never sold anything on eBay before, but this hub makes me want to try it. Thanks for the information!

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    Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

    Joe, I am cheering for you now! It's great to have such success after such a long period of inactivity. And it is especially cool that these were volumes given to you two for free!

    I also enjoy hearing about the process you go through to prepare the items for E-Bay sale. If I ever try my hand at selling things online, I have an idea of what to do to get it ready.

    Thanks for another great read, and I hope you had a wonderful Father's Day!

    ~ Kathryn

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    Liz Davis 3 years ago from Hudson, FL

    " . . . Except I didn't say 'fudge'." -Ralphie

    Years ago, I found a slew of commentaries and other books by popular theologians (and when I say 'popular theologians' I mean that seminary students would know who they were, not your everyday pew-warmer). I posted those babies up on Amazon and eBay and enjoyed a nice payday. Never pass up a pristine book that contains words you can't pronounce.

    Congratulations on another freebie score! Those volumes are in awesome condition, too!

    Thank you for another encouraging hub. You're the best, Joe!

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    Shelley Watson 3 years ago

    Great story, the words seem to pour so effortlessly from your mouth or maybe its your fingers! Making it all seem so simple is what a good writer does. Well done on a great sale and God bless you both. Up, useful, beautiful and interesting.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @wetnosedogs

    Thank you, my friend, for faithfully following along and encouraging me. My goal today is to do two hubs, I HAVE to budget my remaining time this month wisely in order to not only catch up but also to finish this challenge in respectful fashion. It may seem like my work is effortless, but I sweat and strain with every Hub endeavor. I appreciate your kind words, nevertheless, and wish you the very best in return. You're awesome, and I wish I had more of your work ethic! Aloha!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Dennis, you and I are cut from the same cloth...we're Peter Pans who refuse to grow up! Love it, my friend from the NY/PA border!

    LOL! I love how you see the obvious "trees" that people can't see for the "forest" or however that saying goes. As a writer, it shows me that you, sir, are very observant, not unlike a Sherlock Holmes reader. Kudos to you for that level of attentiveness, and from what i've seen, you deliver that same talent in your writing. Aloha, and have a great week, my friend!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hopefully, suzzycue, I will not have to admit defeat on June 30th! If only there was live bait for me to fry up and enjoy at the end of a failed 30/30 challenge. LOL! That said, I'm off to get my chores done so I can get down to the business of writing.

    Aloha, my friend!

    Joe

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    wetnosedogs 3 years ago from Alabama

    Great that you made this terrific sale. I will need to watch that video when I have more time.(Almost time to get ready for work)

    Happy to see you hubbing for your challenge. You seem to do these with such ease while I struggle away on mine. It is definitely a challenge to me.

    Hoping with this sale, things will pick up for you now on Ebay. I know you can make that happen as well.

    Have a tremendous day.

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    Dennis L. Page 3 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

    Voted up and across. I love the choice of words in this article. Let's see, you gave the reader fudge, serendipity, pickle, quandary and meditation, all gift wrapped in 10 volumes regarding the Bible. It goes without saying that after being hooked with your descriptive verbiage I had no other choice but to read your entire article. Living life with an attitude of gratitude is the road to success. While reading your story I started singing, "Let the sunshine in, face it with a grin. Smilers never lose and frowners never win."

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    Susan Britton 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Awesome. Great success story about Ebay. Congratulations on your accomplishments and good luck with 30 hubs. I have not done that .

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @vocalcoach

    Thank you, Audrey! Very sweet of you. 14 days to make 22 hubs! I like my chances! LOL!

    Have a great day! Aloha, my friend!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, point2make!

    Instead of having my 1800+ listings automatically relisted each month, I am in the process of manually using the SELL SIMILAR option instead of RELIST. The woman in the video mentioned that this might help our listings become more visible instead of being relegated to the slush pile. I'm willing to tweak here and there in order to jumpstart my sales again. Take care, and I'm grateful that you stopped by.

    Aloha!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Pearl!

    I step out in faith that the religious books end up with a family that will make very good use of them. A percentage is returned as tithe and/or donations to a worthy student fund. These Bible Commentary sets can run in the 3 to 4 hundred dollar range, so the price we obtained was considerably less than top tier...but sufficient to our need. Glad you liked this hub, Pearl! Have a good night's rest and a wonderful new week!

    Aloha!

    Joe

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    Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

    If anyone deserves an answer to prayer - it's you Joe. Very happy to read this hub with a happy ending. And the best of luck on the 30 day hub challenge. I tried the challenge twice and didn't quite make it. :) Much Aloha to you on this Fathers Day!

    Audrey

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thanks, Bill! Happy Father's Day to you as well! I had a great day. After dropping Rita off at work, I went to a couple of yard sales on the east side of Walla Walla, an upscale area of town, and spent about $11.25 on a haul that I hope will bring in about ten times my investment. I hope to be hubbing about some of these things during the second half of the 30/30 Challenge. After her short shift, Rita treated me to a matinee showing of Man of Steel. Now, Bill, I consider myself a healthy heterosexual male, but I gotta say--Henry Cavill is arguably the most masculine and handsomest of the Superman actors. I think you'll like the imaginative script writing.

    All in all, my family treated me like a king today, and for that, I am eternally grateful. And I also managed to find time to squeeze a hub in. Not a bad day at all. : ) Thanks for asking, and I hope you had a blessed day as well!

    Aloha!

    Joe

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    Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Music to my ears, Joe and by the way, Happy Father's Day!

    We are stumbling out of the blocks with the ebay business....broken camera to name a few problems, but we will keep working at it and see what happens.

    Anyway, great hub and congrats on the money made. I hope you had a great daddy's day.

    Aloha,

    bill

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    Connie Smith 3 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

    Awesome Joe! I thank the Lord every day, and I ask Him for His help on many occasions. Like you I have asked for prosperity and help with a 'sure-fire fail-without-the-Lord' internet store. So I am very familiar with this concept!

    Thank you for including the video on the particulars of listing bibles and hymnals on ebay. Someday I hope to start checking out thrift shops, rummage and estate sales and other outlets again. Time somehow escapes me now!

    Voted this excellent hub Up and Pinned ;) Pearl

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    point2make 3 years ago

    Great advice and a very good hub. Thanks for the ideas and tips about You Tube. I have been having slumps in my eBay sales as well and a new fresh approach will probably get me back on track. Thanks again.

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