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Don't EVER Look a Gift Card in the Mouth!

Updated on August 8, 2013
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Opportunity Comes Knocking

When a city councilwoman comes knocking at my door, you bet I'm going to be an attentive listener.

In this case, it wasn't difficult at all. Virginia* and her daughter, Julie*, are good friends of mine.

It seems that Julie's husband, Jeff, had come into a windfall. Because of his outstanding work as an insurance agent for a prominent national corporation, Jeff was awarded a bonus at a recent ceremony. The prize? A $500 gift card for Tiffany & Co.

Now, while Jeff and Julie were both elated and grateful for the generous acknowledgment, they couldn't help but see the irony in the situation. Their personal and religious preferences are to not use any bling in their lives.

That's where I came in. Through Virginia, Julie and Jeff learned that I am an eBay seller.

Julie was in town to visit her mother, and so both women decided that they would pay me a visit to discuss the possibility of converting the gift card to cash.

Now, before we proceed, I want to share with you my personal vignette coming into this story.


*The names of people in this article have been changed to honor and respect their personal boundaries and privacy.

8 Months Ago

On December 1, 2012, I wrote an article for HubPages outlining my goals for 2013.

One of those goals, positioned under the major heading of 2013--THE ENTREPRENEURIAL RESOLUTIONS, read like this:

  • I resolve to become an eBay Trading Assistant in 2013.


To provide you with a concise definition, an eBay Trading Assistant sells other people's inventory at a commission.

The golden opportunity before me, then, certainly piqued my interest.

The Power of Intention

The Pow-Wow and the Prayer

The two women and I had enjoyed fifteen minutes of light social banter, and now it was time to get down to business.

"Joe, here's the gift card. It comes in this special box." Julie handed me the item, and I took a quick look at it. The item was quite light and could definitely be shipped out via USPS First Class Mail.

"What would you charge us for putting this up on eBay?"

I liked Julie. She got right to the point. Even so, a rule of thumb I like to follow in matters of negotiation is to NEVER be the first to mention any numbers.

So I told the truth.

"You know, Julie, I've sold a few things for my brother-in-law and an elderly woman, but when it comes to friends, I just don't know where to start. What I can tell you for sure is that I figure out the expenses and subtract them off the top. Whatever's left is what we divvy up."

"Well, Jeff would be happy to get $300 out of this."

Aha! Now I had a ballpark figure to work with!

"Okay...well, I had a chance to do some research on eBay, and I've come up with an idea of how to best list this item to ensure an optimal return."

Both Virginia and Julie leaned forward on the sofa in my living room.

"The face value of the gift card is $500. Anyone purchasing this card on eBay is going to pay just enough to get a reasonable discount. From completed sales, I've observed that a $500 Tiffany gift card can go from anywhere between $375 to $480.

"For something of this value that appeals to a lot of people, I think the best way to list this is as an auction. We need to list a starting bid that establishes a minimum yet provides potential buyers enough room to make a lot of bids. The number I suggest is $400."

I spoke slowly and emphatically because I wanted Julie to have the utmost faith in my ability to sell this item.

"I'm very confident"--again, choosing my words carefully to encourage Julie's and Virginia's belief in me--"that we can generate enough interest to have this card climb to $475."

At this point, I handed Julie a post-it note.

"These are my projected figures. eBay charges a 9% Final Value Fee. PayPal charges 2.9% of the sales and shipping amount plus 30 cents."

"Okay," Julie said.

"I also suggest that we list this item with FREE shipping. If a customer is willing to pay that kind of money, it behooves us to not charge him or her any shipping cost."

Julie nodded her head. "I agree!"

"We'll send this card off via USPS First Class Mail, and contrary to all of my other 1800+ listings, we won't make this item available to international customers. I don't want any nightmare scenario involving customs in a foreign land."

"Nope!"

"Of course, I will insure the package and do whatever else it takes to ensure safe delivery. That said, the total of the fees will be approximately $65 to $70, and--if my projections are close, you and Jeff will have your $300 and change."

That brought a smile to both women's faces.

Meanwhile, I was actually beginning to believe what I was saying. What was it that I had learned from reading The Secret a while back?

You will attract everything you require--money, people, connections...PAY ATTENTION to what's being set in front of you.

At the conclusion of our visit and informal business meeting, I led out a prayer asking for a blessing for our eBay transaction as well as travel mercies for Julie's safe passage home to Idaho.

I had my work cut out for me that evening. But that was the easy part.

It was the waiting and the wondering if anything would really come of this that gnawed at me.

It's one thing to work on eBay for myself. It's an entirely different ballgame when the expectations of other people are riding on my shoulders.

I decided NOT to worry about the transaction. Again, I turned to the Law of Attraction.

How can you become more prosperous?? INTEND IT!!

Let's Take a Look at the Ad, Shall We?

In the spirit of teaching and sharing with others who might someday in the near future decide that they'd like to up their eBay game and try something more challenging, I offer the following contents of the eBay listing I posted that night. The lead-in photo and pictures to the upper right of this article are the exact images I used for my listing.

You'll definitely develop your own style, voice, and flair for creating listings. What I offer is by no means the template to follow. It is an example--my example--and nothing more.

$500

Tiffany & Co. Gift Card

Brand New ~ Pin Number Still Intact

GIFT CARD NEVER EXPIRES!

A Tiffany gift is perfect for any occasion. When that gift happens to be a Tiffany Gift Card, your beloved recipient will be so grateful for the freedom and opportunity to pick out his or her very own jewelry and/or accessory.

As the above photos illustrate, the Tiffany Gift Card will arrive in a Tiffany Blue Box. For your convenience, the card is recognized at all Tiffany & Co. stores in the United States, on the web at Tiffany.com, and for all orders placed over the telephone.

If you have any questions regarding this item, please feel free to contact us before bidding.

PayPal is the preferred method of payment.

This item will be shipped via USPS First Class Mail.

Thank you very much for viewing and participating in this eBay listing. Welcome back anytime!

Anticlimactic

One week after I posted the listing, the $500 Tiffany & Co. gift card was sold at auction to a customer in Arizona.

I promptly mailed the item off the very next day.

I'm happy to report that the customer left me positive feedback, the punctuation to a smooth and successful transaction.

The selling price?

$475!

Jeff and Julie received their $300 electronically via a PayPal transaction. Per Julie's request, I got to keep the extra change.

In all, I made a cool $105.24.

More importantly, I have the confidence to set the eBay Trading Assistant machine into motion.

Hmm, there really must be something to The Secret!

Next Up:  A case of the blues... Be sure to join me! Aloha!
Next Up: A case of the blues... Be sure to join me! Aloha!

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    Tolovaj 3 years ago

    You sure have a talent! I don't like that part of my job, but enjoyed in your story. You made to look it so easy ... I guess everything looks easy if you have the right knowledge and attitude. Congratulations and thanks for some inspiration!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    : ) Thanks for stopping by, Carol!

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    carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

    Nope..Never will.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thanks, Dahlia!

    The English language has so many twists and turns that it would be a shame not to take a leisurely drive through it without creative license. Thanks for coming along and enjoying the ride with this hub! Aloha!

    ~Joe

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    Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    Great work and your talent shows in all your wonderful titles and thoughts

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Yes, Rajan, our very presence here on HP is a result of utilizing "The Secret." Thank you for your visit today and your wonderful attentiveness and positive intention! Have a great weekend, my friend! Aloha!

    ~Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thank you, Suzie, for stopping by and gracing my hub with your wonderful comments.! I'm relieved and grateful that I was able to help my friends as well as achieve the sale that I envisioned from the beginning. Confidence begets confidence, and we were all blessed--my friends, the buyer, my appreciative HP readership, and me. Aloha, my friend, and have a Hubarrific weekend!

    ~Joe

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    Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

    This is great stuff, always a motivating and interesting read. "The Secret" did work. I believe in the power of attraction and positive thinking.

    Voted up and awesome, Joe. Aloha and have a great day!

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    Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

    Hi Joe,

    What a great story and idea for ebay traders. I have sold jewellery on ebay but not recently. It is definitely an avenue I want to explore more.

    You have such an interesting way of relating a story, a message and a business idea all into one riveting read!

    Congratulations my friend on lending a helping hand to a friend through a business transaction, not always easily done.

    Voted up, useful, interesting & shared on!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hey, Stephanie!

    Yeah, I was blessed with having both the opportunity to help my friends out as well as receive a generous percentage of the profit. I love hustling...on the right side of the law! : )

    Aloha and mahalo, my friend!

    ~Joe

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    Stephanie Launiu 4 years ago from Hawai'i

    Good for you! I'm glad the Tiffany transaction turned out so well. Have a nice weekend. Aloha, Stephanie

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Heidi!

    I believe in being up front with potential customers--and even more so with those who are friends--regarding costs and my stance regarding how they factor into the equation. In this instant case, we ended up getting the sales price I had mentioned prior to the listing, so that became a feather in my cap and one more brownie point towards reinforcing word of mouth in a small town. I'm grateful to you for your business acumen, Heidi, and your willingness to point key things out in your comments. Have a wonderful Friday and a terrific weekend! Aloha!

    ~Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Bill!

    Thanks for checking my story out. One of the nice things that came out of it was further business credibility with a city councilwoman. Word of mouth is golden in a small town. Also got to witness a bit with this one, something I try to do in a low key way with all my hubs. Like you, Bill, I'm very grateful for all the blessings. Have a wonderful Friday and a great weekend, my friend. Again, thank you so much for your encouraging comments! Aloha!

    ~Joe

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    Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

    Hi Joe, great story. Reading your hubs is like reading a great book that you can't put down. I'm always on the edge of my seat in anticipation of how the story ends. This one had a happy ending for everyone, a win-win. Wonderful job Joe, voted up and shared.

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    Heidi Thorne 4 years ago from Chicago Area

    Being a biz person, I always like how you emphasize the costs involved to keep everything profitable. It's those who pay attention to it that are a success online. Mahalo and Happy Weekend, Joe!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Jim, I loved being a thespian in high school and college. While I could remember my lines word for word, I sometimes purposely introduced a word or phrase of my own, going with the mood of the moment and the feel for the audience. The directors may not have noticed, and I always made sure that I still gave the other actor(s) the appropriate sentence cues.

    I bring this up because what little I know about success in selling on eBay (and I qualify this because online entrepreneurship, arguably, has its own unique dynamics), is that one needs to be flexible while delivering the same consistent and trustworthy customer service. Picking up cues, in this instance, from the consignee was just as important as anticipating the potential actions of the unseen bidders. All in all, everything worked out according to plan. At each step of the way, though, I had contingency plans in place...just in case. In walking long distances, I can ad lib freely. This spontaneous rambling gives strength and resolve to the part of me that is all business.

    And the writing? It's all about being a kid playing hooky from school so he can build a raft and float down the Willamette River.

    : )

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thanks, Jaye, and I know you understand I'm not being mean to Google. I will poke fun at myself rather than hurt anyone. It's merely my attempt to make light of things I truly don't understand. I just want to be an old school writer. : ) You're the best, Jaye! Hope all is well with you and that you're having a pleasant day! It's so hot outside that just going to a store is a chore! Aloha, my friend!

    ~Joe

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    Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

    Joe, you're a wizard! Great article here again.

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    Jaye Denman 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

    Joe, my friend, your humor is scintillating and contagious! When I read what you wrote about Panda and Penquin not using the litter box, I nearly fell off my chair laughing. It's much better to laugh about these things and the effect they have on our HP traffic than stress about them...eh? Your writing can be humorous, purposeful, serious, motivational--sometimes all in one hub. No wonder you have such devoted fans on HP--of which I count myself one.

    Jaye

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thank you, ologsinquito, for always seeing the spiritual in daily occurrences. We need more of that as the world grows older. Aloha, my friend!

    ~Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thank you, Jaye!

    I love your name, and I love the adjective that forms the second part of your HP handle. A well-selected moniker, my friend. The Will Smith scene was included in my hub because this was the part in the movie where I felt this huge lump in my throat and my eyes welled up...I definitely identified with the character. We pay our dues here on HP, even when challenges like Google's pets, Panda and Penguin, don't use the litter box...but we do so because we envision such tremendous possibilities! Here's to the dream, dear friend! Aloha!

    ~Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Liz, my dear friend from Las Vegas whom I've never asked if you've ever indulged in any casino action,

    (How's that for a unique greeting, huh? LOL!)

    Good, now that I have you radiantly beaming, my friend, I wish you well 38 minutes before zenith hour. I am going to deliver my eBay packages to the Post Office...oh, and one Amazon pkg. containing one of my daughter's former textbooks that I sold last night...and then I'm going over to a church-based thrift store about a mile away and look for a Bible commentary an eBayer asked about this morning as well as check the polo and Hawaiian shirts out. Just wanted to shared with you a little bit about what my day is like. Who knows, I might even go for a walk, although I prefer to go out much earlier in the morning for my strolls.

    Just a casual way of reinforcing how grateful I am to be alive and to be able to experience so many wonderful things...like being able to connect with you, a gifted writer and a terrific human being. Looking forward to your next Hub as well as tending to unfinished and rascal events in my next one. Aloha, and I love your smile!

    ~Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Liz!

    For me, "The Secret" comes down to following my nose. It's probably how I gained weight in the last three decades. Then again, it's how I sniff out some great eBay scores. Speaking of which, I am so impressed with the quantity and quality of your listings. I then took a look at your SOLD items...OMG!...maybe you don't see it because you're right in the middle of it, but you are definitely NOT a newbie anymore! I'm so very proud of you, Liz. Like I was sharing with Mary (aka tillsontitan) just a few minutes ago, you, my friend, are definitely an empowered woman! And I have such admiration and respect for your personal growth! Aloha, and I await your next hub and/or video with sweet anticipation!

    ~Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    My dear Mary, if you wear your avatar costume as your saleswoman's attire, you will have a mile-long line of customers wanting dibs on Perrine's Bridge. : )

    Currently, I'm studying a few people on YouTube who sell on eBay, and I'm dabbling in a new niche--men's clothing like polo shirts, Hawaiian shirts, etc. I'd sold a couple pairs of jeans before, but I want to open up a larger inventory. So I'm researching optimal price points and working out storage considerations. Our peer, Radcliff, whose comments appear in close proximity to our sharing here, is a newbie who is making stellar advances in her eBay selling. So proud of her. I mention her as a compliment to you, Mary. You're definitely someone I see as the Crown Queen of Empowered Women, and as a man who humbly learns each day that it never is too late to learn, when I see empowered women like Radcliff, I salute you. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your kind thoughts. Aloha, Mary!

    ~Joe

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    ologsinquito 4 years ago from USA

    Your attitude of gratitude shines through your work. God Bless and have a great day.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, my Blond Logic friend in Brazil!

    (Do you speak fluent Portugese?)

    Thank you for acknowledging "The Secret." I am definitely aware that our very presence here on HP is a result of the LOA. We utilize it in our writing even when we don't know the source of our literary reality. The longer I live, the more I wish I had become much more aware of universal laws at an earlier age. Even so, what matters is what I'm focused on today. The successful realization of a sale that ended exactly as how I had seen it blew my mind. Apparently, it had been in dire need of a powerful dusting. LOL! Aloha, my friend, and thanks for stopping by!

    ~Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Bill! I love being dubbed the Master of eBay! Means a lot coming from you, a guru par extraordinaire who never ceases to bring out the grasshopper in me.

    Thought of you a lot as I wrote this one.Nothing is coincidental. Nothing happens by accident. Whatever we choose to call it, the drive and passion we choose to wield our destiny each day begins with a single thought...like a raindrop that falls on Mt. Rainier and ends up, miles later, as a powerful waterfall. Thanks for your beautiful writing, Bill, AND your faithful commitment to respond to every comment made at the end of your hubs and to visit and expound about the writings of others. A lot of people follow your example, and I'm definitely one of them! Aloha, and I, too, hope for cooler weather!

    ~Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Kathryn, you continue to be a very active, diligent, and, above all, loyal friend and follower who proactively engages in connecting with so many of us here on HP. Regarding my confidence, like any new indulgence, one has to fake it until one makes it. Yeah, I was nervous, especially when it's an issue of selling for friends, but nothing goes forward without first engaging in that first step...again, this allusion to walking and how powerful a movement it is. The same goes for visualization, law of attraction, "the secret," or whatever it is that gets us moving powerfully and confidently towards what we truly want out of life. I'm thankful to be here on HP, and I've very grateful for having this opportunity to connect with you, Kathryn! Aloha, my friend, and have more great walks and writing adventures!

    ~Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hey, Joelle!

    Much obliged for the loyal support and friendship. Thanks so much for stopping by and checking this hub out. Yeah, I'm so happy for coming through for my friends, with God's awesome timing and help. None of this happens by accident, and so I'm carrying an attitude of gratitude everywhere I go and in everything I do. My very presence and busy involvement here on HP is in itself a product of having seen and claimed it long ago. Blessings to you and your family, my friend! Aloha!

    ~Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Ha-ha! I'm glad you didn't miss that last bit--a mini-preview, so to speak. Haven't fleshed it all out yet, but it's in the works. Thanks for stopping by and being so supportive, WND! How is the furry troop doing? Can't wait to see them adorn your next article. Aloha, and have a wonderful day, my friend!

    ~Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thank you, dear Karen, for your most encouraging response to my hub. I was happy, of course, to have made the sale, but even more grateful for the fact that it demonstrated to my friends how research and a good plan, along with the power of prayer and a belief in the possibility of seeing things through to a successful conclusion, really do work. Your thoughts about putting a bunch of these stories together is a solid idea, and I am grateful to be building a foundation here on HP. I'd have to check on the legalities and protocol, etc., with utilizing HP-sponsored intellectual product. Have a great day, my friend!

    ~Joe

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    Jaye Denman 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

    Joe - This is quite an inspirational, motivational hub, both for eBay sellers and for writers...for people, in general, and a good advertisement for "The Secret." I agree with Karen's suggestion for you to put your eBay success stories in a book.

    Best wishes as you take your eBay business to the next level. I'm confident you will be a successful eBay Trading Assistant.

    Voted Up++ and shared

    Jaye

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Good morning, and thank you, Sally, for your kind comments! Yes, you definitely understand the dynamics of selling for friends. I must admit I was nervous at certain points. But all went well, and I truly do believe in the power of visualization.Thanks so much for stopping by!

    ~Joe

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    Elizabeth Parker 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

    Joe- what an excellent opportunity and how awesome that you made a lucrative profit on that! I never even thought of selling gift cards on eBay. I'm not much of a shopper and sometimes receive gift cards to stores I would never visit. I'm not a jewelry type person, so yes, one from Tiffany's would be lost on me! Great advice. You have definitely taken eBay to the next level.

    P.S. Love your writing style. It's always positive, upbeat and informative. Not always easy to do!!

    Have a great day,

    Liz

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    Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Joe,

    You are so clever. It never fails to amaze me how you can turn a dollar into ten. Love the article.

    Sue

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    Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

    Nice! I wonder how you're going to get your Trading Assistant business into motion--I'm looking forward to seeing that come into fruition!

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    Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

    Bravo my friend! Another journey started successfully and with your usual panache and aplomb. How do you like those big words? I've been practicing ;)

    Seriously my brother this is a great example of how to do things right on eBay. Your personal experience is a not just a benefit but also a reward for us! Keep 'em coming.

    Hey, I have a bridge I want to sell ;) Aloha!!

    Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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    Mary Wickison 4 years ago from Brazil

    Hi Joe,

    That was a wonderful example of using 'The Secret'. Three and possibly four people were affected positively. You, Julie, the person who bought, and perhaps the person who it was bought for. That is a lot of good karma flowing.

    Plus it has given you the knowledge and confidence to offer your service to others.

    You handled the transaction, professionally, honestly, and politely and were rewarded for it.

    I love happy endings :-)

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    Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Joe, you are the Master of ebay and I bow down before you. Well done my friend.....nothing like a cool $100 profit falling out of the heavens like manna for the starving.

    Time for this boy to get to work. Have a great day buddy. Hopefully cooler weather is on the way.

    Aloha

    bill

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    Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

    Joe, I love how you exuded confidence, even though it was new territory to you! I also enjoyed hearing about how this all went down, and I'm glad that it sold fast. Everyone is happy! What a great opportunity and encouragement for you. Good luck! It's nice that your plans for 2013 are coming to pass.

    I hope you are having a wonderful day, my friend. This week I have gone on two long walks, and even took plenty of photos on a sparkling, sunny day!

    Have a great day, and thanks for sharing this with us.

    ~ Kathryn

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    kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

    Great article, Joe! I am very happy for you that "The Secret" is working for you! It's a great lesson that we have to believe in ourselves and just go forward with our dreams!

    Congratulation on that big sale and I wish you a lot more coming!

    Have a great and prosperous day!

    Joelle

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    wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

    Wow, awesome! You sounded a bit nervous and yet confident and you did it.

    Ebay is your niche and you do it so well.

    Now what on earth can you be "blue" about? That will be an interesting read.

    Best to you.

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    Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

    I loved this story. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. Not only is it a wonderful story for Ebay sellers ( and especially for newbies like me) but in itself it was an interesting story. The pictures were great and added to the story. Joe, I'm telling you, a bunch more stories like this and the ones you have been writing on HubPages about your Ebay experiences and you have the makings of a book. I am a person who loves to hear other people's success stories and purchase books that detail that. I would buy your book, for myself, and extra copies for gifts. I hope to be able to hold your book in my hand some day. I totally enjoyed this hub and am voting it up, awesome, useful and interesting!

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    Sally Gulbrandsen 4 years ago from Norfolk

    Greeting Joe

    What a great resolve for the Tiffany item - so glad it turned out so well for you. It can be tricky selling for friends but I have had a few very successful sales, getting far more for the items than either the owner or I ever thought possible. I wish you continued success in your Trading Partner e-bay business.

    Have a great day Joe

    Aloha

    Sally