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eBay H*O*R*S*E* August 2013--The Smalls

Updated on September 21, 2013
Miniature Horses--Baby Stands Only 18" Tall
Miniature Horses--Baby Stands Only 18" Tall | Source

What's This About an eBay H*O*R*S*E*?

H*O*R*S*E* is an acronym for Hawaiian Odysseus' Report on Sales Earned.(Hawaiian Odysseus is my pen name on the literary writing site, HubPages.) This is an initial report on the eBay niche of smalls.

The Significance of Smalls

I came from a small home in a small town on a small island in a small state. My very roots dictated that I would have a passion for the smalls in life.

~Hawaiian Odysseus

I learn new things every day of my life. It's one thing that reminds me that I'm still alive.

For example, I recently did a cursory review of my sales history for the last eleven years or so as an eBay seller. I was surprised to find that since July 18, 2002, working only part-time at this amazing venture, my gross sales have been $111,956.54. Doing the math, that averages out to a little over ten grand a year. That's not much bread, but it certainly kept me in peanut butter and jelly.

These figures are neither anything to crow about or sneeze at. For illustrative purposes and writer's credibility, it is what it is. At the very least, it offers elementary evidence that an individual can supplement his or her income by selling on eBay.

99% of those sales resulted from the selling of smalls--items $50 or less, with the majority in the $5 - $20 range.

While the home run sales are fun and exciting, they account for only 1 percent of my 10,000+ transactions.

Truly, the Clydesdales of my eBay sales have been the nickel and dime endeavors.

My Small Intention

I am thrilled beyond measure each time I write another human interest story about my online entrepreneurship. The feedback I've received lends credence to the idea that there are many who are just now getting their feet wet in the eBay waters and countless others who have not yet taken the plunge but are certainly walking along the beach. In addition, the so-called veteran eBayers among us enjoy getting splashed now and then by the wake of peers adeptly surfing the pipeline of founder Pierre Omidyar's global marketplace.

But if I were in your shoes, what I would want to see more than anything is results. Yes, the hows and whys and whats are definitely important, but the real selling point is the bottom line.

So come with me now, friend, and I'll take you for an invigorating swim as we negotiate the gentle currents coursing through the shallow smalls of eBay.

Chaleur Mug
Chaleur Mug

Mugs

Let's begin with a mug that I literally sold while writing the previous paragraph. I listed this late one night with both a starting auction price and a Buy It Now fixed price. The customer opted for the latter.

I bought this mug for 50 cents and sold it for $25.65. My net profit, after the initial cost of the mug, shipping expense, and the respective eBay (9%) and PayPal (2.9 % + 30 cents) fees, was $14.65.

Mizuno Catcher's Mitt
Mizuno Catcher's Mitt

Baseball Gloves

As a shout out to all the boys of summer--especially a former ace pitcher and my good friend from the western side of the state, billybuc--I wanted to feature a great smalls sub-category, baseball gloves. I was cherry-picking in the basement of one of my favorite Walla Walla thrift stores, St. Vincent de Paul, when I came across a dirty old catcher's mitt. Still lodged in its creases and crevices were the remnant wisps of spider webs. I tried it on for size, and I could barely squeeze my left hand into it. Surmising that it may have been someone's old Little League glove, I decided to take a shot with it on eBay. I paid $4.30 for the mitt and sold it for $20.00 plus $5.95 shipping. After expenses, I netted $12.91.

Strong's Bible Concordance
Strong's Bible Concordance

Books

The books niche is a relatively new experience for me, and yet my research indicates that this is a gold mine for online sellers.

That said, here's a book that I picked up at a yard sale for 50 cents. It's one of those coffee table books that the original owner had every intention of reading but--as is the case with most of us--got distracted by life and never got around to getting past the initial opening of the book. In other words, it still had that new book smell to it.

So what did I do? I listed it honestly: "Pre-owned; gently used; well maintained." I posted it as an auction item with a starting bid of $14.99. It sold for $31.00. After expenses, I netted $20.65.

Hawaiian Reserve Hale Koa Shirt
Hawaiian Reserve Hale Koa Shirt

Clothing

At a yard sale of a military veteran and his wife, I picked up this aloha shirt that was as intriguing as it was colorful. It featured the Hale Koa hotel, an R & R destination for military couples, and several of the recreational activities and compelling Hawaiian woodies. I paid a buck for this item and sold it on eBay for $30.00. Uncle Sam's Hawaiian shirt netted me $20.18.

Bearfoots Figurine
Bearfoots Figurine

Figurines

When I see something I like at yard sales, estate sales, rummage sales, or thrift stores, I immediately visualize its sales price on eBay. Even if I'm wrong, the very act of doing so reinforces my entrepreneurial inertia, if you will, and propels me in a positive direction.

I saw this intriguing poly resin figurine and visualized $34.99. Because I include the Best Offer feature, I got a lowball offer from a couple on the other side of Washington state--$19.00. I countered with $25, reminding them that I was offering free shipping, and they accepted it. (They also paid $2.18 state sales tax.) I had paid $1.99 for the item, and after calculating expenses, my net profit was $13.62.

1946 Noxzema Ad
1946 Noxzema Ad

Vintage Print Ads

When I think of the mad men of yesteryear ad agencies sitting around a large table pitching ideas as adeptly as they tossed crumpled pages of notebook paper around in a smoke-filled room, I have a greater appreciation for their incessant creativity. Here's a clever ad underscoring the menthol coolness of its product.

Because I glean twenty or more ads from a magazine I've paid maybe a dollar for, it's difficult to ascertain cost per ad. Let's assign it a nickel value. I sold this ad for $12.48 plus $9.75 shipping to Switzerland. Even with costs, because of my discounted eBay shipping, I actually made $12.79 profit. I love selling internationally!

Aloha Tower, Honolulu, Hawai'i
Aloha Tower, Honolulu, Hawai'i
Camp Mivoden, Idaho
Camp Mivoden, Idaho
Lahaina Harbor, Maui, Hawai'i
Lahaina Harbor, Maui, Hawai'i

Postcards

Postcards have a surprisingly high return on investment. I purchased each of these cards for a nickel apiece. A customer purchased each of them at $4.95 a pop. Naturally, I was very happy to combine shipping--that is, charge one shipping price instead of multiple amounts--for him, a nice win-win transaction. My net profit for this bit of trade was $12.95.

A caveat worth mentioning is that the eBay seller needs to be patient with items such as postcards. They can sit around on the virtual shelf for several months, maybe even a year or two. Then, one day, out of the blue, just as happened in this case, someone comes along and purchases one or more of these vintage beauties.

National Geographic, 1983
National Geographic, 1983
National Geographic, 1984
National Geographic, 1984

Magazines

In the third week of a torrid August here in Washington state, things really got hot when I woke up one morning and received a notification on my cellphone that a woman in Germany had purchased two annual sets--1983 and 1984, respectively--of National Geographic magazines. Scrambling to respond to her order, my thoughts retraced the steps I'd taken a couple years ago when I had built complete yearly units from individual magazines gleaned from a favorite local thrift store and a private estate sale. Again, as was the case with the postcards above, these magazines sat in a drawer in our carport, carefully stored until their day of liberation. A note of interest to potential eBayers, putting things in lot sets can be a very attractive sales strategy. I'd paid a nickel apiece for these magazines, and my sales price for both sets was $44.00. Since the transaction was an international one, the customer had to pay for shipping. I netted $36.52 on this deal, a fantastic way to start the day!

Fruit Medley Tin
Fruit Medley Tin

Tins

As is the case with mugs, I'm a sucker for tins. I used to think that the only tins that would ever appeal to buyers are the ones that are super old, rusty, and dressed in dings and dents. Not true! The adage, one man's trash is another man's treasure, is alive and well and very much the socioeconomic standard for tin containers with far less history. This fruit medley tin, for example, probably had its origin in the 2000's, but it still had a strong appeal for a woman in Canada. She gave me a best offer, and I heartily accepted. I paid $1.08 for this tin and she willingly paid $14.00 plus $16.15 shipping. When the dust between our respective countries settled, my net increase was $13.70.

Big Blue Marble
Big Blue Marble

Big Blue Marble

Have I lost my marbles?

I most likely have. But in the process, I've certainly found paydirt. Case in point: This Big Blue Marble!

About a year and a half ago, while scrounging around a liquidation warehouse across the street from the Walla Walla Regional Airport, I found this oversized shooter and tossed it into my box of finds. I paid ten dollars for a large box of mixed secondhand items, so I estimated I paid about a dollar for the agate behemoth.

I posted it several times as either an auction, fixed price Buy It Now item, or both, the prices fluctuating according to my mood at the time. It got a few looks but no takers. Finally, I said phooey on it! I'll just give it a ridiculous price and put it in my eBay store and forget about it. So I put it up for $68.50.

With four days left in the month of August, a woman in New Mexico offered me $50. I jumped at it! She paid, with shipping, $60.60. I walked away with a very satisfying $43.46.

Bottom Line

So there you have it, my friends. This was a sampling of what my eBay month of August was like. It's my earnest hope that what I've shared here with you inspires you in some way to find value in being resourceful with the hidden treasures right in front of your nose or a few minutes away in someone else's front yard. As always, I welcome your comments and questions. If what you'd like to ask or share with me is something you'd rather not post on a public forum, then by all means, feel free to contact me via the HubPages messaging system available on the fan mail page.

Finally, just in case you were wondering, our favorite government agency receives full reports from me each April.

I'm having way too much fun to ever waste energy on looking over my shoulder.

A big aloha from an expert on smalls!

~Joe aka Hawaiian Odysseus

Talkin' story on the ol' front porch...

A Snapshot of Smalls Accounting for August, 2013

Item
Purchase Cost of Item
Customer's Total Payment
Net Profit
Chaleur Mug
$0.50
$25.65
$14.65
Mizuno Catcher's Mitt
$4.30
$25.95
$12.91
Strong's Concordance
$0.50
$31.00
$20.65
Bearfoots Figurine
$1.99
$27.18
$13.62
Hawaiian Reserve Shirt
$1.00
$30.00
$20.18
1946 Noxzema Ad
$0.05
$22.23
$12.79
Three Postcards
$0.15
$16.80
$12.65
National Geographic Magazines
$1.20
$44.00 (+ shipping)
$36.52
Fruit Medley Tin
$1.08
$30.15
$13.70
Big Blue Marble
$1.00
$60.60
$43.46

HO in Sepia

Aloha and mahalo for stopping by!  Don't laugh! I had a small amount of time in a small bathroom in a small Starbucks shop to take this small photo with my small iPhone. Hugs and smalls, um, I mean smiles! HO
Aloha and mahalo for stopping by! Don't laugh! I had a small amount of time in a small bathroom in a small Starbucks shop to take this small photo with my small iPhone. Hugs and smalls, um, I mean smiles! HO | Source

© 2013 Hawaiian Odysseus

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hello, Tori!

    Thank you so much for your gracious comment. Do you still write for Bubblews? If so, you'll find a good number of Trash to Treasure posts there that I've written under the same handle. Leave a comment, and I'll be sure to get back to you. In the meantime, congratulations and best wishes for continued success in your writing endeavors AND on eBay! Aloha!

    Joe

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    Tori Canonge 3 years ago from California

    I am extremely impressed by your success! I'm sure that it isn't an easy adventure all the time, but I think it's great that you're able to make a profit on so many small items. I have wanted to dip my feet into the eBay world but I just haven't figured out how to go about it. I think this hub is helping me to get some ideas and to at least give the process a try. Thanks so much for the inspiration and for sharing your story!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Crystal, I tell you truly, the universe has an uncanny way of bringing us lessons packaged in different ways until we learn them. You'll have another opportunity, I guarantee it...just be ready when it happens! : )

    Aloha, and have a mindful Sunday!

    ~Joe

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    Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

    Thanks Joe. And darn! We just gave away a set of audio tapes on the Bible. Doubt anyone has those old tape players anymore anyway, but I should have tried it! Now I know to at least give it a shot before I give it away. I could certainly use the extra money!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thanks, Crystal. Here's a great tip...a lot of people sell their old (and even their new) Bibles, concordances, and commentary sets at yard sales. My experience is that they do quite well on eBay. Best wishes to you should you ever get more involved in it. In the meantime, I'll continue cranking out human interest stories related to eBay. Aloha!

    ~Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Lisa, since you've frequented thrift stores and yard sales, you already have significant working knowledge that you can apply to the eBay process. As recently as two years ago, I went to my first yard sale...and reluctantly so. Since then, I am unabashedly addicted. : ) Best wishes to you in getting your feet wet in the pacific eBay waters. Aloha, my friend!

    ~Joe

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    Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

    Absolutely amazing Joe. I have dipped my toe sin the ebay waters, and sold a few things, but I am really surprised at the profits you've earned on some of these items. It gives me a spark of motivation to keep trying. And over $100,000 in extra income over the last decade is truly impressive! Voting up, awesome, sharing.

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    Lisa Williams 3 years ago

    Hi, Joe! This is really cool! I have actually never been on eBay before, but I am going to definitely check it out! I go to thrift stores and Yard Sales all of the time, so this might be fun to try! Thanks for sharing, have a great day! =)

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thanks so much for stopping by, Your Cousins, and for sharing your gracious comments with me. Those miniature horses are always a treat for me to see whenever I walk that particular area of Walla Walla. Glad they drew you in! : ) Aloha and blessings from SE Washington!

    ~Joe

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    Your Cousins 3 years ago from Atlanta, GA

    O.K., I admit it. You drew me in with the picture of the miniature horses. But, after reading the article I have to say that your achievement is no small feat! I learned that being an eBay seller takes a lot of time and dedication. Voted Up and Interesting.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Martie, I definitely know what you mean about the horrendous shipping prices. It affects us sellers as well. This year, the United States Postal Service raised international shipping costs by quite a margin. I'm blessed to make the international sales that I occasionally encounter. Thanks for your positive feedback. It's always nice to hear from you, my friend. Aloha!

    ~Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Wow, that is such a unique and appropriate-sounding word for gifts and trinkets...leukekadootjes! I can definitely see the Dutch influence! : ) Thanks for sharing your wonderful comments, Martie, and for introducing a new word to me (that might just find its way into one of my hubs someday). Aloha, and best wishes for a beautiful and memorable week!

    ~Joe

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    Martie Coetser 3 years ago from South Africa

    BTW, I just had a look at the Porcelain Woman Figurine Collectible Carrying Baskets of Fruit - absolutely awesome! And not even expensive. What will be ridiculous, and will keep her out of my showcase, is the cost of shipping and the tax they would charge me when I collect this at my local PO. SA surely makes it impossible for its citizens to support foreign businesses, or let me rather say to delight ourselves with anything we can get elsewhere :(

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    Martie Coetser 3 years ago from South Africa

    Well-well-well, hawaiianodysseus, you are indeed a successful entrepreneur on e-bay. I would love doing this myself - selling leukekadootjes from Africa. One day, when Time gives me this wonderful opportunity I will go for it.

    I wish you the best of luck! Always!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hello, Lisa!

    I enjoy writing about eBay, and sharing my mistakes as well as successes is the best way, in my opinion, to invite others to connect with me and thus more readily understand the process.

    It's always a pleasure to hear from you. Thank you for sharing your terrific writing and for being such a supportive peer here on HP.

    Aloha, Lisa, and have a wonderful Sunday!

    ~Joe

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    LKMore01 3 years ago

    Thank you for honestly sharing the eBay experience. There is a definite art to creating marketing appeal, Joe. You utilize all of the resources available and you are so intelligent. Wish you only success in all of your endeavors. Aloha and peace, my friend.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thank you, Eddy!

    Supportive writer peers like you are the only reason I keep posting on HP. Been so busy with eBay lately as well as revamping hubs that once met the standard and have mysteriously lost favor with the HP administration. In addition, I'm currently on a family vacation in Orlando. So my presence has been spotty at best on HP. I love to write, however, and I am thankful to HP for presenting me with a literary venue and especially for the opportunity to meet a quality group of sincere, dedicated, and excellent writers. Thank you so much for being one of them and even more so for your very personable and encouraging presence on HubPages. Aloha, and have a wonderful weekend, my friend!

    ~Joe

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    Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

    A brilliant read Joe ;I thoroughly enjoyed this one and voted up.

    Eddy.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Linda!

    Check out one of my hubs about selling mugs in which I go into some detail with photos regarding how to package those items. I also heartily suggest that you go to YouTube and type in key words regarding packaging. That's what I did...and continue to do...YouTube is a mother lode of useful information. So, yes, to answer your question, I do indeed package not only my own items but also the ones my wife sells in her respective eBay store. I encouraged her to join eBay as a seller last December, and I swear, there are days she outdoes me. I'm so proud of her. But she doesn't do packaging, so I get stuck with it. It's a good exchange, and I'm definitely down with it. Listen, any time you have any questions or comments about eBay, I'm all ears and am willing to help out. When I asked for help years ago, I got mixed results. There were those who were especially friendly, courteous, and helpful, and then there were those who acted like information was to be kept in a vault, and how dare I ask! I vowed to pay things back--and forward--by being a big help to others. Thus, these eBay niche hubs. Thanks for stopping by, Linda! Aloha, and have a great week!

    ~Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Diana!

    So nice to make your acquaintance. I'm totally enjoying responses like yours because I've had a hunch for some time that there are others like my wife and me who are looking to either get back into the eBay groove (in spite of nostalgic remembrances about the good ol' days on eBay when auctions were a lot more fun) or try their hand for the very first time at, arguably, the most popular online auction marketplace. I enjoy writing a lot of eBay human interest stories...this was my most recent one...so please, by all means, feel free to either read more of them and/or contact me via the profile page if you have any questions or comments. Thanks for stopping by, Diana! Aloha!

    ~Joe

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    mylindaelliott 3 years ago from Louisiana

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I do wonder at how people do these things. Do you package and ship items yourself? I wonder how that gets done too. I have a friend who has a shop and she tells me the money is in smalls too.

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    Diana L Pierce 3 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

    This is a very good hub to inspire Ebay sellers. I use to sell on Ebay ten years ago when I was out of work and had planned to make a full time job of it. Back in those days the internet was slow and I wasn't doing as well as I needed to do. I may be tempted to try again after reading your hub about it. Voted up.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Angela!

    So good to hear from you. How have you been? I hope this finds you in great health and spirits.

    While eBay certainly is a great market for handmade items, Etsy is perfectly suitable for that specific genre. My sense is that you could do well on either online marketplace, but you may want to do further research to determine which venue would suit you better. Do a generic search on eBay for the items you create. Then do the same on Etsy. Another great place to do research on is YouTube. You just never know until you try placing your key words into the search window on YouTube whether or not someone else has made a helpful video on it. I use YT all the time to help me improve my eBay strategies.

    That said, eBay is a great way to supplement a fixed retirement income. Currently, I am coaching my wife in her eBay development because she will be able to retire in a just a few years. Better to make the transition a smooth one by getting her started now. My suggestion to you is to begin dabbling with a few items now. eBay is especially newbie-friendly. Again, go to YouTube to find motivational videos. They're easy to find...just put eBay in the search window, and enjoy the ride!

    And, finally, of course, keep checking my various eBay hubs out...I love writing about the human interest stories I encounter in my daily work on that global marketplace.

    Above all, God bless you and guide you and help you to prosper in all your endeavors. Aloha, my friend!

    ~Joe

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    Angela Joseph 3 years ago from Florida

    It's always great reading your hubs, but this one is especially inspiring. As someone looking to retire soon, I need something to supplement my income. I've always thought of ebay, but have not yet had the courage to try it. Do you think handmade items do well on ebay, or are people mainly looking for vintage and brand name items?

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Rebekah,

    I am so honored that you've taken the time to read, enjoy, and share your gracious comments with me. My wife, two adult children, and I will be in your state on Wednesday, spending a week recreating at Disney World. I wish I could say I paid for the trip with eBay income, but what I can honestly share is that it's a great supplemental stream of income. By the time we arrive in Orlando, we definitely won't be having poolside weather--what I'm seeing on my iPhone app are thunderclouds and lightning. : ) Have a wonderful rest of your Sunday and a memorable new week ahead. Aloha and blessings from SE Washington state!

    ~Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Barbara, selling on eBay is a perfect retirement activity. Kudos and best wishes to you and your husband in your near-future endeavors. My wife has been an RN for three and a half decades. Last December, I finally convinced her to join eBay, envisioning that to begin now would make for a smoother transition once she retires. One of these days, I hope to write a hub about the significance of eBay for those who are retired. Aloha, my friend!

    ~Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Bill!

    Hope your travel was recreational and that we'll soon be blessed with the resulting hubs. : ) Thanks so much for your loyal attendance at my hubs. I'm thankful to be able to share these human interest eBay stories as well as be a source of inspiration for others who might be interested in making a few bucks by downsizing/recycling on eBay. Aloha and have a great new week, my friend!

    ~Joe

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    rebekahELLE 3 years ago from Tampa Bay

    What a truly inspiring hub to read while lounging poolside on a Sunday afternoon. I still have yet to step into the sales end of Ebay. I have so many items I could post that I know would sell. I tried to get started a few years ago and my son bought me the Dummies book about starting an Ebay business. I love your 'smalls' analogy. I think you're so right about smalls. I'll have to read more of your stories, as they are very helpful and inspiring. Keep up the great work! Your style of writing is delightful.

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    Barbara Kay Badder 3 years ago from USA

    My husband and I are thinking about eBay for extra income when he retires next year. One of your articles gave me the idea. I sold on eBay back in 2000 and 2001 and did quite well. Thanks for sharing.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hello, my friend!

    Thank you so much for your gracious comments. Yes, if these hubs at least plant a seed, then I am very pleased. You are young and have so many wonderful opportunities at your disposal. eBay can supplement one's primary income, serve as THE primary income source, finance education, and help out in many other areas. At the very least, you know I will always enjoy being a resource for you and others. Aloha!

    ~Joe

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    Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

    Hi Joe. I am always fascinated by your e-Bay exploits. I think you are doing quite well with what you have shared with us. It's amazing how the little things can add up quickly. I can't help but think of the phrase "one man's junk is another man's treasure".

    btw, I was away for a few weeks so my apologies if I missed a few hubs, I will get caught up eventually. Have a great week. Voted up, shared, pinned, etc....

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    livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom

    I enjoy reading about your ebay sales Joe and this is another interesting hub. I have not used ebay to sell anything, but your hubs make me want to try using them. Thank you for sharing your experiences, very motivating. Hope you are having a good weekend my friend. Have a lovely week ahead.

    Sending you blessings and smiles :-)

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    You're very welcome, Devika. It's always my twofold intent to share things I've done as well as inspire others in the process. Thank you for stopping by and sharing your gracious comments. Aloha!

    ~Joe

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    Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    Learning something new everyday does make one feel good and live, no matter how small it is at least you know something has come of it. Great hub useful, interesting and informative, thanks for sharing your unique ideas.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Good for you, Stacie! I am so glad that you not only enjoyed this hub but were inspired to try something new as a result. I've written several hubs about selling vintage ads, and its' my earnest prayer that you can profit in a literary as well as literal sense from reading them. Aloha and best wishes to you!

    ~Joe

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    Stacie L 3 years ago

    i am feeling reinvigorated about selling again on Ebay.

    I have sold mainly vintage items and do have old magazines that I have tried to sell as a whole with no luck.

    Selling ads is something I will now try.

    Thanks for the great informative Hubs!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Elias!

    Oh, things have been really busy on this end, but it's nice to somewhat get back on HP again. How are you, my friend? Hope and pray this finds you in great health and spirits. You're such an upbeat individual, anyway, and it's always nice to hear from you. Thanks so much for your gracious comments. It truly is a privilege as well as a pleasure to share these human interest stories with others...first, because it was fun as well as educational to experience it firsthand, and secondly in hopes that it may be of benefit, directly or indirectly, to those who are seeking alternative or supplemental streams of income. I'm grateful for your attentiveness, my friend, and I wish you the very best.

    Aloha!

    ~Joe

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    Elias Zanetti 3 years ago from Athens, Greece

    Another great hub, Joe and such an interesting story of your ebay adventures! You're definitely gifted with the art of writing and your hubs are a great medium to share your personal experience. i'm truly glad i can learn and enjoy a read at the same time :) Many thanks!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Oh, my word, CraftytotheCore, your Advent calendars sale was super-awesome! What a great and timely find, and how resourceful of you to wisely spend those ten dollars. Thank you so very much for responding to my hub by including this wonderful scenario which, in turn, may very well encourage other potential eBay sellers as well as inspire our peers who are already having a good time with this online gig. Kudos to you! Your feedback means a great deal to me in reinforcing my hunch that people enjoy reading these kinds of stories. I really appreciate your wonderful presence here on HP and am glad that you're sticking around. Blessings and aloha!

    ~Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Jaye, good morning to you, my friend!

    First things first. What a lovely new photo of you! THAT, my dear, is icing on your cake! I think a visit at the local senior center would have many a man's face slapped by a wife discovering why her husband's head is on a swivel once again. LOL!

    Okay, what I didn't write about in this hub is how I received two negatives in as many recent months in situations similar to what you described. They each had to do with contemporary print ads, pages gleaned from current magazines, the titles and descriptions of which I post in clear, no mistake about it, bold-faced and colored words that what I'm selling is an ad, NOT the product in the ad. One customer was a foreigner, and one was an American. In the first case, the young lady modified her feedback to a positive when eBay intervened (after I had made several attempts to communicate with her) and told the young lady that I was more than willing to refund her AND let her keep the ad she didn't want (the cost was minimal to me, and I really wanted to show her I was bending over backwards). Fortunately, that one ended up well. So did the second one, but the buyer never responded to my emails and hung up on my second phone call to her (on the first, she pretended she couldn't hear me). eBay had just changed their rules about feedback for sellers; after a series of phone calls to them--each of which was a frustrating nightmare--someone higher up finally removed the unfair negative feedback based on the premise that the buyer never filed a case, never responded to my offer of a refund, and never returned the item. Thankfully, I'm still at 100% with over 7000 unique feedback ratings, yet this year, in a relatively short time, my reputation as a seller was severely tested.

    So that's my response to your great responsive sharing, Jaye. Don't ever be discouraged by others' inconsiderate behavior. The majority of people on eBay are good, honest folks. If we let one bad apple get us down, he or she wins and hundreds of future potential customers and you end up on the losing end. You're too important to ever let the real losers defeat you.

    Thanks for sharing, my friend, and I'll see you at the next hub.

    ~Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thank you, my dear Mary! You have me thinking I'm the new Greg Louganis! Ha-ha! I love your creative and mischievous feedback, my friend--like minds enjoy the friendly and witty exchange, that's for sure. Glad we connected on Twitter--don't let the constant eBay promo barrage irritate you...just ignore it. Like I say in a few of my hubs, I don't know what the heck I'm doing. A Baby Boomer gets lost in today's social media jungle, and I certainly fit that bewildered impasse very well.

    I was in a Hermiston, OR, Starbucks coffee shop the day I finished this hub. Knew I had wanted to get a fresh picture, but what I didn't account for was how the lighting in that small bathroom would do to the picture...or how fuzzy my poor iPhone camera technique would be. Anyway, it's done, even if it was a silly way to end that article. Thanks for the generous ratings and sharing. You're definitely--how do the youngsters say it?--my favorite bestie!

    Aloha and good cheer, my friend!

    ~Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Suzie HQ!

    Hey, you changed your HP pen name! Cool! I always love when you weigh in because your comments are so full of encouraging and useful feedback. I'm very grateful that you and others are enjoying these eBay reports. My intention has always been to reveal what one can do, especially to supplement or replace present income in turbulent economic times. Most people I know prefer smalls, and every now and then, a small becomes a huge...LOL! Thank you so very much for your wonderful and gracious presence here on HP! You truly are a terrific example of why I remain here--the beautiful and friendly social connections! Aloha, and have a memorable Wednesday!

    ~Joe

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    CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

    Joe, this was such an inspiring Hub! I love how you courageously share your eBay experiences with everyone.

    I can vouch that everything that you said here is true. I too have also experienced some very interesting deals. For example, my sister is in to advent calendars at Christmas. I came upon a summer beach rental where people were packing up to go home for the winter. They had a small yard sale, but I was late to it. They had an old box out front with papers in it. When I approached it, I saw they were advent calendars in original wrappers from the 1950s labeled Germany. Must have been a dozen of them. I inquired about them. They quoted $20 at first. I said no. That's too high. I want them for my sister who collects them. They came down to $10. I brought them home, went through them, and talked to my sister 2000 miles away. She wanted 2 of them. I listed the rest on eBay. This was about 6 years ago. I put them up on auction for a starting bid of $20. A customer from Germany bought them for well over $150 final bid plus shipping.

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    Jaye Denman 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

    It's good to see you're writing again, Joe, and your eBay hubs are always inspirational to another "small" eBay seller. "Small", in my case, refers not only to small items, but the small(er) volume I sell on eBay as a part-time endeavor.

    This hub came along at the right time for me because this past week I became somewhat disillusioned with eBay, or rather, the result of an eBay sale. I pride myself on accurate descriptions of my listings, so it shocked me when a buyer filed a case against me with eBay stating that the merchandise was not as described. I knew this wasn't true, so was afraid I'd been targeted by one of those people who try to rip off eBay sellers.

    I decided that my conduct must remain professional, so I sent the buyer an email that I'd be glad to give a full refund if the item was returned to me in the same condition (undamaged) as it was when I shipped it. She countered with a message that she would be willing to keep it if I gave her a 50% discount on the (already low) price. That showed her motivation.

    I wrote back that she need not keep an item with which she wasn't satisfied, so my offer of a full refund upon return was still available. (I'd rather lose money on a transaction than willingly let someone make me a victim.) It took her just a few hours to tell me she was wrong, that it was as described and she was dropping the case. She also apologized, and I accepted as graciously as possible.

    This incident, which wasted time and energy as I tried to protect my 100% positive feedback record, had me wondering if eBay was really worth the trouble for my (again, the word "small" fits) return on investment. I no longer have the unlimited energy of my youth, so I want to expend what I do have on positive efforts. I was trying to decide, as I drank my morning coffee, if I should go ahead and list the dozen items in readiness for eBay.

    Your hub helped me make that decision. While I don't have your Midas touch with online sales, your enthusiastic writing about how you approach eBay listings, as usual, fired my own enthusiasm. It doesn't hurt that I made two eBay sales last night! I'll be "back at work" on eBay later today.

    I'm going to try your method of visualizing the price I should set for an item. It can't hurt and just might improve my results.

    Thanks for sharing your eBay success story so vividly, Joe. It's always a pleasure to read your hubs, and when one contains a lesson, that's icing on the cake.

    Have a great day!

    Jaye

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    Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

    You take the plunge with such style and success....olympics beware there's a new diver in town ;)

    Joe, there is nothing small about this hub or you, what a great way to introduce us to your success. BTW nice to see you back my Baby Boomer friend...we're not allowed to disappear!! As for the sepia picture, great idea...reminds us old folks of the good old days.

    All kidding aside, another great feather in your cap dear friend. So much good information need to read this one at least twice.

    Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting and shared.

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    Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

    Hi Joe,

    Wow, this was incredibly interesting and enlightening! I have dabbled but only once in selling Peruvian jewelry I have, bought at great prices online to sell. None sold and as of yet I have not gone back but both MJ and I would like to get more into it as a sideline. You are the man for ebay Joe!!

    I am so impressed by your results!! When we get into it you are my first port of call for sure!

    Congrats on the smalls the results speak for themselves and love all the different places you pick up gear to sell!

    Thanks Joe for a wonderful journey into your ebay world!

    Up, useful, interesting and shared!!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    It pleases me, Pearl, to learn that things I share are beneficial to others. Thank you for weighing in with your valuable feedback, my friend. I've had success with the M&M's holiday series, tins that are iconic yet unusual (like a rectangular one resembling Wrigley's Juicy Fruit Gum), tins in the form of trucks, and anything from the United Kingdom, especially embossed ones like Churchill's and Riley's.Tins sell like mugs...they can sit around for a while and then, when you least expect it, they're snatched up...usually just before and during the holidays. Best wishes to you and your adventures on eBay. Aloha, and have a great week, Pearl!

    ~Joe

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    Connie Smith 3 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

    I'm glad to read this latest in your eBay odyssey, Joe! I have been a tin collector for a long time now, and my collection consists mostly of more modern pieces. I love them for the graphics and the colors, but I have way too many and have considered selling them on eBay. I'm glad to know that they are worth the try. As you shared in this inspiring article, I had thought that most people would be interested in only the older, rusty and dented tins. I have them, too, but not nearly as many.

    Thanks for enlightening me once again, my friend ;) Pearl

    Voted Up++++ and pinned

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thanks, Liz! You're AWESOME! Gotta run to a couple of thrift stores in town before they close! And then it'll be time to start posting ten items or so! That's my goal, anyway! Thanks for being a benevolent and giving person here in the HubPages community. So many are jumping ship that it's always nice to see a loyal remnant. Take care, and I'll talk to you again real soon!

    ~Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Joelle!

    Thanks for stopping by! Wow! Same tin, huh? How cool is that? The other day, I was in a thrift store and saw that same fruit medley tin. My initial thought was to grab it...and then I though, I had my day with you, and now it's someone else's turn.

    Your game idea sounds absolutely wonderful! By all means, I encourage you to try it out on eBay. You may also want to look into Amazon as well. And since you created it, Etsy might also be a consideration. When it comes to what's good for kids, I'm a huge fan! Blessings and aloha to you and yours, Joelle!

    ~Joe

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    kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

    Very interesting as usual, Joe! You can sell really anything and everything on e-Bay! By the way, I have the exactly same tin that you show on the picture above!

    I have a little game for kids that I designed years ago and I ma thinking that may be I could sell it on e-Bay. ... and what is practical about that game, it can be just downloaded.... and I give a specific code for each copy. And I don't have any shipping to take care of!

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    Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

    Joe- Thank you so, so, so much!! I understood what you were saying too. :) I appreciate your kind words and encouragement. I can never hear too much of that. I think I still need to learn a bit, so I haven't written an autobiography. In addition, I'm not a very exciting person so people might be bored to tears. We can't have that! LOL!

    I do like to see the difference in my writing from today compared with a few years ago. As a writer, I don't think we can ever learn TOO much. I've learned that writing is much more than grammar and spelling and once you find your writer's voice, it gets a little easier. Each day we get better.

    I am learning a lot from your positive writing and outlook. It is amazing and I can only wish to emulate it! You have a special, unique talent with words and I love reading your hubs.

    Have a great day!

    Liz

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Liz, one thing about you...you're never at a loss for encouraging words! Thank you dearly, my friend. I'm wondering about something...have you considered writing either an autobiography or, alternatively, a novel based on truth regarding your personal story as a young woman evolving into a class act writer? There's just something about your writing that grabs hold of me. It's one thing to be a reader; it's a completely more intimate journey being a reader who also happens to be a writer reading a great piece of writing. I know...that may have been as clear as mud...but I think you get where I'm coming from. In any event, whatever it is you're doing, it's magic! Thank for sharing your wonderful talent with the world, Liz! Aloha!

    ~Joe

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    Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

    Wow. I cannot begin to tell you how your success at eBay is so inspiring, not just for selling on eBay but on a whole. And LOVE your writing. I have yet to meet someone who can describe selling so wonderfully. I do hope you write a book about it. You have a gift!

    Thanks for sharing these stories and I look forward to more!

    Have a fantastic day,

    Liz

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @radcliff

    Hi, Liz!

    I wrote you a very long response last night but must've done something wrong because only the first paragraph showed up. Good thing I was checking on another person's comments this morning and noticed the glitch. I do apologize, and I want you to know I'm always attentive to your gracious and often humorous feedback.

    Needless to say, I won't try to remember what I shared with you, but the gist of it was that I wanted you to know how very much I appreciate you for refreshing my perspective on eBay. You are able to eloquently articulate as well as effectively demonstrate (by way of YouTube) your newbie zealousness (and even the dog day afternoons) in such an engaging way that this long time eBay seller is challenged to do even more research, social connecting, and creative as well as greater number of listings. In other words, you inspire me, just as my wife does when I can visibly see her improvement and excitement with each new step of eBay entrepreneurial progress. Knowing the exciting news about your family also makes me happy, and I'm so pleased and thankful to have made even a little difference for the better. You are such a hard worker, and you love your family passionately, and an older brother mentor couldn't be prouder.

    And it all begins...and ends...with the smalls. Such is eBay, and such is life in general. That's why, on one of my walks recently, I just had to take a picture of those darling miniature horses...and I knew that someday, I would write a hub that was in perfect need of that photo.

    Aloha and successful visualizing!

    ~Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Ha-ha! Oh, bravewarrior, you sure know how to bring the belly laughs up for me! Thank you for taking time this Tuesday morning to share your uplifting words with me. As your free spirit ways can relate to, the thing I love most about working on eBay is that I can be my own boss. I'm definitely not making bank, but I am thankful for every small accomplishment and the freedom of knowing that the expectations I need to meet are those of my own making...and I'm the most driven boss of all. : ) Thanks for sharing in this experience. Aloha to you and your brother!

    ~Joe

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    Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

    Joe, you are an inspiration (and an awesome writer!). I never considered an EBay career, but my neighbors two doors down sell on EBay in addition to fixing cars. They seem to be doing pretty well. Their sales keep them in beer!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    La Verne, I am so happy whenever I receive feedback such as your gracious comments indicating new or renewed interest in eBay. I'm still learning myself, but if I can be of any help along the way, please know that you have an open invitation to email me with questions, comments, or--most certainly--to share your experiences with me. As a writer who specializes in the eBay niche, I am always looking for human interest stories, so your sharing would definitely be a win-win! I wish you the very best and sweet aloha in your present and future endeavors, La Verne!

    ~Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thank you for your gentle and compassionate approach to life, Faith Reaper. I love your perspective, and it truly reflects your surrender to the Lord. What a wonderful example! I'm so glad you shared those sweet thoughts regarding the "behind the scenes story" of your profile photo. Mention of your mother has piqued my curiosity, so I will, as time permits, search your older hubs to search for tidbits you've previously shared about her. Each Saturday afternoon, my wife and I visit our elderly friends. We also share hymns as part of a singing group from a church we once attended twice a month. My father lives in Maryland, and my mother, in Hawai'i, and while the times when I can see them are so few and far between, I view spending time with our seniors as a calming and lovely way to honor my parents.

    Finally, I want to say how refreshing it is to receive your positive comments about the changes on HP. Your Christian work ethic shines through, and I am blessed by that. I, who have been outspoken about the changes at times, can certainly benefit by your sage advice. In fact, while it took a couple of weeks (due to my busy schedule with eBay activities), I finally did manage to fix up the 20+ hubs that had been unfeatured...since then, a couple of hubs have been half-mooned, but it is so much easier to upgrade them now that I'm accustomed to the new expectations. I'm also learning that for some hubs, it didn't take much at all to upgrade them--e.g., taking off the bold usage or un-capitalizing words, etc. Thanks for visiting again, my friend, and blessings and aloha from SE Washington state!

    ~Joe

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    La Verne Amigo 3 years ago from Philippines

    Very interesting... I was once a seller in eBay but now I'm not an active seller. Now I'll planning to be back again...

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    Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

    Well, thank you so much dearest Joe for sharing such thoughts. LOL, well that is me, about two years ago, looking to the back seat, and my daughter snapping a picture with her cell. I had a big smile on my face because I was looking back at my two granddaughters, who were just 3 and 1 years old, and so each time I look at that photo, I am reminded of that sweet time. We were traveling to the Atlanta Aquarium, plus, and more importantly, to see my mother, who recently went on to be with the Lord this past Christmas. Anyway, it was a sweet time with sweet memories. As I have stated here many times before on HP, my mother was the sweetest person on this planet that I have ever known or will ever, I imagine. She never in her life spoke one ill word against anyone, never. Since you shared a bit, I thought I would being you made the comment on my position hehehe Yes, I those half moons do come, however, I am okay as far as any of that, at least for the moment, as all of my hubs have been featured for a while now. I had a few back when, but quickly changed this or that, and the half moon went away.

    Blessings, Faith Reaper

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    You are most welcome, billybuc! I go where that inner muse takes me, and today, he said, "Hey, give Billy a shout out! It's Monday, his busiest day of the week, and he needs a little poke to remind him it's recess time!" LOL!

    As with life, as with climbing a mountain, as with the old ballgame...it's the doing rather than the "all done" that intrigues me, my friend. And I gotta tell you, I'm having a sixties blast hanging out with the likes of you and our mutual favorites here on HP and enjoying The Process! Aloha, my friend! I'll be viewing one of your videos later tonight for some much needed inspiration.

    ~Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Seeing you at a second hub's comments section in one day is like enjoying the sight and taste of a two-scoop chocolate ice cream cone! I am so blessed! Kathryn, I enjoy taking "write what you know about" to the nth degree...whether it's a walk in the country, that first kiss, or cool surprises on eBay. I like the fact that you are an excellent writer whose work I really enjoy reading...because every now and then, my core battery needs a good jump start of inspiration. Here's a toast to the months ahead...and all that enjoyable writing and reading. Aloha!

    ~Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thank you, my friend, ologsinquito! So nice to hear from you again. Summer has been a very busy time for me, and it's good to get back in the Hubsville swing of things. Hope and pray that you are enjoying lots of loving and memorable times with your family and friends. Aloha, and I'll see you at the next hub!

    ~Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Faith Reaper!

    That is such a cool profile picture you've got there! First of all, you look great in red. Secondly, it always challenges me to cock my head to the right so I can try to get a better look at your kind features. And then I get a crick in my neck. Ha-ha!

    Faith, I have been working hard on eBay lately, but I've also attempted to remedy some of the hubs that HP mysteriously deemed "less than." In the natural, certainly, it stings to get that kind of notification. I started seeing a bunch of half moon symbols in my list of hubs. However, as I began working on each orphaned hub, I actually felt better about tending to these literary gardens. Long story short, I saved 'em all...but I certainly anticipate more being blacklisted as time goes by. Improvement is an integral process for a writer, but on the other hand, I always want to guard against losing my true voice and identity as a result.

    I felt so good about you stopping by that I just wanted to share those thoughts with you. God bless you abundantly, my friend, and I'll see you at the next hub. Aloha!

    ~Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Jim!

    Good looking out, my friend! (Regarding the heads up about you know where.)

    Thank you for stopping by. I hadn't written in a while, so I thought I'll stick with what I know best for my "comeback" hub. Truth be told, I spent a good couple of weeks or so doing damage control to hubs that had been A-okay for the longest time but had suddenly and mysteriously turned into half moons. Methinks HP had to do a major overhaul to appease the Google god. But there's my sixties rebel coming out again. : ) I appreciate you for keeping in touch, Jim. Take care, and have a great week ahead! Aloha, my friend!

    ~Joe

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    Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

    It has been enjoyable to see what kind of small items you sold on E-Bay, and the stories behind them. I think you can make anything sound interesting!

    Thanks for sharing this with us, and have a great day.

    ~ Kathryn

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    Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Hey Joe!

    Sorry I'm late for the party but I had to write my quota of hubs for the week before I played marbles with you.

    You are something else. I just don't have the time to devote to this, but if I did I would turn to you, oh Wise One, for inspiration and advice. You obviously have this gig down pat, buddy. $111,000???? Are you kidding me. You can afford to fly over here and take me out to lunch soon. LOL

    You never fail to entertain and enlighten. Well done, buddy, and thanks for the mention.

    Aloha

    bill

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    Liz Davis 3 years ago from Hudson, FL

    I love that marble story! Oh, you want to pay more? Alrighty, then.

    It's so funny that you visualized a price for that bear figurine. I often do the same thing. Even after researching the completed listings, I find that it's best to go along with my pricing intuition.

    When I first started selling, I bought a suede fringe vest at a local thrift store. When I researched it, I saw it wasn't going very well for other sellers. At the time I decided to just leave it in the closet, thinking it wouldn't be even worth listing. But I've since learned--as you already know--the magic is in the details: keywords, photos, description, etc. A couple of weeks ago, I put the vest up for $30 plus shipping and it sold quickly!

    I listened to a podcast a while back by someone who has several thousand listings. He said that if he estimated his profits to be fewer than 12 dollars or so, he disposed of the item instead of listing it. I thought, man! Imagine how much money he's thrown out!

    Ok, there are my random thoughts for the day. Thanks for sharing your scores!

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    ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

    Hi Joe. You just wrote another interesting article. I'm glad you're having success with this endeavor.

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    Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

    Wow, Joe, your hub on the smalls is HUGE!!! How very fascinating, and I have always wondered if such an endeavor is worth the efforts, and ...oh yeah, and then some! This is an excellent hub here, especially to show what profits can be made from just about any item, which may have been purchased for pennies. Perfect article her for today's economy! Really love that first photo there!

    Voted up +++ and sharing

    Blessings, Faith Reaper

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    Jim Higgins 3 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

    Your success is amazing Joe, as is your writing!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, WND!

    So glad to hear you are finding things to sell on eBay. I wish you the very best and am glad that you find my related articles fun and helpful.

    Let me explain what I meant regarding things not selling and so I then put them up in my store. Here's my strategy in a nutshell. I'll attempt to sell things through an auction for a week. If it doesn't sell, and it happens often, I'll put them up for another week. After two rounds of this, I then transfer them into fixed price Buy it Now items. Since I have an Anchor Subscription, the Buy it Now items appear at a glance in the eBay store I subscribe to. I usually raise my prices when putting them into store mode. The auctions, even if they don't immediately result in sales, are super valuable in driving traffic to my site. Another thing I do--and am currently doing this week, in fact--is to start an auction at a penny. It is an amazing (even if risky and costly) way to attract traffic. Of course, if I get the bids and increased price, I am happy all the way around. If not, I lick my wounds and move on. In the long run, even the small losses prove valuable in terms of improving my game or, as mentioned, in capturing the interest of buyers. I can just hear the conversation at the football games..."Hey, I know this crazy Hawaiian guy who's selling these cool things on eBay for a penny!" Ha-ha! He's right about one thing...the crazy part. LOL! I'm definitely crazy about eBay! Aloha, my friend, and let the dogs know I'm laboring on Labor Day!

    ~Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thank you, Heather! How very nice of you to share your eBay experiences and how the work there has enabled you to pay for a worthy project--your boy's schooling. Good for you! Both our kids, now adults, went to private Christian schools, and I daresay the eBay supplemental income went a long ways towards that noble endeavor as well. I am so glad you stopped by and triggered these fond memories. Aloha and blessings to you and yours this fine Labor Day!

    ~Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Yes, indeed, kikalina, it was amazing to me as well...until I did further research and found that it was made by an outfit in Ballard, Washington state, named Glass Eye Studio. Their glass art retails for $100 and up. So, even in my wildest intentions, I actually gave the customer a good deal. : ) Aloha, and thank you for stopping by!

    ~Joe

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    wetnosedogs 3 years ago from Alabama

    This is great. Small is wonderful.

    I have off work tuesday along with Labor Day and I have been rummaging through stuff and did get a bit on ebay yesterday. Maybe I can do more this evening yet. And I can hardly believe the stuff I got. Goodness, the packrat, I am.

    I love SeeAnnSave.

    Your work is awesome, your words are tremendous. You give those who would like to do ebay more hope.

    You are on the up and up with ebay. Are you saying stuff that doesn't sell goes into your ebay store until it does? So you have two ebay screens, Lack of a better word?

    Thanks so much.

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    HeatherH104 3 years ago from USA

    I love your ebay stories! I too sell on ebay and can relate to the small sales being the majority. But my yearly sales have mostly paid for my boys school tuition and being I'm not "back to work" yet (although always looking for an opportunity to make money from home) taking care of school tuition is a help.

    Here's to more "home runs" for both of us. Good luck and aloha!

    Heather

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    kikalina 3 years ago from Europe

    Yet another interesting ebay hub. Still amazed you managed to sell a marble for fifty.

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