Scavenger Life Episode 505: Finest Laid Plans

3/7/21 – 3/13/21

Whole gadgets in retailer: 2330

Gadgets offered: 65

Product sales: $3751.23 (up 98.5% from final week & 122.7% from this week final 12 months)

Web gross sales: $2713.97 (up 112.6% from final week & 140.8% from this week final 12 months)

Highest worth offered: $222.49 (A copper rookie card numbered to 49 from the favored Panini Choose set of Tennessee Titans star working again Derrick Henry)

Lowest worth offered: $9.88 (two completely different authenticated autographs of old-time Dodgers and Giants ballplayers from again within the 50s and 60s — each to the identical purchaser)

I’ve been doing eBay on and off (however totally on) for shut to 10 years now and full-time (in hours if not revenue) for near 4 years. I’ve had occasional weeks with gross sales numbers like this (and some greater as a consequence of one-off very costly gadgets) however this week was constant in a approach that felt uncommon. Each day had gross sales over $100 and three days (Sunday, Tuesday & Saturday) had been over $500.

I really feel like 65 to 75 gross sales in every week might be the higher restrict so far as a “cheap” workload for a one-person, or two-person, enterprise. However perhaps it’s greater. I’ve quite a lot of inefficiencies that might enhance my course of, like getting a label printer as a substitute of hand reducing every label one after the other. (I do know, I do know…simply get a Dymo already…however I hate shopping for issues at full worth!)

I had 10 gross sales this week of $100+ and 10 gross sales within the $75-$100 vary. I’ve been working exhausting over the past 12 months to spend extra on prime quality stock because it takes the identical period of time to checklist an merchandise for $20 because it does for $100 or extra. Luckily, with trendy sports activities playing cards there are tens of 1000’s of public sale listings each evening, so it’s a matter of discovering the fitting stuff after which successful the auctions. In fact, each these items are simpler stated than performed!

I observed this week that quite a lot of the gadgets offered, particularly the upper greenback gross sales, fall into one among two classes.

1. Playing cards that had been bought individually at public sale wherever from a month to a 12 months (or extra) in the past and the “worth” of the cardboard has elevated or decreased since.

For instance, I offered an autographed rookie card of Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, who was within the information this week as a result of the workforce signed him to an enormous contract. I initially bought the cardboard this previous fall, across the time Prescott had an unlucky damage which brought about him to overlook the rest of the Cowboys season. The workforce performed terribly with out him, and predictably his (and most gamers on the workforce) costs went down. Then curiosity in Prescott playing cards went again up this week upon information of the huge contract.

2. Playing cards that had been bought as part of lots, or poorly listed/titled in a roundabout way.

For instance, the Derrick Henry card (my highest $$ sale above) was bought at public sale on a really small, area of interest collectors web site that solely has a couple of hundred auctions working whole at any given time. I’m unsure why anybody lists an public sale exterior of eBay when the pool of patrons is exponentially greater on eBay, however quite a lot of card sellers and collectors solely use Fb Market or collector’s message boards or Instagram and harbor a hatred in the direction of feeBay due to the one time the place that they had a case determined in opposition to them or a Paypal maintain in opposition to them or one thing. I’m certain the kind. I like eBay, so I take advantage of eBay.

However completely different platforms draw various kinds of collectors and for those who’re a wise purchaser (or vendor), you should utilize these discrepancies to your favor. Within the case of the Derrick Henry card, the vendor’s title (after I initially purchased it) didn’t embody quite a lot of data that trendy card patrons worth: primarily the set title (Panini Choose), the ‘options’ of the cardboard (a copper prizm rookie card, or RC) and its serial numbering (which is principally how firms have “created” shortage and perceived worth in items of cardboard). I can nonetheless keep in mind first seeing the public sale itemizing for the cardboard and realizing I’d get it for an incredible worth. And I did!

Now a couple of months later, my eBay purchaser bought the cardboard for across the identical worth as different accomplished gross sales (perhaps even a bit decrease!). They might have discovered the identical card (or an analogous one) like I did in the event that they spent a very long time trying to find an public sale that’s poorly titled, or trawling by each bizarre web site, however generally as a purchaser you need one thing proper now and also you don’t need to undergo all these hoops. That’s the place I wish to assume I ‘add worth’ as a vendor. That and my meticulous packaging!

I hope the customer makes some huge cash on the cardboard subsequent season (they usually would possibly, if the worth of Henry’s playing cards enhance like they’ve throughout his final 2 glorious seasons), however I’m at all times completely satisfied to promote now and transfer on to the following buy. The one approach that every one of that is sustainable is by placing within the work week in and week out.