Scavenger Life Episode 508: Independence = Accountability

3/28/21 – 4/3/21

Complete objects in retailer: 2224

Objects offered: 50

Product sales: $3178.85 (up 88.6% from one 12 months in the past)

Web gross sales: $2315.37 (up 126.9% from one 12 months in the past)

Highest value offered (internet): $311.17 — 4 authenticated autographs of former Supreme Courtroom justices

Lowest value offered (internet): $7.19 — Girls at Work Vol. II softcover guide

As anticipated, excessive greenback gross sales picked up this week with the beginning of the brand new quarter and new eBay bucks certificates. I’ll miss the day by day 1% eBay bucks, that was about $150 again in my pocket each quarter since virtually all of my sourcing is completed by eBay auctions. Hopefully this implies eBay will begin rolling out 3% or greater eBay bucks promos extra ceaselessly.

My common gross sales value was fairly excessive this week. That’s as a lot a mirrored image of how my scavenging has modified over the previous few years as anything, and it’s mirrored in my highest and lowest value gross sales this week.

The low value sale was a guide! A leftover from my weekends spent scavenging library gross sales. I’m a giant reader and library gross sales are/had been such a pleasure for me, so long as there usually are not too many Amazon folks with the scanners there. Virtually all the pieces is a buck or two, and there’s a lot trash however all the time just a few treasures and typically some actually superb stuff. I used to have a full bookcase of books and media (CD’s & DVD’s) listings, however during the last 12 months that’s dwindled right down to half a bookcase (if that). And actually, by way of time to revenue ratio, I could love shopping for issues for a buck and itemizing them for twenty, however that’s a lengthy haul to creating $xxxx per week. So library gross sales is probably not part of my scavenging technique post-pandemic.

However up till the final couple years, these low-dollar objects had been all I may afford. As gross sales improved, I used to be capable of begin investing in higher stock and extra long-tail objects like most of us do. That’s what led to my highest value sale this week, sheets of stamps which had been autographed by former Supreme Courtroom Justices.

I purchased these autographed stamps a 12 months in the past (perhaps extra?) in auctions from one of many sellers I recurrently purchase from whose promoting technique is to run 1000’s of auctions each week. That form of technique will not be for me, but it surely’s quite common amongst buying and selling playing cards sellers specifically and infrequently they’ll dabble in different stuff like Pokemon playing cards (which I do know nothing about) or autographed memorabilia/paperwork/and so forth. I all the time get slightly and bid slightly greater once I can “add on” to my public sale haul with one thing that’s slightly outdoors my consolation zone. Studying about all this cool stuff is among the greatest elements of being a scavenger.

There are just a few primary firms who do autograph authentication and the entire stamps I purchased had been authenticated by the identical firm. Past that, I in contrast the autographs to different examples (as a result of even the authenticators make errors typically) and the autographs regarded like different autographs by these Supreme Courtroom justices. So although I didn’t get the autographs authenticated myself, I used to be assured that they’re genuine. So I figured if I may get these autographs for $50 or so every, it must be pretty straightforward to earn cash on these autographs. What number of signatures may there probably be of those Supreme Courtroom Justices from a long time in the past?

I didn’t win the entire auctions I bid on (story of my life) however one thing like 8-10 of them. This was most likely one of many first handful of instances the place I used to be capable of spend $300 or so and didn’t must make an instantaneous sale to get some or all of that cash again. So I priced the stamps excessive to the place if all of them offered, I’d double my preliminary funding plus make just a few hundred additional. I figured I may wait some time and see what occurred.

It’s straightforward to get impatient after you will have objects that you simply’re certain will promote and also you don’t get a proposal. Not even a nibble. No exercise. Nothing. And naturally that’s what occurred, and naturally I received impatient. So I attempted placing these stamps on sale. As soon as I received a watcher or two, I attempted sending gives to consumers. I attempted itemizing them on public sale with a beginning value that I’d be glad. I offered two of them during the last 18 months or so, however that didn’t even cowl my preliminary funding. It may be slightly disappointing whenever you assume you’ve discovered cool objects and so they simply don’t promote…

Then, in the middle of a single day, all these emotions change as a result of the one purchaser you had been ready for finds your listings. Similar to that, I’ve lined my preliminary funding, virtually doubled it in truth, and most of all received reminded a very powerful Scavenger Life Manifesto lesson. Listing it and overlook it.

It nonetheless boggles my thoughts that somebody will spend $300 (or extra!) on the right issues for his or her assortment, but it surely’s very apparent from the customer’s suggestions left that they’re a critical collector of historic artifacts and autographs. Who is aware of if my purchaser ever would have been capable of finding these specific autographs if I hadn’t listed them. I’m certain their assortment isn’t full but, however they had been most likely simply as glad to purchase these stamps as I used to be to promote them. And that’s form of cool to consider.