Scavenger Life Episode 513: On The Thought Practice with Previous Jay and Future Jay

5/2/21 – 5/8/21

Whole gadgets in retailer: 2300

Gadgets offered: 41

Product sales: $2150.10 (up 14.5% from one yr in the past)

Web gross sales: $1586.72 (up 26.3% from one yr in the past)

Highest value offered (internet): $149.23 — a PSA graded Bowman Chrome blue autograph of Trevor Larnach, Minnesota Twins high younger outfielder who was known as up for his debut final week

Lowest value offered (internet): $8.71 — printing plate of former hockey goalie Felix Potvin

I offered virtually nothing final Sunday, only one sale for $23. I like an excellent conspiracy and I listened to the podcast on Sunday evening, so for all of Sunday night I used to be enthusiastic about Jay’s throttling idea. Then as I used to be falling asleep, I remembered that I had saved my premium retailer this entire time, after debating a downgrade to fundamental. I hope to develop the shop to 4000 gadgets by this time subsequent yr so I figured let’s go away it at premium for now. So I couldn’t blame eBay throttling for my lack of Sunday gross sales in spite of everything! Effectively, after all I might nonetheless blame eBay if I actually wished to…however that’s why I like to hang around right here. Our theories are all tongue in cheek. We all know that the true answer is to listing extra.

In order that’s what I did, 20 or so gadgets every day, from final Monday to Wednesday. Then my gross sales have been constant the remainder of the week and my weekly numbers are roughly the place they’ve been for the previous few months. It nonetheless “felt” gradual when it comes to numbers of things offered however this week, most of my gross sales have been in that good $50 to $100 vary. Different weeks I often promote a number of extra gadgets and hit that gross sales quantity via amount. However it largely all evens out.

In “eBay fixing an issue that doesn’t exist” information, my principal area of interest of sports activities playing cards obtained a giant jolt this week when it comes to eBay classes, subcategories and required merchandise specifics. This was the message I obtained within the eBay app yesterday:

We’re optimizing buying and selling card listings
Beginning Could 11, you’ll be requested so as to add new information to your listings that can assist extra consumers uncover your gadgets.
Study extra ➔
Now you may listing sports activities playing cards by product kind

Sports activities playing cards will likely be altering from sports activities classes into product kind classes. Choose from singles, packs, containers, and extra.

You’ll be required to decide on a Sport below merchandise specifics when itemizing.

For those who don’t replace your listings to the suitable class, they are going to mechanically be categorized as Sports activities Buying and selling Card Singles.

Merchandise specifics are required for all buying and selling playing cards
After July, you’ll be required to fill out these merchandise specifics to maintain your itemizing stay:

“Sports activities” below Sports activities Buying and selling Playing cards.

“Sport” below Collectible Card Video games.

“Franchise” below Non-Sports activities Buying and selling Playing cards.

New choices for graded and ungraded playing cards

You’ll even be required to pick in case your card is graded or not in merchandise specifics for single card classes.

Graded playing cards have further merchandise specifics, like Grade, Skilled Grader, and Certification Quantity.

The largest damaging change up to now is the mixture of particular person sport subcategories (Baseball Playing cards, Basketball Playing cards, and so on) into one giant Sports activities Buying and selling Card Singles class. Now consumers who’re fascinated with, for instance, explicit varieties of Panini (producer) Prizm (well-liked set) soccer playing cards (like autographs or well-liked numbered variants like gold vinyl prizms or white sparkle prizms) must wade via 1000’s of basketball, baseball and soccer Prizm listings. Earlier than this variation, that purchaser might simply seek for their prizm playing cards within the subcategory Soccer Playing cards. Actually weird what eBay is pondering right here.

This modification has additionally created a glitch the place I obtain affords even when they’re under my minimal provide value. I’ve used the decline affords under setting for thus lengthy that I forgot about what number of consumers make affords which might be simply foolish — $5 on a $30 itemizing and issues of that nature.
Additionally, any time I attempt to ship a counteroffer (whatever the purchaser’s unique provide value), I obtain the next error message: There is a matter processing your request.

I assume this error is restricted to buying and selling playing cards classes, in any other case there could be a publish about it on the boards. There may be a simple workaround which is to say no and ship a message with the value I need, but it surely’s already tedious after 24 hours and perhaps 6 affords. I like (virtually) all my consumers, however I don’t need to alternate love notes with them to make a sale.

I’m hopeful that each one of those points will likely be resolved, or at the least acknowledged as issues by eBay, by this time subsequent week. Surprisingly, my gross sales have been pretty regular yesterday and right this moment regardless of all the modifications. I hope that continues into this weekend since 8 of my 10 highest sale days within the final month have been Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays. For now, I’m going to smile and bear these modifications as a lot as attainable. Little or no about my itemizing move has modified since I already used merchandise specifics, and I have already got my eBay retailer organized with subcategories for particular person sports activities and varieties of playing cards. However who is aware of what different modifications eBay has in retailer. I’ll actually learn the following vendor replace much more carefully, that’s for positive!