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

5/2/21 – 5/8/21

Whole gadgets in retailer: 2300

Objects bought: 41

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

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

Highest value bought (web): $149.23 — a PSA graded Bowman Chrome blue autograph of Trevor Larnach, Minnesota Twins prime younger outfielder who was referred to as up for his debut final week

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

I bought virtually nothing final Sunday, only one sale for $23. I like a superb conspiracy and I listened to the podcast on Sunday night time, so for all of Sunday night I used to be fascinated by Jay’s throttling idea. Then as I used to be falling asleep, I remembered that I had saved my premium retailer this complete 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 depart it at premium for now. So I couldn’t blame eBay throttling for my lack of Sunday gross sales in any case! Properly, after all I might nonetheless blame eBay if I actually needed 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 had 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” sluggish when it comes to numbers of things bought however this week, most of my gross sales had been in that good $50 to $100 vary. Different weeks I normally promote a couple of extra gadgets and hit that gross sales quantity via amount. But it surely largely all evens out.

In “eBay fixing an issue that doesn’t exist” information, my primary area of interest of sports activities playing cards obtained an enormous 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 may assist extra patrons uncover your gadgets.
Be taught extra ➔
Now you may listing sports activities playing cards by product sort

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

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

If you happen to don’t replace your listings to the suitable class, they’ll 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” underneath Sports activities Buying and selling Playing cards.

“Sport” underneath Collectible Card Video games.

“Franchise” underneath 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 extra merchandise specifics, like Grade, Skilled Grader, and Certification Quantity.

The largest detrimental change to date is the mix of particular person sport subcategories (Baseball Playing cards, Basketball Playing cards, and many others) into one giant Sports activities Buying and selling Card Singles class. Now patrons who’re keen on, for instance, explicit kinds of Panini (producer) Prizm (in style set) soccer playing cards (like autographs or in style numbered variants like gold vinyl prizms or white sparkle prizms) should wade via 1000’s of basketball, baseball and soccer Prizm listings. Earlier than this alteration, that purchaser might simply seek for their prizm playing cards within the subcategory Soccer Playing cards. Actually weird what eBay is considering right here.

This variation has additionally created a glitch the place I obtain gives even when they’re beneath my minimal supply value. I’ve used the decline gives beneath setting for thus lengthy that I forgot about what number of patrons make gives 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 supply value), I obtain the next error message: There is a matter processing your request.

I assume this error is particular to buying and selling playing cards classes, in any other case there can be a submit about it on the boards. There’s a simple workaround which is to say no and ship a message with the worth I would like, nevertheless it’s already tedious after 24 hours and possibly 6 gives. I like (virtually) all my patrons, however I don’t wish to trade love notes with them to make a sale.

I’m hopeful that every 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 had been pretty regular yesterday and at this time regardless of all the adjustments. 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 adjustments as a lot as doable. Little or no about my itemizing movement 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 kinds of playing cards. However who is aware of what different adjustments eBay has in retailer. I’ll definitely learn the subsequent vendor replace much more carefully, that’s for positive!