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Bargain Bandit Tuesday 1/15/2013

Today is Tuesday and that means it’s time for my Bargain Bandit episode. Every week, I share information about some of my recent sales, show off some favorite picks, and shout out to fellow you-

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Bargain Bandit Tuesday 1/15/2013

Games You Should Pick # 7: Pirates of th

Hi everyone! I thought since board games are my specialty, I would do a Game of the Week feature where I talk about a different board game and why you should be picking it up. We’ll call this fe

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Games You Should Pick # 7: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest Pirates Dice Game

YouTube Round-up 1-5-13 to 1-11-13

In this weekly feature, we’ll post links to various videos on YouTube that were posted in the past week. These videos may be helpful to pickers just starting out or to seasoned veterans. Or they

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YouTube Round-up 1-5-13 to 1-11-13

Highlighted eBay Post: Clue (1963)

In this weekly feature, which will be posted every Thursday, I will talk about a current listing of mine. I’ll explain why it’s a good pick-up and why it might still be for sale on eBay in

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Highlighted eBay Post: Clue (1963)

How-To Wednesdays: Checking Board Games

Every Wednesday, we’ll do a short how-to where we’ll tackle a topic in the reselling space and try to give clarity on it. eBay and other selling platforms, as well as picking itself, can b

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How-To Wednesdays: Checking Board Games for Completeness

Highlighted eBay Post: St. Louis In-A-Box

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by on December 13, 2012 at 6:33 pm

In this weekly feature, which will be posted every Thursday, I will talk about a current listing of mine. I’ll explain why it’s a good pick-up and why it might still be for sale on eBay in an attempt to help other people understand the process of selling on eBay and the items I pick up. Please comment and let me know what you think!

St. Louis in a Box eBay Listing

 

St Louis Game (1) St Louis Game (2) St Louis Game (3) St Louis Game (4)

St. Louis In-A-Box is a monopoly-style board game from a company that releases a lot of these specific city and college themed games called Late for the Sky. Some of their games go for decent money. They have an entire dog breed related line of games that sell pretty easily. The City-in-a-Box series are a little tougher sells.

The biggest issue with selling these games it that we are competing with Late for the Sky themselves. They sell their City-in-a-Box series of games for $24.95 on their website. Of course, that doesn’t include shipping. Another issue is that we cannot use the word Monopoly in our listing titles. People will report listings that use that in games that aren’t actually Monopoly licensed games.

This copy is in pretty good condition. It doesn’t look like it has been played and the box has very little shelf wear. Condition on these newer games can affect price more seriously than older games, especially on games that can still be bought new, so if you find copies of these games that are in really poor condition, they would be very hard to sell. I would pass on those, unless they are dog breed ones, and even then, I wouldn’t pay much.

The reason this game has not sold yet probably has to do with my price point. I had it listed for $19.99 plus shipping. I reduced my price to $14.99 and I do have a best offer on this item, so we’ll see how quickly it takes to sell now. The demand on these games is also low.

With this price point, I’m look at my pure profit to be anywhere between 7 and 10 dollars. The reason for this range is that I may decide to take a lower offer just to get it off my shelf. I have a lot of games that need the space, plus I’m always buying, so I want to make sure my inventory keeps turning over.

UPDATE on last week’s eBay Highlight – Balderdash

My copy of Balderdash sold Sunday night. I immediately put up the other copy I had in my inventory and raised my price by a dollar, and that one sold within a couple of hours. I don’t have any Balderdash in my inventory now. One shipped quite a distance away and I made less money on it than the other one, which shipped within Texas, but total, my pure profit on both games together totaled $12.30.

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How-To Wednesdays: Shipping Weight

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by on December 12, 2012 at 10:55 pm

Every Wednesday, we’ll do a short how-to where we’ll tackle a topic in the reselling space and try to give clarity on it. eBay and other selling platforms, as well as picking itself, can be daunting. If you have a topic you would like to see in the How-To Wednesday topic, please leave comments and we will try to add it to the schedule. Thanks for reading!

usps-logoCalculating the shipping weight of an item is a very important part of maximizing profit and selling items responsibly on eBay. To do this, you will need a reliable scale. You can get them pretty cheap off of eBay. The scale I use is the Accuteck® All-In-One Series A-PT 50 Digital Postal Scale Silver. This scale weights items up to 50 lbs. It is accurate to .1 oz up to 25 lbs, and .2 oz from 25 to 50 lbs. I bought this scale from eBay seller ever*hotbuy, who I would highly recommend for scales. He has smaller and bigger weight scales too, so check him out, if you are in the market for a scale.

Now that you have a scale, what next?

You will need to have an idea of what the SHIPPING weight of an item is. This is the weight of the item plus the box, packing material, and any other items you may place in the box with it. With some items, you’ll get a feel for this. For example, coffee mugs are almost always going to be 2 lbs. Yahtzee Handheld games will be around 13 ounces, making them first class mail items. With other items, you may have to do some math. If you have a standard sized board game that weighs 2 lbs 4 ounces, this is probably going to be 4 pounds shipped. That is because a box that fits a board game is going to weigh at least 12 ounces and when you add in packing materials so the board game doesn’t get damaged during the shipping, you will be well over 3 lbs. My safe bet with board games is to always add a full pound to the weight of the item, then round up to figure out my shipping weight. If it’s a really oversized board game, the box itself will weigh over a pound. Understanding the weight if boxes is very important, so when you get a box you will use regularly, you should weigh it and make a note of it for your future use.

Once you know an item’s shipping weight, it can be very easy to handle the shipping methods on eBay. If you do fixed price shipping, you will be able to estimate the furthest distance you may have to ship, or perhaps choose an average distance, to account for people in varying distances. I do calculated shipping most of the time, and I find this is the fairest method, both to the buyers and to myself. People who live close by will not pay as much shipping, and as a result, I do sell a lot of items to people in the same state as me. People far away will pay a real shipping cost of what it will be to send to them, which is great for me, because then I’m not losing money because of the cost of shipping.

Free shipping can be thought of like fixed price. Take the average price (or the highest price) of shipping the item and add it to the cost of the item. Be very careful not to underestimate shipping when offering free shipping, because you don’t want to end up with less profit than you planned. Also, be very, very careful with free shipping on board games. If you are selling them at an auction, remember that most board games are going to cost around $10 to ship, so you should never start out an auction for less than $15 if you are including free shipping, or you will be losing money on this item if multiple people don’t bid on it. Most board games will not have a big demand, so auctions are always risky.

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Bargain Bandit Tuesday 12/11/12!

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by on December 12, 2012 at 3:54 am

Today is Tuesday and that means it’s time for my Bargain Bandit episode. Every week, I share information about some of my recent sales, show off some favorite picks, and shout out to fellow you-tubers I enjoy watching. I really enjoying doing these shows and would love to hear what other people think.

As promised in the episode, here’s a bonus item that I recently sold!

 

Betty Crocker Cookbooks are easy money! You should always be picking up anything that says Betty Crocker on it, if it has any age to it. This one was from 1976 and was a 5-ring binder. It was complete, although a few of the pages had condition issues. It was written on with magic marker and had some other damage to the covers. However, this version of the cookbook, being in the binder, complete, with the pie cover, is a much-sought after version of this book. The hardcovers go for even more!

I purchased this from a big sale that covered the woman’s house, but it wasn’t an estate sale. I didn’t know when I first started looking around in there that she was motivated to sell, or I might have picked up other things she had priced too high. However, she had $1 on this (and I picked up a Starbucks Mug from her too!) so I nabbed this up the minute I saw it. It sold for $19.99 plus shipping. After fees and the cost of the item are removed, I made $15.04. I originally listed it as an auction for $19.99 and it didn’t sell, so I relisted it at fixed price for $19.99 and it sold within one day.

You can view tonight’s Bargain Bandit episode here (or below). Please visit my channel and like and subscribe! You may leave me comments on my YouTube channel or here. Thanks for watching!

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YouTube Round-Up (12/1 – 12/7/2012)

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by on December 7, 2012 at 8:40 pm

In this weekly feature, we’ll post links to various videos on YouTube that were posted in the past week. These videos may be helpful to pickers just starting out or to seasoned veterans. Or they just may be very entertaining. If you want to know who you should be watching on YouTube, this is a great list to start you out! We’ll be posting it every Friday for the week prior. If there are multiple videos on the person’s channel this week, we are linking only one, so be sure to subscribe to anyone you find interesting and check out the rest of their videos!

Must Watch Video of the Week

“Trash Talk & Treasures” with Brent & Wally Episode 15 (with Ann from Annabella’s Gift Shop!) – ounitproductions

Haul & Sales Videos

Urban Diggers Thrifting Haul Vintage Toy How To Make Money at your Local Thrift Store – Urbandiggers
Nothing special video… Just some updates on CD purchases and Craigslist Meeting Tips – MikesCollection
Turning Yard Sale Finds into Profits!! ($4 into 90) – TheRev30
Estate Sale Pickups Resale Updates *Part 2* Making Money on Ebay – somelikeitused
Spokane Pickers Large Video Game Pickup – SpokanePickers
Found some old porcelain , navy uniform from the Netherlands and 2 old vinyl`s – thewarlord1944
Collectibles. Flea Market Garage Yard Estate Sale Finds Pick-Ups – 11/30/12 – 2ndhanddaisy
Yard Sale Trail 2012 November Sales Video – Brian Cook
SEMI-WEEKLY AUCTION HAUL I BOUGHT TOYS!! ANTIQUE CARPENTER PLANES AND MORE!! – BrandNewPicker
Bonafide Hustler Ride Along – Thrift, Garage Sales for Ebay and Craigslist – Bonafide Hustler
Space Style Coffee Table Sold – terminal99
Yard Sale Haul sell ebay money Fishing Bow Outdoors Equipment Hunting – ThePickerGoose
A&C TRIO | First eBay Item Listed!!! – antiquesandcollectab

Helpful Videos

One Way I Get Free Shipping Boxes – Resale Renegade – ResaleRenegade
Selling Coffee Mugs On Ebay: Why I Do It, What I Look For, How I List, and How I Ship! – annabellasgiftshop
4 things you need to start any eBay business! – thecollegepicker
How to take photos of Clothing to Sell online on eBay and more! – globalvoodoo
intro to storge unit buying – juan santana

Entertaining and Interesting Videos

Buying an Education; Rewards for not being Envious or Resentful! – Castleandattics
introduction.avi Cripplepicker introduction, and a couple of sales – Cripple Picker
Morning Discussion and Resale opportunity for you – TheWarwickWarrior
Sailing Your Vessel – theyankeepicker

krausehouseofcards YouTube Channel Videos

On the Road with The Bargain Bandit #1 11/30/12
On the Road with The Bargain Bandit #2 12/01/12
On the Road with Staci (12/2/12) Ep. 3 – Board Game Pick-up
The Bargain Bandit 12/04/2012 – Y1, E26 (Yard Sales to eBay)

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Highlighted eBay Post: Balderdash

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by on December 6, 2012 at 10:36 pm

In this weekly feature, which will be posted every Thursday, I will talk about a current listing of mine. I’ll explain why it’s a good pick-up and why it might still be for sale on eBay in an attempt to help other people understand the process of selling on eBay and the items I pick up. Please comment and let me know what you think!

Balderdash Listing on eBay

Balderdash is the original classic Bluffing game. This version was released in 1984. Also, be on the look-out for Beyond Balderdash which was released in 1997. Both of these sell relatively easy.

The biggest issue with games like this is that they weigh quite a bit. The shipping weight on this comes in just under 4 lbs, so the 4 lb. rate is what we have to go with. Balderdash is also not a super rare game, so there are always quite a few up for sale on eBay. As a result, the value of them is not really that high. One of the things I do to stand out from the crowd is to offer Free Shipping to domestic customers. This gets my listing higher rated on the search. I also have it listed for $18.99 (with free shipping), which puts me on the lower end of the pricing for this item.

If this copy had been in better condition, my price point would have been higher, but the box has some pretty visible issues. I rated it VG (very good) because the interior contents look really good and the insert is still in the box (a lot of games don’t have inserts!), but the damage to the box is very clear to see in the pictures, which makes it harder to sell.

The reason this game has not sold yet has to do with supply. Balderdash is one of those very competitive games. There’s a lot of them out there, and there’s quite a bit of demand, so there’s plenty of people posting them. It will eventually sell and I just have to be patient and not lower my price point, because it’s already very good.

With this price point, and free shipping, I’m look at my pure profit to be anywhere between 4 dollars and 7 dollars. The reason for this range is that where I have to ship it will impact my profit. If it’s closer to me, I’ll make more. That’s a risk you run with free shipping and something that needs to be kept in mind when listing an item with free shipping on eBay. Make sure you’ll be okay with the lower end of the profit.

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How-To Wednesdays: Do You Need an eBay Store?

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by on December 5, 2012 at 11:12 pm

Every Wednesday, we’ll do a short how-to where we’ll tackle a topic in the reselling space and try to give clarity on it. eBay and other selling platforms, as well as picking itself, can be daunting. If you have a topic you would like to see in the How-To Wednesday topic, please leave comments and we will try to add it to the schedule. Thanks for reading!

Deciding whether to open an eBay store, and which store to open, can be tricky. eBay has attempted to make it easier by providing a calculator, which is extremely helpful and you should definitely check it out.

The questions you need to answer for yourself are these:

How many items will I be posting each month? At a certain threshold, getting an eBay store just makes sense, although sometimes, it may only be a savings for a few dollars. Knowing how many items you want to post in general will make it easier to determine if you need a store.

Will most of my items be auctions or fixed price, or a mix of both? With auction only listings, getting a store won’t make sense until you start posting about 100 auctions a month. At fixed price, the basic store (which is $15.95 a month) will start to be a little cheaper around 60 listings each month. Around 250 fixed price listings, the premium store ($49.95 a month) becomes more cost efficient. If you are only ever doing auctions, and rarely do fixed price listings, you will probably never need anything more than the basic store.

How many of my items will actually sell each month? We can list all we want, but many times, items do not sell the first or even second time we list them. One thing you will need to figure out is how many items you will expect to sell every month. If you expect to sell around 50% of your items at auction, and are not listing that many (under 100), staying with the free store is probably the best. If you only sell things you are certain will sell, and post about between 50 to 100 auctions, a basic store might be better, because eBay does give a discount off of final value fees with auctions with the basic store.

Another thing to keep in mind, with all these questions, is that if you get a store, you lose out on the free promotions eBay does all the time. They rarely do a promotion for eBay store subscribers, and the ones they do have for stores are generally not useful to all eBay sellers. eBay does a lot of promotions allowing non-store subscribers to list as many items as they want for free, either at auction or fixed price. So even if you do list over 100 auctions and 50 fixed price items a month, but are selling items that may not sell well, an eBay store may still not be a good idea, since you won’t be getting enough sales to make the extra cost worth it.

There is another advantage to an eBay store, and that is the eBay storefront. This typically will only be useful, though, to people who have a lot of items they are selling, and to those who promote their store steadily, through their sales and outside venues. The storefront can be a great marketing tool for savvy sellers.

I hope this makes the decision about getting an eBay store a little clear. Feel free to ask questions or make comments. I love hearing from my readers!

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Games You Should Pick #1: King Oil

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by on December 4, 2012 at 1:19 am

Hi everyone!

I thought since board games are my specialty, I would do a Game of the Week feature where I talk about a different board game and why you should be picking it up. We’ll call this feature Games You Should Pick. To make this interesting, I’m only going to talk about games I’ve actually managed to find and sell. There’s all kinds of games you should be looking out for, like Fireball Island and Dark Tower, but I haven’t managed to find either of those yet!

This week’s game is King Oil.

King Oil was released in 1974 by Milton Bradley. It’s a 3 dimensional game where players take on the roles of Oil Barons and have to build pipelines and drill for oil. The goal is simply to become the richest player in the game, while bankrupting all your competitors. There is a randomness built into the game (to the point that there are 1,728 combinations possible) with the game board, so every game will be different.

This game has a lot of small pieces and completeness is very important. What’s even more important with regards to pricing with this game, though, is box condition. If the box is in rough condition with torn or repaired corners or other kinds of damage, it dramatically reduces its worth. The individual pieces have some value too, so be sure to pick it up even if it’s obvious it’s not complete.

As far as value goes, in mint condition (meaning no shelf wear on the box at all and the inside pieces in unplayed condition), $100 is not an unreasonable expectation. From there, the price goes down dramatically. Some shelf wear with pieces in excellent condition could net as much at $65-70. A game with significant box issues or game piece issues will still go for between $30-40.

I have sold one copy of this game. It had some pretty significant issues with the box and the interior contents were well-played with. I sold it for $30, not including the shipping. I bought this game for $1.50 from an estate sale at the end of the last day, where I purchased 17 other games. It was a nice collection of vintage games and this one of the most valuable games to come out of it.

 

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First!

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by on December 3, 2012 at 4:14 am

Many of you may already know me from my YouTube channel, and if you don’t, click here to be whisked away to a magical place where … ok it’s probably not that great, but click anyway.

If you don’t know me, I’m Staci and I go to yard sales, estate sales, and thrift stores and buy things that I can resell on eBay. I primarily specialize in board games, which are a great passion of mine. I do a YouTube show about my finds and how I’m making money. I have a Facebook page (clickie!) as well.

On YouTube, I have a few different shows that I do. First, every Tuesday, I publish a show called The Bargain Bandit. In this show, I have a few different segments. The first shows off recent sales and what kind of profit I’m making off items after all the fees and other costs are deducted. I then show off three things I recently picked up in my Top 3 favorite finds. I close it off with a Shout Out to a fellow you-tuber I learn things from.

I’ve just started a new show called On the Road with Staci. In this, I take the camera with me and video tape whatever I can while I’m out.

I also do a daily show with The Highland Picker called The Gal Picker Show, For Sale with Tracey and Staci. In this show, Tracey and I go over items we are putting up for sale on eBay. We also read comments and answer questions from our watches. This is a live show that airs at 11 AM Pacific/2 PM Eastern. Try to catch it if you can!

As to what this page is going to be, that’s still in the works. I’m going to try to blog along with my YouTube videos. If there is any questions or anything you would like me to do here, please let me know! This page also has some items for sale, but it’s not stuff I’m selling on eBay, so check it out if you want.

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