I hope everything is going great for you. I can’t wait to attend eBay Live next week. I hope to meet many of you in person. Maureen (Mo), my mom (Sharon) and I will be in booth #438 — right across from Pink’s Lounge. Please stop by and say Hello!
My new book, More 100 Best Things I’ve Sold on eBay — Money Making Madness came out a few weeks ago. We sent a special offer to you all, but during that time frame, our e-mail server company was shut down. Many of you didn’t get to purchase the book along with some great bonuses so we have decided to offer it again for the next 48 hours — until midnight on Thursday, June 8th. Click here for more details.
This e-zine is published twice a month.
June 7, 2006 Volume II, Issue 6
- Questions to Ask BEFORE you throw anything away!
- I will be interviewed at eBay Live by Griff
- The next e-Course starts June 19th
Questions to Ask BEFORE you throw anything away!
Questions #1 through #8 to ask yourself before you THROW Anything AWAY
- Is this item a part of something bigger? For example, I sold five Kewpie doll arms for more than I could get for an entire doll. Sometimes the parts sell for more than the whole item.
- Is this item Vintage? Vintage has gotten closer and closer to current. If you can believe it — a Casio Calculator watch from 1985 Model CA 951 still in the original box sold for $300 recently on eBay. I consider anything from about 1940 to 1990 to be vintage.
- Does this item remind me of my childhood? If the answer is yes — absolutely do not throw it away. I believe that eBayers are trying to buy back their childhoods and if the item reminds you of your childhood — it is a safe bet it will remind someone else of theirs.
- Could this item be Antique? While an antique may have no value to you — it may have sentimental value to a bidder on eBay. I consider antiques to be anything from about 1940 and on back.
- Is this a piece of ephemera? Ephemera is a term used for collectible paper goods. There are a lot of paper collectors and some of the items that they look for are postcards, old letters, magazines, and advertising trading cards.
- Does this item have a good story behind it? It is amazing to me that just because an item has a great story behind it — it can sell for big bucks on eBay. Think of the guy in the Wedding Dress or the Virgin Mary on the piece of toast. Need I say more?
- Was this item owned by or used by someone famous? Guilt by association you might say. If you can prove that someone famous came in contact with your item — you may just have a winner.
- Is there any chance that someone might collect this? There are collectors for almost any item imaginable. That is why eBay works. It really is uniting collectors with sellers. If you can believe it empty cereal boxes from the 1970’s and 1980’s are collectible. A Fruity Freakies Cereal box from the 1970’s (Ralston) just sold on eBay for $263.11.
If you answer yes to any of these questions, more research should be done before you toss your item. To learn how to research on eBay, I recommend my Wiley book that came out in February. Click here to order.
Interview with Griff During eBay Live
Once again, I am honored to have been chosen to be interviewed by Griff (eBay’s official spokesperson) live from the convention floor at eBay Live. We are going to talk about my new book, More 100 Best Things and an interview with Griff is always worth listening to.
We will send out an email announcement next week telling you when it will be airing. Please watch for it!
Next eCourse starts June 19th — The Monday after eBay Live
I am very excited to announce my next eCourse that starts on Monday, June 19th! The best way for you to get started on eBay or to rev up your business is to sign up now for this e-course! Click here to sign up now at the early bird rate. I just got an amazing email from a student that just graduated this week and I have her permission to share it with you…
“Wow, week six already??? Time sure flies when you’re having fun… and it has been lots of fun!
I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your help these past weeks and for your fabulous e-course!
I had bought two other “How-To-Make-A-Million-Dollars-On-eBay” courses previously but never managed to do much more than get myself registered as a seller after reading them.
Your e-course gave me the swift kick I needed to get going and actually start selling!
There was something about having weekly assignments to complete and knowing that someone was out there watching my progress, that made a HUGE difference for me.
Having a logical step-by-step plan of action was a tremendous help. It wasn’t one of those “Buy my book then you’re on your own, quit bugging me” type of deals. You were there to answer questions and lend a helping hand every step of the way…
So, thank you, thank you, thank you for finally getting me going! Selling on eBay is fun!
-Karla Goble, Littleton, CO, and recent graduate!
This course may sell out as it is the first course after my week at eBay Live.
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Happy Buying & Selling!
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