Originally Posted by Snoogz
For the record, I "liked" this because of the lol. I make no endorsement of the second half.
Originally Posted by suited
Yeah, as soon as I realized that this wasn't going to be tax free (and how much time it was going to consume), I started passing on things I might have otherwise purchased, just because the margin wasn't really worth it. This is especially true for things like shirts, because they require the most prep work for the photos. If it's a pair of shoes, not a big deal since those can be photographed in a jiffy and there aren't a bunch of measurements I need to take - so I'd be okay with a smaller margin there.
I do use some $0.99 auctions every once in a while. If I find some shirts that aren't in great condition, I will auction them at 99 cents. I've done it on occasion for nice things, too, just to drive traffic, but it only makes up a very small % of my items.
I still sell shirts. Partially I'm selling stuff that's getting bumped out of my closet as I upgrade. Partially I'm selling stuff I just can't bear to see go to the scrap heap. But primarily I see them as loss leaders. I have absolutely no scientific or statistical evidence to back this up, but I seem to notice a nice uptick in BINOBO purchases during weeks I have better shirts and ties in the auction category. So a $5 margin on a $5 shirt (which is still doubling my money, btw) amounts to much more when you factor in the related sale.
Originally Posted by chiron
The best exposure is from forums like this and askandy. (aka your target buyers)
I've often chastised myself for not posting more in the "What I'm selling on Ebay" thread. Do folks notice a difference? I barely tread water on this thread and everything else I have going on without another thread....
My local had their periodic sale. So their wool trou were a scant $1 each. Picked up every last stained-ass wool trou I could find so I could test the following wool-safe stain removal methods:
Weak Woolite solution soak
Strong Woolite solution soak
Woolite with enzyme stain remover pre-treat to waistband
Water with enzyme stain remover pre-treat to waistband
Woolite with detergent stain remover pre-treat to waistband
Water with detergent stain remover pre-treat to waistband
Woolite with Lanolin hand cleaner pre-treat to waistband
Water with lanolin hand cleaner pre-treat to waistband
Unfortunately, I had to settle for an array of colors: only 5 of them are gray, and the rest various shades of blue, green, beige etc. That adds a nasty, undesirable variable, but we shall persevere. If anyone wants to send me your gray trou to advance the cause of science, please do so ASAP. At the moment, I don't have the means to run more than a couple of the methods simultaneously (though I am considering buying a bunch of cheap garbage cans or storage bins at the local Christmas Tree Shop....), so this may still take me a couple of weeks. (Oh, and my baby comes home tomorrow. So it's not like I'll have anything else going on, or anything)
But I shall report results, complete with before/after pictures and field notes, as soon as I can.
Incidentally, I recently did a pure Woolite/warm water bath on a Pendleton tweed that had a stain on the back. The stain was lessened, but I think there was also some color loss. And the kid suede elbow patches went in very soft and came out (after air drying) extremely crispy. Something to keep in mind.
Let the experimenting begin.