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disneysteve
06-18-2006, 06:39 PM
I've mentioned in some other threads that my mom is in the process of moving, so I've been helping clean out the house. Of course, that has involved ebay for some stuff.

Last week, I listed a $1 casino chip from the old Playboy casino in Atlantic City. Completed auctions seemed to be in the $15-$25 range. Mine ended a short time ago... for $42!!

I have to go call my mom now. She is always shocked by what I'm able to get for things on ebay.

disneysnowflake
06-18-2006, 06:42 PM
That's awesome, Steve!!! :banana:
I just love it when auctions end for more than I expected.

msdznyduck
06-18-2006, 07:25 PM
Hmmmm.....I have one of those. I bet I have lots of 'junk' someone would buy. :thumbsup2

Cheshire Figment
06-18-2006, 07:30 PM
The biggest shock I have seen unfortunately was not one of my auctions.

A person had put up a CM one year of employment Steamboat Willie award pin. There are probably not much more than 100,000 of them out there. The normal going price, whether eBay or at a Show & Sale would be in the $20-$30 range.

This auction did describe the pin properly, and there were three newbies bidding against each other. The final selling price was around $210.00.

Chris
06-18-2006, 07:37 PM
Great job Steve! I'll bet your mom was thrilled! :)

disneysteve
06-18-2006, 07:58 PM
The biggest shock I have seen unfortunately was not one of my auctions.
My best ebay sale ever was a travel agent cruise ship display model, about 12 inches long. I bought it at a yard sale for $1. It wasn't even on display but in a box with assorted junk. It was mounted on a wooden base with a plastic cover and the cover was cracked.

It sold for $213!

DMRick
06-18-2006, 08:33 PM
That's great Steve!

My second or third sale on eBay was a pin I bought at a garage sale for .50..it went for $210 to someone in Hong Kong. Of course I was new, and the thing was prob worth even more, but I didn't care, I was thrilled LOL!

~Kathie
06-18-2006, 08:43 PM
Congratulations!! Always nice to see a fellow DIS'er score. :thumbsup2

formernyer
06-19-2006, 07:47 AM
My best sale was an old baribie doll head (just the head...no body), circa 1972. It was in a box of hand-me-down junk. I sold the head for close to $800.

There were two of the same doll in this box of junk...the other one still had its body and (with a little help from a Barbie expert) I was able to find most of the original clothing in the box too. I ended up with $1,000 for that one.

I've sold several items with better profit margins (more than $1k profit), but I suspect I'll never have a crazier auction than the Barbie head.

imsayin
06-19-2006, 08:06 AM
I had a garage sale with my sister a few weeks ago. After the sale, I went through her stuff to see what she had. In the "quarter box", I pulled out a ring that was given out as a promotion at a baseball game. I sold it for $26! She couldn't believe it.

~Kathie
06-19-2006, 09:02 AM
My best sale was an old baribie doll head (just the head...no body), circa 1972. It was in a box of hand-me-down junk. I sold the head for close to $800.

You must have been thrilled!!

Perfect example of "One man's junk is another man's treasure."

Gotta love ebay!!

Disneyrsh
06-19-2006, 09:08 AM
My MIL had saved all my husband's toys, and we sold them on ebay-there were some little plastic soldiers and horses that sold for over $150 dollars to a guy in England!

I was amazed!

That doll head selling for 800, holy cow!!!!!

ntburns22
06-19-2006, 09:25 AM
I love to hear ebay stories like this. Just last month my uncle bought a light up beer sign at a garage sale for $7. He sold it on ebay 2 weeks later for $950.

left210
06-19-2006, 09:57 AM
I love to hear ebay stories like this. Just last month my uncle bought a light up beer sign at a garage sale for $7. He sold it on ebay 2 weeks later for $950.

What kind of beer sign was it? We have a couple of those in our garage right now that my husband wants to sell. I was just leary of selling them on ebay because I dont know how you would ship them safely.

I am a yard saler but how do you know what to buy to put on ebay. I dont want to end up with a bunch of junk but I would never have thought to buy a doll head either.

MyGoofy26
06-19-2006, 10:06 AM
The biggest shock I have seen unfortunately was not one of my auctions.

A person had put up a CM one year of employment Steamboat Willie award pin. There are probably not much more than 100,000 of them out there. The normal going price, whether eBay or at a Show & Sale would be in the $20-$30 range.

This auction did describe the pin properly, and there were three newbies bidding against each other. The final selling price was around $210.00.


Hmm, I wonder if my Merch pin is worth anything? When I did my college program they used to have these quizzes each month that we could do if we wanted. They'd see who got all the questions right and pick a winner from each area. I won one month and they gave me a pin and a shot glass, I mean toothpick holder ;)

I'll have to go look for that pin and see if there are any auctions. Can't remember, but it had Mickey, said Merchandise on it. . . can't remember if it had a year or not. . .

kfeuer
06-19-2006, 10:34 AM
Congratulations, Steve!

I doubt I'll ever top my best auction--an elderly aunt of my DH was cleaning out her home and gave us this truly ugly vase. When we got home I flipped it over and realized it was marked. Did some research, realized it was highly collectible, and (with aunt's blessing) sold it on Ebay for $1580! Nobody who saw it could believe it. We were so happy, we were trying to pay off credit card debt at the time and that money was a huge help.

DiszyGram
06-19-2006, 11:05 AM
My biggest sale was something I found in a Good Will store about 8 years ago. Everything was on sale half price that day.

I found an adult sized Adidas leather jacket and leather pants set. The labels and markings all looked genuine. It was marked $15 and on sale for $7.50. I researched it every way I could and found no information about any Adidas leather sets. Even trying to email the company produced no resuts. Someone told me it was probably something made in another country just for sale there.

I put it on Ebay, with nice pictures of it. You wouldn't believe the response I received! People were desperate to get it, even emailing me to buy it without bidding on Ebay. I said I couldn't do that and it was against Ebay policy.

It became a bidding war and I sold it to someone in Canada for $550.00.

I stopped selling years ago but will never forget that sale. :)

Gail

runwad
06-19-2006, 12:20 PM
Wow I need to learn how to do this ebay thing, just never gotten into it, but I have some old barbies from the 60's that where hand-me-downs from my cousins, I always used them as my barbies moms cause they looked old to me.ha But geez if you got 800 for just the head!!!!!! I also have a Mary Poppins pendant that my aunt had gotten me from Disney when I was a little kid, the chain is gone but I still have the pendant part, always wondered if I could sell something like that for anything, it's probably close to 30 years old.

Goingtodisneyworld
06-21-2006, 08:13 AM
Wow ~ I've had little successes, Big to me, ;) but nothing compared to what you all have had!!! :bounce: How do you get the courage to buy an item you think may go on ebay & then list it w/ fees? It seems every time I go out on a hunch, I lose money, so I try to play it safe, definately not as much fun! :confused3

polkadotladybug
06-21-2006, 08:25 AM
Don't you LOVE ebay! Remember when I sold that old Disney bumper sticker (I think it was Fort Wilderness) - I bought it for 5 cents at a yardsale - it went for about $20! I bought a brand new wok from a neighbor (for my dh) for $15 (more than I would pay for resale - LOL!) - but of course I had to look it up - it was a brand "Saladmaster" (never heard of it before!) (it came with her pots and pans set - she said they were expensive) - well - we decided to sell it since my dh didn't really need a wok - LOL - it sold for 203.50. Hope she never asks me to make any Asian dishes for her! LOL

disneysteve
06-21-2006, 08:38 AM
How do you get the courage to buy an item you think may go on ebay & then list it w/ fees? It seems every time I go out on a hunch, I lose money, so I try to play it safe, definately not as much fun! :confused3
It is definitely a learned skill. I've had this question posed to me many times.

I grew up with parents who were collectors of various things over the years. I spent many, many, many weekends, evenings, etc. at antique stores, collectible stores, flea markets, auctions, collector club meetings and shows, etc. Over the years, I've learned a great deal about all types of antiques and collectibles, not just the few areas that we focused on. Personally, I've collected Disney memorabilia since 1975 and have been a dealer of Disney and, gradually, other collectibles since 1986. Over time, you just can't help but learn what has value and what doesn't.

I've been selling on ebay since May 1997. When I was doing it seriously, I listed 10 items/day for 10 day auctions (back when that was the standard) so I always had 100 auctions going. I shopped yard sales, flea markets and auctions to get my stock. To answer your question about having the courage to buy an item, I never just looked at an individual item exactly, but rather the big picture. If I went to an auction and spent a total of $50 and over the next 2 weeks sold those items for a total of $300-$400, I was happy, even if not all the items sold. The ones that did sell more than made up for it. Selling things for 10-20 times what I paid for them was a weekly occurrence. And sometimes I ended up reselling something for less than I paid, or even giving it to Goodwill if it didn't sell at all, but the net result was still very positive.

ntburns22
06-21-2006, 09:10 AM
What kind of beer sign was it? We have a couple of those in our garage right now that my husband wants to sell. I was just leary of selling them on ebay because I dont know how you would ship them safely.

I am a yard saler but how do you know what to buy to put on ebay. I dont want to end up with a bunch of junk but I would never have thought to buy a doll head either.

I am not too sure it was from an old brewery in Cleveland, Ohio.

Goingtodisneyworld
06-21-2006, 11:14 AM
It is definitely a learned skill. I've had this question posed to me many times.

I grew up with parents who were collectors of various things over the years. I spent many, many, many weekends, evenings, etc. at antique stores, collectible stores, flea markets, auctions, collector club meetings and shows, etc. Over the years, I've learned a great deal about all types of antiques and collectibles, not just the few areas that we focused on. Personally, I've collected Disney memorabilia since 1975 and have been a dealer of Disney and, gradually, other collectibles since 1986. Over time, you just can't help but learn what has value and what doesn't.

I've been selling on ebay since May 1997. When I was doing it seriously, I listed 10 items/day for 10 day auctions (back when that was the standard) so I always had 100 auctions going. I shopped yard sales, flea markets and auctions to get my stock. To answer your question about having the courage to buy an item, I never just looked at an individual item exactly, but rather the big picture. If I went to an auction and spent a total of $50 and over the next 2 weeks sold those items for a total of $300-$400, I was happy, even if not all the items sold. The ones that did sell more than made up for it. Selling things for 10-20 times what I paid for them was a weekly occurrence. And sometimes I ended up reselling something for less than I paid, or even giving it to Goodwill if it didn't sell at all, but the net result was still very positive.

:wave2: Wow Steve, THANK YOU!!! Like I said, I've had some luck, enough to keep me excited & as a SAHM, any extra $ always helps! BUT, I have never thought :confused3 to look at the Big Picture, awesome advice for small veterans like myself & far any ebay newbies! Thank You Very Much, I look forward to posting & reading more success stories!!! :woohoo:

welovedis
06-21-2006, 03:13 PM
I've had a few WOOHOOs as we call them on the eBay boards, one was a Coogi brand men's sweater which I bought for $4.95 and sold for $330. Another was a 3 piece women's knit suit by St. John (not the JCPenney brand) that I paid $45 for and sold for $991!!!

ChristyJ
06-21-2006, 06:13 PM
I think my best Ebay sales have been a pail of old (wooden-rare) Fisher Price Little People that I got for $1.00 at a garage sale & sold for $198!! I had oodles of Emails for the entire week they were listed (and I had started my listing for $5.99-had NO idea have valuable a couple of them were...). I recently picked up a 20lb. box of Thomas trains & tracks for $20. that sold for $176!!! :cool1:

My mom found an American Girl doll at a garage sale for $10., I helped her list it (her first listing), and it sold for $203!!! It ended up being a special ed. American Girl... :thumbsup2

Ebay has been a wonderful thing for us-I have our 10 night trip at the WL & dining, hoppers, etc. all paid for, and although I've had direct deposit into a savings account going specifically for this trip for a while now, I've saved well over $1000 from Ebay. I've also paid for 3 months of swimming lessons for my 2 girls at a private club, paid for both of their birthday parties, etc.

I look at my Ebay money as some to be saved, some to be spent at garage sales (to make more money :cool1: ), and some to be spent for the extras I want to do for my family!

It's like treasure hunting! It's so much fun to me to find a deal at a garage sale and see what it's worth on Ebay. I have had disappointments, but more often than not, I'm thrilled with the end results!

On another note, I went to a garage sale last weekend and this woman had 2, brand new pairs of UGG boots that she had ordered from Australia and paid $160. each for...she didn't know how to return them and they didn't fit her, so she sold them to me for $15. each!!!!!! :cool1: They fit me, so I'm keeping at least 1 pair for myself, but I may sell the second pair...I don't know...

tarheelmjfan
06-21-2006, 06:40 PM
Steve,
Wow, I'm sure that was a nice surprise! :teeth:

My DH & I can't quite figure out the Ebay process. We list stuff from our garage that we want to get rid of & it sells well. Then we get brave & purchase a few things just to list, & they don't sell. :sad2: At times, we're really encouraged & can't wait to list items. Then we go through times, when we can't find the motivation to list anything. Like many others, I wish we could find our niche. Our best sell so far was an antenna we had in our attic. My DH had tried to sell it for $5 in a garage sell, but noone bit. We later sold it on Ebay for $80+. Boy, were we glad noone at the garage sell wanted it. :p