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This buying stuff to turn around on eBay may be a good idea. Yesterday I listed one of the coffeemak

This buying stuff to turn around on eBay may be a good idea.

Yesterday I listed one of the coffeemakers I bought at the local liquidation outlet and someone grabbed it in just a few hours for double the money I paid for it. Of course, now I’m thinking that the “Buy It Now” price I put on the coffeemaker was a little too low.

Re-listing an item on eBay is sometimes free or at least very inexpensive. It’s probably smart to start off with a slightly aggressive “Buy It Now” price and if it doesn’t sell at that price, or through bidding, lower the price when it’s re-listed.

What a concept. Lowering the price when demand is down for a product.

We moved to Tennessee from California about three years ago. I’ve noticed a difference with gasoline prices between here and California.

We lived for many years in a rural area of Northern California. The gasoline was always terribly expensive near home. It was always cheaper in the cities, so we avoided filling up at our local gas stations.

We live in Nashville and I’ve found that gas is less expensive when I’m out of town in the more rural areas. If possible, I’ll wait until I’m out of town to fill up.

Exactly the opposite my California experience.

And, I’m behaving exactly the way predicted in my old Econ 100 class. I tend to buy gasoline at the lowest price I can find.

My “Groundhog Day” Moment on eBay

Unless you enjoy doing the same thing over and over again—think “Groundhog Day” here—I have an important eBay tip for you.

When you enter all the required information to sell an item, at the end of the process you are given the chance to “Save for Later.” Sounds like a great thing, right?

It is, except that regular eBay sellers can only save one listing to post at a later time. If you have one that is already saved and start another listing before you list your saved listing you lose your saved listing.

There’s no warning.

I ended up entering some items twice this morning because I didn’t know about this one little unadvertised “feature.”

Frustrated I caved in and finally went to “Help” and found this explanation:

Be careful when you use the eBay “Save for Later” function. However, there is a way around this problem.

You need to use the “Save as Template” option when you’re listing a new item. I finally wised up to this and created a template for an item I’m selling. I have three of these items, so the template should come in handy.

Most of us who sell items on eBay aren’t being paid by the hour, so accomplishing these tasks as quickly as possible should always be a goal.

Results of Yesterday’s Test and More

Virginity testing is apparently the key to getting visitors to your blog. Yesterday my little eBay blog scored its most visitors ever on a single day. So I’m sure you’ll understand if I start all my eBay blogs with those two words from here on out.

I also got my first visitor from a search engine yesterday. Woot.

Remember the Kia Motors eBay auction I was following for a new Kia Sportage? I received an email update from eBay yesterday reminding me to bid before it was too late.

I’m thinking Kia probably has more than one of these available. There’s no hurry.

My sale of four rusted, antique skeleton keys ended last night rather disappointingly. The auction was bid up to $20 in the first couple of days and I had eight people watching it. However, there was no last minute bidding and they sold for only $20.

In addition, an international buyer in the Philippines placed the winning bid even though my listing restricted shipping to the United States. I’ve been avoiding eBay international shipping. Fortunately these keys are easy to ship. They’ll fit in a Priority Mail envelop or the smallest Priority Mail box, which both cost $11.45 for international shipping. So I’ve decided to make this my first foray into the murky world of international shipping.

I’ve studied up a little on eBay international shipping and if you can stick to using USPS Priority Mail, it’s supposed to be fairly easy. The Priority Mail international flat rates make invoicing simple and the shipping delivery times are fairly certain.

However, I wonder why someone in the Philippines would bid for an item when the seller says he will only ship to the United States. I know we’ve had a long and close relationship with the Philippines, but still.

Has General Douglas MacArthur been misquoted all these years? Maybe he really said, “I shall return…and when I do, I’ll bring all your eBay stuff.”