Thursday, October 13, 2011

What to sell Wednesday: Parts and Pieces and Stuff Like That



What day is it, anyway?  Oh well.

Once you've been at this for a while, you might find yourself with random parts and pieces of things at the bottom of boxes and storage bins.  Or, maybe you bought something thinking it was surely a gold mine, only to find it wasn't worth your time to sell.

Well don't go throwing anything away just yet.  I've got a collection of "randoms" I intend to sell...very soon.  Parts to extremely popular, not sold anymore toys...things like baby doll pacifiers and doors to pirate ships and caps to castles...you get the point.

Now I'm not claiming you'll get rich off a random care bear castle topper or a door to a fisher price pirate ship, but I'll happily pocket ten bucks for each and go on my merry way.  These little trinkets are easy to ship, easy to store, and easy to list, and sometimes you can even set the market and get seemingly outrageous asking prices if you're the only one out there who has one to sell.  You'll likely tap into two buyer markets:  moms looking for a missing part to a favorite toy, or an ebay seller hoping to get that last little piece that will make a complete set.

Things to think about:  research everything.  When you buy a bag and see random stuff in it, spend time searching said random stuff to see if you can find out what it is.  When you identify it, see what others are selling it for and undercut them by a buck so yours will sell first.  And don't list it for 99 cents or something silly like that.  When it comes to random parts and pieces, make your start price what you expect to sell it for, or do a fixed price.  Keep your shipping low since at most these little things will only cost a couple of bucks to ship.

12 comments:

  1. Hi Jen! Random stuff drives me bonkers but I need to just create a bin for only random stuff... oh how dh will love a new "bin" just for random pieces! ha ha ha :) Thanks for the tip, so glad you're back.

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  2. I sold the Flyboat sail only for $4.99, then the figures for another $17 - not too bad. BTW, have you noticed that they are making these again? I saw them at WalMart and suspect that they're going to hurt the ebay listings if they are easy to find new... For this reason, I may pass the next time I see one at a yard sale.

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  3. Thanks for the tip, I would have never thought to sell randoms. Great idea! Sherry :)

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  4. I've been finding lots of Little People characters and items from various sets at yard sales for $.10 each or less. People don't know what to do with parts to toys they no longer have. I'm waiting until I have a few more before I sell. Photographing them can be a little tedious.

    Amy
    @ Coupon Tipster

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  5. Thanks for reminding people not to list items for .99. I started out doing that, thinking the price would rise as the bids came in and it hurt sooo bad those times the ebay buyers didn't come out and someone actually had a winning bid of .99 cents. No Me Gusta!!!! :)

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  6. I have lots of parts and pieces that I have no idea what they go to and a couple of toys that I dont know what they are called. I have just been selling for a month now, thanks to you, and am very pleased with the results so far. So very glad your back and Thanks a million for all you do to help the rest out.

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  7. Lol! supposed to be "help the rest of us out"

    sorry

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  8. I do very well with the little doors that come off to put batteries into toys. People always seem to loose those. I have sold quite a few Lepaster ones. Star Wars parts do well as well.

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  9. Jen, I have a random question that I hope you or someone else can answer. After you surpass the 50 free insertion listings from Ebay in a month what do you do? Do you just suck up the extra 50 or 70 cents it costs each item to insert? Or doo you use something like Auctivia and does the $14.95 per month mean you get unlimited free insertions? It just seems that after the approximately 11% in selling fees to Ebay and then another 4% to Paypal, that taking 50 cents off the profit as well really makes it not worthwhile to sell some of the the toys I have. What to do?

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  10. I bought a rock em sock em robots game for $1 at a yard sale. It was missing 1 part! So I sold the the little fighter dudes for $5, and the other stand parts for $3.50, Not a bad profit on a "broken" game!

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  11. This is just a response to Dianas question above. Auctiva and Seller Source Book are sites that you can use to host your photos and make your listings more attractive. They also can help make listing more streamlined once you set them up and get used to the. My Seller Source book account also let's me use a bunch of photos int listings for free vs paying for them when listing right through EBay. Those types if accounts do not however save you any insertion fees. If you are doing more than 50 auctions a month my advice to you' would be to do the ones with a higher starting price in the first 50 and the lower end ones later to save on fees.

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  12. Diana, if you are going to regularly have more than 50 items up each month, you may want to consider a store. Having a store can save you money in the long run, but you do need to have a regular amount of inventory coming in.

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