Sunday, March 27, 2016

Damn The Torpedoes ! Full Steam Ahead !!

Tony's Tip Of The Week
 Pokemon Plush Toys 

This one is pretty specialized but well worth the research. How many times have you gone into a thrift store and saw that huge bin of plush, yeah you know the one, it's so overloaded you can't even see all of them. Well there is a huge following for Pokemon plush toys. Some are worth near the $200 dollar range. I have provided a link below so you can see the recent sold items on these to give you an idea of which ones to look for. Good Hunting !

  Average Used Ebay Sold Price Between $50 to $200  

Our Week ending March 26th, 2016 

  • Total Items in eBay Store: 730
  • Items in Amazon Store: 24
  • Items Sold on eBay: 11
  • Items Sold on Amazon: 0
  • Cost of Items Sold: $25
  • Total eBay Sales: $265.00 
  • Total Amazon Sales: $0.00 
  • Contract Work: $250.00
  • Total All Sources: $515.00
  • Highest Price Sold: $58.00 (broken camera lens)
  • Average Price Sold: $24.09 (eBay)
  • Returns: 0
  • Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $0.00
  • Number of items listed this week: 62 on eBay
  •                                                   0 on Amazon
  • (all numbers are rounded to nearest whole dollar)
  • Return rate 0.88%

This week I have very much empathized with Admiral David Farragut during the Civil War Battle of Mobile Bay who said Damn the Torpedoes Full Steam Ahead ! When sales are down and all seems like a losing battle you just have to batten down the hatches and keep on GOING !!!

And by george that is exactly what we are doing. Yes our week sucked and yeah it could have been better but we are in this for the long haul baby and retreat is not an option !  We managed to list 62 items this week despite the gloom of pitiful sales.

No amazon sales this week, that was harsh. Oh yeah we did have a single etsy sale for $15.00 that is not recorded on my numbers above so that would bring us to $530.00 for the week. You know, this is not an exact science and there is no real proven formula that anyone can just repeat.

Anything you can think of has the potential for greatness on ebay given the right buyer and circumstances. At the end of the week we were ready to crawl into a bottle of Jim Beam but we didn't which is good since we don't drink. We even considered selling diapers at one point, lol. 

I think the best course of action that we can do or that you can do is just keep going with what is working for you. We sell clothes on a regular albeit shaky basis so I think we just need to stick to that for now. I did sell one book last week on ebay of all places. I had it listed for less on Amazon for longer and it just would not sell there so that was weird. 

After talking to Nicole from the College Fund thrifter last week  and now after selling a book I am thinking about books again. Nicole was talking about selling cookbooks and I see those all the time so I gotta put those back on my radar.

I hope your week was far better than ours but even if it wasn't don't let the gloom get you, JUST KEEP ON LISTING !!!! One thing is for sure, the sun is still gonna rise and the earth is gonna keep going round and round so don't sweat it. 

Thanks for Reading,


  1. Tony, I think you will see things turn around, as you keep listing and stick to your plan. It is always difficult to deal with slow sales, but I honestly believe that having a lot of listings is the key to success.

    Did you get your listing limits raised ? I hope so!

    1. I don't know why I keep putting it off Pat but I haven't called yet. I just need to take the time and do it. I agree the whole thing is a numbers game, we just have to keep going.

    2. Tony, I had an increase in my sales after I got my limits raised, so I hope it does the same thing for you, when you call.

      Also, I had Ebay do a review of my store, which I found very helpful, and that's when I learned about asking for increases in my selling limits. It's definitely worth a try. Good luck!

  2. I sold a large Togepi plush a couple of years ago. I know nothing about Pokemon but picked this up because it was so weird and different. I had to wash it because it was kind of dirty and then the feet turned dark on the bottoms. Still sold for a lot of money though. I also sold a lot of smaller Pokemon plush for a good bit of cash. I love looking through the plush for some unique. I do hate when you accidentally brush against or grab something REALLY grungy in the plush bin.

    Hoping for better sales this week for both of us.

    1. we sold a pikachu last year and I don't remember the exact selling price but I know it was over fifty bucks so I am always looking for the little boogers now. I just wish I could take my nephews with me thrifting, they can identify every one of the characters in seconds, lol. I hear you on the grunge, seems like there is always that one that got something sticky on it, lol.

  3. Many people do well with plush. It's a genre all its own. Knowing characters from TV shows, cartoons and video games is key. I once bought two Powerpuff Girls for $1 each and they quickly sold for $20 each. I probably could have gotten more. Sorry you're going through a slow selling period. It's the roller coaster of ebay. I haven't listed anything there since last November and I'm not missing it. I will keep my Etsy store open and sell the occasional vintage item, but I think I'm done with ebay. I'm in the process of turning my office into a guest room!

    1. You have a lot going on Lorraine so I don't blame you at all.

  4. I have 3 boys, so I am familiar with Pokemon. I'm never sure of which Pokemon it is, but luckily I have my boys to consult. They know them all. LOL.