Month: September 2016

Flippin’ Ain’t Easy: Half-Off Madness at Savers

As a full-time social worker who lives in Hawaii and wants to do all of the fun things that come with living on an island in the Pacific, it can be hard constantly motivating myself to shop, list, package, and repeat.

For me, it was about deciding what I want and what’s important to me. I had to find my motivation. And trust me, few things will test your will to succeed more than 50% off days at Savers.

I want to share with you my recent trip to half-priced hell.

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How to Take Great Photos for eBay, Poshmark, Mercari, or Etsy

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I’m always amazed how truly bad some product photographs are. Whether you’re just clearing out your closet, flipping part time, or trying to make some serious cash, why would you shortchange yourself (almost literally) with off-putting product photos? It’s important to learn how to take great photos for eBay, Poshmark, Mercari, or Etsy!

Unfortunately, no one told these people…

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Sweaters in the Summer? Seasonal Selling Is Key to Success

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One of the things I find most surprising about thrift shopping in Hawaii is how much winter wear these people have. The Goodwill I go to is littered with sweaters, hoodies, and jackets that I just can’t possibly imagine people at this latitude wearing. But alas, I buy and sell a ton of cold weather gear.

I started taking flipping seriously during the spring months and began to hone my craft during the summer. While my strategy has always been to get items in and out as quickly as possible, even if they don’t sell for the most money possible, I quickly found myself developing an impressive hoodie collection that a New England native like myself would envy.

I had forgotten about seasonality.

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How I Save $2 on Almost Every Mercari Sale (And It Only Takes 60 Seconds)

Whether you sell on Poshmark, Mercari, or some other app, the shipping is almost universally the same.

A ripoff.

On Poshmark, every item, no matter the size, weight, or type, costs $5.95 to ship. That really eats into your profit margin.

On Mercari, the same is pretty much true. For items weighing 8 oz. or less, you can use Mercari’s minimum $4 shipping. If your item weighs between 8-16 oz., the only option they offer is $6 priority shipping.

That’s why I always ship it myself.

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Never Leave the House Without Your Armor…I Mean Accessories

Would you leave the house without your purse or sunglasses? I know that I wouldn’t! So why would you overlook them at the thrift store? There are plenty of people out there looking for designer goods on the cheap — do you know how to sell designer handbags online?

I see bold accessories as a woman’s armour.
– Rachel Zoe, Fashion Designer

The thrift store has a wealth of high quality items with big resale potential. Here are 12 of the name brands you should look for, both the obvious and the not-so-obvious.

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Men, Women, Mindsets & Shopping Habits

Men are more impulsive than women!

Men are more impulsive than women!

In previous posts I’ve spent a lot of time telling you why it’s so important to help your potential buyers feel a connection to your items through irresistible titles, eye-catching images, and effective descriptions.

The reason is simple: you’ll sell more stuff when you make people feel connected to your items!

Part of that connection is the utility and usefulness they’ll get from buying what you’re selling, but part of it is appealing to the impulsive nature of people — making them want what you’re selling right now.

In my experience, it’s a lot easier to sell to men than women, which shouldn’t be a surprise because men are more impulsive shoppers than women.

In fact, a 2014 survey by Credit Cards.com backed that claim up with some numbers:

Impulse buys: men vs. women

Type of Impulse Buy Yes: Men Yes: Women
 $500 or more  21% 9%
 $25 or more 85% 74%

Of course, we’re (usually) not talking about $500 articles of clothing here, but in that same survey, 85% of male impulse buyers said they had spent at least $25 compared to 74% of women. That means men are 15% more likely to impulsively buy an item for $25 or more. That’s our target audience!

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