Wednesday, December 02, 2020

Ebay Reselling Update: November 2020 Sales

EBAY Reselling Update:
November 2020 Sales

Lets see in my last Sales update I had 1 sale and 26 listings in the store. 

So What Sold in Nov 2020?
  1. Number 10 business sized envelopes Red sealed pack 50 count $6.99 Free shipping.
  2. Dream Games by Karl Hansen 1985 paperback $4.99 plus shipping.
  3. 2017 Leaf Draft Football Trading Cards 5 pack $4.00 plus shipping.
With these sales the listing count is now down one to 23 listings. The store count is now 23 listings with 33 items quantity. OK that is not the final count because I have actually did some listings "gasp". Yippie Yahooie! So far the count is 12 listings all 1 unit count, most football cards so now I have 35 listings with item count of 45. some were listed as auctions w/ a Buy It Now option.

By the time this post is published I might have a few more listings posted.

Some related links:
My Ebay Store: CaptKirk42s Federation Trading Post
My YouTube channel: klandersen42
Up On Ebay Videos: Episode 01 | Episode 02
Ecrater Store: CaptKirk42 (AKA: Kirk's Knook)

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Ebay Reselling Update: October 2020 Sales

EBAY Reselling Update:
October 2020 Sales

Lets see in my last Sales update I had 5 sales and 27 listings in the store. 

So What Sold in Oct 2020?
  1. Exilie's Quest by Richard Meade 1970 paperback $5.99 plus Shipping
With that sale the listing count is now down one to 26 listings. I had another pack of the 1991 Bowman Hockey cards I have listed so I added that to the count for that listing. I wasn't sure if I had another one or not, but checked my little box that I have some packs of cards in and there was one. That brings the "item" count up but not the "listing" count. The count is now 26 listings with 36 items quantity.

In November I have one sale so there will be a November sales update after December first. Plus at the end of the year I will have my annual New Years post (which doesn't really change too much) and then in early January on the first or second I will have my annual "State of The Blog" update on the past year's posts. Fun fun fun.

Some related links:
My Ebay Store: CaptKirk42s Federation Trading Post
My YouTube channel: klandersen42
Up On Ebay Videos: Episode 01 | Episode 02
Ecrater Store: CaptKirk42 (AKA: Kirk's Knook)

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Ebay Reselling Update: September 2020 Sales

EBAY Reselling Update:
September 2020 Sales

OK lets see in my last post I mentioned adding 4 additional listings to my previous listing update that included 4 item listings and before that a sales update. Yes I have been slacking since then. I've wanted to list but haven't. Part of my hesitation is because of only having Saturdays to do my shipping out and post office visits. Anyway those semi recent 8 listings lead to 5 sales in September that are listed below, and one sale so far in Oct as we are at the halfway point for the month.

So What Sold in Sep 2020?
  1. Sealed pack of size 10 business envelopes red colored 25 count $3.99 Free Shipping
  2. 2 Sealed packs 2017 Leaf Draft Football cards 5 count $8.00 plus Shipping
  3. Sealed pack of 2017 Leaf Draft Football cards 5 count $4.00 plus Shipping
  4. Sealed pack of 2017 Leaf Draft Football cards 5 count $4.00 plus Shipping
  5. Sealed pack of 2017 Leaf Draft Football cards 5 count $4.00 plus Shipping
That took the number of store items down to 27 during Sept from 28 listings. Just a few days ago a book sold for October figures so now I'm down to 26 listings with 35 actual items. With the year 5/6 done I have had 24 (25) sales for the year. That is the most I have had in a year to date. At my busiest years ago I forget what my most number of yearly sales would have been. Until this year I had never been really consistent for more than 3 or 4 months tops for the year. I'm still pretty much just in the "smalls" market. I'm not ready to ship heavy bulky items on the regular yet.

Some related links:
My Ebay Store: CaptKirk42s Federation Trading Post
My YouTube channel: klandersen42
Up On Ebay Videos: Episode 01 | Episode 02
Ecrater Store: CaptKirk42 (AKA: Kirk's Knook)

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Updates: Unknown To Be Determined

UPDATES ?

I'm not sure what this post will end up being. As I start drafting this post it is only a few days before the end of September and I still haven't decided what to blog about. Sure I have some drafts in my posting queue, but they aren't ready yet. Many require scanning that I have yet to do, even some that have been sitting for years in my post draft queue. The recent format changes that Blogger did has really hampered the way I do my blogging to the point that I sometimes think of just abandoning the whole damn thing. But I have 3 blogs to juggle. UGH. I am also wondering if maybe there is some other blogging platform I can use that is similar to what Blogger was? 

I do have some Ebay updates. Since my last post I listed 4 more items. I really should list more and then do some more listing. They were packages of size 10 business envelopes, colored. So they brought up my item count at 28 items total. However one of the packs of envelopes sold. Plus I sold some packs of those Football cards I listed at the end of August. So now I have 27 items. See you start listing and you start selling, you don't list and the sales stop. So it is likely my first Oct post will be my Sept Ebay sales. Maybe I'll have more than one post in October? Could happen. I won't guarantee it.


Back to the Blogger format change thing: In the back of my mind, however the solution is to go into even more debt and spring for a super long greatly needed computer upgrade replacement. We're talking an ancient HP laptop using Windows XP that can't upgrade Windows (or Google or Chrome, or Firefox or more recently YouTube) so many frequently used sites are not allowing access anymore. Getting a new computer would mean that I don't have to do this new thing with the copying the scans onto a thumb drive thing, then working on the post on my work laptop, which I sometimes bring home but don't like to bring home. It has been ages since I have seriously looked at all the tech specs of "current" computers to do some semi-educated new computer shopping. IN the 1980s and 90s I used to keep up with all that crap, now days I don't even bother. If the thing connects to the internet and allows me onto the sites I use the most then I am fine. When I do get a new computer it will most likely be a notebook/laptop with regular PC Windows not the dang tablet, smart phone "Mobile" versions. UGH I hate when those devices default to the mobile version of websites. I can do some stuff with my tablet but it is annoying. Doing something as detailed as making a blog post is NOT a task for a tablet or a droid smart phone. 

Monday, August 31, 2020

Ebay Update: Added Listings

 

Ebay Update: New listings

This will probably be just a quick update on my Ebaying. As for sales I haven't had anything sell since June. That is mostly because of what class? I didn't do any listing. Right. So about 2 weeks ago I corrected that and added 5 more items to my Ebay store giving me a total of 24 items in the store. Most of the listings in my store are one item/unit only one shots. I only have 2 multi item/unit listings, before this recent added listings I just had one multi-unit listing. I haven't gotten any new sales, but the views of my items has gotten back to being a thing and not just one random view every few weeks. It still isn't anything to really write home about though.

So as I said I added 5 listings. 3 were sealed DVDs and 2 were sports related of those 2 one is team branded general merchandise you could stretch it some to say it is breweriana as it is a set of drink coasters, the other is a multi-unit listing of some trading card packs.  For these 5 items each has shipping on top.

Here is what was listed:
  • New York Yankees branded drink coasters unopened 10 pack $7.95
  • DVD: Castle The Complete 5th Season 5 discs SEALED set $14.95
  • DVD: Road to Perdition SEALED $9.99
  • DVD: The Shawshank Redemption SEALED $9.99
  • SEALED pack of 2017 Leaf Draft Football trading cards $4.50  $4.00 (x6)

The DVDs will probably sit for a while since they are big name movies and there are a ton on Ebay, plus I'm somewhere in the high middle on pricing. The drink coasters I won't get much of a profit on if any and I might even lose some even on shipping. The key rookie card in the Draft packs is Patrick Mahomes II. I mentioned that in the description but not the title. I also mentioned he is the key rookie but there is no guarantee of pulling his card. I think he has at least 2 cards in that set maybe 3. I started them off at $4.50 but this past weekend (28 Aug) dropped the price down to $4.00. I had gotten them from some of those Fairfield repacked boxes of 20 (or was it 24?) packs of Football cards or maybe one of those boxes of 4 packs w/ 100 loose cards.

To try to get some things moving I am having a store wide 10% off sale for about 10 days Sept 01-11. Maybe some stuff will sell because of that sale. I hope so at least.

Friday, July 31, 2020

The New Blogger Experience: Updates to Blogger


OK so Blogger made some major updates to the platform format. I DON'T Like it. It seems that all the functions I normally have done are either hidden or are a second step in a new process, where the old process was just one step. The last update I didn't like at first either but I eventually warmed up to it. I'm not sure about this version. I don't even know where to begin.

Well for starters my ancient laptop with ancient browsers can no longer edit posts so I have do some alternate walk-arounds to get scans and new photos attached to my posts. Long story short it is well past time for me to get a new home 'puter/laptop. That is for another post another time if at all.

Many of the functions that I had grown accustomed to have changed. Some of them as I said at the top now require additional steps to do. For instance when going to a blog linked on your "reading list" you are now taken to a redirection page that asks if you want to be redirected to the link you were requesting or return to where your reading list page. Very counterintuitive and a huge pain to do my daily blog reading now.

I haven't tried returning to my reading list page in case I didn't want to return in the first place. I wanted to go directly to the link I requested. OH Lookie at that it doesn't send you back to the previous page. Only moving on to the page you wanted works. I just tested to see if it would send you back if you picked the go back page which I would rarely want to do. Unless I had clicked on the wrong link in the first place. 

The new format for the labels I don't think I'll be doing labels much anymore. I hate the way it looks (even though I like the old checklist trading cards that it is reminiscent of, and you can't see all of the ones you are trying to use.

Took me a while to find how to switch from the HTML view to the "compose" view and to find where the dang "SAVE" was. Still not sure how to tell if your publishing date and time is saved to where you want it. OH and I thought I would never find the damn "new post" button which is the damn plus circle that I thought was continue down the page or go to the next page.

I wonder what else I will find that I want to do that I can't anymore, or that I have to do a totally different way that is more complicated.

One good thing I noticed. When you click on the publish button it does give a pop-up asking to confirm publishing. In case you aren't quite ready to publish yet. There were a few times on the old format where I was nervous that I would accidentally click "publish" instead of just "save".

UGH I just. I just don't know anymore. I am frustrated by the new changes and am not sure how much longer I'll put up with this latest version.

Saturday, July 04, 2020

Pop-Tarts Limited Edition Taste Test: Froot Loops

OK so once again I was tempted by the evil Pop-Tarts demon. This time it was a new limited edition flavor for kids "Froot Loops". Based on the Kellogg's breakfast cereal of the same name. I think I had seen this flavor on the shelves before but didn't feel the urge to try it until just recently. I bought a box of 8 pastries at my Safeway.


I didn't know what to think of the things. I wasn't expecting anything super great, and I was right. They taste pretty much like you would expect them to. My first bite of the first one I tasted was awful. Sure it had a bit of the "fruit" flavor of the cereal and the filling and frosting do sort of have the Froot Loop flavor, but mixed with the new awful dry floury taste of the pastry's base dough it was hideous. I guess I started to get used to them after the first two, which I didn't think I would even be able to get through the first one let alone two that first morning. The following days they weren't as bad but they still weren't enjoyable.


To attract the kids to beg their parents to buy these things there are six different patterns/designs drawn on the frosting. I only come across 4 of the 6 designs. Well maybe 5. Not sure about that first design in the upper left showing the group of six or seven however many of the cereal "loops", but I definitely did not get the one that says "I'm with Sam". I got three of the spoon and 2 or 3 of Sam himself only 1 bow tie and 1 of the "glasses".


I'm sure to kids these things taste great, and for the kids that are Froot Loop freaks they can't go wrong. However for me and probably most adults they are to be avoided. Blah.

Wednesday, July 01, 2020

Ebay Reselling Update: June 2020 Sales

EBAY Reselling Update:
June 2020 Sales

Not much to report I continue to procrastinate in regard to adding new listings. I only sold 1 item in June and my Ebay store only has 19 items still. The item that sold was a pretty nice price. It was a book that I had gotten with a bunch of other books years ago. I forget when it was or how much the lot was or the exact total number of books. It was 20-30 science fiction books in the lot and I probably spent $1 - $2 per book. It wouldn't have been much more than that because that would mean spending over $40 for the lot and I would have been crazy to spend that much on the lot. Anyway when researching this book it surprised me when I saw that was apparently slightly rare. There were very few if any copies that had recently sold and they were either another copy or a copy with another book. I think there were only one or two copies that were even still listed. It seemed to comp for $20 - $30 maybe a little more if pristine condition. My copy sold for $25. Just when I was thinking of dropping the price down some to maybe $20 or a little less to try to force a sale, BAM it sold.

So What Sold in June 2020?
  1. A Planet in Arms by Donald Barr (1981 Paperback) $25 plus shipping.

Some related links:
My Ebay Store: CaptKirk42s Federation Trading Post
My YouTube channel: klandersen42
Up On Ebay Videos: Episode 01 | Episode 02
Ecrater Store: CaptKirk42 (AKA: Kirk's Knook)

Saturday, June 27, 2020

My Music Reviews: New Feature Idea


In my recent "spare" time I have been trying to get back into listening to music more and to get back into reviewing my albums on vinyl or CD or whatever format they are on and I happen to be listening to at the time.

I already have a few reviews from years ago over at rateyourmusic.com. I decided I would basically cut and paste most of those and publish them here. Perhaps at one time I had already wanted to do that but never got around to it. Unfortunately some of my reviews are just simply "I listened to this album again and I liked it" sort of reviews. Others are fairly lengthy and I would go track by track giving useless information and saying if I liked the track or not. There are also some that are somewhere in between.

Some record album websites:
rateyourmusic.com
discogs.com
bandcamp.com

Friday, June 26, 2020

Ebay Reselling Update: May 2020 Sales

EBAY Reselling Update:
May 2020 Sales

This does seem to be a regular standard thing now I guess.

I am now down to 20 19 items in my Ebay store. I continue to procrastinate in regard to adding new listings. It has been about two months since I have listed anything new. I need to reset my goals. Then I really need to make an effort to complete any goals I make. A few months back I thought it would be easy to do some more listing and be close to 100 listings near the beginning of April. If I had kept to some sort of routine of listing "x" number of items per week I could have easily done it. However I soon slipped back into my unmotivated procrastinating ways. Very very big sigh.

So What Sold in May 2020?
  1. Unopened 2016 Leaf Babe Ruth Collection 5 pack Baseball trading cards $1.50 Free Shipping
  2. Unopened 2016 Leaf Babe Ruth Collection 5 pack Baseball trading cards $1.50 x3 ($4.50) Free Shipping
Update: It is now June and Hey I got another sale on the 5th that means I'll be making another one of these types of posts in about a month a few weeks. Number of items in my Ebay store is now down to 19.

I also have had an Ecrater Store for quite sometime. It has been stale for at least 10 years or so. They don't have all the fees Ebay does. You can list with no limits and no fees. You do have to do all the promoting of it yourself and they don't have all the traffic Ebay does. Amazingly it still seems to be a valid and viable site for some resellers. I did a little freshening up and updating to that store. Man some of those photos need to be updated or changed to scans.

Anyway I have definitely lost the motivation to list. This month I have been focused more on my music listening and trying to get back to reviewing at rateyourmusic. But that is an entirely different subject.

Some related links:
My Ebay Store: CaptKirk42s Federation Trading Post
My YouTube channel: klandersen42
Up On Ebay Videos: Episode 01 | Episode 02
Ecrater Store: CaptKirk42 (AKA: Kirk's Knook)