Sunday, December 29, 2013

After Christmas sales and deals

With Christmas over and the New Year just ahead, it's not exactly the greatest time of year to sell on eBay. After all, most people are way busy taking down decorations, driving to the mall to make after Christmas returns and planning their New Year's Eve parties. Shoppers are burned out! The last thing they want to do is spend any more time or money on eBay. As a result, items that were red hot just a few weeks ago, will barely get a look-see now. For example, you might have the greatest toy in the world to sell on eBay, but with Christmas over, how many people are interested in bidding on it? Pretty much nobody! So what's a seller to do? My answer is to list only stuff that appeals to a specific type of buyer. The type of person who will actually seek out and bid no matter what time of year it is. Who's this person? Hard-core collectors and hobbyist!

People who are really into their hobby generally don't lose interest just because it's the holiday season. If they're passionate about their hobby and know they can't take a "time-out" during the holidays. The hard-core collector also knows an item they want could pop up on eBay or Craigslist at any moment. So they stay ever vigilant, scouring Ebay and Craigslist for that special something, no matter what the season. Since there's not a whole lot of other buyer's trolling eBay right now, you have to give the collectors and hobbyist what they want!

After Christmas sale
Here's something I just sold yesterday that meets that criteria-a Ham radio antenna. The guy who bought the antenna was a very enthusiastic Ham radio hobbyist. For those not familiar with the hobby, Ham radio is like a CB radio. But instead of transmitting to people across town, a Ham radio can transmit across the country and even the world. Ham radio operators are very passionate about their hobby and will look for "gear" any time of the year! This particular antenna looked like something "Doc" invented in the movie, "Back to the Future", but it's actually used to transmit on a very specific frequency in Amateur radio. New antennas of this type can sell for more then $100 dollars. I bought this one for ten bucks at yard sale. I know, I know, pretty boring right? But believe me, Ham radio guys live for this stuff! In this case, the buyer drove 35 miles out of his way and paid me $40 dollars for this contraption! The guy was a real character! He then spent another twenty minutes using his very loud "outside" voice explaining to me what he intended to do with the antenna! See what I mean? Collectors and hobbyist don't care that's what time of year it is; Christmas, New Years, whatever....they're serious buyers all year around!

Another after Christmas deal
Another example is this NHL All-Star game hockey jersey. I recently snagged the jersey at Goodwill for six dollars. It was brand new with all tags attached. In keeping with my theory that hard core collectors want what they want-when they want it...a hockey nut bought the jersey on the day after Christmas. He gladly paid me my Buy-it-Now price of $35 dollars. I am not gonna  lie. I was actually a little annoyed the buyer was making me work the day after Christmas. I was really hoping to kick back in my jammies all day and recover from a long day of Christmas entertaining! Instead, I was forced to package the jersey and drive it down to the local post office! But what could I do? The guy was obviously a hockey nut and wanted the jersey now!

There's plenty of stuff that will sell during the lull of the post-holiday season. Some items I've done well with include, HO trains, HO slot cars, unique team jerseys, collectible vintage toys and tools as well as the above mentioned Ham and CB radios With the holiday season ending and a new year beginning, take a hard look at your inventory. Use your imagination and list those items you think people will be the most passionate about collecting.

What are some of the items you have no problem selling, no matter the time of year ? Give us your list in the comment section below.  

Wishing you a healthy, happy and profitable 2014....HAPPY  NEW YEAR....Dude!

  



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11 comments:

  1. it seems after Christmas I started getting international buyers again in full force. Right now I have packages lined up ready to go to Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, and Argentina (I love watching all the crazy places stuff goes :D ) American Girl sells well for me as well as Leapfrog toys. Actually I have no problem selling toys and baby stuff all year. This last week after Christmas has been busier than the week before fore me.

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  2. That hockey jersey went international, now that you mention it. American Girl is a perfect example, as is Leap Frog games. But overall, I am reluctant to sell many other toys right now. I list mostly through auctions and the post-Christmas doldrums will depress my auction prices. Just not as many people looking to bid them up.

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    1. very true. I list the vast majority Buy It Now which also makes a difference :D

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  3. All of my items are BIN and some have or Best Offer. I have a store so I keep all my items up until they sell. From Thursday afternoon to Friday night I had 11 sales. No sales on Saturday and I just now sold a Friends Scene it DVD board game to Canada. I have sold a couple of Christmas items as well. I think people see relatives with something, decide they like it and check to see if it is on Ebay.

    Speaking of collectors, I have a search saved for a certain toy I collect. It is very hard to find and today I found one (newly listed) for $24.99 I bought it right away and I will keep my search active in case there are any more available in the upcoming year. Currently there is one other listed I believe but that person wants $100 and Im not willing to pay that much

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    1. opps I was wrong She wants $175 Im glad my seller didnt go any where near that price

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    2. If you paid $25 and there's another one listed for $175, sounds like you scored a good deal! Hope you find some more in 2014.

      Thanks for filling us in on our sales. The BIN listings seem to be working pretty well for you. I have a strategy for using BIN which I'll probably share in a few blogs down the road.

      Happy New Year...Dude!

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    3. I found another one that had best offer on it. I offered her $14 which was almost 40% off her asking price and she accepted it. So either these sellers don't know what they have or the chick with the $175 one is wishful thinking (btw she just relisted it again at that price)

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  4. I am listing plush (replacement lovies) on BINs right now. A panicing Mommy who needs a replacement of a plush is willing to buy at any time. I might do some winter sweaters, coats, etc. From what I understand, now is the time to list bathing suits too for Caribbean cruises

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    1. That's a good list. You have me thinking about those cruises. I have a few Hawaiian shirts I was planning on saving until the warmer weather. But maybe now's a good time too.

      Thanks for the ideas....Dude!

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  5. Collectibles are up for me, but I had to smile when I sold a set of Christmas mugs this week. I put them on sale for 20% off twice leading up to Christmas with no takers. They sold this week for full asking price :)

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    1. Nice! You never can tell with eBay buyers, right? It's like they say about actual auctions...the final hammer price all depends on who's in the room that night. Same with eBay!

      Thanks for writing in and sharing your Xmas mug sale...Dude!

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