Friday, April 18, 2014

Beyblades are a sure thing. (I hope)

One of my BeyBlade scores
Last week, I was contacted by Janet. She's a fellow thrift store picker who learned about the popularity of BeyBlades after reading about the toys on my blog. Using this knowledge, she then wisely scored a huge lot of Beyblades for only ten bucks at her local thrift store. After inventorying her mega score, Janet contacted me to ask how she should go about listing them on eBay?

If you're not familiar with them, Beyblades are basically spinning tops on steroids. They come with a launcher and ripcords which shoot the Beyblade into an arena where they do battle with a fellow Beyblades. I've blogged about Beyblades in the past, pointing out that they sell for big money on eBay. After congratulating Janet on her mega score, I advised her to check other auctions on Ebay in order to get some ideas on how to list them. I added that taking plenty of photographs was important, since it gives bidders the opportunity to look over the toys. Janet followed these steps, posting her Beyblade lot in a seven day auction with a confident starting bid of $49 dollars. She also provided me a link to the listing. This way, I could watch the bids roll in. The only problem was...there were no bids!

I have to say, I was more then a little surprised. Like a coach watching his player on the field, I nervously paced the eBay sidelines while Janet's auction sat dormant with no bids. As the days ticked by with still no bids, I wondered what was going on? Sure, I know buyers often like to watch an auction for a loooong time before bidding, but kid's toys are usually different. Kids have no patience-they bug their parents to get the bidding started! I began to wonder what the problem was? Did the bottom drop out of the BeyBlade market? Had the Beyblades craze end without anyone informing me? Whatever it was, the auction dragged on. Day five of the auction came and went with still no bids. Things were getting worrisome-the Dude's reputation was on the line here! It's sort of embarrassing when you tell folks that something is a big seller...then that something doesn't sell. Talk about getting egg on your face...I was ready to break out the washrag!

But despite the depressing lack of bids, Janet found a nice way to put a positive spin on the whole ordeal. About halfway through the auction, with no bids yet, here's what she wrote to me:

"Dude......Here is what I'm thinking. If I were to go to the movies, even on senior day, it would cost right around $7.  Add in my popcorn (that I MUST Have) and I am at more than $10 dollars. That's the same money I have into these tops! Heck, the entertainment just researching, listing and following has been worth much more than the $10 I have invested! I'm all good with them selling for just enough to cover my cost and postage ......I suspect I will have a nice profit. But if I don't, I figure that the entertainment value has me in the black before I receive single bid. I want to thank you again for all the things you have taught me!" - Janet  

I couldn't agree more with Janet's positive outlook. (Especially the part about eating popcorn in a movie-I MUST have movie popcorn too!) But fortunately, Janet didn't have to settle for just covering her costs. It took a while, but after a long wait, Janet watched three eBay bidders battle it out for her Beyblades. When the battle was over and the dust settled, Janet's Beyblades sold for an incredible $76 dollars!  After the auction ended, Janet contacted me again to say thanks. (Which was very nice of her.) She also told me something very interesting, pointing out that her auction had over 350 page views. An awesome auction for Janet and a testament to Beyblades continued popularity. Congrats to Janet on a great score and an outstanding profit of $66 dollars. That should pay for a lot of movie popcorn!

So until otherwise noted, let me just say it again...


                               When you see Beyblades...buy em!!!! 


Have you flipped any Beyblades, or similar toy? Share your story in the comment section below.    



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12 comments:

  1. I always find the stadiums but never the beyblades

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    1. I hear ya. Plus, because they're so flimsy, they're always cracked or split...Dude!

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    2. I have Big Bang Pegasus for sale,with galaxy Pegasus and some beyblade bursts

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  2. Yay for Janet! And Dude!, that was so nice of you to help and cheer her on. I've never seen Beyblades at a sale yet, but now that I know what they look like, I'll be on the hunt for them for sure! And hey, I''m glad your reputation is still intact. ;-)

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    1. Lorraine-Wherever you find boys: ages 8 to 14, you'll find the Beyblades. For sure, keep your eye out for them.

      Caught up on your scores this past week. you're killing it on eBay-nice job. Loving those old tubes your husband's making too-very cool!...Dude!

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  3. Go Janet! And how nice of you to help her along the way! I've convinced my son to let me sell his lot of Beyblades, (he never really got into them) I just need to get my act together and get em' listed. Thanks for all your helpful posts - please keep them coming! :)

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    1. Kristen-If you list them, they will bid! Good luck and let us know how you do.

      Thanks for writing in....Dude!

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  4. My Daughter pointed out that I should have paid more attention to the time my auction ended. I must admit that as I was setting up the listing I never gave any thought to that detail......My silly auction ended in the middle of the night~ What a bone head mistake. Oh well, upward and onward! I;m learning a lot as I am figuring out all the changes that eBay made during the years that I was away.Again,thank you for sharing your knowledge,

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    1. Janet-Your daughter is on to something. I think the common accepted theory is Sunday evening is the best time for an auction to end. Most folks are home Sunday nights. I know one eBAy seller who ONLY lists Sunday nights for that reason. I like to spread them out, but I always have them ending in the evening.

      You're welcome, I am glad I could help. Your sale made a nice blog piece for me, so I appreciate you sharing the story....Dude!

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  5. found beyblades at a yard sale today 2 minutes 2 late....saw a huge pile being packed up and taken away LOL

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  6. I have 32 complete beys and parts for 8 more plus random pieces and launchers..what should I open my bid at?

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    1. I'd say $29.95 would be a fair starting off point. Don't forget to add shipping too.

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