The Numbers: October 30- November 5, 2022

The Numbers: October 30- November 5, 2022

Congrats @Ryanne on your performance, we’re all rooting for you in the next round! And thanks to you, I finally learned what the hell regionals are!

I had an incredibly slow week of sales, but I did it to myself. I have 550 auctions ending between tonight and tomorrow. It’s not a fire sale. I was very deliberate about setting the minimum bid price at the absolute lowest I would accept for that listing. I wouldn’t recommend doing auctions any other way. A lot of listings, even those that get watchers, just sell for the minimum bid.

I have plenty of unlisted inventory at this point, both trading cards and other items, so I figured I may as well take some chances over the last few months of the year. This week, once I get all the unsold auctions listed, I will try a public coupon or markdown sale. I have to think about what I want to do for Black Friday. I’m hopeful eBay will offer some kind of eBay bucks promo, but maybe that program is dead.

So far, my favorite item to receive a bid is this antiquarian religious book. I had it listed at $50 or best offer for over a year. I only paid a few bucks for it and books are not a main source of my income, so I’m really happy with any sales over $20.

10/30/2022 – 11/5/2022

Total items in store: 1255 (up from 1157 last week, but this number is only higher because I relisted 150 auctions which went unsold from my last auction batch a month ago)

Items sold: 25 (1 via best offer — which I don’t think is right, so maybe this feature’s broken?, 6 via seller initiated offer, 10 via promoted listings)

Gross sales: $1441.22 (down 61% from one year ago)

Net sales: $781.18 (down 71% from one year ago)

Average sales price: $57.65 (up 20% from one year ago)

Time spent searching through online auction listings for new trading cards inventory: 16 hours (down from 20 hours last week)

Highest price sold (net): $125.25 — Cristian Javier 2021 Panini Select auto jersey button prizm rookie card #/5

This sold the same day that the Astros pitched a no-hitter in the World Series. I had the card listed at $70 for the last few months, but I saw the score in the fifth inning and no hits from the Phillies and decided to double the price of the card. It still sold immediately after the game.

I have another Javier autograph in my auction batch that ends tomorrow. It’s not quite as nice as this card (higher serial number, no jersey or button relic) but has still been bid up to $46. It will be interesting to see how high it goes.

Lowest price sold (net): $12.59— 10 card lot of New York Giants cards

I buy in large enough quantities that I often end up with cards which are not valuable enough to list on eBay individually or sell on consignment but not completely worthless, so I thought I would experiment by making a few lots of “hot” teams to see if they sold. Last week I sold 4 out of 7, so that’s a promising start. I’d love to figure out a system where I could list 10-20 of these lots in a week without it becoming a huge time sink.

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