The Numbers: September 4-10, 2022

The Numbers: September 4-10, 2022

We missed you too J&R. Hope everything in your lives comes out smelling like roses this week. You both deserve it.

I am taking a scavenger road trip this week to Lancaster, PA. Two library sales in the area will pay for some of the trip, maybe all of it depending on what I find, and I’m optimistic that I will come across some cool old Mennonite stuff.

But this trip is less about the sales and more about getting out there to explore somewhere new. I’ve lived in different parts of New Jersey my whole life and never had the means or opportunity to travel much. Lancaster may as well be Mars. I am nervous for my trip but also very excited. The first of many to come.

I’ll have a lot of work waiting for me when I get back. Auctions are big in the trading cards niche, and I figured that sales are going to dip while I’m away, so why not run a bunch of auctions over the course of the week to guarantee some extra money in the bank?

I spent some time this weekend carefully plotting out how I wanted to do this. The end result was about 600 auctions ending next Sunday and Monday night with starting bids between $10 and $50 (about half of the BIN price was in my store) and best offer option turned on (free for auction listings, unlike BIN which is $0.10 minimum). It cost me $0.10 per listing to schedule the listings in advance which was taken from my available funds as soon as the listing went live.

From the batch of auctions which started earlier tonight, two listings have already received the minimum bid and a buyer sent me offers on two other listings for $15 and $20, which I accepted. It’s a reminder that eBay users are all different. Some only check auctions. Some really care about negotiating over a few dollars. Auctions aren’t right for every type of item and you want to be careful with how you use them, but they are also one of eBay’s most unique elements.

9/4/2022 – 9/10/2022

Total items in store: 1425 (up from 1378 two weeks ago)

Items sold: 41 (26 via best offer, 9 via seller initiated offer, 19 via promoted listings)

Gross sales: $2006.40 (down 27% from one year ago)

Net sales: $1430.34 (down 29% from one year ago)

Average sales price: $48.94 (up 2% from one year ago)

Time spent searching through online auction listings for new trading cards inventory: 12 hours (down from 16 hours last week)

Highest price sold (net): $101.67 — Aidan Hutchinson 2018 Leaf autograph #6/15

Lowest price sold (net): $10.69 — DJ Skee 2021 Chicago National I Feel Like A Monster promotional card

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