As you probably know by now, I enjoy selling items on eBay. I have had some pretty good success selling on there the last few months. My eBay posts are usually discussing the items that I buy for a low price and flip for an even better one. Today’s post is different. Every item that I try to sell is not always a hit. I’ve had a few duds. Today I will discuss what doesn’t sell on eBay for me.
Old Colorburst 100 Camera
I saw this camera at a flea market. I figured since it was only $3 this would be an easy flip. Boy was I wrong. I made the mistake of not using my eBay app and checking the recently completed sales of the camera. I checked eBay when I got home and saw at least 100 auctions featuring this camera. The camera was selling from $1.99 – $5.00. I decided to list it anyway. After about five months I stopped listing the item. There were still too many people selling it. I eventually donated it to the Goodwill.
Happy Days Puzzle
Depending on your age I know that you have probably heard of the show “Happy Days.” I used to watch episodes of this show when I was a child. I saw this item for $0.50 at a yard sale and figured what the hell. The puzzle was already opened, but I didn’t think to see if all the pieces were in there. That was a BIG mistake. I got home and attempted to put the puzzle together. There were at least four missing pieces. Even though I only paid $0.50 for the puzzle, I listed the item anyway. I’m not into losing any money. I was hoping that I would find a die-hard fan of Happy Days that would buy the puzzle even though it had a few pieces missing. Man, I was wrong. I trashed the puzzle after a few months. Note to self, if I ever sell another puzzle I have to make sure it’s new and still sealed.
Timberline Lake by Wilmer Print
I found this item at Value Village for $0.99. It looked interesting so figured I might as well try to flip it. I tried to sell it for three months. The item started off as a buy it now listing. Then I switched it up to a regular auction. After the third month, I stopped trying to sell it. This was one of the least viewed items that I’ve ever attempted to sell. I donated it back to Value Village a few weeks ago.
Coca-Cola Lady Tin
I purchased this tin from a thrift store for less than $2. Looking at it I thought I had hit the lottery. Again, I was wrong. The tin looks like it could be from the early 1900’s. It’s actually from an adverting campaign that Coca-Cola had in the 70’s & the 80’s. This is another item that nobody wanted. I couldn’t even sell it with it being listed at $0.99.
Billy Joel Record
After the success of selling a copy of The Eagles smash hit “Hotel California” I decided to see if this Billy Joel record could do the same thing. This is another item that already had too many listings. People were selling sealed copies of this album. Mine was used. After a few months, I took it down. I may eventually list it again. I have a feeling that I can still sell it.
The good thing about these eBay flops is that I spent less than $8 total on all the items. I learned what items sell for me and which ones don’t. Selling on eBay is always a learning experience. I have a couple of items that I have been trying to sell for a year. I should remove them, but I have hope that they will eventually sell. Just because something doesn’t sell on eBay for me, doesn’t me that you shouldn’t try to sell them.