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Friday, December 24th, 2010
levis jeans 9.99

levis jeans 9.99

These are some of the brands of jeans that I am offering right now in my eBay store everythingvintagesteph.com. I sell mainly vintage items but I have a great source for gently used, like new clothing, so I have branched out into that area. What are they worth? I start them at 4.00 on auction and list them at 9.99 in my store (shipping not included).

L L Bean jeans 9.99

L L Bean jeans 9.99

Since you are reading my blog, I will give you a special hint: I always use best offer on my listings and I almost always accept anything over 4.00. Why? Because I buy them for 85 cents a piece! Keep reading and you will find out where and how.

flannel lined jeans

flannel lined jeans

I listed these flannel lined jeans (LL Bean size 4) and they sold in one day! My secret source: the Goodwill clearance stores! They just raised the price in the clearance outlet from 75 cents to 85 cents per item. In Morgantown, PA, they change the bin clothing every single day. I only go about once or twice a month but they are loaded with great stuff every day! I just found out that this store will be moving soon and expanding to about 5 times the size and only offering clearance bins. I will be spending the day there!

J Crew corduroy skirt

J Crew corduroy skirt

Click on any of the photos or everythingvintagesteph.com to see what I am offering. Click on my completed auctions if you want to see what I have sold lately.

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND THANKS FOR VISITING!!!

FREE SHIPPING FOR CHRISTMAS ON eBay–is it really free?

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010
vintage keys

vintage keys on auction until Dec. 21

When most people think of free shipping, they think of getting the same item at the same price but the shipping just happens to be free on a certain day or week. For example, if you are looking for a toy on eBay and the price is 10.00 from one seller plus 4.00 shipping and 10.00 from another seller with free shipping, it’s a no-brainer which one you will buy. However, it doesn’t really work the same way with items that weigh over a pound.

GAP jeans

GAP jeans

Here’s what happens when I sell a pair of jeans (most jeans weigh between 1 and 2 pounds).  I want to get at least 5.00 for the pair of jeans. If I sell them for 5.00 with free shipping, obviously I won’t make any profit so I can’t do that.

If I want to offer free shipping I have to build the price of shipping into the fixed price. That’s where the problem is. I live in the east coast. If I ship to the east coast, the cost for 2 pounds is about 5.00. If I ship to the middle of the country the cost will be about 7.00 for shipping. However, if I ship to the west coast the cost can be as much as 9.55 postage. Therefore, in order to offer free shipping, I have to add about 10.00 to the price of EVERY pair of jeans to cover my costs to the west coast. The buyers on the east coast are much better off if I DON’T offer free shipping. I’m sure this scenario is the same for anyone on the west coast shipping east as well.

Would you rather pay 5.00 plus actual shipping for a pair of jeans or 15.00 with free shipping? If I want to give my customers the best price, I offer actual shipping, not “free” shipping.

Kenneth Cole pants

Kenneth Cole pants

So is there really such a thing as free shipping? Probably not with the small sellers on eBay. We can’t just take a loss in order to offer free shipping, and the customer actually pays less without free shipping such as in the example above. Free shipping might really be free with Toys R Us or Land’s End or other big companies but for people like me (and maybe you). Free isn’t really free!

I sell lots of jeans on ebay. Some are new.

I sell lots of jeans on eBay. Some are new.

Lots of jeans. Lots of sizes. Great prices! at everythingvintagesteph.com

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