Saturday, 31 July 2010

My 365 Day Ebay Challenge Day 181

Day 181 of My 365 Day Ebay Challenge and I must apologise (once again) for the dearth of posts lately.

Unfortunately my spare time has been scarce due to the requirements of the day job and helping to keep my 3 year old son amused.

July has been a pretty quiet month as I kept back some listings until after the World Cup had ended. I will write up the scores on the doors for the end of July once I have details of the applicable Ebay final value fees which don't come through until a few days after the end of each month.

During this quiet period I did buy some new stock consisting of three small lots of model kits including the Airfix one of George Washington below, looking resplendent on his horse.

These kits have now all been separately listed. The details of the auctions are as follows -

Airfix George Washington

Airfix Handley Page Hampden

Airfix Heinkel He 111 H20

Airfix Consolidated Catalina

Airfix Ford Trimotor

Monday, 12 July 2010

My 365 Day Ebay Challenge Day 162 - End of June Report

Due to the World Cup I have held back from listing a number of items over the last few weeks as many males of the species would no doubt have been preoccupied and totally uninterested in Ebay!

Despite the football sales have been steady amounting to over £ 50 for the month. The four vintage Airfix "map top box" kits that I acquired sold for a 50% profit.

As a result, total sales since the start of My 365 Day Ebay Challenge (net of postage and Ebay fees) totalled - £ 225.99

Stock as at the end of June consisted of -

225 vintage postcards - cost price £ 13.50

Various model kits - cost price approx £ 35.00

Airfix box set - cost price £ 1.33 (only one kit left to sell)

Total - £ 49.83

Based on the above, the initial £ 100 stake is now worth £ 275.82

In the last couple of weeks I have managed to buy some more kits at good prices which I intend to list for sale during the latter half of July.

Monday, 14 June 2010

My 365 Day Ebay Challenge Day 134 - The World Cup Effect

As I wrote in my last blog post, I recently purchased a set of four 1980's vintage Airfix kits, one of which is pictured above.

I have already listed all four kits and they are selling well - details of the auctions which are due to end next Sunday 20th June can be found at the bottom of this post.

Last Sunday evening I had a number of auctions ending and managed to dispose of a good chunk of the remaining model kits and one job lot of vintage French post cards for reasonable money.

Now another topical Ebay tip.... In my last post I wrote about the importance of auction timings whether you are buying or selling.

This is even more important during the World Cup. I have armed myself with a World Cup fixture list, courtesy of the Radio Times, to ensure that none of my auctions end during an England match (or indeed any of the other major matches). As most of the items I am currently selling are male oriented, I risk losing a large number of potential bidders if my auctions end when the football is on telly.

Conversely, as I am not mad on football myself, I might take the opportunity of checking the auction listings whilst England are playing for any potential bargains I can pick up.

Auction details....

Airfix Westland Whirlwind

Airfix Gloster Meteor III

Airfix BAE Harrier GR.3

Airfix Bristol Blenheim