Sunday, June 29, 2008

June 28, 2008, epier listings

As I did last week, I've added one Barbie and one non-Barbie item to epier.
1983 Twirly Curls Barbie swimsuit

1992 ASP yearbook

Saturday, June 21, 2008

june 21, 2008, epier listings

I'm going to try listing one Barbie item and one non-Barbie item each week, more if I have time. These are my two for this morning:
Last issue of Channel One:

Newport Barbie head, torso and bikini top:

Monday, June 9, 2008

June 9, 2008, less merchandise because of gas prices

Since I drive a Honda Civic with good gas mileage, the gas prices haven't affected me as directly as they have others. But something else that is an indirect affect of the prices has affected me. Stores aren't stocking as much merchandise as they have in the past. I don't know if they're just not ordering as much because it costs too much to pay for it, or if trucks are making fewer deliveries.
Some of the effects of higher prices began to take effect several months ago. For instance, I visited the outlet malls in Jeffersonville and Washington Court House, Ohio, in February. My two favorite places were the Liz Claiborne store at Jeffersonville and the Linen Outlet at WCH. The Linen Outlet was already gone in February, and when I visited the malls again two weekends ago, the Liz store was gone. I also noticed that some of the other clothing stores were either gone and had been replaced by places that sell "stuff" or the clothing stores that were there had more leftovers than they've had in the past. Needless to say, I didn't buy as much as I usually do.
Locally, I cannot find three items in grocery or convenience stores. I got coupons in the mail for the new GE energy-saving light bulbs, and I cut coupons out from the newspaper for a new Jell-O dark chocolate pudding and Scrubbing Bubbles pump spray. I've been in a number of Krogers and other convenience stores, and none of them has these items. In fact, the places where this merchandise should be have empty shelving!
Lastly, Kohl's had an ad for a chain with a butterfly pendant on it. There were also some other similar items in this ad. The clerk at the local Kohl's said that the store never got the butterfly necklace. It also barely had the other jewelry in the ad.
Before you think I've been driving around wasting gas looking for these things, I was just going in them when I was in the area anyway.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

2 epier listings

Since I got on a roll last week with listing, I decided to keep doing more listings in one week than I have in the past. I added two completely unrelated items this morning. One of them is an old paperback by a very popular science fiction author. The other is, of course (!), a Skipper item.

No Different Flesh, by Zenna Henderson

Teen Co.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

finally, someone from ebay with the same experience

I've been reading ebay's Seller Central forum for four years, and this is the FIRST, I repeat, the FIRST, time anyone ever talked about having the same experiences as I had. Someone who would buy small inexpensive items for $1 and resell them for $3 or $4, or would buy something for $7 and resell it for $12. I did that for years before ebay came along, and during my first two years with the company, I continued to do the same. It was a good way to get a little extra spending money.
But then ebay raised its listing and final value fees, and then said that if you wanted to use Paypal, you had to accept credit card payments, which was yet another fee. Yes, you'd be losing money on small items if you did that. So I stopped accepting Paypal altogether, and then, because of the economy and because so few people were collecting playline 70s, 80s and 90s Barbies anymore, the bids stopped. So I unregistered with ebay a year ago, long before it ever started getting complaints about its feedback system.
Anyway, this is the link. I can't participate anymore, because I'm not registered anymore. I wish I could contact this seller. I'd love to continue this discussion here. And if we did start a discussion, I'd love to have someone link it to Seller Central, so that those arrogant asshole Powersellers would realize that their opinions regarding the holier-than-thou ebay and Paypal weren't the only ones.