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NYT: Barons Before Bedtime

January 25th, 2007 at 08:43 pm

I have 4 eBay auctions ending tonight, so this article in today's NY Times made me chuckle. I may be 10 years older than these kids, but I think we share some common virtues! Ever since I started selling on eBay, I find myself looking at EVERYTHING in our house with a more critical eye!

My favorite quote:

Bradley, the eBay maven, has discovered his own source of passive income: books in his younger brother Justin’s room. “If I get into a selling mood,” he said, “I will look around the whole house for things to sell. All over my brother’s room there are books that we have never read just lying around.”

He has put Justin’s “Hardy Boys” books on eBay three times, he said. And each time Justin goes online and takes them off.

I'll report back on what sold in my auctions later today.

3 Responses to “NYT: Barons Before Bedtime”

  1. scfr Says:

    I hope you sell everything!!!

    I did 7 listings of heavy furniture items that we'd like to sell before our relocation, thanks to your heads-up about the 20-cent listing sale. 2 of the auctions have ended and both of those items sold. 5 more auctions end later today; all have watchers but no bids so far. I'm hoping 2 or 3 of the remaining 5 will sell. My husband & I have been on pins & needles all day!

  2. threebeansalad Says:

    You can never tell what's going to sell. I had a pair of J. Crew jeans listed (for a $3.99- not exactly a bad price for nice jeans) that had 3 watchers and zero bids-- they are re-listed now with 0 watchers, 0 bids at $2.99, but a pair of shoes I listed that had no watchers / no bidders already has 1 bid-- even though the auction still has a few hours left. Who knows??? Auction theory is an entire field of study in economics-- I guess I know why!

  3. baselle Says:

    I hope you sell everything, but as I was reading that article on the bus, I had to laugh. To me, most of what the "business kids" learned was how to mark stuff up. IMO, the caramel seller was more of a business person, though, because he took raw ingredients and converted them into something else. That I respect. The ebay toy seller and the red bull seller... marked stuff up.

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