Thursday, July 31, 2008

4 Steps to eBay Affiliate Success

Need to make a little money?

Getting started with the eBay affiliate program is explained in 4 simple steps. To register for the eBay Affiliate Program, go to and get started.

If you currently earn income through eBay's Affiliate Program, please send me an email to tell me about your experience.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

DNC Campaign Memorabilia: How to know which political collectibles are likely to increase in value

The letters in the headline stand for
the Democratic National Convention,

certainly NOT... Do Not Collect.

With the Democratic National Convention looming, political collectibles are becoming available surrounding the event. Obviously of interest for the historical value, add to that, people like to collect objects that remind them of important events they've experienced. Thus, the popularity of common campaign items such as pins, buttons, bumper stickers and campaign signs, autographed photos, fundraising letters, mugs, and shot glasses.

I recently came across a great antiques appraisal blog by Auction Wally. He has been an auctioneer and appraiser for 25 years. In his today's posting, he covers this subject matter and offers useful tips for those interested in picking up political collectibles. It's a wonderfully informative site!

The Barack Obama doll above is selling on eBay like crazy. Auction Wally explains his optimism for the future value of this item... "I think these will be a cherished item which rises in value in the future. They appear to be well made, reasonably priced at $19.95, and reflect the excitement and novelty of his campaign. This is a perfect combination of attributes for a good collectible."

Check out his blog today for more guidelines explaining what make certain political items more collectible.

In general, Auction Wally's blog covers the value of antiques and how to sell them. For more information like this, check out

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

St. James Bazaar offers family fun AND a great flea market!

In Danielson, the St. James Bazaar starts Wednesday evening. The parking lot of St. James School will be packed with carnival rides, musical entertainment and other activities. A massive flea market will be set up in the school gymnasium and also in the basements of both the school and the adjoining St. James Church. It promises to offer everything from furniture and appliances to books, records, CDs, tapes and more! Many vendors will display homemade wares and services as well.

All items in the flea market were donated by parishioners and other local residents in support of the school. Volunteers in pickup trucks have criss-crossed the community gathering donations. Money raised will help to cover the costs of supplies and heat for the school, which go beyond what tuition covers.

Nightly acts for entertainment, food, and carnival rides make for this annual event a popular one! Admission is free. Hours of operation are 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday.

Saint James School is located at 120 Water Street, Danielson, CT. The school is easily accessible from Interstate 395. It is in close proximity to intersections of Route 6 and 12.

Read more, from The Norwich Bulletin:
Killingly: Bazaar provides school relief

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Harley motorcycle stolen in RI found after 34 years, sold on eBay

A 1971 Harley-Davidson Sportster motorcycle that was stolen nearly 34 years ago in Rhode Island has just resurfaced in central New Jersey. It was discovered when a buyer on eBay inadvertently purchased the stolen bike for $2,400.

After contacting Harley-Davidson for information, the prosecutor’s office learned that the motorcycle was stolen on Halloween way back in 1974 in Providence, R.I.

Apparently, the motorcycle had been bought and sold a few times throughout the years, and the eBay seller was unaware that the bike was stolen property.

The unsuspecting auction winner will be reimburses under eBay's policy protecting those who inadvertently buy stolen vehicles.

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August 23rd is the day for appraisals in Connecticut

On Saturday, August 23, 2008, the Pomfret Proprietors association will sponsor the 2nd Annual “What’s It Worth?" event where you can ask an expert about the value of your antique/collectible.

The appraisals will be held at the Pomfret School's Strong Field House from 9:00AM to 1:00 PM.

Grogan & Company: Fine Art Auctioneers & Appraisers of Boston will provide verbal appraisals. As one of the country's premier regional auction houses, they have held over 100 auctions and sold over 100 million dollars in fine art, antiques, Oriental rugs, silver and jewelry.

Avoid driving to Hartford (where PBS's Antiques Road Show is scheduled on the same date... plus the deadline for ticket applications for that event has passed.). Save time, gas money and avoid long lines by staying closer to home and getting the same quality appraisal -- Michael Grogan has appeared on the Antiques Road Show several times!

The cost is $5 per item with a limit of two. Please bring items that can be easily carried in by hand.

Refreshments will be available, and local businesses and organizations will have booths to acquaint people with Pomfret's numerous assets -- including services, shops and community groups.

Profits will benefit the Pomfret Proprietors Scholarship Fund. Check online at for more information. The event is scheduled to run from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Businesses or Organizations interested in setting up during this event can rent a booth for $25. For more information and to register, contact Louisa Jones (email at 860-963-6156.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

What to do when your eBay buyer backs out of the deal

Has this happened to you yet? Have you received an email from an eBay buyer like this?

“I bought this by mistake. I don’t want the item. You need to void the transaction.”

This scenario is rather absurd because the buyer has to complete several checkout screens before the purchase is complete. What happened is that he changed his mind. You will still be charged the final value fees unless you take action to recover them.

Read more on the steps you should take to recover your fees.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Back to school savings... A little early!

I stopped at only one yard sale over the weekend. I happened to drive by the large sign at the end of the street while I was out doing other errands. I was glad I took the detour!

My 14-year-old son is a fast-growing teen. Turns out, lucky for him that I decided to stop at that yard sale because it had a lot of clothing in his size, also appropriate for his age.

In fact, of the nine pieces I picked up, four were brand new with tags! A pair of denim jeans, a Nike muscle jersey, a navy blue Husky tee, and a plaid flannel button front shirt from Cuffy's on the Cape (still in the package) were the best of the lot -- and never worn! Other items included wind pants and various other t-shirts. Well worth $6 for the lot, don't you think?

The cost was of no concern to my son. He was thrilled with the clothes... And I was too!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Get ready for the 4th Annual Mammoth Moosup Neighborhood Yard Sale

It doesn’t happen until September 13th, but on Belair Drive in Moosup, Carol Lavigne is well into preparations for this year’s Mammoth Moosup Neighborhood Yard Sale. Carol’s helpers were out and about yesterday, spreading the word to neighbors. Fliers were distributed to each home in the area -- generally those running off or connected to High Street in Moosup.

Each home interested in participating is asked to contribute $5 towards printing and advertising. This is the fourth annual neighborhood yard sale, and Carol is praying for sunshine! It has grown larger every year and people come from far and wide to search out bargains.

Regardless of the weather, this sale goes on, with many sellers set up inside garages and on porches, etc — just in case! Many (but not all) of the participants selling on that Saturday will do it again on Sunday as well.

Carol is always interested in buying vintage jewelry, toys, including old dolls, miliary items, and depression glass. If you have any of these items to sell, or for anyone with questions about the yard sale, Carol can be reached at (860) 564-3547.

Last year’s story:
Buyers find bargains throughout Moosup at townwide yard sale

Thursday, July 17, 2008

High-tech, self-cleaning toilets yet to attract bids on eBay

High-tech, self-cleaning toilets have yet to attract bids on eBay. Not your average bathroom fixture, these are pricey toilets, with starting bids of $89,000 each.

The single-stall stainless steel units have sensors for hand-washing and flushing. They are designed to seal their pneumatic doors to clean the floor and toilet after every flush, and also to prevent anyone from entering while in use.

The city of Seattle decided to remove the German-made Hering-Bau toilets because of maintenance costs and problems with drug use and prostitution.

Here's the eBay listing.

City hopes eBay auction will shut the lid on toilet debacle

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Home auctions surge nearly 47 percent since 2003

Auctions are no longer just for banks seeking to unload a foreclosure. In a sign of just how broad the real estate downturn has become, auctioneers say much of their current business is being driven by home builders reducing inventory, and individuals who can’t afford to wait out the real estate doldrums.

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Ever wonder about those art auctions they offer on cruise ships?

Having been fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to vacation on a cruise ship in recent years, I was curious about the art auctions they offer as a form of entertainment.

An interesting article came out today about a buyer who discovered after making two sizable purchases at a cruise ship art auction, that the prices he paid there were far above prices online for similar works. Buyer beware. Shill bidding is not an uncommon practice designed to drive the price up. All sales at these events are final.

Here’s a tip: Most cruise lines offer online access in their Internet cafes. The art auctions offer a preview before actual bidding begins to allow potential buyers a look ahead of time. If you have your eye on a particular piece, you may want to conduct a little research first.

Here’s the article from the New York Times.
Art Auctions on Cruise Ships Lead to Anger, Accusations and Lawsuits

Cruise ship Art Auctions - Scams, Frauds or bargains?

When Your Cruise Ship Art Romance Goes Sour

For detailed advice, visit
Cruise ship art auction tips

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Repo men chasing more boats; For buyers, bargains can be found at auctions

Watching the repossession television shows can be a form of entertainment for some. But for others, the big squeeze on the economy is hitting close to home.

Repossessions on boats are on the rise. For those who may have benefited in recent years from the real estate boom, in today's downturn, many who could previously afford the toys, now cannot. It’s the mortgage and car payments that get paid first.

Rising gas prices have also made it harder for boat owners to make room in their budgets for trips. Marine diesel fuel costs more than $5 a gallon in some places, which means a five-hour jaunt on the water can easily cost $250 for some gas-guzzling yachts. Last year’s marine diesel cost about $3.40 a gallon.

On the up side, prices for used boats are falling. Repossessed boats under 60 feet may go for as low as 40 percent of what the boat would cost new, and many of them end up at auctions.

Read the story.

And a related one...
Gas prices keep boats at dock

Friday, July 11, 2008

Vinyl revival: Music lovers search out old records

Is there a vinyl revival happening?

The sound is described as “intriguing, not so perfect,” and new generations as well as the old are searching out old records. They hunt for them at yard sales, record stores and thrift stores... Many are looking for albums they owned in their youth and let slip away.

In Idaho, there’s a group that regularly gathers to spin music on vinyl, and its popularity is growing. Could this be a sign of a nostalgic trend that might make those old records collectible again?

Music lovers rediscover the timbre of turntable

Benefit yard sale held today and all weekend; Your support will help a baby with medical needs

Benefit Yard Sale for Kiley Elizabeth Griggs —

Kiley is 14 months old and has Congenital Nephrotic Syndrome and Hepatoblastoma (Liver Cancer). On April 14, she had both kidneys and her liver transplanted. Now her organs are not functioning properly, and she may need new organs. Her family is in dire need of help to defray to the costs of caring for a sick child.

The yard sale is happening today through Sunday, from 8 am To 7 pm at 705 Providence Pike, Danielson (Rt. 6). It's near the South Killingly Fire Station, in the vicinity of Snake Meadow and Cook Hill Roads, and just over the Rhode Island line.

Some of the items offered for sale include baby furniture, antiques, bureaus and tables, a recliner, and children's clothing. Further donations of merchandise for the sale are being accepted.

Monetary donations can also be made directly to a fund set up for Kiley Elizabeth Griggs at New Alliance Bank, in care of Michael A. Sollitro, Admin.

If you're out and about this weekend, plan a stop at this sale. You'll be helping a family in need and you may pick up a few bargains as well!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

With a tightening economy, thefts of catalytic converters still a concern

Back in February, I posted news concerning local talk at area auctions among used car dealers. It was about an increase in thefts of catalytic converters from underneath vehicles. With the rising value of precious metals, payouts for these parts (which often contain such metals) are worth the risk for thieves, who will grab the parts quickly by slipping underneath a vehicle with a battery powered hand-saw.

With the tightening economy, such thefts continue to be problematic.

I don't know what the policies are with our local recyclers when it comes to handing over payment for such parts, but this news story reports that in Kentucky, recyclers must copy the driver’s license of anyone trying to sell them metal. They must also hold recently purchased materials for a month to allow stolen items to be reclaimed. Those requirements are not unreasonable.

East Hartford man caught selling illegal copies of TV shows and movies on eBay

Never mind the man I blogged about yesterday who sold “borrowed” library materials on Craigslist, today’s news tells of an East Hartford man who illegally copied movies and TV shows and sold them on eBay. The 53-year-old man used blank DVD discs, video cassettes and other equipment to illegally record at least 55 copyrighted shows. He made more than $100,000, but now he’s facing up to five years in prison.

It all comes down to this: If you don’t own it, you can’t sell it.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Reselling "borrowed" library books turns out to be a bad idea

It's interesting to see how creative people can be when it comes to finding sources of product to sell online.

In a recent blog posting, I shared the story of a young couple who regularly scan through Craigslist's free category and search out curbside freebies to later re-sell for profit.

Well how about this one? A Colorado library patron thought it would be a "novel" idea to re-sell books and DVDs he "borrowed" from the library! A woman who recently purchased books on Craigslist from the man noticed the library identification stamps and called police.

Denver prosecutors report that 34-year-old Thomas Pilaar was sentenced to 10 years in prison and ordered Tuesday to pay $53,549 in restitution. He pleaded guilty in May.

Of course, reselling books old library books you might buy at your local
library's book sale fundraiser is a perfectly acceptable practice!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Many eBay sellers are closing stores; Others report what IS selling now

Many local eBay sellers have reported to me that their sales on the site have declined drastically in recent months. And more than a handful have closed down their eBay stores completely. Declining online sales are not unusual for the summer months. Many people are on vacation or just spending more time outdoors rather than sitting at home in front of a computer.

Normally, sales will come up again in mid-August when back-to-school buying starts up. Items like books and anything related to fashion will start to move quickly, but with the increased time spent online, a general upswing across all selling categories is usually reflected.

I have to say, it does look like other conditions are affecting online sales as well these days. First, the economy in general is of great concern. People are worried now in anticipation of how they’ll make ends meet for necessities such as food, gas and heating oil as the cooler months approach. They won't be buying anything extra now.

Then add to the mix the changes eBay has implemented this year which make it somewhat of an unfriendly environment for small time sellers in general. The buyer definitely has the advantage and a lot of sellers are hesitant to risk much in an uncertain market where people simply aren’t spending much.

However -- if you are up for the challenge, I came across an interesting article on what IS selling on eBay these days... If you’re brave enough to give it a try, this article claims that designer handbags, model trains, and used musical instruments are currently doing quite well. Also on the list are digital and 35 millimeter cameras, and scrap gold.

Here's the article in full:
What’s hot on eBay right now

Sunday, July 6, 2008

More flea markets just beyond the Quiet Corner

I looked up one of my all time favorite 4th of July events online today, and I discovered a flea market I didn’t know about!

Take a Sunday drive and see the flea market at Seekonk Speedway. Mapquest address is 1710 Fall River Avenue Seekonk, Massachusetts. Many different dealers, so you never know what you’ll find.

Vendor space is $20 for a 20x20 spot. Free parking. No Pets Allowed.

Seekonk Speedway is also hosting monthly Automotive Swap Meets. Check out their Web site for more information.

For more information, call 508-336-9959.

Stop by, walk around and check them out — They boast a lot of new stuff every week.

By the way, my favorite event there at this time of year is the 4th of July demolition derby extravaganza ~ with fireworks to top it all off! That’s tonight.

For listings of other area flea markets — just beyond OUR area — check out this recent article.

But do make note that Rocky Hill Flea Market in East Greenwich, RI is listed there, it is no longer operating. That's an error.

Enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend!!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Teen charged with offering his Presidential election vote on eBay

It's a felony to offer to sell your vote in the presidential election on eBay. A young man found that out the hard way!

The listing posted by the Minneapolis young man said he was 19 and couldn't decide whom to vote for, so he offered to let the highest eBay bidder decide for him.

Investigators sent a subpoena to eBay and they were given information that led them to Max P. Sanders. He was charged today. Needless to say, his eBay listing was removed as well.

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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Here's a sampling of prices: What I bought at Friday's food auction

Danny’s Auction Barn in Foster, RI has been offering Friday night food auctions for a short time now. For those who haven’t had the chance to check out one of these buying events, I’ve posted a list of a few items I purchased and the cost of each:

  • Gold Medal Flour 5 lb. bag: $2.00
  • Archway Oatmeal Cookies: $3.00 ea. (individual bags of oatmeal cookies, bulk size)
  • Lg. can 24 oz. Hartford House Beef Stew: $1.25 ea.
  • Archway Peanut Butter Crème Cookies: $2.50
    (bulk size with individually packaged units inside)
  • Ghirardeli 12 oz. Chocolate Chips: $1.00 per package
  • Kelloggs Stuffing Mix: $1.00 ea.
  • 16 oz. box of Cheez-its Snack Crackers: $1.25
  • Delmonte Fruit: $2.00 (kid size individual snack units)
  • Scrubbing Bubbles Bathroom Cleaner & Carbona Carpet Cleaner: $2.50 ea. (your choice)
  • Assorted canned goods 50¢ ea. (tuna, soups, baby clams, chunk pineapple, etc.)

The next food auction at Danny’s will be held on Friday, August 1st at 6:00 pm.