Monthly Recap — October 2015

Another quick post! Here are my October numbers. Last year, October was my best month. This year– not so much!

I took a week off during the girls’ fall break from preschool, and then I was really slow to get back on track the next week. The dearth of new inventory was reflected in my sales. If there’s one thing I know about eBay, it’s that you have to keep feeding the beast if you want to keep seeing results. I try not to keep much unlisted inventory on hand, since I don’t have a lot of storage space, but when I miss a week of shopping, I don’t have anything to list!


Number of items sold:  48

Average selling price: $28.90

Total profit: $775.73

oct 2015 p&l

And, because someone usually asks: Click here for my review of Easy Auctions Tracker, the spreadsheet I use to keep up with my income/expenses.


Here’s to hoping I can turn things around during the rest of the year! We’re planning to buy our first house early next year, so every little penny I can save will help, I’m sure! From everything I hear, there are always so many extra expenses when you buy a house. I’d love to have a nice big cushion to take care of those surprises!

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Montly Recap — August and September 2015

Hello! So, I took a bit of a blogging break and didn’t mention anything here (although I did on Instagram) which is really annoying–so sorry!

I am just coming out of the first trimester of my third pregnancy, and it has been a doozy. There has been a lot of sleeping in, a little ebaying, a lot of frozen yogurt eating, but not a whole lot of blogging. I don’t want to jinx myself, but I am starting to feel better, so hopefully I’ll be able to write here a little bit more often. I’ve slowly learned over the last few years that I can only do what I can do, and some things just have to give sometimes.

I’m going to just quickly post my August and September profit charts here. I have received a LOT of great questions in my absence, so I’m planning to go through those with the blog posts they deserve in the upcoming weeks.

Also, if you are curious about the software I use to keep track of my eBay earnings (screenshots below), it’s called Easy Auctions Tracker (affiliate link), and you can use a free trial during October! I used it last year during the free trial and was hooked from there.


August:

aug 2015 montly recap

September:

sept 2015 montly recap


So, overall, a decent two months. I feel like I’m in an $1,100 plateau and am trying to figure out how to break through that. Hoping I can get up to $1,500 one month by the end of the year! Hope y’all had good months and that October is looking promising for you!

Monthly Recap — April 2015

Here are the numbers for April! I think the maddeningly slow season is behind me, knock on wood. April was the second best month so far this year, and I’m hoping it’s up, up, up from here!

One reason for the increase in sales, I think, is due to the better inventory I’ve been able to find. In general, I had been sticking to the same three thrift store around me, mainly because of time restraints. However, since my husband’s work load has decreased a bit (and should remain that way for at least a couple months) I’ve been venturing out farther to new thrift stores and clearing them out of all their good stuff. 🙂 On my last trip, I came home with 14 items, several of which sold within a day of listing. Prior to shopping at these new stores, I would usually leave with only 4-5 items, so it’s been great to find so many profitable items.


Number of items sold: 45 (up 3 from last month)

Average selling price: $28.24*

Total profit: $754.88 (up $207.91 from last month)


And, because I’m always asked, I use Easy Auctions Tracker to keep up with all my sales.

*I’m not comparing this month’s average sale price to last months, because I realized I’d been using the “sales” number instead of the “total income” number in my calculation. It makes more since to use the latter, so that’s what I’ll be doing from here on out.

Monthly Recap — February 2015

Hello, hello! I’m popping in quickly before hitting the sack to post my numbers from February!

Overall, it was a solid month, despite having an incredibly s-l-o-w week in the second half. My profit is down a little bit from last month, but $700+ in profit is nothing to sneeze at, I’d say!

Also, since it usually comes up: I use the Easy Auctions Tracker Spreadsheet for bookkeeping. (Affiliate link alert!) You can read my review of it here.


Number of items sold:  48 (down 2 from last month)

Average selling price: $22.52 (down $4.32 from last month)

Total profit: $711.37 (down $160.94 from last month)

feb 2015 p&l

My biggest sale of the month was this little Anthropologie top. I paid $7.99 for it, as it was mistakenly in the dress section. (Tops are supposed to cost $4.49, but I knew I’d still turn a decent profit on it. Batting my eyelashes and asking nicely for a price adjustment didn’t work.)

biggest feb 2015 sale

I debated keeping this top for myself, but I decided I’d list it high and if it didn’t sell by spring, I’d end the listing and put it in my closet. Wouldn’t you know, it sold within 24 hours!


 How was February for you? Any big sales to report? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

Easy Auctions Tracker Review

easy auctions tracker review

I am usually giddy with excitement the night before a thrifting trip. I love the anticipation of finding what might be my next great eBay sale. I don’t mind measuring, steaming, or photographing my items either, since I’ve usually got a great podcast playing during all of that. <Moment of silence to mourn the end of Serial.>

I do not love bookkeeping.

Personally, I’m happy with just seeing my Paypal account grow. I don’t really have a huge desire to see every little penny accounted for. When I was first getting started on eBay, the thought of having to keep up with all my income and expenses for tax purposes was daunting.

That was before I tried Easy Auctions Tracker.

Oh my goodness. Easy Auctions Tracker is such a godsend for eBay sellers! It was very clearly designed by a fellow eBay seller, because it has everything you need to keep track of all the information relevant to an eBay business. I’ve used both Outright (aka GoDaddy Bookkeeping) and Easy Auctions Tracker, and I have decided that the latter meets my needs so much better than the former. (And it’s cheaper!)

I could probably go on and on about how much I love this little spreadsheet, but I’ll list my top reasons below:

It has been tested and certified by eBay.

I was a little leery of using something other than Outright, since that’s the program that’s so often recommended by fellow eBay sellers, and I didn’t want to spend money on a product that wasn’t going to work properly. However, knowing that Easy Auctions Tracker has been tested and certified by eBay calmed my worries about its utility.

It imports your data with one click.

Whenever you open the spreadsheet, you can click one button to import sales, shipping charges, shipping costs, eBay fees, and Paypal fees, among other things. (Make sure you do this at least once every three months– it can only import the last 90 days of data.) It just doesn’t get easier than that.

There’s a sheet for inventory tracking.

This is really where Easy Auctions Tracker outperforms Outright. While I liked how I could link my PayPal card to Outright to keep up with expenses, I was at a loss when it came to categorizing my thrift store trips. You can’t count inventory as an expense until it sells, so how are you supposed to categorize it in the meantime? It was really throwing off my calculations. Easy Auctions Tracker has an inventory sheet that allows you to put in each item that you have on hand and how much you paid for it. You can even set it up to automatically pull your cost from the inventory sheet, so that when the spreadsheet imports your sales from eBay, the COGS ends up right where it should be. Genius! (And how on earth does Outright not have that function?!)

The “Profit & Loss” sheet is the perfect summary of sales and expenses.

It has everything you need and nothing you don’t! You can see a screenshot of my December 2014 Profit and Loss on this post.

Their customer service is out of this world.

I was having some serious technical issues on my end when I first downloaded the spreadsheet. It had nothing to do with the spreadsheet and everything to do with my horribly old computer. (We have a new one now!) I had to email Easy Auctions Tracker support several times, and they always returned my emails super quickly and professionally.

The only thing I wish I could change about the software would be for it to be web-based. Since it’s not, you have to make sure you back up your data very frequently. However, that minor inconvenience is totally overshadowed by how great the program is as a whole.

If you are looking for a way to track your eBay income and expenses, I wholeheartedly recommend Easy Auctions Tracker!


Here’s the part where I let you know that those are affiliate links. If you click on them and purchase Easy Auctions Tracker for yourself, I will receive $5, with no extra cost to you. (Thanks!!) If, however, you are allergic to affiliate links, you are free to Google “easy auctions tracker” and get to the website that way.