front porch trash

front porch trash

Thursday, September 22, 2011


I'm having shades of George Orwell and big brother watching me.

As I have said, more than once, I sell on ebay. I keep checking things out over on ebay and it just amazes me the kinds of stuff that goes on. I have a store on ebay. I can go to my ebay and see all of the things I have listed. On this list I can see if anyone has asked a question about an item, if someone has an offer for a buy it now and I can also tell how many people have marked my item to watch.

Now everyone on ebay will watch something that interests them so they can find it again. I do it all the time. Mostly it is something that I have and am going to list or something that I am looking at to buy. I didn't realize how many people watch my stuff. So I decided to do a little count.

When I counted I had 184 items listed. Of those, 43 were being watched. Now those numbers are a little deceptive because sometimes more than one person is watching an item. I had a total of 69 watchers. Keep in mind that my items are listed for 30 days. Sometimes as soon as I list something I will get a watcher. Why would someone who wanted to buy something want to watch something for 30 days?  They don't. They are other sellers keeping an eye on your prices. They either have the same item for sale or are getting ready to list it. I have a $4.99 t shirt listed and I have 7 people watching. Why?

It's a $4.99 t shirt for crying out loud. Go find something else to watch.

On a good note I got the chance to go thrifting.  Whew, I almost forgot how.

I just love going through the 2for99cents racks at the really big thrift store. I always find something. The last time I went I found a few vintage dusters. This time I tried to stay away from a lot of clothes. I have a bunch I need to list and needed other items. But I did find 4 things that had to come home with me.

Have you ever heard of 7 for all mankind jeans? I WANT those jeans. Those puppies go for big bucks. Over 4,000 sold on ebay in the last 3 weeks at an average of $35 a pair with a high price of $190. Seriously!!! These things are on my radar.I looked through every pair of jeans at the thrift store and found a pair of Antik Denim, which average for $25 with a high of $119. They are cute, heavily embroidered and really not my style. I will have to just settle for those for now.

Oh well, the week end is coming up.Yard Sales!!! Maybe I will have some luck.


  1. I admit I sometimes watch similar items to what I am selling to see if the other seller sold theirs and for what price. If you do ever come across 7 for all mankind jeans you have to be careful as these are often counterfeited

  2. I watch some things, not many, to see if I'm in the ball park. But sometimes when I have an item that has 7 or 8 watchers from day 2 or 3 of a 30 day listing it makes you wonder. And when the item is a no sale, you know that the watchers were sellers.
    Thanks for the heads up on the 7 jeans. Why must some people ruin things and make counterfeit everything!!

  3. I recently opened a store and I wondered why people would watch items for so long. But, after this happening a few times, I discovered its a good indication the item will sell. True, some people are watching to see what it sells for, but once I start hitting 4 to 6 watchers, my items go pretty quickly. Maybe I"m crazy..but works for me.