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Trash to Cash- Buy cheap, sell high. A podcast about making a living on eBay. http://ebayscavengers.com We are two couples who live in different rural parts of the US. We are scavengers, especially when it comes to making money on eBay by selling items we find in or near the waste stream, at auctions, yard sales, and thrift stores. This allows us to avoid full-time jobs, which gives us more time to scavenge and enjoy our lives. It's a positive reinforcing cycle.

Trash to Cash- Buy cheap, sell high. A podcast about making a living on eBay. http://ebayscavengers.com We are two couples who live in different rural parts of the US. We are scavengers, especially when it comes to making money on eBay by selling items we find in or near the waste stream, at auctions, yard sales, and thrift stores. This allows us to avoid full-time jobs, which gives us more time to scavenge and enjoy our lives. It's a positive reinforcing cycle.
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Trash to Cash- Buy cheap, sell high. A podcast about making a living on eBay. http://ebayscavengers.com We are two couples who live in different rural parts of the US. We are scavengers, especially when it comes to making money on eBay by selling items we find in or near the waste stream, at auctions, yard sales, and thrift stores. This allows us to avoid full-time jobs, which gives us more time to scavenge and enjoy our lives. It's a positive reinforcing cycle.

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Episodes

Scavenger Life Episode 378: Like A Coyote At The Dump

9/24/2018
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 Join the conversation in the forum>> Our Store Week Sept 16-22, 2018 Total Items in Store: 8053 Items Sold: 42 Gross Sales: $1,494.33 Cost of Items Sold: $85 Cost of helpers: $144 Highest Price Sold: $175 (lamp) Average Price Sold: $35.57 Returns: 0 Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $8 Number of items […] The post Scavenger Life Episode 378: Like A Coyote At The Dump appeared first on Scavenger Life.

Duration:00:53:29

Scavenger Life Episode 377: Talking Numbers with TSatt (Troy)

9/17/2018
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 Troy joins us again to talk numbers for your eBay business. Thanks Troy! Join the conversation in the forum>> The post Scavenger Life Episode 377: Talking Numbers with TSatt (Troy) appeared first on Scavenger Life.

Duration:00:56:35

Scavenger Life Episode 376: Long Term Greedy

9/10/2018
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 Lots of stuff happening. Concrete. Brick. Porcelain. Old Shoes. Join the conversation in the forum>> Our Store Week Sept 2-8, 2018 Store #1 Total Items in Store: 7918 Items Sold: 74 Gross Sales: $2,358.80 Cost of Items Sold: $125 Cost of helpers: $144 Highest Price Sold: $175 (pair of vintage ceramic plates) Average Price […] The post Scavenger Life Episode 376: Long Term Greedy appeared first on Scavenger Life.

Duration:00:54:22

Scavenger Life Episode 375: New Beginnings in Concrete

9/3/2018
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 I have to start by apologizing for the poor audio quality in part of this recording. I don’t know what was going on this week, but our recorder made it sound like we had a fan blowing on us, which we didn’t. Sorry! Hope it’s mostly still listenable. Join the conversation in the forum>> […] The post Scavenger Life Episode 375: New Beginnings in Concrete appeared first on Scavenger Life.

Duration:01:10:29

Scavenger Life Episode 374: Staying Motivated

8/19/2018
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 We wrapped up our two week trip to NYC by hauling a bunch of stuff to the post office to ship home. It’s fun for us to be urban scavengers sometimes. Jay points to Frugalwoods post on How To Stay Motivated While Working Toward Longterm Goals. Also to Mark Tew‘s post about The 5 […] The post Scavenger Life Episode 374: Staying Motivated appeared first on Scavenger Life.

Duration:00:40:29

Scavenger Life Episode 373: Should Running A Business Be Complicated?

8/13/2018
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 Running a business can be complex, stressful and take up all your time. But should it be complicated? eBay’s Fall Seller Update came out with no real big surprises, thanks goodness. We transferred all of our second store listings to our main store with InkFrog and it was a challenge, but in the end […] The post Scavenger Life Episode 373: Should Running A Business Be Complicated? appeared first on Scavenger Life.

Duration:00:55:04

Scavenger Life Episode 372: Trying New Things

8/5/2018
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 So much happening, so much to talk about. Join the conversation in the forum>> Our Store Week July 29-August 4, 2018 Store #1 Total Items in Store: 7065 Items Sold: 51 Cost of Items Sold: $80 Cost of helpers: $249 Total Sales: $1,596.39 Highest Price Sold: $150 (vintage radio) Average Price Sold: $31.30 Returns: […] The post Scavenger Life Episode 372: Trying New Things appeared first on Scavenger Life.

Duration:01:24:29

Scavenger Life Episode 371: T-Satt (Troy) Reports on eBay Open

7/29/2018
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 Troy, aka T-Satt on the forum, reports back to us from eBay Open in Las Vegas (so we didn’t have to go!). See some more of his info on the forum. Join the conversation in the forum>> The post Scavenger Life Episode 371: T-Satt (Troy) Reports on eBay Open appeared first on Scavenger Life.

Duration:01:35:57

Scavenger Life Episode 370: Auction Elves

7/22/2018
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 Hey, we went to an auction! We spent some money, but we’ll also make a bunch back, so that’s cool. If you’re having that dreaded eBay missing photos issue, like all of us are, you can scan your store and create a report to see listings with only 1 photos. Then you can use […] The post Scavenger Life Episode 370: Auction Elves appeared first on Scavenger Life.

Duration:01:10:00

Scavenger Life Episode 369: New, Exciting Projects

7/16/2018
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 A year in the making- we bought another property, this time it’s on Main Street in our little town. Exciting, scary, but it’s what we’re itching to work on. You’ll be hearing more about it in the coming year. Fellow scavengers pointed us towards eBay templates, eBay status page and the new fulfillment program […] The post Scavenger Life Episode 369: New, Exciting Projects appeared first on Scavenger Life.

Duration:01:15:01

Scavenger Life Episode 368: Is Our Business an eBay Hack?

7/9/2018
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 We make a living selling weird, unique items we find in the wild on eBay. But are we supposed to? How many of us are there living in this weird gray area on the internet? Join the conversation in the forum>> Our Store Week July 1-7, 2018 Store #1 Total Items in Store: 6817 […] The post Scavenger Life Episode 368: Is Our Business an eBay Hack? appeared first on Scavenger Life.

Duration:00:53:54

Scavenger Life Episode 367: Every Day Could Be Your Day

7/2/2018
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 The life of a scavenger affords certain mental luxuries, like waking up and thinking “I wonder what I will do/achive/find/sell today”, which isn’t always the way it is with a traditional job. It comes with it’s stresses and it’s not for everyone. Luckily, there are enough of us to chat about it here! Join […] The post Scavenger Life Episode 367: Every Day Could Be Your Day appeared first on Scavenger Life.

Duration:01:19:11

Scavenger Life Episode 366: How To Run A Small, Local Business

6/25/2018
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We decided to switch CSA farms this season to go with a more experienced, local business. As small business owners ourselves, we are super critical of others doing the same. How has running your eBay business changed your perspective on how other small businesses are run? We mention our past lives Videobloggering Before Youtube as […] The post Scavenger Life Episode 366: How To Run A Small, Local Business appeared first on Scavenger Life.

Duration:01:21:59

Scavenger Life Episode 365: Our Steady State Business

6/18/2018
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 We like to think of our eBay store as a”steady state” business and our numbers over the years have reflected this to be right on. Also, eBay now has Amazon-like catalog pages for some types of items like books. Interesting? Join the conversation in the forum>> Our Store Week June 10-16, 2018 Store #1 […] The post Scavenger Life Episode 365: Our Steady State Business appeared first on Scavenger Life.

Duration:01:24:45

Scavenger Life Episode 364: Being Cheap vs Being Frugal

6/11/2018
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 Are you cheap or are you frugal? We believe there is a huge difference. Join the conversation in the forum>> Our Store Week June 3-9, 2018 Store #1 Total Items in Store: 6570 Items Sold: 43 Cost of Items Sold: $77 Total Sales: $1,368.83 Highest Price Sold: $105 (ICP hat) Average Price Sold: $31.83 […] The post Scavenger Life Episode 364: Being Cheap vs Being Frugal appeared first on Scavenger Life.

Duration:00:49:51

Scavenger Life Episode 363: Scavenging Off The Joneses

6/4/2018
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Last week we talked about not “keeping up with the Joneses” and a listener had a much better way of putting it- Scavenging off the Joneses. We love that idea. That along with Jay’s 45th birthday and a visit with some older neighbors, our take away for the week (month, year, life) is to do […] The post Scavenger Life Episode 363: Scavenging Off The Joneses appeared first on Scavenger Life.

Duration:01:10:27

Scavenger Life Episode 362: Scavengers Are Always Prepared To Clean Out A Basement

5/28/2018
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 We happened to stumble upon a full on basement clean out of a friend’s defunct business downtown. Happy to help, we joined the group to organize, sort, donate, dump and ultimately scavenge and sell all their unwanted stuff. We live for moments like these! We mentioned eBay’s Summer Seller Update. Amazon banning buyers who […] The post Scavenger Life Episode 362: Scavengers Are Always Prepared To Clean Out A Basement appeared first on Scavenger Life.

Duration:00:54:04

Scavenger Life Episode 361: Be An Adult, Create A Budget

5/21/2018
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 Our friend in a cush, tech job has never made a budget and didn’t know his monthly burn rate. What! We made sure he left on his trip home with the tools to change that. Join the conversation in the forum>> Our Store Week May 13-19, 2018 Store #1 Total Items in Store: 6567 […] The post Scavenger Life Episode 361: Be An Adult, Create A Budget appeared first on Scavenger Life.

Duration:00:48:28

Scavenger Life Episode 360: Is Diversification a Myth or Reality?

5/13/2018
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 A big conversation on the forums this week was about diversifying our stores by selling on other sites like Etsy, Bonanza and Mercari. But being on other platforms still takes work, it’s not a magic bullet. Work on one platform takes time away from work on another. Your profit won’t double, most likely it […] The post Scavenger Life Episode 360: Is Diversification a Myth or Reality? appeared first on Scavenger Life.

Duration:00:52:51

Scavenger Life Episode 359: Painful Evolution

5/6/2018
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 We turned on Free Returns hoping eBay will help us fight frivolous INAD cases. There was no fighting it. Not fun, but not avoidable. How about you? Join the conversation in the forum>> Our Store Week April 29-May 5, 2018 Store #1 Total Items in Store: 6475 Items Sold: 30 Cost of Items Sold: […] The post Scavenger Life Episode 359: Painful Evolution appeared first on Scavenger Life.

Duration:00:53:59