I am an admitted Ebay addict.
Now, with the high cost of fuel, I've been trying to think of ways to make money for our annual summer trek with the Airstream to the Northwest US. So I came up with this idea to sell our 18 month old grandson, Conner, on Ebay. When I listed him on an auction he sold pretty fast. Even my wife thought that was a good idea.
Well... not exactly...here's the rest of the story.
I've been helping my son sell nutrition bars on Ebay. A couple weeks ago he got 1000's of Atkins diet/nutrition bars in his inventory and I thought he'd never be able to get rid of that many. I started listing them for sale on Ebay auctions at a real cheap price, hoping to sell a bunch of them. At first I listed them at 100 bars for $19.95, with free shipping and handling, and we began selling a few at that price. Then, I thought why not increase the price to $24.95? So I increased the price and we sold even more.
Over this past weekend, my wife showed me some pictures she'd recently taken of our grandson, Conner. In one of the pictures, he was eating a Granola bar or something, and it looked like the Atkins bars we've been selling on Ebay. I thought, why not just include his picture instead of the Atkins bar picture that we'd been using in our auctions, and increase the price to $29.95.
You guessed it. We're offering identical bars at $24.95, that we had been selling at $19.95, but we're selling just as many with Conner's picture at $29.95. Go figure!
At the rate we're going, I just might make enough in to be able to buy fuel this summer.
I also made enough on these Ebay auctions to buy a new Sharp flat screen TV for our Aistream, Dish satellite service, an Accu-Dish stand, and we've made an appointment at Jackson Center to have them install a wall mount for the TV on our trip west next month.
I just hope my son and daughter-in-law aren't going to be too mad when they hear I sold their son on Ebay to help pay for these things.
ps - This isn't an advertisement for sale, but in case you'd like to see my grandson on Ebay, here's the link: (I just increased the "Buy it Now" price to $34.95, for fun, and to see what happens!)