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One Month Selling Cards on eBay, COMC & Amazon

After doing my taxes I realized I wasn’t spending enough on my business. It’s something I’ve struggled with the last couple years. I have some of the best computers and internet service money can buy. Aside from time and money, those are the two key expenses in my line of work. 

So if I couldn’t spend money on my own business, I needed to start another one. I’ve sold before on eBay and I want to sell on Amazon, so why not give it a shot. 

Many hobby shop owners or part time sellers may have much more inventory to start with, which could greatly add to your own success. I began selling this month on eBay and Amazon with essentially zero starting inventory. I have a long history of selling on COMC and came into the month with about 35,000 cards for sale. 

Most of the products for my eBay and Amazon inventory was purchased from wholesalers found on the Official Hobby Wholesale List.

Here is how I did in March.

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Total Orders
  • Total Sales: $1,369.20
  • Net Selling Costs: $543.63
  • Shipping Supplies Cost: $22.69
  • Cost of Goods Sold: $492.44
  • Total Profit: $310.44

Net Selling Costs Include: eBay Store Fee ($24.95 a month), all USPS/FedEx shipping fees, eBay Final Value Fees and PayPal fees.

Shipping Supplies Cost Include: Bubble Mailers, tape, mailing labels, top loaders, snap tights, etc.

eBay Account: NorCal-Sports-Cards

What I have left:

Total Inventory: $4,819
Total Shipping Supplies Inventory: $74
- As of 3/31/2017

Here are all my orders from March on eBay:


I shop quite often on Amazon and am surprised I don’t see more card products for sale. As I found out over the course of the month, the rules, restrictions and understanding seller fees is probably what prohibits many sellers from taking advantage of the channel. 

Despite the challenges that Amazon poses over eBay, it is something I am very intrigued by. I sent in a very small amount of inventory to Amazon, compared to what I had listed on eBay. One day I sold 11 boxes. Who knows how many I would of sold if I didn’t run out of inventory. 

I am intentionally vague about what I am selling on Amazon because it is something I might invest some time and money into. 

Total Items Sold: 27
Total Fees: A Lot
Advertising: $2.68
Total Profit: $104.69

Total Inventory Listed on Amazon: $943.08

You can see how little inventory I have listed for sale on Amazon at months end. Only $943. It didn’t take much of an investment in terms of time or money to make the $104 I did on Amazon during March. 


I had my best month selling cards on COMC in several years. 

Total Cards Sold: 1,253
Advertising Fees: $18
Storage Fee: $8.27
Revenue: $550.80

I am on a lifelong freeroll on COMC after flipping over 75,000 cards. I break down one of my large COMC accounts on YouTube.

COMC Account: Sports Card Radio

Here are my all-time stats from that large account:


Observations:

I had a lot of fun selling items on eBay. Was pleasantly surprised that despite only having about 300 listings active at any given time during the month, things did sell. Most were fixed priced, buy it now listings, with an offer option. 

But eBay won’t work for me most months. My full time business from July – December requires 10+ hour days. The time it took to make $300 on eBay was far too much. I’ll stick at it for the next few months, because it is fun and I have $5,000 in inventory to burn through. But I will have to limit my hours spent on eBay toward the end of July.

Once I got over the hurdle of learning the complex nature of Amazon categories, restricted categories, FBA fees, inventory placement fees, storage fees, long term storage fees, special fees that apply only during the months of October – December, and many other selling obstacles……… believe it or not….. selling on Amazon is way less time consuming than eBay. After I found a few items that were selling, I would just order the products, get them, slap a different shipping label on them, and wait for Amazon FBA to do it’s work. 

I also had some success with Amazon sponsored product advertising. I’ve had experience advertising on Facebook, Twitter, Google and other ad networks. Once you learn one platform, you basically can figure out them all. Advertising led to 2 successful sales.

If I am able to build up some inventory on Amazon without hitting a hurdle, advertising will become a huge part of my day-to-day time spent on selling. This is a stark contrast to eBay where most of the time spent is on listing and fulfilling the order.

If you are a seller and aren’t using advertising, you are behind the curve.


I’ve also done 3 podcasts on selling on eBay and Amazon that provide additional information. You can find those on Sports Card Radio.

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2016 Upper Deck Diamond Dealer Meetings

Upper Deck is said to be skipping the annual Las Vegas Industry Summit and will instead host their own dealer conference.

The two-day conference will be held in Phoenix, AZ for it’s hobby shop Diamond Dealers.

Become an Upper Deck Dimond Dealer

I have heard that if you are not a Diamond Dealer, give UD an email and they will most likely let you attend.

Price$99

When: January 11-12, 2017 in Phoenix, AZ

Where:
Sheraton Grand Phoenix
340 N 3rd St
Phoenix, AZ 85004

More Information: Diamond Dealer Conference

Topps Changes Finest Distribution

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Topps Changes Finest Distribution

You may have already seen this but here what happened. Presumably because orders were a little soft, Topps changed the way they were selling Finest Baseball.

’16 Topps Finest Baseball will be available through two different distribution channels; through Topps MVP direct stores and via Topps.com.

Pre-Order Topps Finest Here (starting April 27th)

2016 Topps Finest Baseball Checklist

Distributors, hobby stores (non-direct and direct), breakers and consumers will be able to purchase ’16 Finest Baseball by the case at a price of $799.89/case plus shipping during a pre-order window from April 27th thru May 9th. Orders will be on a 1st come 1st serve basis while supplies last. These orders will be delivered on the release date.

Starting on May 18th, if there is inventory still available, orders by the box at $99.99 plus shipping as well as by the case at $799.89 each plus shipping will be available to purchase and will be shipped in the order they are received.

If Topps decided to do this with more products or with all their products how would it impact your business? These are things you should be thinking about now.

Speaking of now…… Have you looked at Topps Now? Some dealers are already flipping these cards on eBay or in their local store. They start at $9.99 with free shipping but you get a discount for bulk orders.

Sports Card Dealer Newsletter 4/4

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March 2016 eBay Seller Report
NEW We examine the Top 10 eBay Sellers for Basketball – Football & Baseball  Top Seller Report. Also the Top 20 Selling Cards for each category!

Recent Pre-Sale Products
2016 TOPPS HERITAGE HIGH NUMBER
Pricing: $55.79 Per Box
$645 Per Case (12 Boxes)
2016 BOWMAN CHROME BASEBALL
Pricing: $56.25 per box
$650 per box case (12 boxes)

2016 BOWMAN CHROME BASEBALL VENDING
Pricing: $75.00 per box
$870 per box case (12 boxes)

2016 TOPPS APEX SOCCER
Pricing: $30.00 per box
$232 per box case (8 boxes)

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Sports Card Dealer Newsletter 3/21

New Distributor Options!
Collectible Diecast Car Wholesale Distributor List

Updated TODAY Top eBay Sellers
Top 10 List Of eBay Sellers
Baseball – Football – Basketball

Release Dates
Updated Trading Card Release Dates

Card Show Calendar
I just added 7 new shows to the list!


New Pre-Sale
2016 PANINI PRESTIGE FOOTBALL
40 cards per pack, 4 packs per box
12 boxes per case
Pricing: $96.00 per box / $1,105 per case

2016 PANINI CLASSICS FOOTBALL
10 cards per pack, 14 packs per box
20 boxes per case
Pricing: $57.00 per box / $1,060 per case

2016 LEAF METAL U.S. ARMY ALL-AMERICAN FOOTBALL
8 cards per pack, 1 pack per box
15 boxes per case
Pricing: $59.50 per box / $860 per box case

2016 LEAF SIGNATURE SERIES WRESTLING
8 cards per pack, 1 pack per box
12 boxes per case
Pricing: $71.50 per box / $830 per box case

2016 TOPPS WWE HERITAGE WRESTLING
9 cards per pack, 24 packs per box
12 boxes per case
Pricing: $63.00 per box / $730 per case


Release Date Changes
2016 Leaf Ultimate Draft Football
Was 3/31 Now: 3/14

2016 Leaf Babe Ruth Collection Baseball
Was 3/31 Now: 3/21

2015-16 Panini Revolution Basketball
Was 3/30 Now: 3/23

2015-16 Leaf Metal Hockey
Was 3/31 Now: 3/25

2016 Leaf Greatest Hits Baseball
Was 3/30 Now: 4/8

2015-16 Panini Luxe Basketball
Was 3/23 Now: 4/20

2015-16 Panini Limited Basketball
Was 4/13 Now: 4/6

Sports Card Dealer Newsletter 3/14

New How To Article
Starting An Online E-Commerce Store
Starting an online e-commerce site isn’t for everyone. However I share with you my 13+ years experience building e-commerce sites. One thing I found was it was easier to make money on the content than actually selling the cards!

New Consultation Form
Need 1-on-1 advice? We’re offering this service to select individuals.

Who Are The Top eBay Sellers
Top 10 List Of eBay Sellers For Baseball – Football – Basketball

Release Dates
Updated Trading Card Release Dates

Card Show Calendar
I just added over 25 new shows to the list!


New Pre-Sale
2016 TOPPS THE MINT BASEBALL
5 cards per pack, 1 pack, 4 boxes per case
Pricing: $749.75 per box / $2,890 per case
Release Date: August 17th2015-16 PANINI NOIR BASKETBALL
12 cards per pack, 1 pack, 3 boxes per case
Pricing: $465.00 per box / $1,371.00 per case
Release Date: May 25th

Release Date Changes
2016 Leaf Ultimate Draft Football
Was 3/31 Now: 3/142016 Leaf Babe Ruth Collection Baseball
Was 3/31 Now: 3/212015-16 Panini Revolution Basketball
Was 3/30 Now: 3/23

2015-16 Leaf Metal Hockey
Was 3/31 Now: 3/25

2016 Leaf Greatest Hits Baseball
Was 3/30 Now: 4/8

2015-16 Panini Luxe Basketball
Was 3/23 Now: 4/20

2015-16 Panini Limited Basketball
Was 4/13 Now: 4/6

 



eBay Sports Trading Card Top Sellers February 2016

February is a short month, but an extra day was squeezed in this year being a leap year. The same group of top-sellers dominated the landscape again this month, with PWCC_Auctions taking the top spot by a large margin on sales. However, it was top ebay seller gregmorriscards that really stands out selling an impressive 21,294 items in the month.

Top Sellers February 2016

It was a big month for PWCC_Auctions as they out paced probstein123 considerably this month. While those two really paced the industry in terms of total sales, ebay seller gregmorriscards really set the pace with volume, doing almost double the amount of successful listings as anyone else in the category.

Top Sellers February 2016

When I see a seller like gregmorriscards sell 21,294 items in one month … you have to figure the guy has some really nice cards for sale, but he must also be driving lots of traffic to his auctions. One way of doing that is by using keywords ebay users will type in the search box – and you need to price your items right otherwise you’ll never sell 21,000+ items in one month.

Here is ebay seller: gregmorriscards keyword & pricing strategy for February.

gregmorriscards stats

So we’ll notice that this seller used the word “set” and “break” more than they used the word Topps! That’s because gregmorriscards lists mainly vintage cards with a title looking something like this:

1970 Topps Set Break #321 Lou Piniella EX-EXMINT p24736

So while I doubt all of his listings are true “set break” cards …. his use of that term clearly help draw attention to his auctions. Also not that the vast majority of cards he sells are priced under $3.99 – and that’s kind of the sweet spot price for single card sellers online. The other thing I noticed about his listings is he exclusively sold 10-day auction duration … so maybe the extra time is worth paying for as a seller.

There was a large spike in listings towards the end of the month on ebay in February 2016. Average end price was in a rage of about $20 – $40 the entire month.

ebay data feb

Top 5 Selling Cards

1955 Topps Roberto Clemente PSA 8 $45,100
1933 Goudey Babe Ruth PSA 7 $44,988
1952 Topps Willie Mays PSA 8 $39,600
1954 Topps Hank Aaron PSA 8 $36,102
1961 Fleer Wilt Chamberlain PSA 9 $35,100

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Can You List Group Breaks on eBay?

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Question: How easy is it to list a group break on eBay?”

While technically I think it’s actually against eBay’s terms of service to list breaks – view that policy here – I think sellers are able to get away with it by structuring the listing correctly. You’d actually be selling a “top loader” or “pen” or something of that nature, and the group break would be a “bonus item” that the buyer gets by purchasing from you. Bonus items are allowed on eBay if you follow very specific rules detailed – on this page – Be sure to check some of the breakers who list on eBay to get an example of how to list, some probably pay more attention than others.

I would try to not sell breaks on eBay though. Not only could there be complications with their terms of service, but the fees will eat into an already slim margin. If I were to do it, I would just take a long term horizon and try and fill breaks though the normal channels.

By creating and building an email list, using social media, having a good website, treating customers well, etc all can lead to success.

I would also promote your breaks and website in every package you send out through single card sales on eBay. It will make your sales on eBay more productive as you’ll get some people to go to your website and check out your breaks and content. Be patient and try to take a long term approach.

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Updated Upper Deck Release Dates

Marvel Vs. System – Defenders Expansion
Release Date: 1/27/16

2015-16 NHL SP Game-Used
Release Date: 2/3/16

2016 NHL Upper Deck National Hockey Card Day in Canada
Release Date: 2/6/16

2016 NHL Upper Deck National Hockey Card Day in the USA
Release Date: 2/6/16

2015-16 NHL Upper Deck Star Rookie Box Set
Release Date: 2/10/16

2015-16 NHL Upper Deck Series Two Hobby
Release Date: 2/17/16

2015-16 NHL Upper Deck Series Two Retail
Release Date: 2/24/16

2015-16 NHL SPx
Release Date: 3/2/16

Marvel Legendary Captain America Expansion
Release Date: 3/9/16

Sports Card Wholesale Newsletter #1

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Updated Topps Release Dates:

2015 Museum Collection Football
Release Date: Wednesday, February 3rd

2016 Series 1 Baseball
Release Date: Wednesday, February 3rd

2015 Fire Football
Release Date: Wednesday, February 3rd

2015 UFC Chronicles
Release Date: Wednesday, February 3rd

2015 EPL Premier Gold Soccer
Release Date: Friday, February 5th

2016 WWE Road to Wrestlemania
Release Date: Friday, February 19th

2015 Definitive Collection Football
Release Date: Wednesday, February 24th

2015 Supreme Football
Release Date: Wednesday, February 24th

2015 Strata Football
Release Date: Wednesday, February 24th

2015 Diamond Football
Release Date: Friday, February 26th

2015 Field Access Football
Release Date: Friday, February 26th

2016 Heritage Baseball
Release Date: Wednesday, March 2nd

2016 MLB Wacky Packages
Release Date: Wednesday, March 9th

2016 Opening Day Baseball
Release Date: Wednesday, March 16th

2016 Star Wars The Force Awakens Series 2
Release Date: Wednesday, March 23rd

2016 Champions League Soccer
Release Date: Wednesday, March 23rd

2016 Museum Collection Baseball
Release Date: Wednesday, March 30th