I don't list a lot of high value items. Most of my stuff sells around the $20-25.00 range. And I'm happy with that. I'm not looking to get rich (OK I'm looking but I haven't found the magic bean to grow my own money tree yet) just to supplement my income.
A few months ago I purchased a pair of mens Diesel jeans at the Goodwill. Jeans at my local Goodwills are $6.25. Once a week the store has a color tag that is 50% off that week. Usually I only buy jeans that have the 50% off color tag. But for some reason I decided I would buy these jeans FULL price. I know, shocking! And into the pile of "things to list" they went. I finally got around to listing them last month auction style. I started the auction at $25.00. I figured I would be happy with $18.75 if I only got one bid. So I waited
Day 1 several watchers.
Day 2 a few more watchers.
Day 3 a few more watchers.
Day 4 a bid. WOOHOO!!!
Day 5 well I'm not sure what happened day 5-7 because I went out of town and had no Internet access. I almost didn't survive.
When I finally got into 3G range for my IPhone I rushed to check to see what had closed and sold over the weekend. I was shocked to find out my little ole jeans sold for...$95.00!!! No that isn't a typo. Now don't go out and buy all the Diesel jeans you see no matter the price because I have sold other Diesel jeans before and they sold MUCH less then this. But for some reason this style sold for $95.00 to someone in Germany.
I sent off my invoice right away. On day 4 I sent out another reminder invoice. One day 5 the buyer decided he didn't want the jeans. He said that they were overpriced and he wanted me to cancel the transaction. Now this was right before Christmas and I didn't have time to deal with this. QAfter the holidays I thought about it and decided that I wouldn't fight it. I just cancelled the transaction. I was very sad and disappointed. But these things happen.
Last week I decided to relist my pants auction style. I wasn't expecting them to go anywhere near that price again so I started them at $35.00 this time. Well you will never believe how much they sold for. $111.50 to a buyer in Canada. And he already paid. Second time was a charm.
I guess sometimes I just get lucky.