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eBay Reseller UK | Sales Report #9 | Jan 2019 | Make Money Online | Sparrows End I put out weekly videos about forging a life that’s creative, sustainable and fun, so if you enjoy any of my videos then please hit the like button and make sure to subscribe and click the notification bell. Mel x Get Your Free eBay Profit Calculator Spreadsheet HERE https://sparrowsend.com/yours-for-free/ Check out my website www.sparrowsend.com My second channel about crochet and knitting https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSqY5ReqFpVHjmOwIEwhQNw/ If you want to follow more of my entrepreneurial antics then go and follow me on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/sparrows_end/ Music: https://www.bensound.com Affiliate Links to Items I Use to Run my Online Reselling Business De-bobbler/Fabric Shaver https://amzn.to/2BdCjQw Mykal Sticky Stuff Remover 250ml https://amzn.to/2vMTfbC Magic Sponges for cleaning shoes https://amzn.to/2ODH4oE Kiwi Trainer Whitener https://amzn.to/2MS9KcR 50 SMALL clear polythene bags 10x12 for SHORTS, SKIRTS, TOPS: https://amzn.to/2K95RlN 50 MEDIUM clear polythene bags 12x15 for JUMPERS, LONG DRESSES, TROUSERS: https://amzn.to/2K2JBdn 50 LARGE clear polythene bags 14x17 for BLAZERS, JACKETS, COATS: https://amzn.to/2lmkvIt Recycled Brown Packing tape https://amzn.to/2UVEuwL 100 watt Daylight Lightbulb https://amzn.to/2W4PhXu Affiliate Links to Items I Use to Run my Youtube Channel Desktop tripod https://amzn.to/2UWIvRA Mic for iphone https://amzn.to/2Vg8HMk Phone Stand for Overhead shots https://amzn.to/2VJ4ZKg Phone I use to record video https://amzn.to/2UUd3DM
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Sparrows End (4 months ago)
Last week’s video got lost in my misuse of an editing app and impatient actions which meant all of my editing disappeared 🤦🏻‍♀️ I sulked and couldn’t face re-editing the flipping thing so I made a new video (this one instead) and will re-edit the habits and hack video for next week!! Thanks for bearing with me and my regular F-ups 🙈😉
Tara Haynes (1 month ago)
Do you have to print of the label to stick on the package? Or can I just write the address and name on the package along with the the stamp and that’s it ? X
Sparrows End (1 month ago)
Royal Mail you can write on, My Hermes print off a label with barcode
Martin Gaunt (3 months ago)
Don't be so hard on yourself.
Sparrows End (3 months ago)
I’ve stopped now 😉 I just consider it a slightly bigger than necessary investment in the business!!
Happy Child (3 months ago)
Do you normally wash the clothes before selling ?
Happy Child (3 months ago)
@Sparrows End thanks for quick response. Learning so much from your videos. Keep it up.
Sparrows End (3 months ago)
Only if they are dirty or smell!
Princess Pippa (3 months ago)
Surely you can’t grow your business without investing more in stock!
Sparrows End (3 months ago)
Yes, but for me I have to find a good balance. I don’t need to grow it much more as it’s just a small, part time business. I think £100-150 on stock is really the maximum I should be spending per month. Thanks for watching and taking the time to comment 🙂
Hay hun good videos you get better and better doing these you should be a tv presenter xx
Sparrows End (3 months ago)
Aww thanks Adrian, you’re too kind!
wil172921 (4 months ago)
Maybe look at profit return as a percentage instead of aiming for £10 on an item.
Ebony Gibson (4 months ago)
Well done anyway at least your aware of where you went wrong better times will follow. 🙏👏👍👌💝💝
Sparrows End (4 months ago)
Yes! That’s what I keep telling myself! 😂 Though I did make another mistake in Feb which I’ll tell you all about in the next sales report 🤦🏻‍♀️
Earn Cash Store (4 months ago)
Another Great Video. Thank You!
TheMaskedGirl (4 months ago)
Don't let that get you down, life is a learning curve, great video I love watching them 👌
Sparrows End (4 months ago)
Thank you! So lovely to hear you enjoy the videos. Thanks for your supportive words 😊 I just keep plodding along making tiny adjustments and aim for improvements, however small!
Peter Wray's Adventure's (4 months ago)
This was a great video btw. Really just to see up and downs of resilling. Some things go right and some not. Just learn and move on to the next adventure.
Sparrows End (4 months ago)
Definitely happy to move on to a new month, though I managed to screw something up in Feb too 😂😬🤦🏻‍♀️ Will explain that in the next sales video!! Thanks for watching Peter 🙂
Earn Cash Store (4 months ago)
Another Great Video. Thank You!
Bronwyn Resells (4 months ago)
You are right, it is soo weird watching myself, I avoid it which means very little editing. I really notice my own Australian accent and it makes me cringe.
Bronwyn Resells (4 months ago)
Sparrows End Your accent sounds great to an Aussie!
Sparrows End (4 months ago)
Oh I know the feeling - the Essex accent is not the nicest!! Editing is always a pain because I have to really pay attention to myself 😂😱😂
Nic & Andrea Hills (4 months ago)
Don't be so hard on yourself, you are learning and growing and improving, & remember your numbers included a lot of items you were clearing out for low values... also making mistakes is a natural and necessary part of what we do, (I should know!!!)
Bronwyn Resells (4 months ago)
It's so nice to see experienced resellers being so supporting of those of us just starting out. I think youtube is important because it feels a bit like having supportive colleagues. Makes a difference when working from home and /or going it alone.
Sparrows End (4 months ago)
Yeah, yeah, I know 😂 I just get frustrated. I suppose at least I haven’t listed a knife and got myself banned yet 😉😂
Colin King (4 months ago)
I only sell on auction at a starting price of what i paid for the item. Only sell for less to clear item rather than bin it
Sparrows End (4 months ago)
Yes, that’s what I do too. I had something sell yesterday for a price higher than I ever had it up for on BIN! Doesn’t happen often but for a sought after piece it’s still possible to make some money 🙂
weeoliviaess (4 months ago)
Is eBay your sole income ?
Sparrows End (4 months ago)
No it isn’t. I have some income report videos that explain a bit more about my situation. Thanks for watching 🙂
Helen Good (4 months ago)
Hello, I have been inspired by your videos to start reselling and got a few bargains in the charity shops yesterday. I have a current eBay account should I continue to use that one or set up a new one? Be interested to know how you started it please? Also how much stock do I buy?! Many thanks Helen 😊
Sparrows End (4 months ago)
Oh how lovely, I hope you enjoy it! You have a £1000 trading personal allowance in the U.K. so you can just use your regular account until you hit 1k profit in any financial year 🙂 Thanks for watching and taking the time to comment
Carry on Regardless (4 months ago)
really enjoyed this x
Sparrows End (4 months ago)
Thank you!! So pleased to hear that 😊 Thanks for watching and for taking the time to comment 🙂
Maureen Klement (4 months ago)
Hi Mel what mailing bags to you use thanks
Sparrows End (4 months ago)
Hi Maureen, I’m in the process of switching my mailing bags over so unfortunately I can’t recommend any as yet! Hopefully I can next month 😊
Money Mental UK (4 months ago)
42% is a really good figure - most businesses would kill for that so you're doing really well :-)
Sparrows End (4 months ago)
Maybe... I’d prefer it to be 50% though 😁😁 Thanks for watching 😊
Sarah Bannon (4 months ago)
My eBay profits dropped by two thirds in January, I had barely any sales, I think you did really well, and don’t worry about spending on stock, you’ll benefit from it in the future. xx
Sparrows End (4 months ago)
Woah!! I should count myself flipping lucky then 😳 Will finally be listing some of the stock tomorrow so fingers crossed 🤞🏻 it will give March a boost!
Char Bar (4 months ago)
Another great vid thanks Mel!
Sparrows End (4 months ago)
Glad you liked it!
Sue's Piles Of Shame (4 months ago)
Congratulate yourself on reinvesting in your business Mel . You're not spending it on takeaways etc ! People often fail because they don't put enough back into the business, but you are spending wisely. That £300 could be £3,000 to 6,000 increased turnover. I wouldn't look at the average profit per item , it can be disheartening and you know the turnover is going in the right direction. I think you're doing outstanding work 👍❤️
Sparrows End (4 months ago)
I was having a bit of a downer about it but logically I know you’re right! Def not spending it on takeaways - can’t afford many of those at the moment unless I take money out of the savings pot! Must get that stock listed though 😂 Thanks so much for your kind and supportive words my lovely Sue xx
Gail Bunty (4 months ago)
Very enjoyable video, really helpful thank you for sharing
Sparrows End (4 months ago)
So glad you found it useful! Thanks for watching 😊
Vicky The Toy Hoarder (4 months ago)
You have done remarkably well for what is generally considered “the worst eBay month of the year”. January is a beast just to get sales, let alone profitable ones...so consider your January sales a success! Lovely video, as always.
Sparrows End (4 months ago)
The beast of January!! I suppose it wasn’t so bad, especially as I haven’t been working particularly hard at eBay recently 😬 and the new stock will contribute to profits further down the line! Thanks so much for watching and taking the time to comment 🙂
The Tat Doctor (4 months ago)
Hi Mel.... Thanks for sharing but also thanks for your honesty, We're all human and hey lesson learnt. Looking forward to seeing you reach your £800 goal until then keep up the fab work and videos. Iain 😎
Sparrows End (4 months ago)
Thanks Iain 🙂 It’s fine I suppose, just annoyed that I got over confident towards the end of the month. I’m sure it will work out in the end and I’ll benefit from the stock spend but wish I’d held off for about 3 days then it could have come out of Feb’s money 😂 I don’t even think twice about the honesty - I think the videos wouldn’t be as useful if I tried to fudge how well I was doing! Thanks for watching as always 🙂
Great detailed video Sparrows End!! 😁👍👍
Sparrows End (4 months ago)
Thank you George! I like digging into the numbers 😁😁 I hope people find it interesting or useful to watch. Thanks for watching and taking the time to comment 🙂
Chrissie (4 months ago)
Great video! 🥰
Sparrows End (4 months ago)
Oh I feel like I am endlessly clearing through the rubbish I bought at the start! I still make mistake purchases but not as many and I’m happy to learn through experience anyway 🙂
Chrissie (4 months ago)
I’ve currently stuck a load of mistake buys and dead stock on auction to Just get rid 😂😂😂
purplevamp666 (4 months ago)
I think you did well this month Mel, don't beat yourself up too much. TBH the maths part went right over my head 🤣 Do you have an accountant or are you just really good at maths?!
Sparrows End (4 months ago)
Thank you. I’m gutted not to make £600 profit though 🙈 The maths part isn’t presented particularly clearly in the video so I am going to try and improve that for next month 😁
AnomalousDataPoint (4 months ago)
What on Earth are you talking about? You are doing really well!
Sparrows End (4 months ago)
Even better if I hadn’t spent that last £75 on stock 😂😂😂 but I appreciate the sentiment! I suppose it’s not so bad as it was on good items that will pay me back further down the line 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻 Thanks for watching and for taking the time to comment 🙂
Selena Scott (4 months ago)
You can’t look at this as a fail Mel - you’re re-investing in your business! I’m doing the same and showing hardly any profit this last month or two - but I’m hoping the stock I’ve bought will improve my store massively in time. 😀
Sparrows End (4 months ago)
Yes, I really need to shift my mindset on this one I think. I just hate the fact that I got really arrogant at the end of the month and decided I could spend whatever I wanted because the sales were coming in 🙈🙈🙈 Hopefully that stock will add huge value to my shop and all will be well!!🤞🏻 Thanks for watching my video and taking the time to comment 🙂
jessica adebayo (4 months ago)
Thanks for the Video Mel. A good January for you. January was great for me as well but February is not good enough. Happy selling.
Sparrows End (4 months ago)
Thanks for taking the time to comment Jessica. Yes, I really enjoyed January’s consistency as hardly a day went by without a sale for once and that in itself gave me a real boost. Feb started strong then turned to utter rubbish and is now having a last minute surge so I’m hoping for a good few days to finish. It still won’t be as good as Jan though! I hope your Feb sales pick up!!
chelsal (4 months ago)
Hi Mel , know you will disagree but still reckon you are going in the right direction - January is always a tricky month.
Sparrows End (4 months ago)
Thank you 😊 I’m just kicking myself for spending that last minute £75 on stock! Hopefully it will right itself in future months but I really, REALLY wanted to hit £600!! Feb is looking unlikely too, so I am pinning my hopes on March 😂🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻
Rose Golden (4 months ago)
£30 earth pounds haha! You're building up your business though, so that amount on stock isn't bad at all.
Sparrows End (4 months ago)
🙊 Honestly the things I say... 😂 And you’re right - I still have so much to list from last month’s stock spend so all is not lost! Thanks so much for watching and for taking the time to comment 🙂
Faye Jones (4 months ago)
But you really did good as part time. Because you had the "Can't Help Its" for part of the time.
Sparrows End (4 months ago)
Thanks Faye! I suppose it wasn’t too bad but what annoys me is how I’d have made over £600 if I hadn’t got overconfident!!
Karensellsclothes (4 months ago)
Doing cash basis accounting I think helps you not to get hung up on how much individual items cost. Oh by the way yet to find any experienced reseller who has never sold an item at a loss. It's about looking at the bigger picture
Sparrows End (4 months ago)
It’s been fascinating from the moment I started running cash basis. I mean it’s similar to running a household budget and is so simple to do in that sense. Looking at the individual profits and homing in on the detail has taught me so much and has influenced my sourcing positively and now cash basis has started to correct my overspending on stock and helped me see patterns in my selling and in my spending. I’m really pleased to be taking both things into account moving forward, though I know I will still be making endless mistakes as ever 😂😂😂 Thanks so much for watching the vid and leaving a comment x
laura Ecclestone seibel (4 months ago)
Enjoyed the video 🙂
Sparrows End (4 months ago)
Cheers Laura! It’s so lovely to know you’re still watching x
Death by Glamour (4 months ago)
Great video my dear, totally agree about Coast, lost cause on eBay! Also Karen Millen ive found out to be crap aswell 🤔 xx
Deanne Winks (4 months ago)
Crazy isn't it! I always thought it would be such a good seller! X
Sparrows End (4 months ago)
Yep! Will only buy if it’s a good piece and £4 or under and possibly might change that to £3 or under. I just find it hangs around 🤷🏻‍♀️

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