<<As I responded to Owen, after checking my records, I actually cleared
$43/router. Is that close enough to $50 to be a valid use of my time in
It was until you had to invest more time doing the research to supply a P&L
statement to the newsgroup. <g>
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ROI is usually expressed in 'annualized' terms; assuming a 30-day turnaround,
it's an annualized rate in excess of 2200% If the turn-over period was
shorter, the annualized rate is even higher. Definitely not something to
sneeze at. :)
strictly from a business standpoint:
thats a 10% roi in a very short period of time. lets say it took a month.
if nothing went wrong, you would more than double your money every year.
even if 5% of the deals go completely bad and you lose the cost of the
router + shipping thats still around 4% roi in a month. not too bad
lets compare that with having the money in the stock market. much less roi
there. 30% in a year would be about the best you could get and 10% is the
average. per year, not per month.
or you could let it sit in a savings account and do absolutely nothing...
just like sitting on the couch and doing nothing instead of making a few
bucks off routers. the time investment would be low. even less if you dont
get emotionally attatched to your auctions.
i dont think its really such a bad deal. people have their own ideas about
what their time is worth and how much effort they want to put into ebay, so
really i think the deciding factor is how much of a pain it is to run the
not to mention it actually turned out to be a free router and 100 bucks.
I sell the same items week after week, if they sell & I have more stock year
after year, often the item I sell is on eBay more to attract customers
worldwide, for almost every item I sell or list on eBay I generally receive
three or four direct inquiries for a similar item outside of eBay. It is a
great way of advertising & the sale of the goods generally cover the cost of
the product, listing & shipping, it can be time consuming to monitor & keep
on top of but I really enjoy it as well.
My eBay items currently listed:
Another angle, I don't believe, anyone has mentioned is that if a
previous auction falls through (buyer backs out) then many sellers just
relist the item and it appears identical to the previous auction just
with new dates.
If in doubt, consider the seller's positive *and* negative feedback
ratings and read the feedback.
Owen Lowe and his Fly-by-Night Copper Company
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