I found these Ralph Lauren pillow cases at Homegoods, an off priced retailer, for $13.77 including tax. These pillow cases were not on clearance they are regularly priced at $12.99. I searched ebay in the sold listings area and it appeared pillow cases like these were selling for around $26.00. So I listed my pillow cases for $24.99 including free shipping for 30 days. After a week I had around 10 page views and 1 watcher, so I let them go another week, I gained 10 more views and another watcher. Going into the third week I lowered them to $22.99 with free shipping, that was my bottom price I would sell them for, I still had the option to break down the price if I wanted to. 2 weeks later they sold for my buy it now price and had a total of 36 page views.
$13.77 Item cost including tax
$3.55 USPS First Class shipping
$2.30 ebay fee (10% of the total sale)
$.69 paypal fee (3% of the total sale)
$.08 poly mailer (9in by 12in)
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My total cost including all fees $20.39, they sold for $22.99, so I made $2.60. Not my best buy, but it was a learning moment, I paid too much.
TIP: If you buy pillow cases, buy them in the clearance section for $10 or less. Brands I would buy would be Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein both sell on ebay in time, however for me the profit is not enough for what is invested so I do not plan on purchasing anymore pillowcases/linens.
At least I made a couple of dollars and did not lose money on them. I made a mistake that day, I not only bought these pillow cases but I also bought 2 other sets for the same price. I should have tried 1 set and waited to see what the outcome was before I bought more. The other 2 sets did sell, but they had a similar outcome. It took about a month to sell and they only made a couple of dollars each. So the moral of the story is when you buy an item, wait for it to sell, then decide if you want to sell another one like it. Anyway my boys love ring pops, they are great because my kids will suck on them for a half an hour, which is enough time for me to shop for a few items to sell on ebay in peace. I can buy a bag of ring pops for $1 at the Dollar Tree so $2.60 profit will get me 2 bags of ring pops, you cannot put a value on two quiet children while shopping, priceless.