Tuesday, June 28, 2016
For any of you that have an eBay store there is a critical deadline approaching. When eBay rolled out their new fee structure on May 1st they also included a quarterly coupon that could be used to purchase shipping supplies. In a few days Q3 will be here and if you have not used that initial coupon for the supplies it will evaporate. This coupon allows you to basically get the supplies for free! Here is how you can find it. Open your Store then Manage my store look on left hand side under Store Design Subscriber Discounts New. Their is a code which you need to use to get your free supplies.
Now a tip for anybody selling on eBay. Do you remember names like turbolister, selling manager, and all the other programs that over the years people have used to manage their eBay listings. Well eBay has baked all those into one new free product called Seller Hub. I am just learning how to use it myself but I'll share with you a link to a pretty long webinar that eBay hosted to teach sellers the ropes.
I think its really important for people in the hobby to step up and create helpful checklists and share information. So I want to give a shout-out to Matthew Coll who has been keeping track of all OA issues for this summers twin events Prism and NEXT. He is going to continue to update the spreadsheet. Other folks have done this for NOAC and it's always a big help.
This week I'm running a 40% off sale on over 1,800 council shoulder strips that I have listed on my eBay store at www.Patchblanket.com. This includes some inexpensive strips that are now marked down to less than $2.50 per patch.
Sunday, June 26, 2016
The Sunday issue is always packed with some of the best auctions ending soon. Check out these classics including some 1947 WJ patches that always bring a pretty penny.
The reports I read said that trading was very light at the OA Prism. This is probably about what I experienced some years ago at the 2011 Indian Summer event. There are always a couple guys that will lay down a towel or blanket but most of the Arrowmen there are your core lodge people and most have not caught the patch bug.
Chris Jensen posted on Patch-L that he is closing in on a milestone for his "O-Ree" collection. He is just shy of 600 different spellings of Scouting events that end with that name. When he does put a cork in the collection he is going to mount it share it with others. I love the idea of a fun collection that gives you something inexpensive to chase after. More people need to start collections you can feed from a TOR dollar bin.
In less than a week I'll be moving my store operation from the old house to the new one in Charlotte. Once I get everything under one roof you can expect to get some progress reports as I post lots of new material to my stores at www.Patchblanket.com and www.ScoutPatchHQ.com.
Friday, June 24, 2016
Responding to the ad the first time the fellow sold him a bunch of what I like to call 3D Boy Scout items. All the gear and "stuff" that you find in many collections. But the guy said there would be more. The second round was a duffle bag full of medals and all kinds of cool Baden Powell items (some over 100 years old). The third time the seller contacted him it was time to get the binders of patches.
So what is so unusual about this collection is that there was a major part of it that had early British pieces from Scouting groups that sprouted up in the teens. Life Saving Scouts (YMCA), the Girl Guard and another early British Girl Scout unit were some of these groups that were represented in the collection. I am helping the Scouter figure out what he has and what the next step should be.
In our phone conversation he mentioned it's a good lesson in perseverance because he kept the lines of communication open with the seller and the bread crumbs eventually led to the big haul. The seller was a 3rd generation Scouter and when this Scouter brought his son along that kinda sealed the deal that this is where the veteran wanted to see his family's collection end up.
For me the final piece of this story that is cool is that by publishing this newsletter since 2009 I've been able to connect with so many people in the hobby that I've never met. The Internet makes the world a lot smaller and certainly the Hot Finds has helped me make many friends across the Scouting community.