Mag Sets

When eBay offered 100 free listings to entice me back, I put 30 pieces of art up for auction and decided to test the eBay waters, so to speak,  with 50 buy-now listings for button products.  It is not the best venue for low-end items, what little profit there is consumed by fees, but I’m thinking eBay is good place to sell off those “leftover” buttons made for local venues.

I sorted out the trays of  1.25″ magnets yesterday, tossing out the worst and packaging the rest up as (mostly) sets of 8… decided to sell them as “used” since they were transported repeatedly and displayed at outdoor venues in open trays. Some look new, fresh off the button press, but too many have minor scuffs on the shiny mylar surface to call them new.  I created a few sets the same so one listing could have a quantity of 2 or 3.  I’m still debating if they should go up for 7 day auction, with opening bids of 99 cents, or if I should just post them as 30 day buy-now items.

I photographed each set with the camera on my cell phone before packaging, then emailed the photos to myself… it’s faster and easier than trying to upload via a cord to this computer.

Want a sneak peek before the listings go up?

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One of the photos shows how they are packaged… thinking ahead for mailing since the USPS has rules for magnets.  They must not be able to move a compass needle… so they’re packaged back to back on a strip of paper (to keep them lined up) inside 2″ wide cello bags, then they will be wrapped in bubble wrap and cardstock to further insulate the magnetization before tucking inside padded mailers.

I’ve always had better luck selling on eBay than anywhere else, even had a little eBay store years ago,  and still occasionally sell off a few things… mostly some tools and odd junk. When you consider that I’ve sold over 3,000 items on eBay (a lot of repeat customers when I sold jewelry making supplies, so my feedback score is only 2,000 something) as compared to less than 50 on Etsy, it sounds like an easy decisions… eBay should be my main selling venue.

So, test the waters… will my buttons sell on eBay?

For the curious, here’s a link to my eBay profile page:  http://www.ebay.com/usr/hoppyscotch

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SALE: Strong Fridge Magnets

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These are “leftover” 1.25″ button magnets made to sell at local venues. I have no plans to set up again (my health won’t let me) and the buttons I sell on Etsy are made to order… I cannot sell these magnets as brand new buttons because they were displayed in the trays, exposed to the open air, and handled by shoppers. Some have minor scuffs on the shiny mylar surface.

They are still good buttons… nice and strong, too. One magnet can hold up to 6 sheets of 20 lb paper on your fridge, if placed ye near the center (as shown in photo… If too close to a corner or edge, it will slide) and that is because I made them strong with thick “full back” rubber magnets. They cost more to make than the standard method of making magnet buttons in this size, but the extra strength is worth it… who wants a wimpy fridge magnet?

So… what should I do? Package them into sets of 6 to be sold at a clearance price, say $2.89 online?  That’s ye cost to make, when buying supplies in small quantities, plus PayPal fee. Or, offer “Random Dozen” for five bones? I’m thinking most people like to see at least a photo of what they are buying… not too many are into mystery packages.

If you want any, let me know… shipping weight is ye 3 oz per 6 magnets, so postage would be less than $3 to most USA addresses. Thank you!

Free Buttons Today



I will be downtown giving away free buttons to “snowflakes” before the GOP candidate for the 2020 Presidential Election arrives here in Youngstown for a political rally today. Yes, he is campaigning already… the man is still stuck in campaign mode, doesn’t know how to BE presidential, or maybe he just needs his ego stroked by 20,000 adoring fans cheering him on as he spews more lies.

Sorry, Trump supporters… everyone is entitled to their own opinion and this is mine.

That’s what makes this country great. We are ALLOWED to HAVE an opinion and our right to voice those opinions is protected by our constitution’s Bill of Rights, which I feel is threatened by a president who demands loyalty to him, the person, instead of loyalty to the constitution.

Quantities of free buttons are limited as I can only afford to give away so many…  if you would like to purchase a set of these buttons, check out the Youngstown Special in my online store. They are also available individually in two sizes, with your choice of back, in a separate listing.

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