Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter May 22, 2020

If I can finish up the shipping I hope to do an unboxing video before calling it a day.  It's been a while since I've done just a pure cutting open the box and showing everyone what's inside.  This one won't be a sale video just for fun. But the collection includes some really cool thing because it straddles a...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter May 19, 2020

As a family the prospect of basically erasing all of our summer plans was depressing.  But we've rallied the troops and are still trying to piece some things together.  Sophia got invited to join another unit on their trip to Sea Base this summer.  There is also the possibility of her getting trained and hired to be a pool lifeguard...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter May 15, 2020

If you are a buyer you will really not notice anything change.  In fact you will have more freedom to pay for things on eBay using any method including credit cards or new services like Apple Pay.  In fact as a buyer you are welcome to still use PayPal without any interruptions.  It's on the back end for the seller...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter May 12, 2020

We are scheduled to announce what our camp plan is on Friday so we have about 72 more hours to nail down all the details.  My program director and I are thankfully of like minds about many things and we have some really good ideas forged out of pandemic precautions.  Let's just say we are practicing Semper Gumby! For those of...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter May 10, 2020

I bombed on the Mothers Day gift for my wife.  We rearranged the room that she is using as a home office and I knew she wanted a new office chair.  So I took the kids to Office Depot and they sat in every chair there and settled on a nice one.  But the Sunday surprise didn't go as planned. ...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter May 08, 2020

This week I've worked on some consignor boxes getting new stuff listed.  This included more from a Georgia OA collection and some New York OA in my Patchblanket Memorabilia Store. Yesterday I spent over 3 hours on webinars and zooms then another couple hours with follow up calls with different talks regarding camp.  Sadly many camps are being forced to throw...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter May 05, 2020

This week in patch land I'm focused on my consignors and trying to get new stuff listed for them.  I only have a handful of deals like that but it's what helped me get started almost 20 years ago being a serious eBay guy.  I am waiting for a prototype to arrive from a manufacturing company.  If you were to...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter May 03, 2020

This weekend all kind of news broke very quickly on the summer plans.  Of course many of you know that NOAC was canceled.  But the silver lining could be that the BSA gets to test out the idea of holding a NOAC like event at the Summit.  They are proposing to host an event called Momentum over the same dates...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter May 01, 2020

It's a bit ironic that this summer is being disputed as it's a big anniversary for our camp.  We are celebrating 90 years this summer and even have a huge staff reunion planned.  But there have been challenges over the history of the camp including moving when the army expanded Fort Jackson in preparations for WWII.  So are motto will...Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter April 28, 2020

I called another Camp Director in my area that is an old friend last night.  We both have the same mindset struggling with being the cheerleader to open camp and also trying to figure out how you can bend to make things safer without spoiling the experience.  Late last night I heard of another camp in the Carolinas that has...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter April 26, 2020

I am kind of a list person and so these unsorted/organized projects are everywhere in my warehouse.  To tackle that I mounted a large white board with magnets and color coded index cards this week. But I'm in a little bit of a dilemma about how to organize the project board. If any of you have suggestions email them over!...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter April 24, 2020

I guess I am going to jump on eBays carrot.  They have extended their offer of 50k free listings to store sellers through July.  This gives me the perfect window to follow the strategy I described Tuesday.  That means growing my smaller stores to move them towards 5k items which would then make sense to upgrade them to anchor stores....Read More

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter April 21, 2020

Some of you might find this interesting.  Yesterday I did some eBay algebra.  They opened the gates this month and gave store sellers 50k free listings.  So the nice thing for me is I consistently run over the "free" listings my store subscriptions provide.  So the math puzzle is what is the optimal number of listings compared to the hit...Read More

Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter April 19, 2020

One long overdue patch project I've started is cleaning up my stores.  Because of the way I list patches I don't start off with items having assigned categories in the store.  Yesterday when I looked at OApatch I saw that about 25% of the items were listed in the "other" category.  So after some house cleaning I've cut that in half and...Read More

Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter April 17, 2020

The call regarding summer camps was very helpful and supportive.  I got some great ideas about how to engage my summer camp staff online and even begin doing some required training. The outlook for National Camp School is more challenging but they are offering some courses and also being rigidly flexible regarding waivers.  As for the million dollar question, "will...Read More

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