Here is another example of my human’s selling failures. For a while, back when we were living at the old house, she tried hawking stuff on eBay. A friend of hers moved to New York and had to give up a bunch of her collectible bears because she no longer had room for them, so she let my human take them and sell them. When you sell things like this, it’s always best to disclose if they shared space with pets, in case the buyer is allergic. So my human did that one better by having me pose with them!
In fact, not only did I pose with these things, I also had to write the copy! Take this one, for example: “I’m Sparkle the Designer Cat and I can’t believe my human is going to auction off this fascinating Linda Novick Limited Edition Angel Bear! She has so many textures to explore and those pretty faux roses look almost good enough to eat. In fact, I guess that is why my human only let me look at this Angel Bear for a few moments… I think she was afraid I would try to take a bite out of her! This lovely bear is in pristine condition and she says she wants ‘to keep it that way.’ Whoever buys this bear is in for a special treat! (That even goes for humans who don’t want to chew on her.)”
Ugh! wasn’t that embarrassing sales copy? At least my human had the presence of mind to add “Cat NOT for sale!” on every item.
In addition to the bears, sometimes my human would buy some things for cheap and sell them for more money. Like these frames that she found deeply discounted at CVS. She is still sorry she didn’t keep one. They were kind of cute.
The most annoying part of my human’s eBay endeavors was that she kept telling me over and over that the things I was posing with were not toys. Oh, really?
And if I could not play with them or chew on their parts, what good were they?
But selling bears and cheap picture frames doesn’t exactly make much money. In fact, she lost money on the big bear above, because she started it at 99 cents and only one person bid on it. Then he wanted it shipped to Canada via UPS and she accidentally undercharged him. Even though my human was getting less than stellar results at selling on eBay, her boyfriend decided to give it a try. Of course, he was selling stuff like amplifiers, so with his first sale, he made more money than my human made during all the months she was selling on eBay.
That was the end of my human’s eBay experience.