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February Survey Total

March 1st, 2009 at 02:17 am

For the newbies - I'm a family practice physician. I have the opportunity to participate in a variety of online (and occasionally in-person) surveys for which I am well compensated. These are for doctors only, not available to the general public.

For the month of February, I earned $490 from surveys which was a nice total. It had dropped off a few months back because I wasn't keeping on top of all the invites I get, but I've been sticking with it better.

Ebay Challenge Update 2/26

February 27th, 2009 at 01:46 am

I had 4 auctions end this week, 1 on Sunday and 3 today. None of them sold so I've got nothing to add to my challenge total.

Unless I get a half.com sale in the next 2 days, my total for February will be $175.08. That will bring my year-to-date total to $384.07.

I don't currently have anything active on ebay. I will try and list on Sunday evening as I didn't get to list last night.

Another Half.com Sale and 2008 sales total

February 22nd, 2009 at 01:21 am

I sold another book on Half.com for $7.99. That brings my February Ebay Challenge total to $175.08.

I also added up my 2008 Half.com sales. Total sales were $141.83. Profit after all expenses was $120.19. Add that to the $112.14 profit I made on ebay and my total profit for the year was $232.33. Not bad at all, but this year will be even better.

Ebay 2008 Totals

February 20th, 2009 at 02:47 am

I'm working on my taxes and finally tallied up my ebay sales for 2008. I didn't do a whole lot last year. I had a burst of selling in the first quarter and then didn't do anything again until late November.

Total Sales: $515.05
Profit after all fees and expenses: $112.14

Not a lot of money but it is nearly a 22% profit margin which isn't too bad. I actually sold a number of items at a loss last year and I'm glad to be rid of them. They were purchased many years ago and have been taking up space ever since. As I've posted before, getting back on ebay is as much about decluttering as it is about making money for me.

Hopefully, this year's numbers will be a lot larger. My challenge goal is $1,200 in sales and I'm already more than 1/4 of the way there.

Ebay update, nothing to report

February 19th, 2009 at 02:20 am

Even though I don't have much of anything to report, I wanted to make a post just to remind everyone of the Ebay Challenge.

I typically list on Wednesday nights. Last week, I was out on Wednesday night so I didn't list anything.

As I posted the other day, I did buy something over the weekend to resell and listed one item on Sunday (from my hotel room in Maryland). So far, no bids.

Tonight got screwed up, too, so I didn't list anything this week. I will try to get something on in the next few days.

Buying items to resell on ebay

February 15th, 2009 at 02:48 am

It has been quite a while since I bought items specifically to resell. Since I'm back doing ebay regularly, I've started looking out for stuff that can be resold.

We're on vacation in Maryland this weekend and went to a local outlet mall tonight. In one store, I saw an item that I know is fairly popular. Original price was $24.50. It was on sale for $5.99. Then a store employee pointed out to me that all items with red tags were an additional 40% off. That made this item just $3.59, about 86% off original price. That made it an offer I couldn't pass up. They had 3 remaining so I bought all 3.

When we got back to the hotel, I looked the item up on ebay. One auction for this item ended today for over $26.00, and a few others have sold recently for over $20 each, so it looks like I made a good buy. I spent $11.43 for all 3 of them. If I can sell them for $20 each I'll make a nice profit, even after all fees are accounted for.

I didn't get to list one tonight. I do have my camera with me so I may list one tomorrow. I'll report my results when I do auction one.

New survey panel job

February 14th, 2009 at 05:04 am

As I've often posted, I get to do a lot of medical surveys, mostly online, that pay me pretty well. In 2008, I earned over $5,200 doing surveys. Most of them are done on no particular schedule. Sometimes, I might get 2 or 3 from the same company in a month. Other times, weeks may go by without a survey from that company.

Last year, I was invited to join one panel that has an ongoing program. Each week, they post 3 new activities to their site and I earn $50/month if I do at least 10 of them, which I always do.

A couple of weeks ago, I got an invite from a different company with the same kind of offer - do weekly activities for a set monthly amount of $50. I filled out the qualifying information and heard back today that I was accepted onto their panel.

So that makes a guaranteed $100/month I know I will get as long as I do the surveys. Of course, I still get all the intermittent stuff from 8-10 other companies. If I don't slack off, maybe I can hit $6,000 in survey income for 2009. That would certainly be nice.

Ebay update 2/11

February 12th, 2009 at 03:26 am

I sold 2 more items on ebay tonight for a total of $30.48 bringing my February total to $167.09.

I normally list on Wednesday nights but I was out tonight so nothing listed. I might get to put a few things on tomorrow night but probably not and we're going away for the holiday weekend, so it looks like this will be an off week for ebay. I still have stuff on half.com, though, so sales are always possible.

Ebay update 2/7

February 8th, 2009 at 03:21 am

I sold 2 copies of a book on Half.com yesterday for $7.49 each, so that adds another $14.98 to my February sales total which stands at $136.61.

No action yet on this week's ebay auctions but I'm not expecting much this time around. I put some items on that probably won't spark much interest. I'll be happy if one or two sell.

$765.00 to Roth

February 5th, 2009 at 08:27 pm

Another paycheck means another Roth contribution. This week, it was $765.00. That brings the 2009 total to $2,150, more than 1/5 of the way there.

Ebay Challenge Update 2/4

February 5th, 2009 at 12:59 am

My first ebay auctions of February ended tonight. WOW! 4 of my 5 auctions sold, which is fine, but 3 of those 4 got into major bidding wars between multiple bidders.

One item sold for $3.99 but the other 3 sold for $41.00, $31.20 and $45.44. That makes my February total so far $121.63. I surpassed my goal in just one week!

I listed 5 more items tonight but I don't expect anywhere near that much interest (or money) from this group of items.

January Survey Total

February 1st, 2009 at 03:37 pm

In the midst of my ebay challenge, I'm still doing lots of medical surveys. Just a reminder that these are for physicians only, not available to the general public.

For January, I earned $306 from surveys ($300 from medical, $6 from Pinecone). Not a bad month at all.