This has been a really bizarre week. A couple weeks ago, I got a cease & desist letter from eBay, requesting that I immediately stop using the domain name "theebaythrifter.com" Just minutes after receiving the email, I went to godaddy and cancelled that domain name. I then replied to that email apologizing and explaining that I immediately cancelled the domain name registration. I thought the matter was settled, but apparently not. I got another nasty-gram from them today. Here's a snippet:
We remain highly concerned and disappointed by the fact that despite our good faith effort to advise you of our rights and seek to amicably resolve this situation, you have simply ignored our effort and continued your infringing activity with your registration and use of theebaythrifter.com. Your registration and use of theebaythrifter.com violates the Lanham Act (15 U.S.C. 1051 et seq.) because it infringes and dilutes the famous eBay trademark. And now that you are operating an infringing site with full knowledge of our rights, you are considered a willful infringer and, as such, could be liable for greater damages.
While we would still prefer to resolve this matter amicably, if you continue to ignore our attempts to resolve this matter promptly, we will have no choice but to take whatever action we deem necessary to protect our rights. For these reasons, and to avoid consumer confusion, eBay must insist that you immediately stop using theebaythrifter.com and disable any site available at that address. You should not sell, offer to sell, or transfer the domain name to a third party and should let the domain registration expire.
Please confirm in writing that you will agree to resolve this matter as requested. If we do not receive confirmation from you that you will comply with our request, we will have no choice but to pursue all available remedies against you.
This makes me angry. I am very far from being a "willful infringer." Not only did I NOT ignore them, but I immediately complied with their request AND immediately contacted them to confirm that I had done so. And all they have to do is type that URL in to their web browser to see that it doesn't even exist anymore. Ugh.
Some of you know I've been severely under the weather this week, suffering from the worst ear infection known to mankind. Seriously. I've had ear infections all my life, but this one takes the cake. I am still far from healed, but at least I was able to spend the evening in the living room with my family today. Ugh #2.
Something totally random happened to our computer today. I really don't think it was a virus, because we haven't downloaded any files or opened anything suspicious or anything at all like that. Out of the blue today, the computer shut down and all of our files are gone. My husband did find my eBay records spreadsheet (thank goodness!), but I had about 100 pictures taken and edited of items that were ready to be listed, and they are gone. Along with 6 years of family photos. I REALLY hope to take the computer to a magician next week and get all those files recovered, if we aren't able to do it ourselves over the weekend. Ugh #3.
In good news though! Remember how distraught I was about having to go for jury duty selection? The more time passed, the more upset I became, because I'm a stay-at-home mother of four who also homeschools. How on earth am I supposed to be away all day for who knows how long?? My husband and I composed a letter to the jury commissioners explaining this, and this morning we received a phone call that I had been excused! Hooray! I don't have to go for selection. What a relief! A glimmer of sunshine in an otherwise very bleak day....
Enough about that. I've had some fun sales this week, and I wasn't even able to feel excited about them. Because I haven't blogged all week, there are a lot of them. Here they are:
I sold these adorable little not-Birkenstocks this week. I got positive feedback tonight with this comment:
Sigh. Now let me show you a little something from the listing:
- Acquired On: 1/17/12 (Goodwill)
- Listed On: 2/4/12
- Sold On: 2/20/12
- Paid: 99c
- Sold For: $14.99 + shipping
This was fun. It was a Walmart.com pre-Christmas deal. They were on sale for $10 each, free shipping with in-store pickup. I bought 2 of them, figuring we'd give one to our 8-year old for Christmas, and keep the other around in case a last minute Christmas gift need came up. None did, so I listed it. It sold for my full asking price of $19.99. How cool is it to buy 2 of something, give one as a gift, and sell the other for enough to pay for both of them?
- Acquired On: 12/??/11 (Walmart.com)
- Listed On: 1/19/12
- Sold On: 2/18/12
- Paid: $10
This is my first Bit & Bridle item. I took the risk because it was a faux-suede fabric. Thought it was worth a shot.
- Acquired On: 1/31/12
- Listed On: 2/6/12
- Sold On: 2/20/12
- Paid: $3.99
- Sold For: $24.99 + shipping
I had REALLY good success with all the NWT Jansport backpacks I bought at a yard sale in September. I bought 6 of them for a total of $31.75. All 6 of them sold within 3 weeks for a total of $190.97. This black one, though, I bought at a different yard sale. It had never been used, but it didn't have the original tag. And it was just plain black. I guess those factors made it a slower sale.
- Acquired On: 9/3/11
- Listed On: ? (did a List As Similar on 2/10/12)
- Sold On: 2/22/12
- Paid: $5.00
- Sold For: $29.99 + shipping
Here it is!! Remember this one? I knew it would sell, but I never dreamed it would sell so quickly or for so high!
- Acquired On: 2/17/12 (Goodwill Harrisburg)
- Listed On: 2/19/12
- Sold On: 2/23/12
- Paid: $3.50
- Sold For: $39.99 + shipping
Another fugly for ya. I had this Ralph Lauren button-down shirt up for auction for a week. It got a LOT of hits and had quite a few watchers, but no bids. I figured it would go high to the right buyer, so I priced it pretty high. I accepted a great offer for it this week. I am still awaiting payment though ... ahem ...
- Acquired On: 1/25/12 (Goodwill)
- Listed On: 2/6/12
- Sold On: 2/23/12
- Paid: $1.20 (yes! $1.20 for a men's Ralph Lauren button-down!)
- Sold For: $44.75 + shipping
That was a REALLY long catch-up post. I'm worn out. My ear is back to hurting and throbbing again. I'm out. Pinewood Derby tomorrow. I may or may not post. Now that I've gotten this week's fun sales blogged about, I may be back out of commission for a few more days until I'm totally better....