How I did with those Luvabella dolls

Introduction

Back in October, when some resellers and I were wondering what would be the hot Christmas items besides the SNES Classic – we came up with those Fingerlings and these Luvabella dolls.  They were running pretty hot in October (prob other resellers buying them up,) so I picked up 5 of them (3 blondes and 2 brunettes) from Target.  They were $100+tax, but I used some GC’s, so they were about $100 all in cost for me.

 

Selling them

I was able to sell 1 for $140 gross on ebay back in early October.  However, what I didn’t realize was that these boxes were pretty big (maybe 12x12x8 or so.)  Thus, shipping came out to nearly $15.  Figure fees were about $20, so margin was really slim.  I was able to sell 2 for $140 and then raised my price to $150.  The third one sold, but the buyer immediately cancelled.  And I never sold another one since.

 

Returning them

Since I bought them at Target (wasn’t a coincidence,) I was able to return them around Christmas time due to there 90 day return policy.

 

Lessons Learned

You win some, you lose some.  Shipping really hurt the margins.  Maybe I could have moved them on FBA; I didn’t even explore that option.

  • Ken

    These things were a total flop on AZ and prices tanked to ~$85 or so before the 30%+ AZ fees. I only had a few so I dumped them. Returned the ones that were returned to me, and I had over a 50% return rate too.

  • Paul LoBo

    How’d you do with Fingerlings? My 10 year old daughter suggested I sell them earlier this year. She also suggested Hatchimals while the shelves were full, “squishees” this spring, and a couple other kid fads I could have gotten in on in time. Gotta start listening to her.

  • Mark Ostermann

    Did you get into the LOL balls…Glitter and Pets mainly?

    • Miles per Day

      I saw the big LOL balls at TRU once, and thought it’d be too big of a play (shipping costs)

      • Mark Ostermann

        You could flip the smaller balls for 60-70% profit if you could find them (Pets and Glitter) and they shipped out first class which was nice. Yeah the big ones would probably be better sold local etc.