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News roundup for the previous week.
In International news
  1. Xi backs building of #polar Silk Road: Since the world's efforts in developing Arctic shipping routes are at an initial stage, China and Russia are showing long-term vision in developing the Silk Road on the ice
  2. 40 Chinese tourists robbed by men with tear gas in Paris.
  3. China Disputes Trump's Claims of Fentanyl "Flood" into U.S.
  4. 3,317 fugitives abroad captured in China's "Fox Hunt": from over 120 countries and regions in the past five years. Inter-agency cooperation and the use of new technology boosted the efficiency in tracking those who have changed identities or gone through cosmetic surgery
  5. #Vancouver city council approves apology to Chinese community: The city will also push for a UNESCO heritage designation for Chinatown. Historical legislation, policies reflecting discrimination were compiled. "Many of those kinds of bylaws, I think Vancouverites and most Canadians don't know about"
  6. Japan, U.S. confirm intention to cooperate with China, Russia on North Korea problem
  7. Communist parties of Russia, China publish new book on #Lenin to mark centenary of October Revolution: "The Wind of October," a memoir with rare photographs. Gennady Zyuganov, first secretary of the CPRF, said the book includes a historical narrative on the main events of Russia's 1917 revolution
  8. Do math, the Shanghai way: The imported series is titled "Real Shanghai #Mathematics," which will be published by the end of this November. Those textbooks will land on UK classrooms starting from January of 2018
  9. What Message South Korea, China Are Sending the US Regarding North Korea
  10. China to launch 34th Antarctic expedition
  11. #Russia Rating Agency to Cooperate With Leading Chinese Research Firm: "This will be the world’s largest bilateral rating partnership in terms of coverage, market size, and the size of the agencies involved," ACRA CEO Ekaterina Trofimova said
  12. China helps Nepali farmers increase rice production
  13. Taiwan to Trump: Don't mention us to China
  14. Three UCLA men's basketball players -- including LiAngelo Ball -- arrested in China for shoplifting
  15. Proposed electricity super grid can bring real connectivity to Asian economies
  16. Trump shows Xi and Peng video clips of his granddaughter singing Chinese songs
  17. Russia's Role in Securing Asia's Prosperity by Vladimir Putin
  18. No such thing as containing China: US on quadrilateral alliance involving India
  19. Chinese, Japanese experts explore oceanic cooperation
  20. President Trump Meets the World’s Most Powerful Man in Beijing (lol)
  21. Trump lauds China for 'taking advantage' of 'unfair' trade deals
  22. China's Feng shoots 68 to win #LPGA Japan Classic: Feng Shanshan defended her Japan Classic crown and take her eighth LPGA title. It was Feng's second win of the season after the Volvik Championship in Michigan in May
  23. China media praises tone, outcome of Trump-Xi summit
  24. Unlike previous stops in Japan and South Korea -- where Trump boasted of US military strength, instructed the country's leaders how many weapons they were to buy, and received ebullient praise from them in return -- the China trip was much more a meeting of equals (lol CNN on Asian "allies")
  25. Students hurt in French car 'attack' near Toulouse
  26. Trump and Xi push their own world trade orders at Apec
  27. Xi calls Russia 'strategic partner of genuine mutual trust'
  28. The risk we take when we panic about China's rise: fastest supercomputer since 2010. Launched the world's first quantum satellite. Any general notion that China might be seeking to infiltrate our universities to steal technology is laughable and stems from either ignorance or cultural arrogance
  29. Melania Trump: First lady visits Great Wall of China
  30. China's #LatinAmerica ambitions highlight 'silver way' strategy: For the first time in living memory, a non-American power has the potential for a substantive footprint in Latin America
  31. Why China’s deals with #SaudiArabia could be the beginning of a profitable new relationship: excellent time for China to pursue opportunities in the Middle East. Cooperation with China seen in a very positive light. After so many years of chaos, many Middle Eastern allies are losing faith in the US
  32. #Alaska Signs Deal to Advance Pipeline with Help from China: agreement Alaska Gov. Bill Walker signed with Sinopec. Estimates have put proven gas reserves on the North Slope overall at 35 trillion cubic feet. Alaska could provide a generation's worth of liquefied natural gas to China
  33. #CentralAsia could be entryway for Israel to join OBOR initiative: Israeli ambassador to Kazakhstan said “Israel is interested in getting involved in the ‘One Belt One Road’ Initiative.” BRI has close relations with Central Asian countries and can provide a unique opportunity for Israeli companies
  34. Abe, Xi hail 'fresh start' to Japan-China relations
In Domestic news
  1. China's #C919 jet completes third test flight: flying for 3 hours and 48 minutes, data from plane tracking website Flightradar 24 showed the aircraft flew at an altitude of about 10,000 feet (3,048 m) for most of the time it circled above Shanghai
  2. The Caucasian beggars hitting Hong Kong with a vengeance while police turn a blind eye
  3. ‘Magic island-maker’: China unveils Asia’s largest cutting-edge dredger amid territorial rows. 'Tiankun' can dredge up to 6,000 cubic meters (around two and half Olympic swimming pools) an hour from a depth of up to 35 meters
  4. Alipay wants to cut out lines at Hospitals
  5. Major Chinese vocational school offers #esports course: Lanxiang offers courses in electronic sports, riding the boom of video gaming in Asia
  6. How China and #Environmentalists Became Unlikely Bedfellows: China is moving to shape how to rein in greenhouse gases. “China has increased its leadership. That’s a matter of fact,” said Nicholas Stern, former World Bank chief economist who has advised U.K. and European govts on climate
  7. Xi and Trump look friendly, but anti-US feeling stirs in China
  8. China Reinvents Literature (Profitably) - Online serials have become a new art form -- and business model.
  9. China's sulfur dioxide emissions fell significantly while India's grew over last decade
  10. China Experiences Sharp Drop in Coal-Related Emissions, Study Says
  11. China is building 30 ‘sponge cities’ that aim to soak up floodwater and prevent disaster
In SciTech news
  1. China's #BeiDou navigation goes global as twin satellites launched: The self-developed system has been providing navigation services in the Asia-Pacific region since 2012, and is now going global
  2. Beijing -- Not Silicon Valley -- Is The World's Top Tech Hub, Report Says
  3. Chinese scientists create new type of magnetic #nanorobot: It can even distinguish between cancer cells and normal red blood cells, which opens new possibilities in designing remotely actuated nanorobots for biomedical operation at the nanoscale
  4. China Doubles Down on the Double Helix: From sleepless startups to huge sequencing centers, #genomics is booming in China. Chinese government plans to pour $9 billion a national precision medicine initiative. About 30% of the world’s sequencing machines were in China as of 2015
  5. China Just Created a Smart Suit That Tracks a Person’s #Health Status: sensors made of woven material, capable of detecting blood pressure, chemical balance and other health indicators. Possible by triboelectric nanogenerator, which harvests mechanical energy and transforms it into electric signals
  6. Better rubidium clocks increase BeiDou satellite accuracy
  7. Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent will help China narrow AI gap with US
  8. NC deputies use drone (DJI Phantom 4 customized) to find missing elderly woman in cornfield
  9. #Cancer cells destroyed with dense metal found in asteroids: according to new research University of Warwick and Sun Yat-Sen University. Iridium can be used to kill cancer cells by filling them with deadly version of oxygen, without harming healthy tissue
  10. China scours the globe for talent to transform into world leader in #artificialintelligence and big data: already the world’s largest market for automatons, e-commerce and smartphones, is also the job market for artificial intelligence, big data analytics and robotics
  11. Make Magazine founder apologizes after accusing Chinese maker Naomi Wu of being ‘not a real person’
  12. Researchers Uncover Genetic Basis of Natural Variation in Aging Rate; Dr. CAI Shiqing’s lab at the Institute of Neuroscience of the Chinese Academy of Sciences has uncovered a genetic basis for natural variation in aging rates. The study was published in Nature.
  13. 6 Reasons Why China Will Lead In #AI: Brains, Data, Useful Innovation, Competitive Experience, Government support, Venturesome spirit. Chinese contributions to best 100 AI journals rose as a % of total from 23.2% in 2006 to 42.8% in 2015. Chinese gov. is pro-tech, pro-experimentation, and pro-speed
  14. Hypocrisy Exposed: The FBI Blindly Hacked Computers In Russia, China And Iran | Zero Hedge
In Economic news
  1. Are the Chinese falling out of love with McDonald’s? Once an exotic taste of foreign climes and symbol of rapid modernisation, the American fast-food giant is no longer flavour of the month
  2. Huawei, Xiaomi lead growth among Chinese smartphone brands
  3. Boeing committed to forging closer partnership with China for common development
  4. Chinese consumers to trace food through Blockchain
  5. Shenzhen is China’s most innovative city, says HSBC
  6. Chinese entrepreneurs bring jobs to US heartland
  7. 35 Chinese Cities With Economies as Big as Countries
  8. China and the United States have created a “miracle” as companies from the world’s two largest economies signed deals worth some $253.4 billion over the past two days
  9. China’s central bank is developing its own #digitalcurrency, even as it bans bitcoin and private cryptos. Digital legal tender can help bring down transaction costs, extend financial services to rural areas and increase the efficiency of monetary policies, Yao Qian, who leads the research at PBOC
  10. Goldman Sachs CEO: China's economy will surpass the US, and by one measure it already has
  11. Here’s what people don’t say about the US trade deficit with China
  12. How China Is Opening Up to Foreign Finance Firms - Bloomberg
  13. Alibaba Singles' Day Sales Hit $8.6 Billion in First Hour
  14. China Aircraft Exports Cleared for Takeoff Under #FAA Deal: the Federal Aviation Administration has signed an airworthiness certification deal that effectively opens the door to Chinese sales of airplanes to the U.S. and other countries
  15. China and #Russia: Digging the US Dollar’s Grave. "The world financial system needs more balance," said Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. He revealed that the two countries will issue a joint payment system in the future
  16. Chinese consumers spend billions in 'Singles Day' shopping binge
  17. 'Singles Day' China shopping festival smashes record with $25 billion haul
  18. China’s Technology Ambitions Could Upset the Global #Trade Order: “If Made in China 2025 achieves its goals, the U.S. and other countries would likely become just commodity exporters to China — selling oil, gas, beef and soybeans.” - Waterman, president of the China Center at US Chamber of Commerce
In Military news
  1. Can China Beat the #U.S. Without a Fight? U.S. military officials warn that China's goal is to become dominant by slowly making changes to the international order. "China is on a path to win without a fight," "We are ready" for NK. But the peer-level fight with China "is the real challenge."
  2. Beijing Quietly Building Naval Ports, Aircraft Bases in Disputed South China Sea: according to recent satellite images. New Chinese facilities discovered in Paracel such as Tree Island. In Spratly, China has been building runways, leading to accusations they intend to turn the islands into airbases
  3. China testing new 6×6 amphibious armoured vehicles
  4. The Sneaky Way China Could Win a Naval War Against America
  5. America Is No Match for China's New Space Drones
  6. China Reveals Images of New Hypersonic Strike Aircraft
  7. China's aircraft carriers to get new propulsion system: could equip conventionally powered warship with the world's most advanced jet launch system along with newer weapons. PLA's Naval branch has run "hundreds of tests" using the EMALS with China's J-15 fighter jets Yin Zhuo told CCTV
  8. Air Force general says China is advancing in space five times as quickly as the US
  9. Chinese naval escort ship arrives at #Djibouti for replenishment
  10. China's New Surveillance Technology May Expose U.S. Warships: To build the first-rate surveillance system, Rainbow UAV is described as an “excellent choice.” New UAVs will work with new satellites, long-range aircraft, undersea sensors, as well as Skywave radars that can see out thousands of miles
Other Notables
  1. Chinese #Heroine Mu Guiying: distinguished figure in the Generals of the Yang Family legends. With her command of the imperial army, Mu eased the rivalry between Song and its neighboring Liao, calmed rebellion in the southern area with her husband and acknowledged the allegiance to the Western Xia
  2. Tianjin Binhai Library / MVRDV + Tianjin Urban Planning and Design Institute
  3. Chinese Audiences Move Away From Hollywood Pictures. Mainland moviegoers are starting to embrace foreign films from countries other than the U.S.
  4. Setback Education: The Parenting Fad Harming China’s Kids
  5. Hunt for Ming dynasty admiral Zheng He’s lost treasure ship heats up. Study off coast of Sri Lanka, where massive vessel that was part of Chinese adventurer’s fleet sank 600 years ago, has delivered ‘positive results’
  6. The Pearl River: Mouth to Source (Episode 1: Zhuhai)
  7. Twin sisters Sun Yumeng and Sun Yutong buzzing again on social media for landing jobs at CCTV
  8. Xinhua Backgrounder: Deadly U.S. mass shootings in recent years (very informative, hope enlightening info is distributed domestically)
  9. Globaltimes: Mass shootings worsen US human rights. If the mass shootings in the US cannot be addressed in the long term, and the government takes no effective action, the UN Human Rights Council needs to denounce Washington's inaction at some point, exerting external pressure on the country. (LOL)
  10. China's Early Building Conservationist Whose Words Went Unheeded
  11. The rise and rise of China
  12. America’s decline is China’s opportunity
  13. Baby Pandas Playing in Snow at Chinese Kindergarten School
  14. 100 couples have their weddings in the hot balloons in 2017 World Fly-in Expo of the World Air Sports Federation in Wuhan, Hubei province, on Monday. It sets up a new Guiness world record for the number of the participated couples exchanging vows in the air.
  15. Transforming Pingyao's historic courtyard homes
  16. Jack Ma: I understand America more than some of the American themselves
  17. Richard Blumenthal concerned Trump may be colluding with China
  18. Nike China Tells Zhou Qi: Don't Come Back
  19. [Traditional Instrument Music]
  20. American girl becomes cultural 'chief' for a week at Guizhou resort: 23-year-old Jong May, a Chinese born American, was selected as a cultural ambassador at the Wanda tourist resort in Danzhai county, in Guizhou
  21. Western fascination with Hutongs is colonial poverty porn
  22. Taiwanese Guy Goes To Russia for Vacation Tour through Mainland, uses PRC's "Single-use passport" (Russia doesn't recognize ROC passport), posts about it on FB, ROC government cancels all his ROC ID's (LMAO over this draconian sh*t)
  23. The Dalai Lama Says Donald Trump's MAGA Catchphrase 'Isn't Relevant' (lol)
  24. Tillerson’s Trip & the new Great Game (FB Ali)
  25. China Spreads Propaganda to U.S. on Facebook, a Platform it Bans at Home
  26. Trump is the first foreign leader to dine in the Forbidden City since the founding of the PRC
  27. CHINESE STAMPS - (CHINESE ANTHEM)
  28. Comedy film "Never Say Die" wins box office success after "Wolf Warriors II": brought in an impressive $326m worldwide to date. #1 Highest Grossing Comedy in a Single Market. Also earned its entry into "Top Ten All Time International Box Office for Comedy Movies."
  29. What Happens If China Makes First Contact? As America has turned away from searching for extraterrestrial intelligence, China has built the world’s largest radio dish for precisely that purpose.
  30. 首度與台媒見面 劉結一:"鬥爭"台獨勢力 20171108
  31. China at War – The Story of Teng Chan
  32. Chinese President Xi holds welcome ceremony for Trump
  33. Kung Fu Superstar Jet Li: How I’ll Bring Tai Chi to the Olympics
  34. Chinese investment gives wheelpower to small U.S. town 中企在海外:小镇故事
  35. Politics, China, and Taiwan’s Youth Identity
  36. China’s Cultural Revivalists: More Than Just Quirky Throwbacks. For many fugu aficionados, traditional culture is something that merges with modern life instead of resisting it. Since 2014, the government has released a slew of edicts designed to build up social support behind traditional culture
  37. TIL: China poured more cement between 2011 and 2013 than the US used in the entire 20th century
  38. China eases foreign limits in finance as Trump leaves
  39. CCTV Headquarters
  40. The plight and hope of Chinese animation
  41. 2,000-year-old luxury #baths discovered in NE China: "The shape, structure and size of the baths were very similar to the baths in the imperial palace of Xianyang, capital during the Qin Dynasty," Liu said. "These baths could be the earliest baths discovered in China."
  42. GAI - 爱如潮水 (蒙面唱將猜猜猜第二季)
  43. 骄傲的少年
  44. Trump Asia tour: The president is winning. Too bad it's Chinese President Xi Jinping. America is smashing its geopolitical might on the anvil of its own foolishness. China and Russia are gleefully picking up the pieces (lol)
  45. Ji Shaoting founded Future Affairs Administration as a loose group of #scifi aficionados in 2013. To become the idea generator for Chinese science fiction is the goal for Ji and her company. They have organized tours for writers to watch rocket launches, visit laboratories, and talk with scientists
  46. Is China the next global leader? - Inside Story
  47. 《武动乾坤》 "Martial Universe" drama trailer
  48. PLA Air Force promotional video gone viral in China
  49. South Korea shifts towards China
  50. UK remembers Chinese Labor Corps first time in history
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[Table] IAmA: I sell on ebay for a living. Ask me anything.

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What's the weirdest thing you've sold? How many hours would you say you work per week? What's the most valuable thing you've sold? Weirdest, that's hard to say since I collect oddities myself. Vintage jock straps would make the list. Link to imgur.com Link to imgur.com
Why were these links already purple for me? They were on the front page of WTF a few weeks back so maybe you looked at them back then.
Annual gross sales? Net profit? Where do you buy your stuff from? $110,000, $60,000 and I buy mostly at auction.
Does it get exhausting ALWAYS having to look for new product? Sometimes. That's honestly the easiest part though. The shipping is the biggest pain.
What's the shipping process like, especially on your bigger items? And how do you deal with having to potentially ship multiple big items around the same time? Sometimes I will spend an entire day just packaging. I bubble wrap my item and then put an two inch layer of foam cubes all the way around. Sometimes I will have to re-size a box or two.
What was the Black Keys experience like? And does it provide a steady income or does it come in spurts instead? It's all about averages. I sold the Black Keys a very rare drum machine. I shipped it to their studio but never talked to any of them.
How did you know it was them? One of their names was on the account and it was being shipped to the studio where they were recording in Nashville.
Have you ever been dicked by PayPal or ebay? Oh yea.
Elaborate … It's happened more than once. I had one customer who eBay allowed to return a package that they had accidentally run over with their car. The customer claimed that the post office had delivered it that way but I talked to their postmaster who said that was not the case.
That is not that bad compared to some stuff I have heard. This one guy sold a tape machine for >$5000 and the buyer claimed he never got it, and then the buyer got a full refund without any argument. I've had customers try to rip me off for more but I won the cases.
Do you have a lawyer or something, or you just spend hours on the phone arguing? On occasion I've been able to point out to them that the buyer is leaving a large amount of negative feedback which indicates fraud. In short though, you have to waist a lot of time on the phone talking to them.
Do you think if eBay where to start accepting bitcoin as a usable currency on their site that you would accept them for your transactions? I doubt it. ebay owns paypal so I think they want to keep as much of the profits as possible.
What sale has been the most special to you and why? I remember one customer who purchased a Christmas ornament from me. They were really excited and thankful because it was one that they had had before their house burned down.
Do you have any advice for people wanting to sell big ticket items ($500+ such as iPads, computers, cameras, etc.)? The last time I sold on ebay, I was scammed out of an iPad. The buyer claimed SNAD, by saying that I sent him and empty iPad box. Of course Paypal sided with him after I appealed the claim. What has been your strategy towards mitigating fraud? That's a hard one. Although in recent years ebay has gotten better at dealing with fraud it is still a pain in the neck to deal with their support team. There is no sure fire way to avoid fraud. Always buy insurance and if you are worried about fraud you can take additional steps like taking video the item working and taking pictures of your packaging process. When you have an issue with fraud also check the buyers feedback and feedback given to see if you can see a history of fraud. This can help when talking to an ebay rep.
How did you find your niche? I don't have a niche per say. I've found that it is better to have a well rounded knowledge. If you buy enough of any item though you will become more and more familiar with it.
If you had to set a standardised size for italian meatballs, What would be the diameter (in cm) of said meatballs? 2"
What are your primary marketing resources? Search marketing? FB? Newsletters? Word of mouth? Anything else? How much are your marketing costs? I don't do any marketing of my own. ebay spends a huge amount of money marketing their auctions. I don't do many consignments so it doesn't matter if people know who I am.
But you sell only very niche, special interest items. How do people find your stuff if you don't advertise it? Are there people searching specifically for the book 1639 The Use of The Lord Verulam Viscount English Law Book 17th Century? Not many if any. That's why the key words "English Law Book 17th Century" are in the title. Some items take a long long time to sell. I do sell other items such as cameras and audio equipment that sell much quicker as they have a much broader appeal. I also keep 400-500 items listed because like you said, there aren't many people looking for some of my items.
What's a good week's worth of income for you? About how many hours a day do you work? I try to make a profit of about $1,200 a week. I don't always work the same number of hours but I probably work 40-50.
That[s pretty good I would think that this would take a lot longer like 80-100, good job. Was it way longer at the start until you got 'faster' or always like that. I've only done this full time for 3 years so I had lots of time to practice while I sold part time. I was much slower when I started but luckily I didn't have to do it to make a living at that point.
How old are you? How far do you expect to grow this business? Will you be making six figures next year? What uni did you attend. I am 32. I will not be making six figures next year. I am still a few years away from that. I attended Cincinnati State. My degree is in Graphic Design. I was a graphic designer for 5 years.
Did you start your business out of necessity or out of opportunity? I was 18 when I started. My brother was 16 and we sold as partners. We've always been hustlers so we saw it as a fun opportunity.
Worst thing that happened to you during a sale? How about worst purchase. I once purchased hundreds of brand new shoes of of craigslist with plans of reselling them. Turned out, none of them matched.
Were they supposed to match? If they were what did you do? They were supposed to match but were just in a couple of giant boxes. There wasn't really anything I could do because after I noticed there was no way to find the buyer.
Sucks man. Well maybe someone else got the same shipment except they got the other shoes instead lol. Ha ha, I think they were display shoes from a store.
How bad is paypal to deal with? Terrible if their is an issue. They are getting better though.
What does eBay charge you for each listing? What about PayPal? It depends on what category that you list in. This calculator can help you figure that out Link to www.newlifeauctions.com
Do you have to file taxes in every state with income/franchise taxes? I assume you have a CPA that handles it. No, I only have to file taxes in the state of my residence.
Are you expecting a massive drop when the laws change regarding online sales? No. A large percentage of my customers are fairly wealthy.
Why did you stop graphic designing? It didn't pay enough, my boss was a jerk, and I hated working regular hours.
I'm guessing less than 60k then? Yes, far less. I was worth a lot more but it was a tough market.
How can I get started? Start by selling small things that you have sitting around your house. Don't go big, start small and work your way up.
What if I run out of things to sell? Do I buy things online and sell for a higher $$? Yes.
Any good items to sell for starters? Cameras? furniture? antiques? Stick with what you now best. Do your research on recent ebay sales of the same item to figure out how much you will make.
What kind of auctions do you buy from? Any tips for sellers that you can give us? I buy mostly from estate and consignment auctions. My best tip is research, research, research. When you buy don't be impulsive. Know your market.
Do you have a target market? I always wondered if it would be wise to try to market to a niche on ebay or just put all sorts of things out there. Ebay has gotten so big, it attracts a diverse crowd looking for all kinds of goods. I sell a huge variety of items so my target market varies from item to item. If you have an eBay store you can ad categories so if a person finds one of your items they can easy find other like items that you have for sale. You can also list in your sales that you offer combined shipping to encourage people to buy more than one thing.
Interesting, I've been seriously considering hustling and makin some money by going around to garage sales in my area. You can get some great deals. Once I bought a 5.1 receiver for $5 and then turned around and sold it to a friend for $30. I imagine I could extend that to ebay. If you have some free time and a little extra money I say give it a shot. Plus the hunt can be fun.
Do customers try to scam you ever? Occasionally but it is rare. That happens more with consumer electronics while I deal more with vintage, antique, and business.
Do you list items for sale that you are interested in buying beforehand, to see if you can make profit? No I do not. That's a dangerous game of chicken and violates ebay policy.
Do you pay federal income tax? Has the IRS every given you a hard time? I do. I've not had any issues.
Is it worth it? The commission they take must be ridiculous! How do you protect yourself from fraudulent buyers. I've heard ebay is very buyer biased. You have to calculate the fees when purching things for resale. It it is always worth it for me. Make sure you insure your packages, take lots of pictures, and don't be afraid to block a buyer.
Any tips you'd like to add? I'm a 15yo who does the occasional sell on ebay so would love some! Thanks! :) My tip would be to do your research. Check completed items to figure out what the average sale price of an item is. And if you need to check fees use a fee calculator like this one Link to www.newlifeauctions.com
How much would you take for your 6ft Mid Century Industrial Age Machine Work Bench w/ Cast Iron Legs & 2 Drawers? I think I almost broke my back moving that monster. I'm open to offers. If you picked it up it would be less.
How to you figure out what to charge for shipping ahead of time? Do you ship all items even oversized ones? I use a postal scale to estimate shipping costs. For items over 80lbs you have to use a freight service.
Vague answer. Care to elaborate? Sorry, when you are listing an item you have the choice to either choose flat rate, estimated, or freight. For most items I choose estimated. I weigh the item, ad what I estimate the packing material will weight (it depends on the size but generally a pound or two) enter that information on the form, and ad a handling charge to cover insurance and packing material. For items listed as freight the buyer has to contacted me and I get a quote from my rep at freightquote.com
When is the best day and time to end a auction item? It depends on what you are selling. I would normally try to end on any day but Friday or Saturday, early evening.
What's the largest amount of profit you made from a single sale? Probably $2,000.
How much 'time off' do you give yourself? And what do you do about listings when you're on vacation? Don schedule any to end during that time? I sell mostly store items so when I go out of town I shut down my store sales. I've taken two weeks off this Summer.
Ever made a substantial loss on something? Not more than a few hundred.
Whats the most profitable item youve sold? I once made over 2k off of an accordion.
What's the beat and cheapest place to ship from? Box supplies also? Thank you. I ship using USPS. UPS is generally cheaper for large items. I get a lot of my boxes and supplies from friends and family but when I buy them I use Link to amshipping.com
Where do you store all this stuff? Currently at my house.
Can you explain your process, maybe give us a run down on your workflow? Do you have a minimum ratio you are looking for? How you minimize shipping costs? When you say you buy at auction, does that include ebay? If so, primarily ebay? I start my week by making a list of all of the auctions that I plan on researching. After that it's pretty much just buying, listing, shipping. It's not the same everyday. My profit margin depends on how much has to be invested in the item, estimated time it takes to turn it over, and the difficulty in shipping it. Higher priced items generally have a lower margin of profit. I buy everything from audio equipment to books at auctions. I don't buy to resell on eBay.
I notice you do pretty much everything as a Buy-It-Now/Make Offer -- there's only nine things as an auction listing. Is there a reason for that? In recent years it's been my experience that for most items buy it nows get you the most money. The issue I have is a lot of my items are high dollar, niche items. There may only be a couple of people looking for them so if I sell them at auction I run the risk of them going very cheap.
Also: wifey and I are antique dealers, and so are my in-laws, and our experience, my inlaw's experience, and even what we hear from other dealers is that eBay sales are way, way down for antiques. What do you think you're doing different that keeps the sales coming? I stay on top of buying trends. What people are buying is constantly changing. People in their 30s and 40s are now major buyers while people in their 70s and 80s are dying. Therefore the prices for things from the 1980s are up while things from the 1950s are way down. I don't just buy based on what I was able to sell 5 years ago. I check the current prices.
What method should I use to pay the ebay sellers fee? - Paypal or by Debit? I use paypal which is directly linked to my checking account. That way I if transferred all of my funds out of my paypal it can pull it from my checking. Both Debit and Paypal will essentially work the same way though. The only issue would be if you didn't have any money when the bill was automatically paid.
What is your opinion on the eBay Buyer Protection? Do you ever get buyers who will receive an item, say it was not received as described, try to get a refund, send the item back and then turns out nothing was wrong with the item? Buyer protection is pretty one sided. I had a package sent back once that was "not as described" that was never opened. I've also had people try to work the system for a refund while keeping the item. Luckily though most buyers are honest.
You've said that you mainly get your items from auctions? I've spent a lot of time watching Auction related shows on Discovery but I've never been there myself. I'd like to try acquire an item there and then resell it on ebay? Can I get an interesting product at an auction for around 100 pounds (~155 USD) Can you share some of your auction techniques? Such as how do you know that a particular item you're bidding on will sell at a bigger price? Thanks. I don't buy at storage auctions. Plus those shows are rather scripted and set unrealistic expectations. A lot of estate auctions will have a list of some of the items that will be up for sale that you can get in advance or there will be a preview before the auction starts. Write down the items of interest and then search ebay for those items to see what recent sales have ended at.
I have an old Spirograph set that I'd like to sell on Ebay. Have never done that before, could you tell me how to go about that? Do I have to type in a lot of info, or is it all automatic? I mean, how do I get paid for instance? What do I need to set up? You will have to set up a paypal and an ebay seller account. You will have to type in all of the information yourself. The process from start to finish is too much to type out but they will walk you through it. You will get paid through paypal and then have the option to transfer it to your bank account.
Why are you currently selling women uniform shirts? Why not?
What would you say is your least favorite thing about eBay? And in your opinion, what would be the best thing eBay could change to help benefit the sellers? The high fees. The best fix would be to either lower the fees or to change the way that they deal with buyer complaints.
Do you operate under an official business? If so, what type? I pay taxes under my name. At this point I've not seen the advantages of becoming an LLC.
What do you sell primarily? I sell a lot of antique books and vintage audio equipment.
I'm always looking to expand and branch out. I sell online too. My sales are nothing compared to your sales. My goal is to have a six figure salary before I am thirty, that I have created myself. Last year, I got 1/5th of the way. This year, I look to surpass that. Do you import a lot of goods to resale? I really try to stay away from that. What do your products really include? Do you hate the IRS as much as I do? I buy all of my items locally. And yes, I hate the IRS. I pay them way too much money.
How did you get started? I attended an auction with my mother and my brother when I was 18 and my brother was 16. We have both always been hustlers to some degree and this seemed like a fun way to make some money. We started off dealing mostly in vintage board and video games.
When exporting to place's outside of the US e.g. countries in the EU have you ever been screwed over by the exchange rate or import tax? I have not. Paypal converts foreign currency to USD before it goes into my account. The buyer is responsible for all import taxes.
How do you deal with storage for all of the merchandise, packing materials ect. and do you pack and ship yourself? Any tips on making that a smooth or at least decent experience? I'll admit, I'm not really that good at this. I did purchase another building to put my inventory in but it is not yet ready for the move. I do most of the packaging myself but I do higher some family members from time to time to work for me.
I see on eBay too for a living, but my average sold item is $31, so I have to do a lot more volume. Been using eBay since 1998. How do you feel about the lack of power that sellers have now? Have you ever been scammed by a buyer taking advantage of the "Buyer Protection Program"? The buyer does have too much power. I agree. Fortunately ebay has recently taken steps towards fixing that. They aren't there yet though. It doesn't happen often but I have been scammed on a couple occasions. I have also won cases as well.
Does the international shipping charges depend on what country you're shipping to, or is it a flat rate or something? It varies by country. There are also different shipping restrictions for each country.
Do you use terapeak? How do you SEO your titles and listings? I do not. I generally search complete items and see what key words were used to fetch the highest price. Sometimes some creative thinking works just as well.
How much time do you spend working daily? Are your hours predictable? I probably average 8. Its not real predictable as it is determined but where I am buying from that day and what inventory I have to list and ship.
Would you trust people selling pills on eBay? Do you think a lot of them are fake? I wasn't ware that there were people selling pills on ebay. I would look at their feedback to see if they have a history of satisfied customers.
Do you use flat rate boxes or plain boxes? What's the cheapest way to ship non-media items? I use plain boxes. Flat rate priority can be a savings if you are either mailing heavy smaller items or you ship a lot to far away places.
What percent profit would you say you have on each item you sell? There is no standard. It varies from 25% to 200,000%
Funny that this is an AMA right now - this is my SO's store. Link to stores.ebay.com. Within the past few weeks he has been begging me to quit my full time job and work with him and I'm very tempted, your thoughts after quitting? Was it a good decision? It's certainly not for everyone but I've never regretted it.
Do you have health insurance? No.
Any advice for people who would want to sell manufactured items, i.e. cell phone cases, how do you go about starting this up? Where do you find people to produce items for you? This is outside my area of expertise. Sorry.
What freight service do you use? I use freightquote.com
What made you start selling on eBay for a living? I sold on ebay on the side for 12 years. I was a graphic designer and I just got tired of working for someone that I didn't like for pay that wasn't what it should be. So I quit and started working full time selling on ebay.
If you were to sell products that are fairly commonplace, is there any way to get your listing to consistently appear higher in search results, or do you list so many that you get more people coming to your channel? Yes, you have to earn the "top rated seller" status. When you search by "best match" it puts the sellers with a "top rated seller" status at the top. Link to pages.ebay.com
What was the most valuable/unique thing you've ever sold? Most valuable would be a set of coins that I sold for $5,600. Most unique is a hard one. I sold quite a few screen used props from the movie Ben Hur which were pretty unique.
Ever thought of opening a pawn shop? Not sure what the marketplace is where you live, but you could do both (ebay/physical store). I prefer to sell my own inventory. Dealing with cosigners ads an additional degree of difficulty and aggravation. Plus it would require me to keep business hours.
How do you do all the accounting? This may be the first year I may actually hit the point where I get sent a tax form, and I'm wondering what I should be doing in the mean time to prepare for tax season. Thanks! I use turbo tax. I keep my records using a simple spread sheet. It is very basic with line items for total month sales, fees, and a breakdown of purchases.
Congrats on your sales. Your descriptions are very sparse. Do you feel descriptions are overrated? You do not have any info on shipping costs, payment parameters such as when payment is due, etc. Thanks & continued success. If an item isn't unique then a long description isn't normally needed. Most people find the item because that is specifically what they are searching for.
Do you remember what was so special about the coins? I collect coins a little and I'm just curious It was a proof set. I can't remember the year. There was one gold coin and the rest were silver. The rare one was actually the silver dollar because it was only produced for that set.
Have you ever considered buying your own Online-Store to save the ebay and paypal fees? What is your opinion on these? A lot of my items are so niche that it would be very difficult to attract the right buyers with my own store.
Are you able to hookup Google Analytics, to see your customer demographics? Not sure if ebay is that robust for the users... I am not. ebay has some analytic but they are geared more towards the items that you've sold than the buyers themselves.
That's really interesting. You don't happen to have a picture, do you? Not that I could easily located and I can't for the life of me remember what year the proof set was. I only made $400 off of the purchase but I knew that I could flip it and make that money within 2 weeks so it was still a good buy.
Have you ever tries etsy? I have not. esty tends to work better for hand made items. At least that's been my experience.
Ever consider getting into Amazon with more predictable products and using FBA to save yourself some trouble? I also sell on Amazon. I've found that Amazon is good for selling more mainstream items.
What is the most overpriced thing you have ever bought? The most I've ever lost is maybe $300. The most I've spent on a single item is 5k.
How many hours would you say you work a week? 40-50. Sometimes more, some less.
Do you find it worth it? Yes.
I bet your house is very interesting. Does it smell a bit dusty though? My house is very interesting. I collect oddities and art.
Do you still ship to Italy ? :p. Some things, like Ben Hur props.
How's Steve Carrel? I feel like there is a joke in here somewhere but since I am oblivious to it I'm just going to say, "he is doing well but his mom is a bit under the weather."
Can you approximate your yearly income? 60k.
Use registered post for anything valuable. Signature required on delivery. USPS requires signature confirmation for anything insured for over $200.
OP did ... Yep, the answer is of course me. My more recent purchases which are not pictured are two WWII practice bombs and a piece of one of the popes robes.
You can see the fees on eBay itself. They're ridiculous. I believe it's 9% of the final value fee and PayPal is around 3% or so. There's a few categories that have flat rate listings I believe, like autos. They also cut into your shipping costs as well. They are category specific and vary from 4-9% on ebay. 10% would be a good average to use.
Why is it people with 0 feed back keep buying my shit but never pay. You can change your settings to not allow 0 feedback buyers to bid.
I just wanted to tell you that you have a typo in the description of your Industrial Age Work Bench. you wrote "Pleas ask all questions before purchasing" ;) I'll have to fix that. It's certainly not my fist typo ha ha.
Hello, I was wondering how far from your house do you usually go to find this stuff, and also, what the luckiest find you ever had was. Thanks. Not normally more than a 45 minute drive. I once found a book on a shelf at a second hand store that was 29 cents that I resold for $250. As far as luck goes I was lucky to even see it at the store.
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[Table] I Am a Strip Club Manager what would you like to know?

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I will preface that I make no apologies for the lack of political correctness of this question I ask... Is there a tacit quota on how many black girls you hire? Fact is I know you need a couple of black girls in the mix for the sake of variety but you hire too much and your club will be considered "the black strip club"? Or, do you hire as many as you want and just space out their shifts so too many are not on the floor at the same time? There is an unwritten rule that is followed. Once a club goes black you can never get it back. We play a lot of rock and techno type music and keep just a few black girls to keep this from happening. What's funny is that the black girls we have don't like it when we hire other black girls and the black guys that come in to our club are typically middle to upper class and would never step foot in a "black club"
the reason they (the black strippers) don't like when you hire other black strippers is because they are afraid that there "spot" is in danger...this is exactly like black pro wrestlers in the 70's who didn't like new black wrestlers in the territory Not so much their spot as their money. In a white club the black girl gets the black girl money but if there are more then one on the floor the few guys who like black girls then split that money between them and its a competition. Its hilarious when you hear them say that they dont like ghetto ass black girls when they themselves are exactly that.
As a former dj. yeah, you got it exactly. the mid range clubs in D/FW area generally did 8-1 w-b girls. there are, or used to be all black clubs, but they generally looked like stereotypes from a bad movie. Bullet holes in the front door, blood stains on the carpet, metal detectors at the entrance. Yea, this looks like a great place to have a few drinks and let my guard down!
How often do you get laid on the job? Never, I bat them away almost daily. Two days ago a very attractive dancer told me that she masturbates while thinking of me and although not easy turned her down. There are girls who when in trouble will grab my cock, bat their eyes, push their tongue into their cheek and Say "but I don't have to be in trouble do I?“ this is a career ender. Managers who stand the test of time do not screw their dancers... Bartenders rarely, but never a dancer. A whole slew of trouble comes from screwing a dancer, they tell everyone, you loose respect, and they expect special treatment. They no longer work for you, you work for them. Simply put, to answer your question, Never. My girl at home is way better looking then most of the girls and doesnt have any of the issues.
I'm reading all your answers with Kenny Powers' voice in my head. Favorite comment so far. You deserve gold, just not from me.
How does your girlfriend feel about you working in this kind of environment and anti social hours? She is ok with the enviroment because she knows I'm a good person but the hours drive her banans and puts a strain on our relationship. This is why so many managers date bartenders. Because they share the same hours and get to see eacother enough.
Does this get you any respect? I can imagine there is a whole slew of different types of women at a place like that, but has anyone (not the girls that try it) ever told you that they respected you for not giving in to this? Or is it just anger for not letting them get away with stuff? I have had three different reactions. There are the girls who were once sweet as could be, would help me with small tasks etc but then completely wrote me off and acted like complete bitches when I shut them down. I have had the girls who are ashamed and embarrassed and then there are the girls who feel appreciated and valued as a person rather then a sex object. From then on They treat you like their father or big brother and are the best dancers you will ever have.
So how many bartenders have you screwed? No comment, If your going to be with a bartender you better be ready to have a relationship and even then shit may get weird working together. It's best to just date outside of your club. It doesnt hurt to go to other clubs where the girls know who you are because then the limitations are lifted but you still have a name for yourself which makes it easy.
Ahh...your girl is reading this, isn't she? She is completely unaware and thinks Reddit is nothing more then the funnies I've shown her on the front page. Lol.
> She is completely unaware and thinks Reddit is nothing more then the funnies I've shown her on the front page. Lol.
What about the owner? He was Black Mailed once so I think he learned his lesson. If your going to screw a bunch of strippers be prepared to be lonley but have meaningless sex all the time. We get old and want more even as men.
How much money does the club make? How much do the dancers make? How much do you make? Is it difficult to open up a strip club? My club generates an income in the Millions every year. Personally I take home between 68 and 73k a year depending on how well the club does. I have a few smart and focused dancers who make over 100k annually but most of my dancers don't make over 40.
How did you get into this job? When your were young did you ever think you would ever work as a strip club manager or something similar? And do you have any funny/creppy story to tell? I never imagined that I would be managing a strip club I always pictured myself doing something in the medical field however like most people I just kind of fell into the business. After the Army, While in college, I worked for a typical night club doing security part time. The club was closing and the owner was a decent guy and tried to help everyone get a new job. Around this time the owner of several strip clubs in my area called him and asked if he knew anyone that was primed for management. He said that he would send anyone he knew his way and this is where I came in. I was told to lie my way into the job and was more then welcome to use his name as a reference. Mentioning his name got me the interview. The day of the interview I was sat at a large round table with 4 older and very well dressed candidates. After waiting for what seemed like an hour the GM of several clubs stepped through the double doors across the room holding a steaming cup of coffee and a cigarette. He confidently walked over to his chair, put his coffee on the table, his cigarette in the ash tray and then leaned over to me seated directly to his left, exhaled a lung full of smoke into my face and shook my hand. Everyone stood up and reached across the table to shake his hand except the man directly across the table who couldn't reach and had to walk around. He interviewed us all in a group setting going through our resumes one by one probing us on our qualifications. It was more then obvious that I was the least experienced person in the room that day and was certain I would not be getting a job. Towards the end of the interview the GM got very serious and said that in order to be considered for the position we would all have to submit a Urine Sample. He looked everyone in the eye seemingly simultaneously and said "does anyone have a problem with that?" everyone responded at the same time with different forms of no. Nobody had an issue with it and after a few awkward seconds of silence he let out a loud bellowing laugh and said that there wouldn't be any drug test today. I was laughing right along with him,reached out grabbed his coffee mug, stood up and loudly said "Are you sure because I'll give you a urine sample right now, no problem! He laughed some more and with a cigarette between his index and middle finger pointed at me and said. "First day on the job and you're already making jokes about pissing in the bosses coffee. I like you, I havd just the club for you. show up to (smallest club they had) on Monday, you'll be training with Chris. I looked at the other guys and smiled looked back at the boss, shook his hand and walked out before anything about that moment could change, and that's how I got my start.
Did you ever have sex with one of the girls who worked there? If so how did it go? And tell us some crazy stories that happened in the stripclub :) When I first started in the industry I made the mistake of sleeping with two new fresh out of the box 18 year old first day strippers. It went on for a few months and was Amazing! The rumors started circling and I got nervous. I lost a lot of respect and almost lost my job. Never Again. I want to take these girls up on their offers all the time so it's not easy, especialy when they throw themselves at me. Luckily my needs are well taken care of at home.
They come in boxes? Yes, Delivered by U.P.S Wait For it...
That had to have been great. Two 18 year old's learning to get their nasty on...those memories will serve you well in your middle age... Or if i ever go to prison.
What's the weirdest/funniest/least relevant song that's been played while a girl's dancing? My friend told me he heard Let the Bodies Hit the Floor the first time he went. Peanut Butter Jelly Time. Lol, She put her hands on her hips and just gleamed over towards my DJ... He started fist pumping and she cracked up and just went with it. It was a slow Monday and someone paid him too do it. The customers were smiling and laughing so I just let it ride.
I will pay you in bitcoin to get a video of something like this Oh, it can be done. Couple questions... What kind of guarantee do I have you'll actually pay? What song do you want to hear? And what kind of women do you like?
Whats the weirdest request asked of a worker? I'm not sure. Nothing comes to mind. A dancer once came to me in a panic telling me her bag of cocaine was stolen and asked if I would help her find it. I was stunned and just looked at her waiting for her brain to click in and realize who she just asked to help her find her drugs. It never did.
I'm assuming she was fired? Suspended to day shift for a week and we had a long talk. A strip club without strippers is a lonely old bar. We tolerate a lot of nonsense.
Do you ever try to push them in the direction of getting some help for their addictions? Keep a local AA/NA meeting list on hand? A strip club with strung-out or OD'ing strippers is a sad old bar. Noone knows because I send them home if they are messed up. My DJ, security, or myself usually catch it before a customer sees. I don't try to help these girls get off drugs. You'll regret giving a damn everytime.
This comment makes me really sad. One of my friends just started working at a club earlier this year. I have plenty of good girls who dont drink, smoke, or do drugs. They make the most money and typically save their money to open their own business or go to school.
How do you pick the girls? They apply, and if they are good looking enough their first night is their audition... No girl is an employee, they are all independent contractors.
Mmmm, the sweet sound of no vicarious liability... Thats right!
Interesting... Do you assign them shifts or supervise them when they are on the job? If so, then to what extent. Nope, Be here before 7 and there is no fee to work, Every hour after 7 the fee goes higher and higher and higher. Most girls are required 3 shifts a week except for the "Club Dimes" they pretty much do whatever the fuck they want.
Level with me now - Is there really no sex in the champagne room? Very rarely, and when it does happen it's always very awkward and uncomfortable looking because they're trying to hide it and have to contort themselves in awkward position. We have cameras in the VIP and champagne room and if it's being done either my vip security or dj know. some security and DJs will look in the other way for a nice tip. Personally I dont go looking for trouble and would have to stumble on it but if I did see it I would stop it immediately. Usually the girls just meet guys after work and are paid to hang out. They are just using the club as a way to get new clients. The majority of my girls do not take part in this and the ones who do I am typically aware of but at the same time don't care.
Does the cameras have microphones too or do you only check on the VIPs visually? The microphones only record if I press a number sequence on the alarm. This way if robbed and made to deactivate the alarm it goes into silent mode and a phone call is patched directly to the company where they can hear what is being said.
How many have died in your club? None, but some kid got shot in the parking lot a few years ago when he and his friend chased a guy all the way to his car. The guy grabbed his gun and opened fire hitting one of the kids in the gut. He grasped his belly and ran back into the club squirting globs of blood everywhere. It's all on camera and naturally we recieved a seizure warrant for the footage. Word of advice... Never commit a crime within 40 yards of a strip club unless you're wearing a mask and not driving your own car.
What is the easiest way to get a nut off after a night of drinking and going to the strip club as a last ditch effort? Drugs? Be charming? Act like I have $? Spend $ on dances? Or. Try to find the girl who turns tricks? Become a regular at the club, be generous, become known and liked by the girls. That's your best shot at some random drunk night last ditch effort fuck.
Is it true that the girls aren't paid, that the only way they make money is with the money guys throw on the stage and private dances? In my area yes, in other areas the girls make the minimum wage a waitress would. Which is irrelevant because if if it were my club I would just turn around and charge them their hourly wage right back so it would be a wash and on top of that fine them when they were late. Dancers pay to work, it's income for the club. Think of the club and security as pimps. We provide protection and a safe place to work they provide us with a percentage of what they make.
How do you know what they make? The clubs In my area the girls normally have some sort or purse they just stuff the 1$'s into. Yes, but their private dances (the real money) is tracked. Also, I have a close working relationship with the highest earners at my club and we have discussed their earnings.
I used to be a dancer at a pretty "swanky" club in Dallas. They charged me separate fees for everything! For the house mom, the DJ, and to dance that night. I was anxious about all of this until my "boss" informed me that no-penetration sex, aka bjs etc, are a-okay...and then I got really anxious,... *1. How many girls go through the dance license process that never come back after their first night? *4. Do you ever warn your girls that stripper clothes/shoes/dancing in general is VERY expensive to start up? Or is it fairly cheap in your area? *6. How do you pep talk curvy, or just generally un-confident girls? In my area there isn't a license required for dancers. Just the club. Anyone can try out. I do not warn girls about dancer gear. For about $200 you can buy two outfits and a pair of shoes in my area. I don't hire big girls, we have one and that's enough and she thinks she's a god damn ballerina. For the girls who are nervous I give them a partner which is always one of my kinder, sweeter, non drug addict dancers who will really help them through . I usually don't have to pep talk my curvy girls, they are always full of confidence. Rarely I have to push them to get more dances and then I just tease them about how their just there to party instead of make money or tell them daddy needs a new pair of shoes silly shit like that.
*3. What are the fees you charge your dancers for the amenities? Fees depend on what time the girls show for their shift the later the more expensive so it's tough to to be specific.
*5. How many girls have gotten in fights with CUSTOMERS and lost their right to work at your venue over the years because of it? I've fired several girls for fighting customer but the girls I have now know to tell me what happened and then walk away because I'll handle it.
Ive always wondered why strip clubs arent more active on social networking sites. I would love it if local clubs were more active on instagram/twitter and the like. Im sure there are plenty of times I would drop everything I was doing and drive right out because I saw "Dupree" was wearing X or because girls x, y, z are all working the same shift. I know alot of the girls dont want to show their face but that can easily be worked around. Is the thought that guys will just spank it to the pictures posted and not bother coming in?? a fear of showing the public what their product really looks like?? Or just reluctance from the girls to be pictured in any way?? I have every one of my dancers who have been there for a month or more as a FB friend and post a lineup everynight of each girl on shift and tag them in it. Every friend of the clubs FB and the girls FB is alerted. I started this when I took over my club. No other club in the area does this. Shhh. Great Idea BTW.
Are there any girls who don't want you to let their whole friends list know that they are adult dancers? I'm sure there are, they just block those people from seeing posts they're tagged in. There's a privacy setting for everything on Facebook.
I know its a job, and we all gotta earn money. But in alot of cases, girls working as dancers often do have some issues with themselves/something that has happended to them in the past. Do you never feel guilty sometimes? Or wish in anyway (if you know of a dancer with a horrible background) that you could help them out? Everyday, I keep reminding myself that it's not my fault, and if not for me they'd just work for someone else. After a few months in the industry you don't look at them the same. You see them lie, cheat, and steal and you loose some of that softness in your heart. Don't get me wrong I do have some good hearted girls that are excellent mothers and decent people these are the girl who make the most money but most dancers are sex robot junkie criminals who will rob their best friend.
Are you friend with some of the dancers or is it like, strictly professional and you wouldn't say "hi" if you saw them in the street or while shopping at the mall ? Edit : wrong word. It can sometimes be awkward seeing them on the street, especially when it's Walmart, they're with a customer and he's buying them hundreds of dollars worth of groceries. Or your at the mall with your girlfriend and daughter and your eyes lock. They act like they never saw you and slink away. But, like always, there are acceptions. There are a few who my girlfriend is very friendly with however we never hang out unless we happen to bump into each other while out. What's really strange is when you bump into a guy who's been in your club and with his wife standing right next to him insists that he knows you from somewhere but doesn't know where and no matter how many times you tell him you don't know him and just have one of those faces he keeps insisting. It's always funny to see the moment when they realize why they know you come across their face in a panic when finally they sheepishly agree with you and walk off.
I get not saying hi when a girl is wit a costumer, off course.. but when you're with your girlfriend / daughter ? What's the big deal ? Why not say a quick hi ? Its not an issue for me. It's usually the girl who makes it weird.
Do you have to pay off either police or local criminal organizations to avoid harassment? I am unsure about the police, But we are very close with the largest local biker gang in the city and are protected from organized crime.
Whoa can you add more to this? They stop in on busy nights to check on us and have put the word out that we are under their protection. Only a nobody who doesn't know anyone would try to rob us simply because he has no clue what he's getting into. If someone came in shooting the place up that person would most definitely disappear. You have to understand that these guys are not bad people. They are our police when the police cannot be.
How are they compensated? That's above my pay grade and thankfully I have no idea. Somethings are better to not know.
How did arrangement come to be? Truthfully I cannot discuss it without giving away too much detail and put myself in a situation where I may no longer be anonymous.
It's the warlocks isn't it? They protected a club I worked for in FL. I will not provide any insight into this subject matter for reason of self preservation. But thanks for posting!
What are your thoughts on the Easton Byfield case? He's the strip club bouncer who kidnapped, beat and robbed a patron in the bathroom while another employee video taped it. He's a punk and I hope he gets mouth fucked in prison. I hope that's clear enough.
Do you utilize your pimp hand or is there a more effective method? Hurt these girls $ and they straighten right up. Put them on day shift for a week or take away a weekend and they are angels for at least a week or two. They may run to another club for the weekend but they're uncomfortable and want to come back home.
Is the owner a gangster like Toni Soprano or the 1% MC gang in the area? How do you get along with the neighbors, LE etc? Our owner is an intelligent mid 40's playboy. You'd never think twice if you saw him on the street. Our closest neighbors is another club and we get along well enough.
What's your hours like? And how often per week etc. Officially... Tuesday - Saturday 7pm-3am but it's not uncommon for me to come in a few hours early or few hours late. I'm the GM and little extra stuff is normal. I probably put in 45-50 hours a week which is nothing compared to my last job and I make substantially more $.
Answer if you'd like... You say substantially more? Are we talking money I can live off of and have walking around cash, or just getting by? I've always wondered what the average income of strippers and club GM's was. Obviously they make rent or no one would do it, but nonetheless. Around 70k a year the person I replaced moved to the next bigger club in our chain and does 110 - 120.
Do you ever rent out the place to private parties? I could imagine those kinds of arrangements making hours longeshorter. No Private parties. We have regular customers and that would not be fair to them. We will set aside a portion of the club with plush leather couches and a private stage though!
How often do people "make it rain"? All the time. Usually these are the guys who want to look a certain way at the club. Typically the guys who spend the most do not tip much on stage and dont need to make a spectical of themselves but rather spend their money quietly in the back.
Do you require your girls be open to going private with both genders? While men bring most of the money, some women can too no? No requirments but these girls could care less if its a man, a women, or a cross dressing pirate handing them money.
What is the policy of girls working on their time of the month? LOL, They all sync up and one week out of the month you have 40 emotion basket cases all bleeding at the same time. We would have like three or four new girls for that week if we didnt let them work. You do know that womens menstration periods sync up when they spend a lot of time around one another right?
Wow, I guess none of them are on hormonal birth control (like the Pill) then. If you are on the Pill, your period always comes during the 4th week of the pack, regardless of who you are spending time around. If they work during their periods, are there ever any, um, accidents? Also, what girls tend to make the most money - are looks the only factor? I am sure some of them are... All I know is that one week a month I have girl after girl asking for Tampons. I have had a customer upset because he was bled on and the girl was mortified. He obviously did not pay. The biggest earners in the club are the girls with the best hustle and personality. My best looking girl is an idiot and makes shit compared to most of the girls. She isn't fun to be around and just sits around waiting for guys to walk up to her.
How long do the girls last in the job? i guess the ones that make a lot tend to stay long period of time but what about average ones or ones below average? also what makes them "stand out" from other girls? the dance? looks? i figure most of the girls are above average in terms of looks... so do they have some sort of aura that attracts customers to become regulars? I have a core group of about 15 girls that wil be with me for years. the others constantly revolve around club to club escaping problem after problem being forgiven over and over again. Looks make a girl stand out but what makes a good dancer great is their personality and sex appeal its not all about looks. I have a knockout who is Nuttier then squirel shit and she doesn't make nearly as much as some of my much less attractive down to earth girls you can talk to. Trying to respond quickly forgive my grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
How much money should a guy bring to have a decent time without dropping cash in the back? If you wanted to you could come in, drink sparingly, tip slowley and have plenty of interaction with the girls on and off stage for around $50.
I worked in the strip club business in Vegas as the marketing director...we just did an all nude club that didn't serve any liquor until we got our license. Couldn't you do the same out there? Nude + Liquor is a no go here. But some places just attach a bar so you walk through a door and drink across the hall and then walk back across to see the girls.
Hmm funny. I used to live in Tampa and all the strip clubs there are Full Nude No Liquor. Mons Venus and Odyssey 2001 have been voted very high even in world wide rankings. As long as there is a seperation from the club to the bar they can have a "seperate bar" still attached to club where patrons can walk between the two "seperate businesses."
The one strip club in my town doesn't serve alcohol. I never really understood why. Does it have to do with limiting potential trouble makers/gropers? All nude clubs do not serve alchohol and I think the lawmakers thought naked women and alchohol meant trouble. I'm not sure what the explanation is behind this.
How pathetic are your regular clientele, really? Day shift clients... VERY Nightshift Clients are middle to upperclass and dont seem pathetic. Some of the younger guys seem lonely and just want someone to talk to. the older guys always seem happy and secure in life just big ole perverts wanting to play with girls half their age. My Club is a big party spot for younger people both men and women who just want to have a good time. only about half of my customers come for the strippers.
Do a lot of guys wear jogging pants? Only the smart ones! That and basketball shorts lol but mostly no.
What kind of start up capital do you need to open a strip club? Can it be done with a loan, or do banks avoid investing in a strip club? You need a lot of capitol to open a strip club. As far as bank investments I don't know. The first step is securing a building, liquor license and adult entertainment license zoned for your building. After obtaining these three things you can find investors bank or not.
As a member of the strip club business in vegas as a marketing director...i sometimes felt embarrassed of my job and often at my wifes family functions always veered away from discussing my job, even if I'm praised by friends as the luckiest man in the world... How does your family feel about this business, and do you feel the same when discussing the job? Yes, I hate it. No one says a word and when the men and women split all the guys get all hush hush and start asking me questions. Its very obvious when one of the women look over and I am the center of attention whats going on. My GF Hates it and so do I. I have considered taking a hefty pay cut. 30K+ just to not be in this field any longer.
Why not just lie about your job, and say it's whatever you did before you became a manager? I do, My GF on the other hand has to tell everyone.
Have you ever run across an American born stripper that was not bat shit crazy? Is there a different mindset or level of craziness between foreign and domestic strippers? I have never had an out of country stripper, just out of state and girls from up north are slick little gangsters. Every last one of them have a real "I'll cut your ass" attitude.
Any crazy stories of having to literally throw someone out for being an over-the-top asshole? Ever have to call the police? All the time and all the time. imagine it and it has happened.
One night, I had to deal with a problem. A girl and I headed for "VIP", mostly lap-dancing. Charge by the songs.. i counted up to 3 songs. But i ended up to leave early. But she lied to me. she said i went thou 5 songs. Had to call the manager, he went with her side and had to pay for the fake songs THEN he got the bouncer to kick me out. How would you deal with that? We have a VIP man who counts songs and dances. His word is gold with me. If that were to arrise The customer would have to appear sober and convincing enough for me to check cameras. 9 times out of ten I'm going with my VIP man.
How often do you hear about gross feminine issues? Too Often, WAY too often.
What's the wierdest you've heard? Guys paying a girl to allow him to go down on them... I don't get it and it truly disgusts me. Maybe it's because I know where it's been but that's just wierd and strange to me to want to stick your face in a strangers crotch and pay for it.
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