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SHF Radio #72: Boy Scout Council Hits The Trade-O-Ree Circuit and eBay!

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I met Mary Lou Schwarzer at the recent Easley, South Carolina Trade-O-Ree sponsored by Chris Jensen.  What makes his encounter interesting is that she drove down from the Blue Ridge Mountains Council in Virginia ( to unload a lot of her council's old inventory including camp patches, OA and special issue CSPs.  In talking with here I also learned that she has an official BSA council account on eBay and regularly sells items on that marketplace as well.  Mary Lou graciously agreed to let me interview her to find out her impressions of the TOR and tips on how it works for a non-profit to sell on eBay. 

The interview runs about fifteen minutes and I think it really should give Boy Scout councils and other non-profits some ideas for how to leverage the millions of potential customers on eBay.  What if you could sell on eBay with no listing or final value fees and get reduced shipping costs?  Listen in while she also explains how sellers can use the service to donate money directly from their auction sales to the non-profit of their choice.  What if councils could reach out to local sellers and have them 10% of their gross eBay sales as a contribution? 

This is episode #72 of the podcast built for the Scouting memorabilia collecting community and I have big plans to keep going in 2015.  I hope to have more guests, more topics and with the largest National Order of the Arrow Conference ever taking place at Michigan State you can believe this is going to be a good year for the hobby.