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How to make beer elegant

My first reaction to the Revere Tapster was, “How elegant!”  Take a boring can of beer and serves it like a fine beverage.  You insert a can of beer, and close the lid, which punctures the can, and allows you to pour it out of a beautiful looking server.

 

It’s available for purchase at a very reasonable price.

 

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RevereWare.org updated

We spent some time this weekend updating the RevereWare.org eBay helper site.  If you aren’t familiar with this site, it finds all the Revere Ware related listings on eBay and separates them into different categories and sizes.

Algorithm updates include:

  • Better categorization; many things that were in the wrong category are now properly sorted
  • Categories that have listings that offer multiple sizes, like lids, are now categorized as such and appear at the bottom of the list.
  • Better job finding the correct size for items.
  • Added size sorting to more categories

It’s an ongoing challenge to keep the listings organized, as sellers don’t use the same standards for listing titles, but we do our best.

We also added a category for kids play sets, as there are more of them appearing these days.  That is in addition to the recent addition of the Tri-Ply cookware category.

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When the Revere Ware brand mattered

This listing for Revere Ware branded aluminum foil reminds us that there was a time when the Revere Ware brand was strong enough to sell a product for which quality isn’t so much a differentiator; when is the last time you thought about the brand of aluminum foil you purchased and worried about getting an inferior quality product?

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New Tri-Ply finder on revereware.org

Our revereware.org eBay Revere Ware listing helper now includes a Tri-Ply category.  It doesn’t sort them by type (sauce pan, skillet, etc.) but there are relatively few Tri-Ply listings on eBay compared to other things.  As an example, our skillet page has over 1,000 items on it, while the Tri-Ply page has only 150.

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New Old Stock

In the parlance of vintage items, new old stock, or NOS, is a term you want to be familiar with.  New old stock items are items that are old, but never used.  If you are interest in vintage items, finding a never used piece, or replacement part, can be the holy grail of picking.

Searching eBay for new old stock revere ware shows some interesting stuff.

Today, we see an interesting early 40’s handle you can’t get replacements for, from us or anyone else, and some nice new vintage items.

Some old items can be ruined by time alone; rubber items can often degrade over time even if not used.

But for the most part, searching for new old stock / NOS items can bring up some really interesting stuff.

 

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eBay drop-ship retail arbitrage

We wrote a post on eBay retail arbitrage, termed by them as drop-ship listings, in 2017.  Since then, the problem has only gotten worse, with something around 150 currently listed items on eBay that are merely fronts for our parts sold on Amazon.com.

To refresh your memory on how this works, someone lists something currently sold on Amazon.com on eBay, with a markup.  When the order is placed on eBay, they have software that automatically places the order on Amazon.com with the eBay purchaser as the recipient.

We don’t like it as we prefer our customers get the items at a more reasonable price, and it can result in some odd activity on the other end when such drop-shipping sellers leave us negative feedback on Amazon.com; negative feedback on Amazon.com is a huge problem as compared to eBay.  on eBay, most buyers are motivated to leave feedback, whether they had a good or bad experience.  An Amazon.com, feedback is not at all integrated into the ethos of the site; there are disproportionately more negative feedback reviews per sales volume than on eBay because most of the people with a positive experience don’t bother to leave feedback.

eBay has a policy against drop-shippers that don’t actually hold inventory.  However it appears they don’t actually enforce this policy (see the chat with eBay support in that article).

In any event, what we worry most about is the damage to our brand that a poor buying experience can have.  What I mean by that is, our primary purpose in selling these parts is to make people happy and to provide them with a satisfactory buying experience.  Given the pain that Revere Ware owners went through for decades before we came on the scene 10 years ago.  Most people are thrilled that our parts are available, and we don’t want to temper that with a bad experience.

So, please buy our parts from our own website or Amazon.com, not from eBay, as we don’t list any parts there.

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Revere Ware may be gone, but it isn’t forgotten

While the official Revere Ware brand may be gone, it certainly hasn’t been forgotten, as we are reminded this week seeing Google search results for Revere Ware.  It seems that major retailer still see good reasons to try and draw people in using the Revere Ware brand, even though they don’t offer any actual Revere Ware products.

Neither the Bed Bath & Beyond link nor the Wayfair link lead to any actual Revere Ware products.

Interestingly enough, as Google Trends shows, Revere Ware as a search term is actually getting slightly more popular.

Who knows, this may be a second renaissance for the brand now that it is officially dead, which nostalgic interest building, plenty of inventory in the used marketplaces, and prices relatively reasonable still.

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