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  • Ebay Selling Suggestions Wanted

    Since I am out of work right now in disability, I am starting into the process of selling some of my excess stuff (and our excess stuff around the house) on e-bay...with the goals of sending the stuff to someone who really wants it, and making a little extra money too.

    Again, I'd like to turn to my MC family for support and advice, beyond what I've already read in books and heard in a relatively info-less seminar I recenty attended.

    Any advice on how to make sure my stuff sells? (It's a wide variety of stuff)

    Thanks,

    Barry
    God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

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    Re: Ebay Selling Suggestions Wanted

    the only thing i can think of is take good pictures..I HATE it when the seller has crappy pictures...and it makes me think the seller is trying to hide something.

    and describe the item fully..and if its used say its used..I bought a horse saddle off of ebay and it wasnt used it was new with some blemishes

    oh and if the item has any dings or cracks put that in the description

    good luck let me know when you list so I can check it the stuff
    Last edited by Groomer; 03-22-2006, 02:00 PM.

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    • #3
      Re: Ebay Selling Suggestions Wanted

      1. Be a good seller. Go the extra mile to make each customer happy. Good reputation goes a long way on Ebay
      2. Do research. Try and know what each item is worth and what similar items on ebay are selling for. Knocking a few dollars off the opening bid is a good way to get bids started.
      3. What groomer said about the photos and description.
      4. Be readily avalible for questions about the products you are selling. answer e-mails quickly.



      really, all you need to do is imagine that your auctions is a little store you own in a huge mall. You need to attract people in in the first place, and then you need to create good word of mouth about your products and service.
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      • #4
        Re: Ebay Selling Suggestions Wanted

        oh and dont try and pad your payment with high shipping..try and use one of those shipping caculator thingies..if the shipping is too high I wont even open the link..

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          Re: Ebay Selling Suggestions Wanted

          Originally posted by groomer_4_u
          oh and dont try and pad your payment with high shipping..try and use one of those shipping caculator thingies..if the shipping is too high I wont even open the link..
          yeah. you might fool a few rubes, but most people have a brain ratteling around upstairs.
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            Re: Ebay Selling Suggestions Wanted

            if the seller has a shipping caculator I'm more likely to bid if its something i want

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            • #7
              Re: Ebay Selling Suggestions Wanted

              Good luck and let us kow how it goes. I'm especially interested cause I'm interested in trying EBay, I just haven't worked up the courage yet.
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              • #8
                Re: Ebay Selling Suggestions Wanted

                I've been using Ebay for about 3 years now... I started to get my positive feedback thru purchasing first and once I established some positives I then started to sell.

                When it comes to selling, I would say- make sure you list your items with a lot of detailed information, good pics and only sell what you would want to purchase yourself

                Lots of Luck
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                • #9
                  Re: Ebay Selling Suggestions Wanted

                  Great advice so far, (especially about the pictures)here is some more (I learned it the hard way)

                  1- Pretty obvious, but TAKE PAYPAL (including credit card payments) and money orders. Set a deadline for your payments (7 days is good)

                  2-Ship ONLY to confirmed addresses and ALWAYS I repeat ALWAYS use Delivery Confirmation. There are scammers out there that wait for a package without Delivery confirmation and then file a complain with Paypal. You will be SOL if you cannot provide a DC number.

                  3-For high dollar items, require insurance. (it's inexpensive thru the post office) Don't say "once I ship I'm not responsible" because guess what, you are. Ebay will always side with the buyer if the gidget breaks and it was uninsured.

                  4- the USPS is your best friend. I use their online shipping calculators all the time. You can also get free Priority Mail shipping supplies (which is also the recomended way to ship) and FREE pickup of your items from your house. You never even have to leave your house

                  5- Use online postage (from paypal or USPS)

                  Good luck and have fun!
                  Feel free to ask me any questions, I've become addicted to selling my daughters clothes and using that money to buy her a new wardrobe every season LOL

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                  • #10
                    Re: Ebay Selling Suggestions Wanted

                    Originally posted by groomer_4_u
                    oh and dont try and pad your payment with high shipping..try and use one of those shipping caculator thingies..if the shipping is too high I wont even open the link..

                    YES!!! $80 shipping for a laptop? With NO insurance?? PLEEEZE!!! I don't have a problem paying a little extra for "handling" charges, but there's a point it gets rediculous.




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                    • #11
                      Re: Ebay Selling Suggestions Wanted

                      Oh yes!!! ALWAYS use a confirmation # and insurance

                      I only accept Paypal (eCheck takes a few days to clear) Make sure you state that payments made by echeck will not ship until payment is clear

                      Email your buyers as soon as auction has ended - good communication is key!
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                      • #12
                        Re: Ebay Selling Suggestions Wanted

                        The two biggies that get overlooked-

                        1) make sure every item is described well, so important.

                        2) Package really well, fill in the box space, use bubble wrap, stryrofoam peanuts, lots of newspaper, whatever it takes. (I had an item that was shipped with a little bit of confetti and the leg of a Bashful figure was destroyed.) So pack it well.

                        3)avoid using UPS if at all possible, FedEx is cheaper in most cases, and Postal is great of course and cheap as well.
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                          Re: Ebay Selling Suggestions Wanted

                          A lot of good advice has already been posted here, so I thought I'd include a few pieces of somewhat unconventional advice:

                          -Think about including a freebie or bonus "goodie" to distinguish your auction from the others. It probably should be anything of value, and don't expect it to propel your sales into the stratosphere, but it's a nice little bonus that *might* make your listing more memorable and get someone to bid.

                          -On a similar note, try a personal appeal. I've read you on Micechat. You have a nice, personal touch to a lot of what you say. Use it to market your item. I know that if there were two nearly identical items for sale with a similar price, I'll bid on the one where the description seems to be written in a friendlier manner.

                          Anyway, good luck and happy eBaying...





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                            Re: Ebay Selling Suggestions Wanted

                            Originally posted by fastpassmountain
                            -Think about including a freebie or bonus "goodie" to distinguish your auction from the others. It probably should be anything of value, and don't expect it to propel your sales into the stratosphere, but it's a nice little bonus that *might* make your listing more memorable and get someone to bid.
                            If you can I would definately do this it doesnt have to be much, but it sure makes people remember you! I bought a set of handmade Training bells or "speed beads" for my young mare, and the seller included a nice handmade mane pretty that clips in her mane, I had the choice of a ribbon or a wrap, I chose the wrap, it was so nice to get a little something extra! so now I go into her store all the time to see what else she may have!

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                            • #15
                              Re: Ebay Selling Suggestions Wanted

                              just thought of something else, Dont use giant bright 30+ point type, its annoying and makes people NOT want to read it, when the idea behind it was making people want to read it, If your pictures are good and the description thorough and honest, thats all you need!

                              I hate having to stand across the room from my monitor to read the description! and maybe one or 2 animated gifs, just to break your page up a bit, not 10 every 5 inches! you can find really nice animated or static page divider bars on the net.

                              when I open a auction and see font like this BUY ME, and this is all the description consists of and a million animations I get out of there in a hurry!
                              Last edited by Groomer; 03-22-2006, 02:20 PM.

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