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Old 05-20-2015, 05:27 PM   #1
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The EBay thread.

Buying? selling? Tell the Dwellars all about it here.


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Old 05-20-2015, 05:32 PM   #2
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I'm selling this:
http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item...d=201353638486
I find I get all hung up on the value and search incessantly for the top price that "my item" could fetch. And then come down with a bump when I see that its twin sells for feck-all. So I pick a starting price with a pin.


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Old 05-21-2015, 07:21 AM   #3
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You have a good eye when it comes to collecting things.
I'm lucky if I get 99p for anything I sell!
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Old 05-21-2015, 07:40 AM   #4
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That a cool looking bell. And it's some sort of love token.

Brings Anita Ward's Ring My Bell song to mind.

I like the photos. The bell looks all rustic and old, and having it sitting on the old weathered wood shelf with the stucco looking wall as a background is the perfect setting.

When I was taking pictures of my blu-ray player, I had a difficult time finding a nice, clutter free location to do the shots. I didn't realize just how much crap we have in the house until I tried to get a picture with no crap in it.

My expired listing for the blu-ray player. I tried to make it sound really good without sounding like I was too full of bullshit. But I did say "audiophile delight" in the title. That's some USDA Grade A bullshit right there.
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Old 05-21-2015, 08:31 AM   #5
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I buy stuff I like, keep it for a while and sell it when I'm fed up with it. I've seen an identical bell listed on a Russian site for around 250, but I doubt I'll get that much. I have another bell of a similar age to list. Should I do it now, or wait until this one has sold?
And yes, Glatt, finding the right background makes a difference. I don't always bother to do it, but that bench is just outside the kitchen door so if it's not raining it's an easy choice.
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Old 05-21-2015, 09:24 AM   #6
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I find I get all hung up on the value and search incessantly for the top price that "my item" could fetch. ...
This.

It's tedious and exhausting
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Old 05-21-2015, 09:36 AM   #7
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I'm trying to do that less ... It all started when I Ebayed stuff for my mum. Part of the symptoms of her Parkinson's (with hindsight I see this) was a sort of paranoia of losing her good selling name on Ebay (and fixating on the Perfect Description, honing it for days, nay weeks, and picking the Perfect Time for an auction to end ...) so I was urged to do lots of research on her behalf ... It's a habit I'm trying to divest myself of.
At the end of the day, as with any auction, it depends who is "in the room" at the time.
My dad had a sort of "good luck to 'em" attitude to people picking up lucky bargains and my mum did too, when she was well. I try to think "Well, if it goes for a song and someone can sell it the next day for a fortune, they got lucky." Better than footling about wasting time trying to find EXACTLY the right combination of words to draw in the perfect buyers and never getting rid of anything!
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Old 05-21-2015, 10:05 AM   #8
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I have another bell of a similar age to list. Should I do it now, or wait until this one has sold?
You should do it now and link the auctions to each other, because anyone interested in the first one might also be interested in the second one.

You could click on the HTML tab while writing the entry, and you'd put something like

<a href="http://www.ebay.com/itm/201353638486">See the listing for my similar bell</a>
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Old 05-21-2015, 10:08 AM   #9
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OK. I'm always afraid that I'm setting myself up to compete with myself for the one buyer with the money and desire to buy the item ... If that one buyer were me I'd probably decide to buy neither bell if I wanted them both and they were both available at the same time. I'm ornery like that
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Old 05-21-2015, 10:25 AM   #10
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I also think about myself and what I would want to see as a buyer when I'm writing my listing. What else can you go on?

I know what the listings I hate look like. And I try to avoid looking like them, but maybe they are effective and I should copy them?
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Old 05-21-2015, 11:18 AM   #11
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Listed bell no 2 and cross referred them to each other.
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Old 05-21-2015, 12:16 PM   #12
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I've considered listing everything at $1.00, and letting the market work.
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Old 05-21-2015, 12:24 PM   #13
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My favorite way to buy is to look at the history of a type of item, so I know what it should go for, and then look for a Buy It Now that's at that price or a little lower, and then just buying the damn thing.

My least favorite way is to bid on something where there are 7 days left to the auction. Who wants to wait 7 days for a sale? And then another week for the shipment?

It also annoys me when the going price for an object is, let's say $20, and the market is flooded with people trying to get $30 and there are no bids, so you have to wait for the sane person to list one at the proper price.
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Old 05-21-2015, 12:50 PM   #14
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There are a number of bells which keep getting relisted at around the USD 130 mark, which makes me think that that's not the price. I like to set an auction of around a week so that people get a chance to see it. I suspect that not everyone is online 24/7 like what I am.
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Old 05-22-2015, 08:08 PM   #15
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As an EBay virgin, I'm having difficulty comparing EBay with Craigslist, which I have used several times as a buyer, not a seller. What say you?
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