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« Reply #30 on: October 31, 2004 01:29:35 PM »

bidding vs. "buy it now"

What are you opinions on this? Say I wanted to sell a handmade one of a kind handbag over ebay, but wanted at least 20-25 bucks for it (which is pretty low, considering I sell them for $35+).

Would people buy it if I had only listed it as "buy it now" at say, 30 dollars? Or would it be better to have people bid on it? I'm not sure what would work best... I want to make a profit, so it has to be over 20 dollars . . .
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« Reply #31 on: October 31, 2004 05:38:05 PM »

id put a buy it now on it. or even a reserve for selling it? my mom has buy it nows and sets reserves sometimes on her more expensive items.  sometimes they dont sell but sometimes they all sell.

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« Reply #32 on: November 02, 2004 04:28:04 AM »

bid vs buy it now --
if you're looking at doing a lot of tradign on ebay the store option might be good for you - that way you cna hav a mixture of aucitons and buy it nows, and hte buy it nows in the store are very very cheap to list.

But if you're just doing a few things, I would say, set the opening bid level at the lowest amount you would be satisfied with making.  It' s not a good idea to undervalue your stuff as I'm sure you well know - not that anybody round here is likely to go hungry, but it can be a real downer if you have to sell somehting you worked really hard on for only a few dollars.  Better not to sell it at all.

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« Reply #33 on: November 02, 2004 06:31:44 AM »

I've just started listing on ebay [tonight actually!]
I am worried about whether my starting prices are too high, after all, i don't want to rip myself off.

I have the same descriptions i use on my site, except on my site i now just have an auction link.

can someone see if i have overpriced my items? bear in mind that these are australian prices.


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« Reply #34 on: November 02, 2004 10:21:54 AM »

Pricing is really pretty random on eBay. My sister & I started selling several years ago & STILL struggle with the debate of starting it low with a reserve or starting it at the bare minimum I will take for the item & risking no bids. Since you are just starting out, why not try listing your items several ways and see what works best. November is traditionally a VERY good month with Christmas shoppers so remember that what sells will probably sell best now & if your items don't sell, you may need to rethink your prices or whether eBay is a good route for you.

I checked out your listings and the prices seem fair to me, but the buyers/bidders will let you know.

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« Reply #35 on: November 02, 2004 01:09:55 PM »

Yep I think your prices seem ok too. (hello fellow orstraylian!) 
I agree with sasto that trying a few different listing methods could be good too.  Maybe consider using a few gallery pics, they really do help.

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« Reply #36 on: November 02, 2004 03:21:13 PM »

I think your listing prices are cheap, but I'm also thinking US dollars here, and you don't ship to the US anyway, sooo... Smiley I think your titles need major work, though. Try using some keywords people might search for (Honest ones only- No famous names, brands, etc.). You can look around Ebay for similar items and see how sellers list them. For example, you might change "Handmade glass & sterling silver earrings (victorian)" to the more appealing "Victorian Style Handmade Dangle Earrings - Glass & Sterling Silver" You might have to shorten unimportant words (words no one will search for, or if they did search for them, they'd never find a single auction among the 1000s the search would return anyway).

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« Reply #37 on: November 02, 2004 06:08:35 PM »

hey, thanks for the feedback.

Hello there, laurajean!

I'll take your advice, katiekat and change my titles. I kinda suck at trying to think of good names for stuff...but i'll pinch the little title you made up and see what else i can think up.
Oh yeah, I do ship international! I'll have to go alter the little bizzo.


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« Reply #38 on: November 05, 2004 10:50:51 PM »

Also, it helps to include the author's name in the title when you're listing books. I think your prices are reasonable though.
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« Reply #39 on: November 06, 2004 01:30:48 PM »

Ebay has been pretty good to me. I've been able to sell my hand painted furniture for the prices I want. At the conventional farmer's market, people would like the artwork but then ask to buy it at a reduced price. On Ebay that can't happen, as you set your price.  And I've even had repeat buyers! Good luck! Kiss

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