09/22/2018 at 8:58 pm #49029DantheDinerParticipant
Since hearing about R&J’s auction adventures, I have long since wanted to start going on my own. And this past Monday, I finally made it out to a Lancaster auction/flea market, stopping at a fantastic New Jersey farmhouse Airbnb on the way.
The most interesting thing I picked up was this collection of old receipts and bills of sale from the now defunct Booth Tobacco Company:
eBay sales history is promising:
I have no experience selling old documents, and would really like to get into it. Advice from experienced sellers would be very appreciated. There are around 30 of each. Do I sell them as a set or individually? How do I price?
09/23/2018 at 2:34 pm #49042soniaParticipant
- Location: Northeast US
I have no experience selling stuff like this, but what I would do first is see whether any of the receipts match any of the envelopes, and keep matching ones together in the same listing.
I don’t like having individual listings for less than $30 (even though it ends up that I do), so I would lot up enough together that I think would sell for at least $30.
So how many to lot together? I would start by estimating $5/item (as per solds) and then double it to see if it will seller for higher than the solds.
Or maybe I would just keep things super simple and leave everything in one lot and put a very high price on it maybe $300-$400 and see what happens.
09/23/2018 at 7:28 pm #49055JayKeymaster
- Location: Virginia
–First do some searching on eBay for solds of receipts. In just 20 minutes, you’ll get a lay of the land.
–My gut would be to list as two lots because one set seems in a different condition/age than the other.
–These will most likely be most valuable to people who live in that area. So list with as much info in the title of where they came from.
–As Sonia said, we’d price high and have “make offer” on it.
Its all a big experiment 🙂
09/24/2018 at 9:13 pm #49134guyonetheinternetParticipant
- Location: pacific northwest
I sell this kind of stuff all the time. Those will ship cheap, too. Probably $2.66 plus materials.
The thing is, you don’t want to just throw these in an envelope. A little gesture toward treating them nice will go a long way. Best bet, for the least money, is to put the item in a manila folder for stiffening, and then put that in a padded envelope.
And yeah matching the bills to the envelopes sounds like a good idea.
But mainly I wanted to say that you’ve got enough of these to possibly list them as a multi-quantity. If you do that, you’d just say that the item will be randomly selected. And then you can offer a really good combined shipping deal to encourage multiple unit purchases.
My guess at the price is $5-$9 for a matching envelope & bill combo. Plus shipping.
09/25/2018 at 5:24 am #49142Antique FrogParticipant
- Location: Leicester
For stiffening, find a picture framer. They often have bags of offcuts from mounting board- the inside bits from the mounts.
I use A4-size plastic pockets trimmed to just over size and heat-sealed to hold the item and card together. Maybe it’s sales volume, but here the A4 pockets are a lot cheaper than the A3 pockets (sorry, don’t know the equivalent US sizes) so I often have to stick two together.
09/25/2018 at 6:09 am #49145almastyParticipant
If you just wanted to sell them all in one go, you could lot them up and price them at $1 per invoice and envelope. If there are 30 of each, $59.95-64.95 with or without shipping included would probably sell them all pretty quickly.
09/25/2018 at 2:09 pm #49163SellingCoolThingsParticipant
I sell a lot of paper/flimsy things (video game manuals, stickers, large cards, etc). I’ve always found that putting the item in a clear poly bag, then sandwiching it between 2 pieces of cardboard and taping the polybag to one piece of cardboard and putting that in a bubble mailer works best. Never had a problem.
09/25/2018 at 3:35 pm #49165InglewoodParticipant
I bought a big box of of photo mailer envelopes that work great as well – they are the very stiff paperboard envelopes.
I put the paper/flimsy item in one of the plastic labelope pouches that is used for mailing labels I print out (since they are free from the post office) for additional protection in the envelope.
Even though cardboard is not that large or heavy, when sending small things it can push you from one postal rate to another, and can add up on international items quickly – that’s the only reason why I made the switch.
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