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Thanks for the tip, @Retro Treasures. I will definitely try that. As Mark pointed out, listing one at a time is the way to go. I could almost hear Ryanne’s voice the time she talked about how she listed pencils one by one. Which reminds me-I have a shoe box full of pencils to list. I put up a listing for a “lot” of 4 cookie molds, but right after I listed it, I realized someone may not want those particular 4 molds. Decisions, decisions.
Update: I just made my first sale on some of the cookie molds. The lady who lowballed me for $!,000. bought them.
*I meant article-not page.
@almasty, I agree on the buyer not being fair. Actually, I was very surprised to get such a lowball offer. I guess I shouldn’t be-but I was.
Jay, yes, I realized through research that these do sell well. They are very useful for jewelry makers, potters, crafters, soap makers, printmakers, I’m sure there are many I’m missing here. Even I got many ideas of what to do with these. I like the idea of listing in small lots and trying the auction for a few to see where it goes.
Mark, I agree with you on he potential of what the returns could be. Initially, I too calculated a rough figure of 5k in the big scheme of things. Now, to break it to the potential buyer…
Here is a 5 minute video of most of the molds, if anyone is interested. I have more. Each square represents 1″.
Thanks for your input on this!
@SoCalJoe, You hit the nail on the head! I found myself spending a lot of time with her and I caught myself. So I sent her a message after her last request for photos-again. I told her that I had “Saturday stuff” to do and I had to go but to please give me a number so that I know whether or not to proceed with this. When she offered me $1,000. I immediately replied with “thanks, but…”. She immediately responded and I just got back to her and said I was going on with my day and that we will further discuss tomorrow.
However, your prior response sent me into a frenzy of ideas. I took some video and thought that I would upload a video, give her a link to view the video-and this would also serve as a record of what was in the box, if she followed through. Worse case scenario, I have it for the next potential buyer. I will post a link when I do upload it. More likely tomorrow. I have a show to get to tonight.
Thanks for your helps thoughts, @SoCalJoe!
I can’t seem to spell today. *Springerle.
I have mostly individual one of a kinds. There are a few which are duplicates, however, there are a few listings already on ebay which are in lots of 3. These are the things that make me want to start a YouTube channel. When sellers have a YouTube channel, they have a wider audience than just waiting on ebay. There seems to be quite a following of these cookie makers/bakers, also referred to as springerel/speculaas cookies. They are really pretty and each cookie mold even has hanging hardware! It seems people collect them just because they are so nice. I don’t yet know how to post a photo in a forum, otherwise, I would post a photo-but here are some of my links if you would like to see what they look like:
@SoCalJoe, I just realized in re-reading your response. You are right in that I don’t want to keep listing each item. Your response also made me re-think my strategy, so thank you! I may list as small lots. This way, I get rid of 3-4 at a time, rather than listing 1 x 1. If someone asks for just one of, I can still make a profit and re-list the others. Still hoping I can work out a deal with this potential buyer. I did tell her I am looking at getting a percentage of the original though.
@Sharyn, I agree with you. She may not be the buyer I need. She has taken up all of my morning and some of yesterday. She also initially stated that she was buying for her sister and niece, and to me, this translates to “I am going to re-sell these”. Another reason I am proceeding with caution. Immediately when I saw her offer, I thought she must be trying to get them to re-sell. Maybe she teaches baking, or another use is for crafting. People make jewelry with cookie molds and paper crafts, so who knows. I can really use $1,000. but “profit”, not including fees, time, cog.
@SoCalJoe, I would be happy to give her a 50% discount. Unfortunately, she is offering me pennies on their value. I have invested $500. She is offering me $1000. I would be doing her a favor.
She has asked me for photos of all, lists of all, etc. Now she is asking me to research each cookie mold for her. Really? I will research each mold. For a 50% discount I don’t mind. Not for pennies on her dollar though. She does seem extremely interested as we have exchanged too many emails, so I know she is serious. Many of these go for $100. each. At least 6 of them are over $100. 2 alone go for $150./each-They have metal faces. At least 20 of them are in the $80. range. I agreed to wait til Monday to begin listing if we don’t have a deal. I also sell on Etsy, so that may be an option. We shall see. I much prefer selling to one person and being done. She has stated that I, under ebay policy am under no obligation to sell what is not listed through ebay. Okay. Yea. That is all I need is for ebay to end my listings, or shut me down due to her comment. Oh Jeez. Hope not!
Thank you @Elle! I’m so glad you wrote what you did. I agree. I don’t want to sell myself short! She offered me $1,000. for the lot. HA! Once I get done with paypal, ebay, taxes and COG, I will have taken a hit on these. No thank you. I immediately declined her offer. I will
sit on them if need be. I looked at a baker’s forum and found this:
“May I ask, why are resin reproduction molds so expensive? Surely resin can’t cost that much.
Just curious, Maureen
The best response I can offer is that the silicones and resins used to produce them are not inexpensive. I’m told the price of these materials will be rising because they contain a petroleum base.
and here is the link:
Each mold goes anywhere from $22.95-upwards of $100. I have many in the $50. range and many in the $100. range. I’ll wait.
It’s always good to get a seasoned sellers opinion and I appreciate you giving me yours, @Elle. Thanks!06/07/2019 at 2:39 am in reply to: Customer Paid Less Shipping Than it Costs to Ship? #63074
No luck. Womp womp. Thanks tho!06/07/2019 at 2:36 am in reply to: Customer Paid Less Shipping Than it Costs to Ship? #63073
Good question. I’ll look right now! I sold some pre-school musical sticks.06/07/2019 at 2:02 am in reply to: Customer Paid Less Shipping Than it Costs to Ship? #63071
Good to know that I can use the sell similar to see the shipping! Thanks for that. Well, I called ebay and somehow, I guess I goofed. It’s okay. Lesson learned. It could always be worse. I am using USPS as the shipper. Actually, the customer only paid $5.95! Oh well. I still do not know how I messed that up. I will have to pay the extra shipping and call it a day.
On the upside I had a fantastic day today-found some metal shelving (16 shelves) behind a Walgreens, then went to the thrift store and made great scores, so all is not lost. I’m using this as an inexpensive lesson.
Thanks to all who helped out!
Now I just have to learn how to upload photos here!06/06/2019 at 4:45 pm in reply to: Customer Paid Less Shipping Than it Costs to Ship? #63057
and I’m using USPS.