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I can do either way. I start a postcard at price around what my research suggests. RPPC can be tricky because you might have something that is similar to other RPPCs but may have some that really makes it stand out. For example, I had one with people posing around an old car. I thought that the car would be the draw. Nope; it was a lady in the picture who was mentioned on the back of the card. Turns out the lady was the great grandmother of winning bidder.
After an auction, I raise the price of the cards 25-30% and put best offer.
I could put a card up for $800 and best offer, but why not start an auction at $800 then see if it might get bid up?
The card in question did not have anything written on the back. The brand of the postcard maker gave me an approximate date of when it was taken. Nothing on the front gives good indication of the location of the photo. So I list the card at similar cards sell for and hope it strikes someone’s fancy.
I have just put a high price on cards because it’s age and not finding anything out about it. I take a best offer for around what I want; sometimes it’s for it will do and get it out of my inventory.0
All due respect, I did my research and based it on past eBay sales. RPPC baseball player from 1900s, so could be $35 or could be $800. It one of a kind, but we all know that it does not mean high dollar.
Not my fault that the seller just does not bid and let it ride.0
Right, so instead of offering, they should just bid. Now with the 2nd offer I did reply with a sizable counter that if I got would be great.
Taking the money offered is okay, but then you are left to wonder what you could really have gotten. One of a kind real photo post card RPPC so it’s not like that I am going to find one again. If the current buyer does not buy, there will be another. This is a long tail item that can sit in a shoe box with 500 other cards.0
I started seeing the Make Offer feature on my auctions a few months ago. It is something that can be turned off. I tend to keep it to get a better gage of how I setting prices on very unique items. Most offers are below the asked starting bid price. Only one other time have I had were someone offered me above the starting bid and I did the same thing. Ended up that postcard sold for 4x what the offer was.
I see as like reverse best offer. If someone sends you a best offer, you change the price of the item. You tell the person who made the offer the price has been lowered to what they asked but they better buy before someone else does. This is a way to reduce the unpaid cases.
The risk is annoying the buyer, but I also want to maximize sales.0
Yeah, I was going to let that ride out to see what happens. I think ebay and PayPal will back me up on this if he cancels or has me ship again to TX.
Ryanne, why you up so early? I just fell asleep on the couch and happen to wake up.0
Yes I will0
Almost does not seem worth it. I’ll also check with local liquor store here. Unfortunately, Indiana has strict alcohol shipping laws.0
10/27/2017 at 11:59 am in reply to: #24508
I like the idea of packing items ahead of time, especially if you know you are going to move it quick. I used to go with any size items as long as I got a good deal. But now I focus mainly two things: size and packing time. Postcards are not big money, but they are easy to ship and I can drop off anywhere. 700 of the fit in a shoebox. Clothes are great too since I throw in a poly bag and slap on a label. I try to stay away from breakables, like coffee mugs, now.
But this is scavenge of the week spot. I traveled last week and decided to try Antique shops and a postcard show. I have not done before simply because I was not expecting any fines. But did find some foreign cards, air View cards, and sports field cards to try. Slowly selling off my cashe of 100+ vintage glasses.0
Guy was clearing out his house of all the things that did not sell. He was giving away for free. Two bags of 1940-60s books, box of records, old 1970s tennis racquet. The best is a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader model van. It’s not complete but still make some quick cash.0
Making it a point not to get any more inventory until I get everything else listed or donated. Then a guy down the street was clearing out an office and giving away stuff for free. Upgrading my store helps motivate me to list more.0
As we get ready for 4th quarter, eBay has put out some new shipping supplies. Big thing to me are the new packing tapes that can help cover logos on recycled boxes. There are also the stickers.0
08/24/2017 at 8:14 am in reply to: What you don't want to hear at your favorite Thrift Store #22177
Let’s all take a step back and breathe. In my humble opinion, this is a place for us to talk about how to improve our businesses, part of which is who you do business with as a seller and buyer. So instead of pointing out places we source from embroiled in scandal or having ideological differences, we could talk about we make it part of our business model an outline not to do business with those who do XYZ. If you choose not source from a supplier that supports views you don’t, that is fine. You have to weigh how much is too much. You are uncomfortable with SA on ideology? Okay, don’t shop there. GW pays their executive too much, in your opinion, then don’t shop there. You find out a buyer works for an organization that is in contrast to your values? Then cancel the order and block them. You have to weigh out what you can stomach. I am sure that when you are at a yard sale, you don’t ask the homeowner before you buy that PICK OF THE WEEK their political views. I’m sure you don’t ask a buyer what religion, if any, they prescribe to. Just saying. So, besides the before mentioned options, you could make it a point to send a portion of the sale to an organization / charity you believe in as sort of counter balance.0
08/16/2017 at 4:26 pm in reply to: When to take the next step up in size of eBay store #21892
So here is what came off my head
# Free listing
Subscription Fee =$20
# Free Listings
Subscription fee = $60
If I pay the listing fee for just fixed items, 200 x .20
Given other things that keep me from listing, minimum have to average more than 20 items in the 10 days I know I can list.
I get most of my boxes from eBay for items under a pound.
USPS will ship you FREE priority boxes of about every shape and size, plus priority mail stickers that help cover labels on recycled booze and Amazon boxes.
When you print your next shipping label, look over by where you can request pick up. There is a link to free eBay branded USPS Priority boxes.
Anything we buy online, we keep the boxes even poly mailer if in good shape. Same with packing peanuts and bubble wrap. Newspaper subscription to a city newspaper can help with packing material. I grab stacks of the local free papers in town.0
No, I will sell anything I can make money on and does not take up a lot of space. Clothes and postcards are easy to store and can have a good ROI. Clothes are easy to pack and store (spare closet) and a shoe box holds about 600-700 postcards. Postcards are easy to list when you get a system down. Mailing is a sturdy envelope and forever stamp.0